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Duane Runyon
Social Studies - Junior High

Obituary: May 2010: Do any of you remember Duane Runyon, our Social Studies Teacher in JunioMr High? I found him through an old employer and was quite excited to contact him again only to discover that he died about 5 years ago from complications of surgery. He lived in Largo, Florida at the time. Some of you may recall that he left teaching and went into banking a couple of years after he was our teacher. He was 82

Paul & Mona Fenwick

Paul M. Fenwick 80, of Largo, FL passed away Feb. 1, 2010. He was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada and was the High School Principal at Tonawanda High School, Tonawanda, NY for many years. Paul was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Clearwater and served in the US Army during WWII and graduated from Westminster College in PA and received his Master's degree from Canisius College, Buffalo, NY. He was an avid private pilot and played the bass for several bands. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mona Frank Fenwick (formally of Clearfield, PA); a son, David; daughter, Karen Killough; a brother, Carl; 2 sisters, Marilynn Day, Mildred Nietmann and 4 grandchildren. Many of you may remember his wife, Mona, she was our substitute music teacher.

Mona Fenwick passed away on Tuesday, September 27, 2011. She was 82. Mona was a member and Choir Director of Knox Presbyterian Church in Kenmore and Trinity Presbyterian Church in Clearwater, Florida

Robert & Gladys Lloyd

May 18, 1906 - October 10, 2009
November 30, 1904 - October 11, 2009

Robert and Gladys Lloyd of North Tonawanda, centenarians who 'always did things together'
Obituary: May 18, 1906-Oct. 10, 2009.....Nov. 30, 1904-Oct. 11, 2009. Robert and Gladys Lloyd were married for 74 years, and during that time, the North Tonawanda couple were never far apart. "They just always did things together," said their daughter, Martha Kirk. "If my father went, my mother went with him." That would be true to the very end. Mr. Lloyd, a retired high school teacher, died Oct. 10 in Elder Wood Health Care at Crestwood in Wheatfield at the age of 103. Mrs. Lloyd, a former teacher herself, died the next day in the same nursing home. She was 104. "It's amazing," Kirk said. Mr. Lloyd was born and raised in Buffalo. A graduate of Technical High School, he attended the University of Buffalo and then the University of Michigan, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1929. She was born Gladys Hepworth in North Tonawanda, where she went to the high school. She earned a bachelor's degree at Buffalo Normal School, now Buffalo State College, and a master's at Columbia University. The two were married July 15, 1935, at her sister's house in Port Chester. He taught history and business at Tonawanda High School, retiring in 1966. She was a home economics teacher for many years, mostly at North Tonawanda High School. The couple lived on Falconer Street in North Tonawanda for 30-plus years, raising two children and taking care of her parents. Both were active in the First United Methodist Church in North Tonawanda. He was a Boy Scout leader and the city's historian during the 1960s, as well as a member of the Buffalo Coin Club and the Western New York Railway Society. She was active in the Historical Society of the Tonawandas. But both liked spending time at home, Mrs. Lloyd sewing and cooking, Mr. Lloyd working on his model trains. "They thought of each other before themselves most of the time," Kirk said. In their retirement, they traveled to Europe seven times, and in recent years lived with their daughter. It was only the last month that they went into a
nursing home. Surviving in addition to their daughter is a son, David.

Richard Perry
February 23, 2009

Principal, Junior High
Richard Perry (Our Junior High Principal & Guidance Counselor and father of Ann Perry Goltz)
Richard E. Perry, age 92, of the City of Tonawanda, died Monday, February 23, 2009, at DeGraff Memorial Hospital, following a brief illness. A lifelong resident of Tonawanda, he was the husband of 63 years to Elizabeth M. (nee Prohaska) Perry, who died in 2003. A US Navy Veteran of World War II, he was a 1934 graduate of Tonawanda High School, a 1938 graduate of Buffalo State Teachers College and received his Masters in Education from Canisius College. Mr. Perry began his teaching career as a Social Studies teacher at Tonawanda Junior High School in 1939. He was also a Guidance Counselor and Principal at Tonawanda Junior High School during his 40 year career. In 1979, Mr. Perry retired as Superintendent of City of Tonawanda Schools. He was a member and former Elder of First Presbyterian Church in Tonawanda, a member of the Kiwanis Club of the Tonawandas and served on the Board of Directors for the Salvation Army. In 2000, Mr. Perry was honored as “Caretaker of the Year” at the Adam’s Mark Hotel. He is survived by three children, Richard J. (Alice) Perry of Potsdam, NY, Ann K.(Richard) Goltz of Tonawanda and Thomas E. (JoAnne) Perry of Studio City, CA. Also survived by nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

John Wactawski
August 1, 1928 - October 23, 2008

John Stanley Wactawski, Age 80, of North Tonawanda NY, on October 23, 2008 after a lengthy illness. Beloved husband of his wife of 56 years. He had been in a nursing home for several years with Alzheimers. Graduated from N Tonawanda High School in 1946, N Tonawanda Football Hall of Fame, SUNY B/A physical education, MS Education 1968
. Certified Athletic Trainer. Served from 1954-56 in the Army during Korean Conflict. Competed in the NYS Senior Empire Games winning 8 gold and silver medals in volleyball.
He taught in City of Tonawanda for 30 years and was a football coach, retiring in 1983. He practiced physical therapy of ouf his home for 37 years, retiring in 1991 He was well know for his joyful spirit serving as master of ceremonies for numerout local events as a talented, funny and engaging speaker. Survived by his wife of 56 years, Elizabeth and 3 daughters Barbara Julien, JeanWende and Gail Tylec and several grand children

Lawrence Titzler
Very nice article about Lawrence Titzler in the newspaper on July 30, 2012. Mr T is now 89 years old, served as a Corporal in Europe during WWII and rose to the position of Assistant Principal at THS before retiring in 1989. He and his wife of 62 years still reside in Tonawanda.
Frank Czysz
Frank T. "Bud" Czysz Jr. Age 87 of North Tonawanda, died January 24, 2012 in Tonawanda Manor. Husband of Lois (nee Gallagher) Czysz who died in 2006; dearest father of Marsha (Craig) Tupper, Michael Czysz and Janet (Raymond Czerwinski) Czysz; loving grandfather of Japhy and Kayla Czysz; son of the late Frank and Thela (nee Granger) Czysz; brother of Mary Jean (late Donald) Yockey, Shirley (Lawrence) Bowman, Kathleen (Charles) Getman and the late Jacqueline Stevens-Heximer and brother-in-law of David (late Jacqueline) Heximer; also many loving nieces and nephews. There will be no prior visitation. A private family Memorial Service will be held at a future date. Memorial contributions may be made to North Tonawanda Football Hall of Fame, 2401/2 Goundry St., North Tonawanda, NY 14120. Frank was a1942 graduate of North Tonawanda High School and was a member of the North Tonawanda Football Hall of Fame. He began his teaching career in 1954 in the City of Tonawanda School System, teaching Earth Science and Biology at Tonawanda Junior High School and also Physics and Chemistry at Tonawanda Senior High School, where he retired in 1990.

Francis M Murphy
June 26, 1919 - August 19, 2008

American History & Economics teacher for 30 years (1953 - 1983) and a World War II Veteran, age 89. Born in South Buffalo, graduated from South Park High School, served as first lieutenant in WWII, Bachelors Degree from UB in 1952, Masters in History 1954. Also worked for US Immigration at the Peace Bridge. Member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, NT Lodge 862 Order of Elks. Member of Org of American Historians and National Education Association, His wife, Myrtle (Babe) died in 1000. Survived by two daughters, Marsha Nieman and Patricia Daumen, two sons, Gregory Foels and Dennis Foels, and a sister Kathleen McNamara.

Sherwood M Deutch
October 12, 1921 - November 8, 2009

Born in Buffalo, he was a sergeant in the Army Signal Corp serving in New Guinea, Philippines and Japan during WWII. A 1949 graduate of Buff State, graduate studies at Canisius College, St Lawrence University and Carroll College, Helena Montana. He taught from 1949 to 1978. He was a volunteer national park ranger at Natural Bridges Minument and Arches National Par in Utah. For 31 years he was a docent at Tifft Nature Preserve and an usher at Art Park. Taught Sunday School at Temple Beth Zion for 19 years and worked as a counselor and unit head at Camp Centerland in Elma. Survived by his wife, Charlotte, of 63 years, a daughter Lois Rojas and son, Andrew.

Irma L Bagdy

Irma L Bagdy, age 92, passed away October 31, 2010. She was a 1936 graduate of North Tonawanda High school, graduated of SUNY at Buffalo receiving her A/A degree in 1940 and Masters in Education in 1957. She was a 1952 Fulbright Schollar at Sorbonne University in Paris France. Irma began her teaching career in the 1940s, teaching French and Social Studies at Tonawanda High School until retiring in 1978 as head of th Guidance Dept. Member of Payne Avenue Christian Church, Chi Omega Sorority, Pi Lambda Theta, American Assn of University Womenen and City of Tonawanda Retired Teachers Assn. Survived by her brother William of Grand Island, nieces & nephews.