In Memory of




Obituary for Elaine M. Ahles

Elaine M. Ahles (nee Kazmierczak), 66, of West Valley, peacefully passed away at home with music, family and friends to be with the Lord on November 1, 2023. Cherished wife of David Ahles. Daughter of George and the late Joan (Krefta) Kazmierczak.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her father, George Kazmierczak of West Valley; brother, George (Connie) Kazmierczak of West Valley; nieces: Emily (Joshua Gartwhaite) Kazmierczak of West Valley, Jeannie (Gary Pollack) Padowski of Orchard Park, Julie (Stuart Muller) Padowski of Pullman, WA; nephew, Nicholas (Megan Butler) Padowski of Saint Paul, MN; step-daughter, Rena (Geoff) Terwilliger of Horseheads, NY; step-grandchildren, Bella and Griffin Terwilliger of Horseheads, NY; mother-in-law, Marion (late John) Ahles of Springville; sister-in-law, Donna (Calvin Luther) Schweikert of Springville; as well as two loving aunts and many cousins.

Predeceased by her mother and brother, Timothy Kazmierczak.

Elaine was born in Buffalo, NY. Her family moved to West Valley in 1972. She graduated from West Valley Central School in 1975 and attended Canisius University for Youth Ministry. She worked at Peerless Winsmith where she met the love of her life, David. They were married on October 6,1984 at St. John the Baptist Church in West Valley, and celebrated 39 years of friendship and love. Elaine also worked with Chiropractor, Dr. Steven Caprow for 35 years where she brightened many lives. Her most profound impact and where she found her true calling was working as Youth Minister at St. George Church in West Falls, NY and Director of Faith Formation at St. John Church in West Valley, NY and at St. Aloysius Church in Springville, NY. Her creative style of teaching not only endeared her to the youth, but to the church community as well. She often referred to the student as "my kids." and many kept alive their friendships and continued their Faith Journey as Peer Ministers. Elaine loved animals. She owned and showed Arabian horses for over 50 years, winning multiple awards and ribbons. She also treasured the multiple dogs in her life. Cocker Spaniels were her favorite and filled her life with joy.

Her favorite Bible passage was Revelation 21:4
"He will wipe away every tear from their eyes and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain [for] the old order has passed away."

There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Aloysius/St. John Youth Ministry, 190 Franklin St. Springville, NY 14141.

There will be a choice of two different services to attend:

Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 11AM at St. George Church, 74 Old Glenwood Rd. West Falls, NY, with Father Joe Badding officiating.


Saturday, November 25, 2023 at 11AM at St. Aloysius Church, 190 Franklin St. Springville, NY, with Father Daniel Fawls officiating.