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31 (Town of Cambria) - Keith E. Doebler, age 64, of the Town of Cambria, died Sunday, October 25, 2009, in Buffalo General Hospital, after a brief illness. Keith was born May 15, 1945 in Lockport, NY, the son of the late Wilbert "Duke" Doebler and the late Agnes (McArthur) Doebler Drewes. He was a lifelong area resident and a 1964 graduate of Wilson High School. Keith married Carole (Leonhard) Doebler on July 23, 1977. He retired in May of 2007 as the New Car Manager of Kyser Buick in Tonawanda, where he was employed for 35 years. Keith was a member of North Ridge United Methodist Church and a member of the Charlotteville Lodge #73 F and AM in Lockport. He was an avid bowler, golfer, hunter and fisherman, as well as enjoying NASCAR, local auto racing and camping. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Carole; a son, Brett (Lindsey) Doebler of Gasport, NY; a daughter, Mary Jo Murray of Goose Creek, SC; his grandchildren, Justin Jeffords, Natalie Shaw, Tiffany Cox, Jordan Brock and Jacob Howland; his great-grandchildren, Isaac and Isabella Shaw; a sister, Diane (Donald) Peck of the Town of Cambria; a step-brother, Arnold Drewes, Jr. of the Town of Cambria; and two step- sisters, Linda (Gary) Treichler of Sanborn and Pamela (David) Erway of Wilson. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at HARDISON FUNERAL HOME, 3648 Ransomville Road, Ransomville, on Wednesday from 7-9 PM and Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 30th at 11:00 AM in the North Ridge United Methodist Church, 3930 North Ridge Rd., Town of Cambria, with the Rev. Daryl J. Bennett and the Rev. Thomas Kraft officiating. Burial will follow in North Ridge Cemetery, Church Rd., Town of Cambria. Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation of WNY, 300 Delaware Ave., Suite 101, Buffalo, NY 14202, or to Kevin Guest House, 782 Ellicott St., Buffalo, NY 14203. Please visit www.hardisonfuneralhomes.com for online registry.
Published in the Greater Niagara Newspapers on 10/26/2009  
Doebler, Keith (I15054)
 
32 -MA Niagara University (Education)
-MLS SUNY at Buffalo (School Media)
-15 years Niagara Falls School District (Teacher/Library-Media Specialist)
-9.5 years WNED-TV (Director Education and Community Outreach)
-Director SUNY at Buffalo Curriculum Center
-1989 New York State Teacher of the Year
-Crafted many award winning collaborative education and outreach campaigns around Public Television programs including school reform, women’s health issues and addiction
-Project Director on 1.5 million dollar Annenberg/CPB Math and Science Reform Initiative documenting TEAM (Teacher Education At the Museum), a unique staff development effort between the Buffalo Public Schools and the Buffalo Museum of Science
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VISTA Volunteer (1969-70)
• Assigned to a Community Action Organization in Allegheny County, PA
- Worked with a newly established Head Start program
- Provided home visits to families with what we called “problem children”
- Counseled and secured necessary education and mental health services
Social Worker (1970-72)
- Niagara County Department of Social Services
- Worked in the Aid to Dependent Children Unit
- Evaluated the families’ need for services
- Advocated for the social, physical and mental health needs of children
Teacher/Librarian (1972-87)
- Niagara Falls School District
- Taught many SED children in the classroom and as a special area teacher
- Served on committees to write and consult on IEPs
- Member of COH
- Sponsored a before school “Breakfast Club” in the library for special education students, many SED, who arrived at school early
Relief Worker (1996-97}
- Passage Program/Family and Children’s
- Provided special programs for children in shelter including art therapy, bibliotherapy and special video programs that gave the children a chance to vent and express their own feelings
- Time away from their mom was good for both
Internships
- Grief counseling with children who experienced significant loss (All who came to group were SED)
- Coursework at Baker Victory and Hopevale 
Noone, Eleanore Dee (I29613)
 
33 Martin, Augusta (I19476)
 
34 ......Funeral Home Inc., 1241 Oliver St. at Ward Road, until noon Thursday. Services will be conducted in St. Mark Lutheran Church at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. The Rev Edward C. Goehner will officiate. Interment in St. Mark Lutheran Cemetery. If desired, memorials may be made to St. Mark Lutheran Church. Leverentz, Clarence Elmer (I17357)
 
35 ...came to the U.S. with his parents and brother Wilhelm in 1846 aboard the Monticello. He was 15 years old at the time. Porth, Charles Friedrich Christoph (I12040)
 
36 072-07-6685 Pfohl, Louis Alfred (I10)
 
37 1 August 1927 Evening News of the Tonawandas
Wilhelmina Witkopp, 77 years old, died suddenly last night at her home on the Ward road, town of Wheatfield. Death was attributed to heart disease, with which she had been ailing recently. Mrs. Witkopp's husband, John Witkopp, died in May. Mrs. Witkopp was born in Germany. For the past 56 years she had resided in the town of Wheatfield. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Otto Stoelting of Cambria and Mrs. Christian Hoffmeister of North Tonawanda; two sons, Carl Witkopp of St. Johnsburg and William C. Goerss, of North Tonawanda; 19 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the residence and half an hour later at the St. John's church, St. Johnsburg. Rev. Walter Thiemecke will conduct the services and interment will be in the St. John's cemetery.
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The Niagara Gazette
Mrs. Wilhelmina Witkopp, Aged 77, Dies at Ward Road Home.
NORTH TONAWANDA, Aug. 2. - Wilhelmina Witkopp. 77 years old, died suddenly Sunday night at her home on the Ward road, town of Wheatfield. Death was attributed to heart disease, with which she had been ailing recently. Mrs. Witkopp's husband, John Witkopp died In May. Mrs. Witkopp was born in Germany. For the past 56 years, she had resided in the town of Wheatfield. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Otto Stoelting of Cambria and Mrs. Christian Hoffmeister of North Tonawanda; two sons, Carl Witkopp of St. Johnsburg and William C. Goerss of North Tonawanda, 19 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the residence and half an hour later at the St. Johnsburg. Rev. Walter Thiemecke will conduct the services and interment will be in St. John's cemetery. 
Gerloff, Wilhelmina Christine (I6223)
 
38 1 August 1940 The Tonawanda News
Farmer Accidentally Falls Into Well and Is Drowned
Adolph Schroeder, Well Known Upper Mountain Road Resident, Believed to Have Been Seized with Dizzy Spell; Straw Hat Leads to Discovery of Body
Believed to have been seized with a dizzy spell, Adolph Schroeder, 54, fell into a well on his farm on the Upper Mountain road, a short distance west of the Baker Hill, early yesterday afternoon, and drowned. It was not until several hours later that the fate of the man was learned. The discovery of his straw hat, floating on the surface of the water in the well, led to the location of his body. Following lunch yesterday, several farmhands, employed by Mr. Schroeder, left for the fields on the farm to resume work. Their employer promised to follow as soon as he watered the horses to be used in working the crops. When several hours passed and Mr. Schroeder failed to appear, search was instituted for him. With the location of the body, Coroner J. E. Helwig was summoned. The sheriff's office in Lockport was notified and deputies were detailed to take the body from the well. Mr. Schroeder's watch stopped at 12:45 o'clock, indicating that he fell into the well at that time. Dr. Helwig had the body removed to Pike's mortuary in Sanborn to be prepared for burial. Mr. Schroeder was one of the best known farmers on the Upper Mountain road. He is survived by a daughter, Margaret, at home. Mr. Schroeder lived with a brother, John, besides his daughter. Others surviving are a brother, Charles, of Byron; two sisters, Mrs. Rose Broker of North Tonawanda and Mrs. Irene Mellenthine of Lewiston and his stepmother, Mrs. Paul Schroeder of Niagara Falls.
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SCHREADER - On Mt. Rd.. Town of Cambria. July 31, 1940. Adolph C., husband of the late Rosa M, father of Margaret, at home; brother of Mrs. Rose Aderman. Mrs. Ida Krull of N. Tonawanda., Mrs. Irene Mellentine of Ransomville, John of Pekin, Charles of Byran, N. Y. Rudolph of Rochester. Funeral from the home, Mt. Rd. Saturday, at 3 p.m., D.S.T, and from St. Andrew's church, Pekin, at 3:30. Rev. Christian Schmidt officiating. Interment in St. Andrew's cemetery.
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Farmer Drowned in 15-foot WeIl
Daughter and Neighbor Discover Lockport Tragedy.
LOCKPORT - Adolph Schrader, 58-year-old farmer, of the Upper Mountain road, six miles west of Lockport, was drowned in an open well on his farm yesterday afternoon. The tragedy was discovered by his daughter, Margaret, and a neighbor, Walter Baker, who began a search for him when he failed to appear at the Baker farm nearby to keep an appointment to take in wheat. Sheriff's Deputies George Ray and James Duffy, who investigated, said that they learned that Schrader was subject to dizzy spells and probably fell into the well accidentally. The daughter and Baker found his hat beside the well and the deputies recovered the body with grappling irons from five feet of water in the bottom of the 15 foot well. Dr. Jacob E. Helwig, North Tonawanda, coroner, Sent the body to Pike's mortuary at Sanborn. Besides his daughter, Mr. Schrader is survived by two brothers, John, of the Upper Mountain road, and Charles, of Byron; two sisters, Rose Broker (sic), of North Tonawanda, and Irene Millinthine (sic), of the Town of Lewiston, and his step-mother, Mrs. Pauline Schrader , of Niagara Falls. 
Schroeder, Adolph C. (I1453)
 
39 1 February 1936 The Tonawanda News
Mrs. Margaret Licht, nee Braegas, 31 years old, 521 Morgan street, died last night at the DeGraff Memorial hospital after a short illness. Born in Germany, she had resided in Tonawanda for the past 28 years. She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran church. She leaves a husband, Clarence; two sons, Allan and Clarence; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Braegas; three sisters, Mrs. Hattie Newman, Mrs. William Koepsell, Miss Lucille Braegas, and three brothers, William, Carl and Frederick Braegas, all of the Tonawandas. Funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the residence, Rev. F. O. Scholz will officiate. 
Braegas, Margaret (I11244)
 
40 1 July 1927 The Tonawanda News
Mrs. Wilhelmina Broecker, 73 years old, wife of the late Charles Broecker, died last night at her home, 192 Stenzel street. She was born in Germany. For the past 40 years she had been a resident of North Tonawanda. She is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Rietch, Mrs. Herman Engel, Mrs. Otto Schimschack, Mrs. Fred Lavendusky and Mrs. William Pletcher, all of the Tonawandas; three sons, Albert Broecker, Pendleton, and William and Gustav Broecker, North Tonawanda; 28 grandchildren; four great grandchildren, and two brothers, William Mellenthine, Germany, and Albert Mellenthine, Niagara Falls, N. Y. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock at the residence and half an hour later at the St. Paul's church on East Felton street, Rev. H. J. Kleiner of the Redeemer Lutheran church, Schenck street officiating. 
Mellenthine, Wilhelmina (I11865)
 
41 1 June 1960 The Tonawanda News
GOERSS - William C. Goerss, 87, of 266 Wheatfield St., North Tonawanda, died Tuesday (May 31, 1960) in Buffalo, NY Mr. Goerss was a lifelong resident of North Tonawanda. He was the husband of the late Wilhelmina Werth; father of Elmer G. Goerss and Herbert A. Goerss, both of Tonawanda, and Mrs. Benjamin A. (Eleanor) Sprenger of Pittsburgh, Pa.; brother of Charles J. Witkop of North Tonawanda; grandfather of the Rev. William E. Goerss of St. Louis, MO., the Rev. Ronald G. Goerss of Los Angeles, Calif., and Mrs. Thomas Snyder of Philadelphia, Pa.; also survived by nine great grandchildren; five nieces, and three nephews. Services will be at 2 P.M. Saturday at the Fretthold Funeral Home, 1241 Oliver St. at Ward Rd. The Rev. Adolph Moldenhauer will officiate. Burial will be in St. Matthews Lutheran Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 10 P.M. Mr. Goerss was a life member of St. Matthews Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Laymen's League.
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1 June 1960 The Tonawanda News
William Goerss Dies at Age 87
William C. Goerss, 87, of 266 Wheatfield St., North Tonawanda, active in Niagara County Lutheran circles for many years, died yesterday in Buffalo. Mr. Goerss, a salesman who retired three years ago, was one of the oldest members of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church. He was a member of the church council for 25 years; a delegate to the Niagara County Church Extension Society since its founding; a member of the Lutheran Service Society, and a member of the Lutheran Layman's League. The Fretthold Funeral Home, 1241 Oliver St., North Tonawanda, is in charge of arrangements. 
Goerss, William Carl Johann Gottfried (I6225)
 
42 1 June 1962 The Tonawanda News
BEHNKE - Alvin A. Behnke, 64, of 1284 Pierce Ave., North Tonawanda, unexpectedly Thursday (May 31, 1962). Beloved husband of Lillian M. (nee Behm) Behnke; father of Myron A. Behnke of North Tonawanda; grandfather of three grandchildren; brother of Mrs. Chester Dexheimer of North Tonawanda. Friends received at the Brunner Funeral Home, 156 Robinson St., North Tonawanda, where services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 3, the Rev. Enno Schmoock officiating. Interment White Chapel Memorial Park. Mr. Behnke was a member of St. Paul's Church. 
Behnke, Alvin Albert (I12189)
 
43 1 March 1957 The Tonawanda News
SCHIMSCHACK - Rose Schimschack, nee Martin, 71, of Ward Rd., Town of Wheatfield, died Friday (March 1, 1957) in DeGraff Memorial Hospital after a long illness. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the St. Johnsburg Fire Company and of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church. Mrs. Schimschack is survived by her husband, Fred; a daughter, Mrs. Wilbur Grawe of North Tonawanda, seven brothers, Henry of North Tonawanda, Albert of Tonawanda, and Fred, George, Emery, Walter and Gustav Martin, all of the Town of Wheatfield. Two grandchildren and three great grandchildren also survive. Friends may call at the Fretthold Funeral Home, 1241 Oliver St. at Ward Rd., where services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. J. Walter Thiemecke officiating. Burial in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery. 
Martin, Rosine Auguste Wilhelmine Hulda (I23606)
 
44 1 November 1945
Evening News of The Tonawandas
Car Crash Injuries Kill 90 Year Old
Struck by an automobile in front of his home on the Falls boulevard, near Bergholz, on October 12, within a short time after his aged neighbor, John Moll, was fatally injured by another motorist, William L. D. Ferchen, 90, died yesterday afternoon in the Memorial hospital, Niagara Falls, from his injuries. A lifelong resident of Bergholz, Mr. Ferchen was a member of the St. James Lutheran church in the village many years. He held various offices in the church and played in the band that provided music for the services before an organ was purchased. He is survived by four sons, John, Valerius, David and Paul; two daughters, Charlotte and Martha, all of the Town of Wheatfield; 15 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 P.M. from the residence and half an hour later from the St. James Church. The Rev. Otto Bruss will officiate and interment will be in St. James Cemetery.
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Last Rites for Accident Victim
TOWN OF WHEATFIELD, N. Y., Nov. 1 - Funeral services for William L. D. Ferchen, 90 years old, who died yesterday at the Niagara Falls Memorial hospital, will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family residence, Falls boulevard and at 2:30 o'clock at St. James Lutheran Church, Bergholtz, N.Y. Friends are invited to attend. The Rev. Otto Bruss will officiate. Interment will be in St. James cemetery. Mr. Ferchen died as a result of injuries suffered in an automobile accident on October 12. He had gone to his mailbox in front of the house to get the mail when struck by a passing car. For a time he, appeared to be recovering but his advanced age was too great to withstand the shock, physicians said. A neighbor, John Moll, also residing in the Falls boulevard, was struck by another car and instantly killed the same day, October 12. Mr. Ferchen was a native of the Town of Wheatfield and had resided here all his life. He was a son of the late Christian Ferchen and Henrietta Voelcker (sic) Ferchen pioneer settlers. He was a retired farmer and in former years an active member of St. James Lutheran church at Bergholtz. He was a member of the church band .before the days of the pipe organ. Mr. Ferchen is survived by four sons, John, Valerius, David and Paul Ferchen; two daughters, Charlotte and Martha Ferchen; 15 grandchildren and three great grandchildren, all of the Town of Wheatfield. 
Ferchen, Wilhelm Lebrecht Gottlieb (I3880)
 
45 1 Oct 1970, The Tonawanda News
SCHIMSCHACK - Hulda Magdalena Schimschack, 82, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Lewis Heuer, 2435 Washington St., Town of Wheatfield, Wednesday (Sept. 30, 1970) after a lengthy illness. Mrs. Schimschack was a lifelong resident of the Town of Wheatfield and a member of Holy Ghost Lutheran Church. Survived by three daughters, Mrs. Norman (Irma) DeVantier, Mrs. Wallace (Edna) Pfohl and Mrs. Lewis (Eunice) Heuer, all of the Town of Wheatfield; three sons, Alvin A. and Wilbert A. Schimschack, both of the Town of Wheatfield, and Donald A. Schimschack of North Tonawanda; nine grandchildren, and eight grandchildren. Friends may call at the Fretthold Funeral Home Inc. 1241 Oliver St. at Ward Road, North Tonawanda. Memorial may be made to Holy Ghost Lutheran Church Building Fund. 
Voelker, Hulda Magdalene (I4646)
 
46 1/5/2005
NIAGARA FALLS - Violet G. Cvetan, a former Niagara Falls, died Saturday in Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pa., after a brief illness. She was 84. Mrs. Cvetan lived in Lebanon, Pa., for the past five years. Before that, she had lived in Avon Park, Fla., since her husband's retirement. Born Violet Wendt in Lewiston, she attended Lutheran schools in Wheatfield and North Tonawanda High School. She worked for a short time as a clerk in the Jenss Department Store on Main Street. Mrs. Cvetan was an active member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church. She was a member of its St. Mary's Circle, the Forty-Niners Club, the Home Bureau and Meals on Wheels. She and her husband of 65 years, Robert, enjoyed camping and traveling. Other survivors include a daughter, Adele Kemp of Lebanon; two brothers, Reinert Wendt of St. Augustine, Fla., and Herbert Wendt of Avon Park; a sister, Minnie DuBois of Niagara Falls; a grandson; and a great-grandson. Services will be at 11 A.M. Thursday in DuBois Funeral Home, 2436 Niagara Road, Bergholz. Burial will be in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Wheatfield.
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Niagara Gazette
Violet G. Cvetan (Wendt), age 84 of Lebanon, PA formerly of Niagara Falls, was called to her heavenly home on Saturday, January 1, 2005 while in the Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA after a brief illness. Born in the Town of Lewiston, NY on December 7, 1920 to the late Arthur and Minnie (Haseley) Wendt, she attended parochial schools and later North Tonawanda High School. She was a avid reader, loved to raise African Violets, was a member of St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church in Niagara Falls, St. Mary's Circle at the church, the Forty-Niners Club, The Home Bureau, helped with the Meals on Wheels, and was employed at the former Jenss Department Store in Niagara Falls. She was united in marriage to Robert Cvetan on September 2, 1939. They enjoyed camping and traveling throughout the United States. After her husband's retirement, they moved to Avon Park, FL and lived there for many years, until moving to Lebanon, PA five years ago. Besides her husband of 65 years, other survivors include a daughter, Adele Kemp; grandson, Robert (Shannon) Kemp; a great-grandson, Sean Kemp all of Lebanon, PA; two brothers, Reinert Wendt of St. Augustine, FL, Herbert Wendt of Avon Park: FL; a sister, Minnie (Walter) DuBois of Niagara Falls; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, Ervin and Arthur Wendt. Friends may call at the DuBois Funeral Home 2436 Niagara Road, (Bergholz) in Wheatfield on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM, where services will be conducted by the Rev. Bruce Gamache' on Thursday (Jan. 6) at 11 AM. Interment will be in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery Wheatfield. Memorials may be made to Lutheran World Relief. 
Wendt, Violet Gertrude (I1734)
 
47 10 April 1934 The Tonawanda News
Mrs. Wilhelmina Schmidt, 75 years old, died today at her home on the Ward road, town of Wheatfield, after an illness of a week. She was a lifelong resident of the town. She was the wife of the late William H. Schmidt, court crier in the county court at Lockport for many years, who was killed in an automobile accident at the junction of the Ward and Lockport roads a few years ago. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Charles Runge and Mrs. Henry Schendel, Wheatfield, and Mrs. George Reid, Niagara Falls; two sons, John and Theodore, Wheatfield; five grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Christ Ferchen and Mrs. Bertha DeVantier, and three brothers, John, William and Albert Milleville, Wheatfield. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the residence and at 2:45 o’clock at the Walmore Lutheran church. Rev. Otto Bruss will officiate. Burial will be in St. Jacob’s cemetery.
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The Niagara Gazette
SCHMIDT RITES
Esteemed Bergholz Resident Is Laid to Her Final Rest.
BERGHOLZ, April 16.-Funeral services for Mrs. William H. Schmidt, nee Albertine Milleville, 75 years old, who died Tuesday, were from 2 :45 from St. Peter's Lutheran church at Walmore. The Rev. Otto Bruss officiated. Mrs. Schmidt was born on February 4, 1859, in this village. Her parents were among the first settlers of this town. She attended school here. In the year 1882 she was married to William H. Schmidt, who was for a number of years before his death court crier in county court, Lockport, and who was fatally injured several years ago in an auto accident. Mrs. Schmidt was of a kind and loving Christian character. She not only endeared herself to her own family but to every one with whom she came in contact. She was a member of the St. Jacobi Lutheran church. Six nephews were bearers. They are Martin Milleville. Gerhard Milleville, Erich Ferchen, Ben DeVantier, Edward Milleville and Philip Milleville. Honorary bearers were the Misses Sophia Milleville and Elsie Milleville, Interment was in St. Jacobi cemetery.
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The Niagara Gazette
Widow of Court Official Dead
NORTH TONAWANDA, April 10 - Mrs. Wilhelmina, Schmidt, 75, died today at her home in the Ward road, town of Wheatfield, after a week's illness. She was a lifelong resident and the wife of the late William H. Schmidt, former court crier in county court at Lockport, who was fatally injured several years ago in an auto accident at the Ward and Lockport roads. Mrs. Schmidt is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Charles Runge and Mrs. Henry Schendel, of Wheatfield, and Mrs. George Reid, of Niagara Falls; two sons, John and Theodore, both of Wheatfield; five grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Christ (sic) Ferchen and Mrs. Bertha DeVantier, and three brothers, John, William and Albert Milleville, all of the town of Wheatfield. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the house and at 2:45 from the Walmore Lutheran church. Interment will be in St. Jacob's cemetery. 
Milleville, Albertine Wilhelmine Auguste (I2669)
 
48 10 Aug 1979, Tonawanda, Erie, New York USA
FRITZ - Henry W. Fritz, Friday (August 10, 1979). Mr. Fritz was a member and past Chief of the Brighton Fire Company and an employe of the Town of Tonawanda Sewer and Water Dept. Beloved husband of Myrtle (nee Hardy) Fritz; dear father of Arthur H. (Faith) Fritz and Mrs. Harvey (Kathleen Marie) Van Valkenburgh; grandfather of nine grandchildren; brother of Mrs. Libby Freeby and the late Nora Cooper; son-in-law of Florence Hardy. The family will be present to receive friends Friday 7 to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m., at the (Tonawanda Chapel) Amigone Funeral Home, Inc., 2640 Sheridan Drive (at Parker Blvd) where funeral services will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. Friends invited 
Fritz, Henry W. (I22637)
 
49 10 Feb 1916 Tonawanda News
Ernest Wolansky of Gratwick Escapes With Slight Injuries.
HURLED TO ROADSIDE
Walks Around Rear of One Car Onto Tracks in Front of Another Going Opposite Direction - Chest Bruised and Face Cut.
Ernest Wolansky, 30 years old, of No. 399 Fredericka street was painfully injured yesterday afternoon as the result of being run down by a Buffalo bound trolley car on the Buffalo and Niagara Falls branch of the International Railway on Payne avenue at Fredericka street. He was picked up unconscious and removed to his home where Dr. C. T. Cranco attended him. Wolansky was returning home from uptown on a Falls bound trolley car, in the At Payne avenue and Fredericka street, he alighted and, walking around directly in front of a rapidly approaching Buffalo bound ear. The motorman applied the brakes and reversed the power, but could not avoid striking the man. Wolansky was hurled to the roadside. At his home, it was found that Wolansky sustained a bad cut on his face and his chest was badly bruised.
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12 Apr 1917 Tonawanda News
SEEKS DAMAGES FOR DEATH OF HUSBAND
The suit of Anna Wolansky of North Tonawanda against the International Railway company was placed on trial before Justice Emery and a jury in supreme court yesterday. She is administrator of the estate of her husband Ernest, who was run down and fatally injured by a trolley car on Payne avenue on February 9, 1916.
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Buffalo NY Morning Express - 2/11/1916
Ernest Wolansky, 50 years old ofNo. 309 Fredericka street, was pain-fully injured this afternoon as the result of being run down by a Buffalo bound trolley on the Falls branch of the International railway  Wolansky stepped from a Falls bound car and is going around the rear walked directly in front of a rapidly approaching northbound car.  He was hurled into a snowdrift beside the roadway.  His head was cut and ribs were broken. He was removed to his home, where Dr. C. T. Crance attended him. 
Wolanske, Ernst Friedrich Johann (I31050)
 
50 10 January 1986 The Tonawanda News
HARDER - Mabel E. Harder, 64, of the Town of Wheatfield, Wednesday (January 8, 1986) at DeGraff Memorial Hospital, after a brief illness. Mrs. Harder was a member of St. John Lutheran Church. She is survived by her husband Norman Harder; two sons, Ronald (Beverly) Harder of Wheatfield and Dennis (Connie) Harder of North Tonawanda; five grandchildren, Deborah, David, Kevin, Christopher, and Nathan; a sister, Mrs. Frances Voelker of Wheatfield. She was the sister of the late Evelyn Brown, Clarence and Melvin Haseley; she is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Fretthold Funeral Home, Inc., 1241 Oliver St. at Ward Rd., Thursday 7-9 and Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. from St. John Lutheran Church. Interment in St. John Lutheran Cemetery. If so desired, memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church Roof Repair Fund.
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Niagara GazetteMabel E. Harder
Belonged to St. John Church

WHEATFIELD - A service will be held Saturday for Mabel E. Harder, 64, of Stenzil Avenue who died Wednesday (Jan. 8, 1986) in DeGraff Memorial Hospital in North Tonawanda. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Wheatfield. Mrs. Harder is survived by her husband, Norman Harder; sons, Ronald Harder of the Town of Wheatfield and Dennis Harder of North Tonawanda; a sister Mrs. Frances Voelker of the Town of Wheatfield; and five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Evelyn Brown and Melvin and Clarence Haseley. Friends may call at the Fretthold Funeral Home, 1241 Oliver St. at Ward Road in North Tonawanda, today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John Lutheran Church. Burial will be at St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Wheatfield. Contributions to the St. John Lutheran church roof repair fund are acceptable as tribute. 
Haseley, Mabel Emma (I1564)
 
51 10 July 1974 The Tonawanda News
URTEL - Walter Urtel of 116 77th St., Niagara Falls, in Memorial Medical Center, July 9, 1974. Husband of Lois Urtel, father of Mrs. Dale (Frances) Neumann of North Tonawanda; stepfather of Mrs. James (Joan) Mangan of Youngstown, NY, James McCarthy of Batavia, NY, and Richard McCarthy of Las Cruces, New Mexico; brother of Edward Urtel of Ransomville, N. Y., and Mrs. James (Florence) Dunn of San Jose, Calif.; also survived by 10 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Friday (July 12th) at 1 P.M., from the Lane Funeral Home, Inc., 8622 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls, NY, with Mr. Nicholas Gehl officiating. Interment Mt. View Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M. Wednesday and Thursday. 
Urtel, Waldemar W. (I7772)
 
52 10 July 1979 The Tonawanda News
Gorden Shell dies at age 74
Gorden C. Shell, 74, the organizer of Tonawandas Day at Crystal Beach, died yesterday at DeGraff Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness. In 1977 Twin Cities officials honored Mr. Shell, who resided at 269 Hinds St., Tonawanda, by proclaiming Tonawandas Day “Gorden Shell Day.” He said the proclamation made it the “happiest day of my life.” Mr. Shell, when serving as president of the Tonawandas Lions Club in 1958, was seeking a way to obtain funds to improve the community when he thought of starting Tonawandas Day. “I was disgusted with selling light bulbs to raise money. So I was a man looking for a project,” he said, in explaining how he thought of such an event. Besides serving as president of the Lions Club, he also served as vice president and district governor of the organization. He was employed at the Courier-Express as a newspaper distributor for 42 years and retired in 1969. Mr. Shell, active in political campaigns in North Tonawanda, where he had resided for many years, also served as a member of the Lumber City’s Housing Authority. He is survived by his wife, Thelma H. (nee Haseley) and his children, Mrs. Tom (Madelyn) Lary of Paramount, Ca.; Mrs. Charles (Geraldine) Applegarth of Buffalo, Gorden C. Shell, Jr. of North Tonawanda, Mrs. Louis (Judith) Bird of Akron, Mrs. Thomas (Sharon) Henderson, Mrs. Peter (Gail) Wolf, both of Tonawanda, and Miss Nancy A. Miller of Newark, N.Y. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Creasey Memorial Chapel Inc., in Tonawanda.
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SHELL - Gorden C. Shell, 74, of Tonawanda, N.Y., entered into rest on Monday (July 9, 1979) at DeGraff Memorial Hospital. Mr. Shell was a life member and past president of the Tonawanda Lions Club, past District Deputy Governor of 20-N and was chairman of the Lions Club Tonawandas Day at Crystal Beach for the past fifteen years. He was a distributor and supervisor for the Courier-Express before retiring in 1969. Beloved husband of Thelma H. (nee Haseley) Shell; dearest father of Mrs. Tom (Madelyn) Lary of Paramount, Calif., Mrs. Charles (Geraldine) Applegarth of Buffalo, Gorden C. Shell, Jr. of North Tonawanda, Mrs. Louis (Judith) Bird of Akron, N.Y., Mrs. Thomas (Sharon) Henderson, Mrs. Peter (Gail) Wolf, both of Tonawanda and Miss Nancy A. Miller of Newark, N.Y. Friends may call Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m., and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., at the Creasey Memorial Chapel, Inc., 138 Delaware St ., Tonawanda. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, the Rev. A.W. Moldenhauer officiating. Interment White Chapel Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Matthew Lutheran Church Building Fund. 
Shell, Gordon C. (I4046)
 
53 10 March 1943 Evening News of the Tonawandas
Julius J. Stieg, prominent citizen of Wheatfield, where he was a lifelong resident, died suddenly yesterday at his Krueger road home of a heart attack. He was taken to the hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. He held many political offices, being town councilman at the time of his death. He was a justice of the peace for 14 years, former school tax collector and former assessor. He was a member of the Adams Fire company and the St. Paul's Lutheran church, East Felton street. He is survived by one brother, Van of Wheatfield, and a sister, Mrs. Lydia Brack of Twining, Mich. Funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon at 3:30 from the residence with the Rev. Rudolph Grabau officiating. Burial will be in Fairmount cemetery. 
Stieg, George Julius Heinrich (I14797)
 
54 10 September 1951 Evening News of the Tonawandas
Mrs. Minnie Pokelwaldt, 74, 60 Cleveland Ave., died Sunday after a long illness. Born in Berlin, Germany she had lived in this area 27 years, the last seven in Tonawanda. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church. Surviving are her husband, Herman; two daughters, Mrs. Otto Krenzin, Berlin, Germany, and Mrs. Edward Bugenhagen, North Tonawanda, 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2 P.M. Tuesday in Hamp Funeral Home, 37 Adam St. The Rev. Walter Thiemecke will preside. Burial in St. John's Cemetery 
Bruening, Wilhelmine Emilie (I6821)
 
55 10/19/2004
WHEATFIELD - Harold E. Pankow, a longtime member of St. Johnsburg Fire Company, died Saturday in DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North Tonawanda, after a brief illness. He died a day before his 83rd birthday. Mr. Pankow was born in North Tonawanda and was a lifelong member of St. John Evangelical Church. He attended parochial school. He worked at National Grinding Wheel, Walck's Dairy and the state Department of Transportation, retiring in 1985. Mr. Pankow had been a fire company member for 50 years. He enjoyed doing crafts and spending his winters in Florida. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Jennis A. Walck; a daughter, Betty Cash-Willis of Fort Myers, Fla.; a son, Robin of Rome; two sisters, Lorena Heuer of Port Orange, Fla., and Jane Heuer of Wheatfield; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10:30 A.M. today in St. John Evangelical Church, Niagara Falls Boulevard and Ward Road. Burial will be in St. John Lutheran Cemetery. 
Pankow, Harold Elroy (I4845)
 
56 10/19/2004, The Niagara Gazette
NIAGARA FALLS - Ruth D. Schultz, who formerly taught millinery classes at the Niagara Falls Adult Education Center, died Sunday in Schoellkopf Health Center after a brief illness. She was 91. Born Ruth Ziemer in Zimmerman, Minn., she graduated from high school in Hanover, Ont., and moved to Niagara Falls in 1930. A member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, she was an active member of American Lutheran Church Women, holding several offices in the local and district organizations. Mrs. Schultz enjoyed teaching Sunday school, making quilts, sewing, weaving and gardening. She was a member of the Hyde Park Garden Club, the Niagara County Horticultural Society and Niagara Weavers. She had been a volunteer for Meals on Wheels for 26 years. She and her husband of 66 years, Alfred E., were married by her father, the Rev. Gustav Ziemer, in St. Paul Lutheran Church. In addition to her husband, survivors include a daughter, Linda Dillinger of Tampa, Fla.; two sons, James A. of Fayetteville, Ga., and Paul T. of North Tonawanda; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10:30 A.M. Thursday in St. Paul Lutheran Church, 18th Street and Cleveland Avenue. Burial will be in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Bergholz.
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Buffalo News, The (NY) - October 19, 2004
Ruth D. Schultz, who formerly taught millinery classes at the Niagara Falls Adult Education Center, died Sunday in Schoellkopf Health Center after a brief illness. She was 91. Born Ruth Ziemer in Zimmerman, Minn., she graduated from high school in Hanover, Ont., and moved to Niagara Falls in 1930. A member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, she was an active member of American Lutheran Church Women, holding several offices in the local and district organizations. Mrs. Schultz enjoyed teaching Sunday school, making quilts, sewing, weaving and gardening. She was a member of the Hyde Park Garden Club, the Niagara County Horticultural Society and Niagara Weavers. She had been a volunteer for Meals on Wheels for 26 years. She and her husband of 66 years, Alfred E., were married by her father, the Rev. Gustav Ziemer, in St. Paul Lutheran Church. In addition to her husband, survivors include a daughter, Linda Dillinger of Tampa, Fla.; two sons, James A. of Fayetteville, Ga., and Paul T. of North Tonawanda; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Paul Lutheran Church, 18th Street and Cleveland Avenue. Burial will be in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Bergholz. 
Ziemer, Ruth Dorothy (I6418)
 
57 104TH INFANTRY DIVISION. BRONZE STAR MEDAL AWARDED FOR HEROIC ACHIEVEMENT IN GERMANY 11/4/44. HE VOLUNTARILY ORGANIZED AND LED TWO LITTER SQUADS FROM THE BATTALION AID STATION. HE MADE FIVE TRIPS UNDER CONSTANT FIRE TO EVACUATE WOUNDED FROM A PINNED-DOWN PLATOON.
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ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 32833413
NAME KROENING#HAROLD#C
RESIDENCE: STATE 23 NEW YORK
RESIDENCE: COUNTY 063 NIAGARA
PLACE OF ENLISTMENT 2309 BUFFALO NEW YORK
DATE OF ENLISTMENT DAY 13
DATE OF ENLISTMENT MONTH 02
DATE OF ENLISTMENT YEAR 43
GRADE: ALPHA DESIGNATION PVT# Private
GRADE: CODE 8 Private
BRANCH: ALPHA DESIGNATION BI# Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
BRANCH: CODE 00 Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
FIELD USE AS DESIRED #
TERM OF ENLISTMENT 5 Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
LONGEVITY ###
SOURCE OF ARMY PERSONNEL 0 Civil Life
NATIVITY 23 NEW YORK
YEAR OF BIRTH 23
RACE AND CITIZENSHIP 1 White, citizen
EDUCATION 4 4 years of high school
CIVILIAN OCCUPATION 760 Attendants, filling stations and parking lots
MARITAL STATUS 6 Single, without dependents
COMPONENT OF THE ARMY 7 Selectees (Enlisted Men)
CARD NUMBER # #
BOX NUMBER 0572
FILM REEL NUMBER 2.236 
Kroening, Harold Carl (I555)
 
58 11 Jan 1958, The Tonawanda News
McCOLLUM - Viola A. McCollum, 56, of 429 Linwood Ave., North Tonawanda, died Friday (Jan. 10, 1958) in DeGraff Memorial Hospital after a long illness.  Survived by her husband, William; a daughter, Betty Jane McCollum; her father Gustav Warblow; two sisters, Mrs. Albert Nowark and Mrs. Chester Gath; two brothers, Clarence and Walter Warblow, and many nieces and nephews.  Friends may call at the Fretthold Funeral Home, 1241 Oliver St. at Ward Rd., where services will be at 3:30 p.m. Monday with the Rev. Paul H. Fretthold officiating. Interment in St. Mark’s Lutheran Cemetery.  Deceased was a member of St. Mark’s Ladies Aid, the Women’s Missionary League and the Gratwick Hose Company Auxiliary. 
Warblow, Viola Wilhelmina (I10897)
 
59 11 Jan 1962 The Tonawanda News
O. A. Strassburg Dies at Age 81
Otto A. Strassburg, 81, of 38 North End Ave., Kenmore, died Tuesday in Meyer Memorial Hospital, Buffalo, after a lengthy illness. A retired carpenter, Mr. Strassburg was a member of Newfane Lodge 947, F&AM. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Alice Bailey of Newfane, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Four sisters and a brother also survive. Services will be at the Fretthold Funeral Home, 1241 Ward Road, North Tonawanda, at 1:30 P.M. Saturday with the Rev. Russell R. Meyers officiating. Burial will be in Corwin Cemetery, Newfane. 
Strassburg, Otto August Carl Heinrich (I5731)
 
60 11 January 1962 The Tonawanda News
S. J. Mackensen Is Dead at 87; Active in Church
Siegmund J. Mackensen, 87, of Shawnee Road, North Tonawanda, a former elder, Sunday school teacher and choir director at St. Martin's Lutheran Church, died today in DeGraff Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. Mr. Mackensen had lived in the Martinsville area for 36 years and was employed at Thiele Feed and Coal Co. in North Tonawanda for many years, ending that association in December. He was born in Brandt, Ont. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Eugene Thiele and Mrs. Leonard Thiele, both of North Tonawanda; a son, Siegmund Mackensen Jr. of Machias, NY; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Elsie Denef of Lutzen, MN., and two brothers, William Mackensen of Yardley, Pa., and the Rev. Paul Mackensen of Baltimore, MD. Arrangements are being made by Brunner Funeral Home.
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The Niagara Gazette
Lumber City Feed Firm Worker Dies
Sigmund J. Mackensen, 87, of Shawnee Road, Town of Wheatfield, died today (Jan. 11, 1962) at DeGraff Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Mackensen was employed by the Thiele Coal and Feed Co. until he became ill four weeks ago. He was a member of St. Martin's Lutheran Church, the Adult Bible Class, and was a former choir director, and Sunday School teacher. Mr. Mackensen was born in Brant, Ont., and resided here for the last 36 years. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Eugene (Helen) Thiele and Mrs. Leonard (Elizabeth) Thiele, both of this city, and a son, Siegmund Mackensen Jr. of Machias, N. Y.; a sister, Mrs. Elsie Denef of Lutzen, Minn.; two brothers, William Mackensen of Yardley, Pa., and Rev. Paul Mackensen of Baltimore, Md.; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Friends may call at Brunner Funeral Home until noon Saturday. Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at St: Martin's Lutheran Church with Rev. Luther Knauff officiating. Burial will be in White Chapel Memorial Park. 
Mackensen, Siegmund Johannes (I1510)
 

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