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Oct. 27, 1927 – Nov. 2, 2017 Thomas E. Wojtaszek, who founded a political dynasty in both his professional and personal life, died on Thursday under hospice care in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 90. Mr. Wojtaszek and his wife of 64 years, the former Lillian Pope, are parents to 12 children, including those who followed their father's footsteps…

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July 2, 1922 - Sept. 21, 2017 Not only was Dr. Richard H. Adler a prominent and well-regarded surgeon in the Buffalo area for over 30 years, he also was cerebral, musically inclined, a natural athlete and handsome, to boot. As if all that wasn't enough, the founder and director of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Buffalo General Hospital also possessed an im…

Erie County

Johnathan R. "Johnny" Fiebelkorn, a 17-year-old member of the Akron Tigers Central High School wrestling team, was killed on Saturday morning in a crash in Alden just one week before he was to begin his senior year continuing as team captain, the fourth year he would have held the position. His coach since the seventh grade, Danny Klonowski, said Johnny was like a littl…

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Dec. 24, 1929- July 21, 2017 The Rev. Robert Bellingham, a Presbyterian pastor for 50 years, died Friday in his Lewiston home under the care of his family. He was 87. Rev. Bellingham received his schooling in music education at the Hamilton Conservatory and Moody Bible Institute. He received a bachelor's degree in theology at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minn., and hi…

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Dec. 7, 1919 – July 15, 2017 Carlyn M. Sanes was a pilot, a nurse and a speech therapist. She also fought for desegregation of the Buffalo public schools. She died July 15 after a short illness while living with family in Boston. She was 97. The former Carlyn Belasco was born in Philadelphia and raised in Buffalo, where she graduated from Lafayette High School i…

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Sept. 11, 1936 – June 3, 2017 Rabbi Shay E. Mintz, a Jewish educator and spiritual leader in Buffalo for more than 40 years, was an eyewitness to Israel’s independence. Born in Tel Aviv to Jewish immigrants who had come to what was then Palestine in the 1920s, Yeshayahu Eliezer Mintz was 11 when the United Nations voted to divide Palestine into separate Jewish an…

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June 19, 1924 – June 1, 2017 Dr. Winifred G. Mernan wanted to be something more than a stay-at-home mother. In an era of limited career opportunities for women, she took a radical step and enrolled in the University of Buffalo in the late 1940s. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa honor society, earned a bachelor’s degree in 1951 and went on to study in the UB Scho…

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Nov. 8, 1928 – June 7, 2017 Krystyna (Christine) Nieduzak was forced to leave Poland in 1939 at the start of World War II, survived a Soviet labor camp in Siberia and went to a refugee resettlement camp  in Africa, but she always carried her native land and its traditions with her. Ever since she arrived in Buffalo a dozen years later, she was especially active in…

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May 29, 1931 – June 7, 2017 Vitalia Medrano De la O, who was employed in a variety of jobs in her native Costa Rica, died unexpectedly Wednesday in her North Tonawanda home. She was 86. Born in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, to French and Greek immigrant parents, she was married to Juan Solorzano in 1951 and was the mother of 11 children. She worked as a nurse, midwife…

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Nov. 17, 1951 – June 6, 2017 James P. Kern, an excavation and landscaping company owner, died Tuesday in his Orchard Park home after a 16-month battle with bladder cancer. He was 65. Born in Lackawanna, he attended Orchard Park High School and worked as a mechanic and welder. In 1985, he founded Kern Construction, which specialized in excavations for drain tile …

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April 11, 1975 – June 2, 2017 Amy Young Maxwell read a series of articles in The Buffalo News in 2004 entitled “The Incredible Shrinking City” and decided to do something about it. With others, she was a founder of the grassroots organization, Revitalize Buffalo, aiming to build what she called “a smarter and cooler Buffalo.” She served for four years as it…

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Sept. 11, 1925 – May 30, 2017 Jane C. Wrobel, of Buffalo, former co-owner and operator of a hobby shop in Black Rock, died Tuesday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital. She was 91. Born in Buffalo, the sixth of 12 children, the former Jane Mazur attended Assumption Elementary School and worked at the former Gates Laundry. Mrs. Wrobel joined her husband, Edward J., in opera…

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Jan. 3, 1920 – May 26, 2017 Phyllis J. Shapiro, an avid crafter who turned her hobby into a career as manager of fabric and craft stores, died last Friday in Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Clarence. She was 97. Born in Buffalo, the former Phyllis Siegel was a 1938 graduate of Lafayette High School and earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from…

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April 18, 1957 – May 28, 2017 Winning was an important thing for Timothy W. Dyrek, of Kenmore, who coached several championship parochial high school basketball teams during a career of more than 30 years, but it wasn’t the only thing. In addition to skills on the court, he emphasized the importance of sportsmanship and good character. His motto, repeated on h…