Kathleen M. Webster (nee Chalupka) Print
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Visitation:  MONDAY, March 18, 2018:  2-5 pm at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave. Amherst.

Service:  MONDAY, March 18, 2018:  A Funeral Service will be held at 5 pm at the conclusionof the visitation.

WEBSTER - Kathleen M.
(nee Chalupka)
March 14, 2019. Loving mother of Angel
(Michael Mack) Pettengill; grandmother
of Alessandra Mack; daughter of Dorothy
(late Frank) Chalupka; sister of four
sisters and two brothers; predeceased
by two sisters; also survived by nieces
and nephews. Family and friends
may call Monday from 2-5 PM at THE
DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC.,
2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst, where
a Funeral Service will be held at 5 PM.
Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials
may be made to the Erie County Medical
Center. Condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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JoAnne M. Norman (nee Gerace) Print
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Visitation:  No prior visitation.

Service:  MONDAY, March 18, 2019:  A Memorial Service will be held at 11 am at Crossroads Lutheran Church, Amherst.

NORMAN - JoAnne M.
(nee Gerace)
You’re the first, the last, our everything.
March 14, 2019. Beloved wife and
BFF of Robert B. Norman for 58 years.
Precious mother, “My Girl” of Debra
(Kenneth) Beasor and the late Stephen
Norman; special “Jo Jo” to Breanna
and Kayla; mother-in-law of Tracy
Norman; sister of Robert Gerace and
the late Michael Gerace; also survived
by nieces, nephews, cousins and
friends. A Memorial Service will be held
on Monday at 11 AM at Crossroads
Lutheran Church, 4640 Main St., at
Burroughs Dr., Amherst, NY 14226,
where memorials may be made, or to
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,
in lieu of flowers. Arrangements by THE
DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC.
Online condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Robert R. Hartmann Print

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Visitation:  No prior visitation.

Service:  TUESDAY, March 19, 2019:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am at Our Lady of Peace Church, Clarence, NY.

HARTMANN - Robert R. “Bob”
March 13, 2019, beloved
husband of Rita (nee
Zanner) Hartmann;
loving father of Robert
P. (Heather) Hartmann,
Heidi (Michael) Mahoney,
Lori (Gary) Kaczor and
Amy (Michael) Gilbert; dear grandfather
of 12 grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren;
 brother of Maryann (late Robert), Millie (Donald)
and the late Elizabeth (Raymond); also survived by
many nieces and nephews. No prior
visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will
be celebrated on Tuesday at Our Lady
of Peace Church, 10950 Main St.,
Clarence, NY 14031, at 11 AM. Flowers
gratefully declined. Memorials may be
made to Hospice Buffalo. Online
condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Nancy L. Smith (nee Hedger) Print
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Visitation:  No prior visitation.

Service:  SATURDAY, March 16, 2019:  A Memorial Service will be held at 11 am at Amherst Community Church.

SMITH - Nancy L. (nee Hedger)
January 22, 2019. Beloved wife of the
late Addison M. Smith; loving mother
of Kathryn (Carl) Freeburg and Sharon
(Albert) Zahniser; grandmother of
Leanne, Matthew, Ayjay, and Nicholas;
great-grandmother of Nikolai Eads;
sister of Donald (Irene) Hedger;
also survived by one niece and one
nephew. A Memorial Service will be
held at Amherst Community Church on
Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 11 AM.
Arrangements by DIETRICH FUNERAL
HOME, INC. Online condolences may be
shared at www.thedietrichfuneralhome.com

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Dorothy L. Kratz (nee Mack) Print
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Visitation:   WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019:  4-7 pm at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.

Service:  WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019:  A Funeral Service will be held at the conclusion of the visitation at 7 pm.

KRATZ - Dorothy L. (nee Mack)
March 10, 2019. Beloved wife of the late
Peter W. Kratz; loving mother of John
Kratz and Judith (Thomas) Varano;
dear grandmother of Ericka Kratz,
Jamie and Jenna Varano; sister of
Helen (the late Gerald) Kipp and the late
Marland Mack, Ruth Briel and Robert
Mack; dear aunt of several nieces and
nephews; also survived by her beloved
cat “Miss Beans.” Family and friends
may call on Wednesday from 4-7 PM at
the DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC.,
2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst, where
a Funeral Service will be held at 7 PM.
Memorials may be made to Amherst
Community Church or the Erie County
SPCA. Online condolences may be shared
at www.thedietrichfuneralhome.com

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Lea M. Medinac Print
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Visitation:  No prior visitation.

Service:  Funeral Services were held privately.

MEDINAC - Lea M.
(nee Drnovsek)
March 9, 2019, beloved wife of the late
Felix Medinac; loving mother of Slawko
(late Ann) Medinac; dear grandmother
of Jeremy Medinac and Alixandre
Medinac; predeceased by five sisters
and one brother; also survived by
nieces and nephews. Funeral services
were privately held. Arrangements by
DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC.
Online condolences may be shared at
www.thedietrichfuneralhome.com

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John Clifton Wallace Print
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Visitation: Tuesday from 4-7 PM at the DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst

Service: A funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 10 AM at the DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst

WALLACE - John Clifton  March 8, 2019, beloved husband of 66 years to Helen P. (Bogdan) Wallace; loving father of John C. (Patricia) Wallace Jr. and Patricia (Dr. Gary Nickard) Wallace; dear grandfather of John L. Wallace and Caitlyn (James) Potts; great-grandfather of Brennan Potts; brother of David D. Wallace; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Family and friends may call on Tuesday from 4-7 PM at the DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst, where a funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 10 AM. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Online condolences may be shared at www.thedietrichfuneralhome.com

July 19, 1931 — March 8, 2019

As a cancer research scientist at Roswell Park, John Clifton Wallace was focused and serious.

But on vacation, particularly while spending summers with his family in a friend's cabin at Windmill Point, he had an impish side.

He once filled a laundry bag with helium, attached lighted candles and pie plates, and launched it over Lake Erie "to the consternation of the locals," said his daughter, Patricia Wallace Nickard. Reports of the shiny flying object made the local news, she said, laughing.

"He liked to use his knowledge of science to cause mayhem," she said.

Mr. Wallace, of Snyder, who was known as Jack, died March 8, 2019, in the Rosa Coplon Living Center, where he had lived for a short time. He was 87.

He was born July 19, 1931, in Buffalo, the oldest son of Clifton Dewey Wallace and Helen Jaeckle Wallace. His father was a haberdasher and his mother sold Elizabeth Arden cosmetics. "They were a very dapper family," said Patricia Nickard.

Mr. Wallace graduated from Lafayette High School, and on Oct. 11, 1952, married Helen P. Bogdan. The same year, he was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

An expert marksman, he served with the 45th Infantry Division. He fought at Pork Chop Hill as a forward observer for a mortar battery. "He was about 100 yards away from Pork Chop Hill with his battery," said Mr. Wallace's son-in-law, Gary Nickard. "He was in front of them, so he was more exposed to fire." At that battle, Mr. Wallace was struck in the head by a shell fragment and later awarded the Purple Heart. He was discharged in 1954 with the rank of first sergeant.

He served briefly in the Army Security Agency, then returned to Western New York and resumed his education. He earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1963 and a magna cum laude master's degree in 1968, both from the University at Buffalo. At UB, Mr. Wallace also completed the coursework in 1983 for a doctorate in biophysics.

After working briefly as a metallurgist at Bethlehem Steel and as an analytical chemist in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, he started work at Roswell Park in 1960. Mr. Wallace became a cancer research scientist in the Department of Biophysics.

His pioneering research included studies of X-ray diffraction and nuclear magnetic resonance imaging on such anti-cancer compounds as interferon. He produced numerous exotic chemical compounds for research and clinical trials in his laboratory and was co-author of 18 scientific papers.

From 1969 to 1975, Mr. Wallace taught geochemistry and biology at Buffalo State College; from 1979 to 1983 he taught mathematics, physics and mineralogy at UB.

He retired from Roswell Park in 2000, but continued to work there as a consultant, his daughter said.

Mr. Wallace was proud of his ancestry, which he traced back to the Scottish clan Wallace. His ancestors included three Revolutionary War soldiers, two of them colonels of militia, and a Civil War soldier. His family said his favorite toast was "To the Continental Congress and confusion to King George."

A member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Mr. Wallace was a passionate amateur astronomer and naturalist who specialized in spotting atmospheric phenomena with the naked eye, binoculars or a 1960s-era telescope.

His family said Mr. Wallace was an omnivorous reader of history and science, often scribbling notes in the margins of his books to "argue" with the authors, and an amateur historian of Western New York and the Niagara region of Canada.

He loved vacationing and traveling in Canada and hosting international visitors at the cabin. He was an avid fresh water fisherman.

He was a photography enthusiast, a talented amateur painter and skilled draftsman, said his daughter, as well as a classical music enthusiast, amateur violinist and pianist and an avid reader of Shakespeare.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Mr. Wallace was active with the Republican Party, assisting with Jack Kemp's congressional campaigns. As a scientific expert, he assisted then-Amherst Town Board Member Bill Kindel on environmental issues, including establishment of the LaClair-Kindel Wildlife Sanctuary.

A loving grandfather, his daughter said Mr. Wallace "never missed a recital, concert, or event in his grandchildren’s lives."

Besides his daughter and his wife of 66 years, Helen P. Wallace, Mr. Wallace is survived by his son, John C. Wallace Jr.; brother, David D. Wallace; two grandchildren and one great-grandson and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Dietrich Funeral Home, 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst. Memorials may be made to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

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