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Death Notices 1999

Death Notices from: Buffalo News

Note  Date Before Name is Date of Death Notice - Date After Name is Date of Death

2/10/1999 - Clair J Krebbs - 2/7/1999

February 7, 1999, of Florida, formerly of Collins Center, NY, beloved husband of Gloria (Mesch-Schreiner) Krebs; son of the late Joseph L. and Dolores (Ballard) Krebs; stepfather of Mrs. Stephen (Luana) Lipka, William G. (Glenda) Schreiner, Mrs. Lawrence (Judith) Croft, Robert F. (Rachel) Schreiner and Richard Schreiner; grandfather of 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Friends may call Wednesday and Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the WENTLAND FUNERAL HOME, 10634 Main St., North Collins, NY, where the funeral service will be held Friday morning at 9:15 followed by a 10 AM Mass of Christian Burial from St. Martin's Church, Langford.

2/25/1999- Ruby M Roth (nee Bettcher) - 2/24/1999

February 24, 1999, of Collins Center, wife of the late George F. Roth; sister of Carl (Vivian) Bettcher and the late Alvin; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Private services were held at the Collins Center Cemetery. Arrangements by WENTLAND FUNERAL HOME, North Collins.

Dorothy Taylor (nee Rogers)- 3/7/1999

March 7, 1999, Of Collins, NY; wife of the late Wilfred H. Taylor; beloved mother of Mrs. Joyce (Elmer) Dustman, Mrs. Janet (James) Luther, Mrs. Susanne (Nelson) Wagner and Mrs. Barbara Jean (Charles) Purvis; grandmother of six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sister of Hazel Lawton, Floyd Rogers, Harriet Mackmer and predeceased by several brothers and sisters. No prior visitation. A memorial service will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:00 PM from the Gowanda Free Methodist Church. Mrs. Taylor was a member of the North Collins Congregational Church and the Lawtons Grange. If desired, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the Rochester Presbyterian Home.

The Buffalo News
March 9, 1999

3/12/1999 - Joseph F Bruno III

Unexpectedly, March 12, 1999; age 44; of Collins, formerly of Tonawanda; son of Mrs. Joan (Ted) Luczak; brother of Mary R. Bruno, Tina (Donald) Gwizdowski, Lucy (Douglas) Bruce, Christine (Tim) Scott and Laura Luczak; grandson of Ada (Charles) Gauggel; nephew of Shirley (Joseph) Kindle; also survived by a niece, four nephews and many friends. No visitation. Funeral services will be held at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, Brighton and Fries Roads, Town of Tonawanda at 10 AM Monday. Friends invited. If desired, memorials to the Erie County SPCA on Ensminger Rd. are preferred. Mr. Bruno was a member of the Gastown Sportsmen's Club and was employed as a conductor for Amtrak. Arrangements by the HAMP FUNERAL HOME, INC.

The Buffalo News
March 14, 1999

9/15/1999 - Wesley E Minekime - 9/13/1999

September 13, 1999, of Collins, NY, husband of Jane (Velzy) Minekime; father of Norman (Cheryl) and Dr. James (Carol) Minekime; grandfather of Christine and Jonathan Minekime; brother-in-Law of Walter and Suzanne Velzy and nieces and nephews. Friends may call Wednesday and Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at WENTLAND FUNERAL HOME, 10634 Main St. Route 62, North Collins, NY. Where funeral service will be held Friday morning at 11:00 o'Clock. Mr. Minekime was a National Fuel Gas Retiree, 46 year member of Collins V.F.D. member of Post 409, American Legion, Gowanda, Tri-County Square Dance Club, Collins Center, United Methodist Church and Collins Center Senior Citizens Club. If desired memorials may be made to Hospice of Buffalo and Collins Fire Company.


Wesley E. Minekime, 73, a National Fuel Gas retiree, died Monday (Sept. 13, 1999) in his Town of Collins home after a one-year illness. A dispatcher for National Fuel Gas, Minekime retired in 1983 after working for the utility for nearly 37 years

Born in North Collins, he was a 1944 graduate of North Collins High School. An Army veteran of World War II, he was a 46-year member of the Collins Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and a member of Gowanda American Legion Post 409.

A member of the Collins Fire Co. for 46 years, he was honored in 1985 and 1998 as the company's "Fireman of the Year."

He also was a member of the Tri-County Square Dance Club, the Collins Center United Methodist Church and Collins Center Senior Citizens Club. Survivors include his wife of 46 years, the former Jane Velzy; two sons, Norman of Damascus, Md., and Dr. James of Allentown, Pa.; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Wentland Funeral Home, 10634 Main St., North Collins. Burial will be in North Collins Cemetery.

The Buffalo News
September 16, 1999

The Buffalo News Monday, October 11, 1999

Olive M. Herman, 86, a former Wilson resident who had worked with her family in truck farming, died Friday (Oct. 8, 1999) in Mount View Health Facility, Lockport, after a lengthy illness.

Miss Herman, a native of Collins Center, moved from Pennsylvania to Wilson in 1945.

During World War II, she worked for the Bell Aircraft Co. A cat fancier, she also enjoyed gardening.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Rutland-Corwin Funeral Home, 2670 Main St., Newfane. Burial will be in Corwin Cemetery, Newfane.

10/28/1999 - Eleanor M Brauen (nee Darling) - 10/26/1999

Of Collins Center, NY, October 26, 1999; wife of the late Ben Brauen; mother of Doris M. Newman, Gerald B. (E. Maureen) Brauen and Duane (Donnie) Brauen; also survived by nine grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial service Saturday morning at 11:30 from Collins Center Methodist Church, Church St. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Collins Center Methodist Church.

12/26/1999 - Lynn Robel ( nee Krakowiak) - 12/22/1999

Suddenly December 22, 1999 at the age of 36 years, of Collins Center, NY; beloved wife of Richard M. Robel; loving mother of Richard, Benjamin and Andrea Robel; beloved daughter of Martin and Christine Krakowiak; sister of Bonnie (Bill) Brader; daughter-in-law of Richard and Elizabeth Robel; sister-in-law of Kathryn (Richard) Bley, Michael, Paul and Lisa Robel; also survived by several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be offered Tuesday December 28 at 10 AM from St. Aloysius Church, Springville. Friends are invited. No prior visitation. Arrangements by WENTLAND FUNERAL HOME, North Collins, NY.

The Buffalo News Thursday, December 23, 1999

The mother of three Springville-Griffith Institute schoolchildren was killed shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday when her car swerved into the path of a district school bus on a snow-covered road, the Erie County Sheriff's Department said.

"The Springville bus was empty, thank God," Deputy David Karney said.

"They were both within the 55 mph limit on Route 39 in Collins." The crash occurred on a curve near Brown Street, where the eastbound car driven by Lynn M. Wrobel, 36, of Collins Center, drifted into the westbound lane.

"I think she tried to swerve, but it was pretty messy from the snow and salt, and when you are on that slush ridge in the center, it's hard to turn back," Karney said.

Bus driver Ann Rugg, also 36, of East Otto, also "tried to swerve to the shoulder," the deputy said. "The bus hit the car on the driver's door side."

Wrobel was pronounced dead on arrival at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville. Rugg was treated for cuts from the bus' shattered windshield. "The worst thing was, they knew each other," the deputy said. "They used to work together at a restaurant."

12/27/1999 - George A Shutts - 12/25/1999

Of Collins Center, NY, December 25, 1999, husband of the late Mary W. Shutt (nee Potter); father of Dan (Theresa) Shutt, Becky (Jim) O'Brien, Tim Shutt, Amy (Michael) McMaster and Deb Stoll; also survived by 11 grandchildren; brother of Phoebe Westerman, Bob Shutts and Wilma Johnston. Friends may call Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the SMITH-WEISMANTEL FUNERAL HOME, INC., 271 E. Main St., Springville, NY where funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 11:00. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Collins Center United Methodist Church or to the charity of your choice.


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