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Obituaries for the week of June 6, 2013

Eleanor Louise Allen Chiavetta
Salvatore Barba
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Salvatore G. Barba
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday (June 15) at St. Mary of the Lake Church in Hamburg for Salvatore “Sal” G. Barba, 95, of Clearwater, Fla., formerly of Derby, who died on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. A memorial service in his honor will be held at St. Mary of the Lake Church in Hamburg on Saturday, June 15 at 10:00 a.m.
He is survived by his children, Stephen (Mary Ellen) Barba, Paul (Joanne M.) Barba, Joanne T. Barba; brother, James A. Barba; grandchildren, Erika Lea, Kate and Stephen Jr.; great-grandchild Lilly Joy; and also nieces, nephews and many loving friends.
He was predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Margaret V. (Cortelli) Barba.
Mr. Barba was a WWII Army veteran serving in Alaska with the Military Police. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus, the Hamburg ELKS, the VFW in Lake View and the WNY Mussomeli Society.
His proudest accomplishment was earning his GED at age 76. He was an avid bowler, enjoying the sport well into his 80s. He was a hospital volunteer logging in over 1,500 hours, working the desk, delivering flowers, and transporting patients to and from the parking lot. He felt happy to be able to help “the old people” whenever he could. He was a popular resident in his Florida community, often performing secret random acts of kindness. For many years he was the community “rosarian,” tending the dozens of rose bushes that decorated the Clubhouse. He also enjoyed the monthly dinners and weekly coffee hours where he sold split-club tickets. Everyone knew and respected “Sal” for his intelligence and energy.
Internment took place at the National Cemetery at Bay Pines in St. Petersburg, alongside his wife.

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Eleanor Louise Allen Chiavetta
Funeral services were held on Friday (May 31) at St. Anthony’s Roman Catcholic Church for Eleanor Louise Allen Chiavetta, 89, of Brant, who died on Saturday, May 25, 2013.
She is survived by her five children, Thomas A. (Barbara) Chiavetta, Kathleen (Vincent) Keough, Nancy M. Chiavetta, Peter (Diane Leberman) Chiavetta; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; cousins and devoted care givers.
Mrs. Chiavetta was predeceased by her husband, Thomas P. Chiavetta; parents, Joseph and Louise (Schuert) Allen.
She was raised by her mother and beloved grandmother in the family home built by her grandfather in Farnham. She attended Angola High School where she played the snare drum in the marching band. She graduated at the age of 16.
On September 4, 1940, she married Thomas P. Chiavetta, son of immigrant parents. Together they transformed the original family poultry farming business into Chiavetta’s Catering Service, Inc. A strong matriarch, she worked side-by-side with her husband, sons, and her grandchildren. Eleanor and Tom’s entrepreneurial vision secured the long standing success of the business, carried on by three generations, that came to be known as an icon of the WNY landscape.
Having lived in her Brant home for 70 years, she was well-known and loved in her community. Especially known for her leadership, she volunteered for the Brant Youth Recreation, organizing outings and activities for the children of Brant. She was an active PTA member during her children’s school years. For many years she was an officer of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Sodality. She participated in the Big Brother Big Sister program, and established the Thomas P. Chiavetta Memorial Scholarship Fund, which awards monies to music students from Lake Shore High School. Along with other town residents, she was instrumental in obtaining property for the Brant Town Park.
She is best known for her friendships, kind heart and her generous spirit. Eleanor’s zest for life was evident in her many interests and hobbies. An avid traveler and reader, she was curious about different cultures. She spent time exploring many countries including Russia, China, the Middle East and Europe. A season ticket holder for the Buffalo Bills, Eleanor was a faithful fan. She enjoyed traveling with the Buffalo Bills organization on their Caribbean cruises.
Animals were Mrs. Chiavetta’s passion. She and her husband adopted four donkeys from Nevada. During their first winter, she would travel twice a day to the barns in the worst weather to feed and water her donkeys, horses and “barncat.” She did it with love and without any complaint.
Her most special role in her life was that of grandmother. She was known to her grandchildren as “Nanee.” She taught them that they can do anything they set out to do. She shared her love of adventure and travel with them. She was generous with her love, laughter and support. She will be sadly missed by her dear grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Thomas P. Chiavetta and Eleanor L. Chiavetta Music Scholarship Fund, c/o Chiavetta’s Catering Service, Inc. PO Box 216, Brant, NY, 14027

Patricia Harenda
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday (May 31) from Most Precious Blood Church for Patricia (Heckler) Harenda, 80, of Derby, who died on Monday, May 27, 2013.
She is survived by her children Kathleen (Larry) Ziolkowski, Eugenia (Paul) Murphy, Louise (Vincent) Cross, Paul, Valerie and Raymond Harenda; sister, Sister Mary Raymond Heckler; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Christopher) Russin, Nicole Ziolkowski, Mark and Jared Murphy, Christine Harenda and Michael Cross; and great-granchild Quinn Russin.
Mrs. Harena was predeceased by her husband, Eugene V. Harenda and brother, Richard Heckler.
Arrangements were made through the Latimore-Schiavone Funeral Home.

Carole W. Tallman
A Mass of Christian Burial SS Peter and Paul Church will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 14 for Carole W. (Wishart) Tallman, 77, of Venice, Fla. formerly of Hamburg, who died on Monday, May 20, 2013.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas L. Tallman; children, Thomas P. (Donna) Tallman, Wayne (Dorie) Tallman, Deborah (Scott) Curtis and James Tallman; sister, Laura Jean (John) Asiello; grandchildren Katherine (Timothy Preusch), Emily and Rebecca Tallman, Casey, Samantha and Jeffrey Tallman and Jennifer, Bradley, Nicole, and Brock Curtis; great-grandchildren Owen and Austin Preusch; and also several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Tallman was a former bookkeeper at Beckes Optical. Mrs. Tallman and her husband were on the original committee for Hamburgh Holidays.
Final resting place will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at 9301 Sunrise Lakes Blvd., Apt. 309, Sunrise, Fla., 33322.
Memorials may be made to SS. Peter and Paul School, 68 E. Main St., Hamburg, 14075
Visitation will be on Thursday, June 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home.

Dorothy M. Enders
Funeral services were held Wednesday (June 5) for Dorothy M. (Klumpp) Enders, of Moneta, Va. formerly of Hamburg, who died Thursday, May 30, 2013.
She is survived by her children, Ann (Frank) Hunt, and Linda Griffith; sister, Jean Suik; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Enders was predeceased by her husband, Herman Enders; brother Larry Enders; and two grandchildren.
Memorials to American Cancer Society. Internment will take place in the Maplewood Cemetery in Springville
Arrangements were made through the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home.

Flossie M. Noworyta
A memorial service was held from the Latimore-Schiavone Funeral Home on Monday (June 2) for Flossie M. Noworyta, of Derby, who died on Thursday, May 30, 2013.
She is survived by children, Gerald, Mary (Dennis) Moquin and Robert (Lynn) Noworyta; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Mrs. Noworyta was predeceased by her husband, Bernard J. Noworyta.
Memorial may be made to a charity of your choice in Mrs. Noworyta’s memory.

Rita L. McPartlan
Private services were held for Rita L. (Sutcliffe) McPartlan, age 99, of Hamburg, who died on Friday, May 31, 2013.
She is survived by her children, Julie Nattrass, Nora Mulready and Thomas (JoAnn) McPartlan; grandchildren Mary Mulready and Kate (Robb) Garman; great-grandchildren, Zachary and Brendan Garman.
Mrs. McPartlan was predeceased by her husband, Frank McPartlan.
Internment will be in Skyway Memorial Gardens in Palmetto, Fla.
Arrangements were by the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home.

Rosalie J. Polakiewicz
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday (June 4) from Blessed John Paul II Church for Rosalie J. (Gemza) Polakiewicz, of Derby, who died on Saturday, June 1, 2013.
She is survived by husband, Joseph S. Polakiewicz; children, James (Teresa), Jeffrey (Nancy), Jerome (Samantha Wahl), Suzanne (Michael) McCarthy; daughter-in-law, Doreen Perusich; sister-in-law, Theresa Gemza; grandchildren, Jeffery, Stephanie, Jenna, Alyssa, Allison, Joseph, Sara, Kyle, Ryan, Michael, Jack, Ryan, and Kameril; many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Polakiewicz was predeceased by her parents, John and Ursula Gemza; son, Joseph Polakiewicz; siblings, Edward (Romaine) Gemza, Theodore (late Louise) Gemza, Bernard Gemza, Harriet (late Andrew) Tribula, Helen (Roy) Guiher, and Ursula (late Edward) Dybala; and grandchild, Madison.
Memorial may be made to the Madison McCarthy Cardiac Care Coalition, P.O. Box 485, Derby, NY 14047.
Arrangements by John J. Kaczor Funeral Home, Inc.

Vera Heinze
A memorial service will be held at the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, for Vera (Strube) Heinze, of Hamburg, who died on Tuesday, May 30, 2013.
She is survived by her children, Dieter H. (Pamela) Heinze and Bernd A. (Caroline) Heinze; sister, Jutta Thode; grandchildren, Nicole Weihmiller, Dieter M. Heinze, Jon Derek Heinze and Jamie Kessinger; great-grandchildren, Dieter J., Stella, and Hunter J. Heinze and Caden Kessinger.
Mrs. Heinze was predeceased by her husband, Horst H. Heinze.

Dorothy B. Selle
A memorial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8 at the Hamburg Presbyterian Church for Dorothy B. Selle, age 81, of Hamburg, who died on February 14, 2013.
She is survived by her children, E. Donald (Mary Jane) Selle, Jr., Cynthia (Ronald Ferguson) Rotino, Debora McKay and Daniel (Rhonda) Selle; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Selle was predeceased by her husband, E. Donald Selle.
Mrs. Selle was a registered nurse at Kenmore Mercy Hospital.
Arrangements were made through Demmerley Funeral Home.


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