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Death notices and obituaries from the May 29 edition of The Sun



Robert Kelly
Robert Kelly
Robert Kelly, of Hamburg, died May 20.

He was the husband of Elsie (nee Baedeker); father of Kathy (Ed) Perkins, Robert (Corinne), Karen Peterson and the late Jeffrey Kelly; also survived by seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held at the Loomis Offers & Loomis Hamburg Chapel, located at 207 Main St., followed by a Mass of Christian burial from Saints Peter and Paul Church in Hamburg.

Donations may be made to Hospice Buffalo Inc.

Michael L. DeBerardinis

Michael L. DeBerardinis, 88, of Lake View died May 22.

He was the husband of Connie (nee Keller) De Berardinis; father of Michael (Maria), David (Trish), Daniel (Mary), Douglas, Duane (Michelle), Darren (Melanie), Damon (Diane), Donald (Pamelyn); grandfather of Michael, Mark, Brian, Sarah, Joshua, Julia, Matthew, Daniel and Jarod; brother of Julia (late Peter) Cheche, Rose Marie (late Alfred) Moses, Donald (Barbara) and the late Frank (Louise), John (late Mary), James (Catherine), Robert (Patricia) and Eugene (Florence) De Berardinis; also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held at the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home Inc.

He was a life member of the Lake View Volunteer Fire Company, a longtime member of Wayside Presbyterian Church, volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, a member of American Legion Post No. 527, a United States Navy veteran who served in World War II and the Korean Conflict and a retired carpenter with Buffalo’s Carpenters Union.

Flowers are declined. Online condolences may be made at www.kaczorfunerals.com.

Denona Darlien Hutchins

Denona (nee Lone) Darlien Hutchins, of Cheektowaga, formerly of the Tonawanda and Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, died May 21.

She was the wife of the late Leonard Hutchins, mother of Stonehorse Goeman, Faye Lone, Dolores Lone, Timothy Hutchins, Dennis Hutchins and the late Stony Goeman and Denona Goeman. Sister of the late Oliver Lone.

Funeral services were held at the convenience of the family, and there was no prior visitation. Arrangements were made by Wentland Funeral Home of North Collins.

Carolyn Jimerson

Carolyn (nee Silverheels) Jimerson, 53, of Gowanda and the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, died May 20.

She was the mother of Shane Henhawk and Cari Jimerson, sister of John, George, Nancy, Dave (Sumana) Silverheels and Amy (Craig) Silverheels-Stevens. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

A funeral was held on May 23 at the Wentland Funeral Home. Burial will be on the Seneca Nation Reservation.

Irene Labenski
Irene Labenski

Irene R. (nee Lewczyk) Labenski, 94, formerly of Lancaster, died May 22.

She was the wife of the late William Labenski; mother of Patricia Thompson, Irene (John) Rachlinski, George (Linda) Dvorak, Jeanne (late Robert) Bertincini and Cathy (Julian) Rybczynski; “Nana” to many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister of the late Edward, Henry, Stanley Lewczyk, Dorothy Maresca and Frank Lewczyk; also survived by many nieces and nephews.

She was a retired housekeeper from the Erie County Home and Infirmary and a life member and former Guard of the Ladies Auxiliary Veterans of Foreign War Post No. 1419.

Visitation was held at the Hamburg Chapel of the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home Inc. A Mass of Christian burial was held at Saints Peter and Paul Church with interment in Saint Adalbert’s Cemetery.

Flowers are declined. Online condolences may be made at www.kaczorfunerals.com.

Daniel Kempf

Daniel T. Kempf, 79, of Hamburg, died May 25.

He was the husband of Nancy (nee Whalen) Kempf; father of Deborah (Ken) Kugler, Margaret (Michael) Dix, David (Donna) Kempf, Barbara (Rick) Sorrentino, Bridgetta Fiorella and the late Rebecca (Marty) Casnellie; grandfather to 18 grandchildren and great-grandfather to 11 great-grandchildren; brother of Esther (late Daniel) Levindofske, John W. Jr. (late Verna), Gerald (Joan), Richard and Linda (Ronald) Rybarczyk and the late Eugene (Christine).

He was retired from Ironworkers Local No. 6 as a structural ironworker. He was a graduate of Saint Francis High School, a member of the United States Marine Corp. and served in the Korean War.

Visitation will be held at the Hamburg Chapel of the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home Inc. on May 30, from 2-8 p.m. A funeral will be held at Kaczor Funeral Home at 10:45 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian burial at Saints Peter and Paul Church at 11:30, with interment at Lakeside Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Online condolences may be made at www.kaczorfunerals.com.

James Mattina


James C. Mattina, 90, of Derby, died May 24.

He was the husband of Marianna (Liotta); father of Carol (John) Cureo, Patricia Mattina and Louis J. (Susan) Mattina; brother of Jenny Mattina, Rocky Mattina and the late Josephine (late Ray) Faulkner and late Rose (Louis) Buccella; grandfather of John (Stacy) and late Michelle Cureo and Michael, Jenna and Grace Mattina; great grandfather of Samuel, Sophia and Bryce Cureo; also survived by nieces and nephews.

He was retiree of Ford Motor Co., a life member of Veterans of Foreign War Post 5798, and an United States Army veteran of World War II, where he served with the 82nd combat engineers.

Visitation was held at the Addison Funeral Home Inc. in Angola. A Mass of Christian burial was held at Saint John Paul II Parish in Lake View. Interment services and military honors followed in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Cheektowaga.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

Rita Schneider Staffan

Rita L. Schneider (nee Germann) Staffan, of LakeView, died May 18.

She was the wife of the late Laverne Staffan; mother of Kenneth (Mary Staffan) and Deborah (Edward) Whelan; grandmother of Benjamin, Elizabeth, Courtney and Jennifer; sister of Richard (Catherine) Germann; also survived by three nieces.

She was a member of the Lake View Home Bureau.

Visitation was held at the Loomis Offers & Loomis Hamburg Chapel, located at 207 Main St., followed by a funeral service.

Flowers were declined.



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