FEATURE ARTICLES
Front Page
Features
Events Calendar
Letters To Editor
Better Health
In the Service

DONATIONS

View our Archives

Between Archives

TOWN NEWS
Town News
School Board
Town Board
Lost Pets
GI Schools
The Bridge
Government
Islanders
Fire News
Fire Report


GUESTBOOK
Sign In
Guestbook
Search
Old Guestbooks


ReUnion Central



BUSINESS
Advertise With Us
Yellow Pages
Business News


MISCELLANEOUS
Churches
Deaths
Food
New Photos
Old Photo Album
Sesquicentennial
Sports
Town History


GRAND ISLAND GROUP LIST
Alumni Association
American Legion
Artists Haven
Autism Support
Bible Fellowship Center
Bible Presbyterian Church
Boy Scout
Troop #510

Boy Scout
Troop #630

Bridgeview Garden Club
Buffalo Launch Club
Bus Garage
Chamber of Commerce
Cinderella Isle
  Garden Club

Community Chorus
Connor Middle School
Conservative Committee
Coop Nursery School
Cornerstone Church
Cub Pack #425
Cub Pack #630
Democratic Comm.
Distinguished Alumni
East Park Garden Club
Fire Company
Fire Company
Ladies Auxiliary

Friends of the Library
Girl Scouts
Golden Age Center
GI Foundation
GI E.D.A.B.
GI High School
GI Little League
GI Professional/
NYS Women

GI Soccer Club
GITA
Grand Niagara
Hockey League

Historic Trinity
Historical Society
Holy Name Society
(St. Stephen's)

Huth Road
Elementary School

Island
Presbyterian Church

Jack and Jill
Preschool

Jr. Viking Football
Kaegebein School
Kiwanis Club
Knights of Columbus
Knights of Columbus
Good Samaritan

League of
Women Voters

Library
Lions Club
Ministerium
Miracle League
MOMS Club
Moose Lodge #180
MOPS - Mothers
of Preschoolers

MVK of WNY
Neighbors Foundation
Niagara Power Squadron
One Island, One Team
Parent Teachers
Associations

PTSA
Recreation Department
Relay For Life
Republican Women's Club
Republican Committee
River Lea Quilters
Riverside-Salem
Rotary Club
Sandy Beach
Yacht Club

Sesquicentennial
Sidway Reunion
Sidway School
Snowmobile Club
St. Martin
-in-the-Fields

St. Stephen's Church
St. Stephen's
Parish Players

St. Stephen School
St. Timothy
Lutheran Church

GI Teachers
Association

Teddy's Islettes
Trinity UM Church
Tuesday Crafters
VFW 9249
West River
Homeowners Assoc.

Women's Club of GI
WOW
Young Life
Zonta Club


USEFUL LINKS
Currency Exchange
Dictionary
Temperament Sorter
Enneagram
Language Translator
MedicineNet
Online Recipes
NYS Government
US Gov -IRS
Postal Services






Yellow Page Listings
Click Above to View

PLEASE PATRONIZE
OUR ADVERTISERS
LISTED BELOW



AMUSEMENTS
Mallwitz's Island Lanes

AUTOMOTIVE COLLISION/REPAIR
GI Auto Tech

BEAUTY SALON
Wavelengths Hair Design

BOATS
Blue Water Marina

CHIROPRACTOR
Grand Island Chiropractic

CHIROPRACTOR/
PEDIATRIC
Riverview Chiropractic

DANCE
Miss Cathy's Dance

FLORIST
Flower A Day

FUNERAL HOME
Kaiser Funeral Home

GIFTS
Magic Towel Holder

GYM/PHYSICAL THERAPY
the M.O.G.

HOME DECOR & MORE
Diane Garey Interiors

INSURANCE
State Farm - Bob Piatek

INVESTMENT SERVICES
Edward Jones - Steve Kopf

JEWELRY
deSignet International

LANDSCAPING/EXCAVATING
Sam Long's Landscaping

LAWN MOWING SERVICE
Island Mowing

LAWYERS
Mark J. Frentzel
Mark S. Nemeth

LIQUOR
Aceti's Wine & Spirits
Rose Liquor

MEDICAL CENTER
GI Family Practice
by NFMMC


MUSIC
Ray Braselton

OPTICIAN
Grand Island Optical

POWER EQUIPMENT
Marston Power Equipment

REAL ESTATE
Century 21/Gerrie Andolina
Town Center/Betty Harris
RE/MAX-Linda Kutzbach
HUNT-Sherry McDonald
Realty USA/Joan Dlugokinski

RESTAURANTS
Ellden's at River Oaks
John's Pizza & Subs
Sandi's Family Restaurant
Town Cafe


SEPTIC SERVICES
GI Waste Management

SHIPPING
Island Ship Center Inc.

SKILLED NURSING
Elderwood at Grand Island

WATCH REPAIR
Otto Zimmerman and Son

Deaths 2014


Please send in your information and photos to Death Notice.

Previous Death Notices





Milena (nee Popovich) Cillag - entered into rest December 29, 2014. Beloved daughter of the late Pelka and Nikola Popovich. Loving sister of Branka Sciuk. Treasured aunt of Elizabeth (late James) Salasny, David and Paula (Ken) Sciog. Cherished great-aunt of Robyn (William) Muehlbauer and three great-great nephews. Also survived by many relatives in the U.S. and the former Yugoslavia. A graduate of Niagara Falls High School and the University at Buffalo, Milena enjoyed travel, visiting over 20 countries, international cooking and culture. She was a member of St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church, Bratska Sloga Lodge 248 and Women Interested in Cystic Health. Milena will be remembered for her sweetness, love of people and devotion to her church. She will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held at a later date. If desired, memorial contributions may be directed to St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church, 177 Weber Road, Lackawanna, NY 14218.


James E. Tranter - January 16, 1940 - October 18, 2014.   James E. Tranter passed away October 18th at his home in Ocala, Florida.  Jim was a long time resident of Grand Island.   He was an employee of Dupont, Niagara Falls for 18 years.  He retired in 1998 and moved to Florida.   Jim is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marianne (Shear) Tranter, two sons, James J. Tranter, and Andrew (Kim Korman) Tranter, grandchildren Kayla and Kyle, and brothers Don (Betty Lou) Tranter, and Robert P. Tranter.   Jim loved fishing in the Niagara River with his brother Don and loved helping his friends, neighbors, and  family with his vast knowledge and talents in home repair and building. Family will be planning a memorial picnic in June on Grand Island.   Everyone will remember his friendly smiles and hugs and he'll be greatly missed by all who knew him.


Emily Vogel - entered into rest December 20, 2014. She was a resident of Leesburg FL, formerly of Grand Island. Wife of the late Robert Vogel. Mother of Robert J. Vogel, Elaine Leaderstorf and the late Luanne (survived by husband Joe) Shevlin. Grandmother of Ashley (Edward) Kellerman and Lindsay (Brian) Shevlin. Great grandmother of Olive and Edward. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Sister of the late Harriet Olday and Richard Dzierzanowski. Friends may call Monday, January 12, 4-7 PM followed by memorial services Monday at 7 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.


Barbara (nee Roe) Peck - age 73, of Tonawanda, died Thursday, November 20, 2014, at Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a brief illness. Born in North Tonawanda, she was the daughter of the late John and Hazel (nee Bischoff) Roe and had been a life long resident of the Tonawandas. Barbara was a past president of both the Grand Island and the Erie County Volunteer Firemen's Auxiliary, and was an active volunteer with the Girl Scouts of America in Tonawanda. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Gifford R. Peck; and her three daughters, Lori (Sidney) Tyrrell, Amy Jo (Dan) DeCarlo and Dawn (George) Garrett. Also surviving are ten grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held in the future at a time to be announced. Arrangements entrusted to the care of the HAMP FUNERAL HOME, Inc., Tonawanda.


Richard O. Robinson - January 30, 1932 - December 29, 2014
   Richard O. Robinson, a prominent local personal injury attorney and former three term Grand Island Town Justice, died Monday, December 29, 2014. He was 82. Born in Watertown, NY, he was a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and a 1958 graduate of University of Buffalo School of Law, where he was the Associate Editor of the Buffalo Law Review. He was an army veteran who served in Korea as a Commissioned Officer, First Lieutenant.
   Mr. Robinson practiced law for more than 55 years, focusing on plaintiff litigation. He began his legal career working at the Law Offices of William J. Flynn, and was a partner in the Law Offices of Moynihan, Scalzo and Robinson; Robinson, Wittig, and Speller; Robinson Speller; he then formed Richard O. Robinson, P.C. and in 1987 formed Robinson & Rossi. P.C. For the last fifteen years he was a solo practitioner at Richard O. Robinson, P.C.
   In 1973 he had the privilege of presenting and arguing a case before the Supreme Court and was also admitted to the Bar of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He was an active member of the Erie County Bar Association, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, and the National Panel of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association.
   Mr. Robinson was actively involved with the Town of Grand Island, where he was a three-term town justice from 1962 to 1973, and served on the Town Board and Town Planning Board. He was also a member of the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce for over 50 years. In 1969 he was honored as Town of Grand Island Professional Citizen of the Year.
   A voracious reader and ancient Roman, The Renaissance and French Revolutionary history buff, he enjoyed visiting literary haunts in Florence and Paris, loved Shakespeare, the opera, classical music and was an avid skier. Mr. Robinson was dedicated to his clients and passionate about the practice of law; actively practicing until his death.
   Mr. Robinson is survived by his wife of 28 years, the former Cheryl L. Martinsen, three children, Kathleen A., Howard T. (Randi), and Paula A. (Donald) Pytlik; a step-daughter, Carrie E. (John) Funke; seven grandchildren; five great- grandchildren, and his faithful and beloved Cocker Spaniel, Seymour. He was predeceased by his parents, the late Otto Austin Robinson and Agnes (Keggins) Robinson, a sister, Aloyse Lawrence and former wife, Mary Angela (Thornbury) Hastrich with whom he had his beloved children. At Mr. Robinson’s request, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice Buffalo, 225 Como Park; Erie County SPCA, or Roswell Park Cancer Institute.


Michael C. Vacanti - Age 50, of Niagara Falls, NY, died on Christmas Day, at his residence. Born on April 22, 1964, he was the son of Adeline (Niro) Vacanti of Grand Island, NY and the late Frank R. Vacanti. In addition to his mother, survivors include three siblings, Frank (Carol) Vacanti of Grand Island, NY, Adele (Paul) Sommer of Grand Island, NY and Louis (Colleen) Vacanti of Holly, NY and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. There will be no prior visitation. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Monday, December 29th at 10:00 AM in St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY. Private interment will be held in Whitehaven Cemetery, Grand Island, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial offerings may be made to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of OTTO REDANZ FUNERAL HOME, 2215 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY (716-297-9007).


Joan Story Renner - December 25, 2014, of Grand Island, formerly of New York City, survived by her loving family and many dear friends. Friends may call Sunday, January 4, 2-4 PM followed by Memorial Services Sunday at 4 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island.


Christopher Abdoo - Age 66, of Grand Island, NY, December 25, 2014. He is survived by his daughter, Tasheka, and her husband, Christopher; and three granddaughters, Unique, Chrislyn, and Ariella. A memorial ceremony will be held on January 2nd at 4 PM at Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, 1750 Tenessee Ave., Niagara Falls, NY 14305.


Ralph G. Chambers - entered into rest December 30, 2014. He was formerly of Grand Island. Husband of Greta Anderson Chambers and the late Mary R. Chambers. Father of Andy (Joan), Fran (Jack) Campbell, Randy (Linda), Jim (Rachel), Kathy (Alan) Edlund, Glenda (the late Mike) Lawton, Sara (the late Dan) Krzemien, Ruth Krantz, Tim (Luann), Liz (Jeff) Krupp and the late Ann and Les (survived by wife Rosie) Chambers. Also survived by 34 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. Brother of Glen (the late Blanche) and the late Lee and Keith Chambers. Friends may call Saturday (January 3) 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Monday (January 5) at 10 AM at Whitehaven Road Baptist Church, Rev. Calvin Vandermey officiating. Intement will be in Hinsdale Cemetery, Maplehurst, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Global Ministries c/o Grace Baptist Church PO Box 12, Cedarville, OH 45314.


Linda (Ortenzi) Basta - 62, of Grand Island, formerly of Niagara Falls, returned to her heavenly home, surrounded by family, on December 27, 2014 after a valiant battle with a long illness. Her devotion to her family and her firm belief in God supported her in her struggle and ultimately gave her peace.
    Linda was a graduate of Madonna High School, N.C.C.C and SUNY Potsdam College. She was extremely passionate about health, and completely immersed in her faith to which she participated in many Bible studies, prayer groups, and ministries throughout her life. Linda is survived by her husband Lawrence Basta, two daughters, Christina (John) Podlucky and Deborah Basta; one granddaughter, Rebecca Podlucky, and was proceeded into heaven by her son Angelo Basta. Linda is also survived by her mother, Gina (Cortese) Ortenzi; sisters, Michelle (Salvatore) Lopez, Roxanne (Del) Ortenzi, and Carmelle Ortenzi; her brother, Leonard Ortenzi; mother-in –law, Carmella Basta; and brothers-in-law, David (Maureen)Basta and Mark (Cathy) Basta. In addition, she leaves behind several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was a cherished individual who will be greatly missed. She was predeceased by her father Leonard Ortenzi, Sr.
    Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 30th from 3 – 8 P.M. at the M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral service on Wednesday, December 31st at 10:00 A.M. in The Fair Haven’s Church, 7337 Ward Road, North Tonawanda, NY 14120 with Pastor Patricia MacKinnon officiating. EVERYONE PLEASE ASSEMBLE AT CHURCH. Interment in St. Joseph Cemetery, Niagara Falls, NY.


Ann M. (Golanka) Tubin - 94, of Grand Island, NY passed away on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Elderwood at Riverwood, Grand Island. Born in Buffalo, NY she was the daughter of the late Martin and Mary (Domagala) Golanka. Ann was formerly employed at the NYS Unemployment Office. She was a member of St. Stephens RC Church, Golden Age Center of Grand Island and former treasurer of St. Stephens Ladies of Charity. Ann was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She cherished her family; they were her joy in life. She married the love of her life Conrad Tubin on June 14, 1941 and they were married for 58 years, until hi passing in July 1999. She is survived by two daughters; Phyllis A. Baker of Grand Island, NY and Constance M. (Duncan A.) Tubin-Trott of Canandaigua, NY; grandson Jeffery R. Baker of Grand Island, NY. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Besides her husband and parents she was predeceased by her son, Conrad M. Tubin; three brothers, Casimer P. (Sandra “Sandy”) Golanka, Roman “Ray” Golanka and Martin Golanka. Friends may call from 2-7pm Friday, December 26 at Zajac Funeral Home Inc., 319 24th Street, cor. of Welch Ave., Niagara Falls, NY. A Mass of Christian burial will be held 10:00am on Saturday, December 27 at St. Stephens R.C. Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY with Rev. Paul M. Nogaro officiating. Everyone please assemble at the church. Burial following in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Lewiston, NY.


Catherine L. (nee Miller) Kutis - December 21, 2014, of Grand Island formerly of Nanty-Glo, PA, wife of Gerald C. Kutis; mother of Daniel A. (Sheryl) Kutis, Julie A. (Erik) Jastrzemski and Amy L. Kutis; grandmother of Caitlyn and Shaelyn Kutis, Pia, Axel, Abi and Cruz Jastrzemski; sister of Jean (Harv) Rhine, Pat (Ken) Laposky, Ann (Chuck) Browning, Sue Smith and the late Edie Miller; daughter of the late Rembrandt and Patricia Miller. Friends may call Friday 6-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 12 noon at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association . Catherine was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Although our family is mourning and we will miss her, we are celebrating her beautiful life.


Stanley A. "Chick" Ciechoski - December 20, 2014, of Grand Island, husband of 59 years of Joan Ciechoski; father of John (Kathryn) of Tuscon, AZ and Christopher (Sheila) Ciechoski of Grand Island; grandfather of Christopher, Kacy, Joseph, Isabel, Emily and Kevin; great-grandfather of Lillian and Evelyn; brother of Edward (Eleanor) Ciechoski of Alhambra, CA, Irene Keil of Wilkes-Barre, PA and the late Arthur and Thomas Ciechoski. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.


Peter D. Calieri - Peter D. Calieri, a former professional baseball umpire who called plays in the film "The Natural," died unexpectedly Saturday in his Grand Island home. He was 66. Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of West Seneca West Senior High School. He began umpiring Police Athletic League games in Cazenovia Park when he was 16 and first worked as a college basketball official at age 18.
   After serving in the Army in Germany, he sold insurance and officiated at ball games. He caught the attention of a scout from the Cincinnati Reds, decided to go professional and went to umpire school. "Out of 150 students, I finished seventh," he told an interviewer in 1983. "I was offered a job in the New York-Pennsylvania League. Only 15 students in our class got jobs." Mr. Calieri went on to work for nine years in the Carolina League, the Eastern League and the International League, as well as the Caribbean League in the winter, where he was named Umpire of the Year. He also helped bring minor league baseball back to Buffalo in the late 1970s. He had hoped to move up to the major leagues in 1983 when a knee injury ended his career. Instead, he found a role in the movie starring Robert Redford and for years was a standby local official for International League games in Buffalo. Mr. Calieri was inducted into the Western New York Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012.
   For the past four years, he has served as executive producer and co-host of a weekly sports talk program, "Officially Yours," on radio station WECK. He also appeared in local theatrical productions, most recently as a Christmas angel. Previously, he worked in sales for several companies and was a trade show and event consultant for Superior Promotions. For many years, he officiated Municipal League baseball and scholastic basketball and volleyball games. He was a member of the National League of Umpires, the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials, the Western New York Soccer Association and the Italian Club of Buffalo. He volunteered with the Police Athletic League, Upstate New York Transplant Services and the annual Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival. Mr. Calieri assisted in programs that helped veterans find professional careers.
   Survivors include a son, Christopher; a daughter, Emily; his mother, Virginia; two sisters, Mary and Nancy Kilger; a brother, Frank; and a companion, Barbara Gannon. Family present Monday 2-8 PM, Hoy Funeral Home, 3855 Seneca St., West Seneca, where a service will be held at 8 p.m.


Shirley (nee Cowan) Baillie - 84, a Grand Island, NY resident since 1977, passed from this life on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at her residence while under Hospice care. Born on October 20, 1930 in Niagara Falls, NY, she was the daughter of the late Donald and Audrey (Balsam) Cowan.
    Mrs. Baillie attended local schools and graduated from the former Trott Vocational High School. On June 28, 1952, Shirley married Thomas A. 'Red' Baillie in the Church of the Epiphany. He predeceased her on December 15, 2011. She enjoyed gardening and the season of Christmas. Mrs. Baillie loved decorating and spending time with loved one's during the holiday season. Mrs. Baillie is survived by two children, Gary (Kim) Baillie of Niagara Falls, NY and Barbara (Richard) Graff of Grand Island, NY and was predeceased by one son, Scott (Susan of Grand Island) Baillie. Shirley is also survived by five grandchildren, Erik Baillie, Jamie (Christopher) Bauer, Gaelan Baillie, Casie Baillie and Heather Graff; five great-grandchildren, Erik, Joey, Hailey, Christopher and Ava and one sister, Arline (late William) Richardson of Niagara Falls.
    The family will be present to receive friends on Friday from 4-8pm in the Chapel of Otto Redanz Funeral Home, 2215 Military Road, Niagara Falls, where a funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 20th at 9:30 a.m. with Deacon Patrick Bradley officiating. Entombment will follow in the Holy Angels Mausoleum Chapel of Gate of Heaven Cemetary, Lewiston, NY. Flowers are gratefully declined. If desired, memorial offerings may be made to the Hospice Foundation of Buffalo, PO Box 590, Buffalo, NY 14240.


Stella M. "Stef" Wozniek - Entered into rest December 15, 2014. She was a resident of Grand Island. Wife of the late Frank J. Wozniek. Loving mother of Jeanne (Carl) Remmes of Grand Island, Susan (Bruce) Scott of Saucier, MS and the late Joseph Wozniek of Biloxi, MS. Grandmother of Jennifer and Carl A. (Andrea) Remmes, Laura (Steve) Markle, Melissa (Ken) Ray, Matthew (Kristi) Scott, Holly, Henry and Sunny Wozniek. Sister of Irene (the late William) Puchalsky, Marion (Glendon) Vance and the late Stanley and Henry Sandroski. Friends may call Thursday, (December 18) 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, (December 19) at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Interment will be in St. Stephen's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Stephen's Church. A special than you to Kenmore Mercy Hospital for their comfort care and a special thanks to Lauren Krystofik for her wonderful care.


Helen Lindemann - December 11, 2014, of Grand Island, NY, beloved wife of the late Herman E. Lindemann; aunt of Dawn Chambers, Corinne Kulesz, Richard and the late Ronald Lindemann. The family will be present on Tuesday from 4-7 PM at the HARRY A. WEDEKINDT FUNERAL HOME, 280 Grover Cleveland Hwy. at Bailey, Amherst, where a Funeral Service will follow at 7 PM. Friends invited. Share condolences www.wedekindtfh.com.


Donald Albert Swain - 90, of Grand Island. Born June 20, 1924 in Buffalo, he was the son of the late Fred and Mildred Swain. Brother of the late Edward Swain and Myown Gadikan. Survived by his brother Fred Swain of Texas. Don was a graduate of Lafayette High School in Buffalo. After high school Don joined the Navy and served three years on the USS Chauncey DD 667 during World War II. He fought in nine battles and received 14 medals for his service. He was discharged in January of 1946. Upon his return he attended Buffalo State College and was enrolled in the Industrial Arts program. There he met and married his sole mate Eleanor Turnbull of Eden, NY. Eleanor was studying to be a teacher. They married on June 21st in 1947. They both quit school and moved to Sunset Drive on Grand Island. They had six children. Eleanor returned to school to complete her teaching degree when their youngest child, Karen went to kindergarten. Eleanor taught at Niagara Street School in Niagara Falls of 25 years. Don was a tool and die maker at the Chevy Delevan Plant in Buffalo for 32 years.
   Don and El retired on the same day and enjoyed their winters in Florida, traveling and spending time with their family. Don’s favorite thing was being with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Don was a life time member of the VFW. He raised money for the building of the WWII monument in Washington DC. He traveled with his family to see the monument just before the monument was dedicated. He supported the disabled veterans. He recently applied to become a member of the Grand Island fire department, (thinking this would restore his driving privileges).
    Don is survived by his wife of 68 years Eleanor Swain (Turnbull). Four sons Terry (the late Valerie Buckley), Paul (Martha), Donald (Susan) and the late Ronald Swain. Two Daughters Kathleen (Wayne) Benton, Karen (the late Samuel) Clark and Fiancé’ Darryl Shem. Grandchildren: Wayne (Robin) Benton, Terry (Katie) Benton, Tanya Ilecki, Julie (Liebe) Swain, Kim Swain, Katie Swain, Jodie (Mike) Rudney, Paul (Alaina) Swain, Timothy(Lisbeth) Swain, Shawna (Thomas) Lester, Nikki Clark, Matthew Clark and the late Christopher Clark. Great-grandchildren: Skyler and Grayson Swain, Kathleen Ilecki, Hannah, Jake and Dylan Benton, Brendon and Taylor Benton, Kaitlyn, Calli and Ella Rudney, Kobe Swain, Christopher and Kim Swain, Laura and Audrey Swain and Riley Clark. A Private Service will be held on Saturday December 13th, 2014. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.


Claude Richard Myers - Aug. 21, 1929 – Dec. 7, 2014
    Richard Myers of Grand Island, principal trombonist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for 39 years, died unexpectedly Dec. 7 in Kenmore Mercy Hospital. He was 85. Born Claude Richard Myers in Oklahoma City, he attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, where he was inspired by renowned trombone teacher Emory Remington. "His way of teaching trombone was, he taught it as a lyrical instrument," he told an interviewer in 2012. In lieu of being drafted into the Army in his senior year at Eastman, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force Band, serving for four years. Mr. Myers was hired by music director Josef Krips as principal trombonist for the BPO in 1955 and finished his bachelor’s degree at the University of Buffalo. He was active in Local 92 of the American Federation of Musicians, served on contract negotiation committees and was a union spokesman for musicians. He retired in 1994.
    In 1960, Mr. Myers founded the Buffalo Trombone Choir and was its conductor for more than 50 years. He also played with the New Age Brass Quintet. He was an adjunct professor of music at UB until 1994 and gave lessons to hundreds of students in his home. He continued working with his students until the day before his death. He had been a resident of Grand Island since 1972. His passion for music was matched by his love of animals, particularly his cats. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Florence "Susie" Denault, an English horn player with the BPO for more than 40 years; three daughters, Karen Schauger, Laura Glaser and Sarah Tierney; and six grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo, 1 Symphony Circle.


Gary S. Mihalovich - December 5, 2014, of Grand Island. beloved husband of Carol (Brown) Mihalovich; son of the late Steve and Dorothy Mihalovich. Memorial services will be held Saturday, December 13 at 11 AM at Unity Church of Buffalo 1243 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. Flowers gratefully declined.


Tom Boehm - age 68 died on November 1, 2014 from complications of a stroke in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Tom was born on November 20, 1945 in Buffalo, NY. He lived 20 years on Grand Island, graduating from Canisius High School in 1964. He later lived in Buffalo where he worked for Monroe Calculators (before PC's) & Dunlop Tires for several years. He moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1983 to be closer to his parents (Anne & Henry Boehm, and his sister Annette Fuhr) where he had a career in retail sales before retiring in 2002.
Tom enjoyed his childhood on Grand Island - loved boating on the Niagara River in the family's 16 ft Thompson (that sometimes fit all 7 of the family). He was ambidextrous and was a prized pitcher with the Grand Island Little League. He later went to several Sidway reunions, thoroughly enjoying catching up with old GI friends. He enjoyed ham radio & was a model train enthusiast in his retirement. His Florida friends enjoyed their almost daily gatherings with Tom, enriching their lives with news of the world & his non-judgemental nature. He will be remembered as a giver, helper, and friend to anyone in need.
Survivors include: brothers, Jack Boehm (Sharron Boehm), Andy Boehm (Connie O'Brien), sister Marilyn Vogel (Alan Vogel) and several nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Annette Fuhr. The extended family met for a memorial service in Trumansburg, NY on November 29th. They are very grateful for the Hospice organization for making Tom's last days comfortable.


Michele (nee Quarantello) Sirianni - Of Grand Island, NY, age 56, on December 5, 2014, beloved wife of Joseph M. Sirianni; dear mother of Valerie L. (Timothy) Costello, Stephen J. Sirianni and Francis C. Sirianni; dear daughter of Bernardino and Helen (Oliver) Quarantello; dear daughter-in-law of Mary (late Frank) Sirianni; dear sister of Bernard Quarantello, Diane Quarantello, Russell (Cheryl) Quarantello and Jean (Anthony) Pascuzzi; also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation will be Tuesday 2 - 4 and 6 - 9 PM and Wednesday 9 - 11 AM at M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Rd., Niagara Falls, NY where funeral services will begin at 11:15 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12 Noon at Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph Parish at St. Joseph Church, 1413 Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY. Interment in St. Joseph Cemetery, Niagara Falls, NY. If desired, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society , 101 John J. Audubon Pkwy., Amherst, NY 14228. Visit www.mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for online guest register.


Luanne E. (nee Vogel) Shevlin - December 4, 2014, of Grand Island, wife of Joseph Shevlin; mother of Lindsay (Brian) Shevlin; daughter of Emily and the late Robert Vogel; twin sister of Elaine Leaderstorf; sister of Ribert Vogel; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Tuesday 3-7 PM followed by Memorial Services at 7 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute.


James R. Kaiser - December 1, 2014, of Grand Island, husband of Myra Kaiser and the late Patricia Kaiser, stepfather of Paula Fagley and Samantha Berner; son of Doris (Webb) and the late Randal Kaiser; son-in-law of Mary Bishop; brother of the late Barbara Benton; uncle of Gene and Robert Benton. A Celebration of Jim's life will be held Saturday, December 20 at Ellden's Restaurant at River Oaks Golf Club, 201 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island.


James J. Strzalkowski - December 1, 2014, of Grand Island, formerly of Buffalo. Husband of the late Carol-Ann; father of James J. Jr. and Susan-Ann; grandfather of Angelia; son of Irene and the late Peter Strzalkowski of Black Rock; brother of Robert (Anita) and Peter. Friends may call Friday 5-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church.


Teresa (nee Towne) Eberhard - November 26, 2014, of Lancaster, formerly of Grand Island, beloved wife of Douglas P. Eberhard; loving mother of Paul (Jade) and Mark (Ally) Eberhard; loving grandmother of Robert Lee Eberhard; daughter of Patricia and the late Larry Towne; sister of Brian (Sandra) Towne. Friends may call Monday (December 8) 6-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Memorial services will be held Tuesday at 11 AM at Trinity United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute. She also leaves behind the children of Lancaster whose lives she touched and who touched her.


Stella K. (nee Kokosky) "Stephania" Orynawka - Age 87, of Grand Island, NY, passed away on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at home under the care of Hospice Buffalo. Born in Poland on May 1, 1927, she was the daughter of Ukrainian parents, the late Alexander and Anna (Blaha) Kokosky. Stella was a member of Protection of The Most Holy Mother of God Church and wife of 67 years to Leo George Orynawka, whom she married on June 28, 1947 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Besides her husband, she is survived by her four children, Leo A. (late Linda) Orynawka of Binghamton, NY, Catherine (Joe) Higgins of Burt, NY, Mary Ellyn (Larry) Stockings of Niagara Falls, NY and Taras S. (Cindy) Orynawka of Elma, NY; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Tatiana (late Nicholas) Shwetz of Toronto, Ontario, CA and Alice (late Jacques) Vera of Ottawa; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends may call Monday, December 1, 2014 from 4-8 PM at ZAJAC FUNERAL HOME INC., 319 24th Street, corner of Welch Ave., Niagara Falls, NY, where a Panachyda Service will be held at 7:00 PM. A 2nd Panachyda Service will be at 9:30 AM on Tuesday, December 2, at the funeral home, followed by a Funeral Liturgy at 10:00 AM at Protection of The Most Holy Mother of God Church, 2715 Ferry Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY, with Father Raymond Palko, officiating. Burial following in St. Stephen's Cemetery, Grand Island, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Hospice Buffalo, 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227-1480. Visit zajacfuneralhomeinc.com for online condolences.


Sharon Lee McDonnell - Age 58, of Grand Island, passed away on Monday November 17, 2014 at Buffalo General Hospital in Buffalo. Born in Buffalo, she is survived by her parents Alan and Joyce Oswald of Houston, TX. Sharon was a "lifelong Islander" and graduated from Grand Island High School in 1974, marrying her high school sweetheart Terrence McDonnell later that year. Sharon dedicated her life to raising her four children and showering her grandchildren with love. Sharon's holiday spirit was infectious decorating her home for every occasion to spread laughter and cheer. She will be greatly missed this Holiday Season. In addition to her husband Terry of 40 years her life is celebrated by her four children, Robert (Heather), Scott (Kimberly), Sean (Deborah), Tara (Jonathan) and nine grandchildren, Bryce, Maeve, Declan, Ava, Madelyn, Brinn, Cameron, Shaye and Carter. Sharon was laid to rest with the angels in a private ceremony at St. Stephen's Church on Grand Island on Thursday, November 20.


Ralph J. Genovese - 74, of Niagara Falls, NY passed away on Monday, November 17, 2014 at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo, NY, after a lengthy illness. Born in Niagara Falls, NY he was the son of the late Louis S. and Angela M. (Leone) Genovese.
Ralph was a lifelong resident of Niagara Falls, NY and attended local schools. He graduated from Niagara Falls High School in 1958 and later earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Dayton in 1962. He owned and operated Ralph J. Genovese, CPA in Niagara Falls, NY until his death, where he served many local businesses for over 50 years. He was a long time member of the Niagara Frontier Country Club in Youngstown, NY, and served on their Board of Directors. He also enjoyed spending time with his good friends as a member of the Wednesday Italian Gourmet Club. Ralph was an avid golfer and sports fan who particularly liked the New York Yankees and the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Above all, Ralph had a profound love for his family, especially his grandchildren.
Ralph is survived by his sons Louis A. (Liberty) Genovese, Ralph J. II (Terri) Genovese both of Grand Island, NY and Gregg J. (Brittany) Genovese of Rochester, NY; six grandchildren Louis, Mya, Joseph, Gianna, Nicolas and Capri Genovese; his sister Rosemary (Robert) Castellani of Grand Island, NY; his brother Joseph A. (Patricia) Genovese of Boston, MA and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Mary Lou (Warren of Niagara Falls, NY) Davidson.
Visitation will be on Thursday from 2 – 8 p.m. at the M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 MILITARY ROAD, NIAGARA FALLS, NY. Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday November 21st at 10 a.m. in Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph at St. Joseph Church, 1413 Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY with Rev. Duane R. Klizek officiating. EVERYONE PLEASE ASSEMBLE AT CHURCH. Interment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lewiston, NY. Memorial donations may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute, PO Box 631, Buffalo, NY 14240. Visit www.mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for online guest register.


Robert J. Soluri Sr. - 70, of Grand Island, NY, passed away on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at Mt. St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston, NY. Born in Niagara Falls, NY he was the son of the late Victor and Helen (Boniello) Soluri.
Robert was a lifelong resident of the Niagara Falls area. He attended local schools, graduating from Niagara Falls High School in 1962 and later served in the United States Air Force. On May 3, 1975 he married Arlene M. (Tanzella) Soluri. Robert began working in Niagara Falls as a young man at DiCamillo's Bakery. Afterwards he worked at Don Allen Chevrolet, Hooker Chemical Company and Niagara University. Robert went on to become a paramedic with Grand Island Fire Company, and was also instrumental in starting the paramedic program for Twin City Ambulance. He later worked for Joe Cecconi's Chrysler Complex in the Town of Niagara until his retirement in 1997.
Robert was actively involved in reorganizing the disbanded American Legion Post 1346, and went on to serve as their first Commander. He was also a member of the Moose Lodge #180 and the Tonawanda Fireman's Association. In his leisure time Bob enjoyed deer hunting, coin collecting camping, traveling in his RV and spending the winter months in Florida. Above all, his greatest pleasure was spending time with his grand- children.
In addition to his wife of thirty nine years, Rob is survived by his four children, Danielle Soluri, Christopher (Danielle) Soluri, Robert (Danna) Soluri, Jr. and Vicki-Lynne Soluri, all of Grand Island, NY; eight grandchildren, Michael and Kristyn Brown, Alexis Soluri, Sophia Soluri, Riley Crosby, Michael, Justin and Kyle Podgorny; his brother-in-law, Michael (Denise) Tanzella of Georgia and several nieces, nephews, a great-nephew and cousins. He was also predeceased by one brother, Victor (Patty-Joe of Lewiston, NY) Soluri.
Visitation will be on Sunday from 3-7 p.m. at the M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 MILITARY ROAD, NIAGARA FALLS, NY. Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, November 17th at 10 a.m. in Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Parish at St. Joseph Church, 1413 Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY with Rev. Duane R. Klizek officiating. EVERYONE PLEASE ASSEMBLE AT CHURCH. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Acacia Park Cemetery, North Tonawanda, NY. In lieu of flowers memorial offerings may be made to the Grand Island Fire Co. 2275 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY 14072.


Aida (nee Maule) Dawson - November 13, 2014, age 93, beloved mother of Patricia (Frank) Fabin; dear grandmother of Jessica (Chris) Holland and Kelly (Joe) Fleckenstein; three great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; dear sister of Mollie (late Nick) Czyhura, Eleanor (late Joseph) Wisneski, late Lena (late Mario "Bo") Campana and late Wilbert "Willie" (Dolores) Maule; also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends; predeceased by one nephew. Aida's family would like to thank the Grand Island Fire Company for their recent kind services. Visitation Sunday 3 - 7 PM at M. J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Rd., Niagara Falls. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday at 10:00 AM at St. Stephen Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Everyone please assemble at church. Interment in St Joseph Cemetery, Niagara Falls. Visit www.mjcolucci.com for online register.


Ladora M. (nee Sprague) Adams - November 12, 2014, 93 years old, of Grand Island; wife of the late George E. Adams; beloved mother of Edwin A. (Mary) Adams; cherished grandmother of Edwin (Susan) Adams, Todd (Jane) Adams, Scott (Jennifer) Adams, Tracy (Patrick) Dworak and Melissa (Eric) Stolzenburg; also survived by 10 great- grandchildren, nieces and nephews; predeceased by loving sisters, Helen, Julia, June, Lillian, Christine and brothers, Charles and Bud Sprague. Funeral services will be private. Memorials may be made to Our Lady Of Peace, Lewiston, NY.


Siegfried Samland - November 11, 2014, of Grand Island, loving husband and best friend of Marion (Fahrenholz) Samland; caring father of Ronald (Linda) Samland of Grand Island and Christa (Gene) Wagstaff of Tennessee; kind grandfather of Lindsey, Stefane and Kaitie Samland of Grand Island and Natalie, Olivia and Peter Wagstaff of Tennessee; brother of Bernhard (Clarice) and Johann (Christa) Samland, both of Grand Island; also survived by five siblings in Germany and many nieces and nephews in Germany and USA. Friends may call Saturday 1-3 PM followed by memorial services Saturday at 3 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Stroke Foundation or Breast Cancer Foundation. Mr. Samland was a Korean War Veteran and retired from GM Delavan. Siegfried's family would like to thank the caregivers of Room 2005 at Schoelkopf Niagara Falls.


Richard R. Hess, Jr. - Of Buffalo, NY, November 10, 2014, son of Jeanette A. (Haase) and the late Richard R. Hess Sr.; brother of Deborah A. (Scott) LaBounty, Linda L. (Mark) Paasch, Margaret M. (John) Wood and Pamela S. (Mark) Ray; also survived by nieces and nephews. No prior visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2311 George Urban Blvd., Depew, NY, Saturday morning at 10 am. Memorials to Hospice Buffalo Inc. Mr. Hess was a U.S. Air Force and Army veteran of the Persian Gulf War. Arrangements by ERIE COUNTY CREMATION SERVICE 824-6435. Please share your condolences at www.cfhecc.com


Salvatore C. "Sammy" Lauricella - Of Grand Island, entered into rest November 8, 2014, father of Carl, Nicole and Rachel; grandfather of six; loving son of the late Carl and June Lauricella; dear brother of JoAnne (Dennis) Piccione, Jessie Clute, Carla (late Whitey) Cathcart, June Kramer, Maria Brant and Debbie (Todd) Potter; cherished uncle of many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel), 885 Niagara Falls Blvd. near Eggert/Sheridan Dr. on Tuesday from 3-7 PM. Funeral Service will immediately follow. Online condolences may be made at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.


Mary A. (nee Fuller) Murphy - October 30, 2014 of Tonawanda, NY. Wife of the late Walter Edin; beloved mother of Michelle (David) Krzemien, Denise (Mark) Smith, Colleen (Michael) Binda and the late John (Tina) Murphy; predeceased by three brothers; loving grandmother of 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; also survived by nieces and nephews. No prior visitation. A Celebration of Mary's Life will be held at the convenience of her family. The family wished to thank all the residents of Clairmont for their support and also Hospice Buffalo Inc. Arrangements by SIECK & MAST FUNERAL HOME.


Roy D. Powers - Sept. 29, 1951 – Oct. 29, 2014, of the Town of Tonawanda, the owner of a transportation business, died Wednesday at Buffalo General Hospital from a brain hemorrhage. He was 63. Born in Gloucester, Mass., he grew up in Grand Island and graduated from Grand Island High School in 1969. He spent most of his life in the Buffalo area. At the age of 17, he was hit by a car driven by an elderly driver who jumped the curb and dragged him down the block. He lived the rest of his life with a metal plate in his skull. Mr. Powers was the sole proprietor of StoneScape, a transportation service for building materials and construction cargo. He was also a Unilock contractor and installer of brick patios, walkways, driveways, retaining walls and fire pits. During the winter he plowed snow. Prior to owning his own business, Mr. Powers drove tractor-trailers, worked for Lakeside Sod in Clarence for over 20 years, and Menne’s nursery in Amherst. Known as a skilled handyman and mechanic, he also enjoyed home improvement and landscaping. He was an animal lover and enjoyed classic trucks, listening to classic rock music, politics and football. Survivors include his wife, Judith; a daughter, Amber; three sons, Darryl Carberry, Mark Carberry and Jason Carberry; two brothers, Robert and Richard; two sisters, Diane and Kelly; and two step-sisters, Diane and Linda. Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2669 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda.


John A. Smith - October 30, 2014, of Grand Island, husband of the late Phyllis Smith; father of Beth Ann Kendrick, Kristy (Michael) Musilli, Penney (Glenn) Cipriano, Robbie Gillespie, Randie Gillespie and Roxie Gillespie; grandfather of Brooks, Mikayla, Isabella, Anthony, Dominic, Lindsey, Scott, Michael, Kathy, John, William, Randi Lynn, Erin, Jess and the late Robbie; also survived by five great-grandchildren; brother of George Smith, Fr. Herbert Smith and Rita (Joseph) Sciascia. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, November 8, at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island.


Gladys M. Benzing - October 30, 2014, of Grand Island, wife of the late Charles E. Benzing; mother of Sharon (Brent) Minet, Susan (the late Louis) Quagliana, Sharlene (the late Thomas) Goode and Shawn (Sandy) McQuestion; grandmother of Richard Yensan, Brent (Jen) Minet Jr., Sean (Lindsey) Paonessa, Louis (Mary) Quagliana Jr., Toni Marie Quagliana, Kaitlin Turner, Kiana McQuestion, Chloe McQuestion, Tammy (Ryan) DeFries and family, and the late Shane M. Yensan; great-grandmother of Grady A. Quagliana; sister of Lorraine Janssen. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Thursday, November 6, at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The SPCA or Hospice Buffalo.


Maureen M. (nee Fahey ) Durand - Of Grand Island, entered into rest October 22, 2014, beloved wife of John W. Durand; devoted mother of Robert (Patricia) Kenefick, Bridget (Mark) Ford, Raymond (Susan) Kenefick; cherished grandmother of Wendy (Brendan) Giglio, Lynn (Todd) Pirritano and Christian Kenefick; step-grandmother of Samantha Osieja; adored great-grandmother of Tyler, Arianna, Alexa, Ryan, Madison and Jacob; loving daughter of the late Raymond Sr. and Mary Fahey; dear sister of the late Raymond Jr. (late Sophie) Fahey and John (late Mary Alice) Fahey; also survived by relatives and friends. No prior visitation. Private service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements by LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel). Online condolences at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.


James J. Dempsey - October 20, 2014. Predeceased by his wife, Geraldine L. Dempsey; son, James E. Dempsey; daughter, Barbara A. Dempsey; brother, John "Jack" Dempsey. Survived by his children, Elizabeth Wilbert (Dale Hennigar), Mary (Richard) Buscetto and Charles (Stephanie) Dempsey; 8 grandchildren; sister, Patricia (Donald) Hicks; nieces and nephews. James’ visitation will be held Wednesday, October 22, 2014 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, 1075 Long Pond Road, Rochester, NY 14626. His graveside service will be celebrated Thursday, October 23, 2014, 10:00 a.m. at Falls Cemetery, Greece, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association (www.Alz.org) in his memory. For more information and to sign James’ online guestbook, visit www.MeesonFamily.com.


Anne Marie Steinlein - October 10, 2014, widow of Hank Steinlein, mother of Paul (Leslie), Peter (Barbara) , Linda (Terry) Tubbs, Andy (Rhonda). She was predeceased by her daugher Helga Oliphant. She was grandmother to thirteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren. A memorial talk will be given at The Kingdom Hall Of Jehovah's Witnesses, 400 Staton House Rd., Greenvile, NC 27834 on Saturday, Ocotber 18th at 1:00 p.m.


Wilbur "Bill" Percival Jr. - October 11, 2014, beloved husband of Bonnie (nee Turnwall) Percival; dear father of Debbie (Santos) Ortiz, Jeanette Mahiques, Michael (Jeanne) Percival and Yvonne (Jay) Caldwell; grandfather of seven grandchildren; brother of Rose (Dexter) Doyle; brother-in-law of John (Audrey) Turnwall, Jr. and Lylyan (late Robert) Syracuse; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Tuesday 4-8 PM at the DENGLER, ROBERTS, PERNA FUNERAL HOME, 3000 Delaware Avenue, Kenmore. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday at 10 AM at St. Martin-in-the-Field Episcopal Church, 2787 Baseline Road, Grand Island. Bill was a retired employee of Riverside Trucking Company. If desired, contributions may be made to St. Martin-in-the Field Church. Share your condolences at denglerrobertspernafuneral.com.


Randy M. Helf - Age 53, of Grand Island, NY, unexpectedly, October 8, 2014, at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, husband of 31 years of Lisa M. (nee Huber) Helf; father of Stacey (fiance; David Peters) Helf and Matthew Roy Helf; brother of Linda (Steven) Levine; son of the late Roy M. and Dorothy A. (nee Doebler) Helf; son-in-law of the late Bette Huber; brother-in-law of Rhonda Wonch, Shannon (Dan) Finnerty, Wendy Huber and Ronnie Huber; son-in-law of Ron (Kathleen) Huber; uncle of Jason, Kevin, Brandan, Quentin, Taylor, Suzanne, Glenn, Sam, Eddy and Grace; also survived by his beloved cat Stella. Friends may call Saturday, October 11 from 4-8 PM at JOHN O. ROTH FUNERAL HOME, INC., 25 William St. (between Morgan & Broad Sts.), City of Tonawanda. A Remembrance Celebration for Randy's family will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation or to the American Heart Assn. He was a 1979 graduate of Sweet Home High School and received his Associate's Degree from Northwood Institution in Midland, MI. Randy worked his entire life for his father at Keyser Cadillac, Inc. in Williamsville where be became Dealer Principal in 1999 and continued to work until his unexpected death. He was a member of the Buffalo Launch Club and founded the Captain Cadillac Fishing Team and Charters in Islamorada, FL. He loved his family, fishing, cooking and hanging out in his backyard pool.


Theodore R. Johnson - October 7, 2014, of Grand Island. Husband of 59 years of the late Betty Johnson; father of The Reverend Louise Johnson-Toth (Gregory Toth) of Rochester, NY and Nancy L. Davies (Brian) of Summit, NJ; grandfather of Della N. Davies (Christopher Bearshears) of Eugene, OR; great-grandfather of Morice Davies Bearshears; brother of David (Valerie) Johnson of Orchard Park; brother-in-law of Margery Stratton of Burley, ID; also survived by many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island where memorial services will be held Saturday at 11 AM. Mr. Johnson was a WW II US Navy Veteran and a long time member of Trinity UM Church.


Arthur W. "Sonny" Krehan - age 89, died September 30, 2014, at his home in Addison, Maine. He was born February 28, 1925 in North Tonawanda. He was the son of August and Ida M. (nee Refke) Krehan.
He served in WWII as an electrician's mate and received the American Theater Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal and Victory Medal. He received a teaching degree from Buffalo State and became a shop teach. He later went to work for New York State setting up training programs in companies throughout Western New York. He loved to travel and interact with people. After retiring from his job with the State, he became active with the Riverside Lions Club, Meals on Wheels, LaSalle Sportsman's Club and the Renaissance Club.
He is survived by a son, Raymond; step-daughters, Karen Unruh and Linda Berndt; grandsons, Philip Krehan, Steven Latimer, Jeff Unruh and granddaughter, Lindy Bohlen; six great-grandchildren, Kelsey Krehan, Shawn Krehan, Kellen, Latimer, Macie Latimer, A.J. Bohen and Oliver Unruh. He was predeceased by his wife, Doris Marie (Bernhardt) and brothers, Herman and Gary; and great-grandchild, Mackenzie Latimer. Private funeral services will be held at Fretthold Funeral Home. Interment will be at St. Matthew Lutheran Cemetery.


Eleanor Varga - October 2, 2014, of Grand Island, wife of the late Louis Varga; mother of Louise (Paul Witzel) Varga, Lewis Varga, Amy Varga, Margaret Varga and Julie (Douglas) Clark; grandmother of Matthew and Steven Witzel; sister of Marie Varga, Dorothy and Joseph Babinsky; also survived by nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 2 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Grand Island Public Library or the American Diabetes Association.


Michael D. Kanavel - Formerly of Buffalo, passed away on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at his residence in Niagara Falls. He was 64. He was the son of the late Raymond T. and Anna M. (Sherack) Kanavel. He attended local schools and graduated from Grand Island High School in 1967. Michael served in the United States Air Force in the 17th Bomb Wing during Vietnam. He worked at several different area companies retiring from Tapecon in Buffalo as an estimator. He is survived by two children, Michael S. (Danelle) Kanavel and Keith Wojciechowski and three sisters, Barbara Lund of Phoenix, Ann Piechowski of Lewiston and Rose Heist of Niagara Falls. Friends may call at the LANE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 8622 Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY 14304 on Tuesday from 3-7 PM where Funeral Services will be held at 7. Burial will be private in Niagara Falls Memorial Park Cemetery in the Town of Lewiston.


Irene "Honey" (nee Kaiser) Daigler - September 29, 2014, of Grand Island, wife of the late William C. Daigler Jr.; mother of Lynn (John) Daigler Hathaway of Fort Wayne, IN; grandmother of Christopher and Patrick Hathaway; sister of the late Allen Kaiser Jr. and Roger Kaiser Sr.; adopted aunt to many. A memorial service will be held Wednesday (October 1) at 7 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Buffalo Paws and Claws Animal Shelter or the Garden Club at Elderwood at Grand Island.


Richard J. Dobmeier - September 28, 2014; beloved husband and best friend of Genevieve McNeil Dobmeier; father of Mary Lynn (David) Lenz, Catherine Anne (Glenn) Edginton, Sally Eileen (Michael) McMahon, Suzanne Dobmeier, Jacqueline Mary (Kenneth) DeSimone and the late Brian Dobmeier and Barbara Jean Dubbs; also survived by 17 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; brother of Marilyn D. Branston and the late Robert J. and Norman R. Dobmeier; father-in-law of John Dubbs. Relatives and friends may call at the CARLTON A. ULLRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC., 8630 Transit Rd., East Amherst, 1 mile north of Maple Rd, just past Klein. (Same location as Dengler, Roberts, Perna) Wednesday 2-4 and 6-7 PM and are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Stephen Church, Grand Island, Thursday at 10 AM. Gifts in Mr. Dobmeier's memory may be made to Niagara University Scholarship Fund. Buffalo News Obituary.


Wayne Lindsey Houck - Age 58 of Ingram, Texas, formerly of Grand Island, passed away in a local hospital on September 22, 2014. Wayne rode into the Texas Hill Country on a Harley Davidson motorcycle in 1991 looking for a place to move his family. He left this earth in 2014 at the home he found. Quick with a joke, first to lend a helping hand, Wayne believed that you should do one good deed a day. He taught us a thing or two about life and we are all better people for it. He is survived by a wife, two children, a grandson, extended family, and friends; all of whom will miss him dearly.


Howard E. Fritsch - Howard Edward Fritsch, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday and 55th wedding anniversary on the same day, died on Tuesday, September 16th in his Grand Island home after an extended illness. Born in Buffalo, Mr. Fritsch studied photography at Seneca Vocational High School, graduating in 1952. He later studied at the University of Buffalo and served in the Army National Guard from 1952 to 1958. Following in the footsteps of his father, who was a railroad engineer, Mr. Fritsch worked for 37 years with New York Central, Penn Central and Conrail railroads. He also worked part time as a deputy for the Marin Division of the Erie County Sheriff's Office and retired from both positions in 1997.
   Mr. Fritsch was a member of the Erie County Deputy Sheriff's Badge and Shield Club and the Judges and Police Conference. A 50-year Mason, he served as master of Parish United Lodge 292, F&AM, Eggertsville, in 1975, and was past district deputy grand master in 1983. He was a longtime member of the Ismailia Shrine and Scottish Rite. Survivors include his wife, the former JoAnne G. Gibbons; a son, H. Andrew; and three grandchildren. Services are private.


Marjorie A. (nee Stephens) Yasovsky - Lost her battle with ovarian cancer on September 14, 2014, at the age of 83, formerly of Grand Island, NY, she has spent the last 14 years of her life in Florida. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Yasovsky; dearest mother of sons Mark (Doris), Fred and Stephen Engel and daughter Judy (Jim) Cudihy; grandmother of Amy (Clinton) DuClos, Matthew Smith, Jason and Michael Engel; great-grandmother of Kira, Arika, Mylee and Dominic; dear sister of Lawrence Stephens and the late Fred, Norma and Roger. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. No prior visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at the Kingdom Hall in Fruitland Park, FL, on September 26, 2014 at 6 PM and a Celebration of her Life will be held at Lake Griffin Isles Recreation Building Saturday from 12 Noon-3 PM. Arrangements by ERIE COUNTY CREMATION SERVICE, 824-6435. Please share your condolences at www.cfhecc.com.


David A. Hiser - September 20, 2014, of Grand Island, husband of Lanora Hiser; father of David W. (Betsy) and Mark D. (Linda) Hiser; grandfather of David J., Jessica, Jenna, Ashley and Brett Hiser; brother of Lowell (Barbara) Hiser; son of the late Fred and Goldie Hiser. Friends may call Monday 6-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday at 11 AM at the Little Chapel of the Elms at Elmlawn Cemetery, 3939 Delaware Ave., Tonawanda. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association .


Helen S. (nee Shoff) Czora - September 15, 2014, of Grand Island. Wife of 62 years of Joseph H. Czora, Jr.; mother of Michael (Clarice) Czora of Minneapolis, Patricia Czora, Karen Milovich, Joanne Czora all of Grand Island and John Czora of North Tonawanda; grandmother of Ian (Sara) Czora, Kristina (Sean) Tetkowski Murphy, James and Cody Czora; great-grandmother of James Patrick and Jude Michael Murphy; sister of Margaret (late William) Cavanaugh and Patricia (Ronald) Schictel; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Thursday 7-9 PM and Friday 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 at 11:15 AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials made to Hospice Buffalo.


Hans Kullerkupp - Of Grand Island, entered into rest September 15, 2014, beloved husband of Carol A. (nee Mohan) Kullerkupp; devoted father of Hans (Gina) and Marc Kullerkupp; cherished grandfather of six; devoted son of Erni and the late Rosalie Kullerkupp; dear brother of Tenno (Leona) Kullerkupp and the late Vello (Selma) Kullerkupp; fond brother-in-law of Thomas (Marsha) Mohan, James (Nancy) Mohan; also survived by relatives and friends. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel) 885 Niagara Falls Blvd. near Eggert/Sheridan Dr., on Friday from 4-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Stephen Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island on Saturday at 10 o'clock. (Please assemble at church.) Mr. Kullerkupp was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.


Dorothy J. Blakelock - September 13, 2014, age 90, resident of Grand Island for 63 years, loving wife of the late Barton Blakelock; mother of Fred (Judy) Blakelock, Ellen Martin and Bruce (Andrea) Blakelock; loving grandmother of Lisa (Brian) Kenney, Jennifer (Tony) Meaux, Barton (Missy) Blakelock, Janie (Danial) Hiam, Lauren (fiance Mark Hyde), Robert and Thomas Blakelock; wonderful GiGi of Kennedy Meaux, Jaiden, Jameson and Jordan Hiam; sister of Ellen Slominski; daughter of the late Robert and Eva McElroy. Friends may call Tuesday 4-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island where Funeral Services will be held Wednesday at 11 AM. Dorothy worked at Kaegebein School as cook/manager for 46 years. She was formerly Grand Island Senior Citizen of the year. She was known as Granny to all.


Wendy M. (nee Wozniak) Maloney - August 31, 2014, wife of the late James A. Maloney; beloved mother of James T. and Thomas K. (Tracey) Maloney; grandmother of Lara and Christopher Maloney; sister of Irene Krzyscin; godchild of Wanda Bosco; also survived by nieces and nephews. Mrs. Maloney had her B.S. in Nursing from the University of Buffalo and was the owner and manager, along with her late husband Jim, of Wex Roast Beef in the Summit Park Mall from 1987-1997. Wendy enjoyed hiking, the outdoors, camping and gardening. A private Funeral Service was held under the direction of the CARLTON A. ULLRICH FUNERAL HOME INC., at St. Stephen Cemetery, Grand Island.


Beatrice L. (nee Hardy) Hillock - A long time resident of Grand Island, Beatrice entered into rest August 26, in New Port Richey, FL. Born in Buffalo on June 8, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Edward J. and Mary C. (nee Tucker) Hardy. She was the wife of the late John J. Hillock; mother of Lawrence J. (Dawn), John E. (Linda), Robert K. (Cindy), Linda B. (Harold) Clark, Lucille M. (Richard) Floss, Randon P. (Susan), Hilary A. (Porfirio) Balderas and the late Editha S. (survived by husband Dr. John) Kapoor; also survived by 20 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; sister of Editha A. (late Marvin) Germain, James L. (Elsie) Hardy and the late Mary (late Clarence) Smith, Francis (late Louise) Hardy, Elizabeth (late Donald) Miller and Noreen (late Donald) Feldman. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Thursday, September, 11 at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined, memorials may be made to HPH Hospice 12107 Majestic Blvd., Hudson, FL 34667 Attn: Fred Blind.


Christian P. Wallinder - September 5, 2014, age 18, of Grand Island, cherished son of Karen (Chopra) and Christopher Tucker, Pierre and Kathleen Wallinder; brother of Nicholas and Alexandra Wallinder; grandson of Kathleen and the late Kuldip "Deep" Chopra and Barbara Tucker; nephew of Paul (Danielle Watkins) Chopra, Raj (Joann) Chopra, Sheelah Chopra, Laura Bell, Paul (Jen) Tucker, Bill Tucker and Joe (Carolyn) Gorski; cousin of Olivia, Patrick, Lauren, Jeremy, and Peter Chopra, Savannah and Aleksander Bielenia, Arielle, Gabrielle and Thomas Reed. Friends may call Monday 3-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral service will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Division of Endocrinology & Diabetes at UB Foundation, Center For Tomorrow, UB North Campus, Amherst, NY 14260.


William Joseph Ross - Went to be with the Lord on August 17, 2014, beloved husband of Carmen Ross; loving father of William B. and Jeffrey (Serena) Ross, Peggy (Matt) Thompson and Betsy (David) Hiser; survived by 10 grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. A memorial service will be held on Thursday September 4th, at 7 PM, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Blvd., Grand Island, NY. Friends invited.


Karen C. White - August 30, 2014, of Grand Island, beloved sister of Kathleen N. (Timothy Norton) White, Eric T. (Catherine) White and Randall D. (Peggy) White; loving aunt of Ryan, Patrick, Meggie, Katie-Grace, Brigid, David, Christopher and Jodi; cherished daughter of the late R. David and Lucy M. White. Friends may call Friday 5-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church (Old Church). Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to The Kenmore Mercy Foundation.


Esther B. Lozo - Passed away August 26, 2014, peacefully at home under the care of her loving family at the age of 100. She was a lifelong Grand Island resident. Wife of the late Clifford H. Lozo; cherished mother of Richard (Joanne) Lozo, Linda (Bill Derwin) Lozo and Jo Ann (late Dennis) Holmes; grandmother of Richard (Michele) Lozo, Heather (Mark) Landroche, Lisa Lozo, Christine (Dana) Iser, Sara Holmes and Erin (Austin) Wilson; great-grandmother of Kaitlyn Lozo, Stefani Rhodes, Eric Sander, Robert Arch, Brooklyn and Irelynn Landroche, Emma and Grayson Wilson; sister of Henry (Marion) Webb, Don (Karen) Webb, Shirley (late Lewis) Smith and the late Harold, Lester and Emory Webb and Florence Winkelsas; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Friday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, where Funeral Services will be held Saturday at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.


Elizabeth Irene "Ellie" Podsiadlo - January 26, 2001 - August 24, 2014, of Grand Island; greatly loved by her parents Thomas and Gale and brother TJ; cherished grandaughter of JoAnn Podsiadlo, Richard and Gale Sander; loved niece of Jennifer Botimer, Andrea (Tim) Griffiths, John Podsiadlo, Teresa (Mike) Hooper, Rich (Mary) Sander and Eileen (Mark) Klein; loved by her cousins and many friends. Friends may call Tuesday 7-9 PM and Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Spina Bifida of WNY, 137 Warner Ave., North Tonawanda 14120, Miracle League of WNY, PO Box 833, Grand Island 14072 or Gliding Stars of WNY, 1307 Military Rd., Kenmore 14217. Ellie loved her music, CD's, coloring and the Buffalo Sabres. We were blessed to have our Angel for a short time here on earth, she touched so many lives. See Buffalo News story.


June C. (nee Christman) Renwick - August 24, 2014, of Kenmore, NY, born on Grand Island; mother of Marie Young; grandmother of Nancy, Scott (Michelle), Brett (Dawn), Matt (Kristin) McHenry and the late David G. Young; sister of the late Melva Alt and Glenn Christman; daughter of the late Margaret and Henry Christman; survived by eight great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Friends may call Thursday 2-4 PM at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT INC. FUNERAL HOME, 3290 Delaware Ave. where funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 4. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the SPCA.


Dorothy (nee Gollinger) Soeder - Formerly of Cayuga Island, Niagara Falls, of Grand Island, died Thursday August 21, 2014. Wife of the late Arnold Soeder; mother of Barbara Offen (late David) Murrysville, PA; Arnold Soeder (Catherine) of Amherst; Jean Strope (late Michael) of Grand Island; Helen Snyder (Victor) of Niagara Falls and Mary Price (Paul) of Nederland, TX; a brother, Robert Gollinger (Evelyn) of Petosky, MI; a sister, Jean Hause (late Russell) of Redding, CA; six grandchildren, Brian Soeder (Natalie) of TX; Stacy (Michael) Rinaldo of Tonawanda; Aaron Snyder (Elizabeth) and Elizabeth Colangelo (Giulio) both of Niagara Falls; Emily Cutler (Corey) and Scott Williams (Fiancee Kelly) both of Texas; two step grandchildren, Lisa Magguilli (Larry) of Rochester and Kelly Offen of Georgia; three great-grandchildren; four step great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. The family will be present Sunday from 3-7 PM in the LANE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 8622 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls, where prayers will be said Monday 9:30 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM in St. John de LaSalle R.C. Church. The interment will be private. Flowers graciously declined. Memorials, if desired, may be made to Niagara Hospice, the Tattler Club or a charity of one's choice.


Sally Ann (nee Allen) Mergel - Age 83, of Grand Island, August 17, 2014, beloved wife of Philip Mergel of Grand Island; mother of Sharon M. (Alan) Kley of the Town of Tonawanda, Timothy (Claudia) Trietley of San Diego, CA and the late Robert W. Trietley Jr.; stepmother of Gary (Flora) Mergel and Gregory (Marie) Mergel; grandmother of Ian R. Kley, Taylor M. Kley, Kristopher W. Trietley and Victoria C. Trietley. Sister of Stuart Allen, Linda Bialek and the late John, Walter, and Marilyn; aunt of many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Fretthold Funeral Home, Inc., 1241 Oliver St. at Ward Rd. in North Tonawanda on Friday from 7-9 PM. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Flowers gratefully declined, if so desired memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.


Joanne M. Hale - August 18, 2014, of Grand Island; wife of Gary D. Hale; mother of Carrie Warmus and Lisa Hale; grandmother of Chancellor, Bailey and Pierce Warmus; daughter of Mary Rasinski and the late Roger Tremblay; step-daughter of Nydia Tremblay; sister of Roger (Melissa) Tremblay and the late Gerry Tremblay; long time friend of Susan Blood. A memorial service will be held at a later date.


Paul Allan Smith - March 1, 1946 – Aug. 12, 2014, of Grand Island, a retired music teacher in North Tonawanda schools, died Tuesday in St. John’s Hospice, Buffalo. He was 68. Born in Avoca, Pa., he was a graduate of West Pittston High School. A clarinet player and organist, he majored in music education at Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and took graduate studies at the University at Buffalo. Mr. Smith and his wife, the former Maye V. Trewern, a vocal music teacher, came to Western New York shortly after they were married in 1968 and found teaching positions in Niagara Falls. He began teaching instrumental music in North Tonawanda in 1970. During his 35-year career there, he taught at Ohio and Drake elementary schools and Reszel Middle School. An avid Buffalo Bills fan, he was a season ticket holder for 25 years. He and his wife would have celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary Sunday. In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Marilyn Corby and Marisa Busch; a sister, Marlene Herron; and six grandchildren. A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Lombardo Funeral Home, 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, after visitation at 4.



John E. Henshaw - August 13, 2014, of Grand Island, brother of Jacquelyn (Michael) Hogan of Clarence; uncle of Susan (Peter) Morrissey, Lynda (Matthew) Carver and Kelly Hogan; great uncle of Ryan, Connor and Erin Morrissey, Mary Claire, Matthew, Meghan and Michael Carver; son of the late John B. and Mary Henshaw; friends may call Friday 3-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church (old church). Flowers gratefully declined, memorials may be made to Mission Nicaragua, c/o Ann Marie Zon, 10100 Transit Rd., East Amherst, NY 14051. Mr. Henshaw was a retired New York State Trooper.


James Frederick Pultz - capital defense attorney and champion of the rights of the mentally ill, died at his home in San Francisco on August 14, 2014. J. was born December 1, 1957, in Bronxville, New York, the eldest of the three children of Oscar and Sandy Pultz. He grew up in New York State, graduating from Grand Island High School in 1976. He attended Oberlin College from 1976 to 1980. From 1980 to 1981, he served as Executive Director of the ACLU in New Orleans.
    In 1981, he entered Boalt Hall School of Law. As a law student, J. clerked at California's Prison Law Office, the Youth Law Center and the Legal Aid Society of Alameda County. After law school, he moved to Washington State to work at what was then Evergreen Legal Services, ultimately joining that organization's Institutional Legal Services Project to represent involuntarily committed mental patients. In 1988, J. returned to California and worked at the Mental Health Advocacy Project in San Jose. In 1991, joined the California Appellate Project, the organization that supervises and assists attorneys representing men and women sentenced to death in California on appeal. There, J.'s knowledge of mental illness and the mental health treatment system proved invaluable. He had a uniquely keen ability to unearth, interpret and explain the events that had influenced his clients' lives, and extraordinary insight into how to work with the suicidal or mentally ill. Bringing gentle irreverence and humor to even the most serious life-and-death situations, J. became a much sought-after consultant, trainer, panelist and speaker.
    J. left the California Appellate Project in 1995, but continued to serve as a consultant, ghost-writer and editor for attorneys and mental health professionals in capital cases both in California and nationally up to the time of his death. With creativity, a razor-sharp wit and deep compassion for the victims of discrimination, poverty, childhood maltreatment, prosecutorial overreaching and institutional failure, J. was much appreciated and loved by his clients and colleagues alike. His death was nevertheless sudden and unexpected. He is survived by his daughter, Aija Simpson; his sisters, Susan Pultz and Nancy Blackmore; his niece, Hannah Blackmore; his nephew, Thomas Pultz; numerous cousins; and an extraordinary number of close friends and professional associates who treasured his insight and intellect, his artful turn of phrase, his love of Catholic iconography, his hilarious commentary on anything and everything, his generosity of spirit, and the tremendous warmth of his friendship.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 11, 2015.



Beatrice L. (nee Gedney) Ciccarelli - Of Grand Island, formerly of Syracuse, entered into rest August 11, 2014, beloved wife of the late Pasquale "Patsy" Ciccarelli; devoted mother of Joseph Ciccarelli, Anthony Ciccarelli, Patricia Robbins, Justine (late Brian) Mumley, Lisa (Garrett) Hughes and Carl (Christine) Ciccarelli; cherished grandmother of 14 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; loving daughter of the late Charles and Beatrice Gedney; dear sister of the late George, Mildred, Ruth, Betty, Norman and Charles; also survived by relatives and friends. No prior visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral service at St. Mary's Cemetery Chapel, 4100 East Genesee St., Dewitt, NY 13214 on Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock. Arrangements by the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel). Online condolences at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.



Norman "Norm" M. Rapp - Age 55, of Montrose Hill, on Saturday, August 9, 2014. Beloved husband of Barbara Gaspari Rapp; loving father of Margaret (Darryl) Kowalik and Christopher N. (girlfriend, Suzie) Rapp; grandfather of Elizabeth and Kenneth Kowalik; brother of Patricia (Mike) Gallo, Dorothy (David) Deasy, Donna (Tom) Zacher, and the late Lynn Rapp; son of the late Norman C. and Mary Rapp; brother-in-law of Doreen (Mark) Benkoski and Gloria (Randal) McCamey; son-in-law of Adeline Gaspari; he also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. Norm enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He loved to hunt, fish, and go camping. Happily employed at Allegheny Ludlum Steel Mill. Visitation Tues. and Wed. from 2-4 p.m. and from 6-8 p.m. at the THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, LTD., 930 Center Ave., Blawnox, PA, where friends and family will meet on Thurs. at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass St. Pio Parish, St. Edward Church at 10 a.m. Send condolences post-gazette.com/gb.



Elizabeth Baker - of Dania Beach, FL died August 2, 2014 at what she called “the wonderful age of 94.” She was born in Troy, N.Y., on November 22, 1919, to Charles and Elizabeth Stalter. Her parents and her only sister, Ruth Frick, preceded her in death. Elizabeth Baker and her husband Edwin Baker moved to Grand Island in 1952 with 2 sons and later adopted 2 Korean orphans. Elizabeth lived there until 1977. Her favorite roles in life were Mother (four times), Grandmother (10 times) and Great-grandmother (18 times). Other roles were - talented dancer, retired nurse and actress. Her love of family and of life were evident in her instructions to her loved ones as her life drew to a close: “After the funeral – everyone get together, have an Irish Wake and enjoy yourselves, as I was never happier than when all my children were together laughing, eating and having fun,” she wrote. So many who knew her thought she was “classy and special,” said her son, Peter Van Dewater Baker. She came by her grace and elegance naturally, friends and family said, with her abundant talent as a dancer and an innate sense of style. As a young adult, she was promised an audition with the City of Buffalo, N.Y. Ballet, but then she fell ill with myasthenia gravis. After eight years, she experienced what she and her family believed to be a miraculous healing. Her faith and indomitable spirit brought her through to a full, active and long life. Lifelong interests included a devotion to the Bible and reading “Forward Day by Day.” She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed writing, reading and audio books. She would dive into a crossword puzzle with the expertise of a technician and gifted wordsmith. She loved spell-checking her crosswords and had a flair for all aspects of language and the written word. Dancing, acting and kittens also brought joy to her life. She had a warm and gentle way about her that lit up a room and brought her a host of lifelong and brand new friends. Among her family and friends, she also was known for her keen wit and slyly competitive approach to a family game night. “I hated to play bridge or poker with her for money,” her son, Peter, said. Her other son, Jan Charles Baker hated to lose to Mom in arm wrestling. She is survived by two sons, Peter Van Dewater Baker, (wife Shirley), and Jan Charles Baker (wife Marita); two daughters, Jennifer Ann Abercrombie and Mary Abigail Baker (husband, Kris Hackett). Also 10 grandchildren: Pieter Baker, Gillian Norman, Katherine Wendel, Jan Baker Jr., Joshua Baker, Mackenzie Baker, Seth Abercrombie, Owen Abercrombie, Nicholas Brewer and Elizabeth Brewer. And 18 great-grandchildren: Pieter Baker Jr., William Wendel, Stella Wendel, Allegra Norman, Katherine Norman, Joseph Norman, Elizabeth Norman, John Paul Norman, Sydney Baker, Piper Baker, Brynn Baker, Delaney Baker, Avery Brewer, Daniel Abercrombie, Jonathan Abercrombie, Diana Abercrombie, Edward Abercrombie and Jason Abercrombie. Also, she is survived by her nieces, Marcia McGlarry, Melissa Smith, Suellen Lash and Penelope Wurtz. Laurie, Nancy Jo; and nephews Robin Baker and Billy Baker. Best friends Beth Bohnet and Diane Kerner, Karen, Sylvia McGinnis, John McGlarry, Ricardo, Rose Brewer, Robb Brewer, Buddy, Cindy, Doreen Bartley, Selita, Jannete, Patsy, Maria, Father Matt, Father Andreas, Dr. Rothstein and Jupiter. Best friends departed are Edwin Baker, Joanne, Lorraine, Peg, Alice, Frances and so many more. “Today thou shalt be in Paradise with me,” were Jesus’ words spoken to the sinner on the cross at Calvary. Elizabeth considered herself a fellow sinner and lived in that hope. She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Hollywood, Florida, and a member of the Order of St. Luke (a healing ministry). Also, she was an active contributor to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, SPCA and to the American Red Cross and to St. John’s Episcopal Church.



Rev. Leslie E. Chambers - Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Pastor
   Pastor Leslie E. Chambers of 2893 Rte 305, Town of West Clarksville passed away, Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at home after a brief battle with cancer. Born on October 13, 1951, in Olean, New York he was a son of Ralph and Mary Russell Chambers. On November 30, 1974 in Belmont, he married the former Rosemarie A. Mitchell who survives.
   Les was a graduate of Grand Island High School Class of 1969. He attended Cedarville University studying basic courses. He then enlisted in the United States Army Serving from October 15, 1971 until being honorably discharged on January 28, 1975. He then went on to study at Spurgeon Baptist Bible College in Mulbury Florida graduating in 1979. Returning to the area after graduating he was ordained at the First Baptist Church in North Tonawanda on October 8, 1980. In August of 1985 he moved to West Clarksville at which time he became Pastor of the West Clarksville Baptist Church where he was still serving.
   Pastor Chambers will be remembered as being a compassionate pastor who was always attentive to the needs of his congregation and community members. He was a faithful servant of the Lord providing a positive attitude and refused to let his illness overshadow his love and faith. For several years he was the Chaplain of the Allegany County Sheriffs Department and was an official for track and cross-country.
   He loved his wife, children and adored his grandchildren. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed splitting wood. Surviving in addition to his wife are his father and stepmother, Ralph (Greta) Chambers of Amherst; his children, Stacey (John) Fisher of Allegany, Paul Chambers of South Haven, Mississippi, Daniel (Danielle) Chambers of South Haven, Mississippi, David (Miranda) Chambers of Bolivar, John Chambers of New York City, NY, and Philip Chambers of West Clarksville; his grandchildren, Bryttanie, Daeman, Elliott, Addison, Isaiah, Zion, Nevaeh, and Layla; his siblings Andy, Randy, Fran, Kathy, Jim, Glenda, Sarah, Ruth, Tim, and Liz; and several nieces and nephews.
   The family will receive friends at the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., 9 Bull Street, Cuba on Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 7-9 P.M. and on Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. Funeral services will be held on Monday August 4, 2014 at the West Clarksville Baptist Church, 9003 Daggett Hollow Rd, Bolivar, NY 14715 at 11:00 A.M. Private family burial with full military honors will be in West Clarksville Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the West Clarksville Baptist Church, 9003 Daggett Hollow Rd., Bolivar, NY 14715.



Betty J. (nee Ziehm) Yensan - August 5, 2014, life long resident of Grand Island, wife of the late Raymond Yensan; mother of the late Roger Arthur Yensan; daughter of the late Elmer and Rosine Ziehm; sister of the late Alma R. Ziehm; loving aunt of Richard and Robin Comeau and family; aunt of Greg and Jeff Yensan and Candace Long. Friends may call Thursday 6-8 PM followed by funeral services Thursday at 8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A special thank you to the friends and caregivers for their love and support.




Cedric Smith, MD - June 13, 2014, Palm Harbor, Florida. Cedric Smith, MD passed away after a short illness from cancer. He is survived by his wife, Katerina, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild, and his first wife, Mary. Born in Stillwater, OK, he was a professor of pharmacology first at the University of Illinois/Chicago and then at SUNY Buffalo. He served as department chairman at UB from 1966-1973, and as the Founding Director of the Research Institute on Alcoholism 1970-1979. He authored four books and wrote more than 100 research articles and presentations at national and international scientific meetings. He lived on Grand Island for more than twenty years, and enjoyed gardening and the deer in the yard. He was 87.



Walter L. Sutor - July 27, 2014, of Grand Island. Husband of the late Edith Sutor; father of David and Stephen Sutor; predeceased by three brothers; uncle of Joan Zippe and Lillian Somer. Friends may call Friday 4-7 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services will be private.



Gerald E. Ast - July 28, 2014, of Grand Island; husband of 61 years of Joyce (nee McManus) Ast; father of Paul (Donna) Ast and Deborah Leyland; grandfather of Brent and Bradley Ast and Rick James (Mylagh) Leyland; brother of Ronald (the late Gwen) Ast and Diane (the late Edward) Kohl; also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. Friends may call Thursday 2-4 and 7-8:30 PM followed by a prayer service with military honors Thursday at 8:30 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.



Yvonne J. Proctor - July 24, 2014, of Gaithersburg, MD, formerly of Grand Island, NY, wife of the late Frederic R. Proctor Jr.; mother of Frederic (Vicky) Proctor III, Patricia (Vance) Vara, Thomas (Jill) Proctor, Paul (Tamara) Proctor and the late Cheryl Proctor; grandmother of Stephanie and Mitchell Vara, Frederic, William, Rae-Lynn, Ryan, Lindsay, Miranda, and Morgan Proctor; sister of Beverly (Michael) Simpson, June Reimondo and the late James Bedford and Irene Kerr; sister-in-law of Patricia Bedford. Friends may call Tuesday 4-6 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Agape Parents Fellowship, Inc., 3280 South Park Ave., Lackawanna, NY 14218, an affiliate of People Inc.



Gerald S. Lazarczyk - July 13, 2014, of Grand Island; loving companion of Carol Merckel; father of Jennifer Kearfott and Katrina (Todd) Ohlmeyer; also survived by three grandchildren; a niece and cousins; brother of John (Lisa) and the late Nancy Lazarczyk; son of the late Stanley and Stella Lazarczyk. Friends may call Saturday August 2, 10 AM -12 PM, followed by a prayer service at 12 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island.



Frank O. Eldridge - July 20, 2014 of Grand Island. Husband of Joanne (Hartman) Eldridge; father of Christinia (fiance David Michaels) and Victoria Eldridge; grandfather of Alex Otis "Buddy"; son of H. Maxine and the late Parker N. Eldridge (USMC); brother of John (Carole) Eldridge, Deb (Mark) Lesinski and Sandy (Les) Stahl; also survived by nieces, nephews and his cat, Kitty. Friends may call Wednesday 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A private graveside service will be held Thursday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.



Robert Franklin Mehl Jr., Ph.D. - an Army veteran and retired Buffalo State College professor, died July 13 in his home on Grand Island. He was 89. Mr. Mehl was born in Pittsburgh and graduated from Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh in 1942. In 1942, he attended the College of Wooster in Ohio for two years and then enlisted in the Army during World War II in 1944. He served for two years and after he was discharged, he completed his English degree with a minor in sociology in 1948. He married the late Carolyn Kellogg in 1949. She died in 1997. Mr. Mehl became a high school English teacher in Ballston Spa. He earned his doctorate in education from the State University of New York at Albany in 1966. He then became an English literature professor at Buffalo State College from 1966 to 1990. Mr. Mehl was an avid collector of pre-World War II classic cars and a member of antique car clubs. He was a well-read historian, lover of art and music and an enthusiastic gardener. Survivors include two sons, Robert F. and Christopher E.; a daughter, Sandra M.; four grandchildren; and a great grandchild. A private memorial service took place Saturday morning.



Dorothy Mae Bull (nee Maier) Killian - Age 93, of Oxford, FL, peacefully passed away on June 9, 2014. Dorothy was born in Buffalo July 28, 1920 to Mabel Augusta Bull and Frederick Gilbert Bull. She graduated from Riverside High School in 1937 and married Milton Albert Maier on December 6, 1941. Dorothy was a competitive swimmer, loved to be outdoors, and was a loving, happy person. She was a wonderful friend, especially with her cousins and a group of girlfriends she enjoyed all her life. Her curiosity was always getting her into comical situations and we all laughed along with her during these times. After the tragic death of her first husband, she remarried on August 19, 1961 to Kenneth Allen Killian of Grand Island, and enjoyed over fifty years of love and traveling with Ken and their friends. For several years, they lived between their home in Lake Worth, FL and Grand Island. Dorothy is survived by two daughters, Dorolynn Mae Hawks of Port St Lucie, FL, and Christine Ann Phillips of The Villages, FL and two stepsons, James Killian of Hampton, VA and Richard Killian of The Sea Ranch, CA. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Please join us for a memorial service at 11 AM on Monday, July 28, 2014 at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. There will be a luncheon immediately following at the Grand Island Fire Hall.



Arthur Lawrence "Artie" Bascomb - Age 65 of Brookfield, CT passed away on Thursday, July 17, 2014. Arthur grew up on Grand Island, NY. He graduated from Grand Island High School and then attended the University of Toledo, OH, where he played football for the Rockets during their 35 consecutive win streak, which currently ranks as the fifth-longest in major college football. He later coached at Heidelberg University before returning to Toledo as a coach. After turning in the pigskin, he went on to become an accomplished executive in the Paper Industry for over 30 years. Arthur is survived by his spouse Jean Page, daughters Ame Bascomb-Damaso and Laura Bascomb-Werth, stepsons Jay Page and Christopher Page, grandchildren Isobel and Oliver Werth and Nola and Killian Page and sister Bette Dickey. Arthur was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence Arthur Bascomb, mother Dorothy Gunn Bascomb and brother Robert Charles Bascomb. A memorial celebration will be held in Brookfield, CT on Saturday, July 26, 2014. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations are made to a charity of your choice in Arthur's memory. Please send your memories of Artie for the family to share at the memorial celebration to: arthurbascomb@gmail.com.



Raymond W. Killian - A memorial Mass celebrating the life of Raymond W. Killian will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Stephen Catholic Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island. Mr. Killian, retired president of Kittinger Furniture Co., died May 7 in Bradenton, Fla. He was 97. Born on Grand Island during the days before electricity, telephone and bridges, he attended one-room schools starting at age 4 and graduated at 16 from Tonawanda High School in 1933.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1949 as master sergeant for the Army Corps of Engineers Officer Candidate School in Fort Belvoir, Va., and in Europe for the combat engineers in England, Belgium, the Netherlands and France and building bridges over the Elbe and Rhine rivers in Germany. After the war, he studied business and accounting at Canisius College while working in the Kittinger’s factory. He graduated from college in 1952, 19 years after high school graduation.
At Kittinger, Mr. Killian held several positions, including accountant, comptroller and vice president of finance. In 1968, he became president of the company, retiring in 1975. He and his wife were both active members of St. Stephen’s Church and members of several Western New York dancing clubs. They retired to Sun City West, Ariz., in 1979. After the death of his wife, Beatrice Killian, in 2007, he returned to live with family in Kenmore. Survivors include three sons, Daniel, Gerald and Joseph; three daughters, Patricia Meyers, Maureen Swaney and Elizabeth Prange; 16 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.



Robert A. Rovison, Sr. - July 12, 2014, of Grand Island, beloved husband of the late Holly Rovison; father of Robert Jr. and Matthew; son and stepson of Rudy and Grace Rovison; son of Karen Rovison; survived by three sisters Jeanne, Lori and Kelly; son-in-law of Bill and Lynn Vaine; brother-in-law of Shawn and Dawn Vaine; survived by aunts, uncles, nieces and cousins. Friends may call Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Graveside Service will be held Thursday at 9:30 AM at St. Stephen's Church Columbarium.




Jerry Richard Livingston, Sr. - of Canaseraga, NY, passed away at home July 3, 2014, after a difficult battle with cancer. He was born April 6, 1941 in Buffalo, NY to Martin Luther and Esther (Jepson) Livingston. Jerry lived the early years of his life on Grand Island, NY, where he was active in the Rod & Gun Club, the Grand Island Fire Company and Rescue Squad, and Trinity United Methodist Church. Throughout his life, Jerry made serving others a priority. After moving to the Canaseraga area, he became a member of American Legion Fawcett Post 1582, the Hornell Moose Club, the Hornell Association, and was a Past Exalted Ruler (ER) of the Hornell Elks Club. He was also Past Master of the Keshequa Masonic Lodge. In addition to serving in these organizations, Jerry helped friends, family members, neighbors and strangers in any way that he was able.
Jerry was a wonderful and loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He enjoyed playing the guitar and singing. He shared melodies, harmonies, laughs, and smiles with his friends and passed his love of music on to his children. In addition to playing the guitar and singing, he enjoyed spending time with his family, watching sports, fishing and boating. Jerry was a self-employed carpenter all of his life and built hundreds of homes throughout Grand Island and the Southern Tier. Jerry was pre-deceased by his parents and 2 brothers, Charles Irving Livingston and Martin Luther Livingston, Jr. He is survived by his loving wife: Donnalee (Wheeler) Livingston and his children: Julie (Gregory) Swain, Jay (Noel) Livingston, Jody Schue, Jeff (Pam) Livingston, Renee Livingston, and Ryan (Leslie Paladino) Livingston. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren in addition to his sister, Joan (Skip) Fred, his brother Ronald Livingston, his sister-in-law Gayle (Rich) Morley, and many nieces and nephews. At Jerry’s request there will be no calling hours. A Memorial Service will be held on July 26, 2014 at 12:00 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church on Grand Island and July 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the Birdsall Community Church, 8959 County Route 16, Angelica, NY. Arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY. Jerry’s family request that donations in his memory be made to the Canaseraga Ambulance Service at 10 Main Street Canaseraga, New York 14822.



Kevin Broad - was born into eternal life on Monday July 7th in Titusville, Florida. Kevin was a graduate of Grand Island High School class of 1976. He married his high school sweetheart Kathy Santa Lucia. They have 5 children - Anthony, Audrianna, Arcadian, Arianna and Angelina. A funeral Mass will be held on Monday, July 14th at 4 PM in St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, Titusville, Florida. See
memorial page.



David L. Franke - October 18, 1943 - July 5, 2014, beloved by spouse Martha Munson; children Matthew Franke-Singer, Michele (Tom) Barringer; grandchildren Leo, Zoe and Noah; other relatives and a host of friends. Dave was a retired United Methodist minister and a Landscape Architect. Memorial Service on Saturday, July 12th at 11 AM at First Presbyterian Church, Byron, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to Crossroads House, PO Box 403, Batavia, NY 14021. - See
guestbook.



Gregory T. Caruana - July 5, 2014, age 50, of Grand Island, suddenly, father of Christopher (Kelly Knickerbocker), Bradley (Abigail Englert) and Jonathan D. Caruana; dearest companion of Susan Shieberl; brother of Kristine (David) Gigante, Diane (James) Seitz, Anthony (Diane), Stephen (Maureen), Paul (Patricia), Dominic (Genevieve), Jeffrey and the late Thomas Caruana; also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 PM Friday at St. Andrew's R.C. Church, Elmwood Ave at Sheridan Drive, Tonawanda. The family will receive friends after 4 PM on Friday at the Grand Island Fire Hall, 2275 Baseline Road, Grand Island, where a memorial tribute will be held at 5 PM. Friends invited. If desired, memorials for a trust for Greg's children are preferred. Greg was a field superintendent for R&P Oakhill and enjoyed spending time with his boys. Complete obituary and condolences at www.hampfuneral.com.



James Joseph Seifert - July 4, 2014, of Grand Island, survived by his daughters, Frances and Jamie Seifert and their mother, Cathy Seifert; son of William and the late Josephine Seifert; brother of Bill, Gary, George and Anthony (Michelle) Seifert; also survived by seven nieces and nephews. Friends may call Wednesday 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 St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, where a Memorial Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 10 AM.



Mildred L. (nee Arnold) Schmid - July 6, 2014, of Grand Island, formerly of Cheektowaga; wife of the late John P. Schmid; mother of Carolyn L. (James) Witkowski, David J. (Linda) Schmid and Susan G. (Robert) Jackson; grandmother of Steven and Randy Ranalli, Bryan Schmid, Katherine Wolcott, Ryan, Madeline, Seth, Celia and Johanna Jackson; also survived by six great-grandchildren; predeceased by nine brothers and sisters. Friends may call Tuesday 6-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island where Funeral Services will be held Wednesday at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Buffalo City Mission.



Marie Amato - July 5, 2014, of Grand Island, wife of Tony Amato; mother of John, David (Nancy), Mark (Yvonne McCoy), Pascal (Rosemarie) and Anthony (Carrie) Amato; also survived by 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; sister of Michelle (John) Radice, Felix (Beverly Perry) Ingrao and Felice (Emile) Cherrye. Friends may call Monday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church.



D. Thomas Cope - July 3, 2014, of Grand Island and Little Torch Key, FL, husband of Diane Cope; father of Michael (Trish) Cope, Ronald (Patti) Cope, Karen (Gerald) Knight and Cheryl (Steve) Surprenant; also survived by 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; brother of Harlan (Ruth) Cope; son of the late Elizabeth and Dudley Winston Cope. Friends may call Monday 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A private Graveside Service will be held at a later date. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.



Eleanor B. (nee Benson) Gracie - June 11, 2014, of Grand Island. Wife of 55 years of Alan W. Gracie; mother of Allyson K., Sheila M. (Duane Houde) and Alan W. (Renee) Gracie Jr.; grandmother of Ryan and Samantha Gracie; sister of Janet (David) Woelfling, Linda (John) Tubb and Herbert Benson Jr.. Friends may call Friday 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 AM at Trinity United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Eleanor was a member of the NYS Teacher's Association for 35 years. All are welcome to join the family for lunch at 11 AM at the church immediately following the memorial service.



Raymond W. Killian - May 7, 2014, formerly of Grand Island; husband of 64 years of the late Beatrice C. (Murphy) Killian; father of Daniel (Jennifer) Killian, Patricia (Jerald) Meyers, Gerald (Marc) Killian, Maureen (Andrew) Swaney, Elizabeth (Terry) Prange, Joseph (Maureen) and the late Raymond Killian, Jr.; also survived by 16 grandchildren, many great- grandchildren and many great-great- grandchildren; brother of Walter (Elsie) Killian, Catherine (the late Harvey) Long and the late Kenneth (the late Dorothy) and Donald (the late Joan) Killian; son of the late Walter and Lillian (Dilliot) Killian. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday July 19 at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo or the American Cancer Society.



Willa F. Lane - June 7, 2014, of Grand Island, NY, beloved wife of the late Rev. William Lane; loving mother of Gary (Judy) and David (Margaret) Lane; grandmother of Marc, Greg, Lisa, Cathy and Sarah; survived by seven great-grandchildren; sister of Robert (Sharron) Beals. Friends may call Tuesday 3-6 at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT, INC. FUNERAL HOME, 3290 Delaware Ave. where Funeral Services will be held Tuesday evening at 7:30. Friends invited. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to The SPCA.



Mary A. (nee Langan) McGraw - July 3, 2014, of Grand Island, formerly of Scranton, PA, beloved wife of the late J. David McGraw; loving mother of Kathleen (Michael) Janus, Joan (Calvin) VanderMey and Tim (Kristen) McGraw; adored grandmother of Alex, Nathan, John, Joy, Grace, Megan and Lily; sister-in-law of James (Mary) McGraw II, Edward McGraw and Jack (the late Grace) McCormack. Friends may call Sunday 5-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.



Salina A. (nee Wilson) "Sally" Riggs - Age 90. July 1, 2014; dear wife of the late Edward F. Riggs; dearest mother of Kathleen (late Jack) Lechner and Sandra (David) Sugg; loving grandmother of John (Rosie) Robert, Richard (Kristen) Lechner, Jill (Michael) Redfern and David (Karen) Sugg; great- grandmother of JR Lechner, Mikaela Connors, Jaime Lechner, Owen and Emma Redfern, Madelyn and Quinn Sugg; Dearest City mom to Country daughter Judy Warner; sister of the late John (survvied by wife Millie) Wilson and Phyllis Hiam; sister in law of Robert (Betty) Riggs; also survived by many nieces, nephews, family and friends; friends may call Thursday 4-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island where funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 AM. Flowers gratefully declined, Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo or Amherst Presbyterian Church, Youngs Rd., Amherst.



Sandra (nee Schlegel) Thompson - Age 71, of the Town of Pendleton, Saturday, June 28, 2014, at the home of her daughter, while under the care of Hospice; beloved wife of the late Harry "Fred" Thompson; mother of Laurie (Daniel) Moeller, Jeffrey (Tamara) Thompson, and Michael (Gina) Thompson; grandmother of Danielle (Lewis) Trembley, Adam Moeller, Violet Thompson, Tristan Thompson, Madeleine Thompson, and Ava Thompson; daughter of the late George and Murial (Robinson) Schlegel; sister of Sharon Maul and the late Jack Schlegel; also survived by four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be present on Wednesday, July 2, from 1-5 PM at JOHN O. ROTH FUNERAL HOME, INC., 25 William St. (between Morgan & Broad Sts), City of Tonawanda, where a Memorial Service will be held at 5 PM following the visitation. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Save-A-Pet, P.O. Box 114, Newfane, NY 14108.



Casmiera (nee Grabiec) "Kay" Nowicki - Age 99, of Grand Island, entered into rest June 25, 2014. Kay worked for the Grand Island School System as a cafeteria aide, prior to that she and her late husband Frank operated a tavern in Riverside. Kay had four children, John Nowicki, Catherine (Robert) Shivinski, Judy (Michael) Martineck and James Nowicki. Kay is survived by her grandchildren Stephen (Linda) Shivinsky, Laurie (John) Teglash, Karen and Robert (Kelly) Shivinsky, Michael (Sarah) and Christopher (Lisa) Martineck, and 12 great-grand children; predeceased by four brothers and sisters. Friends may call Sunday 3-7 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. Please assemble at church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Niagara Hospice.



Abigail K. Sullivan - age 90, of Canton, GA (Grand Island resident from 1977-2001) passed away Saturday, June 14, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years Dr. Herbert W. Sullivan and her son Paul H. Sullivan.
Abigail was a graduate of Salem Teachers College in Salem, MA, and taught school in Massachusetts and Long Island and was a substitute and home school teacher for many years for the Grand Island schools. She also taught at St. Stephen School, where she and Herbert were active parish members during their time on Grand Island. Abigail also served as Director of Religious Education for many years at St. Francis of Assisi in North Tonawanda.
Survivors include her brother, James (Leah) Connor, of Hiawassee, GA; sons Michael W. Sullivan, Gentry, AR; Brian J. Sullivan, Canton, GA; daughters Alice H. (Robert) Farrell, Barre, VT; Kathleen A. (Derek) Day, Clinton, NC; daughter-in-law Judy Sullivan, Jacksonville, FL, as well as 6 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to North Country Ministries, PO Box 111, North Creek, NY, 12853. Online condolences may be shared with the Sullivan family at kathleen.a.s.day@gmail.com.



Donald A. Peterson - June 12, 2014, of Grand Island, NY, beloved husband of the late Frances (Carson) and Mary (Martin) Peterson; dear father of Diane (George Schmid) Peterson-Marcucci and Susan (Gary) Masterman; grandfather of Timothy, Wendy, Jill, Jenifer, Kristen and Jeffrey; great-grandfather of Christopher, Joshua, Riley, Andrew and Evan; brother of Dolores (late Julius) Hollub, Donna (Alwin) Baldauf, Mary Peterson, William (Tamiyo) Peterson and the late Charles Jr., Kenneth (Winifred) Peterson and Ethel (William) O'Donnell; also survived by many nieces and nephews and his canine companion, Emily. Friends may call Friday and Saturday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT INC. FUNERAL HOME, 3290 Delaware Ave. (No Visitation Sunday). Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial Monday at 11 AM at St. Timothy Church, 565 East Park Dr., Tonawanda, NY. Mr. Peterson was a Marine veteran of World II and a recipient of the Purple Heart.



Eleanor B. (nee Benson) Gracie - June 11, 2014, of Grand Island. Wife of 55 years of Alan W. Gracie; mother of Allyson K., Sheila M. (Duane Houde) and Alan W. (Renee) Gracie Jr.; grandmother of Ryan and Samantha Gracie; sister of Janet (David) Woelfling, Linda (John) Tubb and Herbert Benson Jr.. Friends may call Friday 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 AM at Trinity United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association . Eleanor was a member of the NYS Teacher's Association for 35 years. All are welcome to join the family for lunch at 11 AM at the church immediately following the memorial service.



Dorothy M. Ulrich - Formerly of Grand Island, NY, passed away on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Our Lady of Peace Nursing Care Residence in Lewiston, NY. She was born in Niagara Falls, NY on April 4, 1920, the daughter of the late Walter and Gertrude (Schultz) Meyer. Mrs. Ulrich was the wife of the late Clarence T. Ulrich, who died on June 21, 1986 and the sister of the late Ruth G. Schultz. She attended the Kelley Business School. Mrs. Ulrich was an executive secretary at Occidental Petroleum in Niagara Falls, NY, for 38 years before retiring in July of 1978. She was an active member at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Buffalo, NY. Mrs. Ulrich is survived by her nephews Peter M. (Jane) Schultz of Owego, NY and Jonathan M. (Suzanne) Schultz of Lewiston, NY, also many grand nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held in her honor on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Holy Trinity Lutheran, 1080 Main St, Buffalo, NY, with the Rev. Lee Miller officiating. Memorials may be made in her name to Our Lady of Peace Nursing Residence 5285 Lewiston Rd, Lewiston, NY 14092. Interment was in the Erie Cemetery, Erie, PA Arrangements were made through the RHONEY FUNERAL HOME, Lewiston, NY. Visit www.rhoneyfuneralhome.com, for guest register.



Willa F. Lane - June 7, 2014, of Grand Island, NY, beloved wife of the late Rev. William Lane; loving mother of Gary (Judy) and David (Margaret) Lane; grandmother of Marc, Greg, Lisa, Cathy and Sarah; survived by seven great-grandchildren; sister of Robert (Sharron) Beals. Friends may call Tuesday 3-6 at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT, INC. FUNERAL HOME, 3290 Delaware Ave. where Funeral Services will be held Tuesday evening at 7:30. Friends invited. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to The SPCA.



Dr. Alfred R. Lenzner - April 5, 1918 – March 23, 2014. Dr. Lenzner died March 23 at Northgate Nursing Home, Wheatfield. He was 95. Born in Yonkers, he graduated from Riverside High School and attended Cornell University and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, graduating in 1943. Dr. Lenzner practiced at Buffalo General Hospital, where he headed the Diabetes Clinic for 25 years. He transferred to Kenmore Mercy Hospital in 1975. From 1953 to 1955, he served as captain in the U.S. Army’s Medical Hospital in Wurzburg, Germany. Dr. Lenzner retired from active practice in 1999. His wife of 52 years, Lura Jean Hislop Lenzner, died in 2002. He is survived by a sister, Ruth Mann; a daughter, Marilyn Williams; a son, Paul; and three grandchildren.



Lucy M.(nee Sturm) White - May 31, 2014, of Grand Island, beloved wife of the late R. David White; loving mother of Randall D. (Peggy), Eric T. (Catherine), Karen C. and Kathleen N. (Timothy Norton) White; loving grandmother of Ryan, Patrick, Meggie, Katie-Grace, Brigid, David, Christopher and Jodi White. Friends may call Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church (Old Church). Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Kenmore Mercy Foundation.



Jon W. Lott - May 30, 2014, of Grand Island, father of Rebecca Hunter and Angela (Mike) Sward; grandfather of Anthony England and Michael Sward; brother of Sherry (Joseph) Kwiatkowski, Herbert Lott, Gayle (Stephen) Cebulak and the late Lanny Lott; son of the late Herbert and Rosemary Lott; also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date.



Bridget M. (nee Blinzler) Eichel - Of Grand Island, entered into rest May 28, 2014. Beloved wife of John R. Eichel; devoted mother of Katarina, Brigitta, Ava and John; loving daughter of John and Dorothy (nee Phillips) Blinzler; dear sister of Ann (Tom) Lenyo, Paul (Monika) Blinzler, Andrew (Meg) Blinzler; also survived by relatives and friends. Relatives and friends may visit the Whitehaven Road Baptist Church, 1290 Whitehaven Rd., Grand island on Sunday afternoon from 1-5 PM where the funeral services will be held on Monday morning at 10 o'clock. Interment Whitehaven Cemetery. Arrangements LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME, (Northtowns Chapel). Online condolences made at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.



Alice (nee Burgstahler) Doerr - May 27, 2014. Beloved wife of the late Harold; dear mother of the late Joann (survived by Mike) Epworth and Linda Lee Doerr; sister of the late Anna Reynolds and Russell Burgstahler; survived by nieces and nephews. Visitation JAMES E. GRACE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 335 Ontario St. Thursday 1-3 and 5-7 PM. Funeral Services Friday 10 AM in Nazareth Lutheran Church, 265 Skillen St., Buffalo. Memorials to Erie County SPCA.



Charles "Len" Fick - Entered into the Savior's arms, May 23, 2014, of Grand Island, NY, brother of Eileen Fick; husband of the late Joyce (Oldfield) Fick; father of Robert G. (Barbara), Dawn M., Michael J. and Mark C. Fick; stepfather of Nancy Keeney, Donald, William and David Smith; survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memorial service to be held at Bible Fellowship Church, 1136 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, 10:30 AM Saturday, May 31. Len had chosen to donate his body to UB. Memorials may be made to Bible Fellowship Church. Flowers gratefully declined. Len loved bowling, passing out peppermints, and the NY Yankees. He had been a Christ follower since 1965 and loved old gospel hymns.



Barbara (nee Dunets) Haseley - Formerly of Niagara Falls and Grand Island, died on May 20, 2014 at her home in Clarence. She was 65. Daughter of Gladys (Banfield) Dunets and the late Edward Dunets; wife of Russell H. Haseley; mother of Kristen Smiech (Joe) of Lancaster and Shawn Haseley (Sandra) of the Town of Wheatfield; sister of Sharon Hardenstine (Harry) of Niagara Falls and the late Edward Dunets; daughter-in-law of Alice and the late Raymond Haseley; also survived by four grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Friends may call Friday from 4-8 PM in the LANE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 8622 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls. Funeral Services will be held Saturday at 10 AM in Forestview Church of God, 1250 Saunders Settlement Rd., Niagara Falls. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Town of Lewiston. Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Association of Frontotemporal Degeneration, Radnor Station Building 2, Suite 320, 290 King of Prussia Rd., Radnor, PA 19087 or online at www.theaftd.org



Keith E. Miles - age 60; long time resident of Grand Island and Grand Island High School Class of 1972 - beloved father of Justin and Kayla Miles, Forrest Fuentes and Justin Barrows; beloved son of Jeanette M. (nee Ahrens) and the late Kenneth A. Miles; dear brother of Susan (Don) Hudson and Jean (Patrick) Judge; Uncle of Heather, Heidi, and Hayley; passed away on May 16, 2014 after a long battle with COPD. He will live on forever in our hearts and memories and will be missed dearly. Please share your condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.



Jack E. Gorman, of Grand Island, an Army veteran and retired Chief Patrol Agent of the US Border Patrol, Buffalo, NY, died May 16 after a short illness. He was 84. Born in Lakewood, Ohio on January 7, 1930, Jack was a Grand Island resident for over 35 years after a transfer to WNY. He was educated in Berea, Ohio and served in the Army from 1948-1950. Jack began his career in the US Border Patrol as a Border Patrol Inspector in 1955 at El Paso, Texas. He rose through the ranks, retiring in 1984 as the Chief Patrol Agent of the Buffalo Sector of the US Border Patrol. After retirement from the Border Patrol, he served as the Membership Chairman for the Fraternal Order of Retired Border Patrol Officers until just recently. Jack also worked as a Dispatcher for the Grand Island Fire Company for 5 years. Jack was a member of St. Stephen’s R. C. Church, Holy Name Society and the Knights of Columbus, Mary Star of the Sea, Council 4752 in Grand Island. He was an avid reader and golfer, enjoyed playing guitar, gardening, keeping in touch with friends through email, spending time with his family, and testing the patience of the staff while enjoying dinners at the Village Inn. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Elaine M.; three sons, James E. (Lupita), Dennis J. (Jan) and Paul D. (Tammy) and one daughter, Kathleen L. Rockwell (Allan). He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and a large extended family. A wake will be held from 2-4pm and 7-9pm on Thursday, May 22nd at Kaiser’s Funeral home, 1950 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island and a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday, May 23rd in St. Stephen’s R.C. Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations can be made to the St. Stephen’s Building Fund or the Grand Island Fire Company Truck Fund.



Blanche Joan (nee Majda) Fibich - Age 92, of Niwot, CO, formerly of Grand Island, died Monday, May 5, 2014 while at home. Her daughter Sylvia Fibich, and son-in-law Tom Yulsman, were at her side. A Memorial Service and Celebration of Her Life is scheduled for Wednesday, May 28th at 6 PM at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 7077 Harvest Rd., Boulder, CO 80301. The memorial will be led by Rabbis Nadya and Victor Gross of the Pardes Levavot Congregation of Boulder, which Blanche often attended in a spirit of ecumenicism. Blanche was born on March 18, 1922 in Buffalo to Anna Kurowska and Jacob Majda. She married Edmund Fibich, Sr. on May 12, 1951 in Buffalo. Blanche had three children, Sylvia Fibich and Edmund Fibich, Jr., who both survive her in death, and Edwina Ann Fibich Smudski, who passed away on March 23, 1989. Blanche is also survived by four grandchildren: Timothy and Karl Smudski, Samuel and Anna Rose Yulsman. She lived most of her life in the Buffalo area. In October of 2006, she left Grand Island to live with Tom and Sylvia, who cared for her until her death.



Roslyn Barone March 31, 2014, age 73, formerly of Grand Island, beloved wife of Russell A. Barone; loving mother of Christopher A. (Sue) Barone and the late Traci A. (survived by husband David) Storms, the family will be present Friday May 16, from 3:30-6:30 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd,, Grand Island, where memorial services will be held Friday at 6:30 PM. Family and Friends invited.



Patricia "Joan" Carter May 9, 2014, of Grand Island, wife of 57 years of Harrison "Corky" Carter; mother of Ken Carter, Stephen Carter, Karen (Steven) Kelschenbach and Deborah Carter; grandmother of Stephen and Nicholas Giddings, Kimberlee, Kelly, Christopher and Dawn Carter; also survived by three great-grandchildren, friends may call Tuesday 4-8 PM followed by memorial services Tuesday at 8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.



MEYER - Charles H., Jr. May 3, 2014, of Grand Island. Husband of the late Agnes "Sutty" Meyer; father of Charles H. III (Mary), Douglas (Margaret), Dean (Mary) Meyer and Kathryn (Kris) Erickson; grandfather of Amanda, Chris, Kyle, Eva, Ella, Julia and Sonja; son of the late Clara and Charles H. Meyer, Sr.; brother of the late Sally Ann Errington and Marie Meyer. A celebration of Chuck's life will be held Friday, May 16, from 4-8 PM at the Niagara Sailing Club 3619 East River Road, Grand Island. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, May 17 at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church, Grand Island, followed by a Flag Ceremony at the Niagara Sailing Club by Officers of the Blue Gavel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Niagara Sailing Club Jr. Sailing Program or Buffalo Maritime Center.



Paul E. Malecki
- May 4, 2014, of Grand Island. Husband and best friend of Marcy (McGrath) Malecki; father of Diana L. (Sam) Lobianco, Nancy A. Malecki and the late Scott Malecki; stepfather of Penny L. Holmes, Holly G. (Jim) Sullivan and Amy E. (David) Smith; grandfather of Matthew and Michael Malecki, Eric and Joshua Smith, Clare and Patrick Sullivan. Friends may call Wednesday 4-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A brunch to celebrate Paul's life will be held Thursday at 10 AM at Ellden's Restaurant at River Oaks. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Buffalo City Mission. Paul was a long time member and past president of Iron Workers Local 9 in Niagara Falls.



Richard D. Fuerle
- April 27, 2014, of Grand Island; father of Dmitri B., Audrey A., Richard G., Brian G. and the late Alison M. Fuerle; grandfather of Brian Fuerle; brother of Barbara (Charles) Stover and Linda (Ronald) Fisk; son of the late Kathryn and Rudolph Fuerle. Services will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hermitage, PA.



Daniel P. Kaegebein
- Aug. 19, 1931 – April 15, 2014 of Depew, an electrical engineer, business owner and the holder of 13 patents in transmitter and receiver systems, died April 15 in the Rosa Coplon Living Center in Getzville. He was 82. Born on Grand Island and raised on a chicken farm, he was a third-generation Grand Islander. A graduate of Tonawanda High School, he completed a course at Cornell University College of Agriculture. Mr. Kaegebein left farming to pursue an interest in electrical engineering. In 1957, he joined the Navy, where he was assigned as a radio technician and served four years. After his military service, he enrolled in the University of Buffalo School of Engineering, graduating in 1962.
Mr. Kaegebein worked part time as a radio frequency engineer for Sinclair Radio Labs in Tonawanda while attending UB and joined the company full time after graduation. He also developed numerous products for the land mobile radio market. Though he left farming after graduating, Mr. Kaegebein acquired six patents for his family’s egg business. He left Sinclair in 1976 to found TX RX Systems in Angola along with several local investors. Over the next 28 years, the business became a supplier of high quality RF products. Many of Kaegebein’s 13 patents remain in use in transmitter and receiver products today. TX RX Systems was sold to Bird Technologies in 1995, and he retired from the company in 2004.
In 2005, the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences established a scholarship in Mr. Kaegebein’s name to recognize academic excellence in the school’s RF and microwave programs. He continued to do consulting work for Comprod Communications after his retirement. He was a devoted member, elder and deacon of Cleveland Drive Presbyterian Church in Cheektowaga for more than 50 years. Mr. Kaegebein was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, the former Alice M. Sauer, who died in December. He is survived by two daughters, Marilyn Janiga and Linda Chapman; a son, Steven; a sister, Carol Gates; and six grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Cleveland Drive Presbyterian Church, 735 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga.



Harold G. "Slim" Kaiser
- April 23, 2014, of Grand Island, husband of the late Eileen Kaiser; father of Sue Marble; grandfather of Keri Fox and Tim (Jenn) Marble; great- grandfather of Aiden and Sean Fox; son of the late George and Henrietta Kaiser; brother of the late Howard and Warren Kaiser. Friends may call Saturday 10 AM to 12 Noon at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A graveside service with military honors will follow Saturday at 12 Noon at St. Stephen's Cemetery.



Edwin L. Kij
- Sept. 4, 1921 – April 17, 2014 , former chief of the Lackawanna Fire Department, died last Thursday in his Orchard Park home. He was 92. Mr. Kij enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Dec. 8, 1941, the day after Pearl Harbor was attacked, and served in the Pacific Theater as a flight engineer, according to his daughter Debra Johnson. “He enlisted because the U.S. was under attack,” she said. After his term with the Navy, Mr. Kij attended Canisius College and the University of Buffalo before graduating from St. Bonaventure University with a degree in biology. Mr. Kij worked for a time at Bethlehem Steel as a railroad switch operator before he joined the Lackawanna Fire Department, where he worked his way through the ranks to become chief. “He was the first fire chief in Lackawanna awarded appointment through civil service examination,” said his son, Jim. Mr. Kij, who lived for most of his life in Lackawanna, was a 20-year member of the Fire Department before his retirement in 1984. He started the Chief Edwin Kij Award for Outstanding Service, which will continue to be given to a current Fire Department member. His first wife, Virginia Brzozowski Kij, died in 1980, and his second wife, Rose Mancuso Kij, died in 2007. He served in 1964 as commander of Matthew Glab Post 1477, American Legion. He was a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the Grand Island Knights of Columbus. He also served as librarian at the Grand Island Golden Age Center, according to his daughter. In addition to his son and daughter Debra, Mr. Kij is survived by another daughter, Mary Beth; two sisters, Helen Ginal and Doris Pantera; and six grandchildren. A private interment will take place in Hillcrest Cemetery, Hamburg.



Kathleen E. (nee Foggia) Warner
- Of Grand Island, passed away on April 18, 2014 at Our Lady of Peace Nursing Care Residence. Born on July 27, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Antonio and Wilma (Kane) Foggia. Kathleen was a graduate of the University at Buffalo with a BS degree in French Education. She later earned a Master's Degree in Education. Kathy's career spanned 35 years teaching French and then switching to fourth grade in the Cattaraugus-Little Valley Central School System. Prior to moving to Grand Island, Kathy was a member of St. John Fisher Church in South Dayton, NY. She was a lector, taught religious education and was a trustee of the church. Kathleen was awarded the St. Joseph the Worker Award from the Diocese of Buffalo. In 1977, Kathleen married Richard E. Warner who survives. She is also survived by her loving daughter, Jillian M. Warner of Grand Island, one sister, Mary A. (Charles) Ross and one brother, Anthony P. Foggia, both of Niagara Falls. Also surviving are a niece and two nephews and their children, as well as an uncle and several cousins. Kathleen dedicated her life to educating children, taking care of her family and serving God. Her sense of humor and generous spirit will be missed by all who loved her. A memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday April 25, 2014 at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Road Grand Island. Interment immediately following the mass. Memorial donations may be made to: Food Bank of WNY 91 Holt Street Buffalo, NY 14206.



Bonnie Lynn (Taylor) Ford
- 71, a life-long resident of Grand Island, NY, loving mother, proud grandmother, and caring friend went home to be with the Lord on Easter Sunday April 20, 2014. Born January 9, 1943 in North Tonawanda, NY, she was the daughter of the late Alan and Madelyn Taylor. Bonnie was a registered nurse who worked in a variety of settings including Children's Hospital, NY State Psychiatric Center, and later as the Director of Healthcare Services at Interim Healthcare. She was active with Dachshund Rescue of North America and the Trinity United Methodist Church's Piecemakers, an active quilting group which created and donated dozens of patriotic laplobes for wounded veterans. She is survived by her three sons, Doug and wife, Bridgette of Clemmons, NC, Greg and wife, Lisa of Grand Island, NY, and Chris and wife, Angie of Wooodbridge, VA; eight grandchildren, Sydney, Sierra, Cameron, Taylor, Tyler, Madison, Jacob, Dominic; and two pooches, Bart and Autumn; all of whom brought her great joy and pride in her later years. A Memorial Service and celebration of her life will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, NY on April 26, at 11:00am. In honor of her love for Dachshunds, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Dachshund Rescue of North America (WWW.DRNA.ORG) or by mail to Elieen Pratt, DRNA, 1197 Allaire Loop, The Villages, FL 32163.



Dolores R. (nee Richardson) Bauer
- Of Grand Island, entered into rest April 12, 2014, beloved wife of the late Robert E. Bauer; devoted mother of Shayne (Stephen) Bauer-Ellsworth; cherished grandmother of Kai, Logan, Cole and Mara; loving daughter of the late William and Kathryn Richardson; dear sister of Harold J. (Joy) Richardson, Mary Ann (George) Hambruch and Beverly DiNatale; also survived by relatives and friends. No prior visitation. Relatives and friends may attend a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island on Monday morning at 10 o'clock. Online condolences made at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.



Robert W. Miller
- April 10, 2014, of Grand Island, husband of Bonnie (Treichler) Miller; father of Robert E. (Constance) Miller of Buffalo, Sheri A. Miller of Buffalo, Thomas W. (Susan) Miller of Ft. Meyers, FL and Dawn (Enrico) Frosolone of Grand Island; grandfather of Ryan (Stephanie), Christopher, Joshua and Hannah Miller, Jacob, Adam, Sara, Grace and Alivia Frosolone; son of the late William and Helen Miller; brother of the late Darrel Miller. Friends may call Tuesday 5-8 PM followed by Memorial Services Tuesday at 8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Mr. Miller was a retired Pressman with The Buffalo News; he was a warm, kind hearted husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed golf, fishing and bowling.



Kathleen "Kathy" Brehm
- Beloved daughter, wife, mother and grandmother, of Framingham, MA, passed away peacefully on April 4, 2014, after a long and courageous battle with endometrial cancer. She was at home surrounded by her loving family. The world has lost a wonderful woman, and her presence will be sorely missed by her family and her many, many friends. She was kind, generous, quick-witted, and made life fun for everyone around her. She enriched the lives of everyone who knew her. She fought her illness fiercely to gain more time with her family, never complained, and always had a smile on her face. Her passions were spending time with her family and many adored pets over the years, as well as traveling, attending Broadway shows, playing games on her iPad, and gardening. She went on to become a Master Gardener with the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, where she met many close friends. Kathy was born in Grand Island, NY, daughter to the late Ernest and Kathryn Zavodny. She was the valedictorian of Grand Island Senior High School and then attended the University of Buffalo. Kathy is survived by her devoted husband of 41 years, Robert William Brehm; daughters Kelly Elizabeth Brehm and Kristen Brehm Walton of Dallas, TX and son-in-law Bret Allen Walton, whom she loved as a son; granddaughters Kathryn Elise Walton and Claire Avery Walton; her sisters-in-law Marilyn Ayrault and her husband Joe of Orchard Park, NY, Betty Brehm Perry and her husband Jeff of New York, NY and Kitty Elias of Washington, DC; and a host of close aunts, uncle, nieces, nephews and cousins. She and her family will be forever grateful for the outpouring of support and affection for her over the last four and a half years. Her family especially wants to thank her medical team at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, her friends at the Dana Farber cancer support group, and her exceptional Hospice nurse Esther. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date to celebrate her life at Christ the King Catholic Church in Cape Cod, a place that Kathy held dear. Arrangements are under the care of the Norton Funeral Home, Framingham. In lieu of flowers, donations in Kathy's memory for cancer research may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via www.dana-farber.org/gift. Donations can also be made in Kathy's name at ASPCA.org. For online guestbook, please log onto www.nortonfuneralhome.com.



James A. Maloney
- April 9, 2014, of Grand Island, born and raised in Niagara Falls; husband of 56 years of Wendy (nee Wozniak) Maloney; father of James T. Maloney of Grand Island and Thomas K. (Tracey) Maloney of Rochester; grandfather of Lara and Christopher Maloney; brother of Lawrence (Sylvia) and the late John and Earl Maloney; son of the late Herbert and Lillian Maloney. Friends may call Friday 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 at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Mr. Maloney was a US Army Korean War Veteran.



Virginia L. (nee Guiher) Goodrow
- Of Grand Island, April 5, 2014, beloved wife of Robert; dear mother of Michelle (Robert) Hippert and Kimberly (Aaron) Winde; loving grandmother of April, Annabella and Allison; dear sister of Rosalie Serba; also survived by nieces. Family will receive friends at the KOLANO FUNERAL HOME, 396 Amherst St. (near Grant) Tuesday 4-7 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Assumption Church, 435 Amherst St., Wednesday at 10 AM. Please assemble at church. Virginia was the Assumption Church bookkeeper and dedicated her life to family and her church. Donations to Assumption Church Preservation Fund preferred. Please share online condolences at www.KOLANOFUNERALHOME.com.



Esther M. (nee Michalski) Lesinski
- April 4, 2014, resident of Grand Island for 62 years, wife of the late Frank L. Lesinski; mother of Jeff F. (Claudia) and Mark L. (Deb) Lesinski; grandmother of Paul (Diane) Burdick and Catherine Lesinski; great-grandmother of Scarlett Grace Burdick; sister of Celia (late George) Hark, Eleanor (late Henry) Bogdan and the late Adele (late Al) Kemp, Florence (late Henry) Levan, Arthur (survived by wife Esther) and Richard (survived by wife Mary) Michalski; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Sunday 2-6 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.



Ronald D. Anton
- of Grand Island, NY, April 1, 2014, husband of late Suzanne J. Zsebehazy; son Ronald J. Anton; grandfather to Isabella and Brayden Anton; a brother-in-law John (Barbara) Zsebehazy; a sister-in-law Lynn (William) Burden; late sister Virginia A. Anton. The family will be present on Thursday from 4-8 PM and Friday from 10:00 - 11:00 AM at St. George's Antiochian Orthodox Church, 1073 Saunders Settlement Road, Niagara Falls, NY. Trisagion Prayers will be held Thursday at 7:00 PM. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 AM, with the V. Rev. Paul Solberg officiating. Interment Riverdale Cemetery, Lewiston, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to St. George's Church. Visit www.rhoneyfuneralhome.com, for guest register.



Carolyn Muller
- March 26, 2014 in Mississippi. Former Island resident and member of Grand Island High School Class of 1969. Sister of Dora Muller and Janet Hanson. A private memorial was held.



Marjorie L. Egan
- March 24, 2014, of Grand Island, wife of the late Bernard K. Egan; mother of Timothy M. Egan and Sara C. Egan; grandmother of Orion Z. Gannon; sister of Dr. Norman R. (Jinny) Loomis. Friends may call Friday 6-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Memorial Services will be held Saturday at 11 AM at Trinity United Methodist Church, Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (themmrf.org).



Ted Przystal
- March 21, 2014, of Grand Island, husband of Janina Henryka Przystal; father of Gregory (Deena) Przystal, Kasia (James) D'Anza and Thomas Przystal; grandfather of Jacob and Joshua Przystal, Isabella, Caroline and Julia D'Anza; brother of Stanley (Maria) Przystal and the late Joseph Przystal. No prior visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.



Dale L. McCready
- 58, long time resident of Grand Island died suddenly March 19, 2014. Dale attended Grand Island High School and had accumulated several technical, electrical and mechanical certificates over the years. Dale had worked as a Skilled Maintenance Technician for Niagara Lutheran Home. He was a licensed pilot and commercial tour bus driver. Dale was born in Buffalo, February 22, 1956 and lived most of his life on Grand Island where he was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose. Dale enjoyed outdoor activities including boating, flying, swimming, scuba diving, sky diving, jogging and working out. He was a general handyman and could be found working on projects with many of his friends and family everywhere. He loved to travel, visit friends and family and to go on cruises. He loved life and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Dale was the Son of Wendell and the late Helen McCready; brother of Lynn (Jim) Watts, Lori Lowell, Denise (Mike) Rafe, Dennis and Karen McCready; longtime friend of Carol McCready; stepfather of Patrick Fekany; also survived by 12 nieces and nephews. Friends may call Sunday 2-6 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island where funeral services will be held Monday at 10 AM. Flowers gratefully declined, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.



Kandice E. (nee Jones) Bradford
- March 19, 2014 of Grand Island, NY; Age 47; cherished and beloved wife of James "The Dude" Bradford; mother of Angel (Jason) Jare, Eric (Heather) McClendon, Justin McClendon, Crystal Marcell; stepmother of Leah (William) Weigel, Lynn (Michael) Preston, James (Cynthia) Bradford Jr. and the late Rick (Lisa) Bradford; sister of Timothy Gipp, Gary Jones, Kim (Keith) Sciandra and Shawn (Sherry) Jones; also survived by several grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends. Friends may call Saturday 2-4 PM at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT INC. FUNERAL HOME, 3290 Delaware Ave., where funeral services will follow at 4 PM. In lieu of flowers, in memory of Kandy, memorial contributions may be made to Pro-Cancer Foundation c/o First Niagara Bank of Grand Island, NY 14072.



David Benner Birt
- of Grand Island, passed away on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center at the age of 85. He was born December 23, 1928 in Madison, WI, and graduated from Madison West High School in 1946. After moving to St. Paul, MN, he graduated from University of Minnesota in Minneapolis with a Masters of Arts in Public Administration. Upon completion of an internship with the State of New York, he came to Grand Island, and was employed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as a Community Planner in the Buffalo Office from 1970 to 1999. David was active as a volunteer in local town planning in Minnesota, and served as the Moderator of the last Town Meeting of the new City of Cottage Grove, MN, in 1966. He served in the US Army on active duty during the Korean War, and the U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard (Special Forces), retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer. In recent years he has been active in American Legion Post 1346 on Grand Island, and the Grand Island Disabled American Veterans. He spent over fifty years with the Boy Scouts of America, earning his Eagle Scout rank and being awarded the Silver Beaver. Other interests included history, politics, parliamentary law and procedure, music, reading, canoeing and sailing. Most recently, he has studied maps, particularly those of Grand Island. David is survived by his wife of 56 years, Barbara, three sons, Kevin (Lorie), Patrick (Anne) and Jeffrey (Lori), nine grandchildren, his brother, E. Michael (Ann), of Eden Prairie, MN, four nieces and a nephew, and grand-nieces and nephews. Friends may call Friday (March 21) 4-7 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 AM at Trinity United Methodist Church - Historic Trinity. An interment service will be held at a later date. Flowers gratefully declined, memorials may be made to American Legion Post 1346 or Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library.



John F. Jackson
- March 17, 2014, of Grand Island, husband of 54 years of Paula L. Jackson; father of Cheryl A. Oyer, Karen A. (Richard) Bevilacqua and Debra A. (Mark) Gorton; grandfather of Jessica (Andrew) Carll, Jonathan Oyer, Adam Bevilacqua, Sara and Jenna Gorton; son of the late Gerald and Jean Jackson. Friends may call Thursday 4-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute or Brighton Community Baptist Church, Tonawanda, where memorial services will be held Sunday at 4 PM.



Vivian Fay Smudski
- Died March 10, 2014 at her assisted living home in North Tonawanda. She is survived by her son Jan, daughter Daya and five grandchildren, Tim, Karl, Amar, Michael and Mathew. She shall find comfort joining her beloved daughter Elizabeth and husband Allen in the hereafter. Vivian moved to Grand Island in 1957 and left for assisted living in North Tonawanda in 2007. She had her 100th birthday party on July 9, 2013 surrounded by family and friends. Vivian was born in 1913 in Superior, Nebraska. She's a World War II veteran and served in the Army as a first lieutenant from 1943 to 1946. Part of her service saw her crossing the Atlantic in a convey. The ship she was on had 10 woman and 10,000 troops. She met her husband, Allen at Cornell University, married and moved to Grand Island in the mid 1950s while their children were young. She served as a dietitian and teacher at the Buffalo School of Nursing. She was a member of the Grand Island garden club for about 40 years. A Memorial dinner of family and friends to celebrate her life will be was held Friday, March 14. Her ashes will be buried next to her beloved husband Allen on Grand Island.



Lindsay Marie Schmit
- Suddenly, March 13, 2014, age 26, in Bradford, PA, loving mother of Carter Pontius; cherished fiance of Christopher Johnston; dear daughter of Herbert and Karen (McDonald) Schmit; beloved sister of Mallory (Sean) Conwell, Rachel and Kellie Schmit; granddaughter of Joan (late Blair) Swartzwelder and the late John McDonald and Vera (late Herbert) Schmit; survived by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation JAMES E. GRACE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 335 Ontario St., Monday 1-3 and 5-8 PM. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 AM in Victory International Assembly of God, 688 Tonawanda St., Buffalo. Lindsay attended Charles Gradison Finney High School and was working on her Associates Degree in Medical Administrative Assistant through Bryant and Stratton.


Lincoln P. Nutting - Formerly of Grand Island, NY, March 11, 2014, husband of the late Barbara (Boyce) Nutting; beloved father of Mary Lyn Nutting (Bob Hartman); loving grandfather of Avery and Nate; dear brother of William and Edmund Nutting; also survived by nieces and nephews. Linc shared his love of nature photography through art shows, slide lectures, and films. He was active in several art and nature societies. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, March 15 at 11:45 AM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Memorials may be made to Buffalo Audubon Society, 1610 Welch Rd., N. Java, NY 14113 or The Barbara Nutting Children's Fund, make checks out to: NFCM, c/o Buffalo District UMC, 247 Cayuga Rd., Suite 70, Cheektowaga, NY 14225. Arrangements by COMFORT FUNERAL HOME Inc. (652-8716). Friends are invited to share condolences and memories at www.comfortfuneralhome.com.



Alice S. (nee Wytrwal) Kozek
- March 7, 2014, died under the loving care of her granddaughter, Tahnee Nevin; beloved wife of the late Eugeniusz; daughter of the late George (late Anna Sarna) Wytrwal; dear mother of Christine (late Jim) Patrick, Joanne (Rick) Stiller-Polinsky, Teresa (Ron) Rattus and Geniu (Sharon) Kozek; also survived by 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sister of Irene Szymanski; sister-in-law of Marge Wytrwal; predeceased by Tony, Chester and Edward Wytrwal, Helen Gregor, Elizabeth Kusmierski and Sister Mary Simplicia, CSSF. Family and friends may call Thursday 3-8 PM at ST. JOHN'S FUNERAL HOME, 250 Orchard Park Rd., West Seneca (824-1631, same location as Sieck & Mast Funeral Home) and attend a Mass of Christian Burial, Friday 9:30 at Assumption Church, 435 Amherst St., Buffalo. (Please assemble at church). Alice was a 30-year retiree from Chevy and loved to dance to polka music, play bingo and pinochle. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Hospice Buffalo or The Response to Love Center.



Roland Powers, Jr.
- November 16, 1943 - March 10, 2014. Survived by the love of his life and best friend of 47 years Mary "Molly" (McMahon) Powers, children Bridget (Ken), Marie (Steve), Christina, Roy (Denise) and Robyn (Roger), grandchildren Jessica, Justin, Morgan, Dylan, Haley, Samantha, Blake, Delaney, Riley, Gavin and Jackson, great grandchildren Nazyre and Julia, 3 brothers and 2 sisters and many nieces, nephews, and brother and sister-in-laws. He was predeceased by his mother Alice Simmonds (John) and father Roland Powers, Sr., brother Timothy O'Keefe and great granddaughter Gabriella Powers. Roland was born in Gloucester, MA and proudly served with the US Marine Corps from 1961 - 1965 and then married Molly. He worked for United Airlines for 38 years. He had a passion for fishing, but his #1 hobby was wood working. We can't say that someone doesn't have a piece of his art. From rocking horses to toy boats and shelves. He was a master of his craft. He was an amazing artist, drawing, painting and plasterwork to name a few. You could also find him and Molly at the Gun Club where he helped with the father's day children's shoot, fishing tournaments and the spring fling. His favorite place on earth was Lanes Cove. People know of his dirty jokes and love of golf with Molly (she won most of the time). A celebration of his life will be held Saturday at 1 PM at the Grand Island Fire Co., 2275 Baseline Rd., Grand Island (no dress clothes, jeans only). Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.



Gregory A. Mendola
- March 8, 2014, suddenly, of West Seneca; beloved husband of the late Maureen O. (Pollier); loving father of Cheryl (Robert Plant) Eisensmith and the late Stephen; cherished grandfather of Amanda, Sara and Sean; dear brother of Michael (late Marge), Roslyn, late Thomas (late Millie) and late Annette (late Vince) Alonci; survived by nieces and nephews. Family present Wednesday 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the KAZMIERCZAK FUNERAL HOME, INC., 3640 Clinton St. (one block east of Union Rd.) West Seneca. Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, 9:30 AM in Fourteen Holy Helper's R.C. Church. Kindly assemble at church. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Greg was a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran. Donations to the American Heart Assn. are appreciated.


Thomas W. Smith
- March 3, 2014, of Cheektowaga; husband of Audrey (Johnson) Smith; father of Jonathan and Bradley Smith; son of Richard and Annette Smith; brother of Robin (Jay Tolbert) Marinaccio, Richard (Jill) Smith and Leah (Brian) Brandon; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services will be held Friday at 10:30 AM at Trinity United Methodist Church, Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined.


Willa B. (Podgers) Dusenbury
- 96, passed away December 2, 2013 in Holly Springs, NC. She and her husband Norman J. Dusenbury were Grand Island residents from 1946 until 1978 when they retired to Florida. She was the mother of David (Carol) Dusenbury of Fuquay Varina, NC, Kathleen Kitchen (the late William) of Niagara Falls and Corinne Schnick (the late John) of Holly Springs, NC. The grandmother of Kurt Kitchen, Kristen (David) Day, David (Ginger) Dusenbury, Carrie (Charles) Frey, the late Daniel Dusenbury. She was the great-grandmother of three.


Norma (Senn) Cowan
- passed away suddenly, February 24, 2014 in Cold Spring, Minnesota. Norma lived on Grand Island until two years ago when she moved to Minnesota to be near her three sons. She is predeceased by her husband, Walter Cowan, parents, Ann and George Senn, brother Jack Senn, two sons, Thomas Weber, William Weber and granddaughter, Jamie Weber. Norma is survived by three sons, James Phillips, Michael Weber, and Steven (Joy) Weber, a sister, Carol Dusenbury, brother-in-law, David and sister-in-law, Alma Senn, grandchildren, great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews. There will be a memorial service in Minnesota and interment in July at Acacia Park Cemetary, North Tonawanda.


Virginia Schultz
- 93, of Grand Island, NY, passed away on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at Our Lady of Peace Nursing Care Residence in Lewiston, NY Born on September 25, 1920 in Lyons, NY, she attended local schools. She was the daughter of the late Charles and Esther (Studer) Schultz. Virginia worked at Moore Business Forms for 30 years as a proof reader and DiCamillo's Bakery. She attended Our Savior Lutheran Church and loved her church, family and her pup named Lucy.
She is survived by her nieces and nephews, Judy (Anthony) Colucci, Mary Ellen Anderson and Joseph Schultz. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her siblings, Robert Schultz, Karolyn Morley, Gladys Uhernick and Richard Schultz.
Ther is no prior visitation. Burial will take place at the convenience of the family. Donations in her memory may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church, 2759 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY 14304. Arrangements entrusted to Zajac Funeral Home Inc. Visit zajacfuneralhomeinc.com for online condolences.


Diane M. (nee Bykowicz) Hassan
- February 23, 2014, of Grand Island, NY, loving wife of Mark R. Hassan. Devoted and treasured mother of Danielle (James Martin), Mackenzie Hassan (Angelo Pascucci). Adoring grandmother of Andrew and Kevin Sander; James and Joseph Martin, and Vincent Pascucci. Dearest daughter of Alfred and the late Dolores (Greaves). She is survived by sisters Barbara (William, Sr.) Barbur, Carol (late John) Rae, Patricia (Thomas) Turner, and Jeffery (Michele) Bykowicz, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins, friends, and neighbors. Diane enjoyed sunny days at the Sandy Beach Park Club on Grand Island where she was a dedicated past president. She was an accomplished gardener, photographer, computer whiz, and loved spending time with her family. She was a pillar of strength to all who knew her and will be sorely missed. A celebration of her life will be held at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd, Grand Island, on Friday from 4-7:30 PM with a memorial service immediately following. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Summit Educational Resources, 150 Stahl Rd, Getzville, NY 14068, where her beloved grandson Vinny attends school.



Andrea Hagerty
- 64, of Grand Island, NY, passed away after a long illness. Born August 9, 1949 to the late Stanley and Helen (Wodo) Rykiel. Andrea attended Our Lady of Rosary School, Madonna High School and Niagara University. She began her teaching career at the former St. Joseph's Parochial School in Niagara Falls in 1972. In 1973 she started teaching social studies at School #19 in Buffalo, ending her teaching career in the 1990's at Grover Cleveland High School in Buffalo, retiring due to illness. She is survived by a brother, Mark (Sandra) Rykiel of Lewiston, sister, Cynthia (John) Rybicki; beloved niece Ashley, all of Niagara Falls, and several cousins. There is no prior visitation. Burial will take place at the convenience of the family. Arrangements entrusted to Zajac Funeral Home, Inc.



Judith Ann (nee Castanza) Zygmunt
- Died February 10, 2014 at her Grand Island home, she is survived by her husband Richard; daughters Dana Rae and Kaylee Ann and sons Ryan and Noah. She was a member of many organizations that will dearly miss her and she is now taking her place amongst the angels, singing her little heart out. A Celebration of Her Life will be held at New Covenant Tabernacle, 345 McConkey Rd., Tonawanda on Sunday, February 16 at 1:30 PM, with refreshments to follow.



Beverly A. (nee Bates) Selover
- Age 82, of Grand Island, NY, formerly of Niagara Falls, NY, February 10, 2014, at her residence, wife of Arthur L. Selover; mother of James A. (Jennifer) Selover and Jane Selover; grandmother of Lauren and Megan Selover; sister of Richard Bates; aunt of Dr. Douglas (Dr. Mini) Bates and Dr. Susan Bates; great-aunt of Cameron and Max. There will be no prior visitation. Funeral Services will be private. Beverly was a 1949 graduate of LaSalle High School and had been employed by DuPont since 1950, retiring as Administrative Assistant to the Plant Manager in 1986. She was also a volunteer in the Gift Shop at Mount St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston. Arrangements by JOHN O. ROTH FUNERAL HOME INC., Tonawanda, NY.



Mary E. (nee Meredith) Nugent
- February 12, 2014. Beloved wife of Earl F. Nugent; devoted mother of Mary Ann Wunsch, Judy (John) Giuseppetti, James Nugent, Diane (David) Koch, Joseph (Sylvia), Michael (Traci) and the late Earl P. Nugent; loving grandmother of many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; dear sister of George (late Laurie), Francis, Jeanette (Russ) DiLorenzo, Eileen, Catherine (Donald) Bielefeld, Charlotte (John) Niziol, John, Maureen (Frank) Modaffari, Patricia (Paul) Stankiewicz, Janice (Robert) Turnbull and the late Ann Plucinski; sister-in-law of Edward Plucinski; also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will receive friends at the C. MERTZ & SON FUNERAL HOME, INC., 911 Englewood Ave. on Sunday from 2-6 PM where funeral services will be held on Monday at 9:00 AM and a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church (2100 Baseline Rd. Grand Island, NY) on Monday at 10:00 AM. Share condolences at mertzfh.com.



Alvin Popiel
- February 10, 2014, husband of Faye Popiel; father of Deborah (Richard) Stack, Rebecca Popiel and Judith Siehnel; grandfather of Marisa (Ricky), Sarah, Anthony, Allison (Macy) and Jeremy. Graveside Services will be held Wednesday at 1 PM at Whitehaven Road Cemetery, Grand Island, NY. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association . For on-line condolences, visit www.mesnekoff.com. Arrangements by MESNEKOFF FUNERAL HOME.
Buffalo News Obituary
   Alvin Popiel, of Grand Island, a reporter for The Buffalo Evening News for 30 years, died Monday in ElderWood at Grand Island after a short illness. He was 85. Mr. Popiel joined The News in 1952 after earning his master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism. After 15 years as a police reporter, he covered Cheektowaga and the Tona- wandas before he was assigned to cover Buffalo City Hall in 1969. He became Erie County Hall reporter in 1974 and left in 1982 to take a position as executive assistant to County Executive Ed Rutkowski. He later served as marketing director for the Grand Island Economic Development Corp. and Amherst office manager for Professional Résumé and Writing Service Inc.
   Born in the Bronx, Mr. Popiel graduated from high school in Reading, Pa., and joined the Army in 1946. Assigned to the First Calvary Division in Tokyo, he later become a reporter for the Army newspaper the Pacific Stars & Stripes, attaining the rank of corporal. After the service, he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Columbia University and was a summer reporter with the Reading Eagle. For many years, Mr. Popiel worked with Literacy Volunteers in downtown Buffalo, teaching adults to read. After completing a tax preparation course, for many years he gave free tax help at the Grand Island Senior Center. He was active in the Columbia Journalism School Alumni Association and enjoyed playing tennis, playing the violin, gardening, bicycling and swimming. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, the former Faye E. Bailey, and three daughters, Debbie Stack, Becky and Judy Siehnel; and five grandchildren. A memorial service will be arranged.



Donald R. James
- February 7, 2014, of Grand Island, husband of Joan (Roach) James; father of Thomas (Kathi) James, Linda (James) Miller, Deborah (John) Mondoux and Julie (Kevin) Jacobson; also survived by 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; brother of Patricia (Keith) Kelly, Timothy Burns and Kathleen (Daniel) Crippen. Memorial services will be held at the convenience of the family; Mr. James retired from Dunlop Tire and Rubber March 1, 1991.



Hank Steinlein
- April 19, 1931 - February 5, 2014. Married to Anne (Kuyper) Steinlein for 59 years. Survived by Paul (Leslie), Peter (Barbara), Linda (Terry) Tubbs, Andy (Rhonda), 13 Grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Predeceased by his daughter, Helga (Rick) Oliphant. Hank retired from International Harvester and Certo Brothers in Niagara Falls, New York. A memorial talk will be given at The Kingdom Hall Of Jehovah's Witnesses, 400 Statenhouse Rd., Greenville, North Carolina at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday Feb. 08, 2014.



Jerry J. Fanti
- Of Grand Island, entered into rest February 5, 2014; loving son of the late Pasquale and Frances Fanti; dear brother of Anthony (Frances); predeceased by Jimmy, Mario, Theresa, Carl, Angie, Rosie, Mary and Janet; also survived by nieces, nephews and friends. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel) 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., near Eggert/Sheridan Dr., on Friday from 4-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Timothy's Church, 565 East Park Dr., Tonawanda, on Saturday morning at 10 o'clock. (Please assemble at church.) Interment Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Mr. Fanti was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Online condolences may be made at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.


George H. Rowe - 84, of Grand Island NY entered into rest February 1, 2014. Devoted husband of 41 years to Hazel Fancher Rowe; loving father of Dan, Todd and Linda Rowe (James) Carlson, and Donna; grandfather of Brian, Lyssa and Lisa. Brother of Jim (Joan) Rowe and the late Joan Johnson; he also leaves many fond nieces and nephews. George was a retiree from General Electric; a Navy, Korean War Veteran, member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #9249 and the American Legion. No prior visitation, family and friends are invited to a memorial service Saturday, February 15th at Island Presbyterian Church, 1822 Huth Rd, Grand Island NY at noon. Flowers gratefully declined, donations may be made to the Parkinson's Foundation or to Grand Island Fire Company.



David G. Lochte
- February 1, 2014, at age 69, beloved husband of Carole M. (nee Case) Lochte; dearest father of Gretchen Lochte and Tabitha (Shawn) Senger; loving grandfather of Lydia and Madison Senger; dear brother of Lawrence Scarpace. The family will be present on Thursday from 7-9 PM at the GRECO FUNERAL HOME, 2909 Elmwood Ave. in Kenmore. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's R.C. Church, 2100 Baseline Road on Grand Island. Friends invited. Flowers gratefully declined. If desired, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo, Inc. Please share your condolences at www.GRECOFUNERAL.com.



Albert L. Condino
- Age 84, of Grand Island, NY passed away on February 1, 2014. Wife of Nadia (nee Dell'Arsina) Condino; father of Dr. Dalinda A. Condino, M.D. of Grand Island, NY, Dr. Loretta A. Condino-Grupp, Ph.D. (Christopher Grupp) of Seattle, WA, Mrs. Marisa P. (Joseph) D'Addario of Grand Island, NY, Dr. Adria A. Condino, D.O. (Russell Schroeder) of Tampa, FL; predeceased by one son, Mr. Dean A. Condino, J.D.; eight grandchildren, Albert Grupp, Sophia Grupp, Natalie Grupp, Gabriel D'Addario, Gianna D'Addario, Isabella Schroeder, Dean Schroeder and Samuel Schroder; brother of Joseph (Sue) Condino, James (Judy) Condino, Richard (Darlene) Condino. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation Thursday, Febuary 6th from 2 - 4 & 6 - 8 p.m. at M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Rd., Niagara Falls. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin on Friday, February 7th at 9:15 a.m. in Our Lady of Victoria Basilica, 767 Ridge Road, Buffalo, NY. Everyone please assemble at church. Entombment with Military Honors in St. Joseph Cemetery, Niagara Falls, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Elm & Carlton Streets Buffalo, NY 14263.



Veronica T. Godwin
- February 1, 2014, formerly of Williamsville, resident of Elderwood at Grand Island for eight years, mother of Donald (Susan) Farley of Grand Island and James Farley of California; grandmother of Susan (Duane) Fregoe, Lisa (William) Carney and David (Justina) Farley; also survived by five grandchildren; predeceased by siblings. A Memorial Service will be held at a future date to be announced. Mrs. Godwin worked at the US Postal System for many years.



Rebecca Lynn (nee Bidell) Passanese
- Age , 59, of Wilson, NY, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home on Friday, January 31, 2014, after suffering from a long, chronic illness. Born in Grand Island, NY, Rebecca was the proud daughter of the late Frederick W. Bidell and Joan (Livingston) Bidell.
   Rebecca attended Grand Island High School and later graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor's degree in Nursing, from the University at Buffalo. Rebecca was an RN. On November 26, 1977, she was married, in Atlanta, GA, to Charles L. Passanese, Jr. of Niagara Falls, NY.
   After living in Atlanta, GA, Rebecca and Charles moved to Syracuse/Baldwinsville, NY, where they lived for 20 years raising their family. Rebecca was the beloved mother of five children, and dedicated her life to raising her children and family. She was actively involved in all aspects of her children's lives and education. She was an active member of the Baldwinsville, NY community, as a Sunday School teacher, Girl Scout Leader, Cub Scout Den Mother, Elementary School Teacher's Aide, and Officer of the PTA. Rebecca supported her children in all their sports activities, as an active member of the Baldwinsville Schools' Booster Clubs. She was also a costume designer and production assistant in her daughter's theatrical, dance and musical performances.
   Becky will be remembered as a loving, giving and compassionate woman, who opened her home, and her heart, to all of her family and friends. She genuinely enjoyed being surrounded by her children, their cousins and their friends, creating an environment of fun, learning and loving acceptance of all.
   She was a talented artist, with special interests in painting, drawing, interior design and architecture. She particularly loved Victorian Era homes and antiques. One of her most pleasurable pastimes was combing beaches to collect "sea treasures" and creating artwork from them.
   Rebecca is survived by her husband, Charles, and her four children, Jessica Lynn, Natale Rose (fiance Josh Lange), John Charles and Myles Christian Passanese, and her grandson, Charles Matthew. She was predeceased by her beloved baby son, Andrew Spinner. She is also survived by her mother, Joan Bidell (Francis "Skip") Fred of Grand Island, NY; brother, Fred (Andrea) Bidell of Hornell, NY; sister, Marci (Mark) Lange; sister, Vicki (Dave) Wilkinson; brother, Marty (Kim) Bidell, and brother, John (Ginger) Bidell, all of Grand Island, NY; sisters-in-law, Vinnie Passanese, Linda (Edward) Garcia, Patty (Todd) Phillips; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. She was the daughter-in-law of the late Charles and Fulvia Passanese, Sr. Rebecca is also survived by her husband's grandmother, Vincenza Colucci.
   Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 4th from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at M.J COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral service to be held Wednesday, February 5th, at 11:00 AM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, NY, with Rev. Larry R. Baird officiating. EVERYONE PLEASE ASSEMBLE AT CHURCH. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jacobs Neurological Center for Multiple Sclerosis, 100 High Street, Buffalo, NY.



Very Rev. Fr. George R. Aswad
- Of Grand Island, NY, January 31, 2014, beloved husband of Khouryee Grace (Bishara) Aswad; father of Lynn (George) Wood, Laura (Jeff) Colyer, Louise (Bill) Snyder, Lisa (Mike) Dudley and Lana (Paul) Dudley; grandfather of Jessica (Tracy), Jeana, Matthew, Andrew, Ryan, Rachel, Kara, Eric, Amber and Alyssa; great-grandfather of AJ and Jeffrey; brother of Samuel (late Patricia) and Dr. Alfred (Anna) Aswad. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. The family will be present at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 1073 Saunders Settlement Road, Niagara Falls, NY, on Sunday from 3-7 PM and on Monday from 4-7 PM. Trisagion Prayers will be held Sunday and Monday at 6:00 PM. The Funeral for a Priest will be Monday at 7 PM. The Divine Liturgy will be held Tuesday at 10:00 AM, followed by a Funeral Service at 11:15 AM, with His Grace Bishop Alexander, officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to St. George's Church. Visit www.rhoneyfuneralhome.com for guest register.



Lonnie M. Marcolini
- January 31, 2014, of Grand Island, wife of the late Anthony P. Marcolini; mother of Paul (Evie) Marcolini and Dawn (Fran) Newton; sister of Christine MacKinnon and Bea Carr; daughter of the late George and Iva MacKinnon; also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends may call Sunday 2-6 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made the Erie County SPCA.



Gladys May Sarama
- Of Batavia, NY, formerly of Grand Island, passed on Monday, January 27, 2014. Beloved wife of Raymond Sarama; loving mother of Kimberly Ianita and Michele Blythe, and proud grandmother to Alyssa Harnish, Makenzie Ann DePonceau, Hunter and Adam Blythe. Friends and family may join us for a memorial service Saturday, February 8 at 1:00 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island.



Kevin B. Wilkinson
- Unexpectedly, January 27, 2014, of Grand Island, son of Bernard E. and Maryann Wilkinson of Lady Lake, FL; brother of Karen A. (David) Giddings of Grand Island; stepbrother of Sandy (David) Barraclough of Amherst; uncle of Kristin and Tabatha; great-uncle of Haley Ann and Gemma Selene. Private services will be held at a later date.



Caryl (Denler) Kershner
- age 66, passed away on June 11, 2013 in Crystal River Florida, as a result of kidney failure. She is survived by her devoted husband, Ron Kershner, two sons, Allen and Arthur, and her brother, Jeff Denler. She was preceded in death by her father Allen, mother Agnes, and grandparents Wilma and Lou Denler, all of Grand Island. A 1965 graduate of Mt. Mary High School, she resided in Boulder Colorado for many years and then retired to Florida. She was truly a treasured friend to all that knew her. Caryl's zest for life will forever resonate in our hearts.



Lily Kay O'Connor
- Passed away unexpectedly on the morning of January 22, 2014. She was a very smart, funny and happy little girl that loved her older brother Jack very much. She is survived by her parents Brandon and Kristel (nee Sterber) O'Connor and brother Jack. Lily is also survived by her grandparents David and Mary Ellen (nee George) O'Connor as well as her uncle Pat and aunt Bridgett (nee O'Connor) Braunscheidel, uncle David and aunt Erika (nee Sterber) Palazzo and many adoring cousins. Funeral services were held Saturday at the Kaiser Funeral Home.



James M. Wynne
- January 24, 2014, of Grand Island, husband of Judith (nee Ryan) Wynne; father of Elizabeth Killian, Molly (Daryl) Ehlenfield and James Wynne, Jr.; also survived by seven grandchildren; son of the late Michael and Margaret Wynne of Ireland. Friends may call Tuesday 4-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday at 10:30 AM at St. Martin-In-The-Fields Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the West Side Rowing Club.



J. Donald Forster
- January 19, 2014. Beloved husband of Leone (Levis) Forster; dear father of Stephen (Lydia), David (Dianne) Forster, Donna Lee (John) Sheehan, Diane (Paul) Eodice and Denis (Virginia) Forster; grandfather of 14 grandchildren; brother of Joan (late Jim) Raab, David (Nancy) Forster and the late Albert and Michael Forster; also survived by many nieces and nephews. The family will be present Friday 4-8 PM at the PERNA, DENGLER, ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME, 1671 Maple Rd., Williamsville. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 10 AM at St. Stephen Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, please assemble at Church. Mr. Forster was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Mary Star of the Sea Council 4752, Knights of Columbus 4th Degree, Trinity Assembly, and a U.S. Army Veteran. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Alzheimer's Association . WNY, 2805 Wehrle Dr., Williamsville 14221. www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com.



Gloria Ann Hugley
- Of Grand Island, entered into rest January 15, 2014. Relatives and friends may visit True Bethel Baptist Church, 907 East Ferry, Buffalo on Thursday morning from 10-11 o'clock, where the Funeral Service will immediately follow. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery. Arrangements by LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (City Chapel).



Gary P. Dean
- Age 66, of Loganville, GA, formerly of Grand Island, NY, passed away January 15, 2014. He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War in the U.S. Army. Gary was also employed by Nortel Networks. Gary was preceded in death by his parents Thelma Wischman and E. Carl Dean, Sr. Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Cheryl; daughter Tracy (Dean) Gaillard of Newnan, GA; son Craig Dean of Dallas, GA; brothers Dale Dean of Cheektowaga, NY, Terry Dean of Grand Island, NY and E. Carl Dean, Jr. (Gene) of Rivesville, WV; and six grandchildren. The Funeral Service will be held Sunday, January 19 at 2 PM in Eternal Hills Chapel with Rev. John Baker officiating. Entombment Eternal Hills Memory Gardens. Tributes in Gary's memory may be placed at www.mem.com. Visitation with the family will be held on Saturday, January 18. 2-4 PM in Eternal Hills Funeral Home, Snellville, GA, 770 972-3155.



George K. Minton
- January 20, 2014, of Grand Island, born in Buffalo April 7, 1929 to George and Loretta (Everett) Minton. Survived by wife Eileen of 62 years; daughters, Peggy (Rick) Whitmire, Kathleen (Rick) Watson, Barbara Minton; sons, Paul (Mary) Minton and Peter (Michelle) Minton; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one special child Juvien; sister, Carol Withrow; brother of late William (survived by wife Rita) Minton and nieces and nephews. Friends may call Thursday 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations to Mary Star of the Sea Council 4752 Knight of Columbus 1841 Whitehaven Rd. Grand Island, NY 14072.



Robert Elwood Murray
- January 13, 2014, of Grand Island, husband of 46 years of Joan (Palmer) Murray; father of Michael R. (Laura) Murray of Grand Island and Jill K. (Greg Kuppinger) Murray of Buffalo; grandfather of Sean and Dylan Murray, and Joseph Kuppinger; brother of Rita (Stan) Carlo. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Memorials may be made to Knights of Columbus Mary Star of the Sea Council 4752. Mr. Murray was a WW II US Navy veteran. He graduated from University of Detroit with a BA in Civil Engineering. He was a lifetime member of the National Ski Patrol at Holiday Valley and was CEO of Buffalo Lining & Fabrication.



Gail "Homer" Prange
- January 12, 2014, dear father of Shelly and Jay (Kathy) Prange; loving grandfather of Brandi Prange; dear brother of the late William and Richard Prange; also survived by nieces and nephews. Visitation at the KOLANO FUNERAL HOME, 396 Amherst St. (near Grant) Thursday 4-8 PM, where funeral services will take place Friday at 12:30 PM followed by US Navy Military Honors. Mr. Prange was a retired claims adjuster. He also worked for the City of Buffalo in the City Clerk's office and was a US Navy veteran. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery. Donations to American Cancer Society are preferred. Condolences at www.KOLANOFUNERALHOME.com.



Christopher Henry Dailey
- January 11, 2014, beloved infant son of Robert H. and Jacquelyn (Wesolowski) Dailey; dear brother of Kinsey and Faith; dear grandson of Randy and Kathleen Huffman and Stanley and Kathleen Wesolowski; also survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins. Relatives and friends may call at the Barron-Miller Funeral Home Inc., 3025 William St. near Union Rd., Cheektowaga, Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.



Betty Anna Neiswinter Watts
- 88, Resident of the Valley View Nursing Center in Montoursville, PA has entered into eternal rest Jan. 5, 2014. She was born in Locust Dale, PA Sept 1, 1925. She was the daughter of Mary Maurer Neiswinter and William C. Neiswinter. There were no surviving siblings. She had 3 sisters and 3 brothers. Betty graduated from Cunningham Twp High School in 1944. She married James H. Watts who was serving in the Navy during World War II at the time. Betty lived in Pennsylvania for many years, and moved to Grand Island, NY in 1966, where she lived and worked as a Nurse’s Aide in Grand Island Manor Nursing Home. She then worked in the Deli at TOPS Market on the Island. Returning home to Williamsport, PA to live close to her 2 daughters in 2002, she worked at the Dollar General Store in So. Williamsport. She retired at 80 years old. Betty loved watching the Yankees and she collected Betty Boop memorabilia. She loved going out to breakfast, but most of all her ball games and just watching TV. She spent a year at Bahr’s Personal Care home in Hills grove, PA where she made many friends, and was very happy. She moved to Valley View Nursing Center in Montoursville, PA where she received the nursing care she required during her last 2 years. She will be sadly missed by her many friends at the Home, and her family. Surviving are 6 children, Sarah J. Watts Young (Paul Wesley), Williamsport, Mary Lou Watts Doebler, (Frank), Williamsport, James H. Watts Jr. (Lynn) Grand Island N.Y., twin Sons, Larry F. and Gary W. Watts, Grand Island N.Y., and Kim Watts Minlionica, VA. There are 11 Grand children, and 13 Great Grand Children. At Betty’s request, there will be no public viewing, flowers or memorials. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary, Montoursville PA.



James J. Socko
- January 10, 2014, of Grand Island. Husband of Sue Ann Socko; father of Darlene (Don) Hoover, Patricia (Dan) Wood, Sheila (Chris) Ciechoski, Michele (the late G) Wanko and the late James Socko; also survived by 10 grandchildren and six great-grand children; predeceased by one grandson; brother of Ronald, Joseph and the late Robert and Leonard Socko and Marion Knerr; son of the late Joseph Socko and Eleanor Kolodziej. Funeral services private. Memorials may be made to MDA or American Heart Assoc.



Kathleen R. Hardman Jeffries
- January 9, 2014, of natural causes, of Grand Island. Wife of the late Richard Jeffries and Edson Hardman; mother of Douglas (Elaine) Hardman of Grand Island and Dori (Terry) Klaaren of Tampa; step-mother of Patty Jeffries; grandmother of Eric (Jennifer) and Peter Hardman, Jason Klaaren, Emily and Mathew Jeffries; great-grandmother of Kaylynn, Alaina and Tyler Hardman; sister of Florence McIntyre; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Sunday 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services will be held Monday at 10:30 AM at St. Timothy Lutheran Church. lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.




Evelyn (nee Klein) Colley
- January 4, 2014 , of Grand Island, NY, beloved wife of the late Walter; loving mother of the late Hazel Hartman and Alan Colley; sister of William Klein and the late Violet Deck and Norman Klein. Friends are invited to attend funeral services at the Chapel of the Elms at Elmlawn Cemetery Monday morning at 11. Evelyn was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post #205, M.J. Brounshidle.




Gloria M. Watkins
- January 8, 2014, of Grand Island, wife of James R. Watkins; mother of Sandra Watkins, Terri Cicatello, Danielle (Paul) Chopra, Richard (Kelly) Watkins and the late Calvin J. Jenkins Jr. and Judy (survived by husband James) Bartolotta; also survived by 17 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; daughter of the late Willard and Eleanor Davie; sister of the late Robert Davie. Friends may call Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 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 Monday at 11 AM.



Michele M. (nee Geiger) Breier
- January 7, 2014, of Grand Island, beloved wife of James E. Breier Jr.; cherished mother of James E. Breier III, Christina (Michael) MacIntyre and Haley Breier; adoring grandmother of Brayden and Brody; treasured daughter of Patricia and Harold Geiger Sr.; sister of Harold (Cheryl) Geiger Jr., Michael Geiger and the late Deborah Geiger; also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. Friends may call Friday 1-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society .




Julia Pedlow
- Age 94, died January 1, 2014 under the loving care of Elderwood at Wheatfield and Niagara Hospice. Julia was predeceased by her husband, John Pedlow Jr.; her sister, June Byron and her loving companion, Floyd Peck; survived by children, John III (Judy), Penny, Tom (Beverly), Kate (John), Deidre (John), Jim (Janet), Molly (John), Dan (Molly) and 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were private.




Stephen W. Patterson
- (Ret. Cmdr. U.S. Navy) December 30, 2013, of Grand Island, husband of 68 years of Lorraine E. (Krentz) Patterson; father of Patrick (Mary Jane) Patterson, Anne (Rick) Dyet and the late Stephen Patterson; grandfather of Timothy and Andrew. A Memorial Mass will be held at a future date. Mr. Patterson retired after 20 years as Commander and pilot in the U.S. Navy. He worked 30 years with General Motors, retiring as Superintendent from Tonawanda Engine. Commander Patterson will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.




Evelyn Garten
- January 4, 2014, of Grand Island, wife of the late Willy Garten; mother of Lloyd Garten and Marie (Derek) Godfrey; grandmother of David Godfrey; sister of the late Ronald Boettcher. Memorial Services will be held Wednesday at 12 Noon at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Salvation Army.




Norman C. Bauman Jr.
- January 2, 2014, of Grand Island entered peacefully into Heaven Thursday January 2, 2014. Norm is survived by his loving wife of 51 years Margaret (nee Pfohl) Bauman; devoted father of Norman III (Sue) Bauman, Dennis Bauman, Laurie Kalman, Aimee (Grant) McKnight, Paul Bauman and Matthew (Ania) Bauman; cherished grandfather to 11 grandchildren; loving son of the late Norman Sr. and Loretta Bauman; dear brother of Virginia Vine; also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUENRAL HOME, (Northtowns Chapel), 885 Niagara Falls Blvd. near Eggert/Sheridan Dr. on Sunday from 3-7 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island on Monday morning at 10 o'clock. (Please assemble at church). Interment St. Stephen's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Norm's name to Hospice Buffalo or St. Stephen's Church. Mr. Bauman was a Navy veteran.