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Visitation:  MONDAY, August 27, 2018:  2-4 & 7-9 pm at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.

Service:  TUESDAY, August 28, 2018:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am at Ss. Peter & Paul Church, Williamsville.

ROMANO - Joseph C.
August 20, 2018;
beloved husband of
the late Jennie T. (nee
Lombardo) Romano;
dearest father of Camille
(Michael) Sorenson,
Annette (Mark) Urkewich,
Joan (David) Randall and Joseph
(Karen) Romano; grandfather of Kim,
Elizabeth, Matthew, Eric, Michael,
Allison, Ashley and Kate; predeceased
by one sister and four brothers; also
survived by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends may call Monday 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 11 AM at
SS Peter and Paul Church, 5480 Main
St., Williamsville 14221. Please assemble
at church. In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made to the American Heart
Association. Condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

Joseph Charles Romano served for three years in the U.S. Army during World War II. Discharged on Dec. 12, 1945, he came home, hung his uniform in the closet, married his sweetheart, and went to work.
Seventy years later, he was welcomed home.
In 2015, Mr. Romano went to Washington, D.C., with Honor Flight Buffalo and his daughter Joan Randall as escort. He enjoyed the entire trip, but for him the highlight was the crowds that turned out at the airports in Buffalo and Baltimore to applaud, wave flags, shake the veterans' hands and thank them for their service.  "The thing he was most touched by was all the people who came out at the airport," said his son, Joseph D. Romano. "When he came back, not only were all our family members there, but there were hundreds and hundreds of people lined up. He said he was so touched, and he had never experienced that. When he came home in 1945, he just went right back to work and took care of his family."
Mr. Romano died Aug. 20, 11 days before his 96th birthday, in Elderwood at Williamsville, where he had lived for a few weeks.
Mr. Romano was born and grew up on the West Side of Buffalo, the youngest child, after siblings Louise, Sam, Peter, Charles and Louis, of immigrants Guiseppe and Carmelo (Sardo) Romano. Guiseppe Romano worked in a salt mine in Sicily and worked in construction in Buffalo; the youngest three children were born in the United States.  Mr. Romano attended McKinley High School, walking miles each day to school "in nice weather or bad weather," his son said, until a teacher found out about it and offered him bus fare in exchange for helping out at school.
After graduation from McKinley, Mr. Romano went to trade school to become a plumber. He and Jennie Lombardo, whom he had met in a neighborhood social club, became a couple.
Then World War II intruded.
Mr. Romano entered the service on Nov. 28, 1942, serving with the 460th Ordnance Evacuation Company in France during the European Campaign. Traveling on mountain roads at night, Mr. Romano transported munitions and supplies to soldiers on the front lines, then picked up prisoners of war and transported them back.  "He said it was challenging because he had to do most of the driving at night, and they would not allow him to use any headlights because they were afraid that the bombers would see and bomb the supply vehicles," said his son. "So he had to navigate these roads to and from the front lines with no lighting, which was a challenge, but every now and then he would have a moonlit night, which would help."
Mr. Romano completed three years of service, nearly two of them in Central Europe, Normandy and Northern France. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 12, 1945. Five weeks later, on Jan. 19, 1946, he and Jennie were married in St. Anthony of Padua Church in Buffalo.  "When Mom said goodbye, she didn't see him for almost three years," said Joseph D. Romano. "That's why they got married in January. All of their friends from childhood waited until June or July to get married. Mom said, 'No, I want to get married right away.' That's why they got married in January in Buffalo."
Mr. Romano's work as a plumber and later plumbing foreman for several commercial plumbing firms led to assignments on several large projects, including work at the University at Buffalo North Campus, several shopping plazas and the building in which he died, Elderwood at Williamsville. He retired in 1984 but remained a member of Plumbers Local Union 22.
Around 1950, Mr. Romano built a house on Elmview Drive in Tonawanda, where he and Jennie raised three daughters and a son. During this time, he was a member of the Sheridan Park Volunteer Fire Company.
From 1968 to 1984, they lived on Fruitwood Terrace in Amherst, then moved into an apartment in Williamsville.
The family had a cottage in Thunder Bay, Ont., for some 30 years until 2004. Mr. and Mrs. Romano cultivated a huge garden and entertained family and friends regularly, said their daughter Joan.  A devout Catholic, Mr. Romano was a parishioner of SS. Peter and Paul Church in Williamsville.  After 66 years of marriage, Mrs. Romano died on Jan. 8, 2012.
In addition to his son Joseph D. and daughter Joan Randall, Mr. Romano is survived by daughters Camille Sorenson and Annette Urkewich; eight grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday in SS. Peter and Paul Church, 5480 Main St., Williamsville.


 

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Laura B. Schmidt (nee Zimmerman) Print
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Visitation:  FRIDAY, August 24, 2018:  2-4 & 7-9 pm at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.

Service:  SATURDAY, August 25, 2018:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 8:45 am at St. Gregory the Great Church, Williamsville.

SCHMIDT - Laura B.
(nee Zimmerman)
August 20, 2018. Beloved wife of
the late Edwin J. Schmidt Sr.; loving
mother of Joseph (Athena) Schmidt,
Julie (Theodore) Richert, John (Paula)
Schmidt, William (Deborah) Schmidt,
Laurie (James) Vertino, Robert
(Susan) Schmidt, and the late Edwin
John Schmidt, Jr.; mother-in-law of
Annette (Daniel) Schmidt Pfentner; dear
grandmother of fourteen grandchildren
and two great-grandchildren; sister
of Ken and the late Ruth, William and
Clayton Zimmerman; also survived
by many nieces and nephews. Family
and friends may call Friday 2-4 and
7-9 pm at the DIETRICH FUNERAL
HOME, INC., 2480 Kensington Ave.,
Amherst. A Mass of Christian Burial
will be celebrated Saturday at 8:45 am
at St. Gregory the Great Church, 200
St. Gregory Court, Williamsville 14221.
Please assemble at church. Flowers
gratefully declined. Memorials may be
made to Hospice Buffalo, Inc. Your
online condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Timothy P. Burke "Tim" Print

 

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Visitation:  WEDNESDAY, August 22, 2018:  4-8 pm & THURSDAY, August 23, 2018:  2-5 pm at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.

Service:  FRIDAY, August 24, 2018:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 am at St. Amelia Church, Tonawanda.

BURKE - Timothy P. “Tim”
August 20, 2018; beloved husband
of Regina (nee Garey); loving father
of Kevin (Kristen) Burke, Maureen
(Mark) Mitchell, Peter Burke, Timothy
(Jennifer) Burke, Colleen (Kyle)
Sweeney and the late Sean Burke; dear
grandfather of Molly, Bridget, Caitlyn,
Erin, Emma, Maeve, Patrick, Josephine
and the late Colin; brother of Anne
(the late Thomas) Creenan, Eileen
(Charles) Lestition and the late Edward,
Sr. Sheila Anne OSF and Patrick
Burke; brother-in-law of James (the late
Mary Jo) Robertson, Margaret Burke
and Susan Burke; also survived by
many nieces and nephews. Family and
friends may call Wednesday 4-8 PM
and Thursday 2-5 PM at the DIETRICH
FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2480
Kensington Ave., Amherst. A Mass
of Christian Burial will be celebrated
on Friday at 11:30 AM at St. Amelia
Church, 2999 Eggert Rd., Tonawanda.
Please assemble at church. In lieu of
flowers, memorials may be made to
the Sean Burke Memorial Scholarship
Fund at St. Amelia’s Parish, 2999
Eggert Rd., Tonawanda, NY 14150.
Online condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

July 30, 1937 – Aug. 20, 2018

Timothy P. Burke, of Amherst, a licensed private investigator and former chief of security at Buffalo Raceway in Hamburg, died Monday in Harris Hill Nursing Home, Clarence, after a short illness. He was 81.

Born in Buffalo, the second of six children, he was a 1955 graduate of Bishop Fallon High School, attended St. Lawrence College and earned an associate’s degree from Bryant & Stratton Business Institute.

In 1956, he began working for his parents’ company, Edward J. Burke Investigation and Auto Recovery Bureau, now E. J. Burke Security, and became a vice president. In the 1960s, it was the biggest detective agency in Western New York.

He established his own firm, Tim Burke Security Service, in 1966, and did work for his late brother, Edward Jr., who founded a nationally known security and armored car company, Burke Security Inc./E. J. Burke Jr. Inc.

Mr. Burke headed security operations at Buffalo Raceway from 1984 to 1994, then was an auditor for insurance companies. In 2002, he became a child support investigator for the Erie County Department of Social Services, retiring in 2012.

Active in St. Amelia’s Catholic Church, he was a past president of the Holy Name Society and was a Holy Name Society Man of the Year. He received the Monsignor John Lodge McHugh Lifelong Service Award in 2003.

In 1986, he brought a Lotto 48 ticket at Mergi’s Meats on Brighton Road in the Town of Tonawanda and was the sole winner of the $2 million jackpot.

The first thing he did before he turned in the winning ticket was change his home phone number.

“I knew what would happen,” he told Buffalo News reporter Gene Warner. “It would have been chaos.”

His wife, the former Regina Garey, interim nurse executive at Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center, said that the windfall did not change their lives very much. They did not retire early. They did not buy an expensive home.

“We kept working and it helped pay for college education,” she said. “That Lotto ticket put five kids through college.”

They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last Oct. 21 by renewing their vows.

In recent years, they established the Sean Burke Memorial Scholarship Fund for students at St. Amelia’s School, which five of their children attended. Their son, Sean, who was a special education student, died unexpectedly 11 years ago.

In addition to his wife, survivors include three sons, Kevin, Peter and Timothy; two daughters, Maureen Mitchell and Colleen Sweeney; two sisters, Anne Creenan and Eileen Lestition; and eight grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, in St. Amelia’s Church, 2999 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda.

 

 

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Esther Joanne Gugliuzza (nee Jachimiak) Print
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Visitation:  TUESDAY, August 21, 2018: 4-7 pm & WEDNESDAY, August 22, 2018:  2-4 & 7-9pm at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.

Service:  THURSDAY, August 23, 2018:  A Funeral Service will be held at 10 am at Randall Memorial Baptist Church, Williamsville.

GUGLIUZZA - Esther Joanne
(nee Jachimiak)
August 15, 2018.
Beloved wife of 53
years to Anthony A.
Gugliuzza; loving
mother of Michael A.
Gugliuzza and Kimberly
(Sean) McPartland;
cherished Babcia of Morgan and Bailee
McPartland; dear sister of Thomas
(Joanne) Jachimiak; also survived by
many loving nieces, nephews, family,
and friends. Family and friends may call
Tuesday from 4-7 pm and Wednesday
2-4 and 7-9 pm at the DIETRICH
FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2480 Kensington
Ave., Amherst. A Funeral Service will be
held on Thursday at 10 am at Randall
Memorial Baptist Church, 6301 Main St.,
Williamsville 14221. Please assemble at
church. In lieu of flowers, memorials
may be made to Hospice Buffalo, Inc.
Your online condolences may be shared
at www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

 

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John Pawlowski Print
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Visitation:  SUNDAY, August 19, 2018:  2-4 & 7-9 pm at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.

Service: MONDAY, August 20, 2018:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 am at Christ the King Church, Snyder.

PAWLOWSKI - John
August 15, 2018;
beloved husband of 59
years to Evelyn (nee
Kruzicki) Pawlowski;
loving father of Camille
(Andrew) Irr and Kathryn
(Joseph) Rappleye; dear
grandfather of six grandchildren; brother
of Anna Pawlowski and the late Mamie
Seibert and Olga Kolotylo; uncle of three
nieces. Family and friends may call
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 9:30 AM at
Christ the King Church, 30 Lamarck Dr.,
Snyder, Please assemble at church.
Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials
may be made to Hospice Buffalo, Inc.
John served as a Buffalo Police Officer
for 32 years and was a proud World War
II Marine Corps Veteran. He was a
founding member of the Buffalo Post
Card Club, PAPAS and a member of the
Joseph Hriczko VFW Post 6245. He was
truly “One In A Million.” Your online
condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Anthony J. "Tony" Maher Print
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Visitation:  No prior visitation.

Service:  A Funeral Service was held privately.

MAHER - Anthony J. “Tony”
August 11, 2018. Beloved brother of
John (Sue), Ann (Steve Rathbun),
James R., Steve Maher and Jennifer
(Mark) Connors; dear uncle of John
L. and Michael Maher; loving son of
the late James E. and Teresa M. (nee
Burger) Maher. No prior visitation. A
Funeral Service was held privately. In
lieu of flowers, memorials may be made
to the Buffalo and Erie County Public
Library System. Arrangements by the
DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC.,
2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst. Online
condolences may be shared at
www.thedietrichfuneralhome.com

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Theodore N. Pietraszak Print
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Visitation: FRIDAY, August 17, 2018:  4-7 PM at the DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst, NY 14226.

Service: SATURDAY, August 18, 2018:  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 AM Christ the King Church, Amherst.

PIETRASZAK - Theodore N.
Died in Christ August
11, 2018; beloved
husband of Anna (nee
Kazmierczak) Pietraszak;
loving father of Carol
(Henry) Stopinski and
Julie (Robert) Zulewski;
dear grandfather of Jason and Peter
Stopinski, David, John and Sarah Zulewski;
predeceased by three brothers and two
sisters; also survived by many loving
nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Family and friends may call on Friday
from 4-7 PM at the DIETRICH FUNERAL
HOME, INC., 2480 Kensington Ave.,
Amherst, NY 14226. A Mass of Christian
Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at
9:30 AM at Christ the King Church, 30
Lamarck Dr., Amherst, NY 14226.
Please assemble at church. Your online
condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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