Obituaries for Hamburg, Eden, Angola areas for week of Sept. 27, 2012
A celebration of life was held on Friday (Sept. 21) from Escondido, Calif., for Geraldine “Gerry” C. (Bliemeister) Wegner, 77, formerly of Hamburg, who died on Tuesday, September 18, 2012.
She is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Wegner; sister, Joan Riley; and step-children, Doreen, Deidre and Derrick Spencer.
She was predeceased by her parents, William and Eleanor Bliemeister; and step-son, Dale Jr.
Although Mrs. Wegner moved to California years ago, she remained an avid fan of Buffalo Bills football.
Her family and friends were the most important things in her life.
Interment will be in Hamburg at a later date.
A memorial service was held on Tuesday (Aug. 21) from Good Shepherds Catholic Church in McCormick, S.C., for John Howard Holben, 72, of McCormick, who died on Wednesday, August 15, 2012.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 52 years, Carol (Koerner) Holben; children, Gregory and Jeffrey Holben and Jill Mikulec; brother, Melvin Holben; seven grandchildren and additional family and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents, John L. and Dorothy (Seicker) Holben; and brothers, William, Richard, Robert, Eugene, Gary and Raymond.
Mr. Holben was born in Chicora, Pa.
He graduated from Lake Shore High School in Angola in 1957 and continued his education at The State University of New York at Brockport.
He married his wife on Aug. 27, 1960.
He worked as an automation engineer for the Ford Motor Company for 32 years.
He enjoyed attending and watching sporting events, especially the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, New York Yankees and NASCAR. He loved golfing and boating with family and friends.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.
Private funeral services will be held for Marjorie C. (DuBois) Stratemeier, 89, of Hamburg, who died on Sunday, September 23, 2012.
She is survived by her daughter, Candice Brandt; and grandchildren, Drew and Cameron Brandt.
She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Stratemeier; and siblings, Ruth Witte, Albert Wesley DuBois, Mary Schultz and Beverly Dinse.
Mrs. Stratemeier was a bookkeeper at the former People’s Bank in Hamburg.
Arrangements were made through the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday (Sept. 24) from St. Francis of Assisi Church for Thaddeus L. “Tad” Obark, 92, of Hamburg, who died on Thursday, September 20, 2012.
He is survived by his son, Dwight (Mary Ann King) Obark; grandchildren, Melissa (Adam Kantor) and Brian; great-grandsons, Colton and Sean Kantor; sister-in-law, Marie Gatza; and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Millicent (Slominska) Obark; and daughter, Lanie Obark.
Born in Buffalo in 1919, Mr. Obark attended East High School and then became a riveter for the Curtiss Wright Company.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 and served on a B-24 as a navigator. He flew 50 bombing missions.
After Word War II, he enlisted in the Air Force Reserves, where he served for 34 years, retiring as a lieutenant colonel.
He went on to attend the University at Buffalo on the G.I. Bill while working on the New York Central Railroad.
After he graduated college, he worked as a statistician for Erie County while he earned his master’s degree from Canisius College.
He began his teaching career in 1956 at Pine Hill High School. In 1960, he became a math teacher and senior class advisor at Cheektowaga Central High School, where he retired from in 1983.
He began an apostolate as a pilgrimage organizer for Fatima Travel in 1960. Over the next 30 years, he made over 80 trips to the shrines in Fatima, Portugal; Lourdes, France; Rome, Italy; Medugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Holy Land escorting pilgrims to the holy sites.
An active church member, he introduced bingo to St. John Gualbert Parish in Cheektowaga in the early 1950s, where he also organized the Parish Catholic Charities Appeal, taught religious education and served as a CYO member. He also organized for the Talent of Gualbert’s, was president of the Holy Name Society and served as Cub Scout master for Pack No. 54.
After moving to Hamburg in 1964, he began his volunteer work at St. Francis of Assisi Parish.
He served as parish trustee, lector, Eucharistic minister, parish council president, Holy Name Society president, home school association president, parish chairman of the Catholic Charities appeal and member of the Parish Lawn Fete committee.
He was also a member of the Buffalo Diocesan Marian Commission, a member of the Blue Army and a fourth-degree Knight of Columbus.
He was a recipient of the Diocese of Buffalo’s St. Joseph the Worker award.
Arrangements were made through the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held on Saturday (Sept. 22) from the Addison Funeral Home for Raymond E. Nordine, 82, of Angola, who died on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly (Parsell) Nordine; children, Scott E. (Karen) Nordine and Stacy R. LaBruno; grandchildren, Kortnee, Kapree, Adam, Jillian, Abby and Arielle; and five great-grandchildren.
Mr. Nordine was a 1948 graduate of Cassadaga High School.
After graduation he joined the U.S. Navy, where he served overseas from 1948 to 1952. He finished his naval commitment in Guam.
He then found employment with Niagara Mohawk, where he worked for many years and retired as line foreman.
He was an avid outdoorsman and very much enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday (Sept. 25) from St. Mary of the Lake Church for Michael J. “Big Mike” Eustace of Hamburg, who died on Friday, September 21, 2012.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Anne (Yetter) Eustace; children, Michael and Megan Eustace; siblings, Shelia (Jim) McCausland, Mary Ellen (late Thomas) Regan and Paul (Mary Ellen) and Jack (Pat) Eustace; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, John Eustace and Mary (Hartnett) Eustace-Jordan.
“Big Mike” was a member of the IBEW Local No. 41 and the Hamburg Council No. 2220 Knights of Columbus.
Memorials may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute or the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.
Arrangements were made through the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday (Sept. 26) from the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home for Fred L. Gearhart, of Lake View, who died on Saturday, September 22, 2012.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia M. (Engle) Gearhart; children, Michael (Cheryl), Terry (Deb Seiner) and Fred Jr. (Tina Croom) Gearhart; brother, William (Mary Pat) Gearhart; grandchildren, Wendy (Jason) Kroll and Michael, Brian and Kristopher (Beth) Gearhart; great-grandchildren, Joshua, Jacob and Sean; and additional family members, friends and Shadow and Mocha.
He was predeceased by his son, Robert W. Gearhart; and siblings, Patty (late Thomas) Haas and Jack (Nancy) and Shelly Gearhart.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday (Sept. 24) from Most Precious Blood Church for Patricia M. (Montgomery) Stacy, 69, of Derby, who died on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.
She is survived by her husband, Neil E. Stacy; children, Pamela (Ron Bergum) Sciarrino, Robin (Owen) Timm, Diana (Kevin) Johnson and Cindy (Brian) Ulrich; siblings, William and Robert Montgomery; grandchildren, Christopher (Lindsay), Jonathan, Abigail, Sara, Matthew, Samantha, Travis, Paige, Katie and Zachary; and siblings-in-law, Ronald Stacy, Sharon Putnam and Linda Clark.
She was predeceased by her sister, Shirley (Ron) Heimback.
Mrs. Stacy was interred in Lakeside Cemetery in Hamburg.
Memorials may be made to the Claddagh Commission Inc.
Arrangements were made through the Addison Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 11 a.m. from the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home, Hamburg Chapel, for William J. Poppenberg of Hamburg, who died on Monday, September 17, 2012.
He is survived by his children, Florence “Fritz” (Carmine) Pardi and Albert (Judith), Roy L. and William Poppenberg; grandchildren, Erik (Cassie) Poppenberg, Lisa Nowakowski and Paul Rademacher; and great-grandsons, Vincent D. and Leonard A. Poppenberg.
Mr. Poppenberg was a World War II Army Veteran, a Bronze Star recipient and a life member of the Reserve Hose Fire Department.
Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans.
A memorial wake will be held on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, Sept. 28 at 9:30 a.m. from Our Lady of Charity Parish (St. Ambrose worship site) in Buffalo for Thomas “Jack” Schwindler, of Seminole, Fla., formerly of Blasdell, who died on Monday, September 24, 2012.
He is survived by his children, Mary Anne (Marlin) Goodheart, Thomas Schwindler and Terri (William) Hodge; brother, Frank (Patricia) Schwindler; grandchildren, Donald (Donna), Greg (Gina) and Dennis Goodheart, Pamela (David) Thiel, Jill (William) Doyle, William Hodge and Thomas and Robert Schwindler; great-grandchildren, Justin, Jacklyn, Scott, Christie, Ryan, Nicole, and Brandon; and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy (Romyak) Schwindler; siblings, Lawrence (late Virginia), Richard (late Gladys), Raymond and Dorothy Schwindler, Grace (late Raymond) Ramaekers and Eileen (late Claire) McGuire; and great-grandson, Erik.
Mr. Schwindler was a proud U.S. Army World War II veteran, and served in the Battle of the Bulge. He was past commander of American Legion Harry H. Clifton Post.
Interment will be in Lakeside Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 2 to 8 p.m. at the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held on Monday (Sept. 24) from the Addison Funeral Home for Cathryne M. Dorman, 59, of Hamburg, who died on Saturday, September 22, 2012.
She is survived by her siblings, Mary (Robert) McLaughlin and William Bish; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, George and Margaret Bish; and siblings, George, Susan, Thomas and Leonard Bish.
Funeral services will be held Saturday (Oct. 6) at 11 a.m. from the Hillcrest Cemetery Mausoleum for Gloria M. Staffan, who died on Tuesday, September 18, 2012.
She is survived by her niece and nephew, Deborah (Edward) Whelan and Kenneth (Mary) Staffan; three grand-nieces and one grand-nephew.
She was predeceased by her parents, Earl and Erna (Bernadt) Staffan; and brother, Laverne (Rita) Staffan.
Arrangements were made through the Loomis, Offers and Loomis Funeral Home.