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Oct. 4, 1952 – May 7, 2018 Francine E. Modica, of the Town of Tonawanda, an attorney specializing in matrimonial and family law, died May 7 in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. She was 65. Born in Brooklyn, the second of three sisters, she grew up on Long Island and was a 1971 graduate of Sewanhaka High School in Floral Park. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Buf…

May 13, 1928 – May 15, 2018 Eleanor Bennett Brayer, who had a long and varied career as a designer, teacher and Medicaid fraud investigator, died Tuesday in Sisters Hospital after a brief illness. She was 90. An Auburn native, Mrs. Brayer was the daughter of steel executive and inventor Charles A. Bennett. She was the 1946 salutatorian at Auburn’s East High School an…

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March 20, 1926 – May 10, 2018 Genia Las, a child prodigy from Buffalo’s East Side who rose to acclaim as a mezzo soprano in the great opera houses of Europe, died May 10 in Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a brief illness. She was 92. Born Genia Jakubczak, her parents owned a bakery on Sycamore Street and had a baked goods stall in the Broadw…

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Nov. 4, 1920 – Jan. 1, 2018 A Funeral Mass for John J. Thomas, a North Collins native who became one of Florida’s largest vegetable growers, will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 19, in Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 2017 Halley Road, North Collins. He died Jan. 1 in his home in Boca Raton, Fla. He was 97. He was one of eight children in a farming family. When he…

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July 27, 1963 – May 14, 2018 Jack Robbins decided to change careers after talking with his sister-in-law, an occupational therapist. He took a lesser position at Sealing Devices Inc. in Lancaster, where he had been a production planner and inside sales supervisor, so he could pursue a master’s degree in occupational therapy at D’Youville College. “He wanted to wor…

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March 25, 1975 - May 13, 2018 Eric D. Przykuta texted his sister-in-law on Saturday to see what he could bring to the family dinner on Mother's Day. He planned on fishing Saturday night with some friends and Przykuta wanted to make sure his family had everything it needed for dinner. "He had it all ready – Mother's Day cards, flowers," recalled Jennifer Przykuta. "Th…

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Dec. 30, 1924 – May 11, 2018 Warren R. Miller Sr., founder of Miller Collision and Auto in Lackawanna, died last Saturday in his Lackawanna home after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 93. Born in Allentown, Pa., he came to the Buffalo area in 1930 and served in the Navy in World War II as a seaman first class aboard the USS Wasp in the Pacific. While overseas…

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May 28, 1935 – May 13, 2018 Dr. Jerome V. Jakubiak, of Elma, an internist, died Monday in Harris Hill Rehabilitation Center. He was 82. Born in Buffalo, he was a 1953 graduate of Canisius High School and a 1957 graduate of Canisius College. He completed medical school at Georgetown University in 1961. He served in the Navy as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Nav…

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May 1, 1949 - May 12, 2018 Timothy J. Bohen, who rose from letter carrier to the top ranks of the U.S. Postal Service, died Saturday in Erie County Medical Center after a long illness. He was 69. A South Buffalo native, Mr. Bohen graduated from Canisius High School and Canisius College, and earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University at Bu…

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By DEIRDRE CARMODY and WILLIAM GRIMES Tom Wolfe, an innovative journalist and novelist whose Technicolor, wildly punctuated prose brought to life the worlds of California surfers, car customizers, astronauts and Manhattan’s moneyed status-seekers in works like “The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby,” “The Right Stuff” and “Bonfire of the Vanities,” died Mond…

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Aug. 19, 1920 – May 13, 2018 When H. David Myers began teaching in 1948 at Sidway Elementary School, he was the Grand Island School District’s first physical education instructor and its first male faculty member. Before he retired 35 years later, he had developed athletic programs for all of the Grand Island schools, given the Grand Island teams their name – the Vik…

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By Rachel DeSantis Margot Kidder, who starred as the Lois Lane to Christopher Reeve’s Clark Kent in four “Superman” films in the late '70s and '80s, died Sunday at her home in Montana. She was 69. The actress’s cause of death is unknown, and TMZ reports she is survived by one daughter. Kidder, who reprised her role as Lane in three “Superman” sequels in addition t…

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May 7, 1923 – May 5, 2018 George W. Phillips, of Amherst, a retired service representative for a measuring instrument company, died May 5 in his home in Canterbury Woods, Amherst, two days before his 95th birthday. Born in Germantown, Pa., he was a 1942 graduate of Wyoming Seminary, a college preparatory high school in Kingston, Pa., and later studied at the Universi…

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Sept. 11, 1933 – May 3, 2018 Marcia B. “Marcy” Brett, who became an accountant after starting a career as a dress designer, died May 3 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short illness. She was 84. Born Marcia Barmon in Philadelphia, she grew up in Buffalo. Her father owned a dress manufacturing business on Broadway. “That’s where she learned h…

Feb. 17, 1927 – April 30, 2018 Buffalo firefighter Lou Hammerl was looking for a second job to earn extra money for his growing family in 1960 when he bought a truck. Mounted on the back of it was a Whip Ride, which ran small cars along a track and thrilled passengers with sharp turns around corners. Kids loved it. Wherever he went, they lined up for a spin with Mr. …