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Mary B. (nee Dinsmore) Martin - July 23, 2017, of Grand Island, wife of the late John F. Martin; beloved mother of Catherine A. Smith, Diane E. (William) Lapp, John E. (Cheri), Lawrence J. (Susan), William D. (Mary Lynn), Margaret A., Joseph M. Martin and the late Mary Susan (survived by husband Lance) Kohn and Christopher P. (survived by wife Michelle) Martin; also survived by 19 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; predeceased by four grandchildren and seven brothers and sisters. Friends may call Wednesday 3-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church (Old Church). In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Stephen's Church.
Scott W. Donlon - July 13, 2017, age 63, recently retired after 19 years in law enforcement and returned to Grand Island. Husband of Karen Donlon; father of Kelly (John) Burkhart; grandfather of Kelsi Donlon; son of Harold (Katherine) and the late Kathleen Donlon; brother of Kevin (Sue) Donlon. Funeral services private. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Arrangements by KAISER FUNERAL HOME.
Mary (nee Lamancuso) Parisi - Passed away peacefully, at home, with her loving family present, on July 19, 2017. She was 88. Mary was known for the beauty she brought to the world, her loving spirit, and the enormity of her heart. From her gentle handssprang delicately painted china, vibrant gardens, and magical Italian delicacies. Mary shared her life with her "angel," Nunzio (Norman) Parisi. Theirs is one of the great love stories of all time, and in it they loved each other from sunrise to sunset for 66 years, always side by side; full of hope and gratitude for the rich life they built. Together they ran Grand Island Quality Cleaners, where their customers of 40 years were also their friends.
As a young woman, Mary delivered books to new readers through the Erie County Library Bookmobile. Her heart was filled with love for her children, Cathy, Steve, Natalie, Lisa, and Jennifer; as well as her grandchildren, Nicole, Scott, Nina, Michael, Lauren, Christopher, Stephen, Jack, David, Ella and Poppy. She was especially touched by the great grandchildren, Sabrina, Taylor, Bella, Kendall, and Cameron, who she kissed with her own special joy. Calling hours at KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island on Friday, July 21 from 4-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Stephens Church on Grand Island, Saturday, July 22 at 10 AM. Flowers are gratefully declined. If desired, donations can be made Mary's name to Hospice Buffalo.
Helen Williams - July 18, 2017, of Grand Island, formerly of Scranton Wilkes-Barre, PA, wife of 68 years of Francis Williams Sr.; mother of Francis (Karen) Jr., John (Mary), Jim (Marilyn) and Michael (Modeste) Williams and Barbara (Salvatore) Timpano; also survived by 17 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren; predeceased by three brothers and one sister. Friends may call Friday 3-7 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 12 Noon at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.
Susan (nee Robinson) Yensan - July 18, 2017, of Grand Island; wife of the late Terry Yensan; mother of John (Kelly) and Jason (Lisa) Yensan; step mother of Terry (Nicole) Yensan Jr. and Tracy (Scott) Pufpaff; grandmother of Elizabeth, Caitlyn, Taylor and Lilian Yensan; sister of Gerry (Valerie) Robinson, Joanne (John) Podlucky, Lisa Robinson, Jackie (Jack) Steckelberg, Lori Boulden and Sheri (Kevin) Hale; daughter of the late John H. and Lilian Robinson; and last but not least her beloved dog, Rosie. 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 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the SPCA of Erie County.
Matthew C.E. O'Brien - July 13, 2017, of Grand Island, beloved son of Victor and Deborah (nee Epstein) O'Brien; dear brother of Natalie, Eleanor and Luke O'Brien; cherished grandson of Constance and the late Thomas O'Brien and Barbara Epstein; loving nephew of Rebecca Dibello, Christopher Epstein, Kevin, Gregory, Thomas and Dennis O'Brien; also survived by many cousins. Friends may call Monday 3-8 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.
Paul W. Adams - ADAMS -Age 99, July 9, 2017, of Grand Island, husband of the late Mae T. Adams; father of Paul B. (Donna) Adams; grandfather of Kelly (Darren) Engert and Jill Adams. Memorial Services will be held Thursday, July 20 at 11 AM at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice. Mr. Adams was a WW II Army Veteran and was active well onto his 90s. He enjoyed bowling, signing in the Chorale Group, and volunteered with Meals on Wheels. He will be greatly missed for his wonderful sense of humor. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
Harry F. Gibbs Jr. - July 11, 2017, of Grand Island, son of Judith (nee Mallette) and the late Harry F. Gibbs Sr.; brother of Michael (Sally) Gibbs and Mellissa (Tom) Makowski; nephew of Claudia (Gary) Cooper, John (Kathy) Mallette and Linda (Andy) Slowik; also survived by several cousins; a celebration of Harry's life will be held Monday, July 17 at 6:30 PM at Mallwitz's Island Lanes, 1887 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
Kyle J. Lindquist - July 8, 2017, of Grand Island; son of the late Charles and Karen (Bates) Lindquist; brother of Carl (Nicole) and Alex Lindquist; grandson of Irene and the late Robert Bates; nephew of James (Jackie) Bates, Andrew Bates and Ruth Linton. Friends may call Thursday 6-8 PM at KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Horizon Village, Sanborn, NY.
Donald B. Fraser - (January 31, 1929 - July 2, 2017)
Donald B. Fraser, 88, resident of Grand Island since 1959, passed away Sunday, July 2, 2017. Born in Buffalo to Donald Scott and Ella Mae (Briggs) Fraser, Donald is survived by his wife of 66 years, Rena (Robert) Fraser; daughter Diana Fraser Govern (Joseph) of Boston, MA; and, son Robert Scott Fraser of Grand Island; he was predeceased by his sister Yvonne Barbara Fraser of Toronto and Niagara Falls, Canada.
Donald was a graduate of The University of Buffalo and served as Master Sargent in the US Army. He was very involved in the betterment of the community serving early on as President of the Elmwood Avenue Business Association, and after moving to Grand Island, president of the Republican Club, town committeeman, director of the Chamber of Commerce, member of the Zoning Board of Appeals (1972-1979), Taxpayers Association, Lions Club, and the University Club of Buffalo. Over the years he also took part in organizing many Boy Scout activities.
For many years Donald worked as a general contractor and in 1965 became sole owner of Donald S. Fraser and Son, Inc. After closing the business he became Assessor of Grand Island and went on to work for the New York State Office of General Services. Donald had a keen interest in forestry and planted hundreds of fir trees on his Grand Island property. As a member of the Forest Growers Association he traveled to numerous parks across North America. For some years he raised sheep and kept honey bees. Donald also enjoyed researching genealogy, especially his Scottish and Canadian heritage.
At the family's request funeral services and interment at Whitehaven Cemetery will be private. Memorial donations in Donalds memory may be made to American Parkinson Disease Association, 135 Parkinson Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305-1425. Arrangements by KAISER FUNERAL HOME.
Peter I. Certo - President and Chairman of the Board of Certo Brothers Distributing Company. Age 63, of Grand Island, passed away unexpectedly on July 5, 2017; son of Natalie (Bator) Certo and the late Andrea Henry P. Certo, Sr.; beloved husband of Rose M. (Korman) Certo; loving father of Sharon M. (Gary) Chislett, Stephanie Certo and Traci (James) Murphy; grandfather of Trevor, Zachary and Sara Chislett, Samantha Meierer and James Peter Murphy; brother of Cathy (Ron) Vilardo, Andrea Hank (Shayne) Certo, Jr., Marie (Ken) DeMont, Joseph (Nancy Molyneux) Certo, Ken (Tracey) Certo, Dr. Margaret Certo and Mark (Kristin) Certo; son-in-law of Mary Korman; former son-in-law of Sean Meierer; and lifelong friend of Bob Cammarata; also survived by aunts and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be Saturday 6-8 PM and Sunday 2-4 and 6-8 PM at M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Rd., Niagara Falls, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, July 10, at 11 AM in St. Raphael Parish, 3840 Macklem Ave., Niagara Falls. EVERYONE PLEASE ASSEMBLE AT CHURCH. Entombment will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Memorial offerings may be made to Niagara Catholic High School, 520 66th St., Niagara Falls, NY 14304. Please visit www.mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for online guestbook.
Ethel L. Dorfman - 92, of Allentown PA, went to be with her Savior on Wednesday, June 28th, at Fellowship Community, Whitehall, PA. She was the wife of the late Edwin Dorfman. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she was a long time resident of Grand Island before moving to Allentown PA to be near her family in 1991. She is survived by a son, David P. (Pamela) of O'Fallon, Illinois, and a daughter, Laura D. Studenroth (John) of Blandon, PA, and four grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Services: Private. No calling hours. Arrangements, Cremation Society of PA. To leave online condolences or for more Ethel's life story, see online obituary.
Elizabeth Ida (Glor) Allen - was born in Batavia, NY on 9/26/1942 and died in Houston, TX on 6/27/2017. She was the daughter of Ora Elizabeth (Putney Glor (Newton) and Eldon Merritt Glor. She lived on Grand Island until after graduating from Tonawanda High School, and married Hugh Daryl Allen, MD, on 6/20/1964 in Grand Island, NY.
She is survived by sons Clark Eldon Allen, of Portland, OR (married to Jana Leanne (Westran) Allen, son Christopher Jeremiah Allen), Carl Eugene Allen, of Houston, TX (married to Hillary Brooke Boswell, children Stella Elizabeth Allen and Adam Hugh Allen), and Lloyd Hugh Allen of Baltimore, MD (married to Jean Adair Milstein); siblings Bernice (Glor) Pagliaro of Santa Barbara CA, Barbara (Glor) Martin of Delaware, OH and Ellen (Glor) Dunston of Columbus OH, Peter J. Glor of Santa Clarita CA, and Eugene Glor of Rochester, NY, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Elizabeth was a wonderful, caring wife, mother, and grandmother (aka "Gaga"). She attended Otterbein College (BA in Education), where she met Hugh. She later attended The Ohio State University, where she earned a Masters of Arts in Education as a reading specialist. Elizabeth taught in elementary schools in Cincinnati OH, Minneapolis MN, and Columbus OH. She treasured her students. In Arizona, she was elected President of the Catalina Foothills School Board. She served as a Trustee and President of the Alumni Association for Otterbein College.
Elizabeth loved spending time with her family and in her gardens, and made lifelong friendships on every journey. She taught gold panning in Sabino Canyon, hiked the Grand Canyon, started internationally competitive chess teams (without playing chess), and created a home that welcomed all. She gracefully fought a devastating neuromuscular disease that eventually claimed her. As the pillar of our family, she will be sorely missed.
A service will be held at Church of the Master United Methodist Church in Westerville, Ohio on August 5, 2017. 10 a.m. - visitation, 11 a.m. - memorial service, following that will be the internment at the Otterbein Cemetery in Westerville, OH. Followed by a lunch served by the women at the Church of the Master. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Charles Botts Scholarship fund, Otterbein College, 1 Grove Street, Westerville, Ohio, 43081; to Texas Children's Hospital, Department of Pediatric Cardiology, Office of Development, Ste. 5214, PO Box 300630, Houston TX 77230-0630; or to the HistioCure Foundation (histiocure.org). Condolences may be offered at www.millerfuneral.com.
Eileen J. (Beck) Houck - Of Grand Island, NY, wife of the late Paul J. Houck; mother of John (Carol), James (Martha), Thomas (Melissa) and Joanne (Michael) Campbell; stepmother of Paul (Sherry), late Wayne (survived by Kathleen) and Robert; survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at Trinity Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island at 2 PM on Sunday, July 9. Share online condolences at www.jerfh.com.
Lorraine L. (nee Guize) Szczublewski - June 25, 2017, beloved wife of the late Jerome L. Szczublewski; loving mother of Karen and Susan Szczublewski; devoted grandmother of John Paul; dearest sister-in-law of the late Barbara (Jerry) Chojnacki; aunt of Jerome (Dawn), Christopher, Kelly, and Michelle (Mark) Chojnacki; also survived by many loving cousins. The family will be present Thursday from 4-8 PM at the Greco Funeral Home, 2909 Elmwood Ave., where prayers will be offered on Friday at 9:30 AM, followed by a Liturgy to be celebrated from St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, 3275 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore, NY at 10 AM. A Panachyda Service will be held Thursday at 7 PM. Flowers gratefully declined. If so desired, donations may be made to St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church or Hospice Buffalo, Inc. Please share condolences online at www.GRECOFUNERAL.com.
Norman Charles Gibbon - Of Grand Island, entered into rest June 17, 2017, beloved husband of Gladys (nee Axberg) Gibbon; devoted father of Susan (John) Perriello and Judy Gibbon; cherished grandfather of Marie and James Perriello; loving son of the late George W. and Elizabeth M. Gibbon; dear brother of May (late Paul) Bieth; also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. No prior visitation. A Memorial Service will be celebrated in First Presbyterian Church, 1 Symphony Circle, Buffalo on Saturday afternoon (July 1st) at 2 o'clock. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Buffalo Inc. Mr. Gibbon was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War. Arrangements by LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel). Online condolences may be made at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Charles David Allaire - June 16, 2017, of Grand Island, age 88, father of John (Myrna) Allaire, Michelle Allaire, Scott (Kelly) Allaire, Yolande (Jon) Hasselbeck, Charles (Jane) Allaire, Mary (Boyd) Gifford and Ruby Allaire; also survived by 21 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; preceded by Jane Allaire his beloved wife of 51 years and brothers, Burton, William, Richard, Donald, Joseph and Robert Allaire; sisters, Dorothy Weisbeck and Margret Signer; Friends may visit with the family on Sunday, July 2, 4-6 PM at KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Monday, July 3 at 10:00 AM at St. Stephen's Church.
Irene M. Slusarski - Aug. 26, 1926 – June 17, 2017
By Dale Anderson, Buffalo News
Irene M. Slusarski, of Grand Island, a retired nurse and longtime supporter of the St. Jude Center, which provides pastoral care for the Buffalo Medical Campus, died Saturday in Buffalo General Medical Center. She was 90. Born in Buffalo, the former Irene Ulaszewski grew up near the Central Terminal on the city's East Side. She attended Corpus Christi Elementary School and East High School and commuted by bus to Trott Vocational High School in Niagara Falls to train as a licensed practical nurse. A single mother, Mrs. Slusarski worked as an LPN for 10 years at Columbus Hospital, Kenmore Mercy Hospital and Doctors Hospital in the Town of Tonawanda. After earning an associate degree in nursing from Trocaire College in 1967, she became a registered nurse at Buffalo General, primarily in obstetrics and in labor and delivery. She also served for a few years as head nurse before she retired in 1992.
She was a founding member of the St. Jude Center Guild, which supports the St. Jude Center, established in 1969 by her brother Monsignor Edward Ulaszeski. In retirement, she worked as a volunteer at the center. "The St. Jude Center, that was her whole life," her son Paul said. A resident of Sloan for many years, Mrs. Slusarski and her brother purchased a home on Grand Island in 2001. They traveled in Europe together, visiting the Vatican, and she served as his caretaker prior to his death in 2010.
In addition to traveling, she enjoyed reading, gardening and birds, especially hummingbirds. She became a gourmet cook after taking cooking classes at Emerson High School and was a consultant on interior design after taking design classes at Villa Maria College. Deeply religious, she attended Mass at the St. Jude Center six days a week and enjoyed watching Catholic programming on EWTN. In addition to her son, survivors include nieces and a nephew. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in the St. Jude Center, 760 Ellicott St.
Gertrude C. Wilson - June 18, 2017, life long resident of Grand Island, wife of the late Arthur Wilson; mother of Daniel (Judy) Wilson, Kathy Ballester and David (Susan) Wilson; also survived by six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Friends may call Saturday 11 AM - 1 PM followed by Funeral Services Saturday at 1 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Island Presbyterian Church, 1833 Huth Rd., Grand Island.
Luva Ruth Cap - June 21, 2017, of Grand Island, wife of the late Witold J. Cap; mother of Victor J. (Gloria), Michael A. (Bobbie) and Daniel P. Cap, and Catherine M. (James) Mulhern; grandmother of Bethany (Paul) Hannan, Danielle Guidice, Kristen (Richard) Braganza, Ian (Rain) Cap and David Sokolowski; great grandmother of Kristian Braganza, Kathryn Hannan, Aidan Cap, Alex Hannan, Matthew, Andrew, Katherine and Mary Sokolowski; sister of Peter (Rosemary) Flaxy. Friends may call Friday 6-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 11:15 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made the Grand Island Lions Club.
Ronald V. Scibetta - formerly a resident of Grand Island for 40 years, died Memorial Day, May 29, 2017, at home in Summerfield, Florida. He died after a long illness, under the care of In Home Hospice. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Judith Scibetta and his brother Paul (Peggy). Ron and Judy were members of St. Stephen's Church on Grand Island. He retired from Washington Mills Abrasives in 2001 (formerly Carborundum). A Mass of Christian Burial was held on June 8, 2017 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Candler, Florida. His remains were interred at the National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida on June 14, 2017.
John W. "Jack" Burns - June 20, 2017, of Grand Island, born in Houtzdale, PA, husband of Marian T. Burns; father of John P. "Jack" (Sandy) Burns, Nancy (Michael) Wells, Theresa (Jim) Canavan, Kim (Robert) Parasiliti, Casey Burns and the late Patricia (survived by husband Steve) Kopra; also survived by 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; brother of Edward (Barbara) Burns, Donna Kay (Arnie) Wylke, Shirley (Dick) Kennedy, Patricia (late Tom) Hugar and the late Jean (late Carl) Borger, Larry (late Patricia) and Joe (survived by wife Bonnie) Burns. 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.
Jeannie Marie Blowers - 76, of Grand Island, went to be with her Lord on June 18, 2017, three days after her 54th anniversary to Charles, at the Schofield Skilled Nursing Facility after a courageous 11-month battle with cancer. She was born May 23, 1941 in Schenectady, NY to Arthur and Betty Comstock. Jeannie graduated from Colonie Central School District in 1958. She graduated from Gordon College, a private Christian liberal arts college, in Wenham, MA, with a degree in Elementary Education in 1963. She married Charles Blowers on June 15, 1963 and taught first grade between 1963 and 1966 in Gloucester and Salisbury, MA and Scotia, NY. She played the piano and organ, was a lover of music and was an award-winning knitter, despite being blind. She provided many years of joyful service to her two churches, Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Schenectady and Bible Presbyterian Church on Grand Island, where she became known as the "Story Lady" for Vacation Bible School. She is survived by her husband Charles; three children: Chris (Christine) of New York, John (Christine) of Maryland and James (Jean) of Illinois; seven grandchildren: Craig, Clarissa, Caleb, Nathaniel, Ben, Emily and Bryan; and two sisters Margie Powell of Ohio and Marilyn (Roger) Truax of New York. Her wonderful, joyful spirit made her beloved by countless friends and she touched the lives of everyone she met throughout her entire life, up until God called her home. A Memorial Service will be held at Bible Presbyterian Church, 1650 Love Rd., Grand Island, Friday, June 23, 2017 at 7 PM, followed by a time of refreshments and fellowship. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Peniel Bible Conference, 336 Lake Tour Rd., PO Box 369, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846. We would like to thank Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Schofield Care and Hospice Care for their selfless, loving and personal time, effort and energy that were invested in caring for Jeannie. May God bless them and keep them.
Karolina (Karolyn) Albertsson - May 31, 2017, age 57. Karolyn was born in Akureyri, Iceland, a small town on a fjord just 36 miles south of the Arctic Circle. Icelandic was her first language before moving to Grand Island, NY with her family at three years old. Karolyn attended Grand Island High School, played the clarinet, and graduated in 1978.
Following graduation, she joined the United States Air Force and served as a Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile mechanic. Karolyn was stationed in Misawa, Japan (seven years), Texas, Illinois, North Dakota, New York State, and Guam during her 17 years in military and civilian roles on military bases. Upon repatriation from Guam, Karolyn and her family moved to Grand Island and then settled in Crawford, Mississippi in 1997, where she spent 14 years in various supervisory roles at Weyerhaeuser.
In recent years, Karolyn and her partner built a home remodeling business. Karolyn loved animals and rescued numerous abandoned cats and dogs over the years, nursing them back to health and providing them a loving home, a testament to her kind and generous heart. She loved spending time with family and friends, canning preserves harvested from her plum trees and garden, attending NASCAR races, photography, long walks in the park, crocheting, and restoring her vintage Mustang.
Karolyn is survived by her beloved partner Roger McGee, son Christopher Pace stationed in South Korea, daughter Kristy Pace of Crawford, MS, granddaughter AlteriaDawn Pace of Crawford, MS, sister Candice Albertsson of Cleveland, OH, brother Jon G. (Laurie) Albertsson of Grand Island, NY, and niece Amanda Albertsson of Grand Island, NY. Karolyn was preceded by her beloved parents, Jon G. and Dolores (Allgaier) Albertsson. Visitation was held at Carson Funeral Home in Columbus, MS on June 2. A celebration of her life was held at Pleasant Ridge House of Worship in Crawford, MS on June 3. Interment was in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Crawford, MS.
Raymond R. Nuchereno - June 17, 2017, age 59, loving father of Roman A. Nuchereno; beloved son of John R. (Eileen) and the late Harriet (nee Farrell) Nuchereno; loving special friend of Maureen T. Schmitt; caring brother of Robert D. (Norina) Nuchereno and the late Anthony A. Nuchereno; adored uncle of Natalie, Robert, Nicolle and Ava; also survived by many dear friends. The family will be present on Tuesday from 4-8 PM at the (Amherst Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 5200 Sheridan Drive (corner of Hopkins Road). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday from St. Stephen Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island at 11:30 AM. Friends are asked to please assemble at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Ray's name to Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Alliance Foundation c/o Multiple Myeloma Research or Excalibur Leisure Skills Center. Share condolences at www.AMIGONE.com
Mauro Bravetti - June 17, 2017, of Grand Island, NY, beloved husband of Rosemary (nee Cepuchowski); son of the late Erasmo and Enrichetta Bravetti; brother of Rosa (Antonio) DiBari and the late John (Louise) Bravetti; father of Christopher (Jennifer) Bravetti; grandfather of Colleen Bravetti; uncle of David (Mary) Bravetti, Melanie (Jeffrey) Contini, Alessandro DiBari and Gloria DiBari; son-in-law of Dorothy and the late Frank Cepuchowski; brother-in-law of Robert (Jacquie) Cepuchowski, Carol Cepuchowski and Joanne (Joshua) Andrews. Funeral Services Wednesday at 9:00 AM from the SIECK, MAST & LESLIE FUNERAL HOME, 250 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca, 825-5205 and in St. Martin of Tours Church at 9:30 AM. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Family will be present Monday 6-8 PM and Tuesday 3-8 PM. Flowers gratefully declined. Entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Mary F. (Brennan) Varecka - Of Grand Island, NY, June 15, 2017; dearest mother of Marsha M. (William) Dill, Judith E. Goetz and the late Christina D. Lepkowski; also survived by grandchildren and great-grandchildren; predeceased by five brothers and sisters; also survived by nieces and nephews. No prior visitation. A Memorial Service will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by ERIE COUNTY CREMATION SERVICE, 824-6435. Please share your condolences at www.eriecountycremationservice.com.
Genevieve M. Dobmeier - June 15, 2017, born July 3, 1930, wife of the late Richard J. Dobmeier; mother of Mary Lynn (David) Lenz, Catherine (Glenn) Edginton, Sally (Michael) McMahon, Suzanne A. Dobmeier, Jacqueline (Kenneth) DeSimone and the late Barbara (survived by husband John) Dubbs and Brian Joseph Dobmeier; also survived by 17 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. Friends may call Tuesday 4-7 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Coffee and danish will be served Wednesday at 9 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:15 AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to D'Youville College. Mrs. Dobmeier graduated from D'Youville College in 1952 with a BS in Nursing and was formerly employed at Buffalo Children's Hospital and 27 years at Kenmore Mercy Hospital chiefly in the Coronary Care Unit. She retired in 1995. She volunteered at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, with Meals on Wheels, and was a member of St. Stephen's Rosary and Altar Society. She was a member of Buffalo Launch Club Mates, was a ski enthusiast and an Ambassador to Kissing Bridge.
Donald E. "Whitey" Dlugosz - June 13, 2017, of Grand Island. Husband of Lynnette; stepfather Elizabeth (Terry) Owens, Symantha Bloudeck, William (Cheryl) and John (Cheryl) Burg; also survived by 10 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews; brother of Terry Clark and the late Jean Killian and Walter Dlugosz. Friends may call Friday 4-8 PM followed by memorial services Friday at 8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Whitey was the chief mechanic at Island Lanes, was an accomplished bowler and enjoyed golfing and fishing.
Elinore F. (Grey) Spiesz - June 11, 2017, age 99 years and 361 days. Elinore was born June 15, 1917 in Buffalo. She grew up there in a large, loving family. She met her future husband Benjamin Spiesz before WWII, and after he returned from serving in the US Navy, they were married. They moved their young family to Grand Island in 1956.
Elinore worked part time in Grand Island schools wile raising her family, and for many years after. She worked in the cafeteria and made many life-long friends. Her husband died in 2001 and about 7 years later she moved to Florida to live with her daughter Janet (Spiesz) Allen, and her family. She was very well cared for and suffered numerous physical trials in her final years. She passed away peacefully just 4 days before her 100th birthday. She inspired her entire family and all who knew her with her amazing strength, perseverance, grace and faith. She lived a beautiful life and will be greatly missed.
Besides her daughter Janet, Elinore is survived by her sons Andrew and David, 9 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and a brother James Grey. She was predeceased by 8 brothers and sisters. Friends may call Friday (June 16) 4-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Memorials may be made to Trust Bridge Hospice, West Palm Beach, FL.
Michelle LeFauve - September 9, 1981-May 26, 2017. Michelle moved to Buffalo from Grand Island after meeting her husband, Nathan Wallace, in 2001. She was a devoted wife and mother to Nolan, Becca, and Parker. Michelle struggled with a rare autoimmune disorder called myasthenia gravis, but she always persevered with courage and hope. Her last name, LeFauve, is translated from French as both "the fawn" and "big cat". Anyone who has had the honor of knowing Michelle understands that she embodied both translations. She was charismatic and lived life with vigor, like a fawn prancing through Tifft Nature Preserve. She also loved fiercely, protecting her pride like a lioness of the Serengeti, and her pride always extended far beyond her blood relatives. If she got to know someone and they were not a complete jackass, she would make them part of her pride (and even jackasses got a second chance). Michelle will be profoundly missed, but her powerful love will live forever. A Memorial Service will be held at 7 PM on Thursday, June 29th at Pilgrim-St. Luke's & El Nuevo Camino United Church of Christ, 335 Richmond Ave., Buffalo.
Pastor Bruce F. Benson - Age 60, of Hamburg, NY, June 9, 2017, beloved husband of Jeanette L. (nee: Wharen); loving father of Christopher (Maria) Benson; brother of Robert (Joann) Benson; son-in-law of Jean Wharen; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Family invites friends to call June 12th from 7-9 PM at the LAING FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2724 W. Church St., Eden. A Memorial Service will be held June 13th at 7 PM at the Eden United Methodist Church, 2820 E. Church St., Eden. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Bread of Life Outreach Center, 8745 Supervisor Ave., Colden, NY 14033.
Lee Elizabeth (nee Slaga) Bower - Long time Grand Island resident, went to be with the Lord June 7, 2017 after a lengthy illness. Born September 24, 1926 in Buffalo to Frank and Anna Slaga, Lee went on to become a Registered Nurse and a doting mother, roles she excelled at. She devoted her life to taking care of others, including her four children. Lee graduated in 1948 from Millard Fillmore Hospital School of Nursing. She worked for many years at General Motors and Occidental Chemical as a nurse. Lee was a member of St. Stephen's Church on Grand Island where she served in numerous roles, which included Women's Auxiliary and Altar Society. She is survived by two daughters, Judy (David) Hrncir of San Antonio, TX and Sheryl Bower of Glenwood Springs, CO; two sons, George (Whitney) and Michael (Jill) Bower, both of Grand Island; her grandchildren Daniel Hrncir, Dane Wood, Dakota Bower, Maddison Bower and McKenna Prochaska; special nephews John (Mary) and Steve Domagala, in addition to other family and many friends. Friends may call Sunday 4-7 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 the SPCA.
James A. Olson - Age 57, of Grand Island, NY and a Niagara Falls native, passed away on Friday, June 9th, 2017 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. Born in Buffalo, NY on July 12, 1959, he is the loving son of Eugene and the late Agnes (Danielson) Olson; beloved husband of Ellen M. (Wendt) Olson; cherished father of Traci (Shawn) Clemens, Ashley (Brandon) Morris, Christopher (Jaime) Olson, Robert Dixon; and was predeceased by his daughters, Suni Lee (late James) Music, Toni Olson and his granddaughter, Mylee Marie Music. James is also the grandfather of Shelby and Corey Jahn, Christopher, Dillon and Hayley Olson, Brielle and Connor Morris; brother of Alan (late Holly) Olson, John (QinQin Li) Olson and Gregory (Joanne) Olson; and son-in-law of Marilyn (late Robert Wendt) (Robert) Ventry; also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Visitation will be held on Monday, June 12th from 3 - 8 PM at the M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10 AM in Holy Family Parish at Mt. Carmel Church, 27th and Independence Avenue, Niagara Falls. Interment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery with Military Honors. Offerings to Hospice Buffalo, 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, NY. Visit mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for register.
John Forrest - Born October 25, 1934, passed June 7, 2017, of Grand Island; son of the late John and Virginia Forrest; brother of Theresa Tippett, Frederick Forrest, Roy (Sue) Forrest and Patsy Bedford; survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great- nephews. He was a member of Grand Island Moose Loge 180, and American Legion Post 1346 of Grand Island. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, June 14th at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Arrangements by KAISER FUNERAL HOME.
Kevin Robert Zilliox - 58, of Conroe, Texas, passed away June 4, 2017.
He was born in Buffalo, New York on December 12, 1958 to Richard Joseph and Muriel Alice (Cathcart) Zilliox. Kevin graduated from Grand Island High School (1977) and received an Associate degree from San Jacinto College.
He was married to Susan Ann Harris on October 4, 1996. Kevin worked as a service manager for Munday Chevrolet for 20 years. He had a passion for NASCAR, hot rods, his career, technology and his family. Kevin was survived by his wife, Susan; son, Bobby Zilliox; stepchildren, Gary Adams, Joshua Adams and Sarah Harris; grandchildren, Parker Zilliox, Emily Chapa, Joshua Adams, Logan Adams, Haley Adams, Lizzie Adams, Andrew Sturgis and Avery Sturgis; brothers, Greg Zilliox and Mark Zilliox and sisters, Linda Modglin and Karen Weisler.
A gathering will take place on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 9:00 am and a Celebration of Life service will begin at 10:00 am at Forest Park The Woodlands Chapel, 18000 Interstate 45 South, The Woodlands, Texas 77384, followed by a reception in the adjacent room. A Celebration of Life service and inurnment will take place in Grand Island, New York at a later date. Kevin’s final resting place will be at the Whitehaven Cemetery, Grand Island NY. Family members are working on the details for the date and time of a memorial service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks to donate to their GoFundMe account to help with funeral costs and inurnment in New York at https://www.gofundme.com/kevin-zilliox-funeral-expenses.
Stanley Detkos - May 31, 2017, of Grand Island, husband of 45 years of Genevieve Detkos; father of Butch Detkos and Fran Krich; stepfather of Bernadine Anner and Carol Tanasiw; grandfather of Nicholas, Danielle and Sarah Anner, Billy Miller, Frankie Detkos, Raun and Michael Krich; great-grandfather of Gabrielle and William Anner, and Eleana Jeffrey; brother of Marian and Alice Detkos. Friends may call Saturday, June 3rd, 3-6 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island where funeral services will be held Monday, June 5th at 11 AM.
Captain David E. Trach (USMC Ret.) - May 28, 2017, of Grand Island; husband of Elizabeth Trach; father of Jennifer Elizabeth (Joseph) Berard and CWO3 Adam Randolph (Tracy) Trach; grandfather of Jared and Jacob Berard, and Karlee Ann Trach; brother of Fran Cyr and Larry Trach. Memorial services will be held Saturday at 1 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Semper Fi Fund (http://semperfifund.org) or the SPCA (www:yourspca.org/westernNY).
Mary Jane Luhr - June 5, 1920 - May 22, 2017. See Buffalo News obituary here.
Martha "Marty" (Bir) Kennell - Entered Into Rest May 26, 2017, of Grand Island; wife of Jack Kennell Sr.; mother of John (Donna) Kennell Jr., Chris (Todd) Callen, Sue (Mike) Attea and Michelle (Jim) Muscoreil; grandmother of Jack III and Jesse Kennell, Carly and Cass Phelan, Bryce, Drew and Derek Callen; daughter of the late Gertrude and Henry Bir; she was the last surviving and youngest of seven children; also survived by many nieces and nephews; friends may call Tuesday 4-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island; a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church; in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.
Carol A. Ullrich - 80 , entered into rest May 12,2017. She was born November 22, 1936 in Grand Island, New York. She was a resident Englewood Fl., formerly of Grand Island, NY. She was the wife Melvin E Ullrich Jr, mother of Kevin R. (Carol) and Melvin E. the 3rd (Sharon) Ullrich. Sister of Robert (Joan) Kingston and the late Lois (Paul) Fegel. Daughter of the late Art and Helen Kingston. She was the beloved grandmother of Melissa E. and Hannah E. Ullrich and Jeryl A. and Paul C. Soto. Carol is also survived by five great grandchildren.
Carol was an active member of the RWWC serving as a past president. She enjoyed being part of the Card Club and Book Club. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Grand Island Fire Hall, 2275 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on September 9, 2017. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the GFWC Rotonda West Women's Club Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 672, Placida, FL 33946. You may express your condolences to the family at lemonbayfh.com.
Mary B. Potenza - May 18, 2017, formerly of Cheektowaga; sister of Frank (Candy) Potenza of Grand Island and the late Antonia and Joseph Potenza; aunt of Frank Potenza II, Lisa (Ron) Gramza and Kim. Funeral services private. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
Lorraine E. Chapin - May 18, 2017, age 97,of Grand Island, NY. Beloved sister of the late Nellie (Walter) Luszcz and E. E. "Bud" (Alfreda) Chapin; cherished aunt of Gail (Bill) Koslowski and the late Buddy Chapin, Lynn Pelonero and David Luszcz; loving great-aunt of Jill (Michael) Doctor and Grant (Karen) Koslowski; amazing great-great-aunt of Jenna, Ella, Mikey and Lily. Friends may call Monday 6-8 PM at the Lester H. Wedekindt, Inc., Funeral Home, 3290 Delaware Ave. Interment in Elmlawn Memorial Park will be held privately.
Ryan David McDonough - May 12, 2017, of Grand Island, father of Julianna Rose McDonough; son of John and Diane (Spiller) McDonough; brother of Brandon C. McDonough; grandson of Mary Patricia and the late Charles R. McDonough and the late Allene and Frederick Spiller; also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins; friends may call Monday 3-5 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kids Escaping Drugs.
Richard Harnden - Richard May 9, 2017, of Grand Island, NY, loving husband of the late Mary (Betty nee Smith) Harnden; dearest father of Ian (Vicki) Harnden; Heather Harnden and Evan (Lisa) Harnden; grandfather of Ryan, Eric, Emily, Mallory, Caitlyn and Emma Harnden; brother of the late Kevin (Terry) Harnden. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Carol A. Czerwinski - Of Grand Island, entered into rest May 8, 2017, beloved companion of Ronald Howard; devoted mother of Jessica Stokes; cherished grandmother of Talmadge James Jr.; loving daughter of Betty and the late Raymond Czerwinski; dear sister of Raymond J. Czerwinski, Mary A. Collins, Michael J. Czerwinski and Bradley Czerwinski. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel), 885 Niagara Falls Blvd, near Eggert/Sheridan Dr., on Saturday from 2-4 PM. A Funeral Service will immediately follow. On-line condolences may be made at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Sandra R. Benns - entered into rest May 1, 2017. She was a resident of Grand Island. Beloved mother of Linda (Kevin) Emanuele, April Wright, Cynthia Moss and the late Howard K. Benns. Adoring grandmother of James (fiancee Ann Louise) and Christine (Fiancée James) Wright, Kimberlee and Ryan Moss. Precious G.G. to Wesley James, Also survived by her loving siblings and cherished friends. Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 17 at 11 AM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo or the National Kidney Foundation. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
Marianne (Norton) Hoffman - April 27, 2017, of Grand Island; wife of the late Daniel Hoffman; mother of John (Traci) Hoffman, Regina (late Anthony) Guenther (Louis Ezquerro) and Scott (Tracy) Hoffman; grandmother of James Grant (Jen) and Christopher Hoffman, AJ and Joey Guenther, Ryan (Jesse), Harvey and Jamison Hoffman; great-grandmother of Cameron Hoffman; daughter of the late Ernest and Helen Norton; sister of the late Rod Norton. Friends may call Saturday 4-7 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island where funeral services will be held Saturday at 6:30 PM.
Claudia L. LaPress - After a long illness, April 23, 2017, of Grand Island; married 65 years to the late Richard F. LaPress; mother of Sandra (George) LaPress Beckett, Richard (Anne) LaPress and Annette LaPress; grandmother of Darlene A. Beckett, Laura C. Gorcheck and Lisa Bolognese; also survived by numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; sister of the late William, Raymond, Edward and Norman Harrington, Viola Schiwitz, Irene Roehm, Rita Betz and Estelle Liberti. Friends may call Friday 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 11 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.
Grace V. (nee Kraft) Pfohl - April 9, 2017, of Grand Island, wife of the late Michael P. Pfohl; mother of Susan (Robert Cudeck) and Rebecca (Frank Newman) Pfohl; grandmother of Shane Pfohl, Destiny and Caitlyn Cudeck and Shylah Newman; sister of the late Richard (survived by wife Jean) and James (survived by wife Janice) Kraft. Friends may call Monday, April 17, 6-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral Services private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
Robert F. Utz - April 22, 2017, of Grand Island, beloved husband of Helen (Rennie) Utz; dear father of Robert W. (Maureen) Utz, Karen M. Utz, Kristine I. (Donald) Ziemann and Thomas C. (Susan) Utz; grandfather of Lyndsey (Kyle) Sauer, Robert C. Utz, Christie (Michael) Davis, Timothy Utz, Sarah Utz, Thomas Utz, Jack Ziemann and Margaret Ziemann; great-grandfather of Logan Sauer; brother of Richard (Jean) Utz and Jack (MaryLou) Utz; friends may call Monday, April 24th, 2-4 and 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. Flowers gratefully declined.
See Buffalo News obituary.
Doug Smith - June 27, 1935 - April 20, 2017, Longtime Island resident passed away in Cortland, NY after a brief illness. See Buffalo News obituary.
John K. Sanborn - Age 73 of Grand Island passed away on Friday, April 14, 2017 at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. Husband of Christine (Jarosz) Sanborn; father of Martin (Tracy), Glen Ellyn, IL, Esther of Chicago, IL, Christopher (Kelly) of N. Chili, NY, Alexander of Los Angeles, CA and late twins, Rachel and Clare; grandfather of Mara, Daniel, Ewan, Rhys, Edric, Neve and Claire. Also survived by his brother, James (Nancy) of Westlake Village, CA, sister, Carol of Amherst; brothers-in-law Stanley (Diane), Vincent (Bonnie), and Philip (Barbara) Jarosz; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins and extended family.
Friends may call on Friday, April 21 from 12 noon until 3 PM and 5 until 8 PM at Historic Holy Trinity Church, 1419 Falls St. Niagara Falls where a Secular Franciscan Wake Service will begin at 6 PM. Funeral services will be held at Historic Holy Trinity Church on Saturday at 9:15 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM at St. Mary of the Cataract Church, 259 Fourth Street. Interment in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Lewiston. Donations in John's memory may be made to a charity of one's choice or to: Secular Franciscan Order-St. Patrick Fraternity, c/o Treasurer Marie Meyer, OFS, 169 Heather Rd., Cheektowaga, NY 14225; Historic Holy Trinity Church and Niagara Heritage of Hope and Service, 1419 Falls Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14303; ICU-Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St., Niagara Falls NY 14302. Arrangements entrusted to the LABUDA FUNERAL HOME, INC.
Bernard C. Brice - April 16, 2017, of Grand Island; husband of Elizabeth Brice; father of David, William, James (Shirley McNulty), Richard (Darleen) and Charles (Debbie) Brice and Linda (late Jack) Krok; also survived by 11 grand children and 13 great-grandchildren; son of the late Charles and Ruth Brice; brother of the late Robert and Cliff Brice; friends may call Saturday 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, followed immediately by Military Honors at Whitehaven Cemetery, 3222 East River Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Grand Island Fire Co.
William F. Sterner - April 27, 1949 - April 14, 2017, SANBORN -, a car dealership manager and Army veteran, died Friday in his Sanborn home while under the care of Niagara Hospice. He was 67. A Niagara Falls native, Mr. Sterner graduated from Grand Island High School and the Harkness Career & Technical Center, where he was trained in heating and air-conditioning. He was a Vietnam War-era veteran of the Army. Mr. Sterner worked as a manager for Flanigan Chevrolet in North Tonawanda and at Mike Basil Chevrolet in Hamburg.
He enjoyed restoring vintage British cars and was an avid sailor, and a member of the Tuscarora Yacht Club. He served on the Sanborn Historical Society board and belonged to the Greater Niagara American Legion Riders Post 1451. Mr. Sterner rode his motorcycle on 26 trips with the Patriot Guard, and participated in the 9/11 Memorial Ride to the three Sept. 11 crash sites – Shanksville, Pa., the Pentagon and the World Trade Center site. He also participated in Build Brigade, Building Homes for Veterans.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, the former Deidra Petrakis; two daughters, Elena Sterner and Ana Bars; two brothers, Robert and Kenneth; two sisters, Mary Jean Arquisola and Beverly House; and four grandsons. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 21st in St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 1073 Saunders Settlement Road, Niagara Falls.
Arielle Gilmore - April 11, 2017, of Grand Island, mother of Arianna Flippen; daughter of Kathy Gilmore and the late Jerome Pollina; sister of Sarah Grunzweig, Lindsay and Alex Pollina; stepsister of Kara and Matt Karnyski; granddaughter of Shirley and the late Thomas Gilmore; dear friend of Joshua Flippen; also survived by loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends; loving friend of Richard Sinibaldi. Friends may call Saturday 11 AM - 2 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral Services private.
David M. Haller - April 14, 2017, of Grand Island, born September 22, 1945, devoted husband of Margaret Ann (Mulvena) Haller; beloved father of Jeannie Haller White (Brandon) and the late David M. Haller Jr.; beloved grandfather of Matthew David White; dearest son of the late Delbert and Mary Haller; brother of the late Edward Del Haller (survived by wife Nannette) and Mary Rose Elstrodt (Edward); caring uncle to Delbert, Jenny and Jamie Haller, Michelle Mulvena Browne (Thomas), Michael Mulvena (Michele) Denise Mulvena Clause (Aaron), Beth Elstrodt and Julie Duziak (Wray); also survived by several great-nieces and nephews. Friends may call Monday 4:00 - 7:30 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 Hospice Buffalo.
Grace Brunetto Justen - 09/08/1929 - 04/10/2017 - of North Hutchinson Island, Florida was born in Johnstown, NY on September 8, 1929 and sadly passed away on April 10, 2017. She was the daughter of Antoinette and Joseph Brunetto. Mrs. Justen graduated with a masters degree in education from Buffalo State College and taught elementary education in Niagara Falls, NY and Boca Raton, FL. Grace was an avid golfer with her good friends at Meadowood Country Club, as a member for over 20 years. Grace also enjoyed golfing and dining with all her friends at Tiara Towers.
She is survived by her beloved husband Gerald W. Justen, her daughters Jodi Lurcott, Ellen Clarry, Terri Brignac, Laura Justen, Beth Ehrman and her sons Don Whelan, Jeff Justen, Greg Justen and Brad Justen. Beloved Grandmother to 23 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She was always there with a great story, loving heart and will be greatly missed.
David Schaefer - April 11, 2017, resident of Amherst and Grand Island. Husband of the late Anna Marie (Heissenberger) Schaefer; father of Linda (Tom) Davide and Deborah Radice; brother of Paul Schaefer; stepbrother of Ralph Haas and the late Virginia (Haas) Orazi; grandfather of Kristen (Rob) Piurek, Jennifer (Grace Noack) Davide, Jon and Benjamin Radice; great-grandfather of Noah Piurek. Friends may call Friday 4-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island where funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of WNY. Mr. Schaefer was born in Buffalo March 8, 1925. He graduated from Bennett High School in 1943 and served in WW II in Europe from 1943 - 1946. He was Superintendent of Audubon Golf Course and was a member of WNY Golf Course Superintendent Assoc., Lamm Post #622, the American Legion and VFW Post #416. He will be greatly missed.
Sandy Minoian - Sandy Age 68, of Grand Island, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 7th, 2017 at Buffalo General Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Donald J. and Arshaloce (Derarastakisian) Wilkinson; cherished wife of Harry Minoian; loving mother of Donald (fiance; Laura Underwood) Minoian; sister of Tina (Frank) Zelinsky and Kim (Gary) Baillie; also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her one brother, Donald Jay Wilkinson and one sister, Lori Parris. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 12th from 4 - 8 PM at M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls. A Funeral Service will be celebrated on Thursday at 10:30 AM at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY 14072. Please assemble at church. Entombment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Memorial offerings may be made to St. Martin's Episcopal Church, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or to Wounded Warrior Project. Visit mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com.
Louis Maynard Laclair - Grand Island resident, died Monday, April 3, 2017 after a brief illness. He celebrated his 80th birthday in September 2016. Louis is survived by his devoted wife, best friend and fellow sojourner Kathryn Thomas Laclair. He was the son of the late T. Maynard and M. Isabel Laclair. He is also survived by his children Jeffrey (Jill) Laclair, Loretta (Al) Crane, Jacqueline Wicks and Michelle Johns, and nine grandchildren. He was the brother of Tom (Esther) Laclair, Luella (late Bill) Laney and Jeanette Laclair; and four nieces and one nephew. He was "Papa Lou" to Stacy (Alan) Mooradian-Bossman, Douglas (Jenn) Mooradian and Wendy Mooradian (James Fanning) and their sons/nephews. He was a proud alumnus of Syracuse University. Private memorial held at convenience of the family.
Patricia Mary (nee Harrington) Mullany - March 31 2017, of Grand Island; wife of the late Harry S. Mullany II; mother of Colleen (Harvey) Enser, Michael (Kirsten) Mullany, James (Myra) Mullany, Jacqueline (Glenn) Dooman, Kelly (Robert) Shivinsky and the late Dianne (survived by husband John) Sullivan; also survived by 19 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sister of Gloria (the late Harry) Macy and Terrence (Gloria) Gibbs. Friends may call Friday, April 7th, 4-7 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, where funeral services will be held Friday at 6:30 PM.
James A. Brown - April 4, 2017, of Grand Island, husband of Gloria Brown; father of Daniel (Wendy) Brown, Paul (Cindy) Brown, Carolyn Starr and Sandra (Timothy) Boebel; also survived by nine grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; son of the late Maurice and Katherine Brown. Friends may call Friday, April 7th, 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Memorial services will be held Saturday at 11 AM at Trinity United Methodist Church.
Dec. 14, 1924 - April 4, 2017 James A. Brown, a retired accountant, boxing historian and track and field coach, died Tuesday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital. He was 92. Born in Buffalo, he grew up in the Bailey-Kensington neighborhood and was a graduate of Kensington High School. During World War II, he served in the Seventh Army in a coastal artillery regiment in battles in France and Germany. He was among the troops that liberated the Dachau concentration camp.
Returning from service, he attended the University of Buffalo, graduating with a degree in accounting. He worked for many years as an accountant for National Gypsum Co. and later for Marine Midland Bank. Mr. Brown's passion for fitness began as a boy. In eighth grade, he won a Buffalo city-wide track meet. In retirement, he placed in his age division in running, race walking and hurdles at the Empire State Games and the World University Games. He was a longtime member of the Nickel City Road Runners.
In the early 1970s, he founded the Buffalo Belles Track Club, the first all-female track club in Western New York. He helped organize and served as an official at AAU-sponsored meets and was a coach with the Western New York Track and Field Officials Association. A lifelong boxing fan and historian, he taught boxing at the Delaware Family YMCA and an amassed a large collection of Buffalo boxing memorabilia. He served for many years on the board of directors of Western New York Boxing Association, Ring 44, and was its treasurer.
A Grand Island resident since 1970, he was active in Trinity United Methodist Church, where he served as bookkeeper and accountant. He also was an avid duplicate bridge player. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, the former Gloria Risden, a retired elementary school teacher; two sons, Daniel and Paul; two daughters, Carolyn Starr and Sandra Boebel; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island.
Gene LoPresti - March 31, 2017, formerly of Grand Island; son of the late Charles and Carmella (Palumbo) LoPresti; survived by many relatives. Gene was a laborer and former chef who loved to cook and go out with his friends and have a good time. Funeral services private. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
Phillip Thomas Alger - March 29, 2017 of Grand Island, N.Y. Beloved son of Carole (Stevenson) and Ted Alger; dear brother Theo Alger; uncle of Dakota Alger (Ullom); loving partner of Regina "Ginny" Coogan and dad to her beloved children, Angelina, Natalia, Mari, James and Michael; also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends. Friends may call Sunday 3-7 pm at the Lester H. Wedekindt, Inc. Funeral Home, 3290 Delaware Ave.
Dorothy M. Cochran - passed away March 1, 2017. Born Dorothy Cislo in 1927, she grew up in Buffalo, NY, married Paul E. Cochran in 1948 and moved to Grand Island in 1953. She and Paul lived on Whitehaven Road until 1989. During her 36 years on the Island, she ran a hair dressing salon from the house, later worked at Weir (Emerson), and helped Paul with the bookkeeping of their Gulf gas station on the corner of Grand Island Blvd and Whitehaven Rd. She and Paul retired to Florida, but in 2000 moved to Peoria, Az to be closer to their two children. Dorothy is survived by her husband Paul, her daughter Deborah Cochran Mattrey, and her son Paul M. Cochran. She was Grandmother to three grandchildren and five great grandchildren . She is also survived by one sister, Cecilia Polchlopek.
Helen B. Radder (nee Hy) - Born 11/6/1917, she would have been 100 this year, but she was a little short! (story of her life!) She finished her race Tuesday morning, March 28th, 2017 and gathered the prize that was set before her! (Philippians 3:14)
She joins her husband, Rollie G. Radder, her daughter, Marilyn Sprague, her mother Anna Hy and ten siblings who have gone on before her. She is survived by daughters Janet Mumm of Grand Island, NY and Carole Murphy and Sue Radder of Franklin, NC as well as 8 grandchildren, 12 Great Grandchildren, 10 Great-Great Grandchildren and 2 Great-Greats on the way!
Born in Buffalo, NY she lived in the Buffalo area and on Grand Island until moving to Florida in 1973 and then moved halfway back to Franklin/Highlands, NC in 2011. She was a member of Franklin Covenant Church in Franklin, NC. Her treasured relationship with Jesus Christ and strong faith made her a shining light to many. She lived by her favorite Bible verse, "laughter doeth good like a medicine" Proverbs 17:22.
A Memorial Picnic is being planned for this summer in Western New York. In the meantime, join us in celebrating the life of Helen Radder by going to your local DQ and have an ice cream in memory of her! And if you want to do it right, you'll have vanilla. No matter how many flavors were ever available, she always chose vanilla!
Paula J. (nee Vaccaro) Reger - March 26 2017, of Grand Island, wife of Robert J. Reger; mother of Lisa (Greg) Gutekunst, Cynthia (Samuel) Dutton, Christopher (fiance;e Brandi) Goldstein and Brian (Khristen) Reger; also survived by seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren; sister of Lisabeth (Robert) Macakanja; daughter of the late Pat and Pauline Vaccaro. Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 1 at 1 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Red Cross. Paula was an active social worker who worked with troubled teens. In retirement she was an ombudsman and senior citizens advocate for the Red Cross.
Samantha Danielle Oriani - March 19 2017, of Grand Island. Daughter of the late Kevin and Denise Oriani; survived by two aunts, one uncle and many cousins and friends. Friends may call Friday, March 31st, 4-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services private. Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice .
Jacob Kreutz - Of Grand Island, passed away on March 24, 2017, beloved husband of Carolyn; devoted father of Karl J. (Sara) and Kristen Slaiman (James); cherished grandfather of Noah, Phoebe, Jake and Max; dear brother of Helene Blackledge (Williard). Private arrangements by KAISER FUNERAL HOME. Celebration of his life to follow.
Beverly J. Dyet - 1934-2017 - Beverly J. Dyet entered heaven on March 10, 2017 after a fall in her home at the age of 83. She was born on February 5, 1934 in Wilkes Barre, PA to Harvey and Elizabeth Risewick. At the age of 15, she met her husband, William F. "Bill" Dyet at the Flying E Ranch in Lockport. From that time on they were inseparable and married 59 years before Bills death in 2010. Beverly and Bill moved to Grand Island New York in 1959, the perfect place to raise their family. She was one of the original members of Bible Presbyterian Church and an active member of Bible Fellowship Center. She worked many years at William Kaegebein Elementary School. Mother of William (Ruthann) of Arizona, Richard (Anne) of Grand Island and Terry (Kathy) of California; grandmother of William, Daniel (Rachel), Jared, Timothy and Andrew, great-grandmother of six, also surviving are several nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held at Bible Fellowship Center on March 11th.
William "Spike" Vampotic - March 21 2017, of Grand Island. Husband of Patricia Vampotic; brother of Susan (Jim) Doane; son of the late William and Julia Vampotic. Friends may call Friday 1-4 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services private. Flowers gratefully declined.
Nancy Gaus Baker - Of Grand Island, NY, wife of the late Bernard Baker, entered into rest on March 21, 2017 at Newfane Rehab and HCC. Born on October 27, 1939 in Buffalo, NY to Eugene and Nicolena Falletta Baker. Nancy was a Graphic Arts Designer for Manhardt Alexander in Amherst, NY. She enjoyed reading and spending time with her family, nieces and nephews and grandchildren. Surviving are her children Belinda (John) Floriano, Duane (Loreen) Baker and Phillip (Nicole) Baker; her brother Kurt (Beebe) Gaus; a sister Vicki (Ronald) Moon; several grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by a sister, Santa Simon. Burial will be held in Corwin Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Please visit www.rutland-corwin.com to send a condolence.
Chris Mongielo - March 20, 2017, of Grand Island; wife of Brian Mongielo; mother of Maria Mongielo and the late Brian Joseph Mongielo; very special "mother" to Kevin Jones; grandmother of Cade and Maya Mongielo; sister of Carol Rurkowski, John and the late Joseph and Raymond Nestor; daughter of the late Stephanie Nestor; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Wednesday and Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd. Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 12:30 PM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Friends of the Night People, Buffalo. Always remembered and loved by all those whose lives she touched.
Bob Marcel - March 17, 2017. Suddenly, at age 67. Beloved husband of Cheryl (nee Holtvogt) Marcel; devoted father of Barbara (Jay) Hayden, Janet Marcel, Saundra Marcel and Steven (Beth) Marcel; loving grandfather of Jacob Marcel; dear brother of Michael (Judy) and John (Pei Hua) Marcel; also survived by nieces and nephews. The family will be present to receive friends on Thursday from 3-8 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2600 Sheridan Dr. (at Parker Blvd). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10:00 AM from St. Stephen R.C. Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. All are asked to assemble at church. Please share your condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.
Patricia A. Bachert - entered into rest February 24, 2017, she was a resident of Grand Island. Wife of the late Donald Bachert. Mother of David Bachert and the late Sharon and Linda Bachert. Grandmother of Jamie (Kenneth) Duncan and Tanya Bachert. Great grandmother of LJ Pryce. A memorial service will be held Saturday March 25th at 1:00 p.m. at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Mrs. Bachert was formerly a bus driver with the Grand Island schools.
Charles S. Conklin - Grand Island resident, died on February 14, 2017 after a brief illness, at Buffalo Suburban. He was an honorably discharged member of the US Air Force and continued to work in Germany following his service teaching on a military base until 1964. He then moved back to the WNY area and began his career as a Math Teacher and Business Manager at Buffalo Seminary from 1965 until 1993. He was very active at SEM as a driving instructor, softball coach in the 1970's, and he was also in the musicals. Charles loved to learn about everything he could but he was a particularly passionate gardener, an avid reader and bird watcher. He did community service his entire adult life through his volunteering with the Red Cross transporting blood donations; with AARP teaching driving classes for several years after retirement up until November 2016. Chuck also volunteered at the Library in Grand Island helping with events and assisting community members in filing their taxes. Chuck is survived by his beloved wife Rita, and brother D. William Conklin.
Loretta M. (nee Fahey) Dickenson - Of Grand Island, March 11, 2017, beloved wife of the late William F. Sullivan and the late William G. Dickenson; loving mother of Barbara, Mary (James) Rodriguez, Margaret, John (Susan), Thomas (Susan) and the late William Sullivan; sister of Joan (Jack) Siebold and the late William Fahey; proud grandmother of 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. All are invited to a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial at St. Stephen's R.C. Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, Friday at 10 AM. Memorials to Grand Island Fire Department are preferred. Arrangements by D. LAWRENCE GINNANE FUNERAL HOME. www.ginnanefuneralhome.com.
John V. O'Connor - March 9, 2017, of Grand Island, formerly of Lewiston; husband of 69 years of Evelyn J. (Shannon) O'Connor; father of Daniel J. (Christine A.) O'Connor, Lorraine J. (Louis) O'Connor-DeRosa and the late Thomas K. (survived by wife Donna) O'Connor; grandfather of Sean (Christine) and Michael O'Connor, Shannon (Ryan) Tuke, Ryan (Emily) and Patrick (Lisa) O'Connor, Andrea and Alex DeRosa; great-grandfather of Quinn, Avery, Violet, Owen, Evelyn, Lacey and Gianna; brother of Patricia (Harry) Powell, Maureen (late Joseph) Weber and the late Lorne O'Connor and Kathleen VeRost; also the late Richard Olson, his wartime comrade and buddy. Friends may call Saturday 9-11 AM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island; a memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 11:30 AM at St. Stephen's Church; in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors or Elderwood at Grand Island; Mr. O'Connor was a WWII Veteran, a paratrooper and pathfinder, and received the Purple Heart in the Battle of the Bulge.
Kenneth A. Schmidt - March 5, 2017, Grand Island, NY, loving husband of Christine (Tina Janusz); son of the late Alvin G. and Hildegard Schmidt; devoted father of Kim M. (Frederick) Drew, Kevin (Kimberly) Schmidt, and Tracy J. (Anthony III) Sozio; loving grandfather of Christopher (Jodi) Drew, Jeffrey Drew, Anthony Sozio IV, and Paige Sozio; dearest brother of Nancy Mae (Richard) Conte and the late Joan Fial. Relatives and friends will be invited to gather for a Celebration of Life, to be announced at a later time. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo or charity of your choice.
Donald J. Wendel - September 18, 1928 - March 4, 2017, of Grand Island, loving husband of 65 years to Dorothy A. (Cobb) Wendel; father of Laura Matthews, Terry (Colleen) Wendel, Marianne (Paul) Heinen, Mark (Louise) and Christopher (Marla) Wendel; grandfather of Jonathan Matthews, Andrea, Alison and Tara Wendel, Julianne (Gregory) Becker, Andrew and Jacquelyn Heinen, Carolyn (Dave) Lansom, Brian, Michael, Elizabeth, Nicholas and Daniel Wendel; great-grandfather of Elliot and Jacob Matthews; son of the late Walter Wendel and Helen Sweener; brother of the late Jeanine (late Robert) Dietz. Friends may call Monday 4-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 11:00 AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo or a charity of your choice . He was a devoted family man and adored by all who knew him. He served his country honorably in the Korean War as a Paratrooper in the 187th Airborne Division. He retired from General Motors in 1991, where he worked as a Machinist. He enjoyed his retirement with his family since 1991.
Gary G. Young, Jr. - Age 53 of Grand Island passed away on March 2, 2017 at Mt. St. Mary's Hospital. Son of Gary G. Young, Sr. of Swampscot, MA and the late Barbara (Mrzygud) Young; brother of Natalie (Young) Holland; uncle of Nicholas Young and Joseph Lewis, Sr. and great-uncle of Nicholas T. Young and Joseph Lewis, Jr. Gary worked as a Master Welder for Mainline Piping for 20 years and later was the owner of a landscaping company, GGY Enterprise for 13 years until he retired in 2016. THERE IS NO PRIOR VISITATION. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, March 9 at 10:00 AM at St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY. Interment in Holy Trinity Cemetery. ARRANGEMENTS BY THE LABUDA FUNERAL HOME, INC., (716) 284-1573.
Elsie G. (Moreland) Fleischmann- entered into rest February 27, 2017, age 101, Long time Grand Island resident. Wife of the late Elmer L. Fleischmann. Mother of Sally Dinino and David (Mary) Fleischmann. Grandmother of Carrie (Martin) Sheehan, Kenneth (Audra) Dinino, Christine (Patrick) Sheehan and Kevin (Lisa) Fleischmann. Also survived by 7 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Sister of Helen Harrer. Predeceased by 8 brothers and sisters.Friends may call Tuesday (March 7) 2-4 & 6-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10:30 AM at St. Stephen's Church (Old Church). In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Grand Island Fire Co.Mrs. Fleischmann helped found the Ladies Auxiliary of the Grand Island Fire Co. in 1939. In 1946 with her husband Elmer, they founded Fleischmann Fuels, a Grand Island business they operated for about 30 years.
Alma L. Senn - February 23, 2017, of Grand Island, wife of the late Jack W. Senn, Sr.; mother of Cindy Bindics, Diane (Charles) Pemblton, Bruce Senn, Debbie (Seig) Rinio, Nancy (Marty) McAllister and the late Jack Senn, Jr.; also survived by 22 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews; sister of the late Dorthy (survived by husband Robert) Harrington and Warren Granath; sister-in-law of Carol (Dave) Dusenbury and the late Norma Cowan. Friends may call Saturday, February 25th 4-7 PM and Sunday 12 - 2 PM followed by Funeral Services Sunday at 2 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bible Fellowship Center.
David G. Hollingworth - February 23, 2017, of Grand Island, husband of 56 years of Elaine (Tattenbaum) Hollingworth; father of Dennis (Leslie) and Robert (Michelle) Hollingworth; grandfather of Rachel and Mason Hollingworth. Friends may call Sunday 4-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island where Funeral Services will be held Monday at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. David was a member of the Tonawanda Island Launch Club.
Betty A. (nee Fose) Marshall - Went to be with her Lord February 21, 2017, of Grand Island; beloved wife of 58 years of the late Earl V. Marshall; devoted mother of Sharon (Rev. Kevin M.) Backus, Rick (Becky) Marshall and Wendy (Ron) Cook; cherished grandmother of Emily, James (Jennifer) and Jennifer Marshall, Jonathan (Leslie) Cook and Kaitlynn (Patrick) Gannon; also survived by seven great-grandchildren; sister of the late Phyllis Whitenight. Memorial Services held Monday at 7 PM at Bible Presbyterian Church, 1650 Love Rd., Grand Island. Arrangements KAISER FUNERAL HOME.
The Rev. Harold E. Tyson Jr. - February 17, 2017, after a long and fulfilling life, beloved husband for 62 years to Kay Edwards; dear father of David (Karen), Janice, Julie and the late Thomas Tyson; grandfather of Julia, Alexandra, Nicholas, Lily, Jacqueline, Mary and Jeff; great-grandfather of Kiara, Tieran and George. Friends may call Friday 4-7 PM at the DENGLER, ROBERTS, PERNA FUNERAL HOME, 3070 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service from the Deerhurst Presbyterian Church, 257 Deerhurst Blvd. corner of Colvin, Saturday at 2 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Hospice Buffalo, Inc. or Deerhurst Presbyterian Church. www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com.
Florence "Bunny" Roberts - February 12, 2017; loving wife of the late Harold P. Roberts; survived by children, Harold (Joan), Mark (Jane), Greg (Joan), Mari (Dave Lundy) McNeil, Louise (Kevin) Bonner and Linda (Jesse) Singh; sisters Genevieve Dobmeier and Mary Weller; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; also many loving nieces, nephews, and friends. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Stephen Catholic Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, NY, Saturday, March 25 at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Salesian Sisters.
Celebrating the Life of Carleen Alt Gerber
On Saturday, May 13, join family and friends at the Alt Farm to remember and celebrate the life of Carleen Alt Gerber. Carleen was a joyful presence, a dear friend, and cherished by her family. We will come together to honor her and recognize how she touched our lives by sharing memories, smiles, laughter and love. The celebratory memorial service will be noon to 3:00pm at 2489 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. Readings and remembrances starting at 1:00pm.
Carleen Alt Gerber - passed away on February 13, 2017 with her family beside her. Devoted sister, mother, grandmother, aunt, matriarch, friend, and one-time bicycle rodeo champion, Carleen inspired everyone she encountered with her free spirit, kindness, sense of humor, and positive attitude. Known to some as Carly and to others as Dolly, she lived her entire life on Grand Island. She helped her parents to run Alt Chevrolet, the general store that was once at the corner of Whitehaven Road and Alt Boulevard, and cared for the animals on the Alt farm.
Throughout life she continued this compassion toward her granddogs, and to all animals, and was a friend to the pigeons, squirrels, groundhogs, and other wildlife. Her tireless work ethic and love of family were evident in the way and the pride with which she raised two daughters - Nicole and Danielle - and her granddaughter Caitlin Conlon, and doted on her little sister Sandy. With an enthusiasm to try anything and to celebrate every moment, Carleen's life was full of adventures. It was also apparent that she enjoyed little pleasures and whimsy. Life to Carleen was about what she did, not what she had. It was about experiences and the people around her, and she cherished her friendships and her family. She was sunshine, and she enchanted and motivated with her genuine, thoughtful, and uplifting nature. We are better for having shared life with her.
A celebration of Carleen will be held on Mother's Day weekend at the Alt Farm on Whitehaven Road. Information will be posted on IsledeGrande.com in advance. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Another Chance for English Setters (ACES): www.englishsetterrescue.org.
Charles J. Alaimo - Age 89, of Grand Island, NY, February 13, 2017, son of the late John and Angela (Cirrito) Alaimo; beloved husband of Marilyn J. (Scapucci) Alaimo; loving father of Robert J. (Kelli) Alaimo, Michael C. Alaimo and the late Mark C. Alaimo and Richard J. Alaimo; also survived by grandchildren MSgt. Krystalore, USAF (MSgt. Russell, US Army) Crews and Earl J. (Jamie) Stegner; great-grandchildren Emma Stegner, Eliana Stegner, Ava Crews, nieces and nephews: Joanne Roscetti, Ronald Roscetti, Debbie Alaimo, Michael Alaimo; great-nephew Cole Snell, USAF, and many other nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins; predeceased by sisters and brothers: Lena Alaimo, Mary (late Dominick) Roscetti, James (late Marge) Alaimo, Michaelangelo (Antoinette) Alaimo and Joseph Alaimo. Visitation will be Thursday 3-8 PM at M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Rd., Niagara Falls, NY. NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 12 Noon at Holy Family Parish at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 27th St. and Independence Ave., Niagara Falls. Please assemble at church. Entombment in St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorials to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or to Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Visit www.mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for online guest register.
Keith C. Sciandra - February 9, 2017, of Grand Island, beloved husband of Kim E. Sciandra; loving father of Krista S., Kori A. (fiance Gary Leckey, Jr.) and Kelsey R. (fiance Justin Smith) Sciandra; stepfather of Jason M. Meden; devoted grandfather of Joseph McCue and Scarlett Leckey; son of Patricia and the late Charles Sciandra; brother of Karen (Jay) Raepple, Kathy (Mike) McNulty, Kim (Denny) Hoffer, Kyle Ann (late Damon) Gregory, Kit (Jim) Breier, Kerry (Rick) Erling, Kristen (Mike) Bonsignore, Kirk and the late Kent Sciandra; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Wednesday, February 15th, 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, where Memorial Services will be held Thursday at 11 AM.
Mary C. Bonner - February 8, 2017, of Grand Island; wife of Charles J. Bonner; mother of Vincent Bonner and Kelly (Adam) Morgan; grandmother of Thomas, Maggie and Spencer Morgan, Brandon, Megan and Lauren Bonner; sister of Angelo (Linda) Biondi; daughter of the late Vincinzo and Rosaria Biondi; dear friend of JoAnn and John Balon. Friends may call Monday, February 13th, 4-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, February 14th at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Caroline A. (nee Napolitano) Ungaro - February 3, 2017, of Grand Island, wife of the late Paul F. Ungaro; mother of Carol (Michael) Cassada, Samuel (Suzanne), Paul F. (Lida), Ronald and Robert Ungaro; also survived by 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; sister of the late Isabel (late John) Capello and Nicholas (late Lily) Napolitano. Friends may call Monday 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 2:15 PM at St. Stephen's Church.
Maria (nee Moher) Keister - 55, January 30, 2017 of Cape Coral, FL. passed in the care of Hope Hospice with her devoted husband George by her side. Maria was the youngest of Laurel Waltman-Moher and the late Jack Moher's seven children. She is survived by a large family including her husband George Keister; and her children Philip Moher, Richard (Jessica) Moher, Sam Justice, her grandchildren Dustin, Philip and Rebecca Gallimore, Mathew Moher, great-grand daughter Elizabeth Gallimore and her siblings Carlton Moher, Arlene Moher, Monica (Wayne) Conway, Penny Moher, Chet (Sharon) Moher and the late Valerie Moher, along with several nieces and nephews.
Maria was a graduate of Grand Island High School, Grand Island NY and Bryant & Stratton College. She worked as a financial cost analyst for the State Department in the early years and in the later years devoted her time to caring for her family and others. She was a caring and generous woman who had boundless energy and enthusiasm for life. As a child, Maria spent many summers at Christian Heights Camp (CHC) in Little Valley NY. She treasured those memories of summer camp and wanted to ensure other children had the same opportunity. Maria was a staff volunteer at CHC for several years where she rekindled childhood friendships and developed new relationships while giving her grandchildren an opportunity to experience the same love and fellowship she found at CHC. In honor of memory we ask that you donate to Christian Heights Camp c/o George Brown 4510 Porter Center Road, Lewiston, NY 14092. Family and friends may sign the quest register or leave a condolence message by visiting www.dignifiedcremations.com.
Thomas M. Fleming - of Brockport, NY, and a native of Grand Island, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on January 3, 2017, at the age of 61. He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Melany; children Donna (Jonathan) Randall, Robert (Sheila), and Colin (Lindsay); grandchildren Liam, Katherine, Brandon, Tyler, and Alan; parents John and Gail Fleming; siblings Stephen, Michael (Laurie), and Patti (Jason) Sloan, and three loving nephews.
Tom was a graduate and valedictorian of the GI Class of 1973; graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Criminal Justice in 1977; was a member of the University of Cincinnati Law Review and graduated with a Law Degree in 1980. Tom was employed at Thomson Rueters, as Senior Editor. Tom was an avid Civil War Reenactor, a lover of history, literature, art, and music. He was devoted to his family and delighted in his grandchildren. Above all, Tom was a man of great faith and lived his life as a testimony to God's great love. A Funeral Service was held at The Church of Jesus Church of Latter-day Saints in Brockport, NY. Memorials may be made to the Olmstead Center for Sight, 1170 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14209. Please visit Tom's blogs at: www.songsofpraises.blogspot.com and www.histruthis.blogspot.com.
Maurice "Maury" Walsh - January 24, 2017 of Grand Island. Beloved husband of Sherry; loving father of Jeffrey (Germaine) Walsh, Stephanie (Justin) Rosenzweig and Neil (Leah) Walsh; proud grandfather of Dominic, Juli, Max and Zachary of Texas, Matthew and Andrew of Maryland and Neil Arthur of Grand Island; also survived by seven brother and sisters. Maury was a heavy construction equipment salesman for 50 years and a US Army veteran. Private funeral services will be held for the family at St. Stephen's Church. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
Mary B. (nee Drew) Vesneske - After a long illness, January 24, 2017, of Grand Island, wife of Terry Vesneske; mother of E. Andy Long, Sean and Alex (Christine) Vesneske; stepmother of Lisa (Karl) Margage and Terry Vesneske Jr.; grandmother of Dylan, Chloe and Brianna Long and Landon Vesneske; sister of Dennis A. (Kerry) Drew III and Theresa (Jeffrey Sendziak) Drew; daughter of the late Bridget and Dennis Drew Jr.; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Friday 4-7 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, January 28th at 10 AM at St. Andrew's R.C. Church, 1525 Sheridan Dr., Kenmore. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Mary worked 40 years with various medical institutions, most recently Buffalo General Hospital.
Palma M. (nee Vasi) Arrigo - January 24, 2017, of Grand Island, NY, beloved wife of the late Thomas Arrigo Sr.; dear daughter of the late June (Follman) and Joseph Vasi; loving sister of Joseph (Connie), Mary Ann (Stuart) Hayes, James and the late Rose (Tony) Roberto and William Vasi; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Sunday 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Lester H. Wedekindt, Inc. Funeral Home. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, January 30th at 9:30 AM at St. Andrew's Church (Elmwood and Sheridan Dr.)
Patricia L. (nee Prusak) Hitcho - January 18, 2017, at age 72, beloved wife of Paul; devoted mother of Jonathan (Rebecca) and Jennifer; cherished grandmother of Paige and Kelsey; dear sister of the late Leonard, Thomas and Marcellia; loving sister-in-law of Thomas Hitcho and Nancy Kelly; also survived by nieces and nephews. Patricia was a kindergarten teacher for 30 years, majority at Grand Island Central School District. Services will be held privately by the family. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC. (716-836-6500). Share your condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.
Linora A. (nee Millio) Campagna - January 16, 2017, age 87, beloved wife of the late Sebastian S. Campagna; loving mother of Linda (James) Russo, Michael Campagna and Michele (James) Reese; cherished grandmother of Kimberly Heider, Brian Russo, Steve Campagna, Sandra Campagna, Taylor Reese and Ryan Reese; adored great-grandmother of Dylan, Evan, Zoe, Jack, Anna Grace and Leo Sebastian; 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 of Parker Blvd), where prayers will be offered on Friday at 9:15 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated from St. Andrew RC Church, 1525 Sheridan Drive, Kenmore at 10 AM. Friends invited. Share your condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.
Judith Ann Frye - Of Grand Island, January 13, 2017. Wife of the late Calvin F. Frye; dear mother of Dawn K. Rizzo and the late Denise "DeeDee" (John) Baker, Peggy (Gerald) Gagne and Shawn Davis; loving grandmother of 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; sister of Joan Mayse; also survived by nieces and nephews. All are invited to a Memorial Service at D. LAWRENCE GINNANE FUNERAL HOME, 3215 Delaware Ave., Kenmore Saturday (January 21) at 11 AM. Memorial contributions to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, Elm & Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY 14263 are preferred. Condolences at: www.ginnanefuneralhome.com.
Anna P. Astridge - January 16, 2017. Friends may call Wednesday, January 18th, 4-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 9:30 AM at St. Stephen's Church.
Edward D. Hayes - January 12, 2017, of Grand Island, husband of the late Marjorie Ann Hayes; loving companion of the late Maria; father of Danny Hayes and Dawn Dereski; grandfather of Michael Hayes, Gabrielle and Abigail Dereski; great-grandfather of Isabella Hayes. Funeral Services Private. Mr. Hayes was a Korean War Veteran. He will surely be missed by loved ones, always on our minds and forever in our hearts. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
Mary M. Smith (Cameron/Ferraro) - Born 11-2-27, passed away 1-12-17. Lived on Grand Island since 1956, lived in Florida for 30 years and has been back home for 16 years. Survived by her son John J. Cameron (Wanda), Grand Island resident since 1956, and daughter Mary Cameron-Nowocin, granddaughters Clara Cameron-Dezutter (David Dezutter), Ellen R Cameron (Cody Trainham), MariLea J Nowocin, and 4 great-grandchildren.
George F. York - Age 71, of Grand Island, NY, passed away on Monday, January 9, 2017 at the V.A. Medical Center in Buffalo, NY. Born in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of the late Max K. and Mary (Yaroschak) York. During the Vietnam War, George served in the U.S. Air Force. He retired as a corporate systems engineer with EMC Corporation in Hopkinton, MA. George was a member of the Tri Five of WNY, the Free Wheelers of Niagara Falls and the Buffalo Launch Club. He enjoyed traveling and showing his classic car but most of all, George loved spending time with his family and friends. George is survived by his wife of 48 years, Lorraine "Lorrie" K. (Delekta) York, who he married on January 18, 1969; two children, Nicole A. York and Scott P. York; one aunt and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was the brother-in-law of Bill (Betty) Delekta and Debbie (late Glenn) Hansen. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4 - 8 PM at the M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 MILITARY ROAD, NIAGARA FALLS, NY where funeral services will begin on Thursday at 9:45 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by Rev. Dennis Frankowiak and Rev. Richard Jesionowski at 11 AM at St. Timothy Church, 595 E. Park Avenue, Tonawanda, NY, concluding with Military Honors. Entombment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lewiston, NY at the convenience of family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to VA WNY Health Care Systems, Attn: Mark Francis, 3495 Bailey Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14215 or to the Erie County SPCA. Visit www.mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for online guest register.
Catherine Ann (nee Lang) Driscoll - January 3, 2017, of Grand Island, wife of James E. Driscoll; mother of Timothy (Melissa) O'Connor; grandmother of Spencer, Julia and Justin; daughter of the late Edward and Ilona Lang; sister of the late Ilona O'Connor and Theresa Lang. Funeral Services Private. Memorials to the Kenmore Mercy Foundation. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
Donna M. (nee Forde) Beauchamp - January 3, 2017, age 58, beloved wife of Thomas J. Beauchamp; cherished mother of Adam (Sarah Withers) and Julie Beauchamp; loving daughter of Dolores (nee Tripi) and the late Park Forde; dearest sister of Patricia (Daniel) Beauchamp, Barbara (Todd) Hasselbeck, Mary Ann Forde and Dianne (David) Forster; dear sister-in-law of Ronald (Teresa) Beauchamp, Nancy (John) Posluszny, Roger and Raymond Beauchamp; also survived by nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. The family will be present on Friday, January 6, from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2600 Sheridan Dr., (corner of Parker Blvd.), where prayers will be offered on Saturday at 9:15 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated from St. Francis of Assisi Church, Tonawanda, at 10 AM. Friends invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation. Share condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.
Peter James Ragnar - January 2, 2017, born October 18, 1983, of Grand Island; son of David and Peggy Ragnar; brother of Daniel (Carol) Ragnar; uncle of Ryan, Jack and Tyler; also survived by many cousins and close and dear friends. Friends may call Thursday, January 5, 4-7 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice . Peter was a member of Local 210 Laborers Union and helped construct the wind turbines in Lackawanna. He was an All American lacrosse player at Alfred State, was a member of the Can Am Lacrosse League and was on the Buffalo Bandits roster for three years.
Marianne (nee Wadsack) Merz - Age 76, December 31, 2016, of Grand Island, NY, beloved wife of Joseph W. Merz; cherished mother of Joseph (Jane) Merz, Harald (Patricia) Merz, Heidi (Michael) Lang and Peter (Diana) Merz; adored grandmother of Jason, Kelly (Daniel) Flicinski, Daniel, Jennifer, Sarah (Justin) Gefell, Laura, Erik, Leanna Lang, Phillip, Matthew, Nicole and four great-grandchildren; loving daughter of the late Walter and Helene (nee Blume) Wadsack; also survived by relatives and friends. Friends may call Friday, January 6, 9-12 PM at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT INC., FUNERAL HOME, 3290 Delaware Ave. where a Memorial Service will immediately follow.