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Dec. 22, 1930 – Aug. 17, 2017 Donald J. Holzman of Amherst, an attorney who wrote extensively on tax law, died Thursday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 86. Born in Buffalo, Mr. Holzman graduated from Amherst High School in 1948 and the University at Buffalo in 1953 with a bachelor's degree in economics. He served in the Army Count…

Oct. 1, 1943 – Aug. 14, 2017 Joseph G. “Jerry” Critelli, a retired North Tonawanda teacher, died Monday in the Niagara Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Niagara Falls, after a brief illness. He was 73. Born Joseph Gerald Critelli in Niagara Falls, and a graduate of Niagara Falls High School, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Buffa…

May 25, 1940-August 15, 2017 For 27 years, Tom Phillips watched as history unfolded before his eyes. He was there for Attica, Love Canal and, years later, the Lackawanna Six. As a federal court security officer in Buffalo, the former state trooper was a front row observer to some of the region's most important trials. Mr. Phillips, retired for the past six yea…

July 19, 1949 – Aug. 8, 2017 Diann Zinteck was ready to start a career in the classroom after graduating from SUNY Buffalo State with a bachelor’s degree in art education in the early 1970s, but she could not find the teaching position she wanted locally. Rather than move out of town, her interest in photography led her into freelance camera work and a job at Car…

Feb. 11, 1927 – Aug. 11, 2017 When Marion LaVigne graduated from high school in 1944, her daughter Michele says, “the choices for women were to be a teacher or a nurse.” A junior high school and middle school mathematics teacher for 50 years, she firmly believed that every student could master math and inspired some of them to become math teachers. She died …

Aug. 1, 1943 – Aug. 13, 2017 Judith Grillo, of Cheektowaga, a licensed practical nurse, died Sunday in Sisters Hospital from complications following surgery. She was 74. Born in Buffalo, the former Judith Ann Phillips graduated from Fosdick Masten High School in 1961 with certification as a licensed practical nurse. She worked as a nurse from the time she gradu…

Jan. 15, 1934 – Aug. 11, 2017 Gerald “Jerry” Choinski, of Grand Island, Fla., a retired Buffalo insurance executive, died Friday in The Villages Hospice House, The Villages, Fla., after a lengthy illness. He was 83. Born in Buffalo, he was a 1951 graduate of Burgard Vocational High School and served in the Navy from 1951 to 1954 aboard the USS Lloyd Thomas in t…

For years, Nicholas H. Willett shied away from discussing his service in World War II. Why spend his life talking about the worst time of it, he figured, according to his son Michael. He was much more interested in studying the history of western New York as a real estate lawyer for over 50 years and loving his family, a clan of eight children and 17 grandchildren an…

July 15, 1982 – Aug. 9, 2017 Alfred Demetrius Overton III, of Sanford, Fla., an aspiring hip hop artist and sound engineer, died Aug. 9 in Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, Fla., after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 35. Born in Buffalo, he grew up in Niagara Falls and was a 2001 graduate of Niagara Wheatfield High School, where he was a four-year memb…

Dec. 29, 1928 – Aug. 6, 2017 Alvin J. Roberts Sr. of Buffalo, a retired auto factory quality control inspector, died Aug. 6 in Buffalo General Medical Center after a short illness. He was 88. Born in Dallas, Ga., Mr. Roberts joined the Army in 1946 and was commissioned in the Quartermaster Corps in Hawaii. After his service, he came to Buffalo, became a laborer …

Jan. 20, 1924 -- Aug. 5, 2017 Until she reached her late 80s, Josephine Pera was best known for the white frosted cookies she baked to the delight of generations of her family. That all changed when the Eggertsville great-grandmother was recruited by her grandson, stand-up comedian Joseph Pera, to make cameo appearances in some of his comedy videos. Josephine Pera pl…

June 5, 1935 -- Aug. 8, 2017 Nicholas D. Trbovich, Servotronics' founder, chairman and chief executive officer, died on Tuesday, the Elma-based company announced Friday. Trbovich, 82, started the company -- a maker of motion control equipment -- on Aug. 20, 1959, and served as its chairman and CEO for nearly 58 years. He was also chairman and past president of O…

June 30, 1956 – Aug. 9, 2017 Linda M. Gimbrone, of Buffalo, a server at the Buffalo Club, died unexpectedly Wednesday in Buffalo General Medical Center after suffering a stroke. She was 61. Born in Buffalo, the former Linda Haley attended Lafayette High School. A lifelong city resident except for a few years in Greenville, S.C., she was the mother of four children.…

Dec. 21, 1920 – Aug. 9, 2017 Nicholas Dicky Jr., of North Tonawanda, a retired carpenter and World War II veteran, died Wednesday in DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North Tonawanda, after a short illness. He was 96. Born on the family farm in North Tonawanda, the third of 10 children, he attended North Tonawanda High School and enlisted in the Marine Corps in World War …

September 3, 1933 - August 7, 2017 Peter Carbone of East Amherst died Aug. 7 at Hospice of Western New York, following a long illness. He was 83. A graduate of Canisius High School, Mr. Carbone served four years in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Alaska at a Strategic Air Command base. There he also played and officiated basketball for Air Force teams while in the s…