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Obituaries for Hamburg, Boston, Eden, Evans, Brant and Farnham for the Week of March 21, 2013



Dominic Porpilia

Word has been received of the death of Dominic Porpilia, 86, of Hamburg, who died on Sunday, March 17, 2013.

He was born in Gowanda on June 14, 1926 to Domenico and Catarina (Calarco) Porpilia. He learned to dance at an early age, keeping the crowd entertained at his parent’s restaurant. Consequently, the women paid a lot of attention to him. He loved his mom.

He married Dorothy Kozian and together they had seven children. He handed down some true words of wisdom such as “When in doubt, do without.” He worked hard to support the family, and stuck to a firm New Years Eve tradition of pepperoni, provolone cheese, olives (bought at the “stinky store”), french bread and beer.

He had a long love affair with McDonald’s coffee and that was one place where everybody knew his name. In his later years, he kept the staff at Blossom Health Care in Rochester quite entertained.

He excelled at building shelves, cleaning the pool and reminding us all that “better days are coming.” He thoroughly enjoyed country music and could often be found sitting in a chair with humongous head phones on that swayed to the beat. It was then that he had long lasting grin from ear to ear.

Along with being a veteran, Mr. Porpilia was a simple man who loved the color green. He traveled extensively including a once in a lifetime trip to Europe. Number one on his trip agenda was to visit a McDonald’s in every European city possible.

When asked how he was feeling, he’d answer “with my fingers.” When asked how he slept, he’d answer “lying down.” He called the zoo regularly, but the lion (line) was always busy. Luckily, his wonderful sense of humor lives on in several of his children. Thus, his “Dadisms” and humor will continue on.

Finally, the family asks that in honor of Mr. Porpilia, you have a cup of coffee in his remembrance, and please boycott buying any pants that have no pockets.



Marjorie W. Cihak

Funeral services will be held from John J. Kaczor Funeral Home, Blasdell/Lackawanna Chapel on Friday (March 22) at 9:30 a.m. for Marjorie W. (Weaver) Cihak, 95, of Blasdell, who died on Monday, March 18, 2013.

She is survived by her children, William Garrity (Linda) Cihak DDS, Jannine (Thomas) Piwowar and Michael “Mick” (Jodi) Cihak; brother, Alfred (Angela) Weaver; grandchildren, William Garrity Cihak II MD, Timothy (Carolyn) and Allyson Piwowar, Sarah (David) Starr, Christopher and Matthew Cihak; eight great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Cihak was predeceased by her husband, William Frank Cihak and siblings, Jack Weaver, Patti Andrews and Nancy Doig.

She was an aide at the West Seneca Developmental Center.

Family will be present to receive friends on Thursday, March 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home, Blasdell/Lackawanna Chapel, 3450 South Park Ave.

Interment will be in Lakeside Memorial Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice Foundation of WNY.



Jeanette E. Kelly

A Mass of Christian Burial was held from St. Bernadette Church on Monday (March 18) for Jeanette E. (Lemke) Kelly, 68, of Hamburg, who died on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.

She is survived by her former husband, Lawrence J. Kelly Jr.; children, Michael S. (Mihaela) Nowak, Lance G. (Heather) and Daniel P. (Roni) Kelly; sister, Patricia A. (Robert A.) Geiger; grandchildren, Patrick and Andrew Nowak, Meghan, Nathan, Grace, Hannah, Dylan, Matthew, Griffin and Kirstin Kelly, Austin Lederhouse and Elizabeth Noblett; sisters-in-law, Barb Cluchey, Josselyn Staff and Patricia Miller and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Kelly was predeceased by her husband, Michael E. Nowak and siblings, Robert C. (Eleanor) Lemke, Diane Lemke and Carol Mundaniohl.

She was a bus driver at Paul Bastian Hamburg School Car Service.

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



Jean H. Evans

A celebration of life service was held from The Gazebo in Oak Run on Saturday (March 16) for Jean H. Evans, 77, of Ocala, Fla., formerly of Hamburg, who died on Saturday, March 9, 2013.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, William “Bill” Evans; children, Tracy (late Hiep) Bui; Tim and Tom (Brooke) Evans; siblings, Diane (Richard) Keller, Judy (late Robert) Banks and Jim (Chris) Henry and grandchildren, Braxton Bui, Kyer and Emery Evans.

Mrs. Evans was predeceased by her parents, Elwood and Marguerite (Blesy) Henry.

She enjoyed her volunteer work at Interfaith and at the library.

Memorials may be made to Munroe Regional Medical Center-ICU, 1500 SW 1st Ave., Ocala, FL. 34471.

Arrangements were made through the Roberts Funeral Homes Bruce Chapel West.



Linda J. Heltz

A memorial service will be held from Hamburg Assembly of God Church on Wednesday (March 27) for Linda J. (Allenbrand) Heltz, of Angola, who died on Friday, February 25, 2013.

She is survived by her son, David Heltz; sister, Mary Trifunovic; niece and nephew, Stephanie and Jacob and soul mate, Martin Heltz.

Arrangements were made through the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home.



Joan Schmitz-Duggan

A celebration of life was held from Oakwood Manor on Monday (March 11) for Joan Schmitz-Duggan, 65, of Hamburg and Sarasota, Fla., who died on Wednesday, March 6, 2013.

She is survived by her husband of more than 30 years, John Duggan; children, Angela (John) Ruggiero and Sean (Bobbi Jo) Duggan and grandchildren, Jared Ruggiero and Fiona Duggan.

Mrs. Schmitz-Duggan was predeceased by her parents, Walden and Virginia Schmitz.

A lifelong resident of Hamburg, she was the founder and operator of Hamburg Mail and More at Staub Square in the village until her death.

As a teen, she worked with her mother, Ginny Schmitz, in the D.C. Shop, a popular woman’s clothing and accessory shop in the Village of Hamburg. This store, which provided a first job experience for many other young women over several years, was destroyed, when the Dietrich buildings at the northwest corner of Main and Buffalo Streets burned in 1969.

After graduating from Hamburg High School in 1966, she attended Marjorie Webster Junior College in Washington, D.C., then went on to earn her bachelor’s degree at Auburn University in Auburn, Ala. She remained and worked in the south for several years.

Her professional career spanned time with Bryant & Stratton as an instructor in the fashion merchandising program. She was employed at John Robert Powers as a modeling and sales instructor/model. With her husband and good friends, Laurie and Dave Lasky, they founded Excel Precision Inc.

She was a member of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Classic Car Club of America. She also volunteered for the Western New York Food Shuttle.

Joan and John were married in 1982 and she went from being an only child to joining a family of 17 siblings. She often referred to it as culture shock. But, like everything else, she took it in stride and soon became a family favorite, loved by all siblings, their kids, their kids’ kids and so on. She was a treasured gift to John’s children and her grandchildren.

Until recently, Joan and John wintered in Sarasota, Fla. and summered in Hamburg. They enjoyed traveling to visit with family and friends. Joan really loved having family and friends around and would use almost any reason to drum up a party of some sort.

In addition to loving her family and friends, Joan was very proud of her flower garden alongside her Buffalo Street building. Passersby could find her there every summer morning watering the flowers and talking to everyone. She got to know many people by talking with them while walking her dog, Manny. She was truly an inspiration to all she knew and will be sincerely missed.

Memorials may be made to the Kyle Reid Memorial Challenger Baseball League for Children with Special Needs, Village of Hamburg Recreation Dept. 200 Prospect Ave. Hamburg, NY 14075.

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



Jean Kleis

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held from St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church on Saturday (March 23) at 10 a.m. for Jean (Wittmeyer) Kleis, of North Boston, who died on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, William H. Kleis Jr.; children, Amy Kleis Pregmon and William D. (late Carolann) Kleis; sister, Janet Gordon; grandchildren, David and Katelin Kleis; step-grandchildren, Timothy Maroney and Christine (Richard) Lynch; sister-in-law, Betty (late James) McCarrick and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Kleis was predeceased by her parents, Clarence and Stella (Andera) Wittmeyer; sister, Judith Wittmeyer and siblings-in-law, Marian and Ellsworth Ahrens and Dorothy and Martin Wattengel.

She was an employee of the Town of Boston for 20 years. She was a member of St. John’s Choir, Altar and Rosary Society and Parish Neighbors, North Boston Fire Company Auxiliary and Boston Young at Heart Seniors.

Memorials may be made to the St. John’s Altar and Rosary Society, 6895 Boston Cross Road, Boston, NY 14025.

Arrangements were made through the Wurtz Funeral Home.



Marian A. Kerr

Funeral services will be held from Addison Funeral Home on Friday (March 22) at 11 a.m. for Marian A. (Walters) Kerr, 73, of Hamburg, who died on Sunday, March 17, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Faith (Bart) Ellis, Jay (Sharon) and Cindy Kerr; sister, Marguerite Hanna; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Kerr was predeceased by her sisters, Caroline Champlain and Jean Culver.

Interment will be in Forest Avenue Cemetery.

Friends may call on Thursday, March 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Addison Funeral Home, 262 Main St. in Angola.

Frank A. Schuman III

Private services were held for Frank A. Schuman III, 63, of Angola, who died on Tuesday, March 11, 2013.

He is survived by his children, Riely, Frank IV and Ariah Schuman and siblings, Rodney and Susan Schuman.

Mr. Schuman was predeceased by his sister, Mary Macy.

He was a mechanic for the NFTA.

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

Patricia R. Kaney

Private services were held for Patricia R. (Naylon) Kaney, of Hamburg, who died on Thursday, March 14, 2013.

Mrs. Kaney is survived by her children, Terry, Michael (Gail) and Timothy (Jean) Kaney; brother, Bernard (Betsy) Naylon; Nina to Krista Kaney; friends, Reeny Kaney and Paul (Pam) Gaffke and grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

Mrs. Kaney was predeceased by her brother, William (Sue) Naylon.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo Inc.

Arrangements were made through the Loomis, Offers and Loomis Hamburg Chapel.

Todd Alan Cook

A memorial service was held from First United Methodist Church of Tifton on Friday (March 15) for Todd Alan Cook, 45, of Tifton, Ga., formerly of Orchard Park, who died on Sunday, March 10, 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Nadine Walty Cook; daughters, Sarah Elizabeth And Bailey Nicole Cook; father, Roy (Carol) Cook; mother, Karen Schofer Abel; siblings, Timothy S. (Colleen) Cook, Joel (Jennifer) and Alicia Wittman; parents-in-law, Raymond and Sharon Walty and siblings-in-law, Renee and Wynn Vogel and Melissa and Steven Wells.

Mr. Cook was predeceased by his stepfather, James Abel.

He was born on August 28, 1967 in Lackawanna and had lived in Tifton for 10 years, where he retired as the managing partner of the Longhorn Steakhouse. He enjoyed his work, along with big game hunting in Leon, Canada and Idaho, bass fishing and classic cars. He and his father restored an Oldsmobile 442. Mr. Cook especially loved being with his girls. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Tifton, where he was a member of the Joy Sunday school class and a member of the Methodist Men.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Tifton Men, 107 W. 12th St., Tifton, GA. 31794, or the ALS Association.

Arrangements were made through the Albritton-Beaumont Funeral Directors.

Betsey S. Currey


Funeral services were held from Latimore-Schiavone Funeral Home on Thursday (March 14) for Betsey S. Currey, of Angola, who died on Sunday, March 10, 2013.

She is survived by her brother, David Currey and aunts, uncles and cousins.

Ms. Currey was predeceased by her parents, Norman and Shirley Currey and brother, Raymond Currey.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice Foundation of WNY, 225 Como Park Blvd., P.O. Box 590, Buffalo, N.Y. 14240.

David Thompson

Funeral services were held from the family’s residence on Wednesday (March 20) for David Thompson, 46, of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, who died on Saturday, March 16, 2013.

He is survived by his children, Luanne Redeye, David Jr., Mason and Inez Thompson; siblings, Dennis Becker Sr., Denise Williams and Renita DiStefano; fiancee, Leanne White and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Mr. Thompson was predeceased by his sister, Gilda.

He was a member of the Hawk Clan.

Arrangements were made through the Wentland Funeral Home.

Gloria A. Skowronski


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held from Holy Trinity Polish National Church in Lackawanna on Thursday (March 21) at 9:30 a.m. for Gloria A. (Baksa) Skowronski, of Woodlawn, who died on Sunday, March 17, 2013.

She is survived by her husband, Daniel C. Skowronski; children, Daniel F. (Bridget), Joseph (Margo), Michael and Robert (Kim) Skowronski; siblings, Jeanie (Eugene) Ruchalski, Patricia Fini, Anthony Baksa (Glenn Kajioka) and Mary Anne (Mark) Price; 15 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and a large family and many friends.

Mrs. Skowronski was predeceased by her daughter, Julie Skowronski, parents, George and Bertha (Scarsella) Baksa and brother, George (May Jane) Baksa.

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

Eva Norma Galbo

A Mass of Christian Burial was held from St. Francis of Assisi Church on Monday (March 11) for Eva Norma (Gagnon) Galbo, of Hamburg, who died on Wednesday, March 6, 2013.

She is survived by her children, JoAnn (Bob) Horbett, Charles (Sharon) Galbo Jr. and Michelle (Dave) Gardina; sister, Claire (Hank); grandchildren, Jeffrey, Heather (Chris), Jeremy, Liz, Jonathan (Amber), Charles III, David and Michael; great-grandchildren, Mykenna, Reaghan, Carter, Greyson and Selah and relatives and many friends.

Mrs. Galbo was predeceased by her husband, Charles A. Galbo Sr.; parents, Wilfred and Blanche Gagnon and siblings, Ann, Wallace (Honor) and Carol.

Interment was in Lakeside Cemetery.

Arrangements were made through the D’Amico Funeral Home.

Lena M. Sobczyk


Funeral services were held from John J. Kaczor Funeral Home on Thursday (March 14) for Lena M. (Iafallo) Sobczyk, 96, of Blasdell, who died on Tuesday, March 11, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Joan (Jim) Goetz, Janice (Gary) Tribula and John (Elaine) Sobczyk; grandchildren, Billy (Katrina) and David (Wendy) Noah, Kimberly (Brian) Krzywick, Jill (Peter) Fahey, Wendy (Brian) Kumrow, Jennifer (Tom) McCorry and Michael (Rachael) Sobczyk; 18 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Sobczyk was predeceased by her husband, John J. Sobczyk Sr.; granddaughter, Deborah (Matt) Seitz and siblings.

Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.

Entombment was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

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

Lucy A. Foose


A Mass of Christian Burial was held from Our Mother of Good Counsel Church on Saturday (March 16) for Lucy A. (Mangino) Foose, 79, of Blasdell, who died on Thursday, March 14, 2013.

She is survived by her siblings, Michael (late Hazel) Mangino, Theresa (late Emilio) Paolini, Mary Ann (late Robert) Vickers, Joyce (Joseph) Krypel, Barbara (Robert) Chentfant and Angelo (Sheila) Mangino and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Foose was predeceased by her husband, Patrick F. Foose and siblings, Partricia (late Steve) Miller, Carol (late Anthony) DeMarco, Joanne (Edward) Gorski, John (Judy) and Dominic (Arlene) Mangino.

She was a meat department wrapper at Bells supermarket in Hamburg.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice Foundation of WNY.

Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery.

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

Andrew Kleczko


Word has been received of the death of Andrew Kleczko, 76, of California, formerly of Hamburg, who died on Sunday, March 3, 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Raymonde Kleczko; sons, Christian and Michael and their families; brother, Z. Stan Kleczko and three nieces.

He graduated from Hamburg High in 1956. After attending the University at Buffalo for two years, he moved to California in 1958. Mr. Kleczko studied engineering and achieved bachelor’s degrees in aeronautical engineering and in electronic engineering. He also earned a master’s degree at the University of Southern California in nuclear effects. He worked for Rockwell his entire career.

Mr. Kleczko retired in 1993 and enjoyed 20 years of fishing, hunting, golfing and traveling.

Mary Rena Statler


A Funeral Mass was held from St. Anthony of Padua Church on Tuesday (March 19) for Mary Rena Statler, 84, of Whispering Pines, N.C., formerly of Hamburg, who died on Saturday, March 16, 2013.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Earl E. Statler; children, Deborah (fiancé Edward Waida) Evans, James (Michael Safranek) and Jeffrey (Tamara) Statler and grandchildren, Austin Evans, Paige and Molly Statler.

Mrs. Statler was predeceased by her parents, William and Frances Bailey and siblings, Donna Vollmer and William F. Bailey Jr.

She was born on August 17, 1928 in Betula, Pa. Mrs. Statler was a graduate of Robert Packer School of Nursing in Sayre, Pa. and resided in Hamburg prior to retiring to Whispering Pines, N.C. in 1991. She was a member of the Country Club of Whispering Pines and a member of the Pinettes. She also volunteered at Whispering Pines Thrift Shop for many years. Mrs. Statler, a woman of varied interests, also enjoyed making porcelain dolls, oil and china painting, golf as well as Tai Chi.

Memorials may be made to The Foundation of FirstHealth, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374.

Interment was in Pinelawn Cemetery.

Arrangements were made through the Boles Funeral Home.


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