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Deaths 2024

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Elaine Diane (nee Zelasko) Hardman - Mar 9, 1951 - Jun 1, 2024. Age 73, of Grand Island, passed away peacefully in her home on June 1, 2024. She was the beloved wife of Douglas Hardman for 50 years, loving mother of Peter and Eric (Jennifer) Hardman, cherished grandmother of Kaylynn, Alaina, and Tyler, Sister of Gerald (Louise) Zelasko and the late Gregory (survived by wife Karen) Zelasko and brother-in-law Terry (and the late Doris) Klaaren and many nephews and one niece. The family will receive friends and relatives at the Kaiser Funeral Home, Friday, June 14 from 4-8 PM. All are invited to attend the funeral service Saturday, June 15 at 11 AM at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 1453 Staley Road, Grand Island. If desired, contributions may be made in Elaine's memory to Hospice Buffalo. Share condolences at kaiserfuneal.com.

Joseph B. Vaganek - Jun 4, 2024. Of Grand Island. Beloved husband of Maureen (Murphy) Vaganek, loving father of Brian (Jeanette) Vaganek, Brendan Vaganek, and Jane Vaganek Bahneman. Grandfather of Brain Vaganek Jr., Julia Vaganek, and Braydon Bahneman. Son of the late Joseph and Stacia Vaganek. Dear brother of Barbara (Roger) Buck. Joseph was the Chief Financial Officer of several New York State hospitals, a jazz musician in New Jersey and New York City playing alto saxophone and clarinet, and he served in the USMC. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of sports history, a lifelong love of music, and established the first jazz band at Mount St. Mary's University in Maryland. His happiest moments were when he was in the presence of his family, surrounded by his children and grandchildren. If desired, donations can be made in his name to the Kenmore Mercy Foundation. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 11 from 4-7 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, June 12 at 9:30 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Share condolences at kaiserfuneal.com.

Dr. Thomas Patrick Sheehan - May 31, 2024. Of Grand Island, setter of bones, stitcher of lacerations, deliverer of newborns, husband and father extraordinaire, avid (albeit poor) fisherman and golfer, passed peacefully on May 31, 2024, at the age of 82. Dr. Sheehan was born on November 17, 1941. He grew up at 2189 Love Road, under the watchful eye of Ed and Margaret (Peg) Sheehan, and among his sister Patricia, and brothers Tim, Brian, and Joe. It was there on Grand Island, just down the road from his childhood home, he met his lifelong friends and future medical partners, Ted Rayhill and Bob Miller.
    After graduating from Canisius High School and Canisius College, he attended UB Medical School, hoping to impress Janet Klein, who heretofore had proven impervious to his charms. Ultimately, his patience and tenacity paid off, and he and Janet were married during a blizzard on December 26, 1966. He entered active duty in the U.S. Navy in 1968, and after stints out west in such insufferable coastal locations as San Diego and Portland, Tom and Janet made the obvious (and correct) choice to return to "The Island," where he joined the Rayhill, Miller and Sheehan family practice.
    On the Island, Tom and Janet raised four boys: Sean (Kelly), Brendan (Marybeth), Thomas (Elizabeth) and Justin (Nina), who have inherited their Dad's poor golf game and fervent desire the see the Sabres bring home a Cup (next year is THE YEAR, for sure). His sons fondly called him the "Big Guy," not because of his physical stature, but rather his capacity to seem larger than life. Whether "teaching" us to ski by barreling down a slope utterly out of control, jumping in his plane to fly off to a "flying breakfast," or packing the station wagon for the yearly Pine Lake trip for yet another shot at "the one that got away," Dad knew the value of time was greater than gold. He dedicated his life to helping those around him, giving his time and talent without question or hesitation.
    Papa Tom loved his many grandchildren (Luke, Anna, Molly, Tommy, Meghan, Maeve, Clare, Katy, Evelyn, Patrick, Valerie, Max, Sean, Spencer), with whom he shared walks by the mighty Niagara River, and worked side by side in many "worker jobs" around the yard, always followed by a treat from Grandma Jan. Dr. Sheehan is now enjoying the great beyond with his beloved Janet, wife of 57 years. He deserves a bit of a rest, and perhaps an Old Fashioned (or two), but no doubt will get back to work, helping and serving and healing, and having fun along the way, as he waits out eternity for the Sabres to win the Cup. He will remain always a guiding light to his sons.
    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice Buffalo or the Grand Island Neighbors Foundation. A wake will be held Friday, June 7 from 4-8 PM at Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, June 8 at 11:00 AM at St. Stephen's Church. All are welcome to share a light meal at St. Stephen's immediately following the service. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.

Sally M. (nee Crage) Waterson - May 31, 2024. Of Buffalo and Grand Island. Wife of the late Robert E. Waterson, Jr. Mother of Jeffrey (Sharon), Michael (Christina), Dianne, Brett (Melanie) and the late Robert E. Watterson III. Sally is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 9:30 am 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.

Hazel Maxine (Rutter) Eldridge - Passed on 23 May at the age of 99 due to the complications of COVID infection. She joins her beloved husband Parker Neville and son Frank Otis. A native of Elwood City, PA she joined the civil service after WWII and served oversees at the US embassy in Tehran, Iran. While there she met and married Parker, a career Marine who served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Following his military career, Maxine and Parker settled on Grand Island where they raised 4 children. She was active in Tuesday Crafters, the Golden Age Center, and knitted caps and scarfs for the homeless as well as cancer caps for local hospitals. She is the world record holder as the oldest person to ever do a shotski, which she completed in Breckenridge, Colorado on her 99th birthday. She is survived by three children, John, Debra, and Sandra, 7 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren. A private memorial is planned. In lieu of flowers please send donations to HospiceBuffalo.com. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.

   Patricia Borowski Walgate - Sep 26, 1947 - Feb 28, 2024, Of Grand Island, daughter of the late Walter and Helen (Sadus) Borowski of Dunkirk, and the niece of the late Chester and Henrietta Borowski also of Dunkirk. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Edward Walgate and the late Joel Michalske Patty is survived by her cousin Mary Borowski-Burns (Robert) of Bemus Point, step-daughters Karen Schenk (Kevin), Frances Walgate, Judith Walgate, Joyce Mann (Blair), and Elizabeth Walgate of Grand Island. Step-grandmother to Kelly Schenk, Kristy (Trace)Mead, Megan Mann, and Edward Mann. Also survived by brother in law Terry Michalske (Sue) ,Stosh, and Kate of Albuquerque NM, Nephew Tim Michalske and family of South Carolina, Also her aunt, Alice Konczyk of West Seneca and many cousins from Buffalo , Pennsylvania and Dunkirk. A remembrance Mass will be celebrated on June 1st at 10:00 AM at Holy Trinity RC Church, 1032 Central Avenue Dunkirk. For a full obituary see rmackowiak.com. Arrangements are by the R. Mackowiak Funeral Home Inc.

    Barbara Long Zafuto - May 1, 1937 - May 7, 2024. Of New Smyrna Beach, Florida and formerly of Grand Island, NY. Loving mother of Mary Beth Zafuto, sister of Sharon Long Nichols and David Karl Long (Sylvia) of Grand Island, NY. Daughter of the late Karl and Kay Long. Also survived by nieces and nephews Robert Nichols (Cyndy), Susan Nichols Horan (Edward), Ann Nichols Ruland, Jonathan Nichols and Jennifer Long Giamberdino (John Mark) and 3 great-hephews and 5 great-nieces.
   Education was very important to Barbara. After graduating from Williamsville High School in 1954, she went on to graduate from Alfred University in 1958. She taught Math at Amherst High School for two years and for the Grand Island school system until 1980. Barbara received her Masters degree from Buffalo State College. In 1972, she spent a year attending Tallahassee Florida State University. In 1981, she moved to Florida and got a computer science degree from University of Central Florida and began working for Martin Marietta. In the evenings she taught at the Coalition of Orlando, a homeless shelter, where she helped the clients get their GED and a job.
   Barbara enjoyed travel. When China was first opened up, she made the trip and also visitied many of the European countries. In the year 2000, Barbara spent 9 months going around the world. A trip of a life time! With the aid of the internet, she shared her trip with family and friends back home.
   Barbara was a founding member of the Grand Island Historical Society. For several years Barbara and her sister Sharon ran the Hot Dog Stand in Ferry Village.
   While living in New Smyrna Beach, she volunteered at the Visitors Center and was heavily involved with the New Smyrna Beach History Museum, there she portrayed Mayor Hanna D. Bonnet on walking tours. A celebration of her life will take place at a later date on Grand Island.

    June E. Licence - Oct 19, 1938 - May 19, 2024. Of Grand Island, NY, at age 85. Beloved lifelong companion of Roger A. Cook; loving daughter of the late John and Crystal Licence. June lived a life of simplicity and compassion. She received her BA from Central Michigan University in 1960, where she was class valedictorian and was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Scholarship. In 1967, she enrolled in the UB graduate school and continued her Master's work there. Through her positions as executive assistant to the Commissioner of Corrections and later as executive assistant to the chair of the American Studies Department, June carried out her passion for social justice and multiculturalism. Upon retirement, for over a decade she helped organize the annual food justice "World on Your Plate" conference. Recently, she devoted her time, talent and money to creating a Peace Education Fund to support restorative justice and world peace programs. There are no prior visitations. A private celebration of June's life will be held at her and Roger's annual Labor Day Sunday event (September 1st). Charitable contributions in June's memory may be made to the Riverside-Salem Peace Education Fund, Box 207, Grand Island, NY 14072. Please share your online condolences @ www.KolanoFuneralHome.com.

   Margaret (nee Cook) Lew - Mar 9, 1951 - May 21, 2024. Of Grand Island. Maggie grew up in North Buffalo attending schools 63 and 83. She graduated from Bennett High School and went on to major in history at the University of Buffalo where she later attained her MBA and Masters in Library Science. Maggie worked as a librarian at D'Youville University and later at Erie Community College. She is the daughter of the late Ralph and Janet Cook, and is survived by her husband Frederic, son Steven (Leilani), grand kids Steven, Penelope, Juliana and Isla, brother Albert (Karen) Cook and many nieces, nephews and special friends. Friends may call Monday, May 27th 1-5 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A graveside service will be held Tuesday at 11 AM at Whitehaven Cemetery, 3087 East River Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the SPCA of Erie County. Share condolences at Kaiserfuneral.com.

   Donald R. Kutzbach - Donald R. Kutzbach - The world bids farewell to Don, departing on May 18, 2024 after a brief illness, at the age of 79. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 55 years, Linda, beloved daughter Amy & grandson Dylan. He is survived by a devoted son & daughter in law & grandkids , Donny Kutzbach (Chantel) & Izzy and Townshend Kutzbach; treasured siblings & mates, Doug Kutzbach (Judy Tyler) , Daryl Schaefer (Jim), Dale Kutzbach (Veronica), Debbie Roetzer (Mark); and sister in-laws & brother in-laws Sharon Johnson (late Pete), Bonnie & Mike Leto,, John & Vikki Smith and the late George Smith (Patty). This wonderful man was also loved dearly by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Don was so kind to others, was funny & witty, and literally had a twinkle in his eyes. He was a "giver"... so his was truly a life well lived. A celebration in honor of Don will be held on Sunday, June 2nd 2024 at 12:30 PM at the The Shores (2 Detroit St, North Tonawanda, NY). Memorial donations in Don's memory can be made to Oishei Children's Hospital. https://www.ochbuffalo.org/foundation/

   Mary Ann (Kruse) Arsenault - April 9, 1935 - May 19, 2024, of Grand Island, passed away on Sunday May 19, 2024 after a brief illness. She was surrounded by her immediate family. She enjoyed traveling, card playing at the Golden Age Center with her life long friends and spending time with family. Mary Ann is survived by her husband and high school sweetheart of over 70 years Robert Arsenault, her son Ross (Rhonda) Arsenault, grandsons Robert and Ryan Arsenault, cousin Paul (Rose) Geschwender and several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by two sons Robert and Richard Arsenault, her parents Edward and Ann Kruse and brother Edward Kruse. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com

   Arthur E. "Art" Rehard - May 16, 2024, of Grand Island, passed away peacefully after a short illness on Thursday, May 16, 2024. Born in Beloit, WI, he graduated from Beloit High School, where he was a stand-out tuba player in the high school band. Upon graduation, he moved to Waynesboro, PA, to begin an apprenticeship with Landis Tool Company. While in Waynesboro, he met his future wife, Bev. He worked for Landis (then Gardner Machine Company, and ultimately Litton Industries) for 47 years, retiring in 2007. He was a successful traveling salesman, selling grinding wheels, and ultimately grinding machines, throughout New York State and southern Ontario. Upon moving to Western New York, he and Bev settled on Grand Island, where they raised a family of three children and the beloved family dogs (first Snoopy, then Hans van Rehard). His children still enjoy remembering all of the family vacations and outings that were shared while growing up. He passed on his love of music to his son, who is still an active tuba player today. Art was always known as an excellent cook, and spent much of his retirement time in the kitchen. Another of his favorite pastimes in recent years was spending one morning each week at the Seneca Niagara Casino with his wife and daughters. He is preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Bev Rehard; his parents, Philip and Eleanor Rehard; his step-mother Marie Rehard; brothers, Ken and Bob Rehard; and, sister Marge Jones. Art is survived by his 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, Brenden (Rachel) Smalling and Zach Smalling; great-grandson Micah James Smalling; and several nieces and nephews. A private gathering and short memorial service will be shared among immediate family and close friends at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, NY 14072 on Thursday, May 23, 2024 from 5-7pm. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations in Art's memory be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport, NY 14094. Share condolences at Kaiserfuneral.com.

    Lawrence "Larry" S. Goulet - 96, passed away with family by his side on April 30, 2024, in Bradenton, Florida. He was born in Niagara Falls, New York, on December 31, 1927, to Edward and Angeline Goulah. Larry was a world War II Naval Veteran and served proudly aboard the USS Wilkes-Barre. In fact, he witnessed the bombing of Iwo Jima and was present at the surrender in Tokyo Bay. He was a long-time resident of Grand Island, NY and Bradenton, FL. Married to Shirley Goulet for over 32 years. Larry and Shirley’s marriage amassed a total of 16 children together, along with numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
   Larry is survived by his brother, Morris Goulah; sisters, Catherine Hollister and Cielia Goulah. He is predeceased by his parents, siblings, Donald Goulah, Janet Hogan, Robert Goulah, Gordon Goulah, Jerald Goulah and Gerard Goulah. A Graveside service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on May 17, 2024, at Sarasota National Cemetery with Honors. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd Street West, Bradenton, FL 34209, is in charge of arrangements.

   Jerome Robert Kozlowski - 1943-2024, of Grand Island. Jerry “Kozy“ entered in rest on May 13, 2024. Beloved husband of Lucyann (nee LoVallo) for 60 years, son of the late Fritz & Lottie Kozlowski, brother of the late Jacqueline Fenzel, cherished father of Julie (Jeff) Westerman, Kristine (Vito) Lavango and Annmarie (Bob) Schneider, dearest Papa to Kyle and Madison Schneider. Jerry was a member of the Niagara River Station Fishing Club, retiree of General Motors, Tonawanda and a member of the United Auto Workers. Friends my call Tuesday, May 21, 4-7 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, May 22, at 9:30 am at St. Stephen’s Church. Please assemble at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.

   Alajos Nemeth - May 10, 2024 of Grand Island. Husband of 60 years of Mary E. (nee Percs) Nemeth. Father of Martin (Michelle), Mark (Michelle) and Tom (Kimberly)Nemeth. Grandfather of Miranda, Alex, Allyson and Sean. Son of the late Ferenc and Maria Nemeth. Brother of the late Marta Nemeth and Frank (survived by wife Jeanne) Nemeth. Friends may call Friday 4-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at St. Stephen's Church at 11 AM. Burial will be in St. Stephen's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Stephen's Church or EWTN Global Catholic Network 5817 Old Leeds Rd., Irondale, AL 35210.

   Angela Maria Diebold- May 11, 2024 Of Grand Island. Daughter of the late Anthony and Rose Calvano. Wife of Joseph M. Diebold Sr. Mother of Norline Rose (Jason) Wild, Joseph M. (Marianne) Diebold Jr. and Josal Diebold. Grandmother of Mara, Gabriella and Anthony. Sister of Patricia (the late Junie) Callahan, Conrad (Lorie) Calvano, Marlene (Al) Efkeman and Anthony (Phyllis) Calvano. Angela is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews. Friends may call Thursday, May 16th from 4-8 at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Patrick Food Pantry, 1119 William St., Buffalo. Share condolences at Kaiserfuneral.com.

   William J. Bagdy - April 8, 2024. Of Grand Island. Husband of 68 years of the late Barbara J. (nee Mye) Bagdy. Father of Christine Rassow, Charles (Bonnie) and David Bagdy. Grandfather of Olivia (Jared) Barnes, Natalie Rassow (Andre Kirsch), Erich (Kiely) Rassow, Dr. Lauren Bagdy (Marc Witowski), Erin (Tom) Cunningham, Alison Bagdy (Dr. Ryan Jordan), Jessica Porter and Michael Bagdy. Great grandfather of Stella, Gemma, Camilla, Colette, Emma, Thomas, Austin, Cole, Henry and James. Son of the late Zoltan and Yolan Bagdy. Brother of the late Franklin Bagdy and Irma Bagdy. Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 8 at 10 AM at Trinity Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Mr. Bagdy was a proud US Army WW II veteran. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.

   Daniel Lynch - May 6, 2024. Of Grand Island. Husband of 45 years of the late Mary Lynch (nee O'Connor), father of Tom (Linda), Jim (Jennifer), and Dan Lynch; survived by five grandchildren Megan, Thomas, Michael, Elly, and Olivia; brother of Brenda Elin, Jennifer Lynch, the late Jeff Lynch, the late Mike Lynch, and the late Reene Len; and half-brother of Gig Spann, Pam Braun, and Lori Spann. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, June 1st at 10am at St. Stephen's Church 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The North Tonawanda History Museum. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.

    Gregory Worczak - May 5, 2024 of Grand Island. Father of Christopher (Karen) and Shawn (Stacy) Worczak. Grandfather of Ella, Emma and Evan. Son of the late John and Esther Worczak. A memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday May 11 at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Mr. Worczak was a certified NAUI scuba instructor and taught scuba diving at local high schools and colleges. He was the founder of Ambassador Ski Club. He was very active at St. Stephen's Church and enjoyed kayaking. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.

   Janet Lynn Crist - May 1, 2024, 51 of Grand Island, passed away on May 1st, 2024 after an 18 month battle with cancer. She was born on April 4th, 1973 in Wellsville, NY. Janet was a 1991 graduate of Wellsville High School and attended SUNY Brockport. She was a loyal employee of Kaleida Health for over 30 years and enjoyed volunteering at the Niagara County SPCA. Janet's greatest joy in life was being a wife to Rob and raising their two beautiful children Matthew and Samantha and spending time with family. She is survived by her loving husband of 28 years Robert Crist, her parents George and Connie Colby of Ormond Beach, FL and her siblings Karen Donovan, Kelley (Don) Hannam and Gregory (Colleen) Colby. Survivors also include her loving in-laws Robert and Eleanore Crist and brother in law Paul (Linda) Crist along with many nieces and nephews who loved their Aunt Jan. A visitation will be held on Sunday, May 5th, from 11-3 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Niagara County SPCA in Janet's memory. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.

   Barbara A. (nee Berhalter) Burns - May 1, 2024. Of Clarence, formerly of Grand Island. Wife of 65 years of the late Edward Burns. Mother of Karen (Bill) Rein, Ann (Brian) Carrier, Daniel (Mary) and Michael (Barbara) Burns. Grandmother of Christopher Rein, Heather (Phil) Benda, Nicole Rein, Steven Carrier, Emily (Erin) Carrier-Karnath, Tim (Maddie), Ryan, Kelly and Michael Jr. (Kristen) Burns, Amanda (Kevin) Schafer and Katie Burns. Also survived by 13 great grandchildren. Sister of Peggy (late Roger) Smith, Ann (Tom) Wiles and the late Monnie (late Archie) Smith and Joan (late Ron) Mittlefelt. Daughter of the late William and Loretta Berhalter. Friends may call Friday May 3, 4-7 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Please meet at Church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo, The Brothers of Mercy Foundation or Families of FANA WNY. Barbara was a beloved longtime crossing guard on Grand Island. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.

    Noel D. "Cheeta" Blair - April 28, 2024, age 90. Beloved husband of 64 years to Myrna (nee Farrell). Father of Babette (Bill) Strassburg, Noel Jr. (Patty) and Carter. Grandfather of Troy Strassburg, Hannah Strassburg, Austin, Cameron and Abby. Noel attended Tonawanda HS where he graduated with his high school sweetheart Myrna in 1952. After graduating the University of Buffalo he moved on to a career in chemical engineering. Noel served in the US Coast Guard, was an avid boat racer, boat builder and antique car enthusiast winning several national championships and high point titles. Noel closely followed the NY Yankees and was a diehard Buffalo Bills fan holding season tickets since 1964. Share condolences at rothfuneral.com.

    Edward Kopra - April 25, 2024, age 71. Beloved husband of Donna (nee Parks); loving father of Katherine (Ed) McCarthy, Amanda (Justin) Thompson and Edward Kopra; adored Papa of Dillon, Hailey, Ethan and Silas. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Wednesday at 11:00 AM in St. Stephens RC Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Arrangements by James E. Grace Funeral Home, Inc.

    Betty M. (nee Mazzone) Serio - April 26, 2024. Loving wife of the late Anthony A. Serio. Devoted mother of John (Vicki), Anthony (MaryEllen), Joseph (Maria), Roseann (Tim) Burke, Margaret (Andy) Bonito and the late Louis and David Serio. Loving grandmother of 12 grandchildren and great grandmother of 15 great grandchildren and great great grandmother of many. Daughter of the late John and Margaret (nee Caputy) Mazzone. Sister of Dorothy (Anthony) Polizzi and the late Jack Mazzone, Anthony (Rita) Mazzone, Joseph (Mary) Mazzone, Amelia (Dan) Frascella, Theresa (Anthony) Ognebene, Bart Mazzone, John (Frances) Mazzone, Sebastian (Phyllis) Mazzone, Margaret (Frank) Pilat, Gloria (Frank) Valvo, Geraldine (Sam) Loiacano and Shirley (Leonard) Fortunato. Aunt of many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at the C. Mertz & Son Funeral Home, Inc. 911 Englewood Ave. Monday from 4-7 PM. All are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church (2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, NY 14072) Tuesday at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Betty's memory to Hospice Foundation of WNY. Please share condolences at www.mertzfh.com.

   OkCha Snyder - September 23, 1947 - April 23, 2024, 76, of Grand Island, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born to ChaSul and OkYon Yim in Kyongpuk-do, Korea. Mrs. Snyder was a devoted member of the New Hope Korean Presbyterian Church. Her faith in God and His word guided her life. Mrs. Snyder found joy tending to her gardens at home with her son, James, Jr. She also found tremendous joy creating fresh floral arrangements for the altar for Sunday services and special occasions. Mrs. Snyder was an accomplished seamstress, spending many years working for local Buffalo industries, her favorite being United Uniforms. She retired in 2001 to help raise her grandchildren, Olivia and Alexander III.
   Mrs. Snyder is survived by her loving husband and soulmate of 57 years, James, Sr., and her two children, James, Jr. and Laurie Koschuk (Alexander II). She is also survived by her two grandchildren, Olivia and Alexander Koschuk III, and her great-grandson, Alexander Koschuk IV. Mrs. Snyder also leaves behind two brothers and one sister. She is also predeceased by her parents, two other brothers, and another sister. A Korean service will be held next week at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 6969 Strickler Road in Clarence to celebrate Mrs. Snyder's life, date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Hospice of Buffalo in Mrs. Snyder's name.Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.

   Leonarda "Lee" J. Wroblewski - April 23, 2024. Wife of the late Joseph V. Wroblewski. Mother of the late Lee Wroblewski, Janice (James) Schafer and Joseph S. (Maryellen) Wroblewski. Grandmother of Crystal Lee Wroblewski and Jodi Wroblewski. Friends may call Monday from 7-9 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.

   Ermina Mae "Mina" Atkinson - - April 17, 2024 of Grand Island. Wife of the late James F. Atkinson Jr. Mother of James (Caryn) Atkinson III, Timothy (Paula) Atkinson, Brian (Jill) Atkinson, Mary Atkinson and Karen (Nicholas) Mercorella. Also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sister of Donna Jeanne Bruning, George "Eddie" (Kathy) Blank and the late Betty Greco. Contributions in Mina's memory can be made to Trinity Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, where memorial services will be held Saturday, April 20th at 11 AM. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.

   Savino P. ‘Nino’ Nanula - August 21,1930 - April 9, 2024, 93, of Grand Island, NY passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 9,2024 in Clearwater, FL, after a brief illness. Born August 21, 1930 in Niagara Falls, NY, he was the son of the late Savino and Emanuella (Gianoto) Nanula; and the beloved husband of 32 years to Virginia (Calvano) Nanula. At the age of 11 Savino took his first job as a stock boy and was a meat cutter by the age of 17. He met his eventual business partner, Armand Castellani, and the two operated the Great Bear Market from 1945 to 1955. By the early 1960s, Savino, Armand and a third partner, Thomas Buscaglia, established Tops Friendly Markets. They quickly expanded the grocery store chain, including many Tops locations, Wilson Farms convenience stores, and B-Kwik stores throughout Western New York, Rochester, Syracuse and Pennsylvania. Savino semi-retired in 1991 as Chair and CEO of the company following its sale to the Ahold Company, but continued to stay active as their Vice-Chair of the Board officially retiring in 1996.
   In addition to his wife of 32 years, Mr. Nanula is survived by his children, Philip (Theresa) Nanula, Steven (Dana) Nanula, Paul (Karen) Nanula, Anthony (Holly) Nanula and John (Jennifer) Mezhir; his adored grandchildren, Gregory (Brian Kron) Nanula, Vincent (fiance JoAnna Jacob) Nanula, Philip J. Nanula Jr., Michael (Felicia) Nanula, Christopher (Kristen) Nanula, Anthony (Katrina) Nanula, Daniel (Julia) Nanula, Jenna Nanula, Kerri (fiance David Podlas) Nanula, Nicole (Paul) Bonito, Savino Nanula, Isabella Nanula, Alexa Nanula, Malinee Mezhir, Anjali Mezhir, Kate Mezhir, Jack Mezhir Max Mezhir; stepgrandchildren, Joseph, Dante and Toriana Todaro; his cherished great-grandchildren, Dominic Bonito, Gemma Bonito, Giavanna Nanula, Arlo Nanula, Vera Nanula and Hayes Nanula; two siblings, Richard J. (late Shirle) Nanula and Jeanette (late Joseph) Cadille, and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins. In addition to his parents, Mr. Nanula was predeceased by two siblings, Frances (late Carmen) Mancuso and Anthony (late Violet) Nanula; his son, Dr. James (Elizabeth) Mezhir; granddaughter, Gabriella Nanula, and his former wife Eileen Nanula.
    Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 17 from 2 - 8 PM at M.J. Colucci & Son Niagara Funeral Chapel, 2730 Military Road Niagara Falls, NY 14304. Savino’s Mass of Christian Burial will begin on Thursday, April 18 at 11:00 AM in St. Stephen’s Church, 2100 Baseline Road Grand Island, NY 14072. Please assemble at church. Entombment will follow in St. Stephen’s Cemetery. Memorial offerings may be made to Oishei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, www.ochbuffalo.org/foundation/d onate/ - Online condolences shared at mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com.

   William V. Young - November 14, 1944 - April 3, 2024. Of Grand Island and Buffalo, died peacefully, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He is survived by cherished daughter Melissa Ann Young of Central Florida, and his six siblings: Daryll A. Carter, Robert N. Young, (Carla), Thomas J. Young, (Janet), Deirdre J. McOwen (Richard), Lawrence R. Young, (Lynn), Deborah J Kellner, (Trey). His former wife of 29 years, Mary Ann Young. Also, survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents, William V. and Elizabeth J. Thiesen Young. Bill, attended St. Joseph Collegiate Institute, and Canisius College and enlisted in the US Air Force serving in the Philippines during the Vietnam conflict. He returned with an expertise in electronics and applied his knowledge as a sales representative at Tri-Tech Electronics. Bill, William, Billy, brother, Uncle, Dad; spent much of this life on Grand Island, with his spouse raising their only child Melissa. He was an active member of Rotary Club, and local VFW. He was active enjoying a game of golf, bowling and the challenge of defeating another chess player. He had a great passion for the BILLS, jazz music and always his Shetland Sheep dog. Final burial with military honors will occur at the WNY National Veterans Cemetery, 1254 Indian Falls Rd. Corfu, NY Friday May 3rd at 1 PM. Donations in Bills honor to: NAMI Buffalo & Erie County info@namibuffalony.org or WNY HEROES VET DOG PROGRAM pawsitive@pawsitiveforheroes.org Condolences may be made at www.GinnaneFuneralHome.com

    David O. Bachert - April 5, 2024 Of Grand Island. Son of the late Donald and Patricia Bachert. Father of Jamie (Kenneth) Duncan and Tanya Bachert. Grandfather of Lyndon Pryce Jr. Brother of the late Sharon and Linda Bachert. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, April 27 at 1 PM at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Share condolences at Kaiserfuneral.com.

    Patricia Waldow Dowd - entered God's kingdom on March 12th, 2024. She was born in Kentucky to William and Helen Smith on January 12th, 1940. She passed away of natural causes in Orlando, FL where she resided for the past 17 years. She raised her children on Grand Island from 1972-2000. She was predeceased by her first husband, Stephen Robert Waldow, her second husband, Brian Dowd, her son Mark Waldow, her stepdaughter Cherie Dowd, Robin Rochevot, and her step grandson Tyler Balcomb. She leaves behind a son, Stephen (Kathleen) Waldow, of Ocean City, NJ, a daughter, Karen (Bret) Marlin of Orlando FL, a daughter in law, Jeannine Waldow, stepdaughter Kelley (Barry) Balcomb, both of Rochester NY, and a stepson KevPin (Darlene) Dowd of Boston, Mass. She had 14 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Arrangements are made by Kaiser Funeral home and burial will be at St Stephens Cemetery, in Grand Island, NY. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.

   Frank Kustra Sr. - April 5, 2024, (1948-2024), of Grand Island passed away April 5th. Frank was a talented artist, proud Marine Corps veteran, loving husband, brother, father, and grandfather. He is survived by wife Doris, children Francesca, Frank Jr, Savanna, and Victoria, grandchildren Oliver and Kolya, and fur babies Hawt Dawg, Cheddar, MK, and Zebra. Frank considered all a friend and will be dearly missed by those who knew him. A celebration of his life and art will be held on April 11th at Kaiser Funeral Home from 4-7 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Buffalo VA-Buffalo Recreation Therapy. To make a donation, please contact nicholas.lamarca@va.gov. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.

   Henry G. "Hank" Kammerer - April 6, 2024, formerly of Grand Island. Husband of the late Patricia (nee Herriman) Kammerer and Grace (nee Loree) Kammerer. Father of Amy Natalie Kammerer, Gregory "Jack" Kammerer and the late Tracy (survived by husband John) Falkowski. Grandfather of Emilia Falkowski, also survived by other grandchildren. Brother of Susan Hatch. Also survived by nephews. Stepfather of Howard, Paul and Ruth Loree. Friends may call Wednesday, April 10th 6-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A memorial service will be held at St Mathias Episcopal Church in East Aurora at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Grand Island Neighbors Foundation. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.

    Joseph Patrick Kerr - April 29, 1940 - January 24, 2024. Age 83, passed away at his home in Washington, DC. Joe was born in Buffalo, NY. He grew up on Grand Island and attended Canisius High School and Canisius College. After graduation in 1961, Joe joined the US Army. He served as a commissioned officer until his retirement as Lt. Colonel in 1984. The Army took him to Korea, Vietnam, several posts in the US, and in Germany, including to Garmisch-Partenkirchen for language school (Russian) and a divided Berlin, where he served as a Liaison Officer with the US Military Liaison Mission, a small group of military intelligence personnel providing surveillance of the Soviet-occupied sector of East Germany. He was awarded a number of medals, including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and Meritorious Service Medal.
    Joe returned to work with the Defense Intelligence Agency in a civilian capacity until 2005, supporting its efforts for arms control. He was an integral part of the US delegation for the CFE Treaty negotiations in Vienna, Austria, and was awarded the DIA Director's Award for Exceptional Civilian Service. After retiring from civil service, Joe worked as an arms control consultant with the CIA until 2014. Here he earned the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement.
    Joe had many passions outside of work. He loved travel, especially if it afforded him a chance to connect with the legions of friends and family he had all over the world. New cultures, art, and music fed his innate curiosity. He was a long-time supporter of local arts, especially Opera Lafayette and Arena Stage. Joe loved being part of the Capitol Hill community, volunteering with Capitol Hill Village (winning its "Driving Miss Daisy" award) and singing for a time with Second Wind Chorus. He was elated when MLB returned to DC within walking distance of his home. Enormously proud of his Scots-Irish roots, Joe displayed the Kerr crest or tartan regularly and even finagled a tour of the ancestral Kerr castle in Scotland.
    He is survived by his wife, Catherine Cleary; his four children: Amy Kerr Thome (Stephen) of Cleveland, OH, Megan Kerr (Thomas Powers) of Needham, MA, Joseph Kerr, Jr. (Anna Fuhrman) of Washington, DC, and Steven Kerr (Hannah) of Brookeville, MD; as well as nine beloved grandchildren: Julia, Grace, and Eleanor Thome, Henry and Peter Powers, Lucy Kerr, and Thaddeus, Remington, and Cora Kerr. Joseph was preceded in death by his first wife, Andrea (d. 2018). A celebration of life is planned for June 22nd at St. Mark's Church on Capitol Hill, and he will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

    Thomas G. Kelly - March 24, 2024. Husband of Merlyn (Lynn) Kelly. Father of Michael (Jamie) Kelly, Kimberly (Greg) Van Norman and Patty Kelly. Grandfather of Zachary (Nicole) Kelly, Gregory (Kassy) Kelly, Victoria (Kody) Elinski, Vanessa (Jed) Kelly, Gabran Kelly and Nathaniel Kelly. Great-grandfather of Sadie, Olivia and Denver. Thomas is also survived by sister Coleen D'Ingillo, several nephews and a niece. He was a US Army Vet and member of the American Legion for 39 years. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday May 4th at 11 AM 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.

    Joseph G. "Snuffy" Osinski - Dec. 8, 1938 - March 24, 2024, of Ormond Beach, FL and formerly of Grand Island, NY; age 85. Beloved husband of the late Margaret J. (nee Sowa) "Peggy" Osinski. Devoted father of Joseph A. II, Susan M. and Matthew S. (Heidi) Osinski. Cherished grandfather of Gabrielle (Haley) Justice, Austin, Matthew and Jerrime. Adored great-grandfather of Sawyer and Lux. Loving son of the late Joseph and Anne Osinski. Dear brother of Anne Marie Buss and the late John (Roberta) Osinski and the late Francis (late Catherine) Osinski. Also survived by nieces, nephews and his many friends of the Western New York and Holiday Village Communities. Family will be present on Tuesday, April 2nd from 3-8 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2600 Sheridan Drive (corner of Parker Blvd.). A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 3rd at 9:30 AM at St. Stephens Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Please assemble at church. Flowers gratefully declined. Share condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.

    Donde Fabiilli - March 26, 2024 Of Grand Island. Husband of Laurie (Ames) Fabiilli. Father of Alexander and Talia (Nate Benoit) Fabiilli. Brother of Carmen (Christine) Fabiilli, Luisa (Jerome) Gasiewicz and Martha (Joseph) Torregrasso. Brother-in-law of Richard (Justine) and Gregory Ames. Donde is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends may call Wednesday from 3-7 at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Funeral Mass will be held Thursday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association at Heart.org. Share condolences at Kaiserfuneral.com.

    Carolyn Sue (nee Back) Huffman - March 25, 2024, age 79, of Grand Island, New York passed away on Monday, March 25, 2024. Wife of James R. Huffman; mother of Julie (Mark) Deuble and Alice (Stephen) Brod; grandmother of Katrina Fritz - Dickman (Christopher) and Charlotte Brod;great grandmother of Nathan Fritz and Nora Fritz - Dickman; predeceased by three brothers; daughter of the late Dorothy June Davis Back and the late James Douglas Back. A visitation for Carolyn will be held Saturday, March 30 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon at PERNA, DENGLER, ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME,1671 Maple Rd, Williamsville, followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 12:00 noon. Carolyn was the longtime Regional Director of the NYS Dept. of Children & Family Services and the founding Director of the child care center at Roswell Park Cancer Inst. Contributions in Carolyn's memory may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Inst., www.roswellpark.org. Online condolences may be shared atwww.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com.

    John "Johnny" Anderson - Nov. 26, 1963 - Mar. 26, 2024, passed away suddenly on March 26th, 2024. Born November 26th 1963. Survived by wife Laura Schmidt Anderson, daughter Melanie Anderson, son Tyler Anderson and several grandchildren. Son of the late Russ Anderson and Judy Milley and brother of Russ (Jill) Anderson, the late Dave (Eileen) Anderson, Jenny Anderson and Tammy (Dave) Uptegrove. Friends may call Friday March 29th, 2024 from 4-7 pm at the Kaiser Funeral Home,1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Flowers gratefully declined.

    Gary M. McTigue - passed away March 22, 2024 under the care of Buffalo Hospice. Born October 5, 1951 in Buffalo he was the son of the late Paul and Alma (Jones) McTigue. Gary was an independent contractor operating heavy equipment, retiring in 2001. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
   Gary is survived by his wife Candace (Bjarnov) McTigue; children Erik (Diane) Ostertag, Krista Ostertag, and Alicia Roberts; grandchildren Dylan Ostertag-MacKenna, Juliette Itzo, Alera Ostertag, Erika Ostertag, and Tristan Ostertag; cousin Andrew Macfarlane; brother Timothy McTigue. Besides his parents Gary was predeceased by his brothers Dennis and Ronald McTigue and sister Judy Cedro.
    Relatives and friends are invited to a service Tuesday, April 2nd at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Church, 2100 Baseline Road.

    Ray L. Kaiser - March 22, 2024 Born to Ethel (Trautman) and John Kaiser on July 24, 1942. Ray leaves behind his loving husband, Bob, faithful cat, Silver Noel and many friends and family. Ray was predeceased by his parents and three brothers. Friends may call Tuesday, March 26th 4-8 at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Share condolences online at Kaiserfuneral.com.

    Mira Tetkowski Berkley - of Fredonia, NY, died unexpectedly on February 14, 2024 at Brooks Memorial Hospital.
   Mira was born on June 19, 1952 in Buffalo, NY. She spent most of her childhood on Grand Island, with a couple of years spent living in Siena, Italy. Through this experience, she developed a lifelong passion for travel and Italian culture.
    Mira received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Cornell University and her Master’s Degree from Buffalo State. She moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico to work as a preschool teacher. There she met her husband of 46 years, Jack Berkley. After getting married, they moved to Arizona where they had their first child, Jory, and then to Fredonia, NY, where they had their second son, Alexander, and where they lived for the next 40 years.
   Mira worked as a kindergarten teacher in Silver Creek before becoming a college professor at Jamestown Community College for several years. During this time, she worked on and earned her PhD from the University of Buffalo, eventually leading to a position at SUNY Fredonia where she served as chair of the early childhood department. Mira led several overseas trips for students to learn from other cultures, including to Wales, England, Belize, and Italy. She was a lifelong advocate for learning through play. Upon retiring from SUNY Fredonia, Mira worked for Quality Stars training Pre-K teachers in New York City. Mira’s influence on her students and the impact that she had on children in New York State is incalculable.
    She loved Dipper ice cream, walking dogs to the creek, and monarch butterflies. Mira leaves behind her loving husband, Jack; her son, Alex (Kayleigh); four grandchildren: Clemmie, Polly, Evan, and Caroline. She also leaves behind her mother, Lenore Tetkowski; her brother, Neil (Olga) Tetkowski; her sister, Diane (Ron) Pokorski, and many close nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and a great-great niece. She was predeceased by her son, Jory and her father, Clement Tetkowski. Mira made everyone she met feel like the most important person in the world. Her memory is our blessing. A memorial service will be held and announced this summer. On-line condolences may be made at larsontimkofuneralhome.com. Arrangements by David J. Dengler, LARSON- TIMKO Funeral Home.

   Richard E. Baldwin - 89, longtime reporter and editor at Buffalo newspapers. Aug. 9, 1934 – March 9, 2024.
   Dick Baldwin became a newspaperman at the age of 12. He not only filled his paper, The Journal, with news from his neighborhood, he also set it up on a miniature printing press in his bedroom, placing rubber type on pages with tweezers, then ran it off on a used mimeograph machine he purchased. He went on to a career of more than 60 years in newspapers, primarily at the Buffalo Courier-Express and The Buffalo News, where he was the longtime chief of the Niagara Bureau.
    Mr. Baldwin died March 9 under hospice care in Attica after a period of declining health. He was 89. Born in Syracuse, Richard E. Baldwin grew up in suburban Fayetteville, the son of Herbert E. and Doris Schauble Baldwin, and the older of two children. His father was a chemist and a manager at a local steel plant. At Fayetteville High School, where he played on the baseball team and graduated in 1951, he was editor of the school newspaper and the yearbook, just as his father had been. He also wrote a school news column for the local newspaper. While earning a bachelor's degree at Syracuse University, he was a reporter for the Fayetteville Eagle-Bulletin and the Syracuse Post-Standard. In the summer preceding his junior year, he was editor of summer editions of the student newspaper, the Daily Orange. After graduating with a journalism degree in 1955, he married Mary Elizabeth Quigley, who worked at the Post-Standard, and moved to Oneida, where he worked for the Oneida Dispatch.
    After two years, Mr. Baldwin resumed the Army ROTC training he received at Syracuse University and became a first lieutenant in the Army Reserve, serving as regimental public information officer at Fort Dix, N.J. In November 1957, he joined the Buffalo Courier-Express. As a reporter, one of his many front-page stories was an account of the Tewksbury disaster in January 1959, when a runaway lake freighter collapsed the Michigan Avenue lift bridge into the ice-choked Buffalo River and caused widespread flooding. Several of his stories were reprinted in the Congressional Record in Washington, D.C., and an article he wrote on Black history in Buffalo was used in the Buffalo school curriculum.
    When the St. Lawrence Seaway opened in 1959, he was in charge of a special section of the Courier-Express that celebrated the event. He received an invitation to a reception on the yacht of Queen Elizabeth II, who had come for opening ceremonies. In the 1970s, Mr. Baldwin became an assistant city editor for the Courier-Express and was a project manager for tech services when computer terminals and digital typesetting were introduced. As the paper closed in September 1982, he was part of the team that arranged for the sale of its furnishings and helped fellow staffers find positions at The Buffalo News. Buffalo News editor Murray Light asked Mr. Baldwin to become chief of the paper's Niagara Bureau and insisted that he start right away. For several weeks, he worked separate shifts of 40 hours a week for each of the papers. He continued as Niagara Bureau chief until October 1999, then was a copy editor before becoming night city editor in 2013. He retired in August 2017.
    Long active in the Buffalo Newspaper Guild, he served on the executive committee half a dozen times and was a delegate at national conventions. He chaired the American Newspaper Guild's International Convention Committee on Political Action. He also helped negotiate contracts at the Courier-Express and led the effort that got coverage for mental health treatment. Mr. Baldwin was honored by the Guild unit at its holiday party in December and was presented with a plate from the final press run of The News in Buffalo.
    A lifelong railroad enthusiast, he had the distinction of being the last paying passenger on the Ontario & Western Railroad in the 1950s, taking the round trip from Oneida to Fulton and back. His daughter Linda Jennings said the final time he visited her at home in Virginia, he came to Roanoke by train through New York City and Washington, D.C. A longtime resident of Grand Island, in recent years he lived in Buffalo’s Fruit Belt. He was a devoted parishioner at SS. Columba-Brigid Catholic Church and a member of the Parish Council. He wrote a history of the parish and for many years assisted pastor Rev. Roy T. Herberger in setting up his elaborate collection of Nativity scenes for exhibit at Christmas. Mr. Baldwin assisted Sister Karen Klimczak, a pastoral associate at the church, and helped distribute her Peaceprints signs. He also served as an usher and greeter until shortly before his death.
    Survivors include two daughters, Linda Jennings and Rita Baldwin-Blue; a son, Ed; a sister, Sharon Doyle; a longtime companion, Margaret “Peggy” Wolf, and five grandchildren. His companion of more than 40 years, Irene Harns Kelly, died in 2002. Arrangements for a memorial observance are incomplete.

   Patricia A. Fitzgerald - March 4, 2024. Wife of the late Gerald Fitzgerald. Mother of Michelle (Bill) Clare, Karen (Darryl) Francoeurand John Fitzgerald. Grandmother of Jonah, Noah and Bridgette. Friends may call Thursday, March 14 from 4-8 at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd, Grand Island. A Memorial Mass will be held Friday at 11:30 at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd. Share condolences at Kaiserfuneral.com.

   Memorial Service Saturday, May 4th at Saint Martin-in-the-Fields, 2587 Baseline Road, at 12 noon.
    Chie Doring - March 10, 2024, Wife of Floyd Doring. Mother of the late Kevin Doring. Aunt of Gene Runions. Chie is a celebrated painter and artist who was Grand Island's Citizen Of The Year in 2000.  She will be dearly missed by friends and family. Friends may call Friday, March 15 from 4-8 at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

    Mark A. Carey - June 2, 1938 - March 12, 2024. Survived by his loving bride of 64 years, Elaine and their children: Tammy (Thomas) Kippley, Todd (Sharri) Carey, and Lisa (Paul) Korn; also cherished by his grandson Matthew (Elizabeth) Hahn and their children Lexi and Ian; as well as his loyal four-legged companion, Rosie. Mark was born in Pittsburgh, PA and later relocated to Grand Island with his family in the early 1960's to raise their children. He and Elaine then made their home in Chesapeake, VA in 1994 before returning to East Aurora in 2005. Mark dedicated his career to interior design, contributing his expertise to large office buildings throughout the United States. He will be fondly remembered for his love of fishing and the Buffalo Bills along with his kindness, sense of humor, and unwavering willingness to lend a helping hand. Family present Monday, March 18, 11AM till 1PM at Kazmierczak Funeral Home, Inc., 3640 Clinton St. (one block East of Union Rd.), West Seneca where a service will be held at 1 PM, friends invited. In lieu of flowers, donations to Alzheimer's Association in his name are appreciated.

    Richard W. Gross - March 11, 2024. Of Grand Island and formerly of the Tonawandas. Beloved husband of 37 years to Linda (nee Hill) Gross, dear father of Christina (Tim) Schulte, Jennifer (Erik) Borkmanis and the late Rhonda Johansson, grandfather of Sarah Schulte and Isabell Borkmanis, son of the late James and Matilda (nee Garlapo) Gross, brother of Dorothy Gross, brother of the late Peter (late Harriet), late George (late Alice), late Robert "Pancho" (late Verna) and late Edward Gross, late Mildred (late Charles) Baker, late Julia (late Donald) Frazer and late Ann (late Edwin) Blanchard, brother in-law of Robert and Alice Hill and Ralph (late Dorothy) Hill and also survived by nieces and nephews. Richard proudly served in the US Army from 1956-1958. A Memorial Service will be conducted on Saturday, April 6, 2024 at 11:30 AM in Salem United Church of Christ, 114 Morgan St., Tonawanda. Everyone is welcome. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.ROTHFUNERAL.com.

    Michael Joseph Schmid - March 13, 2024. Age 54 of Grand Island entered Eternal Life March 13th after a brief illness. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Heather (nee Domanski), his step-son Alex, his sister Joann (Jeff) two nephews, Logan and Drake and his mother Marie. He is also survived by his aunts, uncles, cousins and innumerable friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph. He lived to serve his community through Civil Air Patrol and his contribution to the lives of so many will be missed. He mentored, taught, learned and pushed forward both his knowledge and that of those around him. Calling hours will be at Kaiser Funeral Home on Grand Island Saturday, March 16th 4pm – 7pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish at 10 AM on Saturday March 23rd followed by internment at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to "Western New York Flight Scholarship Fund". 2475 Johnson Street, CAP BOX 20, Niagara Falls, NY 14304. May his memory be a blessing.

    Roberta A. (nee Cronin) Lorence
Buffalo News, May 5, 2024 June 20, 1935 – March 6, 2024. Among all the sports that Roberta Lorence played and coached, golf was not on the list. Softball was her game. She played and coached girls' and women's softball teams for more than 40 years, last taking the field at the age of 69. Volleyball was a close second. She played on a volleyball team with her daughter for 20 years. And then there was bowling. An avid kegler, she was longtime president of her Tuesday night league at Island Lanes on Grand Island.
   Nevertheless, golf took on a major role in her life after friends introduced her to Harry Lorence, the son of the superintendent of Park Country Club in Amherst. They were married April 28, 1955. Ten years later, her husband became the first superintendent of Beaver Island Golf Course on Grand Island. Mr. and Mrs. Lorence and their six children moved into a caretaker's house from the Sidway Estate, which had become part of Beaver Island State Park in the 1930s. They lived there for 21 years. She died March 6 in her home on Grand Island a couple miles away from the park after a period of declining health. She was 88.
    Born in Buffalo, Roberta A. Cronin was the only child of Robert E. Cronin, assistant manager at several branches for M&T Bank, and Marie Drosendahl Cronin. She attended School 61 and graduated in 1952 from Kensington High School, where she played on the girls' softball, tennis and volleyball teams. In 1957, she defeated eight other candidates to become Mrs. R&W in a vote by shoppers who wrote her name on the back of their cash register tapes at 10 affiliated Buffalo area R&W grocery stores. A customer of Stann Brothers Market on Kensington Avenue, she won an all-expense-paid three-day vacation for two in New York City.
    After her husband retired as golf course superintendent in 1986, the state decided to demolish the caretaker’s house and it was burned down to provide a training exercise for Grand Island volunteer firefighters. She was interviewed on television as it went up in flames. The Lorences remained on Grand Island and built a home on a street where two of their sons lived. Her husband died in 2018. Survivors include five sons, Kurt, Kris, Kent, Kyle and K. Jonathan; a daughter, Kristin Kryszczuk; 13 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Services were held March 16 in Bible Fellowship Center Church, Grand Island.
    June 20, 1935 - March 6, 2024. Of Grand Island, entered into rest March 6, 2024. Beloved wife of 63 years to the late Harry Lorence; devoted mother of Kurt (Patty) Lorence, Kris (Tessie) Lorence, Kent (Trish) Lorence, Kyle (Late Darlene) Lorence, Kristin (Jeffrey) Kryszczuk, K. Jonathan Lorence, and the late Kim Marie Lorence, cherished grandmother of Robert, Maria (Anya), Elizabeth (Dee), Kyle, Kelly (Stephen), Shannon (Adam), Matthew (Katie), Ava, Audrey, Jordan, Hailey, Tyler, Mason and great grandmother of Theia; also survived by relatives and friends. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral service on Saturday morning (3/16) at the Bible Fellowship Center Church, 1136 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, NY at 11:00. Interment Maple Grove Cemetery. Roberta both played and coached softball for 39 years and Roberta was actually 69 when she played her last game. Online condolences may be made at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.

    Lorraine M. (nee Balsdon) Pickel - May 20, 1938 - March 6, 2024, age 85, of Grand Island, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on March 6, 2024. Lorraine worked as an LPN at Elma Primary Care. She loved to travel with her family to Summer Bay, and the gulf coast of Florida. She was a huge contributor to any and all animal support organizations. She was an avid sports enthusiast. Loving wife of the late Robert W. Pickel, Sr. Loving mother to Robert W. (Kathleen) Pickel, Jr., Michael G. (Ann) Pickel, Jeffrey D. (Debbie) Pickel, Lori N. Collignon, and the late Karen L. Coomber; Grandmother of Jacob (Margie), Rachel, Alexander (Kayla), Jeffrey Jr. (Emily), and Shannon Pickel, Courtney, McKenna, Cameron Collignon, Ranier Khan, Ashley McQuiggan (Greg), and the late B. C. Coomber. Great grandmother of 7 great grandchildren. Sister of Charles Balsdon, and the late Barbara Abshagen. She will be missed by her dog, Lily. Family and friends are invited to a visitation at Fretthold & Hamp Funeral Home, located at 37 Adam Street, on Sunday, March 10th, from 1pm - 5pm. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Monday, March 11th, beginning at 10am. Interment at Elmlawn Memorial Park. If so desired, memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, or the Nickel City Canine Rescue, 5635 Harris Hill Road, Williamsville, NY 14221. Condolences may be shared at FrettholdandHamp.com.

    Ronald Albert Golonka - born October 14 1934 - March 5 2024. Father of Liz, Greg, Gracie, Chris, Steve, Catherine, Jean, Andy & John....many siblings cousins, niece's and nephews... you will be very missed Dad....we love you.

    Milton Sutter - March 2, 2024. Of Grand Island. Husband of the late Grace Sutter nee Hoffman. Father of Kathleen (Terry) Corwine, Sally (Ludwig) Dischner, Daniel (Karen) Sutter and Carol (Brad) Wright. Milton was a grandfather and great-grandfather to many. Friends may call Saturday, March 9th from 1-3 with a Funeral Service at 3 at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. An additional celebration of life will be held at a later date at the Sandy Beach Park Club. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the SPCA.

    Susanne M. McInerney - April 16, 1936 - February 27, 2024, 87 of Grand Island, NY, wife of the late John (Jay) E. McInerney passed away peacefully on February 27, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Niagara Falls, NY on April 16, 1936. She was the daughter of the late Herman Rueter and the late Frieda Albrecht Rueter. Sue was a 1954 graduate of Lasalle High School before attending the University of Rochester's, Eastman School of Music where her love and passion for music continued with her for the remainder of her life. Sue enjoyed playing her grand piano for friends and family and took pride in orchestrating the family holiday concerts with her grandchildren.
   Sue was a long-time resident of Grand Island, NY before leaving for the sunny skies of Cape Coral, Florida. She was an active member of the Lutheran Church, singing in the choir, acting as the church secretary, and volunteering in the church's children's programs. Sue also used her musical talents to volunteer at local hospitals and nursing homes. Sue was committed to her children's activities and sports, serving as a girl scout leader, cub scout den mother and board member of her boy's football league. Sue was an avid sports fan, following all the college football games and most importantly her beloved Buffalo Bills, always making sure to hang her Bills flag proudly on gameday. She loved dogs and took every opportunity to "sit” the family puppies and they were always excited to visit Grandma and receive an endless supply of affection and treats. Her favorite singer was Frank Sinatra, and his song "I did it my way” ... and she certainly did - embracing her love of family, faith, and music.
    Surviving Sue are her five children, Michael (Tracey) of Lewiston, NY, Kevin (Mary) of Lakewood Ranch, FL, Tim of Grand Island, NY, Thomas (Joanne) of Corfu, NY, and Patty McInerney (Bianco) of Grand Island, NY, her 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her brothers Herman and William Rueter. Visitation Friday, March 1st from 4-8 PM in the LANE FUNERAL HOME, Inc., 8622 Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls. Funeral services will be held Saturday 10:30 AM in St. Timothy's Church, 1453 Staley Road, Grand Island. Interment will be in St. Stephen's R.C. Cemetery.

    Joan Alene Oakey (nee Fiedler) - 89, of New Port Richey, sadly left us February 1, 2024, at Marliere Hospice Care Center. She was born January 6, 1935, in Buffalo, NY. They resided on Grand Island, NY for 60 years. She taught ceramics, delivered the Buffalo News, and owned and operated the Fountain Blue Motel. She was the beloved wife of Howard E. Oakey for 68 years. Adored mother of Kenneth (Cyndi) Oakey, Patricia Oakey (Richard) Sendker, Steven Oakey, Scott (Lupe) Oakey. Loved by her grandchildren, Bonnie (Hector) Ferran, Michael Sendker, Christopher Sendker, Mihkayla Miller Oakey, Kevin Oakey, Nicholas (Bianca) Sendker and Samantha Oakey along with her four great grandchildren.

    James Joseph Harmaty - - February 20, 2024. Of Grand Island, passed away after a long illness. Son of the late Joseph D. and Julia M. Harmaty. Jim is survived by many friends both in the U.S. and Canada including sister Beverly Speller, cousins Joseph V. Mocsary and Rosalie Mocsary and relatives in West Virginia. He was special friends with Bill and Barb Wilson, Richard Tilton, Larry Goldberg, Terry Furtney and Debra and John Senn. A Memorial Mass will be held March 6 at 11 AM at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society. Read a longer obituary and share condolences at Kaiserfuneral.com.

    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.