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Obituaries for the week of March 1, 2012

Angeline Eppolito
 A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday (March 5) from SS. Peter and Paul Church for Angeline (LoFranco) Eppolito of Hamburg, who died on Thursday, February 16, 2012.

She is survived by her children, Joanne (Joseph) Beale, Donna Duino and Joseph (Cheryl) Jr. and Richard (Carol) Eppolito; sister, Marie (late Angelo) Neri; grandchildren, Leia, Melissa, Valerie, Mark, Joseph, Julie, Kristina and Michael; great-grandson, Alexander; additional family and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Eppolito Sr.; and siblings, Anna (Charles) Aquilina and Josephine (Angelo) DiRosa.

She was interred in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Arrangements were made through the Lombardo Funeral Home.

Calvin Lay


Funeral services were held on Friday (Feb. 24) from the Wright Memorial Presbyterian Church for Calvin E. Lay, 86, of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, who died on Sunday, February 19, 2012.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Corinne (Parker) Lay; children, Douglas Lay and Eileen (Thomas) Marx; sister, June Heron; grandchildren, Scott, Janine, Brandon, Bethany, Carl, Lisa, Gina and Joseph; 12 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his siblings, Grace, Lenora, Lillian, Lois and Leona.

Mr. Lay was a former president of the Seneca Nation of Indians.

He was born in Red House near Salamanca and was educated at the Thomas Indian School.

He served in the U.S. Army’s 102 Infantry Division during World War II and saw combat in France and Belgium.

He was a member of Iroquois Post 1587, American Legion, and at various times served as chaplain, treasurer and commander.

A member of the Deer Clan, he served as a Seneca Nation marshal in 1952; as a peacemaker in 1968, 1993 and 1997; and was elected to serve four terms on the Tribal Council in 1956, 1970, 1972 and 1980.

He served as Seneca Nation treasurer from 1974 to 1976. He served two terms as president, the first from 1976 to 1978.

In 1984, he ran as an independent candidate for president and won, in what was considered a historic victory in Seneca Nation politics.

He also served on the boards of the Seneca Nation Library, the Seneca Nation Iroquois Museum, which he helped found and Tri-County and Lake Shore hospitals.

He was an exempt member of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation Volunteer Fire Department. He was also a Masonic Lodge member.

He was buried in the Seneca Nation Cemetery.

Wilbur Lehning

A funeral service was held on Saturday (Feb. 25) from Salem Lutheran Church for Wilbur H. Lehning, 88, of Boston, who died on Wednesday, February 22, 2012.

He is survived by his children, Gary and William Lehning and Lois (John) Kenyon; siblings, Grace Steffy, Thelma Blesy, Lois Thom and Henry (Barbara) Lehning; grandchildren, Robert, Alex, Jennifer and Julie; and great-grandson, Carter.

He was predeceased by his wife, Marie (Hagen) Lehning; and brother, Norbert Lehning.

Mr. Lehning was an insurance broker for Niagara National.

He was buried in Maplewood Cemetery in Boston.

Memorials may be made to Salem Lutheran Church in Springville.

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

Pearl Romanowich

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 3 at 11 a.m. from the Wayside Presbyterian Church for Pearl (Komhyr) Romanowich of Lake View, who died on Monday, February 20, 2012.

She is survived by her husband, Emil Romanowich; children, William (Margaret) and John (Rosa) Romanowich; siblings, Sonia (late Leo) Hulyk, Walter (Carol) Komhyr and Violet Abbey; grandchildren, Rachel and David Romanowich; and nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister, Mary (late Andrew) Melnychuk.

Memorials may be made to the Wayside Presbyterian Church.

Arrangements were made through the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home.

Carol Hilliker

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 3 at 2 p.m. from the Addison Funeral Home for Carol A. (Potts) Hilliker, 77, of Silver Creek, formerly of Angola, who died on Sunday, February 19, 2012.

She is survived by her son, Gary (Mary) Hilliker; siblings, Deanna Trautwein and Kevin and Lawrence Potts; grandchildren, Kelly (Christopher) Hamp and Maureen, Colleen and Courtney Hilliker; great-grandson, Connor Hamp; and best friend, Bob Anderson.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert O. Hilliker; and son, Robert Hilliker.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo, Inc. or the S.P.C.A.

Wayne Scheffler

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 1 at 7 p.m. from the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home in Hamburg for Wayne E. Scheffler of Hamburg, who died on Monday, February 27, 2012.

He is survived by his wife, Valerie (Sim) Scheffler; children, Wayne E. (Kimberly) Jr. and David (Sandra) Scheffler; brother, Ronald Scheffler; grandchildren, Haleigh, Camden, Tanner, Cooper and Ryder; and nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son, Dustin Scheffler; parents, Leonard Sr. and Edna (McMoil) Scheffler; and siblings, Carolyn (John) O’Connor and Leonard Scheffler Jr.

Mr. Scheffler retired after 37 years as a tool and die maker at the Ford Stamping Plant.

He was a member of U.A.W. Local No. 897.

Visitation hours will be held at the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home on Thursday, March 1 from 2 to 7 p.m.

Edgar Clark Jr.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, March 3 at 1:30 p.m. at the Tompkins Chapel on the Masonic Care Community Campus in Utica for Edgar “Eddie” Clark Jr., 95, of Utica, formerly of Hamburg, who died on Thursday, February 23, 2012.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis (Hurd) Clark; children, Dawn Bolden, Daniel (Diane) Clark and Diane (William) Newton; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by seven siblings.

Mr. Clark was raised in North Otto, N.Y. and was a 1936 graduate of Gowanda High School.

He was a second class airman in the Civil Air Patrol from 1943 to 1944.

He was a member of the Hamburg United Methodist Church for 54 years.

He enjoyed bowling, golf and singing and was a member and treasurer of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, Inc. during the 1960s.

He retired from Sears, Roebuck & Co. in 1973 after 25 years of service.

He owned his own appliance repair business and later worked for Hamburg Central Schools for several years.

He was a passionate fan of the Hamburg High School basketball team and rode on the team bus to all of its games.

He was a member of the Western Star Lodge No. 1185 F & AM, as well as Ismailia Shrine and the Valley of the Buffalo AASR.

For several years he was very active as a drummer for the Buffalo Ismailia Shrine Oriental Band.

He moved to the Masonic Care Community in Utica in March 2005.

Memorials may be made to the Masonic Care Community, 2150 Bleecker St., Utica, NY 13501, Attenion: J.P. Kidwell. Donations may also be made to the National Kidney Foundaiton online at www.kidney.org/support/ or by mail to: Finance Department, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016.

Leslie Garlock

Funeral services were held on Monday (Feb. 27) from the Addison Funeral Home for Leslie “Bub” Garlock, 79, of Summerfield, Fla., formerly of Angola, who died on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

He is survived by his brother, Earl Garlock; nieces and nephews, Joseph (Nancy), Richard (Sandy), David (Thea) and Barry Ells, Debbie and Kenneth Kloss, Mark (Kathy) and Thomas Garlock and Jeffrey (Linda) and Jay R. (Mary Margaret) Addison; and companion, Ruth E. Matwijkow.

He was predeceased by his wife, Judith Mingle-Garlock; and siblings, Mariellen Kloss-Braeges and Alma Jean Ells.

Kim McDorman

Funeral services were held on Wednesday (Feb. 29) from the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home for Kim C. McDorman of Hamburg, who died on Sunday, February 26, 2012.

He is survived by his wife, Betty (Hartzema) McDorman; children, Tammy (Don) Rowland and Craig, Nathan, Catharina and Emily McDorman; sister, Janet (Kent) Sawmiller; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his son, Todd McDorman; parents, Russell and Lela Juanita (McNett) McDorman; and siblings, Richard and Wilber (June) McDorman.

Roselyn Cline

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, March 3 at 9:30 a.m. from Our Mother of Good Counsel Church for Roselyn M. (Metzger) Cline of Blasdell, who died on Friday, February 24, 2012.

She is survived by her husband, Vernard P. “Tubby” Cline; children, Colleen (JC) Massey, Nancy (Melvin) Herlehy and Sean (Donna) and Michael (Jackie) Fanning; siblings, Mary Lou (Joseph) Thomas, Carmela Kane and Edward (Mary) and Paul (Mary Ann) Metzger; grandchildren, Shannon (Rick) Belsenich, Corey (Becky) Fitzery, Ryan Phipps and Jacob, Elliott (Jennifer), Jordan, Bailey and Jillian Fanning; great-grandchildren Samuel, Sirena, Tristan, Sophia and Emery; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, James T. Fanning; and siblings, Geraldine Plarr and Kathleen (late William) Pye.

Mrs. Cline will be entombed in Holy Cross Cemetery Mausoleum.

Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements were made through the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home in Blasdell, where visitation will be held on Friday, March 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.

Allen Bugaj

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday (Feb. 25) from St. Bernadette’s Church for Allen R. Bugaj, 45, of Hamburg, who died on Monday, February 20, 2012.

He is survived by his children, Samantha, Lauren and Traci Bugaj, mother, Marcia Bugaj; and siblings, Gregory (Kiersten) Bugaj and Rebecca (Eric) Majchrzak.

He was predeceased by his father, Ronald Bugaj.

He was buried in Hillcrest Cemetery.

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

Margaret Harrington

A graveside service was held on Saturday (Feb. 25) in Oswego for Margaret (Salmon) Harrington of White Plains, N.Y., formerly of Hamburg, who died on Wednesday, February 22, 2012.

She is survived by her husband, Jack W. Harrington; children, Diane (Jones) Bednasz, Deborah (Peter) Hamilton and Pamela Harrington; siblings, Dorothy Hanson and Joyce Puztay; and six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her son, Jack Harrington; and sister, Vivian Miccucci.

Blanche Ricci

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, March 3 at 10 a.m. from Most Precious Blood Church for Blanche (Cervone) Ricci, 93, of Angola, who died on Saturday, February 25, 2012.

She is survived by her children, Marlene (Jim) Burgett-Ricci and Mark (Marti) Ricci; grandchildren, James Burgett, Desaree Chalanick, Tara Rainey and Brandon and Brett Ricci.

She was predeceased by her husband, Nicholas Ricci.

Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Arrangements were made through the Addison Funeral Home, where visitation will be held on Friday, March 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

David Ball

Graveside services will be held on Friday, March 2 at 10 a.m. from St. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Hamburg for David R. Ball, 57, of Derby and Sarasota, Fla., who died on Saturday, February 25, 2012.

He is survived by his son, Nicholas Ball; mother, Dolores Ball; and siblings, Ronald (Carol) and Byron Ball and Patricia (Michael) Hupp.

He was predeceased by his father, Edward Ball; and brother, Leonard Ball.

Arrangements were made through the Addison Funeral Home, where visitation will be held on Thursday, March 1 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Michael A. Yacone Jr.

Funeral services will be held at Saturday, March 3 at 11 a.m. from the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home in Hamburg for Michael A. Yacone Jr., of East Otto, formerly of Blasdell, who died on Tuesday, February 28, 2012.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia (Charney) Yacone; children, Robert Yacone and Pattti (Chris Rice) Kazmark; siblings, Evelyn Ahrens and Phil (Susan) and Barbara Yacone; six grandchildren, one great-grandson and nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son, Michael Yacone III: and siblings, Francis “Chick” and Bartholomew Yacone.

Mr. Yacone was a life member of the Hamburg Moose Lodge No. 992.

Visitation hours will be held on Friday, March 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home.




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