Jan. 24, 1920 – April 10, 2017
Daniel J. Frascella Sr., a big band jazz drummer who played with the Lawrence Welk Show orchestra, died Monday in Sheridan Manor Nursing Home, Town of Tonawanda.
He was 97.
Born in Buffalo, the sixth of seven children, he attended School 1 and Hutchinson Central High School.
Frascella played locally from the 1930s to the 1970s, no…
Aug. 20, 1935 to April 7, 2017
Rosalind Cramer, a popular actress and director who co-founded Theatre of Youth in 1972 and influenced generations of Buffalo performers, died Friday in Sarasota, Fla. She was 81.
The cause was cancer, according to Cramer's longtime friend and Theatre of Youth Artistic Director Meg Quinn.
Cramer, who was born in Hackensack, N.J. and…
Aug. 3, 1929 - April 8, 2017
Leo G. Tringali, foreman for the John W. Cowper Co. and an Army veteran, died Saturday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short illness. He was 87.
Born and raised in Sicily, he moved to Buffalo with his family as a teenager and lived on the West Side until he and his family moved to Clarence in 1989.
Dec. 19, 1925 – April 3, 2017
Martin J. Barrett, of Amherst, a retired Niagara County Community College administrator, died April 3 in DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North Tonawanda. He was 91.
Born in Buffalo, the second of 10 children, he attended Hutchinson Central High School and Lackawanna High School. He served in the Navy during World War II as a fireman first c…
March 30, 1935 – April 9, 2017
Sister Lucille Socciarelli, the teacher who made a lifelong impression on newsman Tim Russert, died Sunday at Mercy Convent in South Buffalo. She was 82.
Russert credited Sister Lucille, his seventh-grade teacher at St. Bonaventure School in West Seneca in 1963, with leading him to a career in journalism by making him the editor of th…
July 23, 1924 - April 2, 2017
Tony G. Anthony, retired vice president for S.M. Flickinger Inc. and a World War II veteran, died April 2 after becoming ill while visiting family in Atlanta. He was 92.
Born in Marblehead, Mass., Mr. Anthony moved to Buffalo with his family as a child. He graduated in 1942 from Technical High School. A Navy veteran of World War …
Feb. 4, 1942 - April 4, 2017
Russell Fiorella of Kenmore, a Buffalo Public Schools truant office and businessman, died Tuesday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a short illness. He was 75.
Born and raised in Buffalo, Rosario Fiorella changed his first name to Russell and also was known as "Roddy," according to family members.
A 1963 graduate of Canisius …
May 16, 1921 – March 20, 2017
Theodore R. Fink, a chemist who worked on the Manhattan Project locally during World War II and helped develop a basic element in Gorilla Glue, died March 20 in the Weinberg Campus, Getzville, after a short illness. He was 95.
Born in Buffalo, he attended Mount St. Joseph Elementary School, graduated from St. Joseph’s Collegiate Inst…
March 23, 1915 – March 30, 2017
Albert Sillato, a professional photographer for more than 50 years, died March 30 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 102.
Born in Rochester, he attended Rochester schools and began his career as a photographer while serving as a petty officer in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II. Stationed in Guam and th…
April 24, 1921 - March 2, 2017
Joseph V. Sciascia, a retired Buffalo police lieutenant and Navy veteran, died March 2 in Palmetto Bay, Fla. He was 95.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Sciascia graduated from McKinley High School and attended the University of Rochester. He was a Navy veteran who fought in the Allied Invasion of Sicily, and received three campaign medals. He als…
Aug. 5, 1946 – March 31, 2017
Wygenia Miles, of Buffalo, a teacher and educational administrator who was active for many years in St. Philip’s Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York, died last Friday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a short illness. She was 70.
Born in Newberry, S.C., the former Wygenia Hailstock came to Buffalo wit…
Dec. 14, 1924 – April 4, 2017
James A. Brown, a retired accountant, boxing historian and track and field coach, died Tuesday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital. He was 92.
Born in Buffalo, he grew up in the Bailey-Kensington neighborhood and was a graduate of Kensington High School.
During World War II, he served in the Seventh Army in a coastal artillery regiment in bat…
Jan. 12, 1923 – March 22, 2017
Sister Mary Dennis, a teacher, administrator and caregiver for children and seniors, died March 22 in the Blessed Mary Angela Care Center, Cheektowaga, after a lengthy illness. She was 94.
A Felician Sister for more than 75 years, the former Helen Buziak was born in Buffalo and was a graduate of Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy.
Oct. 8, 1921 – March 26, 2017
Norma W. Roscover, of Kenmore, a retired nursing home administrator, died March 26 in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a brief illness. She was 95.
Born Norma Wright in Buffalo, she attended School 61 and was a graduate of Bennett High School.
Her husband of 60 years, Raymond A., a retired Buffalo teacher, died in 2003.
April 17, 1943 - March 27, 2017
Mario C. Piccolo, a microwave satellite communications technician whose work took him around the world, died March 27 in Las Vegas, Nev. He was 73.
Mr. Piccolo was born in Buffalo and cultivated a lifelong interest in electronics at Seneca Vocational High School. He later moved to Lancaster with his family.
Mr. Piccolo served in the…