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Obituaries for the Jounral week of Aug. 2

James Gerwitz

James Gerwitz, 76, of West Valley, died on July 19 at Olean General Hospital. James was born September 6, 1937, the son of the late Lawrence and Margaret (nee Benz) Gerwitz. On August 22, 1964 he married the former Margaret “Peggy” Kuhn who survives. James was a self-employed carpenter and superintendent of buildings and grounds at Ellicottville Central School. James was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army in Germany. James was a member of Holy Name of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Ellicottville and one of its trustees. James was an usher, eucharistic minister and a member of the Usher’s Club at Holy Name of Mary. James was also active in the Knights of Columbus, an organ donor and very loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend.

Besides his wife of 49 years he is survived by four sons, Lawrence Gerwitz of Wheatfield, James (Chris) Gerwitz of Sanborn, Joseph Gerwitz and Andrew Gerwitz, both of Ellicottville, and a daughter Rita (Rick) Browning of Sherman; seven grandchildren and one great grandson. James is also survived by a brother Paul (Betty) Gerwitz of California and several nieces and nephews.

James was predeceased by a brother, Donald Gerwitz and two sisters Mildred Hoffman and Doris Ebert.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held July 24, from Holy Name of Mary RC Church in Ellicottville.

Burial with military honors was in St. John’s Cemetery in West Valley.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Ellicottville Volunteer Fire Department.

Arrangements were made by the Mentley Funeral Home Inc., 411 Rock City Street in Little Valley.

Maurice Hannon
Maurice J. Hannon, 75, of Angelica, formerly of Glenwood, died July 18 at Olean General Hospital.

Maurice was born in Glenwood, the son of the late John and Loretta (nee Rogers) Hannon. He married the former Elizabeth (Betty) Murphy in Springville in 1965.

After attending St. Aloysius grade school and Griffith Institute High School, both in Springville, Maurice entered the U.S. Army and was stationed at Ft. Richardson, Alaska, thoroughly enjoying time skiing and exploring the beautiful Alaskan landscape. One of his favorite stories was to relate his unique experience of marching in the celebration parade when Alaska became a state in 1959.

After his enlistment ended, Maurice returned to Springville to work a few years on the family farm. Maurice then attended Alfred Agriculture and Technical Institute and continued on to West Virginia University, where he received his Bachelors Degree in Agriculture Education. From there, he and wife Betty returned to Western New York, buying a home in Angelica where they have resided for 45 years. Maurice was hired to teach at the new Board of Cooperative Educational Services Career and Technical Center in Belmont in its inaugural year. As the Conservation and Heavy Equipment Operation teacher, Maurice always felt fortunate that he had the “original hand” in the development of the 300 acre site at the school. Later, he facilitated the construction of the first operating sawmill at the center. However, the professional accomplishment for which he was most known was the development of the maple syrup production operation there.

Maurice’s students were eager to give their time and participate in the experience, and many of them went on to establish sugar-making operations at regional farms. During several summers, Maurice directed the Youth Conservation Corps, a federally funded program for the implementation of pavilions and nature trails in various local state forests.

Maurice served in various public capacities in his lifetime. He was a member of the Angelica Village Board, the Conservation Department Soils and Natural Resources Committee, the Angelica Conservation Club, and the Angelica Boosters Committee, helping with many Heritage Days Weekends in the town park. Maurice gave much time and effort to the merger committee for the former Angelica and Belmont Central Schools. After the establishment of the new Genesee Valley Central School in 1996, he served as its first School Board President.

Maurice contributed his energies over the years as an usher, Parish Council President and the annual Catholic Charities Chairman for the former Sacred Heart Church in Angelica. Whenever a new priest was assigned to the parish, he would spend considerable time with Maurice getting acclimated to the parish operations.

In retirement, Maurice was able to pursue two of his favorite activities. One was travel when he enjoyed revisiting the places of his Army deployment in Alaska. The Hannons were able to make several trips to Ireland to visit the exact sites/homesteads of their ancestors. Maurice was one of the true descendants who could regale all with that famous Irish story telling ability!

He is survived by his wife, Betty; three children: John, Bart and Colleen. He is survived by one brother, Michael Hannon, and two sisters, Margaret Keeney-Fink and Kathleen Lunders. Maurice was predeceased by one brother, James Hannon. Maurice’s recent pride and joy has been his only grandchild, Molly Rose Hannon, daughter of Bart and wife Kim.

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Arrangements were made by the Brown and Powers Funeral Home in Angelica. A funeral Mass was held from Holy Family Church in Belmont on July 23. Co-celebrants for the Mass were the Rev. Dennis J.J. Mancusco and Rev. William Bigelow, a cousin of Maurice. Burial was in the Until the Day Dawn Cemetery in Angelica.

Robert P. Kader

Robert P. Kader, 73, of Lake Luzerne, died July 20. Bob was born on June 29, 1941 in Boston, the son of the late Clarence and Bertha (nee Abraham) Kader. He graduated from Eden High School.

Bob served in the U.S. Army from 1960 until his honorable discharge in 1963, earning the Good Conduct Medal and Marksman (M-14 rifle) Badge.

He married Gail A. Waite on Oct. 22, 1966 at the Church of the Holy Infancy in Lake Luzerne.

Bob worked as a machinist at Finch, Pruyn in Glens Falls, retiring in 1999. Following his retirement, Bob worked at The Hardware Store in Lake Luzerne.

Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching his grandchildren’s sporting events, playing cards and repairing things for friends and family. Bob was an avid New York Yankees fan and was a communicant at Holy Mother and Child Parish in Lake Luzerne.

Bob was the husband of Gail A. Kader; father of Kim (Bobby Kamstra) Deuel of Queensbury and Eric Kader (Kelly) of Lake Luzerne; grandfather of Casey Deuel, Travis Deuel, Callie Kader, Jenna Kader, Hayden Kader and Evan Kader; brother of Lorraine Kader of Lake Luzerne, twin brother Pete (Debbie) Kader of Collins Center and the late Rose Francis.

A funeral mass was held July 25 from Holy Mother and Child Church in Lake Luzerne. The Rev. Kenneth Swain officiated. In accordance with Bob’s wishes, cremation followed the funeral Mass.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Holy Mother and Child Parish, 329 Lake Ave., Lake Luzerne NY 12846 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements were made by the Brewer Funeral Home Inc. in Lake Luzerne. Online condolences may be made at


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