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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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, …
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…
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…
April 2, 1932 — April 6, 2019
As a child, Patricia Bartkowski read the book "Our World of Color and Sound" dozens of times before she realized something unusual about it.
It had her mother's name on the cover.
That was just the first of Renee Bartkowski's seven children's books to be published by Rand McNally and Little Golden Books in the 1970s. Later, Mrs. Bartk…
Nov. 14, 1929 — March 31, 2019
Loraine L. Wallmeyer was a longtime registered nurse and also the mother of six children.
"She did it all," said one of her daughters, Laura Dierken.
Mrs. Wallmeyer died on March 31, 2019, in the Weinberg Garden House in Getzville after a short illness.
"It was important to her to get her degree in nursing, get her education first…
Nov. 16, 1929 – March 29, 2019
Sister Elizabeth Kovacs entered the Society of Sisters of Social Service while she was imprisoned in her native Hungary for illegal religious activities.
As she later told the story in her biography, before being arrested in December 1955 for giving religious instruction, she had asked the leaders of the order to be accepted as a novice…
Jan. 22, 1927 — March 30, 2019
As a young man, Michael Christopher Angrisano lived on South Division Street near Hamburg Street. Fifty-three years later, as a battalion chief in the Buffalo Fire Department, he would help direct operations at the most deadly incident in the history of the department, just a few minutes from his former home.
The propane leak that level…
June 18, 1957 – March 31, 2019
In the final minutes of his life, the family of Arthur A. Glick opened and shared one of his most treasured bottles, a 2001 Chateau Lafite Rothschild.
His daughter Emily brought the wine from the wine cellar he designed a dozen years ago in his North Buffalo home. His daughter used a sponge to wet his lips with the wine, and his friend …
Olympic curlers in their flashy pants make it look so easy, with their poised glides down the ice behind the polished granite rock and their energetic scrubbing that steers the rock toward the target.
But almost every novice's first try Sunday at the Buffalo Curling Club's event was noticeably different – awkward, with a few even sprawled out full-length on the ice.