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Death notices and obituaries from The Sun week of Dec. 4
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Date: 2014-12-05

Thomas Echeverria

Thomas J. Echeverria, of Hamburg, died November 26. Thomas was the husband of Mary Lynn (nee Saviola); father of John William, Joel Thomas, Thomas Angelo (Brianna), Samuel Christian and Analeza Joy Echeverria and Tonya (Daniel) Hof and Thomas (Regan) Meccia; grandfather of Michael Thomas Echeverria and Austin Irizarry; brother of Elizabeth (Jerry) O’Connor, Priscilla (Jim) Dougherty, Francis (John) Bussolin, Laura (Art) Pacillo and James (Joanne) Echeverria; survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov. 29. Flowers gratefully declined. Online condolences may be made at


Alfred Kozminski

Alfred C. Kozminski, 93, of Hamburg, died suddenly November 20.Alfred was the husband of the late Josephine (nee Gates); father of Diane (Robert) Green, Alfred (Sue) Kozminski and Susan (Mark) Kaiser; brother of Casey (Frances) Kozminski and the late Eugenia (late George) Adams; also survived by 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

He was a World War II Navy veteran and a retired truck driver for Allied Chemical.

A Mass of Christian burial was held at Saints Peter & Paul Church on Nov. 28. Burial was at SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department.


Benedict Klimas

Benedict J. “Skip” Klimas, 74, of Hamburg, died November 29. Benedict was the husband of Sharon (nee Teed) Klimas; father of Nicholas, Charlene, Julie and Karl; grandfather of Magan, Jenna and Christy Rose; great-grandfather of Kyleigh and Dairrien; brother of Wayne Klimas, Karen Scinta and the late Gregory Klimas.

Skip served in the United States Marine Corps for four years, graduated from Buffalo State with a Criminal Justice Degree, was a member of American Legion Hamburg Post No. 527 and the Marine Corp Post, and belonged to Scranton Taxpayers Association. He was a retiree of General Motors after 28 years.

A committal service will take place at Lakeside Memorial Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 11 a.m. Attendees are asked to assemble at the mausoleum off of Camp Road by 10:45.

Arrangements were made by the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home. There was no prior visitation. Online condolences may be made at


Kathleen Slocombe

Kathleen M. (nee Russ) Slocombe, 55, of Eden, died unexpectedly at home on November 18. Kathleen was born Aug. 8, 1959 and was a resident of Niagara Falls most of her life, living in Eden for only the past two. She was a 1976 graduate of Lasalle Senior High and a graduate of Niagara Community College, where she earned her degree in secretarial science. She enjoyed gardening and fishing with her son, animals and making hats for the Kentucky Derby.

She is survived by her son John (Jen) Surman; her cat Lilly; brothers Jim and Tim (Vicki) Russ; sisters Christine (Mike) Cavanaugh, Margaret (Gary)Server, Patty (Carrie) Russ, Ruth (Joe) Hoffman, Vicky Maturani and several nieces and nephews. She is pre deceased by her husbands Joseph Surman and Albert Slocombe; son Stanley Slocombe; parents Paul and Mary Russ and brother Paul Russ. A memorial service in Kathleen’s honor will be held at a later date. Arrangements were made by Addison Funeral Home Inc.


Carol Zawierucha

Carol “Toddy” Zawierucha, of Hamburg, died November 27. Carol was the mother of David (Deborah), Elaine (William) Hayden, Scott (Marlene) and Glenn (Michelle) Zawierucha; grandmother of Ryan and Kelly Hayden and Amanda and Lindsey Zawierucha; sister of the late Joann (late Bernard) Harkins; also survived by nieces and nephews.

Toddy worked as a bus driver for Fisher Bus Service for over 30 years. She enjoyed getting together with her friends, many that she had known her entire lifetime, and looked forward to spending Sundays watching Bills games.

A Mass of Christian burial was held at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Hamburg on Dec. 1.

If desired, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or American Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be shared at


Donald Zdrojewski

Donald Zdrojewski, RN, died suddenly November 15. Donald was the husband of Deborah (nee Looze); father of Jacob (Lauren) and Kyle (Sarah) Zdrojewski; grandfather of Casey and Logan; son of Jeanette and the late Casimir Zdrojewski; brother of Mark (Elizabeth) Zdrojewski, Janine (Michael) Lucie, Elaine O’Brien, Rozanne (Michael) Johel and Thomas (Brenda) Zdrojewski.

A memorial service was held at Saint James United Church of Christ. There was no prior visitation. Flowers were gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Hamburg Music Festival Inc. “Don Z Memorial Fund”, 103 Parkside Dr., Hamburg, NY 14075.

Online condolences may be made at

Susanne Alfrets

Susanne M. “Sue,” 51, died November 13 in Los Angeles, Calif. Susanne is survived by her mother, Nancy Majer; her sister, Laura Kaczmarek and Lawanda Alfrets and extended family; predeceased by her father William J. Alfrets.

A celebration of Sue’s life will be held at J&M’s West End Inn, located at 340 Union St. in Hamburg on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. Donations may be made in memory of Sue to White Memorial Medical Center, 1720 East Cesar Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90033, Attn: Help Program.

Michael Drewiega

Michael F. Drewiega, 71, of Hamburg, died November 28. Michael was the husband of Elizabeth (nee Nigro) Drewiega; father of Mark (Robin), Christopher (Michelle) and Steven Drewiega; grandfather of Brook, Cody, Katrina, Nicholas, Erin, Matthew and Robert; son of the late Sigmunt and Grace (nee Allman) Drewiega; brother of Jacqueline Martinez and Temple (Frederick) Webber; also survived by nieces and nephews.

He was a retired electrical superintendent with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

A funeral was held at the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home on Dec. 2. Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at

Paul Duewiger

Paul R. Duewiger, of Hamburg, died November 19. Paul was the son of Jane (nee Dase) and the late Roy Duewiger; brother of Mark (Lorrie) and Lynne Duewiger; uncle of Brian, Emily and Anna.

Funeral services were private. Memorial contributions may be made to Camp Good Days and Special Times or the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. Arrangements were made by Loomis Offers & Loomis Inc., Hamburg Chapel.

Frances Dias

Frances E. (nee Cruz) Dias, 84, of Hamburg, died November 26. Frances was the wife of Carl Dias; mother of Charles (Deborah), David (Deborah), Daniel (Kim) and the late Joanne Dias; grandmother to 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; sister of Helen (late John) Wodzinski and the late Ace (late Mary Mancuso) Gomas and Marie (late Joseph) Barbic; also survived by nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian burial was held on Dec. 1 at Saint Francis of Assisi Church. There was no prior visitation. Arrangements were made by John J. Kaczor Funeral Home, Inc.

Online condolences may be made at

Raymond Enser

Raymond Enser, 83, of Springville, died November 22. Raymond was the husband of the late Dorothy (Hayden) Enser; companion of Alice Klever; father of Charles (Teryl), Donald (Candy) Enser, Cheryl (David) Crisp and James (Kelly) Enser; grandfather of 12 grandchildren; brother of Francis, Henry and Joseph Enser; also survived by nieces and nephews.

A viewing will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 12-5 p.m. at the Wentland Funeral Home in North Collins, where a funeral will be held at 5 p.m.

Helen Gannon

Helen T. (nee Kwiatkowski) Gannon, of Orchard Park, died November 19. Helen was the wife of the late Paul; mother of Patricia (Michael) Lay and Bill (Debbie); grandmother of Taylor Stuhr; daughter of the late John and Martha (nee Szkodzinska) Kiwatkowski and the late Lorraine (Raymond) Fabiniak; also survived by nephew Michael Fabiniak.

She was a member of the Hamburg Women’s Golf Club.

A funeral was held at Saint Mary of the Lake Church on Dec. 1. Arrangements were made by the Colonial Memorial Chapels Inc.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association of Western New York, located at 2805 Wehrle Drive, Suite 6, Williamsville, NY 14221.

Mary Gates

Mary K. Gates, 57, of Hamburg, died November 24. Mary was the mother of Patrick and Chelsey Bednarz; daughter of Raymond Sr. and the late Dorothy Gates; sister of Carol (Tony) Ricotta, Kathleen (Mark) DePan, Raymond Jr. “Chip” Gates, Frances Busch, Alice Busch, Nancy (Raymond) Gutkowski and William (Karyn) Gates; also survived by many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Mary was an aide for Aspire of Western New York.

A Mass of Christian burial was held on Nov. 29 at Saint Bernadette’s Church

Memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences may be made at

Robert Jaskowski

Robert J. Jaskowski, 75, of Hamburg, died November 16. Robert was the husband of Carol (nee Kilger); father of John Taggert, Lynn (Jon) Daskavitz and David (Paula) Jaskowski; grandfather of Emily, Michael, Steven, Nicole and Kevin; brother of Melvin (Betty) and the late Gerald and Kenneth Jaskowski.

He was a machinist at Delmar Corporation.

A funeral service was held at the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home on Nov. 26. Flowers gratefully declined. Online condolences may be made at

Jack Kolbas

Jack B. Kolbas Jr., of Hamburg, died November 29. Jack was the husband of Shirley Ann Kolbas; father of Jack B. Kolbas, III (Cheryl Franz) and the late Kevin Lawrence Kolbas; cherished grandfather ofMeredith Lynn (Kevin) Oslewski, Chad Kevin and Heather Lee Kolbas.

Calling hours will be Thursday, Dec. 4 from 4-8 p.m. at Loomis, Offers & Loomis Inc. Hamburg Chapel, located at 207 Main St. Flowers gratefully declined. Funeral services were private.

Paul Luther

Paul D. Luther, of Angola, 74, died November 25. Paul was the husband of Ruth (nee Lazar) Luther; father of Stacey (Joseph) Luther-Gura and Greg Luther; step-father of Sue Wozniak, Tina Kiripolsky, Mary Cefaly, BarbaraHodgon and the late Joseph Nokavich; brother of Craig (Linda) Luther; also survived by many grandchildren.

Visitation was held at the Addison Funeral Home on Nov. 28.

Thomas Militello

Thomas J. Militello, of Farnham, 65, died unexpectedly on November 26 at his home. Thomas was the husband of Rose Militello; father of Danielle and April; step-father of Anthony (Dorothy), Robert (Kimberly) and Joseph (Annette) Schmelzinger; brother of John (Debbie) Militello; also survived by several grandchildren and his dog Captain Morgan.

A funeral was held on Nov. 30 at Addison Funeral Home, The Rev. Arthur Kohl officiating.

Online condolences may be made at

Josephine Max

Josephine A. (nee Muscarella) Max, 93, of Hamburg, died November 27. Josephine was the wife of the late William Max; mother of Karen (Edward) Tomasik, Barbara (Warren) Enders, William Max and Theresa Willet; sister of Mary Ciggia; also survived by 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; predeceased by three brothers and two sisters.

She worked at Fisher Price.

A funeral was held from Saints Peter & Paul Church on Dec. 1. Entombment in Birchwood Mausoleum at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Flowers gratefully declined. Online condolences may be made at

Christopher Schneider

Christopher G. Schneider, of Hamburg, died November 7. Christopher was the husband of Amy (nee Rosten); father of Gabriella, Christopher and Mya Beth; son of Sharon (Michael) Podd and the late Timothy Schneider; brother of Nicole Schneider; grandson of Doris Clay; nephew of John (Judy) Clay; also survived by the Rosten family.

Calling hours will be Saturday, Dec. 6, 1-4 p.m. at Loomis, Offers & Loomis Inc., Hamburg Chapel, with funeral services at 4.

Flowers gratefully declined.


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