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Aug. 1, 1921 - Dec. 17, 2017 Raymond A. Hudson, M.D., a longtime Buffalo cardiologist, died Dec. 17 in the Rosa Coplon Facility of the Weinberg Campus after a long illness. He was 96. Dr. Hudson was a Buffalo native who attended the University of Buffalo through full scholarships, and later the US Army for undergraduate and medical training. He graduated from the …

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Aug. 23, 1928 - Dec. 16, 2017 Dr. Joel D. Hittleman, a retired Williamsville dentist who practiced for more than 40 years, died Saturday in Buffalo General Hospital after a brief illness. He was 89. He spent the majority of his career, from 1965 to 1990, working as the Director of Dentistry at the West Seneca Development Center, while also working as a professor of d…

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Dec. 27, 1916 - Oct. 10, 2017 Dr. Thomas A. Lombardo Sr. was entrepreneurial as a young boy, presiding over one of the region's largest paper routes during the Great Depression. During World War II, the Buffalo native was a resourceful young military doctor practicing medicine under rudimentary conditions in the Pacific. After completing his military service, Dr.  Lo…

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July 28, 1944 - Oct. 14, 2017 Mary Ann E. Rooth,  a teacher and artist, died Saturday at her home in Hamburg after a two-year battle with cancer. She was 73. Born Mary Ann Yunkes in Buffalo, she was a graduate of Bishop MacMahon Catholic High School. In 1966, she married Walter L. Rooth, a lawyer, who went on to serve as Hamburg town justice for 34 years. After ra…

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Dec. 23, 1924 – June 18, 2017 Gaza G. Papp of Buffalo had been an infantryman, a bodybuilder, a boxer, a steelworker, a Merchant Marine and a minister in his long life. He died on Father's Day in Elderwood Rehabilitation Facility in Williamsville at age 92. Mr. Papp was born in Tonawanda and went into the Army in 1943. He was part of the D-Day invasion of June 6, 194…

June 23, 1964 – June 10, 2017 If Thomas S. Kozoduj wanted something, he was the kind of guy who would take to the road and go after it. It was what the Orchard Park resident did in 1987, when he decided to leave a job for the love of his life, and again in 1990, when he was determined to be there when the Buffalo Bills faced off against the New York Giants in Super B…

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Nov. 6, 1925 - June 7, 2017 Betty Ritchie was a young, widowed mother of five school-age children when she returned to the workforce full-time in 1965. Impressed by her occasional freelance articles for the newspaper, Buffalo News Editor Murray B. Light hired her as a staff reporter for the features and women's pages in the paper. She went on to win several Americ…

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March 25, 1955 - May 22, 2017 He was a tinkerer, handyman and Mr. Fix-it, all rolled into one. Whether it was a carburetor that needed repairing or kitchen in need of remodeling, Jeffrey Simme of Lancaster could do it. Mr. Simme was a natural problem-solver and just good with his hands, according to his family. Mr. Simme, a longtime code enforcement officer wit…

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Dec. 15, 1958 - May 4, 2017 Regular listeners of the former WEBR 970 AM Radio back in the early 1980s likely remember the mellifluous speaking voice of Ann M. Reynolds Carden. It was well-modulated and honey-toned, with just a hint of the lilt of her native Martinsburg, W. Va. Carden, who later moved from the field of broadcast journalism to public relations before l…

March 13, 1931 - April 29, 2017 John M. Sroka of Cowlesville in Wyoming County, a retired Buffalo firefighter, restaurant owner and real estate salesman, died Saturday in Brothers of Mercy Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Clarence. He was 86. Born in Buffalo, Mr. Sroka was born in Buffalo and graduated from Alden Central High School. He was served in the Army fro…

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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 …

March 16, 1925 - March 11, 2017 Julie A. Kresse, who enjoyed sports and music, and worked in the financial aid office at Rosary Hill College, died March 11 at her home in East Amherst.  She was 91. The former Julie A. Simon was born in Buffalo. She was a 1943 graduate of St. Mary Seminary, and briefly attended D'Youville College before working full time as a medi…

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Jan. 12, 1945 – March 12, 2017 Robert C. Oshei Jr., a retired company president and chief executive officer who led Fibron Products Inc., died on March 12 at his home in Franklinville in Cattaraugus County. He was 72. Born in Buffalo, Mr. Oshei graduated from Hoosac School High School in Hoosick Falls. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics at Hobart College, …

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Willie R. Evans, a star running back on the 1958 University at Buffalo team that rejected a Tangerine Bowl invitation because of segregation rules, has died, a spokesman for UB confirmed Thursday. Mr. Evans, 79, died Wednesday, said John Della Contrada, an associate vice president at UB. Mr. Evans was one of only two African American players on the UB football team w…