Death notices and obituaries from The Sun week of Aug. 27
Kathleen R. (nee Hogan) Ferris, 82, of Hamburg, died August 16. Kathleen was the wife of 60 years to the late M. Spencer Ferris; mother of Mark (Joan) and Ann Ferris, Sharon (Wayne) Johnsen, Susan (Scott) Hilderbrandt, Daniel (Robin), John (Lena) and Paul Ferris; sister of Eileen (late Robert) O’Brien and Patricia (late Raymond) Castine; grandmother of 18 and great-grandmother of Charleigh Ann Smith.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at Saints Peter & Paul Church, 66 East Main St. in Hamburg, on Monday, Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. Burial will be at SS Peter & Paul Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home, Inc., 21 Pierce Ave., Hamburg on Sunday, Aug. 30 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Flowers were gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Suburban Adult Services, 960 West Maple Court, Elma, N.Y. 14059.
Elizabeth “Betsy” Kurzdorfer, of Derby, died August 20.Betsy was the wife of Anthony; mother of Bridget (Matthew) Newlove, Kelly (Thomas) Lederhouse and Eric (Nicole Grant) Kurzdorfer; grandmother of Maxwell, Kayden and Alianna; sister of Timothy (Mary Ellen) Broderick, Kathleen Morrisey, Bridget (Michael) Baumgartner, Kerry (David Dawson) Broderick, Margaret (Frank) Lowinger, Thomas and John Broderick and the late Colleen Schultz and Patricia Losi; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian burial was held at Saint John Paul II Parish in Lake View on Aug. 24.
In lieu of flowers, if desired, donations may be made to the Response to Love Center, 130 Kosciuszko St. Buffalo, N.Y. 14212 to the attention of Sr. Johnice.
Online condolences and donations may be made at www.lakesidefuneralhome.com.
Frederick Lewandowski, of Hamburg, died August 18. Frederick was the husband of Alice (nee Maraszek); father of Geraldine (Joseph) Aniskiewicz and Rosanne (Paul) Schrader of Lancaster and the late Christopher; grandfather of Leah Lewandowski of Scottsdale, Ariz., Kristy Lynn(Danny) Grove of Hagerstown, Md., Melissa Aniskiewicz, Christopher and Kaitlin Lewandowski and great-grandfather of Adam; brother of Raymond of California; also survived by many nieces and nephews.
He was a World War II veteran and a retiree from Hanna Furnace.
A Mass of Christian burial was held at Saint Francis of Assisi Church in Athol Springs on Aug. 24.
Online condolences may be made at www.lakesidefuneralhome.com.
Michael A. Miller, of Hamburg, died August 18. Michael was the husband of Carole Crawford; son of the late Lymon and Mary (Stachura) Miller; brother of the late Thomas Miller.
There was no prior visitation. Memorial services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements were made by Erie County Cremation Service. Online condolences may be made at www.CFHECC.com.
Sharon Mae (nee Hammond) Polasik, 75, formerly of Angola and Dunkirk, died August 17. Sharon was the wife of the late John Polasik; mother of Linda Guizzoti, Sherry (David) Battaglia and Janet (Chris Mariglia); sister of Ruth (Frank) Perkowski, Sylvia “Sally” (Sam) Bennett and the late Shirley LoBello and Ralph Hammond; grandmother of Leah and Jillian Guizzotti, Nicole Miller, late Corey Kent, Marijke and Annelise VanLeeuwen; great-grandmother of Mason and Dante; also survived by many nieces and nephews.
A funeral was held at the Addison Funeral Home on Aug. 20. Interment services were in St. Hyacinths Cemetery in Dunkirk.
Alice C. (nee Schasel) Schurr, 99, of Angola, died August 20. Alice was the wife of the late Clifford Schurr; mother of Judith (Albert) Poppenberg; grandmother of Paul Rademacher and Erik Poppenberg; great-grandmother of Vincent and Leonard Poppenberg and Tiffany, Trisha and Paul Rademacher, Jr.; predeceased by one brother and one step-sister.
A funeral was held on Aug. 24 at the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home Inc. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hospice Foundation of WNY. Online condolences may be made at www.kaczorfunerals.com.
David M. Schmitt, of Hamburg, died July 25. David was the husband of Molly (nee Kyne); father of Holly (Greg) Liberto and Ramsey (Justin) Weber;. grandfather of Addison and Analiese Liberto; brother of Mary (late Jack) Ovitt, Joanie (late John) Balling, Carol (Kenny) Plumlee, Elaine (Walt Rutski) Bowman, Judy (late Mickey) Brown and Gary (Michele) Schmitt; also survived by many nieces and nephews.
There was no prior visitation. A Mass of Christian burial was held on Aug. 19 at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Hamburg. Donations may be made in David’s memory to the Parkinson’s Association or to Hospice Buffalo Inc. Arrangements were made by Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home. Online condolences and donations may be made at www.lakesidefuneralhome.com.
Lucille E. (nee Weber) Demmerley, 92, of Hamburg, died August 22. Lucille was the wife of the late Donald Demmerley; mother of David (Janice), Donna and Martin Demmerley; grandmother of Christopher, Michael (Lindsay), Pvt. Daniel and Sarah Demmerley; great-grandmother of Lucas and Madison; sister of the late Charles Weber and Wilma (late Alan) Miller.
She was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society.
A funeral was held from the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home, Inc. and from Saints Peter and Paul Church on Aug. 26. Burial was at SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 82, Hamburg, NY 14075. Online condolences may be made at www.demmerleyfuneralhome.com.
Ray S. Weaver, 42, of Hamburg, died August 19. Ray was the husband of Kara Eaton-Weaver.
A funeral was held on Aug. 22 at the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home Inc.
Ray was a former captain and exempt member of the Depew Volunteer Fire Department, honorary member of the Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department. After receiving his degree in health information technology from Trocaire College, Ray embarked on his career in medical coding with the Catholic Health System. For the past 15 years, Ray fought valiantly not only for his own quality of life, but as an advocate for the disabled.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Ray to Animal Rescue Group Second Chance Sheltering Network P.O. Box 175 Spring Brook, N.Y. 14140 or the Cleveland Clinic Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute. Online condolences may be made at www.kaczorfunerals.com.
Carl C. Grasso, Sr., of Angola, died August 16. Carl was the husband of the late Ida Grasso; father of Mary, Carl Jr. and Russell Grasso.
A funeral was held at Addison Funeral Home Inc. on Aug. 21. Interment was in Forest Avenue Cemetery in Angola.
Adam P. Bozek, of Hamburg, died August 18. Adam was the husband of Gladys (nee McCanna) Bozek; father of Michael, Daniel (Linda), Adam and Steven Bozek; grandpa of Justin, Evan, Nathan, David, Amanda and Aberdeen; brother of Barbara (David) Oswald, Frederick (Maryann) Bozek, Catherine (Kenny) Kolb and the late Margaret Holden; also survived by a large family and many friends.
He was a 48-year member of the Big Tree Volunteer Fire Department and a retired supervisor from the Ford Stamping Plant in Woodlawn.
A funeral was held at the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home Inc. on Aug. 21. Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Big Tree Volunteer Fire Department. Online condolences may be made at www.kaczorfunerals.com.
Elizabeth B. “Liz” (nee Grabowski) O’Malley, of Hamburg, died August 20. Liz was the wife of the late Edward; mother of Patti (Paul) DiPasquale, Rose Wray and the late Sandy; grandmother of Amanda (Jeff) Shipman, Kristen and Jesse; daughter of the late Herman and Josephine (nee Bolzinger) Grabowski; sister of the late Edward; also survived by many relatives.
She was a member of the altar and rosary society and the Armor Homemakers.
Services were held from The Colonial Memorial Chapels Inc. and from Saint Bernadette’s Church on Aug. 24.
Mary Louise (nee Dole) Skora, 86, of Langford, died August 21.Mary was the wife of the late Martin Skora; mother of Gregory (Kim), William (Diane), Daniel (Michelle) and the late Ronald Skora; grandmother of Aaron and Martin.
A memorial Mass was offered on Aug. 26 from Epiphany of Our Lord Church in Langford.
There was no prior visitation.
Arrangements were made by Wentland Funeral Home in North Collins.
Jean I. (nee Muszalski) Smith, 80, of Blasdell, died August 21. Jean was the wife of the late Edward Smith; mother of Peter (Michelle) and Scott (Maryrose); grandmother of Kayleigh, Megan, Brandon, Riley, Samantha and Allison; sister of Dolores (Raymond) Dudek and the late Rita (late Daniel) Lajewski; also survived by relatives and friends.
A Mass of Christian burial was held at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church on Aug. 27. Entombment was at Holy Cross Cemetery. Arrangements were made by John J. Kaczor Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.kaczorfunerals.com.
Joanne Marie (nee Morrison) Willard, of Hamburg, died August 22. Joanne was the wife of the late Harold “Mike” Willard; mother of Timothy and Todd and the late James Willard; grandmother of Tonya, Megan, Jamie and Jennifer and great-grandmother of Ava; sister of the late James.
Funeral services were held on Aug. 25 at the chapel of Lakeside Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home.
Cynthia M. (nee Kipler) Dynarski, 62, of Orchard Park, died August 21. Cynthia was the wife of Daniel Dynarski; mother of Justin Dynarski (Sarah) Eldridge), Michelle (Jonathan) Kenneth and David Dynarski; daughter of Viola and the late Donald Kipler; grandmother of Juliann Ransford and Dalton Kenneth.
She was an assistant manager at the former Ames Department Store.
A funeral was held from the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home, Inc and from St. Bernadette’s Church in Orchard Park on Aug. 24. Burial was at Hillcrest Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.demmerleyfuneralhome.com.