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Feb. 19 1925 - Oct. 17, 2017 Richard P. Blatner Sr., the former owner of Capital Heat in Depew, died Tuesday in Brothers of Mercy Nursing Home in  Clarence. He was 92. Born in Buffalo, he was a Lancaster resident. A graduate of Technical High School, he was a sergeant with the Army's 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division in the South Pacific during World…

June 20, 1942 - Oct. 13, 2017 Judith K. Zimmett was one of those people who loved animals -- and animals loved her. "She could make a butterfly land on her finger," said her daughter, Jodi L. Victor. In 2006, Mrs. Zimmett's beloved German shepherd ran away a few days after the October Surprise storm on Oct. 12, an early lake-effect storm with heavy snow that broug…

July 28, 1944 - Oct. 14, 2017 Mary Ann E. Rooth,  a teacher and artist, died Saturday at her home in Hamburg after a two-year battle with cancer. She was 73. Born Mary Ann Yunkes in Buffalo, she was a graduate of Bishop MacMahon Catholic High School. In 1966, she married Walter L. Rooth, a lawyer, who went on to serve as Hamburg town justice for 34 years. After …

Aug. 9, 1924 – Oct. 16, 2017 Electra M. Klager, of Depew, a beautician and government employee, died Monday in Elderwood Health Care at Cheektowaga. She was 93. Born in the Bronx, the former Electra Pawlitschko graduated from Kensington High School and operated a hair salon on Bailey Avenue in her parents’ home across from Police Precinct 16. The mother of two…

Kevin Cadle, who went from the streets of Buffalo’s East Side to become the winningest head coach in British pro basketball history and a beloved sports commentator on English television, died unexpectedly Monday in his home in England. He was 62. From 1984 to 1997, he led teams to 30 titles and captured eight Coach of the Year awards with teams in Glasgow, Kingston, …

July 21, 1923 – Oct. 7, 2017 Four days before he died, John T. Wozer insisted on exercising. So the physical therapist made a house call to guide the former fighter pilot through leg-strengthening drills. "He wanted to play golf," Greg Wozer said of his father. "He was determined to get out. My dad was restless and frustrated and he did not want to die. He stil…

March 3, 1943 – Oct. 9, 2017 David A. Karneth, of Amherst, a certified public accountant for more than 40 years, died Monday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 74. Born in Buffalo, he attended St. Matthew’s Elementary School and was a 1961 graduate of Kensington High School. Enlisting in the Navy, he served for six years and was assigned to the USS Jamest…

Oct. 29, 1954 – Oct. 8, 2017 Michael John “BoBo” Boland, of Grand Island, a former defenseman for the Buffalo Sabres, died Sunday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Amherst after a period of declining health. He was 62. Born in London, Ont., he played three years of junior hockey before he was picked in the seventh round of the 1974 NHL amateur draft by a…

April 19, 1956 – Oct. 8, 2017 George C. Rodgers, of East Amherst, president of the former Rodgers Welding Supply, died unexpectedly Sunday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Amherst. He was 61. Born in Buffalo, he was a 1974 graduate of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and was to be inducted into the school’s Sports Hall of Fame next month with the 1972-…

July 30, 1923 – Oct. 9, 2017 Sister Mary Charitine Stankiewicz, a Felician Sister for 76 years and a Catholic elementary school teacher, died Monday in Blessed Mary Angela Care Center, where she had been a resident since 2014. She was 94. Born Dorothy Stankiewicz in Buffalo, she was a member of St. Casimer Parish, entered the Buffalo Province of the Felician Sister…

April 12, 1946 – Oct. 6, 2017 Michael R. Hayhurst, owner and captain of the Miss Buffalo and Niagara Clipper cruise boats, died Friday in his Orchard Park home after a six-year battle with cancer. He was 71. Born in Buffalo, he was a 1964 graduate of Bishop Timon High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. Bonaventure University. He served i…

June 22, 1924 – Oct. 5, 2017 Janet G. Collins, a homemaker and dedicated volunteer, died Thursday in Northgate Health Care Facility, Wheatfield, where she had lived since 2013, following a lengthy illness. She was 93. The former Janet Katharine Gibbons was born in Buffalo and grew up on Linwood Avenue. She graduated from St. Mary's Seminary in Buffalo and earned a …

Sept. 18, 1934 – Sept. 16, 2017 Steve G. Cottis, a chemist and inventor with numerous patents, died Sept. 16 in Westampton, N.J., following a stroke. He was 82. Born in Buffalo, the youngest of four children of Greek immigrants, Mr. Cottis was an outstanding student and graduated early from Bennett High School in 1950. Entering the University of Buffalo at the age …

May 31, 1917 – Oct. 4, 2017 Matthew Joseph Duggan, a World War II veteran and retired Buffalo school principal, died Wednesday in Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Clarence. He was 100. Born in Buffalo, the oldest of 10 children, he attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help School and South Park High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Buffalo…