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Feb. 5, 1928 – Oct. 30, 2018 Dr. Eugene L. Beltrami, of Amherst, a retired gynecologist and medical administrator, died unexpectedly Oct. 30. He was 90. Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of East High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Canisius College in 1947 and completed a master’s degree in education two years later while teaching in Buffalo …

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Nov. 18, 1942 – Oct. 30, 2018 Paul F. Rosa must have driven more than 850,000 miles from his Rochester home during the quarter-century he owned Rosa’s Home Stores in Western New York. “He loved the Buffalo community and he loved being a part of it,” said Dean Rallo, Mr. Rosa’s stepson. “If someone lost a house in a fire, he would quietly reach out and help them rebui…

Oct. 15, 1932 – Oct. 26, 2018 When John E. Wirth was a researcher at the University at Buffalo, he was known as “Mr. E.M.” He was the resident expert on electron microscopes. “I met John in 1966,” his wife of 43 years, the former Susan Steg, said. “His lab was across the hall from mine at UB. I was just getting into research work and if I had a question, I just went …

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Feb. 8, 1923 – Oct. 21, 2018 Joseph E. Simiele, 95, of Wheatfield, a decorated World War II Army paratrooper and a retired U.S. Labor Department official, died Oct. 21, 2018, in Niagara Hospice, Lockport. A native of Amsterdam, N.Y., Simiele was a sergeant in the Army's famed 82nd Airborne Division that was in combat in Belgium, France and Germany. He was awarded a B…

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April 23, 1930 – Oct. 29, 2018 Ora Lee Delgado, who helped found Muhammad Mosque 23 in Buffalo and played a leading role for many years in the Langston Hughes Center, died Monday under hospice care in her Buffalo home. She was 88. Born in Port Huron, Mich., one of 13 children, the former Ora Lee McQuiller came to Lackawanna with her family as a child and earned a bus…

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Jan. 18, 1944 – Oct. 28, 2018 Robert A. “Mike” Kaiser, a retired Cincinnati newspaper editor who began his career at The Buffalo News, died Sunday in his home in the Cincinnati suburb of Anderson Township after a long illness. He was 74. He was assistant managing editor for news at the Cincinnati Post and its sister paper, the Kentucky Post, when they closed in 2007.…

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April 18, 1920 – Oct. 17, 2018 Helena Hale developed her deep bond with the Italian province of Tuscany during the first years of her life. Although the former Helena Menchini was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, shortly after her parents emigrated there from Italy, the death of two of her siblings in Canada made them decide to move back to their ancestral home. They s…

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Nov. 16, 1933 – Oct. 27, 2018 Rev. Richard A. Jesionowski, pastor of Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church in Cheektowaga for 20 years, died Saturday in Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. He was 84. Born in Dunkirk, he attended St. Hedwig's Elementary School and was a graduate of Dunkirk High School. He served for four years in the Air Force, then worked…

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Sept. 18, 1925 – Oct. 27, 2018 Thomas Angelo Vizzini Sr., a retired postal letter carrier and a veteran who served during two wars, died Saturday in Mercy Hospital. He was 93. Born in Jamestown, the son of Sicilian immigrants, he was one of seven children. His family moved to Buffalo’s West Side when he was a boy and he attended Grover Cleveland High School. He le…

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July 31, 1934 – Oct. 26, 2018 George A. Porter, of Alden, a sheriff’s deputy who became an instructor and assistant director at Erie County Central Police Services, died Friday in Sisters Hospital St. Joseph Campus, Cheektowaga, after a short illness. He was 84. Born in Buffalo, he was a 1952 graduate of Kensington High School and served stateside in the Marine Corps…

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Nov. 3, 1932 - Oct. 24, 2018 Patrick G. Lucey served the Town of Amherst and its residents for 22 years as the superintendent of highways. During that time, he authored a number of articles and publications and traveled throughout New York State to give presentations on best practices for town superintendents of highways. He was also a devout Catholic, who went to da…

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March 13, 1950 – Oct. 25, 2018 Kevin M. Galvin, of Buffalo, a retired Buffalo city government official, died Thursday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 68. Born in Buffalo, the third of eight children, he was a 1968 graduate of Canisius High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University at Buffalo in 197…

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June 11, 1930 – Oct. 25, 2018 Austin D. Swanson, of Clarence, a retired University at Buffalo professor renowned as an expert on school financing and management, died Thursday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 88. Born in Jamestown, he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1952 from Allegheny College and served for two years in the Army. He earned a master’s degree …

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Sept. 26, 1946 – Oct. 25, 2018 Richard A. Stachnik, of the Town of Tonawanda, a rehabilitation counselor, died unexpected Thursday in Buffalo General Medical Center. He was 72. Born in Buffalo, he attended St. Florian’s Elementary School and was a graduate of Cardinal Dougherty High School. He attended the University at Buffalo, then served in the Army in the Vietnam…

June 25, 1927 - Oct. 25, 2018 Sally A. Hurley of the Town of Tonawanda, a longtime teacher in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District, died Thursday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital following a short illness. She was 91. The third of five children born to Joseph Hurley and the former Margaret Roach, Ms. Hurley was a graduate of St. Paul's grammar school in Kenmore and…