Obituaries and death notices from The Sun week of Oct. 23
Patricia G. “Patty” Andolina, of Hamburg, died October 19. Patty was the wife of the late Joseph Andolina; mother of Scott (Gayla) Czarcinski and Todd (Bonnie) Czarcinski; grandmother of Sydney and Cali Czarcinski and Aaron Ames.
She was an active member of the Hamburg Obedience Club and a retiree of Linde Corporation, after 35 years of service.
A funeral was held Oct. 22 at the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home Inc. Interment was in Elmlawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hospice Foundation of Western New York. Online condolences may be made at www.kaczorfunerals.com.
Frederick W. Beering Jr., 48, of Medina, Ohio died October 12. Frederick was born February 23, 1966 in Buffalo, to Frederick and Rose Marie (Leitten) Beering.
Frederick is survived by his parents; brothers Thomas Beering and Michael (Jacqueline) Beering; nephew and niece Ryan and Hayley Beering; numerous, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends; and his “Pack of 3.”
He is preceded in death by his wife Kimberly Marie, to whom he was married 20 years.
Frederick was manager claims process for Progressive Insurance. He was an dog lover, automobile mechanic enthusiast and outdoorsman.
A memorial service will be held by the family, at a later date.
He supported animal rescues, so in lieu of flowers, the family suggested donations be made to PAWS, P.O. Box 24651, Cleveland, OH 44124 or PAWSOHIO.ORG in his memory.
Waite & Son Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.waitefuneralhome.com.
Anthony G. DeMarco, 81, of Cumming, Ga., formerly of North Collins, died October 3. Anthony was the husband of Mary Rita (Lederman); father of Rita (David) Fisher, Debra (late Jack) Sears, Monica (Nicholas) Thurmond, Joseph (Dawn) Pellegrino and Jeffrey (Maren) Pellegrino; grandfather, great-grandfather, and foster father of many; also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by Assunta DeMarco, Mary Warren, Salvatore DeMarco, Joseph DeMarco and Harold McGrath. He was also the brother of Carmen DeMarco and Carmella DeMarco.
Tony was an employee for American Airlines for 43 years between Buffalo, Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth. He was the Class of “52” president; a member of the Transport Workers Union Local 513 in Texas. Tony was also a member of the North Collins Volunteer Fire Department, an avid ball player, former owner of DeMarco’s Gas Station in North Collins, and Wings & Things restaurant in Humble, Texas.
A memorial Mass was said on Oct. 25 at Holy Spirit Church in North Collins.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the North Collins Volunteer Fire Department in Tony’s honor.
Loretta B. (nee Storck) (Penzes) George, of Orchard Park, died October 15. Loretta was the wife of the late Kenneth George Sr. and the late Albert Penzes; mother of Jeanne (Robert) Corby, Robert Penzes and Judy (Harlan) Weiser; stepmother of Lorraine (Emil) Bohadlo, Kenneth (Kathleen) George Jr., and Joann Hurst; sister of the late Willard (Stella) Storck and Clarabelle (Oliver) Kalke; also survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She retired from Hens & Kelly Department Store and was a member of the Armor Senior Citizens. She served as the president and chairman of the travel committee for many years.
A funeral was held on Oct. 20 at Loomis, Offers & Loomis Inc. Flowers were graciously declined. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo Inc.
Leon J. Klinczar Jr., of Hamburg, died October 15. Leon was the husband of the late Frances (Abramski)Klinczar; father of Ronald (Tracy), Steven and Matthew Klinczar; grandfather of Daniel (Sarah) Klinczar and Angela (Clark) Driscoll; great-grandfather of Ana Klinczar; brother of Richard (Arlene), Virginia (Robert) McHugh, Paul (Debbie Holscher) and the late Eugene (Agnes), Joan (Stanley) Pawenski and Arthur Klinczar; also survived by nieces and nephews.
He was a Navy Veteran of World War II and a retiree of South Buffalo Railroad.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on Oct. 18 at Saint Francis of Assisi Church in Athol Springs. Interment followed at Lakeside Memorial Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be made at www.kaczorfunerals.com.
Ronald F. Pajak, of Derby, died October 10. Ronald was the husband of Cindy (nee Darrow); father of Gregory (David Pendley) Pajak and Diane Pajak; grandfather of Noah Lemoine and Ellie Pendley-Pajak; brother of Rose (Kenneth) Paa; also survived by nieces and nephews.
A funeral was held on Oct. 15 at Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home Inc.
If desired, contributions may be made to Hospice Buffalo, Inc. Online condolences and donations may be made at www.lakesidefuneralhome.com.
Louise C. “Winkie” (nee Weakland)McHenry, 90, of Ann’s Choice Retirement Community in Pennsylvania, formerly of Bel Air, Md. and Hamburg, died October 1. Louise was the wife of 58 years to Robert McHenry; mother of David McHenry (Marcia), Michelle McCormick (Pat) and Brian McHenry (Ann); grandmother of Kevin, Bryan, Kirstyn, Kyle, Ryan, Michael, Caroline and Erin.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Ann’s Choice Benevolent Fund, which can be sent care of the Philanthropy Department at 20000 Ann’s Choice Way, Warminster, PA 18974.
Checks for memorial donations may be made out, payable to The Ann’s Choice Restricted Fund.
Mary Rayneld Samsel
Sister Mary Rayneld Samsel, 92, died October 4. Sister Mary Rayneld Samsel was born Ladislas Joan Samsel on Jan. 22, 1922 in Bridgeport, Conn. to the late Stanley and the late Rosalie (nee Kiernosek). Sister Rayneld became a postulant of the Franciscan Sisters of Saint Joseph on Jan. 4, 1942 and professed her final vows on July 23, 1946.
She attended Saint Mary’s School of Nursing in Brooklyn and continued her nursing education by receiving a bachelor’s degree from Saint John University in New York City and a masters degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She also participated in various language and scriptural study programs, including Oriental Study at the American Embassy in Saigon, Vietnam.
Sister Rayneld began her religious vocation as a teacher at Holy Trinity in Niagara Falls and Saint Vincent in North Evans. After receiving her degrees, she worked for 33 years at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Brooklyn; Saint Mary’s Home for the Aged in Detroit, Mich.; Ozanam Home in New Berlin, Wis.; Saint Clare Manor in Lockport and Saint Joseph Intercommunity Hospital in Cheektowaga. Sister Rayneld joined the Colette Hilbert Health Center in 2003.
Sister Rayneld worked with the Red Cross during the Vietnam Conflict to airlift orphans to the United States and also assisted at Catholic Charities in Buffalo, teaching immigrants English and caring for their children in the Day Care Center, while parents engaged in classes or interviews.
Sister Rayneld was predeceased in death by her older sister, Sister M. Ancilla Samsel, FSSJ, who died on July 20, 1983. She is survived by her sister, Dolores Micinilio; and her brother and sister-in-law, Stephen and Dorothy. She is also survived by nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.
A Mass of Christian burial was held in the convent chapel on Oct. 14. Burial was at Saint Stanislaus Cemetery in Cheektowaga. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph in memory of Sister Rayneld.
Jeanne D. (nee Orth) Stresing, of Hamburg, died October 12. Jeanne was the mother of Deborah Stresing, Pamela Courtney, Barbara Stresing, Kristina (Jay) Phelan, Dale (Tammy) Stresing and the late Cynthia Stresing; sister of Robert Orth and the late David Orth; also survived by five grandchildren, Stephanie, Caitie, Allison, Shelby and Lynn-Lee; two great-grandchildren, Gavin and Brock and nieces and nephews.
She enjoyed knitting, quilting and sewing and was a member of the Southtowns Women’s Friendship Club and a lifetime member of the Boston Welcome Wagon.
A memorial service was held on Oct. 17, at Loomis, Offers & Loomis Inc., located at 207 Main St. in Hamburg. Flowers were declined. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo, Inc.
Earl R. Beckley, of Derby, died October 6. Earl was the husband of 45 years of Bambi (nee Finken) Beckley; father of James (Michelle), Jeffrey Beckley; grandfather of Nicholas, Christopher, Collin, Austin and Bryce; son of Glenn and Patricia (nee Hoadley) Beckley; brother of Daniel (Marilyn) Beckley, Linda (Robert) Arnold and Patricia Miller; survived by many nieces and nephews.
He was a truck driver for 37 years, retiring from Praxair of Niagara Falls.
A memorial service was held Oct. 18 at Saint Matthew’s United Church of Christ in Hamburg. Flowers were gratefully declined.
Arrangements were made by the Latimore-Schiavone Funeral Home Inc.
Raymond H. Behlmaier, of Boston, died October 15. Raymond was the husband of Suzanne (nee Hemphill) Butcher Behlmaier; father of Mark (Michelle), Neil (Joelle), Jackie (Paul) Kociszewski and Troy (Susan) Behlmaier; stepfather of Scott (Lisa) and Andrew Butcher; brother of Eugene Behlmaier; also survived by several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A memorial gathering was held on Oct. 18 at Loomis, Offers & Loomis Inc. Flowers were declined. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
James Joseph “Jim” Butzer, 51, of Saranac Lake, died on October 17. Jim was the son of Lawrence and Mary Jane (Kobiolka) Butzer; brother of Kathleen (Fred) Marshall, Eugene (Cathleen) Butzer, Joseph (Cindy), Alan Butzer and the late Lawrence Butzer, III; grandson of the late Lawrence (Gertrude) Butzer and the late Joseph (Estelle) Kobiolka; also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.
Jim was a retired state trooper who was stationed at Saranac Lake.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Oct. 25 from the Epiphany of Our Lord Church in Langford.
Arrangements were made by the Wentland Funeral Home, located in North Collins.
Jeffrey R. Campbell, of Hamburg, died October 1. Jeffrey was the husband of Linda (Hineman); father of Kelly (Kenneth) Baetzhold, Jeffrey (Leah), Todd and Chad Campbell; papa of Ryder, Taylan, Piper and Paxton; brother of Scott, Cheryl and Dennis (Joanne) Campbell; also survived by many nieces, nephews and brothers and sisters-in-law.
A funeral was held Oct. 21 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Hamburg, Memorials may be made to Orchard Park American Legion Post No. 567, 3740 N. Buffalo St., Orchard Park, NY 14127.
Donald N. Foit, of Hamburg, died October 9. Donald was the father of Donna Foit (Dennis Wulff); grandfather of Samantha and Krista; great-grandfather of Mackenzie and Vincent; son of the late Charlotte (nee Wallet) and the late Henry Foit; brother of the late James and Eleanor Foit; survived by brothers William, Thomas (Karen), Richard (Marleen); uncle of 24 nieces and nephews.
He served in the marine corps in Korea.
Prior arrangements were made with the University at Buffalo Anatomical Gift Program.
Amos Marvel, 64, of Angola, died October 14. Amos was the husband of Ronda Marvel; father of Todd Doherty, Susan (Amy) Doherty, Billy (Wendy) Doherty, Tara (Marissa) Cronin and Donald (Keri) Cronin; brother of William (Paula) Marvel, Sharon (Larry) Stitt, Richard (Chick) Berkhoudt and Shirley Johnson; poppy of Max, Sophie Doherty and Jonathon Cronin.
A funeral was held Oct. 18 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church, or the Greater Niagara Frontier Boy scouts.
Online condolences may be made at www.addisonfuneralhome.com.
Gertrude R. (nee Welsted) Gildea, 88, of Hamburg, died October 13. Gertrude is predeceased by her husband of 58 years, James Welsted. She was the mother of James (Annette) Gildea, Mary Starr and the late Ellen (Jeff) Toense; sister of Sally (late Donald) Booth, Howard and Gerald (late Annetta) Welsted; also survived by six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was a lifelong Hamburg resident, a waitress at the former Biehler’s Tea Room, telephone operator for New York Telephone and school bus driver for Fisher Bus Service.
Visiting hours will be held at the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home Inc., located at 21 Pierce Avenue, Hamburg, on Oct. 22, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral will be held on Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. from Saints Peter & Paul Church in Hamburg. Interment in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at www.demmerleyfuneralhome.com.
John Phillip Markert, 84, of Hamburg, died October 13. John was the husband of Dorothy (nee Harvey) his wife of 60 years; father of Philip (Vickie), Kenneth (Lynn Entwisle), Grace (David) Brandt and Thomas (Karen Fine) Markert; brother of Alan (Esther) Markert; also survived by six grandchildren, Kara, Emily, Joyce, Laurel, John and Neil.
He was born in Olean, joined the Navy in 1948 and served during the Korean conflict as a fire control technician. He attended Newark College of Engineering and was employed by Bell Labs in New Jersey, where he met Dorothy. After moving to Western New York, he worked as an engineer with New York Telephone, later attending Cornell University for his graduate degree and retiring in 1988.
He was a life member of the National Rifle Association, Hamburg Rod and Gun Club, the “Tin Can Sailors” Navy veteran group, and numerous other organizations.
He was part owner and operator of Hamburg Gun Sales in Hamburg for 12 years.
Funeral services were private, with interment in Lakeside Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at www.demmerleyfuneralhome.com.
Theresa F. (nee Zdrojweski), Rollek 74, of Blasdell, died October 18. Theresa was the wife of Arthur Rollek; mother of Susan (Gerald) Bodenstedt, Arthur, Jr., Joseph (Virginia) and Kimberly (Daniel Sullivan) Rollek; sister of Ernest (Florence) Zee and Barbara (Frank) Dablewski and the late Frances (late Michael) Barber and Mary Ann Mueller; also survived by eight grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on Oct. 23 at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church. There was no prior visitation.
Arrangements were made by the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home Inc.
Online condolences may be made at www.kaczorfunerals.com.
Ralph Wittmeyer, 95, of North Collins and Springville, died October 19. Ralph was the husband of the late Anna (Feldman) Wittmeyer; father of Ronald (JoAnne) Wittmeyer, Elaine (Chuck) Buckenmeyer, Kathy (Fred) Koch, Herb (Lil) Witmeyer, and the late James Wittmeyer; brother of Marcella Emerling and the late Sylvester, Carl, Walter Wittmeyer, Henrietta Spengler, Adeline Winkelman and Florence Preischel; also survived by many grand and great-grandchildren.
Ralph was a retired dairy farmer, serving as director, president and vice president of Arcade Farms and Upstate Milk Co-op.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Oct. 23, from Epiphany of Our Lord Church in Langford. Arrangements were made by the Wentland Funeral Home of North Collins.