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BOTKINS - Peggie J.
5/26/2003

Of Darien Center, May 25, 2003, wife of the late Ernest Botkins; mother of Stephen (Michelle), David (Cathy), John Botkins and Linda Leeds and the late Ernest Botkins, Jr.; sister of Lee G. (Jackie) and the late Hubert Fuller; sister-in-law of Fern Fuller; also survived by 13 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends may call Tuesday 1-3 and 6-8 at MARLEY FUNERAL HOME, 135 Main St., Attica where Funeral Service will be held Wednesday at 11 AM. Memorials to Darien Fire Co. Rescue Squad, Rte. 77, Darien, NY 14040.


BOYLE - Marjorie M.
5/26/2003

Of 126 N. 11th St., Olean, died May 24, 2003 in her home. Former NY Telephone employee in Buffalo. Survived by her husband, James Boyle; one daughter, Lynn Hardenbergh of Olean; three grandchildren; three sisters and two brothers. Visitation Monday 7-9 and Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 in CASEY, HALWIG & HARTLE FUNERAL HOME, 3128 W. State Rd., Olean. Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday at 10 AM in St. Mary of the Angels Church in Olean. Burial in St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany, NY.


BRANNIGAN - Gail H. (nee Bainbridge)
5/25/2003

May 23, 2003, age 68, beloved wife of James M. Brannigan; dear mother of Michael Brannigan, Maureen (Glenn Williams) Auld and the late John Brannigan; grandmother of Jarrod (Nicki) Brannigan, Sean Patrick (Kathy) Brannigan, Brian, Devon and Jesse Brannigan of Houston, TX and Joseph James Auld and Anthony Matthew Auld; great-grandmother of J.J., Alysa, Bailee and Haley; sister of Gerald (Fran) Bainbridge, Robert (Joan 'Bunny') Bainbridge and Elaine (Richard) Smith; also survived by many nieces and nephews. The family will be present to receive friends Sunday and Monday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the (Cleveland Hill Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 569 Cleveland Dr. where funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 10:45 AM and at the Chapel of Our Lady Help of Christians Church at 11:30 AM. Friends invited.


BROWN - Jean K. (nee Ludwig)
5/26/2003

May 24, 2003, beloved wife of the late William A. Brown; dearest mother of William (Neila) Brown, Claudia (Joseph) DiSarno, Regina (Joseph) Przybyl, Veronica (Robert) Roehner, Celeste (John) Zachritz, Joemma (Michael) Tyx and Stephen Brown; dear grandmother of 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sister of Eileen (late Phil) Burns, Marge (late Bill) Johengen, Joseph (Dot), Edward (Carrie) and Paul (Lorraine) Ludwig. Family will be present on Monday and Tuesday 3-7 PM at the (Cleveland Hill Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 569 Cleveland Dr. where funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 8:45 AM and from St. Gerard Church at 9:30 AM. Friends invited. Flowers gratefully declined. If desired, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 25 Hazelwood Dr., Suite 116, Amherst, NY 14228.


BUNICH - Emily (nee Petrison)
5/26/2003

May 23, 2003, wife of the late George S. Bunich; mother of Elena (Peter) Pulvino, Joseph (Susan) and the late Gregory; mother-in-law of Mary Bunich; daughter of the late Frank and Amelia Petrison; stepdaughter of the late Michael Kachmar; grandmother of Elizabeth Bunich and Emilia Bunich; great-grandmother of Valerie Weisbeck; sister of the late Helen Quill, Frank Petrison, Julius Petrison, Joseph Petrison, John Petrison, Stephen Petrison and Anna Nowicki; sister-in-law of Helen Buntich and Peggy Maglich; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Family and friends may call Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the DONALD J. SIWEK FUNERAL HOME, 610 Hertel Ave. where services will be held Wednesday at 11 AM.


CATUZZI - Marianne (Woeppel)
5/26/2003

May 24, 2003, of West Seneca and Faun Lake, NY, beloved wife of Carmen L. Catuzzi; dearest mother of Ann Marie (Larry) Kopko, Mary Joan Catuzzi and Donna Jeanne (Leonard) Leszkowicz; sister of Amelia Wilkinson, Margaret Mary (Monte) Schrader and the late Joseph Woeppel; also survived by nine grandchildren. No prior visitation. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass on Wednesday, May 28 at 10:15 AM in Queen of Heaven Church. Donations may be made to Buffalo Hospice. Arrangements by CURTIN FUNERAL HOME, INC.


COOK - Doris M. (nee Wolf)
5/26/2003

May 24, 2003, of Marilla, NY, beloved wife of the late Walter A. Cook; dearest mother of Charles (Amy Synrod), Marsha A. (David) North and Pauline Cook; grandmother of Brian, Gary and Jenny Cook, Stephanie, Michael and Kevin North; sister of the late Donald Wolf and Jane (survived by Ernest) Berry; niece of Marie Wolf; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends on Wednesday 12 Noon to 2 PM at the WOOD FUNERAL HOME, 784 Main St., East Aurora where services will be held following the visitation at 2 PM. Interment in Maple Rest Cemetery, Porterville, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Hospice Buffalo, Inc., 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, NY or St. Nicodemus Lutheran Church, East Aurora, NY would be appreciated.


DePASQUALE - Michael V.
5/26/2003

May 25, 2003, beloved husband of Carmela (Burgio) DePasquale; devoted father of Camille (John) Russell and Michael (Laura) DePasquale; loving grandfather of Nicholas and Jamie Russell, April and Claire DePasquale; also survived by nieces and nephews. Funeral services at the BUSZKA FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2005 Clinton St. (corner South Ogden) Wednesday at 9 AM and at St. Bernard Church at 9:30 AM. Mr. DePasquale was a member of Teamsters Local #375. Family present Tuesday only 2-4 and 7-9 PM.


DISE - Donald Parker
5/26/2003

Of Hampstead, NC, died Thursday, May 22, 2003 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center in Wilmington, NC. He was born April 16, 1926 in Buffalo, NY, son of the late George R. and Elizabeth Bellinger Dise. Mr. Dise graduated from Bennett High School, and then served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After graduating from the University of Rochester, he worked for Niagara-Mohawk Power Corp. in Buffalo from 1950-1970 and then in Syracuse from 1970-1984, retired after 34 years of service as Senior Vice-President of Engineering and Quality Assurance and then moved to Olde Point in Hampstead, NC. Mr. Dise is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jane Worden Dise; three children, Kathryn D. Powell of Silver Spring, MD, Karl M. Dise (Frances) of Evergreen, CO and Christopher W. Dise (Pamela) of Manlius, NY; seven grandchildren and a sister, Dona E. Dise of Caroga Lake, NY. A Memorial Service will be held at 3 PM Tuesday, May 27, 2003. Interment will be in Salisbury, NY at a later date. In lieu, of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center, 1406 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401.


DOLAN - John F.
5/26/2003

May 25, 2003, of Hamburg, formerly of Orchard Park, beloved husband of Louise (Lucas); dearest father of Kathleen (Kenneth) Gellart, Maureen Dolan, Robert J. (Patricia) Dolan and the late John F. Dolan, Jr.; loving grandfather of John C. (Kimberly) Franz, Jr., Amy L. (James) Ostrowski, Megan M., Kevin M. Scully, Robert J. Dolan, Jr., Elizabeth and Jeremy Dolan; brother of Mary Agnes (James) Farrell, Margaret Dolan, Patricia (late James) Kelly and the late Peter, Thomas (Ruth) and M. Gerard (Sylvia) Dolan; also survived by four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. The family will be present to receive friends on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 at the Orchard park Chapel of the JOSEPH K. QUINN FUNERAL HOME, INC., 6170 West Quaker St. (Rte. 20A) where funeral services will be held on Wednesday morning at 9:15 and followed by a Mass of Christian Burial from St. Bernadette's Church at 10:00. Friends invited. Mr. Dolan was a veteran of WWII and a past Commander of the American Legion Hamburg Post #527 and a member of the K of C Father Baker Council #2243, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Holy Name Society of St. Bernadette's. Flowers gratefully declined. Interment in St. Vincent Cemetery, Eden, NY.


FLANAGAN - John N.
5/26/2003

Age 78, May 25, 2003, husband of Marjorie Hasselbeck Flanagan; father of Katherine F. (Ronald) Ring of Watertown, NY and Sheila A. Flanagan of Newfane, NY; grandfather of Alexander Flanagan Moskal of Newfane; brother of Lt. Gen. Edward M. (Peg) Flanagan, U.S. Army, Ret. of Beaufort, SC and the late Ann F. Karashay; brother-in-law of Eugene (Jo Ann) Hasselbeck. Friends may call Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the DENGLER & ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME, 3000 Delaware Ave. at Tremont, Kenmore. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. Edmund's Church, 530 Ellicott Creek Rd., Tonawanda, Wednesday morning at 10 AM. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorial contributions may be made to The American Diabetes Assn. or the charity of your choice.


FLYNN - John M.
5/26/2003

Saturday, May 24, 2003. Mr. Flynn is survived by his wife, Virginia Gast Flynn; daughters, Mary V. (James A. DeVinney) Flynn and Ann M. (Robert J.) McCarthy; grandson, Daniel F. McCarthy; sisters, Mary Ruth Faulhaber and Helen (Folger) Callaghan; several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews. He was a veteran of World War II and a member of 209th Coast Artillery. His family will receive friends Tuesday 3-7 PM at PAUL W. HARRIS FUNERAL HOME, INC., 570 Kings Highway South (corner of Titus Ave.) in Rochester, NY. Friends are invited to meet the family Wednesday 9:30 AM at St. Margaret Mary Church (401 Rogers Pkwy., Rochester, NY) for his Funeral Mass. Interment St. Rose Cemetery, Lima, NY. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be directed to St. Francis Geriatric Foundation, 34 Benwood Ave., Buffalo, NY 14214.


FRANCOFORTE - August 'Gus'
5/25/2003

May 23, 2003, husband of Maria Teresa (Gambacorta) Francoforte; father of Michael (Liz) Francoforte, Steven Francoforte, Angela Mazzella; grandfather of Erica, Michael Mazzella, Jason, Jennifer, Samantha, Nicolo Francoforte; son of the late Samuel and Anna (Pusateri) Francoforte; brother of Josephine Cortelli, Paul (Theresa) Francoforte, Mamie (late Kenneth) Heppel, Rose (late Sam) Sabia and the late Frank, Louis (late Louise), Salvatore 'Chuck' (Elizabeth) Francoforte; also survived my many nieces and nephews. Family present Sunday and Monday 5-8 PM at the PERNA FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1306 Hertel Ave. (near Colvin Ave.), where services will be held Tuesday at 8:30 AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated from St. Margaret's Church at 9:30 AM. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Heart Assn.


FRANK - Alice Cofield (nee Dearing)
5/26/2003

May 25, 2003, beloved wife of the late Carlos H. Frank; dear mother of Carlos 'Carl' (Marianne), David P. (Mary Grace), Timothy J. (Yun) of Vienna, VA, Mary Alice Frank, Theodore C. (Rita) of Jakarta, Indonesia, Regina M. and Frederick G. Frank of Rochester, NY; grandmother of Marianne, Michael, William, Marjorie, Theresa, Kathleen, Margaret, Joseph, Alicia, Timothy, Erin, Sonni, Vicki and the late David and nine great-grandchildren; sister of Catherine M. Waters and Ruth M. Buckley and the late Charles C., Ralph, James, Joseph, William and Mary Clare Dearing. The family will receive friends at the C. MERTZ & SON FUNERAL HOME, INC., 911 Englewood Ave., Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM where funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10:15 AM and a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John the Baptist Church (Englewood Ave.) at 10:45 AM.


GENSLER - Ruth M. (nee Hummel)
5/25/2003

May 23, 2003; wife of the late Irvin; dear mother of Dale (Ann Marie) and Terry (Maureen); grandmother of Jill and Kimberly; great-grandmother of Adam; sister of Hazel (Gene) Roetzer and Richard (Rita) Hummel; also survived by nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 3 Doat at Genesee St., Saturday, May 31 at 11:30 AM. No prior visitation. Arrangements by the PACER FUNERAL HOME INC.


GERTZ - James D.
5/25/2003

May 23, 2003. Beloved husband of Rosanne (Noworyta); devoted father of Jacob A., Aaron J., and James I. Gertz; dear son of Doris and the late Thaddeus Gertz; dear son-in-law of Helen and the late Frank Noworyta; dear brother of George (Sharon), David (Mary) Gertz, and Joan (Mark) Giansante; also survived by nieces and nephews. Funeral services at the BUSZKA FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2005 Clinton St. (South Ogden), Tuesday at 9 AM and at St. Bernard Church at 9:30 AM. Mr. Gertz was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War, committee member and Assistant Cub Scout Leader of Pack #128, a member of Amvets Post #72, the National Rifle Association, and the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch #3. Visitation Sunday and Monday 2-4 and 7-9 PM.


HUGHES - Lillian (nee O'Neill)
5/26/2003

May 25, 2003, of Blasdell, NY, beloved wife of the late Francis; dearest mother of Margaret (Theodore) Tomasik; grandmother of six and great-grandmother of nine; daughter of the late Arthur and Margaret (nee Ross) O'Neill; sister of the late Margaret (James) Murphy, Jack (Mary), Robert (Rita) and Florence (Arthur) McKenna; also survived by nieces and nephews. Services from the COLONIAL MEMORIAL CHAPELS, INC., 3003 South Park Ave., Lackawanna, NY, Wednesday morning at 9 and from Our Mother of Good Counsel Church at 9:30. Visitation Tuesday only 2-4 and 7-9 PM.


JACKSON - Franklin C.
5/26/2003

May 24, 2003, beloved husband of Shirley A. (nee Buthwick) Jackson; dearest father of Cheryl A. (Joseph) Selapack and David C. (Jennifer) Jackson; grandfather of 10 grandchildren; beloved son of the late Frank and Mary Jackson; dear brother of Eugene (Estelle) Jackson and the late Mary (John) Churder and Ruth (John) Duke; also survived by several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews. No prior visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service to be announced at a later date. Arrangements by the Urban-AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME.


KAZMIERCZAK - Sophie R. (Maguda)
5/26/2003

May 25, 2003, of West Seneca, NY, wife of the late Francis; mother of Gloria and Ronald (Judith) Kazmierczak; grandmother of Timothy Palys, Pamella (Michael) Mariani, Ronald Kazmierczak, Robin (Darren) Tolsma and Darren (Kelley) Kazmierczak; great-grandmother of nine; great-great-grandmother of three; sister of Mary Czapla. Family will be present Monday and Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 at the HOY FUNERAL HOME, INC., 3855 Seneca St., West Seneca where prayers will be said Wednesday morning at 8:30 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial from Queen of Heaven Church at 9 AM. Friends invited.


KRAKOWIAK - Regina H. (Bakowski)
5/25/2003

May 23, 2003, of Cheektowaga, NY, beloved wife of the late Casimer S. Krakowiak; dearest mother of Robert C. (Sandra) Krakowiak; dear grandmother of Michelle and Lisa; sister of Aloysius (late Alice) Bakowski, late Tessie (late Anthony) Smaczniak, Emily (late Casimer) Marek, Frank (late Bernice), Walter Bakowski; survived by nieces and nephews. Funeral service from the BARRON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 3025 William St. near Union Rd., Cheektowaga, Tuesday at 8:45 and in St. Stanislaus Church at 9:30. Family present Sunday and Monday 2-4 and 7-9. Mrs. Krakowiak was a member of the St. Stanislaus Seniors Sunshine Club, Sacred Heart Society and Rosary Society.


LOESCH - Josephine E. (nee Ellrott)
5/26/2003

Of Elma, NY, May 23, 2003. Beloved wife of the late Edward E. Loesch; dearest mother of Elliott (Pamela) Loesch; sister of the late Norbert Ellrott. No Prior visitation. Family and Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass on Wednesday morning at 9:30 o'clock from St. Gabriel's Church, 5271 Clinton St., Elma, NY. Arrangements by PAUL A. KLOC BLOSSOM CHAPELS, INC. (668-5666).


LONGBOAT - Jennie (Stevens)
5/25/2003

Suddenly, May 23, 2003, at the age of 52 years, of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation. Beloved wife of Duayne Longboat; mother of Pete (Kenda) Longboat, Jay-Nee Eppolito; grandmother of David Jr., Brian, and Olivia; sister of Iona Lay, Delores Kaznica, Jane Stevens, Laverne (Maxine) Stevens, Darlene Seneca, Artie Stevens, Marilyn Stevens and the late Alberta Stevens and Mary Jane Cooper; daughter of the late Francis and Susie (Huff) Stevens; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the family residence, Bush Rd., Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, where the funeral service will be held Monday morning at 10 AM and 10:30 in the Longhouse. Jennie was Director of Employment and Training from 1999-present for the Seneca Nation. Arrangements by WENTLAND FUNERAL HOME, North Collins.


MILLER - Evelyn A. (nee Schmidlin)
5/26/2003

May 25, 2003, of Cheektowaga, NY, beloved wife of 58 years to Chester L. Miller, Jr.; dearest mother of Marillin B. Filipski and Rhea M. Lechowicz; grandmother of Michelle Filipski, Joseph Filipski, Alison Lechowicz and William Lechowicz; great-grandmother of Jonathan Filipski; sister of Bernice Reed; also survived by nieces and nephews. Family will be present to receive relatives and friends Monday 7-9 PM and Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the MELVIN J. SLIWINSKI FUNERAL HOME, 85 George Urban Blvd. (west of Harlem Rd.) where funeral services will be held Wednesday at 9 AM and from Queen of Martyrs Church at 9:30 AM. Interment St. Matthew's Cemetery. Mrs. Miller worked for three World War II defense plans, former President and member of Queen of Martyrs Altar & Rosary Society, Diocesan Vice President and member of Ladies of Charity, 51 year member of Francis J. Donovan Auxiliary #1626, member of Leonard Post Auxiliary #6251, member of Cheektowaga Seniors, Thursday Couples Club and the Patriotic Commission.


MOCERI - Rev. August
5/25/2003

Age 90, of Amherst, NY, May 23, 2003, husband of Gertrude (nee Jakat) Moceri; father of Anne (Mark) Benzow, Paul (Maria) Moceri, Ruth (Eugene) Whitmer and Jeanne (Paul) Ronca; also survived by 11 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Family will be present to receive friends Monday 4-8 PM at the BURY & ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME, INC., 3070 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, NY. Visitation 9-10 AM on Tuesday at the Expressway Assembly of God, 260 Eggert Rd., Buffalo followed by a funeral service at 10 AM. Friends invited. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to the Expressway Assembly of God. Mr. Moceri was a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII.


NEUMEISTER - Elmer P.
5/25/2003

May 23, 2003, beloved husband of Philomena Neumeister (nee Tartaglione); brother of Lorraine (late Bruce) Hammond; also survived by many nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. Mark's R.C. Church Tuesday at 10 AM. Arrangements GEORGE J. ROBERTS & SONS.


OATES - Carolina E. (nee Bush)
5/25/2003

May 22, 2003, beloved wife of the late Frederic Sr.; dear mother of Joyce Smith, Frederic Jr. and Lynn Oates; survived by nieces and nephews. Memorials to the Alzheimer's Assn. of WNY appreciated.


PALMER - Matthew H.
5/26/2003

Of Town of Niagara, May 23, 2003, husband of Jeanie (Mann) Palmer; father of Ernest (Michele) Palmer of Lewiston, Robert (Christina) Palmer of Town of Niagara, Matthew (Diane) Palmer of Charlotte, NC and Karen (Anthony) Fiore of Niagara Falls; brother of Robert (Jean) Palmer of Lewiston and the late Jack Palmer; also 14 grandchildren and one great-grandson. Friends may call 2-4 and 7-9 PM Monday at the LANE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 8622 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls where services will be held Tuesday at 11 AM.


PRIVITERA - Charles J.
5/25/2003

May 24, 2003, of North Collins, NY, beloved husband of Vera (Empringham) Privitera; father of Charles (Cathy) Privitera and Gail (Stephen) Ellsworth; grandfather of eight grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; brother of Giro Privitera and the late Grace Golden. Friends may call Monday evening from 7-9 PM and Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the WENTLAND FUNERAL HOME, 10634 Main St. (Rte. 62), North Collins, NY where the funeral services will be held Tuesday evening at 8 PM. Mr. Privitera was a charter life member of the William R. Dils VFW Post #199, charter member of the North Collins Emergency Squad, exempt member of the North Collins Volunteer Fire Department, former member of the North Collins Police Department, a retiree of the NYS Dept. of Transportation and a decorated WWII veteran.


PROCTOR - James H.
5/25/2003

May 22, 2003 of Hamburg, NY. Beloved father of Richard (Kim), James (Amelia), Lynn (Daniel) Mitchell and David (Dawn) Proctor; former husband of Marilyn Stephens; also survived by nine grandchildren. Friends received at the LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC, S-4199 Lakeshore Rd (corner Camp Rd & Route 5), Hamburg 627-2919. Monday 2-4 and 7-9 PM, where Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10:30 AM. Charles A. Castiglia, Director.


RACKLEY - Lt. Col. Robert L.
5/26/2003

Age 68, of Tequesta, FL, died Saturday, May 24, 2003 at Hospice of Martin County. Mr. Rackley had been a resident of Tequesta for 12 years coming from Huntsville, AL. He was a 21-year U.S. Army veteran, serving two tours in Vietnam. Mr. Rackley received many citations including the Silver Star and served with the Joint Chief of Staff at the Pentagon. He was a member of Episcopal Church of Good Shepherd and served as Treasurer of their school. Mr. Rackley was a graduate of Christ School in Adren, NC, North Carolina State University and received his MBA at Canisius College, Buffalo, NY. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Morris Rackley; two sons, Michael (Kim) Rausch of Cincinnati, OH and David Rausch of Ponte Vedra, FL; one daughter, Elizabeth (Maurice) Gant of Huntsville, AL; three grandchildren, Vincent Rausch, Emily and Mary Elizabeth Gant; also survived by one sister, Julia (Richard) Woodman of Atlanta, GA. A Funeral Service will be held 11 AM, Tuesday, May 27, 2003 at Episcopal Church of The Good Shepherd, 400 Seabrook Rd., Tequesta. Final services and interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Christ School, 500 Christ School Rd., Arden, NC 28704; Episcopal of The Good Shepherd, 400 Seabrook Rd., Tequesta, FL 33469 or Hospice of Martin & St. Lucie Cty., 1201 SE Indian St., Stuart, FL 34997.


READ - L. Scott
5/26/2003

Suddenly, May 24, 2003, age 34, beloved husband of Becky A. (nee Root); dear son of Lawrence E. and Suzanne Cutler Read; dear brother of Wendy (Michael) Reynolds and Randy (Kristen) Read; dear son-in-law of Patricia and the late William Root; dear uncle of Sarah, Shane, Cayla, Preston, Emily and Pierce; dear brother-in-law of Michelle (Steven) Zaharkin and William Root. The family will be present Monday from 7-9 PM and Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the (Amherst Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 5200 Sheridan Dr. (at Hopkins Rd.). A Funeral Service will be held Wednesday at 11:00 in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave. in Buffalo. If desired, memorials may be made to the Williamsville Rotary Foundation or a charity of choice.


RICE - Richard
5/26/2003

May 24, 2003, father of Deborah (Martin) Schwarz; grandfather of Emily and Martin. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, June 2 at 9:30 AM from Christ the King Church, Main and Lamarck. Arrangements by the (Amherst Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC.


ROSS - Charles A. Sr.
5/24/2003

May 23, 2003. Husband of the late Gert Lewis Ross; father of Charles A. (Donna) Ross Jr. and Janice (Dr. Majeed) Khatri; grandfather of Eric, Nicole, Asma, Kaneez and Sarah; brother of Charlotte (Earl) McDonald and the late Arthur and Albert Ross. Friends may call Sunday 7-9, Monday 2-4 and 7-9 at LOOMIS, OFFERS & LOOMIS, INC. MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1820 Seneca St. where funeral will be held Tuesday at 11:00 AM. Mr. Ross was a retired Buffalo Fire Fighter and a Veteran of WW II. Memorials to Hospice Buffalo, Inc.


RUEHL - Elizabeth H. (nee Gracz)
5/25/2003

Suddenly, May 23, 2003, of Hamburg, NY, wife of the late Robert E. Ruehl, Sr.; beloved mother of Betty Ann (David) Wilson, Patricia (Walter) Kurnik and Robert (Susan) Ruehl, Jr.; cherished companion of Sylvester Lepsch; also survived by six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Friends received at the LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC., S-4199 Lakeshore Rd. (corner Camp Rd. & Rte. 5), Hamburg, 627-2919, Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 PM where funeral services will be held Wednesday at 8:45 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary of the Lake Church at 9:30 AM. Flowers gratefully declined. Charles A. Castiglia, Director.


SHENTON - James E.
5/24/2003

May 22, 2003, beloved husband of the late Elizabeth (Houghton) Shenton; devoted father of David (Sheryl) Shenton and Richard (Terry) Shenton; grandfather of Kimberly (Ryan) Smith, Michelle (Robert) Shuck, James Shenton, Christine Shenton and four great-grandchildren; brother of Claude Shenton. Friends may call Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst. Private graveside service at Mt. Albion Cemetery Wednesday. Friends are welcome to attend a memorial service Saturday, May 31 at 2 PM at Christ United Methodist Church. Flowers are declined. Memorials may be made to the Beechwood Blocher Foundation, The Erie Community College Scholarship Foundation or Christ United Methodist Church.


SISTER MARY EUSTACE CSSF -
5/25/2003

Felician Sisters Congregation Rose Symeon May 24, 2003, of Cheektowaga, NY, beloved daughter of the late John and Mary (nee Gesicki); sister of the late Joseph and Theodore Symeon, Nellie Zebrowski, Katie Sobotka, Sophia Grabowski and Helen Dack; also survived by nieces and nephews. Felician Sisters and family will be present to receive relatives and friends Monday 2-4 and 7-9 PM and Tuesday 2-5 PM. Transfer of Sister from the Convent to the Convent Chapel, Tuesday at 5 PM. Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday at 9 AM at the Villa Maria Convent Chapel, 600 Doat St. Interment in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Villa Maria Convent. Arrangements by PIETSZAK FUNERAL HOME.


SITTNIEWSKI - Henry R. 'Gabby'
5/26/2003

May 25, 2003, of Buffalo, NY, beloved husband of Cecelia (nee Brogcinski); dear father of Barbara (Fred) Bistrisky, Gary, David, Cheryl (Bob) Laberta, Michael and Beverly Sittniewski (Frank Dalrymple); brother of Barbara (late John) Gerevics, Leona (Daniel) Rinaldo, Casey (Dolores) Sittniewski and the late Charles (Mary) and Robert (Frances) Sittniewski; also survived by nine grandchildren and the late Justin, nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Services Wednesday at 10 AM from the Old First Ward Chapel of the PETER K. LESLIE FUNERAL HOME, 580 South Park Ave. (corner of Hamburg St., 855-1411). Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Family will be present Tuesday only 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Henry was a member of Teamsters Local #375.


SOOS - James L., Sr.
5/25/2003

May 22, 2003, beloved husband of Elizabeth (nee Mariano) Soos; devoted father of James L. (Karen) Soos, Jr.; dearest son of Virginia (Majszak) and the late John Soos; brother of Robert Soos; grandfather of Matthew Soos. Friends may call Sunday, 7-9, and Monday, 2-4 and 7-9 at VICTORIAN PARK, 4199 Lakeshore Rd. (corner Camp Rd.) (same location as Lakeside Memorial Home) where funeral services will be held Tuesday at 8:45 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at Our Lady of Victory Basilica at 9:30. Flowers gratefully declined. Contributions may be made to the Western New York Chapter of the American Diabetes Foundation, Donald A. Doino, Director.


SPARER - Lois M.
5/25/2003

May 24, 2003 of Fredonia NY, formerly of Orchard Park, NY. Beloved daughter of the late Henry C. and Florence N. Sparer; loving sister of Lorraine Albrecht of Clovis, CA, Eleanor Newton of Costa Mesa, California, Vernon (Shirley) Sparer, Doris (Norman) Tibbetts of Anchorage, Alaska, and the late Nelson Sparer. Family and friends may call Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the HOY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3855 Seneca St., West Seneca, where a funeral service will be held Wednesday morning at 11 AM. Friends invited.


STREBEL - Lt. Col. George S.
5/26/2003

May 24, 2003, of the Town of Tonawanda, NY, beloved husband of Aileen Strebel; father of Deborah (Donald) Pierce, George S. Jr. (Michele), Cheryl (David) Daumen and Nancy Sugalski; grandfather of Desiree and Scott Daumen, Thomas and Daniel Strebel; brother of William (Ethel) and Charles (Grace) Strebel. Friends may call Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 and Wednesday 2-4 at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT INC. FUNERAL HOME, 3290 Delaware Ave. Friends are invited to attend services in The Church of the Nativity, 1530 Colvin Blvd., Wednesday evening at 7. Memorials may be made to the S.P.C.A. or charity of your choice.


STRENG - Rev. Msgr. James E.
5/25/2003

May 24, 2003, son of the late Edward and Mary (McGuire) Streng; brother of Adair (late Edwin) Holroyd and Lois (James) Duggan; also survived by several nieces, nephews and members of the Streng and McGuire families; friend of Shirley Blessing. Friends may call at the ROBERTS & DENGLER FUNERAL HOME, 8630 Transit Rd., E. Amherst (one mile north of Maple Rd. just beyond Roll Rd.) Tuesday 5-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Peace Church, 10950 Main St., Clarence, Wednesday at 11:00 AM. Most Rev. Henry Mansell, Bishop of Buffalo, officiating. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery, Crittenden, NY.


SZANYI - Mary T.
5/25/2003

May 23, 2003, of the Town of Tonawanda, NY, beloved wife of Donald; mother of Helen (Craig) Marcheson, Mary and Michael Szanyi; also survived by several grandchildren; sister of Daniel Clancy. Friends may call Sunday 7-9 and Monday 2-4 and 7-9 at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT INC. FUNERAL HOME, 3290 Delaware Ave. where funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 10:45. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Timothy's R.C. Church at 11:30. Friends invited.


TRAMPERT - Joseph J.
5/26/2003

Of West Seneca, NY, May 25, 2003, beloved husband of the late Anna (nee Perozak); dearest father of James (Sandra) Trampert and Judith (David) Selig; cherished grandfather of Julia and Alyssa Trampert, Michael and Jon Selig; dear brother of Beatrice (late Richard) Bethge, Frances (Edward) Zabel, Marcella Olsen and the late Lewis (Gladys) Trampert and the late Mildred (late Leo) Czarniak; also survived by nieces and nephews. Family will be present Monday 7-9 and Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 at the HOY FUNERAL HOME, INC., 3855 Seneca St., West Seneca where prayers will be said Wednesday morning at 9:30 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial from St. William's Church at 10 AM. Friends invited. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials to Hospice Buffalo, Inc. appreciated. Mr. Trampert was a retired Buffalo Police Officer and World War II Navy veteran.


VACCARO - Rose T. (nee Ruggiero)
5/25/2003

May 23, 2003, age 83, beloved wife of the late Santo 'Sandy' Vaccaro; dear mother of Carmille (Samuel) Mercurio, Leonard Vaccaro and Sandra (Jaye) Trapasso; grandmother of Mark Mercurio, Britni Trapasso, Breean Trapasso and Brandi Trapasso; sister of Ann Sardo, Mae Cretacci and the late Frank (Lena) Ruggiero and Mary Sparacino; also survived by nieces and nephews. The family will be present to receive friends Monday evening 7-9 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2600 Sheridan Dr. (corner Parker), where funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 10 AM and at St. John the Baptist Church (Englewood Ave.) at 10:45 AM. Flowers gratefully declined.


WANDEL - Edward J.
5/25/2003

May 24, 2003, of Amherst, NY, husband of Mary M. Wandel and the late Florentine Wandel; father of Mark Wandel (Gloria), Paul Wandel (Betty), Margaret Marx (Gary), the late Peter Wandel, Marylee Zoratti (John), Paul Kadzik (Jan), Kathleen Martin and Nancy Stengel (Mark); also survived by 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; brother of Adele Kross, Natalie Mack (Ed) and the late Joseph and John Wandel. Friends may call Monday 6-9 PM and Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the HARRY A. WEDEKINDT FUNERAL HOME, INC., 280 Grover Cleveland Hwy. at N. Bailey where services will be held Wednesday at 9:30 AM and a Mass of Christian Burial from St. Benedict's Church at 10 AM. Friends invited. Flowers gratefully declined. If desired, memorials to Sr. of St. Francis, 4421 Lower River Rd., Stella Niagara, NY 14144 or Hospice Foundation would be appreciated.


WILDE - Robert C.
5/26/2003

May 24, 2003, husband of Janet M. (nee McDonald) Wilde; dearest father of Thomas M. Wilde of Clearwater, FL, Michael J. (Nancy) Wilde, Carolyn L. (Greg) Mazurowski, Daniel J. (Kellie) Wilde, Ellen E. Wilde of St. Petersburg, FL and the late James V. Wilde; loving grandfather of Kevin, Steven Wilde, Daniel, Kimberly, Mike, Tina Mazurowski and Hayley Wilde; brother of Richard Wilde of Venice, FL and Barbara Naber of Los Alamitos, CA; also survived by many nieces, nephews and many loving friends. Family will be present on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the (Amherst Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 5200 Sheridan Dr. (corner of Hopkins Rd.) where funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 AM and from St. Gregory the Great Church at 10:45 AM. Friends invited. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.


WOLFF - Delores A. 'Babe'
5/26/2003

Of West Seneca, NY, May 25, 2003, wife of the late Ronald E.; dearest mother of Ronald L. (Tammy) and the late Donald W. Wolff; sister of Ruth Smith and the late Dorothy Higgins; also survived by six grandchildren. Friends received 2-4 and 7-9 PM Tuesday only at the CURTIN FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1340 Union Rd. where services will be held Wednesday at 10 AM. Mrs. Wolff was a 53 year member and past President of Reserve Hose Ladies Auxiliary. In lieu of flowers, donations to Buffalo Hospice would be appreciated.


ZEISZ - Valeria M.
5/26/2003

Of Akron, NY, May 25, 2003, wife of the late Donald Zeisz; mother of Donald James, Donna (James Sr.) Mikolajczyk, Karen M. (Dan Tredo, Sr.) Stanley, Renee (Joseph) Hoffman and Edward Zeisz; also survived by 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; sister of Bernadine (Earl) McCarthy, Geraldine (late Ralph) Stroh, Vera Mueller, Cordelia (Carl) Rohloff and the late Laverne (June) Mueller; niece of Rita Wayman. Family present at the CHARLES MEYER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 13228 Broadway, Alden, NY, Monday 2-4 and 7-9 PM and Tuesday 2-4 and 7-8 PM where Funeral Services will be held Tuesday at 8 PM. Mrs. Zeisz was a volunteer of Lovejoy Meals on Wheels and a member of Holy Name of Jesus Altar & Rosary Society.


ZIOBRO - Joseph R. 'Papa Joe'
5/26/2003

Of Hamburg, NY, formerly of Lackawanna, NY. Suddenly, May 24, 2003. Beloved husband of Barbara A. (Fik) Ziobro; dearest father of Cheryl Barnes, Deborah, Roger (Lori), Alan, and Jeffrey Ziobro; son of the late Stanley and Genevieve Ziobro; dear brother of Stanley (Jean), John (Marcia), and Robert (Louise) Ziobro; also survived by 7 grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Funeral Service Wednesday at 8:45 AM from the (Blasdell/Lackawanna Chapel) JOHN J. KACZOR FUNERAL HOME, INC., 3450 South Park Ave. (1/2 mile north of Lake Ave.), and at St. Michael the Archangel Church at 9:30. Interment in Holy Cross Cemetery. Friends are invited. Mr. Ziobro was a member of the American Legion Matthew Glab Post #1477. Flowers graciously declined. Family present Sunday 7-9 and Monday and Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9.


ZWIERZCHOWSKI - Henry F.
5/26/2003

May 24, 2003, age 77, beloved husband of Joan (nee Maddigan) Zwierzchowski and the late Alice (nee Glapinski) Zwierzchowski; dear father of Laura (James) Russillio and the late Debra Schwegler; grandfather of Daniel, James, Jason, Joshua and Elliott; brother of Eugene (Marcella) Zwierzchowski and Teresa (late Frank) Rogowski; also survived by nieces and nephews. Mr. Zwierzchowski will be missed by the Braun children. The family will be present to receive friends Monday 7-9 PM and Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2600 Sheridan Dr. (corner Parker Blvd.) where Funeral Services will be held Wednesday morning at 8:45 AM and at St. Andrew's Church (Kenmore) at 9:30 AM. Friends invited.


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