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Nov. 17, 1918 – Dec. 25, 2013Karl Norman, a popular expert close-up and bar magician who worked at Eddie Fechter’s legendary Forks Hotel in Cheektowaga, died Dec. 25 at his Kenmore home. He was 95.Mr. Norman was born Karl Shisler in Sherkston, Ont., but went by the name of Karl Norman. He lived most of his life in the Buffalo area. He was introduced to magic at age 8, when…

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March 28, 1935 – Jan. 1, 2014John E. Miller, a local businessman specializing in kitchen supplies, died New Year’s Day at his Town of Tonawanda home. He was 78.Born in Buffalo, Mr. Miller was educated at Kensington Business School and went on to build Modern Kitchens from a two-man operation to a major supplier to local homebuilders, opening one of the first kitchen specia…

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Aug. 26, 1928 – Dec. 27, 2013Joseph C. Musca, a retired accountant and former Italian vice consul in Buffalo, died Dec. 27 at Covenant Hospice, Orlando, Fla. He was 85.Mr. Musca was born in Buffalo to Sicilian parents. The Great Depression forced the family to return to Sicily, but in 1948, at age 20, Mr. Musca came back to Buffalo, where he relearned English and completed…

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Jan. 25, 1925 – Dec. 30, 2013Clifford F. Berninger, Ph.D., of Williamsville, who led the development of the re-entry heat shields used on Apollo missions to the moon, died Monday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 88.Born in New York City, he attended Brooklyn Technical High School and graduated from Columbia University under the Navy’s V-12 program during World War I…

June 25, 1935 - Dec. 31, 2013Michael J. Catanzaro, a widely known local baseball coach for more than 50 years, died Dec. 31 at his home in Elma. He was 78.A native of Buffalo, Mr. Catanzaro was a lifelong resident of Western New York.His love of baseball was a constant – leading to a coaching career for various municipal teams, Little League, travel leagues and church lea…

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Oct. 2, 1942 – Dec. 30, 2013The Rev. Norman P. McTigue, retired pastor of Our Lady of Loretto Parish and a chaplain, died Monday in his Buffalo home. He was 71.A lifelong resident of Western New York, Father McTigue was a graduate of Canisius High School and Canisius College. He received his master’s degree from the University of Toronto and attended St. John Vianney Semi…

Nov. 15, 1922 – Dec. 30, 2013Salvatore P. Graziani, of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired autoworker, died Monday in Buffalo General Medical Center. He was 91.Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., he served in the Navy in World War II and came to Buffalo in 1946. He worked as a chipper at the General Motors Tonawanda Engine Plant.Mr. Graziani grew up playing hockey on the frozen …

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Dec. 23, 1927 – Nov. 22, 2013William L. Waytena, of Clarence, an electrical engineer who became a principal partner in many local business ventures, died Nov. 22 in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 85.Born in Elmira, the youngest of 10 children, he served in the Navy in World War II aboard the USS Colorado, then earned a degree…

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Oct. 29, 1926 – Dec. 30, 2013NIAGARA FALLS – Frank A. Forgione, of Lewiston, a retired Niagara Falls city engineer, died Monday in Our Lady of Peace Nursing Care Residence, Lewiston. He was 87.Born in Niagara Falls, he was a graduate of Niagara Falls High School and earned a degree in civil engineering in 1949 from the University of Notre Dame. He served in the New York St…

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May 4, 1958 – Dec. 19, 2013Lawrence Kedron, of Derby, who owned and operated a tree service company, died Dec. 19. He was 55.Born in Buffalo, Mr. Kedron grew up in Black Rock and attended Riverside High School. Mr. Kedron founded Trees Are Us, an environmentally conscious tree service with his late cousin, David Majewski. Following his motto, “Thin out, don’t wipe out,” he…

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Oct. 5, 1928 – Dec. 19, 2013Joan Ruth Uschold, a longtime pastoral care volunteer at Buffalo General Hospital, died Dec. 19 in Amherst after a long illness. She was 85.Born Joan Ruth Schwartz in Buffalo, she lived in Western New York her entire lifetime, spending 55 years in the same house in Tonawanda where she and her husband raised their nine children. She was a 1946 g…

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Sept. 8, 1927 – Dec. 29, 2013Wilfred A. O’Donnell, a retired certified public accountant and tax consultant, died Sunday in his East Amherst home following a months-long illness. He was 86.Born in Buffalo, he grew up in the Valley in the city’s Old First Ward where, as a child, he collected broken glass that he sold for 25 cents a bushel to help his family make ends meet.A…

July 24, 1926 – Dec. 28, 2013Francis Xavier Dinino, a Buffalo native, grandfather of nine, father of six and former owner of a Masten Avenue service station, died Saturday in Newfane. He was 87.Dinino, most recently of Burt, was the son of Vincent and Catherine Germano Dinino. Born in Buffalo, he served as a U.S. Army military policeman in the South Pacific and Philippines…

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Jan. 19, 1928 – Dec. 30, 2013Donald E. Hartnett of Amherst kept tabs on mobsters and helped bring to justice some of the area’s most infamous criminals over a 28-year career with the FBI.Hartnett, who retired as a supervisor with the agency in 1979, died Monday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 85.Born in Buffalo, Mr. Hartnett was a 1945 graduate of St…

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Jan. 21, 1924 – Dec. 27, 2013Margaret E. Hunter, a retired AM&A’s executive and former nun, died Friday in Hamilton General Hospital in Hamilton, Ont. She was 89.Born in Buffalo, she graduated from Mount St. Joseph Academy before going on to Good Counsel College in White Plains, where she entered the novitiate and earned her bachelor of arts degree. She also earned two mas…