Thursday, May 18, 2017

Nancy Christiansen Grant RIP

Clarence alumna ('69) Nancy Christiansen Grant passed away on May 14, 2017. She and I had been in an art class together back in high school, but otherwise our paths didn't cross until she started working in the same County department as myself, and eventually became my supervisor! It would have been nice if she could have enjoyed her retirement longer...she will be missed by all those who knew her. Rest in peace, Nancy....

 GRANT - Nancy C. (nee Christiansen) May 14, 2017, of Clarence, NY, beloved wife of Joseph LoGalbo; daughter of the late Robert and Jane (Miller) Christiansen; loving sister of Joanne (Daniel) Curran, Sue (David) Errick and the late Linda Lawley; dear aunt of Sean (Melinda), Patrick (Carolyn), Michael (Morgan) Lawley, Kate (Brandon) Beardsley, Beth Curran and Jody Errick; also survived by great nieces and nephews Friends received Wednesday 4-8 PM at Shepard Bros Funeral Home, LLC, 10690 Main Street, Clarence, where a memorial service will be Thursday 11 AM. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo, or Erie County SPCA, Condolences at

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Karen Klepser Bylewski RIP

Clarence alumna ('70) Karen Klepser Bylewski passed away December 3, 2016 after a battle with cancer. Her son wrote a beautiful post on Facebook:

"As many of you know, mom was diagnosed with cancer for the second time this February. She chose quality of life over chemo and radiation this time around. And boy did we have a great year! Filled with high's & low's, we laughed, we cried, we shared stories, we shared memories, and most of all...we shared all the love in our hearts. She expressed to me that she had zero regrets and that she claims to have the greatest friends anyone could ask for. I happen to agree wholeheartedly. I have personally seen some of the most sincere, caring, and loving people in the world support my mother throughout her life and on this most recent journey."

I didn't meet Karen until later in life when we discovered that we had in common people, places, and things that we enjoyed. A wonderful, beautiful person, she will be missed.

 BYLEWSKI - Karen (nee Klepser) December 3, 2016, of Varysburg, NY, passed away peacefully surrounded by family; wife of the late James Bylewski; mother of Jeremy and Ashley Rydza; grandmother of Liana and Nico; dearest daughter of Richard Klepser (Diane) and the late Phyllis Klepser; loving sister of Laurie Syms (Charles), Ric Klepser and David Klepser (Rebecca); also survived by nieces and nephews. The family will be present from 10-11 AM with service to follow on Saturday, December 10 at First Spiritualist Temple of E. Aurora. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Home Care & Hospice of Wyoming County, 1225 West State St., Olean, NY 14760 and/or Quaker Settlement Cemetery Association, 4899 Brown Rd., Leicester, NY 14481, Attn: Paul Griffen. Please share your thoughts and memories with Karen's family at The family of Karen L. Bylewski was cared for by the michael s. Tomaszewski funeral & cremation chapel, llc, Batavia, NY.

(fb is the source of the photo also)

Friday, November 4, 2016

Francesca Rosa RIP

Clarence alumna Francesca Rosa (Class '72) passed away October 3, 2016 from pancreatic cancer.

Francesca (as she preferred to be called after high school) was an accomplished writer, and so much more. She designed the cover of our yearbook, and from there went on in different creative and activist fields in her chosen home of San Francisco.

A friend of hers wrote a nice remembrance piece about her, and included a link (within the link) to an interesting interview that she conducted with her in 2009.

"Rest in peace" just doesn't seem to be the way that Francesca will go about things if she has any say about it in the afterlife :)

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Bruce Bennett RIP

Clarence alumni Bruce Bennett (Class '69) passed away suddenly on August 21, 2016. May he rest in peace.

(borrowed from a Facebook wall)

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Donna Maul-Wilber RIP

Clarence alumna ('72) Donna Maul-Wilber passed away June 30, 2016. She loved Christmas and owls, but most of, she loved her family. Rest in Peace.

From the Lockport Union-Sun:

Donna M. Wilber passed away on June 30, 2016 in Niagara Hospice House. Born on June 3, 1954 in Buffalo, she was the daughter of Robert and Florence (Moore) Maul.

Donna worked for Tim Hortons Coffee & Bake Shop where she was a manager.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Wilber, Sr. of Lockport; mother of Robert (Krystal) Wilber, Jr. of Akron and Tammie Wilber of Lockport; grandmother of Anthony Zummo and Brianna Wilber; sister of Robert (Pam) Maul, John (Nancy) Maul, both of Florida and the late Thomas Maul; also several close friends, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call on Tuesday, July 5th from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM in Prudden & Kandt Funeral Home, 242 Genesee St., Lockport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 6th at 10 AM in St. John the Baptist RC Church, 168 Chestnut St., Lockport. Visit

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Russell Kent Frey RIP

Clarence alumnus ('78) Russell Kent Frey passed away suddenly May 26, 2016. He was an accomplished equestrian, and many tributes and photos are available online. Rest in peace, and condolences to the family. From the Buffalo News:

FREY - Russell Kent August 2, 1960 - May 26, 2016, beloved father of Lydia Frey; dear son of Harold and Beth (nee Honsberger); loving brother of James and Susan (nee Berry), Steven and Barbara (nee Louisos), Paul and Sharol (nee Frey) Martell, Harold Jr. "Skip" and Kimberly (nee Benny); devoted uncle to many and a loving friend.

Russell was a lifelong and successful equestrian and had just completed a successful Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida. Frey finished the season earning the top honors in the USHJA $50,000 International Hunter Derby aboard Nina Moore's Kodachrome.

Russell graduated from Clarence High School in Clarence, NY in 1978.

The family will be present to receive family and friends on Tuesday, May 31 from 9:30 AM-12 PM at the Clarence Church of Christ, 5375 Old Goodrich Rd., Clarence where a Memorial Service will follow at 12 PM. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to either the Clarence Church of Christ or the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center. Please share condolences at

(photo by Emily Riden, Phelps Sports; article here)

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Kyle "Barney" Gaskill RIP

Clarence alumnus ('71) Kyle "Barney" Gaskill has passed away. He and I had gone to the same church back in the day, as well as high school. I don't recall where the nickname "Barney" came from, but he embraced it!

From the Buffalo News:

GASKILL - Kyle J. "Barney" Of Clarence, NY, May 11, 2016, beloved husband of Mary S. (nee Moore); dearest father of Michael and Kimberly (Ralphfeale) Johnson; grandfather of Jayden Johnson; son of Lucille (nee Herbst) and the late Norman Hoffmeister; brother of Laurie Rosebrock; also survived by nephews.

The family will be present on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at THE URBAN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME INC., 6685 Transit Rd., East Amherst, NY (south of County and North French Rds.), where prayers will be offered Monday morning at 11:15 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church (Harris Hill) at 12 noon.

Mr. Gaskill was a life member of the Clarence Center Volunteer Fire Company, a retiree of the Clarence Highway Dept., and a veteran of the U.S. Army. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.