Elaine M. Luparello (nee Weichmann) Print
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Visitation:  No Prior Visitation

Service:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a date and time to be announced.

**Online condolences will be accessible on Sunday, January 31st.

LUPARELLO - Elaine M.
(nee Weichmann)
January 24, 2021, 84, of Clarence,
NY, laid to rest after complications
related to Covid-19 in Millard Fillmore
Suburban Hospital. Beloved wife of
the late Oberdan F. Luparello Jr.;
loving mother of Craig (Pam), Ronald
(Judy), Thomas (Amy) Luparello, and
the late Kaaren (Jay) Luparello-Lynch
and Robert O. Luparello; grandmother
of ten grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren;
sister of Ronald (Joan)
Weichmann and Lois (Jack) Floreale;
also survived by nieces and nephews.
Elaine owned and operated Kiddie
Koral Daycare Center for over 11
years and then worked at the Erie
County Auto Bureau for 15 years.
Elaine was very active in many political
and charity organizations throughout
her life including Erie County Board
of Elections, Clarence Democratic
Committee, Romulus Club, Woman’s
Federation, St. Al’s Alter and Rosary,
Evangel Assembly Seniors Group and
The Williamsville Food Pantry. No
prior visitation. A Mass of Christian
Burial will be held at a later date and
time to be announced. Arrangements
by THE DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME,
INC., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.
Please share your condolences online
at www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Norma C. Stevenson (nee Petritz) Print
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Visitation:  FRIDAY, January 29, 2020:  6-8 pm at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.

Service:  A Funeral Service will be held privately.

STEVENSON - Norma C.
(nee Petritz)
January 25, 2021, age 91. Beloved wife
of the late Robert E. Stevenson; dearest
mother of Michael R. Stevenson and
Gary C. (Karen) Stevenson; loving
grandmother of Erica (Jeremy) Newberry
and Lindsay (Keith) Hendershot; loving
great-grandmother of Kalena Newberry.
A Visitation will be held on Friday from
6-8 PM at the DIETRICH FUNERAL
HOME, INC., 2480 Kensington Ave.,
Amherst, where facial coverings and
social distancing will be observed. A
Funeral Service will be held privately.
Online condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Mary Frances McGhee Print
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Visitation:  No prior visitation.

Service:  TUESDAY, January 26, 2021:  A Mass of Chrisian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 am at Ss. Peter & Paul Church, Williamsville.

McGHEE - Mary Frances
January 19, 2021; loving daughter of
the late Roderick and Mary B. (nee
Brennan) McGhee; dearest sister of
Philip M. McGhee; beloved cousin of
Mary M. Steinhousen, John Brennan,
Terrance Brennan, John McGhee
and Randolph McGhee; also survived
by a host of friends at Fox Run, in
Orchard Park, where she lived. No
prior visitation. A Mass of Christian
Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday,
at 9:30 AM, in St. Peter and Paul
Church, 5480 Main St., Williamsville,
where facial coverings and social
distancing will be observed. Mary was
a Eucharistic Minister for many years at
St. James Church in Buffalo, St. Peter
and Paul in Willliamsville and at Fox
Run. Arrangements by THE DIETRICH
FUNERAL HOME, 2480 Kensington
Ave., Amherst. Memorials may be made
to Fox Run Community Chest, One Fox
Run Lane, Orchard Park, NY 14127.
Online condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Theresa B. Short (nee Papa) Print
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Visitation:    No Prior Visitation

Service:      SATURDAY, January 23, 2021: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30am at Christ the King Church, Snyder

*Live Streaming of the Mass can be viewed at ctksnyder.org*

SHORT - Theresa B. (nee Papa)
January 15, 2021. Beloved wife of the
late Richard C. Short; loving mother of
Dr. Mary Elizabeth (John) Short-Ray,
Edward Short and Therese Marie (Kevin)
Quinn; dear grandmother of Kate, Kevin
Jr. and Emmet Quinn and Samuel Ray;
dear sister of Patricia (Robert) Geraci and
the late Marie (Robert) Flaglor and Frank
Papa; dear sister-in-law of Theresa Papa;
also survived by many loving nieces and
nephews. No prior visitation. A Mass
of Christian Burial will be celebrated on
Saturday, at Christ the King Church, 30
Lamarck Dr., Snyder, NY 14226, at 11:30
AM, where facial coverings and social
distancing will be required for Mass. Please
assemble at church. A live stream of the
Mass will be available at ctksnyder.org.
Arrangements by DIETRICH FUNERAL
HOME, INC. Online condolences shared
at www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Jean C. Heubusch (nee Marien) Print
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Visitation:  No Prior Visitation

Service:     Services are being privately held.

 HEUBUSCH - Jean C.
(nee Marien)
January 14, 2021. Beloved wife of the
late Henry Heubusch; loving mother
of Barbara Jean (Stuart) Rubin,
Linda Marie (Bernard) Kunz and
Shirley Ann (David) Espersen; loving
grandmother of eight grandchildren,
great-grandmother of five; loving
sister of Edward Marien, Eleanor (late
Norman) Schoening and the late Gus
(Helen) Marien, Robert (Ceilia) Marien
and Elizabeth (Richard) Stabler; also
survived by many nieces and nephews.
No prior visitation. Services are being
privately held. Flowers gratefully
declined. Memorials may be made to
the Feedmore Foundation of WNY,
100 James E. Casey Dr., Buffalo,
NY 14206. Arrangements by THE
DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC.
Please share condolences online at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com
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Kirsten M.Milbrath Print
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Visitation:     No Prior Visitation

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

     * On-Line guest registry will be available Monday January 18,2021*

 MILBRATH - Kirsten M.
(nee Oglaend)
January 12, 2021. Beloved wife of the
late Lester W. Milbrath PhD; devoted
mother of Linda (Michael) Rinaldo, and
Erik (Judith) Milbrath; grandmother of
Hailey, Jonathan and Benjamin Rinaldo,
and Emily and Jakob Milbrath; sister
of Beate Oglaend; also survived by
nieces and nephews. Services were
held privately. A Memorial Service
will be held at a later date. Memorials
may be made to the Amherst Senior
Center. Arrangements by THE DIETRICH
FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2480 Kensington
Ave., Amherst. Share your condolences
at www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

 

 Kirsten M. Milbrath, 92, longtime director of Amherst Senior Services

Kirsten M. Milbrath was born in Brooklyn to Norwegian immigrants, but the Great Depression forced her father to move his family back home when she was a baby.

Then, in the spring of 1940, the Nazis invaded their country.

But while she suffered fear, danger and starvation – she refused to eat oatmeal after the war, said her daughter, Linda Rinaldo – Milbrath also absorbed the principles that inspired her life of service.

"She was raised to not only respect her elders but revere them," said her daughter, describing the love her mother had for her grandparents. "She brought that respect to her job" – 16 years with the Town of Amherst's Services for the Aging, including 14 years as director.

Kirsten Milbrath, 92, died of Covid-19 pneumonia at Canterbury Woods, Amherst.

She was born Kirsten Margrethe Oglaend in Brooklyn to Jonas B. Oglaend and Halfrid Nelson. After she was born, her father returned to Sandnas, Norway, to work in the family business, which included manufacturing bicycles.

During World War II, Nazi officers quartered in the family home and attempted to turn the bicycle factory into an ammunition factory. "My grandfather said that he ensured that the factory never successfully issued a single bullet and convinced the Nazis to continue to produce bicycles," said Rinaldo.

Upon graduation from high school at 19, Milbrath "struck a bold course," her family said, returning to the United States.

She earned a bachelor's degree in English from St. Olaf College in Minnesota in 1950 and a master's degree in American Studies in 1952 from the University of Minnesota, where she met Lester Milbrath.

Rather than return home after college, she married Dr. Milbrath on Feb. 5, 1952.

Dr. Milbrath taught at Duke University and Northwestern University, and in 1966, the couple moved to Western New York. Mrs. Milbrath earned a master's degree in social work from the University at Buffalo in 1972.

During the Blizzard of 1977, while working at the Brothers of Mercy in Clarence, she cared for patients without leaving for several days.

She became director of Amherst's Services for the Aging in 1977 and was instrumental in establishing the Senior Center on North Union Road. During her tenure, the center expanded, incorporating Meals on Wheels, adult day services, outreach and transportation.

She retired in 1991.

Milbrath was president of the local Network on Aging, and coordinator and promoter of the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program.

She was an assistant professor and field instructor at the UB School of Social Work and received many awards for her advocacy for the elderly.

She was active with the Scandinavian Women’s Club and Zonta, which named her Woman of the Year.

Milbrath was "very much a woman of contradictions," her daughter said, "raised in a traditionalist, conservative family but was also progressive in seeking her own place in her world."

A "gracious and compassionate" woman, her daughter said, Mrs. Milbrath "was one of few Democrats in Amherst at the time, one of the only women in a position of power and worked successfully in cooperation with everyone but did not let anyone marginalize or discount her."

With the Citizen Ambassador Program, she traveled to China and Taiwan in the 1990s to study care of the elderly.

The Milbraths visited Norway often and lived there in the early 1960s and in 1973.

Lester Milbrath died on Dec. 26, 2008.

Besides her daughter, Milbrath is survived by a son, Erik Milbrath; a sister, Beate Oglaend; and five grandchildren.

A family service was held and a memorial is being planned.

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Marcia L. Miller (nee Smith) Print
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Visitation:  No prior visitation.

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

MILLER - Marcia L. (nee Smith)
January 6, 2021, age 91. Survived by
loving husband of 70 years, Richard A.
Miller; mother of Eric (Colleen) Miller;
Julie Schuetze; Kurt (Karen) Miller;
Lisa (Matt) Stiles; grandmother of
Nicholas (Holly) Miller; Alyson Miller;
Jennifer Schuetze; Daniel Schuetze;
Katelyn Miller; Karoline Miller; greatgrandmother
of Bria Miller. No prior
visitation, a memorial service will be
held at a later date. Arrangements by
THE DIETRICH FUNERAL HOMES,
INC., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.
Marcia was very active in her church
choir and a lifelong Chautauquan.
She was also a member of CLSC - the
oldest book club in America. Please
share your condolences online at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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