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Jan. 22, 1939 -- Sept. 21, 2017 Dr. Jeffrey L. Kahler, a former orthopedic surgeon and medical staff president at St. Joseph Hospital, died Sept. 21 in the SECU Jim & Betsy Bryan Hospice Home of UNC Health Care in Pittsboro, N.C., after a brief illness and 19-year struggle with Parkinson's disease. He was 78. He was born in Harrisburg, Pa., the son of the late H…

Jan. 23, 1928 – Sept. 22, 2017 Henry A. Chimes, an accordion musician who performed as the “Caktus Kid” and founded Chimes Music Corp., died Sept. 22. He was 89. Mr. Chimes, of Cheektowaga, was born in Buffalo, the son of the late Helen and Henry Chmielewski. He graduated from Depew High School and attended Canisius College. He began playing accordion at ag…

May 7, 1930 – Sept. 19, 2017 Sister Ann Therese Hedges, an educator for more than 40 years, as well as an artist, died Tuesday in the Sisters of St. Joseph Residence, Clarence, after a short illness. She was 87. Born in Medina, Emily Hedges entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in September 1948. She pronounced her final vows in August 1954. Sister Ann Therese a…

Nov. 23, 1926 – Sept. 20, 2017 Sister Rita Marie Nigro, OSF, a teacher in Catholic schools, died Wednesday in St. Mary of the Angels Convent, Williamsville, where she had been a resident in recent years. She was 90. Born Rose Marie Nigro in Buffalo, one of twin girls, she and her twin attended School 38 and Holy Angels School. Both were graduates of Nardin Academy …

July 15, 1935 – Sept. 15, 2017 Walter Melvin Griggs Jr., a funeral director for more than 35 years, died Sept. 15 in Buffalo General Medical Center after a lengthy illness. He was 82. Born in Cumberland, Va., the third of 13 children, he attended high school there and came to Buffalo to join brothers and sisters here when he was 19. Mr. Griggs worked at Bethlehe…

Sept. 20, 1967 – Sept. 5, 2017 First diagnosed with breast cancer more than seven years ago, the Rev. Paulette Thompson-Clinton overcame the disease three times. When cancer recurred for the fourth time, she established an internet blog, “Still on the Journey,” which traced her determination to beat it again. In May, she wrote, “The lens you look through s…

Aug. 21, 1926 – Sept. 18, 2017 Lillian “Pat” Kuczka, a nurse who helped develop the “crisis cart” for hospitals, died Monday in Autumn View Health Care Facility, Hamburg. She was 91. Born in Orchard Park, the former Lillian F. Patterson was a 1944 graduate of Orchard Park High School and earned her certificate of nursing from the Edward J. Meyer School of …

Aug. 1, 1927 – Sept. 16, 2017 Joyce C. Willoughby, of Buffalo, an insurance broker and co-owner of Willoughby Insurance Co., died Saturday in Mercy Hospital after a short illness. She was 90. Born in Honesdale, Pa., near Scranton, the former Joyce Gammell grew up on a dairy farm and was voted the most glamorous girl in her high school class. A talented pianist, …

Sept. 22, 1938 – Sept. 13, 2017 If you have ever enjoyed the distinctively tangy-sweet taste of concord grape juice, it might have been from the fruit that David C. Nichols grew. Among other things, Nichols was a grower-owner at Welch's. Indeed, his family has been growing grapes on its Lewiston land since 1880. Mr. Nichols, the fourth generation to farm the ori…

Aug. 25, 1934 - Sept. 6, 2016 Cynthia A. Brown was a woman of eclectic tastes and abilities, as an elementary-school teacher, a passionate gardener, a lifelong church member and leader, an enthusiastic bridge player and a woman with a fondness for conversational Spanish, modern dance and lively discussions with friends. “I always enjoyed seeing her,” longtime goo…

Feb. 12, 1921 – Sept. 13, 2017 As a teenager in Adolf Hitler's Germany, Gunter Paul Heinze grew up with great fear and apprehension about what the future would hold. He and his parents, who lived in Berlin, had many Jewish friends. They did not support the Nazi dictator, his war efforts or his plans to exterminate the Jewish race. "My father didn’t think he h…

Jan. 8, 1942 - July 28, 2017 A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sept. 23 at Canisius High School for Brother Louis Mauro, a Lackawanna native and former treasurer at the high school, who died July 28. He was 75. A graduate of Father Baker High School, Mauro joined the Society of Jesus in 1961 at St. Andrew-on-Hudson in Poughkeepsie. He received his bachelor'…

When Jeremiah Goodman was 4 years old, he fell out of his parents’ car and broke his right arm. Given a box of crayons while he was recovering, he taught himself to draw left-handed and developed a passion for art. And that was the beginning of his life as an artist. Mr. Goodman, who signed his works simply Jeremiah, became renowned as an illustrator and for his at…

Sept. 11, 1956 – Sept. 12, 2017 James K. McCabe, of West Seneca, a retired New York State heating specialist, died Tuesday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a long struggle with cancer. He was 61. Born in Buffalo, the 13th of 16 children, he grew up in South Buffalo and was a graduate of Seneca Vocational High School. He studied to be a stationary engineer and…