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Death notices and obituaries from the Journal week of Aug. 31

Dane Andera
Dane Andera, 87, formerly of Farmersville and Java Center, died Aug. 27 at the Pines of Machias.

He was born in Sardinia on April 19, 1926, the son of the late Adolph and Della (nee Heilo) Andera.

He was a former member of the Farmersville, Chaffee-Sardinia and North Java fire departments and went to horse pulls and auctions.

He was a retired dairy farmhand in Farmersville.

He was the brother of his twin, the late Dean Andera and Jane Andera; also survived by several cousins, a niece and a nephew.

A funeral service will be held Aug. 31, at 10 a.m., at the Sardinia Cemetery.

Arrangements were made by the W.S. Davis Funeral Home Inc., 358 West Main St., Arcade. Online condolences may be made at

Thomas Reding
Thomas Reding

Thomas Reding of Collins Center died Aug. 23.

He graduated from Gowanda Central School in 1972. After high school, he worked at Super Duper, for 10 years. He was a bus driver and mechanic, for Gowanda Bus Service and head mechanic for Fox Motors in Gowanda. He owned and operated an autoparts store in Gowanda, first known as Carquest, then Napa, which he started in 1986.

He owned a Radio Shack franchise, a Mobil station repair shop and was a school bus driver for the Seneca Nation. He was a snowmobiler and motorcyclist.

He was a member of the Gowanda Moose, Southern Tier Snow Drifters Snowmobile Club, a Collins Fire Department exempt fireman and the Ken Reding and the Valley Boys band, for 18 years. He was also a bass player and vocalist for Yesteryear Group.

He was the husband of Marsha (nee Wright); father of Jonathan Thomas and Michael Thomas; son of the late Leon and late Betty (nee Jensen) Reding of Collins; brother of Ronald (Linda) Reding of North Carolina, Brenda (Philip) Greis of Lakeview and the late Bonnie (late William) Lyons of Orchard Park.

A memorial service will be held at Salem Lutheran Church, 83 West Main St., Springville, on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Thomas Lutz will officiate. Burial will follow, at Collins Center Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Collins Fire Dept., Collins Center Fire Dept., or Gowanda Ambulance Service.

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

Catherine Sampieri
Catherine Sampieri

Catherine M. Sampieri (nee McCulle), 99, of Springville, died Aug. 25, at the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home.

She was born in Buffalo on July 31, 1914, to John and Louise (Rohauer) McCulle.

She had been a bookkeeper for the United States government in Washington, D.C., was a dancer and had been involved in her church in Melbourne, Fla.

She was the wife of the late Floriano Sampieri; sister of the late Elizabeth Bement; aunt of Kathleen (Daniel) Komenda and Judith (late Ronald) Delia; also survived by several great-nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

A private burial and service will be held in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

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

Joy Wegner
Joyce Wegner

Joyce C. Andrews Wegner, died July 9. Formerly of Springville, she recently moved from Fairbanks, Ala. to Nevada.

She was born April 7, 1932 in Boston, to the late Bernell and Louise Andrews in Boston, She graduated from Springville-Griffith Institute in the class of 1949 and owned The Dairy Bar in Springville.

After meeting her husband, she and her four children moved to Conroe, Texas. She obtained her cosmetology license there and worked as a hairdresser. In the summer of 1974, she left Texas and drove the Alaska Highway to Fairbanks, Ala., with two of her children, Mike and Toni, to join her husband, who was working on the Alaska pipeline.

She worked as a waitress at the Sunset Strip and also at Ivory Jacks and bartended at the Fox Roadhouse, in the late 70s and early 80s. She did crafts, including painting, ceramics and sewing.

She was preceded in death by her grandsons Robert (Robbie) Burrow and Seth White.

She was the wife of Larry; sister of Bud (Edna) Andrews and Fritz Andrews of Bridge City, Texas; John (Ginny) Andrews of Springville; Pete (Barb) Andrews of Machias; Larry (Maryja) of Leroy, N.Y. and Ken (Diane) Andrews of Penfield, N.Y.; mother of Maggie (Doug) Carnes, Liz (Kraig) Rhow, Mike (Lana) Wegner and Toni (Ward) Isaacs and step-mother of Cheryl (Craig) Wegner; grandmother of David Burrow, Aaren Porteur, Jeremy, Cassie and Tara Wegner, and Amanda Krause and great-grandmother of seven great grandchildren.

Expressions of sympathy may be made, in her name, to the National Parkinsonís Foundation, at


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