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Death notices and obituaries from the week of Sept. 14

Raymond Eigenbrod
Raymond P. Eigenbrod of Glenwood died Sept. 8.

He was the former president of the Erie County Snowmobile Federation, as well as a hunter. In his youth, he raced at Lancaster Speedway and, in recent years, towed show cars.

He was the husband of the late Felicia (nee Pikula) Eigenbrod; father of Ellen Eigenbrod and Douglas (Pamela) Eigenbrod; grandfather of Kyle and Katelyn Eigenbrod; brother of the late Elmer, William and Lorraine Eigenbrod; also survived by nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held on Sept. 11 at the Comfort Funeral Home Inc., located at 6469 Olean Road in East Aurora. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Colden Fire Company. Online condolences may be made at

Helen Luksic

Helen Luksic
Helen Luksic of Springville died Sept. 7 at Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home.

She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Evan (nee Salamanchic) Wroblewski and had owned and operated the Springville Dairy, for more than 30 years.

She was the wife of the late Joseph Luksic; mother of Dorothy (Steve) Becony of Boston; Patricia (Henry) Walczak of Springville and South Carolina; Kenneth (Charlotte) Luksic of Longs, S.C.; Sylvia (Gregory) Delio of East Otto; Karen (Stephen) Kiminski of Springville and William (Heidi) Luksic of Webster, N.Y.; grandmother of 21 grandchildren; great-grandmother of 25 great-grandchildren and great-great-grandmother of 16 great-great-granchildren; predeceased by several siblings.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Sept. 13, from St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church in Springville. The Rev. Lawrence Cobel officiated. Online condolences may be made at

Anna Schroeder

Anna Schroeder
Anna Colleen Schroeder of East Otto died Sept. 8.

She was born on June 15, 1995 in Buffalo to Michael Schroeder of East Otto and Karen (nee Krzanowicz) Schultz of Depew.

She was a June 2013 graduate of West Valley Central. School, finished cosmetology courses at the Board of Cooperative Educational Services and was employed at Subway in Springville.

She was the sister of Shane Sinnott of Buffalo, Jesi Wendling of Buffalo and Mariah Sinnott of South Carolina; granddaughter of Edward Schroeder and the late Alice Schroeder, Catherine and Ross Albee and Richard (Susan) Young; also survived by several aunts and uncles.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, Sept. 16 from St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church in Springville at 11 a.m. The Rev. Lawrence Cobel will officiate. Online condolences may be made at

Merritt Shaffner
Merritt E. Shaffner, 79, died Sept. 6.

He was the son of the late Oren and Rose Shaffner; husband of the late Marilyn (nee Feldman) Shaffner; father of Danan Warner, Dawn Fanelli, Jayne (Doug) Anderson, Janice (Carl) Powalie, Jay Shaffner and Daniel (Teri) Shaffner; grandfather of 16 grandchildren; great-grandfather of four great-grandchildren; brother of Hadley Shaffner and the partner of Ruth McCaulley.

A funeral service was held Sept. 9 from the Ciriello and Carr Funeral Home in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Burial was in Northlawn Memorial Gardens. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Aultman Compassionate Care Center.

Lenore VanderMeer

Lenore VanderMeer
Lenore W. VanderMeer (nee Watson) of Springville died Sept. 6.

She was born Oct. 14, 1919 to the late Frank and Emma (nee Lohrey) Watson.

She had worked for New York Telephone Company in Springville and Gowanda, for many years and helped form the Kotch Club of Retirees with NY Telephone Co. colleagues. Her last job was at Marine Midland Bank in Springville, as a teller. She also sewed, embroidered, canned, cooked and baked.

She was the wife of the late Peter VanderMeer; mother of Michael VanderMeer of Springville, Christine (William) Kirkland of Hamburg, Peter (Patricia) VanderMeer of Florida; grandmother of William Kirkland, Jon (Elise) VanderMeer; great-grandmother of several great-grandchildren; sister of Mary Briggs of Minnesota, Frances (late Will) Potter and the late Janice Watson and William Watson; step-sister of the late Donald and Sherwood Lohrey; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Sept. 11 from the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, located at 271 East Main St. in Springville. Her son Michael and the Rev. Douglas Sukhia of Armor Bible Church officiated. Burial was in St. Aloysius Cemetery in Springville. Online condolences may be made at


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