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Death notices and obituaries from the Nov. 7 edition of The Sun

John Baker

John Baker, 81, of Boston died Oct. 30.

He retired from Lucent Technologies in Buffalo.

He was the husband of Marian (nee Snyder) Baker; father of David (Paula) and Sandra Baker; grandfather of Kristen Anne (Sean) Mingle, David Baker Jr. and Kevin Baker; great-grandfather of Clara Rae, Nadalie and Ty; brother of Robert (Ruth), James (Pat) and the late Norma (late Hal) Fisher, Gerry (Bud) and William (Erna) Baker; also survived by nieces, nephews and other family members.

A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements were made by the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home Inc. Online condolences may be made at www.kaczorfunerals.com.

Gilbert Brockman
Gilbert “Butch” Brockman, 71, died on Nov. 3. He was born in Eden to the late Gilbert and Bernice (nee Bragg) Brockman.

He married Sharon (nee Romano) on July 20, 1963 in Immaculate Conception Church of Eden.

He hunted, fished and gardened. He played sports, especially football and baseball. At one time, he played semi-pro baseball. He followed the Buffalo Bills, the Buffalo Sabres and the Cincinnati Reds.

He worked as a mason with the Brockman Brothers and retired from the West Seneca Developmental Center.

He was the husband of Sharon (nee Romano); father of Brenda Atkinson and brother of Donald (late Marlene), late Gordon (Margaret), Clifford (Barbara) and Timothy Brockman Sr. Also survived by many nieces and nephews, as well as by his dogs, Edie, Ace and Annabelle.

Visitation was held Nov. 5 from the Laing Funeral Home Inc., located at 2724 W. Church St. in Eden.

A memorial Mass was celebrated on Nov. 6 from Immaculate Conception Church.

Memorials may be made to Eden Emergency Services, P.O. Box 111. Online condolences may be made at www.LaingFuneralHome.com.

Gloria Butler
Gloria Butler
Gloria “Betty” (nee Cooper) Butler, 87, of Derby died Oct. 29.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Eden, Hanover Township Post No. 177, Evans Township Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5798 Ladies Auxiliary and the Seabees Veterans of America Auxiliary (past state president).

She was the wife of the late Blake Butler; mother of Carter (late Deborah) Butler, Marcia (Dick) Phillips, Phyllis (Byron) Morgan, Rebecca (Bobby) Hudgins and Sarah (John) Griffenhagen; sister of the late Bill Cooper; also survived by 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held from the Addison Funeral Home of Angola. A funeral service was held from the First Church of Evans in Derby.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made at www.addisonfuneralhome.com.

Norene DeLaFuente
Norene (nee Montgomery) DeLaFuente of Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Hamburg, died Oct. 28.

She was the wife of Luis DeLaFuente and the late Bernard Randall; mother of Catherine (Ralph) Ialeggio; grandmother of Kristin Ialeggio Holbrook and Michael Ialeggio; and great-grandmother of Brady Wit Holbrook, Leyton Randall Holbrook and Mikayla Ialeggio.

Visitation was held from the Loomis, Offers & Loomis Inc. Hamburg Chapel, located at 207 Main St. A funeral service was held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Boston. Interment was in Saint Matthew’s Cemetery.

June Drescher
June (nee Colby) Drescher, 84 of Hamburg, formerly of Lancaster, died Oct. 28.

She was wife of the late Albert Drescher Sr.; mother of Kathy Tootle, Karen (Walter) Jentz, Wayne (Lori) Drescher and the late Albert Drescher Jr.; grandmother of Jen (Jeff) Ebersole, Kim Lamoreaux, Sam and Ben Tootle, Andrew (Leanne) Drescher and Megan Drescher; great-grandmother of Derek, Walter, Alex and Evan; sister of Helen (James) Carlin and Gladys (late Frank) Foose; also survived by nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation was held at the Hamburg Chapel of the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home Inc. Interment services were private.

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

Donald Elliott
Donald Elliott

Donald Elliott, 86, died Aug. 20.

He was a graduate of Hamburg High School and received a degree from Clarkson College. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force.

He was the father of Glenda (Thomas) Mitchell, Evan Elliott, Bryn and Elizabeth Elliott; brother of John (Marieanna), Jerry (Elizabeth) Elliott and Irene (Donald) Hedger; grandfather of Lucy Mitchell, Willie and Louis Elliott; former husband of Angela Elliott and Valerie Elliott; also survived by nieces and nephews.

His family held a private memorial gathering.

Eleanor Foit
Eleanor Foit

Eleanor (nee Kreamer) Foit, 79, died Nov. 2. She was born Feb. 9, 1934 in Angola to George and Bertha (nee Ratzel) Kreamer. She married James Foit in 1954.

She and her husband worked together in the Foit Floor Covering Company for more than 50 years. She was also a seamstress.

She was a member of the Saint James United Church of Christ. She volunteered at the Autumn View Manor Nursing Home. She was a member of the East Eden Home Bureau for many years and was a member of the Boston Seniors Young at Heart.

She bowled and watched her grandchildren’s sporting and musical events.

She was the wife of the late James Foit Sr.; mother of Debi (Kim) Lickfield, James Jr. (Sharon) Foit, Lisa (Richard) Lindner, Julie (Joseph) Poliseno, Timothy (Mary) Foit, Jeanne (Jim) Sobczak and Michael (Annie) Foit; sister of Sylvia (Bill) Robison, Barbara (late Frank) Reuter and George (Judy) Kreamer; grandmother of 19 and great-grandmother of 10.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 from the Saint James United Church of Christ, located at 76 Main St. in Hamburg. There will be no prior visitation.

Memorials may be made to Breast Cancer Awareness or Hospice. Online condolences may be made at www.LaingFuneralHome.com.

James Militello
James Militello, 72, of Farnham died Oct. 30 at Absolut Care of Eden.

He was a member of the Farnham Veterans of Foreign Wars for more than 50 years. He served on the Farnham Village Board, ran Dunker Corporation for more than 30 years and retired from the Ford Stamping Plant.

He was the husband of Patricia (nee Pantano) Militello; father of Lori (Phil) Garner and Pamela (David) Wojda; brother of Anna (Angelo) LaRussa, Clara (late Ray) Nytz, Josephine (late John) North, Theresa (late Anthony) Quagliana, August (Sylvia) Militello, Lucy (Ed) Davis Sr., Jenny (Phil) Hadsell, Pauline (Don) Schmauss, Michael (Rosie) Militello and the late Angelo (Grace), Joseph (Rose), Sam (Eleanor), Patty (Al) Juliana, Anthony (Mary Ann) and Mary Militello; grandfather of Erin (Jerry) Fasolino, Brent Garner, Alyssa (Jesse Donnelly) Wojda and Chad Wojda; son of the late August and Anna Militello; friend of Ellsworth, Jamie, Josh and Lyndsey Nolan; also survived by many nieces and nephews.

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 Saint Anthony’s Church of Farnham.

Memorials may be made to the Farnham VFD. Online condolences may be made at www.addisonfuneralhome.com.

Garfield Nevling
Garfield “Gar” “Jug” Nevling, 81, of Hamburg died Oct. 31.

He retired from the Ford Stamping Plant.

He was the husband of the late Margaret “Peg” (nee Garvey) Nevling; father of Doug, Connie (late Gerry) Andritz and Tammy (Daryl) Novoa; grandfather of Charles Mitchell, Kyle Nevling, Douglas (Jessica), Elizabeth and Anthony Novoa; companion of Ruth McCormick and brother-in-law of Marlene, James “Bud,” Elaine, Robert, Carol and George.

Visitation was held from the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home. A funeral service was held from The Wesleyan Church of Hamburg. Interment in Lakeside Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.kaczorfunerals.com.

Louis Obad
Louis “Snookie” Obad of Blasdell died Nov. 4.

He was the husband of Bernice Klemick-Obad; father of Joseph, Nicholas (Charlote) and Louis Obad; grandfather of Sophia; son of the late Louis and Mary Obad; brother of Stephen Strnad, Joseph Strnad, Mary Thompson, Alice Roorda, Rudy Obad, Leo Obad, Julie Zagarino, Irene Warner, Bill Obad, George Obad, Charlie Obad and the late Frank Strnad; also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home’s Hamburg Chapel from 3 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 8 from Queen of Angels Church in Lackawanna. Online condolences may be made at www.kaczorfunerals.com.

Maria Juana Rodriguez
Maria Juana Rodriguez, 81, of Farnham died Nov. 3.

She was the wife of the late Pablo Cruz Flores; mother of Jose Rodriguez, Gilbert (Catherine) Rodriguez and Nancy Rodriguez; grandmother of Shannon, Bridgit, Gilbert Jr. and Daniel; great-grandmother of three; and sister of Wilfredo, Juan and Isabella.

Visitation was held from the Wentland Funeral Home of North Collins. A Mass of Christian burial was held from Saint Anthony’s Church of Farnham.

Judith Paulus
Judith Paulus

Judith (nee Biemer) Paulus, 77, of Boston died Nov. 2.

She was a bookkeeper for Paulus & Company.

She was the wife of Richard Paulus; mother of Deborah (Randall) Lickfeld, David Paulus and Diane (Ronald) Dunmire; sister of Robert (Linda) Biemer; grandmother of Andrew and Kathryn Lickfeld.

Funeral services were held from the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home Inc. and Saints Peter & Paul Church on Nov. 5.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice Foundation. Online condolences may be made at www.demmerleyfuneralhome.com.

Michael Pugliese
Michael Pugliese, 86, of Hamburg died Oct. 30 in Elderwood Health Care at Lakewood.

He owned and operated the Highland Plaza Clothing Store in Derby for 30 years. He was a 67-year member of the Evans Township Lions Club and was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5798.

He was the husband of Marian (nee Secord) Pugliese; father of Renee (Jeffrey) Brooks, Cheryl (Robert) Mills, Allison (David) Giambra and the late Michael Pugliese; brother of Mary (late Paul) Licata and Agnes (late Charles) Insinna; grandfather of Carolyn (Jason) Long, Michael (Jennifer) Brooks, Donald (Kim Romaszko) Strash and Heather Brooks; great-grandfather of Jade (Hector) Chavez and great-great-grandfather of Elias Chavez.

Visitation was held from the Addison Funeral Home Inc. of Angola. A Mass of Christian burial was held from Saints Peter & Paul Church of Hamburg.

Interment with military honors followed in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.addisonfuneralhome.com.

David Stewart
David Stewart

David “Stew” Stewart, 58, of Hamburg died Oct. 29.

He worked as a machinist at Cameron Compression in Buffalo.

He was the husband of Kathleen (nee Tomaka) Stewart; father of Kelly (Aaron) Stack, Jamie (Steven) Klimtzak and Michael Tomaka; grandfather of Alexa, Dominik, Nathan, Makenzie, Kaeden and Ryley; also survived by many other family members and friends.

A Mass of Christian burial was held Nov. 4 at Saint Francis of Assisi Church. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery. Arrangements were made by the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home.

Katherine Triepel
Katherine Triepel

Katherine Triepel of Hamburg died Sept. 7. She graduated from Amherst Central High School, where she was captain of the ladies soccer team and competed in equestrian show jumping and at nationals. She took first place against Olympic gold medalists, continuing at Hood College, then transferring to Rosary Hill and the State University of New York at Buffalo.

She served as a board member of the Lake Shore Nursery School and as a deacon at Wayside Church. She was the regional director of Federal Region I National Association of Woman Highway Safety Leaders and was on the board of the Highway Safety Users Federation.

She was also the town traffic safety coordinator. She originated the Citizens – Town Traffic Safety Reporting System and Problem Resolution Process. She also operated a program that inventoried and upgraded all traffic signs, an arrangement that provided rubberized railroad crossings at high volume crossings and a program that provided a sidewalk to a signalized intersection and crossing.

She worked with an engineering firm and also trained and showed poodles. Her standard “Tia Maria” won high point poodle at the Credit Valley Dog Show in the Skydome.

She was the wife of 51 years to George Triepel Jr.; mother of Kristin (Philip) Murphy and George (Caroline) Triepel III; grandmother of Dan Murphy and Sedonia, Sophia, Shay and Sidney Triepel; daughter of Frank and Wanda Meyers and sister of Marilyn (Richard) Goodwin.

Arrangements were made by the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home Inc., located at 4199 Lakeshore Road in Hamburg.

Murray Williams II
Murray Williams II, 29, of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation died Nov. 2.

He was the father of Marcus Williams and Rioux Johnson; son of Murray (Denise) Williams and the late Andrea John; brother of Charisse (Martin) Jimerson, Tahlia (Ben Gates Jr.) Williams, Damon Williams, Brandon Nephew, Lindsey (Ben) Castillo and Leslie (Jordan Cooke) Nephew; grandson of Emery Williams, Caraleta (late Melvin) Brooks, Dennis (Darlene) Lay, late Lucille Nephew and Sylvester John; also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation was held from the family home on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. at the home, located at 12167 Route 438.

Arrangements were made by the Wentland Funeral Home of North Collins.

James Woods
James “Woody” Woods of Hamburg died in Daytona Beach, Fla. on Oct. 10.

He was the son of Margaret (nee Neth) and the late Joseph Woods; brother of Colleen Driscoll and Jerry (Kathy) Woods; uncle of Kevin, Ryan and Eric Paul, Patrick, Erin and Brian Woods and the late Sean Paul.

A prayer service was held from the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home’s Hamburg Chapel. A private interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.kaczorfunerals.com.

Catherine Yoerk
Catherine Yoerk

Catherine (nee Balling) Yoerk, 87, of Hamburg died Oct. 31.

She and her late husband ran a hot dog stand in North Boston, in the current location of George’s Hot Dogs, from 1957 – 1962. She later was a postal clerk at the North Boston Post Office.

She was the wife of the late William Yoerk; mother of Michael (Diane Truesdale) Yoerk and Merri Carol (William) Hall; grandmother of Brittany and Shelby Hall; sister of Eleanor Balling, Janet (Breen) McNichol and the late Elizabeth McGrath, Virginia Hynes, John Balling and Joanne Brug.

Visitation was held from the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial was held from Saints Peter & Paul Church. Burial was in Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.demmerleyfuneralhome.com.









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