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Obituaries and death notices from the Journal week of Jan. 11

Clarence Belz

Clarence Belz

Clarence R. “Bingo,” “Pa Taz” Belz, 74, of Springville, died Jan. 3, at his home.

He was born in West Falls on May 21, 1939, to the late Louis and Elsie (nee Williams) Belz.

He graduated from East Aurora High School and had been employed as a machine operator at the Ford Motor Stamping Plant in Buffalo. He served with the United States Army from 1962-64, and was a member of the West Valley American Legion, the National Loyal Order of the Moose, Amvets Post No. 219 in Boston, Springville Fire Department exempts and the Springville Travelers. He hunted, fished and gardened. He also attended the Assembly of God Church, located in Springville.

He was the husband of the late Mary Ann (nee Dabb) Belz; father of Larry (Brenda) Milliman of Ohio, Gary Milliman of Glenwood and Daniel “Taz” (Jennifer) Belz of West Valley; grandfather of Gary Jr., Skye, Kayla and Clayton Milliman and Kelsi, Julianna and Elena Belz; brother of Rheda of Ohio and the late John (late Tillie) Belz; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Jan. 10 from the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, located at 271 East Main St. in Springville. The Rev. Stanley Handzlik officiated. Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery in Springville. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Assembly of God Church, P.O. Box 187, Springville, N.Y. 14141, to assist families in need.

Online condolences may be made at

Alberta Moore

Alberta J. Moore, 87, (nee Mosher) of Springville, died Jan. 4, at her home.

She was born May 31, 1926, in Gowanda, to the late Neal and Mabel (nee Adams) Mosher.

She was a retired purchasing clerk for Gowanda State Hospital, where she worked for a number of years.

She was the wife of the late Clifford Moore; mother of Linda (Kenneth) Rogan and James (Rhonda) Moore, both of Springville; grandmother of Michael (Beth) Rogan of Hamburg, Eric (Sara) Moore of Lon Derry, Vt., Melissa (Nathan) Smith of Hamburg and Cristin (Martin) Benz of Sardinia; great-grandmother of eight great-grandchildren; sister of the late Wesley Mosher, Everett Mosher, Alice Mosher, Aileen Bromley and Rachel Thalheimer.

A funeral service was held Jan. 6, from the Hills Funeral Chapel, located at 255 Aldrich St. in Gowanda. The Rev. David Bevington officiated. Burial was in the Park Lawn Cemetery in the town of Dayton, N.Y.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home at 222 West Main St., Springville, N.Y. 14141.

June Ried

June Ried (nee Kuns), 92, formerly of Springville, died Jan. 4, at the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home in Springville.

She was born in Monroeville, Ohio, on June 18, 1921, to the late Harry and Clara (nee Mischke) Kuns.

She had worked as a medical receptionist in Sarasota, Fla., and in Orchard Park, and was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Springville.

She was the wife of the late Marion John Ried; mother of William (Kathleen) Ried of Orchard Park, Terry (Catherine) Ried of East Concord, Timothy Ried of Sarasota, Fla., and the late Robert Ried; grandmother of seven grandchildren; great-grandmother of 13 great-grandchildren; sister of Marvin “Pete” (Mary Carol) Kuns of Castalia, Ohio and the late Gerald, Theodore, Luther, Arthur, Irvin “Bud” and Robert Kuns and Lucille Hire and Rita Semprich.

A memorial service and burial will be held in Castalia, Ohio, in the spring. Burial will be in Castalia Cemetery in Castalia. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Grace Lutheran Church in Castalia.

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

Online condolences may be made at

Mary Strong

Mary Strong

Mary Strong, 95, of Shoreline, Wash., formerly of Springville, died Dec. 29.

She was born in Rochester, N.Y., on March 26, 1918, to the late Rev. Dr. Ernest and Laura (nee Gelser) Tiffany.

During her childhood, her father, a Baptist preacher, moved the family frequently. They lived in communities in New York, Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama. When she was 15, the family moved north and she graduated from Wellsville High School in Wellsville, N.Y., and Houghton Academy. She attended Houghton College in Houghton, N.Y., and graduated in 1940.

She taught high school history and English in schools at Briar Hill, Savona and Bliss, N.Y. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in library science from the State University of New York at Geneseo and worked as a librarian at the Buffalo Public Library, while her husband completed a medical internship.

In 1946, she and her husband moved to Holland, N.Y., where he set up a medical practice. She was a member of the garden club, the Fern Leaf Reading Club, a bridge club, the East Aurora Baptist Church and was Western New York coordinator of the Americans Abroad program of the American Field Service, a student exchange program. The couple hosted Anselm “Mecki” Urbanek, an AFS student from Austria, whom they visited several times.

The couple moved to Springville when her husband joined the Concord Medical Center in 1969. She volunteered as an assistant at the League for the Handicapped, was secretary-treasurer of the Alumni Association at Houghton College, held several positions at the First United Methodist Church of Springville and was on district and conference levels of the United Methodist denomination. She held various leadership positions in the Order of the Eastern Star in the Vernon Chapter in Java Village, N.Y., in the Genesee-Wyoming District, and was grand matron of the state of New York in 1986.

When her husband retired in 1998, they relocated to the Buckingham’s Choice retirement community in Buckeystown, Md., where they joined the Buckeystown United Methodist Church. In 2009, they moved to Cristwood Park retirement community in Shoreline, Wash.

She traveled, read and hooked rugs, winning several prizes for the rugs she made.

She was the wife of Dr. Clinton Strong; mother of Douglas (Cynthia) Strong; grandmother of Timothy and Nathanael Strong.

A memorial service will be held Jan. 18, from the Activity Center of Cristwood Park retirement community. A worship service will be held at 10 a.m., on July 12, from the First United Methodist Church, located at 224 East Main St. in Springville, where her ashes will be interred.

Arrangements were made by the Bleitz Funeral Home in Seattle, Wash. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Houghton College, 1 Willard Ave., Houghton, N.Y. 14744. Condolences may be sent to Doug Strong, 3614 12th Ave. West, Seattle, Wash.


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2014-01-12 | 07:27:43
I was wondering why the obituaries and death notices are not listed from the Journal week of Dec. 28?