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Samuel Raymondo, December 30, 2010, age 46, of Grand Island, formerly of Buffalo, son of the late Russell and Grace (nee Pace) Raymondo; brother of Russell (Barbara Bargmann) and Theresa (Ronald Pearce) Raymondo and Rosanne (Michael) Steves. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 PM Monday, January 3 at the HAMP FUNERAL HOME, INC., 37 Adam St. at Seymour, Tonawanda where Funeral Services will be held at 9:30 AM Tuesday, January 4. Friends invited. If desired, memorials to The Cerebral Palsy Association of WNY are preferred. Complete obituary, condolences and directions at www.hampfuneral.com


Bertha (Brockel) Case Wells Kaegebein
December 30, 2010
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LEWISTON - Bertha (Brockel) Case Wells Kaegebein, entered into rest December 30, 2010 at age 94. She was a resident of Lewiston, formerly of Grand Island. Wife of the late Carl Kaegebein, John Case and DeWitt Wells. Mother of Mary Jane (Lorenzo) Rodriguez of Florida, Joan (Paul) Van Den Bosch of Ransomville and Esther (Ken) Slaugenhoupt of Lewiston. Step-Mother of Dan (Alice) Kaegebein of Clarence and Carol Gates of St. Petersburg, FL. Grandmother of Rose Ann (Frank) Quintinella, John Van Den Bosch, Alan (Sue), Lee (Kelly) and Jacob (Melanie) Slaugenhoupt, Sonja (Richard) Little and Angela Cooper. Also survived by 33 great- grandchildren, 6 great-great-grandchildren and her beloved cat, Boogie. Sister of Jane Tuttle of Fillmore, NY and the late Irving, Raymond, Claire and Robert Brockel and Mary Baker. Visitation will be held Sunday, January 2 from 2-6 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral Services will be held Monday at 11 AM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Youngstown Baptist Church, PO Box 242, Youngstown, NY 14174. Mrs. Kaegebein went to Trott Vocational School for Practical Nursing in the 1950's. She worked at Mount St. Mary's Hospital from 1953 - 1976 and at HANCI Home Care. She was a member of Youngstown Baptist Church. Thank you to all the people from Home Watch care givers, special friend Linda Spina and the wonderful care from Mount St. Mary's and Our Lady Of Peace. Visit www.niagara-gazette.com/obituaries for online guest register.


Joan Louise Hall, of Kernersville, NC (formerly Grand Island, NY), a retired Social Security Claims Representative, died December 27 in Wake Forest Baptist Memorial - Palliative Care facility, Winston-Salem, NC. She was 72. Born Joan Young to the late John and Clara Young, in Buffalo, NY, she graduated from Lafayette High School in 1955. Joan continued her secondary education, receiving an Associate's degree from Bryant and Stratton College. Joan married her soul mate, Walter Hall. They were a devoted couple for 41 years until he preceded her in death in 2007. After Walter's death, she moved to Kernersville, NC to live with her sister Barbara Coles. She began her professional career at the Veterans Administration in Buffalo, NY and was transferred to the Washington, DC office. After one year, Joan returned to Buffalo and continued working for the government and later became a Claims Representative for the Social Security Administration. After 34 years, Joan retired in 1992 due to illness. She leaves to cherish her memory, her beloved daughter, Leslie Johnson and grandson, Brandon Johnson of Tampa, FL; a dear and loving sister Barbara Coles of Kernersville, NC and a host of family and friends. Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 3, 2011 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 26 Brunswick Blvd. Wake 11 AM. Funeral 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 26 Brunswick Blvd., 14208; or Epilepsy Association of WNY, Inc., 339 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY 14222.


Victor J. Gagliardi, of Grand Island, unexpectedly December 27, 2010, husband of Bernice (Sahli) Gagliardi; father of Dr. V. Brian (Jo Anna) Gagliardi; grandfather of Paige and Chase Gagliardi; brother of Nick (Janice) Gagliardi; nephew of Flavia Gagliardi; son of the late Nicola and Irene Gagliardi; also survived by several dear cousins. Friends may call Wednesday, December 29 from 7-9 PM and Thursday, December 30 from 2-5 & 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, where a prayer service will be held Friday, December 31 at 11 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Stephen's Church Friday at 11:30 AM. He was the best grandfather in the whole world and will be especially missed by Paige and Chase. See "12/30/10 Buffalo News Notice"


Rebecca L. Daunce, of Grand Island, NY, December 23, 2010, beloved wife of the late Arthur E. Borgeson; dearest mother of Amanda J. and Kelsey D. Borgeson; stepmother of Lorrie (Jamie) Mandell and Jeanine (Sean) Ferritor; sister of Barbara Childs and Robert (Bonnie) Daunce; also survived by nieces and nephews. No prior visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life Gathering at the Carriagers Social Club, 224 Fisher Rd., West Seneca, NY, Thursday, December 20 from 6-9 PM. Memorials to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by ERIE COUNTY CREMATION SERVICE, 824-6435.


Jaroslaw Bilyj: See "12/23/10 Buffalo News Notice"


John A. Casey, December 5, 2010, of Grand Island, husband of Marie (Agnello) Casey, father of John A. II, David C. and Maria K. Casey, grandfather of Ashley, John III and Frank Casey, great grandfather of Emmalina, also survived by many cousins, memorial services will be held Saturday at 10 AM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Grand Island Lions Club.


Harriet J. Currey, December 18, 2010, of Grand Island, wife of the late Leonard J. Currey, mother of Douglas (Linda), Scott and Jeff Currey; also survived by five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; sister of Peggy (the late Carl H.) Hepp, friends may call Tuesday, December 21 from 10-11:30 AM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd, Grand Island, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Stephen's Church Tuesday at 12 noon. Flowers gratefully declined.


Dorothy A. "Grandma C" "Petunia" (nee Vanoni) Costanzo, Died peacefully at Hospice House in Lockport, beloved wife of the late Dr. Paul J. Costanzo; daughter of the late Frank and Eva Vanoni; sister of Margaret (Ceaser) Serianni and the late Frederick (Gerri) Vanoni; mother of Paul (Wanda), Dr. Gregory (Anne), Robert (Kathy), Frank (Stella) Costanzo, Carol (Stephen) Jones, Constance (Michael) Loncar, Claudia Jo (James) Cavarello, the late Bruce (Carol Hoffman) and Joseph Costanzo; also survived by 21 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Stephen Church, 2100 Baseline Rd, Grand Island, Monday, December 20, 2010 at 10 AM. Friends invited. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorial contributions may be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Dr., Lockport, NY 14094. Arrangements by John E. Roberts Funeral Home. "Love You 100 Bushels".


Ernest "Richard" Wisner, December 13, 2010; of Clermont, FL; formerly of Grand Island and Amherst, NY; passed away suddenly the day before his 69th birthday. Survived by his loving wife, Emily Wisner; beloved father of Kelly (Rob) Meckes and Todd (Tracy) Wisner; Grandpa of Jared, Grace, Chloe' and Aidan. Predeceased by his five siblings. Private service will be held at the convenience of the family. Donations, in Rich's memory, to SPCA of Erie County or a charity of your choice. Arrangements by the CENTRAL FLORIDA CREMATION SERVICE.


Patricia G. "Pat" Board, 78, died on December 14, 2010, in Port Orange, FL. She spent 57 years with her husband, Skip, before he passed on, lived on Grand Island for forty-five years before moving to Florida in 1999. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years, and found her career after the kids moved out. She worked in the advertising specialties industry providing many unique products to many different customers across western NY and other parts of the country. She and Skip loved the Island and all of their time on the Niagara River, made many lifelong friends, and had stayed in touch with many of them even after moving south. She is survived by her children, Jim, of Sandy, Utah, and Belinda, of Hadley, NY.


Mark S. Brown, December 15, 2010, of Grand Island, husband of Barbara (Buell) Brown; father of Madison Brown; son of Karen Mussell and Nelson Brown; brother of Luanne (Rick) Sorenson, Sherri (Heinz) Diehl, Melanie and Rory (Megan) Brown; son-in-law of Marcy and the late George Buell; uncle of Jamie, Jordan, Talis, April and Kevin, friends may call Sunday, December 19 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, December 20 at 12 Noon at St. Stephen's Church. Memorials may be made to the Brown Family for a scholarship for Madison.


Theodore E. Kumlander, 81, of Grand Island, entered into rest on December 10, 2010. Husband of the late Phyllis; beloved father of Theodore M. (Joanne), Sandra K. St. James and Steven (Trish); step-father of Ray Fortman, Douglas Fortman and Kathy Murphy; grandfather of Julia and Domenic Palozzi, Patrick and Elizabeth Smith. Relatives and friends may call Thursday, December 16 from 4-6 PM at the Bible Fellowship Center, 1136 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, NY 14072, with a Memorial Service to follow at 6 PM. Arrangements by the HILLIARD-CREASEY FUNERAL HOME, INC.


Raymond G. Gress Sr., December 12, 2010, of Grand Island, WW II Marine Corps Veteran, loving husband of Carol Stone Gress; loving father of Raymond (Chris) Gress Jr., Cindy (Robert) Remmy and John (Carla) Gress Sr.; stepfather of Jeffrey (Eileen) Stone, Deborah (Dennis) Hutzler, Susan (Michael) Braun and Eric (Julie) Stone; brother of the late Don Gress and Doris Hirtzel, also survived by 16 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Friends may call Friday, December 17 from 4-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, December 18 at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.


Siegfried A. Wasse, 72, of Grand Island, passed away after a long battle with cancer on December 8, 2010, beloved husband of Erna; devoted father of Valerie (Robert) Tan and the late Alfred Wasse; survived by his sister Gisela (Hermann) Ross and his adored grandson, Harrison. Siggy came to the United States from Salasia, Germany at the age of 20 with training as a tool and die maker. He went on to have a distinguished career as Senior Manufacturing Designer for Harrison Division of GM and later Delphi-Harrison. He retired in 2002 after 26 years of service, 3 US patent awards for his designs, and after receiving a Delphi Presidents Award for Innovation and 'Boss' Kettering Award for Top GM and Delphi inventors. Siggy was an avid skier, photographer and in later years a very good cook. He was a devoted friend, neighbor, brother-in-law, father-in-law, father and husband who always put his family first. A memorial service is planned for 3 PM, Sunday, December 19 at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 1453 Staley Road, Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Siegfried Alfred Wasse can be made to Hospice Buffalo.


Fred R. Parks, of Grand Island, NY, November 28, 2010, beloved husband of Marjorie; loving father of Jeffery (Lucy) and Scott (Elizabeth); grandfather of Aaron, Emily and Wayne. Family will receive relatives and friends at the WENDEL & LOECHER, INC. FUNERAL HOME, Saturday, December 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon with a memorial service to follow at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice Foundation or the Tonawanda SPCA.



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David "Nutzy" Yensan, following a lengthy illness, of Fayetteville, NC, formally of Grand Island, NY. Beloved husband of Pat; devoted father of David (fiancee Samantha) Yensan and Kyle (Jill) Schue; best Grampa to Aaralyn Marie; son of the late David and Ruth Yensan; brother of Alfred "Bud" (Pat), Richard, Michael (Lynn) and Kathleen (fiance Lyle Dinsmore) Barton; also survived by several cousins, nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service is being planned in the spring on Grand Island. He was a veteran of the US Navy Seabees and of Vietnam. Nutzy's quick wit and sense of humor will be greatly missed by all.


Lester H. Herrmann, December 5, 2010, of Grand Island, husband of Linda Herrmann; father of Brian and Cari Herrmann; son of the late Lester W. and Marion Herrmann; brother of the late Sandra Dickey; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Tuesday, December 7 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island where Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, December 8 at 10 AM. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to The American Lung Assn. or The American Diabetes Association . Mr. Herrmann was a member of the Grand Island Fire Co., VFW Post 9249 and The Loyal Order of Moose Post #180.


Ron L. Borden, December 2, 2010, suddenly in Jonesville, NC, 47, of Grand Island. Beloved son of Dorothy and the late Paul Borden; beloved brother of Ed (Sue) Borden of Atlanta, Bert (Carol) Borden and Beth (Patrick) Neary, both of Grand Island; beloved uncle of Stephen, Corey, Robert and Christina Borden, Kevin and Robin Neary. Friends may call Wednesday, December 8 from 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services and burial will be in Reynoldsville, PA. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice. Ron was a truck driver for WSE Transportation of Elm Springs, AR and was a member of VFW Post 9249 Mens Auxiliary on Grand Island.



Kathleen M. "Marge" Darby, 86, of Grand Island, into eternal rest December 3, 2010. Wife of the late George Darby; daughter of the late Kathleen "Queenie" (Bates) and William Parrett; mother of Carole (late Jim) Bifano, Linda (late Paul) Facklam and Cheryl (Darrell) Ingles; grandmother of Paul (Kelly Bates) Facklam Jr., Kevin Facklam, Jared Biczel and Joshua Ingles; also survived by her beloved great-grandson Paul Facklam III, and several nieces, nephews and cousins; sister and best friend of Violet Albion and the late Leonard Parrett. Friends may call Monday, December 6 from 3-8 PM at KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, where funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 7 at 9 AM. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo or the American Cancer Society .


Robert F. Cosgrove, December 2, 2010, age 91, of Grand Island. Beloved husband of Grace (Cawley) Cosgrove; father of Robert P. (Marilynn) Cosgrove and Joan (Victor) Dekany; grandfather of Jason (Paulette) Wolski and Jennifer (William) Goodine; great-grandfather of Katherine, Thomas and Matilyn Wolski. Friends may call Monday, December 6 from 10:30 AM - 12:00 noon at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 12:30 PM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo, Mr. Cosgrove was a World War II Veteran and a DuPont retiree.


Helen M. (Eck) Simpson, December 3, 2010. Wife of the late Harry F. Simpson; mother of William J. (Gail), Thomas J. (Olivia) and John G. Simpson; grandmother of John Simpson, Julie (Brad) Robey, Robert (Krista) Simpson, Daniel and Matthew Simpson; sister of Mary Jane Duttweiler, John (Joanne) Eck, Thomas (Marie) Eck and the late Robert and George Eck. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral service from the CARLTON A. ULLRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC., 3000 Delaware Ave. at Tremont, Kenmore (same location as Dengler & Roberts) Monday at 8:45 AM and at St. Amelia's Church at 9 AM. Family will be present Sunday 4-8 PM. Gifts in Mrs. Simpson's memory made to the Harry Simpson Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Buffalo Launch Club, 503 East River Rd., Grand Island 14072.


Kelly Stein-Witt, November 28, 2010, of Grand Island, mother of Nicholas and Aaron Witt, Evan, Oliver and Page Stein; daughter of Carole Tripi and the late Edwin Stein, Jr.; sister of Lori Sansalone and Tracy Peabody; aunt of Savannah (Paul) Getty, Kaitlin and Jenna Sansalone; niece of Charles and Karen Lenz. Friends may call Friday, December 3 from 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, December 4 at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of WNY.


John "Sonny" Vinovrski Jr., November 29, 2010. Son of John and Catherine Vinovrski Sr.; loving husband to Dorothy (nee Moore); father to Katrina, Stephen, John, and Patrick Vinovrski; brother to Mary Ann Dirmyer, Julia Goodwin, Marlene Golden, Lillian Killian, Karen O'Lay, Cathleen, Latz, Caterina Garrett, Joseph and James Vinovrski; grandchildren Ivan, Kayla, and John. Friends may gather with the family on Wednesday from 2-5 and 7-9 PM at the BABBITT & EASTON FUNERAL HOME, 7 N. Main St., Franklinville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday (December 2, 2010) at 10 AM in St. Mark's R.C. Church on Lower St. in Rushford, NY. Military burial to follow in Hardy's Corner Cemetery, Rushford. Memorials to The Pines, P.O. Box 310, Machias, NY 14101. Online condolences made to www.babbitteastonfh.com


Pamela Helman, November 22, 2010, of Grand Island. Wife of Kenneth Helman; mother of Brent (Jamie), Justin and Adam Helman; sister of Sandra Mong; daughter of the late Wilbur and Sylvia Mong; niece of the late Helen Williams. Friends may call Friday, November 25 from 4-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 26 at 10 AM at Bible Fellowship Center, 1136 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.


Raymond F. Jarzyniecki, November 19, 2010. Beloved husband of the late Dolores (Doherty) Jarzyniecki; devoted father of Sharon M. Jarzyniecki, Jeffrey (Susan) Jarzyniecki and the late David J. Jarzyniecki; cherished grandfather of Amy, Andrew, Emily (Ram), Colette, Theresa and Nicholas; also survived by nieces and nephews. Funeral services at the BUSZKA FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2005 Clinton (corner South Ogden), Tuesday, November 23 at 10:15 AM and at Blessed John XXIII Church at 11:00 AM. Mr. Jarzyniecki was an Army/Air Force Veteran of WWII and a member of American Legion Post No. 735. Visitation Tuesday, November 23 from 4-8 PM.


Alan J. Emery, November 20, 2010, of Grand Island, husband of Jeanine (nee Taylor) Emery; father of Julie (John) Erb, Jill Wahl and Scott (Laura) Emery; grandfather of Megan and Matthew Emery, Emily, Abigail and Madeline Erb, Amanda and Daniel Conrad; brother of Suzanne (Frederick) Mimken; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends may call Tuesday, November 23 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo or Trinity United Methodist Church where Memorial Services will be held Saturday at 10 AM.


G. James Frank, 77, November 16, 2010, of Seminole, FL, formerly of Grand Island. Sharing a long term marriage with Leona A. Frank; survived by their children Mary C., James M. (Dawn), Richard K. (Diana) Frank and Kathleen (Paul) Aronica; also survived by three grandchildren; brother of Mary C. (late James) Moynihan, Joseph P. Jr., Dr. Thomas G., Paul A. and the late Sr. Jeanne Frank SSF. Friends may call Monday, November 22 from 4-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, November 23 at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Lustgarten Foundation, 1111 Stewart Ave., Bethpage, NY 11714 (www.lustgarten.org)


Robert E. Goelz Jr., November 16, 2010, of Grand Island, father of Robert E. Goelz III, Christopher Goelz, Rebecca (Justin) Saunders and Nicole Goelz; son of Carol and the late Robert E. Goelz Sr.; brother of Diane Goelz and Jean (James) Creamer. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to St. Martin-In-The-Fields Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, where Memorial Services will be held Monday, November 21 at 11:00 AM.


Anton Vogel, of Grand Island, NY, at age 83, November 15, 2010, preceded in death by his beloved wife, Marta Vogel; beloved father of Roland (Delane), Horst (Debrah), Peter, Ingrid (Keith) Kinney, Karen (Richard) Benninger; loving grandfather of ten grandchildren; great-grandfather of seven; loving uncle of Heidi Nitkowski and Randy Krauser. At Anton's request, his family will commemorate his life in a private service. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to Niagara Hospice Inc., 4675 Sunset Dr., Lockport, NY 14094. Arrangements entrusted to KEVIN M. MASON FUNERAL HOME, 362-0199.



Donna Anderson Walker, November 14, 2010, of Grand Island, dearest mother of Michael (Debbie) Walker, Beth (Eric) Boron and the late Thomas H. Walker, Jr.; loving grandmother of Hilary and Katelyn Walker, Steven, Michael and Tara Walker, Andrew, Caroline and Allison Boron; daughter of the late Emil and Mae Anderson. Friends may call Wednesday, November 17 from 7-9 PM and Thursday, November 18 from 3-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to St. Martin-In-The-Fields Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Rd., Grand Island where Memorial Services will be held Friday, November 19 at 10 AM. Donna gave her time generously as a volunteer for many local organizations and charities.


Robert K. Busch, Went to be with the Lord November 10, 2010, of Grand Island, loving husband of Hollis Ann Busch; proud father of Evan K. and Nathan J. Busch; son of Sue and Frank Riccio and the late William K. Busch; brother of Linda (Peter) Boorady; also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends may call Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services will be held Monday at 10 AM at Whitehaven Road Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Upstate New York Transplant Services.


Luke C. Owens Jr., November 10, 2010, husband of the late Elizabeth (Neff) Owens; survived by his loving daughter Debora (Charles) Michaux, his beloved granddaughters Michelle Maccagnano, Melissa (Sean) Moriarty, Rachel and Kelly Maccagnano, great-grandsons Michael and Owen Moriarty, his dearest brother Alfred (Lorene) Owens and many loving nieces and nephews; brother of the late Vincent, Jack and Robert Owens. Friends may call Friday, November 12 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 Saturday, November 13 at 10:00 AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.


Shari Ann (Castiglia) DeBellis, 1969 - 2010. Passed away after a long illness on November 7, 2010 in Greater Niagara General Hospital in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Loving mother of Samantha, Makayla and River; pre-deceased by father, Salvatore (Sam); survived by her mother, Frances and brothers, Joseph, Dennis, Brian and John. Her life will be honored on Thursday, November 11th between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., followed by a Chapel Service at PATTERSON FUNERAL HOME, 6062 Main St., Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society/Upstate NY Chapter. (585-270-0801).


John Eichel, a longtime Grand Island home builder, died November 8, 2010. Born in Tekes, Hungary on April 9, 1933, John was the youngest child of the late Johann and Katharina Eichel. John emigrated to the United States in December 1956 with his wife Barbara. He went into business for himself as J & E House construction and then into partnership with Philip K. Buchanan to form Buchanan-Eichel Homes where they enjoyed 27 successful years building more than 300 homes on Grand Island and in Western New York. In 1985, John helped build Whitehaven Road Baptist Church where he was a member. John is survived by his devoted wife of 54 years, Barbara (Marz), five children: Rosemarie (Gary) Asbach, Margot (Harald) Stickl, of Grand Island; Lisa (Kerry) Eppes of Adel, Georgia; John (Bridget) Eichel, James (Tricia) Eichel, both of Grand Island; seventeen grandchildren Gary (Jessica), Stephen (Brianna) Carolyn, Elisabeth, Kimberly, Asbach; Tina (Chris) Croudy, Nicole Stickl; Jenna and Kyle Eppes, Katarina, Brigitta, Ava, John Eichel, Jared Samuel Julia, Brooke Eichel; two great grandchildren, Isaac Asbach and Josiah Asbach; sister Katarina Eichel of Germany; brother-in-law Konrad (the late Elisabeth); sister-in-law Elisabeth (Frank) Nagy; 12 sisters- and brothers-in-law in Germany; numerous nieces and nephews. Friends may call Thursday, November 11 from 3 - 8 P.M. at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral Services will be held Friday, November 12 at 10 A.M. from the Whitehaven Road Baptist Church, 1290 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Hospice Buffalo.



Ryan William Snyder, 21, of North East, Pennsylvania, went to be with the Lord on Friday, November 5th, 2010. Ryan was born on September 14, 1989, in Erie, PA. He was the beloved son of William and Louise Snyder, and the adored big brother of his only sister, Rachel Snyder of North East. Ryan is a graduate of the Class of 2008 at Cathedral Preparatory School. He was an avid hockey player for many years, and a skilled goalie on several teams. His happiest moments were those spent surrounded by his family and friends. He was recently employed at Teletron Marketing in Erie as a banking service consultant and was one of the top producers. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Gilbert Snyder of Dunkirk, N.Y. He is survived by his maternal grandparents, V. Rev. Fr. George and Kh. Grace Aswad of Grand Island, N.Y., and his paternal grandmother, Ann Snyder of Erie. He is also survived by his many dearly loved aunts and uncles including: Lynn and George Wood of Massachusetts, Laura and Jeff Colyer of Cincinnati, Lisa and Mike Dudley of Grand Island, N.Y., Lana and Paul Dudley of New York, Gilbert and Claudia Snyder of Dunkirk, Nancy and Bob Adams of Erie, Dan and Sharon Snyder of Dunkirk, as well as his adored cousins, Jessica, Tracy, Jeana, Matthew, Andrew, Kara, Eric, Amber, Alyssa, A.J., Jeffrey, Chrissy, Katie, Korey, Teddy, Mike, Jill, Gibby, Scott, Casey, and Daniel. Ryan lived his life seeing everyone for the goodness they possessed in their hearts, treating all with kindness and good will. He greatly appreciated all the support and kindness shown to him by friends and colleagues in his efforts to regain his health. He loved his family dearly and his passing leaves a void that will never be filled. God bless you, Ryan. Friends may call at the William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 South Lake Street, North East on Wednesday, November 10 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and are invited to a funeral service on Thursday, November 11 at 10:30 a.m. at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 4376 West Lake Road, Erie. Officiating is his grandfather, V. Rev. Fr. George Aswad and V. Rev. Fr. Paul R. Solberg. Trisagion service will be on Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment North East Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Ryan William Snyder Foundation, in care of the William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 South Lake Street, North East, PA 16428.


Henry Olrogge, Jr., November 3, 2010, age 62, Henry was born in Buffalo, New York on November 19, 1948 to Henry and Alice (Vanderbles) Olrogge, Sr. Mr. Olrogge was a welder, and owned and operated Henco on Grand Island. Henry is survived by his son Henry Olrogge. He was the son of the late Henry and Alice (Vanderbles) Olrogge, brother of the late Peter (Jayne), and Michael (Gail) Olrogge, also surviving are several nieces and nephews. A Celebration of life will be held from 5-8 P.M. Friday, November 19, 2010 from the Grand Island Rod and Gun Club, 1083 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, NY. Flowers gratefully declined, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.



Mary F. DeMike, 92, of Brockport, NY, formerly of Grand Island, NY, Thursday (November 4, 2010) in Lakeside Beikirch Care Center. Mrs. DeMike was born in Dunkirk, NY on July 8, 1918 to Dominic and Frances (Messina) Enzinna. Mrs. DeMike was predeceased by her husband, Joseph A. DeMike. Mary is survived by her children, Carole (John) Linenfelser and Gregory J. (Rebecca) DeMike; grandmother of Aimee, Ian, Michelle, Sara and Jane; great- grandmother of Luc, Ethan, Kasper, Sebastian, Lucian, Jack and William; sister of Frank (Dorothy) Enzinna, the late Josephine (John) Scalzo, Rudolf (Josephine), Angelo (Josephine) and Charles (Lucille) Enzinna; also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Friends may call Sunday, November 7 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, November 8 at 10 AM from St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church, Grand Island. Visit www.lockportjournal.com/obituaries for online guest register.





Joseph J. "Little Joe" Stefaniak, October 31, 2010, of Grand Island; beloved husband of the late Katherine Cook Stefaniak; father of Mary Jane (Gerald) Sitarski, Arlene J. (James) Yaksich and the late Joyce A. (survived by husband James) Kocot; grandfather of Katherine and Stephen Yaksich, and the late Ford and Michele Kocot; great-grandfather of Chloe; brother of the late Msgr. Francis Swiatkowski. Friends may call Wednesday 4-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, November 4 at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 611, Grand Island 14072. Joe was a WW II Army veteran and a retired union official from General Motors. During WW II he was a member of the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne and parachuted into Normandy on D-Day. Among the medals that he earned were the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and the French Legion of Honor Medal.


Doris M. Michaels, of Clifton Park, NY, Doris M. Michaels, 87, went on ahead of us on Monday, October 25, 2010. She was born in Buffalo, New York, and lived there and on Grand Island for many years, moving to the Albany area in 1989 following her retirement from the State University of New York at Buffalo where she was employed as an executive secretary. She was predeceased by her husband Kenneth V. Michaels, Sr. in 1954. Doris was a graduate of Riverside High School and attended classes in UB's Millard Fillmore College. In WNY she was an active participant in community organizations including the Grand Island Library, the Grand Island Neighborhood Foundation, and Literacy Volunteers of Niagara Falls. She was a member of the Metro Board of the Buffalo District, and was a member of the Vesta Rebekah Lodge (IOOF), Buffalo and the Star of LaSalle Chapter of the OES in Niagara Falls. In the Albany area she regularly supported the Capital City Rescue Mission, the City Mission of Schenectady, and the Reconciling Ministries Network. Doris was a faithful and generous part of the United Methodist churches that shaped the family life she created: Ontario Street Methodist Church in Buffalo, Trinity United Methodist Church on Grand Island, and Shenendehowa United Methodist Church in Clifton Park. She was an active participant in an AIDS care ministry for several years, as in the Sacred Journey spiritual formation group. Most important, she gifted her three children with a profound and life-long foundation for faithful discipleship. Doris created beautiful quilts, never missed a grandchild's birthday or graduation, and was a role model and anchor to her children. She is survived by her three children, Raymond W. Michaels of Alcove, New York; Kenneth V. Michaels, Jr., and his wife Raychene, of Woodsboro, Maryland; and Rev. Janice M. Marsi, and her husband Rick, of Vestal, New York. She was a loving grandmother to her three grandsons, Aaron Michaels, KC Michaels (and his wife Marissa), Stephen Marsi (and his wife Elizabeth); and granddaughter Kate Marsi. She had one great-grandchild, Benjamin Stephen Marsi. A memorial service celebrating Doris' life will be held at eleven o'clock a.m. on Monday, November 1, 2010 at Shenendehowa United Methodist Church in Clifton Park. A memorial service in WNY will be arranged at a future date. At Doris' request, memorial gifts may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, Grand Island. Arrangements by the CATRICALA FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1597 Rte 9 Clifton Park, NY 12065.


Beth (Robinson) Judson, Former Grand Island resident, Beth Robinson Judson was killed in a plane crash on Tuesday, October 26th with her husband Jim Judson Jr. Beth was a member of the Grand Island High School class of 1977. See Atlanta Journal-Constitution story.


Beverly Ann (nee Freiert) Gerwitz, Of Grand Island, October 25, 2010; wife of the late Robert J. Gerwitz; dear mother of Darren Hoffmaster, Bonnie Hoffmaster-Mineo, Anna Consiglio, Salvatore (Janice) Consiglio, Mary Day, Francis Consiglio; also survived by nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; sister of Patricia (Tony) Feliciano, Ronald (Pamela) Freiert. Family and friends may call at D. LAWRENCE GINNANE FUNERAL HOME, 3215 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, Friday, October 29 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM where funeral service will be held Saturday, October 30 at 10:00 AM. The Rev. Anthony Burks officiating. www.ginnanefuneralhome.com


Mary L. (nee Miller) Parker, October 25, 2010. Beloved wife of David E. Parker; dear mother of David (Shannon) and Jennifer; grandmother of Jacquelyn, Aimee and Jocelyn; sister of the late Clifford (Sharon Bottini) Miller M.D. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service, 11 AM, November 13 at Council #4752 Knights of Columbus, 1841 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. If desired, memorials may be made to the Grand Island Community Chorus, of which she was a member. Arrangements by DOHN FUNERAL HOME, INC.


Rose H. Reid, Rose H. Reid, 92, passed away Monday, October 11, 2010 in Rochester. Originally from Niagara Falls and Grand Island, she was a resident at St. John's Meadows in Rochester. Rose greatly loved life, family and friends. and will be sincerely missed. Rose was predeceased by her husband, Roland L. Reid. She is survived by daughters Cheri (Harvey) Steron and Joan (John) Tommasulo; grandchildren Shelly (Joe) Hedges, "BJ" (Jodi) Revill and Christine Revill; and great grandchildren Sean Hedges, and Tyler and Chase Revill.


Paul V. Harper, of Grand Island, NY, October 22, 2010, beloved husband of Freda R. (Higdon) Harper; dearest father of Carol R. (Harold) Rolfe, Robert P. (Christie), Paul J. and Margaret A. Harper; also survived by 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. No prior visitation. Private services. Memorials to Himalayan Health Care, Inc., PO Box 737, Planetarium Station, New York, NY 10024. Mr. Harper was an Army veteran of WWII and a member of the Buffalo Police Department for 25 years. Arrangements by ERIE COUNTY CREMATION SERVICE, 824-6435.


John E. Achkar, October 22, 2010, of Grand Island, husband of Viola (Hood) Achkar and the late Isabelle (Gedid) Achkar; father of Renee (John) Roess, Maureen and Roger (Mary) Achkar; stepfather of Mary Frances (Walter) Zmuda, Joyce (Roger) Warren and Susan (late Kenneth) Sondel; grandfather of Marie and Michael (Tammi) Achkar, Jennifer (Darryl) Colling and Kristen Roess; stepgrandfather of Michael Zmuda, Joyce (Anthony) Caterina, Steven, Mark and Jason Warren, Justin and Jackie Sondel; also survived by one great-grandchild and two stepgreat-grandchildren. Friends may call Monday, October 25 from 3-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd, Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, October 26 at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Flowers gratefully declined, memorials may be made to Camp Good Days and Special Times.


Michael M. Cutting, October 22, 2010, of Grand Island; beloved husband of Jane (Glover) Cutting; beloved father of Robert J. (Karen) of North Tonawanda, James M. (Barbara) of Stratham, NH and John W. (Candace) Cutting of Grand Island; beloved grandfather of Spencer, Jordan, Alley and Caleb Cutting, Chris and Conor Carrier; brother of Patricia (Richard) Bedient; son of the late Norman and Mildred Cutting. Friends may call Tuesday, October 26 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Memorial services will be held Wednesday, October 27 at 10 AM at St Martin-In-The-Fields Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo, Mr. Cutting was employed at Moore Business Forms for over 30 years and retired in 1999, and was an avid fisherman and an expert craftsman.


Michael R. Panowicz, suddenly, October 20, 2010, beloved husband of Jamie (Reihe); loving father of Kendyll Emma; dearest son of Richard S. and Beverly Panowicz; dear brother of Rick (Angel); cherished grandson of Vivian and the late Zigmund Klemowski and the late Stanley and Julia Panowicz; son-in-law of Bernd and Melanie Reihe; also survived by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends may call at the KOLANO FUNERAL HOME, 396 Amherst St. (near Grant) Saturday, October 23 and Sunday, October 24 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. John the Baptist Church, 1085 Englewood, Kenmore Monday, October 25 at 9:30 AM. Please assemble at church. Mike was a school teacher at Buffalo School #33. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to Michael's daughter Kendyll's scholarship fund, c/o M & T Bank, 3637 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, NY 14217. Interment St. Stanislaus.


Charles V. Wermuth Jr., 59, October 19, 2010. Loving son of the late Charles V. Sr. and Anne Wermuth; dear brother of Patti (Chris) Hanaka; uncle of Courtney and Christopher Hanaka. Visitation JAMES E. GRACE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 335 Ontario St., Saturday, October 23 from 3-6 PM. Funeral services at 6 PM. Charlie was a retiree of GM Powertrain after 37 years.


Margaret Villano - Dr. Jeri A. Villano, memorial remembrance will be held on Saturday, October 23 at 3:00 PM in Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. All are welcome to attend. Scroll down for death notice.



James “Puppet” DiTullio, passed away at age 67 on Monday, October 18th at Niagara Memorial Hospital. He was born on October 21, 1942, and lived on a farm in Champaign Urbana, Illinois until his family moved to Grand Island in 1945 where he lived ever since. Puppet went to Bishop Duffy High School in Niagara Falls, NY where he played football. He was one of the bigger linemen at 6’ 4” and 315 pounds, but by chance this small school football team had an offensive line that weighed more than the line of the Buffalo Bills at the time! They won most of their games handily.
   After high school Puppet took up welding and quickly turned his newfound craft into an art form. After working as an ironworker for many years he eventually switched over to building drag bikes and started a company called Race Visions. His motorcycles soon broke all the records. He had a huge impact on the drag racing scene that extends to this day, having built bikes for such renowned riders as Elmer Trett, Brian Johnson, Larry "Spiderman" McBride, Jim “Da Judge” McClure, Tony Lang, Tommy Smith and many others.
   Puppet is the son of James Joseph (deceased 1998) and Dolores (Smith) DiTullio. He leaves behind two daughters and two grandsons; Nicole Buscemi and her sons Dante and Aiden of Sierra Visa, Arizona, and Jaimy DiTullio of Albany, NY. He is also survived by two sisters, Judy Penque of Grand Island, and Diane Muscoreil of Wilson, and also a brother, Dick DiTullio, of Grand Island.
   Friends of Puppet are invited to a get-together at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 30 at the home of Dick and Debi DiTullio, 1731 Huth Rd on Grand Island. Please RSVP to ditullior@aol.com.
    See Buffalo News Obituary.


Lyn Finney, October 15, 2010 of Grand Island. Beloved mother of Susan (Tim) Blair of Seattle, WA, Patricia (Willaim) Nardone of Grand Island, Donna (Lee Brownschidle) Finney of Grand Island, Mike Finney of Grand Island and Kevin (Sarah) Finney of Seattle, WA; cherished grandmother of Christopher and Jessica Brownschidle, Patrick and Delia Finney; loving daughter of the late Lucille Strawbridge and Waverly Hill. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.


Irene L. (nee Pilch) Piszczek, 77 of Grand Island, NY; mother of Susan Price of Colorado, Edwina (Angie Crosby) Piszczek of New Jersey, David Piszczek of Washington, DC; grandmother of Edward J. Price, Andrew A. Price, Emily I. Crosby- Piszczek, Woodrow E. Crosby-Piszczek. Friends may call Thursday, October 14 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at ZAJAC FUNERAL HOME INC., 319 24th. St. (corner of Welch Ave.) Niagara Falls, NY. Funeral services Friday, October 15 at 10:00 AM from funeral home Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 AM Divine Mercy Parish. Contributions may be made to Our Lady of Peace Rehabilitation Center or Mt. St. Mary's Hospital Lewiston, NY.


Scott W. Shipman, 50, of Buffalo, formerly of Grand Island, passed away Wednesday, Sepyember 29, 2010 at Kenmore Mercy Hospital following a brief illness. Born June 26, 1960 in Williamsport, PA, he was the son of the late Walter and Alice Shipman. Scott was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was the beloved husband of Della Shipman; father of Scotty Hall; stepfather of Karly Luksch; brother of Lynette Toot of Williamsport; Terry Peau of Houston; Jason Shipman of Birmingham, AL; and Barbara Bowman of Texas; also survived by nieces and nephews. Private services and burial are being held. Visit the on line guest registry at www.Wattengel.com.


Robert John “RJ” Miller Jr., Born October 7th, 2010, entered into rest October 9th, 2010; survived by loving parents Rob and Becky (Hartwig) Miller of Grand Island; caring grandparents Harold and Barbara Hartwig of Cambria, NY, Helen and Peter Zimmermann of Collins, NY and the late Gregory Miller; and many aunts uncles and cousins. Fiends may call Wednesday, October 13 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 14 at 11 AM at St. Joseph's RC Church, 26 Erie Ave., Gowanda, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo Foundation, NICU, 1260 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo 14209.


Carmen B. Herlan, October 4, 2010, wife of the late John Albert; mother of Laurie, Scott, Kirk (Vicky), David and the late Jack Herlan; grandmother of Jeffrey James, Mari-Ann, Matthew, Nakita Liwayway, Jonathan Kirk, Jackie and David Jr.; great-grandmother of Gracy. Funeral services private. Arrangements by JOHN E. ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME.


Louis R. "Luigi" Macchioni, of Grand Island, October 5, 2010. Son of the late Guilio and Pierina Macchioni; long time partner of the late Evelyn "Cheech" Simmance; father of Daryll (Nancy) Davis, Kimberly (late Frank) Porfido, Laura (Victor) Melendez, Lindy (Steve) Meinczinger; also survived by seven grandchildren; dear friend of the children and grandchildren of Evelyn Simmance; brother of Philip (Ann), Donald "Mac" (late Grace), Domenick "Chico", Robert (Marcia) Macchioni, Eva (Pastor James) Tomb, Eleanor "Dolly" (Anthony) Mascellino, Patricia (Robert) Filippone and the late Rosina Macchioni; uncle to many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at D. LAWRENCE GINNANE FUNERAL HOME, 3215 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, Monday, October 11 from 6:30 to 8 PM, when Funeral Service will commence. Interment, Ebensburg, PA, at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions to the charity of your choice are preferred


Skip Oursler, OURSLER –October 8, 2010 of Grand Island. Husband of Donna (Swazey) Oursler; father of Robert (Nicole), John and Christopher (late Julie) Oursler; grandfather of Kyle, Katie, Miranda, Sam, Max, Cassie, Josh and Layla Oursler; son of the late Betty and Bob Theis; brother of the late Bill Oursler. Friends may call Monday 2-4 & 6-8 PM followed by funeral services Monday at 8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (stjude.org).


Reta (nee Wixon) D’Orazio, October 6, 2010 of Grand Island. Beloved wife of 58 years of Lou D'Orazio; devoted mother of Brian Patrick (Teresa) D'Orazio and Rebecca Orton; loving grandmother of Rachel Orton; dear sister of Faye Summerlin and the late Alta Thompson and Neva Johnson. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Grand Island Fire Co. or Island Presbyterian Church, Grand Island, where Memorial Services will be held Sunday, October 10th at 3:00 PM.



Sheryl Anne Fiedler , October 4, 2010, at age 50, beloved mother of Kurt, Brett and Sara Fiedler; daughter of Joyce (nee Lagoe) and the late Joseph Licata; sister of Lea (Ken) Dryja; dearest soulmate of Jeffrey Rice; also survived by nieces and nephews. The family will be present Thursday, October 7 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 Friday, October 8 at 9 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated from St. Stephen R.C. Church at 10 AM. Friends invited. Share your condolences at www.AMIGONE.com


Charlie Sumner, September 30, 2010, of Grand Island. Father of Charlene (the late Thomas) Ramstetter, Wanda (John) Cameron, William (Karla) Sumner and Laura (Delmer) Cecil; also survived by nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Friends may call Monday, October 4 from 4-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, where funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10 AM.

Antoinette Bojan , 8/27/1919- 8/26/2010 born in Albion New York. She is survived by her husband of 60 years Harry Bojan; son Dueane Warner, daughter Lura (Keith) Wilson' sister Josephine (Bernard) Prucnal, predeceased by her grandson Charles Ballagh, Jr; She is survived by her grandchildren and great grandchildren, great, great grandchildren and by nieces and nephews. Service at St. Stephens RC Church, 2100 Baseline Rd, Grand Island, on Wednesday, October 6 at 10 AM. Burial at St. Stephens Cemetery. Donations may be made to Buffalo Hospice.


Thomas G. "Chief" Sander , September 27, 2010, of Grand Island. Beloved husband of Joyce (Depczynski) Sander; cherished father of Jennifer (Tim) Wadell, Brian (Eva) and Michael (Autumn) Sander; cherished grandfather of Victoria, Michelle, Jillian and Aiden; son of Carolyn and the late Robert Sander; brother of Kenneth (Connie), Eric (Pam), George (Peggy) Sander and Elaine (Rich) Petronio; also survived by many family and friends. Friends may call Wednesday, September 29 and Thursday, September 30 from 5-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10:15 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Family and friends to assemble at the funeral home Friday at 9:30 AM for a procession for Chiefs final duck scout.


Mieko "Mikki" Miller, September 23, 2010, of Grand Island. Wife of the late Martin R. Miller; mother of Michele (Ron) Dryburgh; grandmother of Ashley and Nick Dryburgh; also survived by family in Japan. Friends may call Monday, September 27 from 6-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, September 28 at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church.


Alfreda (nee Golba) Chapin, of Grand Island, NY, September 23, 2010, beloved wife of the late Ellsworth "Bud" Chapin; dear mother of Gail (William) Koslowski and the late Ellsworth "Buddy" Chapin; loving grandmother of Jill (Michael) Doctor and Grant (Karen) Koslowski; great-grandmother of Jenna, Ella, Michael and Lily; dear sister of Emily Rzepa and the late Helen, Estelle, Florence, Walter, Frank, Casey, Benny and Jack Golba; sister-in-law of Lorraine Chapin and Stell Golba; also survived by nieces and nephews. Visitation at the KOLANO FUNERAL HOME, 396 Amherst St. (near Grant) Sunday, September 26 from 4-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Assumption Church, 435 Amherst St., Monday, September 27 at 9:30 AM. Please assemble at church. Alfreda was a member of the Niagara Frontier Post #1041 Ladies Auxiliary and a former member of the Delaware Park Golf Club. Donations to the Assumption Church Preservation Fund are preferred. Interment Elmlawn Cemetery.


Thomas Violanti, 50, of Grand Island, suddenly Sept. 21, 2010. Father of Tanya Violanti, Matthew Violanti, Grandfather of Izadora Violanti, Son of Dario Violanti (late Lana Violanti) Brother of Debbie Violanti of Niagara Falls, Memorial Service, Monday, Sept 27th, 6p.m. at Island Presbyterian Church, 1822 Huth Road, Grand Island, NY Flowers gratefully declined.


Michelle A. Burke,
September 20, 2010, age 57, of Grand island, formerly of Tonawanda. Daughter of the late James and Berniece (nee Hoffman) Burke Sr.; sister of Sandra (Richard) Koprowski, Patricia Roberts, Jacqueline (Randal) Tyner, Vincent (Margaret), Kevin (Lisa) and James (Barbara) Burke Jr.; sister-in-law of Susan Burke; also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends may call from 4-8 PM Friday, September 24 only at the HAMP FUNERAL HOME, INC., 37 Adam St. at Seymour, Tonawanda. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrat ed at 10 AM Saturday at St. Francis Chapel, 71 Adam St., Tonawanda. Friends invited. If desired, memorials to Heritage Christian Services in Rochester are preferred. Complete obituary, condolences and directions at: wwwhampfuneral.com



Gerald F. "Jerry" Hawley
September 16, 2010, of Grand Island; proud father of Kimberly L. Mankowski and Kristin L. Internicola; father-in-law of Thomas J. Mankowski and Charles B. Internicola; grandfather of Rebecca A. Hammett, Thomas R. and John "Jack" R. Mankowski, Charles Gerald, Amber S. and Taylor M. Internicola; son of the late Judge F. Donald and Marion L. Hawley, brother of Donna L. (late Frank) Rodriguez, James L. (Sue) Hawley, Linda L. (Robert) Kaczor and the late John W. Hawley; also survived by many nieces, nephews, family and friends. Friends may call Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19 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 (old church). Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.
Gerald F. Hawley, GM retiree, successful boat racer
Published BUFFALO NEWS: September 20, 2010, 12:00 AM Updated: September 20, 2010, 6:59 AM
April 16, 1946 –Sept. 16, 2010
Gerald F. Hawley, a retired General Motors worker who made his mark in boat racing, died of cancer Thursday in his Grand Island home. He was 64. Born in Niagara Falls, Mr. Hawley was a longtime Grand Island resident and graduated from Trott Vocational High School in Niagara Falls. After high school, Mr. Hawley served in the Vietnam War as a crew chief in the Air Force. In 1970, he started working at the GM’s Powertrain Plant, where he was a heavy-engine repairman. He retired in 2001. Mr. Hawley started racing boats when he was 14 and competed for some 20 years in the U. S. Powerboat Association. In the mid-1980s, he won a nation-al championship, as well as the North American championship at Valleyfield, Quebec. He was a member of the Niagara Frontier Boat Racing Association, Grand Island Moose Lodge and Grand Island Rod and Gun Club. He also served as president of the Anchor Club. Survivors include two daughters, Kimberly L. Mankowski and Kristin L. Internicola; two sisters, Donna L. Rodriguez and Linda L. Kaczor; and a brother, James L.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a. m. today in St. Stephen Catholic Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island.



A Memorial Reception will be held for Mary Matthews on Sunday, Sept. 26th at Trinity United Methodist Church at 1:30 p.m.
Mary (Barron) Matthews of Stony Point Road in Grand Island, NY, passed away Sunday, September 12, 2010 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester with her family by her side. Mary Jane Barron was born in Buffalo, NY on January 24th, 1944 to Charles Richard (Dick) Barron and Jane Elizabeth (Eggleston) Barron. She was the 2nd of 5 children. She grew up in Friendship, NY where she was active in 4H, Girl Scouts and student council. Mary was an exchange student in Panama, first runner up in her regional Miss America pageant, and a member of the National Honor Society. She graduated from high school in Friendship in 1962. In 1966, she graduated 7th in her class at Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in both education and child development. She was a member of the Tri Delta Sorority. In 1962, she met Jan David Matthews, then a midshipman at the US Naval Academy, at a youth fellowship Christmas party at Painted Post United Methodist church. They married in 1966 at that same church. Mary reared four children, all born within a 5 1/2 year span. Every day, Mary enriched her children's lives by taking them places and creating memorable experiences for them. As a family, they lived in North Kingstown, Rhode Island; Tecumseh, Michigan; Westminster, Maryland; Grand Island, New York; and Huntington Beach, California. Mary was an avid Genealogist, Sewing Expert, and Collector of Hummels, Antiques, Dolls and other collectables. She was highly intelligent and could answer just about any question about any subject. In addition to writing the curriculum at several colleges where she taught, she was a substitute teacher and a home schooling educator for the Grand Island, NY school district. She also taught computers to children with Computer Tots during her time in California. Jan and Mary also lived together in New Fairfield, Connecticut where she spent much time researching family history to pass on to future generations. Her greatest achievement was as a mother for her children and as a grandmother for her seven beloved grandchildren. She had a unique gift for interacting with children of all ages. She created special activities that were both fun and educational. She wrote and sung children's songs, poems and stories that touched the hearts of all the children and the adults in her life. She always made time for individual attention for each of her children and grandchildren. She will forever be remembered and endeared as "Precious Grandma." She is survived by her husband Jan; her four children: daughters Suzanne Marie (Keith Hill) Matthews of Big Flats, NY and Nancy Lee (Russell) Blondin of Minneapolis, MN and sons Jeffery David (Tamie) Matthews of Grand Island and Michael Gregory (Patricia) Matthews of Cypress, TX; sister Sally Barron (Andrew) Dutcher of Painted Post; her seven grandchildren: Britny Anne Matthews, Christopher James (CJ) Matthews, David Jeffrey Matthews, Alexander Richard Matthews, Mitchell Keith Matthews Hill, Summer Jane Blondin and Skye Elizabeth Blondin; and several nieces and nephews. Mary was predeceased by her parents, her brothers John Charles and Robert Richard Barron and her sister Nancy Lee Barron. Calling hours will be held on Saturday, September 18th from 1-3 pm with funeral services at 3 pm at Phillips Funeral Home, 17 W. Pultney Street in Corning, NY. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Friendship, NY on Monday, September 20th at 11am. Memorials may be made in Mary's name to your local Salvation Army.


Mark G. Waldow, Ogden: Passed away Thursday, September 9, 2010 at the age of 49 after a 2-year battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Predeceased by father, Stephen R. Waldow, step-father, Brian Dowd and mother-in-law, Geraldine Serwon. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Jeannine (Serwon); daughters, Nicole, Melanie and Jennifer; mother, Patricia W. Dowd; brother, Stephen (Kathy) Waldow; sister, Karen (Bret) Marlin; grandmother, Helen Mengual; father-in-law, Edward Serwon; brothers and sisters-in-law; 2 step-sisters and step-brother, nieces, nephews and great-nephews. Mark was a loyal IBM employee for 28 years. He was a devoted husband, father, friend and co-worker and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Friends may call at the Leo M. Bean and Sons Funeral Home, 2771 Chili Ave., Sunday, September 12th from 2-4 and 7-9. Funeral Mass and Christian Burial will be held Monday, September 13th at 11 AM at St. Pius the Tenth Church, 3000 Chili Ave. Interment St. Pius Cemetery. Mark's final wish was to have contributions made to his daughters' college fund. In lieu of flowers contributions can be sent to the Mark Waldow Memorial Fund c/o Merrill-Lynch, 1241 Pittsford-Victor Rd., Pittsford, NY 14534, attn: Jason Alexander. Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle from September 11 to September 12, 2010


Carol L. Dworzack, 56, of Grand Island, died peacefully Thursday, September 9, 2010; survived by her father Jack A. (late Doris) Randorf of Alden; beloved husband Steven of Grand Island; children Kristy A. (Jonathan) Snyder of Virginia, Kelly M. Stone of Batavia, David A. of Grand Island; brothers Jeff (Patty) of East Aurora, John (Jamie) of Schenectady; mother-in-law Marian of Batavia; sister-in-law Sheila Craver of LeRoy; grandchildren Kayla A. & Benjamin T. Stone along with many nieces, nephews & cousins. Visitation 4-8 PM Monday, September 13 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC, 4120 W. Main St. Rd., Batavia, NY, 14020; (585) 343-7500 where a Celebration of Life Service will be at 7 PM. Flowers declined. Memorials to the family or Kenmore Mercy Hospital.


Richard J. Barter - Susan A. Barter
BARTER - Richard J. Barter & Susan A. Barter A Memorial Service will be held on September 11, 2010 for Richard J. Barter and Susan A. Barter at 2400 E. River Rd., Grand Island N.Y. at 1:30 PM by Pastor Lee Sweeney of Norwood N.Y. Susan and Richard married 52 years, passed away peacefully at their daughter Jacqueline and husband Bob's home in Norwood N.Y. , Susan January 10th and Richard March 8, 2010. Susan, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, was a music teacher in the N. Tonawanda School District for 20 years before retiring in 2003. Susan was a Holocaust survivor from Theresienstadt and a original cast member of the performance "Brundabar:" Richard, born in Dexter N.Y., was a veteran of the Korean War and a math teacher in the Niagara Falls School District and an avid scuba diver. Richard is survived by brother Brad, sister Beverly and predeceased by brother Robert. Richard and Susan had four children, two predeceased Janet Morris, husband Jerry and Paul J. Barter; survived by Denise Styliades, husband Harry and Jacqueline Richard, husband Bob, along with five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Donations can be made in their honor to the Alzheimer's Association , American Cancer Society or Hospice and Palliative Care of the St. Lawrence Valley. They are deeply missed and may they Rest in Peace together the way they wanted it to be.


Donna E. McQuade
Donna E. McQuade's determined spirit entered this world in Hamilton, Ontario on November 3, 1942. On August 27, 2010 Donna left this earth and her loved ones behind and returned to the Lord's warm embrace. The eldest child of Truman and Mamie Grotz, she lived her early years on the banks of the Niagara River in Grand Island, NY, making cherished friends and nurturing her younger siblings. On June 15, 1968, Donna married her true love and best friend, Donald J. McQuade at Saint Steven's Catholic Church. Since 1986, she resided with her family in Destin, FL. A loving wife and mother, a doting grandmother and a friend to anyone with an open heart; she will be sorely missed and fondly remembered. Donna was preceded into Heaven by her parents, brother Rick, niece Meaghan, and nephews Rick and Rob. She carries on in the memory of her husband Don; their sons: Kyle, Corey, Sean and Ryan; daughter-in-law Amanda; brothers Randy and Tim and sister Elizabeth. She received immense joy from her three grandchildren: Elizabeth, Milo and Natalie, and touched the lives of countless family and friends who were fortunate in sharing their lives with her. A Reception in Donna's Remembrance will be held from 1-4 PM on Saturday, September 18, 2010 at the Hilton Sandestin Hotel, 4000 Sandestin Blvd. South, Destin, FL 32550 for all friends and family. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Cancer Society or The American Heart Association are appreciated, along with your prayers and caring memories. Send condolences to: ddmcquade@aol.com


Barbara M. Cannon, September 5, 2010, age 102, longtime Grand Island resident, born in Jarrow, England, wife of the late Gordon Cannon; sister-in-law of Gertrude (Cannon) Wilson; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, September 11 at 11:00 AM at Island United Presbyterian Church, 1822 Huth Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to SPCA of Erie County, 205 Ensminger Rd., Tonawanda 14150.


Norman S. Matteson, August 30, 2010, of Grand Island; husband of 67 years of the late Bertha Matteson; father of Elaine (Paul) Fields of Grand Island; grandfather of Allison (Jeffrey) Stravino of Grand Island, Meredith (Dean) Atkins of Concord, MA and Matthew Fields of Phoenix, AZ; great-grandfather of Jack and Ryan Stravino, and Caroline Atkins. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, September 4 at 10:00 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Grand Island Golden Age Center.


Lucy C. Hayes, August 20, 2010, of Grand Island, wife of Thomas Hayes; mother of Lauren and Shannon Hayes; daughter of the late Eugene and Elizabeth Breuer; sister-in-law of Daniel and Valerie Hayes, James and Theresa Hayes; also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends may call Monday, August 23 from 4-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, August 24 at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Flowers gratefully declined, memorials may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute.


Margaret Villano, an accomplished painter, retired art teacher and longtime Grand Island resident, died Monday, August 9, 2010 at the Riverwood Nursing Home on Grand Island. She was 93. See Buffalo News Obituary.



D. Jeanne McDougald, August 9, 2010, formerly of Linwood Ave Niagara Falls, beloved wife of the late John E. McDougald, cherished mother of Donna Freeman of Corona del Mar, CA, Barbara (John) Wolff of New Hartford, NY and Jacqueline (Kevin) Brennan of Grand Island, loving grandmother of Peter and J. Taylor Freeman, Anthony, Dana and Lauren Brindisi, sister of Jacqueline Burton of St. Catherines, Ontario, predeceased by 2 brothers and 8 sisters, also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Thursday, August 12 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd Grand Island. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 13 at 10AM at the Church Of The Advent 54 Delaware Rd Kenmore.


Boris Politziner, 86, Of Grand Island, August 5, 2010. Beloved husband of Doris (nee Georgi) Politziner; devoted son of the late Avrum Wolf and Celia (nee Rabinowitz) Politziner; loving brother of Rickley (late Stanley) Gertler and the late Marcus Gertler; dear uncle of Alan (Camille) Gertler, Glenn Gertler and Beth (Cal) Larson; dearest great-uncle of Carly and Courtney Gertler; cherished friend of John and Bridget Eichel and children, Al and Goldie Prame; also survived by relatives and friends. No prior visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Graveside Service at Whitehaven Cemetery, East River Rd., Grand Island, on Monday, August 9 at 12 Noon. Mr. Politziner was a WW II Army Veteran and will receive full Military Honors.Arrangements by the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel).Online condolences may be made at www.lombardofuneralhome.com


Rev. Deacon Dorothy H Myers, July 6, 2010, of Grand Island. Beloved wife of the late Irving R. Myers; loving mother of Cynthia (Edwin) Nowicki, Norman (Gerri), David (Jayne) and Douglas (Pat) Theiss; also survived by grandchildren and great grandchildren; grandmother of the late Autum Theiss; daughter of the late George and Florence Clarke. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday August 14 at 11:00 AM at St. Martin-In-The-Fields Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Mrs. Myers was a retired Deacon from several churches in the area most recently St. Peters Episcopal Church, she was also a retired hospital Chaplain from Buffalo General, Roswell Park, Niagara Falls Memorial and Mt. St. Marys Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute or Hospice Buffalo.


Thelma "Honey” Austin Atkins, July 1, 2010, of Grand Island. Memorial services will be held Friday, August 13, at 11 AM at St. Martin-In-The-Fields Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. See Thelma “Honey” Austin Atkins below.


Claire M. Wisnowski, August 1, 2010, of Grand Island, wife of the late Anthony J. Wisnowski; mother of Anthony R., Thomas J. (Susan) and Douglas A. (Amy) Wisnowski; grandmother of Randy, Maryclaire, Adam, Samantha and Maxwell Wisnowski; sister of Karen (John) Kirby. Funeral Services will be private.


Diane M. Ciamaga, July 30, 2010, of Grand Island, wife of Ronald W. Ciamaga; mother of Laura (Brad) Sitler and Leigh Ciamaga; grandmother of Alexandra Sitler; sister of Carol (Kenneth) Majka; daughter of the late Al and Sophie Klaja. A private memorial Mass was held Monday. Any donations can be made in Diane's name to her favorite charity, Our Lady Of Victory 767 Ridge Rd., Lackawanna 14218. We worked with her, we played with her, we laughed with her, but most of all...we loved her. We are blessed to have had her in our lives.


Mary Anah "Mac" (nee Cummings) Fadum,July 31, 2010, of Grand Island, beloved wife and best friend of 63 years of Torgeir Fadum; cherished mother of Rori (Ralph) Scheffler, Torgeir G. (Susan), Peter (Kathe), Timothy, Mimi Fadum, Candy (Brian) Jones and Deborah (Bob) Full; the greatest yiayia to 13 grandchildren; loving sister of Nancy Atherton and the late Candace Cummings Starkweather; daughter of the late Guy and Elma Cummings. The family is most appreciative for all the support from neighbors and friends. Private family services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.


Earl V. Marshall, went to be with his Lord July 27, 2010, of Grand Island, beloved husband of 58 years of Betty (Fose) Marshall; devoted father of Sharon (Rev. Kevin M.) Backus, Rick (Becky) Marshall and Wendy (Ron) Cook; cherished grandfather of Emily, James and Jenny Marshall, Jon and Kait Cook. Memorial services will be held Friday, July 30 at 7 PM at Bible Presbyterian Church, 1650 Love Rd., Grand Island.



Lester C. Webb, July 25, 2010, of North Tonawanda, husband of 58 years of Joan A. (Meyer) Webb; father of Mary Beth (Dean) Nyberg, Rebecca (Bill Hewitt) Lucas and the late Susan Marranca; also survived by three granddaughters and three great grandchildren; brother of Esther Lozo, Henry Webb, Donald Webb, Shirley Smith, and the late Harold Webb, Emory Webb and Florence Winkelsas; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Wednesday, July 28 from 6-8 PM followed by funeral services at 8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kenmore Mercy Pulmonary Rehabilitation.


James A. Worley III, Grand Island resident for nearly 40 years, passed away Sunday, July 25, 2010. In his eternal rest, he joins Gloria M. Worley, his lifelong love and high school sweetheart; father of James A. (Kathleen) Worley IV, Rosemarie (Joseph) Migliore, Diane T. Saari, Barbara (Daniel) Ratka, Linda (Brian) Werder, Lawrence (Lilianna), Jennifer and Amie (Stefan Lisowski) Worley; also survived by 14 grandchildren; son of the late Hildegard and James A. Worley II. Friends may call Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, where funeral services will be held Friday, July 30 at 10 AM. Flowers gratefully declined, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Jim was an avid boater and captain of the Water Skee Doo's #I, II and III. An avid military history buff, he began his working years with Bell Aeronautics and volunteered with the Merchant Marines. A long term believer in the superiority of cats over dogs, he is also survived by his loving cat Thomasina.


Anne (nee Toth) Perkovich, July 21, 2010, of Grand Island, wife of the late Paul Perkovich; mother of Irene Smith, Joan (the late Roy) Burd, Peter (Colleen) and Paul Perkovich; grandmother of Diane Staub, Michael (Marsha) Mrkall, Patricia and Jessica Perkovich; great-grandmother of Michael, Milana and Micah Mrkall, great- great-grandmother of Michael and Ava Mrkall; aunt of Janet (the late Joe) Halota and Linda (Lenny) Herr; also survived by other nieces and nephews. Private funeral services were held at the convenience of the family.


Edward J. Pettinato, after a lengthy illness, July 22, 2010, of Grand Island. Born and raised in Old Forge, PA. Husband of the late Mary L. (McGowan) Pettinato; father of Mary Elizabeth (Timothy) Wellence; grandfather of Matthew, Sarah, Ryan and Amanda Pettinato; brother of Carl (Carol) Pettinato, Jr.; son of the late Jennie and Carl Pettinato, Sr.; also survived by beloved nieces, nephew and cousins. Friends may call Saturday, July 24 from 4-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services will be held in Old Forge, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Mr. Pettinato was a retired construction superintendent and an avid cook.


Robert G. Clement, July 18, 2010, of Grand Island. Husband of 63 years of Betty B. (nee Kamman) Clement; father of Melissa C. (Richard) Hill and Craig R. (Marilynn) Clement; grandfather of Richard and Travis Hill, John and Christopher Clement. Memorial services will be held Saturday, July 24 at 12 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo or Doctors Without Borders. Mr. Clement was a US Air Force Veteran and served in England during WW II.


John F. Costanzo, 50, of Olcott, NY, on July 17, 2010. Beloved husband of Suzann (Swift) Costanzo; son of Irene (Loria) Costanzo of Grand Island and late John "Jack" Costanzo; father of Anthony J., Christopher F., Jonathan M., Salvatore N. and Emma S. Costanzo; brother of Mark A. (Melissa) Costanzo of Richmond, VA, Christopher R. (Siobhan) Costanzo of Cedar Rapids, IA, Theresé M. (Timothy) Pangborn of Grand Island; also survived by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation Wednesday, July 21 from 1-4 & 6-9 PM at M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Rd., Niagara Falls, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10:00 AM at St. Stephen's RC Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. EVERYONE ASSEMBLE AT CHURCH. Interment in St. Stephen's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Costanzo Children Scholarship Fund, c/o Ontario Shores Federal Credit Union, PO Box 9, Newfane, NY 14108. See Buffalo News Obituary.


Elizabeth M. Ford, of Grand Island, July 12, 2010, age 90, wife of the late Gordon; beloved mother of Sharon Labin (Frank Arcara); loving grandmother of Christopher (Beth) Labin, Scott Labin (Lisa Dugan) and Kevin Labin; fondest great-grandmother of Joshua, Katrina, Rebecca, Reena, Amanda and Alexis; predeceased by three brothers; also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends may call Sunday, July 18 from 4-8 PM at the BURY & ROBERTS Funeral Home, 3070 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. Mass of Christian Burial Monday, July 19 at 9:15 AM from St. Andrew's Church, 1525 Sheridan Dr. (Please assemble at church) Entombment Mount Olivet Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association.


Emma E. (Wolfe) Perkovich, July 16, 2010, of Grand Island, dear wife of the late George Perkovich, Sr.; beloved mother of Raymond Perkovich, Judith (Michael) Jeffrey, Sharon (Dave) Goodison, Thomas (Lynn) Perkovich, Edith (Scott) Bentley and the late George (survived by wife Nancy) Perkovich, Jr.; also survived by 12 grandchildren and five great grandchildren; daughter of the late Merle and Pearl Wolfe. Friends may call Tuesday, July 20 from 4-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services will be private. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.


Eleanor R. (Shivinsky) Kessler, July 13, 2010, of Grand Island. Beloved wife of 60 years of Theodore M. Kessler, Sr.; loving mother of Ted (Lisa) Kessler, Jr.; cherished grandmother of Christian Kessler; sister of Robert (Cathy) and the late Joe (survived by wife Alice) Shivinsky; sister-in-law of Maryanne (Don) Harter, Joan (the late Anthony) Gregory and John (Marylin) Kessler; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Thursday, July 15 from 4-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, July 16 at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church.


David J. Lautz, July 13, 2010, of Grand Island. Husband of Lydia (nee Spilka) Lautz; father of David E. Lautz of New York City; brother of Ruth (the late Richard) Mullane of Clarkston, MI and the late Dionne Heuring; brother-in-law of Raymond and Marg Heuring; also survived by nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held Saturday, July 17 at 11 AM at KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.


Laurel Anne (nee Grabiec) Gibbs, July 10, 2010, of Grand Island, beloved wife of Richard Gibbs; loving mother of Kyle, Monya and David Gibbs; cherished grandmother of Xavier and Anabella; sister of Dr. Steven (Barbara) Grabiec, Lynn (John) Toner and Jill Bartos; also survived by nieces and nephews; daughter of the late Dr. Maximillian and Helen Grabiec. Friends may call Tuesday, July 13 from 4-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, July 14 at 10 AM at First United Methodist Church, 65 Main St., North Tonawanda. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.


Paula W. (nee Warndorf) Brobeil, July 10, 2010, devoted mother of Michael R. (Michelle) Kempa and the late Paul A. Kempa; dear sister of Mary W. (late Bruce) Johnson, Ann W. (Francis) Brobeil, Helen W. (Mark) Caputi; aunt of Mark (Tonii) Caputi, Jr., Katherine A. Brobeil and the late Richard F. Brobeil; dearest friend of John and Pat Kaleta. The family will receive friends at the C. MERTZ AND SON FUNERAL HOME, INC., 911 Englewood Ave., Tuesday, July 13 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM where funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 14 at 8;15 AM and a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Amelia Church at 9:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Hospice Foundation of WNY.


Patricia M. (nee Manaseri) Piacente, July 4, 2010, of Grand Island, beloved wife of the late Andrew P. Piacente; loving mother of Nancy (Michael) LaJoie, Sue (Chris) Gizzo and the late Janet Piacente; cherished nanee of Aaron and Jason LaJoie, Joseph and Gianna Gizzo; daughter of the late Anthony and Bessie Manaseri; sister of the late Anthony (the late Annie) Manaseri. Friends may call Wednesday, July 7 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, July 8 at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. .


Mike Ralston, July 3, 2010, of Grand Island, brother of Liz (George) Snyder; uncle of David Snyder; son of the late John and Del Ralston; cousin of George Brown; beloved companion of Suzanne Kish; beloved friend of Carol Kish. Funeral Services will be private per Mike's request. .


Mia Rose Hurley, the beloved daughter of Cara Hurley, died on Friday, July 2, 2010 in Sisters Hospital of Buffalo. Mia Rose was born in Buffalo, New York on March 29, 2010. Mia was the granddaughter of Judith (Bellavia) Hurley of Buffalo; great-granddaughter of Mary Bellavia of Wheatfield; niece of Michael and Tracy Hurley of Grand Island, Samuel Hurley of Buffalo and cousin of Anna Rose, Leah and Colin. She is also survived by several great-aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by her grandfather, Thomas Hurley. Friends may call Tuesday from 4-7 PM in the LANE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 8622 Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls, where Funeral Services will be held following the visitation at 7 PM. The interment will be private.


Thelma "Honey Austin" Atkins, July 1, 2010, of Grand Island, wife of the late Lee Atkins; mother of Jacque (Christine) Austin, Cynthia (Edward) Zurek, Sueanne Miller, Resa (Michael) Beyer and Harriet (Frank) Zurek; step mother of Roger (Alma) Atkins and Sandra (Glenn) Noreen; also survived by 21 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren; sister of Raymond (Kathy) Hennessy, Marlene (Jim) Kirk and the late John V. Hennessy; daughter of the late John and Thelma Hennessy. Memorial Services will be held Friday, August 13, at 11 AM at St. Martin-In-The-Fields Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.


Francis "Sonny" Knowlton, July 1, 2010, of Grand Island formerly of Hudson Falls, NY; husband of Lisa A. (Long) Knowlton; son of Marguerite Knowlton and the late Francis (survived by wife Beverly) Knowlton Sr.; brother of Scott (Dawn), Gergory, Lucinda and Melinda Knowlton, Nicolette (Ed) Martin, Edith (Mark) Pickard, Frank (Lisa), Ralph (Jeannie), Lenny and Tammy Juckett, and Stacy (Mike) Moak; also survived by many nieces and nephews, Friends may call Tuesday, July 6 from 6-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services will be private.