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Death notices and obituaries for the week of May 23

Morris Ashline

Morris E. Ashline, of Angola, died May 15.He was an army veteran of World War II.

He was the husband of the late Myrtis Ashline; father of Morris Jr. (Sandra) Ashline, James Ashline, Robert (Massie) Ashline, Rose Waddell, William (Debbie) Ashline, Sandy (Lou) Cooper), Linda Ashline, Phyllis (Robert) Mosier, Melissa Sue (Joe) Vega, Grace (Darryl) Mosier, and the late Diane Chestner and Maryann (Arthur) Boulabian; also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

A funeral was held on May 20. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Online condolences may be made at

Elizabeth Birks

Elizabeth “Betty” (nee Nasal) Birks, 67, of Blasdell, died May 9.

She worked as principal clerk for the Erie County Health Department.

She was the wife of John Birks; daughter of the late Michael and Genevieve (nee Romanowski) Nasal; sister of Connie (Raymond) Frank, Michael (Carol) Nasal and the late Marion Nasal; aunt of Mark Nasal and Michael (Kris) Nasal; great-aunt of Ashley, Emily and Rhianna.

A Mass of Christian burial was held May 20 at Saint Columba-Brigid Roman Catholic Church in Buffalo. Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to UNYTS, 110 Broadway, Buffalo, N.Y. 14203. Online condolences may be made at

Jane (nee Kissinger) Ehmke, of Angola, died May 2.She was the wife of the late Jack Ehmke; mother of Karen (Philip) George, Katherine (late Robert) Allen and Jan (late John Pisarski) (Scott) Pisarski-Carmer; sister of the late H. Loren (late Marie) Kissinger; grandmother of Elizabeth, Jonathan, Matthew, Gregory and Adam; also survived by three great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held May 20 in the First Church of Evans in Derby. Interment was in the Forest Avenue Cemetery in Angola. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Evans Historical Society or the First Church of Evans building fund. Online condolences may be made at

Marilyn N. (nee Ketner) Griffin, of Hamburg, died May 11.

She was the wife of the late Donald; mother of Madonna (Bruce) Lakso, Diana (Michael) Munich and the late Daniel; grandmother of Blair and Brooke Lakso, Catherine Munich and Nicholas and Elliot Griffin; daughter of the late Karl and Edna (nee Freibis) Ketner; sister of Fred (Marjorie), Dorothy (Roger) Beal, Clara (late Walter) Davidson and the late Richard (Patricia); also survived by nieces and nephews.

A gathering and chapel service were held at the Colonial Memorial Chapels Inc. in Lackawanna on May 17. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Hospice Buffalo, to 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227.

James Harms

D. James Harms, 84, died May 14. He was part owner of Page-Harms Oil Co. and worked there from 1947 until his retirement in 2005.

He was a lifetime member of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York, a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of which he was the first person from Eden to be appointed and receive the position of district deputy grand master of junior lodges and the first chief ruler of Eden Junior Lodge 14 in 1947. He was also a lifetime member of the Slovenian Club of Gowanda. He was a pitcher for the Eden High School and also played on the first Eden School football team.

He is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart Joyce (nee VanSlyke) Harms. They were married for 64 years. Also survived by children Kathryn (Richard) Nordstrom, David (Karen) Harms, Susan (late Donald) Gabel and Paul Harms; grandchildren David and Jeffrey (Krista) Harms, Joshua Gabel and Jill (nee Ciro) Sroda; great-grandchildren Zach, Jacob and Haley Harms, Jordan and Ciro Jr. Sroda. He is also survived by his sister Marjorie (Lawrence) Meadows and predeceased by brothers Robert (Louise) and Charles Harms.

A memorial service was held on May 19 at Laing Funeral Home Inc. in Eden. Interment was at Eden Evergreen Cemetery.

Judith (nee Jonas) Halftown, 71, of Angola, formerly of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, died May 15.

She was a member of the Snipe Clan.

She was the wife of the late Gilbert Halftown; mother of Valeria Jonas, Lori (Jesus) Vargas, Kerry Jonas, Raymond, Joseph Negron, Valentina Galligan, Merwin, Darrel Negron and the mother of many Halftown children; grandmother of 35 grandchildren and great-grandmother of many great-grandchildren; sister of Janice Mecklenberg, Alice Jonas, Myrna Edsell, Emily John and the late Donna, Marlene, Merwin Jonas and Georgette Conklin. She was the friend of Denise Webster.

A funeral was held at the family residence on May 20. Arrangements were made by the Wentland Funeral Home of North Collins.

Marybelle (nee Jacobs) Halftown, 78, of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, died May 17.

She was the wife of Patrick Halftown Sr.; mother of Patrick Halftown Jr., Jeff, Reinette Halftown, Linda, Paul Halftown, Brenda Halftown, Nancy Halftown, Clara Rivera Halftown, Leta Halftown and the late Robert and Clifford Halftown; and sister of the late Betty Smith and Wellington Jacobs Also survived by more than 100 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was a member of the Snipe Clan.

Funeral services were held at the Wentland Funeral Home in North Collins on May 20.

Carol (nee Capasso) Hall, 64, of the Cattauraugus Indian Reservation, died May 13.She was retired from Perrysburg Mental Health, was a singer and a member of the Beaver Clan.

She was born May 17, 1949. She was the wife of Douglas Hall, mother of Chama Hall and Douglas (Shelly) Hall, Jr.; Naumie of Riley Hayden Hall; sister of Brenda Smith, Virginia (Dale) Johnson, Karen (Philip) Beck and the late Ralph Capasso; also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

A funeral was held May 17 at the Wentland Funeral Home in North Collins.

Dale Heidenburg

Dale (nee Mex) Heidenburg of Hamburg died May 16. She was the wife of Donald “Kasper the Clown” Heidenburg; mother of Mark Steinmueller, Lori (Bruce) Heidenburg Morrell, Charles (April) Heidenburg and the late Kris Steinmueller; grandmother of Breanna Oldenburg and Katrina Heidenburg; sister of Doreen Tarangelo.

A prayer service was held at the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home on May 23. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Ismailia Shrine Travel Fund or Hospice Foundation of Western New York. Online condolences may be made at

Robert R. King, 89, of Hamburg, died Feb. 24. He was the husband of E. Helene (nee Pruder); father of Andrea (Gary) Wraalstad and Terrance (Theresa) King; grandfather of Megan King.

He was a World War II veteran, a retired yardmaster for Conrail and a life member and past chaplain of American Legion Post No. 527.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at Saints Peter and Paul Church of Hamburg at 10 a.m. on May 24. Interment is in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Dale Heidenburg

Richard L. Wittmeyer, 72, of Lawtons, died May 15. He was the husband of Candyce “Candy” (nee Hall) Wittmeyer; father of Carrie (Jim) Fix; brother-in-law of Deborah (Dennis) Mikolin and Sharon Catuzza and Elaine Wittmeyer; brother of Robert (Calista), Jerome (Pat) Wittmeyer, Sharon (Larry) Heim, George (Sally) Wittmeyer and the late Edward, Leo, Eugene Wittmeyer and Marjorie (Tom) Neubauer. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was a member of the North Collins Senior Citizens, LK Painter Center in Collins, Collins Senior Citizens, Lets Travel Group of Cattaraugus, a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and American Legion Post 1640. He was a Vietnam veteran, a carpenter and a coffee Klutcher of Rolling Hills, Tim Hortons and Olympia.

Funeral services were held May 19 from Epiphany of Our Lord Church in Langford.


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