Aug. 22, 1921 – March 3, 2017
Lee F. Klein, who served as Pendleton town justice for 26 years, died Friday in Odd Fellow and Rebekah Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Lockport. He was 95.
Born in Pendleton, he was a graduate of North Tonawanda High School and served in the Army Air Corps as a ground crewman in World War II, stationed on Saipan.
Oct. 27, 1934 – March 2, 2017
Ramon Mendez, of Lackawanna, a retired steelworker who was a leader in youth sports in Lackawanna for many years, died Thursday in Father Baker Manor, Lackawanna, after a short illness. He was 82.
Born in Lackawanna, he was a graduate of Lackawanna High School. He served in the Army Reserve.
Mr. Mendez began working at Bethlehem Ste…
Feb. 2, 1932 – March 1, 2017
Patricia M. Boreanaz, of Amherst, a retired teacher and museum curator, died Wednesday in Wells Hospice House at Beechwood, Getzville, after a brief illness. She was 85.
Born in Buffalo, the former Patricia Sansone grew up on the city’s West Side and was a graduate of Holy Angels Academy. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Buffalo …
July 3, 1929 – Feb. 23, 2017
Joan R. Faust, of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired bookkeeper and bank teller, died Feb. 23 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. She was 87.
The former Joan R. Beaudrie was born in Buffalo and was a graduate of East High School.
Mrs. Faust was a bookkeeper for Lutheran Services and Carpetland and was a teller for the forme…
July 19, 1952 – Feb. 7, 2017
David K. Kelchin, a tax and financial planner who owned Accounting Solutions Plus in Depew, died Feb. 7 in his Alden home. He was 64.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Kelchin earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in finance from Canisius College. A certified public accountant and financial planner, Mr. Kelchin was a me…
July 19, 1946 – Feb. 26, 2017
Francis V. Pahl, of Pendleton, an advertising executive and owner of an advertising consulting firm, died Sunday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a short illness. He was 70.
Born in Buffalo, he attended St. Agnes School and was a 1964 graduate of Hutchinson Central Technical High School. He earned an associate’s degree from Mo…
July 29, 1958 – Feb. 26, 2017
Thomas Michael Cavaretta, of Lackawanna, retired supervisor of computer operations for the City of Buffalo, died Sunday in Roswell Park Cancer Institute. He was 58.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Bishop Timon High School and earned an associate degree from Erie Community College.
Mr. Cavaretta began working for the City of Bu…
Jan. 12, 1972 – Feb. 20, 2017
Robert J. Carr, of Buffalo, a teacher and basketball referee, died unexpectedly Feb. 20. He was 45.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Bishop Timon High School, where he was a varsity basketball player, and earned a degree in business administration with a minor in finance from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. He studi…
Sept. 27, 1926 – Feb. 23, 2017
John Walter Sturm, of the Town of Tonawanda, who retired as a top scholastic soccer coach in Western New York, died Thursday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a short illness. He was 90.
Born in Buffalo, he was co-valedictorian of his class at Bishop Newman High School. He served in the Marine Corps in World War II, was wounded …
June 4, 1943 – Feb. 22, 2017
Jo Anne G. Jackson, of Clarence, former chief financial officer for Fisher-Price Toys, died Wednesday in Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a short illness. She was 73.
Born in Lindsborg, Kan., where her father was stationed in the Army, the former Jo Anne Gordon grew up in Williamsville and attended Williamsville…
By Adam Bernstein
Joseph A. Wapner, a retired California judge whose flinty-folksy style of resolving disputes on the show “The People’s Court” helped spawn an entire genre of courtroom-based reality television with no-nonsense jurists and often clueless litigants, died Feb. 26 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 97.
A grandson, Gabriel Wapner, confirmed the dea…
Aug. 24, 1927 – Feb. 16, 2017
Alan K. Bruce, who established the first radiation safety program at the University at Buffalo, died last Thursday in his Town of Tonawanda home after a brief illness. He was 89.
Born in Nashua, N.H., he served in the Army after graduating from Nashua High School. Assigned to the 158th Armored Division at Fort Knox, Ky., he was company…
Feb. 15, 1953 – Feb. 21, 2017
Barbara S. Perry, of Hamburg, owner of the Aurora Sewing Center and a leader in the sewing field locally and nationally, died unexpectedly Tuesday in Mercy Hospital. She was 64.
Born in Buffalo, the former Barbara S. Basile grew up in Williamsville and was a graduate of Williamsville South High School.
A seamstress, she was a freque…
July 23, 1938 – Feb. 21, 2017
Arthur L. Haberman Jr., a retired Buffalo business executive who was active in the community, died Tuesday from complications of brain cancer in Beechwood Continuing Care, Getzville. He was 78.
A lifelong Buffalo resident, Mr. Haberman was raised on Millicent Avenue in the Kensington-Bailey neighborhood and was a 1956 graduate …
Sept. 20, 1929 – Feb. 20, 2017
Ellen E. Furmanek, a bridal shop owner, died Monday in her Williamsville home after an illness. She was 87.
Born in Buffalo, the former Ellen Larsen was a graduate of East High School and studied dressmaking at the Vareska School of Design in Buffalo.
Mrs. Furmanek founded the Bridal Chateau in her home in 1975 after her husban…