Jacqueline T. Letke Print
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Visitation:  No prior visitation.

Service:  Funeral Services will be held privately.

LETKE - Jacqueline T.
December 13, 2017. Beloved daughter
of the late Theodore and (Theresa)
Letke; loving sister of Rosalyn
(Thomas) Murphy. Funeral Services
will be privately held. Flowers gratefully
declined. Memorials may be made
to niagaraspca.org or The American
Cancer Society. Arrangements by
DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC.
Online condolences may be shared at
www.thedietrichfuneralhome.com

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Peter Charles Alway Print
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ALWAY - Peter Charles
Gently passed away in
his home in Suisun
City, CA on December
4, 2017, after a long
illness. “Oh, Peter! We
will miss the way you
always made us laugh!”.
His loving wife, Donna (Miller) Alway
commemorated their life of 50 years
together by dedicating him “from my
arms to God’s arms.”
Peter’s life began in Buffalo, NY in
1941, the oldest son of Harold and Lew
Alway. Peter graduated from Amherst
High School, followed by enlisting in
the U.S. Navy at age 17, where he
trained as a Corpsman. His tour of duty
included a deployment aboard the USS
Currituck during the Viet Nam War.
Upon returning home, Peter continued
to work in the medical field at E.J. Meyer
Memorial Hospital in Buffalo. In 1967
he married Donna Lynn Miller (Grand
Island, NY ) and continued his education
at the University of Buffalo, earning
a Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
graduating in 1971. At that point, he
returned to duty as a commissioned
officer in the Navy Nurse Corps,
stationed at Bethesda Naval Hospital.
After two years of service, Peter went
to work for Allergan Pharmaceuticals
in Connecticut, where Peter’s first son,
Philip, was born. The family moved back
to Buffalo for a brief period where son,
Garrett was born, then onto California.
Peter’s professional career in sales
ended and he returned to the nursing
field in various mental health facilities
throughout Solano County, including
being on staff at Solano County Jail, as
a mental health counselor.


Peter was active with his boys in Boy
Scouts in Pack 92 and Troop 272. He
always enjoyed camping and fishing,
and watching his grandchildren grow.
He is survived by his wife Donna (nee
Miller) Alway; father of Philip P., DPM
(Tiffany, DPM) Alway and Garrett P.
(Jeannie Falcon) Alway of Eureka, CA;
stepfather of John Summers of Victor,
NY; grandfather of seven grandchildren
and two great- grandchildren. Brother of
Paul R. (Madeline) Alway of Alameda, CA;
also survived by nieces and nephews.


A ceremony honoring Peter’s veteran
military service was held on November
13, 2017 by the Sutter Hospice staff and
was attended by Peter and his immediate
family and friends. A celebration of his
life will be held at Sacramento Valley
Veteran’s Cemetery in Dixon, CA on
January 2, 2018. Memorials can be
made to Alzheimer’s Association 1060
La Avenida Ave., Mountain View, CA
94043 or California Hospice & Palliative
Care Association, 3841 North Freeway
Blvd., Ste. 100, Sacramento, CA 95834
or the Diabetes Association in honor of
Peter C. Alway. Rest in peace, Peter.
We love you. You will be missed. Your
online condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Norman E. Winkler Print
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Visitation:  No prior visitation.

Service:  SATURDAY, December 23, 2017:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12 Noon at St. Bernadette's Churc, 5930 S. Abbott Rd., Orchard Park NY

WINKLER - Norman E.
Of Ellicottville and Orchard Park, NY
passed away peacefully on December
10, 2017. He was born in Buffalo,
NY, son of the late Leo and Casimira
Winkler; beloved husband of JoAnne
C. (Marciano) Winkler; loving father of
Douglas Norman (Annamarie) Winkler,
Mari Jo (Edward) Winkler-Ioffreda
and Katie (Matt) Glowski; cherished
grandfather of Isabella Ioffreda, Dylan,
Madilyn Glowski, Erik and Kevin
Winkler; dear brother of the late Leo
(Betty) Winkler; proud uncle of Mark
(Vicki), Carl (Lori), Gary (Sharon)
and Dean (Laura) Winkler. A Mass of
Christian Burial will be celebrated on
Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 12
PM at St. Bernadette’s Church, 5930 S.
Abbott Rd., Orchard Park, NY 14127.
Norman was an avid golfer, skier, sailor,
traveler, reader and storyteller. In lieu
of flowers, donations may be made to
the Alzheimer’s Association of WNY
at www.alz.org/wny. Arrangements by
DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC.
Online condolences may be shared at
www.thedietrichfuneralhome.com

Norman E. Winkler, resident engineer for State Department of Transportation

Aug. 19, 1933 – Dec. 10, 2017

One of the first things Norm Winkler did after he became resident engineer for northern Erie County for the New York State Department of Transportation was spruce up the maintenance headquarters in Depew.

“It was like a garage,” his wife of 53 years, the former JoAnn C. Marciano, recalled. “He didn’t want it to look like a place where laborers work. He felt like they should be treated like human beings. He had it painted. He put in a couch. He made it comfortable.

“He was very good at executing things,” she added. “He had a booming voice and he got things going.”

Mr. Winkler died last Sunday in Garden Gate Healthcare Facility in Cheektowaga after a long illness. He was 84.

Mr. Winkler helped coordinate the state’s snowfighting efforts during the Blizzard of ‘77. One of his challenges was feeding his 142 men, who were working around the clock.

“When the blizzard hit, all of the restaurants were closed,” his wife said, “but there was this one that was going to have a grand opening. He got in a plow and went there, got all the food and fed the crew. If he had to break the rules, he’d break the rules. It was always for the people.”

Born in Buffalo, Norman E. Winkler attended Depew High School and earned an associate’s degree in construction technology from Erie County Technical Institute.

While working as a construction technician, his wife said, “he watched these engineers work and thought, ‘Wait a minute, I can do that.’ That’s when he decided what he wanted to do.”

Drafted into the Army at the end of the Korean War, he served in Germany as a tank commander, then returned to attend the Missouri School of Mines on the GI Bill. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

Mr. Winkler worked for a short time for Republic Steel Corp., then joined the DOT in 1961 as a design engineer. He became engineer in charge for the completion of the construction of the Youngmann Highway in the mid-1960s.

As resident engineer, he coined the phrase, “Make Every Day Earth Day, Don’t Litter,” which appeared on road signs throughout the area. The DOT recognized him with numerous awards.

After he retired in 1992, he traveled the world with his wife. He also did work for the State Emergency Management Administration, performing disaster assessments locally after storms and floods.

SEMA called him again following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. He arrived Sept. 12, set up a command post for disaster assessment at Ground Zero and oversaw it for 10 months.

A resident of Orchard Park for 35 years, he moved in 2002 to Ellicottville, where he was active in the Rotary Club and served on the Zoning Board of Appeals for the Town of Ellicottville.

He also was a certified instructor in the State of New York Sexual Harassment Intervention Program and toured the state giving lectures on sexual harassment in the workplace.

In addition to his wife, who owned the Country Cupboard health food stores in Orchard Park and East Aurora, survivors include a son, Douglas; two daughters, Mari-Jo Winkler-Ioffreda and Katie Glowski; and five grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at noon Dec. 23 in St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 5930 S. Abbott Road, Orchard Park.

 

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Michael J. Lovas Print
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Visitation: MONDAY, December 11, 2017:  4-8 pm at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.

Service:  TUESDAY, December 12, 2017:  A Funeral Service will be held at 11 am at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.

LOVAS - Michael J.
December 7, 2017. Beloved son of
Joseph (Beverly) Lovas; loving brother
of Rochelle (William) Sautter; dear
uncle of Billy, Joey and Kaylin. Family
and friends may call on Monday from
4-8 PM at THE DIETRICH FUNERAL
HOME, INC., 2480 Kensington Ave.,
Amherst, 14226 where a Funeral
Service will be held on Tuesday at
11AM. Flowers gratefully declined.
Memorials may be made to the
American Heart Association or the
American Diabetes Association. Online
condolences may be shared online at
www.thedietrichfuneralhome.com

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Robert O. Luparello Print
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Visitation:  No Prior Visitation.

Service:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Spring of 2018.  A day and time to be announced.

LUPARELLO - Robert O.
December 3rd, 2017; cherished son
of Elaine (the late Oberdan Luparello);
loving brother of Craig, Ronald (Judy),
Thomas (Amy Luparello) and the late
Kaaren Luparello-Lynch; also survived
by many nieces and nephews. No prior
visitation. A Mass of Christian burial will
be celebrated in the Spring of 2018. A
day and time will be announced.
Arrangements by DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME,
INC. Online condolences may be shared on Sunday at
www.thedietrichfuneralhome.com

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Nancy D. Evans (nee Scott) Print
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Visitation:  MONDAY, December 4, 2017:  4-7 pm at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.

Service:  TUESDAY, December 5, 2017:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am at Infant of Prague Church, Cheektowaga.

EVANS - Nancy D. (nee Scott)
November 30, 2017, beloved wife of
the late Jerry Evans; devoted mother of
David Nutty; step-mother of Mary (late
Barry) Dale, Peggy (Leo) Grabenstatter
and the late Gloria Evans; grandmother
of Shannon McCarthy, Michelle (Chadd)
Johnson, Mary Beth Grabenstatter,
and Kevin (Sophia) Grabenstatter;
great-grandmother of Keira, Sheila and
William; sister of the late Geraldine
Sarach, Eileen Schaeffer, and Leslie
Scott; aunt of Lee Rowland, and Diane
Papafagos. Family and friends may
call on Monday from 4-7 PM, at the
DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME INC.,
2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be
celebrated Tuesday at 10 AM at Infant
of Prague Church, 921 Cleveland
Dr., Cheektowaga, NY 14225, please
assemble at church. In lieu of flowers
memorials may be made to Niagara
County SPCA. Online condolences may
be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Jane Alice Farkas (nee Haberman) Print
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Visitation:  FRIDAY, December 8, 2017:  3-7 pm at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.

Service:  SATURDAY, December 9, 2017:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 am at St. Gregory the Great Church, Williamsville.

FARKAS - Jane Alice
(nee Haberman)
It is with great sadness that the
family of Jane Alice (nee Haberman)
Farkas, 75, announces her passing
after a brief illness. She is survived by
her loving husband, Frank J. Farkas
and her adoring children, Laura and
Brian (Wendy) Farkas; her sister,
Nancy (Bill) Gacioch; brother-in-law,
Dennis (Cathy) Farkas; sister-in-law,
Patricia Farkas; many nieces and
nephews and she is a Great-Aunt to
many as well. She is predeceased
by her sister Marilyn (Paul) Braun
and her parents Chester and Edith
Haberman. Jane was born in Buffalo,
NY and lived here for many years.
She was currently residing in Sun
Lakes, Arizona where she had an
active social life. Family and friends
may call Friday, December 8 from
3-7PM at the DIETRICH FUNERAL
HOME, INC., 2480 Kensington
Ave., Amherst. A Mass of Christian
Burial will be celebrated on Saturday,
December 9 at 10:30AM at St. Gregory
the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Ct.,
Williamsville. Please assemble at church.
Online condolences may be shared at
www.thedietrichfuneralhome.com

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