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Deaths 2018

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   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.

   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.