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Christa A. Bihler - May 23, 2018, of Grand Island. Wife of the late Frank Bihler. Mother of Monica (Bart) Gout and Mark Bihler. Grandmother of Austin and Elise Gout. Sister of Reinhard (Gertie) Wissmeier and the late Ilse Piwecki. Also survived by many dear friends. The family will be receiving friends Friday 1-4 PM at her home, 3331 Warner Dr., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Grand Island Golden Age Center. "We love you mom". Arrangements by KAISER FUNERAL HOME.
Michael Cope - May 21, 2018, of Grand Island. Husband of Trish Cope. Father of Shaunna (Bob) Grimm, Jamin (Michelle) and Tom (Carly) Cope; Oompa of Tyler, Amelia, Madison and Brianna. Son of Diane and the late D. Thomas Cope; brother of Ronald (Patti) Cope, Karen (Jerry) Knight and Cheryl (Steve) Surprenant. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends may call Wednesday 4-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. Mr. Cope was the owner of Cope Bestway Express.
John S. Kapus - Of Grand Island on May 7, 2018, age 79. Survived by his wife of 53 years Anna (nee Zawisky); daughters Kathleen, Susan and Theresa; and grandsons Stephen and Colin. Dr. Kapus was a chiropractor for 40 years at Riverside Chiropractic. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and attended Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. He was a member of the NY Chiropractic Association and received the Chiropractor of the Year award in 1974. He was also a member and former President of the Riverside Business Association. Private funeral services were held.
Horace David Myers - Horace David Myers passed away at 97 years of age in the Town of Tonawanda, NY on May 13, 2018. He fought until his final minutes.
H. David Myers is known as the "Father of Grand Island Athletics". He was instrumental in the expansion of the Grand Island School system. He oversaw the construction of all the athletic facilities in the elementary, middle and senior high schools and was honored for his efforts in September 2014 when the new GI High School Athletic Complex was dedicated to him.
H. David Myers was a champion of public school athletics. He named the Grand Island athletic teams the "Vikings." He always felt he had the support of the Grand Island residents and was proud of all the GI Viking athletes and the men and women he hired as teachers and coaches.
H. David Myers was born August 19, 1920 in Hornell, NY, only child of Horace David and Gertrude Bunker Myers. He grew up in Eden, NY with his childhood sweetheart and later wife Alice Jean Baldauf. He spent his formative years playing sports, hunting and working odd jobs.
In 1938, H. David attended Springfield College, but a family emergency forced him to return to Buffalo. He restarted his education at SUNY Cortland where he ultimately graduated with a degree in physical education, however his return and graduation were interrupted by WW II. Rejected by the armed forces due to residual lung scarring, he supported the war effort building aircraft engines at the General Motors-Chevy Aviation Plant. His co-workers nicknamed him "Heavy Duty" because of his compact strength and his initials "H. D."; the nickname "Heavy" followed him.
He married Alice in 1943 and moved to Lockport, NY before settling in the Town of Tonawanda. In 1949, Veronica Connor hired him to teach at Sidway Elementary School and together they inspired athletic and academic excellence for four decades. Alice passed away in 1994 from Parkinson's and in 1998 he married Julia Hill Laing (deceased 2013) of Eden, NY. He and Julie then "snow-birded" between Deland, FL and WNY enjoying traveling, new friends and bowling.
While in high school and college, H. David excelled in gymnastics, tennis, boxing, badminton, chess, hockey and above all soccer. He received numerous trophies and awards throughout his career. A soccer scholarship has been established in his name. As a parent he took great pride in the academic and athletic achievements of his children and their spouses as well as the achievements of his grandchildren and their spouses.
From his first marriage, he is survived by his sons Douglas D (Jean) Myers and David E (Patricia) Myers MD of Williamsville NY, his daughter Deborah L (Cliff) Myers Meilun MD of North Kingstown RI. Grandchildren include David Scott (Michelle MD) Myers, Gwendolyn (Jonathan) Gingrich, Daniel (Elana Korn DDS) Myers, Kimberly Meilun, Rachel Meilun, and two great grandchildren Margaret Myers and Camille Gingrich.
From his second marriage he is survived by his step-sons David (Rose) Laing, William (Jill) Laing, and Harry (Karen) Laing, and is predeceased by a step-daughter Sue (Stevan) Light. He is also survived by seven step-grandchildren, four step- great grandchildren and five step-great great grandchildren.
Visitation is being held at the Laing Funeral Home Inc. www.LaingFuneralHome.com located at 2724 W Church St, Eden, NY 14057, (716) 992-9172 on May 17, 2018 from 1:00PM - 4:00PM and 6:00PM - 9:00PM. A private funeral and internment is planned. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the H David Myers Soccer Scholarship Fund during visitation hours or mailed to 353 Kenmore Avenue, Kenmore, NY 14223.
Jane A. (nee Anderson) Duffy - May 11, 2018, of Grand Island. Wife of the late Francis P. Duffy. Mother of Michael J. (Carol) Duffy of Roscoe, IL and the late Andrea Switzer. Grandmother of Christopher M. (Lisa) Duffy. Great-grandmother of Zoe Duffy. Sister of the late Howie, Eddie, Alfie and Dick Anderson and Nina Hildebrand Cooley. Friends may call Friday 10 - 11 AM followed by funeral services Friday at 11 AM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Interment will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Geneva, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Grand Island Historical Society. Mrs. Duffy was a Home Economics teacher at Kenmore West for 25 years and then was a substitute teacher in the Kenmore School System for 14 years. She received the Teacher of the Year award in 1987.
Martin J. Mazzara - Of Grand Island, entered into rest May 9, 2018; beloved husband of Carolyn M. (nee Maranto) Mazzara; devoted father of Maria Mazzara, Martin G. (Lorry) Mazzara, Michael C. (Linda) Mazzara and Torre (Gina) Mazzara; cherished grandfather of Anthony (Brooke) Guadagna, Martin, Gabrielle, Michael, Joey, Ella, Victor, Lucia and Adriana Mazzara; adored great-grandfather of Valentino and Luca; loving son of the late Gasper and Mary Mazzara; dear brother of Jack (Christine) Mazzara, Dottie (late Frank) Bellanti, Audrey (Patrick) Cosentino and the late Bart (Jeanette) Mazzara; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel), 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., near Eggert/Sheridan Dr., on Monday from 3-8 PM where prayers will be said on Tuesday morning at 8 o'clock and a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Amelia Church at 9 o'clock. Entombment Forest Lawn Cemetery. Flowers gratefully declined. Online condolences may be made at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Eleanor R. (nee Meyer) Stephan - May 10, 2018, of Grand Island, wife of the late Frederick J. Stephan; loving mother of Gregory A. Stephan Sr. and Donna L. (Michael) Doknovitch; cherished grandmother of Patrick M. (Danielle) and Ryan G. Finnegan, Gregory A. Jr. and Jason F Stephan and Ivy E. Doknovitch; great-grandmother of Brayden P. and Landon S. Finnegan and Leyton M. Doknovitch; daughter of the late Carl G. and Elsie Meyer. Friends may call Tuesday 4-7 PM followed by funeral services Tuesday at 7 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Apostolic Church, 3753 N. Troy St., Chicago, IL 60618 or the Grand Island Golden Age Center. Mrs. Stephan was a regular at the Grand Island Golden Center and enjoyed the time she spent there with her cherished friends.
Maryann Dirmyer - 70, of Knox, PA, passed away at her home on May 8, 2018. Born on June 21, 1947 in Kingston, Luzerne County, PA, she was the daughter of John and Catherine (Fember) Vinovrski. She was married to David R. Dirmyer who preceded her in death in 2005. After high school, Maryann attended trade school and began a career as a phlebotomist. She enjoyed watching television shows, and was especially looking forward to the new season of Oak Island. Maryann was a country music fan, loved the oldies and Elvis.
She is survived by her sons, David J. Dirmyer and Daniel J. Dirmyer, both of Nebraska; her daughters, Kelly L. Lasher, of Niagara Falls, NY, Robin M. Dirmyer, of Knox, and Tiffany A. Dirmyer, of Lockport, NY. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. In addition, Maryann is survived by her brothers, Joseph Vinovrski, of Franklinville, NY, and James Vinovrski, of Grand Island, NY; her sisters, Marlene Golden, of North Tonawanda, NY, Julie Goodwin, of Grand Island, NY, Lillian Killian, of Lockport, NY, Karen O'Lay, of North Tonawanda, NY, Cathleen Latz, of Grand Island, NY, and Caterina Garrett, of North Tonawanda, NY. She will also be missed by two close friends, Judy Pfendler and Tom Cyphert.
Maryann was preceded in death by her parents, John and Catherine, her husband, David, two grandchildren, and her brother, John. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to assist the family with funeral expenses may be made by visiting www.goblefh.net. Arrangements are under the care of the Goble Funeral Home and Crematory in Clarion. As per Maryann's expressed wishes, there will be no visitation or services.
Thomas H. Bennett - May 8, 2018, of Grand Island, NY. Beloved husband of Teresa (nee Monkelbaan); dearest father of the late Trisha Kruithoff; grandfather of Thomas Kruithoff and the late Arron Camarda; son of the late Harold and Emma Bennett; brother of the late Joan Wuest; survived by aunts, uncles, niece, nephew, and special friend of Daren, Greg, Kim and Tim. Relatives and friends may call at THE URBAN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, 6685 Transit Rd., East Amherst, NY (south of County and N. French Rds.), Thursday 3-7 PM. Chapel Service Friday at 12 noon.
Winifred R. (nee Costantino) Zarbo - May 6, 2018, age 97, of Grand Island. Beloved daughter of the late Pauline and Antonio Costantino. Sister of Raymond (Janette) Nola and the late Claire (late Peter) Binghiemer and the late Rudolph (late Rose) Costantino. Loving mother of Annette "Penny" (George) Panepinto and Paula (Bob) Zucarelli. Devoted grandmother of Joan Marie and Susan Panepinto, Teresa (Tom) Duffy, Annette (Frank) Grandinetti, James (Lynn) Panepinto, Mary Catherine (Kenneth) Fick, Giorgio (Lisandra) Panepinto, Lisa, Christy and Gina Zucarelli. Cherished great-grandmother of Melissa (Phil) McCraith-Mastantuono, Katie McCraith-Sclafani (Matthew Daniels), Victoria and George McCraith, Anthony Daubney (Alexa SantaLucia), the late Stephanie Ali, Sarah (Jason) Grant, Sam Ali, Tommy Duffy, Travis Kelley, Nicholas, Charles, Isabella and Lily Panepinto, Carmela and Angelo Bartolomeo, Alena, Giavana and Giorgio Panepinto Jr., Thomas Cutler-Zucarelli, Jessica and Alyssa Zucarelli. Great-great-grandmother of Isaiah, Salvatore, Winifred "Wini" and the late Grace Ingalsbe. And also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Stephen's Church. Arrangements: Kaiser Funeral Home.
Theodora (Luke) Gondek - Of Grand Island, passed away April 29, 2018. Loving mother of Jeffrey Gondek, Molly Jo Musarra (Gondek), Lynette Reda (Gondek) and William Gondek III (deceased); grandmother of six grandchildren and three great- grandchildren. Theodora donated her body to science (University at Buffalo Anatomical Donor Program). Service to follow at a later date.
William R. Casseday - By Buffalo News reporter Dale Anderson.
Dec, 21, 1926 - March 27, 2018
Bill Casseday helped pave the way for all of the Buffalo area's major highways during his 50-year career with the State Department of Transportation. Beginning in 1948 as a surveyor's helper with what was then the state Department of Public Works Bureau of Highways, he surveyed the route for the Kensington Expressway and helped lay out the Thruway, the Scajaquada Expressway and the Youngmann Highway. Later, as regional construction engineer, he oversaw the building of the Route 219 Expressway and the Southern Tier Expressway. He died March 27 in his home in New Freedom, Pa. He was 91.
Born in Cleveland, William R. Casseday came to Buffalo when he was 14. He attended Lancaster High School and Buffalo Technical High School, where he graduated in 1946 after interrupting his studies to serve in the Merchant Marine during World War II. He took night classes at the University of Buffalo and earned a diploma in civil engineering from the International Correspondence School in Scranton, Pa. In his youth, he delivered newspapers, worked on a farm, caddied at Lancaster Country Club and worked at the Curtiss-Wright aircraft factory. His first job after high school was in the parts and collision departments at H. S. Nielsen Oldsmobile at Bailey Avenue and Genesee Street.
He joined the DOT in November 1948 and was the department's liaison to the State Thruway Authority during construction of the superhighway. He became regional construction engineer for Western New York in 1973, supervising a staff of about 200 and overseeing contracts for bridge and highway projects in four counties. Among his many innovations was the lump-sum bridge contract, which streamlined the contract process. In 1974, he was named this region's first DOT Engineer of the Year. He also represented the DOT on the Erie Community College advisory board for about 10 years and taught a night course on highway engineering and design on the ECC North Campus in Amherst.
In 1997, he received the John K. Mladinov Award for outstanding service - the department's highest honor - becoming the first employee outside DOT headquarters in Albany to receive it. Upon his retirement in 1999, he was recognized for his work by the New York State Association of General Contractors.
A longtime Cheektowaga resident, he was active for 50 years in Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, where he was a trustee and a lector. For his service to the parish, he received the Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker in 1997. After moving to Grand Island in 1998, he became a parishioner at St. Stephen's Catholic Church. Since 2003, he lived in New Freedom, near York, where he was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and was active in the Knights of Columbus. In retirement, he enjoyed volunteer work, Bible study, genealogy research and golf.
He was an usher at the Commodore Theater on Genesee Street when he met his first wife, Arline Kaufman. They were married in 1947 and lived at first above her family's tavern at Genesee Street and Union Road in Cheektowaga. She died in 1986. He met his second wife, Claudia Allen, on an Alaskan cruise. They were married in 1995, had a winter home in Hudson, Fla., and traveled extensively around the world. Survivors also include two daughters, Linda Brozek and Cindy Guido; two step-daughters, Elizabeth Levy and Hilary Holmes; a sister, Patricia Birnie Jacobs; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A celebration of his life will be held at 9:30 a.m. May 5 in the chapel of Our Lady Help of Christians Church, 4125 Union Road, Cheektowaga.
Ashley Nicole Schmidt - April 22, 2018, of Grand Island, mother of Elijah James Schmidt and Raeven Ann Yaksich; daughter of Shari Ann Schmidt and John Carlson and the late John Michael Schmidt; sister of Jason Rolland (Angela) VanHattum, Tracey Lynn Schmidt and Tiffany Carlson; granddaughter of Joyce and the late Rolland VanHattum; also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Friends may call Saturday 2-7 PM followed by funeral services Saturday at 7 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. For those who wish to honor Ashley's life and legacy, a benefit fund has been established for her children. Please make checks payable to Shari Schmidt for the benefit of Elijah Schmidt and Raeven Yaksich. Send to P.O. Box 294, Buffalo, NY 14209. Go Fund Me Page.
Karen A. (nee Coon) Kerr - Of Grand Island, entered into rest April 22, 2018; beloved wife of Paul R. Kerr; devoted mother of Julie (Brian) Smith, Salena Sutch and Erik Sutch; cherished grandmother of Ryan, Jada, Olivia, Dennis, Serenity, Elizabeth, Brian Jr. and Johnny; loving daughter of the late Henry and Linda (nee Seibert) Coon; dear sister of Beth, Colleen and the late Sharon; also survived by relatives and friends. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel), 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., near Eggert/Sheridan Dr., on Saturday from 1-3 PM. Funeral service will immediately follow. Please Share your condolences online at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Karen (nee Kay) Jablonski - April 21, 2018, of Grand Island. Wife of the late Robert S. Jablonski. Mother of Kelly L. Smith, Tamara K. Kaczmarowski and Robyn S. Jablonski. Grandmother of Joel Morris, Taylor Bedford, Morgan Kaczmarowski, Cassie and Jacob Gilcart, Noah Jablonski, Eian Rebon and the late Shayla Smith. Great-grandmother of Lukas Domagala and Deegan Jimerson. Sister of James (Linda) and Howard (Judy) Kay. Special cousin of Kathy Gray. Friends may call Wednesday 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Graveside service will be held Thursday at Whitehaven Cemetery, 3222 East River Rd., Grand Island at 12 PM. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.
Daniel Gruber - Age 88, of Grand Island, surrounded by his loving family passed into the arms of the angels on April 20, 2018, son of the late Daniel and Irene Gruber, he was the beloved husband of Patricia (nee Wolf) Gruber for 65 years. Daniel was the devoted and loving father of Debra (Marvin) Pawlowski, Diana (Gary) Kornacki, Dana (Randolph) Mirowski, Daniel Gruber, Dale Gruber, Major David (late Karen) Gruber, Richard (Kimberly) Gruber, Donna (Chene) Middleton, Douglas Gruber and Damon (Cathy) Gruber. He is also survived by 29 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Daniel proudly served in the Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. He was employed for 30 years at the GM Tonawanda Engine Plant. He enjoyed his retirement with his family, traveling with his wife and wintering in Sarasota, FL. Daniel was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree and the Disabled American Veterans. The family will be present at KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, Thursday 1-3 PM and 5-8 PM. Family and friends are invited for a Mass of Christian Burial Friday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Hospice Buffalo.
Ronald C. Headley - April 15, 2018, of Grand Island, husband of the late Gertrude (Neville) Headley; survived by a sister in California, a niece in Maryland and a nephew in Virginia; son of the late Francis and Marion Headley. Mr. Headley was a U.S. Navy radar man aboard the USS Kearsarge during the Korean War. He was formerly head Electrical Engineer at DuPont in Niagara Falls and traveled worldwide for DuPont. He had a Masters Degree in Engineering from the University of Delaware and was an avid genealogist and traced his roots to the 1600's. Funeral services private. Arrangements by KAISER FUNERAL HOME.
David S. Kaiser - April 20, 2018, of Grand Island. Father of Cathy (Eddie) Parras, April and Autumn Kaiser. Grandfather of Megan Parras and Ayden Kaiser. Brother of Deborah Jenkins and Donald J. Kaiser. Son of the late Donald R. and Katherine Kaiser. Dear friend of the Lewis and Hahn families. Friends may call Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Graveside service with military honors will be held Thursday at 11 AM at Whitehaven Cemetery, 3222 East River Rd., Grand Island.
Connie May (nee Maxson) Payne - April 7, 2018, age 38, beloved wife of Barth Alan Payne, Jr.; loving mother of Collin, Aidan and Cian Payne; daughter of Alan (Marcia) and the late Nancy Maxson; sister of Michelle (Jeremy) Neitzel, Michael (Lesa) Oakes, Marshall (Angela) Oakes, Janice (Edward) Thomas and Matthew (Jennifer) Maxson; also survived by nieces and nephews. The family will be present to receive friends on Saturday April 28th from 1-4 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2600 Sheridan Dr. (at Parker Blvd.) where services will follow at 4:00 PM. Flowers gratefully declined. Share condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.
Robert M. Stroka - April 16, 2018, of Grand Island, NY. Beloved son of Susan L. Stroka (Mark Previte). Loving brother of Dylan J. Stroka, Jennifer (David) Guizzotti, Kelly (Chris) Pritt and Eric (Gayle) Fagan. Special grandson of Marie (late Thaddeus) Stroka and beloved godson of Maryrose and Rocco DeSantis. Also survived by aunts, uncles, close cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends. At the family's request, private services were held last Thursday. Please share your condolences at www.lesterwedekindtfuneralhome.com.
Donald R. Wietan, Jr. - April 20, 2018, of Grand Island, husband of Sheila (McNamee) Wietan. Father of Cheryl (Christopher) Andreana and Kelly (Dustin) Cross; grandfather of Olivia Cross; son of Donna and the late Donald R. Wietan Sr.; brother of Diana (Larry) Moore; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Tuesday 5-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, where funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.
Joyce (nee Carey) Bedford - April 18, 2018, of Grand Island. Mother of Dawn (John) Mazur, Ryan Bedford and the late William J. Bedford. Grandmother of Taylor Bedford, James Mazur and Sommer Bedford. Great- grandmother of Deegan Jimerson. Daughter of the late Mildred Carey. Friends may call Sunday, April 22nd from 1-4 PM followed by memorial services Sunday at 4 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island.
Norman J. Mrkall - Highway Superintendent, Town of Grand Island. Volunteer Fire Chief, Grand Island Fire Company, January 7, 1937 - April 17, 2018.
Norman J. Mrkall, life long resident of Grand Island, a retired Highway Superintendent and long time firefighter, died peacefully in his home on April 17, 2018. He was 81 years old. Mr. Mrkall was credited with building a modern highway department for the Town of Grand Island; starting such programs as safety striping roads, year-round branch pickup service, drainage program/tiling of miles of town road ditches, and extensive road paving programs. Local media credited Norm for many years with an A-1 rating for town-wide snow removal. Norm's dedication to the Highway Department was recognized and his programs published in state-wide magazines.
Mr. Mrkalls community and government involvement was recognized and honored through the Citizen-of-the-Year award in 1974 and again in 1999. Mr. Mrkall also served his country as a U.S. Army Sergeant, earning his veteran status after serving overseas with honorable discharge, December 1957.
Mr. Mrkall was also a 64-year member of the Grand Island Fire Company. He served many years as Fire Chief and 21 years as Chairman of the Board of Directors. He was honored and received credit for building a very modern fire company by rebuilding three fire stations and starting many new programs. Mr. Mrkall facilitated the programs for the fire company such as a 911 dispatch center, conducting the first on-air radio tests, helping to start a paramedic service and acquiring property for future fire stations.
In his personal life, his wife of 52 years, Charlotte (Smith) Mrkall, died in 2012. Mr. Mrkall is survived by two daughters, Brenda Ann and Cynthia Ann, and a son, Norman J. II (Lisa), and two wonderful, loving granddaughters, Maisie Ann and Marissa Ann. A Memorial Mass will be offered at 10:00 AM on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at St. Stephen Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
Magdolna Mazepa - 91, of Grand Island, died April 9, 2018. She is survived by Robert, her beloved husband of 66 years; daughters Dr. Erzsebet Mazepa, Edith (Gene) Block and Emese (Vincent) Pedroza; grandchildren Nathan (Kerri), Stephen (Lindsay), Douglas Block, Rachel (Anthony) Miracle, Marilia (Michael) Wimberly, Victoria, Joshua (Mairi) and John (Julia) Pedroza, along with 10 great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at The St. Jude Center, 760 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, Saturday, April 14, at 9:30 A.M. Her legacy of love, faithfulness and kindness toward all, lives on in all who knew and loved her. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
Dr. Frank Costanzo
Gladys M. Costanzo - A Memorial Mass will be held for Dr. Frank and Gladys Costanzo on Saturday, April 14th at St. Stephen R.C. Church at 10:00 a.m. Dr. Costanzo died in Durham, North Carolina, on Monday, July 17, 2017. Mrs. Costanzo passed away in Oxford, North Carolina, on Monday, December 18, 2017.
Legendary Boat Racing Champion Howie Benns Passes Away at 78 - April 2018
Born April 7, 1939 in Buffalo, NY passed away in Fort Myers, Florida on March 12, 2018 with his daughter Linda by his side, along with very dear friends Thomas Moss who he considered a son, friends Sal, Shirley and Joan.
Howie thrilled thousands of fans in the United States, Canada and New Zealand. In 1957 he began his racing career that spanned 40 years. In 2015 he was honored at the Buffalo Launch Club by the APBA Boat Racing Association as he was presented the Lifetime Achievement award.Going back many years, in 1968 Howie won his first national championship aboard the sk 401 "Chevy to Much" , his first time in the boat. In 1972 he broke the straight away award. 1973, Howie won the 7 liter division I American National Championship aboard the "Sudden Seven" followed by the unlimited Rookie of the Year in 1974.
Prior to the unlimited season, the famed Miss Budwieser owner Bernie Little called the American Power Boat Association President Bob Wannamaker to ask who he would recommend as a driver for 1974, without any doubt, Bob's recommendation was Howie Benns for the seat. Once hired, Howie went on to win 3 title events in his rookie year, a record that stood for years, and was reconized as "Rookie of the Year" by the Unlimited Racing Commission. 1988 brought Howie the American, Canadian and World champion. Howie was also the triple crown winner at Valleyfield, Quebec, taking home the Grand Prix World Championship, as well as the Canadian and American championship titles in the "Lebeouf" GP-1001. 1991 brought the Griffin Cup in New Zealand.
Some of the famous hydroplanes Howie piloted where the Miss Budweiser, Sudden Seven, Miss Gangway, Lebeouf and Miss Dinomite to name a few, finally retiring at age 55. Howie was a proud Marine serving our country from 1956 to 1958.
A memorial service, with military honors will be held at Kaiser's Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island on Saturday, April 14 at 11:00 a.m., followed by a celebration of life at the Grand Island Rod and Gun Club, 1083 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. In honor of Howie, please put on your jeans and racing shirt and have a drink with him, share your good, funny and sad stories. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the APBA Historical Society, APBA Vintage and Historical division or the Grand Island Rod and Gun Club.
Howard Benns - "Howie" April 7, 1939 - March 12, 2018, passed peacefully in Fort Myers, FL with his daughter Linda by his side and his son in law Tom Moss and friends Shirley, Sal and Joan. Surviving besides his daughter Linda Emanuele is her husband Kevin, daughters April Wright and Cynthia Moss. Grandchildren James Wright Jr., Christine Wright, Kimberlee Moss, Ryan Moss and great grandson Wesley James. Predeceased by sons Howie and Tommy. True and faithful friends Charlie and Barbara (bugger lips) Miller and Mike and Lynn Yensan. A memorial will be held at Kaiser's Funeral Home on Saturday, April 14th at 11 am followed by a celebration of Howie's life at the Rod and Gun Club. In honor of Howie please put on your jeans and racing shirts as the 5 minute gun is about to go off..... Howie raced hydroplane boats such as Sudden Seven, Dinomytes and Miss Budweiser locally, nationally and as far away as Valleyfield, Quebec and New Zealand.
Gary Hajnos - Of Grand Island, NY, April 2, 2018 at age 61; beloved husband of Rosemary (Dean); loving father of Mark (Rachel), Kevin (Ashton) and Eric Hajnos; dear brother of Jacqueline (Douglas) Little and Ronald (Margie) Hajnos; also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral from the KOLANO FUNERAL HOME, 396 Amherst St. (near Grant), Saturday, 9 AM and Assumption Church at 9:30. Friends invited. Visitation Friday, 4-8 PM. Interment Whitehaven Cemetery, Grand Island, NY. Share online condolences at www.KOLANOFUNERALHOME.com.
Peter C. Gollwitzer - April 4, 2018, of Grand Island. Brother of Diane (Jerry) Doane, Mark B. (the late Brenda) Gollwitzer and Sally (David) Goris. Uncle of Melissa, Stephanie, Katie and Robert. Son of the late Charles R. and Leah Gollwitzer. Friends may call Friday 4-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Stephen's Church.
Joan M. Stein - Age 79, formerly of Grand Island, passed away in Ormond Beach, FL on January 24, 2018 surrounded by her family. She was born on January 30, 1938 in Buffalo, NY, but resided in Ormond Beach, FL for the past 6 years. She is survived by her beloved husband, John Stein, with whom she was married for 61 years. She is also survived by her 3 children; John (Debbie) Stein Jr., Richard (Diane) Stein and Denise (Dave) Rusler, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. "Joanie" was a loving person who adored her children and family. She will be greatly missed by all. Memorial Services were recently held in Ormond Beach, FL. Offerings in her name may be made to the Florida Hospital Memorial Foundation, 305 Memorial Medical Parkway, Suite 31, Daytona Beach, FL 32117. Condolences may be shared for the family at www.baldwincremation.com.
Dr. Thomas Zoltan Lajos - Oct. 10, 1931 - March 19, 2018
A former resident of Snyder and Grand Island, he moved in 2004 to Greenwood, S.C., He continued to perform cardiac surgery there until 2009, when he retired and moved to Florida. Survivors include a son, Dr. Paul; two daughters, Cheryl and Laura; and a sister, Judit Kerekes. See Buffalo News obituary.
Nina M. (nee Peacock) Fry - March 26, 2018, of Grand Island. Wife of 59 years of the late Brooke L. Fry. Mother of Joyce Ann (Paul) Ormsby and Steven G. (Joyce Alice) Fry. Grandmother of John (Amy) Fry, Kristen (Derek) McGee, Kelly Ormsby, Alisha (Justin) Cline, Michelle (Michael) Wozniak, Kevin (Susan) Ormsby and Maria (Justin) Hammond. Also survived by 12 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Sister of Delcie (late George) Weakland, Katherine (Tom) Longe, James Peacock, Gloria (Leon) Thoman and the late Shirley (late Ralph) Hamilton, Naomi (late Kenneth) Jones, Georgine (late Jerry) Peoples, Mary (late Herman) Kruise and George (survived by wife Mildred) Peacock. Daughter of the late George and Agnes Peacock. Friends may call Wednesday 6-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island where Funeral Services will be held Thursday at 11 AM. Flowers declined.
Lenore R. (nee Charette) Boyko - Of Grand Island, entered into rest peacefully, surrounded by loved ones March 25th, 2018. She was the devoted Christian and loving wife of the recently deceased Michael R. Boyko. Mother of Scott (Beth) Boyko, Rusty (Tara) Boyko, Melinda (Lon) Gondek and Joshua (Melanie) Boyko; the grandfather of Michael, Jack, Madison, Joseph, Rosemarie, Trenton and Lana; and the sister of Kathleen Schraufstetter, Judith Dunn, Dorothy Martinelli and Mary Internicola. Friends may call Wednesday from 5-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. We find comfort that they are together.
Jeanne M. (nee Travers) Cooper - March 22, 2018, beloved wife of the late Jon R. Cooper; dearest mother of Tammy Palumbo, Theresa (Mark) Merletti and Jon R. Cooper II; cherished grandmother of Dillon Cooper and Andreas Merletti; sister of John (Dolores) Travers and the late Melvin, Margaret "Dee Dee" Travers, Eva Stern and Jimmy Travers. Jeanne was a retired customer service representative with RespicAir, Niagara Falls, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 10 AM in St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, NY. Interment in St. Stephen's Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the ALS Association or MDA Organization. Arrangements by M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, Niagara Falls, NY. For online condolences, visit mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com.
Beverly A. (nee Harpster) Reger - Age 79, of Grand Island, NY, passed away on Friday, March 23, 2018. Born on November 17, 1938 in Buffalo, NY, she was the daughter of the late John and Margaret (Buker) Harpster. Beloved wife of Joseph Reger for over 56 years; dearest mother of Rebecca Reger, Lisa (John) Yorko and Joseph Reger, Jr. and grandmother of Matthew Kuli and Jillian Cole. Beverly was known for her kind heart and generous nature. She will be dearly missed. All services are private. Arrangements are under the direction of Michael R. Goodlander of OTTO REDANZ FUNERAL HOME, 2215 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY. Please visit www.goodlandercares.com to leave a message for the family.
John Joseph Salvalzo - March 22, 2018, of Grand Island. Beloved husband of Joan D. (Bauer) Salvalzo. Cherished father of John J. and Jeffrey L. Salvalzo, Jimmy and the late Eric Salvalzo and Denise. Devoted grandfather of Marisa L., Jeffrey, Evan and Brayden E. Salvalzo. Brother of James and the late Joseph Salvalzo and Joan Sanchez. Beloved best friend of Ronald Russell. Friends may call Monday 7:30 - 9 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services private.
Matthew Babisz - 93, of Grand Island, NY and Sarasota, FL, passed away peacefully in Sarasota on January 28, 2018. Mr. Babisz was the former Owner and President of Niagara Gear Corp in Kenmore, NY. He is survived by three daughters, Janet (Robert) Domaracki, Debbie Hopkins and Nancy (Bud) Hulka; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his loving companion of 21 years, Dorothy Jourdain.
Matt attended Burgard Vocation High School and the State University at Buffalo. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps overseas during World War II from 1942 until his honorable discharge in 1945. Following his discharge, he was employed as Plant Manager for Riley Gear Corp in North Tonawanda, NY. In 1947, he purchased the Niagara Gear Corp in North Tonawada, NY, which manufactures high precision gears for companies throughout the country and overseas. Niagara Gear Corp continued to grow and later relocated to a larger location in Kenmore. In January of 2014, Matthew sold the company and retired.
Mr. Babisz served on the advisory Board of McKinley Vocation High School, Niagara County Community College and B.O.C.E.S. He was an avid boater and a longtime member of the Buffalo Launch Club of Grand Island. He also enjoyed playing the saxophone and piano. Matthew was a devoted member of St. Stephen's Church on Grand Island, NY, as well as St. Patrick's Church in Sarasota, FL. Family and friends are invited to attend Matthew's Memorial Mass on March 24th at 10 AM in St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY 14072, concluding with Military Honors. Share online condolences at mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com.
David M. Paszkiewicz - March 19, 2018, of Grand Island, formerly of Cheektowaga. Husband of Geraldine (Ovak) Paszkiewicz. Father of Jacob Paszkiewicz. Brother of Denise (Rob) Kofkoff, Robert and Thomas Paszkiewicz, Judy (Joe) Jakubowski and William Paszkiewicz. Son of the late Stanley and Leocadia Paszkiewicz. Also survived by nieces and a nephew. Friends may call Thursday 4-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church.
David L. Wik - Of Ransomville, NY, passed away on Sunday, March 18, 2018, at his home. He was born in Buffalo, NY, on January 17, 1967, the son of Susan (Taber) Wik and the late Ronald Wik. David graduated from Grand Island High School and was an equipment operator with the New York State Parks Department at Whirlpool Park for the past 30 years. He had lived in Ransomville since 2008 and was an avid sportsman. In addition to his mother, he is survived by a brother, Ronald (Deanna) Wik, two sisters, Debbie Bunnell and Bonnie Wik, many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. His family will be present on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-8:30 PM at the RHONEY FUNERAL HOME, 5893 Hoover Road, Sanborn, NY, where Funeral Services will be held at 8:30 PM, with the Rev. James R. Bastian officiating. Memorials may be made in his name to the American Cancer Association. For guest register, visit www.rhoneyfuneralhome.com.
Theresa D'Angelo - Oct. 10, 1958 - March 10, 2018
Theresa D'Angelo received a patent in 2015 for a device inspired by the cover for a swimming pool. Her daughter, Madelaine, described it as "a people catcher." Her business, Complete Auto Network, involved shipping by rail and she wanted to find a way to protect her workmen from potentially fatal falls from railroad cars. Her invention, which attaches to the rail cars, dramatically improved the safety record among her employees. It now has been adopted by a major rail company. "If she saw a problem, she just solved it," her daughter said. She died last Saturday in her Grand Island home after seven-year battle with metastatic breast cancer. She was 59.
Born in Buffalo, the former Theresa Harf completed Lancaster High School early, when she was only 16. She was a 1979 graduate of Daemen College, where she met her husband of 39 years, Salvatore, a chemist with Niacet Corp. in Niagara Falls. She went on to earn a master's degree in education at Niagara University, but instead of teaching, she and her brother, Jack Harf, went to work with their father, Alfred Harf Sr., who owned a trucking company. In 1989, they established Rail Services, which picked up new automobiles from factories and transported them by rail to sites near the dealers. The company grew to have offices in six cities, shipping vehicles for Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Mazda and Mercedes Benz. When the company dissolved following her father's death in 1994, she founded Complete Auto Network, which continued the car transportation service. During the next few years, she devised software to replace the laborious handwritten method of tracking cars as they were being shipped.
In 2005, faced with a need for temporary workers during peak shipping seasons, she founded Complete Personnel Solutions, a staffing and employment agency that grew to serve job seekers in many fields. "She loved to work and loved being an entrepreneur," her daughter said. Due to her health, she closed Complete Auto Network in 2011 and retired from Complete Personnel Solutions three years later. Since 2015, she had been a human relations consultant, assisting small businesses with personnel and compliance issues.
She was a board member of the New York Staffing Association and a member of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council and the Women's Presidents Organization. An advocate for inclusion and diversity, she encouraged young women in their careers. She enjoyed cooking, entertaining and traveling and was a patron of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Shaw Festival, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Canadian Opera Company.
In addition to her husband and daughter, survivors include a son, Michael; her mother, Lorraine Harf; a sister, Valerie Estka; and two brothers, Alfred Harf Jr. and John "Jack" Harf. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 17, in St. Stephen's Catholic Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island.
Charles "Chuck" Romanchock - March 18, 2018, of Grand Island, husband of 60 years of Frances (Barron) Romanchock; father of Charles Romanchock, Karen Nunnari and Kimberly (Kevin) Griffiths; grandfather of Christopher Romanchock, Collin Griffiths, Mallory Krieger, Lauren Nunnari and the late Ryan Griffiths; also survived by six great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; brother of John, Thomas and James Romanchock and the late Theodore Romanchock and Dorothy Dooley. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Mr. Romanchock was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a self taught wood burner and made hundreds of detailed canes and walking sticks. He was an US Army veteran and served in the Korean War. Arrangements by KAISER FUNERAL HOME.
Catherine M. "Kit" Glassman - January 31, 2018, of Grand Island, NY, beloved wife of the late Albert F. Glassman and the late George Klein; loving mother of Raymond (Tammy) Klein; stepmother of Paul (Terri) Glassman; Christa Glassman; Eric (Sue) Glassman; dear grandmother of Bruce Klein; Karen (Andrew) Knight; Jeffrey Glassman; David (Ashley) Glassman; Lindsay Glassman; great-grandmother to Amelia Knight; survived by her sisters, Isabelle Lepore and Mildred Zearfoss. A memorial service will be held at St. Timothy Lutheran Church of Grand Island on Monday, March 26, 2018, at 1 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Timothy Lutheran Church of Grand Island or a favorite charity.
Jakob Jung - March 16, 2018, of Grand Island, formerly of South Buffalo, husband of the late Maria Jung; father of Henry (Mary Ellen), Jacob W. (Janice) and Robert Jung; also survived by 14 grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and family in Western New York and Europe. Friends may call Monday 2-4 and 6-9 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. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Mr. Jung's love for roses was appreciated by the whole community. He was well liked and leaves behind many dear friends at the Grand Island Golden Center.
Barbara A. (nee Buchbinder) Jones - Of Grand Island, NY, March 7, 2018, at age 76, beloved wife of the late Alan J. Jones; dear sister of Norman (Jaiton) Buchbinder; sister-in-law of Ronald Jones; also survived by cousins and dear friend Lucille Serwicki. Funeral Services private. Entombment will be in Meadowlawn Memorial Gardens, New Port Richey, FL. Online condolences at www.KOLANOFUNERALHOME.com.
William H. Good - entered into rest March 6, 2018, resident of Sandy Beach, Grand Island since 1961. Husband of the late Joyce A. Good. Father of J. Matthew, Kathleen M. and W. Patrick Good. Grandfather of Amanda L. England-Proctor. Son of the late William M. and Agnes L. Good. Friends may call Saturday 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island where funeral services will be held Sunday at 1 PM. Masonic service will be held Saturday evening. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Masonic Brotherhood Fund. Mr. Good owned Good Enterprizes in Sandy Beach for 50 years and was a US Army Veteran. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 60 years and was a retiree from Niagara Mohawk.
Robert R. Hall - March 6, 2018, of Grand Island. Husband of 57 years of Barbara (Klock) Hall. Father of Kathleen (Frank) Kovacs, Christopher and Mary Beth Hall. Grandfather of Emilie and Alexander Kovacs, Giado and Brook Hall. Brother of the late Lester "Bill" (survived by wife Gladys) Hall, Dorothy (late William) Smith, Lorraine (late Bud) Fenton and Herbert (survived by wife Lorraine) Hall. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 11:30 AM at St. Stephen's Church (Old Church), 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kenmore Mercy Foundation or the SPCA. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
Carol J. Aronica - passed away on Friday, March 2, 2018. She was the wife of 58 years of Frank Aronica, who passed away in November of 2017. She was was born in Buffalo, NY in 1937 to Margaret and Raymond Frank. She is survived by her four sons, daughters in law, 10 grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Surviving her are Charles (Robin), Christopher (Kyle), Paul (Kathleen) and Robert (Heather); and grandchildren, Lindsay (Cory) Bota, Peter, Eric, Stephanie, Kevin, Michele, Christopher, Victoria, Matthew and Nicholas Aronica. She is also survived by her cherished great granddaughter, Cecily Grace Bota. She was predeceased by her siblings, Shirley, Patricia, Jadawn, Margaret , Donald and Gloria.
Carol worked at Grand Island Biological Co. as manager of the International Order Dept. for many years until her retirement. During her career she was fortunate to travel to Holland, Ireland, Japan and India. She was a member of St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Church, and was an active volunteer. She served the community as a member of the bereavement committee of the parish. Friends may call Monday 4-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Flowers gratefully declined. If desired, donations may be made to Grand Island Fire Company in Carol's name.
Barbara M. Bagdy - Age 93, of Grand Island, died February 9, 2018, beloved wife of 67 years to William J. Bagdy; devoted and loving mother of Christine Rassow, Charles (Bonnie) and David Bagdy; cherished grandmother of Olivia, Natalie and Erich (Kiely) Rassow, Lauren (Marc) Bagdy, Erin (Thomas) Cunningham, and Alison (Ryan) Jordan, Jessica (Andrew) Porter and Michael Bagdy; also survived by four precious great-grandchildren, Emma and Thomas Cunningham, Austin Porter and Stella Rassow; dear daughter of the late Homer and Flora Mye. Sister of the late Homer Mye, Jr. and Charles Mye. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 10, 10:30 AM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
Marda (nee Scott) Walker - 82, of Grand Island, NY, passed away peacefully on February 16, 2018; beloved mother and grandmother (Nane); wife of the late Elijah Blake Walker; survived by her five daughters, Pamela, Carmen, Bonnie (William) Hogan, Judi and Crystal Walker; adopted son Dane Purks; as well as her sister, Bonnie (Spencer) Gaskin and brothers, Charles, II and James Scott. She will be greatly missed by her 15 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends. A private Farewell Memorial Service will be held. A Celebration of Life picnic will be held at a later date. Arrangements by ALAN R. CORE FUNERAL HOME.
Hans W. Rattman - February 20, 2018, of Grand Island. Son of the late Konrad and Emily Rattman. Brother of the late Henry Rattman. Friends may call Saturday 1-3 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.
Sandra Lee Capatch "Sandie" Dee - Passed away peacefully in her home in Colorado Springs on Feb 18, 2018 at age 71. Wife of the late David E. Dee. Mother to William J. Marshall and Niccole (Dan) Webb. Stepmother to David (Carol) Dee, Denise (Larry) Gatti, and Robert (Jerolyn) Dee. Grandmother to 14 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson. Daughter to the late George and Juanita Capatch and sister to the late Raymond Kephart.
She was born in Decatur Township, PA and moved to Grand Island at the age of 7. Sandie was a longtime resident of Grand Island and just last year moved to Colorado to be near her daughter Niccole (Dan) and grandchildren. She was able to be present for the birth of her first great-grandchild. Some of her favorite pastimes were gardening, traveling and spending time with family. In her youth Sandie was an avid ice skater, bowler and pool shark. Sandie and her husband Dave once owned Rose Liquor store and San-Dee's Pub. For over 30 years you could find Sandie behind the bar at San-Dee's Pub with a smile and a listening ear. Over the years Sandie has served many islanders their first "adult" beverage. She was loved by so many and will be truly missed. The family will be having "A celebration of Sandie's life" in the spring for family and friends.
Grace (nee Burleigh) Glosser - Of Grand Island, entered into rest February 16, 2018. Beloved wife of the late John F. Glosser; mother of Valerie (Bobby) Fraser, Tammy (Kris) Neumann, Jamie (Mike) Seyler, and John Glosser; longtime companion of Michael Zendana; grandmother of six; great-grandmother of six. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the UB Anatomical Gift Program, SUNY at Buffalo, PO Box 900, Buffalo, NY 14226.
Harry E. Lorence - Of Grand Island, entered into rest February 16, 2018, precious husband of Roberta A. (nee Cronin) Lorence; devoted father of Kurt (Patricia) Lorence, Kris (Tessie) Lorence, Kent (Patricia), Kyle (late Darlene) Lorence, Kristin (Jeffrey) Kryszczuk, Jonathan Lorence and the late Kim Lorence; cherished grandfather of Robert, Maria, Elizabeth, Kelly, Ava, Audrey, Shannon, Matthew, Kyle, Hailey, Tyler and Mason; loving son of the late Edwin and Irene Lorence; dear brother of Norma (late Michael) Ferguson and the late Anita (Clarence) Stucki; also survived by several nieces and nephews. No prior visitation. Private service. Interment Maple Grove Cemetery. Arrangements by LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel). Online condolences at www.lombardofuneralhome.com
Buffalo News Obituary - April 28, 1934 – Feb. 16, 2018, Harry E. Lorence of Grand Island, retired golf course superintendent at Beaver Island State Park, died Friday in the Scofield Residence, Town of Tonawanda, where he had been a resident for the past two years. He was 83.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Lorence was a 1952 graduate of Williamsville High School, where he played on the baseball team. He earned a degree in business management from the University of Buffalo, where he was a catcher on the baseball team, and received his degree in golf course management from the University of Massachusetts. The son of the superintendent of Park Country Club in Amherst, Mr. Lorence grew up in the club caretaker's cottage and inherited his father's devotion to turf management.
He began working at Park Country Club as a teen and was assistant superintendent there in 1963 when he was hired to work with the architects of Beaver Island Golf Course while it was being constructed. As Beaver Island Golf Course's first superintendent, he and his family lived in the park for 21 years in a caretaker's house from the former Sidway Estate. He retired in 1986.
Mr. Lorence was the author of two books on grass maintenance, "Hay, How's Your Lawn?" and "Golfers Do It in the Rough." He also wrote articles that were published in Golfdom and Park Maintenance magazines.
He remained an avid baseball player, playing in many leagues for teams that included Amherst A.C. and Phoenix Brewery. He played recreational softball with his family for more than 20 years and coed softball with his wife. He also coached Grand Island Little League baseball.
Mr. Lorence is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Roberta Cronin; five sons, Kurt, Kris, Kent, Kyle and Jonathan; a daughter, Kristin Kryszczuk; a sister, Norma Ferguson; and 12 grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 25th in Maple Grove Cemetery, Stony Point Road near Whitehaven, Grand Island.
Donald G. Haines - February 15, 2018, of Grand Island, husband of Barbara J. Haines; father of Peter (Erin), Jeff (Carol) and Eric Haines; grandfather of Colin, Ryan, Owen, Brady and Kyle Haines; brother of Robert (Nancy) and the late Roger (survived by wife Catherine) Haines; son of the late Wendell and Mildred Haines. No prior visitation. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, February 24th, at 11 AM at Classics V, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Arrangements by KAISER FUNERAL HOME.
Leon M. Zakrzewski - February 16, 2018, of Grand Island, husband of the late Johanna J. Zakrzewski; father of Dianne (Dale) Pershyn and Jocelyn Viola; grandfather of Jeanna (Eli) Blitz, Derek (Carissa) Pershyn, Joseph (Ashley) Viola, Dana (Andrew) Reimers and Jerome Viola; great-grandfather of Siena Blitz, Luca Viola, Shiloh Blitz, Everett Reimers and Lennon Pershyn; golf partner of Jerome P. (Dawn) Viola. Friends may call Monday 3-7 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 a charity of your choice.
Jason Burridge - Age 35, of Summerfield, FL, prior resident of Belleview, FL, died February 12, 2018 as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. He was born January 17, 1983 in Buffalo, NY, the son of Carol Burridge of Summerfield, FL and Bruce Burridge of Grand Island, NY. Funeral Service will be held Sunday, February 18, 2018 11:00 AM at HIERS-BAXLEY Funeral & Cremation Life Event Center, 3975 Wedgewood Lane, The Villages, FL 32162. Sentiments may be left online at www.hiers-baxley.com.
James Louis Spencer - 36, of Nashville, TN went to be with the Lord on February 10, 2018. James was a beloved son, father, family member and friend. James is survived by his parents Deborah A. Spencer (Taylor) of Grand Island, NY, Barry A. Spencer of Jericho, VT; grandparents, Marie C. Taylor, James T. Spencer, Jeanette Spencer; beloved partner, Mariam Bakhtiari; son, Sean Louis Spencer; brothers, Adam Spencer, Sam Spencer; aunts, Donna M. Taylor, Lisa A. Rafe (Taylor), Amy Lou Taylor, Cynthia Cutonilli; uncles, Stephen Zoladz, David W. Taylor, Michael A. Leo; cousins, Joseph L. Rafe, Sarah Rafe, Louis M. Rafe, Christina M. Anderson. He is preceded in death by grandfather, Louis W. Taylor.
James was best described as an intelligent, handsome, charismatic and funny man, who above all valued his relationships with family and friends. He will be remembered for a smile that was infectious, a great laugh, and a personality that was engaging. At peace and in the arms of Jesus, we love you, dear James and will keep you in our hearts forever.
A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date in Grand Island, NY. The family is grateful for all the condolences. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to any dog rescue organization. Condolences can be sent to www.alternativecremationandfuneralservice.com.
Elsa Bondar - 89, of Washington, Pennsylvania, died peacefully on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 at Asbury Heights, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Born on Aug 4, 1928, in Chicago, Illinois, she was the daughter of the late Elsa (Wolkenhauer) and Joseph Schmieger. Graduating from Steinmetz High School in Chicago in 1945, and from Northwestern University with a bachelor's degree in Political Science in 1949, she began her career by teaching 6th-grade and music at Lincoln Elementary School in the Chicago Public Schools.
In 1957, she married Eugene (Gene) Bondar, also of Chicago, and they led a canoe trip to Quetico Provincial Park in Canada for their honeymoon. Pursuing Gene's academic career, they lived in Joliet (Illinois), Syracuse (New York), and Kisii (Kenya), before settling in Grand Island, New York, in 1968. Elsa taught fifth grade for many years at both Sidway and Kaegebein Elementary Schools in the Grand Island Public School System, and she completed a master's degree in Education at Buffalo State College in 1976. After retiring from teaching in 1994, she helped to coordinate the Buffalo Niagara League of Women Voters until she and Gene moved to Washington, Pennsylvania in 2015 to live near their daughter Carol and son Gregory.
In her youth, Elsa enjoyed playing music, hiking, canoeing, and skiing, including a climb of the Grand Teton in Wyoming, and rafting through the Grand Canyon in 1956, and she was very active leading trips for American Youth Hostels. Throughout her life, she loved to travel, visiting all 50 United States, as well as Europe and the Caribbean, and she lived from 1966-1967 in Kenya, Africa, with Gene and their children. At home on Grand Island, she enjoyed gardening, attending Buffalo Philharmonic concerts, and exploring geology with the Buffalo Geological Society, leading many school fieldtrips to collect fossils.
She is survived by Eugene, her husband of 60 years, their children Douglas (Angelika) Bondar of Augusta, Georgia, Carol (Samuel) Johnson of McMurray, Pennsylvania, and Gregory (Elisa) Bondar of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and grandchildren Susanna, Alexander, and Erika Bondar, and Noel and Bradley Johnson. She was the sister of the late Anna Schmieger of Chicago. Elsa's family would like to thank the staff at Strabane Trails Village (Washington, PA), Asbury Heights (Pittsburgh, PA), and Family Hospice & Palliative Care (Pittsburgh, PA), for their skilled and compassionate care.
A family celebration of Elsa's life will be held in the summer. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be made to the League of Women Voters (https://www.lwv.org), or the National Parks Foundation (https://www.nationalparks.org).
Susan Lynn (nee Oswald) Garcia - Entered into eternal rest at home, surrounded by family, on February 9, 2018, of Grand Island, beloved wife of Mariano "Mark" Garcia; cherished mother of Erin (Casey) Tedd and Christopher (Alethea Ball) Garcia; adored grandmother of Kaitlyn, Marisa and Grace Tedd, Star and Annabelle Garcia; also survived by her parents, Alan and Joyce Oswald and her sister Carol (Michael) Denny; dear sister of the late Sharon (survived by husband Terry) McDonnell and late Michael Oswald; also survived by loved nieces and nephews and their families. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 AM at St. Mary of the Cataract Church, 259 4th St., Niagara Falls. Arrangements by KAISER FUNERAL HOME.
Richard Newcomer - March 31, 1934 - February 8, 2018
Richard LaRue Newcomer, 83, of Grand Island, New York, husband of June (Fritz) Newcomer peacefully joined our Heavenly Father, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on February 8, 2018. He was the devoted husband of June Newcomer of 59 years, a nurturing, loving father to his three daughters and one son.
Life began for Richard in Williamsport, Pa. where he was one of seven children of Dora Miller. Richard served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War as a mechanic. Richard and June married in 1958 and made their home on Grand Island. He was employed at Buffalo Forge as a balancer for 38 years and retired in 1991. Richard enjoyed spending time with his family, gardening, as well as wood working. He was very creative and was well known for his ability to fix just about anything.
Richard is survived by his wife, June Newcomer (Fritz), daughter, Robin Itani (deceased), daughter, June (Daniel) Resetarits (Cranberry Twp, PA) daughter, Donna LaMonte (Las Vegas, NV), son, David (Donna)Newcomer (Amherst, NY), nine grandchildren, Linda (Daniel) Itani, Amy (Harrell) Walker, Jamie (Mary) Itani, Nicole (Daniel) Cory, Haley (Daniel) Resetarits-Sutton, Mitchell LaMonte, Nicholas Newcomer, Noah Newcomer, Dylan Resetarits and two great grandchildren, Timothy Hammond and Robyn Walker. Richard was preceded in death by six siblings, Raymond Newcomer, Betty Fritz, Mary Simpson, Ruth Rohrer Kent, John Newcomer and Robert Newcomer.
Friends will be received from 2pm - 4pm on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at Kaiser's Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, New York, 14072. A Celebration of Life Service for Richard will be held at 11am on Monday, February 12, 2018 at Trinity United Methodist Church.
Dennis Wayne Sundholm - 1932-2018 - A wonderful man crossed the finish line of life on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. We are sure he chose this date because Ivy needed a dance partner on her birthday!
Dennis is predeceased by his wife, Ivah Sundholm, and his parents, Hilding G. and Helen Neumann Sundholm. He is survived by his three sons, Martin (Rhonda) of Nassau Bay, TX, Michael of Truckee, CA and Matthew (Pam) of Panama City, FL. He will be missed greatly by his grandchildren, Dennis, Daniel (KaCie), Matthew, Marcus, Michaela and Danica, as well as his great grandchildren, Nicholas, Kadyn and Benjamin Sundholm.
Dennis was born in Ludington, MI on May 27, 1932, graduating from Saint Simon High School in 1950. He received his B.S. from Central Michigan University in 1954, enjoying membership in Tau Kappa Epsilon. He obtained his M.A. from Michigan State University in 1963. Dennis was a teacher from 1954 to 1990, teaching in Flint MI, Los Angeles CA, Custer, Scottville and Sandusky MI, and finishing in Grand Island NY.
Dennis should have been born a Pisces, as he was an 'on the water' type of guy. From Ludington (on Lake Michigan) to Los Angeles (on the Pacific Ocean) to Sandusky (15 miles inland from Lake Huron) to Grand Island (an island in the Niagara River) to Panama City, FL (on the Gulf of Mexico), Dennis simply enjoyed being on a boat. He even worked summers on the Chesapeake & Ohio Lake Michigan ferry in the Fifties.
Following his retirement in 1990, Denny and Ivy moved to Panama City, FL. After sailing the beautiful waters of the Gulf for a while, they exchanged the sailboat for a 'land yacht'. This led to many, many trips across the USA. Most of the time, the RV headed west to Lake Tahoe to visit their granddaughters, but frequent trips to Michigan and Western New York were enjoyed too.
Dennis' oldest grandson, Dennis Coy Sundholm, proclaims that "Grandpa is the smartest man I've ever known." Dad lived life to its fullest and is probably showing Saint Peter the proper way to mix a bourbon Manhattan, and how to clean smoked chubs. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to Dick and Sharon McCleary for all of their love, support and friendship. "Dickie" (as Dennis called him) and Dennis enjoyed a 50 year friendship. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Covenant Care or the Bay County Council on Aging, both in Panama City, or a charity of your choosing. Those wishing to extend condolences may do so at www.heritagefhllc.com.
William "Bill" Lee - February 2, 2018, of Grand Island. Husband of the late Shirley A. Lee. Father of Jennifer Kingston and Elizabeth "Libby" Lee-Falk. Grandfather of Kristopher, Benjamin (Ania) and Nicholas (Danielle) Kingston and Alex Falk. Great-grandfather of Carter Kingston. Friends may call Thursday 4-8 PM at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, where Memorial Services will be held Friday at 11 AM. Mr. Lee earned college degrees from Kenyon College and Cornell University. He worked for 35 years at Carborundum in Niagara Falls.
Betty (nee Jenkins) Magnuson - December 22, 2017, of Grand Island. Wife of the late Royce Magnuson. Mother of Janet (James) Pedlow. Grandmother of Michael Pedlow. Sister of the late Windsor Jenkins, William Jenkins, and Audrey Pearson. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends Monday, February 26, 10-11 AM followed by Memorial Services Monday at 11 AM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church or the Summit Center, 150 Stahl Rd., Amherst. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
Clark J. Nesbitt Sr. - February 1, 2018, of Grand Island, husband of 52 years of Diane Nesbitt; father of Jennifer (Randall) Joiner and Clark J. Nesbitt, Jr.; grandfather of Cameron and Bethany Cherenzia and Alexis Joiner; brother of JoAnne Hall and the late Patricia (survived by husband Robert) Kessler; also survived by numerous loved nieces and nephews. Friends may call Monday 4-7 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services private. In lieu of flowers, to show appreciation for all they have done, memorials may be made to the Grand Island Fire Co.
Doris E. (nee Ellman) Maglie - Age 90, of Grand Island. Daughter of the late Hubert and Mildred (Krull) Ellman. Wife of the late Sal "The Barber" Maglie and the late Walter Novotny, has been called to rest with Jesus on January 24, 2018. She was the sister of the late Elaine Ellman. A Graduate of North Tonawanda High School, Doris was a longtime Legal Secretary for the law firm Cohen, Swados, Wright, Hanifin, Bradford, and Brett. Doris was also a lifetime member of St. John Lutheran Church in North Tonawanda, where she also attended grade school. Doris had a passion for her Cocker Spaniel dogs. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, the occasional Manhattan, and crossword puzzles. She is survived by her daughter Holly (Novotny) and Richard Yager Sr.; son Joseph Maglie; granddaughter Jamie (Fuhr) and Keith Krantz; grandson Richard Yager Jr., and Cocker Spaniel Zoe. Family and friends are invited to come pay their respects at Fretthold Funeral Home Inc., 1241 Oliver St. at Ward Rd. in North Tonawanda, on Thursday, February 1st from 3-8 PM. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, February 2 at 10:30 AM from St. John Lutheran Church, Ward Rd. and Niagara Falls Blvd. She will be laid to rest at St. John Lutheran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Doris's name to the ASPCA. Guest register available at frettholdfuneralhome.com.
Ivah Sundholm - A sixty-three year love affair ended as Ivah Sundholm drew her last breath on January 24, 2018. Ivy is predeceased by her parents, Amos O. and Grace Graves, her brother, Amos A. Graves (a WWII Vet), and her sister, Nancy Fournier. She is survived by her husband, Dennis Sundholm of Panama City, FL; her three sons, Martin (Rhonda) of Nassau Bay, TX, Michael of Truckee, CA and Matthew (Pam) of Panama City, FL; and sister, Gloria (John) Gambill of Dimondale, MI. She will be missed greatly by her grandchildren, Dennis, Daniel (KaCie), Matthew, Marcus, Michaela and Danica, as well as her great grandchildren, Nicholas, Kadyn and Benjamin Sundholm.
Ivy was born in West Branch, MI on February 6, 1932, graduating high school in 1949. She became the first in her family to attend college, receiving her B.S. from Adrian College in 1953. She met Dennis at a dance at Central Michigan University that same year. Upon Dennis' graduation from Central, they married and moved to Los Angeles, living there for five years.
Then moving back to Michigan, she started teaching in 1963. She also resumed her education, obtaining her M.A. from Central Michigan in 1965. The Sundholm family then moved to Grand Island, NY during the summer of 1967. She taught for another six years before entering the real estate business. After obtaining her broker's license, she opened Ivy Real Estate, located in the Grand Island Plaza. She enjoyed a 17 year career working for various companies while earning sales awards along the way. During her life on Grand Island, she was a member, and president of, various social, civic and business organizations. She and Dennis 'retired' in 1990, moving to Panama City, FL. After enjoying sailing in the beautiful Gulf waters for a number of years, they exchanged their sailboat for a "land Yacht" and explored the USA via RV for the next 15 years. Many years were also spent camping with the "Miracle Strip Sam's" camping group of Panama City.
In the late 90's, she became bored with retirement and resumed her teaching career, substitute teaching in Chipley, FL. She finally retired for good in 2012, at 80 years old! A thank you to her neighbors, Wayne and Maggie Griswold, is in order as their help and kindness was a great comfort to Ivy. A special thank you to Dick and Sharon McCleary for their abundant love, help and support as they truly enabled Ivy to manage her life these last few years.
A celebration of life was held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Matt & Pam Sundholm's house. Memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Care in Panama City, FL or a charity of your choice. Those wishing to extend condolences may do so at www.heritagefhllc.com.
Thomas J. Morrisey - January 19, 2018, of Grand Island. Husband of the late Mary Frances (Santa Maria) Morrisey. Father of Nancy (Joseph) Morrisey Fusco, Thomas J. (Sandra) Morrisey, Sarah A. (Randall) Morrisey Gooch and the late Michael Timothy Morrisey. Also survived by nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Friends may call Sunday 4-6 PM at 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 Michael T. Morrisey Scholarship Fund.
Claire Card - At age 90, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, January 18, 2018. Claire resided at Beechwood Homes and was receiving Hospice Buffalo services. She donated her body to the Anatomical Gift Program at the University of Buffalo.
She was Born in Newark, NJ and moved to St. Catharines, ON, Canada when she was 12 years old. In Canada, she made many lifelong friends and met and married the love of her life. She started out as a hair dresser where she operated a beauty salon with a fellow beautician. Claire later moved to Grand Island, NY where she was a resident for 54 years. She was involved in volunteering her beautician skills at the nursing home on Grand Island and was also involved in the River Lea Quilters Club, WOW bible study group and a quilters club in Myrtle Beach where Claire and her husband spent time every winter for many years. She was an active church member her whole life, loved people and was always there to give a helping hand to anyone in need and volunteer wherever needed. She enjoyed passing on her homemaking skills of sewing, knitting, needlework to her daughters and granddaughter.
Claire was the beloved wife of the late Roland Card for 66 years; mother of Sherry (Edward) Russak, Jamie Card, Wendy Card and the late Warren Card; grandmother of Nicole (Charles) LaRoche-Wolrich and Joshua Card; great-grandmother of Cassidy Card, Audrey Wolrich, Brooklyn Card, Piper Card, Margot Wolrich; Daughter of the late Harry Walker and the late Florence Merriday; Sister of the late George Walker and late Dorothy Vail.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Buffalo or Bible Fellowship Center, Grand Island, NY. Memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 11 am at Bible Fellowship Center, 1136 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, NY.
Laura (nee Benasi) Mestieri - January 20, 2018; beloved wife of 57 years to Renzo Mestieri; dearest mother of Richard Mestieri; survived by her devoted grandchildren Martin, Sean, and Andrew Mestieri and their mother, Lee; dear sister of Paolo (Clara) Benasi; also survived by cherished family friends Michelle and David Lattuca, and their children, Gino and Dante. The family will be present Tuesday from 4 to 8 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2600 Sheridan Drive (corner Parker Blvd.), where prayers will be offered on Wednesday at 8:15 AM and followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 AM from St. Amelia RC Church. Share condolences online at www.AMIGONE.com.
Joseph A. McMahon - January 20, 2018, of Grand Island. Husband of Francine McMahon. Father of Timothy, Kimberly, Stephen, Carli-jo and Stephanie McMahon. Brother of Margaret Prange, Peter, Daniel (Susanne), Sharon Tokash, Mary (the late Roland) Powers, Patricia-Jo Phillips, Bridget (Richard) Anderson, Michael (Denise), Christopher (Kris) and the late Thomas A, Jr. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Wednesday 2-4 & 7-9 PM at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Memorial Services will be held Thursday at 10:30 AM at New Covenant Church, 345 McConkey Dr., Tonawanda. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Joseph's name to the Grand Island Fire Co.
Scott H. Driess, Jr. - age 90, of Grand Island, formerly of Amherst, died Monday, January 15, 2018 after a long illness. Born May 11, 1927 in Buffalo, he was a Navy Veteran of WWII and had worked on the railroad before retiring. He is survived by his son, Scott (Michelle) Driess, III of Grand Island; a granddaughter, Shannon Driess; and his former wife, Diana Cone of Grand Island. Services are being cared for privately. If desired, memorials to the SPCA are preferred by the family.
Patricia Ann (nee Keller) Martin - died peacefully in her home with family present on January 11th, 2018 in Taneytown, Maryland following a courageous battle with thyroid cancer. She was 76.
Patricia Martin was born on Valentine's Day, February 14th, 1941 in Buffalo, New York to her parents, the late Walter F. Keller and Katherine D. (Sweeney) Keller. She was an alumna of Holy Angels Academy, Buffalo, New York, and a talented office manager for several firms before retiring to enjoy golfing, folk art and oil painting, long country drives, and adventures with her loving husband and family to whom she devoted her entire life and love.
Patricia Martin is survived by her dedicated husband of 30 years, Samuel D. Martin; daughters Mary Patricia Sundeen, Kirsten Ann Hershey (Dave); son William C. Sundeen, Jr. (Michelle); sisters Mary Kay Schaab, Joan A. Fischer; brothers Richard C. Keller and Bryan J. Keller; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents Walter and Katherine Keller and her brother, Walter F. Keller, Jr.
The cremation took place on January 15th, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. and a Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, February 10th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, New York. Family and friends are invited to attend both the Memorial Mass and a gathering immediately thereafter.
In lieu of flowers, and in keeping with her deep love and compassion for all children, the family requests your generous support of The Pediatric Assistance Fund at the HealthWell Foundation where her daughter, Mary, previously served as President. All donations will directly assist children in need who cannot afford lifesaving medications. Donations may be made online at https://www.healthwellfoundation.org/donate/ or by check mailed to: The HealthWell Foundation, Pediatric Assistance Fund, 20440 Century Boulevard, Suite 250, Germantown, MD 20874, each in Patricia Martin's memory. Arrangements were entrusted to Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home in Taneytown, MD. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.myersdurborawfh.com.
Linda Ann Krug - Of Grand Island, January 16, 2018. Daughter of the late Robert and Angeline Salerno Krug; dear mother of Michelle (George Wopperer) Gulla, Jon Gulla, Angela Krug and Jennifer Schwartzott; loving grandmother of Michael, Trinity and Haylee; sister of Donna Hagerty, Karen (John) Fritsch, Gail (John) Fudge and Robert Krug; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at D. LAWRENCE GINNANE FUNERAL HOME, 3215 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, Friday 4-8PM. All are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Rose of Lima RC Church, Parkside Ave. at Parker Ave., Buffalo, Saturday at 9:30AM. Please meet at church. Memorial contributions to Cantalician Center for Learning, Inc., 2049 George Urban Blvd., Depew, NY 14043, are preferred. Condolences may be sent to www.ginnanefuneralhome.com.
Keith A. Schreckengost - Of Grand Island, entered into rest January 14, 2018. Beloved husband of Susan E. (nee Wells) Schreckengost; devoted father of Scott Schreckengost, Sara Maciag and the late Curtis Schreckengost; cherished grandfather of 5 grandchildren; loving son of the late LeRoy and Marguerite Schreckongost; dear brother of Linda Learn, Sue Appenheimer, Judith (Mike) Snyder, Deb Abrahamson and Kim (Joe) Deabold. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel), 885 Niagara Falls Blvd. near Eggert/Sheridan Dr. on Wednesday from 4-7PM. Funeral Service will immediately follow. Mr. Schreckengost served in the US Army. Online condolences may be made at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Elaine (nee Affleck) Hildebrandt - At age 86, of Grand Island, entered into eternal rest to be with her Lord and Savior on January 12, 2018. She was a loving and faithful wife to her husband of 53 years, Theodore F. Hildebrandt (predeceased). She is survived by two sons, Dr. Theodore A. (Annette) Hildebrandt of Boston, MA, and Terry L. (Karen) Hildebrandt of Grand Island; three daughters, Joy E. (Andrew) Spiesz, Dawn C. (Daniel) Fitzgerald both of Grand Island and Kathy H. (John) Vandermey of Greenville, SC. She was a grandmother to 11 grandchildren, and great-grandmother to 15 great-grandchildren. She was the sister of Joyce Sulgit of California and brother of John Affleck, of Florida.
Hildebrandt, born in Niagara Falls in 1931, was a lifelong resident of the area. She was born to the late Alexander Affleck and Mary (Hayes) Affleck whom she adored. She worked at Grand Island Middle School for decades. She retired in 1994. She served her Lord in many capacities: a Sunday School teacher, a co-sponsor to a senior high youth ministry and a mentor to many. She was a best friend to her children. She was a listening ear and gave grounded biblical counsel, often with a little personal opinion mixed in. She was an avid reader delighting in being a student of the Scriptures and of Jewish history. She faithfully prayed for others and for those who no longer had parents praying for them. She never knew a stranger and loved everyone. Laughter was her music. Her greatest love was for her Savior in whose presence she now abides.
Friends may call Wednesday 4-8 PM at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bible Fellowship Center, 1136 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, where memorial services will be held Thursday at 10 AM. A private, family funeral will follow the service.
Rita J. (nee Mengay) DeGlopper - February 3, 1925 - January 8, 2018, passed away peacefully on Monday in Hospice care. Born in Buffalo to Henry and Barbara (Hess) Mengay, Rita graduated from Riverside High School and then married her husband of 63 years, Earl M. DeGlopper, and made Grand Island her home. She enjoyed raising their three sons, Earl (Meredith) of Fort Myers, FL, Peter (Kimberly) of Grand Island, and Douglas (Jennifer) of Indianapolis, IN, before proudly serving as Grand Island's longstanding Town Clerk. Rita's passion for her community kept her active in her church and numerous organizations including the G.I. PTA, G.I. Democratic Committee, St. Stephen's Altar Society and Zonta Club.
She also delighted in being a grandma to her cherished granddaughters, Chelsea DeGlopper of Waltham, MA and Dr. Bailey (Brandon) DeGlopper of NYC. She also enjoyed being an active St. Stephen's Church member, traveling, especially winters in Florida, her uncanny luck at bingo and raffles, her frequent "lunch and a movie" with her sister/BFF Ruth, and time with family. With her passing, Rita joins her beloved husband Earl who predeceased her in 2015, as well as her cherished siblings Ruth Wachowicz and Henry Mengay.
A family celebration of Rita's life and legacy will be held in the spring. Memorial contributions may be made to the DeGlopper Memorial Park Fund Expansion Committee c/o VFW Post 9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island, NY 14072 or Hospice Foundation of WNY, PO Box 590, Buffalo, NY 14240. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
William E Weis - 71, a 5-year resident of The Villages, Florida formerly of Grand Island, New York passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2018. Bill was born November 20, 1946 to Edwin & Grace Weis. He graduated from Kenmore West High School and served in the United States Air Force. A 40-year resident of Grand Island, NY, Bill was a lifetime member of the Grand Island Volunteer Fire Company. As President, Bill coordinated the extensive rebuilding and expansion of the current fire headquarters, that was brought about after years of planning and a major fundraising drive. He worked for the Grand Island Highway Department until retiring in 2011.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Nancy A. Weis (nee Rutkowski); mother Grace Weis; sons Jonathan (Kimberly) Weis and Jason (Maureen) Weis; daughter Jennifer (Jeffrey) Loder; grandchildren Marlee Lake, Elle Weis, Brandon Loder, Anthony Weis and Ava Weis; great-granddaughters Blair and Bryce. Online condolences may be offered at www.forestlawnocala.com A celebration of Bill's life will be held in July on Grand Island. Bill will be laid to rest in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be offered to the Grand Island Volunteer Fire Company www.grandislandfire.us or Roswell Park Cancer Institute www.roswellpark.org.
David D. Ailinger - January 6, 2018, age 76, beloved husband of the late Dorothy (nee Cimeca) Ailinger; loving father of Brian D. (Kris) Ailinger and Diana L. Ailinger; cherished grandfather of Gabrielle, Brian, Shelby, Luke and Michael; dear brother of the late Joseph (Rosemary) Ailinger; also survived by nieces and nephews. Arrangements by the AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2600 Sheridan Dr. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Share condolences www.AMIGONE.com.
Kay E. Tyson - January 3, 2018, wife of the late Rev. Harold E. Tyson Jr.; dear mother of David (Karen), Janice, Julie, and the late Thomas Tyson; grandmother of Julia, Alexandra, Nicholas, Lily, Jacqueline, Mary, and Jeff; great-grandmother of Kiara, Tieran, George and Isaac. Friends may call Friday, January 12th, 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, donations may be made to Hospice of Buffalo, 225 Como Park Blvd., American Diabetes Association, or Deerhurst Presbyterian Church. Please share condolences at www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com.
Dr. Richard James McCowan - Professor Emeritus at the State University College at Buffalo, passed away peacefully in his home on January 3, 2018, on the birthday of his late wife, Mary Elisabeth Coyle McCowan. Dr. McCowan is survived by his daughters, Mary McCowan Zogaria, Maura (Kevin) McCowan Rustowicz and Dr. Sheila (Daniel) McCowan Donovan. He is predeceased by a fourth daughter, Kathleen Mary McCowan. He was the proud grandfather of Michael (Kathryn) McCowan, Kathleen Mary, James Patrick, Anthony John, Margaret Mary Hogan, Mary Elisabeth Coyle, Sean Christian, Emma Quinn and Daniel Liam. Friends may call Friday 4-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 12 Noon at St. Stephen's Church. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo or VA Hospital of Buffalo.
Dr. McCowan graduated magna cum laude from St. John's University in 1953. He received his M.A. in English literature from Niagara University in 1954. He earned his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from St. John's University in 1965. Dr. McCowan was licensed in school psychology, secondary education, guidance counseling, and as a principal, chief school district administrator and instructional administrator-director of research.
Dr. McCowan retired from his teaching position as a Professor of Educational Foundations in 1989 and assumed a full-time position with the State University of New York Research Foundation as Director of the Research and Evaluation Group (REG) for the Center for Development of Human Services (CDHS). In 2009 he was promoted to Senior Director for Administration and Research.
Dr. McCowan had extensive experience in administration, teaching, and evaluation research. As a graduate professor at State University of New York College at Buffalo from 1971 through 1989, he taught advanced techniques of counseling, research, statistics, and computer applications. He initiated and chaired the M. S. in Educational Computing program for the State University College at Buffalo and was Associate Director for Evaluation for the Center for Applied Urban Research and Development from 1980 to 1985. From 1969 to 1971, Dr. McCowan was Director of the Research and Development Complex at the State University College at Buffalo. He was Director of the Campus Laboratory School and the Child Study Center, as well as several federally and state supported programs, from 1968 to 1971.
From 1966 through 1968, Dr. McCowan was Chief of the Bureau of School and Cultural Research of the New York State Education Department and administered the $1 million Experimental and Innovative Programs which supported research and innovation in public schools and universities in New York State.
From 1964 to 1966 in the Eden Central Schools, Dr. McCowan was Director of Guidance with responsibility for guidance, psychological, health, and special education services. He also was Coordinator of Federal Funds for the district. He was a counselor at Farmingdale Senior High School from 1961 to 1964. From 1957 through 1961 he was a counselor and English teacher in Baldwin Junior High School. He was an assistant dean of students at Niagara University from 1955 through 1957.
Dr. McCowan was the editor of the Journal for Industry-Education Cooperation and the Child Study Journal. He authored over 100 publications, including refereed articles, books, chapters, monographs, and reports and has made more than 120 professional presentations. He was principal investigator or project director for more than $7.5 million of competitively awarded grants and collaborated on CDHS proposals for more than $150 million.
Dr. McCowan was a consultant to the United States Office of Education, the United States Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation, the New York State Senate, the New York State Education Department, the New York State Department of Social Services, the New York State Power Authority, and numerous colleges, universities, and school districts. Recently he served as an external evaluator for Title III programs conducted by Niagara Community College and Buffalo State College.
Dr. McCowan was a US Army veteran and served as a personnel sergeant with the 9th AAA Group in Japan from July of 1955 to April of 1957, when he was awarded a direct commission as a 2nd lieutenant. He was honorably discharged in September of 1965 as a 1st lieutenant.
Dr. McCowan was very active in his community. He served four terms on the Grand Island Board of Education, including six years as president and two years as vice-president. In his spare time, Dr. McCowan was an avid gardener and enjoyed reading and spending time with his daughters and grandchildren.
John L. Roberts - January 2, 2018, of Grand Island. Husband of the late Mildred Roberts; father of Joseph L. (Nancy) and the late James W. Roberts; grandfather of Christian Roberts, Camilla Ungaro and James B. (Paula) Roberts; great-grandfather of Athene and Layla Roberts; brother of the late Lucille Truckenbrod; uncle to many. Survived by his beloved dog, Dede. Friends may call Friday 5-7 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute or the SPCA.
Dr. Bernard Dick Wakefield - At age 86, January 1, 2018. Former Island resident. See Buffalo News obituary.
Michael R. Boyko - January 1, 2018, of Grand Island. Husband of Lenore Boyko. Father of Scott (Beth) Boyko, Rusty (Tara) Boyko, Melinda (Lon) Gondek and Josh (Melanie) Boyko. Grandfather of Michael, Jack, Madison, Joseph, Rosemarie, Trenton and Lana. Brother of Dennis (Joyce) Boyko. Friends may call Thursday 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Hospice Buffalo. You'll always be our Mikey.