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Nov. 1, 1924 – Nov. 30, 2013John P. “Jack” Henrich, of the Town of Tonawanda, the original head golf professional at Elma Meadows Golf Course and nationally renowned for his skills at repairing and refurbishing golf clubs, died Saturday in DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North Tonawanda, after a short illness. He was 89.Mr. Henrich, a Professional Golf Association Hall of Fame …

May 13, 1936 – Nov. 30, 2013Bianca Sirianni, of South Buffalo, who operated a pizza and sandwich shop with her husband, died Saturday in Mercy Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was 77.Born in Colipietro, in Italy’s Abbruzzi region, the former Bianca D’Orazio came to Buffalo in 1955 and raised four sons. She began working in food service at the Ford Motor Co.’s Buffalo …

Feb. 10, 1938 – Nov. 29, 2013Richard A. Lemke, a lifelong Alden resident and construction company owner who was active in Boy Scouting, died Friday in Terrace View Long-Term Care Facility at Erie County Medical Center after a long illness. He was 75.A graduate of Alden High School, Mr. Lemke served in the Army Reserve from 1955 to 1964, and rose to the rank of sergeant. He…

Sep. 24, 1921 – Nov. 29, 2013Robert W. Mols, a conductor and composer who wrote a fight song for the University at Buffalo, died Friday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a short illness. He was 92.A graduate of Fosdick-Masten Park High School, Mr. Mols studied at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, earning a master’s degree and Ph.D.Mr. Mols was a p…

Nov. 13, 1942 – Nov. 28, 2013Ronald A. Carnevale, president of the West Side Business and Taxpayers Association, died Thursday. He was 71.Mr. Carnevale was born and raised on the city’s West Side.He graduated from Lafayette High School and Canisius College. He retired from the City of Buffalo in 2001 after serving as director of water under Mayor James Griffin and director…

May 19, 1970 – Nov. 25, 2013Celia C. Lamb, a reporter for Argus Media in Washington, D.C., and daughter of Barbara Ireland, former Buffalo News editorial page editor, died Monday in her home in Kensington, Md., of breast cancer. She was 43.Born in Cortland, Ms. Lamb grew up in West Seneca and Amherst, attended the Calasanctius School and was a 1987 graduate of Amherst High…

Sept. 22, 1946 – Nov. 24, 2013Carlos C. Reyes, a retired health care administrator, died suddenly last Sunday at his East Amherst home. He was 67.Mr. Reyes was born in West Point and, as a young man, relocated to the San Francisco Bay area. He moved to the Buffalo area in 1973 from Fergus Falls, Minn., where he served in Volunteers in Service to America.He earned a master’…

Feb. 9, 1945 – Nov. 4, 2013 Arthur D. Arent, an educator and audiovisual coordinator at SUNY Buffalo State, died Nov. 4 in Buffalo General Medical Center. He was 68.Mr. Arent, a Buffalo native, graduated from Burgard Vocational High School, where he excelled on the football field.After completing an apprenticeship in printing, he was hired as a master printer at Boncraft I…

Aug. 20, 1926 – Nov. 24, 2013Dr. Constante Firme Sr., a retired Buffalo physician, died Nov. 24 in Upland, Calif. He was 87.Dr. Firme was born in the Philippines. He lived in Buffalo from 1953 to 1960 and was affiliated with Buffalo General Medical Center.He was an officer in the International College of Surgeons, Philippines Section, as well as many other surgery-related …

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April 16, 1922 – Nov. 23, 2013Vincent C. McLean, of Amherst, a World War II Army veteran and teacher in Niagara Falls, died Saturday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 91.Born in Buffalo, Mr. McLean graduated from McKinley High School and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Buffalo State College. He served in the Army from 1943 to 1…

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Oct. 18, 1923 – Nov. 24, 2013Ethel M. Zybczynski, active on the state level in the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Colonial Dames, died Sunday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a short illness. She was 90.Born Ethel Marie Ritchie in Brooklyn, she was a descendant of Richard Crum, who fought with the New York line of the Continental artillery in the Revol…

March 15, 1919 – Nov. 20, 2013Allene C. Knibloe, who was active in community, church and social organizations, died Wednesday in her Buffalo home. She was 94.Born Allene Cushing in Newark, she moved to Buffalo and then to Eggerstville, where she grew up. She graduated from Amherst Central High School and served in the American Red Cross overseas during World War II.Mrs.…

Aug. 25, 1929 – Nov. 19, 2013WHEATFIELD – Chester S. Stachura, Korean War veteran, IBM employee and longtime volunteer firefighter, died Tuesday in Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Buffalo. He was 84.Mr. Stachura was born in Buffalo and lived there until 1964, when he moved to Wheatfield.He served in the Army in the Korean War.Mr. Stachura was a field engineer specialist f…

Dec. 30, 1926 – Nov. 22, 2013William J. Dengler, the founder of a local funeral home and World War II veteran, died Friday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a short illness. He was 86.Mr. Dengler, an Amherst resident, started the Dengler Funeral Home, which was first located on Leroy Avenue in Buffalo. Over the years, the business grew to seven locations throughout the Buffa…

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Aug. 21, 1933 – Nov. 20, 2013Julius V. “Jerry” Jurek, a retired business executive and a 31-year veteran of the Air Force, died Wednesday in Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Buffalo, after a long illness. He was 80.Mr. Jurek was born in Buffalo and moved with his family to Cheektowaga shortly thereafter. He graduated from Our Lady Help of Christians Elementary School and E…