|Grace Korthals, former town historian and school teacher,
dies at the age of 90
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday (Dec. 14) from Holy Spirit
Church for Grace G. Korthals, 90, of North Collins, who died Wednesday,
December 12, 2001.
She is survived by her sister-in-law, Margaret Korthals; and nieces,
nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was predeceased by her sister, Ruth Lockwood; and brothers, Robert,
Arthur and Carl J. Korthals.
Miss Korthals was a former elementary school teacher for North Collins
Central School from 1942 to 1972 and was a member of Holy Spirit Church.
She was appointed as only the second Town of North Collins Historian in
1965, serving 35 years in the position before retiring in January 2001.
She was a charter member of the North Collins Historical Society and
regularly provided articles concerning North Collins for the “Out of the
Past” feature in The Sun. She was a member of the North Collins Library
Board, Catholic Daughters of America, Court St. Agnes, Delta Kappa Gamma
and the Rosary Altar Society at Holy Spirit Church. She was also a life
member of the Third Order of St. Francis and a member of the Southtowns
Retired Teachers Association.
Arrangements were made through the Wentland Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Monday (Dec. 10) from St. Vincent de Paul
Church for Earl J. Dobmeier, 87, of Hamburg, who died Friday, December
Husband of the late Louise Dobmeier and companion of Eleanor Tweedy,
he is survived by his sons, John (Yvonne) and James (Nancy) Dobmeier; daughters,
Mary Meitus, Patricia (Douglas) Hughes, Helyn (Jeffrey) Delmont, Margaret
Dobmeier, Susan (Bentley) Burgios, Bette (David) Cleveland and Sally (David)
Husted; brothers, Eugene and Gene Dobmeier; sister, Rita Dobmeier; 19 grandchildren,
10 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Mr. Dobmeier was employed as a foreman for Buffalo Color in Buffalo.
Arrangements were made through the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Tuesday (Dec. 18) from Our Mother of Good
Counsel Church for Anna V. “Bonnie” Carroll Erickson, 87, of Blasdell,
who died Friday, December 14, 2001.
Wife of the late Charles E. Erickson, she is survived by her brother,
William (late Mary) Carroll; sisters, Frances (late Angus) McNeil, Geraldine
Carroll and Catherine (late Joseph) Sedor; nieces, nephews and other family
She was predeceased by her sisters, Eileen (late Robert) Yates, Marian
(late Frank) Caruso and Helen (late John) Shumin; and brothers, John and
Joseph (late Betty) Carroll.
Mrs. Erickson was a member of the Catholic Daughters of Our Mother
of Good Counsel Court No. 1311, the Altar & Rosary Society and was
also an exempt member of the Blasdell Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary.
Entombment was at Holy Cross Cemetery and arrangements were made through
the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. from
Loomis, Offers & Loomis Funeral Home for Winifred C. Alerdice, 81,
of Hamburg, who died Sunday, November 25, 2001.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and
Ms. Alerdice was a graduate of Hamburg High School. She was employed
by the Pierce Arrow plant and later worked for Loblaws Market and F.W.
Woolworth Company in Hamburg. She was a member of the Hamburg Methodist
Church, Hamburg Business and Professional Women’s Association, the Helper’s
Class, Past Royal Matron of Forsythia Court, Order of the Amaranth and
a member of the Daughters of the Nile.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family for
Beatrice Barbara Gunnell, 80, of Stuart, Florida and formerly of Hamburg,
who died Monday, December 10, 2001.
Wife of the late William John Gunnell III, she is survived by her son,
William John Gunnell IV; daughter, Suzanne Gunnell Edlund; two grandchildren
and two great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Gunnell was an active member of Orchard Park Country Club and
later the Miles Grant Country Club in Florida.
Word has been received of the death of Walter “Mr. R” Vincent Rudnicki,
87, of Orchard Park and formerly of Hamburg, who died Monday, December
He is survived by his wife, Mary F. Maida Rudnicki; sons, William,
Daniel, Walter and Brian Rudnicki; daughters, Nancy Jack, Mary Tarnowski
and Christine Seufert; sisters, Flossie Sheer, Irene Trussell and Virginia
Evans; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Mr. Rudnicki owned and operated Appliance Touchup & Refinishers
from 1952 to 1970. He was a retired employee from the Ford Stamping Plant
in Woodlawn after 23 years as a welder/repairman. He was a World War II
veteran from 1942 to 1946 and was a member of Our Lady of Sacred Heart
Roman Catholic Church. He served as past president of Parish Council, was
a member of the Holy Name Society and the Knights of Columbus in Orchard
Park and also served as a church usher for 45 years.
He was a leader of Boy Scout Troop No. 590 in Orchard Park for 50 years.
He was the recipient of the first annual Town of Hamburg Youth Bureau’s
“Service to Youth” award and also won other honors for his work as a scoutmaster.
Funeral services were held Saturday (Dec. 15) from the First Evangelical
Lutheran Church for Ingrid Bergman Fuller, 68, of Blasdell, who died Tuesday,
December 11, 2001.
She is survived by her husband, William A. Fuller; sons, Bradley (Sue)
and Arne Nutty and Erik (Robyn) Fuller; daughters, Linda (Andy) Badkowski
and Susan (Joseph) Tilert; sisters, Ruth (Ronald) and Astrin (James) Nearpass;
eight grandchildren and other family members.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Buffalo, Inc.
Entombement was at Lakeside Memorial Cemetery and arrangements were
made through the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Wednesday (Dec. 19) from the Hamburg Assembly
of God Church for Walter S. Wright, 69, of Hamburg, who died Saturday,
December 15, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Marge Pirro Wright; sons, David (Renee)
and Michael (Joan) Wright; daughters, Tammy (Robert) McAndrew, Charlene
Licht and Dawn (Michael) Tronolone; brother, Robert (Betty) Wright; sister,
Joan (late Angelo) Dilimone; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was predeceased by his brother, Frank Wright, and sister, Betty
Mr. Wright was employed as a maintenance engineer for the Washington
Arrangements were made through the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home.
Private services were recently held from Holy Spirit Cemetery for Paul
Baglia of Hamburg, who died Sunday, December 9, 2001.
He is survived by nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was predeceased by his brother, Charles Baglia, and sisters, Josephine
Sterlace and Savatrice LaLomia.
Mr. Baglia was a former employee of Bethlehem Steel and was a member
of the Hamburg Men’s Garden Club and the Eden & Hamburg Historical
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Buffalo.
Arrangements were made through Wentland Funeral Home.
A military graveside memorial service was held on Sunday, Nov. 11 in
Rayle, Georgia for Lee Emerson Abbott, 82, of Sanibel, Florida and formerly
of Rayle, Georgia and Hamburg, who died Sunday, October 28, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn “Gigi” Booth Abbott; daughter, Lee
Ann Abbott Novack; and one grandchild.
Mr. Abbott served a 30-year military career that included service in
World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. His combat service included
the Allied invasion of North Africa, the Anzio landing and Italian campaign,
the landing in southern France, and the campaign up the Rhone Valley into
Germany. He recently published a compilation of his wartime experiences
and other happenings in his life entitled “Memories of Down the Road and
Across the Sands of Time.”