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Death notices and obituaries from the Journal week of Nov. 30

Norbert Buskey

Norbert Buskey
Norbert J. Buskey, of Fayetteville, N.Y., died Oct. 23, at his home.

He was born in Springville on May 23, 1934 to the late Frank and Josephine Buskey.

He was the husband of Judy (nee Witzig) Buskey; father of Traci (Robb) Micek of Buffalo-Grove, Ill. and Shari Buskey of Fayetteville; grandfather of Ryan, Lauren and Brooke Micek; brother of Harry Buskey of Springville, Phyllis Snyder of Springville and the late Mary Buskey.

Funeral services were held in Fayetteville. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Foundation for Upstate, Regional Oncology Center, 750 East Adams St., CAB Room 326, Syracuse, NY 13210; the Fayetteville United Methodist Church, 601 East Genesee St., Fayetteville, NY 13066 or to the Norbert J. Buskey Music Eduction Scholarship, Fayetteville United Methodist Church, at the above address.

Norman Gusch
Norman J. Gusch, of Derby, N.Y., died Nov. 25.

He was a retired Air Force Veteran and worked at Verizon for 35 years.

He was the husband of Lucille (nee Szobski) Gusch; father of Richard, Susan (Louis) Sedia, Deborah (Mark) Brigman, Barbara Gusch, James (Sherri), Robert and Jennifer (Michael) Sullivan; grandfather of Kimberly and Stephanie Gusch, Jordan Gusch, Nicholas, Benjamin, Joshua and Sarah Sullivan; brother of Marcia (late Richard) Mazurowski; brother-in-law of Stephen (Belinda) Szobski and the late Rita (late Kenneth) Penders and late Florence (late Daniel) Andrezjewski. He was also survived by nieces and nephews.

Prayers will be said Saturday, Nov. 30, at 8:30 a.m., from the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home Inc. Hamburg Chapel, located at 5453 Southwestern Blvd. at Rogers Road, with a Mass of Christian burial held from St. John the Baptist Church in Boston at 9:30 a.m.

Online condolences may be made at

Leo McCarthy
Leo N. McCarthy III, 53, of East Concord, died Nov. 25, at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo.

He was born in Buffalo on May 13, 1960, to the late Leo Jr. and Margaret (nee Maloney) McCarthy.

He served in the United States Navy from Aug. 29, 1977-Sept. 2, 1981 and served aboard the USS Barry.

He was a member of St. Aloysius Church in Springville, wrote for the Ellicottville Villager, was the Sardinia Town Historian, a member of the Sardinia Historical Society and did genealogy research for Sardinia residents.

He worked on the ship Excaliber for Excaliber Leisure Skills Inc. in the Small Boat Harbor in Buffalo and captained tours for handicapped individuals. He was a watch engineer of real estate property for Verizon in Arcade and covered maintenance at several of the Verizon buildings. He also worked part-time at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo.

He was the husband of Ann (nee Kleinsmith) McCarthy; father of Shaun McCarthy of Hawaii; Kristen McCarthy of West Falls; Kyle (Julie) McCarthy of Port Orchard, Wash.; Sarah McCarthy of Lowman, N.Y.; Andrea McCarthy of East Concord and Colin McCarthy of East Concord; brother of Patricia (Glenn) Hicks of Getzville, N.Y. and Louise Roach King of Norwood, N.C.; son-in-law of Kenneth and June (nee Hayden) Kleinsmith of West Falls; brother-in-law of Mary Kleinsmith of West Falls, Theresa (Michael) Sliwinski of Buffalo and Joan (Gary) Lefever of Arcade; foster brother of Jim and Tim Hamilton; also survived by several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, from St. Aloysius Church in Springville at 10 a.m. The Rev. Lawrence Cobel will officiate. Burial will be in Sardinia Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Sardinia Historical Society or Excaliber Leisure Skills Inc.

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

William McKendree
William D. McKendree, 79, of Arcade, died Nov. 20, in Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville.

He was born in Johnstown, Pa. on April 19, 1934, to the late Thomas and Dorothy (nee Beard) McKendree.

He served in the U.S. Army, during the Korean Conflict, and was employed as a steelworker at Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna. He worked outdoors, planted flowers, painted and refinished furniture.

He was the companion of Myrtle Elaine Bly of Arcade; uncle of Cindy (Dennis) Fuller of Angola; brother of Dorothy Ann (Glenn) Knepper of Greencastle, Pa.; the late Doris Jean Stiles of Angola, N.Y.; Patricia Snyder and the late James Beard and Ronald Goaziou; also survived by several other nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held Nov. 25 from the W.S. Davis Funeral Home Inc., located at 358 West Main St. in Arcade. The Rev. Shawn Hannon officiated. Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery in Springville. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation or the Arcade Rescue Squad. Online condolences may be made at

Carl Mosher

Carl Mosher
Carl J. Mosher Sr, 83, died Nov. 10, at his home in Vero Beach, Fla.

He was retired from the United States Air Force.

Mosher was the son of the late H.B. and Sarah Mosher. He graduated from Springville-Griffith Institute in 1948 and majored in engineering at Erie Community College. He graduated in 1952 and entered the U.S. Air Force, as an air cadet. He was commissioned as a lieutenant.

He served in many air bases in the U.S. and abroad, including Korea, Japan, Guam, Thailand and Spain. He retired as a major, with 20 years of service.

He was the husband of Catherine Dotson of Miami Springs, Fla.; father of Carl Jr. (Robin) of Birmingham, Ala.; Jennifer of Vero Beach; Edward (Carmen) of Vero Beach and Michelle (Mark) Schleich of Miami Lakes, Fla.; grandfather of Marissa, Allie, Sarah, Matthew, Madeline, Maison, Katie and Carly; brother of Colleen Mosher of Orchard Park and Herbert Mosher of Orchard Park and the late Joan (Byron) Schottin and Gary (Cheryl) Mosher.

Mosher will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Arrangements were made by the Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory in Vero Beach, Fla.

Online condolences may be sent to

Phyllis Schneider
Phyllis J. Schneider (nee Pfarner), 73, of Springville, died Nov. 22, at her home.

She was born in Gowanda on July 27, 1940, to the late John and Alice (nee Newell) Pfarner.

She was a homemaker and had attended Delhi University, for two years. She was a member of the Mortons Corners Firemensí Auxiliary and did cross-stitching.

She was the wife of Michael Schneider; mother of Donna Stetler of Springville, Bonny Schneider of Eden, N.Y.; Brian (Florence) Schneider of Buffalo; Bruce Schneider of West Seneca and Duane Schneider of Buffalo; grandmother of seven grandchildren; great-grandmother of one great-grandson; sister of John (Kelly) Pfarner of Springville, Nancy (Paul) Bowers of Gowanda, Diane Suckow of Springville and Darlene (Robert) Owen of Springville; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, located at 271 East Main St., in Springville, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., where a funeral service will also be held, at 1 p.m.

Burial will be in Mortons Corners Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Mortons Corners Fire Company. Online condolences may be made at

Richard Zynda
Richard I. Zynda, 73, of Lawtons, died Nov. 20, at the Select Specialty Rehabilitation Facility in Erie, Pa.

He was born in Gowanda on March 5, 1940, to the late Henry and Angeline (nee Gawlak) Zynda.

He was a member of St. Francis Cabrini Roman Catholic Church, prior to its closing. He and his family lived on the family farm, which they knew by the name of Woodchuck Hill.

He was self-employed in refrigeration and had worked as an electrician for Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna for nearly 20 years.

He was the husband of Shirley (nee Ellis) Zynda; father of Ronald (Heather) Zynda of Collins, Robert (Nora) Zynda of Lawtons, Daniel (Kristine) Zynda of Springville and Marjorie (John Moroge) of Springville; grandfather of Kymberley, Cassandra, Kayla, Aimee, Kyle, Sylena, Bryan, Kathryn and Elizabeth; great- grandfather of Ava and Aliyah; brother of James (Pat) Zynda of Gowanda and Diane (Robert) Troup of Orchard Park.

Funeral services were held Nov. 25, from the Schindler Funeral Home, located at 44 Center St. in Gowanda.


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