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Anne Neville

A native of Albany, Anne Neville has a master's degree in public affairs journalism from Ohio State University, where she was a Kiplinger Fellow. Since 2018, she has been assigned to write obituaries.


Crime

A resident of Military Road near Glor Street told Buffalo police Sunday afternoon that someone removed $16,000 and a safe worth $3,000 from his home overnight. The man said that the thief or thieves entered the home between 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 11:32 a.m. Sunday, probably through an entry door that doesn't lock properly. The victim described the safe as a small st…

Local News

MercyFlight was called to take two occupants of a car to Erie County Medical Center Sunday afternoon after a single-car crash on Eden Evans Center Road in Evans. Eden Evans Center Road was closed for nearly four hours following the crash, which happened between Townline Road and Versailles Plank Road. The road reopened around 7:30 p.m., an Evans emergency dispatcher sai…

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Nov. 11, 1933 — April 19, 2019 In the early 1950s, Mary "Mitzi" Wilhelm graduated from college with a degree in drama and dance. Anxious to make her mark on the stage, she moved to New York City, where she got her foot in the door as a tour guide at Rockefeller Center. But that didn't please her father, Frederick C.S. Wilhelm Sr., a prosperous salesman for Bethlehem …

Obituaries

April 28, 1951 — May 9, 2019 The rainy spring of 2011 broke records. But behind his stand at the Elmwood-Bidwell farmers market, stocked with apples, honey, lilacs and some spring onions, Daniel Nelson Tower was upbeat. He predicted that the rain would taper off and his newly planted fruit trees would thrive. "Farmers always have hope," he told a Buffalo News reporte…

Obituaries

Oct. 14, 1928 — May 4, 2019 In 1996, as her groundbreaking political career was ending, Lynn Millane recalled telling an Amherst Republican leader in the early 1980s that she wanted to run for the Town Board. She told The News that he replied, "We don't have any women on the Town Board," then added, "We don't need any." "That did it," Mrs. Millane said. Mrs. Mi…

Bills

The hard news about Ezra Castro had just started spreading Tuesday morning when Brandon Beane’s phone began to buzz in Orchard Park. He glanced at the number and understood immediately what the call would mean. It was Veronica Borjon, Mr. Castro’s longtime partner. She was calling the Bills general manager to tell him about the death of Mr. Castro, 39, who with his luch…

Bills

Ezra Castro, a Texas native whose lifetime passion for the Buffalo Bills led him to create a costumed superfan persona he called "Pancho Billa" and whose health battles in the past few months had team officials and fellow fans showering him with well-wishes, died Tuesday  in UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas after a long battle with cancer. He was 39. His death w…

Obituaries

April 12, 1941 – April 28, 2019 Justine S. LeFauve was an avid gardener who was active in garden clubs for decades. But when she was raising her three children on Baker Road in Orchard Park, the front yard of the family farmhouse wasn't a garden showplace. It was a soccer field, because her youngest son, Steven, was a soccer player who needed room to practice. "She g…

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Nov. 2, 1971 — April 25, 2019 The sort of selfless gesture that defined her life provided the first inkling of illness for Corinna Parker (West) Walkowiak. In August 2017, Mrs. Walkowiak volunteered for medical tests to find out if she could donate part of her liver to a distant relative. Instead, the tests determined that she had colon cancer. "She was a very giv…

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Nov. 28, 1932 — April 23, 2019 When Jeanne Gueth Healy and her husband, Thomas, were raising their three sons and daughter on Berryman Drive in Snyder, they had more than an open-door policy. They literally had an open door. "We had to have keys made to sell the house" when the couple moved to Tonawanda in 1996, said their daughter, Sheila Coyle. "The door was alw…

Obituaries

May 30, 1930 — April 17, 2019 At the funeral of Aloysius A. Skierczynski, a retired police officer and devout Catholic, the Rev. Czeslaw Krysa of the Church of St. Casimir spoke about the man who had become his friend. "The priest said that as a Marine in Korea and as a police officer, my dad sometimes saw the worst in people, but he was able to keep his faith and hi…

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Nov. 9, 1948 — April 11, 2019 As owner and operator of a construction company, Sharon Mae Clark made her way in a largely male environment. "She was a very strong lady and she got her point across," said her daughter, Sherry Courteau. "She stood her ground with the business. She ran everything, and she knew the business inside out." Outside of work, though, "She w…

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April 27, 1928 — April 18, 2019 Richard "Dick" Fildes worked two jobs to support his seven children and for years was an active volunteer in his church and several organizations. Still, about a year ago, while living in Father Baker Manor, where he had volunteered for many years, he asked his son Gerard a strange question. The two were just sitting together when, …

Obituaries

Oct. 29, 1926 — April 14, 2019 Glenn H. Grundtisch was not a skater, but ice rinks were his life. "I think I saw him on skates once, when I was about 8," said his son Mark Grundtisch, general manager of Holiday Twin Rinks in Cheektowaga, one of two family-owned rinks. "He would help coach, he just never wore skates. He would manage, organize and coach when we were yo…

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Aug. 11, 1924 — April 7, 2019 When she was a girl, Fay Cameron Harter's older sister Frances used to pay her a few cents to make her bed every day. "And then later my mother became a banker, so it all made sense," said her daughter, Lois Slade. During World War II, Fay's high school sweetheart, George P. Harter, who was serving in the Army in the South Pacific, se…