Obituaries - The Buffalo News

June 4, 1943 – Feb. 22, 2017 Jo Anne G. Jackson, of Clarence, former chief financial officer for Fisher-Price Toys, died Wednesday in Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a short illness. She was 73. Born in Lindsborg, Kan., where her father was stationed in the Army, the former Jo Anne Gordon grew up in Williamsville and attended Williamsville…

By Adam Bernstein Joseph A. Wapner, a retired California judge whose flinty-folksy style of resolving disputes on the show “The People’s Court” helped spawn an entire genre of courtroom-based reality television with no-nonsense jurists and often clueless litigants, died Feb. 26 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 97. A grandson, Gabriel Wapner, confirmed the dea…

Aug. 24, 1927 – Feb. 16, 2017 Alan K. Bruce, who established the first radiation safety program at the University at Buffalo, died last Thursday in his Town of Tonawanda home after a brief illness. He was 89. Born in Nashua, N.H., he served in the Army after graduating from Nashua High School. Assigned to the 158th Armored Division at Fort Knox, Ky., he was company…

Feb. 15, 1953 – Feb. 21, 2017 Barbara S. Perry, of Hamburg, owner of the Aurora Sewing Center and a leader in the sewing field locally and nationally, died unexpectedly Tuesday in Mercy Hospital. She was 64. Born in Buffalo, the former Barbara S. Basile grew up in Williamsville and was a graduate of Williamsville South High School. A seamstress, she was a freque…

July 23, 1938 – Feb. 21, 2017 Arthur L. Haberman Jr., a retired Buffalo business executive who was active in the community,  died Tuesday  from complications of brain cancer in Beechwood Continuing Care, Getzville. He was 78. A lifelong Buffalo resident, Mr. Haberman was raised on Millicent Avenue in the Kensington-Bailey neighborhood and was a 1956 graduate …

Sept. 20, 1929 – Feb. 20, 2017 Ellen E. Furmanek, a bridal shop owner, died Monday in her Williamsville home after an illness. She was 87. Born in Buffalo, the former Ellen Larsen was a graduate of East High School and studied dressmaking at the Vareska School of Design in Buffalo. Mrs. Furmanek founded the Bridal Chateau in her home in 1975 after her husban…

Aug. 19, 1996 – Feb. 19, 2017 Erin Christine McAneney, of West Seneca, who campaigned for greater awareness and research for childhood cancers, died Sunday while participating in a trial treatment for a rare form of bone cancer at the Mary Crowley Cancer Institute in Dallas, Texas. She was 20. Ms. McAneney, diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in 2013, had been par…

March 11, 1929 - February 14, 2017 Dr. Leo T. Crowley, Jr., D.D.S., a dentist and lifelong resident of Western New York, died on February 14, at home following a brief illness. He was 87 years old. Born in Buffalo in 1929, he was raised in North Buffalo. He graduated from St. Margaret’s School and St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. He received his Bachelor of…

Barbara Wagner, a passionate leading figure in Western New York choral music, died Feb. 17 at the Garden House Nursing Home in Getzville, after a long illness. She was 80. Countless singers and musicians performed over the decades under Wagner's direction. She was in her 50th year directing the choir of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo by the time she reti…

August 28, 1940 - January 30, 2017 Sheila A. Diebold, whose love of wildlife and art benefitted two leading cultural institutions, died Jan. 30 in Buffalo General Hospital, after a brief illness. She was 76. Born in New York City, the former Sheila Aldrich attended Chapin School, two blocks from her Manhattan home, where she was a top student and "a terrific athl…

Oct. 27, 1924 – Feb. 19, 2017 Harry E. Lorenzo, of Williamsville, a Buffalo attorney for 58 years, died Sunday in Elderwood Health Care at Lancaster. He was 92. Born in Buffalo, the youngest of 12 children, he grew up in the Genesee-Bailey neighborhood and was a graduate of Kensington High School. He served in the Army during World War II as a paratrooper wi…

April 19, 1929 – Feb. 17, 2017 Richard Edward Greco Sr., of Clarence, a regulatory executive in the pharmaceutical industry, died Friday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Amherst after a short illness. He was 87. Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Grover Cleveland High School and attended the University of Buffalo. He served in the Army Dental Corp…

Oct. 3, 1938 – Feb. 1, 2017 Donald Henderson, of Amherst, co-founder of the Center for Hearing and Deafness at the University at Buffalo, died Feb. 1 in Buffalo General Medical Center after a long illness. He was 78. Recognized internationally as an expert in the field of noise-induced hearing loss, he published more than 200 articles and edited a dozen books. He o…

Dec. 23, 1945 – Feb. 16, 2017 Charles H. Tingley, a retired meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Buffalo, died unexpectedly Thursday in his Town of Tonawanda home. He was 71. Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Kenmore West High School and served in the Army as a military policeman in the 199th Infantry Brigade. He was a veteran of the Vietna…