Obituaries

Robert D. Schmidt

Sep 09, 2021

Schmidt, Robert D. "Bob", September 9, 2021, at age 75 of Grand Island. Devoted
husband of Judy Schmidt (nee Lexo): beloved father of Jennifer (Peter) Peresie,
Laura (Johnny) Anderson, Thomas (Stephanie) Schmidt and the late Daniel Schmidt;
cherished grandfather of David Fonzi, Melanie Anderson, Jacob Schmidt, Tyler
Anderson, Kayla Schmidt, Aaron Noyes, Chelsea Schmidt, Zachary Peresie, Veronika
Schmidt, Ashley Peresie, Hunter Schmidt; adored by Loving brother of James
Schmidt, brother in law John Lexo, sister in law Nancy Lexo, and nephew Deven
Bonvissuto. Along with several great-grandchildren. Son of the late James
Schmidt and late Lorraine (Gellethien) Mathews. Bob was a 1969 graduate of the
University at Buffalo with a B.S. in Mathematics and, before retirement, was
employed by Praxair as a Senior Programmer Analyst for nearly 30 years. An avid
outdoorsman, and a life member of the Grand Island Rod and Gun club, Bob enjoyed
fishing, hunting, and traveling across the country with his wife of 56 years,
Judy. Near and far, Bob cared and connected with the individuals he met through
his journey. Being in his presence brought wisdom and laughter. Those who knew
him considered themselves blessed; he will be deeply missed. Family and Friends
may call Wednesday, September 15, 4-7 pm The Falconwood Club, Beaver Island
State Park, Grand Island, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorials may b

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Dale Pershyn

Sep 06, 2021

Pershyn, Dale, September 6, 2021, of Kenmore. Husband of 50 years of Dianne M.
Pershyn. Father of Derek I. (Carissa) Pershyn and Dana M. (Andrew) Reimers.
Grandfather of Everett Reimers and Lennon Pershyn. Brother of Robert (Mary Ann),
Donald (Karen) and the late William Pershyn Jr. Son of the late William and Ann
Pershyn. Jerome Viola and the late Edward O'Keefe were like brothers to Dale.
Friends may call Friday 5-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd.,
Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 9:30 AM
at St. Stephen's Church. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Share
condolences at kaiserfuneral.com. 

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Raymond W. Pauley Sr.

Aug 17, 2021

Pauley, Raymond W., Sr., August 17, 2021 of Grand Island. Husband of Garnet "Sam" Pauley. Father of Raymond (Karen) Pauley Jr., Scott Pauley, Lisa (Donald) McLeod and Jill (Tom) Proctor. Stepfather of Shawn (Tabitha) Senger and Kelly (Mark) Palamuso. Also survived by 14 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Brother of Joan Pauley and Glenn Pauley. Friends may call Thursday 4-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island where funeral services will be held Friday at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Grand Island Fire Company.

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Albert L. Strasburg

Aug 02, 2021

Albert L. Strasburg, a longtime resident of Niagara Falls & Grand Island, died
August 2, 2021 in Winter Haven, FL at the age of 88. He was born to Albert F.
Strasburg and Clara A. (Schultz) in the LaSalle section of the city. Albert
graduated from LaSalle Senior High School and served a total of 7 years in two
different branches of the military, first as an infantryman with Company A, 1st
Battalion, 174th Infantry Regiment, NY National Guard and then as a damage
controlman aboard the U.S. Navy's USS Burdo (APD-133) and USS Minos (ARL-14).
His fondest memories were the Mediterranean cruises aboard Burdo where he & the
crew trained Naval Academy midshipmen and French Foreign Legion commandos.
Albert was employed at Industrial Welding on Buffalo Ave. for over 20 years and
then opened his own welding & fabricating business in the early 1970s located
first on Packard Rd., then later Niagara Falls Blvd. Albert was an avid golfer
and bowler. His business, Strasburg Welding & Fabricating, sponsored a Friday
night bowling league for many years at the old Beverley Lanes on Military Road.
He was active in veterans' organizations including the AMVETS and American
Legion. His association with the Legion spanned over 70 years where he served in
a variety of leadership positions at Post 1451 in Niagara Wheatfield including
as post commander. Albert was a member of Zion Evangelical & Grace Lutheran
churches in LaSalle, and Grace Lutheran Church in Winter Haven, FL. He is
predeceased by his parents; wives Donna Marie (Carli) & Sharon (Blake); seven
siblings Charles, Robert, Donald, William, Richard, John "Jack," & Joanne
Milleville; and step-daughters Wendy Foster & Christine Palmatier. Surviving are
daughters Marla (Richard) Crawford of Grand Island & Janine (John) Nymann of
Young, AZ; sons Albert of Tonto Basin, AZ, Donald of Winter Haven, FL; and John
(Luisa) of Naples, FL; step-daughters Sherry (Ken) Snyder of Hamburg and Deanna
Palmatier of Winter Haven, FL; grandchildren Donna Strasburg of Charleston, SC;
Marissa (Brendan) Neill of Buffalo; Ian Shepard & Isaac Snyder both of Hamburg;
and many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Monday 5-8 PM at the Kaiser
Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island where funeral services will be
held Tuesday at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American
Lung Assoc. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com. 

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George F. Crowe (Col. US Army Ret.)

Jul 24, 2021

Retired US Army Reserve Colonel George F. Crowe of Grand Island, a business executive with a military career that spanned half a century died July 24, 2021. He was 91 years old. Born to the late Joseph and Elsie Crowe, he grew up in admiration and respect of his father and uncle who rose to Captain and Chief in the Niagara Falls Fire Department. Their influence sparked a lifelong interest in firefighting. He was a 1948 graduate of Niagara Falls High School. Crowe was a long-time administrator at Moore Business Forms Research Center on Grand Island. He started in Product Development and retired as Director of Legal and Analytical Services in 1994. He began his military career in 1947 by enlisting in US Navy Reserve in 1951. He was activated with attack Squadron VA-859 for duty with Carrier A. Discharged in 1952, he enrolled at Niagara University and its ROTC program. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lt in 1955 and was assigned to the famed 31st Infantry Regiment and later Korean Military Advisory Group. He completed his active duty with the 4th Regiment Combat Team at Ft. Devons, Mass. in 1957. It was at Niagara University that he met Mary Ann Kumro Crowe – the love of his life and wife of 64 years. He remained committed to Niagara University for the rest of his life. He and Mary Ann received the 2010 Alumni of the Year Award. Crowe joined the New York Army National Guard’s 27th Armored Division Support Command in Buffalo. He transferred to the USAR’s 1151st Army Reserve Forces School, which he later commanded. Col. Crowe’s last command was the 2nd Brigade 98th Division Training. He received multiple military honors during his career and was inducted into the Niagara University ROTC Hall of Fame. Crowe raised five children: M. Kate Olin, Peg White (Randy), Daniel G. Crowe, and Molly B. Grace. Three of his children served as officers in the United States Army, including his eldest son, LTC Terrence K Crowe, who was KIA in Iraq on June 7, 2005. He is survived by 13 grandchildren: Jeremiah J. Crowe, Clara L. Crowe, Abigail C. Olin, Lt. Kam Olin, Ryan D. White (Mary), Patrick M. White, Margaret M. White, Kathleen Grace White, Brigid Haley White, Sydney Crowe, Allison Crowe, Shannon Grace, and Casey Grace. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today, Friday (July 30) at 9:30 AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the George and Mary Ann Crowe Nursing Scholarship at Niagara University. Share condolences at kaiserfuneral.com.

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