The Buffalo News - Obituaries Latest stories from The Buffalo News en-us Sat, 12 Jul 2014 01:23:17 -0400 Sat, 12 Jul 2014 01:23:17 -0400 <![CDATA[ Robert Allen Moody, Army veteran and retired welder ]]>
Robert A. Moody, an Army veteran and retired welder, died July 3 in his Buffalo home. He was 70.

The Buffalo native attended School 75 and Burgard Vocational High School. In 1961, he enlisted in the Army and was part of the 501st Airborne Infantry. He served until 1963.

He then worked as a welder for Ironworkers Local 6 until he retired.

Mr. Moody was described as an excellent storyteller who often joked about “adding yeast” to his stories. An active member of the 82nd Airborne Division Chapter, he enjoyed fishing, reading and music.

Mr. Moody donated his body to the University at Buffalo Anatomical Gift Program.

Survivors include two daughters, Renee D. Sims and Robin L. Moody-Loggans; a son, Jason Reeves; four sisters, Elsie Smith, Bertha Moody, Shirley Davidson and Cheryl Jordan; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

His wife of 48 years, Dorothy Mae Williams Moody, died in May.

There are no services. ]]>
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:51:07 -0400
<![CDATA[ Mattie M. Thompson, 93, pianist and church organist ]]>
Mattie M. Thompson, a lifelong resident of Buffalo and church organist, died Tuesday under hospice care in Buffalo General Medical Center, six days after her 93rd birthday.

The former Mattie M. Lewis attended School 75 and graduated from Fosdick-Masten Park High School in 1940. Later in life, she learned basic office skills.

Mrs. Thompson played piano and was the organist for St. Paul’s AME Zion Church. She also played organ at other churches.

She excelled in direct sales, achieving top-seller levels for Sarah Coventry jewelry in-home sales of more than $70,000 in less than a decade. She also was a 20-year board member at Erie County Medical Center and served as vice president.

Mrs. Thompson was proud of the accomplishments of her daughters, including a national magazine editor, State Police officer and director of a health care program.

As a skilled cook, her lemon meringue pie and homemade soups were specialties at church bake sales.

Her husband of 66 years, Albert J. Jr., died in 2012.

Survivors include three daughters, Edmonia Watkins, Pamela Sharpe and Yvonne Askew; a sister, Sarah Lewis; a brother, Robert Lewis; three grandsons; and six great-grandchildren.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Paul’s AME Zion Church, 610 E. Eagle St. ]]>
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:50:27 -0400
<![CDATA[ Angela Y. Hightower, stay-at-home mother survived innovative surgery in 2008 ]]>
Angela Y. Hightower, a mother and homemaker who survived pioneering kidney surgery in 2008, died June 27 in Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore. She was 48.

Ms. Hightower was born in Buffalo and graduated from South Park High School in 1984. She became a certified nursing assistant upon graduation and held the job until 1997. The single mother raised seven children, and family members said she was caring, compassionate and patient, and put others before herself.

In 1997, when she was pregnant with twins, Ms. Hightower was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease at Erie County Medical Center.

Scheduled to undergo a kidney transplant, she received a bad blood transfusion that canceled the operation.

Forced to undergo dialysis for several years, she experienced blockage in nearly all major arteries – making a second attempt at a transplant unlikely.

But in 2008, she was accepted into the Incompatible Kidney Transplant Program at the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center, and on July 8 of that year, Dr. Robert Montgomery performed a lifesaving surgery that rearranged Ms. Hightower’s organs to accommodate a new kidney that was attached to her liver.

The surgery was the first of its kind and considered a success. Ms. Hightower remained healthy until forced to return to dialysis in 2013.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Monday in True Bethel Baptist Church, 907 E. Ferry St. ]]>
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:41:32 -0400
<![CDATA[ <p>Area Deaths</p> ]]>
Jane Gosden, 94, of the Town of Tonawanda, former sales clerk at AM&A’s in Amherst, died July 6.

Robert Allen Moody, 70, Army veteran, retired welder from Ironworkers Local 6, died July 3.

Henry B. Robins, 31, of Buffalo, died July 7. ]]>
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:38:04 -0400
<![CDATA[ Rosetta Menifee, devoted county AIDS educator ]]>
Rosetta Menifee, of Buffalo, who helped others with drug addiction and HIV after she overcame her own drug habit, died June 11 in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a short illness. She was 56.

Born Rosetta Brunner in Red Bank, N.J., she came to Buffalo from New York City in the mid-1980s.

Addicted to heroin in her early 20s, she decided to turn her life around after she was diagnosed with HIV.

About 10 years ago, she entered Erie Community College on the College to Church program, became a dean’s list student and earned an associate’s degree in science.

She began her professional career in 1999 with the American Red Cross Women’s HIV Initiative as an HIV peer educator. She became an HIV training assistant in the Erie County Health Department’s HIV Education Program in 2003, supervised HIV peer educators and worked there until her death.

She served on the Statewide AIDS Service Delivery Consortium, the New York State Prevention Planning Group, the board of directors of the AIDS Network of WNY and the AIDS Alliance of WNY, the New York State People Living With AIDS Training Institute and the New York State HIV Quality Consumer Group.

She received numerous awards, including the AIDS Network Red Ribbon Award for Distinguished Service, the Courage to Come Back Award, the Erie County Honor Roll Award and the Found Woman Award. She also worked as a volunteer to promote knowledge about sexual health. A former member of the Buffalo Prostitution Task Force, she was one of the founders of the Buffalo John School, which educated men arrested for soliciting prostitutes, and talked tough to them about the dangers of AIDS.

Asked to provide counseling to johns and young women in prostitution by the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, she assisted in the program until May and flew to New York City monthly.

She also ran an AIDS ministry with her mother, the Rev. Clara Gillies, an Episcopal deacon, who died May 26.

Survivors include a brother, Steven Brunner, and three sisters, Judy Martisek, Virginia DeCicco and Katie Ball.

A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. July 20 in the Delaware Park Casino, 199 Lincoln Parkway. ]]>
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:26:44 -0400
<![CDATA[ Dorothy S. Schaus, telephone company supervisor ]]> Sept. 23, 1925 – July 1, 2014

Dorothy S. Schaus, of Williamsville, a retired telephone company supervisor, died July 1 in Beechwood Continuing Care, Getzville, where she had been a resident for three years. She was 88.

Born Dorothy Steven in Cincinnati, the daughter of Scottish immigrants, she moved to Buffalo in 1932, attended Bennett High School and was a 1943 graduate of Kenmore High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Miami University in Ohio in 1947.

Mrs. Schaus worked as a supervisor in the Personnel Department of New York Telephone for 37 years, retiring in the early 1980s.

She was a past president of the Telephone Pioneers of America, a past president of the Seton Guild of Sheehan Memorial Hospital and a past president and board member of the Twentieth Century Club. She was a former member of the Women’s Board at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and was honored for more than 7,000 hours as a volunteer. She was a past president of the Buffalo Interclub Bowling League and a past president of the Wednesday Women’s Golf League at Audubon Golf Course.

She was a former member of Brookfield Country Club and a member of the Buffalo Canoe Club, where she was chairwoman of the scorekeepers, couples’ bowling, women’s bowling and women’s bridge.

A Kenmore resident for many years, she moved to Williamsville in the 1980s.

Her husband of 42 years, Francis, died in 1992.

Survivors include two sisters, Janet Rutherford and Murial Meny.

A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Chapel of the Elms at Elmlawn Cemetery, 3939 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda. ]]>
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:50:56 -0400
<![CDATA[ Mario J. Rossetti, retired state court justice ]]>
Mario J. Rossetti, a retired justice of State Supreme Court who was assigned as a judge of the state Court of Claims for about 19 years, died Tuesday in his home in Williamsville. He was 78.

A native of Worcester, Mass., Mr. Rossetti attended Buffalo School 3 and Grover Cleveland High School. He received his bachelor’s and law degree from the University of Buffalo.

Mr. Rossetti was a parishioner at Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church on Buffalo’s West Side and served as a lay minister and co-chairman of the Parish Council at St. Gregory the Great Church in the 1980s.

He was an active member in the Justinian Legal Society, Romulus and Rotary clubs, Catholic Charities and countless other public endeavors. He also served on the Erie County Library Board and the Diocesan Review Board.

Along with a successful law practice in the firm of Pierino and Rossetti, he served as confidential law secretary for two Erie County surrogates. In 1987, he was appointed to the Court of Claims, where he served until his retirement in 2006.

In his retirement, he was Of Counsel to the law firm Stamm and Stamm.

Mr. Rossetti’s wife, the former Helen Pacini, predeceased him.

Survivors include three sons, Michael, Thomas and David; three daughters, Ann Marie, Barbara Thompson and Renee Prisaznuk; a brother, Victor; and 10 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday in St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst. ]]>
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:36:27 -0400
<![CDATA[ Joseph V. Nicosia, 97, bricklayer, stonemason ]]>
Joseph V. Nicosia, of Orchard Park, a bricklayer and stonemason, died Monday in Absolut Care of Orchard Park after a short illness. He was 97.

Born in Buffalo, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935 and was assigned as a lumberjack near Seattle.

He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II as a mechanic for airplanes flying “the Hump” spanning India, Burma and China.

Returning from service, he began a 33-year career as a bricklayer and stonemason, retiring in 1979. He was a life member of Bricklayers Local 3.

Mr. Nicosia was a life member of Orchard Park Post 6247, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a member of Orchard Park Post 567, American Legion. He also was a past member of the Romulus Club.

His wife of 59 years, Mary LoCurto Nicosia, died in 2005.

Survivors include a son, Steven; a daughter, Kathleen Pares; three sisters, Madelyn Russell, Edith MacFarland and Antoinette “Pat” Kwiatkowski; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, 26 Thorn Ave., Orchard Park. ]]>
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:01:20 -0400
<![CDATA[ Edward Pitts, financial consultant, tax accountant ]]>
Edward Pitts, longtime Buffalo resident and financial consultant, died Sunday in Veterans Affairs Medical Center after a long illness. He was 82.

Born in Greenwood, S.C., Mr. Pitts showed commitment to education at an early age, receiving an award for perfect attendance for his 12 years of schooling. He was a honor student and cross country runner at Hutchinson-Central High School. After graduation in 1949, he enlisted in the in Army, serving as a drill sergeant and sharpshooter from 1952 to 1954. After the military, he studied at Buffalo State College.

An income tax accountant and financial consultant, he started his business, Edward Pitts Tax Service, in the late 1950s, operating it for 50 years. In 1968, he started to work for New York Telephone/Verizon as a salesman and later held management positions. In 1994, he was promoted to a senior account executive in business marketing. He retired in 2002.

Survivors include his former wife of 20 years, Beverly J. Walker; two sons, Edward L. “Monty” and Gregory S.; a brother, Eugene; a sister, Martha Workman; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

His funeral will be at noon Saturday in Delaware Avenue Baptist Church, 965 Delaware Ave. ]]>
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:08:15 -0400
<![CDATA[ Christine M. Wolcott, former VA registered nurse ]]>
Christine M. Wolcott, of West Seneca, a registered nurse, died Tuesday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 67.

Born Christine Korpanty in Buffalo, she attended Resurrection School and graduated from Villa Maria High School.

Mrs. Wolcott earned an associate degree in nursing from Trocaire College in 1975 and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from D’Youville College in 1977.

In 1975, she began to work as a registered nurse at then-Veterans Administration Medical Center and retired in 1980 to raise her son.

The daughter of Matt Korpanty, former director and announcer for Polonia Varieties on WHLD Radio from 1940 to 1980, she was a Polish debutante for St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Survivors include her husband of 39 years, Richard D.; a son, Matthew; a sister, Linda Jacobson; and a grandson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 2950 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park. ]]>
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:06:29 -0400
<![CDATA[ Joseph R. Stillwell, 96, retired UB vice president ]]>
Joseph R. Stillwell, of Amherst, retired vice president of student affairs at the University at Buffalo, died Saturday in the Rosa Coplon Home, Getzville. He was 96.

Born in Buffalo, he attended St. Teresa’s School and was a 1935 graduate of South Park High School.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Canisius College in 1939.

Mr. Stillwell worked at National Aniline Co. and American Brass as a young man and enlisted in the Navy in 1942. Trained as a pilot, he flew dive bombers on patrol of the Atlantic to protect against German submarines.

Returning from service, he worked for the Veterans Administration while earning his master’s degree in education from Canisius College.

He served as director of admissions at Canisius College and in 1966 became director of financial aid at UB.

A longtime South Buffalo resident, he moved to Williamsville in the mid-1980s after he retired. He was a member of St. Martin Catholic Church in South Buffalo and St. Gregory the Great Church in Amherst.

A baseball player in his youth, he later enjoyed swimming, cross-country skiing, walking and reading.

His wife of 52 years, Mary Jane McCarthy Stillwell, died in 1998.

Survivors include two sons, James and David; two daughters, Maura and Julia Lefler; 15 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. July 26 in St. Teresa Catholic Church, 1974 Seneca St. ]]>
Wed, 9 Jul 2014 17:24:19 -0400
<![CDATA[ William T. Grady, 92, retired Buffalo police officer ]]>
William Thomas Grady, of East Aurora, a retired Buffalo police officer, died Sunday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 92.

Born in Cleveland, he attended Kensington High School before he enlisted in the Navy in 1940.

He served in the Pacific during World War II aboard the USS Saratoga and the USS Barataria.

Returning to Buffalo, he earned his diploma at Vets High School, worked as an electrician and at Bell Aerospace.

Mr. Grady began a 30-year career with the Buffalo Police Department in 1952 and was assigned to Precincts 6, 7, 8 and 12.

He and his partner, Jimmy Gates, received a commendation for bravery for capturing a suspect in a chase.

In retirement, he lived for 28 years in the Tampa, Fla., area.

He returned to Western New York last year.

A devout Catholic, he attended Mass daily for many years.

His wife of 65 years, Helen Crotty Grady, died Nov. 29.

Survivors include three daughters, Susan Moore, M. Norine Schlau and Karen Krempholtz; a son, William Jr.; two brothers, Dana and Thomas; 16 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m. today in Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Ridge Road and South Park Avenue, Lackawanna. ]]>
Tue, 8 Jul 2014 21:03:10 -0400
<![CDATA[ Paul J. Schmoyer, 90, retired contractor, veteran ]]>
Paul J. Schmoyer, a retired contractor from both Youngstown and Fort Myers, Fla., died Monday in Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, Lewiston. He was 90.

Born in Weehawken, N.J., Mr. Schmoyer was a World War II veteran who served in the Army Air Forces as a radar mechanic and was stationed in the Asian-Pacific Theater.

Shortly after his discharge from the military, Mr. Schmoyer founded Schmoyer Co. in Youngstown.

As a contractor, he built Willow Beach RV Campground in Youngstown, as well as the Townhouses of Youngstown.

He also was instrumental in the design and construction of the Cannon Design Building on Grand Island, Lutheran Church of the Messiah in Lewiston and two other churches in Niagara Falls. He retired last year.

Mr. Schmoyer was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church and was a charter member of the Lewiston Kiwanis Club. He also had been a member of Frontier Country Club.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, the former Betty J. Swift; two sons, Jeffrey and Stephen; a daughter, Kyle Sachs; and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. July 25 in Messiah Lutheran Church, 915 Oneida St., Lewiston. ]]>
Tue, 8 Jul 2014 20:12:29 -0400
<![CDATA[ John C. Courtin, executive director of Darwin Martin House Restoration Corp. ]]>
John Christopher Courtin, a founding member of the Martin House Restoration Corp. and its longtime executive director, died June 29 after a long illness. He was 65.

Mr. Courtin was born in Buffalo and was a graduate of Canisius High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Georgetown University in 1970 and graduated from Georgetown Law School in 1978. While an undergraduate, he was a member of the 1969 Dad Vail championship heavyweight rowing team and later became coach of the lightweight varsity crew.

Georgetown is also where Mr. Courtin met his wife, the former Sharon Federico, whom he married in 1974. He also worked at the university as an admissions officer, adjunct professor in the law school and executive director of the Alumni Association.

The Courtins moved to Buffalo in 1990, and Mr. Courtin began work as an attorney with the Hodgson, Russ law firm.

While practicing law, he also became a founding member of the Martin House Restoration Corp., and in 1998 he left his law practice to become the corporation’s executive director.

The project went on to become one of the most successful Frank Lloyd Wright restorations in the country, and the Darwin D. Martin House complex is now a National Historic Landmark.

Mr. Courtin’s interests in preservation, Wright and rowing found a common outlet when he took part in the successful effort to construct a boathouse designed by Wright in 1905 but never built. He was one of three founding members of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Rowing Boathouse Corp., which saw the boathouse completed in 2007. It now stands on the Black Rock Channel next to the West Side Rowing Club, of which Mr. Courtin was a life member.

Mr. Courtin was named a vice president of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Mo., in 2007. He stewarded the Kauffman Campuses initiative, promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship on college campuses throughout the country before retiring in 2012.

Mr. Courtin also was an active volunteer with the National Outdoor Leadership School, Canisius High School, the Buffalo Philharmonic, Phillips Exeter Academy’s Annual Fund, Georgetown’s Hoyas Unlimited and the Georgetown Alumni Admissions Program.

Earlier this year, his work was recognized by the Georgetown University Alumni Association when it awarded him its John Carroll Award, the highest honor it can bestow.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Courtin is survived by a son, Christopher; two daughters, Allison and Cathryn; a brother, Damian; and a sister, Catherine Trifon.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Mark Catholic Church, 401 Woodward Ave. at Amherst Street. Donations may be made to the Martin House Restoration Corp., 143 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14214. ]]>
Tue, 8 Jul 2014 19:22:47 -0400
<![CDATA[ Michael ‘Mick’ Waclawski, quadriplegic, radio enthusiast ]]> Dec. 31, 1961 – July 2, 2014

Michael “Mick” Waclawski, of Buffalo, the first quadriplegic patient on a ventilator allowed to go home from Erie County Medical Center, died Wednesday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital. He was 52.

Mr. Waclawski was paralyzed from the neck down after he hit a snow fence stake Feb. 16, 1980, while tobogganing with friends in Delaware Park. He was a patient at ECMC for two years.

At the time of the accident, he was regarded as the sparkplug of the senior class at McKinley High School and was captain of the swimming team. He had a passionate interest in first aid and had enlisted in the Air Force, planning to become a paramedic.

Fortunately, he taught mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to his best friend, the class president, Dave Wright. Wright kept him alive after the accident until medics arrived.

Later, despite being virtually blind and in a wheelchair, he attended classes at the University at Buffalo to become a counselor for people with disabilities, but stopped after Medicaid funding rules limited his round-the-clock nurses to providing only home care and a state appeals court ruled that the nurses could not accompany him to school.

A Riverside resident, he held the highest class license in amateur radio, Extra Class, and broadcast with the call letters KB2MSW.

He was a longtime member of the South Towns Amateur Radio Society.

Survivors include his mother, Elsie; a brother, Gary; and a sister, Donna Wendzikowski.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, 565 East Park Drive, Town of Tonawanda. ]]>
Mon, 7 Jul 2014 21:46:04 -0400
<![CDATA[ Sister Ann Hughes, teacher, administrator ]]>
Sister Ann Hughes of the Religious Sisters of Mercy, formerly Sister Mary Kevin, teacher, principal, director of religious formation and minister of clinical pastoral care, died Sunday in Mercy Center. Sister Hughes was 82.

Born and raised in South Buffalo, Sister Hughes was baptized “Annamea” at Holy Family Parish.

She attended Holy Family School and Mount Mercy Academy. She entered the Order of Sisters of Mercy on Sept. 8, 1949.

Sister Hughes was a Niagara University graduate who later obtained a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University in Chicago.

Sister Hughes spent about a decade teaching and in administration in area diocesan schools. She then traveled to the Philippines to teach and serve as directress of postulants.

About seven years later, because of illness, Sister Hughes returned stateside to recuperate.

She continued ministering in education at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Our Lady of Mercy School, St. Teresa’s, and SS. Peter & Paul in Jamestown.

Sister Hughes then became certified in clinical pastoral education through the Sisters Hospital program and used her pastoral skills at St. Jerome Hospital in Batavia and in parishes in the Riverside section of Buffalo.

She is survived by two sisters, Sister Margaret Mary Hughes and Theresa Healy.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Mercy Center Chapel, 625 Abbott Road. ]]>
Mon, 7 Jul 2014 21:05:45 -0400
<![CDATA[ Anne Costello, author, editor, social worker ]]>
Anne Costello, mother, grandmother, social worker, editor and author known for her passionate, vibrant approach to work and life, died June 17 in Schofield Residence, Town of Tonawanda, after a long illness. She was 77.

Mrs. Costello, a Maryland native, moved to Buffalo in the 1960s after she married David Costello, a now-retired Canisius College European history professor.

While holding various jobs and raising four children, she wrote a novel about black and white families whose lives intertwined, “Bittergreen,” published by Ballantine in 1980.

A philosophy major, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Goucher College and was a member of its winning 1959 College Bowl quiz show team. A skilled editor, she edited her husband’s scholarly articles and “Where the North Sea Touches Alabama,” published last year by the University of Chicago Press. Its author, sociology professor Alan Shelton, dedicated the book to Costello.

Her eclectic career included social work, the arts and even real estate. Before her marriage, she worked as a writer for the Voice of America and as a social worker for the Montgomery County Welfare Board. In Buffalo, she was a docent at Albright-Knox Art Gallery and a real estate agent for Hunt. After she earned a master’s degree in social work from the University at Buffalo in 1994, she helped adults recover from addiction.

As she struggled with breast cancer during her last seven years, she continued to work and travel.

She wrote letters in support of Amnesty International, edited, took a jazz class, kept up with her friends in Elmwood Avenue’s café culture and tried out a zip line while visiting Costa Rica with her husband.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years; a son, Brooke Joseph; two daughters, Elizabeth Summers and Sarah Bunker; a brother, Richard Maury; a sister, Sarah Swan; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. July 17 in Trinity Episcopal Church, 371 Delaware Ave. ]]>
Mon, 7 Jul 2014 19:41:07 -0400
<![CDATA[ Bruce A.N. Kolesnick, UB special events official, radio host ]]>
Some knew Bruce Allen Nicholas Kolesnick for having “The Voice of God.” Mr. Kolesnick’s musically smooth baritone voice could be heard at virtually every University at Buffalo event.

Mr. Kolesnick died of a heart attack at his home Friday. He was 60.

Mr. Kolesnick honed his announcing voice through years in radio. In the 1980s, he was the news director of WBFO and interim general manager. He also hosted a radio show, “Weekend at Your Service,” on AM 970.

He moved on to UB to become the associate director for marketing and programs in the Office of Conferences and Special Events.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Kolesnick earned an associate of applied science degree from Herkimer County Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Medaille College and a master’s degree from UB.

Mr. Kolesnick was known for his fervor for life. His family says he devoted himself to every task at hand.

As he would often say, “Life is an endurance test,” and he was interested in getting the most out of it.

Mr. Kolesnick is survived by his wife of 28 years, the former Mary Ellen Bentivogli; a daughter, Jenna; and a son, Joseph.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in UB’s Center for the Arts Drama Theatre. ]]>
Mon, 7 Jul 2014 18:20:49 -0400
<![CDATA[ Rose Corigliano, name was inspiration for Rosina Foods ]]>
Rose Corigliano of Amherst, the daughter of Italian immigrants, whose first name was the inspiration for one of the most well-known family businesses in Western New York, died Friday in her home. She was 84.

The former Rose Galletta was born in Buffalo and attended schools in the Amherst Central School District, where she majored in general business. Her parents had a produce business named Scandorra & Galletta in the Clinton Bailey Market, but it was in another East Side store where her life would change.

She took her mother to shop weekly in the Hazelwood Market, where she met James A. Corigliano. After seeing her in the grocery store for a few months, he claimed to have said to a friend, “I’m going to marry that woman some day.” He was right; the couple were married in 1954.

Mr. Corigliano subsequently founded a company called Rosina Food Products, choosing a name that means “Rose” in Italian.

“Smart man, right?” their son, Russell, said.

While her husband grew the business, Mrs. Corigliano stayed home to raise five children until they were out of high school. She worked at Rosina for a short while, then went to work at the Montefiore Club, a private Jewish men’s association on Delaware Avenue. After its closure, she became a manager at the Maternity Warehouse store in Amherst.

She was a devoted Catholic who attended Mass daily. After retirement, when she wasn’t spending time with her 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, she volunteered at St. Christopher Church in the Town of Tonawanda.

“Rose should be remembered as a kind, caring, non-materialistic person who loved to help others at any cost,” her son said. “She was remarkably talented in sewing, decorating, cooking and always up on current events. She loved all music and was a true household executive. She would try anything good, at least once.”

In addition to her son, she is survived two daughters, Dr. Maria Corigliano and Theresa Matyjasik; two other sons, James and Frank; and a sister, Mary Ludovico.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Christopher Catholic Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Boulevard, Town of Tonawanda, following prayers at 8:45 a.m. in the Tonawanda Chapel of Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive. ]]>
Mon, 7 Jul 2014 08:21:50 -0400
<![CDATA[ Sebastian J. Jacobi, co-founded family restaurants ]]>
Sebastian “Buster” J. Jacobi, a retired restaurateur, died Friday at Fox Run Assisted Living Facility in Orchard Park. He was 94.

A Buffalo native, Mr. Jacobi entered World War II in 1942 and served as a mechanic in the Army Air Corps.

He was an ironworker as a young man and worked on many structures at Bethlehem Steel, his family said.

Along with members of his family, Mr. Jacobi co-founded seven Jacobi’s restaurants in Buffalo, Lackawanna, Orchard Park, Hamburg, Cheektowaga and Lancaster. He worked at his restaurants seven days a week until age 93, when he retired from his last restaurant in Hamburg.

Mr. Jacobi’s hobbies included traveling, camping, fishing and boating.

Surviving are a daughter, Mary Munro, and a son, John.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon Wednesday in SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 66 East Main St., Hamburg. ]]>
Sun, 6 Jul 2014 19:11:56 -0400