May 2, 1949 – June 25, 2017
William J. Mariani, who for nearly a decade steered Erie Community College with an outsized personality and a working man's sensibility, died unexpectedly Sunday in Gates Vascular Institute. He was 67. The cause was a heart-related ailment, said his son, William J. Mariani II.
Mr. Mariani of Hamburg served as the eighth president of ECC …
Nov. 12, 1953 – June 22, 2017
Daniel D. Dyson of West Seneca, a retired supervisor at the West Seneca Developmental Center, died Thursday in Mercy Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was 63.
Born in Buffalo, he was a 1971 graduate of South Park High School, began working at the Developmental Center later that year as a developmental aide and studied nursing at Eri…
Dec. 23, 1924 – June 18, 2017
Gaza G. Papp of Buffalo had been an infantryman, a bodybuilder, a boxer, a steelworker, a Merchant Marine and a minister in his long life. He died on Father's Day in Elderwood Rehabilitation Facility in Williamsville at age 92.
Mr. Papp was born in Tonawanda and went into the Army in 1943. He was part of the D-Day invasion of June 6, 1…
June 7, 1942 – June 10, 2017
Jack M. Berry was best known as a teacher, but his interests reached far beyond the classroom.
He played the piano and gave piano lessons. He fancied the opera and the circus. He researched his ancestors who came through Ellis Island.
A sixth-grade teacher at Niagara-Wheatfield Central School for 27 years, Mr. Berry died June 10 unde…
Dec. 20, 1937 – June 18, 2017
Whether it was working as an office boy for the Butler family or serving customers as a district manager, Donald J. McPhee Sr. was always proud of what he did for a living.
Proud enough to spend 46 years doing it at The Buffalo News.
Mr. McPhee, a longtime district manager, died Sunday at his home in Alden. He was 79.
Born and ra…
Jan. 24, 1924 – June 18, 2017
Jay H. Wattles Jr., longtime president and chairman of the board of the Niagara Frontier Food Terminal, grew up in Buffalo's Parkside neighborhood and had a passion for golf that began when he was a boy, playing with his father on the course in Delaware Park.
Mr. Wattles was a low-handicap golfer as an adult and a member of the U.S. Go…
When the Rev. Vincent M. Cooke became the 23rd president of Canisius College in 1993, it was primarily a commuter college clustered around Christ the King Chapel on its central quadrangle.
In 2010, when he retired, it had become a comprehensive private university, the area’s largest, and had expanded through 24 major projects, including eight residence halls for out-o…
Jan. 5, 1941 – June 19, 2017
George W. Meadows II, of Buffalo, a retired funeral director, died Monday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a short illness. He was 76.
Born in Buffalo, the youngest of four children, he attended School 41 and was a graduate of Bishop Ryan High School.
He earned a college degree, then graduated from the Simmons School of Mortua…
June 23, 1964 – June 10, 2017
If Thomas S. Kozoduj wanted something, he was the kind of guy who would take to the road and go after it.
It was what the Orchard Park resident did in 1987, when he decided to leave a job for the love of his life, and again in 1990, when he was determined to be there when the Buffalo Bills faced off against the New York Giants in Super…
May 17, 1925 – June 20, 2017
James J. Dorscheid of Lancaster, a retired purchasing agent active in Infant of Prague Catholic Church, died Tuesday in ElderWood Health Care at Lancaster. He was 92.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of South Park High School and served in the Army during the Korean War.
Mr. Dorscheid worked as a purchasing agent at Hewitt Robbins …
Dec. 1, 1921 – June 10, 2017
Audrey Morris, a retired Buffalo college librarian, died June 10 in the Mayflower Retirement Community, Winter Park, Fla. She was 95.
Born in Buffalo, the former Audrey Britz was a 1939 graduate of South Park High School and earned a degree in elementary education from Buffalo State Teachers College in 1943. She returned to study at Hil…
June 19, 1935 – May 31, 2017
June E. Underkofler, who directed a nursery school in Lancaster for 25 years, died May 31 in St. Luke’s Hospital, St. Louis, Mo., from complications of sudden onset pneumonia. She was 81.
Born in Buffalo, the former June Elizabeth Farr was a 1953 graduate of Mount Mercy Academy and attended the University of Buffalo. In recent years, …
May 6, 1983 – June 14, 2017
Lynnea Danielle Trefethen, a licensed practical nurse and independent sales representative, died unexpectedly June 14 in her West Seneca home. She was 34.
Born in Buffalo, she was a 2001 graduate of Lackawanna High School and studied at Erie BOCES 1 to become a licensed practical nurse.
Miss Trefethen worked for several years in the m…
Aug. 26, 1926 – June 17, 2017
Irene M. Slusarski, of Grand Island, a retired nurse and longtime supporter of the St. Jude Center, which provides pastoral care for the Buffalo Medical Campus, died Saturday in Buffalo General Medical Center. She was 90.
Born in Buffalo, the former Irene Ulaszewski grew up near the Central Terminal on the city’s East Side. She atten…
March 9, 1920 – June 20, 2017
The rise of a concerned parent activist to a seat on the Buffalo Board of Education is not a new phenomenon. The path was paved by Mollie Milch in the 1950s, at a time when it was unusual for women to take prominent roles in community affairs.
Mrs. Milch died Tuesday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a lengthy illness. She was 97.…