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Death notices and obituaries from The Sun week of June 5

Anna Barone


Anna Barone
Anna M. (nee Ricci) Barone, of North Collins, 101, died May 29.She was the daughter of the late Marco and Cecelia Ricci; wife of the late Frank Barone; mother of Cecille (Donald) DeMeo and John (Margaret) Barone; sister of Theresa Jerozal and the late Rose Faraci, Jenny Azzarella, Angelo, Joseph and Nicholas Ricci; grandmother of Andrea (Chris) Heinold, Steven (Mary) DeMeo and Patricia (Michael) Taylor; great-grandmother of Taylor and Jordan Heinold and Aidan Taylor. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

She was a member of the North Collins Senior Citizens and a life member of the Most Precious Blood Church Altar and Rosary Society.

A Mass of Christian burial was held June 2 at Most Precious Blood Church in Angola. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either the North Collins Emergency Squad or Angola Volunteer Fire Company. Online condolences can be made at addisonfuneralhome.com.

James Bisset

James W. Bisset, of Saint Petersburg, Fla., formerly of Buffalo, died May 2. He was the husband of Barbara and the late Alice Bisset; father of Christina Abt; grandfather of Lisabeth (Kevin) Abt Pieters and James Abt; great-grandfather of Bennett and Ella Rose Pieters; brother of the late B. David Bisset; and uncle of David (Susan), Jimm (Elizabeth) and Karen (Robert Barnes) Bisset.

He was born in Butler, Pa. and grew up in Kenmore. He attended Kenmore West High School, graduating in 1946, and went on to serve as a member of the United States Army in Korea from 1946-1948. He worked in the steel mills of Pratt and Letchworth, working his way from mill to management, serving as the company’s production manager until the plant closed in 1981. He also worked for two years in management at Amcast Industrial Corporation. In 1983, Jim joined the HUNT Real Estate Agency Training Program. Within two years, he and fellow agent, Fred Paulsen, were revolutionizing the WNY real estate business by partnering on all listings. HUNT Amherst became one of the top selling real estate offices in Western New York. In May of 1991, Jim retired from his real estate career and moved to North Carolina. He moved to Florida in 2003, settling in St. Petersburg.

A memorial service will take place at 1 p.m. at the Forest Lawn Cemetery Chapel, located at 1411 Delaware Ave. in Buffalo on Saturday, June 7. Assemble at the Delaware Avenue entrance. Donations can be made to Hospice Buffalo.

Arrangements were made by Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home Inc. Online condolences may be made at www.lakesidefuneralhome.com.

Norma Carlson

Norma (nee Hill) Carlson, of Bliss, died April 28. She was born Aug. 4, 1942. She was the wife of James L.Carlson; mother of Lisa Vasi and Leslie (Samuel) Nappo; grandmother of Alyssa and Gray Vasi and Caroline and Nicholas Nappo.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. from Faith United Church of Christ in Boston on June 7. Flowers are declined. Memorials may be made to the church.

Donald McCarthy


Donald McCarthy

Donald E. McCarthy, of Buffalo, died May 27. He was the husband of Rose (nee Pineau) McCarthy; father of Laurel (David) Lamparelli, Kevin (Maria) McCarthy, Cheryl Fritz and the late Michael McCarthy; grandfather of seven grandchildren and great-grandfather of one great-grandson; eldest child of the late Edward and Ethel McCarthy; brother of Ann (James) VanOcker, Arlene Lessard and Carol (Tim) Lempges; also survived by relatives and friends.

He graduated from Canisius College in 1956 and began work with Marine Midland Bank that same year, eventually relocating to West Chester, Pa., where he retired in 1986. He also worked as a consultant for the United States government in Russia.

He and his family opened Christopher’s Chocolates in Newtown Square, Pa. in 1986, where the original store continues, to this day.

A memorial service will be held at Lombardo Funeral Home Southtowns Chapel, located at 3060 Abbott Road on June 7, following a viewing from 10-11 a.m. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests donations be made to the Leukemia Society of America, in his or Michael’s name. Online condolences may be made at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.

Jane Canizzaro

Jane F. (nee Bozenski) Canizzaro, of Hamburg, died May 26. She was the wife of the late Dominic Cannizzaro; sister of the late Irene (late Archie) Gady and late Karl (Rosemary) Szulgit; sister-in-law of Mary (Joseph) Rizzo, Nancy Cannizzaro and the late Antoinette Cannizzaro and late Anthony (late Joan) Cannizzaro; aunt of many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church, a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post No. 527, involved in Sigma Alpha Rho Sorority of Lafayette High School (class of 1954), a Meals on Wheels Volunteer and a cribbage player and bowler.

Funeral services were held on May 31 at Trinity Episcopal Church of Hamburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church. Online condolences may be made at www.kaczorfunerals.com.

Amy Marie Casey

Amy Marie (nee Berns) Casey, 52, of Angola, died May 28. She was the wife of Edward Casey; mother of Terra (Todd) Reiche, Amy (Tim) Sargeant Edward Jr. and Christina Casey; daughter of the late Amelia Lapp and Richard Berns; Sister of Rick, Daniel (Karie Imiola) and Heather (Brian Edwards) Kencel, Henry (Dawn Brown) Lapp and late Deborah (Larry) Cummins; granddaughter of Irene Iannacone; grandmother of Tyler, Hailey, Evan, Chelsea and Ryleigh, also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A funeral was held on May 31 at Addison Funeral Home in Angola. Interment was in Forest Avenue Cemetery in Angola.

Deanna Gill

Deanna R. (nee Moses) Gill, of Blasdell, died May 31. She was the wife of Ronald Gill; devoted mother of Eric, Lori (Larry) Clark, Valerie and the late Edward; grandmother of Jacob (Annie), Allison (Shawn), Jamie (Michael), Jessica and Zachary; great-grandmother of Julia, Jane, Michael, William, Julien and Tina; sister of Barbara (late George) Calendo, Carol (Bob) Proudman and the late Ronnie, Marcia (late Jim) Maracle, Claire and Kedric; sister-in-law of Don (Ceil) Gill; also survived by relatives and friends.

A gathering will be held in her memory from 4-7 p.m. on June 10 at the Lombardo Funeral Home, located at 3060 Abbott Road.

Kearney Suto


Kearny Suto

Kearny J. Suto, Jr., of Orchard Park, died May 22. He was the husband of Judith (nee Bowell) Suto; husband of the late Catherine (nee Panoff) Suto. Father of Mark (Carla) Suto, Colin (Marcia) Suto and Cheryl (Ricky) Krazmien; step-father to Daniel and Heather Hodson; grandfather of six grandchildren and four step-grandchildren. Brother to Richard (Joan) Suto; Raymond (Donna) Suto; Erma (late Richard) Roberts; Ilona (late Jerry) Klein. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

He served in the United States Navy and U.S. Marine Corps from 1951-1955; attended Naval Station Great Lakes Hospital for training and served as a hospital corpsman for the 3rd Regime Marine Corps.

He was a graduate of Blasdell High School and attended Lackawanna High School for one year as a post-graduate student, where he played baseball and football.

He started in the beer industry in 1948 with Lake Erie Distributors, where he worked his way to the position of sales manager.

He was vice president of sales of Iroquois Brewery on Pratt Street in Buffalo from May 1966-Dec. 1966. In January 1967, he was appointed president of Iroquois Brewery and served as the brewery’s last president, from 1967 until the brewery closed at the end of 1971.

He was a long-time committeeman in the third ward of Lackawanna; was the first commissioner of the Lackawanna Indoor Roller Hockey League that was housed at the former Skate Haven Roller Rink; president of the Lackawanna Youth Bureau; started and coached the Pepsi Traveling Bowling Team out of Abbott Alleys in Lackawanna; coached men’s and women’s softball teams; was involved with the teen challenge in Lackawanna, and participated in many other activities throughout the community and at the Tabernacle Church in Orchard Park, where he belonged.

There was no prior visitation. The funeral services were handled by Lombardo Funeral Home. A memorial service was held at The Tabernacle in Orchard Park.

Vincent Hadrych

Vincent J. Hadrych, 53, of Seneca Falls, formerly of Hamburg, died May 29. He was the son of Joseph and Regina Hadrych; brother of Marynell (William) Hadrych-Goldman and Maryclaire Hadrych.

A Mass of Christian burial was held June 2 at Saints Peter & Paul Church in Hamburg. Burial was held in Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery.

Arrangements were made by the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home Inc.

Paul Hawes

Paul R. Hawes Sr., of Blasdell, died June 2. He was the husband of the late Katherine (nee Ekelund) Hawes; father of Paul (Nancy) Hawes, Jr., Colleen (Glenn) Kumm, Joseph Lucckino, Cindy Stitt, Patrick(late Lauri) McCusker, Katherine (Peter) Leone, Donna (Dominic) Cellini, Darlene (Rodney Sr.) Pawlowski and Diane McCusker; brother of David (Virginia) Hawes; also survived by 13 grandchildren, other family members and friends.

He retired from the Ford Stamping Plant as a welder.

Family will be present June 5, from 4-8 p.m. at the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home, located at 3450 South Park Ave. where prayers will be said Friday at 8:45 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian burial at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church at 9:30.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hospice Foundation of WNY.

Richard Tokarczyk


Richard Tokarczyk

Richard J. Tokarczyk, 68, died May 30. He was the husband of Joann (nee Paluch); father of Theresa (Jack) McDonnell, David and Shawn; brother of Joan (Michael) Mahoney and the late Joseph Tokarczyk; grandfather of Jordan and Devin; brother-in-law of Stephen (Dolores) Paluch, Ronald Paluch, Barbara Kenyon and Mary Jane Flagg.

He was a Vietnam veteran and a member of the Thomas E. Tehan Post No. 1449.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held June 5 at 9:15 a.m. at Saint Bernadette Church, located at 5930 S. Abbott Road in Orchard Park. Interment will be at Lakeside Memorial Cemetery. Flowers are declined. Online condolences can be made at www.kaczorfunerals.com.

Tracy Jackson

Tracy L. (nee Norman) Jackson, 51, of Hamburg, died May 27. She was the mother of Robert and Michael Barrett; daughter of the late Lewis Norman Sr.; sister of Debra and Lewis Norman Jr.; also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She worked at Burger King in Hamburg.

Visitation was held at the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home Inc., located at 21 Pierce Ave. in Hamburg.

Florence Jakubowski

Florence (nee Kross) Jakubowski, 95, of Sun City, Ariz., formerly of Cheektowaga, died May 21. She was the wife of the late John Jakubowski; mother of Sharon (Phil Chase) Odozynski, Gary (Sharon) Jakubowski and Dennis (Cindy) Jakubowski; grandmother of eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters Alice (late Raymond) Macadlo and Karen (Howard) Hecker; late brother Raymond Kross. A funeral Mass was held May 31, at St. Mary of the Lake Church, located at 4737 Lake Shore Road in Hamburg. Flowers were declined. Arrangements were made by the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home. Online condolences can be made at www.kaczorfunerals.com.

George Kuhrt

George O. Kuhrt, of Hamburg, died May 29. He was the son of the late George and Lois (nee Oakley) Kuhrt; brother of James (Grace), David (Minda), Karen (Stanley) Ruszkowski, Andrew, Thomas (Susan) and the late Natalie; uncle of 15 nieces and nephews and great-uncle of eight great-nieces and nephews; also survived by relatives and friends.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held June 10 at 10 a.m. at Saint Joseph’s University Church, located at 3269 Main St., Buffalo. Arrangements were made by the Lombardo Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.

Ann Makowski

Ann M. (nee Major) Makowski, of Hamburg, died May 29. She was the wife of Stephen Makowski; mother of Leslie Makowski; sister of Dennis (Jeannie), John and Kevin Major; also survived by nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 7 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Hamburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Melanoma Research Foundation.

Arrangements by Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home Inc. Online condolences may be made at www.lakesidefuneralhome.com.

Alice Palmer

Alice Ann Palmer, 86, of Fort Myers, Fla., died on May 23. She was born on Oct. 19, 1927 in Buffalo, to the late Elsworth and Alice Hanna. She was the wife of the late Dana Reed Palmer; the mother of Terrance Palmer, Nina Palmer and Christine Andrews, as well as the grandmother of six.

She lived and worked as a secretary in Hamburg and was involved in many activities in Hamburg, including leadership roles for Campfire Girls of America and Cub Scouts. She and her family spent many summers in Chautauqua. In 1987, she and her late husband moved to Sanibel Island, Fla. They were members of Saint Isabel Catholic Church on Sanibel Island; she also served as president of the Christian Women’s Association for 10 years. In 2004, they moved to Fort Myers, and in 2005, she was preceded in death by her husband.

A private memorial service will be held in New York at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be sent in her memory to the Harry Chapin Food Bank, located at 3760 Fowler St., Fort Myers, Fla. 33901.

Online condolences can be made at www.harvey-engelhardt.com.

Mary Watson

Mary (nee Carestio) Watson, 93, of Hamburg, died May 31. She was the wife of the late Walter “Sugg” Watson; mother of Elaine (James) Fredo and Susan (Lou) Giacomini; grandmother of James (Ann) Fredo, Jeffrey (Jennifer) Fredo, Julie (Ryan) DiGrace and Matthew Giacomini; great-grandmother of Madeline, Emma, Hannah, Jeffrey and Jake; predeceased by brothers and sisters.

Funeral services were held on June 4 at the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home. Entombment was in Lakeside Memorial Cemetery. Share condolences at www.kaczorfunerals.com.

Gordon Wood

Gordon D. Wood, of Lakeview, died May 30. He was the husband of the late Della M. (nee Brehm) Wood; companion of Betty Augustyniak; father of Suzette (David) Zimmer, Gordon Jr. and John (Sally) Wood; father-in-heart of Katherine (Michael) Baumann, Carole (Jerry) Gannon and Christine (Jeff) Logan; grandfather of many grandchildren and great-grandfather of many great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on June 9 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home, located at 5453 Southwestern Blvd. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. on June 10 at Saint John Paul II Church, on Lake View Road in Lakeview. Interment will follow in Lakeside Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hospice Foundation of Western New York. Online condolences can be made at www.kaczorfunerals.com.





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