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Obituaries for Hamburg, Boston, Eden, Evans, Brant and Farnham for the Week of May 9, 2013



Frederick Garrasi III

Funeral services were held from St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral on Wednesday (May 8) for Frederick Garrasi III, 24, of Angola, who died on Friday, May 3, 2013.

He is survived by his parents, Frederick and Renee (Prohaska) Garrasi Jr.; sisters, Ashley and Kelsey Garrasi and grandparents, Connie Prohaska and Frederick Garrasi.

Mr. Garrasi was predeceased by his grandfather, Raymond Prohaska and grandmother, Caren Garrasi.

Memorials may be made to Compassion International (800-336-7676).

Arrangements were made through the Addison Funeral Home.



Nelson Huff


A service was held from the family’s residence on Friday (May 3) for Nelson “Bally” Huff, 88, of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, who died on Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara Huff; children, Julie (Robert) Jimerson, Roberta Jones, Kerwin, Wendy and Michael “Sam” Huff; brother, Stanley “Sully” Huff; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was born in the Newtown community of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, where he and his family spoke only the Seneca language. His first and last words were Seneca.

A World War II veteran, he served in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in 1946. He was a Charter Member of the American Legion Iroquois Post No. 1587 on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 409 in Gowanda.

Mr. Huff played the “Creator’s Game” - lacrosse - with the Newtown Athletic Club that competed among Haudeosaunee communities in the 1940s-50s in the North American Indian Lacrosse Association. He later coached the Newtown Golden Eagles and the U.S. team in its competition with Canada at Expo ’67 in Montreal. Nelson was inducted into the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame (2005) and the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame (2008) for his legendary skill and continued support of the lacrosse tradition.

He enjoyed and was active in the Seneca Nation of Indians’ government and served as a councilor. He was a member of Ironworkers Local No. 6, Buffalo, and was a life member of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation Volunteer Fire Department.

Mr. Huff cherished and was grateful for his family and friendships.

Memorials may be made to organizations in his memory.

He was laid to rest in Newtown.

Arrangements were made through the Wentland Funeral Home.



Florence F. Herkey

A Memorial Mass was held from Immaculate Conception Church on Wednesday (May 8) for Florence F. Herkey, 84, formerly of Eden, who died on Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Lisa Grabenstatter, Deborah (Glen) and Heidi Tasker and Mark (Trisha) and Peter (Sylvia) Herkey; siblings, Ann Schreiner, Joseph, Phyllis, and Tony Congilosi; 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Herkey was predeceased by her husband, Gerald P. Herkey; parents, Alfonso and Mary (Amato) Congilosi and siblings, Rosemarie Nola, Norma and Sam Congilosi.

She was born May 8, 1928 and married her husband Gerald P. Herkey, who died in November 2007, on June 12, 1948 in the Holy Cross Rectory.

Mrs. Herkey will be remembered as a terrific mother. She was known for always being there for her children. Throughout her life she had an array of jobs, including Feasley’s Dairy, Hogg’s Dairy and the Eden school cafeteria where she touched the lives of the many people she met.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 590, Buffalo, NY.

Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery.

Arrangements were made through the Laing Funeral Home.



Larry R. Smith

A memorial service will be held from Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church in Ellicotville on Saturday (May 25) at 11 a.m. for Larry R. Smith, 61, of Ellicotville, formerly of Hamburg, who died on Tuesday, April 16, 2013.

He is survived by his children, Jennel (Jay Heferle) and Jesse W. (Tezia Skowronski) Smith; father, George “Bud” Smith; brothers, David (Debbie), Bill and Alan (Nancy) Smith; grandchildren, Julia Smith, Karagen and Lylah Heferle and companion, Amy Nelson.

Mr. Smith was predeceased by his mother, Rosemary Smith.

He was born on April 10, 1952 in Lackawanna. He was the owner/operator of Modified Asphalt Coating, Inc. He enjoyed skiing, swimming, sailing, deep sea diving, cooking, riding motorcycles, biking and hiking.

Mr. Smith loved music, playing guitar and especially spending time with his grandchildren.

He was a member of Holy Name of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Ellicotville.

Arrangements were made through the Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Mentor, Ohio.

Robert R. Best Sr.


A memorial service was held from Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home on Monday (April 29) for Robert R. Best Sr., 83, of Hamburg, who died on Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

He is survived by his children, Robin (Joseph) Palczak, Jo Anne and Robert (Mary Ellen) Best Jr. and grandchildren, Daryl, Michael, Laura Jean and Marie Best.

Mr. Best was predeceased by his wife, Jean Mae (Jenney) Best.

Mr. Best was a Navy veteran of the Korean War and retired from the Erie County Sewer Authority. He was a life member of the Scranton Volunteer Fire Company.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of WNY.

Final resting place was in Lakeside Cemetery.

Florence R. Dukiet

A Mass of Christian Burial was held from SS. Peter and Paul Church on Monday (May 6) for Florence R. (Zelakiewicz) Dukiet, of Hamburg, who died on Thursday, May 2, 2013.

She is survived by her daughter, Marianne (Terrence M.) Rose Sr.; grandchildren, Melissa (Frank) Luciano, Terrence M. Jr. (Karen) and Dominica Rose (Salim Ani); great-grandchildren, Isabella, Maximillian, Frank, Michael, Samantha, Dillon and Devin and nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Dukiet was predeceased by her husband, Henry C. Dukiet and siblings, Steven, Roman and Alfred Zelakiewicz.

Interment was in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.

Richard H. Morgan Sr.

Funeral services were held from John J. Kaczor Funeral Home on Saturday (May 4) for Richard H. Morgan Sr., 81, of Derby, who died on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

He is survived by his children, John (Linda) and Richard Jr. (Jill) Morgan; grandchildren, Michelle, Erin, Rebecca and Kristen; six great-grandchildren and many other family members.

Mr. Morgan was predeceased by his wife, Florence T. (Hovey) Morgan; daughter, Marion J. (Tom) Fields and grandson, Joshua.

He was a retired campus police officer at the University at Buffalo.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of WNY.

Interment was in Lakeside Memorial Cemetery.

Claribel L. Brumagin


Funeral services will be held from Gage Chapel Community Church in Smith Mills on Thursday (May 9) at noon for Claribel L. Brumagin, 86, of Silver Creek, who died on Saturday, May 4, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Joy (Kevin) Kelly, Ned (Pat) and Marc (Jeanette) Colvin; sister, Norma Hall; grandchildren, Kerry (Ben) Leahy, Bryana (Larry) Jordan, Dean Roe, Brendon (Emily), Rory (Erica) and Norah Kelly and Kristen and Tyler Colvin and great-grandchildren, Connor, Aiden Kelly, Charles and Jace Jordan.

Mrs. Brumagin was predeceased by her husbands, Roy Colvin and Clinton Brumagin; son, Brad Colvin and siblings, Lillie Ward, Malcolm Hoth, Dorothea Raczka, Lena Monahan, Gertrude Knoll and Mildred Lovejoy.

Arrangements were made through the Addison Funeral Home.

Deborah Maracle


Funeral services were held from the Seneca Nation Cemetery on Monday (May 6) for Deborah Maracle, 58, of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, who died on Saturday, May 4, 2013.

She is survived by her daughter, Stacy Hill; brothers, Darrell Maracle and Jason Leborgne; grandchildren, Anthony Hill and Yesenia Vazquez; great-grandchild, Janiyah Hill and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Arrangements were made through the Wentland Funeral Home.


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