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Aug. 28, 1931 – Dec. 5, 2013Every work night, before he went to bed, Allan H. Kaminsky laid out his suit, a dapper tie and a matching handkerchief for the next day, subject, of course, to the approval of his wife, Loretta.The next day, he’d head to his law office, where he worked mostly as a matrimonial attorney, paying attention to every detail and treating his clients as…

Dec. 28, 1942 – Dec. 5, 2013NIAGARA FALLS – Ruth R. Stone of Niagara Falls died Thursday in Our Lady of Peace Nursing Care Residence, Lewiston. She was 70.The former Ruth Riordan was born in Niagara Falls and attended local schools. She earned undergraduate and master’s degrees in education from Niagara University.She married her high school sweetheart, Robert, in 1966, i…

June 6, 1919 – Dec. 5, 2013Jean M.V. Conroy, a longtime home economics instructor for SUNY Buffalo State who was active in the community, died Thursday in her Williamsville home. She was 94.The former Jean Abendoth was born in Buffalo and graduated from Mount St. Joseph Academy. She earned a bachelor of science degree in home economics from the College of Chestnut Hill, Ph…

Feb. 25, 1943 – Dec. 5, 2013Russell J. Nisengard, of Williamsville, a professor at the University at Buffalo Dental School for 40 years and associate dean for 17 years, died Thursday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a long illness. He was 70.Dr. Nisengard, a lifelong resident of Buffalo, earned a doctorate in dental surgery with a specialty in periodontics from the …

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Aug. 17, 1923 – Dec. 2, 2013Ernesto Deganis, a retired auto worker, died Monday in his Lackawanna home. He was 90.Born in Pola, in a northeastern area of Italy that is now part of Croatia, he graduated from high school, attended college and was trained as a typist and notary. He worked as a county clerk and, during World War II, served in the Italian navy and fought with Y…

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Oct. 22, 1925 – Nov. 26, 2013Mary C. Zaehringer, active in civic groups for more than four decades, died Nov. 26 in ElderWood Health Care at Oakwood, Amherst. She was 88.Born Mary Patricia Carroll in Brooklyn, she was a graduate of the Brooklyn Friends School and the Katharine Gibbs School.Before she married and came to the Town of Tonawanda in 1950, she worked at Young & …

March 24, 1921 – Nov. 23, 2013A memorial service for Helen Miller Ericsson, community leader and advocate for women, was held Saturday in Bristol Village, Clarence Center. Mrs. Ericsson, of South Buffalo, died Nov. 23 under hospice care in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. She was 92.A Buffalo native, the former Helen Miller graduated from Mount Mercy Academy in…

July 10, 1939-Dec. 1, 2013 Rafaela Orta, known in the Hispanic community for her salsa dancing, deep love of family and poker games popular enough to attract Wilt Chamberlain, died Sunday in the Lancaster home of her daughter after a four-month battle with cancer. She was 74.Born in Puerto Rico, she moved at age 11 to New York City, where she met her husband, Jose. They e…

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Aug. 1, 1943 – Nov. 27, 2013Lawrence L. Doctor Sr., a former deputy streets commissioner for the City of Buffalo, died Wednesday in Largo, Fla. He was 70.Born in Buffalo, Mr. Doctor was a graduate of Bishop Timon High School. He began his employment with the city in the police garage as a mechanic supervisor and worked his way up to deputy commissioner of streets sanitatio…

Sept. 1, 1983 – Dec. 1, 2013Matthew J. Comerford, legislative assistant to South Council Member Christopher P. Scanlon and son of James W. Comerford Jr., the city’s permit and inspection services commissioner, died unexpectedly Sunday in his South Buffalo home. He was 30.Born in Buffalo, he was a 2002 graduate of Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School, where he was senior class…

Nov. 1, 1924 – Nov. 30, 2013John P. “Jack” Henrich, of the Town of Tonawanda, the original head golf professional at Elma Meadows Golf Course and nationally renowned for his skills at repairing and refurbishing golf clubs, died Saturday in DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North Tonawanda, after a short illness. He was 89.Mr. Henrich, a Professional Golf Association Hall of Fame …

May 13, 1936 – Nov. 30, 2013Bianca Sirianni, of South Buffalo, who operated a pizza and sandwich shop with her husband, died Saturday in Mercy Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was 77.Born in Colipietro, in Italy’s Abbruzzi region, the former Bianca D’Orazio came to Buffalo in 1955 and raised four sons. She began working in food service at the Ford Motor Co.’s Buffalo …

Feb. 10, 1938 – Nov. 29, 2013Richard A. Lemke, a lifelong Alden resident and construction company owner who was active in Boy Scouting, died Friday in Terrace View Long-Term Care Facility at Erie County Medical Center after a long illness. He was 75.A graduate of Alden High School, Mr. Lemke served in the Army Reserve from 1955 to 1964, and rose to the rank of sergeant. He…

Sep. 24, 1921 – Nov. 29, 2013Robert W. Mols, a conductor and composer who wrote a fight song for the University at Buffalo, died Friday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a short illness. He was 92.A graduate of Fosdick-Masten Park High School, Mr. Mols studied at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, earning a master’s degree and Ph.D.Mr. Mols was a p…

Nov. 13, 1942 – Nov. 28, 2013Ronald A. Carnevale, president of the West Side Business and Taxpayers Association, died Thursday. He was 71.Mr. Carnevale was born and raised on the city’s West Side.He graduated from Lafayette High School and Canisius College. He retired from the City of Buffalo in 2001 after serving as director of water under Mayor James Griffin and director…