Obituaries for the week of August 16, 2012
A Memorial Mass was held on Monday (Aug. 13) from Holy Spirit Church in North Collins for Joan M. Popple, 84, of West Seneca, formerly of Lawtons, who died on Friday, August 10, 2012.
She is survived by her children, Karen (Joseph) Dauenhauer, Susan (John) Ananiadis, Joan (David) May and William (Linda), Donald (Julie), Richard (Barbara), David, John (Debra) and Steven (Elizabeth) Popple; sister, Therese (Edward) Baumgartner; grandchildren, Bethany Uonites, William Ananiadis, Victoria (Liam) Date, Cameron Miller, Timothy and Hannah May and Jeffrey, Mark (Dawn), Eric, Melissa, John, Emily and Amanda Popple; and great-grandchildren, Alexandra and Nathan Popple and Floyd Uonites IV.
She was predeceased by her husband of over 25 years, William L. “Bill” Popple; and sister, Andrea Mahoney.
Mrs. Popple was born in Buffalo. Throughout her life she created an environment of self-strength and endurance. She never allowed the struggles of being a young widow affect her family. She created a warm, loving and supportive home.
She was a wonderful cook who created memories in her homemade meals, pies and jams, many from a home garden. She was a seamstress who created heirlooms through her quilts and afghans. She will also be remembered for her laughter and loving words.
She served as a 4-H leader and supported the activities her children participated in, including Boy Scouts, Corn Poppers and sporting activities. She was also active in the Lawtons, Hamburg and Erie County Pomona Grange.
She was a very spiritual woman and was a longtime member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
She enjoyed a good game of cards or heading to the penny and nickel slot machines.
It was not unusual to find her watching the television show NCIS, as she enjoyed discussing the show with her granddaughter.
She was buried in Holy Spirit Cemetery.
Mrs. Popple was a breast cancer survivor. Memorials may be made to Breast Cancer Network of WNY 3297 Walden Ave., Depew, NY 14043. The organization provides education, advocacy and support to people involved with breast cancer.
Arrangements were made through the Laing Funeral Home.
Sister Mary Albinette Bibrzycki
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, Aug. 16 at 9:30 a.m. from the Immaculate Conception Convent Chapel in Hamburg, for Sister Mary Albinette Bibrzycki, 88, of Hamburg, who died on Monday, August 13, 2012.
She is survived by a niece and a cousin.
She was predeceased by her parents, Walter and Bertha (Trojak) Bibrzycki.
Maryanne Bibrzycki was born in Buffalo in 1923. She entered the aspirancy of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph in 1939, became a postulant in 1943 and professed her final vows in 1947.
She attended Notre Dame College of Baltimore and Medaille College. She received a bachelor’s degree in home economics from Marywood College and a master’s degree in education (home economic division) from Buffalo State College.
She began her religious vocation as a teacher at St. Casimir in Baltimore and Sacred Heart in Danburg, Conn. In 1960 she began a 27 year ministry at St. Joseph Intercommunity Hospital in Cheektowaga, serving as chief dietitian from 1960 to 1967 and food service director from 1967 to 1987. In 1987, she was in charge of coordinating the volunteers at the hospital in addition to serving as a receptionist.
She was a consultant to St. Anthony’s Home in Hamburg, along with various day care centers throughout the area, and a part-time instructor at Erie Community College.
She joined the sisters in the Colette Hilbert Care Community in 2004.
She achieved the professional recognition of Distinguished Health Care Food Service Administrator from the American Society for Hospital Food Service Administrators, where her name appeared in the 1972 edition of the Community Leader of America. In February 1985, she received the Silver Medal award from the Council of Food Service Association and was a great asset to the WNY Dietetic Association, where she earned the respect of many in the profession.
During her ministry at St. Joseph’s Hospital, she was well-liked by doctors, nurses, employees and volunteers. Her professional objective was to assist young people interested in nutrition and health care food service.
Each year, she would send a bouquet of roses to Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Lewiston. Her hobbies included sewing, knitting, reading and flower arranging. She also enjoyed playing Bingo. She was a prayerful and grateful person.
Memorials may be made to the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph Retirement Fund.
Private family services will be held from Southampton Cemetery in Long Island for Mildred (Stuart) Allen, 103, of Hamburg, who died on Wednesday, August 1, 2012.
She is survived by her niece and nephew, Jackie Rambo and David (Judie) Stuart; several great nieces and nephews, including Erica (Matt) Sosnick, Ian (Kate) Stuart, Karen (Rob) Melfi and Joe Hedges; and dear friends, Paul and Elizabeth Srutowski.
She was predeceased by her husband, Greff Allen; brother, Bud (late Miriam) Stuart; parents, Ira and Mary Stuart; and niece, Ursula “Susan” (late Joseph) Hedges.
Mrs. Allen was born in Middleport in 1908. She attended Fredonia College, graduating in 1931 with a degree in teaching. She later accepted a job as a third grade teacher at what is now known as Union Pleasant Elementary School.
After marrying her husband, Greff, the couple moved to Fort Pierce, Fla., where Mrs. Allen taught fifth-grade.
She returned to Hamburg after her husband’s death and resumed her position as a third-grade teacher at UPES, where she retired in 1972. A memorial was dedicated in her honor and hung in the vestibule of the elementary school.
After retiring, Millie traveled throughout the United States with close friend Ruth McDonald and has enjoyed many trips with Lousie Leighton, a fellow retired teacher.
She moved to Creek Bend Heights Apartments in Hamburg. She lived independently until November 2010, when she moved to ElderWood Village at Rosewood, where she lived until her death.
She enjoyed an active life, volunteering with Meals on Wheels and at Our Lady of Victory Hospital, as well as going out to lunch and playing bridge.
She was a parishioner of Hamburg Presbyterian Church.
She was interred in the family plot at Southampton Cemtery.
Arrangements were made through Loomis, Offers and Loomis Funeral Home.
Rosetta La Russo
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18 at 10 a.m. from Most Precious Blood Church for Rosetta J. La Russo, 70, of Angola, who died on Sunday, August 12, 2012.
She is survived by her siblings, Sally Barone, Josie (late Rocky) Tagliaferro and Anthony “Neno” (Kathy) La Russo; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, Marco and Theresa La Russo.
Arrangements were made through the Addison Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held on Friday (Aug. 10) from the Laing Funeral Home for Alice A. (Przekwas) Putnam, 86, of Eden, who died on Monday, August 6, 2012.
She is survived by her children, Sue (Roy) Myers, Cynthia (Chris) Vasiloff, Elizabeth (Chris) Melito and James and Peter (Nan) Putnam; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husbands, Donald W. Putnam and Frank Kielar; and parents, Andrew and Agatha Przekwas.
Mrs. Putnam was a retired registered nurse with Mercy Homecare in Buffalo. She went back to school at the age of 53 to become a registered nurse, graduating from Trocaire College.
She was a past member of the Eden Emergency Squad.
Memorials may be made to Buffalo City Mission, 100 E. Tupper St., Buffalo, NY 14203.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday (Aug. 13) from Nativity of Our Lord R.C. Church for Patricia A. (Dempsey) Borodzik , formerly of Hamburg, who died on Friday, August 10, 2012.
She is survived by her husband, Joseph R. Borodzik; children, Patricia (Art) Haller and David (Suzanne), Susan and Robert (Joan) Borodzik; grandchildren, Suzanne, Carianne, David, Nicole, Daniel and Sarah; great-grandchildren, Bailey, Tully and Eden; sister-in-law, Mary Lou (Jerry) Korabek; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
She was predeceased by her grandson, Derek; siblings, Shirley (Tony) Carocci and Jack (Julie) Dempsey; and parents, Dean and Gertrude Dempsey.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Hospice Buffalo, Inc.
Arrangements were made through Loomis, Offers and Loomis, Inc.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday (Aug. 15) at 8 p.m. from the Addison Funeral Home in Angola for Charles R. Weyrough, who died on Friday, August 10, 2012.
He is survived by his children, Alyssa and Gage Werough, Christine Kraft and Matt Ovitts; siblings, Laura (Joseph) Travale and Scott (Megan) Weyrough.
A funeral service was held on Wednesday (Aug. 15) at 10 a.m. from the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home for Harold R. Maltby, 80, Hamburg, who died on Sunday, August 12, 2012.
He is survived by his wife, Carol (Buggenhagen) Maltby; children, Eric (Pamela), David (Michelle) and Carol Beth Maltby and Lisa (James) McMurray; siblings, Spencer Maltbie and Ann (Louis) Small; and grandchildren, Nicole, Victoria, Matthew, Marcus, Megan, Lauren and Alyssa.
Mr. Maltby served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.
He was a steel worker at Bethlehem Steel.
Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.
A private family memorial service was held on Friday (Aug. 10) for Kristin Blackwell, 37, of Hamburg, who died on Monday, August 6, 2012.
She is survived by her parents, Robert and Diane (Wannop) Blackwell; siblings, Robert (Priscilla) and Thomas (Kathleen) Blackwell; grandparents, Clarence and Mary (Best) Blackwell and Robert T. (late Eleanor) Wannop; nieces and nephews, Thomas, Mallory, Joseph, Abby and Katherine; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Ms. Blackwell obtained her elementary teaching degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia in 1996 and was working on her graduate degree in English as a second language through Florida Atlantic University.
She was a dedicated teacher, an avid reader and tennis follower who admired her mom and dad and adored her nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association at 877-662-7737 or at RSDSA, PO Box 502, 99 Cherry Street, Milford, CT 06460.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday (Aug. 15) at 7 p.m. from the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home, Hamburg Chapel, for Judith K. (Toenniessen) Durusky of Woodlawn, who died on Sunday, August 12, 2012.
She is survived by her children, Darlene (Daniel) Weller and Michael (Michele) Durusky; grandchildren, Ashlee, Matthew, Joey and Morgan.
She was predeceased by her parents, James and Irma Toenniessen.
Mrs. Durusky was a former member of the Woodlawn Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary.
Memorial donations may be made to Roswell Park.
A memorial service was held on Wednesday (Aug. 15) from the Southtowns Christian Center in Lake View for Christine C. (Jaromin) Simons, of Angola, who died on Saturday, August 11, 2012.
She is survived by her husband, John C. Simons Sr.; children, John C. (Dawn) Jr., William E., Patricia E. and Jeff M. Simons; siblings, Chester Jaromin, Phyllis (Frank) Marciniak and Lucille (late Richard) Elminowski; grandchildren, Kimberley, Nikole and Erika; and nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were made through the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home.
A memorial service was held on Tuesday (Aug. 14) from the Eden VFW Post for Lawrence R. Croft, 90, of Lawtons, who died on Thursday, August 9, 2012.
He is survived by his children, Betsy (Dr. Thomas) Polisoto, Eve (Robert) Herr, Lawrence (Judy) Jr., Brian (Dawn) and Sean (Norma) Croft and Michael (Kathy), Kevin (Cheryl) and David (Lorena) Lavtar; brother, Edward (Betty) Croft; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife, Johanna M. Croft; son, John Orban; siblings, Robert, Francis and Margarite; and parents, Lawrence and Cora Croft.
Mr. Croft served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He had a helping hand in the floor plans of building the Eden VFW Post No. 8265. He was an independent contractor, helping to build not only his own home, but his children’s homes.
Prior to becoming an independent contractor in carpentry, he worked for Bethlehem Steel.
After he served in the Navy, he helped out his fellow veterans in any way he could. He enjoyed marching in many of the parades and telling his stories of wartime, as he was an avid speaker.
He was proud of his Irish heritage as well as his grandchildren.
He was a member of the Hamburg Adult Daycare, where he was known by all for his dancing.
He enjoyed his coffee time with his friends every Tuesday and Thursday.
Memorials may be made to the Eden VFW or to the V.A. of Western New York.
Arrangements were made through the Laing Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held on Monday (Aug. 13) from the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home for Fredlyn (Seader) Barrows, of Hamburg, who died on Wednesday, August 8, 2012.
She is survived by her children, Amy (Bob) Phillips-Hoffman and Stephen Barrows; four grandchildren and many “honorary” grandchildren and friends.
She was predeceased by her husband, David Barrows.
Memorials may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute or to a charity of one’s choice.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday (Aug. 13) from Epiphany of Our Lord Church in Langford for Kathleen (Dash) Burke,75, of Lawtons, who died on Friday, August 10, 2012.
She is survived by her son, Bill (Jessica) Burke; siblings, Mary Butler and Mike (Claire) Dash.
She was predeceased by her husband, Courtland “Jud” Burke; and siblings, Kenneth and Tommy Dash.
She was buried at St. Martin’s Cemetery in Langford.
Arrangements were made through the Wentland Funeral Home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. from Most Precious Blood Church for Mark E. Majchrowicz of Angola, who died on Saturday, August 11, 2012.
He is survived by his daughter, Tammy Majchrowicz; parents, Edward and Arlene Majchrowicz; brother, Gregory (late Bonnie) Majchrowicz; grandson, Dylan; niece and nephew, Jesse and Erica.
Arrangements were made through the Addison Funeral Home.