March 5, 1943 – Oct. 14, 2016
Sandra Jean Maiwald, a hair stylist, Sunday school teacher and choir singer, died Oct. 14 in Sisters Hospital after suffering a heart attack in her Eggertsville home. She was 73.
Born Sandra Jean Littler in Buffalo, she attended South Park High School and earned an associate degree from Erie Community College.
Mrs. Maiwald worked as…
Sept. 8, 1938 – Oct. 24, 2016
YOUNGSTOWN – Richard “Dick” Lucas, a retired union plumber and longtime member of the Youngstown Zoning Board of Appeals, died Monday after a brief illness. He was 78.
Born in Bellefonte, Pa., he moved to Youngstown with his family in 1946 and lived at first in military housing at Fort Niagara.
After graduating from Lewist…
Sept. 12, 1952 – Oct. 22, 2016
Mary E. Roche, of North Buffalo, a lawyer specializing in estate planning, trusts and estate administration, died Saturday in Select Specialty Hospital, Erie, Pa., after a lengthy illness. She was 64.
Born in Buffalo, the former Mary Engler was the daughter of George Engler, chief clerk of Erie County Surrogate Court and was a gra…
April 4, 1940 – Oct. 18, 2016
Daniel S. Duminuco, of Clarence, who operated a furniture repair business in Snyder for many years, died Oct. 18 in Niagara Hospice, Lockport, after a brief illness. He was 76.
Born in Rome, Italy, he came to Buffalo with his family in 1947. After graduating from Grover Cleveland High School, he served from 1959 to 1965 in the Army sta…
Sept. 26, 1963 - Oct. 14, 2016
Julie M. Marinaccio, of Amherst died Oct. 14 at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital following a long illness. She was 53.
Born in Buffalo, the former Julie Brancato graduated from Lafayette High School. She then attended Erie Community College and D'Youville College, graduating with a bachelor's degree in business.
In 1996, she m…
Jan. 23, 1955 - Oct. 4, 2016
Diane Bohn of Buffalo died suddenly at her home on Oct. 4. She was 61.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., she grew up in Amherst. The former Diane Crean attended Amherst High School and went on to study nursing at D'Youville College earning her registered nursing degree, Bachelor of Science in nursing and her Master of Science.
June 9, 1941 - Oct. 20, 2016
Ursula Cullen Schifferle of Lancaster died Oct. 20 following a long illness. She was 75.
Born in Buffalo, the former Ursula Cullen was a Mount Mercy Academy and Buffalo State College graduate.
Following graduation, she began a long career in teaching. She taught at School 43 for 37 years and in that time served her students a…
May 21, 1944 – Oct. 18, 2016
Retired Army Reserve Maj. Gen. Thomas W. Sabo, of West Seneca, died last Tuesday in Batavia Veterans Affairs Medical Center after a lengthy illness. He was 72.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Cardinal Dougherty High School. In 1966, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Adjutant General’s Corps through the Reserve Of…
Dec. 28, 1936 – Oct. 20, 2016
Ronald R. Spadone, who served as Lackawanna City Council president from 2003 to 2007, died Thursday in Mercy Hospital. He was 79.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Seneca Vocational High School and Erie County Technical Institute. He also served in the Army and was stationed in Germany.
Mr. Spadone had a 41-year career with …
Nov. 29, 1989 – Oct. 18, 2016
Brittany Lyn Kerr, of the Town of Tonawanda, a counselor, teacher and award-winning dancer, died Oct. 18 in Roswell Park Cancer Institute after a short illness. She was 26.
Born in Amherst, she was a graduate of Kenmore West High School. She attended SUNY Fredonia and SUNY Buffalo State, earning a bachelor’s degree in teaching. S…
April 18, 1930 – Oct. 21, 2016
Rose G. Janish, of Amherst, a librarian at Erie Community College’s City Campus, died Thursday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a short illness. She was 86.
Born in Buffalo, one of seven girls, the former Rose Giglia was a 1948 graduate of Lafayette High School.
After raising her children, she graduated magna cum laude…
Sandra C. Hope of Orchard Park, who taught over nearly four decades, died Monday following a short illness. She was 65.
Born Sandra Cipriani in Lackawanna, she attended Frontier Central High School. She received her bachelor's degree from Alfred State College and her master's degree from Canisius College.
She worked as a teacher for nearly 40 years. S…
Feb. 8, 1912 - Oct. 20, 2016
At age 96, Ruth Kahn Stovroff volunteered to take a driving test, after loved ones wondered whether it still was safe for her to drive. But first she had to sign up for written and visual tests.
“You know,” the driving examiner later told her, “you’re the first one over 90 who got to the driving part, and you passed it with fl…
April 30, 1921 - Oct. 11, 2016
James J. McGovern of Buffalo died Tuesday at Buffalo VA Medical Center following a brief illness. He was 95.
Born in Lackawanna, he had fond memories of Monsignor Nelson Baker when he attended Our Lady of Victory Grammar School and High School.
Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor Mr. McGovern left his job at the steel plant and enl…
Aug. 22, 1922 - Sept. 28, 2016
Sr. Brigid Conboy, OSF, a missionary nun, died Sept. 28 in St. Elisabeth Hospital. Semarang, Indonesia. She was 94.
Born in Buffalo, the former Maire Conboy, attended Holy Name Parish School and graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in 1940. She entered the Franciscan community at Stella Niagara, taking her final vows in 1943. She taught…
July 15, 1929 - Oct. 17, 2016
Mary J. Klycek, of Buffalo died Monday in Elderwood at Lancaster, following a short illness. She was 87.
The former Mary J. Wolowiec was born in Batavia, and attended Batavia High School. Following high school she continued her education at Villa Maria College.
She spent 35 years as a kindergarten teacher at Our Lady of Czestochowa i…
March 2, 1930 - Oct. 16, 2016
William J. Collins Jr. of Amherst died Sunday at the Buffalo VA Medical Center. He was 86.
A graduate of Marmion Military Academy in Indiana, he received a bachelor's degree from Butler University.
Mr. Collins joined the military and served in the Air Force, achieving the rank of First Lieutenant.
Following his service he retur…
Sept. 10, 1930 - Oct. 17, 2016
NIAGARA FALLS - Luisa Volpe Colangelo, 86, a pasta and bread maker at the Como Restaurant in Niagara Falls for 55 years, died Monday after a short illness in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston.
She was born in Abruzzi, Italy and came to the United States in the early 1950s. She settled in Niagara Falls with her husband, the late Do…
July 17, 1919 – Oct. 12, 2016
Lawrence T. Wilson Sr., of Eden, retired president of an industrial supply distributing company, died Oct. 12 in the Chautauqua County Home, Dunkirk. He was 97.
Born in Richford, Vt., he earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. In 1943, he enlisted in the Navy and served at th…
Aug. 10, 1931 – Oct. 6, 2016
NORTH TONAWANDA – Richard Allen Norris, a retired editorial artist at The Buffalo News, died Oct. 6 under hospice care in his North Tonawanda home after a battle with cancer. He was 85.
Born in Buffalo, he learned art in classes as a student at North Tonawanda High School and from correspondence courses. He served in the Army Pos…
Albert J. Ermanovics, of Amherst, a longtime associate director of student life at the University at Buffalo, died Oct. 10 in his son’s home in West Seneca after suffering from congestive heart failure. He was 73.
Born in Riga, Latvia, he came to the U.S. with his family as a child and graduated in 1961 from Southside High School in Elmira, where he was a member of …
June 23, 1932 – Oct. 12, 2016
Thomas J. Shanahan, a former Tops Markets executive, died last Wednesday in Sutter Medical Center, Roseville, Calif. He was 84.
Born in Buffalo, he was a 1950 graduate of Canisius High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from Canisius College in 1954. He served in the Marine Corps from 1957 to 1960, attaining the rank of firs…
Dec. 19, 1917 – Oct. 14, 2016
Dr. Harold R. Ortman, a dentist and longtime professor in the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, died Friday under hospice care in Wesley Rehabilitation Center, Getzville, after a short illness. He was 98.
Born in Buffalo, he attended Bennett High School and earned his undergraduate degree from UB before graduating cum la…
April 5, 1941 – Oct. 13, 2016
Elbert Alfred “Cootie” Blanks Jr., active in the community and standout basketball player in his youth, died Thursday in his Buffalo home after an illness. He was 75.
Born in Bessemer, Ala., the fifth of seven children, he came to Buffalo with his family as a child. He attended School 47 and School 87, where he was a member of the …
Jan. 1, 1932 - Oct. 15, 2016
Sister Mary Pauline, a Felician Sister for 68 years, died Saturday in Erie County Medical Center. She was 84.
The former Sophie Pasierb was born in Tarnopol, Poland. As a refugee, she spent time in Pakistan, Iran and Mexico.
She eventually came to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Home for Children, Cheektowaga, then entered the Buffalo P…
May 15, 1926 – Oct. 11, 2016
Louise E. Mayfield, of Buffalo, a restaurant owner and store manager, died Tuesday in the Buffalo Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing. She was 90.
Born in Buffalo, the former Louise Ellington was a graduate of Hutchinson Central High School, where she played clarinet in the band. She attended Bryant & Stratton Business Institute, …
Oct. 19, 1936 – Oct. 4, 2016
Anthony P. “Tony” Marino, of Kenmore, a retired state employee, died Oct. 4 in Buffalo General Medical Center after a short illness. He was 79.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Bennett High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in social welfare from the University at Buffalo. He served in the Navy from 1956 to 1959, where he…
July 17, 1954 – Sept. 28, 2016
Chester J. Kubicki Jr., a deejay and musician known as Chet Kelley, died unexpectedly Sept. 28 in his Cheektowaga home. He was 62.
Born in Buffalo, he studied broadcasting after graduating from Bishop Turner High School in 1972. After receiving his license, he set up a radio station with the call letters WKLS in the basement of his fa…