Obituaries for the week of May 17, 2012
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday (May 9) for Joseph “Joe” H. Kaczmarski, 70, of Smyrna, formerly of Buffalo, who died on Saturday, May 5, 2012.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Katherine (Morman) Kaczmarski; children, Robert (Sandy) and Karen (Wayne Bonnett) Kaczmarski and Tracy (Mark) Judd; siblings, Joan (late Gene) Schrubb, Margaret (Joseph) Terrizzi, Patricia (Ed) Darling and Paul (late Deborah) and David (Debbie) Kaczmarski; siblings-in-law, Wilson (Sue) Morman and Mary Ann (Pete) Varanko; grandchildren, Andrew and Brent Kaczmarski; nieces, nephews, friends and faithful dog Tess.
Mr. Kaczmarski was predeceased by his parents, Stanley and Helen Kaczmarski; parents-in-law, Bernard and Katherine Morman; brother, Walter “Wally” Kaczmarski and nephew, Gregory Kaczmarski.
Born and raised in Buffalo, Mr. Kaczmarski was a graduate from Frontier High School.
He was a career enlisted medic in the U.S. Air Force and served in the Vietnam War. He retired in 1981.
Mr. Kaczmarski was an avid collector and a car enthusiast. He was a big fan of Elvis and Frank Sinatra.
Memorials may be made to the National MS Society, PO Box 4527, New York, N.Y. 10163; the American Cancer Society, 92 Reads Way No. 205, New Castle, DE, 19720 or to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements were through the Matthews Bryson Funeral Home.
A Celebration of Life on Oahu was held Tuesday (May 1) from Borthwick Mortuary, Makai Chapel for Evelyn “Lee” Kogler, 59, of Kapolei, Hawaii, formerly of Hamburg, who died on Sunday, April 22, 2012.
She is survived by her husband, Gregory David Kogler; children, Arnell Alika Delos Santos and Tanya, Roman (Shannon), Gabriel and Gregory (Kelly) Kogler; siblings, Lincoln Delos Santos, Tee BoraBora, Lana (John) Kaolelopono and Janai (Kaulana) Kealoha; half-sibling, Gerry Pacheco-Miller and grandchildren, Cassidy Moana Lee and Elija Ikaika Loa Ke Akua Kogler.
Mrs. Kogler was predeceased by her sister-in-law Ellen Santos.
Born on the big island of Hawaii on Nov. 8, 1952, she lived in Hamburg for over 30 yeas before she returned to Hawaii.
She was the former co-owner of Fresh Express II, greeter and lease clerk for West-Herr Ford, and employee of Overdorf Insurance and L.A. Hazards & Sons.
Mrs. Kogler was also a Hamburg Bulldogs Booster Club member and a member of the Wesleyan Church.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Hamburg at a later date.
Robert James, Jr.
A memorial service was held on Sunday (May 13) at Kissing Bridge for Robert M. James, Jr., 88,of Boston, who died on Monday, May 7, 2012.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Helen (Loomis) James; children, Melinda (John) Umlauf, Jesse (Patrick) Michaud and Robert M. III, Thomas and Peter James and 14 grandchildren.
Born in Chattanooga, Tenn, he was a child when the family moved to the Western New York area. A graduate from Amherst High School, he attended the University of New Hampshire before enlisting in the U.S. Army.
He was a sergeant and served as a medic during World War II, while in Okinawa, Japan.
Mr. James later earned a degree in business administration from the University at Buffalo and worked for Fleetlight Window Co., in Buffalo, rising through the ranks from commissioned salesman to sales manager.
In 1960, he and his brother-in-law, Harry J. Loomis, cofounded Kissing Bridge Ski Corporation, where he served as president. The two bought the 415 acres in Glenwood for $100. Mr. Loomis (who died in an auto accident this past January) lived with his family in a restored log cabin on the property.
In the 1980s, Mr. James and his wife founded James Energy Corp, which is active in the oil, gas and alternative energy fields. He remained active with the company until his death.
He enjoyed golfing, fishing and hunting and was president of the National Ruffed Grouse Society.
Mr. James was also a pilot and loved landing and taking off from waterways in his amphibious airplane.
Arrangements were made through the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home.
James F. Salzman
A memorial service was held on Wednesday (May 16) from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church for James F. Salzman, 64, of Eden, who died on Friday, May 11.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Carla J. (Grass) Salzman; children, Kristin (Scott) Bley, Heidi (Jason) Blidy and Laurel (Steven) Migliore; brother, Ronald (Marilyn) Salzman; grandchildren, Trevor, Tyler, Samuel and Caroline; nieces and nephews.
Mr. Salzman was predeceased by his parents, Floyd and Grace Salzman.
He was an owner of Salzman’s Farm in Eden and was a long time member of the Farm Bureau, served on the Board of Directors of the Eden Valley Growers and was a 4-H leader.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 3487 N. Boston Road, Eden, NY 14057.
Arrangements were made through the Laing Funeral Home.
Vincent Pupo Sr.
A gathering was held at Lombardo Funeral Home Wednesday (May 2) in memory for Vincent Pupo Sr., 87, of Blasdell, who died on Sunday, April 29, 2012.
He is survived by his children, Helen (Ronald) Jablonski, Mary Faye (Richard) Pupo-Tonge and Vincent Jr, (Dolores) and Anthony (Fran) Leonard; grandchildren, Michele Pasnik, Duane (Sarah) Pieri Jr., Eric (Stacy) Jablonski, Rae Buchanan, Heidi (Jason) Wojciechowski, Vincent Pupo III, Tara (Larry) Tyger and Tony, Beth, Becky, John and Arthur Leonard; 16 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; also survived by relatives and friends.
Mr. Pupo was predeceased by his wife, Freda C. (Field) Pupo and his parents Anthony and Mary (Morobito) Pupo.
Born in New Rochelle, N.Y., the Pupos moved to Woodlawn when he was seven. He went to the Woodlawn Schools, where he met his future wife. Freda Field.
After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and fought in the Philippines during World War II.
After the war, he came home to work at Bethlehem Steel, Joe Ball Sanitation Service, Buffalo Transit Co.; driving a bus for 20 years, and then retiring from the Town of Hamburg after 17 years as a dog control officer.
During this time, Mr. Pupo was a member of the Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Company from 1956 until the time of his death, working his way up the ranks. He held the office of chief from 1965 to 1967 and 1975 through 1978. He was named Fireman of the Year after risking his life to save others.
Private interment was at Lakeside Cemetery.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday (May 15) from Our Mother of Good Counsel Church for Joseph F. Tramontana, of Blasdell, who died on Thursday, May 10, 2012.
He is survived by his wife, Anne (McDonnell) Tramontana; children, Marie Forman, Sheila (Armando) and Rosario, Karen and Joseph (Angela) Tramontana; siblings, Frances (late John) Dellmora, Rose, Charles (Lorraine) and James Tramontana; siblings-in-law, Kevin (Margie) and Chris (June) McDonnell; grandchildren, Jay and Emma Forman and Nicholas and Marcus Rosario; nieces and nephews.
Mr. Tramontana was predeceased by his son, Michael Tramontana and siblings, Carmella (Richard) Booth and Samuel Tramontana.
He was a founding member of the Knights of St. John Comm. No. 391.
Interment is in Hillcrest Cemetery.
Arrangements were through the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home.
A Funeral Mass was held on Saturday (May 12) from St. Mary’s Oratory for Mark E. Hartman, 63, of Eden, who died on Monday, May 7, 2012.
He is survived by his wife, Pattie (Barrett) Hartman; children, Lary (Laurel), Timm (Rhonda) and Joe (Missy) Hartman; father, Bud (late Peg) Hartman; siblings, Gale (Tom) Genco and Alan (Kris) Hartman; grandchildren, Angela, Joelle, Lily, Maya, Elly, Emmit, Everitt and J.J.; and siblings-in-law, Bob (Linda), Joe and Kathy Barrett and Susie (Todd) White, Anne (Vincent) Barrett-Sacco, Mary Forness, Dianne (Allan) Knoll and Teresa (Brian) Evenden; and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Hartman was a member of the Sons of American Legion and the Eden Republican Party.
He enjoyed golfing and was a NASCAR enthusiast.
He had a deep love for his family, especially his grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 197 Summer St., Buffalo, NY 14222.
Arrangements were made through the Laing Funeral Home.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, May 26 at noon from the Wentland Funeral Home for William H. Reed, 80, of North Collins, who died on Friday, April 27, 2012.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley (Strotman) Reed; children, William Jr., Robin (Greg Worrell) and Clifford (Linda) Reed and Barb (Dave) Johnson; siblings, Elizabeth Hanby, Alma Ehrhart and Rodney, Gerald and Robert Reed; 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his siblings, Marjorie Terwilliger, Martha Jane Rosenkrans and Clifford, Alva Jr. and John Reed.
Mr. Reed was a United Auto Worker and worked at Ford for over 42 years.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice Buffalo.
Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family for Tammy R. Schwan, 46, of Angola, who died on Friday, May 4, 2012.
She is survived by her siblings, Teresa Schwan and Blossom Peckham-Schwan.
Ms. Schwan was predeceased by her parents, Wayne and Caroline (Haskins) Schwan.
Arrangements were made through the Addison Funeral Home.
Eleanor M. Petrie
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 25 from SS. Peter and Paul Church in Hamburg for Eleanor M. Petrie, who passed away on April 3, 2012.
Word has been received of the death of William “Bill” Boyd Hale, 79, of Bonita Springs, Fla., formerly of Hamburg, who died on Saturday, March 31 2012.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Teilborg Hale; children, Catherine Stevens, Debra, Jennifer and Stephen Hale; sons-in-law, Robert Setty and Rick Stevens; daughter-in-law, Sandra Hale; siblings, Thomas Hale and Charlotte O’Donnell and grandchildren, Tyler, Christine, Hayley, Matthew, Katie and Stuart.
He was predeceased by his parents, Mary Rose of Lima McCormick and Charles Kenneth Hale.
Born in Iron Mountain, Mich., he grew up in Hamburg. He attended SS. Peter and Paul Elementary School and graduated in 1950 from Hamburg High School. That year, he was a member of the HHS Bulldogs football team that went undefeated. In 2011, the team was honored by the Hamburg Alumni and the team photo was posted on the Wall of Fame at the high school.
He attended Kansas State University, majoring in architectural engineering and serving in the ROTC. He was a member of the Steel Ring Society, an honor bestowed upon outstanding seniors in the College of Engineers. In 1954, he married Catherine Liberty of Hamburg.
After graduating, he served in the U.S. Air Force from 1955 to 1958. He completed flight training at Marana Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., before becoming a pilot. He was briefly assigned to the Niagara Falls Air Base.
After his discharge from the USAF, he joined the firm, Barrett Associated Engineers, LTD. The firm secured a contract with the government of Puerto Rico to design and oversee the construction of the first superhighway on the island, linking San Juan with Ponce. The Hale family relocated to Puerto Rico in 1960 while he managed the project.
In 1964, he became a partner of Barrett and Hale, after founding partner Elmer Barrett retired. In 2002, the company name was changed to Barrett Hale and Alamo, to acknowledge his partner. BH&A became renowned for their work on many transportation projects in Puerto Rico, including the first high-speed passenger rail system.
Mr. Hale vacationed nearly every summer at his family home in Old Forge and enjoyed fishing, golf and observing the wildlife.
A Funeral Mass will be held at noon on Saturday, June 23 at St. Bartholomew’s Catholic Church, 103 Crosby Blvd., Old Forge. Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to an educational fund in his brother-in-law’s name, the John F. O’Donnell, Esq. Scholarship, The College of Saint Rose, c/o Institutional Advancement Office, 432 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12203.
Funeral services were held on Thursday (May 10) from the Eden United Methodist Church for Joyce (Greeley) Laing, of Eden, who died on Sunday, May 6, 2012.
She is survived by her children, Paul (Mary) Laing, Kathy Fisher (Gary Sellig), Linda (Dave) Hock, Brenda (Thomas) Schreiner; brother, Harold “Skip” (Barbara) Greeley Jr.; grandchildren, Craig (Kristen), Alexandra, Adam, Allison, David (Laura), Elizabeth, Rebecca, Jessica and Victoria; great-granddaughter, Millie and friend Richard Bove.
Mrs. Laing was predeceased by her husband, Paul C. Laing and parents, Harold and Marie Greeley.
During the Great Depression, she grew up in Westfield and Gowanda. She moved to Eden as a teenager, where she made many of her lifelong friends.
She married her high school sweetheart Paul Laing after she graduate from Fredonia Teacher’s College. Following college, she taught at North Collins Elementary and Eden Central Schools.
The Laings raised their family at the Laing homestead on Jennings Road in Eden. As a family, summers were spent and special memories were created at her Chautauqua cottage.
Throughout her life she was an active member of many organizations, including: Eden United Methodist Church, Up to Date Club and she was an Erie County Agriculture Society Director.
Mrs. Laing enjoyed spending time traveling, walking, bicycling and golfing with her special friend Mr. Bove.
Family was always first for her and she wanted to be surrounded by those she loved, especially her grandchildren and great-granddaughter. She will be remembered for her strong faith, warm personality and smiling Irish eyes.
Memorials may be made to Eden United Methodist Church Hunt Chapel Fund, 2820 East Church St., Eden, N.Y. 14057.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 26 from the First Congregational Church of Christ, Angola for Garland “Guy” Scales, 90, of Hamburg, formerly of Derby, who died on Monday, May 7, 2012.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Peggy J. (Smith) Scales; children, Brenda, Dennis and Wendy; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Originally from Canada, Mr. Scales served with the Canadian Army during World War II.
During the war, his future wife was his pen pal and he met her for the first time when he returned home after the war and came to the United States.
He retired from Republic Steel, where he was a turn foreman at one of the bar mills.
After his retirement, the couple moved to Florida, where they lived for 20 years, before moving back to Hamburg.
Recently, Mr. Scales spent five days at a family reunion in Tennessee, where he got to spend time with every member of his family, sharing laughter, love and making lasting memories for everyone.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held from SS. Peter and Paul Church on Tuesday (May 15) for Josephine “Jo” (Martin) Davenport, 92, of North Tonawanda, formerly of Boston, who died on Friday, May 11, 2012.
She is survived by her children, Richard (Mary) Davenport; siblings, Helen Calhoun, Mary “Sis” O’Brien and Charles Martin Jr.; grandchildren, Richard and Ormus “Bill” Davenport, Raquel Spears and Dawn Samuelson; four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews and friend and companion, John “Jack” Moore.
Mrs. Davenport was predeceased by her husband, Ormus “Doc” Davenport; daughter, Bonnie O’Neal and granddaughter, Constance Davenport.
Memorials may be made to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Transplant Wing; Roswell Park or American Heart Association.
Final resting place will be Mayville Cemetery.
Arrangements were made through the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home.
Mr. and Mrs.Donald Walling
A joint memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 from the Chapel at the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg, 4999 McKinley Parkway, for Donald Marvin Walling, 90, of Hamburg, who died on Thursday, March 29, 2012 and Mildred “Milly” (Lowe) Walling, who passed away on September 29, 2009.
Mr. Walling is survived by his children, Mark (Heidi) Walling, Cheryl (Dan) Templeton and Sandy (Marty) Kroll; grandchildren, Sarah (Kevin), Amelia (Salam), Allison, Rebecca, Brendan, Glen, Jenna, Michael and Rachel and great-grandchildren, Aisha and Amelie.
He was predeceased by his parents, Leon and Nellie (Dalton) Walling and his wife, Mildred Walling (the daughter of the late Raymond and Gladys Lowe).
Memorials may be made to the Buffalo Botanical Gardens.
Arrangements were made through Lakeside Funeral Home.
A Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday (May 15) from Blessed John Paul II Parish in Lake View for Casimer T. “Skip” Jachimiak of Derby, who died on Thursday, May 10, 2012.
He is survived by his siblings, Dan (Jeanne) Jachimiak and Marie (Jack) Kurtzhalts; and nieces and nephews, Miranda, Todd, Dawn and Jordan.
Mr. Jachimiak was a U.S. Army veteran.
Interment services and military honors were held in St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery.
Arrangements were made through the Addison Funeral Home.
Robert G. Schmitt
Funeral services were held from Loomis, Offers & Loomis Hamburg Chapel on Thursday (May 10) for Robert “Bob” G. Schmitt, of Angola, who died on Sunday, May 6, 2012.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Barbara A. (Sieg) Schmitt; children, Diana (Randy) Bryant and Marlene Schmitt; brother, John (Shirley) Schmitt; grandchildren, Kim and Anna Bryant; nieces and nephews.
Mr. Schmitt was predeceased by his brother, Ronald (Marge) Schmitt.
He retired in June 2002 as the head maintenance crew chief/electrician for the Lake Shore Central School District.
He was a world traveler and an avid golfer at Grandview Golf Course, He was an avid science fiction book collector and a talented crocheter.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Foundation of WNY.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 17 from St. Mary of the Lake Church for Madeline (Vanderbush) Celani, who died on Monday, May 14, 2012.
She is survived by her children, Cheryl (late James) Fazzolari and Michael (Karen) Celani; sister, Rita Merckle; grandchildren, Jamie Greene, Kristin Fazzolari, Heather (Tony) Grammatico and Chad (Lisa) Celani; seven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Celani was predeceased by her husband, Dominic T. Celani.
Funeral arrangements were made through the Lakeside Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday (May 16) from the Nightengale Funeral Home for Shirley E. (Jepson) Popoff, 87, of Boston, who died on Saturday, May 12, 2012.
She is survived by her son, Michael F. (Ruby A.) Crawford; sister, Marie Schwab; grandchildren, Michael and Laura Crawford and Daniel Shagott; nieces and nephews, Paulette (Marvin) Huyck and Chris (Nina), Lew and Stuart (Sheila) Schwab; and dear friends, Judy McQueary and family.
She was predeceased by her husbands, Michael Popoff and Michael Crawford; son, Curtis E. Crawford, USMC; and siblings, Sybil Kyler and Ruth and Clarence Jepson.
Mrs. Popoff was the past New York State Department president of American Gold Star Mothers Inc., past president of Chapter No. 26 American Gold Star Mothers, VAVS representative at the Buffalo VAMC, longtime volunteer at the Buffalo VAMC, member of the American Legion Post No. 721 Auxiliary, member of AMVETS Post No. 219 Auxiliary-Boston, member of Eden Memorial VFW Auxiliary and a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.
She helped lead the fight to keep the NYS Police Barracks in the Town of Boston.
She went to live at Autumn View Manor in Hamburg after suffering a stroke in 2003.
She was interred in Lakeside Cemetery.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday (May 16) from Holy Spirit Church for Grace DiPiazza, 81, of North Collins, who died on Monday, May 14, 2012.
She is survived by her siblings, Pauline and Jean DiPiazza; nieces and nephews, Charles (Jana) DiPiazza, Jayne (William) Welker, Michael Andolina and Jeffry (Donna) Iovannone; also survived by great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, Charles and Lena DiPiazza; and siblings, Louise and Charles (Teresa) DiPiazza and Josephine (James) Alessi and Marie (Dominic D.) Andolina.
Arrangements were made through the Wentland Funeral Home.