Obituaries for the week of April 26, 2012
Friends and family are invited to gather on Thursday, April 28 at 4 p.m. at Mason’s Grille 52 in Hamburg in honor of Rose R. (Riehle) Toles, 93, of Hamburg, who died on Wednesday, March 7, 2012.
She is survived by her children, George E. (Melissa Steele) and Tom (Gretchen) Toles; and grandchildren, Sam (Matt), Rachel, Thomas, Amanda and Seth Toles.
She was predeceased by her husband, George Edward Toles; siblings, Wilma Riehle, Alice Riley and MaryJo Godfrey; and companion, Richard Metzger.
Mrs. Toles was born in Boston, N.Y., and live in Hamburg for the majority of her life. She grew up on the Riehle farm on Newton Road.
She graduated from Hamburg High School in 1935 and from D’Youville College in Buffalo in 1939.
After working as a lab technician at Buffalo General Hospital and then at Camp Lee in Virginia, she and her husband moved onto Central Avenue in the Village of Hamburg, where she lived for the next 65 years.
She and her husband “Bud” were long-time members of the Willow Bend Club and the Hamburg Tennis Center. They were renowned dancers and helped start the Hamburg Dance Club.
She was an active member of the League of Women Voters and the Society of the Concerned.
She was on the Board of Visitors at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center and volunteered at the West Seneca Developmental Center.
Her greatest love was reading and discussing philosophy. She often had several books going at once, and the walls of her home were lined with bookshelves filled to overflowing.
She was an active participant in many book and study groups, including the Monday Group, Tuesday Talkers, the Seekers and Great Books.
Spring was her favorite season. The daffodils that she planted last September popped up in her yard this April.
She was quirky, funny and smart, as well as an emotionally generous person who made a lasting connection with everyone she met.
Memorials may be made to St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy, P.O. Box 448, Buffalo, NY 14215 and/or National Alliance on Mental Illness, 302 Parkhurst, Buffalo NY 14223.
Arrangements were made through the Wurtz Funeral Home in Boston.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday (April 25) from the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home for James P. Goodman of Hamburg, who died on Sunday, April 22, 2012.
He is survived by his partner, Barbara Buelens; children, Cindy (Rick) Currie, Daniel Goodman, Sharon (Patrick) Marciniak, Michele Marano and C. Michael Smith; sisters, Patricia (Marvin) Potts and Linda (Bob) Blauers; former wife, Evie Gerich; 17 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, nieces and friends.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo or online at www.lakesidefuneralhome.com.
A celebration of life memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 23 at 10 a.m. from First Evangelical Lutheran Church for Dean E. Sloan of Blasdell, who died on Thursday, March 29, 2012.
He is survived by his children, Mark D. (Susan K.) and Gary B. (Gayle A.) Sloan and Lynn S. (William R.) Steger; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife, Ruth H. (Fritz) Sloan; parents, Roy and Ada Sloan; and brother, William G. Sloan.
Mr. Sloan was a member of the 10th Army during World War II.
He worked as an industrial engineer for Bethlehem Steel and was a member of the Western Star Lodge No. 1185.
Memorials may be made to the First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Blasdell.
Arrangements were made through the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, April 28 at noon from the Wentland Funeral Home in North Collins for Rosella (LiVecchi) Mallaber, 68, of Hamburg, formerly of North Collins, who died on Thursday, April 19, 2012.
She is survived by her husband, David Mallaber; children, Debbie (Mark) Sparks and Dave (Peggy), Doug (Karen), Dean (late Patty) and Dan (Melissa) Mallaber; siblings, Barbara (late David) Ebling and Louis C. (M. Alice) LiVecchi Jr.; 14 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, more than 60 foster girls and family and friends.
Funeral services were held on Monday (April 23) from the Addison Funeral Home for Anthony J. “Billy” Giambrone, 76, of Brant, who died on Thursday, April 19, 2012.
He is survived by his wife, Sally (Bentham) Giambrone; siblings, Joseph (Loretta) Giambrone and Rose Ann (Dan) Gernatt; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral was held on Wednesday (April 25) from the Loomis, Offers and Loomis Hamburg Chapel for Phyllis H. (Brandel) Falk of Orchard Park, who died on Thursday, April 19, 2012.
She is survived by her daughter, Karen (Michael) Wodzinski; brother, Daniel (Joanne) Brandel; granddaughter, Wendy Wodzinski; and nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her sister, Kathryn Hohe.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday (April 25) from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church for Liam J. Wittmeyer, who died on Thursday, April 19, 2012.
He is survived by his parents, Bryan and Jennifer (Hassey) Wittmeyer; sister, Erin Gregoire, grandparents, James and Diana Wittmeyer and Joseph and Jacqueline Hassey; great-grandparents, Robert and Estelle Lange; aunts and uncles, Stacy (Ben) Ojala, Jill (Timothy) Milligan, Jean (Richard) Dillon, Julie (Mark) Schweizer and Jay Hassey; and many cousins and other family.
Arrangements were made through the Lombardo Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday (April 24) from the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home for Laurie (Burger) Borowiec-Lanzieri of Lake View, who died on Thursday, April 19, 2012.
She is survived by her children, Brett and Cameron Borowiec and Julianne Lanzieri; parents, Jake and Patricia Burger; siblings, Jeff and Steven Burger, Jeff Walker and Susan Kurgan; additional family members and friends.
Funeral services were held on Monday (April 23) at a family residence on the Cattaraugus Indian Territory for Kenneth Williams, 61, of the Cattaraugus Indian Territory, who died on Wednesday, April 18, 2012.
He is survived by his spouse, Antonio (Maldonado) Williams; children, Marie Williams (Scott) Snyder and Nancy, Kenneth (Orlando Dugi) and Rachel Karen (Sarah Orullian) Williams; step-children, Joshua, Dallin (Naomi) and Jeremiah Maybee; siblings, Janice Goode, Edith White, Arlene Waterman, Marlene Magliarditi, Lawrence and Barbara Williams and twin sister Karen Williams; grandchildren, Frank D.A. Wolfe and Scotia Snyder; step-grandchildren, Sage and Persephone Maybee; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Russell and Hazel (Pierce) Williams; and brother, Donald Goode.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 28 at 11 a.m. from the Addison Funeral Home for Thomas Cervola, 78, of Angola, who died on Saturday, April 21, 2012.
He is survived by his wife, Janet (Garlock) Cervola; children, Corinne and Marshall (Denise) Cervola; siblings, Maureen (Russell) Knoll and Jenifer Cervola; grandchildren, Zachary and Alexander; sister-in-law, Susie (John) Harford; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his siblings, Josephine (Dutch) Cleland, Louis Cervola Jr. and Jackie Rivera.
Mr. Cervola served in the 97th Signal Battalion 7th Army Division in “Occupy Force” Germany.
Interment with military honors will be in Forest Avenue Cemetery.
He worked at Bethlehem Steel for 32 years and was the President of Local 2604.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo, Inc., 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, NY 14225.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday (April 23) from SS. Peter and Paul Church for Mary M. Setlock of Hamburg, who died on Wednesday, April 18, 2012.
She is survived by her siblings, Margaret (Rudolph) Biondi and Stephen (Florence) Setlock; and nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, Stephen and Mary Setlock; and siblings, Rev. Msgr. William and John Setlock.
She was interred in Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna.
Arrangements were made through Loomis, Offers and Loomis Funeral Home.