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Obituaries for the week of May 8

Hazel Beyer

Hazel Beyer

Hazel (nee Holm) Beyer, 86, of Hamburg, died at home on April 11. 

She was born in Nantucket, Mass., where her parents, J. Leslie and Leora Holm, operated a farm and established the island’s airport. After her father’s death, the family moved across the channel to Falmouth, Mass. and it was there she literally “ran into” her husband-to-be, William Beyer, who was serving in the United States Coast Guard. The couple married and relocated to Buffalo shortly after the end of World War II, and then to the village of Hamburg, where they lived for more than 55 years.

She grew flowers and vegetables, worked as a seamstress, knitter and needlepoint artist and won many ribbons at the Erie County Fair. Prior to her husband’s death, they traveled extensively throughout the continental United States and also made trips to Alaska, Hawaii and through the Panama Canal.

She was wife of the late William Beyer; daughter of the late J. Leslie and Leora Holm; sibling of Richard Holm (Florence) of Belmont, Mass. and the late Elizabeth; mother of Billie Recorr of Toms River, N.J.; Bruce of Sunnyvale, Calif.; Brent of Hamburg; Blaine (LondaKay) of Elizabeth City, N.C. and the late Brian; mother-in-law of Crista Beyer of Hamburg and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 

A graveside service will be held, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Association, located at

Maxine Bihl

Maxine Bihl, 84, of Blasdell, died April 28. She worked at Our Lady of Victory as a unit clerk.

She was the wife of the late Clifford Bihl; mother of Kay (Matthew Kalbarczyk) Bibee; pre-deceased by seven brothers and three sisters; also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on May 1 at the John Kaczor Funeral Home, located at 3450 South Park Avenue in Hamburg. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at

Nelson Bingel

Nelson Bingel

Nelson Bingel Jr., of Hamburg, died on April 26.

Bingel was born on Feb. 8, 1925. Before finishing high school at East High, he joined the United States Navy, serving as a Signalman on a PT boat, including combat during World War II. In 1945, he returned to Buffalo to finish his education. That is where he met Alma, with whom he has been married to since September 1948. They moved to Hamburg and then built a house in Lakeview. He worked in sales.

Bingel was one of the charter members of the Hamburg Rod and Gun Club, as well as a lifetime member. He shot for recreation, competitively and taught others. He also taught his grandchildren about trap and skeet. He was an active sportsman in hunting, fishing and boating. The Bingels were members of the Buffalo Launch Club on Grand Island for many years, taking after his father, who started the tradition at a family cottage on Grand Island. The grandchildren learned boating, swimming, waterskiing and fishing at both places.

He is survived by his wife, Alma (Frase); his children Beth of Hamburg; Nelson (Carol) of Atlanta, Ga.; Jeff (Christa) of Crawfordville, Fla. and John (June) of Angola. He is also survived by his brother Robert (Jane) of Melborne, Fla. and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on May 2, from Loomis, Offers and Loomis Inc., Hamburg Chapel. Donations can be directed to the Diabetes Association.

David Burke

David Burke, 69, of Derby, died in Terrace View Manor at Erie County Medical Center.

He was a Navy Veteran and retired as a town of Evans police officer after more than 35 years. He was the past president of the Evans Police Benevolent Association, served on the Evans Christmas Project for 25 years and was a member of the Angola Moose, Evans Jaycees and the Sturgeon Point Sportsmans Club.

He was the father of David (Jennifer) Burke Jr., Gary Mosier, Shawn Burke and Kara Burke; brother of Lena DeGroat, James, Frances, Nina, Marie and the late Richard, Charles, Carl, Paul and Edward; also survived by 13 grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren.

Calling hours were at the Addison Funeral Home on May 6, with a Celebration of Life service on May 7, in the First Church of Evans. Interment was in the First Church of Evans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made, “In care of David Burke.” Online condolences may be made at

Joyce Freeman

Joyce (nee Hoffman) Freeman of Angola, died April 23.

She was the mother of Laura (Lester) Sperling, Russell (Cindy) Freeman, Lisa (Kevin) Root, Rick Freeman and the late Linda Dorchak; sister of Gloria (Ken) Bauss and the late Marilyn (George) Smierciak and David Freeman; and grandmother of seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial was held from Blessed John Paul II Parish, Lake View. Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery, Hamburg. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made at

Margaret Edwards

Margaret “Marge” (nee Rubeck) (nee Gaise) Edwards died May 2.

She was born April 3, 1928.She was the wife of the late Howard Gaise and David Strachan Edwards. Also preceded in death by a son, Brian Gaise; brothers, Lawrence “Larry” (Florence Falter) Rubeck and Martin Brown and sisters, Mary (Edward) Andres and Eileen (Leo) Roll.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Ginette Bailey; a brother, James Rubeck; a sister, Cecelia Brown; granddaughter, Lauren McKee and two great-granddaughters, Lennon McKee and Marin McKee. She was a past president and member of Saints Peter and Paul Altar and Rosary Society and the American Legion Hamburg Post 527 Auxiliary. Memorials can be made to the above organizations.

Robert Gawlak

Robert Gawlak, of Blasdell, died April 28.

He was a 50-year member of Big Tree Volunteer Fire Company and owner and operator of Bob’s Auto Service.

He was the husband of the late Margaret (nee Lillis); father of Karen (Stephen) Smolar, Mary (Dennis) Stanak and Robert (Sandra); grandfather of Kaitlyn and Andrew Smolar, Kristen and Matthew Stanek and Lauren, Kayla and Marissa Gawlak; son of the late Stanley and Stella (nee Toparek) Gawlak; brother of Dennis (Jan), Cindy (Steve) Podluski, Ronald and the late Stanley (Cathy); also survived by nieces and nephews.

Services were held from the Colonial Memorial Chapels Inc. in Lackawanna and from Our Mother of Good Counsel Church.

Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Big Tree Volunteer Fire Company.

Daniel Harroun

Daniel Harroun, of Angola, died April 28.

He was the father of David (Shannon) and Erica Harroun; son of Daniel and the late Lorretta Harroun; brother of Patrick (Cheri Mann) Harroun; and grandfather of Mathew, Justin and Brianna.

Interment was at Forest Avenue Cemetery in Angola. Online condolences may be made at

Peter Grandits

Peter Grandits

Peter Grandits Sr. of Hamburg died May 1.

He was the husband of June (nee Schultz); father of Linda (Charles) German, Diane (John) Wolfrum, Debbie (Larry) Roesser, Carol (Edward) Corr and Peter (Linda) Grandits Jr.; grandfather of 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; brother of Johanna (Herbert) Huber, Mary Ann (late Fred) Bretl, Rose (Vince) Wade and the late Agnes Grandits, John (Helen) Grandits and George (Gertude) Grandits.

A funeral was held from the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home Inc. A Mass of Christian burial was also held.

Online condolences may be made at

Mildred O’Donnell

Mildred (nee Shaw) O’Donnell of Blasdell died May 2.

She was wife of the late Robert Fehmer and the late William O’Donnell; mother of Daniel (Michele) Fehmer, Theresa (Richard Sr.) Sainsbury, Robert (Katie) Fehmer and the late Michael Fehmer and Catherine (Roger) Pitcher; grandmother of Erin, Matthew and Mary Fehmer, James (April) Montroy Jr., Kristine Montroy, Kevin (Rada) Montroy, Dennis Montroy and Richard Sainsbury Jr.; and great-grandmother of Cameron, Braden, David, Mary, Timothy, Amy and Marissa. She was predeceased by three brothers and two sisters.

A funeral was held on May 6 at the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home. Interment was in the Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hospice Foundation of WNY. Online condolences may be made at

Eileen O’Meara

Eileen, M. “Peggy” (nee Mahoney) O’Meara, 82, of Angola, died May 4. She was the wife of the late William O’Meara; mother of Mary (Joseph Nowak) O’Meara and William (Karen) O’Meara; grandmother of Michael Patrick and Sean Francis O’Meara; sister of Florence (late Edward) Graf and the late Joseph (late Stella) Mahoney, Mary Alice (late Al) Diaz, Sister Mary Delores, James (late Helen) Mahoney, Rita (late Bill) Gutowski and Mildred (Gene) Neill; also survived by nieces and nephews.

She retired as a secretary from Charles Sellers Insurance Company.

Prayers were said at John J. Kaczor Funeral Home on May 7. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Saint Mary of the Lake Church, that same day. Interment was at Hillcrest Cemetery. Share condolences at

Justin Persico

Justin Persico

Justin Persico, 28, of Lake View died on April 29.

He was the son of Sharon (Ed Misiak) Persico; grandson of Richard and the late Louise Persico; nephew of David (Becky), Richard (Tina), Jacqueline and the late Michael Persico; cousin of Jeremy, Matthew, Nicole, Michael and Tiffany; brother of Brendan, Jessica, Gretchen, and Megan; and friend of Kiel Stuhr.

A funeral was held at the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., followed by a Mass of Christian burial at Saint Francis of Assisi Church in Athol Springs. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Western New York United Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse through The United Way of Buffalo and Erie County at Online condolences may be made at

John Powley

John Powley

John Powley Sr., 83, died May 3. He was born April 20, 1931 in Altoona, Pa. He was the son of the late John and Lillian (Free) Powley. He was the husband of the late Lillian Frank.

He served in the United Stated Army, from 1952-1954 and was a member of the American Legion Post 880, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8625 and the National Rifle Association. He hunted, fished, farmed and was a train enthusiast and Master Gardener.

He is survived by his children; John (Jody) Powley, Linda (Eric) Samuelson, Sandra (Joan Harrington) Powley, Teresa (John Temple) Powley, Mary Beth (Russell) Preischel and Daniel Powley. Also survived by 10 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; brother K. Pete Powley and was the brother-in-law of James (Kate) Smith. Arrangements were made by the Laing Funeral Home Inc. of Eden. A funeral service was held May 6. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Online condolences may be made at

Harold Raab

Harold Raab

Harold “Herky” Raab, 93, of Lake View, died April 27. He was born in Buffalo on October 16, 1920. He was son of the late John and Regina Raab.

He was predeceased by wife Doris Irene Raab, their daughter Gail Jean, his second wife Leah Reese Raab and his siblings John, Art, Mel, Evie, Sis and Essie.

He is survived by sons Thomas (Barbara) of Seven Hills, Ohio and Wayne (Belinda) of Canton, N.C., four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, long-time care giver, nephew Joe (Sally) Peiffer and many other nieces and nephews. Also survived by Leah’s children, including Cheryl, Andrew and Renee Linden and grandchildren. He and his wife lived in Lake View for most of their lives. They were long-time members of the Wayside United Presbyterian Church, where they were sponsors of the Youth Fellowship program. Later, they joined the Lake View Community Church where they were active members. He donated his remains to State University of New York at Buffalo for medical research.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made o Lake View Community Church or Meals on Wheels of Western New York, where he was a volunteer. A memorial service will be scheduled.

Dolores Rooth

Dolores (nee Bernardi) Rooth of Hamburg died April 24.

She was the wife of the late Michael Rooth; mother of David (Kimberlee) Rooth and Dawn Marie (Matthew) Schultz; grandmother of Sutton Caroline Schultz; sister of Anna (late Walter) Juda, Angeline (late Joseph) Dziomba, Daniel (Irene) Bernardi, Mary (Robert) Szczygiel, Helen (late Joseph) Patrick, and the late Dominic (late Irene) Bernardi and the late Margaret (late Chester) Hojsan; also survived by a large family and many friends.

Arrangements were made by the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home, Inc. Online condolences may be made at


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