John F. West

John F. West, 66, of Fonda, passed away May 29, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.

John was born to Burton and Elma Jane West in Jamestown, N.Y., on April 16, 1947. John attended Randolph Central School in Randolph, N.Y. He graduated with degrees from Mount Union College, Kent State University and SUNY Albany.

John married Kathryn Lindquist on July 6, 1968. He spent the majority of his career with the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District as a physical education teacher, coach, and middle school principal for 14 years. As a coach, John led championship teams in football, baseball and wrestling. John’s interests included spending time with family, building projects, golfing and following the Pitts-burgh Pirates.

John is survived by Kathryn, his wife of 45 years. John and Kathy have two daughters: Julia Ruth Susi, married to Jeffrey Susi, and Janine Alicia Nelsen, married to Douglas Nelsen. John has five grandchildren: his namesakes Charles John Susi and John Thorsen Nel-sen, Ella Carolyn Nelsen, Joseph Jeffrey Susi and Clara Beatrice Nelsen. He is survived by two sisters: Barbara West and Mary Jane Anderson; a brother, Jeffrey West; a niece, Audrey Anderson; and five nephews: Dylan Huig, Erik Huig, Logan West, John Archer West and Isaiah Anderson.

He is predeceased by his parents, Elma Jane and Bur-ton West, and a nephew, Aaron Anderson.

Calling hours will be from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, June 2 at the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District high school auditorium. A funeral ser-vice will take place on Monday, June 3 at 10 a.m. at the Fonda Reformed Church. Please visit and sign the family’s guest book at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the FFCSD John West Memorial Scholarship Fund, entrusted to Jackson & Betz Funeral Home, 15 Main St., Fultonville, NY 12072.