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July 8, 1954 - Nov. 8, 2017 Mary Ann Drabczyk told people she never believed in standing on the sidelines. Whether she was volunteering at her church, the United Way, her daughter's school PTA, or investigating workplace discrimination complaints for the federal government, the Amherst woman  threw herself into every project. "She was always on a mission to help …

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Dec. 24, 1946 – Nov. 15, 2017 Sister Mary Vivian, a Felician Sister and a teacher in Catholic elementary and secondary schools, died Wednesday in Blessed Mary Angela Care Center. She was 70. Born in Syracuse, the former Vivian Maczonis graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Syracuse, entered the Buffalo Province of the Felician Sisters in 1969 and professed per…

May 14, 1931 – Oct. 10, 2017 Michael J. Gorman, of Snyder, a retired college professor, died Oct. 10 in Buffalo General Medical Center after a short illness. He was 86. Born in Omaha, Neb., he earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Creighton University. He served in the Army from 1953 to 1955, was stationed in Germany with the 9th Ordnance Battalion and at…

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May 6, 1963 — Nov. 12, 2017 Thomas Joseph Comer Jr., a University of Notre Dame graduate and longtime business executive who was leading the effort to find a new president for his alma mater, St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, died unexpectedly Sunday at his Amherst home. He was 54. Born in Williamsville, Mr. Comer followed in the footsteps of his father, Thomas Jo…

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August 29, 1918 – November 9, 2017 Madeline Gioia Amigone was a "Renaissance woman." She golfed for seven decades, baked "legendary" chocolate cakes and inspired excellence in the special educations students she tutored in her Amherst home. Amigone died of natural causes Nov. 9 at HighPointe on Michigan nursing home. She was 99 years old, the second oldest alumna…

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Jan. 31, 1926 – Nov. 9, 2017 Mary C. Tubridy, a member of the Buffalo Women’s Bowling Hall of Fame, died last Thursday in her Kenmore home after a short illness. She was 91. Born in Buffalo, the fifth of nine children, the former Mary C. Quinn was the daughter of Irish immigrants. She attended Holy Family Elementary School and studied business at Our Lady of Vict…

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December 23, 1935 – November 10, 2017 James Cummings, who earned All-High status as a two-way player on his Grover Cleveland High School football team, died Friday in DeGraff  Memorial Hospital after a year and half battle with prostate cancer. He was 81. A Buffalo native, Cummings interrupted his high school education to join the U.S. Marine Corps in 1953, where…

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September 28, 1921 - November 6, 2017 Frank J. Stryker, 96, of the Town of Tonawanda, died Nov. 6 at his home. He was a World War II veteran who joined the Navy in 1942 and served until 1946. He was an aviation machinist mate, serving with the Lighter-than-Air Naval Blimp station in Tillamook, Ore. Mr. Stryker then worked at American Airlines for more than 30 year…

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Sept. 7, 1941 – Nov. 6, 2017 When Gary Tatu and his wife heard Christian singer John Michael Talbot invoke Jesus’ message to “sell all you have, give it to the poor,” they took that message to heart. The couple sold their comfortable home in Amherst so they could buy the former South Presbyterian Church at 1782 Seneca St., where they co-founded Harvest House…

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April 10, 1925 – Nov. 8, 2017 Edwin G. Egan, an architect who designed firehouses, churches and the Anderson's Frozen Custard stand on Main Street in Williamsville, died Wednesday morning in Veterans Affairs Medical Center after a short illness. He was 92. Mr. Egan was born in Attica and attended Attica High School where he excelled in his French language classes,…

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Feb. 26, 1928 – Nov. 4, 2017 For more than 25 years, whenever George Richard Costanza mentioned who he was, he got attention. The retired construction worker from Amherst shared a name with a character on the TV sitcom, “Seinfeld.” He was pictured in the New York Post in 2015 along with an article about people with the same names as fictional people on televisi…

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Nov. 9, 1939 – Oct. 24, 2017 Patricia A. Sciandra, a former teacher, artist and respected member of the local arts community, died unexpectedly Oct. 24 in her Clarence home. She was 77. The former Patricia Sturm, known as "Pat," was born in Gowanda and graduated from Pine Valley High School. She graduated from what is now SUNY Buffalo State, where she earned a d…

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May 9, 1935 – Nov. 1, 2017 Ronald Parnella, of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired music teacher, died Wednesday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 82. Born in Monessen, Pa., he moved to Niagara Falls in 1947. A 1953 graduate of Niagara Falls High School, he earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Indiana, Pa., University and a master’s degree in music educa…

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Aug. 15, 1922 – Nov. 2, 2017 V. Donald Bergner, a retired Bell Aerospace engineer, died unexpectedly Thursday in his Williamsville home. He was 95. Born in Buffalo, he was an East High School graduate and earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry in three years from Canisius College. At Canisius, Mr. Bergner learned to fly under an Army Air Corps program, and…

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Nov. 19, 1932 – Nov. 3, 2017 Constance Cybulski, a retired postal worker who was active in her East Lovejoy neighborhood, died Friday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. She was 84. Born in Buffalo, the former Constance Yeostros was the youngest of four children and was a 1949 graduate of Kensington High School. Her family operated the Yeostros Chocolates shop on Broa…