Melissa J. Pugash (1974) was appointed to The Fowler Museum at UCLA’s Director’s Council in December 2019. With more than 2000 objects in its permanent collection, the museum showcases global arts and cultures with an emphasis on Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Indigenous Americas—past and present. The Fowler promotes understanding and appreciation of the diverse peoples, cultures, and religions of the world through dynamic exhibitions, publications, and public programs, informed by interdisciplinary approaches and the perspectives of the cultures represented.
SPEER – Judy (nee Lewis)
Of Snyder, NY, passed away June 8, 2020. Loving daughter of the late Frank W. Lewis and Martha Lewis Wallace; she is survived by her brothers Frank W. (Judy) Lewis, Robert W. Lewis, William J. (Christine) Lewis and many nieces and nephews. The family will celebrate Judy’s life at a later date. Condolences at www.beachtuynfh.com
Per her brother Fank Lewis, Judy Lewis Speer passed on June 8, 2020 in a nursing home due to COVID-19
Anita Louise Gorruso, 66, of Kitty Hawk, NC died suddenly Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at The Outer Banks Hospital after a courageous five-year battle with breast cancer.
Born in Arcade, NY on August 16, 1953, she was the daughter of the late Viola Keem Gorruso and Anthony Gorruso.
Anita was a longtime special education teacher at First Flight Middle School.
She is survived by her significant other, Dennis Twiford; children, Ashley Scudiero Johnson (Andrew), Anthony Scudiero, and Amanda Scudiero; two grandchildren, Kylie Scudiero and Evelyn Vee Richardson; and three siblings, Maria Klyza (Jim), Cathy Ansuini (Thom), and Tony Gorruso.
A memorial service was held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, August 2, 2020, at Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo with The Rev. Ann K. Urinoski officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, PO Box 1050, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, online at unclineberger.org.
NORTON – Carrie
Passed away on August 16, 2020. Beloved daughter of Edie (Tirpak) Norton and the late Timothy Norton; dear sister of Heather Lynch, David Norton and Brian Norton; loving aunt of Chelsea Lynch; loving companion of Robert Cravatta; granddaughter of the late George and Marian Norton and Laszlo and Edit Tirpak; also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends and family may call Friday from 4-8 PM at the JAMES W. CANNAN FUNERAL HOME, INC. (Southtowns Chapel), 3155 Orchard Park, Orchard Park, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to People, Inc., 1219 N. Forest Rd., Williamsville, NY 14221. Carrie had a joyful spirit, a zest for life, she loved laughing and had the most contagious laugh. She lit up any room that she was in and had a love for those in need and with special needs. She also loved her family, anything Disney (especially Disney World), cheer leading and her Buffalo Bills.
Online register book at www.cannanfh.com
Judith A. (nee Freas) Frazer, 91, of Amherst, died on Tuesday, July 28, 2020.
Mrs. Frazer attended Buffalo School 23 and graduated from Kensington High School during World War II. Scrap metal and paper drives to aid the war effort were an important part of school life, and Mrs. Frazer’s braids were used in making some parachutes. She then went on to receive her Bachelor of Science degree and master’s degree in education from Buffalo State Teacher’s College. Her first teaching position was a fifth-grade class at the Harlem Road school in Amherst.
In 1953, Mrs. Frazer became part of the Smallwood School faculty when the school opened. She continued teaching at Smallwood in many different grades until her retirement in 1987, after which she volunteered for 20 years as a reading tutor at Buffalo School 77 and School 30, the Frank A. Sedita School.
In 1982, Mrs. Frazer married Edwin D. Frazer. They enjoyed their beautiful home and gardens in Amherst and found time to travel extensively in their camper around the United States and around the world via ocean liners, freighters, sailing ships and cruise ships.
Mrs. Frazer was a longtime member of Calvary Episcopal Church and Altar Guild. She was a volunteer for Amherst Meals on Wheels and a member of Amherst Garden Club and Amherst Book Club. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, cooking, painting and reading. Mrs. Frazer’s professional memberships included the National Education Association, the New York State United Teachers, the Amherst Education Association and the Amherst Retired Teachers Association.
Mrs. Frazer was preceded in death by her husband. No prior visitation. Private services were held, with interment at Forest Lawn. Arrangements by Beach-Tuyn Funeral Home, Inc. Memorials to Hospice Foundation of WNY.