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Death notices and obituaries from the Oct. 31 edition of The Sun



Norma Bryant
Norma Bryant


Norma Bryant, 88, of Angola died Oct. 16.

She was a bookkeeper for the Evans National Bank for 14 years. She cross-stitched, gardened, latch-hooked and did word find puzzles.

She was the daughter of the late Charles Lloyd and Madge Loriene (nee Edmunds) Chasey; wife of the late Lester Marvin Bryant; sister of Ronald Lloyd (Virginia) Chasey; mother of Doug (Judith) Bryant, Eric (Leslie) Bryant, Randy (Diana) Bryant, Barb (Al) O’Brien and Dean Bryant. Also survived by 17 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held from the Loomis Funeral Home on Oct. 20. A funeral service was held on Oct. 21 and burial was in Lakeside Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Buffalo Inc.

Joyce Flick

Joyce (nee Taylor) Flick, 88, of Blasdell died Oct. 23.

She was a homemaker.

She was the wife of the late Willard Flick; mother of William (Patricia) Flick, Carolyn (Jay) Van Duser and the late Donald (Laura) Flick; sister of Donald (late Judy) Taylor and sister-in-law of Janice (Gerald) Papierz; grandmother of seven and great-grandmother of 10. She was predeceased by one grandson.

Visitation was held from the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home’s Blasdell/Lackawanna Chapel. A funeral service was held from the Union Presbyterian Church, located at 67 Lake Ave. in Blasdell. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.kaczorfunerals.com.

Joan Gray

Joan (nee Norman) Gray, 80, of Oakland Park, Fla., formerly of Boston, died Oct. 21.

She was a cashier at Boston Deli and a member of Boston Amvets Post 219 Ladies Auxiliary and Boston Senior Citizens.

She was the wife of the late Robert Gray; mother of Robert Jr. (Kim), Linda (Michael) Denham, Brenda (David) Greiner, Thomas (Vicki) and Barbara (Brad) Wallace; also survived by 19 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held at the Hillcrest Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel on Oct. 26. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Arrangements by the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.demmerleyfuneralhome.com.

James Ketterer
James Ketterer


James Ketterer, 85, of Angola died Oct. 26.

He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and he was a truck driver with Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna.

He was the husband of the late Mildred (nee Spittler) Ketterer; father of Dale Ketterer, James (Kathleen) Ketterer and Susan (late Jesse) Keith; brother of the late Albert (Donna) Ketterer; grandfather of James and Paula Ketterer and Nicole, Tracy and Jesse Keith; and great-grandfather of Jeffrey Szarzanowicz, Ayliza Rydzewski and Jesse Keith Jr. Also survived by foster children Patty Walker and Billy and Patty Gooner

A funeral service was held at the Addison Funeral Home Inc. Interment services with military honors followed, in Lakeside Cemetery. Memorials to Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Comfort Care Unit.

Mary Patricia Neel
Mary Patricia Neel


Mary Patricia “Pat” (nee Herold) Neel died Oct. 19 in Fresno, Calif.

She was born May 7, 1933 in Tonawanda to the late William Herold and Paula Elizabeth (nee Storey) Herold. Her family moved to Hamburg when she was 5 years old. She was educated in the Hamburg Central School System.

In 1954, she earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pa.

She was a real estate broker in New Hampshire for 25 years. She refinished antique furniture, was a gardener and traveled.

She was the mother of Julie Adrian, Cathy Roy, Carol (Gregory) Ott, Kristen (Ramsey) Kahi and James Seider; sister of William Herold, Paul Herold and the late Barbara Sredzinski; grandmother of Jillian and Nicholas Canastraro, Austin and Cameron Roy, Stephen and Andrew Ott and Jennifer Kahi; great-grandmother of James Ott.

A funeral service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Hamburg at 2 p.m. on Nov. 9. Interment will be at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Armor at 9 a.m. on Nov. 11.

Memorials may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.

Roberta Jean Link

Roberta Jean (nee Stanz) Link, 74, of Angola died Oct. 21 at home.

She was the mother of Robert (Kelly) Link; sister of Frances (Robert) Zielonka and the late Mary Ann Lynch; grandmother of Steffanie (Justin) Jarocinski, Ashley (Michael) Hedrick, Brett Link, Cassie (Dustin) Hayes and Danielle Link; also survived by 11 grandchildren.

There will be no prior visitation. A funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery of Silver Creek.

Arrangements were made by the Addison Funeral Home.

Rita Marconi

Rita Winnert (nee Lawrence) Marconi, 88, of Hamburg died Oct. 21.

She was a licensed practical nurse at Our Lady of Victory Hospital in Lackawanna. She was a former resident of Saint Marys, Pa.

She was the wife of the late James Winnert and Victor Marconi; mother of Richard and Ronald Winnert; grandmother of Brandy, Jeremy, Boomer, Joseph, Victoria, Nicholas and Sabrina; great-grandmother of Sean, Kayden and Christian.

A funeral was held from the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home Inc., located at 21 Pierce Ave. in Hamburg, and Saints Peter & Paul Church on Oct. 25.

Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.demmerleyfuneralhome.com.

Thomas Schmittendorf
Thomas Schmittendorf


Thomas Schmittendorf, 70, of Hamburg, died Oct. 16.

He was born on Nov. 23, 1942 in Buffalo to the late Edward and Ruth Schmittendorf.

He was an insurance broker and sportsman. He graduated from Eden High School in 1962. He joined the United States Army and served in the Army Security Agency, stationed in England and Turkey.

When he returned to Eden, he worked for several companies, including Mutual of New York, and later opened his own insurance company, called Schmittendorf Insurance Agency. He married Karen Thomas in 1971 and moved to Hamburg.

He hunted in Alaska and Colorado and bagged elk, moose, bear, wolf and full curl Dahl sheep. He golfed, fished and boated. He traveled with his wife to all 50 states, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and South America.

He was the husband of Karen (nee Thomas) Schmittendorf; brother of James Schmittendorf of Alabama and the late Edward Schmittendorf (Cheryl); also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A funeral was held, and burial was in Saint Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Laing Funeral Home Inc. of Eden. Online condolences may be made at www.LaingFuneralHome.com.

Grace Anne Wahl

Grace Anne (nee Kehlhof) Wahl, 101, of Hamburg died Oct. 16.

She was the wife of the late Edward Wahl; mother of Carl (Rose Mary) Wahl and Carolyn Galen; sister of Irene (late Lewis) Holdermiller and the late Alden Kehlhof; grandmother of Lauren and the late Cameron Galen; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 7 from the Hamburg Presbyterian Church, located at 177 Main St.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements were made by the Loomis, Offers & Loomis Inc. Hamburg Chapel.

Paul Weaver
Paul Weaver


Paul Weaver, 76, died Oct. 26 after a battle with illness.

He was born in Buffalo and attended Canisius College. He was a member of the Canisius Di Gamma Honor Society. He graduated in 1961 from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School and was a member of the Bisonhead Honor Society; he was also president of the Student Bar Association.

He spent two years in active duty in the U.S. Army as an infantry officer and attained the rank of captain. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal.

In 1961, he joined Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel LLP, later he became a partner. He was a past president of the Bar Association of Erie County.

He was a member and past president of the Wanakah Country Club and a member of the Buffalo Club. He was a past director and vice chair of Mercy Flight Inc. He served as a trustee of Hilbert College and also served as chair of the board. He received the Leaders in Law Award in 2006.

He was a member of Saints Peter & Paul Church, where he served as a Confraternity of Christian Doctrine teacher.

He was the captain of the Timon High School and Canisius College golf teams; both won championships; he had four holes-in-one.

He was the husband of Norma (nee Swain); father of Brian (Leah) Weaver, Mary (Gerard) Curre, Lisa (Michael) Padovani, Bradley (Lynsey) Weaver and Christin (Aaron) Weaver; grandfather of 12; brother of Janet (Jack) Robinson.

A funeral was held from the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home Inc., located at 21 Pierce Ave. in Hamburg, and from Saints Peter & Paul Church. Online condolences may be made at www.demmerleyfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be made to the Hospice Foundation.

Wallace Wise

Wallace Wise, 82, of Hamburg died Oct. 23.

He was a plumber and a member of Plumbers Local No. 22. He served in the United States Air Force during World War II.

He was the husband of 54 years to Marjorie (nee Sponholz); father of Wanda (Paul) Bukowski, Wayne (Linda), Walter (Lynn) and William (Shannon) Wise and Wendy Wise-Young; brother of Gertrude (Donald) Fisher and the late Walter and Delbert Wise; also survived by 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation and a funeral were held from the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home of Hamburg. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery of Orchard Park.

Memorials may be made to the Boy Scouts of America or the American Lung Association. Online condolences may be made at www.demmerleyfuneralhome.com.
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