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Sept. 24, 1955 – Aug. 6, 2013Millie A. Tollar, a Wegmans employee for nearly 23 years, died Tuesday n Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo after a long illness. She was 57. A native of Altoona, Pa., she graduated from Altoona Area High School and was a graduate of the University at Buffalo with a degree in personnel management. Mrs. Tollar served in the U.S. Army in Nuremburg, …

May 1, 1940 – Aug. 5, 2013Michael J. Flaherty, an attorney and past president of the Bar Association of Erie County, died Monday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a long illness. He was 73.Mr. Flaherty was born in Buffalo and for much of his childhood lived above the family tavern on South Park Avenue.A graduate of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, Mr. Flaherty earn…

April 27, 1923 – Aug. 2, 2013 James G. Vaughn, of Perrysburg, a World War II veteran and former FBI agent, died Friday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a short illness. He was 90.A Buffalo native, Mr. Vaughn grew up in Perrysburg and graduated from Gowanda High School in 1940. He graduated from the University of Buffalo in 1950.Mr. Vaughn served in the Marine Corps …

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Nov. 16, 1935 – July 31, 2013Robert F. Lepore, an optician and entertainer known for his impersonations, died last Wednesday while under hospice care at Buffalo General Medical Center after a short illness. He was 77.Born in Buffalo, Mr. Lepore graduated from Grover Cleveland High School and Erie County Technical Institute, where he completed the optical program. He also s…

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Sept. 19, 1935 – July 3, 2013Barbara A. Sasiadek, of Orchard Park, active in church, school and community affairs, died July 3. She was 77.Born Barbara Thomas in Buffalo, she was a 1953 graduate of Orchard Park High School and led the planning of class reunions every five years until 2003, when she suffered a stroke. She also was an elections inspector in Orchard Park for …

July 13, 1914 – Aug. 3, 2013Eugene A. Pickert played a behind-the-scenes role in the effort to defeat the Germans in World War II, serving as a Worthington Pump and Machinery Corp. executive closely assisting the U.S. government in helping the Russian allies.Mr. Pickert transferred from New York City to Washington, D.C., in the early 1940s and arranged for the Russians to …

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March 28, 1924 – Aug. 4, 2013William P. Ackendorf, of Williamsville, who served as Buffalo-area general manager for Niagara Mohawk Power Corp., died Sunday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 89. Born in Buffalo, he studied electrical engineering and drafting at Buffalo Technical High School and began his career at Niagara Mohawk as a draftsman in 1942.M…

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Dec. 19, 1953 – Aug. 3, 2013 John F. “Jack” Kennedy, a car salesman known for his devotion to family and his deadpan sense of humor, will be remembered at a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Christopher Catholic Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda. Friends and family are heartbroken that he will not be with them at the church two days la…

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July 30, 1922 – Aug. 4, 2013At age 69, longtime Hamburg resident Wayne W. Whitted walked into the town supervisor’s office to ask how the town could mark the 50th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day. The resulting observance, on Dec. 7, 1991, drew more than 300 residents. Mr. Whitted also drove the Hamburg senior citizens van for many years, long past his 80th birthday.“Wayne …

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Oct. 2, 1916 – Aug. 3, 2013Joseph J. Schoellkopf, a U.S. Army captain who served in World War II and worked for the U.S. Postal Service, died Saturday in hospice care at Mercy Hospital. He was 96.Mr. Schoellkopf grew up in South Buffalo and graduated from South Park High School in 1934. He received a full scholarship to Canisius College but chose instead to take a job at t…

June 15, 1947 - Aug. 2, 2013Lynn A. Zankl, a corrections officer with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and a church pastor, died Friday in his home in Depew after a long illness. He was 66.Mr. Zankl was born in Buffalo and graduated from Depew High School. He served in the Army.He worked for the Sheriff’s Office from 1989 to 2007 and was a lieutenant at Alden Correctional …

Oct. 15, 1920 – July 28, 2013Neal Crescenzo, a longtime plumber at Buffalo General Hospital, died last Sunday in Williamsville Suburban Nursing Home. He was 92.Born in Buffalo, Mr. Crescenzo attended School 50 and, as a young adult, worked at Westinghouse in Cheektowaga.During the 1960s, he worked for a short time at Boeing in California. After returning to Buffalo, he wen…

Sept. 15, 1922 – July 28, 2013Elizabeth Sheffield Webb of East Aurora, an active churchwoman and public relations director at Deaconess Hospital, died Sunday in Aurora Park Nursing Home. She was 90.Mrs. Webb was born in Rochester, where she graduated from local schools. She then attended Mills College in Oakland, Calif., where she studied English and drama. In 1943, she le…

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Aug. 11, 1926 – July 18, 2013Francis J. Offermann Jr., an attorney and son of former Buffalo Bisons owner and Erie County Sheriff Frank J. Offermann, died July 18 while visiting the Chautauqua Institution. He was 86.Born in Buffalo, he attended the Stella Niagara Cadet School. His father owned the Bisons until his death in 1935, and the team’s home on Michigan Avenue was r…

April 29, 1938 – July 29, 2013 Margaret E. Bugaj, who served two terms as president of the New York State AMVETS Auxiliary, died Monday in her Town of Tonawanda home. She was 75.Born in Buffalo, the former Margaret McCrory attended Buffalo schools and worked in facilities support for the City of Buffalo in Memorial Auditorium, Pilot Field and City Hall from 1985 until she …