Former Mayor of N. C. Dolores Rinaldi dies at 81
A Memorial Mass will be held from Holy Spirit Church on Friday (May 17) at 9:30 a.m. for Dolores “Dee” (Kubiak) Rinaldi, 81, of North Collins, who died on Saturday, May 11, 2013.
She is survived by her husband, Charles Rinaldi; children, Cheryl (Jeffrey) Lipowicz, Donna (Jim) Goodwin, Diane (Jan) Mathis, Charles (Marsha), Gary (Nancy) and Teri Rinaldi (Scott Serafin); brother, Gene Kubiak (late Donald Lester); grandchildren, Kelin Lipowicz, Jacy (Kyle) Hoffman, Rory (Natalie) and Dr. Arlie Rinaldi and James and Aubrey Goodwin and Kylie and Jack Mathis; great-grandchildren, Xander, Torin, Bryce and Rokian and sister-in-law, Mildred Bottoni.
Mrs. Rinaldi served as the first female mayor of the Village of North Collins and was a lifelong volunteer of many charitable organizations. She was an administrative assistant for BOCES for 32 years, an avid golfer and bowler and a friend to many.
Memorial visitation will be held on Thursday, May 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. from the Wentland Funeral Home.Charlotte Kelly
A Mass of Christian Burial was held from Blessed John Paul II Parish on Wednesday (May 15) for Charlotte (Pillion, formerly Gile) Kelly, of Lake View, who died on Friday, May 10, 2013.
She is survived by her son, John Gil.
Mrs. Kelly was predeceased by her husband, Thomas Kelly.
She graduated from Hamburg High School, Syracuse University with a degree in home economics and attended Simmons College. She worked as her father’s congressional secretary from 1953 to 1961, his legal secretary from 1965 to 1968, worked at LL Berger, Co., and was a realtor with Realty One and Realty World from 1978 to 1986, when she retired.
Mrs. Kelly was active in the Altar and Rosary Society, Parish Neighbors, and Parish Council of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church which is now Blessed John Paul II Parish.
Memorials may be made toSouthtowns Catholic School.
Arrangements were made through the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home.Tony Massaro
Funeral services will be held from (Hamburg Chapel) John J. Kaczor Funeral Home on Thursday (May 16) at 10 a.m. for Tony Massaro, 89, of Hamburg, who died on Sunday, May 12, 2013.
He is survived by his wife Marjorie A. (Hurlburt) Massaro; son, Anthony (Marcia) Massaro; stepchildren, Earl (Sharon) Brady, Linda (David) Pilecki, April (Carl) Lamendola and Jean (Ed) Loucks; brother, Mickey Massaro; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Mr. Massaro was predeceased by five sisters and two brothers.
He retired as superintendent of the Niagara Falls Armory, was a member of Big Tree Wesleyan Church and was one of the original “Father Baker Boys.”
Interment will be in Lakeside Memorial Cemetery.Harold McGrath
A memorial celebration will be held from the North Collins Training Center on Saturday (May 18) at 11 a.m. for Harold “Stroker McGurk” McGrath, 80, of North Collins, who died on Thursday, May 9, 2013.
He is survived by his wife, Frenchie McGrath; daughter, Shannon (Brandon) McGrath-Locking; siblings, Brian, Joseph (Becki) and Donald (Kelly) McGrath; grandchildren, Sean, Nathan and Sierra; brother of the DeMarco family and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Mr. McGrath was predeceased by his daughter, Michelle L. McGrath.
He was a Korean War Army veteran who ran McGurk’s Collision in North Collins. He was known as “Stroker McGurk” to auto racing fans in Western New York.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. McGrath was brought up in North Collins where he graduated from North Collins High School. After graduating, he joined the Army and fought during the Korean War. He worked briefly in Buffalo after the war before opening his collision shop. He retired from the shop in 1999.
Mr. McGrath raced in Western New York, Southern Ontario, Pennsylvania and Ohio for 23 years, winning numerous races and championships at various tracks in the area. He was named one of the top 25 drivers to race in Western New York in 2001 by the FOAR Score Club.
Aside from racing, he liked to camp, fish and spend time with his three granddaughters.
Arrangements were made through the Wentland Funeral Home.Ann P. Billittier
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held from St. Francis of Assisi Church on Saturday (May 18) at 9:30 a.m. for Ann P. (Battaglia) Billittier, 83, of Hamburg, who died on Saturday, May 11, 2013.
She is survived by her children, Louis John and Mary Beth Billittier; grandchildren, Ashley Billittier, Michael Sargente, Jade DiSciullo and Jenna Darling; great-granddaughter, Sophia Sargente and many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Billittier was predeceased by her husband, Louis J. Billittier and siblings, Marie Polino, Joseph (Sue), Daniel (late Rae) and Mary Battaglia.
Born in Buffalo, she worked beside her husband, Louis J. Billittier, to build Chef’s Restaurant into a family restaurant that became a favorite meeting spot for local political leaders and other notables. Mr. Billittier died in August 2000, and the restaurant is now operated by the couple’s children, Mary Beth and Louis John Billittier.
Mrs. Billittier managed Chef’s on her own in the 1950s while her husband served in the Korean War.
In addition to building their business together for decades, the Billittiers were devoted to helping the mentally ill, the physically challenged and the children of the community. She became a founding member of the Louis J. Billittier Foundation, named after her late husband, which supported groups as diverse as Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center, Bornhava, Variety Club of Buffalo, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and others.
Despite the demands of their growing business, Mrs. Billittier continued to honor every Sunday as family day, closing the restaurant and keeping the family together on that day.
In March 2013, Mrs. Billittier and the Billittier family were honored by the Castiglia family, owners of Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, at the annual St. Joseph’s Day Italian American dinner.
She was known as a fixture at charity events, and this past month she joined her daughter Mary Beth in support of her son Lou’s chairmanship of the Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center Gala at the Seneca Niagara Event Center.
In May 2012, the family joined together to support Bornhava school for children with special needs and was active in the live auction for her granddaughter Jenna Darling. She had also been a member of the Variety Club Women and was active behind the scenes for two decades wearing the familiar red coat as she collected telethon pledges. She also joined the family for the presentation of the Louis J. Billittier Award to help area business leaders, and dinners in support of the Franciscan Center.
In February 2011, she and the family gathered to witness the unveiling of “Carvings for a Cause,” a statue made in honor of Mr. Billittier from trees left from the devastating 2006 October Surprise storm.
Mrs. Billittier was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Athol Springs.
Memorials may be made to the Louis J. Billittier Foundation 291 Seneca St., Buffalo, NY 14204.
Friends received at the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, 4199 Lake Shore Rd., on Thursday, May 16 and Friday, May 17 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Irene M. Granica
A Mass of Christian Burial was held from St. Francis of Assisi Church on Wednesday (May 15) for Irene M. (Kopec) Granica, of Hamburg, who died on Friday, May 10, 2013.
She is survived by her children, Joseph (Louise), Martin (Catherine Arlene), Robert (Marianne) and Elaine E. Granica; siblings, Alphonse (Rose) and Daniel (Geri) Kopec; grandchildren, Alexander II (Juli), Michelle and David Granica; great-granddaughter, Annabelle; siblings-in-law, Hedwig (late Chester) Mroz, Josephine (late Stanley) Drozd and Thomas (Eleanor) Granica and many nephews, nieces, family members and friends.
Mrs. Granica was predeceased by her husband, Alexander J. Granica; parents, Karol and Mary (Buczkowski) Kopec; siblings, Dr. John Kopec, Rita (late Leo) Wisher, Jean (late Sam) Bobonski and Betty (late John) Mazur; grandson, Daniel Granica and siblings-in-law, Walter (Wanda), Wallace (late Mary) and Stanley (late Helen) Granica.
She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Altar and Rosary Society, a past member of St. Barbara’s Altar and Rosary Society and was a Franciscan Sister of St. Joseph Associate.
Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Arrangements were made through the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home.Robert M. Schultz
Funeral services will be held from Trinity Episcopal Church on Saturday (May 18) at 3 p.m. for Robert M. Schultz, of Hamburg, who died on Wednesday, April 24, 2013.
He is survived by his children, Judith (Glenn) Kremers, James S. Schultz and Carole (Peter) Klotzbach; brother, Richard (Janet) Schultz; grandchildren, Rebecca (Cameron) Bennett and Thomas (Kari) Gunter-Kremers and five great-grandchildren.
Mr. Schultz was predeceased by his wife, Margaret S. (Strong) Schultz, RN.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church.
Arrangements were made through Loomis, Offers and Loomis, Hamburg Chapel.
Colleen Ann Harbison
A Mass of Christian Burial was held from SS. Peter and Paul Church on Tuesday (May 7) for Colleen Ann (Donahue) Harbison, of Hamburg, who died on Tuesday, April 30, 2013.
She is survived by her children, Lynn (Julius) Kushner, David (Kristen) and William Harbison; grandchildren, Joseph, Megan Kushner and Billy Harbison and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Harbison was predeceased by her husband, William Harbison and granddaughter, Beth Kushner.
Memorials may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Arrangements were made through Loomis, Offers and Loomis, Hamburg Chapel.Barbara L. Lohr
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held from Most Precious Blood Church on Thursday (May 16) at 10 a.m. for Barbara L. Lohr, 85, of Angola, who died on Sunday, May 12, 2013.
She is survived by her children, Paulette A. Peterson, Michelle S. (James) Hy, Walter J. “Skip” (Elisabeth) and Charles E. (Julie A.) Lohr; siblings, Eugenia Kajencki and Edward (Alice) Sobolewski; sister-in-law, Phyllis (late George) Lohr; 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Lohr was predeceased by her husband, Walter J. Lohr Jr. and sister, Patricia Perrin.
Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Hamburg.
Arrangements were made through the Addison Funeral Home.Carleton S. White
Funeral services were held from Loomis, Offers and Loomis, Hamburg Chapel on Tuesday (May 14) for Carleton S. White, of Hamburg, who died on Wednesday, May 8, 2013.
He is survived by his wife, Rita H. (Palmer) White; children, Dona (Bob) Marshall, Helen Green (Tom), Tami (Erik) Funch, Pam (Eric) Segool, Gary (Carolyn), Doug (Sandy), Mike (Joanne) and John (Roseanne) White; 19 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Susan B. Komen Foundation.David P. Guest
Word has been received of the death of David P. Guest, 42, of Angola, who died on Monday, May 13, 2013.
He is survived by his mother, Marjory (Hepfinger) Guest; siblings, Cindee Jo (Kenneth) Evert, Kelly (Wally) Pokigo, Daniel (Pamela) and Karen Guest and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Mr. Guest was predeceased by his father, Donald E. Guest.
Arrangements were made through the Addison Funeral Home.Richard H. Roberts Sr.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held from Our Mother of Good Counsel Church on Thursday (May 16) at 9:30 a.m. for Richard H. “Big R” Roberts Sr., of Blasdell, who died on Monday, May 13, 2013.
He is survived by his wife, Erma M. (Suto) Roberts; children, Jerry (Colleen), Linda, Marge, Dicky (Charlene), Scott (Jennifer) and Terrance (Jen) Roberts; siblings, Patricia (late Harry) Schmitt, Harold (late Josephine) Kuhefus, Diane (Jerry) Gonsiorek and Gerri (Hank) Zimmer; siblings-in-law, Ilona (late Mouse) Klein, Kearney (Judy), Richard (Joan) and Raymond (Donna) Suto; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Mr. Roberts was predeceased by his sister, Colleen “Sis” (late Slick) O’Neil.
He was a member of Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local No. 22 and AMVETS Post No. 897.
Arrangements were made through the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home.John E. Agnew
Private services will be held for John E. “Jack” Agnew, 53, of Hamburg, who died on Thursday, May 9, 2013.
He is survived by his daughter, Sierra Agnew; siblings, Michele Sweeney and Cort (Cindy) Agnew; nieces and nephew, Kaitlin, Sean and Callie Sweeney and Brittany and Courtney Agnew.
Mr. Agnew was predeceased by his parents, Francis and Shirley Agnew.
He worked at Suburban Auto Electric in Tonawanda and Dell Electric in Hamburg.
Final resting place will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Holland.
Friends may call at the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home, 21 Pierce Ave., on Friday, May 17 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Robert G. Mencer
Funeral services were held from (Hamburg Chapel) John J. Kaczor Funeral Home on Saturday (May 11) for Robert G. Mencer, 86, of Hamburg, who died on Thursday, May 9, 2013.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Helen L. (Miller) Mencer; children, Linda (James) Parucki, Sandra (Richard) Meckler, Robert (Dawn) Mencer and Tammy (Paul) Trzynka; eight grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Mr. Mencer was predeceased by his brothers, Fred (late Corrinne) and Donald Mencer.
He was a retired district manager at Melco, Inc. in Cheektowaga.
Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery.
Duane V. Pieri Sr.
A memorial service was held from John J. Kaczor Funeral Home on Tuesday (May 14) for Duane V. Pieri Sr., 68, of Woodlwn, who died on Friday, May 9, 2013.
He is survived by his wife, Gale M. (Rados) Pieri; children, Michele (Robert) Pasnik-Vario, Duane (Sarah) Jr., Jason (Erin) and Christopher (Cynthia) Pieri; sister, Linda (Lyle) Gehrke; grandchildren, Michael (Alisa), Joshua and Rachele Pasnik and Papa of Kayla, Ellie, Jacob, Emma, Alexa and Jared Pieri.
Mr. Pieri was a maintenance supervisor with Belmont Develpment in Buffalo.
Memorials may be made to the City Mission.Harry P. Kowalski
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held from St. Anthony’s RC Church in Farnham on Saturday (May 18) at 10 a.m. for Harry P. Kowalski, 72, of Angola, who died on Saturday, May 11, 2013.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Wierling; children, Laura (Michael) Gajkowski, Jacqueline (Brent) Michalski, Cheryl (Wes Samtowski), Kurt, Kathy (Paul Mazur) and Michael (Michelle) Kowalski; brothers, Richard (Rose) and James (Barbara) Kowalski; 20 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Kowalski was predeceased by one granddaughter and one great-grandchild.
Friends may call at the Addison Funeral Home, 262 N. Main St., Angola, on Friday, May 17 from 4 to 8 p.m. Mary Jane Riefler
A memorial service will be held from Blessed John Paul II Parish on Saturday (May 18) at 10 a.m. for Mary Jane (Wick) Riefler, 63, of Raleigh, N.C., formerly of Eden, who died on Sunday, March 17, 2013.
She is survived by her husband, Ronald Riefler; children, Douglas (Elizabeth) Riefler and Michelle (Jason) Bowie; sister, Judith (Gary) Lewis and four grandchildren.
Mrs. Riefler was a graduate of Lake Shore High School and lived in Eden with her husband for most her life until illness had her move to Raleigh, N.C.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
An informal luncheon will follow the memorial service.
Richard J. Fierle
A Mass of Christian Burial was held from Blessed John Paul II Parish on Tuesday (May 14) for Richard J. Fierle, 86, of Lake View, who died on Friday, May 10, 2013.
He is survived by his children, Laureen (John) Saramak, Gregory R. (Debra), Jeffery S. (Cheryl) and Dwight G. (Tamara) Fierle; sister, Joan Duffy; 10 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Fierle was predeceased by his wife, Maureen (Miller) Fierle; two sisters and five brothers.
He was a territory salesman with Eaton Equipment Corporation in Hamburg.
Memorials may be made to the Lake View Community Center Association, P.O. Box 62, Lake View, NY 14085.
Interment was in St. Vincent Cemetery.
Arrangements were made through the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home.