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Death notices and obituaries from The Sun week of April 9
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Date: 2015-04-08

Viola Anderson
Viola S. (nee Sickau) Anderson, 94, of Hamburg, died April 3. Viola was the wife of the late Reynold Anderson; mother of Gerald (Nancy) Bapst and Sue (Rev. Darrel) Moen; sister of Ethel Kappus and Edna Braman; also survived by six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was a retired teacher at Orchard Park Central Schools and a member of the Hamburg United Methodist Church.

The family will be present at the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home, Inc., located at 21 Pierce Avenue, Hamburg, on Wednesday April 8, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where a funeral service will be held April 9 at 10 a.m. Burial at Prospect Lawn Cemetery. Flowers gratefully declined.

Online condolences may be made at


William Burke
William J. Burke Jr., of Hamburg, died March 23. William was the husband of Nancy (nee Bunte, formerly Brasch) and late Patricia (nee Balogh); father of William (Ann) Burke, III; step-father of Michael and Wayne (Darci) Brasch; grandfather of Erin Burke, Alex, Nick (Taylor), Derek, and Rachel Brasch; brother of Rita (Ed) McArthur, Kathleen (late Frank) Visco, Roberta Burke and Annette (late Brian) King; also survived by nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial was held at Saint Francis of Assisi Church on April 10. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Online condolences and donations may be made at


John Hastings
John G. Hastings, 84, of Eden, died April 1. John is survived by his wife Hilde (nee: Brinkhus) Hastings; three cousins, Liz Weinheimer, John Walton and Jim Walter; also survived by many nieces and nephews.

There was no prior visitation. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 18 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Eden. Burial will follow at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery with full military honors.

Arrangements were made by the Laing Funeral Home Inc. of Eden. Memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception Church. Online condolences may be made at


Sylvester Hartman
Sylvester C. “Bud” Hartman, 93, died on February 15. Sylvester was the husband of 65 years to the late Margaret “Peg” (nee Hanna); father of Gale Genco (Tom) and Alan (Kris); predeceased by children Judy Meyer (Norbert), Mark (Pattie) and Greg; “Papa Bud” to 13 grandchildren, Kelly Reed (Joe), Korri Hall (Brad), Lary (Laurel), Timm (Rhonda), Joe (Missy), Greg Genco (Emily Hawkins), Hannah Jones (Aaron), Todd, Scot (Natasha), Alana Everett (Nick), Creg, Dane and Keith; 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; survived by sister Dolly Hartman Deyo of California, predeceased by 11 siblings.

Born and raised in South Buffalo, Bud moved his family to Boston, N.Y. in 1956. Bud worked as a colorist for Allied Chemical for 36 years and retired in the late ‘70s. After retirement, he helped his son Mark start American Oxygen and worked there for 13 years. One of the founders of The Boston Patriots Football Club, he enjoyed coaching football in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s while his son Greg played and daughter Gale was a cheerleader. He played baseball growing up and played with his grandkids up into his ‘70s. Bud and Peg traveled to Europe and the Midwest with their friends Larry and Rosemary Harrison, as well as many camping trips to Alleghany and Letchworth. He always attended his grandkids’ and great-grandkids’ sporting events, school plays and concerts. Although no longer an active member, Bud was a member of Living Stone Masonic Lodge during the ‘60s and ‘70s.

An interment will be held at the family’s convenience.


Michael Nowicki
Michael V. Nowicki, of Hamburg, died suddenly March 24. Michael was the son of Michael and Mary Ellen (nee Barrett) Nowicki; brother of Erin (Ryan) Goldstein and Cheryl (Rick) Boheen; uncle of Cole, Madison, Ellie and Clare; also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

A funeral was held April 2 at Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home Inc.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Baker Victory Services. Online condolences and donations may be made at


Carl Piazza
Carl J. Piazza, of Lake View, died April 1. Carl was the husband of Elaine (nee Pabis); father of James (Cindy Conner) Piazza, Kathleen Richard, David (Kim) Piazza, Karen (Robert) Burdick, Maureen (Michael) Hamilton, Michele (Shaun) Mitchell, Suzanne (Richard) Jasinski and Sandra (Charles) Catalano; brother of Sister Gina Piazza, late Lillian (late Sam) Lamonica, late Mary (late Anthony) DeSarro, late Angela (late George) Suzick, late Joseph (late Margaret) and late Anthony (late Joanne) Piazza; also survived by 17 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial was held on April 13 at Saint John Paul II Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John Paul II Church. Online condolences and donations may be made at


Gertrude Walters
Gertrude (nee Lipka) Walters, 96, of Hamburg, died April 3. Gertrude was the wife of the late John Beres and Carl Walters; mother of Lucille (late Edward) Kaminski, Joanne (late Warren) Hunt and the late Phyllis (late William) Devine; stepmother of Judith (James) Stadtler; grandmother of Carolyn (Stephen) Holowatyj and the late Patty Lynn Snyder and John Devine; great-grandmother of Amanda Holowatyj and Madeleine Devine.

She was the owner of Deguire Drape and Slipcover Service. A Mass of Christian burial was held April 7 at Saints Peter and Paul Church. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna. Online condolences may be made at

Harold Johnson

Harold C. “Bud” Johnson, of Hamburg, died March 10. Harold was the husband of Elaine (Ferro) Johnson, father of Lamont (Dorota) Johnson, Harold Johnson Jr., Jack (Linda) Johnson, Mark Johnson, Marion Johnson, Lauralee (Herb) Shea and Bobby Pollum, brother of Bill (Joette) Johnson and Shirley Rinehart of Bradford, Pa.; also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He retired after years of service at Ford Stamping Plant. Harold was a lifetime member of the East Aurora Moose Club. Services will be private.

Robert Markel
Robert L. Markel Sr., 89, of Hamburg, died April 5. Robert was the husband of Vera (nee Smith) and the late Helen (nee Ewing) Markel; father of Bob (Maria) Markel, Jr. Edith (Rodney) Roll, Charles (Sandra) and the late Darlene (William) Craver; grandfather to 11 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and one late grandson Ryan and late granddaughter Helen; pre-deceased by nine sisters and six brothers; step-father of Teresa McCarthy, Ruth Canzanese and Paul (Madeline) McDowell; also survived by step-children, nieces and nephews.

He was a member of American Legion Post No. 527 and a retired custodian with the Frontier Central School District.

The family will be present Wednesday, April 8, 7-9 p.m. and Thursday, April 9, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Hamburg Chapel John J. Kaczor Funeral Home Inc., located at 5453 Southwestern Blvd. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 10 at 10 a.m. at Big Tree Wesleyan Church, located at 4163 Fairview Pkwy in Blasdell. Interment is in Hillcrest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Big Tree Wesleyan Church. Online condolences may be made at

Frederick Monjeau
Frederick G. Monjeau Jr., 89, a 60-year Hamburg resident, formerly of Jamestown, died March 24. Frederick was born on Nov. 15, 1925 in Jamestown, to Frederick and Edna Monjeau. He served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II and was employed as an engineer with the Ford Motor Company in Buffalo for 37 years, until his retirement in 1982. One of his pasttimes was working on old cars.

He was predeceased by his wife, Joan Senske. He is survived by his children, Frederick Monjeau, III, of Vancouver, Wash.; Gregg Monjeau and his wife Rosemarie of Wappingers Falls and Polly Belsenich of Hamburg; grandpa of Gregg, Jr., Mark, Jordan, Joseph, Jr. and Emily.

A memorial service was held on March 29 at Hamburg United Methodist Church. There was no prior visitation. Online condolences may be made at

Frederick Scherbarth
Frederick C. Scherbarth, of Orchard Park, died March 30. Frederick was the husband of 44 years to Cheryl (nee Niewiemski); father to Cherie Scherbarth and Dawn (Kurt) Buczkowski; “bapa” to Maximilian Piestrak, Dominic and Cecilia Buczkowski; brother of Joan Scherbarth and the late Richard Scherbarth; brother-in-law of Kenneth and Margaret (Bugman) Niewiemski, George and Marcia (Niewiemski) Kell, Mark and Christine (Ryndak) Niewiemski; also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was a member of Willowbend Tennis Bubble.

A Mass of Christian burial was held on April 7 at Saint Bernadette Church in Orchard Park.

Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo, Inc.


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