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Obituaries from the Jan. 23 edition of The Sun

Eugene Burgess
Eugene Burgess

Eugene Burgess Sr., 94, of Silver Creek and Hamburg died Jan. 7 in the Buffalo VA Medical Center.

He graduated from Port Jervis High School and Alfred University. He earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He also set several track records at Alfred University.

He served with the United States Army Air Corps and Air Force.

He worked with the Veterans Administration in Buffalo and then taught math and science at Silver Creek Central School. He was a guidance counselor and a director of guidance. He worked with the New York State Education Department, coordinated articulation seminars for high school students, developed the “Silverliner” newsletter, completed studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo, coached track and cross-country teams and officiated track and field events.

He formed the Northern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union and served as treasurer and member of the board of directors.

He officiated track and field events with the WNY Track & Field Association. He was a member of the Chautauqua County Guidance Counselors Association, the Blessed John Paul II Senior Club and the Lambda Chi Fraternity.

He watched the Buffalo Bills play, and followed college sports and NFL football. He listened to music, attended theater events and did financial investing.

He was the husband of Ursula (nee Hanusa) Burgess and the late Jeannette (nee Stephens); son of the late Ralph and Lucy (nee Delaney) Burgess; brother of Muriel Spordone of Springhill, Fla. and the late William Burgess. Father of Stephen (Peggy) Burgess of Plano, Texas; Joseph (Sheila) Burgess of Cumberland, R.I.; Ann (Gary) Conklin of Sayville, N.Y.; Linda Burgess of Jamestown, Julie (Paul) Sabrosky of Watertown, Conn and the late Eugene Burgess Jr. Father-in-law of Carol Burgess of Westport, Conn; also survived by 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; stepdaughter Rose (Michael) Pavolko of Hamburg; stepsons Dr. Wolfgang (Lori) Miggiani, Victor (Kien Tjay) Miggiani and Christian (Angelette) Miggiani; 14 stepgrandchildren; Roque da Cunha Ferreira and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held from Blessed John Paul II Church of Lakeview at 10 a.m. on Jan. 25. A reception will follow. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to SCCS “Eugene R. Burgess Sr. Scholarship Fund,” P.O. Box 270, Silver Creek, NY 14136.

Online condolences may be made at

Douglas Colby
Douglas Colby of Hamburg died Jan. 7.

He was the son of the late Donald and Lynn (nee Heimburg) Colby; brother of Denise (David) Emery; uncle of Aaron, Adelynn and Abigail; nephew of Dennis (Donarae) Heimburg and Philip (Ruth) Heimburg; also survived by other family members and friends.

Visitation and a funeral service were held from the Lombardo Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made at

Marie Cook
Marie Cook

Marie (nee Langbein) Cook, 94, of Lake View died Dec. 23.

She was the wife of the late Howard Cook; mother of Betty (late Robert) Schillace, Marilyn (Lee) Buchannan, Fred (Annette) Cook and Marjorie (Vincent) Puntillo; also survived by 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

Richard Corcoran
Richard Corcoran

Richard Corcoran of Lake View died Jan. 10.

He was a United States Navy veteran, a member of the American Legion Hamburg Post No. 527, the United Steelworkers of America and Knights of Columbus Father Baker Council No. 2243, and a Roswell Park volunteer.

He was the husband of Marilyn (nee Milks) Corcoran; father of Corrine (Julien) Benosa, Renee Corcoran and Lorraine (Christopher) Corcoran; grandfather of Raphael, West, Zoe and Chance; son of the late John and Mary (nee Quinn) Corcoran; brother of Arline (Vern) Killian, Helen (late Ernest) Jewett, Robert (Becky) and the late Thomas (Antonia “Boots”) Corcoran; also survived by many family members and friends.

Visitation was held from the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home’s Hamburg Chapel. A Mass of Christian burial was held from Blessed John Paul II Church of Lake View. Interment was in Lakeside Memorial Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Roswell Park. Online condolences may be made at

Robert Dillingham
Robert Dillingham

Robert “Bob” Dillingham, 82, formerly of Eden and Blasdell, died Jan. 1 in Titusville, Fla.

He was born in Gowanda on Sept. 19, 1931. After graduating from Blasdell High School in 1949, he served four years in the United States Air Force, during the Korean War. He moved to Eden after leaving the service, and worked for Williams Ford dealership. He later worked for North American/Rockwell Corp., where he worked on both the Apollo and space shuttle programs in California and Florida.

He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and belonged to the Rotary Club for 28 years. He was active in his churches, Grace Lutheran in Lancaster, Calif. and Good Shepherd Lutheran in Titusville.

He was the son of the late Fenton and Isabella Olive Dillingham; husband of 58 years of Suzanne (nee Green); father of Gregory (Carole), Michael, Kathryn (Norman) Shullanberger and Elizabeth (Craig) Smyles; brother of Dennis (Virginia); grandfather of nine and great-grandfather of eight; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Titusville. The Rev. Bruce Alberts officiated. Internment was in the church memorial garden.

Funeral arrangements were made by the Brevard County Crematory of Titusville.

Voit Drankhan

Voit Drankhan of Hamburg died Jan. 15.

He was a member of the Ismalia Temple and Western Star Lodge.

He was the husband of Fay (nee Bury) Drankhan; father of Kurt (Suzanne), Terri (Robert) Krug and David (MiAh) Drankhan; also survived by eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held from Saint James United Church of Christ of Hamburg. Arrangements were made by Loomis, Offers & Loomis Inc. Hamburg Chapel.

Christine Fullone

Christine (nee Seggio) Fullone, 92, of Brant died Jan. 14.

She was co-owner of Fullone Trucking and a retired school bus driver for the North Collins Central School District.

She was the wife of the late Salvatore “Sam” Fullone; mother of RoseAnn (Douglas) Russell, Vincent (Marie) and Chuck (Mary Jo) Fullone; grandmother of Sam, Chris, Lisa, Sam and Jason; also survived by three great-grandchildren; sister of Frances (late Frank) Paulucci and Mary Jo (late Charles) Andolina.

Visitation was held from the Wentland Funeral Home, with a Mass of Christian burial from Holy Spirit Church in North Collins.

Richard Geitner
Richard Geitner

Richard Geitner, 92, of Angola died Jan. 14.

He was born in Silver Creek on Jan. 11 to Andrew and Cresence Geitner.

He was a first lieutenant in the United States Army Air Forces and was a World War II B-17 pilot for more than 1,300 mission hours, in Europe and Africa. After the war, he came back to Western New York, where he met his wife Bernice and settled in Angola.

He owned and operated the New Angola Theatre from 1948 – 1995, and also operated the Grandview Drive-In Theatre.

He was a member of Most Precious Blood Church and the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post. He hunted, played trumpet in local bands, traveled, told stories, fished and gardened.

He was the husband of Bernice Geitner; father of Nancy Dallaire of Fort Pierce, Fla., Linda (Ronnie) Adams of Derby, Lawrence and Thomas (Margaret) Geitner of San Mateo, Calif.; grandfather of Rachel and Mark Dallaire, Joshua and Leah Adams, Gregory and Shelby Geitner; great-grandfather of Dakota Bastedo; brother of the late Iva Brown, Douglas Geitner, Joan McGowan and Kathleen Murrett.

Visitation was held from the Addison Funeral Home Inc. of Angola. A Mass of Christian burial was held from Most Precious Blood Church of Angola. Interment followed, in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made at Memorials may be made to Most Precious Blood Church, 22 Prospect St., Angola.

Edna Paddock
Edna Paddock of Hamburg died Jan. 15.

She was the wife of the late Edwin; mother of Patricia Levine, Carol Cary, Paul (Jane) and Marianne (Richard) Ball; grandmother of David (Joy) Cary, Michael (Kimberlie) Ball, Deborah (David) Rojek, Pamela (Chris) Carr, Kelly (Rob) Case and Kevin Paddock; great-grandmother of five; sister of Isabel (late Paul) Lavoie and Blanche (late Jim) Rain.

A Mass of Christian burial was held from Saint Bernadette’s Church in Orchard Park. She was buried beside her husband at Hillcrest Cemetery. Arrangements were made by the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home Inc.


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