It is the Post Commander’s sad duty to report that the following Comrades have been called from our midst, and gone to report to the “Commander of All” and are hereby transferred from the roles of Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
February 13, 2023
JOHN M. LAVIN
Beloved husband of Patricia S. (nee Sheridan) Lavin; devoted father of Thea (Eric) Lange, Stephen (Jean) Lavin, Carolyn Lavin, and Terri (Scott Rice) Lavin-Ruh; cherished grandfather of Tess (Sean) McNally, Grace Herrman, Daniel Lange, Megan and Nathan Ruh, Thomas and Elizabeth Lavin; adored great-grandfather of Ava and John McNally; loving son of the late John S. and Josephine Lavin; dear brother of the late Charles and late Joan Lavin; also survived by many family and friends John was a United States Navy Lieutenant Veteran where he served in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the Pentagon. He then proudly served as a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigations. John was a 21-year member of Milton J. Brounshidle Post 205
February 1, 2023
JOHN P. KALAROVICH
Beloved husband of the late Mary Ann (nee Webb) Kalarovich; devoted father of Debra (late David) Simmons, Donna (Vincent) Montanari, John (Ina) Kalarovich, and Carol (late Michael) Schaefer; cherished grandfather of 10 and great-grandfather of 6; loving son of the late James and Kathleen Kalarovich; dear brother of Frances (late Theodore) Kraus, Annette Sivertsen, William (Katie) Kalarovich, and the late Thomas (Patricia), late Anthony (Sandra), late James, Kalarovich, and the late Kathleen (late Charles) Meek; also survived by many family and friends. John was a 64-year member of Milton J. Brounshidle Post 205.
October 6, 2022
JOSEPH N. SARDO
Beloved husband of Joyce (nee Sevdale) Sardo; devoted father of Joseph M., Michael A. (Michelle), and the late Laurie A. Sardo; loving son of the late Carl and Anna (nee Ruggiero) Sardo; dear brother of Louis C. Sardo; also survived by many nieces, nephews, family and friends. Joseph was a United States Air Force Veteran, an 18-year member of Milton J. Brounshidle Post 205, and a longtime Journeyman for The Buffalo News and Courier Express.
September 20, 2022
DAVID W. GRAHAM SR.
Beloved husband for over 55 years to the late Phyllis (Stengel) Graham. Dear father of David (Jennifer) Graham Jr., Gregory (Stacey) Graham and Susan (Kevin) Taylor. Proud grandpa of Carson, Cameron, Megan, Molly, Jacob, Emma, Joshua and Jeremy. Brother of Roy (Marian) Graham. David is a U.S. Air Force Veteran of the Berlin Crisis and retired from the Army Reserves with 29 years of service and a 18-year member of the Brounshidle . He is retired from Roswell Park Cancer Institute with 36 years of service as a Senior Cancer Research Technician, was a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologist and a 6-year member of the American Legion Post #205.
July 11, 2022
CARL J. MARRANCA
Beloved husband of Sandra (DiBartolo) Marranca; dear father of Carol Ann (James) Bogold, Darlene (Norm) Petersdorf, Karen Marranca and John J. Marranca; loving grandfather of five grandchildren and one great-grandchild; brother of the late Gerald (Linda) Marranca and late Rose Mary (late Edgar) Wall. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Carl was a 50-year member and Past Commander of the M.J. Brounshidle Post #205, Commander of Chapter #63, Korean War Veterans and a member of the Harry E. Crosby Post.
July 3. 2022
RICHARD FRANCIS SCHLIA
Age 95. Beloved husband of the late Margaret (Angie) Schlia; dear father of John J. Schlia and the late Barbara Soellner; former father-in-law of Mary (Donoughe) Schlia; loving grandfather of Patrick, Brandon and Ryan; great-grandfather of Abigail; uncle of Kathy Alton and Robert Angie. Richard was one of four siblings that grew up on Pershing Ave., on Buffalo's East Side and is a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy serving in WWII. He worked in the soft drink business for 45 years, mainly as a Coca-Cola distributor. He was a huge Buffalo Bills fan, going all the way back to their days in the All American Conference in the 1940's when he worked at War Memorial Stadium (The Old Rockpile). He has been a member of the Brounshidle American Legion Post for 65 years.
May 16, 2022
At 101 years.
Beloved husband of 51 years to the late Sally Trumble Ninos; brother of Cheo Humphries. Predeceased by seven siblings; also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Peter is a World War II Army veteran, retired school teacher and guidance counselor of 33 years for the KenTon Public Schools, Customs inspector on the Rainbow, Lewiston / Queenston and Whirlpool Bridges in Niagara Falls, NY. Pete is a 32nd degree Mason, member of Adam Iram Lodge #350 F&AM, and a 67-year member of Milton J. Brounshidle Post 205.
May 16, 2022
KEVIN J. KERR
Entered into rest as a result of Agent Orange; Beloved husband of Catherine (nee Kumm); devoted father of Aaron (Kate) Kerr, Galen and Seth Kerr and Shannon (Tom Cleary) Kerr; cherished grandfather of Gavin, Casey and Sean Kerr; adored son of the late Robert and Julia Kerr; loving brother of Elaine (Duane) Roberts, Mary Pat (Bob) Smith and John (Allan Kane) Kerr; also survived by his fur babies. Kevin served the Army and the Army National Guard for 30 years of active duty. He was awarded the Soldiers Medal by former President Jimmy Carter, the highest peace time award, for saving the crew of a burning tank while removing ammunition. Kevin was a 16-year member of Milton J. Brounshidle Post 205.
JOHN J. HESS
Husband of Sandra Buell Hess and the late Marilyn K. (nee Jacobi) Hess. Father of Kathleen A. Jimenez, Susan L. (Eric) Berger, Mark (Gail) and Robert (Nadia) Hess. Step father of Scott (Georgi) Kassy and Douglas (Kristen) Buell. Also survived by 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Brother of Georgia Cusack and the late Mary Elizabeth Rapp. John was a veteran of the US Navy and a 32-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post 205. He was the owner and operator of Buffalo Loading Docks. He was a member of the LaSalle Yacht Club and Past Commodore of the Buffalo Launch Club.
April 19, 2022
ELMER F. WIENCLAWSKI
Age 102 - Beloved husband of 76 years to Amelia G. (nee Boblak) Wienclawski. Loving father of Ellyn (James) Duprey, John (Alyson), Andrea (Dick) Rea and the late Paul Wienclawski. Cherished Grandpa of James (Christy) Duprey, Michele (Scott Suchowolec) Duprey, Ian (Beth) Wienclawski, Kristen (Scott) Cimino, Amy (Brian) Hartnett, Evan Rea and Erik (Snehata) Wienclawski. Great Grandpa of 12 great grandchildren. Predeceased by three brothers and one sister. Elmer served our Country as a member of the US Army during World War II and briefly during the Korean War. He was a lifetime member of the Brighton Volunteer Fire Company for over 62 years and was a past President of the Tonawanda VFW Post and a 2-year member of the American Legion, Milton J. Brounshidle Post 205.
April 18, 2022
RICHARD CHARLES "UNCLE DICK" HASTINGS
Of Kenmore, formerly Short Track, NY, son of the late Thomas G. and Freda Strasser Hastings; dear brother of Virginia (late Reuben) Lawter, Thomas (late Marilynn) Hastings, Joan (late Carlton) MacEwan, Marilyn (late Peter) Catania, the late Robert (late Virginia) Hastings, and late Grace (late Richard) Duewiger; also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Richard was a horticulturist and self-employed landscaper, member of WNY Chapter of the Korean War Veterans and Milton J. Brounshidle Post 205 American Legion for 37 years.
March 21, 2022
JOHN R. "JACK" SHEVLET
Age 96. Loving companion of 40 years to Dorothy Kirwan; devoted father of the late Robert J. (Kathy) Shevlet and Debbie (Willie) Acosta; cherished grandfather of Robert J. (Kelly) Shevlet, Jr. and Casey (Jason) Mathews; great-grandfather to R.J., and Giana Shevlet; brother of the late Rosemary (late Robert) Stachowski; also survived by many loving cousins, nieces and nephews. Mr. Shevlet was a Veteran of World War II, working in the defense industry prior to enlisting in the Army, and a proud 33-year member of the Brounshidle American Legion Post. After the war, he established Shevlet Construction Company, building garages, additions and custom homes, and retiring at age 83. His hobby was working and making people happy.
March 4, 2022
JAMES P. CORNWELL
Beloved husband of 58 years to Patricia L. (Meyers) Cornwell; dear father of James P. (Joyce), Mark R. (Amanda) Cornwell, Jennifer (Santo) Rizzo and Matthew A. Cornwell; former father-in-law of Alana Lentini; loving papa of Timothy, Julia, Noah, Griffin, Grace, Mark, Gabriel, Anderson, Sheridan and Broxton; great-grandpa of Sophia and Ava; brother of the late Harry Cornwell; also survived by nieces and nephews. James was a 21-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post 205.
February, 26, 2022
DONALD F. WAHL
Beloved husband of the late Mary (nee Kuechenberg) Wahl; loving father of Charles (Sue), Sharon (Dennis) Dorner, Kerry, Robert (Laura) and Kathryn (Patrick) Maloney; dear grandfather of 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; brother of the late Ruth (John) Kratus and Richard Wahl; also survived by nieces and nephews. Donald was a 43-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post 205.
February 12, 2022
BRADLEY J. CRANE
Age 69. Beloved husband of Teresa (nee Nagrock) Crane; loving father of Rebecca (companion Michael) Crane, and Brittany (Shawn) O’Sullivan) and cherished grandfather of Koralynn Gibbs, Abigail O’Sullivan and Finnley O’Sullivan; brother of Bonnie (frank) Days also survived by nieces & nephews. The family will be present for a Private Service on Thursday February 24th from 10am-1130am at the Dietrich Funeral Home, 2480 Kensington Ave, Amherst, New York Brad was an active 32-year member of the American Legion Brounshidle Post 205.
January 23, 2022
PAUL H. KENNEDY
Age 75; of Tonawanda ,NY; Beloved husband of the late Adrienne K. (nee Jacobs) Kennedy; loving father of Jonah Connelly and Patrick (Michele) Kennedy; cherished grandfather of Joshua, McKenzie, Patrick, and Alex Kennedy; caring brother of James (Rose), Robert (Peg) and the late John Kennedy; Fond nephew of Carrie Evans. also survived by nieces and nephews. Paul was a 27-year member of the American Legion Milton J. Broundshidle Post 205 and an active member of the Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Church.
January 17, 2022
ROBERT J. GOLIBERSUCH
Age 90. Beloved husband of 64 years to Doris (nee Bauerle) Golibersuch; devoted father of Robert D. (Michelle) Golibersuch; loving grandfather of Nicholas and Zachary Golibersuch; son of the late Frank and Catherine (nee Hornung) Golibersuch; dear brother of Lorraine (late Joseph) Pfohl and predeceased by siblings Frank, Norman (late Barbara), Donald (Barbara) Golibersuch; survived by many nieces and nephews. Robert was retired from UAW, local #774, Tonawanda. He was a 31-year member of the American Legion Milton J. Brounshidle Post and a veteran of the U.S. Army.
January 13, 2022
DAVID E. CHRIST
Age 73, of Kenmore, NY. Cherished husband of 50 years to Sue (nee Crowe) Christ; beloved father of Jeffrey (Jodi) and Jason Christ; loving grandfather of Jonah David Christ; also survived by relatives and friends. David was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a 3-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
November 22, 2021
CASIMIR "CASEY" WILBERT
Beloved husband of the late Kathryn (nee Pfeiffer) Wilbert; loving father of Kathryn (Ronald) Gorkiewicz, Marilyn (Thomas) Knezetic, John (Mary) Wilbert and Susan (Robert) Senser. Loving grandfather of Michele (Drew) Schinzel, Melinda (Robert) McIntyre, Andrew (Kelly) Gorkiewicz, Martin (Elizabeth) Gorkiewicz, Graham (Michala) Wilbert, Sarah (fiancé Joseph) Wilbert, Robin Senser and Emma Senser; loving great-grandfather of eight greatgrandchildren; brother of Joan O’Connor, Ruth Haas and the late Alice, Nancy and Dorothy. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Longtime and cherished friend of the late Ann Ross. A 48-year member of American Legion Post 205 in Kenmore, Casimir was an active Parishioner of Infant of Prague Church and was the recipient of the St. Joseph the Worker award from the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo for his work and dedication.
October 13, 2021
JAMES C. CALNAN
Beloved husband of Anita (Bassanello) Calnan. Dear father of James Daniel (Jody) Calnan, Sharon (Mark) Kielma and the late Jeffrey Calnan. Loving grandfather of Eric (Jo), Clint (Jodi), Dusty (Jennifer), Ty, Megan (Taylor) and Caitlin, Lauren and great- grandfather of Charley, Ethan, Jake, Ada, Dax, Roxy, Dean, and the late Cage. Brother of the late Audrey (Dar) Brackett, late Francis (late Connie) and late Thomas (Audrey) Calnan. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Jim was a U.S. Marine veteran and a NYS Licensed funeral director serving the Kenmore area with William Rolling Funeral Home and later with Lester Wedekindt Funeral Home. He was a 56-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
September 16, 2021
WILLIAM CRAWFORD BATES, JR.
Age 90, departed from us peacefully, at home surrounded by loving family. He is survived by his wife Kathleen M. Kurtz Nagel Bates; his daughters, Susan Bates Scheublein (James), Wendy Bates Weymark, Barbara Bates-Phillips (Dean); stepson, Adam Thomas Nagel (Shaun), and his former spouse Marjorie J. Clark Bates; predeceased by his parents, William Crawford Bates, Sr., Esther Victoria Nelson Bates, younger brother Robert N. Bates and stepmother Ruth Standard Wiedmaier Bates. He was a 10-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
September 15, 2021
ANTHONY "TONY" ADIMEY
Age 84, formerly of the City of Tonawanda. Husband of the late Antoinette (nee Saito) Adimey who passed in 1999; father of Jodi L. (Robert) Hausrath, Brian Adimey, Dina (Stephen) Brumbaugh and Dana (Winthrop) Allen; grandfather of Kaylee, Ashley, Anthony, Siena, Stephanie, Amanda, Nathan, Daniel and Bradley; brother of Roy (late spouse Shirley) Adimey, Ronald (Sharon) Adimey, Carol Adimey, the late Madeline "Bonnie" Ettipio and the late Robert (living spouse Phyllis) Adimey. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Tony worked as a millwright at Bethlehem Steel for 43 Years, served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 20 years rising to the rank of Sgt. First Class, he was an owner of AM-FI Automotive, and in retirement worked at LA NOVA Pizzeria as a handyman. He was a 17-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
August 13, 2021
DR. FRANK A. PFALZER, JR.
Beloved husband of the late Patricia (Funnell) Pfalzer; loving father of Nancy (Bill) Swartzman, Pete (Liz), David (Jill) Pfalzer, MD, Mary Jo (Bill) Jensen, Marta (Jeff) Jackson and the late William J. Pfalzer; dear grandfather of nine and great-grandfather of one; brother of James (Marion) Pfalzer; predeceased by William (Patricia) Pfalzer and Sally (Bud) Wischerath. Frank was a 35-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
June 29, 2021
JOSEPH J. BOSA
Age 93. Beloved husband of 65 years to the late Antoinette "Toni" (nee Casciano) Bosa; uncle of James (Adrienne) Casciano; godfather of David (Heather) Scibetta and their children, Madeline, Owen and Michael Scibetta. Joe was a 50-year member of the Bricklayers Union #3 and a tile setter by trade. He also was a 22-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post
June 26, 2021
CARL L. HAGAN
Age 97. Beloved husband of the late Violet "Judy" (nee McGregor) Hagan; devoted father of Robert A., Cathy J. (Joseph) Burke, and Carol Ann (G. Robert) Ostrander; loving grandfather of six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; dear brother of Joyce (late John) Svilokos and the late Albert E. (late Barbara) Hagan Jr., also survived by several nieces and nephews. Mr. Hagan was a United States Navy veteran, a 73-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post, a member of the Amherst Lodge #981 F. & A. M., and retired from Calspan Corp.
May 25, 2021
VINCENT L. POLITO
Of Williamsville, entered into rest on May 25, 2021 at age 78. Beloved husband of 54 years to Kathleen (nee Hassenfratz) Polito; devoted father of Laura (Donald) Tucker, Joseph (Donna) Polito, and Elizabeth Polito; cherished grandfather of Adam (fiancée Taylor Lennert), Jonathan and Matthew Tucker, Anna and Jenna Polito, and the late Sarah Grace Tucker; loving son of the late Charles and Grace (nee Tramont) Polito; dear brother of Ann (late Thomas) Carroll, Marge (Nils) Hjalmarson, the late Anthony (Mae) Polito, the late Charles (Janelle) Polito and the late Joseph (Louise) Polito; also survived by loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Lou was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was on a ship in the Cuban Blockade. Lou was a banker, musician and the owner of Creekview Estates Apartments in Lockport and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a 3-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
May 21, 2021
COURTLAND R. "CORKY" LAVALLEE
Formerly of Williamsville, NY. Beloved husband of late Annette “Angel” LaVallee; devoted father of Courtland “Corky, Jr.” (Donna) LaVallee, Diane (Jack Coyne) LaVallee, The Rev. Robert LaVallee, and Suzanne (David O’Connor) LaVallee; cherished grandfather of Leslianne, Alice, George, Daniel, Francis, and Liam; loving brother of Roderick (Martha) and late Rev. Pierre LaVallee; dear friend of Geremia “Gerry” Trifiletti; also survived by 6 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. He was a 52-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
A chance encounter with a brochure in a guidance counselor’s office led to a long and distinguished career as a lawyer for Courtland R. “Corky” LaVallee.
The brochure encouraged students to attend law school at the University of Buffalo – offering a career possibility that Mr. LaVallee hadn’t even considered at that point in his young life.
“The counselor told him that his marks weren't good enough and he probably wouldn’t be able to get into law school. That’s all my father needed to hear,” recalled one of his daughters, Buffalo attorney Diane LaVallee.
Mr. LaVallee did indeed get into UB Law School, graduating with honors. He became an attorney in 1966. He served as a law clerk in the state Appeals Court, became a partner in a large Buffalo law firm, argued a case in the U.S. Supreme Court and devoted thousands of hours of pro bono work to immigrants in the Buffalo area.
Mr. LaVallee died on May 21 under hospice care in his daughter’s Derby home, following a short illness. He was 90.
He was a skilled litigator who enjoyed his life outside the courtroom and was known for his great sense of humor, his daughter said.
“He was this very dignified law partner who also enjoyed performing in crazy comedy skits at the annual Erie County Bar Revues,” Diane LaVallee said.
She recalled her dad dressing up as a woman friend of Monica Lewinsky in one outrageous skit and appearing as “Sonny” in a “Sonny & Cher” skit at another event.
Known for his wit, intelligence and devotion to the law and his family, Mr. LaVallee was named “Lawyer of the Year” by the Erie County Bar Association. He also received the John N. Bennett Outstanding Senior award during his last year of law school.
Born and educated in Burlington, Vt., he served in an Army unit in Germany. He spent some time as a student at the University of Vermont before taking a job as a U.S. immigration officer.
He enrolled at UB after he was transferred to Buffalo to work at the Peace Bridge.
Following his graduation from UB, Mr. LaVallee became a law clerk for the late, legendary State Court of Appeals Judge Matthew J. Jasen.
After his service with Judge Jasen, he began working at one of Buffalo’s biggest law firms, Moot & Sprague. He became an expert in railroad law and immigration law and argued one case before the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1970s.
Mr. LaVallee moved to the Kavinoky Cook law firm after Moot & Sprague broke up, after more than 136 years of operations, in the early 1990s.
A strong believer in helping immigrant families who were making new lives in Buffalo, Mr. LaVallee donated “thousands of hours” of free legal representation to immigrants over the decades, his family said.
He was also an active volunteer, serving for many years on the board of Mercy Hospital, including a stint as board chairman. He served as president of the Buffalo Legal Aid Bureau in the late 1990s.
A former associate editor of the Buffalo Law Review, Mr. LaVallee belonged to the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Mr. LaVallee retired in 2005. In his retirement years, he enjoyed playing poker and bridge, attending opera and live theater presentations, visiting friends in Jekyll Island, Ga., and laughing with loved ones.
“He loved reading and what he really enjoyed was witty conversation with family and friends,” Diane LaVallee said.
His wife of 47 years, the former Annette “Angel” Gregoire, died in 2001.
He is survived by another daughter, Suzanne O’Connor; two sons, Courtland “Corky” Jr. and the Rev. Robert LaVallee; a brother, Roderick; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a special friend, Geremia “Gerry” Trifiletti.
May 6, 2021
ANTHONY J. LAFORNARA JR.
Age 79; beloved husband of the late Marietta C. (nee Lipomi) Lafornara; loving father of Anthony J. (Jeannie) Lafornara III, Carol (Robert) Kirk, and Patricia (Charles) Anzalone, loving Papa of Anthony H., Catherine, Nicholas, Noah, Charlie, and Jackson; dearest brother of Joseph C. (Karen) Lafornara; son of the late Anthony J. Sr. and Carol T. (nee Trumello) Lafornara also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was a 9-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post
April 24, 2021
JAMES JOSEPH SCHALK
Age 87 - Loving husband of 62 years to Helen M. (nee Richardson) Schalk. Father of Michael Schalk, Mary (Donald) Curley and Ann Marie (Patrick) Sweeney. Grandfather of Madeline, Liam, Finian and Leo Sweeney. Step-grandfather of Eric Curley. Son of the late Herman and Margaret (nee Bechtel) Schalk. Brother of the late Richard H. Schalk. Brother-in-law of Margaret (late Robert) Manzella and Linda Schalk. Uncle of six nieces and nephews. James was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a 1-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of St. John Commanderies 13 and 135 and was a longtime member of the Niagara Frontier Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. James was an avid bowler and train aficionado.
April 21, 2021
JAMES A. PERNICK SR.
Husband of the late Lucille (nee Burkhart) Pernick; loving father of Jim Jr. (Rose) and Joelle Pernick; devoted grandfather of Jim and Joe Pernick; brother of the late Larry (late Diane) Pernick; also survived by nieces and nephews. He was a 55-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
April 20, 2021
REV. DAVID H. BRAMMER
Age 90, passed away peacefully at The Kensington Assisted Living Facility in Falls Church, Virginia, surrounded by family. The cause of death was congestive heart failure. Rev. Brammer was born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota on November 10, 1930, to Martin G. Brammer and Edna Thiessen-Brammer. Both his father and grandfather served as Lutheran pastors for over 50 years in Minnesota and Iowa respectively. Rev. Brammer graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri in 1955 and was ordained into the ministry in 1956. He also received training as a probation officer in Minneapolis and completed graduate work at the University of Minnesota, the University of Chicago, and Indiana University in the areas of social work, community organization, and sociology. He served as a pastor of a congregation and chaplain of the State School for the Mentally Disabled in North Dakota; Director of Social Welfare in the Southern Illinois and Texas Districts; and Assistant Professor of Sociology and Resident Counselor at Concordia Senior College, Ft. Wayne, Indiana. He was Director of Social Services of the Lutheran Service Society in Buffalo, New York and chaplain at the Buffalo VA Medical Center. He served 26 years in the US Navy Reserve Chaplain Corps., retiring with the rank of Commander. He also served as chaplain at NAD Crane in Indiana and retired as Chief of Chaplains after over 20 years at the Buffalo VA Medical Center. He received the American Defense Medal and the Naval Reserve Medal, as well as the Martin of Tours Medal from the Armed Services Commission of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod awarded to chaplains in recognition of their service to the military. Rev. Brammer is survived by his wife Dolores (nee Borchelt) after almost 68 years of marriage, as well as three adult children and four grandchildren. He was a 36-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
March 22, 2021
FREDERICK “Coach Fred” C. THUR
Beloved husband of 43 years to Colleen Golden Thur; dear father of Fred (Christina) Thur Jr., Thomas Thur, Scott (Maria) Thur and Kevin Thur; loving grandfather of Gianna, Sofia, Christian, Jordan, Carter and Connor Thur; brother of George (Deborah) Thur; also survived by nieces and nephews and faithful feline companion Tianna. He was a 3-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
March 17, 2021
MICHAEL R. ALLEN
Beloved husband of the late Linda (nee Wojnarowski) Allen; devoted father of Lori Allen; loving son of the late Norman and Margaret (nee McGee) Allen; dear brother of Norman Jr. (Donna) Allen, Thomas (Paulette) Allen, Kathleen (Dennis) Hurley, Mary Ann Allen and the late James (Lois) Allen, Jeanne (late Charles) Adams and Margaret (Charles) Daigler; also survived by loving nieces and nephews. Michael was a US Army Veteran of the Vietnam War and a 6-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
February 18, 2021
WILLIAM R. BURGER
William entered into rest on February 18, 2021. He was predeceased by his wife, Aileen R. (Mast), of 70 years. She passed away January 21, 2021, just four weeks earlier. Beloved parents of Douglas (Kathleen) Burger and Elizabeth (John) Morgante. Cherished grandparents of David (Joy), Daniel (Julie), Andrew (Sarah) and Joan Marie. Great grandparents of Brook'lynn, Kait'lynn, Noah, Abby, Emma, Elizabeth and Charlotte.
William was a World War II Veteran (25th Division). He worked for Bell Aerospace for 38 years as a System Design Engineer. He was successful in his career due to his incredible search for information, details, and perfection. Those characteristics carried over into his numerous hobbies. He was an avid fisherman, a wood carver and all around "fixer of anything".
Bill and Aileen would have been celebrating their 71st Wedding Anniversary on July 29th.
William was a 5-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
February 14, 2021
WILLIAM H. CHELIKOWSKY
Brother of Ronald Chelikowsky and Jean Marie (Mark) Gordon; uncle of Carrie (David-John) Gordon-Stacey and Nathanael Gordon; great-uncle to Caelin Gordon-Stacey and Druhan Gordon-Stacey. Bill was a United States Army veteran and a 13-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post..
December 31, 2020
JAMES F. MORRIS SR.
Beloved husband of the late Mary (Frangooles) Morris; devoted father of Maureen L. (late Thomas) Telesco, Deborah L. Morris and James (Susan) Morris Jr.; cherished grandfather of Thomas (Tonya), Michelle (Eddy), Michael (Ericka), Lindsay and Brian; adored great-grandfather of Eddy, Nick, Mike, and Emma; loving son of the late Thomas C. and Margaret Morris. James was a US Army Veteran of WWII and a 17-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
December 23, 2020
LUIS A. VALENZUELA
Husband of over 50 years of the late June A. Valenzuela. Father of Lisa (Mark) Moore, Sara Calabrese, Michael (Laurie) Valenzuela, David Valenzuela and Marta (Stephen) Rodin. Also survived by 10 grandchildren. Luis was a 32-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
Dr. Luis Valenzuela, right, died Dec. 23, less than a month after his wife, June, also died of Covid-19.
In 1969, Dr. Luis A. Valenzuela was stationed in South Carolina with U.S. Army Medical Corps. He was supposed to be sent to Japan, but his wife was pregnant with their son Michael.
Valenzuela "got in his car and drove from South Carolina to The Pentagon to say that he couldn't go because of my mother's pregnancy," said his son David. His superiors agreed, on the condition that he accept a later assignment to Germany. But he was discharged with the rank of major in 1970 without going overseas.
Along with being a devoted father, Valenzuela was a brilliant researcher and scientist who contributed to the development of the PSA test to screen for prostate cancer.
But the center of his life was his wife of 56 years, June. After she died Dec. 6 of Covid-19, Valenzuela, who was also diagnosed with the disease in late November, struggled to remain interested in life. He was hospitalized for five days in Erie County Medical Center and, after his release, died Dec. 23 in the Grand Island home they had shared.
"All he wanted was to be with her," said David Valenzuela.
Valenzuela had a "big bellowing laugh," his son Michael Valenzuela said. "He was a very carefree, spirited person. He would talk to strangers and make them smile or laugh. He was a very outgoing man, and if he could touch somebody in a positive way, he would do that."
Valenzuela was born on April 22, 1937, in Tunija, Bogota, Colombia, and graduated from medical school at the Universidad Nacional De Colombia in 1962, second in his class. After immigrating to the United States in 1963, he met June Gardinier, a dietitian, while they were both working at Deaconess Hospital. They married on Sept. 11, 1964.
He served in the Army Medical Corps from 1968 until 1970, receiving the National Defense Service Medal.
Back in his wife's Western New York hometown, Valenzuela worked at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Kenmore Mercy Hospital and finally at St. Joseph's Hospital, where he was chief of pathology for some 20 years. He retired in 1995.
He also operated a private lab, often working 12-hour days.
In 1979, with researcher T. Ming Chu, Ph.D., of Roswell Park, Valenzuela and two others reported the discovery and purification of the Prostate-Specific Antigen. Blood tests for PSA can now find prostate cancer long before symptoms appear, when treatment can still be effective.
Around 2000, the Valenzuelas moved to Williamsburg, Va., then moved back to Western New York in 2012 to be closer to family after June was treated for breast cancer.
As busy as he was when his children were young, Valenzuela "was always around for soccer games, school concerts and plays," said David Valenzuela.
"My dad was very proud of his family; he always talked about his children, his grandchildren," said Michael Valenzuela.
And in later years, he and his wife were inseparable.
"Where one went, the other was," Michael Valenzuela said.
Valenzuela was a fan of the Buffalo Sabres – he shared season tickets for many years with other doctors – and the Buffalo Stallions, who played professional soccer from 1979 to 1984. When his children got older, he was always happy to share the tickets, "and made sure we all got turns to use them," said his daughter Sara Calabrese.
He was also a history buff, with particular interest in the U.S. Civil War.
Besides his sons, Valenzuela is survived by three daughters, Lisa Moore, Sara Calabrese and Marta Rodin, and 10 grandchildren.
December 23, 2020
MARK E. TRONOLONE
Loving son of the late Jess R. and Patricia J.Tronolone. Dear brother of Michael (Sue), Karen (Dale) Rugg and the late Jess Tronolone. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Marc was a 1-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
December 11, 2020
EDWARD M. ZYBALA
Beloved husband of the late Loretta (nee Young) Zybala. Loving father of Karen (late Richard) Snider, Cheryl (Kevin) Chiarot, David (Kristina) and the late Michael Zybala. Father in law of the late Tammy Zybala. Cherished grandfather of Ryan and Michael Lennon and Rachel, Justin, Bethany, Christopher, Sarah and Elizabeth Chiarot and Caroline and Daniel and Mathew Zybala. Great grandfather of 12 great grandchildren. Dear brother of Florence Zybala and predeceased by four brother and four sisters. Uncle of many nieces and nephews. Ed was a 15-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
November 21, 2020
WILLIAM "C. BILL" ROWE
Husband of 46 years to the late Patricia (nee Schuster) Rowe; dear father of Deborah (Robert P.) Bogdan, William T. (Debra) and Colonel Steven (Heather) Rowe; loving grandfather of Christine, Shane, Billy, Collin and Emma; great-grandfather of David and Leah; brother-in-law of Catherine (Otto) Regensdorfer; also survived by nieces and nephews. A private family interment service will take place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery with Military Honors. Bill served in the Army during the Korean Conflict and was past Commander and 45-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
November 19, 2020
HENRY "BUGSY" BOGDAN
Husband of 53 years, to the late Dolores (Dwornik) Bogdan. Dear father of Robert P. (Deborah) Bogdan, Esq.; loving grandfather of Shane R. (Lila) Bogdan; predeceased by four sisters and four brothers; also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Henry served in the Army during the Korean Conflict, achieved the Rank of Corporal and was a 51-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
October 16, 2020
JOSEPH R. FINN
Devoted husband of the late Joan (nee Feuerstein) Finn; loving father of Cheryl (Reinhart) Zimmermann, Colleen (late John) Marcus, Michele (Donald) Pirk, Patrick (Diane), JoAnn (Steve) Sloan and Peggy (Paul Londono) Storey; cherished grandfather of 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; brother of Eileen (Sheldon) Webster and the late Austin, Bob (Maybelle) and Dorothy (John) Partell; brother-in-law of Elizabeth Finn and the late Elizabeth Eiseman; uncle of many nieces and nephews. Joe was a 41-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
October 2, 2020
PAUL S. SABO
Beloved husband of Anna J. (nee Metzger) Sabo. Devoted father of Kelly (Hollie) Sabo, David (Theresa) Kellner and Paul (Kerri) Kellner. Loving grandfather of David, Patricia, Steven, Brian, Jarrett, Jayda and great grandfather of Ajaya, Kaelyn and Roman. Dear brother of the late Paula (Caryl) Van Epps. Brother in law of Maryann (late James) Fulciniti, Michael (Janice) Metzger and the late Mark Metzger. Paul was Vice President of First Niagara Bank and former New York State District Deputy of Erie Masonic District Grand Lodge of the State of New York and a 19-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
October 1, 2020
RONALD G. PEPPERDAY
Age 88, died Thursday, October 1, 2020 at Niagara Hospice House after a long illness. Born April 10, 1932 in Buffalo, he was the son of the late Fred and Anna (nee Molleca) Pepperday. Mr. Pepperday was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War and was a 34-year member of Milton J. Brounshidle Post No. 205, American Legion. He had been employed at Roadway Express for 27 years before retiring in 1990, and was a 60-year member of the Free and Accepted Masons.
He was the father of Lisa (Larry) Lichtenstein of Clarence, NY, Tammy (Rey) Batista of Hollywood, FL, Lyn (Frank) Cook of Cheektowaga, NY, and Traci Savage of Missoula, MT; grandfather of Daniel (Nicole) Lopez, Richard (Kristen) Veihdeffer III, Alyssa (Albert Gomez) Lopez, and Saralyn (Joshua) Owen; great grandfather of Sebastian Saucedo and Savannah Veihdeffer; brother of Dolores Coval of Philipsburg, PA and the late Fred Pepperday; brother-in-law of Joan M. Pepperday; uncle of Fredrick “Rick” (Judy) Pepperday, Denise (John) Zielski, Karen (Dennis) Grapes, Kim Pusch, Jennifer (Timothy) Braun, and Nannette Derry. Also surviving are many great nieces and nephews. Ron was a 34-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
September 29, 2020
ALFONZO C. SANFILIPPO
Beloved husband of Josephine A. (nee Spohn) Sanfilippo; devoted father of Peter (Elizabeth) Sanfilippo, Annelie (Peter) Castellana and Walter Sanfilippo; cherished grandfather of eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; loving son of the late Calogero and Concetta Sanfilippo; dear brother of the late Josephine Lombardo, Rose Cook, Frank Phillips and Bessie Queeno; also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Mr. Sanfilippo was an Army Veteran of World War II and a 55-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post 205.
August 9, 2020
JAMES E. SLATTERY JR.
Loving son of the former boxing legend light heavyweight champion of the world, James E. Slattery and Elizabeth Pendergast; beloved husband of 66 years to Lois Ann (Griffin) Slattery; devoted father of Joyce (Mark) Zygaj, Kim (Paul) Slattery-Barnes, Karen (Werner) Slattery-Weiher and the late James E. Slattery, III; cherished grandfather of Connor and Eric Weiher, Matthew and Nathan Zygaj, and Shannon, Collin and Justine Slattery. James was a US Air Force Staff Sergeant for 12 years and a member of the brotherhood of teamsters. James was a 33-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
May 5, 2020
RICHARD F. YOUNG
Age 86, died at his residence after a long illness. Born September 4, 1933 in Buffalo, he was the son of the late Clarence and Frances (nee Dailous) Young. Mr. Young was an Air Force and Navy Veteran of the Korean War. He was employed at Niagara Mohawk/National Grid in the streetlight, cabling, and Huntley Plant for 46 years before retiring in 1994. Richard was a charter member of the Gastown Sportsmen's Club in Tonawanda, an avid fisherman, and a longtime summer resident of Camp Chautauqua. He was the loving husband of the late Mary (nee McLean) Young, who died January 23, 2016 and dear brother of the late Patricia Young.
Richard was the loving father of Christie (Michael Papaj) Abbott of Eden, Heather (Robert) Braun of Pendleton, and Richard (Joyce) Young, Jr. of Tonawanda; dear grandfather of Marc (Julie) Braun, Stephanie (Ryan Reid) Braun, Ian Braun, Brittany (Shelby) Daves, and Christopher (Jeanine) Clark. Also surviving are 7 great-grandchildren. Richard was a 34-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
April 26, 2020
CHARLES L. PANZICA JR.
Age 94, beloved husband of the late Agnes (nee Eagan) Panzica; devoted father of Ellen M. (Richard) Lasota, Barbara J. (late James) Witkowski, Nancy J. (Bob Henry) Panzica, Joyce L. (William) McCullagh and Charles M. (Lynn) Panzica; loving grandfather of Jennifer (John), Melanie, Jessica, Jeffrey, Jillian (Michael Correale), Adam and Ryan; great-grandfather of Christopher and Sara; dear brother of Evelyn (late James) Stunkel, Janet (late Joseph) Vullo and predeceased by one sister and three brothers; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Mr. Panzica was a veteran of the US Army and was awarded the Bronze Star. Charles was a 42-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
April 2, 2020
JOHN C. McCARTHY
Beloved husband of the late Angela (Monaco) McCarthy; dearest father of Antony A. McCarthy and Mona M. (Stephen) Domino; grandfather of Joseph J. Domino, Jonathan S. Domino (Emily) and Julia R. Domino; brother of the late Alfred (Nancy) McCarthy, Barbara (Martin) Knuth and Paul McCarthy; also survived by nieces and nephews. John was a 3-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
March 25, 2020
FRANK J. GUBALA
Beloved husband of Joyce M. (nee Carpenter) Gubala. Devoted father of Julie (Andrew) Green and Jeffrey (Brenna) Gubala. Loving grandfather of Jocelyn, Nathan, Lily and Seamus. Dear brother of John Gubala. Brother in law of Judy Sealander, Ralph (Pam) Carpenter and Jean (Richard) Waldmiller. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Frank was a US Army veteran, 9th Infantry 3rd/ 47th, recipient of 2 Purple Heart Medals, Combat Infantrymen's Badge. Member of VVA Chapter 77, VFW Post 313, American Legion Post 205 and other military organizations. He was a member of St. Andrew's Holy Name Society. An avid photographer and captured memories of many couples on their wedding day and many students that played on sports teams. He also loved nature photography. Frank was a 24-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
A drafted tour in Vietnam, punctuated by injury from 2012
March 20, 2020
DOUGLAS E. FOX
Age 90, entered into rest at his residence. Born January 11, 1930 in Buffalo, he was the son of the late Almon and Margaret (nee Long) Fox. Douglas was a Navy Veteran of the Korean War and had been a service technician at Sears in Buffalo before retiring. He was a life member of The American Legion, Brounshidle Post No. 205 in Kenmore.
He was the husband of 71 years to Margaret (nee Dafoe) Fox; father of Lori (Larry) Beach of Tonawanda; grandfather of Larry Beach, Jr.; great-grandfather of Madison Beach and Luarry Beach III; and brother of Gary (Terrie) Fox of Kansas City, Missouri and Darlene (Gordon) Peterson of Denver, Colorado. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. Douglas was a 51-year member of the Milton J. Broushidle Post.
February 26, 2020
ROBERT D. DENMAN
Beloved husband of 52 years, to Marguerite “Maggie” Pritchard Denman. Dear Father of Robert Jr. (Anne), Gregg (Vicki), and Jeffry (Sophie Quist) Denman; loving grandfather of Margaret “Molly”, Sarah, Robert “Trey”, and Paige Denman. Brother of Joyce (Joseph) Evans, Garry Denman and the late Col. Harold “Pete” Denman retired; also survived by nieces and nephews. Robert was a 12-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
February 3, 2020
SALVADORE N. "MURPH" BARONE
Loving father of Lynn (Randy) Wilcox, Steven Barone and Randy Law. Loving companion of the late Marlene Law. Brother of the late Charles (Rose), Josephine, Frances, Frank (Anna), Carmello (Carmella), John (Jean) Barone, Angeline (Frank) Faraci, and Effie (Frank) Cecala. Also survived by 5 grand and 12 great grandchildren. Murph was a WWII Navy Veteran, serving on the USS Manchester and a 37-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
January 20, 2020
Beloved husband of the late Sarene A. (nee Bova) Manzella; devoted father of Mark (Jenelle) Manzella and Lynn (Mark) Collura; cherished grandfather of Andrew, Marissa, Madison, Miranda, and Giuseppe; also survived by nieces and nephews. Joseph was a U.S. Army veteran and a 27-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
December 24, 2019
ROBERT D. MANZELLA
Age 86 - Beloved husband of 46 years to Margaret. 'Marge' (nee Richardson) Manzella. Devoted father of Jennifer L. Manzella. Dear brother of the late Frank (Angeline) Manzella, Anna Marie (Gerald) Cedrone and Johanna (Samuel) Esposito. Brother in law of Helen (James) Schalk. Uncle of many nieces and nephews.. Bob was a 36-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post, Korean War Veterans and Holy Name Society of St. John the Baptist.
December 20, 2019
SALVATORE J. SCHILLACI
At age 90. Beloved husband of 68 years to Rita (nee Podlesinska) Schillaci; devoted father of Carol (Bruce) Bronnenkant, Andrea (William Altreuter) Schillaci, Claudia (Scott) Thomas and Grace (James) Szakacs; loving grandfather of Emily (Fan Zhang) Carlin, Sara (Richard) Bronnenkant Smith, Alex (Ceren) Bronnenkant, Caroline (Jared Kneebone) Altreuter, Aster (Emma Hathaway) Altreuter, Kaity Thomas, and Andrew Thomas: and his great grandson Hugo Smith; dear brother of Grace Kokot and the late Angeline Schillaci. Salvatore was a 24-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
December 6, 2019
WALTER F. FRERICHS
Born - August 2, 1938. Age 81. Beloved husband of Jean (nee Morrissey) Frerichs; brother of the late Judith Frerichs; brother in law of Terrence (Kathleen) and the late Dennis (Teresa) Morrissey. Walter worked at the Suburban Lanes and Jewish Center for many years, served in the Army during the Vietnam War, a 26-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post, and was an avid Yankees fan.
December 2, 2019
ROBERT R. HANSMAN
October 28, 1921 - December 2, 2019. Robert was a member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post for 73 years
November 27, 2019
GERALD W. NOLAN
Beloved husband of the late Marilyn (Muller) Nolan. Devoted father of Patricia (Robert, III) O'Connor, Andrea (John) Livsey; loving grandfather of Taylor, Marissa and Sara Livsey, Michael and Alexander O'Connor. Predeceased by his parents Walter and Victoria (Wojtowicz) Nolan.
Jerry was a 1952 graduate of Riverside High School. He joined the National Guard at the age of 17 and was called up to active duty during the Korean War. Jerry served with the 82nd Airborne until he left the service. He went on to get his B.S. in Accounting and his MBA at the University of Buffalo. He spent his career in the accounting field working at multiple places including Columbus McKinnon in Tonawanda and Erie County as Commissioner of Finance.
He and his wife raised their daughters in the Town of Tonawanda. He was extremely devoted to his daughters and all of his grandchildren. He will be remembered by family and friends as a very active guy who loved to talk. He has been an active member of the 82nd Airborne Niagara Frontier Chapter for decades and a 22-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post. He was a volunteer with Homes for Our Troops. He enjoyed spending time with family, friends and his cat "Smitty". Also helping with home repairs, photography, videography, skiing, scuba diving, watching movies and making popcorn.
November 26, 2019
JOHN D. "JACK" CEDER
Age 87. Husband of 59 years to Shirley I. (nee Peters) Ceder; father of John D. Ceder, Jr. and Amy (Scott) Hummel; grandfather of Jack and Cody Ceder, Laura and Bryan Hummel; brother of Maxine (late Edward) Seidenspinner. Jack was a US Army Veteran serving in Korea during the Korean War and was a 34-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post 205 American Legion. He was a long time member of the Buffalo Trap and Field Club and a long time Bill’s fan.
October 28, 2019
CLAYTON J. BURDEN JR
Age 94. Beloved husband of Muriel (nee Risch) Burden; devoted father of Patricia A. Burden, M.D., and John C. (Ann) Burden; adored grandfather of Jeremy Burden, Laura VanCleave, Catherine Burden, Jennifer Burden and great-grandfather of Carter, Grayson and Lillian. Dear brother of the late June (late Frank) Sennot and the late Joan (late Norman) Wertz; also survived by nieces and nephews. Mr. Burden was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, a Past Commander of Harry E. Crosby VFW Post #2472 and a 23-year member and Post Chaplain of American Legion Milton J. Brounshidle Post # 205 Kenmore, NY.
October 8, 2019
WALLACE J. KASPER (KASPRZAK)
Beloved brother of Gloria Kiss (late Steven Kiss); devoted uncle of Stephen Kiss and Preston Kiss. Wallace was a Veteran of the US Navy during the Korean War. He was a 60-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
October 6, 2019
RAYMOND C. WILKIE
Age 91, beloved husband of the late Patricia (nee Johnston) Wilkie, loving father of Bert (Darlene Passarelli) Wilkie, Chrislyn (Shawn) McDonald, Eric (Judith) Wilkie, James (Kiesha) Wilkie, and the late Bruce Wilkie, step-father of Juli (Felton) Cotton, and James Bertalan, father-in-law of Debbie (late Bruce) Wilkie, son of the late Charles William and Mary Elizabeth (nee Brooker) Wilkie, brother of Rosemarie (late James) McDonald, Joyce (William) Stratis, and the late Elizabeth (late Al) Sterringer, and Eileen (late Bernard) Gallant; also survived by 15 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Raymond was a U.S. Navy Veteran of WW II, a 22-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post, and loved spending time with family.
September 18, 2019
ANTHONY M. VITRANO
At age 90. Beloved husband of 63 years to Angeline (nee Conti) Vitrano; beloved son of the late Frank and Frances (nee Busalachi) Vitrano; dear brother of Anne (late Jess) Ferrelli, John (Deanna) Vitrano and the late infant John Vitrano; also survived by many loving in-laws, nieces, nephews and his faithful puppy Ginger. He was a 32-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
August 27, 2019
THOMAS H. PESZKO
At age 70. Beloved husband of 45 years to Catherine (nee Mazuchowski) Peszko; cherished son of Helen and the late Henry Peszko; devoted father of Michael (Erin) Peszko and Christine (Alan) Beckett; loving grandfather of Andrew, Ryan, Tyler, Morgan and Madison. Tom worked for the Department of Veteran Affairs, served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and was a longtime member of the Brighton Volunteer Fire Company and a 12-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
July 19, 2019
RICHARD A. KEFFER
At 76 years. Beloved husband of Sandra Kownaski Keffer; dear father of Christopher W. (Rebecca) and Karen M.; loving grandfather of Grace Elizabeth, Benjamin David, Owen Michael, Hannah Jane and the late Sarah Faith; brother of Robert (Judy) Keffer, Janet (late Carl) Meeder; also survived by nieces and nephews. He was a 47-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
June 18, 2019
RICHARD E. "DICK" BISHOP
Age 92. Beloved husband of 66 years to Mary Lou (Gilmore) Bishop; dear father of Richard (Sheila), James (Dawn), Catherine (Terry) Johns, Susan (James) Schultz, John (Patti) and David (Julie) Bishop; proud and loving grandfather of James, Bridget (Steve) Parke, Laura (Ben) Pietak, Patrick, Brian, Joseph, Susan, Maureen S., Maureen C., Christopher, Timothy, Andrew, Eric, Haley, Justin, James W. (Katie), Hollie, and the late Melissa Rose; and great-grandfather of six; son of the late Amelia (Korzie) and Frank Bishop; brother of the late Robert and Gloria (late Joe) Tomasula; brother-in-law of Patricia (Jim) Zink and the late Suzanne (late Gerald) Depp; also survived by cousins, nieces, nephews and special neighbors the Weir and Okruch families. Mr. Bishop was a graduate of McKinley High School and a Master Plumber for over 40 years. He was a U.S. Navy WWII Veteran and a Korean Navy Seabee, member of the Seabee's Island X-8 Tonawanda, NY and a 32-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post. He was also an avid golfer and bowler. A special "thank you" to the 4th floor, Cardio Rehab Unit at the Buffalo VAMC and his special friends there, as well as the staff of the Willow Lodge.
June 13, 2019
ELMER C. EISENHAUER
Beloved husband of Mary Jane (nee Szankiewicz) Eisenhauer; dear father of Jeffrey Eisenhauer, Jennifer Michaud and the late John Eisenhauer; loving grandfather of Zachery (Mae), Erick Eisenhauer, Andrew (Kari) and Ryan Michaud and the late Jessica Eisenhauer; great-grandfather of Jackson Michaud, Nova and Zander Eisenhauer; twin brother of Elroy (Lois) Eisenhauer; and predeceased by 12 brothers and sisters; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Elmer was a Navy Veteran and a 10-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
May 17. 2019
DANIEL A. RYDZYNSKI
Husband of the late Helen (nee Zagrodnik) Rydzynski; father of Margaret (Aram Hollman) Rydzynski, Elizabeth (John) Hulley, and Thomas D. Rydzynski; dear friend of Mary Timko; Papa to Laura, Lillian, and Parker Hnatyszyn. He was a 14-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
March 30, 2019
RICHARD C. CATALANO
Beloved husband of Rita (nee Villa) Catalano; devoted father of David and Richard (Carla) Catalano; cherished grandfather of Veronica, Valerie and Riana Catalano; loving son of the late Santo and Betty Catalano; dear brother of Charles Catalano; also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Mr. Catalano was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, a 25-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post, and worked for the U.S. Postal Service.
February 26, 2019
CHARLES F. GRABER
Beloved husband of Beverly (Barker) Graber. Dear father of Amy Dake and Jennifer Cottrell. Loving grandfather of Caitlyn, Patrick, Evan and Amber. Brother of Carol Grazczyk. He was a 29-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
November 19, 2018
DON G. VOSBURGH
Born April 26, 1941. Retired Town of Tonawanda Police Detective. Dear father of John (Christine), Dana (Sally) and Eric (Sheila) Vosburgh; loving grandfather of Luke, Adam, Nate, Alice, Nolan, Ellie and Nicolas; former husband of Marion Canedo and Janice Pichette; son of the late Lola and Clifford Vosburgh; brother of the late Rudy (late Jane) Vosburgh. Don was a U.S. Air Force Veteran and a 10-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
November 14, 2018
HENRY L. "HANK" ZUGGER
Beloved husband of the late Margaret Mary (nee Watkins) Zugger.; devoted father of Rev. Christopher L. Zugger of Albuquerque, NM, Elizabeth A. (Richard) DiChristina and Pamela J. (late Ronald) Baia; loving grandfather of Rebecca and Rene' Baia. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Hank was a retired Detective Lieutenant of the Juvenile Department of the Town of Tonawanda Police Department, Crossing Guard at St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, a Marine Corps Veteran of World War II and a 32-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
November 10, 2018
VICTOR G. DALEY
86, surrounded by his beloved wife of 40 years, Marilyn and his family, after a brief illness. After being born in Hornell and growing up in Andover, NY, he moved to Buffalo and joined the Army, and served our country during the Korean War. Beginning in 1965, Vic proudly served on the Town of Tonawanda Police Department as a patrolman for eight years and was quickly promoted to Detective for 21 years before retiring. During this time, he also worked at Kenmore Mercy Hospital for 25 years. After retiring from a career in law enforcement, he worked for Keyser Cadillac. In addition to being survived by his wife, Marilyn (Rybarczyk), Vic was a devoted father to Carol Daley, Karen (Jeff) Spence, Susan Daley, Kevin (Kathleen) Daley, Tricia (John) Polchowski, John (Shannen) Setlik, and Brian (April) Setlik; 16 grandchildren; brother of the late William (Madge) Peck; sisters Margaret Daley and Jean (late Jerry) Harwood; brother-in-law John (Diane) Rybarczyk; brother-in-law of the late Richard (Marjorie) Rybarczyk, several cousins, nieces and nephews. Vic was a member of the Korean War Veterans Association WNY Chapter #63, Harry Crosby Post 2472, American Legion Milton J. Brounshidle Post 205 (50-years), WNY Association of Retired Law Enforcement Personnel and Police Conference of New York.
October 10, 2018
ROBERT F. STUTT
Loving husband of Mary-Margaret "Mandy" (nee Jones) Stutt. Wonderful father of Christopher and Gregory Stutt. Cherished grandfather of Nicole. Dear brother of Joan Backlarz and Joyce Cianfrone. Caring brother-in-law of Elizabeth (Dan) Connors. Much loved uncle of many nieces and nephews. Bob was a US Army veteran, recipient of the Purple Heart Medal serving in Vietnam, a 1-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post, and a retired foreman of 39 years for the Highway Department of the Town of Tonawanda.
August 8, 2018
STEPHEN M. TUHOVAK
Age 88. Beloved husband of 62 years to Phyllis (Cooper) Tuhovak. Dear father of Stephen (Lynne), James and Cathy Tuhovak. Loving grandfather of Alexandra (Mario) Carvalhal, Victoria and Natassia Tuhovak. Brother of Helen (late Fred) Gregory of Kane, PA. He was a 29-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
August 1, 2018
RAYMOND J. "BUDDY" TRENDLE
Age 74. Husband of the late Elizabeth (nee Repino) Trendle. Beloved father of Frank and Raymond Trendle and Christine Gallo; brother of Peter Trendle and Jane Gotowko; grandfather of Lynnsey, Alyssa, Benjamin, Brandon, Nicholas, Joseph, Louis, Emily, Raymond and Billy and great-grandfather of Daniel. He was a 12-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
July 18, 2018
ROBERT P. BOYLE
At the age of 83. Mr. Boyle was a US Navy veteran of the Korean War and a 25-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
May 19, 2018
NICHOLAS C. VENTOLA JR.
Beloved husband of the late Rita (nee Montaldi) Ventola; devoted father of Robert (Florence) Ventola and the late Robin Ortiz; cherished grandfather of Victor Ortiz, Emerald Ortiz and Nicholas A. Ventola; loving son of the late Josephine and Nicholas Ventola, Sr.; dear brother of Raymond, the late Katherine "Kitty", Lawrence and Robert; also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Mr. Ventola was a veteran of the US Navy and a 1-year member of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post.
March 17, 2018
GORDON H. TRESCH
Age 96. Beloved husband of the late Mary Lou (nee Gleason); loving father of Gordon D. (Jennifer) Tresch and Deborah L. (Anthony) Pardi; adored grandfather of Erin (Dean) Anthony, Andrew (Jennet) Tresch, Matthew (Lindsay) Tresch, Lindsey Ball and Sarah Ball; great-grandfather of Madeline, Noah, Gabriel, Andrew, Talia and Nicholas; dear brother of the late Donald and Gerald Tresch. Also survived by nieces, nephews and many cousins. Mr. Tresch was a WWII Veteran of the US Army Air Corps.
February 15, 2018
ROBERT G. HOWE
Beloved husband of Ruth; dear father of James (Diane) and John Howe; brother of the late Donald and Richard Howe; survived by nieces and nephews. Bob was a member and past County Commander of the Catholic War Vets, a member of the Knights of Columbus, American Legion Braunshidle Post, Boys Scouts and St. Paul's Holy Name Society
December 21, 2017
JAMES J. BURNS
Beloved husband of the late Joan N. (nee Nehin) Burns; dear father of Kathleen (late David) Voigt, Sharon (Thomas) Fischer, Deborah (Donald) Houck, James J. (Maria) Burns Jr. and F. O'Brian (Kathy) Burns; loving grandfather of David (Anna) Voigt Jr., Thomas (Faye) Fischer Jr., Christian (Lisa) Voigt, Eric (Madeline) Fischer, Kristin (Benjamin) Tapia, Jessica (Robert) Spoor, Adam (Erin) Sassone, Kaitlin (John) Palmieri, Matthew (Krista) Voigt, Meghan (Michael) Lillis, Bridget Houck and Brenna (Donald) Brandt and great-grandfather of 25; dear brother of Thelma Frauenhofer and the late Maureen Day, Margaret Blackley, Edward, Robert, Vincent, Donald and Thomas Burns; survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. Jim was a proud veteran of the US Army during World War II and was a 4th Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus Council #0726.
December 8, 2017
Dear husband of the late Roberta; dear father of Mark C. (Vicki), Cynthia A. (John) McClellen, and Nancy M. (Rob) Bloomquist; also survived by six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; brother of Edward, Jack, late Thomas Raiff and Susan Sharp. Robert was Vice President of Urban Raiff & Sons, retiring in 1991. Robert, with his wife, traveled around the world making some life-long friends along the way. Robert loved to have a house filled with people, entertaining often. Robert was a member of the Ken-Ton Elks Lodge #1942.
December 7, 2017
ROBERT F. SCHULTZ
Beloved husband of the late Marguerite (Szabo) Schultz; dear father of Gary (Barbara), Terry (Donna), Laurie Schultz and the late Linda Highland; loving grandfather of 10 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; brother of the late Norma (late George) Perkins. Mr. Schultz was a member of Ken-Ton Lodge #1186 F&AM, Buffalo Consistory, Ismailia Shrine, Kenmore Shrine Club, Harry E. Crosby Post #2472 VFW and the YMCA Equality Club. Mr. Schultz was a US Army Veteran of WW II.
December 2, 2017
Passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family on December 2, 2017 at the age of 92. Devoted husband of the late Anna (Kish) for 64 years. Son of the late Julia and George Buli. Cherished father of Joseph (Dee) Buli, Sharon Pagano and Brian (Michele) Buli. Beloved "Pop Pop" of Melissa West, Kate Buli, Erik Audare, Nick Andreanna, Joshua, Zachary and Jacob Buli. Mr. Buli was an Army Veteran of WWII, 1942-1945, landing in Normandy and fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, receiving one silver and two bronze stars. He was a member of the American Legion Brounschidle Post #205, VFW Tonawanda Post #7545, GCU and the NRA. He retired from GM after 30 years of service.
November 1, 2017
HAROLD J. LEGGETT Jr.
At age 72, beloved husband of Cathy (nee Gawron); dear father of Harold III (Kimberly) and Joseph (Carolyn) Leggett; loving grandfather of Tucker, Molly, Samantha, Zoe and Timothy; dear brother of Sandra (late Robert) McCreadie and Bill (Patricia) Leggett; also survived by nieces and nephews. Harold was a proud Vietnam combat veteran of the U.S. Navy Seabees, a former Master of Occidental Lodge No. 766 F&AM and a Master Plumber of Local Union #36.
August 25, 2017
KENNETH V. JAMES
Beloved husband of Linda; loving father of Kenneth and Adam (Rose); cherished grandfather of Alexa and Colton; brother of Deborah (Craig) Henderson; survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Ken proudly served in the US Marine Corps during the Vietnam era and retired from National Grid in 2006.
May 31, 2017
SAMUEL C. NICOSIA
Beloved husband of the late Ida (nee Monteleone) Nicosia and Janette (nee Cimino) Nicosia; devoted father of James (Faith) Nicosia, Richard (Darlene) Nicosia, Elaine (Kurt) Nelson and the late Samuel C. Nicosia (late Linda Hopkins); cherished grandfather of James (Kim), Tammy (David), Amy (Billy), Michael (Joelle), Christine (Aaron) and Angelica; fond great- grandfather of D.J., Anthony, Juliana, Avery, Layla and Lylah; dear father-in-law of Nancy Nicosia; loving son of the late Samuel and Mary Nicosia; also survived by relatives and friends. Mr. Nicosia served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
May 30, 2017
STEVEN GARY MAGARIS
Devoted husband of Diane M. (nee Barone) Magaris. Loving father of Shannon (Scott) McDonald, Shane (Melissa) Magaris and Derek Magaris. Dear Papa of Dylan, Cameron, Molly and Nikolas. Brother of Robert (Lynn) Magaris. Son of the late Steven and Dorothy Magaris and step son of George Luchak. Gary was a US Marine and a Vietnam War Veteran and a 35-year member and past President of Ellwood Volunteer Fire Company. Private funeral services were held at the convenience of the family.
May 23, 2017
RICHARD E. BERG
Beloved husband of the late Joyce M. Berg Devoted father of Richard J. and John E. Berg. Loving Grandfather of Carina Braymiller Richard L. (Krista), Julie (Shawn) Mullen and Melanie Joy and loving great grandfather of Kylee and Cianna Braymiller, Natalie, Ethen and Gavin Berg and Lila Joy Mullen. Private funeral services were held at the convenience of the family. Memorials in Dick's memory to First Trinity Lutheran Church 1570 Niagara Falls Blvd. , Tonawanda, NY 14150 or Hospice Foundation of WNY.
May 14, 2017
ALBERT W. SHOTWELL
Beloved husband of Judith Holmes Shotwell; father of John O. and Mark (Charlene) Shotwell; grandfather of Amanda and Owen Shotwell; special uncle of Nancy Smalley; also survived by nieces and nephews. Mr. Shotwelll was a member of Erie Parish United Lodge #161 F.A.M. and worked for Niagara Mohawk for 43 years.
February 17, 2017
WILLIAM "BILL" LORD
Past Commander of American Legion Brounshidle Post 205, loving father of Karen Lord and Amy (Bill) Welling; proud pop-pop of Phillip Welling; beloved uncle of Sharon Van Name and Shawn (Tamara) Conley.
December 29, 2016
ROSS F. MUNDIE
Age 82. Beloved husband of 57 years to Donna S. (nee Saalfield) Mundie; loving father of Jeffrey (Michele), Mark, Keith and Craig Mundie; cherished grandfather of Jessica, Lauryn, Darien, Evan and Tyler; caring brother of Patricia (Alan) Spitzer, Thomas (Katie), Bruce (Beth) Mundie and predeceased by the late Donald (late Betty) and John (Jean) Mundie; also survived by nieces and nephews. Ross was a member of the Brighton Senior Golf Club.
December 23, 2016
ROBERT J. BARRANTE
Beloved husband of the late Betty (Bowman) Barrante; dear father of Robert (Danielle) Barrante, John Barrante, Albert Barrante, Cora (Kenneth) Sciarrino, Sheila (James) Hickey, Richard (Yvonne) Treen, William Barrante, Cathryn (Michael) Shapiro and the late Susan Barrante; also survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Mr. Barrante was a member of American Legion M.J. Brounshidle Post No. 205.
December 11, 2016
EDWARD G. GULLIFORD
Beloved husband of Mona Gulliford; devoted father of Karen Gulliford, Marc (Diane) Gulliford and Molly (Andy) O'Connor; loving grandfather of seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Ed was a employee of New York Telephone and AT&T for 38 years.
December 10, 2016
ROBERT E. LEVULIS
Beloved husband of Helen (nee Barbic) Levulis; devoted father of Robert C. Levulis, Kathleen (Gregory) Michalek, Cheryl Levulis, and Donald Levulis; cherished grandfather of Gregory (Meredith), Geoffrey and Kathryn Michalek; cherished great-grandfather of Gregory III and Edward; dear brother of Frank (late Mary) Levulis, Lucy (late Ramon) Cabarga, late Carl (Irene) Levulis, late Stanley (Dorothy) Levulis and the late Alfred (Dorothy) Levulis; loving friend of Elizabeth Johnson.
November 8, 2016
THOMAS M. LUBY
Age 74, beloved husband of Shirley (nee Marrone) Luby; devoted father of Thomas J. (fiancee Sara Twichell) Luby, Michele (Patrick) Kennedy and Cheryl (Steve) Hellmig; loving grandfather of Joshua, McKenzie Kennedy, Liam and Colin Hellmig; dear brother of Catherine (Dr. Walter) Ceranski, Mary Ellen (Donald) Miller, James (late Michele) Luby, Colonel (Ret.) Jerome (Linda) Luby, Laura (Denis) Etzel, Martha (Joseph) Sowa and Timothy (Patricia) Luby; brother-in-law of Joyce (Robert) DeVallance; also survived by many nieces and nephews.
October 26, 2016
ROGER C. STELLRECHT
Dear father of Carl (Laura), Deborah Silvester, Karen Parks, Mark and Matthew (Michelle) Stellrecht; brother of Rodney (Biz), Bruce (Mary) Stellrecht and the late Elaine (Sandy) Campagna; also survived by 13 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Roger was a 32nd Degree Mason.
August 18, 2016
MANUEL F. NOVO
Beloved husband of 56 years to the late Shirley A. (nee Wells) Novo; dearest father of Michael Novo, Susan (Marty) Vaccaro, Kathleen (Peter) Abbate, Thomas Novo, Joseph (Diane) Novo, Nancy (Daniel) Bouley, Daniel (Jennifer) Novo and Matthew Novo; survived by 17 grandchildren and two great-grandsons; dear brother of Amelita Roth, Carmen Shepard and Helen Murray and the late Emilio and Raymond Novo, Lucy Volland, Pauline Kasper and Jim Novo; also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
August 10, 2016
BARTLETT P. "BUD" VANDERMEER
Age 87, beloved husband of Norma C. (nee Weil) Vandermeer; devoted father of William (Lynda) Vandermeer, Diane (Radcliffe) Dann, Virginia (Gerald) Schrembs; adored grandfather of Andrew, Peter, Eric, Justin, Tyler; stepgrandfather of Radcliffe (Kristin), Bradley (Risa); great grandfather of six; loving son of the late Bartlett and Loraine Vandermeer; stepson of the late Lawren Wood; dear brother of Daniel (Paula) Vandermeer; stepbrother of the late Jeffrey (late Beverly)Wood; also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Mr. Vandermeer was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a retired Westinghouse Engineer and was also a lifetime member of the Brighton Volunteer Fire Co., past Chief and Commissioner.
April 28, 1923 - August 8, 2016
Born in Buffalo, NY. Mr. Schifferli served with the Kenmore Police Department for 37 years, retiring in 1985. He was honored as Policeman of the Year in 1975. On its Facebook page, the Kenmore Police Department paid him tribute, noting: Bob practiced community policing long before today’s concept was born – his stories and jokes were endless.” He was a member of the Kenmore Police Benevolent Association, Police Conference of New York and the Western New York Association of Retired Law Enforcement Personnel. He was a 72-year member of Milton J. Brounshidle Post 205, American Legion, and drove his 1964 Ford Mustang every year in the Kenmore Memorial Day Parade, carrying the grand marshal. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, the former Vivienne Ledoux; a daughter, Pamela Erhardt; two sons, Robert A. Jr. and John W. III; and four grandchildren.
August 4, 2016
WILLIAM E. BURANDT
Beloved husband of Claire S. (nee Siracuse); dear stepfather of Michael and Thomas Middleton and Susan (John) Hotaling; beloved Papa of Sydney Hotaling; brother of Joan (late John) Mihalics, Peggy (late Joseph) Zeranti, James (Sandra), Jane Burandt and the late Richard Burandt; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Bill was a retired Erie County Deputy Sheriff.
October 29, 1925 - June 7, 2016
ROBERT J. FOX
Robert John Fox of Amherst and Clearwater, Fla., a retired insurance agency executive, died June 7 in his Amherst home. He was 90. Born in Buffalo, he left Kenmore High School to enlist in the Army Air Corps at age 17. He served in the 444th Bombardment Squadron in the Pacific during World War II and was stationed on the island of Tinian. He attained the rank of sergeant and took part in 13 missions. Returning from service, he earned his high school diploma and worked at Western Electric. In 1953, he began his insurance career with the McMahon Insurance Agency. In 1969, he was named president of the agency and in 1972 became president, chief executive officer and co-owner. Mr. Fox also started the Fox Insurance Agency in Clearwater, where he wintered for many years, and was instrumental in the formation of the EMS Group in Western New York. He retired in 1998. Active in St. Benedict Catholic Church, he was a member of the choir and the Holy Name Society. He also was a member of Medallion Post 13, AMVETS, and Milton J. Brounshidle Post 205, American Legion. Survivors include his wife of 65 years, the former Miriam Kirsch; three sons, Robert Jr., Gregory and Nicholas; a brother, Kenneth; a sister, Joan; and seven grandchildren.
June 3, 2016
MICHAEL E. BEWICK
Beloved husband of Mary Lou (nee Fagyas) Bewick; devoted father of Michael E. , Thomas J. (Jean) and Daniel P. (Annabel) Bewick; loving grandfather of 14 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; dear brother of Patricia McDonald and the late John Bewick; brother-in-law of Judy Bewick, Fred (Linda) Fagyas, Stephen J. Fagyas, Jr., Judith Fagyas and the late Myron Fagyas; also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews.