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Miscellaneous Erie County, New York Obituaries

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Harold Benson
Private funeral services were held at the convenience of the family for Harold W. Benson, 85, of Hamburg, who died Sunday, August 26, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Alice Cohen Benson; daughter, Lois (Joseph) Blackwell; sons, Loyd (Karen) and Lawrence Benson; brothers, Rudolph (Beverly), Charles (Ethel) and Donald (Rosella) Schasel; sister, Charlotte (Cyril) Benson; and two grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his sister, Gertrude Wittmeyer.
Mr. Benson was employed as a glazer for Glazers Local No. 660. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 992, DAV Chapter No. 135, American Legion Post No. 527 and life member of VFW Herbert Shero Post No. 517.
Memorials may be made to the Hamburg Fire Department Rescue Squad.
Burial was at Lakeside Memorial Park and arrangements were made through the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home.

Esther Wolfe
A memorial service will be held at Grace Lutheran Church in Hamburg on Saturday, October 6 at 11 a.m. for Esther Woodhouse Wilson Wolfe, 90, of Vero Beach, Florida and formerly of Hamburg, who died Wednesday, July 18, 2001.
Wife of the late Orlo Wolfe and Nathan Wilson, she is survived by her stepdaughter, Janice (Roy) Pulse; stepson, Jack (Betty) Wolfe; many step-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her sisters, Gladys Brandt Sherk and Ethel Isaac; and brothers, James and Robert Woodhouse.
Mrs. Wolfe was a graduate of Kenmore High School and was employed for over 35 years as a personnel specialist at the DuPont Company. She was a member of the Hamburg Womenís Club and the Hamburg Senior Citizens. She was also a volunteer at Our Lady of Victory Hospital. 
Memorials may be made to the Association of Retarded Citizens, 1375 16th Ave., Vero Beach, Florida 32960 or the charity of your choice.

Kathleen Burke
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday (August 24) from St. Francis of Assisi Church for Kathleen M. McKendry Burke, 77, of Hamburg, who died Monday, August 20, 2001.
Wife of the late Michael D. Burke Jr., she is survived by her son, Michael D. Burke; daughters, Margaret (Jack) Pielich, Beverly (Anthony) Cardarelli and Sheila M. Burke; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her sisters, Anne and Margaret McKendry; and brothers, Frank and Maurice McKendry.
Mrs. Burke was employed as a registered nurse at the Orchard Park Health Care Center. 
Arrangements were made through the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home.

Peter Clark
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 1 at 10 a.m. from St. Annís Church in Manlius, New York for Peter Andrew Clark, 45, of Manlius, who died Monday, August 27, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia L. Danyluk Clark; daughters, Kelsey E. and Courtney L. Clark; son, Michael J. Clark; mother, Mary Clark; sister, Cindy W. Dzioba; and brothers, Jeffery A., Timothy T., Stephen J. and Gregory P. Clark.
He was predeceased by his father, Carl W. Clark.
Mr. Clark was a 1973 graduate of Potsdam High School and a 1975 graduate of Paul Smithís College with a degree in Forestry. He was employed as a truck driver with UPS in Syracuse and an independent arborist. 
Mr. Clark was a member of the 1980 U.S. bobsled team. He was a communicant of St. Annís Church in Manlius and was active in the community coaching youth baseball, soccer and hockey. He was also an active outdoorsman who loved the mountains and lakes of the Adirondacks.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Central New York, 990 Seventh North St., Liverpool, NY 13088.
Burial will be at St. Maryís Cemetery in Dewitt, NY and arrangements were made through the Eaton-Tubbs Schepp Funeral Home.

Javo Brkljac
Funeral services were held Thursday (August 23) from the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home for Javo Brkljac, 86, of Blasdell, who died Monday, August 20, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Rita Black Brkljac; daughters, Jackie (John) Pawlaczyk, Maria (Robert Jr.) Markel, Mila (Vincent) Marciano, Rose (Daniel) Jayes, Kristina Brkljac and Erika (Bernie) Glurich; 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by brothers and sisters.
Mr. Brkljac was a member of UAW Local No. 897. He was employed as a materials handler at the Ford Stamping Plant.
Burial was at Lakeside Memorial Cemetery.

Amelia Keller
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday (August 25) from Holy Spirit Church for Amelia Miller Keller, 91, of North Collins, who died Tuesday, August 21, 2001.
Wife of the late Elmer Keller, she is survived by her daughter, Charleen (Sebastian) Spicola; son, James (Janet) Keller; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by brothers and sisters.
Mrs. Keller was a member of the Holy Spirit Rosary Altar Society. 
Memorials may be made to the Blind Association of WNY.
Arrangements were made through the Wentland Funeral Home.

William Jones
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday (August 29) from Immaculate Conception Church for William ďDocĒ E. Jones, PhD, EdD, 79, of Eden, who died Saturday, August 25, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Dilger Jones; son, Thomas W. Jones; and one nephew.
Dr. Jones was employed as an educator at DíYouville College. He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II.
Memorials may be made to the Eden Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 111, Eden, NY 14057.
Burial was at St. Maryís Cemetery and arrangements were made through the Laing Funeral Home.

Jo Anne Osborne, church organist and former Hamburg High teacher, dies at age 60
A memorial service was held Wednesday (September 5) from Wayside Presbyterian Church for Jo Anne Krampf Osborne, 60, of Hamburg, who died Sunday, September 2, 2001.
She is survived by her husband, Edwin J. Osborne; daughters, Anne (David) Johnson, Kristin (David) Hewitt and Carolyn (Joseph) Gunning; mother, Rhea Krampf; and three grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her father, Joseph Krampf.
Mrs. Osborne was born in Olean and graduated from Allegany High School. She then attended Elmira College where she earned her bachelorís degree in English. 
She was an English teacher at Hamburg High School from 1962 to 1967 before leaving to raise her three daughters. 
She later worked as the public relations coordinator for Planned Parenthood of Buffalo and Erie County from 1980 to 1989 and also served as a group counselor for Womanfocus from 1989 to 1997.
Mrs. Osborne served as a church organist, first in Blasdell Presbyterian Church and for the past 23 years at Wayside Presbyterian Church in Hamburg, where she also was choir director.
Memorials may be made to Wayside Presbyterian Church or Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Burial services will be private and arrangements were made through the Loomis, Offers & Loomis Funeral Home. 

Doris Hawkins
Funeral services were held Tuesday (September 4) from the Hamburg United Methodist Church for Doris M. Moeller Hawkins, 99, of Hamburg, who died Thursday, August 30, 2001.
Wife of the late Stanley M. Hawkins, she is survived by her son, S. Jerome (Frances) Hawkins; daughter, Joan (Truel) West; sister, Esther (late Bernard) Butler; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her brothers, Robert, Edward, Donald and David Moeller.
Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery and arrangements were made through the Loomis, Offers & Loomis Funeral Home.

Dorothy Avery
Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 7 at 11 a.m. from the First Congregational Church for Dorothy Avery of North Collins, who died Monday, September 3, 2001.
Wife of the late George A. Avery Sr., she is survived by sons, George A. Jr. and Paul (Petra) Avery; daughters, Stephanie, Michele (William) Hauser and Rebecca (John) DeRienzo; and 12 grandchildren.
Mrs. Avery was the former co-owner of Avery Bells in North Collins.
Burial will be at North Collins Cemetery and arrangements were made through the Wentland Funeral Home.

Lindsay Gardner
Funeral services were held Saturday (September 1) from the Wayside Presbyterian Church for Lindsay M. Gardner, 17, of Hamburg, who died Tuesday, August 28, 2001.
She is survived by her parents, Julie (Kenneth) Erler and Paul P. Gardner; brother, Jason Gardner; grandparents, James (Janet) Watson, Patrick (Beverly) Gardner and Robert (Jean) Erler; and aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Ms. Gardner was a student at Frontier Central High School. She was a member of the junior varsity lacrosse team at Frontier Central.
Burial was at Lakeside Memorial Cemetery and arrangements were made through the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home.

Julia Bratek
Funeral services were held Tuesday (September 4) from Our Lady of Grace Church for Julia H. Pietrowski Bratek, 82, of Woodlawn, who died Thursday, August 30, 2001.
Wife of the late Julius A. Bratek, she is survived by her sons, William (late Geraldine), Gene (Carol) and Walter Sr. (Betty) Bratek; daughter, Patricia (Richard) Friedman; 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and other family members.
She was predeceased by her brothers, Walter, Anthony and Joseph Pietrowski; and sisters, Helen Pietrowski, Stella Cizdziel, Frances Pozder and Virginia Kepfer. 
Mrs. Bratek was a member of Our Lady of Grace Christian Womenís Society and Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary.
Entombment was at Holy Cross Cemetery and arrangements were made through the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home.

Thomas VanLare Sr.
A memorial service was held Wednesday (September 5) from the McGuinness Funeral Home in Woodbury, New Jersey for Thomas M. VanLare Sr., 57, of Woodbury, NJ and formerly of Sarasota, FL and Buffalo, who died Tuesday, August 28, 2001.
He is survived by his daughters, Sharon Caldwell and Jennifer VanLare; son, Thomas M. VanLare Jr.; mother, Elsie VanLare-Smith; brother, Frederick VanLare; sisters, Patricia and Judy VanLare; and four grandchildren.
Mr. VanLare was employed by the Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota, Florida for 16 years as a security officer.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 410 White Horse Pike, Box 159, Haddon Heights, NJ 08035.

Joseph Gugino
Funeral services were recently held at Wentland Funeral Home for Joseph J. Gugino of Gowanda, who died Wednesday, August 29, 2001.
He is survived by his brother, Anthony (Shirley) Gugino; and sister, Virginia (Thomas) Lauria.
Arrangements were made through the Wentland Funeral Home.

Dorothy Trost
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 6 at 9:30 a.m. from St. Francis of Assisi Church for Dorothy T. Brodnicki Trost, 86, of East Aurora, who died Sunday, September 2, 2001.
Wife of the late William Trost, she is survived by her daughters, Barbara (late Leo) Barnes and Sharon (Dennis) Winkowski; brother, Joseph (Sally) Brodnicki; sister, Mary (late James) Marks; five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her sisters, Victoria Kajdasz, Helen Meyers, Agnes (Stanley) Kowalic and Alice Hedges.
Mrs. Trost was the chairwoman for Erie County. 
Burial was at Hillcrest Cemetery and arrangements were made through the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home.

Norman Avery
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday (September 5) from St. Martinís Church for Norman Avery of North Collins, who died Saturday, September 1, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Burns Avery; daughters, Jean Avery, Alice (Mike Spicola) Ayers and Janice (Charles) Fisher; son, Alan Avery; seven grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his sister, Angela Kehr; and brother, Walter E. Avery.
Mr. Avery was a retiree from National Fuel Gas and a member of the Springville American Legion Post No. 431. 
Memorials may be made to the WNY Arthritis Foundation or the North Collins Emergency Squad.
Burial was at St. Martinís Cemetery and arrangements were made through the Wentland Funeral Home.

Emilio Ardito
Funeral services were held Monday (September 3) from the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home for Emilio M. Ardito, 84, of Blasdell, who died Thursday, August 30, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Carmen Ardito; son, Franco (Julie) Ardito; daughters, Liviana (Tony) Grisanti, Gabriella (Peter) Rockwood and Silvia Ardito; and six grandchildren.
Mr. Ardito was a member of UAW Local No. 897. He was employed as a tool and die maker at the Ford Stamping Plant.
Memorials may be made to Buffalo Hospice, Inc.


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