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Nov. 25, 1921 – July 31, 2013Sister Mary Tiburtia Gorecki, FSSJ, who founded and designed the library at Hilbert College and directed it for 28 years, died Wednesday in the Colette Hilbert Care Community, Hamburg. She was 91.Born Irene Gorecki in Baltimore, the youngest of 12 children, she entered the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph as an aspirant in…

Nov. 11, 1931 – July 13, 2013Roger D. Gates, of Akron, a retired foreman for National Gypsum, died July 13 in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a short illness. He was 81.Born in Redwood, near Watertown, he served in the Army from 1952 to 1954, was stationed in Germany and attained the rank of corporal.Mr. Gates was board plant foreman for National Gypsum for 26 years …

Aug. 12, 1915 - July 23, 2013 A memorial service Ruther (Ruth) Lee Crawford, a community leader, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Second Baptist Church, 18 Church St., Lackawanna. Mrs. Crawford died July 23 in Erie County Medical Center after a short illness. She was 97.Born Ruther Lee Pearson in Alexander City, Ala., she relocated with her family to Dayton, Ohio, and then m…

Sept. 3, 1932 – July 28, 2013LOS ANGELES (AP) – Eileen Brennan, who went from musical comedy on Broadway to wringing laughs out of memorable characters in such films as “Private Benjamin” and “Clue,” has died. She was 80.Brennan’s managers, Jessica Moresco and Al Onorato, said she died Sunday at home in Burbank of bladder cancer.Brennan got her first big rol…

July 5, 1927 – July 29, 2013John S. Vecchio, of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired BOCES special education teacher who pioneered work-study programs for his students, died Monday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 86. Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Grover Cleveland High School and served in the Army during World War II.Returning from service, he …

June 7, 1954 – July 27, 2013Diane Marie Liszka, of Lancaster, who followed up a career on the stage by becoming an award-winning sales representative, died Saturday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a short illness. She was 59.The former Diane Bycina was first runner-up in the 1974 Miss Buffalo Pageant, was crowned Miss Polonia and was a Buffalo Ambassador Debutant…

May 25, 1958 – July 23, 2013Kathleen Wilkie, a longtime Western New York insurance agent, died Wednesday in Rochester after a brief illness. She was 55.Born Kathleen Gallego in Silver Creek, she was raised in Lackawanna, where she graduated from Lackawanna High School in 1976. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University at Buffalo.In 1975, she …

Aug. 13, 1917 – July 28, 2013Irving W. Ehmke, of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired DuPont supervisor and a World War II veteran, died Sunday in Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center after a short illness. He was 95. Born in Buffalo, he attended East High School and worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps, where he helped build the lower bridge at Letchworth State Pa…

April 19, 1927 – July 28, 2013James E. Kuechle, of Getzville, a World War II Navy veteran and retired administrator of the Erie County Home and Infirmary, died Sunday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 86.Born in Buffalo, Mr. Kuechle attended Hutchinson-Central High School. He left high school to join the Navy in 1944 and was awarded his diploma upon …

Nov. 14, 1949 – June 17, 2013Mark Louis Kaiser, former principal of Holmes Elementary School in the Town of Tonawanda, died June 17 in Greenfield Health and Rehabilitation Center in Lancaster. He was 63.A Buffalo native, Mr. Kaiser was a 1967 graduate of Williamsville Central High School. He received his bachelor’s degree from Fordham University in 1970 and went on to …

March 12, 1937 – July 25, 2013Louis E. Wagner, an environmental engineer and pioneer in the treatment of hazardous waste, died Thursday at his Buffalo home after a lengthy illness. He was 76.Born in Buffalo, Mr. Wagner graduated from the University at Buffalo in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a minor in chemistry. He started his career as …

Feb. 12, 1928 – July 24, 2013Rev. Jose A. Roman, an influential figure in the local Puerto Rican and Pentecostal communities, died Wednesday. He was 85. Born into a family of 12 children in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, Mr. Roman came to Buffalo in 1969. Here, his ministry as a religious leader extended to many Hispanic congregations within the Pentecostal faith. Along with …

May 24, 1943 – July 24, 2013David D. Celani, an Army National Guard veteran who had a long career as a truck driver for a variety of local businesses and was active in the community, died Wednesday. He was 70.Born in Lackawanna, Mr. Celani began driving trucks in his 20s after a brief stint as a locomotive mechanic at Republic Steel convinced him that the workplace envir…

July 10, 1923 – July 25, 2013Margarete Scharf, a German immigrant who re-created the foods of her homeland in a restaurant bearing the family name, died Thursday in Williamsville Suburban Nursing Home. She was 90.Born Margaret Duerman in Luhe, northwestern Germany, she attended business school as a young woman. She was married and a mother when her family arrived in Buff…

Jan. 25, 1947 – July 23, 2013Robert A. Mathisen, an electrical engineer and businessman who owned an electrical engineering consulting firm for 25 years and served in a variety of local industry leadership roles, died Tuesday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Town of Tonawanda, as a result of complications after surgery. He was 66. Born in Buffalo, Mr. Mathisen was a graduate …