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William J. Hamlett - 72, of Grand Island, NY, died unexpectedly December 31, 2015 at his residence. Born June 4, 1943 in Jackson, TN. Visitation Thursday, 11 AM, in the Greater Emanuel Temple, 151-161 Richmond Ave., Buffalo, NY. Funeral Services to follow at 12 noon. Burial at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by WILLIAMSON FUNERAL HOME, 635 Main St., Niagara Falls, NY.


George A. Smith - entered into rest December 28, 2015, age 32. Beloved son of John and Vikki Smith. Husband of Yajaira Adorno-Smith. Father of George A. Smith Jr. Brother of Lou Ann (John) Smith Cane, Emily H., Jonathan M. and Zaida M. Smith. Uncle of Gia, John and Sophie. Also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Grandson of the late George J. and Mary A. Smith, Sophie G. and Arthur C. Riddle Jr. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church 345 7th Street, Buffalo, NY 14201 on January 29th at 10:00 A.M. Donations to Holy Cross Church preferred.


Edna J. (nee Conlan) Paczynski - Born September 28, 1932, died December 28, 2015, age 83. Born in the Bronx, raised in Brooklyn, before family settled in Niagara Falls, NY in the 1940's. Beloved mother of Dr. Richard Paczynski, Joanne (Anthony) Sparcino, James (Michelle) Paczynski; beloved grandmother of nine; beloved sister of Paul Earle, Usmc; loved by many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Paczynski was a long time court reporter, freelancing and frequently traveling about upstate New York, running her own freelancing business, before accepting a permanent post in US Federal Court, Buffalo, NY in 1977. While raising family on Grand Island, very active at St. Stephen's parish, and after moving to Buffalo in 1980, did charity work at the Deaconess Hospital, bringing the ill and infirm to Sunday Mass. After retiring, Mrs. Paczysnki moved to Olean, NY in 2003 to be close to her son James and her five grandchildren, lending a hand. She there joined the Ancient Order of the Hibernians and was a member of the congregation at St. Mary's. Mrs Paczynski moved to Aiken, SC, in 2013 to escape the WNY winters. A memorial service will be held in the spring.


Christine S. (Guadno) Zakia - 97, of Grand Island, NY, passed away Saturday, December 26, 2015 at Elderwood Healthcare Facility of Grand Island, NY. Born in Ford City, PA, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Michelina (Conti) Guadno. Christine moved to Niagara Falls as a young child with her family and graduated from Niagara Falls High School. On April 20, 1941 she married James P. Zakia at Our Lady of Lebanon, in Niagara Falls, NY. Mr. Zakia predeceased her on January 1, 1992.
   Christine was employed by the Carborundum Co. in Niagara Falls and retired in the early 1980's after 40 years of service. She also worked as a hostess for Treadway Inn and John's Flaming Hearth both of Niagara Falls, NY. Christine enjoyed golfing, gardening, traveling and spending time with her family. Christine is survived by her two children, James N. (Mary Kay) Zakia of Niagara Falls and Patricia (Late John) McGowan of Grand Island; three sisters, Mary (Late Frank) Corulli, Sarah Bliski and Vera Ferro; four grandchildren, Mikel Lynn Zakia, Billie Jo Zakia, Andrew (Katie) McGowan and Corey McGowan; two great-grandchildren, Madison and Mia McGowan. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband, Christine was predeceased by eight brothers and sisters. The family would like to thank the staff and workers at Elderwood Healthcare Facilty of Grand Island for the wonderful care and love that Christine received during her time there.


Rebecca Ann Agnello - Age 14, of Grand Island, unexpectedly, December 30, 2015. Rebeca was a student at Grand Island High School and played violin in the school orchestra. She was a member of the Grand Island Ski Club and the St. Stephen's Parish Players. She enjoyed babysitting and her friends, and taking care of her pet bunny "Arona". Beloved daughter of Kathleen and Robert Agnello and dear sister of Gabriel Agnello; granddaughter of Ann Agnello of Niagara Falls, Salvatore Agnello of Niagara Falls, Sharon and James Coram of the Town of Niagara, and Donnell and Melissa Kelly of Lewisburg, TN. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends may call at the FRETTHOLD FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1241 Oliver St. at Ward Rd. in North Tonawanda on Saturday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Funeral Services will be held on Sunday at 2 PM from the Bible Fellowship Center, 1135 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Guest register available at frettholdfuneralhome.com.


Mary Jane (nee Mascari) Fancher - December 23, 2015, formerly of Williamsville, beloved wife of the late Arthur; devoted mother of Arthur (Janet) ; loving grandmother to Genee (Joseph) Giroux, James (Stephanie), Jessica (Jason) McDougall and the late Arthur Joey; great-grandmother of Joey, Aria and Lily; also survived by dear sister Lucille (Andy) Whelan and many nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christion Burial was held at St. Stephen's Church, Grand Island. Arrangements made by Kaiser Funeral Home.


Rosalie (Gibbons) Dreier - 65, of Lewiston, NY, one week ago, was married on December 19, 2015, to Richard Dreier, passed away on Christmas Day in Mt. St. Mary's Hospital after a short illness. Born in Salzburg, Austria on March 28, 1950 to the late Robert and Berta (Kaldy) Gibbons, and was a graduate of Grand Island High School. Rosalie was employed as a secretary at the Water Pollution Control Center for the Town of Lewiston for 25 years, retiring on August 30, 2015. She was a Past President of the Lewiston Volunteer Co. #1 Ladies Auxiliary, and from 1980-1983 was the Fire Dispatcher for Lewiston Fire Co. #1. Rosalie was a past chairman of the Niagara County Board of Elections. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, shopping, Christmas holidays and, mostly spending time with her family and friends. In addition to her husband, Richard, she is survived by two daughters, Mandie (Charles) Kilmer of Lewiston, Sabriana (John) Davis of West Seneca; a step-son, Richard (Susan) Drierer; five grandchildren, Taylor, Kaitlynn, Anthony, Cassady and Jillian; two step-grandchildren, Jackson and Georgette; a brother, Thomas Gibbons; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Jason Kilmer; a twin sister, Sylvia Taylor; and sister, Roberta Cassady. Friends may call at the HARDISON FUNERAL HOME, N. Fourth & Ridge Sts., Lewiston, on Tuesday from 2-4 pm & 9-7 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, December 30, at 10 am from St. Peter's RC Church, 600 Center St., Lewiston with Msgr. David LiPuma officiating. Please assemble at church. Burial in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Lewiston Fire Co. #1 Ambulance Fund or the American Cancer Society. Please visit hardisonfuneralhomes.com for online registry.


Rita A. Thurnherr - 67 from Port Charlotte, Florida, originally born in Buffalo, New York peacefully passed away at the Tidewell Hospice House on December 22, 2015 at 2:20 am after an eight year battle with lung cancer. Rita taught through example and she told everyone she met that no matter what happens in life you have to smile and keep going. She worked tirelessly in the Survivor Program of Relay For Life. Rita participated in relays in Port Charlotte, Florida, Grand Island, New York and Niagara Falls, New York. When Rita's health permitted, she spent all of her time inspiring others to 'Never Give Up.' Rita credited four things to her miraculous survival; God, family, friends and Relay. Rita's smile was as big as her zest for life. She will be greatly missed. Rita is survived by her beloved husband John of 48 years. She had two daughters Kelly DeBole (Tom) children Jonathan, Brian and Owen, and Melissa Giambra (Jim) children Dominic and Ryan. Also three siblings Peggy Buehlman (Mark) Mel Young (Waynella) and Susan Willis. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to either Port Charlotte Relay for Life or Grand Island Relay for Life. A celebration of Rita's life will be announced at a later date. As Rita would say; Live Laugh Love and Never Ever Ever Give Up...


Charles T. "Chick" Lauria - Of Grand Island, entered into rest December 16, 2015. Beloved husband of Joanne (nee Hoy) Lauria; devoted father of Lori (Jahruba) Lambeth and Denise (George) Dolce; cherished grandfather of Aaron, Makayla, Gabriella and Anthony; fond great-grandfather of Anthony and Larissa; loving son of the late Thomas and Anna Lauria; dear brother of the late Samuel, Vincent (Jenny), Ignatius (late Margaret), Joseph Lauria and Carrie (Henry) Gentile; also survived by relatives and many friends. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME, (Northtowns Chapel), 885 Niagara Falls Blvd. near Eggert/Sheridan Dr. on Monday from 4-8 PM for a gathering in Chick's memory. Mr. Lauria was an Army veteran of the Korean War. Online condolences at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.


Ellie M. Pritchard - December 14, 2015, of Grand Island. Wife of the late Francis B. "Bud" Pritchard; mother of Cheryl (Roger) Organ and Jacqueline Pritchard; grandmother of Scott Brewer, Jeffrey (Liz) Organ, Julie (Jason) Brown, Victoria Mordaunt and the late Kali Korzelius and Keith Brewer; great-grandmother of Jacob and James Brown; daughter of the late Ludwig and Elizabeth Gaschnitz; sister of the late Harriet Johnstone; dear friend of Sybil Kennedy. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Arrangements by KAISER FUNERAL HOME.


Edward T. Lutnick - December 10, 2015, formerly of Grand Blanc, MI, husband of 65 years to Estelle Lutnick; father of Sandrasue (Dr. Robert ) Lutnick Joseph of Indianapolic, IN and Dr. Robert (Elizabeth) Lutnick of Grand Island; grandfather of Kate, Aaron and Annamarie Joseph, Brendon, Ellen and Holly Lutnick; brother of Betty Keast of Long Beach, CA and the late William, Evelyn and Jack Lutnick. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Monday, December 21 at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mass offerings. In memory of a loving, intelligent, witty and gracious man. Arrangements by KAISER FUNERAL HOME.


Emma Evans Hall - Age 91, of Grand Island, went to be with her Lord December 11, 2015. She is survived by her husband, Bruce C. Fuller; her children, Margaret L. (Robert) Tyrrell of Grand Island, Martin K. (Ella) Hall of N. Tonawanda and Leslie Ann (Jay) Inman of Edgewater, FL; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Emma was predeceased by her first husband, M. Kenneth Hall in 1998. Emma lived a full and rewarding life as an art teacher, artist, devout Christian and leader in numerous community organizations. A Memorial Service will be held Monday, December 21 at 7 PM at Bible Presbyterian Church, 1650 Love Rd., Grand Island. Consider a memorial gift to the church. Please sign the online guest book at www.hefuneralhome.com


Donna Marie Webber - December 7, 2015, of Grand Island. Wife of the late Dr. Richard H. Webber PhD; mother of Margaret (Donald) Hooper of Ogdensburg, NY, Anne Smith of Spokane, WA, Donna Goss of Grand Island, Kimberly Marshall of Hopkinsville, KY and the late Michaeline Riening, Patricia Majtyka and Thomas Webber; grandmother of Michael (Betty) Riening, Richard (Ticia) Hooper, Charlie Goss, Dr. Brian (Elizabeth) Goss MD, Jenny Lynn (Jason) Goss and Ann Marie Perry; also survived by several great-grandchildren; sister of the late Robert Luker. Friends may call Friday 2-4 and 6-8 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 United Mitochondrial Foundation.


Paul R. Meosky - Of Grand Island, entered into rest December 6, 2015, beloved husband of Deloris A. (nee Smargie); devoted father of Patrice A. (Bill) Freeman, Paul D. (Helen) Meosky and the late Kathleen R. Meosky Head; cherished grandfather of Matthew (Caroline), David (Andrea), Maribeth, Sally (Matt) Hinman, Thomas, Susan Head, Anne, William, Robert Freeman, Nell, Paul, Theresa, Joseph, Maureen, Margaret and Colleen Meosky; adored great-grandfather of Eleanor Head, Carolina Head, Finn Hinman and the late Jake Paul Hinman; loving son of the late Paul P. and Catherine A. (nee Magda) Meosky; dear brother of the late Evelyn Karoffa. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel), 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., near Eggert/Sheridan, on Wednesday from 2-4 and 5-7 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, on Thursday morning at 11 o'clock. (Please assemble at church.) Interment St. Stephen's Cemetery. Mr. Meosky was an Army veteran of the Korean War.


Donald Edward Hughes - 80, of Tampa passed away Dec. 3, 2015. Survivors include his loving wife of 33 years, Joan; children, Jeffrey Hughes of New York, Gregory Hughes of Orlando, Pamela Chevrier (Jack) of Orlando, Dana Taylor (Capp) of Laguna Beach, and Mary Anne James Post (David) of Tampa; siblings, David Hughes and Nancy Killian (Harold), both of California; 12 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Born and raised in western New York, Don was a guidance counselor for Grand Island School for many years before his retirement in 1996. He has been a Tampa Bay resident since 1997. Don was a veteran of the United States Navy. Family will receive friends from 4-6 pm on Sunday, Dec. 6 at Blount and Curry, Oldsmar/West Hillsborough Chapel, 6802 Silvermill Drive, Tampa. A funeral service will be held at 11 am Monday, Dec. 7 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Moffitt Cancer Center in Don's memory. Online condolences may be made at: www.blountcurrywest.com.


Arthur L. Miller - Age 68, of Sun City Center, FL, formerly of Hamburg, NY, passed away on November 14, 2015. He graduated from Grand Island High School, served in the U.S. Navy and was retired from VLOC as a facilities manager. He is survived by his beloved wife Patricia (Flicinski), daughter Chantel, sons Brian and Kelly, brothers Daniel, Francis (Vicki) and Robert (Carol), and sisters Mary Evans, Carole (Michael) Mitchell and Rosemary (Michael) Reaves. Very special brother-in-law of Paula Zeis and Carla (Philip) Glinski. He was preceded in death by parents Arthur and Rosemary, brother Stephen and sister Winifred Diestel. A celebration of life service will be held in WNY at a later date. Donations may be made to Lifepath Hospice through Chapters Health, 12470 Telecom Drive, Suite 300, Tampa, FL 33637 or at lifepathhospice.chaptershealth.org/GeneralDonation.


David Francis Wolf - 72, of Danbury Connecticut, formerly of Grand Island, succumbed peacefully to multiple myeloma surrounded by his friends and family on November 6, 2015 in Fort Myers, Florida. He was born January 25, 1943 in Buffalo to Francis and Rowena Wolf, now deceased. David was a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend to all. His quirky sense of humor put people at ease and he was always quick with a joke.
    He is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Bernadette (Cruickshank); daughter Lisa (Ross) Martin; son Matthew (Dawn) Wolf; and known as Bop-Bop to six loving grandchildren. A mass of Christian Burial was held on November 10th in Fort Myers, Florida. Memorial contributions in memory of David Wolf are suggested to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Ave., 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851.


Jane (nee Valvo) Tornabene - Of Buffalo, entered into rest November 28, 2015. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island 14072 on Friday morning at 10 o'clock. Entombment St. Stephen's Cemetery. Arrangements by JOSEPH SPANO & SONS FUNERAL HOME, INC. James V. Spano, Director.


Ronald J. Harrison - Of Grand Island, NY, December 1, 2015, age 67, husband of Helen K. Gallion; father of Brandie Lynn Harrison and Patty R. (John) Fitzsimmons; grandfather of Brady and Mia Fitzsimmons; half-brother of Lee (Nancy) Dielonka. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, December 4 at 6 PM from the HARDISON FUNERAL HOMES INC., North Fourth and Ridge Sts., Lewiston. No prior visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Please visit www.hardisonfuneralhomes.com for on-line registry.


Holger (Butch) Fahrenholz - November 5, 2015 in Port Charlotte, Florida, formally of Grand Island. Husband of the late Vivian Mackenzie Fahrenholz. Father of Marlene Whitfield and Mark J. Fahrenholz. Brother of Marion (the late Ziegfried) Samland and Christa (Johann) Samland. Grandfather of December Fahrenholz and Mark A. Fahrenholz. Mr. Fahrenholz was a Navy Veteran serving in Rota, Spain. He retired from Louis Freyfus Corporation in 1998. He enjoyed gardening, boating, his dog Casey and the Buffalo Bill's. A service will be held privately. Memorials may be made to the Charlotte County Animal Welfare League in Port Charlotte, Florida.


Lorraine Williams - November 27, 2015, of Grand Island, wife of the late Richard Williams; mother of Sandra (Mike) Beauchamp and Richard J. Williams, both of Grand Island; grandmother of Michael R. (Maureen) Beauchamp, Michele (Mike) Beauchamp-Frazier, Kathy Hyland, Richard J. Jr. (Melissa), Jonathan, Justin (Crystal), Erica and Alicia Williams; also survived by 13 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law of Gordon Williams of Grand Island. 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. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Stephen's Church or the SPCA. Mrs. Williams was a long time member of St. Stephen's Church and the Grand Island Golden Age Center.


Richard C. Group - November 26, 2015, of Grand Island, husband of Joan (nee Burke) Group; father of Kristin (Daniel) Rumbold, Robert Group and Kathleen (Maurice) Corneau; beloved grandfather of Dylan Rumbold, Samantha and Nicholas Corneau; brother of Gretchen (Don) Beyer. Son of the late George and Margaret Group. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Mr. Group was a lifetime member and former treasurer for 35 years of the Grand Island Rod & Gun Club. Arrangements by KAISER FUNERAL HOME.


Earl Marvin DeGlopper - 88, of Grand Island, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of November 25, 2015 at Buffalo General Hospital after a short illness. Earl is survived by his wife of 65 years, Rita J. (nee Mengay) DeGlopper, and their three sons Earl W. (Meredith) of Ft. Myers, FL, Peter J. (Kimberly) of Grand Island, and Douglas J. (Jennifer) DeGlopper of Indianapolis, IN. He is also survived by his two grandchildren, Chelsea and Bailey DeGlopper, of New York City. Brother of Hazel Mallwitz and the late Walter DeGlopper, Bernie Bailey and Marian Coates. Son of the late Walter and Florence DeGlopper. Friends may call Saturday 2-5 PM at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, followed by a Prayer Service, Saturday at 5 PM. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations gratefully accepted for the expansion of the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Park may be mailed to the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249, Grand Island, NY 14072 - please write "DeGlopper Expansion' in the memo line - thank you.


Jerome "Jerry" Schwartz - November 20, 2015, of Grand Island; husband of Margaret (nee Leiser) Schwartz; father of Paul (Wanda) Schwartz, Margaret (Jan) Swistowski, Carolyn (Donnie) Schiedel and Linda (Michael) Pauly; also survived by eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews; brother of Florence Schwendler, Arthur, Sister Carol, Donald and the late Raymond Schwartz. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island.


Walter Clark Killian - November 19, 2015, at the age of 94, Wally is survived by his wife of 69 years Elsie (Mellors); children, Phyllis Spring-Johnson (Nick) and Peter Killian; grandchildren, Christie, Michael, Matthew, Marah and Leah; great-grandchildren Timmy and Harper; predeceased by his loving daughter, Marilyn Donsky (Gary). Wally was a veteran of WWII serving in the Pacific Theatre aboard the USS Chincoteague. Upon leaving the Navy he returned to his lifetime home of Grand Island, NY and began his career in the food industry. For over 50 years he served his community as a member of several Masonic Lodges in the Western New York area. Wally's love for his family came through in everything he did and touched everyone he met. His family and friends will celebrate his life at a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM on Wednesday, November 25, 2015, at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Grand Island NY.


Mary P. (nee Montemarano) Nardozzi - November 19, 2015; wife of Thomas; loving mother of Rachel (Joseph) D'Agostino and Catherine (John) Wright; devoted grandmother of Joseph and Thomas D'Agostino, Jennifer (Tim) Marble and Jessica Wright; great-grandmother of Kenzie; sister of Dominic (Mary) Montemarano and the late Philomena (Russell) Capizzi. Family will be present on Sunday from 2-5 PM at the PERNA, DENGLER, ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME, 1671 Maple Rd. Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated from St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, Monday at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mary's name may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Online condolences may be offered at www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com.
    Mary Philomena Nardozzi, 87, of Grand Island, the co-founder of Madison Floor Covering, died Thursday in Buffalo General Medical Center. A Buffalo native, the former Mary Montemarano was a graduate of Lafayette High School, and the owner of Lady Ruth Beauty Salon in the early 1950s. She was proud to tell of the day in 1951 when Lucille Ball, who was appearing at Shea's Buffalo, walked into her shop near the theater to get her hair done. Mrs. Nardozzi used a flat iron to tame Ball's curls. In 1953, Mrs. Nardozzi and her husband, Thomas S., founded Madison Floor Covering on Grant Street. The business has moved to the Town of Tonawanda and is operated by second and third generations of the family.


Donald L. Getty - lifelong area resident, passed away suddenly on Monday, November 9, 2015 at his home. He was 68. He was born in Niagara Falls on March 30, 1947, a son of the late Nicholas and Pearl (Sloan) Getty. He attended local schools and graduated from LaSalle Senior High School in 1965. Mr. Getty entered the United States Army in 1968 and served in the 25th Infantry in Vietnam until 1970 where he received numerous commendations including two Purple Heart Medals, One Bronze Star, one Bronze Star with First Oak Leaf Cluster and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with the Palm Leaf Cluster.
   He married Sharon L. Payne in 1968 and they enjoyed a very loving and happy marriage for 47 years until his passing. Donald worked at Hooker and Occidental Chemical, retiring as a Millwright in 2012 after 36 years of service. He was a wonderful husband who enjoyed cooking and traveling but his greatest joy was his time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Mr. Getty is survived by his devoted wife Sharon L. (Payne) Getty; two children, Renae (Donald) Whalen and Paul (Savannah) Getty; two grandchildren, Patrick and Ryan Whalen; and one sister, Mary Ann (Robert) Kenyon. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his grandson Landon Getty.
   Friends may call at the LANE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 8622 Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls on Friday, November 13th from 3-7 P.M. where funeral services will be held at 7 P.M. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Please visit LaneFuneralHome.com.


David McDonald Lantz - 85, passed away Friday, November 13, 2015. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, November 17th at Batesburg-Leesville Presbyterian Church with interment in Ridge Crest Memorial Park with Masonic Rites by B-L Mason Lodge #138 with Rev. Don Marshall officiating.
    Mr. Lantz was born in McArthur, Ohio, he was the son of the late Isaac M. Lantz and Melba M. Brown Lantz. He was a member of Batesburg-Leesville Presbyterian Church. Mr. Lantz received his 60 year certificate as a Master Mason and he belonged to many fraternal orgainzations. He enjoyed woodworking, crossword puzzles, travels and spending time with his family. Surviving are his wife, Arliss Rastenburg Lantz; daughters, the late Judy Lantz, Betty Lantz, Amy Lantz, Patty Roberts; sons-in-law, Mike Shealy, Dale Roberts; and a granddaughter, Kelly Roberts.
    The family received friends on Monday, November 16, at Milton Shealy Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to; Saluda Nursing Center, 581 Newberry Highway, Saluda, SC 29138 or Grand Court of SC, Amaranth Diabetes Foundation, 172 Old Sandy Run Road, Gaston, SC 29053. Condolences may be expressed at miltonshealy.com.


Courtney L. Brown - November 18, 2015, age 85. Long time resident of Stony Point Road, Grand Island and dearest husband of 63 years of Kathryn L (Begley) Brown. Native of Riverside, Buffalo. Beloved father of Barbara (Tom) Feige, Robert (Karen), James (Sandra), Kathleen (G. Lawrence) McNally and Judith. Grandfather of 10, Great-Grandfather of 4. Son of the late Elmer and Mabelle Brown, brother of the late Auleen, Jean (Daniel) Burkhardt and Corinne (survived by Ralph) Prieur, survived by nieces and nephews.
    Courtney was born in the Riverside area of Buffalo. He was a graduate of the Class of 1947 of Riverside High School of which he was an active alumnus. After 3 years in the Army during the Korean War, he graduated from UB Business School in 1958. Shortly after, he moved to Stony Point Road with his young family. At that time there were only 4 houses on their stretch of Stony Point! They bought the home of Earl Jones. The area grew into a bustling family neighborhood and Court was often seen on his tractor maintaining his manicured lawn. He mowed a baseball diamond in the back field for the kids and built a toboggan slide and ice rink.
    He was a buyer with the William Hengerer Co Department Store for 22 years. He then worked for the US Postal Service until his retirement. With his wife, Courtney traveled to all fifty states and many countries. They also visited all but two National Parks. He was a skilled woodworker. Family members have many fine handcrafted pieces from Dad. Courtney and Kathryn moved from their home to be closer to family. They miss the songbirds, the deer and the wild turkeys. Their neighbors held a special place in his heart. Most of all he was very devoted and loyal to his family and friends. A wake in his honor was held in November. There will be a memorial service with family on December 26th.


Patrick J. McGuire - Of Grand Island, New York, November 14, 2015, beloved companion of Delores Frazier, loving father of Danielle (Dat) Tran, Christina McGuire, Kyle Frazier, Kelsey Frazier and Patrick McGuire Jr. Dear son of Kathleen McGuire, pre-deceased by his father Gerald A. McGuire. Loved brother of Gerald (Joy) McGuire , Michael (Andrea) McGuire and Kevin (Dawn) McGuire, Colleen (Paul) McGuire and Tricia (Michael) Johnston. Also survived by many nieces and nephews and many, many friends. The family will host a Celebration of Patrick's Life at Saint Stephen' s Church , 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island, Friday, November 20, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Flowers gratefully declined, prayers thankfully accepted.


Andrew Liesenfeld - November 14, 2015, of Grand Island, husband of Barbara Liesenfeld; father of Jackie (Bob) Barton and David Liesenfeld; grandfather of Mandy and Kady Liesenfeld, Stephanie, Kimberly and Amanda Williams; great-grandfather of Christopher and Cory Mondoux, Layla Brege and Kerrigan Vucci; brother of Carol Vlaovich. Friends may call Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, where Funeral Services will be held Thursday at 1 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo or Roswell Park Cancer Institute.


Evelyn R. Minier - 88, died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, at the home of her daughter in Grand Island, following a lengthy illness. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20th. The services at Twin Hills Cemetery in Montoursville, Pa., will be conducted by the American Legion Auxiliary of Watsontown, Pa. The widow of Donald L. Minier, she resided for 55 years in Watsontown, moving to Grand Island in 2006. She was active in the Grand Island Senior Citizens Center.
    Born Evelyn Ruth Brown in Freeland, Pa., she was the daughter of David and Rachel Davis Brown and a graduate of Williamsport (Pa.) High School. She was a lifetime member of the Watsontown American Legion Auxiliary and was a bookkeeper for the American Legion post. She is survived by a daughter, Dawn (Ronald) Smith of Grand Island, N.Y.; a son, David (Bekki) Minier of Rockville, Md.; a brother, David of Columbus, Ohio; three grandsons, Joshua, Aaron, and Matthew Smith; five great-grandchildren, Miana, Mariella, Kazutaka, Leif and Emalyn Smith, and several nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo or the Legion Auxiliary.


Stanley D. Runick - November 13, 2015, of Grand Island, husband of Betsy Runick; father of Joseph D. (Amy), Valery E. and Maggie Runick; brother of Patricia (Richard) Pochepan, Marilyn (the late Roger) Millard, Shirley (Philip) Hinkelman, Karen (John) Pollier and the late Beverly Vedella and Michaelene Morrison; son of the late Stanley H. and Pearl Runick. Friends may call Wednesday 2-7 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, where Memorial Services will be held Thursday at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the SPCA. Mr. Runick was an avid member of the Grand Island Rod & Gun Club.


Maisie H. (nee Gordon) Dommell - Memorial Service Sunday, December 13 - St. Timothy Church at 1:00 p.m.
    Long time Island resident (54 years in Ferry Village), Mary "Maisie" Dommell passed away Nov. 3, 2015. Wife of the late Merle Dommell; mother of Robert (Susan Breier), Gary (Marilyn), and Bill. Survived by 7 grand children, 9 great grand children and 2 great-great grand children. Maisie was active with the Historical Society (past President). She was known for "Maisie's Tea" and her Scottish Shortbread. She was active with the Golden Agers (past President, Secretary and long time Hostess). She was active with the Women's Republican Committee (past Pres., V. Pres. and Treas.) and with the Ferry Village Association. She worked at the town hall as a court clerk and was a member of the Town and Village Court Clerks Assoc. Maisie also worked at the Beaver Island Casino Restaurant.
   Maisie and Merle took active roles for many years in decorating and riding in floats for the 4th of July. Maisie was voted Citizen of the Year 2000 for community service in Grand Island. A memorial service will be held at St. Timothy Church, Grand Island on December 13, 2015 at 1 PM. Donations to Hospice Buffalo or the Alzheimer's Assoc. appreciated.


Robert J. Smith - of Grand Island, Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at home. Mr. Smith was born in Harrisburg, PA on September 25, 1941 to Harold and Mildred (Rowles) Smith. Robert was a U.S. Navy veteran. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth M. (Besio) AuClair-Smith; father of David (Amy) and Robert (Jackie) Smith; step-father of Sandra (Darrell) Mondrala, Denise (Michael) McMahon; also survived by several brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Friends may call Sunday from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, NY where funeral services will be held Monday at 1pm. Interment Acacia Park Cemetery.


Carol L. (nee Grisanti) Rastelli - Of Grand Island, entered into rest November 11, 2015, beloved wife of the late Nicholas Rastelli; devoted mother of Anita (Michael) Hawley, Tina (Jonathan) Taylor, Nicholas (Jennifer) Rastelli II, Marty (Stacy) Rastelli and the late Tony Rastelli; cherished grandmother of Brianna, Zachary, Jake, Braden, Max, Tanner, Cassie, Melania, Samuel, Hannah, Grayson, Alex, Alexis, Landen, Nicolas and Cooper; loving daughter of Doris (nee Dry) Grisanti and the late Salvatore Grisanti; dear sister of Martin (late Lynnette) Grisanti, Robert Grisanti and the late Anthony (Joyce) Grisanti; 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 Sunday from 3-7 PM. Funeral service will be held at Whitehaven Road Baptist Church, 1290 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, on Monday at 11 AM (please assemble at church). Online condolences at www.lombardofuneralhome.com


Margaret J. (nee Scanlan) Winterfield - 83, of Grand Island, NY, November 8, 2015, wife of William Winterfield; mother of Timothy (Linda), Joanne (Kenneth) Parris; sister of the late Patrick (Mickey) Scanlan; grandmother of five; great-grandmother of eight. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday at 10 AM from St. Stephen Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Memorials may be made to the Erie County SPCA.


Thomas R. Moscati - Of Grand Island, November 1, 2015. Beloved husband of Carol Durant Moscati; dear father of Matthew (Erin), Maria (John) Pember, John Paul Moscati and the late Christopher T. Moscati; loving grandfather of Lucio, Thorello, Iago Moscati, Ethan and Jack Pember; brother of Ronald Sr. (Joanne) and A. Richard (late Dolores) Moscati; also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends may call at D. LAWRENCE GINNANE FUNERAL HOME, 3215 Delaware Ave., Kenmore Friday 2-4 and 7-9 PM. All are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph University RC Church, 3269 Main St. near Winspear Ave., Buffalo Saturday at 9:30 AM. Please meet at church. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorials to Sisters of St. Joseph, SSJ, 10324 Main St., Clarence 14031 are preferred. Online condolences at www.ginnanefuneralhome.com


Mildred (nee Jamels) Goldbach -- October 26, 2015, of Grand Island, formerly of Lancaster, wife of the late Harold J. Goldbach; mother of Barbara (James) Bollman, David Goldbach, Mary (Edgar) Douglas and the late Mark, Robert and James Goldbach; grandmother of Garrett Wynn, Tammy (Bollman) Taylor, Alex Goldbach, Lindsey, Nicole and Abigail Douglas; predeceased by eight brothers and sisters. Friends may call Monday 6-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church.


Don I. Dally - May 17, 1934 - Oct. 27, 2015
    Don I. Dally, of the Town of Tonawanda, who overcame blindness to become an assistant Erie County district attorney, died Tuesday in the McAuley Residence in the Town of Tonawanda after a short illness. He was 81. Born in Stow, Ohio, he was a 1955 graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he was a member of the varsity wrestling team. He went on to attend the Cincinnati School of Embalming and became a licensed funeral director, joining the family business, Dally Mortuary in Arlington, Ohio. While working as a funeral director, he attended the graduate engineering school at the University of Cincinnati. In 1959, he was hired as a research and development engineer by Cincinnati Milling Machine Co., then accepted an engineering position at Carborundum in Niagara Falls in 1963 and moved with his family to Grand Island.
    In 1969 and 1970, he developed detached retinas in both eyes, which left him unable to see. He began his rehabilitation by taking classes at Niagara University and volunteering at charity organizations and legal foundations. Mr. Dally was accepted at the University at Buffalo Law School in 1975, graduated in 1980 and passed the state bar exam in 1981. That same year, he joined the Erie County District Attorney's Office as an assistant district attorney in the appeals division. He retired in 2005, but continued to practice as a defense attorney.
   He was honored by County Executive Dennis Gorski in 1998 in conjunction with National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month. "You just can't give up," he said at the time. "It sounds very trite, but that’s the best way I can put it." He served for 20 years as a board member for the Olmsted Center for Sight. An avid sailor all his life, he spent many summers with his family on his boat, the Sea Dog. He held a general class amateur radio license, call letters KC2OEB, and communicated with radio enthusiasts all over the world. While living on Grand Island, he was active in Trinity United Methodist Church, was a leader of Boy Scout Troop 510 and was active in men's intramural basketball. Surviving are his wife of 60 years, the former Beverly Willoughby; three sons, Bruce, Alan and Jack; a brother, Edgar; five grandchildren and two great-grandsons. A celebration of his life will be held in late November.


Steven J. Kessler - Suddenly, October 24, 2015, of Grand Island, NY, loving, heart-warming son of Theodore and Joyce Kessler; loving brother of Teddy Jr. "Sister;" grandson of the late Theodore and Norma Kessler, Eugene and Barbara Hartman; survived by many loving uncles, aunts, also cousins and friends. Friends may call Thursday 3-8 PM at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT, INC. FUNERAL HOME, 3290 Delaware Ave., where Funeral Services will be held Friday morning at 10. Friends invited. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to a charity of your choice.


Irene M. Thompson - September 29, 2015, of Grand Island. Wife of the late John E. Thompson; mother of Diane (Mitchell) Essig, Colleen Nicholson, Patrick, Randall (Paula), Cheryl (Lou) Gonda and Shawn (Dolores) Thompson; grandmother of Joshua, Kevin and Benjamin Essig, Shane (Jaime) Nicholson, Heather and Nicholas (Erin) Thompson, Jason and Jessica Gonda, Alexandra, Peter and Rebecca Thompson, and Stephanie Perry; also survived by three great-grandchildren; sister of Lorraine (Charlie) Gurley and the late Rita (late Ray) Monkelbaan; daughter of the late Frank and Celia Noras. Friends may call Sunday 3-8 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 (Old Church). In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Mrs. Thompson was a private duty geriatric nurse and also worked at Niagara Geriatric. She was also a realtor at Century 21 on Grand Island.


Frank D. Nuchereno - October 20, 2015, of Grand Island. Husband of the late Karen A. (Clements) Nuchereno; father of Paula and Genna Nuchereno; brother of Nancy (Fred) Weiss; son of the late Anthony and Jean Nuchereno. Friends may call Monday 4-7 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute or St. Stephen's Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 AM.


Roland (Rolly) Card - (January 1, 1927 - October 15, 2015)
   Died Thursday at the Rosa Coplon Living Center - Weinberg Campus under the care of Buffalo Hospice. He was 88. Born in Leeds, England, grew up in St. Catherines, Ontario, and was a long time resident of Grand Island, NY. He began his career at McKinnon's in St. Catherines as a die sinker and continued it at Chevrolet Tonawanda Forge for over 40 years, retiring as a General Foreman.
   Roland was an avid fisherman, hockey player, golfer, book worm, animal lover and woodworker. Survivors include his wife Claire of 66 years; father of Sherry Russak (Ed), Jamie Card, Wendy Card, and the late Warren Card. Grandfather of Nicole Wolrich (Charles) and Joshua Card; great-grandfather of four and Uncle to many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by sister, Joan Schlinker. Roland donated his body to the Anatomical Gift Program at the University of Buffalo. In lieu of flowers and if desired, donations can be made to your local Hospice or charity of your choice. Memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 24 at 1pm in Bible Fellowship Center, 1136 Baseline Rd., Grand Island.


Salvatore L. Todaro - entered into rest October 16, 2015, beloved husband of Serena (nee Panzica) Todaro; devoted father of Maria (Charles) Turner and Grace Ann (Todd) Harris; cherised grandfather of Jessica (Thomas), Nathan (Devynn), Kathryn, Michael, Joseph and Daniel; fond great-grandfather of Sophia; loving son of the late Joseph and Antoinette Todaro; dear brother of Thomas (Marie) Todaro, Russell (Ann Marie) Todaro and Mary (late George) Striegel; also survived by relatives and many friends. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel), 885 Niagara Falls Blvd. near Eggert/Sheridan Dr. on Tuesday from 4-8pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Amelia's Church, 2999 Eggert Rd., Tonawanda on Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m. (Please assemble at church). Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Mr. Todaro was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, a 38 year employee with the City of Buffalo and an avid golfer and bowler. Flowers gratefully declined. Online condolences may be made at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.


Joseph H. Azbell - Feb. 24, 1937 - Sept. 21, 2015
   Joseph H. Azbell, of New Port Richey, Fla., former director of the Niagara Children's Education and Treatment Center for Niagara Cerebral Palsy, died Sept. 21 under hospice care in New Port Richey after a brief illness. He was 78. Born in Lancaster, Ohio, Mr. Azbell attended schools there. During four years in the Air Force, he was stationed in Niagara Falls.
   After returning to civilian life, he earned a degree in physical therapy at the University of Buffalo and worked on construction of the Niagara Power Project. He later received a master's degree in education from Niagara University. Mr. Azbell began his career as a therapist for children with disabilities at the West Seneca Developmental Center. He joined Niagara Cerebral Palsy as a physical therapist in 1972 and became director of the special-education center the following year. Under his leadership, the school grew from 25 students to 225.
   He moved from Grand Island to Florida after he retired in 1999. He and his wife then became substitute middle school teachers in New Port Richey. He retired from teaching earlier this year. In recent summers, he and his wife returned to Western New York and tended the Children’s Memorial Garden at Niagara Cerebral Palsy headquarters.
    Survivors include his wife of 30 years, the former Carol Chemelli; two sons, Joseph Jr. and Dr. Robert Gaynor; three daughters, Kim Dorato, Pam Snell and Colleen Niro; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 31 in Forestville Church of God, 1250 Saunders Settlement Road, Niagara Falls.


Susan (nee Tutuska) Ignatius - October 14, 2015, of Grand Island; wife of Patrick M. Ignatius MD; mother of Christopher (Kimberly) and Catherine Ignatius; grandmother of Ella and Harrison Ignatius; daughter of Emma and the late George Tutuska; sister of Edward (Rosie) Tutuska. Friends may call Thursday 4-8 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. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo Inc.


Robert E. Willer - October 8, 2015, husband of Carol Willer; survived by his children and stepchildren; grandfather of Brooke, Cameron, Ryan, Maya, Kaleigh and Logan. A private funeral service was held. Memorial contributions may be made to The National Parkinson's Foundation, 200 SE First St., Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131. Arrangements by JOHN E. ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME.


Sigurd Schafer - October 9, 2015, of Grand Island, beloved husband and best friend of Patricia (Eimer) Schafer; father of Sidney (Judy) Schafer, Constance (Tim) Collins and Katherine D. (Rob) Snider; grandfather of Brandy Schafer, Timothy and Samuel Collins; brother of Ingrid Buchert; uncle of Michael (Gloria) Buchert. 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 11 AM. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Buffalo Zoo or the Erie County SPCA. Mr. Schafer was a retiree of General Motors in Tonawanda.


Patricia M. (nee Murray) McNulty - August 20, 2015, age 91, of Grand Island. Friends may call Saturday, October 17, 12-2:30 PM, followed by Memorial Services at 2:30 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 .


Sharon L. Bachert - September 22, 2015 of Grand Island, daughter of Patricia A. and the late Donald R. Bachert; sister of David O. and the late Linda C. Bachert; aunt of Jamie L. Duncan and Tanya Bachert. Memorial Services will be held Sunday, October 18 at 2 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island.


Raymond Peter Sarama - Of Batavia, NY, formerly of Grand Island, passed on Friday, October 2, 2015. Beloved husband of the late Gladys Sarama; loving father of Kimberly Ianita and Michele Blythe, and proud grandfather to Alyssa Harnish, Makenzie Ann DePonceau, Hunter and Adam Blythe. Friends and family may join us for a memorial service Saturday, October 10, at 1:00 PM at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island.


Edna P. "Grandma" (nee Busse) Reese - Of Grand Island, NY, September 29, 2015, loving mom to Paul (MaryAnn) Reese, Carl (Jo) Reese, Dale (Sharon) Reese, Nancy (Santos) Valentin and Earl (Carol) Reese; dearest grandma to Carl M. (Katie), Sonya (Brent), Jeffrey, Maria (Kennet), David (Annie), Michael, Justin, Christopher (Alissa), Jacob, Joshua and Michelle; beloved GiGi of Lila, Demi, Reese, Dracy and Amalia. No prior visitation. Celebration of Life to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Buffalo Inc. Arrangements by ERIE COUNTY CREMATION SERVICE, 824-6435. Please share your condolences at www.cfhecc.com.


Irene M. Thompson - September 29, 2015, of Grand Island. Wife of the late John E. Thompson; mother of Diane (Mitchell) Essig, Colleen Nicholson, Patrick, Randall (Paula), Cheryl (Lou) Gonda and Shawn (Dolores) Thompson; grandmother of Joshua, Kevin and Benjamin Essig, Shane (Jaime) Nicholson, Heather and Nicholas (Erin) Thompson, Jason and Jessica Gonda, Alexandra, Peter and Rebecca Thompson, and Stephanie Perry; also survived by three great-grandchildren; sister of Lorraine (Charlie) Gurley and the late Rita (late Ray) Monkelbaan; daughter of the late Frank and Celia Noras. Friends may call Sunday 3-8 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 (Old Church). In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Mrs. Thompson was a private duty geriatric nurse and also worked at Niagara Geriatric. She was also a realtor at Century 21 on Grand Island.


Marguerite "Marge" (nee Staats) Breier - September 29, 2015, born April 5, 1927, of Grand Island. Wife of the late James E. Breier Sr.; mother of Susan (Robert) Dommell, Phyllis (Gary) Gentner, Michael (Crystal), Marilyn (William) Brennan, David (Joanne) and James (late Michele) Breier Jr.; also survived by 20 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; daughter of the late Clyde and Florence Staats; sister of the late Gertrude Hill and Ethel Yox. Friends may call Friday 3-8 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 Devine Mercy Food Pantry in Niagara Falls or DeGraff Skilled Nursing Facility in North Tonawanda.


Jesse J. Tromanhauser Jr. - September 28, 2015, of Grand Island; brother of Nellie Cichon of California and the late Beryl Nichols and Melvin Tromanhauser; also survived by nieces, nephews and many friends. Mr. Tromanhauser was a WW II disabled veteran. Jesse enjoyed quilting and singing. He volunteered in the past at Shea's, Kleinhan's and Art Park and did theater work. He retired from Millard Fillmore Gates in 1987. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island where Memorial Services will be held Thursday at 1 PM.


Elaine Rexroat Johnson - Passed away September 26, 2015, after a two and a half year battle with cancer. She was a science teacher at Kenmore Middle School for 23 years and a world traveler, author and avid supporter of the arts. Elaine was married to Richard T. Johnson, who pre-deceased her in December 2000. She is survived by her five children and their spouses Valerie Fuhrmann (George), Paul Johnson (Suzy), Timothy Johnson (Barbara), Karen Smith (Marty) and Stephen Johnson. Her 11 grandsons include Marshall, Erik, Nick, Matt, Reed, Kent, Andrew, Nate, Ben, Luke and Mitch. Her granddaughters include Louise, Leigh, and Ellen. The family will receive visitors on Thursday, October 1 from 4-8 PM at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held Friday at 11 AM at Trinity United Methodist Church, Grand Island. Elaine asked that visitors bring their stories and dress in bright colors. In lieu of flowers, donations be made to one of her favorite organizations: Hospice Buffalo, Buffalo Philharmonic or Buffalo Audubon Society.


John N. Barrus, Jr. - September 26, 2015, of North Tonawanda, formerly of Grand Island, father of Jessica, John III, Marissa and Mark (Edith) Barrus; grandfather of Aleasha, Charles, Brian, Rhiannon, Kayla, William, Sebaston, Alexander and Emily; brother of Linda Andrews and the late Grant Barrus. Funeral services private. Arrangements by KAISER FUNERAL HOME.


Diane (nee Okonowski) Szarafin - September 21, 2015, of Grand Island, fiance;e of Michael P. Martin, MD; sister of Marian Johanas and Karen Okonowski; daughter of the late Stanley and Hedwig Okonowski. Funeral services private. Memorials may be made to the SPCA. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.


Edward Michael Thomas - Age 90, of Homosassa, FL, passed away on Friday, September 18, 2015 at his home. A native of Buffalo, NY, he was born June 23, 1925 to Edward C. and Elenora C. (Franz) Thomas, one of four children. Mr. Thomas was a retired executive with the former New York Telephone Co., now part of Verizon, and earned a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Edward proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII from 1943 to 1946 and moved to Homosassa permanently in 1993 from Grand Island, NY. He was a longtime parishioner of St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church in Homosassa and was a former member of Sugarmill Woods Golf and Country Club, where he enjoyed both playing golf and playing bridge. Mr. Thomas is survived by his son, Michael Thomas, Homosassa, FL; two sisters, Julia Lendel (husband Edward) of North Tonawanda, NY and Venice, FL and Karen Jurczak (husband Joseph) of Tonawanda, NY. Edward was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 66 years, Marie R. Thomas, on August 26, 2015; a daughter, Deborah Marie Thomas in 1991 and a brother, Earl Thomas. Friends will be received on Monday, September 28, 2015 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa with a rosary at 2:00 PM followed by a wake service at 2:30 PM officiated by Deacon Sam Hunt. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 from St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church with Fr. Ronald Marecki, Celebrant. U.S. Navy military honors will follow the mass. Visitation will then take place on Thursday, October 1, 2015 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at C. Mertz and Son Funeral Home, Kenmore, NY with Mass of Christian Burial celebrated on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 10:00 AM from St. Stephens Catholic Church, Grand Island, NY. Interment will follow at St. Stephens Cemetery.


Clarence E. "Dutch" Lydle - entered into rest September 11, 2015. He was formerly of Grand island and Niagara Falls. Husband of the late Viola Lydle. Father of Michael (Amelia) Lydle of Grand Island and the late Paula Lydle. Grandfather of Angela (Charles) Buscaglia, Frank Nossavage, Michael and Mark Lydle. Great grandfather of Victoria, Alexandra and Charley Buscaglia and Tyler Nossavage. Brother of Marlene (late Lewis) Stoltz and Rodney (Amy) Lydle. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Wednesday, 3-7pm followed by funeral services Wednesday at 7pm at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven, Grand Island. Mr. Lydle was formerly the chef at Dante's Restaurant in Niagara Falls and ws a veteran of the US Air Force.


Donald R. Bachert - September 4, 2015, of Grand Island. Husband of Patricia A. (Howard) Bachert; father of Sharon L., David O. and the late Linda C. Bachert; grandfather of Jamie L. Duncan III and Tanya Bachert. Memorial services will be held Saturday, September 19 at 3 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined.


Anthony J. Ferrentino - Feb. 9, 1935 - Aug. 30, 2015, of Grand Island, a retired businessman and real estate owner, died Aug. 30 in Beechwood Continuing Care, Getzville, after a lengthy illness. He was 80.
   A Buffalo native, Mr. Ferrentino graduated from Burgard High School and began working at American Airlines in baggage at 16, then worked his way up to management. While at American he started AJF Transportation, a trucking business, and AJF Leasing Inc. Mr. Ferrentino also purchased 110 apartments as well as commercial properties throughout Western New York.
   He left the airline in 1970, after 19 years, to devote more time to his businesses. His trucking company grew to have operations and offices in several states, including Ohio, Florida and California. For 30 years, AJF Transportation did deliveries for J.C. Penney stores all over the country.
   Mr. Ferrentino, who also served in the Coast Guard Reserve, was a lifelong boater, spending summers at the Allegheny Reservoir of Kinzua Dam and the Thousand Islands. He piloted his motor yacht along The Intracoastal Waterway, south to Florida.
   An avid bowler, Mr. Ferrentino bowled several times a week and had several 300 games to his credit. He owned a 1949 Mercury convertible that he showed at car shows, and had the opportunity to drive it around the Indianapolis 500 Speedway track. Mr. Ferrentino also enjoyed traveling and wintered in Melbourne, Fla.
   Survivors include his wife, the former Judith Collins; two daughters, Deborah and Darlene; two sons, Michael and Anthony; a brother, Alfonso; a sister, Bridget; and eight grandchildren. A memorial service was held last Thursday.


Robert W. Smith - September 4, 2015, of Grand Island, loving husband and best friend of Linda; beloved father of Rob (Angela), Erik (Nicole) and Christopher; doting grandfather of Korbyn, Isabella, Louis, Edwin and Alexzandra; son of Florence and the late Robert; brother of Ronald (Sue), Donna (Doug), Patricia (John), Thomas, Kathleen and James; brother-in-law of Barbara and Paul; life long friend of Fred and Geri; survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. Celebration of Life arrangements pending. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Food Bank of WNY.


Keith W. Schassar - Of Grand Island, NY, August 30, 2015, loving son of Leatrice J. (Allen) and the late William W. Schassar; brother of Kurt W. (Barb) Schassar; also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. No prior visitation. Private Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by ERIE COUNTY CREMATION SERVICE, 824-6435. Please share your condolences at www.cfhecc.com.


Marie R. Thomas - 88, of Homosassa, FL, passed away on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at Hospice House in Lecanto, FL. A native of Ridley Park, PA, she was born September 20, 1926 to Henry I. and Della T. (Burke) Russell, one of five children. Marie was a retired registered nurse, having earned her nursing degree from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, and served her profession at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo. Mrs. Thomas moved to Homosassa in 1993 from Grand Island, NY and was a former member of Sugarmill Woods Golf and Country Club, where she enjoyed golfing and playing cards. Marie was a longtime parishioner of St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church in Homosassa and is survived by her husband of 66 years, Edward Thomas, Homosassa; son Michael Thomas, also of Homosassa, and sister Dolores "Babe" Beitz, Livonia, MI. Mrs. Thomas was preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah Marie Thomas, in 1991 and siblings Henry I. Russell, Marjorie Beitz and Eleanor Anderson. Visitation will be held on Thursday, September. 3, 2015 from 4-8 PM at C. MERTZ AND SON FUNERAL HOME, 911 Englewood Avenue in Kenmore. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, September 4, 2015 at 10 AM from St. Stephens Catholic Church, Grand Island. Interment will follow in St. Stephens Church Cemetery. C. MERTZ AND SON FUNERAL HOME, Kenmore, in charge of arrangements.


Helen I. Sugar (nee Gonczo) - of Grand Island and Pendelton, NY, passed away on August 26, 2015 at the age of 87. Helen was an elder and very active in her church where she taught Sunday School and was a member of the choir for many years. She has been a member of the Grand Island Book Club, Sandy Beach Garden Club, Grand Island AFS, UB foreign student club, Cub Scouts, and the PTA. She worked for C.J. Tower and Sons Custom Brokerage where she started out as a secretary and worked her way up to Rate and Value Analyst, working closely with the Food and Drug Administration. She also worked at BCB International until she retired. Helen was the beloved wife of the late James A. Sugar, Sr., the loving mother of Karen (Garry) Oswald and James A. (Cris) Sugar, Jr., the cherished grandmother of Lindsay (Bobby) Oswald-Hackney, Ashley Oswald, Jennifer (Matt) Trieskey, Elisabeth (Daniel) Renczkowski and Robert (Carissa) Sugar; also survived by 4 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by 1 sister; survived by 4 brothers and 1 sister. A Memorial Services will be held Saturday September 5 at 11:30 AM at Island United Presbyterian Church 1822 Huth Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.


Elisabeth Prast - August 28, 2015 of Grand Island. Wife of the late Johannes Prast; mother of Monika (the late John) Sikora, Thomas Prast and the late Martin Prast; grandmother of Christine (Rick) Muller, Mickie (David) Feeney, Deborah (Steve) Pomietlasz, Heidi (Eric) Gee and Heather (Bob) McDonnell; also survived by eight great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Friends may call Monday 4-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Savior Monistary or St. Stephen's Church.


Lisa A. Knowlton-Wilburn - Age 60, of Lynchburg, TN, formerly of Grand Island, NY, passed away Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at her residence. Lisa, a native of Niagara Falls, NY, was the daughter of the late Samuel and Dean Long. Lisa was pre-deceased by Sonny Knowlton, her husband of over twenty years. Lisa is survived by many that loved her, including Peggy Juckett, Scott and Dawn Knowlton, Nickie Martin, Jean and Josh Martin-Strayer and many nieces, nephews and grandnieces and nephews. Also survived by paternal cousin Linda Rossitto and her daughter Christina Rossitto. Having retired from Travelers Insurance Co., Lisa recently moved to Lynchburg, TN, where she is survived by her husband, John Wilburn of Lynchburg; three stepdaughters, Terry Wilburn of Lynchburg, Tracy Parker and her husband, Tab of Jacksonville, FL and Tangela Taylor and her husband, Matt of Lynchburg; seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren . Lisa was an avid motorcycle rider and had served as President of the Niagara County, NY Chapter of ABATE (American Bikers Aimed Toward Education) for many years. She is also survived by her beloved "sisters" with whom she rode with as the PIG Girls, (Pride, Integrity and Guts). Lisa had a lot of love in her heart for her dog, Angel and her horse, Sir Charles. Those Blessed enough to have known Lisa Knowlton-Wilburn, will never lose her precious gift of love and laughter. She had passion for doing what she loved and loving those around her deeply and completely. Lisa will be missed. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Lisa's name to the charity of your choice . Ride like the wind my love, JW.


Jack H. Chambers - August 25, 2015, of Grand Island, husband of the late Angela (Masocco) Chambers; father of Lindsay (Eric) Pellegrino and David (Brenda) Chambers; grandfather of Ava Pellegrino; brother of Gary (Dorothy) and Brian (Elise) Chambers; son of the late Jack and Grace Chambers. Funeral services private.


Barbara (Bonsack) Guenther - August 26, 2015 at age 83, beloved wife of Norman Guenther and the late Robert C. Bonsack, Jr.; devoted mother of Deborah Bonsack, Denise (Mark) Dunbar, and Desiree (Mark) Corrao; cherished grandmother of Nicole, Amanda, John, Robert, Michael, Claire and the late Nathan; great-grandmother of Nicholas, Gianna, Mark and Lucia; also survived by nieces and nephews. The family will be present Friday (TODAY) 4-8 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2600 Sheridan Drive (corner Parker Blvd.) Family and friends are invited to a Funeral Service on Saturday that will be held from St. Mark's & All Saints' Episcopal Church, 311 Ontario St., Buffalo at 10:30 AM. (please park in the rear). Share condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.


Jim Palmerton - Of Grand Island, NY after a long and courageous battle with cancer August 24, 2015. Beloved husband of Kelly (Dunn); step father of Andrew Dellapenta; loving son of Hal and Kathaleen (Ennis); brother of Jacob (Melissa) of Tampa, FL; also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins and a niece and nephew. Family will receive relatives and friends at the WENDEL & LOECHER INC., FUNERAL HOME, 27 Aurora St., Lancaster Thursday from 3-8 PM where services will be held Friday afternoon at 1 PM. Flowers gratefully declined.


Gary D. Link - 63, of Grand Island, entered eternal rest on August 21, 2015 at Waterfront Center in Buffalo. Born in Buffalo, he is survived by his son Dan (Becky) Link of North Tonawanda, his father Donald Link of Grand Island, brothers Ed Link of Jacksonville, FL, Ken Link of St. Augustine, FL, Ron (Judy) Link of Grand Island, sister Bev (Mike) Ahr of Myrtle Beach, SC. Also survived by nieces and nephews Matt Serviss, Jennifer Ahr Jabbour, Kristina, Keith, Ryan and Nathan Link, along with several great nephews and niece. Predeceased by his mother Shirley. Gary graduated from Grand Island High School and drove trucks for BFI Company. He was a member of Bible Fellowship Center on Grand Island. Gary will be remembered as a kind, sweet, giving soul who would do anything for anyone. He didn't have much but what he had he shared with whoever needed it. Even in his last days he wanted to make sure the items he was saving for the Gilda Radner organization, Gildas Club, made their way there. His sharp wit and dry humor continued even through his last days. His love for family and friends and concern for others was unmatched. A private memorial service will be held at a later date for immediate family.


Patricia M. (nee Murray) McNulty - entered into rest August 20, 2015. Resident of Grand Island. Wife of the late Michael J. McNulty. Mother of Patricia Anne (Bud) Yensan, Peggy (Robert) Hooper, Shirley (Jim Brice) McNulty, Michael (Kathy) McNulty, Mary Loder and Roberta (Ken) Champagne. Grandmother of Paul and Eric Wiesenberg, Lisa DeValentino, Denise Benedict, Jenny Miner, Brenden and Shaylen McNulty and Audrey Shaw. Also survived by 12 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandson. Sister of Lawrence Murray, Kathleen Schraft, Ginger Murray and the late Donald, John, Frederick, Daniel, Roger and Paul Murray and Mary Eitel. Daughter of the late John and Virginia (Seevers) Murray. Memorial services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Grand Island Fire Co.


Mary Jane (nee O'Brien) Knezevich - Age 89, of Grand Island, entered into rest August 18, 2015, beloved wife of the late Nicholas M. Knezevich, Jr.; devoted mother of Kathleen, Nicholas, Richard (Karen) and Karen Knezevich; cherished grandmother of Kyle, Kevin and the late Katie Marie; dear sister of the late Joseph Donald "Obie" (Ruth) and Dennis (Helen) O'Brien; also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Visitation JAMES E. GRACE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 335 Ontario St., Sunday 2-6 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday 10 AM in St. Stephen R.C. Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island (please assemble at church). Mary Jane worked at Riverside High School for more than 20 years in food service. Her family was her life. All who knew her loved her. Goodbyes are not forever, are not the end; it simply means we'll miss you until we meet again. Rest with Dad.


Marilyn J. (nee Flessel) Mesmer - August 15, 2015, of Grand Island, wife of the late Raymond J. Mesmer; mother of Deanna (Mark) Mesmer-Vajda, James R. (Dorothy) Mesmer and Vicky (Frederic III) Proctor; grandmother of Sarah (Rob) MacNeil, Kristin (Joseph) Szczerba, James (Krista) and Mallory Zilliox, Frederic IV, William and Rae-Lynne Proctor; great-grandmother of Madison, Aidan, Ella, Vera and Grace; sister of Alfred (Linda) Flessel, Jr. Friends may call Tuesday 4-8 PM followed by Funeral Services Tuesday at 8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island.


Shirley J. (nee Doring) Runions - Shirley J. Runions, former long time Grand Island resident, passed away on August 14, 2015. Born Shirley Jane Doring on August 28, 1928 to Florence E. (nee Burdick) and Alva F. Doring in Niagara Falls, NY. Shirley was raised in the LaSalle section of Niagara Falls where she attended schools and graduated from Lasalle High School in 1946. On the same day of her graduation, she started her job in the Purchasing department at Moore Business Forms on Buffalo Avenue, where she worked until 1952.
   In 1948 she met Lawrence "Larry" Runions Jr. at a Moore picnic and they were married in Niagara Falls on October 21, 1950. They moved to Grand Island in 1951, purchasing property on Long Road where they built their first home and raised their three children, Darlene, Gene and Debbie, born while living there. Larry and Shirley built a home next door in 1956 which was the family home until 1985. In 1961 Shirley and Larry went into business with some friends, starting the Relsco Printing Company on Grand Island which was originally located in the right hand side of what is now Kelly's Country Store. A few years later they bought the business themselves and the print shop was relocated to the basement of their home. Shirley worked in the print shop with Larry while raising their children.
   Active in her community, Shirley was a Bluebird, Brownie and Cub Scout Leader for her children and a member of the PTA. The family belonged to the Trinity United Methodist Church where Shirley was a Sunday school teacher there for many years. Also active in the Zonta Club for many years, she especially liked helping with the antiques auction. She was the care-giver to Larry when he was diagnosed with cancer before passing away in 1982. After Larry's death, Shirley began working in the real estate office of Doring Real Estate on Grand Island, owned by her brother Floyd Doring. She started as the office manager, but obtained her realtor's license and sold real estate for several years. In 1985, she moved to the Town of Tonawanda, a short distance from her son Gene and his family. Once again Shirley became the full time care-giver for her mother at home until shortly before her mother passed away in 1995. She went back to work, this time as a clerk in the pharmacy of a drug store close to her home. She continued working until she was 76 years old because she loved being around co-workers and customers.
    She enjoyed her grandchildren and great grandchildren, babysitting often and enjoyed watching them grow up. She was a devoted grandma, attending all of their games, concerts and special events. Larry and Shirley were some of the original Sabres season ticket holders and she remained an avid fan ever since. Lately, she enjoyed talking hockey with her son and grandsons and received a signed team picture a few years ago from the Sabres' coach as a "devoted fan". If hockey was on TV, there could be no interruptions, unless you wanted to talk hockey. She recently moved to Niagara Falls, living with her daughter, Darlene. She enjoyed reading, word puzzles and most importantly spending time with her family and friends. Shirley was predeceased by her husband Lawrence E. "Larry" Runions Jr. and is survived by her children Darlene R. Sprague of Niagara Falls, Lawrence E. "Gene" (Deborah) Runions III of Grand Island, and Debra S. (Frederick) LosKamp of Bellefonte, PA. Also survived by grandchildren Jason R. Sprague, Brian S. (Michelle), Todd J. (Melissa), Chad M. (Emily) Runions, Lisa M. (Daniel) Thompson, Carin E. (Brian) Roberg, Christopher (Andrea) LosKamp and great-granddaughters Eleanor "Ella",Anneliese "Annie" and Lillian "Lily" Roberg and Madelyn Runions. Sister of Floyd R. (Chie) Doring of Grand Island and the late Bruce (survived by Marguerite) Doring of Fayetteville, Arkansas. Also survived by several nieces and a nephews. Visitation and funeral services were held Wednesday and Thursday at the Kaiser Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Grand Island Fire Co. or the Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island.


Mark C. Malonek - Feb. 19, 1951 - Aug. 13, 2015, served as president of United Way of Eastern Niagara County, died Thursday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a short illness. He was 64.A Cleveland native, Mr. Malonek moved to the Buffalo area in 1973 and made his home in Grand Island. Mr. Malonek graduated from Oberlin College and earned a Master of Arts degree from the University at Buffalo. He was president of the United Way of Eastern Niagara County from 2000 to 2010. Mr. Malonek was a member of the St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Sandy Beach Yacht Club, Grand Island Rod & Gun Club and also was a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy. Survivors include his wife, the former June Graham; a daughter, Elizabeth Colosimo; two sons, Mark C. Jr. and Christopher Lynch; a sister, Darlene Wolf; and six grandchildren. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Augustana Lutheran Church, 3143 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda.


Sarafine C. "Sally' (nee Cutroneo) Orsini - Age 95, of Grand Island, NY, passed away August 13, 2015; daughter of the late Pasquale and Josephine (Versaci) Cutroneo; beloved wife of the late John J. Orsini; loving mother of, Joseph E. Orsini of Niagara Falls, Pasquale J. "Luke" (Vera) Orsini of West Seneca and Jean M. (late Thomas) Clabeaux of Grand Island; also survived by six grandchildren, Gina Ann Orsini, John (Amy) Orsini, Joelle Orsini, Danielle Orsini, Timothy Clabeaux, Gregory (Bernadette) Clabeaux and many nieces, nephews and cousins; sister of the late, Antoinette (late Salvatore) Liberti, Catherine "Kay" (late Joseph) Calvano. Visitation Sunday 3-8 PM at M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Rd., Niagara Falls, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday 9:30 AM at St. Martin of Tours, 1140 Abbott Rd. Buffalo, NY. Everyone please assemble at Church. Interment in Hillcrest Cemetery. For complete obituary, visit www.mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com.


Angela M. (nee Masocco) Chambers - August 12, 2015, of Grand Island, wife of Jack Chambers; mother of Lindsay (Eric) Pellegrino and David (Brenda) Chambers; grandmother of Ava Pellegrino; daughter of Antonio and the late Mary Masocco; sister of Donald (Rita) Masocco. Friends may call Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Memorials may be made to the American Brain Tumor Assoc., 8550 W. Bryn Ave. Suite 550, Chicago, IL 60631.


Anthony J. D'Amico - August 10, 2015, age 90, beloved husband of the late Jean A. (nee Peritore) D'Amico; loving father of Francine (Frederick) George, Lynne (Donald) Short, Anthony (Judith) D'Amico, Jr. and Rosanne (Ronald) Wagner; cherished grandfather of 13 grandchildren; adored great-grandfather of 15 great-grandchildren; dear son of the late Philip and Frances D'Amico; caring brother of Albert and the late Joseph (Mariannne) D'Amico; brother-in-law of Rosemarie Peritore and Lorraine (late Allan) Barth; also survived by nieces and nephews. The family will be present on Thursday from 4-8 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2600 Sheridan Drive (corner Parker Blvd). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday from St. Stephen Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island at 10 AM. Family and friends are asked to please assemble at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Buffalo Hospice. Share condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.


Michael J. Ferro - August 9, 2015, of Grand Island, husband of Karen (Krupczyk) Ferro; father of Carolyn (Scott) Drews, Katherine (Michael) Pawlak and Michael Ferro, Jr.; stepfather of Kristy (Russ) Smith; grandfather of Carson, Juliana and Jillian Drews, Michael, Nicholas, Lucas and Jacob Pawlak; brother of Fran (Dave) Parker, Toni (John) Lannen, Allan (Betty) Ferro and Corine (Chris) Consiglio; son of the late Michael and Rhodora Ferro. Friends may call Thursday 4-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island where funeral services will be held Friday at 2 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute.


George T. Barnes - Of Grand Island, NY August 1, 2015. Beloved husband of Dorothy D. (Czosnyka) Barnes; dearest father of George T. Barnes Jr., Robert M. Barnes, Lynn Marie (Kevin) Szanyi and David P. (Pat) Barnes; grandfather of Joel Reidell, Corey and Rose Marie Barnes, Colin and Lauren Szanyi; son of the late Kenneth W. and Blanche L. (Clouse) Barnes; brother of Lucille Barnes, Kathleen (David) Evans, Charles (Betty) Barnes and the late Corp. Kenneth Barnes, Evelyn (Hank) Moller, William (June) Barnes, Robert (Patricia) Barnes, Rosemary Lester, Mary Barnes, Joane Chisholm, Vincent Barnes and Dolores (Mickey) Sullivan; also survived by nieces and nephews. No prior visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, NY, Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 10 AM. Memorials to Hospice Buffalo Inc. Arrangements by ERIE COUNTY CREMATION SERVICE, 824-6435.


Todd J. Brandon - August 4, 2015, of Grand Island. Beloved husband of Vicki Brandon; loving father of Jarod and Claire Brandon; beloved son of Robert and Linda Brandon of Grand Island; brother of Brian (Leah) and Kevin Brandon both of Grand Island; son-in-law of Donald and Cheryl Haglund; brother-in-law of Jason and Lisa Haglund; uncle of Brianna, Devin, Ava and Mya Brandon, Allison, Brennan and Madelynn Haglund; dearest friend to many. Friends may call Saturday 12-3 and 5-8 PM and Sunday 2-4 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Celebration of Life will be held Monday at a time and place to be announced.


Carrie L. (nee LaMarca) Caruana - August 1, 2015, age 96, beloved wife of the late Joseph F. Caruana and the late Paul V. Piccillo; loving mother of Carol (Jeffrey) Buchholz, Linda Wartko and Anita (Mark) Caito; cherished grandmother of Paul (Maria) Buchholz, Johanna (Ashton) Richards, Lisa Buchholz, Vincent Caito and Kari Wartko; adored great-grandmother of Mason Buchholz and Hunter Wartko; dear sister of Mae Gennuso, Edward (Ann) LaMarca and the late Bessie Cammarata and Raymond LaMarca; also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. The family will be present Monday and Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the GRECO FUNERAL HOME, 2909 Elmwood Avenue (near Sheridan Drive), where prayers will be offered on Wednesday at 9 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated from St. Stephen Church, Grand Island, NY at 10 AM. Friends invited. Please share condolences at www.GRECOFUNERAL.com.


Charlene A. Drexelius - July 22, 2015, beloved mother of Joelle and Samantha Drexelius; loving daughter of Jean Mesmer; sister of Leonard, Debbie, Karen, Dean and Don Fike; also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service was held. Memorial tributes may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of W.N.Y. www.ccf.org\westernny\ Charlene was an organ and tissue donor to Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network.


Thomas J. Slomka - July 21, 2015, of Grand Island, devoted husband of Christine (Markham) Slomka; loving father of Sheryl Ryszka and grandfather to Kayley and Katerina; dedicated son of Vince and Arlene Slomka; son-in-law of Gail Markham; brother-in-law of Michele and Laurie Markham; also survived by an aunt, uncle, cousins and many friends. Tom was an avid fisherman, enjoying many musky hunts and walleye outings. He wrote several articles for Musky Hunter magazine, which was his true passion. A Celebration of Life will be held Friday from 1-6 PM at the Niagara River Fishing Station, 355 East River Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


Theodore S. Golda - Long time Grand Island resident. Born 9/27/28 in Niagara Falls, entered into rest 7/14/15. Husband of Marlene Golda. Father of Steven (Shari) Golda of Marieta, CA, Lisa (Ed) Bookhagen of Grand Island and Jacqueline Golda of Grand Island. Grandfather of Brittney and Steven Golda, and Alexander and Christopher Bookhagen. Brother of Helene (Fred) Motyka and the late Edward Golda. A service with full military honors will be held Thursday (July 23) at 11 AM at the Veterans Memorial at Veterans Park on Grand Island. Mr. Golda was raised on a small dairy in Utica. After high school he enlisted in the US Coast Guard in 1947 and spent 6 years on active duty from 1947 - 1953. He was stationed in Hawaii, Guam, Philippine Islands and Japan. In 1952 he stood honor guard for President Harry S. Truman when he visited the Coast Guard Academy. In 1960 he enlisted in the Coast Guard Reserves until 1988 as Chief Warrant Officer W-4. After retirement , he spent some time living in Mystic, Conn where he worked as a shipwright at Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton, where they built nuclear submarines. Mr. Golda was a US Border patrol officer from 1964-1984. He worked in Del Rio, Texas until being transferred to Buffalo in 1967. In 1974 he was promoted to Supervisory Border Patrol Agent, and later was appointed Patrol Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Border Patrol Station in 1980. His son Steven was also a Border Patrol agent stationed in Temecula, CA. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.


Elaine (nee Kolano) Waz - Age 79, beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, entered into rest July 19, 2015. Born in Dearborn, Michigan, she was a long time resident of Grand Island. Mrs. Waz was pre-deceased by husband Walter Waz Jr.; dear mother of Patricia Manz, Denise (Frank) Grebenc, Robert (Mary) Waz, Kari (Bill Letzeiser) Waz, Douglas (Jill) Waz and Michael Waz. She was also survived by 11 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and sister-in-law Valerie (Kevin) Young. Friends may call Wednesday 12-2 PM followed by memorial services Wednesday at 2 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd, Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo, 225 Como Park Blvd, Cheektowaga 14227. Mrs. Waz was a partner in Waz Realty/River Oaks Realty for many years with her husband Walter. She enjoyed travel, sewing, bargain hunting, crossword puzzles, and "pooling" with her beloved family.


Raymond P. Griffin - June 22, 2015 of New Port Richey, FL; formerly of Buffalo, NY; father of Paul (Debbi), Brian (Kathy) and Raymond (Diane) Griffin, Patricia (Randy) Salois and Laurie (Ed) Dyl; "Grandpoo" of 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Mr. Griffin was a proud decorated WWII U.S. Army veteran having received the Silver Star and Bronze Star. He was the Grand Island Supervisor for 16 years and moved to Florida in 2003. Online condolences at MorganFuneralHome.com.


James J. Tranter - 45, of Grand Island New York, passed away on July 15, 2015. He was the beloved son of Marianne Shear Tranter and the late James E. Tranter of Ocala FL; and loved brother of Andrew Tranter (Kim Korman Tranter) of Orlando FL; Uncle of Kayla and Kyle Tranter. James was a talented camera operator for live national sporting events with ESPN, ABC, NBC, Outdoor Life Network, and traveled with the Professional Bull Riders for several years. He loved his home town and winters on Grand Island. Loved his twelve string guitar, snowmobiles, quads, skiing, fishing, and especially spending time with friends and family. A beautiful day of memory was held at Trinity United Methodist Church on August 1, 2015.


William P. "Billy" Hoch - Of Grand Island, July 14, 2015, beloved son of the late Donald W. and Dolores E. Peters Hoch; dear brother of Beth Ann (Stephen) Latko. Friends may call the D. LAWRENCE GINNANE FUNERAL HOME, 3215 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, Saturday 2-6 PM. All are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Amelia's R.C. Church, 2999 Eggert Rd. at Cornwall Ave., Tonawanda, Monday at 9 AM, please assemble at church. Entombment Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorial contributions to People Inc., 1219 N. Forest Rd., Williamsville, 14231.


James F. Conrad - July 9, 2015, beloved brother of Ruth (ne;e Conrad) Dunlap; father of Ryan (Amy) Lucinski, Jason Conrad, and James "J.D." Conrad; also survived by seven grandchildren, two nieces, one nephew and many other loved ones. A Memorial Mass will be held at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 4375 Harris Hill Rd., Williamsville, on Saturday, July 18 at 10 AM. Memorial contributions can be made to the SPCA.


Charles S. Lawrence III - 83, died at his home in Greenville, South Carolina under Hospice care on Sunday, July 5, 2015. Born in 1932 in South Orange, New Jersey, he was the son of Charles Lawrence, Jr. and Gladys Smith Lawrence. A graduate of Rutgers University, he studied banking at New York University, and worked at Chase Manhattan Bank on Wall Street, New York City. After a two-year stint in the U.S. Army, he moved to Cleveland, Ohio where he became President of Central National Bank then was president of a group of subsidiaries for Goldome Bank in Buffalo, New York, where he retired in 1984. Chuck lived in Buffalo and Grand Island for 25 years prior to moving to SC with his wife in 2005. Chuck loved traveling, golfing, hiking, snowshoeing and served as president of the Adirondack Mountain Club of New York. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Diane Lawrence, three sons, David, Stephen and Todd, a stepson Linhart McMullin and nine grandchildren. He is predeceased by a sister, Barbara Lawrence Leavesley. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Regency Hospice, 880 S. Pleasantburg Dr. Suite 1A, Greenville, SC 29607 or Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1135 State Park Rd, Greenville, SC 29609. A Celebration of Life service was held Saturday, July 11 at the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship where he and his wife have been active members during the last 10 years.


Catherine E. Sharpe - of Grand Island succumbed to cancer at the age of 80 on Friday, July 3rd, 2015. She was born on March 20th, 1935 in Cambridge, Ontario to the late Violet and Dan Crombie, and is survived by husband, Hubert, sons Wayne and Brian, daughter in-law Cindy, and two grandchildren, Michael and Matthew. Predeceased by sister Margaret and brother Dan. Catherine was an avid water color artist who won many awards as a member of the Niagara Frontier Water Color Society. She also enjoyed sailing, camping, and gardening, where she was a member of the Bridgeview Garden Club on Grand Island. In 1983, Catherine was Grand Island Citizen of the Year for community service work through the local Red Cross chapter. In addition, she operated a cross country ski shop in River Oaks and Beaver Island for several years. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Catherine are encouraged to make a donation to the American Cancer Society. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, August 8th at 1:00 PM at Whitehaven Cemetery, 3089 East River Rd., Grand Island. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.


Henry "Hank" Carroll - July 3, 2015 of Grand Island. Husband of 68 years of Nonnie Carroll; father of Roger (Deborah) Carroll, Deborah (late Sandy) Tirado and James (Judith) Carroll; grandfather of Colleen (David) Nossavage, Laura (Tim) Schmidt, Kevin (Mandy), Dennis (Amy), Maureen, Ryan Carroll, Allyson (Greg) Jarrett and Sean Carroll; also survived by ten great-grandchildren and very special niece Christine Carroll; predeceased by nine brothers and sisters. A memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Hospice Buffalo, Ladies of Charity or Relay For Life.


Concetta (nee Peschio) Pieri-Krause - June 27, 2015, age 77, beloved wife of the late Robert Krause, Sr. and Anthony Pieri; loving companion of the late John White; cherished mother of Wendy (Robert) Sell, Robin (Robert) Wagner and Robert (Candy Stevenson) Krause, Jr.; caring grandmother of Robert Karnuth, Melissa Bojacki, Heather Pfeiffer, Christina White, Robert Krause, IV and Thomas Krause; beloved great-grandmother of five great-grandchildren; loving sister of Joyce (Anthony) Messina and Gloria (Daniel) Nitzo. The family will be present on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Sauer-Lynett-AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, 1933 Kensington Avenue (near Harlem Road) where prayers will be offered on Thursday at 9:15 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Concetta's memory to Hospice Foundation of WNY, 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227. Share your condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.


Gary Wadsworth - entered into rest on June 20, 2015. He married the love of his life, Connie (Ciraolo) Wadsworth on September 2, 1961. Mr. Wadsworth was a United States Veteran serving in the US Marine Corps. He was a graduate of LaSalle High School and was a retiree from DuPont in Niagara Falls where he worked for 35 years. He is survived by four children, Eva (Bill) Paris, Glen Wadsworth, Bill Wadsworth and Roseallie Lang; five grandchildren, Kristin and Richard Paris, Amanda, Travis and Valerie Lang and four great-grandchildren; brother of Frederick (Cheryl) Wadsworth, Selma (Richard) Webster, Carol (Dave) Brown and Linda (Don) Walker; son of the late Helen and Albert Wadsworth. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Dr., Lockport, NY 14094 or Bible Fellowship Center, 1136 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, NY 14072 where funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 24th at 11 AM.


Patricia M. (nee Augustyn) Strickland - Of Grand Island, entered into rest June 26, 2015. Beloved wife of the late Paul T. Strickland; devoted mother of Christine, Stephanie, Jennifer and Robert (Rachelle) Strickland; cherished grandmother of Michael, Marissa, James, Charlotte, Paul and Luke; loving daughter of the late Louis and Jane Augustyn; dear sister of John (Mary Ann) Augustyn and Marcia (William) Lindsay; also survived by relatives and friends. No prior visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Jude the Apostle Church, 800 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda on Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock. In lieu of flowers, donations in Patricia's name to Buffalo Hospice would be appreciated. Arrangements by LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME. Online condolences may be made at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.


Anthony M. Grillo - Of Grand Island, entered into rest June 28, 2015, beloved husband of Sandra L. (nee Gorton) Grillo; devoted father of Anthony Grillo, Jr., Patricia (James) Pusateri and stepson, Mark (Debra) Gorton; cherished grandfather of six grandchildren and one great-grandchild; loving son of the late Frank and Josephine Grillo; dear brother of Samuel (Judith) Grillo; 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 Wednesday from 4-7 PM. Funeral Service will immediately follow. Mr. Grillo was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Online condolences may be made at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.


Robert C. Ludwig - June 21, 2015, of Grand Island, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend. Friends may call Thursday 3-8 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. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.


Gary J. Carr - June 20, 2015 of South Wales, formerly of Grand Island, husband of Mary (Walker) Carr; father of Erin F., Emily A. and the late Leon Carr; grandfather of Cheyenne and Brett Carr; brother of Karen (Dennis) Keefe, Jeffrey (Nelly), Daniel (Eileen), Timothy and Michael (Christine) Carr; son of the late Robert and Joanne Carr; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Wednesday 2-4 and 6-9 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church.


Hanna (nee Rakowski) Birtz - June 21, 2015, of Grand Island, mother of Jason (Jennifer) and the late Tracey Birtz; grandmother of Emily, Andrew, Aidan, Jessica, Joshua and the late Ethan Birtz; also survived by adopted sisters, Patricia Corson, Donna Dusel, Regina Mastroleo and Mary Ketter-Franklin. Friends may call Wednesday 6-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10 AM at Church of the Assumption, 435 Amherst St., Buffalo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the SPCA.


John W. Patterson - June 18, 2015, formerly of Grand Island. Survived by long time girlfriend Cathy Skipworth; son of William J. and Mary (Roberts) Patterson; brother of Patricia (Michael) Hardison, William R., and Robert (Ryan) Patterson; also survived by seven nieces and nephews. Friends may call Saturday 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. In lieu of flowers, memorials made to the American Cancer Society.


William Patrick "Bill" Buckley - Ventura, CA. Entered into rest on June 13, 2015 at the age of 64. Bill was the loving Husband of Marilyn D. Buckley. Devoted Father of Shellie (Darin Foster) Balsz, Stacey (Bill Fredrick) Schlutz, Christin (Vince) Staggs, Edan (Melinda) Portaro and Joey Portaro. Son of the late James and Mary Buckley. The best brother to Nancy Valone, Dan (Patty Rink) Buckley, and the late Valerie and Terry Swain. Also survived by 10 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Bill graduated from Canisus High School in Buffalo, NY, and Cal Lutheran College in Thousand Oaks, Ca. He loved time spent at his lake house with family and friends. He excelled in horse shoes (many ringers), and had a love for golf (even had a hole in one once). Bill fought the good fight to the end. His positive attitude and amazing strength will live on in all of us forever. Please join us in a Celebration of Life on Sat. June 20 from 11-3 at Buenaventura Golf Course, Wedgewood Banquet Center. 5880 Olivia Park Drive, Ventura, Ca. 93003. Pass the word.In lieu of flowers, Bill and Marilyn have requested you donate to a Cancer Research Organization of your choice.


Lurline Jennings - Suddenly, June 12, 2015, of Grand Island, wife of the late Ruben S. Jennings; loving mother of LuJean Jennings; cherished grandmother of Katlyn, Nicholas and Alex; daughter of the late Daisy and Cleotis Robenstine; sister of the late Margaret (late Guy) Banks; also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Friends may call Friday 5-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, where funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 AM..


Elizabeth "Libby" Gingrich - June 11, 2015, of Grand Island. Wife of the late H. Bernard Gingrich. Mother of Philip (late Mercy), Ross, Susan and Paul (Belinda) Gingrich; grandmother of Diane (Michael) Avis, Ian and Bryn Gingrich; great-grandmother of Spenser Avis. Memorial Services will be held Saturday at 2 PM at Island Presbyterian Church 1728 Huth Road, Grand Island. The family wishes to thank the kind and caring staff at Elderwood on Grand Island. We would also like to thank the members of Island Presbyterian Church for their support through the years. Libby retired from Mount St. Mary's Hospital in 1985, and was active in Literacy Volunteers and enjoyed her work as a Museum of Science docent.


Ruth (nee Buehrig) Elgar - June 10, 2015, of Phoenix, formerly of Grand Island, wife of the late William H. Elgar, II; mother of William H. (Bonnie) Elgar, III and Kathie C. Elgar; grandmother of Harmony (Eric) DePan; great-grandmother of Lexie, Wil and Tori DePan; daughter of the late Albert and Mathilda Buehrig; sister of the late Karl and Howard Buehrig, and Carlene McDermid; also survived by may cousins. Friends may call Tuesday 4-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. The Daughters of the Nile Athor Temple 19 will conduct a service Tuesday at 7 PM. Graveside services will be held Wednesday at 11:30 AM at Elmlawn Cemetery, Tonawanda. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.


Julie (nee Hoefner) Klein - June 7, 2015, of Grand Island, beloved wife of Christopher Klein; dearest mother of Samantha and Sarah Klein; cherished daughter of Diane (John) Schrader and the late James Hoefner; sister of Joseph (Amanda) Hoefner; daughter-in-law of James and Elizabeth Klein; also survived by nieces and a nephew; dear friend of Erika Adams. Memorial services will be held Thursday at 11 AM at Bible Fellowship Center 1136 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.


Jeanne Offermann Lawless - August 24, 1924 - May 29, 2015 Jeanne Offermann Lawless passed away peacefully at the age of 90 in Chatham, Massachusetts on May 29, 2015. Jeanne was born on August 24, 1924, in Buffalo, NY to Isabel Cole and Frank Offermann. Jeanne was raised on Grand Island, NY. She attended Mount St. Mary's Academy and Holy Angel's Academy in Kenmore and Buffalo, NY. She completed high school at St. Mary's Academy in South Bend, Indiana. Jeanne received her associate degree in 1943 from Marymount College. Jeanne married William Burns "Bill" Lawless, Jr. on March 9, 1944, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Buffalo, NY. The couple resided in Buffalo, NY, where they raised their family. In 1968, the family moved when Bill became the Dean of the University of Notre Dame law school. At the age of 46 Jeanne attended nursing school at Southwestern Michigan College and became a registered nurse. In 1973, the family moved to East Orleans, MA, on Cape Cod. She and Bill later divorced. In 1997, after her children were grown, Jeanne left the Cape and moved back closer to Mount Saviour Monastery where throughout her life she found great serenity, peace and fulfillment. Jeanne was fiercely independent but loved her time with her family of whom she was immensely proud. Jeanne was predeceased by her parents, Isabel (Cole) and Frank Offermann, and brothers Francis and Karl Offermann. She is survived by her brother Paul (Mary Fran) Offermann and sister-in-law Anne Offermann of Buffalo, NY and by all twelve children, Sharon (Oakland, CA), Barbara (Bill; San Anselmo, CA), Billie (Svetlana; Cleveland, OH), Cathy (Alex; Maui, HI), Gregory (Khamoaune; Carlisle, PA), Richard (Ellen; San Francisco, CA), Robert (Brewster, MA), Jeanne (Larry; Ithaca, NY), Therese (Jim; San Rafael, CA), John (Colleen; Orleans, MA), Maria (Nader; Walnut Creek, CA) and Tom (Nicole; Verona, WI), twenty-five grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Mass will be held at Mount Saviour Monastery, Pine City, NY, on Monday June 8 at 10:00 am followed by burial services at Good Shepherd Cemetery at Mount Saviour. In lieu of flowers, Jeanne specifically requested that donations be made to Mount Saviour Monastery, 231 Monastery Rd., Pine City, NY 14871.


Arthur L. Selover - Age 82, of Grand Island, formerly of the City of Tonawanda, May 30, 2015, in Kenmore Mercy Hospital under the care of Hospice. Husband of the late Marcia (nee McCormick) Selover and the late Beverly (nee Bates) Selover; son of the late Chester and Ethel Selover; father of James (Jennifer) Selover and Jane Selover-Errhart; grandfather of Lauren Selover and Megan Errhart; brother of Ralph (Rae Marie) Selover; also survived by many nieces and nephews. The family will receive relatives and friends on Friday, June 5 from 6-9 PM at JOHN O. ROTH FUNERAL HOME INC., 25 William St., (between Morgan and Broad Sts.) in Tonawanda. A private entombment will be in Elmlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo Inc. or the SPCA of Erie County. Arthur was President of Selover Construction in Tonawanda for more than 35 years, retiring in 1995. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and was active in Tonawanda Little League Football. He was a former member of the Kiwanis Club of the Tonawandas and the Niagara Sailing Club.


Peggy D. (nee Fornoff) Gaiser - May 28, 2015, of Grand Island, NY, beloved wife of John Gaiser; dear mother of Ella (Vinny) Torres and Kristie Pitre; loving grandmother of Lexi, Sophie and Christopher; sister of Mark (Darlene), Carl and Charlotte Fornoff; former wife of Murry Pitre. Friends may call Wednesday and Thursday 3-7 PM at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT, INC. FUNERAL HOME, 3290 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, NY.


Marie S. (nee Carini) Tattenbaum - May 26, 2015, of Grand Island. Wife of the late Daniel Tattenbaum; mother of Elaine (David) Hollingworth, Daniel J. and Mark (Deborah) Tattenbaum; grandmother of Dennis (Leslie) and Robert Hollingworth, Lance and Zachary Tattenbaum, Courtney (Michael) Krol, Heather (Scott) Hoffman and the late Eric Tattenbaum; also survived by 6 great grandchildren, Friends may call Thursday 4-7 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.


Patrick Gormady - Age 85, of Grand Island, NY, May 15, 2015, beloved husband of the late Anna (Fabozzi) Gormady; father of nine sons; survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives and friends. No prior visitation. Services will be private. Flowers gratefully declined. Arrangements by ERIE COUNTY CREMATION SERVICE, 824-6435. Please share your condolences at www.cfhecc.com.


Teresa Mary Baker - Age 36 of Grand Island, died on Sunday, May 17, 2015 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital following a brief illness, wife of James Baker; daughter of Benjamin Winship of Florida and Joan (Watkins) Winship of Great Valley, NY; sister of Dean Winship, Shawn (Cheryl) Winship, Aaron Winship and Benjamin Winship; daughter-in-law of Connie Baker (late James and late Frederick); sister-in-law of Debbie (Jim) Buchalski, John (Cindy) Baker and Frederick Baker; also survived by several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and colleagues. Friends may call Thursday after 4 PM in the LANE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 8622 Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls, where services will be held at 8 PM with the Rev. Laura Norris-Buisch officiating. The interment will be private at the convenience of the family. A celebration of Teresa's life will be held at a time and place to be determined.


Kenneth E. Champagne - May 12, 2015, age 88; beloved son of the late Ralph and Effie (nee Moores) Champagne; cherished friend of the Seymour Family of Castille, NY. Kenneth was a devout member and served on the Board at the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church in Buffalo, where he will be sadly missed by all in the congregation. He was a member of the Buffalo Yacht Club and also a member of the ASHRAE - WNY Chapter, where he worked to advance the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration. Mr. Champagne was a Honorary Professor at Alfred State College. He was a WWII United States Navy Veteran and served on the USS Bennion Destroyer. There will be no prior visitation. A Memorial Service will be celebrated at the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church in Mr. Champagne's honor that will be announced at a later date. Share condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.


Terry D. Swain - entered into rest May 10, 2015. Resident of Grand Island, age 66. Husband of the late Valerie (Buckley) Swain. Significant other of Cindy "Socks" Frost. Father of Julie (Liebe) Swain, Jodie (Mike) Rudney, Katie and Kim (Jon Korzen) Swain. "Adopted kids" Katie McDowell Lynch, Bill Lewandowski and Jeannine "J9" Sacco. Grandfather of Kaitlyn, Kobe, Ella, Calli, Skyler and Greyson. Son of Eleanor and the late Donald Swain. Brother of Paul (Martha) Swain, Donald (Sue) Swain, Kathy (Wayne) Benton, Karen (Darryl Sehm) Clark and the late Ronald Swain. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Kaegebein Playground Committee, 1690 Love Rd., Grand Island, NY 14072. Please join us for a Celebration of Life at the Beaver Island Clubhouse, Grand Island on Sunday, May 17th from 1-4? PM. Required attire: red, white and blue as per his request. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.


Ellen Anne (nee Snider) Alli - Age 58, of Grand Island, NY, May 11, 2015. Born in Niagara Falls, NY on April 24, 1957, she was the daughter of Margaret (Glaser) Snider of Niagara Falls, NY and the late Paul S. Snider. Ellen is survived by her beloved husband of 35 years, Anthony; daughters Carolyn (Matthew) Russo and Andrea; grandson Nicholas Anthony Russo; sister Mary (Donald) Gunn; brother Paul (Laura) Snider and several nieces and nephews. Visitation Wednesday from 6-8 PM and Thursday from 3-8 PM in the Chapel of OTTO REDANZ FUNERAL HOME, 2215 Military Rd., Niagara Falls, NY (716-297-9007), where Funeral Services will begin on Friday, May 15 at 9 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM in St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, NY, with Rev. Paul Nogaro serving as celebrant. Prayers of Committal and Entombment will follow in St. Stephen Parish Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial offerings may be made to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, Elm and Carlton Sts., Buffalo, NY 14263 or The Hospice Foundation of WNY, PO Box 590, Buffalo, NY 14240. Please visit www.ottoredanz.com.


Richard Nelson - 76, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in Mansfield, TX following a lengthy illness. Dick was born in Buffalo, N.Y. and moved to Grand Island on Sandy Beach Drive. He attended Charlotte Sidway School and graduated from Tonawanda High School in 1955. He was in the Air Force from 1956 to 1960. He attended Mars Hill College, NC and received a BA in History & Religion in 1965. He attended the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and was ordained to the Gospel Ministry in 1968. His schooling led to his life's work in church choral music and youth ministry. Survivors: His precious wife of 33 years, Sandy; sons, Greg, Jeff Pat; daughter, Amy; and their families. His body was willed to UT Southwestern Medical School. Memorials: May be given to Broadway Baptist Church, Sacred Spaces Fund, 305 W. Broadway Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76104.


Tony Rastelli - of San Antonio, TX (formerly from Grand Island, NY ) passed away March 2, 2015 at the age of 41. Father of Alex and Alexis Rastelli, son of Carol and the late Nicholas Rastelli, brother of Anita (Michael) Hawley, Tina (Jonathan) Taylor, Nicholas II (Jennifer) Rastelli, and Marty (Stacy) Rastelli. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends and family may call on Saturday, May 16th at Whitehaven Road Baptist Church, 1290 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, NY from 1:00-3:00pm, with a funeral service at 3pm.


Marcella A. (nee Kirsch) Hoffer - Of Grand Island, born June 9, 1923, passed away peacefully after a short illness May 9, 2015. She was the last surviving daughter of the late Frank and Margaret (Schmidt) Kirsch's seven children. Marcella was married to the late Robert F. Hoffer for 67 years and is survived by her two children Marsha A (Joseph P.) Pinzotti and Robert W. Hoffer; grandmother of Marcella (Brian) Panaro, Christine (Shawn) Lodovico and Mary (Christopher) Burns; great-grandmother of Joseph, Louis and Vincent Lodovico, Dominic and Tessa Panaro, Christopher and Mia Burns. Marcella grew up in Buffalo, graduating from Sacred Heart Academy in 1941. She was a dedicated volunteer who donated countless hours to the Kenmore Mercy Hospital Guild. She enjoyed reading, bowling, watching sports and her game shows, but her true joy was spending time with her family. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd,, Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Stella Niagara Sisters of St. Francis.


Karen Bates Lindquist - May 7, 2015, of Grand Island, wife of the late Charles Lindquist; mother of Carl, Alex and Kyle Lindquist; daughter of Irene and the late Robert Bates; sister of Jim (Jackie) and Andrew Bates. Friends may call Monday 5-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Celebration of Karen's life will be held Saturday May 23 from 1-3 PM, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1841 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute.


Kathleen A. (nee Brennan) Murphy - May 3, 2015, of Rochester, formerly of Grand Island. Mother of Austin, Jeremy and Zachary Murphy; sister of Kelly (Anthony) Sasso, Sherri Roath, Patrick Brennan and Tracy (Scott) Hoffman; daughter of the late Patricia (late John) Pater and Lawrence Brennan; also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. Friends may call Thursday 5-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services private. Memorials may be made to Renaissance House in Buffalo.


Donald L. Goodmote - April 28, 2015, age 79 of Grand Island, NY. Dear father of Donald (Tammy), Carla (Phillip) Feldman and Caron (Rick) Klug; loving grandfather of 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; dear brother of the late Leon, Maxine (Ernest) Lund and Joyce (Wallace) Lund; also survived by nieces and nephews. No prior visitation. Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life at Classics V, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, NY 14228 Saturday 5 PM - 8 PM. Online condolences at www.KOLANOFUNERALHOME.com.


Clara L. (nee Pfohl) Goff - April 27, 2015 at her home in Grand Island, NY, beloved wife of the late Richard A. Goff; dear mother of Richard (Robin), Michael (Susan), Mary Goff-Paladino, Mark (Louise), Thomas (Robin), Peter (Linda), Ann Marie (David) Quattrini, Timothy (Caroline) Theresa Colombo, Joan (Russell) Thomas and the late William Goff; survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Clara was born in Buffalo, NY on April 21, 1923. Clara and Richard Goff were married on August 17, 1946. Clara devoted her life to caring for her ten children, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her interests included family, spending time at Sherkston and Long Beach, Canada and crocheting. She was a member of St. Timothy's Ladies of Charity and the Altar and Rosary Society for many years. Friends may call Wednesday 4-8 PM at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT INC.,FUNERAL HOME, 3290 Delaware Ave., where funeral will be held Thursday at 10:15 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Timothy Church at 11:00 AM. Memorial contributions made to Hospice Buffalo Inc. or Veteran's Administration.


Agnes (nee McMurdo) Morgan - April 24, 2015, of Grand Island, wife of the late Charles F. Morgan; mother of Marcia (James) Nixon of Lewiston; grandmother of Melanie Wagner of Long Beach, CA and Gretchen Wagner of Zurich, Switzerland; sister of the late George McMurdo, Jessie Donohue and May Edwards; aso survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends may call 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 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Buffalo Audubon Society or Grass Roots Gardens of Buffalo. Many thanks to the nurses and staff at Our Lady of Peace 3 West and Sterling House for their wonderful care.


Thomas J. Giambra - Feb. 17, 1945 - April 25, 2015
   Thomas J. Giambra, a longtime Kenmore business owner, died Saturday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a 19-year battle with renal cell carcinoma. He was 70. Born in Buffalo, Mr. Giambra graduated from Hutchinson-Central Technical High School in 1963 and Doyle Beauty School in 1964. Mr. Giambra began working in 1960 at Austin's Hair Salon, which was started by his brother, Austin. When his brother went on to other ventures, Mr. Giambra became the sole proprietor. He married the former Penelope Tutwiler in 1975, and they were married for 40 years.
    Mr. Giambra owned and operated many businesses during his career, most notably Austin's and FX Graphix, both on Delaware Avenue in Kenmore. FX Graphix was a partnership with his son Jay, who managed the screen printing, embroidering and graphic design company. A member of the Ken-Ton Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Giambra was heavily involved in efforts to beautify the village's main business district along Delaware. A resident of Grand Island, Mr. Giambra was also involved in other business ventures, including House of Carlton, Fernwood Associates, Isle Landings home development and development of the Waterford Park project on Grand Island. Mr. Giambra was a member of the Buffalo Launch Club since 1996 and served on its entertainment committees. He enjoyed traveling and landscape artistry. In addition to his wife and son, he is survived by three other sons, John, James and Dean; and a daughter, Lisa Czajka. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Stephen Catholic Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island.
   Of Grand Island, April 25, 2015, beloved husband of Penelope Tutwiler Giambra; dear father of Jay (Carol), John (Deanne), James (Melissa) Giambra, Lisa (Thomas) Czajka and Dean (Sandra) Santorio; loving grandfather of Ashley, Katelyn, Jordyn, Jenna, Dominic, Ryan Giambra, Courtney, Colton Czajka, Morgan and Emma Santorio; son of the late Frank and Vera Militello Giambra; brother of Austin (Kathleen) Giambra and Kathleen (Samuel) Granelli; brother-in-law of Pamela (Thomas) Haug and Gerald (Donna) Tutwiler; also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends may call at D. LAWRENCE GINNANE FUNERAL HOME, 3215 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, Tuesday 2-8 PM. All are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Stephen's R.C. Church, 2100 Baseline Rd. near Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, Wednesday at 10 AM. Please meet at church. Entombment St. Stephen's Cemetery. Share condolences at www.ginnanefuneralhome.com.


Lawrence "Larry" Baker - April 19, 2015, born March 18, 1954, age 61, of Grand Island. Son of the late Jane Baker; brother of Cindy Baker; uncle of Ursie (Steve); great uncle of Anthony and Heather; stepfather of Tomi and Jennifer; nephew of the late Robert (survived by wife Carol) Baker; also survived by cousins and other family members. Friends may call on Thursday June 4, 6-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services private. Flowers gratefully declined


Shirley M. (nee Coutts) Cutonilli - Of Grand Island, entered into rest surrounded by her family April 20, 2015. Shirley's husband, the love of her life, Benjamin J. Cutonilli, predeceased her on April 22, 2008. Beloved mother of Cheryl (Paul) Roeder and Darlene Cutonilli; devoted grandmother of Kelly (Tom), Lisa (Mark) and Stacey (Dave); cherished great-grandmother of Ashley, Mark, Jed, Mary, Nicholas, Maya, Tyler and Carter; sister of Alfred, Bruce and the late Neil, Ken, Duncan, Donald and James Cutonilli; predeceased by granddaughter Shannon Carlson and parents James and Sophia Coutts. Friends may call Thursday 5-8 PM at 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. Family and friends were Shirley's love and joy. She worked in her home as a self-employed hair stylist. Her favorite pastimes included gardening, sewing, cooking and being with family.


Sharon (nee Vanslyke) Zimmerman - April 20, 2015, of Grand Island, wife of Paul Zimmerman; mother of Michael (Carol) and Renee (John Shanor III) Zimmerman; grandmother of Marvin, Rebecca, Nikki and Jacob Zimmerman; sister of the late Arlene Maurer and Jean Osadchuk; also survived by nieces and nephews. Memorial Services will be held Friday at 10 AM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Grand Island Fire Company.


Terry J. Dean - Of Grand Island, peacefully passed on April 16, 2015. Terry was 61 years old. Dear son of the late Thelma and Allan Wischman; beloved brother of Dale L. (Donna) and the late Gary P. (survived by wife Cheryl) Dean; much loved uncle of five nephews and two nieces. Funeral services private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Terry's name to the SPCA.


Jean (nee Harris) Kilmer - April 16, 2015, of Grand Island, beloved wife of 61 years of Pete Kilmer; loving mother of Thomas (Stella) Kilmer and Lisa Hogrewe; cherished grandmother of Amanda (John) Black, Cassidy and Cody Hogrewe, Julie and the late Jennifer Kilmer; sister of Lawrence (Esther), Donald (Jean), Ronald and Robert (Joanne) Harris; dear sister-in-law of the late Doris Harris; beloved daughter of the late Thomas and Ruth Harris; also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, April 25 at 2 PM at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Jean was an amazing, caring, compassionate woman who was "Mama" to not only her grandchildren, but also to everyone who became a part of her life. She always had a smile on her face even through long years of illness. Jean always had a bowl of candy and a cheerful greeting ready for anyone who came to visit, and could keep everyone smiling for hours with stories of her youth in LaSalle, the love story of her marriage to husband Pete, and a long life of raising her beloved children and then grandchildren on Grand Island. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.


Margaret "Bunty" (nee Murdoch) Phillips - Of North Chili, NY, April 14, 2015 at age 82, previously from Grand Island, NY, born in Stranraer, Scotland. Margaret is predeceased by husband John Phillips; daughter Aileen Elizabeth Phillips. She is survived by her sister Olive Murdoch; children Neil (Tammy) Phillips and Kimberly (Clifford) Rabidoux; grandchildren Jaclyn, Allison and Heather Phillips, Dylan, Samuel and Joshua Rabidoux; great-grandchild Landon Phillips. Her Memorial Service will be held Saturday, April 18th at 1 PM at the Chapel of Peace in Riverside Cemetery, 2650 Lake Ave., Rochester, NY 14612. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Visiting Nurse Service (VNSNet.com) For more information or to sign Margaret's online guestbook, please visit RochesterCremation.com.


Janet S. (nee Braddell) Redinger - entered into rest April 14, 2015. Resident of Grand Island. Wife of the late Edward Redinger, Sr. Mother of Cynthia A. McCaffery and Edward Redinger, Jr. Grandmother of Kenneth McCaffery. Sister of Nancy (Billy Joe) Gorrell, John (Linda) Braddell, Mary Ann (Bob) Stawitzky, Edward (Peggy) Braddell, Nina (Martin) Goss, Larry Braddell, Edna Braddell, Eileen (Michael) Dowd and the late James Braddell, Jr. Daughter of the late Edna and James Braddell, Sr. Funeral services private. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.


Donnette Glaeser Hennigar - Donnette Glaeser Hennigar passed away on April 13, 2015 at her home in Deerfield Beach, FL, surrounded by her loving family. Throughout Donnette's life she did as she pleased; she was a woman of beauty and influence, whose opinion was never asked because it was always given. Her life was full of laughter and celebration, and she would have wanted the memory of her life to be just the same.
   Donnette Marie Glaeser, born on March 14, 1924 in Buffalo, NY, was the only daughter of Arthur Glaeser MD and Marie Welshofer RN. Young Donnette attended St. Mary's Seminary, where she graduated Valedictorian in 1941. Donnette was a graduate of Michigan State College (now University). There Donnette was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, and continued to be an active alumna throughout her life. Donnette was eventually crowned Michigan State's "War Bond Queen", a title reserved for the school's most successful World War II fundraiser.
    Donnette married William Grant Hennigar on June 1, 1946. In 1956, Bill and Donnette moved their family to a new home on Grand Island, NY, originally designed by her. There she raised eight children. Donnette maintained a lively social calendar, including active membership at the Buffalo Launch Club and numerous charitable activities. She also founded Hennigar Travel Service in 1960, and eventually opened two branch offices in Western New York before opening a fourth in South Florida (with the intention of settling a new life there with her husband and family).
    Donnette and Bill opened the travel agency in Deerfield Beach, FL, sold the New York branches, and completed their relocation to a sunnier climate - joining her brother Arthur Glaeser and his family. Donnette's love of travel took her all around the world. With the motto "Ask me, I've been there" she continued to guide future travelers, coordinating cruises for family and friends until just months before her passing. Donnette continued to maintain a very social lifestyle, just like her mother before her, leading her girlfriends to happy hours at the American Legion of Deerfield Beach and lunches at The Cove. Her sense of humor, especially her one-liners, always made her an absolute joy to be around.
    Donnette thoroughly enjoyed dancing (beyond her ninetieth birthday), playing tennis, bowling, swimming, and bicycling to the beach - she loved the ocean. Donnette also found time to knit many Irish fisherman sweaters and dozens of mittens for her large family. A devout Catholic, Donnette was also a very active member in her local church - first St. Stephen's Church on Grand Island, then St. Ambrose Church in Deerfield Beach. When she wasn't traveling or with her friends, Donnette loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; they all affectionately referred to her as "Baba". To her family, Baba was more than just a mother or grandmother; she was an inspiration to all. She lived a passionate life, on her terms, and was profoundly loyal to her family.
    Donnette's passion for life shines though in her eight children: W. Grant Jr., David Lewis II (Lydia), Scott (Marie), Neal (Renee), Dale (Liz Wilbert), Donnette Rayhill (Michael), Curtis (Marsha Milot), Alex (Virginia), sister-in-law Patricia, sixteen remaining grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren - whose lives have all been touched by the great "Matriarch". We were lucky to have known her, and we were lucky to have loved her. Donnette was predeceased by her husband, William Hennigar; her brother, Arthur Glaeser; and her grandson, Travis Hennigar. A memorial Mass to celebrate her life will be held on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 9:30 AM in St. Ambrose Church, Deerfield Beach, FL. She will be buried alongside her beloved husband at the South Florida VA National Cemetery in Lake Worth, FL. Donations to Hospice by the Sea may be made in her honor at the following website: https://www.hpbcf.org/hbts_foundation.


John Robert DeGlopper - March 25, 1939 - April 5, 2015, of the town of Arlington, MA, passed away Sunday at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA after a sudden illness. He was 76. John was born in Buffalo, NY and graduated from Riverside High School in Buffalo. He received a B.S. degree in Agriculture from Cornell University and had a career with the NY State department of Agriculture and Markets. He also served briefly in the US Army. He married the late Lillian Kleeman in 1964 and lived most of his adult life in Western NY. His interests included plants, flowers, gardening, nature walks, and American and world history. He was especially fond of challenging crossword and jigsaw puzzles. John is the nephew of Charles Neilans DeGlopper, a United States Army soldier who posthumously received the Medal of Honor, the highest award of the U.S. military, for his heroic actions during the World War II Battle of Normandy. John is survived by his daughter, Gretchen DeGlopper, of Somerville, MA, son Craig DeGlopper, of Hamburg, NY, and brothers Charles (Elaine) DeGlopper, Ray (Anita) DeGlopper, and George DeGlopper. He is the son of the late John L. and Margaret DeGlopper.
Memorial Service - A memorial service for family and friends has been planned for Saturday, May 23rd at 11am at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. Since John's interests included gardening, nature walks, American and world history as well as challenging crossword and jigsaw puzzles, donations can be made to The Nature Conservancy (NatureConservancy.org), The Arbor Day Foundation (ArborDay.org) or The Red Cross (RedCross.org) in lieu of flowers.


Olga (nee Mazachowski) Welch - April 11, 2015, of Grand Island, mother of Melissa Welch and the late Thorice A. B. Welch; grandmother of Tori Jacobs and Billy (Holly House) Berger; great-grandmother of Brayden Jacobs; also survived by numerous siblings in Canada. Friends may call Wednesday 5-8 PM followed by Funeral Services Wednesday at 8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.


Michael O. O'Donohoe - Age 43, April 9, 2015, of Grand Island. Survived by his wife Lara Haberberger, his parents Michael and Barbara O'Donohoe of Chandler, AZ, brother Colin (Ona) O'Donohoe of New York, NY, aunt Sister Maureen O'Donohoe SSJ of Neconset, NY and six nieces and nephews. Memorial Services will be held Sunday April 19 at 12 Noon at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Donations in Michael's memory may be made to the American Liver Foundation 39 Broadway, Suite. 2700, NY, NY 10006. Michael was a registered nurse and a gifted playwright. The family would like to thank the staff of ECMC for his excellent care.


Harold W. Klein - March 28, 2015, of Grand Island. Husband of the late Agnes (O'Leary) Klein; father of Kevin D. (Lisa) and Noreen Klein; grandfather of Julie Marie and Shannon Rae Klein; brother of the late Norman (late Alice) Klein, the late Evelyn (late Walter) Colley and the late Violet (late George) Deck; also survived by several nieces and nephews. An informal memorial service will be held at a later date to be announced.


Herbert Kranzman - Passed away March 27, 2015 at age 80, of Grand Island; beloved husband of the late Patricia (Sutton) Kranzmann and the late Hazel (Zaboraski) Kranzmann; loving father of Robin (late Tim) Jordan and Scott Kranzmann; stepfather of Helen (Gil) Harris; also survived by eight grandchildren, many great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews; brother of Richard (Clare) Kranzmann, Linda Barichak and Lois (Robert) Marascia. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 11 at 11 AM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute. He was retired from the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, a life-member of the Grand Island Fire Co. and spent many years coaching youth football, baseball and adult softball.


Jacqueline M. (nee Griffith) Filosofos - 82, passed away on April 5, 2015 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She was the beloved wife of the late Teddy Filosofos, cherished mother of T. Argerous, of Orlando, FL; Denise, of Grand Island; and Michael (Cindy) Filosofos, of North Tonawanda. Loving grandmother of Michael, Sevaste, Theo Filosofos and Wesley Proefrock. Daughter of the late Chester (late Isabel) Griffith and late Lila Mae (VandenBosch) Paprocki. Sister of the late Barbara Ann Griffith, late BettyLou Sheppard and late Howard “Bud” (Melody) Griffith, beloved aunt of many nieces and nephews.
   Jacqueline and her late husband, Teddy, resided on Grand Island for more than 50 years, spending their retirement years in Fort Lauderdale. After his passing, Jackie moved back to Grand Island with her daughter, Denise, but still spent winters in Ft. Lauderdale. She was an avid bingo player and worked various jobs, the last being a loan officer in a bank in Florida. While living on Grand Island, Jackie was instrumental in starting the Democratic Women's Club on Grand Island. She was involved in numerous elections both local and statewide, throughout the years and with the Women's Club, raised numerous funds for local candidates. She and her husband enjoyed travelling, spending time with family and their home in Florida. They always enjoyed coming back to Grand Island for the summer months, to see their many friends and family.
   Visitation will be at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 1073 Saunders Settlement Road, Niagara Falls, NY on Monday, April 13, 2015 from 4 - 8 pm. Trisagion Service will be held at 7 pm. Funeral service will be Tuesday, April 14th at 10 am from the church. Burial will be in St. Stephen’s Cemetery on Grand Island. Memorials may be made to St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.


Richard L. Hotles - Went home to be with our Lord on February 6, 2015. He served as a proud US Marine in World War II. Fantasy Island was where he was the first Marshall, Marshall Rick. Husband of the late Phyllis (Kirchmeyer) Hotles and husband of the late Ruth (Frank) Benner Hotles; devoted father of Debra Hotles, Richard (Donna) Hotles, Robin Hotles and Kitty Hotles-Samson (David Samson); cherished grandfather of Josh (Maggie) Hotles, Kristi (David) Blanken and Kelly Hotles; cherished great-grandfather of Sadie Hotles, Charlie Hotles and Aiden Blanken. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, April 11 1:00 PM at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 374 Main Street, East Aurora. All are invited to attend.


Larry M. Chism - Nov. 20, 1941 - March 12, 2015, of Grand Island, a Navy veteran who worked for Moore Business Forms, died March 12 at Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen, Texas. He was 73. Born in Charleston, Ill., Mr. Chism was one of 11 children. He graduated from Charleston High School and served on the USS Des Moines during his time in the Navy. He was a longtime resident of both Charleston and Kansas, Ill.
   Mr. Chism worked for Moore Business Forms in Charleston before being transferred to the company's facility in Grand Island in March 1961. He and his wife, Mary Lou, who survives him, enjoyed traveling in their motor home. The couple wintered in Texas. Mr. Chism also had a love of family history. Survivors also include a daughter, Lora Allen; two sons, Jeff and Michael; a brother, Howard; four sisters, Lucile Ferguson, Nadine Blagg, Joan Seaborn and Jean Hawkins; a stepdaughter, Melanie; a stepson, Tim; eight grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was predeceased by his first wife, Treva Shick Chism. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Stephen's Catholic Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island.


Marlene L. McCarthy - March 26, 2015, of Grand Island, wife of the late John McCarthy; mother of Ronald (late Marlena), Richard (Christy), Daniel (Jocelyn) and Timothy McCarthy; grandmother of Lance, Andrew, James, David, Ashley and Julia McCarthy. A memorial Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, April 22 at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Mrs. McCarthy was retired Receiver of Taxes on Grand Island and a member of Republican Women's Club, East Park Garden Club and Zonta Club of Grand Island.


William Bruce Davey - Of Grand Island, NY, after a brief illness, April 1, 2015; born October 13, 1932. Bruce retired from the Buffalo Evening News after 20 years and was Owner/Operator of Grand Island Tree and Stump Removal for over 30 years. Beloved husband of 59 years to Beverly (Hughes) Davey; loving father of Kerri-Lynn Davey, Steven (Suzon) Davey; loving grandfather of Brittany Davey and Sydney Davey; brother of Gordon, Joan and Lynn ; also survived by many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make donations to SPCA.


Joseph J. Keohane - July 12, 1936 - March 31, 2015, a longtime social studies teacher in the North Tonawanda School District, died Tuesday in his Grand Island home under hospice care after a long illness. He was 78. Born in Buffalo, Mr. Keohane was raised in North Buffalo, attended St. Margaret's Elementary School and graduated from St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute. He graduated from Canisius College, where he majored in economics, and was a sports reporter for the college newspaper. He later earned a master's degree in education at Buffalo State College. In 1960, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in both active duty and the Army Reserve until 1966. Upon his discharge, he pursued doctoral studies at the University at Buffalo. Mr. Keohane taught in the North Tonawanda district for 35 years. He loved sports and enjoyed playing tennis and golf.
    In his retirement, he was an avid traveler, going to his father's homeland of Ireland and other European countries. He spent winters at The Villages in Florida. Mr. Keohane was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Buffalo and the Buffalo Club in The Villages. Survivors include his wife of 30 years, the former Helen Baker; his former wife, Theresa Abbarno Keohane; four sons, Dr. Thomas J., Robert J., Richard P. and Ronald T.; a stepdaughter, Debbie Kappel; a stepson, Jeffery Baker; and a sister, Mary Ellen Glynn. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Margaret's Catholic Church, 1395 Hertel Ave.


Betty M. (nee Riedel) Raepple - March 29, 2015, of Grand Island. Wife of the late Alfons O. Raepple; mother of Mark A. (Kimberly I.), Jay C. (Karen), Eric "Rick" (Judi) and Kurt S. (Cindi) Raepple; grandmother of Jason (Deanna), Erica, Alexis, Kristopher (Holland), Jamie and Jenna Raepple; great-grandmother of Andrew and Charlotte Raepple; sister of the late Alfred "Skip" (late Angie) Riedel and Marjorie (survived by husband Tom) Tetreault. 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. Mrs. Raepple was a talented artist, an active member of Trinity Church, formerly with Grand Island Little League and the Grand Island Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary.


Craig William Wood - of Harrisburg, PA., formerly of Grand Island, died on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Harrisburg, PA. He was 63. Craig was born on April 13, 1951, in Buffalo, NY, to the late William and Fay Wood.
    A unique soul, Craig lived life by his own rules, was deeply loved and will be greatly missed. He fed his passions for history, nature and competition with a voracious appetite for reading, bonsai and landscaping, years of Dungeons and Dragons strategies and never entered a game (especially golf) which he didn't fully give 100% of himself. His words were often few, yet profound and his humor never failed to hit the mark. His keen mind and sharp wit knew no match and he took particular joy in sharing it all with his wife and soul mate.
    Craig is survived by his wife Tina, stepchildren Mark (Melinda) Shimer of Baldwinsville, NY, and Kristyne (Tom) Rosier of Sinking Spring, PA, brother Keith (Wende) Wood, and sisters Brooke (Rod) Raham, Darcey Golde, and Amy (Steve) Morgan, niece Jennifer (Tim) Cramer, nephews Christopher Golde, Gregory Golde, Abram Morgan, Aaron Wood, grandnephew Peyton Golde, and grandniece Madison Cramer, all of Grand Island, NY, and grandchildren Aslan and Berin Basol of Chester Springs, PA, and Soren and Tegan Basol, and Nikita, Lila and Marley Rosier of Sinking Spring, PA. Visitation, service and burial with full Military Honors will be held on Tuesday, April 7, beginning at 10:00 am at Paxton Presbyterian Church, 3500 Sharon Street, Harrisburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.


Joseph R. Muoio - 91, of Grand Island, died on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at DeGraff Memorial Hospital in North Tonawanda. Born in Niagara Falls, NY, he was one of thirteen children of the late Dominic and Angelina (Mancuso) Muoio. Joseph attended local schools and during World War II he served in the United States Marine Corps from February 10, 1943, where he participated in action at Okinawa and was honorably discharged on May 11, 1946. In September 1956 he married Patricia (Connolly) Muoio at Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Niagara Falls. Joseph was employed by Sears Roebuck and worked at many stores throughout Western New York for over 45 years in many capacities, from clerk to managing various departments. He was an avid golfer and sports fan, but most importantly he was devoted to the care and well being of his family.
   In addition to his wife of fifty-eight years, he is survived by six children, Judy (Ron) Link of Grand Island, Richard (Lori) Muoio of Richmond, VA, Patty (Jorge) Ramirez, Janice (Rob) Gaynor, both of Orlando, FL, Dan (Lana) Muoio of Atlanta, GA and Michael (Debbie) Muoio of Cary, NC; seventeen grandchildren;three great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by four brothers, Frank N. Muoio, Dominic (late Marie) Muoio, Nicholas (late Dorothy) Muoio, Anthony (late Nora) Muoio; eight sisters, Christine (late Anthony),Elia, Isabel (late Sylvester) Scollin, Mary Junquera, Alvina (late Jack) Roberti, Frances (late Frank) Muoio, Rosemary (late Michael) Masco, Louise (late Reno) Galdini and Anna (late Michael "Mickey") Presutti.
    Visitation Friday 4-6:00 p.m. at M.J. Colucci & Son Niagara Funeral Chapel, 2730 Military Rd., Niagara Falls, NY. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated on Saturday, March 28th at 11:15 a.m. in St. Stephen R.C. Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY. Everyone please assemble at the church. Interment with military honors in St. Stephen Cemetery, Grand Island. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association of WNY, 2805 Wehrle Drive Ste 6, Williamsville, NY 14221.


Thomas G. DeCarlo - June 9, 1933 - March 22, 2015, of East Amherst, owner and operator of a Buffalo auto collision shop for more than 60 years, died unexpectedly Sunday in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was 81. Born in Buffalo, he was a 1951 graduate of the automotive mechanic program at Burgard Vocational High School.
    He opened his shop, DeCarlo Collision, on Niagara Street in 1953 and continued to operate it until his death. A classic car collector, he also enjoyed gardening and boating. He was a former member of the Buffalo Launch Club and the LaSalle Yacht Club. A former Grand Island resident, he was a Mason and a Shriner and member of the Grand Island Lions Club. His first wife, the former Sally Ann Milks, died in 1997. He was married to the former Marlene Yallof. In addition to his wife, survivors include four daughters, Marjorie Walker, Diane Bullock, Sally Khreis and Georgia Cole; two stepdaughters, Andrea Griebner and Alison Manaher; a stepson, Howard Zubin; a sister, Charlene Sciandra; 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Amigone Funeral Home, 5200 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.
   Beloved husband of Marlene (nee Yallof) DeCarlo and the late Sally A. (nee Milks) DeCarlo; loving father of Marjorie (Craig) Walker, Diane (Douglas) Bullock, Sally (David) Khreis and Georgia (Daniel) Cole; dear stepfather of Andrea (Don) Griebner, Howard (Tracie Knauer) Zubin and Alison (Brian) Manaher; cherished grandfather of Christopher Walker, Kimberley (Brandon) Gravino, Kyle (Ana Gabriela), Bret Bullock, Joseph, Sydney Khreis, Emily, Chandler, Elana Cole, Jamie, Jacob Griebner, Jessica, Jonathan, Nicholas Zubin, Parker Manaher and Emma Knauer; adored great-grandfather of Mateo and Mara; loving brother of Charlene (Andrew) Sciandra and the late Gloria (Richard) Omahen; also survived by nieces and nephews. The family will be present on Friday from 4-8 PM at the (Amherst Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 5200 Sheridan Drive (corner of Hopkins Road), where Funeral Services will be held on Saturday at 11 AM. Friends invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation. Share condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.


John F. Spadaro - March 21, 2015, of Grand Island. Husband of the late Gloria J. (Constantino) Spadaro; father of Barbara (late Darrell) Miller, Francine Gagner, Susan (Thomas) Weston and Patricia Spadaro; also survived by five grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; brother of Josephine (late Stephen) Stalikas and the late Florence (late Sam) Sinatra; son of the late Michael and Frances Spadaro. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Assoc. The Spadaro family thanks the Staff of Elderwood at Grand Island.


Ilona H. Lang - March 18, 2015, of Grand Island, born September 4, 1923, wife of the late Edward J. Lang; mother of Catherine (James) Driscoll and the late Ilona O'Connor and Teresa Lang; grandmother of Donald and Timothy O'Connor; also survived by three great-grandchildren. Friends may call Friday 4-7 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, where funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 AM.


Robert G. Trbovich Sr. - March 13, 2015, of Grand Island, NY, beloved husband of Elaine M. (nee Frawley); dearest father of Robert Jr. and the late precious angel Stephanie; son of the late Branko and Stella (nee Lestitian) Trbovich; brother of Catherine (late Paul) Johnson and Nicholas (Patricia); also survived by nieces and nephews. Chapel service at THE COLONIAL MEMORIAL CHAPELS, INC., 3003 South Park Ave., Lackawanna, NY, Monday afternoon at 1:00. Visitation Sunday 2-4 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations to Parkinson's Foundation.


Irene L. (nee Kaminski) Kud - March 14, 2015, in Grand Island, formerly of Cheektowaga, NY, beloved wife of the late John Kud; dearest mother of Timothy (Joanne), Gregory (Rosemarie) Kud, Janice Ruprecht and the late James (late Elisabeth) Kud; loving grandmother of Jacquelynn, Jamie, Jennifer, Derek, Patrick and Kevin Kud; great-grandmother of Caitlin; sister of the late Frances, Stanley, Florence, Matthew and Agnes; survived by many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends may call at the BARRON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 3025 William St. near Union Rd., Cheektowaga, Tuesday from 4-8 PM. Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday at 10 AM in Resurrection R.C. Church. Please assemble at church. Mrs. Kud was a member of The Polka Variety Seniors Club. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials to The SPCA.


Bernard Olivieri - Of Grand Island, NY, at age 92, March 4, 2015, beloved husband of sixty-one years to Mary Olivieri; dear father of Paul Olivieri, Peter Olivieri and Daniel Olivieri; brother of the late Lorraine (Mike) Marcogliesi and Paul (Kala of Las Vegas) Olivieri; also survived by many relatives and friends. Visitation Thursday from 3 - 7 PM at M. J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Rd., Niagara Falls, NY. Visitation will also be held on Friday 2-4 and 6-8 PM at Cresmount Funeral Home - UPPER JAMES CHAPEL, 1020 Upper James St., Hamilton Ontario. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10:00 AM at St. Charles Church, 129 Hughson Street South, Hamilton, Ontario. Burial in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Burlington, Ontario. mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for online register.



M. Beryl (nee O'Mara) Kinney March 8, 2015, age 86, beloved wife of the late Edward W.; loving mother of Karen (Frank) Codella, Kevin (Vicktoria), Keith (Ingrid), Kirk (Marilyn) and Kyle (Sherry) Kinney; cherished grandmother of 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; dearest sister of the late John T. O'Mara. The family will be present on Tuesday and Wednesday from 4-8 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2600 Sheridan Drive (at Parker Blvd.). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday from St. Stephen RC Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island at 10 AM. Please assemble at church. Friends invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Stephen RC Church or St. Luke's Mission of Mercy. Share condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.


Earl F. Nugent - March 4, 2015. Beloved husband of the late Mary E. (nee Meredith) Nugent; devoted father of Mary Ann Wunsch, Judy (John) Giuseppetti, James Nugent, Diane (David) Koch, Joseph (Sylvia), Michael (Traci) and the late Earl P. Nugent; loving grandfather of many grandchildren; great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; dear brother of the late Edward Nugent and Lorrraine Ross; 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 a funeral services will be held on Monday at 11:00 AM. Share condolences at mertzfh.com.


Maria (nee Molnar) Kleesz - Maria (nee Molnar) March 4, 2015, of Grand Island, formerly of Buffalo, sister of Edith (late John) Lehmann, Monika (late William) Lehmann and Sig (Mared) Molnar; also survived by nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held Monday, March 9, at 10 AM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island.


Kenneth G. Kalinowski - March 5, 2015 of Grand Island. Husband of Cindy Kalinowski; father of Alexa "Lexi" Kalinowski; step father of Paul and Leah Baer; grandfather of Billy, Anthony and Noah; brother of Laurie (Ellis) Werbow and the late Kevin Kalinowski; son of the late Eugene and Jane Kalinowski; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends may call Saturday 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. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute or Hospice Buffalo.


Elayne M. (Haderer) McManus - entered into rest February 24, 2014. Resident of Grand Island. Wife of John McManus. Mother of Michelle (Scott) Driess, Renee and Kim McManus. Grandmother of Thomas Euscher and Shannon Driess. Sister of Irene (Tony) Cammarano. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday (February 27) at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Elderwood at Grand Island. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.


Nancy C. Ford - 79, of Peoria, AZ, (Grand Island resident from 1957 to 1978), died peacefully on February 12, 2015. Nancy was born in Newfane, NY to Elton and Esther Brown on September 20, 1935. She graduated from Newfane High School and went on to receive a degree in Nursing from Millard Fillmore Nursing School. On June 2,1956, Nancy married Daniel Ford. She worked as a nurse for a number of years before becoming a full-time homemaker. Nancy was a woman of faith and could often be seen reading her Bible or listening to hymns. Through her over thirty years of work as a meeting leader and many years as an area leader with Recovery International, Nancy touched many lives.
   Nancy is survived by her husband, Daniel Ford, her son, Gary (Annette) Ford, her daughter, Carole Ford; grandchildren Erica Ford, Jonathan Ford and Christopher Gibbons; four great-grandchildren, her brothers-in-law, Edward Kyle and David Ford, and six nieces and nephews. Nancy was pre-deceased by her daughter, Connie Ford Gibbons, and her siblings, Lavonne Brown, David Brown, and Shirley Kyle.
   On Sunday, February 15, 2015, a private family service was held at Community Church of Joy. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Nancy's name to Hospice of the Valley (9435 W Peoria Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85345-6479). Online condolences may be made at www.hansenmortuary.com.


William H. "Bill" Pax - entered into rest February 16, 2015. He was formerly of West Seneca. Loving son of John and Nancy Jo (Roof) Pax of Grand Island. Dear brother of John (Diane) Pax of Columbus, OH, Mary (Jay) Pax-Shipley of Bend, OR and Jennifer (the late Tony Wansala) Pax of Ryegate, VT. Cherished uncle of Ben, Melissa, Maddy and Mim. A memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 10 AM at St. Louis RC Church 780 Main St., Buffalo. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Niagara County SPCA. Bill was a lover of nature, a software engineer and a history buff. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.


Frederick L. "Fred" Bush - 44, a Grand Island resident for the past 10 years, passed from this life unexpectedly, on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at his residence. Born on February 4, 1971 in Hartford, CT, he was the son of Guy (Sue) Bush, Sr. of Niagara Falls, NY and the late Donna (Raymond) Bush. Survivors include two children, Alysha Fillies and Tyler Bush; five siblings, Guy Bush, Jr., Joey Bush, Whitney Bush, Aiyana Bush and Tara Mclean; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousings. There will be no prior visitation. All funeral services will be held privately.


Darl Ann (nee Stuermer) Fyfe - February 14, 2015, age 85 Beloved wife of the late John Dixon Fyfe; loving mother of Jean (Paul) Konopczynski, Jim Fyfe and the late Anne (Thom) Cooper; cherished grandmother of Lauren, Madelyn, Ruby, Alyssa and Alec. There will be no prior visitation. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC. Share your condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.


Kathleen A. (nee Wojdan) Tonello - February 12, 2015, age 57, beloved wife of Eugene L. Tonello; caring daughter of Dolores A. (nee Osinski) and the late Arthur Wojdan; dear sister of Timothy Wojdan; dear sister-in-law of Donna (Gary) Bichler; adored aunt of Carissa (Charles) Leone, Max (Katherine) Bichler and Jenna Bichler; special great-aunt of Zeke. The family will be present on Monday from 4-8 PM at the GRECO FUNERAL HOME, 2909 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore (near Sheridan Dr.). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday from St. Stephen Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island at 10 AM. Family and friends are asked to please assemble at the church.


James J. Lichtenthal - February 12, 2015 of Grand Island, NY. Beloved husband of 62 years of Arlene (nee Mozolf) Lichtenthal; devoted father of Michael (Linda) Lichtenthal, Peggy Lichtenthal and Chrisanne (Joseph) Nagowski; loving Papa of Jim (Justalene) and Josh Lichtenthal, Nicole and Kailee Nagowski; great-grandpa of Jase Lichtenthal. Friends may call Saturday 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT INC., FUNERAL HOME, 3290 Delaware Ave., with US Army Military Honors Service at 7:30. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by his family on Monday morning. During his career of over 60 years, Mr. Lichtenthal had been founder and president of Paper Distributors Inc. and PDI Cone Co., Inc, just recently retiring. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the Salvation Army in memory of James Lichtenthal.


Thomas E. Franz - February 15, 2015 of Grand Island. Husband of the late Ginger Franz. Father of Amy (Michael) Kotlarski, Thomas and Michele Franz. Grandfather of Matthew, Michael, Thomas, Mitchell, Ashley and James. Brother of the late Robert O. Franz. Friends may call Thursday 1-5 & 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church.


Ronald Motyka - February 11, 2015, of Grand Island. Beloved husband of Mary M. (Cicelske) Motyka; loving father of Gary, Carl and Ellen Motyka; survived by four grandsons Benjamin, Christopher, Alaric and Tristan, nieces, nephews and cousins; brother of Richard (Shirley) Motyka. Friends may call Saturday and Sunday 2-6 PM followed by funeral services Sunday at 6 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Ron retired from General Mills after more than 30 years working in Buffalo, West Chicago, IL and Golden Valley, MN. He was proud of being in the Boy Scouts and US Air Force. Ron played guitar and sang in the old rock and roll days. He played in the folk group at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, the Cursillo Community and various RV parks in retirement. He also sang occasionally in his son Carl's party rock band.


Mark William Rathmann - of Apopka, Florida, passed away, February 04, 2015. He was born October 24, 1959 in Lackawanna, NY and raised in Grand Island. Mark was a Street Maintenance worker for the City of Apopka, FL government. Survived by his loving wife Michele Kaczmarek Rathmann; children Jacqueline Clare, Cory Clare, David Wolffe, Amanda Brown; siblings Lawrence J. Rathmann, Laureen Brennan, Michele Mieras and 5 grandchildren. Services were held February 8th in Florida and will be held in Grand Island, NY in early July.


Charles Panepinto - Age 61, died suddenly at home February 8, 2015, son of the late Anthony and the late Mary; beloved brother of Anthony, George (Penny), Rosalie and the late Richard Panepinto; loving father of Aaron (Jennifer) MacDonald and Tamara April; cherished grandfather of Kaitlyn April and Arianna, Ian, Caiden and Ashton MacDonald; dear friend of Terrie Panepinto; also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. No prior visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday morning at 10 o'clock at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Arrangements by JOSEPH SPANO & SONS FUNERAL HOME INC., James V. Spano, Director.


Coreinne S. Wilting - Of Grand Island, passed away on February 5, 2015. She was born in Buffalo and graduated from Kensington High School and later graduated from Erie Community College. She worked as a drafter for over 40 years. She was an active member of St. Stephens's Church. She attended mass daily. She enjoyed gardening, reading and spending time with her two dogs. She is survived by her sister Rita, many nieces and nephews, daughter, son, two grandchildren and two dogs. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, February 14 at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church (Old Church), 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island.


Donald Ray Kaiser - Age 88, passed away peacefully, February 6, 2015. Born October 5, 1926. Survived by the mother of his three children, Katherine and his children, David Stephen Kaiser and Donald John Kaiser and Deborah Ann Jenkins; grandfather of Cathy, April, Autumn, Jenell, Calvin and Jennifer; great-grandfather of Megan, Ayden, Daphne, Emily and Daniel; brother of Ray and the late Randall, John and Robert Kaiser; son of the late John and Ethel Kaiser. Friends may call Monday and Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island where Funeral Services will be held Wednesday at 11 AM. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo, 225 Como Park Blvd., PO Box 590, Buffalo, NY 14240.


Bernard H. "Barney" Karl - February 2, 2015, of Grand Island, husband of 68 years of Gertrude M. Karl; father of Patricia A. and John E. Karl; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Private services were held at the convenience of the family. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island.


Christopher T. Moscati - Of Grand Island, February 7, 2015, beloved son of Thomas R. and Carol Durant Moscati; dear brother of Matthew (Erin), Maria (John) Pember and John Paul Moscati; loving uncle of Ethan, Jack Pember, Lucio, Thorello and Iago Moscati. Friends may call at D. LAWRENCE GINNANE FUNERAL HOME, 3215 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 PM. All are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph's University R.C. Church, 3269 Main St. near Winspear Ave., Buffalo, Thursday at 10 AM. Please meet at church. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorials in Christopher's name to the charity of your choice is preferred. www.ginnanefuneralhome.com.


Caesar A. Capone - Dec. 17, 1926 - Feb. 2, 2015
    Of Grand Island, died Monday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital. He was 88.
    Born in Oakfield, he moved to the Niagara Falls area with his family in 1935 to live with his aunt and uncle, Ernesto and Elena Capannolo, who helped raise him. He graduated from the former Trott Vocational High School in Niagara Falls and was a member of the second graduating class of New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Science, now Niagara County Community College. He served in the Army as a member of the 515th Paratrooper Infantry during World War II. He was especially proud of being a part of Honor Flight Network for Veterans and traveling to the War Memorial in Washington, D.C.
    He married the former Ines A. Eliseo on Sept. 2, 1950, at Sacred Heart Church in Niagara Falls. Together they resided in Niagara Falls until moving to Grand Island in 1988. In 1952, Mr. Capone became an electrician and worked through the IBEW Local 237 in Niagara Falls. He worked at various sites throughout the area during his career including the Niagara Power Project and the construction of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. He retired in 1985.
   He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion, both in Grand Island. He was a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church in Grand Island, where he also served as a member of the Holy Name Society. An avid hunter and fisherman for more than 55 years, he also enjoyed gardening, reading and watching the History and Discovery channels. In addition to his wife of 64 years, he is survived by two daughters, Cathy A. Harris and Linda M. Engelbrecht; a son, Gary C.; a brother Oswaldo; and five grandchildren. Visitation will be on Friday from 1-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the M.J. Colucci & Son Niagara Funeral Chapel, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Stephen Catholic Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island.


Marilyn Venturini Kwiatkowski - February 4, 2015, of Grand Island, wife of Daniel Kwiatkowski; mother of Amy and Alissa Venturini, Wayne (Patti) and Fay Kwiatkowski; also survived by grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Friends may call Sunday 2-5 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 AM at Trinity United Methodist Church. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.


David R. Flaim - 69, of Grand Island, on Monday, February 2, 2015, son of the late Albeno and Margaret (Mossatti) Flaim; father of Kristine (Gary) Price of Amherst, NY and Eric (Denise) Flaim of North Tonawanda, NY; grandchildren Sarah, Spencer, Nickolas and Nino and one brother Daniel (Marjorie) Flaim of Grand Island, NY. Visitation Wednesday 3-8 PM at the M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY, where funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 AM. Interment in Riverdale Cemetery, Lewiston, NY. Memorials to Hospice Buffalo, 225 Como Park Blvd, Cheektowaga, NY 14227. Visit www.mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com.


Daniel R. McBride - entered into rest February 1, 2015. Resident of Grand Island. Father of Nicholas R. (Kimberly S.) and Rachael D. McBride. Grandfather of Nevaeh, Ryan and Olivia. Son of Daniel and Dorothy McBride. Brother of Dorothy (James) Mesmer and the late Deanna McBride. Friends may call Thursday 3-7 PM followed by memorial services Thursday at 7 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Soc. or Roswell Park Cancer Institute.


Richard Allan "Dick" Hiam Sr. - 84, of Grand Island, NY, entered into rest on January 21, 2015. Born in Buffalo, NY on March 21, 1930 to Leon Dodge Hiam and Caroline (Apfelbacher) Hiam of Riverside. He was the youngest of nine, preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis Margaret (Wilson) Hiam, whom he wed on January 8, 1951. He is survived by his children: Richard (Colleen) Hiam Jr., Daniel (Michele) Hiam, Diana (Joseph) Alessi and Cynthia (Kenneth) Kalinowski. Richard and Phyllis were blessed with nine grandchildren: Richard (Melissa) Hiam III, Karen (Nelson) Sticka, Daniel (Janie) Hiam, Kristy (Jeff) McDonald, Joseph (Nicole) Alessi III, Christina (Kyle) Goodrich, Paul Baer, Leah Baer and Alexa Kalinowski. At last count, Richard had 16 great-grandchildren, including one who dubbed him "The Great One." A Memorial Service will be held at the Bible Fellowship Church, 1136 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, on Saturday, February 21 at 10:30 AM.


Mary Anne Bishop - entered into rest January 24, 2015. Resident of Grand Island. Wife of the late Ross Bishop. Mother of the late Robert Benton and Patricia Kaiser. Grandmother of Robert and Gene Benton. Also survived by several great grandchildren. A prayer service will be held Monday (February 2) at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.


One Year Memorial, December 7, 1927 - January 31, 2014
In Loving Memory - Rev. George Aswad
- In Remembrance of the Very Reverend Father George Aswad...Husband, Dad, and Gidu to his family. The legacy he has left us will forever live in our hearts. We love and miss you every day of our lives. May your memory be eternal. "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace, in the world you'll have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." John's Gospel, 16/33


Frank J. Hargrave - raised in Niagara Falls, NY, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 24, 2015 in the Our Lady of Peace Health Care Center in Lewiston, NY. Frank was born on April 12, 1925 in Marquette, MI, to Frank R. and Rose (nee Grant) Hargrave.
    He attended Niagara Falls High School, received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from Canisius College and his Masters in Education from Niagara University. In 1943 he joined the Army and served his country in the infantry during World War II in Germany. On April 26, 1949 he married the former Theresa DiCamillo in St. Joseph's Church. Frank began his career at Barker Central School as an English teacher. Later, he worked at Grand Island School where he remained for 30 years as guidance counselor and then a career counselor. Frank is well remembered by his students as a caring mentor and one who saw the value of each person and their talents, which enabled him to steer them towards the right choice of college, military branch, vocational school, or employment.
    Frank was an avid reader and enjoyed taking long walks on Goat Island all year long to stay in good health up until his mid eighty's. A beloved patriarch, Frank was a loving husband to Theresa for over 65 years, exceptional father, grandfather, brother, uncle, great uncle and enjoyed all the benefits that a large family brings. He always put others before himself. He was a devout spiritual man who had a special devotion to St. Joseph. He attended the seminary for a year in high school, but learned that God had a plan for him to continue his education and use his intelligence to benefit everyone around him. He will be remembered for his kindness and generosity.
    Frank is survived by his beloved wife, Theresa M. (nee DiCamillo) Hargrave; two loving children, Mary Anne (Marc) Hargrave-Berkowitz and Dr. Joseph S. (Crysti) Hargrave; seven cherished grandchildren, Aaron, Lara, Anna Hargrave, Melissa, Margaret, Maria and Michael Berkowitz; two caring sisters, Helen (Frank) Buzzelli, Barbara Hargrave; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; and three siblings, the late Donald (late Marge), late Robert (Yolanda) and the late Paul (Joanne) Hargrave.
    The family will be present on Monday from 4-8 PM at the SPALLINO-AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, 1300 Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls, where prayers will be offered on Tuesday at 9:15 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated from Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph Parish at St. Joseph Church, 1413 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls, NY at 10:00 AM. Friends invited. Entombment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery Niagara Falls, NY. If desired, memorials may be made to Catholic Charities.


Dana Marie Penta - November 23, 1962 - January 23, 2015, daughter of Ronald and Linda Penta of Carolina Shores, NC; sister of Renee (Kevin) Kippley of Grand Island and Lorelei (Paul) Milan of Raleigh, NC; aunt of Ashley, Paige, Meg and Ryan. Dana is also survived by an aunt and two cousins. We wish to thank all of Dana's caregivers during her lifetime. Private family services with interment in Stone Ridge, NY will be held. Arrangements by the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC. Memorials may be made to People Inc. Foundation, 1219 North Forest Road, P.O. Box 9033, Williamsville, NY, 14231. Please share condolences online at www.AMIGONE.com.


Rolph A. Person - Dec. 24, 1929 - Jan. 10, 2015
   Rolph A. Person, an engineer who earned his doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology at 22, specialized in pollution control at Union Carbide and was known for his generosity and enthusiasm, died in Grand Island earlier this month. He was 85. "He always took things to the extreme," said Russell Person, his son. "He studied as much as he could about a subject." The son of Swedish immigrants and a civil engineer father, he grew up in San Francisco. He didn't talk much about his academic accomplishments. Instead his son remembered his keen support of his own hobby. When he was a teen, his dad took him to national competitions for stunt BMX, or "bicycle motocross" races, in Florida, Illinois and elsewhere on the East Coast. He remembers his father yelling, "Go Russ, go!" from the sidelines.
    During his career as a chemical engineer at Union Carbide, later Elkem Metals, his world travels included China, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Japan, Brazil and South Africa. After he retired at 65, he followed his interest in taxes and earned enrolled agent status, the Internal Revenue Service's highest credential. He went on to do tax returns for friends and family for free, not as a business. "He did it, kind of as a hobby," said Person. "He was always very generous. He would give his time and his energy to anything." When he served on a jury evaluating a car accident, he brought in model cars to persuade the rest of the jurors to support the insurance company in spite of their misgivings. "He knew that the accident, as portrayed, was impossible," Person said.
    Father and son went together to weekly showings of classic movies at the University at Buffalo seminars. He liked to cook, closely following the "Joy of Cooking" directions for his specialty, eggplant Parmesan. Until about a month ago, they swam twice a week at the pool at Byblos Niagara, the former Holiday Inn. He is survived by his son, Russell; daughters, Janet Paterno and Valerie Schmedlen; and four grandchildren. His wife, Nancy, of 50 years, died in 2009. His son Glenn died about 20 years ago. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven, Grand Island.


Judith A. "Judy" (nee Nailor) Meer - Passed away after a short illness on January 12, 2015, at age 77, beloved wife of the late Robert J. Meer; dearest mother of Natalie A. (Robert) Wolf, Robert C. Meer, Amy E. (Laurence) Mills and Timothy J. (Christa) Meer; dedicated grandmother of Christopher, Corey, Ian, Robert, Jeremy, Adam, Andrew, Nicholas and a great-grandson Cayden; dear sister of Susan (Paul) Bauer. The family will be present on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the (Amherst Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 5200 Sheridan Dr. (corner of Hopkins Rd.), where funeral services will be held on Friday at 9:45 AM and a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated from St. Gregory the Great Church at 10:30 AM. Friends invited. Please share your condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.


Ronald J. Janik - Age 79 years old, of Grand Island, passed away on January 11, 2015, father of Claudia (Kevin) O'Neil; grandfather of Ryan O'Neil; brother of Paul (Marietta) Janik and Kathy (Thomas) Tedesco; husband of the late Alyce A. (McKoski) Janik; son of the late John J. and Gladys G. (Klejdys) Janik; brother of the late John (Natalie) Janik. For over 30 years Ronald and his brothers operated the Johnnie Ryan Co., Inc., in Niagara Falls. Friends may call on Thursday from 1 to 4 PM and 6-8 PM at Historic Holy Trinity Church, 1419 Falls St., Niagara Falls, where funeral services will begin at 9:00 AM on Friday followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM at St. Mary's Church, 259 4th St., with Rev. Jacek P. Mazur officiating. Interment in Holy Trinity Cemetery. Donations in Ronald's memory may be made to Historic Holy Trinity Church. Arrangements by the LABUDA FUNERAL HOME, INC., (716) 284-1573.


Stephen R. Hinwood - entered into rest January 11, 2015. He was a resident of Grand Island. Husband of Mae Hinwood. Father of Lisa Marlin, Robin (Ken) Miller and Candace Barker. Grandfather of Ryan and Alicia Marlin, Samantha, Casey and Shawn Miller, Nolan and Logan Jones. Brother of Karen (Greg) Leitner and the late Samuel Hinwood III. Uncle of Paul, Michelle, Eric and Bridget. Son of the late Rita and Samuel Hinwood. Friends may call Friday 2-4 PM with memorial services Friday at 3 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the American Kidney foundation. Mr. Hinwood was a retired Chemical Supervisor at DuPont in Niagara Falls.


Charles A. Regan - Of Grand Island, NY, January 6, 2015. Son of the late John J. Sr. and Beatrice (Corcoran) Regan; dearest father of Mark (Allison) and John (Tanya) Regan; grandfather of Kenneth (Jessie), Joseph, Heather (Tyler) and Kortney; brother of Neil (Sylvia), Mary Ann (George) Werner and John (Grace) Regan Jr.; survived by nieces and nephews. Friends and family received on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the CURTIN FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1340 Union Road, West Seneca. Friends and family are invited to a Funeral Mass on Monday at 10:15 AM at Queen of Heaven Church, Mill Road at Seneca. Please assemble at church. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.


John Quinn Mikulski - January 6, 2015, at age 77, beloved husband of Beverley L (nee Samuels) Mikulski after 55 years of marriage, dearest father of Bob (Beth) Mikulski, John F Mikulski, David Q (Lynn) Mikulski and Anne (Randy) Mazurkiewicz. Super Papa to: Brad, Ashley, Chelsey, Chelsea, Quinn, Travis and Jack. Brother of the late Sally Davis and Jean Moore. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. John was an active member of the New Voice Club of the Niagara Frontier and Queen City Jass. Retired after 44 years of service on the Railroad. No prior visitation. His remains have been donated to UB Medical School. Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Mass on Saturday, January 10 at 1pm in St. Stephens Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made Hospice of Buffalo or Grand Island Fire Department.


George J. Smith - Age 89, of Key Colony Beach, FL, on January 2, 2015, after brief unexpected stay in Fisherman's Hospital, Marathon. He was feeling fine at Christmas and celebrated the holiday with family. George was born April 5, 1925 in Buffalo, NY to Clara and John Smith in a family of nine: the late Dorothy Schweitzer, Ralph Smith, John Smith, Robert Smith, William Smith, Richard Smith; surviving are Rita (Joe) Sciascia and Fr. Herbert F. Smith, S.J. He now joins his beloved wife, the late Mary A. Smith and son, the late George B (Patty). He is survived by his children, Linda (Don) Kutzbach, Bonnie (Mike) Leto, John (Vikki) Smith, all of Grand Island, NY, and Sharon (Pete) Johnson of Key Colony Beach; grandchildren, Donny (Chantel), Lou Ann (John) Kane, Emily Smith, Jonathan Smith, Zaida Smith, George A. Smith, Heather (Matt) Ahr, George W. Smith, Brian Smith, Brandon Smith and the late Amy Jo Kutzbach; and many great-grandchildren; also survived by his very dear friend Kathryn Sharp, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
   George attended St. Michael's School and Hutch Tech, Buffalo. He served in both the US Army and Merchant Marines in WW II era. He started his own masonry construction company, Ajax-Smith, Inc. in 1955 and restored many prominent buildings in the area. He became a real estate entrepreneur, buying and selling varied properties, bowling alley, golf courses, apartment buildings, warehouses and land. He truly enjoyed life and the challenge of hard work, taking his first job after school at age 10 to help his young widowed mother and eight siblings. He enjoyed boating and golf. He and Mary came to the Keys in the late 1960s. He lived there for many years and spent summers along the Niagara River in Grand Island, NY. Mr. Smith was a member of San Pablo Catholic Church, Marathon, FL, the Marathon Yacht Club, the Buffalo Launch Club and past owner and member of River Oaks Golf Club and past member of Sombrero CC. George was known for his generosity to others throughout his life.
    A Mass of Celebration of George's life will be held at San Pablo Church, Marathon, FL, on Friday at 11 AM. Arrangements by Dean-Lopez Funeral Home, Big Pine Key (no prior visitation). Memorial and celebration of his life will be also held in Buffalo at a future date in 2015 for family and friends. If desired memorials can be made in his name to the Jesuit Community at St. Joseph's University, 261 City Ave., Merion Station, Philadelphia, PA 19066-1835, where his brother, 92 years old, still resides; or St. Stephen School, 2080 Baseline Rd., Grand Island NY 14072, where George helped as a founder of the school attended by his children and grandchildren.


Kelly Knab - Age 28, of Grand Island, passed away in New York City at Memorial Sloan Kettering on January 2, 2015. Her passing was peaceful, and she was surrounded by many of her closest loved ones. She is survived by her mother and father, Sheryl and Richard Knab; her brother, Joe Knab; her fiance, Matt Seconi; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Her passing was the result of a 14 month battle with a rare form of cancer that she fought with courage and grace. Kelly exemplified a love for life and never failed to put others first, even during the course of her disease. She was able to light up a room when she entered, and made everyone feel welcome with her bubbly hello's. In no particular order, Kelly loved skiing, great music, family, Matt, mashed potatoes, New York City, poetry, and best of all, life. If you would like to pay tribute to her life and the love she showed everyone else, her family would love to see you at calling hours and services. Calling hours will take place at KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, Tuesday 7-9 PM and Wednesday 2-4 PM and 6-9 PM. A service in her memory will be held Thursday at 10 AM at Kaiser Funeral Home with lunch following at 12:00 PM at River Oaks Golf Club, Grand Island. If you wish to show your love and support by sending something, the family would instead ask that you make a donation to Cycle for Survival. Kelly loved this event and was set to participate for the second year in a row this February. 100% of the money raised goes to research for curing rare cancers at the hospital that treated Kelly. You can make a donation at the following web address: http://bit.ly/1vSbjry.


Thomas I. Dilmarter Sr. - January 3, 2015, surrounded by family. Born in Windsor, Ont., raised in Stratford, Ont. and settled in Tonawanda. Husband of Kathleen A. (Hoy) Dilamarter; father of Thomas (Carol Ciaciuch) Dilamarter, Jr., MD of East Aurora, Holly (Jim) Pachla of Grand Island and Patricia (Luis) Rivera of Newfane; grandfather of David, Jordan, Nicholas, Rylee and Jack Pachla; brother of Glenn (J'nell) Dilamarter of St. Catherine, Ont., Judith (Ron) Ellenburg of Tampa, Heather (Peter) Stephens of North Tonawanda and Bonnie (Nick) Sayat of Tampa; also survived by nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be private. A memorial celebration will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John Baptist Hospice, 111 Maple St., Buffalo, NY. Tom was an avid sports enthusiast who played ice hockey and softball until age 72. He was active coaching youth hockey in Amherst winning a state championship in the 1980's. Member of Grand Island Golden Age Club, American Legion, Ancient Landmarks Lodge #0358 and Masonic Lodge. Retired from General Motors in 1999 and later retired from Sweethome School District as a bus driver. Served in three branches of the Armed Services. Tom was a wonderful, well loved husband, father and grandfather.


Walter J. Dutka - January 1, 2015, of Grand Island, beloved husband of Sandy Dutka; father of Paul (Chris) Dutka, Chris (Ron) Trowbridge, Jody Dinger and Don (Maryann) Gold; grandfather of Steven, Joseph and Matthew Gold, Andrew and Mitch Dinger, Amanda and Tessa Dutka; son of Vera and the late Walter Dutka Sr.; brother of John (Maryann) Dutka, Barb (Jim) Riley, Mike (Nancy) Dutka and the late Fred (survived by wife Maryann) Dutka. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, January 10, at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.


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