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 **ATTENTION - PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF DATE FOR THE VISITATION & FUNERAL SERVICE FOR ROBERT A. DICKINSON**

Visitation:  SUNDAY, February 3, 2019:  3-5 & 7-9 pm at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.

Service:  MONDAY, February 4, 2019:  A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 am at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.

DICKINSON - Robert A.
January 25, 2019; beloved husband of Nancy (nee Littlefield) Dickinson; loving father of Deborah A. (Rev. Charles) Deacon and the late David A. Dickinson. Family and friends may call Sunday, February 3, 2019 from 3-5 and 7-9 PM at the DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst, where a Funeral Service will be held on Monday, February 4, 2019 at 10:30 AM. Robert was employed with the Railroad for 47 years retiring from CSX and was a proud Korean War Veteran. Online condolences may be shared at www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

 

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Robin Jon Lindgren Print
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Visitation:  Private

Service:  Private

LINDGREN – Robin Jon
January 22, 2019.  Beloved husband of Maureen A. McCready; loving father of Heather M. Lindgren, of Modena, Italy; loving brother of James (Janice) Lindgren, of Phoenix, Arizona; uncle of nieces and nephews.  Mr. Lindgren held a degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Hampshire and a M.B.A. from Dartmouth College.  He began his business career at Corning Incorporated and eventually was Vice President of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. He was President and CEO of Mod-Pac Corporation, Morrison Industries and Hiross Inc. More recently he was a management consultant at numerous international corporations in the U.S. and worldwide.  Interment at Mount Calvary Cemetery will be scheduled.  A private celebration of life will be held at that time.  Memorials may be made to the Aurora Adult Day Services, 101 King St., Suite B, East Aurora, NY 14052.  Arrangements by the DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2480 Kensington Avenue, Amherst. Robin was a proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a member of the Saturn Club. Condolences may be shared at www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com.

Oct. 5, 1944 – Jan. 22, 2019

From modest beginnings in Concord, N.H., Robin Jon Lindgren was educated as an electrical engineer, then worked as president and chief executive officer of several local manufacturing companies.

Later, he was a business consultant, designing and implementing restructuring and other plans for many large businesses.

He was a dapper dresser, an accomplished rock climber, a lover of classical music and a true Renaissance man, said his wife, Maureen McCready.

He was modest and soft-spoken, although he would accept compliments on his made-from-scratch apple pie. He would also, his wife said, "hover on the brink of bragging" about the athletic accomplishments of his daughter, Heather, the first female player on the City Honors School ice hockey team.

Mr. Lindgren, 74, of Boston, N.Y., died Jan. 22, 2019, from complications of Alzheimer's disease. He had lived in Father Baker Manor in Orchard Park since December 2016.

He was born in Concord, N.H., on Oct. 5, 1944, the son of Milo and Cecelia (Langlois) Lindgren and younger brother of James Lindgren. Milo Lindgren owned a company that built houses.

As a youth in Concord, Mr. Lindgren worked first on a farm that supplied food to a nursing home operated by the Christian Science Church, then in the kitchen of the nursing home. Although he was never a Christian Scientist himself, he was deeply affected by the church's teachings, said his wife, preferring to use the power of his intellect to overcome a headache rather than take an aspirin.

As a teenager, Mr. Lindgren became proficient at restoring old cars and turning them into drag racers.

He won a New Hampshire science contest, blowing up his high school’s science lab in the process, his wife said.

He told the story of sneaking away from his parents’ home in Concord to travel to Manchester, where he won first place in a dance contest by doing the Twist.

Mr. Lindgren joined the United States Air Force in February 1964. He was stationed in France, working as a mechanic on the communications equipment of cargo planes. After being teased mercilessly about his New Hampshire accent, his wife said, "with characteristic competence and resolve, he dispatched his accent." For the rest of his life, the only remaining clue to his New England upbringing was his pronunciation of the word “father.”

Mr. Lindgren turned down his commanding officers' suggestion that he enroll in Officer Training School and was honorably discharged from the Air Force in January 1970.

In 1972, he earned a bachelor's degree with honors in electrical engineering from the University of New Hampshire. He earned a master's degree in business administration from the Amos Tuck School of Business Management at Dartmouth College in 1974.

A member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, he became a board member in his early 20s.

His first job after college was at Corning Inc., where Mr. Lindgren conceived a plan for Corning to manufacture ceramic catalytic converters and supply them to Detroit automakers. This venture significantly improved Corning’s finances.

He was director of materials management at Schering-Plough Corp. in Kenilworth, N.J., from 1981 to 1984, then a vice president at Bristol Myers Squibb Co. in Syracuse from 1984 to 1988. There he was responsible for worldwide purchasing, logistics and material functions throughout the company’s 12 pharmaceutical plants.

Despite considerable success at Fortune 100 companies, Mr. Lindgren yearned to be in charge of a company. So in 1988 he relocated to Buffalo, to become president and chief executive officer of Mod-PAC Corporation, where he worked from 1988 to 1990.

From 1990 to 1992, he was president and chief executive officer of Morrison Industries in Buffalo, where he led the $15 million truck body manufacturer through a business turnaround and venture formation.

From 1992 to 1994, Mr. Lindgren was president and chief executive officer of Hiross Inc. in Niagara Falls. He brought the company into EPA, DEC and OSHA compliance and ended six consecutive years of losses.

From 1994 until his retirement in 2010, Mr. Lindgren worked as a management consultant. His wife said in that work he combined "his vast technical knowledge and business experience with his strong intellect to provide astute analysis of both complicated systems and of people."

Mr. Lindgren and McCready, an attorney, married on Sept. 19, 2010.

Besides rock- and ice-climbing, Mr. Lindgren loved observing nature, skiing, biking, boating, camping and telling stories of his adventures on the Contoocook River when he was growing up. He was a man of easy elegance, with sophisticated tastes and an encyclopedic knowledge of classical music, and a spousal member of the Saturn Club.

Besides his wife and daughter, Heather M. Lindgren, he is survived by his brother, James Lindgren.

A private celebration of Mr. Lindgren’s life will be held at the convenience of the family.

 

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Ronald J. Delorme Print
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Visitation:  SUNDAY, January 27, 2019:  2-4 & 7-9 pm at The Dietrich funeral Homes, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.

Service:

DELORME - Ronald J.
Suddenly January 22, 2019. Beloved
husband of 32 years to Mary Delorme;
loving father of Melissa (Keith)
and Robert (Jennifer); cherished
grandfather of Dylan and Evan; brother
of Donna (Bill) Wall. Family and friends
may call on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9
PM at the DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME
INC., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst,
NY 14226. Online condolences may be
shared at www.thedietrichfuneralhome.com

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Genevieve A. Yandell (nee Comber) Print
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Visitation:  FRIDAY, January 25, 2019:  2-4 & 7-9 pm at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave. Amherst.

Service:  SATURDAY, January 26, 2019:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 am at Ss. Peter & Paul Church, Williamsville.

YANDELL - Genevieve A.
(nee Comber)
January 20, 2019. Beloved wife of the
late William A. Yandell; loving mother of
Ulla Geralyn Yandell and Jeanne Koch;
dear grandmother of Genevieve, Rose,
William, Sarah “Rhea”, Paul, Maryclaire,
Bret, Johanna, and Peter; greatgrandmother
of 17; predeceased by five
brothers and two sisters; also survived
by many nieces and nephews. Family
and friends may call Friday 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 Saturday at 9:30 AM at
SS. Peter & Paul Church, 5480 Main St.,
Amherst 14221. Please assemble at church.
Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials to
the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association,
74 Franklin St., Suite 110, Buffalo, NY
14202. Condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Raymond W. Balzer Print
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Visitation:  SATURDAY, January 26, 2019: 10 am  - 12 Noon at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.

Service:  SATURDAY, January 26, 2018:  A Memorial Service will be held at 12 Noon at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.

BALZER - Raymond W.
January 7, 2019. Beloved husband of
Judith (nee Lawler) Balzer; loving father
of Jennifer (Richard) Freeda and Alison
(Patrick) Mackey; dear grandfather
of Anna, Gabi, Jameson, Benjamin
and Nathaniel; brother of Robin (Roy)
Henseler and the late Richard Balzer;
brother-in-law of Nancy Balzer; also
survived by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends may call Saturday,
January 26, 2019 from 10-12 Noon
at the DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME,
2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst, where
a Memorial Service will be held at 12
Noon. Ray was the owner of Ray’s
Wickerware on Elmwood Ave. Flowers
gratefully declined. Memorials may be
made to the Lipsey Veterinary Clinic at
the SPCA. Share online condolences at
www.thedietrichfuneralhome.com.

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James J. Mooney Print
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Visitation:  SUNDAY, January 27, 2019:  4-7 pm at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.

Service:  MONDAY, January 28, 2019:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 am at Christ the King Church, Snyder.

MOONEY - James J.
January 9, 2019; beloved husband of the
late Beverly (nee Lauer) Mooney; loving
father of Michael (Jean), Thomas (Jill)
and Patrick (Debra) Mooney; loving
grandfather of seven grandchildren;
brother of Alice (David) Lindahl and the
late Vernon (Jean) and Virgil (Caroline)
Mooney; also survived by nieces and
nephews. Family and friends may
call Sunday, January 27, 2019, from
4-7 PM at the DIETRICH FUNERAL
HOME, INC., 2480 Kensington Ave.,
Amherst. Mass of Christian Burial will
be celebrated on Monday, January 28,
2019, at 9:30 AM at Christ the King
Church, 30 Lamarck Dr., Snyder. Please
assemble at church. Flowers gratefully
declined. Memorials may be made to
the Amherst Public Library or Buffalo
State College. Share condolences at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

Aug. 1, 1930 — Jan. 9, 2019

James J. Mooney taught industrial arts at Buffalo State College for more than a quarter century, from the mid-1960s until the early 1990s.

But he was well known in many places, from Christ the King Church in Snyder to the Amherst cafes where he met friends for coffee every morning and evening after his wife died.

His enjoyment of people was surpassed only by his love for his family, who remember him as a beloved father and grandfather who led the family in outdoor activities and basement projects.

Mr. Mooney, 88, professor emeritus at Buffalo State, died Jan. 9, 2019, in Elderwood at Williamsville after a period of failing health.

He was born on Aug. 1, 1930, in Millbank, S.D., the second son of Cornelius Mooney and Christine (Pillatzki) Mooney. Cornelius Mooney was a farmer and later worked nights in a grocery store distribution center. They raised their family, which included Mr. Mooney's siblings — Vernon, Virgil and Alice — in Delano, Miss.

Mr. Mooney graduated from local schools and went on to Ellendale Normal School in Ellendale, N.D., where he played college football and earned a bachelor’s degree, the first in his family to do so.

He served in the U.S. Army from October 1952 until October 1954, during the Korean conflict.

Mr. Mooney was stationed at Fort Knox. With aid from the GI Bill, he earned a master’s degree in education from Colorado State University. While teaching at Mankato State University in Minnesota, Mr. Mooney met Beverly Lauer.

They married on Dec. 26, 1960, in Waterville, Minn., and had three sons.

Mr. Mooney earned a doctorate in education at the University of Maryland.

An industrial arts teaching position at Buffalo State brought the family to Snyder, where the Mooneys raised their sons on Mount Vernon Avenue.

Mr. Mooney held various leadership positions in his field, which later became known as industrial technology.

"Typically, he worked with the students who were preparing to be teachers," said his son Michael. Besides teaching, he observed and evaluated student teachers in their placements, his son said.

He retired from Buffalo State in the early 1990s.

He was the past president of the Buffalo Ski Club and the Central Amherst Little League and a loyal volunteer in his parish, Christ the King.

He always had a project in progress, his family said. He built a full-sized canoe in his basement with his sons and a barn at his cabin south of Buffalo.

Mr. Mooney enjoyed camping, travel, skiing, golf, fixing things and good conversation, his family said.

He doted on his sons and grandchildren, reading stories in funny voices.

Mr. Mooney's wife, Beverly, died in 2005 after 45 years of marriage. After a short time, his son said, because "he wasn't cooking very well," Mr. Mooney developed a daily routine. He met a group of male friends for coffee and breakfast in the morning in the McDonald's on Kensington Avenue near Harlem Road, and met a different group around dinnertime in the Tim Hortons in the Walker Center on Main Street.

He did this for almost a decade before moving into assisted living in 2015, his son said.

Besides his son Michael, Mr. Mooney is survived by his sons Thomas and Patrick; seven grandchildren; a sister, Alice Lindahl; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be said at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28, in Christ the King Church, 30 Lamarck Drive, Snyder.

 

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Susan M. Brace-Parot Print
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Visitation:  No prior visitation

Service:  TUESDAY, January 22, 2019:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 am at Christ the King Church, Snyder.

BRACE-PAROT - Susan M.
(nee Balester)
January 14, 2019; cherished companion
and loving friend of Gregory K. Brace;
loving mother of Gregory K. Brace, Jr.;
daughter of Anthony and Judy Balester;
sister of Anthony (Patricia), Christine
(Steven), James (Diane Block); also
survived by many nieces and nephews.
No prior visitation. A Mass of Christian
Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday
at 9:30 AM at Christ the King Church,
30 Lamarck Dr., Amherst, NY 14226.
Please assemble at church. Flowers
gratefully declined. Memorials may be
made to Hospice Buffalo. Arrangements
by DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC.
Online condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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