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By Terence McArdle Chuck Berry, the perpetual wild man of rock music who helped define its rebellious spirit in the 1950s and was the sly poet laureate of songs about girls, cars, school and even the “any old way you choose it” vitality of the music itself, died March 18 at his home in St. Charles County, Missouri. He was 90. St. Charles County police announced t…

Dec. 16, 1922 - March 11, 2017 Wells E. Knibloe, a prominent Buffalo attorney, died last Saturday in his Buffalo home after a brief illness. He was 94. Born and raised on his family’s dairy farm in Fillmore, he was a graduate of Fillmore Central High School and was drafted into the Army while attending Houghton College in 1943. He served at Aberdeen Proving Grounds…

Jan. 23, 1933 – March 13, 2017 Dr. Paul Himmelsbach Potter, 84, an obstetrician and gynecologist, died unexpectedly Monday in Buffalo General Medical Center. He was a Buffalo native, and graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover. Dr. Potter also attended Princeton University and McGill University Faculty of Medicine. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam…

Feb. 28, 1925 – Feb. 25, 2017 Harold C. Steinwachs, retired accounting supervisor at the Ford Stamping Plant in Woodlawn, died Feb. 25 in Spring Hills Hunters Creek in Orlando, Fla., after a short illness. He was 91. Born in Buffalo, he attended Blessed Trinity School and Bennett High School. He was a graduate of Fosdick-Masten Park High School. An Army veteran …

Dec. 6, 2006 - March 15, 2017 He loved helping his dad and uncle on the family farm. Fishing with his grandfather. Taking care of his little brother and sister. Four-wheeling with his cousins in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter. Playing outdoors and indoors - on his iPad. And anything related to Star Wars. Benjamin D. Wasik of Pendleton was a kind and helpfu…

Sept. 15, 1926 – March 7, 2017 Vera Coppard-Leibovic had a cause, to educate others about the horrors of the Holocaust, and nothing would stop her from sharing her own experiences, as one of about 10,000 children to escape the Nazis on the Kindertransport trains. A couple of months ago, when her health worsened, she insisted that if others wanted her to be included…

March 23, 1929 – March 7, 2017 Thomas Todaro, of Cheektowaga, a retired printer and professional musician, died last Tuesday in Williamsville View Manor after a long illness. He was 87. Born in Buffalo, he was a 1947 graduate of Hutchinson Central High School. He served in the National Guard and was a member of the National Guard band, playing tenor, alto and soprano s…

March 12, 1924 – Dec. 15, 2016 Patrick A. Higgins, a retired human resources director, died Dec. 15 in Wells Hospice House at Beechwood Continuing Care, Getzville. He was 92. A Toledo native, Mr. Higgins came to the Buffalo area with his family in 1939, attended Amherst High School and, thanks to a benefactor, William C. Baird, spent his senior year at Phillips Exe…

Sept. 18, 1939 – March 11, 2017 David C. Forness, former owner of Gabriel’s Gate and other Buffalo restaurants, died Saturday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a short battle with cancer. He was 77. His success with the Buffalo House, a property he and a partner acquired and remodeled on Franklin Street in downtown Buffalo, was the model for his subsequent …

June 7, 1926 – March 9, 2017 Roy A. Mathis, who founded an a cappella male chorus and directed it in church concerts for 70 years, died Thursday in Sisters Hospital after a period of declining health. He was 90. Born in Chattanooga, Tenn., the youngest of 10 children, he became a music lover as a child and was further encouraged by a teacher at Howard High School i…

Jan. 18, 1927  -  March 10, 2017 Leonard "Lenny" Silver, founder of Record Theatre, one of the longest-running independent record stores in the country, died Friday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a brief illness. He was 90. The Rochester native started his career as a stockboy in the basement of a local record store before joining the Navy at the age of 17.…

June 1, 1924 – March 7, 2017 Edna O’Neill, a former West Seneca resident, died Tuesday in Sarah Reed Retirement Center, Erie, Pa. She was 92. Born in Buffalo, one of 10 children, the former Edna Mae Donovan was a graduate of South Park High School. A homemaker and mother of six, she lived in Erie, Pa., for several years while raising her family. For more than 30 …

Jan. 9, 1935 – March 6, 2017 Kathleen E. Lauerman, a wife and mother whose concern for the lives of others led to a career in nursing and a lifelong dedication to social justice, died Monday at her North Buffalo home. She was 82. Born in Youngstown, the former Kathleen Hanna came to Buffalo in 1962 and, after marrying and raising seven children, resumed a nursing c…

(Dec. 4, 1926 – March 9, 2017) Vincent J. Fildes of Tonawanda, a veteran Buffalo firefighter who served as co-commander of the city's Fire Investigation Unit in the 1980s, died Thursday (March 9, 2017) in Buffalo General Hospital after a brief illness. Mr. Fildes was 90. A Navy veteran of World War II, Mr. Fildes joined the Buffalo Fire Department in 1952. Duri…

Jan. 3, 1933 – March 4, 2017 Dr. Albert Murty Kraus, an ophthalmologist who practiced with the Buffalo Medical Group, died Saturday in his home in Snyder after a brief illness. He was 84. Born in Buffalo, he was a 1950 graduate of Canisius High School, received a bachelor’s degree from St. Vincent College in 1954. He received his medical degree from the Universit…