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Death notices and obituaries from the Journal week of May 4

Gary Dulski
Gary A. Dulski, 49, of Blasdell, formerly of Springville, died on April 19 at the Buffalo Veterans Administration Medical Center.

He was born in Lackawanna and graduated from Frontier Central High School and Erie Community College. He served in the Air Force, as a staff sergeant civil designer.

He was the project manager for many commercial buildings and residences in the Buffalo area. He designed a variety of projects, such as Gull Landing and industrial buildings in the Southtowns and Polymer Conversions.

He also designed the remodeled chalets at Holiday Valley in Ellicottville.

Dulski was involved in volunteer work, including building playhouses for a Hospice benefit.

During the past three years, he took wounded service members from Buffalo Veterans Affairs on guided fishing tours.

He was also involved in coaching many Springville Youth Incorporated teams and attended his daughters’ athletic games, throughout their high school and college careers. He fished, cooked and watched hockey and motocross. He held an AMA Super Seniors Champion title.

He was the father of Amy and Kimberly; son of Karoline and brother of Karen Young and Karol Dulski.

Thelma Fuller
Thelma (nee Lingenfelter) Fuller, 96, formerly of West Valley, died April 23 at The Pines of Machias.

She was born Sept. 7, 1916 in Machias to the late S.J. and Lura (nee Williams) Lingenfelter.

She was a homemaker who helped her husband on the family’s West Valley dairy farm. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Springville and was a gardener.

She was the wife of the late Wilbur Fuller; mother of Gerald (Marilyn) Fuller of Gainesville, N.Y.; grandmother of Lisa (Brian Deel) Stidfole of Conesus, N.Y. and the late Lori Stevenson; grandmother-in-law of Bradley Stevenson of Gainesville; great-grandmother of Cody (Kelsey Justine) Stidfole of Conesus; sister of Maisie Everts of Springville, Lura Jean Hoch of Springville, Lorna Block of Springville, Grace (Robert) Rosier of Sardinia, Ronald (Barbara) Lingenfelter of Machias and the late Corinne Comisraek, John and Donald Lingenfelter; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held April 26 from the W.S. Davis Funeral Home Inc., located at 358 West Main St. in Arcade. The Rev. David Derk officiated.

Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery in Springville. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the West Valley Rescue Squad. Online condolences may be made at www.wsdavisfuneralhome.com.

Annabel Schwartz
Annabel (nee Lotter) Schwartz, 91, of Springville, died April 25 at Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home in Springville.

She was born in Springville to the late Mammie Lotter on Dec. 23, 1921.

She had been a dental hygienist for Jack Schweitzer MD, was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Springville, listened to country music and crocheted.

She was the wife of the late Lloyd Schwartz; sister of the late Earl, Leroy (late Arlene), Edna, Iva Lotter and Grace (late Dick) Vandermeer; friend of the Dennis King and Fred Schrantz families.

A funeral service was held April 27 from Salem Lutheran Church in Springville. The Rev. Fred Poeppel officiated.

Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery in Springville. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Salem Lutheran Church, Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home or Hospice of Buffalo.

Arrangements were made by the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, located at 271 East Main St. in Springville. Online condolences may be made at www.smithweismantelfuneralhome.com.

Gerd Whitehead


Gerd Whitehead
Gerd T. (nee Thorsen) Whitehead, 90, of Orchard Park, formerly of Springville, died April 26 at the Fox Run Skilled Nursing Facility in Orchard Park.

She was born Sept. 26, 1922 in Norway to the late Peter and Anna (nee Salvesen) Thorsen.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Springville, a gardener, naturalist, recycler, environmentalist, baker, bird watcher and arts enthusiast. She hosted several foreign exchange students, through the American Field Service.

She graduated from Bayside High School in Whitestone, N.Y. and was the chief financial officer and administrator of the Springville Animal Hospital, a business she and her husband started, in 1946.

She was the wife of the late Roland Whitehead, DVM. Mother of David (Rae) Whitehead of Balston Spa, N.Y.; Elaine (Gregory) Pauly of Elma; Peter (Lynn) Whitehead of East Aurora and the late Janet Smock. Grandmother of nine grandchildren. Great-grandmother of four great-grandchildren. Sister of the late Elinor Grennell, Lillian Taylor, Thelma Baird and William Thorsen.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 8, from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, located at 271 East Main St. in Springville. A funeral service will be held on Friday, May 10, from the First United Methodist Church of Springville. The Rev. Abel Roy will officiate.

Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery of Springville. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice Buffalo Inc., 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, N.Y. 14227. Online condolences may be made at www.smithweismantelfuneralhome.com.

Albert Spors
Albert “Buck” R. Spors, of Boston, died Feb. 1.

Husband of the late Rose (nee Murray) Spors; father of Linda, Gerald (Denise) and James (Debbie) Spors; grandfather of Jarret and Kerry Spors; brother of Esther Shiele, Dorothy Kromer and the late Marie Ulrich, Della Kuhaneck and Cecelia Hackemer; also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held May 19 at 10 a.m. at the Colden Fire Hall. RSVP at 430-8418.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Erie County Medical Center Trauma Unit. Arrangements were made by the Wurtz Funeral Home of Boston.
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