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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 1988, 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.…

Dec. 4, 1953 – June 14, 2017 Patrick J. Wrafter didn’t like to call attention to himself. “He was very quiet about what good things he did,” said the Rev. Roy Herberger, pastor of SS. Columba & Brigid Catholic Church, who knew him from his volunteer work with Peace House, the parish’s ministry that provides housing and other help for refugees seeking as…

Oct. 7, 1933 – June 14, 2017 Joe Martucci grew up in a pioneering Buffalo pizza family, but his ambitions were elsewhere. He studied aeronautical mechanics at Burgard Vocational High School and was a standout athlete in three sports – football, basketball and baseball. He taught himself how to pitch and had such mastery on the mound that he set records in …

Nov. 6, 1925 - June 7, 2017 Betty Ritchie was a young, widowed mother of five school-age children when she returned to the workforce full-time in 1965. Impressed by her occasional freelance articles for the newspaper, Buffalo News Editor Murray B. Light hired her as a staff reporter for the features and women's pages in the paper. She went on to win several Americ…

Aug. 30, 1936 – June 14, 2017 There was no single achievement that earned Brant Town Justice Clark H. Borngraber a plaque last year on the town’s Wall of Fame. There were many. As Assemblyman David DiPietro noted in a proclamation accompanying the honor, “Mr. Borngraber has dedicated much of his life to serving the Town of Brant in numerous roles.” He …

June 8, 1938 – June 10, 2017 Betty B. Inzinna, of Eggertsville, a retired psychiatric nurse and nursing professor, died Saturday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a short illness. She was 79. Born in Lamb Mills, Pa., the former Betty Benson came to the Buffalo area with her family as a child and attended Tonawanda High School. A graduate of the Buffalo Gen…

Nov. 1, 1930 - June 13, 2017 A.R. "Pete" Gurney, the Buffalo-born playwright who spun stories about the city's upper class into a literary career that spanned five decades and entertained millions, died Tuesday morning at his home in New York City. He was 86. His death was confirmed by his niece Jenipher Gurney. The cause was not known. Gurney, whose dozens of pla…

April 16, 1927 – May 23, 2017 Richard E. “Dick” Berg, a Town of Tonawanda municipal worker who revised the town’s traffic signals and installed the jet plane in the town’s veterans’ memorial, died May 23 in his Town of Tonawanda home under hospice care. He was 90. Born in Albany, he attended schools there and joined the Army at the end of World War II. He…