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I was born in Niagara Falls Ontario, on April 9, 1951, son of the late Ralph and Flora (Holmes) Fraser and brother to Judy.The following story documents my life journey to the USA. I grew up in a small village called Stamford Center, later becoming part of Niagara Falls, Ont. I remember as a child I would climb our maple tree in the front yard, and I would sit up there on a small stool that I wedged between the branches. From my perch I could see the neon sign on the roof of the United Office Building in downtown Niagara Falls, NY. I would also watch the cargo planes fly out of the US Air Reserve Station. I was always fascinated by those "flying boxcars!"In my youth, from one year old until college, I spent every summer with my mom and dad at our campsite on Lake Huron in Southampton, Ont. Mom and I would stay for the summer until Labor Day. Dad was a purchasing agent for a company called Ohio Brass so he would commute every weekend except for his 3 weeks of vacation in July. Dad was a WWII veteran with the RCAF. He was very resourceful and engineered several improvements for us to enjoy living in a tent for the summer. We would fish a lot and cook on a camp stove. On rainy days we would gather around the picnic tables under the awning and play Rummoli. Later it would be euchre tournaments with Black Label beer for the adults, while we roasted marshmallows.Mom and Dad eventually upgraded to a trailer in 1965. The last one was over thirty feet with an indoor bathroom. I was always content in my tent.At the age of 10, I got my first job as a pin setter at the Beach Bowl. I earned 5 cents for every 10 frames of five-pin bowling per person. All that cash went back into the pinball machines and soda fountain for shakes and fries. At 13, I worked for my Grampa Jim (mom's dad) at his grocery store and cottages. I took the early shift until noon in the store while Gramps tended to the cottages. After work I would spend the rest of the day at the beach with my friends. Most were from the Michigan area.My best friend was Dave from Detroit. Often during the week when dad was home with the car, we would walk the boat on its trailer down to the beach and launch it by hand. The boat was aluminum 14-foot with a six horse Merc. It was just big enough for us to explore Lake Huron from Chantry Island on out to the mile marker buoys at the mouth of the Saugeen River and upstream to the rapids at Denny's Dam. After a day of adventure, we would gas up at the harbor and head back to the beach.My last summer at the lake was in 1968. After that, my trips to the trailer were usually in July for Dad's birthday. Mom passed away in 1992 but Dad continued to spend his summers at the lake up until 2005, the year he joined Mom. The last trip for me was with my wife in 2000 on Dad's 80th. We trailered our bikes there so Dad could enjoy his first ride on a Harley. I was so fortunate to have such great parents to afford us our summer vacation every year.During my high school and college years I spent my leisure time at various US bars where the drinking age at that time was 18. During high school, my favorite haunts were Jackson's, the OH and Gabriel's. During college they were The Bakery and Fitzgerald's.I graduated from Niagara College in 1972 with a Technologist degree in Construction Estimating and Drafting. Before I started working for a living, I took a vacation and flew to Great Britain for 3 weeks where I hitchhiked over 1,800 miles. I stayed in bed & breakfasts, hostels and camped in my pup tent whenever possible. I started south of London to Nottingham Castle and on up the east coast to Edinburgh, Scotland where I was able to hear the pipes play from the castle at the Highland Tattoo. There were marching bands from all over the world but what impressed me the most was the Queens Guard, a drill team of the Cadet Force of Rutgers University from Brunswick, NJ! The next day I continued north and camped out along Loch Ness next to an old crumbling castle. I thought I might catch a glimpse of Nessie but no luck although it was worth a look. The last leg of my journey was to Motherwell, Scotland where my Grampa Jim was born in 1891. I then travelled through the Lake District of England, a side trip to the northern coast of Wales on the Irish Sea and then south through the moors of southern England where I visited Stonehenge. Overall, it was an amazing journey where I met so many friendly people in the pubs enjoying some great pints of bitter. I really loved that beer!Upon my return home I began my career as an architectural draftsman. I started with D.N. Chapman Architects for a month. The firm expanded to become Chapman Murray Architects (CMA), where I worked on a wide range of projects throughout the Niagara Peninsula, mostly in schools and hospitality plus a lot of custom cottages in northern Ontario. I worked up through the ranks and excelled in historic renovations on various local projects such as the preservation of the Toronto power plant in Niagara Falls, the Angel Inn, Queens Landing Hotel and the Pillar and Post Hotel all of which were in Niagara-on-the-Lake.During that time, my life changed significantly! In 1985, while cruising on my motorcycle checking out the bands at the local bars, I met Bobbie. She was the lead singer in a band! She was also an American citizen from Ohio. Bobbie was the one! We dated for a few months and then I moved in with her in the house she rented in Niagara Falls Ont. She had two German Shepard guard dogs named Smith and Wesson and I had my Miniature Schnauzer. His name was Casey. We later purchased the house in 1986. Bobbie commuted to Niagara Falls NY to work at various administrative positions and played in her band at night. I continued working at CMA and came home at lunch to let out the dogs. Eventually she quit the band so we could enjoy just being together. In 1987, we were married at Hickory College Church, a small chapel in Lewiston, NY known today as the St. Jude's Shrine. Who would have thought back then that we would wind up living so close to where we exchanged our vows.In 1992 the economy tanked so we sold our house in Canada and packed up and moved to Lorain, Ohio, to take care of Bobbie's dad Stan. Ten months later in 1993, we found ourselves back in Niagara Falls, only this time we settled in NY! Other than 10 months in Lorain, I have lived in Niagara Falls my entire life.I continued commuting to Canada working at CMA until, I was let go in 1999. Unbeknownst to me another architect had heard of my layoff and wanted me to work for him. So after 20 years with CMA I left and joined Piraino + Raimondo Architects (P+R). It was a no-brainer because their office was only a 15-minute drive across the border on the Nexus-only Whirlpool Bridge to our house in DeVeaux.P+R provided far more opportunities for design than what I had ever done on my own at CMA. I started off right out of the gate with a 15-story hotel for the Radisson chain. It was already under construction, so they needed an experienced designer to push it forward. When the principal partner left the firm, I became an associate with the new firm named Raimondo Associates Architects, (RAA). Some of my favorite projects consisted of the Entertainment and Conference Center for the Sheraton Hotel, the new façade for the Ripley's Believe It Or Not on Clifton Hill with King Kong on top of the Empire State Building, the new entertainment facility and water slides at Sherkston and the new water park atop of the parking garage at the Sheraton Hotel. In 2000, I became a Roman Catholic. During my time attending the RCIA classes at St. Joseph's with Monsignor Amico, I had the privilege of designing a brand new Roman Catholic Church in Stony Creek, Ont., named the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It was a very moving experience.On Oct. 7, 2010, I became a US citizen! It only took 59 years but was well worth the journey getting here! After all those years I recently discovered that my Grampa Gordon Fraser, (Dad's dad) was born in Detroit, Michigan! The last project that I was involved with was in 2015 with the opening of the Rainforest Cafe at the Sheraton on Third Street in Niagara Falls NY. In 2016, I retired. All tallied up I worked 44 years. Architecture was a very gratifying career choice where I coordinated with many talented individuals to create, a wide range of buildings on both sides of the border. Upon retirement, Bobbie and I dispersed our time by continually improving our home and property. We customized our home to suit our lifestyle. I kept up with my trade by redesigning our kitchen and bathrooms and completely renovated the upstairs and downstairs. We turned our yard into a sanctuary with our cabin-styled deck, hardscape patio features, perennial gardens, and landscape lighting. We added a pond with a waterfall and a sand beach with a working lighthouse. We genuinely enjoyed our gardens and all the critters and birds that travelled through it. We converted our garage into what we called the Outback Shack. It is a combination workshop, garden shed, Harley parking only garage and museum where all my collectables are on full display. Since the pandemic it has become the Outback Shack Pub where we entertain ourselves.It was a great decision not to return to Canada when we left Ohio. We love our house in DeVeaux where we lived the rest of our lives together. Not once since we met did, we ever eat dinner apart or spend the night apart. We were destined to be together forever. Lastly and most importantly I would like to thank my wife and best friend Bobbie for a wonderful journey! See you soon for our everlasting adventure together! You are the best EVER! Mine Beauty Girl!Interment was in St. Joseph Cemetery, Pope John Paul Mausoleum, Niagara Falls, NY. A Mass for both Michael and Roberta will be celebrated together and will be announced later. Memorial offerings may be made to The Seeing Eye PO Box 96916 Washington, DC 20077. Arrangements by M.J. Colucci & Son Niagara Funeral; visit mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for online condolences.

Sat, 8 Jun 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/michael-d-fraser-1089906113
<![CDATA[Clive, Jr., Robert]]>https://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/robert-clive-jr-1089911661<![CDATA[

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Robert J. Clive, Jr., age 47, passed away June 4, 2024. Bobby was the son of Robert Sr. and Lorraine (Cochrane) Clive of Youngstown, NY, and sister of Nicole Newton (Kevin) of Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee. His brother, Timothy Clive, predeceased him this past November.Survivors include several cousins, aunts and uncles including Marsha (Cochrane) and Carl Buenzow of Lewiston, NY. Services were private.

Sat, 8 Jun 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/robert-clive-jr-1089911661
<![CDATA[MURRAY, Sherry undefined, 1951 - undefined, 2024]]>https://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/sherry-murray-1089899036<![CDATA[

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Sherry Murray, 72, of Youngstown, NY, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 6, 2024 at Niagara Hospice House in Lockport, NY. Born in Niagara Falls, NY, she was the daughter of the late Neil and Helen (Davis) Murrell, and the wife of the late Robert Murray. Sherry is survived by her children, Courtney (Jonathan) Murray, Michael (Reta Jabar) Murray, and Ashley (John) Manzare; her grandchildren, Jarett Murray, Jaiden Hamilton, Jonathan Hamilton Jr, Ava Manzare and Riley Manzare; her siblings, Ray Murrell, Richard 'Bo' (Tammy) Murrell, and Lori Murrell; her beloved dogs, Finnegan and Ralphie, as well as several nieces, nephews and many friends.Sherry was employed as a restaurant manager and waitress at Fortuna's Restaurant in Niagara Falls, NY for 50 years. Visitation will be Sunday, June 9 from 1 - 5 PM at M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 MILITARY ROAD, NIAGARA FALLS, NY 14304. Memorial offerings may be made to Niagara Hospice or Buddy's Second Chance Rescue. Visit mjcoluccifuneral chapel.com for online condolences.

Fri, 7 Jun 2024 09:22:09 GMThttps://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/sherry-murray-1089899036
<![CDATA[JONES, Emma Oct 15, 1935 - Jun 4, 2024]]>https://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/emma-jones-1089899032<![CDATA[

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Emma L. Jones, 88, formerly of Niagara Falls, NY, departed peacefully on June 4, 2024 under the care of Hospice in Covington, Georgia. Born in Gantt, Alabama, she was the daughter of the late Preston and Ollie Coleman.Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 15th in Gantt. Interment privately by the family.Arrangements entrusted to George W. Levett and Sons Funeral Home, Conyers, Georgia. and Kirk's Funeral Chapel, Andalusia, Alabama.

Fri, 7 Jun 2024 06:32:01 GMThttps://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/emma-jones-1089899032
<![CDATA[DINATO, Lillian Feb 2, 1937 - May 31, 2024]]>https://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/lillian-dinato-1089881179<![CDATA[

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Lillian Dinato, 87, formerly of Niagara Falls passed away on May 31, 2024 in Sun City, Arizona; the daughter of Lillian (Gibson) and Ernest Bourgon of Niagara Falls. Lillian was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Donald Dinato (2012). Also she was preceded in death by her sister Judith Bourgon. She is survived by two brothers Ernest Bourgon and John (Barbara) Bourgon, both of Las Vegas, Nevada. Survived by six children: Judith (David) Knoodle of Lexington, SC;, Linda (Bob) Koontz and Pamela (Victor) Torres, both of Niagara Falls; Anthony Dinato of Sun City,Arizona; Donna Hickman of Phoenix, Arizona and Sandra (George) Knott of Wellsboro, Pennsylvania; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.Lillian worked her life giving to others in the food industry: Niagara Falls Country Club, Frontier House, Lewiston, John's Flaming Hearth, Niagara Falls, Boomtown, Las Vegas and Fry's grocery store, Sun City.Lillian, in her golden years, loved to socialize with the community with which she lived. She enjoyed playing Euchre and doing ceramics at her local community center. Lillian was an avid reader which was passed along to many of her children, grandchildren and even her great-grandchildren. Lillian enjoyed seeing the world, particularly with her family and friends; having been to places such as Europe, Mexico and voyages on multiple cruises.Private memorial services at family's request.

Wed, 5 Jun 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/lillian-dinato-1089881179
<![CDATA[ROBINS, Thomas Mar 28, 1934 - Jun 4, 2024]]>https://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/thomas-robins-1089881369<![CDATA[

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Thomas Edwin Robins, age 90, passed away peacefully at home on June 4th, 2024, holding his Savior's hand walking in the beautiful gardens of Heaven, surrounded by his loved ones. He was born March 29th, 1934 in Niagara Falls, NY. He graduated from Niagara Falls High School and went on to serve in the United States Marine Corp. After returning home from the Marines, he began his professional career by working at Kimberly Clark in Niagara Falls, and later at Dephi Harrison Radiator Corp. in Lockport, NY, a division of General Motors. He was an active member of the Fairhaven Church in Wheatfield, NY, a lifetime member of NCHA-FCRV Campers, and a lifetime member of Good Sam's. He enjoyed camping, fishing, and traveling with his wife. Preceded in death by his parents and his brother; he is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Ruth Irene Robins.Private services will be held for the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Hospice crossroadshospice.com.To share a memory, send a condolence, or light a candle, visit the Tribute Wall at www.bisslerandsons.com

Wed, 5 Jun 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/thomas-robins-1089881369
<![CDATA[WESTCOTT, Dolores Feb 3, 1934 - Jun 4, 2024]]>https://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/dolores-westcott-1089881071<![CDATA[

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Dolores A. Westcott, of the Town of Cambria, passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, at her residence under the care of her family and Niagara Hospice. She was born in Buffalo, NY, on February 3, 1934, a daughter of the late Albert and Helen [Durand] Batterson.Dolores was an Avon lady before becoming the accounts payable clerk with Conbow in Amherst for over 20 years before retiring. She was the organist at Hope Lutheran Church for many years. Dolores enjoyed spending time with her family, doing needle work and crafts.She was the wife of 64 years to the late Lewis P. Westcott, Jr., who passed away on May 21, 2019.Dolores is survived by her daughters Lois (Philip) Reiter and Elaine (Greg) Brehm, two grandchildren LT Tyler Brehm, USN and Lindsey Brehm, a sister-in-law Dorothy Batterson, also many nieces and nephews.She was the mother of the late Paul L. Westcott and sister of the late Albert (Marilyn), Gerald (Marilyn), Roy Batterson, Helen (Douglas) Bennion and Lois Batterson.Her family will be present on Friday from 3-7 PM at the RHONEY FUNERAL HOME, 5893 Hoover Road, SANBORN, NY.Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10 AM at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 3229 Upper Mountain Road, Sanborn, NY, with the Rev. Kurt D. Schultz officiating.Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to St. Andrew Lutheran Church or to Niagara Hospice.Interment in Acacia Park Cemetery, Town of Pendleton, NY.Visit www.rhoneyfuneral home.com for guest register.

Wed, 5 Jun 2024 09:10:47 GMThttps://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/dolores-westcott-1089881071
<![CDATA[Beningo, Sr., Ronald C.]]>https://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/ronald-c-beningo-sr-1089878368<![CDATA[

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Ronald C. Beningo, Sr., 73, of Grand Island, NY, passed away on June 1, 2024 at Kenmore Mercy Hospital in Tonawanda, NY. Born in Niagara Falls, NY, he was the son of James and Angeline (Bruno) Beningo.Ron was a graduate of Trott Vocational High School in Niagara Falls, NY, and later attended Marshall University in Huntington, WV. On June 10, 1972, he married Linda M. (Volpe) Beningo at St. Joseph Church.Ron was employed for 42 years with Occidental Chemical Corporation as an Electrician until his retirement in 2017. He enjoyed working in his yard, and was an avid fan of Notre Dame Football and the New York Yankees. Most of all, he cherished the time he spent with his family.In addition to his wife of 51 years, Ronald is survived by his children, Marion F. Beningo and Ronald C. (Miranda) Beningo, Jr.; his siblings, Richard (Sharon) Beningo, Rosemary (late Michael) Hennigan, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his siblings, James (Shirley) Beningo, and late Joanne Beningo.Visitation will be held on Friday, June 7 from 4 - 8 PM at M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 MILITARY ROAD, NIAGARA FALLS, NY 14304, where funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10 AM. Interment in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Niagara Falls, NY. Visit mjcoluccifuneral chapel.com for online condolences.

Tue, 4 Jun 2024 03:15:06 GMThttps://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/ronald-c-beningo-sr-1089878368
<![CDATA[ADAMCZYK, Linda Mar 28, 1944 - May 31, 2024]]>https://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/linda-adamczyk-1089874534<![CDATA[

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Linda J. Adamczyk, 80, of Niagara Falls, NY passed away on Friday, May 31, 2024 at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. Born in Niagara Falls, NY on March 28, 1944 she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Stella (Sermack) Tomala. Linda was a transcriptionist at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for many years, until her retirement. She is survived by her daughter, Melinda A. (Richard) Schmidt; grandchildren, Lynda, Brandy, Jesse, Kara, and Eric; nine great-grandchildren; niece and nephew, Andrea, and David; Loving partner, George Schroeder. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her son, Matthew Adamczyk, and brother, Thomas (Louella) Tomala.Friends may call Tuesday, June 4th from 4-7 PM at ZAJAC FUNERAL HOME INC., 319 24th Street, Niagara Falls, NY. A Mass of Christian burial will be held 10:00 AM on Wednesday, June 5th at Divine Mercy Parish, 2437 Niagara Street, Niagara Falls, NY with Rev. Jacek Mazur officiating. EVERYONE PLEASE ASSEMBLE AT CHURCH. Burial following in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Lewiston, NY. Visit zajacfuneralhome inc.com for online condolences.

Sun, 2 Jun 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/linda-adamczyk-1089874534
<![CDATA[MILLER, Ruth I. Jul 28, 1927 - May 27, 2024]]>https://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/ruth-i-miller-1089867403<![CDATA[

Ruth I. Miller, 96, of Niagara Falls, NY, passed away on May 27, 2024 at her residence. Born in Niagara Falls, NY, she was the daughter of the late Maurice and Viola (Marble) Jacklin.Ruth worked for Mercy Home Care in Niagara Falls as a home healthcare aide from 1983 until 1993. Ruth was a fantastic baker. She enjoyed crocheting, reading and above all spending time with family.Ruth is survived by her children, Eric (late Carol) Miller, Ruthea Miller, Cindy (William) Mack and Cheryl Miller, thirteen grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Earl Jacklin and Christine Trombley as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband Norman V. Miller, children, Suzanne Miller, Glenn A. Miller and Wayne Miller, granddaughter, Katherine Smerczek, brothers, Merle, Leo and Ray Jacklin and sisters, Marion and Viola Maxim.Per Mrs. Miller's wishes, no funeral services will be held. Memorial offerings may be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport, NY 14094, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, www.stjude.org/donate/ or to the Bergholz Volunteer Fire Co., 2470 Niagara Road, Niagara Falls, NY 14304. Arrangements by M.J. Colucci & Son Niagara Funeral Chapel.Visit mjcoluccifuneral chapel.com for online condolences.

Fri, 31 May 2024 09:28:37 GMThttps://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/ruth-i-miller-1089867403
<![CDATA[LACKI, OSF, Sister Gertrude Nov 16, 1946 - May 28, 2024]]>https://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/sister-gertrude-lacki-osf-1089867426<![CDATA[

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Sister Gertrude Lacki, OSF (formerly Sister Lenore) born in Buffalo, NY on November 16, 1946, died on May 28, 2024 at Kenmore-Mercy Hospital in Buffalo, New York. She was the daughter of the late Thaddeus and Helen (Chojnacki) Lacki. After graduating from Sacred Heart Academy, Buffalo, NY, Sister Gertrude entered the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity at Stella Niagara, NY on September 6, 1964 and was professed July 2, 1967. Her ministry took her from New York to West Virginia, New Jersey, Rome, Italy and Orlik, Poland.Besides her parents, Sister Gertrude was predeceased by her sister, Eleanor (Edwin) Winterberg, a brother, Richard (Patricia) Lacki, and a niece, Susie. She is survived by her two brothers, Michael (Margaret) Lacki and David (Sue) Lacki; nieces, nephews, cousins and her Sisters at Stella Niagara.Wake Monday, June 3 from 4-7PM with prayer services at 7:00PM and Mass of Christian Burial in the Sister's Chapel on Tuesday, June 4 at 10:00AM.Memorials to the Sisters of St. Francis, Stella Niagara, NY 14144.Visit www.rhoneyfuneral home.com for guest register.

Fri, 31 May 2024 01:47:58 GMThttps://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/sister-gertrude-lacki-osf-1089867426
<![CDATA[WOOLSON, Richard Dec 12, 1938 - May 24, 2024]]>https://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/richard-woolson-1089855924<![CDATA[

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Richard E. Woolson, age 85, of Lewiston died on Friday, May 24th, 2024, at home. Richard was born on December 12th, 1938, in Niagara Falls, NY. He is the son of the late Isaac and the late Lorraine (Gladfilter) Woolson. He was a 1957 graduate of Lew-Port High School and honorably served in the United States Army. He married Audrey Butz on June 24th, 1961, she predeceased him on August 18th, 2023. Richard was employed by GM/Harrison Radiator as a Line Worker for 38 years. He enjoyed time with his family, grape farming, bowling, bird watching, German Shepherd dogs, old tv shows and was an avid Buffalo Bills fan. Richard was a member of the Cornell Cooperative Ext.; involved in agriculture.He is survived by three daughters; Sandra (Robert) Woolson-VanDette, Tina (Charles) Pike and Diane (Patrick) Quinn; his grandchildren, P.J, Caitlin and Mary Quinn, Ashley Pike, Sara (Janelle) VanDette and Katie VanDette.He is predeceased by his grandson, Richard Quinn.Calling hours will be held on Sunday, June 2nd from 2-6 PM at the Hardison Funeral Homes Inc., 3648 Ransomville Road, Ransomville, NY 14131.The funeral will be held 11:30 am on Monday, June 3rd at Lockport UCC, 98 East Avenue, Lockport, NY with Pastor Hope Schwartz officiating. Burial will be in North Ridge Cemetery, Town of Cambria following. Memorial donations may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Inst. or Lockport UCC. Please visit hardisonfuneralhomes.com

Wed, 29 May 2024 04:30:16 GMThttps://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/richard-woolson-1089855924
<![CDATA[Hyla, Walter R.]]>https://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/walter-r-hyla-1089855931<![CDATA[

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Walter R. Hyla, 90, of Niagara Falls, NY passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 22, 2024 at his son's residence under hospice care in California. Born in Nantico*ke, PA, he was the son of the late Walter and Mary (Lotnik) Hyla; and the beloved husband of the late Frances (Fitt) Hyla.Walter moved to Niagara Falls in 1951 and earned his Associate's degree in Mechanical Technology from Erie County Community College. On April 22, 1953. He enlisted in the United States Army until his honorable discharge in 1955.Walter was employed by the Niagara Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant for over 27 years as an Instrument Technician. He was a devout Catholic and parishioner of the former Holy Trinity Church, as well as their senior group. Walter was also a longtime member of the American Legion Portage Post 1465 and several local pinochle clubs throughout Lewiston, NY and N. Tonawanda, NY.Mr. Hyla is survived by his son Robert (Rebecca) Hyla; two grandchildren, Robert Hyla Jr. and Lauren Hyla; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife France, his daughter Lynn Marie, three brothers, Henry, Chester and Joseph Hyla, and his five sisters, Lottie Soldon, Jean Langley, Stella Ziolkowski, Loretta Labus and Sophie Ciszek.Visitation will be Thursday, June 6 from 3 - 7 PM at M.J. Colucci & Son Niagara Funeral Chapel, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY. Walter's Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 7 at 10:00 AM in Divine Mercy Parish, 2437 Niagara Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14303. Military honors and interment will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery Lewiston, NY. Visit mjcoluccifuneralchapel .com for online condolences.

Wed, 29 May 2024 03:48:06 GMThttps://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/walter-r-hyla-1089855931
<![CDATA[NELLIGAN, Karen Feb 15, 1951 - May 19, 2024]]>https://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/karen-nelligan-1089850154<![CDATA[

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Karen M. Nelligan, 73 of Maricopa, AZ, left this world on Sunday, May 19, 2024, after a brief illness.Karen was born February 15, 1951, in Olean, NY, the daughter of Bernard and Dorothy (Stout) Johnston. She married the love of her life, Ken, on February 18, 1967, in Olean, NY. They moved to Ransomville, NY, in 1973, to raise their family, where they lived until moving to Maricopa, AZ, in 2015.Karen had several jobs over her lifetime but the job that she loved the most was being a stay-at-home mom.She fulfilled a remarkable life, one filled with five daughters, and over 30 grand and great-grandchildren.She loved the little things, like sitting out in the sunshine and the beauty of hummingbirds. She loved to cook, crochet, sew and do ceramics. She was a hoot filled with joy and laughter, and she truly gave us the best of herself. Truly, what a legacy to leave.She is survived by her children, Ruth Attwell of Olean, NY, Kim (Ken) Caccamise of Belvidere, IL, Karianne (Patrick) Hehir of Grand Island, NY, Karena (John) Willson of Phoenix, AZ, Kristine (Brian) Rybarczyk of Hubert, NC and her niece, Suzanne Sanders, who was like a daughter to her; her grandchildren PJ (Deb) and Larena Attwell, Rachel, Anthony, Joseph (Katie) and Steven Caccamise, Jill Eide, Victoria (Jordan) Merkel, Cristie (Rob) Mokhiber, Jeffery (Bridgette) Raby, Courtney (Jesse) Ross, MacKenzie (Shawn) Womack, Nicholas (Kelsey), Anthony and Emily Hatfield and Chase Rybarczyk, several great-grandchildren; her sisters Patricia Goodman, Cindy (Pat) Martin, Laurie Jordan, Tina Johnston and her brother Neil (Deborah) Johnston.She is predeceased by her husband, Ken, her parents, brothers, David "Butch" and Johnnie Johnston and son-in-law Perry Attwell.We will be doing a celebration of life; date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Maricopa County Animal Care & Control Center, 2630 W Rio Pkwy, Mesa, AZ, 85201.

Tue, 28 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/karen-nelligan-1089850154
<![CDATA[TEDESCO, Thomas D. undefined, 1944 - undefined, 2024]]>https://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/thomas-d-tedesco-1089855927<![CDATA[

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Thomas D. Tedesco, 80, of Niagara Falls, NY, passed away on May 26, 2024 at Buffalo General Hospital in Buffalo NY. Born in Niagara Falls, NY, he was the son of the late Thomas J. and Josephine M. (Donato) Tedesco. Tom was a graduate of Niagara Falls High School. During high school, he was employed at DiCamillo Bakery. In the mid 1960's, he served honorably in the United States Army, based out of Redstone Arsenal, AL. On September 10, 1966, he married Kathleen C. 'Kathy' (Janik) Tedesco. Tom was employed with Kimberly Clark for 5 years, and also Union Carbide as a laborer for 10 years. Afterwards, he was self-employed in remodeling and contracting. Most recently, Tom was employed with the New York State Parks as the Gorge Crew Leader in Niagara Falls, NY for 15 years until his retirement in 2002. Following his retirement, Kathy was faithfully by Tom's side as his primary caretaker. Tom enjoyed going to the Fort Erie Racetrack, playing poker, shooting craps, and betting sports. A skilled dancer in his younger years, he was a regular on the television show, Buffalo Bandstand. Above all, he cherished the time he spent with his family, and was extremely supportive of his granddaughter Taylor's local theatre performances and his grandson Thomas' bands, Hywater and Tedesco Knows Best. In addition to his wife of 57 years, Tom is survived by his son, Thomas J. (fiancée Kimm Markovich) Tedesco; his grandchildren, Taylor Tedesco and Thomas P. Tedesco, his grand-dog, Paris, his brother-in-law, Paul (Marietta) Janik, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brothers-in-law, John (late Natalie) Janik, and Ron (late Alyce) Janik.The family wishes to thank the entire staff of Elderwood at Wheatfield for the loving care and compassion they provided to Tom.Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 1 from 10 AM - 12 PM at M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 MILITARY ROAD, NIAGARA FALLS, NY 14304, where funeral services will begin at 12 Noon. Interment in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Lewiston, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial offerings may be made to the Padre Pio Foundation of America, https://padrepio.com/giving/donations/. Visit mjcoluccifuneral chapel.com for online condolences.

Tue, 28 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/thomas-d-tedesco-1089855927
<![CDATA[VAN DEVENTER, Diane undefined, 1928 - Apr 15, 2024]]>https://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/diane-van-deventer-1089855921<![CDATA[

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Diane H. Van Deventer passed peacefully with family at her side on April 15, 2024 in Waterville, Maine. Diane was born on November 13, 1928 in Lockport, NY to M. Aloysius and Blanche Hopkins. She graduated from SUNY Brockport State Teachers College and married her college sweetheart Raymond W. Van Deventer. Diane was an elementary school teacher in Lockport, a frequent substitute at Sanborn, and a classroom teacher at Starpoint Central. When Diane and Ray retired they moved to Florida. Diane worked with many charities and enjoyed jewelry making, traveling, reading and playing bridge and mahjong.Diane is survived by daughters Linda Haag (Carl) of Winslow, Maine and Kathy Chandler (Howard) of Lexington, Kentucky, eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, sister Linda McGrath, sister-in-law Diane Pentz, and nieces and nephews. Diane was predeceased by her husband Ray and son John. The family invites you to a Celebration of Life for Diane at St. Bridget's Center in North Vassalboro, Maine on June 24, at 11:30 a.m. An online guestbook may be signed, condolences and memories shared at www.aablecremation service.com.In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Diane Van Deventer to Winslow Public Library at 136 Halifax Street, Winslow, ME 04901 or Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine P.O. Box 479 Lewiston, ME 04243-0479.

Tue, 28 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/diane-van-deventer-1089855921
<![CDATA[BAXTER, JR., Donald Jun 22, 1942 - May 18, 2024]]>https://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/donald-baxter-jr-1089855128<![CDATA[

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Jun 22, 1942 - May 18, 2024Donald F. Baxter, Jr. of Aurora, Oh., died peacefully in his sleep on May 18 in Summa Hospice after succumbing to injuries from a car accident. His family was blessed to spend the last weeks of his life by his side. He was 81.Don was born on June 22, 1942 in Niagara Falls, N.Y., the eldest son of the late Donald F. Baxter, Sr. and Doris H. (Bentham) Baxter. President of his class, he graduated with honors in 1960 from Lewiston-Porter High School in Youngstown, N.Y., and in 1965, he received his BS in Metallurgy from the Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland, Oh.Don served in the US Navy from 1965-1969, including a year in Subic Bay in The Philippines, and attained the rank of SK 2nd Class (Storekeeper). He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal for honorably serving during a time of war or conflict.Following discharge, Don took a job as an assistant editor at ASM International in Novelty, Oh. He worked his way up the ranks, eventually becoming managing editor of the magazines Advanced Materials & Processes and Heat Treating Progress before retiring in 2008 with nearly 35 years of service at the organization. After his official retirement, Don continued to edit and write part-time for ASM and to enjoy convivial luncheons with his colleagues.Don will be remembered for his steadfastness, wit, and joy-filled appreciation of nature, folk music, poetry, campfires, and comfort food. He was devoted to his children and grandchildren, who miss him terribly.Don is survived by his daughter, Erika (Aaron) Steinberg of Woodbine, Md., and grandchildren, Ada, Calla, and Wright; daughter, Shannon Baxter of Kent, Oh., and grandchildren, Isa and Reed; and brother, Frederick (Elaine) Baxter of Lewiston, N.Y. He also leaves behind his former wife, Kathleen Gelles-Baxter of Frederick, Md.; sister-in-law, Bonnie Baxter of Hanford, Ca.; Anthony Thornton of Warren, Oh.; and several nieces, nephews, and extended family members. His brother, Andrew Baxter, passed away in 2014.Ashes will be scattered privately. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland in Solon, Oh., or the Old Fort Niagara Association in Youngstown, N.Y.

Tue, 28 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/donald-baxter-jr-1089855128
<![CDATA[RODRIGUEZ, Joseph Nov 27, 1937 - May 26, 2024]]>https://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/joseph-rodriguez-1089850124<![CDATA[

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Nov 27, 1937 - May 26, 2024Joseph W. Rodriguez, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday, May 26, 2024 at Methodist Richardson Medical Center in Texas.He was born in Niagara Falls, NY on November 27,1937. He graduated from Bishop Duffy High School, Niagara University and University of Buffalo. He was a retired electrician after 41 years at General Motors Corp. in Lockport, NY and Arlington, TX.Joseph was a loving husband for 64 years, volunteer fireman with Upper Mountain Fire Co. Lewiston, NY., Army Veteran, Disaster Emergency Response Team, Meals on Wheels, Mentor for Big Brothers of America. He enjoyed running marathons, long walks with his wife, riding his Harley Davidson, playing his trumpet, keyboards, saxophone, fishing, hunting, skydiving, flying small aircraft, and traveling with his grandchildren.He is survived by his wife Patricia A. Rodriguez of Wylie, TX, one son Joseph W. Rodriguez Jr., 4 daughters Renee (Robert) Eagan of Virginia, Suzanne (Lee) Maciejewski of Ashford, NY, Lisa (William) Fyfe of Lewiston, NY, Tina (Frank) Townsend of Wylie, TX., six grandchildren, Jeannine, Richard, Michael, Scott, Dylan, Savannah, five great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and deceased siblings.

Tue, 28 May 2024 12:09:58 GMThttps://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/joseph-rodriguez-1089850124
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Elizabeth A. 'Betty' Bevacqua, 92, of Grand Island, NY, and formerly of Niagara Falls, NY, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 27, 2024 in the Erie County Medical Center. Born In Indiana County, PA, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Elizabeth (Mriz) Patsolic. Betty was raised in Clymer, PA and moved to Niagara Falls in the early 1950's. She later met and married the love of her life, Ernest Bevacqua. Together they owned and operated Betty B's Bar & Grill on Pine Avenue and relocated to Third Street in Niagara Falls. She also worked for Opportunities Unlimited for several years.Betty enjoyed bowling in various local leagues, as well as playing cards, cooking and baking. Above all, she loved spending time with her family who will miss her dearly.Betty is survived by three children, Lucy (Ronald) Soluri, Cindy (Kevin) Mislin and Ernest (Danielle) Bevacqua; her grandchildren, Ron (Amy) Soluri Jr., Theresa (Michael) Schuey, Deena (James) Andrews, LeeAnn (Jeremy) McMaster, Keith (Tina) Mislin, Zoya Bevacqua and Giavanna Bevacqua; her great-grandchildren, Rachel, Lauren and Anthony Soluri, Michael and Judianne Schuey, Avery and Dylan Andrews, Seth and Ethan McMaster; her former son-in-law, David DiMarco, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.In addition to her husband and parents, she was sadly predeceased by her daughter, Elizabeth Bevacqua, her great-grandson, Grayson Mislin, and her siblings, Jack Patsolic, Ed (late Toni) Patsolic, Jean (late George) Walko, Pat (late Joe) Gentile and Mary Jane (late Frank) Scerbo.Betty's Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 31 at 10:00 AM in St. Mary of the Cataract Church, 259 Fourth Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14301. Interment will be held privately in St. Joseph Cemetery, Niagara Falls, NY. Memorial offerings may be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport, NY 14094. Arrangements by M.J. Colucci & Son Niagara Funeral Chapel, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY 14304. Visit mjcolucci funeralchapel.com for online condolences.

Tue, 28 May 2024 10:48:11 GMThttps://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/elizabeth-a-betty-bevacqua-1089850129
<![CDATA[O'BRIEN, Norma Jun 27, 1935 - May 26, 2024]]>https://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/norma-o-brien-1089850132<![CDATA[

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Norma Ann O'Brien, of Sanborn, NY, passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2024, at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo. She was born in Middleport, NY, on June 27, 1935, the daughter of the late Lloyd and Ellen [Kaegebein] Harrington.Mrs. O'Brien grew up on the family farm on Lower Mountain Road and graduated from Wilson High School in 1953.She was employed with Dr. John Dowdall, DDS, George B. Edwards Plumbing and Acres American.Mrs. O'Brien went back to college at Niagara County Community College and received her Nursing Degree from the University at Buffalo in 1992.She then became a Registered Nurse and enjoyed travel nursing for several years. She attended Cleveland Clinic and specialized in Wound and Ostomy Care with Catholic Health, until her retirement in 2011 at 76 years of age. Mrs. O'Brien was an active member of Hope United Methodist Church and The Chapel. She also did missionary work in Haiti and the Ukraine.She enjoyed spending time with her family and was proud of taking banjo lessons into her 80's.Mrs. O'Brien is survived by her children Jo Ann Ellen (Brent) Brewster, Kevin M. (Carol) O'Brien, Mary Beth O'Brien, Judy (Brian) DeVantier and Michelle E.N. (Robert) O'Brien-Foster, eight grandchildren: John and Jared (Jennifer) Brewster, Brandon (Jodi), Torin and Skylar O'Brien, Trevor and Connor DeVantier and Kaia Foster; her siblings the late Roger (Marjorie) Harrington, Janice (late Robert) Lasal, late Richard Harrington, Beth (late Roger) Knight, late Douglas Harrington, Ronald (Patricia) Harrington, late Mary Lou Krish, late Ellen (late Anthony) Previte, Elaine (Lee) Seymour, late Keith Schultz and Duane (Candace) Schultz, a brother-in-law Donald Krish, six great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.She was the former wife of the late Michael J. O'Brien.Our matriarch centered her life around Christ and family and will be greatly missed. Her family will be present on Friday from 3-7 PM at the RHONEY FUNERAL HOME, 5893 Hoover Road, SANBORN, NY. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11:00 AM at Hope United Methodist Church, 2914 Upper Mountain Road, Sanborn, NY. Interment in Mt. View Cemetery, Town of Cambria.Visit www.rhoneyfuneral home.com for guest register.

Tue, 28 May 2024 05:38:45 GMThttps://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/norma-o-brien-1089850132
<![CDATA[GARVEY, Patricia Aug 10, 1962 - May 15, 2024]]>https://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/patricia-garvey-1089841454<![CDATA[

Services for Pat will be held on Thursday at 11:00 am at Gate of Heaven Mausoleum, Lewiston. All are invited. She is the daughter of Jane (Zymroz) Garvey and the late Leo Garvey.

Mon, 27 May 2024 03:40:57 GMThttps://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/patricia-garvey-1089841454
<![CDATA[WILLIAMSON, Billy Apr 14, 1933 - May 22, 2024]]>https://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/billy-williamson-1089841457<![CDATA[

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Billy Williamson was called home to Heaven Wednesday evening at Mount St. Mary's hospital. His wife Peggy and grandson Matt kept him company as he peacefully walked with Jesus. He was born in Quincy, Illinois to Velma and Frank Williamson and grew up in the heartland of America including Bowen, Illinois.He married in Bowen, IL and had three precious daughters. Billy joined the US Marine Corps in 1951, and proudly served his country in the Korean Conflict where he received The Korean Service Medal, the UN service Medal, and National Defense Service Ribbon. Following his discharge from the Marines, he took on various construction roles leading him to Niagara Falls NY., where he found and married his soulmate, and adopted her son as his own. He retired in 1998, living in Ransomville, NY, with his wife Peggy, and was active in the community. They spent several years travellng in their 5th wheel camper, visiting many states and spending many weeks in Ohio, and Texas, especially enjoying their visits in Prescott, Arizona.He loved playing horseshoes at Johnston's on Wednesday nights and having breakfast in town with the local farmers. He'd enjoy discussing coin collecting with his grandson Matt, military history with his grandson Jeremy, racing at Ransomville Speedway with his grandson Jesse, and tending to his granddaughter Emily with toasted cheese sandwiches and crackers and milk.He took great pride in his lawn and would make sure he was out on the mower whenever he could. He loved gardening, and when it became difficult for him to maintain himself, his friend Rick would come by to help him.His impact on his friends and family is immeasurable, and he will be dearly missed. Please visit hardisonfuneralhomes.com

Sun, 26 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/billy-williamson-1089841457
<![CDATA[Lenz, Joan]]>https://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/joan-lenz-1089822067<![CDATA[

Memorial services have been set for Joan Ferritt Lenz. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, May 30 at 11 AM in St. Rafael R.C. Church, College and Macklem Avenue, Niagara Falls.

Fri, 24 May 2024 06:17:58 GMThttps://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/joan-lenz-1089822067
<![CDATA[FERRARO, Edward Feb 18, 1937 - May 10, 2024]]>https://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/edward-ferraro-1089822068<![CDATA[

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Edward J. Ferraro, 87, of Niagara Falls, entered into rest on May 10, 2024. He was predeceased by his wife, Jean B. Ferraro. Father of Michael E. (Gloria) Ferraro and Stephen E. (Michelle) Ferraro; grandfather of Joseph, Derrick (Heather), Joshua, Caleb, Gianna, Kayla, and the late David; great-grandfather of Greyson, Dominic, and Sophia; also survived by Charmaine Uebelho*r.A memorial service will be held at 11 AM on June 1 at The Bridge Assembly of God, 9750 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls, N.Y. 14304. Live stream link. https://youtube.com/live/ll7h-yyzsLU

Thu, 23 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/edward-ferraro-1089822068
<![CDATA[MERRITT, Robert Oct 18, 1932 - May 18, 2024]]>https://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/robert-mccoy-1089813584<![CDATA[

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Robert McCoy was called home to be with the Lord on May 18, 2024.He leaves to cherish his memories his loving wife Mattie Sconiers McCoy of 66 years.Family will receive friends Wednesday, May 29th at 11 AM at St. John AME Church, 917 Garden Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY 14305. Home Going Service will follow at 12.

Wed, 22 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/robert-mccoy-1089813584
<![CDATA[MILLER, Rosalyn Jun 15, 1945 - Oct 24, 2023]]>https://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/rosalyn-miller-1089796101<![CDATA[

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Rosalyn Carol Miller was born to Anthony Bucelato and Mary ( Blackmon) Bucelato June 15,1945. She graduated from LaSalle Senior High School in 1963 and NCCC with their first graduating class of 1965.She married Eric Miller on January 21, 1967 at Prince of Peace RC Church.She began her teaching career teaching second grade at Prince of Peace Elementary school for four years then took several years off for her family. She earned her BA and MA of Education from Niagara University resuming teaching as a substitute in the Niagara Falls and Lewport Systems. She was hired permanently by the Niagara Falls School system at Gaskill Middle School. When Niagara Middle School opened she joined the staff remaining there until her retirement.She was preceded with the passing of her parents and is survived by her husband of 56 years, her daughters, Erica MacDonald (John) of Wellsville, NY and Amy Miller of Lewiston NY, Her brother, Angelo Mark Bucelato and wife Christine, of New Port Richie, FL, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.A celebration of her life will be held at Antonio's Banquet Facility 7700 Niagara Falls Blvd. on 6/15/2024. Please call or text (716) 514-3648 for time and number attending.

Tue, 21 May 2024 11:19:33 GMThttps://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/rosalyn-miller-1089796101
<![CDATA[Maluchnik, Donna L.]]>https://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/donna-l-maluchnik-1089789299<![CDATA[

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Donna L. Maluchnik, 72, of Niagara Falls, NY passed away on Monday, May 20, 2024 at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. Born in Niagara Falls, she was the daughter of the late Louis J. and Mary (Giannini) Yorio.Donna graduated from Madonna High School in 1969 and obtained her Associate's degree in Computer Science from Niagara County Community College. On August 30, 1975 she married her beloved husband, John S. Maluchnik at St. Joseph's Church.Donna was employed by Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center in all aspects of Patient Accounting for many years prior to her retirement. She enjoyed solving word puzzles, as well as cooking and baking. Above all, she cherished the time spent with her family. In addition to her husband of 49 years, she is survived by her two daughters, Crystal L. Maluchnik Esq. and Michele N. Maluchnik (Andrew Rzucidlo); two siblings, Matthew (Brenda) Yorio, Carol Ann (Jeff) Reeley; her lifelong best friend Angelo D'Aloise Jr., as well as several aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by two siblings, Michael (Betty) Yorio and Louis (Loreli) Yorio.Visitation will be on Thursday, May 23 from 4 - 8 PM at M.J. Colucci & Son Niagara Funeral Chapel, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY, where funeral services will begin on Friday at 9:15 AM, followed by Donna's Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in Mt. Carmel Church, 27th Street and Independence Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY. Interment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. If desired, memorial offerings may be made to a charity of one's choice. Visit mjcolucci-funeralchapel.com for online condolences.

Mon, 20 May 2024 09:10:16 GMThttps://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/donna-l-maluchnik-1089789299
<![CDATA[Corra, Sr., David]]>https://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/david-corra-sr-1089789281<![CDATA[

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David P. Corra Sr. of Sanborn, NY, passed away on Friday, May 17, 2024, in Niagara Hospice House, Lockport, NY. He was born in Niagara Falls, NY on December 5, 1947, a son of the late John and Margaret [Stefanick] Corra."Demo Dave" was a demolition expert with Kimmins Contracting and later with the Ontario Speciality Contracting before retiring in 2014.He enjoyed spending time with his family, volunteering at the Sanborn Farm Museum and was an avid sportsman.Dave is survived by his wife of 31 years, Laurie A. [Davis] Corra, his children Diana Giarrizzo, David, Joshua, John Corra and Alisha (Zach) Almond, seven grandchildren Jason, Anne, Kaitlin, Jenna, Gavin, Lydia and Lucas, a great-grandson Jaxon, siblings Adell (Peter) Colosi, John (Sherrie) Corra and Nancy (Thomas) Tierney, also many nieces and nephews.He was the brother of the late Marge (Chuck) Walker.A celebration of his life will be held at a time to be announced.Memorials may made in Dave's name to Niagara Hospice.Arrangements were made through the RHONEY FUNERAL HOME, Sanborn, NY.Visit www.rhoneyfuneral-home.com, for guest register.

Mon, 20 May 2024 02:36:22 GMThttps://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/david-corra-sr-1089789281
<![CDATA[OLIVER, J. Robert Jul 28, 1927 - May 17, 2024]]>https://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/j-robert-oliver-1089789279<![CDATA[

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J. Robert Oliver, 96, of Niagara Falls, NY, passed away on Friday, May 17, 2024, in the Schoellkopf Health Center. He was born in Niagara Falls, NY, on July 28, 1927, son of the late James R. and Florence C. [Fell] Oliver.Mr. Oliver was a graduate of St. Mary's High School and Niagara University. He received his Masters in Social Work from the University of Buffalo.He served in the US Army, with occupational forces in Japan. Mr. Oliver was a supervisor in both the Niagara County Probation and Mental Health Departments. He became the regional director for the Berkshire Youth Services and served as Director of Professional Services at Wyndham Lawn Home and retired from Longview Niagara as Associate Executive Director.He was also active in the family insurance business for many years.Mr. Oliver was a team leader and peer reviewer for the Council on Accreditation and traveled throughout the country and Canada extensively, doing site visits at social and behavioral health agencies seeking accreditation.He was an adjunct professor with the University of Buffalo School of Social Welfare and taught evenings at ECCC and NCCC. Mr. Oliver was an usher at the former St. Teresa's Church for over 25 years.He actively volunteered with Niagara Hospice, Meals on Wheels and as an Express Care driver with Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for 10 years. He was also a board member of the Wyndham Lawn, Niagara Hospice and the Medical Reserve Corps.Mr. Oliver was a railroad historian and former board member of the Niagara Frontier Chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society. He recorded over 150 thousand miles of rail travel in the U.S., Canada, Japan and Europe.Mr. Oliver was the husband of 68 years to the late of Ann M. [Tierney] Oliver, who passed away in May of 2020.He is survived by his children John Oliver, Catherine (Thomas) Hyland and Mary Ann Oliver, four grandchildren Michael Oliver, Dana Krishland, Megan Bova and Laura Hyland and seven great-grandchildren, also several nieces and nephews. Mr. Oliver was the brother of the late Mary Ann Peel.His family will be present on Friday from 3-7 PM at the RHONEY FUNERAL HOME, 901 Cayuga Street, LEWISTON, NY.Everyone is invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday at 10:00 AM at St. Raphael Parish, 3840 Macklem Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY, with the Rev. Luke P. Ubler, II officiating.Memorials may be made in his name to Heart, Love & Soul, 939 Ontario Ave., Niagara Falls, NY 14305 Interment with Military Honors will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.Visit www.rhoneyfuneral-home.com, for guest register.

Sun, 19 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/j-robert-oliver-1089789279
<![CDATA[FOSTIN, Clara L. Nov 7, 1926 - May 16, 2024]]>https://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/clara-l-fostin-1089789287<![CDATA[

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Clara L. Fostin, 97, of Niagara Falls, NY, passed away on May 16, 2024 at Weinberg Campus in Getzville, NY. Born in Niagara Falls, NY, she was the daughter of the late Vincent and Antoinette (Giordano) Lumia.Clara was a graduate of Niagara Falls High School. On August 26, 1972, she married Frank R. Fostin. Mr. Fostin predeceased her on November 16, 2013. Clara was employed for nearly 40 years as an executive secretary with the Carborundum Corporation until her retirement and was an active member of many clubs and organizations at the company. Clara was also a longtime parishioner of Prince of Peace Church. In her younger years, she enjoyed bowling and taking trips to Las Vegas. Above all, she cherished the time she spent with her great nieces and great nephews.Clara is survived by her nieces, Laurene (Ron) Winkley and Diane (Joseph) Riggi, as well as several great nieces, great nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband of 40 years, she was predeceased by her siblings, Ercole (late Joyce) Lumia and Angelo Lumia, and her niece, Patti (Frank) Linza.Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 23 from 9 to 10:45 AM at M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY, 14304 where funeral services will begin at 10:45 AM followed by Clara's Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM at St. Vincent de Paul Parish at St. Leo's Church, 2748 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY, 14304. Interment in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Niagara Falls. In lieu of flowers, memorial offerings may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, https://www.stjude.org/donate/ or to the Shriner's Children's Hospitals, https://donate.lovetotherescue.org/give/. Visit mjcoluccifuneral-chapel.com for online condolences.

Sun, 19 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/clara-l-fostin-1089789287
<![CDATA[Garvey, Patricia]]>https://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/patricia-garvey-1089771400<![CDATA[

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Patricia "Pat" A. Garvey, 61, of Loveland, Ohio, unexpectedly passed away peacefully on May 15, 2024, in her home. Pat was born on August 10, 1962, in Niagara Falls, N.Y., the daughter of the late Leo F. Garvey and Jane Zymroz Garvey and devoted sister of Julia. Pat was a loving daughter, a faithful companion to her sister, a trusting, kind, compassionate friend and neighbor, and the best dog mom ever. She will be sorely missed and forever in our hearts. Pat was survived by her mother, sister, relatives, and friends. The family asks that in lieu of flowers to please donate to The American Cancer Society. Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Friday, May 24, at Tufts Schildmeyer Funeral Home, 129 Riverside Ave, Loveland, OH. A Catholic Mass will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, May 25, at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8815 East Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH.

Fri, 17 May 2024 09:28:58 GMThttps://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/patricia-garvey-1089771400
<![CDATA[Elebel, George]]>https://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/george-elebel-1089771404<![CDATA[

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George K. Elbel, the husband of Norma G. Elbel (Smith) of Le Roy, NY, age 91, passed away on May 16, 2024. George was born on June 28, 1932 in Rossiter, PA. Calling hours will be held on Friday, May 24, 2024 from 2:00-4:00PM & 6:00-8:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home 329-333 West Main St. Batavia, NY 14020. An 11:00AM funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 25th at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 190 Oak Street in Batavia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Byron Rescue Squad, PO Box 210, Byron, NY 14422 or American Lung Association, PO Box 756, Osceola, WI 54020. To leave an online message of condolence please visit gilmartinfuneralhome.com

Fri, 17 May 2024 07:21:44 GMThttps://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/george-elebel-1089771404
<![CDATA[LUCIANI BIFANO, Maria Mar 28, 1935 - May 14, 2024]]>https://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/maria-luciani-bifano-1089758752<![CDATA[

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Maria Luciani Bifano, 89, of Niagara Falls, NY, passed away peacefully on May 14, 2024 at her residence under the care of Niagara Hospice. Born in Niagara Falls, NY, she was the daughter of the late Fortunato and Dora (Picarelli) Luciani.Maria was a 1953 graduate of Niagara Falls High School. She was employed for 30 years in Nutritional Services at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center until her retirement. Maria was a member of the Children of Mary Sodality at St. Joseph's Church and the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Retiree's Club. A first-generation Italian American who took great pride in her heritage, she was also a member of the Italian Sons and Daughters of America Volare Lodge and the Cristoforo Colombo Society's Women's Auxiliary. Maria enjoyed gardening, but above all, her life was centered around food, friends, faith and her family.Maria is survived by her children, Laura Nowak and Charles 'Chuck' Bifano; eight grandchildren, Jill (James) Sivick, Frank (Marianna) Prantera, Lisa (Shawn) Finitz, Brittany Maria (Jeremy) Corbett, Michael Corbett, Nathan (April) Nowak, Charlie Bifano and Samantha (Michael) Fadel; her great-grandchildren, Gayane, Dominic, Zara, Callisto, Orion, Cypress, Jax, Caisson, Scarlett, Mikey, and Angelina. She was the sister-in-law of Anthony (Marguerite) Bifano. She is also survived by her best friend, who was like a sister, Phyllis Christiano Vekich, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins both in the United States and Marche, Italy. She was sadly predeceased by her daughter, Dora (Jameel) Poshni, her great-grandson, Xander, three additional great-grandchildren, and her siblings, Enzo Luciani, Caroline (late Joseph) Rizzuto, and her former husband, Vincent 'Jim' Bifano.Visitation will be held on Friday, May 17 from 5 - 8 PM at M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 MILITARY ROAD, NIAGARA FALLS, NY 14304. Maria's Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 10 AM at St. Vincent de Paul Parish at Prince of Peace Church, 1055 N. Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY 14304. Everyone please assemble at church. Entombment in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Niagara Falls, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial offerings may be made to Niagara Hospice, www.niagarahospice.org/donate/. Visit mjcoluccifuneralchapel .com for online condolences.

Tue, 14 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/maria-luciani-bifano-1089758752
<![CDATA[GARCIA, Emma Mary Oct 22, 1930 - Nov 30, 2023]]>https://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/emma-mary-garcia-1089758767<![CDATA[

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Emma Mary Garcia, 93, passed away peacefully on November 30, 2023, at Schoellkopf Health Center. Born in Niagara Falls, NY, she was the daughter of the late Celestino and Maria Louisa (Lorenzo) Garcia Sr.Emma was a force of nature! A beautiful and strong woman! She never let her dual disability stop her from pursuing her many passions, including painting, drawing, sewing and dancing, or from confidently interacting with the hearing world. She is perhaps best and most widely known for her baking! Wedding and special occasion cakes and a favorite cookie - pizzelles! She was also known for her sense of style. Emma graduated from St. Mary's School for the Deaf in Buffalo, where she met her former husband Frank A. Critelli. Emma was a member of the Buffalo Club of the Deaf and the Volare Lodge. Emma is a past recipient of a BCD Community Recognition Award. Emma was hardworking and held various jobs here in Niagara Falls. She also lived in California for 10 years where she worked for Litton Industries. She was also a devout Catholic and member of Prince of Peace Church.Emma is survived by her loving children - Grace Maria Pignataro (James), Christopher Critelli (Mary), Mario Critelli (Karen) and Louisa Cousins (Robert). Grandchildren - James (Arisa) & Joseph (Victoria) Pignataro, Christopher B. Critelli & Ali (Anthony) Cosentino, Nicole (Stewart) Munroe & Genna Critelli, and Ryan (Christina) Cousins & Rachel (Matthew) Fresco. Great-grandchildren: Eva and Claire Pignataro, Leo and Emma Pignataro, Miles Munroe, Gianna and Nico Cosentino. Her brother - Celestino (Frances) Garcia and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter Vincenette, her sister, Elvira (Anthony) Fera, and her dear friend - Lewis Seyler. Of special mention is her lifetime friend - Rose McKinnon, who has been a faithful visitor to Emma during her time at Schoellkopf. The family would like to express their gratitude for the kind and compassionate care by the Schoellkopf staff, Nursing Floor 1.Emma's Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, May 25 at 10:00 in Holy Family Parish at St. Joseph Church, 1413 Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY. Interment will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Niagara Falls, NY. Memorial offerings may be made to St. Mary's School for the Deaf, 2253 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214. Arrangements by M.J. Colucci & Son Niagara Funeral Chapel.Visit mjcoluccifuneral chapel.com for online condolences.

Tue, 14 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/emma-mary-garcia-1089758767
<![CDATA[Contento, Shirley Marie]]>https://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/shirley-marie-contento-1089743394<![CDATA[

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Shirley Marie Contento, 80, of Lewiston, NY, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 10, 2024 at her residence surrounded by her beloved family. Born in Niagara Falls, NY, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Ruth (Jackson) Dugan.Shirley graduated from Madonna High School and earned her associate's degree from Niagara County Community College. On April 8, 1967 she married her beloved husband, Joseph F. Contento at Prince of Peace Church in Niagara Falls.Shirley began working for the Niagara Falls Board of Education for 10 years prior to becoming the Account Clerk at Niagara University. She later retired from Niagara County Community College after many years. Shirley enjoyed reading, as well as traveling. Above all, she cherished the time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.In addition to her husband of 57 years, she is survived by her sons, Anthony (Mone) Contento and Joseph F. (Catherine) Contento Jr; her grandchildren, William Contento, Olivia Contento, Dominic Contento, Sophia Contento and Ella Contento;; her sister, Mary (late Eugene) Jackson, and many nieces and nephews. Shirley was predeceased by four siblings, Dolores (Frank) Orfano, Margaret (late Hubert) Kern, Theresa Dugan and Joseph Gerard Dugan. Funeral services and entombment were held privately for Shirley's family in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lewiston, NY. Memorial offerings may be made to the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation at roswellpark.org. Arrangements by M.J. Colucci & Son Niagara Funeral Chapel, Niagara Falls, NY.Visit mjcoluccifuneral chapel.com for online condolences.

Mon, 13 May 2024 10:17:46 GMThttps://obituaries.niagara-gazette.com/obituary/shirley-marie-contento-1089743394
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