Sept. 22, 1942 – Feb. 23, 2020
Marjorie Ann Marcy, who stood just 4 feet, 8 inches, fought to come into this world and never stopped showing her determination.
The daughter of South Buffalo Irish parents and an identical twin, she weighed just over 3 pounds and spent the first six weeks of her life in an incubator at Mercy Hospital.
“Back then it was a miracle tha…
April 13, 1932 – Feb. 19, 2020
Jean M. McNamara, of Town of Tonawanda, a retired teacher active in Pilgrim-St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, died Feb. 19 after a short illness. She was 87.
Born Jean Ryckman in Buffalo, she was a 1949 graduate of Lafayette High School and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Buffalo State College.
She began her teaching ca…
Robert: Sept. 22, 1924 – Feb. 21, 2020
Betty: Sept. 11, 1925 – Feb. 18, 2020
Robert E. and Betty L. Yung of Orchard Park were husband and wife for 69 years. After Mrs. Yung died last Tuesday, they remained apart for only three days before Mr. Yung died last Friday.
"It could have been her spirit saying, 'Come join me,' " the couple's daughter Barbara J. Kipler s…
July 3, 1930 – Feb. 22, 2020
For decades, Buffalo's most memorable images were seen through the camera lens of Robert L. Smith.
From Elvis Presley gyrating at Memorial Auditorium, to O.J. Simpson rushing to immortality, to a city buried in snow by the Blizzard of '77, Mr. Smith shot them all.
The veteran photographer died Saturday in Father Baker Manor, Orchard Pa…
April 14, 1936 – Feb. 18, 2020
Niagara Falls Police Detective Joseph Fournier’s most celebrated case was "The Zinger Files."
A sting operation in which he worked with the State Police, it involved setting up a pawnshop in a Niagara Falls storefront. While plainclothes troopers greeted customers at the counter as they came in to get cash for stolen items, Detective Fo…
Dec. 2, 1928 – Jan. 11, 2020
When someone wanted to make sure a construction job was done right, they turned to H. Ernest “Ernie” Montgomery.
After retiring from his commercial renovation business, he became an owner’s agent, overseeing projects such as the Flickinger Performing Arts Center at Nichols School, the storage warehouse for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery an…
May 13, 1942 – Feb. 11, 2020
David G. Stout, a former Buffalo News reporter who went on to a lengthy career with The New York Times, always wanted to write novels.
But it wasn't until 1988, while working at The Times, that he made his debut as a published author with “Carolina Skeletons,” based on the true story of a double murder in the 1940s. Critically acclaimed, …
Oct. 24, 1940 – Jan. 21, 2020
Joseph M. Whittington, of Depew, a leader locally in the field of real estate home inspections, died Jan. 21 in Mercy Hospital following cardiac arrest. He was 79.
Born in Carbondale, Pa., the sixth of seven children, he came to Buffalo with his family in 1942 and was a 1958 graduate of Kensington High School.
He earned a bachelor’s d…
Nov. 7, 1956 - Feb. 17, 2020
Daniel Oles, a farmer whose organic vegetables inspired restaurateurs to prize Western New York produce and present it with pride, died Feb. 17.
It was a brief illness that worsened swiftly last weekend, his family said.
He died as he lived, with his wife, Jane, surrounded by his family and friends, at the heart of his farm. He was 63.…
March 14, 1938 – Feb. 13, 2020
Dr. Ronald G. Basalyga, longtime chief of gastroenterology at Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo, died Feb. 13 in his Hamburg home after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 81.
Born in Buffalo, an only child, he was valedictorian of the class of 1956 at Lackawanna High School. While studying at Canisius College, he presented a paper on…
Feb. 1, 1947 – Feb. 16, 2020
Kathleen S. Moritz of Lockport loved sports. All sports. However, college basketball and baseball were her two particular passions in the sports realm.
Mrs. Moritz's father was a statistician for Canisius College basketball in the 1950s, which may have been where her love of college basketball was ignited.
"She grew up around Canisius …
April 30, 1944 – Jan. 3, 2020
Mary Ann Etu, whose leadership in providing vocational training for women and girls across New York State earned her a place on the Wall of Fame in the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, died Jan. 3 in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a brief illness. She was 75.
Born in Manhattan, she grew up in the Schenectady area and was a 19…
June 19, 1930 – Jan. 12, 2020
Patricia Phillips, wife of former Delaware North vice chairman Stanley Phillips, died Jan. 12 in Charlotte, N.C. She was 89.
Born in Buffalo, the former Patricia Deck was the fourth of six children and the daughter of Gregory J. Deck, who founded the Deco Restaurant chain in 1918.
She attended the Seminary of Our Lady of the Sacred He…
May 12, 1924 – Feb. 13, 2020
Berta S. Cole, a longtime resident of the Buffalo area, lived an active life in which curiosity, whimsy, coincidence and conviction all played a big part.
Mrs. Cole worked for 25 years at the University at Buffalo, first as a research grant assistant in the biochemistry and pathology departments. Later, she became an executive administrat…
Nov. 4, 1942 – Jan. 22, 2020
Calvin F. Deyermond, a retired assistant superintendent in the North Tonawanda School District, died Jan. 22 of complications from a stroke in Buffalo General Medical Center. He was 77.
Born in Oneida, he was a 1960 graduate of Oneida High School, where he was senior class vice president, played on the football, basketball and golf teams,…