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Obituaries for the Journal week of Aug. 16

Ruth Graser
Ruth M. Graser, (nee Martin), 81, of East Otto, died Aug. 9 at Buffalo General Hospital.

Ruth was born in Buffalo on Nov. 10, 1932 to the late Eugene and Florence (nee Walbrecht) Martin.

Ruth was a homemaker and enjoyed baking, birds, her gardens and her grandchildren. She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary No. 8734 and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary No. 531, both in Little Valley.

Ruth was the wife of the late James W. Graser; mother of Ruth (Bud) Huber of Little Valley, James (Suzanne) Graser, William (Tina) Graser and DJ (Karen) Graser, all of East Otto; sister of William (Dorothy) Martin of Lockport and Dorothy Craine of Appleton; grandmother of 12 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Aug. 13, from the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, 271 East Main St., Springville. Burial was in Little Valley Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Wm. C. Edmunds Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 125, East Otto, N.Y. 14729 or to Puzzlistics (Autism Awareness), 9411 Bucktooth Run Road, Little Valley, N.Y. 14755.

Online condolences may be made at

John Fuller Jr.

John H. Fuller Jr., of Springville, died Aug. 2.

John had been employed at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville for 47 years.

He was the father of Timothy and Tina; brother of Donald, Daniel, Guy, Alice, Gerald, Dennis and Kenny.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Donna Shafer

Donna L. Shafer, 46, (nee Wikolaski) of Chaffee, died Aug. 7 at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville.

Donna was born in Springville on Dec. 7, 1967 to the late Alfred and Sandra (nee Law) Wikolaski

She graduated from Pioneer High School in 1987 and had been employed at Sasi in Chaffee as an in-home instructor. She loved her family and was a member of the Crossroads Church of the Nazarene in Arcade.

Donna was the wife of Edward R. Shafer; mother of Steven Shafer of Chaffee and Kenneth (Courtney) Shafer of Chaffee; sister of John (Lynette) Wikolaski of Chaffee, Peggy (Don) Davis of Machias; daughter-in-law of Darlene (Ron Betner) Knapp of West Valley; sister-in-law of Michelle (Travis) Corey of Robersonville, N.C.; grandmother of Mabel; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Aug. 12 from the W.S. Davis Inc. Funeral Home, 358 West Main St., Arcade. Pastor Stephen and Karenlee Belokur officiated.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the League for the Handicapped, 393 North St., Springville, N.Y. 14141.

Online condolences may be made at

Joseph Hoffman
Joseph Paul Hoffman, 67, of Fredericksburg, Va., formerly of Machias, died Aug. 3, at Mary Washington Hospital in Frederickburg.

Joseph was born in Springville on March 28, 1947 to the late William Martin and Mildred Louise (nee Gerwitz) Hoffman.

He attended West Valley Central School (Class of 1965) and subsequently earned several associates, a bachelors degree and a master’s degree in accounting, business management and business administration.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran who served aboard the USS Intrepid (CVS 11), USS Queenfish (SSN 651) and in Da Nang, Vietnam. As a U. S. Navy Reservist, he was assigned to the USS Clark (FFG-11), Mobile Construction Battalion ‘SeaBees’ 23, Naval Space Command, among others, and eventually retired as a lieutenant. He worked for various defense contractors providing over 35 years of logistics support in the U. S. as well as in Tehran, Iran and Jubail, Saudi Arabia.

Survivors include his son, David P. Hoffman of Denver, Colo.; daughter Danielle M. Hoffman of Fredericksburg, Va.; siblings Nancy Youngblood, Louis (Patricia), Margaret, William, Jerome, Michelle, Thomas (Marcia), Carolyn and Mark (Joy) Hoffman; and numerous nieces and nephews. Burial will be private.

Donald Crandall
Donald L. “Bud” Crandall, 80, of Gowanda, died Aug. 10 at Buffalo General Hospital.

Bud was born at home in the town of Concord on Feb 1, 1934, the son of the late Willis and Maude (nee Goodemote) Crandall.

Donald honorably served his country with the United States Army. He married the former Dorothy Macakanja at St. Stephens Serbian Orthodox Church in Lackawanna on Jan. 10, 1970.

Donald worked for National Fuel for 41 years before retiring in February of 1994. He was an active and devout member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Donald not only served on various committees and chairs he also was part of the church Vestry. His faith and family were a very important part of his life. Bud also belonged to the 50-plus Senior Group, where he enjoyed trips and activities through the LK Painter Center in Collins.

Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Dorothy Crandall; two children Janet Lancaster of Otto and son Jason Crandall of Lakeland Fla.; grandchildren Kearsten Pipkins and Matthew Lancaster; sister Evelyn (late Joseph) Lightcap of Springville and several nieces and nephews.

  Besides his parents Donald was preceded in death by a brother Willis Crandall and two sisters Norine (William) Lux and Helen (Joseph) Goodemote.

Funeral services were held Aug. 15 from the St. Mary’s Episcopal in Gowanda. The Rev. David Noves officiated. Burial was in the Lakeside Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Hamburg. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the BG Hospice c/o Buffalo General Hospital 100 High St. Buffalo, NY 14203 or to a local SPCA or Animal Shelter of one’s choice.

Arrangements were made by the Schindler Funeral Home, 44 Center St., Gowanda.


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