Obituaries for Hamburg, Eden, North Collins areas for the week of Aug. 30, 2012
Thursday August 30, 2012 | By:The Sun Staff | Obituaries / Deaths
A celebration of life was held on Sunday (Aug. 19) in California for Louis Proal DeVoe, 71, of Hollywood, Calif., formerly of Hamburg, who died on Saturday, August 4, 2012.
He is survived by his brother, Dave DeVoe; niece and nephew, Danielle DeVoe Godefroy and Derek DeVoe; sister-in-law, Ann Daniels DeVoe; and partner, George Seehuus.
He was predeceased by his parents, Howard and Helen DeVoe.
Mr. DeVoe was a 1959 graduate of Hamburg High School. He was a member of the National Honor Society at HHS and spent the summer of 1958 in Davos Platz, Switzerland as an exchange student with the AFS.
He had a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Harper University in 1963 and a master’s degree in urban planning from Michigan State in 1965.
Richard J. O’Boyle III
A memorial service was held on Saturday (Aug. 25) from Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna for Richard J. O’Boyle III, 71, of Lodi, Calif., formerly of North Collins, who died on Wednesday, August 15, 2012.
He is survived by his son, Richard (Shana) O’Boyle; siblings, Patricia (Vincent) Barry, Jeanette (Norman) Schwendler, Virginia (Steven) Schilling, Eileen Doyle, Robin Watson and Michael (Nancy), Thomas (Marie) and Gary (Suzanne) O’Boyle; and two grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents, Richard “Dick” and Patricia (Phillips) O’Boyle.
Born in Lackawanna, he moved to North Collins and was a 1959 graduate of North Collins Central School.
He enlisted in the service shortly after graduation. He was stationed in Hawaii and was honored in 1961 as Military Police Soldier of the year.
After his military service, he returned to North Collins for a couple of years working as a car salesman. He returned to the island of Kauai and became a successful real estate agent until retiring in 2002.
After he retired he moved to Sacramento to be closer to his son and grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday (Aug. 29) from the Wentland Funeral Home in North Collins for Mark Scott, 52, of Buffalo, who died on Monday, August 27, 2012.
He is survived by his siblings, Stephen (Terri) Scott and Bernard Scott; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Donald and Bernice Scott; and siblings, Edward, Donald Jr. and Carl Scott.
Mr. Scott was a member of the Hawk Clan.
A funeral Mass and interment services were held on Monday (Aug. 20) in Miami, Fla. for Mary H. (Kent) Zeh, 94, of Hialeah, Fla., formerly of Hamburg, who died on Thursday, August 16, 2012.
She is survived by her children, James, William and Lawrence Zeh and Sara (Blair) Simmons; sisters, Sara Jane (late Eugene) Martens and Rita (late Howard) Hagelin; 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, George W. Zeh; parents, Thomas and Mary Ellen Kent; and siblings, Dorothy Richards and John and William Kent.
Mrs. Zeh was born in Newfoundland.
Memorials may be made to the Catholic Hospice Services.
William K. Mangan Jr.
Word has been received that William K. Mangan Jr., formerly of North Collins, died on Friday, August 17, 2012.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Skirchak-Mangan; children, Terry, Tommy and Connie; stepchildren, Heather and Ted and Tom Skirchak; mother, Flora Mangan; siblings Flora and Art; friend, Bill W.; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Mr. Mangan served proudly in the U.S. Army. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service and was an avid bowler with The Mainlands Unit 2 and Unit 3.
He was a life member of the DAV, and the North American Hunt Club.
Interment will be in North Collins Cemetery.
Arrangements were made through the Wentland Funeral Home.
Memorial services will be held on Friday, Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. from the Wentland Funeral Home for Ernst Erland Both, 82, of North Collins, who died on Sunday, August 26, 2012.
He is survived by his children, Elfie (Gerald) Kaczanowski and Ingrid (Rob Kernen) Both; sister, Elfi (Luciano) Modesti; and grandchildren, Adam, Andrew, Jeremy and David.
He was predeceased by his wife, Billie (Vimmerstedt) Both; children, Heidi Lavatar and Erik Both; and brother, Kurt Both.
Mr. Both was born in 1930 in Carpinis in western Romania. In 1944, he and his family fled to Austria after the German army ordered an evacuation of his village.
After studying astronomy at an “underground university” in Austria, his family immigrated to Buffalo in March 1950.
In 1955, he earned his bachelor’s degree in modern languages with a minor in biology from the University at Buffalo. He then earned a master of arts degree in medieval languages.
In 1956, he married Billie Vimmerstedt of Salmanca, who predeceased him in 2007.
During the early years of his career, he taught German, astronomy and mycology at UB, Buffalo State College, D’Youville College, Canisius College and the Diocesan Preparatory Seminary in Buffalo, as well as at Washington University in St. Louis.
In 1959, he suspended his doctorate studies at Washington University to return to Buffalo to accept appointment as curator of astronomy at the Buffalo Museum of Science. He opened the museum’s Solar Observatory in 1967.
He interpreted and explained the solar system to thousands during his Friday-night viewings at the museum’s Kellogg Observatory and his summer shows in the Solar Observatory. He helped educate the public during the appearance of Kohoutek’s Comet in 1973 and Halley’s Comet in 1986.
He was lead scientist in the creation of three astronomy exhibits: Hall of the Universe in 1976 (for which he personally transported lunar samples from NASA’s space museum), the Edward G. Gibson Hall of Space in 1983 and the Lawrence D. Bell Hall of Space Exploration in 1986, which included a memorial to the Challenger.
As a result of foraging for wild mushrooms during World War II in Austria, he developed a passion for mycology. He added Curator of Mycology to his title at the museum in 1977. In 1978, he reopened the museum’s mycological research section.
He was the author or co-author of approximately 25 papers on boletes and wrote the 1993 book “The Boletes of North America - A Compendium” at age 63.
He was the recipient of a “Western New York Pioneers of Science” award by the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute in 2006.
His colleagues named a new genus of bolete, “Bothia,” in his honor in 2007.
For more than 25 years, he consulted on many of cases of mushroom poisoning with the Poison Control Center at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. He also served his local community for years as a member of the North Collins School Board and the Eden-North Collins Rotary Club.
He served as director of the Buffalo Museum of Science from 1984 until his retirement in 1995, and served as acting director three times, from 1980 to 1982, briefly in 1984 and coming out of his retirement to serve a nine-month term in 2000.
During his tenure, the museum inaugurated a successful traveling exhibit program that started with robotic dinosaurs in 1987. The program, Dinosaurs Alive!, set attendance records that have not yet been surpassed. An education wing was added to the Makowski Visitor Center at Tifft Nature Preserve in 1990. In 1991, the museum saw the opening of the Charles R. Drew Science Magnet School, the first public school in the country to be physically joined and programmatically linked to a museum of natural science.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Aug. 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. from the Wentland Funeral Home.
Clarence Blackwell Jr.
Funeral services were held on Monday (Aug. 27) from St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Orchard Park for Clarence “Pruny” Blackwell Jr., of Hamburg, who died on Wednesday, August 22, 2012.
He is survived by his wife, Mary F. (Best) Blackwell; children, Mary Ellen (George) Tita, Robert (Diane) Blackwell, Patricia (Kurt) Allen and Margaret (Russell) Ryan; siblings, Charles (late Grace), Paul (Cathy) and David (Pat) Blackwell; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his siblings, Robert (Beatrice) Blackwell and Dorothy (Donald) Hatch.
Mr. Blackwell served in World War II as a member of the U.S. Navy.
He married his wife, Mary, in 1947 and they recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.
He spent his career as the proud owner and mechanic of a Mobil gas station.
He and his family enjoyed many years together at their cottage at Chautauqua Lake and homes in Florida.
He was an avid golfer, gardener and Buffalo Bills football fan.
His one and only true passion in life was for his family, and was considered a true “family man.”
Memorials may be made to St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Arrangements were made through Loomis, Offers and Loomis Funeral Home.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday (Aug. 27) from Our Lady of Victory Basilica for Marie D. Busch of Hamburg, who died on Thursday, August 23, 2012.
She is survived by her brother, Francis Busch; and nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, Anthony and Mary Busch; and siblings, Helen (late William) Farley and Eugene Busch.
She was interred in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Arrangements were made through the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, Aug. 30 at 9:30 a.m. from Our Mother of Good Counsel Church for Arthur J. Sambuchi of Blasdell, who died on Saturday, August 25, 2012.
He is survived by his wife, Theresa (Blacha) Sambuchi; children, Linda (Kenneth) Woolingham and Christopher, Dr. Gregory (Kimberly) and Mark (Darlene) Sambuchi; siblings, Edward (Peggy) and David (Nancy) Sambuchi; grandchildren, Bobby, Jimmy, Miranda, Briana, Olivia, Grace and Rose; great-grandchildren, Jax and Cash; siblings-in-law, Robert (Mary Ann) Blacha and Kathleen (John) Galey; additional family members and dear friends.
He was predeceased by his son, Russell Sambuchi; parents, Harry and Sally Sambuchi; and brother, Ralph (late Diane) Sambuchi.
Mr. Sambuchi was past president of U.S.W. of A. Local No. 2603 and a member of the American Legion Matthew Glab Post No. 1477.
Entombment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Arrangements were made through the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home.
A funeral service was held on Wednesday (Aug. 29) from the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg for Bonnie L. (Page) Haun, 57, of Lake View, who died on Saturday, August 25, 2012.
She is survived by her husband of 24 years, Robert J. Haun Jr.; children, Nichole (David) Conklin Pachucinski, Sara Marie (Matthew Ovitt) and Adam (Felicia Govenettio) Page; siblings, Linda (Sal) Castro, Louise (Greg) Bolis and William and Robert Page; grandchildren, Madalyn and Maysn; siblings-in-law, Joseph (Laurie) Haun and Annette (late J. Gregory) Hoelscher; and many nieces, nephews, additional family and friends.
She was predeceased by her mother, Arlowene Page; and brothers, Donald and David Page.
Arrangements were made through the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, Aug. 30 at 10 a.m. from St. Mary of the Lake Church for Dolores (Mackey) Sagliani, 82, of Hamburg, who died on Thursday, August 23, 2012.
She is survived by her children, Mary (Thomas) Fruman, Gemma (Joe) Cavanaugh, Theresa (Robert) Sykes, Anne Marie (S.G.) Smith and Michael, Anthony, Andrew (Sue), Francis and Joseph (Cheri) Sagliani; siblings, Thomas, Richie, Delphine (Manna) and Marygert (Bienko); grandchildren, Michael, Robert, Gemma, MaryEllen, Katie, Justin, William, Bobby, Alexander, Brianna and Luke; great-grandchildren, Gemma, Dylan, Gabrielle, Arionna, Makala and Mckenzie; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was predeceased by her husband, Octavio Sagliani; parents, William and Delphine Mackey; and brother, Billy Mackey.
Mrs. Sagliani touched the lives of everyone she met with kindness, compassion and love.
She loved and trusted Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior.
Arrangements were made through the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home.
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William J. Schanbacher, Sr., or Lake View, died December 21.William was the...
Christopher L. O’Donnell, 31, of Eden, died December 8.Christopher was the son...
Carl Damoff, of Angola, died November 29.Carl Damoff of Angola passed away Sunday...
Donald J. Toland, 65, of Eden, died November 20.Donald was born in Buffalo to...
Irene (nee Hunt) Keller, of Hamburg, died November 13.Irene was the wife of...
Michael R. Whais, of Lake View, formerly of Rochester, died November 10. Michael...
Lela R. Schosek, 99, of Port Charlotte, Fla., formerly of Hamburg, died October...
Jeffery A. Brown, 57, of Hamburg, died October 21.Jeffery was the husband of...
Robert J. Wilson, of Blasdell, died Oct. 20.Robert was the husband of Deborah...
Donald J. Krentz, of Hamburg, died October 11.Donald was the husband of Irene...
Edith (nee Zittel) Brusehaber, 88, of Boston, died September 26.Family and friends...
Kathleen FerrisKathleen R. (nee Hogan) Ferris, 82, of Hamburg, died August 16....
Michael CiszewskiMichael R. Ciszewski, 45, of Hamburg, died August 15. Michael...
Joann BiondiJoann M. (nee Keppard) Biondi, of Hamburg, died August 8.Joann was...
Martin LayMartin Lay Jr., 16, of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation died suddenly...
Leda M. (nee Morreale) Belsenich, 72, of Hamburg, died July 25. Leda was the...
Gilbert BauerGilbert L. Bauer, 96, of East Eden, died July 3. Gilbert was the...
Dorothy M. Bentley, of Hamburg, died June 24.Dorothy was the daughter of the...
Judith BzibziakJudith D. (nee France) Bzibziak, of Hamburg, died June 14. Judith...