Miscellaneous Erie County, New York Obituaries


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Miller, James
Funeral services for James Miller, a former labor leader and retired senior field representative for the New York State Human Rights Division, will be held at 1 PM tomorrow in Loomis, Offers and Loomis Memorial Chapel, 1820 Seneca St. Burial will be in Acacia Park Cemetery, Pendleton.
Mr. Miller, 72, of 188 Pries Ave., died Saturday (Feb. 12, 1977) in Buffalo General Hospital.
He retired in February 1976 after 10 years with the State Human Rights Commission. Mr. Miller, who came to the United States from his native Scotland in 1929, had a distinguished career prior to his work for the state.
While working at the old Bliss and Laughlin Inc. steel plant in 1942, Mr. Miller was elected president of the Steelworkers Organization Committee Local 2248.
Shortly after that, he became active in the Greater Buffalo Industrial Union Council and in 1952 was elected president, a post he held until 1959.
Earlier,  Mr. Miller was a steward and served on various committees of UAW Local 424 at the West Delevan Ave. Chevrolet plant and was appointed an international representative in 1943.
He was a former member of the New York State Labor Advisory Committee and the Buffalo War Council and a past chief of Stuart Clan No. 261.
Mr. Miller was a member of the Advisory Committee of the National Rivers and Harbors Congress and the New York State Committee for the White House Committee on Education.
He was on the board of directors of the Buffalo Chapter of American Cancer Society and the Buffalo Salvation Army, and served in various capacities for several other local community, labor and charitable organizations.
Surviving are his wife, the former Sarah Moffat; two daughters, Mrs. Richard Galli and Miss Janette Miller; two sons James, of Cheektowaga, and Robert; three sisters, Mrs. William Kay and Mrs. John Wilson, both of Scotland and Mrs. Margaret Thomson; a brother, Archie of Blasdell, and four grandchildren. 

Klementowski, Bartholomew -Retailer
A Mass of Christian Burial for Bartholomew Klementowski, 88, a retired businessman, will be offered at 10 AM tomorrow in Assumption Church, following prayers in the Dombrowski-Czeladzinski Funeral Home, 447 Amherst St. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet, Town of Tonawanda.
Mr. Klementowski died Friday (Feb. 11, 1977) in St. Francis Home, Williamsville.
He was born and educated in Krakow, Poland, and came to this country as a young man.
He retired in 1960 and at the time was a member of the Klementowski Bros. Furniture Appliances Store, 1175 Broadway. He ran the Black Rock Liquor Store, 452 Amherst St. from 1933 to 1957 and the Sweetland Ice Cream Co. from 1934 to 1954.
He was a past president of the Grant-Amherst Businessmens Association. Mr. Klementowski organized the Polish Cadets Federal Credit Union and was it's president for a quarter of a century. He also was past president of the Polish Cadets of Buffalo Inc.
He was a member of the Holy Name Society and the St. Anthony Society Of Assumption Church, 435 Amherst St. and organizer of the parish Boy Scout Troop 142.
He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Frederick Schweickhard of North Tonawanda, and sons Joseph, Victor and Stanley of Buffalo; 17 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

McKinley, Donald T., Stabbing Victim
Funeral services were held today for Donald T. McKinley Sr., a 55 year-old Buffalo Executive, who was stabbed Friday night in his Clarence home.
His wife, Marie, 54 who was also stabbed, was reported in fair condition in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.
Their son, Michael K. McKinley, 24, is being held without bail on a second-degree murder charge pending a hearing. Police said he is attempting to arrange for a lawyer.
The son was arrested Saturday on the State University of buffalo campus, where he was watching television.
Mr. McKinley Sr. was a Buffalo Division manager of the Dunlop Tire and Rubber Corp.
A native of Picton, Ont., Mr. McKinley was graduated in 1949 from the university of Buffalo. He was a member of the Metropolitan Chapel of **word missing**
Besides his wife, Mr. McKinley is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Joseph Mineo; two other sons, Donald T. Jr. and David S. McKinley, both at home; a sister, Mrs. Iris Feldt of Rochester, and a brother, Kenneth McKinley of Kenmore.
Burial was in Elmlawn Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda

Bodewes, Herman J.
Union Agent
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered tomorrow for Herman J. Bodewes, a business agent for the Buffalo Carpenters District Council (AFL-CIO) for 36 years.
Mr. Bodewes, 81, of 70 Sargent Dr., Snyder, died Saturday (Feb. 12, 1977) in Millard Fillmore Hospital after a brief illness. He was the father of Herman F. (Buddy) Bodewes, current president of the Carpenters District Council.
A native of Seneca Falls, Mr. Bodewes joined the Carpenters Union when he came to Buffalo in 1922. He was elected business agent in 1938 and remained in that position until his retirement last Aug.1.
Besides his son, Mr. Bodewes has two grandsons who are active in the union. Terrance is business agent and Donald is fund administrator.
Mr. Bodewes was a life member of the Elks Club of Pittsburgh, Pa., and a member of a local Moose Hall.
He is also survived by his wife, Florence, and a sister, Mrs. Minnie Frisk of Elmira.
The Mass will be at 9:30 AM in Christ the King Catholic Church, 30 Lamarck Dr., Snyder. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Haile, Miss Ernestine
Funeral services for Miss Ernestine Haile, 70, retired medical librarian at Millard Fillmore Hospital, will be held at 3 PM tomorrow at First Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.
Miss Haile died Sunday (Feb. 13, 1977) in Millard Fillmore Hospital after a short illness. She lived at 800 W. Ferry St.
Miss Haile graduated from the University of Buffalo in 1931, receiving a bachelor of art degree and certificate in library science.
She worked for many years as research librarian and head of the genealogy department of the old Grosvenor Library. She worked at Millard Fillmore for about 20 years before retiring six years ago.
Miss Haile was a member and past parliamentarian and historian of the Katherine Pratt Horton Buffalo Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
She belonged to First Presbyterian Church and a past president and program chairman of it's former Women's Association and president of the former Evening Club.
She was also a Republican committeeman in Buffalo's Delaware District.

Hayes, Henry L. 
Funeral services for Henry L. Hayes, 91, former principal guard for the Erie County SWheriff's Department, were held today. 
Mr. Hayes of 961 E. Ferry St died Tuesday (Feb 8, 1977) in Meyer Memorial Hospital after sufferingan apparent heart attack in his home. Burial will be at Forest Lawn. 
A native of Natchez, Miss., Mr. Hayes was a guard with the Sheriff's Department for 30 years, serving as principal guard from 1952 until his retirement in 1959. 
Mr. Hayes was a member of the Badge & Shield Club and First Shiloh Baptist Church. 
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Lillian Hayes; a daughter, Mrs. Joyce Banks; two grandchildren and a great-grandchild. 

Klein, Mrs. Helen G. 
Lorain, O., Feb. 12 - Private funeral services were held today for Mrs. Helen G. Klein, a retired teacher in the Buffalo school system, who died Friday (Feb 11, 1977) in St. Joseph's Hospital. Burial will be in Forest Lawn, Buffalo. 
A native of Oil City, PA., Mrs. Klein lived in Amherst, O. 
Formerly of West Seneca, she taught math and science in Buffalo public schools moving to Amherst in 1961. 
Mrs. Klein was a member of the American Association of University Women, New York State Retired Teachers Association and the First Congregational Church of Lorain. 
Surviving are her husband, Gordon F. Klein, and a brother, Thomas C. Kirkland, of Buffalo.

Berner, Apolonia 
Of Buffalo, N.Y., Feb. 9,1977, wife of th elate William Berner; mother of Mrs. Norma Forge of Angola, N.Y., William Berner of California and the late Lorraine Rick; also survived by eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Funeral service from the Eugene J. Heil Funeral Home Inc., 8434 North Main St., Angola, N.Y. Friday morning at 11 o'clock The family will receive friends from 2-5 and 7-9 PM. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations may be made to the American Heart Assn. 

Kubala, Josephine 
Mrs. Josephine Kubala, 85, who with her late husband, Vincent, owned and operated the Kubala Furniture Stores, died Saturday (Feb. 5, 1977) in Mercy Hospital after a short illness.
They opened their first store in 1913 at 315-317 Amherst St. and later added two branch stores at 1502 and 1345 Broadway. The stores became a family corporation in 1940. She continued to operate the business after her husband's death until 1972, when she retired and the business was sold. 
A native of Krakow, Poland, she came to Buffalo 70 years ago with her brother, the late Rev. Louis Chodacki. 
She resided in the Black Rock area until her retirement, when she moved in with a daughter, Mrs. Sigmund J. Gucfa of Kenmore. 
Mrs. Kubala was a member of the Polish Union of America, the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America and the Kolko Polek Charity Organization. 
Surviving in addition to Mrs. Gucfa are three daughters, Mrs. Joseph J. Matala of West Seneca, Mrs. John S. Witkowski of Niagara Falls, and Mrs. Stephen J. Czerwinski of Kenmore, two sons, John E. Kubala of Snyder and Louis J. Kubala, 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. 
Prayers at 9:15 AM tomorrow in the Dombrowski-Celadzinski Funeral Home, 447 Amherst St., will be followed by a 9:30 Mass of Christian Burial in Assumption Church, 435 Amherst St. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga. 

Mrs. Norman Champagne 
Syracuse, Feb 7 - Mrs. Mary Ann Champagne, 43, wife of Norman C. Champagne, vice president of Hughes Industrial Products Inc. of Clarence, will be buried here tomorrow in Assumption Cemetery following a 9:30 AM  Mass of Christian Burial in St. Margaret's Church, Mattydale. 
Mrs. Champagne, a former Buffalo resident, who moved to the Syracuse area six years ago, died Saturday (Feb 5, 1977) in Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital here after a long illness. 
She worked as a telephone operator in the Main St. office of the New York Telephone Co. and in the Blue Cross office in Buffalo during the late 40s. 
The former Mary Ann Tracy, she is survived by, in addition to her husband, two daughters, Lynn and Denise of North Syracuse, four sons, Michael, who is in the Navy, Norman Jr., Thomas and Kevin of North Syracuse, her father, Joseph Tracy and three brothers, Joseph, Thomas and Michael Tracy.

Siwiak, Jozef J.
Jozef J. Siwiak, Founded School
A Mass of Christian Burial for Jozef J. Siwiak, 70, a Polish army veteran who founded the Polish Saturday School here in the early 1950s, will be offered at 10 AM tomorrow in St. Luke's Church, 1300 Sycamore St. He died Friday (Feb. 4, 1977) after a lengthy illness.
Mr. Siwiak, of 64 Kosciuszko St., was a native of Poland who retained his Polish citizenship. After the German invasion, he escaped to Hungary and then to Egypt, where he enlisted in the 3rd Carpathian Infantry Division of the 2d Polish Corps.
He served under Gen. Wladyslaw Enders during the 1944 siege of Monte Ciasino. He was promoted from Lieutenant to captain.
He emigrated to Buffalo after the war and in 1951 organized the Polish Saturday School at St. Stanislaus Church, 389 Peckham St.
He directed the school until his retirement in 1971. He had received the Silver Cross of Merit with Swords for his war service. He was a former leader of the Polish Boy Scouts Association, the Parent and Youth Association of St. Stanislaus Church, the Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle and the Copernicus Foundation.
Suvivors include his wife, the former Karolina Gil, and three daughters, Mrs. Alicia Dadok, and Mrs. Maria Skora, both of Gorki, Poland, and Mrs. Christina Dudek of Shoczow, Poland. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

Donovan, Rev. Vincent C.
Springfield, KY., Feb.  7 - A Mass of Christian Burial was held here last week for the Rev. Vincent C. Donovan, 85, a Buffalo native and brother of the late Gen. William (Wild Bill) Donovan.
Father Donovan, a Dominican priest, died Sunday (Jan. 30, 1977) in a nursing home in Lebanon, KY. Until a few months ago, he was a the Sacred Heart Nursing Home in Clarence.
He appeared in good health and was recovering from broken ribs suffered in a fall.
Father Donovan was educated at Nardin Academy, St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute and St. Bernard's Seminary in Rochester.
He was ordained in 1917, and held various teaching posts in Rhode Island, Ohio, and at the Dominican University in Rome, Italy.
He was the younger brother of Ge. Donovan, a member of the famous "Fighting 69th" in World War I and founder of the Office of Strategic Services, forerunner of the CIA, during World War II.
Father Donovan's life work was in teaching, especially the Gregorian Chant, the official music of the Catholic Church.
He was also the founder and president of the Catholic Thought Association of America. He was a proponent of the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas and held that St. Thomas' teachings held an eternal relevance to current times.
Father Donovan grew up in a big, high stooped brick house at 74 Michigan St. in Buffalo's First Ward.
He is survived by two nephews, David of Berryville, VA>, and Robert H. Donovan of Yonkers.

Carnevale, Daniel K., Teacher
Funeral services were held Saturday for Daniel K. Carnevale, a member of the "Orchard Park Eight" jailed in 1976 for leading a teacher's strike.
Mr. Carnevale, 56, of Kenmore, died Thursday (Feb. 3, 1977) in Mercy Hospital of complications resulting from surgery.
An English teacher in Orchard Park for 22 years, Mr. Carnevale was actively involved in union affairs. He was jailed for a week last year for his part in leading the 1975 Orchard Park teacher's strike.
His wife, the former Catherine McCarthy, died during that strike. They leave a son, John, who is 13.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Carnevale graduated from Grover Cleveland High School and the former University of Buffalo. He served in the Air Force during World War II and later taught in the Newfane schools before going to the Orchard Park system.
Besides his son, he is survived by his mother, Mrs. Rose Carnevale; two brothers, Joseph M. and Michael J. Carnevale, and a sister, Mrs. Santo Marciano.

Wiles, Charles E.
Charles E. Wiles, 83, of Buffalo, a retired Chrevrolet office worker and church volunteer, died Sunday (Feb. 6,1977) in his son's Grand island home, after a long illness.
Born in Olean, Mr. Wiles was brought to Buffalo in 1907 and completed school here. He attended the former Leitz Technical Institute here.
For years he operated a food delivery business in Buffalo and it's suburbs. Later he managed Danahy-Faxon food stores before joining the payroll staff of the Chevrolet plant on Delavan Ave.
Mr. Wiles was a six-term president of St. Martin's Holy Name Society and belonged to the St. Vincent DePaul Society, Catholic Endeavor, Catholic Charities, Friendly Visitors, and the Ushers Society of the Columban League.
He was a committeeman of the United Auto Workers Local 424.
Surviving are his wife, the former Mae A. Murphy; a son Dr. Charles E. Wiles, Grand Island; a daughter, Mrs. John J. Hayes, Hamburg; two sisters, Mrs. Paul Klem, Struthers, O,; and Mrs. Thomas J. Sullivan; 13 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Prayers in the Leo-Sauer-Lynett Funeral Home, 1933 Kensington Ave., at 89:30 AM Wednesday will precede a 10 AM Mass of Christian Burial in Christ the King Church, 30 Lamarck Dr., Snyder. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.

Murray, Richard W. 
Of Hamburg, N.Y., Feb. 4, 1977, husband of Jeanette (nee O'Connor) and the late Jane Kavanaugh; father of Mrs. Peter (Katherine) Degenhardt,  Edward J., and Patrick O., both of Richmond Va., and Richard W. Jr.;  brother of the late Edward, Christopher and Miss Eileen Murray, Mrs. Alice Jenkins and Mrs. Mary Mahoney; also survived by 11 grandchildren. Funeral from the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home, 21 Pierce Ave., Hamburg, N.Y., Monday morning at 9:30 and from S.S. Peter and Paul Church at 10. Friends invited. Visiting hours 2-4 and 7-9 PM 

Hoffman, Jean 
In Buffalo, N.Y., Feb. 3, 1977, wife of the late Charles LoCurto and also of the late Elmer Hoffman; mother of the late Charles LoCurto Jr; grandmother of two grandchildren; daughter of the late Carl and Carmela (nee Colangelo) Thomas; sister of Dominic (Tom) Thomas, Mrs. Don Andolina (Mary Rose), Mrs. Michael Carnevale (Kitty) and the late Mrs. Louis (Carmela) Bonadio. Private services will be held at the Rubino Memorial Home, 1234 Delaware Ave., Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Rev. Joseph Bellan, pastor of St. Anthony's Church, will officiate. Flowers gratefully declined. 

Schaefer, Ruth Ginther 
Suddenly, Feb 1,1977, wife of William F. Schaefer; mother of Eugene J, of Pittsburgh, PA.; daughter of Henriette H. Schultz and the late William P. Ginther. Friends recieved at the Murphy Funeral Home, 1700 Hertel Ave., on Saturday and Sunday from 12-5 PM. Funeral services will be held in Forest Lawn Chapel Monday afternoon at 1 o'clock. Friends invited. Mrs. Schaefer was a member of Eastern Star, Amherst Chapter No. 555. Memorials in her memory may be made to the Parkside Lutheran Church.

Feb 3, 1977 Buffalo Evening News 
Holmes, Margaret Smith
Of East Aurora, N.Y., February 1.1977, wife of the late Nelson A.; mother of Kenneth N. and Keith W., David L., Mrs. Douglas (Shirley)Wagner, and Mrs. Paul (Mary) Heitzman; sister of Mrs. Walter (Loretta) Hassenmayer, Mrs. Raymond (Theresa) Gresien, Raymond, Frank, Albert, Jerome, and the late John; also survived by 16 grandchildren. No prior visitation. Memorial service
Saturday at 10:30 AM at the Kenneth Howe Funeral Home Inc., 64 Maple St., East Aurora. Private interment in Oakwood Cemetery. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorial gifts may be made to the Heart Assn. or the American
Cancer Society. 

Galeza, Casimer J. 
In Buffalo, N.Y., beloved husband of Charlotte (nee Kasinski); dear father of Casey F. (Iris); grandfather of Amy Colleen and Casey Scott; brother of Mrs. Henry (Mary) Mayer and the late Matthew (Josephine) and Stanley Galexa; also survived by nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Kolano Funeral Home, Inc., 396 Amherst St., near Grant St., Thursday at 9:15 AM. and 9:30 a Mass of Christian Burial at Assumption Church. Relatives and friends invited. Family will be present 2-5 and 7-9. 

Gertis, Carl W.
Of Freedom, N.Y., in Boynton Beach, Fla., Jan. 28, 1977, beloved husband of Francis Gertis; father of Carl J. Gertis of Arcade, N.Y. and Eugene M. Gertis of Freedom, N.Y.; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild; brother of Mrs. Thomas (Ann) Dietsch of Port St. Lucy, Fla.; three brothers, Alfred of Buffalo, Elmer of Ridgeway, Ont. and John of Elton, N.Y.; several nieces and nephews. There is no prior visitation or calling. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3:00 PM in United Methodist Church of Arcade, N.Y. Memorials may be made to United Methodist Church. Arrangements are under the supervision of W.S. Davis Inc.

Booker, Esther Beyer
In Cheektowaga, N.Y. Jan 27, 1977, beloved wife of Leonard Booker; mother of Leonard (Martha) and Richard (Carol) Booker, Mrs. John (Sandra) Demoss of Nevada; sister of Ruth Moroth and the late Harold, Clarence, Franklin Beyer; also survived by 15 grandchildren. Funeral service was held Saturday, Jan.29 at the Rapin Funeral Home, 2407 Genesee St.

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