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Obituaries for the Journal week of July 12

Theresa Masterson

Theresa M. Masterson, 81, (nee Krolczyk) of Springville, died on July 7 at the home of her son in Fillmore.

She was born in Colden on May 25, 1933 to the late William and Mary (nee Popek) Krolczyk.

She was a member of St. Aloysius Church in Springville and the church’s Martha Committee. She enjoyed gardening, sewing and knitting and had been a gardener at the Gowanda Country Club.

She was the wife of the late James Masterson; mother of Michael (Nancy) Masterson of Butler, Pa., Anne Marie (Michael) Bird of Florence, Ky. and Thomas (Nancy) Masterson of Fillmore; grandmother of Rebecca Masterson, Daniel Masterson, Cole Bennion and Jacob Masterson; sister of Eleanor Kowalski of East Otto; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held July 11 from St. Aloysius Church in Springville. The Rev. Lawrence Cobel officiated. Burial was in St. Aloysius Cemetery in Springville.

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

Robert Warner

A memorial service for Robert E. Warner, who died November 28, 2013, will be held on July 12, at 10 a.m. at St. Aloysius Church in Springville, with burial to follow at St. Aloysius Cemetery, Springville.

Frank Mrugala

Frank K. Mrugala Sr., 96, of Boston, formerly of Edies Road in Springville, died July 1, at the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home in Springville.

He was born in Buffalo on Jan. 3, 1918 to the late Frank K. and Katherine (nee Jskrzycka) Mrugala.

He was a member of St. Aloysius Church in Springville and a member of the United Auto Workers No. 897 in Buffalo. He had worked as a farmer and at Ford Motor Company in Buffalo.

He was the husband of the late Cecelia (nee Gliszczynski) Mrugala, to whom he had been married for 50 years and who died in 1991, and the late Julia (nee Bechtel) Mrugala, to whom he had been married six years and who died in 2006; father of James Mrugala of Hamburg, Frank (Marie) Mrugala of Boston, Carolyn (Frank) Latosinski of Boston and Gloria Widrig of West Valley; brother of Leo Mrugala of Springville and the late Josephine Charlap, Stella Petrusek, Sophie Zukowski, John Mrugala, Stanley Mrugala, Helen Perhach and Pauline Fila-Atkinson; father-in-law of the late Valerie Mrugala and Wayne Widrig; grandfather of eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandaugher; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held July 5 from St. Aloysius Church in Springville. The Rev. Lawrence Cobel officiated. Burial was in St. Aloysius Cemetery in Springville.

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

Duane Wiedemann

Duane D. ‘Skeeter’ Wiedemann, 67, of Sardinia, died July 3 at the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo.

He was born in Springville on Jan. 6, 1946 to the late Wayne and Alice M. (nee Nason) Wiedemann.

He served in Vietnam from 1968-71 with the United States Army, and was a customer service representative at Fisher-Price in East Aurora.

He was the brother of Nina (John) Kupciunas of Gloversville, Bonnie VanOcker of Sardinia, David (Jeanne) Wiedemann of Machias, Wayne (Colleen) Wiedemann of Freedom, Gordon (Stacy) Wiedemann of Gloversville, Paul (Jean) Wiedemann of Sardinia, Mark (Maria) Wiedemann of Machias and the late Theodore Wiedemann, Richard Wiedemann and Cheryl Schweickert; brother-in-law of Mark Schweickert of Chaffee; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held July 8 from the W.S. Davis Funeral Home Inc., 358 West Main St., Arcade. The Rev. Timothy Chase officiated. Burial was in Sardinia Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made at www.wsdavisfuneralhome.com.

Caroline Gawlak

Caroline K. Gawlak, 99, (nee Majchrzak), of Collins Center, died July 7, at the JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, Fla.

She was born in Buffalo on Dec. 9, 1914 to the late Antoni and Mary (nee Swiatko) Majchrzak.

She was a member of the Collins Center Home Bureau, the Altar and Rosary Sodality of St. Francis Cabrini Church and enjoyed antiques and garage sales. She was a homemaker.

She was the wife of the late Frank L. Gawlak; mother of Mike (Anna) Gawlak, Mary Ann (Jack) Haag, Joann Stack, Betty (Bill) Martin and the late Tony Gawlak; grandmother of nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; mother-in-law of the late Thomas Stack; predeceased by six brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services will be held July 12 from St. Joseph Church, 26 Erie St., in Gowanda. The Rev. Dan Walsh will officiate. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Holy Cross Cemetery in Gowanda.

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

Nancy Wilson

Nancy Wilson, 69, (nee Matteson) of West Valley, died July 8, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

She was born in Gowanda on Feb. 23, 1945, the daughter of the late Lloyd and Jeanne (nee Stark) Matteson Vacinek.

She was a member of the Springville Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary and enjoyed gardening. She was a graduate of Springville-Griffith Institute and had been a waitress at the Fireside Inn in East Concord.

She was the wife of the late Kenneth Wilson, who died in 2009; mother of Heather (Tim) Sopko of Springville, Tony LaValle of Chicago, Ill. and Todd LaValle of Gowanda; close friend of John Mulhollan of Boston; grandmother of seven, including Nathaniel and Alexia; sister of Candace Termer of Collins Center, Laurie Paullin of Cleveland, Ohio, Rebecca Vacinek of Virginia and the late Richard Matteson; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call Saturday, July 19, from 4-7 p.m. at the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, 271 East Main St. in Springville. Graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in St. Aloysius Cemetery in Springville.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Heart Association, Heart Gifts Processing Center, P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse, N.Y. 13220-3049.

Online condolences may be made at www.smithweismantelfuneralhome.com.
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