Dec. 27, 1944 — March 10, 2019
His family agreed that Nicholas C. Costantino went into the practice of law because his parents gave their children a choice: "Education or education."
Mr. Costantino cherished the one he got at Bennett High School, wearing the school's logo in his lapel as a symbol of what he had learned there, which his family described as "hard work,…
Jan. 27, 1938 — March 6, 2019
Hundreds of thousands of people square dance. But few people become callers, whose individualized, rhythmic patter directs the dancers into their choreographed moves.
When Lawrence F. Dunn was first invited to a YMCA square dance as a young man, he "wanted no part of it," said his longtime companion, Arlene Nowak. Yet he went on to beco…
July 19, 1931 — March 8, 2019
As a cancer research scientist at Roswell Park, John Clifton Wallace was focused and serious.
But on vacation, particularly while spending summers with his family in a friend's cabin at Windmill Point, he had an impish side.
He once filled a laundry bag with helium, attached lighted candles and pie plates, and launched it over Lake Er…
Oct. 31, 1938 — March 6, 2019
Oral health was traditionally seen as involving only the mouth. But the possibility of a link between gum disease and overall health fascinated Dr. Robert Genco.
From the time he began his research in the late 1960s, his daughters said, he focused on how oral health was linked with other ailments. In his career of more than 50 years, he …
Sept. 25, 1964 — March 1, 2019
Bernadette "Berni" Hoppe was a lifelong activist. So it was no surprise that four years after she was diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer, she traveled to Albany to testify before the State Assembly Health Committee in support of the Medical Aid in Dying Act.
In her testimony on April 23, 2018, Ms. Hoppe told the committee how much she had to…
March 24, 1932 — March 3, 2019
Racing ran in the family of Theodore Reidpath "Ted" Sullivan.
When he started running in his 30s, Mr. Sullivan was following in the footsteps of his mother's brother, Charles Reidpath, who won two gold medals in the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm in the 400 meter race and as the anchor of the 400-meter relay.
Mr. Sullivan traveled far an…
May 27, 1969 — Feb. 26, 2019
Kelly Partis' brothers and father were avid golfers, and she had dabbled a bit, but she had no real interest in the game.
Then, on her birthday five years ago, her companion, David Mondry Jr., took Ms. Partis and her daughter Miranda to a sporting goods store for some golf clothing and equipment.
"Kelly got a new set of clubs, and I sa…
July 12, 1920 — Feb. 23, 2019
When Olga "Ollie" Fachko took one of her frequent flights to Las Vegas, she liked to make the journey interesting for her fellow passengers.
She would collect a dollar from each one, writing on each bill the exact time the passenger predicted the the wheels would touch down. When the plane landed, the person who picked the correct time w…
March 21, 1950 — Feb. 25, 2019
Dr. Kevin B. Kulick, a dermatologist in private practice and with Buffalo Medical Group for decades, was an active and dedicated leaders of local Jewish organizations.
"He did a great deal as a community leader for the Jewish community here in Buffalo," said his wife of nearly 45 years, Rise Kulick.
He was also a devoted husband, fat…
Aug. 15, 1924 – Feb. 13, 2019
When newlywed Anne Kinney Offermann was interviewed for a job managing speech pathology programs throughout Baltimore County, Md., the interviewer asked if she could drive.
She replied, "Of course."
She got the job. Then, said her daughter Barbara Offermann Townsend, "She went home and said to my father, 'I've got to learn to drive th…
May 20, 1936 — Feb. 19, 2019
Claudia Tripi was the daughter of a laborer from an immigrant family. She left high school to work, but under her guidance, all three of her children earned advanced degrees, and one became an Erie County Family Court judge.
Throughout her life, Mrs. Tripi also pursued her own goals, said her daughter, Judge Deanne M. Tripi. She earned he…
Oct. 4, 1985 — Feb. 18, 2009
Ryan Kania's sister, Ami Jiang, was a few months pregnant when Mrs. Kania learned that her cervical cancer had returned in an aggressive form. But she was determined to see the newest addition to her large, close-knit family.
Jett Ryan Jiang was born Feb. 11. True to her word, his Aunt Ryan was able to welcome him into the world.
April 28, 1941 – Feb. 18, 2019
John J. Dempsey wasn't just the life of the party; he was the center of a large circle of family and friends that could include anyone he met.
"His friends would say that when he walked into a restaurant, he would end up meeting every person in that restaurant on the way to his table before he ever sat down," said Kevin Dempsey, one of …
July 28, 1940 — Feb. 11, 2019
James A. Wojcik was "Dr. Wojcik" to the patients he helped for 30 years as a psychologist at the Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center and to the students in his psychology classes at Canisius College.
But as a monk in the Benedictine community, he was known as Brother Peter.
In both roles, he comforted, encouraged and assisted peop…
May 2, 1940 — Feb. 13, 2019
Dolores H. Zakroczemski was devoted to her family, teaching and encouraging her six children and grounding them in a strong Catholic faith.
Her love and concern extended far beyond her home – to neighbors, friends and children in St. Agnes School in Lovejoy, where she worked as a teachers' aide and was known to students as Mrs. Zak.