Frederick G. Kohr Print
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Visitation:

Service:  Funeral Services were held privately at the convenience of the family.

KOHR - Frederick G.
December 29, 2020. Beloved husband of
Sandra (nee Zimmermann) Kohr; loving
father of Kevin (Tracey), Kim, Kelly, Kyle
and Katie Kohr; grandfather of many
grandchildren and great-grandchildren;
brother of the late John (Marissa) Kohr;
also survived by nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held privately at the
convenience of the family. Arrangements
by THE DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME,
INC., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.
Online condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Bruce Rosenberry Print
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Visitation:

Service:  Services were held privately.

ROSENBERRY - Bruce
December 28, 2020. Beloved husband
of 61 years to the late Jean A. (nee
Burke) Rosenberry; loving father of Jack
(Missy) Rosenberry, Sheila Schiavone,
Robert (Nancy) Rosenberry and
Patrice Rosenberry; dear grandfather
of Sara, Sean Rosenberry, Erin (Nick)
Schwarm, Andrew (fiancée Nicole
Crane) and Alison Schiavone; brother
of Donald (Ann), Richard (late Barbara),
Gary (late Naomi) Rosenberry, the
late Patricia (William) Bihl and William
Rosenberry; also survived by nieces
and nephews. Services were held
privately. Memorials may be made to
the Saint Jude Center, 760 Ellicott St.,
Buffalo. NY 14203. Arrangements by
the DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC.
Online condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Harry F. Olewine Print
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Visitation:

Service:  The family will host a Celebration of Life at a later date.

OLEWINE - Harry F.
December 29, 2020;
beloved father of Pamela
(Anthony) Overy and
Craig (Anne) Olewine;
loving grandfather of
Tyler, Marisa and
Ryan; loving brother of
Larry, Judith (Edward) Simpson, Rollin
(Richard Meyers) Olewine and the late
Galen Olewine. Survived by nieces and
nephews. The family will host a
Celebration of Life at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the NYS
Veterans Homes at Batavia, 220
Richmond Ave., Batavia, NY 14020.
Arrangements by the DIETRICH
FUNERAL HOME, 2480 Kensington
Ave., Amherst. Condolences may be
made at www.dietrichfuneralhome.com


Jan. 21, 1941 – Dec. 29, 2020

Harry Franklin Olewine, an Air Force veteran, private pilot and longtime GM Tonawanda Engine Plant employee, died Tuesday in the state Veterans' Home at Batavia, where he had lived for 11 months.

Mr. Olewine, known to most as Frank, was the son of Harry and Lorraine Olewine. After graduating from Riverside High School in 1961, he joined the U.S. Air Force and was trained as a jet engine mechanic.

While serving in the Air Force, Mr. Olewine traveled around the world, from Lackland Air Force Base in Texas to Germany and the Azores.

His love for airplanes and flying continued after his discharge from the Air Force, so he obtained a pilot's license.

Upon returning to Western New York after leaving the Air Force, Mr. Olewine began working at the General Motors Engine Plant in Tonawanda in the late 1960s. His family said that he "was a highly respected and motivated employee" whose jobs ranged from the assembly line to quality assurance. He worked there for 36 years before retiring in 2005.

In his free time and after retirement, Mr. Olewine enjoyed his many hobbies, including oil painting, carpentry, gardening and enjoying Corvettes. He painted many gifts for friends and family, and passed his love for Corvettes to his children and nephew.

His family described Mr. Olewine as loving and kind, with a quirky sense of humor that enlivened many conversations.

He is survived by a daughter, Pamela B. Overy; a son, Craig F. Olewine; two brothers, Larry and Rollin Olewine: a sister, Judy Simpson; three grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

A private service will be held Monday.

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John Chaplain Travers, Jr. Print
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Visitation:

Service:  A private Memorial Service will be held this summer.

TRAVERS - John C., Jr.
Of Hamburg, New
York, December 23,
2020. Beloved husband
of 63 years Mary Lou
(Coleman) Travers;
loving father of Mary
(John) Murphy, John
Travers III, Kathleen (Jeff) McCrone,
Susan (Michael) Worth, Thomas Travers,
David (Donna) Travers and Jennifer (Chris)
Marrano; dear grandfather of thirteen
grandchildren and great-grandchildren;
brother of the late David Travers; also
survived by many nieces and nephews.
No prior visitation. A private Memorial
will be held this summer at Hanford
Bay. In lieu of flowers, memorials may
be made to Buffalo Niagara YMCA or
Crimestoppers WNY. Arrangements by
DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC.
Online condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

John C. Travers Jr., 89, insurance executive, marked 6 decades serving YMCA Buffalo Niagara
 
John C. Travers Jr., a longtime insurance executive who served the YMCA for six decades and was instrumental in the opening of the Southtowns branch, died Wednesday (Dec. 23, 2020) in his Hamburg Home. He was 89.
     
 Mr. Travers was the recipient of the YMCA’S highest honor, the Gold Key Award in1985, and in 2016 he was honored with the organization’s Lifetime Service Award. At the time, the YMCA described Mr. Travers as “always the life of any board meeting or YMCA event, known to bring the laughter, and most importantly, a mission-driven attitude making the Y a better place for all.”

Mr. Travers established his 60-year insurance career as a young, self-employed broker, joining Buffalo Fire Office in the early 60’s.  He eventually became a partner and when the company was sold joined Walsh Duffield, retiring in 2017.

His love of one liners and fierce loyalty to clients enabled Travers to serve generations of families who describe him as “hilarious, caring, full of stories and ability to make everyone feel like family.”  

 His sense of humor, and love of running, turned the annual YMCA Turkey Trot into a family affair.  For 40 years Mr. Travers spent Thanksgiving morning navigating the 5 mile course with his 7 children, an army of relatives and friends, and eventually his grandchildren.  Stories following the post-trot celebration at the Convention Center are legendary.

 Mr. Travers’ love of jokes and jazz, family and fun, love and laughter are his legacy along with his lifelong passion to serve the community.

  In addition to the YMCA, Mr. Travers was active in a number of other organizations including CrimeStoppers of WNY, serving on the board of directors for many years. His commitment to Catholic Charities annual fundraising appeal spanned decades in his capacity as a board member.

Mr. Travers spent summers at his beloved Hanford Bay beach house on Lake Erie, where he was a leader of the Hanford Bay Association dating back to the 1960’s.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Travers was a graduate of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and St. Bonaventure University.  He served 4 years in the military based in Germany.

In addition to running, Mr. Travers was an avid tennis player and helped establish “The Bubble” tennis club in East Aurora, now the Quaker Aurora Tennis Club.  He loved water skiing at the family summer home where the nightly sunset and afterglow was the centerpiece of huge family gatherings.

The father of seven, grandfather of 12, and great-grandfather of one, Mr. Travers was affectionately known as “Pops.”  He loved a great party and orchestrated hundreds, including the annual Hanford Bay Kentucky Derby soiree. Mr. Travers was a Buffalo Bills fan, hosting epic super bowl and football parties at their Orchard Park and summer homes with his wife Mary Lou.
    
In addition to his wife, survivors include four daughters, Mary Murphy (John), Kathleen McCrone (Jeff), Susan Worth (Michael) and Jennifer Marrano (Chris); three sons, John, Tom and David (Donna).
 
A celebration of Mr. Travers life will take place next summer at Hanford Bay.  Donations in his memory may be made to YMCA Buffalo Niagara or Crimestoppers of WNY.

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Linda L. Frank (Engler) Print
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Visitation:  No prior visitation.

Service: TUESDAY, December 29, 2020:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 am at Infant of Prague Church, 921 Cleveland Dr., Cheektowaga NY.

Online condolences will be accessible on Sunday, December 27th.

FRANK - Linda L. (nee Engler)
December 21, 2020. Beloved wife of
Jeffrey Frank; loving mother of Rachel
Rogers and Lauren Frank; sister of
Donald (the late Barbara), Marjorie,
Robert (Patricia), Kathryn, Edie (Joe)
Kibler, and the late John Engler; sisterin-law of Beverly Engler; also survived
by many nieces and nephews. No prior
visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial
will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10:30
AM at Infant of Prague Church, 921
Cleveland Dr., Cheektowaga, where
facial coverings and social distancing
are required for Mass. Arrangements
by DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC.
Online condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Drew Kinder Print
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Visitation:  No prior visitation.

Service:  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a Memorial Service is being planned for the future.

KINDER - Drew
December 7, 2020. Dear husband of Mary Therese Kinder, adored father of Katie Potenza (Chris Potenza), Molly Kinder (Jayme Johnson), and Colleen Kinder (Owen Murray); beloved grandfather to Mary Cate, Will, and Drew Potenza; Harry and Bridget Johnson; and Maeve Kinder-Murray. Drew is survived by his brother and sister, Stuart Kinder and Gini Kinder. The son of Harry and Gloria Kinder, Drew was born on May 30, 1947 and raised in Willows, California. Drew attended college at University of Colorado Boulder, and earned his MBA at San Francisco State. Drew was a US Navy pilot and met his wife Mary Therese while stationed in Alameda, California. They were married forty three years. An entrepreneur and leader in the American seed industry, Drew founded Kinder Seed, Inc. in Buffalo in 1988, and served as president of the American Seed Trade Association from 2001-2002. After selling Kinder Seed, he started an internet-based company, Seedsuperstore.com, and also devoted himself to volunteer work for the global nonprofit BRAC, which sent him to Uganda, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. Passionate about history and the city of Buffalo, Drew gave tours of the Darwin Martin House, Silo City, and the Buffalo Naval and Military Park. Golf was another life passion and Drew played often at Crag Burn Golf Club. After a five-month struggle with brain cancer, Drew died on December 7th, 2020. He was surrounded by his wife, daughters, grandchildren, and sons-in-law during his final days. He will be fiercely missed. Drew is interred at Gethsemane Cemetery. In light of COVID-19 restrictions, a Memorial Service is being planned for the future. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations to St. Luke's Mission of Mercy or Hospice Buffalo, Inc., in Drew's name are most appreciated.
 

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Lois Anne Jeffery (nee Schilde) Print
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Visitation:  No prior visitation.

Service:  The family will gather in the future to remember her beautiful life.

JEFFERY - Lois Anne
(nee Schilde)
December 14, 2020 at age 81, after a
remarkable lifetime of faithfulness to Jesus
and enriching the lives of many. Deeply
loved by her husband of 58 years, Gary,
three children, Amy (Jim Ellis) Jeffery,
Katherine (David) Schmeissing, David
(Laura) Jeffery and eight grandchildren,
Luke, Charlotte, Anna, Carly, Ben, Noah,
Annika and Miles; also survived by two
brothers, Milt and Steve; two sisters, Betty
and Evelyn and many cousins, nieces and
nephews. No prior visitation. The family
will gather in the future to remember her
beautiful life. Arrangements by THE
DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC.,
2480 Kensington Avenue, Amherst.
Online condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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