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Death notices and obituaries for the Aug. 14 edition of The Sun

Rosemary Brazdes
Rosemary Brazdes

Rosemary Ann (nee Jerris) Brazdes, 73, of Hamburg, died Aug. 6.

Rosemary was the wife of the late Toma Brazdes; mother of Laura Wood; grandma of Ethan and Grace Wood; sister of Antoinette Miller and Charles (Jeanie) Jerris and the late Carol (Phillip) Saglimben; survived by her friend of 65 years, Marie McGloin, many other family members and friends.

She was a retired bookkeeper from Wills Poultry.

A visitation will be held on Aug. 13, 6-8 p.m. at the Hamburg Chapel at the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home Inc., located at 5453 Southwestern Blvd. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Aug. 14 at 9:30 a.m. at Saint Francis of Assisi Church in Athol Springs. Entombment will follow in Lakeside Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at

John Benson

John H. Benson IV, 77, of Hamburg, died Aug. 10.

John was the companion of Joan Augustyniak; father of Lynne (Robert) Forsberg, Jack and Michael Benson, Kathy (Todd) Valentine and the late Sharon (Jim) Frantz; brother of Mary (late Thomas) Myszkiewicz; also survived by 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

John was a retired welder repairman at Ford Motor Company and a member of Hamburg Council 2220 Knights of Columbus.

A Mass of Christian burial was held on Aug. 13 at Saints Peter & Paul Church in Hamburg. Interment was in Lakeside Cemetery. Flowers were declined. Arrangements were made by the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Pauline Hahn Bartlett
Pauline Hahn Bartlett

Pauline R. Hahn Bartlett, of Bakersfield, Ca., formerly of Angola, died July 18.

Pauline is survived by her husband Eric Bartlett, mother Marilyn Hahn, sisters Eileen and Jennifer Hahn, brother Edward Hahn, three nieces and one nephew and is the daughter-in-law of Frederick and Patricia Bartlett, sister-in-law of Shawn Manvell and Kyle Bartlett.

Pauline was born April 23, 1968, to Marilyn and Edward Hahn. Pauline was raised in Angola, attending Most Precious Blood Elementary School and then Lake Shore High School, where she played several sports, including swimming, tennis, basketball and volleyball. In her senior year of high school, she began dating her husband-to-be, Eric Bartlett.

After graduating from Lake Shore, Pauline attended the State University of New York at Fredonia and continued her athletic pursuits by managing the swim team. Two years later, she transferred to Rochester Institute of Technology and in 1991, earned her bachelor’s degree in hotel and resort management. On Sept. 7 of the same year, she and Eric married, spending their honeymoon driving across country to Bakersfield, Ca.

Pauline worked in the hospitality industry at the Sheraton Hotel, Rio Bravo Resort and the Holiday Inn. In May of 2002, she went to work for the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce. Serving in the capacity of special projects manager, Pauline facilitated a wide range of committees and organized the chamber’s major fundraising events. She volunteered with several organizations, including Mayor Harvey Hall of Bakersfield, “Clean-Up Committee.”

She was an animal-lover, gardener, camper, backpacker, hiker, cook, baker and music-lover, especially music from the 1980s.

.A memorial service for the family will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be made at

William Ferro
William Ferro

William M. “Chops” Ferro, of Blasdell, died Aug. 5.

William was the husband of Pauline (nee Trzaska) Ferro; father of Thomas Hatton, John (Terri) Hatton, Lisa (Donald) Meyers and Danielle (Douglas) Alessandra; papa of Amanda (Michael), DJ (Katie), Aaron, Alexa, Casey, Cam, Brooke and Quinn; great-grandpa of Sienna, Isabel, Cal, Jett and the late Paiten; son of the late Chester and Helen (Yacobucci) Ferro; brother Jack (Jani), Arnold (Sue), Elaine (Harold) Johnson, Rosemarie Czarnecki, Geraldine (Fred) Kawa and the late Theresa (late Joseph) Pietras and Laura (Donald) DePerto; also survived by many other family members and friends.

William was a Navy Veteran and a member of AMVETS Post No. 897.

A Mass of Christian burial was held on Aug. 7 at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hospice Foundation of Western New York.

Online condolences may be made at

Virginia Grassia

Virginia M. (nee Accordino) Grassia, of Angola, died July 21.

Virginia was the wife of the late Salvatore Grassia; mother of Cheryl and Michael (Sandy) Grassia; “granny” of Christopher; sister of Joan Accordino and the late Gloria Etopio and Michael Accordino; survived by many nieces and nephews.

She was a Sabres, Bills and Yankees fan.

A Mass of Christian burial was held on Aug. 7 at Most Precious Blood Church in Angola.

Flowers were declined. Donations may be made to Hunter’s Hope Foundation, P.O. Box 643, Orchard Park, NY 14127.

Jean Inskip
Jean Inskip

Jean Dorst Inskip, of Hamburg, died Aug. 10.

Jean was born Aug. 8, 1925 to Walter and Mina (nee Draudt) Dorst. Her twin brother Paul died in infancy. Jean graduated from Hamburg High School and worked for the telephone company in Hamburg. She was a lifelong member of the Hamburg United Methodist Church. At church, Jean’s future father-in-law, Warren Leslie Inskip, asked her if she would write to his son, Leslie William (Bill), a United States Army Staff Seargant serving overseas. She did, and they were married on Thanksgiving in 1945.

The newlyweds moved to Haviland Place and lived in one of the first six houses built in Hamburg after the war. Jean and Bill had seven children, Sharon (James) Zakowicz; John (Kathy) Warren, Robin, Thomas, Terri and Edward. They moved to a larger home on Lake Street in 1957, then to Jean’s current home on Union Street in 1967. Jean was predeceased by Warren in 1986.

Jean worked at the front register of Ulbrich’s in the Hamburg Shopping Center, where Bill was manager, for many years. She became a widow at 59. Bill died at 64, blind from diabetes during his last 13 years. After his death, she became active in and an officer of the Hamburg Historical Society Dunn House, Hamburg Senior Travel Club and the American Association of Retired Persons. She played piano by ear.

Jean is also survived by 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Calling hours will be on Aug. 15 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Loomis, Offers & Loomis Funeral Home Inc. Hamburg Chapel, where a funeral will be held on Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Prospect Lawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice.

Dwight Losee
Dwight Losee

Dwight B. “Lew” Losee, 82, of Williamstown, N.J., died July 7.

Dwight was the husband of Patricia (nee Toppel) for 58 years; father of Donna (Mark) Christopher, Susan (Bryan) Chambers and the late Michael (Gina) Losee; grandfather of Alexandra, Emily, Katherine, Olivia and Elise; brother of the late Calvin Losee; also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Dwight, formerly of Hamburg, was born and raised in Hastings on Hudson, N.Y. Dwight has lived in the South Jersey area since 1984. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during the Korean War. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Gettysburg College in 1956. Prior to retiring, he worked in the insurance business for many years. He loved playing golf and was a fan of the New York Giants, the Boston Red Sox and the Montreal Canadiens.

Arrangements were made by the Bell-Hennessy Funeral Home in Williamstown. Cremation was private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested that donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Project at Online condolences may be made at

Rita Petri

Rita Petri, 89, of Derby, died Aug. 6.

Rita was the daughter of the late Catherine and George Petri (Sophia, step-mother), sister of Georgette (late John) Zielinski, late Robert (Edna) Petri, Georgia (late Paul) Weiss, Daniel (Phyllis) Petri, Sharon (Gary) Leppert and Linda (Edward) Duch; also survived by friends and the Claddaugh Family.

A funeral was held Aug. 13 at the Addison Funeral Home Inc. Memorial contributions may be made in Rita’s memory either to the Claddaugh Commisssion or to Greenfield Niagara Lutheran Foundation. Interment will be in Ridge Lawn Cemetery, Cheektowaga. Online condolences may be made at

Charlotte Wittmeyer
Charlotte Wittmeyer

Charlotte (nee Schasel) Wittmeyer, of Hamburg, died July 31.

Charlotte was the wife of the late Cyril; mother of Linda (David) Banks and Kevin and Patrica Wittmeyer; grandmother of Melissa, Ryan, Pierce and April; great-grandmother of Madison, Ethan and Michael; sister of Donald (Rosella), Rudolph (Beverly) and Charles (Ethel) Schasel and the late Gertrude (late Elmer) Wittmeyer and the late Harold (Alice) Benson.

Services were held on Aug. 7 at at Saint James United Church of Christ, in Hamburg.

Online condolences may be made at Arrangements made by Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home Inc.

Sandra Sciarrino

Sandra N. Sciarrino, 62, of Angola, died Aug. 11 at Buffalo General Hospital.

She was the mother of Tiffany Sciarrino and Brian Sciarrino; daughter of the late John and Mary Sciarrino; sister of Robert (late Kathy) Sciarrino, Betty Sciarrino, Nancy Dils and John (Brenda) Sciarrino; also survived by four grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements were made by the Addision Funeral Home Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Sharon Kay Sickau

Sharon Kay (nee Opferbeck) Sickau, of Hamburg, died Aug. 6.

Sharon was the wife of Kenneth Sickau; mother of Kenneth “Skip” (Karen) Sickau and Kimberly (David) Preshoff; grandmother of Kelsey, Shannon, Kyle, Josh and Jessie; sister of Gail (Leverne) Phillippi and Sandra (late James) Eldridge.

A funeral was held Aug. 11 at the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home Inc.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association of Western New York, 331 Alberta Drive, Suite 106 Amherst, NY 14226. Online condolences may be made at

Marie Rose Wuest

Marie Rose (nee Rinaldo) Wuest, of North Collins, 93, died Aug. 6.

Marie Rose was born July 24, 1921 in Brant, to the late Joseph (Antonina) Rinaldo. She met and married her husband, the late Norbert Wuest.

Marie Rose is survived by a sister Nancy Harkins, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Burial services were private and held in the Holy Spirit Cemetery in North Collins. A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date.

Arrangements entrusted to the Laing Funeral Home Inc in Eden.

Online condolences may be made on

Gerald Smith

Gerald A. Smith, 73, of Eden, died at home on Aug. 3.

Gerald was the son of the late Frederick and Vera (Sugg) Smith.

He was born in Alden on July 3, 1941. He married his wife Anna Niedermeyr-Smith on June 30, 1989 in Eden. Gerald restored classic cars, boated, fished and built and remodeled houses.

Gerald was the husband of Anna (nee Niedermeyr); the brother of Donald (Vivian) Smith, Gloria (late Stanley) Giza, Richard (Mildred) Smith, Vera (late Richard) Maines, Eugene (late Catherine) Smith, Claudette (late Harvey) Girard, Gail (late Norman) Yost, Linda (Toby) Myers and late Shirley (late Norman) Riedel; brother-in-law of John Niedermeyr, and Paul (Jane) Niedermeyr; uncle to many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial was held on Aug. 8 at Immaculate Conception Church in Eden. Flowers were declined. Memorials may be made to Roswell Park or Hospice of Western New York.

Online condolences be made at


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