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Deaths 2022


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   Robert A. Conta - Age 83, of Grand Island, US Air Force Veteran, June 26, 2022. Husband of Patricia L. (nee Roberts) Conta; father of William E. (JoAnne), MaryLynn (William Kupfer), Jonathan E. (Jennifer) and the late Robert S. and Andrew T. Conta; also survived by nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; son of the late John J. and Frances (nee Cerne) Conta. A Mass of Christin Burial will be celebrated Thursday, June 30th at 9:30 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Interment will be in St. Stephen's Cemetery. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.


   William R. Baetzhold - April 16, 2022. A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, July 3, 2022 at 3:00 PM at the Grand Island Moose Lodge, 2524 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island. Bill will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.


   Joycine I. Perone - June 25, 2022, of Grand Island. Mother of Marie (Gregory) Mergel, Dean (Alison) Felschow, Mark (Tammy) Felschow and John Felschow. Also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sister of Mary Donna Felschow and the late Jack Perone. Daughter of the late John and Filomena Perone. Friends may call Tuesday, June 28th, 4-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, where Funeral Services will be held Wednesday at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Share condolences at www.kaiserfuneral.com.


   Vincent Raymond Kenney - (August 28, 1936), of Arlington Heights, Illinois (formerly of Grand Island, NY) died peacefully on June 20, 2022, surrounded by family under hospice services. Beloved husband of Judie Kenney, father of Brian (Lisa) Kenney, Marijane (Tim) Smith of Grand Island, NY. Stepfather of Victoria (Jim) Sawma and Michele (Tim) Threlkeld. Grandfather of Emma and Evan Smith, Juliana and Chloe Sawma (predeceased), Timothy, Adam, and Laura Threlkeld.
    Originally from Rossport, Ontario, son of the predeceased Raymond and Josephine Kenney, survived by brothers Danny, Joseph (late Dorothy) and Eddie Kenney and sister Colleen Kenney (late Lauri). Also survived by several nieces nephews and family members and friends. Donations may be gifted to Journey Care (hospice) of Arlington Heights, Illinois or tribute gift to the Parkinson’s foundation https://www.parkinson.org. A Private family Celebration of life will be held at a future date.



   Honorable Sybil E. Kennedy - A memorial Mass Celebrating the life of the Honorable Sybil E. Kennedy will be held on Saturday, July 2, 2022, at 9:30 A.M. St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd, Grand Island. All are welcome.


   John J. Hess - April 28, 2022, of Grand Island. Husband of Sandra Buell Hess and the late Marilyn K. (nee Jacobi) Hess; father of Kathleen A. Jimenez, Susan L. (Eric) Berger, Mark (Gail) and Robert (Nadia) Hess; stepfather of Scott (Georgi) Kassy and Douglas (Kristen) Buell; also survived by 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; brother of Georgia Cusack and the late Mary Elizabeth Rapp. Friends may call Friday, June 24, 4-7 PM, at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, June 25, at 9:30 AM, at St. Stephen's Church. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association. John was a Veteran of the US Navy and was the owner and operator of Buffalo Loading Docks. He was a member of the LaSalle Yacht Club and Past Commodore of the Buffalo Launch Club. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.



   Dr. Robert P. Harper - passed away unexpectedly on June 4, 2022 while on a fishing trip surrounded by family and friends. Dr. Harper was a husband, father, brother, friend, mentor and leader. He was born August 25, 1944 to Ruth and Paul V. Harper of Grand Island, NY. He is survived by his wife, Christie; Children: Beau (Heather), Thomas, Scott, Paul (Janet), and Chris; Siblings: Carol Rolfe (Harold), Paul (Donna), and Margaret (Dave); Grandchildren: Maya, Carissa, Patrick, Leah, Bethany, Daniel, Jonathan, Jade, and Grey; as well as many nieces, nephews, and extended family.
    Dr. Harper attended Riverside High School and joined the United States Army upon graduation. He became an officer while pursuing his bachelor’s degree in biology at Ohio State University. After obtaining his degree, he continued to serve as a captain and general's aide during the Vietnam War. After completing his service, he attended Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, earning his degree in 1974. He returned to Grand Island, NY where he and his business partner founded a group of veterinary practices, now known as Buffalo Veterinary Group.
    Dr. Harper was a consummate family man who was always willing and available to help, love, and support anyone who needed it. He was a mentor to many, always willing to provide advice, tell a story or lend his opinion. He dedicated his life to veterinary medicine and providing great care to all pets. As a leader in the veterinary field he was known for his surgical expertise. He loved hunting and fishing and spent his last days on the French River, a fishing retreat he had been going to for over 60 years. Services will be private and held for the immediate family. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Pet Emergency Fund (www.petemergencyfund.org) or Shriners Hospitals for Children (https://www.shrinerschildrens.org/).


   Paul Charles Ringler - Age 50, of Grand Island, NY, May 11, 2022. Son of Kathy M. (nee Fitzgerald) Ringler and the late Robert J. Ringler who died in 2020; brother of Dennis W. Ringler; uncle of Brennan (Corey) Stalker; great-uncle of Julian, Jordan and Logan; also his dearest friends James Robinson, Hugo Ammand, Katy Parrish, Mishelle Kennedy, Sean and Rich Andrade; also survived by aunts, uncles and cousins. Paul was a 1991 graduate of Grand Island High School and was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving as an Army Medic in Alaska. No prior visitation. A private Prayer Service will be held in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorial contributions in memory of Paul may be made to VA Medical Center, Buffalo, NY. Condolences may be shared at www.ROTHFUNERAL.com.



   Bruce G. Wojick, Sr. - of Grand Island, passed away at home peacefully surrounded by his loving family on June 5, 2022. Survived by his dearest soul-mate and wife of 25 years, Rosemary (nee Conaway). Son of the late Marian and Jeanette Wojick. Beloved father of Bruce (Cindy) Wojick, Matthew (Julie) Wojick, Jessica (Maria Rosa) Wojick, Mark (Mikaela) Wojick and Joshua (Leah) Wojick. Dearest step-father of Michelle (Thomas Brown) Mulvena, Michael (Michele) Mulvena and Denise (Aaron) Clause. Greatest Papa/Grampa Bruce of Benjamin, Leah, Michael Jr., Emily, Vito, Alexandrea, Mia, Liam, Austin, Brennan, Maxwell and Grace. Predeceased by grandchildren Cameron and Keagan. Many other family members and friends will miss Bruce deeply.
    A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Stephen’s Church 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island Monday June 20 at 9:30 AM. The family will receive condolences at the church prior to Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bruce’s name to the DeGlopper Memorial Foundation c/o Charles DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 or the St. Jude’s Children Hospital.
   Bruce was employed by Niagara Falls Public Schools, retiring as a special education teacher at Gaskill Middle School after 28 years. Bruce’s true passion was as a US Custom and Border Protection Agent (later as an Agent for US Homeland Security) for 17 years where he received many accommodations for his service. He was very active in the Charles N. DeGlopper VFW Auxiliary where he was the treasurer for the organization for many years. Recently he participated with the VFW’s Honor Guard and played taps during all services. Bruce loved being outdoors spending time fishing and hunting. On most days you could find Bruce sitting outside on his porch looking out over the river and keeping an eye on activities in the neighborhood. Visiting Bruce meant that you would be greeted with the soft sounds of jazz music playing in the background, and if one of his favorite songs came on you were required to get up and dance with him! Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.



   Shirley R. McNulty - 74, of Niagara Falls, passed away on March 5, 2022, at Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport, NY. Daughter of the late Michael J. and Patricia M. McNulty from Staley Rd. Shirley is survived by long time companion James “Jim” Brice, her daughter, Jenny (Jeffrey) Miner, grandmother of Jack and Samantha Miner; sister of Patricia (Bud) Yensan, Michael D. (Kathy) McNulty, Roberta “Bobbi” (Ken) Champagne and the late Margaret “Peggy” (Robert) Hooper and Mary A. Loder. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Shirley graduated from Madonna high school in 1965. She was employed as a retail manager for several Dollar General and Dollar Tree stores in Western NY for 34 years. She was an artist who also enjoyed crafts and sewing. Per Shirley’s wishes, there were no services.


   Sally M. (nee Murrett) Andrzejczak - Of Grand Island, NY, June 1, 2022. Beloved wife of Michael F. Andrzejczak; cherished mother of JP (Mary Beth) and Katie (Paul Lavocat) Andrzejczak; doting grandma to Mason Andrzejczak, and Skyler and Kinsley Lavocat; loving sister of Kathy (Brian) Fitzgerald, Jim (Karen) Murrett, Patty (Andy) Krotseng, Betsy (Lori Nielsen) Murrett, and Mo-Jo Murrett. Predeceased by her parents, Peter and Elizabeth; and siblings, Peter (Janice), Larry, and Tom. Sister-in-law to Arlene and Dan Miodonski. Sally leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. No prior visitation. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to: Women of the Moose #1922, PO Box 812, Grand Island, NY 14072. Arrangements by: ERIE COUNTY CREMATION SERVICE, 824-6435. Please share your condolences at: www.eriecountycremationservice.com.


   Iris A. Jircitano - "95 years old", May 9, 2022, of Grand Island, NY. Beloved wife of the late Albert Jircitano; dear mother of Matthew (Kyle) and Aimee (Anthony) Emmi; loving grandmother of Nicholas, Joshua, Emilie (Charlie), Peter, Will, Ruby, Lauren, Lexi, Anthony, Madeline and Paul; great-grandmother of Alex. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, June 11, 2022, at 9:30 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island 14072 (please assemble at church). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Niagara Hospice. Arrangements by BUFFALO NIAGARA CREMATION SERVICE, 716-855-1411. Share condolences at www.buffaloniagaracremation.com.


    Olga A. (nee Valle) DeMicke - May 24, 2022. Born in Vienna, Austria. Beloved wife of the late SGM Nicholas J. DeMicke; daughter of the late Viktor Valle and Leopoldine (nee Kodat) Valle; dear sister of Leopoldine "Lena" Hitchcock, Viktor Valle, Ingeborg "Mausi" Kurz and the late Rudolf Valle and Liane Maria Dahlberg; also survived by many nieces and nephews. No prior visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Stephen's R.C. Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, on Saturday, June 11th, at 11 AM. The Funeral Mass will be live-streamed at: www.ststephenswny.com. Olga was an active member of the Altar and Rosary Society and Bereavement Committee at St. Stephen's Church and a longtime waitress for over 30 years at Nuchereno's. Olga was the most generous, warm hearted, loving, and caring person. She will remain in our hearts forever. Flowers are gratefully declined. In lieu of, expressions of sympathy donations may be made to St. Stephen's Bereavement Committee. Arrangements by CUSACK FUNERAL HOME, W. Seneca, NY.


    Edward J. Danahy - October 5, 2021 in Clearwater, FL, formerly of Grand Island. Retired Lieutenant of the Buffalo Fire Dept. Son of the late Edward and Irene (Nesselbeck) Danahy; brother of Monica Danahy and Sister Maureen Danahy, SSJ. Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, June 8th, 10 AM at Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church, 1035 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY. Burial will be private. Online condolences to www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com.



   Leona "Lee" (nee Yaffe) Cohen - Of Grand Island, NY, on June 1, 2022. Devoted wife of the late Dr. Sidney J. Cohen; loving mother of Ross and Morey (Sandra)Cohen; grandmother of Emily Rose and Nathaniel David. Leona was a teacher, writer and opera supporter. Funeral Services will be held on Friday at 12 Noon at AMHERST MEMORIAL CHAPEL, LLC, 281 Dodge Rd. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice. Family guest-book online at www.amherstmemorialchapel.com.



    Donna Rodriguez - Age 86, of Grand Island, passed away on Monday, May 30th, 2022 at Kenmore Mercy Hospital. She was born in Niagara Falls on November 26, 1935, the daughter of the late Donald and Marion (Robertson) Hawley. She attended local schools, graduating from Tonawanda High School in June 1951 at the age of 16, having skipped one grade.
    Beloved wife of the late Francis "Frank" Rodriguez, whom she married May 1, 1954 and who preceded her in death on February 5th, 2007, Donna is survived by her children, Patricia (Harry) Beal of Kenosha, WI, Michael (Kathy) of Ft. Myers, FL, James (Mary) of Aurora, IL, Lisa (John) Black and Thomas, both of Grand Island, and Richard (Laurie) of Oxford, MI; grandchildren, Hamilton (Dina), Francesca, (Kevin) Angel; Patrick, Harrison, Alexander and Margaret Beal; Michael (Katie), Matthew, Marcus and Joseph Rodriguez; Jillian (Timothy) Robinette, Erin (Michael) DiCristina, James (Sarah) Rodriguez, Kylee (Michael) Minor and Brianne (Michael) Legittino; Robert (Ashley), John (Kate), Kara (Christopher) Bernard, and Franklin (Leah) Black; and David, Robert and Carleigh Rodriguez; brother James (Sue) Hawley of Daytona Beach, FL and sister Linda (Robert) Kaczor of Dublin, OH and 17 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brothers Jack (Judy) and Jerry Hawley.
   A loving and devoted homemaker, Donna also worked for several years at Electronic Automation Systems, (EAS) as Office Manager and then at WUTV Channel 29 as Program Director, both of Grand Island. Her passion, pride and joy was her family, as evidenced by the wall to wall pictures you see upon entering her home. Whether it was watching her late husband Frank play basketball or fast pitch softball; her sons play baseball, basketball or football; her daughters participate in cheerleading and dance; or her grandchildren compete in a variety of sports and other extracurricular activities, Donna was always there and always the #1 fan. Donna loved the holidays, mostly because the entire family would typically be together. She also enjoyed hosting family at their Florida "winter home" during the years they had homes in Poinciana and then later in the Daytona area. She enjoyed cooking (breakfast was her favorite) and "Nana Donna" pancakes became a favorite with her kids and grandkids.
   Friends may call Friday, 4-7 PM, at KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, at 9:30 AM at St. Stephen Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grand Island Fire Company, 2275 Baseline Road, Grand Island 14072. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.



    Rose L. (nee Travis ) Frentzel - Of Buffalo, passed away peacefully with her family surrounded by her side on May 25, 2022, at the age of 95. Beloved wife of the late Ernest J. Frentzel; dear daughter of the late Harold and Dorothy Travis; dear sister of the late June and the late Harold "Skip" Travis (Sally); loving mother of Michael (Janis), Mark (Patricia) and Rosemarie (Thomas) Mescall; adored grandmother of Michael, Lee, John, Justin, Alison and Lauren; cherished great-grandmother of Camille, Declan, Danica, Quinn, Harper and James. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Rose was a life-long resident of South Buffalo, living independently in her home until her passing. She was a teacher aide for the Buffalo School System for over 30 years. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Southtowns Chapel), 3060 Abbott Rd., near Lake Ave., on Friday from 2-7 PM. A Funeral Service will immediately follow. Private interment Hillcrest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Memories and online condolences at www.lombardofuenralhome.com.


    Gregory S. Madejski - May 29, 2022, of Grand Island. Husband to Rosalie Madejski (nee Testa). Father to Jon A. and Julie Ann (Glenda Chausse) Madejski. Grandfather to Rachael and James Donohue; also survived by cousins, nieces, and a nephew. Friends may call Wednesday, June 1st, 2022 from 4-7 PM at KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Memorial Mass will be held June 2nd, 9:30 AM, at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Feed Buffalo or a charity of your choice. Please share condolences at Kaiserfuneral.com.


    Robert Mazepa - - Age 95, of Grand Island, passed away May 22, 2022. Predeceased by devoted wife, Magdolna; dear father of Dr. Erzsebet Mazepa, Edith (Gene) Block, and Emese (Vincent) Pedroza; loving grandfather of Nathan (Kerri), Stephen (Lindsay), Douglas (Natalia) Block, Rachael (Anthony) Miracle, Marilia (Michael) Wimberly, Victoria (Dr. Michael) Ianniello, Joshua, John (Julia) Pedroza, and 14 great-grandchildren; dear brother of the late Edith Decleva. We will cherish his memory and love of family, Hungarian heritage, engineering, nature, skiing, flying, music, and his dogs. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the St. Jude Center, 760 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, Friday, May 27, at 9:30 AM. Please share condolences at www.Kaiserfuneral.com.


    Donald K. Kezar - Peacefully went to be with his Lord May 19, 2022, of Grand Island. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Judith; son, Christopher (Cathy); six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, Elwin and Ethel Kezar; brother, Ronald; and stepson, James Fire, Jr. Don retired in 2000 from GM Tonawanda. He was an avid Buffalo Bills fan with season tickets for 50 years. He also enjoyed bowling, traveling, golf and his occasional cigar. Friends may call Tuesday, 10 AM - 1 PM, followed by Funeral Services Tuesday at 1 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.


    Ranvir Moudgil, Ph.D. - Of Grand Island, NY passed away May 17, 2022. Ranvir's life force primarily centered on being with his beloved family. He leaves behind the love of his life, wife Natalie Moudgil, daughter Alka Moudgil, grandson Arjuna Velayudam, daughter Seema Washington (nee Moudgil), son-in-law Jason Washington, and nephews Vibhaker and Nishaker Moudgil, Arun and Rajeev Joshi. Ranvir was predeceased by brothers Om Prakash Sharma, Ved Prakash Sharma, Ravi Dat Joshi, and Randhir Kumar Moudgil. He was a favorite uncle of a great many nieces and nephews in Canada, England, and India. Born in Samana, Punjab, India in 1935 to Parsini Devi and Balkiram Joshi, Ranvir was a professor at Kurukshetra University and later served until his retirement as an anthropology and sociology professor at Niagara University. His areas of academic interest spanned a lifetime. He was honored to study under and work with Dr. Peter V. Karpovich of Springfield College in the area of kinesiology, researching isometric muscular contraction in athletes. His doctoral research focused upon Asian refugees fleeing Uganda in 1972 and integrating into Canada. A primary source of fulfilment in his academic life came from his interactions with students. As a member of the Hindu Cultural Society of Western New York, Ranvir served on the initial constitution committee. His community service entailed the sharing of his cardiac experiences with patients at Buffalo General Medical Center with the goal of reducing anxiety about cardiac care. He will be remembered for his deep spirituality, his sense of humor, and his love for photography and videography capturing the family's favorite moments including cultural activities. Private services will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Ranvir Moudgil, Ph.D. may be made to Niagara University at the following address: Institutional Advancement, P0 Box 2008, Niagara University, NY 14109-2008. Share condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.


    Rose Ann Krause - May 11, 2022 Of Grand Island. Predeceased by Husband DeLoss Krause. Mother to Raymond (Barbara) Krause, Barbara Turley, Trish (late Michael) Cope, Karen Cowan and Helen Fisher. Grandmother to 11 and Great-grandmother to 17. Rose is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Rose was a long time 911 operator for the Grand Island Fire Company. Friends may call Sunday, May 15 from 1-4 at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the S.P.C.A or Hospice Buffalo.


    Patricia M. (nee Gorman) Collins - May 13, 2022, of Grand Island. Wife of the late David A. Collins. Mother of Kathleen (Chris) Krawczyk, David Collins and Kristin (Joseph) Collado. Grandmother of Kathleen, Christian, Erin and Caroline. Sister of Michael (Janet) and William (Sharon) Gorman. Also survived by loving brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces and nephews. Patricia taught social studies at Veronica Connor Middle School. She was very active in her faith. Friends may call Wednesday, May 18th from 4:30-7:30 PM at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday at 9:30 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Please share condolences at www.Kaiserfuneral.com.


   John H. Cook - May 11, 2022, of Grand Island. Husband of Betty Cook. Father of John M. (Tammie) and Jeff (Nancy) Cook. Grandfather of Brian, Chris, Matthew and Nick Cook. Brother of Pam (Jeff) Dzialak, Judy Mataruga and the late Doug (survived by wife Diana) Cook. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Funeral services private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Share condolences at www.kaiserfuneral.com.



   Timothy J. Mordaunt - Of Buffalo, entered into rest May 4, 2022. Loving father of Victoria Mordaunt, the late Kali Mordaunt, and the late Keith Brewer; dear brother of Thomas (Sharon), John, Jean and Daniel (Charlotte) Mordaunt; also survived by nieces and nephews. No prior visitation. A funeral service will be held at St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 22 Sussex St., Buffalo on Tuesday, May 10th at 12 PM. (Please assemble at church.) Arrangements by LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel). Online condolences may be made at www.lombardofuneralhome.com Flowers gratefully declined. Donations in Tim's honor can be made to Hospice Foundation.


    Donald J. Gardner - May 9, 2022, of Grand Island. Husband of Linda Gardner. Father of Jeffrey J. (Anna) Gardner and Justine Gardner Anderson. Stepfather of Tracey (David) Patton and Lisa (John) Strawbridge. Step-grandfather of Sophie and Sam Strawbridge. Predeceased by six brothers and sisters. Friends may call Friday, 4-7 PM, at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, where Funeral Services will be held Saturday at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cornerstone Bible Baptist Church, 5810 Buffalo St., Sanborn, NY 14132.


    Denise Marie (nee Jones) Link - Of Grand Island, NY on May 6, 2022. Daughter of Toni Morana Jones and the late Joseph J. Jones. Loving mother of Desire Link (Justin) Tedesco and Wesley P. Link. Grandmother of Lilith Tedesco. Sister of the late Robert "Bob" (Terri) Jones. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Funeral Service private at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by D. LAWRENCE GINNANE FUNERAL HOME, Kenmore, NY. Condolences may be sent to ginnanefuneralhome.com.


    Rena (nee Robert) Fraser - May 4, 2022, age 95, resident of Grand Island, NY, since 1959. Rena was born in Getzville, NY, to the late Louisa (Muck) and Murray Robert. She was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Donald Blair Fraser, as well as her sisters Irene, Charlotte and Verna (Alvin Koepsel), and her brothers Murray, Lee and Ray (Phyllis Barone), several of whom she cared for during their final illnesses. Rena is survived by her daughter, Diana (Joseph) Fraser Govern of Boston, MA; and son, Robert Scott Fraser of Grand Island. Rena's faith was an important part of her life. She grew up attending St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Eggertsville, and over the following years, was a parishioner of Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Elmwood and West Ferry, St. Timothy's Lutheran Church, Grand Island, Augustana Lutheran Church, Tonawanda, and since 2005, Church of the Apostles, Lutheran, North Tonawanda. Rena was kind, caring and generous throughout her long, active life. As well as a loving sister, wife and mother, she taught Sunday school, served on Altar guilds, participated in Bible study groups and prayer chains, played chimes, and assisted area refugees to obtain their driver's license. Over the decades her casseroles and desserts were much sought after wherever they appeared. She was also a skilled gardener who, as a 5'1" 94 year old, could be easily recognized under a wide brim hat while happily mowing her expansive lawn. Rena will be fondly remembered by her family, friends and countless other people whose lives she touched. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date with interment in Whitehaven Cemetery, Grand Island. Memorial donations may be made to Church of the Apostles, Lutheran, 75 17th Ave., North Tonawanda, NY 14120. Please share condolences at Kaiserfuneral.com.


    Marlyn E. (nee Mammoser) Euler - Of Grand Island, NY, beloved wife, and mother, passed away surrounded by family on April 19, 2022. She was born May 31, 1936, in East Eden, New York, daughter of the late Roy Clemons Mammoser and Mildred Rose Mammoser. Marlyn is survived by her devoted husband, Francis Walter Sawtelle; and her adoring sons, Mark (Jane), Michael (Tracy), and Sean (Donna). She also leaves behind her brother, Gordon "Corky" of East Eden, NY; and sister, Judy of Tucson, AZ; her brother, Allen and sister, Diane having predeceased her. In addition, she also leaves behind five loving grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Family and friends may gather on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at DENGLER, ROBERTS, PERNA FUNERAL HOME, 3070 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, NY 14217, for a Celebration of Life from 1-4 PM, with a service at 2 PM.
    Marlyn earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from Daemen University in Amherst, NY, and had a long career with Sierra Research, starting as a secretary and working her way into a management role. After retirement, Marlyn dedicated much of her time to volunteer work, primarily with the Morlock Foundation in Lockport, NY. She was an avid reader and enjoyed many physical activities, including walking, swimming and Zumba. Most of all, she loved family time, often traveling for visits. The Euler/Sawtelle family wishes to extend it's sincere thanks to the team from Hospice and Palliative Care Buffalo, who provided care for Marlyn in her final weeks. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Marlyn's name to Crisis Services, crisis-services.networkforgood.com. Fond memories and condolences may be shared online at www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com.


   John J. Hess - April 28, 2022, of Grand Island. Husband of Sandra Buell Hess and the late Marilyn K. (nee Jacobi) Hess; father of Kathleen A. Jimenez, Susan L. (Eric) Berger, Mark (Gail) and Robert (Nadia) Hess; stepfather of Scott (Georgi) Kassy and Douglas (Kristen) Buell; also survived by 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; brother of Georgia Cusack and the late Mary Elizabeth Rapp. Friends may call Friday June 24th, 4-7 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, June 25th, at 9:30 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.


   Diana Marie (nee Clukey) Hoffmeister - March 21, 2022, of Grand Island. Loving partner of Allen Beyers; mother of Eric (Christine), Ashley Hoffmeister and Zach Parisi; grandmother of Jackson Parisi and Miley Hall; sister of Robert (Bonnie), Lee (Peggy) and David (Diane) Clukey and Carol (Howard) Weed. Diana is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Saturday, May 21st, 3-6 PM at KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, May 22, 2 PM, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 68 Eagle St., Williamsville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Share condolences at www.kaiserfuneral.com.



   John Russell Tripi, Jr. - Age 64, of Grand Island, left Earth to be with his creator on April 17, 2022. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; his beloved children Jordan (Jon) Pulaski, Dominic and Destiney, Branden and Bryanna; his mother Celeste, his siblings Celeste (Mark) Angelo, Kevin, Keith and his nieces, nephews, and grandson Loki. John was the owner and operator of J.R. Building & Remodeling for 46 years. His family and his work were his entire life. It is with a heavy heart of adoration and love that we send him on his way. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, April 30th, at 9:30 AM at St. Steven's Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island. Flowers are welcome. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.


   William R. Baetzhold - Age 88, died on April 17, 2022, at home on Grand Island. He was born in Buffalo, the son of the late Herbert A. and Anna Pearl (Ingold) Baetzhold. Bill graduated from Burgard Vocational High School, Class of 1952. Following graduation, he served with the U.S. Army in the Korean War, Bill was a Corporal with the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He is predeceased by a brother, Gerald Baetzhold. Surviving are his children, Michael Baetzhold, Patricia Cope (Ronald), Kathleen Provino (Gary), Laurie McGuire (Leon), Mark Baetzhold, William Baetzhold and Kenneth Baetzhold; his private nurse/granddaughter Stephanie Cope; her dog Mavis and cat Gretchen; also 12 more grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; his sisters Susan Higdon, Judith Delaney (the late Harry Delaney); many nieces and nephews. Bill was a mechanic for many years with Cope/Bestway Express and then Room For Rent Equipment Leasing, Inc. A Celebration of Life to be held at a later date locally with a burial at Arlington National Cemetery to be announced. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.


   Louis G. Manzella - Of Grand Island, NY, entered into rest April 21, 2022. Beloved husband of 62 years to Geraldine (nee Eldridge); also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, family, caregivers and friends. Relatives and friends may visit LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel), 885 Niagara Falls Blvd. near Eggert, Amherst, NY on Tuesday from 9-11 AM, where a Funeral Service will immediately follow. Online condolences may be made at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.


   Eugene J. Hasselbeck - April 15, 2022, of Grand Island, NY and Sanibel Island, FL. Loving husband of 64 years of the late JoAnn (nee Daigler) Hasselbeck; father of Amy (Gary) Goudelock, Todd (Barbara) Hasselbeck, Laurie (Stanley) Miller and Jon (Yolande) Hasselbeck; also survived by 16 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and nieces Lynn Daigler, Katherine and Sheila Flanagan; brother of the late Marjorie Flanagan. Friends may call Friday, April 29th, 4-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Happy Hooves http://www.happyhoovessc.com or the Northgate Church Building Fund https://northgatebuffalo.com, 60 Hertel Ave., Buffalo (formally St. John the Baptist Church), where Funeral Services will be held Saturday, April 30th, at 11 AM.
   Gene enlisted in the US Navy at age 17, and served in the Pacific during WWII on the destroyer USS Tucker, where he earned the nickname "Old Gunner". Returning to Buffalo after the war, Gene graduated from the University of Buffalo with a degree in Electrical Engineering. An avid skier, Gene was a founding member of Sitzmarker Ski Club in Colden, where he and his family enjoyed winter weekends. Gene spent over 40 years growing and managing the Raymond E. Kelley Company in Bowmansville, where he retired as President & CEO.
    Gene lived a full, active life to the end, and leaves a wonderful legacy. He and JoAnn spent many happy winters on Sanibel Island, where they built a second close community of friends. He loved to travel, and with JoAnn, visited many friends, children and grandchildren across the country in their motorhomes. Gene greeted everyone by name, always made time to talk and let folks know they were important to him. He will be deeply missed by all who had the blessing to have known him. A livestream of the Celebration of Gene's Life will be available at https://northgatebuffalo.churchcenter.com/episodes/116083 Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.



   Grace Bishara Aswad - Of Grand Island, NY, April 17, 2022. Wife of the late Very Rev. Fr. George (Richard) Aswad; mother of Lynn (George) Wood, Laura (Jeff) Colyer, Louise (William) Snyder, Lisa (Michael) Dudley, and Lana Dudley; blessed grandmother of Jessica (Tracy), Jeana, Matthew, Andrew, Ryan (of blessed memory), Rachel, Kara, Eric, Amber, and Alyssa; great-grandmother of Andrew and Jeffrey; sister of Judy (late Jack) Manoukian, Kamil (Carol) Bishara, the late William (late Diane) and Joseph Bishara. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Her family will be present on Sunday from 3-7 PM at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 1073 Saunders Settlement Road, Niagara Falls, NY, where Funeral Services will be held on Bright, Monday at 10 AM, with the Very Rev. Raphael Barberg officiating. Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made in Grace's name to St. George Antiochian Church. Arrangements were made through the RHONEY FUNERAL HOME, Niagara Falls, NY. Visit online at www.rhoneyfuneralhome.com, for guest register.


   John R."Jack" Shanor, Jr. - April 7, 2022, age 81. Beloved husband of the late Susan R. (nee Sanscrainte) Shanor; devoted father of John R. (Renee) Shanor, III and the late James M. (Kathleen) Shanor and the late Richard (late Genelle) Shanor; loving grandfather of Nichole (Michael) Glimer, Jessica (Michael) Zwelling, Joseph Shanor, Thomas Shanor, Aren (Luciano) Ladelfa, and Richard Shanor; adored great-grandfather of Natalie, Rebecca, Elrie, Luciano, Madalyn, Brantley, and Vincenzo; predeceased by his siblings, Gordon Shanor, Leonard Shanor and Gladys (late Raymond) Jaskowiak; also survived by several nieces and nephews. The family will be present Thursday, April 28, 2022 from 4-8 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2600 Sheridan Dr. (at Parker Blvd.). Family and friends are invited Friday, April 29, 2022 at 11 AM to attend a Celebration of Life to be held at River Oaks Golf Club, 201 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, NY 14072. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his memory to the Alzheimer's Association, WNY Chapter, 6400 Sheridan Dr., Suite 320, Buffalo, NY 14221 or the Disabled Veterans National Foundation, 4601 Forbes Blvd., Suite #130, Lanham, MD 20706. Arrangements by Anthony E. Greco, GRECO FUNERAL HOME. Jack was a United States Navy Veteran and the Owner and Operator of Shanor Electric Supply, Inc. Share memories and condolences on Jack's Tribute Page at GRECOFUNERAL.com.



   David L. Zelonis, Dave or “Z”, a much loved son and brother, passed suddenly April 4, 2022 at the age of 65. Dave is survived by his mother, Louise Zelonis, his sisters, Laureen (Doug) Hess, Lynn (Dave) Mikulski, and nephews; Cody, Tucker, and Ben Hess, Quinn, Travis, and Jack Mikulski. His father, Lawrence Zelonis, passed in 2013. Dave had a love of music and possessed an amazing knowledge of artists and their bands. He played guitar, bowled, and enjoyed cruising on his boat in the Niagara River and Lake Erie. In years past he golfed with his father. Dave had many good memories of times spent with family and friends, including the crazy family poker games. Dave loved growing up on Grand Island. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.


   William H. Whitford - Entered into rest peacefully April 6, 2022, at age 97 with family by his side. Veteran of WWII, beloved husband of 13 years to Jean McManus. And beloved husband of 55 years to the late Esther MacPherson Whitford; devoted father of Holly J., William G. (Alain), Cameron R. (Amy) and the late Bruce M. Whitford, Grandfather of Brian, Alexandra, Benjamin, Sarah, Elizabeth, Michael, Great Grandfather of Ajax, Declan, Storm, Stepfather of Laurel McManus, Lizbeth (Elliott) Hall and the late Kevin McManus. According to Bill's arrangements his body has been donated to SUNY Buffalo Medical Foundation. Dad has asked that there be no services. We love you and miss you Bill.


   Thomas C. Lepenven, DMD - Age 54, of Grand Island, NY, and formerly Brockton, MA, sadly passed away on Sunday, April 3, 2022. He was the loving father to his two beautiful girls Lindsey and Allisen Lepenven. He is also survived by his loving cousin Patty Bell of Hyannis, MA. He was the son of the late Patricia (Brown) Lepenven. Tom had a dental practice in Niagara Falls and Grand Island for over 25 years where he and his office manager Holly Cutler Edmister took pride in all their patients. Besides spending time with his girls, Tom loved the outdoors and being part of nature. Friends may call Friday, April 8, from 5-7 PM, at KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the SPCA.


   Henry Webb - Born in Grand Island on March 28, 1933. Passed into eternal life on April 2, 2022, age 89, beloved husband of Marian Webb and the late June Webb; devoted father of Gary (Robin) Webb, Jennifer (Matthew) Widmann and the late Gene, Gregory and Michael Webb; dear stepfather of Bobby (Stephanie) LoTempio, Jamie (Nicole) and Justin (Mia) Barden, Heidi (Kyle) Ness, Matthew (Joni) LoTempio and Mark Smith; dearest brother of Donald (Karen) Webb, Shirley (late Lewis) Smith and the late Esther (Clifford) Lozo, Harold (Josephine), Emory (Eileen) Webb, Florence (Layne) Winkelsas and Lester (Joan) Webb; also survived by several cherished grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Henry served in the U.S. Navy from 1952-1956 and was a member of the American Legion, George F. Lamm Post. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 4-8 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2600 Sheridan Dr. (at Parker Blvd). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, 10:00 AM at St. Jude the Apostle Parish, 800 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda. All are asked to assemble at church. Interment to follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Share condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.


   Gilbert Thornton "Skip" Delong, Jr. - March 30, 2022, of Grand Island, NY. Husband to the late Hilda L. DeLong (nee Miller); father to Gary Douglas (Kathy) DeLong, Susan Cunningham and Bernard DeLong; grandfather to Laura (Andrew) Gluvna, Branden (Jessica) DeLong, Rebecca (Jeffrey) Justen, Thomas (Courtney) Cunningham, Alexis Rist and Matthew DeLong; great-grandfather to Hayden, Jenna, Ryan, Jeffrey, Madison, Hailey, Emma, Maisy and Vivian. Skip honorably served in the U.S. Army and enjoyed 50+ years as a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, April 9th, at 10 AM at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Please share condolences at Kaiserfuneral.com.


   Elsie Marie Stamler - March 31, 2022, of Grand Island. Wife of the late Harry T. Stamler; mother to Kathleen, Linda, the late Theresa and Tracey Stamler; grandmother to Amanda Stamler-West, Jacob Stamler, Conor (Theresa) Bryan and Tessie Bryan; great-grandmother to Donte and Zion West. Elsie is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews who she loved dearly. Friends may call Tuesday, 6-8 PM at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, 9:30 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd. Please share your online condolences at www.kaiserfuneral.com.


   Ellen A. DiLaura - 83, of Grand Island, NY, passed away on March 22, 2022, at her residence, surrounded by her family and under the care of Hospice Buffalo. Born in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of the late John F. and Helen (McCue) Mason. On June 9, 1962, she married Anthony J. DiLaura, D.D.S., at St. Mary's Church in East Islip, NY. In addition to her husband of 59 years, Ellen is survived by her children, John (Kathleen) DiLaura, D.D.S., Mary (Daniel) Bierbrauer, Patricia (Michael) George, and Christine (Henry) McWilliams; her grandchildren, Jenette DiLaura, Renee DiLaura, Kathryn (Michael) Rustowicz, Laura Bierbrauer, James George, Claire George, John George, Emma McWilliams, Patrick McWilliams, and Ryan McWilliams; her brother, John (Helen) Mason, her sister-in-law, Loretta (James) Mansour, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will be present to greet relatives and friends from 11:15 to 12:00 PM on Saturday, April 23 at St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY 14072, where Ellen's Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00 PM. Private interment in St. Stephen Cemetery, Grand Island, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial offerings may be made to Hospice Buffalo or to the Alzheimer's Association of Western NY. Arrangements by M.J. Colucci & Son Niagara Funeral Chapel. Visit mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for online condolences.


   Francis X. "Frank" Vollmer - See Bullalo News Obituary.


   Bradley A. Lansberry - March 29, 2022. Of Grand Island. Husband to Kate Lansberry; father to Brad J. (Colleen) Lansberry; stepfather to Aaron Evens; grandfather to Claire, Peyton, and John Lansberry; brother to Pamelia (Benedict) Moraca; and uncle to Brandon Moraca. Brad worked at SIHI for 39 years and National Grid for the past 9 years. He was a member of both gun clubs on Grand Island and won trophies as a trap shooter. Friends may call Friday, April 1st, from 4-7 PM, at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.


   Beryl G. (nee Perkin) Calabro - Of Grand Island, entered into rest March 20, 2022. Beloved wife of the late Francis J. Calabro; devoted mother of John L. Calabro, Gloria B. (Dan) Moran, Cheryl A. Costello, Frank R. (Gloria) Calabro and Lawrence R. Calabro (Dan Castricone); cherished grandmother of John Ryan Calabro (Lisa Berke), Maxwell, Aidan, Talia, Marla, late John Bailey and great-grandmother of Gianluca; loving daughter of the late Reginald and Doris (nee Ingram) Perkin; predeceased by two brothers and one sister; also survived by relatives and friends. No prior visitation. Private Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME.


    Carol Borchert Traina - Carol Borchert Traina, 58, went home to be with her Savior Jesus on February 19, 2022 in Grand Island, NY, after a long battle with cancer. She was born on December 31, 1963 in Kenmore, NY. Carol was a dedicated teacher in the North Tonawanda Schools for 28 years. Carol was a long-serving and cherished member of Kenmore Alliance church. She was a teacher, a youth leader, a co-leader of the Hope & Healing ministry, and ran the Bible Quizzing ministry for many years, along with many other ministries for over 30 years. She did all of these with great faith and intentionality. She ran her race and finished well. Carol is survived by her husband, Mark Traina, and her children, Carrie Eberly and Luke Traina. Carol is also survived by her mother and stepfather, Brenda and John Cassoni, and her stepmother, Denise Borchert, and predeceased by her father, Robert Borchert. She is also survived by her sister, Diana (David) Hills, brother-in-law, Bob (Bonnie) Traina, stepbrothers, James (Stephanie) Bowman and Dan (Amanda) Bowman and nieces and nephews, Anna, Rachele, Jessica, Michael, Jillian, Hannah and Christopher. Memorial service to be held at Kenmore Alliance Church, 175 Bonnett Ave., Tonawanda, NY, on Saturday, April 2, 2022, at 11 AM. Memorial Donations can be given to Kenmore Alliance Church Youth Ministry. Arrangements by DANZER, DENGLER, ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME. Fond memories and condolences may be shared online at www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com.



   Mark LoPresti - March 19th, 2022, of Grand Island. Husband of 40 years to Marilee LoPresti; father to Samuel (Dongeun), Stephen (Emily Serwinowski), and Vincent LoPresti; son of the late Charles and Carmella LoPresti; brother to Tancred LoPresti, Charlene Doolittle, the late Dante, Gene, and David LoPresti; he is also survived by nieces, nephews, and cousins. Mark was born in 1957 in Jamestown, NY, to Sicilian immigrants, the youngest of 6 children. He attended LaSalle High School, where he was the student council president and graduated in 1975. Mark Attended Niagara University, graduating in 1979. He had a successful career in government accounting and business working for companies including ITT, RF Communications, GIBCO, Life Technologies, and Sodexo. Mark was proud to have owned Air Lock Plastics in Tonawanda, NY. Mark Loved his family and his Sicilian culture. He was fond of gardening, cooking, listening to music, and his lovable dogs. He enjoyed mentoring and building positive relationships. We will miss Mark very much and remember all the motivation, encouragement, and happiness he brought everyone. Friends may call Saturday, March 26, from 11 AM to 1 PM, at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Heart Association.



Buffalo News Obituary
May 30, 1942 – March 22, 2022
    James H. Watz, a partner in the law firm of Phillips Lytle LLP whose specialty was commercial real estate, died March 22 after a lengthy illness. He was 79. Born in Buffalo, he was a 1959 graduate of Riverside High School, where he was an all-state tennis player. An honor student, he also was a member of the basketball team, a Student Council member and a Boys’ State representative. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Canisius College in 1963 and graduated summa cum laude from Boston College Law School. He and his high school sweetheart, Sharon L. Fenlon, were married June 6, 1964.
    An officer in the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps at Canisius and Boston College, he went on to active duty as a captain in the Judge Advocate Generals Corps and was a chief of military justice. He then joined the faculty at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he was an associate professor of law.
    After he and his wife returned to Buffalo in 1971 to be near their families, he took a position with Phillips Lytle. Among his clients were the Walden Galleria, Canterbury Woods and the Buffalo Sabres. He was chosen as one of the Best Lawyers in America several times and was of counsel to the firm after he retired as a partner in 2003. He also taught at UB Law School as an adjunct instructor in business law and constitutional law.
    A Grand Island resident since 1971, he was a founder and president of the Grand Island Community Chorus and added his baritone voice to the choir at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church for many years. He served on the St. Stephen’s Parish Council, as well as the church’s School Advisory Board and the School Finance Committee. He was chairman of the board for the Christian Foundation for the Performing Arts Festival Chorus. He was a member of the Grand Island Historical Society and the Friends of the Grand Island Library. He also was a tour guide and volunteer at Old Fort Niagara and was a volunteer fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis foundation. He was honored as a Grand Island Citizen of the Year in 2013. He continued to play tennis as an adult and enjoyed bicycling along the river on Grand Island, gardening, trains and reading about history. In addition to his wife, a retired middle school English teacher in the Ken-Ton schools, survivors include two sons, Christopher J. and Michael H.; a daughter, Elizabeth M. Lakeman; and six grandchildren. Services were private.
   Jim Watz - Visitation Thursday, March 24th at James E. Grace Funeral Home from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (335 Ontario St., Buffalo, NY 14207). Service will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery on Friday morning at 9:00 a.m.



    Donna (Mayes) MacKellar - longtime resident of Niagara Falls, passed away in Bradenton, Florida on Tuesday, February 22, 2022. She was born in Niagara Falls on July 29, 1948, a daughter of the late Walter L. and Jean (Smiech) Mayes. She was raised in Niagara Falls and then moved to Grand Island. She moved to Bradenton after retirement. She is survived by three children: Amy (Mike) DiCamillo, Robert (Amanda) MacKellar, IV and Julie MacKellar and 6 grandchildren: Lacie (Michael) Sample, Lauren Cristofanelli, James Martin, Jr. and Alesia MacKellar, Robert MacKellar, IV and Michael MacKellar. She is also survived by four great-grandchildren: Selena and Aaliyah Govern and Layla and Nadia Sample and two siblings: Geraldine (Joseph) Page and Steve (Sandy) Mayes and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her beloved husband, Robert C. MacKellar, III and her daughter, Lisa Mayes Owen.
    Donna worked as a supervisor at the New York State Thruway Authority, was a member of the American Legion and VFW Post in Bradenton, Florida but her greatest joy was her time with her family. Friends may call at the LANE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 8622 Buffalo Avenue on Saturday, March 26 from 1 to 4 PM where funeral services will be held immediately following the visitation at 4 PM. Burial will be private in Holy Trinity Cemetery in Lewiston.


Thomas P. Hooper - March 18, 2022, of Grand Island. Father to Sara (Gregory) Fieldson, Thomas (Jennifer) Hooper, Jr., Erin (Martin) Pizur, Meghan Hooper, and Matthew Hooper. Grandfather to Samuel, Joshua, and William Fieldson; Garrett and Abigail Hooper, and Hayley, Alyssa, and Blake Pizur. Brother to Kathleen (Chester) Blyman and Neal Hooper. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Thomas grew up in Levittown, NY. He was a loving father and grandfather, devout Roman Catholic and Eucharistic Minister at St. Stephen's Church. He was a St. Francis H.S. alumnus with the class of 1966. Thomas was a retired U.S. Air Force Captain. A Mass will be held Tuesday, March 22, at 9:30 AM, at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 4263 St. Francis Dr., Hamburg. A visitation will be held Thursday, March 24, from 2-7 PM, at THOMAS F. DALTON FUNERAL HOME, 2786 Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.



    Heaven just became a lot more entertaining. Michael David Linenfelser entered into rest on March 8, 2022.
   Born April 10,1951. Michael or "Mookie" was a 1969 Graduate of Grand Island High School. He then went on to Sullivan Community College where he received a degree in Advertising art. He married his 8th grade sweetheart Penny Leigh Costello Linenfelser and worked for Wayside his family furniture store alongside his parents and brothers. When the store closed in 1985 he went onto the Newspaper business in advertising sales.
    A majority of his spare time was spent at the family homestead on the Niagara River or cruising the river on his brothers boat the Teddy Lee. After the passing of his parents he moved his family into the house on East River and continued the family traditions including the famous Labor Day Chickens on the spit. One of his favorite things to do was to lay in his hammock by the river and welcome friends and family who would "walk down the hill". He would always offer a drink and encourage them to take a swim or to hold on to "the ring" and feel the Niagara's current.
    Michael was an Island guy. He lived his life on Grand Island, vacationed every year on Martha's Vineyard and then discovered a love for Key West. After his retirement Michael and the love of his life Penny would travel down south to Florida visiting friends and family here and there until they'd land in Key West where they'd spend a month. They'd lay under a palm tree at Ft Zachary Taylor beach during the day and bop around Duval street at night. He loved music, making art, was an enthusiastic conch blower, Bills fan, poem reader and overall facilitator of fun.
    Michael was preceded in death by his parents Kathryn and Daniel Linenfelser and brother James(Teddy) Linenfelser. He leaves behind his wife of 47 years, 2 daughters Lisa (Shawn) Hall and Anne (Oliver Jr.) Stuardi, 4 grandchildren Oliver lll, Grace, Caroline, and Elliott Michael. His siblings...Dan(Joann) Linenfelser, Mary (Fred) Cook, John(Carol) Linenfelser, Paul(Donna) Linenfelser, and best friends Doug and Patricia Harding. Along with many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Wednesday, March 23rd, 5-7 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, March 24th at 9:30 AM at St. Stephen R.C. Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. All are asked to assemble at church. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in Michael's name to the Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper Organization.


   
   Peter W. Kuehne, Sr. - March 12, 2022 of Grand Island, at age 58. Beloved husband of 38 years to Jude (nee Casey) Kuehne; devoted father of Peter W. Kuehne Jr. and Jessica (Adam) Brown; loving son of Irmgard and the late Wolfgang Kuehne; dear brother of Karin (Richard) Koch; the brother-in-law of Dolores Sinicki, mother and father in law, the late George Casey Sr.and Dolly Casey, the late George Casey Jr., surviving wife Judith Casey, the late Alice Ricatone, surviving husband John Ricatone and the late Edward Casey. Loving Uncle to nieces and nephews Michelle (Jason) Koch, Kristen (Bob) Fritschi, George (Danielle) Casey III, Tyler and Chelsea Sinicki, Anthony (Kala) Sinicki and Jessica Sinicki and many great nieces and nephews.
    Peter Kuehne was born and raised in Tonawanda where he attended Tonawanda High School and graduated in 1981. While there, he participated/lettered in soccer and swimming. He was inducted into the Tonawanda High School Wall of Fame in 2004 for his outstanding skills and achievements in soccer. He attended and played soccer at Buffalo State College from 1981 - 1985, where he met his wife Jude Casey. They met as they both played soccer for Buffalo State College. They remained married for 38 wonderful years and had two children Peter Jr. and Jessica.
    In 1978, Peter started coaching youth leagues and clinics at Soccerworld to share his love and passion for the game with others. He started his coaching at the High School level as the Grand Island boys soccer coach in 1986 and continued coaching at Grand Island for 35 years, where he impacted so many young lives with his skills, wisdom, and ways of motivating players to be the best version of themselves. During his time as a coach, the Grand Island Vikings Boys Soccer team were Class B Champions in 1997, 2003, and 2009. Peter was awarded the Niagara Frontier League Soccer "Coach of the Year" in 1998 for all of his accomplishments and commitment to the sport. Peter and Jude were recognized as the 2018 Niagara Frontier League Cornerstone award recipient as a result of their lifetime contributions to the sport of soccer.
    Peter was very active in the Grand Island community. You could always find him helping out with activities or fundraisers at the Grand Island Schools, Moose Lodge, St Stephen’s Church. Peter retired from being a Maintenance Mechanic at NFT Metro after working there for 35.50 years. He started his career in 1985 at the NFTA Rail.
    Peter loved being with his family and friends, spending time outdoors at “The Land,” hunting, fishing, golfing, watching all sports and thoroughly enjoyed offering to help anyone that needed it.
    The family will receive friends on Friday, March 18 from 3-7 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC. 2600 Sheridan Dr. (at Parker Blvd). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 19 at 11:00 AM at St. Stephen R.C. Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. All are asked to assemble at church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Peter W. Kuehne, Grand Island and Tonawanda High Schools Memorial Scholarship Fund. Donations can be made through venmo @PK-HighSchoolScholarship. Or via mail Financial Trust Federal Credit Union, 2014 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island NY 14072. c/o Jude Kuehne Share condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.


   William P. Pendergast, Jr. - Of Grand Island, NY, March 10, 2022. Dear father of Karen (Vincent) DiCarlo and the late Molly Prendergast. Loving grandfather of Annaliese, Eve, Kayleen, and Mariella. Brother of Kathleen (late Dennis) Whalen, Daniel (Marie), Brian, and the late Patrick Prendergast; also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. Bill was a devout Christian who served in the Army in Vietnam and a retired Correctional Officer at Wende. Bill's greatest joy in life was spending time with his daughters and granddaughters. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Funeral Services followed by Military Honors on Tuesday, at 11 AM, at Elmlawn Memorial Park "Chapel of the Elms", 3939 Delaware Ave., Tonawanda, NY. Memorial contributions may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Condolences may be shared online at www.lesterwedekindtfuneralhome.com.


    Dale W. "Jake" Janowsky - Passed away on March 1, 2022, at the age of 82, in his home on Grand Island, NY. Born on December 22, 1939, in North Tonawanda, NY, to William and Ida (Karkau) Janowsky, he is survived by his beloved wife Barbara "Bonnie" Adornetto; his three children, Bill (Timberley) Janowsky, Lynn (James) Nohe, and Cheryl (Marcelino) Vicente; and his four loving grandchildren, Faith, Anthony, Gabrielle, and Olivia. Before retirement, Dale was a professor of accounting at Buffalo State College and Niagara University. If you knew Dale, you remember his quick wit, elaborate storytelling, and sharp mind. His children have many memories of losing to him at pinochle and other card games around the dining room table. His grandchildren will think of him with a sparkle in his blue eyes and a cookie in his front shirt pocket. Loved by every dog he met, Dale enjoyed long walks at Buckhorn or Beaver Island with his furry companions throughout the years. After retiring, he and his wife Bonnie spent many winter months in St. George Island, FL. Dale requested a private family memorial celebrating his life. There will be no formal service. Please raise a glass and toast to his memory.


   Mary L. Martello - 99, of Niagara Falls, NY, passed away peacefully on March 11, 2022, in Elderwood at Grand Island. Born in Niagara Falls, she was the daughter of the late Vincenzo "Jim" and Louisa (Scamacca) Ricotta; beloved wife of the late Antone C. Martello; loving mother of Vincent (Margaret) Martello and Nan (Ron) Trapini; cherished grandmother of Anthony (Alicia Marcolini) Martello, John Martello, Christopher (Nicole) Martello, RJ Trapani, Nikki (Steve Messenger) Trapani, and Louie Trapani; and the dear great-grandmother of Sophia, Vincenzo Martello, and Blake Messenger. She is also survived by her sister, Isabel (late Vincent) Caterina; her special friend, Amber Tiedemann, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Mary was predeceased by her siblings, Sarah (late John) Soluri and Grace (late Armand) Caterina. Mary's Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, March 14, at 11 AM in Holy Family Parish at St. Joseph's Church, 1413 Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial offerings may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Visit mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for online condolences.


   Rosemary C. Dzierba - Age 74, of Rushford, NY, died Sunday, March 6, 2022, in her home. Born November 11, 1947, in Buffalo, she was the daughter of David and Hedwig Dombrowski Tweedy. In 2010, in Grand Island, she married Timothy R. Dzierba, who predeceased her on March 9, 2021. A graduate of Bishop McMahon, she was employed by HSBC, in Depew, as a mortgage servicing representative. Surviving are her children, Kristine (Jim) Cochran, Jonathan (Kristen Caldwell) Szumada, Rebecca (Tim) Ross, and Amanda (Dave Hinterberger) Szumada; a grandson, Matthew (Jill Fay) Szumada; a great-granddaughter, Marissa Szumada; a step-daughter, Amy Dzierba; two sisters, Christine Goldstein and Beverly (Rudy) Cruz; a brother, Mike (Judy) Tweedy; nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Timothy, she was predeceased by a brother, John Tweedy; and a brother-in-law, Jim Goldstein. Services will be private. Burial will be in the Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, NM. Memorials may be made to 11 Day Powerplay at https://communityshift.11daypowerplay.com/Donate. Arrangements are under the direction of OLNEY-FOUST FUNERAL HOMES & CREMATION, Crowell Chapel, 296 North Main Street, Wellsville, NY. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wellsvillefuneralhome.com.


    Christina R. (nee Rae) "Ina" Young - Age 90, of the City of Tonawanda and formerly of Grand Island, peacefully, March 5, 2022; wife of the late Frank W. Young; loving mother of Barbara (Marc) Buckley, Frank Young, Michael (Laurie) Young and Joann Chopra; grandmother of Lisa, Julie, Lauren, Jeremy, Peter, Anastasia, Ryan, Colin and Kaleigh; great-grandmother of Jack and Anna; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Christina worked at the VA Hospital, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and Grove Street Christian Church. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 4:30 PM, in Grove Street Christian Church, 85 Grove St., Tonawanda, NY. Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorial contributions may be made to the Grove Street Christian Church. Condolences may be shared at www.ROTHFUNERAL.com.


    Dorothy A. Click - February 27, 2022, of Grand Island, NY. Wife of 65 years to the late William W. Click; mother of the late Lynnette (late Martin) Grisanti, Bonnie Kaiser, and the late William E. (Gail) Click; grandmother of 11; great-grandmother of 25; and great-great-grandmother of four. A Funeral Service will be arranged at a later date. Donations may be made to Hospice Buffalo or SPCA of Erie County.


   James F. Forton - Died peacefully on Monday, February 28th, 2022. Born October 21, 1929 in North Tonawanda during the Great Depression, James Francis Forton (Jim) was the middle of five children, four boys and one girl: Gerald, John, James, Virginia, and Raymond Jr. He attended Ascension Grammar School in North Tonawanda and Little Seminary High School on Main and Winspear Streets in Buffalo and graduated from Canisius College in 1951.
    Jim was drafted during the Korean War and received basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey. He was accepted to Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia and upon completion was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and sent to Korea in April 1953. He served as a platoon leader and was wounded by a grenade fire on the battle of Pork Chop Hill. He received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star for Valor, Combat Infantry Badge, and National Defense Service Medal, as well as other decorations for his combat service and Intelligence Officer duties. He was promoted to First Lieutenant and at the end of the war was honorably discharged in December 1953. He then married Mary Magdalen Haroney in September 1954. They moved to New York City and lived with his great-aunt in Long Island City while he attended St. John's University Law School on the GI bill.
   Jim was father to five children, with the first one being born during his final year of law school. He graduated seventh in his class in June 1957 and worked as an associate, and later became a partner, at Moot Sprague law firm in Buffalo, NY. He also taught labor law at the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo Labor College for many years. His brother, Reverend Gerald Forton, was a priest at the Queen of Martyrs Church in Cheektowaga and later editor of the Diocese newspaper, The Magnificat. Jim did a variety of legal work at Moot Sprague Law Firm, including serving as general counsel to the Erie County Public Relations Board and handling major lawsuits involving pension benefits for employees in the closing of a plant by US Rubber Reclaiming Company, and labor industries. He was co-founder with his senior partner, Robert Fernbach, of Buffalo Place, Inc. and served as general counsel to this not-for-profit company for 37 years from inception to present.
    Jim served on the Buffalo Preservation Board from 1980-1994, including 7 years as Chairperson. He was named Buffalonian of the Year by Mayor James Griffin in 1993 in recognition of his extensive volunteer service over the years to the City of Buffalo. Jim and the late Mary Forton are survived by five children, Jeannine (Dan Mullan), Jamie, Mary Beth (Tim Coleman), Therese (Tom Barnes), and Jerry (Laura Forton). He was lovingly known to all of his following 15 grandchildren as "Babop": Emma Magavern (Gherardo Finocchiaro), Sara Magavern (Matt Kahrimanian), Maria Magavern, Mark Magavern, Kate Mullan-Luciano (Alejandro Luciano), Charlie Mullan(Kirsten Zellers), Amy Mullan-Borowiak (Matt Borowiak), Lisa Mullan-Perkins (Shep Perkins), Tess Forton(Greg Ruddick), Tyler Forton, Sam Forton, Madison Forton, Rose Forton, Connor Barnes and Ryan Barnes(Megan Barnes). He also is survived by nine great-grandchildren (Gabriel Finocchiaro, René Luciano, Griffin Barnes, Keira Barnes, Allison Borowiak, Matthew Borowiak, Charley Perkins, Amelia Perkins and Sy Perkins), and a loving uncle to many nieces and nephews. He was a lover of gardening, cooking, playing the violin, reading, traveling, The Chautauqua Institution, architecture, history, The City of Buffalo, spending time with his family, riding his bike and staying fit, and all music but especially the Grand Opera. In lieu of flowers, gifts can be sent to: St. Louis Church Preservation Fund to maintain the church that he loved so much. Make checks payable to St. Louis Church, 35 Edward Street, Buffalo, NY 14202, 716-852-6040 or Nardin Academy, 135 Cleveland Ave., Buffalo, NY 14222. Make checks payable to: Nardin Academy Forton Family Endowed Scholarship Fund, 716-881-6262. A Memorial Service will be held for him on Saturday, March 19 at St. Louis Church at Main and Edward St. in Buffalo, NY at 12:00 pm (not 10am which may have appeared elsewhere). It will be livestreamed at https://stlouisrcchurch.org.


   Dorothy (nee Weppner) Herbst - February 9, 2022. Age 79, of Hamburg and Grand Island until moving to South Carolina in 1987. Beloved wife of Martin E. since 1962, and mother of Douglas, Brian (Dee Dee), Katie McMahon (Chris), Greg (Jody) and the late David. Amazing grandmother to nine and great-grandmother to eight. Dorothy was the last surviving child of the late George and Dolores Weppner (Winter). Share condolences and memories of Dorothy with her family at blueridgecremationsociety.com.


   Richard W. Schmitz II - devoted father of Rachel Alix, Jill Metz and Ricky (Leanne) Schmitz; loving grandfather of Hailey, Ava, Emily, Cayden, Mya, Kendall, Kennedy, Chase and Thomas; dearest brother to Karen Diamond; survived by many nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel), 885 Niagara Falls Blvd. near Eggert/Sheridan, from 3-8 PM on Sunday, March 6th where prayers will be held on Monday morning at 9:30 AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will then be celebrated at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, NY at 11 AM. Interment at St. Stephen's Cemetery. Richard was a brave military member of the Air Force. He was a lifelong Buffalo Bills season ticket holder since 1964. Richard also enjoyed spending time at local and NASCAR tracks throughout the years. Richard was a retired Buffalo Police Officer, having proudly served his community for 34 years. Donations can be made in Richard's honor to ASPCA or Hospice Buffalo. Online condolences may be made at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.


   Tricia (nee Adams) Hinaman - Of Grand Island, NY, February 24, 2022, at age 60. Beloved wife and best friend of Kirk Hinaman; loving mother of Lea (Phil) Cavuoto and Tyler Hinaman; devoted daughter of the late Anthony and Jean Adams; dear sister of Gary (late Lynn) Adams and the late David (Heather) Adams; sister-in-law of AJ (Janice) and Gregory Hinaman; cherished aunt of Lindsay (fiance Jake), Kelsey, Jessica, Jasmine and Jennifer; also survived by many special relatives and friends, and her loving dog, Frankie. She will be greatly missed by all that knew her. Family and friends are invited to please join in the Celebration of Life for Tricia on Sunday, March 6th, from 3-6 PM at Wurlitzer Events, 908 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda, NY 14120. In lieu of flowers, donations in Tricia's memory may be made to Donate Life America at https://www.donatelife.net/. Share condolences at www.KOLANOFUNERALHOME.com.


   Elsa F. (nee Ferguson) Peters - Of Grand Island, NY, February 15, 2022. Beloved wife of Richard F. Peters; dearest mother of Amy P. Meredith and Greg R. Peters; loving grandmother of Nicholas P. Meredith; sister of Ralph Ferguson, Jr.; also survived by nieces and nephews. No prior visitation. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements entrusted to: ERIE COUNTY CREMATION SERVICE, 824-6435. Please share your condolences at: www.eriecountycremationservice.com.


   Maureen L. Stetter - February 14, 2022; of Grand Island, NY, age 62. Beloved daughter of the late John and Florence (nee Bissonette) Stetter; dearest sister of Eileen Smith and Dennis (Karen) Stetter; also survived by nine nieces and nephews. The family will be present Tuesday morning from 9:00-10:15 AM at the (Cleveland Drive Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 569 Cleveland Drive, where prayers will be said at 10:15 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church at 11:00 AM. Interment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. If desired, contributions may be made in Maureen's memory to People, Inc. Share condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.


   Carlton R. Schutt - February 12, 2022, of Grand Island. Husband of Lynn A. Schutt; father of Nadene Franklin, Charles (the late Tanya) Schutt Sr., Karen (Reed) Wright, Terry (Nicole) Yensan, and Tracy (Scott) Pufpaff; grandfather of Gabriel, Jaydon (Bailey), Benjamin, Starr and Zechariah Franklin, Sasha (Mark) Marinaccio, Charles II (Elizabeth) and Matthew (Hannah) Schutt, Alexander and Jaimen Wright, Amanda Albertson, Sean and Steven Pufpaff, and Parker Yensan; great-grandfather of Quinn Schutt. Predeceased by six siblings. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Friday, February 25, 5-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, where Memorial Services will be held Saturday, February 26 at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hearts For The Homeless or Buddy's Second Chance Rescue. Share condolences at www.kaiserfuneral.com.


   Charles L. Basten- February 12, 2022, of Grand Island. Husband of Erika (nee Asbach) Basten. Father of Charles Basten and Jessica (Lyndell) Baggett. Grandfather of Shane Basten, Avery and Addelee Baggett. Brother of the late Linda Basten. Friends may call Tuesday, 4-7 PM, at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, at 11 AM, at Cornerstone Church, 1290 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.


   Robert C. Fox- Of Grand Island, NY, ascended into heaven February 10, 2022. Beloved husband of 60 years to Anne M. (DesJardins) Fox; dearest father of Kellie A. (late Michael) McKinley, Colleen M. (David) Greiner and Kathleen L. (David) Dulak; grandfather of Kaela Cwayna, Thomas (Allison) Greiner, Ryan (Michaela) McKinley, Kaitlyn Greiner and the late Kristopher Cwayna; great-grandfather of Ayden, Rylee, Rylen and Ridge. The family will be present Thursday, February 17, 2022 from 8:30-10 AM at St. Mary of the Cataract Church, 237 4th St., Niagara Falls, NY, where a Mass of Christian Burial will immediately follow at 10 AM. Mr. Fox was a U.S. Navy Veteran. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the VA Medical Center or Hospice Buffalo, Inc. Arrangements by: ERIE COUNTY CREMATION SERVICE, 824-6435. Please share your memories and online condolences at: www.eriecountycremationservice.com.


   Dorothy L. Bitner - February 9, 2022, of Grand Island. Dorothy was a veteran discharged in September 1945 from the US Army WAC Reserves. She was in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary since 1973 as a Flotilla Commander. She was cofounder 35 years ago of the Grand Island Traffic Safety Advisory Board and a volunteer with the Community Emergency Response Team. She also chaired the Traffic Safety Board in Grand Island for many years. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bible Fellowship Center, 1136 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, where memorial services will be held Friday, March 18 at 1 PM. Please share your memories and online condolences at www.kaiserfuneral.com.


    Patricia M. (nee Gonda) Maracle - Of Grand Island, NY, February 8, 2022.Beloved wife of the late John R. Maracle. Dear mother of John (Nancy), Maracle, Desiree (late David) Jones-Ransom, Patrick (Shannon) Maracle and the late Sheryl Nichols. Loving grandmother of Gabrielle, Casey, Mitchell, Jackielynn, Robert and Alyssa; also survived by great-grandchildren. Friends may call Tuesday, 3-7 PM, at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT, INC., FUNERAL HOME, 3290 Delaware Ave., where a Funeral Service will be held at 6:30 PM. Please share condolences online at www.lesterwedekindtfuneralhome.com.


   Richard D. Titterington - Formerly of Grand Island, entered into rest December 15, 2021. Beloved husband of the late Carolyn (Archer).Devoted father of Craig (Debbie) who is the son of the late Sally Nettleton Titterington; also, the cherished grandfather of Jace and Austin Titterington. Service will be held February 12, 2022, at Palm Northwest Mortuary Chapel, Las Vegas, Nevada. Condolences may be sent to www.DignityMemorial.com.


   Jason W. Bleistein - Of Grand Island, Hamburg and Onoville, unexpectedly February 8, 2022. Loving father of Harrison; beloved son of Brian (Sandy) Bleistein and Jennifer (Richard) Hinkle; dear brother of Ashley (Jessie) Petit, Bethann Kosowski, Christopher (Jennifer) Kosowski, Stephen (Jayme) Hinkle, Joseph (Heather) Hinkle, Jennifer Mixon and Richard (Jesslyn) Hinkle III; adored grandson of Mollie (late Donald) Bleistein, Jack (late Julia) Siller, Lucy Hinkle, Mary (late Richard) Hinkle and the late Edwin (late Joan) Herr; also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, family and friends. Family will be present to receive friends Saturday from 2-6 PM at the (Hamburg Chapel) JOHN J. KACZOR FUNERAL HOME, INC., 5453 Southwestern Blvd. (corner of Rogers Rd., 716-646-5555), where a Memorial Service will follow at 6 PM. Jason was an exempt member of Lake Shore Vol. Fire Dept. Share condolences at www.kaczorfunerals.com.


   Barbara Ann Finn - Age 88, of Grand Island, passed away on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at Elderwood at Grand Island. Born in Jamaica, New York on March 26, 1933, daughter of the late Joseph and Loretta Marasi (Ackerman). Barbara attended Mount St Mary Academy and later completed her Bachelor's degree in education at D'Youville College. Barbara will be remembered as the loving wife of Thomas Finn (deceased), married for 61 years. Barbara had a passion for creating all things beautiful and it was evident in every aspect in her life. She was graced with many talents that were demonstrated through her career as a gifted teacher in both private and public schools throughout Western NY. Barbara took on new challenges as an educator with helping launch special programs for stretching young minds. She enjoyed travel, gardening, sewing, and spending time with her family. She was such an amazing Mom to her seven children: Kathleen (Peter) Winzig, Molly Beyer, Patrick (Amy) Finn, Kelly (Mark) Vettraino, Colleen (Robert) O'Donnell, Kevin (Maria) Finn, and Kerry (Jackie) Finn; 16 grandchildren and seven and 2/3 great-grandchildren. Friends may call on Friday, 3-7 PM, at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, at 11 AM, at St. Stephen's Church. Flowers welcome or donate to the Society of the Little Flower, www.littleflower.org. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.



   Harlan Den Beste - 89, of Perry, Iowa passed away Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, at the Dallas County Hospital in Perry, Iowa. Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 20 at the First United Methodist Church in Perry. Harlan E. Den Beste was born in the small town of Sibley, the son of Henry Gerrit and Margaret Van Der Wilt Den Beste. During his formative years, he went to Sibley school system and graduated in 1950. He also participated in school plays, band, choir, glee club as well as football, basketball and track. He received scholarships for athletics and music to Northwestern Junior College in Orange City, Iowa.
    After graduation from NJC, he married his high school sweetheart, Amelia Ann Jeffries, in Sioux City, Iowa, during the polio epidemic of 1952. He and his bride then moved to Holland, Michigan, where he attended Hope College for one year. During that summer, Harlan was called into service for his country with the U.S. Army. He served the majority of that time as a radio operator in the country of Panama. Following his honorable discharge, with the help of the GI bill he was able to finish his college education and obtained his BS degree in Chemistry from Morningside College in Sioux City. He then obtained his MS degree at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in physiology. While there he was involved in a research project on the development of heart transplants. In addition, graduate work was done at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.
    During his time at the University of Iowa, he was offered a position as lead scientist with the American Type Culture Collection in Washington, DC. They did not have appropriate laboratories, so he was assigned to be a guest scientist at the Tissue Culture Section of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. While there he was the author and co-author of several scientific papers and also gave oral presentations.
    Harlan accepted a position as director of quality control at the Grand Island Biological Company (GIBCO) in Grand Island, N.Y. Other positions held at GIBCO/a division of the Dexter Corp. were vice president of customer service and later vice president of operations. At that time he not only was in charge of the GIBCO operations but also oversaw the operations of the St. Louis Serum Operation in St. Louis as well as their operations in Mexico City. Additionally, he oversaw the small animal facility and the microbiological operation in Madison, Wisconsin. He was also on the GIBCO/Biocult Board of Directors for their European Operation in Glasgow, Scotland, and their European Distribution Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He traveled extensively in these positions to many countries, including Scotland, England, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Mexico and Japan.
    Harlan was eventually named vice president, chief operation officer and site manager for the Grand Island Operations, which included another division, the Invenex Pharmaceutical Co. During this time, he was a member of the American Cell Biology Association, the Tissue Culture, Cryobiology Society, the American Red Cross, the Grand Island Rotary Club, the Grand Island Neighbors Foundation and others.
    While in Grand Island, he became very involved in the community. He was president of Rotary, president of the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce, district representative for the Rotary Club, co-founder of the Grand Island Neighbors Foundation, president of the Grand Island Board of Education and president of the Session for the Island United Presbyterian Church, among other things. Subsequently, Harlan left that position to become president of Flow Laboratories in McLean, Virginia. He then became vice president of operations for Cell Culture Laboratories in Cleveland, Ohio. Next came vice president of operations for Summit Biological Co.
    Following all this, he retired and set up a consulting company, Innovation Concepts. He was successful in assisting several companies, including the Centennial Corp. and Nova Tech among others. He then officially retired to Las Vegas and later to Laughlin, Nevada. Harlan was very active in the United Methodist Church in Bullhead City, Arizona, where he was finance chairman. He is a member of the VFW, American Legion, AMAC and NRA. He received the Citizen of the Year Award in 1980 in Grand Island. He was a fraternity member of Phi Tau Nu while at Hope College. While living in Laughlin, his wife, Amelia, of nearly 49 years passed away. He then had the joy and responsibility of raising his granddaughter, Tamara, who was 12 years old at that time. After she graduated from high school and was attending college at Arizona State University, Harlan relocated to Rippey, Iowa, in order to spend more time with his daughter, Cindy, and his other granddaughters, Danielle and Courtney.
    He intended to remain in Iowa for only a short time, but he met, fell in love with and married Margaret Houseman in Perry in 2012. During his time in Iowa, he became active with the Rippey Lions Club, where he was president. He also joined the United Methodist Church, serving on the SPRC and finance committees. Harlan was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Gerrit and Margaret Gertrude Den Beste; daughter, Cynthia Ann Johnson; brother, Harvey Eugene in infancy; sisters, Glenda Emery and Delores Dick; brother-in-law, Jerry Jeffries; and sister-in-law, Judy Ellett.
    He is survived by his wife, Margaret; brother, John (Julie) Den Beste; brothers-in-law, Richard Dick, Earl Emery and Gary Ellett; sister-in-law, Deanna Jeffries; daughters, Gini Claire Den Beste and Lisa (Barry) Willis; step-son, Mark (Lura) Houseman; son-in-law, Dan Johnson; grandchildren, Tamara Den Beste, Danielle Johnson, Courtney Johnson, Megan Gray, Cory Willis, Abigail Cornelius and Ashley Houseman; six great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; many cousins; and lots of friends. He enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling, watching sports on television and researching items on his computer. Memorials will be given to the family for later designation and may be left at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.carrisfuneralhome.com.


   Mark C. Zerilli - 63 years old, of Grand Island, passed away on Sunday, February 6, 2022. He was born in the town of Tonawanda, on June 3, 1958, the son of Mary "Sandy" (Malecki) Zerilli and the late Charles Zerilli. After attending local schools, Mark received an Associate's Degree from Bryant & Stratton College. He most recently was employed as a cook at the Grand Island Senior Citizen Center. Marks' favorite past time was fishing the Niagara River. Mark is survived by his mother, Mary "Sandy" (Malecki) Zerilli; his sister, Jennifer (late Brian) Frey; his niece, Sara (Ryan) Samland and four nephews, Chris Wilczek, Brian, Kevin and Blake Frey as well as several cousins. He was predeceased by his sister, Frances Wilczek. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial, on Saturday, at 9:30 AM, at St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island. If attending, facial coverings are required. Interment in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Lewiston, NY. Arrangements entrusted to THE LABUDA FUNERAL HOME, INC.



   Michael John Williams - Mike headed off on his last hunt of the season on February 5, 2022. His trek on this journey will lead him through the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont where he spent many years hunting, fishing, and traveling off the beaten path. He would like his friends and family to know that when they are enjoying the outdoors they just might catch a sense of the old man in the woods through the whisper of the wind in the trees, the smell of the leaves underfoot, or the beauty of the hawk quietly circling above.
   Michael John Williams, age 81, of Wells, VT was the son of John Temple Williams (dec.) and Elizabeth (Cone) Williams (dec.), and was born in Buffalo, NY on January 31, 1941. He passed away on February 5, 2022, with his children by his side.
   Mike's legacy and spirit are carried on through his three children: Michael (Lauren) Williams of Pennington, New Jersey; Lisa (Willimas) Jacuzzo of Buffalo, New York; and Amy (Peter) Williams Goodson, of Amherst, Massachusetts; and his loving grandchildren: Jared (Kirsten) Williams, Caitlin Williams, Connor Goodson, McKenna Goodson, and Mateo Jacuzzo.
   Mike is brother to Sharon (Williams) Halleen (dec.) and Lynne Williams (dec.). He is survived by sister Patricia (Williams) Meyer, brother John (Ann) Williams, brother David (Laurie) Williams and former spouse Susan (Poole) Humphrey.
   At a young age Michael developed a love for the outdoors, which lasted his whole life. An avid huner and fisherman, he worked for many years as a licensed New York State Guide and could be found hunting and fishing in Bliss, New York, Short Tract, New York, and Poultney, Vermont.
    Mike had a wonderful sense of humor, was very interested in the lives of his children and grandchildren, and cherished his tiime with all his family and friends. He also was a salt-of-the-earth, non-nonsense guy who believed in always doing the right thing - even when it was the hardest thing; working hard but also slowing down to appreciate the little things in life. Mike was loved by many and a solid friend to those he crossed paths with. Even though he would often lament that he was born 100 years too late, his family and friends were so very blessed that he was born at just the right time to enrich their lives. If in honor of Mike you would like to make a donation, please consider donating to the Parkinson's Foundation, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, or the Wild Turkey Federation.


   Robert Duncan Smith - February 4, 2022, of Grand Island, formerly of Niagara Falls, NY. Beloved husband of 57 years of Margaret Smith. Loving father of Heather (Mark) Procknal, Duncan (Beth) Smith and Alison (Brian) DeGlopper. Cherished grandfather of Hillary (Ryan) Mosso, Elizabeth Figler, Ella and Lucas Smith, Dylan and Megan DeGlopper. Brother of Sheila Heinze. Friends may call Sunday, February 6th, 4-7 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, NY. Funeral Services will be held Monday at 10 AM at First Presbyterian Church, 311 1st St., Niagara Falls, NY. Please share your memories and online condolences at www.kaiserfuneral.com.


   Judith C. (nee LaBelle) Prior - January 26, 2022, of Grand Island. Wife of 53 years of Gregory Prior. Mother of Julie (Wayne) Carnall, Jacqueline (David) Vanoni, Jeanne (Jeffrey) Frescino, Janet Schuster and Debra (Robert) Hennessy. Also survived by 17 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, two nieces and one nephew. Sister of Jeanne (the late Allan) Robinson. Friends may call Friday, January 28, 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 9:30 AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the SPCA. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.


   Vincenette F. "Vinnie" Marcantonio - 82, of Grand Island, NY, passed away on January 21, 2022, at Elderwood of Grand Island. Born in Niagara Falls, NY, she was the daughter of the late Dominick and Rose (Ullo) Scibetta. On January 14, 1961, she married Antonio E. "Elio" Marcantonio at St. Joseph Church in Niagara Falls. In addition to her husband of 61 years, Vincenette is survived by her children, Angelo A. (Amy) Marcantonio, Dominick V. (Michael McDonough) Marcantonio, Dr. Raffaella M. (Dr. Marshall Lim) Marcantonio, and Rose Mary (Theresa Colosi) Marcantonio; her grandchildren, Gianna (fiancé Michael) Buckley, Alicia Marcantonio, Hayden Colosi-Marcantonio, Antonio Lim, Bella Grace Lim, Sofia Lim and Emmanuel Lim, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her siblings, Paul (late Doris) Scibetta, Josephine "Honey" (late Frank, NFFD Retired) Bongiovanni, and Joseph Scibetta (late Michael Delahunt). Visitation will be held on Friday, January 28, from 4-8 PM, at M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY, 14304. Vincenette's Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, at 11 AM, at St. Stephen R.C. Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY 14072. Interment in St. Joseph Cemetery, Niagara Falls, NY. If desired, memorial offerings may be made to Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Road, Youngstown, NY 14174. For online condolences, please visit www.mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com.


   Richard T. Mata - Of Grand Island, NY, unexpectedly, January 22, 2022. Beloved husband of Elizabeth J. Blundell; loving father of Elsa Selina and Angelina Hope; dearest son of Richard and Dana (nee DePasquale) Mata; dear brother of Brian (Amanda) Mata; cherished uncle of Samuel "Jorge" and Annabelle Mata; adored grandson of Angela Mata; son-in-law of Nancy Brennan; also survived by a large loving family and many dear friends. Family will be present to receive friends Thursday, 2-8 PM, at the (Hamburg Chapel) JOHN J. KACZOR FUNERAL HOME, INC., 5453 Southwestern Blvd. (corner of Rogers Rd. 716-646-5555). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday morning at 10:30 AM, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4263 St. Francis Dr., Hamburg, NY 14075. (Please assemble at Church). In lieu of flowers and in honor of Rich's giving heart, please make a donation to your favorite charity in Rich's memory. Share condolences at www.kaczorfunerals.com.


   Richard B. Johnson - Of Grand Island, entered into rest January 18, 2022. Beloved husband of JoAnn (nee Gullo) Johnson; devoted father of Joseph Beasley, Scott Hemperly, Tracey (late William) Crouse and Doris Beasley; cherished grandfather of Russell, Matthew, Brandon, Kayla, Wesley, Vanessa, Celeste and great-grandfather of Ethan, Alex, Noah, Roman, Jaxson and Jonah Richard; loving son of the late Carl and Jane Johnson; dear brother of Cheryl (Paul) Moss and the late Eric (Jackie) Johnson, Kenneth (Sharon) Johnson and Karen (Gerald) Hilfiker; adored brother-in-law of Bob (Debbie) Keen; also survived by nieces, nephews and his furry friends. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel), 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., near Eggert/Sheridan Dr., on Wednesday (January 26th), from 4-8 PM. Online condolences may be made at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.


   Mary A. Quinn - mother of Mary Pierre (Gene) Quinn-Stanbro, Frank (late Jolynn) Quinn, Kim (Steve) Rebmann, Faith (Mark) Lemke, Ken Quinn, Joe (Jeni) Quinn, John (Lindsay) Quinn, Christian Quinn, Mary Grace (Jim) Battaglia, and Kelly (John) Arnone; cherished grandmother of 18 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; dear sister of Joe (late Laurene) Lipiec, Andrea (John) Thiele, Kathy (Lew) Kane, Stan (Lisa) Lipiec, Ken (Pat) Lipiec, Donna (late Mel) Riches and the late Pat Mohr and Andrew Lipiec; also survived by loving family and friends. The family will be present Wednesday, January 26, from 4-8 PM, at KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. Family and friends are invited to assemble Thursday, January 27, at 9:30 AM, at St. Stephen Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Grand Island Golden Age Center. Share condolences at www.kaiserfuneral.com.


   James L. Fire Jr. - January 15, 2022, of Grand Island. Father of Selena Marie Fire. Love of his life, Mallery Fire. Son of Judith (nee Litten) and Donald Kezar, of Grand Island. Stepbrother of Christopher (Cathy) Kezar, of Virginia. Also survived by aunts, uncles, and cousins. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Share condolences at www.kaiserfuneral.com.


   Ronald August Stanke - Entered eternal rest on January 15, 2022, after being hospitalized at Mercy Hospital, Buffalo, for a brief illness. Ron, born on November 9, 1940, in Buffalo, was predeceased by his parents, Angeline (Mroz) and August Frederick Stanke. Ron served with the US Navy on the USS Mt. McKinley and was an avid boater. Upon discharge from the Navy, he began employment with Trico in Buffalo. In 1991, Ron founded Grand Island Enterprises. He was a retired, long-standing resident of Grand Island. As a Philanthropist whose generosity reached many Grand Island and Western New York community service organizations, Ron played a significant role in the development and support of the Miracle League WNY and the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Expansion. He was a long-standing member of the Rotary Club of Grand Island. Additionally, he assisted the Neighbors Foundation, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, the Zonta Foundation, and many other charities. Above all, one of Ron's most notable traits was his deep loyalty to his friends and the community. Flowers are graciously declined. Those who wish to remember Ron in a particular way are invited to make gifts in his memory to any of the groups named above. Visitation will be at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, on Saturday, January 22, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. A memorial service will begin immediately following visitation at 5 p.m. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.



   Jacqueline Marie Nowakowski - age 78, peacefully joined her heavenly Father on Sunday, January 9, 2022. Jackie, as she was known to family and friends, was born in Buffalo, New York to Jack A. and Ethel N. (Arcangel) Kelleher on July 17, 1943. On August 14, 1965, she married Anthony J. Nowakowski in Kenmore, NY.
    Jackie was a wonderfully loving and generous wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, friend, and servant of God. She taught fifth grade for three years, then resigned her position to love and serve her family. In the late 1970’s she dedicated her life to the Lord and from that point on, it was her life’s mission to serve Him and be the hands and feet of Jesus. She ministered to family and friends, those with addictions, and those in prison. It was her desire to carry out God’s will. Jackie truly loved the Lord, her family, people, animals, and sitting by the river.
    Anyone who knew her, loved her, was loved by her, and their lives were forever changed for the better. We know she is at home with Jesus worshipping at His feet. She will be dearly missed by all, but never forgotten.
    In addition to her devoted husband of 56 years, Anthony, Jackie is survived by two children, Nicole (Bob) Oursler and Erik (Debbie) Nowakowski; four grandsons, Kyle (Jamie) Oursler, Sam Oursler, Ryan Nowakowski, and Jason Nowakowski; two great-grandsons Connor and Landon Oursler; and her sister Colleen (David) Spencer. She is also survived by many nephews, nieces, and cousins.
    Private funeral services and interment in Whitehaven Cemetery, Grand Island, NY, were held for the immediate family. Friends and family are invited to a future Celebration of Life on Saturday, June 11 at 1:00 PM at First Assembly of God, 9750 Niagara Falls Boulevard, Niagara Falls, NY 14304. Arrangements by M.J. Colucci & Son Niagara Funeral Chapel. Visit mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for online condolences.


   Robert Priest - January 12, 2022, of the City of Tonawanda, formerly of Grand Island. Husband of Sharon (nee Scaccia) Priest; father of Adam and Mark Priest and Lauren (Donald) Pionessa; also survived by five grandchildren; brother of Diane DiLucca, James (Patti) and Bridgette Priest. Friends may call Friday 3-7 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 9:30 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.


   David B. Crockett - Age 79, of Grand Island and formerly of the City of Tonawanda, January 10, 2022. Husband of 49 years to Patricia J. (nee Kennedy) Crockett; father of Timothy (Jennifer) Crockett and Melissa Crockett Simpson; papa of Evan and Taylor; son of the late Voris and Bonetta Crockett and brother of Nancy Cole-Neiswonger and the late Keith Crockett. Also survived by nieces and nephews. David was a 1960 graduate of Tonawanda High School where he excelled in football and baseball. He was a life member of the Niagara Hose Volunteer Fire Co. and the Gastown Sportsmen Club. Dave was also an avid hunter and instructed the NYS Hunters Safety Course for many years. The family will receive relatives and friends on Friday, January 14th, from 2:30 PM until 5:30 PM, at JOHN O. ROTH FUNERAL HOME, INC., 25 William St. (between Morgan and Broad Sts), in Tonawanda, where a Memorial Service will be held on Friday, at 5:30 PM, following the visitation. Everyone welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of David may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be shared at www.ROTHFUNERAL.com.


   James P. Mitchell - January 5, 2022, of Grand Island. Husband of the late Alma Mitchell. Father of Pamela and John (Barbara) Mitchell. Brother of John G. Mitchell. Son of the late John and Ora (nee Sarmanote) Mitchell. Funeral Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Schoellkopf Health Center, 621 10th St., Niagara Falls, NY 14301. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.


    Russell R. Galbo, Jr. - January 5, 2022; of Grand Island. Husband of Jackie (nee Williams) Galbo. Father of Jennifer A. Galbo. Grandfather of Nicholas, Daniel and Alexander Przybylski. Brother of Deborah (Michael) Klodzinski and the late Mary (the late Frank) Sturniolo and JoAnn (the late Anthony) Sturniolo. Son of the late Loretta and Russell R. Galbo, Sr. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be private. Share online condolences at: www.kaiserfuneral.com.



   Frank J. Spinner - November 29, 2021, of Grand Island. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, January 15, at 11:00 AM, at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island.
    Frank J. Spinner went home to rest peacefully on 11/29/2021. He left behind his loving wife of 70 years, Joanne L Spinner, his four children, Frank, Michael, (Edith) Suzanne and Richard, grand children, John Michael, Sara, Hillary, ( Jeremy Gohranson), three great grandchildren, Hayden, Sebastian and Greyson. Loving brother in law Ronald and sister in-law Sharon Louchren. Frank was a very proud Marine an active veteran in all affairs. An active member in the alumni Association of State Teachers College and Nights of Columbus. He volunteered with Meals on Wheels and Excalibur for over 30 years. He was an avid bowler, ( his immense passion). He retired from the Niagara Falls School System. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.

Buffalo News Obituary by Dale Anderson
   Feb. 27, 1928 – Nov. 29, 2021
    Frank J. Spinner did not sit still after he retired from teaching. For more than 30 years, he was a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels, plowing through snowstorms if necessary to make deliveries to the homebound. A gardener himself, he was a judge for Buffalo in Bloom, inspecting gardens and recommending them for awards. With his wife, he ushered at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. He also volunteered for Excalibur, which provides adoptive boating and fishing for people with disabilities. He manned Excalibur’s booth every summer at the Erie County Fair. A history buff, he collected coins, stamps and medals, visiting trade shows and conventions. He maintained a complete woodworking shop in his basement, producing furniture and creating mantlepieces. He also competed three times a week as a league bowler. He died Nov. 29 under hospice care in his Grand Island home. He was 93.
    Born in Buffalo, he was the only child of German immigrants and spoke German at home. He was an Eagle Scout and a 1948 graduate of East High School. While earning a bachelor’s degree from Buffalo State Teachers College, he worked as a drapery specialist at Hengerer’s department store in downtown Buffalo. He went on to complete two master’s degrees at Buffalo State.
    He married a Buffalo State classmate, Joanne Louchren in 1952, and enlisted in the Marine Corps. He became an officer and served stateside at Camp Lejune, N.C. Mr. Spinner returned to Buffalo, worked as a manager at F. N. Burt Co., then taught woodworking shop and other trade-related classes for 24 years in Niagara Falls, first at LaSalle High School and then at Trott Vocational High School, where he employed his passion for photography as faculty adviser for the yearbook. He retired in 1988. He had a home built on Grand Island in the 1950s, helped establish Little League baseball there and coached for many years. After moving to a home across from Delaware Park in the 1970s, he volunteered at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center and was active in the Erie County Historical Society. He moved back to Grand Island about 20 years ago.
    A longtime parishioner at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, he volunteered on maintenance projects. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Buffalo State College Alumni Association. In addition to his wife, a retired Buffalo special education teacher; survivors include three sons, Frank, Michael and Richard; a daughter, Suzanne Spinner; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A Memorial Mass with military honors will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Stephen’s Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island


    Audrey (nee Dizillo) Ungaro - January 4, 2022, of Grand Island. Wife of 59 years of the late Sebastian Richard Ungaro; mother of Deborah (Donald) Fabian, Richard (Kim), Michael (Michele) and David (Mary) Ungaro; also survived by 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; sister of Rosalie "Rolly" (Patrick) Dinan and Joseph (the late Theresa "Chickie") DiZillo; daughter of the late John and Lena DiZillo. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, January 7th, at 11 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island (live streaming at ststephenswny.com). In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com