March 13, 1931 - April 29, 2017
John M. Sroka of Cowlesville in Wyoming County, a retired Buffalo firefighter, restaurant owner and real estate salesman, died Saturday in Brothers of Mercy Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Clarence. He was 86.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Sroka was born in Buffalo and graduated from Alden Central High School. He was served in the Army fro…
August 7, 1937 - April 21, 2017
Lucy Hylton Fogan of Lancaster, died April 21 following a long illness. She was 79.
Born in Martinsville, VA, she attended George Washington Carver High School in Fieldale, VA.
Mrs. Fogan moved to Buffalo in 1961 and soon took a job with New York Telephone. She remained employed there until retirement. While there, she received a …
Sept. 26, 1941 – April 24, 2017
Barbara J. Lewis, of Amherst, a retired bank employee and active churchwoman, died last Monday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a lengthy illness. She was 75.
Born in Lackawanna, she moved to Buffalo with her family as a child, attended School 74 and graduated in 1959 from Bennett High School.
The mother of six, Mrs. Lewis w…
Dr. Louis Lazar stamped his own personal style on his family practice office on Peoria Street in the city’s Black Rock-Riverside area for nearly six decades.
Patients never made appointments. They were treated on a first-come, first-served basis, after walking up half a flight of stairs, taking a deli-like number and sitting in a waiting room with couches and chairs. …
Jan. 23, 1934 - April 27, 2017
As a child, Sophie Dobosiewicz experienced firsthand the horrors of war when Russian troops forced her father and older siblings from Poland and into work camps in Siberia. She would never see him or most of her seven older siblings again.
Mrs. Dobosiewicz, who died Thursday at the age of 83 in her Depew home, was born Sophie Wilk in Ja…
Friends of Gregory T. Miller this weekend are recalling the president of the Erie County Bar Association as a man who recognized the special requirements of his profession.
“Being a lawyer alters your world view and perspective on matters big and small,” he once said, “because of the degree of responsibility that you have to others.”
Miller, an Orchard Park r…
June 6, 1922 – April 17, 2017
Estella E. Schoenberg, a noted English literature scholar and professor emerita at SUNY Buffalo State, died April 17 in Williamsville Suburban Nursing Home. She was 94.
Born in Louisville, Ky., the former Estella Irvine earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Transylvania College in Kentucky, a master’s degree from Co…
March 25, 1930 – April 26, 2017
The Rev. Raymond F. Uschold, retired pastor of Catholic churches in Allegany and Cattaraugus counties, died Wednesday in Elderwood Skilled Nursing, Amherst. He was 87.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Buffalo Technical High School and St. Paul’s College in Washington, D.C.
He served in the Air Force, attaining the rank of a…
April 26, 1940 – April 25, 2017
Stephen Liberti, of North Buffalo, a factory worker and businessman, died Tuesday in Erie County Medical Center from injuries suffered in an auto accident four days earlier. He would have been 77 on Wednesday.
Born in Buffalo, he was a 1958 graduate of Grover Cleveland High School and attended Medaille College.
Mr. Liberti began his…
September 24, 1933 - April 25, 2017
Dr. Ronald Elmer Batt, an internationally recognized physician, clinical researcher, and medical historian, died in his of Lancaster home Tuesday evening after a brief illness. He was 83.
Dr. Batt was clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine.
Born in Buffalo, Dr. Batt atten…
June 9, 1918 – April 23, 2017
Nelson C. “Gabby” Cronin, of Alden, one of the longest-serving volunteer firefighters in Western New York, died Sunday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short illness. He was 98.
Born in Buffalo, one of seven children, he spent part of his boyhood in the historic Stone Farm House at 60 Hedley Place in the Haml…
Nov. 2, 1927 – April 22, 2017
The Rev. Sister Rita J. Dugger, an Episcopal nun, teacher and minister for the deaf, died last Saturday in St. Catherine Laboure Health Care Center at Sisters Hospital. She was 89.
Born in Buffalo, the fourth of seven children, the former Rita Jacqueline Carney grew up on the West Side.
Hearing impaired as a young woman, she learned…
July 11, 1991 – April 18, 2017
A Mass of Christian Burial for Whitney Jade Washuta, of Youngstown, who helped foreign students improve their command of English, will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 620 Center St., Lewiston.
Ms. Washuta died April 18 after she was shot by her former boyfriend while walking her dog near her condomi…
March 8, 1924 – Dec. 15, 2016
Graveside services for Edna L. Everson, former executive director of the Girl Scout Council of Buffalo and Erie County, will be held Saturday in Memory Gardens, 983 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Colonie.
She died Dec. 15 under hospice care in Courtyard at Mount Tabor, a retirement community in Portland, Ore. She was 92.
Born Edna Lawson i…
Sept. 1, 1935 – April 25, 2017
Matthew J. Pronko, of Orchard Park, retired national advertising director for The Buffalo News, died Tuesday in Mercy Hospital after a short illness. He was 81.
Born in Buffalo, he was a 1953 graduate of Buffalo Technical High School, where he studied advertising arts and production.
After high school, he worked for Pirmacs Distrib…