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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.


Joseph F. Foresta, of Grand Island, a former employee of Emerson Electric, died June 26, 2010.


Richard C. Graff, 73 of Grand Island after a long illness; husband of Arlene (nee Moderacki) Graff; father of Debra (Michael) Melillo, Richard (Barbara) and John (Deborah) Graff; brother of Mildred Sattelberg, Elsie (Louie) Shaw and James Graff; also survived by eight grandchildren, a great-grandson and many nieces and nephews. Friends may call from 4-8 PM on Thursday, July 1st only at the HAMP FUNERAL HOME INC., 37 Adam at Seymour St., Tonawanda, where services will be held at 8:00 PM Thursday. Friends invited. If desired, memorials to Rescue Pet Services in Lockport are preferred. Mr. Graff was a Navy veteran and was employed at American Brass before retiring. Complete obituary, condolences and directions at www.hampfuneral.com.


Paul John Denler, passed away June 22, 2010, age 67 years. Loving husband of Antoinette (nee Klisch). Devoted father of John (Monica), Mark and Thomas Denler. Loving grandfather of Abigail and Greta. Paul grew up on Grand Island, NY. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held on June 25, 2010 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, N88W17658 Christman Road, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051.


Wesley Hughes, June 28, 2010, of Grand Island, brother of Katherine (William) O'Mara, uncle of Mary (Joseph) Foley, Parker (Danielle) and Timothy O'Mara, son of the late Wesley and Marie Hughes. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, July, 2, 2010 at 11:30 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the SPCA.


Monsignor Edward J. Ulaszeski, who provided and presided over Catholic pastoral care at Buffalo General Hospital and Roswell Park Cancer Institute for many years, died Thurs., June 24, 2010 in Millard Fillmore Hospital. A resident of Grand Island, NY, he was 86. See Buffalo News Obituary.



Jeffrey A. Wendling, June 24, 2010, of Grand Island, husband of Lisa (Martz) Wendling; father of Courtney Ann Wendling; stepfather of Seana; son of Robert and Sherrie Wendling; brother of Rob (Robin) and Brad (Kerry) Wendling; son-in-law of Rod and Diane Martz; brother-in-law of Lynn and Greg Simonian, Brian and Lisa Martz; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Sunday, June 27 from 7-9 PM and Monday, June 28 from 4-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 29 at 10 AM at St. Martin-In-The-Fields Episcopal Church. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials made to Hospice Buffalo.


Julius J. Stenis, entered into rest June 26, 2010. Mr. Stenis was born on Grand Island and was a long time resident of Niagara Falls. He was a veteran of the US Army and was retired from Union Carbide in Niagara Falls. He was predeceased by his wife, Anne (nee DiVito) Stenis, and his son, Lewis Stenis. Brother of Arvilla (late Lefty) Kendzierski, Dawn (late John) Trivette and the late LaVerne (late Carol) Stenis and the late Joyce (late George) Beland. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be private.


Elaine M. Gurzinski, June 21, 2010, of Grand Island, NY, beloved wife of Paul; mother of William Koren Jr., Patrick (Carol) Gadzo, Laurie Gurzinski and the late Veronica Koren; grandmother of Patrick, Ryan and Ashley; sister of Sharon Young. Friends may call Wednesday, June 23 from 7-9 and Thursday, June 24 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT INC. FUNERAL, 3290 Delaware Ave., where Funeral Services will be held Friday morning June 25 at 10. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Stephen's RC Church (Grand Island) at 11. Friends invited.



Lucille M. Ames, 91, of Johnstown, NY, formerly of Mayville, Grand Island and Williamsville, died Sunday (June 20, 2010) in Gloversville, NY. Lucille had been a schoolteacher at Williamsville Central School, as a reading specialist. She was also on the faculty of Charlotte Sidway School, Grand Island, NY. She is survived by her brother, Louis Vincent Phillips; three children, Kay (Robert) Brooks, of Middletown, DE, David (Nancy) Ames of Gloversville, and James (Peggy) Ames of Clarence, NY; five grandchildren, Pamela Brooks, Daniel Brooks, Tracy (Mark) Gossoo, Julie (Jeffrey) Brater, Clayton Ames; and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clayton G. Ames. A memorial service will be held at a later date to be announced by the FREAY FUNERAL HOME, Mayville.


Mildred D. (Webb) Christman, of North Tonawanda, June 21, 2010, wife of the late Glenn; mother of Glenn (Nancy), Wayne (Michele) Christman and Lynn (Norman) Alexander; grandmother of Meredith (Sean Slagle) Christman, Shawn (Rachel Zmuda) Christman, Sarah (Nathan) Roberts and Katherine Delia Alexander; sister of Gerald (Beverly) Webb; sister-in-law of June Renwick; also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends may call Tuesday, June 22 from 7-9, and Wednesday, June 23 from 2-4 and 7-9, at the WATTENGEL Funeral Home, 307 Oliver St., North Tonawanda. Funeral Services Thursday, June 24 at 11:00 AM from First United Methodist Church 65 Main St., North Tonawanda. In lieu of flowers memorials to First United Methodist or Alzheimer's Association . On line guest registry at www.Wattengel.com
See Tonawanda News Obituary.


Robert A. Koch, June 14, 2010, of Grand Island, beloved son of the late Edith and Edmund Koch; brother of the late Donald Koch; survived by his partner of over 52 years, Darwin Quick, and a cousin, Norma Stack. Funeral services private, Mr. Koch was a General Motors retiree and a theater organ builder and performer.


Richard A. Borowiec, June 15, 2010, of Grand Island, husband of 54 years of the late Adele (Zagrodnik) Borowiec; brother of Judge Frank Borowiec, Delphine Pawlicki and the late Mitchel Borowiec,; also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral services private.


Eleeta B. Hughes, died June 1, 2010 in her home. She was 87. A memorial service for Mrs. Hughes, a retired music teacher, real estate agent and former resident of Grand Island, will be at 2 p.m. June 27 in Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. See Buffalo News Obituary.
HUGHES - Eleeta B. Of Lewiston, NY, June 1, 2010. Wife of the late Walter H. Hughes, II; mother of Cynthia Donner, Carol (David) Stancil, Nancy (Charles) Anna, Sylvia (Paul) Duprey, Walter (Margaret) Hughes III and Pamela Hughes; sister of Carl Victor Brown and the late Eleanor McKinney and George Brown, also survived by 16 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, June 27 at 2 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, NY. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to her favorite charities: World Wildlife Fund (www.worldwildlife.org) and Natural Resources Defense Council (www.nrdc.org). Visit www.rhoneyfuneralhome.com, for guest register.



Paul Kameron Taefi, 31 years old, died suddenly in a boating accident off the coast of Ft. Myers Beach, Florida on Thursday, May 27, 2010. Beloved son of Parviz and Barbara Taefi of Bonita Springs Fl. and Buffalo; dearest brother of Peter (Jacqui) Taefi of Ft. Wayne, IN, Renee (Eric) Baughman of Grand Island, NY and Diana (Randall) Staub of Lewiston NY; loving uncle to his nieces and nephews, Cheyanne Taefi, Theresa and Tyler Baughman, Ava, Luke and newborn baby Dylan Paul Staub; also survived by the love of his life, Kristin Sheehan of Bonita Springs, Fl. as well as many dear and beloved relatives and friends. Paul attended Nichols School in Buffalo, NY and graduated from the Park school in Amherst, NY. He attended Chaplain College in Burlington, Vt. and the State University of NY at Buffalo. Paul moved to Bonita Springs in 2005. He worked as a realtor for Bunny Caravello and team with John R. Wood Realtors. He was currently working for John Marazzi Motor Dealership of Ft. Myers. A Memorial Service will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd, Grand Island, NY 14072 on Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 11 AM. All friends are welcome to attend this celebration of Paul's life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the breast cancer organization of Susan G. Komen for the Cure Southwest Florida Affiliated at 26800 S.Tamiami Trail, Ste 150, Bonita Springs, Fl. 34134 or Summit Educational Resources for Autism at 150 Stahl Rd. Getzville, NY 14068.



Doris M. (nee Bernhardt) Krehan, 89, of Grand Island, June 4, 2010 in Riverwood Health Care Center. Doris was born and raised in North Tonawanda and lived on Grand Island for the last 38 years. Doris was a dedicated wife and mother. She is the beloved wife of Arthur Krehan; mother of Linda Berndt and Karen Unruh, both of Wichita, KS, and Raymond A. Krehan of Arkwright, NY; grandmother of four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her great-granddaughter, Mackenzie Latimer. Friends may call at the Fretthold Funeral Home, Inc., 1241 Oliver St. at Ward Rd. in North Tonawanda on Thursday from 7-9 PM. Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Friday at 2 PM. The Rev. Charles Hobbs will officiate. Interment in St. Matthew Lutheran Cemetery. If so desired, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Guest book available at frettholdfuneralhome.com.


Donald W. Olson, June 62-year-old resident of Grand Island, NY, entered into Heaven after a brief battle with cancer, on June 3, 2010. Don served in the US Army, volunteered at the US Air Force Base as a Chaplain, ran the Niagara Bible Conference in Olcott, NY for over a decade and volunteered as a Chaplain for Niagara County jails as a counselor. Don is survived by his beloved wife Jill (Svarczkopf Beauregard) Olson; dear brother of Lester and Del; son-in-law to Jack and Pat Svarczkopf; brother-in-law to Sheryl (Tim) Svarczkopf, Jody Ulrich and John (Melissa) Svarczkopf; father/stepfather of Aaron (Laura) Beauregard, Garrat, Chase, Cameron Olson and Katie (Matthew) Rose; loving grandfather of Conner Olson and Brittany Walker. Mass will be held at St. Stephen's RC Church on Grand Island, NY on June 12, 2010 at 10 AM.


Walter J. Colley, June 2, 2010, of Grand Island, NY, beloved husband of Evelyn Colley for 73 years; father of the late Alan and Hazel Colley; brother of Joanne; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Mr. Colley was the Past Commander of Brounshidle Post No. 205, Erie County Chaplain for the American Legion and a 50 yr. volunteer at VA Hospital. Private service held at the convenience at the family. Arrangements by LESTER H. WEDEKINDT INC. FUNERAL HOME. .



Lillian Scott, May 30, 2010, family will receive relatives and friends Friday 11: 00 wake, 12:00 funeral, at St. John's Baptist Church, 184 Goodell St. Arrangements by EXODUS GARDENS FUNERAL HOME 605 Masten Ave. See Buffalo News Obituary.



Leonard M. Bernstein, of Youngstown, NY, May 28, 2010, age 87, husband of Janeanne (White) Bernstein; father of Linda J. Bernstein, David J. (Lisa) Bernstein and the late Sara Bernstein and the late Deborah Orcutt; grandfather of Kendall, Carly and Jack Bernstein; brother of the late Dr. Morley B. Bernstein; brother-in-law of Marge Bernstein; uncle of Carol Eisenhauer and Janet Rabice. Mr. Bernstein was a a long-time business teacher at Grand Island High School. A graveside memorial service will be held in the Temple Beth El Section of Riverdale Cemetery, 5605 Old Lewiston Rd, Lewiston, Wednesday, June 2, at 1 PM. No prior visitation. Memorials to Mt. St. Mary's Hospital Foundation. Arrangements by HARDISON FUNERAL HOMES, INC., Lewiston. For online registry, visit www.hardisonfuneralhomes.com


Donna M. Horton, May 28, 2010, of Grand Island, NY, loving mother of Nichole (Michael) Mills; also survived by two grandchildren; sister of Linda and Christine. Friends may call Tuesday, June 1 from 4-7 at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT FUNERAL HOME, 3290 Delaware Ave, where funeral services will be held Wednesday morning, June 2 at 10. Friends invited.


Patricia A. (Utnik) Schiavone, of Grand Island, entered into rest May 25, 2010, beloved wife of Salvatore T. Schiavone Jr.; devoted mother of Phillip F. Schiavone and Kathryn (Christopher) Steckleberg; cherished grandmother of Parker Jackson Steckleberg; loving daughter of the late Casimir J. and Jane (nee Jurkowski) Utnik; dear sister of Jayne (Kenneth) Groszkowski; fond daughter-in-law of Salvatore Sr. and Gloria Schiavone; dearest niece of William Jurkowski; also survived by many relatives and friends. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel), 885 Niagara Falls Blvd. near Eggert/Sheridan Dr. on Thursday, May 27 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St.Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, on Friday morning, May 28 at 10:00 (please assemble at church). Entombment Mt Olivet Cemetery. Online condolences at www.lombardofuneralhome.com



Mary Louise (Daw) Kohlhagen, a longtime Grand Island, NY resident, died on May 23, 2010. Born on September 8, 1921, she was the wife of the late Melvin W. Kohlhagen, mother of Susan (Jeff) Long of Nunda, NY; Carol (David) Hamlin of Grand Island; Karen (Scott) Wallace of Grand Island. She was the grandmother of eight: Stacey (Chad) Zahradnik, Rachel Hamlin, Scott Wallace, Matthew Wallace (Erin), Jennifer (Shane) Peters, Julie (Jack) Finley, Jeff (Kristin) Long, and Shannon (Brad) Hyzer. Mrs. Kohlhagen was the great grandmother of Saige and Addison Granger, Mariah Finley, Jeffrey and Keegan Long, Olivia and Madeline Hyzer, Megan Zahradnik and Braydon Wallace.
   A member of Trinity Um and Dalton UM churches, she taught Sunday School, sang in the church choir, was a Girl Scout leader, member of Amaranth, Aries Triangle, and a life member of the Grand Island Fire Company for 65 years. Mary Lou was honored in 1967 with a Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award. She was a member of Home Bureau, PTA Life Member (Kaegebein School) and worked as a registered nurse at Deaconess Hospital.
   A memorial service will be held at the Kaiser Funeral Home at 11 a.m. June 26, 2010. Flowers gratefully declined, memorials may be made to the Grand Island Fire Co.


Carolyn M. (nee Nichter) Lichtenthal,May 22, 2010, beloved wife of Thomas; dear mother of Mary Lou (Ron) Walf, Thomas (Jean) Lichtenthal, Donna (Brett) Wolfley and David (Michelle) Lichtenthal; dear grandmother of Kevin, Laura, Douglas, Christopher, Jennifer, Bryan, Andrew, Adam, Megan, Emily, Sarah and Michael; dear sister of Bernard Nichter; also survived by several nieces and nephews. The family will be present Tuesday, May 25 at 9 AM at St. Stephen's Church, Grand Island where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 AM. Friends invited. Flowers gratefully declined. Arrangements by AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC. Share your condolences at www.AMIGONE.com


Harold A. Smith, of Grand Island, NY, January 17, 2010. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, May 22 at 11 AM in Church of the Advent, 54 Delaware Rd., Kenmore, NY. Friends and neighbors invited.


Harold Joseph Arcouet: memorial service being held at St. Stephen's Church, 10 a.m. Saturday May 22, 2010. See Obituary.


William C. Daigler Jr., owned Grand Island marketing company -
Oct. 20, 1923—May 17, 2010 -
A memorial service for William C. Daigler Jr.,a Grand Island businessman who ran his own marketing company, will be held at 4 p.m. Monday in Trinity Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. Mr. Daigler, of Grand Island, died Monday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital. He was 86. He was a graduate of the University at Buffalo and served as a sergeant in the Army in World War II. He ran his own company, Bill Daigler&Associates, which did marketing and research, before retiring in 1987. He also worked at Moore Business Forms in Niagara Falls. Survivors include his wife, the former Irene “Honey” Kaiser; a daughter, Lynn; and a sister, JoAnn Hasselbeck.


Robert W. Peterson, former Grand Island, NY resident, suddenly May 17, 2010, of North Tonawanda, NY, husband of Julie; father of Amanda and Robert; son of Nancy and Raymond L.; brother of Raymond M.; also survived by aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Friends may call Wednesday, May 19 from 4-8 and Thursday, May 20 from 2-4 and 7-9 at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT FUNERAL HOME, INC., 3290 Delaware Avenue, where Funeral Services will be held Friday morning, May 21 at 10:15. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Timothy's Church at 11. Friends invited. Robert was a member of VFW Post # 9249 Men's Auxiliary of Grand Island, Amvets and Black Angels Color Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society .


Dr. Jeremi Villano, 64, of Sundance, WY, passed away on May 8, 2010 at her home. She was born March 21, 1946 in Framingham, MA, and was raised in Grand Island, NY. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and attained her M.D. from S.U.N.Y. Downstate Medical Center in 1972. She was a Family Practice Doctor at Crook County Medical Services District from 1979 until the time of her death. She is survived by her mother, Margaret Villano, her sister Nadina Villano, and her children, Ethan and Laura Reinhold. A memorial service will be held in her honor in July. A memorial will be established by the family.


Gerald F. Feyerabend, May 11, 2010 of Grand Island, NY, beloved husband of Katherina (Werner); father of Judy (Ronald) Fachko, Janet Reyes; step father of John, Paul (Lana), Michael (Lisa) and the late Laurie Dudley; also survived by 11 grandchildren and one great-grandson. Friends may call Friday, May 14 from 7-9 at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT INC., FUNERAL HOME, 3290 Delaware Ave. where funeral services will be held Saturday morning, May 15 at 10:30. Friends invited.


Denise C. Oriani, - May 9, 2010, of Grand Island; wife of Kevin S. Oriani; mother of Samantha D. Oriani; daughter of Victor and Dot Robillard; sister of Mark (Briget) Robillard and Charles (Joan) Simmons; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Friends may call Sunday, May 16 from 2-6 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, where funeral services will be held Monday, May 17 at 10 AM. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society .


Thomas P. Dingey, May 9, 2010, formerly of Grand Island. Father of Nicholas and Jonathan Dingey; brother of Linda Dingey and Sharon (Melvin) Ullrich; uncle of Jeryl Engel and Paul (Mary Jo) Soto; son of the late Paul and Mildred Dingey; also survived by a great-niece and great-nephews. Friends may call Wednesday, May 12 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, where funeral services will be held Thursday, May 13 at 10 AM. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 1775 Wehrle Dr. Suite 150, Williamsville, NY 14221.



George E. Casey, May 7, 2010, suddenly at the age of 77, of Grand Island. Husband of the late Dolly (nee Olivo) Casey; father of Jude (Peter) Kuehne and Dolores Sinicki, both of Grand Island and the late George E. (survived by wife Judith) Casey Jr., Alice (survived by husband John) Ricatone and Edward Casey; grandfather of Kristin (Bob) Fritschi, George Casey III, Peter Jr. and Jessica Kuehne, Tyler, Chelsea, Anthony and Jessica Sinicki; son of the late John and Alice Casey; brother of the late Thomas (the late Dorothy) and John (survived by wife Jane) Casey. Friends may call Monday, May 10 and Tuesday, May 11 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, May 12 at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Jude Kuehne for a future memorial scholarship fund c/o HSBC, 2300 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island 14072. George was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. He served in the US Navy and is a member of the Navy SeaBees. He moved with his wife Dolly and five children from Long Island, NY to Grand Island in 1969. He was a self employed accountant who recently retired. He was involved in many community organizations. George served as a religious instructor at St Stephens for many years beginning in 1969. George has been a member of the Grand Island Lion’s club for over forty years, including past NYS Chairman & past District Governor. He was involved GI Little League for 17 years, including being a player agent for several years. Since then has been a fixture at Veterans Park, known to attend games there every weekend. He has been a Grand Island school board trustee for six years. He was also a member of NYS School Board Association, Erie County Association of School Board, WNY Education Service Council. He has been Grand Island’s voting delegate at annual conventions of the NYS School Board Association since 2004. George was also involved in GI School/Business Alliance, GIHS DECA as a judge in both the local and state levels, GIHS shadow day and job search. He enjoyed reading to the students at the GI elementary schools as well as participating in Bedtime for Books at Sidway School. He supported all of his grandchildren’s extracurricular activities, from soccer, softball, bowling, school concerts, plays and countless other events. His motto was, “all for the children”, they were #1 in his book. That was the driving force for his decision to run for the School Board. As the family has been told time and time again, if Grand Island had a “Social Mayor”, it would have been George Casey. He will be sadly missed!


Mary Ann (nee Stucz) Ferry, May 8, 2010, of Grand Island, NY, loving wife of the late Richard W. Ferry; cherished mother of Catherine (Dr. Francis) Middleton, Karen (Ronald) Rusch, Margaret (Timothy) Short, Susan T., Sharon (Joseph) Stutz, Joan Thomann, Anne (Kurt) Lengfield and Dr. Laura Ferry; also survived by 16 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Timothy's R.C. Church, 565 East Park Dr. on Tuesday at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.


Martha E. (Malkinski) Schuh, May 9, 2010, of Grand Island, wife of Thomas Schuh, Sr.; mother of Alicia (John Jr.) Garcia, Brendan Speller, Brian (Alison) Speller and Thomas (Nicole) Schuh, Jr.; grandmother of John and Margaret Garcia, Georgia and Alexandra Speller and Alyssa Schuh; sister of Joseph (Terri) Malkinski and the late Helen Maciolek and Stanley Malkinski; daughter of the late Alexander and Mary Malkinski. Friends may call Thursday, May 13 and Friday, May 14 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, May 15 at 11:15 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure , PO Box 237, Buffalo 14231.


Thomas C. Fritschi Jr., May 2, 2010, age 87. Beloved husband of Marcia E. (nee Kick) Fritschi; loving father of Thomas R. (Sandra), Paul R. (Marcia E.) Fritschi, Barbara A. (Robert) Fick, Stephen C. of Syracuse NY, Donald E. and John A. (Kathy) Fritschi; cherished grandfather of nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family will be present on Thursday, May 6 from 7-9 PM and Friday, May 7 from 5-9 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel), AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC. 2600 Sheridan Drive (at Parker Blvd). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on SaturdayMay 8 from St. Stephen's R.C. Church on Grand Island at 10 AM. Please assemble at the church. Friends invited. Share your condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.


Richard E. Martin, April 26, 2010, loving son of the late Verda and Earl Martin; brother of Cherie (Thomas) Miller and the late Donald P. Martin; uncle of Peter (Laurie) Martin, Theresa Brown, Earl Miller and the late Mary Knab; great uncle of Ariel M. (Sal) Carlino, Ryan M. Martin, Christine A. Knab, Sarah M. Knab, Tessa M. Brown, Orendael R. Miller and Jesse S. Miller. Flowers gratefully declined, donations may be made to RidgeView Manor Nursing Home, 3 Dorrance St., Buffalo, or St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 591 E. Main St., Springville, where memorial services will be held Saturday, May 8 at 11 AM.


Elizabeth R. "Randi" (Wilson) Internicola, May 1, 2010, of Grand Island. Beloved wife of Gregory Internicola; loving mother of William and Nate Youd; stepmother of Stephanie (Kevin) Starczewski; grandmother of Noah Starczewski; sister of Ellen (Ron) Wilson-Seber; aunt of Brent, Keith and Zack Seber; daughter-in-law of Lucille Internicola. Friends may call Tuesday, May 4 from 4-7 PM followed by funeral services Tuesday at 7 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice. She will be sorely missed by all.


Donald A. Merritt, Entered eternal life April 30, 2010, of Grand Island, beloved husband of Mary (Missert) Merritt; loving father of Kristine (Paul) Bovenzi, Lynn (Chuck) Mitchell, Robert (Patricia) Merritt and Sally (Ross) Kaiser; devoted grandfather of Sarah and Emily Bovenzi, Kate Doniger, Hilary (Wil) Clark, Elizabeth Merritt, Adam and Amanda Kaiser; brother of Barbara (Tony) Cardwell and Richard (Jill) Merritt. Friends may call Sunday, May 2nd from 2-6 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, May 3rd at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo or the St. Stephen's Church Building Fund. Don was a dedicated volunteer for St. Stephen's Church, serving as a lector and with the Catholic Charities campaigns.


Stanley E. Garrison, April 26, 2010, of Charlotte, NC, formerly of Grand Island, NY, beloved husband of Jo Ann (Marsh) Garrison; dear father of Jason (Carrie) Garrison, Darcy Morrison, George (Kristin) Lodick, David (Annmarie) Lodick and Jeffrey Lodick; loving grandfather of Lindsey, David Jr., Mary Katherine, Gabriella, Tyler, Briana, George IV, Matthew, Monica, Alexzandria, Kyle, Damanique, Jeffrey Sebastian, Charles, Elaine-Eugenia, Nigiel, Katavius James and Samatha; brother of Mickey (Betty), Ronald (Janet) and Gary Garrison; brother-in-law of Betsy (Lou) Bicz, Richard (Pauline) Marsh and Adam (Brenda) Marsh; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Sunday, May 2nd from 7-9 and Monday, May 3rd from 2-4 and 7-9 at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT FUNERAL HOME, 3290 Delaware Avenue, where Funeral Services will be held Tuesday morning, May 4th at 11. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Operation Home Front, PO Box 211402, Royal Palm Beach, FL 33421.


Robert J. Good, Ph.D See Buffalo News Obituary.


A Tree In Memory of Mother & Baby - April 2010

The family of Stephanie Ali and Baby Grace Ingalsbe planted a red maple tree in their memory on Wednesday, April 28, 2010. The tree is in front of the art classroom at Veronica Connor Middle School on Ransom Road. Sister Mary Johnice from the Love Center, Buffalo conducted the prayer service and the planting was attended by approximately 40 family members and friends including Pastor Fr. Paul, Fr. Sam Venne, Town Councilwoman Mary Cooke, Supervisor Peter McMahon, Cheryl Robinson and several distinguished members of the school board. The school's American flag swaying at half staff was a beautiful sight to behold. Lunch followed at the home of Penny and George Panepinto.


CDR Robert E. Brown, USN (Ret.), 65, died November 27, 2009. See Robert Brown Obituary.


Rose (nee Cipparrone) Quagliana, of Buffalo, NY, formerly of Grand Island, April 22, 2010. Beloved wife of Salvatore J. "Sam" Quagliana; dearest mother of Louis A. (Paula) Quagliana and Angela L. (William) Robert; grandmother of Erin A. (Christopher J.) Johnston; great-grandmother of Madeline Rose Johnston; step-grandmother of Dr. Sarah (Nicolas) Penchazadeh Robert, Heather M. (Kevin) Smith, Katharine Robert; step-great-grandmother of Julia and Lilah Penchazadeh Robert, Aidan, Cameron and Hadley Smith; sister of the late Lucy (Pasquale) Martini and Grace Cipparrone. Friends received at the CASTIGLIA FUNERAL HOME, INC., 873 Abbott Rd., Buffalo, Monday, April 26 from 3-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Margaret's Church, 1395 Hertel Ave., Buffalo, Tuesday morning at 9:30 (Please assemble at church). Memorials to Hospice Buffalo, Inc. Entombment Mt. Calvary Cemetery.



Roger J. O'Connor, 69, of Niagara Falls, NY, passed away on Sunday, April 18, 2010 in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. Born in Grand Island, NY, he was the son of the late George O'Connor and late Alice (Schirmer) White. Roger was a lifelong resident of the area and attended local schools. He was employed as an operating engineer for Rupp Construction Company in Buffalo, NY for thirty-five years. Roger was a boating enthusiast and was past Commodore of the Inner Harbor Yacht Club, past member of the U.S. Power Squadron and past member of the International Blue Gavel. Roger is survived by his wife, June M. (Brockwell) O'Connor; two children, Karyn Keppel and Kevin O'Connor, both of Florida; two grandchildren, Hannah and Tyler Keppel; and one brother, Donald O'Connor. There will be no prior visitation. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by M.J. COLUCCI AND SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 MILITARY ROAD, NIAGARA FALLS, NY. Memorial offerings may be made to the American Cancer Society, 101 John Audubon Pkwy., Amherst, NY 14228. Visit www.mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for on-line guest register.


Nathan Lee Dunbar, April 11, 2010, of Rochester, beloved son of Mark. E. and Denise A. (Bonsack) Dunbar; loving brother of Nicole L. Dunbar; cherished fiancee of Erin Rosa; cherished grandson of Barbara Guenther and the late Robert C. Bonsack, Jr., and Virginia C. and the late Roy W. Dunbar; also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, Friends may call Wednesday, April 14 from 4-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island.Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 15 at 10:30 AM at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Underwater Search & Recovery Team c/o John M. York, Livingston County Sheriffs Office, 5 Court St., Geneso, NY 14454. Nathan was an Eagle Scout, an avid outdoorsman, loved to fish, camp and snowboard.


Melford V. Hill, April 9, 2010, of Grand Island, husband of Sam (nee Stack) Hill; father of Leah Hill; son of Iola Hill; brother of Loueen (Robert) Vincent. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, April 17 at 10:00 AM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the VA Hospital.


Gertrude K.Wakeman, of Grand Island, NY, April 8, 2010; wife of the late Donald R. Wakeman; mother of Charles R. (Cherree) Wakeman, Patricia A. (Vincent) Pino and the late John E. Wakeman; grandmother of James, Thomas and David; sister of the late Edward Reed, Ruth Palm, Margaret Wilson, Helen R. Quarantillo and Martha White; she is also survived by many nieces and nephews. The family will be present on Sunday, April 11 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at RHONEY FUNERAL HOME, 1124 Ontario Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY, where funeral services will be held on Monday, April 12 at 9:30 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM at St. Raphael Roman Catholic Parish, 3840 Macklem Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY. Visit www.rhoneyfuneralhome.com, for guest register.


Anna E. (nee Feiling) Williams, April 7. 2010; beloved wife of Thomas J. Williams; devoted mother of Christopher J. (Lanette), Corinne A., Thomas J., (Iris) and Stephen P. Williams; loving daughter of Anna and the late John Feiling; sister of Edith K. (Anthony) Maggiotto; aunt of Rebecca Biersbach, Norman Biersbach, Kaitlin Williams, Geraldine Rivera-Vigo and Jennifer Milheim. The family will receive friends at the C. MERTZ & SON FUNERAL HOME, INC., 911 Englewood Ave. on Saturday, April 10 from 2-4 and 7-9 P PM and Sunday, April 11 from 2-6 PM. Please assemble at church for a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Stephen's Church (Grand Island) Monday, morning April 12 at 10:00 AM.


Forest L. Keister Sr., 86, of Richmond, formerly of Grand Island, NY, went to be with the Lord, April 3, 2010. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Ellen Keister; two sons, Forest L. Keister Jr. and Gary Keister of Naples, FL; his daughter, Mary Lou Johnson of LeHigh Acres, FL; his granddaughter, Diane Keister. Mr. Keister graduated from Allegheny College in 1947 and was a retired chemist with the state of New York. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Interment will be in Greendale Cemetery, Meadville, PA.


Robert E. Krueger, of Lewiston, NY, formerly of Grand Island, NY, April 2, 2010, age 82, husband of Marlene E. (Logan) Krueger and the late Lee M. Krueger; father of Douglas Krueger, Brenda Krueger, Sandra (Michael) Rogers and Marcia (Jeffrey) Sidebottom; grandfather of Elayne Lee Sidebottom; brother of the late Donald D. Krueger; brother-in-law of Barbara Krueger; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the HARDISON FUNERAL HOMES, INC., North Fourth & Ridge Streets, Lewiston, Tuesday, April 6 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Services Wednesday, April 7th at 11 AM from the funeral home. Memorials to Lewiston Volunteer Fire Company Ambulance Fund or Roswell Park Cancer Institute. For online registry www.hardisonfuneralhomes.com. See Buffalo News Obituary.



Zoey Elizabeth Crowley, 7 months, suddenly April 1, 2010, beloved daughter of Kris Tina Crowley; cherished granddaughter of Jennifer Crowley; loving niece of Katie Crowley, Michelle (Frank) Gough, Richard (Lisa) Mathewson and Shawn C. Crowley; cousin of Allison and Michael Gough; great-granddaughter of Richard and Norma Mathewson; also survived by Kory Ferguson, Shawn P. Crowley, Donald and Mary Lou Crowley and several aunts, uncles and cousins. The family will be present Tuesday, April 6 from 4-7 PM at the GRECO FUNERAL HOME, 2909 Elmwood Ave. (near Sheridan Dr.) where funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 7 at 11 AM. Friends invited. Flowers gratefully declined. Share your condolences at GRECOFUNERAL.com


Ruth M. (nee Goerke) Dunnigan, April 1, 2010; beloved wife of the late John; beloved mother of John (Susan) and James (Norine) Dunnigan; grandmother of Brooke (Brad) Frapwell, Whitney (Jeff) King, Meghan, Katherine and James II; great-grandmother of Logan Frapwell; sister of Irene (Donald) Rice, the late Raymond Goerke and Richard Goerke; sister-in-law of Mary Goerke; beloved daughter of the late Richard and Anna Goerke; also survived by many nieces and nephews. The family will be present on Tuesday, April 6 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2600 Sheridan Drive (corner Parker Blvd.) where funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 7 from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2669 Sheridan Drive at 10:00 AM. Contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church or charity of choice. Share you condolences at www.AMIGONE.com
See Buffalo News Obituary.


Michael A. Frederick, April 1, 2010, beloved husband of Kristia (nee Gatti) Frederick; loving father of Ian Michael, Charlotte and Maverick Frederick; beloved son of Philip, Sr. and Patricia (nee Bracco) Frederick; dear brother of Philip Frederick, Jr. and Nicole (fiance Kevin) Frederick; son-in-law of Barbara (Chuck) Stout and Louis (Ursula) Gatti; brother-in-law of Danielle Gatti and Elisa Gatti; devoted uncle of Daemon and Sophia. The family will be present Tuesday, April 6 from 4-8 PM at the SPALLINO-AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, 1300 Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Wednesday, April 7 at 10:00 AM in the Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, NY. Flowers gratefully declined. Please share condolences online at www.AMIGONE.com


Marian Louise (Smith) Nocera, 85, of Grand Island, NY, died at home on Wednesday, March 31, 2010. She was born November 28, 1924, in Wilkes-Barre, PA, she was the daughter of the late Harry Paul Smith and Emma Mae Sayre. Marian was predeceased by her husband, John Nocera; and by three brothers, Harry ("Junior") Smith, Robert ("Bob") Smith, and Jonah Smith, all in the greater Niagara Falls area. Mrs. Nocera moved with her parents and brothers, from Wilkes-Barre, PA to Niagara Falls, NY in 1943, where she and her father were employed by Bell Aircraft as part of the war effort. Marian later worked for the City of Niagara Falls, in roles that included a parking meter officer, special event security attendant, school crossing guard, zamboni driver, and Convention Center staff until her retirement. Marian was a member of the First Baptist Church, where she led an exercise class for seniors, and was a long-time volunteer of the Senior Nutrition Program, where she received numerous awards for her service. She led an active life, and had many friends among the Niagara Chapter-17 Women of the Moose in Niagara Falls for 45 years. Mrs. Nocera was an avid sports fan, closely following MLB baseball, Buffalo Bills football, and never missing the sports of her children. Her greatest role and greatest love was in raising her family. She and her husband John were married in 1951, at St. Paul's Methodist Church of Niagara Falls. A veteran of WWII, John died in July, 1967. They had three children, son, Thomas (Maria) Nocera of Winter Haven, FL; daughter, Joanne (Steven) Johnson of Madison, AL; and son, Charles (Karen) Nocera of Ithaca, NY. In addition to her children, Mrs. Nocera is survived by her brother, William (Mary Esther) Smith of Asheville, NC; grandchildren, Dana Battaglia, and Thomas Nocera of western NY, Rebecca (Sarkisian) Currrent of NC and Ed Sarkisian of NC; Michaela Nocera-Cortright of HI; Jessica Galbreath-Nocera and Karly Nocera of Ithaca, NY; and by several great-grandchildren, and further extended family. The family will be present to receive friends Monday, April 5th, 6:00-8:00 PM at the SPALLINO-AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, 1300 Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY, where services will follow at 8:00 PM. Friends invited. Share your condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.


Violet L. Merletti, March 28, 2010, age 83, of Grand Island. Wife of the late Eligio "Lee" J. Merletti; mother of Susan, Mark (Theresa) and Sandra Merletti; grandmother of Tyler Zikuski and Andreas Merletti; sister of Ernest and the late Walter Poplarchek; also survived by nine nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends and loved ones at Violet's home, 2107 West River Rd., Grand Island Thursday, April 1 from 4-9 PM. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Monday, April 5 at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church, Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to American Heart Assn - Go Red For Women, tinyurl.com/merletti or Disabled American Veterans.


Mary P. Dienst, formerly of Grand Island , a retired associate professor of dietetics at Buffalo State College, died Sunday, March 21, 2010 in Spokane, Wash., where she had been living for the past five years. She was 91. See Buffalo News Obituary.


Elisabeth N. Baedeker, 96, of Grand Island, a homemaker, died March 20.


Thomas S. Lumberg Sr., March 20, 2010, beloved husband of Sylvia (nee Ziolkowski); dear father of Thomas Jr. (Miah) and Sheri (Daniel) Heffron; brother of George (Maria) Lumberg and Kathy Lumberg (Phil); proud grandfather of Chloé. Family and friends may call Wednesday 4-8 at the DENGLER, ROBERTS, PERNA FUNERAL HOME, 3000 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Thursday, March 25 at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church, (Grand Island). Please assemble at church. Flowers gratefully declined.


Juanita A. (nee Passarella) Pellegrino, March 16, 2010, of Grand Island; wife of the late Generoso "Jerry" Pellegrino; mother of Antonia Pellegrino, Rosemary (David) Fiolkowski, Paul (Patricia) Pellegrino; predeceased by her sisters; grandmother of Shawna and Scott Hnatyszyn, Elissa and Katelyn Pellegrino; also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Friends may call Thursday, March 18 from 4-8 P.M. at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, where prayers will be said Friday, March 19 at 9:30 A.M. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM from St. Stephen's Church, Grand Island. If desired memorials may be made to Fischer Center for Alzheimer's Research, One Intrepid Square, West 46 St. + 12 Ave., New York, NY, 10036.


Barbara J. (Organ) Raham, March 11, 2010, of Grand Island. Beloved wife of Richard N. Raham, Devoted mother of Rod (Brooke) Raham, and Susan (William) Walsh; loving grandmother of Shawn Walsh, Jennifer (Tim) Cramer, and Jessica Walsh, sister of David (Denise) Organ. Friends may call Sunday, March 14 from 7-9 P.M. and Monday, March 15 from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whiteheaven Rd. Grand Island, Where Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 16 at 11 A.M. Flowers gratefully declined, Memorials may be made to American Breast Cancer Association. Mrs. Raham retired after 32 years as Director of Nursing.


Norine E. (Webb) Giardina of Getzville, NY, March 6, 2010, beloved wife of the late Giuseppe; loving mother of Vittorio C. (Nikki) and John J. (Clare); dearest grandmother of Kaitlyn N., Joseph D., Jacob C., and Valentino G.; loving daughter of the late Earl and the late Lydia (nee Hardy) Webb; dearest sister of Ronald (Jeanne), the late Clinton (Charlane) and the late Earl (Jan) and the late Kenneth (Marie) Webb; also survived by nieces and nephews. Funeral service Monday, March 15 at 9:15 AM from the URBAN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME INC., 6685 Transit Rd., Swormville (just south of County and North French Roads) and a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Pius X at 10 AM. Visitation Saturday, March 13 and Sunday, March 14 from 1-4 PM only. Flowers declined, memorials to the American Heart Assn.


Emma L. Pici:
A Mass of Christian Burial for Emma L. Pici, a former Buffalo teacher, will be offered at 9 a. m. Saturday in St. Amelia Catholic Church, 2999 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda. Mrs. Pici died Sunday in her Grand Island home under the care of Hospice. She was 83. See See Buffalo News Obituary.


David R. Ehde, March 7, 2010, of Grand Island, husband of Arlene A. (Piekarski) Ehde; father of Mark (Judith), Jeffrey (Mary) and Craig (Dana) Ehde; grandfather of Christopher and Matthew Ehde, and Alexis Syrell; son of the late Margaret and Henry Ehde Jr.; brother of the late Henry III (the late Dorothy) and James (survived by wife Elizabeth) Ehde. Flowers gratefully declined, memorials may be made to Grand Island Special Athletes c/o Vaughn Keller 151 Laurie Ln., Grand Island or St. Martin-In-The-Fields Episcopal Church 2587 Baseline Rd., Grand Island where memorial services will be held Saturday, March 13 at 11 AM.


William W. "Bill" Dyet, March 9, 2010, husband of Beverly (Risewick) Dyet; father of William (Ruthann) of Arizona, Richard (Anne) and Terry (Kathy) of California; brother of Bruce (the late Beverly) of St. Catherines, James (Gloria) of Colorado; , grandfather of William (Kim), Daniel (Rachel Piscorz), Jared, Timothy and Andrew; great-grandfather of six; also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, Thursday, March 11 from 2-4 and 7-8:30 PM, where funeral services will follow at 8:30 PM. Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials to The Hospice Foundation of W.N.Y. See Buffalo News Obituary.


Thomas G. Arrigo Sr., March 7, 2010, of Grand Island, NY, beloved husband of Palma (Vasi) Arrigo; dear father of Thomas G. Arrigo, Jr.; dear brother of Jo Ann (M. Richard) Mahiques; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Tuesday, March 9 from 3-8 PM at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT, INC. FUNERAL HOME, 3290 Delaware Ave. where funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 10 at 9:45 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Andrew's Church at 10:30. flowers gratefully declined.


Harold A. Smith, of Grand Island, died January 17, 2010, while visiting family in Florida. His beloved wife Lily preceded him in death. He leaves behind children, Alan of Fairfax, CA, Lynda (Mark) of Tampa, FL and Carol (Matt) of Rocky River, OH. He is also survived by his dear companion, Alice and her extended family. He leaves behind five grandsons, Mike, Kris (Alicia), Ian, Jake and Marcello. He proudly served in the British Royal Navy during WWII and worked for General Motors and Harrison Radiator until his retirement. A memorial service will be held in May with time and date to be announced later.
See Buffalo News Obituary.


Sarah L. Pacioni, March 3, 2010, of Grand Island, born in Detroit, MI, wife of the late Andy Pacioni; mother of Judith (Eric) Raepple, Daniel (Paulette), Gary (Susan), Kenneth (Lilly) and Thomas Pacioni; grandmother of Jason, Erica and Alexis Raepple, Ty, Andalyn, Joshua, Samantha, Giacomo, Gallileo, Zachary and Alexandria Pacioni; sister of Margaret Keating, Carol (Joseph) Stemlin, Kate O'Brien and the late James (survived by wife Lorraine) McKaig and Mary (survived by husband John) Berry. Friends may call Sunday, March 7 only 9 AM-12 Noon at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, March 8 at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials to the Alzheimer's Association , WNY Chapter. Mrs. Pacioni was a volunteer at St. Stephen's Church and School for almost 40 years and enjoyed a year living at Claire Bridge of Niagara.


Lorraine (Reinhart) Mueller, Went to meet her Lord and Savior Tuesday, March 2, 2010, Lorraine was born in Buffalo July 25, 1914 to Jacob and Anna Reinhart; she was predeceased by parents; husbands Otto and Arthur; five sisters; two brothers; son Gary; and one great-grandchild. She leaves behind her loving family that will miss her; daughter Lorraine Mueller Michaels of Shreveport, LA, son H. Ronald (Beverly) Mueller of Grand Island, 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Friends may call Sunday, March 7 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, where funeral services will be held Monday, March 8 at 10 AM.


Richard J.Hoy Jr., March 3, 2010, of Grand Island; husband of Patricia Ann (Gunsalus) Hoy; father of Robert (Suzanne), Michael and Richard Hoy; grandfather of Kaitlin, Joshua, Nicole and Jennalyn Hoy; brother of Kathy (Tony) Durante, Joanne (Ckickie) Lauria, Jan (Rod) Cannizzaro and the late Elaine Garippo and Elizabeth Hoy; son of the late Catherine and Richard Hoy Sr.; best friend of Cliff Dentico. Friends may call Friday, March 5 from 4-8 PM followed by a Prayer Service Friday at 8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the WNY Kidney Foundation . Mr. Hoy was a retired member of Local Union 660 Glaziers and Glassworkers. Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Grand Island Fire Co.


Hazel W. (nee Kuhn) Moss, March 2, 2010; of Grand Island, NY; beloved wife of Walter W. Moss, loving mother of Walter (fiancee Kimberly Kelly) and Patrick ( Stephanie) Moss; grandmother of Sean and Mark Moss; also survived by brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. Friends may call at D. LAWRENCE GINNANE FUNERAL HOME. 3215 Delaware Ave, Kenmore Friday, March 5 from 3-8 PM, where funeral service will be held Saturday at 1 PM. Memorials to Hospice Buffalo are preferred.


Fay M. Sexton (nee Lesandro) Avarello, February 27, 2010, of Grand Island, formerly of Tonawanda, mother of Howard Michael (Sandra Cunningham) Sexton and Linda Louise Avarello; grandmother of Corinne, Jason, Patrick, Christopher and Stephanie; sister of Beverly (Joseph G.) McNamara; also survived by nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held Thursday, March 4 at 10:00 AM at St. Stephen's Church 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Grand Island Fire Co.







George A. Stoffan, age 88, entered into rest February 26, 2010. Beloved husband of Susan (nee Matis) Stoffan, loving father of Barbara (Peter) Conrad and Mark A. Stoffan, dearest grand-father of Heather (Joseph), Chad, Erin and great-grandfather of Allison Marie and Jason Peter. Preceeded in death by his son, George III, brother, Michael J. and sister, Martha Marcis. Friends will be received FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2010, FROM 4 - 8 P.M., AT THE JOSEPH MISENCIK FUNERAL HOME, 12500 MADISON AVE, LAKEWOOD, where closing prayers will be Saturday, at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass at 10 a.m., at Ss. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, Lakewood. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled Veteran's, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250. Catholic War Veterans will meet at the funeral home Friday, March 5, at 7 p.m.



Richard J. Bedell, 57, of North Tonawanda, formerly of Grand Island, NY, died Monday, February 22, 2010. Son of the late Ossian W. 'Osh' and Margaret Bedell; brother of Beverly Ann (William) Gerada and the late William E. Bedell. No other information available.




Harry S. "Bud" Mullany II, peacefully, February 26, 2010, of Grand Island. Husband of Patricia Mary Mullany; father of Colleen (Harvey) Enser, Dianne (John) Sullivan, Michael (Kirsten) Mullany, James (Myra) Mullany, Jacqueline (Glenn) Dooman and Kelly (Robert) Shivinsky; also survived by 19 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Brother of Mila (the late John) Dennis and the late Marya (the late Edward) Casey and William Mullany. Friends may call Tuesday, March 2 from 4:30 - 6:30 PM followed by funeral services Tuesday at 6:30 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island.




Dorothy Elizabeth (nee Whitten) Tubbs, went to be with her Lord, February 25, 2010, of Grand Island. Wife of the late Albert A. Tubbs, Jr., mother of Susan L. (Charles) McElwee of Albuquerque, N.M. and David A. Tubbs of Rochester, N.Y.; sister of Robert C. (Sally) Whitten of Cupertino, CA. and Frank H. (Jean) Whitten of Sun City, AZ.; daughter of the late Adeline (Gerke) and Robert C. Whitten Sr.; loving friend of Frederick Wohlander of Niagara Falls. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo, the American Cancer Society or Lighthouse Baptist Church, 383 Wheatfield Rd., North Tonawanda, where a Memorial Service will be held Saturday, February 27 at 10:30 AM.




In Memory of Michael J. McNulty
It has been 30 years since you left us. Not a day goes by that we do not repeat one of your funny stories or remember all the words to those Irish tunes you taught us so well. A special thank you to Bonnie & Bill for being there for us while we were grieving.
Greatly missed, wife Pat, children & spouses: Patty, Peggy, Shirley, Mike, Mary, Bobbi & grandchildren and great grandchildren.




Michaeline M. (nee Webber) Reining, February 21, 2010, of Grand Island, mother of Michael J. (Becky) Reining of Southwest Palm Bay, FL; grandmother of Ryan Reining; daughter of Donna and the late Richard Webber of Grand Island; sister of Margaret "Peggy" (Donald) Hooper of Ogdensburg, NY, Anne Smith of Albion, WA, Donna Goss of Williamsville, Kim (Jim) Marshall of Croston, KY and the late Patricia Majtyka and Thomas Webber; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Friends may call Wednesday, February 24 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, February 25 at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church.




Robert F. "Bugsy" Irvin, February 16, 2010 of Grand Island NY; devoted companion for 42 years to Chris Hinca; dearest friend of Roy Christ, Big Steve Cline, Ron English , Len Ludovico, Bill Tully, John Rott and Harry Korman. Friends may call Monday, Feb. 22 from 2-5 PM at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT FUNERAL HOME 3290 Delaware Ave where funeral service will be held at 5 PM. Friends invited. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the SPCA.




Donald R. Deitzman, February 17, 2010, of Grand Island, formerly of Alden; beloved husband of the late Donna J. (Smith) Deitzman; dear father of Douglas (Suzanne) Deitzman and the late Terry (survived by husband Donald) Molnar and Richard (survived by wife Patricia) Dietzman; also survived by 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Friends may call Friday, February 19th from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, were funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 10:30 AM.




Thorice Ann Berger Welch, February 15, 2010, formerly of Grand Island; devoted mother of Tori (Jon) Berger Jacobs and William James Berger; cherished daughter of Olga Mazachowsky and James Welch; beloved sister of Melissa Welch. Friends may call Friday, February 19 from 6-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Memorial services will be held Saturday at 11:00 AM at Trinity United Methodist Church.




Maud (Hopkins) Good, February 13, 2010, of Grand Island, formerly of Scotland, wife of Dr. Robert J. Good; mother of Emma C. (Cliffe) Joel of Oceanside, CA, Carol Donnelly of Amherst and Rosalie G. Hopkins of Richmond, VA; grandmother of Daniel, Deborah and Lisa Cullinan, Robert Donnelly, Jennifer (Donnelly) Bowen, Alison C. Wylie and Suzanne S. Hopkins; also survived by seven great-grandchildren; predeceased by nine brothers and sisters. Memorial Services will be held Thursday, February 18th at 11 AM at St. Martin -In-The-Fields Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Rd., Grand Island.




Scott A. Smith, suddenly, February 10, 2010; beloved husband of Rochelle D. "Shelley" (nee Rosenthal) Smith; brother of Russell J. (Danielle nee Scott) Smith of Lutz, FL and Suzette Hino (Wayne E.) of Hamburg, NY; uncle of Zachary J., D. Alexander and Joshua S. Smith, all of Lutz, FL and Simon E. Hino of Hamburg; also survived by numerous cousins. Friends may call Monday, February 15 and Tuesday, February 16 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the DENGLER, ROBERTS, PERNA FUNERAL HOME, 3000 Delaware Ave. at Tremont, Kenmore, where a celebration of Scott's life will be held Wednesday morning at 10:00. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to "Friends of the Grand Island Library," 1715 Bedell Rd., Grand Island, NY 14072. Scott was an active volunteer counselor and Past Chapter Chair of WNY SCORE and a member of the Grand Island Library Board and Friends of the Grand Island Library. Online condolences may be made to www.mem.com
See Buffalo News Obituary.



Agnes E. (Farkas) English, of Grand Island, February 13, 2010. Wife of the late Charles L. English; dear mother of Gerald (Paulette) English, Kathleen (late Robert) Menter, Elizabeth (James) Klein, Barbara (Edwin) Donohue, Michael English; sister of Elizabeth (late Charles) Dolce, August (late Phyllis) Farkas and the late Anne Meister, Frank (Florence), Joseph P. Farkas and Catherine Russo; also survived by 19 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at D. LAWRENCE GINNANE FUNERAL HOME, 3215 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, Tuesday, February 16 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM, where funeral will be held Wednesday at 9. Mass of Christian Burial from St. John the Baptist RC Church at 9:30 AM. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery.




Audrey Petersen Pollock, January 17, 2010 in Louisville, KY, at the age of 92, formerly of Grand Island, wife of the late Adrian P. Pollock; daughter of the late Peter and Marion Petersen of Webster WI; mother of Allan (Nancy) Pollock of Louisville, KY and Annette (William) Zuber of the Village of Wyoming, NY; also survived by seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren and five nieces and nephews. Audrey was born in 1917 at Milltown, Wisconsin and graduated from Stout State College in Wisconsin with a degree in Home Economics. She was a homemaker who treasured her family and friends. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, playing bridge, bowling, golfing and traveling. She was a member of St. Timothy Lutheran Church, The Eastern Star, Grand Island Golden Agers and Phi Upsilon Omicron. She was a Girl Scout leader, volunteered for Meals on Wheels and chaperoned at the Reality Cafe, a teen center. She taught adult education sewing classes and was a substitute home economics teacher. Memorial Services will be held Sunday, February 14 at 2 PM at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Grand Island, NY. A private family burial will be held Monday, February 15 at Whitehaven Cemetery, Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Adrian P. Pollock Scholarship Fund, c/o the Grand Island Lions Club, PO Box 71, Grand Island 14072.




Joan G. Bodkin died unexpectedly January 12, 2010 in ElderWood at Riverwood nursing home, Grand Island. She was 85. See Buffalo News Obituary.





Harold A. Smith, 84, of Grand Island passed away Sunday, January 17, 2010 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa from complications from cancer. Born in Birmingham, England on July 12, 1925, he was the son of the late Rose Magee Smith and Frank Smith. He apprenticed as a toolmaker and then served in Her Majesty’s Service in the Royal Navy during WWII, touring throughout Australia, Europe, and the Far East. As part of his tour, he was stationed in Hong Kong at the outset of England’s 50-year reign over that city, and his photographs from that time are displayed in the Hong Kong Museum. After his service years, he returned to England, married, and immigrated to Toronto, eventually moving to the Buffalo area. He was employed by Chevrolet on River Road as a toolmaker and retired from Harrison Radiator in Lockport. He moved to his home on Broadway in 1960, and lived there for 50 years, except for the post-retirement winters in Florida, most recently in the Ellenton area. He was a member of the Brittanica Club in Tonawanda and retired Canada/England service club in Niagara Falls, Ontario. He was predeceased by his wife of over 40 years, Lily Smith; he is survived by his children, Alan Smith of Fairfax, CA; Lynda Smith (Mark O’Shea) of Tampa, FL; and Carol Smith (Matt) Feightner of Rocky River, OH; his grandchildren, Michael and Kristopher (Alicia) Tagliarini of Tampa; and Ian, Jacob and Marcello Feightner of Rocky River; and companion, Alice Gillis of Grand Island. He was cremated and a memorial service will be held in the spring.




   Corwin Macklin Henry Bell, age 85, died peacefully Jan. 21, 2010 in Sherwood Manor Nursing Home, Sequim Washington. He was the husband of the late Gloria Johnson Bell. The Bells resided on Grand Island, N.Y. and had moved to Sequim after Corwin’s retirement from the railroad in 1986. There they built their dream home on the wild Dungeness River and enjoyed many visits from their four children and 10 grandchildren. The two joined the Sequim Prairie Grange and attended many enjoyable functions. Cory helped with the lawn mowing and pancake breakfasts.
   Corwin was born Jan 11, 1925 in Bertie Twp. Welland Co. Ontario, Canada, to Donald Henry and Alice Edith Bell. Later he moved to Kenmore N.Y. where he attended Kenmore West High and joined ski, golf, and tennis clubs. He also played trumpet in the band. There he met Gloria Johnson whom he married in 1946. The Bells owned and operated a small dry cleaning business, Corwins Cleaners, for a few years, but when they found no profit in it, Cory joined the railroad . He became a ticket salesman, then clerk and finally towerman. He worked many long, lonely hours in the towers surrounding Buffalo until ‘86, working with giant hand pulled levers that switched tracks for oncoming trains that he could only see as small lights on a giant board above him. With his tiny, perfect penmanship he logged countless hours of trains coming and going from Buffalo freight yards. To get into some of these snow bound areas was a daunting task as some towers were only accessible by foot. Many colleagues were only voices over a two-way radio, whom he probably never met. Cory worked for New York Central, Penn Central and Conrail in his thirty-seven years there.
   In the years during this time period, Cory moved his growing family to Grand Island where he had two homes, the second and the family's favorite being 841 Ransom Road. Six acres of paradise with a creek and huge trees to climb. There he could putter around in his garden on his days off and his children could play on the tractor, fish at their little falls, ice skate, camp out and roast hot dogs over an open fire. "With a cistern filled with dead snakes and frogs it was a miracle any of us survived, but somehow we did, despite the many accidents and the nasty drinking water we endured," daughter Kathy said. "Living a country life in the boonies, 800 feet off the road with only seven other houses on the street, could be odd and scary, like the time Dad came home and hid in the attic. He kept making strange noises while we hid beneath the kitchen table, where we had been watching twilight zone. Finally someone crept outside and spotted the car," Kathy said. "Or the time Paula was babysitting in the middle of the night and looked out the window only to see a house going by. Turned out it was new neighbors, moving a gigantic shed to their property via our lawn and driveway. One time little Gary wanted to impress his dad by burning up nasty tomato worms the way dad had carefully showed us…… problem was he didn’t understand about the tiny bit of gas in the coffee can! Instead he put the worms into the gas can and added the lit match and kaboom! No more eyebrows!"
   "Adventures, always popping up but made possible because of Dads foresight for a good home. In dark winter somehow Cory and the little sled made the long trek through the deep and drifting snow out to the stranded auto where he had left most of yesterday’s groceries. These are the things we will remember about our dad. He did what he could and provided the only way he knew how and I thank God for him.
   Corwin is survived by his children: Paula (Stan) Nakayama of Fairfield, CA; Greg (Lynda) Bell of Everett, Washington; Kathleen (Stephen) Olszewski of Grand Island, New York; and Gary (Lori) Bell of Westminster County. He is also survived by his 10 grandchildren: Ryan and Erin Lawson; Grant Votava and Kailea Bell; Jacob, Rachel, Daniel and Grace Olszewski and Whitney and Lindsey Bell. A memorial is planned for the summer. Place of burial will be Dungeness Cemetery. A memorial is planned for Summer 2010. Place of burial will be Dungeness Cemetery.







IN MEMORY OF MATT: HARRINGTON, MATHEW J. 03/01/59-01/27/O9
I miss our talks and conversations, really listening to each other. We laughed so loud, we disagreed, but we dearly loved one another. You cared so much for family, making music with friends, and karaoke's. I love hearing your music, and singing along, for me it is especially healing. You're missed even more on holidays, your singing, picking and your grinning. 'Sing On Free Bird, Sing On Forever' ..Love Always, your sister Brenda Sadly missed by your mother Nancy, sister Brenda, brothers Jim and Storm, Shelly and especially Rosie, Angie, Dave, Marsha, Mikey, Donovan, Sheila, Sandra, Shauna, Carrie, Charlie, Billy, much more family and many more great friends!!




Vincent H. Watson, of Grand Island, NY, January 28, 2010. Beloved husband of Natalie Szymanski Watson; dear father of Wayne (Marion), Grant Watson and Gail Watson (Dr. Daniel) Alexander; also survived by 10 grandchildren; brother of Dora Byron, Mary Donatelli and the late Myron P. (Virginia) and Dr. Charles (Nan) Zawadzki. Friends may call at D. LAWRENCE GINNANE FUNERAL HOME, 3215 Delaware Ave., Kenmore Friday 4-7 PM. All are invited to a memorial service at the Worship Center, 4 Medford Pl. at Sanders Rd., Buffalo, Saturday at 10 AM. Mr. Watson was founder of Auburn-Watson Corp., Buffalo, NY. See Buffalo News Obituary.





Richard J. Lazarz, Sr., 77, of Ocala, Florida, passed away Sunday, January 24, 2010. Born in Niagara Falls, NY on November 29, 1932, he was the son of the late John and Mary M. (Grassler) Lazarz. He attended local schools and graduated from Niagara Falls High School in 1950. He worked at his parents grocery store, located on 22nd and Falls Street, for 10 years before becoming a truck driver for Vitullo Trucking Company where he worked for 25 years. He retired in 1985 and moved to Florida in January of 2001. Richard enjoyed watching the Buffalo Bills and was a proud member of the NYS National Guard from 1948-1960, from which he retired as a Sergeant.He is survived by his wife, Carmela (Vitullo) Lazarz of Ocala, Florida; his children, Deborah (Ronald) Andrzejewski of Wheatfield, NY, Judith (Steve) Barnes of S. Dayton, NY, Cynthia (Robert) Wynne of Grand Island, NY, and Richard J. (Joanne) Lazarz, Jr. of Arlington, Texas; his grandchildren, Jaclyn (John) Pagano, John (Diane) Gross, Jacob (Lindsay Dirnberger) Gross, Dana (Mark Sipos) Andrzejewski, Aaron Andrzejewski, Jason (Melissa) Gazy, Molly Wynne, Bethany Wynne, Nina Lazarz and Richard Lazarz III; his great-grandchildren, Joseph, Carmela and AnnaBella Gazy, Autumn Gross and Braden Sipos; his brother, Michael (Casimera) Lazarz of Young Harris, Georgia; his sister, Catherine (Charles) Tracey of Darien Center, NY; as well as several nieces and nephews.Friends may call on Sunday, January 31, 2010 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at ZAJAC FUNERAL HOME, INC., 319-24th St., cor. of Welch Ave. Services will begin at 9:30 AM Monday, February 1st, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM at St. Vincent DePaul Parish (St. Leo's), 2748 Military Road, Reverend Robert Hughson officiating. Burial following in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Lewiston, NY.Visit www.legacy.com/niagara-gazette for on-line guest register.



Jeanette N. Courey, 77, of Grand Island, NY died on December 4, 2009. Beloved wife of the late Norman G. Courey; loving mother of Albert J. (Jody), Mark S. (Susan), Jean Brown (Timothy) and the late Peter K.; dearest grandmother of Mark Jr., Seth, Susie, Irene, Sibyl, Norma and Ethan; dear sister of Evelyn (Niagara Falls) and Marguerite (Toronto). All are invited to a Memorial Service Saturday, January 23, 2010 10:30 AM at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, New York. In lieu of flowers the Courey family requests that you consider a gift in Jeanette's memory to: Alzheimer's Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601. 1-800-272-3900. http://www.alz.org - See Buffalo News Obituary.



James Lester Laughlin 69, of Forest, Virginia, formerly of Grand Island, NY, died Sunday, January 17, 2010, while surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Kathleen Mary Finn Laughlin. Mr. Laughlin was born Thursday, June 13, 1940 in Neenah, WI, a son of Alice Smith of Niagara Falls, NY, and the late Lester James Laughlin. He held various management positions at Lafarge NA, Pine Hill Concrete, Clarence Materials, and Empire Builders Supply in Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY. He enjoyed working with the United Way of Central Virginia and volunteering time with the AARP. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons, Tim Laughlin and wife, Beth, of Forest VA. and their children, Zane, Shannon and Reed; Mike Laughlin and wife, Paula, of Hamburg, NY, and their children, Alexis and Janna; and Dan Laughlin and wife, Tracie, of Sandy, UT, and their children, Grace, Lucy and Abbie; his sister, Cheryl Bridges and husband, Bill, of Spartanburg, SC; and his brother, Dennis Smith of Niagara Falls, NY. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his stepmother, Helen Laughlin, and a sister, Doris Calabra. The family will receive friends from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM on Thursday, January 21, 2010 at Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg, VA. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 AM in the chapel with Chaplain Bryan Harness officiating. Memorial contributions may be sent to United Way of Central Virginia, 1010 Miller Park Square, Lynchburg, VA 24504; or Hospice of the Hills, 2095 Langhorne Road, Lynchburg, VA, 24501. Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family, 434-237-9424. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tharpfuneralhome.com.



James A. Sugar Sr., January 15, 2010, of Lockport, formerly of Grand Island, husband of Helen (Gonczo) Sugar, father of Karen Ann (Garry) Oswald and James A. (Cris) Sugar, Jr.; grandfather of Jennifer, Elisabeth, Robert, Lindsay and Ashley; great-grandfather of Katelyn, Connor, Collin and Toby; brother of Mary (John) Miloser; predeceased by two sisters and one brother. Flowers gratefully declined, memorials may be made to Island Presbyterian Church, 1822 Huth Rd., Grand Island where memorial services will be held Saturday, January 30, at 11 AM, Mr. Sugar was a proud US Navy veteran and served in all four Theaters during WW II.

Richard F. Brobeil, January 11, 2010, suddenly. Loving son of Francis G. Jr. and Ann W. (nee Warndorf) Brobeil; beloved brother of Katherine A. Brobeil; dear nephew of Mary (late Bruce) Johnson, Paula Brobeil, Helen (Mark) Caputi, Kathleen (Ronald) Cichocki and Karl (Lou Ann) Brobeil; cousin of Robert, Christine, Michael, Mark Jr. and R.J. The family will receive friends at the C. MERTZ & SON FUNERAL HOME, INC., 911 Englewood Ave., Thursday, January 14 from 7-9 PM and Friday, January 15 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM, where funeral services will be held Saturday. January 16 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 in Richard's memory to Women & Children's Hospital. Richard was a Eucharistic Minister and Core Member in Life Teen at St. Amelia's.p>



Norman J. Dusenbury, died in North Port, FL Saturday, January 9, 2010 at 96 years of age. Norman was the beloved husband of Willa (Podgers) Dusenbury; father of David (Carol) Dusenbury of Grand Island, NY; Kathleen (William) Kitchen of Niagara Falls, NY; and Corinne (the late John) Kitchen of Venice, FL. He was the grandfather of Kurt Kitchen, Kristen Kitchen, David Dusenbury, Carrie Frey and the late Daniel Dusenbury and great grandfather of three. Norm and Willa celebrated 72 years of marriage November 25, 2009. they moved to Grand Island in 1946 and lived here until retiring to Florida in 1977.



Stephanie M. Ali, suddenly; January 5, 2010; age 22 of Grand Island, NY. Loving daughter of Teresa M. (Thomas Jr.) Duffy and John H. Ali; beloved companion of Jason C. Ingalsbe; adored mother of the late Grace Emma Ingalsbe; dear sister of Jay, Sarah, Samuel and Jonathan Ali; cherished granddaughter of George and Penny Panepinto and Sarah Ali; great-granddaughter of Winifred Zarbo; also survived by many adoring aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. The family will be present on Friday, January 8 from 3-8 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 2600 Sheridan Dr. (corner of Parker Blvd.). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 9 from St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island at 10 AM. Friends invited. Please assemble at church. Share your condolences at www.AMIGONE.com. Arrangements by ANTHONY GRECO, GRECO FUNERAL HOME.



Grace Emma Ingalsbe, suddenly, January 5, 2010, age 5 months. Loving daughter of Jason C. Ingalsbe and the late Stephanie M. Ali; cherished granddaughter of Cindy Bull, Robert Ingalsbe, Teresa M. (Thomas Jr.) Duffy and John H. Ali; dear great- granddaughter of George and Penny Panepinto, Sara Ali, Betty Bull, Beverly Whitmore and great great-granddaughter of Winifred Zarbo; also survived by many adoring aunts, uncles and cousins. Please see ALI, STEPHANIE M. for service info. Share condolences at www.AMIGONE.com. Arrangements by the GRECO FUNERAL HOME.



Anna M. (Vogel) Krauser, January 6, 2010, of Grand Island, wife of the late William Krauser; mother of Heidi (David) Nitkowski and Randy (Lisa) Krauser; grandmother of Christen, Jessica and Emily; great-grandmother of Andrew, Rachel and Tyler; sister of Anton "Tony" Vogel; aunt of Roland, Horst and Peter Vogel, Ingrid Kinney and Karen Benninger. Friends may call Friday, January 8 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 9 at 11 AM at New Apostolic Church, 2728 Stony Point Rd., Grand Island.



Raymond J. Mesmer, January 4, 2010, of Grand Island, husband of 54 years of Marilyn J. (Flessel) Mesmer; father of Deanna Mesmer, James (Dorothy) Mesmer and Vicky (Frederic, III) Proctor; grandfather of Sarah (Rob) MacNeil, Kristin, James and Mallory Zilliox, Frederic, IV, Rae-Lynne and William Proctor; great-grandfather of Madison and Aidan MacNeil; brother of Franklin (Jean), David (Donna) and the late John R., Edward Mesmer and Isabelle Maurer; brother-in-law of Alfred (Linda) Flessel; son of the late John L. and Isabelle Mesmer; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends may call Thursday, January 7 from 5-8 PM followed by funeral services at 8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined.



 David E. Poulson, January 2, 2010. Originally from Los Angeles, California, Dave had been a resident of Grand Island for the past 15 years. He was an active member of the Niagara River Station Fishing Club where he spent most of his time enjoying the camaraderie and lively discussion with the other members, his friends. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, and his two grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Niagara Hospice, the American Lung Association, or the SPCA.



 Cynthia (nee Innes) Olson, January 2, 2010, after a courageous battle with breast cancer for 11 years, of Grand Island, formerly of the Town of Tonawanda, beloved wife of Gregory J. Olson; cherished mother of Jennalise E. Olson; loving daughter of Fern E. (Schober) and the late Walter G. Innes; sister of Stephen M. (Jelene) Innes and Elaine A. (Kader) Laroussi; also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. Friends may call Tuesday, January 5 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Memorials may be made to The Breast Cancer Network of WNY or First Trinity Lutheran Church, 1570 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda where Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, January 6 at 10:30 AM.



 Evelyn M. (nee Krayeski) Pearson, January 1, 2010, of Sebastian, FL, formerly of Riverside, wife of the late Joseph Pearson; sister of the late Dorothy (the late Clarence) Banas and Mildred (the late George) Ziegler; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Tuesday, January 5 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Flowers gratefully declined.



Anita (nee Ackerman) Anderson, of Grand Island, entered into rest on January 1, 2010, beloved wife of Harold E.; dear cousin of William Maloney; also surviving are many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends may call Tuesday, January 5 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the HILLIARD-CREASEY FUNERAL HOME, INC., 147 Delaware St., Tonawanda, NY 14150. A Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, January 6th at the Knox United Presbyterian Church, 2595 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore, NY 14217 at a time to be announced. Anita was a member of the LaSalle Yacht Club and The Coast Guard Auxiliary. In lieu of flowers, memorials to The American Cancer Society would be appreciated.



Laura Ann (nee Deiner) Metzgar, December 31, 2009, of Grand Island, dearest wife of William K. Metzgar; beloved daughter of Anne and the late Charles Deiner of Grand Island; youngest sister of Debby (Dr. James) Krepp of Fayetteville, NC, Gail (Greg) Boggs of Charlotte, NC, James (Janet) Deiner of Pipersville, PA and Wendy (Rich) Clymer of Concord, NH; cherished aunt of five nephews, 13 nieces and five great-nieces; dear sister-in-law of Rhonda Metzgar, Renee and Tim Lorenz; lifelong friend of Judy Brown. Friends may call Saturday, January 2 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, and Sunday, January 3 from 4-5 PM at the Pendleton Center United Methodist Church, 6864 Campbell Blvd,, Pendleton followed by Funeral Services at 5 PM at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute-Hemotology Clinic (Dr. Asher Chanan-Khan) or The Darwin D. Martin House, Laura graduated from Cornell University in 1985 and was a longtime employee at M&T Bank as a Special Projects Manager and Vice President.



James A. Kish, December 28, 2009, age 60 of Grand Island. Son of Elizabeth Crosson; brother of Rebecca (Robert) Hausler and Linda (John) Nelson; uncle of Elizabeth (Mark) Hackbush and Daniel (Libby) Hausler. The family will receive friends after 2 PM Saturday, January 2 at the HAMP FUNERAL HOME, INC., Adam and Seymour Streets, Tonawanda where a Memorial Service will be held at 3 PM. Friends invited. If desired, memorials to the American Heart Association are preferred. Mr. Kish was employed at the American Axle Plant in Buffalo before retiring in 2007. Complete obituary, condolences and directions may be found at www.hampfuneral.com