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Alfred J. Reisdorf

By Joshua Smith

Alfred Reisdorf of Johnsonburg passed away peacefully at home in the care of his loving family, October 14, 2023.  Al was born September 28, 1937. He is survived by his wife of  63 years, Mary Ann (Victor), daughters Sheila (Arthur) Chavers, Lisa (Kevin) Rubino, and Amy (Bob) Delzer, grandchildren Shanel (Aaron) Ranzenbach, Aaron (Emma) Chavers, Lauren (James) Barlow, Nicholas (Lana) Rubino, Derek (Melanie) Delzer and Tori (Madison) Wesolowski, and four great-grandchildren Logan, Clare, Luke and Enzo.

Al graduated from Attica Central School in 1956 and enlisted in the U.S. Army reserves for eight years. He worked for Hyman Construction Company, eventually buying it out and forming Johnsonburg  Construction Company with two partners. They built milking parlors, free stall barns, and pole barns throughout Genesee and Wyoming County. From 1983 to 1993 Al and his family operated the Mini Mart Motel & Country Kitchen in Orangeville known for their pies and friendly service.

Al never really retired. He worked driving tractor for the safari wagons at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure well into his seventies.  He was most happy working in his woods with his schnauzer Bubs, helping family and friends with his trusty backhoe and rotary snowplow, woodworking in his shop, and enjoying family acreage on Thomas Road. When not four-wheeling or snowmobiling, he traveled with the Tri Town Seniors and to visit family in four states. He was a friendly, funny, easy-going guy with a gentle nature and generous heart who was always willing to lend a helping hand.  He was deeply loved and will live on in memory of all those who loved him.

Many community organizations benefitted from Al’s years of service, notably the Varysburg Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, the Wyoming County Office for the Aging, Community Action, and the Warsaw Moose  Lodge 560 among others.

Al was predeceased by his parents, Alfred and Elizabeth (Perl) Reisdorf, sisters Rosie (Ray) Schwab, Lucile (Bob) Powers, and brother Louis (Nancy) Reisdorf. Al is also survived by two sisters, Gert (Ron) Plowe and Peg (Barney) Bird and several nieces and nephews.  

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Joachim and Anne RCC in Varysburg (formerly St. Joseph’s) on November 3rd at 12 noon followed by a Celebration of Life at The Farmstead Barn on Maxon Rd in Varysburg at 3:00 pm.  Interment will be in Johnsonburg Cemetery on Centerline Road immediately following the Mass.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Contributions accepted to Home Care & Hospice of WNY, 29 Liberty St. Suite 6, Batavia NY 14020 or the Varysburg Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, 2446 Route 20A, Varysburg, NY 14167. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in his memory, please visit Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Marley Funeral Home, 135 Main Street, Attica.

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