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Area Deaths

Michael A. Balestrieri, 67, of the Town of Tonawanda, corrections officer at Wende Correctional Facility, died April 25.

Joanne (Biggie) Brochu, 79, died April 26.

Marguerite G. (King) Dixon, 70, of Buffalo, died April 23.

Bernadette A. (Curtin) Dorsheimer, of Orchard Park, died April 24.

Paul J. Francoforte Sr., WWII veteran, died April 26.

Robert L. Geitter, of Orchard Park, WWII veteran with the 82nd Airborne Division, died April 24.

Diane M. (Mariano) Hartke, died April 25.

Joan Elaine (Goodchild) MacCallum, 96, of Warsaw, a lieutenant of nurses in the British Army, served in Normandy, Belgium, India, Burma and Malaya, died April 24.

James G. Meiler, of Alden, died April 25.

Mary (Ricupito) Novak, died April 24.

Irene Osmond, 87, of Kenmore, died April 24.

William A. Purks Sr., 76, of Buffalo, attorney in Law Office of William A. Purks, died April 22.

Joseph M. Quinn, 82, of West Seneca, retired state corrections officer, Navy veteran, died April 27.

David J. Rath, Vietnam Army veteran, died April 27.

Otylia A. (Krawczyk) Rypysc, of Cheektowaga and Angola, died April 26.

Jean M. (Costanzo) “Marge” Schwemle, of the Town of Tonawanda, worked for Marine Midland Bank for, 30 years, died April 9.

Martin A. “Bud” Shimmel, 87, of Niagara Falls, April 26.

Sister Rita Peterson, (formerly Sister Mary Martin) 85, of Lockport, a Sister of St. Mary of Namur, died April 27.

Dorothy H. (Hummel) Sobczak, of Lake View, died April 25.

Diane E. (Kelly) Taylor, 66, formerly of Kenmore, died April 15.

Carol A. (Sterbian) Waple, died April 26.

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