Helen M. Ahlers (nee Moran) Print
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Visitation:

Service:  A Rememberance will be held by the family at a future date.

AHLERS - Helen M. (nee Moran)
May 28, 2020, age 91, of Williamsville,
NY, formerly of Buffalo, NY. Loving
mother of Christopher (Dawn) Ahlers and
Caroline Ahlers; dearest grandmother
of three grandchildren; sister of Mary
Margaret (Robert) Sproull, Mabel Scruton,
Samuel (Carol) Moran; predeceased by
siblings Patricia Smith, Edward Moran,
Martin Moran, Anna Katherine Goodall,
and Madeline Hazlett; also survived by
many nieces and nephews. She was a
longtime legal secretary in Washington,
D.C., Chicago, and Buffalo. She enjoyed
her family history, classical music,
gardening, Bills games, and her cats.
A remembrance will be held by family
at a future date. Arrangements by THE
DIETRICH FUNERAL HOMES, INC.
Online condolences may be made at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Patricia A. Reichert (nee Butts) Print
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Visitation:

Service:  A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated privately at St. Gregory the Great Church.

REICHERT - Patricia A.
(nee Butts)
May 24, 2020, beloved wife of Howard
Reichert; loving mother of Michael
(fiancée Joni Regula), David (Karen)
and Brian (Lisa) Reichert; dear
grandmother of Benjamin and Magnolia;
sister of Nancy McMahon and Robert
(Mary) Butts and the late Leroy Butts;
also survived by nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was
celebrated privately at St. Gregory the
Great Church. Arrangements by THE
DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC.
Online condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Grace P. Boyd "Peggy" (nee Pezzimenti) Print
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Visitation:

Service:  A Funeral Service will be held at a later date and time, to be announced.

BOYD - Grace P. “Peggy”
(nee Pezzimenti)
May 17, 2020. Beloved wife of the late
John E. “Jack” Boyd; devoted mother of
John (Karon), Stephen (Kathleen), Dina
(Carlos) Santos, and Nicole (Jeremy
Biesele) Boyd; loving grandmother
of Amanda (James), John (Stefanie),
Sammy (Emma), Carlos, Joseph
(Katie), Jack, Nico, Patrick, Stephen,
Georgia, and Laura (Hector); loving
great-grandmother of Jimmy, Jackson,
Diego, Amelia and Henry; sister of Mary
(late Martin) D’Amico, Helen (Vincent)
Guerrasio, and the late Vincent and
Joseph Pezzimenti, Angeline (Joseph
Juliano and Sam) Angrisano, and
Frank Pezzimenti; sister-in-law of
Dolores Pezzimenti; also survived by
many loving nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Service will be held at a
later date and time, to be announced.
Arrangements by THE DIETRICH
FUNERAL HOME, INC. Memorials
may be made to Hospice Buffalo, Inc.
Online condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Valentine Wagoner (nee Sosna) Print
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Visitation:

Service:  Funeral Servics will be held privately.

WAGONER, Valentine (nee Sosna)
May 15, 2020.  Beloved wife of the late William Fred Wagoner;
Loving mother of Corie (David Grogan) Wagoner Barnhart and
the late William (Freddie) Wagoner, Jr.  She was the dearest
grandmother of William (Billy) Norman, III and Jennifer Suzanne
(Joel) Hawkins; great-grandmother of Joshua Davis Hawkins,
Emma Corie Hawkins, Hannah Elise Hawkins and Elijah Maxwell
Hawkins.  Devoted sister of Victoria Sosna Winkler of France, Helen
Sosna Childress of Virginia and Franz Sosna of Germany and sister
in-law of law of Nancy (Wagoner) McWilliams of Pennsylvania. 
Also survived by many nieces and nephews in Virginia, Pennsylvania,
France and Germany.  Valentine was a devoted friend and neighbor to
many in Whiteford, Delta and Belair, Maryland where she resided since 1957. 
Arrangements by THE DIETRICH FUNERAL HOMES, INC., Amherst, NY
 

 

 
Helen M. Hughes (nee Hempstead) Print
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Visitation:

Service:  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

 

HUGHES - Helen M.
(nee Hempstead)
May 4, 2020, beloved wife of the late
Paul Hughes; dear mother of Donna
(Donald) McKowan and Richard
(Deborah) Hughes; loving grandmother
to Kyle (Melissa) Cafferty, Evan
(Pietrina) Cafferty and Brennan (Nicole)
McKowan; great-grandmother of Brynn,
Kenzie, Dominic, Colt, Jacob and
Cooper; predeceased by three brothers
and two sisters; also survived by nieces
and nephews. A celebration of her life
will be held at a later date. Memorials
may be made to the American
Cancer Society or the American
Heart Association. Arrangements by
DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME INC.
Online condolences may be shared at
www.dietrichffuneralhome.com

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Donald P. Wrobel Print
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Visitation:

Service:  A Private Service will be held at a later date.

WROBEL - Donald P.
March 29, 2020. Beloved husband
of Judith M. (nee Gartler) Wrobel;
loving father of Mark C. (Valerie),
Eric R. (Michelle) and Gregory S.
(Suzanne) Wrobel; loving grandfather
of Shannon Wrobel, Sean Wrobel
and Cybele Jung; brother of Carol (Charles)
DiRosa and the late Norbert Wrobel; brother
in law of Paula Wrobel; also survived by nieces
and nephews. A Private Service will be held at
a later date.  Arrangements by THE DIETRICH FUNERAL
HOME, INC. Condolences may be shared online at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

Wrobel, Donald
March 29, 2020. Beloved son, husband, brother, father, uncle, and grandfather passed away on March 29, 2020. Donald was born in Buffalo on May 4, 1938 to Alfred Wrobel and Bernadette Engler Wrobel. He attended Seneca Vocational and graduated from Erie County Technical College. Don later co-founded Lumen Power Sources where he was highly respected in the field of commercial lighting and engineering. Many of his commissions helped bring luminescence to Buffalo an the surrounding region including the Buffalo Zoo, Canisius College, the former HSBC Arena and the village of Orchard Park streetscapes. In 2007 he served as the Design Review Facilitator for the Buffalo & Fort Erie Peace Bridge Authority in selecting a candidate to illuminate the Peace Bridge.

A resident of Williamsville NY, Don was member of Transit Valley Country Club for 34 years. While he was a dedicated and amicable businessman, when not spending time with family, Don preferred the serenity of outdoor sports in his leisure. Don loved to golf but was happiest with a rod & reel in his hand. Don was an avid bass and walleye fisherman and a founding member as well as officer of the Western New York Bassmasters. Don enjoyed teaching fishing seminars hosted by the group and worked with local organizations like Camp Good Days and Special Times introducing children to the sport. He thrived on ice fishing in winter and deer hunting each fall. Don spent many summers on the Canadian lakeshore where he and his family owned a home on Wyldewood Bay.

Don is survived by his loving wife Judy and his three married children, Mark Wrobel (Valerie Sands) of Vienna, VA, Eric Wrobel (Michelle Streamer) of North Tonawanda, NY, and Gregory Wrobel (Suzanne Kraus) of Buffalo, NY. He also leaves behind his beloved grandchildren: Shannon Wrobel of Ann Arbor, MI, Sean Wrobel of Alexandria, VA and Cybele Jung of Malibu, CA.
In Don's memory, donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

May 4, 1938 – March 29, 2020

The family of Donald P. Wrobel, longtime owner of Lumen Power Sources, knew he was respected professionally and regarded personally as a kind, gentle, pleasant man.

But even Judith Wrobel, his wife of nearly 59 years, didn't realize the impact her husband had on people he met.

Then, after his unexpected death from pneumonia in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, the letters and cards started arriving, growing to more than 100.

Some were from longtime friends, but "some I hardly knew," Mrs. Wrobel said. "They would say, 'Please take comfort in knowing that Don was revered not only in the business world, but also for being the kindest, gentlest man and friend anyone could ask for.' That was a common sentiment, and they were all so warm.

"I was not aware of the impact he had on all these people," said Mrs. Wrobel. But in return for her husband's kindnesses – sometimes a helping hand or good turn done decades ago – those who write and call "are surrounding me with all this warmth and caring," she said.

An Amherst resident, Mr. Wrobel died March 29, 2020, at the age of 81.

He was the middle of three children of Alfred Wrobel and Bernadette Engler Wrobel of Cheektowaga. He graduated in 1955 from the electrician program at Seneca Vocational School, where he had perfect attendance all four years; made the honor roll eight times; played intramural basketball, volleyball and baseball; sang in the glee club; and in his junior and senior years was a member of the all-male cheerleading squad. He graduated in 1957 from Erie County Technical College with a degree in electrical engineering.

Mr. Wrobel served in the National Guard from 1958 to 1961 at Camp Drum, N.Y., and in New Jersey.

He and Judith M. Gartler knew each other through mutual friends while attending different high schools, then became reacquainted while he was working as a draftsman for Wilson Klaes Brucker and Associates, an engineering and architecture firm, and she was a secretary for Case Manufacturing, both on Delaware Avenue.

They would see each other in the Mayflower Cafe, where junior staffers picked up coffee orders for the office, and on the walk over to Main Street to catch the bus.

"I just fell in love with him," Mrs. Wrobel said. They became a couple in September 1960, were engaged at Christmas and married on May 13, 1961, in St. Bartholomew's Church in Buffalo.

They lived in Cheektowaga, then moved to New Jersey, where Mr. Wrobel worked for the Federal Pacific Electric Co. for five years. When they returned to Western New York, they settled in Amherst, where they raised their three children.

In 1971, Mr. Wrobel co-founded Lumen Power Sources on Kensington Avenue in Snyder. Regarded as an expert in commercial lighting and engineering, he and his company worked on projects to illuminate the Buffalo Zoo, Canisius College, the former HSBC Arena and streets in the village of Orchard Park. After buying out his partner, Mr. Wrobel was owner and president of Lumen Power Sources until 2004, when he retired and sold the business.

In 2007, Mr. Wrobel served as the design review facilitator for the Buffalo and Fort Erie Peace Bridge Authority in selecting a candidate to illuminate the Peace Bridge.

A member of the Transit Valley Country Club for 34 years, he enjoyed golf, but his family said he was "happiest with a rod and reel in his hand." He was an avid bass and walleye fisherman and a founding member and officer of the Western New York Bassmasters. He enjoyed teaching fishing seminars hosted by the Bassmasters and introduced children to fishing through such organizations as Camp Good Days and Special Times. He enjoyed ice fishing in winter and deer hunting each fall.

The Wrobel family spent summers at their home on the Canadian lakeshore near Sherkston, Ont.

Besides his wife, Mr. Wrobel is survived by three sons, Mark, Eric and Gregory Wrobel; three grandchildren; 10 nieces and nephews; and several cousins.

A family gathering will be planned later in the summer.

 

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William J. Pujolas Print
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Visitation:

Service:  A Memorial Mass and Celebration of Bill's life will be held at a later date.

PUJOLAS - William J.
Of Amherst, defeated
by COVID-19, at 85,
May 10, 2020. Husband
of Betty (Taylor); loving
father of Elizabeth,
Paul (Patti) Pujolas
and Peter; devoted
grandfather of Emily, Joshua, Cassandra,
and Eric; dear brother of Eileen (late
Leonard) Godzich; predeceased by
twin sister Emily Owens and brother
Patrick. A veteran of the Korean War,
“Bill” is survived by his sister-in-law
Carol, nieces and nephews across the
country. A proud and respected member of
Ellicott Creek Volunteer Fire for over 50
years. His Irish charm and wit captured
young and old especially those who
joined him at the card table. A fan for all
sports he enjoyed a good competition
on the green, court, gridiron, ice or
diamond. Bill generously donated his
body to the University of Buffalo so that
others may learn. A Memorial Mass and
Celebration of Bill’s Life will be held at a
later date. Memoriam contributions to
honor First Responders and Health
Care Workers, may be made to the
Ellicott Creek Volunteer Fire Company
Benevolent Association, 45 S. Ellicott
Creek Rd., Amherst, NY 14228.

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