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James Nowicki - Veteran broadcaster James Nowicki passed away Friday, December 6, 2019. A Grand Island resident for most of his life, Jim loved the Island, only living elsewhere when his first love demanded it.
Radio was Jim’s real passion. He started his career here in Buffalo, but spent the mid-70s in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he had the most popular radio show in the city for several years. Returning to this area, Jim worked as a disc jockey, producer and promotions director on stations up and down the dial: WYSL, WPHD, WBEN, WJYE and WBFO (maybe a few others.) In the early 90s Jim joined Metro Networks as a traffic reporter, airing on multiple radio and TV stations at once, including WKBW Channel 7.
Jim took what radio people would call a regular job in 2003 working for Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition. Broadcasting never let gothough, as he continued to provide on-air traffic reports for Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.
Jim was a recognized expert on the Beatles, early rock ‘n roll and Hank Aaron. He would drive hours not always to see Braves games, but sometimes just to get close enough to hear one on the radio. Even his interests were tangential to broadcasting. “He had great pipes”, as they used to say in the business. And he loved using them. The last thing Jim would want in his remembrance is a moment of silence. He’d want you to hear in his voice, “thanks for shopping the Jim Nowicki show.”
He was the brother of Catherine (Robert) Shivinsky, John Nowicki and Judith (the late Michael) Martineck. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Son of the late Frank and Kay Nowicki. A memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday December 20 at 10 AM at St. Stephen’s Church 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the SPCA. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home. Online condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Lee R. Celano - Led into heaven by a host of Angels on December 7, 2019. Beloved husband of 45 years to Joie (nee Sciandra); devoted dad of Julie Celano and Nicole Vacanti, cherished papa of eight grandchildren; loving son of the late Joseph and Lucy Celano; dear brother of David (Annie) Celano and Joanna (Thad) Boron, and survived by loving nieces and nephews. Lee was a proud and talented craftsmen for Kittinger Furniture for over 18 years. Service details to be announced at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Donald F. Harris, Jr. - age 68, passed away suddenly December 3,2019 in Del Ray Beach, Florida. He was a former resident of Grand Island, graduating in 1969. He also attended Buffalo State College. He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Carol Harris, formerly of Grand Island. He is survived by his wife Marcia ( Mason) Harris of Del Ray Beach, Florida, 2 daughters: Michele Arroyo of Buffalo, NY, Carol Harris of Buffalo, NY, 2 sisters: Kathy Sennott of Albrightsville, Pa., Jan Hoffmann of Salamanca, NY, 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. A private ceremony for family members was held in Del Ray Beach, Florida.
Kenneth M. "Zuzu" Zulawski - December 2, 2019, of Grand Island, NY. Beloved husband of Mary (Burda) Zulawski; dearest father of Scott, Tammy, and Brian (Katie) Zulawski; dear grandfather of Trisha, Nina, Jacob, and Angela; dear brother of Veronica and Keith (Sue) Zulawski; special uncle of Todd Zulawski. Funeral Service from the BARRON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 3025 William St., near Union Rd., Cheektowaga, where family will be present Sunday from 4-8 PM, at which time Services will be held at 7:30.
Elizabeth A. "Betty" (nee Leiser) Miskines - December 1, 2019. Beloved wife of Robert B. Miskines and the late Timothy Barczykowski; loving mother of Jason (Sara Pratt) Barczykowski, Jamie L. Miskines, Lee (Jim) Lyle, and Bobby (Seana) Miskines; cherished grandmother of Emma, Kendall, Eliana, Kaylin, Aidan, Harrison, and Morgan; dearest sister of Mary (Earl) Sedig, Mark (Renee) Leiser, Cathy (Robert) Millage, John Leiser, Judy (Michael) Maddigan and Michael (Kimberly) Leiser; dearest sister-in-law of Raymond A. (MaryAnn) Miskines and Beverly A. (late Jim) Yudiski. Friends may call Saturday 3-7 PM at the DENGLER, ROBERTS, PERNA FUNERAL HOME, 3070 Deleware Ave., Kenmore, where a Funeral Service will follow at 7 PM. Online Condolences at www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com.
Julia A. (nee Vinovrski) Goodwin - December 2, 2019, of Grand Island. Mother of Teresa (Jerrett) Fancher and Kristina (Timothy) Powers. Survived by seven brothers and sisters and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by one brother and one sister. Friends may call Thursday, 3-7 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10:30 AM at St. Stephen's Church (Old Church). Julia was a teacher to hundreds of students over her 20 year career. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Please share condolences at www.kaiserfuneral.com.
Hazel A. Rowe (nee Fancher) - November 27, 2019, lifelong resident of Grand Island. Wife of the late George H. Rowe. Mother of Donna Fankhauser and Linda Rowe. Grandmother pf Brian (Jocelyn) Miller and Lisa Fankhauser. Sister of Dayton (Maryann) Fancher, Donald Fancher, Donna (the late Thomas R.) Carpenter and the late Arthur J. Fancher. Daughter of the late Arthur and Dorothy Fancher. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Monday 12-3 PM followed by funeral services Monday at 3 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Mrs. Rowe was a collector of Raggedy Ann dolls, and enjoyed quilting and crafts.
Lucille (nee Hillock) Floss - of Grand Island, entered into rest November 13, 2019 at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, after a brief illness. Wife of Richard Floss. Mother of Rene’ (Lars) Nilsson, Rustie (Steven) Dimitriadis and Cheyenne (Dugald) Campbell. Grandmother of Karin, Anna, and Alexander Nilsson, David, Jonathan, and Rachel Dimitriadis, and Luma Campbell. Sister of Lawrence (Dawn) Hillock, Robert (Cynthia) Hillock, John (Linda) Hillock, Linda (Harold) Clark, Randon (Susan) Hillock, Hilary Balderas and the late Editha (survived by husband John) Kapoor. Daughter of the late John and Beatrice Hillock.
Lucy lived all but three years of her life on Grand Island, but enjoyed time with family in Chicago, Kansas City, Phoenix, Las Vegas, the Bahamas, and Scotland. One of her favorite places on earth was Allegany State Park, where her family spent many wonderful summers.
As a young woman, she attended cosmetology school and enjoyed synchronized swimming, listening to music, and riding motorcycles. Lucy loved gardening, bird watching, metal detecting, genealogy, bonfires, Bills games (when they won!), Agatha Christie mysteries, and watching NCIS and Hallmark Christmas movies with her husband. She passed on a love of reading, board games, and garage sales to her three daughters.
Lucy had a creative side, which she expressed through poetry, embroidery, crocheting, tie dye, painting, and other crafts. She was an amazing cook, often perfecting recipes until they suited her. She was endlessly generous and loved celebrating holidays with her family. She loved the smell of lilacs, the company of her kitties, and was rarely without a cup of tea. This wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, and friend will be dearly missed and never forgotten.
Friends may call Friday, December 6th, 4-7 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, NY 14072. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, December 7th, at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Flowers gratefully accepted. Monetary donations may also be made in Lucy’s memory to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Alzheimer’s Association of WNY.
Toynette (nee Depp) Brodie - Age 73, formerly of Grand Island, NY, November 21, 2019. Mother of Kenneth (Karen Panzarella) Brodie; grandmother of Amanda and Kenneth Brodie; daughter of the late Dorothy (nee Gardner) Depp; sister of Gwendolyn Jugovic, Judith Slabinski, Nancy Sherman, Vicki Bagshaw, Jacque Myers and the late Sandra Stahlnecker; also survived by several nieces and nephews. The family will receive relatives and friends on Sunday, December 1, from 12 Noon-2 PM at JOHN O. ROTH FUNERAL HOME, INC., 25 William St., (between Morgan and Broad Sts.), Tonawanda, where a Memorial Service will be conducted at 2 PM Sunday following the visitation. Everyone welcome. Flowers gratefully declined, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. Share condolences at www.rothfuneral.com .
Valeria M. (nee Kitchen) Proper - Age 89, of Grand Island, November 20, 2019. Wife of the late Lester W. Proper, who died in 1997; mother of Harry Proper; sister of the late Billy Kitchen and the late Clara Green; aunt of Diane (Robert) Albedyll, Greg (Sheryl)and Timothy (Karen) Kelly and Claire (Daniel) Moore. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, November 26th from 4-6 PM at JOHN O. ROTH FUNERAL HOME, INC., 25 William St. (between Morgan and Broad Sts.) in Tonawanda, where a Funeral Service will be conducted Tuesday at 6 PM following the visitation. Everyone welcome. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Tonawanda Free Methodist Church, 207 Grove St., Tonawanda, NY 14150. Condolences may be shared at www.rothfuneral.com.
Judith (nee Ryan) Wynne - Of Grand Island, NY, died August 23, 2019. Judith was predeceased by her husband James Wynne. She is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth (Mark Bihler) Wynne of Buffalo, NY, Molly (Daryl) Ehlenfield of Grand Island, NY, and a son, James Wynne of Durham, NC; seven grandchildren, Matt (Whitney), Marah, Leah, Maya, Patrick, Brendan, and Meredith; she is also survived by two sisters, Alice (William) Frank and Maura (Patrick) McLaren. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, NY 14072 at 10:30 AM on Friday, November 29, 2019. Donations may be made to the Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14222, burchfieldpenney.org.
Susan R. (nee Sanscrainte) Shanor - Of Grand Island, NY, November 21, 2019, age 75, beloved wife of John R. "Jack" Shanor, Jr.; dear mother of John R. Shanor III and the late Richard (late Genelle) Shanor and the late James M. (Kathleen) Shanor; loving grandmother of Nichole (Michael) Glimer, Jessica (Michael) Zwelling, Richard Shanor, Aren (Luciano) Ladelfa, Joseph (Alexandria Bleich) Shanor and Thomas (Nicole) Shanor; great-grandmother of Rebecca, Natalie and Elrie; sister of Barbara (Michael) Armstrong and the late Michael (Sandy) Sanscrainte and Judith Hays; also survived by several nieces and nephews. The family will be present to receive friends Sunday, November 24, 2019, from 3-7 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2600 Sheridan Dr. (corner Parker) Tonawanda. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 AM from St. Stephen R.C. Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Family and friends invited. Everyone please assemble at church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Susan's memory to Alzheimer's Association of WNY, 6215 Sheridan Dr., Suite 100, Amherst, NY 14221 or Hospice Buffalo, Inc., 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227. Arrangements by Anthony E. Greco, GRECO FUNERAL HOME. Please share your condolences at www.GRECOFUNERAL.com.
Joel L. Brennan - November 19, 2019, of Grand Island. Beloved husband of Janet A. Brennan. Cherished father of Kristina Simon and Michael (Irma) Brennan. Loving grandfather of Angel, Manuel, Courtney, Selina, Jordan, Elizabeth and Ava. Loving great-grandfather of Mia. Brother of Jerald (Marilyn), Karen and Donald (Vicky) Brennan and the late Patricia Forbes, William, Larry, Russell and Richard Brennan. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Son of the late William and Marion Brennan. Son-in-law of Jean and the late Charles Tornabene. Brother-in-law of Barbara (Earl) McDonald and the late David Tornabene. Friends may call Friday 3-7 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, where funeral services will be held Saturday at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc.
Jessica Louise Melgar - entered into rest November 19, 2019, of Grand Island. Daughter of Eileen (nee Sweeney) Melgar. Sister of David Melgar. Granddaughter of the late Eileen Sweeney. Niece of Maureen Henry, Maryevelyn (Kenneth) Kennelty, Jennifer (Paul) Kral, Matthew (Catherine) Henry, Melissa (Gary) Katz, John (Leila) Sweeney and Mary Lou Sweeney. Cousin of Shawn (Stephanie) Sweeney, Ashley, TJ and Allie Katz. Survived by many other cousins including Hector and Joseph Narvaez, Meaghan and Ian Kennelty, Mick Kral, Ryan Henry, Cayden Sweeney and many other cousins, and best friends including Sara, Rachel, Tiffany, Joe, Christina and many more. Visitation was held Thursday (Nov 21) and Saturday (Nov 23) at the Kaiser Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday (Nov 23) at St. Stephen's Church. Jessica was a member of the Grand Island Fire Co.
Daniel J. Morano - Of Grand Island, entered into rest on November 18, 2019. Beloved husband of Celeste F. (nee Basile) morano; devoted father of John Morano, Lindsay (Neil) Friedman and Zachary Morano; dear brother of Patrina (late Joseph) Calandra, Marie (late Joseph) Cannata, Amy (late John) Sanfilippo and Diane Morano; also survived by loving nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends may visit the Chapel at CrossPoint (Atrium), 500 CrossPoint Pkwy., Getzville on Thursday from 4-8 PM where a funeral service will be held on Friday morning at 10:30 o'clock in the East Worship Center. Daniel was a US Army Veteran and the Chaplin to the local Military Order of the Purple Heart. Arrangements by Lombardo Funeral Home (Northtowns Chapel). Online condolences may be offered at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Gary R. Burkhart - November 17, 2019, of Grand Island. Husband of Hania (nee Przystal) Burkhart; father of John Burkhart, Cheryl (Sean) McCormack, Robin (Kathy) Szyprowski and Michael (Alicia) Szyprowski; grandfather of Casey, Jason, Skylar, Madison, Abigail, Keirsyn, Lucas, Samantha, Malina, Hailey and Mason; brother of Nancy, Rick, Patti and the late Brian. Friends may call Friday 4-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.
Daniel G. Berg - Age 67, of Grand Island, NY, unexpectedly, Saturday, November 16, 2019. Beloved husband of 47 years of Christine L. (nee Gutka) Berg; loving father of Deadra (fiance; Brian Tillard) Berg and Brenda L. (Robert) Holley; grandfather of Aaron, Jessica, and Christina Holley; son of Elnora (nee Emery) and the late Henry Zdrojewski; brother of Janice (late Joseph) Bartolotta; stepbrother of Dale (Cherie) Zdrojewski, Robin (Alan) Potter, Penny (William) Matthews, Marc Zdrojewski, and Jeffrey (Tina) Zdrojewski; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Family will be present to receive relatives and friends on Friday from 4-8 PM at JOHN O. ROTH FUNERAL HOME, INC., 25 William St. (between Morgan and Broad Sts.), City of Tonawanda, where a Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, November 23, at 10:30 AM. Friends invited. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the SPCA Serving Erie County, 300 Harlem Rd., West Seneca, NY 14224. Daniel was a U.S. Army Reserve Veteran and an avid hunter. His hobbies included remote control car racing, and he also enjoyed snowmobiling. Please share online condolences at www.rothfuneral.com.
William R. Yockey - November 6, 2019, age 92, of Grand Island, NY. Beloved husband for 69 years to Grace (nee) Marshall; loving father of the late Brenda Henson, Joyce (Jim) LeFauve, Denise (Tom) Loncto, Amy (Larry) Booth, and George Yockey; dear grandfather of twelve and five great-grandchildren. Upon graduation from Burgard, Bill joined the Marines serving our country. He later pursued a career at General Motors in 1952 for 39 years, retiring as Senior Engineer in 1991. Bill enjoyed fishing, coin collecting, traveling and his family. At Bill's request, his remains have been donated to the UB Medical School. All are invited to the Memorial Service at University Presbyterian Church, 3300 Main St. and Niagara Falls Blvd., on Saturday, November 23rd at 11 AM. Memorial donations to University Presbyterian Church or to Hospice.
Peter S. Fabiano - October 28, 2019 from a heart attack, age 47, of Grand Island. Loving and devoted father of Angelina Fabiano; cherished son of Marion P. Fabiano and Louis R. Fabiano; loving brother of Mary (Jim) Egloff, Annie (late Bruce) Carlson and Louis (Lisa) Fabiano; also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday, November 22, at 10AM at St. Stephen's Church 2100 Baseline Rd., Memorials may be made to the Grand Island Fire Co., Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or a charity of you choice. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
Joseph Donald Scalise - November 14, 2019, of Grand Island (native of Warren, PA). Dear father of David (Nancy), Christina and Donald (Karen) Scalise. Grandfather of Kimberly Scalise, Regina (Joel) Hawes, Eric, Makenna and Jackson Scalise. Brother of Larry (Julie), George (late Dorothea), Margaret, and the late Frank (Dora) and Robert (Cissie) Scalise. Also survived by Linda Hess Scalise (Frank). Son of the late Natale and Rose Scalise. Don retired from Ashland Oil after a long and dedicated career. He was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus as a Fourth Degree Knight, was an active parishioner of St. Stephen's Church, and enjoyed many years of golf with his friends. He also served on the USS Catamount during the Korean War. Family and friends may call Monday, November 18, 3-7 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, November 19 at 10AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made and sent to: VA WNY Healthcare Systems, Voluntary Services, 3495 Bailey Ave., Buffalo. NY. 14217 c/o Willow Lodge. The Scalise family gratefully appreciates the support and effort of the Buffalo VA Oncology Department and their hospice unit.
Carol Lynn (nee Howell) Marston - November 13, 2019, of Grand Island. Wife of Peter Marston Sr. Mother of Peter (Sue) Marston Jr. and Lynn (John Whitney) Dingey. Grandmother of Nicholas and Jonathan Dingey and Peter Marston III. Sister of Joseph Jr. (Suzann), William (Linda) and Frank (Sandy) Howell. Daughter of the late Esther and Joseph Howell Sr. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends may call Sunday, 2-4PM and 6-8PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island., where memorial services will be held Monday at 11AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the SPCA.
Arielle Lynn Reed - 28, of Grand Island passed unexpectedly November 2, 2019. Arielle was celebrated for her erudite perspectives on life. Her alacrity challenged the intellect of those fortunate enough to engage in conversations - from culture, art history, women's studies and life in general. This acuity made Arielle the focal point of any gathering. She laughed loud, hugged long and loved family. Arielle graduated in 2009 from Park School, Buffalo, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto (with Honors), and a Master of Arts History degree from the University of Memphis. Her experiences included teaching French in Ghana, English in South Korea, and translating ancient languages in the Valley of the Kings, Egypt, as an Assyriologist. She is the daughter of Paul and Danielle Chopra (Watkins), and Gordon Reed and Kerry Traynor, sister of Gabrielle Reed and Thomas Reed and stepsister of Olivia and Patrick Chopra and Declan and Aidan Albert. She is also survived by many, many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and her two beautiful angel-baby kitties Luna and Layla. Services were held privately with the immediate family. In lieu of flowers or gifts, please send donations in honor of Arielle Lynn Reed to the Ten Lives Club, P.O. Box 253, North Boston, NY 14110.
Clement "CJ" Girard - November 11, 2019, of Grand Island. Husband of Katherine M. Girard; father of Anna Rose and Reagan Jeffrey Girard; son of James J. and the late Ann Girard; brother of Kelly Ann; also survived by in-laws, nieces, nephews and many friends. Friends may call Thursday 4-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Paula L. (nee Leonard) Macumber - November 8, 2019 of Grand Island, NY. Beloved wife of the late Stewart E. Macumber; dear mother of Karen (Donald) Scalise and Michael (Kimberly) Macumber; loving grandmother of Eric, Makenna, Jackson and Ian; sister of Michael (Anne-Marie) Leonard; also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. Friends may call Monday 3-7PM at the Lester H. WEdekindt, Inc. Funeral Home, 3290 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, where a funeral service will follow at 7 PM. Mrs. Macumber was a retired registered nurse and legal nurse consultant. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Pittsburgh PA. Please share Online condolences at www.lesterwedekindtfuneralhome.com.
John E. "Jack" Kennell Sr. - Age 86, of Grand Island, NY, November 4, 2019. Husband of the late Martha (Bir) Kennell; father of John (Donna Phelan) Kennell, Jr., Christina (Todd) Callen, Suzanne (Michael) Attea and Michelle (James) Muscoreil; brother of Joseph (Jack Ollinger) and the late Edward Kennell; grandfather of Carly, Jack, Cassidy, Jesse, Bryce, Drew and Derek; also surviving are many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Tuesday from 4-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, Inc., 1950 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Wednesday at 10 AM from St. Stephen R.C. Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice.
Dolores J. (nee Smeal) Pries - 81, of Grand Island, passed away November 4, 2019. Dolores was born May 4, 1938 to the late Harold and Mary Smeal. Dolores loved working outside in her flower gardens, and on her arts and crafts. She was a longtime member of the LaSalle Arts and Crafts Guild. She was an avid reader and enjoyed her weekend get-aways. Dolores is survived by her husband of 61 years Gerald V. Pries; mother of David (Luz), Jennifer, Jeffrey (Agnes), and James Pries; sister of Daniel Smeal and Monica Abbott; grandmother of nine, great-grandmother of 23. Friends may call Friday from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral home, 1950 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, NY, where funeral services will follow.
Gail B. (nee Ziegler) Sturm - Of Grand Island, entered into rest October 30, 2019. Devoted mother of Kristine (Randall) Rider, Jeffrey Lampke, and the late Laurie (Thomas) Cichon; cherished grandmother of Derek, Lindsey (Cardell), Jordan, Dalton, James, and Christopher; fond great-grandmother of 10 great-grandchildren; loving daughter of the late Louis and Mitzi Ziegler; dear sister of Ron Ferster. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel), 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., near Eggert/Sheridan Dr., on Saturday (November 9th) from 4-7 PM. Funeral Service will immediately follow. Gail served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Online condolences may be shared at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Michael W. Kline - October 28, 2019 after fighting a long battle with cancer, of Grand Island. Beloved husband of Cynthia L. (nee Ogg) Kline. Loving father of Khristian Cole Kline. Brother of Kathleen Ann (Michael) Hastings, Linda Lou (Michael) Meagher and Cynthia Sue (Gary) Hall. Memorial services will be held Saturday December 7 at 11 AM at First Presbyterian Church 100 Church St., Youngstown, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute Nurse Recognition Fund or the SPCA of Erie County. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
Marlaine E. (nee Millar) Kaniecki - October 31, 2019, of Grand Island. Wife of Dennis Kaniecki. Mother of Lisa (Jeff) Shevlin and Scott (Erin) Kaniecki. Grandmother of Hannah and Andrew Shevlin, and Madelyn Kaniecki. Sister of Dale Millar. Daughter of the late Alfred and Agnes Millar. Friends may call Sunday 2-6 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 AM at St. Timothy Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salvation Army or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Jay C. Raepple - October 30, 2019, of Grand Island. Beloved husband of Karen (nee Sciandra) Raepple. Loving brother of Mark (Kim), Eric (Judi) and Kurt (Cindi) Raepple. Cherished son of the late Alfons and Betty Raepple. He will be forever missed by the Sciandra family. Dearest friend of Stan and Meg Pietras. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Friends may call Sunday 2-7 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Memorial services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Assoc. Jay was one of the original founders of John's Pizza & Subs.
Romilda K. (nee Witek) Plonsky - October 28, 2019. Beloved wife of the late Frank J. Plonsky; dear mother of Chris (Sally) Plonsky, Brenda Lester and the late Kevin (Nina) Plonsky; step-mother of Tina (Bob) Tolhurst; loving bobci of Victoria Lester; sister of Edward Witek. Mrs. Plonsky was predeceased by six siblings. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. The family will be present to receive friends Friday from 7-9 PM at the (Delaware Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1132 Delaware Ave., where prayers will be said Saturday at 9:15 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mark R.C. Church, 401 Woodward Ave., Buffalo at 10 AM. Interment at St. Michael Cemetery, Glen Lyon, PA, at a later date. Family and friends invited. If desired, memorials may be made in Romilda's memory to Hospice Buffalo, Inc. Please share condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.
Peter S. Fabiano - October 28, 2019 from a heart attack, age 47, of Grand Island. Loving and devoted father of Angelina Fabiano; cherished son of Marion P. Fabiano and Louis R. Fabiano; loving brother of Mary (Jim) Egloff, Annie (late Bruce) Carlson and Louis (Lisa) Fabiano; also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Stephen's Church at a later date to be announced. Memorials may be made to the Grand Island Fire Co., Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or a charity of you choice. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
Sandra Dutka - October 22, 2019, formerly of Grand Island. Wife of the late Walter J. Dutka, Jr. Mother of Donald (Maryann) Gold. Grandmother of Steven (Ashley), Joseph and Matthew Gold. Great-grandmother of Emily Renee Gold. Sister of Ruth (late Robert) Cunningham, Mary Lou Zahn and Linda (James) Dietz. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, November 2, 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. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
Leatrice J. (nee Allen) Schassar - October 25, 2019, of Grand Island. Wife of the late William W. Schassar; mother of Kurt W. (Barbara) and the late Keith W. Schassar; grandmother of Rebecca Ortolano; daughter of the late Charles and Edna Allen of North Collins; sister of the late Sheldon Allen of North Collins. Survived by loving cousins, friends and her beloved cat Maggie Mae. Friends may call Tuesday 3-6 PM followed by memorial services Tuesday at 6 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the SPCA. Mrs. Schassar retired as a supervisor for Niagara County BOCES School System OT/PT Dept.
Carolyn Ruth (Martene) Leggio, - devoted mother to Scott Alan Leggio (Lisa) and proud grandmother to Alan & Zachary Leggio entered into rest on Friday September 27, 2019 at the age of 76. Born Carolyn Ruth Martene on March 6, 1943, the only child of the late Clement and Lois Martene. She grew up in Grand Island, NY just outside of Buffalo and graduated from Tonawanda High School. After her first marriage ended, she met Anthony William Leggio while they were each vacationing in Florida. After a courtship that included Anthony traveling the 400 miles from Long Island to Buffalo most weekends, they married on December 8, 1973. She moved to Long Island and Anthony legally adopted her only son, Scott.
Upon Scott’s graduation from high school in 1988, they moved to Jupiter, Florida. They were co-owners of a medical collection agency for many years then finally retired to enjoy the beautiful south Florida weather. Becoming grandparents in 2000, they traveled frequently to Augusta, Georgia. When their second grandchild was born, they decided to move to Augusta permanently. Anthony passed away rather suddenly in 2012. Carol was devastated. After months of grieving, her neighbors, Jim and Bobbie Jones invited her to Wesley United Methodist church. She reinvented herself and formed many strong friendships in her Journey’s Sunday School class and served on various ministries.
She was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2018. Despite a stem cell transplant, the cancer aggressively returned. Her outgoing personality and positive attitude allowed her to form strong friendships everywhere she lived. She was very active, walking around her Hardy Point neighborhood daily and enjoyed doing yardwork. But, her greatest source of joy was taking her grandchildren to various activities and attending their concerts.
The family would like to thank the many volunteers from Wesley UMC organized by Joyce Presbey and special friends Shelly Goddette and Karen Campbell who spent countless hours at her bedside during her final months. The outpouring of love and support was absolutely overwhelming and she felt uplifted every day.
A service was held on Monday, October 7, 2019 at Wesley United Methodist Church with the Rev. Greg Porterfield officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church/Journeys Class, 825 N. Belair Road, Evans, Georgia 30809.
Robert B. Ryan - a Buffalo, NY native and former group insurance sales manager in Buffalo for Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Company, passed away on September 13, 2019. He was 82.
After a very successful career in Buffalo, he bought a benefits agency in the U.S. Virgin Islands which he operated for four years. While living there, he founded a charity golf tournament to benefit a home for abused and abandoned children and invited major league baseball stars to play with the sponsors. He was involved with the tournament for many years and escorted the baseball stars to St. Croix each year. The event ran for 32 years and raised over $5 million.
After selling his business, he returned to Phoenix Mutual and retired in 1992. After retiring, he developed numerous interests. Researching his Irish family genealogy was a passion for him. After moving to Florida where his activities continued by being elected president of their 2,700-home community and then took up acting in comedies in the Timber Pines Players and served the group as president. His affection for his children is highlighted by his annual birthday letter to his four children and three grandsons written annually for 51 years which presents 300+ pages of family history.
He is survived by his wife, Diane Hanratty Ryan of Spring Hill, FL, daughters Linda Ryan (partner Terri Ward) of Berthoud, CO and Kelly McConnell (husband Mark McConnell) of Brentwood TN, sons David Ryan of Palm Springs CA and Daniel Ryan of Richmond VA, step-daughters Michelle Rowley of Huntington Beach, CA and Kristin Hanratty (husband Matt Reens) of Grand Rapids, MI, three grandsons. Matthew McConnell, Jeremy McConnell and Colin Ryan, a sister Diane (William) Trout of Dallas, TX and several nieces and nephews. His brother, William Ryan, died in 1983 and his former wife, Doris, passed away in 2017. In Colorado where she moved to be near Linda.
A memorial Mass was held in Florida followed by a traditional Irish wake. Memorials may be made in his name to his beloved alma mater, St. Charles Preparatory School, 2010 E. Broad St., Columbus OH 43209 – Attn: Class of 1954 Endowment Fund. FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: Please contribute. I loved that institution and it is now a premier college preparatory school in the state of Ohio and it would honor my life-long connection with the school.
Francine M. (nee Rizzo) McMahon - October 21, 2019, of Grand Island. Wife of the late Joseph A. McMahon. Mother of Timothy, Kimberly, Stephen, Carli-jo and Stephanie McMahon. Sister of Joseph (Patricia) Rizzo. Aunt of Sam (Laurel) and Peter (Kelly) Rizzo. Friends may call Wednesday (October 23) 4-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday at 10:30 AM at the Grand Island Fire Hall.
Debra L. Anderson - October 15, 2019, of Grand Island. Wife of Michael Anderson; mother of Nicole (Kerry) Lanthier, Michael Anderson Jr., Joshua (Jacqui) Anderson and Jeremiah Anderson; also survived by three grandchildren; sister of Kim Minuto, Lisa Rogers, David Goss and Rick Goss. Graveside Services will be held Wednesday, October 23rd at 10:30 AM at Elmlawn Cemetery, 3939 Delaware Ave., Tonawanda. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
Richard J. Czerwik - Of Grand Island, entered into rest on October 11, 2019. Loving son of the late John and Mary Czerwik; predeceased by brothers and a sister; dear companion of the late Raymond Tutton; adored uncle of Linda (Lloyd) Axelsson, Walter (Geraldine) Cerwik; dear friend of Susan Loynes, Kenneth Tutton, and Tom Fiorilla. No prior visitation. Relatives and friends may visit the Lombardo funeral home (Snyder Chapel), 4614 Main St., near Harlem Rd., on Tuesday (October 22) from 10 am -11 am, where a funeral service will immediately follow. Interment St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Joan (nee Harkness) Santospirito - Long time Island resident, unexpectedly passed October 14, 2019 at the age of 87. She is predeceased by her husband Paul and son Paul Salvatore. She is survived by her remaining children Elizabeth Cunningham (Tom), Teresa Santospirito, Marci Conn (Patrick), Joann Santospirito, and Salvatore Santospirito. She was blessed with nine loving grandchildren Katharine Ailinger (Ben Rosenberg), Andrew Ailinger (Danielle), Marla Kightlinger (Elgie), Holly McTavish (Derek), Alison O'Neill (James), Caitlin Bradley (Sam), Timothy Conn (Cayla), Carly Jo DiSarno (Mike), and Erin Conn. She adored her 12 great grandchildren: Magnolia, Coleman, Efram, Haylee, Isaac, James, Samuel, Weston, Georgia, Thomas, Brooke, and Hazel. The family has planned a celebration of life, for November 2, 2019 at St. Martin in the Fields Church on Grand Island at 10:30 a.m. All friends and family are welcome to join in this celebration as she will be greatly missed.
Ralph Benson - Of Grand Island, entered into rest October 14, 2019. Beloved husband of Ruthann (nee Leavers) Benson for 71 years; devoted father of Bruce (Judith) Benson and Bonnie (Amedeo) Amodio; cherished grandfather of Christina, Anthony (Kristin), Melissa (Henri), Brian (Brittni), and Craig (Holly); adored Pepa of six great-grandchildren; dear brother of Elmer and the late Sylvia. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel), 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., near Eggert/Sheridan Dr., on Friday, October 18th from 4-7 PM. A Funeral Service will immediately follow. Ralph was a U.S. Navy veteran who served in both the Korean War and World War II. He was also a Brother of the Masonic Lodge for 65 years. Your online condolences may be offered at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Robert H. Ingalsbe V - Passed away on October 11, 2019. He is greatly missed by his mother, Cynthia Bull; his beloved children, Robert VI and Mackenzie Ingalsbe; his brothers, Jason, Daniel Ingalsbe and twin sister, Brittany (nee Ingalsbe) Costa and several nephews all whom love him very dearly. Relatives and friends may visit the Lombardo Funeral Home (Northtowns Chapel), 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., near Eggert/Sheridan Dr., on Saturday, October 19th from 4-7 PM, A Service will immediately follow. Online condolences may be made at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Thomas C. Carter - passed away on September 24, 2019 at age 69. Beloved husband of Kim Carter; cherished brother of James, (late) Robert, Mary Ann, Patricia, Raymond, Donald, Charles, Kenneth and Paul. Tom was the oldest of ten children of (late) Charles and Dorothy Carter of Love Road. He completed elementary and high school education on Grand Island. Tom was a varsity wrestler and Boy Scout. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1970 and trained as an electronic technician. He served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVAN-68) and Guided Missile Frigate USS Antrim (FFG-20) and retired as a Chief Petty Officer in 1994. He was later employed in Jacksonville, Florida in electronic repair of maritime vessels, frequently travelling to support worldwide customers for over 24 years. He was an avid boater and fisherman and he enjoyed spending time with his family. Services will be held at Jacksonville National Cemetery in Jacksonville, FL, at 11:00 am on October 16, 2019.
Kathleen S. Loth - 74, of Grand Island, passed away Wednesday, October 9, 2019 with loving family by her side. Daughter of the late John W. and Kathleen M. (Struble) Loth; sister of William (Dolly) Loth of Surrey England and Rosemary Fischer of Westfield, NY; aunt of Eric (Kim) Fischer and Heide (Kevin) Chugh. Her special neighbors, Pam and Rick, as well as the many friends and staff of the Grand Island Golden Age Center, especially Jen Menter, enriched Kathy's life. The family is grateful to the many people in the community of Grand Island for their kindness and compassion to Kathy throughout the years. Funeral Services will be announced at a later date. Contributions in Kathleen's memory may be made to Grand Island Golden Age Center, 3278 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, NY 14072. Funeral arrangements by the MASON FUNERAL HOME, 37 Clinton St., Westfield, NY. To send the Loth family a message of sympathy, to light a Memorial Candle or for further information, visit www.masonfuneral.com.
Gaetana "Donni" (nee Ragusa) Mutolo - October 2, 2019, of Grand Island. Wife of the late Peter Mutolo; mother of Paul (Joanne) and Jack (Tiffany) Mutolo; grandmother of Michael, Jamie, Brett, Christina and Tony; step-grandmother of Sicily, Gracie and Faith; daughter of the late Lilly and Jasper Ragusa. Friends may call Friday, October 11th, 3-5 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Brooke A. (nee Wood) Raham - Age 64, of Grand Island, October 5, 2019. Loving wife of 38 years to the late Rodney "Rod" Raham; mother of Jennifer (Timothy) Cramer; grandmother of Madison; daughter of the late William and Fay (Staubitz) Wood; sister of Keith (Wende) Wood, Darcey Golde, Amy (Steve) Morgan, and Tina and the late Craig Wood; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends may call Tuesday, October 8th from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday at 10 AM at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church. Brooke was a nurse for 37 years at the Erie County Medical Center, she was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother..
Phyllis B. Lange - Born Detroit, Michigan, January 19, 1927, unexpectedly passed away peacefully in her Grand Island home September 18, 2019. Wife of the late Rev. James A. Lange; mother of three sons, Jared, Glenn, and Mark (Marcia) Lange; grandmother of eight, Adam, Nathanael, Scott, Matthew, Joshua, Keven, Jacob, and Marissa Lange; great-grandmother of eight (one deceased). Cofounder of Buffalo's Central City Cafe, for which she worked as a volunteer for more than 30 years. Spent her life in Christian service to her church and community. Brought love and joy to everyone she knew and everyone she met. In lieu of flowers, donations in remembrance of Phyllis can be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, NY, where a memorial service will be held Sunday, October 13 at 3 PM.
Patricia Jean (nee Bowman) Kwiatkowski - 86, of Grand Island, October 2, 2019. Wife of the late Stanley Kwiatkowski; mother of Kim (Linda) Kwiatkowski, Cindy (Terry) Mesmer, Cheryl (George) Barker, Jill (David) Pfalzer, Jeff (Janell) Kwiatkowski, Beth (Salvatore) Lauricella, and the late David Kwiatkowski; daughter of Celestine Szemenciak and the late Stewart Bowman; grandmother of George, Heidi, Christopher, Kerry, Bryan, Kris, Matthew, Kelly, Lucas, Scott, Thomas, Brandon, Emily and Salvatore; great-grandmother of seven; sister of Deanna Machtel, Carol Morris, Peter and Paul Szemenciak. Friends may call Sunday, October 6th from 3-7 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday at 10:00 AM from St. Stephen Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, NY 14072.
Eileen M. (nee Deeley) Minton - September 28, 2019, after a brief illness, of Grand Island. Wife of the late George K. Minton. Mother of Kathleen M. (Rick) Watson, Barbara J., Paul E. (Mary) and Peter A. (Michelle) Minton and the late Peggy (survived by husband Rick) Whitmire. Also survived by nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Daughter of the late Ellen M. and Cornelius J. Deeley Sr. Sister of the late Cornelius Deeley Jr., Mary Deeley and Theresa Collins. Friends may call Tuesday 3-8 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 Knights of Columbus Council 4652, PO Box 22, Grand Island, NY. Thank you to the caring staff of McAuley Residence and Hospice Buffalo.
Wilton E. Kilmer - Feb. 12, 1928 - Sept. 24, 2019
Wilton E. "Pete" Kilmer, of Grand Island. Mr. Kilmer was a U.S. Army Korean War Veteran and received the Bronze Star. Husband of the late Barbara Jean Kilmer; father of Thomas E. Kilmer and Lisa (Patrick Cahill) Hogrewe; grandfather of Amanda Black, Cassidy and Cody Hogrewe, Julie Kilmer, and the late Jennifer Kilmer; brother-in-law of Robert (Joane) and Ronald Harris; dear friend of Judy Plunkett. Funeral services will be private. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
Kevin R. Maras - Celebrate the life of Kevin R. Maras on Saturday, October 5, 2019. Kevin's life was taken suddenly in a tragic car accident, on Saturday, August 17, 2019. A life-long Grand Island resident, Kevin is remembered as a faithful servant of God, cherished and loving jusband, #1 dad and family man, devoted son, brother, uncle and nephew, a selfless friend and leader.
Services will be held at One Church, 6 Scotland Rd., Akron, NY 14001 at 10:30 a.m. Donations in memory of Kevin will be gratefullly accepted towards the family's medical expenses and can be sent to: Ron Maras, 1715 Huth Road, Grand Island, NY 14072.
Kevin's wife Heather will be transported from the hospital to be there. She's made remarkable progress, but her energy is still very low, so she won't be able to stay after to greet people. There will be an opportunity after the service, to write a message to her and the girls to be included in a special memory album.
Catherine Anna Long (Killian) - 96, passed away peacefully on September 18, 2019 with her family by her side.
Catherine was born May 24, 1923 on Grand Island, New York to Walter and Lillian Killian. She was the youngest of five children and the only girl. She and her brothers remained close throughout their entire lives. On December 17, 1944, she married Harvey Long. They were happily married 64 years until his death in 2009.
Catherine is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Judy Long, three grandchildren, Denise (Dennis) Newfer, Carol Weems, and Diane (Jerome) House. She was proud of her seven great-grandchildren; Taylor (Rocky), Caleb, Isaac, Jorden, Leah, Tara and Luke.
Catherine lived 93 years of her life on Grand Island, NY where she enjoyed an active life alongside her husband and many close friends and family. In 2006, she along with her cousin were honored for their 83 years of membership at Trinity United Methodist Church. Three years ago she made the move to Kansas to be closer to her family. Leaving the home she and Harvey built wasn't easy, but with her positive attitude she transitioned to life in Kansas. Catherine's gift of genuine care and kindness for people made her a treasured friend to many. She loved her family and friends deeply.
A visitation service in Catherine's memory will be held on Tuesday, October 22nd at Trinity Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, at 10:00 a.m. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, October 1st at 10:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, Valley Center. A memorial has been established with Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, NY 14072.
James F. Bartolotta Jr. - September 21, 2019, of Grand Island. Husband of the late Judi (nee Jenkins) Bartolotta. Father of James "Skip" (Tina) Bartolotta, Jeanine (Bill) Fletcher, Judie Lynn Pelletier, Jason Bartolotta, and Jerrid (Jennie) Bartolotta. Grandfather of Samantha Bartolotta, Amber Pelletier, Brooke, Cole and Callee Bartolotta, Logan Fletcher, Alexis Bartolotta, Billy and Connor Fletcher, Isabella and Adrianna Bartolotta. Brother of Charles "Skip" (Claudia) and Michael (Ann) Bartolotta. Son of the late James and Jennie Bartolotta. Son-in-law of the late James and Gloria Watkins. Brother-in-law of Sandra Watkins, Terri Cicatello, Danielle (Paul) Chopra, Richard (Kelly) Watkins and the late Calvin (survived by wife Debbie) Jenkins. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Monday, October 7, 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Memorial services will be held Tuesday October 8 at 10 AM at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church. Mr Bartolotta was a 32nd Degree Mason.
Ann (nee Palgutt) Billica - Age 102, September 20, 2019, of Grand Island. Wife of the late Fred Billica; mother of Beverly Benton and Raymond (Deborah) Billica; grandmother of Joseph and Michael (Jodi) Batlle, Joshua, Erik and Jared (Amanda) Billica; great-grandmother of Colby, Bristol and Lucas; sister of Joe Palgutt, Irene Brunner and the late Steve and John Palgutt and Dorothy Wikierski; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Monday, September 23rd, 2:30 - 6:30 PM followed by Funeral Services Monday at 6:30 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, NY 14072.
Walter C. Diringer - Of Grand Island, entered into rest on September 14, 2019, beloved husband of the late Gloria (nee Askey) Diringer; dear brother of four siblings; survived by two sisters-in-law; also survived by loving nieces and nephews, including special nieces and nephews Diane (late Craig) Johnson, Linda (Mark) Leiter and Amanda (Michael) Dingeldey. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel), 885 Niagara Falls Blvd. near Eggert/Sheridan Dr., on Tuesday, September 16th from 4-8 PM. A private interment will be held at Lakeside Cemetery. Mr. Diringer was a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard and a retiree of the U.S. Postal Service. Online condolences may be offered at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Donna R. Mauri - Passed away August 31, 2019 in Elderwood at Grand Island. She was predeceased by her husband of 36 years Cosimo Mauri in 2006, stepson Thomas Mauri, and brothers Harold and Richard Riddle. Donna is survived by her stepchildren Ronald (Maureen) Mauri, Susan (Louis) Maggiotto, Barbara (Gary) Shepard, Michael Mauri, and Mary (David) Kulak; fifteen grandchildren and twenty-five great-grandchildren. Family will receive relatives and friends Wednesday, September 18th at 9:30 AM in St. John the Baptist RC Church, 168 Chestnut St., Lockport where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM. Interment will be in Cold Springs Cemetery. Memorial donations to a hospice in your area would be appreciated by the family. Visit pruddenandkandt.com.
Kevin R. Maras - It is with great sadness that the family of Kevin R. Maras, of Grand Island, announces his passing after a sudden and tragic car accident on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at the age of 50 years. Kevin, a faithful servant of God, cherished and loving husband, number one Dad and family man, devoted son, brother, uncle and nephew, and selfless friend, touched countless lives as a leader in the children's ministry and on the executive board at One Church in Akron, NY.
Kevin will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Heather, of almost 23 years; treasured daughters Sierra and Ashley Maras; parents Ronald and Nancy Maras; sister Anita (Brian) Re; aunt Cynthia (Joseph) Goia; mother-in-law Elizabeth Morrison; sister-in-law Jackie Morrison; brother-in-law Bob (Carmen) Morrison; and his nephews and nieces. Services will be held at a later date. Donations in memory of Kevin will be gratefully accepted towards the family's medical expenses and can be sent to: Ronald Maras, 1715 Huth Rd., Grand Island, NY 14072.
Michelle M. Ando - Of Grand Island, entered into rest September 11, 2019. Loving daughter of Josette Doyle and Michael (Renee) Ando; dear sister of Michael (fiance Nicole Neri) Ando, Kelly Doyle, and Ashley Doyle; cherished step-sister of Zachary Erich, Logan Erich, and the late Joshua Erich; adored granddaughter of Bonnie and Thomas Mulroy and the late Michael and Patricia Ando; also survived by loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Snyder Chapel), 4614 Main St., near Harlem Rd., on Sunday, September 15th from 1-6 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 5337 Genesee St., Bowmansville, on Monday morning at 10 o'clock. Please assemble at church. Condolences offered at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Hope J. Robinson - Age 59, of North Tonawanda, unexpectedly September 5, 2019. Hope was a graduate from Canisius College with an M.S. in Counselor Education, was a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo with a B.A. in Legal Studies and was a graduate of Medaille College with a B.S. in Public Relations. She was also a 1978 graduate of Sweet Home High School.
Hope worked as a paralegal with Niagara Legal Services. She was also a mediator with the WNY Dispute Resolution Center. She was an advocate for the developmentally disabled at the Resource Center in Jamestown, NY. She was a Contract Mediator for the United States Postal Service. She was also a substitute teacher for Erie County BOCES. She interned at the Blind Association and the Buffalo Alternative High School. She served on the board for the Habitat for Humanity Niagara Chapter and Autism Services, Inc. She was a member of the New York State Dispute Resolution Association, the Academy of Family Mediators, the WNY Association of Family and Divorce Mediators the Paralegal Association of WNY, the Grand Island Community Chorus and the Children's Community Chorus of the Tonawandas.
Dear sister of Faith (Padraig) Guinan of East Coventry, PA, Gregory E. Robinson of the Town of Tonawanda and Cheryl (Jeffrey) Vance of Amherst; Loving aunt of Elyse Mazurkiewicz, John Paul Vance, Wesley Vance and Morgan Vance; Great aunt to Luke Mazurkiewicz. Also survived by many cousins.
Friends may call at the Fretthold Funeral Home, Inc., 1241 Oliver St. at Ward Rd. in North Tonawanda on Thursday, September 12th from 4-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, September 14th at 11 AM from St. Joseph University Parish, 3269 Main St., Buffalo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity Niagara Chapter or to Autism Services, Inc. Guest register available at frettholdfuneralhome.com.
Mary Lou (nee Zahm) Kuczynski - Entered into rest peacefully September 9, 2019. Daughter of the late Raymond and Martha Zahm; sister of Franklin (Joanne) Zahm and the late Catherine (late Evan) Leffler, Raymond (late Carol) and Leland Zahm; wife of the late Thomas; mother of Alan (Kim) Pearson, Lisa (Michael) Nice, Paul (Antoinette) Pearson, Barbara (David) Gladden, Kenneth (late Rhonda) Pearson and the late Adrian (survived by wife Vera) Pearson and Sharon Kubik. Grandmother of Joshua (Vanessa) and Jessie Pearson, Amanda and Gregory Hackney, Lauren and Jimmy DeMartino and the late Benjamin Kubik; also survived by five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice. Special thank you to Elderwood At Grand Island.
Irene J. (nee Kozlowski) Bates - Suddenly, September 5, 2019, of Grand Island. Wife of the late Robert C. Bates; mother of James (Jacalyn) Bates, Andrew Bates and the late Karen Lindquist; grandmother of Christopher (Sharon), Robert (Ariel) and Timothy (Angelina) Bates, Stephanie (Robert) Davis, Carl (Nicole), Alex and the late Kyle Lindquist; great-grandmother of Knoll and Sage Bates; sister of Florence (the late Albert) Losin and the late John Kozlowski; sister-in-law of Donald (Eileen) Bates. Friends may call Monday 2-4 and 6-9 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Mrs. Bates was an avid gardener, a member of the East Park Garden Club, active at St. Stephen's Church, and a member of the Island Theater Group and the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary.
Richard J. Little Sr. - August 30, 2019, of Grand Island. Husband of Marion (nee Clymer) Little; father of Lorrie (the late Kyle) Halford, Richard J. Jr. (Sonja), Brett, Brian and Roxanne Little; grandfather of Brittany, Kirsten, Brianna, Kyle Jr., Ricky, Kevin, Korey and Thomas. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
William F. Koch - August 24, 2019, of Grand Island. Husband of Lois A. Koch. Father of Marc W. (Pamela Ritchie) and James C. (Kimberly) Koch. Grandfather of Jackson R. and Ruby L. Koch. Son of the late August and Amelia Koch. Friends may call Thursday 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. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Buffalo Religious Arts Center 157 East S. Buffalo, NY 14207.
William F. Koch, advocate for Buffalo's old buildings and churches
Buffalo News Obituary by Dan Herbeck Published - August 29, 2019
Feb. 28, 1930 – Aug. 24, 2019
William F. Koch loved Buffalo’s beautiful old buildings, especially the churches. He spent decades talking to anyone who would listen about the community’s architecture, educating people about it and doing all he could to preserve it. “He thought these old buildings were fantastic,” said his wife of 62 years, the former Lois Pudney. “He wanted to make sure that he helped people to realize all the beautiful buildings we have in this community.” Mr. Koch, a retired Kenmore-Tonawanda science teacher who was a dedicated preservationist, died in Buffalo General Medical Center after a short illness. The Grand Island resident was 89. He became fascinated with Western New York’s architecture in the 1950s and spent countless hours as a volunteer with local organizations working on preservation.
Mr. Koch grew up in Buffalo’s Kensington neighborhood and graduated from Kensington High School. He also earned degrees at SUNY Buffalo State and Canisius College before starting his teaching career in 1956. He retired in 1990 after spending most of his career teaching chemistry and biology at Kenmore East High School. Few people knew more than Mr. Koch about the history of Buffalo’s churches, said Jason Aronoff, a Town of Tonawanda resident who worked with him on preservation projects for more than 40 years. “Over all that time, Bill was trying to learn more, getting answers to questions about the histories of different buildings, visiting and exploring buildings that interested him, and letting others know about something that could make our lives richer,” Aronoff said. Aronoff recalled that, during the 1980s, Mr. Koch was one of the region’s most enthusiastic supporters of efforts to restore Buffalo’s Darwin Martin House, long before it became a hot tourist attraction. Mr. Koch used to serve as a docent at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home. His wife recalled that Mr. Koch loved talking about his love for Buffalo’s architectural treasures. He was a former president and trustee of the Niagara Frontier Landmark Society, a former vice chairman of the Erie County Preservation Board, and at the time of his death was serving as chairman of the Grand Island Preservation Board. He often led architectural tours in the Buffalo area and sometimes presented an informational slideshow on architecture and history at local libraries. He was also the treasurer and active volunteer at the Buffalo Religious Arts Center, 157 East S. Buffalo, an organization dedicated to preserving artworks and artifacts from churches and other local buildings that have been closed.
Mr. Koch delighted in spending time with his grandson and granddaughter. He was a member of St. Stephen’s Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday. Besides his wife, Mr. Koch is survived by two sons, Marc and James.
Judith (nee Ryan) Wynne - Of Grand Island, NY, died August 22, 2019. Judith was predeceased by her husband James Wynne. She is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth (Mark Bihler) Wynne of Buffalo, Molly (Daryl) Ehlenfield of Grand Island, and a son, James Wynne of Durham, NC; seven grandchildren, Matt (Whitney), Marah, Leah, Maya, Patrick, Brendan, and Meredith; she is also survived by two sisters, Alice (William) Frank and Maura (Patrick) McLaren. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, at 10:30 AM on Friday, November 29, 2019. Donations may be made to the Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222, burchfieldpenney.org.
David Perez - August 19, 2019, of Grand Island. Husband of Maryann Perez; father of Jennifer (Ricardo) Saulters, Danielle Hernandez, Ashley and Destiny Perez; also survived by seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, three brothers, seven sisters and two grand cats. Friends may call Friday, August 23rd, 4-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, August 24th at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the SPCA or the American Heart Assoc.
Donna K. Finney-Brownschidle - August 15, 2019, age 61. Beloved wife of Lee Brownschidle; devoted mother of Christopher and Jessica Brownschidle; dear sister of Susan (Tim) Blair, Patricia (William) Nardone, Michael Finney and Kevin (Sarah) Finney; also survived by many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Sunday, August 18th from 4-8 PM at the (Amherst Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 5200 Sheridan Dr. (at Hopkins Rd). Services and interment will be private. A celebration of Donna's life will be announced. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Donna's name to Roswell Park Cancer Institute, 655 Elm St., Buffalo, NY 14203. Please share condolences online at www.AMIGONE.com.
Robert C. Brick Jr. - August 9, 2019, of Grand Island. Husband of the late Shirley Brick; father of Daniel (Colleen) Brick; grandfather of Rielly and Quinn Brick; brother of Louise (Richard) Warner, Thomas (Jody) Brick and Margaret (Craig) Dangelo; also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends may call Monday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 11:30 AM at St. Stephen's Church.
Joan (Fuhrman) Hanny - We are saddened to have lost our loving mother and grandmother on August 2, 2019. Joan Hanny passed away with family by her side. Mother to Martha (Bernie), Elizabeth and Sara (Lee); grandmother to Benjamin, Haley, Kelsey (Philip) and Sara (Thomas) and loving nieces and nephews. Joan joins her sisters Sue and Gloria in Heaven.
Born on March 27, 1929 in Buffalo, Joan graduated from Lafayette High School and attended the University of Buffalo. She lived most of her life in Buffalo, Crystal Beach, Canada, Grand Island and for the last six years in Exton, PA. With Emma, her beloved little dog on her lap, Joan loved her television news, especially any kind of political event. Her sewing and crafts kept her hands busy and her "penny rug" runners and eggs will be passed down for generations. Services were private. Memorial donations in Joan's name will be lovingly accepted by the Rett's Syndrome Foundation, in honor of Joan's granddaughter Haley: www.rettsyndrome.org.
Patricia M. (nee Bullied) Wydra - August 7, 2019, of Grand Island. Wife of the late Anthony Wydra; daughter of the late John and Mildred Bullied. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, August 13 at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo or St. Stephen's Church. Patricia was a long standing member of St. Stephen's Church and the Grand Island Garden Club. She enjoyed Tae Kwon Do, water aerobics and was a member of the Niagara Frontier Antique & Classic Boat Association. She will be dearly missed by family, friends and her Grand Island neighbors. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
Arthur H. Izard - Age 57, passed away on July, 28, 2019, due to complications from Cystic Fibrosis. Art was born March 24, 1962 in Buffalo and lived most of his life in Kenmore and Grand Island, then Phoenix. He was a KenWest and ECC grad, an Eagle Scout, a top-seller for Paddock and he played hockey his whole life, playing his last game just weeks before passing. He is survived by his parents, Linda and Harold Izard; his kids Cassie and Dustin Lange and 13 siblings. Service: Kenmore United Methodist, 32 Landers Rd., Kenmore, 1 PM, Saturday, August 10, 2019. Friends also welcome to pay respects 2-4 PM.
Joseph Otto Zuppelli - Of Amherst passed away peacefully on August 1, 2019, after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer's. He leaves behind his other half, his partner in crime and soulmate, Roxanne Zuppelli (nee Wilson). Joe and Roxanne, would have celebrated 53 years of marital bliss, adventures, and hilarity this month. Joe was the biggest cheerleader for his daughters, Kimberly (Paul) and Dawn (Jose); and his granddaughters, Zarha, Maddison and Emily. He was a humble man with many achievements to his credit, this includes Air Force Service for his country, a career in the trucking industry with Smith & CP Trucking Companies, and over 10 adventure fillled years with Roxanne as a restaurateur at the sucessful Roxanne's Restaurant(s) in Williamsville, Kenmore, and Grand Island. His heart was filled with generosity and kindness, and he will be best remembered for his witty and sarcastic humor. The devotion to his family was unwavering, and he will be missed beyond measure. A Memorial Mass will be held at the convenience of the family. Donations may be made in Joseph's memory to the Alzhiemer's Association. Arrangements by LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME. Online condolences may be made at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Karen K. Kinda - Of Grand Island, entered into rest July 31, 2019. Loving daughter of the late Alexander and Julia Kinda; dear sister of David (Debra) Kinda and the late Gordon Kinda; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel), 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., near Eggert/Sheridan Dr., on Sunday, August 4th from 2-4 PM. A Funeral Service will be held at Elmlawn Cemetery (Chapel of the Elms), 3939 Delaware Ave., Tonawanda, on Monday, August 5th at 11 o'clock (please assemble at the chapel). Interment Elmlawn Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Harrison "Corky" Carter - Of Grand Island, July 25, 2019. Husband of the late Patricia J. Carter. Survived by children, Stephen M. Carter, Deborah A. Carter and K9 Karma. Father of the late Kenneth W. Carter and Karen (survived by husband Steven) Kelschenbach; grandfather of Stephen (Beth) and Nicholas (Jessica) Giddings, Kimberlee Carter, Kelly (Daniel) DiAntonio, Christopher (Kelsey) and Dawn Carter; great-grandfather of Christian Giddings, Peyton Golde, Carter Giddings, Alexis Homa, Kendra Carter and Cali DiAntonio; brother of Beverly (Paul) Lown, William (Cheryl) Quinn, Marlene (Walt) Moore and Rich (Pat) Carter. Friends may call Friday, August 2, 2-4 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, where memorial services will be held Friday at 4 PM.
Eugene C. King - Grand Island, NY, July 24, 2019. Husband of the late Catherine P. (Horan) King; father of Patricia (Neil) Snyder, Eugenia White, Dennis (Sharon) King and Kathleen (Michael) Duff; grandfather of William (Jessica) Duff, Christopher (Kimberly) Duff, MaryKate (Michael) Bonning and Sean Duff; great-grandfather of Andrew, McKenna, Edmund and Brendan Duff and Ivy Bonning. Visitation on Sunday. July 28th from 6-8 PM at Bible Fellowship Center, 1136 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, NY 14072 where Funeral Services will be held on Monday, July 29th at 10AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer's Association, Western New York Chapter, 6215 Sheridan Dr., Suite 100, Buffalo, NY 14221. For guest register, visit www.rhoneyfuneralhome.com.
William Arthur Nash - Age 65, of Grand Island, July 21, 2019, following a courageous battle with Alzheimer's. William had worked as a manager at Praxair. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was the son of the late William G. and Lorraine (Moisan) Nash. He is the stepson of Herbert Loewlein. Beloved husband of Mary Ann (Varos) Nash. Dear father of Kayla Nash, Danielle (Carmen) Laurendi and Nichole (David) Nash; grandfather of Helena Laurendi; brother of Kathleen Nash, Sharon McGuan, Richard Nash, Diane DiMaio, Elaine Krezmien, Mary Beth Frizzell, Linda Platt, and Saath Koy; uncle of many nieces and nephews. No prior visitation, family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, July 26th at 10 A.M. from St. Stephen's R. C. Church, 2100 Baseline Rd, Grand Island. Guest register available at frettholdfuneralhome.com.
Dorothy Jean (nee Nitsche) Ruff - Age 95 of Grand Island, passed away July 20, 2019. Dorothy had been an active member of Friedens United Church of Christ and was a Sunday School teacher for over 42 years. Dorothy loved entertaining at her home and loved spending time with her family. She was the wife of the late William Ruff. Beloved mother of Janie (Robert) Gerow, Joanne (late Rolland) Shamrock, and Jody Markovitz. Grandmother of Robyn, Michael, and Aimee Gerow, William Shamrock. Kelly Cannon, Katie Shamrock, Randy Schreiber, Lisa Harnden, and Daniel Markovitz. Great-grandmother of 28 and great-great-grandmother of 4. Twin sister of Doris Ellen Gore and the late Rudy Nitsche and Elizabeth Gazdik. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call at the Fretthold Funeral Home, Inc., 1241 Oliver St., at Ward Rd., in North Tonawanda on Thursday, July 25th from 4-8 PM. Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Friday, July 26th at 11 A.M. Interment will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Olean. Flowers gratefully declined, if so desired memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. Guest register available at frettholdfuneralhome.com.
Mary Kremer-Hartrick - 84, passed away suddenly on Saturday, July 20, 2019 in Bellevue, Wash. She was born January 19, 1935, in Grand Rapids, Mich. to John and Harriet (DeKruyter) Kremer. She was predeceased by her father and mother, sister Margaret, grandson Aaron and son-in-law Derrick. She is survived by her brother John (Jackie); children, Merideth, Heather (John) and John (Jeanette); grandchildren, Kevin (Aubree), Emily (Jason), Brian, Sarah, Wyatt, Leah, Mimi, Peter, Lily, Julia, Sadie, Christopher, Angela and Jason; great grandson Kaizer, several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by ex-husband and close friend Fred (Kathy).
She was graduated from Oberlin College in 1958 and earned her master's degree from University of Buffalo in 1973. She was a music teacher in the Grand Island (N.Y.) Central School district, where she taught elementary school and served as choral director. She also worked nearly 20 years as a organist and choir director at various churches, most prominently St. Martin in the Fields on Grand Island. She was a piano and voice teacher for 25 years before fully retiring in 1996. Additionally, she directed the housing and transportation at Artpark Center for the Performing Arts in Lewiston, N.Y. for eight years.
Her volunteer and church work was extensive and included stints as Eucharistic Minister at Christ Church in Binghamton and most recently at Emmanuel Episcopal Church on Mercer Island, Wash. She also was an Associate to the Sisters of St. Margaret Episcopal Religious Order. In retirement, she enjoyed precious time with her grandchildren in Rochester, Binghamton and for the last eight years, in Seattle. Her musical talents impacted and inspired hundreds of school children throughout her career. She cherished family and enjoyed all the special occasions of celebration. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 25 at Emmanuel Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in her name to the Emmanuel Church Music Fund (https://www.emmanuelmi.org/) or the Aaron Matthew SIDS Research Guild (giveToStopSIDS.org).
Fran Jensen - A loving and incomparable wife, mother, aunt, colleague, and friend, Frances Jensen – age 81, died peacefully on June 30, 2019 after bravely battling cancer. She was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Robert Jensen. Fran is survived by her two daughters, Cindy Jensen and Karen Lindstrom.
Originally from Staten Island, Fran and Bob moved to Grand Island in 1974. Fran was a teacher in the Williamsville and Sweet Home school districts and Director of Education for the Erie County Dept. of Youth Services/Detention Division. Fran also served as Director and Past President of the NYS Association of Realtors Commercial Investment Division. Fran held three degrees from the State University College at Buffalo: an M.S. in Criminal Justice, and a B.S. and M.S. in Education. In 1996, Fran was extremely honored to be both a nominee for the Greater Partnership Athena Award that salutes outstanding businesswomen and awarded the Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.
Fran also owned Viking Construction, Inc. with her husband, Bob, for 30 years, as well as the Viking Motel and Plaza in Grand Island. They were proud members of the Buffalo Launch Club. In 1999, Fran and Bob moved to San Diego where Fran became a Senior Volunteer with the Vista Fire Department, Publicity Chair for the Woman’s Club of Vista, and was involved with Beach Bashes for Helicopter Marine Light Attack Squadron 369. She was awarded Distinguished Citizen of the 75th Assembly District in 2016. Building upon her successful commercial real estate career with MJ Peterson Corp., Fran transitioned to residential real estate in California.
Fran was a voracious reader and world traveler (42 countries spanning five continents). Highlights included planting trees in Israel, climbing Machu Picchu in Peru, visiting the Great Wall of China, and Fran sailing on the Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Victoria. She will be remembered for her infectious enthusiasm, sense of adventure, dedication to helping others, work ethic, friendship, and her faith. Fran was an inspiration to others with her exemplary record of community service and civic leadership.
A service was held at Faith Lutheran Church in Vista, CA on July 14th to celebrate her life. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that any memorial donations be made to Tri-City Hospital Foundation, at: https://tricityhospitalfoundation.org/ or by mail at: 4002 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92056.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.