Ernst H. Beutner Print

Visitation:  FRIDAY: 2-4 & 7-9 PM and SATURDAY: 2-4 & 7-8 PM at The Dietrich Funeral Home, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst

Service:  SATURDAY:  A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday at 4 PM at The Dietrich Funeral Home, Inc.

  BEUTNER - Ernst H.
June 10, 2013, beloved husband of
Gloria P. Beutner; loving father of Eric
W. (Lidia), Karen (Todd) Banach, Jean
and the late Ann Beutner; loving grandfather
of Sarah and Clark Banach and
David Kuipers; great-grandfather of
Ernesto and Azrael Weber; brother of
the late Karl Beutner. Friends may call
Friday 2-4 and 7-9 and Saturday 2-4
and 7-8 PM at the DIETRICH FUNERAL
HOME INC., 2480 Kensington Ave.,
Amherst, where a Funeral Service will
be held on Saturday at 4 PM. Flowers
gratefully declined. Memorials may be
made to Hospice Buffalo. Condolences


Aug. 27, 1923 – June 10, 2013

Ernst Herman Beutner, renowned for his research in dermatology, died Monday in his Amherst home after a short illness. He was 89.

A professor emeritus of microbiology and dermatology at the University at Buffalo, he founded and directed an independent dermatological research laboratory that bears his name.

Born in Berlin, Germany, the son of a chemist and a pharmacologist, he came to the U.S. with his parents as an infant. Drafted into the Army the year after he began attending Pennsylvania State University, he was assigned as an interpreter for German prisoners of war.

Discharged in 1945, he returned to Penn State and developed an interest in bacteriology. After completing his doctorate in 1951 at the University of Pennsylvania, he took positions with Sias Labs in Brookline, Mass., and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He came to UB in 1956.

Working under Ernest Witebsky in the Department of Bacteriology and Immunology, he specialized in the use of immunofluorescence (IF) for studies of autoimmune diseases in animals and humans.

Dr. Beutner and his colleagues led eight international conferences on the standardization of IF, which resulted in mandated proficiency tests for antinuclear antibodies across the U.S.

In 1965, he and his associates discovered the role of autoimmunity in two skin diseases with high mortality rates, pemphigus and pemphigold.

This led to a 25-year collaboration with two Polish researchers, Tadeusz Chorzelski and Stephanie Jablonska, that resulted in 125 publications on autoimmune diseases of the skin and other connective tissues, including studies on Celiac disease, psoriasis and dermatitis herpetiformis, a chronic blistering skin condition.

He founded Beutner Labs in 1992 and served as director until retiring last year. The lab specializes in studies of blistering diseases, lupus and psoriasiform eruptions, and provides the only nationwide proficiency tests for pemphigus and pemphigold.

He received numerous honors, awards and fellowships from schools and medical societies around the world.

Survivors include his wife, Gloria P.; a son, Eric W.; and two daughters, Karen Banach and Jean.

Services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday in Dietrich Funeral Home, 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.


Curtis T. Barber Print

Visitation:  TUESDAY - 2-4 & 7-9 PM at The Dietrich Funeral Home, Inc.

Service:   THURSDAY - A Funeral Service will be held at 2 PM at Christ United Methodist Church. BARBER - Curtis T. June 7, 2013, loving husband of 63 years to Louise (Stowell) Barber; loving father of Kathleen Barber and Christine (William) Holdsworth; brother of the late Kathleen (Conrad) Link; survived by nieces and nephews. Friends may call Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at THE DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, 2480 Kensington. A Memorial Service will be held Thursday at 2 PM at Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road where memorials may be made or to Beaver Meadows Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Rd., North Java, NY 14113 in lieu of flowers. Online condolences at


Oct. 24, 1921 – June 7, 2013

Curtis T. Barber, of Amherst, a World War II veteran, active volunteer and official of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, died Friday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 91.

Mr. Barber retired in 1986 after working in the public transportation field for 38 years, first with the International Railway Co. and later with the NFTA.

When he retired, Mr. Barber was the NFTA’s vice president for transportation, in charge of the operations of all Metro Bus routes in Erie and Niagara counties.

Born in Silver Creek, he was raised in Fredonia, where he attended grade school and middle school. After attending Wheaton College for a brief time, his college education was interrupted by four years of service in World War II with the Army Air Forces.

During the war, he served in the Southwest Pacific Theater, in the headquarters squadron of Bomber Command of the Fifth Air Force. He saw extensive combat in New Guinea and the Philippines, and served as a crew chief and flight engineer on B-25 bombers.

After the war, he completed his education at Syracuse University, where he graduated from the School of Business Administration in 1948. He then began his career in public transportation.

Mr. Barber was well-known for his commitment as a volunteer with several area organizations. He was a docent at the Buffalo Zoo, a tour leader at Tifft Farm Nature Preserve and a tour leader at the Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, where he also served on a committee that oversaw construction of a new visitors center in the 1990s.

He was also a volunteer at Amherst Meals on Wheels, a volunteer instructor with AARP’s 55 Alive Mature Driving Program and a volunteer with the state Library for the Blind and Visually Handicapped, which named him its Volunteer of the Year for 1994.

Mr. Barber was a member of Christ United Methodist Church for 58 years. He also was a member of Delta Nu Alpha transportation fraternity and was president of the Syracuse University Alumni Club of Western New York. That group named him Member of the Year in 1988.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, the former Louise Stowell; and two daughters, Kathleen, and Christine Holdsworth.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road, Amherst.

– Dan Herbeck


Michael L. Clark Print

Visitation:    N/A

Service:  A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday at the chapel at Acacia Park Cemetery at 10 AM.  

Service: CLARK - Michael L.
June 4, 2013. Born in Buffalo he is
the son of Leo and Norma Clark; he is
survived by his siblings Diane (Roger)
Brueckman, Pamela Clark Gyllenboga
and Linda Clark Wuensch as well as
numerous nieces and nephews. The
family will hold a memorial service on
Sunday, June 9 at 10 AM at the chapel
located in Acacia Park Cemetery, 4215
Tonawanda Creek Rd., N. Tonawanda.
Rev. Robert Fink will be officiating. In
lieu of flowers, donations can be made
in his name to Save-A-Pet, PO Box
114, Newfane, NY 14108. Arrangements
HOME, INC. Online condolences will be accessible on Saturday at


Gregory P. Caruana Print


Visitation:  SUNDAY 2-4 & 7-9 PM at The Dietrich Funeral Home Inc.

Service:   MONDAY  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:00 AM at St. Gregory the Great Church.

signguestbook.pngCARUANA - Gregory P.
June 3, 2013, beloved
son of Mary (late
Joseph Jr.) Caruana;
loving father of
Michelle (Dennis)
Bialkowski, Scott
(Lauren) Caruana and
Jaclyn Caruana; loving brother of
Douglas, Joseph, Michael (Diane),
Mark (Ann) and Mary (Wilhelm)
Antensteiner; survived by nieces and
nephews. Friends may call on Sunday
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 Monday at
9 AM at St. Gregory the Great Church,
200 St. Gregory Ct., Williamsville.
Please assemble at church. Online
condolences may be made at

Gerard W. Schmidt Print

Visitation:  N/A

Service:  A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, June 6 at Christ United Methodist Church at 6:30 PM.

signguestbook.pngSCHMIDT - Gerard W.
May 30, 2103 cherished and devoted
husband of Fay E. (Smith) Schmidt; loving
father of Thomas (Karen) Schmidt;
brother of the late Anita (William) Stanley;
survived by several nieces and
nephews. A memorial service will be
held on Thursday at 6:30 PM at Christ
United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga
Rd. Amherst. Please assemble
at church. Flowers gratefully declined.
Memorials may be made to a charity of
your choice. Arrangements by the
Online condolences will be accessible and may be shared on Wednesday  at

Carol McRae Print

Visitation:   N/A

Service:  SATURDAY -  Memorial Mass will be celebrated on June 8 at 11 AM at St. Mary's Church - Swormville.

 McRAE - carol
(nee Heintzman)
May 1, 2013, beloved wife of the late
Edward F. McRae; loving mother of
Robert A., Kenneth M. (Sandra) Files-
McRae and Cathy Muellerschoen;
grandmother of Christopher and
Andrew Muellerschoen. A Memorial
Mass will be celebrated on June 8th
at 11 AM at St. Mary’s Church, 6919
Transit Rd., Swormville. Flowers
declined. Memorials to the YMCA or
Hospice of Buffalo. Arrangements by
On-line condolences may be shared at


Nancy Elliott (Gerry) Print

Visitation:   N/A

Service:  SATURDAY - A Memorial Service will be held on June 8, 2013 at 10 AM at Amherst Community Church.  

 ELLIOTT - Nancy
(nee Gerry)
May 26, 2013, beloved wife of William
Elliott; loving mother of Laurie Elliott
Krajna, William (Betsy) Elliott and
Susan (Mark) Nagy; loving Nanny of
Matthew, Eric and Scott Krajna, Peter,
Lauren and Drew Elliott, Ryan, Morgan,
Samantha and Ben Nagy; sister
of Jill (Michael) Cline and James (Julie)
Gerry; daughter of the late James Cecil
Gerry and Alice Teal Gerry. Friends are
welcome to attend a Memorial Service
Saturday, June 8 at 10 AM at Amherst
Community Church, 77 Washington
Hwy., Amherst, NY. Flowers are gratefully
declined. Memorials may be made
to the Amherst Community Church. Arrangements
HOME INC. On-Line condolences may
be made at www.TheDietrichFuneral


March 28, 1937 – May 26, 2013

Nancy G. Elliott, who organized and led group tours around the world, died Sunday in her Amherst home after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 76.

Born Nancy Gerry in Buffalo, she attended School 56. She was a 1954 graduate of the Buffalo Seminary and a 1958 graduate of Denison University, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

A certified travel consultant and group leader, Mrs. Elliott worked in the travel industry for nearly 40 years, beginning part time at Certified Travel of Buffalo and advancing to vice president of group travel and sales.

Mrs. Elliott organized and led an annual special group trip to London for more than 20 years. She also conducted contract tours to the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii and Ireland, and organized and led theme tours to Scandinavia, Panama, Alaska, Western and Eastern Europe, Japan and Venezuela.

She was a member of Amherst Community Church and the PEO sorority.

She took camping trips in the U.S. and Canada, and Bareboat charters in the Caribbean with her family and maintained a summer cottage in the Finger Lakes.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, William A.; two daughters, Laurie E. Krajna and Susie E. Nagy; a son, William G.; a sister, Jill Cline; and a brother, James E. Gerry.

A service will be at 10 a.m. June 8 in Amherst Community Church, 77 Washington Highway, Snyder.


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