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Dr. Robert C. Gartler, 92, dentist in Amherst for more than 50 years

Jan. 30, 1925 – Oct. 30, 2017

Dr. Robert Charles Gartler, a dentist in Amherst for more than 50 years, died Monday in Wesley Rehabilitation Center, Getzville, after a short illness. He was 92.

Born in Buffalo, he was a 1942 graduate of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, earned his degree from the University of Buffalo Dental School in 1947 and began a practice in Amherst. During the Korean War, he served as a captain in the Army Dental Corps at Fort Lee, Va.

Returning to his practice, Dr. Gartler joined the surgical staff at the former St. Francis Hospital. He volunteered his services at several local nursing homes and was attending dentist for the Sisters of Social Services. He retired in 2002.

He was a past president of the UB Dental Alumni and a member of the St. Apollonia Guild of Catholic Dentists.

An avid skeet shooter, he was recognized for his skills in an international magazine for the sport. He was a member of the Buffalo Trap & Field Club and was a shooting member of the Country Club of Buffalo.

He also enjoyed stamp collecting and gardening and maintained a winter home in Estero, Fla.

His wife of 51 years, the former Edith Cosentino, died in 2001. He was remarried in 2005 to the former Celia Ufnasch.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Pamela Righter and Mary Jo Boardman; two step-daughters, Linda Wood and Carolyn Karl; two grandsons, one step-granddaughter, and three great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Christ the King Catholic Church, 30 Lamarck Drive at Main Street, Snyder.

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