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Cheektowaga obits for the week of Friday, Jan. 17

MICHELS, James F., 70, of Old Orchard Beach, Castile, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 7; at the Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw. He was born in Cheektowaga, Oct. 12, 1943, son of the late Herbert M. and Gertrude L. Reese Michels. A lifetime resident of Wyoming County, James worked as a finish carpenter for Broyhill Furniture in North Carolina and for General Marble in Hornell, NY. He attended the North Gainesville United Methodist Church and enjoyed hunting and fishing. James was a strong willed, but very dedicated and caring kind of guy who would not hesitate to give you the shirt off his back. He was predeceased by his first wife, Carole Ann Ross in 2002; 3 brothers, Robert, John and Arthur Michels; and a sister, Gertrude Christmas. Survivors include his wife Marcia J. Boyd Michels of Castile; a daughter, Tami (Jesse) Taylor of Marietta, GA; 3 sons, Joseph (Michele) Michels of Seattle, WA, Robert (Katrina) Michels of Marietta, GA, and Stephen (Cheryl) Michels of Gaffney, SC; 2 brothers, Herbert (Jean) Michels of Amherst and Walter (Victoria) Michels of Derby; a sister-in-law, Mary (James) Hutchison of Byron; 16 grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at the North Gainesville United Methodist Church 11am, Saturday, April 12th, 2014. Burial will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Silver Springs. Please visit to offer online condolences. Memorial contributions may be made to the Silver Springs Rescue Squad at PO Box 117 Silver Springs, NY 14550.

NACHREINER, Joseph V., of Cheektowaga, passed away Jan. 11; beloved husband of 67 years to Helen M. (nee Humig) Nachreiner; dearest father of Beverly (Geoffrey) Utz and Barbara (Michael R.) Blendowski; grandfather of Brian (Jenifer), Jamie, Kevin (Ashley) Utz, Ryan Blendowski and Sarah (Trent) Riley; great-grandfather of Darcy Welsh, Alyssa Saling, Skylar Saling and Addison Utz; brother of Gloria (Louis) Bordonaro, the late Richard Nachreiner and Norma Faso; also survived by nieces and nephews. No prior visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service Saturday at 10 AM in St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Union at Maryvale Drive, Cheektowaga. If so desired, donations in Joseph's memory may be made to the Buffalo Veterans Administration Hospital. Share your condolences at

D'AMATO, Dorothy E. (nee Koerner), 85, of Cheektowaga, passed away Jan. 8; beloved wife of 63 glorious years to Joseph A. D'Amato; devoted mother of James (Barbara) D'Amato, John (Janet) D'Amato, Denise (late Dr. Robert) Scheig and Donna (James) Ciesielski; loving grandmother of Justin, Katie (Ben), Jillian, Pamela, David and Sarah; dearest sister of the late Richard (late Minnie) Koerner; also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.


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