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April 10, 1925 – Nov. 8, 2017 Edwin G. Egan, an architect who designed firehouses, churches and the Anderson's Frozen Custard stand on Main Street in Williamsville, died Wednesday morning in Veterans Affairs Medical Center after a short illness. He was 92. Mr. Egan was born in Attica and attended Attica High School where he excelled in his French language classes,…

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Feb. 26, 1928 – Nov. 4, 2017 For more than 25 years, whenever George Richard Costanza mentioned who he was, he got attention. The retired construction worker from Amherst shared a name with a character on the TV sitcom, “Seinfeld.” He was pictured in the New York Post in 2015 along with an article about people with the same names as fictional people on televisi…

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Nov. 9, 1939 – Oct. 24, 2017 Patricia A. Sciandra, a former teacher, artist and respected member of the local arts community, died unexpectedly Oct. 24 in her Clarence home. She was 77. The former Patricia Sturm, known as "Pat," was born in Gowanda and graduated from Pine Valley High School. She graduated from what is now SUNY Buffalo State, where she earned a d…

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May 9, 1935 – Nov. 1, 2017 Ronald Parnella, of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired music teacher, died Wednesday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 82. Born in Monessen, Pa., he moved to Niagara Falls in 1947. A 1953 graduate of Niagara Falls High School, he earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Indiana, Pa., University and a master’s degree in music educa…

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Aug. 15, 1922 – Nov. 2, 2017 V. Donald Bergner, a retired Bell Aerospace engineer, died unexpectedly Thursday in his Williamsville home. He was 95. Born in Buffalo, he was an East High School graduate and earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry in three years from Canisius College. At Canisius, Mr. Bergner learned to fly under an Army Air Corps program, and…

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Nov. 19, 1932 – Nov. 3, 2017 Constance Cybulski, a retired postal worker who was active in her East Lovejoy neighborhood, died Friday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. She was 84. Born in Buffalo, the former Constance Yeostros was the youngest of four children and was a 1949 graduate of Kensington High School. Her family operated the Yeostros Chocolates shop on Broa…

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Oct. 27, 1927 – Nov. 2, 2017 Thomas E. Wojtaszek, who founded a political dynasty in both his professional and personal life, died on Thursday under hospice care in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 90. Mr. Wojtaszek and his wife of 64 years, the former Lillian Pope, are parents to 12 children, including those who followed their father's footsteps…

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Dec. 5, 1937 – Nov. 1, 2017 Father John N. Reuther, a Consolata Missionary priest, died Wednesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Amherst. He was 79. Born in Lackawanna, he was a 1956 graduate of Father Baker High School. After earning an associate’s degree in poultry husbandry from the State Agricultural and Technical College at Alfred, he was a hatcher…

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June 4, 1941 – Oct. 31, 2017 David John Zimmerman, of Lockport, a retired history teacher and preservation leader, died Tuesday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a lengthy illness. He was 76. Born in Cleveland, he earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Ohio University in 1964 and a master’s degree in education from the University at Buffalo. Mr. …

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Aug. 5, 1914 – Oct. 30, 2017 Gust E. Tassy could have had a career as a pilot. He flew Navy amphibious cargo planes over the Pacific in World War II and continued to fly small planes until he was 88 years old. But instead, he carved out a career in Buffalo making sweets. The founder of Alethea’s Chocolates, Mr. Tassy died Monday in his Williamsville home af…

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Jan. 30, 1925 – Oct. 30, 2017 Dr. Robert Charles Gartler, a dentist in Amherst for more than 50 years, died Monday in Wesley Rehabilitation Center, Getzville, after a short illness. He was 92. Born in Buffalo, he was a 1942 graduate of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, earned his degree from the University of Buffalo Dental School in 1947 and began a practice in…

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Aug. 27, 1949 – Oct. 31, 2017 James J. Allen, who served for nearly 37 years as executive director of the Amherst Industrial Development Agency, died Tuesday in his East Amherst home. He was 68 and had suffered from congestive heart failure in recent years, but his death was unexpected. Mr. Allen was a native of Rochester's West Side. He graduated from the Aquinas…

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April 10, 1927 – Oct. 26, 2017 Betty L. Galeota, formerly of Eggertsville, a registered nurse and nursing instructor, died Oct. 26 at her home in Marlton, N.J., where she had lived for the past six years. She was 90. Born in San Pio Della Camere, in the Abruzzo region of central Italy, the former Pia Maria Silveri became Elizabeth Loretta Silveri when she came to t…

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Aug. 8, 1930 – Oct. 27, 2017 Theresa V. Grieco, who supported her husband’s work as head of the O-CEL-O sponge division of General Mills, died Friday in Ashburn, Va., after a lengthy illness. She was 87. Born in Clifton, Kan., the former Theresa Virginia Sorell was the third of four girls. After World War II, she came to Buffalo to help her oldest sister and husb…

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July 15, 1933 – Oct. 17, 2017 Herbert Preston Ladds Jr., retired president and chief executive officer of Columbus McKinnon Corp., died Oct. 17 in Brunswick, Ga., after a long illness. He was 84. He grew up in Cleveland, attended Hawken School and graduated in 1951 from Choate School in Wallingford, Conn. While attending Williams College, where he was a member of A…