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Obituaries for the Tonawandas for the week of Sunday, May 5

MONKELBAAN, Elvira G., 93, passed away April 28, 2013 in DeGraff Memorial Hospital. She was the only child of Leroy and Irene Holland.

As a graduate of North Tonawanda High School, Vi worked at Wurlizers during the war and in 1945 married Joseph R Monkelbaan. After starting a family while living on Sweeney Street in North Tonawanda, she and Joe moved to a farm in Pendleton to raise their 5 children. A busy homemaker, Vi was often a room mother in her children’s classrooms and became a charter member of the Starpoint Central School’s PTA.

Once her family was grown, Vi became an active member of the Pendleton Historical Society and Pendleton and Wendelville Senior Citizens groups. An avid bowler until her mid 80’s, Vi was a member of the Buffalo and Tonawanda Bowling associations and the WIBC.

A devout Catholic, Vi was a long time member of the Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church and the Confraternity of Christian Mothers. A love of music that began as a member of her high school choir led her to sing in church choirs and remained a source of enjoyment throughout her life.

Predeceased by her husband Joseph R. and two sons, Joseph P and Timothy J Monkelbaan, she is survived by her daughters, Joan (Late, Fred) Brickell, Kathleen (Ken) Brickell, and Nancy (Charles) Coleman. She is also survived by her grandchildren Tammy (James) Carter, Cynthia (Ken Ziolkowski) Brickell, Steven (Heidi) Coleman, Matthew (Jill Burt) Coleman, and Wendy (Frank) Esposito and 6 great grandchildren.

Donations to VFW Post 2535, 112 Caledonia St., Lockport, NY 14094 or Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church, 5442 Tonawanda Creek Rd., North Tonawanda, NY 14120 would be appreciated by the family.

CLUNE, Elmer F., 89, passed away April 29, 2013; Beloved husband of 54 years of Phyllis A. (nee Cline) Clune; loving father of Lynn A. (Brian) Grassia, Daniel F., Douglas M. (Patty) and the late David E. (June) Clune; cherished grandfather of Hanna, Jordan, Garrett, Alexis and Camryn; also survived by sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association of WNY.

SCIOLINO, Clohe M. (nee Sutton), 81, passed away April 29, 2013; beloved wife of the late Anthony V. Sciolino; devoted mother of Laura (Daniel) Vogt; loving grandmother of Steven Richards, Christina (Steven) Guerra, Kaitlyn and Elizabeth Vogt; great-grandmother of Giana Lynn Guerra.

GRILLO, Natale V. “Nate,” passed away April 28, 2013. Beloved husband of Catheren A. “Caye” (nee Ward) Grillo; devoted step father of Arthur A. DiLapo; loving son of the late Natale and Josephine Grillo; dearest brother of Rosalie (late Frank) Vella, late Anthony, Pat (Dorothy) Grillo and Theresa (Joseph) Vispi; uncle of Joseph (Paulette) Vispi, Celeste “Tina” (David) Robertson, Louis Vella, Donna (Michael) Dunn and Maria Vella.
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