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Death notices and obituaries from the June 9 Springville Journal

Albert Commerford
Albert Commerford
Albert P. Commerford, 82, of Delevan, died in Hamburg on May 31.

He was born Jan. 30, 1931 in Buffalo, to Albert and Florence (nee Grad) Commerford. He was in the Sixth Infantry Division of the United States Army, from 1950 – 1952.

He worked for the New York Telephone Company in Buffalo and for the southtowns Verizon office.

He married Marjorie Kirker in 1952, in Buffalo. He was a ham radio operator, a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Springville Field and Stream.

He was predeceased by his wife in 1987, his daughter Kathleen Fuglewicz and a sister, Janet Buchlmanm.

Surviving are his children; Pam Commerford, Donald Klimowski of Blasdell, Mark Commerford of Lackawanna and Paul (Mary) Commerford of Springville. Also survived by seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

An entombment was held on June 5 at Our Lady of Sorrow North Mausoleum in Holy Cross Cemetery of Lackawanna. The Rev. Lawrence Cobel officiated. Arrangements were made by the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home located at 271 East Main St., Springville. Online register at

Renee Miller

Renée M. (nee Drake) Miller of Boston died  May 21.

She was the mother of Richard Smith, III; daughter of Mark “Sonny” Drake and the late Joan Keen; sister of Pamela (Larry) Zablonski, Linda (Dan Amigone) Keen and Randy (Kristin) Keen; aunt of Marian, Emma, Scott and Michael.

A memorial service was held from Salem Lutheran Church of Springville on May 23.

Arrangements were made by the Wurtz Funeral Home in Boston.

Walter Spalti
Walter A. Spalti, 82, of Springville, died May 26.

He was a retired heavy equipment engineer for Olive Erie and Sons.

He was the husband of the late Jean (nee Phillips) Spalti; son of Herman and Ella (nee Rodgers) Spalti; brother of Charlotte (Bruyer) Wright, Helen (Howard) Levesque and Norman (Beverly) Spalti; father of Robert (Sharon) Spalti, Gary Spalti, Cathleen (Ray) Wright Sr. and David Spalti; also survived by grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held June 15 at 1 p.m. from St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ellicottville, with the Rev. William Kay’s officiating.

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