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Death notices and obituaries from the April 20 Springville Journal

Valentine Bossman
Valentine Bossman

Valentine “Val” Charles Bossman, 94, formerly of Randolph, died April 15, in Heritage Park Rehab and Skilled Nursing in Jamestown.

He was born Feb. 14, 1919 in Springville, to the late Charles and Mary (nee Westphal) Bossman.

Val Bossman was a 1939 graduate of Randolph Central School and was a veteran of World War II, serving from Aug. 4, 1941 – Oct. 1, 1944, with the Army 224th Field Artillery Battalion of the 29th Infantry Division.

He was involved in the D Day invasion and received the Medallion Jubilee from France, the American Defense Service Medal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with Arrowhead and the Good Conduct Medal.

He retired in 1982, from Webber Knapp in Jamestown, and had also worked for Skinner Putnam Co. in Quaker Bridge, N.Y., Davis Furniture Factory in Randolph, Skinners Garage and Glenn and Eric Mighells Construction.

He was an elder of the former St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Little Valley, served as a village of Randolph Councilman, was a member of the Randolph American Legion Post 181, Randolph VFW Post 6653 and Randolph Volunteer Fire Company.

He is survived by a daughter; Judith (late Arnold) Towers of Randolph; four grandchildren, Debra (Daryl) Anderson, Annette (Todd) Gardner, Christine (Michael) Lippencott and Renee’ (Sam) Towers-Posey; 11 great grandchildren, two great grandchildren and a sister, Catherine “Katie” Bromley of Jamestown.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Leona Irene (nee Drayton), brothers Frederick and Warren Bossman and sisters, Rose Bossman, Dorothy Pauley, Myrtle Cornelius and Marian Berg.

Graveside services with full military honors will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday April 20, in the Randolph Cemetery, with members of the Randolph American Legion Post 181. Arrangements were made by the VanRensselaer & Son Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made at www.vanrensselaerandsonfuneralhome.com. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the Randolph EMS Rescue Squad, 70 Main St., Randolph, NY 14772.
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Mary Falt
Mary E. Falt, 93, of Springville, died Jan. 3 at Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home in Springville.

She was born in Buffalo on Dec. 30, 1919, to the late Murray and Geraldine (nee Flaherty) Falt. She had been a laborer at Motorola in Arcade.

She was the sister of Dorothy (Sylvester) Heary, Barbara (late William) Brooks and the late Murray Falt, Lester Falt, Grace Mann and Gertrude Moule.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 24, from St. Aloysius Church in Springville. The Rev. Lawrence Cobel will officiate. Burial in St. Aloysius Cemetery in Springville.

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

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Andrew Hess
Andrew Hess

Andrew A. Hess, 80, of Cattaraugus, formerly of Springville, died April 11 in Buffalo General Hospital.

He was born in Yorkshire on March 26, 1933, to the late Andrew and Caroline (nee Benney) Hess.

He was a farmer in Cattaraugus and did woodworking, drove a bus and gardened. He was the on the board of directors for Springville’s Maplewood Cemetery and a past board president of Immanuel Lutheran Church. He was a corporal in the Army, during the Korean War, from 1951 – 1961.

He was the husband of Marian (nee Hintz) Hess; father of Paul Hess of Allegany, David (Maria) Hess of Orchard Park and Diane Hill of Salamanca; grandfather of five grandchildren; brother of the late Mary (Conrad) May.

A funeral service was held April 15, from the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Otto. The Rev. Howard Warner officiated. Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery of Springville.

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

Rose Marie Kirsch (nee Monkelbaan), 79, of Holland, died April 5.

She was born in the Amherst area and moved to Holland, where she was the class valedictorian at Holland Central School.

She studied real estate at Dale Carnegie Training of Western New York and opened Kirsch Real Estate, which is now run by her daughter. She maintained the main office, in Holland. The business has four other offices, including one in Springville.

Kirsch was a member and director of the Great Buffalo Board of Realtors and was also one of the founders of Metro Real Estate, of which she served as president, for several years. She earned the Emeritus Award in Real Estate, for more than 40 years of service.

She was the wife of the late Terrence Kirsch; mother of Linda Mullen of Virginia Beach, Va., Kathy (Richard) McQueen of Holland, Cindy (William) Bramer of Springville, Kevin (Sue) Kirsch of Arcade and Cheryl Merlau of Springville; grandmother of 16 grandchildren; great-grandmother of nine great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held on April 8 from St. John Neumann Parish at St. Mary’s Church in Strykersville.

Arrangements were made by the Wood Funeral Home of East Aurora. Online condolences may be made at www.woodfh.com.
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Charles Sheret
Charles Sheret

Charles Andrew “Andy” Sheret, 59, passed away at his Springville residence, on April 15, in Springville.

He played cards with friends, went camping and fishing, played crosswords and did sudoku.

He was a member of The First Presbyterian Church and the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce.

He was the son of the late Donald and Jean (nee Weir) Sheret. Father of Elise (Michael) Rose of Springville. Brother of Gordon (MaryVan) Sheret of Cortland, N.Y., Pamela (Allen) Lindsay of Lowell, In.; Weir (Linda) Sheret of Middletown, N.Y. and Brian Sheret of Springville; uncle of five and great uncle to many.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 20, at 11 a.m. from The First Presbyterian Church of Springville. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Springville.

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

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Lillian Skinner
Lillian Skinner

Lillian Skinner (nee Schultz), 95, of West Valley, died April 12 at the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home in Springville.

She was born in West Valley on July 21, 1917, to the late Fred and Ida (nee Schwartz) Schultz.

She was a member of the West Valley Senior Citizens and Ashford Hollow Home Bureau, made crafts, gardened and cooked.

She was the wife of the late Milford Skinner; mother of Frederick (Judy) Skinner of Washington, Gloria (John) Nowak of Springville, Karen (Douglas) Bernhoft of West Valley and Gary Skinner of Cattaraugus; grandmother of 11 grandchildren; great-grandmother of 15 great-grandchildren and great-great-grandmother of two great-great-grandchildren; sister of the late Hattie Ploetz, Frances Reynolds and Andrew Schultz.

A funeral service was held April 17 from Trinity Lutheran Church in Ashford. The Rev. William Kay officiated. Burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery in West Valley.

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




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