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Death notices and obituaries published in the April 6 Springville Journal

Kevin Baker-Waite
Kevin Baker-Waite
Kevin Baker-Waite, 50, of East Otto, died March 29 at Buffalo Hospice of Cheektowaga.

He was born in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Aug. 6, 1962.

He was a carpenter, remodeled and worked in the tree service business.

He was the husband of Julia Eva Baker-Waite. Father of Sheyenne Baker of Hamburg, Ashley Marie Waite of New Albion, Devin Michael Waite of East Otto and Khala Baker of East Otto. Grandfather of Bentley Lee and Riley Thomas Brikley. Son of Audrey and the late Hobart Rhinhart of Cattaraugus and Elaine Waite, formerly of Cattaraugus. Brother of Annette Fothergil, Kathy Willis, Tim Waite, Steven Waite, Richard (Ellen) Rhinhart, Yvonne (William) Wehust, Loren Rhinhart and John (Amy) Rhinhart. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held on April 2 from the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, located at 271 East Main St. in Springville. Pastor Peter Sears will officiate.

Matthew Carnall
Matthew Carnall
Matthew J. Carnall, 24, of Lackawanna, died March 27 in Mercy Hospital.

He was born July 11, 1988 in Boston, to Edward (Kelly) Carnall and the late Dawn (nee DeBalski) Cross.

Carnall camped, played catch and watched movies. He watched the Buffalo Sabres and the Buffalo Bisons. He took yearly trips to the Eden Corn Festival and the Erie County Fair.

Beside his mother, Carnall is preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert (Betty) Carnall and Paul (Marilyn) DeBalski.

He is survived by his father, Edward (Kelly) Carnall and siblings Michael, Shannon Carnall and Douglas Taft. Also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins, Ellen and the staff at the Amber Lynne Group Home.

A private visitation and funeral service will be held, at the convenience of the family.

Memorials may be made to Baker Victory Services, Amber Lynne ICF Group Home, located at 780 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, NY 14218.

Online condolences may be made at

Elizabeth DeAngelo
Elizabeth DeAngelo

Elizabeth “Betty” DeAngelo died March 31 at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital.

She was born in Westheim, Germany and immigrated to the United States with her family, at the age of 7.

She married the late Henry DeAngelo on July 26, 1942 and made her home on Long Island, N.Y.

She moved to Erie County in 2006, to be near her daughter, Lynn Hodson-Thompson.

DeAngelo was the mother of Lynn (Ronald) Hodson-Thompson of Sardinia, Carol (Paul) Montana of New Hampshire and Bette (Jim) Osborne of Chenango County, N.Y.

She was the grandmother of Christopher, Tom, Heather, Sarah and Joseph. Great-grandmother of Alicia, Tyler, Kane, Kameron, Ella, Phoebe and River.

Calling hours will be held Saturday, April 6 from 3 – 5 p.m. at the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, located at 271 East Main St. in Springville. A service will be held, at the funeral home.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapters.

Online condolences may be made at

Raymond Goerss
Raymond E. Goerss, 75, of Machias, died March 29 at Buffalo General Hospital.

He was born in Chaffee on June 23, 1937 to the late Elmer and Helen (nee Czesak) Goerss.

He was a United States Air Force veteran and attended the Fellowship Church of Machias. He was a leather-worker, played guitar in a bluegrass band, gardened and did woodworking.

He was a logger with John Weiss Logging in Ashford, worked for Judd Cole and was self-employed in the logging and firewood businesses.

Husband of Audrey (nee Orr) Goerss, whom he married on Sept. 5, 1976. Father of Carol, Niki, Tracy, Lori, Kelly, Will, Brenda, Loreen, Pamela, Sarah, Roxanne and Carmen. Brother of Ronald (Rhoda) Goerss of Bliss and Elsie (Martin) Smith of Chaffee. Also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

There will be no calling hours. At Goerss’s request, there will also be no memorial service.

Memorials may be made to The Kevin House or to the Machias Rescue Squad.

Arrangements by W.S. Davis Funeral Home Inc., located at 358 West Main St. in Arcade. Online condolences may be made at

Jessie Rasinski-Juras
Jessie Juras, 94, of St. Columban’s on the Lake Retirement Home of Silver Creek, formerly of Collins and Springville, died at Brooks Memorial Hospital on March 12.

She was born May 11, 1918.

She was a licensed practical nurse at Sheehan Memorial Hospital and the VA Medical Center in Buffalo and a volunteer for Volunteers in Service to America and the literacy program at Collins Correctional Facility.

Wife of the late John Rasinski and Eugene Juras. Mother of John (Terri) Rasinski of New Mexico and Joseph (Lucy) Rasinski of Westfield, N.Y. Sister of Justine Jankowski and the late Leo (Josephine) Jankowski.

Meryle Reitz
Meryle Reitz

Meryle K. Reitz of Machias died Wednesday, April 3, following a long illness.

He was born March 15, 1925 in Sykesville, Pa. to August and Tessie (nee Boaz) Reitz.

He married Audrey Scherrer on May 16, 1953 in North Tonawanda. She died Feb. 25, 2008.

Reitz served in World War II and the Korean War. He served in the United States Navy and Marines.

He was employed at Spalding Fiber of North Tonawanda, from which he retired, in 1993. He worked construction for Cliff Green and Herald Nice. He was also employed at the Seneca-Allegany Casino in Salamanca.

Reitz was a member of the VFW Post 526 in Springville. He did woodworking, gardening and hunting, fished with his grandchildren and gambled at the casino.

He is survived by his children, Robin (Paul) Wendt of Sanborn, N.Y.; Kandace Mabee of Hinsdale; Leatta Reitz of Springville and the late Bruce Reitz. Grandfather of seven grandchildren. Brother of William Reitz of North Carolina, Jeanne Hunt of Nebraska and the late Madeline Pletcher and George Reitz. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were held on April 6 at the Babbitt & Easton Funeral Home, located at 7 North Main St. in Franklinville. Graveside services with military honors followed the visitation, at Mt. Prospect Cemetery of Franklinville.

Memorials may be made to Home Care and Hospice, 1225 West State St., Olean, NY 14760.

Online condolences may be made at

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