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Death notices and obituaries from the April 24 edition of The Sun

Eleanor Barrick

Eleanor (nee Hale) Barrick, 90, of Oxford, Fla. died April 16.

She graduated from Hamburg High School, worked in the guidance department at Hamburg Junior High and then earned her undergraduate and masterís degrees in teaching from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She taught elementary school in Hamburg until her move to North Carolina in 1971.

She was a member of Community United Methodist Church in Fruitland Park, Fla. She played Bridge and Mah Jong, gardened, read and traveled.

She was the wife of Clifford Barrick and the late Harold Hale; mother of Richard (Mimi) Hale and Dennis Hale; grandmother of Tracey Simmet, Jennifer Ray, Lindsay Kozlowski and Bradley Hale; sister of the late Jeannie Zee, Catherine Blakeley and Esther Beck; great-grandmother of seven; daughter of James and Vetta Gordon; also survived by many nieces and nephews, including Edwin Beck of Hamburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Moffitt Cancer Center at The Villages, 1400 N. U.S. Highway 441, No. 500, Lady Lake, FL 32159.

Arrangements were made by the Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory. Online condolences may be made at www.beyersfuneralhome.com.

Norman Biehler Jr.

Norman George Biehler Jr., 87, of Sebring, Fla., formerly of Hamburg, died April 19.

He was born March 21, 1927 in Buffalo to the late Norman George Biehler Sr. and Evelyn (nee Wolfe) Biehler. He grew up in Hamburg and served in the United States Navy, during World War II.

He graduated from Cornell University, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma and played on the polo team. He worked in the family business at Biehlerís Tea Room in Hamburg. He was involved with horse culture and volunteered with the Erie County Sheriff's Mounted Reserve.

He and his family moved to Pompano Beach, Fla. in 1959. He boated, and started and ran Starboard Marine Sales and Biehlerís Starboard Marina.

He was a senior vice president at Raymond James, where he specialized in estate planning. He later worked for Shearson Lehman and Smith Barney.

After retirement, he and his wife traveled to many countries together. They moved to Plymouth, Mass., before returning to Florida, where they lived in The Villages; they eventually moved into assisted living in Sebring.

He was a member of several different Protestant churches, throughout his life.

He was the husband of Lois (nee Olson) Biehler; father of Scott (Lynne), Kent (Victoria) and Brant (Sue); brother of George Biehler; also survived by grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of the donorís choice.

William Chodora
William Chodora

William Chodora, 56, of Hamburg died April 18.

He was the husband of Gina (nee Dantonio) Chodora; father of Shauna (Scott) Krisiak, Joshua Chodora and the late Jesse Chodora; grandfather of Brayden Krisiak; son of the late Joseph and Mary (Hillman) Chodora; brother of Patricia Christopher and the late Robert (Barbara Kraus) DeMont and Robert (Lynn) Chodora; also survived by nieces and nephews.

Visitation and a funeral service were held from the John J. Kaczor Funeral Homeís Hamburg Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.kaczorfunerals.com.

Michele Cudney
Michele Cudney, 42, of Hamburg died April 20.

She was the companion of John Nagy; mother of Cody Cudney; daughter of Edward and Cassandra (nee Dalton) Cudney; sister of Jennifer (Donovan) Johnston and Suzanne (Gregory) Mason; aunt of Jacob, Nathan and Ava Johnston and Mitchell, Samantha and Brady Mason; also survived by many pets.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 26 from Saints Peter & Paul Church, located at 66 E. Main St. in Hamburg. There will be no prior visitation.

Arrangements were made by the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home Inc. Online condolences may be made at www.kaczorfunerals.com.

Lester DeBoy
Lester DeBoy of Derby died Jan. 22.

He was the husband of the late Louise Maria DeBoy; father of Laurie (William) Horn; grandfather of Barbara (Joel) Deets and Jason Horn; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 26 from Blessed John Paul II Parish of Lake View.

Arrangements were made by the Addison Funeral Home.

Jason Doering
Jason Doering

Jason Doering, 37, died April 15.

At 17, he was diagnosed with a kidney disease called IGA Nephropathy. He had two unsuccessful transplants, leaving him on kidney dialysis for the past 10 years.

He was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 angio sarcoma cancer, an incurable terminal cancer of the blood vessels and soft tissue.

He wrote and illustrated a graphic novel. He volunteered his time to family, friends and churches.

He was the son of Teresa and the late Dale Doering; brother of Timothy (Lucia) Doering, Paul (Jeanine) Doering, Michelle (Dave) Hicks, Lisa Marie Doering and Patricia (Deon) Scott; also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held from the Laing Funeral Home Inc. of Eden. A funeral service was held from Saint Paulís Lutheran Church of Eden.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to his family, c/o Teresa, at 56 Middlesex Drive in Orchard Park.

Online condolences may be made at www.LaingFuneralHome.com.

John Finnegan
John Finnegan of Hamburg died April 5.

He and his wife Jean (nee Dopp) were married for 61 years and were residents of the village of Hamburg for almost 50 years. He was a former divisional manager and director of labor relations for the New York Telephone Company, where he was employed for 34 years.

He was also active in the Knights of Columbus, Junior Achievement, Wilcox Mansion Restoration, Niagara University Board of Directors and Chautauqua Lake Board of Directors.

He was the husband of Jean (nee Dopp) Finnegan; father of J. Michael (Laura) and Christopher (Deann) Finnegan; grandfather of Hillary, Brittany, Jack, Tom, Eric and Melissa; great-grandfather of Gavin; brother of the late Thomas (Tanya) Finnegan.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at a later date. Arrangements were made by the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home Inc.

Online condolences may be made at www.kaczorfunerals.com.

Esther Horrigan-Hofmeister
Esther Horrigan-Hofmeister

Esther Horrigan-Hofmeister of Holland, N.Y., formerly of Lake View, died April 12 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

She danced, sang and played the piano. She and her husband were married during World War II and lived in California and Washington, D.C.

After the war, while living in the San Francisco area, she attended Berkley.

When the couple returned to Western New York, she sold residential and commercial property in the Southtowns. Her original firm of Ralph J. Dearing led her to work with Hunt Real Estate and M.J. Petersen, in a 50-plus-year career.

She was active in the Hamburg Antique Study Group and researched antiques. She was also active in parish activities at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Lake View, supported fundraising for the elementary school by organizing flea markets and worked as an advisor with the Catholic Youth Organization.

She was a six-time cancer survivor and supported the American Cancer Society.

She was the wife of the late Patrick Horrigan and Henry Hofmeister; mother of Shannon Buckheit; stepmother of Robert Hofmeister and the late Richard Hofmeister; grandmother of Patrick (Kathleen) Buckheit; daughter of the late Joseph and Rena Eagan; sister of the late John Eagan.

Visitation was held from the Wood Funeral Home of East Aurora. A Mass of Christian burial was held from Saint Josephís Church of Holland. Interment was in Protection Cemetery of Holland.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimerís Association. Online condolences may be made at www.woodfh.com.

William Sipprell Jr.
William Sipprell Jr.

William Sipprell Jr. of Hamburg died April 13.

He was the husband of Lynn (nee Schuldt); father of Karen, Mary Beth (Ashvin) Syal, Stephen, Kathryn (Michael) McKenna, Rebecca (Douglas) Buczak and William Sipprell III; also survived by seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held from the Loomis, Offers & Loomis Inc. Hamburg Chapel. A funeral service was held from Saint John Lutheran Church of Orchard Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Brian Moorman PUNT Foundation, 3859 North Buffalo Road, Orchard Park, NY 14127.

Cheryl Ann Washburn
Cheryl Ann Washburn, 65, of Derby died April 15.

She was born Sept. 28, 1948 and lived with her parents in Collins Center until 1979, when she moved to Derby.

She then lived in Killarney House with her Claddagh family.

She was the daughter of the late Charles and Helen Washburn; friend of Dick and Bonnie Stapleton.

A funeral service was held from the Addison Funeral Home Inc. of Angola.

James Wentland
James Wentland of Hamburg died April 19.

He was the husband of Colleen (nee OíBoyle) Wentland; father of Paul (Sheila), Philip (Michelle) and Daniel (Ikuko) Barbera; grandfather of Ashley (Brian) Amen, Erik, Jacob, Chelsea, Jacquelynn, Dylan, Amanda, Saya and Ria Barbera; great-grandfather of Evelyn Kambria Barbera; brother of Gary (Donna) Wentland.

Visitation and a funeral service were held from the Wentland Funeral Home of North Collins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Wounded Warriors or Hospice Buffalo.

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