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Jan. 23, 1934 - April 27, 2017 As a child, Sophie Dobosiewicz experienced firsthand the horrors of war when Russian troops forced her father and older siblings from Poland and into work camps in Siberia. She would never see him or most of her seven older siblings again. Mrs. Dobosiewicz, who died Thursday at the age of 83 in her Depew home, was born Sophie Wilk in Ja…

Friends of Gregory T. Miller this weekend are recalling the president of the Erie County Bar Association as a man who recognized the special requirements of his profession. “Being a lawyer alters your world view and perspective on matters big and small,” he once said, “because of the degree of responsibility that you have to others.” Miller, an Orchard Park r…

April 26, 1940 – April 25, 2017 Stephen Liberti, of North Buffalo, a factory worker and businessman, died Tuesday in Erie County Medical Center from injuries suffered in an auto accident four days earlier. He would have been 77 on Wednesday. Born in Buffalo, he was a 1958 graduate of Grover Cleveland High School and attended Medaille College. Mr. Liberti began his…

September 24, 1933 - April 25, 2017 Dr. Ronald Elmer Batt, an internationally recognized physician, clinical researcher, and medical historian, died in his of Lancaster home Tuesday evening after a brief illness. He was 83. Dr. Batt was clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine. Born in Buffalo, Dr. Batt atten…

June 9, 1918 – April 23, 2017 Nelson C. “Gabby” Cronin, of Alden, one of the longest-serving volunteer firefighters in Western New York, died Sunday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short illness. He was 98. Born in Buffalo, one of seven children, he spent part of his boyhood in the historic Stone Farm House at 60 Hedley Place in the Haml…

Nov. 2, 1927 – April 22, 2017 The Rev. Sister Rita J. Dugger, an Episcopal nun, teacher and minister for the deaf, died last Saturday in St. Catherine Laboure Health Care Center at Sisters Hospital. She was 89. Born in Buffalo, the fourth of seven children, the former Rita Jacqueline Carney grew up on the West Side. Hearing impaired as a young woman, she learned…

July 11, 1991 – April 18, 2017 A Mass of Christian Burial for Whitney Jade Washuta, of Youngstown, who helped foreign students improve their command of English, will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 620 Center St., Lewiston. Ms. Washuta died April 18 after she was shot by her former boyfriend while walking her dog near her condomi…

March 8, 1924 – Dec. 15, 2016 Graveside services for Edna L. Everson, former executive director of the Girl Scout Council of Buffalo and Erie County, will be held Saturday in Memory Gardens, 983 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Colonie. She died Dec. 15 under hospice care in Courtyard at Mount Tabor, a retirement community in Portland, Ore. She was 92. Born Edna Lawson i…

Sept. 1, 1935 – April 25, 2017 Matthew J. Pronko, of Orchard Park, retired national advertising director for The Buffalo News, died Tuesday in Mercy Hospital after a short illness. He was 81. Born in Buffalo, he was a 1953 graduate of Buffalo Technical High School, where he studied advertising arts and production. After high school, he worked for Pirmacs Distrib…

Aug. 29, 1919 – April 12, 2017 Eugene Joseph Pratt, of Tarpon Springs, Fla., a retired executive with Niagara Share Corp., died April 12 in North Pinellas Care Center, Palm Harbor, Fla. He was 97. Born in Buffalo, he attended Canisius High School and helped organize baseball and hockey leagues in Schiller Park on the city’s East Side. He enlisted in the Army i…

Oct. 30, 1928 – April 22, 2017 Paul S. Guinn Jr., of Marilla, a respected European historian and associate professor emeritus at the University at Buffalo, died Saturday in Mercy Hospital after a long illness. He was 88. Born in the Hague, Netherlands, while his father was serving as a commercial attache to the U.S. Consulate, he and his family moved frequently wh…

September 10, 1916 - April 20, 2017 Harry W. Lacey, a retired hospital account manager, died on Thursday in his Alden home after a short illness, he was 100. Born in South Dayton, Mr. Lacey graduated from East High School in 1934 and studied at the University of Buffalo. He worked for the Ralston Purina Co. for 34 years, starting as an office boy and rising through the …

Nov. 9, 1948 – April 11, 2017 The Rev. Jack E. Bacon of Angola died April 11 after in Mercy Hospital after a lengthy illnesss. He was 68. In a ministerial career that spanned 22 years, Mr. Bacon served United Church of Christ congregations, including St. Paul’s in Alden, First Congregational in Niagara Falls, Trinity in Gowanda and First Congregational in Angola …