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July 9, 1926 – April 1, 2014Konstanty Casimer Witczak, 87, of Cheektowaga, a World War II veteran and retired Westinghouse Electric Corp. employee and union official, died Tuesday in his niece’s Buffalo home.Mr. Witczak, who went by “K.C.” was born in Buffalo and attended local schools. He served in the Army in 1945 and 1946 as a supply sergeant and was stationed in the Ph…

March 23, 1941 – April 1, 2014Karl A. Henry, a former Hamburg mayor, Erie County legislator and retired commissioner of the state Workers’ Compensation Board, died unexpectedly Tuesday in his Town of Tonawanda home. He was 73.Mr. Henry and his wife, Donna, had just returned from celebrating his birthday with friends in Fort Myers, Fla.. Born in Rochester, he graduated fro…

March 6, 1927 - April 3, 2014George J. Paul, long active in local and state-wide fire district organizations, died Thursday in his West Seneca home after a short illness. He was 87.Born in Buffalo, he attended Sloan High School and was drafted into the U.S. Army just weeks after graduation, serving as a technical sergeant and medical corpsman in Europe. After World War II,…

Sept. 16, 1933 – April 2, 2014Robert D. Alonzo, an actor, director and set designer in local community theater, died Wednesday in his Lancaster home after a short illness. He was 80.Born in Attica, he was a graduate of Attica High School and served in the Navy during the Korean War. Returning from service, he earned degrees in speech and dramatic art from Syracuse Universi…

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Aug. 19, 1942 – March 28, 2014Kenneth A. Skowronski, Ph.D., an educator, died March 28 at his Lewiston residence under the care of Niagara Hospice after a long illness. He was 71.A lifelong resident of the Niagara Falls area, he lived in Lewiston for the past 45 years. He graduated from Niagara Falls High School and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from …

Sept. 28, 1943 - March 4, 2014Paul F. Kulniszewski, who worked for a number of local law enforcement agencies, died Tuesday in his Ransomville home. He was 70.Born in Mount Pleasant, Pa., Mr. Kulniszewski was a 1961 graduate of Lancaster High School and graduated from Canisius College in 1986. He also was a graduate of the New York State Police Academy and Erie County Poli…

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Dec. 4, 1923 - March 31, 2014WASHINGTON – Charles H. Keating Jr., who went to prison and came to symbolize the $150 billion savings-and-loan crisis a generation ago after fleecing thousands of depositors with regulatory help from a group of U.S. senators known as the Keating Five, has died. He was 90.The death was confirmed by his son-in-law, Gary Hall.The S&L debacle of t…

May 29, 1936 – March 31, 2014Albert R. Kavanaugh, of West Seneca, a retired human resource director, died Monday in ElderWood Health Care at Lakewood, Hamburg. He was 77.Born in Rochester, he was a talented young musician and earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Fredonia State College. He went on to receive a master’s degree in administration from the Univers…

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Dec. 30, 1927 – March 30, 2014Duane V. “Duke” Durphy, a retired National Fuel Gas supervisor, died Sunday in his Williamsville home. He was 86.Born in Salamanca, he began working for Iroquois Gas in Salamanca in 1947. He retired from National Fuel Gas in 1992.In the late 1950s, he and five friends bought an old one-room Amish schoolhouse and created a hunting retreat they …

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April 25, 1923 – March 23, 2014Geraldine R. Brinkworth died March 23 in her East Amherst home. She was 90.Born Geraldine Uebelhoer in Buffalo, she graduated from Bennett High School and Capital University in Ohio. She attended Bryant & Stratton.Recognized for her beautiful gardens, Mrs. Brinkworth was an active member of the Amherst Garden Club. She volunteered at the gree…

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April 9, 1935 – March 31, 2014 Elmer A. Covelli, a longtime men’s clothing store owner, died Monday at his home in Amherst. He was 78.Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Bishop Timon High School. He attended Niagara University, where he was a standout track and distance runner whose his cross country record remains unbroken.After college, he joined the Army Reserve and w…

May 10, 1926 – March 29, 2014Marco A. Preziuso of Cheektowaga, a World War II veteran, was one of the region’s last milkmen who delivered milk door-to-door in returnable glass bottles.Mr. Preziuso died Saturday in Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Buffalo, after a long illness. He was 87.Born in Buffalo, he quit high school to work on local farms to support his family. Duri…

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April 10, 1920 – March 29, 2014John J. “Jack” Fahey, a World War II veteran and retired teacher, died Saturday in Weinberg Campus, Getzville. He was 93.Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Bennett High School and interrupted his studies at Canisius College to serve in the Army during World War II. Assigned to the 106th Field Artillery, he was a forward observer on reconna…

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Feb. 8, 1933 – March 24, 2014Norma C. Pericozzi, a ceramics shop owner and ceramics instructor, died unexpectedly March 24 in her Clarence home. She was 81.Born Norma Pilarski in Buffalo, she attended Sacred Heart Elementary School and worked at Curtiss-Wright, where she met her husband, Joseph. They were wed in 1953.A mother of nine, after she raised her family, her inter…

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Dec. 31, 1959 – March 26, 2014Dennis James Mead, a former Town of Boston councilman, died at home Wednesday after a brief illness. He was 54.Born in Buffalo, Mr. Mead grew up in Boston and on the Hamburg lake shore. He was a 1978 graduate of St. Francis High School and a 1981 graduate of Canisius College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.He sp…