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Celebration of Life

MARKEL - Ellen Ellen Markel, a gifted Buffalo artist and cabinetmaker, succumbed to anaplastic thyroid cancer on February 12, 2020. The youngest of five siblings, Ellen grew up in Kenmore, New York, attending local schools before leaving Buffalo for college in Vermont. After graduating in 1985, Ellen entered into an apprenticeship with a small furniture making firm in Shor…

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PLAUT - Dr. Martin E., MD Died February 17, 2020 at his home in Buffalo, NY. He was 82. For almost four decades he was a Professor of Medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo Medical School. Dr. Plaut was born in Leipzig, Germany in 1937 and emigrated to the United States at age two. He became a U.S. citizen in 1946 and grew up in Canton, Ohio. He graduated …

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DATES - James "Jim" Jimmy's gone but never forgotten; passed on February 9, 2020, at the age of 67, from a vascular condition in his brain. Jim was many things: Husband, Father, Entrepreneur, Friend, Gentle Bearer of Light, Love and Kind wisdom. A self-taught craftsman/problem solver, even at the earliest of age, he would tinker with boats, motorcycles, cars and even pipe …

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RHOADS - Dr. John Stratton, Jr. Of Fort Myers, FL, passed away peacefully on February 2, 2020 at Hope Hospice following a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. John was born on April 4, 1958, in Tonawanda, NY to John and Jeanette Rhoads. After graduating from Tonawanda High School in 1976, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry and a teaching certification in …

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WAGLE - Datta G., M.d. American Urological Association President Dattatraya ("Datta") Wagle, M.D., entered into rest on January 24 at Sisters of Charity Hospital, where he was chief of urology and practiced for 45 years. Along with Dr. Marvin Woodruff, he established the first kidney dialysis unit in the state of New York, at Albany Medical Center in 1969. Having trained a…

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FORD - Joan Elizabeth entered the world on June 23, 1936, with a song in her heart and a penchant for dance. She departed the world peacefully on January 3, 2020, in St. Petersburg, FL. Joan was dearly loved by her five biological children, Mary Beth, Laura, Kurt, Lee, and Mark, an adopted son, Chuck, a son-in-law, Harb, two granddaughters, Jennifer and Megan, a grandson, …

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GORDON - Alfred G. Alfred G. ("Al") Gordon of Merritt Island, Florida, beloved brother, devoted husband and father, faithful friend and good neighbor, passed away on December 12, 2019. He was born December 14, 1931 in the Bronx, New York to Scottish immigrants Alfred E. G. Gordon and Jean McElerney. His family moved to Western New York, where he graduated from Lockport Hig…

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ENGLER - Beatrice "Buddy" (nee Hamel) Beatrice "Buddy" Hamel Engler, 88, of Williamsville died suddenly Friday, January 3, 2020 in her home of 66 years. Beatrice was born in Rochester, NY on August 27, 1931. She married Harry "Bus" Engler on Thanksgiving Day, 1954 in their home in Williamsville and went on to raise a family of 3 including Laurie, Charles and Andrew. She wa…

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COVERT - Grace (nee Tauriello) Grace (Tauriello) Covert born May 2, 1927 in Buffalo N.Y., died December 20, 2019 in Chandler, AZ. Predeceased by her late husband Paul T. Covert. Survived by a daughter Linda G. Yates, 3 grand children and 8 great-grandchildren. Grace was a Senior Social Worker for 30 year in Erie County until retirement. Grace started work at age 14. After …

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COX - Michael William Beloved brother, friend and mentor, died on December 30, 2019 in his home in North Tonawanda, NY and is now with his Savior the Lord Jesus Christ. Born June 6, 1961; 58 years old. A longtime resident of North Tonawanda, Mike was best known for his musical talent, and humble heart. Out of high school, he toured for a couple of years across the US with …

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SHEFFIELD - Rick It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that the family announces the passing of Rick Sheffield, a health issue hiking in Maui, Hi. at the age of 62 years, December 11, 2019. Rick was one of a kind. A dry wit, a kind heart, good humor and adventurous spirit. He was easily loved by all us that were lucky enough to have him in our life, treasure the memori…

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ROGERS - Danforth William born Buffalo, NY on May 13, 1937, died December 25, 2019 after an ongoing illness. He was survived by his companion (partner), Gretchen Wilson, 2 children, Danforth W.S. and Ninon; 3 grandchildren, Cannon, Violet Truman and Arthur Truman, and a sister, Grace Smith of Nicasio, California. He is predeceased by his wife of 44 years, Carol, and his br…

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ENGLISH - Denise Chirico Denise Chirico English, 68, passed away peacefully at Father Baker Manor, in Orchard Park, in the late evening hours of December 13. Her family shared in a non-denominational ceremony, listening to her favorite Beatles' songs and paying final respects. We are reminded that December 13 is St. Lucy's Day, a saint who's symbolic meaning includes, "the…

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COLEMAN EBERHARDT - Mary Joan Mary Joan loved words, from the poetry of e. e. Cummings to the stories of Alice Munro to the pirate partying lyrics of Jimmy Buffet. This was someone who converted her garage into a library (replete with ladder) and belonged to the same book club for over forty years. So yes, she really loved words. Mary Joan also loved collecting people. Mos…

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COLLOPY - Michael April 11,1946 - October 26, 2019. Michael Collopy attended Buffalo State College, where he was a state intercollegiate champion and was voted MVP of the indoor and outdoor track teams. Mr. Collopy is in the Buffalo State Athletic Hall of Fame for these accomplishments and his success as a cross country and track coach. He produced 21 All-American nods, sc…