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Death notices and obituaries from the Aug. 22 edition of The Sun

Alice Collins
Alice V. (nee Barrett, formerly Ellis) Collins of Hamburg died Aug. 15.

She was the wife of the late Edward Ellis; mother of Robert (Kathleen) Ellis, Edward (Angela) Ellis, Karen Ellis, Mary (Peter) Goszewski, Martha (Charles) Bowers, Laura (Harold) Witzl and Jacqueline (Thomas) Wischerath; sister of Martha (late Thomas) Crosby; also survived by 11 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial was held Aug. 19 at St. Mary of the Lake Church. Online condolences may be made at

Margaret Cullen
Margaret M. (nee Fizer) Cullen, 87, of Hamburg, formerly of Angola, died Aug. 18. She worked in food service for Lake Shore Central Schools.

She was the wife of the late Edwin Cullen; mother of Francis (late Denise) Cullen, Mary (Timothy) Steenberg and the late Patricia Balber and Catherine (Joseph) Fuhrmann; sister of Irene Hillyer and the late Nicholas Fizer, Mary Kusmierczyk, Anna Petkovsky and Helen Kay; also survived by eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home, from 4 – 8 p.m. on Aug. 22.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at Our Lady of Charity Parish, located at 65 Ridgewood Road in Buffalo at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 23.

Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery of Lackawanna. Online condolences may be made at

Ruth McKenzie
Ruth McKenzie
Ruth C. (nee Holtz) McKenzie, 93, of Hamburg died Aug. 15.

She was the wife of the late Neil McKenzie; mother of Linda (David) Sullivan, Colleen Cooper, Neil McKenzie Jr. and the late Christine (Bill) Horbett; also survived by 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held from the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home Inc., located at 21 Pierce Ave. in Hamburg. A funeral service was held on Aug. 19.

Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at

Dorothy Peoples
Dorothy (nee Dvornski) Peoples, 88, died Aug. 17.

She retired from General Mills.

She was the wife of the late Clarence; mother of the late Judith (nee Miller) LaMastra; grandmother of Joseph LaMastra, William LaMastra, Tami (John) Pukalo and Kristi LaMastra; great-grandmother of Joshua and SueAnn; daughter of the late Andrew and Elizabeth (nee Posster) Dvornski; sister of Ethel (late Nicholas) Miller, Andrew (late Evelyn) Dvornski and the late James Dvornski; also survived by nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held on Aug. 20 from the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home’s Blasdell/Lackawanna Chapel, where a funeral service was held on Aug. 21. Interment was in the Lakeside Memorial Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made at

Betty Pyne
Betty W. Pyne, 88, of Buffalo and Hamburg, died Aug. 16 at Absolute Care in Orchard Park. She was born in Apollo, Pa. to the late Henry and Elizabeth Aultman.

She had worked for the Hamburg Central food service. She was a volunteer for Girl Scouts, the Relay For Life cancer walk, Raintree Senior Citizens, her church and other organizations.

She is survived by her daughter, Laura Crimmen; grandsons Gregory and Brian Crimmen of Tonawanda and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Jack Pyne.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Aug. 24 at the Hillcrest Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Buffalo Southtowns office, 6455 Lake Ave., Orchard Park, NY 14127.

Raymond Rosinski
Raymond Rosinski
Raymond C. Rosinski, 74, died on July 17 at his Pinehurst, N.C. home. He was born on Feb. 25, 1939 in Lackawanna, to the late George Rosinski and Bertha (nee Dengler) Rosinski.

After graduating from Lackawanna High School, he served for two years in the United States Army as specialist in charge of the sports division, before returning to earn his master’s degree at the University of Buffalo. He began his career teaching and coaching for 13 years; he then served as the director of health, physical education and recreation for the Frontier Central School District in Hamburg for 20 years.

He was an athlete who won his first regional championship in 1956 and was named most valuable player at UB in 1961 for baseball; MVP in the Lackawanna Recreational Softball League in 1960, 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1967; pitched numerous no run/no hitters and won several championships.

He was elected into the Western New York Softball Hall of Fame. He won more than 20 racquetball trophies. He was named one of the 10 highest-ranked players in Western New York.

He was a member of the United States Tennis Association’s eastern sectional championship team, a member of the USTA sectional championship team and senior sectional championship. He was a member of the USTA North Carolina Super Combo Senior State Champions. He placed in the national senior games in tennis and racquetball and was the singles champion in tennis at the Pinehurst Resort and Country Club.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Judith Ellen Roloff Rosinski; he is survived by his daughter, Carla Rae Rosinski; sisters Trudy (Ed) Prusak, Evelyn (late Ray) Kryszak and Pat Rosinski; also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass will be held on Aug. 24 from the St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Orchard Park.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements were made by the Boles Funeral Home of Pinehurst.

Ethel Russell
Ethel “Lu” (nee Toth) Russell of Blasdell died on Aug. 13.

She was the wife of the late Howard Russell; mother of Howie (JoAnne), Denny, Jeff (Pat), Colleen (David) Blank and Marty Russell; grandmother of Jeffrey (Julie) Russell, Michael Russell, Justin Russell, Tracy Russell (Kenny Leaskey), Jaclyn (Jason) Chwirut, Jennifer Russell and Brianna Blank; great-grandmother of Tristen, Ashley and Zoey; sister of Emma (late Roy) Blattenberger, Esther (John) Palumbo, Diane (late Donald) Horton, Gloria McKnight, Sylvia (late William) Young and the late Stephen (Pauline) Toth, Joseph Toth, Irene (late Alan) Lawton, Goldie Toth and Paul Toth; also survived by nieces and nephews.

A service was held Aug. 18 at the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home. Entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at

Kihm Watson
Kihm R. Watson, 59, of Eden died Aug. 16.

He was a musician who traveled and played locally for many years. He was a purchasing agent at ITT-Enidine Inc. in Orchard Park.

He was the husband of Kathleen (nee Sullivan) Watson; father of Kristen (Joseph) Skalski, Kelly (Michael) Shea and Katelyn (Erik) Olmstead; grandfather of Molly, Reilly, Ella, Jack, Liam, Brendan and Aria; son of Mary (nee Brogan) and the late Walter Watson.

Visitation and a funeral service were held from the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home’s Hamburg Chapel.

Memorials may be made to Music is Art, 121 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo, N.Y. 14214 or

Online condolences may be made at

John Stevens Jr.
John Stevens Jr.
John A. Stevens Jr., 87, of North Boston, died Aug. 7 in Mercy Hospital.

Stevens attended Technical High School and enlisted in the United States Navy at age 17. He served in the Pacific in World War II. He received 15 battle stars. Stevens was a retired Buffalo Schools engineer.

After returning from service, he worked for a Studebaker dealer, then was an air conditioning engineer in the Bethlehem Steel Corp. office building in Woodlawn.

Stevens was a member of Lackawanna Lodge 566, Free and Accepted Masons and Royal Arch Masons. He also was a past patron of Lackawanna Chapter 502, Order of the Eastern Star.

He was a member of Boston Young at Heart and Churchill Memorial United Methodist Church. A former Boy Scout, he assisted with Troop 166, in which two of his sons became Eagle Scouts. After he retired, he and his wife traveled to 49 states and maintained a winter home in Frostproof, Fla.

He was the husband of Margaret; father of Blair, Craig and Margee Brownfield; brother of Dawn Chatfield, Jeanette and Joy Richardson.

A graveside service was held Aug. 8 in Hillcrest Cemetery of Hamburg.

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