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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…

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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 …

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June 19, 1926 – April 29, 2019 Irene P. Gadawski, who owned and operated the landmark Gadawski’s Restaurant with her husband in Niagara Falls, died April 29 in Niagara Hospice House, Lockport. She was 92. While her husband manned the bar, greeting customers, telling stories and turning it into a nationally renowned shrine to Notre Dame football, she was in the kitche…

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April 29, 1926 – May 3, 2018 William M. Putney, a former director of nursing at Gowanda Psychiatric Center and a Perrysburg village justice, died Friday in his home in Eden. He was 93. Born in Waddington, on the St. Lawrence River, he enlisted in the Army during World War II and, following his discharge, attended the Nuremburg trials in Germany. Returning from ser…

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Aug. 3, 1922 – May 1, 2019 Carolyn T. Flynn, active for many years as a volunteer and the widow of former State Supreme Court Justice William J. Flynn Jr., died May 1 in her Getzville home. She was 96. Born Frances Carolyn Taylor in Fort Smith, Ark., she was a graduate of Fort Smith Junior College, now University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, and did secretarial work in th…

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Sept. 23, 1931 – May 1, 2019 Robert E. Pearson, a retired steelworker and Navy veteran who devoted decades to volunteer service, including a prison ministry, died Wednesday. He was 87. The son of Junious and Mabel Pearson, he attended School 31 and graduated from what is now Hutchinson Central Technical High School. After graduation, he joined the Navy. Stationed abo…

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April 12, 1941 – April 28, 2019 Justine S. LeFauve was an avid gardener who was active in garden clubs for decades. But when she was raising her three children on Baker Road in Orchard Park, the front yard of the family farmhouse wasn't a garden showplace. It was a soccer field, because her youngest son, Steven, was a soccer player who needed room to practice. "She g…

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Thomas Clare Owen Aug. 25, 1932 – April 8, 2019 Joan M. Owen Jan. 15, 1930 – April 18, 2019 Taking a scenic route via country roads to their summer home in Chautauqua Institution, Thomas and Joan Owen passed an abandoned mansion outside Cherry Creek. “We saw it behind all these trees,” said their daughter, Candace Owen-Williams. “My mother said, ‘Stop the car.’ She…

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Oct. 7, 1931 – April 24, 2019 Ralph E. Monde, of Alden, a roofer and a chaplain for truck drivers, died April 24 in Buffalo General Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 87. Born in his parents’ home on the Buffalo-Cheektowaga city line, he was the fifth of 10 children. He graduated from Pine Hill High School in Cheektowaga and ran on the track team. His fa…

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Nov. 2, 1971 — April 25, 2019 The sort of selfless gesture that defined her life provided the first inkling of illness for Corinna Parker (West) Walkowiak. In August 2017, Mrs. Walkowiak volunteered for medical tests to find out if she could donate part of her liver to a distant relative. Instead, the tests determined that she had colon cancer. "She was a very giv…

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June 22, 1926 – April 26, 2019 When the Junior League of Buffalo was assigning rooms in its Decorators’ Show Houses in the 1980s and 1990s, more often than not, they offered the spotlight location to Lois H. Merritt. “They always wanted to give her the living room,” her son Michael said, “and she won best in show almost every time.” The decorator for the departmen…

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July 23, 1946 – April 13, 2019 John W. Allard was 17 when he gave his first pint of blood at an American Red Cross blood drive. According to his sister, Susan Schofield, he went on to donate 77 gallons of blood, but his assistance to the Red Cross didn’t stop there. He began volunteering in 1970 and gave more than 50,000 hours of service. The Western New York C…

Oct. 19, 1956 – April 25, 2019 Thomas C. Beatty, retired chief deputy of the Niagara County Sheriff's Office and a Wilson town councilman, died Thursday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a long illness. He was 62. Mr. Beatty was a member of the Sheriff's Office for 37 years, the last six as chief deputy. "His legacy is one of dedication and professionalism," the She…

Aug. 1, 1931 — April 24, 2019 Om Prakash Rustgi, a full professor of physics at SUNY Buffalo State for 32 years who endowed a physics scholarship at the college, died Wednesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short illness. He was 87. Mr. Rustgi, a resident of Williamsville, was born in Delhi, India. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees i…

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Nov. 19, 1936 — April 24, 2019 Shirley M. Ware, the widow of the Rev. Albert C. Ware, pastor of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, who was very active in church ministries in Buffalo and nationally, died Wednesday in Promedica Toledo Hospital in Ohio. She was 82. The former Shirley Mae Carter was the firstborn of the late Virginia and Walter Carter in Toledo. She …