Francis E. Scolese Print
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Visitation:  SUNDAY, January 20, 2019:  2-4 & 7-9 pm at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.

Service:  MONDAY, January 21, 2019:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 am at Christ the King Church

SCOLESE - Francis E.
January 15, 2019. Beloved husband of
58 years to Gloria S. (Palisano) Scolese;
loving father of Mary Leonardi (Glenn),
Amy Weiss (John), Paul Scolese
(Kathryn Doherty); dear grandfather
of Daniel (fiancee Jamie), Matthew,
Mark, Elle, Patrick, Katie, Connor, Mary,
Annie, P.J., and Margaret; brother of Rose
Marie Beltrami and the late Anthony
and Christopher Scolese; brother-in-law of
Joanne (Carmen) Seminara, Samuel
(Charlotte) Palisano; also survived by many
nieces and nephews. Family and 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 9:30 AM at
Christ the King Church, 30 Lamarck Dr.,
Amherst, NY. Please assemble at church.
Online condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Barbara L. Schrader (nee Bugbee) Print
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Visitation:  SUNDAY, January 13, 2019:  3-6 pm and MONDAY, January 14, 2019:  2-4 & 6-8 pm at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.

Service:  TUESDAY, January 15, 2019:  A Funeral Service will be held at 10 am at Parkside Lutheran Church, Buffalo.  Please assembe at Church.

SCHRADER - Barbara L. (nee Bugbee)
January 9, 2019. Beloved wife of the late Robert G. Schrader; loving mother of Carl,
Thomas and William Klein; step-mother of Julie (Patrick) Niemira and Richard (Lisa) Schrader;
loving grandmother and great-grandmother of many grandchildren; sister of Martha
 (the late David) Host and Burton Bugbee; also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends may call Sunday from 3-6 PM and Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the
Dietrich funeral home, inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst. A Funeral Service will be held
on Tuesday at 10 AM at Parkside Lutheran Church, 2 Wallace Ave., at Depew and Lincoln
Ave., Buffalo, NY 14214. Please assemble at church.
 Online condolences may be shared at www.thedietrichfuenralhome.com

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Chester J. "Chet" Pawenska Print
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Visitation:  THURSDAY, January 10, 2019:  4-7 pm and FRIDAY, January 11, 2019:  2-4 & 6-8 pm at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.

Service:  SATURDAY, January 12, 2019:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 am at St. Gregory the Great Chruch, Williamsville.

PAWENSKA - Chester J. “Chet”
January 8, 2019. Beloved husband of
64 years to the late Helen A. (Barrett)
Pawenska; loving father of Maureen
(Michael) Gallagher, Karen (Jack)
Rogowski, and Laure (Alan) Bowman;
grandfather of Matthew (Kristin),
Andrew and Madeline Rogowski,
Alena, Nate and Audrey Bowman, and
Kristin (Dale Heeks) Gallagher, Sean
(Rochelle), Sarah, Joseph, Angela, and
Brendan Gallagher, and Julie (Scott)
Miller; great-grandfather of eight;
brother of Stanley (Rita) Pawenski;
also survived by several nieces
and nephews. Family and friends
may call on Thursday from 4-7PM,
and Friday, 2-4 and 6-8PM at THE
DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2480
Kensington Ave., Amherst. A Mass of
Christian Burial will be celebrated on
Saturday at 10:30AM, at St. Gregory
The Great Church, 200 St. Gregory
Court, Williamsville, please assemble
at church. Flowers gratefully declined.
Memorials may be made to, Canisius
High School or Canisius College
(Pawenska Family Scholarship Fund).
Online condolences may be shared at
www.thedietrichfuneralhome.com

July 18, 1929 – Jan. 8, 2019

Chester "Chet" Pawenska loved people.

"He never met a stranger," said his daughter Karen Rogowski. "He never walked away from meeting somebody without knowing their name and how to spell it, where they came from and where they went to school."

He actively supported his alma maters, Canisius High School and Canisius College.

But most of all, he cherished his wife, three daughters, 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. "Family was everything to him," said Rogowski.

Mr. Pawenska, of Amherst, an Allstate Insurance agent for 47 years, died Jan. 8, 2019, in the rehab facility of Brothers of Mercy in Clarence. He was 89.

He was the first child of Polish immigrants John and Caroline (Janusik) Pawenska, and the brother of Stanley. The family lived on Lathrop Street when Mr. Pawenska a child, then moved into a modest wood-frame house on Sattler Avenue that had no basement. Mr. Pawenska and his father, who was a bricklayer for a railroad, dug a basement that eventually held a workbench, summer kitchen, washing machine and shelves for home-canned foods, said Karen Rogowski.

Mr. Pawenska graduated from Canisius High School in 1947 and earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Canisius College in 1952.

When he was a student at Canisius College, he met Helen Barrett, a student nurse in the Sisters Hospital School of Nursing, on a blind date on New Year's Eve. One of Mr. Pawenska's friends, who had a date but no car, asked Mr. Pawenska if he could drive both couples if the friend could find him a date. The arrangement worked out and the couple married on April 14, 1952, in St. James Catholic Church.

After graduating from Canisius, Mr. Pawenska worked in quality control at International Milling in Buffalo.

He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in April of 1953, serving at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas and Keesler Air Force Base in  Mississippi and achieving the rank of 2nd lieutenant. He then served in the Air Force Reserves until the early 1960s.

In 1954, he began working for Allstate Insurance at a stand-up sales booth in the Sears Roebuck store at the Thruway Plaza in Cheektowaga. He also made house calls. He later worked in an Allstate office at 3800 Union Road in Cheektowaga, then opened his own office on George Urban Boulevard in Depew.

He received the Allstate Honor Ring for high achievement and many other awards during his career. He retired in 2001.

After retirement, "He lived for his grandchildren," said Rogowski. "Our kids were always involved with sports and activities, and my parents were always there for every event."

Mr. Pawenska was known for being dapper, said his daughter. "He always wore a suit and tie to work, a sport coat to church, and he still had a full head of hair, so he always carried a comb in his pocket."

He was a member of the Alumni Board of Directors at Canisius College and past president of its Alumni Association. He was inducted into its DiGamma Honor Society  and received the LaSalle Medal, the highest honor bestowed on an alumnus for service to the college. He was a member of its Leadership Society, the Rev. James M. Demske ’47 SJ Society and the Blue and Gold Athletic Booster Club. He chaired reunions and fundraising campaigns and was a committee member and past chair of the annual Little Three Golf Tournament.

In 1999, the Pawenskas began to spend time in Naples, Fla., where Mr. Pawenska joined the planning committee for Canisius events. On their 50th and 60th wedding anniversaries, the Pawenskas renewed their wedding vows. Mrs. Pawenska died on June 9, 2016.

An avid golfer, Mr. Pawenska was an active 40-year member of the Park Country Club of Buffalo and a former member of its Board of Governors. He was also active in the Naples Heritage Golf and Country Club in Florida, and had two holes-in-one over the years, one in each of his clubs.

Since 1966, he was an active parishioner of St. Gregory the Great Church in Amherst and a member of its men's golf league. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus Father Justin Council.

He was active in the Buffalo Bills Quarterback Club and Bills Backers Club of Naples and a member of the Polish Arts Club of Buffalo.

Mr. Pawenska is survived by his daughters Maureen Gallagher, Karen Rogowski and Laure Bowman; 13 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; his brother, Stanley Pawenski, and several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court, Amherst. Memorials may be made to Canisius High School or the Pawenska Family Scholarship Fund at Canisius College.

 

 

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Michael E. Davidovich Print
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Visitation:  THURSDAY, January 10, 2019:  2-4 & 7-9 pm at James W. Cannan Funeral Home, Inc., 3155 Orchard Park Rd., Orchard Park, NY.

Service:  FRIDAY, January 11, 2019:  A Funeral Service will be held at 12 Noon at James W. Cannan Funeral Home, Inc., 3155 Orchard Park Rd., Orchard Park, NY.

DAVIDOVICH - Michael E.
January 8, 2019.
Beloved husband of
the late Frances E.
(nee Jones) Davidovich;
loving father of Cheryl
(Michael) Casey, and
the late Michael P.
Davidovich; father-in-law of Donna
Davidovich; dear grandfather of Paul
(Shannon), Andrew, and Michele Coffey
and Adrienne Davidovich; brother of Alyce
Scheldrup; predeceased by several
brothers and sisters; also survived by
several nieces and nephews. Family
and friends may call, Thursday from 2-4
and 7-9PM at the JAMES W. CANNAN
FUNERAL HOME, INC., 3155 Orchard
Park Rd., Orchard Park, NY 14127,
where a funeral service will be held on
Friday at 12 noon. Michael was a
decorated WW II Veteran, past
commander of the Orchard Park
American Legion and lifelong member
of VFW Post 6247 and Windom Fire
Company. Share online condolences
at: www.thedietrichfuneralhome.com.

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David A. Duke Print
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Visitation:  THURSDAY, January 10, 2019:  A Celebration of Life will be held from 4-8 pm at The Fairdale, 672 Wehrle Dr., Amherst NY 14226

Service:  FRIDAY, January 11, 2019:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am at St. Joseph University Church, Buffalo.

DUKE - David A.
January 5, 2019, beloved
husband of Nancy (nee
Dombrowski) Duke;
loving father of David
(Aeren), Derek,
Amanda Duke, Corey
Fisher, Allison (Bryan)
Holmgren, Erin, Jeffrey Fisher; dear
grandfather of Connor, Ryan, Zavier
and Hayley; son of Albert G. (late
Lillian) Duke; brother of Susan (Gary)
Laska, Angelo, Carla Duke and the late
Albert Duke Jr.; also survived by
several nieces and nephews. A
Celebration of Life will be held on
Thursday from 4-8 PM at The Fairdale
Banquet Center, 672 Wehrle Dr.,
Amherst, NY 14225. A Mass of
Christian Burial will be celebrated on
Friday at 10 AM at St. Joseph University
Church, 3269 Main St., Buffalo, NY
14214. Please assemble at church.
Arrangements by DIETRICH FUNERAL
HOME, INC. Condolences shared at
www.thedietrichfuneralhome.com

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Garry D. "Gramps" Spear Print
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Visitation:  No prior visitation.

Service:  SATURDAY, January 12, 2019:  A Memorial Service will be held from 3-6pm at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Tonawanda. 

Service:  SUNDAY, January 27, 2019:  A Celebration of Life will be held from 2-5 pm at the Ridgeway Crystal Beach Kin Clubhouse, Ridgeway, Ontario, Canada.

SPEAR - Garry D. “Gramps”
January 2, 2019. Beloved father of
Robert (Kathie Gullo) Spear and
James (Athena Clapper) Spear; loving
companion of Mary Jo Smith; loving
grandpa of many grandchildren and
great-grandchildren; brother of Janice
(Gary) Brokenshire. After falling ill
early in December, Garry’s strength
kept him with us, and enabled him to
earn his AA 30 year medallion on the
same date as his passing, January
2, 2019. The family will be present to
receive family and friends at a Memorial
Service on Saturday, January 12, 2019
from 3-6 PM at the Good Shepherd
Lutheran Church, 2669 Sheridan Dr.,
Tonawanda, NY 14150. The family will
also be present for a celebration of life
on Sunday, January 27, 2019, from
2-5 PM at the Ridgeway Crystal Beach
Kin Clubhouse, 2973 Hyman Ave.,
Ridgeway, Ontario, Canada, L0S 1N0.
Online condolences may be shared at
www.thedietrichfuneralhome.com

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Patricia M. Smith (nee Smith) Print
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Visitation:  No prior visitation.

Service:  TUESDAY, January 8, 2019:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 am at Christ the King Church, Snyder.

SMITH - Patricia M.
December 28, 2018. Beloved daughter
of the late Jack and Florence Smith;
dear cousin of Virginia and Albert
Bowers; special friend of Joseph
Szafranski. 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 the American
Heart Association. Arrangements by
DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME INC.
Online condolences may be shared at
www.thedietrichfuneralhome.com.
 

 

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