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Death notices and obituaries from the week of Feb. 22

Gary Blauser
Gary Blauser


Gary E. Blauser, 74, of Springville, died Feb. 14, in Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home in Springville.

He was born in Bradford, Pa., on Nov. 15, 1939, to the late Herman and Helen (nee Hendrick) Blauser.

He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having served three tours of duty in Vietnam. He retired after 20 years of active duty and 10 years of reserve duty, and was an administrator for the Marines at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

He had also been employed at Motorola in Arcade, Wal-Mart in Springville and the Springville Pharmacy. He fished and played bingo.

He was the husband of Nancy (nee Bennett) Blauser; father of Michael (Heather Barrett) Blauser of Cheektowaga and Mary Blauser, of Cheektowaga; step-grandfather of Savannah Blauser and Tyler Hinkley; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Feb. 19 from the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, located at 271 East Main St. in Springville. The Rev. Lawrence Cobel officiated. Burial was in St. Aloysius Cemetery in Springville.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to any veterans organization of the donorís choice.

Online condolences may be made at www.smithweismantelfuneralhome.com.

Donald Domon

Donald D. Domon Sr., 70, of West Valley, died Feb. 16, in Buffalo General Hospital.

He was born in Buffalo, on Feb. 16, 1943, to the late Donald and Lucille (nee Gawrosch) Domon.

He was a member of the United States National Guard in Buffalo and the Flying Knights Airplane Club. He had been a machinist at Niagara Machine and Tool in Buffalo.

He was the husband of the late Betty (nee Walter) Domon; father of Donald Domon Jr. of West Valley, Daniel (Kim) Domon of Georgia, Dennis Domon of West Valley and Daren Domon of North Tonawanda, N.Y.; brother of Ronald Domon of Holland, N.Y.; grandfather of Alex, Kyle, Taylor and Daniel Jr.; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held from St. John the Baptist Church in West Valley on Feb. 20. The Rev. Lawrence Cobel officiated. Burial was in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in West Valley.

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

Ernest Fraas

Ernest Fraas


Ernest Fraas, 93, of Springville, died Feb. 17, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Buffalo.

He was born in Pendleton, N.Y., on April 28, 1920, to the late Joseph and Florence (nee Thering) Fraas.

He served in the United States Navy from 1942-1945.

He was a member of St. Aloysius Church in Springville and was a retired farmer, having owned and operated his own farm in East Concord. He also did woodworking.

He was the husband of the late Anna (nee Laycock) Fraas; father of Joseph (Jean) Fraas of Deland, Fla., James (Brenda) Fraas of Springville and the late Robert Fraas; brother of Betty Smith of Sun City, Ariz., Marie (Ray) Miskuf of Tampa, Fla. and the late Delores, Galyden, Eileen Fraas, Carol Vitovitch, Ray Fraas and Theodore Fraas; grandfather of four grand children; great-grandfather of seven great-grandchildren; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Feb. 24, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held Feb. 25 at 11a.m. from St. Aloysius Church, located on Franklin Street in Springville. The Rev. Lawrence Cobel will officiate. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in West Valley.

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

Margaret Galbraith

Margaret M. Galbraith, 89, of Springville, died Feb. 13, at The Pines of Machias in Machias.

She was born in Dayton, Pa. on Nov. 12, 1927, to the late Norman Boyd and Myrtle (nee Neese) Shick.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Springville, and was a homemaker. She did needlepoint and macrame and fished.

She was the wife of the late Doyle Galbraith; mother of Shirley (Walter) Krah of Springville, Barbara (Don) Farrington of Franklinville and Deborah (Gary) Klahn of Springville; sister of Ilene (late Wallace) Silvis of Pennsylvania and the late Esther (late Harold) Schrecengost and the late William Shick; grandmother of six grandchildren and the late Lori Klahn; great-grandmother of six great-grandchildren; great-great-grandmother of two great-great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Feb. 18 from the First United Methodist Church in Springville. The Rev. Vonnie Vredenburg officiated. Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery in Springville. Arrangements were made by the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, located at 271 East Main St. in Springville. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Springville or to the Ten Lives Club. Online condolences may be made at www.smithweismantelfuneralhome.com.

Dolores Gunsher

Dolores Gunsher


Dolores Cecelia Gunsher 81, of Springville, died Feb. 12.

She was a Christian, mother, homemaker and gardener. At one time, she carried water from a well to run her house and raised four children.

She was the wife of the late John Gunsher; friend of Joyce Heim and Marilyn and Joe Wolniewicz; mother of Karen Hirsch Stanley of Eagle Mountain, Utah; Nancy Hirsch Sutter and Pat Mitchell of Mathews, N.C.; David Hirsch, Andrew Hirsch and Holly Dobbins of Syracuse, N.Y.; grandmother of Jennifer, Shane and Adam and great-grandmother of Noel and Matthew; sister of Sandy Emer of Yucca Valley, Cal.; Raymond Emer of Coral, Fla.; Richard Emer of Buffalo; and the late Robert and Ethyl Emer; also survived by David Gunsher and the Gunsher family.

Calling hours are Feb. 22, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, located at 271 East Main St. in Springville, followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m.

Donald Scheller

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Donald W. Scheller, 77, of West Falls, died Feb. 16, at his home.

He was born in Buffalo on Oct. 25, 1936.

He was a graduate of Seneca Vocational High School, Erie Community College and Buffalo State College. He served with the National Guard as a staff sergeant for the 107th fighter interceptor squad.

He was a design engineer for Primas Moldmakers from 1955-1972, taught mechanical technology at Erie Board of Cooperative Educational Services No. 2 from 1972-1994.

He received an award for recognition with his teaching partner, George Gacco, from DME in Washington, D.C. Upon his retirement, the Society of Plastics Engineers recognized him for the many years he served as an educator and mentor.

He was the husband of Susan Scheller and father of Wendy (Joseph) Orgren.

A funeral service will be held Feb. 22 from St. Lukeís Anglican Church, located at 591 Porterville Road in East Aurora. Arrangements were made by Wood Funeral Home in East Aurora.





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