Kay L. O'Connor , ((Edna Kay Laisy O'Connor) January 26, 1930 - December 24, 2008 .
Edna Kay Laisy was born on January 26, 1930 in Berea Ohio to Fred and Christine Laisy. Her father was a successful farmer and businessman who built a greenhouse in North Olmsted, Ohio which operated and expanded during the Great Depression.
"Kay" (who preferred to use her middle name) graduated from North Olmsted High School. She attended Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, where she met C. Donald O'Connor (who also preferred his middle name). They married in 1950; Kay gave birth to their first child, Penelope. They lived in Kay's parents' home in North Olmsted until Donald graduated from Baldwin Wallace.
Donald was accepted to Cornell Law School. The family lived and grew on a small gentleman's farm in Caroline Corners New York (near Ithaca). Their second child, Edward was born in Ithaca.
Donald graduated first in his class and opened a practice in Caroline Corners. He was offered the job of Assistant U.S. Attorney in Alaska. The family crossed the country by car in 1954. They made their home in Ketchikan, Alaska where Kay gave birth to their third child, William. In 1955, Donald was stricken with polio and spent several months in an iron lung in Seattle, Washington. Kay developed schizophrenia.
Donald lost the use of his legs and one arm, but recovered well enough to continue working. He became a popular and successful Federal prosecutor, and the family moved east. Donald served as an Assistant and Acting US Attorney for the Western District of New York.
Kay's illness proved to be more debilitating than her husband's. She spent a great deal of time in mental hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. Kay managed many times to defeat her sickness and come back to be with her family. She was a devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother.
She died on December 24, 2008, at Niagara Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility in Niagara Falls, New York.
Kay is survived by her brother, Albert W. Laisy (Emily) of Fallston, Maryland, a daughter, Penelope (Page Stephens) of Cleveland, Ohio, by son Edward (Rose) of Kenmore, New York, and son William (Pamela) of Grand Island, New York. She was the widow of the late C. Donald O'Connor. She was grandmother of three.
There will be a memorial service at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, New York on March 6, 2009, at 6:00 p.m.
Lillian (Kleeman) DeGlopper, of Eden, NY, former Grand Island, NY resident, January 7, 2009. Wife of John; mother of Gretchen and Craig DeGlopper; daughter of Gertrude and the late Robert Kleeman; sister of Frank (Linda) Kleeman. Friends may call Friday, January 9th from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the Laing Funeral Home Inc. 2724 W. Church St., Eden where services will be held Saturday, January 10th at 2 PM.
Gloria Mary (Smith) Worley, long time Grand Island resident, age 77, January 6, 2009 at Niagara Hospice, born in Buffalo in 1931, Gloria graduated from Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart in 1949 and attended Canisius College, she married James Worley in 1951. Gloria lived with a boundless sense of curiosity and adventure, she loved travel, wine, Italian food, Mozart, Cole Porter, Hitchcock and the Swedish Chef, athletic and active, Gloria water skied, snow skied, bicycled and did aerobics, she was a devout and active parishioner at St. Stephens Church on Grand Island. She is survived by her husband James, eight children, James Jr. (Kathleen), Rosemary (Joseph) Migliore, Diane Saari, Barbara (Daniel) Ratka, Linda (Brian) Werder, Lawrence (Liliana), Jennifer (Bill Basquin) and Amie (Stefan Lisowski) and 13 grandchildren. Friends may call Thursday, January 8, 2009 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, January 9th at 10:00 AM at St. Stephens Church, memorials to Niagara Hospice 439-4417 or www.niagarhospice.org.
Frank A. Oliverio Sr. , 84, of Grand Island, NY, December 29, 2008, husband of Louise M. (Crapis) Oliverio; father of Frank A. (Dorothy) Oliverio Jr. of Lewiston, NY, and Margaret (Vincent) Martello of Grand Island; grandfather of Anthony, Christopher and John Martello; brother of the late Ernest (Antoinette), Sam (Rose), Silvio Ollie (late Frances) Oliverio and Eleanor (late Louis) DiPietro; also survived by nieces and nephews. Visitation Thursday, January 1 from 2-7 PM at M. J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Rd., Niagara Falls, where services will begin Friday, January 2 at 9:15 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM in St. Stephen’s Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Interment St. Stephens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Association of WNY or to Niagara Lutheran Home. Visit www. mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for complete obituary and online guest register.
Marie Shoemaker, 78, of Grand Island, NY, Sunday, December 28, 2009.
Charles E. (Charlie) Satterlee , Dec 6, 1950 - Dec 21, 2008
Charlie Satterlee, formerly of Grand Island, New York, passed away at Erie County Home after a long illness. He was born in Troy, New York and grew up on Grand Island where he attended Grand Island High School. After graduating with honors from Cornell University's School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, he returned to Grand Island and opened Charlie's Place Restaurant in the mid-1970's. Charlie has been a resident of the Erie County Home & Infirmary for the last 13 years. He was predeceased by his wife, Sandy Woodburn, and by his mother, Irene Satterlee. Charlie is survived by his father and step-mother, Charles Edwin (Sybil) of Grand Island, NY; sisters Rita (James) Rosensteele of Indianapolis, IN and Jill Satterlee of Atlanta, GA; and brothers Richard (Maura) Satterlee of Cincinatti, OH, and Thomas Satterlee of Grand Island, NY; several nieces and nephews; and his former wife, Diane Satterlee of Grand Island, and children David and Ronae. A memorial service is being planned for the spring of 2009 to take place on Grand Island, New York. Donations in Charlie's memory can be made to Hospice Buffalo
225 Como Park Blvd.
Buffalo, NY 14227-1480
Francis L. Preve, December 25, 2008 of Grand Island; husband of Claudia A. (Zdybowicz) Preve; father of Kelli A. (David) Kompare; grandfather of Mya Kompare; brother of Suzanne (Som) Bhattacharya; son of the late Francis P. and Dorothy Preve. Friends may call Tuesday, December30, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM followed by a prayer service Tuesday at 9:00 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Mr. Preve retired after 33 years with GM Power Train, was Harbor Master at Big Six Marina and was an avid drag racer at Lancaster Speedway.
Dennis J. Stankiewicz, of Grand Island, entered into rest December 24, 2008, beloved husband of the late Linda (nee Dutka) Stankiewicz; loving fiance of Nancy Sandford; devoted father of Lisa, Brian and the late Scott Stankiewicz Firestone; fond step-father of Jody (Tim) Dinger, Christine, Paul Dutka, Kelly (Jeff) Mongold and Michael (Beth) Sandford; cherished grandfather of Andrew, Mitchell Dinger, Jacob and Madison Mongold; dearest son of Irene (Litwin) and the late Stanley F. Stankiewicz; dear brother of Paul S. (Pat) Stankiewicz, Cheryl A. (Ronald) Spiak and the late Kenneth D. Stankiewicz; also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME, (Northtowns Chapel), 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., near Eggert/Sheridan Dr.), on Saturday, December 27, 2008 from 7-9 PM and Sunday, December 28, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM, where the Funeral Service will be held on Monday morning, December 29 at 11:30 oclock. Interment, Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Dennis was an Army veteran of the Viet Nam War. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Buffalo, 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227 in Dennis’ name.
Janine E. (nee LaBarre) Rubino, December 25, 2008, of Grand Island, NY, wife of the late Anthony Rubino; step-mother of Michael (Catherine), Paul (Janis) Rubino and Joanne (Salvatore) Bracco; sister of Rachel and Marcel LaBarre, the late Roger, Normand and Bertrand LaBarre; also survived by many grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. The family will be present at the HARRY A. WEDEKINDT FUNERAL HOME, 280 Grover Cleveland Hwy., at N. Bailey, Sunday, December 28, 2008 from 6-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Stephen Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Monday, December 29 at 10:00 AM. Friends invited. Please assemble at church. Arrangements by JOHN E. ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME.
The Rev. Royce E. Chaney December 24, 2008, age 62, of Grand Island, NY and Lyndonville, NY, husband of The Rev. Melba Chaney; brother of Sherry Chaney of Franklin, WV; favorite cousin of Jerry Ruddle of Franklin, WV. Royce was born in Cumberland, Maryland January 24, 1946. Rev. Royce received his Master of Divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. He worked for the American Baptist Churches of USA. Friends may call at the RUTLAND-CORWIN FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2670 Main St., Newfane, NY, Sunday, December 28, 2008 from 2-6 PM, words of eulogy will be said at 4:00 PM. Burial will be in North Fork Cemetery, Riverton, WV. Memorials to Lyndonville United Methodist Church, 102 North Main St., Lyndonville, NY 14098 would be appreciated by the family. Please visit www.rutland-corwin.com to send a condolence.
Andrew J. Jack Saltzman, December 22, 2008; of Grand Island, husband of the late Dorothy (Ogilvie) Saltzman, father of Donnette (Dr. Gregory) Adornetto and Douglas (Janet) Saltzman; grandfather of Lisa, Jill and Eric Adornetto, Nicholas, Jenna and the late Ryan Saltzman. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, December 26, 2008 at 10 AM at St. Stephens Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, flowers gratefully declined.
Cleatus Bryl Remmy, 75, former resident of Grand Island, NY, left us for a better life on December 19, 2008 at his Charlotte County residence. He was born January 30, 1933 in Ponca City, OK to the late Elwyn and Alpha (Burell) Remmy. Cleatus served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He was employed by General Motors as a mechanical engineer for 17 years, retiring in 1998. He was an avid sportsmen who loved fishing and hunting. Mr. Remmy was a member of the Grand Island Rod & Gun Club, Lakewood Rod and Gun Club in Lakewood, NY and Broken Straw Rod and Gun Club of Youngsville, PA. He is survived by his loving wife, Theresa Edel Remmy, of Englewood, FL; a daughter, Linda Remmy of Anaheim, CA; two sons, Richard Remmy (Pam) of Boyton Beach, FL and Robert Remmy (Cindy) of Amherst, NY; four step children: Lisa Raiford of Wynnewood, OK, Terry Oyspian (Dave) of Niagara Falls, NY, Dennis Sawya of Charlotte, NC, and Denise Swain of Indiana, PA. Also survived by his half sister, Brenda Jones, of Louisville, KY and a half brother, Randy Remmy, of Ocala, FL; eight grandchildren and two great granddaughters. A celebration of life will be held at the Broken Straw Rod and Gun Club in Youngsville, PA in June 2009. Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.
Norma Gelose, former Grand Island, NY resident, Tuesday, December 9, 2008. A dancing teacher for 55 years, she was the wife of the late James, widow of Dan Ferrar and Pat Luisi. Survived by stepdaughters Susan Moroz and Elizabeth Sarkovics. A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a. m. Dec. 27 in St. Joseph- University Catholic Church, 3269 Main St.
See Buffalo News Obituary.
Anita F. (nee Ricketts) Cole, December 16, 2008, of Grand Island; wife of 53 years of the late Charles R. Cole; mother of David (Adele) Cole of Grand Island, Cindy (Steven) Gardell of Boston, Linda (Phillip) Jerzak of Raleigh, NC and Daniel (Georgia) Cole of Smithfield, NC; grandmother of Michael, Deanna and David C. Cole, Elizabeth and Eric Gardell, Christopher and Katelyn Jerzak, Emily, Chandler and Elana Cole; sister of William Ricketts of Florida; daughter of the late William and Ethel Ricketts. Friends may call Thursday, December 18 from 7-9 PM and Friday, December 19 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Mrs. Cole was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Grand Island where funeral services will be held Saturday, December 20 at 11:00 AM. Flowers gratefully declined, memorials to Hospice Buffalo.
Betty Ann (Daniels) Cerminara, 75, of Grand Island, NY, died on Monday, December 15, 2008 at Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital in Buffalo, NY. Born in Niagara Falls, NY, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Mary (Azzarello) Daniels.Betty attended local schools in Niagara Falls and graduated from the former Trott Vocational High School. During the early 1950’s, Betty was employed at a local Niagara Falls law firm. In 1989 she and her husband moved to Grand Island where she currently resided. Betty took great pleasure in being a homemaker. She especially enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing and crafts, but above all raising her grandchildren.Betty Ann is survived by her husband of fifty-five years, Russell A. Cerminara; two daughters, Therese M. (Dale) Heary of Niagara Falls, NY and Debra M. (Todd) Reublin of California; five grandchildren, Nina (Kevin) Schendel, Christin (Venkat) Kolli, Anthony Heary, Angela Heary and Gabrielle Reublin; her sister-in-law, Margaret Daniels of Lewiston, NY; as well as several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great- nephews, cousins; and her beloved poodle, Fudge. She was also predeceased by five sisters and one brother, Grace Egert, Angie Carmen, Lena Calabrese, Gertrude Paonessa, Frances Lunsford, and Russell Daniels. There will be no prior visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Parish at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Niagara Falls, NY, followed by entombment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lewiston, NY at the convenience of the family. Arrangements made by M.J. COLUCCI AND SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL 2730 MILITARY ROAD NIAGARA FALLS, NY.Visit www.mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for online guest register.
Ignatius Lazzaro, December 15, 2008, of Grand Island, husband and best friend of Dorothy Lazzaro; father of Christina (Peter) Vaccaro, Marc, Michael (Christine) and Matthew Lazzaro; grandfather of Noelle Vaccaro and Emma Lazzaro; brother of Philip (Roseanne), Eugene (Marcella) and Rose Marie Lazzaro; son of the late Nunzio and Josephine Lazzaro; also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews. Friends may call Wednesday, December 17, 2008 from 4-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, December 18 at 10:00 AM at St. Stephens Church. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Sisters Hospital Foundation.
Eleanor (nee Farnsworth) Falejczyk, of Delevan, NY, former Grand Island resident, December 9, 2008, wife of the late Francis; mother of Nancy (Ron) Niedzwiecki and Joseph (Liz) Falejczyk; grandmother of Harlan; sister of Sarah and John. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Lions Club or Jennie B. Richmond N.H., Springville. A private celebration will be held at a later date. Arrangements by SMITH-WEISMANTEL FUNERAL HOME, INC.
James T., Stockman Jr., suddenly December 10, 2008 of Grand Island; beloved son of Donna and Jim Stockman, Sr., dearest brother of JennaBeth Stockman; devoted boyfriend of Jessica Ritzenthaler; grandson of the late Donald and Betty Karnath, Cyril and Genevieve Stockman; nephew of Richard and Nancy Stockman, John and Carol Karnath, Nancy Mosler, Chris and Joye Weinholtz, Joan and the late Donald Stockman; also survived by numerous cousins and friends. Friends may call Sunday, December 14, 2008 from 2-7 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, December 15 at 10:00 AM at St. Stephens Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials to Roswell Park Cancer Institute for research. Jim was a student at Niagara University and was a lifelong gifted baseball and hockey player.
Sidney Birzon, 90, a diamond setter and salesman into a downtown wholesale jewelry business and later co-founded Fantasy Island Amusement Park, died Thursday, December 11, 2008 in Lauderhill, Fla. He and the former Jeanette Glasser, whom he met in Miami Beach in 1952, were married until her death in 1998. Mr. Birzon, the father of two, loved to see children having fun, and in 1961 was a co-founder of the Fantasy Island Amusement Park on Grand Island. He is survived by a son, Lawrence; a daughter, Mindy Doerfler; and two brothers, Ralph and Gerald. Services will be held at 1 p. m. Monday in Temple Beth Am, 4660 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.
Carol A. Nordvik , of Grand Island N.Y., December 7, 2008. Devoted mother of Jeffrey, Kelsey and Katie; step-mother of Steven; grandmother of Macayla and fiancee of Donald Jose Rickard. Memorial services will be held Saturday, December 13, 2008 at 2 PM at the RHONEY FUNERAL HOME, 5893 Hoover Rd., Sanborn N.Y. Memorials may be made in her name to Relay for Life. Visit www.rhoneyfuneralhome.com for register.
Helen M. (nee OConnor) Becker, December 5, 2008, of Grand Island, wife of the late Donald M. Becker, Sr.; mother of Donald M. (Regina) Becker, Jr., Joe (Patti) Becker and Susan (Gary) Doyle; grandmother of Michael, Matthew, Robert, Michelle, Glenn, Joseph and Brian; great-grandmother of Brynn; sister of the late Elizabeth Brogan. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, December 9, 2008 at 11:00 AM at St. Stephens Church (old church), 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society.
Alice A. (nee Nooney) Engel, December 4, 2008, formerly of Grand Island, wife of the late William H. Engel; mother of Bonnie (Alan) Cehok, Karen Knight, Bruce (Betty), Carol and the late William P. Engel; grandmother of Tracey Busch, Peter Beyer, Brandon Thompson, Travis and Amanda Cehok, Drew and Lisle Friedman, Janel and Ryan Engel and Taylor Rich; also survived by numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; special friend of Beryl Kinney. Funeral Services will be held Monday, December 8, 2008 at 10:00 AM at St. Stephens Church, Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials to McAuley Residence or Kenwell Assisted Living.
Lana J. (nee Haas) Violanti, 68, December 5, 2008, of Grand Island, wife of Dario A. Violanti; mother of Thomas J. Violanti and Debra J. (Gary) Strange; grandmother of Donald E. (fiancee, Cara Roberts) Silversmith, Jr., Tanya S., Matthew T. and Melissa M. Violanti and Joseph A-M Strange; sister of Anne (Dean) French and George Haas. Friends may call Monday, December 8, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, December 9th at 11:30 AM at St. Stephen’s Church (new church), 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Her grandchildren were her passion since her retirement. She was formerly Assistant Receiver of Taxes for Grand Island, former president of The PTSA and a former board member for The Sandy Beach Park Club.
Martha M. (nee McNamee) Gangloff, December 4, 2008 at age 94. Predeceased by her husband Norman, she is survived by her children Sharilyn (Richard) Zarajczyk of LeRoy, Thomas of Henrietta, Marlene (Charles) Martin of Marion and by her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Born on Grand Island, Martha graduated from Fosdick-Masten Park High School and Childrens Hospital School of Nursing in Buffalo. Martha and Norman were avid square dancers, dancing for fun and competitively for many years. There will be no prior calling. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass Saturday, December 6 at 10:30 A.M. at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peters Church, 44 Lake St., LeRoy, NY. Interment will be private. Donations in her memory should be made to Homecare and Hospice, 550 E. Main St., Batavia, 14020.
Dorothy L. (Bozek) Nizialek, age 65 of Grand Island, NY, wife of Donald Nizialek of Grand Island, NY, mother of Darcy (David) Willams of Williamsville, NY, Darilyn Scheuing, Derek (Ana) Nizialek both of Grand Island, NY; five grandchildren; sister of Annette Tonia Laszewski of Niagara Falls, NY, Matthew (Megan) Bozek Jr. of Grand Island, NY. Friends may call Friday at ZAJAC FUNERAL HOME INC., 319-24th St., corner Welch Ave., Niagara Falls, NY. Funeral services Saturday 9:30 AM from the funeral home and Mass of Christian Burial 10 AM at Divine Mercy Parish (St. Stanislaus Kostka). Burial Holy Trinity Cemetery, Lewiston, NY. Contributions to American Cancer Society.
Howard C. Kaiser, December 3, 2008, of Grand Island, husband of the late Shirley (Ryan) Kaiser; father of James C. (Denyse) Kaiser, Patricia A. (the late Walter) Latona and Kathleen A. (Donald) Mogavero; grandfather of Mariessa, Bryan and Christina Kaiser, Katelyn and Donald Mogavero; brother of Harold (the late Eileen) and the late Warren (survived by wife Kay) Kaiser; special brother-in-law of Dorothy Wisniewski; special uncle of Karen Fredenburg; son of the late George and Henrietta Kaiser. Friends may call Friday 3-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 11:30 AM at St. Stephens Church. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Association of WNY.
Bertha Matteson, November 28, 2008, of Grand Island, NY, wife of 67 years of Norman Matteson; mother of Elaine (Paul) Fields; grandmother of Allison (Jeffrey) Stravino, Meredith (Dean) Atkins and Matthew Fields; great grandmother of Jack, Ryan and Caroline; predeceased by four brothers and three sisters. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, December 6 at 10 AM at St. Stephens Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo Inc. or the Grand Island Golden Age Center.
Kathryn J. (nee Baryza) Tirone, November 28, 2008, of Grand Island, wife of Bruce C. Tirone; mother of Samuel A. Tirone; grandmother of Vanessa Tirone; daughter of Dolores and the late Stanislaus Wayne Baryza; sister of David (Dorothy) Baryza, William (Janet) Baryza, Suzanne Davis and Laura Baryza; also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Friends may call Saturday, November 29, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-8:30 PM followed by Funeral Services at 8:30 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials to The National Kidney Foundation.
Former resident Michael A. Dommer passed away Novenber 22, 2008 in the comfort of his family. Born in Buffalo, NY. He was the son of the late Chester R. and Alice M. (Grzeskowiak) Dommer, and son-in-law of Thomas M. Stoyle Sr. (late Mary W). He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Elizabeth M. (Stoyle) Dommer and son, Robert M. (Polly) and daughters, Finley Elizabeth and Adeline Grace, and son Richard (fiance' Amy) of Herkimer, NY and Jeffrey (Amy) Criddle ”our #3 son” of Tonawanda, NY.
Michael served proudly in the United States Air Force and was a member of VFW Post #9249 of Grand Island. He is the brother of Mary Dommer Wakelam, Sue Guzzino (late Donald) and Catherine (Eugene) Miller. He is also survived by family, friends and many crazy fishing buddies.
A celebration of his life will be held during visitation at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, 2587 Baseline Rd., GI, NY, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, December 5, and a service at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 6. Flowers respectfully declined. Donations may be made in his memory to 'Relay for Life Grand Island', 101 John James Audubon Pkwy, Amherst, NY, 14228 or St. Martin in-the-Fields. Michael often said he needed only to have his immediate family near him to be truly happy.
Roberta A. (nee Kirwan) Gonter, November 24, 2008, former Grand Island, NY resident. Beloved wife of the late Richard J. Gonter; dear mother of Martha A. (Gregory) Gaustad, Gregory L. (Mary Jane), Rosemary (Robert) Coe, Luanne (Randy) Buchnowski, Roberta M. (Stephen) Bollish, Louis J. (Diana), Joseph M. (Noreen) and the late Richard F. Gonter; loving grandmother of Gregory, Shannon, Kristen, Rebecca, Genevieve, Adam, Steven, Richard, Jaclyn, Daniel, Joseph, Timothy, Louann, Maxwell, Amanda, Samantha and great-grandmother of Owen, Caitlin, Noah, Cora, Jackson and Luciana; sister of the late Marguerite (Al) Dray, Francis and John Kirwan. The family will receive friends at the C. MERTZ AND SON FUNERAL HOME INC., 911 Englewood Ave., Tuesday, November 25 from 7-9 PM and Wednesday, November 26 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. A prayer service will be held Friday, November 28 at 8:30 AM and a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Annunciation Church Our Lady of Hope (Lafayette & Grant St.) at 9:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given through Martha Gaustad to charities that Roberta has designated.
James Monaco, November 23, 2008, of Grand Island, husband of Donna (Lorenz) Monaco; son of Sam and Angeline (Giglia) Monaco; brother of Donna (William) Gillan, Salvatore (Ellen), Michael (Linda), Bob and the late Maryann Monaco; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Monday, November 24th from 7-9 PM and Tuesday, November 25th from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, November 26th at 10 AM at St. Stephens Church. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials to The Association for Research of Childhood Cancer, www.arocc.org. Mr. Monaco was active in The Knights of Columbus Mary Star of the Sea Council #4752 and a Board member with The Association for Research of Childhood Cancer.
Elmer C. Duermeyer, former Grand Island, NY resident, November 21, 2008, loving husband of the late Joan (nee Hiemenz); dear father of Joel (Shirley), Timothy (Lori) Duermeyer and Kimberly (Daniel) Hutchinson; brother of the late Richard (Carol); grandfather of Leona, Crystal, Joshua, Erin and Austin; great-grandfather of Savannah; brother-in-law of the late Evelyn (Frank) Williams, Virginia (Brinwood) Lake and the late Shirley (Bruce) Reynolds; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Monday, November 24, 2008 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the DENGLER & ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME, 2070 Eggert Rd, (near Niagara Falls Blvd), where funeral services will follow at 8 PM. Mr. Duermeyer was a life member of the North Bailey Volunteer Fire Company, where he served several years on the Board of Directors. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to People, Inc. Foundation, 1219 North Forest Rd, Williamsville, NY 14231-9033.
John E. Delaney, November 21, 2008 of Grand Island, NY; loving companion of Joan Anderson; husband of the late Mary Delaney; father of Dennis (Deborah), Daniel (Patsy), James (Patricia), John (Imbi) Delaney, Mary (Stephen) LaBarber, Diane (Charles) LaBarber, Mary Anderson, Joseph Anderson and Katherine (John) Fritschi; survived by 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; brother of Margaret Huber, Joan (Robert) Lang and Patrick (Carol) Delaney. Friends may call Sunday, November 23 from 2-6 and Monday, November 24 from 6-9 PM at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT FUNERAL HOME, 3290 Delaware Ave., where funeral services will be held Tuesday morning, November 25 at 11:30. Friends invited.
Philip Doyle Anderson
Amidst loving friends and family and under the care of Hospice, Philip Doyle Anderson passed away Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at his home in The Villages, Florida. He was 69. A long time resident of Liverpool, N.Y. "Phil" was born in Yonkers, New York and spent formative years in Baltimore, Grand Island, and New York City. After graduating from his beloved Fordham University in 1960, he married and spent nearly 48 years with the love of his life and forever partner Susan (Welden) Anderson. Together, they raised five children who survive him; Andrew M. Anderson II (spouse Anne Kohlbrenner), Kristopher W. Anderson (spouse Maria Lowther), Damon FX Anderson (spouse Aileen Hollis), Jenifer Anderson Smith (spouse Andre Raphel Smith), and Jonathon G. Anderson (spouse Maura Malloy). Phil and Sue have 15 grandchildren who are the source of great pride and joy.
Calling Hours are as follows:
6 - 9 pm, Mon, Nov 24
Maurer Funeral Home
3541 Route 31
Baldwinsville, NY 13027
There will be a funeral mass at 12:30 pm Christ the King Church, Tues, Nov 25
21 Cherry Tree Cir
Liverpool, NY 13090
In lieu of flowers the family asks that tax deductible donations may be made to InterFaith Works of CNY Memo: CWD to End Racism /Mr. Philip Doyle Anderson.
See Philip Anderson Obituary
Jon J. Cinelli, November 16, 2008; cherished son of Jon N. and Anne (nee Fronczek) Cinelli; dearest brother of Claire Elizabeth Cinelli; loving grandson of Patricia Glover, Margie Cinelli and the late Kenneth Fronczek and Joseph Cinelli; great- grandson of Rosemary Conmy and Harry (Margie) Jerge; beloved nephew of Elizabeth (Stephen) Scello, Julie (Roger) Rinard, Carolyn (Jon) Blenker, Michael Cinelli, Joseph (Ingrid) Cinelli and Christopher (Julie) Cinelli; cousin of Ashly, Bethany, Jake, Amanda, Alyssa, Connor, Parker, Benny and Maggie. The family will be present on Friday, November 21st from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 2600 Sheridan Dr. (corner of Parker Blvd.), where Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, November 22nd at 8:45 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated from St. Christopher Church at 9:30 AM. Friends invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, 302 Ridgefield Ct., Asheville, NC 28806. Online register book at www.AMIGONE.com
Karoline Kupka, November 17, 2008; of Grand Island; wife of the late Wenzel Kupka; mother of Ingrid (Joseph) Cinelli; grandmother of Amanda and Alyssa Cinelli; sister of Aranka (Herman) Johann; aunt of the late Robert Johann. Friends may call Wednesday, November 19, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island where funeral service will be held Thursday, November 20th at 10 AM. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials to the Grand Island Golden Age Center, 3278 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island NY 14072.
Adelaide Earhart Strother - See Adelaide E. Strother Notice
Charles P. Wohlfehrt, Nov. 24, 1955 - Nov. 6, 2008. Charles P. "Harley Charlie," "Wohlfie" Wohlfehrt, 52, Sarasota, formerly of Grand Island, NY and Tonawanda, NY, died November 6, 2008. A memorial gathering will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today at 4064 Prescott St. in Sarasota. Survivors include his wife, Donna; son Jason and wife Danielle of Hawaii; son Phillip and wife Denyel of Sarasota; son Derrick of Sarasota; brother William of New York; and one grandchild.
Walter J. Bender, 85, a retired New York Telephone worker and World War II veteran who served as a German interpreter at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, died Thursday, November 6, 2008 in his Grand Island home. Mr. Bender was born in Buffalo and graduated from Emerson Vocational High School. During World War II, he was drafted into the 12th Army Group and served as a guard to Gen. Omar Bradley. When he returned from the war, he worked for the railroad industry and as a mechanic before joining the phone company, where he worked for 30 years before retiring in 1986. While working for the phone company, he served as a German interpreter at the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid. He had learned German from his parents, who were immigrants from Germany and raised him in a home where they spoke almost exclusively German. Mr. Bender was an active member of Infant of Prague Parish, a member of the church’s Holy Name Society, the Lazarus Group and bowling league. He also was a Eucharistic minister, was on the church building and maintenance committee and spent many years fundraising for Catholic Charities. In addition, Mr. Bender was a member of A. J. Jurek Post 1672, American Legion, for several decades. He also was a member of the Communications Workers of America. In his free time, he enjoyed camping, gardening and traveling. Mr. Bender is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former M. Joan Emminger. Loving father of Daniel L. (Diane), Barbara J. (Michael) Giardina, Maureen E. (Gerard) Haberstro, Carol E. (Paul) Kostusiak, Ellyn M. (Michael) Urso, Jack J. (Donna), Scott M. (Eileen), Constance A. (Mark) Male, Christine L. (Daniel) Prygon and the late Joanne (Harvey) Seyfang, Eileen Bender and Joyce (Jack) Marsherall. Survived by 38 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; brother of William R. (Charlotte), Adeline (late George) Emminger, Mary Ann (late Leonard) Krysczak, Norbert (late Janice). Friends may call Saturday, November 8 from 6-8 PM and Sunday, November 9 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at PERNA-PELLEGRINO FUNERAL HOME, 1671 Maple Rd., Williamsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a. m. Monday, November 10th in Infant of Prague Catholic Church, 921 Cleveland Drive., Cheektowaga. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Our Lady of Victory Infant Home or Hospice Buffalo.
Anthony T. "Hungry" Tafelski, November 5, 2008 of Grand Island; beloved husband of Judy M. (nee Mondry) Tafelski; devoted father of Max and Ray Tafelski; dear brother-in-law of Joyce (Jeff) Warning and Carol (Mike) Zimmerman; also survived by nieces and nephews. The family will be present Saturday, November 8 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM and Sunday, November 9 from 2-4 PM at the GRECO FUNERAL HOME, 2909 Elmwood Ave. (near Sheridan Dr.), where funeral services will follow at 4 PM. Flowers gratefully declined. If so desired, donations may be made in Anthony’s memory to the Roswell Alliance Foundation or Make A Wish. Anthony was a Lifetime Founding Member of the Rare Breed Motorcycle Club. Arrangements by Anthony E. Greco. Online register book at www.GRECOFUNERAL.com
James Douglas Dolson, of Grand Island, NY, entered into rest Tuesday, November 4, 2008 in Buffalo General Hospital, Buffalo, NY, under the loving care of his family and Hospice. He was born on April 26, 1947 in Niagara Falls, NY, the son of the late Floyd and Edith (Horton) Dolson. James attended local schools and was a graduate of Niagara Falls High School. He served with the US Army during the Vietnam War as an Armor Intelligence Specialist.James was employed with Modern Disposal as well as Nabisco Company for many years, and was a crane operator at Ange's Scrap Iron and Metal (Metalico Buffalo, Inc.) for over 20 years. James was an avid hunter and enjoyed spending time with his family. James is survived by his wife of 18 years, Regina A. McCray-Dolson of Grand Island, NY; one daughter, Alilia Ja' Miracle McCray Dolson; three sons, Dante Dolson, Andre "Buddah" Dolson and Marcean "'Toot" Dolson, all of Niagara Falls, NY; 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild; two sisters, Margaret (late Felix) Ray, Helen (late LJ) Brown, both of Niagara Falls, NY and four brothers, Floyd (Sally) Dolson, David (Ardel) Dolson, Donald Dolson, all of Niagara Falls, NY and George Dolson of Florida. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends. James was the brother of the late Nathan Dolson. The family will be present at the RHONEY FUNERAL HOME, 1124 Ontario Ave., Niagara Falls, NY, from 12-1:00 PM on Saturday, November 8, 2008, where funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM, with the Rev. William E. Feagin officiating. Visit www.rhoneyfuneralhome.com for guest register.
Kenneth C. Shobert , November 4, 2008, father of Lynda Daniels, Colleen Shobert, Kenneth (Laura) C. Shobert Jr., Brian Shobert, Kimberly (Joseph) Banko; brother of Irene (the late Bud) Tills, Margaret (Al) Woodruff, and Ruth (Harlan) Cope; grandfather of seven and great grandfather of two; also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Friends may call Thursday, November 6, 2008 from 1-3 and 5 -7 P.M. at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd. Grand Island. Kenneth was a member and Past Master of Eggertsville-Grand Island Masonic Lodge #1138 under whose auspices a Memorial Service will follow at 7 P.M.
Jake Kavanaugh, 56, of Evans, Colorado, formerly of Grand Island, NY, died Monday, October 27, 2008. Son of the late Paul and Margaret (McGuillian) Kavanaugh. Brother of Jim Kavanaugh of Niagara Falls, Rick (Rose) Kavanaugh of Niagara Falls, Pete (Michelle) Kavanaugh of Honeoye Falls, Linda (Dave) Foster of Niagara Falls, Gail Kavanaugh of Niagara Falls, Joan Piasecki of North Tonawanda, Beth (Paul) Trifiletti of Prior Lake, Minnesota, and Trisha Kavanaugh of North Tonawanda. Predeceased by brother, Gary Kavanaugh. A memorial service was held Thursday, October 30 in Greeley, Colorado. Memorials may be made to the Boys & Girls Club of Greeley or to College Promises/Aims Community College Foundation, in care of Allnutt Funeral Services, 702 13th Street, Greeley, CO 80631. Friends may view the online obituary, sign the guestbook and send condolences at www.allnutt.com.
Gloria Webb, 72, a longtime resident of Grand Islnd and Niagara Falls, died Wednesday, October 29, 2008 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, while under the care of hospice. Mrs. Webb was born July 3, 1936, in Northeast, PA, the daughter of Murdock and Gladys (Rater) Lloyd. She served as chairwoman of the Home Bureau of Grand Island and was a member of the Democratic Association and Trinity United Methodist Church. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, and creative arts. She is survived by two daughters, Tina (David) Ribakove of Williamsville and Lisa Cummings of Cheektowaga; a son, Major Daniel B. Niccole) Webb, USAF of Langley Air Force Base, Yorktown, VA; a brother, John Lloyd of Lewiston; seven grandchildren, Jessica, Felicia, Michael, David, Jamie, Jillian and Joshua. There will be no prior visitation. A memorial service will be held Monday, November 3 at 10:30 a.m. in the Lane Funeral Home, Inc., 8622 Buffalo Avenue. Inurnment will be in Whitehaven Cemetery, Grand Island at the convenience of the family. Visit www.LaneFuneralHome.com for on-line guest register.
Mohamed M. El-Behairy, Ph. D., of Grand Island, a retired professor of political science at Buffalo State College, died Monday, October 27, 2008 in Parrish Medical Center, Titusville, Fla. He was 76. See 10/30/08 Buffalo News Notice"
James J. Kennedy Jr., of Buffalo, former Grand Island, NY resident, entered into rest October 28, 2008. Beloved husband of Barbara A. (nee Wilson) Kennedy; devoted father of Barbara Ann (Peter) Fiorella, James J. Kennedy III and Patrick E. (Erin) Kennedy; cherished grandfather of Peter, Kathryn, McKenzie, Jack, Colin and Gabriella; loving son of the late James J. Sr. and Madeline G. (nee Rue) Kennedy; dear brother of Eleanor (late Jack) Keenan; also survived by relatives and many friends. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial in Blessed Sacrament Church, 1029 Delaware Ave. near West Utica, Buffalo on Friday morning, October 31st at 10 oclock. Arrangements by the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME.
Douglas J. Lengyel, October 27, 2008, of Grand Island; husband of Susan (Orcutt) Lengyel, father of Nicole (Jason) Wilkins of Grand Island; brother of Ronald (Dorene) Lengyel of New London, NH, Lauren (Margaret) Lengyel of Schertz, TX and Cynthia (Jeffry) Arnold of Mashpee, MA; also survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Friends may call Wednesday 2-5 & 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10 AM at St. Stephens Church.
Gerald J. "Jerry" Bell , 68, of Mariner St., Buffalo, a former Grand Island, NY resident, died Wednesday, October 22, 2008 in Buffalo General Hospital following a brief illness. Born in Niagara Falls, NY on August 20, 1940, a son of the late Lawrence and Irene (LaPointe) Bell. He was a graduate of S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo and did graduate work at S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo, Cornell University and Michigan University. Mr. Bell was the Director of Social Work with the U. S. Ethicare Corporation from 1977-1981. He then worked for Coordinated Care Management Corp. and ran the Heart Program until his retirement in 1991. Since his retirement, he was an active board member of Interim Health Care and served as a trustee of the Buffalo Society of Artists for two decades. He also served on various boards and committees. He is survived by his long time companion of 40 years, Ron Concilla of Buffalo; two aunts, Vonnie Lapointe of Arizona and Mary Robinson of Niagara Falls; an uncle, Marty Bell of Niagara Falls; his Godson, Mike Pera of Bergholz and his dear friends, Tom Carlo and Phyllis Horton, both of Buffalo. He was predeceased by his twin brother Lawrence Bell. Visitation Sunday, October 26 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Lane Funeral Home Inc., 8622 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls, where funeral services will be held Monday, October 27 at 11 a.m. Interment in Riverdale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials, if desired, may be made to Buffalo and Erie County Public Libraries, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203-1887. See "10/24/08 Buffalo News Notice"
Donald A. Killian, 90, of Vail, AZ, passed away peacefully at home on October 13, 2008. Born on October 10, 1918, on Grand Island, N.Y. Son of Walter and Lillian Killian, who were life long residents of Grand Island. Donald was born on October 16, 1918, but City Hall had made a mistake and entered the 10th instead. So on Dad's behalf we put 90 as his age. Mr. Killian proudly served in WWII in the Army Air Corps (Army Air Force) as a Tech Sergeant from December 21, 1942 through February 13, 1946. He was stationed at Tinker Air Base in Oklahoma. On Sept 12, 1953 he married his beloved wife, Joan L. Summerhays. They were married for 49 1/2 years, until her passing on December 31, 2002. Mr. Killian was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church on Whitehaven Road. He worked for 47 years as a payroll supervisor for Remington Rand Corp. in Tonawanda, N.Y. and Marietta, Ohio where he was transferred in April of '76. He retired on September 23, 1983. He leaves three children: Michael (Pat) of Columbus, MS; Barbara (Ed) Morse of Vail, AZ; and Kurt (Kelli) of Antioch, CA. He leaves six grandchildren: Michelle and Donald, Greg and Kellie, Amanda and Nathan; and two great grandchildren: Bailey and Kiefer. He leaves his beloved family: Kenneth and Dorothy Killian of Grand Island, Raymond and (Bea deceased) Killian of Tonawanda, Walter and Elise Killian and Catherine and Harvey Long both of Grand Island. Along with his good friends with whom he kept in touch with through out the years, Betty Killian, Bob Smitt, William Bowler and his friends and neighbors from Ohio, Bob and Phyllis Rymer. He will be sadly missed by all.
Harold Pfohl Roberts,, of Buffalo, former Grand Island resident, entered into rest October 15, 2008. Beloved husband of Florence Bunny (nee McNeil) Roberts; devoted father of Harold A. (Joan), Mark J. (Jane), Gregory A. (Joan), Mari C. McNeil, Louise A. (Kevin) Bonner and Linda S. (Jesse) Singh; cherished grandfather of Rachel, Natalie, Bryan, Glenn, Jessica (Mike), Taylor, Louise, Douglas, Lauren, Meera, Dhara, Kieran and great-grandfather of Ayden; loving son of the late Dr. Carroll J. and Marie (nee Pfohl) Roberts; dear brother of the Hon. H. Buswell Roberts, Mary Jo Gardner, Carol Marie Foote and the late Dr. William Roberts and Thomas Roberts. No prior visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at Blessed Sacrament Church, 1029 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, on Thursday evening at 7 PM. Mr. Roberts was a Navy veteran of WWII. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorial gifts may be sent to Roswell Park Cancer Institute, c/o Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, PO Box 631, Buffalo 14240. Arrangements by LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME. See "10/21/08 Buffalo News Notice"
Lucille K. Long, 87, of Nunda, NY, formerly of Grand Island, October 17, 2008. Wife of Harold “Bud” Long of Nunday; mother of Kathy (George) Gillespie of Annaheim, CA; Chris (Jim) Sugar of Grand Island; and Jeff (Sue) Long of Nunda. Also survived by eight grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, two brothers and a sister; nieces and nephews. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made in Lucille’s memory to the Bell Memorial Library, Nunday, NY. Arrangements by Mann Funeral Home, Nunday, NY.
Dr. Kenneth V. Klementowski,, October 17, 2008, age 68, loving father of Cynthia Cable, Marc (Karen) Klementowski, Craig (Sharleen) Klementowski and Brian Klementowski; dearest son of Isabelle (nee. Platek) and the late Victor Klementowski; dear grandfather of Kristen, Rachel, Michelle, Andrew and Matthew; brother of Diane (Philip) Sandler and Mary Ann (Robert Pope) Love; loving companion of Carol George; also survived by nieces and nephews. Family will be present Sunday, October 19 from 7-9 PM and Monday, October 20 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the (Amherst Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 5200 Sheridan Dr. (at Hopkins), where funeral services will be held Tuesday at a time to be announced followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Gregory the Great Church, Williamsville. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Grand Island Lions Club, White Cane Fund, 1869 Whitehaven Blvd., Grand Island, NY 14072. Online register at www.AMIGONE.com
See Buffalo News Obituary."
90th Birthday - (left) Patricia Staffen Yell, Mrs. Staffen, Jennifer Yell Gottlieb holding Megan Maude Gottlieb, David Yell holding Mary Tessa Yell, and in front is Thomas Jeffrey (T.J.) Gottlieb.
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Gladys Fix Staffen, 95, October 8, 2008 of Mebane, NC. Survived by her daughter, Patricia Yell of Mebane, NC; two grandchildren, Jennifer Yell Gottlieb (Scott) and David Yell (Leslie Ann) and five grandchildren: TJ, Megan and Charlie Gottlieb, and Tessa and Caroline Yell. Gladys was 95 1/2 and lived independently in her own apartment in Mebane, N.C. until mid July when she moved into Hawfields Presbyterian Home for three months. She lived most of her years at the head of Grand Island, NY and often spoke of Grand Island and the beautiful Niagara River. She was buried in Whitehaven Cemetery on October 11, 2008.
M. Edith Proctor, 88, of Alloway, N.J., died on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008 in Carneys Point, N.J. She was the beloved widow of James Simpson Marshall. Born in Calais, Maine on May 30, 1920, she was the dear daughter of Thomas Frederick and May Catherine (MacLean) Marshall. Well educated, she was a graduate of Radcliffe College in the class of 1942. She had worked for the British Admiralty during World War II in Washington, D.C. She worked also as a curator's assistant for the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. She had also earned a Fulbright scholarship. Formerly of Rome and Grand Island, N.Y., Amherst and Woodstown, N.J., she had made her home in Margaree Harbour, Canada prior to moving to New Jersey in 2003. She was the loving mother of Alan Marshall Proctor of Westport, Mary Lou Proctor Frank of Alloway and Jean Catherine "Bonnie" Proctor Myers of Wrentham. She was the dear sister of the late Fannie E. Marshall and Constance Marshall, and is survived by one devoted niece. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral on Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the Trinity Episcopal Church, East Street at Lower Common, Wrentham Centre. Burial will follow in the Proctor Family Lot in the Old Wrentham Centre Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Richard Ross and the R.J. Ross Funeral Home, Wrentham Centre.
Andrew T. Conta, October 16, 2008, formerly of Grand Island, lifelong partner of Michael Young; father of Samantha J. Conta; son of Robert and Patricia (Roberts) Conta; brother of William (Joanne) Conta, Mary Lynn Eddings, Jonathan (Jennifer) Conta and the late Robert S. Conta; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends may call Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19 from 3-7 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, October 20 at 10 AM at St. Stephens Church. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials to Niagara County Community College, 3111 Saunder Settlement Rd., Sanborn, NY 14132.
In Memoriam - Daniel K. Schmidt
The blow was great, the shock severe, We little thought the end was near, and only those who have lost can tell. The pain of parting without farewell. More each day we miss you, Dan, Friends may hope the wound is healed, But they little know the sorrow that lies within our hearts concealed. A year ago today on October 15th Our family circle had been broken, a link gone from our chain. But though we're parted for a while, we know we'll meet again.
Love you man, Your sister, Laura
Nicholas Mondich, October 14, 2008. Beloved husband of Shirley R. (nee Morris) Mondich; dearest father of Nancy (Philip) Mondich Smith and Patricia (Michael Matteson) Mondich Brown; loving grandfather of John Mirolovich, Natalie (Timothy) Hawkins and Stephanie Brown; great-grandfather of Daniel Hawkins; brother of the late Joseph Mondich; brother-in-law of Elizabeth Mondich; uncle of Catherine (Richard) Chamberlin, Samuel (Carol), Michael (Andrea), Daniel (Marta) and Gary Mondich; great-uncle of Christopher (Natalie) Chamberlin, Heather (Kimo and son Jason) Jarrett, Matthew and Nicholas Mondich. The family will be present on Friday, October 17 from 2-5 and 7-9 PM at the GRECO FUNERAL HOME, 2909 Elmwood Ave., where funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 18 at 9:00 AM and from St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church (Abbott and Weber Rds. in Lackawanna) at 10:00 AM. The Pomen will be held on Friday at 7:30 PM. Friends invited. If desired, memorials may be made to St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church. Online register book at www.GRECOFUNERAL.com. Arrangements by Anthony Greco.
Anne M. (nee Giambattista) Manuse, 95, of Grand Island, NY on October 13, 2008. Wife of the late Joseph J. Manuse, mother of Joanne (Henry) Cinti of East Amherst; Marilyn Claydon of Bloomington, IL; late Ginnie Manuse; and Connie (Salvatore) Teresi of Tonawanda. Also survived by five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren three brothers, one sister, several nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation Thursday, October 16 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 MILITARY RD, NIAGARA FALLS, where funeral services begin Friday, October 17 at 9:00 a.m. and at 10:00 a.m. in St. Stephen’s RC Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island. Interment in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Niagara Falls.
Timothy F. Weczerek, of Grand Island, entered into rest suddenly October 12, 2008. Beloved husband of Andrea J. (nee Cathcart) Weczerek; devoted father of Anthony, Frankie, Justin and Kaylie; loving son of Marsha (nee Beardsley) and the late Frank Weczerek; dear brother of Lisa Finlayson and Suzanne (Wesley) Mix; cherished godfather of Alexis Dunn and the late James Wagner; fond son-in-law of Carla (nee Lauricella) and the late George Cathcart; godson of Carol Lewis; also survived by relatives and friends. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel), 885 Niagara Falls Blvd. near Eggert/Sheridan Dr., on Wednesday, October 15 from 4-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Angels Church on Thursday, October 16 at a time to be announced.
Meaghan A. Grotz, 21, October 10, 2008, cherished daughter of Timothy C. and Mary Catherine (Drexelius) Grotz; also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Friends may call Tuesday, October 14, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Stephens Church at 10 AM Wednesday, October15, 2008. Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorial tributes may be made to The University at Buffalo Pediatric Assn. Lung Center-UPA, 239 Bryant St., Buffalo, NY 14222 and/or Thomas E. Starzel Transplantation Institute-Medical Arts Bldg., Suite 400, 3708 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. See "10/12/08 Buffalo News Story" by James Heaney. Complete notice to follow.
John P. Benns Sr., 57, September 27, 2008; Grays Hill, South Carolina; former Grand Island resident; husband of Sharon Benns; former husband of Linda (Riley) Benns; father of John Jr. (Kara), Christopher Sr. (Jaime); grandfather of John III, Jacob, Christopher Jr. and Jack; also survived by daughters Andrea and Amanda, grandsons Stevyn and Anthony; son of the late Howard and Mary Benns; brother of three sisters, one brother, many nieces and nephews. Service held in South Carolina. Donations may be made to The John Benns Memorial Fund, c/o MCAS Beaufort Federal Credit Union, P.O. Drawer 1227, Beaufort, SC 29901.
Lee William Bush, of Grand Island, NY, October 8, 2008; husband of the late Kimiko Bush; dearest father of Paul (Patricia) Gahagan, Ann Hammond, Amy (Frank) Giogas and the late Lee Bush; brother of John Weaver, Judy Springer, and Lois Lupperger; also survived by 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Friends may call Saturday, October 11, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-8 PM at the ADDISON FUNERAL HOME, INC., 262 Main St., Angola, NY. Funeral services will follow visitation Saturday, October 11 at 8:00 PM.
Mary Vaughan-Lindsey, daughter of Robert G. and Gertrude Leonard Bainbridge, died Saturday, October 4, 2008. Consistent with her wishes, she died at home, under Hospice care, surrounded by her family. Mary was born in Buffalo, New York on February 2, 1919. She is survived by: her sister, Rita (Raymond) Geraty of Cold Spring, NY; five children: Maureen (Gene) Straight of Naples FL, Lee (Varada) Vaughan, Mary (Francis) Cosgrove, Theresa Vaughan and David Cherubin, and Thomas (Sharon) Vaughan, all of Albany: six surviving stepchildren and their families: Peter (Holly) Lindsey of Greensboro NC, Richard (Linda) Lindsey of Denver, CO, Robert (Cassandra) Lindsey of Saratoga Springs NY, Ann (James) Takeuchi of Seattle, WA, Patricia (Robert) Durlak of Lockport NY, and James Lindsey of Grand Island NY. She is also survived by 24 grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and many much loved nieces, nephews, friends and professional colleagues. She was predeceased by her parents, ten brothers and sisters, her husband Robert Vaughan of Buffalo NY in 1971 after 30 years of marriage, her husband Edward Pete Lindsey of Grand Island NY and Punta Gorda, FL, in 2000 after 13 years of marriage, one stepson, John Lindsey and by her beloved daughter-in-law Julia Hassett. Mary was a woman of remarkable character and grace: A devoted, affectionate and effective wife and mother, an accomplished and skilled professional counselor and author, and, most of all, a woman of deep spirituality and surpassing authenticity. Literally until her last days she continued to reach out in love to people she came in contact with, and to encourage and expect her family and friends to do the right thing for the right reasons. Born and raised in Western New York, she graduated from Mt. St. Josephs Academy in Buffalo in 1936. She married Robert Vaughan in 1941, a man with whom she shared much including a love of dancing. Mary worked in a variety of paralegal and clerical jobs, as well as serving as the Executive Director of the Buffalo Council on World Affairs. Robert fell seriously ill with cancer and finally succumbed in 1971, after 6 years of intensive illness and treatment. The loss of her husband and the needs of her family ultimately led to her return to college at 49. Mary graduated from Canisius College in 1973 and earned her Masters degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Buffalo in 1977. While work was necessary during this time it was always in the service of her main activity, fostering the spiritual, intellectual and emotional growth of her family and herself. She developed a fervent interest in child development that led to her involvement, at a local leadership level, in such activities as the La Leche League and the Christian Family Movement. This interest became a lifetime avocation that culminated in the publication in 2006, of her book Sexual Beginnings A Blueprint for Life, a combination of scientific work on child development and policy prescriptions to foster improved child-rearing. Her professional work as a counselor included work at Niagara Falls Memorial Hospital where her work with people with disabilities led to the creation of comprehensive, psycho-social treatment program that ranked among the leading programs in the country. She completed her counseling career in 1986 as the director of the counseling center at Canisius College. In 1987 she remarried. Her new husband, Edward Pete Lindsey, was a noted New York health care policy analyst and advocate and had six surviving children himself. Mary spent the next several years integrating her two families. During this period, Mary and Pete split their time between Grand Island, NY and Punta Gorda, Fl. In 2000, Mary moved to Albany to be closer to her children and grandchildren who had, since 1968, gradually migrated to the Capital District. Her last years were occupied with completing her manuscript, becoming a valued member of the St. Vincent de Paul parish, and working as a volunteer with local elder care institutions, including Hospice and Our Lady of Hope nursing home. Late in 2007, she began to suffer serious and long-term adverse consequences of her chronic Crohns Disease, that, in all likelihood, she had suffered from for decades. Her struggles with the pain and disruption that marked this last year were marked by extraordinary courage. As at so many other times in her life, she found consolation and strength in her faith and continued to share those benefits with all. Marys life was celebrated with a Mass of Resurrection at St. Vincent de Pauls Parish on Madison Avenue in Albany, NY, Tuesday, October 7, 2008. Internment will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Tonawanda on Saturday October 11 at 11:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Homedical Associates of Schenectady.
Joan M. (Drajem) Barth, 92, October 8, 2008 in Grand Island, NY, formerly of Cheektowaga. Beloved wife of the late Henry P. Barth; dearest mother of Christine (Gary) Szczepankiewicz; dear grandmother of Bruce (Julie) Szczepankiewicz, Kristi (Douglas) Sosnowski, Kerri (Henry) Nowak, Peter (Norma), Steven (Ainslie), and Kayli Szczepankiewicz; also survived by 19 great-grandchildren; dear sister of Adele Drajem and the late Victor, Blanche and Mary Ann; also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. Relatives and friends may call at the BARRON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 3025 William St. near Union Rd., Cheektowaga, Friday from 2-8 PM. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, October 11th at 9:30 AM in Blessed Sacrament Church, 263 Claremont Ave., Kenmore. Please assemble at church.
Ralph Edwards, October 1 , 2008, of Grand Island, NY, son of Robert F. and Reba Edwards; brother of Robert A. (Geralyn) Edwards, Judith (Robert) Weaver, Mark (Christine) Edwards, David (Sandra) Edwards, Janet (Gary) Prange, Shawn(Angela) Edwards and Shirley Banes; also survived by 12 nieces and nephews and two great nieces. Friends may call Wednesday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by funeral services Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Michael D. O’Dea, 61, Carmel, Indiana, formerly of Grand Island, NY, passed away October 1, 2008 after a three-month battle with brain cancer. He was born in Buffalo, New York to the late Edward D. and Kathryn E. Hoadley O’Dea on March 3, 1947. Michael grew up on Grand Island, New York and attended Seneca Vocational High School in Buffalo. He received his associate’s degree in Electrical Technology from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Delhi, his bachelor’s degree in Construction Engineering Technology from Missouri Western State University and his master’s degree in Business Management from Amber University in Dallas, Texas. He proudly served as a Seabee in the United States Naval Construction Battalion for 26 years in active and reserve duty, retiring as a Master Chief Petty Officer. Michael served in Vietnam and was recalled to active duty for Operation Desert Storm.
Michael worked and taught in the construction industry for 41 years. His management career began at J.D. Taylor Construction in Syracuse, New York. He enjoyed working on large industrial projects in the U.S. and Canada for several years before serving as President and General Manager of T & M Industrial Contractors in Dallas, Texas, a company he founded and co-owned. His career took him to Arkansas where he worked for Kinco, Inc. and Lasker Construction, Inc. While in Indiana he worked as Vice President of Construction Operations for Paragon General Contractors, Inc., and managed projects for G. L. Morris Construction Company, Merritt Contracting, and Signature Construction among others.
Michael’s teaching career began in Dallas at Richland College and North Texas State University. Throughout the following 25 years he taught construction management classes for contractors, trade associations and at several universities. He developed and implemented a Construction Management program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, which achieved accreditation by the American Council for Construction Education in a record three years. In 1998 Michael moved to Indiana to teach at Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis. In 2003 he began instructing at Purdue University where he held the position of Full Clinical Professor in Building Construction Management in the College of Technology until his death.
To honor him, an Ireland study abroad scholarship fund has been created in his name at Purdue University. He is a recipient of the National Educator of the Year award from the American Institute of Constructors and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Teaching Award from the Engineering Technology Student Council. Most recently, he was awarded the 2008 Alumnus of Merit award from SUNY at Delhi.
Michael believed in giving back to his community and the construction industry. He was honored in recent years with the John Dee Compassion in Ministry Award for his volunteer activities at the Shepherd Community Center in Indianapolis where he served as Construction Advisor to the Board of Directors. He was also presented with a Range Line Pioneer Award by Carmel’s Mayor for serving as Board Member and Corporation Secretary of the Carmel Clay Veterans Memorial Corporation, securing funding and building a new park and veterans’ monument in Carmel, Indiana. He mentored many in the building trades through service on various advisory councils, panels and workshops. He served as an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association and a member of the Indiana Construction Roundtable. He is also a graduate of the Carmel Police Department Citizens Academy.
He coached youth baseball and was a soccer player, coach and referee. A lifelong boater and former recreational outboard hydroplane boat racer, Mike was also a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Hale O’Dea, his sons Daniel and James; siblings Martin of Phoenix, AZ; James (Chris) of Grand Island, NY; Mary (Pete) Beyer of Englewood, FL; and Kathy (Kurt) Donath of Syracuse, NY. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Patrick. Other survivors include his mother-in-law Elinor Hale (Warsaw, NY), brothers-in-law David (Alice) Hale (Warsaw, NY), Thomas (Janice) Hale (San Diego, CA.) as well as a host of beloved nieces and nephew.
Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service for Mike at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 4 at Shepherd Community Center, 4107 E. Washington Street, Indianapolis. A funeral mass and interment will be held Monday, October 6 at St. Stephen’s Church in Grand Island, New York.
Contributions in lieu of flowers can be sent to Shepherd Community Center in Indianapolis, 4107 E. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201. www.shepherdcommunity.org
Alice (Vanderbles) Olrogge, September 30, 2008, age 93; beloved wife of the late Henry Olrogge, Sr.; cherished mother of Henry, Jr. and the late Peter (survived by wife Jayne) and Michael (survived by wife Gail) Olrogge; loving grandmother to Henry Olrogg, III, Cyndi (David) Olrogge, Michelle McCarthy, Nicole (Darin) Domster and Shannon Olrogge; great-grandmother of Michael, Madeline, Aidan, Tyler and Edward; dearest sister of Bernard (Margaret) and the late Paul and Fred Vanderbles; also survived by many dear nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held Saturday, October 4, 2008 at 10 AM at Whitehaven Cemetery, East River Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials to Niagara Hospice.
Lynn M. (nee Sullivan) Brenon, of Springhill, FL and Grand Island, NY, September 29, 2008, age 49, after a long 24-year struggle with MS; beloved wife of Jeffrey A. Brenon; mother to John Brenon and Heather Golden; grandmother to Crystal Golden; daughter to Pat (late John) Sullivan; sister to Kathie (Scott) Marcucci; daughter-in-law of the late Robert and Alberta Brenon, along with many brothers and sisters-in-law including Robert (Donna) Jr., Barbara (late Jerry) Dumais, Gary (Kathy) Brenon, Gerald (Kaye) Brenon, Duane (Kathy) Brenon, Nancy (Ron) Richau, Beverly Brenon, Bonnie Brenon, Brenda (Kevin) Dupont; 27 nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Thomas Oliver Burrows , 57, Tuesday, September 16, 2008. Residing in Lake Forest, CA, formerly of Grand Island, NY. Survived by his wife, Dee Burrows; daughters, Nicki Dockery, of Portland, OR, and Sara Burrows and Katie Burrows, both of San Clemente, CA; his brothers Barry Burrows, Ted Burrows, Don Burrows, and Pete Burrows, and sister, Lori Burrows and his mother, Olive Burrows. He was predeceased by his brother, Bob Burrows, and father, Charles Burrows. Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, October 4, 2008 at Stonecreek Christian Church in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. If you would like to contribute to the Tom Burrows' Memorial Fund, please visit www.stonecreek.org and click on the "Click Here to Donate" button on the home page. More information about his "journey home" can be found at www.caringbridge.org/visit/tomburrows.
Patricia Parkinson, 61, of Grand Island, died Thursday, September 25, 2008 under the care of Hospice, after a lengthy illness. Survivors include her sister, Jan Hulsizer (Richard) of Lewiston, and nephews, Michael (Michelle) Hulsizer of St. Louis and Steven Hulsizer of North Tonawanda, a great nephew, Dylan M. Hulsizer of St. Louis, and her aunt, Ruth Dillahunty of Blytheville, Arkansas. There is no prior visitation. There will be a memorial service Monday, September 29, at 11 AM in Riverside Presbyterian Church, 84th at Lindbergh Avenue, Niagara Falls. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice Foundation of W.N.Y. Inc., Community Missions or Riverside Presbyterian Church. Arrangements were made by the LANE FUNERAL HOME, INC.
David A. Hogrewe Sr., September 25, 2008 of Burlington, WI, formerly of Grand Island, NY; husband of the late Marianne (nee Wright) Hogrewe; father of David A. (Lisa) Hogrewe, Jr., Kathy (Daniel) Lowes, Karen (Carl) Allenbaugh and Kyle (David) Fubelli; grandfather of Michael, Ashley, Kimberly, Jamie, Cassidy, Cody, Eric and Anna; brother of Yvette Simpson and Yvonne Haller; fiance of Karen Geiken. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service in St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, NY, Tuesday morning, September 30 at 10:30 a.m. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Hunters Hope or West Side Rowing Club. Mr. Hogrewe was a retired Chief Master Sergeant in the United States Air National Guard. Arrangements by GRECO FUNERAL HOME. Online register at www.grecofuneral.com.
James O. Dearlove, September 19, 2008, of Grand Island, husband of Carol Phelps Dearlove and the late Emma Raye (Gay) Dearlove; father of Deborah Dearlove; step father of George Phelps, John Phelps, Patricia (Kurt) Lorence and the late Cheryl Ann Cassel; also survived by eight grandchidlren; son of the late Frederick and Olive Dearlove; brother of the late Raymond Dearlove. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island where memorial services will be held Wednesday, October 8, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. Mr. Dearlove was a US Army Air Force veteran who served during WW II.
Miriam B. (nee Nethery) Kennedy, 92, September 19, 2008. Beloved wife of the late Rev. Wilmer T. Kennedy, Sr.; dearest mother of Wilmer T. Jr. (Mardine) Kennedy; dear grandmother of five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; sister of the late Bertha N. Lockwood and the late Rev. William H. Nethery; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Family will be present on Sunday, September 28 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC. 2600 Sheridan Dr. (corner of Parker Blvd). Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 30 at 1 PM at First United Methodist Church, 332 Baynes St., Buffalo (assemble at church). In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, Buffalo. Online register at www.Amigone.com
Bernice A. Cole , 74, of Tonawanda and Grand Island, died Saturday, September 20, 2008 at Hospice Buffalo. Born in Tonawanda, she worked at the corporate office of Jenss Department Store before retiring. Ms. Cole was a lifelong resident of Tonawanda and was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish and the Historical Society of the Tonawandas. She was the daughter of the late Clarence and Anna (nee Riedel) Cole, and sister of the late Charles Cole.She is survived by her sister-in-law, Anita Cole; two nephews, Dave (Adele) Cole and Daniel (Georgia) Cole; and two nieces, Cindy (Steve) Gardell and Linda (Phil) Jerzak. Also surviving are many great-nieces and nephews.There is no visitation. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM Wednesday at St. Francis Chapel on Adam Street in Tonawanda. Burial will be cared for privately at Elmlawn Cemetery. If desired, memorials to Hospice Buffalo or the St. Vincent dePaul Society are preferred by the family. Arrangements entrusted to the care of the Hamp Funeral Home, Inc., Adam and Seymour Streets, Tonawanda. Complete obituary and condolences at www.hampfuneral.com.
Noreen (nee Dillon) Burke , September 22, 2008 of Grand Island. Wife of the late James Burke; mother of Thomas (Nancy Savoy) and Michael (Catherine) Burke; grandmother of Andrew, Grace and Iris Savoy-Burke, Sara and Sean Burke. Friends may call Wednesday, September 24 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, September 25 at 1 p.m. at St. Stephens Church. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials to the Nature Conservancy www.nature.org (800-628-6860).
Judith Ann (Metzger) Pavis, 66, on September 18, 2008. Grand Island resident since 1971, wife of Ronald Pavis, sister of John Metzger, sister-in-law of Susan (William) Rohrback, mother of Carrie (Dharold West) Pavis, Eric (Luree) Pavis and Craig Pavis. Grandmother of Aaron Martin, Cali Pavis and Clayton Pavis. Friends may call Friday, September 19 from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, September 20 from 4-7 p.m.; memorial service to follow at JAMES E. GRACE FUNERAL HOME INC., 335 Ontario Street, Riverside.
Albert Colla , 65, of Grand Island, president of Gondola Macaroni Products, a family owned business in Buffalo, NY died Sept. 17, 2008. Beloved husband of Sharon (nee Baumann) Colla; dearest father of Christy (John) Taylor of Waco, TX and Wendy Colla; stepfather of Brett (Tina) and Eric Blanchard; son of Maria (nee Nascinguerra) and the late Guido Colla; brother of Maria (Thomas) Insalaco and Antonella (Jeffrey) Colla-McNinch; loving grandfather of Samantha, Christopher, Johnathan, Timothy Taylor, Jordan and Derek Blanchard. He is also survived by four nieces, two nephews and relatives in Italy. The family will be present on Sunday, September 21, 2008 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Greco Funeral Home, 2909 Elmwood Ave., where funeral services will be held on Monday, September 22 at 8:45 a.m. and a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated from St. Anthony of Padua Church at 9:30 a.m. Friends invited. Arrangements by Anthony Greco.
Dr. Harold A. Hawkins DC, 76, formerly of Grand Island, died Sept. 12, 2008. He retired to Florida after 54 years in chiropractic practice. Full obituary and registry at Veterans Funeral Care 800-467-7850
James G. Scheublein, August 30, 2008, surrounded by family and friends in Las Vegas, NV, formerly of Grand Island, NY, went home to the Lord after a lengthy illness. Devoted husband of Susan (Bates) Scheublein; beloved father of Jody (William) DiFranco, Amy (fiance Rick) Scheublein and Sarah (fiance Daniel) Scheublein; brother of Linda (Charles) Gaiser; loving step-father of Brenda (Thiel) Lorenz, Adam Thiel, Erik (Linda) Hahn and Marlies (fiance Tomas) Hahn; grandfather of five grandchildren; predeceased by his first wife Sandra (Genco) Scheublein, his parents Eugene and Geneva (Ehlers) Scheublein. In accordance with his wishes, his body was donated to science. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 10 AM at St. Peters Episcopal Church, 205 Longmeadow Rd., Amherst, NY. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation in the name of James G. Scheublein to Hospice.
Robert Francis (Bob) Hand of St. Augustine Florida, formerly of Grand Island, passed away on September 14, 2008. Born in Otley, Yorkshire England 1930. Survived by his beloved wife, Margaret; daughter, Jane (Hand) Roberts; and grandsons, Bryan and Glenn. Private memorial to be held at a later date.
John Pudvin, 88, passed away Sunday, August 10, 2008. Born on Grand Island on October 10, 1919. Survived by his wife of 63 years, Ruth; his two daughters, Lynette (Terry) Overbey and Suzanne (Rick) Curtis; and three granddaughters. Also survived by a brother Jim (Marge); sisters-in-law, Ethel Andujar and Irene McLernon; and many nieces and nephews.
Robert H. Schooping, 85, September 15, 2008, of Grand Island, husband of Josephine (Carini) Schooping; father of Robert J. (Susan), Martin P. (Karen), Diane M. (Richard) Nassar and Jean A. Schooping; also survived by six grandchildren; son of the late Rev. Harvey and Clara Schooping; brother of the late Norman and Gordon Schooping. Friends may call Thursday, September 18 from 5-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Flowers declined. Memorials to Trinity United Methodist Church, Grand Island, where Memorial Services will be held Friday, September 19 at 11 AM.
Roberto S. DiGregorio II, of Grand Island, NY, age 39, on September 13, 2008, father of Angela DiGregorio; son of Janet (late Roberto S.) DiGregorio; brother of Joseph, Marc (Christine) and Anthony (Lani) DiGregorio; grandson of Domenica (late Giovanni John) DiGregorio and Sara (late Anthony) Turco; also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and his former wife, Michelle DiGregorio. Visitation Tuesday, September 16 from 3-8 PM at M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Rd., Niagara Falls, NY where services begin Wednesday, September 17 at 9:15 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph at St. Joseph Church, 1413 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls, NY. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to The American Heart Association. See also Roberto S. DiGregorio II Obituary
Alice Ruth Gardner , 62, a lifelong resident of Grand Island, died September 11, 2008, following a long battle with cancer. Born October 24, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Ruth Martin Gardner. Alice was active with the Sidway Group reunions and served on the board for several years. In 1979 Alice joined the newly formed Singles Experience. She was very active in the group, attending dances, camp outs and coordinating game nights and get-togethers. Alice served as President of Singles Experience for the past nine years. Alice is survived by one daughter, Lori Rowles; two sons, Robert Davisson and David Davisson; and one step-son, David (Amy) Smith; sisters, Patricia (Mervin) Hardman, Nancy Gardner Landroche, Elizabeth (Carmen) Penque, Terrie (Gary) Sledziewski and one brother, Calvin (Susan) Gardner; eight grandchildren and boyfriend, Tom Rinallo.A Memorial Service will be held Monday, September 15, 2008 at 11:00 AM at Bible Fellowship Center, 1136 Baseline Road, Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.
William B. Shickluna, September 4, 2008, of Grand Island. Father of William M. (Patricia) Shickluna, Sr.; grandfather of William M. (Tracey) Shickluna Jr.; great grandfather of Cassie, Megan and Brett; brother of Louise (the late Robert) Wilkinson, Jean Flabain, Patricia (the late David) Cummings and the late Edward, Thomas, Edith, Peter, Louis and Veronica Shickluna, Vera Caroll and Alma Bartlett, son of the late Louis and Louisa Shickluna. Friends may call Monday, September 8 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, September 9 at 10 AM at St. Stephens Church.
Josephine R. (nee Caltigirone) Paonessa, of Grand Island, died Sept. 6. . Wife of the late Richard P. Paonessa; mother of Richard M. and Janet M. Paonessa; grandmother of Michael A. Paonessa; great-grandmother of Dominic Richard and Michael A. Paonessa, II; sister of Anna Russo and the late Charles, Phillip and Michael Caltigirone and Frances Frisicaro. Friends may call Monday, September 8 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, September 9 at 11:15 AM at St. Stephens Church.
Craig A. Gushue, September 3, 2008 of Grand Island; husband of Margaret A. (Wright) Gushue; father of Steven and Rebecca Gushue; grandfather of Dustin C. Gushue and Jeremy R. Bailes; brother of Bruce (Janet) and Gary Gushue, and Molly (Donald) Cox; son of the late Allan and Betty Gushue. Friends may call Sunday, September 7th from 1-4 p.m. with memorial services Sunday at 3 p.m. at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.
Joseph P. Pagano, 71, August 26, 2008; beloved husband of Judith A. Pagano; dear father of Carmen, Mark, Paul Pagano and Adriane (John) Argo; step father of Lynn (Grant) Yi, Tracy Schmidt and Michael (Jenny) Kleinschmidt; Loving grandfather of 10 grandchildren; brother of Sara (Stan) Sikorski, Linda (Michael) McDonell and the late Santina (Louis) Burgio; also survived by many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at THE C. MERTZ AND SON FUNERAL HOME, INC., 911 Englewood Ave., Thursday, August 28 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Stephens Church (Grand Island) Friday, August 29 at 10 AM. Please assemble at church.
Emory G. Webb, August 23, 2008, of Grand Island, beloved husband of 57 years of Eileen M. (Burngasser) Webb; devoted father of Diane (William) Brennan, James (Carolyn) Webb, Donna Webb, Barbara (Steven) Hall, Patricia (Gary) Scott, Joseph (Teresa) Webb, Jeffrey (Dawn) Webb, Marilyn Reinhardt and Jerry (Jennifer) Webb; brother of Esther (late Clifford) Lozo, Lester (Joan) Webb, Henry (Marion, late June) Webb, Shirley (Lewis) Smith, Donald (Karen) Webb and the late Harold (late Josephine) Webb and Florence (survived by husband, Layne) Winklesas; also survived by 29 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Tuesday, August 26 and Wednesday, August 27 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10:00 AM at St. Stephen’s Church, Grand Island. Memorials may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Evelyn M. (nee Nelson) Carlson, of Grand Island, formerly of Jamestown, August 23, 2008, wife of the late Marshall A. Carlson; mother of James A. (Alice) and the late Donald R. Carlson; grandmother of Michael A. (Susan) Carlson, Melissa K. (Michael) Howland, Erik M. (Eileen), Christopher M., Sarah Rose and David R. Carlson; great-grandmother of Garrett M., Erik J., Timothy E. and Timothy R. Carlson; brother of James and John (Lee) Nelson and the late Alfreda Williams. Friends may call Tuesday 6-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Graveside Services will be held Wednesday at Sunset Hill Cemetery, Jamestown. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to PCD Foundation (Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia), 2952 N. 22nd Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85085 or The American Cancer Society.
Robert F.Carr, August 23, 2008, 85, beloved husband of Joanne (Pinner); father of Karen (Dennis) Keefe, Jeffrey (Nellie), Pastor Daniel (Eileen), Gary (Mary), Timothy (Laurie) and Michael D. (Christine) Carr; brother of the Rev. Kevin (Kathy) Carr and Deborah (Newt) Ronan; grandfather of Nathaniel Keefe, Celeste Padgett and Todd, Alexzandra, Gil, Stephen, Michael P., Erin (Amanda), Leon, Emily, Rebecca, Jared, Chelsea, Forrest and Hayden Carr; great-grandfather of Brett and Cheyenne Carr and Alison and Emilee Padgett; also survived by many cousins, including David L. and James N. Carr. Memorial Service, 10 AM Saturday, August 30, 2008 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Interment at 3 PM Saturday at Steamburg Cemetery in the Town of Coldspring. See also Robert F. Carr Obituary
Hillari (nee Bell) Blount, 38, of Charlotte, NC, formerly of Grand Island, July 29, 2008. Daughter of Amele Kava of Grand Island, NY, and Keith Blount, formerly of Grand Island.
Clifford J. Hunt, 92, of Seminole, FL, formerly of Grand Island, August 8, 2008; predeceased by wife Dodie in 2006 and grandson Jamie in 2004; survived by son Jack (Kathy) of Amherst; daughter Susan Newman (Russell) of Miami; grandchildren Scott Hunt, Bretton Newman and Bridie Napier; great-grandchildren Ronan Hunt and Hailey, Zoe and Wyatt Napier. A memorial service will be held at the Chapel at Crosspoint on September 6 at 9 AM. Donations may be made to The Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired, 6925 112th Circle North, Suite 103, Largo, FL 33773.
Ward V. Miller former Grand Island resident of Ozark, AL, in Hospice of Buffalo, Aug. 5, 2008. Mr. Miller was born July 4, 1922 in Buffalo, the son of Irving and Mary (Simmons) Miller. He served as a radioman in the Army Air Corp during W.W. II. He was employed as a Broadcast engineer at WGRZ-TV for 30 years and at WJYE for 15 years prior to retiring in 2003. Husband of the late Dorcas (Brady) Miller (2006). Father of Daryl Ann Miller of Grand Island, the late Richard Miller, Wayne Miller of Las Vegas, NV and Gary Miller of Brick, NJ, brother of the late Donald W. Miller, grandfather of Kyle, Tamara, Loni, Wade, Grace and John. Also survived by 3 great grandchildren. Services will be held in Alabama. Local arrangements by the LANE FUNERAL HOME, INC.
Teresa F. (nee DAmico) Galante of Grand Island, NY, August 15, 2008; beloved wife of the late Charles Galante and the late Alfred Miller; dearest mother of Sandi (Ed) Heberlein, Alfred (Chrissy) Miller and Terry Miller Lampke; grandmother of Lucas and Casey Lampke, Lynn Heberlein and Jim (Marie) Heberlein and Taylor and Christian Miller; great grandmother of Jed, Michael and Lindsey Heberlein and Carter Lampke; sister of Eleanor Alessi, Michael (Christine) DAmico, Louis (Marion) DAmico and the late Joseph DAmico, Tobi Silverman, Lena Pulvino and Marie Gimbrone. Relatives and friends may call, Sunday, August 17th from 4-8 PM at the GRECO FUNERAL HOME, INC 2909 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore. Mass of Christian Burial, Monday morning, August 18th at 10 AM at St. Stephens Church, 2100 Baseline Rd, Grand Island (Please assemble at Church) Mrs. Galante was an avid bowler, sports enthusiast and a devout Catholic.
Nora A. Butcher, August 6, 2008. Former Grand Island, NY resident. Beloved wife of the late Frank Butcher; dearest mother of Sybil (Michael) Corrigan, late Melvin (Pat), David (Joan), Roger (Linda), John (Karen) and Richard (Debra); also survived by 16 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. No prior visitation. Memorials may be made to Hospice.
Nora Butcher, formerly of Grand Island, passed away August 6th at Degraff Hospital in the Hospice unit after suffering a major stroke August 3rd. She was born August 22, 1913, and was about to celebrated her 95th birthday. Originally from Thorold, Ontario, Nora moved to Grand Island with her husband, Franklin, in 1936. They lived and raised six children on East River Road. Nora was a member of St. Stephen’s Church Altar Society for many years. She spoke often of Frs. Wright and Graeber and of wonderful times she spent with her friends. Even as she started to lose her memory as she moved into her 90’s, there were many stories told about her times with her friends and neighbors, Betty O’Dea, June Pinzell, Mae Klocke and Joan Raab, who are just a few. She was well known among her friends and family for her talents in ceramics, knitting and gardening. Nora taught catechism class and was a den mother for the Cub Scouts. She and her husband, Frank, moved from Grand Island in mid ‘80’s to spend their summers in Zephyrhills, Florida. In 1990, they moved back to Tonawanda, where they lived until their final days. Nora lost her husband, Frank in 2002 and with the aid of family, was able to live alone in her own home until she died. She leaves behind five of her six children as she was pre-deceased by her eldest son, Mel, in 1997. She is also loved and missed by 16 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. She will be interred with Frank at White Chapel Cemetery.
Norma A. (Manchester) Weast, 92, August 7, 2008, of Grand Island, wife of the late J. Robert Weast; mother of Bonnie (William) Call; grandmother of Kelly Bettinger, Ronald (Kim) McNamee and Mark Call; great-grandmother of Brandon and Kelsey Bettinger and Mitchell McNamee. Private Graveside Services will be held at Acacia Park Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
Gayle Williams Wright, 57, a resident of Annapolis for 35 years, former resident of Grand Island, NY, died of respiratory failure July 31 at Anne Arundel Medical Center. Mrs. Wright was born Oct. 14, 1950, in Yonkers, N.Y., to the late Robert Stewart and Jean Leith Williams. A graduate of Grand Island High School, Class of 1968, she earned a bachelor's degree in English and education from State University of New York-Brockport. Gayle was a teacher at Wroxeter-on-Severn and St. Mary's in the 1970s. She was a member of the Junior League, Annapolis Association of University Women and Anchorage Garden Club. She enjoyed ballet, poetry, water-color painting, gardening and spending time with her family, friends and pets. Survivors include her husband of 34 years, Francis D. Wright; two daughters, Anne Wright Stewart of Wilmington, Del., and Elizabeth Williams Wright of San Diego; and four sisters, Debra Kneubluhler of Atlanta, Ga., Jill Kinney of East Amherst, N.Y., Bonnie Johnson of Westminster, Colo., and Lisa Minter of Severna Park. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at St. Anne's Episcopal Church, 1 Church Circle. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Arrangements are by Hardesty Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, 200 E. Joppa Road, Suite 407, Towson, MD 21286 or to Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis, MD 21401.
Gordon B. Claffey Sr., 88, of Grand Island, died on Sunday, August 3, 2008 at home, while receiving care from Hospice Buffalo. He was born in Potsdam, NY on November 24, 1919, the son of the late Gary J. and Genevieve (Longale) Claffey, moving to the area at an early age. He graduated from St. Mary's Elementary School and High School. He served in the U.S. Army Armored Tank Division in the European Theater during World War II, and was honorably discharged. Mr. Claffey was employed as a production worker at the former International Paper Company for 35 years, retiring in 1969. He was active with the International Paper Company's 25-Year Club. Survivors include his son, Gordon B. Claffey Jr. (JoAnne Vitale) of the Town of Lockport; three grandchildren, Gary Claffey (Sharon) of Brewerton, NY, Glynis Fitzgerald (Kevin) of Torrington, CT, and Greer Claffey of Grand Island; four great grandchildren, Garrett, Gregory and Hannah Claffey and Conor Fitzgerald and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Mr. Claffey was predeceased by his wife, Georgia (Craver) Claffey in 2001 and a sister, Eleanore Davern. Friends may call Wednesday, August 6, 2008 from 4-8 p.m. in the Lane Funeral Home, Inc., 8622 Buffalo Ave., where prayers will be recited at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, August 7 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Mary of the Cataract R.C. Church. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Town of Lewiston. Flowers graciously declined. Memorials, if desired, may be made to Hospice Buffalo, 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227-1480.
Homer J. Groff, August 5, 2008 of Grand Island. Father of Jeffrey Jerome Groff; brother of Patricia M. (George) Stephan and the late James Groff and Franklin Sawyer; uncle of Wendy Truesdale, Christopher Stephan, and Valerie Tacy; great uncle of Paul and Frank Truesdale; good friend of David Carminati; son of the late Helen M. and Homer J. Groff Sr. Friends may call Thursday, August 7 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island where funeral services will be held Friday, August 8 at 10 AM. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.
Adolphe H. "Dolf' Amand, entered into rest, July 28, 2008, resident of Grand Island of 37 years. Born in Haarem, Holland, October 15, 1932. Mr. Amand came to the United States over 50 years ago. He was president of Haarem Bulb Co., a flower business in Niagara Falls, NY and Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada for over 50 years. He also operated Wooden Shoe Boutique, a souvenir business in both Niagara Falls, NY and Niagara Falls, Ontario. He was the beloved husband of Paula E. Amand; loving father of Ronald Amand and Monique (Tom) Corrao; devoted opa of Nicolette, Tommy, Jenna and Jacob Corrao; brother of Henri and Jack Amand; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Thursday, July 31st from 4-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, August 1st at 10:00 AM at St. Stephen's Church, Grand Island. Memorials may be made to St. Catherine Laboure, 2157 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214, Attn: Mark Klyczak.
Carol I. Dean Ph.D, Sarasota, FL, April 24, 2008, predeceased by her parents, Alvan G. Dean and Dorothy (Wyatt) Dean; survived by her sister, Joan M. (Charles) Grimm; her brother, Robert A. (Anita) Dean; six nephews, nine grandnephews and grandnieces, and treasured friends near and far. Memorial service, 11 AM, Saturday, August 2, 2008 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, NY; Interment Forest Lawn, Buffalo, NY; Memorials to Trinity UMC.
Ronald Wayne Allen, former Grand Island, NY resident, lost his battle with cancer and went to be with the Lord on July 16, 2008. Ron was a US Navy Vietnam War veteran and was retired from GM/Saturn after 37 years. Since retiring, Ron spent his winters in Tennessee and his summers in Montana fishing and building a cabin with friends. He loved big sky country, traveling and riding his Harley Davidson with his BFF Lucy Lou. He was preceded in death by his mother Ruby Allen. He is survived by father Arthur Allen, loving wife Vikki Trupin, children Kevin (Jodi) Allen, Heidi (Charles) White, Katie (Jarred) McIntosh and Brett (Kristie) Allen; sister Lynda (Nicholas) Chomko, and proud Grandaddy of nine grandchildren, Brittany, Brandon, Bridget, Brooke, Jesse, Shaylynn, Joey, Blaize and Blaike. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Bill Bubb and Gail Boardman of Pulaski, TN for their love and support. Sympathy may be expressed by a memorial contribution to the American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.
Joshua B. Greene, 23, July 20, 2008, of Grand Island, son of Cecil and Lydia Greene; brother of Cecil Greene, Jr., and Joyal (Irad) Ramadan; uncle of Xavier, Logan and Skye Ramadan; grandson of Raymond and Ersel McKay and the late William and Cecilia Greene. Friends may call Tuesday, July 22 from 7-9 PM and Wednesday, July 23 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, where funeral services will be held Thursday, July 24 at 11 AM.
Diane P. “Dee” (Whelan) Russell, of Grand Island, New York, July 16, 2008. Beloved wife of Henry I. Russell. Loving mother of Ellen (Sharon) Milkas, John, Marc, Anne-Mare Beauchamp and the late Henry I. Russell Jr. Most loving grandmother of Jacob, Shannon, Jessica, Diane, Delia, Jacquelyn, Matthew and Eric. Daughter of the late Richard, and Eleanor (Currie) Whelan. Dear sister of Richard, Michael and John Whelan. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass in St. Timothys Church, 565 E. Park Dr., Tonawanda on Monday at 10 AM. Memorial tributes may be made to Hospice Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to the REDDINGTON FUNERAL HOME, 657 Abbott Rd. (822-1260)
Phyllis L. Smith, July 18, 2008, of Grand Island, wife of John A. Smith; mother of Roxie L. Gillespie, W. Randie Gilespie, Robbie W. Gilespie, Penney F. (Glenn W.) Cipriano, Kristy L. (Michael R.) Musilli and Beth Ann Kendrick; also survived by 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sister of Eleanor Rowles, Norma Davis, Harold, Wallace, Rodger and the late Arden Kephart; wife of the late William R. Gilespie. A memorial mass will be celebrated Tuesday, July 22nd at 11:15 AM at St. Stephens Church, Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society for Colon Research.
Edward L. Mesmer, July 18, 2008. Beloved husband of Nancy Mesmer. Dear father of Dennis M., Edward J. (Donna) and Jackie (Charles) Petillon. Stepfather of Kristi (William) Bonifacio, Jeffry, Eric (Monica) and the late Gregory Bakke. Loving Grandfather of Julie Bakke, Keith (Holly) Mesmer, Lisa Bonifacio, Michelle (Matthew) Poulsen, Steven Mesmer, Allison Mesmer, Suzanne Bonifacio, Anne Mesmer, and Alex Bakke. Brother of Raymond (Marilyn), Franklin (Jean), David (Donna) and the late John Mesmer and Isabelle Mauer. The family will receive friends at the C. MERTZ AND SON FUNERAL HOME INC., 911 Englewood Ave. Monday, July 21st from 3-7 PM. where funeral services will follow at 7 PM. In lieu of flowers donations to People, Inc.
Adelaide Earhart Strother, 99, of Ewing Township, NJ passed away on July 10, 2008, in Compassionate Care Hospice at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton. She lived on Grand Island, NY with her husband and children in the 1950s. Born in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 21, 1908, Mrs. Strother resided in Ewing Township for more than 50 years. Mrs. Strother was a graduate of Ohio State University, where she was a national officer of Alpha Xi Delta sorority. She held various positions in her long career, including teaching school, selling sterling silver and beauty products while living in the Midwest, and serving through the early 1950s as society editor of the Niagara Falls (N.Y.) Gazette, where she wrote a weekly column entitled "Teacup Topics." Upon moving to Ewing in 1957, Mrs. Strother resumed her teaching career and taught for many years at Fisher Junior High School in Ewing. She was a member of Ewing Presbyterian Church, an avid bridge player, and well into her later years she enjoyed dancing and extensive travel. Mrs. Strother's late husband, Frederick P. Strother, was chief executive of the George Washington Council, Boy Scouts of America, based in Trenton in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He then joined the BSA national office, located then in New Brunswick, as assistant national director of program, a position he held at his death in 1969. Daughter of the late John and Lena Nelson Earhart and widow of Frederick P. Strother, Adelaide is survived by a daughter, Sylvia Strother of Ewing Township; a son, John (Jack) Strother and his wife Ellen of Stratford, Conn.; two grandsons, Craig Strother of Trumbull, Conn., and Scott Strother of Clinton, Conn.; and her caregiver, Tiffany Thomas. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Monday (Aug. 4) at the Ewing Presbyterian Church, 100 Scotch Road, Ewing Township, with the Rev. Nicholas Hatch presiding. Interment in the family plot in Greenlawn Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ewing Presbyterian Church, 100 Scotch Road, Ewing, NJ 08628. Arrangements are under the direction of Brenna Funeral Home, 340 Hamilton Ave., Trenton.
Donald E. Murphy, December 24, 2007 of Grand Island, NY; survived by many close friends.A memorial mass will be offered at St. Stephens R.C. Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, Tuesday, July 22, at 10:00 AM. A reception will immediately follow the mass at the Buffalo Launch Club, 503 E. River Rd., Grand Island. Mr. Murphy was owner/operator of Murphy Truck Rental, a long time member of the Buffalo Launch Club and a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard. Arrangements GEORGE J. ROBERTS & SONS FUNERAL HOME.
David M. Forbes Jr., 49, suddenly, July 11, 2008 of Polk City, Florida. Formerly of Grand Island, NY. Son of David M. Forbes Sr. and the late Patricia N. Forbes; loving father of Michael (Erica), Amy, and Brian Forbes and soon to be grandfather of Madelyn Forbes. Dear brother of Sharon Forbes, Kathleen DeWitt, Mary Gonzalez and John Forbes. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Dave was a life long truck driver who spent many years traveling from state to state with his beloved dog, Scoop, He enjoyed spending time with his three children and his friends and family. Friends may call Monday, July 21, 2008 from 3 to 8 p.m. at the KAISER fUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. Memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 22 at St. Matthew's Cemetery, 180 Old French Road, West Seneca. Flowers gratefully declined.
Willliam (Billy) P. Engel, age 60, former resident of Grand Island, NY, residing in Treasure Island, Fl for the past nine years passed away on July 1, 2008 in Bay Pines Hospital, Florida. Dear son of Alice (late Williuam H. Engel) of Kenmore; brother of Bruce (Betty) Engel of Clarence, NY; Bonnie Cehok (Alan Rizzuto) of Kenmore, NY; Karen Knight of York, PA; and Carol Engel of Kenmore. NY; and numerous niece and nephews and loving friend Peggy Hemming of Treasure Island. Bill served in Vietnam as a Marine and was awarded the Purple Heart. He served as Commander of the VFW Post in Madiera Beach, FL. A military service will be held on July 18, 2008 at 2 p.m. at the Bay Pines burial grounds. Bill will be greatly missed and he will be remembered for his amazing and quick witted humor. Friends may call Carol Engel 425-0378 for any information.
Felicia C. (nee Niemiec) DeMartin, July 11, 2008, 75, of Grand Island, after a long illness. Wife of Everest E. DeMartin; mother of Denise (Al) Ricotta, Thomas (Kathy) and Michael (Karen) DeMartin; sister of the late Frances Vince; also survived by nine grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Respecting her wishes there will be no visitation and services will be cared for privately. Interment at St. Stephens Cemetery Grand Island. If desired memorials to Our Lady of Fatima Shrine or Canine Helpers of WNY are preferred. Arrangements by LABUDA FUNERAL HOME INC., Niagara Falls, NY.
Catherine Ann Lecksell, formerly of Grand Island, NY and Niagara Falls, NY, July 8, 2008, age 86, mother of Betty Jane (David) Reilly, Richard W. (Georgia) Lecksell, Robert J. Lecksell and Barbara Jean Carroll; sister of Donald Polito, Rose Kaczowski and Florence White; also survived by four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. No prior visitation. A Memorial Mass will be held Thursday, July 10 at 9 AM from St. Peters RC Church, 600 Center St., Lewiston, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the SPCA of Niagara County. Arrangements by HARDISON FUNERAL HOMES INC., Lewiston.
F. William Kaegebein, 85, of Lakeland, Fla., died on July 11, 2008. He was the husband of the late Marion (Smith) Kaegebein. He was born on Grand Island, N.Y., son of the late William M. and Dora Kraatz Kaegebein. He graduated from Cornell University and served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946. He married Marion Smith in 1947, and during their marriage they lived in New York State, North Carolina, Ohio and Georgia and after retirement, traveled for several years in their motorhome before settling in Florida in 1991. His career was in agricultural chemical sales, working primarily for FMC Corporation. Wherever they lived he was involved in church and community activities. In Lakeland he was active in First United Methodist Church and a volunteer for Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Habitat for Humanity and the Carpenters Estates Resident Association. Mr. Kaegebein is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law: Kay Steeves and her husband Richard of Acton, Debbie Kaegebein and her husband Dennis Bradley of Harvard and Becky Croke and her husband Michael of Sylvania, Ohio and seven grandchildren. A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held in Lakeland, Fla. Donations in his memory may be made to Lakeland Habitat For Humanity, 1317 George Jenkins Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33815 or to a charity of one’s choice.
Anthony Genova, July 7, 2008, of Grand Island, formerly of Colorado Springs, CO, husband of the late Josephine (Connelli) Genova; father of Ken A. (Wendy) Genova; grandfather of Bianca and Anthony Genova; brother of Florence Urone, Virginia Habenstein and the late Tom Genova; son of the late Joe and Mary Genova. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday, July 11, 2008 at 10 AM at St. Stephens Church, Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. Mr. Genova was a member of Knights of Columbus Council No. 4752 and VFW Grand Island Post No. 9249.
Nancy E. DeGlopper, 62, suddenly, July 5, 2008, of Grand Island, beloved wife of H. William DeGlopper, Jr.; loving mother of Deborah S. (Kenneth) Robinson, William J. and Brian J. (Alison) DeGlopper; devoted grandmother of Matthew and Heather Robinson, Dylan and Megan DeGlopper; sister of Jack (Raenota) Merrill and Susan (Lewis) Rozelle; daughter of the late Carl and Laura Merrill. Friends may call Tuesday, July 8 from 6-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Memorial Services will be held Wednesday, July 9 at 11:00 AM at Trinity United Methodist Church. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to The American Heart Assn. or The Trinity Church Organ Fund. See also Niagara Gazette Notice
Helen K. Jarosz, July 4, 2008 of Grand Island, NY; formerly of Beckley, WV; daughter of the late Michael and Eva Jarosz; sister of the late Anna Skindell, Mary Relosky and John Jarosz; also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Friends may call Sunday, July 6, 2008 from 3-6 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, July 7th at 10:00 AM at St. Stephens Church. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to St. Stephens Church for masses.
Dorothy M. Lane, 86, of Colonial Drive, E., Grand Island, died Wednesday, July 2, 2008 in Niagara Rehab and Nursing Care Center. Wife of the late Oren R. Bud Lane. Mother of Patricia K. (Mark) Weatherston of Grand Island and the late James T. Lane. Sister of the late Marion Ross. Grandmother of three grandchildren, Amanda, Christopher and Jimmy, one great grandson, Gavin James and aunt of six nieces and nephews. Friends may call Monday, July 7th from 11 AM until 1 PM in the LANE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 8622 Buffalo Avenue, where Funeral services will be held at 1 PM with the Rev. Laura Norris - Buisch officiating. Interment will be in Riverdale Cemetery, Lewiston, NY.
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