Retired from City of Tonawanda
James F. Knox, age 90, died Tuesday, June 17, 2003, at Niagara Rehabilitation Center in Niagara Falls, after a long illness. Born in Staten Island, NY, he was the son of the late Floyd and Addie (nee Freeman) Knox and had been a resident of Tonawanda for the greater part of his life. Mr. Knox was an Army Air Force veteran of WWII, serving in the European Theater, where he received many medals including the distinguished Flying Cross. He was employed at Columbus McKinnon Corporation and then was a heavy equipment operator for the City of Tonawanda, before retiring. Along with his wife, the late Dorothy "Marie" Knox, who died in 1985, he had operated Knox's Coffee Cup Restaurant in Tonawanda for many years.
He is survived by a son, Jeffrey (Denise) Knox; a daughter, Barbara (Ralph) Zastrow; and three grandchildren, Amy (Tim) Newman, Rose Knox, and Tammy Kohler. Also surviving are six great-grandchildren and 4 great, great-grandchildren.
Burial was cared for privately at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo. Arrangements by the Hamp Funeral Home, Inc., Adam and Seymour Streets, Tonawanda.
Donald A. Dietrich
Longtime Resident of Wilson
Donald A. Dietrich, age 81, of Wilson, died Friday, June 27, 2003, at the Newfane Health Care Center after a long illness. Born January 3, 1922, in Tonawanda, he was the son of the late Clarence and Loretta (nee Strassel) Dietrich and had been a resident of Wilson for more than 30 years. An Army Veteran of WWII, he retired from the Linde Division of Union Carbide in the Town of Tonawanda. He had been a Boy Scout leader and enjoyed farming his property in Wilson.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie (nee Diedrich) Dietrich; four sons, Dan Dietrich of Wilson, NY, Douglas (Alexis) Dietrich of Sanborn, NY, David (Patti) Dietrich of Greenville, NY, and Donald (Debbie) Dietrich, II of Newfane, NY; a daughter, Debbie (Art) Heaton of Buffalo, NY; a brother, Stuart (Sonja) Dietrich of Munich, Germany; and a brother-in-law, Donald Diedrich of Tonawanda, NY. Also surviving are three grandsons, Donny, David, and Derick.
Services were cared for privately at the convenience of the family, followed by interment at Elmlawn Cemetery. Arrangements by the Hamp Funeral Home, Inc., Adam and Seymour Streets, Tonawanda.
Mary E. Sahr
Lifelong Tonawanda Resident
Mary (nee Fortman) Sahr, age 76, of Tonawanda, entered into rest Friday, June 27, 2003, at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. Born June 30, 1926, in Hamilton, Ontario, she was the daughter of the late Elmer and Anna (nee Bonish) Fortman. A lifelong resident of Tonawanda, Mrs. Sahr was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in North Tonawanda. She was the wife of the late Richard A. Sahr, Sr., who died in 2001.
She is survived by three children, Richard (Helen) Sahr, Jr., Nancy A. Sahr and Douglas E. Sahr; and two grandchildren, James (Rebecca) Sahr and Karen (Jeffrey) Dole. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
Services were cared for privately at the convenience of the family, followed by interment at Elmlawn Cemetery. If desired, memorials to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 453 Old Falls Blvd, North Tonawanda, NY 14120, are preferred by the family. Arrangements by the Hamp Funeral Home, Inc., Adam and Seymour Streets, Tonawanda.
Edwin J. Long
Army Veteran of WWII
Edwin J. Long, age 81, of Tonawanda, died Saturday, June 28, 2003, at DeGraff Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. Born in Buffalo, he was the son of the late Frederick and Susan (nee Glass) Long and was an Army Veteran of WWII. A resident of Tonawanda for 50 years, he was an inspector at the General Motors Engine Plant in Tonawanda before retiring. He was the husband of the late Agnes "Peach" Long, who died in 1986.
He is survived by his dearly beloved wife, Irene (nee Sharmach) (Murphy) Long; two daughters, Kathleen (Thomas) Holler and Patricia (Howard) Smith; four sons, Michael (Jackie), Lawrence (Karen), Timothy (Dina), and Terrence (Candace) Long; twelve grandchildren, Michael, Kevin and Jennifer Holler, Ryan and Troy Smith, Scott, Bill, Kristin, Matthew, Zachary, and Maria Long, and Lindsey (Lee) Willey; and a great-grandson, Michael Willey; and eight step-children, Charles (Kathleen) and Sean (Denise) Murphy, Kathleen (Walter) Staniszewski, Mary (Gary) Lopus, Lynne (John) Harter, Patricia (Michael) Farrell, Eileen (David) Hapman, and Maureen (Richard) Anticola. Also surviving are 21 step-grandchildren, 8 step-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 4-8 PM on Monday only at the Hamp Funeral Home, Inc., Adam and Seymour Streets, Tonawanda. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 AM Tuesday at St. Francis of Assisi Church on Broad Street in Tonawanda. Friends invited. Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Richard B. Dreyer
Retired from Newfane School District
Richard B. Dreyer, age 79, of Alden, formerly of Tonawanda, died Monday, May 5, 2003, at Hospice Buffalo in Cheektowaga. Born June 4, 1923, in Tonawanda, he was the son of the late Eugene and Josephine (nee Byrd) Dreyer and was a lifelong resident of Tonawanda. An Army Air Force veteran of World War II, he was a teacher in the Newfane School District, before retiring, and was the husband of the late Marilyn P. Dreyer, who died in 1994.
He is survived by a daughter, Candice (Craig) Pawlewski; two sons, William (Roeann) Dreyer and Scott (Lisa) Dreyer; and a sister, Mary. Also surviving are 15 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 PM Wednesday at the Hamp Funeral Home, Inc., Adam and Seymour Streets, Tonawanda. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:45 AM Thursday at St. Timothy R.C. Church on East Park Drive in the Town of Tonawanda. Friends invited. Interment will be cared for privately at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Mae E. Bunts
50 year Resident of Tonawanda
Mae (nee Tennant) Bunts, age 78, of Tonawanda, died Monday, May 5, 2003, at DeGraff Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. Born in West Pittston, PA, she was the daughter of the late Ira and Martha (nee Players) Tennant and had been a resident of Tonawanda for more than 50 years. Married March 30, 1946, in Dover, NJ, she was the wife of Robert D. Bunts for more than 57 years. A member of the Christian Fellowship Baptist Church in Amherst, Mae enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren, and her church. She was the sister of the late Elizabeth, Winnifred and Martha.
She is survived by her husband, Robert D. Bunts, Sr.; five sons, Wayne Bunts, Thomas Bunts, William Bunts, Terry (Valerie) Bunts, and Robert (Dawn) Bunts, Jr.; four granddaughters, Katie, Ashley, Carrie, and Kristine; a sister, Hazel Hoffman; and a brother, William (Leona) Tennant. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 2-4 & 7-9 PM Thursday at the Hamp Funeral Home, Inc., Adam and Seymour Streets, Tonawanda, where funeral services will be held at 8:30 PM Thursday, the Rev. Carl Crate officiating. Friends invited. Interment will be cared for privately at Acacia Park Cemetery.
Florence J. Warmington
Member of St. Francis Parish
Florence (nee Mazurkiewicz) Warmington, age 86, of Tonawanda, died unexpectedly, Tuesday, May 6, 2003, at her residence. A native of Buffalo, she was the eldest of eighteen children born to the late Ignatius and Sophia (nee Nowak) Mazurkiewicz, and had been a resident of Tonawanda for more than 45 years. She had been employed as a housekeeper at Kenton Manor in the Town of Tonawanda before retiring. A member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Tonawanda, she was the wife of the late Kenneth R. Warmington, Sr., who died in 1975, and mother of the late Mary Jane Rebmann, who died in 1971.
She is survived by two sons, Kenneth (Barbara) Warmington and Donald (Karen) Warmington. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, four sisters, three brothers, and many nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM Friday at St. Francis Chapel on Adam Street in Tonawanda. Arrangements by the Hamp Funeral Home, Inc., Adam and Seymour Streets, Tonawanda.