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Death notices and obituaries for the Aug. 21 edition of The Sun
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Date: 2014-08-20
  • Louis Palma
  • George Rapson
  • Yvonne Wightman

[photo2]Louis Palma

Louis R. “Sonny” Palma, 86, of Derby, died Aug. 14.

Lou was the husband of Sharon Palma; father of Hank (Beth) Palma and LuAnn (Doug) Palma-Smith; brother of Carmella (late Paul) Teichman, MaryAnn (Jack) Hagarty, Elaine (Ron) Chudzik, Betty (Paul) Evans and the late Richard and Henry “Jr.” Palma; grandfather of Courtney and Chelsea Palma; also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Lou served his country in the United States Navy during World War II from 1943-1946 in the South Pacific combat zone. After WWII he attended Canisius College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

In 1950, he was recalled into active duty and was assigned to the Carrier USS Philippine Sea off the coast of Korea, until 1952. After the navy, he enlisted in the United States Air force in 1953 and was a flight engineer during the Vietnam War. He retired from the air force reserves in 1988. Lou was an accounting supervisor at GM’s Chevrolet plant in Buffalo from 1959-1963, and ultimately ran his own accounting firm. He was a town of Evans councilman from 1962-1966 and 1968-1972.

He also served as deputy Erie County Clerk from 1969-1975; from 1975-1982 he was the administration and fiscal officer for federal CETA programs.

Then, in 1982, he became the business administrator for the Lake Shore Central school system. In 2000, he was appointed to the position of director of the Erie County Veterans Services. He was also a life member of the Highland Fire Department, a fire commissioner for the North Evans Fire District for 15 years, and an Evans Republican Committeeman for more than 35 years, serving as its chairman from 1997-2009.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23 in Saint John Paul II Parish Community. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either Hospice Buffalo Inc. or the Wounded Warrior Project.

Arrangements were made by the Addison Funeral Home Inc. in Angola. Online condolences may be made at

[photo3]George Rapson

George W. Rapson Jr., of Eden, died July 4.

George is survived by sister Carol (Chris) Seger of Levittown, Pa.; brother Thomas (Paige) of Tampa, Fla.; companion, Barbara Bailey: children Maria (Robert) Hasulak, George III, Lisa DeCillis, Patrick Meher, grandchildren, extended family and friends.

George was born in Philadelphia, Pa. and was a member of the Eden community for 19 years. He was a Vietnam veteran and a member of the United States Navy.

A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 22 at the Immaculate Conception Church, located at 8791 S. Main St. in Eden.

Arrangements were made by Laing Funeral Home Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Gerald Loft

Gerald B. Loft, 63, of Hamburg, died Aug. 11.

Gerald was the husband of Linda (nee Fegley) Loft; father of Jeffrey (Jeanette), Steven (Julie) and Alicia (fiancé Michael Gavin) Loft and the late Cheri Loft; grandfather of Kamryn, Jillian, Elleri, Austin, Alaina and Hailey; son of the late Gerald and Mary (Lundy) Loft; brother of Jessica (Steve) Hemminger, Harry Loft, Jack (Patti) Loft and Linda Loft; also survived by many other family members and friends.

He retired as a factory worker at Vesuvius Inc.

A funeral was held at the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home Inc. on Aug. 16. Interment was in Lakeside Memorial Cemetery. Flowers were declined.

Online condolences may be made at

Eileen Ullrich

Eileen N. Ullrich, of Rancho Murieta, Calif., formerly of Hamburg, died May 16.

Eileen was the sister of Linda (late Michael) Butler, Judy (late Nelson) Dahl and Susan (Paul) Johnson; aunt of Julie Jacobs, David and Cameron Dahl and Will Johnson; daughter of the late Albert and Helen “Peggy” Huggins Ullrich.

Visitation will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 22 at the Wayside Presbyterian Church, located at 55017 Lakeshore Road in Hamburg.

Arrangements were made by the Carlton A. Ullrich Funeral Home Inc.

[photo4]Yvonne Wightman

Yvonne Lemmler Wightman, 98, of Cary, N.C., died on June 26.

Yvonne is survived by her four children, Lawrence (Linda), of Fort Myers, Fla.; Daniel (Kyoko) of Colton, Ore.; Lynn (Beverly) of Mayville, N.Y. and Janet (Gary) of Cary, N.C.

Yvonne was born to Mabel and Bert Lemmler on March 20, 1916, in Buffalo, and spent her childhood in Angola. She married George Daniel Wughtman, of Eden, on June 7, 1934.

When George retired as superintendent of Ripley Central School in 1967, they moved to the Chautauqua Institution, where Yvonne became active in the Chautauqua Library and Scientific Circle; the women’s club; bird, tree and garden club and the Hurlbut Memorial Community United Methodist Church.

The couple spent winters in Ramona, Calif. with her brother Dale; at Tropicana Mobile Home Park in Fort Myers and at Oak Creek Retirement Village in Burlington, N.C. After 71 years of marriage, George died in 2005. Yvonne continued to live in Burlington until she moved to Cary to live with her daughter Janet and her husband, Gary Conner.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23 at Evergreen Cemetery in Eden.

William Thiry

William “Bill” Warren Thiry, 65, of Thompson’s Station, Tenn., formerly of Birmingham, Ala., a native of Hamburg.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Warren and Doris Thiry and nephew, Donny Thiry. He is survived by his wife, Sherri Thiry; daughters, Rachel (Paul) Musick and Sara Thiry; grandchildren, William Musick and Logan Bruner; brothers, Richard (Mary Beth) Thiry and Donald (Bonnie) Thiry; sister, Barbara Thiry and many nieces and nephews.

Bill graduated in 1971 from the University of Alabama and then became a Certified Public Accountant. He retired from Southern Company Services.

A memorial service was held at Spring Hill Memorial Funeral Home. Memorials may be made in Bill’s honor to the Donny Thiry Foundation, 5075 Clarice Dr., Hamburg, N.Y. 14075.

Online condolences maybe made at

Meredith Brennan

Meredith Brennan, of Hamburg, died Aug. 13.

Meredith was the wife of the late James; mother of Kathy, Cindy and Debbie (Chuck) Brennan; grandmother of James (Tracy), Michael, Kara and Dylan; great-grandmother of Joe, Jake, Jason and Joshua; sister of Doris (late William) Campbell and Thomas (Judith) Thwaite.

Private services were held by the family. Arrangements were made by Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home Inc.

Charles Schweikert

Charles “Bud” Schweikert, of Woodlawn, died Aug. 13

Charles was the husband of 55 years of Shirley (nee Haldeman) Schweikert; father of Charles Jr. (Darlene), Carolyn (Martin) Rosiek, Caren Jo and Carl Schweikert; grandfather of Chelsey Jo Schweikert (fiancé Evan Beckerman), Caitlyn (Justin) Schleifer, Eric Rosiek, Courtney Rosiek and Christopher Schweikert; brother of the late Jean (late Fred) Leyda and late Robert (Lois) Schweikert.

Bud was a 50 year member of the Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Company and a member the Queen of Angels Holy Name Society.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held Thursday, Aug. 21 at 9:30 a.m. at Queen of Angels Church, located on the corner of Electric Avenue and Warsaw Street in Lackawanna. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. No prior visitation.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hospice Foundation of Western New York. Arrangements were made by the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Jerome Hess

Jerome “Jerry” Q. Hess, 67, of Hamburg, died Aug. 14.

Jerome was son of the late Christian and Mary Hess; brother of Joan (late James) Netter; and uncle of Amy (Peter) Carbutti and Sara (Joseph) Giunta.

Jerome worked at Cope Bestway Express.

Visitation was held at the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home Inc. in Hamburg on Aug. 19.

Phyllis Hanson

Phyllis Jeannette (nee Lamb) Hanson, 91, of Hamburg, died Aug. 14.

Phyllis died at home surrounded by her children. She was the wife of the late Gene Hanson and is survived by her children Steven (Katherine) (late Sarah); Priscilla Trageser; Andrew (Victoria); Douglas (Susan) and Richard (Dianne), as well as nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was born on Oct. 6, 1922 to Llewellyn and Hazel (nee Duell) Lamb in Hamilton, N.Y. She is the sister of the late Gene (Ann); the late Darwin (late Marion); Alan (Lee); Richard (Patricia); Louis (late Betty); Keith (Norma); the late Llewellyn Jr. ( Agnes) and Beatrice Little.

Phyllis graduated from Cornell University. While raising her family, she returned to school to earn her Masters degree in education and taught elementary school for 17 years. She played bridge, read avidly, sang and was a member of the Buffalo Museum of Science Ornithological Society for many years, as a birder.

A gathering in her memory will be held on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2-4 p.m. at J & M’s West End Inn, located at 340 Union St. in Hamburg.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Hamburg Public Library Expansion Project, c/o Hamburg Public Library, 102 Buffalo St. Hamburg, NY 14075 or online.


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