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Obituaries and death notices from The Sun week of July 30
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Date: 2015-07-29

Leda M. (nee Morreale) Belsenich, 72, of Hamburg, died July 25. Leda was the wife of Richard Belsenich; mother of Joseph Belsenich, Leda (Gordy) O’Connor; Rick Belsenich; grandmother of Ally, Jordan, Zachery, Joe, Sam, Emily and Sophia; sister of Sherry (James) Forcucci; aunt of Arlene (Greg) Sawicki, James (Suzanne) Forcucci and Victoria Forcucci; also survived by relatives and friends.

Donations may be made to Hospice Buffalo in Leda’s memory. Online condolences may be made at 

Frederick C. Herold, of Angola, died July 22. Herold,was the husband of Joyce (nee Clyde) Herold; father of William (Susan) Herold and Susan (Wolfgang) Kleiss; grandfather of Lindsey (Shannon) Rogers and Andrea Herold; great-grandfather of Mallory and William Rogers; brother of the late Helen Ormsby.

Fred retired as a line supervisor after 42 years of service with Niagara Mohawk and was a retired part-time police officer with the Town of Evans Police Department.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo Inc. Arrangements were made by Addison Funeral Home Inc.

Beverly A. (nee Chentfant) Johnson, of South Daytona, Fla., formerly of Eden, died July 23. Beverly was the mother of Todd (Jennifer) Johnson, Amber (Corey) Maras, Melissa (Joey) Perchy and Trixie Walczak; sister of Gail Milian, Francis and John Chentfant; grandma of Nina, Julia, Brennan, Landon, Hunter, Logan, Michael, Cami and Dakota.

Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

Online condolences may be made at 

George L. “Skip” Lauber, 83, North Collins, died July 25. George was the husband of Joanne (Stockman) Lauber; father of Doreen (David) West, Debra (Harry) Rudy, Melissa (late Robert) Gehling, Russell (Eva), Randall (Melaine), John, David (Lisa), Daryle (Deborah) and Crista Lauber; grandfather of 26 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; brother of Ernest Lauber and the late William (Anne) Lauber; son of the late Lawrence and Hazel (Ebling) Lauber.

Skip was a founding member of the North Collins Little Loop Football Association, a Korean War veteran and a life member of the Lawton’s Volunteer Fire Company. Flowers gratefully declined. If desired, memorials may be made to Hospice of Western New York or Meals On Wheels. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. at Holy Spirit Church in North Collins. 

Bridget A. “Lyoness” Perison, 26, of Hamburg, died July 1. Bridget was the daughter of Anne Crawford and Thomas (Amy) Perison; sister of Elizabeth (Brian) Parrish and Gavin Perison; granddaughter of Norine and the late James Crawford, Charles and Mary Jane Perison; aunt of Genevieve Parrish; niece of Mark (Janet), Neil (Mary Lou) and Patrick (Monica) Crawford, Ronald (Patty) Perison and the late James (Cindy) Crawford; cousin of Ryan, Kevin, Kate, Marie, Christopher, Patrick, Matt, Emily and Joe.

Bridget was a graduate of Hamburg High School and Georgia State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in art history. She most recently served in the Montana Conservation Corps with a focus on historic preservation. She was a passionate animal rescue activist throughout her entire life.

A memorial Mass will be held at St. Bernadette’s Church on Friday, July 31, at 4:30 p.m. Flowers were gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the SPCA. Online condolences may be made at 

Constance M. (nee Keller) De Berardinis, 74, of Lake View, died July 6. Constance was the wife of the late Michael De Berardinis: mother of Michael (Maria), David (Trish), Daniel (Mary), Douglas, Duane (late Michelle), Darren (Melanie), Damon (Diane) and Donald (Pamelyn); grandmother of Michael, Mark, Brian, Sarah, Joshua, Julia, Matthew, Daniel and Jarod; sister of Patricia (Patrick) Lucey, Terrance (Kathy) Gates and the late Norman Keller, James (Brenda) McGillicuddy and Michael (Lynn) Keller; also survived by nieces and nephews.

Connie was a life member of the Lake View Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and a former cashier at D&K Store in Hamburg.

A memorial wake will be held Aug. 6, from 2-7 p.m. at the Hamburg Chapel of the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home Inc., located at 5453 Southwestern Blvd., where a memorial service will follow at 7 p.m.   
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a Humane Society of the donor’s choice, in Connie’s memory. Online condolences may be made at

Martin L. Dole, 92, of North Collins, died July 23. Martin was the husband of the late Irma (Niefergold) Dole; father of Susan (Charles) Alessi, Garry (Kathryn) Dole and the late Lynda Alessi; grandfather of Benjamin and Timothy Dole; great-grandfather of Jackson and Jillian Dole; brother of the late Clyde, Howard, Alice, Edna Dole, Evelyn Krauss, Maynard Dole, Marie Schmitt, Robert, Raymond, Harold Dole and Bernice Hornberger.

Martin was a World War II veteran, former employee of National Fuel, a member of the North Collins School Board, member of the First Congressional Church, senior citizens, Rural Transit, North Collins Emergency Squad, American Legion Post 1640 and a former member of the Gowanda Moose.

A funeral was held from the First Congressional Church in North Collins on July 27. Flowers were gratefully declined. If desired, memorials may be made to the First Congressional Church.

Michael A. Macy, 62, of Lockport and Hamburg, died July 22. Michael was the son of the late Julian and Rose Macy; brother of David (Renee) and the late Julian Macy.

Michael retired from the New York State Power Authority as senior groundskeeper and was a member of Blazing Star Lodge No. 694 F&AM.

A funeral was held July 27 at the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home. Burial was in Prospect Lawn Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at

Jean C. Milano, of Endicott, N.Y. and Hamburg, died July 7. Jean was the daughter of the late Nicholas Milano and the late Anne Bracci Milano; sister of Amy Zeller and the late James Nicholas Milano; aunt of Robert Scott Zeller and Michael (Rebecca) Zeller; great-aunt of Hayden, Tally, Grace and Julia Zeller.

She graduated from Hamburg High School and her hobbies included playing violin for all county music festivals, the New York State School Music Association competition and area All-State Orchestra. She was the concert mistress of Hamburg High School Orchestra in 1964 and was in the string quartet, under the direction of Richard Stephan. She won the Homer Fiero Music Scholarship and the Erie County Music Educators Scholarship. Jean was vice-president of the senior class of 1964 and the National Honor Society in 1963. She graduated from the State University of New York College at Fredonia in music education and joined the Union-Endicott Schools in 1971, teaching both vocal music and strings in the elementary, middle and high school orchestras. She retired in 2001, after 32 years of service. Jean was awarded the Outstanding Teacher Honors by Cornell University in 1990 and in 1997, was given the 25-year service award by the board of education. She was an avid concert-goer and line dancer.

A Mass of Christian burial was held at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Hamburg on July 20. Expressions of sympathy may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Timothy J. Milligan, of Hamburg, died July 24. Timothy was the husband of Judith (Patterson) Milligan; father of Patrick (Audrey) Milligan, Lisa (Andrew) Marino and Rachael Milligan (Joseph O’Connor); grandfather of Joseph and Cameron O’Connor; son of the late Joseph Milligan and Elizabeth (James) Devine; brother of Sharon (Robert) Eich, Kevin, Robert (Lynn), Gary (Nancy) and the late Joseph Milligan, Jr.; also survived by nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held July 29 at the Castiglia Funeral Home Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Theresa Marie Norman, of Derby, died July 21. Theresa was the daughter of Richard (late Mary) Norman; sister of Michael (Cathy) Norman, Jeffrey (Brenna) Norman and Cynthia (William) Wick; aunt of Courtney, Jessica and Zack.; godchild of James Norman and Kathy Klaaren.

A funeral was held at the Laing Funeral Home in Eden on July 24.

Flowers gratefully declined. Memorial may be made to Claddagh Commission, P.O. Box 266, Derby, N.Y. 14047.

Online condolences may be made at

Joan Helen Smith, of Lake Suzy, Fla., died July 16. Joan is survived by her husband of 60 years, Glenn; daughters, Bonnie and husband Dr. Abe Acosta and Janice and husband Larry Steidley; son, Raymond Smith and wife Frances; grandchildren, Eli Smith, Erin Smith, Kiryee Smith, Justin Acosta, Raymond Smith Jr., Nathan Steidley, Matthew Steidley and Emily Steidley; step-grandchildren, Eddie Pope, Maria Pope and Alexandra Pope; siblings, Joyce Maria, Mary (Steven) Johnson, Margaret (Robert) Mundo and Joseph Crotty; preceded in death by her son, Ronald William Smith; grandchildren, Chelsea Smith and Alexander Steidley; siblings, James and John Crotty.

Her hobbies included cooking and knitting.

A celebration of Joan’s life was held on July 22 at Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home in Port Charlotte Chapel, Fla.

Trisha M. Tasker, 37, of South Dayton, N.Y., formerly of Angola, died July 19. Trisha was the companion of David Scheffer; daughter of Glen (Deborah) Tasker, mother of one daughter and survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

There was no prior visitation. A memorial was held July 27 from Angola Wesleyan Church in Angola.

Flowers were gratefully declined. If desired, memorials may be made to Tabby Town, a cat’s home between homes, 3701 McKinley Pkwy., Blasdell, NY 14219.

Arrangements were entrusted to Laing Funeral Home Inc. of Eden.

Online condolences may be made at


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