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Craig R Gajewski - of Hurricane, Utah formally Grand Island passed unexpectedly December 14, 2020. Survived by his son Eric Gajewski, daughter Chelsea Gajewski, his mother Carol Gajewski and father late Raymond Gajewski. A private service to be held by his family.
Helen (nee Bradley) Harrington - Of Grand Island, NY, passed away on December 26, 2020 at the age of 93. Born on June 17, 1927 in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, she was the daughter of the late Stephen Bradley and Marguerite (Hindle) Bradley; sister of the late Dixie (late Peter) Reuther. Helen was predeceased by her husband of 24 years, Donald L. Kollmar and her husband of 45 years, Stanford E. Harrington. Helen was a loving and generous soul and her life revolved around her family. She was an active member in her church, St. Stephen Church, on Grand Island. Helen also loved her bible study groups, volunteering for Meals on Wheels, traveling, playing cards and most of all, her family. She touched many lives and will be greatly missed by all those who knew her. Helen was survived by her children, Kathleen (George) Riddoch, Donald (Marie-Louise) Kollmar, Richard Kollmar, Lynn (Gary) Nelson, Susan Heath, Judy Harrington, Douglas (Lauren) Harrington; grandchildren Brian (Courtney), Arianna (Erik), Kayli, Jacob, Alyssa, Eric (Courtney), Lindsey, Devon (fiance Lauren), Chelsea and five great-grandchildren. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, January 9, 2020, at 11 AM, at St. Stephen Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in her name at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Frederick J. "Fritz" Kuhn - Age 82 of the City of Tonawanda, died peacefully on December 27, 2020. Husband of 58 years to Marie Ann (nee Polak) Kuhn; father of Michael F. (Anna), Thomas J. (Jackie) and William A. (Shelley) Kuhn; grandfather of Joshua, Emily and Victoria; son of the late Fred and Marie (nee Kohler) Kuhn; brother of the late Vincent (late Jane) Kuhn, Mary (late Dr. William) Kneer and Allan (Lorraine) Kuhn; brother-in -law of Lorraine (late Allan) Kuhn and Hannelore (late Gustav) Polak; also survived by nieces and nephews. Fritz was a 1955 graduate of Tonawanda High School and a graduate of SUNY Oneonta. He also attended Buffalo State and Niagara University. He was employed for 35 years, in the Grand Island School System, retiring in 1996. He was also a Supervisor of Student Teachers in Elementary Education at Buffalo State and also a Director at the Park School Summer Camp. Fritz was a Life Member of the National Hose Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 and a member of BCCA of America Simon Pure Chapter. He was also a die hard Yankees fan. A private Prayer Service will be held with Fritz's immediate family. Condolences may be shared at www.ROTHFUNERAL.com.
Rita M. (nee Lewandowski) Desemone - December 31, 2020, of Grand Island. Wife of 59 years of the late Lawrence J. Desemone; mother of James (Graciela) Desemone, John L. "Jack" (Lisa) Desemone and Cynthia (Stephan) Kovacs; grandmother of Marcela, Cristina, Katherine "Katie," Madeline and Faith; sister of Delphine (late Walter) Grabowski, Geraldine (late Norman) Witkowski, Colleen (Thomas) Schaefer and the late Florence (late George) and Bernard (survived by wife Carroll) Lewandowski; also survived by many nieces and nephews. A memorial Mass will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or St. Stephen's Church. Please share your condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Jane Hilferding - December 30, 2020, of Grand Island. Wife of the late Paul Hilferding; mother of Mary Jo (Bill Schaab) Hilferding; grandmother of Shannon (Chris) Piazza, Alicia (Ryan) McCarthy, Liz and Blake Schaab; great-grandmother of Gavino and Mia Piazza, and Neve McCarthy. A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Susan C. Robinson - December 30, 2020, after a brief illness, of Grand Island. Wife of the late John J. "Jack" Robinson; mother of Dorothy Haynes, Donna Robinson, Kathy Robinson, Jennifer Joy Bartholomay, John G. (Pamela) Robinson and Thomas D. (Heather) Robinson; also surrogate daughter Linda Remmy; grandmother of James D. and Jeremy (Alyssa) Rowley, Justin (Ashley) and Micah (Chloe) Houck, Jenna, Luke, Jordan, Sydney and Sophia Robinson, and the late Nicholas John Robinson; also survived by ten great-grandchildren; sister of Leigh (late Frank C.) Eckmair, Tom Chadwick and the late Patricia (late Don) Doersch. A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held at a later date to be announced. An avid sailor, Sue devoted much time to the sailboat racing community of WNY as a competitor, but even more so as a friend to her fellow sailors and a champion of the sport. Whether seasoned sailor or novice she welcomed anyone as crew who wanted to experience racing. Her accomplishments and contributions led her being named first ever female Commodore of both Buffalo Harbor Sailing Club and Sandy Beach Yacht Club. She competed in racing right up until the time of her illness even winning her final regatta. Please share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Lorraine (nee Huebert) Hall - December 28, 2020, of Grand Island. Beloved wife of the late Herbert Hall; loving mother of Karen (Marty) Schooping, Diane (Mark) Morris, Kevin (Phyllis) Hall, David (Kimberly) Hall and Katherine (James) Nusstein; also survived by 16 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; predeceased by siblings Marie McGuire, Eileen Miller, Robert Huebert and Edward Huebert. Funeral services private. Please share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Luis A. Valenzuela M.D. - December 23, 2020, of Grand Island. Husband of over 50 years of the late June A. Valenzuela; father of Lisa (Mark) Moore, Sara Calabrese, Michael (Laurie) Valenzuela, David Valenzuela and Marta (Stephen) Rodin; also survived by ten grandchildren. A Celebration of Life for Luis and June will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Please share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Buffalo News Obituary, - In 1969, Dr. Luis A. Valenzuela was stationed in South Carolina with U.S. Army Medical Corps. He was supposed to be sent to Japan, but his wife was pregnant with their son Michael. Valenzuela "got in his car and drove from South Carolina to The Pentagon to say that he couldn't go because of my mother's pregnancy," said his son David. His superiors agreed, on the condition that he accept a later assignment to Germany. But he was discharged with the rank of major in 1970 without going overseas.
Along with being a devoted father, Valenzuela was a brilliant researcher and scientist who contributed to the development of the PSA test to screen for prostate cancer. But the center of his life was his wife of 56 years, June. After she died Dec. 6 of Covid-19, Valenzuela, who was also diagnosed with the disease in late November, struggled to remain interested in life. He was hospitalized for five days in Erie County Medical Center and, after his release, died Dec. 23 in the Grand Island home they had shared. "All he wanted was to be with her," said David Valenzuela. Valenzuela had a "big bellowing laugh," his son Michael Valenzuela said. "He was a very carefree, spirited person. He would talk to strangers and make them smile or laugh. He was a very outgoing man, and if he could touch somebody in a positive way, he would do that."
Valenzuela was born on April 22, 1937, in Tunija, Bogota, Colombia, and graduated from medical school at the Universidad Nacional De Colombia in 1962, second in his class. After immigrating to the United States in 1963, he met June Gardinier, a dietitian, while they were both working at Deaconess Hospital. They married on Sept. 11, 1964. He served in the Army Medical Corps from 1968 until 1970, receiving the National Defense Service Medal. Back in his wife's Western New York hometown, Valenzuela worked at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Kenmore Mercy Hospital and finally at St. Joseph's Hospital, where he was chief of pathology for some 20 years. He retired in 1995. He also operated a private lab, often working 12-hour days. In 1979, with researcher T. Ming Chu, Ph.D., of Roswell Park, Valenzuela and two others reported the discovery and purification of the Prostate-Specific Antigen. Blood tests for PSA can now find prostate cancer long before symptoms appear, when treatment can still be effective.
Around 2000, the Valenzuelas moved to Williamsburg, Va., then moved back to Western New York in 2012 to be closer to family after June was treated for breast cancer. As busy as he was when his children were young, Valenzuela "was always around for soccer games, school concerts and plays," said David Valenzuela. "My dad was very proud of his family; he always talked about his children, his grandchildren," said Michael Valenzuela. And in later years, he and his wife were inseparable. "Where one went, the other was," Michael Valenzuela said. Valenzuela was a fan of the Buffalo Sabres – he shared season tickets for many years with other doctors – and the Buffalo Stallions, who played professional soccer from 1979 to 1984. When his children got older, he was always happy to share the tickets, "and made sure we all got turns to use them," said his daughter Sara Calabrese. He was also a history buff, with particular interest in the U.S. Civil War. Besides his sons, Valenzuela is survived by three daughters, Lisa Moore, Sara Calabrese and Marta Rodin, and 10 grandchildren. A celebration of life for Luis A. and June Valenzuela will be held at a later date.
Harold Korman - Of Grand Island, entered into rest December 20, 2020. Beloved husband of Barbara L. (nee Zulawski) Korman; devoted father of Amy (Evan) Hecht; cherished poppy of Spencer and Jenna Hecht; loving son of Dorothy and the late Harold Korman; dear brother of Patricia Korman and Diane (Norman) Goldenberg; also survived by nieces and nephews. Services held privately for the family. Inurnment Mt. Olivet Cemetery. If desired, donations may be made in Harold's name to Roswell Park Cancer Institute or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Arrangements by LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel). Please share condolences at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Wallace J. Whetham - Age 80, of Grand Island, passed away on December 22, 2020 after a brief illness. Wallace "Wally" was a registered architect and executive at Cannon Design. He was highly regarded by his peers for his leadership and meticulous attention to detail on many high-profile and important healthcare projects spanning over the course of his nearly 40 year career. He was a gifted guitar player and performed extensively in the Niagara Falls area in the 1960s and 70s and pushed aside offers to be a studio musician in California to raise a family, together with his wife and high school sweetheart Patricia, in Western New York. As a guitar instructor, he worked with many aspiring and some very successful, nationally acclaimed musicians. He was a graduate of Niagara Falls High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Buffalo State College. He taught industrial arts in the Cattaraugus School District immediately after graduation from college and went on to obtain his architecture license while working at Cannon. He was an avid fisherman, consummate family man, husband, father, and grandfather who spent his years in retirement as a master guitar luthier. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Patricia A. (nee Gardner); daughter, Patricia A. Duntley (Paul); son, Thomas J. Whetham (Jennifer); four grandchildren Alex Whetham, Christian Whetham, Eric Duntley, and Violet Whetham; and brother William Whetham (Margaret). No showing or services. Donations to Niagara Hospice are encouraged. Share condolences at Kaiserfuneral.com.
Robert L. Depew - Longtime resident of Grand Island, passed away peacefully at home on December 22, 2020. Robert was born January 21, 1925 in Niagara Falls to the late Louis and Anna (Hildebrandt) Depew. Robert graduated in 1943 from Niagara Falls High School and shortly after entered the U.S. Army Air Force. He served in the China Burma India Theatre of WWII and was discharged in 1946. He and the former Dorothy Cheatle were married in Niagara Falls on November 27, 1947 at Our Lady of the Rosary Church. He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Dorothy, and three daughters, Diane (Bradford) Price, Gayle (Russell) Kuusisto and Karen (Robert) DeGlopper, nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild with two more on the way. Robert worked as a papermaker for 25 years at Kimberly Clark and retired from DuPont in 1987. Robert enjoyed wood-working after he retired making things like rocking horses and doll houses for the grandchildren. He was also a talented sketch artist drawing animals and birds. All his life, he had a love of books of all kinds. But most of all, he was a loving, caring husband, father and grandfather. There will be a graveside service at 11 AM on Monday, December 28th at St. Stephen's Cemetery 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Donations in his memory may be made to St. Stephen's Church or the Salvation Army of Niagara Falls. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Richard E. Rozicki - Of Grand Island, entered into rest December 18, 2020. Beloved husband of Kathleen A. (nee O'Leary) Rozicki; loving son of the late Edward and Bernice Rozicki; dear brother of Doris (Robert) Cockrell and Ann (late John) Swift; also survived by niece Kimberly and nephew Jason. No prior visitation, private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Mr. Rozicki served in the US Air Force during Peace Time. Arrangements by LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel). Please share your condolences online with the family at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Richard B. Taylor - December 16, 2020, age 70. Beloved husband of Lois (nee Hoogstra) Taylor; devoted father of Scott Taylor and Adam (Rachel) Taylor; loving peepaw of Reagan, Kennedy and Monroe; dear brother of Marilyn (David) Kurzawa, Bruce (Cheryl) Taylor and Robert Taylor; he will be sadly missed by many cherished nieces, nephews, family and friends. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. Richard was the Owner and President of Taylor Hayes, Inc. in Grand Island, NY. Arrangements by AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC. Please share memories and condolences on Richard's Tribute Page at www.AMIGONE.com.
Edith G. (nee Wood) Wilson - December 15, 2020, of Orchard Park, formerly of Grand Island. Beloved wife of the late William S. Wilson, loving mother of Heather Truitt and Nancy (Doug) Sukhia; cherished grandmother of Athena Januchowski, Leah (Todd) Trautz and Adam (Megan) Sukhia; great-grandmother of nine; also survived by nieces and nephews. Edith worked for many years as a medical secretary in a pediatrician's office in Niagara Falls She was involved in many church activities and was an avid crafter. She especially enjoyed knitting. Edith had a great sense of humor and was the heart of our family. We are very grateful to God that she was in our lives. Private burial. Memorial Service to be held in the future. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Ezequiel Luis Ruiz - Age 48, of Grand Island, NY, passed away on December 14, 2020. He was born on January 12, 1972 in Buffalo, NY. Ziggy, as he was known, earned his Masters Degree in Education from the University at Buffalo, was a communicant of St. Stephen Church, served in the United States Navy and was employed as a Spanish teacher for International Preparatory School at Grover Cleveland, Buffalo, NY. Ziggy is survived by his parents, Luis M. and Lydia (Lopez) Ruiz; a brother, Kilby (Jennifer) Ruiz; nieces, Olivia and Maya Ruiz; maternal grandparents, Carmen and Jose Luciano; several aunts, uncles and cousins and his lifelong dear friend and 'sister,' Andrea Corsini Felgemach. He was predeceased by siblings, Eliott Ruiz, Adam Ruiz and Luis Elvin Ruiz and paternal grandparents, Ramon and Emilia Ruiz. Visitation on Friday, December 18th, from 4-8 PM at the OTTO REDANZ FUNERAL HOME, 2215 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY, (716-297-9007) where prayers will be offered on Saturday morning at 8:45 AM followed by Ziggy's Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM celebrated in St. Stephen Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY, with Rev. Ray Corbin serving as celebrant. Friends invited. Prayers of committal and interment will follow in the parish cemetery. Facial coverings and social distancing at all times will be required. In lieu of flowers, memorial offerings may be made to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements are under the professional care of Michael R. Goodlander. Share condolences and view his tribute video at GOODLANDERCARES.com.
Lois Roesch Kroening - born March 17, 1927 passed away December 13, 2020. A native of Buffalo, NY, she was a gifted artist, attending the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy after high school. She and her husband, George W. Kroening, Jr, built their own house on Grand Island, NY, where they raised their children, Paul M. Kroening (Kyle) and Lauren C. Kroening (Jim Ketcham). After George ("Bud") retired, they lived in Key Colony Beach, FL, Bonita Springs, FL, and The Villages, FL, before moving to Cosby, TN, to be near their daughter. She was also predeceased by her brothers, Eugene Roesch and William Roesch. In addition to her children, she is survived by nine grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, several wonderful nieces, and nephews, as well as her church family at English Creek Baptist Church, in Newport, TN. Thanks to the staff at Wellington Manor Assisted Living Facility, Newport, TN for being her family when one on one contact by anyone outside the staff was not allowed due to COVID-19. 1 Peter 1:6: So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. Family and friends may sign the guest register on line at: www.manesfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Manes Funeral Home.
Mary Ellen Kovacsev - 73, of St. Petersburg, passed away peacefully at St. Anthony’s Hospital on December 10, 2020 after a courageous six-year battle with multiple myeloma. Mary Ellen was born on January 9, 1947 in Buffalo, New York. She lived on Grand Island, NY for nearly three decades, and retired to Florida in 2013 to be closer with family. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Janet Haen, and brother, Richard Haen. She is survived by her two sons, Michael (Cheri) and Jason (Daniela), five grandchildren, Holly, Chloe, Ryan, Nicholas, and Noah, sister, Susan (William) Willard and niece Laurie. Mary Ellen could light up a room with her crazy antics and will be missed dearly by her large extended family in Buffalo area, close friends and everyone that knew her. She was one of kind. She did not wish for a formal funeral, but a celebration of life will be planned at a later date.
Beverly M. Zajdowicz - December 10, 2020 passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus her Lord. Of Grand Island. Widow of her beloved husband, Fred; loving mother of Philip F. (Tammy) Zajdowicz and Robyn L. (Thomas) Pryor; adoring grandmother of Drew J. Young, Taylor and Lindsey Zajdowicz; sister of Joan and Peggy; predeceased by sister, Phyllis. Funeral services will be limited to close friends and family due to COVID restrictions. Grand Island will long remember Beverly's feisty joyful personality, serving as the greeter in her women's bible study for decades as she lived out her faith. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Arthur W. “Artie” DiMartile - of Grand Island, entered into rest December 11, 2020. Beloved husband of 29 years of Bernadette A. “Bunny” DiMartile (nee Rosenberger). Devoted father of Michelle DiMartile, Mark (Kelly) DiMartile, and Tena (Todd) Roughsedge. Cherished grandfather of Nick (Kelsey Brady) DiMartile, Jenna (Justin) Crawford, Kayla (Charlie) Vergara, and Faith and Abby Roughsedge. Loving son of the late John T. and Anna M. DiMartile. Dear brother of Richard (Carol), Carolyn (Ralph) Colborn and the late John (late Mary). Also survived by his former wife, Mary DiMartile, with whom Artie and Bunny remained close friends.
Artie was a member of the Town Boys Club, the Sheridan Transit Rob and Gun Club, the Niagara River Station Fishing Club, and a lifetime member of the Grand Island Rod and Gun Club. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and card player. Artie was a loving, caring and generous man. He will be well remembered for his quick wit and sense of humor. Family services are private at this time due to COVID-19, but a Celebration of Life will be celebrated at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rosewell Park Cancer Institute, the Saint Anthony Foundation, the Saint Peregrine Foundation or the Saint Jude Foundation.
Marian L. (nee Toor) Grosenbaugh - December 10, 2020, age 92. Formerly of Grand Island, NY. Beloved wife of the late Robert Grosenbaugh; devoted mother of David (Marise) Grosenbaugh and Gwen (Leslie) Haire; loving grandmother of Devon (Becky) Haire, Peter (Lyndee) Haire, Daniel (Melissa Winkler) Grosenbaugh and Eric (Allison) Grosenbaugh and great-grandmother of Amelia, Madelyn, Locklyn and Leland Haire; dear sister of the late Helen (Bernard) Craine; aunt of many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later date. If memorials desired, they may be made in Marian's memory to Riverside Presbyterian Church, 815 84th Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14304. Arrangements by the C. MERTZ AND SON FUNERAL HOME, INC. Please share condolences at www.mertzfh.com.
Kathleen L. (nee Antonacci) Hall - Age 63, of Grand Island, NY, passed away at her home, surrounded by her loving family and friends. Born in Niagara Falls, she was the daughter of the late Nick and Alice (DiRuscio) Antonacci; beloved husband of Steven Hall and the cherished mother of Nicholas and Stephanie. She is also survived by her very special daughter-in-law, Bianca (Genova) Hall; her two grandchildren, who were her pride and joy, Audrey and Nicholas Jr.; her siblings, Anthony (Heather) Antonacci and Cynthia (Luther) Humphrey; her mother-in-law, June O'Connor, her sisters-in-law, Deborah Antonacci, Tracy (Jacob) Sherman, Leah Stevens and brother-in-law, Richard (Lisa) Hall, as well as her nieces and nephews, Nicole, Anthony, Caterina, Sara, Anthony, Alyse, Alice, Adrianna, Alexander, Erika, Ariel, Jason and Hunter; her loving cousin, Carol (Paul) Borelli and forever friends, Gail Guthrie, Pamela Avdoian and Daniel Passanese. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her oldest sister, Mary Rose Antonacci; her son, Christian, nephew Nathan and father-in-law Harry Hall.
Kathy was employed for over 30 years at her family's restaurant, the Como Restaurant, and later owned and operated the local franchise, Maid Brigade, a residential cleaning service. She was honored with the Women of Distinction Award in recognition of her achievements in the local business community. Visitation will be on Tuesday, December 15 from 2-7 PM at M.J. COLUCCI AND SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Rd., Niagara Falls, NY, where Funeral Services will begin on Wednesday at 9:45 AM, followed by Kathy's Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday at 10:30 AM in Holy Family Parish at St. Joseph's Church, 1413 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls, NY. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. Visit mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for online condolences.
Robert Hoy - Of Grand Island, passed unexpectedly December 6, 2020 at the age of 58. Husband of his beloved wife of 35 years Sue (nee Kramer) Hoy; father of his dear daughter Kaitlin Hoy; son of Patricia (nee Gunsalus) and the late Richard Hoy; brother of Michael and Richard (Dawn M. Nelson) Hoy. Robert had a lifelong passion for hunting and fishing and was a member of the Southtowns Walleye Association of WNY. Professionally, he belonged to the Glaziers and Glassworkers Union Local 660. Due to the current COVID pandemic, a Celebration of Robert's life will be held at a later date. Arrangements by JOHN O. ROTH FUNERAL HOME, INC. Please share online condolences at www.ROTHFUNERAL.com.
June A. Valenzuela - December 6, 2020, of Grand Island. Wife of over 50 years of Luis A. Valenzuela; mother of Lisa (Mark) Moore, Sara Calabrese, Michael (Laurie) Valenzuela, David Valenzuela and Marta (Stephen) Rodin; also survived by ten grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen (komen.org). Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Donald A. Burns, Jr. - December 9, 2020, of Grand Island. Brother of Ann Burns Dlugokinski; uncle of Christopher A. Koteras; friend of Lise Rafe; son of the late Rosalind and Donald Burns Sr. Don was the owner of Burns Trucking Co., General Renovation and Location business. He was President of Queen City Jazz Society. Known as "Professor Burns," wearing his black derby, playing the Ragtime Piano and entertaining for 60 years. Every summer he preformed at the International Ragtime Festival. In 2002 his book "Piano People" was published. A graveside service will beheld Tuesday, December 15 at 11 AM at St. Stephen's Cemetery, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island (please wear masks and social distance). A memorial Mass will be held at a later date. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
John G."Jack" Wirth, Jr. - December 7, 1939 - December 8, 2020, of Grand Island. Loving husband of Anne M. Wirth (nee Harrer); incredible father of Patricia, Glenn (Denise), Colleen and Robert (Stacy) Wirth, and Christine (Richard) Gambino; cherished grandfather "Pa" to Glenn IV, Abby, Ian, Benjamin, Ellie, Kate, Anna, James and Jacqueline; dear brother of Mary (Harry) Schugardt and Nancy (Frank) Perna; brother-in-law of Marti Harrer; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Jack graduated from St. Joe's Collegiate Institute and Canisius College with an ROTC Commission in the US Army. After serving 2 years in the Army, Jack went to work for the US Customs Service as a Supervisory Inspector with 33 years of service. He was an active member of the Knights of St. John Commandery 192 and 135, attaining rank of Major. Jack was a member for 50 years. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 1346 on Grand Island. Jack enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and anything that involved his family and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 11 AM at St. Stephen's Church 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Our Lady of Victory Charities (olvcaharies.org). Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Marilyn Frances (nee Pawlowski) Kogut - Peacefully, November 29, 2020, exactly 35 years to the date of her parents' passing. She was 78, living in Tampa, FL, formerly of Grand Island, NY. Beloved wife of Michael V. Kogut; dear mother of Julie Kogut, Jennifer Lewis, Amy (Ryan) O'Neill and Michelle (Scott) Bane; loving grandmother of ten grandchildren; daughter of the late Julia (nee Zawacki) and Eugene Z. Pawlowski; sister of the late Anthony C. Pawlowski, DDS. She was a dedicated educator, teaching French to High School students and guiding many of them on annual tours of France and Italy. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, a Memorial Mass will be held at St. Stephen's Church, Grand Island at a later date. If desired, memorials may be made in Marilyn's memory to Cure Sanfilippo Foundation; Checks can be sent to: Cure Sanfilippo Foundation, PO Box 6901, Columbia, SC 29260, or online at www.CureSFF.org, OR to SADS Foundation (Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome) at sads.org Arrangements by AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC. Please visit Marilyn's Tribute Page to share memories and condolences online at www.AMIGONE.com.
Cruciano "Louie" Rizzo - Of Grand Island, entered into rest December 1, 2020. Companion of Jackie Pickard; loving son of the late Giuseppe and Vincenza Rizzo; dear brother of Rosalia L. (Thomas) Scamurra and Michael (Jeanine) Rizzo; uncle of T.J., Anthony, Isabella and Matthew; fond cousin of Chuck and Angela Pagano; also survived by Jared, godchildren Preston and Arianna (Anthony Basile) and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel), 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., near Eggert/Sheridan Dr., Tuesday from 4-8 PM. Pursuant to NYS Guidelines, a 25 person capacity will be observed at the Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Gregory the Great Church, 250 St. Gregory Court, Williamsville on Wednesday morning, at 8:45 AM (please assemble at church). Please wear a face covering. Online condolences may be shared at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Robert M. Dee - It is with great sadness that the Dee family of Grand Island, announces the passing of their loved one, Robert "Bob" M. Dee, age 77 on December 2, 2020, after a courageous eleven-year battle with Parkinson's Disease. Born in Riverside, NY in 1943, Robert is the son of the late Milton and Marie (Montante). He is also predeceased by his first wife, Suzanne (Lochren) Dee in 1985.
Bob graduated from Silver Creek High School in 1961, after which he continued in his education studying at Buffalo State College where he earned both a bachelor's and master's degree in Industrial Arts Education. Bob taught Industrial Arts locally at both North Junior High School and LaSalle Senior High School in Niagara Falls. He also taught Auto Shop at LaSalle Senior High School.
Bob, along with his first wife Suzanne, started The Valve Shop in their North Tonawanda garage in 1970, which later became Northeast Machine and Motor Supply, Inc. A master of motors and speed, Bob's love was reflected in his choice of recreation. An avid boater, he won both the 145 Hydro Class at Valleyfield, Quebec, and the New Martinsville Regatta in 1971. Later, Bob could be seen piloting his 'Northeast Express' on the Niagara River. Bob's final river experience was in his 1960 Chris Craft Capri, named the "Beanie" after his wife Ilene.
Not limited to the water, Bob obtained an IFR pilot's license after which he purchased a Beechcraft Baron. Bob piloted the Barron locally from the Niagara Falls Airport. Ilene and Bob also piloted their plane to Washington, D.C., Naples, FL, and the Bahamas. Bob was installed as chairman of the Automotive Engine Rebuilders Association (AERA) in 1984. He loved to entertain, hosting many parties. A member of the Buffalo Launch Club, he was the Commodore of the Board in 1994. One of his greatest pleasures was entertaining his family and friends at his riverside home on Grand Island.
Bob is survived by his wife Ilene (Stopa); his son Donald (Julie) Dee, daughter Nicole (Gregg) Roesch, stepsons Sebastian Stopa-Chavez, and Sascha (Karen) Stopa-Chavez; his grandchildren, Lucia and Jack Roesch, John (Samantha) Bidell and children, Amy (Isaac) DeRego and children; his siblings, Donna (William) Metzger, Michael (Mary) Dee, Merrily (Dave Winn) Dee; and many nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by his two dogs, Ralphie and Mari. Bob mentored many individuals. He was known as an assertive, driven, hard-working Entrepreneur. Giving motivation and a sound work ethic to his followers.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 11 AM at St. Stephen's Church 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. To those who would like to kindly pay respects a celebration of life will be planned for a future time. In lieu of flowers, donations gratefully accepted at Hospice Buffalo. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Mike Endres - December 1, 2020, of Grand Island. Beloved husband of Terry Endres; father of Jill (Dan) Berry, Kate (John) Black and Al Endres; brother of Liz (Greg) Barker; son of the late Al and Lydia Endres. Hydroplane boat race world champion, and a friend loved by so many. Funeral Services private. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Norma (nee Norton) Fred - November 29, 2020, of Grand Island, formerly of Jamestown. Wife of the late Francis E. Fred Sr.; mother of Lindalou (the late Charles Jr.) Diehl, Francis E. "Skip" (Joan) Fred Jr., Georgia (the late Richard) Freeburg, Fred R. (Maria) Fred and the late Richard Fred; also survived by 15 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; daughter of the late Ray and Emma Norton; sister of the late Howard Norton and Lois Brunner. Funeral Services private. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Rebecca Ann Reger - Age 58, of Grand Island, NY, passed away on November 27, 2020. Rebecca was formerly employed as an art teacher for North Tonawanda School District. She enjoyed art and traveling. Survivors include, her father, Joseph C.; siblings, Lisa (John) and Joseph; nieces and nephews, Matthew, Kali, Jillian and Cole. She was predeceased by her mother, Beverly A. Private services. Arrangements are under the care of Michael R. Goodlander of OTTO REDANZ FUNERAL HOME, 2215 MILITARY ROAD, NIAGARA FALLS, NY (716-297-9007). Share condolences and memories at facebook.com/goodlandercares and GOODLANDERCARES.com.
Anthony J. "Tony" Gelose, Sr. - Passed on November 25, 2020 at age 98. Tony was born in Frankfort, NY on August 9, 1922 to Vito and Rosaria Gelose. A lifelong resident of the Tonawandas, he graduated from North Tonawanda High School. During World War II, Tony was drafted into the US Army and served in the Pacific Theater, island hopping with the 603rd Medium Tank Company, 7th Cavalry, First Cavalry Division; he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. After the war, he successfully owned and operated Gelose Art in Flowers with his brother and partner, Sam Gelose, for over 50 years. They had two stores, one in City of Tonawanda and one on Grand Island. An active member of his community, he was a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus, Council #413. He was a Past Grand Knight, State District Deputy for Youth, a member of the Fourth Degree and the Color Guard. Tony was a member and past president of the Exchange Club of the Tonawandas. He was one of the founding members of the United Florists of Western New York, and a member of the Willowgrove Investment Club. He enjoyed bowling in the K of C league, sponsoring a team for many years. He was a boat owner, enjoying boat trips to Toronto with members of the Exchange Club. He attended Mass daily and then joined his friends for coffee at McDonalds.
Tony was predeceased by his first wife Marie Cacciatore Gelose, and his second wife Rose Tacca Gelose; his sisters Vitina Lauricella, Susan LaBarbera, Ann Bartosiak; his brother James Gelose; and his son Joseph Tacca Jr. He is survived by his sons Anthony (Diane) Gelose Jr., Vito (Tracy) Gelose, Paul (Carolyn) Gelose, John (Becky) Tacca, his daughter Rosalie "Roey" (Doug Alfano) Tacca; daughter-in-law Lynn Tacca; his brother Samuel (Donna) Gelose; grandchildren AJ (fiancée Jen Andersson) Gelose, Joe (fiancée Katelyn Scott) Gelose, Allegra Gelose, Joseph (Beth) Tacca, Dana Monroe, Michael (Tatiana) Tacca, Nicholas (Kelsey) Tacca, Joshua Tacca, Christopher Tacca; several great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews; and his lifelong dear friend Francis "Frankie" Lorango.
Private services and burial will be held at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. A Mass of Christian Burial and Celebration of Life will be held in the near future, at the convenience of the family. Memorials and tributes may be made in his honor to Schoellkopf Health Center, 621 Tenth St., Niagara Falls, NY 14302; Kenmore Mercy Foundation, 2950 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY 14217; Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Dr., Lockport, NY 14094. The Family would like to thank the staff at Schoellkopf Health Center for their compassionate and outstanding care. Arrangements by LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel.) Online condolences at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Mary Louise (nee Kuhn) Kneer - Of Grand Island, NY, passed away on November 22, 2020 at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, at the age of 98. Beloved wife of the late Dr. William Kneer, and dearest mother of William (Barbara) Kneer of Cody, Wyoming, the late Jeffrey (Margaret) Kneer of Getzville, NY, Christine (Alan) Gustafson of Florida, and John (Patricia) Kneer of Grand Island; also survived by her brother Fred "Fritz" (Marie) Kuhn. Mary was born on January 4, 1922 to Fred and Marie (nee Kohler) Kuhn. She attended Kibler High School where she met her future husband, William Kneer, to whom she was a huge support as he attended UB Medical School and subsequently established his OBGYN practice in the Kenmore/Tonawanda area. Mary is lovingly remembered for her cheerful spirit which won her many friends. She was an avid golfer and continued until she was 90. She won prizes for her Halloween/party costumes at Cove Cay in FL, as well as at Blocher Homes Assisted Living in Williamsville, NY. She was generous, loving and fun to be with. The 4th of July celebrations at their river home bring back many fond memories. Mary loved her family very much, and they feel blessed to have had her in their lives. Mary was preceded in death by her husband; her son, Jeffrey; and two brothers, Vincent (late Jane) and Allan (Lorraine) Kuhn. Her passing is mourned by eleven grandchildren, Will Kneer, Ana Dylewski, Robert, Dan, Tim and Jeffrey Jr., Kneer, Jennifer, Alan and Eric Gustafson, Jonathan and Mary Kneer; as well as thirteen great-grandchildren. There will be a Celebration of Life at a later date and time to be announced. Memorials may be made to St. Timothy's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1453 Staley Rd., Grand Island, NY 14072. Arrangements by JOHN O. ROTH FUNERAL HOME, INC., Tonawanda. Please share condolences online at www.rothfuneral.com.
Megan C. (nee Williams) Bozek - - Of Grand Island, NY, November 16, 2020. Beloved wife of Matthew J. Bozek; dearest mother of Caitlin C. Bozek; daughter of the late Russell and Elinor (Corbett) Williams; sister of Eric (Nancy) Williams; also survived by nieces and nephews. No prior visitation. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials contributions may be made to Hospice Buffalo, Inc., Roswell Park Cancer Institute or a pet charity of your choice. Arrangements by: ERIE COUNTY CREMATION SERVICE, 824-6435. Please share your condolences at: www.eriecountycremationservice.com.
Rev. George K. Beacher - Of Grand Island, entered into rest on November 15, 2020, at age 80. Beloved husband of 54 years to Karen (nee Kevra) Beacher; devoted father of Laura (Carl) Long, Elizabeth (Damon) Wright and Andrew (Rebekah) Beacher; cherished grandfather of CJ (Haley) Long IV, Emily (Barrie) Walsburger, William Tyler Long, Olivia Wright, Asher Wright, Luke Beacher and Sarah Beacher; adored great-grandfather of Ruby Mae and Liza Grace; loving son of the late Lillian and the late Dr. George (late Phebe) Beacher; dear brother of Karen (Dr. Thomas) Winters; also survived by loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Services private. Interment Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Ambler, PA. A Celebration of George's Life will be held in Western New York at a later date. If desired, contributions in George's memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 4955 N. Bailey Ave., #217, Amherst, NY 14226 or online at www.diabetes.org/donate. Arrangements by DENGLER, ROBERTS, PERNA FUNERAL HOME. Online condolences may be offered at www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com.
Patricia Darlene (nee Vandyke) Smith - November 20, 2020, resident of Grand Island for over 60 years, moved here from Terre Haute, Indiana, and was a resident of Garden Gate Skilled Nursing in Cheektowaga since 2018. Wife of 55 years of William "Lee" Smith; mother of Lynn (Mark) Fotia and Terri (Dennis) Szafranski; grandmother of Vince and John Fotia; daughter of the late James VanDyke and Evelyn (late Joe "Luke") Lukasiewiez; sister of the late Steve VanDyke. Friends may call Tuesday 5:30-8 PM followed by prayers Tuesday at 7:45 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of WNY. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, 25 people are allowed in the funeral home at one time, masks must be worn and social distancing must be maintained. Please limit time visiting to accommodate capacity guidelines. Share condolences at www.kaiserfuneral.com.
Patricia Darlene (nee Vandyke) Smith - MITH - November 20, 2020, resident of Grand Island for over 60 years, moved here from Terre Haute, Indiana, and was a resident of Garden Gate Skilled Nursing in Cheektowaga since 2018. Wife of 55 years of William "Lee" Smith; mother of Lynn (Mark) Fotia and Terri (Dennis) Szafranski; grandmother of Vince and John Fotia; daughter of the late James VanDyke and Evelyn (late Joe "Luke") Lukasiewiez; sister of the late Steve VanDyke. Friends may call Tuesday 5:30-8 PM followed by prayers Tuesday at 7:45 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of WNY. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, 25 people are allowed in the funeral home at one time, masks must be worn and social distancing must be maintained. Please limit time visiting to accommodate capacity guidelines. Share condolences at www.kaiserfuneral.com.
Ronald K. Wiese - November 16, 2020, of Grand Island. Husband of Nancy Wiese; father of Sharon (Cal) Kern, Lauren (Terry) Daley and Christine (Charles Jr.) Blowers; grandfather of Leanne (Christopher) Stephenson, Brett (Tiffany) Kern, Jason (Gina) Daley, Adrienne (David) Mayers, Craig (Diana), Clarissa and Caleb Blowers; also survived by seven great-grandchildren; brother of Norman (Kay) and the late Harlow (survived by wife Elaine) and Harvey Wiese. A Memorial service will be held at a later date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bible Fellowship Center, 1136 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Please share your condolences online at kaiserfuneral.com.
Anthony F. Amato - Of Grand Island, entered into rest November 14, 2020. Beloved husband of the late Marie (nee Ingrao) Amato. Devoted father of John (William Irion) Amato, David (Nancy) Amato, Mark (Yvonne McCoy) Amato, Pascal "Pat" (Rose) Amato and Anthony (Carrie) Amato. Cherished grandfather of ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Loving son of the late Salvatore and Frances Amato. Dear brother of five sisters and three brothers. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME, (Northtowns Chapel) 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., near Sheridan/Eggert on Monday and Tuesday, November 16 & 17 from 3-7 p.m. where a funeral service will be held Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. Entombment Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Mr. Amato was a Past President of the United Steel Workers at Republic Steel. Please share online condolences at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Charles E. Hayes - Of Grand Island, entered into rest on November 4, 2020. Beloved husband of 30 years of Martha (Swindeman) Hayes; dearest stepfather of Rebecca Koyn, and Jennifer (John) Frink; proud grandfather of Genavieve, Colin, Elizabeth, Hannah, Emma and the late Madeline; loving son of the late Charles and Harriet Hayes; dear brother of Danielle (Anthony) Fama, Jenine (late Phillip) Rotella and the late Charlene Toarmino; also survived by many treasured nieces and nephews, and dear friends. Born in Niagara Falls, NY, Chuck retired in 1997 from Goodyear, after 28 years as a Wholesale Center Manager. After retirement, with his wife, he began the Perennial Landscape Co. in 2002. Chuck cherished his time spent camping and boating with his grandchildren and wintering in Florida with his wife. Chuck will be remembered for his many hobbies including music, 60 years of fishing with his lifelong buddies, quilting and most recently, crocheting. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the service will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice Buffalo would be appreciated. Arrangements by LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel). Share condolences at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Violet M. (nee Monbouquette) Anderson - November 12, 2020, of Grand Island. Wife of the late Leonard J. Anderson; mother of Richard (Bridget) Anderson and the late Judy Weston and Robert Anderson; grandmother of Tracey (William) Shickluna, Teresa (Brian) Weston, Jill (Sandy) Anderson, Rose Weston and Mark (Alexis) Anderson; also survived by eight great-grandchildren; sister of Madeline Zucco and the late Ellen Quinlan. Funeral Services will be private for Violet and her daughter Judy Weston. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bible Fellowship Center. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Ruth E. (nee Trnka) McGee - Of Grand Island, NY, November 13, 2020. Dearest mother of Christopher W. McGee (Glomarie Vega), Patricia E. (Michael) Rafferty and the late Joseph A. (Cheryl) McGee; grandmother of Sean Rafferty, Breanne (John) Allen and Kate McGee; great-grandmother of Emory Ruth Allen; daughter of the late George C. and Louise (Lenz) Trnka; sister of the late Barbara (Kenneth) Wheeler, Kenneth and Jack (Lois) Trnka; also survived by nieces and nephews. No prior visitation. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements made by: ERIE COUNTY CREMATION SERVICE, 824-6435. Please share condolences online at: www.eriecountycremationservice.com.
Ronald D. Moscoe - Entered into eternal rest on November 13, 2020, at his home on Grand Island, he was 81. Beloved husband of Nina M. (nee Letnik) Moscoe; loving father of Darren M. (Donna) Moscoe; caring brother of Joe and Sandy and predeceased by the late Gene and Don; also survived by nieces and nephews. The family will be present on Sunday, November 15 from 4-8 PM at the GRECO FUNERAL HOME, 2909 Elmwood Avenue, Kenmore (near Sheridan Drive), where a Panachyda Service will be held at 7 PM. Prayers will be offered on Monday at 9:15 AM, followed by a Funeral Liturgy at St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, 3275 Elmwood Avenue, Kenmore. Friends invited. As you prepare to attend, please be mindful that Face Coverings and 6 foot separation are required at all times. Current capacity restrictions may cause delayed entry. Thank you for your comfort, support and understanding. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation. Please share online condolences at www.GRECOFUNERAL.com.
Elaine M. (nee Frawley) Trbovich - November 7, 2020. Beloved wife of the late Robert G. Trbovich; dearest mother of Antoinette (Gilbert) Yokum, R. Gary Trbovich and the late Stephanie Lara Trbovich; devoted grandmother of Maliah Yokum; daughter of the late Simon and Dorothy Frawley; dear sister of Dorothy Snider and the late Ann Fetter and the late Charles Frawley; also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. The family will be present Tuesday from 4 to 8 PM at the Urban-AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, 1024 French Road (west of Borden Road) Cheektowaga, NY where Funeral Services will be held Wednesday at 11 AM. As you prepare to attend, please be mindful that a mask must be worn and to please maintain a separation of six feet while visiting. Share condolences online at www.AMIGONE.com.
Frances J. (nee Zerilli) Wilczek - Of Venice, FL, formerly of Grand Island, NY, passed away peacefully on November 6, 2020, surrounded by her family. Mother of Christopher Wilczek (Savannah), Sara (Ryan) Samland; daughter of Mary and the late Charles Zerillil; sister of Mark Zerilli; former wife of Gary Wilczek. Frances grew up on Grand Island, as a graduate of Grand Island Senior High School. She was a loving mother to not only her children, but her Yorkie, Buddy. Frances will fondly be remembered by her friends and family, whom she loved to cook, bake, and entertain for. She pursued her passion of singing as a member of local Buffalo band, Smooth As Silk, and later relocated to Venice, FL. A Mass will be celebrated Saturday, November 14, at 11:00 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Flowers may be delivered to 2100 Baseline Rd., and contributions may graciously be donated to ALS Association. Share condolences at www.kaiserfuneral.com.
Sandra L. Smith - November 3, 2020, of Grand Island. Sister of Patricia Kirshner and Conrad Smith; aunt of William B. and Christian D. Smith, and Hannah Kirshner; survived by her dog, Lady Bug and multiple cousins in Louisville, KY. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, November 14, at 9:30 AM, at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Covenant House Inc., 346 West 17th St., NY, NY 10108. Sandra received her Doctorate at the University at Buffalo. She had many positions as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, the last was at SUNY Buffalo, where she was a Professor of Nursing, where she taught in the school of nursing graduate program. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Martin G. Bobak - November 1, 2020, of Grand Island. Husband of Mary E. Bobak; father of Melanie (Josh) McCallen, Robin (John Henry) Crosby, Sean (Mary) Bobak, Kelly (Theodore) Smith, Christian (Christyn), Brian (Julia), Maura, Michael (Grace), John-Paul and Mary Clare Bobak; grandfather of Maggie, Connor, Maria, Monica, Charlie, Colman, Molly, Martha, Miriam and Coyle McCallen, Magdalene, Robin Miriam, John Henry Jr. and Peter Crosby, Sean Jr., Paul, George, Samuel and Patrick Bobak, Francis and Lucy Smith, Kolbe, Joan and Brigid Bobak; son of Mary K. Zaccarella and the late Andrew E. Bobak; brother of Rita, Daniel, Lauretta, Patricia, Edward, Jerome, Katie and Theresa. Visitation will be held Friday, 4-8 PM, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, at 9:30 AM, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church. All are welcome to attend! We are grateful our church is large enough to accommodate and follow safety standards for all to celebrate with us. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Franciscan University of Steubenville. Please visit www.giving.franciscan.edu. Please share condolences at www.kaiserfuneral.com.
Fred Stoddard - Of Mesa, Arizona, formally of Grand Island entered into rest on October 28th, 2020. Survived by beloved wife Janeene (née Phanco); sons Paul (Lisa), Phil (Jill) and daughter Amy (Wylie); loving brother to Tom Stoddard (Mary), Noreen Walker (Jerre) and the late Jerry Stoddard (Jane); grandfather to ten grandchildren and five great- grandchildren. After serving his country in the US Army, Fred was self employed as a tool provider for over 40 years in the WNY area. Retirement brought Fred much joy traveling the world with wife and friends often saying "it's been a good ride!" In lieu of visitation, a May 9th Service Memorial is being planned. Share condolences at www.kaiserfuneral.com.
Grace Carolyn Kammerer - Carolyn passed away unexpectedly on October 17, 2020 at Canterbury Woods Continuing Care Retirement Center in Williamsville where she received care for Parkinson's Disease. She was the beloved wife of Henry G. Kammerer and previously the wife of Dr. Paul J. Loree. She is survived by her three children: Dr. Ruth (George) Loree Houser of Greenwich, NY, Dr. Howard (Ann) Loree of Littleton, MA, and Paul E. (Terri) Loree of Chicago, IL; four grandchildren; step-children Tracy (John) Falkowski, Greg/Jack Kammerer (LtC retired), and Amy Kammerer; and three step-grandchildren.
Born November 20, 1936 in Toronto, Canada to the late Reginald and Margaret Langlois, she is survived by her sister Joan King of Kingston, Ontario and four first cousins residing in the U.S. and Canada. Grace excelled academically, graduating with honors from Branksome Hall in Toronto, receiving dual Bachelor of Arts (with high honors) and Bachelor of Library Science degrees from University of Toronto, and earning a Master of Library Science degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She had served as medical librarian at both the University of Buffalo Medical and Dental Schools and Kenmore Mercy Hospital and then as Acquisitions Librarian at D'Youville College until her retirement in 2000.
Grace lived on Grand Island for over 50 years; raised her children there; and was active in the Friends of the Grand Island Library, Grand Island Historical Society, Trinity United Methodist Church, and homeowners association of the Landings at River Oaks. She and her husband Henry of 24 years were members of the Bell Aerospace Ski Club; enjoyed cross country skiing, hiking and frequently visited their children and grandchildren. They traveled extensively, 'Antarctica to Zimbabwe' they said, in their early retirement years, letting penguins peck their boots in Antarctica, walking with lions in Zimbabwe, climbing to the Potala Palace in Lhasa Tibet, floating in the Dead Sea, standing on the salt at Badwater in Death Valley, renewing their baptismal vows in the River Jordan, and swimming on the Great Barrier Reef before moving to Canterbury Woods in 2017.
A brief service and remembrance of Grace's life will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island followed by interment at Whitehaven Cemetery, 3222 East River Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Annette H. Boies - Lobl - On her birthday October 26, 2020, of Grand Island, NY, formerly of Clarence, NY; beloved wife of Henry G. Lobl; also survived by beloved nieces and nephews; she was predeceased by her parents Antoinette (nee Giannelli) and Henry A. Boies; siblings and her twin Barbara Boies, Jerome Boies Sr., Hank Boies (Pat Slater) and Mary Boies. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, October 29th, at 10 AM from St. Stephen RC Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY. Annette's nursing career spanned over 30 years. Arrangements by SHEPARD BROS. FUNERAL HOME.
Angelo Marchetti - Retired general contractor, age 88, of Grand Island, passed away on Sunday, October 25, 2020. Born in Italy, he was the son of the late Anthony and Andolorata (Minicucci) Marchetti; Angelo was predeceased by his loving wife of 55 years, Rose M. (Huber) Marchetti, on September 2, 2013. Loving father of Mark A. (Margaret) Marchetti, Anthony T. (Jeannie) Rodgers, and Sandra (late Mark) Leaming; cherished grandfather of Anthony Rodgers, Thomas (Kristen) Rodgers, Regina Marchetti, Deanna Marchetti, Victoria Marchetti, and Mark Angelo Marchetti, and beloved great-grandfather of Landon Rodgers, Addison Rodgers, Kelsi Rodgers and Mason Kinney, who affectionately knew him as 'Pa.' Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 29 from 4-7 PM at M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 MILITARY ROAD, NIAGARA FALLS, NY 14304. Angelo's Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 10:00 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island, New York, 14072. Everyone please assemble at church. Interment in St. Stephen's Cemetery, Grand Island, NY. If desired, memorial offerings may be made to Smile Train, PO Box 96231, Washington, DC 20090-6231. Visit www.mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for online condolences.
William F. Winterfield - October 20, 2020, of Grand Island. Husband of the late Margaret J. Winterfield; father of Timothy (Linda) Winterfield and Joanne (Kenneth) Parris; also survived by five grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; brother of the late Eileen Griffin and Margaret Baader. No prior visitation. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Stephen's Church. Memorials may be made to the SPCA. Share condolences at www.kaiserfuneral.com.
Glen Gerspach - October 13, 2020, after a lengthy illness, of Lockport, formerly of Grand Island. Husband of Cindy Gerspach; step-father of Alexandra and Alicia Kurk; grandfather of Damien Wizner; brother of Darcy Swenson and Paul (Pam) Gerspach; also survived by many nieces and nephews; son of the late Richard and Shirley Gerspach. Funeral Services private. Memorials may be made to Canisius College. Glen was a lifelong member of the International Wine & Food Society of WNY and an avid wine collector. He was a member of the West Side Rowing Club, the Arabian Horse Assoc. of NY and volunteered at Shea's Buffalo. His hobbies included snow skiing, sailing and antiquing. Share condolences at www.kaiserfuneral.com.
David M. Foote, Jr. - October 9, 2020, of Grand Island. Father of David John "DJ" (fiancée Tamara) and Ryan Hayes Foote; grandfather of Aria and Coda Foote; brother of Marie (Tom) Long, Patrick (Jacqueline) and Mark Foote; uncle of Kelsey (Brett) Adams, Matthew, Stacey, Christopher, Jessica and Jacob Foote; former husband of Dana Erickson; former brother-in-law of Renee Canatta Foote. A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring. Share condolences at www.kaiserfuneral.com.
James R. Dempsey - March 22, 1948 – Sept. 5, 2020
When James R. Dempsey became principal of Grand Island High School in the middle of the fall semester in 1996, it had seen six principals in the previous four years and was notorious for food fights in the cafeteria. He wasted no time in laying down rules. “After I was here about a week, I asked how many students were late today,” he told Buffalo News reporter Charity Vogel in 1998. “And it was 97 students. That’s one-tenth of our student population.” He immediately imposed detention on all students who were tardy. In 1998, he said, fewer than 15 students a day were late for class. He also stopped suspending students for bad behavior and sending them home. Instead, he kept them in classes for two hours after the regular school day ended. Their attitudes and their grades improved. “Nothing replaces classroom instruction,” he told Vogel. “This is a chance for kids to stay in the ballgame.”
Dr. Dempsey, who retired as principal in 2006, died unexpectedly Sept. 5 in Buffalo General Medical Center. He was 72. Born in Buffalo, the oldest of seven children, he grew up in Williamsville and attended SS. Peter and Paul School. He was a 1966 graduate of Bishop Neumann High School, where he played on the basketball and baseball teams and ran track and cross country. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history with teacher certification at Gannon College, now Gannon University, in Erie, Pa., and went on to complete his master’s degree at Canisius College and a doctorate in curriculum planning at the University at Buffalo.
Before coming to Grand Island, Dr. Dempsey was principal at Cleveland Hill High School and an assistant principal at Kenmore West High School for four years. Previously, he had been a teacher at Gateway Youth Center, now Gateway Longview; an assistant principal for the Erie 1 BOCES Potter Road Occupational Center in West Seneca, and principal at the Erie 2 BOCES Wallace D. Ormsby Vocational Technical Center in East Aurora. After he retired from Grand Island, he accepted the post of director of academics at Sacred Heart Academy, which he held for five years. In 2013, he came back briefly to Grand Island as interim high school principal after the principal who succeeded him resigned to become school superintendent in Eden. He received a special Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 from the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce. He was a former vice president of the Erie County School Principals Association.
Nicknamed “Moose,” he coached football at Williamsville East High School in the 1970s and 1980s and more recently at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. He also coached basketball at Cardinal Dougherty High School and a variety of sports at Gateway Longview. He played adult fast pitch softball and was a baseball and softball umpire for many years. He was active as a student and alumnus with his college fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon, and was an avid Buffalo Bills and New York Yankees fan. He also enjoyed golfing, gardening and working out at the Independent Health Family Branch YMCA. A music lover, he compiled countless editions of “Moose’s Greatest Hits.”
He and the former Mary Reed were married in 1973. In retirement, they spent several months each year in Fort Myers, Fla. In addition to his wife, survivors include three daughters, Erin Langley, Kate Leiser and Molly Miller; a son, Scott; two brothers, Dennis and Ralph; three sisters, Mary Walker, Jean Ruggeri and Barbara Pennino; and nine grandchildren. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
Judy F. (nee Bearfield) Link - Of Grand Island, NY, September 28, 2020. Beloved wife of Wesley E. Link, Jr. "Bud"; dear mother of Wesley "Bud" (Michele) Link III and Victoria (Ian) Harnden; loving grandmother of Desire (Justin)Tedesco, Wes Link, Eric and Emily Harnden; sister of William (Janet) Bearfield and the late Robert and Ronald Bearfield; sister-in-law of Sharon Bearfield and Patricia Bearfield; also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends may call at D. LAWRENCE GINNANE FUNERAL HOME, 3215 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, Saturday, 10-11 AM, when Funeral Service will commence. Please be mindful of required face masks, social distancing and Funeral Home capacity restrictions that may cause delays. Memorial Contributions to Hospice Foundation, PO Box 590, Buffalo, NY 14240 are preferred. Condolences may be sent to www.ginnanefuneralhome.com.
Barbara M. Nowakowski - September 24, 2020, of Grand Island, mother of Christopher (Darlene) Nowakowski, Susan (Mark) Miles, Diane Saddler and Gregory (Wendy) Nowakowski; grandmother of Mercedes (Tony) D'Orsaneo, Nathan Miles, Melanie Saddler, Alyssa (Mike) Smyser, Maryemma Saddler, Lauren (Jonah) Toppen, Nolan Miles, Jordan Saddler and Nicholas Nowakowski; Gigi of Carmine D'Orsaneo; daughter of the late Alois and Gertrude Labinski; sister of the late Lawrence (survived by wife Barbara) and Gary (survived by wife Janis) Labinski. Barb valued the important things in life. She enjoyed spending quality time with her children, grandchildren and friends. She volunteered for many charitable organizations and was dedicated to many women's groups. She also made time for some of the simpler things like peach moscato, basket raffles and bargain shopping. She cherished the time spent baking with her great grandson Carmine and loved receiving his big bear hugs. Her kindness, generosity and friendship will be greatly missed. Friends may call Monday 3-7 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital or Relay For Life. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Michael J. Dinsmore - On Sunday, September 13, 2020, Grand Island, we lost a legend. Mikey, Mickey, most commonly known as Moe, passed away unexpectedly after a sudden respiratory distress overwhelming his immense loving heart. No it was not COVID. Born May 30, 1990, Moe started his journey the strongest of soldiers, always succeeding against the odds. This strong, sarcastic, humorous warrior beat Cerebral Palsy, renal kidney failure (2 separate transplants approx. 10 yrs ea.) PTLD cancer, as well as, a laundry list of others. Moe graduated GIHS class of '08, with a local diploma (WOOT WOOT!!) He 'worked' (mostly socializing) at the previously known restaurant, McMahon's and attended Tech Today (Tonawanda) as well as Elmwood Day Hab (People's Inc.) He vastly enjoyed playing video games (frequently baiting his brother to assist in the game only to 'off' his player.) He also played baseball with Miracle League. Moe was extremely social. "Chatty Kathy" had many friends and was quite the ladies man (insert tiger growl, and WINK WINK). Very opinionated and never afraid to share it, you always knew where you stood (or in his case sat,) with Moe. Known mostly for his versatile palate (inset his snorting laughter) and amazing professional wheel driving skills (or as he thought bumper cars.)
Preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Jack (John) and Ginny (Virginia) Tornabene and paternal grandmother Diane Dinsmore. Moe is survived and greatly missed by his parents (whose entire existence revolved around him) Judith (nee Tornabene) and Jeffrey Dinsmore; siblings, Destiny and Anthony (AJ) Chambers; and three nephews, DeVonte, Jax and Dane (Katie Bates.); paternal grandparents, Lyle Dinsmore and Kathy Barton. As well as a very large family and even more friends.
Words could not begin to describe the positivity and strength he radiated in his 30 years of reign. It was an honor to have a part in his most amazing journey. Whether it be the 'Stairway to Heaven' or the 'Highway to Hell,' he's sure to be 'Flirtin' with Disaster' in the 'Paradise by the Dashboard Lights.' Due to the current pandemic, we will be postponing services until May 30, 2021, venue TBD for a Celebration of Life to be planned. The family would greatly appreciate all memories (please share your memories of our dearly beloved,) condolences or otherwise be sent to the family home or at kaiserfuneral.com. The family can be reached by email DESJAYMOE@gmail.com.
Cynthia D. (nee Colan) Mackrides - September 16, 2020, after a brief illness, of Grand Island. Wife of Emmanuel "Mike" Mackrides; mother of the late Michael H. Kosmin; daughter of Edmund and Sylvia Colan; sister of Edmund A. (Ellen) and Vincent (Sarah) Colan; sister-in-law of Simeon (Toula) and Stephen (Katrina) Mackrides; aunt of Ashley, Nicholas, Rachel, Cameron and Ryan Colan, Sophia, Stephen and Evan Mackrides and Alexandra Homer and her beloved dog Max. Friends may call Friday 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Share condolences at www.kaiserfuneral.com.
Marilyn (nee Groffenberg) Henderson - Passed away peacefully September 11, 2020 after of short illness, of Grand Island. Wife of 67 years of John M. "Jack" Henderson. Mother of Kathy (Jim) Fox, John (Donna) Henderson, Debbie (Jim) Henderson Montray, Joe (Jennie) Henderson, Michael (Tamey) Henderson, Carol (Bert) Henderson Borden and Bill (Lisa) Henderson. Also survived by 15 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and family. Sister of Patsy Krantz, Bonnie (Randy) Gardi and the late William Groffenberg. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, september 15th at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John's Food Pantry. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Carol A. Pless - September 11, 2020, formerly of Grand Island. Daughter of the late Wilbur and June Pless. Survived by 5 siblings and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by 1 brother. Funeral services private. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Erwin Janowski - September 7, 2020, of Grand Island. Husband of 65 years, to Ruth A. (nee Schultz) Janowski; father of Rita (Kevin) Packard and Janet (Ronald) Carpenter; grandfather of Jason (Jeannie) Maedl; great-grandfather of Heidi; also survived by several sisters in Germany, four sisters-in-laws and two brothers-in-laws. Friends may call Monday, Sept. 14th, 2-4 PM, at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Share condolences at www.kaiserfuneral.com.
Thomas S. Nardozzi - Of Grand Island, September 4, 2020.Husband of the late Mary (Montemarano) Nardozzi; father of Rachel (Joseph) D'Agostino and Catherine (John) Wright; grandfather of Joseph D'Agostino, Thomas (Brittany) D'Agostino, Jenniffer (Timothy) Marble and Jessica (Jonathan) Lattanzio; great-grandfather of Kenzie, Stella Rae, Gianna and Vivian. Private visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated from St. Stephen's RC Church (Grand Island) on Saturday at 12 PM followed by entombment at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Arrangements by PERNA, DENGLER, ROBERTS, FUNERAL HOME. Condolences may be offered online at www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com.
Clarence A. "Dave" Davis, Jr. - Of Grand Island, entered into rest on September 6, 2020. Loving son of the late Clarence and Florence (nee Kinnius) Davis; also survived by cousins and dear friends. Private Service. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery. Dave was a US NAVY Veteran. Arrangements by LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel). Online condolences may be offered at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Dorothy A. (nee Krajewski) Lazzaro - September 6, 2020, of Grand Island. Wife of the late Ignatius Lazzaro; mother of Marc (Adriana), Michael (Chris) and Matthew (Tabaitha) Lazzaro; grandmother of Emma, Lauren, Andrew and Chance Ignatius Lazzaro; sister of John (Judy) Krajewski and the late Jane Boye; daughter of the late John and Mariana Krajewski; also survived by many close friends and family. Friends may call Saturday, 2-4 PM, at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME,1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sisters Hospital Foundation. Share condolences at www.kaiserfuneral.com.
Donald E. Collins - Age 72, of Grand Island, NY, passed away on August 28, 2020. Beloved Husband of Marie (Krautsack) Collins; father of Michele Collins; grandfather of Ronald, Amber and Josh; brother of Betty (Paul) Kaiser, Colleen (Walter) Collins-Duffield and Tim (Carol) Collins; also survived by several nieces and nephews. There will be no calling hours. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 3, 2021. Further details will be announced at a later date. Arrangements completed by W.S. DAVIS FUNERAL HOME, Arcade. Memorials may be made to the Ten Lives Club, P.O. Box 253, North Boston, NY 14110. Condolences may be offered at www.wsdavisfuneralhome.com.
Lawrence J. "Larry" Lorenz - September 2, 2020. Beloved husband of 44 years, to Mary Ellen (nee Botticello) Lorenz; devoted father of Christopher M., Jeffrey P. (Bridget) and Thomas M. (Tania) Lorenz; loving grandfather of Dominic and Cameron Lorenz; cherished son of the late John and Wanda Lorenz; dear brother of John (Florence) Lorenz, Kenneth (Theresa) Lorenz, Joseph (Aubrey) Lorenz and Donna (late James) Monaco; also survived by many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at the C. MERTZ AND SON FUNERAL HOME, INC., 911 Englewood Ave., Tuesday, September 8th, from 3-7 PM. All are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Stephen's Church (2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, NY 14072) Wednesday, September 9th, at 10:00 AM. Donations can be made in Larry's memory to ALS Foundation at als.org. Please share your condolences online at www.mertzfh.com.
Stanford E. Harrington - September 3, 2020, of Grand Island. Husband of Helen M. Harrington; father of Susan Heath, Judy Harrington, Douglas (Lauren) Harrington, Kathleen (George) Riddoch, Donald (Mary Louise) Kollmar, Richard Kollmar and Lynn (Gary) Nelson; grandfather of Brian (Courtney) Riddoch, Eric (Courtney) Heath, Lindsay Harrington, Devon (fiancée Lauren) Harrington, Chelsea Harrington, Kayli Nelson, Jacob Nelson, Alyssa Nelson and Arianna (Erik) Matysiak; also survived by five great-grandchildren; son of the late Mildred Flintham and Guy Harrington; brother of the late Guy (late Jerri) Harrington and Mildred (late Ken) Parker. A memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, September 12, at 10 AM, in St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Share condolences at www.kaiserfuneral.com.
William E. "Pete" Foley - September 1, 2020, 78, of Grand Island, formerly of Wheatfield. Husband of Patricia I. (nee Hanson) Foley; father of Denise (Shawn) Carey, Kim (Chris) Carey and Daniel (Michelle) Foley; grandfather of Evan (fiancée Allie) Carey, Brennan (fiancée Natalee) Carey, Seth Carey, Daniel (fiancée Sarah) Foley, Quinn Carey, Colin Carey, Liam Carey, Wil Foley, Nicholas Carey, Caitlin Foley and Grace Carey; survived by sisters Kathleen (late Victor) Podgorny and Linda (Robert) Brandon; predeceased by siblings, Irene (late Herbert) Carter, Charles (survived by wife Marie) and George (survived by wife Carmela) Foley, Dolly (late Leroy) Book, Frank (late Barbara) and Robert (survived by wife Judy) Foley; son of the late Frank and Adela (nee Zobrist) Foley; beloved son-in-law of the late Maurine and Douglas Hanson; also survived by many cherished nieces, nephews and in-laws. Flowers declined. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association. A long time employee of Dunlop Tires,Bill/Pete was an avid fisherman and known for his humor, skill at the grill, hosting large family parties, and secret handshakes with his grandchildren. Due to Covid restrictions, the family is regrettably limited to private services for immediate and extended family members, but welcome and appreciate your memories at www.kaiserfuneral.com.
Reverend David Edward O'Brien - Oblate of Mary Immaculate, returned home to the Father’s House on July 14th, 2020 surrounded by his fellow Oblates in São Paulo, Brazil. Father O’Brien was born in Buffalo NY on September 30, 1932, the son of Edward and Laura O’Brien and brother of Eileen, Mary Elizabeth (Betty) and Laura all who predeceased him.
He attended Holy Angels and Annunciation Grammar Schools and Holy Angels Collegiate Institute, from which he graduated on June 23, 1950, the first student out of 28 classmates. He then entered the Oblate Juniorate Preparatory School in Newburgh, New York followed by admittance to Immaculate Heart of Mary Novitiate in Ipswich, New York where he received the habit and began his novitiate on September 7, 1952. He professed his First Vows on September 8, 1953 and because of his scholastic aptitude was sent to the Oblate Scholasticate in Rome to begin studies in 1954. He remained in Rome for seven years and was ordained a priest there on July 12, 1959.
In 1960, Father O’Brien began his 60 years of service and evangelization, and bringing the good news of Christ, to the poor and marginalized in Brazil. He served in numerous parishes and formation houses throughout Brazil including in: São Paulo, Poços de Caldas, Rio Grande do Sul, Cidade Dutra, Salvador, Recife, and Goiânia. He also served many years as a member of the Provincial Council In February 2020 the pre-novitiate house in Goiânia was named The Reverend David O’Brien OMI Pre-Novitiate House in his honor.
Father O’Brien was loved and treasured by his nieces and nephews, Anne Byrne, Jim (Rebecca) Conboy, Eileen (Jeff) Stone, and David (Karen) Conboy, as well as numerous great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews. They all tremendously enjoyed periodic visits with their cherished Uncle Dave in the United States, and also bore witness to the shared love and respect between Uncle Dave and the Brazilian people during visits to Brazil.
Father O’Brien joyfully and selflessly lived a life of service to others and was an inspiring example of God’s grace and love to all who were fortunate to know him. A memorial Mass commemorating Father O’Brien’s life was celebrated on August, 8th at St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church, Grand Island. Donations in memory of Father O’Brien May be made to: Oblate Brazilian Foundation, 391 Michigan Ave., Washington, DC 20017.
Patricia "Koo" (nee Makula) Asarese - Of Grand Island, NY, August 22, 2020. Mother of Sandra M. (Carl) Leinweber; grandmother of Kelsey (John) Blemel and Kyle Leinweber; great-grandmother of Charlotte Blemel; daughter of the late Vance S. and Mary Makula. No prior visitation. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lupus Foundation. Arrangements by: ERIE COUNTY CREMATION SERVICE, 824-6435. Please share your condolences at: www.eriecountycremationservice.com
Daniel "Troy" Fallin - Of Grand Island, NY, unexpectedly at the age of 36 on August 18, 2020. Beloved son of Julie (Sarama) and Daniel P. Fallin. Dear brother of Garrett (Kyla) Fallin, loving uncle of Gracie. Friends may call Monday 3-7, at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT, INC. Funeral Home, 3290 Delaware Ave. where a prayer service will be held at 5:30 PM. Please share online condolences at www.lesterwedekindtfuneralhome.com.
Michael (Mike) James Cherenzia - 53 yrs. young passed away as a result of heart failure in Miramar Beach, Florida, Thursday August 13th, 2020, at his newly beloved home. He was born on November 23rd, 1966 and was married October 8th, 1994 to Pat Flynn-Cherenzia. Mike graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Buffalo with a BA in Psychology and a BS in Business Administration with a specialization in Finance.
Mike was very dedicated to his family and touched the hearts of many during his time here. People continually referred to him as being a ‘good man’. He was passionate in anything he applied himself to and his enthusiasm was infectious. With his love of history, Disney, rock music (favorite band Rush), anything and everything sports (go Hawks), cars, travel, Christmas and nature, he was always enthusiastically engaged. Professing to not being an ‘animal person’, he was always the one petting the dogs and cat.
His love for sports began at an early age, culminating in being quarterback and captain in his HS football team, drafted to play college until injured. As if not busy enough, he was also Homecoming King in his Senior year and top ranked scholastically.
Mike was very intelligent with an incredible memory, winning most of the family game nights singlehandedly. Devoutly religious, collecting rosaries from around the world, he was kind to all whom he met, continually going out of his way to make others feel comfortable or donating to many charities. He loved being around kids, so quickly found himself coach for many little league baseball and soccer games.
At the time of his passing, he was in the process of renovating the family’s ‘Forever Home’, where he was truly happy. For the past several years, he acquired enough contracting skills that allowed his family to buy several properties in desperate need of repair, renovate them and then then rent them for Airbnb. His frequent quote around the house was ‘I long for the days when you thought I couldn’t handle any tools!’.
Mike’s love for his immediate and extended family knows no bounds. They are heartbroken at his early departure from this earth but recognize he will watch over them from heaven. Mike is survived by his loving wife, Pat Flynn-Cherenzia; sons, James Cherenzia and Ryan Cherenzia; mother, Barbara Cherenzia; brothers, Mark (Andrea) Cherenzia, Peter Cherenzia, Chris Cherenzia; mother-in-law, Ellen (Mike) Snowden; father-in-law, Ronald (Edwina) Flynn; Cameron Cherenzia, Bethany Cherenzia, Paula Cherenzia, AJ (Julia) Cherenzia, Matthew (Andrea) Flynn, Nicole Flynn, Katie Flynn, Danny Flynn, Mark Flynn, Kelsey (Connor) Flynn Burren, Courtney Flynn, Kyle Flynn, Sean Flynn, Chris Flynn, and Shannon Flynn; many cousins and relatives on both sides of the family, in the US and England, all of whom Mike loved dearly.
We wish to extend our appreciation to the South Walton Fire Department, Station 5, for their support and care of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Red Cross in his name.
A family Mass will be held on Friday, August 21, 2020 at 11 AM CST, Please see the details below to join the Mass via Zoom. Zoom link meeting - Pat Flynn-Cherenzia is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Funeral Service Time: Aug 21, 2020 09:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada) ps://us04web.zoom.us/j/3205210533?pwd=ZkNvN1p0SmZmak90L3VTMW1TY2wrUT09 - Meeting ID: 320 521 0533 - Passcode: 8P10j3
Micheal J. Gomlak, Jr. - On August 16, 2020 Michael Joseph Gomlak Jr., aged 81, passed peacefully surrounded by his loved ones, after a brief battle with brain cancer. He was a charming husband, loving father, caring grandfather, passionate educator, poet, philosopher, historian, athlete, coach, avid gardener, successful handicapper of horses, pontificator, pinochle player, and lifelong learner. His legendary career as a faculty member at East Aurora High School and later at Buffalo Seminary influenced two generations. Predeceased by his first wife, Martha; he is survived by his wife, Maria; sons, Justin and Matthew; step-sons Joseph, Charles, and John Cane; step-daughter Annemarie Arendsen; and ten grandchildren; he is also survived by his siblings Pat Chamberlain, Dennis Gomlak, and Susie Swiatek. The viewing will be Tuesday, 3-7 PM, at KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, at 10 AM, at St. Stephens Church. Donations in his name can be made to the East Aurora Union Free School District Office of Finance Attn: Julie Nagel; Leo A. Nojaim Scholarship Fund, 430 Main St., East Aurora, NY 14052. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Ann Marie (nee Dolecki) Chartrand - Passed away on September 28, 2019 at the age of 89. A resident of Grand Island, NY and part-time in Lantana, FL. Beloved wife of Richard Chartrand and dearest mother of Richard (Florence) Chartrand, Jr. She is also survived by many relatives and friends. Ann was an avid boater and a 50 year member of the Buffalo Yacht Club. She was very active and enjoyed dancing, concerts, shopping, the gym, and loved to entertain. If there was a party she was there. Always stylish Ann was known as the hat lady and never left home without a hat. A Celebration of Ann's life with a Memorial Mass will be St. Stephan's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, NY, on Saturday, August 22, at 10 AM, with a luncheon following.
Judy L. (nee Anderson) Weston - July 29, 2020, of Grand Island. Mother of Teresa (Brian McMaster) Weston, and Rose Weston; grandmother of Violet McMaster; daughter of Violet and the late Leonard Anderson; sister of Richard (Bridget), and the late Robert Anderson. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Share condolences at www.kaiserfuneral.com.
Rosalyn (nee Perry) Weselak - August 5, 2020, of Grand Island. Wife of the late Thaddeus "Ted" Weselak; mother of Timothy (Lori), Todd (Vicki), Vincent (Rachel) and Andrew (Christa) Weselak; grandmother of Kayleigh, Amanda, Chelsea, Danielle, Jonathan, Joshua, Jacob, Zoe Anna, Margaret and Elijah Weselak; also survived by her dog Butters; sister of Oliver (Dorothy), James (Anita), Leverne (Beverly) and Arnold Perry; daughter of the late Maurice and Margaret Perry; partner in crime Sue Giambra. Friends may call Monday, 3-7 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, at 11 AM, at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Respect Life, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center or Hospice Buffalo. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Charles W. Territo - Of Grand Island, entered into rest on July 20, 2020. Beloved son of the late Charles Territo and Janice Washburn; cherished brother of Anthony D. (Mya) Territo and April (late George) Parker. No prior visitation. Private Service. Arrangements by LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel). Online condolences may be offered at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Andrew J. "AJ" Rubocki - Of Grand Island, formerly of Port Colborne, ON and Tonawanda, NY, entered into rest July 25, 2020. Beloved husband of the late Caroline T. (nee Vizzi) Rubocki; devoted father of Robert (Mary) Rubocki, Marlene Sullivan and Ronald (Jenae) Rubocki; cherished grandfather of Michael (Sara), Philip, Skylar and Tessa Rubocki; adored great-grandfather of Thomas and Shelby; loving son of the late John and Mary Rubocki; dear brother of the late John (late Helen) Rubocki, Mary (late Fred) Ealaschuk and Barbara (late Joseph) Russell; also survived by many nieces and nephews; will be truly missed by his fur buddies, Cooper and Lucky. As per AJ's wishes, no prior visitation. A Celebration of Life to be held at a later date. AJ was a builder and a co-owner of Caroline Construction Corp. for many years. If desired, donations may be made in AJ's name to SPCA of Erie County. Arrangements by LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel). Please share your online condolences at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Bryce David Shipman - age 60, resident of Grand Island, passed away on July 24, 2020. Born June 2, 1960 in South Dakota to Marian and Clyde Shipman. Bryce served honorably in the United States Air Force and was stationed at McDill Air Force Base, Florida, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii and Site R (Joint Military Base) in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and retired as a SMSgt in 2007.
Bryce lived life large. He loved Jesus and his family in that order. He could be found building anything and everything, enjoying country auctions, playing banjo, songwriting, singing, attending Broadway plays, traveling, boating, fishing, or helping friends and strangers alike. Bryce preached the gospel and fed the homeless. He was happiest when he was surrounded by his fun-loving family.
Survived by his wife, Robin J. Shipman, four children: Jacob David, Emily (Justin), Julia Autumn, Joshua Canyon, and his two grandchildren: Zoë and Indigo. He will also be remembered by his father, Clyde, and his brothers: Jeff, Scott, Tom, Mike, and John. Bryce was preceded in death by his mother, Marian.
Friends may call Friday, July 31st 4-7 PM with military honors at 7 PM at Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehven Road Grand Island. Bryce will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. Flowers gratefully declined; please consider a memorial gift to the Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission (www.niagaragospelrescuemission.com). Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
William T. "Bill" McKibben - Of Grand Island, NY, July 20, 2020. Beloved husband of the late Carolyn A. (Aylor) McKibben; dearest father of W. Mark (Carol) McKibben, Tracy M. (Kevin) LeBlanc and Robert L. McKibben; step-father of Catherine and Carolyn DeLorenzo; also survived by grandchildren and great-grandchildren. No prior visitation. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the convenience of the family. Mr. McKibben was a US Army veteran of the Korean War, was inducted in the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2005 and active in many community organizations. Arrangements by: ERIE COUNTY CREMATION SERVICE, 824-6435. Please share your condolences at: www.eriecountycremationservice.com.
Gertrude "Trudy"(nee Gerencser) Walbert - Went home to be with the Lord on July 16, 2020. Cherished wife for 57 years of Carl Walbert; beloved mother of Michele (Gregory) Pratt, Jason (Sondra) Walbert; loving grandmother of Brendan and Lydia Pratt and Jacob and Ella Walbert; precious sister of, Mary (the late Paul) Kadas, Elizabeth (Roger) Wolbach, and Daniel (Rosemarie) Gerencser and the late Theresa (late Frank) Urban. She volunteered much of her time at St. Stephens Church, on Grand Island, and Kenmore Mercy Hospital, where she worked for several years in Ambulatory Surgery. Friends may call Monday, 4-7 PM, at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 AM at St. Stephens Church. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Please share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Lois (nee Stahl) Kaiser - passed away peacefully on July 12, 2020, in her home in Tennessee with loved ones by her side.
Lois was born on December 3, 1927 and lived most of her life in Grand Island. In addition to being a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Lois was an active member in her church, Trinity United Methodist Church. In her later years, she enjoyed her regular lunch dates with dear friends. Lois was very close to her sister, Norma Jane, and the two of them volunteered countless hours in the Millard Fillmore Hospital gift shop. Lois had a soft spot in her heart for her beloved yellow lab Ginger and remained a dog lover throughout her years.
Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Roger E. Kaiser, parents, Roscoe and Jennie Stahl, and her sister, Norma Jane (late William) Martin. She is survived by her sons, Dr. Roger E. (Dr. Wendy) and Ross A. (Sally) Kaiser. She is additionally survived by her grandchildren Heather (Steve) Wright, Roger E. Kaiser III, Adam Kaiser, and Amanda (Daniel) Wayne as well as her great-grandchildren, Madison and Olivia Wright. Lois is remembered fondly by all those who knew her as she brought warmth, compassion, perspective, and love to those fortunate enough to have called her a mom, grandma, “LoLo”, or friend. She will be missed tremendously. A private graveside memorial service will be held on Grand Island. Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church 2100 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Jacqueline L. (nee Guz) Kazmierczak - July 11, 2020, of Grand Island, wife of the late Ernest Kazmierczak; mother of Lisa (Thomas) Hodge and Brian (Carrie) Kazmierczak; grandfather of Jared Kazmierczak, Ethan Hodge, Eloise and Milo Kazmierczak; sister of Marian Guz; daughter of the late Peter and Louise Guz. Funeral services private. Memorials may be made to the SPCA of Western New York. Mrs. Kazmierczak was an Elementary School Teacher on Grand Island for over 40 years. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Adam McMillan - Suddenly July 10, 2020, of Clarence, formerly of Grand Island, husband of the late Mary K. (nee McLean) McMillan; father of Joanne (Kenneth) Homa and Alana (Paul) Ventura; grandfather of Kristen Higgins, David (Fiancee Nina), and Michael (Tracy) Homa, Franco, Robert, LCpl Christopher and Mary-Margot Ventura; great-grandfather of Sean and Alyssa Higgins, McKayla and Liam Homa; brother of Augustus McMillan Jr. and the late Nessie McMillan, Sandie Bannatyne, Peggy Hassel and Johnny McMillan; son of the late Agnes and Augustus McMillan Sr.; also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who called him "Scottie". Friends may call Thursday 4-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Douglas B. Anderson - July 1, 2020, of Grand Island. Husband of Carolyn S. Anderson. Father of Shawna (Keith) Joslyn and Trisha (Matthew) Mortellaro. Grandfather of Addison Joslyn (fiancée Anthony Schiavi), Brennen Joslyn and Logan Mortellaro. Brother of Louise (Gail) Jensen and the late John "Jack" Adolph Anderson. Friends may call Friday, July 10, 6-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Cory A. Zaranek - June 28, 2020 of Grand Island. Son of Tonya (Gary) Hollederer and Andy (Sue Piejda aka Miss Susie) Zaranek. Brother of Bryan (Dana) Hollederer, Joe (Laura) Piejda), Jill (Dan) Fagan, Kristen (Paul) Kloosterman and Kaitlyn Hollederer. Also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins as well as 5 nieces and nephews. Grandson of John (Carole) Zaranek and the late Diane (Survived by husband Alan) Hall and Alfred Sheley. Funeral services private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cory Zaranek Memorial Fundraiser, facebook.com/donate/3062253143889397. Cory was a US Navy Corpsman embedded with the US Marine Corps, served in 3 deployments including 2007 in Ramadi Iraq, 2009 in Iraq and 2010 in Afghanistan and was awarded 18 various medals. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Rosalie Liberante - Of Grand Island, entered into rest on June 30, 2020. Loving daughter of the late Pasquale and Concetta Liberante; dear sister of David (Judith) Liberante; cherished aunt of Carrie (Luis) Perez and Jeffrey Liberante. No prior visitation. Private Service. Arrangements by LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel). Online condolences may be offered at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Richard S. Zygmunt - June 24, 2020, of Grand Island, husband of the late Judith A. (née Castanza) Zygmunt; father of Emmy Lou Zygmunt, Holly (née Zygmunt) Olmstead, Ryan Zygmunt, Dana Rae Zygmunt, Kaylee Ann Zygmunt and Noah Zygmunt; grandfather of Jill Olmstead; brother of Marcy Jendras. Friends may call Tuesday, June 30th, 4-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Private graveside service will be held at White Chapel Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Buffalo Museum of Science Astronomy Program, c/o Marisa Wigglesworth. You are invited to gather with the Zygmunt family at their home at 2371 Second St., Grand Island on Wednesday at 3 PM. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Jeanette (nee Haase) Hess - June 29, 2020 of Grand Island. Beloved wife of the late Richard R. Hess, Sr.; cherished mother of Deborah (Scott) LaBounty, Linda (Colin) Williamson (former son-in-law Mark Paasch), Margaret (John) Wood, Pamela (Mark) Ray, and the late Richard R. Hess Jr.; devoted grandmother of Kristen (John) Edwards, Autumn Donovan, Andrea LaBounty, Michael Paasch, Valerie Wood, Jessica (Cody) Knolhoff, Lucas, Molly and Piper Ray; devoted great-grandmother of Elijah Knolhoff and Samantha Edwards; sister of Helen (Kendrick) Brown and Richard (Charmaine) Haase; also survived by nieces and nephews. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Share condolences at www.kaiserfuneral.com.
Peter J. Marston, Sr. - June 8, 2020, of Grand Island. Husband of the late Carol Lynn (nee Howell) Marston; father of Peter (Sue) Marston Jr. and Lynn (John Whitney) Dingey; grandfather of Nicholas and Jonathan Dingey and Peter Marston III; brother of Jordan (Diane), Gus (the late Ann) and Ernie (Maryann) Marston and Kathy (Chuck) Knowles; son of the late John and Pearl Marston. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends may call Thursday, June 18, 3-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Graveside services will be held Friday at 10 AM at Whitehaven Cemetery 3089 East River Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Grand Island Snowmobile Club, PO Box 304, Grand Island 14072. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Roger Alan Olds - born November 16, 1951, in Albuquerque NM, passed away at the age of 68 the evening of Saturday, June 20, 2020, of natural causes. He began his eternal journey at his home in Denver, CO, with family by his side. Roger was born to Leonard Elmo Olds and Grace Earlene Hoagland Olds, the second of 12 children. His places of residence included his birth state of New Mexico; Grand Island and Niagara Falls, New York; Columbus, Ohio; and Denver, Colorado. He graduated from Grand Island Senior High School in 1969 at the age of 18. He attended Rick’s College (now BYU Idaho) before serving a 2-year mission in California for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. After his mission, he received his BA in mathematics in 1976 from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. After finishing his degree, he began teaching, followed by many years working for Colorado Compensation Insurance Authority, later named Pinnacle Insurance.
Throughout his busy life, family and commitment to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints remained his top priorities. Upon his retirement, he chose to devote his time to volunteer work. He was an active associate of LegalShield, sat on many boards for various organizations, enjoyed participating in the local English and Scottish Country Dance groups, and was an enthusiastic member of the State Executive Committee of the Constitution Party, also serving as National Committeeman. He was always cheerful, kind, and willing to go out of his way to help others. His faith never wavered, and his unmatched humor carried him through until the end. His two daughters survive him; Rachel Ruth (Danny Arguello) and Lisa Kristine (Matthew Holmes); grandchildren Lorenzo, Elizabeth, Alan Joseph (AJ), Jocelyn; and his stepson Matthew Perez. He will be greatly missed by his family, many friends, and community members who loved and respected him. Please send any memories of Roger to firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Richard Kilmer Sr. - 94, died at home on Grand Island Father’s Day, June 21, with his younger daughter, Geraldine Rapp, and son, John Kilmer Jr., at his side.
A celebrated fisherman, car enthusiast, avid horseman and boxing fan, he grew up in Niagara Falls and lived with his family on Grand Island for more than 70 years, in Sandy Beach and on the West River. He enjoyed music, especially country and western and Willie Nelson. John worked for Kimberly Clark Paper Company in Niagara Falls.
His loving wife of 55 years, Joan Marie, died in 2003 and his older daughter, Jean Casey, in 2012. Surviving, in addition to his daughter and son, are six grandchildren, Haylea Casey, Andrew Rapp, Katherine Muro and her husband Anthony, Meranda Cardinal, Chelsea Kilmer and John Kilmer III; two great-grandchildren, Anthony Muro Jr. and Christopher Rapp; his twin sisters, Stefanie Kutis and her husband Paul, and Mary Ann Favalaro and her husband Michael; five nieces and nephews; and several cousins. He was loved by everyone. Lane Funeral Home, Niagara Falls, has arrangements.
Betty J. (nee Forsythe) Killian - June 22, 2020, of Grand Island. Wife of the late Carlton M. "Joe" Killian. Mother of John (Susan) Killian and Jean Page. Grandmother of Darrell (Genia) Killian, Dana Manzo, Jay (Somer) Page, Justin (Erin) Killian, Chris (Louisa) Page and John Manzo. Great-grandmother of Nola Page, Vesna Killian, Killian Page, Dinorah Page, Zozo Killian, Orion Page and Lawson Killian. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
William L. Seifert - June 20, 2020, of Grand Island. Husband of the late Josephine K. Seifert. Father of Gary, George, Anthony (Michelle) and the late William and James Seifert. Also survived by 8 grandchildren. Brother of the late George Seifert, Elizabeth Metzen and Mary Ellen Sinclair. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Thursday, June 25th at 10 A.M. at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Donald H. Tompkins - 95, of Ellicottville, NY, formerly of Grand Island, died June 12, 2020. Beloved husband of Nancy Farr Tompkins; dear father of Barbara (Jonathan) Falk, Donald (Kathleen) Tompkins and David (Brooke) Tompkins; grandfather of six. A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the O'Rourke & O'Rourke, Inc. Funeral Home, 25 River Street, Salamanca, NY.
Audra S. Steiger - of Cheektowaga, entered into rest June 18, 2020. Beloved wife of the late Gary E. Steiger; devoted mother of Jack Bianco, Kassy Steiger, Jeremy Steiger and Kathleen Steiger; loving daughter of Gary and Kathleen Bykowicz; dear sister of Gary (Nancy) Bykowicz and Barbara (Kerry) Evans; also survived by nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel) 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., near Eggert/Sheridan Dr., on Wednesday from 3-7PM. A funeral service will immediately follow. Online condolences shared at www.lombardofuneralhome.com. Pursuant to the "unpausing" NYS guidelines, 25% occupancy limitations will be observed.
Francis J. Lambert, Jr. - . Of Grand Island, entered into rest June 18, 2020; beloved husband of the late Lois E. (nee Cowles) Lambert; devoted father of Gregory (Greer) Lambert, Julie (Mark) Naimi and the late Brian Tracz; cherished grandfather of Daniel (Amanda) Tracz; fond great-grandfather of Parker and Hudson; loving son of the late Francis and Alice (nee Moses) Lambert Sr.; dear brother of the late John Lambert and Patricia (Mike) Tarapczynski; dearest uncle of Scott Tarapczynski. No prior visitation. Private Service. Francis was an Engineer for Conrail Railroad for 49 years. Please share condolences at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
William S. Gilbert - June 15, 2020 of Grand Island, NY. Husband of Marcia (nee Bellinger) Gilbert; father of Christine and Daniel Gilbert, Kaitlyn (William) Ausperger and Andrew Gilbert; grandfather of Alaric, Aryana and William; brother of Cindy (Don) Darnley; son of the late William and Constance Gilbert. Friends may call Friday, 2-6:30 PM followed by funeral services Friday, at 6:30 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Rev. Karen Lois (nee Sommer) Schwindler - June 7, 2020 age 59 of Hartwell, GA, formerly of Grand Island. Rev. Schwindler was born October 8, 1960 to the late Raymond and Gwendlyn Sommer in Buffalo. A member of Christ Lutheran Church in Oakwood, GA, she received her Masters Degree from Lutheran Theological Seminary in Columbia, SC. Wife of James Schwindler. Mother of Raymond and Luke Schwindler of both Hartwell and Matthew (Angie) Schwindler of Gainesville, GA. Grandmother of Tiffany and Michael Gooch. Sister of Butch (Pat) and Paul (Adel) Sommer both of Grand Island. Niece of Lois Schneider of Buffalo, Beverly Stroh of Endicott, NY and Bonnie Sommer of Grand Island. Sister in law of Linda Scott of Stone Mountain, GA. Friends may call Sunday 4-6 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Graveside services will be held Monday at 1 PM at Acacia Park Cemetery 4215 Tonawanda Creek Rd. Pendleton. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Bruce R. Burridge - 79, of Grand Island, NY, passed away Monday, June 8, 2020. He is survived by his daughter Stacey K. Ford (Andrew C.); brother Russell Allen Burridge (Christina Marie); and former wife Carol M. Burridge. He was preceded in death by his son Jason R. Burridge; daughter Katherine Marie; sister Beverly Joyce Anderson; and parents Phillip and Erma Burridge. Bruce was a retired math teacher at Gaskill Junior High School in Niagara Falls, NY and a trolley supervisor for Niagara Falls State Park. He was a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Bruce was a member of the Buffalo Launch Club and enjoyed playing golf, boating and the Buffalo Bills. A visitation will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2020 from 2-3 pm, with a funeral service to follow at 3 pm, located at Hiers-Baxley Funeral and Cremation Life Event Center, 3975 Wedgewood Lane, The Villages, FL 32162. A celebration of his life will also be held in Buffalo, NY at a later time and date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to the Weill Cornell Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic, https://s010.med.cornell.edu/wcmc/make-a-donation.html or call 646-962-9476 for more information. Online sentiments can be shared at hiers-baxley.com.
Joseph Denzil Haley - June 8, 2020, of Grand Island. Husband of the late Shirley A. Haley; father of Ronald (Terri) McClurg, William, Tina and Lesa Haley; grandfather of Justin Haley, Brandon (Allyson) McClurg, Cody Hool and Nicholas Rusert; also survived by three great-grandchildren; son of the late Joe and Altress Haley. Friends may call Wednesday 3-7 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, where Funeral Services will be held Thursday at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Charles DeGlopper Memorial Expansion Fund c/o VFW Post 9249. Mr. Haley was a Corporal in the US Marine Corps. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
John S. Camilleri, Jr. - Of Grand Island, NY. Unexpectedly in an airplane accident in Carlinville, IL, May 31, 2020. Dear son of John S. and Gail L. (Stutzman) Camilleri; brother of Anthony (Sue) and Samuel (Emilie) Camilleri; dearest friend of Tierney Smith; also survived by loving aunts, uncles, a niece, nephew and cousins. Because of the Covid-19 event and social distancing, a private Church Funeral Service and Entombment will take place at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by D. LAWRENCE GINNANE FUNERAL HOME, Kenmore, NY. John was an employee of Fresenius Kabi. A Memorial contribution to Erie County SPCA, 300 Harlem Rd., Buffalo, NY 14224 is preferred. Sign online register at www.ginnanefuneralhome.com.
Joanne V. Occhino - June 1, 2020, age 81, beloved daughter of the late Vincent and Angela (nee Bongiva) Occhino; dear sister of Phyllis M. (late William) Lock and the late Vincent (Barbara) Occhino; also survived by a niece, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Arrangements by the GRECO FUNERAL HOME. Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Please share memories and condolences at www.GRECOFUNERAL.com.
William L. Burch - who worked for 35 years at Bell Aerospace and was an avid bird watcher, died on May 11, 2020 at the St. Joseph Post-Acute Center in Orchard Park after testing positive for COVID 19 on 7 May 2020. Born on January 24, 1920 at the tail end of the 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic, William was 100 years old.
Born in Gary, Indiana, he grew up in Decatur, Alabama and Denver, Colorado with his parents, Francis and Jennie (Rayl) and his beloved brother Frank. After graduating from the Colorado School of Mines in 1944 with a B.Sc. degree in Metallurgical Engineering, William began work at the Linde Corporation in Kenmore, NY. His first engineering assignment was on the Manhattan Project. The Linde Corporation, with Williams help, was developing methods to concentrate fissionable uranium isotopes for use in the first atomic bomb during the World War II.
While at Linde William met his future wife, Olive Lightfoot, a chemical laboratory technician. William and Olive were married on September 3, 1948; the beginning of a joyful 72 year marriage.
In 1949, William joined Bell Aircraft (later Bell Aerospace Textron) ,Wheatfield, NY, where he enjoyed a 35 year career applying his knowledge of metallurgy to solve cutting edge welding problems. William solved complex welding problems on the Agena Rocket Motor. In the 1960s Bell Aerospace played a significant role in America's race to land the first man on the moon. William devised procedures to weld exotic aluminum alloys and trained welders to fabricate critical components, such as fuel tanks and steering rockets, for the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM) for the Apollo program. The LEM was the vehicle that lifted the astronauts off of the surface of the moon.
The systems William created only had to work once, but if they failed the astronauts would have been stranded on the moon. William retired from Bell in 1985 to pursue a passion for bird watching that had begun in 1947. A decade's long member of the Buffalo Audubon Society (1948) and the Buffalo Ornithological Society (1978), William loved to introduce others to bird watching, to lead bird hikes and waterfowl canoe trips in the Iroquois Wildlife Refuge.
In the 1990s a pair of Peregrine Falcons came to roost atop the Statler Tower in Buffalo. William volunteered to assist the NYSDEC with installing a video camera system to monitor the nesting Peregrines. William observed the Peregrines and raised awareness of their return to Western New York by writing numerous contributions to Buffalo News articles.
William and Olive became members of Trinity United Methodist Church, Grand Island, NY in the early 1960s. William enjoyed his many hours serving the Church and the fellowship of the congregation. William believed in the power of learning, science and engineering to accomplish most anything, whether it was sports, sailing, birding, or preserving the environment. William also enjoyed bicycling, fixing cars, deer hunting, repairing telescopes, and serving as Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader.
William is survived by his wife, Olive, and their sons Charles, Lawrence (Joan) and Roger (Deborah); two granddaughters Kelsey (Ronald) Reynolds and Colleen (Jonathan) Septor and one great granddaughter, Oresta Burch-Septor; his sisters-in-law Ernestine (Frank) Burch and Mary (Richard) Lightfoot and many cherished nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Donations in memory of William Burch may be made to the Buffalo Ornithological Society, c/o Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo, New York, 14211.
Douglas R. Townson - Age 68, May 24, 2020 in San Diego, California. He was the former husband of Jill (nee Cook) Townson and father of Dr. Karin (Dr. Jason) Townson-Steere. Doug was a 1969 graduate of Grand Island High School where he was a standout athlete in football and basketball. He held the single season and single game rebound record for an amazing 50 years. Doug attended US Air Force Academy and Buffalo State College. He had been employed at Buxton Machine and Tool in Buffalo as a Machinist. An accomplished guitarist, he performed with many local rock groups throughout WNY. Also survived by his wife Monique Devenyns, brothers David (Debbie) and Duane Townson and sister Devin McHugh. Donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans DAV.org. Please share online condolences at www.ROTHFUNERAL.com.
Leo J. Nowak, Jr. - May 29, 2020, of natural causes, surrounded by family, born June 14, 1932 of Grand Island. Beloved husband of the late Mary M. (nee Pitonyak) Nowak. Loving father of Leo J. (Mary Jane) Nowak III, Ann Nowak (Richard) Maurer, Thomas G. (Kelly) and James S. (Melissa) Nowak. Cherished grandfather of Brian Maurer, Abigale Nowak, Jason Maurer, Isabelle and Caroline Nowak, Morgan and Garrett Haynes, Mark, Robert and Alicia Feldhousen. Son of the late Leo J. and Josephine Nowak. Also survived by cousins, nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Erie County Medical Center. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
George E. Sullivan, Jr. - Formerly of Grand Island, went to his eternal reward on May 28, 2020. George was preceded in death by his daughter Jacquelyn (Kane) Mau, his sisters Jean Cook and Dolores Dowd, and his parents, Sabina and George E. Sullivan. George leaves behind his loving wife Jaquelyn (Lehner) of 58 years and his sons Michael (Marion), Paul (Eileen), Brian (Angela), and Jeffrey (Nicole). His pride and joy were his grandchildren Steven, Jennifer, Christopher, Courtney, Quinn, Lily, Brice, Maggie, Patrick, Matthew, Sophia, and Zachary, and his great-grandchildren, Avery, Levi, and Maverick.
Beyond the love of his family, George cherished his Catholic faith. He was an active member of parish communities where he lived. In addition to raising funds to build new churches, he served as a finance council member, usher, and extraordinary minister of Holy Communion. He also was a 4th Degree member of the K of C Council 4752, serving as a past Grand Knight. George was a life-long employee of the Buffalo News, working at the newspaper for 43 years, and was the past President of the N.Y.S. Circulation Managers Association. He was also active in local politics, serving as a councilman for 12 years with the Town of Grand Island. He was past chairman of the Erie County Traffic Safety Board. He coached little league baseball for many years and served as the chairman of the Grand Island Recreation Committee. In retirement, he volunteered his time by serving as a guardian for disadvantaged youths and as a taxpayer advocate with the IRS. A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Bonnie (nee Lysarz) Wiesmore - Of Grand Island, entered into rest May 28, 2020; beloved companion of the late Raymond Halm; devoted mother of Micheal Wiesmore, Mark (Julie) Wiesmore, Kenneth Wiesmore and Brett Wiesmore; cherished grandmother of Taya, Sydney, Aaron, Casey, Timothy, Jenna, Dustin and Nathen; loving daughter of the late Casimer and Mary Ann Lysarz; dear sister of Juanita Lysarz Majewski and Gerri (Joseph) Fiorella; also survived by several nieces and nephews. No prior visitation. Private Service. Condolences at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Gerald "Jerry" Fitzgerald - May 26, 2020, of Grand Island. Loving husband and best friend of Patricia "Pat" Fitzgerald; father of Michelle (William) Clare, Karen (Darryl) Francoeur and John (Elan) Fitzgerald; grandfather of Jonah, Noah and Bridgette; brother of Marsha Jones and Michael Fitzgerald; son of the late Joseph and Doris Fitzgerald. Jerry was a co-founder of the Neumann Catholic Swim League. He was a member of the Ken-Ton Chamber of Commerce and as Vice President he founded the Business Expo, at Lincoln Park Arena. He was an accomplished sales executive, working most recently at Automart Magazine. He enjoyed camping with his family and friends, and motor homing later. He enjoyed boating, fishing and loved his vegetable garden. He was a member of Elks Lodge 346 and the LaSalle Yacht Club. Jerry loved the Florida Keys where he and Pat spent winters after retirement. He was very active even with health issues in his later years. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Richard Marian Narad - 84, died peacefully on May 10, 2020 at Evergreen Woods in North Branford, CT. He and his beloved wife of 41 years, Dr. Joan Stern Narad, moved there in December 2019. He was born in Niagara Falls, NY, son of Marian and Mary (Blum) Narad.
Prior to his retirement Richard worked at several companies as a corporate safety engineer (Century Brass, Brinks, Gulf & Western, Wickes). A man of many talents after proudly serving in the United States Air Force 1954-1958 as a crew chief. He graduated from the University of New Haven while teaching Industrial Safety courses at Mitchell College and volunteering at the CT Cerebral Palsy Association.
When not traveling for work while living with his second wife in Westport CT for 20 years, he was a volunteer in the boat building program for children at the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium, loved to sail, worked on all his boats, enjoyed skillful woodworking, and reading. He built a dinghy with his young son Michael that had a maiden launch successfully in their swimming pool.
Richard and Joan then lived for 20 years in Old Saybrook where he was member of the North Cove Yacht Club and continued his ardent love of sailing and boating with a succession of different boats. He also raced 914 model sailboats there and in later years built model airplanes, flew them and quads (drones) at an aero club in Salem CT. He was known particularly for the half hull models he built of famous racing sailboats.
Richard was predeceased by his first wife G. Faye (Ehrlich). From this first marriage he is survived by his daughter Christine Mason and her husband Dr. Patrick Mason, Lancaster, VA; and a daughter Laurie Narad of Jefferson, WI. After marrying again 41 years ago, the family welcomed their son Michael Narad. He is married to Dr. Megan Narad (Waal) and have a 4-year-old granddaughter Avery in Cincinnati, OH. Richard is also survived by his sister, Virginia Parsons of Amherst, NY and her family.
A deeply committed family man especially to his loving children, the Narads and the children enjoyed many vacations in Nantucket, visiting and hosting extended family friends, observing Jewish and Catholic celebrations, and, of course, sailing. He was especially proud of being PopPop to Avery.
The family is especially grateful to the Evergreen Woods Health Center for the wonderful care and comfort provided by a dedicated staff and kind geriatric doctors. He spent many hours in the lovely garden and appreciated the individual attention, music, and activities provided over the past 1 1/2 years. A lot of Facetime visits took place under current Covid quarantine precautions were successful there with no Covid there but prevented his wife’s daily visits. During the last week she was fortunately able to be with him and he died peacefully with her at his side. A few days before he passed, a friend Donald Naiman, a chaplain at Danbury Hospital, provided Catholic prayers and blessings by phone for the couple.
Robert M. Wendling - May 22, 2020 of Hamburg, NY, formerly of Grand Island at the age of 57 years. Loving husband of Robin (Smith) Wendling. Cherished father of Kelsey (Jake) McRary and Mitchell Wendling. Grandfather of Chloe, Braydon and Jase. Son of Robert and Sherrie Wendling. Brother of Brad (Kerry) and the late Jeff Wendling. Brother-in-law of Lisa Wendling. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by Wentland Funeral Home, N. Collins, NY.
Barbara A. (Kubik) Potenski - 71, of Grand Island, NY passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at Erie County Medical Center, after a long illness. Born in Niagara Falls, NY on June 14, 1948 she was the daughter of the late John M. and Sophie M. (Pac) Kubik Jr. Barbara worked as a Pharmacist for Roswell Park Cancer Institute for 30 years. She is survived by her husband, Dennis Potenski; sisters, Maryjane (Joseph) LaRuffa and Patricia (Carl) Pasquarella; also survived by nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, cousins and close friends. Our Barb was a beautiful person inside and out. She was kind and generous to everyone she knew. Being devoted to her faith, Barb often helped with church tasks. Since Barb retired, she traveled extensively. Barb continued to help people in need by volunteering at Niagara Hospice. She will be dearly missed. Arrangements entrusted to ZAJAC FUNERAL HOME INC. Visit www.zajacfuneralhomeinc.com for online condolences.
Elsie D. (nee Johnson) Clark - Passed away peacefully May 18, 2020, at Schoellkopf Health Center, after a long illness at the age of 100. Beloved wife of the late Arthur R. Clark; cherished mother of David (Donna) Clark and Kathleen Lorentz; she is survived by 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. There will be no prior visitation. If desired, memorials may be made to Niagara Hospice; 4675 Sunset Dr., Lockport, NY 14094. On behalf of her family, we would like to thank and acknowledge the wonderful staff and volunteers for the loving and incomparable care that she received while at Hospice House and Schoellkopf Health Center. Arrangements by: ERIE COUNTY CREMATION SERVICE, 824-6435. Please share your condolences at: www.eriecountycremationservice.com.
Virginia R. (nee Jones) Fisher - Of Grand Island, May 22, 2020. Loving wife of the late David D. Fisher; cherished mother of David, Raymond (Felicia Orem) Fisher and Bonnie (James) Reed; beloved grandmother of David Santa Lucia, Raymond (Melissa) Fisher and Alicia Fisher; great-grandma of Jayden, Ariana, Carter and Lillian; A Graveside Service will be announced at a later date. Condolences may be shared online at www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com.
Elisabeth (nee Maerz) Nagy - May 22, 2020, of Grand Island. Wife of Frank Nagy. Mother of David (Heather) Nagy of Orlando, FL and Peter (Michelle) Nagy of East Aurora. Grandmother of Mikayla, Elijah, Eliot and Parker Nagy. Sister of Konrad, Kathe, Margarete, Heinrich, Barbara, John, Adam, and the late Anna. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. A memorial service will be held at Cornerstone Church at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Please share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Robert J. Ringler - Age 80 of Grand Island, May 21, 2020 after a brief illness. Husband of 43 years to Kathy M. (nee Fitzgerald) Ringler, father of Dennis W. Ringler and Paul C. Ringler; grandfather of Brennan (Corey) Stalker and great-grandfather of Jordan, Logan and Julian, son of the late Edward and Hazel (nee Licht) Ringler, brother of James "Mike" (Judith) Ringler, David (Judy) Ringler and the late Edward (late Mary Lou) Ringler. Also many nieces and nephews. Robert was a 1958 graduate of Tonawanda High School and was a US Army Veteran. He had been employed by Roadway Express for 30 years. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus-Twin City Council 413. There will be no prior visitation. A private Prayer Service will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery with Robert's immediate family. Memorial contributions in memory of Robert may be made to The American Cancer Society or to Coronavirus Research. Condolences online may be shared at www.ROTHFUNERAL.com.
David D. Fisher - Of Grand Island, May 14, 2020; loving husband of Virginia (nee Jones); cherished father of David, Raymond (Felicia Orem) Fisher and Bonnie (James) Reed; beloved grandfather of David Santa Lucia, Raymond (Melissa) Fisher and Alicia Fisher; great-grandpa of Jayden, Ariana, Carter and Lillian; brother of Patricia (late Thomas) Evans, Helen (Joanie) Eason, Betty Ann (late Frances) Band, John (Nancy) Fisher, Jane (late Gerald) Schutz and the late Phyllis Tracy. A Graveside Service will be announced at a later date. Condolences may be shared online at www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com.
Roy H. Meyers - 83, on May 10, 2020 of Grand Island, formerly of Wheatfield. Loving husband of JoAnn (nee Horvath) Meyers; dear father of Griffin (Keely) Meyers of Maple Valley, WA, Leslie B. Brink of Buffalo and the late Steven Meyers; proud grandfather of Steven, Jennifer, Layton, Sophia, Isabella "Bella", and Violet; great-grandfather of two; brother of Donald (Jane), Nancy (the late Henry) Juliano, the late Joan Normandin and the late Linda Cox; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Roy retired from Local Building Trades as a Tile Finisher. He proudly served in the United States Air Force, stationed in Japan as a member of the Military Police. His big smile and robust laugh, not to mention his crazy sense of humor, will be missed. Roy donated his body to the University of Buffalo to help those who help us. A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date.
Lisa C. (nee Miller) Savage - Of Grand Island, entered into rest May 14, 2020. Beloved wife of Joseph C. Savage Jr.; loving daughter of Richard (Jackie) Miller and the late May "Cathy" Deperto; dear sister of Amy (Scott) and Katrina Deperto; adored step-sister of David (Amy) Baker, Heather (Marty) Goodremote and Eric Miller; cherished daughter-in-law of Suzanne (late Joseph C. Sr.) Savage; kind sister-in-law of Kim (Bill) Marts, Patricia Walters (Jon), Kristen (late Donald) Kohlbrenner (John), Rebecca Smith, Anthony (Samantha) Savage and Nicole Savage; also survived by aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. No prior visitation. Private Service. Arrangements by LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel). Online condolences at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Jeanne Emily (nee Verville) Anstett - May 10, 2020, of Grand Island. Wife of Wayne Anstett. Mother of John Anstett, Susan (Peter Jr.) Marston, Michael (Kristen) and the late David (survived by wife Lynn) Anstett. Grandmother of Jordan, Drew, Dylan, Peter III, Kayla, Joshua, Christopher and Allison. Great grandmother of Jenna, Hailey, Cash, Brooklyn and Levi. Sister of Paul (Kim) and Richard (Laurie) Verville and the late Elaine Wiswell. Sister in law of Katherine Anstett. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. A memorial Mass will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Grand Island Golden Age Center. Mrs. Anstett was a Crossing Guard on Grand Island for 35 years. She was a member of the Queen City Jazz Society, Garden Club, Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary and Home Bureau. Please share online condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Janet M. (nee Wagner) Cummins - Age 49, passed away at her Grand Island home on Friday, May 8, 2020. She was born on October 11, 1970, to the late John C. Wagner and the late JoAnne Wagner (Finch). Janet grew up in Warsaw and pursued advanced nursing degrees following graduation. She was very passionate about her healthcare career and particularly enjoyed working with developmentally disabled individuals. Janet was also an avid animal lover who spent her free time caring for her own rescue pets and those of others. She often expressed her generosity and kindness through cooking, as she could frequently be found preparing meals for friends and neighbors. In addition to her parents, Janet is predeceased by her half-sister, Jody R. Webster. Janet is survived by her daughter, Laura E. Cummins; her sister, Joyce A. Wagner and half-brother, David C. Webster. Immediate Services will be held virtually due to current conditions. In lieu of flowers, family asks that donations be made to the SPCA Serving Erie County or a local animal sheltering organization of your choice. Please share condolences at www.kaiserfuneral.com.
Elisabeth "Liesl" (nee Stinner) Ochs - Of Grand Island, returned to her Lord on Thursday, April 23, 2020, beloved wife of 51 years to Henry Ochs. She is survived by her brother Theodore (Martha) Stinner; sons Christopher (Brittany) and Michael (Kristin); two grandchildren she adored, Mason and Clara, and the daughter she always wanted, Elizabeth (Kenneth) O'Connor. Liesl is also survived by many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends, whom she loved dearly. Services were held privately at Whitehaven Cemetery. If desired, donations may be in made in Elisabeth's honor to Hospice Buffalo. Please share online condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Robert E. Waterson III - Entered into rest May 6, 2020, of Grand Island. Son of Sally M. and the late Robert E. Waterson Jr.; brother of Jeff (Sharon) Waterson, Michael (Christina) Waterson, Diane (Brent VanderViaet) Waterson and Brett (Melanie) Waterson; also survived by many nieces and nephews; nephew of Laura Worley and August Worley. A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Fayne A. (nee Mcmanus) Certo - Of Grand Island, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2020. She was born July 13, 1934 in South Buffalo and graduated from South Park High School and SUNY College at Cortland. She was the beloved wife of Russell L. Certo; loving mother to four children, Daneen (Dean) Gallagher, Russell "Cheek" (Elizabeth), Jeff (Barbara), and Thomas; survived by eight grandchildren, Mick (Lianna), Holly, Kaitlin, John Russell, Benjamin, Emily, Jillian, and Anthony (Jessica) along with two great-grandchildren, Brady and Joseph; also survived by her sister Mary M. Braun and brother Ian (Patricia) McManus and many nieces and nephews. A private Burial Service was held at St. Stephen's Cemetery, Grand Island. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Catherine "Kay" Kaiser - Age 84, passed away on Thursday, April 30, 2020 at Seasons Hospice in Phoenixville, PA. Catherine was born on September 24, 1935 in Niagara Falls, NY, to Fred and Elizabeth Moir. She is survived by her younger brother John Moir; predeceased by her older brother Fred (Doris) Moir. Catherine married Warren J. Kaiser (predeceased) on June 25, 1954. She was a busy mother of six children, Lynn Bennett (Larry), of Grand Island, NY, David Kaiser of Malvern, PA, Warren Kaiser (late Kathy), of Downingtown, PA, Leslie Filano (David), of Parrish, FL, Phillip Kaiser (Katy), of Pottstown, PA and Christopher Kaiser (fiance; Bobbie Roem) of VT; grandmother to 10 grandchildren, Brandon Kaiser of Holmes, NY, Ashleigh Bennett (Stan Wong), of Newtown, CT, Michael Filano of Philadelphia, Teighlor Bennett of Grand Island, NY, Jacob Kaiser of Valley Forge, PA, Nick Filano of Philadelphia, Brian Filano of NYC, Wyatt Kaiser of Pottstown, PA, Regan Kaiser of VT, Peyton Kaiser of Pottstown, PA; great-grandmother to Logan Kaiser, of Holmes NY; and survived by many nieces and nephews from NY and Utah.
Growing up, Catherine was an avid swimmer. She spent many summers with her family at Midland Lake in Canada. She loved to travel, read, tend to her many plants and spend time with her family and friends. Catherine's last job before retiring at the age of 79, was working for Handi-Crafters in Coatesville, PA. Another passion of Catherine's was singing and she was a member of the Sweet Adelines in Ocean City, MD. Catherine will be truly missed by her family and many friends. Services will be private. Arrangements are being handled by the James J. Terry Funeral Home, Downingtown. To send your online condolences, please visit www.jamesterryfuneralhome.com.
Marian Theresa Burns - Age 88, died peacefully on April 29, 2020, beloved wife for 67 years of the late John William "Jack" Burns who died in 2017. Marian was born to Eva (Manjack) and John Kowalczyk on November 3, 1931 in Houtzdale, PA. She is survived by her younger sister, Patsy Gallagher; she was predeceased by her older sister Rose Bungo and younger brother John Kowalczyk. Marian was described in her high school yearbook as "pert with tomboyish ways as certainly not in keeping with her slight build. Marian with her fair complexion and clear blue eyes seemed more like a walking doll than a third baseman". Her brother John always remembered how Marian protected him and came to his defense.
Marian was Vice President of her Class of 1949, she had the leading role as the "Divine Flora" in the school play and was chosen May Queen. During high school Marian and Jack became sweethearts. A quote under a picture of them in their yearbook stated, "Always Together". They married a year after graduation, September 18, 1950, in Columbia, SC where Jack was stationed at Fort Jackson while in the army. They moved to Grand Island, NY in 1957 to raise their family and became lifelong residents. She was a devoted mother of one son, Jack Burns and his wife Sandy of Grand Island, five daughters, Nancy and her husband Mike Wells of Stow, MA, Terri and her husband Jim Canavan of Safety Harbor, FL, Kim and her husband Robert Parasiliti of Horseheads, NY, Patricia (deceased) and her husband Steve Kopra of Clarence, NY and Casey and her husband Mark Reimer of Atlanta, GA. Marian was a loving grandmother to 15 grandchildren and great-grandmother of 15 great-grandchildren.
From childhood Marian was a devout Catholic starting and ending each day in prayer. She was a member of St. Stephen Parish. She participated actively in church life and activities including attending daily mass, became a Eucharistic minister, a member of the Alter Society and Bereavement Committee. She was also recognized as "Volunteer of the Year" at Elderwood Nursing home. Marian's deep faith led her to be ordained as a 3rd Order Carmelite of the Discalced Carmelite Nuns. Marian was a creative artist talented in painting, ceramics and writing. She was a fabulous cook and the family never missed her weekly Sunday dinners. Our house was filled with laughter as she bestowed upon her family the "Kowalczyk sense of humor"! Marian will be buried in St. Stephen cemetery next to Jack. On their gravestone is the inscription "Always Together". A Memorial Service will be held at a future date. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Josephine S. (nee Spagnola) Barr - Age 94, April 26, 2020, of Grand Island, NY, beloved wife of the late Eugene Barr; cherished daughter of the late John and Louise Spagnola; devoted mother of Robert (Jen) Barr and Louise (Mark) Goff; loving grandmother of Angel (Aaron) Kisloski, Mark (Alex) Goff, Shannon Haynes, Krista Goff and Robert Simon; Nana of Anthony, Andrew, Jacob and Nate; dear sister of Joseph (late Marie) Spagnola, Donald (Gloria) Spagnola and the late Millie (late John) Russo and the late Ann (late Charles) Infantino; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Private Services. Online condolences, please visit www.lesterwedekindtfuneralhome.com.
Gwen L. (nee Sarson) Kennedy - Of Grand Island, NY, May 2, 2020, after an illness with COVID-19, wife of 41 years to the late William M. Kennedy; dear mother of Dean (Cyndie) Golde, Rick (Christine) Kennedy and JoAnn (Gary) Mathews; loving grandmother of seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; sister of the late George III "Bill" (Perfecta) Sarson; also survived by nieces and nephews. A private interment at Acacia Park Cemetery is planned at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by D. LAWRENCE GINNANE FUNERAL HOME, Kenmore, NY. Gwen was a volunteer and served for many years on the Information Desk at Kenmore Mercy Hospital. Memorial contributions to Kenmore Mercy Foundation, 2950 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore, NY 14217 are preferred. Condolences and sign register at www.ginnanefuneralhome.com.
Jason K. Stiner - April 24, 2020, of Grand Island, beloved son of Jack and Diane Stiner; devoted father of Elizabeth Stiner; also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins and many dear friends. Due to COVID 19 Quarantine, Funeral Services will be announced at a later date. Arrangements by the C. MERTZ AND SON FUNERAL HOME, INC. Share condolences at mertzfh.com.
Virginia "Ginny" (nee Smith) Buehrig - Age 93, April 19, 2020, of Grand Island, NY, beloved wife of the late Karl Buehrig; predeceased by her siblings, William "Woody" Smith, Loraine Smith, Ida Mae Bruyere, Ernest Smith, Thelma Varisco; also survived by nieces, nephews and many friends. Ginny was an active longtime member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Daughters of the Nile. Private Services. For online condolences, please visit www.lesterwedekindtfuneralhome.com.
Henry C. Fessard - April 18, 2020, age 99, beloved husband of the late Margaret A. Fessard (nee Luksch); loving father of Margaret (late Francis) Aldrich, Louis (Karen) Fessard, Susan (Lloyd) Scharf, Lisa Fessard, Barbara (John) Roach and the late Jacqueline (Paul) Johnson; cherished grandfather of five and devoted great-grandfather of six; predeceased by two sisters and one brother. No prior visitation. A Memorial Mass will be held at a date and time to be announced. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, P.O. Box 692, Buffalo, NY 14240-0692 (https://bpo.org/donate). Online condolences at www.beachtuynfh.com.
David Carl Gasbarro - Our dear brother and uncle passed away on April 13, 2020 at the age of 64. Dave was a graduate of the Grand Island High School Class of 1973 and studied art at Buffalo State College. He was the son of the late Ernest and Elsie Gasbarro. He is survived by his brothers Ronald and Dennis (Colleen), nephews Eric (Marcie Graziadei), and Jesse (Sarah), nieces Miranda Giglio (Mark), and Valerie, as well as grandnephews Luke Giglio and Dominic Gasbarro, and grandnieces Matilda Gasbarro and Margaret Giglio. David will be interred at St. Stephen’s Church on Grand Island.
Dr. Marilynn P. (nee Mahoney) Fleckenstein, Ph.D - of Buffalo passed away on April 9, 2020 at the age of 76. Born and raised in South Buffalo, she was the daughter of Thomas and Rosemary Mahoney (McGinn).
Marilynn graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas School in 1957, Mount Mercy Academy in 1961, and D’Youville College in 1965. She earned her Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC in 1977. In 2017, Dr. Fleckenstein retired and was named Professor Emeritus from a distinguished 51 year career as a Professor of Philosophy and administrator at Niagara University. During her tenure, Dr. Fleckenstein served as Philosophy Department Chair, NULTA Executive, Director of Learn and Serve and the WNY Service Learning Coalition, and Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs.
Dr. Fleckenstein influenced the lives of so many young students, teaching an estimated 1/3 of all Niagara University graduates. Her family has witnessed Marilynn’s impact by the tremendous outpouring of affection from former students in the days since she passed. In 1994, Dr. Fleckenstein founded Learn and Serve Niagara, a program that connects learning with much needed social change.
To this day, students in the program contribute more than 100,000 hours of community service each year in volunteer placements in crisis prevention and intervention, tutor/mentoring, education, health care, and parenting and family services across more than fifty human services agencies throughout Western New York and Southern Ontario. As Director and Coordinator of the Business Ethics Project (collectively founded by DePaul, St. John’s and Niagara), Dr. Fleckenstein organized several international conferences and co-authored the textbook – From the University to the Marketplace.
A constant presence in her field, Dr. Fleckenstein served as Editor of the Journal of Business Ethics, chaired the national meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association in Buffalo in 1987 and presented papers at numerous conferences in the United States and around the world. Marilynn’s dedication to serving her community was not limited to her professional life.
She served as a volunteer and Board Member at St. Stephen’s Parish on Grand Island, the Grand Island School District, Stella Niagara Education Park, Zonta International and the Western New York Better Business Bureau. In 2011, the City of Buffalo and Erie County presented Marilynn with the Community Leader Award for Community Service and Volunteerism.
Dr. Fleckenstein is survived by her sister Rosemary (James) Carey of Hunt Valley, MD, her beloved children, Thomas (Kristin) Fleckenstein of Maryland, Anne Fleckenstein of Washington, DC, James (Danielle) Fleckenstein of Kenmore, and Matthew (Martha) Fleckenstein of Los Angeles, California, as well as her beloved grandchildren Lucy, Charlotte, Maxwell, Wilson, Eleanor, Mabel, Julia, Luisa, Abel, Silas and Rita Fleckenstein. She was preceded in death by her husband James Jeffrey Fleckenstein and her sister Patricia Alice Mahoney. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Niagara University, attention the office of Impact and the Levesque Institute. A funeral and celebration of life will be held a later date. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
William "Kester" Bleich - Once in awhile someone enters your life who is known for quick wit and an engaging smile. That person was “Kester Bleich“. He departed this life and entered eternal life on Good Friday, April 10, 2020. He was born June 18, 1932 in Syracuse, New York. He was a loving husband to Grand Island native Jean Webb Bleich for 65 years. A devoted father to Wayne (Tricia), Debbie, Bryan (Audry), Cindy, grandfather to Justin, Ashley (Jason), Alexandria (Joey), Kristin, Nicholas, Joseph (Valerie), George (Laura) and great grandfather to many.
Kester was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church on Grand Island. For 35 years he was employed by the New York Telephone Company, then he worked for the New York Department of Parks. He was one of the co-founders of Grand Island’s adult recreation program. Going to work during the day and organizing, playing, coaching and umpiring men’s and women’s softball teams evenings and weekends. He also was involved in men’s basketball, volleyball and tournament teams.
In 1995 he was awarded a Voluntary Service and Grand Island Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award for Recreation. He lent his assistance in winter carnivals, Fourth of July parades, teen Halloween parties and Grand Island road races. A Navy veteran of the Korean War, he was an honor guard for VFW Post 9249 on Grand Island and active in many aspects of that post. He will be missed by many.
Plans for a Memorial celebration will be announced at a future time. The family asks that donations, if desired, be made to “DeGlopper Memorial Expansion Fund” courtesy of VFW Post 9249 Grand Island. Please share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Luigi “Lou” D’Orazio - 91, of Grand Island, passed away on April 1, 2020 of the COVID-19 virus. Lou was the first born to Anthony and Angeline Penque D’Orazio on December 19, 1928 in Rochester, NY. He was a 1946 graduate of Trott Vocational High School in Niagara Falls, NY. He served four years in the United States Air Force including a Korean War assignment “listening to the Russians” from the Aleutian Islands.
Upon his return, Lou married the love of his life, Reta May Wixson on May 24, 1952 in Belfast, New York. Skills learned during his military service led to a 35-year career with New York Telephone until his retirement in 1988. He and Reta were faithful founding members of Grand Island Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder and member of the Board of Sessions for decades, and as a representative of the Ecumenical Task Force of the Niagara Frontier.
Lou served as a volunteer Advanced EMT/Firefighter for the Grand Island Fire Company for 56 years, including as a Trustee of the GIFC Benevolent Association. In 1991, Lou received the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce’s Special Award for his lifetime of work as a community volunteer.
Lou is survived by a son Brian Patrick D’Orazio and his wife Teresa of Fredericksburg, VA. He is also survived by his daughter Rebecca D’Orazio Orton and a granddaughter Rachel Orton both of Grand Island. Lou is also survived by his sister Ida D’Orazio Veihdeffer of Niagara Falls and his brother Anthony D’Orazio of Grand Island, and his sister-in-law Dorothy Dalton D’Orazio of Cheektowaga, NY. He is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Lou was preceded in death by his wife and parents, a brother Albert D’Orazio, brother-in-law Edwin Veihdeffer, and sister-in-law Dolly McWilliams D’Orazio. Arrangements by Kaiser Funeral Home.
Due to the current pandemic travel restrictions, a memorial service will be scheduled for a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Grand Island Fire Company, 2275 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY 14072. The family expresses their heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to his physicians, nurses and caregivers at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Angel C. Thompson - Unexpectedly, April 2, 2020, age 39, beloved daughter of Joyce K. (nee Nephew) and the late Thomas S. Thompson Sr.; loving sister of Kyrie, Brent, Rachel (fiance Henry), Thomas S. Jr. (Michelle), Hunter, and Shania; she will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, family and group home friends. The family would like to extend their gratitude to Angel's friends and caregivers at Heritage Christian Services. A Memorial Service will be announced at a late date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Angel's memory to the ICU Medical Staff at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, 1540 Maple Rd., Williamsville, NY 14221. Arrangements by (Orchard Park Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC. Family and friends are invited to share condolences online at www.AMIGONE.com.
Frank R. Bayger - Former New York State Supreme Court Judge, age 89, March 29, 2020; father of Glenn Bayger of Bozeman, MT; grandfather of Jessica and Landon Bayger. Funeral Services will be held at a future date to be announced after the CONVID-19 Crisis passes. Please share condolences online at www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com
Rev. Robert Eldred, 92, longtime Protestant chaplain at Buffalo Psychiatric Center. July 27, 1927 - March 14, 2020. In retirement, he affiliated with Trinity United Methodist Church on Grand Island and performed communions and weddings. Survivors include a son, James R.; a daughter, Janet B. Eldred; a grandson; and a great-grandson. Private services will be held at a later date.
William R. Date - Of Grand Island, February 28, 2020. Private services. Arrangements by: CASTIGLIA FUNERAL HOME, INC, 824-6435.
Glenn “Bud” Smith - March 19, 2020. Husband of Kathleen A., Father of: Deb (James) Laramee, Diane (Kevin) Lipp, David, Donna Phelan (John Kennell) & Dory (John) Matwijkow Grandfather of: Brian (Ashley) Lipp, Sarah (Lorenzo) Rodriguez, Cole (Ally Dwyer) Smith, Carly & Cassidy Phelan, Jack & Jesse Kennell, Austin & Jake Matwijkow Great Grandfather of: Ellie & Jack Lipp, Lillianne Smith. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: The Resources Center, 200 Dunham Ave, Jamestown, NY 14701 in Bud's name.. Bud was retired from DuPont & delivered flowers up until his death for Flower A Day for the past 20 years!
Patricia A. McNamee (nee Lang) - March 23, 2020, of Grand Island. Wife of Ronald McNamee. Mother of William Alt, Christopher Alt and the late Kelly Levere. Grandmother of Ashley (Daniel) Misko, Casey Carminati and David Alt. Also survived by 6 great-grandchildren. Sister of William (Susan) Lang and Kathi Osborne. Daughter of the late George and Jean Lang. Memorial services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Arrangements by KAISER FUNERAL HOME. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Catherine V. Divizio - Of Amherst; entered into rest March 21, 2020. Loving daughter of the late Vincent and Lucy (nee DiMarco) DiVizio; beloved sister of Teresa J. DiVizio and the late Anthony H. DiVizio; devoted godmother of Charles J. "Chuck" Battaglia, Jr; also survived by cousins and close friends. No prior visitation. Private services. Interment Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Catherine was a retired Principal of Sidway Elementary School in Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. If desired, contributions may be made to Friends of Night People, 394 Hudson Street, Buffalo, NY 14201 or St. Vincent DePaul Society, 1298 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14209. A private mass of Christian burial at St. Benedict's on Tuesday. Arrangements by LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel).
Edward L. Burns - March 10, 2020, of Clarence formerly of Grand Island. Husband of 65 years of Barbara (nee Berhalter) Burns; father of Karen (Bill) Rein, Ann (Brian) Carrier, Daniel (Mary) Burns and Michael (Barbara) Burns; grandfather of Christopher (Erin) Rein, Heather (Phil) Benda, Nicole (Brian) Monahan, Steven Carrier, Emily Carrier, Tim (Maddie), Ryan, Kelly, Michael Jr. (Kristen), Amanda (Kevin) and Katie Burns; also survived by nine great-grandchildren; brother of Shirley (Dick) Kennedy, Donna (the late Arnie) Wylke, and the late Jean Borger, Jack Burns, Joe Burns, Patsy Hugar and Larry Burns; son of the late Edward J. and Frances Burns. Friends may call Thursday, 4-7:30 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 can be made to Hospice Buffalo or the Boys and Girls Club of Buffalo. Mr. Burns was a longtime barber on Grand Island and a retired Grand Island Police officer. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
William L. "Bill" McCabe - Age 95, longtime resident of Grand Island, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Born June 10, 1924 in Niagara Falls. Oldest son of William and Geraldine (Roberts) McCabe. He was the loving husband of Christine (Oliver), who he married August 2, 1947.
He was a WWII US Navy Veteran who served three years in the South Pacific. Following the war he entered the electrical business, eventually becoming owner/president of McCabe-Corcoran Electric. He was past president and governor of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), and upon his death was the oldest living member of IBEW Lu. 237. He pursued his love of flying, owning his own private plane for over 40 years. He was an avid golfer and longtime member of the Niagara Falls Country Club. He was also a past member of the Niagara Club and Kiwanis Club.
In addition to his wife of 72 years, he is survived by his loving children, Marsha (Keith) Pillich, William, Gregory (Rosemary), his beloved grandchildren Patrick (Deborah) Cannon, Krista (Paul, Jr.) Dugas, Thomas McCabe, Brian Pillich, Laura (David) Carpenter, Katherine (Pierre) Reboul, Alexandra Pillich, Brenna McCabe, Liam McCabe, also 6 great-grandchildren, and four siblings, Barbara McCabe, Joseph, Timothy, and Sheila McAlee. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son Jeffrey and his siblings Gerald McCabe, Norma Frederick, John McCabe, Colleen Myers.
Visitation will be on Friday, March 13, 5-8 PM at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A private burial will be held at Assumption Cemetery on Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the IBEW Lu. 237 "Sick Committee" would be appreciated. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Delilah “Dolly” A. D’Orazio - 73, of Grand Island, NY, passed away on March 2, 2020 at her residence under the care of Buffalo Hospice. Born in Kenmore, NY, she was the daughter of the late John and Betty Jane (Meyers) McWilliams.
Dolly graduated from Kenmore West High School. In 1977, she married Anthony D’Orazio, Jr. in New Jersey. Dolly was employed as a Nurse’s Aide in Enfield, CT, and more recently as an Aide at Huth Elementary School on Grand Island and a hall monitor at Grand Island High School. In addition, she worked at the Reality Café on Grand Island. She was the Religious coordinator for the Boy Scouts of America in Connecticut, and was an active member of the Grand Island Democratic Committee, running as a candidate for Town Council. Dolly enjoyed cooking, crossword puzzles, gardening and arts and crafts.
In addition to her husband of 42 years, Delilah is survived by her children, Anthony D’Orazio III and Dawn D’Orazio; her step-children, David (Leesa) D’Orazio, Kim (Brian) Yohe, Lisa (Gary) Eckis, Scott (Dena) D’Orazio; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild; her siblings, Martha Kreuzer (Robert Guggemos), Jess (Diane) McWilliams, her niece Michelle (EJ) Budny, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her grandson, Vincent D’Orazio, and her infant brother, John McWilliams.
Visitation will be held on Friday, March 6 from 2 – 4 PM and 7 – 9 PM at M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 MILITARY ROAD, NIAGARA FALLS, NY 14304, where funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 AM. Interment in St. Joseph Cemetery. If desired, memorial offerings may be made to Hospice Buffalo, 225 Como Park Boulevard, Cheektowaga, NY 14227. Visit mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for online condolences.
Kathleen "Kathy" Frank - Passed away peacefully on February 29, 2020. Wife of loving Melvin James Frank, Jr.; dearest mother of Timothy (Linda), Jeffrey (Kimberly), David (Michelle) Waryk and Cheryl (Jeremiah) Siulc; cherished grandmother of Amber, Ryan, Timothy, Autumn, Matthew, Joshua and Samantha; and sister of Michael Lippert. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 7, at 10 AM at Tonawanda Free Methodist Church, 207 Grove St., Tonawanda. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice Buffalo are preferred.
Anthony R. Marino - Of Grand Island, entered into rest March 2, 2020. Beloved husband of 56 years to Joanne (nee LoBue) Marino; devoted father of Andrew (Wendy) Marino, Karen (Tom) Sirgey and Michael (Jill) Marino; cherished grandfather of Andrew, Matthew, Nathan, Justin and David Marino, Daniel and Christopher Sirgey, Heather (Jared) Talladay, Lindsay, Amy (Jay) Tickle and Grace, Emma and Bethany Marino; adored great-grandfather of five great-grandchildren. 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. Stephen's Church 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, on Friday at 10 AM. Please assemble at church. Share online condolences at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Jean D. Malaney, nee Neuman - 08/21/1922 - 02/20/2020. Wonderful, independent, loving, feisty, ahead of her time, incredibly intelligent, somewhat crazy, very artistic and never gave up on life, family, friends and loved ones. Born in Blackrock, Buffalo, NY - Passed peacefully at Circulo de Amigos in Arivaca,AZ, surrounded by family. Mother of Eileen (Rick), James, Michael (Carol), Kevin (Magdalena), Daughter of John and Angela, sister to Dorothea, Geraldine and Georgianna, many grandchildren, great grandchildren (with more on the way) and nieces and nephews...the legacy continues. Art degree from D'Youville, earned Master's degree while raising four children, Social Worker who helped many throughout her life. Adventurous, with many stories to tell. A lifetime of memories and love ranging from Kenmore NY, Ticonderoga NY, Grand Island NY, Las Vegas NV to Arivaca AZ.
In a land there's a town
And in that town there's a house
And in that house there's a woman
And in that woman, there's a heart I love
I'm going to take it with me when I go
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Alice T. Duxbury - March 1, 2020, age 100, of Grand Island. Wife of the late James A. Duxbury; mother of Robert (JoAnne) Duxbury; grandmother of Jenell Duxbury; daughter of the late Michael and Mary Kerwin; sister of the late Mary (late Maurice) Proy and Agnes (late Teddy) Rink; also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends may call Tuesday (March 3) 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. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
George Morse - Of Glen Allen, VA (formerly of Hamburg, NY), on January 17, 2020. Devoted husband of Brenda Carol (nee Hendricks); beloved father of Sarah (Tim) Dwelle and Todd (Leslie) Morse; loving brother of Elaine (Robert) Kaven, Barbara (late Dan) Howard and Harold Morse; cherished grandfather of Noah Morse, Barrett Dwelle and Layla Dwelle; son of the late George L. and Alice H. Morse. Mr. Morse was a passionate educator and dedicated his life to the students at Hamburg High School, Grand Island High School and Junior High, Amherst Senior High and Depew Central Schools. He was involved with the Boy Scouts for 20 years. Friends will be received Saturday, March 7 from 2-6 PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC., 4199 Lake Shore Rd., Hamburg, NY (corner Camp Rd. and Rte. 5) 716-627-2919, where a memorial service will immediately follow at 6 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation. Online condolences at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.
Maureen Corrao (nee Dolan) - of Grand Island, entered into rest February 23, 2020. Wife of John M. Corrao. Mother of Joneen, Mark (Desiree), Thomas (Monique), Anne Marie and James (Mary Ellen) Corrao all of Grand Island. Grandmother of Amanda (Andrew) Karnath, John (Sarah), Robert (April) and Michael Corrao, Nicolette (Ben) Dolpp, James, Alexandra, Annaliese, Thomas, Quinton, Hannah, Jenna and Jacob Corrao. Great Grandmother of Nicholas, Gianna, Mark, Lucia, Sam and Milana. Sister of Luanne (late Alfred) Pisani. Daughter of the late Thomas and Marie Dolan. Also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Friends may call Friday (February 28) 3-7 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 the Alzheimer's Association or Hospice Buffalo. Maureen was a graduate of Mount St. Mary's High School and D'Youville College. Maureen has resided on Grand Island for 60 years and was an active member of St. Stephen's Parish. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Daniel "Dan" Buckley - February 22, 2020, of Grand Island. Dan leaves behind his partner and best friend, Patricia (nee Costello) Rink; brother of Nancy Valone and the late William Buckley and the late Valerie (late Terry) Swain; uncle of Julie (Liebe) Meier-Swain, Jodie (Michael) Rudney, Katie (Joseph) DiGregorio, Kim (Jon) Korzen, Mark (Cindy), Rob (Alison) and Richelle (Patrick) Valone; also survived by many great-nieces and great-nephews; son of the late James and Mary Buckley. Dan recently retired as Owner (for over 30 years) of Bicycles & More located in Depew. He was a proud Vietnam War veteran, an avid bowler in his younger days, and more importantly an amazing, supportive, loving brother, uncle and friend to many. Friends may call Saturday, February 29, 2-4 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo or Vietnam Veterans of America. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
George J. Fries - February 19, 2020, of Grand Island, husband of 62 years of Betty A. Fries.; father of Cynthia R. (Jim) Stump and Michael A. (Yi Chen) Fries; grandfather of Amber and Brian Stump and Chance Fries; brother of Rosemary Rivers and the late Stephen Fries, Louis Fries, Helen Banigan and Dolores Pilkington. Memorial Services and Interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to WNY Heroes, 8205 Main St., Suite #1 Williamsville, NY 14221. Please share condolences at www.kaiserfuneral.com.
Elgie P. Kightlinger Jr. - Age 39, of Grand Island, NY passed unexpectedly, February 2, 2020 surrounded by family. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 PM, February, 23, at the American Legion, 6525 Ward Rd., Sanborn, NY. He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Marla (Conn) Kightlinger; his dogs, Lola and Nico; parents Jeff and Audrey (Harrell) Goodale; sister, Desiree Goodale; son in law to Patrick and Marci Conn; brother-in-law to Timothy Conn (Cayla) and Erin Conn. Elgie is predeceased by his father Elgie P. Kightlinger, Sr. Elgie graduated from Barker High School in 1999. Elgie worked for 15 years at Dunlop and was a proud union member of USW Local 135. Some of his accomplishments include playing in the 1999 Title VI football championship, being an ISSA certified Personal Trainer and holding multiple state records as a competitive power lifter. Everyone who knew him said he had a heart of gold and a willingness to assist anyone in anything they needed. In lieu of flowers, you can donate to the Elgie Kightlinger scholarship through the Barker Alumni Association.
Virginia M. (nee Dilley) Mariani - February 10, 2020, age 76, of Grand Island, formerly of Tonawanda. Wife of Frank J. Mariani; mother of Mark (Mary Jo) Mariani, Teresa (Robert) Donohue and Julie Mistriner; sister of Steven (Patricia) Dilley and Cynthia (Frank) Casillo. Also surviving are 6 grandchildren, Sarah, Rebecca, Robert, Taylor, Sabrina, and Marissa, and many nieces and nephews. Friends may call from 4-8 PM on Thursday only at the HAMP FUNERAL HOME, Inc., 37 Adam St at Seymour, Tonawanda. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM SATURDAY at St. Stephen R.C. Church, Grand Island. Friends invited. If desired, memorials to St. Stephen's School are preferred. Mrs. Mariani had been employed at Bell Aerospace, SciPar and then Sierra Research before retiring. She was a member of St. Stephen Parish where she was a member of the choir and Bible study, and previously had been involved with the CCDC Program at St. Francis of Assisi in Tonawanda. Complete obituary, condolences and directions at www.hampfuneral.com.
Eugene Corey - Of Grand Island, January 6, 2020. Private services. Arrangements by: Castiglia funeral home, Inc.
Joel M. Morris - February 5, 2020, of Grand Island, son of Kelly L. Smith and the late Robert Morris; brother of the late Shayla K. Smith; grandson of Dennis M. (Laura) Smith and the late Karen and Robert Jablonski and Carol Morris Ackley; nephew of Tamara (Robert) Salczynski, Robyn Jablonski and Dana Smith; also survived by many loving cousins; beloved friend of the late Bobby Ingalsbe. Friends may call Thursday, February 13th, 4-7 PM, followed by prayers Thursday at 7 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials my be made to Hospice Buffalo. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Rosemarie (nee Schnier) Shelp - Of Grand Island entered into rest on January 31, 2019. Devoted mother of Edwin (Kimberly) Shelp and the late Elaine Marie Shelp; cherished grandmother of Grayson; loving daughter of the late John and Mildred Schnier; dear sister of Johnny (Denise) Schnier. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel) 885 Niagara Falls Blvd. near Eggert/ Sheridan Dr., on Monday, February 10th, from 5 - 8 PM. Interment Elmlawn Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
George R. "Andy" Andross - Of Grand Island, entered into rest on January 29, 2020. Beloved husband of Judy (nee Biggie) Andross; devoted father of Traci Andross Terlecky, Andrew Andross and Alexandria (Josh) Fry; cherished step-father of Justin (Rachael) Selzler and Greg (Danielle) Halbert; adored grandfather of Nicholas George, Sophia, Julien, Josh, Edmund, Jonny, Alayna, Willow, Amber, Emma, Ari, Robert and the late Samuel; dear brother of Edward (Karen) Andross and Linda (Tony) Cellini; also survived by loving nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel), 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., near Eggert/Sheridan Dr., on Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 4-8pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 10am. Please assemble at church. Inurnment St. Stephen's Cemetery. A Celebration of Andy's life will follow at Ellden's Grill & Banquet at River Oaks Golf Club, 201 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Hospice Foundation of WNY, PO Box 590, Buffalo, NY 14240 or the Alzheimer's Association of WNY, 6125 Sheridan Dr. Ste. 100, Williamsville, NY 14221. Online condolences may be offered at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Matthew M. Biondi - January 27, 2020, age 48. Beloved companion and best friend of Camille L. Tabone; son of Sharon (nee English) Biondi and the late Angelo M. Biondi; brother of Renee Biondi and Mark Biondi. There will be no prior visitation. Private Funeral Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by GRECO FUNERAL HOME. If desired, memorials may be made in Matthew's memory to North Shore Animal League America, 25 Davis Ave., Port Washington, NY 11050. Please share your condolences at www.GRECOFUNERAL.com.
Allan H. Craddock - January 31, 2020, of Grand Island. Husband of the late Margaret A. Craddock; father of Dr. Joseph (Marcy) Craddock, Chris (Jessica) Craddock, Karen (Michael) DeMartin and Denise (Scott) Hendershot; grandfather of Eric, Noah and Laura Craddock, Reagan and Ethan Craddock, Allison, Collin, Nathan and Tessa DeMartin, Jackson, Wilson and Maxwell Hendershot. Predeceased by three brothers and two sisters. Funeral services private. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Online condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Joan Ann (nee Hughes) Pax - January 24, 2020, age 79 Loving mother of James W. (Karen) Pax, Jeffrey (Sheryl) Pax, Jacqueline (Joseph) Valente and Jason (Lori) Pax; cherished grandmother of nine grandchildren; dear daughter of the late Bernard and Noreen (nee Cotter) Hughes. The family will be present on Saturday from 4-8 PM and Sunday from 1-4 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2600 Sheridan Drive (corner of Parker Blvd), where prayers will be offered on Monday at 9:15 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated from St. Stephen RC Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island at 10:00 AM. Friends invited. If desired, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo, Inc. Share condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.
Tiffany Lauren (nee Shoemaker) Hayes - January 23, 2020, age 36. Beloved daughter of Marla (Joseph) Coniglio and Bradley Shoemaker; loving sister of Brittany (Thomas) Keller, Brianne (Peter) White, Wyatt and Cade Shoemaker; cherished granddaughter of Adrian and Peter Figliotti and the late Marie Shoemaker and Robert Shoemaker; adored great-granddaughter of the late Maria and Leandro Serafini; dear niece of Vivian (Thomas) Maulucci, Perry (Irene) Figliotti, Karen (Tony) Mazurkiewicz, as well as other aunts and uncles; also survived by several cousins, friends and her fur babies Louie and Ollie. Tiffany was an avid Buffalo Bills fan. She loved music and travel. The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 30, from 4-8 PM at the (Amherst Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 5200 Sheridan Drive (at Hopkins Rd). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, January 31, 9:30 AM at Ss. Peter & Paul Church, 5480 Main St., Williamsville. All are asked to assemble at Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Tiffany's name to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at www.jdrf.org or the Kidney Foundation of WNY at www.kfwny.org. Share condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.
Elizabeth H. (nee Ewald) Brice - January 24, 2020, of Grand Island. Wife of the late Bernard C. Brice; mother of David (Nancy), William (Maggie), James (Shirley McNulty), Richard (Darlene) and Charles (Debbie) Brice and Linda (the late Jack) Krok; also survived by 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; sister of Helen Siffringer, Erna Camppo and the late Walter and George Ewald; daughter of the late George and Hedwig Ewald. Friends may call Wednesday 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM, followed by Prayers at 1:30 PM, at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to VFW Post 9249.
Kenneth W. "Ken" Brodie - In loving memory: former Grand Island resident, Kenneth W. Brodie, aged 78, entered into rest Sunday, January 19, 2020. A veteran of the United States Air Force, Brodie was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and uncle who enjoyed a full life as an avid hydroplane racer and workout enthusiast before a sudden, brief illness resulted in his unexpected passing. He worked in the sales and marketing industry for several years and more recently found success as a licensed realtor, specializing in property management and real estate investing.
Son of the late Anson and Lucille Brodie, he is survived by his wife, Audrey Ellen Brodie (Hagen); sister Patricia Shiskin (Brodie); son Kenneth (Karen Panzarella) Brodie; step-daughter Melissa (Marcus) Wiedbrauck (Mancuso); grandchildren Amanda and Kenneth Brodie; step-grandchildren Kennedy and Sunny Day; and nieces Tammi Capdevielle (Nodzak) and Toynette Nodzak. He will forever live in the hearts of his family and friends.Memorial services to be announced at a later date.
Stephen “Steve” Richard Fleming - 63, passed away suddenly on Monday, January 20th in Scranton, PA. Born on September 26, 1956 in Grand Island, NY he was the son of John W. and Barbara Gail (Hobbs) Fleming. Steve graduated from Grand Island High School in 1974, then earned his Bachelor in Education from Buffalo State College in NY. Steve enjoyed sports, literature and music and had a great nostalgia for his hometown of Grand Island.
In addition to his loving parents, Steve is survived by his brother, Michael (Laurie) Fleming of Clarks Summit, PA; his sister Patti (Jason) Sloan of Saint Johns, FL; and his sister-in-law Melany Fleming of Brockport, NY. His survivors also include his loving niece and nephews, great-niece and great-nephews, uncles, aunts, cousins, and his long-time friends. He was preceded in death by his brother and best friend, Thomas Fleming of Brockport, NY.
A memorial service will be held on Grand Island at a future date. Memorial contributions in Steve’s memory may be made to St. Stephen Building Fund, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, NY 14072 (ststephenswny.com) or United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA, 777 Keystone Industrial Park Road, Throop, PA 18512 (Uncnepa.org). To leave an online condolence, visit the funeral home website. Arrangements have been entrusted to Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Service, Inc., www.jenningscalvey.com.
Richard E. Green - January 17, 2020. Son of the late Earl J. and Eugenia Trent Green; brother of the late Bonnie S. Bruning. Relatives and friends may call at the CARLTON A. ULLRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC., 3070 Delaware Ave., Kenmore (same location as Dengler, Roberts, Perna) Wednesday 1-4 PM, and are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Timothy Church, 565 E. Park Dr., Tonawanda, Thursday at 11 AM.
Charles Markarian Jr. - Age 85 years of age, formerly of Grand Island, NY, and Stuart, FL, passed away on January 13, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. Charles was the beloved husband of Lorrie (O'Day) Markarian for 64 years. He was the dearest father of Debra (late Peter) Rydzik, Steven (Shelby) Markarian, Michele (Rick) Martini and Gary Markarian. He was the loving grandfather of Kimberly Parry, Pamela and Daniel (Heather) Rydzik, James, Shaun and Kacey Markarian, Andrew Martini, Nicole (Jordan) Nielson, and great-grandfather to Ivy Parry and Lila Nielson. He was born in Buffalo, NY to Charles and Margaret Markarian. Charles was the brother of the late Michael (Elizabeth) and late John (late Maureen) Markarian and Elizabeth (George) Binner. He was Vice President of Markarian Rugs until his retirement in the year 2000, a member of several business organizations, past President of the Kenmore Rotary Club, past Director of the Buffalo Launch Club, and past Commodore of Coconut Pointe Yacht Club in Stuart, FL.
Friends may call Thursday, January 23rd, 2-4 and 6-8 PM, at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT, INC. FUNERAL HOME, 3290 Delaware Ave., where Funeral Services will be held Friday at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Assn. online at alz.org or by calling (800) 272-3900. Condolences may be shared at www.lesterwedekindtfuneralhome.com.
Angela M. (nee Buscaglia) Parisi - Of Grand Island, entered into rest January 14, 2020. Beloved wife of the late John Parisi Sr.; devoted mother of Charles (Grace) Parisi, Nunzio Parisi, James Parisi (Anna Teresi), and John Parisi Jr.; cherished grandmother of Paul, Christina, Alia, and Alexis; fond great-grandmother of several great-grandchildren; loving daughter of the late Nunzio and Antoinette Buscaglia; dear sister of Chuck, Loretta, and the late Samuel, John, and Mamie; 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 Monday from 4-7 PM. Funeral Service will immediately follow. Entombment Forest Lawn Cemetery. Online condolences at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Arnold J. "Skip" Colbert - Of Lockport, formerly of Grand Island passed away January 15, 2020 after a period of declining health. Born in Buffalo on October 15, 1943, beloved husband of the late Nancy A. (Hein) Colbert; loving father of son, David Colbert and his wife Roberta; and daughter, Michelle (Colbert) Salvatore and her partner Arthur Webb. Arnold is survived by his sister Marianne (Colbert) Metz and her husband Jerry. Arnold will live on in his four grandchildren, Talon Colbert, Brandon, Nicholas and Jessica Salvatore and his two great-grandchildren Sienna and Caden Salvatore. Arnold was a graduate of ECCC with a degree as an Electrical Engineer and worked for several years at Emerson Electronics. Arnold was a boating enthusiast and enjoyed spending his time with his wife cruising the waters in their boats or snow birding down in Florida with their dear friends. Arnold was also an avid reader and golfer. Friends may call Monday, January 20th, 4 - 6 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral services private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Assoc. Condolences at www.kaiserfuneral.com.
Thomas James Slaiman - Loving Husband, Father and Grandfather. Thomas James Slaiman entered peacefully into rest on Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 after a brief illness. He was 69.
Born in Niagara Falls, NY on November 5th, 1950, he was the son of the late James and Mabel (nee Bishara) Slaiman. Tom was a 1968 graduate of Niagara Falls High School and received his Bachelor's Degree from SUNY Brockport in 1972. He was an elementary school teacher in the Depew School District for twenty years, during which time he was twice named Educator of the Year. He was also active in the Depew Teachers Organization, serving as both DTO President and chief negotiator. Tom earned his Master's Degree in School Administration from Niagara University. After twenty years of teaching in Depew, he became the school principal at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School in the Cheektowaga Sloan School District- a role he cherished for 20 years. Tom was beloved by his colleagues, teachers, students and everyone he encountered during his time as an educator. He retired in 2012 after a 40-year career.
Tom was a lifelong member of St. George Orthodox Church in Niagara Falls, NY. He was ordained as a Subdeacon in 1980 and served in this capacity ever since. He was very active in the spiritual life of the church, as well as its day-to-day operations. Tom served on the Parish Council for over 30 years, including two terms as President. At the time of his passing, Tom was the Vice-President and chairman of the capital projects team. His knowledge and expertise were heavily relied upon when important decisions had to be made and crucial actions had to be taken.
Tom was an active member of the Whirlpool Park Little League throughout his life. He served as its treasurer for 25 years, but his biggest joy came as a baseball coach. For 15 years, he took great pride and pleasure in teaching kids the fundamentals of the sport he loved. For Tom, it wasn't about winning and losing, but the enjoyment that came from playing the game.
Community service was also an important part of Tom's life. He graciously donated his time to his church and many other organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America, the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, Meals on Wheels, and various soup kitchens throughout Western New York. He lived his life according to the following principle: "It is better to give than to receive."
A natural showman, Tom took an active role in the Western Door Playhouse during his retirement years. He served on its Board of Directors and performed in and directed many plays and musicals. He especially enjoyed his starring role in "An Evening With Tom Slaiman"- a self-written comedy routine based on the stories of his life.
But more than anything, Tom enjoyed spending time with his family. He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 47 years, Mary Anne (nee Marasco); four loving children, Jim (Kristen) Slaiman of Grand Island, Ricco (Cassie) Slaiman of Niagara Falls, Dan (Katie) Slaiman of Grand Island and Maria (Brian) Cosen of Lake View; and nine grandchildren he adored, Francesca, Kate, Tommy, Leena, Jake, Ramona, Max, Julian and T.J.;brothers, Michael (Marie) Slaiman and George (Christine) Slaiman; brother-in-law of, David (Marianne) Marasco, Kathleen (Donald) Culbreth, James (Dawn) Marasco, Salvatore (Rocio) Marasco and the late Richard (Joanne) Marasco and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will begin on Friday, January 17th from 2 - 8 p.m. at M.J COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 MILITARY RD, NIAGARA FALLS, NY with Trisagion prayers being offered at 7:30 p.m. Tom’s Funeral services will be held Saturday morning with prayers beginning at 9:15 a.m. at the funeral home followed by services at 10:00 a.m. at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 1073 Saunders Settlement Rd. Lewiston. Interment will follow in Riverdale Cemetery, Lewiston, NY. Flowers graciously declined, memorials may be made to St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, Lewiston or St. George Orthodox Catholic, 2 Nottingham Terrace, Buffalo, NY 14216. Please visit mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for online condolences.
Joseph A. Waschensky, Sr.January 11, 2020 Of Grand Island -beloved husband of Sue Ann (nee Postelnick) Waschensky; devoted father of Steven (Linda), Joseph Jr. (Dawn), Jennifer (Chad) Beyer, Debra (Robert) Schoenrock and Lynn (John Gruber) Waschensky; cherished grandfather of Matthew, Amy, Amanda, Colin, Justin, Julianna, Emma, Travis and Madison; predeceased by brothers and sisters; also survived by nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel), 885 Niagara Falls Blvd. near Eggert/Sheridan Dr., on Tuesdaym January 14th from 2-4 and 6-8 PM, where a Funeral Service will be held Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock. Entombment Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Joseph was an Army veteran of the Korean War, Volunteer Fireman with the River Road Fire Co. and a retired Machinist with General Motors. Flowers gratefully declined. If desired, contributions may be made to the American Lung Assn. Online condolences may be offered at www.lombardofuneralhome.com
William H. "Bill" Grunzweig, Sr. January 7, 2020, age 80, formerly of Riverside now of Grand Island. Beloved husband of Carmella C. (nee Villa) Grunzweig; loving father of William (Grace) Grunzweig, Jr., Charles (Gina) Grunzweig, Elizabeth (James) Rogan and Henry (Natalie) Grunzweig II; cherished grandfather of James III, William (Tera) III, Joshua (Alex), Danielle, Sean, Christina (David), Carmella (Charles), Charles Jr. (Julie), Scarlett and Henry Jr.; adored great-grandfather of Annabella, William IV, Jaxson, Olivia, Leo, Charlie, Maria, Nora, Sophia, Kristana, Justice; caring brother of Margaret (Norman) Olka; also survived by nieces and nephews. The family will be present on Friday, January 10th from 6-9 PM at the GRECO FUNERAL HOME, 2909 Elmwood Avenue, Kenmore (near Sheridan Drive), where prayers will be offered on Saturday at 8:15 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated from Blessed Sacrament Church, 263 Claremont Avenue, Tonawanda at 9:30 AM. Friends invited. Bill worked at Buffalo State College for 25 years retiring in 1984. Following retirement, he ran John's Towing with his three sons and daughter for 39 years. Share condolences at www.GRECOFUNERAL.com.