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June 16, 1962 - Feb. 23, 2018 For as long as Stephen McGonagle can remember, his younger brother, Scott, dreamed of a career in the military. Kenmore resident Scott McGonagle lived out his dream as an air weapons officer in the U.S. Air Force, with deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and across Africa and Europe. "He was always interested in avi…

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July 11, 1937 – May 17, 2018 Peter T. Ruszczyk, an award-winning human rights attorney, died Thursday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a short illness. He was 80. It was through his work at the Legal Aid Society that work that Mr. Ruszczyk met his wife, the former Louise E. Carey. They married in 1970 and opened a law firm, Carey and Ruszczyk, in Buffalo in 19…

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Nov. 25, 1920 – May 18, 2018 Prominent Buffalo attorney Richard Lipsitz Sr. was more than a legal heavyweight in the labor field. He also was an early supporter of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s and a staunch opponent of the Vietnam War. Through his support, his son says, Mr. Lipsitz helped spawn an entire generation of activists who were fighting f…

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July 21, 1937 – March 22, 2018 Carl J. Prieur, a plant manager and master furniture finisher who traveled the world to restore Kittinger Furniture pieces, died Thursday at Hospice Buffalo after a long illness. He was 80. Mr. Prieur was born in Buffalo and graduated from Emerson High School. He was a longtime resident of the Town of Tonawanda. He began his career i…

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June 19, 1929 - Jan. 21, 2018 Little Ernest J. Hausmann was excited to wear long pants almost 80 years ago when he boarded a steamer that allowed him and his family to flee Germany for the United States. "Mother had found out from a relative that boys my age in America wore long pants, whereas in Germany all the boys wore short pants," he told The Buffalo News last y…

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Aug. 1, 1921 - Dec. 17, 2017 Raymond A. Hudson, M.D., a longtime Buffalo cardiologist, died Dec. 17 in the Rosa Coplon Facility of the Weinberg Campus after a long illness. He was 96. Dr. Hudson was a Buffalo native who attended the University of Buffalo through full scholarships, and later the US Army for undergraduate and medical training. He graduated from the …

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April 28, 1926 - Dec. 9, 2017 Joyce R. Schultz, 91, died Saturday in Elderwood of Williamsville, after complications from Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Mrs. Schultz, a homemaker, artist and mother of five, was also an avid reader of art and science books. The former Joyce Johnson was a native of Jamestown and had lived in the Western New York area all of h…

Niagara County

Oct. 27, 1927 – Nov. 2, 2017 Thomas E. Wojtaszek, who founded a political dynasty in both his professional and personal life, died on Thursday under hospice care in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 90. Mr. Wojtaszek and his wife of 64 years, the former Lillian Pope, are parents to 12 children, including those who followed their father's footsteps i…

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July 2, 1922 - Sept. 21, 2017 Not only was Dr. Richard H. Adler a prominent and well-regarded surgeon in the Buffalo area for over 30 years, he also was cerebral, musically inclined, a natural athlete and handsome, to boot. As if all that wasn't enough, the founder and director of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Buffalo General Hospital also possessed an im…

Erie County

Johnathan R. "Johnny" Fiebelkorn, a 17-year-old member of the Akron Tigers Central High School wrestling team, was killed on Saturday morning in a crash in Alden just one week before he was to begin his senior year continuing as team captain, the fourth year he would have held the position. His coach since the seventh grade, Danny Klonowski, said Johnny was like a littl…

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Dec. 24, 1929- July 21, 2017 The Rev. Robert Bellingham, a Presbyterian pastor for 50 years, died Friday in his Lewiston home under the care of his family. He was 87. Rev. Bellingham received his schooling in music education at the Hamilton Conservatory and Moody Bible Institute. He received a bachelor's degree in theology at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minn., and hi…

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Dec. 7, 1919 – July 15, 2017 Carlyn M. Sanes was a pilot, a nurse and a speech therapist. She also fought for desegregation of the Buffalo public schools. She died July 15 after a short illness while living with family in Boston. She was 97. The former Carlyn Belasco was born in Philadelphia and raised in Buffalo, where she graduated from Lafayette High School in …

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Sept. 11, 1936 – June 3, 2017 Rabbi Shay E. Mintz, a Jewish educator and spiritual leader in Buffalo for more than 40 years, was an eyewitness to Israel’s independence. Born in Tel Aviv to Jewish immigrants who had come to what was then Palestine in the 1920s, Yeshayahu Eliezer Mintz was 11 when the United Nations voted to divide Palestine into separate Jewish and Ar…

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June 19, 1924 – June 1, 2017 Dr. Winifred G. Mernan wanted to be something more than a stay-at-home mother. In an era of limited career opportunities for women, she took a radical step and enrolled in the University of Buffalo in the late 1940s. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa honor society, earned a bachelor’s degree in 1951 and went on to study in the UB School o…