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Death notices and obituaries from the Journal week of Dec. 7

Sally Riter
Sally M. Riter (nee Potter) of West Valley, died Dec. 1. She was the companion of David Reed; mother of Chris (Tammy) Riter, Wendy Reed, Douglas Reed, Jake Reed, Mark Reed and Paul Horn. She was the grandmother of Courtney, Jacob, Timothy, Joshua, Benjamin, the late Brian, Marcus and the late Justin. She was the sister of Noreen Miller, Elaine (James) Pangel, Geraldine (late Carl) Meixner, Walter (Lydia) Potter and Charles (Jann) Potter. Also survived by seven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Her body was donated to medical study and research at the State University of New York at Buffalo. A memorial service will be held, at a later date.

Virginia Starkweather
Virginia M. “Ginny” Starkweather (nee Bauer), 91, of Springville, died Nov. 29 at Elderwood Manor in Hamburg.

She was born July 26, 1922, in Buffalo, to the late Edward and Isabella Bauer.

She had been a second grade teacher at several local Catholic schools, was a member of St. Aloysius Church in Springville and gardened.

She received the American Red Cross Volunteer Service Award, for her many years of running the canteen for the blood donors in Springville.

She was the wife of the late Charles Starkweather; mother of Mary Gin (Bruce) Starkweather Werner of West Seneca; grandmother of Christian Adams; sister of Mary Manaher and the late Donald Bauer, Gerard Bauer, Michael Bauer and Vivian Lorber; also survived by many godchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, friends and relatives.

A funeral service was held Dec. 4 from St. Aloysius Church in Springville. The Rev. Alfons Osiander officiated. Burial was in St. Aloysius Cemetery in Springville. Expressions of sympathy may be made to St. Paul of The Shipwreck Catholic Church, 1122 Jamestown St., San Francisco, Calif. 94124.

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

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