Obituaries

Joseph E. Engelhaupt, organic gardener

Joseph Emmett Engelhaupt, 90, of Cheektowaga, died Jan. 18, 2023. Mr. Engelhaupt was a member of Sheetmetal Workers Local #71 and an avid organic gardener. Survived by his wife, Averill (née VanDeWater) Engelhaupt; his sons, Lawrence Lawler and Joseph G. (Anna) Engelhaupt; his daughters, Caron Lawler, Brooke Engelhaupt and Elizabeth Engelhaupt; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; his sister, Esther Biniszkiewicz; and […]

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BONAROWSKI, Michael J., 60, of Depew, died Jan. 13, 2023. Survived by his daughter, Ashley Dentinger; his sisters, Cheryl (Phil) Meiler and Mary (Dave Wisner) Bonarowski; and dear friend, Ann M. Dentinger. Mr. Bonarowski was a huge fan of the Buffalo Sabres and the Buffalo Bills. A gathering of family and friends to honor Michael will be held from 1:30 […]

Louis J. Oshier, Sr., army vet, retired law enforcement

Louis J. Oshier, Sr., 80, of Cheektowaga, died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022. Mr. Oshier was a United States Army veteran who served in Berlin and also two tours in Vietnam. He was a retired director of law enforcement communications at Erie County Central Police Services. Survived by his wife of 50 years, Sally (née Jankowiak) Oshier; two daughters Carolyn (Joseph) […]

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FRIDMANN, Michael N. “Twisted,” 59, of Lancaster, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022. Survived by his wife of 38 years, Tamera L. “Tammy” (née Crego) Fridmann; a daughter, Bryana Fridmann; a son, Brandon Fridmann; his mother, Helene C. (née Bergman) Fridmann; a brother, David (Allison) Fridmann; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald […]

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WESTACOTT, Paul D., 84, of Cheektowaga, owner of Westacott Landscaping and Snow Removal, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022. Survived by his wife, Diane M. (nee Giertz) Westacott; a daughter, Brenda Lee (Reggie) Johnson; a son, Randall (Shelly) Westacott; three brothers, George (Beverly), Gerald (Linda), and William (Donna) Westacott; grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, […]

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D’AMATO, Joseph A., 94, of Cheektowaga, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. Father of James (Barb), John (Janet), Denise (Timothy) Thompson and Donna (James) Ciesielski; grandfather of six; great-grandfather of three; brother of Norman (late Joanne); and also survived by nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy (nee Koerner) D’Amato, and his siblings, Robert (late […]

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BRAUNSCHEIDEL, Rita D. (nee Burkard), 104, of Cheektowaga, died on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022. Mother of Robert (Joanne) Braunscheidel, Dianne (John) Leising, Joanne (Kenneth) Herberger, Sharon (James) Maher, Karen (late Matthew Cuthbert) Braunscheidel and Annette (Clark) Killian; grandmother of 15; great-grandmother of 24; and great-greatgrandmother of four; and survived by many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, […]

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GRAZIANO, Carol (nee Mages), 81, of Cheektowaga, died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. Mother of Michael (Kathleen) Graziano, Michele (Fredrick Halt) Graziano, Cynthia (Alfio Zappala) Starr, Mark (Janine) Graziano, and the late Mark David Graziano; former wife of Newton (Joan Flaherty) Graziano; grandmother of nine; great-grandmother of one; sister of James (Donna) Mages and the late Dorothy (James) Piazzo and Robert […]

Robert Lee Sims, Bethlehem Steel electrical engineer

Robert Lee Sims, 78, of Cheektowaga, died Wed ne s – day, Nov. 16, 2022. Mr. Sims worked as an electrical engineer for Bethlehem Steel, Republic Steel and was the former maintenance manager with Love Joy Church. He attended the Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Depew. He was a kind, soft-spoken man, especially to his wife, according to family. […]

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REYNOLDS, William H. Sr., 93, of Cheektowaga, died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022. He was the husband of 65 years to Jaqueline P. (nee Elliott) Reynolds; father of William H. Jr., Jeffrey, Daniel and the late Richard; grandfather of 11; great-grandfather of 18; brother of Betty Northrop and predeceased by seven siblings. He will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews […]


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