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Obituaries for Hamburg, Boston, Eden, Evans, Brant and Farnham for the Week of May 23, 2013



Dr. Carlos E. Villarini, well-known Hamburg pediatrician dies at 83

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29 from SS Peter and Paul Church for Dr. Carlos E. Villarini, 83, of Hamburg, who died on Saturday, May 18, 2013.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Rosemary (Chamberlain) Villarini; children, Carl D. (Suzanne) Villarini, Lisa J. (Charles) Palmer, Robert M. (Mary Ellen) Villarini, Carmen T. (Carl) Kluckhohn, Dean A. Villarini and Marisa C. (Lee) Atendido; siblings, Zoraida Melendez and Aurora Rivera and grandchildren, Merritt and James Villarini, Courtland, Randall, Reed and Eric Palmer, Samantha, Amy, Katie, Nicki and Bobby Villarini, Emily, Hannah and Karl Kluckhohn, William and Daniel Villarini and Madelyn and Sydney Atendido.

Dr. Villarini was predeceased by his son, Russell D. (Julienne) Villarini.

Dr. Villarini’s boyhood dream of becoming a doctor led him from the small town of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico to western New York in July 1955.

He graduated from high school at the age of 15, college at the age of 19 and from the University of Puerto Rico medical school in 1955.

He applied to the Mercy Hospital internship program because of its commitment to healing the sick, and the education and teaching of young doctors.

It was while he was an intern at Mercy Hospital he met his future wife, Rosemary Chamberlain, of Lackawanna, who was a nurse at the hospital.

He was appointed by Chief of Pediatrics, Dr. Joseph Mattimore, also a Hamburg resident, to the position of coordinator of Pediatric Education at Mercy. He worked at Mercy Hospital for 28 years.

He did his formal pediatric training at Children’s Hospital and served in the University of Buffalo’s medical school teaching program at Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Villarini also served as physician for Hamburg and Eden Central Schools and on the Committee of the Exceptional Children at Hamburg Central School.

He found warmth and friendship in the people and community of Hamburg, where he served the area with his longtime medical partner, Dr. Joseph Ravin.

He loved to travel and to ski. Every summer he took his family on an extended vacation to Puerto Rico and he enjoyed skiing in all different areas around the world. He also had many pig roasts at his home in Armor.

Friends may call on Monday (May 27) from 4 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday (May 28) from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Loomis, Offers and Loomis, 207 Main St., Hamburg.

Memorials may be made to www.russkitchen.com, a charity in his late son Russell’s honor dedicated to abandoned, orphans, disadvantaged, abused and threatened children.



Perry M. Scoville

A Mass of Christian Burial was held from Blessed John Paul II Parish on Monday (May 20) for Perry M. Scoville, 72, of Derby, who died on Thursday, May 16, 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann (Pinzel) Scoville; children, Mary Pat (Thomas) Tyler, Madonna L. (Stuart Wiesmore), Mark W. (Deborah) and Michael G. Scoville; brother, Glenn Scoville; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Mr. Scoville served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was awarded three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster for his services.

Entombment with full military honors was in Lakeside Cemetery.

Arrangements were made through the Addison Funeral Home.



Jean M. McConkey

A memorial service will be held from Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home on Saturday (May 25) at 3 p.m. for Jean M. (Torrisi) McConkey, of Hamburg, who died on Thursday, May 16, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Phillip (Erin) McConkey and Deborah (William) Angell; sister, Theresa Magro; grandchildren, May McConkey, Matthew and Lucas Angell; nephew, Richard Magro and former husband, Joseph (Mary) McConkey.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation.

Friends will be received at Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home on Saturday, May 25 from 1 to 3 p.m.



Anita Louise Smith

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held from Immaculate Conception Church on Thursday (May 23) at 10 a.m. for Anita Louise (Maier) Smith, 75, of Eden, who died on Sunday, May 19, 2013.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Ronald Smith; children, Lisa (Paul) Winter, Nadine Schlegel, Michelle (Tom) Wahl and Jeff Smith; grandchildren, Jessica Smith, Christopher and Anna Winter, Jacob and Lucas Schlegel and Morgan and TJ Wahl and great-grandchild, Brooklynn.

Mrs. Smith was predeceased by her sister, Elsie Hausberger.

Shortly after her marriage, Mrs. Smith and her husband moved to Eden where she chose to stay home to raise her four children. Once her children were grown, she worked with BOCES for 19 years. After her retirement, she concentrated most of her time on her grandchildren and volunteered for the Tri-County Crisis Pregnancy Center where she served on the board for many years.

She and her husband loved to travel and enjoyed many beautiful vacations together, as she loved and appreciated God’s creation. She was involved with many activities at Immaculate Conception Church, including membership of the Altar and Rosary Society, as well as the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Mrs. Smith was also very passionate about the weekly prayer gatherings that they hosted in their home..

Memorials may be made to the Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 590, Buffalo, NY 14240 or to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 8791 S. Main St., Eden, NY 14057.

Arrangements were made through the Laing Funeral Home.

Leo P. Rouleau

Services were held from St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Florida for Leo P. Rouleau, 94, of Florida, who died on Friday, April 26, 2013.

He is survived by his daughters, Dianne Johnson and Sharon (Stoklosa) Przepiora (Vincent); grandchildren, Marlene (Robert) Attardo, Sharlene (Ricardo) and Keith (Tammy) Stoklosa and Sgt. Paul (Lisa), Eric, Kurt (Arlene) and Craig (Debbie) Johnson; companion, Edna Krajewski; 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Mr. Rouleau was predeceased by his wife, Evelyn A. (Beck) Rouleau.

A World War II veteran, Mr. Rouleau was born in Azilda, Ontario on Sept. 6, 1918. He and his family came to the United States in 1925. They became citizens in 1937. He married Evelyn A. Beck in 1941. She passed in 2000 after 59 years of marriage.

Mr. Rouleau served on the U.S.S. Randolph as a radarman. He was employed by Bethlehem Steel for 33 years, retiring in 1977. He and his wife lived in Hanford Bay and Pinellis Park, Fla. They also had a summer home in Snyder Beach.

He enjoyed cards, football, baseball, golf and bowling. He played baseball, golfed and bowled into his late 80s.

Mr. Rouleau will be laid to rest at Bay Pines Cemetery on the grounds of the VA Hospital in Tampa, Fla with military honors at a later date.

Gail A. Kish

Funeral services will be held from Faith United Church of Christ on Friday (May 24) for Gail A. (Safe) Kish, of North Boston, who died on Tuesday, May 21, 2013.

She is survived by her husband, David Z. Kish; children, Scot, David C. and Philip (Melissa) Kish; siblings, Madonna (James) Juliano, Richard (Claire) Safe and Shirley (Joseph) McGuire; grandchildren, Zolton, Morgan and Evan Kish; sister-in-law, Christine Michalski and nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Kish was predeceased by her parents, Charles and Annabel Safe and siblings, Esther (Joseph) Angelo, Patricia (Fred) Williams, Charles (Betty) and John (Ann) Safe.

She was a member of the Southtowns Womens Friendship Club.

The family will be present to receive friends on Thursday, May 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the (Hamburg Chapel) John J. Kaczor Funeral Home, 5453 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg.

Linda L. Hoogwerff

Funeral services were held from Loomis, Offers and Loomis, Hamburg Chapel, on Saturday (May 18) for Linda L. (Mintz) Hoogwerff, of Hamburg, who died on Thursday, May 16, 2013.

She is survived by her husband, John W. Hoogwerff; sons, Daniel J. and Thomas J. Hoogwerff and brother, Wayne (Louise) Mintz.

Ginger Zych

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held from Blessed John Paul II Parish on Thursday (May 23) at 10 a.m. for Ginger Zych, 85, of Derby, who died on Sunday, May 19, 2013.

She was predeceased by her parents, Paul and Leocadia Zych and siblings, Helen, Chester, Stanley, John, U.S. Air-Force Maj. Thaddeus, Antoinette and Gustav.

Miss Zych was an administrative assistant at Buffalo State College.

Interment will be in St. Vincent’s Cemetery.

Terry L. Williams-Farthing


Funeral services will be held from Addison Funeral Home on Saturday (May 25) at noon for Terry L. Williams-Farthing, 62, of Angola, who died on Friday, May 17, 2013.

She was predeceased by her parents, Alton Orr and Gloria Peterson.

Interment will be in Forest Avenue Cemetery.

William S. Gates


Funeral services were held from John J. Kaczor Funeral Home on Monday (May 20) for William S. Gates, of Hamburg, who died on Wednesday, May 15, 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Carole (Ferederick) Gates; son, Christopher (Tina) Gates; siblings, June (Fred) Tullos and Elva (late Charles) Schmidt; grandchildren, Brandon and Connor and siblings-in-law, Robert (Gloria) Frederick, Patty (late Ralph) Perfetto and Mary O’Mara.

Mr. Gates was predeceased by his parents, David and Awilda Gates and siblings, Harold (Paulette) and Jay (Carole) Gates.

Entombment was in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Margaret Britting

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held from Holy Spirit Church on Friday (May 24) at 9:30 a.m. for Margaret “Ma Britting” (Andres) Britting, 89, of Fairfax, Va., formerly of North Collins, who died on Monday, May 20, 2013.

She is survived by her daughters, Bernadette Hart, Elizabeth Smith, Kathleen (Jeff) Ivey and Roberta Britting (Dan Davini); sister, Marjorie Ryan and grandchildren, Katie, Michael, Douglas, Will and Seth.

Mrs. Britting was predeceased by her husband, Robert H. Britting and sister, Mildred (William) Archibald.

She was a retired librarian from North Collins Central Schools.

Arrangements were made through the Wentland Funeral Home.

Daniel J. Tomaka Sr.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held from Our Lady of Victory Basilica on Thursday (May 23) at 10:30 a.m. for Daniel J. Tomaka Sr., 75, of Lake View, who died on Sunday, May 19, 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Claudette M. (Kedge) Tomaka; children, Cheryl (Joseph) Wojcik, Daniel J. (Deb) Tomaka Jr. and Tracy Robel; siblings, Richard (Joan) Tomaka and Lucille Evoy and grandchildren, Julie Robel, Amy Jo, Samantha Jo and Casey Jo Wojcik and Ashley and Daniel J. Tomaka III.

Mr. Tomaka was predeceased by his parents, Henry and Stephania Tomaka.

He was president of Frosty Valley Beverages, Inc. in Lackawanna.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo, Inc.

Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.
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