George D. & Elfrieda M. (nee Zahn) Poe Print
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Visitation:  No prior visitation.

Service:  SATURDAY, August 24, 2019:  A joined Celebration of Life will be held at 12:30 pm at Amherst Community Church.

**Online condolences will be accessible on Sunday, August 18, 2019**

POE - George D. and
Elfrieda M. (nee Zahn)
June 27, 2019; cherished husband
of 70 years to Elfrieda M. (nee Zahn)
Poe. On July 12, 2019 Elfrieda joined
her beloved George. Loving and
devoted parents of Edward (Amy)
Poe and Diane Poe Schroeder; dear
grandparents of Matthew and Alicia
Poe, Amy (Felix Umansky) Poe
Schroeder and Adam Poe Schroeder;
great-grandparents of Jeremy Kozak;
also survived by a sister, nieces and
nephews. A joined Celebration of Life
will be held Saturday, August 24, 2019
at 12:30 PM at Amherst Community
Church, 77 Washington Hwy., Amherst,
NY 14226, where memorials may be
made, in lieu of flowers. Arrangements
by DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC.
Online condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Thomas M. Klepfer Print
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Visitation:  No prior visitation.

Service:  A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 11 am at Amherst Community Church, Amherst.

KLEPFER - Thomas M.
July 25, 2019. Beloved husband of
Sharon (nee Barclift) Klepfer; devoted
father of Steven, Marjorie (Corey) Brown
and Caroline Klepfer; grandfather of
seven grandchildren including Dylan,
Haley and Abigail and three greatgrandchildren; brother of James (Lisa)
Klepfer, John (Jude) Klepfer and
Ann (William) Huffman; brother-inlaw of Rena Janus; also survived by
several nieces and nephews. No prior
visitation. A Memorial Service will be
held on Saturday at 11 AM at Amherst
Community Church, 77 Washington
Hwy., Amherst, NY. Flowers gratefully
declined. Memorials may be made
to Hospice Buffalo, Inc. or Amherst
Community Church. Arrangements by
THE DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC.
The family would like to thank Hospice
Team 4, especially Alexis at Hospice Buffalo,
for their kind and compassionate care.
Online condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

Aug. 4, 1942 — July 25, 2019

After almost 20 years in the family business of car sales, Thomas Matthew Klepfer took a new job on the other side of the state as general manager of a waste paper packing plant in Albany.

He flew out and back every week for three years, leading the firm from marginal profitability to an annual profit of more than a half-million dollars. After three years, he became a Buffalo-based account executive for the firm.

Then, in 1990, Mr. Klepfer founded TAMCO Paper Stock Inc., creating the name from his own first initial and those of his two daughters, Marjorie and Caroline.

That was the place for him.

"I think he was sorry that he didn't start in the paper business sooner than he did," said his wife of 50 years, Sharon Klepfer.

Although he retired in 2005, his Buffalo company remains family-owned.

Mr. Klepfer died on July 25, 2019, in his Snyder home after a long illness. He was 76.

He was born in Buffalo on Aug. 4, 1942, the first child of Harlan A. and Lucy L. Klepfer. He attended Nichols School, where, already 6-foot-6, he was a football star and center and captain of the basketball team in his senior year. He also participated in track, setting a local record in the discus throw that stood for some 25 years.

At Nichols, Mr. Klepfer was known for his sense of humor. In his senior profile in 1960, his classmates wrote, "The only place his humor forsakes him is in study hall, where, as proctor, he keeps close rein on over-enthusiastic upperclassmen."

He attended Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where he belonged to Delta Upsilon fraternity and played on the football team. After graduating in 1964 with a bachelor's degree in sociology, he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers and went to training camp briefly. He later told his wife that despite his size and strength, he lacked what he called "the killer instinct."

From 1967 to 1979, he worked at Klepfer Brothers Buick on Main Street in Buffalo, becoming new and used car manager.

Mr. Klepfer enlisted in the U.S. Army as a non-commissioned officer, serving at Fort Polk, La. He was honorably discharged in 1970 with the rank of Master Sergeant.

On New Years Eve 1968, Mr. Klepfer brought a date to a party at the home of a friend. Also attending, with her own date, was Sharon Barclift. As 1968 became 1969, they caught each other's eyes. After a whirlwind romance, they married on May 3, 1969,  in Amherst Community Church in Snyder.

In 1979, Mr. Klepfer became president and CEO of his own auto sales company, Tom Klepfer Pontiac-Buick in Yorkshire, in Cattaraugus County.

After six years, Mr. Klepfer became general manager at CFI/US Recycling Industries in Albany. His family remained in the home on Washington Highway in Snyder that they occupied for more than 40 years, while he commuted to Albany weekly. "He would fly down on Monday morning and fly back on Friday night," said Mrs. Klepfer.

In 1988, Mr. Klepfer became a Buffalo-based account executive for the Albany company, then, in 1990, he opened TAMCO Paper Stock Inc. He led the firm to almost a million dollars of annual revenue.

His family described him as loud, boisterous and "the life of the party," and compassionate, kind, loving and devoted to his friends and family. "Big guy, soft heart," his wife said.

He also loved to "scream at the TV during football games," his wife said. "It got to the point that I absolutely hated football season, and I couldn't open the windows, because then everybody could hear," she said.

Mr. Klepfer was a member of the Torque Kings Classic Car Club who loved his red 1930 "Hi-Boy" Roadster and his red 1940 Ford coupe. He was active in the local automotive community and won many awards at classic car/hot rod shows.

He loved boating, especially at Thunder Bay, Ont., where his family had a cottage for many years.

He was a member of Amherst Community Church.

Besides his wife of 50 years, Sharon Barclift Klepfer, Mr. Klepfer is survived by his son, Steven Klepfer; two daughters, Marjorie Brown and Caroline Klepfer; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, James and John Klepfer; a sister, Ann Huffman; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, in Amherst Community Church, 77 Washington Highway, Snyder

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Rosalind "Ros" Ryan (nee Walsh) Print
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Visitation:  TUESDAY, August 6, 2019:  2-4 & 7-9 pm at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst

Service: WEDNESDAY, August 7, 2019:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am at St. Louis Church, Buffalo

RYAN - Rosalind “Ros”
(nee Walsh)
August 1, 2019. Beloved wife of
Joseph Ryan; loving mother of
Matthew (Cheryl), Peter (Courtney), and
Sarah Ryan; dear Nonnie of Michael,
Catherine, Thomas, and Sarah Claire;
sister of Mary Jane (Terrence) Hanlon,
John (Terri) Walsh, Mark (Maureen)
Walsh, Regina (Jack) Troast, and the
late Peter, Patrick, and Timothy Walsh;
also survived by many nieces and
nephews. Family and friends may call
on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at
THE DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME,
INC., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst,
NY 14226. A Mass of Christian Burial
will be celebrated on Wednesday at
10 AM at St. Louis Church, 780 Main
St. (at Edward), Buffalo, NY 14202.
Please assemble at church. Flowers
gratefully declined. Memorials may
be made to Read to Succeed Buffalo.
Condolences may be shared online at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Norman J. Wald, Sr. Print
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Visitation:  No prior visitation.

Service:  SATURDAY, November 2, 2019:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, Cheektowaga.

WALD - Norman J., Sr.
July 31, 2019. Beloved
husband of the late
Anne F. (nee Forster)
Wald; loving father of
Norman J. (Jennifer)
Wald, Jr. and Margaret
Ann (Edwin) Brohm;
loving grandfather of Katharine,
Michael, Ian, Kilian (Jenna) and Patrick;
brother of Marie (the late Heinz) Plinzke
and the late Edna Ball, Mildred
Stedman, William Wald, Lillian Wald,
Franklin Wald and James Wald; also
survived by nieces and nephews. A
Mass of Christian Burial will be
celebrated on Saturday, November 2,
2019 at 11 AM at St. Aloysius Gonzaga
Church, 157 Cleveland Dr.,
Cheektowaga (please assemble at
church). In lieu of flowers, memorials
may be made to the Alzheimer’s
Association. Arrangements by the
DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC.
Online condolences may offered at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Elaine C. Hurst (nee Schunk) Print
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Visitation:  WEDNESDAY, July 24, 2019:  4-7 pm and THURSDAY, July 25, 2019:  2-4 & 7-9 pm at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.

Service: FRIDAY, July 26, 2019:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 8:45 am at St. Gregory the Great Church, Williamsville.

HURST - Elaine C. (nee Schunk)
July 15, 2019. Beloved wife of the late
Robert Hurst; loving mother of Shawn
Gawron; step-mother of Kathleen (Tom)
Spring, Fred (Robin), Carl (Louise) and
Bill Hurst; dear grandmother of seven
grandchildren, also survived by greatgrandchildren; sister of Marcia (Bill
Schneider) Wopperer and Glen Schunk;
also survived by nieces and nephews.
Family and friends may call Wednesday
from 4-7 PM and Thursday from 2-4 and
7-9 PM at the DIETRICH FUNERAL
HOME, INC., 2480 Kensington Ave.,
Amherst. A Mass of Christian Burial
will be celebrated Friday at 8:45 AM
at St. Gregory the Great Church, 250
St. Gregory Ct., Williamsville. Please
assemble at church. In lieu of flowers,
memorials may be made to Birchbark
Expeditions - Boy Scouts of America -
Greater Niagara Frontier Council, 2860
Genesee St., Cheektowaga 14225.
Online condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Rudolf "Rudy" Sass Print
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Visitation:  FRIDAY, July 26, 2019:  2-4 & 7-9 pm at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.

Service:  SATURDAY, July 27, 2019:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am at Our Lady Help of Christians Chapel, Cheektowaga.

SASS - Rudolf “Rudy”
July 21, 2019, reunited with his
beloved wife, Catherine, of 63 years;
much loved father of Richard (Mary
Ann), Barb, Cathy (Theresa), Rudy
(Diane) and Robert (Tina) Sass;
loving grandfather of David (Emily),
Daniel (Kristen), Rebecca (Philip)
Christensen, Steven, Nicholas, Alec,
Nathaniel, Dylan; great-grandfather
of Oliver, Micah, and Emma; dearly
loved son of the late Karl and Auguste;
brother of the late Waltrud Gertruth;
dear cousin of William (Betty) Sass
and Vera (late Franklin) Wutz. Friends
may call Friday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the
DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC.,
2480 Kensington Avenue, Amherst,
NY 14226. A Mass of Christian Burial
will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:00
AM at Our Lady Help of Christians
Chapel. Please assemble at church.
Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials
may be made to, St. Jude Children’s
Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place,
Memphis, TN. 38105. Rudy was a 50-
year member and former president of
the Catholic Kolping Society, as well as
a lifetime member of the John Club. (“A
good time was had by all!”) Throughout
his life, Rudy enjoyed family time,
gardening, growing tomatoes, watching
westerns, fishing, rooting for the Bills,
playing poker, music, and time at Long
Beach. Share your Online condolences at:
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Ross Markello, MD Print
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Visitation:  No prior visitation.

Service: SUNDAY, August 4, 2019:  A Memorial Service will be held at 3 pm at Christ United Methodist Church, Amherst.

**Online condolences will be accessible on Sunday**

MARKELLO - Ross, M.D.
July 18, 2019.
Beloved husband of
65 years to Grace (nee Munson)
Markello; devoted father to Ross J.
(Jennifer) Markello, Judith (Ronald)
Beekman, Susan (Charles) Terranova
and Katherine (Brian) Marshall;
loving grandfather of Joshua, Daniel,
Alexandra, Ross, MacKenzie, Charles,
Nicholas, Bailey and Tara; brother
of James (Rhea), Anthony (Nancy),
Samuel (June) Markello and the late
Concetta Howles, Carl, Joseph Markello
and Nina Presher; also survived by
many nieces and nephews. A Memorial
Service will be held on Sunday August 4,
2019 at 3 PM at Christ United Methodist
Church, 350 Saratoga Rd., at Harlem
Rd., Amherst, NY 14226. Flowers
gratefully declined. Memorials may be
made to Beechwood Continuing Care
or Christ United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be made at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

June 7, 1931 – July 18, 2019

Dr. Ross Markello was so enthusiastic about his studies at the University of Buffalo Medical School that he convinced two of his brothers to enroll there.

“He told them, ‘You’ll love it. It’s fun,’ ” his wife Grace said.

Soon, his brothers James and Anthony became physicians, too.

Dr. Markello, who headed the Anesthesiology Department at Edward J. Meyer Memorial Hospital and Erie County Medical Center in the 1970s and 1980s, died July 18 in Beechwood Homes, Getzville, after a short period of declining health. He was 88.

Born at home in Clymer, he was the sixth of eight children of Sicilian immigrants Rosario “Ross” and Carmela Markello. After the family moved to North Collins, the children did farm work to help support the family.

“We have a wonderful picture of the three boys who became doctors with bags of beans on their backs,” his wife said.

His parents stressed the importance of hard work and higher education, but when Dr. Markello graduated from North Collins High School in 1948, an older brother and sister were in college and the family could not afford to help him go, too.

He first applied for a job at the Bethlehem Steel plant in Lackawanna, but was turned down after a medical exam showed bad heart valves. Later in life, he underwent open-heart surgery twice.

It took two years of work at a canning factory in North Collins before he could enroll in 1950 at UB, where he completed his undergraduate studies in three years.

Before he began medical school in 1953, he and his high school sweetheart, Grace E. Munson, a nurse at Gowanda Psychiatric Center, were married in a double wedding in the First Congregational Church in North Collins, along with her sister, Esther, who married the Rev. Harry Tripp.

In all, three of the Markello brothers married three sisters from the Munson family, which had 12 children. The Buffalo Evening News ran an article about the Markello couples in 1962 with a photo showing the three brother doctors in white lab coats and their wives, three registered nurses from the Millard Fillmore School of Nursing, two of them Munson sisters, in white starched caps.

Dr. Markello at first said he wanted to be a country doctor, inspired by the physician from Eden he befriended when he was 8 years old during the illness that took the life of his father.

After medical school, however, he decided on a specialty – anesthesiology.

“He would have liked to be a surgeon,” his daughter Susan Terranova said, “but because of his heart, he couldn’t be on his feet all that time. He went into anesthesiology because he knew it was not as demanding.”

Dr. Markello completed his internship at Millard Fillmore Hospital on Gates Circle and had a 30-year career at Meyer Memorial after doing his residency there in anesthesiology. He later earned a master’s degree in business administration from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He joined the faculty of the UB Medical School in 1961 and became chairman of its Department of Anesthesiology in 1972. He later was assistant dean of the medical school.

His brother, James, who had been a high school science teacher, became a pediatrician at the former Children’s Hospital and later in North Carolina. Anthony Markello, who graduated from college with a degree in chemistry, practiced in West Seneca as an internist and went on to be medical director at Mercy Hospital.

After retiring in 1987, Dr. Markello was a consulting physician for several years for Independent Health.

In retirement, he became an accomplished photographer and a student of geology. An avid member of the Amherst Camera Club, his photos appeared in books and in The Buffalo News.

He explored the Niagara Escarpment at length in New York State and Canada. In 1994, he and another photographer, Scott Ensminger, rented a helicopter to get shots from the air of lesser-known waterfalls along the cliffs of the escarpment.

Buffalo News outdoor columnist Gerry Rising, who accompanied them, wrote: “Markello and Ensminger are nationally known waterfall buffs. Together they have systematically plotted the locations of hundreds of the falls of Western New York, and they already have visited and filmed most of them.

“On two earlier hikes I had come to understand some of their delight in this unusual hobby.

“It is a fulfilling experience to work your way through woody tangles up a small brook until, rounding a bend, you find yourself looking up at a beautiful white surge of water breaking over a high wall of slate and shale.”

Dr. Markello’s photos of landscapes and architectural landmarks are exhibited at Beechwood, where he was a member of the board of directors and the board of the Beechwood/Blocher Foundation, and at the Airport Bridge Club, where he often played duplicate bridge, a game he took up in retirement. He was a Life Master bridge player with nearly 1,400 master points.

He also played bridge at the Amherst Senior Center, where he was active as a volunteer.

A longtime resident of Snyder, he had been a golfer and his other hobbies included refinishing antique furniture and repairing cane seats in chairs.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Ross J.; three daughters, Judith Beekman, Susan Terranova and Katherine Marshall; three brothers, James, Anthony and Samuel; and nine grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, in Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road, Snyder.

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