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Obituaries and death notices for the week of March 22

David Anderson

David Anderson

Col (Ret) David Leland Anderson, USAF, on Feb. 26.

He was born in Jamestown, N.Y. on Feb. 14, 1933. The family lived in several towns throughout Western New York, before settling in the village of Springville. He achieved distinction in high school as a class leader, an athlete and a musician. He became the first Eagle Scout in the history of Springville in 1949 and was honored as the Best High School Actor in Western New York, during his senior year at Springville-Griffith Institute.

He enrolled at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. in the spring of 1951. While at NU, he was active in his fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps and the campus NBC radio affiliate, WNUR. He graduated with a degree in radio and television broadcasting in 1955.

He was commissioned in the United States Air Force as a second lieutenant in 1956. Anderson flew significant hours in both the B-36 Peacemaker and the B-52 Stratofortress. A veteran with 68 combat missions in Vietnam, Anderson’s Air Force career included many assignments. His final assignment was as the 93rd Combat Support Group Commander at Castle AFB, Calif. During his tenure as the base commander at Castle, he worked on numerous projects, which led to quality of life improvements for officers, airmen and their families. He was the recipient of the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star and the Meritorious Service Medal, with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster.

In 1974, he was presented with a citation by the Mayor of West Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany, for his leadership on the Multinational Berlin Contingency Plan and the Quadri-Partite Berlin Airlift Plan. After his retirement from the Air Force, he remained active in Merced County, Calif. as a businessman, Rotarian and an executive board member for the Castle Air Museum. He served on the California State University, Stanislaus – President’s Advisory Committee. He became a resident of Anacortes, Wash. in 2001.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Virginia; his sister Jeanne Murphy of Livonia, Miss.; his daughter Peggy of Tampa, Fla.; his son Eric and daughter-in-law Jaime, both of Pacific Grove, Calif..

Graveside services were held at El Carmelo Cemetery in Pacific Grove, Calif. on March 12.

Carlton Benz

Carlton R. Benz, Ph.D., of Greenville, N.C., formerly of Springville, died March 10.

He was born May 2, 1933, to the late William and Oella Benz.

He was the youngest brother to William (late Janice) Benz and the late Gerald (Ruth) Benz, uncle to Tom (Nina) Benz and MaryJo Benz, great-uncle to Derrick and Ethan Benz.

He was an associate professor emeritus at East Carolina University Communications Department.

A memorial service will be held in the summer in North Carolina. Donations may be made to the Ten Lives Club of WNY.

Arrangements made by Paul Funeral Home & Crematory in Washington, N.C.

Betty Guilmain

Barbara Guilmain

Barbara Betty (nee Miller) Guilmain, 75, of Westfield, Ind., died Jan. 9. She was born to the late Victor and Louise Miller on Dec. 28, 1938, in Buffalo. She was raised by foster parents, Charles and Beulah Taufer, in Springville, where she also raised her family. She relocated to Noblesville, Ind., in 2001 and Westfield in 2012.

She graduated from Springville-Griffith Institute in 1956. After high school, she began working for M&T Bank as a teller, where she worked for many years. After relocating to Noblesville, she began work for Prime Life Enrichment, as a senior companion, where she worked for 10 years.

Throughout her life, she was an active member of Salem Lutheran Church, in Springville, and then Christ Lutheran Church, in Noblesville. She sang in the choir and taught Sunday school. She also spent time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, gardened and was a member of the Hamilton County Extension Homemakers Association.

She was preceded in death by Victor and Louise Miller, Charles and Beulah Taufer, Vernon Miller, Virgil Miller, William Miller, Herbert Miller and Herschel Miller.

She is survived by her children: Donna (Sean) McCarthy, of Noblesville and Bill (Claudia) Guilmain, of Glenwood; her grandchildren: Alexandria (K.C.) Hughes, Julie McCarthy, Lindsay (Justin) Hall, Sean McCarthy and Will Guilmain and her great-grandchildren Alivia, Kendra, Gavin, Christopher, Alexander and Easton. She is also survived by her sisters Virginia Fisher, Shirley Taufer, Susan (Don) Corey and Lisa (Jose) Cosme; her brothers Roger (Jane) Wilkes and James Herniman; many nieces, nephews and friends.

A funeral service was held at Christ Lutheran Church 10055 East 186th St, Noblesville, In. on Jan. 16. Burial followed at Crownland Cemetery.

Bernadine Hauth

Bernadine Hauth

Bernadine Hauth (nee Palumbo), 76, of Springville, died March 17.

She was born Aug. 17, 1937 in Clairmont, Pa., to the late John and Margaret (nee Garvick) Palumbo.

She was a graduate of Gowanda High School, had worked as a secretary for the Police Benevolent Association for 19 years and spent time with her grandchildren.

She was the wife of Richard Hauth; mother of Cynthia (Bill Goss) Giordano of Springville and Chuck (Tina) Hauth of Springville; grandmother of Frank (Melissa) Giordano, Michael Giordano, Zachary Hauth and Madison Hauth; great-grandmother of Hannah, Isabella and Gianna Giordano; sister of John Palumbo of Florida and the late Bernard, William and Arthur Palumbo; sister-in-law of Nancy Palumbo of Syracuse.

A funeral service was held March 20, from the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, located at 271 East Main St. in Springville. The Rev. Gary Burdick officiated. Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery in Patchin, N.Y.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Western New York, 300 Delaware Ave., Suite 101, Buffalo, N.Y. 14202. Online condolences may be made at

Robert Hetrick

Robert George “Hex” Hetrick, 56, of North Tonawanda, died March 15.

He was born Oct. 11, 1957 in Punxsutawney, Pa., to Jane Marie (nee Charcall) Hetrick and the late Donald Frank Hetrick. His mother resides in North Tonawanda.

He worked as a heavy equipment operator for Tonawanda Coke, Kirchner, LLC.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by two sisters, Paige (William) Evans of Springville and Dawn Hetrick of North Tonawanda; three aunts, Glenna McLaughlin of Portland, Ore., Dora Mae (Tom) Yasolsky of Aliquippa, Pa. and Sally Skarupa of Pittsburgh, Pa; his godmother, Janice (Bruce) Barbessi of Canton, Ohio; godfather, Robert (Marcella) Petroff of Punxsutawney, Pa. and many cousins.

A funeral service will be held March 22, from the Shumaker Funeral Home Inc., located in Punxsutawney. The Rev. Dawn Krishart will officiate. Interment be in Circle Hill Cemetery, Punxsutawney.

Online condolences may be made at


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