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Death notices and obituaries from The Sun week of June 19

David Kreuder

David Joseph Kreuder, 32, of Boston, died Jan. 24. Kreuder was the son of Thomas Kreuder and Arlen Cordes Kreuder; stepson of Mary Ann (nee Faulring) Kreuder; brother of THomas and Matthew (Lauren) Starkie-Kreuder and Michael and Robert Faulring; uncle of Willow Rose and Reverie Quinn Starkie-Kreuder.

He was the owner of Perfectly Baked Breads and a baker at several farmers markets and recently, at Harvest Breads in Hamburg. He graduated from Hamburg High School, followed politics, was an automobile mechanic and an outdoorsman.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held June 28 at noon at Saint Bernadette’s Church in Orchard Park. A lunch will be provided afterward by the parish neighbors. A celebration of his life will be hosted at 5 p.m. by Catherine Cherry Myers at her farm, located at 6405 Ward Road. A potluck dinner will be held; details are available at

Memorials may be made to Kids Escaping Drugs, the Peace and Justice Committee of Saint Bernadette or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Joanne Mahoney

Joanne Mahoney

Joanne (nee Hill) Mahoney, 59, of North Collins, died June 10. Mahoney was the wife of the late Dennis Mahoney; mother of Shannon (David) Rice and the late Michael Patrick Mahoney; mother-in-law of Jeri Mahoney; grandma of Joshua, Michaela, McKenna, Jonathan Rice and Haley Hudson; daughter of Richard Hill and the late Agnes (nee Schmitz) Hill; sister of Daniel, James, Carol, William and Catherine Hill; sister-in-law of Mary Ellen Winter, Linda Mahoney, Kathy Shaw and Deb Hill. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

A funeral was held on June 14 at the Eden United Methodist Church. Arrangements were made by the Wentland Funeral Home.

Natalie Sirmay

Natalie Sirmay

Natalie (nee Skrzypczak) Sirmay, of Angola, died June 8. Sirmay was the wife of the late Egon Sirmay, mother of Mary Margaret Andol and Carol Ann (Jeffrey) Premonics; sister of the late Henry Script and Alicia Jaros; grandmother of Dana Marie Corieri, Tess Lynn Brownell, Justin and Jordan Premonics; great-grandmother of Matthew, Natalie, Madison and Michael.

She was a retired teacher in the Buffalo City School District.

Memorial services will be held June 21, at 11 a.m. in St. David’s Episcopal Church, located at 3951 Seneca St. West Seneca. Arrangements were made by Addison Funeral Home Inc.

Charles Voss

Charles Voss

Charles F. “Steve” Voss, 77, of Dunkirk, formerly of Farnham, died June 7. Voss was the son of the late Harold and Dorothy Voss; brother of Diana Voss, the late Harold Voss Jr. and Janice Voss; uncle of Bonnie, Timothy, Harold III and Daniel; cousin of Doreen Shores and friend to Ruth James.

He was a former member of the Farnham Ambulance Squad and past sextant of Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

A funeral was held June 18 at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Farnham and interment was in the Holy Cross Lutheran Church Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

Elizabeth Dedrick

Elizabeth Dedrick

Elizabeth G. “Betty” Dedrick, died June 9 at Elderwood in Hamburg. Dedrick had resided at Elderwood since 2010. She was a kind, compassionate woman who loved people. She was born in Canonsburg, Pa. in 1926, to William Gething and Jean Coleman Gething and lived in Pennsylvania, Ohio, the District of Columbia and New York, during her lifetime.

She is survived by her eldest daughter, Jean Kramer and her son-in-law Michael Kramer of Silverthorne, Colo. and her youngest daughter Mary Dedrick of Buffalo, as well as Brian Tytka and his daughters, Ginsey and Gilly of Hamburg, whom she knew for 13 years.

She was predeceased by her twin sons, David Laurence and Daniel William and her sister Jane (nee Gething) Nelson.

She graduated from Wellsville Junior-Senior High School in 1944. Upon graduation, she moved to Washington, D.C. to work as a clerk stenographer for the FBI. After two years, she transferred to the Department of Agriculture and Farm Security Administration in Wellsville, N.Y. where she stayed for five years.

She met her husband, Laurence Dedrick, who was the Allegany Country 4-H Club Agent, while working in Wellsville. They were married in May 1951, settling first in Wellsville, then in Belfast where they resided until 1989, when they moved to Olean, where she worked part-time for AM&A’s.

She volunteered for 16 years in Olean for Interfaith Caregivers, driving senior citizens to appointments. She was a member of the Eastern Star, the Hawthorn Club and the Belfast Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school to kindergartners for 10 years. She led the annual fundraising campaigns for the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society, for several years.

Funeral services will be held at Lakeside Funeral Home in Hamburg on June 26 at 2 p.m. Donations in her memory can be made to the American Heart Association.

Jeanette Becker

Jeanette E. (nee Meier) Becker, 85, of Sarasota, Fla. died May 29. Becker was born May 26, 1929 in Hamburg. She was preceded in death by her mother, Grace Meier and her father, Howard Meier. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Wilfred, “Bubsy” Becker of Sarasota; her sister Marjorie Whalen of Hamburg; her daughter Debra Becker and husband Karl LeGregni of W. Hurley, NY; Karen Becker of Sarasota; Kathy Becker-Bush and husband H. Michael Bush of Sarasota; her grandchildren, Tiffany Morgan of Berry, Texas; Justin Zoyhofski of Blasdell and Ryan Dean of Ballston Spa, N.Y., as well as five great grandchildren.

She lived 35 years of her adult life in Hamburg, NY. She summered for 35 years on Upper Saranac Lake in the Adirondack Mountains. She was vice president of Becker’s Family Restaurants of Western New York and was president of Saranac Shores Property Owners Association. She was a tennis player, sculptor and a homemaker.

Interment will be held at Hillcrest Cemetery in Hamburg on July 9 at 10:30 a.m. A celebration of life will be held on Aug. 16 on Upper Saranac Lake, N.Y.

John Brown

John M. “Jack” Brown Jr., 73, of Carlsbad, Calif., formerly of Hamburg, died Feb. 12. Brown is survived by his wife, Sylvia (nee Miedowicz) Brown; daughters Maryjane (Matt Miller) Brown-Murphy, Dorothy Brown and Jennifer (John) Crowell and granddaughters Alix Brown, Dakota Murphy and Jacob Murphy.

He was the son of the late John and Dorothy (nee Mammoser) Brown and the stepson of Betty Brown; brother of Clare (John) Noce, Joseph (late Sharon) Brown, Joan Christensen, Susan (Tim) Peck, Barbara (Joseph Kilbridge) Brown Clauss and Michael (Tina) Brown; also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was an ironworker at Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna and a member of Ironworker Union No. 6. He left Bethlehem Steel in 1971 and moved to Phoenix, Ariz., where he worked as a member of the Ironworker Union No. 75 for 25 years. He and his wife moved to the San Diego area in 1995, where he had been stationed as a marine in 1962. He worked through Ironworker Union No. 229 out of San Diego until his retirement in 2002.

After retirement, he played softball for the North County Senior Softball League in Carlsbad and went fishing in Mexico.

He was a member of the Hamburg High School Class of 1958 and returned to Hamburg for all of his class reunions. He will be remembered for his love of family and friends and his unending supply of jokes.

A celebration of his life party will be held on June 21 at 2 p.m. at Mammoser’s in Hamburg.

Catherine Connors

Catherine (nee Kenney) Connors, of Hamburg, formerly of Lackawanna, died June 14. Connors was the wife of the late Edward Connors; mother of Barbara, Dennis (Amy), Kenneth, Kathleen (James) Lake and Ed “E.J.” Connors; sister of the late James (late Dolores) Kenney, Helen (late Eugene) Brauch and Marge Munisteri; grandmother of Daniel, Ryan and Neil Connors and James and Mary Lake. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was a medical records clerk at Our Lady of Victory Hospital, retiring in 1994, and a member of The Catholic Daughters of the Americas-Court Msgr. Baker, Helping Hand of OLV, Hamburg Historical Society, Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Society and Onodaga Historical Association.

Services were held on June 19 at Norman E. Gannon & Sons Inc. Funeral Home and Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackwanna.

Entombment was at Holy Cross Mausoleum.

More information is available at

Erika Eckhardt 

Erika Eckhardt, 96, died May 1. Eckhardt was born Aug. 5, 1917 in Berlin, Germany, to Anna and Fred Richert and died May 1, 2014. The family arrived in Buffalo, July 4, 1925. She and her brothers Alfred and Fred attended Water Valley School and Hamburg High School.

She studied voice with Franco Autori and sang at the dedication of Kleinhans Music Hall. She sang for decades at weddings, funerals and many church functions in Eden, Hamburg and greater Buffalo.

She was the wife of the late Lawrence Eckhardt and the mother of four children. She was pre-deceased by her youngest daughter Christa Eckhardt and is survived by daughters Carol Knight, Margaret Pedersen and son Roger Eckhardt.

A service will be held at graveside in Prospect Lawn Cemetery on June 24, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Thomas Lutz of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will conduct the service.

Capt. Christa Eckhardt died April 5 in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. She was the youngest daughter of Erika and Lawrence Eckhardt.

The Rev. Shirley Chan will lead her graveside service at Prospect Lawn Cemetery at 2:15 p.m. on June 24.

A luncheon will be held at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Eden Valley, between the two services.

Arrangements were made by Laing Funeral Home Inc. 2724 W. Church St. in Eden. Online condolences may be may be left at

Mary Fugle

Mary F. (nee Armbrust) Fugle, of Blasdell, died June 15. Fugle was the wife of the late Edward L. Fugle; mother of Joyce (late John) Winter and Judy (Donald) Partridge; grandmother of eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; pre-deceased by two grandsons; sister of the late Robert (late Maybelle) Armbrust.

A Mass of Christian burial was held on June 18 at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church in Blasdell. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Blasdell Volunteer Fire Department and online condolences may be made at

James Hilburger

James M. Hilburger, of Colden, died June 6. Hilburger was the husband of Jean (nee Plummer); father of Jimmy (Laurie), Lynn (James) Huetter, Tom (Christine) and Lori (Glenn) Miller; papa of Jimmy, Paige, John, Nick, Ally, Erik, Michelle, Scott and Mark; great-grandfather of Cameron, Jacoby, Sydney, Charlotte and William.

A Mass of Christian burial was held from Saint Vincent De Paul R.C. Church in Springbrook on June 10. Flowers were declined. Memorial contributions may be made to The Bread of Life Outreach, P.O. Box 113, Colden, N.Y. 14033.

Carole Printup

Carole J. (nee Miller) Printup, 78, of Hamburg, died June 9. Printup was the mother of Scott (Lori), Michael (Stephanie) and Brian Printup and Dana (Thomas) Weise; sister of Linda (Jerry) Timmons; grandmother of Brianne, Patrick, Brendan, Matthew, Kailin, Kelsey and Emily.

She was a seamstress at New Era Cap Co. A memorial service was held at Demmerley Funeral Home, Inc. on June 13. Online condolences may be made at


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