Patricia Colton Print
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Visitation:  No Prior Visitation.

Service:  MONDAY, November 15, 2021:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 8:45 AM at St. Gregory the Great Church, Williamsville.

COLTON - Patricia
November 8, 2021. Daughter of the late
William and Margaret (nee Woeppel)
Colton. Loving sister of Norma
(Daniel) Hansler, Nancy (late George)
Crocker and the late William Colton
Jr. (Christine). Also survived by many
nieces and nephews, great nieces and
nephews and great, great nieces and
nephews. No prior visitation. A Mass
of Christian Burial will be celebrated on
Monday, November 15th at 8:45AM at
St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St.
Gregory Court, Williamsville, NY. In lieu
of flowers, donations can be made to
Hospice and Palliative Care Buffalo or
St. Gregory the Great Church. Please
assemble at the church. Patricia retired
from Met Life Insurance Company
after 43 years. Arrangements by THE
DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC.,
2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst, NY.
Online condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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James N. Rosenberry Print
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Visitation:  No prior visitation.

Service:  Funeral Services were held privately.

 

ROSENBERRY - James N.
Of Amherst, NY, November 10, 2021.
Loving son of Richard L. and the late
Barbara A. (nee Maynard) Rosenberry;
dearest brother of Richard (Deborah)
Rosenberry and the late Amy Curry;
brother-in-law of Sean Curry; also
survived by many nieces and nephews.
No prior visitation. Funeral Services
were held privately. Arrangements by
THE DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC.,
2480 Kensington Avenue, Amherst.
Online condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Everett Nelson Oppel Print
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Visitation:  No prior visitation.

Service:  SATURDAY, November 13, 2021:  A Celebration of Life will be held from 6-10 PM at the Knights of Columbus, 261 South Legion Dr., Buffalo NY  14220.

OPPEL - Everett Nelson
March 25, 2020, cherished partner of
Donna M. Dosher; dearest son of the
late Everett L. and Elaine M. (nee Ryer)
Oppel; beloved brother of John, Roger
and Steven Oppel and the late Kathleen
Faulkner and Karen Henderson; also
survived by many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held on
Saturday, November 13th, 2021 from 6 -
10 PM at The Knights of Columbus, 261
South Legion Dr., Buffalo, NY, 14220.
Online condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Barbara A.Fitch (nee Steinkirchner) Print
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Visitation:  THURSDAY, November 11, 2021:  2-4 & 7-9 PM at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave. Amherst.

Service:  FRIDAY, November 12, 2021:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 AM at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Williamsville.

FITCH - Barbara A.
(nee Steinkirchner)
November 8, 2021. Beloved wife of 63
years to Frank Fitch. Loving mother of
Franklin “Larry” (Lisa) Fitch, Kathleen
(late Gene) Rumsey, Jeffrey (Laura)
Fitch and Thomas (Amy) Fitch. Loving
grandmother of nine grandchildren
and two great-grandchildren. Sister of
Mary Frueh. Also survived by nieces
and nephews. Family and friends may
call Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 at THE
DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC.,
2480 Kensington Avenue, Amherst.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be
celebrated on Friday at 10:30 AM at
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Church, 8500 Main Street (at Harris
Hill Rd.) Williamsville. Please assemble
at church. Flowers gratefully declined.
Memorial may be made to D’Youville
College. Online condolences shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

 Aug. 5, 1935 – Nov. 8, 2021

When Franklin H. Fitch met Barbara Steinkirchner at a Catholic Youth Organization dance in 1954, he was immediately drawn to her.

"She was very good looking and had quite a sparkling personality," said Fitch, who four years later would become her husband, a bond that lasted 63 years. "Even then she was the life of the party," he said, and "the smartest woman I ever met."

Barbara A. Fitch, a Clarence resident, died in the GreenFields of Lancaster after a period of declining health. She was 86.

Mrs. Fitch worked as a public health nurse for Erie County for 18 years and a real estate agent for 15 years and was active in many community organizations.

She was born in Syracuse, the second of two daughters of Thomas P. and Loretta Dahm Steinkirchner. Her father was an accountant who moved the family to Rochester and then to Buffalo.

Mrs. Fitch graduated from St. Margaret’s School and from Holy Angels Academy in 1953. At Holy Angels, she played basketball and participated in Sodality and the variety show for all four years. Her yearbook description included the information that she was "a wizard at math."

She earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from D'Youville College in 1957, graduating second in her class.

"She was brilliant," said her daughter, Kathleen M. Rumsey.

On June 21, 1958, the Fitches married in her family's church, St. Margaret's.

From 1957 to 1975, Mrs. Fitch worked as a public health nurse for Erie County, overseeing the cleft palate and rheumatic fever clinics.

"She enjoyed helping people, and she cared a lot for children," her daughter said.

Her children recalled occasionally accompanying her to work at Children's Hospital if she couldn't arrange care for them.

In 1975, Mrs. Fitch became an agent for Hunt Real Estate, a job she held until 1990. In that profession, she excelled because "she was a real people person," her husband said. "She enjoyed all the people that she met doing that work."

"She was very social and the life of the party," her daughter said.

The Fitches belonged to a group of friends who met for bridge and other card games.

Both the Fitches were active in community affairs. When he was president of the Jaycees in the mid-1960s, she was president of the Jayncees, the organization's women's group. She was a longtime member and past president of the Junior League of Buffalo and the Gyrettes, the women's group of the Buffalo Gyro Club, an international fraternal organization.

Mrs. Fitch was also active in the D'Youville College Alumni Association.

The Fitches, who moved to Elma in 1978 and lived there for 32 years, also had a house in Hobe Sound, Fla., for three decades. They moved to Clarence about 14 years ago.

Mrs. Fitch enjoyed playing tennis and was an avid golfer. She was a past member at Lost Lake Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla., Bridgewater Country Club in Fort Erie, Ont., and Fox Valley Country Club in Lancaster, where she once hit a hole in one. She did work at her golf game, but also benefited from innate talent, her family said.

Her family chuckled as they recalled her frequent saying, the simple words, "Uh, hello," which, depending on her tone, could mean different things. "She could use that in any number of circumstances, to get your attention, or it could mean that you were in a conversation with her and she questioned the point you were raising," her son Thomas P. Fitch said.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Franklin H. Fitch; three sons, Franklin L., Jeffrey T. and Thomas P. Fitch; a daughter, Kathleen M. Rumsey; her sister, Mary Frueh; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 8500 Main St. at Harris Hill Road, Clarence.

 

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Joan B. Coughlin (nee Braven) Print
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Visitation:  FRIDAY, November 5, 2021:  4-7 PM at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.

Service:  SATURDAY, November 6, 2021:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 AM at Christ the King Church, Snyder.

COUGHLIN - Joan B.
(nee Braven)
October 31, 2021, age 91. Beloved
wife of 43 years to Edward H. Coughlin,
a Buffalo Attorney who passed away
in 1999; loving mother of Mark E.
(Mary Anne) and Michael P. Coughlin;
devoted grandmother of Adam G.
(Kimberly) and Matthew E. Coughlin.
Joan, a graduate and later an English
teacher at the Buffalo Academy of the
Sacred Heart was born in Buffalo and
was a member of the first graduating
class of Rosary Hill College, receiving
her Bachelor of Arts degree in English,
followed by a Master of Science degree
from Buffalo State Teachers College.
Family and friends may call
Friday from 4-7 PM at THE DIETRICH
FUNERAL HOMES, INC., 2480
Kensington Ave., Amherst. A Mass of
Christian Burial will be celebrated on
Saturday at 9:30 AM at Christ the King
Church, 30 Lamarck Dr., Snyder, NY.
Please assemble at Church. Flowers
gratefully declined, memorials may be
made to the Alzheimer’s Association
– Western New York Chapter, 6215
Sheridan Dr. #100, Buffalo, NY 14221.
Online condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Arlene H. Bolton Print
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Visitation: THURSDAY, November 4, 2021: 2-4 PM & 7-9 PM at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst

Service: FRIDAY, November 5, 2021: A Celebration of life will be held for Arlene & Ralph at 10:00 AM at The Well, 995 Dodge Rd. Getzville.

BOLTON - Arlene H.
(nee Hansen)
October 31, 2021 - Beloved wife of
the late Ralph A. Bolton; loving mother
of Patricia (late Thomas) Stewart,
Barbara R. (Jonathan) Brown and
Andrew E. (Anne) Bolton. Loving
grandmother of Laura (Jeffrey) Stewart-Beach,
Joseph T. J. (Leslie) Stewart
II, David A. (Renata) Stewart, Matthew
T. (Kathleen) Stewart, Elizabeth M.
(Theodore) Elam, Sarah B. (Matthew)
Carson, Katherine R. (Timothy) Barna,
Melissa J. (Thomas) Fusillo, Edward A.
Bolton, Geoffrey T. Bolton and Grace
E. Bolton; great-grandmother of 21
great-grandchildren. Family and friends
are invited to attend a visitation on
Thursday, November 4, from 2-4 and
7-9 PM for Arlene and Ralph (d. May
6, 2020) at THE DIETRICH FUNERAL
HOME, INC., 2480 Kensington Ave.,
Amherst. A Celebration of Life will be
held for Arlene and Ralph on Friday,
November 5 at 10 AM at The Well,
995 Dodge Road, Getzville. Flowers
gratefully declined. Memorials may be
made to Christian Central Academy or
City Mission of Buffalo. Condolences at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Rev. Mary Jane Nichols (nee Bates) Print
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Visitation: No Prior visitation

Service: SATURDAY, October 30th, 2021: A Memorial Service will be celebrated at 11 AM at Amherst Community Church, 77 Washington Hwy, Amherst

NICHOLS - Rev. Mary Jane
(nee Bates)
June 8, 2020. Beloved wife of the late
Robert M. Nichols, Jr.; loving mother
of Robert M. (Sue) Nichols III, Timothy
(Stacy) Nichols and Linda (Dan) Baker;
grandmother of seven grandchildren and
five great-grandchildren; daughter of the
late Robert and Mildred (Brown) Bates.
A Memorial Service will be celebrated at 11 AM at Amherst
Community Church, 77 Washington Hwy, Amherst, NY 14226. 
Arrangements by DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC.
Memorials may be made to Amherst
Community Church or a charity of your
choice. Condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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