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   Terry B. Lawson - October 3, 1950 ~ January 15, 2021 (age 70). Beloved husband of Kathryn. Devoted father of David (Clemy) Lawson, Christie (Jim) Birch, Aimee (Pete) Hauer, Jim (Cat) Lawson, Tricia (Dan) Roosa, Matt (Nikki) Lawson, Greg (Beth) Lawson, Kara Lawson, and Kevin (Liz) Lawson. Loving Ada of his twenty-nine grandchildren. Dear brother of Mike (Lindsey) Lawson and Rick Lawson. Loving uncle of eleven nieces and nephews, and great-uncle of four grandnieces and grandnephews.
    Terry passed away on Friday, January 15, 2021, at the age of 70 years. Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 20, 2021, from 3pm - 7pm at Vorhis & Ryan Funeral Home, 5501 Montgomery Road, Norwood, OH 45212. Traditional Catholic Requiem Mass will be held Thursday, January 21, 2021, at 10:45am at Immaculate Conception Church, 2310 Robertson Avenue, Norwood, OH 45212. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.



   Tom Zarbo - Of Grand Island, went to be with our Lord on January 18, 2021. Loving husband of 64 years of Elisabeth; father of Mark (Deborah) Zarbo, Heidi (Steve) Fritschi and Elisabeth Zarbo; grandfather of Mark (Emily), Matthew (Erin) and Joseph Zarbo, Heather (Kristofer) Sarik, Stephanie (Jeff) Kincaid, Eric (Selena) Calway and late grandson Zachary Zarbo; great-grandfather of Riley Kincaid and Luca Zarbo. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, at 11 AM, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Zachary Zarbo Memorial Fund c/o Financial Trust FCU, 2014 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island, NY.
   Tom had an adventurous and fun-loving spirit. He loved to talk about his service in the U.S. Air Force as an Information Specialist stationed in Nome, Alaska. His air force training formed his future shining careers as a photographer at the Buffalo News, News Reel Camera Specialist for WBEN Channel 4 and public relations for Bell Aerospace, Mennen Medical and Tops Markets. As a press photographer and cameraman, Tom covered many interesting events, celebrities and earned numerous public relation awards. He was a past Membership Chairman for the Industrial Audio-Visual Association. Tom also did outstanding Civic Service. Including his dedication to the Boy Scouts; serving as Scout Master and on the Tonawanda District Scout Council; past president of the Grand Island Lyons Club and, Grand Island Taxpayers Association. He was recognized by the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce as Civic Citizen of the Year. In addition, Tom loved camping, wood working, old cars, playing pranks and telling corny jokes. Tom was a lifelong member of Grand Island Trinity Church. He will be dearly missed by family and friends. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.


   William A. "Andy" Dannels - Of Lewiston, NY, age 92, died peacefully on January 15 in St. Petersburg, FL. The longtime resident of Grand Island will be remembered with much love by his nine children, 18 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and his beloved companion of 22 years, Joan Heine. He was predeceased by his loving wife Arline (nee Adler) in 1997. Their nine children are Wayne of Mentor, OH, Susan Leach of Walden, NY, Diane Hannon of Oglesby, TX, Paul of Clarkston, MI, David of Rota, Spain, Christine Dawson of Brush Prairie, WA, Wendy of Brighton, NY, Colleen Cardarella of Grand Island, and Allen of Clackamas, OR. He is also survived by a sister, Joann Carbone, of Gainesville, FL and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Bobby Dannels and sister Peggy Wilson. Andy was raised in Buffalo where he graduated from Bennett High School and then earned a degree in chemistry at Canisius College. He was employed by Durez Plastics, Hooker Chemical and Occidental Chemical. During his 40 year career he was awarded several patents in the field of plastics engineering. His interests included skiing, fishing, gardening and sailing. He was a member of Sandy Beach Yacht Club, where he raced a lightning sailboat that he built by hand. Over the years he also enjoyed trips to many countries around the world. Though a seasoned traveler, Andy was known especially for his devotion to home life, raising his family and making the home a pleasant place for all. He will be remembered as an honest, hard-working, wise, and caring person. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Gifts in Andy's memory may be sent to St. Peter RC Parish in Lewiston, NY or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be shared at www.brettfuneralhome.net.



   Gary M. Stott - Suddenly, Friday, January 15, 2021 at age 70, beloved husband of 46 years to Cheryl M. (nee Ferro) Stott; dear father of Gillian M. Stott and Courtney A. (Nicholas) Sinatra; loving grandfather of Henry J. Sinatra; brother of Kathy Sparks and Dana (Gary) Rzepa; also survived by nieces and nephews. The family will be present to receive friends Friday January 22, 2021 from 2-8 PM at the (Delaware Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1132 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, January 23, 2021 at St. Stephen Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, NY at 9:30 AM. Family and friends invited. As you prepare to attend, please be mindful that Face Coverings and six foot separation are required at all times. Current capacity restrictions may cause delayed entry. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Gary's memory to Buffalo Renaissance Foundation, PO Box 322, Buffalo, NY 14205 or Sr. Johnice Response to Love Center, 130 Kosciusko St., Buffalo, NY 14212. Please visit Gary's Tribute Page to view his tribute video and share condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.


   Ernest Beck - January 17, 2021, of Grand Island. Husband of Maria Beck; father of David (Kathy) Beck and Anita Gruber; grandfather of Victoria, Daniel, Joshua, Morgan and Jonathan; brother of late Kathy Asbach; also survived by nieces and nephews. Graveside Services will be held Friday, January 22nd at 2 PM, at Whitehaven Cemetery, 3089 East River Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bible Fellowship Center. Ernest was a skilled instructor and a biblical scholar. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.


   Rosemarie W. (nee Wilkie) McDonald - January 16, 2021, of Grand Island at age 89. Beloved wife of the late James W. McDonald; loving mother of Karen (Michael) McDonough, Kathleen (Donald) Tompkins, Patricia (Joseph) Mash, James (Cynthia) McDonald, Mary Jo (James) Russo; cherished grandmother of Christopher (Hannah) Tompkins, Kevin (Haley) Tompkins, Joseph Mash, Kelsey (Christopher) Carter, John Andrews, Tiller McDonald, Kathryn McDonald, Shannon Russo, James Russo; daughter of the late Charles and Mary (nee Brooker) Wilkie; dearest sister of Joyce (William) Stratis, and the late Elizabeth (late Al) Stieringer, late Raymond (late Patricia) Wilkie, and the late Eileen (late Bernard) Gallant and aunt to many loving nieces and nephews.
   Rosemarie enjoyed travel, social events and outdoor activities with her husband Jim, children and grandchildren including trips to Europe, parties, Bills and Sabres games, sledding, skating, sailing, picnics even in the winter. Rosemarie loved to swim and enjoyed golfing. She was a long-time member of the Grand Island Women's Golf Association and the Grand Island Women's Club.
   Rosemarie graduated from Kenmore West H.S. in 1949 and went on to work as a secretary at Western Electric. In addition to caring for her five children, she also worked as a teacher's aide for Buffalo Public Schools and for the YWCA after school program in Grand Island schools. Family and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, January 22nd at 9:30 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Social distancing and masks required. Burial to follow at St. Stephen's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rosemarie's memory to Literacy, Inc. c/o Jeannine Nadler, P.O. Box 822, Katonah, NY 10536. She loved reading and children, and donations will support books for underserved children. Literacy, Inc. is a nonprofit supported by her grandson, John Andrews. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.



    Lawrence J. Hillock, Sr. - age 76, passed away January 15, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loving family. A private Graveside service will be held Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at Parkway Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at 11:00 AM for family only. You can watch the service live by going to www.heritagememorialfuneralhome.com or https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/371720216. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you donate to The Ronald McDonald House of Macon, 1160 Forsyth St, Macon, GA 31201, St. Jude, 262 Danny Thomas Pl, Memphis, TN 38105 or your favorite children’s charity.
    Larry was born in Buffalo, New York, on October 19, 1944 to the late John Hillock and Beatrice Hillock. Larry is also preceded in death by his sisters, Editha Kapoor and Lucille Floss and grandson, Kyle Hillock. Larry was raised in Grand Island, New York and served in Vietnam with the United States Marine Corp. He retired from TRW in 2002 as a project manager. Larry started the first local chapter of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association in Warner Robins, GA. He was a member of The Warner Robins Noon Optimist Club. Larry enjoyed spending time outdoors camping, canoeing, and traveling across the country in his motorhome with his wife. He was an avid reader and enjoyed researching genealogy. Larry was devoted to his wife, children and would never miss an opportunity to spend time with his grandchildren.
    Larry is survived by his wife of 54 years, Dawn Merrill Hillock; children, Deanna Mines (Rodney), Larry Hillock, Jr. (Heather); grandchildren, Hannah Hillock, Trevor Mines, Erika Mines, Cameron Tagliaferi; siblings, John Hillock (Linda), Robert Hillock (Cindy), Linda Clark (Harold), Randon Hillock (Sue), Hilary Balderas, and numerous nieces and nephews. Please go to www.heritagememorialfuneralhome.com to sign the online guestbook and to leave a condolence for the family.



    Susan A. (nee-Matis) Stoffan - age 93, beloved wife of the late George Stoffan entered into rest on Jan. 6, 2021 in Grand Island, New York. She lived in Lakewood, Ohio for most of her life where she was a member of Ss. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church and the First Catholic Ladies Slovak Union. She was best known for her wonderful baking and impeccable ironing and enjoyed camping, playing bingo, and going to the casinos but most of all cherished her time with family and friends. She is survived by her daughter: Barbara (Peter) Conrad, son: Mark Stoffan, grandchildren: Heather (Joseph) Hill, Chad Stoffan and Erin Stoffan, great grandchildren: Allison & Jason Hill. Besides her husband she was preceded in death by her son George A. Stoffan III and siblings : Joseph Matis, Mary Tutko, Helen Fencik, Veronica Petruchik & Anna Licsak. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday 10:00am Jan.16, 2021 at Transfiguration Parish, 12608 Madison Ave., Lakewood (masks and distancing will be required). Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. MISENCIK FUNERAL HOME, 36363 Detroit Rd., Avon is in charge of arrangements. A Celebration of her life will be celebrated at a later date.


    Ann M. (nee O'Donohoe) Hegarty - Passed peacefully on January 11, 2021 at age 85. Ann was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and steadfast friend to many. Born in Dublin, Ireland, Ann came to the United States in 1957 and proudly became a US Citizen in 2001. Ann lived most of her adult life in Carmel, NY, where she and husband Denis, Sr. raised their four children. In later years she resided on Grand Island. Ann loved spending time with her family, traveling and the theatre. Ann was predeceased by her husband Denis, Sr. and grandson Joseph. Ann is survived by her children Geraldine (Edward), James (Pamela), Raymond (Gina), Denis Jr. (Josephine); grandchildren Edward (Jessica), Katie (Dustin), Sarah, Charlie, Aurora, Molly, Cate; and great-grandchildren Grady and Owen. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. The family extends the most heartfelt thanks to the staff of Springhill Oakview and Forestview in Erie, PA for the wonderful care they provided. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to a local food bank or women's shelter in her name. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.


   Richard G. Furman - Of Grand Island, entered into rest on January 12, 2021, at the age of 72. Beloved husband of Carolyn (nee Brunner) Furman; devoted father of Courtney (Greg) Lovria and Scott (Hawa) Furman; cherished grandfather of Troy, Logan and Nadia; loving brother of his twin Michael Furman, John Mies and Cheryl Hausner; dear brother-in-law of Thomas Brunner and the late Brian Brunner; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Richard was a retired Buffalo Firefighter. Private Services. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Richards name can be made to the ALS Foundation. Arrangements by LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel). Condolences at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.


    Derek S. Mediak - Of Grand Island, entered into rest on January 13, 2021. Beloved husband of Lisa (nee Foley) Mediak; devoted father of Jason (April) and Lillian; loving son of Linda Mediak; dear brother of Marie Mediak and brother-in-law of Ed (Elly) Foley; cherished uncle of Lindsey and Cole; also survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel), 885 Niagara Falls Blvd. on Tuesday from 4-7 PM for a gathering in Derek's memory. Online condolences may be offered at www.lombardofuneralhome.com. Due to NYS guidelines, occupancy limits will be observed.


    Gifford R. Peck - Age 82, of the City of Tonawanda, January 16, 2021, in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital after a brief illness. Gifford was a U.S. Army veteran, retiring from the Army after 38 years of service. He had also worked as a printer for Royal Printing in Buffalo. He was a lifelong member of Union Hook & Ladder in the City of Tonawanda, and a lifelong member of the Grand Island Volunteer Fire Company. He was an active member of the United Methodist Church of Tonawanda. He was the husband of the late Barbara A. (Roe) Peck; beloved father of Lori (late Sidney) Tyrrell, Amyjo (Dan) DeCarlo, and Dawn (George) Garbutt; grandfather of Brittany and Tyler Peck and Dylan Richards. Friends may call at the FRETTHOLD & HAMP FUNERAL HOME, 37 Adam St., Tonawanda, on Friday from 5-7 PM. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday beginning at 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or Veteran's Hospital. Condolences may be shared at FrettholdandHamp.com.


    Heidi M. (nee Merz) Lang - Age 59, January 15, 2021, of Grand Island, NY. Beloved wife of Michael Lang; devoted daughter of Joseph and the late Marianne Merz; cherished mother of Sarah Gefell, Laura Lang, Erik (Amy Newton) Lang and Leanna (Axel Barora) Lang; adored grammy of Elizabeth Gefell; dear sister of Joseph (Jane) Merz, Harald (Patricia) Merz and Peter (Diana) Merz; loving daughter-in-law of Ronald (Lori) Lang; also survived by nieces and nephews. Due to Covid restrictions, a Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date and time to be announced. Please share your condolences online with the family at www.lesterwedekindtfuneralhome.com.


    Shirley J. (nee Kruse) Martin - Was called home by her Lord and Savior to rest and sleep with the angels on January 15, 2021. Shirley was born February 14 (Valentine's Day), 1926 to the late Christopher "Christ" Kruse and Rose (Kienzle) Kruse. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Richard J. (Dick) Martin. She was the devoted mother to Christine (late Edward) Powell of Willis, TX, Carol (Doug) Neill of Willis, TX, and Cathy (David) Klemann of Christiana, TN. Cherished Grandmother of Amanda (Matt) Gregory, Emily (David) Koseluk, and Jagur (Kylie) Klemann and Great Grandmother to Sierra Gregory.
   We are all very grateful to God to have had her in our lives. Shirley married her husband on September 11, 1948. They moved to Grand Island in 1951 where Dick started Modern Plumbing which they grew into a successful business. Shirley later worked for Fleischman Fuels before buying the business herself and operated it until she retired in 1993. Shirley was proud of her service to her community. She was a member of the Grand Island Zoning Board, Zonta Club of Grand Island, and the Grand Island Republican Committee. She was recognized for her accomplishments when she was named Citizen of the Year by the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce for her outstanding role in the business community. Shirley will be laid to rest beside her husband in St. Stephen's Cemetery on Grand Island. A celebration of life will be held at a future date. Please share memories and condolences on Shirley's Tribute Page at kaiserfuneral.com.


    Barbara Lee (nee Harrison) Ressnan - Passed away at the age of 75 due to complications from a leg infection. She was raised on Grand Island and attended Sidway School, later graduating from Tonawanda Sr. High School. She is survived by her husband, C. Roger Ressman; daughter, Heather (Brett) Sahrle; and son, Jason (Lindsay) Ressman; she is also survived by five grandchildren: Matthew and Mackenzie Sahrle, Jett and Joey Neglia, and Jameson Ressman; in addition, she is survived by her brother, William Harrison of Hemet, California, and Betty Harrison of Wildomar, California.
    She was a Speech Therapist at the Chestnut Ridge Elementary School. In addition, she enjoyed her time with her grandchildren, scrap-booking, knitting and reading. She also enjoyed a two-week vacation at Black Lake, NY for 20 straight years. Barbara was also very much at home with the Spencerport Rotary Club and attended Rotary functions with the many Past District Governors and their spouses. When it came to relaxing, she enjoyed her "Knit and Stitch Club", plus an annual trip with the "girls only club." To share a memory visit www.walkerbrothersfh.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Spencerport Rotary Club, P.O. Box 274, Spencerport, NY 14559. The funds collected will be sent to the Rotary Foundation. A memorial service will be held at a later date when the current health situation subsides.


    Elizabeth "Liz" (nee Besio) AuClair-Smith - Of Grand Island, NY, entered into rest January 6, 2021. Beloved wife of the late Gerald AuClair and the late Robert Smith; devoted mother of Sandra (Darrell) Mondrala and Denise (Michael) McMahon; adored grandmother of Lynn Marie (Patrick) Reap, Cheri Beth Weber, Erin (Brian) Russo and Kerry-Lynn (John) Brown; cherished great-grandmother of Hunter, Conner and Mathew Reap and Dylan and Evan Russo; loving daughter of the late John and Lois Besio; dear sister of the late Norma (late Richard) Hess and the late Arlene (late Richard) Mowry. No prior visitation. Arrangements by the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel). A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Friends and relatives may share their condolences online with the family at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.


   Vincent J. "Vinny" Pantano - Beloved husband of Rosary Ann (Agati) Pantano; loving father of Michele (Michael) Lauria, Rosary Ann Cancilla, Andrea (Troy) Villafuerte, and Salvatore (Carla) Pantano; adoring grandfather of Michael, Bianca, Mitchell, Alexander, Vincent, Alexandra, Jenna and Vincent; loving brother of Salvatore (Lori) Pantano, and the late MaryAnn (late Sam) Monaco; son of the late Salvatore and Clara (Ziemecki) Pantano. The family will be present Wednesday, from 3-7 PM, at the PERNA, DENGLER, ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME, 1671 Maple Road. Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated from St. Stephen's Church (Grand Island), on Thursday,January 14th, at 9:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations in Vincent's name may be made to Hospice Buffalo, Inc. Vincent retired as a lieutenant after serving 32 years in the Buffalo police department. Condolences may be shared online at www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com.


   Phyllis Ann (nee Handley) Pierce - Age 84 of Grand Island, passed away peacefully on January 2, 2021 from COVID-19. Phyllis was born in Niagara Falls to the late Charles E. Handley, Sr. and Evelyn I. (nee Dennis). She was a Niagara Falls High School graduate and was employed as a Secretary at Hooker Chemical until she left to raise her children. She was a member of the St. Paul's United Methodist Church Choir, Hooker Chorus, a longterm member of Trinity United Methodist Church, WOW, and The Bishop's Committee. She worked as a Volunteer for the Grand Island Help Center. She was an amateur artist who drew for her children. She enjoyed musical concerts and theatrical productions. She traveled extensively to visit family members across the country. Phyllis spent her final three years as a resident of Rosa Coplon Living Center at the Weinberg Campus in Getzville where she was admired and loved by the nursing staff for her friendliness, as she happily marched up and down the hallways.
   She will always be cherished by her family and friends for her caring warmth, joyful laughter, and sunny smile. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, and faithful friend who deeply touched the lives of others. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her stepmother, Dorothy Handley; brother Charles E. Handley Jr.; and daughter Susan E. Pierce. She is survived by her devoted and beloved husband of 61 years, Halbert E. Pierce III; son David (Robin) Pierce of San Antonio, TX; and daughter Amy (Anthony) Pacini of Land o'Lakes, FL; brother Robert (Debi) Handley of North Tonawanda; sister-in-law Jane Handley of Dublin, OH; many cousins, nieces, a nephew, and close friends. A memorial service will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church on Grand Island at a future date. Share condolences at www.kaiserfuneral.com.


    Janeene (nee Phance) Stoddard - Of Mesa, AZ, a resident of Grand Island for over 50 years, passed away peacefully on January 6, 2021 at the age of 82 to join her recently departed husband and best friend Fred of 61 years. Survived by two sons Paul (Lisa) and Phil (Jill) and one daughter Amy (Wylie); grandmother to ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Janeene served as a registered nurse for over 45 years working the ER night-shift at Kenmore Mercy Hospital in Tonawanda and the Banner Healthcare System in Mesa, Arizona. She was a talented artist who also loved cooking, sewing, and tackling a challenging crossword puzzle, when she and Fred weren't traveling. She cherished the time spent with lifelong friends and was always making new ones in retirement through her golf, painting and quilting groups. An avid Bills fan to the end. A Memorial will be planned for late spring. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.



    Jean E. Wholahan - January 7, 2021, age 106, of Grand Island. Wife of the late Allan D. Wholahan; mother of Clifford B. (Inger) Wholahan of Blaine, MN, Paul M. Wholahan of Grand Island and the late John D. Wholahan; grandmother of James Wholahan of San Diego, CA and Emma Smith of Louisville, KY; also survived by two great-grandchildren; sister of the late Arthur Wilbanks. Funeral services private. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
   Addition by Leonore Tetkowski: In Memory of Jean Wholahan.
    We should not let the death of Jean Wholahan at age 106 on January 7 go without remembering and appreciating her amazing,, very long life on Grand Island. She has been an inspiration for me since the 1950s, when her husband, Allan, and I worked on the Citizens' Committee for the High School. It was Jean who encouraged me to join the League of Women Voters, which became a major part of my life. In her quiet, modest way she worked diligently on various committees for an informed electorate. She took on necessary work like League budget preparation. It was Allan who had the first computer of anyone we knew, and who was deeply involved in using his new skills to work with us on League publications, like preparing “Know Your Officials”.
    Many meetings and much committee work led to our deep ongoing friendship. As Jean aged she continued her lifelong interest in good government, and even when her eyesight was failing, managed to follow news events. She never missed a voting opportunity.
    Her ability to remain independent until well after her 100th birthday astonished her friends. Her clear memory allowed her to share with me very early experiences of her childhood and early youth. Her interest in annual geranium plantings and activities of her little Island Presbyterian Church, of which she was a founding member, continued throughout her life. Her optimism never failed!
    I drove her to a garden nursery for her to chose her geraniums each spring. I remember the one that turned out to be the last time. As I was dropping her off back at her home, Jean thanked me and said, “Will you do this for me next year?” I replied, “Sure, Honey!"


   Nicholas A. Beyers - January 3, 2021, of Niagara Falls, formerly of Grand Island. Brother of Joseph (Glenda) Beyers, Jean (the late Rod) Waldrip and Allen (Diana) Beyers; son of the late William and Genevieve Beyers; uncle of Ashley and Eric Hoffmeister; also survived by many cousins. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.


   Jane M. (nee Biggie) Goris - January 8, 2021, of Grand Island. Beloved wife of the late Charles H. Goris; loving mother of Lynne (George) Heim, David (Sally) Goris, Valerie (Randy) Downey, Cheryl (Keith) Kloesz, Daniel (Kim), Jeffrey (Tina) and Michael (Jennifer) Goris, and Jacqueline (Patrick) Foote; cherished grandmother of Eric, Kimberly, Melissa, Kevin, Stephanie, Jennifer, Kelly, Robert, Amanda, Laura, Danielle, Michaela, Heather, Kelsey, Trevor, Matthew, Morgan, Jeffrey and the late Michael David; also survived by 14 great-grandchildren; sister of Joan Frey. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, January 12th at 11 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.


   Robert W. Pickel, Sr. - Age 84, of Grand Island, died peacefully January 7, 2021. Robert retired as the Senior Vice President of Finance for the Buffalo Sabres. He was a US Marine Corps Veteran. He served as the President of the Board of Directors for Summer Bay Resorts in Orlando, FL. Robert was a respected youth coach and mentor.
   Beloved husband of Lorraine (Balsdon) Pickel for over 64 years; father of Robert W. (Kathleen) Pickel Jr., Michael G. (Ann) Pickel, Jeffrey D. (Debbie) Pickel, Lori N. Collignon, and the late Karen L. Coomber; grandfather of Jacob (Margie), Rachel, Alexander, Jeffrey Jr. (Emily), and Shannon Pickel, Courtney, McKenna, and Cameron Collignon, Ashley L. (Greg) McQuiggan, Ranier Kahn, and the late B.C. Coomber; great-grandfather of five great-grandchildren; brother of Cheryl Angell. Friends may call at the FRETTHOLD & HAMP FUNERAL HOME, 37 Adam St., in Tonawanda, on Monday, January 11th from 4-8 PM. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday at 11 AM, interment in Elmlawn Cemetery. Flowers gratefully declined, if so desired memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, or the Nickel City Canine Rescue, 5635 Harris Hill Rd., Williamsville, NY 14221. Condolences shared at FrettholdandHamp.com.