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July 10, 1931 – Oct. 7, 2013Mary Higgins, the mother of Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, died late Monday after a brief illness. She was 82.Born Mary Breen, Mrs. Higgins was a school teacher at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Buffalo’s Old First Ward, and also worked for the Erie County Auto Bureau.In addition, she was a lifelong member of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish …

June 17, 1921 – Oct. 5, 2013Hertha Elizabeth Silver, of Williamsville, a figure-skating professional for more than six decades, died Saturday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. She was 92.Born Hertha Garon in Vienna, Austria, she was encouraged to take skating lessons at age 12 after she was spotted at a local ice rink.Groomed by skating champion Karoly Scha…

April 21, 1920 – Oct. 4, 2013Robert F. Hoffer, a former Internal Revenue Service appellate conferee, died Friday after a short illness. He was 93.He grew up on Timon Street in Buffalo, graduating from Masten Park High School in 1937. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1942 to 1945.He attended Canisius College and graduated with a business degree in 1951.…

Oct. 3, 1937 – Sept. 22, 2013Ilga R. Rubino, who fled Latvia during the Soviet occupation in the 1940s, died Sept. 22 in her Amherst home. She was 75.Born Ilga Kalnins in Ainazi, Latvia, she escaped with her family in 1944 and settled in Germany.In 1950, her family sailed to New Orleans, where her father, Hermanis, worked as a machinist, and her mother, Austria, worked a…

Oct. 23, 1928 – Sept. 29, 2013T. James Snyder, of Hamburg, a retired company executive, died Sept. 29 in Merritt Island, Fla., after a long battle with multiple myeloma. He was 84.Born in Salem, Ohio, he was a graduate of Hamburg High School and St. Bonaventure University. He served in the Army during the Korean War, attaining the rank of second lieutenant.Mr. Snyder ret…

Sept. 5, 1932 – Oct. 3, 2013Joseph L. Leone, a chemist with the Food and Drug Administration, died Thursday in Roswell Park Cancer Institute. He was 81.Mr. Leone served in the United States Army until 1961. After graduating from Purdue University, he became a supervisory chemist with the Food and Drug Administration. He retired from the FDA as a lab director in 1996. Aft…

June 23, 1926 – October 2, 2013Esther B. Bates, a former elementary teacher in the Buffalo Public Schools, died Wednesday. She was 87.Born Esther Neustätter in Munich, she escaped Nazi Germany in 1937, immigrating to Baltimore with her parents.Mrs. Bates earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s in education from the University at Buffalo. Sh…

June 15, 1926 – Oct. 2, 2013Peter A. Vogt, a former Greater Buffalo Press executive who gave generously to Buffalo’s landmark institutions, died Wednesday in Orchard Park, where he lived in a nursing home. He was 87.Mr. Vogt, who grew up in Kenmore, graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy and was selected for the V-12 training program, established to supplement th…

Sept. 16, 1956 – Oct. 5, 2013By day, John M. Tronolone was a popular teacher who made U.S. history, especially his beloved JFK and FDR eras, come alive for eighth-graders at Transit Middle School in the Williamsville School District. At night, the nattily dressed Mr. Tronolone greeted diners at Buffalo’s upscale Oliver’s Restaurant, a maitre d’ and co-owner devoted…

Oct. 22, 1942 – Oct. 3, 2013Kenneth E. Wasch, who retired as a product manager for Buffalo Pumps in 2008, died Thursday in Mercy Hospital. He was 70.Mr. Wasch was a longtime resident of Glenwood and moved to Hamburg last year. He was also a seasonal resident of Lady Lake, Fla. Born and raised in Buffalo, he earned an associate’s degree in electronics from Erie County T…

Nov. 21, 1920 – Sept. 30, 2013 Martha Louise Weaver Burke, who was active in local community organizations, died Monday at Canterbury Woods, Amherst. She was 92.She was born in Buffalo, graduated from Amherst High School and earned an associate’s degree from Stephens College. She worked for several years in administration for American Airlines.Mrs. Burke was a longtime…

Aug. 12, 1936 – Sept. 30, 2013The Rev. Gerald J. Graham, who served for more than 30 years as senior pastor of Grace Gospel Church, died Monday in Buffalo General Medical Center. He was 77.The Buffalo native grew up in Lackawanna and served in the 11th Airborne Division of the U.S. Army in Germany after the Korean War.Mr. Graham worked for several years at Elma Printing,…

June 30, 1936 – Oct. 1, 2013Barbara N. Knauer, a nurse, former director at the Schofield Residence in Kenmore and retired lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, died Tuesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, of breast cancer. She was 77.Born Barbara Nee in Norfolk, Va., she earned her nursing degree at Deaconess Hospital and a master’s degree in business…

Aug. 9, 1956 – Oct. 1, 2013Daniel P. Gajewski, a principal in strategy and analysis at a private investment firm, died Tuesday in Crossroads House, Batavia, after a battle with lung and prostate cancer. He was 57.Born in Buffalo, Mr. Gajewski grew up in Alden and graduated from Alden High School in 1974.He received an associate’s degree from Morrisville State College a…

Dec. 26, 1950 – Sept. 27, 2013Connie C. Bowman, a social studies teacher for more than three decades with a gift for relating to students, died Friday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Amherst. She was 62.After growing up in Mississippi, the fourth of seven children, Mrs. Bowman moved to Western New York with her husband Albert for his job as purchasing manager at…