Miscellaneous Erie County, New York Obituaries

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BETTS - Helen Kennedy
10/3/1997

October 1, 1997 of East Aurora, NY, wife of the late Frank M. Jr.; mother of Frank M. III; also survived by four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. No prior visitation. Private Memorial Service. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements by KENNETH HOWE FUNERAL HOME INC., East Aurora. Lawrence T. Howe, Director.



BONDZIO - Claire L.
10/3/1997

Of Orchard Park, NY, October 1, 1997; beloved wife of the late Thaddeus J. 'Ted' Bondzio; father of Donald (Jeanne) of OR, Dennis (Carol) of Virginia Beach and David (Becky) Bondzio of AZ; also survived by six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. No prior visitation. A memorial service will be held Monday from the Windom Community Church, 3766 Abbott Rd., Orchard Park at 11AM. Friends invited. Arrangements by F. E. BROWN SONS FUNERAL HOME, INC.



BUKOWSKI - Genevieve (Baranski)
10/2/1997

October 1, 1997, of Grand Island, wife of the late John H. Bukowski; mother of Jane V. (Edward) Sharpe, Mildred C. Hall and June A. (Jack) Kaefer; also survived by 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; sister of Felix Baranski. Friends may call Thursday 7-9 and Friday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 9:30 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Flowers gratefully declined.



BUTERA - Pauline R. (nee Insalaco)
10/2/1997

September 30, 1997, beloved wife of Joseph T. Butera; dear mother of Philip (Susan) and Thomas (Linda) Butera; grandmother of Dalynn (Richard) Engler, Philip (Sandy), Michelle and Roseanna Butera; great-grandmother of Liselette Engler; sister of Mary Nicosia, Joseph (late Carmela), the late Samuel (Sophie) and Gaetano (Eileen) Insalaco; sister-in-law of Carmela (late Frank) Salerno, Josephine (Anthony) Buscaglia, the late Jennie (Benedict) Arcese, Philip (Rose) Butera and Sam Butera. Friends received Thursday and Friday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the GRECO FUNERAL HOME INC., 2909 Elmwood Ave. (near Sheridan Dr.) where funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 9 and at St. Gabriels Church at 10. If desired, memorials may be sent to Hospice Foundation, 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227.



CONOVER - Frances 'Honey' (Meyer)
10/2/1997

October 1, 1997, beloved wife of the late Cloyd B. Conover; dear mother of Shirley (Norman) Jones, Clifford (Judy) and Ronald (Sally) Conover; sister of the late Barbara Heimiller, Marion Anderson, Anthony Meyer, Mabel Honeck, and Norman Meyer; grandmother of ten grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends at the C. MERTZ & SON FUNERAL HOME, INC., 911 Englewood Ave., Thursday from 7-9 PM and Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM where funeral services will be held Saturday at 9:15 AM and a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Shrine of St. John Neumann Chapel at 9:45 AM. Donations to American Cancer Society.



CRUCHENZA - James J.
10/2/1997

October 2, 1997; son of the late Anthony and Marie Cruchenza; brother of Anna Korzie and the late Carmela Cruchenza. Friends may call Friday, 2-4 and 7-9 PM, at DENGLER FUNERAL HOME, 2070 Eggert Rd. (between N. Bailey and Niagara Falls Blvd.), Amherst, where prayers will be offered Saturday at 9 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Blessed Trinity Church at 9:30 AM. Friends are invited.



DEAN - Harriet (nee Kraft)
10/2/1997

September 27, 1997 in Cape Coral, FL; wife of the late Bertrum Dean; dear aunt of Dr. Jerry (Evelyn) Kraft and Kenneth (Kathleen) Kraft. Friends may call Saturday at 10:00 AM at the DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst, where services will be held at 11:00 AM. Flowers are declined. Memorials may be made to the Shrine Childrens Transportation Fund, c/o Ismailia Temple, 1598 Southwestern Blvd, West Seneca, in memory of Mrs. Dean.



FINN - Richard John
10/3/1997

Age 56, of Largo, FL, formerly of Buffalo, NY, October 1, 1997, husband of Roseann; father of Lenora Bowers, Venetta Sarine, John R., Richard D., Colleen and Robert M. Finn; also survived by four grandchildren. Funeral was held Thursday, October 2 in Florida. Arrangements by the HOOK FUNERAL HOME, Seminole, FL.



FRANKIEWICZ - Kathleen
10/3/1997

October 1, 1997; wife of Chester 'Chet' Frankiewicz; mother of Martin (Margo) Schultz of Lawtons, NY, Jack Schultz of Lakewood, CA; grandmother of Susan Schultz, Cynthia Schultz, Jake (Monica) Schultz. Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 11:00 in The MCGRAW-KOWAL FUNERAL HOME, 736 Central Ave., Dunkirk. The Reverend Joseph L. Hedrick will officiate. Burial will be in Willowbrook Park Cemetery. Friends are invited to call Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society.



GASKIN - David
10/3/1997

September 30, 1997, Niagara Falls, NY; survived by wife Estelle. Friends may call 10-11 AM. Saturday October 4 at PROVIDENCE MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1275 Sycamore St., Buffalo, NY where funeral services will be held at 11 AM. Interment Concordia Cemetery.



GOLYSKI - Karen M.
10/2/1997

October 1, 1997; beloved daughter of Bernice and the late Theodore Golyski; dearest sister of Pamela (Steven) Ohar; adored aunt of Nathan, Michael, Steven and Alex Ohar; also survived by aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral from the KOLANO FUNERAL HOME, 396 Amherst St. (near Grant) Saturday 9AM and Assumption Church at 9:15AM. Friends are invited. Family present Thursday 7-9PM and Friday 2-4 and 7-9PM. Karen was a graduate of Bryant & Stratton and was a Senior at UB. Entombment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.



HAGENSICK - C. Gordon
9/26/1997

Of Williamsville, NY, September 24, 1997, beloved husband of Jean P. (Pischke) Hagensick; father of Helen (Les) Hower, John (Linda), Gretchen (John) Wysocki; dear grandfather of Heath and Holly Hower, Donald and Paul Hagensick, Ashley and John Charles Wysocki; step-grandfather of Ryan Hower; brother of Les (Edith), Perry (Lois), Donna (late Clarke) Hagensick and the late Paul Hagensick; also survived by nieces and nephews. No prior visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial service at Williamsville United Methodist Church, Saturday, Oct. 4, 1997 at 2PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Camp Good Days and Special Times or Williamsville United Methodist Church. Arrangements by ERIE COUNTY CREMATION SERVICE ( ph 824-6435).



HALL - James F.
10/2/1997

October 2, 1997, of Cheektowaga, NY; beloved husband of the late Elvira (nee) Daut; brother of Claire (Gerhardt) Belter and the late Florence Hall; survived by nieces. Family will be present to receive relatives and friends Friday 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 Saturday at 10AM. Interment Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Mr. Hall was a veteran of WWII and a retiree of Conrail. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.



HARGROVE - Geraldine
10/2/1997

September 30, 1997, wife of James McDaniel; beloved mother of James C. Hargrove, Nathaniel Hargrove, Darryl McDaniel, Thresa Addison, Jay McDaniel, Rosie McDaniel Bolden; also survived by ten grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Saturday at 9:30 AM, funeral to follow at 10:30 AM from the THOMAS T. EDWARDS FUNERAL HOME, INC., 995 Genesee St.



HARTSOCK - Thomas R.
10/2/1997

October 2, 1997, beloved husband of Joan (nee Daly) Hartsock; dear father of Patricia Ann and Geraldine Marie Hartsock; brother of Thelma Marshall, Janice Young, Carl Hartsock, George (Mary) Hartsock, John Hartsock and Dennis Hartsock; also survived by nieces and nephews. The family will be present to receive friends Friday, 2-4 and 7-9 PM, at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 2600 Sheridan Dr. (corner Parker), where funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 9:15 AM and at St. Timothy's Church at 10 AM. Friends invited. If desired memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo Inc., 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227.



HERR - Michael J.
10/3/1997

October 2, 1997, loving son of Harriett (Mahoney) and the late Charles E. Herr; dearest nephew of Marcelle (Harold) Cummings; also survived by many cousins. Friends may call Saturday and Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the REDDINGTON FUNERAL HOME, 657 Abbott Rd., where services will be held Monday at 12:45 PM and at St. Francis of Assisi Church (Athol Springs) at 1:30 PM. Friends invited.



JONES - Beulah Lorena (nee Smith)
10/3/1997

September 29, 1997 suddenly left this life for a better place. Leaving behind to mourn her transition are her beloved sister Vera B. Battle, nieces Lois Jean Larkin (Windsor, Ontario), Barbara Judith Cook (Ted F.), nephews John Ronald Smith (British Columbia), William A. Battle (Clifton, VA), J. Robert Battle (Buffalo), a host of cousins from Canada and many relatives and friends. The wake will be Saturday 10AM followed by the funeral at 11AM from Bethel A.M.E. Church, 1525 Michigan Ave., Reverend Richard A. Stenhouse officiating. Auspices of H. ALFRED LEWIS MORTUARY, INC. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorial contributions may be made to either the Bethel Flower or Scholarship Funds.



KEICHER - Dennis A.
10/3/1997

October 2, 1997 of Lackawanna, NY; beloved husband of Kathryn M. (nee Grassi); dearest father of Dennis M. and Mark (Diane); grandfather of Carl; son of the late Aloysius and Elizabeth Keisser; brother of Gladys and late Ethel and Albert; survived by nieces and nephews. Chapel service from the COLONIAL MEMORIAL CHAPELS, INC., 3003 Southpark Ave., Lackawanna, NY, Saturday morning at 9. Visitation Friday only 2-4 and 7-9.



KOWALCZYK - Charlotte nee (Golombek)
10/3/1997

October 1, 1997; beloved wife of the late Edward; dearest mother of Edward (Mary), Lorraine (late Raymond) Smith and the late Charlotte (Joseph) Kielaszak; grandmother of eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; sister of Mary Andrzejewski and Irene Bloom. No prior visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial mass Saturday October 11, 1997 at 9:30 AM from St. James Church (Depew, NY.) Flowers gratefully declined. Arrangements by the (Lancaster-Depew Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME INC.



KRUEGER - Scott S.
10/2/1997

September 29, 1997; in Boston, MA; beloved son of Robert J. and Darlene (Schanne); dear brother of Kelly, Katie and Jeffrey; grandson of Bernice and the late Robert Krueger and Arline and the late Edwin Schanne. Friends received Thursday 7-9 and Friday 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the SIECK & MAST FUNERAL HOME, INC., 250 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca. A funeral service will be held Saturday at 10 AM from St. John's Lutheran Church, 4536 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Scott S. Krueger Memorial Fund, PO Box 1045, Orchard Park, NY 14127. After the interment service, a reception will be held at Orchard Park Volunteer Fire Hall, 30 School St.



LaRUSSA - Michael J.
10/3/1997

October 1, 1997, beloved husband of Suzanne (Hackroth); devoted father of Jennifer LaRussa; dear son of Donald J. and Eleanore (Hamilton) LaRussa; dear brother of Gary (Maryann), Daniel and the late Gerianne LaRussa; brother-in-law of Sharon (Mark) Witul; uncle of five nephews. Friends may call Saturday and Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst, where services will be held Monday 9 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Blessed Sacrament Church (Claremont Ave.) 9:30 AM.



LOMBARDO - Jesse J.
10/3/1997

September 29, 1997, beloved husband of the late Irene V. (nee Zawatski); father of Frank J. (Georgianna) Lombardo, Marcia (Douglas) Bell; grandfather of Fred (Claire) and Mark Weider; brother of John (Jane) Lombardo; uncle of many nieces and nephews. A Mass was held at the convenience of the family on Thursday October 2nd from St. Leo the Great Church. Arrangements by AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC. (Amherst Chapel).



MANTIONE - Rosario A. 'Russ'
10/2/1997

October 1, 1997. Husband of Maureen (Bellario) Mantione; father of Laura (William) White, Andrew (Marjorie) Mantione and Sandra Garrison; grandfather of Austin, Ashley White, Melissa and Andreas Mantione; son of the late Henry and Carmela (Palame) Mantione; brother of Jean Mantione and Carrie (Frank) Perez. Family present to receive friends on Thursday and Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the PERNA FUNERAL HOME INC., 1306 Hertel Ave. (near Colvin Ave.), where funeral services will be held Saturday at 8:30 AM. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated from St. Anthony of Padua Church at 9:30 AM. Interment Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Mr. Mantione was a past president of the West Side Little League Football Club.



McGRAW - Mary M. (Widmer)
10/3/1997

October 3, 1997 of Hamburg, NY; wife of the late Richard J. McGraw; mother of Ellen (Michael) Kuehlewind and the late Richard, Mary and Michael McGraw; sister of Rose Agnes (late Nelson) Burke, Lillian (Walter) Melohusky, Loretta (Joseph) Casper and the late Kathleen (late Charles) Tretyak; also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends may call Saturday and Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 at LOOMIS OFFERS & LOOMIS, INC. 'Floyd Hess Chapel', 207 Main St., Hamburg, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at SS. Peter & Paul Church, Monday at 10am. Friends invited. Mrs. McGraw was active in many community and Irish cultural organizations. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Multiple Sclerosis Society, 4245 Union Rd., Cheektowaga, 14225. (See Obituary).



MILLER - Winifred N. (nee Weiffenbach)
10/2/1997

October 1, 1997, of East Amherst, NY, beloved wife of the late Norwood M. Miller; dear mother of Rae (Thomas P.) Hill and the late Jeffrey C. Miller; also survived by three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A Memorial Eucharist will be offered on Sunday at 7:00 PM from St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 4275 Harris Hill Rd., Clarence. Memorials may be made to Hospice Inc. of Buffalo.



MONTESANO - William J. Sr.
10/2/1997

October 2, 1997, beloved husband of Frances Curcio Montesano; dear father of William J. Jr., Gary J. (Eileen M.), Robert M. Montesano and loving Chris Reed; grandfather of Joel and Nicholas; dear brother of Mildred Foresta, Margaret (James) Sodaro and Marie (Joseph) Martino; also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends may call Friday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 2480 Kensington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 9:30 AM at Christ the King Church. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials made to Veterans Hospital in memory of William.



MUIR - John D.
10/3/1997

October 1, 1997; of Wanakah, NY; beloved husband of Marilou (McFarland) Muir; dearest father of John Michael Muir; son of the late John and Roselyn Muir; brother of Malcolm (Frances) Muir; nephew of Margaret Malcolm; brother-in-law of Regina (Douglas) Huber and the late Judith Ann Gimlin; also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends may call Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at LOOMIS OFFERS & LOOMIS INC. 'Floyd Hess Chapel', 207 Main St., Hamburg, where funeral will be held Monday 10 AM. Flowers gratefully declined.



MULLEN - Albert J.
10/2/1997

September 21, 1997, of North Port, FL., formerly of Angola, NY. Beloved husband of Joan C. (nee Sames); devoted father of Wayne D. (Carol) and Cynthia A. (Mark) Miller of Florida; dear brother of Doris Owen of Akron, NY and the late Marjorie Sprague; loving grandfather of 10; son of the late Emma Mullen Johnson and John Mullen; step-son of the late Archibald Johnson. Memorial services for family and friends Saturday, October 4th at 10 AM at Holy Angels R.C. Church (Chapel), Porter and West Ave., Buffalo; and Sunday, October 12th at 2 PM at St. John Lutheran Church, 962 Gold St., Angola, NY.



NELSON - Margaret L. 'Monnie'
10/2/1997

(nee Skidmore) September 24, 1997, wife of the late George H. Nelson; former president of Sonotherm, Inc., dear mother of SusanGay (Christy) Rizzo. Friends may call at the SCHLAGER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 4614 Main St., Snyder, where the family will be present Saturday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM and where Memorial Services will be held Saturday evening at 8:30. Friends are invited to attend. Mrs. Nelson was a member of the Canoe Club, Yacht Club, BAC and the Buffalo launch Club.



SITAREK - John K.
10/2/1997

October 1, 1997 of Cheektowaga, NY. Beloved husband of the late Ann Pauline (nee Kondziela); dearest father of Henry (Elaine), Mary Ann (John) Kuzma, Pauline (Edward) Wisniewski, Edward, David and the late Richard (Joanne) Sitarek; also survived by 23 grandchildren; brother of Leo and Thaddeus Sitarek. Prayer services commencing at the DANIEL R. SMOLAREK FUNERAL HOME, 2510 Union Rd., Cheektowaga (2 blocks south of William St.), Saturday morning at 9:30 AM and at St. Josaphat's Church at 10 AM. Interment in St. Adalbert's Cemetery, Lancaster. Family present Thursday from 7-9 PM and Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Mr. Sitarek was a member of the Parish Holy Name Society. Members to assemble on Friday at 7:30. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Renaissance House; Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity or Christ the King Seminary.



TRITSCHLER - Geraldine F. (nee Welch)
10/3/1997

October 2, 1997, beloved wife of the late William; dearest mother of Philip (Nancy) Tritschler of Pomona, CA, Margaret Talbot, Michael Tritschler of Klamath Falls, OR, Virginia Tritschler of Waltham, MA and the late Carol DePerro; grandmother of seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; sister of Ann Wilcox and Patricia Darcy. The family will be present on Friday, 7-9 PM, at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 2600 Sheridan Dr. (corner Parker Blvd.) where funeral services will be held Saturday at 10:00 AM and from the Chapel of St. John the Baptist Church at 10:45 AM.



VERSO - John R.
10/3/1997

Suddenly, September 27, 1997, of Phoenix, AZ, formerly of Kenmore, beloved son of Judy Smith-Verso-Higgins (David Higgins) and Frank (Rita) Verso and the late Edward Ziolkowski; grandson of Beulah (late Robert) Smith; nephew of Robert H. Smith; cousin of Amy, Randy and Robin Smith. Friends are invited to funeral services Saturday at 7:30 PM at the BURY & ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME, 3070 Delaware Ave. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery.



VON - Carol M.
10/1/1997

Of Hamburg, NY, September 30, 1997, beloved mother of Jack K. (Deborah) Stewart and Michelle R. (Edward) Fisher; grandmother of Justin, Tara, Jessica, Edward and Julia; sister of Frances J. (Michael) McCormick, Robert V. (Cathy) and James J. Von; survived by many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Thursday and Friday 2-4 and 7-9 from the F.E. BROWN SONS FUNERAL HOME, INC., E. Quaker St. (Rte. 20 A), Orchard Park. Services from the funeral home Saturday 10:45 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial from Nativity of Our Lord Church at 11:30 AM. Friends invited. Flowers gratefully accepted.


WRONA - Patricia R. (nee Kazmierczak)
10/2/1997

October 1, 1997, beloved wife of Anthony Wrona; dearest mother of Michael (Suzan) Wrona; dear daughter of Regina Kazmierczak; dear sister of Joyce (James) Greene, Raymond (Ida) and Rita Kazmierczak. Family will be present Thursday 6-9 PM and Friday 11-1 PM at the (Amherst Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 5200 Sheridan Dr. (corner of Hopkins Rd.), where funeral services will follow at 1 PM. Friends invited.


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