Category: Obituaries

Shirley Alice Powers

Shirley Alice Powers of Akron entered into rest November 22, 2020. She was born on December 2, 1936 in Niagara Falls, NY to Devillo and Mary Gray.

In 1958, she graduated from State University of NY Teachers College at Fredonia with a Bachelor of Science. After a 30+ year career teaching first grade at Allendale Elementary School, Shirley retired in 1995 and set out on numerous traveling adventures as a leader of the Hamburg Senior Citizens Travel Club. Not content to do local bus trips, Shirley took the group far and wide with trips to New York City, the Grand Canyon, California, Alaska, Hawaii, and many other locales.

Shirley was predeceased by her husband John Powers and her siblings Devillo Gray, Bruce Gray and Aileen Hogge. She is survived by her sons Steven Powers, David (Linda) Powers and daughter Alison (Joseph) Paluchak. Shirley was proud grandmother to David and Samantha Powers and JoAllie and Bryleigh Paluchak. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.

Due to the COVID restrictions future arrangements will be made at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements made by Ross Funeral Home, Akron

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Barbara P. Wight (Spaeth)

Barbara P. Wight (Spaeth), passed away on November 19, 2020. She was born in Newstead, NY on September 4, 1926 to the late Christian and Sara (Bennet) Spaeth.

She was a 1943 graduate of Akron Central High School; she then continued her schooling at Bryant and Stratton. She married the late Gerald Wight in 1953. She worked as a clerk for the Village of Akron, Perry’s Dairy, and Pixleys and was a proud member of the First Baptist Church, where she was a secretary for many years. She loved cooking and baking for her family. For everyone that knew Barb and Jerry they knew that their house was always open, coffee was on, and there would be food. Many lives were touched in the Akron community, between the farm and their church involvement. 

Barbara is survived by her loving children, Dale (Sandy) Wight, Brian (Linda) Wight, Wayne Wight, and Beverly (Thomas) Noody. Beloved grandmother of eight and great-grandmother of fourteen. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Friends and relatives may call on Sunday, November 22, 2020 from 2 to 5 PM at the Ross Funeral Home of Akron, LLC. A Funeral Service will be held Monday, November 23 at 11AM at the First Baptist Church of Akron. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Akron, 122 Main Street, Akron, NY 14001. To share memories and condolences  with Barb’s family, please visit

Aletha Moses

Aletha Moses, passed away peacefully on November 19, 2020. She was born in Basom, NY on May 19, 1945 to the late Ellsworth and Mildred (Ground) George.

Aletha was a proud member of the Beaver Clan. She was a 1964 graduate of Akron Central School. Upon graduation, she was selected to be a part of a national program, which sent her to the Philadelphia Nursing School where she became an OR Nurse and then went on to work at Lockport Memorial Hospital for over 40 years. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the former Myron Ground Legion Post and was a member of a quilting guild. She was a big Sabres fan.

She is survived by her beloved children, Kimberly George and Allison Smith; a brother, Jerome George; and two sisters, Marlene Thomas and Fidelia George. Aletha is also survived by 2 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Her husband, Leon (Bruce) Moses and a brother, Irving (Sunnyboy) Sundown Jr. predeceased her.

Family will be present at 469 Shanks Road until the time of a Service at 1PM on Sunday, November 22, 2020, with a Long House Service at 2PM.  Burial to follow at the Tonawanda Indian Presbyterian Cemetery. 

Arrangements made by Ross Funeral Home Akron

Brenda S. Cummings

Brenda S. Cummings, 69 of Akron, passed away peacefully on Tuesday (November 10, 2020) at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.

She was born August 19, 1951 in Lockport, NY, a daughter of the late Vernon and Florence Ribbeck Cummings.

Brenda was a lifelong resident of Akron. She was a lover of wild animals and birds in her yard, even the pesky squirrels which would irritate her at times. Brenda took the time to care for stray cats in the neighborhood. She also enjoyed gardening, watching the news and weather, and was sometimes known as “Accu-Weather Brenda”. Mostly she cherished her family and friends and will be deeply missed.

Brenda is survived by her two daughters, Cherie (Steve) Jagielo of Lockport and Terri Baran of Akron. Grandchildren, Ryan and Brenden Jagielo, Jordan Durick and Reese Bluman. Sister, Pauline (William) Lutz of Pembroke. Also survived by her cherished companion, Richard Litfin of Akron and several nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Guinevere (Hoste) Kelkenberg

Guinevere Kelkenberg (Hoste), passed away on October 20, 2020. She was born in Lockport, New York on January 19, 1941 to the late Alton and Marjorie (Baker) Hoste.

Guin was a 1958 graduate of Akron Central High School and worked many years as a bookkeeper for Packing Corporation in Lockport. She loved caring for her two cats and enjoyed listening to country music and spending time with friends.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews. Her husband, John Kelkenberg predeceased her in 2009.

Burial will be private. Arrangements made by Ross Funeral Home, Akron