Stephanie M. Ali, suddenly; January 5, 2010; age 22 of Grand Island, NY. Loving daughter of Teresa M. (Thomas Jr.) Duffy and John H. Ali; beloved companion of Jason C. Ingalsbe; adored mother of the late Grace Emma Ingalsbe; dear sister of Jay, Sarah, Samuel and Jonathan Ali; cherished granddaughter of George and Penny Panepinto and Sarah Ali; great-granddaughter of Winifred Zarbo; also survived by many adoring aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. The family will be present on Friday, January 8 from 3-8 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 2600 Sheridan Dr. (corner of Parker Blvd.). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 9 from St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island at 10 AM. Friends invited. Please assemble at church. Share your condolences at www.AMIGONE.com. Arrangements by ANTHONY GRECO, GRECO FUNERAL HOME.
Grace Emma Ingalsbe, suddenly, January 5, 2010, age 5 months. Loving daughter of Jason C. Ingalsbe and the late Stephanie M. Ali; cherished granddaughter of Cindy Bull, Robert Ingalsbe, Teresa M. (Thomas Jr.) Duffy and John H. Ali; dear great- granddaughter of George and Penny Panepinto, Sara Ali, Betty Bull, Beverly Whitmore and great great-granddaughter of Winifred Zarbo; also survived by many adoring aunts, uncles and cousins. Please see ALI, STEPHANIE M. for service info. Share condolences at www.AMIGONE.com. Arrangements by the GRECO FUNERAL HOME.
Anna M. (Vogel) Krauser, January 6, 2010, of Grand Island, wife of the late William Krauser; mother of Heidi (David) Nitkowski and Randy (Lisa) Krauser; grandmother of Christen, Jessica and Emily; great-grandmother of Andrew, Rachel and Tyler; sister of Anton "Tony" Vogel; aunt of Roland, Horst and Peter Vogel, Ingrid Kinney and Karen Benninger. Friends may call Friday, January 8 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 9 at 11 AM at New Apostolic Church, 2728 Stony Point Rd., Grand Island.
Raymond J. Mesmer, January 4, 2010, of Grand Island, husband of 54 years of Marilyn J. (Flessel) Mesmer; father of Deanna Mesmer, James (Dorothy) Mesmer and Vicky (Frederic, III) Proctor; grandfather of Sarah (Rob) MacNeil, Kristin, James and Mallory Zilliox, Frederic, IV, Rae-Lynne and William Proctor; great-grandfather of Madison and Aidan MacNeil; brother of Franklin (Jean), David (Donna) and the late John R., Edward Mesmer and Isabelle Maurer; brother-in-law of Alfred (Linda) Flessel; son of the late John L. and Isabelle Mesmer; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends may call Thursday, January 7 from 5-8 PM followed by funeral services at 8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined.
Cynthia (nee Innes) Olson, January 2, 2010, after a courageous battle with breast cancer for 11 years, of Grand Island, formerly of the Town of Tonawanda, beloved wife of Gregory J. Olson; cherished mother of Jennalise E. Olson; loving daughter of Fern E. (Schober) and the late Walter G. Innes; sister of Stephen M. (Jelene) Innes and Elaine A. (Kader) Laroussi; also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. Friends may call Tuesday, January 5 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Memorials may be made to The Breast Cancer Network of WNY or First Trinity Lutheran Church, 1570 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda where Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, January 6 at 10:30 AM.
Evelyn M. (nee Krayeski) Pearson, January 1, 2010, of Sebastian, FL, formerly of Riverside, wife of the late Joseph Pearson; sister of the late Dorothy (the late Clarence) Banas and Mildred (the late George) Ziegler; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Tuesday, January 5 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Flowers gratefully declined.
Anita (nee Ackerman) Anderson, of Grand Island, entered into rest on January 1, 2010, beloved wife of Harold E.; dear cousin of William Maloney; also surviving are many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends may call Tuesday, January 5 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the HILLIARD-CREASEY FUNERAL HOME, INC., 147 Delaware St., Tonawanda, NY 14150. A Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, January 6th at the Knox United Presbyterian Church, 2595 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore, NY 14217 at a time to be announced. Anita was a member of the LaSalle Yacht Club and The Coast Guard Auxiliary. In lieu of flowers, memorials to The American Cancer Society would be appreciated.
Laura Ann (nee Deiner) Metzgar, December 31, 2009, of Grand Island, dearest wife of William K. Metzgar; beloved daughter of Anne and the late Charles Deiner of Grand Island; youngest sister of Debby (Dr. James) Krepp of Fayetteville, NC, Gail (Greg) Boggs of Charlotte, NC, James (Janet) Deiner of Pipersville, PA and Wendy (Rich) Clymer of Concord, NH; cherished aunt of five nephews, 13 nieces and five great-nieces; dear sister-in-law of Rhonda Metzgar, Renee and Tim Lorenz; lifelong friend of Judy Brown. Friends may call Saturday, January 2 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, and Sunday, January 3 from 4-5 PM at the Pendleton Center United Methodist Church, 6864 Campbell Blvd,, Pendleton followed by Funeral Services at 5 PM at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute-Hemotology Clinic (Dr. Asher Chanan-Khan) or The Darwin D. Martin House, Laura graduated from Cornell University in 1985 and was a longtime employee at M&T Bank as a Special Projects Manager and Vice President.
James A. Kish, December 28, 2009, age 60 of Grand Island. Son of Elizabeth Crosson; brother of Rebecca (Robert) Hausler and Linda (John) Nelson; uncle of Elizabeth (Mark) Hackbush and Daniel (Libby) Hausler. The family will receive friends after 2 PM Saturday, January 2 at the HAMP FUNERAL HOME, INC., Adam and Seymour Streets, Tonawanda where a Memorial Service will be held at 3 PM. Friends invited. If desired, memorials to the American Heart Association are preferred. Mr. Kish was employed at the American Axle Plant in Buffalo before retiring in 2007. Complete obituary, condolences and directions may be found at www.hampfuneral.com
Joanne P. Carr, December 28, 2009, age 83; beloved wife of the late Robert F. Carr; mother of Karen (Dennis) Keefe, Jeffrey (Nelly), Pastor Daniel (Eileen), Gary (Mary), Timothy (Laurie) and Michael D. (Christine) Carr; grandmother of Nathaniel Keefe, Celeste Padgett, and Todd, Alexzandra, Gil, Stephen, Michael P., Erin (Amanda), Leon, Emily, Rebecca, Jared, Chelsea, Forrest and Hayden Carr; great grandmother of Brett and Cheyenne Carr and Allison and Emilee Padgett. Also survived by many cousins, including Sally Willet, James N. and David L. Carr. She was the sister-in-law of the Rev. Kevin (Kathy) Carr and Deborah (Newt) Ronan. Memorial service 2 p.m. January 9, 2009, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island; interment at Steamburg Cemetery in the Town of Coldspring.
See Joanne P. Carr Obituary..
Rose P. Agro, December 29, 2009 of Grand Island, NY; beloved wife of the late Joseph A. Agro; mother of Salvatore Agro and Joyce (James) Curry; grandfather of Anthony, Shannon and Ashley Curry; special friend of the Dolce family. Friends may call Thursday, December 31 2-4 and 7-9 PM and Friday, January 1 from 7-9 PM at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT INC. FUNERAL HOME, 3290 Delaware Ave., where funeral services will be held Saturday, January 2nd at 8:45 AM. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Andrew's R.C. Church at 9:15 AM.
Joyce L. (Webb) Beland, December 27, 2009 of Buffalo, NY, beloved wife of the late George C.; mother of Maureen Rodriguez, Reneé (Bob) Carter, George F., Sean (Mary) and Robin (Gary) Book; sister of Julius (late Anne) Stenis, Arvilla (late Lefty) Kendzierski, Dawn (late Jay) Trivette and the late Laverne (late Carol) Stenis; also survived by 13 grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and many friends. Friends may call Wednesday 3-7 at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT INC., FUNERAL HOME, 3290 Delaware Ave., where funeral services will be held Wednesday evening, December 30 at 7. Memorials may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Elaine F. Bellinger , December 28, 2009, of Grand Island, wife of the late Donald F. Bellinger, mother of Donald F. Bellinger, Jr., Marcia (William) Gilbert and Colin (Danyelle) Bellinger, grandmother of Christine, Kate, Andrew, Daniel, Sarah, Colin and Allyson. Memorial Services will be held Wednesday, December 30 at 11 AM at Grace Lutheran Church, 736 Cayuga Dr., Niagara Falls.
William P. Wood, 83, of Grand Island, NY, (December 26, 2009) Retired Assistant Fire Chief of the Niagara Falls Air Force Base Fire Department, died Saturday after a brief illness in Millard Fillmore Hospital, Buffalo. Mr. Wood had a strong and lifelong devotion to the fire service. He served as civilian firefighter at the Niagara Falls Air Force Base for twenty years before retiring in 1981 as the Assistant Fire Chief. For over 50 years, he served his community as a member of the Grand Island Fire Co. in various capacities including being a member of the board of directors. He was the only member to serve as Fire Chief in two separate terms, in 1963-65 and 1981-83. In 1987 he was hired by the Fire Company to oversee the operation of the newly formed 9-1-1 and fire dispatch center on Grand Island. Mr. Wood was extremely proud of his association with Young Fire Equipment, and pieces of fire apparatus that he sold are still in service throughout Niagara and Erie County today. Prior to his work in the fire service, he was employed by Addressograph-Multigraph, where he serviced machines and formed friendships with is clients that lasted a lifetime. A WWII veteran, he immediately joined the Navy after graduating from West Seneca High School in 1944 and served as Signalman until 1946. A Freemason since 1960, Bill was a member and Past Master of Eggertsville-Grand Island #1138 F & AM, a member of Washington Lodge #240 F & AM, and Past Commander of Post 10 Masonic War Veterans. He was a companion of Tonawanda Keystone Chapter, Royal Arch Masons and a 32nd degree Mason of the Buffalo Consistory, AASR. Bill and his late wife, Fay, were members of Trinity United Methodist Church on Grand Island. He enjoyed traveling to NASCAR races and watching them on TV. A voracious reader of military and mystery novels, he also never grew weary of “kicking tires.” He was a sounding board and a source of guidance in all his children and grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Fay (Staubitz) Wood, and survived by his children Craig (Tina), Keith (Wende), Brooke (Rod) Raham, Darcey Golde and Amy (Steven) Morgan; grandchildren Christopher and Gregory (Beth Glessner) Golde, Jennifer (Tim) Cramer, Abram Morgan, Aaron Wood, great-grandson Peyton Golde and loving pet Sasha. The family will receive friends at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, NY, Monday, December 28 from 7 – 9, and Tuesday, December 29 from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9. A Masonic service will be held under the auspices of Eggertsville-Grand Island Lodge on Tuesday at 7:30. A memorial service will be held Wednesday morning, December 30 at 11:00 am at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, with a luncheon immediately following at the Grand Island Fire Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Masonic Brotherhood Fund, 72 West 23rd St, New York, NY 10010.
B. Evelyn Lukasiewicz, November 22, 2009 of Grand Island; wife of Joseph H. “Luke” Lukasiewicz; mother of Pat (William “Lee”) Smith and Steve E. VanDyke; grandmother of Lynn Folia, Terri Smith, Melissa and Amanda VanDyke; great grandmother of Vince and John Folia; sister of Paul Kirkman. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Harbor Lights Fellowship, 1821 Grand Island Blvd, Grand Island 14072, where a Celebration of Life will be held Monday, December 28 at 7 PM.
Sue Ann (nee Solomon) Gardner, 81, of Grand Island and formerly of the City of Tonawanda, unexpectedly, Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at her residence. A resident of Grand Island for the past 18 years, she was the daughter of the late Abraham and Mary (nee Deeb) Solomon. Sue Ann, along with her husband, Donald, owned and operated Agro Statics, Inc. on Grand Island for 29 years. They also owned and operated Lime-it and Modern Home Builders, also on Grand Island. She was formerly employed as a Secretary for the US Navy, Paralegal for Roland Baxter, Attorney, Secretary to Mayor Durkee in North Tonawanda, and a Real Estate Agent for Ray Young Real Estate. Sue Ann was awarded Business Woman of the Year in 2004 and 2007 by both President Ronald Regan and also President George Bush. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in North Tonawanda and attended Whitehaven Road Baptist on Grand Island. She is survived by her husband, Donald J. Gardner; two daughters, Robin M. (Joseph Jr.) Popovich and Crystal Hall-Cirillo, both of Amherst; and a son, Jeffrey (Annie) Gardner of Grand Island; four grandchildren, Cara Sue (Joe) Erzkus, Mary Jo (Christopher) Kish, Chad and Paige Cirillo and a great-grandson, Carter Erzkus; her brother, Samuel J. (the late Sue Ellen) Solomon of Williamsville; and a sister-in-law, Irene (the late Michael J.) Solomon of Wheatfield. She was the sister of the late George (the late Lottie) Solomon, Ann (the late Stanley) Beers, Helen (the late Henry) Ryder, Julia (the late William) Lindaman and Michael Solomon. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Saturday, December 26 from 6-8 PM and Sunday, December 27 from 2-4 & 6-8 PM at John O. Roth Funeral Home, Inc., 25 William St. (between Morgan & Broad Sts.), in Tonawanda, where funeral services will be conducted at 11:30 AM Monday, December 28 by Dr. E. Alan Cockrell. A private burial will be in White Chapel Cemetery. Visit www.legacy.com/tonawanda-news for online guest register.
Thomas R. Tyson passed away at age 50 on Saturday morning, December 19, 2009 at the Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center. He was a beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle, friend and colleague. His lifetime of service to the church as elder and choir member demonstrated his tremendous faith. Tom grew up on Grand Island, NY and received his BS in Civil Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1981. He completed his SM in Civil Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983. The culmination of his immensely successful career was his role as Lead Structural Engineer on the construction of Ave Maria University. He was especially proud of the Oratory. Family was Tom's pride and joy. He married Ruth, the love of his life, in 1983 and they were married for 26 years. He was dearly loved by his two children Mary and Jeff; exchange students Fernando and Amelie; parents Harold and Kay Tyson; in-laws Margaret and George Fletcher and cherished siblings, nieces, nephews and extended family. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate his life January 2, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at the Mendon Church, 936 Cheese Factory Road (at the corner of Route 64). Memorial contributions in Tom's name may be made to Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center, 2652 Ridgeway Avenue, Rochester, NY 14626. To light a candle of remembrance, please visit www.mertonkaysfuneralhome.com
William "Bill" Drozdowsky , of Grand Island, NY, December 18, 2009, at Roswell Park Cancer Hospital of complications due to leukemia. Born May 4, 1948 in Korbach, Germany, son of the late John and Anna (Myziuk) Drozdowskyj who had been displaced by the war from their native Ukraine and had come to America with their children to restart their lives. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1966 after high school, where he found his true calling in medicine while serving as a Medic. After tours of duty in Korea and Norway, he received an Honorable Discharge and entered nursing. Seeking a larger challenge, he graduated as a Nurse Anaesthetist a few years later and entered a profession that was his perfect match and his most natural vocation. His wonderful sense of humor and lively manner charmed the most stubborn of patients. His passion for his craft made him the perfect choice for difficult cases and in 30 years of practice he became a familiar figure in most of Buffalo's major hospitals. He is survived by his wife, Anne Sondek; children, Nicholas and Julia; brother of Olga (Luby) Gorejko; uncle of Natalie, Adriana, Larrisa, Alexandria, Matthew, Kristina, Anna and Andrew. Billy is deeply missed by his family and his many close friends and associates. Relatives and friends may call Monday, December 21 from 4 PM - 8 PM at THE COLONIAL MEMORIAL CHAPELS, INC., 3003 South Park Ave., Lackawanna, NY. Chapel Service Tuesday morning, December 22 at 11:30 AM.
Robert P. Shoemaker, of Grand Island, NY, December 17, 2009, dearest father of Robert W. (Pamela), Randy P. (Debra), Brad and Greg Shoemaker; grandfather of Jennifer, Robert, Kimberly, Kelly, Kaileen, Tiffany, Wyatt and Cade; predeceased by brothers and sisters; also survived by nieces and nephews. No prior visitation. Private services. Arrangements by ERIE COUNTY CREMATION SERVICE, 824-6435
Carl R. Detig, December 13, 2009, beloved husband of Pamela D. (nee Simmons) Detig; dear brother of Mary (Harry) Lang and the late Judith (John) Mersmann; loving uncle of Michael Krywcum, Jeffrey Krywcum, Cynthia Mersmann, Nancy Krajewski, John Mersmann, Carol Walker, Betsy Ulmer, Mark Lang, Karen DeMeester, James Simmons, John Simmons, Jason Simmons and Jennifer Wright; son-in-law of Evelyn Simmons; brother-in-law of Allan (Linda) Simmons and Gail (Ronald) Krywcum. The family will receive friends at the C. Mertz & Son Funeral Home, Inc., 911 Englewood Ave, Wednesday, December 16 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM, where funeral services will be held Thursday, December 17 at 9 AM and a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Stephen's Church at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations to Arthritis Foundation of WNY. Carl was a member of the Buffalo Launch Club of Grand Island, NY and Service Coordinator for 25 years with Mike Smith Buick - Pontiac Lockport, NY.
Harold Joseph Arcouet, retired Dunlop Tire treasurer, died December 11, 2009 in his Arizona home. He was 73. Born in New York City to the late Henry Wallace and Helen Lillian (nee Kregler). After serving in the U.S. Marine Corp., he graduated from St. Michael's College in Vermont. In 1968 he moved to Grand Island. After retirement he enjoyed traveling with his beloved wife, the late Patricia Joanne (nee Secula). Surviving are two daughters, Susan (Randon) Hillock of AZ and Shelley (Robert) Smith of IL; and two sons, Harold Jr. of AZ and Jeffrey of NY. He adored his five grandchildren, Amy and Kathryn Hillock, Thomas, Michael and Jacob Smith. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Rememberances may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.
Byron L. "Bud" Cole, December 10, 2009, of Grand Island, husband of the late Nancy R. Cole; father of Cindy (Bruce) Ensminger and the late Michael (survived by wife Lynn) Cole; grandfather of Katy Domagala, Jeremy and Aaron Cole; great-grandfather of Kayla Wylie and Kylie Cole; brother of Carmen (William) Ross; brother-in-law of Polly Richmond. Friends may call Monday, December 14 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services private. In leau of flowers, memorials may be made to Kenmore Mercy Hospital. Mr. Cole was a member of Grand Island Moose Lodge 180, VFW Post 9249, the Masonic Lodge, and a life member of the Grand Island Chapter # 168 Disabled American Veterans.
Jeanette N. Courey, 77, of Grand Island, NY died on December 4, 2009. See Buffalo News Obituary..
Jack Lindelow, 80, of Grand Island, NY died on Tuesday, December 8, 2009. See Buffalo News Obituary..
Michael H. Schneider, December 7, 2009, of Grand Island, husband of Judith J. Schneider; father of Amy (Scott) George and Melissa Schneider; grandfather of Alexandra, Megan and Reese; brother of Melinda Schneider and the late Walter Petroski. Friends may call Friday, December 11 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd, Grand Island. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 12 at 10 AM at Whitehaven Road Baptist Church, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.
Mike was a community minded Grand Island resident for over 40 years, serving on the Board of Directors of the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce. He was chairman and instrumental in the success of the 2002 Sesquicentennial. Mike spent 33 years employed at Dunlop and retired early to follow his dream of sign painting. He started his Grafx business and a lot of his work may be seen around Grand Island in the form of signs and banners.
Mike was a member of and worked part time for Whitehaven Road Baptist Church which became almost a second home for him. There he started the 12 Steps To Freedom program which is a ministry to help those who suffer from additions.
Mike's true love was for Grand Island and his family. He had incredible faith which never lingered through his last days.
He was an amazing grandfather who loved his grandchildren, Alex, Megan, and Reese. He never missed the kids' sports games, concerts and spent endless hours playing kid games when they were little. As a father to Amy and Melissa, he provided faithful guidance, love and encouragement. As a husband to Judy he was a best friend. He loved to travel together with Judy or just being home enjoying his family on the porch by the pool.
His friendships were endless and his faith in God never wavered. He will be missed by so many.
Joseph "Joe" Ognibene, December 7, 2009, of Grand Island, husband of the late Mary Heyden Ognibene; survivors include a daughter, Roxanne (Thomas) True of Louisville, KY; a son, J. Randall (Carlin) Ognibene of Newburgh; four stepsons, Michael (Heidi) Heyden of Franklin, ME, Patrick Heyden of Boston (NY); Timothy (Rose) Heyden and Matthew (Lora) Heyden both of Concord; three grandchildren, Anissa (Thomas) Timm of Louisville; James and Heather Heyden of Concord and one great-grandson, Michael Timm of Louisville. Friends may call Thursday, December 10 and Friday, December 11 from 4-7 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd. Funeral services are private. See Niagara Gazette Obituary.
Melvyn P. Nusstein, December 9, 2009, of Grand Island, husband of Jamie C. Ernst Nusstein and the late Janet (Endres) Nusstein; father of Robert (Terry) Nusstein, Kenneth (Terri) Nusstein, Lynn (Grant) Bingaman and James (Kathy) Nusstein; also survived by 10 grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins; brother of Joyce (Robert) Ernst and Ralph (Dayl) Nusstein; son of the late Gerard and Marion Nusstein; nephew of Doloras Ebling. A memorial mass will be celebrated Saturday, December 12 at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church (old church), 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.
Roberta F. “Robin” Blasius, 68, formerly of Ransomville, died Tuesday, December 8, 2009, in the ElderWood Health Care at Heathwood in Williamsville, after a courageous fight with Multiple Sclerosis. Robin was born October 29, 1941 in Evanston, IL, the daughter of the late Robert L. and Alma C. (Clarke) Fontaine. In 1963 she received her B.A. from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Robin had lived in Youngstown, Lewiston, Grand Island and Niagara Falls before coming to Ransomville in 1996. She was a member of the American Association of University Women and had volunteered with the American Red Cross. She is survived by a son, Gary (Heather) Blasius; and a daughter, Pauline (Dan) Robinson, both of Ransomville; a brother, James C. (Pauline) Fontaine of Salt Lake City, Utah; and eight grandchildren. Friends may call at HARDISON FUNERAL HOME, 3648 Ransomville Road, Ransomville, on Saturday, December 12th from 10:00 to 11:00 AM. A Memorial Service will begin in the funeral home at 11:00 AM, with the Rev. Charles Lamb officiating. Burial will follow in the North Ridge Cemetery, Church Rd., Town of Cambria. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National MS Society, Upstate NY Chapter, 1650 South Ave., Suite 100, Rochester, NY 14620-3901.
Harry Fedak, formerly of Grand Island, NY, passed away Nov. 24, 2009, at home, in Ocala, FL. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Alexandra (Sandy) Fedak. Mr. Fedak was born on Jan. 2, 1919, in Glen Lyon, PA, the son of Michael and Pauline Fedak. He is survived by two brothers, Theodore Fedak and John Fedack. He was predeceased by three brothers and four sisters. A Military funeral was held at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Greek Catholic Church, 27th & Ferry Ave., Niagara Falls, NY, on Saturday, Dec. 12th at 10:00 AM
Raymond F. Kramer, passed away on Sunday, December 6, 2009 at Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House. Raymond was born December 26, 1925 in New York, New York. He was a patent attorney and a past President of the Bar Association of Buffalo, NY. Raymond was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, a 3rd Degree Knight and member of the American Legion Post #0400. He served with the US Navy during World War II. Raymond enjoyed ballroom dancing, reading, golfing, growing orchids and was certified as a Master Gardener in the State of Florida. Raymond is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Ina; daughter, Susan L. Rohan of Williamsville, NY and sons, Richard R. Kramer of Ft. Collins, CO, Robert F. Kramer, of Charleston, SC and Randall B. Kramer of Amherst, NY; sister, Gloria A. Miller of New Port Richey, FL, 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral mass will be held Thursday, December 10, 2009, 10 AM at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Friends may call Wednesday, December 9, 2009 from 5:00- 9:00 PM at Craig-Flagler Palm Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Jacksonville National Cemetery. For on-line condolences go to: www.craigflaglerpalms.com. Arrangements are under the care and trust of Craig-Flagler Palms Funeral. In lieu of flowers, donations to Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House, 150 Memorial Medical Pkwy., Palm Coast, FL, 32164.
Cynthia A. (nee Najuch) Louth, December 6, 2009; beloved wife of David E. Louth; dearest mother of Jason D. (Andrea), Brent D., and the late Jonathan D. Louth; devoted grandmother of Adisyn T.; beloved daughter of Lois (nee Guinane) and the late Raymond Najuch; dear daughter-in-law of Eileen (late Ernest) Louth; dear sister of Timothy (Patricia) Najuch, Brian Najuch, Michael (Michelle) Najuch, Mark Najuch, and the late Glen Najuch; also survived by her sister-in-law Mary Najuch and many nieces and nephews. The family will be present Tuesday, December 8 from 7-9 PM and Wednesday, December 9 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, 2600 Sheridan Drive, where prayers will be offered Thursday, December 10 at 9 AM and followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM from St. Stephen Church, Grand Island, NY. Flowers gratefully declined. If so desired, donations may be made to Roswell Alliance Foundation. Please share condolences online at www.AMIGONE.com
Anthony Ferrentino Jr., December 4, 2009; formerly of Buffalo; father of Anthony III, Nicholas and Christopher Ferrentino; grandfather of Alexis, Aviana, Sienna, Nathan and Gabrielle Ferrentino; brother of Shelia Ferrentino; son of the late Rose and Tony Ferrentino, Sr. Friends may call Thursday, December 10 from 6-8 PM followed by memorial services Thursday at 8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island.
John P. Mager, December 4, 2009; suddenly in Grand Island, NY; father of Carrie Mager; brother of Joann (Ted) Witczak, Sandy (Ray) Kowalewski. Services were held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by BARRON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME.
Joyce A. Good, December 1, 2009 of Grand Island; wife of William H. Good; mother of John Matthew Good, Kathleen Margaret Good-Proctor and William Patrick Good; grandmother of Amanda Lee Proctor, sister of Hank (Natalie) Gilbert. Friends may call Thursday, Dec. 3 and Friday, Dec. 4 from 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, where funeral services will be held Saturday at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Amaranth Fights Diabetes, PO Box 214, Westons Mills, NY 14788 or Hospice Buffalo. An Amaranth service will be held Friday at 7:30 PM.
Harry B. "Skip" Board, 80, died on November 26, 2009 in Port Orange, FL. He and his wife, Pat, lived on Grand Island for forty-five years before moving to FL in 1999. He was employed by Austin Ford Logan, Inc. and Cramer Industrial Supply. Skip was very active in youth baseball, managing and coaching various teams on the Island over the years and was also the leader of his own dance band, "Fashions In Music" and played for numerous Island events. His children, Jim and Belinda, attended Grand Island schools from kindergarten through Senior High and their education helped them to lead very successful business and personal lives.
Edward A. Casey,, 50, of Grand Island, NY died November 30, 2009 at Hospice in Cheektowaga. Born in the Bronx, NY, he came to Grand Island in 1969 and was a graduate of Grand Island High School. Ed was an employee of HDM Hydraulics in Tonawanda. He loved his family and friends, enjoyed watching NASCAR and spending time outdoors with his dog. Ed was also an avid fisherman. While he had no children of his own, Ed was always considered everyone's uncle. He is the son of George E. and the late Dolly (nee Olivo) Casey of Grand Island; brother of Jude (Peter) Kuehne and Dolores Sinicki both of Grand Island, and the late Alice (John) Ricatone and George E. (Judith) Casey Jr.; beloved uncle of Kristen (Bob) Fritschi, George Casey III, Peter Jr. and Jessica Kuehne, Tyler, Chelsea, Anthony and Jessica Sinicki. He will always be remembered as everyone’s Uncle Ed. Friends may call Thursday, December 3 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday, December 4 at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church.
Lillian Carpenter, November 28, 2009, of Grand Island, age 101, beloved wife of the late Peter C. Carpenter; beloved sister of Ann C. Fries and the late John and Albert Heusinger; dear aunt of Janet Mobius, Gail Petrie and Albert Heusinger. Private funeral services were held at the convenience of the family. See Isledegrande.com feature article, Lil Carpenter's 101st Birthday by Alice E. Gerard
Marcy E. Mulvena, entered into rest November 28, 2009. She was a resident of Niagara Falls; formerly of Grand Island. Mrs. Mulvena was the devoted wife of the late William D. Mulvena. She was the beloved mother of Daniel (Susan) Mulvena and Margaret Ann (David) Haller. Mother-in-law of Rosemary Wojick. She was the loving grandmother of Michelle Mulvena, Michael (Michele) Mulvena, Jeannie Haller, Denise (Aaron) Mulvena Claus, Lara (Ryan) Linnen, Joseph (Maggie) Cady and the late David M. Haller, Jr. Also survived by 13 great-grandchildren. Daughter of the late William and Margaret (Simcox) Ginnick. Sister of the late Thomas Ginnick. Friends may call Tuesday, December 1st from 4-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial for both Marcy and William will be celebrated Wednesday, December 2nd at 10 AM at St. Stephen’s Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Interment will be in St. Stephen's Cemetery.
B. Evelyn Lukasiewicz, November 22, 2009 of Grand Island; wife of Joseph H. “Luke” Lukasiewicz; mother of Pat (William “Lee”) Smith and Steve E. VanDyke; grandmother of Lynn Folia, Terri Smith, Melissa and Amanda VanDyke; great grandmother of Vince and John Folia; sister of Paul Kirkman. A Celebration of Life will be held at Harbor Light Fellowship, Grand Island at a later date.
Heidi Ann Vossler Campbell, 42, former Grand Island, NY resident, of Wellsville, Wednesday, November 11, 2009 after a long battle with illness. Born in Buffalo, she was the daughter of Albert M. and Virginia (Apsey) Vossler; and wife of Malcolm Campbell. Survived by four children, Austin M. Holbrook, Anna M. Holbrook, Collin L. Campbell and Virginia A. Campbell, all at home; two brothers, George Vossler of Wellsville and Merritt Vossler of New York City; her god brothers, Rasheem Davis of Richmond, VA and Ade Adu of Wellsville; a special friend, Janet Lee of Andover; her former husband, Jeffrey Holbrook of Corning; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Heidi was a graduate of Grand Island High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. She also earned a master's degree in ceramic science from Alfred University. She was an employee of Corning Incorporated from 1991 to 2003. In 2003, she relocated to the town of Greece, where she was employed at the Space Systems Division of ITT Corporation (formerly Kodak) as an operations flow manager in the aerospace and defense industry. Memorial suggestions include: The Heidi Campbell Children's Education Fund, care of Albert Vossler, 70 George St., Wellsville, NY 14895, or The Trinity India Mission, care of Trinity Lutheran Church, 470 N. Main St., Wellsville, NY 14895.
Former Grand Island, NY resident, Maclyn Russell Turley, 93, was born in Blue Earth, MN on Sept. 11, 1916, the eldest child of Roland and Helen Manther Turley. His earliest roots in America can be traced back to the Puritans who left England in the Great Migration of the 1620's. By the 1800's, his ancestors were living in Connecticut, Virginia, Tennessee, and Mississippi. After the War Between the States, his family traveled up the Mississippi River to settle first in Minnesota and then Illinois. Mr. Turley came to Buffalo from Chicago as a construction supervisor in the building of the historic Cargill Grain Elevators on Buffalo's waterfront. He put down roots in the Queen City, studied architecture at UB, and worked under the tutelage of the late Duane Lyman before becoming a Registered Architect and founding his own firm. Two of his former partners, Robert Stievater and Al Mauri both continued to practice architecture in Buffalo and Watertown, NY. For many years, Turley, Stievater, Walker and Mauri was the consultant architectural firm for Marine Midland Bank, predecessor of HSBC and designed branch banks throughout the State of New York. In later years, he opened offices in Rockland County, NY, and designed for the Bank of New York (now Chase). He was honored at a reception held in Congers, NY celebrating his 50 years as a practicing architect. He was a teacher as well as a life-long learner. He believed in mentoring, and taught architectural and drafting students at the high school level in the evenings. He learned how to fly single-engine aircraft and in his 70's he studied CAD drafting to hone his professional skills. While living in Buffalo, he was active in the original Buffalo Athletic Club and Wanakah Country Club, where he was an avid golfer. This interest continued throughout his life. Until his mid-80's, he would play the entire course at Rockland Country Club without using a cart. He won several awards for his golf scores in local tournaments. He was an invited official at a Westchester Open tournament. In March, 1941 he married Lillian A. Kline in Central Presbyterian Church. They had two children, Marcia Anne, and Robert Russell Turley (Rev. Deborah), both of whom survive, as do grandsons, Robert R. Jr. and Peter Mathew Turley. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Kathy (late Lt. Robert D., USAF) of HI; a niece, Sr. Anne Turley, of Paris, France; dear friends Debbie and Dick Zaverl, and step granddaughters Jennifer F. Perillo and Jacqueline Furnivall. Relatives from a brief second marriage as well as many friends in New York and Florida also survive. Mr. Turley was a member of Rotary International; the former Highland Lodge, Fraternal Order of Masons, and was named Man of the Year by Rockland Country Realtors Associations. After the tragic events of 911 in New York City, Mr. Turley closed his architectural office and returned to Buffalo, where he lived in retirement with his former wife and dear companion Lillian, and their daughter Marcia. Lillian Turley died on September 24,2009. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Remembrances may be made to HOSPICE BUFFALO or the Alzheimer's Association . Arrangements by C. MERTZ & SON FUNERAL HOME, INC.
Michael G. Sendlbeck, November 20, 2009, of Grand Island, husband of Christine Sendlbeck; also survived by six children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held Tuesday, November 24th at 7 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Published in Buffalo News on November 22, 2009
Helen M. (Martineck) Stewart, November 20, 2009, of Grand Island, wife of the late Vernon H. Stewart; mother of Kathleen (Steven) Stark, David (Bernadette) Stewart, Robert (AnnMarie) Stewart, Elaine (Robert) Henry and Mary (Joseph) May; grandmother of Seana (John) Marshall, Whitney, Michael (fiancee Megan), and Amy Stewart, Kristin and Stephanie Henry, Alicia, Christy and Colin May; great-grandmother of Nicholas Marshall; sister of Anne Smilinich and the late Joseph, Michael and Robert Martineck. Friends may call Saturday, November 21 from 7-9 and Sunday, November 22 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. See PHOTO.
Elsie M. (nee Harbeck) Schulz , 85, of Palm Harbor, FL, formerly of Grand Island, November 4, 2009 in Florida. Elsie was born and raised on her parent's farm in Black Creek, NY in Allegany County. She and her late husband, Erwin, operated Genesee Hardware and Elsie served as manager for a time. Elsie had also worked as an Authorizer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield. She was the wife of the late Erwin F. Schulz, who died in 2001. Beloved mother of Susan E. (Thomas) Pease of Tarpon Springs, FL and Rev. Mark E. (Stephanie) Schulz of Tallahassee, FL; grandmother of four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; sister of Ralph Harbeck of Daytona Beach Shores, FL; aunt of many nieces and nephews. The family will be present to greet friends on Monday, November 23rd at 10:30 AM at the Black Creek Baptist Church, beginning at 11 AM. Interment will be in Black Creek Cemetery. Arrangements by the Fretthold Funeral Home, Inc. Guest book available at FrettholdFuneralHome.com.
Norma M. (nee Kamholz) Juhre, November 16, 2009, of Grand Island; wife of the late Howard W. Juhre; mother of David W. and Paul (Merrill) Juhre; grandmother of Shawn (Regina) Juhre, Tanya Amenta, Martin and Mary Ulatowski and Adam Juhre; also survived by several grandchildren and great grandchildren; sister of the late Harold Kamholz; dear friend of Mia Waechter. Memorial services will be held Wednesday, November 18th at 10 AM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.
Joy D. (nee Hannes) Dallessandro, November 13, 2009. Beloved wife of Pasquale P. (Pat) Dallessandro; daughter of the late Ward F. and Margaret Hannes; mother of Dee Dee Dallessandro, Michael P. (Karen) Dallessandro; loving grandmother of Donald Turner III, Tiffany Turner, Abigail Dallessandro and Madeline Dallessandro; sister of Linda (James) Sherman and Gary Hannes; also survived by several nieces and nephews. The family will be present on Monday, November 16 from 4:00 - 7:30 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2600 Sheridan Drive (cor. Parker), where Funeral Services will follow at 7:30 PM. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations may be made to Niagara Hospice or a breast cancer research charity of your choice. Share your condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.Published in the Greater Niagara Newspapers from 11/14/2009 - 11/15/2009
Miriam E. (nee Pounds) Macguire, November 8, 2009, of Grand Island, wife of the late Thomas D. Macguire; mother of Monica T. (Peter) Badame, T. Duffy (Susan) Macguire, Maureen C. (Rand) Kielt and the late John Francis Macguire; also survived by eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins; daughter of the late Kenneth and Clare Pounds; sister of the late Ritaclare Gifford and Kenneth Pounds, Jr. Friends may call Friday, November 13 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, November 14 at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Town of Grand Island for Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Park. Miriam was the owner of Two Sisters, a dress making business for over 20 years, was a weaver, instructor and founding member of the Buffalo Weavers Guild. She loved to garden and was past president and district representative for the East Park Garden Club, she served on the Altar and Rosary Society and Bereavement Committee at St. Stephen's Church, was an avid kite flier and former manager for Singer Sewing. See Buffalo News Obituary.
Roger James Butcher, Mt. Pleasant, age 63, passed away in Charleston, SC on November 3, 2009. Born February 13, 1946, in Niagara Falls, NY, he lived most of his life in Grand Island, NY, and worked as a machinist and most recently in security. Survivors include wife Linda of Mt. Pleasant, SC, son Michael and daughter-in-law Heather of Flagstaff, AZ. Also survived by a sister, Sybil (Michael) Corrigan; brothers, David (Joan), John (Karen) and Richard (Debra); and many close family members and friends. Roger was preceded in death by a brother, Melvin; his father Frank; and his mother, Nora. Memorial service will be held on Sunday, November 8, at 2:30 p.m., at MCALISTER-SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1520 Rifle Range Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC. Flowers are gratefully declined. Visit our guestbook at www.postandcourier.com/deaths..
Judith A. "Judy" (Huff) Froman, 65, of Ransomville, NY,formerly of Grand Island, NY, entered into rest on Monday, November 2, 2009 at Mt. St. Mary's Hospital. Born on May 4, 1944 in Niagara Falls, NY, she was the daughter of Berneice (Wright) Huff of Florida and the late Neal Huff. On November 3, 1974 she married Norman W. Froman. He predeceased her in 2005. Mrs. Froman attended local schools and moved to Ransomville in 2007. Judy dedicated her life to helping unfortunate children. She served as a Foster Mother and Foster Grandmother. Mrs. Froman also worked for Opportunities Unlimited as a Home Care Provider. Judy was the owner and operator of Grandma's Garden Daycare. Mrs. Froman was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Lewiston, NY. In addition to her Mother, Mrs. Froman is survived by two daughters, Wendy (Joe) Zito of Bergholz, NY and Betty Jo (Richard) Steinman of Niagara Falls, NY; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and one expecting. Judy is also survived by two sisters, Janet (Steve) Summers of Florida and Deborah (Daniel) Curry of Holley, NY; several foster children and grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her father and husband, she was predeceased by one son, Kenneth Froman. The family will be present to receive friends on Thursday, November 5 from 4-8 p.m. in the Chapel of the OTTO REDANZ FUNERAL HOME, 2215 MILITARY ROAD, NIAGARA FALLS, NY (297-9007). Family and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Service on Friday, November 6th at 9:30 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 754 Scovell Drive, Lewiston, NY. Everyone please assemble at church. Interment in Niagara Falls Memorial Park Cemetery, Lewiston, NY. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting us at www.ottoredanz.com and www.legacy.com/ niagara-gazette.
Anna L. Magee Kinney, 89, formerly of Niagara Falls, NY, died Friday, October 30, 2009, in Our Lady of Peace Nursing Care Residence, following a long illness. Anna was born in Hubbard, OH on February 19, 1920, the daughter of the late Raymond G. and Viola (Ward) Magee. She moved to Buffalo, NY in 1930, where she married Walter I. Magee and moved to Niagara Falls, NY in 1945. She had also resided for a short time in Reno, NV, from 1981 to 1984. She was employed as a nurse’s aide for 30 years at the former DeVeaux Manor, St. Mary's Manor and the Grand Island Manor, prior to retiring in 1979. She was a member of AARP and had served as a senior companion for one year at Hanci. Anna was predeceased by her husband, Walter, on November 20, 1977. She is survived by four sons, Wayne (Kim) Kinney, Robert Kinney, William Davidson, Edward Davidson; a sister, Bunny Whittle; a brother, Arthur (Rachel) Magee; daughter-in-law, Sheila Hobson; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was the mother of the late David Hobson and sister of the late William Magee. The family will be present at the RHONEY FUNERAL HOME, Niagara Falls, 1124 Ontario Avenue, on Wednesday from 4-6:30 PM, where a Memorial Service will be held at 6:30 PM. Should friends desire, memorials to the American Heart Association, 25 Hazelwood Drive, Amherst, NY 14228.
Charlotte M. (Guener) Swalm , February 12, 1915 - October 3, 2009 former Grand Island, NY resident. Died peacefully after 94 years of "a wonderful life." Wife of the late Francis Swalm; loving mother of Sally Hansen (Robert Bender), Charles (Nanci) Swalm, Debra (John) Scheider, and the late John Swalm. Charlotte was the oldest Kaegebein at the time of her death. She attended 95 consecutive annual Family Reunions. She will be fondly remembered by her seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and her extended family. A family service celebrating her life will be held November 6th. Memorials to the Beechwood-Blocher Foundation, Getzville.
Glenn A. Hansen , 51, of Grand Island, NY, on October 29, 2009, beloved husband of Debbie S. (nee Delekta) Hansen; dear father of Jennifer Hansen and Ashley M. Hansen; son of Willa E. (late Andrew H.) Hansen; brother of Kelly (George) Mariano, both of Niagara Falls; son-in-law of Emily (late Stanley) Delekta; brother-in-law of William (Betty) Delekta of Niagara Falls and Lorrie (George) York of Grand Island; also survived by many aunts, uncles, niece Nicole York, nephews Ron Hansen and Scott York, cousins, and his puppies Rosie, Lucy, and Caylee. Friends may call Sunday, November 1 from 4-7:30 PM at the M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Rd., Niagara Falls, NY where Funeral Services will immediately follow at 7:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Visit www.mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for on-line guest register.
See Niagara Gazette Obituary.
Lisa Ann (Doebert) Geisenhoff, formally of Grand Island. Entered into rest October 13, 2009, in Huntsville, Alabama after a courageous battle with cancer, Survived by husband, Timothy Geisenhoff and children, Jennifer and Justin. Daughter of Carolyn and the late Martin Doebert; sister of David (Liz) Doebert and Beth (Todd) Van Dyne. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Lisa was a 1977 graduate of Grand Island High School and a graduate of Erie Community College with a degree in Dietary Management.
Memorial services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, November 7 at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Staley and Stony Point roads, Grand Island, NY. Contributions in Lisa's memory may be made to Susan G. Komen For The Cure, Attn: Donor Services, PO Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
Ronald J. Lisses, 76, of Grand Island, NY, died unexpectedly Thursday, October 22, 2009. Born on June 6, 1933, he was the son of the late Marty and Rose (Katzoff) Lisses and attended local schools. He was self-employed for over 30 years in the Niagara Falls area in the automobile business and enjoyed arts and crafts. He is survived by his dear friend of 30 plus years, Rhoda Simon of Amherst, NY and dear cousin, Eugene Dimet of Lewiston, NY. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Edward Norman. There is no prior visitation. Burial at convenience of the family. Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Buffalo NY Office, 315 Alberta Dr., Suite 102, Amherst, NY 14226. Arrangements through Zajac Funeral Home, Inc.
Joseph F. Hacker, October 26, 2009, father of Jill (John) Banaszak and Jodi (Paul) Pittner; grandfather of Kelly and Kristy Knickerbocker, Alex, Andy, Allison and Andreanna Pittner; brother of Rita (the late Ray) Meiss, Ray (Dolores) Hacker, Florence (Steve) Dudak, Marianne (the late Sam) Borzilleri and Joan Brautlacht. Friends may call Wednesday (Oct. 28) 2-5 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, October 29 at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Please assemble at church. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinsons Research, www.michaeljfox.org, He was a wonderful father and grandfather, and he devoted his life to his family.
Terrance J. Dailly , 38, of Grand Island, NY, entered into rest, unexpectedly, at his residence on Monday, October 19, 2009. Born on January 18, 1971 in Niagara Falls, NY, he was the son of the late Bryce and Darlene (Dunn) Dailly. Terrance attended schools on Grand Island. He earned his Associates Degree from Erie County Community College and was working on his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, at the University at Buffalo. Terrance was employed by GEICO where he worked in their customer service department and currently he worked as a Tech Support Analyst for Synergy. He was a mechanic by trade and enjoyed all automobiles. Terrance was also an amature radio (HAM radio) enthusiast. He enjoyed motorcycle riding. Terrance is survived by one sister, Lorie (Andrew) Chatterton of Clifton Park, NY; two nephews, Colin and Gavin Chatterton; and many cousins and friends. The family will be present to receive friends on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM in the Chapel of the OTTO REDANZ FUNERAL HOME, 2215 MILITARY ROAD, NIAGARA FALLS, NY (297-9007). Funeral services and burial in Riverdale Cemetery will be private. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting us at www.ottoredanz.com and www.legacy.com/niagara-gazette.
Donald E. "Don" Schopp, 89 of the City of Tonawanda and formerly of Grand Island, October 14, 2009 at Niagara Hospice. Husband of the late Lois Anne Schopp; father of Linda (D. Stuart) MacLeod, Barbara (Charles) Bell and Richard (Jill) Schopp; grandfather of five grandchildren, three step children Terry, Mark and Scott; son of the late Charles Alexander, Sr. and Isabelle (nee Fraser) Schopp; brother of Robert C. (Gwen) Schopp and the late Charles Alexander (late Evelina) Schopp, Jr. There was no prior visitation. A private graveside service will be in Acacia Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Dr., Lockport, NY 14094. Arrangements by JOHN O. ROTH FUNERAL HOME, INC., Tonawanda, NY. Donald was an Optometrist for over 40 years with offices in Tonawanda and Grand Island. See Niagara Gazette Obituary.
Ronald E. McTigue, October 16, 2009. Son of Alma (Jones) McTigue and the late Paul E. McTigue; husband of Deborah (Lipka) McTigue; father of Sean Patrick (Jody) McTigue, Lisa (Joseph) Johnson, Deborah (Thomas) Flannigan and Kimberly Schmidt; grandfather of Devin, Ryan McTigue, Madilyn, Delaney Flannigan, Nicholas Johnson and Taylor Furhman; brother of Dennis (Robin) McTigue, Gary (Candice) McTigue, Tim McTigue and Judith (Domenic) Cedro; also survived by several cousins, nieces and nephews. There will be no prior visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated 10 a.m. Friday, October 23, 2009 in the Blessed Sacrament Church, 263 Claremont Avenue, Tonawanda. Memorials to Hospice Buffalo, 225 Como Park Boulevard, Cheektowaga, NY 14227-1480 would be appreciated by the family. Please visit www.pruddenandkandt.com to leave an online condolence.
Brian Dowd , 73, formerly of Grand Island, N.Y., and Leesburg, passed away Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, after a seven month illness. After retiring from Conrail in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1999, he moved to Florida. He is survived by his wife, Patricia W. He leaves three children: Kelley (Barry) Balcomb of Rochester, N.Y., Robin (Scott) Rochevot of N. Tonawanda, N.Y., and Kevin (Darlene) of W. Roxbury, Mass.; and three step-children: Dr. Stephen M. (Kathy) Waldow of Floral Park, N.Y., Mark (Jeannine) Waldow of Rochester, N.Y., and Karen (Bret) Marlin of Orlando. He also leaves 14 grandchildren and his mother-in-law, Helen S. Mengual of Orlando, formerly of Grand Island, N.Y. He was predeceased by a daughter, Cheryl and grandson, Tyler Balcomb. A memorial mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009 at 10 a.m. at St. Stephen's Church, Grand Island, N.Y. Burial will follow in St. Stephen's Cemetery. Donations may be made to: The American Cancer Society; or M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32806. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home, Grand Island, N.Y., (716) 773-3433.
Laura (nee Fusco) Kose, October 15, 2009, of Grand Island, beloved wife of Theodore Kose; loving mother of Benjamin Kose; cherished daughter of Joseph and Frances Fusco; dear sister of Monica (Sriram) Ramanathan, Lisa Varvaro and Craig (Carolyn) Fusco; beloved daughter-in-law of Mary and the late Michael Kose; also survived by eight beloved nieces and nephews. Friends may call Saturday, October 17 from 6-9 PM and Sunday, October 18 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 Monday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions can be made to Laura's favorite charities through the funeral home.
David B. Gingher, October 14, 2009, of Grand Island, beloved husband of Viola (Eastman) Gingher; loving father of Kathleen (Richard) Bartsch, Lori (Richard) Haak, Daniel Alan Gingher and the late David Alan Gingher; grandfather of Jason (Julie) Mock, Sara and Andrew Haak; great-grandfather of Adamo and Meghan; brother of Alan (Ellie) Gingher and Dorine (Frederick) Trautman; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Sunday, October 18 from 1-5 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Elizabeth (nee Moss) Inman, October 11, 2009, of Grand Island, beloved wife of Jeffrey S. Inman; loving mother of Aaron Drew Hesson; dear daughter of James and the late Elizabeth Moss; dear sister of Sandra (Raymond) Adams, Chris (Sam Nelson) Moss and Janice (Gary) Kapps; beloved daughter-in-law of Gerald C. and Marie P, Inman; also survived by many beloved nieces, nephews and friends. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday, October 16 at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials to the Dennis J. Szefel, Jr. Memorial Fund, for Leukemia Research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Rosanna M. Russell, of Grand Island, entered into rest October 11, 2009. See NIagara Gazette Obituary.
Jacqueline I. Bobo, 46, of Grand Island, NY, a decendent of the Williams family that dates back to the mid 1800s on Grand Island, died on Sunday, October 4, 2009 after a brief illness. Jackie grew up in Buffalo and attended St. Boniface, later graduating from Diocesan Education Campus. She also attended Arch Bishop Carroll High School graduating in 1981. Jackie earned an Associates Degree from Erie Community College and her Bachelor of Science degree from Buffalo State College. She was employed at HSBC Bank. A change in careers took her to Health and Human Services where she was promoted to the position of Supervisor. She was the daughter of the late Virginia Irene Bobo and Cullen H. Bobo. She was the sister of Christine N. Thrun of Chino, CA; Cullen L. Bobo of Buffalo; Karen M. (Rev. Walter) Burns of Orlando; and Allen S. Bobo of Rochester. Also survived by an aunt, Ethel L. Bobo of Buffalo; an uncle, Donald J. Allen of Alpharetta, Georgia. She is survived by 13 nieces and nephews; 11 great nieces and nephews in addition to a host of other relatives and friends. Her funeral was held at St. John Baptist church, Buffalo, NY on Monday, October 12, 2009 with Pastor Michael Chapan officiating. Interment in Elmlawn Cemetery, Kenmore, NY. Arrangements by Brian K. Lewis Funeral Home, Buffalo, NY.
Mabel "Vicki" Broad, 79, of Hendersonville, NC, died Monday, October 5, 2009 at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. November 7, 2009 at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 374 Main Street in East Aurora, NY 14052 with a reception afterwards in the church hall.
Mrs. Broad was born in Cheektowaga, NY to the late, Frederick Pontius and Mary Schoenl. She is also preceded in death by two brothers, Francis Xavier and William Pontius, and a sister, Teresa Rose Staffone. Mrs. Broad was a honor student graduate of Pine Hill High of Cheektowaga, NY; past president of the St. Stephen's School Association in Grand Island, NY; past president of the Town and Country Garden Club of Clarence, NY; and Manager of Sutton Place Condo in Niagara Falls, NY. She lived in Western New York until 1989 when she and her husband, Tom, moved to Titusville, FL where she worked for United Space Boosters, Inc, United Technologies, and at Kennedy Space Center until she retired in 1994. They moved to Hendersonville, NC in 1998 where they became active members of St. James Episcopal Church. She especially enjoyed working for the Thursday Thrift Shop. Vicki was involved in many other ministries at St. James, including: Newcomers, Greeter, Usher, and her special ministries of birthday cards and name tags for all parish members. Vicki enjoyed dancing with the Southern Lights Square Dance Club, the Skylarks Round Dance Club, and the Ballroom Dance Club of Hendersonville, where she also served as club secretary. She was always called upon for her computer skills, and enjoyed gardening, sewing, and painting. Some of her stained glass paintings can be seen in homes and local businesses in Hendersonville. She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Thomas Broad; five children: Rev. Thomas M. Broad and his wife Susan LeViness of Randolph, NY, Kevin M. Broad and his wife Kathy of Titusville, FL, Barbara Ann Russo and her husband John of Grand Island, NY, Brian F. Broad and his wife Brenda of Amsterdam, Holland, and Todd A. Broad and his wife Kerri of Fernadina Beach, FL; 11 grandchildren: Anthony, Audrianna, Ashley, Amanda, Christopher, Kyle, Brandon, Arcadian, Arianna, Angelina, and Aidan; and one great-grandchild, John Anthony. A memorial service will be held at St. Matthias Episcopal Church in East Aurora, NY at a later date. Memorial contributions may be sent to: St. James Episcopal Church Foundation, 766 N. Main Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792. THOS. SHEPHERD & SON FUNERAL DIRECTORS and Cremation Memorial Center in Hendersonville is in charge of arrangements. An online register book is available at www.thosshepherd.com.
Phyllis R. (nee Rank) Stack, October 5, 2009, of Grand Island, wife of the late Charles Stack; beloved mother of Deborah (Andrew) Beyer, Richard (Deborah) Stack, Denise (Thomas) Dewey, Sam (Mel) Hill and Daniel Stack; precious grandmother of Christine Ratajczak, David Ciechoski, Robert, Jeremy and Anthony Stack, Thomas and Charles Dewey and Sarah Taylor; also survived by seven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews; sister of Joseph Rank, Joanne Urtel and the late Cyril Rank. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, October 10 at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.
Edward H. "Ted" Steckelberg, October 1, 2009 of Grand Island; husband of Joyce M. Steckelberg; father of Jack (Jackie) Steckelberg, Teddi Ann (Mike) Davis, Joni (Nick) Nicolucci and the late Scott Steckelberg; stepfather of Michael Barrile, Michelle (Gary) Stegmaier and Joseph (Christy) Barrile; son of the late Henry and Edna Steckelberg. Memorial Services will be held Sunday, October 4 at 3 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Niagara Hospice.
Kenneth H. Sondel, September 29, 2009, husband of Susan (Hood); father of Justin and Jacqulene Sondel; son of Margaret and the late Walter Sondel; brother of Robert K. (Nancy), David L. (Mary) and Colleen Sondel; also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends may call Friday, October 2 from 2-5 PM and 7-9 PM at the DENGLER, ROBERTS, PERNA FUNERAL HOME, 3000 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, October 3 at 10 AM at St. Timothy's Church, 565 East Park Dr., Tonawanda. Please assemble at church. Memorials may be made to the Grand Island Fire Company. On-line tributes may be sent to www.mem.com.
Rose Marie Sutherland, passed away peacefully September 28, 2009, of Grand Island, NY, beloved wife of the late James M. Sutherland; loving mother of Scott (Gail) Sutherland, Anne (Kenneth) Jaffe of Boulder, CO, and Lynne Sutherland Bolles of Longmont, CO; grandmother of Ian, Julia, Jeremy, David, Daniel, Michael and Ryan; great-grandmother of Addison Marie. Friends may call Friday, October 2 from 4:00-7:00 PM at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT INC., FUNERAL HOME, 3290 Delaware Ave. and are invited to attend services in Kenmore Presbyterian Church (Delaware and E. Hazeltine Aves.) Saturday afternoon, October 3 at 2:00. Mrs. Sutherland was an Owner and Secretary of Sutherland's Office Centre.
Eleanor A. (nee Kunz) Haller, 92, Thursday, September 24, 2009 in Kenmore Mercy Hospital, of North Tonawanda, formerly of Grand Island, NY. A resident of Grand Island for over 30 years, she was the wife of Herbert E. Haller who passed away in 1981. From the 1950s until the early 1980s, she and her husband and her brother- and sister-in-law, Del and Mary Haller, owned and operated the popular Del & Herb's Grand Island Grill, located on Baseline Road. Eleanor is survived by daughters Mrs. Richard (Carolyn) Williams of Livonia, NY and Mrs. Sullivan (Joanne) Miano of North Tonawanda; seven grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren. Predeceased by a sister and a brother. No prior visitation. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 2 in St. Matthew R. C. Church in Livonia. A private interment will be in Acacia Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Catholic Charities. Arrangements by John O. Roth Funeral Home Inc. in Tonawanda.
Irene (Sachanowski) Kostalek, entered into rest peacefully in the Grand Island home of her niece Barbara Gannon on September 27, 2009. Beloved wife of the late Emil; sister of Henry and the late Stanley, Helen, Dorothy, Alfred and Edward Sachanowski; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral from the KOLANO FUNERAL HOME, 396 Amherst St. (near Grant) Thursday 9 AM and Assumption Church at 9:30. Friends are invited. Visitation Wednesday, September 30 from 4-7 PM. Donations to Hospice Buffalo Inc. or the Assumption Church Preservation Fund are preferred. Entombment St. Stanislaus Cemetery.
Michael Kelly, September 26, 2009, of Grand Island, husband of Deanna (Dayton) Kelly; father of Kevin (Lynn) Kelly, Maureen (Steven) Knight, Sean (Tammy) Kelly, Michelle Kelly-Grim, son-in-law Brian Grim; brother of Kathleen Burbas, the late Patricia (John) Pater; grandfather of nine; also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Friends may call Monday, September 28 from 7-9 PM and Tuesday, September 29 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, September 30 at 10 AM from St. Stephen's Church, Grand Island. Mr. Kelly was the owner of Kelly's Country Store. He was active in the Lions Club of Grand Island and the Knights of Columbus, Mary Star of the Sea Council 4752. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Lions Club of Grand Island. See Buffalo News Obituary.
Lavant "Lee" Becker, September 24, 2009, of Grand Island, NY, husband of Mary; father of Debbie Becker, Ann ( Kevin) Bull and Mike (Patti) Becker; also survived by seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Monday, September 28 at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Donald E. Pellow, September 24, 2009, age 88, beloved husband of 60 years to Bertha S. (nee Falk) Pellow; loving father of Terry (late Bernard), Sharon (Rick), Diane (Brian) and Donna (Robert); cherished grandfather of nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; also survived by nieces and nephews. The family will be present on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 from 2-6 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 2600 Sheridan Drive (corner of Parker Blvd). Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 28 from Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island at 11 AM. Friends invited. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Don's name to Buffalo Hospice Inc., 225 Como Park Blvd, Cheektowaga, NY 14227 or the Trinity United Methodist Church - Children's Programming, PO Box 38, Grand Island NY 14072. Share your condolences at www.AMIGONE.com
Donald J. Therolf, September 20, 2009; beloved soul mate of Agnes Hulpiau; father of Jimmy Therolf; brother of Barb (Harold) DuMain, Rita (Ron) Hanson and Larry (Lynn) Therolf; step-father of Deborah (Jim) Wehrfritz, Don (Cindy) Hulpiau, Sue Rockwell and Ken Hulpiau; also survived by 10 grandchildren, one niece and many nephews. The family will be present Thursday, September 24 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the GRECO FUNERAL HOME, 2909 Elmwood Avenue, where prayers will be offered on Friday, September 25 at 10:15 AM and followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM from St. Timothy R.C. Church. Don was a retired E.C. Deputy Sheriff, Veteran of Vietnam, Life Member in the NRA and Master Instructor of Hunter Safety courses. Flowers gratefully declined. Please share your condolences at www.GRECOFUNERAL.com
Nancy J. (nee Hixson) Person, September 19, 2009, age 79, of Grand Island, wife of Rolph A. Person; mother of Valerie A. (George W.) Schmedlen of Shaker Heights, OH, Janet C. (Michael R.) Paterno of Fairport, NY, Russell R. (Stacy) Person of Grand Island and the late Glenn R. Person; also survived by four grandchildren. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society.
Eugene A. Ward, 83 years young of Grand Island, NY, died September 15, 2009. Born in Buffalo, son of the late Gerald G. and Alice (nee Schaub) Ward. After serving in the US Navy during World War II, Gene owned and operated several local businesses including Ward Vermeer, Schaub Equipment Rental, Tri-Ward Equipment, Southgate Welding and most recently Line-Ward Corporation of West Seneca. Gene is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Noreen (nee Ledwin) Ward and will be sadly missed by his son Kurt (Donna) Ward, daughter Cheryl (Roger) Gustavel and grandchildren Jamie Marie Ward, Tyler and Tanner Gustavel. He was the brother of Gerald (Sarah Jane) Ward and Diane (Jerry) Deinzer, brother-in-law of Arlene (late Robert) Ward and brother of the late Robert Ward Sr. and Elizabeth J. Ward. "Uncle Gene" will be so fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews and good friends. His family will receive relatives and friends on Friday, September 25th from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at JOHN O. ROTH FUNERAL HOME, INC., 25 William St. (between Morgan & Broad Sts) in Tonawanda. A service to celebrate his love of life and of water will be held at the Buffalo Launch Club, 503 East River Rd., Grand Island, NY, Saturday, September 26th at 11 AM. Friends invited. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute or to Hospice Buffalo, Inc. See Buffalo News Obituary..
Dr. Raymond P. Kot Sr., September 14, 2009, of Grand Island, NY, beloved husband of Alice H. (nee Kowalski) Kot; dearest father of Raymond P. Kot II; pre-deceased by two sisters and five brothers; also survived by nieces and nephews. Family will be present to receive relatives and friends on Wednesday, September 16 and Thursday, September 17 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the MELVIN J. SLIWINSKI FUNERAL HOME, 85 George Urban Blvd., (west of Harlem Rd.), where funeral services will be held on Friday at 9:00 AM and from St. Stephen's Church, (Grand Island), at 10:00 AM. Entombment, St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Dr. Kot was an Army Air Force veteran of WW II, a member of the American Legion F. J. Donovan Post #1626 and a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine.
Mary Jane (Malizia) Masocco, 79, of Grand Island, NY, died on Monday, September 14, 2009 at Elderwood Health Care at Riverwood, Grand Island, NY. Born in Niagara Falls, NY, she was the daughter of the late Donald and Clementina (Capolupo) Malizia.Mary Jane attended local schools and graduated from Niagara Falls High School in 1948. On October 8, 1949, she married Antonio "Tony" Masocco at St. Joseph's Church in Niagara Falls, NY. Mary Jane was employed for 10 years at the former Permanent Savings Bank, later known as Key Bank in Niagara Falls. Afterwards she and her husband, Tony owned and operated the Ice Bridge Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street in Niagara Falls. Following their retirement, Mary Jane and Tony moved to Arizona and lived there until returning to Grand Island, where she currently resided. Mary Jane will be remembered as an excellent cook and for her generosity to people. She also enjoyed traveling, but her greatest pleasure came from spending time with her family.In addition to her husband of 59 years, Mrs. Masocco is survived by two children, Angela (Jack) Chambers of Grand Island, NY and Donald (Rita) Masocco of Niagara Falls, NY; four grandchildren, Lindsay Chambers, David Chambers, Jessica Masocco and Steven Masocco; one sister, Helen (Dario) Farallo of Niagara Falls, NY; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.Friends may call on Wednesday from 4–8 PM at the M.J. COLUCCI and SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY, where funeral services will begin on Thursday, September 17th at 8:45 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM in St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY, with Rev. Paul Nogaro, O.M.N. officiating. Private entombment will be held in St. Joseph Cemetery, Niagara Falls, NY. Visit www.mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for online guest register.
Betty Ashton Barrett, of Davenport, FL, formerly of Grand Island, NY, passed away Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at the Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center Haines City, from heart failure. See The Ledger.com. for complete notice.
James A. Rogers, August 13, 2009, of Grand Island. Beloved husband of Florence (Pufal) Rogers; father of Florence Diane (Andy) McGowan, Barbara Lynn Bechthold, James (Kimberly) and George (Lauri) Rogers; grandfather of Jennifer, Brittany, Andrew, Rachel and Lauren. A celebration of Jim's life will be held Saturday October 17 from 1-4 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to UB Foundation School of Engineering, PO Box 730, Buffalo 14226, Mr. Rogers was the owner of Kehr-Buffalo Wire Frame and Rogers Industrial Springs.
Charles S. Sperrazza III, September 2, 2009, of Grand Island. Son of Lauren (nee Bonnice) Sperrazza and Charles S. (Patricia) Sperrazza Jr.; brother of Adam and Michael Sperrazza; grandson of Isabelle Bonnice. Friends may call Monday, September 7 from4-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church.
Vivian C. Bryans, formerly of Buffalo, NY, Grand Island, NY and Florida, of Honeye Falls, NY, September 2, 2009, age 87. She was born the daughter of George and Mary Bernhardt McHale on August 3, 1922, in Flint, MI. She was predeceased by her husband Frank; son Geoffrey and daughter Mary. She is survived by her children Jerry Bryans, Karen (Mike) Uhlberg, Kathy (Bob) Ohrling and Kelly (Timothy) Schiefen; 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; also all of her extended family at the LCCNR in Mount Morris, NY. Friends may call Friday, September 4 from 12-2 PM at the MERTON H. KAYS FUNERAL HOME INC., 59 Monroe St., Honeye Falls, where a service will immediately follow at 2 PM. Burial will take place in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Tonawanda, NY, on Saturday, September 5 at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association , 435 E. Henrietta Rd., Rochester, NY 14620. To light a candle of remembrance, please visit www. mertonkaysfuneralhome.com.
Jacqueline (nee Beiring) Gister, former Grand Island, NY resident, September 1, 2009 of Hamburg, NY; beloved wife of the late John Richard; dearest mother of John (Bev), Dennis, Catherine (David) Dudek and Christoepher; loving grandmother of eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; daughter of the late George Beiring and Marie Grodek; sister of George (Verjean), Edward (Ruth), Donna Rafe, Peggy Beiring, Karen (Bob) Genovese, Emory Grodek and the late Matthew Grodek; also survived by nieces and nephews. Chapel service at THE COLONIAL MEMORIAL CHAPELS INC., 3003 South Park Ave., Lackawanna, NY on Friday, September 4 at 10:00 AM. Visitation Thursday, September 3 only 4-8 PM.
Janice M. Conway of Volcano Village, Hawaii formerly of South Buffalo and Grand Island, NY died August 24, 2009; beloved mother of Makana Keikinaniokahaunoelani Aranda; dearest daughter of M. Therese and the late Frank J. Conway; loving sister of Robert G., Francis D. (Pat), Barry C. (Winanne) and the late James F. Conway; dearest auntie to Cody J., Dylan M., Colin F. and many Hawaiian children and families. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Hilo at hospiceofhilo.org or 1011 Wainuenue Ave, Hilo, HI 96720. A Hui Hou Kakou Aloha Oe Kaikuahine.
John Tornabene, Virginia (Hura) Tornabene
Virginia (Ginny) Tornabene passed away August 6, 2007. She was the loving mother of five, grand mother of 10, great grand mother of one, devoted wife of John. On August 27, 2009 John, known to most in the Grand Island School District from 1985-2002 as “Jack” joined his beloved wife of 50 years. Jack and Ginny chose anatomical gift to UB as their final disposition. Flowers gratefully declined. Any expressions of sympathy in memory of John and Virginia, may be made to hospice (Mitchell House, 225 Como Park Blvd. Cheektowaga), or Harbor Medical (2950 Elmwood Ave, Kenmore). Friends and family invited to celebrate their lives, their passing, their 50th wedding anniversary at the family home at 2 p.m. September 12th. Together again for all eternity. “Semper Fi” … “always faithful”
Adele (Zagrodnik) Borowiec, of Grand Island died Aug. 27, 2009. Wife of 54 years of Richard A. Borowiec; sister of Helen Rydzynski; also survived by nieces and nephews. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Mrs. Borowiec was a self-employed tax preparer and previously a psychiatric social worker.
Kathleen M. (Groo) Percs, August 27, 2009, of Grand Island, wife of the late Joseph S. Percs, mother of Mary E. (Alajos) Nemeth and the late Judith V. Bloch, grandmother of Steven (Stephanie) and Susan (John Bligh) Bloch, Martin A. (Michelle), Mark S. (Michelle) and Thomas E. (Kimberly) Nemeth, great grandmother of Miranda, Alex, Allyson and Sean Nemeth, Samantha and Zachary Bloch, sister of the late Judit Vass and Geza Groo, flowers gratefully declined, memorials may be made to EWTN Global Catholic Network 5817 Old Leeds Rd., Irondale, AL 35210, or St. Stephen's Church 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, NY where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, August 31, 2009 at 11:00 AM.
Dr. Norman G. Courey, a retired Buffalo physician, died Sunday, August 23, 2009 while visiting family in San Francisco. He was 79. A memorial service will be at 10:30 a. m. Sept. 19 in St. Martin- in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Road, Grand Island. See Buffalo News Obituary..
Margaret M. (Dowell) Barr, August 25, 2009, of Springfield, MO formerly of Grand Island, wife of the late Michael J. Barr; mother of Margaret "Peggy" (Victor) Shelton of Springfield, MO and David J. Barr of Grand Island; grandmother of the late Matthew and Allen Potter. Friends may call Friday, August 28 from 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, August 29 at 9:30 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Flowers gratefully declined.
Robert N. Jones, August 23, 2009 of Grand Island, N.Y. Beloved husband of the late Carol LaVonne (nee Laman) Jones; dear father of Timothy, Kim (Keith) Sciandra, Gary, Shawn and Kandice (James) Bradford; loving grandfather of Jason, Kori, Kelsey, Angel, Shawna, Eric and Justin; great-grandfather of Brooklynn, Joey, Tyler, Cori and Nathan. Friends may call Wednesday, August 26 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT INC. FUNERAL HOME, 3290 Delaware Ave., where funeral services will be held Wednesday evening at 8 PM. Mr. Jones was a past President of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Club #1411, North Tonawanda N.Y. and a veteran of WW II.
Patricia A. (Beckett) Barth, of Grand Island, NY, August 22, 2009, beloved wife of Richard H. Barth; cherished mother of Deborah (Kevin) Klees, Pamela (Mike) Buckovich, Donna Jo (William) Ponholzer; grandmother of David, Jacob, Zachary and Ronald; sister of Mary Beckett, George (Sandy) Beckett, James (Joan) Beckett, Kathleen (Gary) Brenon, Carol (Gregory) Galdon and the late John, David and Judith; sister-in-law of Laverne Beckett and Terry Beckett; survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Wednesday, August 26 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM, at the DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst, NY. Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, August 27 at 11 AM, at St. Timothy RC Church, 565 East Park Dr., Tonawanda, NY (please assemble at church). In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Lung Association or the American National Kidney Foundation . Online registry at: www.thedietrichfuneralhome.com
Thomas C. Mroziak, of Grand Island, entered eternal life August 20, 2009; dearest son of Emily (Mamon) Mroziak; beloved husband of Mary Elizabeth "Maribeth" (Lang) Mroziak; loving father of Michael (JoAnne) Mroziak, Cheektowaga and Melissa (Christopher) Mroziak-Hartwick, Grand Island; adoring dziadzi of Sarah, Kari and an expected grandchild; loving "Grumpa" of Elisabeth Tubridy; brother-in-law of Scott Johns and John "Peter" Woock and special cousin of Michael and Margaret Piecuil; also survived by nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, godchildren, aunts, an uncle and many cousins. Tom was predeceased by his father, Joseph and his sister, MaryAnn Johns. Friends may call Saturday from 6 to 8 PM and Sunday from 2 to 6 PM at the LABUDA FUNERAL HOME, INC., 356 Portage Rd., Niagara Falls (716-284-1573) A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 7 PM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Please assemble at church. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Stephen's Church, United Way of Buffalo and Erie or Hospice Buffalo. See Buffalo News Obituary..
Paul J. Conn, August 21, 2009 of Grand Island, NY. Loving husband of Anna (nee Parenti) and the late Lorraine (nee Havens); father of Gregory Conn and Laurie (late David Munter) Lazik; also survived by several grandchildren; brother of Eileen (Lester) Reed and the late Roger and Joseph Conn. Friends may call Sunday from 2-4 & 7-9 at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT, INC. FUNERAL HOME, 3290 Delaware Ave., where funeral services will be held Monday morning at 10. Memorials may be made to Hospice Foundation, 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga 14227. Mr. Conn was a member of Grand Island Lodge #1138 F & AM, under whose auspices a service will be held Sunday evening at 7. See Buffalo News Obituary..
Kenneth P. Adolf, 55, of Niagara Falls, died Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at his residence, unexpectedly. Mr. Adolf was born December 2, 1953 in Buffalo, the son of Bernard and Helen (Paradowski) Adolf. He lived in Buffalo, Cheektowaga and Grand Island prior to moving to Niagara Falls 28 years ago. He was a graduate of Hutch Tech and Erie County Community College. He worked as a chemical engineer at Olin Corp. for several years until being on a medical disability. He is survived by his sister, Deborah Adolf of Cheektowaga and was a dear friend of the Maracle family. Friends may call from 3 to 7 PM Monday, August 24 in the LANE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 8622 Buffalo Avenue. Please assemble at St. John de LaSalle R.C. Church, 8469 Buffalo Avenue on Tuesday, August 25 at 10 AM for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be held at the convenience of his family in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Curry M. Glor, August 19, 2009, age 35, after a short, courageous battle with cancer; beloved husband of Amanda C. (nee Gottler) Glor; loving father of Paige R. and Peyton E. Glor; devoted son of William E. and Maureen A. (nee O'Brien) Glor; caring brother of Ryan W. (Michelle) Glor; adored grandson of Marguerite O'Brien; dear son-in-law of Peter and Lynn A. Gottler; also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends. Curry was a 15-year employee of Dunlop Tire in Tonawanda. The family will be present on Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2600 Sheridan Drive (corner of Parker Blvd), where prayers will be offered on Monday, August 24 at 8:15 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated from St. Amelia Church at 9 AM. Friends invited. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Curry's name to Roswell Park Cancer Institute would be greatly appreciated. Share your condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.
Shane M. (Minet) Yensan, August 19, 2009, of Grand Island. Beloved son of Brent and Sharon Minet; brother of Richard Yensan and Brent Minet; grandson of Gladys and the late Charles Benzing; fiance of Nikki Clark; also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Visitation will be held Friday, August 21st from 1-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 22 at 10:00 AM at Trinity United Methodist Church, Grand Island.
John D. Domowicz, of Grand Island, died August 10, 2009. Husband of Cheryl (Woods) Domowicz; father of Todd, Kacey and Brandon; son of Tadeusz and Arlene Domowicz; brother of Mark (Donna) Domowicz, Gregg Domowicz, Christine Olson and Carl Domowicz; son-in-law of Richard Woods and Eleanor (Carl) Maier; brother-in-law of Laura (Fred) Lombardo, Lisa (Scott) Krawczyk and Amy (Steve) Krathaus; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Sunday, August 16 from 3-8 p.m. at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, August 17 at 12 noon at St. Stephen's Church.
Rita L. (Doyle) Siverson, August 8, 2009 in Orlando, Florida, formerly of Kenmore and Grand Island; age 79; beloved wife of the late E. Paul Siverson; dearest mother of Diane Applegate, Wayne (Margie) Siverson, Kevin (Carol) Siverson, Linda (David) Campbell and Scott (Holly) Siverson; loving grandmother of 11 grandchildren; sister of Patrick, Francis, Richard, Owen and the late George Doyle and the late Marjorie LeRoy; also survived by nieces and nephews. A Memorial Celebration of Rita's life will be held Saturday, August 15 at 2 PM at 394 Robinson St, North Tonawanda 14120. Arrangements by GRECO FUNERAL HOME (874-4400). Arrangements by Anthony E. Greco. Please share your condolences at www.GRECOFUNERAL.com
Fred C. "Korey" Korhummel Jr., August 10, 2009, 50; beloved husband of Maria C. (Capizzi); dear father of Fred C. III; dear son of Margaret and the late Fred C. Korhummel; dear brother of Janice (Michael) Curatolo, Lisa (Brian) Bauer and the late Ann C. Korhummel; son-in-law of Russell and Phyllis Capizzi; dear brother-in-law of Salvatore Capizzi, Russell (Gina) Capizzi and Phyllis (Richard) Dworak; also survived by nieces and nephews. The family will be present Sunday, August 16 from 2-5 PM and 6-9 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC. 2600 Sheridan Dr. (at Parker Blvd.) A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday morning, August 17 at 10:00 AM in St. Stephen R.C. Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Flowers are gratefully declined. Fred was the founding Executive Director of Hasek's Heroes. Share your condolences at www.AMIGONE.COM See Buffalo News Obituary..
Klara (Kulishowa) Teluk, 85, of Grand Island, a former nurse at Sisters Hospital. Beloved wife of the late Mykola; devoted mother of Paul (Maria), Peter (Faye) Teluk, Irene (Joseph) Fiebelkorn and Anita (Robert) Burke; loving grandmother of 13; great-grandmother of 10; also survived by family in Ukraine. Family will be present Monday 4-8 PM at the PIETSZAK FUNERAL HOME, 2400 William St. (near Harlem), where a Panachyda Service will be held Monday at 7 PM and Tuesday at 9:30 AM followed by a Funeral Liturgy at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church at 10 AM. Entombment will take place in Venice, FL. Memorials to Hospice Buffalo, Inc., Cheektowaga, NY 14227.
Harry C. Jerge, August 2, 2009, of Grand Island, husband of the late Margie Jerge; brother of Jean (Mary Lou) Jerge; cousin of Mary Ann (George) Crowe; step-father of Susie (the late Joseph) Cinelli, Barbara (Jack) Johnson and James (Diane) Kovacsev; also survived by ten step-grandchildren, eighteen step-great grandchildren, one step-great-great grandchild and many nieces and nephews. A memorial Mass for Harry and Margie will be celebrated Wednesday, August 12 at 10 AM at St. Stephens Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined.
John Burchfield, August 6, 2009, born in Marshfield, MO on August 29, 1951, resided in Grand Island, NY. Loving husband of Charlene (Gaska) Burchfield; devoted father of Rusty and Erich Burchfield; brother of Joan Willoughby, Betty Hawk and Bill (Judy) Burchfield; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews also survive. Friends may call Monday 2-4 and 7-9 at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT, INC. FUNERAL HOME, 3290 Delaware Ave., and are invited to attend funeral services in Zion United Church of Christ, Parker Blvd. & Koenig Circle, Tuesday morning at 11:00. Those wishing may make memorial contributions to Zion Church or Grand Island Relay For Life, 101 John James Audobon Pkwy, Amherst, NY 14228.
Barbara (Wiedrich) Leiker , July 29, 2009, of Grand Island, wife of Donald Leiker; mother of Richard (Maggie) Leiker of San Jose, CA, Jeffrey (Merced) Leiker of Lancaster, NY, Donna (Gerry) Maybach of Clarence Center, NY and the late Mark, Michael and Robert Leiker; grandmother of Justin and Joshua Maybach, William Leiker, Kirsten Maybach and Megan Leiker; sister of Donald (Emma) Wiedrich, daughter of the late Omer and Frances Wiedrich. Friends may call Friday, July 31 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, August 1 at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.
John C. McWilliams, July 29, 2009, of the Town of Tonawanda, NY, former Grand Island resident beloved husband of the late Betty Jane (Meyers) McWilliams; dear father of Dolly (Anthony) D'Orazio, Martha M. Kreuzer (Bob Guggemos) and Jess J. (Diane) McWilliams; loving grandfather of Michelle, Edward Budny, Anthony III, Dawn, Justin and Brittany McWilliams; also survived by many great-grandchildren; brother of the late Carl (Marion) McWilliams. Friends may call Thursday, July 30 from 7-9 and Friday, July 31 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT FUNERAL HOME, 3290 Delaware Ave. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Funeral Services on Saturday, August 1 at 11 AM in Faith United Presbyterian Church, 3150 Elmwood Ave. Mr. McWilliams was a member of the Master Builders Lodge No. 911 F&AM, Brounshidle Post No. 205 and an exempt member of the Sheridan Park Volunteer Fire Company. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faith United Presbyterian Church.
Marie T. (Kromke) Hughes, July 22, 2009, of Grand Island, wife of the late Wesley J. Hughes; mother of Wesley W. Hughes of Grand Island and Katherine (William) O'Mara of Amherst; grandmother of Mary (Joseph) Foley, Parker and Timothy O'Mara; beloved aunt of Michael (Cheryl) Kromke. No prior visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, July 26 at 11:30 AM at St. Stephen's Church 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island.
Theresa June Smith, July 18, 2009, age 81, of North Tonawanda, a 32 year resident of Grand Island Devoted wife of Gilbert Rupert Smith; loving and cherished mother of Gilbert (Adrianne) Smith, Julie (Jay) Deveso and Kathleen (John) MacClellan; dearest grandmother of 9 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated SATURDAY, July 25 at 10:00 AM from St. Stephen's R.C. Church, Grand Island. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Niagara Hospice. Arrangements by WATTENGEL FUNERAL HOME (692-0440) On line guest registry at www.Wattengel.com
Henry P. Schenck, July 21, 2009, of Grand Island, NY, beloved husband of Marjorie Schenck; father of Kathleen (Brian) Bauer, Colleen Tappan, Rev. Robert (Cheryl) and Dr. Paul (Rebecca) Schenck; also survived by 13 grandchildren; brother of Nikki (late "Al") Levin and the late Robert "Bobby" Schenck. Friends may call Thursday, July 23 from 5-7 at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT FUNERAL HOME, 3290 Delaware Avenue. Friends are invited to attend services at the Chapel of St. Francis of Williamsville Home, 147 Reist St., 14221, Friday morning at 11. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Francis of Williamsville Home.
Kenneth G. Webb, July 15, 2009, beloved husband of Marie (nee Jedermann) Webb; father of Karen (Steven) Manning and Bonita (Vincent) Rizzo; also survived by five grandchildren; brother of Norine Giardina, Ronald, the late Earl and Clinton Webb. Friends received Saturday and Sunday from 4-8 PM at the GRECO FUNERAL HOME, 2909 Elmwood Ave (near Sheridan Dr.), where funeral services will be held Monday morning, July 20 at 10 AM. Mr. Webb was a combat veteran of the Korean War, a retired employee of Linde Division of U.C.C. with 34 years of service as a welder, supervisor and consultant in Rio deJaneiro, Brazil.
Henry F. Gardner, 83, of Wellsville, NY and formerly a long-time Grand Island resident, went to his heavenly home on Friday, July 3, 2009 surrounded by his family. Born on May 15, 1925 in buffalo, NY, he was the son of Frank and Mary (Pavelska) Gardner. He graduated from Stella Niagara High School, Lewiston and was a musician who enjoyed playing the drums with several bands before being called to serve his country. He met the former Valentina Scholokoff in Japan during World War II. They were married on November 24, 1946 while serving with the U. S. Army's 158th Regimental Combat Team ("The Bushmasters") in the Pacific Theater of Operation. Hank was employed for many years as an operational engineer and heavy equipment operator for the Town of Grand Island. He also owned and operated Island Disposal Service on Grand Island. He was a former active member of the VFW Post 9249 on Grand Island and the Grand Island Rod & Gun Club. He was a member and chaplain for the Morrison Hayes Post 702 American Legion in Wellsville and VFW Post 2721 in Cuba. He also was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed playing golf, hunting and fishing. Surviving in addition to his wife of 62 years, is one son, John (Dorothy) Gardner of Grand Island; two daughters, Suzanna (Fred) Hoefler of Lawrenceville, Georgia and Vera (Rodney) Hollowbush of Ulysses, Pennsylvania; five grandchildren; three great grandchildren; one brother, Don (Kathy) Gardner of Grand Island; and several nieces and one nephew. Friends called Monday at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial with full military honors, was in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Wellsville. Memorial suggestions include home care and Hospice or the Morrison-Hayes Post 702 American Legion.
Doloris A. "Dolly" Parks, 78, of Norfolk, Nebraska, formerly of Buffalo, New York, died Wednesday July 8, 2009 at St. Joseph's Nursing Home in Norfolk, Nebraska. She was born January 23, 1931 at Buffalo, New York the daughter of Anthony and Agnelina (Toucha) Stachowski. Dolly received her B.A. in Education in 1953 from Buffalo State in Buffalo, New York. She taught school, second grade at Buffalo, New York for five years, and taught at Grand Island, New York, public schools for 11 years. Dolly taught 9 years at Norfolk Public schools in Norfolk, Nebraska and retired from teaching in 1981. Doloris worked at Walmart in Norfolk 17 years and has been a resident of St. Joseph's Nursing Home, since December, 2008. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Norfolk, Norfolk Senior Center, Madison County Teachers Organization; Welcome Wagon Newcomers, Enjoyed doing crafts, owls, eggs, birdhouse collections, garage sales, gardening (flowers) and recipe collection. Dolly's Survivors include her two sons: Douglas and wife Lisa Parks of Norfolk; Jeffrey and wife Jeri Parks of Hideaway, Texas. Three Grandchildren Melissa and Stephanie Parks of Norfolk; Dylan Parks of Hideaway, Texas. Dolly is preceded in death by her Parents, and Sister Alicia Gorney. Memorial Services: Johnson-Stonacek Funeral Chapel, Norfolk, NE Time/Date: 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 13, 2009. Officiating: Father Jerry Connealy. Inurnment: Private family services at a later date. In lieu of flowers Memorials to American Cancer Society . Arrangements by JOHNSON-STONACEK FUNERAL CHAPEL, 910 Park Ave., Norfolk, NE.
Mildred "Millie" (nee Villafranca) May, July 6, 2009, age 85; beloved wife of the late Frank R. May; dearest mother of Marianne (late Jerry) Meitz, Rosalyn (Jerry) Warren, Pat (Wanda) Peri, Jr. and Cheryl Bellissimo; devoted grandmother of Deborah Meitz, M.D., Jerry Meitz, Jr., Dayna Carlton, Terri Lynn Virga, Trina Vekich, Pat Peri, III, Gina Vona and 14 great-grandchildren; dear sister of the late Eva Vungaro. The family will be present Wednesday, July 8 from 4-8 PM at the (Delaware Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1132 Delaware Avenue (near W. Ferry Street) where prayers will be offered on Thursday, July 9 at 8:45 AM and followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM from St. Stephen's Church, Grand Island. Please share condolences online at www.AMIGONE.com
Harold W. " Whitey" Booker, BOOKER - July 3, 2009, of Hendersonville, NC, formerly of Grand Island, NY, beloved husband of Helen Joan; father of Gary (Becky); grandfather of Lance and Christopher (Amy); great-grandfather of Dylan, Christina and Donovan Booker. Friends may call Wednesday, July 8 and Thursday, July 9 from 2-4 and 6-8 at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT FUNERAL HOME, 3290 Delaware Ave., where funeral services will be held Friday morning, July 10 at 10. Friends invited. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Foundation. Mr. Booker was a retiree from General Motors where he worked for over 39 years.
Charlene F. (Jessie) Dworak, 69, of Grand Island, NY, died Sunday, July 5, 2009 at Erie Co. Medical Center, Buffalo, NY. Born May 5, 1940 in Tupper Lake, NY, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Rita (Trudeau) Jessie. She came to Niagara Falls, NY as a young child with her family, attended local schools and was a member of the last graduating class from St. Mary's High School. Her and her husband, Thomas R. Dworak, Jr. owned and operated Niagara Fancy Bakery here in Niagara Falls, NY and Grand Island, NY, with the help of other family members, until 1980. She then went to work at Ames Department Store as a sales representative and retired from OHMTEK Technology in Wheatfield, NY. Charlene was a member of St. Stephen's RC Church, loved spending time with her family and enjoyed helping raising her grandchildren.She is survived by her husband, Thomas R. Dworak, Jr. of Grand Island, NY, whom she married January 27, 1962 at St. Mary's Church; her children, Thomas S. Dworak, Patrick (Tracy) Dworak, Richard (Phyllis) Dworak, all of Grand Island, NY, and Lesha Tiedemann of Williamsville, NY; grandchildren, Brittany, Tiffany, Brianne, Matthew, Sydney, Patrick, Thomas, Madison, Tyler and several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was also predeceased by her sisters, June Jessie and Carol McQuillan.Friends may call Wednesday, July 8th from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at Zajac Funeral Home, Inc., 319-24th St., cor. Welch Ave., Niagara Falls, NY. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, July 9th at 11:15 AM from St. Stephen's RC Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, NY. EVERYONE PLEASE ASSEMBLE AT CHURCH. Burial in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Lewiston, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to National Kidney Foundation of Western NY, 300 Delaware Ave., Suite 101, Buffalo, NY 14202, or Upstate Transplant Services, 110 Broadway, Buffalo, NY 14203.Visit www.legacy.com/niagara-gazette for online guest register. See Buffalo News Obituary..
Herman E. Lindermann, July 5, 2009, of Grand Island, NY, beloved husband of Helen Lindemann; brother of the late John and Herbert; uncle of John, Ronald and Richard. The family will be present Tuesday, July 7 from 2-4 and 7-8 PM at the HARRY A. WEDEKINDT FUNERAL HOME, 280 Grover Cleveland Hwy. at N. Bailey where services will be held at 8:00 PM immediately following visitation. Friends invited. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorial contributions may be made to The Hospice Foundation, 225 Como Park Blvd., PO Box, Buffalo, NY 14240-0590.
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