Aug. 22, 1925 - Aug. 22, 2017
Not all of Peggy Gallo's reasons for joining the Navy during the Korean War were typical ones, but join she did, and she ended up making Naval history as part of an all female crew at the Worldwide Fleet's communication operation center.
"She and her girlfriend wanted to do something to support the nation - and they liked the uniforms of…
Oct. 23, 1928 – Aug. 20, 2017
When Joan M. O’Hanrahan started coaching girls in the Town of Tonawanda in the 1950s, she was a pioneer. Virtually all of the girls’ teams were coached by men.
“Most of them didn’t think female athletes could excel at sports,” her daughter Theresa said. “She believed that girls could do anything that boys could.”
Dec. 6, 1933 – Aug. 21, 2017
Robert D. Farrington, of Amherst, who served for 15 years as Erie County’s deputy budget director, died Monday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 83.
Born in Buffalo, he grew up in Kenmore, attended St. Paul’s Elementary School and was a 1951 graduate of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute.
Sept. 26, 1959 – Aug. 22, 2017
Diana Healy Linton, retail advertising manager for The Buffalo News, died Tuesday after a battle with breast cancer. She was 57.
Born Diana L. Healy in Lockport, she was a graduate of Lockport High School. After attending Morrisville State College, she began working as a teller for Lockport Savings Bank, then joined the bank’s marke…
May 12, 1955 – July 21, 2017
Mark S. Gentz, of Hamburg, a facility manager, died July 21 in Roswell Park Cancer Institute after a short battle with liver cancer. He was 62.
Born in Niagara Falls, he was a 1973 graduate of West Seneca East High School and attended Erie Community College and Buffalo State College.
He delivered The Buffalo News as a youth and after…
March 23, 1928 – Aug. 16, 2017
Jan Per Roalsvig, of Clarence, retired associate professor of physics at the University at Buffalo, died last Wednesday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a short illness. He was 89.
Born in Stavanger, Norway, he majored in mathematics, chemistry and physics at University of Oslo and received his bachelor’s degree in 1952.
Feb. 2, 1928 – Aug. 3, 2017
Gerhard Levy had a profound effect on the drugs we take.
In his research with students and colleagues at the University at Buffalo in the 1960s, he looked into how medicines are absorbed into the body, how they are distributed, how their effectiveness fades and how they are eliminated.
Those findings, which have become the guiding pri…
July 14, 1931 - Aug. 17, 2017
Danny Neaverth's fans must feel like they knew his wife, Marie.
After all, it wasn't uncommon for Neaverth 's wife of 59 years to pop up in conversation with one of his radio co-hosts, often as part of a joke poking fun at one or the other.
Marie Neaverth died Thursday. She was 86.
"She deserves a tribute and a salute," Neaverth sa…
By Adam Bernstein
Jerry Lewis, who died Aug. 20 at 91, was a comic actor whose rubber-limbed pratfalls, squeaky voice and pipsqueak buffoonery made him one of the most uncontainable screen clowns of all time.
His partnership with the suave and assured crooner Dean Martin made them a sensation, easily the most popular comedy team of the mid-20th century. After their b…
Dec. 22, 1930 – Aug. 17, 2017
Donald J. Holzman of Amherst, an attorney who wrote extensively on tax law, died Thursday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 86.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Holzman graduated from Amherst High School in 1948 and the University at Buffalo in 1953 with a bachelor's degree in economics.
He served in the Army Count…
Oct. 1, 1943 – Aug. 14, 2017
Joseph G. “Jerry” Critelli, a retired North Tonawanda teacher, died Monday in the Niagara Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Niagara Falls, after a brief illness. He was 73.
Born Joseph Gerald Critelli in Niagara Falls, and a graduate of Niagara Falls High School, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Buffa…
May 25, 1940-August 15, 2017
For 27 years, Tom Phillips watched as history unfolded before his eyes.
He was there for Attica, Love Canal and, years later, the Lackawanna Six.
As a federal court security officer in Buffalo, the former state trooper was a front row observer to some of the region's most important trials.
Mr. Phillips, retired for the past six yea…
July 19, 1949 – Aug. 8, 2017
Diann Zinteck was ready to start a career in the classroom after graduating from SUNY Buffalo State with a bachelor’s degree in art education in the early 1970s, but she could not find the teaching position she wanted locally.
Rather than move out of town, her interest in photography led her into freelance camera work and a job at Car…
Feb. 11, 1927 – Aug. 11, 2017
When Marion LaVigne graduated from high school in 1944, her daughter Michele says, “the choices for women were to be a teacher or a nurse.”
A junior high school and middle school mathematics teacher for 50 years, she firmly believed that every student could master math and inspired some of them to become math teachers.
She died …
Aug. 1, 1943 – Aug. 13, 2017
Judith Grillo, of Cheektowaga, a licensed practical nurse, died Sunday in Sisters Hospital from complications following surgery. She was 74.
Born in Buffalo, the former Judith Ann Phillips graduated from Fosdick Masten High School in 1961 with certification as a licensed practical nurse. She worked as a nurse from the time she gradu…