sp;


Miscellaneous Erie County, New York Obituaries

CEMSEARCH - OBITUARY CENTRAL - OBITUARY LINKS PAGE - SURNAME SEARCH UTILITY


First Name:
Last Name:
Anna D. Weichmann Meier
Funeral services were held Saturday (April 14) from the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home for Anna D. Weichmann Meier, 89, of Hamburg, who died Wednesday, April 11, 2001. 
Wife of the late John Meier, she is survived by her daughter, Ann (Mick) Harmon Drozdowski; sons, Fred (Lori) and Thomas Meier; brothers, John, George, Fritz and Otto Weichmann; sister, Catherine Kingsland; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her sons, Conrad and George Meier; brothers, Michael and Edwin Weichmann; and sister, Elizabeth Tidd.
Memorials may be made to the Blind Association of WNY.
Burial was at Buffalo Cemetery. 

Evelyn Arcese
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday (April 21) from Holy Spirit Church for Evelyn Hansen Arcese, 76, of Bradenton, Florida and formerly of North Collins, who died Monday, April 16, 2001.
Wife of the late Anthony P. Arcese, she is survived by her sons, Eric (Patricia) and Nels (Cynthia) Arcese; daughter, Adina (Ron) Costanzo; brother, Walter Hansen; sister, Rose Mary Coyle; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Holy Spirit Church. 
Burial was at Holy Spirit Cemetery and arrangements were made through the Wentland Funeral Home. 

Ron Erickson, accomplished musician 
and Erie County Fair assistant manager, dies at 41
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday (June 16) from Saint Bernadette’s Roman Catholic Church for Ronald J. Erickson, 41, of Orchard Park, who died Wednesday, June 13, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara A. Kern Erickson; son, Ryan J. Erickson; mother, Evelyn M. Smith; and sister, Donna J. Erickson.
He was predeceased by his father, Harold J. Erickson.
Mr. Erickson was a 1975 graduate of Orchard Park High School. He had a successful musical career that spanned more than 15 years, performing in various venues across Western New York and Pennsylvania as well as southern California. He was recognized for his vocal ability and also played the guitar and harmonica. The Erickson-Keyser trio released a recording in 1985 of both original material as well as live performances by the group.
He joined the Erie County Fair in 1986 on a part-time basis, bringing in local musical groups and acts to the Music Dome. In 1993 he joined the Fair full-time as the Event & Entertainment Coordinator and was responsible for all entertainment around the fairgrounds including major acts in the Grandstand. During that time he also worked as a Special Events Coordinator with the International Agri-Center, handling off-season events on the fairgrounds. In 1999 he was appointed to the position of assistant fair manager. He also served as the director of the Spirit of Youth for four years.
Erickson served on the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and was involved in numerous Chamber activities, including the institution of the Golf Swap Event and representing the Chamber at the Town of Hamburg’s 2000 Millennium Bash. He was instrumental in arranging numerous aspects of that event including major entertainment. He also initiated the “Welcome to Hamburg” sign program.
“Ron always endeavored to ‘do the right thing’ and his actions were never politically expedient,” said Betty Newell, President and CEO of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce. “All who knew him considered him a good friend. I have never, ever heard one criticism of him in all the years I have known him. Ron touched so many lives and his actions shall be his legacy to us all.”
Erickson was also president of R&B Instrument Rental Service and taught private guitar lessons to many area students. He also served as manager for Al Hemer Music Corporations guitar department through the early 1990s.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Buffalo, Inc. or a charity of choice.
Arrangements were made through the F.E. Brown Sons Funeral Home.

Christine Abbott, Frontier Central employee, dies at age 54
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday (June 19) from SS. Peter & Paul Church for Christine M. Maciag Abbott, 54, of West Seneca, who died Friday, June 15, 2001.
She is survived by her daughters, Kelly (Paul) Harkins and Lauren (fiancee Brandon Madar) Abbott; sons, Timothy (Tracy) and Charles Abbott; sisters, Stella Maciag and Linda (Peter) Bowers; brother, Joseph (Maryann) Maciag; three grandchildren, five nieces and one nephew.
Mrs. Abbott was employed as a senior account clerk typist for the Frontier Central School District. She previously worked as an account clerk/administrative assistant in the benefits department for Local 41 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
Frontier Central Assistant Superintendent for Business Richard Binner was one of many Frontier employees who attended Christine’s funeral. “Chris was truly an integral part of the business office in Frontier,” said Binner. “She was a very dedicated professional who often stayed after hours to complete tasks. She frequently displayed a high degree of compassion toward others and is greatly missed by all of us.”
“Conscientious and well respected by her co-workers, Chris Abbott was a very valuable member of the Frontier organization who will be hard to replace,” added Frontier Superintendent Dr. Gary Cooper. “We are all deeply saddened by her tragic death.”
Arrangements were made through the Loomis, Offers & Loomis Funeral Home.

Bronislaus Tomaka
Funeral services were held Wednesday (June 20) from Our Mother of Good Counsel Church for Bronislaus F. “Brownie” Tomaka, 92, of Blasdell, who died Sunday, June 17, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Agnes M. Michalewski Tomaka; daughters, Mary Ann Tomaka and Agnes (Dennis) Mulqueen Sr.; son, Daniel (Joyce) Tomaka; sister, Jean (late Stephen) Yekich; brothers, Andrew (Pauline) and Stanley (Geraldine) Tomaka; eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his son, Thomas A. Tomaka; brothers, Walter (late Sally), Teddy (Helen), Leonard (late Helen), Joseph (Lillian) and Frank (late Margaret) Tomaka; and sister, Henrietta (Henry) Kogut. 
Mr. Tomaka was a retiree of Penn Central Railroad where he worked as a conductor.
Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery and arrangements were made through the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home.

Eunice Mowrey
Word has been received about the death of Eunice Chamberlin Mowrey, 88, of Salina Michigan, formerly of Angola, who died Saturday, June 2, 2001.
Wife of the late William Mowrey, she is survived by her daughter, Dr. Mary Mowrey Raddock; and sons, John, Thomas and Richard Mowrey.
Mrs. Mowrey was a school teacher in Hazen, Pennsylvania and Corry, Pennsylvania. She later became a principal and also taught in the Highland Elementary School in Derby before retiring in 1979. She was an American Red Cross volunteer who received the Red Cross award for distinguished service.

Dorothy Meininger
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 30 at 10 a.m. at St. James United Church of Christ for Dorothy A. Will Meininger, 81, of Hamburg, who died Friday, June 15, 2001.
She is survived by her daughter, Janet (Thomas) Kromer; and two grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Meininger; brothers, Albert, Edward (Helen) and Norman Will; and sister, Anna Will. 
Mrs. Meininger was a member of the Shrine Chanter Cords. 
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements were made through the Loomis, Offers & Loomis Funeral Home.

Janet Dobe
Funeral services were held Tuesday (June 19) from Our Mother of Good Counsel Church for Janet A. Tumminello Dobe, 84, of Blasdell, who died Saturday, June 16, 2001.
Wife of the late John W. Dobe, she is survived by many nieces, nephews and other family members.
She was predeceased by her sisters, Frances Mascellino, Catherine Garbo and Josephine Gugliuzza; and brother, Anthony Tumminello.
Mrs. Dobe was employed as a factory worked for FN Bertz in Cheektowaga.
Arrangements were made through the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home.

Lucille Druzbik
Funeral services were held Friday (June 15) from St. Michael the Archangel Church for Lucille T. Miskiewicz Druzbik, 68, of Hamburg, who died Monday, June 11, 2001.
She is survived by her husband, Norman B. Druzbik; son, Mark (Erica) Druzbik; mother, Hedwig Miskiewicz; sister, Helen (Raymond) Malone; brother, Rev. Paul Miskiewicz O.F.M.; and nieces and nephews. 
She was predeceased by her father, Peter Miskiewicz.
Arrangements were made through the Jos. M. Litwin Funeral Home.

Gayle Rzepka
Private funeral services were held at the convenience of the famil for Gayle Robinson Rzepka, 53, of Derby, who died Friday, June 15, 2001.
She is survived by her former husband, Matthew E. Rzepka; son, Michael (Amy) Rzepka; sister, Kathleen M. (Thomas) Lorka; one granddaughter and nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were made through the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home. 

Ronald Baskerville
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday (June 15) from Immaculate Conception Church for Ronald F. Baskerville, 61, of Eden, who died Tuesday, June 12, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine J. Rice; sons, Patrick (Kristine), Keith (Teresa) and Mark (Sabrina) Baskerville; three grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his son, Kevin (Cheryl) Baskerville; and father, William Baskerville.
Mr. Baskervile was employed as a supervisor at Bethlehem Steel, where he worked for 35 years before retiring. He was a life member of the N.R.A. and S.C.O.P.E.
Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery and arrangements were made through the Laing Funeral Home.

Wilbur Ernst
Funeral services were held Monday (June 18) from the Loomis, Offers & Loomis Funeral Home for Wilbur E. Ernst, 86, of Hamburg, who died Thursday, June 14, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred Waldraff Ernst; son, Wilbur A. (Judy) Ernst; nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his son, Robert G. Ernst and brother Allen Ernst.
Memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, 174 Cazenovia St., Buffalo, NY 14210 or the charity of your choice.

Barbara Hebard
A memorial service will be held Thursday, May 17 at 4 p.m. from the Hamburg Presbyterian Church for Barbara Biggar Hebard, 76, of Orchard Park, who died Monday, May 14, 2001.
Wife of the late Robert C. Hebard, she is survived by her son, Robert R. Hebard; daughters, Dianne Hebbard and Marcia (James) Lyon; brothers, Frank M. and Alexander H. Biggar; and seven grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her brother, James Biggar.
Memorial may be made to the Hamburg Presbyterian Church, 177 Main St., Hamburg, NY 14075.
Arrangements were made through the Loomis, Offers & Loomis Funeral Home.

James Hoffman
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday (May 15) from St. Vincent de Paul Church for James L. Hoffman, 61, of Derby, who died Friday, May 11, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Ann Gruber Hoffman; son, Kevin Hoffman; brother, Raymond (late Theresa) Hoffman; sister, Janet (late Arthur) Niziol; and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his sons, Brian and Neil Hoffman.
Mr. Hoffman was employed as a plumber and was a member of Steamfitters Local No. 22 in Orchard Park. He was also a member of the Hamburg Knights of Columbus No. 2220.
Arrangements were made through the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home.

Louise Moss
Funeral services were held Wednesday (May 16) from Our Mother of Good Counsel Church for Louise Heidersdorf Moss, 93, of Blasdell, who died Sunday, May 13, 2001.
Wife of the late Edward F. Moss Sr., she is survived by her sons, Edward F. “Buzz” (Mary Ann) Moss Jr. and James E. and Richard (late Brenda) Moss; and four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her daughter, Suzanne Kelly; and sisters, Lucile (late Jerome) Walters and Dorothy (late Arthur) Frasier.
Mrs. Moss was employed as a school teacher in the Frontier Central School District.
Entombment was at Holy Cross Cemetery and arrangements were made through the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home.

Josephine DiMaria
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday (May 9) from Our Mother of Good Counsel Church for Josephine T. Kowalczyk DiMaria, 88, of Pasco, Florida and formerly of North Collins, who died Sunday, May 6, 2001.
Wife of the late Joseph F. DiMaria, she is survived by her sons, Vincent (Sharon) and Joseph (Patricia) DiMaria; daughter, Johanna (Robert) Brehm; and grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Entombment was at Forest Lawn Cemetery and arrangements were made through the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home.

Helen Hund
Funeral services were held recently for Helen Hund, 93, of New Port Richey, Florida and formerly of Hamburg, who died Thursday, April 26, 2001.
She is survived by her sons, Clifford and Roger Hund; sister, Teresa Berger; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Ms. Hund was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Hamburg and was once employed as a bookkeeper for Pierce & Cash Insurance and Real Estate in Hamburg.
Inturnment will be at SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery in Hamburg.

John McCurdy
Funeral services were held at the convenience of the family for John H. McCurdy, 93, of Hamburg, who died Thursday, May 10, 2001.
Husband of the late Edna Y. McCurdy, he is survived by two grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Lynn Gimbrone.
Entombment was at Elmlawn Cemetery and arrangements were made through the Loomis, Offers & Loomis Funeral Home.

Edith Gorrow
Funeral services were held Monday (May 14) from the Heimburg-Addison Funeral Home for Edith A. Gorrow, 72, of Angola, who died Thursday, May 10, 2001.
She is survived by her son, Michael A. (Patricia A.) Jimerson Sr.; and five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her sisters, Freida, Eleanor, Gladys and Marge Gorrow.

Thomas Calkins
Funeral services were held Thursday (April 26) from the Newcomer Funeral Home in Orlando, Florida for Thomas A. Calkins, 55, of Orlando, Fla. and formerly of Hamburg, who died Monday, April 23, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Brewer Calkins; daughter, Danielle Calkins; son, Harold Calkins; brothers, Edward and Michael Calkins; sisters, Carol DeRose, Barbara Sciandra and Linda Duskin; and two grandchildren.
Mr. Calkins was employed as a truck driver for Orange County in Florida. He was a member of the Eagles Club in Orlando, Fla.
Burial was at Armor Cemetery.


CEMSEARCH - OBITUARY CENTRAL - OBITUARY LINKS PAGE - SURNAME SEARCH UTILITY