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CILANO - Karen (Cookie) Karen (Cookie) Cilano, 76, passed peacefully at home on 17 May. Born and raised in Buffalo, Karen got her nickname Cookie from her paternal uncles, who called her mom, Emily Palicki, Blondie (her father, Joseph Kandefer, Sr, was not Dagwood but Honey). Karen graduated from Sloan High School and Trocaire College. She met Vincent, her future husband, …

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GALLEY - Brigadier General Eugene C. Gene Galley of Yardley, PA passed away on April 23, 2019. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years Betty Jane (Kordinak) and son Larry and his wife Maryellen (Hazlett) and grandson Parker of Newtown, PA. Also survived by sister-in-law Irma Kordinak, Williamsville, NY, niece MaryEllen McCollum of Maine, niece Priscilla Mangold of Mi…

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FROST - Donna Lee Donna Lee Frost had 2 families, one at home, and the other the patients she cared for while an RN with Catholic Health and SASI during her brief nursing career. Donna's nursing caregiving began in 2007 when she received both of her licenses, but was cut short by the onset of Fronto-Temporal Degeneration (FTD) (a degenerative form of dementia) which robbed…

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CINO - Samuel F. March 29, 2019. Samuel F. Cino graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Management in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science in Business. In memory of his brother, Mr. Cino, prior to his death, established the "Baldassare (Sonny) Cino Scholarship Fund" at the University at Buffalo which provides annual scholarships for the education of individuals affli…

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BREESER - Floyd Floyd Breeser, 91, of Atlanta, GA, died March 8, 2019. He was born July 18, 1927, in Buffalo, NY. He enlisted in the Navy on his eighteenth birthday and was stationed in the Pacific immediately following World War II. He graduated from the University of Buffalo with a degree in electrical engineering in 1950 and had a long and successful career in the HVAC …

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DUCEY - Marion (hoopes) "Sissie" Marion Crooker Schmidt (Hoopes) Ducey, known affectionately to her friends as "Sissie," passed away peacefully on March 11, 2019 surrounded by her family in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. She was 98. Sissie was born November 14, 1920 in Buffalo, New York to Hans Schmidt Jr. and Erma Genevieve Crooker. Along with her brother, Hans Schmidt III, …

Bettinger - Linda Linda Bettinger, formerly of Langford, West Seneca and West Falls, NY, passed away March 19, 2019. Daughter of the late Stephen and Yvonne Bettinger. She is survived by her sister Yvonne (Mark Haynes) Bettinger and many cousins. Linda was a graduate of North Collins Central School in 1972. While attending high school she enjoyed working in the business of…

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VARGA - Lewis One year ago, Lewis Varga lost his brief battle with cancer. Lew grew up on Grand Island and had loving memories of times spent on the Niagara, telling friends of sunsets over the water, fishing, boating, and swimming. Settling in his beloved New England, he spoke fondly of his time in WNY, the water, the people, family, Ted's, wings, and cowboy days at Fanta…

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SCOTT - John H. "Jack" Of North Tonawanda, NY, Jack Scott, 92, died on March 5, 2019, after a brief illness. He was born in Tonawanda in 1926 and raised in North Tonawanda, the 6th child of Harry and Laura Scott. Jack served in the Army during WW II, both in Italy and in Durham, NC. He was co-owner and mechanic of Palott Automotive at Oliver and Tremont, in North Tonawanda…

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ZIMMERMANN - Otto Local watchmaker, age 95, passed away on Monday, February 25, 2019, at Niagara Hospice. Otto emigrated from Austria to the United States with his wife Ida (nee Schmidt) and their two young sons, Erich and Reinhart. The family was sponsored by the Lutheran Church and Harry Rettke. After arriving in the U.S., Otto and Ida had two more children, Richard and …

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CURRY - Kevin Michael Kevin Michael Curry was born on June 16, 1960, to Duane Curry and Bette Ann Wright Curry and he spent his entire life enjoying the outdoors in greater western New York, until he left this life in peace and grace on February 12, 2019. Kevin married Wendy Mauerman Kish on August 14, 2010, and the two embarked on an almost 20- year journey together even …

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WOOD - Elmer B. "Woody" Passed away peacefully in his North Tonawanda home on January 29, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. Elmer is survived by his wife Suzanne (Stellmacher) Wood; his daughter Diana Reeve (Mitchell), his sons Earl B. Wood of Grand Island and Wesley S. Wood of North Tonawanda; his grandchildren Rebekah Reeve Oliver (Ryan) and Wesley A.E. Reeve; his g…

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TIMMINS - John E., Sr. "Jack" Peacefully passed at home in Los Angeles, with family, on January 26, 2019, at the age of 101. The son of Edward and Emily Timmins (nee O'Connell), predeceased by wife Edna (nee Edwards), siblings Phoebe (Murphy), Norah (Urquhart), Nell (Champagne), Sheila and Emmett. Survived by sons Norman and John in San Diego and Los Angeles, daughters-in-…

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McCLIVE - Lynnette Wilson October 10, 1926 - January 26, 2019.Born in Buffalo to Leah and Robert L Wilson, Lynn passed peacefully at 92 years following a short illness. She attended Elmwood-Franklin School, Lafayette High School, Pratt Institute of Art (NYC), Buffalo State College and received a MA in English from UB. Lynn was an Associate Professor (English) at D'Youville…

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PHALEN - June Caroline (nee Oring) Of Mesa, AZ, died peacefully at home in her sleep on January 6, 2019. She was 87. Jane was born on August 7, 1931, in Buffalo, NY, to Andrew and Hazel (Tobin) Oring. Jane was the oldest of their four children. She was a 1949 graduate of Mount Mercy Academy in Buffalo. Jane married Patrick James (Jim) Phalen, also of Buffalo, on December 1…