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Death notices and obituaries from the May 26 Springville Journal

Alfred Ploetz
Alfred L. Ploetz, 92, died on May 21 in Papillion, Neb.

He was born in 1920 in West Valley, to the late Elmer and Hattie (nee Schultz) Ploetz.

He graduated from high school in West Valley and earned a degree in engineering from Alfred University. He worked as a machinist, having three deferments from military service.

He joined the United States Army in 1944. He served with a unit of port engineers in Antwerp, Belgium, at a supply port, for the advancement of American troops into Germany. His unit was the first support troop that went into Antwerp, after that cityís liberation. Another function of the unit was to repair landing crafts for the anticipation of crossing the Rhine.

He was discharged from the Army, with a rank of sergeant. He joined the U.S. Geological Survey in Sacramento, Calif. in 1946 and was stationed in Menlo Park, Calif. He held titles of civil engineer, topographic engineer and cartographer, doing topographic surveys and working in field surveys, office photogrammetry and cartography.

He retired from the USGS in 1980, after 34 years, remaining in Mountain View, Calif. He worked as a tax preparer for H&R Block, for 10 years.

He did volunteer work, preparing tax returns at a senior center in Mountain View, Calif.

He was the husband of Grace (nee Warwick Dudley). Father of Larry of Newark, Calif.; Kathy Newcomb of Papillion, Neb. and Linda Kronenfeld of Oro Valley, Ariz. Stepfather of Bruce Dudley Ploetz. Grandfather of Andrew, Benjamin and Garin Newcomb and Michael and Jason Kronenfeld. Uncle of Tom Ploetz of Yorkshire. He was preceded in death by his parents and two younger brothers, Leroy and Gordon.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 30, at the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, located at 271 East Main St. in Springville. A funeral service will be held on May 31 from St. Paulís Lutheran Church of Ellicottville, at 11 a.m. The Rev. William Kay will officiate.

Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery in West Valley, on May 31.

Online condolences may be made at

Donald Zaccardo

Donald Zaccardo, 81, died May 18 in Gowanda, where he had lived with Daniel and Michelle Davis, for the past 10 years.

He was born March 25, 1932 in Buffalo, to the late Samuel and Marie (nee Zaccardo) Barone.

He was a member of the Springville Assembly of God Church and was a bowler. He performed vocational jobs, within the Developmental Disabilities Services Office system.

Expressions of sympathy may be addressed to the Springville Assembly of God Church, 49 Transit Line Road, Springville, N.Y. 14141.

A funeral was held May 21, from the Hills Funeral Chapel, located at 255 Aldrich St. in Gowanda. The Rev. Stan Handzlik and the Rev. Daniel Davis of Springville Assembly of God Church officiated. Burial was in the Jolls Cemetery in Perrysburg.

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