Andres Hernandez

 Andres DeJesus Hernandez, 89 of N. Main St. Dunkirk, passed away Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at Chautauqua nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Dunkirk, NY.   
 He was born in Puerto Rico, on October 6, 1932, The son of the late Juan Hernandez and Wensela (DeJesus) Hernandez 
 Andres was a very hard worker all of his life. He raised 10 children with Dorothy Ann (Holzer) Hernandez his wife of 42 years. He was a member of the Angola Wesleyan church on Herr road in Angola. 
 Andres  left home in Puerto Rico when he was 18 years old, he stopped in Florida for a short time then made his way to Western New York where he found employment at home as a barber cutting hair for men in the neighborhood, Lawton’s canning factory in North Collins, Buffalo bumper, The Community Action Organization and Catalano Farms in Brant N.Y. He also worked for a short time in Puerto Rico at a sugarcane factory and at an Oil refinery. 
 Andreas enjoyed cooking, gardening and hunting. His greatest love in life was fishing. He spent many hours on Lake Erie and along the creeks of Erie and Chautauqua counties. He was a great handyman and was always willing to help his family and his neighbors making repairs on their homes and their vehicles. He was an inventor of sorts, he would often design some new tool that would aid him in completing a job more efficiently.  He often re-purposed and restored old items making them useful again. He always kept busy helping others. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He had many talents and was self taught. 
 His family would like to express their gratitude and thanks to his doctors, his nurses and the staff at Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their dedicated care during the past year in caring for Andreas during a very difficult time during COVID. 
 Survivors include two sons Michael Fessler (Francisca Jennings) and Richard (Michelina) Vasquez; three daughters Kathy (James) Kleinschmidt, Julie (Ronald) Raab, Linda (Guy) Capitano; one brother Jamie (Maria) Hernandez; many grand children, great-grandchildren and great-great - grandchildren. 
 Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Dorothy (Holzer) Hernandez, whom he married on March 17, 1958. (They met at Lawton’s Canning Factory)  four brothers Ismael Hernandez, Crispin(Natada) Hernandez, Slisto Hernandez,  Efrin(Tatine)Hernandez; three sons William Fessler, David Fessler, and Neil Fessler; two daughters Paulette (Edward) Brennan, Maryann (Juan) Santiago.
 A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
 Arrangements are by John E Roberts Funeral Home 280 Grover Cleveland Hwy Buffalo NY 14226
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