Yvonne E. McKenna (nee Luther) Print
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Visitation:  SUNDAY: 2-4 & 7-9 pm at The Dietrich Funeral Home, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst

Service:  MONDAY:  Prayers will be said at the funeral home at 9:00 am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 am at Christ the King Church.

  McKenna - Yvonne e.
(nee Luther)
August 6, 2013, age 94. Wife of the
late Charles E. McKenna; daughter
of the late Hayden and Helen Luther;
dearest mother of Kevin (Kathleen)
McKenna, Kathleen (Edward)
Kolodziej, Kerry (Veronica Bolcik)
McKenna, Kirk (Gretchen) McKenna
and Kenneth McKenna; beloved Nana
of Dr. Meaghan (Alan Paulk) McKenna,
Dr. Erin (Ron) Luna, Erik Kolodziej,
Conor, Christopher and Ryan McKenna;
Great Nana of Nathaniel Paulk,
David and Julia Luna; sister of Dana
L. (late George) Yaste and the late
Hayden R. (Buddy) Luther Jr.; aunt
of George and Lance Yaste and Toni
McKenna. Yvonne devoted her life to
her family and her students. Friends
may call Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the
DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC.,
2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst where
prayers will be said at 9 AM on Monday,
followed by a Mass of Christian
Burial to be celebrated at 9:30 AM at
Christ the King Church, 30 Lamarck
Dr., Amherst. In lieu of flowers, memorials
may be made to the Brothers of
Mercy Foundation, 4520 Ransom Rd.,
Clarence, NY 14031. Online condolences
may be made at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Ann M. Medinac Print
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Visitation: MONDAY:  2-4 & 7-9 PM at The Dietrich Funeral Home, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst

Service: TUESDAY:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 am at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church

MEDINAC - Ann M.
(nee Denissoff)
August 1, 2013. Beloved wife of
Slawko Medinac; loving mother of
Jeremy and Alixandre; cherished
daughter of Basile and Ilona Denissoff;
dear sister of Elias, Margaret, Peter,
Basil and Christine; also survived by
many nieces and nephews. Family and
friends may call Monday 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 on Tuesday at 9:30 AM
at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, 157
Cleveland Dr., Cheektowaga. Please
assemble at church. Condolences at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Carol A. McMinn (nee Riter) Print
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Visitation:  n/a

Service:  At the convenience of the family

 McMINN - Carol A.
(nee Riter)
July 31, 2013, suddenly, beloved wife
of the late Jack A. McMinn; loving
mother of Karen L. Plante, Mark
A. McMinn and the late Michael A.
McMinn; dear grandmother of Lauren
E. Plante and Collin J. Plante; sister
of Jean Umfreville and the late Robert
Riter; also survived by many nieces
and nephews. A funeral service will be
held at the convenience of the family.
Memorials may be made to Hospice
Buffalo or Roswell Park Cancer Institute
in Carol’s name. Arrangements by the
DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC.
Online condolences may be made at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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John P. Reeb Print
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Visitation:  MONDAY:  2-4 & 7-9 pm at The Dietrich Funeral Home, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.

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

 REEB - John P.
July 25, 2013, age 87.
Beloved husband of 65
years to Dorothy E.
(nee Sparks) Reeb;
loving father of
Christine (Elliot) Wahl,
Diane (Richard)
Simpson, Peter (Lynette) Reeb and
John (Iris) Reeb; loving grandfather of
Ricky, Laura, Tommy, Patrick, Kimberly,
Kristina, Caitlin, Michael, Johnny, Erica
and great-grandfather of three;
predeceased by three brothers and a
sister; brother-in-law of Joan; also
survived by nieces and nephews. The
family will be present Monday 2-4 and
7-9 PM at the DIETRICH FUNERAL
HOME INC., 2480 Kensington Ave.,
Amherst, where a Funeral Service will
be held Tuesday at 11 AM. Flowers
gratefully declined. Memorials may be
made to Hospice Buffalo. Condolences
at www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

 

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Margarete Scharf (nee Duerman) Print
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Visitation:  SUNDAY & MONDAY:   2-4 & 7-9 pm at The Dietrich Funeral Home, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst

Service:  TUESDAY:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 AM at Queen of Martyrs Church, Cheektowaga.

SCHARF - Margarete
(nee Duerman)
July 25, 2013, beloved wife of the
late Karl Scharf; loving mother of Karl
(Judith) Scharf and Gerald (Nancy)
Scharf; beloved grandmother of Donna
Jones, Debra (Mark) Durwald, Jeffrey
(Amanda), Andrea and Timothy; greatgrandmother
of six great-grandchildren;
sister of Kriemhilde (Fritz) Mueller.
Friends may call Sunday and Monday
2-4 and 7-9 PM at the DIETRICH FUNERAL
HOME, 2480 Kensington Ave.,
Amherst. A Mass of Christian Burial will
be celebrated Tuesday at 9:30 AM at
Queen of Martyrs Church, 180 George
Urban Blvd., Cheektowaga. Please
assemble at church. Flowers are gratefully
declined. Memorials may be made
to St. Jude’s Shrine, 193 Elk St., Buffalo,
NY 14210. Margarete was owner
and proprietor of Scharf’s Schiller Park
Restaurant for over 45 years. On-line
condolences may be made to www.
TheDietrichFuneralHome.com.

 

July 10, 1923 – July 25, 2013

Margarete Scharf, a German immigrant who re-created the foods of her homeland in a restaurant bearing the family name, died Thursday in Williamsville Suburban Nursing Home. She was 90.

Born Margaret Duerman in Luhe, northwestern Germany, she attended business school as a young woman. She was married and a mother when her family arrived in Buffalo in 1957 under the sponsorship of her uncle, George Troidl.

She worked as a waitress at his business, Troidl’s Restaurant, and at Lougus Restaurant for several years until buying the former Rimbeck’s Schiller Park Tavern in 1967. The name was changed to Scharf’s Schiller Park Restaurant, and it opened Oct. 1, 1967.

Mrs. Scharf fell in love with the place, a converted home at the dead end of South Crossman Street, because of its proximity to the park.

“Look out the window, and you think you’re in Germany,” she said in a 2008 interview with a reporter for The Buffalo News.

In 1968, Mrs. Scharf held one of the area’s first Oktoberfest events, as part of the restaurant’s anniversary celebration. She was proud to have paid off the mortgage – which funded a new kitchen – in just seven years.

While the restaurant is famous for its potato pancakes, Mrs. Scharf received approval from the state Department of Agriculture in 1982 to bottle and sell her homemade “German House Salad Dressing.”

She remained actively involved in the restaurant, where she took great pride in hosting the family’s Christmas dinner, until 2010. It continues to operate.

Mrs. Scharf was the former secretary – before serving multiple terms as president – of the Genesee-Pine Hill Businessmen’s Association, having been installed by former Mayor James D. Griffin, who became a great friend.

In recognition of Mrs. Scharf having been named Woman of the Year by the Christopher Columbus Committee on Oct. 12, 1989, the mayor declared that day Margarete Scharf Day in the city.

She traveled frequently, including visits to Germany and Austria.

Mrs. Scharf was a devout Catholic who attended Mass regularly and was a supporter of the St. Jude Shrine.

Her husband, Karl, died in 1989.

Survivors include two sons, Karl Jr. and Gerald; and a sister, Kriemhilde Mueller.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church, 180 George Urban Blvd., Cheektowaga.

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Francis J. Offermann, Jr. Print
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Visitation:  N/A

Service:  SATURDAY, AUGUST 10th:  A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph-University Church at 2 pm.

 OFFERMANN - Francis J. Jr.
July 18, 2013, beloved husband of
Anne K. Offermann; loving father of
Francis J. “Bud” (Molly) Offermann
of San Francisco, CA, Barbara O.
(Stephen) Townsend and Geoffrey
J. (Lynda) Offermann of Marietta,
GA; loving grandfather of Justin,
Aidan, Cole, Carley and Sarah; loving
brother of Jeanne Lawless, Paul V.
(Maryfrances) Offermann and the late
Karl P. (Betty) Offermann; survived by
many nieces and nephews. Flowers
gratefully declined. Donations may
be made to Sisters of St. Francis,
4421 Lower River Rd., Stella Niagara,
NY 14144. A Memorial Mass will
be celebrated on Saturday, August
10, 2013 at St. Joseph University
Church, 3269 Main St., Buffalo
at 2 PM. Arrangements by the
REGER FUNERAL HOME. Online
condolences may be made to www.
TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

 

 

Aug. 11, 1926 – July 18, 2013

Francis J. Offermann Jr., an attorney and son of former Buffalo Bisons owner and Erie County Sheriff Frank J. Offermann, died July 18 while visiting the Chautauqua Institution. He was 86.

Born in Buffalo, he attended the Stella Niagara Cadet School. His father owned the Bisons until his death in 1935, and the team’s home on Michigan Avenue was renamed Offermann Stadium.

After graduating high school in 1943 from LaSalle Military Academy on Long Island, Mr. Offermann enlisted in the Navy and served in the Pacific as a ensign until his discharge in 1946.

In 1949, after receiving a bachelor’s degree from Canisius College, he married the former Anne Kinney in Buffalo. They moved to Washington, D.C., where he received a juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law School in 1951 and served as a law clerk to the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Mr. Offermann returned to Buffalo in 1953 and joined the Phillips Lytle law firm.

In 1956, he formed the law firm Offermann, Fallon, Mahoney et al, which was located in the Statler Towers for more than 50 years. His focus was on corporate and civil litigation.

Mr. Offermann was a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and Bar Association of Erie County. In addition to leading numerous committees, he served as a delegate on the state bar’s House of Delegates and as vice president representing the Eighth Judicial District.

For the county bar, he served as director, vice president and president, and he was currently serving as chairman of its Senior Lawyers Committee.

Mr. Offermann received the New York State Bar Association Pro Bono Service award in 2007 for his work on behalf of the Volunteer Lawyers Project. He represented two elderly women who were victims of predatory lending, allowing them to save their homes.

He was a past member of the Canisius College Association’s Board of Governors, former chairman of the United Way’s Professional Division and Lawyer’s Section, past member of the Sisters of St. Joseph Lay Advisory Board and past board member of the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens.

At the time of his death, he was active in the legal field, engaged in pro bono work as well as serving as counsel to the Sisters of St. Francis of Stella Niagara and Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart. He was a lector at St. Joseph-University Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years; two sons, Francis III and Geoffrey; a daughter, Barbara; a sister, Jeanne M. Lawless; and a brother, Paul.

A memorial Mass will be offered 2 p.m. Aug. 10 in St. Joseph-University Catholic Church, 3269 Main St.

 

 

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Douglas J. Roberts Print
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Visitation:  N/A

Service:  SUNDAY: A Memorial Service will be held at The Dietrich Funeral Home, Inc. at 12 Noon. 

 ROBERTS - Douglas J.
July 17, 2013. Brother of Donna Costa;
uncle of Andrea and Lisa Costa. Doug
was a longtime employee of Louie’s
Texas Hots. Friends and family are invited
to a Memorial Service on Sunday
at 12 noon at THE DIETRICH
FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2480 Kensington
Ave., Amherst. Arrangements
by THE DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME.
Online condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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