Category: Obituaries

Linda Ann Sahlem

Linda Ann Sahlem

April 06, 1958 – August 30, 2019

Linda Ann Sahlem, 61 of Akron, passed away unexpectedly on Friday (August 30, 2019) at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.

She was born in Buffalo, NY on April 6, 1958, a daughter of the late Chester and Frances Kobukowski Gawelko.

Linda was a Bernese Mountain Dog enthusiast who enjoyed training and competing. She and her husband spent many trips attending dog events throughout the country. She also enjoyed camping, traveling and gardening.

Survivors include her husband, Donald Sahlem of Akron and many friends and family whom she was very dear to.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Tuesday (September 3rd) from 4-7pm at the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, LLC, 32 John St., Akron, NY, where funeral services will commence at 7pm following visitation.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared at:

Flowers gratefully declined, donations to the  Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America Rescue & Rehome  appreciated. Online

Arrangements were entrusted to the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, LLC, 32 John St., Akron, NY 14001. Ronald Konieczny II, Director.


William J. Lutz

William J. Lutz went to be with the Lord on July 31, 2019. William was born in Buffalo, NY on December 4, 1931 to the late William and Lola (Casper) Lutz.

William was a 1948 graduate of Burgard High School. He then served his country honorably in the United States Army in Korea, where he earned two Bronze Stars. William was a self-employed carpenter, who built and sold many houses around the area. When he was younger, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golf. William’s greatest passion was studying the bible.

His children, Bill (Pauline) Lutz, Becky (Paul) Leahey, Linda (Joe) Petroci, Ann (Andy) Black, Michael Smith, Wayne (Colleen) Elsaesser and Karen (Jeff) Schwartz, survive him. Two sisters Doris (Roger) Brewer and Suzie Miniszewski; and several grandchildren and many great grandchildren also survive him. William is predeceased by two wives, Anne (Roberts) Lutz and Janice (Elsaesser) Lutz of East Aurora; two brothers, Dick Lutz and David Lutz; a sister, Joan Campbell.

Friends and relatives may call from 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, August 4, at Ross Funeral Home of Akron, LLC, 10 Eckerson Avenue, Akron, NY where Funeral Service will take place on Monday at 10 a.m.

Kenneth A. Rogers

KENNETH A. ROGERS of Akron, at the age of 89 on July 29th, 2019.

Husband of the late Shirley M. (nee Walters) Rogers.

Father of Sharen (Robert) Posenjek and Laura (James) Carlini.

Grandfather of Katelyn and Timothy Posenjek and Joshua Carlini.

Visitation Monday 3-7 p.m. at BERNHARDT FUNERAL HOME, LLC., 130 Main St.; Akron (542-9522).

Friends are invited to join the family for the services to be held at the First Baptist Church of Akron, 122 Main St. on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m.  Burial to follow at Pioneer Cemetery.

Mr. Rogers was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, the WNY Gas & Steam Engine Association and the National Rifle Association.

Darwin Huff

Darwin Huff – DECEMBER 19, 1948 ~ JULY 18, 2019 (AGE 70)  of The Tonawanda Indian Reservation passed away on July 18, 2019. He was born in Basom, NY on December 19, 1948 to the late Ora and Myrtle (Smith) Huff.

He was a member of the Turtle Clan. Darwin obtained his teaching degree and spent most of his career teaching in Southeast Asia. Most notably he taught in China for ten years.

He is survived by his sister, Audrey Spruce, four nephews and three nieces.

A Visitation will be held at 7747 Sand Hill Rd., Basom, NY 14013 with a Funeral Service following at !:00 PM. A Long House Service will take place at 2:00PM. Burial will be in The Council House Cemetery.


Arlene Pafk Totten 

Arlene Pafk Totten passed away on July 17, 2019. She was born in Medina, NY on June 8, 1930 to the late Frank and Minnie (Hellert) Pafk.

Arlene married the late Howard Totten on November 14, 1946 and they had three children together. She and Howard were owner/operators of Totten Trucking, a long haul trucking company for forty- nine years. Arlene liked to bake and was a very accomplished seamstress. She especially loved quilt making. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother and enjoyed taking care of her family.

Arlene is survived by her son, Duane (late Cindy) Totten and a daughter, Bonnie (late Jerry) (David Leavitt) VanBuren all of Akron. Six grandchildren; Lyle Wagner of TX, Jeff (Kim) Wagner of IN, Daniel (Angie) DiPaolo, Michael Milhollen, Andrew (Tanya) Totten, and Stacey (Eric) Hess all of Akron; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild also survive her. Arlene is predeceased by her husband, Howard Totten and daughter, Carol Milhollen.

Funeral Services will be Private. Arrangements were made by Ross Funeral Home of Akron, LLC, 10 Eckerson Avenue, Akron, NY. Flowers are respectfully declined.  Charitable contributions may be made in Arlene’s memory to St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 6379 Wolcottsville Rd., Akron, NY 14001 and Wolcottsville Fire Company, 6337 Wolcottsville Rd., Akron, NY 14001.

Donations may be made to:

St. Michael’s Lutheran Church
6379 Wolcottsville Rd., Akron, NY 14001,

Wolcottsville Fire Company
6337 Wolcottsville Rd., Akron NY 14001