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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…

Dec. 11, 1927 – Dec. 9, 2013Janet M. Low, a former worker and longtime volunteer at the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village museum, died Monday in ElderWood Health Care in Amherst following a short illness. She was 85.The former Janet McClelland was a former events coordinator, researcher and public relations coordinator for the Amherst museum. She retired in 1990 but continu…

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March 13, 1925 – Dec. 11, 2013Julian J. Polanski, of Cheektowaga, a railroad retiree and World War II veteran, died Wednesday in Garden Gate Nursing Facility, Cheektowaga, after a short illness. He was 88. Born and raised on Buffalo’s East Side, Mr. Polanski attended St. Stanislaus School and graduated from Emerson Vocational High School. He joined the Marines in 1943 and …

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Aug. 16, 1927 – Dec. 10, 2013Sister Margaret Mary Gleason, a teacher and school principal, died Tuesday in the Mercy Health Care Unit of the Sisters of Mercy in Buffalo. She was 86.Also known as Sister Miriam Xavier, she was a Sister of Mercy for more than 67 years.Born in Niagara Falls, the daughter of Irish immigrants and the youngest of seven children, she attended Sacr…

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Dec. 15, 1935 – Dec. 10, 2013Sister Carol Ellis, a longtime nurse and health care administrator, died Tuesday in Mercy Center Health Care Unit. She was 77.The Buffalo native attended School 39 and Girls Vocational High School, as well as Erie County Technical Institute.She worked as a professional seamstress before entering the Sisters of Mercy in 1957, and she was often s…

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Dec. 7, 1924 – Dec. 9, 2013Daniel R. Magrum, a fire chief and a mainstay at Bowmansville Volunteer Fire Company for more than half a century, died Monday in Terrace View Long-Term Care Facility at Erie County Medical Center while recovering from injuries suffered in a fall from a ladder outside his Bowmansville home. He was 89.One of nine children, he attended local school…

June 26, 1922 - Dec. 9, 2013LOS ANGELES (AP) – Eleanor Parker, who was nominated for Academy Awards three times for her portrayals of strong-willed women and played a scheming baroness in “The Sound of Music,” has died at 91.Family friend Richard Gale said Parker died Monday morning due to complications from pneumonia. “She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her childre…

Feb. 1, 1923 – Dec. 6, 2013Olga “Olly” Janeczko, a retired Buffalo teacher, died Friday in Atlanta, Ga., after a short illness. She was 90.Born in Brooklyn, the former Olga Klimkowski came to the Buffalo area in 1942. After raising five children, she earned a bachelor’s degree in business education from the University at Buffalo in 1970 and master’s degrees from Canisius C…

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Spiro T. Liaros, president of Ted’s Hot Dogs, the Buffalo area’s signature hot dog chain, has died in Phoenix, where he had lived since 1983. The company announced his death in a posting on its Facebook page at about 2 p.m. Monday. A family member said he was 84.Mr. Liaros, the son of Theodore Spiro Liaros, who began selling hot dogs from a horse-drawn cart near the const…

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Nov. 17, 1911 – Dec. 7, 2013 Nina Sweeney, of Amherst, a nurse and physical therapist, died Saturday in Beechwood Continuing Care, Getzville. She was 102.Mrs. Sweeney was director of physical therapy at the Crippled Children’s Guild during the polio epidemic of the early 1940s. She later was director of physical therapy at Niagara Frontier Rehabilitation Center and the Uni…

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May 23, 1921 – Dec. 7, 2013George M. Martin, a decorated World War II veteran who was the first lay vice president of Canisius College, died Saturday in Autumn View Health Care Facility, Hamburg, after a long illness. He was 92.The public face of the Jesuit college for many years as its executive vice president, Mr. Martin was well-known in educational and political circle…

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Nov. 21, 1925 – Dec. 6, 2013George Edward Richmond, a World War II Navy veteran and chief engineer at Calspan Corp. in Cheektowaga, died Friday at Canterbury Woods, Amherst, after a short illness. He was 88.A Kenmore native, Mr. Richmond worked at Calspan, the aeronautics and transportation testing and research company, for most of his career. He began his career in the wi…

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Aug. 1, 1944 – Dec. 7, 2013Kendrick J. Stoddart Sr., a retired Buffalo police detective, veteran of the Vietnam War and owner of a landscaping business, died Saturday in Hamburg after a short illness. He was 69.The Kenmore native served in the Army in Vietnam before joining the Buffalo Police Department in 1968. He retired in 1988. He began as a patrolman and in dispatch b…

Aug. 28, 1931 – Dec. 5, 2013Every work night, before he went to bed, Allan H. Kaminsky laid out his suit, a dapper tie and a matching handkerchief for the next day, subject, of course, to the approval of his wife, Loretta.The next day, he’d head to his law office, where he worked mostly as a matrimonial attorney, paying attention to every detail and treating his clients as…