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Feb. 4, 1940 – July 24, 2017 As a tireless volunteer, Mary Ruth Haberman helped Buffalo's homeless, AIDS and cancer patients. And she helped even more people during in her career as a neurological technician. The longtime Eggertsville resident died Monday in Erie County Medical Center from injuries suffered in an auto accident Sunday evening near Gasport. She wa…

June 11, 1909 – July 17, 2017 Nora K. Barnes, a longtime employee of the former Western Savings Bank, died July 17 in St. Ann’s Community, Rochester, where she had been a resident for several years. She was 108. Born in Trout Creek, Ont., near North Bay, the former Nora Kelly was the daughter of Irish immigrants and came to Buffalo with her family when she was 3.…

Aug. 12, 1965 – July 24, 2017 Dr. Anthony J. Bianchi Jr., of Williamsville, a chiropractor for more than 20 years, died Monday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 51. Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Maryvale High School, where he played varsity baseball, football and hockey. He attended the Unive…

April 28, 1925 – July 24, 2017 Her family in Chennai, on the Bay of Bengal in eastern India, feared that C. Bhargavi Rao would never get married. The second oldest of seven children and the only daughter, she defied her parents’ wishes and insisted on getting an education. At that time, school was not considered a priority for girls, and they commonly became brid…

June 26, 1916 - July 15, 2017 Margret Mack Richardson of Buffalo died July 14 following a short illness. She was 101. The former Margret Mack was born in Manning, South Carolina and attended school there. She moved to Philadelphia and married her husband Samuel Richardson. While in Philadelphia she worked for a doctor and his wife, assisting with their two daughte…

Feb. 28, 1934 – July 23, 2017 Rev. Robert J. McArtney, the last Catholic chaplain to serve at Our Lady of Victory Hospital in Lackawanna before it closed in 1999, died Sunday in Mercy Hospital. He was 83. Father McArtney was assigned as chaplain at OLV in 1987 after serving for 11 years as pastor of St. Francis Cabrini Church in Collins Center. From 1983 to 1987, h…

Jan. 9, 1922 – July 15, 2017 Elizabeth Louise “Betty” Knox, whose husband was a nephew of F.W. Woolworth Co. founder Seymour H. Knox, died July 15 in Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, Calif. She was 95. Born Elizabeth Wissel in Forest Hills, Queens, the youngest of four children, she attended Hunter College in New York City and worked as a model for R.H. Mac…

Dec. 24, 1929- July 21, 2017 The Rev. Robert Bellingham, a Presbyterian pastor for 50 years, died Friday in his Lewiston home under the care of his family. He was 87. Rev. Bellingham received his schooling in music education at the Hamilton Conservatory and Moody Bible Institute. He received a bachelor's degree in theology at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minn., and hi…

Dec. 7, 1919 – July 15, 2017 Carlyn M. Sanes was a pilot, a nurse and a speech therapist. She also fought for desegregation of the Buffalo public schools. She died July 15 after a short illness while living with family in Boston. She was 97. The former Carlyn Belasco was born in Philadelphia and raised in Buffalo, where she graduated from Lafayette High School i…

July 27, 1935 – July 19, 2017 In John Yerger's work, it is difficult to tell where paint ends and reality begins. The accomplished Buffalo artist, who succumbed to cancer on Wednesday at 81 years old, created meticulous paintings within paintings that often stunned first-time viewers. They featured miniature picture postcards and tattered portraits of famous arti…

April 28, 1957 -- July 19, 2017 Tom Zindle, a mainstay on Buffalo's theater scene known for his imposing stage presence and versatility, died Wednesday after suffering a heart attack. He was 60. Zindle, often cast as the patriarch or authority figure in recent years, was one of eight siblings born to Edward Zindle, a laborer for South Buffalo Railway and Patricia Zin…

Aug. 9, 1926 – June 29, 2017 In his four years in Buffalo in the late 1960s, Neil J. Welch made his mark as one of the nation’s foremost crime fighters. As special agent in charge of the Buffalo office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he defied agency protocol and brought down criminals in two high-profile cases that echoed the tactics of Prohibition Era l…

Feb. 16, 1946 – July 13, 2017 Peter M. Longo Jr., the spokesman for Western New York Local Restaurant Week and a champion of independent locally-owned restaurants, had a different career in mind until he was 19. That was when his father suffered a fatal heart attack. Mr. Longo temporarily interrupted his studies at the University at Buffalo and stepped in to help h…

Aug. 29, 1924 - July 11, 2017 Henry Ph. Heubusch never bragged about being a rocket scientist, and was almost nonchalant when he and his family watched the 1969 Apollo 11 moon mission on television, and its safe return to earth using the propellants he had helped to create. But years earlier, when he was 10 years old, he wanted to stand out. That's when he started ad…