Oct. 28, 1943 – May 13, 2019
Robert A. DiSibio Sr., a professor and administrator at D'Youville College and Medaille College, died May 13 in Wilmington, Del., after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 75.
Born in Canonsburg, Pa., Robert Anthony DiSibio earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from California, Pa., State College, now California Universit…
Dec. 27, 1925 – May 17, 2019
Dr. Roger J. Goergen, a retired dentist who helped write the ethics code for the Town of Amherst, died Friday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a short illness. He was 93.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Canisius High School and earned a bachelor's degree from Canisius College. He graduated from the University of Buffalo School…
Oct. 5, 1952 – May 17, 2019
Dennis M. Keefe loved being a journalist, especially for radio.
He loved it so much, in fact, that he started his radio journalism career by taking a time slot that few others would want – the overnight shift.
"He was so gung-ho about radio that he volunteered to take it," said his wife, the former Karen Carr. "He loved it."
Sept. 26, 1928 - May 5, 2019
Dr. Vincent E. Jagodzinski of Cheektowaga never relinquished his love of and commitment to music, even after earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine more than half a century ago.
Along with biology and physics, Dr. Jagodzinski studied music while attending East High School. He l…
Nov. 11, 1933 — April 19, 2019
In the early 1950s, Mary "Mitzi" Wilhelm graduated from college with a degree in drama and dance. Anxious to make her mark on the stage, she moved to New York City, where she got her foot in the door as a tour guide at Rockefeller Center.
But that didn't please her father, Frederick C.S. Wilhelm Sr., a prosperous salesman for Bethlehem …
April 28, 1951 — May 9, 2019
The rainy spring of 2011 broke records. But behind his stand at the Elmwood-Bidwell farmers market, stocked with apples, honey, lilacs and some spring onions, Daniel Nelson Tower was upbeat. He predicted that the rain would taper off and his newly planted fruit trees would thrive.
"Farmers always have hope," he told a Buffalo News reporte…
Oct. 14, 1928 — May 4, 2019
In 1996, as her groundbreaking political career was ending, Lynn Millane recalled telling an Amherst Republican leader in the early 1980s that she wanted to run for the Town Board.
She told The News that he replied, "We don't have any women on the Town Board," then added, "We don't need any."
"That did it," Mrs. Millane said.
March 27, 1914 – April 16, 2019
Helene Seeberg, active in Temple Beth Zion and a member of Hadassah for 85 years, died April 16 in Longboat Key, Fla., where she had been a full-time resident for the past 10 years. She was 105.
Born Helene Lichtman in Buffalo, she earned a Daughters of the American Revolution medal for citizenship in the eighth grade and was a 1931 gr…
March 29, 1926 – April 29, 2019
Benny F. Constantino, of Amherst, a retired Buffalo elementary school principal and basketball official, died April 29. He was 93.
Born in Buffalo, the son of Italian immigrants, he grew up on the West Side and was drafted into the Army in 1944 out of McKinley High School, where he played football and basketball.
He told Buffalo New…
Sept. 5, 1917 – May 7, 2019
Frances M. Rogers, president of the Lester H. Wedekindt Funeral Home in the Town of Tonawanda for more than 50 years, died Tuesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short illness. She was 101.
Born Frances Cummins in Jackson Heights, she was moved to Kenmore in 1928 when her father, William R. Cummins, was appointed m…
April 1, 1955 — May 5, 2019
Just days before Alan "Jay" Wicks died, he told friends he been born "on the wrong side of the tracks" in Niagara Falls, but his path in life had more than made up for it, with two careers and a marriage to a wife he loved to brag about.
Mr. Wicks, 64, struggled with cancer in recent months, but he did not let that slow him down in working…
Dec. 15, 1929 – May 7, 2019
Sister M. Thaddeus Pogorzala, a Catholic school teacher and principal, died Tuesday in Blessed Mary Angela Care Center, where she had been a resident since 2011. She was 89.
Born Esther Pogorzala in Buffalo, she was a member of Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church in Cheektowaga and entered the Buffalo Province of the Felician Sisters in 1952.…
May 29, 1924 – May 3, 2019
Seena E. Singer, of Amherst, a retired school library media specialist, died Friday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short illness. She was 94.
Born Seena Sultanik in Buffalo, the daughter of a furrier, she was a 1941 graduate of Bennett High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University at Bu…
June 8, 1925 – May 3, 2019
Sally M. Hartmayer, of the Town of Tonawanda, longtime office manager at St. Amelia’s Catholic Parish, died May 3 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. She was 93.
Born Sally Mae Hanavan in Buffalo, she was a 1943 graduate of Bennett High School and then attended IBM Business School. From 1944 to 1947, she worked in the accounting…
April 17, 1941 - May 2, 2019
Barbara A. Druzbik, who started as a receptionist with Towne Automotive Group and worked her way up to assistant finance manager, died Thursday at Hospice in Cheektowaga. She was 78.
Born Barbara Kolenko in Lackawanna, she was a 1959 graduate of Lackawanna Senior High School. After getting married in 1960, she worked for a few years as a …