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Obituaries for Hamburg, Boston, Eden, Evans, Brant and Farnham for the Week of Jan. 31, 2013

Julie R. Allen

A funeral service was held from Hamburg United Methodist Church on Saturday (Jan. 26) for Julie R. Allen, of Hamburg, who died on Monday, January 21, 2013.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Ralph D. Allen; children, Nathaniel, R. Douglas and Daniel Allen; mother, Norma Stumpf and siblings, Mary (Harry) Szabo and Jim (Heidi) and Richard (Carol) Stumpf.

Mrs. Allen was predeceased by her father, James Stumpf.

She was a lifelong resident of the Village of Hamburg and sandwiched two careers around being a stay-at-home mother raising three boys. After graduating from Hamburg High School, she attended and graduated from Buffalo State College with a bachelor of arts degree in business. Following college, she worked at Healthco Discount BusyMart on Buffalo Street for awhile before moving on to a more suitable office position at Eaton Brothers Corp. in Hamburg. After taking time off to raise her children, she returned to Eaton Brothers as Office Manager, where she worked until her death.

Mrs. Allen was very involved in both the Hamburg Nursery School and the Hamburg United Methodist Church, where she enjoyed being part of the Deborah Circle, helping with Christmas in The Country and the annual Hamburg Tours of Homes at Christmas time. She enjoyed reading, crafting, and especially gardening, and could often be found tending to her perennial gardens or the pond in her backyard. She had an indomitable spirit of adventure, never hesitating to travel anywhere on a whim. She enjoyed the outdoors; kayaking, skiing, golfing, and biking whenever possible. She was inseparable from her sister, Mary, and the two had many memorable adventures together, whether it be Christmas shopping, family trips, or just their standing weekly lunch date.

Always ready with a dry sense of humor, she touched many lives with her generosity, friendliness, hospitality, and poise. She always thought of the needs of others before her own, especially when it came to family. She will be missed by a great many people throughout the community.

Arrangements were made through the Loomis, Offers and Loomis Funeral Home.

Florence Tracy

A Mass of Christian Burial was held from Blessed John Paul II Parish on Tuesday (Jan. 22) for Florence Tracy, of Lake View, who died on Friday, January 18, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Richard “Dick” Tracy and JoAnn “Sissy” (John) Miller; brother, Leonard Spara Sr.; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Eternal Word Network (EWTN).

Arrangements were made through the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home.

Annette Shaw

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held from St. Bernadette’s Church on Saturday (Feb. 2) at 10 a.m. for Annette (Koehler) Shaw, of Hamburg, who died on Sunday, January 27, 2013.

She is survived by her daughter, Nancy (Mike) McGorty; grandchildren, Bret McGorty, Brandon Scott and Brad (Deb) and Shawn (Jess) Engel; close family friend, Anna Anastasia; 10 great-grandchildren and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Mrs.Shaw was predeceased by her husband, George L. Shaw; daughter, Donna (Charles) Kmet; parents, George and Anna Koehler and siblings, Allan (Cathy) and Robert Koehler.

She was active in St. Bernadette Church, Armor Homemaker, Armor Senior Citizen, Altar and Rosary and Ladies Auxiliary of Armor Firehall.

Friends and relatives may visit Lombardo Funeral Home (Southtowns Chapel), located at 3060 Abbott Road, on Friday, Feb.1 from 4 to 8 p.m. Donna (Shaw) Kmet, who passed away Jan. 12 in Florida, will have a shared memorial with her mother on Friday at Lombardo’s Funeral Home and at St. Bernadette Church Saturday at 10 a.m.

Sophia M. Jankowski

A Mass of Christian Burial was held from Immaculate Conception Church on Saturday (Jan. 26) for Sophia M. (Mikusinski), of Eden, who died on Wednesday, January 23, 2013.

She is survived by her daughter, Eva (late Kenneth) Ketterer and three grandchildren.

Mrs. Jankowski was predeceased by her husband, Casimir Jankowski and her siblings, Valentina Tomczyk and Stanley Mikin.

Memorials may be made to Eden Community Foundation, P.O. Box 96, Eden, N.Y., 14057.

Arrangements were made through the Laing Funeral Home.

Teresa F. Feldman

Funeral services were held from Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home and SS. Peter and Paul Church on Friday (Jan.25) for Teresa F. (Elvers) Feldman, 75, of Hamburg, who died on Sunday, January 20, 2013.

She is survived by her husband, Paul Feldman; children, Michael Feldman, Michelle (Scott) Franz and Melissa (Michael) Grant; brothers, John, James (Phyllis) and Gerald (Mary) Elvers and grandchildren, Lisa and Colleen Franz and Jackson Grant.

Mrs. Feldman was predeceased by her sister, Genevieve Elvers.

She was a department manager for the former Ames Department Store.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Elgin A. Watson

Funeral services were held from James W. Cannan Funeral Home on Saturday (Jan. 19) for Elgin Agnes Watson, 97, of Rochester, formerly of Hamburg, who died on Wednesday, January 16, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Sandra (David) Weber and Elizabeth (Raymond), Carol, Jon H. (Kathryn) and Jeffrey (Maria) Watson; grandchildren, Sarah (John) Beisheim. David (Janet) Weber Jr., Elizabeth Shipman and Aaron, Matthew (Maura) and Lauren Watson and great-grandchildren, Carl, Emma, Ellen, Andrew, Alexander, Ben, Jack, Declan, Nolan and Griffen.

Mrs. Watson was predeceased by her husband, Harold N. Watson.

Patricia A. Brogan

A Mass of Christian Burial was held from Our Mother of Good Counsel Church on Saturday (Jan. 26) for Patricia A. (Curran) Brogan, of Blasdell, who died on Wednesday, January 23, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Shane P. Brogan and Sheila A. (Dr. Rene B.) Brogan-Testa; brother, Michael J. (late Mary Lou) Curran; a large family and many friends.

Mrs. Brogan was predeceased by her husband, M/Sgt. James F. Brogan.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Arrangements were made through the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home.

Mary F. Strong

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held from SS. Peter and Paul Church on Thursday (Jan. 31) at noon for Mary F. (Dlugosz) Strong, of Hamburg, who died on Saturday, January 26, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Kathleen (Mike) Nicotera, Laura (Carlos) Adkins, Kevin (Cindy), Daniel (Jacqueline) and Karen (Greg Makelke) Strong; sister, Betty Watt; godchild, Annie (Shawn) Cohan; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Mrs. Strong was predeceased by her husband, Richard Strong and siblings, Anna Kapinos, Stephanie Pecaric and Eddie, Louie, Leo and Henry Dlugosz.

Arrangements were made through the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home.

Delores Kennedy


Services were held from Addison Funeral Home on Tuesday (Jan. 29) for Delores Kennedy, 88, of Irving, who died on Saturday, January 26, 2013.

She is survived by her sister, Edison Pierce and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Kennedy was predeceased by her husband, Clyde Kennedy.

Interment was in the Kennedy Family Cemetery, located at 12320 Buffalo Road in Irving.

Gertrude J. Hubbard


A Mass of Christian Burial was held from Our Mother of Good Counsel Church on Wednesday (Jan. 30) for Gertrude J. (Harrison) Hubbard, 95, of Blasdell, who died on Friday, January 25, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Barbara Carpenter, Michael (Jean) and Jeffrey (Susan) Hubbard; grandchildren, Timothy Carpenter, Michael (Kim) and Steven Hubbard and Michael, Marc (Jeanne), Christopher (Jen), and Nicholas Catanzaro and great-grandchildren, Timothy and Sara Carpenter, Evan, Spencer and Parker Hubbard and Kristi, Jenna, Leah, Michael, Gianna, Matthew, Jackson and Sophia Catanzaro.

Mrs. Hubbard was predeceased by her husband, Elmer Hubbard.

She was a sales clerk at Hens and Kelly’s in Hamburg.

Arrangements were made through the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home.

Jean A. Sarago


Funeral services were held from Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home on Saturday (Jan. 12) for Jean A. (Asmus) Sarago, of Hamburg, who died on Wednesday, January 9, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Mary (William) Wilde, Frank Sarago Jr. and Jean (Robert) Loughran; brother, David (late Diane) Sorg; grandchildren, Molly Tyson, Emily (Josh) Ostroff and William Wilde Jr.; great-grandchildren, Mackenzie and Benjamin Tyson and Ava Orton and nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Sarago was predeceased by her husband, Frank J. Sarago Sr. and her sister, June Smith.

She was an accomplished seamstress.

Chester Zych

Funeral services will be held from Laing Funeral Home on Thursday (Jan. 31) at 10 a.m. for Chester Zych, of Eden, who died on Saturday, January 26, 2013.

He is survived by his sister, Ginger; stepchildren, Alan, Victor (Sheila) Levergood and Denise (Bryan) Schuster; stepdaughters-in-law, Judy and Jackie Levergood; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Zych was predeceased by his wife, Helen C. Zych; siblings, Stanley, John, Ted, Helen, Toni and Gus Zych and stepsons, Thomas and Christopher Levergood.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 590, Buffalo, N.Y., .14240.

Gwendolyn C. Ferazzoli

A Mass of Christian Burial was held from St. Mary of the Lake Church on Tuesday (Jan. 29) for Gwendolyn C. “Gwen” C. (Burke) Ferazzoli, of Hamburg, who died on Saturday, January 26, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Roxann (Don Lombardo) Ferazzoli and Candy (Bill) Fonagy; sister, Barbara (Michael) Podsiadlo; grandchildren, Kristofer and Tiffany Fonagy and nieces, nephews and friends.

Mrs. Ferazzoli was predeceased by her husband, Rocky Ferazzoli; parents, Michael and Julia Burke and siblings, Betty Svensen, Michael J. Burke and Marie Gleason.

Arrangements were made through the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home.

Regina E. Peters

A Mass of Christian Burial was held from Our Mother of Good Counsel Church on Tuesday (Jan. 29) for Regina E. “Jean” (Warner) Peters, of Blasdell, who died on Friday, January 25, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Donna (late Paul) Schmitt, Dennis (Rosemary), Janet Mischel, Kenneth (Sandy) and Joseph; siblings, Lugurda (late Carl) Dieter, Joan (Carl) Pauley and Ralph (late Lynn), Richard (Grace), Gary (Sandy) and Robert (Carol) Warner; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Peters was predeceased by her husband, Victor Peters; son, James Peters and siblings, Eldred Jr. (Mary), Donald (Debbie) and Charles (Beverly) Warner.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice Foundation of WNY.

Interment was in St. Vincent Cemetery.

Arrangements were made through the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home.

Jeanette Tebo

Funeral services were held from Wentland Funeral Home on Friday (Jan. 25) for Jeanette (Canale) Tebo, 70, of North Collins, who died on Monday, January 21, 2013.

She is survived by her husband, Dexter Tebo; children, Lorie (Frank) Handler, Albert Tebo (Leah) and Patricia (Michael) Rizzo; siblings, Mary (James) Klahr, Beatrice Ringer and Alberta (Henry) Maciejewski and five grandchildren.

Mrs. Tebo was predeceased by her sister, Josephine Mills.

Memorials may be made to North Collins Emergency Squad.

Sister Mary Priscilla Delewski

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday (Jan. 29) from Immaculate Conception Convent for Sister Mary Priscilla Delewski, 86, of Hamburg, who died on Friday, January 25, 2013.

She is survived by her sister, Bernadette (Bernard) Ambrose, nieces, nephews and two great-nieces.

She was predeceased by her parents, Stanley and Myrtle (Ostrowski) Delewski.

Rita Rose Delewski was born on Feb. 18, 1926 in Pittsburgh, Pa. On Aug. 28, 1940 she entered the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph as an aspirant. Sister Priscilla became a postulant on Jan. 5, 1944 and professed her final vows on July 15, 1948.

Sister Priscilla attended Notre Dame College in Baltimore, Md. and received a bachelor’s degree in education from Medaille College in Buffalo. In 1978, she attended the McAuley School of Practical Nursing in Batavia, where she received her Licensing in Practical Nursing.

For 31 years, Sister Priscilla ministered in the field of education at Corpus Christi, Buffalo; St. Columba, Buffalo; St. Vincent, North Evans and St. Michael, Bridgeport, Conn. Commencing in 1979, Sister Priscilla ministered for 23 years in the field of healthcare at St. Clare Manor Nursing Home in Lockport, and the Motherhouse Infirmary in Hamburg. She joined the Colette Hilbert Care Community in March 2002.

Sister Priscilla was a prayerful person who promised prayers for those who met her. She was noted for her eagerness to be of help to everyone. Sister Priscilla was a prolific writer of letters, get-well cards, birthday cards, etc. and offered to write correspondence for the Sisters who needed assistance. She also shared many news articles and stories. She was deeply devoted to her family and spoke lovingly of them. The following verse by Stephen Grellet speaks well of Sister Priscilla: “I shall pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do, or any kindness I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”

Memorials may be made to the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph.

Burial was at St. Stanislaus Cemetery.

Dolores M. Kelsey

Funeral services were held from Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home and SS. Peter and Paul Church on Tuesday (Jan. 29) for Dolores M. (Shea) Kelsey, 88, of Hamburg, who died on Thursday, January 24, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Richard, Karen (Larry) Roehner, James, William and Kathleen (Gerald) Morgan; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Kelsey was predeceased by her husband, Deacon Richard Kelsey and her siblings, Mary Gloria O’Sullivan, Shirley Higgins and John and Donald Shea.

She was a member of the church choir, Altar and Rosary Society and former regent of CD of A Court St. Agnes.

Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Theodore Kirkby, Jr.

A memorial service was held from Brown F.E. Sons Funeral Home Saturday, Jan. 26 for Theodore “Ted” Kirkby, Jr., 59, of Indianapolis, Ind., formerly of Hamburg, who died in January 2013.

He is survived by his children, John and Michael Kirkby; mother, Anne P. Kirkby Riedhammer; father, Theodore Kirkby, Sr.; brothers, William “Billy” and R. Joe Kirkby; grandson, Kingston Kirkby; nieces, nephews, aunts; uncles and cousins.

Mr. Kirkby was predeceased by his brother, John P. Kirkby.

Memorials may be made to Buffalo Hospice.

Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Ruth G. Goulding


Funeral services were held from John J. Kaczor Funeral Home on Sunday (Jan. 27) for Ruth G. (Batterson) Goulding, 88, of Hamburg, who died on Thursday, January 24, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Cheryl (Patrick) Barrett and Michele (Hank) Appel; grandchildren, David (Cheri) Tillner and Wendy (Norman) Schuster; great-grandchildren, Lane and Ruth Ann Tillner and Robert (Angela) and David Schuster and nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Goulding was predeceased by her husband, Edward J. Goulding and brother, Ernest (late Irene) Batterson.

She was a homemaker.

Harry O. Wicks III

Word has been received of the death of Harry O. Wicks III, 81, of El Paso, Texas, formerly of Hamburg, who died on Friday, November 30, 2012.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Wicks; stepchildren, Michael F. (Jennifer) Cilano and Jill M. (Michael) Cilano Hill; grandchildren, Samuel Cilano, Michael Anthony Hill, Andrew Ranger and Michael and Rachael Juszcak and siblings-in-law, Leslie (Michael) Kirsch Juszcak and Arthur (Sally), Dennis (Susan) and William (Kristen) Kirsch.

Mr. Wicks was predeceased by his parents, Harry O. Jr. and Dorothy Worthman Wicks and his wife, Barbara Burrows.

An inventor and designer of automobiles and train cars, he was born on Jan. 2, 1931 in Wyandotte, Mich. and was raised and educated in Hamburg public schools.

Following service in the Army that included duty in England, he received his education as a mechanical engineer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy. He enjoyed working in the design and development departments for Ford Motor Company in Buffalo. He was recognized and honored many times by the Niagara Frontier Patent Association for his industrial designs.

His deceased wife, Barabra Burrows, was a Democratic Party candidate for Congress, running against Jack Kemp. Mr. Wicks remained a life-long democrat.

He moved to El Paso, Texas in 1989, where he married Sharon Lee Kirsch Cilano, a retired businesswoman from Hamburg. He continued consulting with maquiladora manufacturers on the Mexican border while also working on his masterpiece invention, an inter-modal truck trailer and railroad car design known as RailRunner, patented in 1993. It is now being actively developed and marketed worldwide by RailRunner, NA, Inc., with offices in Massachusetts. Charles Foskett, president of RailRunner, NA, refined and developed the technology with Mr. Wicks, to revolutionize the linkage of truck trailer containers into attachable bogies or railroad wheels that can be driven off the rail lines by attachable ordinary motor trucks without the necessity of cranes or stevedores.

After 2001, the Wicks summered in Hamburg, while residing the rest of the year in El Paso.

Mr. Wicks will be laid to rest in the family cemetery in Eden.



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