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Joanne "JoJo" (Kinecki) Snyder - Born December 30, 1954, entered into rest July 15, 2019. Wife of the late Daniel Snyder; companion of James Brzezinski; mother of Christopher Tybor, Kimberly (Richard) DeValentino, Andrea Snyder, Nicholas (Ashlee Farve) Brzezinski; loving grandmother of Haley, Jake, Bella, Jaina, and Norah. The family will be present at the John E. Roberts Funeral Home (Amherst Chapel), 280 Grover Cleveland Hwy., (at Bailey) on Saturday from 12-2 PM where a Celebration of Life will follow at 2 PM. Share online condolences at www.jerfh.com.
Renee (nee Quackenbush) Neff - July 16, 2019, of Grand Island. Wife of James Neff; mother of Connor Neff; sister of John (Diane), David (Donna) and Michael (Lori) Quackenbush, Pat (Joe) Paolucci, Joyce and the late Bob Quackenbush and the late sister-in-law Pat; sister-in-law of Pat and William Keppel, Mary Gail and Frank Zuppa; daughter of the late John and Gertrude Quackenbush. Friends may call Thursday 4-7 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.
Joan Butcher - passed away July 14, 2019 after a long and grueling illness surrounded by her family in her home that she loved so much. She was born November 1942 in Buffalo, NY to Robert and Rita Schick and was granddaughter to Henry and Marie Godert. She was married to David Butcher, the love of her life, for just shy of 55 years. Joan was a student at St. Louis parochial school before graduating from Mt. St. Joes High School. She was a stay at home mom for her 3 girls until the youngest started junior high. After getting her degree in business from Bryant and Stratton in 1979, she got back into the work force by working for Liberty Bank and then for Eastman Machine Company, both in Buffalo.
Those are the formal facts about Joan. The real facts about her can be described by her daughters. While she may not have been "affectionate", she loved with all her heart and soul. She was the poster mother for "tough love" and we were expected to toe the line. She raised us to be strong, independent women and with anything we accomplished, no matter how great or small, we always knew she was proud of us. There may or may not have been some disagreements between her and any or all of us girls at any given time. But, she always - ALWAYS had our backs. She was the momma bear and we were her cubs as were her grandchildren. Because we knew this, we’ve always had hers. Right up to the last day. She made sure that every night we were all together at the kitchen table by 5pm to have dinner as a family. She was a “Weekend Warrior” and not in the fun way. Saturday and Sunday usually started with her yelling up the stairs, “Get up and let’s get something done”, motivating us by banging the vacuum cleaner against our bedroom doors.
Mom loved to read. The walls of bookshelves our Dad built for her and all their books are evidence of both their collections and literary passion. She was also "proficient" (in her words) at crocheting. The ridiculous numbers of totes, bags and boxes full of yarn, needles and pattern books, not to mention the doilies, baby blankets, afghans, and strange sweater vests she gifted everyone with is proof of her meticulous talent. She loved having everyone over for dinner. Holidays and family get togethers were very important to her and she loved having all of us kids and grandkids over. Christmas was her favorite holiday and made sure everyone had a bounty of gifts under the tree, the biggest turkey she could find on the table, and the world’s worst gravy until we were old enough to insist one of us would make the gravy.
To end any get together, there needed to be an epic Scrabble game. The goal for all of us would be to try to beat her score without sneaking a peak at a dictionary. In the end, while her body was giving up on her, her mind refused to. She made sure we all knew she loved us and was happy with her life. She would thank us for helping her in whatever small way we could, and would even pass a smart remark or joke to make us laugh when it was hard for any of us to smile. Most of all, she loved our father, David, who cared for her day in and day out for the past few years. She left knowing how much he loved her and she was grateful for his care, devotion and never ending love.
Besides her husband David, she is survived by her devoted daughters, Linda, Amy and Kathy Butcher and her cherished grandchildren, David (Lisa) Tornabene, Thomas and Christina Butcher. She is also survived by her siblings Robert Schick, Jack (Toni) Schick, Mary (late Dan) Woodcock, and Barbara Anne (late Robert) Burns. Joan’s family would like to thank the caring nurses and aids from Buffalo VNA and Hospice Buffalo. Most especially, her nurse Margaret, who was the last person Joan considered a friend to her. Arangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
Florence Pittaway Vodraska - Late of Grand Island , NY, and Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, a teacher in private schools in Buffalo, NY, died June 22nd, 2019, at home in New Hampshire. She was 84. The only child of Charles L. Pittaway, M.M., and his wife Maud Corlett, Florence Elizabeth Pittaway was formed by World War II, when her family's home and the city of her birth, Barrow-in-Furness in northwest England, were hit by German bombs, and equally by the poetry and rural beauty of the Lake District near the Furness Peninsula. She graduated in 1953 from the County Grammar School for Girls in Barrow and earned in 1956 a Bachelor of Arts in Special Studies in German in the University of Leeds. She took a Diploma in Business Administration from St. Godric's College in Hampstead, and in the University of Manchester completed its program for the education of the deaf. She was employed by UNESCO as administrative assistant to successive Secretaries of the International Sociological Association in London (England) and Louvain (Belgium). In 1964 she came with her husband to Buffalo, NY; there, after dedicating herself to their children, she taught German and French at the Calasanctius School (1976-91) and then French at Canisius College, Nichols School, and St. Andrew's Country Day School. She was prompt to travel, to be outdoors, to seek antiques, and to invent games for her children and her students. Humble and generous, lively and loving she was faithful to her family and to her friends and, although international in her outlook, remained quietly but firmly British. Predeceased by her parents. Survivors Include Stanley Vodraska, her husband of 55 years; a son Adam (Katharine Fierro); two daughters Sarah (Thomas Berrian) and Rebeccah (Eric Sensenbrenner); and five grandchildren, Andrew Berrian, Rowan Berrian, Zoe Sensenbrenner, C. Augustus Sensenbrenner, and Rayna Teresa Vodraska. Services private.
James W. "Dude" Bradford - Of Grand Island, NY. Suddenly, on July 4th, 2019 at the age of 76; beloved husband of the late Kandice (Kandy); dearest father of Leah Weigel (Bill), the late Ricky, James W. Jr (Cindy), Lynn Preston (Michael); loving bother of Dr. Sherry Bradford (Daniel Kornacki), Patricia Cameron (George), the late Edward, Bruce (Eileen) and Vicki Smith (R.J.); loving grandfather of 11 grandchildren and beloved uncle of many nieces and nephews. The family will be present on Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 1-5 PM, for a "Celebration of Life" at the Town Hall Terrace Apartments "Club House", 2255 Center Terrace (Whitehaven Rd), Grand Island, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Heart Association or the National Autism Association.
Arnold A. Wylke - Suddenly July 12, 2019, of Grand Island. Husband of Donna K. (nee Burns) Wylke; father of David, Kevin (Dawn), Michael and Brian Wylke; grandfather of Christopher, Madisyn, Gabrielle, Jayce, Kayden, Michael, Ava, Brianna and Landen Wylke; son of the late Anthony and Mary Wylke; brother of the late Arthur Wylke; brother-in-law of Ed and Barbara Burns, Shirley and Dick Kennedy, and the late Jean Boger, Jack Burns, Joe Burns, Patricia Hugar and Larry Burns. Friends may call Wednesday 4-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church.
David R. Hammond - July 11, 2019, of Grand Island. Husband of 55 years of Marsha Hammond. Father of Tracy (Jeffrey) Senn and Scott Hammond. Amazing grandfather of Jack and Anna Hammond, and Daniel Senn. Brother of Dawn Frances and the late Donnalee Pawlak. He will be remembered fondly by many friends. Friends may call Sunday 3-7 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Timothy Lutheran Church 1453 Stony Point Rd., Grand Island, where funeral services will be held Monday at 11 AM.
Cormick T. Greco - Of Cheektowaga, formerly of Grand Island, entered into rest July 7, 2019. Devoted father of Angelise J. Steinhauer; loving son of James and Loray (nee Wilson) Greco; dear brother of James B. Greco; cherished uncle of Nina, James, Gabriella and Christina; also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and his feline pal Chester. Relatives and friends may visit the Lombardo Funeral Home (Northtowns Chapel), 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., near Eggert/Sheridan Dr. on Thursday from 4-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Christopher's Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda on Friday morning at 9:30 o'clock (please assemble at church). For assistance please reach out to Save the Michaels of the World. Online condolences may be shared at www.lombardofuneralhome.com
Terrence Jerome Fox - of Grand Island, passed away on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 after a brief illness. He was 60 years old. Born in Bedford, PA on February 23, 1959, the son of Doris Kay Skipper Fox and the late Paul Fox. Upon completion of High School, Terry enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving our great country for over 20 years. Following his honorable discharge, he worked for Thermo Fischer as a dispensary technician until his illness. He is survived by his mother, Doris (James Rainforth) Fox; a son, Jeremy Fox of Grand Island; a grandson, Logan Jacob Fox; siblings, Kimberly K. (James) Piatek and Daniel K. (Maria) Fox both of Grand Island; Sharon A. (Jeff) Waterson of Iuka, IL; Marshall Brian Fox of Buffalo and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his father, Paul, he was predeceased by a brother, Richard Paul Fox and his former wife, Patricia Ann Fox in 2011. The Family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 10th 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. in the LANE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 8622 Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls, where services will be conducted following the visitation with Military Honors. Interment will be private. Memorials, if desired, may be made to Hospice Buffalo, Inc., 225 Como Park., Blvd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227.
Joan M. Ackerman - Age 84, of Bradenton, Florida, and formerly of Grand Island, New York, died peacefully in her home on June 20, 2019 under Hospice care. Joan was preceded in death by her parents, Margaret and Charles Hyman, and siblings, Charles Jr., Jack, and Peg. Joan was the cherished wife of 63 years to Jim Ackerman; a beloved mother to Casey (Larry), Ray (Sheryl), Jimmer (Susie), and Eric (Geanna); a grandmother of 12, and a great-grandmother of five. Joan was an avid tennis and bridge player, and was also a dedicated hospital volunteer. Always the First Mate, she and her husband motored on their boats from Grand Island to Florida, the Bahamas, the Great Lakes, and all ports in between. Joan was a consummate hostess and loved to entertain, making sure to leave behind a stuffed secret recipe box. She was the #1 supporter of her sons in their sports activities, and a longtime Bills, Sabres, and Notre Dame fan. Services at the convenience of the family. Any memorials may be made in her name to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.
Deborah A. (nee Hynes) Parvon - Entered into eternal peace at the age of 66, June 15, 2019. Wife of Al; loving mother of Dana Jean and Sean Parvon; dear sister of Nancy, Patty and Paul; step-sister of David, Nora and Ralph. Many friends will miss her dearly as she has climbed the stairway to Heaven to the arms of her mother. Services were held.
Richard L. Bates - 90, engineer and inventor, active in community clubs. August 24, 1926 - June 18, 2019, of Grand Island, passed away on June 18, 2019, a few months before turning 91. Born in Niagara Falls, he attended LaSalle High School and received a BS from Clarkson College and a Masters from Syracuse University in Engineering. He served with honor in the Blue Devils 88th Infantry Division in Italy. He was honorably discharged in 1948.
Professionally, he worked as an engineer his entire career, initially at Bell Aircraft for 3 years and subsequently at General Electric in Syracuse for 29 years. In addition, Rich and a partner developed and patented the first electronic ski binding and the first digital SCUBA dive information system. An avid and accomplished skier well into his 70s, he served as president of the Niagara Ski Club. He also enjoyed boating and spent many hours with his family and friends on the water in both Canada and around Grand Island. A model plane enthusiast, he served as president of the Niagara Sunday Flyers club and remained an active member throughout his long life, enjoying flying model airplanes with his many friends at the club. He was an early adopter of computers and enjoyed tinkering with electronics and gadgets.
In November 1955, he married the former Mary T. Hayes, who predeceased him in 2001. They enjoyed many happy years together in the Buffalo region, Syracuse, and at their summer cottage on Kamaniskeg Lake in Ontario. They spent time in Bradenton, FL during the winter after their retirements, and later settled permanently on Grand Island, where Dick served as the vice president of the Spicer Creek Homeowners Association. His sister, Beverly Selover, was also a longtime resident of Grand Island. She was an excellent baker who indulged his sweet tooth for the many years they lived near one another, predeceased him in 2014. He is survived by his loving children Douglas Bates (Mini Pathria) and Susan Bates (Daron Donahue); grandsons Maxwell and Cameron Bates; and his longtime companion Jo Ann Mallo. A memorial service honoring Richard's life will be held August 17 from 11 AM to 1 PM at Ellden's in the River Oaks Country Club. In lieu of flowers, Richard asked that memorial donations be made to the Buffalo Hospice Foundation. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
Alfred O. Minklei - June 19, 1928 - June 18, 2019; of Grand Island, NY. Alfred will be sorely missed by his loving family; wife, Elizabeth Nichols; father of Lynn (James) Merrill, Lisa Minklei and Kenneth (Joan) Minklei; loving grandfather of Alix Merrill, Madeline M. Davis (Laura Davis-Crowley), Natalie D. Minklei (James Claybourne), Christopher, Gregory and Abigail Minklei and Maggie the Cat. He will be missed by nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors as well.
Alfred was born in Buffalo, NY on June 19, 1928 to Otto and Marie Minklei who immigrated to United States from Germany in 1920's. Alfred was predeceased by his parents and brother, Dr. Elmer (Paula) Minklei, uncle of Karla (Al) Deacon and Karl Minklei. Alfred graduated from University of Buffalo (1950) with a Master's Degree in Chemistry. He worked for many years as a research chemist in WNY. He was a ham radio operator and master tinkerer; both skills he passed on to his son. He was a member and treasurer of the Radio Association of Western New York (RAWNY) for many years. Active well into his 80's he enjoyed biking around Grand Island and playing tennis with friends. Quieter pursuits included reading, photography, and watching Jeopardy.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Gifts in memory of Alfred may be made to The Hospice Foundation of WNY, 225 Como Park Blvd, P.O. Box 590, Buffalo, NY 14240-0590 or University at Buffalo Foundation, Anatomical Gift Program, SUNY at Buffalo, P. O. Box 900, Buffalo, NY 14226-0900.
Thomas L. Muscoreil Sr. - Of Grand Island, entered into rest on June 27, 2019, beloved companion of Regina Beadles; devoted father of Thomas, Anthony, Dominic, Brianna and Kiera; cherished grandfather of Kaylin; dear brother of Elizabeth, David and Mary. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Snyder Chapel), 4614 Main St. near Harlem Rd., on Monday (July 8) from 5-7 PM for a gathering in Thomas' memory. Online condolences may be offered at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Kathleen Anne "Kathy" O'Connell - Kathy O'Connell passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 in Marathon, FL, surrounded by her family, friends and the bright blue waters of the Florida Keys. Born in Buffalo, NY in 1953, Kathy was the first of Harold and Anne McQuestion's four children. Kathy is survived by her husband of more than 46 years, Timothy J. "Tim" O'Connell; her two accomplished daughters, Casey and Sandi, their loving husbands, Billy and Anthony; and her four energetic grandchildren: Connor, Liam, Eloise, and Jackson; she is also survived by her brothers Harold and Mark; and her sister, Aileen.
Kathy loved all things cool and did cool things. She flew the Concorde to Paris with Nancy Reagan. She spent a whole day with Billy Martin in Las Vegas, who then invited her and Tim to his roast and sat them at Whitey Ford's table. She gambled in Vegas, in the islands, on cruises, at race tracks and she was LUCKY. She was particularly good at picking horses at the Fort Erie race track!
Kathy loved the Florida Keys and her adopted hometown of Marathon. Kathy and Tim piloted their boat down the Intercoastal Waterway from Buffalo to Marathon on five round trips-a two-captain operation to be sure-all for the love of the Keys and being out on the water. Kathy loved classic rock and roll, especially the Rolling Stones and Mick Jagger in particular. Kathy loved building great businesses, including the famous bar McQ's Tavern in Niagara Falls, NY, Productive Transportation in Tonawanda, NY and most recently, the Overseas Pub & Grill in Marathon, FL. She ran these businesses, sold them, built new ones, and was an entrepreneurial powerhouse, all done with great employees, great customers, a supportive family, and her forever-partner, Tim.
Through the years, Tim and Kathy truly loved one another and loved spending time together: they adventured around the world, traveled to Aruba every January for 40 years, took weekend trips to Atlantic City in the early 90's, went on boat trips around the Great Lakes, and made countless trips to visit Casey and Sandi wherever they lived. Kathy: you shined brightest during both the best and the toughest times in our lives. We will forever remember you with your long flowing blonde hair and bright smile.
There will be a Memorial Service for Kathy on September 14, 2019 for family and close friends at the LaSalle Yacht Club, 73 South 68th Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14304 from 12 - 3 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family would kindly request that donations are made in Kathy's memory to the Keys-based charity, KAIR: by PayPal to: KAIRonline@bellsouth.net, or by check to: KAIR, 3010 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL 33050. For Mass cards or letters, please send them to: The O'Connell Family, PO Box 504410, Marathon, FL 33050.
Charles M. "Chuck" Weglarski Sr. - June 28, 2019, of Grand Island. Loving husband of Carol A. (ne;e Szymanski) Weglarski; devoted father of Charles M. (Allison) Weglarski Jr.; son-in-law of Genevieve Szymanski; beloved grandfather of Kayla and Jessica; brother of Walter (Dorothy), Frank (Jackie), Hank and Paul (Mary) Weglarski; son of the late Walter J. and Valerie Weglarski; also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends may call Sunday, June 30th, 4-9 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services private.
Rodney D. "Rod" Raham - June 25, 2019, of Grand Island. Survived by his loving wife of 38 years Brooke (nee Wood) Raham; his daughter Jennifer (Timothy) Cramer; and his granddaughter Madison; son of the late Richard and Barbara Raham; brother of the late Susan Walsh; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends may call Friday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral Services will be held Saturday at 10 AM at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the ALS Foundation. Rod was a 41-year Life Member and Past President of the Grand Island Fire Co., was a US Air Force veteran, a retired Chief with US Customs and Border Protection and a avid train hobbyist.
Nancy (nee Gardner) Landroche - June 22, 2019, age 80, of Lockport, formerly of Grand Island. Dear mother of William and Mark (Heather) Landroche; survived by three granddaughters Brooklyn, Irelynn and Stefani, several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister of Patricia (Mervin) Hardman, Howard C. (Susan) Gardner, Terrie (Gary) Sledziewski and the late Elizabeth (survived by husband Carmen) Penque and Alice Gardner; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Memorial Services will be held Saturday at 10 AM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Nancy worked for 31 years at Freewheeling Cycle in Tonawanda. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
Rev. Eldon D. Snyder - Age 94 of the Tonawanda's, June 16, 2019. Husband of 71 years to Virginia L. (nee Oliver) Snyder; father of Sharon Allen and Paul (Becky) Snyder; grandfather of Kiyana (Nicholas) Allen Glass, Nikolas and Benjamin Allen, Brian (Jamie) and Julie Snyder, great- grandfather of Owen Glass; son of the late Lillie Snyder; and brother of the late Helen Sperry; also nieces and nephews. Rev. Snyder served 67 years for E.U.B. and United Methodist Churches in Syracuse, Grand Island, West Seneca, City of Tonawanda and Kenmore. He was given the title of Pastor Emeritus at Kenmore UMC in June of 2008. He was loved and respected by all he served. Relatives and friends are invited to a Celebration of Eldon's Life and his Ministry on Saturday, June 29th at 11 AM in Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Rd., Kenmore, NY 14217. Memorial contributions may be made to Kenmore United Methodist Church or to African Library Project, Attn. Sharon Allen's Libraries, 2110 Prospect St., Menlo Park, CA 94025 or online at www.africanlibraryproject.org. Arrangements by JOHN O. ROTH FUNERAL HOME, INC., Tonawanda, NY. Condolences may be shared at www.rothfuneral.com.
Paul N. Drainville - June 3, 2019 at age 87 with his wife Jackie by his side.
On April 21, 1932 Paul was born to Norbert and Jeannette (Moreau) Drainville in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.
Paul is survived by his wife of almost 63 years Jacqueline (Hetu) Drainville and their five children Michele (late Christopher) Martin, Brian (Teresa) Drainville, Robert (Mary) Drainville, Paula (James) McDonnell and Paul Drainville; 9 grandchildren – Patrick (Ashley), John (Jenna) and Paul (Emily) Martin; Alexander and Natalie Drainville; Jaxon and Gilbert Drainville; James and Thomas McDonnell and 4 great grandchildren – Christopher and Avery, Christian and Luca Martin. He is predeceased by his brother Norbert and sister Lorraine Arsenault.
Paul and Jackie moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida for retirement after residing on Grand Island for 31 years, traveling often back to the “rock” to visit family and friends. In 1988 Paul retired from the Air Force Reserves obtaining the rank of Master Sergeant. His career as a flight engineer with the Air Force took him all over the world. Legend has it, he and his pilots flew a C-119 Flying Boxcar under the Peace Bridge. We can neither confirm nor deny (a favorite saying of Paul’s).
A private burial will be held at sea per Paul’s wishes. Memorials may be made to your local Hospice, SPCA or Wounded Warriors.
Morgan H. Petri - June 18, 2019. Beloved husband of 49 years to Patricia J. (nee Jaworski) Petri; dearest father of Jeffrey (Khristina) Petri and Laura (Brian) Stewart; devoted grandfather of Katherine Stewart, Emilia Petri, and Lucy Petri; dear brother of Richard (Betsy) Petri and the late Robert Petri. Morgan was retired History Teacher from the City of Tonawanda High School. The family will be present Thursday from 4-8 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2600 Sheridan Drive (corner Parker Blvd.) where prayers will be offered on Friday at 9:15 AM and followed by a Funeral Service at 10:30 AM in St. Paul Lutheran Church (360 Main Street, Elma). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Share condolences online at www.AMIGONE.com.
Richard C. "Bud" Whiting - June 13, 2019. Bud Whiting, born April 23, 1920, Rochester, NY. Lived for 99 wonderful years. Resided in Buffalo, Kenmore, Grand Island and, most recently, Williamsville. Cherished husband for 75 years of Rosemary (nee Woodworth) Whiting; proud and loving father of Scott W. Whiting (Carol), Richard C. Whiting, Jr., Rosemary W. Culbert (Don), Winanne W. Conway, Connie M. Fitzpatrick (Rob), Jim Whiting (Barb) and Diane W. Lowe (John); lovingly involved grandfather of Scottie, Jay and the late Jonathan Whiting, Natalee and Julia Culbert, Sean and Casey Fitzpatrick, Zachary Whiting, Jessie and Matt Lowe; great-grandfather of Austin and Michael; son of the late Edward M. and Winifred C. Whiting. Predeceased by brothers Edward M. Whiting, Jr. and John C. Whiting and sister, Jean McBride; survived by many close nieces and nephews. Loyal and devoted to all his family and many dear friends throughout his lifetime. Loved by all who knew him. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 AM on Tuesday, June 18, at Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, 875 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church or the American Heart Association Hoops for Heart. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
David R. Fleischman - June 10, 2019, of Grand Island, beloved husband of Joanne Fleischman; loving father of David Fleischman Jr., Dorothy (Randall) Munch, Russell (Marilyn), Charles, Paul, and Jeffrey (Katherine) Fleischman; also survived by nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; brother of Barbara "Bonnie" Wentz. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held Thursday, August 15, from 6-8 PM at the Sandy Beach Yacht Club, 1851 Winter Rd., Grand Island, where David was Commodore in 2006. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo or the Parkinson Foundation of WNY. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
Geraldine Burruano - June 10, 2019. Beloved mother of Joseph Burruano; survived by her devoted grandchildren Camille and Gianna Burruano and their mother Jill Marie Burruano; dear sister of Charles (Helen) Burruano, Josephine (Joseph) Hejna, late Grace (late Aloysius) Dycha, Samuel (late Grace) Burruano, and the late Florence Priola and late Joseph Burruano; also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. The family will be present Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2600 Sheridan Dr. (near Parker Blvd.) where prayers will be offered Saturday at 9 AM and followed by a Mass of Christian Burial from St. Stephen RC Church (Grand Island) at 10 AM. Flowers gratefully declined. Share condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.
Viola R. Hood Achkar - Entered into eternal rest June 9, 2019, of Grand Island, born in Niagara Falls, Ontario August 31, 1929, age 89. Beloved wife of the late John R. Hood and John Achkar; dearest mother of Mary F. Zmuda (George Baase), Joyce A. Warren (Roger), Sue Sondel Trammell (Eric), Renee Roess (John), Maureen Achkar and Roger Achkar (Mary); cherished grandmother of 11 and G.G. to 15 great-grandchildren. Friends may call Wednesday 3-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Nancy B. (nee Sharples) Peterson - Age 78, June 4, 2019, of Grand Island, NY. Beloved wife of Raymond L. Peterson; devoted mother of Raymond M. Peterson and the late Robert "Robbie" Peterson; adored grandmother of Amanda, Robbie, Joshua, Jessica, Jennifer, Jacob, and great-grandson Gabriel; dear sister of William (Barbara) Sharples, Robert (Donna) Sharples, and the late Bonnie Salsbury; fond sister-in-law of Donna Wietan, Ronald (Karen) Norton, and Sally Drabert; also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends may call Tuesday, June 11th, 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT, INC. FUNERAL HOME, 3290 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday 11 o'clock at St. Timothy R.C. Church, 565 E. Park Dr., Tonawanda, NY. Interment Mount Calvary Cemetery. Mrs. Peterson was past President of ECC VFW, MOCA VFW, and VFW Auxiliary Post #7545. Online condolences shared at www.lesterwedekindtfuneralhome.com.
Leonard Cornelius "Leo" VanderVoort - Age 93, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather of Grand Island, NY, died on June 5, 2019, with his family at his side. Leo was born on February 10, 1926 in the Netherlands, the third of 13 children to parents Peter and Anna VanderVoort. Leo was devoted to his Catholic faith, was full of life and was a friend to everyone he ever met. His family emigrated to Canada when Leo was a child.
On February 27, 1954 he married the love of his life, Mary Deeves, to whom he was married for nearly 60 years before her death in 2013. Together, they had four children. In 1960, he moved his family to the United States so that his son could attend the school for the deaf in Buffalo. After living there for six years, they settled down in Grand Island, NY. He worked for General Motors for over two decades. In retirement, he loved to travel, read, spend time with his family, tend to his garden and serve the Lord.
Leo was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary and six siblings: Maria, Nick, Lena, Frank, Marie, Jerry, and grandson David. He is survived by his children: Mary Elizabeth Clendaniel (Dan) of Manassas, VA, Jayne Playfair (Larry) of Grand Island, John of Grand Island and Connie VanderVoort (Dr. Gordon Steinagle) of Grand Island. Leo is also survived by his five grandchildren: Steven Clendaniel (Juna) of Redmond, WA, Jena Glownia (Robert) of Richmond, VA, Michael Playfair (Chelsea) of Buffalo, NY, Dennis Playfair of Grand Island and Anna Playfair of Denver, CO as well as two great-grandchildren, Leo Glownia and Julian Glownia. Also surviving are siblings Cora, Peter, James, Anne, Bernadette and Judy.
Viewing will be on Sunday, June 9 from 2-6 PM at Kaiser Funeral Home on Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, June 10 at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Church on Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Catholic Charities of Buffalo (ccwny.org).
Marilyn "Lyn" (nee Mauri) Laman - May 31, 2019, of Grand Island. Wife of the late Carl R. Laman. Mother of Mark (Mary) and Harold (Stacy) Laman. Grandmother of Adrienne (Michael) Burgess, Anthony (Jenny) Laman, Alexis (Kris) Towne and Mark Laman. Great-grandmother of Alivia, Hannah, Michael, Connor, Bryce, Frank, Mark, Kayden, Charli and Jessi. Sister of Albert R. (Stephanie) Mauri. A Memorial Mass of will be celebrated Saturday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Assoc. or the American Diabetes Assoc. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
Michael B. Mosher - May 31, 2019, of Grand Island. Husband of Linda Mosher; father of Paul (Madeline), Anthony and Matthew Mosher; papa of Hailie and Graciana Mosher; son of Carol Lett and the late Paul B. Mosher; also survived by a host of family and friends. Friends may call Tuesday 5-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Joyce Mary Hocker Van Hattum - born December 18, 1930, in Coloma, Michigan, passed on May 4, 2019. Joyce is survived by her son Steven Van Hattum (Jann), daughters Shari Schmidt (Johnny Carlson), Susan Simpson (Jack), Sally Kelley (Kevin), and Sandra Wakefield (Scot); grandchildren Peter Van Hattum (Allison), Jason Van Hattum (Angela), Tracey Schmidt, Ashley Schmidt (deceased), Tiffany Carlson, Lauren Reynolds, Taylor Reynolds, Aiden Reynolds, Michael Kelley (Logan), Thomas Kelley, Kathryn Kelley, Carli Wakefield (Justin Simpson), and Kimber Wakefield; and her 10 great-grandchildren.
Joyce was the wife of Rolland Van Hattum, and after Rolland's passing, the life partner of Ralph Brown, a former Grand Island resident. Joyce resided on Hennepin Road for many years until October of 1998 when she retired to Green Acres, Florida. Joyce moved to Cumming, Georgia, in 2017 to be close to family.
Joyce's accomplishments include being a RN for Grand Island OB/GYN Dr. Cunanan, who delivered many Grand Island babies. She was an active member of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, a member of the Buffalo Launch Club, a member with standing in the Red Hat Society, and a benevolent contributor to many global charities. Joyce was a world traveler who stepped on every continent.
A memoridal service will be held on July 6, 2019 at Elmlawn Cemetary, Delaware Avenue, Tonawanda, where Joyce's ashes will be interred. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the LionsClub.org or to AutismSpeaks.org.
Sandra D. (nee Lapress) Beckett - May 24, 2019, of Grand Island. Wife of George Beckett. Mother of Darlene A. Beckett and Laura L. (Steven) Gorcheck. Grandmother of Brandon, Michael, Russell and Alexandria Gorcheck. Sister of Richard M. LaPress and Annette LaPress. Daughter of the late Richard and Claudia LaPress. Friends may call Friday, May 31st, 5-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 1 PM at St. Stephen's Church. Mrs. Beckett was President and CEO of Frontier Glass.
Ralph D. Hoover - Of Grand Island, at the age of 91, passed away peacefully on May 17, 2019. Mr. Hoover was born in Buffalo on March 13, 1928. He was the beloved husband of the late Jean Lourayne (nee Reed) Hoover and the loving Dad to their children; Kathi (Harry) Applegate, Don (Darlene) Hoover, Nancy Jean Anderson and the late Kenneth (survived by wife Babette) Hoover; also survived by ten grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and many extended family and friends.
Mr. Hoover enjoyed being with his growing family, was a devoted husband, father, Gramps and Papi. He worked in vending for many years and then for the Town of Grand Island, where he retired in 1993. He served as a member of the Boy Scouts for over 50 years, earning multiple awards including Scout Master of the Year and the God and Service Award. He became a member of Sheridan Park Presbyterian Church in 1957 and served as President during the merger to Faith United Presbyterian Church in 1982. Ralph has remained a faithful member, serving in roles such as building maintenance, Deacon and Elder; also earning the Religious Service Award in 2014. He served his community by delivering for Meals on Wheels, visiting church members who were confined to their homes and serving as an Election Inspector for 12 years. He was the oldest member of Loyal Order of the Moose - Grand Island Lodge #180. He enjoyed golf, shuffleboard, bowling, hunting and wood-working. He and his wife, Jean, had enjoyed 18 winters in Zephyrhills, FL.
Visitation was held at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, on Tuesday, May 21, 3-8 PM. Ralph's funeral was held on Wednesday, May 22, at 10 AM, at Faith United Presbyterian Church, 3150 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice Buffalo.
Victor Podgorny - May 25, 2019, of Grand Island. Husband of Kathleen (nee Foley) Podgorny. Father of Linda Piechowiak, Tammy (Tony) Surace, Christine (Michael McManaman) Kennedy and Mark (Terri) Podgorny. Grandfather of Curtis, Ryan, Jason, Michael, Mark, Jessica, Kyle, Lauren, Megan, Justin and Anthony. Brother of Christina Noble and the late Sandra Goulet; brother-in-law of Linda (Robert) Brandon and William (Patricia) Foley. Son of the late Frances and Joseph. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Thursday, May 30th, 4-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.
Chester M. Dulak - 76, of Grand Island, departed this life April 24, 2019. The loving husband of 52 years to Cheryl Dulak (Bovee); devoted father of David (Katey) Dulak and Andrew (Brandy) Dulak; the active grandfather to 6 grandchildren; dear son (Sonny) of the late Chester and Julia Dulak; dearest brother of Patricia Krieger, Thomas (Marie) Dulak, and the late Connie (late Bill) Wnuk; survived by many nieces and nephews; and fondly missed by everyone he strove to make smile and cheer up everywhere he went everyday of his life!
Chet taught 6th grade in the Buffalo City Schools for 32 years, where he also started the first 4-H Club in the City of Buffalo. Volunteered with Hospice for over 25 years, staffing their booth at local health fairs and putting aside an entire week for the Hospice Bouquet Sale. Volunteered regularly to drive elderly American Cancer Society patients to their appointments. Gave over 100 presentations to children and adult groups teaching about the Iroquois Indians. Over the years had also volunteered teaching Sunday school classes, and serving as a docent at the Buffalo Zoo and Tift Nature Preserve. Visited Grand Island Tops Supermarkets daily for the last 15 years as his personal Social Club, bringing cheer.
Chet will be remembered for his devotion to his family, boundless cheer and humor, caring heart, generosity of gifts and of his time to others, love of food and friends, and his endless hunt for a good deal. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held Monday, June 3rd, 11 am, at Kenmore Alliance Church, 175 Bonnett Ave, Tonawanda, NY 14150. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that anyone who has a fond story of Chet from over the years, could please e-mail it to email@example.com. We know he touched the hearts of so many on Grand Island and would like to gather as many stories as possible. Thank you!
Dennis M. Keefe - May 17, 2019, of Grand Island. Husband of Karen Carr Keefe. Father of Nathan (Sarah) Keefe. Grandfather of Lennox Keefe. Brother of William, Patricia, Thomas (Deborah), Mary, Maureen (Mark Massa) and the late Michael Keefe. Son of the late William and Edna (nee Sorendo) Keefe. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Monday 4-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, May 21st at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Dennis retired in 2019 as a claims adjuster. Prior to that he had a long career in radio journalism.
Jennifer Lee Loder, (nee Weis) - 45, of Oxford, Florida, passed away Friday, May 17, 2019. Jennifer was born December 10, 1973 to William and Nancy Weis. Jennifer was a Grand Island native, graduating from Grand Island Senior High School class of 1992.
She continued her education attending Gannon University, Niagara University, and Buffalo State College graduating in 1997. Jennifer was a member of the Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority while attending Gannon.
She is pre-deceased by her father William E. Weis. Jennifer is survived by her loving husband of 19 years, Jeffrey Loder and devoted son, Brandon Loder; mother Nancy A. Weis (nee Rutkowski); brothers, Jonathan (Kimberly) Weis and Jason (Maureen) Weis; brother-in-law, David (Lenore) Loder; sister-in-law, Kori Loder; mother-in-law, Judy Loder; father-in-law, Donald (Karen) Loder; grandfather-in-law, Donald Loder Sr.; nieces, Marlee Lake, Elle Weis,and Ava Weis; nephews, Colin Loder, Taylor Loder, and Anthony Weis; and many special aunts and uncles. Jennifer will be sorely missed by her family and friends. A Celebration of Jennifer's life will be held Saturday, May 25, 2019 from 1 to 4pm at the Colony Cottage Recreation Center, 510 Colony Blvd. The Villages, Florida, 32162. The family requests casual attire. Online condolences may be offered to the Loder/Weis family here.
Thomas Joseph Walsh - May 10, 2019. Tom was born on February 10th, 1949 in Passaic, New Jersey to Don and Evelyn Walsh. On May 10th, 2019, Tom died of multiple myeloma in Vero Beach, Florida, with his family by his side. If he was writing this, though, he would tell you that he died holding a glass of wine, looking out over Skaneateles Lake at his beloved Plunkie Point.
Tom Walsh never had a problem with a little embellishment if it made for a better story. He was a poet, a playwright, a novelist, and a consummate fundraiser. He was a husband, a dad, an uncle, a best friend, and damn, he was funny. He worked for peace and justice throughout his life, apparently to little avail.
He was married to Maureen Kitson Walsh, Esq., for 45 years. Tom grew up on Grand Island, NY, with his parents and his sister Patty, all of whom predeceased him, graduating with the Class of 1967. Student Council President and student director of the Spotlighters. Tom played bassoon in the Band and Orchestra and sang with the Naturals, a barbershop group. He moved to Syracuse to attend LeMoyne College and graduated with a B.A. in English in 1971. He received an M.F.A. in Stage Directing from Syracuse University. He did not attend Cornell University, but his dog did. After LeMoyne, he taught at Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse for three years. Following his graduate studies, he became the founding dramaturg at Syracuse Stage in 1979, and a visiting dramaturg at La Mama ETC in Manhattan.
Tom was the founder, director, writer and producer of The Blathertones, a CNY based experimental theatre group. At Syracuse Stage, he directed Bent, Stage Struck, and Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All for You. With La Mama ETC, he was instrumental in the production of The Tooth of Crime and Damne Manon, sacre Sandra. The Blathertones presented their works in unconventional settings, like putting on Tom's play Tunnel Vision in, well, a tunnel in Armory Square. Other Blathertones' works included Dog, 9.95, Shake & Bake. He directed his play Plutonian Ode, based on the poem by Allen Ginsberg, at the Berkshire Theater Festival.
Tom retired as Executive Vice President of External Affairs for Syracuse University. He played a role in the Setnor School of Music and Auditorium, Newhouse III, the Remembrance Scholarship Endowment, the Phanstiel Scholars, the University Lectures, the naming of the Falk College, and the College of Law at Dineen Hall. He was on the Board of Directors of the Everson Museum of Art, the Community Writer's workshop, Light Work, and the Finger Lakes Land Trust. He was an advisor to the Syracuse Zen Center and maintained a daily meditation practice for many years. In 1989, he worked as a stay at home dad, and though his tenure was brief it was highly regarded. In that role, he most loved to carry his baby all around Syracuse in his backpack and talk to her about everything in the world. He continued to do the latter for the rest of his life.
Tom was an anti-nuclear activist and deeply in love with the natural world. Tom is survived by his wife Maureen, his daughter Margaret, his dog and companion Edgar, cousins, many nieces and nephews, and best friends Jeffrey Hoone, Deborah Rose and Cindy Bloomer. Calling hours will be at held on Friday, May 17, at Burns Garfield Funeral Home 3175 E. Genesee St., Syracuse, NY from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. A memorial will be held at Syracuse University in the Setnor Auditorium at Crouse College on Saturday, May 18, at 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in Tom's honor to your local Hospice House. www.burnsgarfield.com.
Beverly J. Dally - May 11, 2019, of Tonawanda, formerly of Grand Island. Wife of the late Don I. Dally; mother of Alan (Gina), Jack and the late Bruce (survived by wife Cynthia) Dally; grandmother of Shannon (Andrew) Farnham, Captain Stephen (Sarah) Dally USMC, Elizabeth Dally, Jessica Dally and Christopher Trueman; great-grandmother of Elijah, Levi and Noa Farnham. Friends may call Friday 5-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Celebration of Beverly's Life will be held in early June. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kenmore Mercy Hospital.
Jeannette F. (nee Swannie) Ray - May 8, 2019, age 90, of Grand Island, NY. Beloved wife of 68 years to James G. Ray Jr.; daughter of the late Chester and Hazel (nee Miller) Swannie; sister of Robert (Barbara) Swannie; mother of James G. (Diane) Ray III, Richard D. Ray, Susan L. (George) Moots. At Jeannette's request, her body was donated to the UB Anatomical Gift Program for the advancement of science. A private memorial service is planned for the family. Memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, in honor of Jeannette.
Rita (nee DiGeremia) Madia - April 13, 1922 - May 9, 2019. A native of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Rita moved to Grand Island in 1951. Rita is survived by her two sons, Michael (Sharon) and John (Kathy); and her grandchildren, Jennifer, Cali (Daniel), Patrick, Eric (Emma), Jacob and Lucas; dearest cousin of many including Theresa Lococo. Rita was predeceased by her husband Louis and grandson Rob. 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. Followed by a private family interment at Fairview Mausoleum in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Rita served in the Altar Society of St. Stephen's and Our Ladies of Charity and Garden Ministry. Many thanks to Lisa Smith, Pat Massaro and Hospice Buffalo.
Dane Miguel Wood - 31, of Grand Island, NY, passed away suddenly May 5, 2019. Dane was born April 22, 1988, in Arlington, Texas. He grew up on Grand Island and found his way back home in 2017 after living in Atlanta, GA and Charlotte, NC. Dane is survived by his devoted parents Jill (Nee Wood) and Michael Bower; younger brother Dakota Bower; also survived by his grandmother Karen Ann Wood, along with his loving aunts and uncles Kelly Ann Rosati, Kimberly Ann Wood, Donald F. (Barbara) Wood, Judy (David) Hrncir, Sheryl Bower, George (Whitney) Bower, Teri Fishbein and David S. (Michele) Rosati; cousins Donnie, David, Christopher, Daniel, Katie, Rachael, Daniel, Maddison and McKenna; and many friends that became family to Dane. Dane was a proud person who never wanted anyone to worry about him, always putting on a happy persona. He found ways to brighten the lives of others. Dane loved music and going to concerts with his friends. He had a zest for travel and had a trip planned with his best friends in Las Vegas later this month. Dane's infectious smile and quick wit will be forever missed. Friends may call Thursday from 2-8 P.M. at the Kaiser Funeral Home, Inc., 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, NY. Mass of Christian burial will be held Friday at 10:00 A.M. From St. Stephen's R.C. Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, NY 14072.
Steven J. Toth - May 4, 2019, of Grand Island, NY, died peacefully at home, after a long fought battle with prostate cancer. Loving husband of Maureen (Kehoe) Toth; cherished father of Brenda (Frank) Gengo and Brian (Cory) Toth; devoted stepfather of Kristen (Joseph) Lee and Peter (Cyndy) Montana; adoring grandfather and Papa of Katie and Frankie Gengo, Kaylee and Jaxen Montana, Samantha and Joey Kuszczak, Abby Toth and Jakob and Hunter Lee; lifelong friend of Jack Fox and Cuzin Larry. A Mass will be celebrated Monday, May 13th at 10:00 AM in St. Stephen's R.C. Church, Grand Island, NY. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations to Grand Island Fire department are appreciated for all their help throughout the years. Steve taught for over 40 years at Riverside High School and coached for many of them. Arrangements by James E. Grace Funeral Home, Inc.
Michael J. Borgisi Jr. - April 20, 2019, of Amherst, at age 68. Beloved husband of Margaret E. Borgisi; devoted father of Neena (Mark) Ivancic and Sara (Jason) Simon; loving grandfather of Carmella, Gabriella and Gavin; dear brother of Steven (late Diane) Borgisi; son of the late Michael J. Sr. and Yolanda (nee Francolini) Borgisi. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 24th from 4-8 PM at the (Amherst Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 5200 Sheridan Drive (at Hopkins Rd.), where Funeral Services will be held at 10 AM on Thursday, April 25th. Entombment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute or Hospice Buffalo, Inc. Share condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.
John P. Nicolia - Age 58, of Grand Island, NY, passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 26, 2019, after a long, courageous battle with degenerative nerve disease. Born in Niagara Falls, NY, he is the loving son of Blase and Amelia (Sarkees) Nicolia; husband of 28 years to Judith (Allen) Nicolia; beloved father of Anna Victoria Nicolia; brother of Blase (Amy) Nicolia and Michael Nicolia; uncle of Andrea and Greg Nicolia. He is also survived by many cousins, dear friends and colleagues. John was a well-respected Attorney in the Buffalo area for many years. He took great pride in his work and will forever be remembered for his brilliant and creative ways. He enjoyed substitute teaching and watching sports. John's easy going, charismatic personality will also never be forgotten. Visitation will be on Saturday, May 4th from 10-11 AM at Niagara University Alumni Chapel, 5795 Lewiston Road, Lewiston, NY, where John's Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 AM. Entombment will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Memorial offerings may be made to DENT Neurological Institute, 3980 Sheridan Dr., Amherst, NY. Arrangements by M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY. For online condolences, visit mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com.
Kenneth W. Carter - Of Grand Island, unexpectedly passed away on April 25, 2019. Fiance; of Donna Claus; father of Kimberlee Carter, Kelly (Daniel) DiAntonio and Christopher (Kelsey) Carter; papa to Kendra Carter and Cali DiAntonio; son of Harrison and the late Patricia Carter; brother of Stephen Carter, Deborah Carter, and the late Karen (survived by husband Steven) Kelschenbach-Carter; previous spouse of Susan Carter. Visitation will be on Tuesday, 1-8 PM at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, where Funeral Services will be held Wednesday at 10 AM to be followed by a private family burial. A Celebration of Life for all friends and family will be at Mallwitz's Island Lanes Wednesday at 12 Noon.
Elida I. "Lily" Rivera Rodriguez - Of Grand Island, entered into rest April 20, 2019; beloved wife of Pedro Montalvo Colon; devoted mother of Angelo, Laura, Betty, Edwin, Rosemarie, Gary and Jose;; also survived by loving grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Snyder Chapel), 4614 Main St., near Harlem Road, on Wednesday, from 4-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Cross Church, Maryland at Seventh St., Buffalo, on Thursday morning at 10 o'clock (please assemble at church). Interment Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Offer condolences online at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Doris A. (nee Webb) Kaiser - April 15, 2019, of Grand Island. Wife of the late Randal Kaiser; mother of the late James (survived by wife Myra) Kaiser and Barbara Benton; grandmother of Gene and Robert Benton; also survived by nephews. Funeral Services will be held Monday at 11 AM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements by KAISER FUNERAL HOME.
Arthur E. "Art" Robinson, Sr. - Age 79, April 17, 2019 of Grand Island, NY. Beloved husband of Audrey (nee Kipphut) Robinson and the late Donna (nee Varco) Robinson; devoted father of Rob (Karen) Robinson; adored grandfather of Andrew, Lucas and Lindsay Robinson; also survived by Audrey's children, Kelly (Michael) Kotak, Gina (Michael) Daley, Patrick (Heather) Boland and Maria (Patrick) Peterson; and Audrey's grandchildren and great-grandchildren; son of the late Evelyn Lynch and dear brother to her children; nephew of Irene (late Gene) Taylor; cousin of Nancy (Tom) Flannigan and Nadine (Michael) Amato; also survived by many nieces and nephews. No prior visitation. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 27th, 10:30 AM in Bible Fellowship Center, 1136 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, NY. Memorials may be made to, Bible Fellowship Center In Art's Memory. Mr. Robinson served his country in the United States Army. Online condolences may be made at www.lesterwedekindtfuneralhome.com.
Alicia C. Williams - Passed peacefully after a brief illness April 17, 2019, of Grand Island. Beloved daughter of Richard J. Williams and Betina Jennings. Loving sister of Erica, Richard Jr., Jonathan and Justin Williams. Also survived by grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and her beloved cat Clark. Friends may call Monday 3-7 PM followed by Funeral Services Monday at 7 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the SPCA.
Marcia E. (nee Kick) Fritschi - April 13, 2019; beloved wife of the late Thomas C. Fritschi, Jr.; dearest mother of Thomas R. (Sandra) Fritschi, Paul R. (Marcia E.) Fritschi, Barbara A. (Robert) Fick, Stephen C. (Heidi) Fritschi, Donald E. Fritschi and John A. (Kathy) Fritschi; loving grandmother of nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; sister of the late Rodney (Nancy) Kick. The family will be present on Saturday, April 20th from 4-8 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2600 Sheridan Dr. (at Parker Blvd.). NO VISITATION ON SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 2019. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, April 22, 2019, 9:45 AM at St. Stephen Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island. All are asked to assemble at the church. Friends invited. Share condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.
Donald W. Becker - April 17, 2019, of Grand Island. Husband of Kathleen (nee Duggan) Becker. Father of Mandy (Jason) Myers. Grandfather of Sophia and Grace. Brother of Judith Hinchee. Son of the late Norman and Arlene Becker. Friends may call Thursday (April 18) 2-5:30 PM followed by a Celebration of Life and Military Honors at 5:30 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo or the Niagara River Station Fishing Club.
Grace Irving Weis, "Miss Kitty" - 91, of Tonawanda, New York, passed away Friday, April 12, 2019. Born, May 23, 1927 to William Irving and Mildred Grant. Grace graduated from Lafayette High School. She is predeceased by her husband Edwin Weis, son William Weis, sister’s Helen Mason, Charlotte Jaeger and son-in-law George Tortarella.
Grace was very proud of her 1838 Settlement House on Highland Ave where she would often be found working in her yard enjoying her gardening. Grace was employed by Kleinhan’s and AM & A’s for many years before she found her favorite job at Fantasy Island on Grand Island. Grace was the retail manager at Fantasy Island in the mid 80’s and often played the role of Miss Kitty in the Western Town Shootout Show. She was a member of the Red Hat’s Society and enjoyed creating and selling her crafts.
Grace is survived by her daughter Susan Tortarella; daughter-in-law Nancy Weis; grandchildren, Jonathan (Kimberly) Weis, Jason (Maureen) Weis, Jennifer (Jeffery) Loder, George (Michelle) Tortarella, and Troy (Alicia) Tortarella; great-grandchildren, Anthony Tortarella, Vannessa Tortarella, Shayla Tortarella, Joey Tortarella, Mia Tortarella, Marlee (Jack Hoppe) Lake, Elle Weis, Brandon Loder, Anthony Weis, Ava Weis; great-great grandchildren, Blair and Bryce Hoppe and many special nieces and nephews. Private family services are being held.
Jane Anne Edwards - of Omaha, Nebraska. November 10, 1957 – April 8, 2019.
Preceded in death by parents, Allan and May Edwards; mother of Sheila, William G. Thomsen. Survived by daughter and son-in-law, Sheila Thomsen (Tim Ott); sister, Nancy Edwards; nephew, Joshua Scott; brother, Robert Edwards (Lynn) and their children and stepchildren. WAKE SERVICE: Sunday, April 14th, 6pm, St. Pius X Catholic Church, 6905 Blondo, with family receiving friends from 5pm to 6pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Monday, April 15th at 10:30am at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Private Family Interment. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Kathy (Hickman) Kaiser - passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo, NY after a brief illness. Burial will be at Acacia Park, Pendleton, NY.
She was born May 10, 1946, to her proud parents Reginald and Gertrude (Roberts) Hickman (deceased) in Niagara Falls and attended schools in Niagara Falls and Grand Island. She loved living in the Sandy Beach area, swimming, great friendships and a relaxed life style. She was a member of Teddy’s Islettes which she enjoyed.
Kathy was the loving, high school sweetheart of Robert Kaiser, Jr., and his wife for 53 years. The couple were married in Grand Island on September 4, 1965. Together they had a cool son, Kenneth, who passed away at the age of 26 from Cystic Fibrosis. Due to Kathy’s pure love and devotion to Ken, he far exceeded the life expectancy for the disease. She was the glue at Bob and Don’s Auto Care for many years keeping the business moving forward. Kathy was also a lover of animals, especially her cat Olive.
She was the daughter-in-law of Robert (deceased) and Lois Kaiser of Frisco,Texas and the sister-in-law of Richard and Deborah Kaiser of Frisco, Texas. She was the sister of Jackie (Hickman) Moxley (deceased), Barbara (Hickman) Pierce, and a brother Robert (Kathleen) Hickman. She is survived by many friends, relatives and neighbors whom she cherished and who cherished her.
Kathy enjoyed boating with friends at the Tonawanda Island Launch Club, where she was noted for her impromptu dinners, traveling by RV in whatever direction it was headed, gardening, surrounded by her humming birds, decorating, cooking Italian food, playing trivia with the gang or just entertaining at their log home in Sardinia. Her trademark laugh will never be forgotten by anyone that ever meet her. There will be a private interment service with a summer celebration of her life in Sardinia at a later date. Donations may be made to the Buffalo Children’s Lung Center or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Eugene (Gene) Bondar - 95, of Washington, Pennsylvania, died peacefully on Sunday, April 7, 2019 in Peters Township, Pennsylvania. Born on May 8, 1923, in Chicago, Illinois, he was the son of the late Marie (Skwarek) and Andrew Bondar.
As a co-pilot in the U.S. Army Air Forces in the Second World War, he flew transport planes across the Pacific supplying bases in Hawaii, Bora Bora, Kwajalein, and Australia, supporting the liberation of the Philippines, the invasion of Okinawa, and the occupation of Japan, returning many liberated American POW’s. He earned two battle stars, the Air Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal, and the rank of Captain in the U.S. Air Force in service to his country.
Inspired by the many exotic people and places that he encountered in the war, he used the GI Bill to study Anthropology at Lawrence University, and in graduate school at Colorado State. Two Fulbright Scholarships enabled research trips to Kenya, in Africa, with later projects in South Africa, Zambia, and Sudan.
In 1957, he married Elsa Schmieger, also of Chicago, his beloved wife for the next 60 years. Pursuing Gene’s academic career, they lived in Joliet (Illinois), Syracuse (New York), and Kisii (Kenya), before settling in Grand Island, New York, where he taught Anthropology at the State University College at Buffalo.
Always active, he enjoyed hiking, biking, mountain-climbing, cross-country skiing, and canoe and backpacking trips with the Adirondack Mountain Club, and participated in archaeological excavations on three continents. In retirement, he continued to work as a National Park Ranger/Archaeologist in Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, and several other parks in the western US, and gave lectures at the Buffalo Museum of Science. After living in western New York for over 50 years, he and Elsa moved to Washington, Pennsylvania, to live near their son and daughter.
He is survived by his children Douglas (Angelika) Bondar of Augusta, Georgia, Carol (Samuel) Johnson of McMurray, Pennsylvania, and Gregory (Elisa) Bondar of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and five grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Henry Bondar of Chicago.
Gene’s family would like to thank the staff at Strabane Trails Village, and Donnell House, of Washington, PA, Paramount Senior Living at Peters Township, and especially, the Caring Mission of Washington, for their skilled and compassionate care.
A family adventure to celebrate Gene’s life will be held in the summer. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be made to the National Parks Foundation (https://www.nationalparks.org) or the National WWII Museum (https://www.nationalww2museum.org/).
Bonnie J. Miller - Saturday, April 6, 75, of Grand Island, passed away at home under the care of Hospice and surrounded by her beloved daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren. Mrs. Miller was born in Sanborn, NY to Lyle and Vera (Cooney) Treichler.
Bonnie was a dental office assistant to Dr. Ruocco in Grand Island for 25 years. Bonnie's grandchildren were her biggest joy. She loved participating in their many activities and she was their biggest fan. She seized every moment to spend with her family. She also enjoyed golfing, playing cards, dancing and the beach. She was a firm supporter of the casino. Bonnie was a kind, loving person whose spirit for life will be very deeply missed.
Mrs. Miller was predeceased by her loving husband Robert Miller and dear brother Lloyd Harpham. Survived by Dawn (Enrico) Frosolone; sister-in-law Virginia Harpham; many dear nieces, nephews and cousins and special friend Eddie Lewandowski. Friends may visit on Thursday, 4-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday, 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church.
Franklyn C. McKee - April 5, 2019, of Grand Island, born in Buffalo and attended Rochester Institute of Technology before enlisting in the US Air Force in 1959. He received his commission through the Aviation Cadets Program in Harlingen, Texas, and assigned to the 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing in Topeka, Kansas, as a navigator until 1964. He then joined the Niagara Falls Air National Guard and was selected for pilot training. He attended fighter training in Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, and graduated as "Top Gun" in 1966.
In July 1968, he was recalled to active duty and deployed to Vietnam with the 31st Tactical Fighter Wing. He flew the F-100 C aircraft on 185 combat missions, returning in June 1969 to serve as flying training instructor with the 107th Fighter Interceptor Group, Niagara Falls, where he later became squadron commander. From 1983 to 1986, he served as Air National Guard advisor to the commander of the 25th Air Division, McChord Air Force Base, Tacoma, Washington and later held the same position with the 24th Air Division, Griffiss Air Force Base, Rome, NY. He returned to Niagara Falls in 1987 and assumed the position of Deputy Commander for Support, retiring in 1994 with the rank of Colonel and concurrently promoted to the grade of Brigadier General.
Colonel McKee was a command pilot with more than 4600 flying hours in the B-47, T-33, and F4, F-100, F-101, and F4 aircraft. His military decorations include: Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with 10 oak leaf clusters, Expeditionary Forces Ribbon, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Longevity Medal, Combat Crews Medal, Combat Readiness Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. In addition, he was awarded the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross.
Frank is survived by his wife of almost 56 years, Rosanna (nee Quinlan) and his daughter Susanne Blanton (John) of Grand Island; son Kevin (Tracy) of Seattle, WA; grandchildren Arielle Schaub (Barry), John Blanton (Ashley), Jeffrey Blanton, Amanda Blanton (fiance;e Jessie Truax), Fianna McKee, Maisie McKee; and great-grandchildren Elijah Schaub and Caylynn Blanton. He was predeceased by his parents, James and Wilma McKee; and his brother James McKee. Friends may call Monday and Tuesday 3-7 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Western New York Heroes or Grand Island Community Chorus.
William J. Wade - March 25, 2019, of Grand Island. Husband of 60 years of Mavis Wade. Father of Anthony Wade, Wendy (Charles) Bailey and the late Susan. Grandfather of Jason, Samantha, Brittany, Holly, Billy and Kenny. Great- grandfather of Jace and Ashton. Brother of Roger (Marg) Wade. Funeral Services private. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
Gordon A. Williams - Gordon A. Williams, a local contractor, at 97 years of age passed peacefully in the presence of his daughters on March 29, 2019 after a short illness. He was born July 31, 1921 to Efner and Iola Stowell Williams. He married Marcella Schuppenhauer on June 19, 1943. They were married 68 years until his wife's death in 2012.
Mr. Williams is survived by three daughters. Jacqueline (Russell) Galbo, Sharon (Douglas) Lumb and Cynthia Williams. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Jennifer Galbo, Steven Lumb and Megan Tuero, as well as five great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and his dog, Emma.
Mr. Williams was a graduate of Ellicottville High School. He attended Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina for one year.
Mr. Williams was a member of the Greatest Generation. In 1942 he joined the Army Air Corp and was a tail gunner on a B-17. He was stationed in Thorpe Abbotts, England, as part of the 8th Army Air Corp, 100th Bomb Group. During the Schweinfurt-Regensburg mission his plane was shot down over Germany. He was captured and spent two years in Stalag 17B. Near the war's end he and his fellow prisoners were force-marched across Austria. Nightly he would escape to find food for his fellow prisoners. He and his comrades were eventually freed by the arrival of Patton's Army.
After the war Mr. Williams and his brother, Richard, operated the business known as Williams & Williams Builders. They built many homes, apartments and commercial buildings throughout Western New York. They were involved in the creation of Fantasy Island.
Mr. Williams loved the outdoors enjoying archery, fishing and water skiing. He estimated that he taught over 100 people to water ski. Starting in his 50s he took up downhill skiing and continued to ski into his 80s. Funeral arrangements were private. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
Charles E. Cowart, Sr. - September 4, 1934 - March 24, 2019 (age 84). Beloved husband of Karen [Waltz] Cowart and late Emma [Rogers] Cowart, loving father Darleen and Melvin Cowart and Katrina (late Glen) Lowery, grandfather of five, dear brother of Annie (Ernest) Lampkin, Muriel (Robert) Porter, Eugene (Minnie) Cowart, Willie, Shirley, Allen (Stephanie) Cowart, Rosemary (Climon) Nix. He was the father of the late Charles (Shirley) Cowart, Jr., and brother of late Otis (Maryalyce) Cowart and Arthur (AnnieJo) Cowart. Family will be present on Friday, April 5 from 5-8PM at Cornerstone Church Grand Island, 1290 Whitehaven Rd, Grand Island, NY 14072, where a Celebration of Life will be held Saturday at 10AM. Flowers gratefully declined. Visit www.rhoneyfuneralhome.com, for guest register.
Liam Joseph McCaul - March 25, 2019, age 38. Beloved husband of Jennifer E. (nee Teluk) McCaul; devoted father of Rory and Katherine McCaul; dear son of Madeline and Tony McCaul; dear brother of Hayley McCaul; son-in-law of Peter and Faye Teluk; most special uncle to Gracie, Harley, Noah, Brody, Petra, Layne, Owen and Muriel. The family will be present Saturday from 1-4 PM at the (Amherst Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 5200 Sheridan Drive (corner Hopkins Road). A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday at 2:00 PM from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222. Please assemble at church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the "Sidway Playground Fund", Sidway Elementary School, 2451 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY 14072. Share condolences online at www.AMIGONE.com
Donald W. Lare - March 15, 2019, of Amherst, formerly of Grand Island. Brother of Susanne Lare, Sandra J. (Roger Trettel) Lare and Rebecca (Paul) Jordison. Uncle of Kaeden, Paige and Lord Tannin Jordison, and Jonathan W. Trettel. Son of the late Walter and Barbara (nee Brill) Lare. Also survived by many cousins and friends. Friends may call Saturday, March 30th, 2-5 PM followed by Memorial Services Saturday at 5 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Memorials may be made to Grassroots Garden WNY or a charity of your choice.
Karen (nee Carter) Kelschenbach - March 23, 2019, of Grand Island, wife of Steven Kelschenbach; mother of Stephen (Beth) and Nicholas (Jessie) Giddings; stepmother of Eric (Jennifer) Kelschenbach and Annmarie (Ron) Kennick; also survived by seven grandchildren; daughter of Corky and the late Joan Carter; sister of Kenneth, Steven and Debbie. Funeral services private. Arrangements by KAISER FUNERAL HOME.
Gary E. McDannell - March 18, 2019. Father of Greta K. Kettle and the late Joseph W. McDannell; grandfather of Samantha Guzman, Helen and John Eckman. No prior visitation. Graveside Services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Erie County spca, 300 Harlem Rd., West Seneca, Ny 14224. Online condolences at www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com.
Lewis Varga - (March 24, 2019) - One year ago, Lewis Varga lost his brief battle with cancer. Lew grew up on Grand Island and had loving memories of times spent on the Niagara, telling friends of sunsets over the water, fishing, boating, and swimming. Settling in his beloved New England, he spoke fondly of his time in WNY, the water, the people, family, Ted's, wings, and cowboy days at Fantasy Island. Lew enjoyed wide circles of friends as well as fine wine and excellent seafood. He is sadly missed by his sisters Louise (Paul), Amy, Margaret, and Julie (Doug); nephews Matthew (Mary) and Steven; and cousin Chuck. Remember Lew with gladness and laughter - he was an old soul who is at peace.
Anne (Williams) Waite - March 14, 2019, of Grand Island. Wife of David A. Waite; mother of Susan (Jeffrey) Rutledge, Rebecca Waite and Catherine (Brian) Prell; nanny to Betsy and John Rutledge, Jonathan and Katie Prell; sister of the late John Williams; aunt of Jill Staggs, Johnny Williams, Jodi Rasmussen, Kristin Ripson, David and Justin Waite; also survived by many dear friends. Memorials services will be held Saturday, March 23 at 10:30 AM at Kenmore Alliance Church, 175 Bonnett Ave., Tonawanda. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, 2005 South 1100 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84106. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
Ralph "Slim" Zauner - March 11, 2019, of Grand Island. Ralph was born and grew up on Gorton St. in Black Rock, with his 12 siblings, Kate, Joe, Ann, Betty, John, Carl, Rose, Helen, Ray, Alice, Mary Jane and Irene. He worked as a toolmaker at J.H. Williams and Chevrolet. An avid bowler, Ralph rolled an 800 series at age 70. He died of vascular issues on Monday. Survived by his wife of 65 years Peg; his son Mark; and his cherished dog Daisy, a cockapoo. One of his favorite sayings was, "There is a Lord"... now he is with Him. Friends may call Friday 3-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 11 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.
Paul Gurzinski - Of Grand Island, NY, passed away March 4, 2019. Husband of the late Elaine (Gadzo) Gurzinski. Born March 17, 1928 in Scranton, Pa and moved to Buffalo after serving in the U.S. Navy. Beloved father of Laurie Gurzinski and Michael (Wendy) Axford; loving grandfather of Patrick, Ryan, Ashley, Katreena and Michaela; step-father of Patrick (Carrel) Gadzo; also survived by his former wife Joyce and many great-grandchildren. Friends may call Tuesday, March 12th from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Lester H. Wedekindt, Inc. Funeral Home, 3290 Delaware Ave., where funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 AM. Mr. Gurzinski was an avid golfer. He was a strong and dear man and will be sadly missed. Share condolences online at www.lesterwedekindtfuneralhome.com.
Ann Grace Oppedisano Moore - Dec. 5, 1953 – March 7, 2019 , a retired teacher whose sunny personality earned her the nickname "Smiling Annie" even while she faced considerable health challenges, died Thursday, March 7, while under the care of Buffalo Hospice. She was 66.
Mrs. Moore grew up in Honeoye Falls, the daughter of Vincent and Antoinette Oppedisano. She worked at her father's shoe store, Oppedisano's Bootery, in high school. She met her husband, Richard, during their senior year at Niagara University while taking a philosophy class that was considered an easy A. "She got a B and I got a C because we spent the whole class talking to each other," he recalled. They were married July 19, 1975.
Mrs. Moore began her career in 1975 teaching eighth grade at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Niagara Falls. She went on to teach global studies at Niagara Wheatfield High School where she stayed for more than 20 years. A school newsletter article headlined "A Favorite Falcon retires" in 2015 included quotes from students, including one who said, "I won't forget Mrs. Moore's dedication. She never gave up on me." Known for her humor in the classroom, the article noted her "booming laughter." A senior recalled: "Even if she was yelling at me, she would laugh before the period was over." Another student wrote a tribute recalling her kindness: "She told me not to worry about being short - it doesn't define who you are. Mrs. Moore has always been my safety net. She always had my back. She is my 'school Mom.' "
Mrs. Moore was a fine cook, whether she was making chicken soup, homemade lasagna or pizzelle using recipes from her grandmother or canning her famous bread and butter pickles. The family moved from Niagara Falls to Grand Island in 1996.
An athlete in her early years, she played soccer in high school and coached youth soccer in the Niagara Pioneer Soccer League in the late 1980s. She and her husband enjoyed tennis, swimming and boating on the Niagara River and spending time with their three daughters and six grandchildren. She was a longtime member of the Grand Island Women's Book Club.
She maintained her sense of humor after twice undergoing brain cancer surgery, followed by chemotherapy and radiation treatments, and amazed her family and friends with her perseverance and determination undergoing extensive therapy after suffering a stroke at 61.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Catherine Tutko of Clarence, Jennifer Klassen of Michigan and Mary Hazel of Grand Island; a sister, Jane McGory; and six grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 12th in the University at Buffalo Newman Center, 495 Skinnersville Road, Amherst.
Rita (nee Kavanaugh) Hagerman - March 8, 2019, of Grand Island, born to John and Mary (Sweet) Kavanaugh on April 28, 1927, wife of the late Floyd Robillard and Larry Hagerman; survived by children, James (Julie), Robert (Lucy), John (Misty) and Daniel (Marjorie) Robillard and stepchildren, Jela Hagerman, Marla (Gary) Wilkerson and Eric (Jennifer) Hagerman; also survived by 19 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; sister of the late Catherine, John "Jack", Paul, Margaret and Ruth; beloved by many nieces and nephews. Funeral services private per her wishes. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Arrangements by KAISER FUNERAL HOME.
M. Robert Madia II Esq. - Of Grand Island, died on March 8, 2019, he was 48 years old. Rob is survived by his parents Michael Madia (Sharon) and Antoinette Oros; his grandmother, Rita Madia: his sisters, Jennifer and Cali Madia (Daniel); and his brother, Jacob Madia. Friends may call Monday, March 11th, 10 AM-12 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 12:30 PM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation for Substance Use Disorders Among Legal Professionals. Rob lettered in 3 sports at Nichols School, was All State in hockey at Oswego and All American at Mercyhurst before playing four years in the coast hockey leagues. Rob was a graduate of The University of San Diego Law School and was admitted to practice law in New York State.
Michael A. Thomasula - Of Grand Island, NY entered into rest March 3, 2019. Beloved husband of Sandra (nee Richards) Thomasula; devoted father of Michelle and Kevin Thomasula; cherished grandfather of Marina and Angela; loving son of the late Robert and Christine Thomas; dear brother of Joseph Thomas, Antoinette (Richard) Schruefer, Christine (Augie) Bonanducci and the late Victor Thomas; also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel), 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., near Eggert/Sheridan Dr., on Thursday (March 14th) from 3-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Church of St. Paul, 33 Victoria Blvd., Kenmore on Friday (March 15th) at 9:30 o'clock (please assemble at church). Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Mr. Thomasula was a U.S. Army veteran. Online condolences may be made at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Rose Marie (nee Tweedy) Mondoux - March 7, 2019, of Grand Island, wife of the late Arthur Mondoux; mother of James (Deborah), John (Debbie) and Tom (Paula) Mondoux, Mary Ann (Kevin) McInerney, Nancy (Bob) Davis, Karen (Michael) Dallessandro and Robert (Pat) Mondoux; stepmother of Arthur (Jean) Stone; also survived by 21 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. Friends may call Monday, March 11th, 4-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, where prayers will be offered Monday at 6 PM. Rose Marie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Loretta P. (nee Eckman) Buffa - Of Grand Island, NY formerly of Buffalo, March 1, 2019 at the age of 79. Beloved wife of the late Richard Buffa; loving mother of Gina (Dale) Marrs, Tony (Joleen) Buffa, Melanie (Aaron) Swanson and the late Richard Buffa Jr.; sister of Bruce (Michelle) Eckman, Marilyn (David) Kumpf; also survived by 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews. Friends may call Sunday, March 10th, 11 AM - 1 PM at the Dengler, Roberts, perna funeral home, 3070 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, where a Memorial Service will follow the visitation at 1 PM. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the University at Buffalo Medical School. www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com.
Marilyn Anderson - February 28, 2019, of Grand Island. Mother of Michael Anderson, Sr. Grandmother of Michael, Joshua (Jacqui) and Jeremiah Anderson and Nicole (Kerry) Lanthier. Great- grandmother of Racheal, Samara and Lucia. 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 10:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.
James M. May - February 17, 2019, of Grand Island. Husband of Karen (nee Lohr) May and the late MaryEllen May. Father of Kitty (Frank) Castiglia, Mary (E. Robert) Kreher, Martin (Barbara), Daniel (Lisa), John, Edward (Lorrie), Joseph (Mary), Thomas and Frederick May and the late Christine (survived by husband Carl) Merz and Theresa May. Stepfather of Margaret (Robert) Piorkowski, Mark (Jane) Ansbrow and Amy (Thomas) Poole. Also survived by 34 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Brother of Carl May. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, March 9 at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. James was the founder of May Tool & Die Inc. The May family was one of the first families in the Parkview community. He enjoyed being a member of the Parkview golf league for many years. He proudly served his country in the US Navy which attributed to his love of the water and boating. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
Debra F. (nee Eberle) Samland - Of Grand Island, entered into rest February 28, 2019; beloved wife of Michael B. Samland; devoted mother of Courtney Donovan and Sean Donovan; dearest step-mother of Jessica (Dale) Decker, Ryan Samland and Justin (Kelly) Samland; adored step-grandmother of Evelyn Decker; loving daughter of the late Michael and Nola Eberle; dear sister of Michael (Shirley) Eberle, Janet (John) Cobernus and the late Diana (Ronald) Kaiser; 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 Tuesday from 4-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, on Wednesday at 10:30 o'clock (please assemble at church). In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Debra's memory to Hospice Buffalo. Online condolences may be made at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Janet (nee Klein) Sheehan - Of Grand Island, passed peacefully at home on February 27, 2019. Beloved wife of Dr. Thomas Sheehan; cherished mother of Sean (Kelly), Brendan (Mary Beth), Thomas (Elizabeth), and Justin (Nina); adored grandmother of Luke, Anna, Molly, Tommy, Meghan, Maeve, Clare, Katy, Patrick, Evelyn, Max, Sean, Valerie, and Spencer; loving sister of Carolyn (Richard) Ball, Jack (Nancy) Klein and Paul (Camille) Klein; also survived by many dear nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends will be welcomed Sunday, March 3rd, 4-8 pm at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A memorial Mass will be celebrated Monday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church on Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, donations are gratefully accepted at St. Mary's High School, Lancaster, or Hospice of Buffalo. The family would like to thank all of the caregivers who helped to make Janet's final days peaceful.
Olga "Ollie" Fachko - July 12, 1920 - February 23, 2019. See Buffalo News obituary.
Marilyn A. (nee Carlson) Boorady - February 25, 2019 at age 90. Beloved wife of the late Frederick A. Boorady; loving mother of Cynthia A. (James) Dixon, Peter A. (Linda) Boorady, Barbara E. (John) Kelleher and the late Mark A. Boorady; cherished grandmother of 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; predeceased by four brothers; also survived by nieces and nephews.
The family will be present to receive friends on Friday, March 1st from 4-7 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2600 Sheridan Drive (corner of Parker Blvd.). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 9:00 AM from St. Amelia Church, 2999 Eggert Rd., Tonawanda. Friends invited. All are asked to assemble at church. Interment to follow at St. Mary Cemetery, Dunkirk. Share condolences online at www.AMIGONE.com.
Stanley D. Wesolowski - February 25, 2019, of Grand Island, NY. Beloved husband of Kathleen Wesolowski; dear father of Jennifer (Anthony) Brucz, Jamie Wesolowski, Jessica (B.J.) Troutman, Jacquelyn (Robert) Dailey, and Julianna (Keith) Wesolowski; also survived by 11 grandchildren. Relatives and friends may call at the BARRON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 3025 William St., Cheektowaga, Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM.
William E. Linton - February 21, 2019, of Grand Island. Beloved husband of 54 years to Nancy Linton (nee Bowin). Loving father of Jason Linton, Kristen (Brick) White and Erik (Julie) Linton. Proud Poppy of Emily, Ryan, Mabel and Kegan. Brother of Marge Ciccarelli and the late Annette Amirian. Bill was a teacher for over 30 years in Niagara Falls. A Celebration of Bill's Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
Wayne Askew - of Willseyville,NY, formerly of Grand Island, NY, went Home to be with The Lord on Wednesday, January 30th, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer. He passed away at home with his loving family present with him. He was predeceased by his parents, William and Carole (Shea) Askew, and son, Adam Askew. He is survived by his wife, Maria (“Mary”) Askew and son Kyle Askew, both of Willseyville, NY. Other surviving family include his siblings Susan Axtell of Gwinn, MI, Diane (Joseph) Scalzi of St. Clair Shores, MI, William Askew, Jr., of Melbourne Beach, FL, Barbara Titterington of Newfield, NY and their families.
Wayne was born in Buffalo, NY. He joined the Navy as a young man, the third generation of his family serving our country at sea. After leaving the service, he became a historic home restoration specialist and later served as a fierce advocate for lead poisoning awareness. Wayne was a light in this world, always doing his best to help others in any way that he could. He will be missed dearly.
The family will receive friends Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 17 Main St., Candor, NY with a funeral mass following at 12:00 Noon. Interment will follow in the spring, where Wayne will be laid to rest next to his son, Adam, at the Smith Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Wayne’s memory can be made to the Candor Food Pantry, Guthrie Cancer Center, or St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Condolences may be made to Wayne’s family at www.emfaheyfuneralhome.com.
Henry M. Burak - February 17, 2019, of Grand Island, husband of Marilyn (Morris) Burak; father of Thomas Burak, Robert Burak, Beverly Burak-Kahn and Maureen Burak-Wilkie; grandfather of Jonathan Socko, Amanda Wilkie, Austin and Ethan Kahn; great-grandfather of Eleanor Rose Socko; son of the late Justin and Mary Burak. Friends may call Wednesday 3-7 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
George C. Pachter, Jr. - July 1, 1943 - February 8, 2019, of Grand Island. Son of the late George Sr. and Pauline Pachter; Husband of 50 years to Karen (Armstrong) Pachter; loving father of Jeffrey Pachter and Amy (Daniel) McMann; proud grandpa of Annika, Finn and Liv Pachter, Sean, Ryan and Evan McMann; brother of Gail (Dean) Taglis and several nieces and nephews. George had a 37 year career as a Dean at Niagara University. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at the Niagara University Chapel on Thursday, February 21st, at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial offerings may be made to Hospice Buffalo, Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, or Niagara University. Arrangements by KAISER FUNERAL HOME.
James Richard Watkins - Peacefully at home, James Richard Watkins (Dick) entered into eternal rest. Dick was predeceased by his loving wife Gloria Jenkins Watkins. Devoted father of Sandra Watkins, Terri Cicatello Gast (Mike) Danielle Chopra (Paul) Richard Watkins (Kelly). Predeceased by daughter Judith Jenkins Bartolotta and Calvin James Jenkins Jr. Awesome grandfather & PaPa to Calvin Jenkins III, Jennifer Jenkins, Skip Bartolotta, Jeanine Fletcher, Judie Lynn Bartolotta, Jason Bartolotta, Jerrid Bartolotta, Brandi O’Banion, Stanley (Trey) Hill, Matthew Cicatello, Nathan Bundscho, Arielle Reed, Gabrielle Reed, Thomas Reed, Cody Busch and Leah Watkins and the late April Salt Cerrillo. Great Grandfather of Emily, Daniel, Andrew, Brianna, Sarah, Canon, Brooke, Alexis, Logan,Billy, Connor, Samantha, Amber, Cole, Callee, Isabella, Adrianna. Great Great Grandfather of April Ford & Addison Cerrillo.
Dick and Gloria owned and operated the Square Restaurant on Grand Island Blvd. and the Grand Island Coffee Truck Service. Dick was a founding member and longtime racing enthusiast of the CAN-AM Midget Race Club. Dick retired from Niagara Lasalle Steel after a long career in Hydraulics and Engineering. Dick had a never ending thirst for knowledge reading all things, history, science, curious and innovative. Dick both built and resided in his beloved home on Staley Rd until the race was over.
Friends may call at Kaiser Funeral Home on Sunday, February 17th from 1:00-5:00 PM. A memorial service will be held Monday, February 18th at 10:00 AM at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church 2587 Baseline Rd Grand Island.
Christopher M. Shores II - February 12, 2019, of Grand Island. Beloved father of Christopher M. Shores, III. Cherished son of Christopher M. and Kimberly Shores. Dear brother of Megan Shores. Loving Uncle of Gionni and Rocco Todaro. Survived by grandparents and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Family and friends may call Thursday and Friday 2-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Assemble at the Funeral Home Saturday at 9 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Stephen's Church Saturday at 10 AM.
Joan C. (Sitgreaves) Kingston - February 5, 2019, of Grand Island. Beloved wife of 64 years of Robert G. Kingston; loving mother of Mark (Roxanne), Linda (John) McQueen, David (Jill) and Daniel (Susan); cherished grandmother of Kelly (Dwight) Eppinger, Amanda, Danae (Rebecca Vail), Nathan, Kristopher, Benjamin (Ania) and Nicholas (Danielle); great-grandmother of Alice, Hugo and Carter; also survived by loving nieces, nephews, cousins and their families. Friends may call Friday, March 15, 2019, 4-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 16 at 2 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Church Choir.
Donna L. (nee Oppermann) Gross - Age 58, February 6, 2019, of Tonawanda, NY; beloved wife of George P. Gross; treasured daughter of Elizabeth and the late Richard Oppermann; devoted mother of Nicole (Eric) Reitler, Steven (Jessica) Saxbury and Fawn Lundquist; adored grandmother of Anthony, Emma, Giavanna, Jace, Lillyanna, Amaya, Viera, Shania, Dawson and Gavyn; dear sister of Roseanne (Richard) Molini and Thomas (Colleen) Oppermann; sister-in-law of Sandy (Steve) Hunt and John (Cinde) Gross; also survived by cousins, nieces and nephews. Friends may call Saturday from 12 Noon - 4 PM at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT, INC. FUNERAL HOME, 3290 Delaware Ave., where a Funeral Service will immediately follow. Memorials may be made in memory of Donna to Hospice Buffalo, 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga 14227. Share online condolences at www.lesterwedekindtfuneralhome.com
Paul Gipp - Died peacefully at home on January 25, 2019, after a brief battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents Margaret and Harry Gipp. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Georgianna Gipp; children Kimberly Reis, Christine (David) Robbins and Keith (Tara) Gipp; grandchildren Kathryn, Vanessa and Charlotte Reis, Christian and William Robins and Tristan Gipp; sisters Gloria (James) Osborne and Pamela (Marty) Staub; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Paul was born on August 22, 1939, in Buffalo. He was a graduate of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute and attended Niagara University and Canisius College. He was employed with Erie County Bank, FDS/Citigroup in Buffalo and Fiserv and Alltel in Orlando and Albany. Paul was devoted to his family and his Catholic faith and will be greatly missed by family and friends. A graveside Rite of Committal will take place at St. Stephens's Cemetery, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, at 11 AM on February 2, 2019. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on March 30, 2019, at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Share online condolences at Legacy.com Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
Orrin "Bud" Esslinger - January 23, 2019 of Grand Island, NY. Dear father of James O. Esslinger, Karen Szczerbacki and the late Wendy Cruz; loving grandfather of Denise and Emily Esslinger, Tayler Szczerbacki, Eden, Page and the late August Cruz; sister of Rev. Nancy Shaffer; uncle of Richard Shaffer and the late Melinda Baker; former husband of Diane (nee Perry) Hartman and Karleen Smith. Friends may call Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 3-7 PM at the Lester H. Wedekindt Funeral Home, 3290 Delaware Ave. Military honors and a Funeral Service will be held during calling hours starting at 4 PM. Bud was a retired electro mechanical assembler for Wer-Emerson Industrial Industries and owner of Karly's Unique Furnishings both of Grand Island. Online condolences may be shared at www.lesterwedekindtfuneralhome.com.
Doris B. (Burk) Mohan - Of Grand Island, NY, January 14, 2019; beloved wife of the late Stanley W. Gillen and William A. Mohan; dearest mother of Irene Mohan, David W. (Rebecca) Gillen, Deborah (Paul) Strojny, Mark (Tillie) and Eric (Cheryl) Gillen; grandmother of Justine and Matthew (Katy) Strojny, Katie Smith, Megan, Jonathan, and Michael Gillen, Rachel (Kyle) Dluhy and Kate Fogelsonger; great-grandmother of Russell Dluhy; sister of Jane (late Claire) Jamison; also survived by nieces and nephews. No prior visitation. The family will be present Saturday, February 2, 2019, from 10-11 AM for a Celebration of Life Gathering at Augustana Lutheran Church, 3143 Eggert Rd., Tonawanda, where a Memorial Service will immediately follow at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Augustana Lutheran Church. Arrangements by: ERIE COUNTY CREMATION SERVICE, 824-6435. Please share your condolences at: www.eriecountycremationservice.com.
Elsie O. Gasbarro - January 20, 2019, of Grand Island. Wife of the late Ernest R. Gasbarro; mother of Ron, Dennis (Colleen) and David Gasbarro; grandmother of Jesse (Sarah) and Eric (Marcie Graziadei) Gasbarro, Miranda (Mark) Giglio and Valerie Gasbarro; great-grandmother of Luke and Margaret Giglio, Dominic and Matilda Gasbarro; sister of Al (Joyce) Donald, Jean Flemington and the late Marie Smith; also survived by nephews Patrick (Margaret) Cosentino and Michael (Elaine) Palumbo. A celebration of Elsie's Life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the SPCA. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
Lisa M. (nee Gomoka) Caldwell - January 17, 2019, of Grand Island. Wife of Amos Caldwell; stepmother of Danyelle (Colin) Bellinger and Darcy (Kevin) Stadelmaier; dodo to five grandchildren; sister of John (Mary Ann) Gomoka, Linda Fischer, Diane (Peter) Leberman, Sharon (Louis) Danzi and James (Mary Beth) Gomoka; loving aunt to many nieces and nephews; daughter of the late Theodore and Catherine Gomoka. Friends may call Tuesday, 6-8 PM followed by a prayer service Tuesday at 8 PM, at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the SPCA.
Robert H. Jayne - January 13, 2019, of Grand Island, formerly of Milford, CT. Brother of Donald Jayne, Kenneth (Karen) Jayne, Carol Lazzara and Nancy Corr; also survived by 10 nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and great-nephews and his San-Dee's Pub family; son of the late Carolin and Hal Jayne. A celebration of Robert's life was held Saturday in Stratford, CT. Bob "B.A." will be remembered as a fun loving friend and mentor. He was a boisterous coach to the Wasted Swings Team. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
Suzanne F. (nee Huguenin) Volante - January 15, 2019, age 96. Beloved wife of the late Francis C. Volante; loving mother of Francis B. (Jennifer Burbank) Volante and Gary A. (William Emms) Volante. The family will be present on Friday from 4-8 PM at the (Delaware Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1132 Delaware Avenue. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main Street, Buffalo at 10:30 AM. Family and friends are asked to please assemble at the church. If desired, memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Share condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.
Raymond W. Balzer - January 7, 2019. Beloved husband of Judith (nee Lawler) Balzer; loving father of Jennifer (Richard) Freeda and Alison (Patrick) Mackey; dear grandfather of Anna, Gabi, Jameson, Benjamin and Nathaniel; brother of Robin (Roy) Henseler and the late Richard Balzer; brother-in-law of Nancy Balzer; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Family and friends may call Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 10-12 Noon at the Dietrich funeral home, 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst, where a Memorial Service will be held at 12 Noon. Ray was the owner of Ray's Wickerware on Elmwood Ave. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Lipsey Veterinary Clinic at the SPCA. Share online condolences at www.thedietrichfuneralhome.com.
Eleanor Mae Swain (Turnbull) - 91, of Grand Island, entered into rest January 4, 2019. She was born May 31, 1927 in Buffalo. She was the daughter of the late J. Malcolm and Grace Turnbull. Sister of the late Malcolm, Melvin, Eddie and Bill Turnbull. Survived by her sister Phyllis Jost.
She attended Buffalo State College and was enrolled in the teaching program. There she met and married her sole mate Donald Swain of Kenmore, NY. Don was studying to be an industrial arts teacher. They married on June 21, 1947. They both quit school and moved to Sunset Drive on Grand Island. They had six children. El returned to school to complete her teaching degree when their youngest child, Karen, went to kindergarten. El taught at Niagara Street School in Niagara Falls for 25 years. Don and El retired on the same day. They enjoyed their winters in Florida, traveling and spending time with their family.
El’s favorite thing was being with her children, grandchildren and her great grandchildren. They were married 67 years before Don passed away on December 9, 2014. El is survived by 2 sons Paul (Martha), Donald (Susan) and the late Terry (the late Valerie) and the late Ronald Swain. She has two daughters Kathleen (Wayne) Benton and Karen (the late Samuel) Clark (fiancé Darryl Sehm).
Grandchildren: Wayne (Robin) Benton, Terry (Katie) Benton, Tanya Ilecki, Julie (Liebe) Meier-Swain, Kim (Jon) Korzen, Jodie (Mike) Rudney, Katie (Joe) Digregorio, Paul (Alaina) Swain, Timothy (Lisbeth) Swain, Shawna Lester, Nikki Clark, Matthew (Shawnee) Clark and the late Christopher Clark.
Great Grandchildren: Skyler and Grayson Meier-Swain, Kathleen Ilecki, Hannah, Jake and Dylan Benton, Brendon and Taylor Benton, Kaitlyn, Calli and Ella Rudney, Kobe Swain, Dominic and Matthew Digregorio, Christopher and Kim Swain, Laura and Audrey Swain, Adam Korzen and Riley Clark. Great great grandchild: Leighton Lester. A private family service was held on Sunday January 6 at the Kaiser Funeral Home.