Andrew & Margaret Hammerl Obituary

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Thank you and your staff for assisting my family and me throughout the days before and during Jack’s funeral. Your availability, your presence, and your guidance gave us a funeral with which we were comfortable. At this emotional time, we depend on you for the large matters and the details.
Cecelia Macauley

Dear Paul and Staff - Jeff's passing was as much a shock for you, as for our family. Your kind, caring ways; your gentle guidance through those first few days after his death and ultimately through the calling hours and funeral - you never failed to be there when we needed you and continue to do so now. Our community is extremely fortunate to have you here to respond and assist families at such difficult times.
Joanne Fredenberg and Family

Dear Paul,
My thanks to you for your help, sensitivity, and kindness during the most difficult time in my life.
With much appreciation for everything,
Helene Crohn

Paul and Staff,
We would like to share our very heart- warming personal experience we have recently had with the Simpson-Gaus Funeral Home.
As our family was faced with the inevitable sadness at the loss of our loved one, Michael Welch (brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle), the support from the beginning to the end was above any expectations we could have ever imagined. The compassion and professionalism along with the presentation by the entire staff of Simpson-Gaus was amazing and truly appreciated. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making this journey as smooth and worry-free as you have with such grace and dignity.
The Welch and Polacco Family of Michael Welch

Dear Paul & Staff - We cannot begin to express our gratitude to you for all you did to make the passing of Mom easier for us to get through. Every aspect was perfect, from making the arrangements, to making mom beautiful, to decorating with mom's things, the funeral and graveside. We will never forget your kindness and compassion during a very difficult time in our lives.
Cindy and John Belsito

Dear Paul, and Staff,
My sister Janice and I, and our families, would like to express our appreciation to all of you for your guidance, patience, and compassion during the planning of mom’s funeral and the viewing and funeral itself. Everything was lovely. Mom would have been so pleased! Janice and I didn’t have to fret and/or worry about anything. Thank you so very much for that!
Carol and Chuck Lewis
Janice and Mike Augustine

I want to thank you and the whole Simpson-Gaus team for flawlessly executing all of the elements of my mom’s funeral service. Your advice and counsel regarding each aspect of the service allowed us to choose what worked best, while adhering to traditions and family wishes. Your attention to detail allowed us to focus on the event, knowing that everything was taken care of.
This was a large relief during a very difficult few days.
Thank you again for the compassion and professionalism extended during my Mom’s final celebration.
The Carubba family

Dear Paul and staff,
I would like to thank you for your assistance, guidance, and compassion during the funeral arrangements for my brother, Tom Guido. Your help was much appreciated and the service was lovely.
Louise Jones
Family of Tom “Topsy” Guido.

Dear Paul,
This note is just to express my appreciation for the way Paul Feingold’s funeral was conducted. You demonstrated concern, understanding, and certainly skill in handling all area. Thank you so much.
Marsha Franklin-Feingold

Dear Paul and Staff - When you took our choices and put them into action (I am an OCD perfectionist) I could not have orchestrated the whole process better if I had directed it myself. You went above and beyond. It was phenomenal. I mean phenomenal!!!

"Personally, I think you have really answered your true calling in life, to help us deal with the death of a loved one."
Sincerely, Terry Vinning

Paul and Staff,
Thank you for making a difficult situation a whole lot easier. You have a fantastic group that did a wonderful job. Professional and caring.
God Bless,
The Grant family

Paul and Staff - Thank you for all you did to make sure Harold was laid to rest with lots of love and dignity. I appreciate your kind, courteous and professional service.
Love, Dolores Leonard

I can’t thank you enough for the professional services you did for my father. Everything was done with so much dignity and care & professionalism, other funeral homes can’t compare! I had so many compliments from people saying that it was the nicest service they have ever seen. My many thanks to you again. You are truly the best funeral business in the area!

Michael A. Mottsey

Dear Paul and Staff,
Thank you so very much for all of the thought and care that you put into the funeral for Simon Pulchin , as well as all of the other individuals that are served by your establishment. Thank you for the kindness, compassion, quality, and respectful care you provide.
Tara Dupont

Dear Paul and Staff,
Many thanks for all of your help and caring during Jack’s services. Obviously, I couldn’t have managed the days without you. I am very appreciative you were great right up to the last day.
Thanks again,
Jack Grogan’s family

Paul and Staff,
Thank you so much for your kindness in helping us through this time. We appreciate all that you did and for the attention to detail when we didn’t know what we needed.
All the best,
The Peck Family,
Mary Peck, Kathleen Peck Emig, and Suzanne Fair

Dear Paul,
Words cannot express how grateful my sister and I are for all you did for our father, Thomas Turck's, funeral. You and your staff were always professional, courteous and attentive to all of our requests. From the time that Joanne and I sat with you to discuss and finalize the details for the funeral, through the burial, you could not have made it easier for us, and your attention to detail was excellent. Our father would have appreciated all the military detail, including the Army insignia on the hearse and the presenting of the three flags at the cemetery.
Joanne and I both thank you!

Paul and Staff,
We just wanted to thank you so much for helping us get through the past few days. This is not something anybody ever wants to deal with, but you were kind, helpful, loving, and thought of everything. We knew we had nothing to worry about.
Thank you again,
Marianne Crist’s Family

Dear Paul and Staff - Thank you!! Thank you!! For the manner in which you handled Tony's funeral. We were very pleased. God bless you!!
Anne Greco & son Tony

Dear Paul,
Words cannot express how grateful my sister and I are for all you did for our father, Thomas Turck's, funeral. You and your staff were always professional, courteous and attentive to all of our requests. From the time that Joanne and I sat with you to discuss and finalize the details for the funeral, through the burial, you could not have made it easier for us, and your attention to detail was excellent. Our father would have appreciated all the military detail, including the Army insignia on the hearse and the presenting of the three flags at the cemetery.
Joanne and I both thank you!

Andrew & Margaret  Hammerl
Andrew & Margaret Hammerl

July 23, 2017
Resided in Buffalo, NY


Andrew J. and Margaret A., (nee Haberman) Hammerl, 84 and 82, died tragically Sunday, July 23, 2017 in an automobile accident in Niagara County.

Both were born in Buffalo, Andrew to the late Andrew G & Lillian Mergler Hammerl and Margaret to the late Arthur and Margaret McLaughlin Haberman.

Andy and Peg, as all fondly knew them, met in college. Andy attended Canisius College, Class of 1955, and Peg went to D’Youville College, Class of 1956. Married at St. James Church, Buffalo, NY on October 11, 1958, they lived their lives dedicated to their families and friends, their communities, and most of all, their faith and each other. Andy was an executive for Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Avon Products, Inc. and the State of Connecticut. In 1972, Andy received his MBA degree from Fordham University. Peg taught English at Riverside High School, Nardin Academy, was Director of Religious Education at St. Gregory the Great Church in Williamsville, NY and worked at an Internal Medicine office in Stamford Connecticut. In 1977, Peg received her Master’s in Religious Education from Fairfield University. Peg was invited to become an Associate of the Congregation of Notre Dame, an honor she held close to her heart and that embodied her faith.

In the early years of their marriage Andy and Peg were active in the Sodality at Canisius College. Later they joined Teams of Our Lady, making lifelong friends and enriching their faith. In Connecticut, Andy volunteered at the Soup Kitchen and was an active member of the Stamford Senior Men’s Club. His hobbies were photography, swimming, and delving into the latest technology. He was capable of fixing anything, always traveling with his “Grandpa’s fix-it box” to help with whatever projects his children and grandchildren found for him. Peg taught for 20 years at Literacy Volunteers in Stamford. She co-chaired the Meditation Group at St. Maurice’s Church and enjoyed her water aerobics class at the YMCA. She was a yoga “pioneer”, beginning to take classes in the late 1960s.

Together Andy and Peg served as lectors and Eucharistic ministers at St. Maurice’s Church. Avid tennis fans, they were members of both doubles tennis and double paddle tennis groups. Andy and Peg traveled extensively through the United States and abroad. They loved meeting new people and immersing themselves in the local traditions. They made two pilgrimages to the Holy Land and one to Spain with Teams of Our Lady. G’Ma and G’Pa, as they were known to their grandchildren, were avid fans at Kelly, Matt and Colleen’s sporting events, school plays, and music recitals. Wherever Andy and Peg traveled, they made it a priority to find the local mini-golf course, always following it with a trip to the local ice cream parlor. The birth of their great-grandchildren brought them immeasurable joy, as they witnessed the beginning of the next generation. Andy and Peg lived life finding the best in every situation, exemplifying their faith in all their actions.

They are survived by their children, Mary Elizabeth Brennan and her husband John of Atlanta, GA and Paul R. Hammerl and Jillian Caruso of Kingston, NY, their grandchildren, Kelly Brennan and Dominick Succardi of West Orange, NJ, Matthew Brennan and Jennifer Handel of Hoboken, NJ and Colleen Brennan of Atlanta, GA. Two great-grandchildren, Roark and Maeve Succardi, also survive.

In addition to their parents, Andrew’s sister Rosemary Lawrence and her husband Robert and Margaret’s brother, Arthur Haberman and his wife, Mary are also deceased.

The family will receive friends at the Rapin Funeral Home, 2480 Kensington Ave, Amherst, NY on Sunday July 30, 2017 from 2-6PM.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00AM on Monday, July 31, 2017 at St. Gregory the Great Church in Williamsville, NY.

Interment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at St. Maurice Church, Stamford, CT at 10:00 AM.

The family requests that memorial donations may be made to Canisius College, Attn: Institutional Advancement, 2001 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14208 or Literacy Volunteers of Stamford, c/o Family Centers, 40 Arch Street, Greenwich, CT 06830




Rapin Funeral Home
2480 Kensington Ave
Amheast, NY 14226
Sunday, July 30, 2017
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
St. Gregory the Great
200 St Gregory Ct
Williamsville, NY 14221
Monday, July 31, 2017
10:00 AM
Mt. Calvary Cemetery
800 Pine Ridge Heritage Blvd
Cheektowaga, NY 14225
Monday, July 31, 2017




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