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April 6, 1921 – Jan. 17, 2014Josephine L. Fichera, of Buffalo, an executive secretary for the Buffalo District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, died Friday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. She was 92.Born in Buffalo, Miss Fichera was a graduate of Grover Cleveland High School. In Miss Fichera’s 36-year career with the Army Corps of Engineers, she advanced from the typi…

Sept. 12, 1934 – Jan. 10, 2014Dr. Donald L. Morton, a son of an Appalachian coal miner who gained renown as a surgeon for helping to develop a widely used technique for detecting and treating certain kinds of cancer, died Jan. 10 in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 79.The cause was heart failure, his family said.Even as Morton did groundbreaking work, he was also known as one o…

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Oct. 7, 1925 – Jan. 16, 2014 John T. Manyon, who helped turn Blue Shield from a small local health insurer into a major force in health care, died Thursday after a short illness. He was 88.Mr. Manyon was born into a Greek immigrant family in Endicott, and spoke only Greek when he started school. He learned to speak English and went on to graduate from Miami University in O…

June 30, 1920 – Jan. 11, 2014Dr. Charles W. Bishop, an emeritus professor of medicine at the University at Buffalo, died Jan. 11 in his Amherst home after living with prostate cancer for more than a decade. He was 93.Dr. Bishop was born in Elmira and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Syracuse University. He earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University …

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July 8, 1923 – Dec. 23, 2013Salvatore Louis D’Auria, former president of the Optimist Club of Buffalo and a veteran of World War II, died Dec. 23 in Buffalo VA Medical Center. He was 90.Mr. D’Auria was born in Buffalo and most recently lived in Williamsville. After serving with the U.S. Army’s 71st Evac Hospital during World War II, he returned home and sold sporting goods…

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Jan. 11, 1922 – Jan. 14, 2014Richard H. Geitner, longtime owner of Angola’s historic movie theater and a pilot during World War II, died Jan. 14. He was 92.Mr. Geitner was born in Silver Creek. He attained the rank of first lieutenant with the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, and as a B-17 pilot logged more than 1,300 hours in the air on missions in Europe and Afr…

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March 8, 1919 – Jan. 7, 2014Eugene R. Burgess Sr., of Hanford Bay and Hamburg, a teacher, coach and guidance counselor, died Jan. 7 in Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 94.Born in Port Jervis, he attended Alfred University on a track scholarship and set several track records there. He joined the Army Air Forces in 1941 and served as a navigator during World W…

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Nov. 5, 1941 – Jan. 15, 2014Marion Evelyn Faller, of Clarence, a renowned documentary photo artist and professor of photography at the University at Buffalo, died Wednesday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a short illness. She was 72.Born Marion Sudol in Passaic, N.J., she was selected as Miss Polish America in a national pageant in 1960.She earned her bachelor’s deg…

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Feb. 18, 1924 – Jan. 14, 2014Neil A. Gowans, of Cheektowaga, a retired design engineer for Trico Products, died Tuesday in Beechwood Continuing Care Wesley Rehabilitation Center, Getzville. He was 89.Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Bennett High School and St. Petersburg Junior College in Florida, where he studied art. He also studied in the University of Buffalo fine…

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May 10, 1926 – Jan. 15, 2014Sister Mary Francella Turajski, a teacher and a Felician Sister for 69 years, died Wednesday in Blessed Mary Angela Care Center after a lengthy illness. She was 87.Born in Cleveland, she was a member of St. John the Baptist Parish in Alden and a graduate of Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy. She entered the Immaculate Heart of Mary Province of th…

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Feb. 1, 1934 – Jan. 12, 2014Gail G. “Homer” Prange, of Buffalo, a retired insurance claims adjuster and City Hall employee, died Sunday in Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 79.Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Seneca Vocational High School and attended Buffalo State College. Enlisting in the Navy in 1954, he served in the Pacific aboard the battleship USS…

Oct. 6, 1934 – Jan. 10, 2014Richard T. Corcoran, of Lake View, retired assistant director of the Buffalo office of the United Steelworkers of America, died unexpectedly Friday in Largo Medical Center, Largo, Fla. He was 79.He was a graduate of Our Lady of Victory High School in Lackawanna and, after serving in the Navy, joined Operating Engineers Local 25 and worked in man…

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June 5, 1915 – Jan. 12, 2014Frank J. Pierowicz, who was awarded a Silver Star for his service with the U.S. Navy during World War II, died Sunday at his home in Depew. He was 98.A lifelong resident of Western New York, Mr. Pierowicz was an alumnus of Transfiguration Catholic School, Burgard Vocational High School and the University of Minnesota.During World War II, he atta…

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Sept. 27, 1913 – Jan. 11, 2014 NIAGARA FALLS – Mary L.E. Stempien, a retired bakery worker, died Saturday in her Niagara Falls home after a brief illness. She was 100.Born Mary Giancarli in Oakfield, she moved to Niagara Falls in 1929 and attended Trott Vocational High School. She worked as a proofreader at Salesbook Co., then was an aircraft inspector at Bell Aircraft dur…

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Nov. 16, 1934 – Jan. 9, 2014 Gordon L. Walker, who took part in the Boston Marathon 10 times after he started distance running at age 47, died Thursday under Hospice care in his Town of Tonawanda home after a struggle with cancer. He was 79.Born in Cleveland, he came to Buffalo in the late 1940s and attended School 56 and Lafayette High School. He served as a photographer …