March 21, 1944- May 17, 2019
John L. Fonagy Jr. was a bowling prodigy, meriting a mention in Sports Illustrated.
In 1964, the sports magazine wrote that the 20-year-old had rolled a 759 three-game series (out of a possible 900) to win a singles title in the New York State Bowling Association tournament in Elmira, and that he went on to win the all-events championship…
Dec. 27, 1925 – May 17, 2019
Dr. Roger J. Goergen, a retired dentist who helped write the ethics code for the Town of Amherst, died Friday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a short illness. He was 93.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Canisius High School and earned a bachelor's degree from Canisius College. He graduated from the University of Buffalo School…
July 13, 1925 – March 22, 2019
Dr. J. Paul Binette stayed active throughout his life.
Even in retirement, he could still be found working at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Buffalo.
"I think in order to age gracefully one has to keep occupied," he told The Buffalo News in 2003, when he was 77.
The same held true at his home in North Buffalo. It was commo…
June 17, 1929 - Jan. 24, 2019
Dr. Philip A. LaNasa, a longtime local dentist, died Jan. 24 in Elderwood at Williamsville in Amherst. He was 89.
Born in Geneva, N.Y., he graduated from Bishop Fallon High School in Buffalo and Canisius College.
In 1954, he married Jeanette Scaccia. After Mr. LaNasa graduated from Georgetown University's School of Dentistry, the coup…
June 14, 1948 – Dec. 27, 2018
Henry J. Durand Jr. spent more than two decades at the University at Buffalo, working with students to overcome barriers in their educational, economic or personal background.
But throughout his life, he also found ways to apply his talents away from his job — like teaching people to read, helping prison inmates earn college degrees and …
Jan. 14, 1923-Nov. 27, 2018
Edward J. Carland, who practiced law until the age of 92, died Nov. 27 in Buffalo Hospice in Cheektowaga. He was 95.
Mr. Carland was born in Buffalo and served in the Army during World War II. He graduated from Canisius College and the University of Buffalo Law School, and earned his Ph.D in law from Harvard University.
Mr. Carland, a C…
Samuel F. ''Salvatore'' Giansante of Clarence, a retired superintendent of the Elba Central School District in Genesee County, died Thursday in Brothers of Mercy Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Clarence. He was 93.
Born in Waterloo, Mr. Giansante was a graduate of St. Mary's Catholic School in his hometown.
A World War II veteran, he served in the Army from 1943…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Nov. 2, 1929 – March 22, 2018
Jack Ables, a longtime Orchard Park High School principal, died Thursday in the Rosa Coplon Jewish Home and Infirmary on the Weinberg Campus in Amherst. He was 88.
Mr. Ables was born in the Bronx. He went into the U.S. Air Force, beginning as an aviation cadet and commissioned as an officer in 1952, serving until his retirement from the …
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…
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…
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 …