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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 woman who met another person while she was unloading laundry from her car on Bryant Street at about 5:30 a.m. Saturday wound up losing her 2015 Hyundai Elantra when the person drove away and left her standing in the street, she told police. The woman said the two decided "to hang out" after the early morning encounter, and she allowed the person to drive her car befor…

Crime

Police — the real ones — encountered a man dressed in a police uniform, including a vest, a body camera and a fake gun on Bailey Avenue Saturday afternoon. He wound up in handcuffs. Police said Lemont A. Hughes, 48, of Olympic Avenue, was wearing a combination police and federal agent uniform and vest while walking on Bailey near Arden Avenue when police spotted him …

Crime

A 38-year-old man said that he was severely beaten and robbed by two men when he approached a silver minivan "to say hi" to the front-seat passenger, whom he knows as "Jay." The victim said he approached the silver minivan on Glor Street, off Military Road, when the driver and passenger both got out, threw him to the ground, and began kicking and punching him in the hea…

Crime

A man who had just withdrawn money from the Bank of America on Elmwood Avenue near Hodge Avenue lost the money to a man in his 50s who approached him asking for advice and assistance, he told police. The victim said he had placed the bank envelope containing nine $100 bill and five $20 bills in his pants pocket when a man wearing tan pants, hat and jacket and speaking w…

Obituaries

April 14, 1931 — March 25, 2019 In the summer of 2000, when he was preparing for a seven-week cross-country bicycle trek to raise funds for the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Gordon R. Gross shrugged off naysayers. "My wife and a lot of other people think I am crazy to do this at my age but, hey, I climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro when I was 67," he…

Obituaries

Oct. 22, 1928 — March 24, 2019 Mary V. Ostrowski was an only child who lost her mother at age 19. So she was determined to have a large family — she hoped for 10 children and eventually had six — and welcomed into her home many relatives, friends, neighbors and even her children's friends. "She knew early on that she really wanted to have a large family," said her da…

Obituaries

Dec. 30, 1926 — March 20, 2019 Doris E. (Link) Sielski, a pioneering female pharmacist, contributed to the health field in a much more personal way. She was a volunteer participant in the Women's Health Initiative, a long-term National Institutes of Health study of women that began in 1993. "It was the first study they did to see the effects of hormone therapy on …

Obituaries

May 12, 1921 — March 15, 2019 Bessie L. Robinson, known as "Mother Robinson" in the Evening Star Church of God in Christ on Fillmore Avenue, was much more than an active and devoted pastor's wife. A longtime psychiatric ward clerk in the old E.J. Meyer Memorial Hospital, Mrs. Robinson was also a licensed cosmetologist, a tailor and an avid fisherman. "Yes, she wor…

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Jan. 14, 1942 — March 14, 2019 In 2005 and 2006, Charleen R. Winkler received President’s Volunteer Service Awards in recognition of her hours of volunteer work at the Clarence Senior Center and Meals on Wheels. It would have been understandable if she had bragged a little about her achievement, which included congratulatory letters from President George W. Bush. …

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Nov. 23, 1935 — March 16, 2019 Gerald “Gino” Kurdziel worked for more than 40 years as a laborer at Globe International, a company that manufactured conveyor belts. Although he dedicated himself to his job, he came alive when he stepped onto stages across the United States with polka bands, playing upright bass and singing lyrics in both English and Polish. "His p…

Obituaries

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,…

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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…

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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…

Obituaries

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 …

Obituaries

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…