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Obituaries for the Journal week of July 26

Raymond Tartick Sr.[photo2]

Raymond Tartick Sr., 83, of East Otto, died July 15 at his home.He was born in Buffalo on Dec. 30, 1930 to the late George and Madaline (nee Salim) Tartick.

Raymond served in the U.S. Army from March 10, 1954 to Feb. 29,1956. He enjoyed being outdoors, gardening and family time.

He was a retired business entrepreneur and a member of St. Aloysius Church in Springville.

He was the husband of Joan (nee Bennett) Tartick; father of Raymond (Kathy) Tartick Jr. of Springville, Daniel (Connie) Tartick of Pendleton, Leo (Amy) Tartick of Springville, Joseph (Karen) Tartick of Cary, N.C., Jean (Louis) Bielli of East Otto, Sheila (Michael) Dytschkowskyj of Arcade, Matthew (Bridget) Tartick of Concord, Andrew (Rebecca) Tartick of Wake Forest, N.C. and Jason (Chelsea) Tartick of Youngsville, N.C.; grandfather of Alicia, Jenny, Austin, Greg, Leo Jr., Nathanael, Madeline, Joseph Jr., Katie, Eric, Louis III, Tiffany, Vincent, Sarah, David, Jessica, Joshua, Thomas, Amanda, Claire, Samantha, Josephine, Margaret, Allison, Azlyn, Jordan, Wyatt, Tyler and the late Angelo; great-grandfather of Bruce, Skylar, William, Michaela, Tristian, Hannah, Alexander and Arabella; brother of Catherine (late Peter) Peters of Williamsville, Agnes (Heintz) Hummell of Ft. Erie, Canada, Samuel Tartick of Tonawanda, and the late Tina (Joseph) Arida, Salvatore (Elizabeth) Tartick, Michael Tartick, Rose (Thomas) Grigas, Veronica (Richard) Armenia, Susan Tartick, Mary (John) Shaheen, George Tartick, David (Mary) Tartick and Ramon Michael; brother-in-law of Josephine Tartick of Kenmore, Florence Tartick of Tonawanda, and the late Chris Tartick.

Funeral services were held July 19 from St. Aloysius Church in Springville. The Rev. Lawrence Cobel officiated. Burial was in St. Aloysius Cemetery in Springville.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Catholic Relief Services, 228 W. Lexington St., Baltimore, Md. 21201-3413 or

Arrangements were made by the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, 271 East Main St., Springville. Online condolences may be made at

David R. Edwards
David R. Edwards, 63, of Erie, Pa., passed away Friday, July 18, 2014, at Saint Vincent Health Center, located in Erie, Pa. He was born in Gowanda on April 28, 1951, to the late Marion and Irene Causebrook Edwards. He has lived in the Erie area since 1966.

David was employed with General Electric Co. for 40 years, retiring in 2011. He was a member of the Church of God World Wide Associations and enjoyed hunting with his grandsons and woodworking.

David is survived by his wife of 45 years, Linda Mishik Edwards; two daughters, Jennifer York and Lisa Edwards, both of Erie, Pa.; one son David A. (Hiedi) Edwards, of Wesleyville, Pa.; two sisters, Shirley Uhrich and Peg (Duane) Beeman, both of Springville; two brothers, Marvin “Bud” Edwards, of Franklinville and William (Vicky) Edwards, of Springville; five grandchildren, Katrynea, Justin, Katelynn, Andrew and Kyle; two great-grandchildren, Raehlynn and Olivia; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on July 23, conducted by Pastor Doug Johnson, of the Church of God Worldwide Assoc. Interment was at the Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery, Erie, Pa.

Arrangements were made by the Dusckas Funeral Home Inc. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be made at

Fr. Lawrence E. Rucker
The Rev. Lawrence E. Rucker S.C.J., 80, died on July 13, 2014 in Brookfield, Wis. Father Larry was the son of the late Lawrence and Leona (nee Underberg) Rucker, of Orchard Park and a grandson of the late Edward and Caroline (nee Reiling) Underberg, of Springville.

Fr. Larry professed vows in 1953 and was ordained a priest of the Sacred Heart in 1966. His first assignment was at St. Joseph’s Parish in Cherry Creek, S.D. He remained at ministry in various locations in South Dakota for 30 years. Fr. Larry left for St. Joseph’s Parish in Mississippi in 1996. He worked as a ministry to prison inmates and called himself a “fisher of men.” Fr. Larry retired in 2001 to the Sacred Heart Community at Sacred Heart Monastery by the Lake in Franklin, Wis.

He is survived by his sister Ann Hopkins and brother Gerald F. Rucker; numerous cousins; an uncle and two aunts.

A funeral mass in celebration of his life and ministry was held in the Good Shepherd Chapel at Sacred Heart Monastery by the Lake on July 17. Interment was in the SCJ Mausoleum in Franklin, Wis.

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