Viola Stevens

Obituary of Viola M. Stevens

Viola Rieckhoff-Crisafulli Stevens

Olean, NY     Viola Rieckhoff Crisafulli Stevens, 83, of 217 N. 5th St. passed on to her Heavenly Father on Saturday (September 7, 2019).

Born March 12, 1936 in Frederick County, WV she was the daughter of Daniel and Vera Welsford Rieckhoff.  In 1975 in Lewiston she married Gerald Stevens who predeceased her February 20, 2012.

Viola enjoyed making jewelry, crocheting hats and scarves, and as a young woman she marched as a drummer with the Town of Niagara band.  She will be remembered lovingly as a woman with a strong personality.

She is survived by her daughters Melissa (Tim) Hicks, Elizabeth and Laurie Crisafulli, Theresa (Bernie) Ruhl and Valarie Sass; her sons Vito Crisafulli, Jr. and Kenneth Puderbach; her grandchildren Harliegh, Bradley and Arielle Vaughn; Angelina and Vincent (Jennifer) Carr; Richard (Jamie), Lisa, Theresa (Al), Ian and Shana Carr; Derek (Lisa) Spillman, Sara Clark, Vito Crisafulli, III and Rachel (Tom) Jeckovich; 23 great grandchildren; her sister JoAnn (Al) Lewis and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband she was predeceased by a daughter Cheryl Crisafulli and 3 sisters Bertha (Bernie) Heming, Marion (James) Smith and Millie Ortner.

Family and friends are welcome to gather for a memorial service on Thursday (September 12, 2019) at 3:30pm at the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home 3128 W. State Rd., Olean.  Online condolences may be expressed at

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