Jan. 12, 1955 – June 24, 2017
If there ever is a superhero named Libraryman, his secret identity might be someone like Mike Lavin.
By day, he was a library specialist at the University at Buffalo who was respected nationwide. After hours, in his mental laboratory, he created a fusion that brought him equal renown – high analysis of the lowbrow genre of comic book…
November 23, 1934 - July 6, 2017
Marcia M. Magavern of Orchard Park died July 6 at Buffalo General Medical Center. She was 82.
The former Marcia McKeeman was born in Cleveland, OH. She attended William & Mary and William Smith College before being married in 1960.
A dedicated homemaker, Mrs. Magavern raised her family in the village of Hamburg, and spent many …
June 2, 1951 - June 29, 2017
Theodore "Ted" C. Smeal, who built a company along with numerous structures in 30 years as the owner of the T.C. Smeal Construction company in East Aurora, died on June 29 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease psychosis. He was 66.
Born in Buffalo, he was adored by his parents, the late Ken and Jean Smeal, who curated a collection …
July 6, 1918 - July 6, 2017
Lenke Lydia Vizsolyi was born in Hungary as World War 1 drew to a close.
She grew up in a small, agricultural town named Hejopapi located northeast of Budapest and lived on a large farm on land that had been in the Vizsolyi family for 900 years. That's where she met her future husband, Josef Balogh, when one of her brothers brought the you…
April 4, 1929 – July 7, 2017
When Gov. Hugh Carey named Mario J. Pirastru, a prominent Niagara Falls Democrat, to the post of regional director of the Niagara Frontier State Park and Recreation Commission in 1976, Republicans cried foul.
State Sen. John Daly, a Lewiston Republican who led opposition to the appointment, called it “one of the most irresponsible app…
March 3, 1927 - July 7, 2017
Eloise "Midge" Hackworth, a remedial reading teacher in the West Seneca Central School District for 23 years, died Friday at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo after a short illness. She was 90.
Born as Eloise Griffiths in Oak Hill, Ohio, Mrs. Hackworth lived most of her life in Williamsville.
Before moving to the Buffalo area, she earned a ba…
June 28, 1929 – July 7, 2017
Sports and recreation were lifelong passions for Michael G. McGuire, first as a young player, then as a volunteer and public official who fostered recreational opportunities for people of all ages.
“Mike was one of the strongest advocates Amherst has ever seen for sports and recreation,” says former Amherst Supervisor Susan J. Greli…
Sept. 15, 1953 - July 5, 2017
Peter I. Certo was the president and chairman of Certo Brothers Distributing Company, a family business, for the past 25 years.
He was well-respected in the industry, receiving numerous awards for himself and his company, a wholesale distributor of beer, wine and spirits. For the past 31 years, he served as a board member and chairman of…
Sept. 22, 1931 - June 30, 2017
Much of Kenneth W. Kerber's career centered on numbers and computers, though it was in the kitchen where he found his greatest happiness.
His professional career began with IBM, later followed by Western New York Savings Bank in Buffalo. That background helped with the advent of online banking and later in life using his iPad and connec…
July 2, 1932 – July 1, 2017
Like other boys growing up during World War II, Joseph B. Manzella was inspired to patriotism.
He was part of a youth group that took part in a special war bond drive on the promise that the Navy would name a cruiser for Buffalo and was given a certificate of appreciation. When the war ended, construction of that ship was halted, but he …
Jan. 23, 1927 – July 5, 2017
Dr. Syde Abbas Taheri was endlessly inventive.
He tried to find a way to inject French fries with other vegetables to make them healthier. In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico, he had an idea for capping the runaway well.
His most successful inspiration, however, was in his specialty, vascular …
October 4, 1934 - July 2, 2017
Rev. Dr. E. Werner Weinreich of North Tonawanda died at his home Sunday. He was 82.
Born in Brooklyn, he attended Brooklyn Technical High School.
Following high school he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Muhlenberg College and a Baccalaureate in Divinity from Lutheran Theological Seminary.
He was ordai…
Jan. 1, 1935 – July 1, 2017
Ronald W. Malin, an attorney for 40 years in Jamestown, died Saturday in his Buffalo home after a period of declining health. He was 82.
Born in Buffalo, he spent his early years in the Lovejoy neighborhood and was a 1952 graduate of Oakfield-Alabama High School.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Michigan State Univers…
Sept. 8, 1938 – July 1, 2017
Vince “The Shoe Man” Macaluso loved his job.
“I’d rather be here than home,” he told the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal a few weeks before he closed Macaluso’s Shoe Repair on Exchange Street in downtown Lockport in January 2016.
After 68 years in the business, on his feet for more than eight hours a day, even while eati…
May 17, 1925 – June 20, 2017
James J. Dorscheid, of Lancaster, a retired purchasing agent active in Infant of Prague Catholic Church, died June 20 in Elderwood Health Care at Lancaster. He was 92.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of South Park High School and served in the Army during the Korean War.
Mr. Dorscheid worked as a purchasing agent at Hewitt Robbins…