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Death notices and obituaries from The Sun week of Nov. 13
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Date: 2014-11-13

Sheila Burton
Sheila (nee Newnham) Burton, of Hamburg, died October 23. Sheila was the wife of Harvey Burton, Jr., mother of Thomas (Lisa), Pamela (William) Mattulke and James Burton, grandmother of Jonathan Fentzke and Thomas Burton. She was the sister of Joy Hemming, Pamela Maunder, Diane Williams, Vivienne Fischer and the late Stanley Newnham. Sheila was also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Sheila was born Jan. 2, 1925 in Portsmouth, England to the late Stanley Newnham and Alice Price. Sheila joined the Royal Air Force at 18 and held the rank of corporal. After the war, she moved to Crystal Beach, Ontario. She worked part-time at the tobacco farms in St. Catharines, as a Bell telephone operator and as a waitress at the Crystal Beach Hotel. She soon became a homemaker and raised three children after meeting her husband Harvey. She also worked at the Trinity Episcopal Church Pre-K, before moving to Charlotte Avenue Elementary School. Her fellow teachers often referred to her as the “Queen.”

A Mass of Christian burial was held at Hamburg Trinity Episcopal Church on Oct. 27.

Online condolences may be made at


Cornelia Dietrick

Cornelia M. “Kiel” Dietrick, of Hamburg, died November 8. Cornelia was the wife of Jack Dietrick; mother of John (MaryAnn), Mark (Amy), Joel (Nancy), Thomas (Deborah), Judith (James) Crandall and the late Paul (Arlene) Dietrick; sister of Patricia (late Robert) Rowley and the late Maureen (late William) Philbin; sister-in-law of Monica (late Robert) Conrad and Robert (late Janet) Dietrick; also survived by 16 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial was held Nov. 12 at Saint Mary of the Lake Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Make a Wish Foundation.

Online condolences may be made at


Marjorie Rubeck Edwards

Marjorie S. (nee May) Rubeck Edwards, 87, of Hamburg, formerly of Eden, died November 8. Marjorie was born Dec. 16, 1926 in Hamburg to the late John and Sylvia (nee Schunk) May. She was the wife of the late Warren Rubeck and William Edwards; the mother of Sandra (John) Fleissner, Bonnie Wronski and the late Roger (Linda) Rubeck; stepmother of Bill Edwards’ children; sister of Beatrice Young, Janice Taber and the late Althea, Donald and Carol Jean; grandmother of three granddaughters, Jacquelyn McClendon, Kimberly Smith Sharlene Mellon and five great-grandchildren; Hilary, Michael, Doc, Ethan and Ian.

Marjorie was a member of the Eden United Methodist Church and currently the Hamburg Methodist Church. She resided in Eden for 49 years. She was also a member of the American Legion Post No. 880 in Eden, as well as a homemaker and wife for more than 50 years. She made fresh evergreen wreaths for 43 years and worked with her husband Warren Rubeck and William Edwards designing and building unique creations for her daughter Sandra and John’s floral school, Sign of the Pine.

Marjorie worked on the annual election day dinner at the Eden Methodist Church and the annual rummage sale. She also worked at the Eden Corn Festival.

She raised three children; Sandra, with her husband John, ran a floral school for 40 years; Bonnie has worked in the dental field in New York and in North Carolina; Roger was a Vietnam veteran and worked for the Girl Scouts in Holland for 30 years.

A funeral was held Nov. 11 at the Laing Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at


Kathryn Kelder

Kathryn M. (nee Judge) Kelder, of The Villages, Fla., died October 3. Kathy was the wife of Art Kelder; mother of Amy (Geoff) Heusinger, Andrew (Rani) Kelder; grandmother of Samuel Heusinger, daughter of the late Jerome and Marie Judge; sister of Patricia Judge; also survived by a large extended family and many friends.

Kathy was born in Lackawanna at Our Lady of Victory and raised her family in the village of Hamburg, before moving to Florida six years ago.

Kathy was a graduate of Frontier High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Brockport and a Master’s degree at the University at Buffalo. She taught for 29 years at Windom Elementary School in the Orchard Park Central School District.

While living in Hamburg, Kathy was an active member of the community. She was a member of the Hamburg Sunrise Rotary, Hamburg Playground Committee, Route 62 Committee, Gilda’s Club and Literacy Volunteers of Buffalo and Erie County.

A Celebration of Life Memorial will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. at Saint Matthew’s United Church in Hamburg.


Gertrude Murak

Gertrude (nee Mazurkiewicz) Murak, of Hamburg, died November 8. Gertrude was the wife of the late Edward; mother of Edward (Marla), Elaine (Charles) Schroeter, Gerry (Barbara) and Dennis Murak; grandmother of nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren; sister of Bertha Mazurkiewicz and the late Florence Trzaska and Irene Dudek; also survived by nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial was held Nov. 12 from Saints Peter and Paul Church. Arrangements were made by the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home Inc. Contributions may be made to Buffalo General Hospice Unit.


Richard Smith

Richard E. “Smokey” Smith, 76, of East Eden, died November 2. Richard was the husband of 44 years to Lorrena (Gates) Smith; brother-in-law of George (Janet) Gates, Mary Lou Kozak, Lucille Krencik, Chips (Marland) Schmitt and the late Eugene Gates; uncle to several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.

Richard rode the motorcycle on “The wall of death” for Strates Shows. He retired as an electrician for New York state at the University of Buffalo in Amherst. He was an advisor explorer for Troop 614, a member of Saint Mary’s Church of East Eden and Saint John the Baptist church of Boston. He was a member of the East Eden Fire Department and loved music and dancing. There was no prior visitation.

A memorial Mass will be held Thursday, Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. from St. Mary’s Church in East Eden. Arrangements were made by the Wentland Funeral Home.

Linda Kern

Linda M. Kern, 65, of Hamburg, died November 5. Linda was the mother of Jerry (Nancy), Tim, Lesa (Mark Adamski) Elvers; grandma of Mike, Chris, Jess, Amber, Danny, Casey, Jake, Alana and Hayle; daughter of the late Clayton and Mary (nee Langan) Kern; sister of Carol Croft, Jim, Dan, Tom Kern, Barb Erickson and Kathy Kempston; also survived by many other family members and friends.

She was a retired Federal Court officer.

A memorial service was held Nov. 10 at the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home Inc.

Online condolences may be made at

Helen James

Helen (nee Loomis)James, 91, of Boston, died November 5. Helen was the wife of the late Robert James, Jr.; mother of Melinda (John) Umlauf, Robert III, Thomas (Sally) and Peter James and Jesse (Patrick) Michaud; also survived by 13 grandchildren.

She was a former sales clerk at Arthur’s in Orchard Park.

A memorial service will be held, at a later date. Prayers are appreciated.

Online condolences may be made at

Theresa McDonald

Theresa A. (nee Jacobik) McDonald, of Blasdell, died November 6. Theresa was the wife of the late John McDonald Jr.; mother of James (Chantel) Costello, Alexander J. III (Susan) Costello, Vincent (Julie) Costello and Lucia (Paul) Sanders; grandmother of 11 grandchildren and great-grandmother of six great-grandchildren; sister of James, Gary (Patricia), Anthony (Judith) and David (Tina) Jacobik; also survived by nieces and nephews.

She was a member of the West Seneca Women of the Moose Chapter No. 2299.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church on Nov. 10. Interment was in Lakeside Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice Foundation of Western New York. Online condolences may be made at

Dale Roth

Dale R. Roth, of West Seneca, died November 4. Dale was the son of Jean (nee Deinhart) and the late Carl Roth; brother of Cheryl (Ronald “Skip”) Larson and Samantha (Michael) Campbell; uncle of Sarah and Andrea Larson and Randy Campbell.

A funeral was held on Nov. 8 at Saint Matthew’s United Church of Christ in Hamburg. Flowers were declined, memorial contributions to the church appreciated. Arrangements were made by Loomis, Offers & Loomis, Inc.


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