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Obituaries and death notices from The Sun week of Jan.7
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Date: 2016-01-06
Paul G. Schunk, 72, died December 30.

Born into a Truck and Dairy Farming Family, Paul helped work the family farm up until it shut down in the early 1960’s. He worked for a masonry contractor, and quickly started his own residential masonry business (Paul G. Schunk Masonry) in his early 20’s. He belonged to the Southtowns Builder Association for numerous years. Paul proudly helped build thousands of homes in Western New York, from block foundations, to brick and stone fronts, to masonry fireplaces. He was a master craftsman with a recognizable style and sought by many. During that time he trained many local masons, including his son Paul D. Schunk (Smart Pig Masonry), who carries on his trade to this day. He is remembered by many, including his children, as a great teacher, not only of his trade, but of everything he was good at.

A life time member of the North Boston volunteer fire company from 1968 on, he served a term as fire chief 1981-83, 1st assistant chief 1978-1980, 2nd assistant chief 1975-1977, and director 1970-1972 and 1984-1992. During his membership in the fire company he trained in CPR and first aid and when his son Michael was struck by lightning in 1980, Paul revived him with CPR, not only saving Michael’s life but being recognized by the NBFC as fireman of the year in 1981 and the Southwestern Convention of Volunteer fire companies with a Special Services Award for First Aid.

During the winter season Paul did seasonal contracted snow plowing having plowed during numerous blizzards including the blizzard of ’77 and all hence forth, the last being “SnoVember 2014”.

Paul was an avid card player and enjoyed socializing with seemingly hundreds of friends. Not only was he “Uncle Paul” to his many loving nieces and nephews, but was also called “Uncle Paul(y)” by many others. His manner endeared himself to countless friends and relatives and he happily embraced others whom joined him in enjoying his properties and fun. He was a founder and president of the Leon Hunting Camp and a member of the Boston Social Club having served as officer of health and welfare. In addition, he was a member of the Sons of the Amvets, and of the Boston Young at Heart club.

His powerful presence will be dearly missed by his children, friends, and family.

Thomas Missert, 84, of Atkinson, N.H., died December 21.

Thomas passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family Tom was the beloved husband for 59 years to the love of his life, Betty Missert. He was loved dearly by all his children: Debbie (Mickey), Jim (Mary), Pete (Karen), Tom (Deanna), Paul (Carolyn), Mark

1999 he decided to move to Atkinson, New Hampshire to be closer to his grandchildren. He began another career working at Canobie Lake Park as an Inventory Control/ Purchasing Administrator, where he stayed for 15 years until August 2015. He loved his time at Canobie Lake Park and all the friendships he made there.

(Mary), and was cherished by his 12 grandchildren of whom he was always very proud. Born in Buffalo, New York on July 18, 1931 to Charles and Serena Missert, Buffalo has always held a special place in his heart. He attended the University at Buffalo and was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity. He served in the United States Army, stationed in Germany during the Korean War. When he returned from his service, he began a 30 year career at the Ford Motor Company, Woodlawn Stamping Plant in Buffalo, NY while living and raising his family in Hamburg, NY. His retirement from Ford in 1991 was short as he began working at the Water Valley Inn Restaurant in Hamburg, NY which is owned by his son Jim and managed by his daughter Debbie.

Tom had many friends who will always remember him for his big heart, service to others, infectious smile, fun stories and most of all for being a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be missed by all. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Peter & Paul’s Church in Hamburg, NY at a date TBD. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to either: Warde Rehab & Nursing Center, Activity Fund in Memory of Tom Missert, 21 Searles Road, Windham, NH, 03087 OR Alzheimer’s Association/NH Chapter for Services & Families, 166 South River Road, Suite 210, Bedford, NH, 03110.

Michael G. Caputi, of Angola, died

December 28.

Michael was the beloved husband of Rosemary Caputi; loving father of Gregory (Linda) Caputi, Christine (Jim) Giesecke, Nancy Caputi Shnider. Step father of Shaina (John) Playfoot, Mary (Paul) Smith, Holly, and Mark (Barbara) Christopher (Lena) Stoehr. Brother of Bill (Doris) Caputi, Judy (Sandro) Canicchi and the late Anthony Caputi. Also survived by many grand, great-grand and great-great-grandchildren. Arrangements by ADDISON FUNERAL HOME, INC. 262 N. Main St. Angola.

Michael was a Navy man, an incredible swimmer who loved to golf, play tennis and ride his bike- this was a man who was always on the move. He leaves behind a large family who loved him and will miss his smile and laugh dearly. He also leaves behind Rosie, whom he loved so much.

Christopher R. Hughey, of Hamburg, died December 28.

Christopher was the beloved son of the late Richard and Shirley (nee Dill) Hughey; loving brother of Dennis (Audrey) Hughey: cherished uncle of Tyler and Marissa Hughey. Arrangements made by LOOMIS OFFERS & LOOMIS INC. HAMBURG CHAP-EL, 207 Main St.

Flowers gratefully declined. Memorial contributions to the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg greatly appreciated.

Phyllis “Granny” (nee Dole) Schmitz, 90, of New Oregon, died December 25.

Phyllis was the beloved wife of the late James M. Schmitz. Loving mother of Peg (Paul) Sessanna, Bev (Jack) DeCarlo, Kevin (Pat), Keith (Anne), Bonnie (Faron) Reding, Bill (Angie), Randy (Kim) Schmitz, and the late David Schmitz. Mother in law of Joyce Schmitz. Grandmother of 21 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Sister of the late Richard Dole, Arlene (Earl) Rechter, Doris (Fred) Bodenstedt and Carlton (Josephine) Dole. Sister in law of Evelyn Dole. Arrangements by the Wentland Funeral Home 10634 Main St. North Collins.

Phyllis was a lifelong dairy farmer. If desired memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.

Dolores “Lolly” Armbruster, 95, of Langford, died

December 26.

Lolly was the wife of the late Marland “Bud” Armbruster; loving mother of John (Toni) Armbruster, Anne (Ronald) Schmitt, Richard (Grace) Armbruster and Howard (Irene) Armbruster; grandmother of 17 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, 15 great-great-grandchildren, foster mother of 37. Arrangments by WENTLAND FUNERAL HOME, 10634 Main St. North Collins.

Lolly was a charter member of L.N.O.V.F.D. Ladies Auxiliary.

Waltraut “Wally” (nee Schmitt) Couchman, of Hamburg, died January 3.

Wally was the beloved wife of the late Arthur. Dearest mother of Sylvia Couchman and Elizabeth (late Wesley) Weed. Cherished grandmother of Belindie (Stephen) Ebling, Renee (Christopher) Venti and Kellene Scinta and great-grandmother of Scott Weed and Michael Scinta, David and Joshua Venti, Joel and Brett Ebling and great-great grandmother of Mason, Angelina and Phoenix. Arrangements by LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Rd. Online condolences may be shared at

Nancy E. (nee Bastedo) Dugan, of Hamburg, died December 31.

Nancy was the beloved wife of Martin P. Dugan; devoted mother of Patricia (Michael) Gallagher, Martin (Carey) Dugan, Jr., and Lisa (Terry Schappert) Correa; cherished grandmother of Dillon, Morgan, and Austin Gallagher, Mitchell and Rachel Dugan, Briana and Olivia Correa; loving daughter of Marjorie and late Charles Bastedo; dearest sister of Karen (Frank), Carolyn (late Ronald) Olenik, Marjorie (Robert) Amadori, and Janet (Donald) Arlotta-Parent; dear sister-in-law of Maureen (late David) Frank, John (Linda), Rita Ron, Patrick (Myran Feistine), Michael (Linda) Dugan, and late Jackie Fliss; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Interment at Hillcrest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg or Hospice Buffalo. Arrangements by LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 716-627-2919. Please online donations and condolences at

Theodore Russell Sr., of Hamburg, died December 24.

Theodore was the beloved husband of 60 years to Donna (Wiltse), devoted father of Deborah (Mark) Hoeber, Catherine (Michael) Frank, Theodore (Erin) Russell, Jennifer (Paul) Meyer. Proud grandfather of Christopher, Sean, Sara, Amber, Theo, Alex, Jordan, Ryan, Gavin and Patrick. Brother of JoAnne Zarachuk of California and the late Thelma. Loving uncle to many nieces and nephews. Born in Carbondale, PA and a disabled American veteran (Korean War - Big Red One). Retired painter (Union District 4). A village of Hamburg resident for over 60 years and proud member of the Hamburg Senior Fitness Center. An avid fisherman and hunter who enjoyed the outdoors. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department, PO box 82, Hamburg, NY 14075.

Tyler A. King, 21, of Hamburg, died December 28.

Tyler was the loving son of Kristen King (fiancé Rob Strade); cherished grandson of Wendy (late Jim) Peterson; dear nephew of Kathy Peterson and Kelly (Emmett) Lonergan; dearest cousin to Samantha Reisdorf; adored great-nephew of Pam Wojtowicz and Candy Woods; special uncle EJ (Suzie) Wojtowicz; also survived by a large loving family and many friends. The family will be present to receive friends for a Memorial Wake on Friday from 3-7 p.m. at the (Hamburg Chapel) JOHN J. KACZOR FUNERAL HOME, INC. 5453 Southwestern Blvd. (Corner of Rogers Rd. 646-5555) and where a Memorial Service will follow at 7PM. Share condolences at

Eugene Jedrysik, 83, of Orchard Park, died December 28.

Eugene was the beloved husband of the late Charlotte (Schillace) Jedrysik; loving father of Diane (Tom) Galley, Michael, Ronald and Scott (Delicia) Jedrysik; grandfather of many grand and great-grandchildren. Arrangements by WENTLAND FUNERAL HOME, 10634 Main St., North Collins, where funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 9:30 followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial from Holy Spirit Church, North Collins. Eugene was a 45-year employee of Mercy Hospital.


Muehleisen, 47, of Eden, died December 12.

Michael was born October 1, 1968 in Buffalo, New York. He was a son of Theodor and the late Ann (Venus) Muehleisen.

Survived by his loving father Theodor Muehleisen; a sister, Angela (late Mike) Gallagher; a sister Monica (Dave) Rudnick and a brother Ted (Mary) Muehleisen. Also survived by 9 nieces and nephews and 6 great nieces and nephews.

A Memorial service will be held at the Laing Funeral Home Inc. 2724 West Church St. Eden, NY 14057 on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 11 a.m. Memorials in Michael’s memory can be made to Eden Community Foundation P.O. Box 96, Eden, NY 14057.

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Annamarie (nee Castiglia) Fregelette, 82, of Eden, died

December 29.

AnnaMarie was the beloved wife of Donald D. Fregelette; loving mother of David (Kathleen), James (Julie), Donald (Kathleen) Fregelette, Cathy (Kevin) Schneider and John Fregelette; dearest grandmother of Nicole (Matt) Moyer, David (Caitlin), Mark Fregelette, Kate Schneider, Alyssa Fregelette and Luke Schneider; great-grandmother of Meegan Fregelette; sister of Jerry (Barbara) Castiglia and Mae (late Ralph) Jeswald. Arrangements by the WENTLAND FUNERAL HOME, 10634 Main St. North Collins.

If desired, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo or Roswell Park.

Lawrence J.

Kennedy, 62, of Derby, died

December 31.

Lawrence was the beloved husband of Starr C. (nee Knight) Kennedy; loving father of James R. (Amy) Kennedy and Michael (Jen) Kennedy; cherished grandpa of Louie, Ethan and Thalia; dear son of the late James S. and Mary R. (nee Braunscheidel) Kennedy; dearest brother of Patricia (Joseph) Kowalewski, Barbara Kennedy, Tina (David) Roskwitalski and the late Elizabeth (David) Leitzell; also survived by nieces and nephews. Arrangements by JOHN J. KACZOR FUNERAL HOME, INC. 5453 Southwestern Blvd.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Larry was a retiree of Ford Stamping Plant and a member of the Mustang Club of America who enjoyed traveling the country showing his classic Mustangs. Share condolences at

Patricia J. (nee Doring) Rust, of Hamburg, died December 25.

Patricia was the beloved wife of the late Wilson A. Rust; loving mother of Pamala (Robert) Gild-den and David (Margaret) Rust; dearest sister of Joyce Bayer; also survived by four grandchildren, two great-grand-children, nieces and nephews. No prior visitation. A Memorial Service will be held at a future date. Arrangements by LOOMIS, OFFERS & LOOMIS, INC. HAMBURG CHAPEL.

Arlene L. (nee Koepf), Jablonski, of Hamburg, Died December 31.

Arlene was the beloved wife of the late Peter Jablonski; loving mother of Edward (Laura) Jablonski and Ellen (Michael) Pyszc-zek; dearest sister of Kathleen DeWein; cherished grandma of Kelsey Jablonski; also survived by nieces and nephews. Arrangements by LOOMIS, OFFERS & LOOMIS, INC. HAMBURG CHAPEL, 207 Main St.

Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials to the SPCA of WNY.

Sylvia P. Harenda, 84, of Hamburg, died December 29.

Sylvia P. Harenda of Hamburg, active in her church and in the Grange, died Tuesday, Dec. 29 at Buffalo Mercy Hospital after a short illness. She was 84. Beloved daughter of the late Valentine and Emily Harenda; cherished sister of Dolores (late Bertrand) Holt and the late Adele, Florence, Eugene (late Patricia) Harenda, Melanie (late Henry) Pudlewski, and Yolaine (Harold) Staffehl; survived by her favorite niece, Carol Staffehl, and many nieces and nephews. Beloved by thousands of mentored children and loving friends. Member of Erie County Pomona and Hamburg Grange. Volunteer of St. Francis of Assisi Church and Union Pleasant Elementary School.

John A.

Manganiello, 53, formerly of Derby, died January 2.

John was the loving son of the late Michael L. and Ann (nee Scully) Manganiello; dearest brother of Michael C. (Mary Ann) Manganiello, Lisa Manganiello, and the late Mary Tobola; also survived by nieces, nephews, and friends. Arrangements by JOHN J. KACZOR FUNERAL HOME, INC. 5453 Southwestern Blvd. (Corner of Rogers Rd. 646-5555) and where prayers will be said on Thursday at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. John Paul II Church at 10 a.m. Condolences at


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