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Death notices and obituaries from the Nov. 21 edition of The Sun

James Fitzgerald

James Fitzgerald, 76, of Hamburg died Nov. 14.

He worked for the Erie County Highway Department and served in the United States Air Force, stationed in Spain. He was a member of the American Legion Post 527, Veterans of Foreign Wars Hamburg Township Post 1419 and the Hamburg Moose Lodge 992.

He was the father of Timothy; brother of Maureen (Harold) Summar, Sharon (Nelson) Palmer and the late John (late Dorothy) Fitzgerald Jr. and Patricia Brunner; son of the late John and Dorothy Fitzgerald.

Visitation will be held from the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home Inc., located at 21 Pierce Ave. in Hamburg, from 1 – 4 p.m. on Nov. 23. A memorial service will follow, at 4.

Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Hamburg Public Library. Online condolences may be made at www.demmerleyfuneralhome.com.

Peter Jablonsk
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Peter Jablonski of Hamburg died Nov. 10.

He was a veteran of the Korean War.

He was the husband of Arlene (nee Koepf); father of Edward (Laura) Jablonski and Ellen (Michael) Pyszczek; grandfather of Kelsey Jablonski; also survived by one nephew.

Visitation and a funeral service were held from the Loomis, Offers & Loomis Inc. Hamburg Chapel. A Mass of Christian burial was held from Saint Bernadette Roman Catholic Church.

Adeline Kozierowski
Adeline (nee Luczkowiak) Kozierowski, 92, of Hamburg died Nov. 16.

She was a sales clerk at Redlinski Meats in the Broadway Market.

She was the wife of the late Henry Kozierowski Sr.; mother of the late Henry (Regina) Kozierowski Jr.; grandmother of Debbie Bueme and Susan (John) Nesselbush; great-grandmother of Shane, Ashley and Dakota; sister of the late Marion (Leonard and Carol) Redlinski and Joseph (late Eleanor) Luczkowiak; also survived by nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Visitation was held from the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home Inc., located at 21 Pierce Ave. in Hamburg. A Mass of Christian burial was held in Saint Bernadette Church.

Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.demmerleyfuneralhome.com.

Raymond Kirst

Raymond Kirst, 95, of Eden died Nov. 9.

He graduated from Hamburg High School and attended Millard Fillmore College. He worked for his father’s business, E.P. Kirst & Sons Inc. in Hamburg.

He was a veteran of the United States Army and served in World War II. He was a longtime communicant at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He served on the parish council, building and grounds committee, Duffy Center Planning Board and Holy Name Society. He received the Buffalo Diocese Saint Joseph the Worker Award.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 2220, New York State Wholesale Distributors Association, Buffalo Candy & Tobacco Table, Eden Recreation Board, Eden Board of Education, Eden Fire Department and the American Legion Post 880.

He was a Cub master and assistant scoutmaster in the Eden Boy Scouts.

He was the son of the late Edwin and Catherine (nee Haid) Kirst; husband of Geraldine (nee Wittmeyer); father of Paul (Kathryn) Kirst, Patricia (Thomas) Shepker and Kathleen (John) Coval; grandfather of Peter (Amy) Shepker, Julie (Scott) Clements, Steven (Vicky) Mize and Jonathan (Melissa) Kirst; great-grandfather of Megan, Joseph and Jessica Shepker, Ryan and Sean Mize, Madison Kirst and Nathan Clements; brother of Howard (Marie) Kirst, Robert (Dolores) Kirst, Doris Schmidt, Carl (Mabel) Kirst, Eileen Cottet, Jane (Donald) Krueger, John (Jean) Kirst and the late Marian; brother-in-law of Lillian Schreinder and the late George Koelmel, William Cottet, Richard Schmidt and Harold Schreiner; also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held from the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home Inc. A Mass of Christian burial was held from Immaculate Conception Church of Eden. The Rev. Walter Grabowski officiated. Interment with military honors followed, in Immaculate Conception Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception Church, the Hospice Foundation or to the Eden Fire Department.

Josephine Kusior
Josephine Kusior

Josephine (nee Renaldo) Kusior, 95, of Brant, died Nov. 13.

She was the former owner of Kusior’s Auto Parts & Wrecking, spent time with family and played cards.

She was the wife of the late Stanley Kusior; mother of Marjorie (late David) Pero, Mary Lou (Joel) Carson, Kathleen Kusior, Linda (Paul) Bantle, Eugene Kusior and the late Stanley Jr. and Daniel Kusior; grandmother of 18; great-grandmother of 28 and great-great-grandmother of one; mother-in-law of Judy and Lynn; sister of the late Lucille Kelm, Paul Renaldo, Laura Romero, Dominica “Mae” Lardo, Catherine Haynes, Peter Renaldo and Mary Carmella Russo.

Visitation and a funeral service were held from the Wentland Funeral Home, located at 10634 Main St. in North Collins. A Mass of Christian burial was held from Parish of Our Lady Church of Brant.

Christopher Manaher
Christopher Manaher of Hamburg died Nov. 11.

He was the son of Traci Sliwinski and Mark Manaher; brother of Jamie Lynn; grandson of Diane and Dennis Garfoot and William and the late Joanne Manaher; also survived by other family members and friends.

Visitation was held from the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home’s Hamburg Chapel. A Mass of Christian burial was held from Saint Bernadette Church, located at 5930 S. Abbott Road in Orchard Park.

Online condolences may be made at www.kaczorfunerals.com.

Lois Mahany

Lois (nee McElroy) Mahany, 86, died Nov. 16.

She retired from Our Lady of Victory Hospital as a TV hostess.

She was the wife of Maurice Mahany; mother of Maureen (Adrian) Sobocinski, Michael (Ellen) and Marta (James) Richardson; grandmother of six and great-grandmother of six.

A memorial Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23 from Saint Francis of Assisi Church in Athol Springs. Arrangements were made by the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home Inc.

Online condolences may be made at www.kaczorfunerals.com.

Cassandra Mangan
Cassandra “Cass” (nee Drcelik) Mangan, 64, of Amherst, died Nov. 11.

She was a retired nurse from the Erie County Medical Center of Buffalo.

She was the wife of Arthur Mangan; mother of Arthur, Daryl and Todd Mangan; grandmother of Payton; sister of John Drcelik and Judy and daughter-in-law of Flora Mangan.

Visitation and a funeral were held from the Wentland Funeral Home, located at 10634 Main St. in North Collins.

Glen McNally

Glen McNally, 85, of Hamburg died Nov. 10.

He was a foreman at the Ford Stamping Plant.

He was the husband of Marjorie (nee Stonerook); father of David (Laurie) McNally, Diane (Richard) McCall and LeeAnn McNally; also survived by five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at First Baptist Church of Hamburg. Online condolences may be made at www.demmerleyfuneralhome.com.

Katherine Pavlovich

Katherine (nee Borich) Pavlovich of Lackawanna died Nov. 15.

She was a member of the Woodlawn Home Bureau.

She was the wife of the late Michael; mother of Michael (Gail), Mary Ann (David) Thiel, John (Beverly) and the late Joseph; also survived by seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (nee Solomon) Borich; sister of the late Rose (late Adam) Page and Helen (late Stephen) Buntich; also survived by nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held from the Colonial Memorial Chapels Inc., located at 3003 S. Park Ave. in Lackawanna. A Mass of Christian burial was held in Saint Frances Assisi Church.

Evelyn Scheffler
Evelyn (nee Steiner) Scheffler, 96, of Blasdell, died Nov. 12.

She was a homemaker.

She was the wife of the late Raymond Scheffler Sr.; mother of Shirley (Raymond) Wargo and the late Ronald (late Diana) Scheffler, Raymond Jr. (Karen) Scheffler and Richard (Kathleen) Scheffler; grandmother of Jamie (Jerry) Bednasz, Scott (Beth) Scheffler, Ronald (Tracey) Scheffler, Diana Scheffler, Matthew (Amy) Scheffler, Richard Scheffler and Dawn (Jeff) Benjamin; also survived by 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; predeceased by one great-granddaughter.

A private wake and funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements were made by the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made at www.kaczorfunerals.com.

Jack Smith
Jack Smith

Jack Smith, 81, of Eden died in Brunswick, Ga. on Nov. 14.

He grew up as a foster child with the Leo Brockman family of North Collins.

He worked as a Nationwide Insurance agent in Eden and then, in 1975, opened his own insurance company, Eden Agency. In time, he acquired five other agencies and opened a second location in Springville.

He was a 42-year member of the local chamber of commerce. He was a cofounder of the Eden Corn Festival and was this year’s 50th anniversary chairman, parade chairman and corn master. He was also the softball chairman.

He was inducted into the Western New York Softball Hall of Fame in 1994. He was a lifetime trustee of Immaculate Conception Church and served on the Lakeshore Community Hospital Board of Trustees for 13 years. He was chairman of the building fund for the Eden Library and the renovation fund drive for Immaculate Conception Church.

He and his wife joined the Western New York chapter of the National Kidney Foundation and he was elected president of the foundation board, several times. He also served as chair of the Eden High School Athletic Hall of Fame and was a 1995 inductee. He also coached softball and served as treasurer of a hockey league.

He was the husband of the late Mary Ellen (nee Brindley) Smith; father of James “Brad” Smith, Mary Elise “Mimi” Smith, John (Kathleen Schreiber) Smith, Anita “Winkie” Smith and Jacklyn “Jackie” Smith; grandfather of Jena and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Smith; foster brother of the late Charles Brockman; also survived by many friends.

Visitation was held from the Wentland Funeral Home Inc. of North Collins. A Mass of Christian burial was held from Immaculate Conception Church of Eden. Burial was in Immaculate Conception Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Eden Historical Society or the Eden Community Foundation.

Raymond Stilwell Sr.
Raymond Stilwell Sr.

Ray Stilwell, 75, of Hamburg died Oct. 22.

He was born in Buffalo. He graduated from East High School and attended the State University of New York at Buffalo, after serving four years in the United States Navy.

He fished, studied history and watched the New York Yankees. He was a retired railroad engineer from Buffalo Creek/Conrail.

He was the husband of Beth (nee Mulderig) Stilwell; father of Elizabeth (Tom) Goodwin, Kathryn Stilwell and Raymond Stilwell Jr.; brother of Charles (late Jan), the late Ed Knott, the late Jean Fitzsimmons and the late Trish McCarthy; also survived by nieces, nephews and other family members.

Visitation and a memorial service was held at Reddington Funeral Home. Interment with a military service by members of the U.S. Navy was held at Lakeside Cemetery Field of Valor®.

James Sugg
James Sugg, 66, of Hamburg died Nov. 14.

He was a postal carrier in Buffalo.

He was the son of the late Elroy and Charlotte Sugg and brother of Robert Sugg.

A Mass of Christian burial was held Nov. 18 from Saint Bernadette Church. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Rita Sweeney
Rita Sweeney

Rita (nee Reuther) Sweeney, 92, of Hamburg died Nov. 16.

She was a former secretary at Saints Peter & Paul School. She was the co-owner of the former Three Sisters Liquors. She was a member of the altar and rosary society and church choir, for 54 years. She was a past regent of CD of A Court St. Agnes 817.

She was the wife of the late Charles Sweeney; mother of Martin, Christopher (Kathleen), John, Charles (Dianne) and Patrick (Cheryl) Sweeney and Mary (late Robe) Fazekas; sister of Anne (Thomas) Reuther Milholland and the late Henry (late Rachel) Reuther; also survived by 15 grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home, located at 21 Pierce Ave. in Hamburg, from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. on Nov. 22. A Mass of Christian burial will be held from Saints Peter & Paul Church at 10 a.m. on Nov. 23. Burial will be in Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, c/o Saints Peter & Paul Church of Hamburg. Online condolences may be made at www.demmerleyfuneralhome.com.

Ethel Woodworth
Ethel Woodworth

Ethel (nee Lango) Woodworth, 86, of Hamburg died Nov. 2.

She was a homemaker. She returned from Florida after 30 years. She bowled and did crafts.

She was the wife of the late Harold Woodworth. She was the mother of Lynn (Jean) Lango; sister of Richard Bement, Joyce Zielinski of Springville and Nany Klaiber; daughter of Clarence and Gladys Bement of Springville; survived by nine grandchildren,12 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter, Sharon Evans and sister, Grace Huffstader.

Stella Zielinski

Stella Zielinski, 56, of Angola, died Nov. 12.

She was the daughter of the late John and Helen Zielinski; sister of John, Laura (late Joseph) Broadway, Michael, Christopher, Bertha (Richard) Atkins and Victoria (Walter) Michaels; also survived by nieces and nephews; friend of Joyce Harmon and the Dale family.

Visitation was held from the Addison Funeral Home Inc., located at 262 N. Main St. in Angola. A Mass of Christian burial was held from Most Precious Blood Church of Angola. Interment services followed in the Saint Vincent de Paul Cemetery of North Evans.

Online condolences may be made at www.addisonfuneralhome.com.





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