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Deaths 2024

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    Albert "Buddy" Strasburg - son of the late Albert & Donna (Carli), passed away at his home in Tonto Basin, AZ on February 15, 2024 at the age of 64. Buddy was a career Navy-man having served as an Aviation Electrician’s Mate with F-14 fighter squadron’s VF-2, VF-101, & VF-21, before transitioning to helicopters as an electrician with the HH-60 Seahawk Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Six (HS-6). He deployed with his squadrons aboard four different ships: USS RANGER (CV-61), USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62), USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63), & USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). He’s a veteran of the First Gulf War and spent several tours stationed in the Philippines.
   Noteworthy among his achievements is his participation in the humanitarian relief operations after Mount Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines in 1991. Buddy also worked for his father at Strasburg Welding & Fabricating in Niagara Falls. He had a passion for animals and spent his retirement years happily dog sitting for friends & neighbors. Buddy leaves behind two sisters, Marla (Crawford) of Grand Island and Janine (Nymann) of Young, AZ; two brothers, Donald of Pendleton, NY and John of Summerville, SC; and a niece Donna Strasburg of James Island, SC. Buddy is a graduate of Grand Island High School, class of 1977.

    Deloris Ann (nee Smargie) Meosky - - February 16, 2024 Of Grand Island, entered into rest February 16, 2024. Loving and proud wife (63 years of marriage), mother and housekeeper of the late Paul R. Meosky; devoted mother of Patrice A. (Bill) Freeman, Paul D. (Nellie) Meosky, and the late Kathleen R. Head; cherished grandmother of 16 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Loving daughter of the late James V. and Rose (nee Smargie) Gearing; dearest granddaughter of the late Peter & Anna Smargie. Also survived by relatives and friends. Relatives and friends may visit the Lombardo Funeral Home (Northtowns Chapel) 885 Niagara Falls Blvd (near Eggert/ Sheridan) on Monday, Feb. 19 from 3:00 – 7:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday morning at 10:00 at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island (Please assemble at church). Entombment St. Stephen's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to SABAH, 2607 Niagara St., Buffalo NY 14207. Online condolences may be made at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.

    Ronald R. Fehr - - February 16, 2024 of Grand Island, NY. Beloved husband of KimMarie Ansel. Dear father of Ronald (Trish) Fehr. Loving grandfather of Jason. Brother of the late Joan Wohlfeil. Brother-in-law of Mark (Joyce) Ansel. Uncle of Corey Ansel (Adam Wrzos). Special friend of Michael (Jill) Barnett and Pat (Rick) Lukasik, a special Thank you to Alexandria (Alex) Kenville and Sharon Argo for all their care given to Ron. Ron was a US Army, Korean War Veteran. Ron loved boating, the faster the better. He loved working on his boat, even through the winter months. By trade, Ron was a truck mechanic and never lost his ambition to repair something. He loved being home with his cats Sanjoe (deceased) and Squeak and Mouse. Friends may call Tuesday February 20th 4-7 at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT, INC. FUNERAL HOME 3290 Delaware Ave. where Military Honors and a Funeral Services will be held at 6:30pm. Entombment will take place on Wednesday at 10am at Mt. Olivet Cemetery please assemble at cemetery office. Memorial contributions may be made to Buffalo Hospice Foundation. Please share online condolences at www. lesterwedekindtfuneralhome.com

    Robert T. Gesl - February 15, 2024 Of Grand Island. Husband of 58 years to Joanne Gesl. Father of Barbara (Timothy) Stone, Deborah (Thomas) Dzielski and Gregg (Theresa Newton) Gesl. Grandfather of Thomas (Amanda) Dzielski II, Michael Dzielski, Bradley Stone and Benjamin Stone. Great-grandfather of Thomas Dzielski III. Brother of Diane (William) Pitman, James (Karen) Gesl and David Gesl. A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, Feb. 24, at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined. Share condolences at Kaiserfuneral.com.

    Sheila J. (nee Allen) Merrill - Nov. 29, 1963 - Feb. 8, 2024 Of Hamburg, NY; age 60. Devoted mother of Christina Nelligan. Cherished grandmother of Cadence and Cullen Nelligan. Loving longtime companion of Matthew Kielich. Dearest daughter of the late Richard and Patricia Allen. Dear sister of Patricia Allen and the late Colleen Allen. Fond aunt of Jonathan Dudley, Kelly Mongan and Sheila Forbes. Also survived by her furry companions Louie, Cooper and Miles. Family will be present on Wednesday, February 14th from 3-8 p.m. at the AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC. 6170 W. Quaker Street, Orchard Park where a funeral service will immediately follow at 8:00 p.m. Sheila was a longtime Speech Pathologist at the Martin Road Elementary School, Lackawanna, NY. If desired contributions may be made in Sheila's memory to the SPCA of Erie County, 300 Harlem Rd., West Seneca, NY 14224. Share condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.

    Nancy (nee Scheelar) Samrany - Dec. 23, 1936 - Feb. 13, 2024 Age 87; beloved wife of the late Joseph M. Samrany, Jr.; dearest mother of Cheryl (David) Calire, AnnMarie (Robert) Stewart, Lisa (A. Peter) Podlucky and Paula (Jeffrey) Miller; loving grandmother of 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; sister of Marilyn Filbert, Lois Pacanowski and the late Clarence and Joseph Scheelar; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Nancy was the former Town Clerk of Grand Island, NY for 16 years, co-founder of the Grand Island Democratic Women's Committee, and an active member of St. Stephen RC Church. The family will be present to receive friends Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024 from 2:00 - 8:00 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2600 Sheridan Dr. (corner Parker Blvd.). Friends and relatives are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at St. Stephen Church, 2100 Baseline Rd. (Grand Island) Friday, Feb. 16, 2024 at 11:30 AM. (Please assemble at church). If desired, memorials may be made to the Mother Teresa Home, 208 Stanislaus Street, Buffalo, NY 14212. Share your condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.

    Antonette (Toni) Whisker - passed away peacefully on January 1, 2024 in Denver, CO. She was born on August 15, 1928 in Niagara Falls, NY and lived on Grand Island for over 40 years. She moved to Denver to be with family in 2003. Wife to the late Robert H. Whisker. (Toni’s immediate family parents Sarah and James, sister Kaye and brothers Carm and Tom all preceded her in death). Mother of Robert Whisker, the late Avalon Whisker and Michael (Gina) Whisker. Grandmother of Bobby, Vincent and Michael Whisker. Great grand mother of Avy, Sophia, Ruby and Luca. Toni was a voracious reader, loved Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and the Hallmark channel. She was an amazing cook! She loved to laugh and was always a great listener. A true example of perseverance and grace, she will be missed by all her friends and extended family. A Celebration of Life to be announced at a later date.

    John Pedlow III - February 8, 2024. Of Grand Island. Beloved husband of 60 years to Judith A. (Piorun) Pedlow. Dearest father of John (Donna) Pedlow, Amy (Gregg Gamble) Pedlow, and Sarah Dodge. Adored grandfather of Robert Mogford, Steven Pedlow, Blakely and Averie Dodge. Survived by sisters Penelope, Kathleen, Deirdre, and Molly and brothers Thomas, James, and Daniel. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents John Jr. and Julia (Croft) Pedlow. John’s body was received by the University at Buffalo’s Anatomical Gift Program. A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date.

    Joanne L. (nee Louchren) Spinner - February 6, 2024 of Grand Island. Wife of 70 years of the late Frank J. Spinner. Mother of Frank Jr., Michael (Edith), Suzanne and Richard Spinner. Grandmother of John Michael and Sara Jane Spinner, and Hillary Gohranson. Also survived by 2 great grandchildren. Sister of the late Ronald (survived by wife Sharon) Louchren. A memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, February 17 at 10:30 AM at St. Stephen's Church 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Mrs. Spinner was a retired teacher with Buffalo Public Schools. She also volunteered at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center and Shea's Buffalo. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.

    Theresa "Betty" Cook - October 3, 1940 - January 31, 2024 Of North Tonawanda and Grand Island, passed away on January 31, 2024. Wife of the late John H. Cook. Mother of John M. (Tammie) and Jeff (Nancy) Cook. Grandmother of Brian, Chris, Matthew and Nick Cook. Sister of the late Barbara (late Gerard R.) McLaughlin, the late Nancy Davitt, and the late William (Jacqueline) Davitt. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Funeral services private. Arrangements by Wattengel Funeral Home.

    Mary Ann Kemp - January 31, 2024. Of Grand Island. Wife of William Kemp. Mother of Steven (Eileen) and Kevin (Katherine) Kemp. Grandmother of Patrick Kemp and Shelbi Milkas. Sister of Robert (Marie) McGarvy. Aunt of Erica (Ryan) DiStefano. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, February 10th at 11 AM at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 1453 Staley Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to U.B. Jacobs School of Medicine. Share condolences at Kaiserfuneral.com.

    Wesley "Bud" Link, Jr. - March 8, 1936–January 27, 2024. Of Grand Island, NY Beloved husband of 60 years to the late Judy F. (Bearfield) Link; Dear father of Wesley “Bud” (Michele) Link, III and Victoria (Ian) Harnden; Loving grandfather of Desire (Justin) Tedesco, Wes Link, Eric and Emily Harnden Great-grandfather to Lilith Tedesco; brother of the late Melinda Link; brother-in-law of Janet Bearfield and Particia Bearfield; also survived by nieces and nephews.
    Friends may call at D. LAWRENCE GINNANE FUNERAL HOME 3215 Delaware Ave., Kenmore Saturday (February. 3rd) 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM when a funeral service will commence. Flowers gratefully declined, memorial contributions to Erie County SPCA 300 Harlem Rd. W. Seneca 14224 are preferred. A recording of the Funeral Service will be available condolences may be made a www.GinnaneFuneralHome.com.

    Ron Moscati - 91, award-winning photographer for The Buffalo News and Courier-Express. Aug. 21, 1932 – Jan. 25, 2024.
   Ron Moscati scored his first coup as a news photographer in the summer of 1954. When Prospect Point at Niagara Falls gave warnings that it was going to tumble into the gorge, he kept a vigil there for three days and caught the collapse with his Speed Graphic camera. The photos wound up in Life magazine. His most iconic shot came 21 years later when the Buffalo Sabres played the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup semifinals. In the first game in Memorial Auditorium, he captured the faces of the fabled French Connection – Gil Perrault, Rich Martin and Rene Robert – all together, skating side by side. It became the model for the French Connection statue that stands in Alumni Plaza outside KeyBank Center. "I thought, 'Somebody gave me that picture. You don't just luck into it,' " he told Buffalo News sports reporter Jason Wolf in 2021. "That was a great, great moment. I knew it as soon as I took it."
    Mr. Moscati went on to receive numerous awards during his 41-year career with the Buffalo Courier-Express, where he was chief photographer, and The Buffalo News. He was a perennial first-place winner in the Buffalo Newspaper Guild Page One Awards. In 1970, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in spot news photography with his compelling image of a Buffalo firefighter giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to an infant rescued from a blaze while the child's father looked on.
    A longtime Grand Island resident, he died Jan. 25 in Hospice and Palliative Care Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 91. Ronald Michael Moscati was born in Niagara Falls, the oldest of three boys and the son of Mary Paonessa Moscati and Lucio Moscati. His father, an Italian immigrant, was purchasing agent for Stauffer Chemical Co. He aspired to become a news photographer and, when he graduated from Niagara Falls High School in 1950, his father borrowed money from friends to buy him a professional camera.
    The first in his family to attend college, he earned a bachelor's degree in journalism photography in 1954 from Kent State University, where he was yearbook editor and listed in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. A member of Army ROTC, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant when he graduated. He worked briefly at what was then the Niagara Falls Gazette and was a staff photographer at the Courier-Express when he was called to active duty in the Army in September 1954. He had been a summer intern at both papers.
    In the Army, he was stationed in New York City as a photographer with the Signal Corps and attained the rank of first lieutenant. While assigned to Camp Drum, he was married July 27, 1955, to Joanne Machelor, a Niagara University nursing student he met on a blind date. He rejoined the Courier-Express after he completed a master's degree in photojournalism at Syracuse University.
    His camera witnessed a succession of great moments in sports – O. J. Simpson setting a new single-season rushing record, the Sabres Stanley Cup "fog game," the Miracle on Ice at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, the Bills in the Super Bowl. He also freelanced for the Bills and Bisons and was Sabres team photographer. He was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.
    He did photo coverage of the Attica Prison Uprising and the Blizzard of 1977, as well as visits to the area by President John F. Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth II and Pope John Paul II. He became chief photographer at the Courier-Express in 1972. After the paper closed in 1982, he was among the first of its staffers to be hired by The News. He won more than 30 awards before he retired in December 1994, including the Associated Press Bernard J. Kolenberg Award for excellence in news photography in New York State, named for the AP photographer who was the first journalist killed in action covering the Vietnam War. His work also was featured in an exhibit celebrating the Sabres' 40th anniversary at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
    Active in St. Stephen's Catholic Church on Grand Island, he was an usher, a eucharistic minister and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed boating in the Niagara River, fishing, golf and tennis. In retirement, he wintered in Sarasota, Fla., and wrote occasional travel articles for The News.
    His wife Joanne, a school nurse at Hutchinson Technical High School and a psychiatric nurse at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, died in 2021. Survivors include two sons, Dr. Ronald M. Jr. and Robert; a daughter, Deborah McCoy; a brother, A. Richard; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island.

    Marilyn P. Synakowski - Passed away on January 20, 2024 at Elderwood Grand Island where she had been a resident for five months. Beloved wife of “Joe”/John Synakowski. Sister of Pauline Sojka. Loving aunt of Frances Fentzke, Eve Powers, Patricia Allen, Paul and Sam Moranco. Predeceased by sisters Kathryn Fentzke and Eva Moranco. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 am Monday, February 5, 2024 at St. Stephen’s Church, 2100 Baseline Road with burial immediately following in St. Stephen Cemetery. The Mass will be live streamed at www.ststephenswny.com. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) in Marilyn’s name. Share condolences at Kaiserfuneral.com

    Raymond Paul Arida - December 1957 - January 9, 2024.
    Raymond was a loving father, husband, brother, and friend. When spending time with Ray you could always count on having an adventure. He was full of vibrancy and spontaneity. Rays heart was filled with love for his family and friends. He loved fishing, boating, road trips and working on boats. From a young age he was mechanically inclined and was always working on cars, boats or anything with an engine. Ray grew up on Grand Island, but quickly moved to warmer states. He settled in CA. In his early 20s where he met his wife Peggy. Ray & Peggy ran a successful Marine Service Center & raised their 2 children in sunny southern CA.
   Ray's passion for life extended beyond his work, and he was known for his generosity, & willingness to lend a helping hand. Weather it was fixing something for a friend or teaching his children the art of fishing, Rays skills & warmth touched the lives of those around him. In addition to his love of outdoor activities, Ray had a deep connection to his roots. Growing up with 6 brothers He cherished the camaraderie & shared adventures of his childhood. His move to California brought new opportunities, but he always held a special place in his heart for his hometown. Ray & Peggy's journey together was marked with tenacity, love, & shared accomplishments. There Marine Service not only thrived as a business but also became a testament to there teamwork and dedication. There home in CA was a haven for family and filled with laughter, love & memories of countless gatherings. Ray's legacy lives on through his beloved wife, Peggy, their 2 children, Amye & Raymond & his 5 brothers, Thomas, Edward, Robert, John and Paul. Together they will continue to carry forward the spirit of adventure & love that Ray so beautifully embodied. Raymond joins his Parents Edward & Ruth and his brother David in heaven with God.
   The family invites friends and well-wishers to join them in celebrating Ray's life at a Memorial Service on January 27th at 1:00 PM. The service will be held at St. Stephens Roman Catholic Church in Grand Island, NY. Your presence & support during this time are deeply appreciated as we come together to honor & remember a life well lived.

    Paul W. Bauer - Feb. 7, 1938 - Jan. 13, 2024. Passed peacefully at home surrounded by his family. Of Grand Island. Survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Susan C. (nee Nailor) Bauer, daughters Teresa R. Bauer, Mary C. (Chuck) Meyer III, Sherrie A. Pufpaff and grandson James W. Pufpaff. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents Raymond A. and Jennie P. (Outtrim) Bauer, sisters Grace M. (late Edward) Schintzius, Norma J. (late Edward) May and brother Raymond G. (late Marguerite) Bauer. Paul was a 1955 graduate of Canisius High School, a US Army veteran and owner of the Raymond A. Bauer Insurance Agency for 58 years. He was a great outdoorsman enjoying hunting, fishing, golfing and also bowling. An avid skeet and trap shooter, Paul was a member of the National Skeet Shooting Association and inducted into the NYS Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame. He was a lifetime member of the Grand Island Rod & Gun Club and a member of the Niagara River Station Fishing Club. A memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, January 20, 2024 at 11am at St. Stephen's Church 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island (for live stream go toststephenswny.com) In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Buffalo in Paul's name. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.

   Bruce E. Senn - entered into rest peacefully after a short battle with cancer on January 11, 2024 in Cape Coral, FL. He was born on September 20th, 1957 and grew up in Grand Island's Ferry Village where he learned to love the river, boating and diving. Bruce was a proud iron worker, and a staple for Cianbro Corp. in the reconstruction of the Grand Island Bridges for many years. He moved to Fort Myers, FL in 2000 where he enjoyed the beach and spending time with his friends and loved ones. On Sundays he would always catch the Bills football games. He was the father of Stephanie Senn (Robert Meyer); grandfather of Deaglan Isaacs; son of the late Alma Senn (Granath) and the late Jack Senn Sr.; brother of Cindy Schofield (Peter), Diane Pembleton (late Charles), the late Jack Senn Jr., Debra Rinio (Sieg) and Nancy McCallister (Marty); also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. No prior visitation, but friends and family are welcomed and encouraged to attend our Celebration of Life service that will be held on Saturday, February 3rd, 11:00 am, at Bible Fellowship Church, 1136 Baseline Rd, Grand Island. Reception to follow.

   Judith A. Bassette - January 10, 2024 Of Grand Island. Wife of 55 years of Paul C. Bassette. Mother of Timothy (Jennifer) Bassette and Sharon (Mark) Wu. Grandmother of Brandon and Ethan Wu. Daughter of the late Alton and Gertrude Carpenter. Cousin of Edward (Mary) Adams. Friends may call Friday, January 19, 4-7 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Recovery International or St. Timothy Lutheran Church where funeral services will be held Saturday January 20 at 10 AM. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.

   Peter E. Connelly - Feb. 24, 1944 - Jan 6, 2024. Age 79, of Grand Island, NY, passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2024. Born on February 24, 1944 in Glens Falls, NY, he was the son of the late Edmund and Dorothy (Bewick) Connelly. Mr. Connelly was employed as a Psychiatric Nurse at Buffalo State Hospital, the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center, and Erie County Medical Center. Peter also served in the New York State Guard for 20 years, retiring as Lieutenant Colonel in 2013. He is survived by two sons, Adam D. Connelly and Jonah E. Connelly; a daughter, Caitlin (Daniel) Lawrence; three grandchildren, Siobhan Connelly, and Daniel and Saoirse Lawrence; his wife, Maureen (Kelleher) Connelly and his dear friend, Susan Fitzrandolph. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Barbara Brumpton. A celebration of Peter's Life will be held on Saturday, January 13th, from 12-2 p.m., in the HOSPITALITY ROOM OF OTTO REDANZ FUNERAL HOME, 2215 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY (716-297-9007). Friends invited. Professional arrangements are under the care of the Goodlander family. Share condolences and memories at www.GOODLANDERCARES.com.

   Philip K. Buchanan - - January 6, 2024 Of Grand Island. Husband of 61 years of Joan Buchanan. Father of Elizabeth (Michael) Allen and Philip P. (the late Jennifer) Buchanan. Grandfather of Jeremy (Marie) Buchanan, Matthew (Kristin) Allen, Laura (Marcus) Rosten, Jefferson (Arden) Buchanan, Miles Allen, Jacob, Grace and Joseph Buchanan. Great grandfather of Nora, Lucas, Isaac and Teddy. Son of the late Philip and Blanche Buchanan. Friends may call Friday, January 12, 4-7 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Timothy Lutheran Church where the family will receive friends Saturday 10 - 11AM followed by memorial services at 11 AM. Share condolences atkaiserfuneral.com.

   Sofia (nee Zdjelar) Wuslich - January 6, 2024 Of Grand Island, NY. Beloved wife of the late Milo Wuslich. Dearest Mother of Marko. Beloved grandmother of Melania. Daughter of the late Bozo and Anka (Nee Velicki) Zdjelar. Sister of the late Olga (Dmitar) Yandrich. Aunt of Ana and Adam. Family and friends may call at St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church on Thursday January 11, 4-8PM. Funeral Service starting at 6PM. Burial will be held in St. Elijah Church Cemetery in Aliquippa, PA on Friday January 12th at 1PM. Arrangements byTHE COLONIAL MEMORIAL CHAPELS.

   Arnold W. Beck - January 8, 2024. Of Grand Island. Husband of Shirley Beck. Father of Sandra (Jan) Kublitz, Linda (Jon) Christiano and Loraine (John) Quirk. Grandfather of Christiana Christiano, Natalia (Seth) Guin, Joseph Christiano and Mark W. Porter. Brother-in-law of Blanche Corbo. Uncle of Lisa Lograsso and Charles J. Corbo. Also survived by many cousins. Mr. Arnie enjoyed working at Sidway Elementary on G.I. Friends may call Thursday from 4-7 at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday at 11 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Lackawanna, NY.

   Joanne A. (nee Dankowski) Lazik - January 1, 2024,of Grand Island. Wife of the late Walter T. Lazik. Mother of Debora A. Richards, Gary J. Lazik and the late Wendy M. Lazik. Grandmother of Ryan J. and Lauren E. Richards. Daughter of the late John and Stella Dankowski. Great aunt of Juliet and J. D. Budreau. Also survived by multiple nieces and nephews. Remembering her 2 loving pets, Mugsy and Rex. Joanne was a Legal Secretary and a member of the St. Stephen's Church Altar Society. A memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday, January 5th at 9 AM at St. Stephen's Church 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.