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Miscellaneous Erie County, New York Obituaries

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Herman Fullone
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday (May 29) from St. Francis of Assisi Church for Herman M. Fullone, 83, of Orchard Park and formerly of Hamburg, who died Friday, May 25, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Jennie C. Giglia Fullone; daughters, Rosalie Howard and Camille Brockhurst; sons, Vincent and Thomas Fullone; and nine grandchildren.
Mr. Fullone was a truck driver for the Town of Hamburg Highway Department and a heavy-equipment operator and farmer. He was known for growing and then selling strawberries, corn, peppers and tomatoes to Hamburg-area restaurants. He served in the Army during World War II.
Arrangements were made through the Lombardo Funeral Home.

Joseph DeMarco
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday (June 8) from Holy Spirit Church for Joseph P DeMarco, 74, of North Collins, who died Tuesday, June 5, 2001.
He is survived by his daughter, Leslie DeMarco; sons, Paul and Gregory Cupples; brothers, Carmen and Anthony DeMarco and Harold McGrath; sister, Carmella DeMarco; Jean DeMarco; and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his sister, Mary Warren; and brother, Salvatore Demarco.
Mr. DeMarco was a member of the North Collins Volunteer Fire Department.
Burial was at Holy Spirit Cemetery and arrangements were made through the Wentland Funeral Home.

Robert Marchionda
A memorial service was held Wednesday (May 23) from St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Palmetto, Florida for Robert “Bob” Marchionda, 76, of Bradenton, Fla. and formerly of Hamburg, who died Friday, May 18, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Lamb Marchionda; brother, Roland “Ron” Marchionda; and cousins.
Mr. Marchionda was a graduate of Hamburg High School after his discharge from the United States Army in 1946. He was a member of the Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department and American Legion. He worked for the United States Post Office in both Hamburg and Bradenton, Florida.
Arrangements were made through the Griffith-Cline Funeral Home in Ellenton, Florida.

Jewel Austin
Funeral services were recently held for Jewel Austin, 91, of Orlando, Florida and formerly of Hamburg, who died Friday, May 4, 2001.
Wife of the late Byron B. “Bud” Austin, she is survived by her daughters, Barbara J. DeGolia, Dorothy M. Barker and Carolyn Worel; and eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Austin was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Largo, Florida, Order of Amaranth and Order of the Eastern Star.
Arrangements were made through the National Cremation Society Beacon Chapter, Winter Park.

Edna Travis
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 16 at 11 a.m. from the Hamburg United Methodist Church for Edna Jaynes Travis, 91, of Hamburg, who died Wednesday, May 30, 2001.
Wife of the late Shirley L. Travis, she is survived by her daughters, Sylvia Block and Laura McDade; and four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Travis was a retired YWCA executive and a retired teacher. She was a leader and active member of the Hamburg United Methodist Church which included a term as president of United Methodist Women and director of the Little Lamb Preschool. She was also a former president of the Hamburg Women’s Club and the League of Women Voters.
Memorials may be made to the Hamburg United Methodist Church or the YWCA.
Arrangements were made through the Loomis, Offers & Loomis Funeral Home.

Paul Cornish
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday (June 11) from SS. Peter & Paul Church for Paul D. Cornish, 74, of Hamburg, who died Friday, June 8, 2001.
Husband of the late Ann Bennett Cornish, he is survived by his daughters, Kathleen (Thomas) Preziosi, Paula (Thomas) Raiman and Karen (John) Kuryak; son, Gerald (Michelle) Cornish; and seven grandchildren.
Mr. Cornish was employed as a sales agent for Prudential Insurance. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 527, Hamburg Council No. 2220 Knights of Columbus and the Senior Knights. 
Burial was at SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery and arrangements were made through the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home.

Michael Bannister
Funeral services were held Saturday (June 9) from Our Lady of Grace Church for Michael F. Bannister Sr., 44, of Blasdell, who died Tuesday, June 5, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Valerie M. Simonick Bannister; sons, Michael Bannister Jr., Gregory and Nicholas Bannister; daughter, Dawn (Jimmy Galczynski) Bannister; sisters, Sandy (George) Prior and Patty (James) Burke; brothers, Edward (Connie) and Thomas (Laura) Bannister; in-laws, nieces, nephews and other family members.
Mr. Bannister was employed as a welder and ironworker for Local No. 6 for 20 years.
Burial was at Lakeside Memorial Cemetery and arrangements were made through the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home.

Donatus Cataldo
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday (June 9) from Holy Spirit Church for Donatus “Nado” Cataldo, 73, of North Collins, who died Tuesday, June 5, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Brock Cataldo; daughters, Maria (George) McCuen, Jennifer and Sally Ann Cataldo, and Krista (William) Schwartzott; son, John (Mary) Cataldo; sisters, Angeline (Henry) Zornick and Rose (Robert) Zablonski; brother, Vitus (late Rose) Cataldo; nine grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brothers, Joseph and Peter Cataldo; and sisters, Carmella (Jackson) Hayes, Anna (Stanley) Cercone and Lucy (Salvatore) DeMarco.
Mr. Cataldo was a member of the North Collins Volunteer Fire Department for over 51 years and was a charter member of the American Legion Post No. 1640.
Memorials may be made to the North Collins Volunteer Fire Department.
Burial was at Holy Spirit Cemetery and arrangements were made through the Wentland Funeral Home.

Edward Gorman Sr.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday (June 11) from Our Mother of Good Counsel Church for Edward J. Gorman Sr., 96, of Hamburg, who died Friday, June 8, 2001.
Husband of the late M. Lucille Meisel Gorman, he is survived by his sons, Edward J. (Betty) Gorman Jr. and Daniel J. Gorman Sr.; daughter-in-law, Mary Richardson Gorman; and nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. 
He was predeceased by his brothers, Michael, William and Eugene Gorman; and sister, Mary Finley.
Mr. Gorman was a retired general foreman from the South Buffalo Railway Car Department.
Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Victory Infant Home.
Arrangements were made through the Loomis, Offers & Loomis Funeral Home.

Pauline Aul
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday (June 8) from SS. Peter & Paul Church for Pauline A. Kollar Aul, 81, of Hamburg, who died Monday, June 4, 2001.
Wife of the late Richard C. Aul Sr., she is survived by her daughter, Victoria (Robert) Wright; sons, Robert (Sherilyn) and Richard C. (Sandra) Aul Jr.; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
She was predeceased by her son, Edward (Bonnie Martin) Aul.
Mrs. Aul was employed as the bookkeeper fot the Richard C. Aul Co. She was a member of the Altar & Rosary Society, Court of Saint Agnes No. 817 and the Zonta Club.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice Foundation.
Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery and arrangements were made through the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home.

Mary deSales Golen
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday (June 9) from Immaculate Conception Convent Chapel for Sister Mary deSales Golen, 94, of Hamburg, who died Wednesday, June 6, 2001.
She is survived by her niece, Helen Mathis; nephew, Norman Jablonski; and cousin, Sister M. Evarista Golen.
Sister deSales was a former general minister of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph. She entered the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph of Hamburg in 1922 as a postulant from Our Lady Queen of Angels Parish in Detroit, Michigan. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Immaculata College in Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Detroit.
Burial was at St. Stanislaus Cemetery.

Alvin May
A private military burial service was held Wednesday (May 2) in Buffalo for Alvin A. May, D.D.S., 88, who died Saturday, April 28, 2001.
Husband of the late Farleigh Woodcock and Evelyn Kelley, he is survived by his daughter, Judith (Roy) Bartoo; son, Alvin (Sharon) May; sister, Ruth Daly; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Dorothy Pitas.
Dr. May graduated from the State University at Buffalo Dental School. He served on many committees and held offices within the UB Dental Alumni Association, including the presidency. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1981. He also served a prominent role in many professional and civic affairs, including past president of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, Hamburg Rod and Gun Club, Hamburg Boat Club, Charter member and Past Commander of Hamburg Power Squadron, and Hamburg Shrine Club.
He was a member of the Hamburg American Legion for over 50 years and also joined the Sunshine Club during his retirement years. He had served in World War II as a dental officer.
Memorial donations may be made to any local children’s fund or Hospice. 

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.


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