Elaine M. Luparello (nee Weichmann) Print
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Visitation:  FRIDAY, May 14, 2021:  5-9 pm at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.

Service:  SATURDAY, May 15, 2021:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 am at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, Cheektowaga.

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.
Family and friends may call Friday, May
14, 2021 from 5-9 PM, at the DIETRICH
FUNERAL HOMES, INC., 2480
Kensington Ave., Amherst. A Mass
of Christian Burial will be celebrated
on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 9:30
AM, at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church,
157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga,
where facial coverings and social
distancing are required. Please assemble
at church. 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. Please
share your condolences online at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

 

Elaine M. Luparello was a dynamic, active woman, who with her sister founded and operated two of the first day care centers in the area in the early 1970s.

Her ambition ran in the family.

Her father, George A. Weichmann, started out as an office worker for a construction company, and at the time of his death in 1973 was president of B.A.W. Construction. He owned Leisureland in Hamburg and Amherst Manor Apartments near the UB North campus.

"My grandfather was one of those guys who started from nothing, his father died when he was quite young, and he built a business and had my mother working in it when she was a teenager," said Luparello's son Thomas.

Luparello, a Clarence resident, was hospitalized in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital for congestive heart failure in November. After several trips to a rehab facility and back to the hospital, she was diagnosed with Covid-19. Her family was able to visit her the day before her death on Jan. 24.

She was born in Buffalo on May 14, 1936, the oldest of three children of George and Marion Danitz Weichmann.

She attended Buffalo's Public School 80 and was a 1954 graduate of Mount St. Joseph's Academy. She earned a degree in early childhood education from the University at Buffalo.

On Sept. 14, 1957, she married Oberdan F. Luparello Jr. in St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church in Cheektowaga.

They raised four sons and a daughter, and Luparello welcomed her children's friends.

"Our house was the one where all the neighborhood kids used to hang out, and she was like a second mother to a lot of them," Thomas Luparello said.

"She was a really nice person," he said. "She always put other people before herself."

In the early 1970s, at the suggestion of their father, she and her sister, Lois Floreale, opened the first Kiddie Koral Day Care Center at Amherst Manor Apartments with a third partner. After their father died in 1974, the sisters opened a Kiddie Koral at the Leisureland property in Hamburg.

"They got into it early," her son said.

After 11 years, the sisters closed the Hamburg Kiddie Koral. Luparello soon "really got bored at home," her son said, and went to work at the Erie County Auto Bureau for 15 years, retiring in the early 2000s.

She also had a real estate license in the 1970s and 1980s and was a notary public.

She did an assortment of volunteer work, pushing a hospital magazine cart in the 1980s and working at various food pantries, including one in Williamsville. She was a member of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church's Altar and Rosary Society, the seniors group at Evangel Assembly of God, the women's auxiliary of the Romulus Club of Kenmore and the Woman’s Federation.

She was also active in Democratic politics, serving as an elections inspector and on the Clarence Democratic Committee. She "did a lot of knocking on doors for candidates," Thomas Luparello said.

Her husband, Oberdan F. Luparello Jr., died Dec. 15, 2006.

Her daughter Kaaren Luparello Lynch, chief of staff for the Buffalo Common Council, died on Sept. 24, 1999: her son, Robert O. Luparello, died on Dec. 3, 2017.

Besides her son Thomas, Luparello is survived by two other sons, Craig and Ronald Luparello; a brother, Ronald Weichmann; a sister, Lois Floreale; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date

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Helen P. Wallace (nee Bogdan) Print
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Visitation:  No prior visitation.

Service: A Funeral Service will be announced at a later date.

WALLACE - Helen P.
(nee Bogdan)
May 9, 2021. Beloved wife of the late
John Clifton Wallace; loving mother
of John C. (Patricia) Wallace, Jr. and
Patricia (Dr. Gary Nickard) Wallace;
dear grandmother of John L. Wallace
and Caitlyn (James) Potts; greatgrandmother
of Brennan Potts; sister of
Matthew (Marilyn) Bogdan, Joanne (late
Russell) Gugino and Stanley (Cindy)
Bogdan; predeceased by six brothers
and sisters; also survived by many
nieces and nephews. No prior visitation.
A Funeral Service will be announced at
a later date. Memorials may be made to
Hospice Buffalo, Inc. Arrangements by
the DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC.
Online condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Russell J. Koch Print
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Visitation:  No prior visitation.

Service:  A Mass of Christian Burial was held privately.

KOCH - Russell J.
May 4, 2021. Son of the late Joseph A.
and Helen (Dueringer) Koch; beloved
husband of Jean (nee VanTuyl) Koch;
loving father of Steven (Colette) of
Denver, CO, Jeffrey, Matthew (Lori)
Koch of Falls Church, VA and Kelly
(Kevin) James; dearest grandfather of
Clayton (Lauren), Phillip Koch, Gregory
James, Jocelyn James and Avery
Koch; brother of Richard (Mary Jo)
Koch and the late Vernon (Betty) and
Donald (Natalie) Koch; also survived by
nieces and nephews. Russell retired as
a court reporter for Family Court, State
of NY. He was a graduate of Canisius
High School, a longtime member of
St. Gregory the Great Parish, and a
hockey coach in Amherst and at St.
Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. No prior
visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial
was held privately. Arrangements by
the DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC.
Online condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Frank A. Galante Print
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Visitation:  THURSDAY, March 4, 2021:  4-8pm at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst NY.

Service:  FRIDAY, March 5, 2021:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 am at Christ the King Church, Snyder.

GALANTE - Frank A.
March 1, 2021. Beloved husband of
the late Moira J. (nee Waring) Galante;
loving father of David (Janine) Galante,
Anissa (Michael) Floccare, Erin
(Gregory) Szachta and Maura (Eoin)
Gregg; loving grandfather of Trevor,
Lena and Ava Galante, Madeleine,
Michael Jr., Dennis Mitchell, Amelia,
Dominic Maxwell Floccare, Isabella
Szachta and Declan Gregg; loving
brother of Valentine (Jill) Galante, Kim
(Harald) Sahs, Kelly (David) Sanchez
and the late Gary Galante and Robert
Nowak; brother-in-law of Kathy Nowak
and Mary Galante; also survived by
nieces and nephews. Family and friends
may call Thursday from 4-8 PM, at THE
DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC.,
2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst where
due to Covid-19 capacity restrictions,
we will be limiting occupancy during the
visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will
be celebrated on Friday, at 9:30 AM, at
Christ the King Church, 30 Lamarck Dr.,
Snyder. Please assemble at church.
Social distancing and face coverings
will be required for both the visitation
and Mass. Flowers gratefully declined.
Memorials may be made to the Buffalo
City Mission, 100 E. Tupper St ., Buffalo,
NY 14203. Please share condolences
at www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Bonnie L. Gartz (nee Dorrenbacher) Print
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Visitation:  No prior visitation.

Service:  Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.

GARTZ - Bonnie Lynn
(nee Dorrenbacher)
April 25, 2021. Beloved wife of Gene
Gartz; dear sister of Donna Marino
and Cheryl Dorrenbacher; loving aunt
of many nieces and nephews; loving
godmother of Briana (Phillip) Getman.
Preceded in death by her parents,
John and Bette Dorrenbacher. No
prior visitation. Funeral Services will
be held privately at the convenience
of the family. Memorials may be made
to Hospice Buffalo, Inc. Arrangements
by the DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC.
Please share condolences online at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Margaret B. Reissig Print
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Visitation:  MONDAY, April 26, 2021:  4-7 pm at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.

Service:  TUESDAY, April 27, 2021:  A Funeral Service will be held at 11 am at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.

REISSIG - Margaret B.
April 19, 2021, of Hollywood Fl., formerly
Buffalo, NY. Born in Buffalo, NY to
George and Barbara (nee Schmitt)
Reissig. A graduate of Sacred Heart
Academy, she began her working career
at Grants Department Store, working
her way into office management.
Margaret relocated to Hollywood, FL
in 1973, and retired in 2000, with over
46 years in office management. She
attended Nativity Catholic Church in
Hollywood, FL, and was active in their
auxiliary and various charities. She will
be remembered by family and friends
for both her devotion and unconditional
love, and her many years of loyalty
to her dogs throughout her lifetime.
Margaret is survived by several loving
cousins and friends. The family will be
present on Monday from 4-7 PM, at THE
DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2480
Kensington Ave., Amherst, where Funeral
Services will be held on Tuesday, at
11 AM. Facial coverings and social
distancing protocol will be observed.
The family wishes to express their
gratitude to both Memorial Regional
Hospital and Season Hospice for the
compassionate care of Margaret. In lieu
of flowers, memorials may be made to the
ASPCA. Online condolences may be shared
at www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Ronald E. Stanford Print
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Visitation:  No prior visitation.

Service:  Funeral Services will be held at a date and time to be announced.

STANFORD - Ronald E.
April 21, 2021. Beloved
son of the late Edward
and Alice (nee Lock)
Stanford; brother of the
late Ethel (James)
Ohlenschlager; uncle
of Brian Ohlenschlager
and Gail DiNatale; great-uncle of Tianna
DiNatale and Alex Ohlenschlager; also
survived by loving family. Funeral Services
will be held at a date and time to be
announced. Flowers gratefully declined.
Arrangements by THE DIETRICH
FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2480 Kensington
Ave., Amherst. Share online condolences
at www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

 

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