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Obituaries for the week of July 5, 2012

David F. Kresconko Sr.

A funeral service was held on Saturday (June 30) for David F. Kresconko Sr., 70, of Woodlawn, who died on Tuesday, June 26, 2012.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy A. (Govenettio) Kresconko; children, David Jr., Christopher (Jennifer), Robert (Sandy Smith) and Thomas Kresconko; siblings, Richard (Joyce) and Stephen (Ann) Kresconko; grandchildren, Kelly, Holly, Thomas, Jiana, Ty, Shelby, Peyton, Jordyn and Jayda; additional family and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Rose (Lesniewski) Kresconko; and brother, Robert (Beverly) Kresconko.

Mr. Kresconko was a U.S. Navy veteran.

He opened the doors of his self-made small business, First Street Salvage Co., in 1979. Thirty-nine years later, it has become a staple to the Woodlawn community.

In the 1990s he became well-known for opening his 1950s style pop shoppe, Gazebo’s. The restaurant quickly became known for its delicious breakfasts often created by Kresconko himself, as well as the ice cream and root beer floats. He would combine his love of ice cream and cars by hosting a cruise night on Thursday nights.

He collaborated with a friend on a project to refurbish a van for needy children in Guatemala. The van was used to transport people to medical clinics.

He enjoyed creating custom mud race vehicles souped up with nitrous oxide, and proudly displayed dozens of trophies from his victorious races in his shop window.

He was a sponsor in the “adopt a soldier” program and was an honorary member of the Woodlawn Fire Hall for his charity work in the community.

He lived by the motto, “If you have something to give, give it.”

Mr. Kresconko had a wondrous outlook on life. He loved his work and making people smile and feel good.

He was interred in Lakeside Cemetery.

Arrangements were made through the Lombardo Funeral Home.

Margaret O’Neil

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday (June 30) from Our Mother of Good Counsel Church for Margaret G. (Brown) O’Neil of Blasdell, who died on Wednesday, June 27, 2012.

She is survived by her husband, Ronald J. O’Neil Sr; children, Deborah (Mike) Gilcrist and Marguerite B., Ronald Jr. (Sheryl) and Michael O’Neil; grandchildren, Amy, Shelley, Laura, Tara, Kelly, Heather, Mark, Steven and Michele; great-grandchildren, Christian, Colin, Gabriella and Quinn; additional family members and many dear friends.

She was predeceased by her brother, John Brown.

She was entombed in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice Foundation of WNY.

Arrangements were made through the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home.

Marilyn Latona

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday (June 8) from Immaculate Conception Church for Marilyn A. (Krebs) Latona, 86, of Eden, who died on Tuesday, June 5, 2012.

She is survived by her children, Elaine (Gordon) Suttell, Marilyn Bowers and James A. and Kevin (Cindy) Latona; sister, Claribel (Larry) Knoll; sister-in-law, Audrey Krebs; eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Angelo J. Latona; parents, Arthur and Mary Krebs; siblings, Marjorie (Joseph) Gier and Oliver, John (Eleanor) and Arnold Krebs; and son-in-law, Francis Bowers.

Mrs. Latona was born in Langford.

She proudly earned her degree and became a registered nurse.

She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, where she served on the Altar and Rosary Society and sang in the church choir for many years.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association of WNY, 2805 Wehrle Drive, Suite 6, Williamsville, NY 14221.

Arrangements were made through the Laing Funeral Home.

Helen Kersch

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday (July 3) from SS. Peter and Paul Church for Helen F. Kersch, 82, of Hamburg, who died on Saturday, June 30, 2012.

She is survived by her brother, Norman Kersch; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Arthur and Myrtle Kersch; and siblings, Frederick (Carmella) Kersch and Dorothy Hunter.

Ms. Kersch was a bookkeeper for Kiefer and Hartloff.

Her final resting place will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the SPCA.

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

Robert J. Gillen Sr.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, July 7, at San Antonio Church in Port Charlotte, Fla. for Robert “Bob” J. Gillen Sr., 81, of Port Charlotte, formerly of Hamburg, who died on Monday, June 18, 2012.

He is survived by his wife, Lois Mary (Knapp) Gillen; children, Maureen Gillen Moore, Colleen Gillen McAndrews and Mark W. Gillen; sisters, Mary (Jack) Guenther, Mildred Hossenlopp and Shirley Wopperer; sisters-in-law, Joanne McGuirk and Mary Lou King; and grandchildren Allison, Sean, Molly, Casey, Dillon, and Eric.

He was predeceased by his son, Robert J. Gillen, Jr.; and parents.

Mr. Gillen graduated from Canisius High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Canisius College and a master’s degree from Georgetown University.

He served in the U.S. Army in public relations. He also worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

He worked at Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation for nearly 30 years, retiring in 1989 as a senior human resources manager.

Growing up, he loved to box with Golden Gloves and play handball. Later in life, he learned to play golf and enjoyed traveling with wife, Lois.

He relocated to Port Charlotte in 1989.

He served as president to Clubside Villas Association in Lake Suzy Florida and volunteered for the Port Charlotte Chamber of Commerce for nearly 10 years while retired.

He was a former member of Hamburg Knights of Columbus, South Shore Country Club, and Brierwood Country Club. He was an active corporate volunteer with Jaycees and Junior Achievement of WNY.

An avid Buffalo Bills fan since the early 1960s, he attended Bills Boosters events in Florida through last season.

A cremation service will be held in the Gardens at San Antonio Church.

Memorial donations may be made to the student scholarship fund at Canisius High School, 1180 Delaware Ave. Buffalo, NY 14209.

Maria Csaszar

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday (June 30) from St. Francis of Assisi Church for Maria Csaszar of Hamburg, who died on Sunday, June 24, 2012.

She is survived by her children, Erzsébet (Istvan) Domiter and Maria M. Csaszar; three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Istvan Csaszar.

Arrangements were made through the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home.

Florence Fox

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday (June 23) from St. Bernadette Church for Florence Irene Fox, 72, of Angola, who died on Saturday, June 9, 2012.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Fox; children, Michael (Donna) and Karen (Donald Stefanski) Hajiaskari; grandchildren, Alexis, Parker, Landis, Jessica, Stephanie and Tiffany; three great-grandchildren; and dear friend, Nancy Bowen.

Mrs. Fox was the co-founder of Sisterhood Wellness Center, Inc., a local non-profit organization incorporated in 1999 to run retreats for breast cancer survivors.

She was past office manager for the Evans-Brant Chamber of Commerce.

Memorials may be made to Sisterhood Wellness Center, Inc. P.O. Box 433, Derby, NY 14047.

Arrangements were made through the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home.

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