March 9, 1937 - Dec. 4, 2016
DARIEN CENTER - Richard J. Merta, a retired air traffic controller and Vietnam veteran, died Dec. 4 in Thunderbird Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Glendale, Ariz. He was 79.
A Buffalo native, Mr. Merta lived in Darien Center most of his life. He graduated from Father Baker High School and earned an associate's degree in business a…
By John Noble Wilford
John Glenn, a freckle-faced son of Ohio who was hailed as a national hero and a symbol of the Space Age as the first American to orbit the Earth, then became a national political figure for 24 years in the Senate, died on Thursday in Columbus, Ohio. He was 95.
Ohio State University announced his death.
Glenn had recently been hosp…
Feb. 24, 1931 – Nov. 29, 2016
Angelo D. Lauria, founder and proprietor of Angelo’s Hair Stylist salons in the Buffalo area, died after a short illness Nov. 29 in Stuart, Fla., where he had a winter home. He was 85.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Seneca Vocational High School. He worked for a supermarket for a few years, then attended Roberts Beauty School.…
Sept. 21, 1931 – Dec. 1, 2016
Robert R. Hesse, who spurred the modern revival of Chautauqua Institution during his six-year tenure as president in the late 1970s and early 1980s, died Dec. 1 of complications from cancer. He was 85.
Named Chautauqua’s 14th president in 1977, he brought new vigor to the then-struggling education center and summer resort by improvin…
Nov. 3, 1935 – Dec. 6, 2016
NIAGARA FALLS – Frank P. Scaletta, a teacher and high school coach, died Tuesday under hospice care in his Niagara Falls home after a brief illness. He was 81.
Born in Niagara Falls, he was a 1953 graduate of Niagara Falls High School, where he won numerous awards as a football and baseball player. He attended the University of Buffalo…
Sept. 18, 1922 - Dec. 2, 2016
Leonard Zotara of Cheektowaga died Friday following a short illness. He was 94.
Born in Buffalo and long time East side resident, Mr. Zotara graduated from Emerson High School.
He served as Private First Class in the U.S. Army under General George S. Patton, and worked in Intelligence in the Air Force. Following his service he wor…
March 28, 1932 - Dec. 4, 2016
Sister Mary Jude (Jane Marie) Rindfuss, S.S.M.N., died suddenly at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo on Dec. 4. She was 84.
Born in Buffalo, she attended Kenmore Senior High School.
She entered the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur in August of 1949 and made her perpetual vows in August 1958.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Scien…
July 6, 1941 – Dec. 3, 2016
Richard H. Bradley, a graphic artist whose cartoons enlivened the sports and features pages of The Buffalo News for three decades, died Saturday in Tidewell Hospice, Sarasota, Fla., after a long illness. He was 75.
Born in Goffstown, N.H., he graduated from high school in Syracuse. He earned a bachelor’s degree in art education from …
May 20, 1933 – Dec. 2, 2016
Lowell C. Todd, retired president and owner of a commercial construction company, died unexpectedly Friday in his Town of Tonawanda home. He was 83.
Born in Port Allegany, Pa., he was a graduate of Port Allegany High School and served in the Army during the Korean War in the Military Police at Fort Devens, Mass.
Returning from service…
June 29, 1935 - Nov. 22, 2016
Ronald Raymond Michalski of Holland died Nov. 22 following a long illness. He was 81.
Born on Buffalo’s East Side, he was a graduate of Buffalo Technical High School and the University of Buffalo.
Upon graduation, he was hired by the Army Corps of Engineers’ Buffalo District as a structural draftsman and worked on two locks f…
Dec. 23, 1943 - Nov. 15, 2016
Richard H. Herko of West Seneca died Nov. 15 in Orchard Park following a long illness. He was 72.
Born in Buffalo, he graduated from Hutchinson Central Technical High School and received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from SUNY Buffalo State.
He served and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army following three years of servi…
University at Buffalo professor Victor A. Doyno already was one of the foremost authorities on Mark Twain when he was thrown into the literary world’s spotlight in the 1990s.
That was when the missing first half of Twain’s manuscript for "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was discovered in an attic in Los Angeles. For Doyno, the news was earthshaking.
"My mouth got…
Oct. 19, 1934 - Nov. 25, 2016
John F. Fix, who started with The Buffalo News as a paperboy and retired as a district circulation manager, died Nov. 25 in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a four-month illness. He was 82.
Mr. Fix, a Town of Tonawanda resident, was born in Buffalo, joined what was then The Buffalo Evening News as a paperboy at age 13, the year af…
April, 22, 1926 - Nov. 27, 2016
Donald J. Barnett, a World War II veteran who served as sales and marketing director for the Buffalo Courier-Express employee, died Nov. 27 in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a long illness. He was 90.
A 1944 graduate of Bennett High School, Mr. Barnett enlisted in the Marine Corps, serving through the end of World War II. Aft…