Saturday, December 17, 2011

SWCS classmate Jim Widrig has passed away at 65

From the Jamestown Post Journal:

James A. Widrig, 65, of 4827 Mahanna Road, Bemus Point, died Wednes-day (Dec. 14, 2011), in Roswell Park Cancer Insti-tute in Buffalo.
He was born Aug. 28, 1946, in Jamestown, the son of Robert Widrig and Arlene Curtis.
Jim attended South- western schools, and was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War. He earned the Vietnam Service Medal, the National De-fense Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal with device, and the Good Conduct Medal.
Prior to retiring in 2003, he had been a line supervi-sor with Niagara Mohawk Power Corp., where he had been employed for 34 years.
He was a member of Bemus Point Post 557, Veterans of Foreign Wars, where he had served as commander from 2000 to 2004. He was also a direc-tor and current president of the Bemus Point Veterans Club.
Jim enjoyed his retire-ment years, which included hunting, golfing and spending time at the Half Way Farm with his family, including his brothers- in-law: Randy (Laura) Otander and Moe (Patsy) Otander.
He was a wonderful hus-band and father and was adored by his grandchil-dren.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Beth Otander Widrig, whom he married in 1976; two daughters: Jamie D. (Kenneth) Glowacki of Summerville, S.C.. and Kry-stal (Brandon) Waite of Bemus Point; two grand- children: Olivia Allison of Summerville, S.C., and Col-ton Waite of Bemus Point; two brothers: Duane Widrig of Jacksonville, Fla., and Robert Widrig of Sugar Grove, Pa.; and two sisters: Patricia Zimmer of James-town, and Judy Marlett of Warren, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters: Kath-leen Bradley and JoAnne Hobart.
A reception to celebrate Jim's life will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Bemus Point Veterans of Foreign Wars in Ellery.
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Flowers are gratefully de-clined. The family suggests that memorials may be made to the Maple Springs Volunteer Fire Department, Maple Springs, NY 14756; or to the Chautauqua County Humane Society, 2825 Strunk Road, James-town, NY 14701

Byron Windoft, SWCS history teacher, principal has passed away

This from the Jamestown Post-Journal:


Byron Lee "Bud" Windoft, 84, formerly of 40 Vista Way, Lakewood, died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at the Lutheran Home & Rehabilitation Center, following a long battle with Parkinson's disease.
He was born Jan. 31, 1927, in Titusville, Pa., the son of the late Clarence and Lillian Penglase Windoft.
After serving in the U.S. Army, Bud graduated from Edinboro University and later received his master's degree from St. Bonaventure University.
He began his career as a history teacher at Southwestern Central School, moving on to administration and retiring as principal of the middle school. Following retirement, Bud enjoyed his second career as a licensed real estate broker with Winturn Realty.
He was a member of the Lakewood Memorial Post American Legion and the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club.
Surviving is his wife, Mary Ellen Warner Windoft, whom he married in 1976; seven children: Celeste (Dana) Bolles of Erie, Pa, Betsy (Don) Johnson of Lakewood, N.Y., Kellie (David) Bargar of Lakewood, Maryann (Robert) Whitney of Jamestown, Thomas (Andrea) Windoft of Lakewood, Michael (Melissa) Windoft of Erie, and Casey (Amy) Windoft of Lakewood; 14 grandchildren: Whitney and Jeffrey Bolles, Apryl Jackson Troutman, Gregory Jackson, Nathaniel, Kristen and William Bargar, Todd Whitney, Benjamin and Brock Windoft, Sara and Cristofer Windoft, Emily and Carter Windoft; two great-grandchildren: Quentin and Abigail Bolles; three stepsons: Dr. James (Valerie), David and Thomas Scarpino; six step grandchildren: Lisa, Julie and Laurie Scarpino, Madison Borst and Holly and Morgan Scarpino; and his mother-in-law, Emily Warner of Lakewood.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Lola Windoft Jennings; and his step-mother, Eliza Windoft.
The funeral will be held at noon Saturday in the Lind Funeral Home. The Rev. Daniel S. Rumfelt will officiate. Burial will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery.
Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, and for one hour prior to the service in the funeral home Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lakewood Fire Department, 20 W. Summit St., Lakewood, NY 14750; or to Lutheran Social Services Foundation, 715 Falconer St., Jamestown, NY 14701.