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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 email@example.com.
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.
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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.