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Oct. 17, 1957 – Dec. 28, 2013Mary E. Herberger, of Strykersville, a retired New York State Supreme Court clerk, died Saturday in Mercy Hospital after a short illness. She was 56.A native of Buffalo, the former Mary E. Kelly was a graduate of Mount Mercy Academy and Hilbert College. She retired in 2009 after a 31-year career in the courts.She was the widow of Daniel Herberg…

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June 27, 1919 – Dec. 26, 2013Ernest R. Oberholzer, a Navy veteran and a retired chief metallurgist for Bethlehem Steel, died Thursday in Autumn View Health Care Facility, Hamburg. He was 94.He was born in Weehawken, N.J., and was raised in Allentown, Pa., where he was a 1937 graduate of South Whitehall High School. He was a 1941 graduate of Lehigh University, where he earn…

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Nov. 16, 1969 – Dec. 27, 2013 Patricia E. Kuzara, marketing director for Cellino & Barnes law firm and founder of a foundation to help families with cancer, died Friday in Buffalo. She was 44.The former Patricia Woods was a graduate of Silver Creek High School. She earned a business degree from Bryant & Stratton College and worked as a paralegal for Hiscock & Barclay befor…

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July 17, 1932 – Dec. 29, 2013WARSAW, Poland (AP) – Wojciech Kilar, a Polish pianist and composer of classical music and scores for many films, including Roman Polanski’s Oscar-winning “The Pianist” and Francis Ford Coppola’s “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” died Sunday. He was 81.The composer died in his hometown of Katowice, southern Poland, following a long illness, according to…

June 6, 1940 – Dec. 18, 2013Larry Lujack, a Chicago disc jockey who nearly half a century ago replaced the unctuous ooze that defined his calling with a crusty cantankerousness that influenced present-day radio personalities like Rush Limbaugh and Howard Stern, died Dec. 18 at his home in Santa Fe, N.M. He was 73.The cause was esophageal cancer, his wife, Judith, told The …

PARIS (AP) – The celebrated French tightrope walker and chair-balancer known as Henry’s, who balanced high above the Alps, Niagara Falls and for months over a supermarket in his hometown, has died.Maurice Vincent, a senator and the mayor of Saint-Etienne, said in a statement that Henry’s died Friday.Henry’s, whose real name was Henri Rechatin, once walked along the cable t…

Nov. 28, 1926 – Dec. 24, 2013Artist and philanthropist Mary Weiss Repec, who was known for her contributions to the city’s arts community, died Tuesday in the hospice unit of Buffalo General Medical Center. She was 87.Born in Buffalo, the daughter of the late Edwin J. Weiss and Estelle Reeb Weiss continued her parents’ legacy as a supporter of the arts locally, becoming a …

March 5, 1925 – Dec. 24, 2013John J. “Bud” Horan Jr., a retired executive of Rich Products Corp., died Tuesday in his Williamsville home. He was 88.His career began at age 22 after the death of his father, John J. Horan Sr., the owner of Sparks Dairy, one of Buffalo’s largest dairies at the time in 1948. He left his studies at Niagara University to lead the business and, a…

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Oct. 30, 1915 – Dec. 26, 2013Anna Ventura, a retired teacher and longtime parishioner at Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church in Lancaster, died Thursday in Sisters Hospital’s St. Joseph Campus after a short illness. She was 98.A lifelong resident of Depew, Mrs. Ventura graduated from St. Mary’s High School before working in the office at the former Gould’s National Battery…

June 30, 1927 – Dec. 21, 2013Mary L. Jacobbi, of Williamsville, who owned and operated the Charlesgate restaurant in Clarence with her husband, died Saturday in Cambridge, Mass. She was 86.Born Mary L. Moses in Tuscarora Township, Ont., she was a graduate of Lafayette High School in Buffalo.She and her husband, Vito M., opened the Charlesgate on Transit Road near Sheridan …

Sept. 22, 1922 – Dec. 22, 2013Francis Vecere, a retired truck driver who served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, died Sunday in Brothers of Mercy Nursing Facility, Clarence. He was 91.Mr. Vecere was raised in Buffalo’s Lovejoy neighborhood and was a longtime resident of Snyder.He graduated from East High School and attended the University of Buffalo for thr…

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Nov. 26, 1971 – Dec. 24, 2013Sean Lora-Hetzner, a City Honors School graduate and community advocate who was pursuing a master’s degree in urban planning at the University at Buffalo, died Tuesday of a heart attack at his family’s Buffalo home. He was 42.Mr. Hetzner was an active member of numerous community organizations and passionate about the environment and housing re…

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Oct. 15, 1956 – Dec. 20, 2013Wayne Mallory, who worked in information systems for American Axle, died Friday in Atlanta. He was 57.Mr. Mallory was born in Buffalo and graduated from Kensington High School and DeVry Institute of Technology. He served in the Air Force from 1982 to 1992 as an information systems technician before joining American Axle.Mr. Mallory sang in the …

Died Dec. 23, 2013LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) – Studio drummer Ricky Lawson, a collaborator with musicians including Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Whitney Houston, has died at a suburban Los Angeles hospital following a brain aneurism. He was 59.Lawson’s uncle, Paul Riser of Detroit, said Tuesday that Lawson was removed from life support 10 days after the ane…

Jan. 7, 1911 – Dec. 18, 2013Margaret M. Schirmann of Getzville, a retired teacher with strong ties to Blessed Trinity Parish, died last Wednesday in Beechwood Nursing Home, Getzville. She was 102.Born Margaret Foisset in Buffalo, she was a graduate of Bennett High School and Buffalo State College.Her teaching career began at School 45. She then taught at Blessed Trinity El…