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Obituaries and death notices from the Journal week of March 30

Dorothy Filipiak

Dorothy (nee Dryja) Filipiak, of Boston, died March 23. She was the wife of the late Theodore Filipiak; mother of Ronald (Barbara) and Gerald “Gary” (Jean) Filipiak; also survived by grandchildren, great-grandchildren, one sister, nieces and nephews.

She was pre-deceased by one brother and was a friend of Myrtle Baco.

Arrangements were made by John J. Kaczor Funeral Home, located at 5453 Southwestern Blvd. in Hamburg. A Mass of Christian burial was held from St. Francis of Assisi Church. Burial was in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Share condolences at

Dennis Mead

Dennis Mead

Dennis James Mead, a former town of Boston councilman, died at home, on March 26. He was 53.

Born in Buffalo, he grew up with 10 siblings on the Hamburg lakeshore and in Boston, N.Y., where he became a longtime resident. He graduated from St. Francis High School in 1978, earned a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Canisius College in 1981 and worked for several years at D.J. Mead and Sons, a family-owned paper company in Buffalo. He continued his career as a sales representative for Sofco Inc. and account executive for the Western/Central New York region of Tequipment Inc. Most recently, he was a senior project manager for AT&T and a member of the Project Management Institute.

He served for 12 years as a councilman on the Boston town board. During his tenure, he was active on many committees and served as the liaison to the planning board, senior nutrition program, creative playground and the Boston Chamber of Commerce. Upon his retirement from the board in 2008, United States Congressman Brian Higgins described him as “one of the town of Boston’s most revered leaders. His service has been a model for others to follow and there can be no question that his heart lies in his hometown.” He continued his involvement in town government by serving as the chair of the town’s zoning board of appeals.

He was a fourth degree Knight of Columbus, a member of the Sons of Amvets Post 219, a Free Mason and Ismailia Shriner and was active as a district committeeman for the town of Boston Republican committee. He also served as an advisor, with his brother Gerald, for the Margaret E. Mead Endowment at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, established in 2000, in memory of their mother.

He played golf, boated and hunted with his family and was a member of the Western New York Snowmobile Club of Boston. He had also worked with his mother and siblings on their family-owned antique popcorn wagon at summer festivals in Western New York, such as the Allentown Art Festival.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Jeanne (Mulhollan); one son, Andrew (Natalie); three daughters, Kelly, Lori and Courtney; two grandchildren, Thatcher and Chase; four sisters, Mary Lou, Maureen, Peggy and Nanette; five brothers, Michael, Thomas, Gerald Jr., Edward and Mark; and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are on March 30 from 1-5 p.m. at the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home, located at 5453 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. A mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m., March 31, in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, located at 6898 Boston Cross Road, Boston. Interment will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, in Boston.

Nelson Parry

Nelson C. Parry, 62, of Delevan, died March 24, at his home.

He was born in Springville on April 20, 1951, to the late Carl Fuller and Florence Brooks.

He was a production operator at Prestolite in Arcade for nine years and had worked at Motorola in Arcade and Elma for 22 years. He was also a former Delevan fireman.

He was the husband of Paula (nee Colvenbach) Parry; father of Tina (Rich Campbell) Parry of Akron, N.Y., Tammy Perry of Delevan and Nathaniel (Niccanda Watkins) Parry of Buffalo; brother of Christine (Daniel) Rose of Tennessee and the late Martin Parry; grandfather of Marissa Nati; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held March 29, at 1 p.m., from the W.S. Davis Funeral Home, located at 358 Main St. in Arcade. The Rev. Shawn Hannon will officiate. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Okla. 72123-1718 or Homecare and Hospice, 550 East Main St., Batavia, N.Y. 14020.

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Ronald Scheffer

Ronald Scheffer

Ronald H. Scheffer, 82, of Edgewater, Fla., died Feb. 26, at Bert Fish Medical Center, New Smyrna Beach, Fla. He was born in Buffalo and moved to Edgewater in 2004.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict, and a plant superintendent for Ford Motor Company in Buffalo for 27 years, before his retirement.

He was a member of St. Gerard’s Catholic Church in Edgewater and was a fourth degree Knight and former Grand Knight for the Father Michael Dillon Council No. 13989, Knights of Columbus in Edgewater. He also served as Grand Knight at both Blessed Sacrament Church of Delevan and at SS Peter and Paul Church in Arcade.

He was involved in coordinating midweek country western concerts at St. Francis Cabrini, the church which combined with Epiphany of Our Lord Catholic Church in Langford. Additionally, he was the president for several years of the Western New York Old Time Fiddlers Association and hosted and coordinated several fiddle flings in Frewsburg, N.Y., at Darien Lake and at various charity benefits. Even though he could not play a fiddle, he was known as “Fiddling Ron.”

He was the husband of Mary “Teddy” Scheffer and the late Gerry Scheffer (nee Henry) of Delevan and Edgewater, Fla.; father of Rick (Joanne) of Hilton, N.Y., Dan (Michele) of Houston, Texas, Dave (Mary) of Spencerport, N.Y. and Mark of Delevan, Suzanne (Michael) Murphy of Glenwood, Bonnie (Frank) Aul-Martin of Collins, Deborah Triplett of Fla. and Teresa Wooldridge of Delevan; stepfather of John (Jill) Tombley, David (Rachael) Tombley, Joseph (Marcella) Tombley, Susan (John) Chandler and Janet (Glen) Good; brother of Marilyn Rodems; grandfather of 21 grandchildren, 8 step- grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild.

A Mass of Christian burial was held March 1 from St. Gerard’s Catholic Church in Edgewater. A memorial Mass will be held Saturday, April 12, at 10 a.m., from Epiphany of Our Lord Catholic Church, located at 10893 Sisson Highway in Langford. Expressions of sympathy may be made to St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center, Buffalo, or St. Vincent de Paul Society, 3171 South Ridgewood Ave., Edgewater, Fla. 32141.

Arrangements were made by the Dudley Funeral Home in Edgewater, Fla.

Scott Tellgren

Scott Tellgren

Scott Tellgren, 57, of Springville, died March 24, in Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, Springville from a rare form of Parkinson’s Disease, known as Cortical Basil Degeneration.

He was born Jan. 30, 1957, in Aschaffenburg, Germany, to the late Paul Tellgren and Barbara (nee Siemeriz) Tellgren Aman.

He was a 1975 graduate of Brighton High School. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from St. John Fisher College, his certificate of advanced study from the State University of New York at Brockport and his Masters of Education from Buffalo State College.

In his early career, he worked for the Amerks Hockey team, starting as statistician and eventually moving into broadcasting.

He became clubhouse manager in 1973 for the Rochester Red Wings baseball team, earning a championship ring in 1976, the year the Red Wings won the pennant. He earned a brick on the Walk of Fame at Frontier Field in Rochester. In 1981, he left the Rochester Red Wings and became the Maine Guides clubhouse manager in Portland, Maine. While in Maine, he worked at the University of Southern Maine, as the men’s head soccer coach and the men’s assistant basketball coach.

He met his wife Betsy in 1985 and moved back to Buffalo, where he pursued a teaching and coaching career.

In 1989, he taught business and computer education at Bolivar Central School District, and in 1990, he accepted a position as the technology coordinator at Little Valley Central Schools, where he taught business education classes.

In 1997, he started at Springville-Griffith Institute as the assistant director of technology, became assistant principal for one year before he was promoted to principal, where he would remain for the final 13 years of his career in education.

While at S-GI, he was instrumental in bringing technology to the classroom with computers and SMART boards. He presented at numerous conferences, to promote technology in education.

He watched soccer and baseball and was the Springville Youth Inc. soccer coordinator; competed in the adult cross country competitions in Lake Placid, N.Y.; biked, hiked and watched his children play soccer. He cross country skied and sang in the Springville First Presbyterian Church choir.

He was the husband of Betsy (nee Schmiedicker) Tellgren; father of Lauren Tellgren of Rochester, Erik and Mark Tellgren, both of Springville; son and step-son of Barbara and John Aman of Rochester; brother of Carla Woodhouse of Columbus, Ohio, Michael (Susan) Tellgren of Anoka, Minn., Suzan Tellgren of Rochester, and Phillip (Debbie) Tellgren of Los Angeles, Calif; step-brother of Christine Aman of Rochester, Marla (Mike) Houck of Rochester, Gary (Betty) Aman of Rochester, Marty (Laurie) Aman of Rochester, Allie (Mike) Keenehan of Rochester, Rick (Melissa) Aman of Rochester; uncle of Benjamin (Lauren) Aman; also survived by several more nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Calling hours are March 28, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, located at 271 East Main St. in Springville.

A memorial service will be held March 29, at 11 a.m. from the Springville First Presbyterian Church, located at 38 North Buffalo St in Springville with Steve Bligh officiating and Jeffrey Forster delivering a eulogy.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, P.O. Box 4777, New York, N.Y. 10163; call 1-800-708-7644 or email

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