March 11, 1950 – March 24, 2016
John S. “Jace” Totaro, a self-employed stained-glass artist whose work appears in churches, restaurants and other buildings throughout the area, died on March 24 at his home in Buffalo. He was 66.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Amherst High School and attended the University at Buffalo for two years.
Mr. Totaro had practiced his artistry in the Buffalo area since 1977. Examples of his stained-glass work appear in the windows at the Towne Restaurant in the city’s Allentown neighborhood; the North Park Theatre on Hertel Avenue; the Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Annunciation on West Utica Street; the Saturn Club and the Red Cross Building, both on Delaware Avenue; and at the Darwin D. Martin House. Mr. Totaro’s stained-glass work also appears in several churches throughout Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Lewiston.
He is survived by his wife, the former Bonnie Brassel; two sons, Jacen L. and Jonathan R.; a daughter, Julie L. Swiderski; his mother, Jacqueline; three brothers, George, William and Carl; and a sister, Angela.
A memorial service was held Thursday in Lombardo Funeral Home, 885 Niagara Falls Blvd.