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Deaths 2019


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   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.