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Obituaries for Hamburg, Boston, Eden, Evans, Brant and Farnham for the Week of Feb. 21, 2013



James J. Michalek

A Mass of Christian Burial was held from Most Precious Blood Church on Friday (Feb. 15) for James J. Michalek, 71, of Angola, who died on Monday, February 11, 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Paula (Jamison) Michalek; children, James (Jenn) and Mark (April) Michalek, Melissa (Josh) Meyer, Kathryn and Christina; siblings, Michael (Annie), Paul (Judy), Johnnie (Patti) and Claudia; grandchildren, Athen, Alexis, Markie, Isaac and Hannah Michalek, Brandon and Molly Meyer; four stepsons and their wives; nine step-grandchildren; one step-great-granddaughter and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Michalek was predeceased by his parents, Dr. Leo and Louise Michalek; son, Jeremy and step-grandson, Johnathon Jamison.

He was retired for several years and enjoyed spending time with his family and tending to his yard, flowers and vegetable garden. He enjoyed playing chess, swimming and watching all sports, especially football. Along with his wife, he worked on their home-based business, PJM Reality Services, a division of PJM Enterprises, Inc, which they started in 2005.

Mr. Michalek was a member of the Most Precious Blood Church, Holy Name Society. He donated his time to the Town of Evans Recreation Department. He worked for Buffalo Greater Works and later as the Western New York coordinator for New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty.

Memorials may be made to either Hospice Buffalo, Inc., St. Jude’s Hospital or the Erie County A.S.P.C.A.

Arrangements were made through the Addison Funeral Home.



Betty W. Gavin

A Mass of Christian Burial was held from SS. Peter and Paul Church on Friday (Jan. 25) for Betty W. (Wimber) Gavin, of Hamburg, who died on Tuesday, January 22, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Gail (Michael) Kaney, Jill (Bill) Gannon, Mary Colleen (Stephen) DeMeo, Lori (James) Lockwood and James (Bonnie), Shawn, Patrick and Timothy (Kristine) Gavin; 22 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Gavin was predeceased by her husband, James E. Gavin; parents, Marie (Johnt) and James Wimber and sister, Marion (late William) Thornton.

Memorials may be made to the SS. Peter and Paul Parish Outreach Program.

Arrangements were made through the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home.



George P. Frink

Calling hours will be held from Lombardo Funeral Home, Southtowns Chapel on Saturday (Feb. 23) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for George P. Frink, 82, of Hamburg, who died on Sunday, February 3, 2013.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1953 at Camp Gordon in Georgia as a Traffic Control Officer, receiving several Korean War service medals. He was retired from Bethlehem Steel for 20 years.



Lorraine V. Schmelzer

A funeral service was held from Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home on Friday (Feb. 15) for Lorraine V. (Roth) Schmelzer, 94, of Hamburg, formerly of Cheektowaga, who died on Wednesday, February 13, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Nancy (late Alexander R.) Camus and Carol (Albert) Peterson; grandchildren, Lori (Terry) Fickel, Robert (Scott Anderson) Peterson, Amy (Ronald Jr.) Soluri, Gary (Mary), Glenn and David (Lisa) Camus; great-grandchildren, Gregory, Andrea and Melinda Camus, Kaylee and Alex Fickel, Rachel, Lauren and Anthony Soluri, Emma and Ethan Camus and Joshua and Jessica O’Connor, Kerry Anderson; great-grandchild, Weston O’Connor and dear friend, Marge (Robert) Sly.

Mrs.Schmelzer was predeceased by her husband, Guilbert G. Schmelzer and siblings, Ethel (late Joseph) Gall, Caroline (late Wilbert) Wickett and Leonard Ryan.

Her greatest love was spending time with her family.



Mary Jane Bowers

A Mass of Christian Burial was held from Blessed John Paul II Parish on Saturday (Feb. 16) for Mary Jane (Biddlecome) Bowers, of Lake View, who died on Wednesday, February 13, 2013.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Allen Bowers; children, Mary Ellen (Rob) Greenwood, David (Casey) and Paul (Denise) Bowers; sister, Kathleen (Phillip) Denz; grandchildren, Diana, Christina, Aaron, Aleah, Samantha and Carolyn; dear friend, Carol Schieber and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Mrs. Bowers was predeceased by her sister, Ann (Edward) Booth and granddaughter, Katie.

She was a longtime employee of the Claddagh Commission.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.

Arrangements were made through the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home.



David A. Szatkowski

A Mass of Christian Burial was held from Most Precious Blood Church on Monday (Feb. 18) for David A. “Ski” Szatkowski, 72, of Angola, who died on Wednesday, February 13, 2013.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Nancy Szatkowski; children, Ann Marie Regneir and Craig (Pam) Szatkowski; stepsons, Thomas (Beth), Kenneth and Kevin Kwilos; siblings, Lorrain and Paul (Karen) Szatkowski and grandchildren, Candace, Clayton Osborn, David, Chelsea Szatkowski, Jayd, Matt Lakers, Zachary, Jackson, Spencer, Madison, Tyler, Connor and Mackenzie Kwilos.

Born in Buffalo, he moved to Angola at a young age. He attended Lakeshore Central Schools where he was very active in their sports program. He was an outstanding baseball player. In his adult years, he continued playing with the Lakeshore Baseball League. He was also an avid Bills and Sabres fan.

In his years at Dupont, Mr. Szatkowski was a valued employee, which allowed him to travel to places such as Washington, Florida and Japan. He was also very passionate about safety issues at Dupont. He was instrumental in the development of the Safety Resource Committee.

Mr. Szatkowski also participated in and chaired the local chapter of the Fresh Air Fund, an organization founded by John Lennon, which provides mentoring to underprivileged children from New York City. This organization also brought children into local area homes for the summer.

In his later years, he enjoyed gardening and travelling to Florida, Myrtle Beach and Cape Cod.

Arrangements were made through the Addison Funeral Home.



Josiane M. Woodman

A funeral service will be held from Addison Funeral Home on Friday (Feb. 22) at 10 a.m. for Josiane M. Woodman, 88, of Clarence, formerly of Angola, who died on Sunday, February 17, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Henri (Debra) Woodman, M.D. and Elizabeth (Edwin) Voll, Ph.D and grandchildren, Constance and Thomas Woodman and Kelly and Brian Voll.

Mrs. Woodman was predeceased by her husband, Elmer W. Woodman.

Originally from France, she and her family lived through the Nazi occupation. They joined the French Resistance to aid the Allied war effort, for which she was honored in later years. In 1946, she married an American World War II soldier, Elmer W. Woodman, who had landed in France during the Normandy Invasion. The couple returned to his home town of Angola where they raised their family. She received her teaching degree in France where she taught for a short time after the war. She started a 25-year teaching career at Lake Shore Central High School in Angola in 1959. She established an after school French Club for her students who participated in French competitions and performances at local universities, including St. Bonaventure and SUNY Fredonia. She was an active member of several international organizations, including the Alliance Française de Buffalo. She continued her education at Canisius College and SUNY Buffalo, receiving a master’s degree in French literature. She then taught French at SUNY Fredonia. After retiring from teaching, she pursued ballroom dancing and took instruction in drumming at Community Music School. Both endeavors led to her participation in competitions and stage performances. Her husband of 37 years, Elmer, died in 1983.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Association, 2805 Wherle Dr., Suite 6, Williamsville, N.Y. 14221.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, Feb. 21 from Addison Funeral Home from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Interment will be in Forest Avenue Cemetery.



Kelly Ann Koch

A Mass of Christian Burial was held from St. Francis of Assisi Church on Monday (Feb. 18) for Kelly Ann (McCabe) Koch of Hamburg, who died on Tuesday, February 12, 2013.

She is survived by her husband, Christopher Koch; children, Kyle, Mark and Sean; mother, Shirley McCabe; sister, Bonnie (Dave) Priolo; parents-in-law, Philip and Darlene Koch; sister-in-law, Jennifer (Joseph) Statz; niece and nephew, April (Steve) Klaver and Nicholas (Christina) Priolo; great-niece and nephew, Kayla and Karl Klaver and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Mrs. Koch was predeceased by her father, Frank McCabe.

Arrangements were made through the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home.



Vivian E. Milks

A memorial service will be held from First Evangelical Lutheran Church on Saturday (Feb. 23) at 10 a.m. for Vivian E. (Stuhlmiller) Milks, of Hamburg, who died on Monday, February 11, 2013.

She is survived by her daughter, Janice (John) Sprankle; step-children, James (Sandy) Milks, Brenda (Dale) Dils and Denise Ingram; grandchildren, Jessica, Jonathon and Justin Sprankle; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Milks was predeceased by her parents, Curtis and Elsie Stuhlmiller and brother, Allen (Marie) Stuhlmiller.

She fondly talked about and remembered her many years of work at Buffalo’s Falk and Siemer Law Firm and at Hoak’s Restaurant in Hamburg and the friendships that stemmed from those two jobs. She loved God and faithfully read her Bible and passages all the time. She cherished her family and friends and was loving and generous to each and every one of them. She truly had a wonderful, full life of happiness and adventure.

Memorials may be made to First Evangelical Lutheran Church or the Hospice Foundation of WNY.

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



Margaret J. Thompson


A memorial service was held from Rocky River, Ohio on Sunday (Feb. 3) for Margaret “Peg” J. (Jerman) Thompson, 97, of Rocky River, Ohio, formerly of Hamburg, who died on Friday, January 25, 2013.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara (late Paul) Morrison; grandchildren, Andrew (Teresa) Morrison and Amy (Ed) Papp and great-grandchildren, Eddie, Jonah and Elise Papp.

Mrs. Thompson was predeceased by her husband, Everett L. Thompson and son, William E. Thompson.

She was a resident of Hamburg for 44 years and of Orchard Park for 11 years before moving to Ohio in 2005 to be near her family. She was active at Hamburg United Methodist Church and Orchard Park Presbyterian Church as well as volunteering at the West Seneca Developmental Center and with the Senior Companions and Foster Grandparents programs and on the state board. She was a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood which promotes education for women through financial assistance.

Memorials may be made to the Foster Grandparents Program, 128 Wilson St., Buffalo, N.Y. 14212 or to the P.E.O. Foundation for Women’s Scholarships, c/o P.E.O. Executive Office, 3700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312-2899.

Inurnment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo in the Spring.

Arrangements were made through the Busch Funeral and Crematory Services.



Angeline Ferraro

A Mass of Christian Burial was held from Most Precious Blood Church on Wednesday (Feb. 20) for Angeline “Angie” (DiBella) Ferraro, 95, of Hamburg, formerly of Angola, who died on Friday, February 15, 2013.

She is survived by her sons, Dennis (Nancy) and Robert (Linda) Ferraro; granddaughter, Kelly (Brett) Machovec; great-granddaughter, Ella and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Ferraro was predeceased by her husband, Salvatore “Sam” Ferraro and brothers, Benny (Antoinette) and Chris (late Ann) DiBella.

Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Arrangements were made through the Addison Funeral Home.



Beulah A. Ludwig

A funeral service will be held from Loomis, Offers and Loomis, Hamburg Chapel on Thursday (Feb. 21) at 10 a.m. for Beulah A. (Gillette) Ludwig, of Hamburg, who died on Monday, February 18, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Walter, Maxine (Kendal) Bartlett and Mark (Rosalind) Ludwig; grandchildren, Jenna (Chris) Asher, Kali and Cassie Ludwig; great-grandchild, Riley Asher and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Hamburg United Methodist Church, 116 Union St., Hamburg, N.Y. 14075.

Virgil Jimerson

Funeral services were held from the Long House Cattaraugus Indian Reservation on Tuesday (Feb. 19) for Virgil Jimerson, 73, of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, who died on Friday, February 15, 2013.

He is survived by his children, Romana, Eric, Kenneth, Cheryl Aviles, Dawn Mae and Curtis Jimerson; siblings, Karen Maybee, Birdena, Dolores, Delancey and Lloyd; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mr. Jimerson was predeceased by his son, Edmund K. Jimerson and siblings, Marlene, Henry and Florence Jimerson.

He was a member of the Bear Clan.

Arrangements were made through the Wentland Funeral Home.

Theresa Moretti

A Mass of Christian Burial was held from Our Mother of Good Counsel Church on Tuesday (Feb. 19) for Theresa (Page) Moretti, of Hamburg, who died on Saturday, February 16, 2013.

She is survived by her children, George (Joanne) and Marcia Moretti; sister, Mary (late Nicholas) Kosanovich; grandchildren, Jessica and Kaitlyn and nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Moretti was predeceased by her husband, Carmen J. Moretti, parents, George and Mary Page and siblings, Caroline (late George) Smith, Michael (late Viola) and Peter Page.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

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

James J. Zuhlke


A Mass of Christian Burial was held from Most Precious Blood Church on Tuesday (Feb. 19) for James J. Zuhlke, of Derby, who died on Friday, February 15, 2013.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Marcia (MacVicar) Zuhlke; children, Karen (Thomas) Kmitch, Lauren (Shawn) Smith, Leann (Joseph) Necci, James (Kelly) and Jenny Zuhlke; siblings, Daniel (Sheila) Zuhlke and Nancy Smith; grandchildren, Camryn, TJ, Zachary, Zoey, Ryann, London and Rocco; close friends and many fishing and hunting buddies.

Mr. Zuhlke was predeceased by his brother, Eric Zuhlke.

Memorials may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, N.Y., N.Y. 10163.

Arrangements were made through the Latimore-Schiavone Funeral Home.

David A. Wallum

A funeral service was held from Southtowns Christian Center on Friday (Feb. 15) for David A. Wallum, of Derby, who died on Tuesday, February 12, 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce (Walter) Wallum; children, Brenda (Adoph) Johnson and Arthur (Cynthia) Wallum; two brothers; seven grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Wallum is predeceased by one sister.

Arrangements were made through the Latimore-Schiavone Funeral Home.

Timothy C. Natello Jr.

Funeral services were held from Loomis, Offers and Loomis, Memorial Chapel on Friday (Feb. 15) for Timothy C. Natello Jr., of Hamburg, who died on Friday, February 8, 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Edna (Leverentz) Natello; children, Antoinette (Mark Steinbarth) Manning, Anthony (Brenda) Natello and Stephanie (Michael) Wietchy; siblings, Robert and Patricia (Butch) Natello; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Erie County SPCA.

Robert E. Streiff

A funeral service was held from Donald E. Demmerley Funeral Home on Friday (Feb. 15) for Robert E. Streiff, 96, of Hamburg, who died on Tuesday, February 12, 2013.

He is survived by his children, Dawn (late Arthur) Wind (Philip Grudizen), Karen Schiedel (Joseph Barrio) and Robert T. (Sharon) Streiff; grandchildren, Arthur, Keith, Scott and Cheryl; eight great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Mr. Streiff was predeceased by his wife, Irene (Shanks) Streiff, one brother and three sisters.

Mr. Streiff was a member of Western Star Lodge No. 1185 F & AM and life member of Scranton Volunteer Fire Company. He was a tandem mill roller at Bethlehem Steel.

Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Timothy John Austin


Memorial services will be held from Wentland Funeral Home on Tuesday (Feb. 26) at 8 p.m. for Timothy John Austin, 41, of North Collins, who died on Saturday, February 2, 2013.

He is survived by his children, Devin and Taylor Austin; parents, Nickolas and Lorraine (Berment) Austin; brother, Nick (Evie) Austin; aunts, Barbara (Gary) Sporer, Pat (Norm) Gunsolus and Jane (Murray) Ishida; fiance, Michelle LaChance and former wife, Robin.

Memorial visitation will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 7 to 8 p.m. from Wentland Funeral Home, before the memorial services.

William J. Coffey


Services were held from The Colonial Memorial Chapels and Our Mother of Good Counsel Church on Saturday (Feb. 16) for William J. “Bill” “Mr. C” Coffey, of Blasdell, who died on Sunday, February 10, 2013.

He is survived by his children, Rev. Kevin (Kathy), Jane (Thomas) Dean and Maureen (David) Mohr; grandchildren, Keely, Kevin Paul, Sarah and Matthew and nieces and nephews.

Mr. Coffey was predeceased by his wife, Frances H. (Hennessy) Coffey; parents, Patrick and Margaret (McMullan) Coffey; son, David (Molly); siblings, Thomas P. (late Nancy Derbyshire) and brother and sisters-in-law, Thomas Hennessy Jr., Mary Ellen (late Jack) Hyland and Margaret (late Melvin) Lincoln.

Memorials may be made to the Amvets Post 897 Scholarship Fund.

Anna Styn


A funeral service was held from SS. Peter and Paul Church on Tuesday (Feb. 19) for Anna “Pearl” (Kern) Styn, 98, of Hamburg, who died on Saturday, February 16, 2013.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Styn was predeceased by her husband, Myron Styn and siblings, Edwin, Albert, George, Clayton, Clarence, Stella and Roy Kern, Ethel Zenefels and Marie Heather.

Burial was in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery.

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




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