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Oct. 16, 1923 – March 14, 2014Paul G. Kies, a World War II veteran, steamfitter and church minister, died Friday in ElderWood Village, Williamsville, after a brief illness. He was 90.Mr. Kies was born in Mossingen, Germany, and moved to the United States with his family when he was 5. His family settled in Batavia, where his father started Kies & Company, a welding busines…

Jan. 25, 1944 – March 6, 2014David Lloyd Schad of Akron died Thursday after a battle with cancer due to his exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam. He was 70.Born in Akron, Mr. Schad was a decorated Army veteran, receiving two Purple Hearts while serving in Vietnam. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign War Post 3180 and a 32-year member of LL Tillman American Legio…

Nov. 2, 1941 – March 13, 2014Charles J. Sabatino, a popular Daemen College professor, prolific researcher and writer, and a dedicated marathon runner, died unexpectedly in his Amherst home Thursday evening. He was 72.Mr. Sabatino, who was born in Meriden, Conn., was a graduate of Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s Univers…

Feb. 27, 1920 – March 8, 2014Jay William Heckman, a World War II veteran and longtime insurance agent who was active in the community, died March 8 in Hyder Family Hospice House, Dover, N.H. He was 94. Born in Reading, Pa., Mr. Heckman moved with his family to Detroit during the Depression, then lived in Buffalo for more than 70 years before moving to Durham, N.H., in 2012…

Nov. 27, 1929 – March 8, 2014The Rev. George E. Walsh Jr., visitation pastor at Full Gospel Tabernacle in Orchard Park, died Saturday under Hospice care at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 84.Born in Buffalo, he was a structural ironworker for Ironworkers Local 6 in Buffalo. He worked on the Buffalo Skyway and the second Grand Island Bridge in addition t…

March 17, 1937 – March 12, 2014John Patrick Schlant of the Town of Tonawanda, a project engineer, died Wednesday at home under Hospice care following a long battle with cancer.Born in Buffalo on St. Patrick’s Day, Mr. Schlant was a graduate of Canisius High School and attended Canisius College. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from University of Detroi…

Nov. 24, 1928 – March 11, 2014Loren H. “Larry” Haxton, a businessman and former West Seneca Town Board member, died Tuesday in the Hospice Unit of Mercy Hospital. He was 85.Born in Buffalo, he served in the Navy and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Buffalo while working to support his family.He began his career at National Gypsum, then obtain…

May 10, 1938 – March 11, 2014Dr. Robert Loring Gingell, a pediatric cardiologist for 40 years in Buffalo and Jamestown, died unexpectedly Tuesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 75.Born in Roanoke, Va., he grew up in Silver Spring, Md., and earned a bachelor’s degree from American University in Washington, D.C. Before graduating in 1964 from the Univ…

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Dec. 12, 1922 – March 9, 2014Helen G. Hudson, of Snyder, who assisted in her husband’s medical practice for more than 50 years, died Sunday at the Weinberg Campus, Getzville. She was 91.Born Helen Griffin in Buffalo, she was a 1941 graduate of Holy Angels Academy. She attended business school and worked for Bell Aircraft during World War II. After marrying Dr. Raymond A. H…

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April 20, 1930 - Feb. 19, 2014Jean Langenegger Schultz, formerly of East Aurora, a 4-H program leader, supporter of the Roycroft Chamber Music Festival and inventor of slice-and-bake cookie dough, died Feb. 19 in her sleep at a memory-care nursing facility in Tustin, Calif. She was 83.After graduating as a food science major at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the f…

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Sept. 16, 1919 – March 10, 2014Samuel Nathan Block, Ph.D, a retired school administrator, died Monday in Hospice Buffalo Inpatient Unit after a brief illness. He was 94.He held a master’s degree from Canisius College, a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Buffalo and a post-doctoral master’s from Syracuse University.Dr. Block had been a teacher o…

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Dec. 15, 1933 – March 10, 2014Alexander M. Billi, of Lackawanna, a retired steel plant foreman, died Monday in Mercy Hospital after a short illness. He was 80.Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of South Park High School. He worked for 30 years at Bethlehem Steel Corp., retiring in 1983 as a foreman in the electrical maintenance department.Mr. Billi was a past president and…

April 23, 1936 – March 11, 2014Edward Owen Smith Jr., Ph.D., a historian and SUNY distinguished professor, died Tuesday in his Buffalo home after a short illness. He was 77.Known professionally as E.O. Smith, he was associated with SUNY Buffalo State for 50 years and was director of the Monroe Fordham Regional History Center at the college. Born in Philadelphia, he earned …

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June 15, 1924 – March 9, 2014Rosalind Devine, of the Town of Tonawanda, a World War II Coast Guard veteran, died Sunday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. She was 89.Born Rosalind Turner in Cazenovia, she graduated from Chittenango Central School in 1941 and attended Syracuse University.Mrs. Devine enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in July 1944 and was statione…

Sept. 30, 1923 – March 5, 2014Dr. Hubert Jockin, of Williamsville, retired physician and emeritus professor of pathology and pediatrics at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine, died March 5 after a brief illness. He was 90.Born in Delft, the Netherlands, Dr. Jockin and his family endured food shortages and deprivation during the German occupation from 1939 to 1945…