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Miscellaneous Erie County, New York Obituaries

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Margaret Abrams
Funeral services were held Friday (June 22) from the First Church of Evans for Margaret Cornelia Finch Abrams, 100, of Derby, who died Sunday, June 17, 2001.
She is survived by her husband, Harold S. Abrams; son, Harold Abrams Jr.; daughters, Constance (Robert) Milliner and Fanchon (John) Winston; six grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and many other family members.
She was predeceased by several brothers and sisters.
Mrs. Abrams was born in 1901 in Franklin, Estill Springs, Tennessee. She later moved to Pittsburg, PA and specialized in domestic care and also worked as a pastry chef in the famed William Penn Hotel. After marrying she moved to Angola and became an active member of the First Church of Evans. She served on innumerable church boards and committees and supported and participated in all church activities and programs for more than 45 years.
Memorials may be made to the First Church of Evans Memorial Fund.
Arrangements were made through the Heimburg-Addison Funeral Home.

Vincent Ognibene
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday (June 21) from Holy Spirit Church for Vincent A. Ognibene, 86, of North Collins, who died Tuesday, June 19, 2001.
Husband of the late Sally Gier Ognibene, he is survived by his daughters, Sharon (Louis) Catalano and Andrea and Annette Ognibene; son, Jay (Kathy) Ognibene; and 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his son, Charles Ognibene; and sisters and brothers.
Mr. Ognibene was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Hamburg Council No. 2220.
Burial was at Holy Spirit Cemetery and arrangements were made through the Wentland Funeral Home.

Philip Vigneri
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday (June 22) from the Holy Spirit Church for Philip Anthony Vigneri, 60, of North Collins, who died Monday, June 18, 2001.
He is survived by his father, Fred Vigneri; sisters, Millie (David) Eberhardt, Nina (Gary) Leskiw and Carolyn (Louis) Sidotl; and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his mother, Helen Martin Vigneri.
Burial was at Holy Spirit Cemetery and arrangements were made through the Wentland Funeral Home.

Lois Van Vechten
Funeral services were held Thursday (June 21) from the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Chapel for Lois Ruth Houck Van Vechten, 78, of Sanford, Michigan and formerly of Eden, who died Monday, June 18, 2001.
Wife of the late Merle Van Vechten, she is survived by her daughters, Susan L. (Larry) Raby and Leslie J. (Clarence) McAllister; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Van Vechten lived in Eden for over 25 years and was married in Hamburg. In 1977 she moved to Warnego, Kansas and together she and Merle owned and operated Toy’s Liquor Store in Manhattan, Kansas for many years before moving to Sanford, Michigan in 1991.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Midland County Council on Aging, or Heartland Hospice.

Helene Klippert
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 14 at 3 p.m. from the First Presbyterian Church of East Aurora for Helene L. Kronenberg Klippert, 90, formerly of Hamburg, who died Saturday, June 16, 2001.
Wife of the late Howard W. Klippert, she is survived her sons, Rolf (Mary Jo), Jan P. (Sharon) and C. Brant (Deborah) Klippert; daughter, Heidi J. Lindberg; nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were made through the Loomis, Offers & Loomis Funeral Home.

Robert Morrow
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday (June 16) from St. Francis of Assisi Church for Robert J. Morrow, 71, of Hamburg, who died Wednesday, June 13, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Arlene Wilson Morrow; sons, Robert J. Morrow Jr., John and James Morrow; daughters, Mary and Christine Nicoloff and Michele Grace; sisters, Mary Gotthelf and Patricia Bazley; and 12 grandchildren.
Mr. Morrow was born in Athol Springs and graduated from Hamburg High School. He served in the Army during the Korean War, attaining the rank of corporal. He was a member of the Ironworkers Union, Local 6 for 35 members. He worked on projects at Bethlehem Steel and on numerous major buildings in the area before retiring in the mid-1980’s.
Mr. Morrow was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Hamburg Council No. 2220 and VFW Post No. 1419 in Hamburg. He was also a volunteer at Cradle Beach and was a Red Cross Apheresis donor. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and its St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Mildred Hamilton
Funeral services were recently held on Tuesday (July 3) from the Froehley-Dengler Funeral Home for Mildred N. Smith Hamilton, 75, of Hamburg, who died Saturday, June 30, 2001.
Wife of the late Earl Hamilton, she is survived by her daughters, Kathleen Hamilton, Joyce (Tom) Suwala and Sherlyn (Vincent) Snyder; son, Ronald (Rachel) Hamilton; sisters, Olive Wendelburg and Virginia Blazak; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her brother, Harry Smith.
Mrs. Hamilton was employed as a medical secretary.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. 

Ronald Held
Funeral services were held Monday (July 16) from St. Bernadette’s Church for Ronald L. Held, 60, of Hamburg, who died Thursday, July 12, 2001.
He is survived by his daughters, Andrea (fiance Michael Vujakovich) Held and Sandra (Donald) Perison; six grandchildren; aunts and uncles and other family members.
Mr. Held was a member of the Horsemens Association and U.S. Trotting Assn. 
Burial was at Hillcrest Cemetery and arrangements were made through the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home.

Frank Spicola
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday (July 12) from the Holy Spirit Church for Frank Spicola, 89, of North Collins, who died Tuesday, July 10, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Josephine Cardinale Spicola; daughter, Jo (Bruce) Hultslander; son, Dominic (Linda) Spicola; and six grandchildren.
He was predeceased by brothers and sisters.
Burial was at Holy Spirit Cemetery and arrangements were made through the Wentland Funeral Home.

Phyllis Edwards
Memorial services were held Friday (July 13) from the Eden United Methodist Church for Phyllis H. Hunter Edwards, of Boca Raton, Florida and formerly of Eden, who died Sunday, July 8, 2001.
Wife of the late Thorton G. Edwards, she is survived by her son, Kurt Wittek; stepdaughters, Heather Edwards and Gale Clement; stepsons, Scott and Brett Edwards; sister, Greta Schwegler; and five grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her son, Mark Wittek.
Memorials may be made to Hospice by the Sea, 1531 West Palmetto Park Rd., Boca Raton, FL, 33486-3395.
Inurnment was at Eden Evergreen Cemetery and arrangements were made through the Laing Funeral Home.

Rachael Szoszorek
Funeral services were held Saturday (July 14) from the Wentland Funeral Home for Rachael Warren Szoszorek, 27, of Dayton and formerly of North Collins, who died Wednesday, July 11, 2001.
She is survived by her husband, Michael Szoszorek; daughters, Jessica and Julia Szoszorek; parents, Albert and Patricia Warren; sister, Lisa Warren; and brother, David Warren.
Burial was at Jolls Cemetery in Perrysburg.

Robert Schultz
A memorial service was held Thursday (July 12) from St. Matthew’s United Church of Christ for Robert A. Schultz, 87, of Hamburg, who died Monday, July 9, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Gladys Petzing Schultz; daughter, Sandy (Bruce) Campbell; son, Norman Schultz; and five grandchildren.
He was predeceased by brothers and sisters.
Mr. Schultz was a member of Fraternal Lodge No. 625 F&AM and Ismalia Temple AAONMS.
Arrangements were made through the Loomis, Offers & Loomis Funeral Home.

Terrance Scully
A graveside service was held Tuesday (July 17) at Hillcrest Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel for Terrance M. Scully, 53, of North Tonawanda and formerly of Hamburg, who died Friday, July 13, 2001.
Husband of the late Carolyn Scully, he is survived by his son, Ryan Scully; brothers, Bill and Bryan Scully; and sister, Maureen Scully.
Mr. Scully was employed as a manager of Anjon’s Pizzeria in North Tonawanda. He served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War.
Arrangements were made through the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home.

Harold Newman
Funeral services were held at the convenience of the family for Harold W. Newman, 79, of Angola, who died Monday, June 25, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Faye W. Newman; daughter, Vicki A. Newman; son, Scot A. Newman; and brother, Edward (Lorrie) Newman.
He was predeceased by his son, Lance Newman.
Mr. Newman was employed as a supervisor for the U.S. Postal Office in Angola. He was a member of the Cornerstone Lodge F&AM and the First Congregational United Church of Christ.
Memorials may be made to the Claddagh Commission.
Arrangements were made through the Heimburg-Addison Funeral Home.

Gerard Gerken
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday (July 16) from SS. Peter & Paul Church for Gerard J. Gerken, 45, of Hamburg, who died Friday, July 13, 2001.
He is survived by his mother, Florence “Peg” Gerken; brothers, Joseph (Eileen), J. Patrick (Kathleen) and Thomas (Pamela) Gerken; sister, Mary Anne (Samuel) Burr; and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father, Joseph Gerken.
Memorials may be made to WNY DDSO Donations, 1200 East & West Rd., West Seneca, NY 14224.
Arrangements were made through the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home. 

Mark Gottfried
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 21 at 6 p.m. from St. Matthew’s United Church of Christ for Mark Charles Gottfried, 23, of Santa Monica, CA and formerly of Hamburg, who died Monday, June 25, 2001.
He is survived by his parents, Danny and Marie Gottfried; brother, Corey Gottfried; friend, Kim Carney; grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Mark was a member of the Hamburg Central High School Class of 1996.
Memorials may be made to Project NewHab, 520 Washington Blvd. No. 500, Marina del Rey, CA 90292.

Edward Pluta
Funeral services were held Wednesday (July 18) from SS. Peter & Paul Church for Edward H. Pluta, 69, of Hamburg, who died Sunday, July 15, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Edith Fuller Pluta; son, James (Sherrie) Pluta; daughters, Theresa and Karen Pluta; sisters, Olga Sitarski, Regina (Edward) Bartkowski, Victoria (Edward) Musielak and Dolores Pluta; brother, Theodore Pluta; and two grandchildren.
Mr. Pluta was employed as a forklift operator for Bethlehem Steel and served in the U.S. Navy.
Arrangements were made through the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home. 

Robert Friant, active community volunteer, dies at the age of 74
A memorial service was held Tuesday (July 24) from the Hamburg Presbyterian Church for Robert L. Friant Jr., 74, of Hamburg, who died Friday, July 20, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Clark Friant; 
daughters, Lynda (Si) Boettner, Leslie (Paul) Kraft and Tricia Friant; sister, Barbara Jenkins; brother, Donald Kraft; and two grandchildren.
Mr. Friant was a retired sales executive of AKZO Inc. His community services include past president of the Hamburg Counseling Center, past president of Hamburg Rotary Club, architect of the Stewards of the Creek project (Eighteenmile Creek) and past president of Willow Bend Club.
Memorials may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Arrangements were made through the Loomis, Offers & Loomis Funeral Home.

Marie Fuhrmann
Funeral services were held Wednesday (July 25) from All Saints Lutheran Church for Marie D. Johnson Fuhrmann, 79, of Lake View, who died Monday, July 23, 2001.
Wife of the late Anthony Fuhrmann and Charles Faude, she is survived by her son, Charles (Lucille) Faude; and two grandchildren.
Arrangements were made through the Loomis, Offers & Loomis Funeral Home.

Mabel Cook
Funeral services were held Friday (July 20) from the Froehley-Dengler Funeral Home for Mabel M. Cook, 94, of Hamburg, who died Tuesday, July 17, 2001.
Wife of the late Carl J. Cook, she is survived by her sons, Lyman C. (Jean) and Roy G. (Carol) Cook; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Cook was a member of the First Evangelical Church of Blasdell and Eastern Star Beulah Chapter No. 176.
Burial was at Elmlawn Cemetery.

Robert Schultz
A memorial service was recently held at St. Matthew’s United Church of Christ for Robert A. Schultz of Hamburg, who died Monday, July 9, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Gladys Schultz; sons, Norman and Bruce Schultz; daughter, Sandy Schultz; five grandchildren, nieces and nephews and other family members.
Mr. Schultz was employed as an electrician and was a member of IBEW Local No. 41. He was a World War II veteran and was a member of the West Side Rowing Club in Buffalo. He also volunteered as a Boy Scout leader and was an active member of St. James United Church of Christ and St. Matthew’s United Church of Christ. He was a member of Fraternal Lodge No. 625 of Hamburg and Ismailia Shrine Temple AAONMS.
Arrangements were made through the Loomis, Offers & Loomis Funeral Home.

Eileen Mathes
Funeral services were held Saturday (July 21) from the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home for Eileen M. Gaygen Mathes, 84, of Liverpool and formerly of Hamburg, who died Wednesday, July 18, 2001.
Wife of the late Harold B. Mathes, she is survived by her sons, David (Joyce) and Jeffrey (Christine) Mathes; daughter, Lynn (Thomas) Dailey; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
She was predeceased by her brother, Gordon (late Boots) Gaygen.
Mrs. Mathes was employed in the engineering department of the New York Telephone Company. 
She was an active member of the choir for Trinity Episcopal Church and a past member of Sweet Adelines and also played piano at the former Seacrest Supper Club and Hamburg Hotel.
Burial was at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Thomas Stoddard
Funeral services were held Saturday (July 21) from the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home for Thomas J. Stoddard, 73, of Hamburg, who died Wednesday, July 18, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Geraldine Gutenkunst Stoddard; daughters, Genevieve Stoddard and Thelma (Richard) Hornberger; son, Thomas Stoddard; and two grandchildren.
Mr. Stoddard was employed as the head custodian for the Hamburg Central School District. He was a World War II Navy veteran and a member of Cpl. David Finger Tri-Towns Memorial Post No. 2556.
Memorials may be made to the VA Medical Center.
Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery.
Ann Mazur
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday (July 6) from SS. Peter & Paul Church for Ann F. Pakulski Mazur, 82, of Hamburg, who died Tuesday, July 3, 2001.
She is survived by her husband, Raymond Mazur; son, James Mazur; and sister, Jane (Raymond) Handel.
Mrs. Mazur was employed as a food server for the Hamburg Central School District. She was a member of the Altar & Rosary Society.
Memorials may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Burial was at Hillcrest Cemetery and arrangements were made through the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home.

Alma Leach
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, August 4 at 10:30 a.m. from the Forest Avenue Cemetery in Angola for Alma L. Leach, 63, formerly of Angola, who died Friday, March 23, 2001.
She is survived by her daughters, Vicki Lynn Cotton and Diane Johnson; son, Jefferey Clark; and brother, Donald Boyd.
Arrangements were made through the Heimburg-Addison Funeral Home.

Samuel Wick
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday (July 20) from St. Francis of Assisi Church for Samuel J. Wick, 79, of Hamburg, who died Monday, July 16, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Luella Schneider Wick; son, Richard (Geraldine) Wick; daughter, Linda (Gary) Kravitz; sister, Marjorie Schaeffer; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Mr. Wick was employed as a postal worker until he retired in 1987. He served as vice president of Chapter 153, National Association of Retired Federal Employees. He was past commander of the American Legion Downtown Post 64 and was also a member of Post 1488, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Forty & 8. 
He served as an anti-aircraft gunner in Newfoundland and in the Pacific in the 209th Coast Artillery. 
Burial was at Mount Calvary Cemetery and arrangements were made through the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home.

Robert Collins
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday (July 20) from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church for Robert M. Collins, 56, of Hamburg, who died Tuesday, July 17, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon Stivers Collins; sons, Robert and Joshua (Amy) Collins; daughters, Sharon (Clifford) Paterson and Stacey (David) Bell; brother, Dennis (Cheryl) Collins; sister, Tomasina Schneider; and seven grandchildren. 
Mr. Collins was employed as an assistant chief engineer for WGRZ-TV. 
Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.
Burial was at SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery and arrangements were made through the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home.

Lillian McGaughey
Funeral services were held Thursday (July 19) from the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home for Lillian J. Warning McGaughey, 81, of South Dayton and formerly of Hamburg, who died Monday, July 16, 2001.
Wife of the late Ralph E. McGaughey, she is survived by her son, William D. (Patricia) McGaughey; two grandchildren and one niece.
She was predeceased by her brother, William (late Mary) Warning; and sister, Mildred (late Kenneth) Saunders.
Burial was at Lakeside Cemetery and arrangements were made through the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home.

Ruth O’Connor
Condolence calls were recently accepted at the family residence of Ruth E. Frank O’Connor, 91, of Hamburg, who died Tuesday, July 17, 2001.
Wife of the late James O’Connor Sr., she is survived by her son, Dr. James (Joyce) O’Connor; daughters, Rosemary (John) McKiernan and Kathleen O’Connor; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Mrs. O’Connor was a 1934 graduate of Houghton College.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice Foundation.
Arrangements were made through the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home.


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