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Stephen J. "Coach Steve" Beatty - November 28, 2023. Of Grand Island, NY. November 28, 2023, age 35. Beloved son of Mary Ann (Zauner) Beatty and James (Tabitha) Beatty. Dear brother of Kelly (Ethan) Beatty-Reardon. Loving uncle of Mila; step brother of Jimmy, Cameron and Maddie Pezzino. Also survived by Aunts, Cousins and dear friends. Friends may call Sunday 1 – 5 pm at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT, INC. FUNERAL HOME 3290 Delaware Ave. where Funeral Services will be held Monday at 10:00 am. Steve was a long time coach at Millers Tennis Center and former head coach at Daemen University. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute/ Lymphoma Department. Please share online condolences at www. lesterwedekindtfuneralhome.com.
Monica Villani - - November 22, 2023 Age 53, of Grand Island, NY, passed away on November 22, 2023. Born in Buffalo, NY on July 15, 1970, she is the daughter of Thomas A. Maniccia and the late Mary N. (Murray) Maniccia. Monica was raised in Lancaster, NY and graduated from Sacred Heart Academy. She married her adored husband, Kurt P. Villani, at Our Lady of Pompeii Church. Monica worked at Gui's Lumber/Ace Hardware alongside her family. Monica dedicated her life to being a devoted wife and mother. Her greatest pleasure was spending time with her husband and children, who were her absolute pride and joy. In addition to her father, Monica is survived by her beloved children, Mia M. Villani and Kurt P. Villani, Jr.; her siblings, Thomas Maniccia, Michelle Maniccia, Nicolas (Donna) Maniccia, Marc Maniccia, Gregory Maniccia, Peter Maniccia and Laurence (Kristen) Maniccia, as well as many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and numerous friends. A Mass of Christian Burial for Monica and her husband, Kurt, will be held Saturday, December 2 at 11:00 AM at St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY 14072. In lieu of flowers, memorial offerings may be made to the SPCA of Erie County, https:// yourspca.org/donate/our-wish-list/. Arrangements M.J. Colucci & Son Niagara Funeral Chapel, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY. Visit mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for online condolences.
Kurt P. Villani - Age 53, of Grand Island, NY, passed away on November 22, 2023. Kurt is the son of Gail A. (Zaleski) Villani and the late Kurt M. Villani, born in Lewiston, NY on June 4, 1970. Kurt was a graduate of Niagara-Wheatfield High School. On May 20, 1995, he married his cherished wife, Monica (Maniccia) Villani at Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Lancaster, NY. Kurt was instrumental from a young teenager in the operation of Gui's Lumber/ACE Hardware alongside his family since the mid 1980's. Since then, Gui's Lumber has grown to 7 locations throughout Western New York. Kurt was an avid boater and loved spending his summers on the water. But above all, he loved nothing more than spending time with his wife and children, who were his utmost pride and joy. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his beloved children, Mia M. Villani and Kurt P. Villani, Jr.; his sister, Amie (Rob) Ceccato; his two nephews Anthony Ceccato and Joseph Ceccato; his father-in-law, Thomas (late Mary) Maniccia, as well as many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and numerous friends. A Mass of Christian Burial for Kurt and his wife, Monica, will be held Saturday, December 2 at 11:00 AM at St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY 14072. In lieu of flowers, memorial offerings may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, https://wish.org/. Arrangements M.J. Colucci & Son Niagara Funeral Chapel, 2730 Military Road Niagara Falls, NY. Visit mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for online condolences.
Penelope J. O’Connor - (September 25, 1950 - October 15, 2023), age 73, beloved wife and soul mate of the late Page Stephens; dear sister of Edward (Rose) and William (Pamela) O’Connor; loving niece, aunt, cousin, and friend of many. Passed away October 15, 2023, from complications of leukemia.
Born in Ithaca, New York to the late C. Donald and E. Kay (nee Laisy) O’Connor, Penelope graduated valedictorian, in 1968, from Grand Island High School. She worked during the late 1960’s for the Island Dispatch. She then attended and graduated with the distinction of Cum Laudi from Baldwin-Wallace College majoring in Physics and French. Penelope studied in France and Germany and attended the University of Montreal Library School where she studied in French and earned a master’s degree in library science. Penelope worked in the science department of the Cleveland Public Library system and spent her entire career promoting science, fighting superstition and ignorance. She was an active union member and served as president of her district. She was active in politics, canvasing door-to-door in poor health and inclement weather for the Democratic Party in Ohio. She was an avid birder and former president of the Cleveland chapter of the Audubon Society. She was kind generous, and loved by everyone who knew her.
Her obituary can be found at chambersfuneral.com. Her remains were cremated according to her wishes. Her ashes are buried in West Park Cemetery, 3942 Ridge Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44144, Section 6, lot#565, grave 1; with the ashes of her husband, Page Stephens, and her mother, E. Kay Laisy O’Connor. There will be a Celebration of Life in the Solon Community Center, 35000 Portz Pkwy., Solon, OH 44139, May 4, 2024, 12- 4PM Details will be posted on the Chambers site. RSVP by calling William O’Connor 716 773 7621 or Edward O’Connor 716 876 6972 if you plan to attend.
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Donald C. Bloom - Of Grand Island. Husband of Cindy Bloom. Step-father of Robin, Larry, Jeff and Dave Kidder. Friends may call Saturday December 2nd from 1-3 with a Memorial Service at 3 at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Share condolences at Kaiserfuneral.com
Beverly (Faatz) Thomas - In Loving Memory of Bev. The Grand Island community said farewell to a remarkable soul, Beverly (Faatz) Thomas, who passed away at the age of 76 after a courageous battle with cancer. Bev, as she was known, is survived by her devoted husband, John Thomas, with whom she shared over 50 years of love and companionship. She leaves behind a legacy of warmth, kindness, and unwavering dedication to her family. Her memory is cherished by her son, Jeff Thomas, and her beloved grandson, Rivers Thomas, who was the light of her life. Beyond her immediate family, Bev is survived by her sisters, Patricia Stopyra and Joanne Campbell, along with their families, encompassing their husbands and children. The tight-knit network further includes numerous nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, and their respective families. In addition to blood relations, she leaves behind an expansive and affectionate group of friends who were touched by her generosity, spirit, and love. Bev was a well-known fixture in the Grand Island community, and her impact extended far beyond its borders. Her dedication to children was evident in her involvement with the YWCA's after-school and day care programs, endearing her to numerous hearts. Maintaining connections with these children as they navigated through various life stages, she left a lasting impact that resonated across generations. Family was at the center of Bev's universe, and her dedication knew no bounds. She found joy in playing cards with friends and family, and her talent for hosting gatherings was a testament to her welcoming spirit. Friends of her son and grandson were embraced like family, and her kitchen was a hub of delicious treats and shared stories. Her passion for hosting extended to her love of Buffalo Bills football, where she would gather friends for lively game days, ensuring they were well-fed and the atmosphere was filled with joy. One of Bev's favorite places was Bar Harbor, Maine, and she made it a point to visit annually for several years. Drawn to the coastal beauty, charming streets, and the welcoming community of Bar Harbor, Bev, typically brimming with energy, found relaxation in the beauty of life within this picturesque northeastern town. In the latter part of her life, Bev realized a long-held dream as she and her husband John transformed their Grand Island property. They bid farewell to their old home, embracing the fulfillment of her vision in the form of a charming log home a warm and inviting haven they lovingly designed together. Bev's legacy is one of love, generosity, and community spirit. She touched the lives of those around her with her warm heart and caring nature. She will be dearly missed but forever remembered in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing her. Friends may call Wednesday November 22, 4 - 6:30 PM followed by funeral services Wednesday at 6:30 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Elderwood At Grand Island. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Dr. Tilak Bommaraju - August 1, 1937 - November 5, 2023. 86, of Grand Island, passed away on November 4, 2023 suddenly at home surrounded by friends and loved ones. Dr. Bommaraju was born to Venkataratnam and Durgamahalakshmi on August 1, 1937 in Modukuru, India. He first worked at the Central Electrochemical Research Institute in India and then studied as a postdoctoral fellow at the State University of New York at Buffalo and the University of Ottawa, where he earned a PhD in chemistry. His professional career began at the International Nickel Company of Canada and then at Occidental Chemical Corporation, where he provided technical support to their chlor-alkali manufacturing facilities and developed new and improved unit operations. Dr. Bommaraju's life work resulted in many ground-breaking discoveries for which he owns 18 scientific patents. He founded Process Technology Optimization, Inc., where he developed low H2 flameless ration heaters for the Army DOD. He has over 80 publications in scientific journals and is the author of the Handbook of Chlor-alkali Technology. He also edited the Handbook of Industrial Engineering and Biochemistry. He will be remembered for his great contributions to the scientific field, though his achievements may come as a surprise to those who did not know him well, as he was a very humble man.
Even in retirement, Dr. Bommaraju was in constant pursuit of knowledge, reading extensively and continuing to believe in the scientific method to solve all of life's problems. The library was his second home. His intellectual curiosity was a driving force in his life, one that extended to his beloved garden. Visitors to the house would marvel at his horticultural skills and the vibrant flowers and vegetation that he tended to with such passion and care. Despite being 86, he had the energy and stamina of someone far younger and exercised regularly. Dr. Bommaraju was a loving and devoted husband and the patriarch of his family. He is survived by his loving wife Savithri and his three children, Mahesh (Elizabeth), Sudha, Uma (Wesley), John, who was like a son to him and his dearest family friends Vijiya, Aditi, Akhil and Laurie. He is also survived by his brothers Prasad (Suguna) and Pandu (Meena) and predeceased brother Seethapathi (Nagaja). He is also survived by his grandchildren Priya, Braeden, Blake, and Ryan. He loved his wife and children greatly, but especially his granddaughter, Priya. He was kind and would help anyone in need. He was an extremely accomplished man who lived a full life and will be dearly missed. A private family service was held November 6, 2023. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Lung Association in Dr. Bommaraju's name. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Peter Gornicki - Of Grand Island, joined our heavenly father on October 6, 2023. Cherished husband of 31 years to Charlene Gornicki. Beloved father of Victoria (Dan Fajerstein) Sawma, Michele (Tim) Threlkeld, stepfather to Michelle (Matt) Cryer, and the late Mark Ivey. Loving grandfather of Juliana Sawma, the late Chloe Sawma, Timothy Threlkeld, Adam Threlkeld, Laura Threlkeld, James (Sydney) Cryer, Jacob Cryer, and Jocelyn Cryer. Son of the late Michael and Helen Gornicki. Brother of Janie Wisniewski, Judie (Roger) Ketch, and the late Rita (Richard) Capizzi. He was a prayerful man, saying his beloved rosary two times a day. A passionate "do-it-yourselfer", Peter could repair anything, was an avid gardener, and loved animals. He honorably served in the Army National Guard. He loved his daily routine of working out and continued to do so with such discipline that he won his health club "member of the month" award, and this was at age 82. Relatives and friends may visit LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel) 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, (near Eggert Rd.) on Saturday, November 18 from 9:30-11:00 where the funeral service will immediately follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the SPCA and the Salvation Army. Leave condolences at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Linda Marie Kutzbach - April 23,1948 - November 7, 2023. Of Grand Island, passed peacefully with her devoted husband of 55 years, Don, at her side. She was the daughter of the late George and Mary Smith; Loving mother of the late Amy Kutzbach, Donny (Chantel) Kutzbach; Grandmother of Izzy and Townshend Kutzbach, and the late Dylan Kutzbach; Sister of John (Vikki) Smith, Sharon (late Pete) Johnson, the late George (Patty) Smith and Bonnie (Michael) Leto; Sister-in-law of Doug (late Bonnie) Kutzbach, Daryl (Jim) Schaefer, Dale (Veronica) Kutzbach, and Debbie (Mark) Roetzer. She was a wonderful aunt to all her treasured nieces and nephews. Linda was a graduate of Cardinal O'Hara High School and D'Youville College . She was a devoted parishioner at St. Stephen RC Church on Grand Island for over 60 years where she previously served on the Altar Society. She was past president of the Grand Island Historical Society, and member of The Grand Island Zonta Club, and The Buffalo Launch Club. Linda was a well known real estate agent for over 35 years, winning numerous awards for excellence in sales at RE-MAX North. She was full of energy and enthusiasm and was always looking to help others. She loved "snowbirding " in the Florida Keys, gardening, shopping,decorating, traveling, beachwalks & dining out/"happy hour" with her loving sisters. She was known for her generosity amongst her many friends. In the face of life's adversity one of Linda's favorite motto's was "bloom where you're planted!". A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday November 18, at 10 am at St. Stephens RC Church, 2100 Baseline Rd, Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Please make memorial donations to the Hospice Foundation, P.O Box 590, Buffalo, NY 14240, or to Infant Jesus Shrine, 3452 Niagara Falls Blvd, North Tonawanda, NY 14120. Condolences may be shared at FrettholdFuneralHome.com.
Geraldine "Geri" (nee Lewandowski) Witkowski - July 14, 1938 - November 4, 2023. Of East Amherst and formerly of Grand Island, entered into rest on November 4, 2023 at age 85. Beloved wife of the late Norman Witkowski; dear mother of Kimberly (David) Schrey and Jennifer (William) Schneider; loving Nani of Aric Schrey, Arianna (Joshua) Smith and Bradley Schneider; cherished sister of Delphine (late Walter) Grabowski, Colleen (Thomas) Schaefer, the late Florence (late George) Lewandowski and the late Rita (late Lawrence) Desemone; dear sister-in-law of Carroll (late Bernard) Lewandowski; also survived by many treasured nieces, nephews and friends. "Geri, Geri Secretary" worked for the Grand Island School District for many years. She adored her grandchildren and she loved to sew, shop and travel with her siblings. Geri was known for her quick wit, her collection of glass nesting hens, and her love of flamingoes. A special thank you to the patient and caring staff at the Weinberg Campus Garden House. A celebration honoring Geri's life will be held at a later date. If desired, contributions in Geri's memory may be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation or the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be offered at www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com
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James R. Ackerman - 89 of Bradenton FL, formerly of Grand Island, NY traded his water wings for angel wings on October 28, 2023, skidding sideways into heaven and declaring, "what a ride!" He was the loving husband of 63 years to late Joan. He is survived by his sister, Marilyn Betz (late Roger) of North Bay, Ontario, children Casey (Larry), Ray (Sheryl), Jimmer (Susie) and Eric (Geanna), 12 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and one nephew.
Jim, as he was known, was a plumbing contractor in the Buffalo area from 1956 to 1997 and in SWFL from 1997 to 2018 assisting his son Eric in his plumbing firm. He and Joan were long time boaters, making many faithful friends along the way. It was his family and friends that he cherished the most. Jim drank life from a fire hose and we believe no one had more fun than he did. We will miss his sage advice and his incredible zest for life. "Evinrude me Mr. Motorman, Evinrude me" and save us a spot at the dock! Jim was a Korean War Veteran. The family requests that in honor of Jim we all thank a veteran and be kind to one another. GO BILLS! Services are private.
Edward Kenneth Zuchowski - November 4, 2023, of Melbourne, FL, formerly of Fountain Hills, AZ and Tonawanda. Husband of Joan (née Ackerman) Zuchowski. Father of Kyle (Sherry) Zuchowski of Merritt Island, FL and Robert (Elaine) Zuchowski of Rockledge, FL. Grandfather of Reid (Bridget), Colin, Rebecca (William Brewer), Tyler and Morgan Zuchowski. Also survived by 6 great grandchildren. Brother of the late Robert Zuchowski and Norine Crosby. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10:30 AM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to a charity of your choice. Ed was the Executive Vice President of Tondisco Inc. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Scott W. Stoberl - October 31, 2023. Of Grand Island. Son of William and Judith Stoberl. Brother of Robert Stoberl and Lynn (nee Stoberl) Kelly. Uncle of Adam and Alexander Kelly. Close friend of Susan Schrader. Services private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Suburban Adult Services Inc. www.sasinc.org. Share condolences at Kaiserfuneral.com.
David R. Edwards- October 31, 2023. Of Grand Island. Father of Charity, Lucas (Elizabeth) and Hannah Edwards. Grandfather of Adriana, Gabriella, Jonah and Jacob. Brother of the late Robert Edwards, the late Ralph Edwards, Judy (Robert) Weaver, Mark Edwards, Janet (Gary) Prange and Shawn (Angie) Edwards. David is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Friday, November 3rd from 10-12 with a Memorial Service at noon at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Share condolences at Kaiserfuneral.com.
Erik John Robinson - loving son and father. Survived by son, Rohan, long-time partner Abby Evans, mother Ann Marie Giambra - Agranoff (Stuart), father Bradley (Jodi), siblings Daniel (Rebecca), Brittney & Brandon (Kristi), step siblings Liam Dodd & Zoe Gilbert, great-grandmother Jean Link, grandmother Suzanne Giambra, grandparents Gerald & Val Robinson, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Erik was a force in this world. Determined, curious, amazingly witty and a loving father. Truly one of a kind, he was loved by so many and will be missed greatly. Visiting hours at Kaiser Funeral Home are Saturday, November 4th from 1-4pm. Flowers gratefully declined.Go Fund Me for son Rohan benefit.
Adrienne B. (nee Senese) McDonough - October 21, 2023. Of Grand Island. Wife of Charles P. McDonough. Daughter of Angela Mariano and the late Domenic Senese. Step daughter of Emedio Mariano. Sister of Sandra (James) Bordonaro, Leo (Helen) Senese and the late Paul (the late Tracy) Senese. Also survived by many nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the SPCA. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Earl Ward Wright - October 10, 2023. See full obituary HERE. There will be a memorial service on November 4, 2023 at River Oaks, Grand Island, NY, 1-4 pm. All are welcome.
Robert John "Bob" Starzynski - 80, of Grand Island, New York, died on October 12, 2023, in Amherst, New York. Bob was born in Lackawanna, New York, in 1943 to John A. Starzynski and Adolpha H. Polus. He attended Kenmore West High School before graduating with an undergraduate degree in business from SUNY Buffalo. Bob went on to work in insurance, management consulting, and investment, before going into commercial real estate. He worked at the Buffalo CBRE office for over 20 years. Bob was also a member of the Army Reserve. In his later adult years, he earned a master of arts degree in American studies from SUNY Buffalo. He was also a longtime member of the Grand Island Planning Board. Outside of professional work, Bob loved exploring hobbies – some were lifelong pursuits, while others were passing interests. A voracious reader, he enjoyed books and magazines on a wide variety of topics. He and his beloved wife, Susan, traveled often (Toronto, New England, and Italy were favorite near and far destinations). Bob would often paddle his kayak around the rivers and creeks of Western New York, ride his bike around Grand Island, or explore out-of-the-way towns and villages. He had an unequaled thirst for knowledge, loved studying maps and researching and planning trips, and had a crazy ability to do complex math problems in his head. His recall of facts and information about people he knew and things he’d read was unparalleled. At various times in his life, Bob coached youth soccer, taught himself how to sail, and enjoyed playing golf. On a beautiful summer afternoon, you could find him on his back patio, a glass of wine nearby, as he enjoyed the weather while reading a book. Spending time with family was the most important thing to him, and planning visits to see his grandsons was always at the top of his list. Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Paul (Beth) Starzynski. He is survived by his wife, Susan (née Johnstone); his children, Krista (Mike) Mettler and Robert (Erin) Starzynski Jr.; his grandchildren, Robert Starzynski III and Thomas Starzynski; as well as a niece and nephews.
Visitation hours will be Friday, October 27, 2023 from 4-6 p.m. at Kaiser Funeral Home on Grand Island, and a memorial service will take place at the chapel at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 28, 2023. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Grand Island Fire Co., which provides fire, emergency medical, and 9-1-1 services to the community (https://grandislandfire.us/donate_now.html). Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com
Thomas R. Wakeman - October 16, 2023 Of Buffalo. Son of Charles (Cherree) Wakeman of San Tan, AZ and Leslie (Bruce Cramer) Wakeman of Grand Island. Also survived by loving aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Friday at 1 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Thomas was employed for many years at CUBRC as a optical instrumentation engineer. He loved to play keyboard and classical guitar and loved hanging out with his cats. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Douglas E. Krueger - Douglas E. Krueger, age 70, of Grand Island passed away October 12. Son of the late Bob and Lee Krueger. Brother of Brenda Krueger, Sandi (Mike) Rogers and Marci (Jeff) Sidebottom. Uncle of Ellee Sidebottom. Friends may call Saturday, October 21st from 12 to 1:30 with a Funeral Service at 1:30 at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Burial will be immediately after at Riverdale Cemetery in Lewiston. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness; www.nami.org.
Shirley Jane (nee Frazier) Gilmore - October 10, 2023. Of Grand Island. Wife of the late Thomas R. Gilmore. Mother of Donald (Teresa) Gilmore, Susan (Rusty) Spaulding, Russ (Kerrie), Paul (Samantha) and Kathy Gilmore. Grandmother of Allison Clark, Ally and Amanda Gilmore, Alexa Gilmore-Hobbs, Kelsey Kozyrenko, Maddie and Makenna Gilmore, Sarah Grunzweig and the late Arielle Gilmore. Great grandmother of Arianna, Rose, Chandler and John. Also survived by many friends with whom she played golf and bridge. Funeral services private. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Kenneth J Radig - Of Grand Island and Chautuaqua Lake. Passed away peacefully following a long illness March 5th 2023. He was the beloved son of Raymond and Irene Radig (nee Chmielewski). Kenny grew up in Depew and taught business at Medaille College for over 30 years. He enjoyed many summers at his cottage on Sunset Island in Wilson, NY. Kenny had a huge passion for big cars and big boats. For many years he cruised across Lake Ontario to the Toronto Islands where he spent enjoyable days on his boat. In retirement he volunteered as a Eucharistic minister at Kenmore Mercy Hospital and various nursing homes to visit the patients and residents. Doing this brought him a great deal of joy and satisfaction. He gave generously of his time and contributions to a number of his favorite charities. He is missed by his lifelong partner and best friend Michael Fisher as well as many friends and colleagues. A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday October 21st at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island.
Marilyn J. Alaimo - - October 3, 2023. Formerly of Niagara Falls, NY, passed away peacefully on at home with her family on Grand Island, NY under the care of Hospice Buffalo. Born in Niagara Falls, NY, she was the daughter of the late Catherine (Riggi) Scapucci. On September 14, 1957, she married Charles J. Alaimo. Mr. Alaimo predeceased her on February 13, 2017. The family would like to extend their gratitude to Marilyn's aides from H.A.R.T., Phyllis and Arnetta, for the angelic care shown to her and her family during her final days. Marilyn is survived by her children, Robert J. (Kelli) Alaimo and Michael C. Alaimo; her grandchildren, SMSgt. Krystalore, USAF (MSG Benjamin, US Army) Crews and Earl J. Stegner; her great-grandchildren, Emma Stegner, Eliana Stegner and Ava Crews, her nieces and nephews, Joanne Roscetti, Ronald Roscetti, Debbie Alaimo, Michael Alaimo, great-nephew, Cole (T.J.) Snell, USAF, her dear cousins, Loretta Abbo and Phyllis Marra, her lifelong friends, Nancy D'Angelis and Joanie DiFillipo, her good neighbors, Sue and Chris, as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband of 58 years, she was predeceased by her sons, Mark C. Alaimo, Richard J. Alaimo, and her dear cousin, Dolores Russo. Visitation will be held on Monday, October 9 from 9 – 11 AM at M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 MILITARY ROAD, NIAGARA FALLS, NY 14304, where funeral services will begin at 11:15, followed by Marilyn's Mass of Christian Burial at 12 Noon at Holy Family Parish at Mt. Carmel Church, 27th and Independence Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY, 14301. Entombment in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Niagara Falls, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial offerings may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Visit mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for online condolences.
Thomas E. Nogle - Born October 31, 1941 - October 1, 2023 of Grand Island, passed away. Born in N. Tonawanda, he was a son of the late James A. and Mildred E. (Waterman) Nogle. U.S. Navy 1959-1962. Mr. Nogle worked for GM Tonawanda Forge for 30 years, retiring in 1998. Predeceased by wife, Carol (Erb) Nogle 2017; infant son, David 1969; and brother, James Nogle 1991. Survived by daughter, Cherie (Ron) Stork; son, James (Kathy) Nogle; grandsons, Tyler, Connor and Kai Nogle; brothers, C. Daniel Nogle (Jeanne Crane), Richard (Cindy) Nogle and John (Linda) Nogle; many nieces and nephews. Celebration of Life Saturday, Oct. 7 at 12PM at the Grand Island Moose Lodge #180, 2524 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island, NY 14072. Private interment with military honors in Elmlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grand Island Moose Lodge at the address above. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.
John W. Robertson - September 25, 2023 Of Grand Island. Husband of the late Marilyn Robertson. Father of Tracey (Paul) Pici, Jonathan (Sue) Robertson and Sarah (Vince) Colan. Grandfather of 12 and great-grandfather of 6. John is also survived by his sons from his first marriage, Mark (Lisa) Connolly and David (Karen) Connolly and loving friend Priscilla Welman. Friends may call Wednesday October 11 from 5-8 at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Share condolences at Kaiserfuneral.com.
John G. Macgaffick - October 9, 1939 - September 28, 2023. Age 83, of Grand Island, NY. Born in Albion, NY, he was the son of the late Elmer and Thelma (Marsh) MacGaffick. On August 19, 1961, John married Mary Jane Mooney. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and former truck driver. In addition to his beloved wife of over 62 years, John is survived by his son, Dr. John J. (MaryArinna) MacGaffick; grandson, Jeremiah MacGaffick and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his six siblings. All arrangements are private. If desired, memorial offerings may be made to the Niagara County SPCA and/or the Erie County SPCA. Professional arrangements are under the care of the Goodlander family, OTTO REDANZ FUNERAL HOME, 2215 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY (716-297-9007). Share condolences and view John's full life story at www.GOODLANDERCARES.com.
Clifford R. Smith, Sr. - September 27, 2023 of Grand Island. Husband of the late Eleanor J. (Touvell) Smith. Loving companion of Sharon Castricone. Father of Suzanne (Paul) Ackendorf, Clifford R. (Lisa) Smith Jr. and Timothy (Marijane) Smith. Grandfather of Steven (Ashley) Ackendorf, Sheri Pulvino, Brett and Brooklyn Morton, Emma and Evan Smith. Great grandfather of Nadia and Easton Ackendorf, Eleanor and Wyatt Pulvino. Brother of the late William, Jack and Richard Smith and Bea Long. Friends may call Saturday 3-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Memorial services will be held Monday, October 2 at 11 AM at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials my be made to Buffalo General Hospital, Hospice Buffalo or a local youth hockey team of your choice. Mr. Smith worked for the NHL for 45 years and the Town of Grand Island for many years. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Paul J. Childress - Jan. 2, 1971 – Sept. 22, 2023
Paul J. Childress, who set world records as a professional powerlifter, died Sept. 22 in Greater Niagara General Hospital, Niagara Falls, Ont., 10 months after he was diagnosed with colon cancer. He was 52. He was the second champion Western New York powerlifter to die within the past three months. Don Reinhoudt, 78, of Fredonia, winner of the World’s Strongest Man competition in 1979, died July 3 in a one-vehicle crash. Reinhoudt had inspired Mr. Childress to begin lifting weights. "I got my first weight set when I was 8 years old, and I saw Don Reinhoudt in the World's Strongest Man when I was 8," he told Buffalo News sportswriter Bob DiCesare in 2003. "Just seeing him pulling a bus, lifting kegs, throwing tires, I thought it was the coolest thing. I thought if he can do it, I can do it."
Mr. Childress did better. He surpassed Reinhoudt's mark of 934.5 pounds in the squat with a world record 1,147.5 in 2007. He also set a world record with his powerlifting total of 2,700 in three events – the squat, the bench press and deadlift – in 2011 at the Ohio State Powerlifting and Bench Press Championship. "To think that somebody can do that kind of weight," Tom Haney, owner of the Village Glen in Amherst, remarked to DiCesare in 2003 after they watched Mr. Childress perform a 925-pound squat in practice. "You read about it. You see it on TV. But to actually see it done. ... I doubt there's a handful of men in the world who've ever done that. And we just watched one of them train."
Born in the Town of Tonawanda, he was a standout offensive lineman and a captain on the football team at Tonawanda High School, where he graduated in 1989. He also was a captain and catcher on the baseball team. He was listed among choices for Western New York all-star teams in both sports. After a redshirt season at Edinboro University, he came to what was then Buffalo State College and, as a defensive tackle, helped the Bengals to three straight appearances in the NCAA playoffs and their first Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III bowl victory. A defensive captain for two years and an All-American, he compiled a total of 17.5 sacks and 21.5 tackles that resulted in a loss.
He was inducted into the Buffalo State Sports Hall of Fame and the Tonawanda High School Wall of Fame. After he graduated from Buffalo State with a bachelor's degree in health science and nutrition, he completed a master's degree in exercise science and physical education at Canisius College, now Canisius University. He began competing in weightlifting meets in high school. In 1989, he won his weight class in the Teen-Age Buffalo Powerlifting Championships sponsored by the Buffalo Police Athletic Club. As an amateur in 1997, he won the New York State AAU championship. He turned professional two years later.
In 2004, he became the first man in the 308-pound weight class to squat more than 1,100 pounds. His overall victories included the World Powerlifting Organization finals in 2004, the New York State powerlifting championship in 2013 and the Grand Prix National powerlifting championship in 2015. He stepped aside from high-level competition two years later.
Mr. Childress was director of facilities and fitness management at Total Health and Fitness, then sold powerlifting gear and was a consultant on fitness systems. He began visiting the University at Buffalo's weight training facility after renowned strength coach Buddy Morris was hired as director of sports performance. When Morris left in 2007, he was hired as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. He became head strength coach in 2009 and, in addition to football, directed the strength training for UB’s track and field, baseball and softball programs.
After leaving UB, he became a licensed massage therapist and in 2014 founded Childress Performance Therapy PC, offering therapeutic and deep tissue massage for athletes and medical purposes. He went on to establish Childress Performance Center at Eastern Hills Mall in Clarence and opened a gym on Grand Island late last year. He worked with dozens of professional football, baseball and hockey players, as well as Olympic athletes.
He was married Nov. 14, 2014, to Canadian powerlifter Alicia Good, whom he met while weight training, and they lived in Niagara Falls, Ont. Considered an essential worker, he was able to commute to his therapy and training sessions during the pandemic. In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Lucas J.; a daughter, Libby M.; his parents, John and Linda Childress; and two sisters, Michelle Conley and Amy Berardinelli. The Buffalo State Bengals will observe a moment of silence in his memory prior to the homecoming game on Coyer Field at 5 p.m. Saturday. A celebration of his life will be held in October.
Arlene R. Lictenthal - of Grand Island, NY September 14, 2023. Beloved wife of 62 years to the late James J. Lichtenthal. Devoted mother of Michael (Linda) Lichtenthal, Peggy Lichtenthal and Chrisanne (Joseph) Nagowski; Loving Nana of Jim (Justalene) and Josh Lichtenthal, Nicole Nagowski and Kailee (Tim) Herman; Cherished G.G. of Jase and Joella; Sister of the late Thomas Mozolf. Services will be held privately. Memorial contributions may be made to Buffalo Hospice Foundation. Please share online condolences at www.lesterwedekindtfuneralhome.com.
Carol (Dickerson) Willer - passed away Tuesday, Aug. 29, at her home in Victor. She was 80 years old. She was born April 1, 1943, in Brooklyn, to William and Catherine (Callan) Dickerson. She graduated from Erasmus in Brooklyn in 1960 and attended Brooklyn College, where she met her first husband, Edward P. Fox. They were married April 18, 1964. In 1976, they relocated to Grand Island. Ed died in November of 1979. She remarried Robert Willer on Sept. 21, 1983. She worked as a homemaker and as a secretary at St. Stephens Catholic Church for the remainder of her career. After the passing of her husband Bob, in 2015, she relocated to Victor, living at the Legacy independent living community. She enjoyed spending time with family, model railroad activities, ceramics, sewing and knitting, and was very active in her church.
Carol is survived by her brother, Callan Dickerson, of Forestville; by her son, Gregory Fox (Monica), of Braintree Vermont; by her daughter, Lee (Kirk) Palmer, of Victor; by her stepson, Robert (Kim) Willer Jr.; by her stepdaughter, Jean (Eric) Pecoraro; and by six grandchildren. She was predeceased by husbands Edward Fox Robert Willer, as well as her parents and stepmother. Graveside service and burial will take place at noon Saturday, Sept. 22, in the Blue Mountain Cemetery in Ryegate, Vermont. To offer the family an online condolence, visit www.rickerfh.com Ricker Funeral Home & Cremation Care of Woodsville is assisting with arrangements.
Lynne V. Wagner - September 6, 2023, of Grand Island. Wife of the late Joseph Wagner. Mother of Gerald (Patty) and Michael Wagner. Grandmother of Megan (Adam) Marquis, Joseph (fiancé Alexis) and Jackie Wagner. Great grandmother of Everett and Ellena Marquis. Sister of the later Judy, Spencer and Donna Meyer. Friends may call Sunday, Sept. 10, 1-4 PM followed by funeral services Sunday at 4 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd. In lieu of flowers, memorials my be made to Sloan Comfort Care Home. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Vincetta R. (nee Gallo) Ventura - Of Grand Island, entered into rest on September 2, 2023. Beloved wife of the late Frank Ventura; devoted mother of Bill MacKay, Sheryl (Greg) Baker, Al Ventura, and the late Carol Militello; loving daughter of the late Ruth (nee Hutchinson) and Angelo Gallo; dear sister of Maria Maraschiello and Angela (Kevin) Mackowiak; also survived by grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and a nephew. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel) 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst (near Eggert Rd.) on Sunday Sept. 10th from 1-3PM, where a Memorial Service will immediately follow. Flowers gratefully declined. Leave condolences at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Aaron Francis Lloyd - Of Grand Island, passed away on August 29 after a strenuous battle with Glioblastoma. Aaron was born on Earth Day; April 22, 1985 to Larry and Deborah Lloyd. Brother of the late Eric Lloyd. After graduating from Grand Island HS in 2003, he went on to study history at Canisius College and finished his Bachelors Degree at Texas Women's University. After graduation, he landed his dream job at a Medical Cannabis facility, Elven Gardens, in Duncan, OK. Aaron was a force of nature, determined to provide for his family and give them the life he felt they deserved. Family meant more than anything else in the world, something he often mentioned. Aaron was unendingly proud of his children, Eric, Anthony, Eli and Violet and his wife Nicole. Aaron was also passionate about growing medical cannabis and could be found growing and breeding all the time!!! Anyone who knew Aaron knew that he was the most loving father and husband a family could ask for. The family requests that all notes and flowers are sent to the family. A celebration of life will be held privately. Please contact his family privately for more information. Donations can be made in his name to St. Luke's.
Phillip A. Mergel - August 23, 2023, age 94, Grand Island resident for 63 years. Husband of Alma P. Mergel (Bodden) and the late Helen C. Mergel and Sally A. Mergel. Father of Gary P. (Flora) and Gregory G. (Marie) Mergel. Step father of Bonnie (John) Hathaway and Larry Bodden. Grandfather of Lauren (Adam) Mazenauer, Matthew (Amanda), Courntey, Brendan and Alanna Mergel. Brother of George Mergel. Friends may call Sunday 4-8 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebated Monday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice. Mr. Mergel was a life long Bills fan, a fisherman, poker player, golfer, Korean War Vet, a member of the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion and VFW Post 9249. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Julie A. (nee Evert) Martin - Age 77, of Grand Island, NY, passed away on August 16, 2023 at Kenmore Mercy Hospital. Born on April 23, 1946 in Niagara Falls, NY, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Helen (Mosolf) Evert.Julie graduated from Niagara Falls High School in 1964 and later earned her Masters Degree in Education. She was employed as a school teacher, working for various school districts across the United States. Julie is survived by her brother, Steven (Mary) Evert; nieces and nephews, Marcy Cox, Karen (Peter) Pellegrino, John (Jennifer) Evert, Jennifer Gregson, Jerry (Rena Pellinio) Evert, Eric Evert, Craig (Tracey) Evert, Darryl (Tricia) Evert and Shannon (Marc) Niccola; dear friend and caregiver, Lisa Huey; several great-nieces and great-nephews and her beloved dogs, Moxie and Einstein. Besides, her parents, Julie was predeceased by brothers, Lee (living, Eileen) Evert and Edward (living, Cecelia) Evert.The family will be present to receive friends on Friday, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the OTTO REDANZ FUNERAL HOME, 2215 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY (716-297-9007), where Julie's funeral service and life celebration will be held on Saturday, August 26th, at 10:00 a.m., with Rev. Laura Norris-Buisch officiating. Friends invited. Prayers of committal and interment will follow in Niagara Falls Memorial Park Cemetery, Lewiston, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial offerings may be made Niagara County SPCA and/or the Erie County SPCA. Professional arrangements are under the care of the GOODLANDER family. Share condolences, view her tribute video and full life story at GOODLANDERCARES.com.
Gerald C. Kutis - August 14, 2023 - Of Grand Island. Passed away peacefully at home with his three children; Dan, Julie and Amy at his side. Friends may call Friday 5-7 at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd. In lieu of flowers please send plants that can continue to live in his memory or donations may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Share condolences at Kaiserfuneral.com.
Barbra Jean Collins - of Grand Island, entered into rest August 10, 2023. Beloved wife of the late William B. Collins; devoted mother of the late William M. Collins and Sean Patrick Collins; loving daughter of the late Arthur and Alice (nee DeLaughter) Lafferty; dear sister of Michael W. Lafferty; fond aunt of Molly K. and Erin E. and cherished great-aunt of Brian, Brianna and Emma. She leaves behind many friends. Barbra was a 37-year Teacher's Aide at Kenmore East High School where she was a mother to many. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel), 885 Niagara Falls Blvd. (near Eggert/ Sheridan Dr.) on Tuesday, August 15 from 3-7pm. A funeral service will immediately follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association. Condolences may be made at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Darlene M. (nee Wurstner) Conradt - August 7, 2023, of Grand Island, NY, age 66. Beloved wife of Gunnar Conradt. Devoted mother of Laura Mazzola-De Jesus and Richard (Andrea) Mazzola. Cherished grandmother of Amaya, Jordynn, Lily, Dominic and Daniel. Loving daughter of the late Richard and Dolores Wurstner. Dear sister of Dianne (late John) Wyntjes, David (Constance) Wurstner and the late Richard (Christine) Wurstner, Eileen Loos and Dennis (Sharon) Wurstner. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Family will be present on Monday, August 14 from 4-7 PM at the (Lancaster-Depew Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 6050 Transit Road where Funeral Services will immediately follow at 7 PM. Flowers gratefully declined. Share condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.
Carl L. Aldridge - 8/11/2023 - Of Grand Island. Husband of Edwina (nee Kowaleski) Aldridge. Father of Carl L. Alridge, Jr. and Gail A. (Fredrick) Hamm. Grandfather of Sarah M. (Matthew Tremblay) Hamm and Kaitlyn M. (Nicholas) Glovack. Carl is predeceased by two brothers and a sister and is survived by nieces and nephews. Friends may call Friday, August 18 from 6-8 PM at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Share condolences at Kaiserfuneral.com.
Beverly A. Rehard - Of Grand Island, passed away peacefully on August 5th, 2023. Born in Waynesboro, PA, she was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Thelma Wagaman and is the beloved wife of Arthur Rehard who she married on May 26, 1962. Bev graduated from Waynesboro High School. She worked at Frick Company in PA. Bev loved spending time with her family, traveling with her husband, watching football, and going to the casino. In addition to her husband of 61 years, Bev is survived by her children Philip (Deb) Rehard, Angela (Matthew) Sereby, Michelle (Bill) Lamb; grandchildren Marisa Lembke, Steven Sereby, Erin Sereby, Benjamin Lam Rehard, Adam Rehard, Carson (Hannah) Smalling, Brendon (Rachel) Smalling and Zach Smalling; great-grandson Micah James Smalling; and several nieces and nephews. Bev is predeceased by her brother, Kenneth Wagaman and her sister, Sharon Riley. Services private. Donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Share condolences at Kaiserfuneral.com.
Steven D. Clark - Of Grand Island NY passed away on July 29, 2023. Steve and his beloved wife Diane (née Grandits) enjoyed 36 years of marriage and raised two wonderful sons, Ian and Samuel Clark. He was the dear brother of Marilyn (Mark) Wilson, Sharon (Doug) Dale, Janet Clark and the loving son of the late Tom and late Ellie Clark. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date to be announced on the website below. Steve was an avid boater and advocate for protecting the waters in this area so please consider a donation in lieu of flowers to the Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper or to the SPCA. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.DenglerRobertsPernaKenmore.com for the Clark family.
Donald G. Lewis - Born in Kenmore, NY. Son of the late William Fletcher Lewis and the late Myrtle (nee Stone) Lewis. Brother of the late Boyd Lewis. Donald is survived by his wife of 61 years, Evelyn (nee Ryder) Lewis and sons David Grant Lewis and James George Lewis. Also survived by nephews, nieces, great-nieces and a great-great-niece. Donald was employed in the field of marine construction and was a licensed tug boat and crane operator. He was an active member at St. Martin-in-the-Fields for 50 years, the Boy and Cub Scouts and the Grand Island Golden Age Center. Friends may call Thursday, August 10th from 4-7 at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Memorial Service will be held Friday at 2 PM at St. Martin-in-the-fields Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Rd. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Martin-in-the-fields. Share condolences at Kaiserfuneral.com. Published by Buffalo News on Aug. 6, 2023.
Angeline (nee Giglia) Monaco - August 3, 2023, age 96. Beloved wife of the late Sam R. Monaco; loving mother of Donna (late William) Gillan, Salvatore (Ellen) Monaco, Michael (Linda) Monaco, Robert Monaco, the late Maryann and James (Donna Marie) Monaco; cherished grandmother of Derek Gillan, Grant (Michelle) Gillan, Anne Monaco, Samuel (Jessica) Monaco, Maria (Greg) Van Remmen, Joy (Todd) Coughlin, Karen (Brian Boccaccio) Monaco, Brian (Tara) Monaco, Diane Monaco, Andrea (Joseph) Jacobs, Robert Monaco, Christopher (Stacey) Monaco, Joseph Monaco and Stacey (John) Fonagy; adored great-grandmother of Sabrina (Dustin), Kali (Bryce), Lilybeth, Isaac, Elise, Hannah, Ryan, Camryn, Natalie, Owen, Bryce, Tate, Reade, Rowen, Cecelia, Gia, Welles, Nolan, Evelyn, Anderson, Frankie, John, LJ, Elliott, Max and Kingston; caring great-great-grandmother of Lavender, Theodore and Blaire; dear sister of Josephine Giglia, Carrie (late Tom) Rutherford and predeceased by Santa Giglia, Mary (late William) Atkins, Florence (late Andrew) Matteliano and Rose Janish; also survived by many nieces and nephews. The family will be present on Sunday from 4-9 PM at the GRECO FUNERAL HOME, 2909 Elmwood Avenue, Kenmore (near Sheridan Drive), where prayers will be offered on Monday at 9 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated from St. Stephen's RC Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY at 10 AM. Friends invited. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Angeline's name to the charity of your choice. Please share condolences online at www.GRECOFUNERAL.com.
Janet Mumm (Grandma Ladybug) - On Thursday, July 27th, Janet (Radder) Mumm reached out her hand and took her beloved husband, Fred Mumm's, hand and joined him across the rainbow bridge to heaven, as the many wagging tails of her critters welcomed her. Jan is survived by her beloved daughter: Heidi Sue (Mumm) McCormick, and by her kitties: Lillie, Rosey and Violet and granddoggies: Baymax, Riley and Raven all of Grand Island. She is also survived by her sisters Carole Murphy and Sue Radder of Franklin, North Carolina and sister-in-law Dorothy Seville of Camden, NY. In addition she is survived by her many "ladybug" grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.
Janet grew up with her sisters Marilyn and Carole in the area of Buffalo known as Riverside. She often told stories of walking to the corner store with her sisters to get penny candy and of the time she placed a tack on the nun's chair in Catholic Elementary School. During her early childhood Janet was very ill with the rheumatic fever which caused heart issues throughout her life. When Janet was in 5th grade her parents, Rollie and Helen(Hy) Radder moved the family to the newly booming town of Grand Island. It was when Janet was in 8th grade at Sidway School that her sister Susan was born, She talked of the times of being bussed to high school in Tonawanda because Grand Island didn't have a high school and of hanging out at Ceil & Chucks and the Idle Hour Inn. After high school Janet worked at M& T Bank at the Grand Island Plaza and Birge Wallpaper. She returned to school with her sister Carole and learned how to be a key-punch operator, in the early days of computers, and then went on to work at Dunlop Tire and Rubber. It was there that she met her soulmate.
In 1966 Janet married Fred Mumm and celebrated their marriage at the GI Fire Hall and started their lives together on Staley Road, GI. Janet prided herself on being a devoted homemaker. About a year later Janet gave birth to her only child, Heidi Sue. From that time on Jan was the mom of moms; the room mother, the Girl Scout Leader, the baseball coach's wife, and even the Teddy's Islettes parent coordinator(she never missed a parade). As Heidi grew older Jan and Fred became Sonlight Singer's parents and chaperones to many teens continuing even after Heidi graduated. In 1987, her daughter Heidi became the director of The Islettes' Elite Baton Team and she became the honored grandmother to 100's of Ladybug Twirlers and Percussionists. She saw them all as her grandkids even attending Grandparents' Day at Sidway School with special little ladybugs like Beth Wynne. One of her most recent joys was the birth of her "greatgrandaughter" ladybug Emma Jayne to Islettes' Elite assistant director Molly Wynne(Kyle Mortek). She attended her last parade, Williamsville Old Home Day's Parade this past July 11th. Her time with The Islettes' Elite families was priceless to her.
Also during this time Janet took on the job of delivering newspapers(Buffalo News) to more than 200 GI families. She made it a point to get to know each and every one of her customers personally often stopping to check on them and do special tasks for them. Every dog along her paper route received biscuits everyday and special treats at Christmas. Janet was also an active animal rights activist and member of PETA. Janet was a truly caring and compassionate woman. In the early 90's her husband Fred became progressively ill. He suffered from diabetes, Parkinson's and Alzheimer; this caused him to be blind and deaf. Janet became his devoted and dedicated caregiver for over 30 years. Her unconditional love for him shined through in everything she did and everything she gave up to be by his side. He passed away in 2013.
It was after the passing of her husband that Janet had the opportunity to give some focus to her own health. During these last 10 years she conquered cigarette addiction, fought pneumonia twice, lost most of her hearing and even developed cataracts. She was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2018 and beat it. Most recently she developed several heart issues which effected her ability to breathe comfortably. Her last few weeks were spent with the wonderful nurses at Kenmore Mercy Hospital- "Miss Janet" as they called her. It was there that she peacefully passed holding her daughter's hand. There will be a celebration of life for both Janet and Fred Mumm on their anniversary, Sunday, October 22nd, 2023. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Pet Emergency Fund (PO Box 2846, Buffalo, NY 14240).
Tom Bunce - Of Grand Island, NY, born February 3, 1958, passed away on July 25, 2023 at the age of 65 after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Tom was born in Jamestown, NY, the seventh child of the late Tyler and Deloris Bunce. He is survived by his devoted wife, Suzanne (nee Buckley) Bunce; children Kristyn DeFilipp and Thomas Bunce, son-in-law and daughter-in-law Nicholas DeFilipp and Jennifer Acierno; grandchildren Charles and Frederick DeFilipp; siblings Barbara and Scott Garlock, Mary and Steve Hailer, John and Jeannie Bunce, and Michael Robinson; in-laws Linda, Ronald and Brian Buckley, and an extended family including aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers Robert and William and sister Nancy. Tom had an easy-going spirit and was a friend to many. He graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 1980 and worked in restaurant/hospitality sales before enjoying the latter act of his career as a golf course groundskeeper at Beaver Island State Park - a job he loved despite the very early wake up calls. He was passionate about all sports, but especially the Cleveland Indians/Guardians, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Bills. The family will host a private celebration of life for family and friends at a later date. Donations may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Share condolences at Kaiserfuneral.com.
Richard F. Pirie - Of Grand Island, NY, July 26, 2023. Loving husband of Jeanne E. (Powers) Pirie; dearest father of Gerald M. (Jordan) Pirie; caring grandfather of Jameson, Kashton and Kingslee; cherished brother of the late Ann (Lee) Gorton; also survived by nieces, nephews, great-nieces, nephews and a great-great-niece and nephew. The family will be present Sunday, July 30, 2023 from 3-7 PM at the CASTIGLIA FUNERAL HOME, INC., 873 Abbott Rd., South Buffalo, NY, 824-6435, where a Funeral Service will be held Monday, July 31, 2023 at 8:45 AM and a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 450 Abbott Rd., South Buffalo, NY, at 9:30 AM. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. Please share your condolences at: www.castigliafuneralhome.com.
Joseph H. Czora, Jr. - July 25, 2023, of Grand Island. Husband of the late Helen Czora (nee Shoff). Son of the late Joseph H. Czora, Sr. and Caroline Czora (nee Weber). Father of Michael (Clarice) Czora, Patricia Czora, Karen Milovich, Joanne Czora and the late John Czora. Grandfather of Ian Czora, Kristina (Sean) Murphy (nee Tetkowski), James (Lauren) Czora and Cody (David) Grover. Great-grandfather of James, Jude, Clementina and Sloane. Eldest brother of the late Joan (late Donald) Wright, the late James (late Patricia) Czora, the late Jerome (late Margaret) Czora, the late Joyce (Thomas) Friedman, Jacquelyn (Alan) Rebman, Jean (Judi) Czora, Judith (late Norbert) Rebman, the late Jessica (late Richard) Conmy and Janet (Paul) Restey. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Joseph is a graduate of Canisius H.S. and Canisius College. He is a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy Medical Corp. Joseph is a retired teacher and administrator in the Niagara Wheatfield School District and was the tax assessor for the Town of Grand Island. Friends may call Monday 4-8 PM at KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Grand Island Fire Company, with great thanks. Share condolences at Kaiserfuneral.com.
Ann M. (nee Schuler) Duquin - July 25, 2023 age 57, after a courageous battle with cancer, of Grand Island, NY. Beloved wife of 21 years to Julius P. Duquin; dearest mother of Alyssa (Dustin) Dosztan, Emily Fuoco (Mitchell Kostecky) and Jenna Duquin; loving grammy of Myles and Beckett; bonus mother of Kelsie, Lexi and Ava; daughter of the late Thomas and Jane (nee Hamilton) Schuler; sister-in-law of Titi Duquin and Patrick (Gabby) Duquin; also survived by aunts, uncles and cousins. Ann had a prosperous career as a pharmacist for 35 years. Family will be present to receive relatives and friends Friday, July 28 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the MELVIN J. SLIWINSKI FUNERAL HOME, 5090 Transit Rd. (south of Como Park Blvd.), where Funeral Services will be held Saturday at 9:15 AM and from Queen of Martyrs Church at 10 AM. Interment Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Children with Hair Loss, 12776 Dixie Hwy. S. Rockwood, MI 48179.
Curtis L. Indridson - July 24, 2023. Beloved husband of Marian (nee Diefenbach). Loving father of Elaine LaClair, Eric Indridson and Jon (Jessica) Indridson. Delighted Grandfather of Derek (Cecilia) LaClair, Alicia (Thomas) Ludlow, and Magnus Indridson. Great Grandfather to Gabriel and Heidi Ludlow and Thomas LaClair. He is the brother of the late Christian (Jean) Indridson. He is survived by many loving nieces, nephews and friends. Curt served as a Buffalo Fire fighter for 30 years and in retirement he enjoyed playing golf, taking a long daily walk, birdwatching and woodworking. Over the years he donated 29 gallons of blood and biked every street on Grand Island. Curt was a great fan of the Buffalo Bills and Sabres. He will be fondly remembered for his generous spirit and easy going nature. Visitation hours will be on Friday July 28th from 4:00 to 7:00 with a service immediately following at Lester Wedekindt Funeral Home located at 3290 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, NY. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice Foundations, PO Box 590, Buffalo, NY 14240 or the charity of your choice. Please share online condolences at www.lesterwedekindtfuneralhome.com.
Loretta J. (nee Griffin) Bayse - Of Kenmore, formerly of Grand Island and Warsaw, NY at 87 years July 22, 2023. Devoted wife of 56 years to the late John R. Bayse. Cherished mother of Charles (Gail Driscoll) Bayse, Sally (Jeffrey) Holbein and Judie (Robert) Kolmetz. Beloved grandmother of James (Nicole) Steffan, Heather (Mike) Hutfles, Matthew (Justin Gilmore) Holbein, Laurel (Johnathan O'Brien) Holbein, Holly (Jacob McCreary) Holbein, Kristin (Huzef) Kadri and Jacob Kolmetz; great-grandmother of Madison, Brooklyn, Anthony and Jenna; special aunt to Patricia (Mike) Cortes and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents John and Flora Southwick Griffin and siblings Joan, Dorothy, Mary and James. Generous and kind, Loretta loved Grand Island and spent twenty happy years working at town hall, where she had many friends. Loretta was an avid reader and Scrabble player. She loved her morning newspaper and crossword puzzle, sitting on the porch in the warmer months. A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date. Arrangements by D. LAWRENCE GINNANE FUNERAL HOME, Kenmore, NY. Condolences may be made at www.GinnaneFuneralHome.com.
William C . Barry - age 90, of Grand Island passed away on July 20th, 2023 under the care of Niagara Hospice. William was a Korean War Veteran who served in the United States Army as a Military Police Officer. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. William and his wife bowled in many leagues and often came home with a trophy. He was a very handy woodworker whose skills ranged from design8ng wooden crafts to remodeling. He was a loving husband of 66 years to the late Juanita A. Barry (nee Jarvis). Loving father of Deborah (David) Finn, Susan (Gary) Gleason, and the late William C. Barry III. Brother of the late Doris (Charles) Ellman, Francis (Julius) Maltbie and Patricia (Glenn) Wasley. Cherished Papa to 10 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Family and friends may call at Fretthold and Hamp Funeral Home, located at 37 Adam Street in Tonawanda, on Monday, July 24th from 4pm - 7pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Chapel, 73 Adam Street in Tonawanda, on Tuesday, July 25th beginning at 10am. Interment in St. Francis Chapel Columbarium. In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport, NY 14094. Condolences may be shared at FrettholdandHamp.com.
Kathleen May Carroll - July 17, 2023, of Grand Island. Wife of 73 years of the late James B. Carroll. Mother of Patrick, James, Dee, Siobhan (Eric) Carroll and the late Moira Serafin. Grandmother of Drew, PJ, Katy and Brian Serafin, Alane, Emily and Jamielyn Carroll. Sister of Mary Brown. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, July 24, at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Response to Love Center. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com Published by Buffalo News on Jul. 23, 2023.
Dorothy J. (nee Diringer) Roehrig - July 18, 2023. Of Grand Island and a graduate of Riverside High School. Mother of Barbara L. (Ronald) Seiler nee Roehrig. Grandmother of Amanda C. (Sam Vekich) and Daniel W. Seiler. Sister of Mary E. (John) Dona and John W. (Elaine) Diringer. Dorothy is also survived by nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and many long time friends. Friends may call Saturday, July 22 from 1-4 with a Funeral Service at 4 at KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Timothy Lutheran Church and Daycare.
Betty A. (nee Welfare) Phillips - of Grand Island. Wife of the late Lewis Vincent Phillips. Mother of Vince (Julie) Phillips, Susan (Jerry) Phillips-Czajkowski, Amy (Donald) Cripps and Tim (Pamela) Phillips. Also survived by 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Sister of the late James Welfare. Friends may call Wednesday 2-6 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Betty was a lover of animals, an artist, a photographer and a civilian volunteer during WW II. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Kathy Jakab - July 10, 2023, Of Grand Island. Wife of George Jakab; Mother of Lillian (David) Fischer and George K. (Cara) Jakab; Grandmother of David (Cassie) Fischer, Danielle (Cody) Baglow, Ben Fischer, Isaiah Jakab, Josiah Jakab, Bernard Jakab and Silvanie Jakab; Great-grandmother of Malachi and Simeon; Sister of Henry Asbach and Lena Racz. Friends may call Sunday, July 16 from 5-7 PM at KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Funeral Service will be held Monday at 11 AM at Cornerstone Church, 1290 Whitehaven Rd. Share condolences at Kaiserfuneral.com.
Regina M. (nee Kendzierski) Hans - July 11, 2023. Of Grand Island. Wife of the late Adam P. Hans; Mother of Richard (Susan) Hans, Diane (Charles) Beam, Karen (Peter) Ernst and James Hans; Grandmother of Michael P. Beam, Kimberly Sheehan, Anthony Hans, Nicholas Ernst, Christopher Ernst and Sarah Ernst; Great-grandmother of Alexis, Madaline, Emma, Isabella, Riley, Benjamin and Amelia. Friends may call Friday, July 14 from 4-7 at KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday at 10 A.M. at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Stephen's Church. Share condolences at Kaiserfuneral.com.
Ann Marie (nee O'loughlin) Crawford - Of Grand Island. Born September 26, 1928, in Binghamton, NY to Gerald and Anna V (McNulty) O'Loughlin. Ann passed peacefully on July 5, 2023. Beloved wife of the late Richard W. Crawford Sr. Beloved mother of Deborah (Raymond) Billica of Grand Island, Susan (Jeffrey) Brown of Auburn, ME, Richard (Marla) of Grand Island, Thomas (Lisa) of Arnold, MD, Charles (Evelyn) of Cumming, GA, Kimberly of Grand Island and Gerald of New York City.
Grandmother of Andrew Morgan, Kaitlin Morgan, Mel (Maggie) Fiori, Joshua Billica, Erik Billica, Jared (Amanda) Billica, Brett (Brittney) Crawford, Evan Crawford, Rachel Crawford, Catherine Crawford and Caroline Crawford. Great-grandmother of Madelyn and Sadie Morgan, Lucas and Charlotte Billica and Hannah Crawford. Ann was predeceased by her 4 brothers Robert (Barbara), Gerald (Colleen), Thomas (Trudy) and Arthur.
Ann graduated from Binghamton General School of Nursing with an RN degree, did public health nursing in NYC after graduating and at the end of her career taught the CNA training program. Ann was Director of Nursing at Grand Island Manor Nursing Home (now Elderwood of Grand Island) where she was a resident for the past 7 years. The family would like to thank all those responsible for her care at Brookdale Niagara and Elderwood of Grand Island.
Family and friends are invited to the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, Friday July 21st from 5 to 8 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday July 22 at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Alzheimer's Association of Western New York, the Grand Island Lions Club or St. Stephen's Church. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
John M. Pullano - June 30th, 2023. Of Amherst, NY, formerly of Grand Island. GIHS Class of 1978. Entered into rest surrounded by family, after a brief illness. Beloved husband of Joanne (nee Novack) Pullano; devoted father of Allison (Daniel) Schultz; cherished grandfather of Emma, Logan, and Charlotte Schultz; loving son of the late John J. and Patricia (nee Heavey) Pullano; dear brother of Peggy (Robert) Carroll, James (Kelly) Pullano, Jeremy (Jennifer) Pullano and the late Joseph Pullano and Josephine Malesky; also survived by an aunt, uncle, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and friends. Memorial to be held at a later date. The family would like to thank the caring nurses and medical staff who tended to John at Roswell Park Cancer Center. If desired, donations in John’s memory may be made to Roswell Park at give.roswellpark.org.
James. B. Carroll - June 25, 2023, of Grand Island. Husband of 73 years of Kathleen Carroll. Father of Patrick, James, Dee, Siobhan (Eric) Carroll and the late Moira Serafin. Grandfather of Drew, PJ, Katy and Brian Serafin, Alane, Emily and Jamielyn Carroll. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday July 3, at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Response to Love Center. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Victor H. Wylegala - Age 62, passed away December 2022. Born June 16th, 1960, Grand Island native; member of GIHS class of 1978. Named for his grandfather, the esteemed Buffalo jurist Judge Victor Henry Wylegala. Son of the late Jerry and Eileen Wylegala of Grand Island.
After high school, Vic attended Bemidgi State University on a football scholarship, where he first saw the Northern Lights. He later transferred to the University of Northern Colorado, where his love of mountainous, wild, and remote places deepened. After graduating from UNC, Vic eventually moved to Soldotna, Alaska, where he worked for years as an environmental remediation specialist cleaning up oil spills. There, he spent the rest of his days in peace and contentment, under the near-nightly Northern Lights, fishing for salmon and communing with eagles, grizzlies, and moose. A lifelong Bills and Sabres fan, Vic was a lover of fun, music, literature, and people. He brought joy to all who knew him, and will be missed, and always loved, by many.
Gary Ross Mock - July 30, 2023 – March 18, 2023. Photo
Former Grand Island resident, Gary R. Mock, aged 73, has gone home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Born in Children’s Hospital, Buffalo, the third of 10 children, and 1969 graduate of GIHS, Gary was never supposed to have lived to be a year old. Born July 30, 1949, with hydrocephalus (water on the brain), the doctor told his mother to take him home and care for him the best she could until he passed. His mother later shared how she would sit and rock with Gary in her arms, praying for him as she gently stroked her hand over his head. At his 3 week checkup, the doctor was shocked and asked her what she had done. There was no longer any sign of hydrocephalus, and she knew the Lord had healed her son.
Gary’s talents were many. He became a professional drummer at the age of 14, playing for numerous bands over the years starting out in several local “garage bands”, then with his mother on keyboard and his younger brother Ron playing lead guitar in the trio, Versatile in Rhythm, they played for Christmas, New Years, weddings, parties, and a variety of charity events. Later he became a studio musician, and was the drummer for The Southernaires, and Country Krossroads being voted best country drummer in the Northeast by Drummer Magazine in the early 1980’s. His other talents included art, poetry, and singing. His rich baritone voice is recalled singing “God Bless the U.S.A.”, and his hit single, “Cherry Pie”.
Having suffered a severe back injury while doing roofing work, Gary turned his talents to training double yellow crowned Amazon macaws, first Rufus and later Sundance (Sunny). Becoming known as The Birdman of Niagara Falls, Gary brought delight to the hearts of children and adults alike traversing Niagara Falls with his performing birds for nearly 10 years. Gary received cards and letters from people around the world who’d had the opportunity to experience Gary’s kindness and hospitality along with his well-trained, gentle birds up close and in person.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Dale M. (1992) and E. Lucille (Lucy) (2007) Mock, his younger brother Rick (2017), and his older brother Charles (2018). Gary remained ever a devoted father and grandfather, and is survived by his daughter Jennifer Galvano (Bob), his son Daniel J. (Jennifer), and his son Jeffrey, and his grandchildren Erin, Brendan, Madison, Catelynn and Emily. He is also survived by his remaining siblings, Kenn, Ron (DonnaJo), Susan Caradonna (Vince), Cathy Schwab (Robert), Larry, Diane Combes (Jamie), and Cindy Kailburn (Mark), as well as an untold number of nephews and nieces, great nephews and nieces, and great-great nephews and nieces. A private graveside memorial service was held by the family at the Whitehaven Cemetery, Grand Island, NY, officiated by Pastor Donald Schiemant of the Buffalo Niagara Healing Rooms.
Robert G. Kingston - June 11, 2023, of Grand Island. Beloved husband of 64 years of the late Joan C. Kingston. Loving father of Mark (Roxanne), Linda (John) McQueen, David (Jill) and Daniel (Susan). Cherished grandfather of Kelly (Dwight) Eppinger, Amanda (Sue Fitton), Danae (Rebecca Vail), Nathan, Kristopher, Benjamin and Nicholas (Danielle). Great grandfather of Alice, Hugo, Carter and Reid. Also survived by loving nieces, nephews, cousins and their families. Friends may call Friday July 28 4-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A memorial service will be held Saturday July 29 at 12:30 PM at Trinity Church 2100 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Deborah A. (nee Herbold) Smith - Age 74, June 10, 2023, of Grand Island, NY. Beloved wife of David Smith; devoted mother of Kara (Jason Bryant) Murphy and Lauren (Lance) Ruppert; loving grandmother of Finnegan, Ella, Mikayla, Jackson, Thaddeus, Scarlett and Atticus; she was predeceased by her siblings Betsey-jill (late Milton) Strebel and Richard K. Herbold. Also survived by sisters and brothers-in-law, cousins, nieces and nephews. Friends may call Saturday, June 24th, 2023, 11-2 PM at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT FUNERAL HOME, 3290 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, NY, where a Memorial Service will immediately follow at 2 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Deborah to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Online condolences at www.lesterwedekindtfuneralhome.com.
Donna Lee (nee Stutzman) Baranyi - Of Grand Island, NY, June 13, 2023. Beloved wife of Andrew A. Baranyi; Dear step mother of Lynette (Vincent) Lodestro, Theresa Baranyi, Grace Ann (Chris) Rounds, Shawn (Lynn) and Angel (late Marc) Farthing; Sister of Brian (late Cheryl) and Roseann Stutzman; also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Friends may call Friday 4-8 pm at the Lester H. Wedekindt, Inc., Funeral Home, 3290 Delaware Ave., where Funeral Services will be held Saturday at 10:00 am. Memorial contributions may be made to Buffalo Hospice Foundation. Please share online condolences at www.lesterwedekindtfuneralhome.com.
Christopher Caruana - of Grand Island, August 26, 1987-June 11, 2023. Survived by his family, Kelly Knickerbocker and their much-loved children Landyn and Morghyn. Also survived by his mother, Denise Caruana (Jim Sharpe), his brothers Bradley (Abigail) Caruana, Jonathan Caruana (Madison Dias), and Grandmother, Toni Sciog. Predeceased by his father, Gregory Caruana. Chris filled everyone's lives with energy, enthusiasm, and his passion for aviation and farming. The world has been changed by his presence, and the memories of Chris will be forever flying with us. A celebration of Chris' life will be held at the Grand Island Fire Hall (2275 Baseline Rd, G.I. NY 14072) Saturday, June 17th 10:00am-2:00pm, a short memorial service will be held at 10:00am. Casual dress encouraged as Chris would want you to come and celebrate in jeans and work boots. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
William F. (Billy) Burk - March 12, 2023, former Islander, class of ‘69, Clearwater, Florida, passed away suddenly. Son of the late William F. And Emilie J. Burk. Survived by son William F., and sister, Suzanne (Daniel.) Cap’t Bill was a Charter fishing boat Captain out of Clearwater Marina for 45 years. He is sorely missed.
Anita L. Romagnoli DeGlopper - May 27, 2023, age 80; beloved wife of Raymond DeGlopper; devoted mother of Gregory (Elizabeth Colucci) Meyer and Douglas (Karen Trotzinka-Meyer) Meyer; loving grandmother of Catherine, Juliana, Alexandria, John, Zia and Nicholas; dear sister of Nicholas (Diane) Romagnoli, Ellen Moschella and Mario (Linda) Romagnoli; also survived by nieces and nephews. The family will be present Friday, June 9, 2023 from 4-7 PM at the (Amherst Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 5200 Sheridan Dr. (at Hopkins Rd.). Family and friends are invited to assemble Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 10:00 AM to attend a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 160 Court St., Buffalo 14202. Interment held privately. If so desired, memorials may be made in her memory to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center or Buffalo Hospice, Inc. Share condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.
Marek K. Usewicz - Of Grand Island, New York Passed away May 16, 2023, Age 76. Beloved husband of Lynn (nee Hoffman) Usewicz. Father of Gregory Usewicz and Mark Usewicz. Grandfather of Sophia Usewicz. Brother of the late Milada (Steve) Cottis. No prior visitation. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday June 10, 2023 at 2pm at Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst 6320 Main St. Williamsville, NY 14221. Please assemble at church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration in Marek's memory. Arrangements by DENGLER, ROBERTS, PERNA FUNERAL HOME. Fond memories and condolences may be shared at www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com.
Bruce R. Shaffer - 85, formerly of Grand Island, NY passed away on Thursday, May, 18, 2023 after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was born on January 30, 1938 to the late Earl and Helen Shaffer in Seneca Falls, NY. Bruce graduated from North Tonawanda High School in 1956, He went on to study Business at SUNY-Buffalo. He then spent a career in the dental industry, eventually retiring from Patterson Dental in 2000. Bruce spent his free time playing bridge, wood working, golfing, being a Master Gardener, and traveling with his wife, Nancy. Bruce is survived by his loving wife of over 40 years, Nancy (Johnston) Shaffer; 2 sisters, Sue Weinheimer of North Carolina and Anita Zebulske of NorthTonawanda, NY; 3 sons. Scott Shaffer and his wife Pamela of Rowlett, Tx, Steven Shaffer and his wife Natalie of Buffalo, NY, Greg Shaffer and his wife, Sharon, of North Carolina, and daughter Dr. Margaret Clark and her husband, Dr. Dan Clark, of Indiana, PA. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Bruce donated his body to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where his granddaughter is a medical student. As a result, there will be a private Celebration of Life hosted by the family on June 10th in Amherst. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made In Bruce's name to the Parkinson's Foundation, Western New York Chapter, 2805 Where Drive, Suite 12, Williamsville, NY 14221, 716-449-3795.
James G. Nice, Jr. - May 31, 2023, of Grand Island. Beloved husband of Pamela (nee Matalone) Nice. Loving father of James G. (Samantha) Nice III. Stepfather of Adam (Alisse) Bonaldi. Grandfather of Anthony and Nicholas. Son of Arlene and the late James G. Nice Sr. Brother of Michael (Lisa) Nice, Lauri (George) Rogers, Luann (Tim) Chambers, and Lisa Anzalone. Brother in law of Paula Matalone. Fun loving uncle to many nieces and nephews, and a special friend to many. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday July 1 at 11 AM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Margaret (nee Russell) Smith - Margaret was born in 1941 in Falkirk, Scotland to J. Findlay and Elizabeth Russell. In 1964, Margaret moved to the United States after meeting Robert, her beloved husband of 57 years. They raised their 3 children on Grand Island. Margaret was proud of her Scottish heritage and shared that love with her family who was blessed to travel back and forth throughout the years. She was known for always making her shortbread. After raising her children, Margaret worked for the Grand Island Central School District and later the Grand Island Public Library. Her favorite job though was babysitting her beloved grandchildren and spoiling them endlessly. Margaret was the loving wife of the late Robert Smith, Cherished mother of Heather (Mark) Procknal, Duncan (Beth) Smith, and Alison (Brian) DeGlopper, Doting Grandmother of Hillary (Ryan) Mosso, Elizabeth Figler, Dylan and Megan DeGlopper, and Ella and Lucas Smith, and Great Grandmother of Lincoln Mosso. She is also survived by her siblings in Scotland, Archie & Liz along with her cousins, nieces and nephews. Family received friends at First Presbyterian Church of Niagara Falls (311 1st St) Wednesday, May 31 3-4pm. Followed by memorial service at 4pm in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grand Island Memorial Library.
Samuel L. Morris - age 89, of Niagara Falls, died peacefully Sunday, May 14, 2023 at his home in Niagara Falls. Born May 30, 1933 in Olean, NY. He was the son of the late Samuel and Thelma Morris (nee Mohr) and had been a resident of Niagara Falls since 1991. He was the husband of Gayle A. Morris (nee Hardy); Father of Faith Fidanza of Port St. Lucie, Florida, Dawn Venessa (Marcus) Patterson of Mary Esther, Florida, Samuel (Alexandra) Morris of Buffalo, NY and to Sean (Tiffiney) Nutefall of Niagara Falls, NY. He was also survived by ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Thursday, May 25th, 2023, at Bible Fellowship Center, 1136 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY 14072; the Rev. Calvin VanderMey officiating. Friends invited. If desired, memorials to Bible Fellowship Center of Grand Island, NY are preferred by the family. Funeral arrangements by Fretthold & Hamp Funeral Home.
Mary E. Hessler-Smith - May 20, 2023. Daughter of the late George and Aileen Hessler; Sister of the late Patricia A. (William) Bennett, the late George "Art" (survived by wife Donna) Hessler and the late William "Willie" Hessler; Mary is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Friends may call Tuesday, May 30 from 4-7 with a Memorial Service at 6:15 at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Share condolences at Kaiserfuneral.com
Wendy Lynn Whitmire - May 17, 2023, of Grand Island. Daughter of the late Ronald D. and Rhea C. Whitmire. Sister of the late Sharon Palmer, Ricky (late Peggy) Whitmire and Ronald K. (survived by wife Susan (Vincent) Caradonna) Whitmire. Aunt of Gary R. (Janet) Prange, Gary R. (Denise) Anderson, Scott (Kelly) Whitmire, Jennifer (Bob) Galvano, Daniel J. (Jennifer) Whitmire, Rick (Keri) Whitmire, Victoria (Phillip) Morris, Tracy (Michael) Braciszews, Lisa (Michael) Maly and Amanda (Rich) Ersing. Also survived by several great nieces and great nephews. Friends may call Saturday, June 3, 4-6 PM followed by funeral services Saturday at 6 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Martha Lou (nee Rager) Muller - 88, passed away Monday May 22, 2023 at Buffalo General Medical Center. Martha was born and raised in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania and went on to lead a life of laughter, family, and community. She always appreciated a good joke (close relations know she had a knack for folding napkins into the shape of a brassiere) and loved to count her winnings in pennies and nickels after card games with friends.
A longtime member of the Golden Age Center, she enjoyed time spent traveling, forming deep friendships, and honing crochet skills to be passed down through generations. She worked as a cook manager at Huth Road Elementary for 35 years, and her cinnamon roll recipe was requested during every visit. After many years as a square dancer and music lover, she went on to be a fan and supporter of the Queen City Jass Society. Martha loved animals, most of all her kitties, and donated to the ASPCA among other charities. She was recognized for volunteering in her community, including delivering for Meals-on-Wheels until she in turn was the recipient.
She is survived by her children Laura Gebele (Mike), David Muller (Jacqueline), and Suzanne Muller, 5 grandchildren, 2.5 great grandchildren, 1 sister ( Terry Antonietta), 3 brothers ( Jim, Bud, Allen Rager), her boyfriend of many years John Duchnik and many wonderful friends and neighbors. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Grand Island Golden Age Center or the ASPCA. A celebration of life is planned in near future.
Rosemarie (nee Niro) LoVallo - May 22, 2023, age 81. Beloved wife of 65 years to Dominic A. LoVallo; loving mother of Rosemarie (Charles) Solazzo, Lori LoVallo, Lisa (Greg) Ford and Luciano (Emanuela) LoVallo; cherished grandmother of Tyler, Jacob, Dominic, Lucia and Massimo; dear sister of Adeline (late Frank) Vacanti and predeceased by Michael Niro and Louis (late Elaine) Niro; also survived by nieces and nephews. There will be no prior visitation. Arrangements by the GRECO FUNERAL HOME. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 26, from St. Stephen Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island at 11 AM. Family and friends are invited. If desired, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of WNY, 6400 Sheridan Dr #320, Williamsville, NY 14221. Please share condolences at www.GRECOFUNERAL.com.
John M. "Jack" Hendereson - 92, May 20, 2023 of Grand Island. Husband of the late Marilyn S. Henderson. Father of Kathy (Jim) Fox, John A. (Donna) Henderson, Debbie (Jim) Montroy, Joe (Jennie) Henderson, Michael (the late Tamey) Henderson, Carol (Bert) Borden and Bill (Lisa) Henderson. Also survived by 15 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Brother of the late Betty Haak and Ruth Runions. Dear friend of Vivian Wein. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday, May 26 at 9:30 AM at St. Stephen's Church 2100 Baseline Rd. Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Nancy Margaret Sutter - 71, of Matthews, NC, longingly entered the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on May 12, 2023. Nancy was hospitalized in February following cardiac arrest from lung cancer and remained confined until peacefully passing into HIS presence while holding her daughter’s hand at Atrium Pineville Hospital.
Nancy was born in Buffalo, NY in 1951 and resided in Grand Island, NY for half her life. She graduated from Grand Island Sr. High School in 1969. She worked at WUTV Channel 29 television station on the Island as well as at Buffalo State College, where she attended classes for a business degree. In 1988, after falling in love with the West while visiting her sister in UT, she relocated to Salt Lake City to work at a federal credit union and on her golf game. After 10 years of exploring canyons and deserts, she returned to the North to be near her daughter in Connecticut. While living in Bridgeport, Nancy worked for Icelandic Seafood and became a grandmother. Nancy made her final move in 2005, again following her daughter and granddaughter to North Carolina, calling the town of Matthews her home and celebrated the birth of her grandson. After retiring from TIAA-Cref as an Executive Assistant, Nancy, an avid reader, gardener, bird watcher, and hummingbird lover, explored the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Carolina shore. She contemplated moving to the beach, but due to illness remained in Matthews with her puppy, Teddy.
Nancy is survived by her only child Jennifer (Stephen) Harris (Sutter) and two grandchildren (Noelle and Matthew) of Concord, NC; her sister Karen Stanley of Salt Lake City, UT; and her brothers David Hirsch of Port Saint Lucie, FL and Andrew (Holly) Hirsch of Bernhardts Bay, NY. Nancy’s beloved parents, Thomas R. Hirsch and Dolores C. Gunsher (Hirsch) predeceased her. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Lung Association to help fight lung cancer or to Semper Fi & America’s Fund since Nancy supported our veterans.
Justin A. Simmance - Age 44, of Grand Island, May 14, 2023. Cherished son of Mark A. and Denise M. (nee Rivera) Simmance, beloved brother of Chelsea Simmance and Christopher (Ruvelyn) Simmance, also survived by many loving relatives. Justin was a friend to all, loved by all who knew him and will be greatly missed. An informal gathering for family and friends will be held at Veterans Park, Shelter #6, on Saturday, June 17, 2023, as Justin would have wanted. Contributions in Justin's name may be made to Save the Michaels of the World Inc. at www.savethemichaels.org/donate. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.ROTHFUNERAL.com.
James J. "Jimmy" Daluisio - 63, of Grand Island, gained his angel wings and was reunited with his wife, Mary, on May 9, 2023, His final days were spent in the comfort of his home surrounded by family and friends. Jimmy was born on July 17, 1959, in Buffalo to Ralph and Dawn (Clarke) Daluisio. He graduated from Kenmore West High School in Kenmore in 1978, where he was a brother in the Fraternity Zeta Phi, Delta Chapter of Kenmore. His career spanned 32 years with New York State Department of Transportation (NYDOT) including time with the Grand Island Highway Department until his retirement in 2020. Jimmy's life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by him understood that the quality of his existence far exceeded the quantity of time in which he lived. His gentle smile and soft-spoken voice brought so much joy to all his family and friends. Jimmy loved his trucks and mostly his Harley Davidson. He spent hours working on them and making them shine and run in top-notch condition. Jimmy also enjoyed fishing and hunting, spending time with his family and friends sitting on his patio, and looking out into his back yard, watching his dogs Katie and then Sadie run and play. They were his companions. He also enjoyed watching the wildlife (deer, foxes, rabbits, etc) that visited his yard.
Jimmy is survived by his loving parents and siblings, Dawn Gareau and stepfather John Gareau of Kenmore sister Donna Harris (Bill) of Lockport sister Sarah Taylor of Union City, PA; brother Ralph Daluisio (Cindy) of Chesapeake, VA; brother David Gareau (Mary) of Pendleton; step-daughter Erin Dunbar of Raleigh, NC; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his dad; Ralph J. Daluisio and his wife of 25 years, Mary A. Dunbar-Daluisio. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the St Stephen Church, 2100 Baseline Rd, in Grand Island on May 20 at 9:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation Elm & Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY 14263, P0 Box 631, Buffalo, NY 14240 or online at WWW.roswellpark.org. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Faith Mantione - 5/12/2023 Of Grand Island and formerly of Kenmore. Wife of Angelo Mantione. Mother of Sam, Daniel and Jacquline Mantione. Grandmother of many. Faith was a school bus driver for the Grand Island Central School District for 19 years. Friends may call Monday from 3-5 and 7-9 at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Share condolences at Kaiserfuneral.com.
Tamey J. Henderson - 63, lifelong resident of Grand Island, passed away suddenly on May 4, 2023. Tamey was born on August 14, 1959 in Niagara Falls to the late Gerald and Helen (Beard) Wilkinson. She graduated from Grand Island High School in 1977. She spent over 25 years as a waitress at Bob Evans in Niagara Falls. She went on to have three children Michael (Erica) Forbes, Amy (Joseph) Runick and Brian (Heather) Forbes whom she adored. In 1997, Tamey married the love of her life, Michael Henderson. Recently retired, with her husband they spent time enjoying their beautiful yard, her sweet cat Ali and her two grandchildren Madelyn and Easton Forbes who were her pride and joy. Tamey was predeceased by her oldest sister Lorraine. She is also survived by her sisters Jean (Doug) Smith, Patricia (William) Moravec, several nieces and nephews, and so many adoring friends. Visitation will be held at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, Monday May 8 from 5-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday May 9 at 9:30 AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Niagara County SPCA (niagaraspca.com/memorial-donations/) where Tamey's sweet cat Ali was adopted. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
John C. Gorton, Jr. - We are saddened to share that John passed away peacefully on April 21, 2023. John has held many roles over the years, including beloved son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and friend, as well as respected community-member, co-worker, and mentor, and will be missed by those whose lives he touched with his stoic strength and quiet humor. John was born in Yonkers in 1947, raised in Peekskill, graduated from Northeastern, and reached captain in the National Guard. He moved to Buffalo in 1972 to open a new office for the engineering firm that became URS, helping to lead and grow the region for many years. He was predeceased by Betty, his beloved wife of 40 years and is survived by children Sally, Jim, and Rebecca; grandchildren Kenzie, Nate, Ben, Finn, and Zach; brothers Robert and Peter; and dear friend Jane Behrend. A Celebration of Life is planned for June 24 from 2pm to 4pm in the Atrium at 500 Seneca (St) in Buffalo, and you are invited to join the family for a casual gathering to share fond memories. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the non-profit "Grand Island Soccer Club," PO Box 457, Grand Island, NY 14072, an organization John helped to grow over its first decades to serve his long-time home of Grand Island. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Donald C. Valone - April 30, 2023 at the age of 89; Beloved husband of Fayette A. (Ehde) Valone; loving father to AmyLynn Valone, Daniel Valone, Donald Valone, Jr., Michele (Lee) Horschel and Jeffrey (Michelle) Valone; amazing grandfather of Vanessa (Zach) Santora Alling, John III (Lisa) Santora, Emily (Paul) Lukasik and Christopher Valone; adored great-grandfather of Wylder Alling age 2, Madison Knapp age 15, Natalie Knapp age 11 and John Santora IV age 4; caring brother of the late Robert, Richard and Raymond Valone. Donald served in the US Air Force during the Korean War and also a Military Police Officer who served at the Missile Site, Nike Base in Grand Island, NY. He was the second generation owner, operator and the President of Try-Lock Roofing Company. The family will be present on Friday, May 5th from 5 to 8 PM at the (Harris Hill Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 8440 Main Street, Clarence 14221. Family and friends are invited to attend a Christian Memorial Service in Celebration of his life on Saturday, May 6th at 11 AM from Harris Hill United Methodist Church, 8495 Main Street, Williamsville, NY. Please assemble at church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Harris Hill United Methodist Church, the Wounded Warriors Project or the Alzheimer's Association. Please share condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.
Thomas B. Arch - passed away on April 27, 2023. He was 58 years old and was of Grand Island. His family is deeply saddened by his death. Thomas "Tom" was born on March 30, 1965. Tom is survived by his father Frederick W. Arch, his beloved son Jesse A. Arch (Alyssa Schmitt), brother David F. Arch and sister Kathleen M. Arch. He is also survived by his long time friend Mary Kozlowski. Tom was predeceased by his loving mother Barbara H. Van Tassell (nee Attridge). Tom was an Operating Engineer through the Local 17, and most recently worked at Tug Hill Environmental. Tom was an avid enthusiast of Six Wheel ATV's. He fabricated and improved upon design features including roll cages and drive train components. Friends may call Wednesday May 3, 3-7 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Nadia Condino - August 13, 1934 - April 18, 2023, 88, of Grand Island, NY, passed away on April 18, 2023, at her residence. Born in Lucca, Tuscany, Italy, she was the daughter of the late Decimo and Bruna (Gaddini) Dell’Arsina. At 19, Nadia was sponsored by her uncle in Chicago and emigrated to the United States. She traveled from New York to Chicago to live with her uncle’s family. As required by the U.S., Nadia immediately enrolled in night classes to learn English and found employment with her mother as custom drapery makers. This was fortunate, for at the time, the only word Nadia knew in English was "coffee", which would then be served to her without cream and sugar.
Through her cousin, Rudy in Chicago, Nadia met Rudy’s friend, Albert Condino, who he brought home to Chicago from Michigan State University for a visit. Becoming enamored, upon his return to the college, Albert corresponded with Nadia until his graduation. On May 28, 1960, Nadia married Albert L. Condino, building a life and family together. After almost 54 years of marriage, Albert (Condino) predeceased her on February 1, 2014.
When her children were older and independent, Nadia decided to use her now excellent multi language abilities and was employed at Gray Line Tours in Niagara Falls, NY as an Italian and English bilingual tour guide. Always one to keep busy, she was an avid golfer, winning many league tournaments. Nadia also enjoyed gardening, cooking, reading, sewing, upholstery work, and traveling. Nadia was an avid life-long learner.
Nadia is survived by her children, Dr. Dalinda A. Condino, M.D., Dr. Loretta A. Condino-Grupp, PhD. (Christopher Grupp), Marisa P. D’Addario (Joseph) and Dr. Adria A. Condino D.O. (Russell Schroeder); her grandchildren, Albert Grupp, Sophia Grupp, Natalie Grupp, Gabriel D’Addario, Gianna D’Addario, Isabella Schroeder, Dean Schroeder and Samuel Schroeder and her sister Plava (late David) Plumb, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her son Dean A. Condino, J.D., and siblings Vilma (Angelo) Simi and Italo Dell’Arsina.
Thursday, April 27, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church, 2100 Baseline Road.
Spencer E. O'Boyle, Jr., Lieutenant Colonel Retired - age 69, of Grand Island, passed peacefully on Tuesday, April 18, 2023. Beloved husband of 42 years to Vala J. O'Boyle (nee Couch). Predeceased by parents Spencer Sr. and Jane O'Boyle (nee Prozeller), of West Seneca, brother of Dennis and David (Lisa) O'Boyle. Survived by numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews and loving cousins. Proudly served for over 30 years in the Army National Guard and the Town of Grand Island Engineering Department. Memorial service will be held May 13 at VFW Post 9249, Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, donations gratefully received by Isledegrande, Veterans Administration or Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Dr. James F. Swiencicki - of East Amherst, an endodontist in practice for more than 30 years and an avid sportsman, died March 31 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a brief illness. He was 88.
Born James Francis Swiencicki in Buffalo, an only child, he worked in his father's meat market, Ed Frank's on Grant Street at Bird Avenue, while he was attending Pine Hill High School in Cheektowaga, where he ran the 100-yard dash and the 880-relay on the track team. After graduating in 1953, he served in the Army stateside.
The first in his family to attend college, he earned a bachelor's degree in biology in 1959 from the University of Buffalo and a master's degree in microbiology from St. Bonaventure University. In the 1960s, he worked for Grand Island Biological Co., later GIBCO, a maker of biological products used by hospitals and laboratories in medical diagnosis and research. At a visit to what was then Buffalo General Hospital, he met Mary Lou Klein, a dental hygienist, and they had their first date in the hospital cafeteria. They were married in 1967.
Dr. Swiencicki then decided to change careers and earned a degree in general dentistry from the UB School of Dental Medicine. His wife assisted him in his offices on Youngs Road and Maple Road in Amherst as a hygienist and office manager. He merged his practice with Western New York Dental Group in 2002 and began working part-time. He continued assisting in various dental offices until he was in his 80s. The Eighth District Dental Society acknowledged his service at a luncheon in 2015.
An outdoorsman, he was a lifelong fisherman and developed a passion for fly fishing and tying flies. He took trips with friends from northern Canada to fish in California, Montana and Belize. Also an avid skeet shooter who packed his own shotgun shells, he was a longtime member of the Tonawanda Sportsmen's Club and the Buffalo Rod and Gun Club. He passed his love of golf to his son and grandson and pursued all three of his pastimes well into his 80s.
A former Grand Island and Cheektowaga resident, he moved to East Amherst in the early 1980s. He was a parishioner at the Newman Center at UB and a member of its Men’s Club. Survivors include a daughter, Jill Swiencicki, a professor in the English Department at St. John Fisher College; a son, Dr. James F. Jr. “Jay,” an infectious disease specialist; and four grandchildren. His wife died in 2020. A Memorial Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. May 20 in St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.
Michael Alan Dlugokinski - April 14, 2023, of Grand Island. Cherished Son of James R. and Joan M. (Savoy) Dlugokinski. Proud father of Olivia L. Dlugokinski, brother of Christopher J. (Allison) Dlugokinski , Beloved Grandson of Nancy Patrick, Mary Savoy, and the late Raymond (survived by wife Ann) Dlugokinski ,the late Robert and Doreen Savoy. Nephew of Robert Savoy,Thomas (Charlotte) Savoy, Nancy (Thomas) Savoy-Burke, Andrew (Leslie) Savoy, Christopher Savoy, Mark (Beverly) Savoy, Stephen (Krista) Dlugokinski and Mark Dlugokinski. Michael also leaves behind dear friend Lindsay Shaffer, his little Buddy Dominic Shaffer, many nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends may call Wednesday 3-7 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd. Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 11 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations for Michaels daughter Olivia's education can be made to Northwest Bank 2300 Grand Island Blvd. Grand Island 14072. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Geraldin Gawoski - We are sad to announce Geraldine "Gerry" Gawoski passed away April 14th, 2023. She was born in 1937 to Stanley and Mary Wisniewski of Buffalo. Gerry was a long time resident of Grand Island where she loved to entertain and always welcomed family and friends. The piano was her passion and she taught piano for many years in her home. She enjoyed all music from playing spoons with neighbors during parties or seeing a show at Klienhans. Her greatest joy was raising her children, and she was a kind and caring mother. Gerry was pre-deceased by her husband Wallace, and brother Richard Dybas. She is survived by children Michael (Jules), Douglas (Deirdre) and Catherine Gawoski, grandchildren Andrew and Aidan, and dear nieces and nephews. Visitation is Saturday April 22nd, 4-6 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd, Grand Island, with a service following right after at 6 PM. In lieu of flowers, a donation in her memory can me made to the SPCA of WNY. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
James R. Ratel - Of Buffalo, entered into rest April 14, 2023. Beloved husband of Elizabeth A. (nee Smith) Ratel; devoted father of James R. Jr., Matthew J., Daniel P. (Cheryl) Ratel, and Molly E. DeBottis; cherished grandfather of James Joseph DeBottis; loving son of the late Frank and Lillian Ratel, Jr.; dear brother of Frank C. Ratel, III and the late Norman Ratel; also survived by many family and friends. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Snyder Chapel) 4614 Main St., near Harlem Rd., on Monday from 3-6 PM, where a Funeral Service will take place on Tuesday morning at 9:30 o'clock. Private Interment Mt. Calvary Cemetery. James was a Physical Education Teacher with the Grand Island School District for 32 years. In lieu of flowers, donations in James honor may be made to Hospice Care of Buffalo. Please share online condolences at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
David Lee Phillips - Of Grand Island, entered into rest April 11, 2023. Beloved husband of Suzanne (nee Ford) Phillips; devoted father of the late Douglas Phillips and the late Dawn Michelle (Robert) Castellani; cherished grandfather of David Phillips and step-grandfather of Jessica and Suzette Gordon; dear brother of Donald (Rita) Phillips, Dennis (late Judith) Phillips, Doreen (Frank) Carpino and Debbie (Dennis) Adams. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel) 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., near Eggert/Sheridan Dr. on Sunday (April 16) from 2-6PM. A funeral service will immediately follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in David's name to Niagara SPCA. Online condolences may be made at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
A. Bernice Callahan (nee Whitley) - April 5, 2023, age 103, of Grand Island. Wife of the late Millard L. Callahan. Mother of Tim (Paula) Callahan. Grandmother of Tabatha (Jim) Fleming, Courtney Callahan and Christy (Jason) Zippier. Great grandmother of Jenna Callahan and Samantha Fleming. Predeceased by 8 brothers and sisters. Memorial services will be held Tuesday April 18 at 11 AM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Tracy (nee Kammerer) Falkowski - 1969 - 2023 Tracy (nee Kammerer) Falkowski passed away April 9, 2023 of complications from massive, burst, appendicitis. She leaves husband John and daughter Emilia (13), plus a heart-broken father, Henry Kammerer, brother Jack Kammerer, and sister Amy Kammerer, and numerous cousins. She also leaves a grieving Girl Scout troop she had been leader of, and the many friends from her life on Grand Island and Elma, East Aurora. There will be visitation Thursday, April 13, from 4 – 7 PM at KENNETH HOWE FUNERAL HOME, 64 Maple St. East Aurora. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 15, 11 AM at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 374 Main St. East Aurora. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be mad e to the Girl Scouts of WNY, 4433 Genesee St. Buffalo NY 14225. Online condolences at www.howefuneralhome.com.
James L. Robinson - of Grand Island, NY, April 7, 2023. Beloved husband of the late Nancy (Gawronski) Robinson. Dear father of Jim (Melanie), Renee (Chris) Fitzsimmons and Jeremy Robinson (Elena Sanabria). Loving grandfather of T.J., Cayleigh, and Chloe. Brother of Larry (Charlene) Robinson. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends may call Thursday 1-3 & 6-7:30 at the Lester H. Wedekindt, Inc. Funeral Home 3290 Delaware Ave. where funeral services will follow at 7:30 pm. Please share online condolences at www.lesterwedekindtfuneralhome.
Mark "Homer" Goff - Of Grand Island, entered into rest April 7, 2023. Beloved husband of Louise A. (nee Barr) Goff; devoted father of Mark (Alex) Goff and Krista Goff (Tim); loving son of the late Richard and Clara Goff; dear brother of Richard (Robin) Goff, Michael (Susan) Goff, Mary Goff-Paladino, Thomas (Robin) Goff, Peter (Linda) Goff, Ann Marie (David) Quattrini, Timothy (Caroline) Goff, Theresa Colombo, Joan (Russell) Thomas and the late William Goff; Mark was overjoyed to find out he would soon be a grandfather to Baby boy Goff. He is also survived by 18 nieces and nephews, as well as many friends and extended family. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel) 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., near Eggert/Sheridan Dr. on Thursday (April 13) from 4-8PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Andrew's RC Church, 1525 Sheridan Dr., Kenmore on Friday morning at 9:30AM. Please assemble at Church. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mark's name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Online condolences may be made at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Frank Costanzo - April 6, 2023. Of Grand Island. Husband of 45 years to Stella Costanzo; Father of Ray (Margaret) Breeden, Lisa Costanzo-Henshaw and Cheryl (Vic) Costanzo-Smith. Grandfather of Zachary and Jason Breeden, Jonathan, Nicholas and Gabrielle Kuzczak, Dodge and Carson Boos and Julia Smith; Son of Dr. Frank and Gladys Costanzo; Brother of Jim and Steven Costanzo; Brother-in-law of Jim (Carla) Aul; Uncle of David (Liz) Reppenhagen and Downa (Moe) DiLaura. Frank is also survived by many cousins and his loving canine rescue Sir Bentley Costanzo. Frank served as a Marine in Vietnam from 1967-1969. He loved spending time with his family. Friends may call Tuesday, 4-7 at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd, Grand Island. A Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday at 9:30 AM at St. Stephens Church, 2100 Baseline Rd. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to DaVita: Kidney Disease and Dialysis.
Richard Krawczyk - March 24, 2023. Of Grand Island. Beloved husband of Karen Krawczyk nee Zastempowski; Dear father of Christian (Katie), Elizabeth and Craig (Kate); Cherished grandfather of Kathleen, Christian, Erin, Jack, Cooper and Emmett; Loving son of the late John and Mary Krawczyk. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Family will be present to greet at 8:30 AM Friday, April 14 at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island where all are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30.
William P. Wiles -
Dec. 7, 1954 – April 2, 2023 William Patrick Wiles, a retired Buffalo attorney and former Grand Island town attorney, died unexpectedly April 2 in Buffalo General Medical Center. He was 68. Born in Buffalo, the fifth of six children, both of his parents were physicians. His father, Dr. Charles E. Wiles Jr., was a surgeon, and his mother, Dr. Jane Brady Wiles, was medical director for the Erie County Home Health Department and early in her career took part in the development of the Pap test for cervical cancer.
Mr. Wiles grew up in Snyder, attended Christ the King School and was a 1972 graduate of Canisius High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1976 from LeMoyne College, where he formed lifelong friendships among a group of classmates called the Newts. At LeMoyne, he also met Veronica “Ronnie” Flynn, who became his wife in 1980, the year after he completed his juris doctor degree at St. John's University School of Law in New York City. He joined the firm of Brown & Kelly in downtown Buffalo, where he practiced real estate, probate and general business law. A managing partner for many years, he retired about 10 years ago. A member of the Bar Association of Erie County, he was a sponsor of the Fund for Troubled Lawyers.
Mr. Wiles moved to Grand Island in the 1980s, became chairman of the Grand Island Republican Committee and served as Grand Island town attorney from 1992 to 1999. He also was town attorney for the Town of South Dayton. A past president of the Grand Island Lions Club, he was a longtime volunteer for the club's annual Special Kids Picnic. He also was a member of the former Midday Club in Buffalo and a past member of the Cherry Hill Country Club.
In addition to his wife, Veronica, who is retired as a project manager for the Center for Industrial Effectiveness at the University at Buffalo, survivors include a daughter, Haley Morgan; three brothers, Dr. Charles E. III, Dr. John B. and Patrick J.; and two sisters, J. Carroll Becker and Kathleen M. Wiles. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Stephen's Catholic Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island.
April 2, 2023. Of Grand Island. Husband of Ronnie Wiles; Father of Haley Wiles; Son of Charles and Jane Wiles; Brother of Charles III (Jill) Wiles, J. Carroll Becker, John (Sue) Wiles, Kathleen Wiles and P.J. Wiles. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and extended family members. Friends may call Monday 4-8 at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday 11 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Canisius High School in memory of William Wiles (Class of 72).
Dorothy A. (nee DeSimone) Riggs - age 87, of Grand Island, NY, passed April 3, 2023. Dorothy enjoyed painting, sewing, and other artistic outlets and providing a loving and happy home for her family. She is predeceased by her husband Bill J. Riggs. Dearest mother of and survived by Deborah Hurko (Niagara Falls, NY), Eileen (John) Bower (Abilene, TX), Valerie Joslin (LeRoy, NY), and Jill Archibald (Niagara Falls, NY). Loving Grandmother of 9 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents Vincenzo & Aquelina (Porcaro) DeSimone, brother Henry, sisters Victoria (Jane) Adams, Elizabeth Franklin, and Carol DePaulo. No prior visitation. Donations may be made to Hospice Foundation of Western New York, 225 Como Park Boulevard, Cheektowaga, New York 14227 (716) 686-8090.
Geraldine Santa "Gerry" (nee Palestine) Elie - In memory of, age 90, 10/17/1932-10/18/2022. Gerry, formerly a 40yr.resident of Grand Island, died peacefully at her home in Poughkeepsie, NY. Active on the St. Stephen's Bereavement committee and long-time volunteer at Shea's Theater & Kleinhan's Music Hall; she was also an avid reader and talented painter. Gerry is survived by her 5 children: Kathleen Elie-Goldman (Daniel), John A. (Barbara) Elie, Mary Elie-Laman ( Mark), Geraldine T. Elie-Carroll (Thomas) and Timothy A. (Theresa) Elie. Affectionately called "GiGi" by her 17 grandchildren & 26 great-grandchildren. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all. A memorial mass will take place on Saturday, April 22 at 11am, at St. Stephen's RC church on Grand Island. Reception immediately following service. In place of flowers, Donations may be made to: Buffalo Shea's Theater, American Cancer Society or A Living Tribute (Plant- A -Tree) See firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gerald R. Ducette - known to many as "Duce," died March 11, 2023, at the age of 81, after a brief but well-fought illness, in Boynton Beach, Florida. He was born July 23, 1941 to parents Patricia Corbett Ducette and Reginald Ducette in Niagara Falls, New York. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in the military police in Frankfort, Germany from 1963 through 1965, and was honorable discharge in 1969.
Gerald and his wife of 59 years, Dr. Maureen O'Donnell Ducette, were both proud garduates of the State University of New York at Buffalo and made their home on Grand Island, NY. for 32 years. He was the owner and operator of Duce International, managing Western New York sales and distribuation of a variety of car audio systems for companies including Panasonic, Blaupunkt, JBL, Boss, Pioneer and Jensen. He was an award-winning representative whose rewards included traveling the world.
He and his wife re-located to Boynton Beach, Florida in 2001 where he was again doing what he loved best - creating a successful sales company. This time his focus was golf clubs and sunscreen products. His son Mark joined him in Florida in this business several years ago. Gerald was an avid golfer and was a life-long fan of the Buffalo Bills.
He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, David Ducette.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children Laurie Carlo (Dr. Geroge), Michael Barry Chaisson, Mark Gerald Ducette (Sharon); grandchildren Michael Fosburg (Heidi), Jake Fosburg(Maria), Samantha Ducette (Louis Castro-Castillo), Britney Ducette, Chad Ducette, Gabrielle Ducette, Laura Chaisson (Zak Bartnicki), Catherine Chaisson, Maureen Chaisson (Dom Zitzow), and Mark Chaisson (Katee Allen); four great-grandchildren, Quincy, Elias, Joey, and soon to be Damien.
Friends and family alike will remember "Duce" as "one in a million" who was never at as loss for words on any subject. He was outgoing, humorous, loved his family, and was fearless when it came to his business. He leaves a legacy that brings smiles to the faces of all those who knew him.
The family would like to sincerely thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Bethesda Hospital West, in Boynton Beach for their compassionate care during his final weeks. He will be laid to rest at South Florida National Cemetery. A celebration of life is being planned for Western New York in the coming summer.
Susanne D. (nee Trautman) McMahon - March 27, 2023, after a lengthy illness. Of Grand Island. Wife of Daniel B. McMahon for more than 50 years; Mother of Bridget M. (Scott Clinton) McMahon and Molly A. (Bernard Scozzaro) McMahon; Grandmother of Sam (Laura) Suarez; Bonus grandmother of Gavin Clinton; Great grandmother of Logan and Hunter Suarez; Daughter of the late Marie and Joseph Trautman; Sister of Joanne, the late Richard Lozo and the late Joseph Trautman; Sister-in-law of Peter McMahon, Sharon Tokash, Mary (Molly and late Roland) Powers, Patricia Jo Phillips, Bridget (Richard) Anderson, Michael (Denise) McMahon, Christopher (Kris) McMahon, the late Margaret Prange, Joseph and Francine McMahon. Sue is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Sue dedicated her life not only to her family, but to her community. Sue served as cook manager at Kaegebein and Sidway Schools for more than 30 years and enjoyed taking care of all her kiddos. Sue was a member of the CYAC, past President and life member of the Grand Island Fire Company Auxiliary, life member and past President of VFW Post 9249 Auxiliary, past President of the Erie County Council VFW Auxiliary and member and past President of the MOC Auxiliary Pup Tent 54. Friends may call Wednesday March 29 from 2-4 and 6-8 at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 1 PM, March 30 and St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Interment will be in the WNY Veterans Cemetery, Corfu, NY at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to VFW Post 9249, Grand Island Fire Company Benevolent fund, Depart of New York Veterans of Foreign Wars or the Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island. Share condolences at Kaiserfuneral.com.
John Emmett Horrigan, Jr. - March 22, 2023 Of Grand Island. Son of the late John E. Horrigan and Margaret McGrath; Husband of the late Cecilia Horrigan nee Rooney; Brother of the late Mary Horrigan, James D. (Elizabeth and the late Margaret) Horrigan, the late Anne Horrigan, Patricia (late Roger) Knapp and Michael (Cynthia) Horrigan; Uncle of James D. (Suzanne) Horrigan, Thomas (Terri) Horrigan, Kathleen (Michael) Emery, Melinda Knapp and Pamela (Lynn) Simmons. John is also survived by his loving canine companion Sasha. John worked for the Buffalo Board of Education as a Chief Stationary Engineer for years, following in his father's footsteps. He was a Grand Island resident for 50 years who loved boating, sports cars and motorcycles. Friends may call March 31 from 4-7 at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Funeral Mass will be held April 1st at 9:30 at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the SPCA. Share condolences at Kaiserfuneral.com.
Kathy (nee Pelz) Asbach - February 28, 1932 - March 17, 2023. Beloved wife of the late John Asbach; Devoted mother of Edwin (Susan), Gary (Rosemarie) and Ronald (Heather). Loving mother-in-law of Luanne and grandmother of Kristen, Andrew, Rebecca, Gary, Stephen, Carolyn, Elisabeth, Kimberly, Michael, John, Jamie and Sarah and great-grandmother of 21 children. Visitation Thursday, March 23 from 5-8 at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, NY. Funeral services Friday, March 14 at 10am at Cornerstone Church, 1290 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Kathy's memory to Cornerstone Church, Grand Island, NY.
David Brook Fields - March 11, 2023. Of Grand Island. Husband of the late Judith Fields. Father of David (Diana), Peter (Jennifer), Darin (Pamela) and Daniel Fields. Grandfather of David, Evan, Caroline, Pater, Connor, Andrew, Collin, Emily, Danial, Lucy and Olivia. Brother of Marcia (John) Doherty and Kathie (Tony) DeFazio. David was an original founder of St. Angelo's restaurant. Friends may call Friday from 4-7 at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 11 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Please share condolences at Kaiserfuneral.com.
Rev. Judith D. (nee Dawson) Burrows - March 10, 2023. Dear mother of Victoria "Tia" (Eric) Hurtubise and Caroline (Tom) Loncher; Loving Nana of Jessica, Charles, William, John, Tory, and Erica; sister of John and Michael (Janet) Dawson. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Visitation Tuesday 4-7PM at SHEPARD BROS FUNERAL HOME 2275 George Urban Blvd, Depew (same location as Pacer Funeral Home). Judy's Celebration of Life will take place at Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St, Williamsville, Wednesday at 11AM. Please assemble at Church. Mother Judy was the Rector of St. Martin's Grand Island, St. Paul's Harris Hill, and retired as the Priest in charge of St. Paul's Episcopal in Niagara Falls. She was also very involved in various women's organizations throughout WNY.
Kenneth "Kenny" Radig - Of Grand Island. Passed March 5 after a lengthy illness. A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date.
Carol M. Moore - March 10, 2023, of Grand Island. Wife of 52 years of Edward R. Moore. Aunt of Christopher (Jennifer) Corson Sr. Great aunt of Christopher Jr. and Carly Corson. Daughter of the late Estelle Corson and Robert Phelps. Sister of the late Gerald Phelps and Walter Corson. A Celebration of life will be held at a later date. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Charles ( Eddy) Edward Burrows III - of Greensboro, passed away Monday February 27, 2023 at Hospice Home in High Point, North Carolina. Born April 16, 1966, in North Tonawanda, New York he was the son of Don and Fran Burrows. Eddie grew up and attended school on Grand Island and Niagara Community College. He was an avid drag racing enthusiast and raced his own car at Lancaster Drag Strip for several years before moving to North Carolina. He last worked for Southeastern Paper Group for many years in Browns Summit, NC as a customer service representative. In addition to his parents, he is survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, and his dog Katie. Services to be held at a later date.
Johnnie Mae Mayo - Feb. 14, 1935 – March 3, 2023. After more than a decade teaching at various elementary schools in the Buffalo Public Schools, Johnnie Mayo was appointed the first principal of BUILD Academy in 1970, its inaugural year. Conceived during the Civil Rights era, the development of BUILD Academy, now BUILD Community School, was one of Mrs. Mayo's proudest accomplishments. It was the first public school in the city to provide full-day kindergarten, free breakfast and on-site dental services. She went on to become the first African American woman to be BPS' assistant superintendent for elementary education. Mrs. Mayo died March 3. She was 86.
Born Johnnie Mae Bolden in Birmingham, Ala., the oldest of seven children, she attended elementary school there and developed a voracious appetite for reading. She moved to Buffalo with her family during childhood and graduated, with honors, from the former Fosdick Masten Park High School. At 16, she began a lifelong commitment to community service as a Sunday school teacher and a volunteer at the campaign headquarters of various political candidates. She graduated from what was then Buffalo State Teachers College in 1959 and began a 37-year career in education. During her 15 years at BUILD Academy, she helped develop an honors program for students of advanced academic proficiency, and started foreign language classes at the elementary level.
In partnership with Buffalo State, Mrs. Mayo helped launch a career ladder program at BUILD Academy for parents who had been classroom aides at the school so they could earn professional certification as teacher assistants. Some of them went on to pursue college degrees and professional careers. In 1983, Mrs. Mayo served as a project consultant for the U.S. Department of Education. She offered technical assistance on alternative practices related to the overrepresentation of Black and minority students in classes for what was then called the educable mentally retarded. Those alternative practices were adopted by school districts throughout the country. In 1985, the Buffalo Board of Education appointed her to the position of supervising principal. She was one of four appointed to the post, and the only woman. She became assistant superintendent for elementary education in 1990. After retirement in 1993, she continued to mentor newly appointed administrators throughout Western New York. She also taught a graduate course in education at Buffalo State.
Mrs. Mayo served on numerous organizational boards, including Housing Opportunities Made Equal, and the board of Alcohol and Drug Dependency Services. She was also a board member and mentor for girls in the Buffalo Prep program. She also was a member of Lutheran Church of Our Savior for more than five decades, served on its board of education and chaired the church's 75th anniversary celebration in 2001.
Mrs. Mayo was a Golden Life Member and past president of the Gamma Phi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, chaired many committees and was a delegate to national and international conferences. She received Gamma Phi Omega's Ouida H. Clapp Distinguished Sisterhood Award and the Spirit of AKA Award. She also was a Platinum member of the Buffalo Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.
She also received numerous awards for community service, including the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Club's Sojourner Truth Award, and the National Conference for Community and Justice's Brotherhood/Sisterhood Award. In 2021, Buffalo State presented her with its Hal D. Payne Educational Opportunity Lifetime Service Award.
A longtime Grand Island resident, Mrs. Mayo enjoyed golf, traveling with family, playing dominoes, completing daily crossword puzzles and an occasional visit to the casino. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, John A.; a son, Michael; a daughter, Gina Mayo-Hawk; two sisters, Jean Turner and Sandra Bolden; two brothers, John Bolden and Billy Bolden; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 26 Brunswick Blvd.
Carl F. Schory - March 4, 2023, of Grand Island. Loving husband of Maria (nee Emmi) Schory. Cherished father of Carla (Anthony) Piccolo. Son of the late Dorothy and Norman Orts. Brother of the late Barbara Mayer and Charles Orts. Born in Buffalo in 1942. A 1961 graduate of Maryvale High School who excelled in football, baseball, basketball and track. After graduating from Western Michigan University, he returned to Buffalo as a social worker for the BPS preschool program. He ran the Visual Literacy Program and helped to form parent advisory groups and toy lending libraries at the preschools. He edited award winning newsletters and a nationally honored Workbook for Parents. He taught classes at ECCC and had parent participation research published by the US Office of Education. He went on to work in the Family Infant Program at the Cantalician Center. In 1982 he formed Snapshot Puzzles, Inc. which produced custom photo products. When he retired in 2010, SPI was the largest producer of custom mail order puzzles in the US. Friends may call Friday 4-7 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Helen (nee Rennie) Utz - March 3, 2023, of Grand Island at age 92. Beloved wife of the late Robert Utz; dear mother of Robert (Maureen) Utz, Karen Utz, Kristine (Donald) Ziemann, and Thomas (Susan) Utz; loving grandmother of Lyndsey (Kyle) Sauer, Robert (Nicole) Utz, Christie (Michael) Davis, Timothy Utz, Sarah Utz, Thomas Utz, Jack Ziemann, and Margaret Ziemann; cherished great grandmother of Logan Sauer, Rowan Sauer, Jaxon Sauer, Hudson Davis, Hannah Davis, Gianna Davis, and Oliver Utz; friends may call Monday 4-8PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 9:30 AM at St. Stephen's Church, Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. If desired, contributions in Helen's memory may be made to St. Stephen's Education Foundation, at ststephenseducationfoundation.org. PO Box 1145, Grand Island. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
James A. "JJ" Johnson - of Grand Island, July 7, 1946 - March 2, 2023. James was the beloved son of the late Irene (nee Czulinski) and William Johnson. James is survived by his wife of 48 years Shirley A. Johnson (nee Nemeth), daughter Jill-Marie Burruano and son James J. Johnson. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren that he adored Camille and Gianna Burruano, and Jace Johnson. James had deep roots coming from South Buffalo then Riverside and was a proud graduate of Burgard High School. He was drafted and served in the US Army. JJ retired from Dunlop Tire after a 32 year career, representing workers from the highest elected positions for the 135 URW. He also loved his cars, collecting, showing, and driving a real enthusiast his favorites were Corvettes. Sundays were always for Bills games and family cheering on the hometown team. He will be forever in our hearts and will be greatly missed. A memorial Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 9:30 AM at St. Stephen's Church 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Joan M. (nee Bernoski) Gasiorek - 2/28/2023. Of Grand Island. Daughter of the late Charles and Eva Bernoski. Beloved wife of John Gasiorek. Mother of Megan and Rebecca (Hiroshi). Grandmother of Gabbi, Ava, Sydney and Alex. Great-grandmother of Demitrii. Sister of the late Edie, Pat (Brian), Chuck (Vickie) and Kevin (Paula). Joan was also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends may call Sunday, March 5, 1-4 with a service at 4 P.M. at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Please share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Thomas H. James - February 26, 2023, of Grand Island. Husband of Kathi (nee Green) James. Father of Lisa (Mark) Nowicki and Megan (Josh) MacConkey. Grandfather of Andrew, Jason, Aiden and Nolan. Brother of Linda (Jim) Miller, Debbie (John) Mondoux and Julie (Kevin) Jacobson. Son of Joan and the late Donald James. Also survived by nieces, nephews and friends. Friends may call Friday, March 3, 5-7 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Memorial Services will be held Saturday at 10 AM at Trinity United Methodist Church, Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Camp Good Days and Special Times. He was greatly loved and will be missed by many. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Donald Scott - February 26, 2023, of Grand Island. Husband of Madonna (nee Wehust) Scott. Father of Mark (Kim Stedman) Scott, David Scott and Tracy (Michael) Homa. Grandfather of Logan Scott, McKayla Homa and Liam Homa. Brother of the late Raymond Scott and Patricia Pierrot. Friends may call Saturday, March 4, 2-5 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Assoc. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Amin Wardeh - Of Grand Island. Wife of the late Mohammad Amin. Mother of 12. Grandmother of 23. Great-grandmonther and great-great grandmother of many. Wardeh Amin was a first generation immigrant who raised 10 successful children in the U.S. She was the type of person who would take the shirt off her own back for anybody. Services were held Monday at the Islamic Cultural Center of Niagara Falls. Please share condolences at Kaiserfuneral.com.
Amelia T. Nicolia - 91, of Grand Island, NY, passed away peacefully on February 27, 2023. Born in Niagara Falls, NY, she was the daughter of the late John and Victoria (Matar) Sarkees and wife of the late Blase A. Nicolia. Amelia is survived by two children, Blase A. (Amy) Nicolia, Jr. and Michael (Vanessa) Nicolia and was predeceased by her son, John (Judith) Nicolia. Amelia was the beloved grandmother of Dr. Andrea (Matt) Bove, Gregory Nicolia and Anna Nicolia and was happily awaiting a great grandchild due in March. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins. Amelia was also predeceased by her sister, Martha (late Raymond) Geiser. There will be no prior visitation. Amelia's Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, March 2 at 2:00 P.M. in St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY. Interment will be held privately in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Memorial offerings may be made to Catholic Charities of Buffalo. Visit mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for online condolences.
Lois R. (nee Rindfleisch) Schneider - Of Buffalo, NY, left us February 20, 2023 at the age of 95. Beloved wife of the late Eugene C. Schneider; dearest mother of Deborah C. (Raymond) Darling; sister of Beverly (Terry) Stroh and the late Gwendolyn (Raymond) Sommer, William (Barbara) Rindfleisch, Ronald (Veronica) Rindfleisch, Kenneth "Joe" Rindfleisch, Carol (Terence) Coughlin and Donna (Robert) Fox; also survived by many nieces and nephews, almost as many great-nieces and nephews, and a whole big "extended" family of dear and loving friends. After living in the Town of Tonawanda, NY, for over 20 years, Lois and her husband, Gene, retired to Ocala, FL, in 1991. Lois then returned to Grand Island, NY, in 2005. In 2018, she joined the Wheatfield Commons Assisted Living/Memory Care Community in North Tonawanda, NY, where she lived out the last of her wonderful years. Lois was a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi International Sorority and was active in many social activities throughout her lifetime. With a smile on her face, and sometimes a funny comment, Lois enjoyed whatever she was doing with whoever she was with. She will now make the cutest little Angel. No prior visitation. A Celebration of Life is being planned for late spring/early summer. Arrangements by: ERIE COUNTY CREMATION SERVICE, 824-6435. Please share your condolences at: www.eriecountycremationservice.com.
Joseph B. "Joey" Rumrich - of Austin, TX, formerly Grand Island, born prematurely on 1/6/58. His twin brother, James Kevin, died shortly after birth, but Joey managed to survive after weeks in an incubator, giving evidence of his extraordinary strength and love of life. Alas, Joey died prematurely too, of complications from late-stage cancer of the stomach and esophagus. He passed away in his sleep early on the morning of December 21, 2022.
Both of Joey's parents, Joe and Julia Rumrich, preceded him in death. He is survived by his older sisters, Kathy and Patty; older brother, John; and younger sister, Sheila, with whom he spent summer vacations in the relatively cool climes of WNY. John and his wife, Alicia, were a particular comfort and kind nurses during the last months of his life. He is also survived by many cousins and by his nephews: Eli, Gabe, and Natty. Gabe and Natty were born and raised in Austin, and their uncle was a doting second father to them. Playing ball and coaching little league together over many years, John and Joey were best friends as well as brothers.
Joey came to Austin in the lates 1980s when he decided to change careers and become a teacher. He graduated from Purdue with a B.S. in 1980, and spent almost a decade in the Cincinnati area in restaurant management. In Austin he attended the University of Texas, where he took a B.A. in History. For the next 30 years he taught history at Kirby Hall School, becoming a much-loved and stalwart member of their Faculty. He enjoyed an active social life with dear friends he made playing softball in Austin's recreational league. He was an athletic man, physically fit, and a proud native of WNY, cheering for the Bills and Sabres, as well as his beloved Yankees.
Joey leaves behind many who find the loss of him hard to bear: besides family and friends, he connected with half-siblings later in life. He became especially close over the years to students and colleagues at Kirby Hall School. In his last illness he took consolation and a heart-warming sense of personal affirmation from the love and affection expressed by his students, past and present, and their families. His surviving siblings are deeply grateful for that. A memorial service was held in Austin, TX. There will be a private ceremony at a later date at St. Stephen's RC Church cemetery, where his ashes will be interred next to his parents. Please consider a gift to www.kirbyhallschool.org in Joey's memory.
Robert P. Goulding - Passed peacefully on February 22, 2023 at age 92. Beloved husband for 65 years of the late Elizabeth C. "Bette" (nee Brennan); devoted father of Robert E. (Carol) Goulding, Kathleen A. Shonitsky and Michael D. (Pauline) Goulding; loving grandfather of Kimberly Pressley, Elizabeth (Matthew) Lynch, Rachelle Fabrizio, Margaret Shonitsky, Michael (Bethany) Goulding, Eric (Kelly) Goulding, Matthew Goulding and Mark (Elizabeth) Goulding; great grandfather of 19; great great grandfather of 2; brother of Patricia Campbell and the late Dianne Sheridan; survived by nieces and nephews; dear friend of Mary Lou. A Mass of Christian burial was held Saturday, February 25, 2023 in St. Stephen RC Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island at 9:30 AM. Bob was a member of the Riverside Lions Club for over 50 years and also a member of Grand Island Lions Club. Bob was owner operater of Brennan's Men's Wear in the Black Rock section of Buffalo and also served in the US Navy. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Jude's Hospital.
Alan R. Sommer - February 14, 2023. Long time resident of Grand Island. Son of the late Roger and Esther Sommer. Husband of 56 years to Mary B. Sommer. Father of Kimberly (Robert) Cowan and Scott (Heather) Castiglione. Grandfather of Stephanie Cowan and Harmony Castiglione. Alan attended Buffalo State College. He retired from his career in sales of food products to institutional customers. Alan was an active golfer and worldwide traveler. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Feb. 25 at 10 AM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Buffalo or Trinity UMC. Please share condolences at Kaiserfuneral.com.
Charles J. Bonner - February 15, 2023, of Grand Island. Father of Kelly (Adam) Morgan and Vince (Denise) Bonner. Grandfather of Margaret (Matt) Sharpe, TJ (Kelsey) and Spencer Morgan, Brandon, Megan and Lauren (Danielle) Bonner. Brother of Mary Gramaglia and the late Brian (survived by wife Una) Bonner. Brother in law of Angelo (Linda) Biondi. Also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be private. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Daniel J. Walsh - Of Grand Island, NY, January 27, 2023, at age 80. Beloved partner of Judith A. Hiam; dearest step-father of Sandra Hiam; also survived by Cliff (Courtney) Hiam and three grand-children (Peepa Dan); brother of Melissa (late Adam) Pazzaglia, Lorraine (late Reginald) Whittingham, Joseph (Teresa) Walsh and Thomas (Melissa) Walsh, and the late Ellen (Michael) Marcharian, Geraldine (William) Manning, Dorothy (James) Clunie, and John (Marylyn) Walsh; also survived by many nieces and nephews. No prior visitation. A private Celebration of Life Service will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by: ERIE COUNTY CREMATION SERVICE, 824-6435. Please share your condolences at: www.eriecountycremationservice.com.
Earl B. Wood - 54, of Grand Island died on February 8, 2023 after a brief illness. Son of Suzanne Wood and the late Elmer B. Wood. Dear brother of Diana "Dee" (Mitchell) Reeve and Wesley S. Wood. Loving uncle of Rebekah S. (Ryan) Oliver, Wesley A. E. Reeve and great-uncle of Madelynn, Abigail and Patrick Oliver and Hungry the Cat. Special friend of Bonnie Leto, George "Georgie" Smith, the late George Smith, Brian Smith, Rich Mott, Stan Yurek, Patrick Collins, Mario Delgado and Mario Delgado Jr. Friends received by the family at the Brunner Funeral Home, 156 Robinson St., North Tonawanda on Monday, February 13, 2023, from 4-7 p.m. with services to follow at 7:00 p.m. Interment at Acacia Park Cemetery will be private. Earl worked at Niagara River World. He was an avid music lover and enjoyed boating, gardening, his aquarium and life in general. He was a friend to all who knew him.
James Andrew "Jim" Mullany - Of Escondido, CA, formerly of Grand Island, NY, was born in Buffalo, NY on October 17, 1960, and passed away peacefully on February 2, 2023. Jim was the son of Harry Slaven "Bud" Mullany, II and Patricia Mary (nee Harrington) Mullany. Jim was a 1978 graduate of Grand Island High School. He went on to receive his BS from Arizona State University and his MBA from the University of Phoenix. He worked for Otis Elevator Company for nearly 40 years. In 1988 Jim married Aurora "Myra" Climaco, and they raised two sons, Justin Harrington, and Harrison James, together. Jim enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, eating good food, listening to music and attending concerts, watching the Buffalo Bills, the Buffalo Sabres, and the San Diego Padres, whether he was at home in San Diego, or visiting Buffalo. Jim also enjoyed playing golf and taking walks along Carlsbad Beach. Jim is survived by his wife and two sons, siblings Colleen, Michael, Jackie, and Kelly, and reunited with his parents and sister, Dianne. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces, and nephews. If you would like to support, please donate to the UCSD Giving Fund to find a cure for pancreatic cancer.
Otha Lee Dunlop - Born on April 9, 1935 in Newton, Texas to the late William Marshall and Viola McGuire Marshall. She departed this life on Thursday, January 26, 2023 in Pearland, Texas. Otha graduated from Fosdick-Masten Vocational High School in Buffalo, New York. After many years of service, she retired from General Mills, Inc. In 2013, Al and Otha Dunlop relocated to Pearland, Texas from Grand Island, New York.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Dunlop; her parents, William Marshall and Viola McGuire Marshall; and 2 sisters, Doretha Loeb and Katie Sparks; and 7 brothers, Willie Henry Marshall, James Marshall, Homer Marshall, Milton Marshall, Frank Marshall, Robert Marshall, and Edward Marshall. To cherish her memory she leaves her three children: Allynda Dunlop Hammond, APRN, of Aurora, Illinois; SMSGT Derrick Dunlop (Maria) of Rosharon, Texas; and Desiree Dunlop, PharmD, of Pearland, Texas; grandchildren: Allexa Hammond Licon, MD; Cody Hammond, Stephanie Dunlop, MD; Darryn Harris, Tatiana Dixon, SFC Damaris Rivera; and Alyssa Bachran; great grandchildren: Garrett Purnell, Brandon Purnell, Liam Heinrich, and Julien Bachran; two loving sisters: Mildred Stewart and Daisy Marshall (her twin), both of Buffalo, New York. She is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Gertrude M. (nee Gesl) Karl - January 26, 2023, of Grand Island. Wife of 68 years of the late Bernard H. Karl. Mother of Patricia A. Karl and the late John E. Karl. Survived by nieces and nephews. Private services will be held at the convenience on the family. Memorials may be made to St. Stephen's Church, Grand Island. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Kenneth D. Piechowiak - of Grand Island, entered into rest on January 31, 2023. Beloved husband of Kathleen (nee Block) Liberatore; devoted father of Richard (Sharon), David (Penny) Piechowiak, and step-father of Ronald (Amanda) Liberatore; cherished grandfather of 9; loving son of the late Adam and Ethel Piechowiak; dear brother of Stanley Piechowiak; also survived by many family and friends. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel) 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst (near Eggert Rd.) on Sunday from 1-3 PM, where a Funeral Service will immediately follow. Flowers gratefully declined. Please share online condolences at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Dorothy Nancy Lenehan - January 29, 2023. Spouse of the late Patrick Lenehan; daughter of the late Florence Goodliffe and Enos Gregory; sister of the late Reginald "Reg" Gregor and Clifford Gregory; loving aunt to J. Elizabeth Bowler; great-aunt to Steven (Meaghan) Bowler, Gary (Silvia) Bowler and Christopher (Eva) Bowler; great-great-aunt to Lauren, Emma, Chloe, William, Sam and Charlie Bowler. A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday at 12:30 P.M. at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island.
LeRoy (Ben) Franklin - former Grand Island resident, passed away at the age of 83 in Mesa, AZ on January 18, 2023, after a long illness. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Bernadette (Bernie) Franklin (nee Carminati), children Dale (Martha), Kristen (Richard), and Nancy (Davin) in addition to his grandsons Angelo and Jesse. He leaves behind siblings Nancy Duysters (David) and Richard (Susan). He is also survived by sister-in-law Patricia Davis-Weeks and brother-in-law David Carminati (Wendy) along with several nieces and nephews.
Ben served in the Marine Corps and was deployed to the Lebanon crisis in 1958. He was a lifetime member of the Grand Island Fire Company. Ben and Bernie retired to AZ in 2005 for his health and to be close to family. Ben will be remembered for his quick wit, curiosity, and love of his family. No services are planned. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent in his name to your local Arthritis Foundation or local hospice organization.
Peter Fordyce Johnson - was born on March 5, 1946 and he entered into eternal rest on January 23, 2023 following a brief battle with a rare blood disorder. Pete was the son of the late Carl and Christine Johnson. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Sharon (Smith) Johnson, and by brother in laws & sister in laws , Don (Linda) Kutzbach, Mike (Bonnie) Leto, John (Vikki) Smith, and the late George (Patty) Smith, and by many caring nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pete spent his early years working on a ranch in Big Horn, Wyoming, a place that held a special place in his heart. He served in the US Army. He moved to the Florida Keys in the 1970's where he met his beloved wife, Sharon. Pete was an avid fisherman who won numerous awards in International Sailfish competitions. Pete moved to WNY with Sharon after four decades in the Keys to be closer to family. Pete was essentially a quiet, kind gentleman, lover of nature and animals ( esp beloved dog Doobie), a deep thinker, lover of a good song, an avid reader and a man with a great sense of humor. He had many good times with friends and family at "Happy Hours" in the Keys and WNY.
Pete was a lifetime member of the Moose Lodge and American Legion. It may be that he met St. Peter at the gate with fishing rod and a Bud Light in hand. A mass in honor of Pete and a celebration of life will be planned for a later date. Donations to Infant of Jesus Shrine, 3452 Niagara Falls Blvd, PO Box 563, N. Tonawanda, NY 14120 would be gratefully appreciated. "IOJ" is a modest church with very devoted priests and a small group of most faithful worshipers.
John R."Jack" Frank, Sr. - January 27, 2023, of Grand Island, formerly of Buffalo, age 82, son of the late Carl and Teresa (Murphy) Frank. Survived by his sisters Judith (the late Matthew Senefelder) Frank and Jane (the late Carl) DeFranco, and his loving companion Donna Isch. Predeceased by brothers Carl and Joel Frank. Father of John (Cynthia) Frank Jr., Mark (Michelle) Frank, Christina (John) Biloh and Thomas (Nancy) Frank. Grandfather of Jordan (Andrew), Lauren, Aedan, Arianna, Jonathan (Kaylee), Michael, Jenna, Matthew (Kristina) and Stephanie (Thomas). Also survived by 4 great grandchildren and 10 nieces and nephews who he adored. Friends may call Monday 4:30 - 7:30 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 9:00 AM at St. Amelia Catholic Church 2999 Eggert Rd. Tonawanda. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Buffalo Police Benevolent Assoc. or Roswell Park Cancer Institute. John/Jack was a Buffalo Police Officer for 32 years and was an avid fan of his children's and grandchildren's sports and dance recitals. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.
Thomas J. Corrao, Sr. - January 25, 2023, age 61; beloved husband of 32 years to Monique (nee Amand) Corrao; devoted father of Nicolette (Benjamin) Dolpp, Thomas J. Corrao, Jr., Jenna Corrao, and Jacob Corrao; loving papa of Sienna; dearest son of John M. and the late Maureen (nee Dolan) Corrao; cherished brother of Joneen Corrao, Mark (Desiree) Corrao, Anne Marie Corrao, James (Mary Ellen) Corrao; he will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, family and friends. The family will be present Sunday from 12-3 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2600 Sheridan Dr. (at Parker Blvd.). Family and friends are invited to assemble Monday at 9:30 AM to attend a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at St. Stephen Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, NY 14072. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his memory to P.U.N.T Pediatric Cancer Collaborative, Inc., 505 Ellicott St., Buffalo, NY 14203. Tom was a Co-Owner & Operator of IsleView Fine Wine & Spirits in Tonawanda, NY. Share condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.
Anne C. (Conn) Lewis - Of Grand Island, NY and Pulaski, NY; January 15, 2023 Daughter of the late Michael and Mildred Conn, Jr. Devoted wife of the late Myron E. Lewis, Ed.D. Beloved mother of Gregory J. (Maureen) Lewis and late Jeffrey J. Lewis. Mother-in-law of Reiko Lewis. Caring grandmother of Catherine, Timothy, Koko and Niki. Sister of the late Michael G. Conn, III. Mrs. Lewis was a Grand Island Elementary School Teacher for over 20 years. A Mass will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 9:30AM in St Stephen RC Church, 2100 Baseline Rd, Grand Island, NY. Memorials may be made to the Grand Island Fire Department. Words of sympathy may be shared at www.LaingFuneralHome.com
Jo-Anne K. (nee Somers) Greico - November 6, 1942 - January 19, 2023 Of Grand Island, NY. Beloved wife, mom and grandma. She is known for her strength and tenacity. In true fashion she made sure we were with her. The one who believes in me will live even though they die. Whoever lives by believing in me will never die. (John 1 1:25-26). No prior visitation. A Celebration of Life will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by: ERIE COUNTY CREMATION SERVICE, 824-6435. Please share your condolences at: www.eriecountycremationservice.com.
James A. Menna - Of Grand Island, NY entered into rest January 11, 2023; Relatives and friends may visit LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel) 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., near Eggert, Amherst, NY on Monday, January 16th from 9 AM - 10 AM. A Mass of Christian burial will immediately follow in St. Stephen's Church 2100 Baseline Rd. Grand Island at 11 AM. Online condolences at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Judith "Judi" Wakefield - Born January 27, 1940 and passed January 5, 2023. Mother of Glenn (Julie) Wakefield, Scot (Sandra) Wakefield, Victoria (Steven) Heinrich and Salvatore (Ann) Wakefield; Grandmother of Carli, Kimber, Tyler, Danielle, Adam, Christina and Samantha; Great Grandmother of 5; sister of Donald (Sharon) Atti, Joseph (Heidi) Atti, Louis (Kathy) Atti, Rosalie Atti, the late John (Millie) Atti and the late Dennis Atti. Friends may call Saturday, January 21st from 2-5 PM at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd, Grand Island.
Paul Bernard Farrell - 67, of 2354 County Route 54, Hornell, NY (Town of Fremont) died Monday afternoon, January 9, 2023, at his home. Born in Buffalo, NY on June 28, 1955, he was the son of James and Mary Agnes (Dolan) Farrell.
Paul grew up in Grand Island, NY and graduated in 1974 from Grand Island High School. Having a deep love for cooking and the culinary arts, Paul earned a degree in Food Service Management from Erie County Community College. He completed his internships at the Culinary Institute in Hyde Park, NY and at Windows on the World at World Trade Center in New York City. Paul began his career as a Sous Chef at the Buffalo Launch Club on Grand Island. From there he continued to pursue his culinary career in the Dallas Ft. Worth area in the food service industry. He and his wife, Elaine, also owned and operated a catering business, Farrells’ Foodworks, in that area for over 20 years. In 2004 Paul and his family moved to Bentonville, AR where he worked as the Corporate Chef for Club Marketing Services. Paul enjoyed singing, dancing, and music, especially Jimmy Buffet. He had a terrific smile and a laugh that was contagious.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Margaret Gilbert. Surviving are two daughters, Alanna (Kade) Woodell of Rogers, AR and Elise (Kyle) McCarthy of Tokyo, Japan; his former wife, Elaine Scherb Farrell of Bentonville, AR; his special friend, Catherine Moore; two sisters, Eileen Farrell Kelchlin of West Seneca, NY and Patricia Farrell Blakey of Ellenton, FL; two brothers, James (Luisa) Farrell of Huntersville, NC and Peter Farrell of Destin, FL; one granddaughter, Jane Woodell, and two twin grandsons “on the way;” four nieces, Mireia Saad, Amanda Bible, Samantha Zenicki, and Paige Farrell; three nephews, Todd Tanner, Peter Farrell Jr., and Matthew Blakey.
At Paul’s request there will be no calling hours. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family Funeral arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY. If desired, memorial contributions in Paul’s name may be made to: Samaritan Church, 1211 W.Hudson Rd., Rogers, AR 72756.
Brian R. McKie - 74 years old, of Grand Island, NY, formerly of Calgary Alberta Canada. Passed away on January 3, 2023 after a lengthy illness. Husband of Sally McKie. Father of Darrin (Lauren) McKie. Grandfather to Riley, Monica and lan McKie. Predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Verna McKie and his sister Laurie. Brother to Leanna Langenhoff and Betty (late Ken) Luchia. Brother-in-law to Judy (Norman) Weisse and Larry Carlson. Survived by many nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo, Inc. Arrangements by the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC. Share your condolences online at www.AMIGONE.com.
Kristen K. (nee Danielson) Neu - Of Amherst, NY entered into rest December 31, 2022; Beloved wife of Robert Neu; devoted daughter of David Danielson and Tammy (Gregory Chase) Danielson; cherished step sister of Anthony (Jessica) Danielson; also survived by loving aunts, uncles and cousins. Relatives and friends may visit LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Snyder Chapel) 4614 Main St., near Harlem, Snyder, NY on Wednesday from 4 PM - 8 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice Buffalo, Inc. Online condolences at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.
Barbara (nee Schopp) Bell - Dec. 26, 2022, age 74; beloved wife of Charles E. Bell; dear mother of Jill Robins (David Schulz); step-mother of Kathryn Bell (Nathan Gault) and Lauren (James) Metzler; grandmother of Jamie and Hannah Gault; sister of Linda (Stuart) MacLeod; Richard (Jill) Schopp; also survived by nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be announced in the spring or early summer. If desired, memorials may be made to Kevin Guest House or University Presbyterian Church Buffalo. Arrangements by VANDERCHER & DICK FUNERAL HOME. Online condolences at VANDDFUNERALHOME.com.