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June 23, 1966 – Dec. 23, 2017 Sheila Marie Sorge, of Wheatfield, a special education teacher, died Saturday in Roswell Park Cancer Institute after a short illness. She was 51. Born in Buffalo, the former Sheila Millich was a 1984 graduate of Orchard Park High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Niagara University and completed a master’s degree in …

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Irv Weinstein, 87, the legendary WKBW-TV anchor who used alliterative expressions like “pistol-packing punks” as the king of local television news in Buffalo for decades, died Tuesday morning in a Irvine, Calif., assisted living residence after a battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS. Weinstein, who retired at age 68 in 1998 after 34 years at the ABC affiliate, announce…

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Aug. 18, 1951 – Nov. 25, 2017 Beth Foels, a teacher, school psychologist and administrator, died unexpectedly Nov. 25 in her Williamsville home. She was 66. Born in Buffalo, the former Beth Siezega attended North Tonawanda schools. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Buffalo State College in 1973 and a master’s degree in elementary education…

June 20, 1955 – Dec. 21, 2017 If you lived around Hamburg, there was a good chance that at some point you ate or worked at Tony's Bayview Drive-In. When children grew up to become adults, they brought their children to enjoy the hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream and other items from the menu. Chances also were good on any visit that you would see Anthony F. Palumbo. Mr…

March 31, 1928 – Dec. 21, 2017 Ray William “Bill” Smith of the Town of Cambria died at his home on December 21, 2017. He was 89. Born in Newfane but he his family moved to Cambria when he four and he he lived there for the next 85 years. He owned and operated his family’s farm for over 60 of those years. A graduate of Lockport High School, he was an avid aviation …

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Sept. 12, 1923 – Dec. 17, 2017 Ulrica A. Mesiah, a retired reading teacher in the Buffalo schools, died Sunday after a short illness. She was 94. Born in Buffalo, the oldest of three children, the former Ulrica Caldwell attended School 17 and was a graduate of Fosdick Masten High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Buffalo State Teachers…

Aug. 3, 1947 - Dec. 17, 2017 Thomas A. Biersbach, a retired Hamburg police officer, died Sunday from lung cancer at Elderwood Nursing Home. He was 70. Mr. Biersbach was born in Buffalo and was a longtime Hamburg resident. He graduated Frontier High School in Hamburg, and served in the Army as a military police sergeant stationed in Germany. After the service, Mr. …

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Aug. 22, 1930 – Dec. 8, 2017 Amelida Ortiz, prominent in Buffalo’s Hispanic community, died Dec. 8 in the hospice unit at Buffalo General Medical Center. She was 87. Born in Limani, Adjuntas, in the mountains of Puerto Rico, the former Amelida Figueroa was the youngest of 14 children. After completing third grade, she went to work as a housekeeper and cook for the lo…

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Aug. 23, 1928 - Dec. 16, 2017 Dr. Joel D. Hittleman, a retired Williamsville dentist who practiced for more than 40 years, died Saturday in Buffalo General Hospital after a brief illness. He was 89. He spent the majority of his career, from 1965 to 1990, working as the Director of Dentistry at the West Seneca Development Center, while also working as a professor of d…

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Sept. 16, 1920 – Dec. 7, 2017 Alfred T. “Oppy” Leous wanted to join the Army to fight in World War II, but his brother-in-law, Dick Willett, who was married to his twin sister, Olive Jean, told him how unhappy he was in the Army and suggested finding another branch of the service. “I went to the Coast Guard, and they said I was too short, which – at 5 feet, 2 inches …

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April 21, 1926 -- Dec. 14, 2017 Grace E. Pentasuglio was known as Gracie Bluebird to friends and family, an affectionate nickname for the woman responsible for the popular confections that came out of her Blue Bird Bakery, as well as her reputation for a sweet demeanor. The former Grace Marinaccio, died Dec. 14 in Autumn View Health Care Facility. She was 91. She …

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March 2, 1930 – Dec. 16, 2017 Raymond N. Battista, a retired concrete construction contractor, died Saturday in his Orchard Park home after a battle with lymphoma. He was 87. Born in Buffalo, the fourth of seven children, he was a graduate of Lafayette High School, where he was a running back on the football team, and served in the Navy, attending submarine school in…

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March 17, 1930 – Dec. 14, 2017 Dr. Milton M. Weiser, of Buffalo, a nationally-known researcher and former chairman of the Gastroenterology Department at Buffalo General Medical Center, died Thursday after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 87. Born in Detroit, the son of impoverished immigrants from eastern Europe, he worked as a factory laborer, an artis…

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May 17, 1947 – Dec. 14, 2017 Leo E. Duliba, a retired Jamestown fire lieutenant and nationally recognized fire historian, died Thursday in UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pa. He was 70. Born in Dunkirk, the youngest of seven boys, he grew up across the street from a fire station. He began to take photos of fires and firefighting equipment by the time he was 13 and became a volun…

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July 19, 1926 – Dec. 17, 2017 Sister Rita Barrett, an elementary grade teacher in Catholic schools, died Sunday in the Sisters of St. Joseph Residence, Clarence. She was 91. Born in Scranton, Pa., she worked at Our Lady of Victory Infant Home before entering the Sisters of St. Joseph in September 1948. She professed her final vows in August 1954 and earned a bachelor…