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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 …

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June 26, 1929 – July 30, 2013 William S. Reynolds, a retired Buffalo attorney, died Tuesday at Erie County Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 84. Mr. Reynolds was born in Watertown, where he attended Watertown High and was a star athlete in football, basketball and baseball. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and his law degree from Cornell L…

Nov. 25, 1921 – July 31, 2013Sister Mary Tiburtia Gorecki, FSSJ, who founded and designed the library at Hilbert College and directed it for 28 years, died Wednesday in the Colette Hilbert Care Community, Hamburg. She was 91.Born Irene Gorecki in Baltimore, the youngest of 12 children, she entered the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph as an aspirant in 1…

Nov. 11, 1931 – July 13, 2013Roger D. Gates, of Akron, a retired foreman for National Gypsum, died July 13 in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a short illness. He was 81.Born in Redwood, near Watertown, he served in the Army from 1952 to 1954, was stationed in Germany and attained the rank of corporal.Mr. Gates was board plant foreman for National Gypsum for 26 years in…

Aug. 12, 1915 - July 23, 2013 A memorial service Ruther (Ruth) Lee Crawford, a community leader, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Second Baptist Church, 18 Church St., Lackawanna. Mrs. Crawford died July 23 in Erie County Medical Center after a short illness. She was 97.Born Ruther Lee Pearson in Alexander City, Ala., she relocated with her family to Dayton, Ohio, and then m…

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Sept. 3, 1932 – July 28, 2013LOS ANGELES (AP) – Eileen Brennan, who went from musical comedy on Broadway to wringing laughs out of memorable characters in such films as “Private Benjamin” and “Clue,” has died. She was 80.Brennan’s managers, Jessica Moresco and Al Onorato, said she died Sunday at home in Burbank of bladder cancer.Brennan got her first big role on the New Y…

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July 5, 1927 – July 29, 2013John S. Vecchio, of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired BOCES special education teacher who pioneered work-study programs for his students, died Monday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 86. Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Grover Cleveland High School and served in the Army during World War II.Returning from service, he wo…