June 19, 1924 – June 1, 2017
Dr. Winifred G. Mernan wanted to be something more than a stay-at-home mother.
In an era of limited career opportunities for women, she took a radical step and enrolled in the University of Buffalo in the late 1940s. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa honor society, earned a bachelor’s degree in 1951 and went on to study in the UB Scho…
Nov. 8, 1928 – June 7, 2017
Krystyna (Christine) Nieduzak was forced to leave Poland in 1939 at the start of World War II, survived a Soviet labor camp in Siberia and went to a refugee resettlement camp in Africa, but she always carried her native land and its traditions with her.
Ever since she arrived in Buffalo a dozen years later, she was especially active in…
May 29, 1931 – June 7, 2017
Vitalia Medrano De la O, who was employed in a variety of jobs in her native Costa Rica, died unexpectedly Wednesday in her North Tonawanda home. She was 86.
Born in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, to French and Greek immigrant parents, she was married to Juan Solorzano in 1951 and was the mother of 11 children.
She worked as a nurse, midwife…
Nov. 17, 1951 – June 6, 2017
James P. Kern, an excavation and landscaping company owner, died Tuesday in his Orchard Park home after a 16-month battle with bladder cancer. He was 65.
Born in Lackawanna, he attended Orchard Park High School and worked as a mechanic and welder.
In 1985, he founded Kern Construction, which specialized in excavations for drain tile …
Aug. 14, 1937 - June 2, 2017
A good jazz musician has to master both structure and improvisation.
They are diametrical -- yet complementary -- skills that were essential to Ronald L. Corsaro Sr., both in his 32-year long vocation as a teacher of history and economics at Niagara-Wheatfield High School, and in his lifelong avocation as a Grammy-nominated …
April 6, 1941 – June 4, 2017
Thomas C. Perry was born into the ice cream business.
His father, Marlo Perry, and grandfather, H. Morton Perry, who owned a dairy farm and milk delivery business in Akron, started making ice cream from a family recipe with a hand-cranked freezer for the Akron High School cafeteria in 1932.
It proved so popular that by 1940 they wer…
July 17, 1933 – June 2, 2017
Robert A. Cecchini, of the Town of Tonawanda, the first patient in Western New York to undergo a newly-developed heart surgery procedure in 2012, died Friday in the hospice unit of Buffalo General Medical Center. His family said the cause was chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. He was 83.
Born in Washington, D.C., he was adopted by …
July 30, 1918 – June 5, 2017
Anna Mastoris, of Snyder, active in the Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, died Monday in Healthwood Assisted Living at Williamsville. She was 98.
Born in Buffalo, the former Anna Modeas was a graduate of Hutchinson Central High School and earned an associate’s degree from Bryant & Stratton Business Institute.
Nov. 15, 1953 - June 3, 2017
Timothy Joseph Fedeson served as a City of Tonawanda firefighter for 31 years, manning the pump on the engines he drove with pride and diligence.
But the 63-year-old's real passion lay far away from smoke and flames: For decades, he wrangled walleyes in Lake Erie and, later in life, spent his winters ocean fishing in the Florida Keys.
Feb. 11, 1930 – May 30, 2017
Like the well-oiled palm of a catcher's mitt, Ruth Irene McGinty of Akron stayed primed for the sliders, curveballs and screwballs in life, including a missed opportunity at a college scholarship to play softball.
A member of the Western New York Softball Hall of Fame, Ms. McGinty died May 30 in the hospice unit at Buffa…
April 11, 1975 – June 2, 2017
Amy Young Maxwell read a series of articles in The Buffalo News in 2004 entitled “The Incredible Shrinking City” and decided to do something about it.
With others, she was a founder of the grassroots organization, Revitalize Buffalo, aiming to build what she called “a smarter and cooler Buffalo.” She served for four years as it…
March 4, 1926 – June 1, 2017
George A. Vossler, a founder of the Erie County Conservative Party and credited with getting Jimmy Griffin elected mayor of Buffalo, died Thursday in his home in North Buffalo. His family said he had Parkinson’s disease for several years. He was 91.
Mr. Vossler helped build the party’s influence and success on the local and state le…
Dec. 20, 1938 – April 28, 2017
Frederic Joseph Tedesco, of Orchard Park, an Erie County sheriff’s investigator who was active in the Windom Volunteer Fire Company, died unexpectedly Friday in Mercy Hospital. He was 78.
Born in Buffalo, one of five children, he attended Kenmore High School, then enlisted in the Army, serving with the U.S. truce team in Korea and the…
Nov. 21, 1922 – May 21, 2017
Evelyn S. Cole, of Amherst, a retired elementary school teacher, died Sunday in Beechwood Nursing Home, Getzville. She was 94.
Born in Syracuse, the former Evelyn Smith grew up in Raymondville, near Massena, and was a 1943 graduate of Potsdam State Teachers College.
Mrs. Cole began her teaching career in Carthage, then taught third g…
Sept. 11, 1925 – May 30, 2017
Jane C. Wrobel, of Buffalo, former co-owner and operator of a hobby shop in Black Rock, died Tuesday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital. She was 91.
Born in Buffalo, the sixth of 12 children, the former Jane Mazur attended Assumption Elementary School and worked at the former Gates Laundry.
Mrs. Wrobel joined her husband, Edward J., in opera…