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Obituaries for Hamburg, Boston, Eden, Evans, Brant and Farnham for the Week of Feb. 28, 2013



Sister Mary Felicia Szymanowski

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday (Feb. 21) from Immaculate Conception Convent for Sister Mary Felicia Szymanowski, 79, of Hamburg, who died on Monday, February 18, 2013.

She is survived by her cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents, Walter and Mary (Ulbin) Szymanowski.

Helen Szymanowski was born on March 2, 1933 in Lynn, Mass. Sister Felicia became a postulant of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph on Sept. 1, 1951 and professed her final vows on July 22, 1956.

Sister Felicia received a bachelor’s degree in education from Dominican College in Racine, Wis. Sister also attended Canisius College in Buffalo, where she earned graduate credits.

For 50 years, Sister Felicia ministered in the field of education at Mater Dolorosa, Holyoke, Mass.; Our Lady Queen of Angels, Detroit, Mich.; St. Stanislaus, Kewanee, Ill.; St. Mary of the Lake, Hamburg; Mother of Divine Grace, Cheektowaga; St. Hyacinth, Auburn and Sacred Heart, Danbury, Conn. During her ministry at St. Mary of the Lake and St. Hyacinth, she also served as principal from 1973 – 1980 and 1983 – 1988, respectively. In 2003, Sister Felicia joined the Sisters in the Assisted Living Community.

Sister Felicia was a quiet and prayerful Franciscan who loved her sisters in community. A great and loyal friend, she was very close to her many cousins and vacationed with them. One of her favorite pastimes was shopping, touring and going out to eat. Sister Felicia was also a brilliant educator who organized the Math Center at the Motherhouse for a remedial Math Summer Program for elementary students. She loved learning about the congregation as she translated the letters of past General Ministers. She herself was a great letter writer and an avid newspaper reader who shared her knowledge of present day issues and candidates running for office. Sister Felicia was known as a conversationalist who “had no period to her conversations.” She had accepted her suffering and was ready to meet her God.

Memorials may be made to the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph.

Burial was at St. Stanislaus Cemetery.


Linda Jean Waldraff

A memorial service will be held from St. James United Church of Christ on Saturday (March 2) at 1 p.m. for Linda Jean (Yarrington) Waldraff, of Hamburg, who died on Wednesday, January 23, 2013.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Robert L. Waldraff; daughters, Shirley M. (Lane) DeLarme, Beth Ann (James) Nelson and June L. Waldraff; sister, Barbara J. Beckman (John Kennedy) and eight grandchildren.

Mrs. Waldraff was known widely for her talented skills in sewing and alterations. Over the years, she was active in her local church, provided volunteer services to Hamburg VFD and raised service dogs through the New York Chapter of Guiding Dogs. She was also a youth leader in Campfire Girls and 4-H.

She loved bowling and enjoyed gardening.



Harold C. Millar


Funeral services were held from Hamburg Presbyterian Church on Friday (Feb. 22) for Harold C. Millar of Hamburg, who died on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce H. (Howe) Millar; children, Anne M. (late John) Cushing, Marjorie M. (Ronald) DiLiddo, Nancy M. (late Robert) Crowley, Gordon (Anita) and James (Ann) Millar; sister, Edna Schweinsburg; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Mr. Millar was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy (Osborne) Millar and siblings, Margaret Hall, David and Gordon Millar.

Memorials may be made to the Hamburg Presbyterian Church, Hospice Buffalo Inc. or the Fox Run Employee Fund.

Arrangements were made through the Loomis, Offers and Loomis, Hamburg Chapel.


Charles H. Robinson

A funeral service was held from Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home on Monday (Feb. 25) for Charles H. Robinson, of Lake View, who died on Friday, February 22, 2013.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Karen Robinson; children, Greg (Nan) Robinson and Terri Gregg; grandchildren, Andy, Andrea, Chris, Natalie, Tara, Greg Jr. and Kensington and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Lupus Foundation of WNY.

Dorothy J. Kelly


A funeral service was held from First Baptist Church of Hamburg on Monday (Feb. 25) for Dorothy J. (Pugh) Kelly, of Blasdell, who died on Wednesday, February 20, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Leanne (Roger) Schmitt, Deborah and Thomas (Laurie) Kelly; grandchildren, Michelle (Richard) Burns, Tara (Patrick) Norton, Ryan and Kaitlyn Kelly; great-grandchildren, Drew and Paige Norton and family and friends.

Mrs. Kelly was predeceased by her husband, Thomas Kelly and parents, George and Ethel Pugh.

Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Arrangements were made through the Lombardo Funeral Home.

Charles F. Hotho

A Mass of Christian Burial was held from St. Bernadette’s Church on Tuesday (Feb. 26) for Charles F. Hotho, 58, of Orchard Park, who died on Friday, February 22, 2013.

He is survived by his siblings, Kathleen Breault, Eileen (Karl Kofod), Michael (Lucy) and Daniel (Carol) Hotho; seven nieces, five nephews and their children.

Mr. Hotho was predeceased by his parents, Frederick and Dolores Hotho.

He was a graduate of Hamburg High School and Hilbert College, and was a production worker at Sorrento Cheese.

Memorials may be made to Hamburg Adult Day Services Participant Council, 353 Pleasant Ave., Hamburg, N.Y. 14075.

Final resting place was Hillcrest Cemetery.

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

Thomas E. Smith

Memorial services were held from Wentland Funeral Home on Wednesday (Feb. 20) for Thomas E. Smith, 63, of North Collins, who died on Sunday, February 17, 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Diana L. (Phillips) Smith; children, Levi T. (Katie) Smith and Kasi L. (Jason) Zemrus; siblings, Deborah (Donald) Crampton, Richard (Karen) and Don C. (Paula) Smith and grandchildren, Kiki and Loki Zemrus.

Mr. Smith was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Shirley Smith and brothers, Dan and Edward Smith.

Mildred J. Dillemuth


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held from St. Anthony’s Church on Thursday (Feb. 28) at 11 a.m. for Mildred J. (Scherer) Dillemuth, 85, of Farnham, who died on Sunday, February 24, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Michael J. Dillemuth and Sandra A. (Kurt) Ruesch; grandchildren, Kurt (Stacey) and Kristin Ruesch and great-grandchildren, Trajan and Braxe Ruesch.

Mrs. Dillemuth was predeceased by her husband, Frederick Dillemuth Sr. and son, Frederick J. Dillemuth Jr.

Arrangements were made through the Addison Funeral Home.

Jean M. Hintermeier


A Mass of Christian Burial was held from Blessed John Paul II Parish on Monday (Feb. 25) for Jean M. (McGowan) Hintermeier, of Derby, who died on Wednesday, February 20, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Paul J., Mark (Marianne), David (Heather) and Joseph (Janset) Hintermeier; grandchildren, Michele (James) Kmitch, Andrew, Laura and Stephen Hintermeier; great-grandchildren, Isabella and Gianna and good friend, Rosemary Boris.

Mrs. Hintermeier was predeceased by her husband, Paul L. Hinterneier and grandson, Michael Hintermeier.

She was a retired postmaster and a member of NAPUS.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.

Arrangements were made through the Latimore-Schiavone Funeral Home.

Deborah Seitz


A Mass of Christian Burial was held from Most Precious Blood Church on Monday (Feb. 25) for Deborah (Tribula) Seitz, 45, of Angola, who died on Thursday, February 21, 2013.

She is survived by her husband, Matthew Seitz; daughters, Megan and Lindsay Gearhart; parents, Gary and Janice Tribula; sisters, Jill (Peter) Fahey and Jennifer (Thomas) McCorry; nieces, Hannah and Caroline Fahey and Ainslie and Claire McCorry and mother-in-law, Grace Seitz.

Interment was in Lakeside Cemetery.

Arrangements were made through the Addison Funeral Home.

Mary M. Caber


Funeral services were held from John J. Kaczor Funeral Home on Monday (Feb. 25) for Mary M. (Williams) Caber, of Woodlawn, who died on Friday, February 22, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Ruth (William) Brady, Cheryl Sparcino and Millard J. Caber III (Deneene); grandchildren, Dawn Ramos, David Sparcino, Kelly, Erin and Ryan Brady and great-grandchildren, Jose and Tashandra Ramos and Kalob Johnson.

Mrs. Caber was predeceased by her husband, Millard J. Caber Jr.

She was a member of the Woodlawn Vol. Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary.

Anthony Alfred Schifano


A Mass of Christian Burial was held from Holy Spirit Parish on Saturday (Feb. 23) for Anthony “Tony” Alfred Schifano, 81, of Angola, who died on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Angeline “Angie” (Simon) Schifano; children, Mark A. (Sherry) and Donald J. (Elaine) Schifano; sister, Marie (Schifano) Terreri; granddaughters, Lauren E. and Jennifer L. Schifano; niece, Laura (Bevan) Terrert; nephews, Bobby Terreri, Louis, Gary, Ronald, Douglas, Angelo, John “Jay” and Rich Schifano; sisters-in-law, Lucille (Schifano) Gradl, Joan Holtz and her daughters, Lynne Kaminski and Gail Miller.

Mr. Schifano was predeceased by his parents, Grace and Louis Schifano; baby Nancy; siblings, Angelo “Pete” Schifano and Josephine Jackson and niece, Cheryl Anne Jackson.

He was born in Farnham on Jan. 10, 1932 as one of five children. Mr. Schifano proposed to Angeline “Angie” Simon on Dec. 29, 1951, and they were married on May 17, 1952. He served for four years in the U. S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955. Upon leaving the military, he worked at Interstate Trucking Company as a dispatcher while attending college. Shortly after, he joined Ford Motor Company in 1957 where he continued to work for 31 years.

In addition, he served his local community as president of the Evans Center Volunteer Fire Department. In 1970, he opened Schifano’s Service Shop, which specialized in bike repairs. While working at Ford and running his bike shop, He enjoyed time with his wife and children as well as snowmobiling, and riding his motorcycle. Mr. Schifano was also a member of Most Precious Blood Church in Angola.

Mr. Schifano and Angie became owners of a second home in Port Richey, Fla. in 1993, purchased on his 61st birthday. They enjoyed being “snowbirds” and travelling seasonally between their two homes. In his retirement, his hobbies included visiting his family, going on walks with his wife, bowling, doing crossword puzzles, playing cards, golfing, and keeping up with the latest technology.

Mr. Schifano’s fondest memories include his 50th wedding anniversary celebration in which he renewed his vows with his wife, watching his granddaughters graduate from college, and celebrating his 80th birthday with his family last year.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements were made through the Addison Funeral Home.

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