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Robert S. Napierala, longtime News employee

Aug. 22, 1950 – April 11, 2016

Robert S. Napierala, of Elma, a longtime employee of The Buffalo News, died Monday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a five-year battle with cancer. He was 65.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Kensington High School. He attended Genesee Community College and served in the Army National Guard.

Mr. Napierala, whose grandfather worked as a custodian at The News, began working at the newspaper in the late 1960s as a driver. He delivered roses daily to the home of owner/publisher Kate Butler, ran errands and was a chauffeur for the Butler family.

Mrs. Butler helped him get an apprenticeship as a linotype machinist. Adept at fixing things, he completed the four-year program in three years. After linotypes became obsolete, he worked in proofreading, the microfilm lab, the mail room and was a driver for advertising operations.

He was a member of the Attica Rod and Gun Club and enjoyed hunting, fishing, target shooting, archery, golf and boating.

In addition to his wife of 43 years, the former Carol Marschall, survivors include a son, Robert W.; a daughter, Lisa Ludwig; his mother, Marie; three brothers, Fred, Randy and Greg; and two grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Friday in St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, 5271 Clinton St., Elma.