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Death notices and obituaries from the Sept. 5 edition of The Sun

Violet Darnell
Violet M. (nee Hinton) Darnell, 95, of Derby died on Aug. 29 in the Ruby Unit at Lake Shore Hospital.

She was the wife of the late George Darnell. Mother of William (Uzma Anzar) Darnell and Bonnie Brown. Sister of the late Alfred, Maurice, Raymond and Joseph Hinton. Grandmother of Geoffrey Scott Darnell, Traci Lee Hellwig, Daanesh Darnell, Ryan and Justin Brown. Great-grandmother of Kalli, Ben Darnell, Darcy and Brady Antonson.

A funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements were made by the Addison Funeral Home Inc., located at 262 North Main St. in Angola.

Online condolences may be made at

John Geberl
John Geberl of Hamburg died Aug. 25.

He was an employee of the Ford Motor Company for 38 years.

He was the husband of Rita (nee Heinrich) Geberl; father of Harry and Ronald Geberl; grandfather of Tyler; son of the late John and Mary Geberl; brother of Joseph Geberl and the late Frank Geberl.

There was no prior visitation. A private service was held. Entombment was in Lakeside Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made at Arrangements were made by the Lombardo Funeral Home’s Southtowns chapel.

Josephine Gramza
Josephine (nee Kasperek) Gramza, 93, of Blasdell died Sept. 1. She was a homemaker.

She was the wife of the late Casimer Gramza; mother of David (Debby) Gramza; grandmother of Erik (Laura) Gramza and Kelsey Gramza.

A cemetery prayer service was held Sept. 4 from Holy Cross Cemetery, located at 2900 South Park Ave. in Lackawanna. Arrangements were made by the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Phyllis Haines
Phyllis (nee Kasperek) Haines of Blasdell died Aug. 28.

She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America Court No. 1311, a 23-year volunteer at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and a former elementary teacher at Cloverbank and Wanakah schools.

She was the wife of Raymond Haines; mother of David (Tracey) Haines and Karen (Bill) O’Meara; grandmother of Michael, Sean and Kaylee; daughter of the late Walter and Phyllis Kasperek; sister of Evelyn (Edmund) Napieralski and Walter (late Barbara) Kasperek.

Visitation was held from the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home’s Blasdell/Lackawanna chapel, where prayers were said on Aug. 31. A Mass of Christian burial was held at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church. Entombment was in Holy Cross Cemetery. Make online condolences at

Daniel Kowal
Daniel Kowal
Daniel S. Kowal of Lake View died Aug. 28.

He was the husband of Bernadette (nee Bonafede); father of Daniel (Amy) Kowal; brother of Katherine (Roger) Niemel and the late Barbara (late Edward) Dils and Henry (Vera) Kowal; also survived by four grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, nieces and nephews.

Visitation and a funeral service were held from the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home Inc., located at 4199 Lake Shore Road in Hamburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Online condolences may be made at

Innocent Kurkowski
Innocent Kurkowski
The Rev. Innocent Kurkowski, 86, Order of Friars Minor Conventual, died at the Friar Justin Senior Friars residence in Athol Springs on Aug. 30, after an illness.

He was born Francis Kurkowski in Buffalo on May 27, 1927, to the late Wladyslaw and Anna (nee Gajeska) Kurkowski. He took the name Innocent, upon entry into the Novitiate of the Franciscan Friars Conventual.

He did his novitiate at St. Lawrence Friary in Becket, Mass. He professed his simple vows as a Franciscan friar in 1948 and his solemn vows in 1951. He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Christopher Weldon in 1956.

He taught and did parochial ministry. His first assignment was as assistant pastor at St. Hedwig Church of New Bedford, Mass. He watched sports and was a chaplain to many school sports teams. He became a teacher at Bishop Ryan High School in Buffalo and then taught at Saint Francis High School in Athol Springs. He was the associate pastor of Queen of the Most Holy Rosary parish in Buffalo and was the chaplain at St. Joseph Intercommunity Hospital of Cheektowaga.

He returned to teaching at Saint Francis and then became a parochial vicar at Saint Casimir Parish of Baltimore. He became the last Franciscan pastor of Saint Anthony of Padua Parish in Fairfield, Conn.

He returned to the Buffalo area in retirement, residing at Saint Francis High School, and then moved to Friar Justin Senior Friars residence in Athol Springs in 2011.

He is survived by his brother, the Rev. Mark Christopher Kurkowski of Sanford, Fla. and he left behind many relatives and friends.

He lay in state at Saint Francis parish on Sept. 2. A Franciscan wake service was also held.

A funeral was held on Sept. 3 at Saint Francis Parish. Burial was in Saint Stanislaus Cemetery of Cheektowaga. Memorial donations may be made to the Franciscan Education Burse, 12300 Folly Quarter Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042.

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

Oliver Lee Roy Place
Oliver Lee Roy Place, 87, of Angola died Aug. 27.

He was a United States Navy veteran. He bowled and golfed into his 80s.

He was the husband of 67 years of the late Virginia (nee Overdorf) Place; father of Lana (Michael), Nina (late Charles), Linda, Larry (Trish), Gregory (Catherine) and Robert (Janice); brother of Laura Ellen (late John); uncle of Joann (late Vance); grandfather of 21 grandchildren and great-grandfather of 19; friend of Bill and Ruth Van Remmen.

A funeral service will held at a future date. Memorials may be made to the Forestville Fire Department, 18 Chestnut St., Forestville, NY 14062.

Online condolences may be made at

Leonard Sass
Leonard A. Sass, 68, of Hamburg died Aug. 30.

He was an electrician at American Axle in Buffalo.

He was the husband of Barbara (nee Faltisco) Sass; father of David (Denise), Dennis, Lauren (Brian) Isbrandt, Caryn and the late Paul (Kim) Sass; grandfather of Paul Jr., Alexa, Megan, Regan, Erin, Samara, Brendan and Ripley; brother of Mary Ann (George) Kelly and the late Peter Sass; also survived by many other family members and friends.

Visitation will be held from 1 – 5 p.m. on Sept. 8 from the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home’s Hamburg Chapel, located at 5453 Southwestern Blvd. A prayer service will follow, at 5.

Flowers are declined. Online condolences may be made at

Ramon Tirado
Ramon H. Tirado Sr. of Eden died Aug. 28.

He was the husband of Carole (nee Osika) Tirado; father of Lynn (Charles) Bratek, Marie Tirado and the late Ramon (Caroline) Tirado Jr.; grandfather of Christopher (Lori) Tirado, Ryan (Amanda) Bratek, Jolie Tirado, Austin Tirado and Matthew Bratek; great-grandfather of Michael and Mason Tirado; brother of John, Maria Rosa, Manuel, Horlando, Douglas (Kandis), Allamer and the late Francisco Jr., also survived by many nieces and nephews; friend of Jay Reese.

A memorial service was held on Sept. 3 from Faith United Church of Christ, located at 8651 Boston State Road in Boston.

Arrangements were made by the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home Inc.

Online condolences may be made at

Jane Williams
Jane M. (nee Evans) Williams, 89, of Hamburg died Aug. 29.

She was an account specialist at the former Marine Midland Bank.

She was the wife of the late Archie Roach and Charles Williams; mother of Thomas (Maria) and Wayne (Jonny Ann) Roach and Diane (Kenneth) Hinderliter; grandmother of Daniel (Lisa) and David (Sharon) Beres, Charles (Jennifer) Hinderliter and Michael Roach; great-grandmother of Morgan, Christopher and Samantha Beres and Avery Hinderliter.

Visitation was held at the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home Inc., located at 21 Pierce Ave. in Hamburg. A funeral service was held from Union Presbyterian Church, located at 67 Lake Ave. in Blasdell, on Sept. 4. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Flowers are declined. Memorials may be made to Union Presbyterian Church. Online condolences may be made at


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