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Aug. 19, 1939 – Sept. 2, 2013David M. Buyer, a former Orchard Park councilman and adjunct college professor, died unexpectedly Monday at his Orchard Park home. He was 74.Born in Buffalo, Mr. Buyer graduated from Kenmore High School in 1957. He attended Buffalo State College for a short time before joining the Army, where he served in military intelligence while stationed…

June 8, 1928 – Sept. 3, 2013Arthur C. Schaeffer, an educator in television production, died Tuesday in his Town of Tonawanda home after a short illness. He was 85.Born in Buffalo, Mr. Schaeffer graduated from Kenmore High School in 1944 and enlisted in the Marines during World War II. In 1953, he received a bachelor’s degree in drama and speech from the University at B…

Jan. 14, 1927 – Aug. 23, 2013Jack R. Geidel, a former grocery store owner and longtime school board president in Angola, died Aug. 23. He was 86.Mr. Geidel was born and raised in Pennsylvania and moved to Angola after a stint in the U.S. Army. After arriving, he managed the Grandview Supermarket and became a sales representative for General Foods, where he received an aw…

May 31, 1931 - Sept. 2, 2013Nelson Herdic, longtime owner of an antique store on Main Street in Clarence, died Monday in St. John Baptist Hospice, Buffalo. He was 82.A Buffalo native and Clarence resident and one of 12 children, he served two years in the Army during the Korean War. He was a heavy-equipment mechanic before he started his own antique business in the 1980s. …

Sept. 21, 1946 - Aug. 22, 2013David Lalka, Ph.D., a retired professor of pharmacology, died Aug. 22, 2013, in his Pittsburgh home. He was 66.Born in Buffalo, Mr. Lalka grew up in Lackawanna, where he was a 1964 graduate of Lackawanna High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy, in 1969, and a doctorate in biochemical pharmacology, in 1973, from the University …

April 25, 1916 – Aug. 30, 2013Dean E. Becker of Lake View, a retailer, national oil and gas entrepreneur and onetime owner of the Skyway drive-in theaters, died Friday in Mercy Hospital. He was 97.Born in Buffalo, Mr. Becker graduated from Park School, attended Nichols School and finished his last two years of high school at Culver Military Academy in Indiana. He returne…

Oct. 20, 1923 – Aug. 29, 2013Clare Grellick, a dress shop owner and award-winning volunteer at Weinberg Campus, died Thursday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. She was 89.Born in Buffalo, she attended School 66 and Bennett High School. Born into her family’s business, Variety Dress Shop on Hertel Avenue, she became co-owner, along with her mother, of the…

Rachel Goebel will be remembered as many things.A miracle child whose life nearly ended at 5 weeks of age.A committed environmentalist.A talented musician and dancer with an especially strong passion for the tango.But when an unexpected illness cut her life short, the young woman who friends and family say lived life to the absolute fullest managed to add one last role to …

May 4, 1930 – Aug. 27, 2013The Rev. John Chebat, of Cheektowaga, a priest in the Maronite Catholic Church and a businessman, died last Tuesday in a Virginia hospital after a short illness. He was 83.Born Bacchus Mansour in Lebanon, he first came to the U.S. following the death of his father in 1955 and divided his time between the two countries until he became a permanen…

August 1, 1934 - August 31, 2013Marjorie Connors, a social worker with Child and Family Services for almost 50 years, died Saturday. She was 79. A lifelong Buffalo resident, Ms. Connors graduated from Holy Angels Academy and what is now Daemen College before receiving her master of social work degree from the University of Buffalo School of Social Work in the late 1950s.Du…

May 4, 1939 – Aug. 30, 2013Marlene A. Phillips, of Lancaster, secretary-treasurer of William Pfohl Trucking Co., died Friday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. She was 74.Born in the Town of Tonawanda, the former Marlene Pfohl was a 1956 graduate of Bishop McMahon High School. She served for 40 years as an officer of William Pfohl Trucking, which her parents…

April 27, 1924 - August 29, 2013George D. Unger, a pioneering educator and college administrator who worked to provide equal opportunity and equal access to women and minorities during her 21-year career at the University at Buffalo, died Thursday in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. She was 89.The former George Ethelyn Dykes, who grew up in New Mexico and Texas, always sai…

Oct. 12, 1937 – Aug. 31, 2013Jane Cole Godin, a longtime volunteer and leader in many community organizations, especially those in the local Jewish community, died Saturday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a battle with cancer. She was 75.A North Buffalo native, the former Jane Hirsch was a graduate of Park School and Wheelock College in Boston with…

May 27. 1927 – Aug. 30, 2013The Rev. Innocent Kurkowski, who taught for many years at Bishop Ryan High School in Buffalo and later at St. Francis High School in Athol Springs, died Friday in the Father Justin Senior Friars Residence in Athol Springs. He was 86.Father Innocent, a Franciscan friar for more than 65 years, was a beloved mentor to students at Bishop Ryan, whe…

July 26, 1927 – Aug. 28, 2013Frederick A. Stephens, a noted businessman and politician from the Village of Youngstown, died Wednesday under the care of Niagara Hospice after a long illness. He was 86.Born in Niagara Falls, Mr. Stephens served in the Army at the end of World War II after graduating from Amherst High School in 1945. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degre…