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July 23, 1917 – June 20, 2013Loretta G. Kercher, a retired Navy Reserve lieutenant and World War II veteran, died in Canterbury Woods, Amherst. She was 95.Miss Kercher, who was born in Buffalo, attended Mount St. Joseph Academy on a full scholarship and graduated summa cum laude from Nazareth College of Rochester in 1939 with a degree in business. She was a “Top Five S…

May 6, 1924 – June 12, 2013Ethel E. Marshall, a prolific athlete who earned many badminton titles, died June 12 in Weinberg Campus, Getzville. She was 89. Born in Buffalo, Ms. Marshall attended Bennett High School and North Park Business School. She was an office supervisor at Bell Aerospace for 23 years, office manager of Borden Chemical for 18 years and worked part tim…

May 30, 1933 – June 18, 2013Donald J. Braasch, a construction company owner, died Tuesday in his Lake View home after a long illness. He was 80.Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Manlius Military Academy in Syracuse and earned a business degree from Niagara University, where he had a four-year swimming scholarship and was a member of the Army ROTC.Mr. Braasch owned an…

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Sept. 24, 1958 – June 16, 2013John Clifford Smith, a member of the Buffalo Chapter of the Afro Dogs Motorcycle Club, died Sunday. He was 54.Born in Buffalo, Mr. Smith attended Genesee Humboldt Junior High School and East High School, where he graduated in 1977. After receiving his high school diploma, Mr. Smith worked at a number of Buffalo businesses, including at BlueC…

Feb. 24, 1940 — June 15, 2013Joseph Vincent Nardiello, Ph.D., a retired professor in foreign languages at Buffalo State College, died last Saturday in his Orchard Park home after a long illness. He was 73. Born in Waterbury, Conn., he earned his bachelor’s degree at Trinity College and his master’s degree at Middlebury College. He went on to earn a doctorate in roman…

Oct. 14, 1928 – June 17, 2013Deacon Curtis Lee Black Sr., of Buffalo, a retired steelworker active in churches, died Sunday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a lengthy illness. He was 84.Born in Bessemer, Ala., he moved to Buffalo in the early 1950s and worked in the blast furnaces for nearly 30 years at Bethlehem Steel Corp. He retired in 1982.Mr. Black was ordaine…

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Dec. 7, 1938 – June 18, 2013Daniel J. Kenny, of the Town of Tonawanda, retired administrator of the Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Clarence, died Monday in the Brothers of Mercy Center after a short illness. He was 74.Born in the Bronx, he attended the Teachers College at Columbia University and New York University, earning master’s degrees in …

July 10, 1932 - June 16, 2013Margaret Ann George, who taught for 20 years in the West Seneca School District, died Sunday in her Lackawanna home. She was 80.Known as “Peggy,” she was born Margaret DePasquale in Buffalo.Mrs. George was in her 30s and a mother, raising four children, when she began her undergraduate college studies. She earned a master’s degree in educ…

Dec. 17, 1942 – June 18, 2013 Samuel R. Jempson, a retired Buffalo News district manager and a former officer with the Buffalo Newspaper Guild, died Tuesday. He was 70.Born and raised in Buffalo, Mr. Jempson worked as a district manager at the Buffalo Courier-Express before leaving for The News, where he spent 38 years.While at The News, Mr. Jempson was active in the New…

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June 25, 1929 – June 16, 2013Mary Christie, a retired insurance underwriter and church secretary, died Sunday in her Williamsville home after a brief illness. She was 83.Born in Hornell, the former Mary Petrakis was a graduate of Hornell High School. She worked as an insurance underwriter at Lawley Insurance and L.J. Doloff Insurance, retiring about 20 years ago.In retir…

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Dec. 30, 1929 – June 13, 2013Peter John Murto, of Clarence, a retired Union Carbide manager who served terms on two different suburban school boards, died Thursday in Roswell Park Cancer Institute after a short illness. He was 83.Born in Lockport, he was a graduate of Lockport High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1951 from Rensselaer …

April 15, 1958 – June 2, 2013 Twiggs Seymore Jr., of Buffalo, a science teacher at Buffalo Prep, died June 2 in Sisters Hospital’s St. Joseph Campus, Cheektowaga, following a short illness. He was 55.Born in Jamaica, Queens, Mr. Seymore moved to Buffalo as a child in 1962. He graduated from Hutchinson-Central Technical High School and earned an associate degree from Er…

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Dec. 29, 1928 – June 15, 2013Matthew Licata, of Amherst, a retired General Motors employee, died Saturday in Maplewood Healthcare Facility, Cheektowaga. He was 84.Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Burgard High School and was drafted into the Army during the Korean War. He was stationed stateside in both California and Alaska. After his military service, Mr. Licata ea…

Retired State Supreme Court Justice Frank A. Sedita Jr. died Sunday in Sisters Hospital after a brief illness. He was 78.Judge Sedita, a member of one of the area’s most prominent political families, was the son of three-term Buffalo Mayor Frank A. Sedita and the father of Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.As Buffalo Housing Court Judge in 1992-93, he cra…

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March 18, 1943 – June 14, 2013 GOWANDA – Mel LeBar of Gowanda, Town of Persia supervisor, Air Force veteran and retiree of Gowanda Electronics, died Friday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 70. Born in Olean, he was a 1961 graduate of Olean Central School and rose to the rank of Eagle Scout.A Vietnam War-era veteran of the Air Force, Mr. LeBar moved to Gowanda af…