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Sept. 11, 1919 – Aug. 31, 2018 Charles Phillip Blakely Sr., a retired steel plant security guard, ordained minister and World War II veteran, died Aug. 31 in his Buffalo home after a battle with cancer. He was 98. Born in Evergreen, La., the fourth of five children, he grew up in Abilene, Texas, and was working there as a waiter when he was drafted into the Army. He …

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Oct. 12, 1938 – Sept. 1, 2018 Linda K. Wadsworth, of Buffalo, a professional fundraiser and development official, died Saturday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. She was 79. Born in Buffalo, the former Linda Kittinger was a descendant of the founders of Kittinger Furniture Co. She attended the Park School, was a 1956 graduate of the Buffalo Seminary and attended Skidm…

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Oct. 12, 1928 – Aug. 30, 2018 Father Jeremiah McGinley, a Buffalo native and Franciscan friar for more than 60 years, died Thursday in Holy Name Friary, Ringwood, N.J. He was 89. Father McGinley attended School 72 and was a 1946 graduate of Canisius High School. After earning bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. Bonaventure University in 1950, he was received int…

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Dec. 8, 1954 – Aug. 29, 2018 Linda R. Magavern, of Buffalo, an artist who was active as a volunteer, died Wednesday in her summer home in Eden after an extended battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 63. Born in Champaign, Ill., the former Linda Robertson came to Buffalo as a child with her father, Donald C. Robertson, who became chairman of the Art Department at the…

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Nov. 8, 1937 — Aug. 17, 2018 Dr. Orville T. Beachley Jr., a University at Buffalo chemistry professor, liked to start his first class of the semester with a fresh-cut rose from his wife's Snyder garden and a block of dry ice. "In the beginning of each semester, he would always do a demonstration to get the students excited about chemistry," said his daughter, Jennife…

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Feb. 28, 1965 — Aug. 28, 2018 Few people are immediately identifiable by their initials, but "if you mentioned 'JB' almost anywhere in Buffalo, people knew who you were talking about," said John R. Broderick's longtime companion, Eleanor M. Hudson. Not only did he have nine siblings, "he had a wide and diverse range of friends that he welcomed into his home and watch…

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Jan. 21, 1921 - July 27, 2018 Irving C. Maghran Jr. was wounded twice as he led his troops in the Ardennes and the Battle of the Bulge. Yet when the Army needed a fair-minded officer who could administer the affairs of the occupied city of Mosbach, Germany, they called on the young captain. That yearlong experience as administrator led Mr. Maghran to the law, a profe…

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Oct. 21, 1935 – Aug. 25, 2018 Wanda M. Corsaro, of Lewiston, a retired beauty salon owner, died last Saturday under hospice care. She was 82. Born in Niagara Falls, the daughter of a beautician, the former Wanda Matyjas was a graduate of Niagara Falls High School. She joined her mother, Helen Matyjas, as a proprietor of fashionable beauty salons, notably Leonard’s…

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Feb. 13, 1925 – Aug. 26, 2018 Leo W. Wolanin, a World War II veteran and Westinghouse retiree, died after a short illness Sunday in the Lutheran Retirement Home, Jamestown, where he had been a resident for six years. He was 93. Born in Dunkirk, he was a 1942 graduate of Dunkirk High School and served in the Marine Corps in the Pacific in World War II, attaining the r…

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Nov. 23, 1935 — Aug. 21, 2018 G. David Baer, of West Falls, a computer analyst who co-founded Computer Task Group, died Aug. 21. His family said the cause was a heart attack. He was 82. Born in Buffalo, he was a 1952 graduate of Amherst High School and earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Bowling Green State University. He also took graduate courses at the Uni…

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Sept. 10, 1931 – Aug. 28, 2018 Dominic S. Telesco was an Erie County official when he embarked on a second career that made his face familiar throughout the Buffalo area and beyond. It began the night that he and his wife saw their son, Kenneth, then a theater major at the University at Buffalo, perform in a community production of Peter Shaffer’s play, “Equus,” in t…

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July 17, 1945 — Aug. 27, 2018 Joseph Previte, of Niagara Falls, who with his family owned and operated a pizzeria for more than 40 years, died Monday in Niagara Hospice House, Lockport, after a brief illness. He was 73. Born in Niagara Falls, he attended LaSalle High School. He worked for Iroquois Brewing Co. before opening Joey’s Pizzeria on Buffalo Avenue. Mr. P…

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March 11, 1920 — Aug. 28, 2018 Sister Mary Agnes Czarnecki, a teacher in Catholic elementary schools who served for 17 years in Brazil, died Tuesday in Blessed Mary Angela Care Center, Cheektowaga, where she had been a resident for three years. She was 98. Born Josephine Czarnecki in Buffalo, one of four children, she was a member of St. Adalbert's Parish and was a g…

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Jan. 1, 1923 – Aug. 24, 2018 Norman Vincent Salamone owned a waterproofing company, but he found joy in the arts — music, drawing and painting and most of all, film and photography. Mr. Salamone, 95, died Aug. 24 in the rehab unit at Elderwood at Williamsville, where he had lived for about a month. He was born Jan. 1, 1923 in Sutera, Sicily, Italy, the second chil…

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Oct. 5, 1947 – Aug. 25, 2018 William Z. Reich drew upon the challenges he and his family faced as new arrivals to this country when he began practicing law more than 40 years ago. Joining the Buffalo firm of Serotte, Hailey, Hoffman and Green after he graduated from the University at Buffalo Law School in 1974, he quickly expanded his attention from criminal law and …