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Death notices and obituaries from the June 22 Springville Journal

Virginia Bylbie
Virginia Bylbie

Virginia B. Bylbie, 89, of Springville, died June 17, at her home.

She was born Jan. 24, 1924 in West Valley, to the late Paul and Mae (nee Hoard) Scharf.

She was a homemaker.

She was the wife of the late Dean Bylbie; mother of Donna (Joseph “Ray” Stadler) Wittmeyer and Paul (Virginia) Bylbie; sister of the late Donald (late Ruth) Scharf. She was the grandmother of nine grandchildren, great-grandmother of 17 great-grandchildren and was also survived by several nieces.

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

Preston Dedrick
Preston Dedrick

Preston H. Dedrick, 93, of Westfield, N.Y., formerly of Fredonia, died May 13, at the Chautauqua County Home and Infirmary in Dunkirk.

He was born in Jamestown, N.Y., to the late Walter and Vanona (nee Hall) Dedrick. In 1938, he attended Tri-State University, graduating with a degree in aeronautical engineering. During World War II, he worked for Bell Aircraft, as a test/design engineer and worked on the first American jet.

After the war, he returned to Fredonia and built the Fredonia Airport and also instructed returning military members, through the GI Bill. After 1963, he sold real estate and became a broker, with his own business.

He flew for Dunkirk Ice Cream, Mitchell Foods and The Red Wing Company, before he became Red Wing’s exclusive pilot. He retired in 1979. After retirement, he and his wife spent their winters in Florida and summers on Lake Erie.

He is survived by daughter Patricia (Ronald) Phillippsen of Marion, N.Y.; son William (Marcile) Dedrick; and sister, Elizabeth Dedrick of Springville. He is the grandfather of five grandchildren and great-grandfather of three great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Jean (nee Johengen) Dedrick, whom he married on Oct. 31, 1942 in Langford, N.Y.

A viewing will be held at the Mason Funeral Home. 37 Clinton St. in Westfield, on Saturday, June 22, from 1 – 3 p.m. The service and burial will be private.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research, at Online condolences may be made at

Todd Farner

Todd A. Farner, 42, of Kenosha, Wis., formerly of Gowanda, died Friday, June 14 in Milwaukee, Wis.

He was born Sept. 5, 1970 in Springville, to Gary (Melodie) Farner and Joan (Thomas) Duffy of Gowanda.

Farner was a 1988 graduate of Gowanda Central School and worked security at Legends in Waukegan, Ill., at TLC Network and at Little Engine Records.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Nicole Farner of Kenosha, Wis.; a brother, Ryan Farner of South Buffalo and two nieces and two nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 22 at 11 a.m., from the Mentley Funeral Home Inc., located at 105 East Main St. in Gowanda, with the Rev. Fred Holdridge’s officiating.

Burial will be in Park Lawn Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Kathy’s House, 600 North 103rd St., Milwaukee, Wis. 53226.

Mildred Hintz
Mildred D. Hintz, 87, of Springville, died June 14 at the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home, located in Springville.

She was born Oct. 2, 1925 in Mansfield, N.Y., to the late Otto and Dena (nee Westfall) Hintz.

She had been employed as an aide and laundry worker at Fiddlers Green Manor Nursing Home in Springville. She was a gardener and listened to country and western music.

She was the sister of the late Margaret (Edward) Scott and the late Leon (Dorothy) Hintz; aunt of Vernon (Darlene) Hintz, David Hintz, Ricky and Kim Hintz, Karen and Rodney Rich and the late Curtis and Judy Scott; also survived by several great and great-great nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held June 18, from Salem Lutheran Church in Springville. The Rev. Fred Poepple officiated. Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery, in Springville.

Arrangements were made by the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home of Springville. Online condolences may be made at

Lawrence Marsh
Lawrence Kellogg Marsh, 83, of Wellsville, N.Y., died at home, on June 17.

He was born April 20, 1930 in Delevan, to Ruben and Dora (nee Kellogg) Marsh.

He had been employed as an automobile mechanic at Lester Chevrolet in Wellsville and had retired from Gee’s Repair Shop, also in Wellsville.

He was a 47-year member of the Dyke Street Engine Company and was a fire policeman.

He was the husband of the late Beverly (nee Baldwin). Father of Rob Marsh of Wellsville, Peggy Jordan of Springville, Joanne (Earl) Witter of Andover, N.Y., Laurie Marsh of Wellsville and the late Donna Witter. He was the grandfather of 13 grandchildren, great-grandfather of 16 great-grandchildren and brother of Beulah Rambuska and Rowena (Les) Miller. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held June 20, from the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home in Wellsville. The Rev. Ralph Eastlack officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Dyke Street Engine Company, Comfort House of Allegany County or the Homecare and Hospice Foundation.

Adell Neamon
Adell Neamon

Adell T. Neamon (nee Brown), 67, of West Valley, died June 18, at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville.

She was born in Buffalo on May 30, 1946, to the late John and Eleanor (nee Wisocki) Brown.

She had been a secretary at Heary Brothers in Springville. She baked, cooked and read.

She was the wife of Eugene “Gene” Neamon; mother of Tori (Kevin) Larabee and the late Heather Sullivan; grandmother of five grandchildren; sister of Julius (Nancy) Brown and the late John Brown; mother-in-law of Thomas Sullivan and sister-in-law of Susan Brown.

A private funeral service was held. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery of the town of Concord.

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

James Montgomery
James Montgomery

James Richard Montgomery of Armour, S.D. died at home, on June 4.

He was born March 11, 1949 in Alexandria, Va. and raised his children in Springville.

He served in the United States Marine Corps in the Vietnam War, where he received a Purple Heart, among other awards. He spent time on the computer, wrote and gardened.

He was the husband of Linda (nee Kordela) of Armour. Father of Jön (Gail) Montgomery of Amherst; Justin Montgomery of Buffalo and Susan (Bryan) Zander of LaGrange Park, Ill. Grandfather of six grandchildren.

In lieu of a memorial service, Montgomery asked his family to hold a celebration of his life. Details have not yet been announced.

Mary Elizabeth Westfall
Mary Elizabeth Westfall

Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Westfall of East Otto, died June 12 at The Pines Health Care in Machias.

She had been the head nurse at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and worked for Dr. Edmund Rothschild, before becomeing the school nurse at Ellicottville Central School, where she worked, until her retirement. She helped begin the East Otto ambulance service and was nicknamed “Bandaid Betty.”

She was the wife of the late Martin Westfall; also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial was held on June 17 at St. Mary’s Church in Cattaraugus. Burial was in the East Otto Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the East Otto Ambulance Fund.

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


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