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Obituaries for Hamburg, Boston, Eden, Evans, Brant and Farnham for the Week of April 18, 2013



Maribell Scholl Reid

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held over the summer for Maribell Scholl Reid, 96, of Cattaraugus, who died on Wednesday, April 10, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Cecelia “Chee” (Michael) Lullo, Paul, Ann and Dr. Mary (fiancé Gino Gaudio) Reid; grandchildren, Oliver (Rowena) Collin, Richard (Marla) Jacobs, James, Joseph and Michal Kathryn Lullo and great-grandchildren, Evan and Juliet Jacobs.

Mrs. Scholl Reid was predeceased by her husband, Richard Reid; parents, William and Ida Bertha Payne Scholl and siblings, Irene Johnson, Lucille Dalton, William and Wendell Scholl.

She was born in Cattaraugus on Feb. 16, 1917. She graduated from Cattaraugus High School as class valedictorian in 1935. She spent a post graduate year at Blasdell High School in Blasdell, where she met her future husband, Richard Reid. They were married Sept. 2, 1939, and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary two months prior to Mr. Reid’s death on November 13, 1989.

Mrs. Scholl Reid received a bachelor’s of science degree in home economics in 1941 and a master’s of science degree in elementary education in 1963 from Buffalo State College. She taught third grade at Highland Elementary School in the Lake Shore School District for 19 years prior to retiring in 1983.

She was a 25 plus year volunteer Girl Scout Leader in Erie Country. After retiring she returned to Highland Elementary School once a week to read to students needing extra help. She served as a docent at Tift Nature Preserve in Buffalo, often leading snowshoe tours of the preserve. She also delivered meals for Meals on Wheels of Erie County and delivered her last meal and retired from Meals on Wheels on Feb. 16, 2007-her 90th birthday. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Western Zone of the New York State Retired Teachers Association.

She will be laid to rest next to her husband in the sanctuary at Beauty View Farm.



Harold Rodman


Memorial services were held from Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Lexington, Ky. on Monday (April 15) for Harold “Harry” Rodman, 88, of Buffalo, formerly of Hamburg, who died on Monday, April 8, 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Janet (Sullivan) Rodman; children, Rod (Maria), Mike (Mimi), Tim (Jennifer), Mark (Laura) and Janet (Joe Hain) Rodman; grandchildren, Gabriel Hain, Michael, Keeley, Scott, Cole, Kelly and Jack and great-grandchildren, Daylin and Kallen.

Mr. Rodman was born on March 1, 1925. As a young man he joined the Navy to fight for his country during World War II. For three years he served as a quartermaster on a PT boat in the South Pacific. Upon returning to the states, he attended college and met his future wife, Janet E. Sullivan. They married in 1948. While they resided in Buffalo and Hamburg, they raised five children,

He spent most of his career working in sales in the industrial sector. While in Buffalo, he worked for Fruehauf trucking. In 1968, he moved the family to Galion, Ohio to take a distributor sales manager position at Peabody Galion. In 1972, he and his wife moved to Indianapolis, Ind., where he was the general manager at REMCO Hydraulics. In 1976, they moved again to Blue Springs, Mo., where he took a position as the sales manager for Heil Hydraulics.

His real passion in life was serving the Lord. While pursuing his passion to serve, he became a Deacon in the Catholic Church. He served as the Deacon for Saint Judes in Oak Grove, Mo., and at Saint Robert Bellarmine in Blue Springs, Mo. He was a Hospice volunteer and set up the first Hospice program at the Kansas City correctional facility. He also volunteered as the chaplain at St. Mary’s Hospital and taught RCIA at St. John Laland in Blue Springs, Mo.

Mr. Rodman had a love for music and found great pleasure singing and dancing. In his early years he sang competitively as a tenor in a barbershop quartet. If he wasn’t singing, he was whistling or belting a tune on his harmonica. In addition to music, he enjoyed golfing, fishing, and piloting small aircraft. But most of all he loved to serve. He served God, served his country, and served his family.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice Program, Lexington V.A. Medical Center, 1101 Veterans Drive, Lexington, KY 40502.

Arrangements were made through the Kerr Brothers Funeral Home.



Jane E. Clarke

Private funeral services were held from Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home on Friday (April 12) for Jane E. (Dalziel) Clarke, 85, of Hamburg, who died on Monday, April 8, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Susan (late John) O’Connor, Richard (Rita), David (Christine) and Donald Clarke; 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Clarke was predeceased by her husband, Richard Clarke.

She was a lifelong Hamburg resident and graduate of Hamburg High School, Buffalo General School of Nursing and the University of Buffalo, where she earned a PhD. She taught nursing for many years and was assistant director of nursing at Buffalo General Hospital.

Mrs. Clarke also worked for better women’s health and provided health services to educate many young women in Western New York.

Memorials may be made to the Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department First Aid Squad.

Burial was in Prospect Lawn Cemetery.



Thomas J. Yaeger


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held from Blessed John Paul II Parish on Saturday (April 20) at 10 a.m. for Thomas J. Yaeger, of Lake View, who died on Saturday, March 30, 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Gayle (Mayer) Yaeger; sister, Patricia (late John) Dasta; mother-in-law, Carol Mayer and Mikey and Sully.

Mr. Yaeger was predeceased by his father-in-law, Kenneth Mayer.

Memorials may be made to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Inc., P.O. Box 709, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.

Burial will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Arrangements were made through the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home.



Richard J. Smith


A Mass of Christian Burial was held from SS. Peter and Paul Church on Friday (April 12) for Richard J. “Smitty” Smith, of Hamburg, who died on Monday, April 8, 2013.

He is survived by his children, Gina (Scott) Becker, Sherry Smith and Lynn (Joe) Boisclair; former wife, Sandra J. Renzo; siblings, Dorothy (late Felix) Bentley, Kenneth (Louise) and Ronald (Anita) Smith; grandchildren, Jason Becker, Connor Banks and Hunter Boisclair and friends, Spike and Tina.

Mr. Smith was predeceased by his brother, Quentin (Genie) Smith and granddaughter, Brittni Becker.

Memorials may be made to the SPCA.

Arrangements were made through the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home.



Noreen M. Carothers


A funeral service was held from Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home on Friday (April 12) for Noreen M. (Linnan) Carothers, of Hamburg, who died on Monday, April 8, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Christine (Rob) Wahl, Joseph (Colleen) and Paul Bellezza; sister, Joan (Jim) Ralph, Judy (Ted) Szymaszek and Nancy (Mike) Whalen; grandchildren, Cailyn, CJ, Brenna, Brittany, Briana, Robbie and Kelsey and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Carothers was predeceased by her sister, Jean (late Jack) LoBuglio and partner, Jim (Papa) Grier.

She will be remembered for her years of dedication and service with the Buffalo Police Department.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.


Roger P. Rubeck

Funeral services were held from W.S. Davis Funeral Home on Saturday (April 6) for Roger P. Rubeck, 65, of Chaffee, who died on Wednesday, April 3, 2013.

He is survived by his daughters, Jacquelyn (Todd) McClendon and Kimberly (Mike) Smith; mother, Marge (late William) Rubeck Edwards; sisters, Sandy (Jack) Fliessner and Bonnie Wronski; former wife, Linda Rubeck; grandchildren, Hilary and Michael Carder; step-grandchildren, Doc McClendon, Mallory (Ben) Reiman, Brandon and Mike (Jen) Smith; great-grandchildren, Emily, Kaylee and Hope and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Rubeck was predeceased by his father, Warren Rubeck.

Interment was in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Java Center.



Robert J. Ovitt

A Mass of Christian Burial was held from St. John the Baptist Church on Saturday (April 13) for Robert J. “Jack” Ovitt, 90, of Hamburg, who died on Monday, April 8, 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Mary (Schmitt) Ovitt; children, John, Jerry (Pam), Dennis, Jeffrey, Thomas (Renee) and Tracy (Kim) Ovitt; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and other friends and family.

Mr. Ovitt was predeceased by his siblings, Edwin Ovitt and Mary Richards.

He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member and bingo chairman at the Hamburg Knights of Columbus Council No. 2220. He was also a member of American Legion Post 527 and VFW Hamburg Township Post 1419.

Mr. Ovitt was a mechanic at the former Anderson Ford, L.B. Smith Ford and Jack Adkins Ford.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.

Burial was in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery.

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



David P. Campbell

Services will be held from Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home on Friday (April 19) at 11 a.m. for David P. Campbell, of Lake View, who died on Wednesday, April 10, 2013.

He is survived by his nieces, Faith Lapp and Rose (Jack) Stienburg and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

Mr. Campbell was predeceased by his mother, Clara Campbell; siblings, Ruth Lapp, Glen, Gary and Warren Campbell and nephew, Robert Lapp.

Georgina L. Howald

A memorial service will be held from Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home on Thursday (April 18) at 11 a.m. for Georgina L. (Sukey) Howald, 82, of Derby, who died on Friday, April 12, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Susan (William) Balisteri, Stephen, Jane and John (Sabrina) Howald; brother, Raymond (Irene) Sukey; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Howald was predeceased by her siblings, Richard (Carolyn) and Robert (late Joan) Sukey.

She was a member of Teamsters Local No. 375, Amherst Ladies Home Bureau and was a clerical biller for Yellow Freight.

Edward M. White


Funeral services were held from Wentland Funeral Home at the convenience of the family for Edward M. White, 97, of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, who died on Friday, April 12, 2013.

He is survived by his children, Malinda Sue, Gavin, Thane and Quinton K. White; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Mr. White was predeceased by his wife, Genevieve Burke White and two sisters.

Frank J. Nowak


A Mass of Christian Burial was held from SS. Peter and Paul Church on Thursday (April 11) for Frank J. Nowak, 89, of Hamburg, who died on Monday, April 8, 2013.

He is survived by his cousins.

Mr. Nowak was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Helen (Idziak) Nowak and sister, Jean Nowak.

Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

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

Donald E. Loefke


Private funeral services will be held from Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home on Friday (April 19) for Donald E. Loefke, 71, of Boston, who died on Thursday, April 4, 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley (McCulloch) Loefke; children, Dawn and Erich “Rick” (Jamie) Loefke Sr.; stepchildren, David (Julie), Kathy and Amy Lathrop; brother, Alvin (Sue) Loefke; 10 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Mr. Loefke was predeceased by his stepdaughter, Donna Lathrop Good.

He was a mechanic for Hamburg Central Schools.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Friends may call at the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home, 21 Pierce Avenue in Hamburg, on Friday, April 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Isabelle E. Tote


Private services will be held at a later date for Isabelle E. (Wilkenson) “Betty” Tote, 92, of Colden, who died on Thursday, April 11, 2013.

Mrs. Tote was predeceased by her husband, Louis Tote.

She and her husband owned and operated Towne Television and Radio on Clark Street.

Final resting place will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.

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

Howard D. Wentland

Funeral services were held from Wentland Funeral Home on Wednesday (April 17) for Howard D. Wentland, 83, of Buffalo, who died on Saturday, April 13, 2013.

He is survived by his children, Constance (Frank) VanDette, Karen (Edgardo) Bumatay and Sandra (Stephen) Mullen; brother, David (Cleo) Wentland; grandchildren, Julie, James, Eric and Nicole and great-granddaughter, Sophia.

Mr. Wentland was predeceased by his siblings, Gene (Shirley) Wentland and Irene Chadderdon.

He was a Korean War veteran.

Joseph Orffeo

A celebration of life will be held from the Colden Fire Hall, 8448 Gutekunst Road, Colden on Saturday (April 27) from 1 to 5 p.m. for Joseph Orffeo, 87, of Colden, formerly of Hamburg, who died on Wednesday, March 6, 2013.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Linda (Pilger) Orffeo and sons, Remy, Jerome and Andres Orffeo.

Mr. Orffeo was a veteran of World War II and taught in the night arts program at Hamburg High School. He was involved with the Unitarian Church in Hamburg and held poetry readings there. He displayed his art at a former gallery on Main Street in the village and would do presentations at the Hamburg Centennial Art Society.

He was also a member of the Albright Knox Art Gallery and the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

Memorials may be made to Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo or Honor Flight Buffalo.

Joan M. Coss

A Mass of Christian Burial was held from Most Precious Blood Church on Friday (April 12) for Joan M. (Palko) Coss, of Angola, who died on Monday, April 8, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Pamela S. (William) Hunsuck, Douglas J. (Mary), Daniel T. and Gregory W. (Anne) Coss; brother, Father Thomas Palko; grandchildren, Jason, Ryan, Kelli, Meghan, Christina, Christopher, Joseph, Matthew and David; great-grandchildren, Julia, Jacob, Cooper, Simon and Owen and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Coss was predeceased by her husband, Raymond Coss.

She was a proud parishioner of Most Precious Blood Parish.

Memorials may be made to Most Precious Blood Church.

Arrangements were made through the Latimore-Schiavone Funeral Home.

Charlotte Jedrysik


A Mass of Christian Burial was held from Holy Spirit Church on Tuesday (April 16) for Charlotte (Schillace) Jedrysik, 82, of Orchard Park, who died on Saturday, April 13, 2013.

She is survived by her husband, Eugene Jedrysik; children, Diane (Tom) Galley, Michael, Ronald (Debbie) and Scott (Delicia) Jedrysik and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Jedrysik was predeceased by her parents, Sebastian and Anna Schillace and siblings, Peter J. Salvatore, Joseph, Florence Schillace, Genevieve Jurczak and Joan Zaborowski.

Burial was in Holy Spirit Cemetery.

Arrangements were made through the Wentland Funeral Home.

Anna C. Chrosniak

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held from St. Bernadette Church on Friday (April 19) at 10 a.m. for Anna C. (Cobel) Chrosniak, of Hamburg, who died on Monday, April 15, 2013.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Dorothy Dembik and many nieces and nephews and their families.

Mrs. Chrosniak was predeceased by her husband, Michael J. Chrosniak and siblings, Helen (late Frank) Zbaczyniak, Gertrude (late Bruno) Schutta, Dorothy (late Richard) Chrosniak, Walter (late Mary), Edmund (late Gertrude) and Milton (late Edith) Cobel.

She was a member of the Armor Senior Citizens.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice Foundation of Western New York.

Interment will be in St. Adalbert’s Cemetery.

The family will be present to receive friends on Thursday, April 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the (Hamburg Chapel) John J. Kaczor Funeral Home, 5453 Southwestern Blvd.

Kim D. Hund


Word has been received of the death of Kim D. Hund, 58, of Olean, formerly of Hamburg, who died on Wednesday, April 10, 2013.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Michelle (Siago) Hund; sons, Chad M. Siago, Halley (Christine Neeley) and Kristopher M. Hund; mother, Joan (Bronold) Hund; siblings, Wende (David) Pyanowski, Kip (Kim Humhreys), James M. and Eric Hund; six grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Hund was predeceased by his father, Clifford J. Hund Sr.

He worked for the Olean School District for the past 25 years in the maintenance department. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and loved working toward conserving nature. He was a caring person who was always willing to help others.

Memorials may be made to the Kim Hund Memorial Scholarship Fund, Olean City School District, Olean, NY 14760 or to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements were made through the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home.

David Kemp


Funeral services were held from Wayside Presbyterian Church on Friday (April 12) for David “Unc” Kemp, of Lake View, who died on Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

He is survived by his nephews and nieces, Jennifer (Michael) Mackey, David (Ellen), Matt (Hope Demmerley), Paul (Charlotte) and Chris (Sharon) Wilson; friends, Annie and Joe Horvath and many great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

Mr. Kemp was predeceased by his parents, John F. and Mary Kemp and sister, Audrey (late George) Wilson.

He was an associate member of the Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company and an avid Bills and Sabres fan. He received excellent care from Baker Victory Services for many years.

Memorials may be made to Baker Victory Services, 780 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, NY 14218.

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


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