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Obituaries and death notices from the Journal week of Feb. 14

Raymond Fuller

Raymond J. Fuller, 74, of Gowanda, died Feb. 6 in Buffalo General Hospital.

He was born in Sardinia on Jan. 8, 1940 to the late John and Margaret (nee Guilmain) Fuller.

He was a retired dairy farmer, who had been employed at the Studley Farm in Gowanda for 41 years.

He was the brother of Margaret “Peggy” Galletta of Glenwood, Henry Fuller of Springville, Dorothy Fuller of Arizona, William (Mary) Fuller of Java Village, N.Y., Larry Fuller of Glenwood, Nancy (Mike) Wargo of Randolph, N.Y., Joan Remington of Machias, Mike (Sally) Fuller of West Valley, Joyce Fuller of Springville and Daniel Fuller of Cattaraugus; brother-in-law of the late Russell Galletta and Gene “Mickey” Remington; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Feb. 10 from the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, located at 271 East Main St. in Springville. The Rev. Lawrence Cobel officiated. Burial was in the Sardinia Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made at

Joanne Libra

Joanne Libra (nee Bierman), 80, of Sparks, Nev., formerly of Springville, died Feb.1.

She was born Nov. 30, 1933, in Springville, to the late Emil and Isabelle Bierman.

She was raised in Springville and graduated from Springville-Griffith Institute High School. She graduated as a registered nurse from Deaconess Hospital in Buffalo in 1954. She moved to California, where she obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in healthcare administration. She was employed in healthcare in California for more than 40 years.

She was the wife of the late James Peterson and the late Al Libra; mother of Cheryl (Chuck) Alimena, Beth (Doug) Schell, Eric (Dana) Peterson; sister of Alan Bierman and the late Marjorie Bierman Phillips; grandmother of five grandchildren and the late Devin Alimena; great-grandmother of three great-grandchildren; also survived by seven nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held in Springville, at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Salem Lutheran Church Memorial Fund in Springville.

Margaret Mayerat

Margaret S. Mayerat (nee Shaw), 85, of East Concord, died Feb. 8.

She was born in Sardinia on Aug. 21, 1928, to the late Charles and Olive (nee Chapman) Shaw.

She graduated from Springville-Griffith Institute and was the valedictorian of the class of 1946. While her children were young, she was a stay-at-home mother. As they grew older, she worked as a waitress, then at the New York Telephone Company in Springville, and later at the phone office at Main Place Mall in Buffalo, where she was instrumental in the installation of the 911 system in Western New York. She retired from the phone company after more than 30 years, but remained a member of the New York Telephone “girls” Klatch for the remainder of her life.

She was the town of Concord and village of Springville historian for 13 years. In 2004, she was presented with the Julian Reinstein Award for distinguished service to her fellow historians in the county, district and state and was recognized for “dedicated leadership in the town of Concord and the village of Springville.” She was also recognized as historian of the year by the Western New York Historical Association, while she was president of the Concord Historical Society and also the president of the Zonta Club of Hamburg-Orchard Park.

In 2005, she was given the Springville Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award. She also worked on the Lucy Bensley Genealogy Center and delivered Meals on Wheels.

She was a lifetime member of the East Concord Baptist Church and in later years, served as an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Springville.

She read and collected books and cookie cutters for more than 25 years, and was a past president of the Cookie Cutters Club.

She was the wife of the late Robert Mayerat; mother of Rebecca Mercuri of Rushford, N.Y., Robert (Mary) Mayerat of East Concord, Timothy (Elizabeth) Mayerat of Springville and Beverly (Nelson) Mankowski of East Concord; grandmother of Rob, Ryan, Brandon, Melissa, Brian and Andrew; great-grandmother of Keilana, Zane and Mason; adopted mother of Steven Riley; sister of the late Mona Pfarner.

A funeral service was held Feb. 12 from the First Presbyterian Church of Springville. The Rev. Mary Lee Talbot officiated. Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery, located in Springville. Arrangements were made by the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, located at 271 East Main St. in Springville. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, Concord Historical Society or Hospice of Buffalo.

Online condolences may be made at

Kevin Seymour

Kevin E. Seymour, 65, of Wolcott, N.Y., formerly of Springville, died on Feb. 1.

He was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Madolyn Seymour, and his brother, Frank Jr.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Rosemary (Moscato) Seymour; sister Lynda King of Springville and brothers Robert (Ronda) Seymour of Florida and Daniel (Elizabeth) Seymour of Louisiana; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was a gardener, groundskeeper, landscaper, designer craftsman, carpenter, builder, mechanic, electrician, plumber, dog breeder, trainer, artist and writer.

He had built and ridden Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

With his wife, he owned and operated Kev-n-Ro Lawn Care in Rochester, N.Y., then Sea-Moor Chesapeakes Kennel and Chessie Camp in Wolcott. He was the former president and a member of the Western New York Retriever Club and a former director of the American Chesapeake Club, a member of the Finger Lakes Retriever Club, Eastern Wayne Ducks Unlimited Committee, Hunt Test chairman and a member of the Dog Obedience Training Club of Rochester, N.Y. AKC. He was also a retriever hunt test judge.

Interment is in the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Webster, N.Y.

Clinton Strong

Clinton Strong

During his years living in Holland, he was active in Kiwanis, Grange, Masons, Shriners, Erie County Medical Society and East Aurora Baptist Church.

The Strongs hosted an American Field Service exchange student, Anselm “Mecki” Urbanek, who became a physician partly due to Clint’s influence. They later visited Urbanek several times in Austria, and he often visited them.

In 1969, the Strong family moved to Springville, when Strong joined the Concord Medical Group. In addition to his private practice, he became the medical director of the Cattaraugus County Home and Infirmary in Machias, from 1974-98, and the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home in Springville. While living in Springville, he was active in Rotary, Springville Country Club, the First United Methodist Church and a clinical associate professor and on the admissions committee at State University of New York at Buffalo Medical School.

He was honored as general practitioner of the year for Erie County in 1988 and received the Rotary’s Paul Harris Award in 1992. He also accompanied his wife on her many trips around New York state, in her role as Grand Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star.

When he retired in 1998, the couple relocated to the Buckingham’s Choice retirement community in Buckeystown, Md. They became involved members at Buckeystown United Methodist Church. In 2009, they relocated again to Cristwood Park retirement community in Shoreline, Wash.

He was the husband of the late Mary (nee Tiffany) Strong; father of Doug (Cynthia) of Seattle, Wash.; grandfather of Timothy and Nathanael. A memorial service for Clinton and Mary Strong will be held on Saturday, July 12, at 10 a.m. from the First United Methodist Church, located at 474 East Main St.; Springville.

Condolences may be sent to: Douglas Strong; 3614 12th Avenue West; Seattle, Wash. 98119

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to: Houghton College; 1 Willard Ave.; Houghton, N.Y. 14744.

Lydia Vacinek

Lydia Vacinek

Lydia Z. Vacinek (nee Hoch), 100, of Springville, died Feb. 11 at the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home in Springville.

She was born April 20, 1913 in the town of Concord, to the late Carl and Lidia (nee Zrios) Hoch.

She was a member of the Springville Fire Department Auxiliary, St. Aloysius Church, and a lifetime member of St. Aloysius Altar and Rosary Society.

She attended a one-room school house on Creek Road, then attended St. Aloysius Regional School, where she made her first community around 1919. She was active in the church until she reached the age of 90.

She had been a cafeteria worker at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville and had also been a laborer at Robinson Knife Company for many years, as well as being employed in the St. Aloysius Regional School cafeteria.

She was the wife of the late Ernest Vacinek; mother of the late Thomas Vacinek; sister of the late Anna Wiedeman, Frank Hoch, Elizabeth “Betty” Hoch, Nicholas Hoch, Eva Kazmark, Charles Hoch, John Hoch and Henry Hoch; survived by several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held Feb. 15 at 10 a.m., from St. Aloysius Church, located at 190 Franklin St. in Springville. The Rev. Lawrence Cobel will officiate. Burial will be in St. Aloysius Cemetery in Springville. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home.

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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