July 14, 1931 - Aug. 17, 2017
Danny Neaverth's fans must feel like they knew his wife, Marie.
After all, it wasn't uncommon for Neaverth 's wife of 59 years to pop up in conversation with one of his radio co-hosts, often as part of a joke poking fun at one or the other.
Marie Neaverth died Thursday. She was 86.
"She deserves a tribute and a salute," Neaverth said of his wife on Sunday. "She never looked for the spotlight, never sought the spotlight."
The tribute, Neaverth said, is because of Marie's lifelong and selfless dedication to her husband and family.
A native of South Buffalo, the former Marie Seifert married Neaverth nearly six decades ago, but, over the years, avoided the celebrity that came with her husband's stature as a local broadcast icon.
She spent her time raising a family of four boys, and later developed an interest in antiquing and running flea markets.
"She always said, she was happy in just jeans and a sweatshirt," Neaverth said.
He also said his wife, despite a long-term battle with diabetes, always found time for her first passion — her family. Earlier this month, just weeks before her death, she held her first great-grandchild in her arms for the first time.
'That was so important to her, to see the circle of life," Neaverth said.
Despite her preference for privacy, Mrs. Neaverth constantly found herself the subject of chatter on her husband's daily radio shows. Not surprisingly, his listeners came to know her almost as well as they knew him.
Neaverth said he always left the radio station at the end of each day, knowing his wife's smile would greet him at the front door. He says going back to work now will be difficult.
"I'm going to have to be very, very careful, but I'll do it," he said. "I'll do it because she would want me to."
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Neaverth's survivors include four sons, Daniel Jr., David, Darren and Dean; three brothers, Kenneth, James and David Seifert; one sister, Eleanor Yuhasz; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Bernadette's Catholic Church, 5930 S. Abbott Road, Orchard Park, following prayers in the James W. Cannan Funeral Home, 3155 Orchard Park Road, Orchard Park.