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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…

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FAGE - Bruce "Bif" 69, passed away on January 10, 2019. He is survived by his loving wife, Maureen; three children, Brian, Katie and Maggie; and four grandchildren, Andie, Sully, Callie, and Jordyn. Wake Services will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at Flinch and Bruns Funeral Home in Lynbrook, NY and Funeral Services will be held on Friday, Janua…

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KRIEG - James Leo Peacefully departed from this life on November 10, 2018, at the age of 69. Jim was born in Buffalo, New York on May 29, 1949. He played high school football for the Kenmore East Bulldogs, graduated in 1968 and was later inducted into KE Athletic Hall of Fame. Jim was recruited to play wide receiver for the Washington Huskies with Sonny Sixkiller in 1970-7…

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SARLES - Burton B. January 18, 1927 - December 1, 2018. Burton B. Sarles, 91, of Boynton Beach, Florida, passed away on December 1, 2018. He was born to Ukrainian-Jewish parents Ralph Sarles, a produce peddler, and Clara Sarles, a Kosher caterer, on January 18, 1927 in Buffalo, New York. Burton Sarles graduated from Buffalo's Masten High School in 1945 and entered the U.S.…

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CHMIELOWIEC - Larry A former marine, died Wednesday, December 5t, 2018 of a sudden heart attack. He was 67. Larry died at home in Summerville, SC after a year long battle with health issues. Larry was born in Buffalo, NY to the late Chester and Frances Chmielowiec. After joining the Marines he was stationed in Hamburg, Germany where he met and married his wife of 44 years …

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MORAN - Michael 84, died on November 30, 2018, from pulmonary fibrosis, entertaining the family surrounding him until the very end. Mike had a big personality, loved being with his extended family, and was sustained by Unitarian Universalist and Center for Inquiry humanist beliefs during his final journey. Mike was born May 3rd, 1934 in Buffalo, lived most of his young lif…

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KRAUS - Jeffrey Fabian 30, had a gentle, generous spirit, prodigious intellect, and sharp wit that will always be remembered. His life was exceptionally rich in spite of his long and valiant battle against the disease of addiction. He was a talented musician and actor, dedicated scholar, vibrant and well-loved member of the Chabad Intown Jewish community in Atlanta, and le…

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DUAX - Sarah Jane Sarah Jane Duax, 51, died at home November 9, 2018, after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was the beloved daughter of William and Caroline Duax, sister of Julia Skop (Francis), William (Angela), and Stephen, and loving aunt of nine nieces and nephews. Although raised in Snyder, NY, Sarah relocated to New Orleans in her early 20s. Beginning classical bal…