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Obituaries for the week of July 12, 2012

Ruth Dugan

A memorial gathering in Hamburg will be held in October for Ruth (Harder) Dugan, 98, of Bedford, N.H. and formerly of Hamburg, who died on Wednesday, July 4, 2012.

She is survived by her children, Molly Ayarza, Dixie Siegel and Patrick, Sam and Dirk Dugan; 12 grandchildren, 23 nieces and nephews and great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, William Dugan; and parents, Edwin Partridge and Cordelia Cousins Harder.

Mrs. Dugan graduated from Lafayette High School in Buffalo. She graduated Cornell University in 1935 with a bachelor of arts degree in economics and the University of Buffalo in 1965 with a masterís degree in early childhood education.

She taught preschool until she retired.

In 1937, she married her husband, William Dugan.

She was at the center of her family, had a perfect disposition and a great love of children, with whom she shared swimming, tennis, fishing, tractor rides, winter sports, a secret chocolate chip cookie recipe and great empathy for all their trials.

She loved and was well loved by many adult friends and family as well, joining them for tennis, skiing, walking, theater, concerts and service organizations, including the American Red Cross, League of Women Voters and Tift Nature Preserve.

Memorials may be made to the Tift Nature Preserve, Development Office, Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo NY 14211 or to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Development Office, 499 Franklin St., Buffalo NY 14202. Memorials may also be made at www.bpo.org.

Arrangements were made through the Brewitt Funeral Home in New Hampshire.

Rita Klein

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday (July 9) from Our Mother of Good Counsel Church for Rita M. (Liebler) Klein, of Blasdell, who died on Friday, July 6, 2012.

She is survived by her husband, Clifford J. Klein; children, Charles Zimmerman and Jeffrey (Lisa) Klein; grandchildren, Angelika and Victor Klein; and additional family members.

She was predeceased by her siblings, Eva Buczek and Bernard (late Frances) and Louis Liebler.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice Foundation of WNY.

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

Joseph Grajeda

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday (July 6) from Our Mother of Good Counsel for Joseph Grajeda of Blasdell, who died on Tuesday, July 3, 2012.

He is survived by his wife, Esther (Cardenas) Grajeda; children, Joanne (Darren) Panasiewicz, Sylvia Lenahan and Lisa Terwilliger; siblings, Maria (Joseph) Barilec and Lupe Gallardo; grandchildren, Casey Joseph and Nicolas Thomas Lenahan; additional family members and many dear friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, Alfonso and Isabel (Ojeda) Grajeda; and siblings, Frances (late Jose) Carrasquillo, Stella Escabi and Roy (late Shirley Purifoy) Grajeda.

He was interred in Holy Cross Cemetery.

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

Chester Jaskula

Internment services will be held from the Lakeside Memorial Cemetery in Hamburg at the convenience of the family for Chester J. Jaskula, 85, of Baldwinsville, N.Y., who died on Monday, July 2, 2012.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 62 years, Henrietta Jaskula; children, Linda (Dennis) Stimson, Elizabeth Obad and Dennis (Marcia) Jaskula; grandchildren, Jeffrey S. (Debbie) Obad, Danielle Cunningham, Katherine Stimson and Edward (Ulonda) and Peter (Kimberly) Jaskula; great-grandchildren, Nate Cleveland, Jeffrey John Obad and Paige, Daniel, Isabella and Matthew Jaskula; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, John and Mildred (Haley) Jaskula Sr.; siblings, Dolores (Ernst) Faihst and Frances and John Jr. (Janet) Jaskula; and grandson, George Obad, USMC.

Mr. Jaskula was born in Buffalo.

A former long time resident of the Baldwinsville area, he resided until recently in Phoenix, N.Y.

He was a proud U.S. Navy veteran, having served in World War II.

He was a former Town of Hamburg police officer.

He retired in 1983 as an assistant traffic supervisor for the Syracuse Division of the New York State Thruway Authority.

In the early years of his retirement, he was a volunteer driver for the Greater Baldwinsville Ambulance Corps.

He enjoyed ďputteringĒ around his workshop and traveling in his motor home with his wife. The couple spent many winters in Ormond Beach, Fla.

Arrangements were made through the Falardeau Funeral Home in Baldwinsville.

Mary Norman

A memorial service was held on Saturday (June 30) from the Laing Funeral Home for Mary L. Norman, 66, of Derby, who died on Wednesday, June 27, 2012.

The daughter of Ermil and Mary Hughes, she is survived by her husband, Richard J. Norman Jr.; children, Michael D. (Cathy), Jeffery S. (Brenna) and Theresa M. Norman and Cynthia D. (Bill) Wick; brother, Ermil (Michaela) Hughes; and grandchildren, Jessica, Courtney, Zach, Paul and Colton; nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother, Dennis A. (Anita) Hughes.

Mrs. Norman was a lover of life who enjoyed watching the New York Yankees, camping on Chautauqua Lake, cooking and baking. She is remembered as her familyís matriarch. She had a special love for her family.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.

Charles E. Otto Sr.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday (July 10) from the Addison Funeral Home for Charles E. Otto, Sr., of Lake View, who died on Thursday, July 5, 2012.

He is survived by his wife, Michele (Pfeffer) Otto; children, Charles Otto Jr. and Dawn (Michael) Frew; sister, Shirley Birch; grandchildren, Samantha, Shelby and Madison; and nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother, Roy Otto.

Mr. Otto worked as a meter reader for Wanakah Water and then moved to Erie County Water Authority, where he worked as a pump operator.

He was a certified NRA instructor and taught gun safety and pistol permit courses for many years, including courses through the Frontier Central Community Education Program.

He was a former volunteer fireman with the Lake View Volunteer Fire Department, receiving exempt status.

He was a member of the First Spiritualist Temple of East Aurora, where he served as a medium and healer.

In his retirement, he enjoyed competitive target practice, traveling, camping, enjoying his RV, spending time with family and his beloved dogs, Ashley, Taffy and Crystal.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo, Inc.

Charles Young

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, July 13 at 10 a.m. from SS. Peter and Paul Church for Charles E. Young, 75, of Hamburg, who died on Saturday, July 7, 2012.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret M. (Steigner) Young; children, Brigette Bauer, Charles (Ramsey Grey) Young and Marcy (David) Adamy; siblings, twin sister Carol (late Robert) Carpenter and John (Marguerite) Young; grandchildren, Casey and Shawna Bauer, Freddy Young and Quinn and Garret Adamy; and nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister, Mary Virginia (late Edward) Benish.

A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Mr. Young moved to Hamburg in 1963 when he became a counselor at Union Pleasant Junior High School.

He later became director of counseling and then assistant principal at Hamburg High School in 1975.

He became the assistant principal at Hamburg Junior High School in 1991 and retired in 1992.

He returned to the district to serve as interim principal of Armor Elementary School for about a year in 1994.

He was an avid golfer.

He had nothing but fond memories and kind words for all Hamburg students and staff.

He cherished a 52-year marriage and was devoted to his family.

Memorials may be made to SS. Peter and Paul Tuition Angels, c/o SS. Peter and Paul Church.

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

Jane Stadler

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday (July 10) from Blessed John Paul II Parish for Jane C. (Blake) Stadler of Lake View, who died on Friday, July 6, 2012.

She is survived by her husband, Franz J. Stadler; children, Joseph (Cheryl Potter), Peter (Cherie) and Kathleen (Terry Pierog) Stadler; siblings, Donna (late Gus) Dotterweich and Ellen (James) Kolb; grandchildren, Franz Joseph, Matthew, Sean and Michael; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her siblings, William (late Geraldine), Edward (Dorothy), Thomas (Betty Wheatley), John (Mary), James and Robert (Lois) Blake.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.

Arrangements were made through the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home.

Janice Dueringer

Funeral services were held on Friday (July 6) from All Saints Lutheran Church in Hamburg for Janice (Catherwood) Dueringer of Eden, who died on Monday, July 2, 2012.

She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Louise Dueringer; and nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Walter E. Dueringer; children, Dana James and Tina Sue Dueringer; and brothers, Frank and Dick Catherwood.

Memorials may be made to the Dana and Tina Dueringer Scholarship Fund, c/o All Saints Lutheran Church.

Arrangements were made through Loomis, Offers and Loomis Funeral Home.

Carol Hice

A funeral service was held on Wednesday (July 11) from the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home for Carol A. (Jenny) Hice of Gowanda, formerly of Hamburg, who died on Sunday, July 8, 2012.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond F. Hice; children, David and Tracey Hice; and siblings, Shirley (Alberto) Gutierrez, Michael (Terry) Jenny and Pamela (John) Robson.

She was predeceased by her siblings, Mary (late Thomas) Nowak and Daniel Jenny.

Myles R. Firey Sr.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday (July 11) from SS. Peter and Paul Church for Myles R. Firey Sr., 81, of Eden, who died on Wednesday, July 4, 2012.

He is survived by his children, Cynthia and Myles Firey Jr.; brother, Cmdr. Roger S. (Mary) Firey, U.S.N. Retired; grandson, Justin Chaires; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Patricia R. Firey; and parents, Raymond and Eugenia Southwell.

Mr. Firey was born in Chicago and moved to Buffalo when he was a boy. He was a 1949 graduate of Hamburg High School, where he played defensive tackle for the undefeated football team.

In college, he worked as a carpenter in the open hearth furnaces at Bethlehem Steel. He earned his bachelorís degree in economics from Canisius College in 1954.

In 1953, he married the former Patricia Rochester. She died in 1984.

In high school, he enrolled in the Navy Reserve. He later transferred to the Army Reserve and was on active duty from January 1955 to January 1957.

He was a member of Lorenzo Burrows Jr. Post No. 78, American Legion. He earned the Chartered Life Underwriters designation in 1967.

He was the chairman of Myles Firey and Co. Inc., a financial services company in Buffalo.

Mr. Firey was a member of the Million Dollar Round Table, the Estate Analysts of Western New York and the National Association of Financial Consultants. He also was a founding member of the Hamburg Jaycees and the Eden Young Republicans.

He lived in Eden since 1958 and wintered in Venice, Fla. since 1986.

He served on the Eden School Board from 1967 to 1974 and was president during the building of the new high school.

He was buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Nature Conservancy.

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

Joseph Palmerton

Memorial services will be held on Thursday, July 12 at 1 p.m. from the Addison Funeral Home for Joseph A. Palmerton, 83, of Angola, who died on Sunday, July 8, 2012.

He is survived by his children, Patricia (William) Hammond and Lisa (Gary) Freitag; sisters, Elizabeth Brown and Sarah Sumpter; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was predeceased by his wife, Virginia A. (Allen) Palmerton.

Interment services and military honors will immediately follow the services in Forest Avenue Cemetery in Angola.

Sister Mary Symphronia Spyra

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday (July 10) from the Immaculate Conception Convent Chapel for Sister Mary Symphronia Spyra, 88, of Hamburg, who died on Friday, July 6, 2012.

She is survived by her sister, Rita; sister-in-law, Bernice; brother-in-law, Michael Maziarz; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Walter and Stephanie (Depa) Spyra.

Lottie Spyra was born in Buffalo in 1923. She entered the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph as an aspirant in 1938, became a postulant in 1941 and professed her final vows in 1946.

She received a bachelorís degree in educator from Medaille College and a masterís degree from Fairfield University.

For 50 years, she ministered in the field of education at St. Casimir in Baltimore; Holy Trinity in Lawrence, Mass.; St. Stanislaus in Chelsea, Mass.; St. Michael in Bridgeport, Conn.; St. Stanislaus in Shamokin, Pa.; Mother of Divine Grace in Cheektowaga; and St. Joseph in North Tonawanda.

She also served as principal at St. Anthony in Fairfield, Conn. and Corpus Christi in Buffalo. From 1994 to 2004, she served in various convent ministries and on May 6, 2004, she joined the sisters in the Colette Hilbert Care Community.

She will be remembered as an excellent teacher and principal. She enjoyed reading biographies and traveled extensively to Europe for holy pilgrimages.

She came from a large family who loved her dearly. She was devoted to her family and spent many happy times with them. She greeted everyone with a twinkle in her eye and a smile on her face.

She was buried in St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Cheektowaga.

Memorials may be made to the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph Retirement Fund in her memory.

Genevieve Fijalkowski

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday (July 5) from St. Francis of Assisi Church for Genevieve J. Fijalkowski of Hamburg, who died on Friday, June 29, 2012.

She is survived by her daughter, Julianne Kolarz;sister, Dorothy (Richard) Olejniczak; grandchildren, Paul D. and Jeffrey M.A. Kolarz Sr.; great-grandchildren, Jeffrey Jr., Aidan and Mikayla Kolarz; and dear friend, Beverly McConnell.

She was predeceased by her husband, Stephan A. Fijalkowski.

Arrangements were made through the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home.

Alfonso Volo

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday (July 7) from Immaculate Conception Church for Alfonso J. Volo, 87, of Eden, who died on Monday, July 2, 2012.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred (Barczak) Volo; children, Helen (Mark) Barone, Maria (Kelly) Maccarone and Alfonso, David (Rosaria) and Michael Volo; siblings, Connie (Anthony) Ortolano and Louise (late Jim) Karstens; sister-in-law, Elaine Volo; and six grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his siblings, Louis and Victor Volo.

Mr. Volo was a retired teacher from the Buffalo School System.

He was buried in Holy Spirit Cemetery in Brant.

Arrangements were made through the Wentland Funeral Home.

Francis Fuhrmann

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday (July 7) from Blessed John Paul II Church for Francis E. Fuhrmann, 83, of Lake View, who died on Wednesday, July 4, 2012.

He is survived by his grandchildren, Jason (Deborah Herrick), Nicholas, Nicole and Noel; and great-granddaughter, Alivia.

He was predeceased by his wife, Laura M. (Lapp) Fuhrmann; children, Andrew, Warren and Wayne (Karen J.) Fuhrmann; and siblings.

He was interred in St. Vincentís Cemetery.

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