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Obituaries for Hamburg, Boston, Eden, Evans, Brant and Farnham for the Week of Nov. 8, 2012

Brian R. Beyer

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Ebenezer United Church of Christ, 630 Main St., West Seneca, for Brian R. Beyer, 57, of Hamburg, who died on Friday, October 12, 2012.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Crista Beyer; mother, Hazel Beyer; siblings, Billie Recorr, Bruce, Brent and Blaine (LondaKay) Beyer and nephews, Ken and Chris Recorr and TJ Beyer.

Mr. Beyer was predeceased by his father, William Beyer.

He was a 26-year employee at WIVB-TV, Channel 4, as a master control operator, font operator, production assistant, technician and IT manager. He also worked as a production assistant for the Buffalo Sabres broadcasts for several years, and at WGR-TV.

Mr. Beyer grew up in Hamburg, attended Charlotte Avenue Elementary School and Hamburg High School. He became interested in a television career when he toured a television remote setup at the Erie County Fair as a child, having brought lunch to his father, who was working security at the fair. He joined HITV in high school, making many lifelong friends, while learning about the broadcast business.

Mr. Beyer attended Ohio University and was the recipient of one of the first scholarships available to study mass communication and television.

He loved to travel, especially in his Corvette. He was proud to say he had visited all of the states, except Alaska, Florida and North Dakota. He would watch the sunset on Maui every night on his computer and shared his love of Hawaii with his friends.

Mr. Beyer liked to help others and he was a volunteer firefighter in the Hamburg Fire Department for several years.

He also loved to fly kites and had a large collection of them. He was always interested in nature and enjoyed exploring the heavens through his telescope.

In January 2010, Mr. Beyer was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He participated in two clinical trials at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse to help try and find a cause and/or cure for ALS.

He maintained his positive attitude and sense of humor throughout the course of the disease and continued to send his friends a “joke of the week” for as long as he was able.

Memorials may be made to the ALS Association, Hospice Buffalo, the National Corvette Museum or to Ebenezer United Church of Christ.

James R. Carr

Funeral services were held Monday (Nov. 5) from Faith United Church of Christ for James R. Carr of North Boston, who died on Thursday, November 1, 2012.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joyce (Spengler) Carr; children, Robin (Joseph III) Mead, Rodney (Susan) and Ronald (Patricia) Carr; siblings, Phyllis (late Marvin) Wienke, Kay (late Charles II) Crossley, Bonnie Demeter and Ellen Mae, Doris Elaine and Sam Carr; grandchildren, Karla C. Mead and Matthew, Maria and Kathryn Carr and aunt, Doris Jean Carr.

Mr. Carr was predeceased by his parents, Harold and Mildred (Smith) Carr and brothers, Harold Gene and B. Neil Carr.

In 1956 he began his career as a construction worker with Johnson, Drake & Piper when he was hired by Ernie Fittry. Mr. Fittry soon became his mentor and good friend for many years.

Mr. Carr worked on many major construction projects in Western New York for over 40 years, including the New York Thruway, the Niagara Power Project, Father Baker Bridge, Youngman Highway, Southern Tier Expressway, Aurora Expressway, Route 219 Expressway and the Delevan Station of the rapid transit system. He was a dedicated member of the Laborer’s Local 210 for over 50 years.

He was a life member of the North Boston Volunteer Fire Company, serving as fire chief from 1978-1980, as well as a member of the executive board since 1968. He also was a radio coordinator and a member of the Erie County Fire Advisory Board for over 20 years. He was a life member of the Erie County Fire Chiefs’ Mutual Aid Organization, New York State Association of Fire Chiefs and Firemen’s Association of the State of New York.

Mr. Carr was a 52-year member of the Silver Masonic Lodge No. 757 of Silver Creek, where he received his 33 Degree in 1961. He was a member of the Jamestown Moose 1681 for over 50 years, a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in North Boston and the North Boston Young at Heart Seniors Club. He was recognized as the 2004 Citizen of the Year by the Boston Chamber of Commerce.

He also liked refinishing old furniture and antiques. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the North Boston Volunteer Fire Company Building Fund, PO Box 124, North Boston, N.Y., 14110.

Arrangements were made through the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home.

Agnes M. Blakeslee

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday (Nov. 6) from St. Bernadette’s Church for Agnes M. (Klispie) Blakeslee, 90, of Orchard Park, who died on Saturday, November 3, 2012.

She is survived by her children, Kim (Paul) Steger and Barry (Mary) Blakeslee; grandchildren, Joseph and Danielle Steger and Kelly (Matthew) Hartway and great-grandchildren, William and Molly Hartway.

Mrs. Blakeslee was predeceased by her husband, Augustine “Gus” Blakeslee; parents, Clarence and Mary “Mayme” Klispie; sisters, Arlene O’Dell and Evelyn (Clement) Denzel and grandson, Mark J. Blakeslee.

She was secretary for Ilardo and Ilardo Attorneys in Hamburg.

Burial is in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery.

Arrangements were made through the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home.

Kenneth F.

Renaldo Sr.


Funeral services were held Monday (Nov. 5) from the Wentland Funeral Home for Kenneth F. Renaldo Sr., of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, who died on Friday, November 2, 2012.

He is survived by his children, Karen Post, Kathleen (Steve) Hill, Kate (Bob) Swantek, Linda (Chas) Jimerson and Keith Renaldo; brother, Lloyd Renaldo and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mr. Renaldo was predeceased by his wife, Nina (Warrior) Renaldo; son, Kenneth Renaldo II and sister, Loretta Warrior.

David M. Blake

Funeral services were held on Monday (Nov. 5) from Addison Funeral Home for David M. Blake, 62, of Farnham, who died on Thursday, November 1, 2012.

He is survived by his siblings, Shirley Harrison, Susan Demmer, Warren, Matthew and Carl Blake Jr. and many friends at the Claddagh Commission.

Brigitte U. Becker

Funeral services will be held at noon on Friday, Nov. 9 from Lakeside Funeral Home, 4199 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg, for Brigitte U. Becker, of Hamburg, who died on Monday, November 5, 2012.

She is survived by her son, David (Linda) Becker; grandchildren, Nicholas and Christopher and dearest friend, Walter Bigelow.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m to noon on Friday, Nov. 9 at Lakeside Funeral Home, followed by the funeral service.

Jerrod T. Kennedy

Funeral services were held Tuesday (Nov. 6) from the home of Ashley Kettle for Jerrod T. Kennedy, of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, who died on Saturday, November 3, 2012.

He is survived by his son, Justice James Kennedy; parents, David Kennedy and Marianne (Donnie) Van Every; siblings, Dave (Jamie), Jason, Jeremy (Marissa), Denna (Robert), Josh (Erica), Ashley (Frank), Brittany (Freeman), Lauren and Keaton and dear friend, Jessica Whitepigeon.

Arrangements were made through the Wentland Funeral Home.

Merle Lindy

Services will be held at the convenience of the family for Merle Lindy, of Clarence, formerly of Hamburg, who died on Thursday, November 1, 2012.

He is survived by his granddaughter, Stacy (Salvatore) Aiello and great-grandchildren, Lindy, Robert and Owen Aiello.

Mr. Lindy was predeceased by his wives, Norma (Oldfield) and Virginia (Lynch) Lindy and daughter, Sandra Johnson.

Arrangements were made through Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home.

Nelson C. Wittmeyer

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday (Nov. 5) from Epiphany of Our Lord Church for Nelson C. Wittmeyer, 87, of Lawtons, who died on Thursday, November 1, 2012.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marion (Heary) Wittmeyer; children, Marcia (Thomas) Duffy, Mary Lou (Randy) Detweiler, Michael (Carol) and Mark Wittmeyer; sister, Verna (Norbert) Koester and grandchildren, Ryan Duffy and Michael and Christine Wittmeyer.

Mr. Wittmeyer was predeceased by his siblings, Wilma Fox, Valera Smith, Evelyn Regan, Lorain, Aloysius, Clarence, Raymond and Eugene Wittmeyer.

He was a retired bus driver from North Collins Central School with 52 years of service.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo or a charity of choice.

Arrangements were made through Wentland Funeral Home.

Elaine Silleman

A Memorial Mass was held on Saturday (Nov. 3) from Epiphany of Our Lord Church for Elaine (Hamman) Silleman, 84, of Springville, formerly of North Collins, who died on October 30, 2012.

She is survived by her children, John W. Silleman and Charlene (John) Windelberg and sisters, Mildred Muehlbauer and Jeannette (Stuart) Ballard.

Mrs. Silleman was predeceased by her husband, John L. Silleman and siblings, Doris Parker, Florence Rodgers, Wilton, Norbert, Kenneth and Albert Hamman.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.

Arrangements were made through the Wentland Funeral Home.


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