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Obituaries for the Hamburg, Eden, Angola areas for the week of Oct. 18, 2012

Marcella Rosinski

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday (Oct. 6) from SS. Peter and Paul Church for Marcella Lipowicz Rosinski, who died on October 3, 2012.

She is survived by her children, Julie (Greg) Waugh, Mary (Joe) Flanagan, Clare Rosinski and Joan (Jim) Detzel; brother, Leonard R. Lipowicz, Jr. and grandchildren, Peter (Iwona Dyrda) and Emily Waugh, Adele (Shay) Rosati and Joey Flanagan.

Mrs. Rosinski was pre-deceased by her husband of 32 years, Henry Rosinski.

Mrs. Rosinski was raised in the Broadway-Fillmore district of Buffalo. She earned a mathematics degree from Seton Hill College in the 1930s and went on to graduate from Cornell Law School in the early 1940s. She was one of only three women in her Cornell class.

She worked as an attorney for over 50 years. After working in her father’s law practice on Fillmore Avenue while her children were small, Mrs. Rosinski went on to work for Monroe Title Abstract and Phillips Lytle, where she was one of that firm’s first female attorneys.

She also served as legal counsel for friends, neighbors and relatives and earned a 50 year achievement award from the Erie County Bar Association. Mrs. Rosinski continued to practice law into her 80s, even returning to Phillips Lytle for a brief period when asked back by the firm.

A tireless volunteer, she was a wedding coordinator, an active member of the Social Ministry Committee, the Altar and Rosary Society and other committees at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Hamburg. She loved working at various events at the parish, often selling tickets for raffles and creating theme baskets. She received the St. Joseph the Worker Award from the Diocese of Buffalo.

Mrs. Rosinski’s other passion was Quota International of Hamburg, of which she was a founding member in the 1950s. She served in every officer’s position and chaired every event and committee at least once. She especially enjoyed working at Quota’s stand at Ralph Wilson Stadium during Buffalo Bills games and at Quota’s annual fundraiser dinners. She also volunteered for many years at the annual WNED auction.

She was a member of several bridge clubs and liked playing all sorts of card games including the family’s “Falconette” card group and playing pinochle with her friends at Rosewood. She loved her regular trips to the Hamburg Casino. She loved puzzles and also found time for crochet and other crafts, especially centerpieces and door decorations.

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

Katherine Rice

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church for Katherine (Riddlesberger) Rice, 71, who died on Wednesday, June 6, 2012.

She is survived by her son, Jay Riddlesberger; sister, Joann (Rice) Wyckoff; brother, Edward Rice; several nieces and a nephew.

She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Elizabeth Rice.

Ms. Rice was born on Oct. 27, 1942 in Carlisle, Pa.

She attended Carlisle High School, Beaver College, and graduated from Columbia School of Nursing in 1965.

She lived in Hamburg and Buffalo for most of her adult life and worked as a nurse at the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, while raising her son, Jay Riddlesberger, with her former husband, Bud.

Upon retiring, she moved to Seacoast, living in Exeter and Portsmouth, N.H. to be near her family.

She will be best remembered by those who knew her as a kind and generous person. She spent her life volunteering, helping underprivileged children, Native Americans, the homeless, veterans and anyone else in need who she came across, from the Seacoast region to Costa Rica and beyond. She even created the clown character, Chrysalis, to comfort children in the hospital.

Guided by her faith in God, she believed in the inherent goodness of all people. She overcame bladder cancer, yet never wavered in her constant smile and pure enjoyment of life, laughter, friends, family and her beloved dog, Grace.

She was a proud and active member of the Hamburg Presbyterian Church and the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Buffalo.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 or online at www.alz.org.

Oliver J. Hooge

Funeral services were held on Monday, (Oct. 15) from the Addison Funeral Home for Oliver J. Hooge, 103, of Angola, formerly of Hamburg, who died on Friday, October 12, 2012.

He is survived by his son, James O. (Sandra Pingitore) Hooge; grandchildren, Amanda and Timothy (Erin) Hooge and great-grandchild Griffin T. Hooge.

Mr. Hooge was predeceased by his wife, Catherine (McCann) Hooge and siblings, Dorothy Dyttmer and Laverne, Kenneth and Robert Hooge.

Memorials may be made to the St. Columban Retirement Home, Silver Creek.

Interment will be at St. Mathews Cemetery, West Seneca.

Rose C. Zoda

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday (Oct. 17) from St. Mary of the Lake Church for Rose C. Zoda, of Hamburg, who died on Saturday, October 13, 2012.

She is survived by her children, Sandra Woods and Paul (late Lucille) Zoda; grandchildren, Kimberly (Stan) Krol, James (Amy) Woods and Paul, Peter and John Zoda; great-grandchildren Christopher and Claire Woods; nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Zoda was predeceased by her husband, Santo Zoda.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.

Arrangements were made through Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home.

Stanley G.

Gretka Sr.


A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday (Oct. 13) from St. Bernadette’s Church for Stanley G. Gretka Sr., of Hamburg, who died on Thursday, October 11, 2012.

He is survived by his wife, Betty (Hartloff) Gretka; children, Kimberly and Stanley (Deana) Gretka Jr.; grandson, Ian Gretka; and brother, John (Gail) Gretka.

Mr. Gretka was an over 30 year member of the Armor Volunteer Fire Company.

He was interred in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Armor Volunteer Fire Company or Hospice Foundation of WNY.

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

Charles Fechter

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. from Faith United Church of Christ in Boston for Charles W. Fechter, of Hamburg, who died on Wednesday, October 3, 2012.

He is survived by his wife, Kathryn (Stonebraker) Fechter; children, Pamela (Charles) Boehler and Wendy Fechter; granddaughter, Kate; and additional relatives and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, Charles A. and Amelia Fechter.

Mr. Fechter was a U.S. Marine veteran of World War II and was in the Battle of Iwo Jima.

He was a longtime volunteer at Mercy Hospital.

Mr. Fechter was an avid golfer and a Buffalo Bills season ticket holder for over 40 years.

Interment will be in St. Matthew’s Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Faith United Church of Christ, 8651 Boston State Road, Boston NY 14025.

Arrangements were made through the Lombardo Funeral Home.

Virginia A. Hauser

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday (Oct. 16) from Holy Spirit Catholic Church for Virginia A. Hauser, 72, of North Collins, who died on Monday, October 8, 2012.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, William R. Hauser; children, Katherine (Robert) Miller, Deborah (Gary) Shutt, and William (Michelle) Joseph and Richard Hauser; siblings, Charles Allshouse, Patty and Lenny (Diane) Greeley; grandchildren, Leo and Jason Shutt, William, Erica, Amy, Bethany and Danny Hauser and A.J. and Samantha Miller and great-grandchildren, Bryson Shutt and William, Addisynn and Aiden Hauser.

Mrs. Hauser was predeceased by her daughter, Kathleen Hauser; her father, Clarence Allshouse; her mother, Cecilia Greeley, and brother, Robert Allshouse.

She was born in Summerville, Pa. on Jan. 12, 1940.

She was a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, where she assisted with the Altar Society, She also helped deliver food to the elderly and sick. She was a kind, compassionate and caring person.

Mrs. Hauser was a wiz at crossword puzzles, loved reading, playing cards and baking.

She was an avid nature lover; she especially loved feeding and viewing wildlife. She also enjoyed taking walks in the woods.

Mrs. Hauser loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She once wrote that her fondest memory was the birth of her children.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo, Inc. or Meals on Wheels.

Arrangements were made through the Addison Funeral Home.

Carmela Delonno

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday (Oct. 16) from Blessed John Paul II Parish for Carmela M. Delonno, 72, of Derby, who died on Saturday, October 13, 2012.

She is survived by her sons, Andrew and Gerald Delonno.

Mrs. Delonno was predeceased by her husband, Antonio Delonno.

She was born on Nov. 20, 1939 in Agrigento, Sicily.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Foundation of WNY.

Arrangements were made through Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home.

Donald G. Wayman

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday (Oct. 15) from Blessed John Paul II Church for Donald G. Wayman, of Derby, who died on Thursday, October 11, 2012.

He is survived by his wife, Joan M. (Pieczynski) Wayman; daughter, Michele (Matt) Lemere; brother, William (late Miriam) Wayman; nieces and nephews.

Mr. Wayman was predeceased by his parents, John Wayman and Loretta Wayman Kennedy and siblings, Jean (late James) Campbell and Francis (Rita), Arthur (late Natalie), George (Theresa) and Robert (Geraldine) Wayman.

He retired from Trico products after 40 years of service and worked at Brierwood County Club for many years.

Mr. Wayman was a longtime member of the Babcock Boys Club Alumni Association.

Interment is in St. Matthew’s Cemetery.

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

Lucille Lomanto

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, (Oct. 15) from Holy Spirit Church for Lucille “Lucy” Lomanto, 91, of North Collins, formerly Brant, who died on Friday, October 12, 2012.

She is survived by brothers-in-law Leonard Salva and John Gullo; 17 nieces and nephews; 27 great-nieces and nephews and 22 great-great-nieces and nephews.

The daughter of the late Charles and Jessie (Mirusso) Lomanto, Miss Lomanto was predeceased by her siblings, Louis (Gloria) Lomanto, Sarah Lomanto, Antoinette Salva and Sara Gullo.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Holy Spirit Church.

Arrangements were made through the Wentland Funeral Home.

Shirley L. Knight



A private funeral service will be held for Shirley L. (Glennie) Knight, of Hamburg, who died on Sunday, October 14, 2012.

She is survived by her children, Victoria (Louis) Arrigenna, Starr (Lawrence) Kennedy and Richard (Nancy Platek) Knight; brother, Arnold Glennie; nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Knight was predeceased by her husband, Robert B. Knight and siblings, Blossom and Alice.

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

Doriel Pollutro



A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8 from the Wentland Funeral Home for Doriel “Dottie” (Messecar) Pollutro, 88, of North Collins who died on Monday, October 15, 2012.

She is survived by her children, Cyndi VanHengel, Robin Logan, Jody and Steven Pollutro; sister, Millie Carron and grandchild, Bradley Logan.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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