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From: "A. Robert Colangelo" <>
Subject: [FOLKS] Niagara Gazette Obituaries - 10 February 2002
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 14:12:09 -0500

Yesterday's obituaries were for:


Donald Brigham Ames

Former Village of Youngstown Historian

Donald B. Ames, age 85, of Youngstown died Saturday, February 9, 2002 at his residence after a long illness. Mr. Ames was born April 17, 1916 in Dunkirk, NY the son of the late Wilton and the late Lillian (Gunther) Ames and has resided in Youngstown since 1984.

He graduated from Dunkirk High School in 1932, receiving his teaching certificate from Fredonia Normal School and in 1937 he received his B. S. in Education from SUNY Albany.

He retired in 1978 after 30 years as a Machinist, Tool, and Die Maker, Machine Designer, and Estimator for Moore Business Forms in Niagara Falls. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Niagara Falls and the Lewiston Baptist Church, where he served as teacher, moderator, Deacon, and choir member. He assisted with the handicapped Bowling Association, was a past Treasurer of the Niagara Council of Churches, and the Industrial Management Club, Past President of the Retired Men's Service Club, where he enjoyed singing for many years. He was the past President of the Town of Porter Historical Society. He also did home teaching for several handicapped children.

Following the death of his first wife, Kathleen (Dovesmith) Ames in 1970, he wrote a journal which told of their life together, following their meeting in College. For many years he worked on the Ames Family Pedigree. It was completed in 1984 following his move to Youngstown and was available for his children and other relatives. Mr. Ames became interested in the people and history of the Youngstown and began doing title searches. Three years later he had produced five large volumes, which listed the owners of 320 pieces of property over a period of 180 years. The index lists 4,000 names of people who were associated with those properties. He was appointed historian of the Village of Youngstown in 1990 and became intrigued by the fascinating history of the village and the surrounding area. Feeling driven to tell others about it, he wrote over 100 newspaper articles. Most of them are now compiled into five booklets. He often said that he was having the best retirement anyone !
could wish for.

He is survived by his wife, Betty (Vaughn) Lisman Ames; his children, Donald J. Ames of Chicago, IL, Susan (Larry) Kahn of St. Louis, MO, Peter B. (Diane) Ames of Niagara Falls, and Kathleen (JaMi) Smith of Pasadena, CA; his step-children, Rosemary (Lisman) Ames of Mt. Kisco, NY, Claudia Lisman of Lockport, and Mark Lisman of Potsdam, NY; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survive. He was predeceased by a daughter, Judith (David) CrandaIl; a brother, Kent Ames; and a step-son, Michael Lisman.

Memorial services will be held at the United Baptist Christian Church, 4800 Creek Rd., Lewiston, on Saturday, February 16, 200 at 2 PM. There will be no prior visitation. Burial will be private, at the convenience of the family in the Riverdale Cemetery, Lewiston. Contributions may be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Dr., Lockport, NY 14094, of American Cancer Society, 101 John James Audobon Pkwy., Amherst, NY, or the Porter Historical Society. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hardison Funeral Home, N. Fourth and Ridge Streets, Lewiston.

Rose Bellegia

Rose Bellegia, 86, of Lockport, NY formerly of North Tonawanda, NY died in the Oddfellow and Rebekah Health Care Facility on Thursday, February 7, 2002. Born on July 1,1915 m Niagara Falls she was the daughter of the late Julius and Maria (Marini) Bellegia.

>From the early 1930's through the 1950's Miss Bellegia lived at St. Mary's School for the Deaf in Buffalo, from where she graduated high school. While living at St. Mary's Miss Bellegia worked as a Teacher's Aide helping with instruction and care of the children there. Miss Bellegia enjoyed playing Cribbage.

Miss Bellegia is survived by one brother, William (Vera) Bellegia of Las Vegas, NV, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was the sister-in-law of Beverly Bellegia of Niagara Falls, NY. Miss Bellegia was predeceased by two brothers, Gene (Ann Marie of Niagara Falls) Bellegia and Anthony (Louise of Cincinnati, OH) Bellegia, and her long time companion, Art Slingerland.

There will be no prior visitation. Burial in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lewiston, NY at the convenience of the family. If desired memorial offerings may be made to St. Mary School for the Deaf, Attention: Development Office, 2253 ,. Main St. Buffalo, NY 14214. Arrangements handled by M. J. Colucci and Son Funeral Chapel, 468-19th St., Niagara Falls, NY.

Loretta Louise (Krull) Heiman

Loretta Louise Heiman, age 92, formerly of 88th St., and Buffalo Ave., Niagara FaIls, died on Friday, February 8, 2002 in North Gate Health Care Center after a lengthy illness. Mrs. Heiman was born in the Town of Cambria on November 13, 1909 a daughter of the late William H. and Wanda H. (Mehls) Krull. She had graduated from North Tonawanda High School and earned her nursing degree at St. Mary's Nursing School. She was lifelong resident of Niagara County.

Mrs. Heiman was employed as a nurse at Mt. St. Mary's Hospital, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, and Fairchild Manor Nursing Home. She also worked as a private duty nurse. After 30 years, she retired in the early 1970's. She was a member of St. John de LaSalle Roman Catholic Church and a former member of Prince of Peace Roman Catholic Church.

Survivors include a son, Gilbert {Carrie) Heiman of Sterling, VA; a daughter, Lois (Richard) Demersof Minneapolis, MN; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her husband, George F. Heiman on July 17, 1987, and three brothers, Edward, Elwood, and Wilbert Krull.

Friends may call Monday from 7-9 PM in the Lane Funeral Home, Inc., 8622 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls. Funeral services will be held at a time to be announced. Interment will be in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lewiston. Memorials, if desired may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Elm and Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY 14203.

It is pretty obvious that here were three people who greatly touched other people's lives. May the recipients find loving comfort in their memories.

Chaplain Ellen

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