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    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.


    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.