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Jan. 10, 1943 – Aug. 26, 2013Vincent Illos, a pioneer in professional piano restoration, died Monday at his home in Eggertsville. He was 70.Mr. Illos, who also went by Jim, was born in Buffalo, where he attended Holy Angels Grammar School and Grover Cleveland High School. From 1964 to 1970, he served as a medic in the Army National Guard’s 243rd Medical Unit.He began his c…

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May 30, 1957 – Aug. 23, 2013William P. Keane, of Lake View, who had a 26-year career with the State Police, died unexpectedly Friday in Salt Lake City after suffering a heart attack while taking part in an inspectors competition sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. He was 56.Born in Buffalo, he was a 1975 graduate of Bishop Timon High School and served for …

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Aug. 2, 1926 – Aug. 24, 2013Pasquale “Pat” Tarquini, a pizzeria owner and real estate agent known for his devotion to family, died Saturday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Town of Tonawanda, after a short illness. He was 87.“He was larger than life. He was an unforgettable presence. He was loud, and he was charming,” said his daughter Mary Lou Tarquini de la Plante. “He was the…

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Sept. 20, 1932 – Aug. 23, 2013Dr. John D. Malfa, of Orchard Park, died Friday in Mercy Hospital, where he had practiced internal medicine for many years. He was 80.Born in Auburn, he was a 1954 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and earned his medical degree from Georgetown University in 1958. Dr. Malfa completed his residency at Mercy Hospital and went on to serve a…

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Aug. 20, 1921 – Aug. 24, 2013Florence M. Poley died Saturday at her Amherst home, four days after her 92nd birthday.Born in Forestville, she was one of 13 children. She attended Buffalo public schools and graduated from East High School.Mrs. Poley earned her bachelor’s degree from the University at Buffalo in 1977 at age 56. She was the first teacher’s aide in the Buffalo …

Jan. 29, 1938 – Aug. 23, 2013 Jacob Frederick Schoellkopf V, Marine Corps veteran, civic activist and businessman, died Friday in his Hamburg home after a battle with cancer. He was 75.Born in Buffalo, Mr. Schoellkopf was a member of the Buffalo industrial family that pioneered hydropower at Niagara Falls. He graduated from the Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass., and stu…

Feb. 10, 1929 – Aug. 14, 2013Carl N. Wenger, a retired banker and former commodore of the Buffalo Yacht Club, died Aug. 14 in the state Veterans Home in Batavia after a long illness. He was 84.Born in Buffalo, Mr. Wenger was a 1946 graduate of Bennett High School. He also graduated from the University of Buffalo’s School of Business and earned a master’s degree from the Un…

Dec. 1, 1925 – Aug. 19, 2013Agnes H. Benfanti, a longtime teacher’s aide in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District, died Monday in her East Amherst home after a long illness. She was 87.Born Agnes Hutton in Edinburgh, Scotland, Mrs. Benfanti left home and moved to Toronto by herself at age 16. She spent 10 years there, during which time she took a job as a waitress …

April 28, 1916 – Aug. 22, 2013Nathan Kornmehl, former owner of Kornmehl’s Kosher Meat Market, died Thursday. He was 97.Mr. Kornmehl was born in Cologne, Germany, and moved to Buffalo in 1947. He came to the United States after fleeing Nazi Germany and surviving a harrowing experience in Siberia. Later, at his mother’s urging, he followed a sister to the United States. His …

Nov. 12, 1937 – Aug. 23, 2013Lorraine H. Sole, longtime manager of the D&K Store on Grant Street and the matriarch of a Buffalo family with a long tradition of service to the city, died Friday in the Skilled Nursing Facility of DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North Tonawanda, where she had been a resident for several months. She was 75.She was married to a former Niagara Distr…

Nov. 25, 1942 – Aug. 22, 2013Thomas J. Dolan, a longtime reporter at The Buffalo News known for his investigative skills and tenacity, died Thursday at the Weinberg Campus in Getzville after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 70.Mr. Dolan worked at The News for more than 26 years, starting as a financial reporter and then moving to the city desk and suburban co…

Oct. 18, 1931 – Aug. 14, 2013Carol Meyer Ramsey, managing partner in her family’s Carl Meyer’s Hof restaurant, died Aug. 14 in ElderWood Health Care at Wedgewood, Amherst, surrounded by loved ones. She was 81.Mrs. Ramsey was a granddaughter of Carl Meyer, who opened the German restaurant at 45 Court St. in 1933. She owned and operated the popular downtown restaurant with h…

May 24, 1936 – Aug. 22, 2013Thomas V. Urbanski, a longtime state employee who later set up his own property appraisal firm, died Thursday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short illness. He was 77.Born in Buffalo, he attended Buffalo schools and the University of Buffalo.He served with the New York State Army National Guard from 1952 to 1963, attainin…

May 9, 1935 – Aug. 20, 2013 Sister Carol McTigue, a teacher and principal in diocesan elementary schools, died Tuesday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a long illness. She was 78.Born in Buffalo, the youngest of seven children, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in September 1952 and took her final vows in August 1960. She received a bachelor’s degree in educatio…

Sept. 7, 1927 – Aug. 10, 2013Walter J. Hahn of West Seneca, the former owner of Hamburg TV who was active in the community, died Aug. 10 in Mercy Nursing Facility at OLV, Lackawanna. He was 85. A native of Buffalo, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in October 1945 and served as a radio operator aboard the USS Proteus, a Fulton class submarine tender, based in New London, Conn. …