May 25, 1937 – June 24, 2018
Rev. Stanislaw Dudek, who served as pastor for Catholic parishes in Perrysburg and South Dayton, died Sunday in Erie County Medical Center. He was 81.
Born in Laczki Brzeskie, Poland, he attended seminary in Sandomierz, Poland, where he was ordained June 16, 1962.
Father Dudek was an assistant pastor in churches in Poland, Australia, S…
July 13, 1955 — June 20, 2018
Richard A. Ferrino Jr. of Angola fought for about 18 months to attend the Aug. 25 wedding of his only daughter, Bethany.
When it looked as though that wasn't going to happen, the staff at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center brought the wedding to him.
Bethany, 22, married Austin Reese in the garden at Roswell Park on Sunday, June…
Dec. 3, 1917 – June 22, 2018
Sister Rita Kane, a Catholic school teacher and principal, died Friday in the Sisters of St. Joseph Residence, Clarence. She was 100.
Born in Buffalo, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in February 1937 and became Sister John Aloysius. She pronounced her final vows in August 1942 after receiving a bachelor’s degree in education from Mo…
Oct. 10, 1926 — June 20, 2018
For the past 25 years or so, when the weather began to grow cool, Robert M. Mack began to prepare for Christmas.
As Santa to thousands of wide-eyed children, including visitors to Menne Nursery for the past 12 years, he had to inhabit the jolly elf's heart, not just his boots.
He grew his white beard and spruced up his bright red suit…
April 28, 1938 — June 21, 2018
Thomas J. Shuell, whose work in educational psychology led him to develop theories of how people learned, died June 21 in Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.
His family said the retired professor at the University at Buffalo’s Graduate School of Education died peacefully after a long battle with cancer. He was 80.
He was born i…
April 3, 1930 – June 20, 2018
Jeanne Marie LoVullo, a volunteer with the Junior Board of Kenmore Mercy Hospital from its inception in the late 1950s, was a woman who brimmed with energy and optimism, according to her son, Kevin.
“She was a classy woman,” he said. “She was looked upon by many with respect.”
She died Wednesday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after …
Aug. 26, 1919 – Jan. 26, 2018
Helen H. Segat, a former hospital dietitian and deli owner, died Jan. 26 in Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Clarence, after a lengthy illness. She was 98.
Born Helen Harriet Szczygiel in Colden, the daughter of Polish immigrants, she was the eighth of 10 children. She grew up working on her family’s 50-acre farm in C…
Sept. 4, 1927 – June 14, 2018
Dr. Roderick E. Charles, a psychiatrist who broke color barriers as a student at the University of Maryland and as a member of the admissions committee at the University at Buffalo, died June 14 in Washington, D.C., where he had lived for the past few months. He was 90.
Born in Baltimore, he dropped out of high school to enlist in the Na…
Nov. 8, 1946 — June 18, 2018
Anthony J. Colicchia wasn't outwardly emotional.
But the dapper, silver-haired, Corvette-driving operator of Mister Pizza on Elmwood Avenue was quick to demonstrate his love and support with food — a lot of it.
Homeless people who approached the Mister Pizza counter would receive a slice or two on the spot. Mr. Colicchia was generous w…
Feb. 19, 1947 – June 4, 2018
When Mike Bos built a go-kart from scrap metal as a teen, a neighbor was so impressed that he took him racing and became a sponsor.
He graduated from go-kart racing to drag racing in 1972. With a B-Econo dragster that he built himself, he set national records for elapsed time and speed on a one-eighth mile track at Lancaster Speedway in 1…
Aug. 19, 1931 – June 11, 2018
Thomas Avery Culbreth, a retired Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. supervisor and union leader, died June 11 in his summer home in Sherkston Shores, Ont. He was 86.
Born in Niagara Falls, he attended schools there and enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1948. He served in the Guard and the Army Reserve until 1992, attaining the rank of colon…
July 2, 1928 – June 17, 2018
Anthony J. Saladino, of Cheektowaga, a retired electrical contractor, died Sunday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a short illness. He was 89.
Born in Buffalo, the son of a Sicilian immigrant, he was a 1945 graduate of Seneca Vocational High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Buffa…
July 19, 1931 – June 13, 2018
Alice T. Baskey, a retired elementary school teacher, died last Wednesday in the McAuley Residence, Town of Tonawanda, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. She was 86.
Born at home in Cheektowaga, the youngest of three children, Alice Szalecki attended Pine Hill Elementary School and St. Adalbert’s School.
She was a 1949 gr…
April 8, 1922 – June 13, 2018
T. Paul Weiksnar, founder and former owner of Westny Building Products Corp., died last Wednesday under hospice care at Canterbury Woods, Amherst. He was 96.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Weiksnar was a 1940 graduate of Canisius High School. He served in the Army in World War II with the 71st Infantry Division in Europe under Gen. George Patton, …
April 12, 1940 – June 12, 2018
Dick Page won numerous awards as a landscape designer, but the honor that perhaps best summed up his accomplishments came from his high school classmates at a reunion.
They called it the Horatio Alger Award, which they presented to him to acknowledge his success both personally and professionally.
Mr. Page married his high school swe…