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.
Francis "Bud" Pritchard, a longtime Grand Island town justice and a highly regarded attorney, died Tuesday, June 30, 2009 in Riverwood Health Care Facility, Grand Island, following a long illness. He was 89..
Frank Pritchard/Buffalo News Obituary..
Pritchard Death Notice..
Stephania (Stanczyk) Chapados , 90, of Grand Island, NY, passed away at home Tuesday, June 23, 2009. Born in Niagara Falls, NY on April 22, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Jacob and Anna (Odrzywolski) Stanczyk and attended local schools. She worked as a clerk for over 20 years at Ted Mars on Packard Rd. Stephania was a former lifetime member of Our Lady Of The Rosary Church and enjoyed crocheting. She is survived by her sons, Phillip (Joanne) Chapados of Green Bay, WI, Francis D. Chapados of Grand Island, NY, and Donald R. (Peggy) Chapados of Maricopa, AZ; grandchildren, Phillip (Sally) Chapados II, Robert (Kris) Chapados, Rene Ann (Lonnie) Pierce; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was also predeceased by her husband, Francis Chapados, on January 14, 1973; sister, Mary Wojcik; and brothers, Steven Stanvich, Theodore Stanwick, John Stanczyk. Friends may call Friday, June 26th from 9:30 - 10:30 AM at Zajac Funeral Home, Inc., 319-24th St., corner Welch Ave., Niagara Falls, NY, where funeral services will begin at 10:30 AM with Rev. Jacek Mazur officiating. Burial following in Gate of Heaven Cemetery Lewiston, NY. Visit www.legacy.com/niagara-gazette for on-line guest register.
Muriel H. (nee McDavitt) Abell, June 21, 2009; beloved wife of George L. Abell; dear mother of Timothy (Cheryl) Abell, Teresa (John) Siracuse, Paul (Leslie) Abell and Roberta Yohn; grandmother of seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; sister of Lois Durkin and Suzanne Joyce. The family will be present to receive friends Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the (Elma Chapel) of the Urban-AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, 7540 Clinton St. (corner Girdle Rd.), where funeral services will be held Wednesday at 9:45 AM and a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated from Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church at 10:30 AM. Flowers gratefully declined. If desired, contributions may be made to Hospice Buffalo, Inc. Share condolences online at www.AMIGONE.com
Stephens E. Miller, passed away on May 16, 2009 at the age of 59, after fighting a long battle with Leukemia. He was born December 19, 1949 in Amityville, Long Island, New York. Steve was a former resident of Grand Island, Class of 1968. He served in the U.S. Navy in California during which he went on three tours to Vietnam on the USS Hancock. While serving in California, he met and married Cynny, his wife of 38 years. Steve went to work for Goodyear in 1972 and eventually owned three franchise stores in Watsonville, CA, moving his family to the Port Orange area in 1987. He had four children, all of whom he coached for several years in baseball, basketball, and soccer through the Port Orange Recreation Department and South Daytona Little League. He was a fierce believer in the strength of family. In addition to his wife, Cynthia, he is survived by four children, Scott (Jamie) of Fort Walton Beach, Joey (Megan) of New Smyrna Beach, Robbie (Karina) of Jacksonville, and Stephanie Zachry (Brian) of Lubbock, TX; also four grandchildren, Melanie, Shelbie, Elijah and Joe-Joe (LJ), all of whom he greatly adored. Steve is also survived by three sisters, Mary-Ellen Evans, of Ohio; Carol Mitchell of Indiana; and Rose Reaves, of Deland, FL; and four brothers: Bob of Marathon, FL; Art of Tampa, FL; Dan of Indiana; and Frank of Kenmore, NY. He was predeceased by his sister, Winky and his parents, Art and Rosemary Miller.
Margaret Mary Fahning, of St Petersburg, FL passed away at age 85 on June 13,2009 at St. Anthony’s Hospital after a brief illness. Margaret moved to Florida from Grand Island, NY in 1990 after a 30-year career as a private secretary for Teamsters Local 264 and later as a teller at M & T Bank. She attended Holy Name R.C.Church, loved bridge, swimming and caring for her family. She was pre-deceased by her husband of 58 years, Donald. She is survived by son Robert S. ( Anne) of Grand Island; daughter, Christine A. of St Petersburg,; grandchildren: J. Michael Corcoran (Brandi) of Niagara Falls and April (Bryan) Jenkins of Brooklyn; four great grandchildren, and sisters Carol Ann Johnson and Mary Kathleen Redden as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Helen M. Ciechoski, June 22, 2009, of Grand Island, wife of the late Arthur S. Ciechoski; mother of Arthur M. (Elaine) Ciechoski, Cheryl (Louis) Macro and Michael (Mary) Ciechoski; grandmother of Christine (Robert) Ratajczak, David (Julie) Ciechoski, Marie and Mark Klocke, Jennifer and Justin Ciechoski; great- grandmother of Miranda and Kali Ciechoski, Nicholas, Lauren and the late Jonathan Ratajczak. Fiends may call Thursday, June 25th 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, June 26th at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church.
Harold O. Lansberry, June 19, 2009, of Grand Island, born February 17, 1923, in Woodland, PA, husband of the late Jean D. (Koval) Lansberry; father of Pamelia (Benedict) Moraca, Bradley and the late Barry Lansberry; grandfather of Jennifer (Chris) Newby, Bradley James (Colleen) Lansberry and Brandon Moraca; great-grandfather of Clare Colleen Lansberry; son of the late Harold and Evelyn Lansberry; brother of the late Robert Lansberry. Friends may call Sunday 2-6 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, where Funeral Services will be held Monday, June 22nd at 10 AM. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Mr. Lansberry was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force and received the Purple Heart. He proudly served as a tail gunner for 25 missions in the European Theater during WW-II. In 1984, he retired from DuPont Chemical after 35 years.
James J. Hallett, Final Flight June 15, 2009 , a devoted teacher, corporate pilot and boat captain died suddenly of a heart attack Monday while visiting family in Newport, New York. He was 68. Born in Buffalo, he graduated from Buffalo State University and went on to teach at Seneca Vocational for 34 years. He was a long time resident of Grand Island and member of the Buffalo Launch Club. His life long love of the water led him to become a licensed boat captain and later captain of the Grand Lady Tour boat on the Niagara River. Throughout his life adventure was not far away. He also earned his commercial pilots license, certified flight instructor rating and began to fulfill his passion for aviation. He flew as a corporate pilot for many companies based in Buffalo. He spent the last years of his career flying a corporate jet throughout North and South America. He retired to Ft. Myers Beach, Florida where he enjoyed boating, fishing and spending time with friends. He truly enjoyed life to the fullest. Jim will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him. God speed my friend. There will be no services.
Niagara Gazette Report: Philip H. Killian, 81, of the City of Tonawanda, Sunday, May 24, 2009 at the Delaware Nursing and Rehab Center in Buffalo. Born on Grand Island, he had been a resident of Tonawanda for the past 48 years and was a US Army veteran serving during World War II. He was a member of Holy Ghost Lutheran Church in Bergholtz and had been employed as an Electrical Engineer at Bell Aerospace in Niagara Falls, Sylvania Electric in Buffalo and also Delevan Electronics in East Aurora. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Genevieve (nee Dlugosz) Killian; four children, Kevin Killian of Ijamsville, MD; Connie (William) Lekki of Wheatfield; Keith (Jill) Killian of Las Vegas, NV; and Corinne Killian of Hinsdale, NY; eight grandchildren, Tyler, Kaylee, Kyrstin, Libby, Genny, Jessica, Josh and Amelia; a sister, Lois (Robert) Kaiser of New Port Richey, FL; a brother, Roger (Brenda) Killian of Kenmore and was the brother of the late Dorothy Loder, Lucille Long, Frederick and Robert Killian; also survived by his brothers and sister-in-law, Donald Loder of Grand Island, Bud Long of Nunda, NY and Dorothy (late Robert) Killian of the Town of Tonawanda; and many nieces and nephews. There was no prior visitation. A private interment will be in Elmlawn Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Friday, June 19th at 10:30 AM in Holy Ghost Lutheran Church, 6630 Luther St., in Bergholtz. The Rev. Philip Sallach will officiate. Arrangements by John O. Roth Funeral Home, Inc., Tonawanda, NY.
Thomas J. Dzielski, Peacefully entered into rest June 10, 2009, of Grand Island, NY, beloved husband of the late Judith Dzielski; dear father of Donna (Bryan) Kaiser and Thomas (Deborah) Dzielski; cherished grandfather of Thomas, Michael, Laura and Jenna; brother of Joseph (the late Patricia) Dzielski. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of WNY.
Margie E. Jerge, June 11, 2009, of Grand Island, wife of Harry L. Jerge; mother of Margie (the late Joseph) Cinelli of Grand Island, Barbara (Jack) Johnson and James (Diane) Kovacsev both of Largo, FL; also survived by 10 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild and many nieces and nephews; sister-in-law of Jean and Mary Lou Jerge; dear friend of Sylvia McGinn. A Memorial Mass will be held at a later time. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo, Mrs. Jerge loved fishing and trap shooting.
Thomas G. Holmes , formerly of Grand Island, June 5, 2009 of New Smyrna Beach, FL; husband of Theresa Holmes and the late Dawn C. (Meyer) Holmes; father of Thomas C. (Cheryl) Holmes, Dawn V. (Timothy) O'Laughlin, Amy M. (Thomas) Sellers and James R. Holmes; step-father of Sandra Hollederer and Diane McMahon; also survived by seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, four step-grandchildren and one step great-grandchild; brother of the late Jack L. Holmes and June H. Krueger. Friends may call Friday, June 12th from 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, where funeral services will be held Saturday, June 13th morning at 9:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.
Theodore S. Xanthos , former Grand Island resident, 1972 graduate of Grand Island High School, passed away May 25, 2009 in Dallas, Texas. Son of Peter & Athena Xanthos, brother of Christine (Boomhower) Xanthos and Thomas Xanthos. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 8 at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Road. Contributions in Ted's memory may be made to the Arthritis Foundation Upstate New York Chapter for Ankylosing Spondylitis Research, 3300 Monroe Avenue, Suite 319, Rochester, NY 14618.
Jean Von Wryeza, May 31, 2009, of Grand Island. Wife of the late Jim Von Wryeza; mother of Mark (Kris) Von Wryeza of Grand Island ; grandmother of Tammi (Jay Ras) Von Wryeza-Ras; sister of Carol Chase and the late Marie Getzin; dear friend of Sis Zawolik. Memorial services will held Wednesday, June 10, at 10 AM at St. Timothy Lutheran Church 1453 Staley Rd., Grand Island.
Caroline L. Tegler, April 17, 2009, of Grand Island, NY; winter resident of Largo, FL. Beloved wife of Leroy H. Tegler; loving mother of Gary (Terry) and the late Patricia (William) Tegler Vaccaro; cherished grandmother of Shaun and Shannon Tegler and Christopher Vaccaro; daughter of the late Gerard and Pasqualine Mandi; sister of Palma (late Vincent) Calabrese, Mary (Philip) Giglio, Theresa (late Maurice) Materise, late Geraldine (Stanley) Terpin and Rosalie Wozniak; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Caroline was a retired sales associate for BonTon. A memorial service will be held at St. Stephen's RC Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 13. A gathering in Caroline's memory will immediately follow. Flowers gratefully declined.
Carole Jesse Askew (nee Shea), 82, of Ithaca, former Grand Island, NY resident, passed away peacefully on June 5, 2009, in Sayre, PA. Born in LaSalle, NY, on October 25, 1926, Carole was the daughter of the late Russell and Irene (Maeder) Shea. Before raising her five children, Carole was employed as a lab technician at US Vanadium Corp in Niagara Falls during the war effort. Carole was predeceased by her grandson Adam Askew, and is survived by her children Susan Axtell of Trumansburg, NY; Diane (Joe) Scalzi of St. Clair Shores, MI; Bill Askew Jr., of Moravia, NY; Barbara Titterington of Trumansburg, NY; Wayne (Mary) Askew of Willseyville, NY; grandchildren Tammy Mae Summers, Heather (Matt) Sears, Justin Ferrell, Alyssa Axtell, Meredith Titterington, Chelsea Titterington, and Kyle Askew; her sister Betty (Ned) Flodin of Fair Hope, AL; niece Andrea (Bill) Steele of New London, NH; and nephew Mark Flodin of Tallahassee, FL. Carole will always be remembered for her love of her family, her storytelling, and her unique sense of humor. She will be missed by us all. A celebration of Carole's life will be held on Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at 3:00 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 17 Main Street, Candor, with the Rev. Judy Upham and Rev. Philip Jordan officiating. Arrangements are by the Estey, Munroe & Fahey Funeral Home.
Margaret V. (nee Schreiner) Kreuzer, of Grand Island, entered into rest June 2, 2009, beloved wife of the late Harold T. Kreuzer; devoted mother of Thomas R. (Edith) and James H. (Felicia) Kreuzer; cherished grandmother of Nicole, Josie (Eric) Barajas, Maya (Brooks) Meeks, Michelle (Edward) Budny, Christine (Aaron) Shields and James Kreuzer; fond great-grandmother of Grant, Vivian and Anastasia; loving daughter of the late Carl and Mary (nee Schuhbauer) Schreiner; dear sister of the late Richard Schreiner and late Joanne (late William) McSweeney. Relatives and friends may visit St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island on Friday morning, June 5 from 9-9:45 AM where a Mass of Christian Burial will immediately follow. Interment, St. Augustine Cemetery. Arrangements by LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME, (Northtowns Chapel).
Joseph S. Chimento, May 28, 2009 at age 85, beloved husband of Concetta (nee DeBellis) Chimento; dearest father of Marilyn Chimento, Susan (Thomas) Bieber and Joseph M. (Patricia) Chimento; loving grandfather of Thomas (Tania) Diina, David (Danielle) Diina, Jonathan Diina, Joseph Chimento and Vincent Chimento; great-grandfather of Kathryn, Elizabeth and Alexandra Diina; brother of Santo (Norma) Chimento and Anne (late Samuel) Portale; brother-in-law of Michael (Shirley) DeBellis; also survived by nieces and nephews. Joe served as a Grand Island Jr. Sr. High School administrator. The family will be present on Sunday from 1-4 and 6-9 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2600 Sheridan Drive (at Parker Blvd.) where funeral services will be held on Monday at times to be announced. Friends invited. Share your condolences at www.AMIGONE.com
Joseph S. Chimento/Buffalo News Obituary..
Beverly Holcombe (Ginger Dick), February 10, 2009 at the age of 62, from heart-related issues. Former Grand Island, NY resident. See JCK Online.com..
Ronald R. Duchman, May 21, 2009 of Maiden, NC, formerly of Grand Island. Husband of the late Sherry (Fritz) Duchman; father of Christine (Andrew) Decker and Judith Duchman; son of the late Helen and George Duchman; brother-in-law of Mary and Gary Yaeger, Sandra and Ted Burrows and Richard Fritz. Friends may call Tuesday, May 26 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, where funeral services will be held WednesdayMay 27 at 10:00 AM. Memorials may be made to the SPCA of Erie County.
Jayden E. Flitt, September 15, 2008 - May 16, 2009. Loving infant daughter of Brittany Wunsch and Joseph Flitt; granddaughter of Cynthia and Joseph Flitt, Mary Wunsch and Keith McKendrick; great-granddaughter of Mary and Earl Nugent and Patricia and Frank Flitt; survived by aunts, uncles and cousins.Visitation JAMES E. GRACE FUNERAL HOME INC., 335 Ontario St. Thursday, May 21 from 5-9 PM. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Friday at 10 AM in St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island (please assemble at church). Flowers gratefully declined.
Marion P. Geering, a former business teacher at Grand Island High School, North Tonawanda High School and Niagara Community College, died early Monday (May18, 2009) in her home of complications of Parkinson’s Disease. She was 78. Born Marion Petchel in Cleveland, OH, she lived in Freeland, PA until her graduation from high school in 1948. She attended Katherine Gibbs School and worked as a secretary in New York City until 1953, when she married Emil Geering. They moved to Niagara Falls, NY, as Emil had accepted employment at Hooker (later Occidental) Chemical Corporation in Research and Development. Emil received his PhD in June 1954. Marion and Emil moved to Warner Drive on Grand Island in November 1954. While raising four children, Marion participated in community activities including Grand Island Cooperative Nursing School, St. Stephen’s Church Choir and various PTA’s, for which she received a Life Achievement Award. She was also active in Occidental Women’s League, which raised funds for both education and charity. Marion received a B.A. and M.A. in Business Education from Buffalo State Teacher’s College in 1978 and 1981. She taught at the high school and junior college level for 10 years. She was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1986, and retired two years later. Marion Geering is survived by her husband of 56 years, Emil; and by two sons, Dr. Tim Geering (Cathy) of Mason, OH, and Atty. John Geering (Kris) of Mountain View, CA; and two daughters, Anne Gaunder (Rick) of Crescent Springs, KY, and Mary Louise Geering of Brooklyn, NY. Seven grandchildren also survive her: Joanna and Tricia Gaunder and Mary Gaunder King, and Daniel, Stephen, Michael and Emily Geering. In addition, she is survived by two sisters, Joan Devine of Lawrencville, NJ, and Pearl Newcomer of Troy, MI; and a sister-in-law, Anna Cross of Pittsfield, MA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Stephen’s Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, on Friday, May 21st at 11:15 AM. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5-8 PM at the Geering home, 4001 West River Rd., Grand Island. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home. Flowers are respectfully declined. Memorials in Marion’s name may be made to St. Stephen’s Church Building Fund, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, or to the Grand Island Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Rd., Grand Island, 14072.
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Virginia Ann Cadro (nee Almendinger) Nilsson, May 14, 2009, of Grand Island. Beloved long time companion of Benjamin D'Ambrosio; beloved wife of the late Edward F. Cadro, Sr.; beloved mother of Lynn (Lance) Nichalson, Charles Nilsson, David (Judy) Cadro, Adelle (Andy) Cadro and Michelle (John) Daniel; grandmother of Luana, Tabatha, Crystal, Kristin, Dakota, Desiree and Fletcher; great grandmother of Haley, Aisling and Virginia; sister of Joan Almendinger; daughter of the late Harry and Eunice Almendinger. Friends may call Sunday from 2-4 PM followed by a brief services Sunday, May 17 at 4 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island.
Catherine M. "Kay" (nee Cutroneo) Calvano, of Grand Island, age 90, after a brief illness, May 13, 2009, wife of the late Joseph Calvano, sister of Sarafine "Sally" (late John) Orsini, the late Antoinette (late Salvatore) Liberti; sister-in-law of Valentina (late Joe) Valore, Grace (late John) Calvano, Norma (late Julio) Calvano; aunt of Marie Calabrese, Christopher (Pamela) Calvano, Jean (Thomas) Clabeaux, Joann (Jerry) Highway, Joseph (Olga) Liberti, Pasquale (Darlene) Liberti, Peter Liberti, Laurie McGuirk, Virginia (Savino) Nanula, Joseph Orsini, Pasquale (Vera) Orsini, Shirley (John) Sardina, Philip A. Valore; also survived by great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, great-great-nephews, and cousins. Visitation Friday, May 15 from 3-8 p.m. at M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Rd, Niagara Falls, where services begin Saturday, May 16 at 9:00 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. in St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd. Grand Island. Interment in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Visit www.mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for obituary and guest register.
Teddy Filosofos, 81, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Grand Island, May 14, 2009, survived by his beloved wife, Jacqueline (Griffith) Filosofos, three children, T. Argerous (Rebecca), Denise, and Michael (Cindy) Filosofos, four grandchildren, Wesley Proefrock, Michael, Sevaste and Theo Filosofos, brother of James (Ruby), late Tulla (John) Moshides and Bessie (William) Sargent, also survived by many nieces and nephews. Family will be present at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island on Saturday, May 16th, from 2-4 & 7-9 PM and at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 1073 Saunders Settlement Road, Niagara Falls, Sunday, May 17th from 3-8 PM where funeral services will be held on Monday, May 18th at 10 AM, memorials to St. Herman's Seminary, 414 Mission Rd., Kodiak, Alaska 99615 or St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church. Mr. Filosofos was a member of the VFW Post #9249 on Grand Island. See Teddy Filosofos/Niagara Gazette Obituary..
See also Teddy Filosofos/Buffalo News Obituary..
Richard F. Atkinson, May 13, 2009 of Grand Island; husband of Jacqueline B. Atkinson; father of Kyle (Paul) Kroening and Wendy (Art) Baldwin; also survived by six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. No prior visitation. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 16th at 11:00 AM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Wycliffe Bible Translators, P.O. Box 628200, Orlando, FL 32862.
Evelina Brightwell Medlicott Schopp, longtime Island resident and elementary school teacher died peacefully Thursday May 7th in her home of natural causes. She turned 100 in March.
Mrs. Schopp is predeceased by her husband, the late Charles A. Schopp Jr., and survived by her two sons Charles A.(Susan) Schopp III of Bolton Mass., Reg M. Schopp of Grand Island, her seven grandchildren, Michael A.(Carolyn) Schopp, Kimberly (Scott) Kalman, Elizabeth (Michael) Cali, all of Grand Island, Kristen (Schopp) Wells, Keri (Andrew) Bradshaw, Katie Schopp and Abigail Schopp, all living in Massachusetts. She is also survived by four step grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Beloved friend of Donna Briggs. Evelina and her husband raised their family in the home they built on West River Road in 1954. Charles died in 1967.
Mrs. Schopp began her teaching career at the Campus School at Buffalo State College, her Alma Mater, then at the Lindbergh Elementary School in Kenmore. Upon moving to Grand Island she taught first grade at Kaegebein Elementary School from 1954-1960, and at Huth Road Elementary School from 1960-1979 when she retired. She received her Masters Degree from Columbia University. She also succeeded her late husband in 1967 as proprietor of Schopp’s Jewelry Shoppe in Tonawanda, before her son Reg took over the business in 1971 and moved it to Grand Island, now known as deSignet International on Whitehaven Road.
Arrangements have been made by Kaiser Funeral Home. Donations may be made to Hospice Buffalo, flowers gratefully declined. A memorial service is planned in the near future. Evelina's family would like to thank all of those who emailed Mrs. Schopp, many of them students, with the kind wishes for her 100th birthday in March. They were much appreciated, the celebration was wonderful! Buffalo News Guestbook
Jean (nee Elsesser) Davern, May 7, 2009, at age 86, beloved wife of the late Gerald R. Davern; dearest mother of Pattiann (Frank) King of Latham, NY and Kelly (John) Valentine of Rochester, NY; loving grandmother of Caitlyn, Randy, Blaine, Sierra and Derek; sister of the late Mae Slack; sister-in-law of William H. Slack; aunt of Judith (Salvatore) Miceli, William H. (Martha) and Susan Slack. She is also survived by several great-nieces and nephews. The family will be present on Saturday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the (Cleveland Hill Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 569 Cleveland Drive (between Harlem Rd. & Thruway). A Funeral Service will be conducted at 1:00 PM. Friends invited. Private committal and burial will be held on Monday. Share your condolences at www.AMIGONE.com
Daniel E. Hoffman, May 7, 2009, of Grand Island, husband of Marianne (Norton) Hoffman; father of John (Traci) Hoffman, Regina M. (the late Anthony John) Guenther and Scott D. (Tracy) Hoffman; also survived by six grandchildren, one great granddaughter, nieces, nephews and cousins; brother of Sandy LaForme and the late Paul Hoffman; son of the late Paul and Regina Hoffman. Friends may call Monday, May 11 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 AM at St. Stephens Church. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Assoc. Mr. Hoffman retired after 40 years with Carborundum/Saint-Gobain in Niagara Falls, and was employed at Beaver Island State Parks Big Six Marina as Harbor Master. He also enjoyed winters in Florida.
Laszlo Magyar, May 5, 2009, of Portland, NY, formerly of Grand Island; husband of Margit Kovacs Magyar; stepfather of Istvan (Magdolna) Guzmics; step-grandfather of Fammi, Petra and Blank Guzmics. Friends may call Saturday 2-5 PM followed by funeral services Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 5 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Mr. Magyar was a self-employed painter and contractor, and he leaves behind many loving friends.
Elinor (Hefferon) Collins, of Pawleys Island, SC, formerly of Grand Island, NY. April 8, 2009. Beloved wife of Daniel Collins and the late George Hefferon; sister of Marion (late Donald) Schwertz and Arline (Dick) Solat; survived by nieces and nephews. Private service.
Donald F. Harris Sr., 82 of Ormond Beach, FL passed away on April 7, 2009 formerly of Grand Island, NY. Son of the late Kennerson and Margaret Harris. Don proudly served our Country in the US Navy on the USS Teton stationed in the Pacific. He was employed by General Motors for 30 years retiring at age 56. In 1991, he and his wife Carol, to whom he was married 57 years, relocated to Ormond Beach. Don will best be remembered for his distinct giggle and brilliant smile. He adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren immensely. He enjoyed photography and often used his grandchildren as models for his photos. In addition to photography, he could also be found working on the latest crossword puzzles. Don will be dearly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife Carol; son Donald (Marcia) Harris Jr. of Grand Island, NY; daughters Kathy Sennott of Perkiomenville, PA, Janice (Jerrold) Hoffmann of Ellicottville, NY; sisters Marie Sis Kroneiss of Buffalo, NY, Margaret Klee of Cheektowaga, NY; brother Kennerson (Doreen) Harris of Tonawanda, NY; grandchildren Michele Arroyo, Carol Diaz, JamieLynn (Robert) Griffith, Jeremy (Elena) Hoffmann, Stephen (Sasha) Sennott, Jennifer Sennott and ten great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service celebrating Dons life will be held May 9, 2009 at 11 AM at Holy Name of Mary RC Church, Ellicottville, NY. Flowers gratefully declined.
Shirley Jean Rickert Measures, 82, former Grand Island resident, February 6, 2009 in Saratoga Springs, NY. Survived by daughter, Melody Kennedy. She began her acting career as a young child and featured in the Our Gang Comedy films and eventually became an adult movie star.
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She moved to Grand Island in 1950s and became involved in the Island Theatre Group where she was cast in many performances and also served as director and choreographer in the 1950s and 1960s.
June H. (nee Holmes) Krueger, April 28, 2009 of Grand Island. Wife of the late Charles E. Krueger; sister of Thomas G. (Theresa) and the late Jack Holmes; aunt of Thomas C. (Cheryl) Holmes, Dawn (Timothy) OLaughlin, James Holmes and Amy (Thomas) Sellers. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 1st at 12 Noon at the Sunset Court Mausoleum, Elmlawn Cemetery, 3900 Delaware Ave., Tonawanda. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the SPCA. Arrangements by the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, Grand Island.
James David Moore, suddenly, on April 27, 2009, age 11, formerly of Grand Island ; beloved son of Gerald and Sarah (nee Fraser) Moore; loving brother of Joshua, Madeline, Lauren and Brittany Moore; dearest grandson of Pete and Eileen Fraser and Lonnie (Bonita) and the late Beatrice Moore; great-grandson of Beryl Fraser and Gwen Bentley; also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins and a niece. Family will be present Thursday, April 30th from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 2600 Sheridan Dr. (at Parker). Funeral services will be held Friday morning, May 1 at Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church, Greiner Rd., Clarence at 11:00 AM (please assemble at church). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Camp Li-Lo-Li, 8811 Sunfish Run Rd., Randolph, NY 14772. Please share your condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.
Mark K. Larsen, Sr., 55, of Niagara Falls, NY, former Grand Isand resident, died suddenly on Monday, April 27, 2009 at N.F. Memorial Medical Center. Born in Niagara Falls, he was the son of the late Richard and Norma (Drum) Larsen. Mark lived on Grand Island for most of his life where he attended local schools and graduated from Grand Island High School and BOCES. He was currently employed at Delphi Harrison in Lockport, NY and prior to that he worked at ITT-AIMCO for twenty-seven years. He was a member of the LaSalle Sportsmen Club in the Town of Niagara. Mark was an avid outdoorsman and especially liked camping, fishing and hunting and one of his greatest pleasures were his dogs Boomer and Chelsey.Mark is survived by his wife of thirty-six years, Marcy (Serianne) Larsen; two children, Mark K. Larsen, Jr. of Springville, NY and Tammy Larsen of Utah; three grandchildren, Brendan, Gavin and Aidan Larsen; three brothers, Gary Larsen of Clearwater, FL, Gail (Sally) Larsen of Akron and Dean (Fran) Larsen of Lockport, NY; his grandmother, Arbutus Drum of Pennsylvania; his mother-in-law, Dorothy Serianne; and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call on Thursday from 3 – 8 PM at the M.J. COLUCCI and SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 MILITARY ROAD, NIAGARA FALLS, NY, where funeral services will be held on Friday May 1st at 10:30 AM with Chaplain Robert Fink officiating. Visit www.mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for on-line guest register.
Anita L. St. Angelo , 71, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on April 23, 2009 at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach, FL. Mrs. St. Angelo was born November 15, 1937 in Niagara Falls, NY, and had been a resident of Vero Beach since 1994, coming here from Grand Island, NY.She was an Interior Designer for 27 years, working at JC Penney. She was a member of St. Helen Catholic Church in Vero Beach.She is survived by her son, Mark R. Santangelo, and his wife Karen of Vero Beach, FL; daughter, Dyana M. Langford of Vero Beach, FL; brother, Ray Stayner, Jr. of Sanborn, NY; and six grandchildren.The family will receive friends from 2-6 PM Sunday, April 26, 2009 at Cox-Gifford-Seawinds Funeral Home. Mass will be celebrated 10 AM Monday, April 27, 2009 at St. Helen Catholic Church in Vero Beach. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salesian Missions, 2 Lefevre Lane, New Rochelle, NY 10801. Arrangements are under the direction of Cox-Gifford-Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory, Vero Beach, FL. Condolences may be sent through www.seawindsfh.com/obit.php.
Doris L. (nee Menger) Forbes, April 14, 2009, of Grand Island; wife of the late George F. Forbes; mother of Bonnie J., (Robert J.) Mioducki of Grand Island and Sandra S. (Douglas P.) Taylor of North Tonawanda; grandmother of Alan D. Taylor, Erin B. (David) Francis, Andrew F. Mioducki, David J. Taylor and Alexis D. Mioducki; great-grandmother of Bethany Ann and Catherine Clare Francis; sister of Charlotte (the late Edmund) Grosse and the late Robert (the late Kitty) Menger. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island where memorial services will be held Saturday, April 18th at 10:00 AM.
Edward Piszczek , 84, of Grand Island, NY, died Friday, April 10, 2009 at The McAuley Residence, Kenmore, NY. Born in Libertow, Poland, September 27, 1924 he was the son of the late Wojcek and Aniela (Gawtowska) Piszczek. He came to the United States November of 1948 and went to work at Union Carbide in December before entering the U.S. Army. He was inducted September 25, 1950 serving with the 556th Sub Supply Co. receiving the Army of Occupational Medal (Germany), was honorably discharged September 4, 1952 with the rank of Private First Class and continued on with the Reserves till September 25, 1956. Returning from the service he went back to Union Carbide retiring in 1986 as an electrician. He was a life member of the American Legion Portage Post #1465, Polish Veteran Matt Urban Post #198, 48-Highlanders Association in Toronto Canada, Niagara Frontier Retired Men's Club, Chopin Singing Society Buffalo, NY. and former member of Holy Trinity RC Church and Echo Club Singing Society. Edward enjoyed fishing, hunting ,bowling and vegetable gardening. He is survived by his wife, Irene L. (Pilch) Piszczek of Grand Island, NY; daughters, Edwina Piszczek (Angie Crosby) of Stewartsville, NJ, Susan Price of Penrose, CO; son, David Piszczek of Washington, DC; grandchildren, Edward and Andrew Price, Emily and Woody Crosby-Piszczek; brother, Matthew Piszczek of Poland; niece, Eva Bando of Poland; and nephews, Adam Bando of Poland, Zbigniev (Sandra) Piszczek of Chicago, IL. Besides his parents, he was also predeceased by his sisters, Otila Staszkiewicz and Maria Bando. Friends may call Tuesday, April 14th from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at Zajac Funeral Home, Inc., 319-24th St., cor. Welch Ave., Niagara Falls, NY, where the American Legion Portage Post #1465 will have memorial services at 7:30 PM. Funeral services will begin at 10:00 AM Wednesday, April 15th at the funeral home and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 AM from Divine Mercy Parish, 24th and Niagara St. with Rev. Jacek Mazur officiating and Military Honors to follow. Burial will be at convenience of the family. Visit www.legacy.com/niagara-gazette for on-line guest register.
Arthur R. Glover, passed away April 7, 2009 in Oakland CA, formerly from Grand Island, NY. Born on October 6, 1920 in St. Mary's, PA. Joined in heaven by his wife, Eva. Survived by daughters, Karen (Gary) Greenwald, Christine (Henry) Nagao, Marcia (DeWaine) Flores; grandchildren, great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.Private services in Oakland, CA. Memorials to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Dr., Lockport, NY. would be appreciated.Visit www.legacy.com/niagara-gazette for on-line guest register.
James A. Lange, April 2, 2009, of Grand Island, age 84, beloved husband of 62 years of Phyllis; loving father of Jared, Glenn and Mark; also survived by eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; dear brother of Warren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, Grand Island, where memorial services will be held Sunday, April 19, at 3:00 PM. See James Lange/Buffalo News Obituary..
Harold F. Ansell , of Brocton, a retired engineer at Trico, died unexpectedly Monday, April 6, 2009 suddenly in Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk. He was 76. Born in Buffalo, he attended Bennett High School and Erie County Technical Institute. He served for eight years in the Naval Reserve. Mr. Ansell joined Trico in 1953 and worked in all three Buffalo plants. An engineer, he worked in quality control before he retired in 1991. A former resident of the Town of Tonawanda and Grand Island, after retirement he moved to Brocton, where he winterized his hunting cabin and made it his year-round residence. A square-dance enthusiast, he was a member of the Harris Squares and enjoyed CB radio, hunting, fishing, softball, golfing and bowling. Surviving are his wife of 21 years, the former Claudia Fairburn; a son, Craig (Angela) Ansell; two daughters, Gail (Forrest) Estep and Lori Ansell. He was the step-father of Gwen (Mitchell) Alegre and Eric (Laurie) Festor; loving grandfather of Jeremy (Casey) Moody, Forrest Estep, Ashley Ansell, Mikaela Estep, Melissa Ansell and Justin Estep; dear brother of Elaine Ren and Betty Plail; also survived by nieces and nephews. The family will be present on Friday, April 10th from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 2600 Sheridan Dr. (Corner of Parker Blvd.) where Funeral Services will be held on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Friends invited. Flowers gratefully declined. Share your condolences at www.AMIGONE.com
Ernest P. Oliverio Jr. , 66, of Grand Island, on April 8, 2009. Husband of Nicolina (Montalbo) Oliverio; father of Rosanne Oliverio of Boynton Beach, FL and Joseph Oliverio of Grand Island; brother of Billy P. Oliverio and Daniel C. Oliverio, both of Buffalo. Also survived by one brother-in-law, many nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation Friday, April 10th from 2-7 PM at M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Rd., Niagara Falls, NY. Family and friends are asked to assemble on Saturday, April 11th at 11 AM at Old St. Stephens Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island for a Rite of Christian Burial. Memorial donations to Roswell Park Cancer Institute, PO Box 631, Buffalo, NY 14240. Visit www. mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for complete obituary and online guest register. See Niagara Gazette Story.
Harvey S. Long, entered into rest April 2, 2009. Lifelong resident of Grand Island. Mr. Long is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Catherine (Killian) Long; his son, Gary (Judith) Long of Valley Center, KS; and his granddaughters, Denise (Dennis) Newfer, Carol Weems and Diane (Jereme) House. Also survived by six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was the son of the late Samuel and Mae B. Long; and the brother of the late Earl (Pearl), Robert (Raye) and Elmer (survived by wife, Jean) Long. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, April 25th at 3:00 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity UM Church. Harvey was a pilot in the Army Air Corps during World War II from October 1942 to November 1945. He worked for 37 years for New York Telephone and was a lifelong member of the Telephone Pioneers. He was a member of Trinity UM Church, the Grand Island Historical Society, the American Legion, the Tonawanda Men’s Group and the Masons.
Donald P. Martin, of The Villages, Florida, March 25, 2009, loving son of the late Verda and Earl Martin; uncle and Godfather of the late Mary Anne Knab; brother of Cherie (Thomas) Miller and Richard E. Martin; uncle of Peter Martin, Theresa Brown and Earl Miller; great-uncle of Ariel (Sal) Carlino, Ryan Martin, Christine Knab, Sara Knab, Tessa Brown, Orendael Miller and Jesse Miller. Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Stephens Roman Catholic Church, 2080 Baseline Rd., Grand Island on April 4, 2009 at 10 AM. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations may be made to the Oblates of Mary Immaculate - retired priest fund.
Charles W. Truitt Jr., March 26, 2009. Father of Athena Januchowski; brother of Regina and Donald (Susanne) Truitt; grandfather of Amber, Jade, Dalton, and Coral Januchowski; also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Friends may call Saturday, April 4, 2009 from 2-4 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd. Grand Island, NY, where funeral services will follow. Memorials may be made to multiple sclerosis or the V.A. Hospitals.
Wilma L. (Ahrens) Bookhagen, departed from her earthly residence on March 6, 2009 at age 83, after a long-battled illness. Born in Buffalo on June 27th 1925, she was a long time resident of Grand Island, having moved there in 1957 with her dearly departed husband Glenn A. Bookhagen SR. She worked at Bells Market in the late 60's and then in the Grand Island School System in the cafeteria until she retired in 1988. She was one of the original members of Emmanuel United Methodist Church, and has most recently attended Immaculate Conception RC Church in Ransomville. Beloved mother of Shelley (Daniel) Sheehan of Ransomville, Glenn (Susan) of Amherst, and Edward (Lisa) of Grand Island; grandmother of 5 grandchildren; and great-grandmother of 3; sister of Richard Ahrens of Buffalo, Donald (Helen) of Lady Lake, FL, Jeanette Miles of Easton, PA, and Joyce (Garner) Barnes of Nashville, AR. Her consistent generosity will live on; she chose to be a member of the University at Buffalo Anatomical Gift Program. A Memorial Service will be held at Immaculate Conception RC Church, 4671 Townline Rd. Ransomville 14131 on April 4th at 10.00 AM. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations are appreciated, for the American Heart Association. Wilma enjoyed her soaps and bird watching, but above all she loved reading scripture. Her favorite verse was Phil 4: 6, "Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God .
Carl D. Edwards, of Grand Island, died March 20. Beloved husband of Jo Anne (nee White) Edwards; devoted father of Debi (Larry) White, Carl D. (Mary) Edwards, Lynda J. (Vincent) Jazwinski, David Edwards, Mary (Greg) Jones-Homa, Mark Homa, Bobby (Michelle) Jones, Terry Principe, Leslie Bremner, and Robert Bremner Jr.; cherished grandfather of 13 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; loving son of the late Delbert and Mary (nee Neally) Edwards; dear brother of Les Edwards, and the late Marietta Miller and Wayne Edwards. Also survived by relatives and many friends. No prior visitation. Memorial service will be held at a later date. Mr. Edwards was a Navy veteran of WWII and a life member and past Commander of VFW Post #9249, Grand Island and a life member of Road Rats Motorcycle Club. Arrangements by the Lombardo Funeral Home.
Michael P. Dollard, of Grand Island, March 18, 2009. Beloved husband of Florence A. Dollard (nee Smith); loving father of Meghan and Michael C. Dollard; son of the late Charles and Alina Dollard; brother of John B. Dollard; survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends may call Sunday, March 22 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the DENGLER & ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME, 3000 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, where funeral service will be held Monday, March 23 at 11:00 AM.
Robert M. Stahl, March 19, 2009 of Grand Island, NY. Mr. Stahl, a retired brigadier general in the National Guard, died Thursday, March 19, 2009 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 83. Born in Buffalo, he began his military service in the Army Air Forces in 1943. An aviation cadet, he was a flight officer assigned as a B-29 flight engineer at the end of World War II. Six months after he returned from overseas, he re-entered the service as a second lieutenant, heavy weapons platoon leader, in the 74th Infantry Regiment, New York Guard. In November 1953, Mr. Stahl entered the Marine Corps Reserve and reverted to enlisted rank as a master sergeant, assuming first sergeant duties. After serving active duty as a drill instructor at Parris Island, S. C., and in Washington, D. C., he returned to Buffalo and was promoted to sergeant major in the Reserve unit. Mr. Stahl was separated in May 1977 after 30 years maxi-mum allowable service under regulations adopted that year but re-entered the service in 1978 as operation sergeant major in Headquarters 221st Engineer Group, New York National Guard. He retired in 1985 and was immediately commissioned as a captain in the 4th Brigade, New York Guard, with primary duties as chief instructor, Branch School 5, Officer Candidate School, New York National Guard. He was promoted to major with secondary duty as communications/ electronics officer of the brigade. He retired as a brigadier general, State Reserve List, in 1996, with 38 years of federal military service and 45 years of state military service. Mr. Stahl also was a commissioner with the Boy Scouts. Surviving is his wife of 56 years, the former Ruth M. Hodson. Friends may call Saturday, March 21 from 2-5 PM and Sunday, March 22 from 2-4 followed by funeral services 4 PM Sunday in Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined.
Philip R. Mesches, of Grand Island, NY, March 12, 2009, beloved husband of Carolyn Mesches; loving and cherished father of Sommer and Jeremy Mesches; son of the late Hyman and Sadie Mesches; brother of Rolaine Foigelman; also survived by many loving friends. Philip served his country as a Technical Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Funeral Services were held Sunday, March 15 at 2:30 PM, at MESNEKOFF FUNERAL HOME. In lieu of the flowers please send donations to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. https://secure.mdausa.org/donate/GiftInMemory.aspx The family received friends at his late residence on Sunday, March 15 from 6-8 PM.
Deborah (Longo) Alexander, 57, of Grand Island, New York, died Sunday, March 15, 2009 at home. She was the first premature baby delivered in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center on July 2, 1951 to the late John and Frances (Megliore) Longo. She married her husband James M. Alexander October 4, 1972 in Walnut St. Christian Church, Niagara Falls, NY, and resided in Grand Island for the last 23 years coming from Niagara Falls, NY. Deborah was educated in Niagara Falls and in her spare time she enjoyed crocheting and served as a youth volunteer for AWANA club. Deborah's greatest pleasure was spending time with her family. In addition to her husband of 37 years, Mrs. Alexander is survived by two children, James J. Alexander of Grand Island, NY and Jodi (Nicola) Vaccaro of Rotterdam, NY; one grandson, Nico Vaccaro; one sister, Lucille Berard of Niagara Falls, NY; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends may call on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 from 5 –9 PM at the M.J. COLUCCI and SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 MILITARY ROAD, NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK, where funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 18th at 10:00 AM. Burial will be in Acacia Park Cemetery, Town of Pendleton, NY. Memorial donations may be made to Niagara Hospice, Inc., 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport, NY 14094. Please visit www.mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com to sign an online register.
Patricia (nee Kelly) Wolverton , March 14, 2009, of Grand Island, NY, beloved mother of Charlotte (Greg) Baumgart, Nancy (Bud) Mann, Barbara Wolverton, Martin Wolverton, Karen (Allan) Fenner and the late James Wolverton; devoted grandmother of Stacy and Brandon Baumgart; also survived by brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews; Friends received at the LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC., 4199 Lake Shore Rd. (corner Camp Rd. and Rte. 5), Hamburg, 627-2919 Wednesday, March 18 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM where a Funeral Service will immediately follow at 8 PM. Online condolences and tributes at www.lakesidefuneralhome.com. Charles A. Castiglia, Director.
Frederick J. Facklam, of Barker, NY, formerly of Grand Island, NY, husband of Johann White Facklam entered into rest Saturday, March 14, 2009 in Niagara Hospice House. Frederick was born in Buffalo, NY, on November 17, 1942, the son of the late Howard and Naomi Wolf Facklam. He married Johann White in 1992. Fred worked for Moore Business Forms in Grand Island for over 20 years as an Engineer. They moved to Barker eight years ago from Grand Island, NY. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and hobby airplanes. Father of Sean (Cheryl) Facklam of Lockport, NY; grandfather of Eric and Stephany Fachlam; brother of John (Letty) Facklam of North Carolina and the late Howard Facklam; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the RUTLAND-CORWIN FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1708 Pallister Ave., Barker, NY, on MONDAY, March 16 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM, where funeral services will be held TUESDAY, March 17 at 11:00 AM. Burial will be in Griffin Mills Cemetery, West Falls, NY. Memorials to Niagara Hospice would be appreciated by the family. Please visit www.rutland-corwin.com to send a condolence.
Shirley (Krantz) Kustich , a resident of Grand Island, entered into rest March 13, 2009.Mrs. Kustich was the wife of the late Anthony W. Kustich. She is survived by her children, Jerry (Debra) Kustich, Mary Ellen (Hank) Jung and Richard J. Kustich; her grandchildren, Daniel (Marci) Flutur, Cynthia (George) Jung and Sarah Kustich and her great-grandson, George Daniel Jung. Daughter of the late Sylvester and Grace Krantz. Sister of the late Arlene Roeder and Robert Krantz. She was the sister-in-law of Don and Mary Ann Kustich. Visitation will be held Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15 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, March 16 at 10:00 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Interment will be in St. Stephen's Cemetery. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Shirley was a mother to many and will be missed by all. Visit www.legacy.com/niagara-gazette for online guest register.
Frank L. Abernethy, March 11, 2009 of the City of Tonawanda; husband of June (Senn) Abernethy; father of Kim L. (Debra), Chanda and Keir I. Abernethy; also survived by six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; brother of Mary and the late Rita Abernethy. Friends may call Sunday, March15 only 2-4 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.
Catherine (nee Bond) Diringer , March 7, 2009, in her 100th year, of Grand Island, wife of the late Hugo P. Diringer; mother of Dorothy Roehrig, Mary (John) Dona and John (Elaine) Diringer; grandmother of Barbara Seiler, Nicole Wright, Jennifer Hourahan and Erik Diringer; also survived by four great-grandchildren; sister of William G. Bond. Friends may call Tuesday, March 10th from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, where Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, March 11th at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. She enjoyed gardening and loved the outdoors.
Thomas Johnson, 1939-2009 - Grand Island resident, retired electrician and devoted family man, Thomas Johnson, 69, passed away suddenly on February 16, 2009, in Fort Myers, FL. Tom was a member of IBEW Local #237, Niagara Falls, for 37 years, and proudly served in the United States Navy from 1956 to 1960. He was an avid bicyclist averaging 10,000 miles per year and an active member of the Niagara Falls Bicycle Club and Big Wheels of Buffalo and the Caloosa Riders in Fort Myers. Tom is survived by his loving family: his wife of 35 years, the former Marilyn Hall; daughters Pamela (Duane) Paddock and Karen (Curt) Emery; grandchildren Lauren, Shane, Keith and Leon; a sister, Kathleen Mazzatosta; a brother, Gerald (Deborah) Johnson; and a nephew, Jeffrey Johnson. Memorial services and interment at Whitehaven Cemetery on Grand Island will be announced at a later date. Memorial donations are gratefully accepted and may be made to the Greyhound Action League of Buffalo, 214 Dean Road, Depew, NY 14043.
James B. Pasko , March 2nd, 2009; father of Kristy M. Pasko no prior visitation. Friends are invited to attend a memorial mass at 12 noon Saturday, March 7th in St. Stephens R.C. Church Grand Island. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association WNY Chapter 2805 Wherle Dr. Suite 6 Williamsville NY, 14221 arrangements by Beach-Tuyn Funeral Home Inc.
Arthur E. Wyckoff Jr., of Grand Island, March 1, 2009, beloved husband of Joyce (Winarske); dear father of Arthur (Shari), Debra (Douglas Pies) Slater, Dennis and Susan; loving grandfather of Jason, Sara, Ashley, Erik, Jesse, Amanda, Adam, Amber, Meghan and Jessica; great-grandfather of Gerald; dear brother of Judith (late Dominic) LoPiccolo and the late Thomas (Kathleen) Wyckoff; brother-in-law of Jack Winarske; also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the KOLANO FUNERAL HOME, 396 Amherst St. (near Grant) Thursday, March 5th from 4-7:30 PM where funeral services will immediately follow at 7:30 PM. Arthur was retired from General Motors, Tonawanda. Donations to Hospice Buffalo Inc. are preferred.
Edna Kay Laisy O'Connor, December 24, 2008 of Grand Island; wife of the late C. Donald OConnor; mother of Penelope (Paige Stephens), Edward (Rose) and William (Pamela) OConnor; grandmother of Cara (Adam) Howett, Adam and Ryan OConnor; daughter of the late Frederick and Christine Laisy; sister of Albert and the late James Laisy. Memorial Services will be held Friday, March 6, at 6:00 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Scroll down for complete obituary.
Carlo J. Carl Verbanic Phd, 80, of Cortland, formerly of Lackawanna and Grand Island, went home to be with the Lord on February 8, 2009, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Lackawanna, son of Charles J. and Anna Pericak Verbanic. Dr. Verbanic graduated from Lackawanna High School in 1946, Canisius College in Buffalo, with a BS in 1950, the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA in 1951 with a MS & Indiana University with a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1956. For the past 25 years, he has been editor and writer of an internationally distributed newsletter on petroleum, synthetic and natural waxes. In addition, he has contributed more than 100 articles for publication in noted chemical industry news magazines & newsletters. Dr. Verbanic is survived by his devoted wife of 53 years, Mary Patricia OBoyle Verbanic and 10 children and 14 grandchildren. He is also survived by brother, Norman (Eleanor) Verbanic of Elma, NY a sister, Barbara (David) Elias of East Amherst, NY, many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Karen J. Kelley, 54, of Grand Island, was called to her heavenly home on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at her residence. Born in Buffalo, NY on April 11, 1954 to James and Jean (McCoy) Kelley. Karen was employed at People Incorporated and enjoyed art and song. Survivors include her father and a brother, Ronald J. Kelley. She was predeceased by her mother. Friends may call at the DUBOIS FUNERAL HOME, 2436 Niagara Road (Bergholz), in Wheatfield, on Sunday, February 29th from 6-9 PM. Services will be conducted by the Rev. Jeff Milsten on Monday, February 30th at 11:00 AM in the funeral home. Interment in St. James Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials may be made to People Incorporated. Visit www.legacy.com/niagara-gazette for online guest register.
Margo A. (nee Verga) Mahnk, of Buffalo, former Grand Island resident, entered into rest, suddenly, February 20, 2009. Devoted mother of Shannon and Jennifer Mahnk; loving daughter of Rosalie (nee Fuller) and the late Thomas Verga; dear sister of the late John Verga; loving friend of Beth Elstrodt and June Chvala; also survived by relatives and friends. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a gathering in Margos memory at St. Pauls Cathedral, 128 Pearl St., Buffalo, on Saturday afternoon, February 28 from 2-4 PM, where a Memorial Service will immediately follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association in Margos memory. Arrangements by the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME.
Marie (nee Dolan) Shoemaker, December 28, 2008, of Grand Island; Marie’s life will be celebrated at a Memorial Mass Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 10 AM at St. Stephen’s Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Her large extended, loving family and friends will join for a reception in the Hospitality room following interment at St. Stephens Cemetery.
Susan E. (Finster) Koller, February 23, 2009; of Cheektowaga; wife of the late William J. Koller; mother of Norman (Pat) Gross, Patricia (Walter) Mohler and John (Kathy) Koller; grandmother of Kim Wilson, Lisa Bradley, Brian Gross, Ann Sevilla, Michael Mohler, Janet Kawcynski, Megan, William and Laura Koller, and Deborah Dolan; also survived by 11 great-grandchildren. Friends may call Friday, February 27 from 6-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, February 28 at 9:30 AM at Infant of Prague Church, Cheektowaga, flowers gratefully declined, memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Assoc. of WNY.
Nida (nee Smith) Miller, 84, February 22, 2009, of Grand Island, wife of Rolland R. Miller; mother of Donna (Peter) Alway, David (Debby) and Timothy (Nicole) Miller; grandmother of Philip and Garrett Alway, Richard, Jacqueline, Lauren and Mary Corinne Miller, Ashley, Brenton and Cole Fischer; also survived by five great-grandchildren; daughter of the late Sidney and Inez Smith of Grand Island; sister of the late Muriel Gallisdorfer, Jean Tybring and Nelson Smith. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island where Memorial Services will be held Saturday, February 28 at 3:00 PM. Mrs. Miller was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church for over 45 years and was active in the church choir and women’s groups.
Kathleen Jean Marquart , February 20, 2009, of Grand Island; mother of Peter (Janine) Marquart and Andrea (Timothy) Slazyk; grandmother of Jessica Marquart, Jack and Julia Slazyk; daughter of Mary and the late Joseph Trinci; sister of Marie (Charles) Galante and Joseph (Rene) Trinci. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, February 24th at 10:00 AM at St. Stephens Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. .
Lynne (nee Williams) Allen , February 18, 2009, of Salem, Virginia; formerly of Grand Island; mother of Nicole Clifton and Ryan (Helen) Albini; grandmother of Jordan and Hunter Clifton, and Conor Albini; sister of Sharon (Carl) Halleen, Michael Williams, Patricia Meyer, John (Ann) and David (Laurie) Williams; daughter of the late John Temple and Florence Elizabeth Williams. Friends may call Sunday, February 22 from 3-5 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, February 23 at 10 AM at St. Stephens Church.
Leona A. (nee Rohde) Kloss, 98, of Tonawanda, NY, died Monday, February 16, 2009 at DeGraff Memorial Hospital. Born on Grand Island, NY, to the late Herman and Sophia (Long) Rohde. She had been a resident of the City of Tonawanda for the greater part of her life and was the wife of William H. Kloss, who died in 1985; and sister of the late Ruth Williams and Millie Vanthoff. Mrs. Kloss was a member of Tonawanda United Methodist Church, Sirius Chapter 301 O.E.S., Tonawanda Senior Citizens, and the Salvation Army Golden Agers. She is survived by two children, William H. (Sharon) Kloss of the Town of Wheatfield and Arlene E. (late Donald) Cooper of the City of Tonawanda; three grandchildren, Marnita Cooper, William B. (Janet) Kloss and Lori A. Kloss; three step-grandchildren, Kevin (Judy) Baumgartner, James (Cameo) Baumgartner, and Cheryl (Anthony) Brovada; three great-grandchildren, Stephanie and Alyssa Kloss and Elizabeth Reynolds; and six step-great-grandchildren, Luke, Rachel, Christian, Kayla, and Matthew Baumgartner, and Tyler Brovada. Family will be present on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at John O. Roth Funeral Home, Inc., 25 William St. (between Morgan and Broad Sts.), City of Tonawanda, where a Funeral Service will be conducted on Friday, (February 20th) at 11 AM. Friends invited. Rev. Dorothea Schweitzer will officiate. Private burial will be in Elmlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tonawanda United Methodist Church, 221 Morgan St., Tonawanda, NY 14150 or to the Salvation Army Broad Street Corps., 46 Broad St., Tonawanda, NY. Visit www.legacy.com/tonawanda-news for on-line guest register. See Poem by Leona Rohde Kloss..
Elizabeth J. “Betty” Eskew , February 16, 2009; of Grand Island, wife of the late Larry Eskew; mother of Donna (Dennis) McCarthy and William (Michele) Eskew; grandmother of Maureen and David McCarthy, Brian and Lauren Eskew, and Keira (Robert) Ferloin, great-grandmother of Riana, Joseph, Talia, Aria, and Timothy Ferloin. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, February 21st at 2 PM at Island Presbyterian Church, 1822 Huth Road, Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.
John J. Fiore CMSgt. Ret., 60, of Grand Island, NY, formerly of Niagara Falls, NY, passed away aboard Continental Flight 3407 on Thursday, February 12, 2009. Born in Niagara Falls, NY, he was the son of John Fiore of Las Vegas, NV and the late Fay L. (O’Brien) Fiero and step son of the late Howard ‘Lefty’ Fiero. John attended local schools and graduated from Niagara Falls High School. Shortly after high school, he began a thirty-year military career which started in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. Following that he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where his service included tours of duty during Operation Desert Storm and most recently two separate tours during the Iraq War where he served as an airlift scheduler at the Air Mobility Division, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar and retired in 2008 as a Chief Master Sergeant, one of the most difficult promotions to achieve in the Air Force. On April 20, 1974 he married Eleanor M. (Rutherford) Fiore at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Niagara Falls, NY. Mrs. Fiore predeceased him on August 2, 2000. John was employed as a plant manager at Washington Mills in Niagara Falls and Tonawanda. He was an active member of various local veterans groups including the American Legion John J. Welch Post #381, Veterans of Foreign Wars LaSalle Griffon Post #917 and the Lt. John Paul Bobo Detachment of the Marine Corps League. He was also a member of the Grand Island Moose Lodge 180. John was an avid fisherman and enjoyed photography and traveling. In addition to his father, John is survived by two children, Dana Hartman of Niagara Falls, NY and Scott J. Fiore of Hamburg, NY; two grandchildren, Matthew Hartman and Chelsey Hartman; two sisters, Sandy Aughtmon-Brown of Grand Island, NY and Katherine (Dominic) Rocco of Billerica, MA; one brother, Charles Fiore of Ft. Worth, TX; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by one brother, Robert Fiore. Friends may call on Friday from 3 – 8 PM at the M.J. COLUCCI and SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 MILITARY ROAD, NIAGARA FALLS, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 21st at 12 Noon in Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph parish at St. Joseph Church, 1413 Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY with Rev. Stewart Lindsay, OSFS officiating. EVERYONE PLEASE ASSEMBLE AT CHURCH. Interment with full Military Honors will be in Arlington National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Iraq War Veteran Organization c/o Long War Veteran Organization, PO Box 571, Yucaipa CA 92399. Visit www.mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for on-line guest register.
See John Fiore/Niagara Gazette Story.
See also John Fiore/News/Observer Story.
See also John Fiore/Buffalo News/2/15/09..
See also John Fiore/Niagara Gazette Obituary..
Kay L. O'Connor , ((Edna Kay Laisy O'Connor) January 26, 1930 - December 24, 2008 .
Edna Kay Laisy was born on January 26, 1930 in Berea Ohio to Fred and Christine Laisy. Her father was a successful farmer and businessman who built a greenhouse in North Olmsted, Ohio which operated and expanded during the Great Depression.
"Kay" (who preferred to use her middle name) graduated from North Olmsted High School. She attended Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, where she met C. Donald O'Connor (who also preferred his middle name). They married in 1950; Kay gave birth to their first child, Penelope. They lived in Kay's parents' home in North Olmsted until Donald graduated from Baldwin Wallace.
Donald was accepted to Cornell Law School. The family lived and grew on a small gentleman's farm in Caroline Corners New York (near Ithaca). Their second child, Edward was born in Ithaca.
Donald graduated first in his class and opened a practice in Caroline Corners. He was offered the job of Assistant U.S. Attorney in Alaska. The family crossed the country by car in 1954. They made their home in Ketchikan, Alaska where Kay gave birth to their third child, William. In 1955, Donald was stricken with polio and spent several months in an iron lung in Seattle, Washington. Kay developed schizophrenia.
Donald lost the use of his legs and one arm, but recovered well enough to continue working. He became a popular and successful Federal prosecutor, and the family moved east. Donald served as an Assistant and Acting US Attorney for the Western District of New York.
Kay's illness proved to be more debilitating than her husband's. She spent a great deal of time in mental hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. Kay managed many times to defeat her sickness and come back to be with her family. She was a devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother.
She died on December 24, 2008, at Niagara Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility in Niagara Falls, New York.
Kay is survived by her brother, Albert W. Laisy (Emily) of Fallston, Maryland, a daughter, Penelope (Page Stephens) of Cleveland, Ohio, by son Edward (Rose) of Kenmore, New York, and son William (Pamela) of Grand Island, New York. She was the widow of the late C. Donald O'Connor. She was grandmother of three.
There will be a memorial service at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, New York on March 6, 2009, at 6:00 p.m.
Leon G. Taylor, February 7, 2009 of Grand Island, N.Y. Beloved husband of Shirley (Wunderle) Taylor; father of Bonnie (Michael) Moore, Mark, John, David (Diane) Taylor and Debbie (Kurt) Zimmerman; grandfather of Andy, Stephen, Stephanie, Kim, Amber, Jeff, Dan, Mike, Lindsay, Krystal, Renee and Marie; great-grandfather of Alex; brother of Dennis (Marlene) Taylor; uncle of Greg, Denise and Pam; cousin of Bill (Linda), Jenny and Jackie. Friends are invited to a Memorial Service at the Chapel of the Elms in Elmlawn Cemetery, Saturday, February 21st at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Compassion International in honor of Katia or the American Diabetes Association. Arrangements by LESTER H. WEDEKINDT INC. FUNERAL HOME.
Pauline Paula (nee Szarban) Aydelotte, February 11, 2009, of Grand Island; wife of the late William A. Aydelotte; mother of Gayle (John) Piershalski of Grand Island and the late William A. (survived by wife Nancy) Aydelotte II; grandmother of Ross and the late Cole Aydelotte; sister of the late Ann Groshala, Charles, Martin and Frank Szarban; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends may call Saturday, February 14 from 1-5 p.m., followed by funeral services Saturday at 5:00 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.
Nancy (nee King) Lillian , February 10, 2009 of Grand Island, N.Y. Wife of the late Guy H. Lillian, Jr.; mother of Guy H. III (Rose Marie) and Lance (Marie) Lillian; grandmother of Steven and John Lillian; daughter of the late Lance and Nora Lillian; sister of the late Flora Johnson, Frank and Bill King. Graveside Services will be held Saturday, February 14 at 11:00 AM at Whitehaven Cemetery, 3089 East River Rd., Grand Island.
Douglas K. Stein, beloved husband of Kim (nee Johnson) quietly passed away at his Grand Island home on Monday, February 9, 2009 at the young age of 62. He was pre-deceased by a son, Michael Myers and is survived by a son, Paul (Nicole), two daughters, Susan (Paul) Gervasio and Kristen (Tom) Wahl, and a stepdaughter, Kari Johnson; grandfather to Courtney and Ryan Myers, Grace Gervasio, Justin Stein, Tiffani and Belle Doctor and Destany Wahl. In addition, he is survived by a brother, Cliff (Kathi) Stein and two nephews. Doug also leaves behind his best friend, Fatso (the cat). Friends may call Friday, February 13th from 3 - 8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd, Grand Island where funeral services will be held Friday at 8 PM. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials my be made to Hospice Foundation, 225 Como Park Blvd, Cheektowaga or The American Brain Tumor Association 1-800-886-2282. See also Douglas K. Stein Obituary
Doris E. (nee Yensan) Musgrave, 92; of the Tonawandas, Grand Island native, February 8, 2009. A resident of the City of Tonawanda for 26 years, she was the wife of the late Joseph J. Musgrave; mother of Barbara L. (James) Adams and Beverly (Matthew) DiCarlo; GaGa of Steven (Christine), Brian (Tarrie) and Rebecca Adams, Holly (Greg) Reinhardt and Abby DiCarlo; great GaGa of Matthew, Morgan, Madeleine and Laurel Adams and sister of the late Arlene Ackerman, Viola Feldt, Franklin, Lester and Marian Yensan; also many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Wednesday, February 11th only from 4-8 PM at the JOHN O. ROTH FUNERAL HOME, INC., 25 William St. (between Morgan and Broad Sts.) in Tonawanda, where services will be held Wednesday evening at 8:00 following visitation. Friends invited. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Aspire of WNY, 2346 North Forest Rd., Getzville, NY 14068.
John Andersen, formerly of Grand Island, passed away on Thursday, January 22, 2009 after a long illness. He is predeceased by his wife, Jacquie. John leaves son Shane, stepchildren Tina, Mandy, Rick and grandchildren Amber, Megan, Declan, Katie, Alex, Cory, Jacquie and Amanda. He arrived from Denmark in 1954 and began a distinguished career with the NHL. He started with the Toronto Maple Leafs as a talent scout then, following Punch Imlach, went to the Oakland Seals. They then moved to help start up the expansion team, Buffalo Sabres in 1969, where John was Director of Scouting, eventually becoming assistant general manager with Billy Inglis before Scotty Bowmen took over. After the sad death of his beloved wife, Jacquie, he eventually moved back to Ontario and spent the last few years in central scouting for the NHL before retiring in 1999. He is at last with his wife whom he deeply missed all these years. Flowers are gratefully declined. As per John's wishes no memorial will be planned. See Guestbook - John Anderson
Richard Dick Stanek, February 6, 2009, after a long illness, of Grand Island, age 73. Beloved husband of 48 years of Ann Stanek; dear father of Paul (Barb) Stanek, Dave Stanek, Barb (Dave) Culbert and Patti (Mike) Costantino; cherished grandfather of Anthony, Tom, Joey, Alex and Annmarie; brother of George, Jennie, Florence and Fran. Friends may call Sunday, February 8th from 7-9 PM and Monday, February 9th from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, where funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 10th at 10:00 AM. Mr. Stanek retired from Bethlehem Steel after 41 years, was a member of NFECA, and was the proud owner of Maddie and Emma. WB2NBM.
Thelma Clarice Chris McCaffery, February 2, 2009, of Grand Island and Castile, NY, Englewod, FL and East Aurora, NY. Wife of 56 years of Edward A. McCaffery Sr.; mother of Kenneth M., Patti C. (Sam) Loquasto, John F. (Wendy), Edward A. (Roberta) McCaffery Jr. and Valerie G. (Gregory) Mis; grandmother of Fawn M. Gross, Kenneth M., Thomas D. and Clarice M. McCaffery, Benjamin E. and Calista I. Mis, Edward A. III and James C. McCaffery; dear friend of Robert W. (Theresa) Weaver; sister of Marjorie Cowie, Phyllis (Arthur) Oliver, Verna (James) McAdam, Fredrick S. (Jane) and Kenneth P. (Joyce) Hance; sister-in-law of Jean Vastola and Carolyn McCaffery; also survived by nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews and cousins. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, April 18 at 2 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Memorials may be made to the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis, 1332 North Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60642. See Thelma McCaffery Complete Notice.
Dorothy M. Dottie Lorich, February 4, 2009, of Grand Island, formerly of Tonawanda, wife of the late Walter A. Lorich; mother of Richard W. (Patty) Lorich of Laurel, MD; sister of Audrey Kramer Pielmeier of Tonawanda; aunt of Michael (Jennifer) Kramer, Maureen (John) Hart and Susan (Larry) Licata; great-aunt of Brooke, Briana, Mackenzie and Madison. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, February 21 at 10 AM at St. Stephens Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Memorials may be made to Catholic Charities of Buffalo.
Judith (Gomez) Dzielski , called home to God February 5, 2009, of Grand Island, survived by loved ones Thomas and John; mother of Donna (Bryan) Kaiser and Thomas (Deborah) Dzielski; grandmother of Laura and Jenna Kaiser, Thomas and Michael Dzielski; sister of Tina Kovacevic and the late Thomas (survived by wife Joanne) and Raymond Gomez; aunt of Joseph (Katina) Kovacevic. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, February 11 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Stephens Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of WNY.
Former Grand Island resident Franklin Dwyer Guidone was born in New Haven, CT on January 19, 1935; he passed away peacefully on January 26, 2009 surrounded by his family and friends in Dallas, Texas. A highly intelligent and creative man, he followed his passion and pursued a degree in architecture from Yale College in New Haven, CT. He was an accomplished architect, author and entrepreneur with many credits to his name including the School of Architecture at U.T. Arlington. Truly one of a kind, this passionate and eloquent man never met a stranger, and always encouraged others to pursue their dreams; he will be greatly missed. Preceded in death by his son Robert, he is survived by his loving wife of 50 years Jean (Mariconda); daughter Debbie and husband John Stein; daughter Laura and husband Mike Slaney; son Frank and wife Betsy (Walsh); grandchildren Christine and Brittany Stein; Rachel, Zach and Haley Hoyle; and Frankie, Nicki, Gina and Joey Guidone. The funeral was held in Dallas, Texas on January 31, 2009. Donations for a memorial fund will be accepted by Laura Slaney at 4819 Irvin Simmons Drive, Dallas, TX 75229.
Fay M. (Staubitz) Wood , Grand Island, NY, (May 2, 1929 - February 2, 2009) Fay celebrated every day with her husband of 59 years, William P. Wood, children Craig (Tina), Keith (Wende), Brooke (Rod) Raham, Darcey Golde and Amy (Steven) Morgan; grandchildren Christopher and Gregory (Beth Glessner) Golde, Jennifer (Tim Cramer) Raham, Abram Morgan and Aaron Wood; great-grandson Peyton Golde and loving pet Sasha. Predeceased by her brother, Glenn (June) Staubitz. Her loving spirit, generous hugs and infectious smile were a gift to all she knew, worked and volunteered with. She had an endless wealth of creativity and a natural talent for music that she lovingly shared. She was a 50-year member of the Grand Island Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, NY, Wednesday, February 4 from 7 – 9 p.m., and Thursday, February 5 from, 2 - 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. Friends are invited to a memorial service, Friday morning, February 6 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd. A luncheon immediately follows at the Grand Island Fire Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the SPCA.
Deborah Ann Geiger, a former Grand Island resident (GIHS Class of 1979), passed away on Saturday, January 17, 2009, under Hospice care in Highland Ranch, Colorado. The beloved daughter of Harold and Patricia Geiger, she was the nurse supervisor of the operating room at the University of Colorado Hospital. Debbie was a devoted and loving mother to Mark Gordon Jansen; the sister of Harold (Cheryl) Geiger Jr., Michele (James) Breier and Michael Geiger; and the aunt to several nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held in Littleton, Colorado for her family and friends. Donations and meorials were made to Hospice.
Leo A. Hopkins Sr. , January 28, 2009; beloved husband of Betty L. (nee Elmlinger); loving father of Leo M. (Joanne), Thomas J. (Rebecca), Kathleen M. (C. Gregory) Pratt, and James P. (Lorry) Hopkins; dearest grandfather of Charles, Jack, and Olivia Pratt; dear brother of Thomas G. (Donna Mae) Hopkins. Friends may call Saturday, January 31 from 2-7 PM only at the DENGLER & ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME, 3000 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Monday, February 2nd at 10 AM at St. Stephens RC Church Grand Island. Memorials to the American Lung Association. See Leo A. Hopkins Sr. Obituary
Michael A. Lawton, owner of Trust Pest Control, January 27, 2009. formerly of Grand Island; husband of Glenda (Chambers) Lawton; father of Joshua Lawton; brother of William (Doris) Lawton, formerly of Buffalo, son of the late Wilfred E. and Grace Lawton. Friends may call Thursday, January 29th from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Graveside services will be held Friday, January 30th at 11 AM at the Chapel at Niagara Falls Memorial Park, Lewiston. Memorial services will be held Monday, February 2, at 7 PM at Bible Presbyterian Church, Grand Island.
Mary (nee Nagy) Houck, January 24, 2009, of Grand Island, wife of the late Edson Houck; mother of Mared (Sig) Molnar and Susan M. Houck; grandmother of Eric (Annie) Molnar, Merced (Jeff) Leiker and Sarah (Zack) Wiesneski; daughter of the late Paul and Mary Nagy; sister of the late Frank Nagy, Helen Asbach and Julie DePartout. Memorial Services will be held Friday, January 30 at 10:00 AM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Mrs. Houck played piano and organ at Austin Street Baptist Church, Whitehaven Road Baptist Church and Temple Baptist Church for 60 years.
Floyd B. Anderson, 66, of Chandler, AZ, passed away peacefully on January 16, 2009. Born in Grand Island, NY on January 30, 1942, Floyd grew up an avid sports enthusiast. He received varsity letters in both baseball and football at Riverside High School. Floyd served his country with honor in the United States Army and was awarded a Purple Heart for combat wounds sustained in Vietnam. When he returned home after military duty, he met Judith Ellen MacDonald, the love of his life, whom he married on June 15, 1974. In 1978 Floyd and family moved to Phoenix, AZ to live out their dream of starting a restaurant. A respected businessman, Floyd was the proud founder (along with his co-founder wife, Judith) and CEO of Native New Yorker Franchising, Inc, that grew to flourish from one location to 25. When health issues led Floyd to retire in July 2008, he was confident that his dream of a business built on honesty, loyalty, and solid partnerships would now be carried out by his daughters. Floyd's contributions to the Valley are innumerable. His love of sports never waned and he was a proud sponsor of the Phoenix Suns and he was a NASCAR devotee. His true enjoyments in life, however, were his wife, children and 10 beautiful grandchildren….and Disneyland! Floyd is survived by his loving wife, Judith Anderson; four daughters, Debbie O'Neill, Linda Tritschler, Sherri Lind, and Jami Lee; brother, Lowell Anderson; ten precious grandchildren, Ashley and Chelsy O'Neill, Tyler and Katelyn Tritschler, Samantha, Emily, and Sydney Lind, and Judy, Patrick, and Jordan Lee; and his sons-in-law, Thomas O'Neill, Joseph Tritschler, David Lind, and Shawn Murphy. He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Evelyn Anderson. Floyd will forever be our best friend, greatest confidant, and cherished companion. Memories of a life well lived will remain in our hearts as his legacy lives on. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice of the Valley (www.hov.gov) in Floyd's honor are greatly appreciated. Services will be private. Arrangements entrusted to Valley of the Sun Mortuary, Chandler, AZ.
Richard W. Witt, January 19, 2009, of Grand Island, husband of Mathilde Hilde Witt; son of the late Walter and Connie Witkowski. Memorial Services will be held at a later date. Mr. Witt was a US Air Force veteran who served in Germany where he met his wife of 51 years, Hilde. After being discharged, he worked at the Niagara Falls Air Base until retiring in 1990.
Shirley Ann Lee, of Grand Island, lost a 9 1/2 year fight with cancer January 16, 2009. A retiree of New York Telephone, she was the wife of William Bill Lee; mother of Jennifer Kingston and Elizabeth Ann Libby (Ben) Falk; grandmother of Kristofer, Benjamin and Nicholas Kingston and Alex Falk; sister of William Swartzwelder and Barbara Lees. Friends may call Tuesday, January 20th from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, January 21st at 11:00 AM at Trinity United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Mrs. Lee retired from New York Telephone in 1984 after 25 years.
James J. Fleckenstein , January 16, 2009, of Grand Island, husband of Marilynn P. Fleckenstein; father of Thomas J. (Kristin) of Baltimore, Anne E. of Washington, DC, James D. (Danielle) of Williamsville and Matthew P. (Martha) Fleckenstein of Woodland Hills, CA; grandfather of Lucy, Maxwell, Charlotte, Wilson, Eleanor and Mabel Fleckenstein; son of Hazel of Brentwood, PA and the late John H. Fleckenstein; brother of John J. (Donna), Joseph J. (Patricia), Jerome J. (Jean) all of Pittsburg and Jeffrey J. (Dennis) Fleckenstein of San Francisco. Friends may call Saturday, January 17 from 4-8 PM and Sunday, January 18 from 3-7 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, January 19 at 10:00 AM at Alumni Chapel at Niagara University. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Greater Buffalo Counseling Center, PO Box 684, Buffalo, NY 14215.
Robert L. Roy, 89, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2008 in Seminole, FL (8/28/18-4/22/08). He moved to the area in 1972 from Grand Island, NY. He was a Captain in the Army Air Corps durning WWII, a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Seminole, member of the Tampa Bay Symphony, Past Commodore at the Sandy Beach Yacht Club in Grand Island, NY. Robert was a true sailor at heart. He is survived by his daughter Marcia Wilkie of Largo; grandchildren Nicole Buscemi, Robert Vance, Jason Wilkie; great-grandchildren, Dante Buscemi and Aiden Buscemi. Predeceased by daughter Roberta.
Arnold Arthur Wosilait, January 14, 2009, of Grand Island, husband of Lillian Wosilait; father of Ronald Richard Wosilait, of Grand Island; brother of Edward (Helmie) Wosilait, of Racine, WI; son of the late Joseph and Ruth Wosilait; nephew of Ida Palaitis, of Racine, WI; son-in-law of Richard and Lydia Hirsch, of Toronto; uncle of Sharon, Karen and Edward, of Racine, WI. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Assoc., PO Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220. Arrangements by KAISER FUNERAL HOME.
Frances Stahlberger, Dec. 19, 2008, librarian for the Grand Island Central School District for 25 years, retiring in 1989. See Stahlberger Obituary
Lillian (Kleeman) DeGlopper, of Eden, NY, former Grand Island, NY resident, January 7, 2009. Wife of John; mother of Gretchen and Craig DeGlopper; daughter of Gertrude and the late Robert Kleeman; sister of Frank (Linda) Kleeman. Friends may call Friday, January 9th from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the Laing Funeral Home Inc. 2724 W. Church St., Eden where services will be held Saturday, January 10th at 2 PM.
Gloria Mary (Smith) Worley, long time Grand Island resident, age 77, January 6, 2009 at Niagara Hospice, born in Buffalo in 1931, Gloria graduated from Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart in 1949 and attended Canisius College, she married James Worley in 1951. Gloria lived with a boundless sense of curiosity and adventure, she loved travel, wine, Italian food, Mozart, Cole Porter, Hitchcock and the Swedish Chef, athletic and active, Gloria water skied, snow skied, bicycled and did aerobics, she was a devout and active parishioner at St. Stephens Church on Grand Island. She is survived by her husband James, eight children, James Jr. (Kathleen), Rosemary (Joseph) Migliore, Diane Saari, Barbara (Daniel) Ratka, Linda (Brian) Werder, Lawrence (Liliana), Jennifer (Bill Basquin) and Amie (Stefan Lisowski) and 13 grandchildren. Friends may call Thursday, January 8, 2009 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, January 9th at 10:00 AM at St. Stephens Church, memorials to Niagara Hospice 439-4417 or www.niagarhospice.org.
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