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July 20, 1933 – Dec. 20, 2013William A. Hack, a retired Depew teacher and coach, died Friday after a long battle with cancer. He was 80.Mr. Hack was born in Rhinelander, Wis., and served in the Army as a company clerk typist, remaining in the Army Reserve several years afterward.He earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Clair…

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April 21, 1930 – Dec. 21, 2013Randolph Larkin Robb Sr. of East Aurora, a retired businessman, died Saturday in Mercy Hospital. He was 83.Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of the Nichols School, where he was captain of the varsity soccer team. Mr. Robb also attended Brown University in Providence, R.I., then served in the Naval Reserve before completing his college educati…

Aug. 8, 1929 – Dec. 18, 2013LONDON (AP) – Ronnie Biggs, known for his role in the 1963 Great Train Robbery, died Wednesday, his daughter-in-law said. He was 84.Veronica Biggs did not provide details of the cause of death. Ronnie Biggs had been released from prison four years ago on compassionate grounds because of ill health and had suffered several strokes.Biggs was notor…

Feb. 13, 1938 – Dec. 19, 2013Renata Scognamiglio Giacobbe, a professor of Italian at Canisius College and SUNY Buffalo State and the co-founder of an Italian cultural center in North Buffalo, died Thursday in St. John Baptist Hospice House, Buffalo. She was 75.She was born in Naples, Italy, and earned a doctorate in classic literature from the University of Naples and a ma…

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July 12, 1936 – Dec. 19, 2013Robert Rausche, a Buffalo native, great-grandfather, choir singer, electrician and storyteller, died in Lake Suzy, Fla., Thursday. He was 77.“Our house was always filled with laughter,” said Sandra Wierpert, his daughter. “He always had a story to tell, always had a joke, always had a smile.”Mr. Rausche was the son of German immigrants, a forme…

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March 31, 1914 – Dec. 20, 2013Sister Joan Marie Kwiatkowski, a Franciscan Sister and longtime educator, died Friday in Colette Hilbert Care Community, Hamburg. She was 99.Born Joan Kwiatkowski in Milwaukee, she entered the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph on July 28, 1930, as a postulant. Sister Joan Marie professed her final vows on July 16, 1935.She e…

Oct. 15, 1928 – Dec. 16, 2013John K. “Jack” Adrian, of Williamsville, owner and president of a food wholesaling firm, died Monday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a short illness. He was 85.Born in Buffalo, he attended St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and was a graduate of East High School.After high school, he joined J. Adrian and Sons, a retail and wholesale meat…

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Nov. 30, 1946 – Dec. 14, 2013LEWISTON – Carol A. Donato, of Lewiston, who operated several restaurants, died Saturday in Mount St. Mary’s Hospital after a battle with cancer. She was 67.Born Carol A. Chiarenza in Niagara Falls, she was a 1964 graduate of Niagara Falls High School and a 1965 graduate of Roberts Beauty School, where she earned a license in cosmetology.After …

Aug. 31, 1942 – Dec. 10, 2013James E. Roehling, of Akron, a construction company owner, died last Tuesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a long illness. He was 71.Born in Akron, he attended Akron High School and worked for 15 years at Perry’s Ice Cream in production and setting up and repairing machinery.Then he established his own excavation busine…

Aug. 18, 1946 – Dec. 11, 2013Cheryle Leslie Gilmore, a longtime social worker who founded an innovative play-therapy program, died Wednesday in Sisters Hospital after a long illness. She was 67.Ms. Gilmore was born in Schenectady and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s of social work degree from the University at Buffalo.She was a social worker for the…

Dec. 7, 1913 – Dec. 14, 2013Sister Mary Luchesia, a teacher, principal and librarian who worked with elderly and sick sisters at Villa Maria Infirmary, died Saturday in Blessed Mary Angela Care Center, Buffalo. She was 100.Born in Buffalo, the former Mary Marszalek was a Felician sister for 81 years.She graduated from the former Mount St. Joseph Teachers College, now Medai…

Aug. 13, 1945 - Dec. 12, 2013Harry T. Titus, a towing service owner-operator, died Thursday in Buffalo General Medical Center. He was 68.Mr. Titus was born in Buffalo and was a graduate of the Buffalo Public Schools. He owned and operated A Better Towing Service on the East Side, which included car sales and services, for 12 years. He was a tow truck driver and before that…

March 4, 1937 - Dec. 10, 2013 Raymond R. Johnson, an Amherst native, Lutheran minister and social worker who moved home after starting his career in New York City, died Tuesday in Harris Hill Nursing Facility, Clarence. He was 76.Mr. Johnson dedicated his life to counseling children and adults in need after receiving a fellowship to earn his master’s degree in social work …

Jan. 30, 1934 – Dec. 12, 2013Thomas B. Valentine, who ran the company that operates the Holiday Showcase restaurant and the former Holiday Theaters in Cheektowaga, died Thursday in Mercy Hospital. He was 79.Born in St. Mary’s, Pa., Mr. Valentine graduated from Penn State University. Mr. Valentine had been president of Aero Drive-in Inc., a corporation that includes the Hol…

March 3, 1933 – Dec. 13, 2013If you’ve filled out a bank deposit slip, read a college commencement program or received a wedding invitation during the last 60 years in Western New York, chances are pretty good you got a taste of Jim E. Degen’s handiwork.Mr. Degen, founder and retired owner of Grover Cleveland Press, died Friday in Veterans Affairs Medical Center, following…