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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…

Aug. 29, 1919 – April 12, 2017 Eugene Joseph Pratt, of Tarpon Springs, Fla., a retired executive with Niagara Share Corp., died April 12 in North Pinellas Care Center, Palm Harbor, Fla. He was 97. Born in Buffalo, he attended Canisius High School and helped organize baseball and hockey leagues in Schiller Park on the city’s East Side. He enlisted in the Army i…

Oct. 30, 1928 – April 22, 2017 Paul S. Guinn Jr., of Marilla, a respected European historian and associate professor emeritus at the University at Buffalo, died Saturday in Mercy Hospital after a long illness. He was 88. Born in the Hague, Netherlands, while his father was serving as a commercial attache to the U.S. Consulate, he and his family moved frequently wh…

September 10, 1916 - April 20, 2017 Harry W. Lacey, a retired hospital account manager, died on Thursday in his Alden home after a short illness, he was 100. Born in South Dayton, Mr. Lacey graduated from East High School in 1934 and studied at the University of Buffalo. He worked for the Ralston Purina Co. for 34 years, starting as an office boy and rising through the …

Nov. 9, 1948 – April 11, 2017 The Rev. Jack E. Bacon of Angola died April 11 after in Mercy Hospital after a lengthy illnesss. He was 68. In a ministerial career that spanned 22 years, Mr. Bacon served United Church of Christ congregations, including St. Paul’s in Alden, First Congregational in Niagara Falls, Trinity in Gowanda and First Congregational in Angola …

Nov. 2, 1928  -  April 22, 2017 Robert F. Utz, a  Marine Corps veteran and retired FBI agent, died in his Grand Island home Saturday after a brief illness. He was 88. A Kenmore native and graduate of Kenmore High School, Mr. Utz enlisted in the Marines in 1946, after the end of World War II. Afterward, he earned a bachelor's degree in history from Colgate Univers…

April 11, 1939 - April 18, 2017 David Foster, co-owner and operator of Foster's Lounge and Johnnie's Golden Gloves, died Tuesday in his Amherst home after a long illness. He was 78. One of 12 children, Mr. Foster was born in Birmingham, Ala., where he joined Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church as a young child and continued to support the church his entire life. He…

Dec. 21, 1939 – April 16, 2017 Emily R. “Lee” Oprea, a champion of architectural and environmental preservation, died Easter Sunday in her home in Sardinia after a short battle with cancer. She was 77. One of the founders of the Western New York Land Conservancy in the early 1990s, she was a prominent opponent of the Chaffee landfill and nuclear waste storage a…

June 27, 1935 – April 20, 2017 Doug Smith, the colorful Buffalo newspaper editor, sportswriter, humorist and TV personality, died Thursday at his home in Cortland after a brief illness. He was 81. Known best as “The Cheap Gourmet” and “The Fun Ranger” in his reviews and features on WIVB-TV, Channel 4, in the 1980s and 1990s, he became a journalist through h…

Jan. 18, 1935 – April 8, 2017 Richard Anthony Boccio, an attorney who was chief public defender for the Erie County Legal Aid Bureau for 20 years, died April 8 in Beechwood Continuing Care, Getzville, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 82. Born in Buffalo, he attended School 6 and graduated with honors from St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, w…

The Rev. David J. Peter, a Catholic priest, died Monday in Brothers of Mercy Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Clarence. He was 76. Born in Buffalo, he attended the Diocean Preparatory Seminary in Buffalo, both for high school and college. He also attended Our Lady of Angels Seminary at Niagara University and St. John Vianney Seminary in East Aurora. Father Peter …

Aug. 6, 1927 – April 13, 2017 Louisiana T. Hilliard, first lady of Humboldt Parkway Baptist Church for 45 years, died last Thursday under hospice care in her Buffalo home after a year’s illness. She was 89. Born in Anniston, Ala., the former Louisiana Thomas was the oldest of 12 children. She moved to Buffalo in 1946 with a high school friend and two years later …

Nov. 14, 1921 – April 14, 2017 Washington Bennett III, a master electrician and owner of Bennett Electrical Contractors Corp., died Friday in his Buffalo home. He was 95. Born in Ocala, Fla., he came to New York with his parents as a child, graduated from Mount Kisco High School and attended Tuskegee Institute in Alabama and Prairie View State Normal and Industrial…