A Mass of Christian Burial for Warren J. Neyerlin, a retired educator, was offered today in St. Amelia Catholic Church, Town of Tonawanda, after prayers in D. Lawrence Giannane Funeral Home, Kenmore. Burial was in Acacia Park Cemetery, Pendleton.
Mr. Neyerlin died Monday in his Town of Tonawanda home after a brief illness. He was 87.
Born in Niagara Falls, he was a 1936 graduate of Niagara Falls High School. An Army veteran of World War II, he served with Company C, 39th Infantry, in the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater.
He earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts in 1949 from Ithaca College, where he majored in broadcasting and worked at WICR radio in Ithaca. He then earned a master's degree in education from Buffalo State College.
Mr. Neyerlin taught English, social studies and theater in the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School District, outside Albany. He went to work as a speech therapist in the Niagara Falls School District in the 1950s and retired from there in 1978.
He also worked briefly as a radio broadcaster in Niagara Falls.
Mr. Neyerlin was a member of the Old-Time Radio Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans. He was a volunteer for Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels and was a parishioner of St. Amelia Church, where he served as an usher at the 7 a.m. Mass.
He enjoyed golfing, bowling, bridge and reading.
His wife, Carolyn Francis Neyerlin, died in 2000.
Survivors include two daughters, Kathleen Colletti of Woodstock and Amy L. of Columbus, Ohio, and two brothers, Howard of Tucson, Ariz., and Wallace of Niagara Falls.