Sept. 3, 1946 — Sept. 15, 2018
Richard Thomas Nelson Sr., a Marine combat veteran of Vietnam and one-time assistant chief of staff for State Assemblyman Arthur O. Eve, spent his life helping people in Buffalo, especially children.
His life's defining traits were loyalty and dedication to others, said his oldest granddaughter, Ciara Johnson.
"A lot of his friends t…
Nov. 11 1964 – Sept. 16, 2018
Longtime Buffalo Police Lt. Brian S. Strobele came from a family of civil servants.
His father, Joseph W. Strobele, was a Buffalo firefighter but also worked side jobs to support the 10 children he and wife Alice Dudas Strobele had over 20 years and raised in a five-bedroom house on Duerstein Street. As his children grew up, Joseph Strob…
Feb. 5, 1940 — Sept. 12, 2018
Mary Alice Tocke was born to teach.
After graduating from the University at Buffalo in 1961, she followed in the footsteps of her parents, both longtime Buffalo high school teachers. She taught English and physical education in Buffalo middle and high schools, where she worked until 1970.
After marriage and taking a break to raise her…
With temperatures in the 80s and bright sunshine, Sunday felt more like late summer than a day to pick out a pumpkin.
But the heat didn't deter those who turned out for this weekend's opening of the Great Pumpkin Farm attraction in Clarence.
Katy Toth, manager of the pumpkin farm, has worked there since 2000 and said the weather for opening weekend wasn't unusual in …
Feb. 28, 1928 — Sept. 11, 2018
First he got rid of the magazines and the ice cream. Next to go were the cosmetics.
Martin L. Quinn III, a lifelong pharmacist, understood that his business had to specialize to survive the impact of the large chain pharmacies.
So at the Snyder Pharmacy, which he had owned since the mid-1960s, Mr. Quinn changed the focus of the busin…
Aug. 15, 1927 — Sept. 11, 2018
Celia Linder, at age 89, widowed and after a cancer diagnosis, took her entire family on a Caribbean cruise.
The adventure allowed her to enjoy family and travel, two highly valued parts of life for the former travel agent who was a mother of four and grandmother of five. On the cruise, despite limited suitcase space, Mrs. Linder dresse…
Feb. 14, 1949 – Sept. 10, 2018
Professionally and personally, Valerie Rosenhoch was focused on one thing: helping others live healthy lives.
As a local health care executive, she led programs that enabled low-income people to get health care and coverage. She dedicated her volunteer time to similar goals.
Her personal efforts included years of work, with other par…
July 23, 1932 — Sept. 3, 2018
William Thomas O'Connell, the second of three sons of a South Buffalo funeral director, wasn't William or Mr. O'Connell.
To everyone he met, he was "just plain Bill."
"Whenever my father was introduced, if they said 'Mr. O'Connell,' he would say, 'Just plain Bill,' always," said his daughter, Alma Brown. "He was very good in his jobs…
April 29, 1941 — Aug. 25, 2018
When James P. Davis decided to study law at the State University at Buffalo, he faced significant challenges. Not only did he have a full-time job as an administrator at the Educational Opportunity Center in Buffalo, he had a working wife and six children.
But Mr. Davis did so well in his study of the law that a law professor asked him …
Nov. 8, 1937 — Aug. 17, 2018
Dr. Orville T. Beachley Jr., a University at Buffalo chemistry professor, liked to start his first class of the semester with a fresh-cut rose from his wife's Snyder garden and a block of dry ice.
"In the beginning of each semester, he would always do a demonstration to get the students excited about chemistry," said his daughter, Jennife…
Feb. 28, 1965 — Aug. 28, 2018
Few people are immediately identifiable by their initials, but "if you mentioned 'JB' almost anywhere in Buffalo, people knew who you were talking about," said John R. Broderick's longtime companion, Eleanor M. Hudson.
Not only did he have nine siblings, "he had a wide and diverse range of friends that he welcomed into his home and watch…
Jan. 21, 1921 - July 27, 2018
Irving C. Maghran Jr. was wounded twice as he led his troops in the Ardennes and the Battle of the Bulge. Yet when the Army needed a fair-minded officer who could administer the affairs of the occupied city of Mosbach, Germany, they called on the young captain.
That yearlong experience as administrator led Mr. Maghran to the law, a profe…
Jan. 1, 1923 – Aug. 24, 2018
Norman Vincent Salamone owned a waterproofing company, but he found joy in the arts — music, drawing and painting and most of all, film and photography.
Mr. Salamone, 95, died Aug. 24 in the rehab unit at Elderwood at Williamsville, where he had lived for about a month.
He was born Jan. 1, 1923 in Sutera, Sicily, Italy, the second chil…
A rescue puppy that fled its foster family on Friday has been found safe.
Jennifer Mogensen, who is fostering the 9-month-old Maltese-Shih Tzu mix, said the family received a report early Tuesday morning that the mostly black dog had been spotted in a backyard near a Hamburg cemetery. Mogensen's partner, Fred LoFaso, went to the area and put out some food.
A few hour…
Feb. 12, 1925 — Aug. 24, 2018
First Helen Grabowski-Osuch taught herself to sew and tailor clothing.
Then, over 40 years, she taught the rest of Western New York.
She was only 9 when her father, a Polish immigrant and molder in a foundry, died, and she had to cut short her high school education to go to work to help support her mother and younger sister. But she n…