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March 4, 1928 - July 12, 2018 Carolyn G. Gallivan was a Buffalo booster and eager volunteer, briefly turning the latter into a profession when she was hired in the early 1980s to be director of volunteers for the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County. Mrs. Gallivan, who had previously done volunteer work as a member of the Junior League of Buffalo and the Zonta Clu…

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July 8, 1950 — July 8, 2018 A talented painter, gardener and decorator, a devoted mother and friend to many, Susan M. Zebro is best known as a tireless worker and fundraiser for Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospice Buffalo. But her truest legacy may lie in the moments, over the coming years, when an ill patient, anxious visitor or busy staff member dr…

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July 26, 1922 — July 10, 2018 During the decades she spent supporting Studio Arena Theatre, Eleanor Jean Thompson Murray worked behind the scenes, literally and figuratively. She shunned the spotlight for herself, but raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the theater between 1964, when she joined the theater's women's committee, and 2008, when the theater close…

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Jan. 26, 1942 – July 1, 2018 For Tony Krupski, music was a family affair. The son of an accordion player and the oldest of seven boys, he picked up the instrument as a youngster. When he started a band, he recruited two of his brothers. As the Krew Brothers, the band grew to include all seven Krupski brothers. At its height in the 1970s, it was considered one o…

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Feb. 15, 1946 – July 2, 2018 Dr. Hans R. Koritz, a retired physician and pain management specialist, died July 2 in his Grand Island home after a long illness. He was 72. Born in Uddevalla, Sweden, north of Gothenburg, Hans Rutger Koritz grew up in Djursholm, on Sweden’s eastern coast. He graduated in 1976 from the Medical School at the University of Zurich, Switzerl…

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Feb. 21, 1949 – July 7, 2018 Glenn D. Voelker, longtime owner of Voelker’s Bowling Center, a beloved classic venue for the sport in Buffalo, died unexpectedly Saturday while vacationing in Baltimore. He was 69. Born in Buffalo, the youngest of four children, he worked in the bowling center as a boy and attended Riverside High School and East Aurora High School. He…

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June 26, 1928 – June 23, 2018 Donald G. Ward, of Hamburg, a landscape architect who specialized in cemetery design, died June 13 in Elderwood at Hamburg. He was 89. Born in Jamestown, he grew up in Sinclairville and was a 1946 graduate of Cassadaga Valley Central High School, where he was class president. He enlisted in the Army prior to graduation and served with…

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July 5, 1942 — June 29, 2018 When Erie County Sheriff's Detective Chester J. Krupczyk Jr. slid headfirst inside a 15-foot-tall ice volcano on Lake Erie on Jan. 14, 1999, his life, as well as that of the boys he was trying to save, was suddenly at risk. That daring and difficult rescue of Richard E. Burst, 7, and Anthony Trigilio, 9, off the shore of the Town of Evans…

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Dec. 22, 1946 – June 30, 2018 Ward Hamlin, an attorney for more than 40 years, kept two large files of index cards. The bigger one was called “Ward Law,” which he used as a reference for legal matters. “He was called upon by his colleagues for his vast knowledge of the law,” his daughter, Emma, said. The other one compiled information on his lifelong passion – …

Cheektowaga

Nov. 8, 1946 – July 7, 2018 After Ronald Rydzynski passed the test to become a police officer, he looked for a job close to home. It didn’t take long to get one. “The chief drove into our driveway and blew the horn,” his wife, Lucy, said. “He said, ‘Get yourself a white shirt. You’re starting tomorrow.’ ” Officer Rydzynski served on the Village of Sloan’s five-man…

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May 24, 1930 — June 24, 2018 John Francis "Jack" Gallagher devoted his working life to microbiology and cancer research. But in his spare time, thanks to a decision his daughter made in college, he discovered and fed a passion for archaeology. Mr. Gallagher died June 24 in his Amherst home after a long illness. He was 88. Born in Buffalo, the youngest of three …

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May 28, 1934 – July 3, 2018 Monsignor Mecislaus S. Wendzikowski, pastor of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Holland for 16 years, died Tuesday in Buffalo General Hospital. He was 84. Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Canisius High School, St. Mary's College in Orchard Lake, Mich., and Christ the King Seminary in Olean. He was ordained in 1959, and started in th…

Lancaster

Sept. 19, 1952 - July 3, 2018 Edward P. Furlani, a theoretical physicist from Lancaster, created a technique to separate red and white blood cells using magnets, has had a hand in devising ways to kill germs on cell phones with ultraviolet light and creating implantable sensors to detect lung cancer, as well as innovations in ink jets for printers. He had 152 patents…

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Feb. 15, 1926 – July 1, 2018 Charles F. Schaffstall Sr., retired owner of a custom metal product manufacturing company and a nationally ranked senior athlete, died Sunday in his Orchard Park home. He was 92. Born in Dearborn, Mich., he enlisted in the Navy two months after he graduated from South Park High School in 1944 and served on eight ships as a ship’s cook, th…

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Dec. 6, 1938 – July 3, 2018 For generations of students and staff, Lawrence D. “Larry” Ford Sr. seemed to embody all that was St. Bonaventure University. Over a 32-year career in various administrative positions, Mr. Ford became a university institution not only as director of the Reilly Center or personnel director, but as friend and mentor to so many collegians who…