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Miscellaneous Erie County, New York Obituaries

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Joe Ilardo, owner of Helthco BusyMart in Hamburg for 28 years, dies at the age of 50
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday (Sept. 22) from Immaculate Conception Church for Joseph A. Ilardo, 50, of Eden, who died Wednesday, September 19, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Sophia Revelas Ilardo; parents, Anthony C. and Patricia M. Ilardo; sons, Michael J. and Matthew C. Ilardo;
daughter, Katherine M. Ilardo; sister, Mary J. Oksman; and brother, Samuel J. (Marcia) Ilardo.
Mr. Ilardo passed away in Buffalo General Hospital after a year-long battle with cancer. He was born in Buffalo and later served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.
Mr. Ilardo owned Helthco Discount BusyMart, located on Buffalo Street in the Village of Hamburg, from 1972 until selling the business in August 2000. His wife, children, brother, sister, cousins and nephew have all worked there over the years and his mother continues to work for the new ownership. 
Prior to owning Helthco, Joe was employed as an assistant manager at Valu Home Center. 
His interests included tennis, camping, attending and watching Buffalo sporting events and traveling. 
Family members recall fondly how, when on vacation, he would visit as many roller coasters and restaurants as possible. Mr. Ilardo was also a faithful master of his dog Star.
Memorials may be made to Hospice or the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements were made through the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home. 

Susan Meiers
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. from the Hamburg Assembly of God Church for Susan M. Richardson Meiers, 50, of Florida and formerly of Williamsville, who died Monday, September 10, 2001.
She is survived by her sister, Janet (Glenn) Ellis; and two nephews.
Arrangements were made through the Holmes Beach Funeral Home in Florida.

Ronald Eich
A memorial mass was held on Wednesday (Sept. 26) from St. Francis of Assisi Church for Ronald L. Eich, 66, of Blasdell, who died Saturday, September 22, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Eileen E. Landry Eich; sons, Allen (Joyce), Matthew (Angela) and Douglass (Julianne) Eich; daughter, Judy (Gary) Klumpp; 10 grandchildren, nieces and nephews and other family members.
He was predeceased by his brother, Charles (Cindy) Eich; and sister, Theresa (Ray) Lehner. 
Mr. Eich was employed as a truck driver for Roadway Express. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a member of the American Legion Hamburg Post No. 527. He donated his body to the University at Buffalo Medical School.
Arrangements were made through the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home.

Carl Marcucci
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday (Sept. 22) from St. Francis of Assisi Church for Carl J. Marcucci, 86, of Hamburg, who died Sunday, September 16, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Isabel Apa Marcucci; daughters, Mary (Earl) Reimer and Deborah (John) Diggins; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his son, Michael Marcucci; and brothers, Otto (Elmeris), John (late Doris) and Gino Marcucci.
Mr. Marcucci was a retired steelworker for Ramco Steel in Lackawanna.
Burial was at Hillcrest Cemetery and arrangements were made through the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home. 

Evelyn Dvornski
Funeral services were held Tuesday (Sept. 25) from the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home for Evelyn Leary Dvornski, 73, of Blasdell, who died Friday, September 21, 2001.
She is survived by her husband, Andrew E. Dvornski; sons, Mark, Andy (Cheryl) and James Dvornski; daughters, Lisa (David) Fickel and Carol Leary; brother, Richard (Ann) Leary; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Evie Dvornski Narcolepsy Research Fund c/o 12 Miller Ave., Blasdell, NY 14219.

Esther Wolfe
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. from Grace Lutheran Church in Hamburg for Esther 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; stepgrandchildren, nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her sisters, Gladys Brandt Sherk and Ethel Isaac; and brothers, James and Robert Woodhouse.
She was a graduate of Kenmore High School and was employed for over 35 years as a personnel specialist at DuPont Co. She was a member of the Hamburg Women’s 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 to the charity of your choice.

Madison McCarthy
Funeral services were held Tuesday (Oct. 2) from St. Vincent de Paul Church for Madison Lee McCarthy, 5, of Angola, who died Thursday, September 27, 2001.
She is survived by her parents, Michael and Suzanne Polakiewicz McCarthy; brother, Michael McCarthy; grandparents, Joseph and Rosalie Gemza Polakiewicz and Michael McCarthy and Kathleen Higgins McCarthy; and other family and friends.
Madison was a kindergarten student at Southtowns Catholic School.
Memorials may be made to Southtowns Catholic School.
Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery and arrangements were made through the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home.

Isabel Marcucci
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday (Sept. 28) from St. Francis of Assisi Church for Isabel V. Apa Marcucci, 79, of Hamburg, who died Monday, September 24, 2001.
Wife of the late Carl Marcucci, she is survived by her daughters, Mary (Earl) Reimer and Deborah (John) Diggins; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her son, Michael Marcucci; brother, Ralph (late Joan) APA; and sisters, Carmella (Kenneth) Olson and Julie (Kay) Apa.
Mrs. Marcucci was employed as a waitress for LaHacienda in West Seneca.
Burial was at Hillcrest Cemetery and arrangements were made through the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home.

Marie Knapp
Funeral services were held Friday (Sept. 28) from the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home for Marie L. Vail Knapp, 75, of Hamburg, who died Tuesday, September 25, 2001.
Wife of the late Robert W. Knapp, she is survived by her sons, Kurt (Donna), Dan and Tim Knapp; daughters, Becki (Ray) Cleveland and Sarah (Vince) George; sisters, June Gregory, Ruth Holland and Doris Jones; brother, Bud Vail; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her son, Robert A. (Pauline) Knapp.
Burial was at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Arthur Chmielewski
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday (Oct. 2) from Most Precious Blood Catholic Church for Arthur Chmielewski, 74, of Angola, who died Thursday, September 27, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Cooper Chmielewski; sons, Arthur “Butch”, Barry and Aaron Buczkowski; daughters, Rebecca Mittner, Rachel Cooper, Abby Lumley and Amanda Eppolito; and five grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Mary Jane Chmielewski.
Mr. Chmielewski was a native of Buffalo and worked in the family owned Chmielewski Bakery through his early adulthood. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving as supervisor for camp food operations. He also worked as a Pepsi-Cola distributor in Buffalo before beginning his own roofing and siding business in Angola, which he owned for 25 years. He also was employed as a toll collector by the New York State Thruway Authority.
He was a lifetime member of Post No. 5798, Veterans of Foreign Wars in Angola and a 30-year member of the Lake Erie Beach Volunteer Fire Company, where he served as fire chief for several years.
Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Robert Kryszak
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday (Oct. 9) from Our Mother of Good Counsel Church for Robert G. “Bob” Kryszak, 65, of Hamburg, who died Saturday, October 6, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Judith Czachorowski Kryszak; daughters, Robin (Robert) Pagano, Karen (David) Burr and Barbara (Scott) Rook; son, Robert (Maureen) Kryszak; sister, Donna (Ray) Suto; brother, Frederick (Gloria) Kryszak; sister-in-law, Barbara (Kenneth) Reitmeier; seven grandchildren and other family members.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Roberta Kryszak.
Mr. Kryszak was a life member of 46 years with the Big Tree Volunteer Fire Company and the Exempt’s Association. He had worked as a conductor with the New York Central/Conrail Railroad.
Arrangements were made through the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home.

Thomas Baird
Graveside services were held Wednesday from the Eden Evergreen Cemetery for Thomas Fraser Baird, 74, of Eden, who died Saturday, October 6, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Doris M. Henry Baird; daughters, Charmaine (Robert) Barrett, Sharon (Edward) Duda and Holly Baird; son, Daniel (Sandy) Baird; sister, Nancy Bingaman; brothers, William and Terry Baird; and nine grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Scott F. Baird.
Mr. Baird was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II and a life member and past commander and chaplain of Newell Faulkner Post No. 880 American Legion. He was also a life member of Eden Memorial Post No. 8265 VFW. He was a retired lineman for New York Telephone.
Arrangements were made through the Laing Funeral Home.

Veronica Henderson
A memorial mass was recently held from SS. Peter & Paul Church for Veronica P. “Vera” Grace Henderson, 98, of Wolfboro, New Hampshire and formerly of Hamburg, who died Sunday, August 12, 2001.
Wife of the late Lealand Henderson, she is survived by her daughter, Virginia (Kirt) Fastnacht; son, Richard (Joan) Henderson; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were made through the Loomis, Offers & Loomis Funeral Home.

Anna Talbot
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday (Oct. 5) from St. Bernadette’s Church for Anna L. Maley Talbot, 72, of Hamburg, who died Monday, October 1, 2001.
Wife of the late John Talbot, she is survived by her sons, Mark and Terry (Joanne) Talbot; daughters, Ellen (Ron) Lorek, Colleen (Lenny) Longo, Susan Talbot and Laura (Matt) Fond; sister, Alice (Walter) Wolanyk; brother, James Maley; and 10 grandchildren.
Mrs. Talbot was employed as a computer technician for the Ford Motor Company.
Burial was at Acacia Park Cemetery in Pendelton and arrangements were made through the Froehley-Dengler Funeral Home.

Catherine Quick
Funeral services were held Wednesday (Oct. 3) from St. Louis Roman Catholic Church for Catherine M. Mack Quick, 71, of Hamburg, who died Saturday, September 29, 2001.
She is survived by her husband, Shirley K. Quick; son, Kevin (Carol) Quick; daughter, Karen (Bill) Brown; brothers, Monsignor Robert, Thomas (Jeanie), Aloysius (Arlene) and Donald (Patricia) Mack; sisters, Eileen (Robert) Wright and Mary (Ted) Guzowski; and nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Quick was employed as an election clerk for the Erie County Election Board.
Burial was at Mount Olivet Cemetery and arrangements were made through the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home.

Paul Woodhouse
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. from the St. James United Church of Christ for Paul W. Woodhouse of Hamburg, who died Saturday, October 6, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Hammond Woodhouse; son, Duane (Colleen Doherty) Woodhouse; daughter, Tammy (James Schmidt) Woodhouse; and father-in-law, Gerry Hammond.
Mr. Woodhouse was a member of Hamburg American Legion Post No. 527 and a life member of the North Boston Volunteer Fire Company. He donated his body to the University of Buffalo for medical research.
Memorials may be made to the North Boston Volunteer Fire Company.

Edward Krasinski
A memorial service was held Saturday (Oct. 6) from the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home for Edward A. Krasinski, 84, of Hamburg, who died Wednesday, October 3, 2001.
Husband of the late Joan Szweda Krasinski, he is survived by his daughter, Joanie Krasinski; one grandchild, two grandchildren and other family members.
He was predeceased by his son, Edward F. (Linda) Krasinski; sisters, Sophie (late Val) Szopinski and Jane (late Louis) Zawistowski; and brother, Stanley (late Helen) Krasinski.
Mr. Krasinski was employed as a conductor for Conrail Railroad.


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