Obituaries for the week of August 9, 2012
A memorial service was held on Thursday (July 26) from the Hodges Funeral Home in Naples, Fla. for Patrick F. Brennan, 72, of Naples, fomerly of Eden, who died on Wednesday, July 18, 2012.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary Ellen (Holehouse) Brennan; children, Mary Carol “Corey” (Keith) Walton, Patrick John “P.J.” Brennan and Kathleen “Katie” (Rich) Biondi; and grandsons, Jack Thomas and Ryan Patrick Biondi and Max Brennan Walton.
He was predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Marion Brennan.
Mr. Brennan was raised in Chicago and attended St. Ignatius High School, St. John’s University and graduated from the University of Miami.
He began his career teaching English literature at Eden Central Schools before moving to Naples 41 years ago.
He was instrumental along with his wife, Mary Ellen, in starting RE/MAX Realty Select, a franchised real estate company which has been a prominent Naples real estate company for the past 20 years.
During his retirement, he played golf almost daily. He loved playing at the Naples Beach Club and at Tiburon.
He also volunteered in the Emergency Room at Naples Community Hospital for 10 years.
A private family service will be held at a later date for William “Bill” T. Wiltsie, 61, of Charlotte, N.C., formerly of Hamburg, who died on Wednesday, July 25, 2012.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia (Trainor) Wiltsie; children, Melissa (Chester) Schlegel, Thomas (Deborah) Harrington and Paul Wiltsie; mother, Katherine Wiltsie; siblings, Janet (George) Santoro, JoAnn (Thomas) Joecken, Mary (Timothy) Bracken, Charles (Linda), Dennis (Judy), Michael (Karen) and Ronald Wiltsie; grandchildren, Trevor and Porsha Harrington and Chester and Matthew Schlegel; and many nieces and nephews.
Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
A memorial service was held on Tuesday (Aug. 7) from the Southtowns Christian Center for Michael M. Bayer, of Derby, who died on Thursday, August 2, 2012.
He is survived by his wife, Loaida (Zumbado) Bayer; children, Michelle, Michael Jr. and Kim Bayer; stepson, Jeffrey (Christina) Zumbado; and eight grandchildren.
Arrangements were made through the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday (Aug. 6) from SS. Peter and Paul Church for John “Jack” Garvin, 78, of Hamburg, who died on Thursday, August 2, 2012.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret (Lawson) Garvin; children, Dr. Lynn (Dale) Huntley and Gregory (Deborah), Daniel (Bernadette), Laura and Christopher (Jennifer) Garvin; siblings, Catherine DeRousseau, Mary Mann, Nancy Fitzpatrick, Theresa Barrett and Joseph, Paul, Michael and Renée Garvin; and seven grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his siblings, Rose McDonnell and Philip and Stephen Garvin.
Mr. Garvin worked as a bricklayer for Bethlehem Steel.
He was a member of the Hamburg Council No. 2220 Knights of Columbus, American Legion Post No. 527, West Seneca Social Club and Hamburg Senior Golf Club.
Interment will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery.
Arrangements were made through the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 11 at 2 p.m. from the Schoedinger Northwest Chapel in Columbus, Ohio for Carole (Smith) Augenstein, 73, of Columbus, who died on Saturday, July 28, 2012.
She is survived by husband of 48 years, John E. Augenstein; brother, Craig Smith; nieces, Johanna Kremer, and Stephanie Boughton; and nephew, Craig McQuilkin.
She was predeceased by her parents, Wilbur G. and Janet D. Smith.
Mrs. Augenstein was born in Buffalo and attended schools in the Buffalo area. She graduated from Hamburg High School before attending the College of Wooster in Ohio, where she received a degree in sociology and religion.
She moved to Columbus and worked as a case/social worker in several agencies, including Gladden Community Center, Columbus Children’s Psychiatric Hospital, Franklin Village and Worthington United Methodist Children’s Home.
Her interests included dancing, reading, sports and working with children.
A Celebration of Life was held in Anchorage, Alaska for Maria (Loretto) Drozdowski of Anchorage, formerly of North Collins, who died on Wednesday, August 1, 2012.
She is survived by her children, John (Mary) Drozdowski and Loretta Sheppard; grandchildren, Sawyer and Natalie; companion, Richard Pauley; and Mary (Ward) Weiser, Linda Borowski, Karen Lawton (Jack), Dusty Martin, Roman (Karen) and John Drozdowski Sr.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her parents, Carmon and Nina (Dolce) Loretto; and Carmon Jr., Louis, Bart and Marty.
Arrangements were made through the Wentland Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held on Monday (Aug. 6) from the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home for Carol M. (Jewitt) Privitera, of Tonawanda, who died on Thursday, August 2, 2012.
She is survived by her siblings, Doris (late Randy) Kaiser and Carlton (Clara), Donald (Carol), Gerald (Jacqueline) and Ronald (Sharon) Jewitt; grandchildren, Guy Collins and Molly (Chris) Combee; great-grandchildren, Christopher and Max; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Alvin Privitera; parents, Joseph Ernest and Elsie C. Jewitt; siblings, Orlean (Frank) Pasqualetti, Norma (late Robert) Kinney and Allen “Bud” (Joyce) Sr. and Ernest “Clayton” (Helen) Jewitt; and “daughter,” Ethel Collins.
Mrs. Privitera was known as “sis” and “the real boss” at her brother’s business, the Jewitt Agency, Inc.
She was entombed in Lakeside Memorial Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Buffalo Greyhound Adoption, Inc. P.O. Box 1096 Cheektowaga, NY 14225 or the Hospice Foundation of WNY.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, Aug. 9 from Parish of Our Lady in Brant for Zenon “Sonny” Kowal, 89, of Angola, who died on Monday, August 6, 2012.
He is survived by his wife, Lore (Bachmann) Kowal; children, Robert (Jean) and Andre (Ginny) Kowal and Diane (Daryl) Andolina; grandchildren, Wayne, Rebecca, Wilhelm “Will,” Lee, Andreá, Caroline and Benjamin; and great-grandchildren, Meg, Peter and Lucianna.
He was predeceased by his six brothers.
Mr. Kowal was a retired Ford Auto Worker.
Arrangements were made through the Wentland Funeral Home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, Aug. 9 at 10 a.m. from St. Anthony Parish in Farnham for Diane P. (Linnan) McElroy, of Derby, who died on Monday, August 6, 2012.
She is survived by her husband, Richard M. McElroy; children, Terri (Anthony) Pecoraro, James (Michelle) McElroy and Kym (Alan) Ulicny; siblings, Mary (Edwin) Nagel and Deacon Neal (Patricia) and Michael Linnan; grandchildren, Amanda, Samantha, Jackson, Lauren and Danielle; great-granddaughter, Norah; siblings-in-law; Rita Geraci and Robert (Maryann) and Michael (Fredelina) McElroy; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Mrs. McElroy was a teacher’s aide at Southtowns Catholic School for 13 years, a member of Cursillo Movement of the Diocese of Buffalo and an extraordinary minister at St. Anthony Parish in Farnham.
Memorials may be made to St. Anthony Parish.
Arrangements were made through the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home.
Walter J. Merecki Sr.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday (Aug. 7) from St. Anthony’s Church in Farnham for Walter J. “Wally” Merecki Sr., 68, of Angola, who died on Friday, August 3, 2012.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Merecki; children, Ruth Ann (Billy) Kuhn and Vincent (Wendy), Shana (Kevin) and Walter Jr. (Rachel) Merecki; step-children, Joseph (Jen), Geoffrey, Amanda (Joe) and Nicholas Liberatere; siblings, John (Faye) and Joe (Karen) Merecki; and 28 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, adopted children and best friends, Greg (Alie) Lee and Mary Jordan.
He was “Pops” to Peggy LaBarge, Rose (Gregory) Salisbury, Holly (William) Bateman and Richard Ruppert.
He was predeceased by his parents, John and Lena Merecki.
Mr. Merecki was an avid hunter and fisherman, as well as a lifetime member and past commander of American Legion Post No. 64 in South Buffalo.
He will be remembered for his humor and compassion for others, as well as his love of life.
Interment service with military honors were held at St. Anthony’s Cemetery.
Arrangements were made through the Addison Funeral Home.
Betty Lou Heinrich
Funeral services were held on Wednesday (Aug. 1) from the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Orchard Park for Betty Lou (Hofner) Heinrich, of Wilmington, N.C., formerly of Orchard Park, who died on Friday, July 27, 2012.
She is survived by her children, Deborah (Les) Powers and Melanie Heinrich; sister, Jean Ferry; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Reuben “Roy” Heinrich; and her son, Ronald (Jeanne) Heinrich.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Ricky Leonard World Outreach Ministry, PO Box 921, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480.
Arrangements were made through Loomis, Offers and Loomis Funeral Home.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 11 at 11 a.m. from Loomis, Offers and Loomis, Hamburg Chapel, for Audrey (Schutt) Huber, 82, of Henderson, Nev., formerly of Orchard Park, who died on Friday, July 6, 2012.
She is survived by her children, Janann (Randy) Bryant and George (Maureen) Huber; and sister, Shirley (Roger) Fantas.
She was predeceased by her husband, George Huber; and siblings, Norma (H. Donald) Parker and Donald (Sally) Schutt.
Mrs. Huber worked at Fleet Bank in Hamburg before retiring to Nevada in 1993.
The memorial service will also be held for Mrs. Huber’s husband, George, who died on March 12, 2000.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday (Aug. 6) from St. Mary of the Lake Church for Armond Ciminelli, 83, of Hamburg and Hillsboro Beach, Fla., who died on Thursday, August 2, 2012.
He is survived by his wife, Prudence (Alto) Ciminelli; children, Lisa (Neil) Allen, Kim (Joseph) Mesi and Dr. Mark (Kathleen) Ciminelli; sister, Patricia Diacumakos; and nine grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Diane Ciminelli Berryman; and sisters, Catherine Calabrese, Beatrice Flynn and Pauline Ciminelli.
Mr. Ciminelli was a builder and mason contractor for waterfront development, multiple residential and business facilities. He worked from 1955 until 1989, when he retired.
He attended Amherst High School and was a member of the first graduating class of Erie Community College.
He was a member of the Wanakah Country Club, Buffalo Trap & Field and a board member of the Niagara Frontier Transit Authority.
A devout Catholic, he made many philanthropic donations to Catholic organizations.
He was interred in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Arrangements were made through the Amigone Funeral Home.