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Obituaries for Hamburg, Boston, Eden, Evans, Brant and Farnham for the Week of March 14, 2013



Richard F. Dash

Private funeral services were held for Richard F. Dash, 84, of Hamburg, who died on Saturday, March 9, 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Justine M. “Judy” (Leco) Dash; children, Marilyn (Kent) Jeffrey, Richard (Maura), Robert (Laura) and Diane Dash; siblings, Chester Dash and Evelyn Braymiller; grandchildren, Katherine, Caroline, Erik, Nicole, Ryan and Brett and nieces and nephews.

Mr. Dash grew up in Blasdell. He was a star athlete at Blasdell High School, playing basketball and more importantly, football.

In 1950 he married his lovely bride Judy. Fate brought them together over a shared love of hot fudge sundaes. They met at Biehler’s Tea Room in Hamburg, where he worked as a soda jerk.

Shortly after, he was sent overseas to fight in the Korean War, in which he earned a Purple Heart. Once back in the States, Dash resumed working at the Steel Plant, where he started at $.25 an hour when he was 16.

He had many interests. He liked books, movies, history, politics, travel, time with friends and family, puttering around in the barn, and riding around on his John Deere.

Always an avid athlete, Mr. Dash played tennis, volleyball, and golf. He enjoyed many a tennis match at Willow Bend and the Hamburg Tennis Club, and golf outings at Springville Country Club and Golfview in Fort Myers, Fla. In turn, his four children got many, many lessons in how to play each of these “the right way.”

One of the things he liked doing best was to make people laugh - and he did a lot of that. He was also generous, forgiving, empathetic, always willing to help family or friends, loved animals, enjoyed hard work, and was grateful for how many days he got to spend on this earth.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo, Inc.

Friends may call on Thursday, March 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Loomis, Offers and Loomis, Hamburg Chapel.



Gary J. Hoelscher

A Mass of Christian Burial was held from St. Mary’s Oratory on Monday (March 11) for Gary J. Hoelscher, 63, of East Eden, who died on Friday, March 8, 2013.

He is survived by his siblings, his twin Gordon, Doris (Kenneth) Hoffman, Joseph (Marilyn) and Gerard (Janet) Hoelscher and nieces and nephews.

Mr. Hoelscher was predeceased by his parents, Elvira C. (Dole) and Joseph D. Hoelscher Sr.

He was a dairy farmer all of his life working on the Hoelscher Family Dairy Farm. He had a special love for the Amish community.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241.

Arrangements were made through the Laing Funeral Home.



Robert J. Bianchi

Funeral services were held from John J. Kaczor Funeral Home on Friday (March 8) for Robert J. Bianchi, 25, of Lake View, who died on Wednesday, February 27, 2013.

He is survived by his parents, Susan Bianchi and Gary (Carol) Bianchi; siblings, Jill, Jaclyn (Neal Jephson) and Julianna; grandmother, Mary “Babe” Bianchi; niece, Kadence and many family members and friends.

Mr. Bianchi was predeceased by his brother, Christopher Bianchi and grandparents, Joseph Bianchi, Eugene and Sharleen Eberl.

He was a contractor for Target. He made his family laugh all of the time, and left behind many funny stories. He was a character, and important to a lot of people. Everyone who met him loved him.

Interment was in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.



Robert F. West


A memorial service will be held from the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg at a later date for Robert F. “Bob” West, 88, of Hamburg, who died on Sunday, March 10, 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Justine Iris (Thomas) West; children, Deborah (Owen) McIvor, Marjorie (Dan) Faes, Denise A. and Robert T. West; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mr. West graduated from Woodlawn High School in 1942. He was an electronic technician mate, first class, in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was proud to have served on the U.S. Naval Destroyer Escort, USS Kenneth M. Willett 354. Following the war, Mr. West received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Buffalo in 1950. He worked at Sylvania for 20 years. From 1971 to 2003 he worked at the Erie County Water Authority where he finally retired from his full-time job at 79.

In addition to enjoying his work, he also liked bowling, bike riding, reading and traveling with his family.

Memorials may be made to DESA, P.O. Box 488, Henderson Harbor, N.Y. 13651.

Arrangements were made though the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home.



Christopher M. McDonnell


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held from Our Mother of Good Counsel Church on Friday (March 15) at 9:30 a.m. for Christopher M. McDonnell, of Hamburg, who died on Monday, March 11, 2013.

He is survived by his wife, June W. McDonnell; children, Michael (Camille), Brian (Rosemarie) and David (Joyce) McDonnell; step-children, Sean (Michelle) Doran and Karin (Mark) Cymerman; siblings, Anne (late Joseph) Tramontana and Kevin (Margie) McDonnell; grandchildren, Marissa, Zachary, Abbie, Kaylin, Owen, Aidan and Rowan; brother-in-law, Timothy (Frances) Dybdahl and many nieces and nephews.

He was a member of the Knights of St. John Comm. No. 391 and a longtime member of the Armor Volunteer Fire Company.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice Foundation of WNY.

The family will be present to receive friends at the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home, Blasdell/Lackawanna Chapel on Thursday, March 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.



Rita A. Rombkowski


A Mass of Christian Burial was held from Our Lady of Sacred Heart Church on Wednesday (March 13) for Rita A. (Kilianski) Rombkowski, of Hamburg, who died on Saturday, March 9, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Arthur (Kim), Robert and Rita Jane Ambrose; sister, Alice (Raymond) Bienik; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Rombkowski was predeceased by her husband, Arthur F. Rombkowski; daughter, Mary (Richard) Ellis and brother, Richard (late Catherine) Kilianski.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Arrangements were made through the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home.



William J. Fern


Interment services with military honors will be held from Holy Cross Cemetery on Friday (March 15) at 11 a.m. for William J. Fern, 77, of Angola, who died on Saturday, March 9, 2013.

He is survived by his children, Doreen (Chris) Chaplin, Charles (Henrietta) and William (Margie) Fern; grandchildren, Melissa (Anthony) Ferrucci, Amanda (David) Strianese, LeAnn Barge, Charles, William, Richard, Katherine, RoseMarie and Thomas Fern and four great-grandchildren.

Mr. Fern was predeceased by his wife, Gloria Fern.

Arrangements were made through the Addison Funeral Home.



John H. Waas


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held from St. Mary of the Lake Church on Monday (March 18) at 10 a.m. for John H. Waas, of Hamburg, formerly of Kansas City, Mo., who died on Sunday, March 10, 2013.

He is survived by his children, Ed (Amy) Waas and Abbot Hilarion; brother, Roy (late Angela) Waas; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mr. Waas was predeceased by his wives, Kathleen and Anna Waas and brother, Albert (Doris) Waas.

He was a retired fire chief for the Kansas City Fire Department.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary of the Lake School.

The family will be present to recieve friends from Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home on Sunday, March 17 from 4 to 8 p.m.



Irene E. Mathien

A Mass of Christian Burial was held from SS. Peter and Paul Church on Monday (March 11) for Irene E. (Cunat) Mathien, 87, of Hamburg, who died on Tuesday, March 5, 2013.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Norman Mathien; children, David and Dr. Gregory (Clara) Mathien; brother, Dr. John (Helen) Cunat; grandchildren, Zachary and Rebecca Mathien and several nieces and nephews.

She was a teacher at Hamburg Central Schools.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice Foundation.

Final resting place was SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery.

Arrangements were made through the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home.



Janice Grabowski

A Mass of Christian Burial was held from Blessed John Paul II Parish on Saturday (March 9) for Janice Grabowski, of Lake View, who died on Wednesday, March 6, 2013.

She is survived by her husband, Gary B. Grabowski; children, Amy Jo (Michael) Parker, Gary A. (Bridgette) and Daniel W. (Wendy) Grabowski; siblings, Donald (Gerri) Huth and Margery (Dominic) Colangelo; grandchildren, Joshua, Erin, Lauren, Molly, Andrew, Camille, Adam and Olivia and great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Carter.

Memorials may be made to Operation Good Neighbors.

Arrangements were made through the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home.



Julia I. Fulsom


A memorial service was held from Southtowns Christian Center on Saturday (March 9) for Julia I. (Danch) Fulsom, 94, of Blasdell, who died on Sunday, March 3, 2013.

She is survived by her son, Herbert D. (Paula) Fulsom; sisters, Eleanor (late Paul) Mazur and Betty (Lojos) Asboth; grandchildren, Lisa Robertson, Scott R. (Kelly Dawn) and Robert W. (Paula); great-grandchildren, Dillon, Lindsay Robinson, Logan Robertson, Jordan, Aiden and William; sister-in-law, Doreen (William) Dorge and many nieces, nephews, cousins and their families.

Mrs. Fulsom was predeceased by her husband, Herbert J. Fulsom; parents, Frank and Eleanor Danch; siblings, Frank Danch, Helen Danch, Vilma (late Walter) Pawlas, Margaret (late John) Martinage, Joseph (late Hilda) Danch, Louis (late Irene) Danch and Bela Danch and sister-in-law, Marge (late Jack) Atkinson.

She was a homemaker.

Memorials may be made to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Arrangements were made though the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home.

Gage Martin Seneca


Funeral services were held from the family’s residence on Friday (March 8) for Gage Martin Seneca, 3, of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, who died on Tuesday, March 5, 2013.

He is survived by his parents, Tashia and Johnathan Seneca; siblings, Johnny Boy Seneca Jr., Avianna Jimerson, Caleb Maloney, Rhiannon Bowman, Lewi and Karmine Seneca; grandparents, Elaine Parker, Papa Martin Jimerson, Vicky Seneca and Wesley Sylvester; great-grandparents, Edgar (late Katherine) Parker and Patricia (late Herman) Jimerson Sr. and many aunts, uncles, great-aunts and great-uncles.

Gage Martin Seneca was predeceased by his great-grandparents, Helen and Charles Seneca.

Burial was in the Seneca Nation Cemetery.

Arrangements were made through the Wentland Funeral Home.

Diane B. Gibson

Private funeral services were held for Diane B. (Smith) Gibson, of Orchard Park, formerly of Hamburg, who died on Monday, March 11, 2013.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Richard D. Gibson; children, Richard D. Gibson Jr. (Jennifer), Kathleen (Charles) Smith III and Elizabeth (John) Tilert; brother, David (Shirley) Smith; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; close friend of 83 years, Peppy Uhlman and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels of WNY.

Arrangements were made through Loomis, Offers and Loomis, Hamburg Chapel.

Frank J. Saracina III


Funeral services will be held from Addison Funeral Home on Saturday (March 16) at 1 p.m. for Frank J. Saracina III, 37, of Derby, who died on Sunday, March 3, 2013.

He is survived by his son, Anthony J. Saracina; parents, Jessie (late Francis) Martorana and Frank Saracina Jr. and grandparents, William and Jennie Martin and Frank Saracina Sr.

Mr. Saracina was predeceased by his grandmother, June Saracina.

MaryAnn Glende


Funeral services were held from Loomis, Offers and Loomis, Hamburg Chapel on Friday (March 8) for MaryAnn (Hahn) Glende, of Hamburg, who died on Wednesday, March 6, 2013.

She is survived by her son, Robert (Wilma Jeanne) Glende; grandchildren, Jennifer, Joshua and Ann Marie Glende and nieces, nephews and friends.

Mrs. Glende was predeceased by her husband, Henry Glende and children, Kenneth and Lynn Glende.

Memorials may be made to the Erie County SPCA.

Dennis J. Pacyon Sr.

Funeral services will be held from John J. Kaczor Funeral Home, Hamburg Chapel on Friday (March 15) at 10 a.m. for Dennis J. Pacyon, 55, of Hamburg, who died on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Rita (Seelig) Pacyon; children, Brandi Pacyon, Dennis J. Pacyon Jr., Paul, Steven, James (Kim), Candice and Shawn Borynski; five siblings and 11 grandchildren.

The family will be present to recieve friends on Thursday, March 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home, Hamburg Chapel.


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