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Death notices and obituaries from the March 9 Springville Journal

Grant Blasdell
Grant Blasdell

Grant W. Blasdell, 86, died March 2 at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital.

He was born to Clyde and Cora Alta (nee Davis) Blasdell on Aug. 24, 1926, in Springville.

He was a veteran who served during World War II. Grant met his wife, while they were both attending Buffalo Bible College. The couple was married in North Collins on July 11, 1953. The Blasdells had 10 children.

He had been a therapy aid for Gowanda State Hospital, drew pictures and fished.

He was the husband of Joyce. Father of Rebecca Blasdell of Fredonia; Timothy (Amy) of Brocton; Stephen (Vicki) of Forestville; Sharon Blasdell of Dayton; Joseph (Robin) of Forestville; Daniel Blasdell of Sardinia; Paul (Sally) of Sinclairville, N.Y.; John (Millie) of Fredonia; Barbara (Bill) Tucker of Freedom and Joy Beth Blasdell of Farmersville Station. Grandfather of 28 grandchildren. Great-grandfather of 22. Brother of the late Roy Blasdell, Cora Carpenter, Howard and Robert Blasdell, Willow Srock, Alta Rinus and Leon Blasdell.

A funeral service was held March 6 from the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, located at 271 East Main St. in Springville. Pastor Wesley Oden officiated. Burial was in Mortons Corners Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at

Elizabeth Klein
Elizabeth Klein

Elizabeth C. “Beth” (nee Gorman) Klein, 54, of West Valley, died at home on Feb. 27.

She was born Jan. 2, 1959 in Buffalo to the late Lloyd Gorman and Bunny (nee Stoess) Ross. She was raised by Frank and Bunny Ross.

She was a financial secretary for St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, oversaw Keep Autos Running Ministries, was a member of the memorial committee, kept the church calendar and was involved with the United Methodist Women, Love INC and other church activities. Beth had an associate’s degree and was a medical records clerk for the Concord Medical Group of Springville, for several years.

Beth married Daniel Klein on June 6, 1981 at Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church in Buffalo. Klein preceded her in death, in 2004.

She was the daughter of Frank (Nadean) Ross; mother of Timothy (Jen Kaitanowski) Klein of East Concord, Tamie (Vincent) Messina of West Valley, Dawn (John) Simmons of Springville, Dale (Josephine) Klein of Missouri, Doug (Melissa) Klein of Tonawanda and Darryl (Elizabeth) Klein of Springville; grandmother of 18 grandchildren; great-grandmother of one great-grandson; sister of Daniel of New York, Michael of West Valley, Mark Gorman of Blasdell and Joy (Bryan) Barish of Lockport; also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held on March 2 from St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. The Rev. Dena Stevens officiated. Burial will be held in Fairview Cemetery 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

Walter Lerminiaux
A memorial service for Walter Lerminiaux will be held on Saturday, March 16 at 11 a.m. from St. Aloysius Church, located at 190 Franklin St. in Springville.

James Pericak
James Pericak

James G. Pericak, 74, of Springville, died March 1. He was the husband of the late Jean (nee Hurley) Pericak; father of Marie Pericak and Debra Britt-Pericak; grandfather of Ashley Britt; great-grandfather of Shaun Bantin; brother of Irene (late Stanley) Weber and the late Stephen, Alfred (Carla) and Richard (Kay) Pericak; friend of John Allan; also survived by nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at Lakeside Memorial Cemetery in Hamburg, at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to Roswell Park. Online condolences may be made at

Linda Reeves
Linda L. (nee Waag) Reeves, 65, of Onoville, N.Y., formerly of Springville, died March 1 at home, while under the care of Hospice.

She was born Oct. 4, 1947 in Buffalo, to the late LaMonte and Mary (nee Frost) Waag.

She was a graduate of John F. Kennedy High School in Cheektowaga. She retired from West Valley Nuclear Services in West Valley. She also worked for Peerless Winsmith Manufacturing of Springville. She was a member of the Carroll Rod & Gun Club and did flower gardening, sewing and quilting.

She was the wife of Charles “Chuck” Reeves, whom she married on Oct. 16, 1965 in Buffalo; mother of Marylynn Reeves of Springville; Kelly Ann Reeves of Steamburg, N.Y. and Charles “Chuckie” (Maribeth) Reeves of Lackawanna. Grandmother of Ricky, Ryan, Caitlyn, Christian, Janelle and Taylor. Sister of Mary Lee Melohusky of Edinboro, Pa.; Cindy Schreiner and Beatrice Brogan, both of West Seneca, and Edwin Waag of Blasdell.

A memorial service will be held at a date and time to be announced later, by the VanRensselaer & Son Funeral Home, located at 14 Church St. in Randolph. Online condolences may be made at

Memorials may be sent St. Jude’s Schriners Hospital for Children, located at 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Eugene VeryEugene R. Very, 92, of Machias, died Feb. 28.
He was born in Machias on April 10, 1920, to the late Vern and Mary (nee Groff) Very.
He was involved in Machias politics for 25 years, serving as a councilman and as town supervisor. He was a private residential electrician for 50 years and a farm seed salesman for Hoffman Farm Seeds in Pennsylvania, for 30 years.
He was the husband of the late Rose (nee Helit) Very; father of Margaret (Robert) Jefferds of Cuba, N.Y. and Kevin (Dorothy) Very of Machias; grandfather of Katie, Michael and Courtney; predeceased by a brother and a sister; survived by several nieces and nephews.
Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery of West Valley. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the charity of a donor’s choice.
Arrangements were made by the W.S. Davis Funeral Home Inc., located at 358 West Main St. in Arcade. Online condolences may be made at


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