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Obituaries for Hamburg, Boston, Eden, Evans, Brant and Farnham for the Week of April 11, 2013



Norman R. Dart


A memorial service for the family will held at a later date for Norman R. Dart, 96, of Hamburg, who died on Monday, April 1, 2013.

He is survived by his children, Diane (Gerald) Van Ocker, David (Margaret) and Michael (Jean) Dart; sister, Joyce (Don) Davis; grandchildren, Cheryl (Mark) Poppenberg, Russell (Diane) Van Ocker, Laura (Thomas) Siciliano, Susan Armstrong, Lee Ann (Greg) Silvey, David (Pamela), Dale and Sarah Dart and great-grandchildren, Ashlynn Parsell, Luke Silvey, Andrew and Matthew Dart.

Mr. Dart was predeceased by his wife, Laura (Hornberger) Dart; parents, Ray and Helen (Brocksopp) Dart and brother, Warren (Jean) Dart.

He retired from both the National Fuel Gas Company and Bethlehem Steel. He also worked for the Buffalo Raceway for 42 years and ran two of his own businesses.

Mr. Dart was a World War II naval veteran and a member of American Legion Post No. 527 of Hamburg for over 50 years, as well as an exempt member of the Hamburg Volunteer Fire Company.

Memorials may be made to American Legion Post No. 527.



Brian J. Meissner

A memorial celebration was held from Dock at the Bay on Saturday (April 6) for Brian J. Meissner, 41, of Brooklyn, formerly of Hamburg, who died on Sunday, March 17, 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanne (Sullivan) Meissner; son, Jasper; twin daughters, Willa and Lucy; parents, Howard and Anita Meissner and siblings, Jeff (Peg) and Rick (June) Meissner and Amy (Steve) Lewonka.

Mr. Meissner was a 1989 graduate of Hamburg High School and a 1993 graduate of Boston University. He worked as a freelance art director.



Lisa Harbison

Funeral services were held from Wayside Presbyterian Church on Saturday (April 6) for Lisa (Jones) Harbison, 44, of Hamburg, who died on Tuesday, April 2, 2013.

She is survived by her son, Billy Harbison; parents, Edward and Margaret (Butterfield) Jones; brothers, Eddie (Debbie Buck), Gary and Travis (Nancy) Jones; niece and nephew, Brieana and Tim Jones; boyfriend, Joe Galligan and aunts, uncles and cousins in England.

Memorials may be made to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

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



John A. Ianello

A Mass of Christian Burial was held from St. Mary of the Lake Church on Saturday (April 6) for John A. “Johnny I” Ianello, of Orchard Park, formerly of Hamburg, who died on Wednesday, April 3, 2013.

He is survived by his sister, Mary (Ed) Forester; friends, Daniel and Ann Celani; nieces and nephews, Donald (Diane) Mogavero, Judy (Steve) Gross, Joseph LoCurto, Sam (Fran) Serio, John and Christopher Celani and many great-nieces and nephews.

Mr. Ianello was predeceased by his parents, John and Josephine (Vitale) Ianello; siblings, Joyce Shoup, Claudia (late Sam) Mogavero, Clara (late James) LoCurto, Carl (late Clara Jane) and Samuel (late Gladys) Ianello and niece and nephew, Barbara LoCurto and John Serio.

Memorials may be made to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation.

Arrangements were made through the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home.



Donald H. Chapman

A funeral service was held from Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home on Wednesday (April 10) for Donald H. Chapman, of Hamburg, who died on Sunday, April 7, 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Theresa (Ciolino) Chapman; children, Donald Michael Chapman and Sheree (Dan Tomlin) Grandy; step-son, Clayton (Cynthia) Wicks; siblings, Jay (Virginia) and Elsie “Pat” (Wint); grandchildren, Jonathan and Renee Grandy and Daniel and Kaitlyn Wicks and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.



Thomas P. Richmond

A memorial service and Masonic service will be held from Trinity Episcopal Church on Saturday (July 20) at 1 p.m. for Thomas P. Richmond, 86, of Hamburg, who died on Saturday, March 16, 2013.

He is survived by his children, Samuel (Debra), Charles (Donna) and Mark (Mary) Richmond; grandchildren, Michael, Shaun, Thomas, Daniel, Celia, Emma, Senait, Joseph, Sarah, Claire, Misti, and Christopher and great-grandchildren, Samantha, Hunter and Gabriel.

Mr. Richmond was predeceased by his wife, Joan Richmond.

He was a 62 year member of American Legion Post 527 and a 53 year member of Trinity Episcopal Church.

Memorials may be made to the Joan Richmond Christmas Food Fund at Trinity Episcopal Church, 261 E. Main St., Hamburg, NY 14075.

Private inurnment at the convenience of the family.


Julia Ellen Laing-Myers
Funeral services will be held from Eden United Methodist Church on Thursday (April 11) at 11 a.m. for Julia Ellen Laing-Myers, 88, of Eden, who died on Friday, April 5, 2013.

She is survived by her husband, H. David Myers; children, David Jr., William (Jill) and Harry (Karen) Laing; stepchildren, Deborah (Clifford) Meilun, Douglas (Jean) and David (Patricia) Myers; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

Mrs. Laing-Myers was predeceased by her husband, David C. Laing; daughter, Sue Ellen Light (Stevan); parents, Howard and Jeanette Hill and sisters, Harriet Moulthrop, Hollis Eisele and Patricia Worden.

She was born in Eden in 1924, a sixth generation descendant of one of Eden’s founders, John Hill. She graduated from Eden Central School in 1942. During the war she was employed for a time at the Prudential Insurance Company in the loan department. In 1946, one month after his return from the war, she married her hometown sweetheart, David C. Laing.

In 1947, she gave birth to a daughter, Sue Ellen, and in 1949 a son, David, Jr. In 1950 she and her husband opened the David C. Laing Funeral Home in a duplex they had bought and lived in, in Eden. She worked behind the scenes assisting her husband with many of the duties necessary to build a successful business including the difficult chore of keeping the children quiet during the visiting hours and funerals.

As the years progressed she wore a few different hats. By default, she became the dispatcher for Eden’s first ambulance, the Laing Ambulance Service, which grew from the funeral business, as was common in the 50s and early 60s. At one point, for a few years, she answered calls and dispatched the town’s police department, as well as being one of several fire phone monitors that activated the town’s fire siren when calls came in.

Having twins was always a dream of hers and in 1957 she gave birth to Bill and Harry.

Mrs. Laing-Myers was involved with the Eden United Methodist Church, helping to form a couples club called the Clock Watchers, singing in the choir for 15 years, leading junior choir, as well as, holding different church offices throughout the years.

She organized ballroom dancing classes for teenagers in the community. She belonged to Child Study Club followed by the Teen Study Club and also served as co-chair of the March of Dimes for five years.

As a descendant of one of the founding families of Eden, she was very involved in the town’s history. She was a life member of the Eden Historical Society and served on the Eden Town Historical Review Board. She was a member of the steering committee for the town’s sesquicentennial celebration in 1962. She was thrilled to be recognized during the town’s bicentennial last summer, with the honor of riding in a horse drawn carriage, representing her family’s heritage in Eden.

She was involved with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, serving as the chairman for the Town of Eden’s BPO Fund Drive, which led to her serving on the B.P.O. Women’s Board.

For eight years she and Velma Jessop sold an exclusive line of custom and ready to wear clothes. They would display the clothes and take orders four times a year. As a people person and someone who loved nice clothes this was an enterprise she really enjoyed.

She was a member of the Up-To-Date Club, as well as a life member and class representative of the Eden Alumni Association.

In 1989 Mr. Laing retired and they sold their business and home to their son Bill and built a new home on HillBrook Drive in Eden. The property, previously belonging to her family, was where she grew up and rode horses as a child. In 1994 Mr. Laing died of cancer.

In 1998 she married H. David Myers, who also grew up in Eden and had lost his wife Alice Jean in 1994. She and Mr. Myers began spending their winters in DeLand, Fla. where her sisters, Hollis Eisele and Patty Worden lived. She maintained her home in Eden where she spent her summers. She enjoyed her home and yard, doing all her own yard work up until last year when she sold it. She spent a wonderful life traveling and enjoying many common interests with Mr. Myers.

Memorials may be made to the Eden United Methodist Church Hunt Chapel Fund, 2820 E. Church St., Eden, NY 14057.

Arrangements were made through the Laing Funeral Home.

James Parker

Funeral services were held from Longhouse Cattaraugus Indian Reservation on Tuesday (April 9) for James Parker, 54, of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, who died on Friday, April 5, 2013.

He is survived by his children, Teresa and Wind Dancer Parker; mother, Janet Parker and brother, Harold E. Parker III.

Mr. Parker was predeceased by his father, Harold E. Parker Jr.

Arrangements were made through the Wentland Funeral Home.

Gerard A. Weiss

Services were held from St. Mary of the Lake Church on Friday (April 5) for Gerard A. Weiss, of Lake View, who died on Monday, April 1, 2013.

He is survived by his parents, William and Irene (Ziki) Weiss; brothers, Brian (Hollie), Dennis (Mary Jo) and Thomas (Cindy) and nieces and nephews, William, Joseph, Daniel, Anthony, Caitlin, Cara, Shannon, Jessica, Peter, Rebecca and Stephen.

Mr. Weiss was a member of the Knights of Columbus, No. 2220.

Arrangements were made through The Colonial Memorial Chapels.

Stephanie Lindstrom

A Mass of Christian Burial was held from SS. Peter and Paul Church on Tuesday (April 9) for Stephanie (Vucic) Lindstrom, 82, of Hamburg, who died on Friday, April 5, 2013.

She is survived by her children, JoAnn (Richard) Anthony, Elizabeth (Gary) Vara, Sandra (Michael) Ver, John (Robin), William (Arlene) and Joseph (Connie) Lindstrom; brother, Michael (Harriet) Vucic; 16 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Lindstrom was predeceased by her husband, Harry O. Lindstrom and three brothers.

She was a member of American Legion Post No. 527 Ladies Auxiliary.

Interment was in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery.

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

Marion D. Seitz


A funeral was held from SS. Peter and Paul Church on Wednesday (April 10) for Marion D. (Parlato) Seitz, 94, of Hamburg, who died on Saturday, April 6, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Cadace Gregg, Norine (Greg) Croce, Raymond (Kathleen), Charles (Wendy), Thomas (Jane), and Alan (Jean) Seitz; brother, Frank (late Dorothy) Parlato; 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Seitz was predeceased by her husband, Homer Seitz and siblings, Etta (late Cash) Gugino and Jesse Parlato.

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

Burial was in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery.

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

Ann B. Blohm

Funeral services will be held from John J. Kaczor Funeral Home, Hamburg Chapel on Thursday (April 11) at 10 a.m. for Ann B. (Hirsch) Bloom, of Hamburg, who died on Saturday, April 6, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Helen (Frank) Blake and Robert (Susan) Blohm; four grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Mrs. Blohm was predeceased by her husband, Robert A. Blohm; daughter, Evelyn Blohm and three brothers and five sisters.

Memorials may be made to the Erie County SPCA.

Interment will be in Lakeside Memorial Cemetery.

Marybeth E. Doverspike

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held from St. Bernadette Church on Thursday (April 11) for Marybeth E. (Hammer) Doverspike, of Hamburg, who died on Saturday, April 6, 2013.

She is survived by her husband, Roger L. Doverspike; sons, Kenneth, Daniel (Barbara) and Edward Doverspike; brothers, Richard (Alma) and John (Alice) Hammer; grandchildren, Kathleen, Lynae, Matthew and Justin and nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Doverspike was predeceased by her parents, Arthur and Earline (Safee) Hammer.

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

Frieda J. Steele

A memorial service will be held from Pechin Chapel in Dunbar, Pa. on Saturday (April 13) at noon for Frieda J. Steele, 65, of Dunbar, Pa., formerly of Hamburg, who died on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Denise Iannarelli (Vincent Caggiano) and William D. (Kathy) Steele; mother, Verdie Metts; brothers, Paul (Pam), Richard, Albert (Lynn) and John Hardy; grandchildren, Mitchell and Morgan Steele, Jordan and Joshua Iannarelli; friend, Richard Rockey and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mrs. Steele was predeceased by her father, Meredith Hardy and sister, Brenda Hardy.

Laurie A. Gronachan

A Mass of Christian Burial was held from Holy Spirit Church on Friday (April 5) for Laurie A. (O’Donnell) Gronachan, 52, of Lawtons, who died on Sunday, March 31, 2013.

She is survived by her husband, David Gronachan; children, Thomas and Rachel Farrell; step-children, Patrick (Corrine) and Jennifer Gronachan; mother, Della (Bob) Heim; sister, Dawn Thurner (Lawrence) and grandchildren, Kendra Farrell and Victoria Gronachan.

Burial was in North Collins Cemetery.

Arrangements were made through the Wentland Funeral Home.

James F. Gleason


A Mass of Christian Burial was held from St. Mary of the Lake Church on Wednesday (April 10) for James F. Gleason, of Hamburg, who died on Friday, April 5, 2013.

He is survived by his children, Joan Quinn, James (Penny), Jack (Maureen), Robert (Cindy), Tom (Michele), Dennis, Bill (Linda), Terry, Don (Heidi), Paul (Elaine) and Michael Gleason; 31 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Gleason was predeceased by his wife, Joan (McNamara) Gleason and siblings, Marie (late John) Hanley, Helen (late George) Hayhurst and Margaret (late Thomas) Ransford.

He was a proud Army veteran of World War II, a member of American Legion Hamburg Post No. 527, VFW Hamburg Post No. 1419, an avid golfer and active in numerous clubs and organizations.

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

Patricia Doyle

Services were held from Wentland Funeral Home on Monday (April 8) for Patricia Doyle, 45, of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, who died on Friday, April 5, 2013.

She is survived by her sister, Teresa (Leroy) Montour; nephew, Melvin Green; cousin, Susan Lindgren (Memmo) and family and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Ms. Doyle was predeceased by her parents, Robert and Beverly (Jimerson) Doyle and aunt, Geraldine (Jimerson) Memmo.

Jean W. Fennell


A Mass of Christian Burial was held from St. Mary of the Lake Church on Saturday (April 6) for Jean W. (O’Brien) Fennell, of Hamburg, who died on Tuesday, April 2, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Mary (late Michael) Gates, Therese (David) Nebenzahl, Col. William (Joanne) Jr., Michael (Dawn), Patrick (Debra) and Thomas (Sheryl) Fennell; 16 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Fennell was predeceased by her husband, William J. Fennell Sr. and siblings, Beatrice (late Thomas) Hunt, Mary (late Kenneth) Nather, Evelyn (late Howard) Kintzel, Martha (late Harold) Doolan, Rita (late Milford) Boetcher, James, David (late Catherine) and Robert (late Camille) O’Brien.

Memorials may be made to Father Baker Victory Services, 780 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, NY 14218.

Arrangements were made through the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home.
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