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Rager, Donald M., Jr. - December 14, 2019

Rager, Donald M., Jr. Passed away December 14, 2019 at age “87 full trips around the sun”. Husband of the late Henrietta (nee Mazurkiewicz, and companion Karin Brady; dear father of Larry Rager, Gary Rager and the late Jerri Lynn Rager; loving grandfather of Stephanie Bell, Lisa Milazzo, Hayden Rager and Olivia Rager; great-grandfather of Caiden, Abigail, Mason and Ethan; brother of James (late Betty Rager and the late Laudine (Leon) Stamm; also survived by nieces and nephews. Visitation Wednesday, December 18th from 4:00 – 8:00 PM at the PACER FUNERAL HOME, INC. 2275 George Urban Blvd., Depew (2 blocks east of Dick Rd.). Mass of Christian Burial at St. Rose of Lima Church, 500 Parker Ave. (at Parkside), Buffalo, Thursday December 19th at 11:00 AM . Please assemble at church. Interment to follow at St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Don was a smart engineer. He was a member of the Victorian Dance Society, and his hobbies included piano, organ, Harleys and ham radio (call sign K2RA).

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Don and my late sister, Karin, were devoted companions for 15 years. Both widowed, they were a very active couple. They traveled several times to Dortmund, Germany, which is a sister city to Buffalo and attended Dortmund events in the area here. Both were active in a Victorian Dance group and a square dancing group. Until Karin’s physical abilities changed, they often participated in Victorian Dance demonstrations. Each August we had a family gathering when siblings of myself and Karin came to Buffalo to attend high school reunions. Don continued to look forward to these events after her passing so he could keep connected to her family. He loved taking pictures, and all of the travel and family events they shared were well documented by photographs. Don was a man of many interests and an ongoing curiosity about life and it is hard to do justice to all that he was. A few weeks ago we went to Karin’s grave and he left her a carnation; his last visit to her. He is now reunited with his beloved Henrietta, and they will share Christmas with their daughter, Jerri Lynn. I am so grateful to have known him, and even more grateful that we remained in frequent contact after Karin’s passing. I am very sad he has left us. Don I will miss you, but thank you for being part of our lives.

Sally C Knox
Niagara Falls, NY
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We travel so many trips around the sun and now it"s time for you to travel where we can only hope to go. We miss you and may you rest comfortably and peacefully.

Mary Garry
cleveland ohio
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I had the honor of knowing Mr. Rager for 34 years. I have fond memories of playing eye spy with my little eye with ornaments on the Christmas tree. He was always very generous to let us play office at his desk and on his radio and organ in his music room. I loved hearing the organ play as I gardened outside. Mr. Rager is the reason I love the smell of a cigar, because he would enjoy a cigar on the porch. When I moved back to Buffalo after college, I got to know Mr. Rager as an adult. We had wonderful, long conversations on the porch and would watch the moon flowers open, sometimes up to 20 of them. He told me lots of stories, and shared memories of Mrs. Rager and Karin. We talked about everything from science, astronomy and engineering, gardening, our careers, his hobbies, love, loss and dating, family, my cats and foster cats, the history of the property, and lots in between. We frequently shared fruits and vegetables from the garden. Mr. Rager was a very smart man, with lots of great stories to share. As he got older, I helped him tend to the gardening, especially the rose bush and moon flowers in Mrs. Rager’s memory. I shall miss Mr. and Mrs. Rager dearly and will keep them in my heart.

Kate Clubine
Buffalo, NY
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When my son was a baby,I would hope Don would play his keyboard because it would sweetly guide him to sleep,or just help to calm him. If Henrietta couldn’t coax Cedric to calm, Don would play, and he was mesmerized. I thank them both, and will forever keep them in my daily thoughts.

Rene’e Fearon
108 Parkside
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My condolences

Wendy Zych
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I was fortunate to have Don as a next door neighbor to me and my parents throughout my entire life. I fondly remember being sent as a child next door for a cup of sugar, to talk about whatever I was studying at school or to show off my latest accomplishment (or Halloween costume!) I was always fascinated with his ham radio setup or his latest motorcycle. Reading the other comments brought me back to listening to his organ play as well. As an adult, whenever I was in town visiting family, he always made a point to come out and say hello and ask how I was doing, what I was up to lately. Don and Henrietta were kind and loving. My family and I couldn't have asked for better neighbors. My deepest sympathies to the Rager family, please know they were loved.

Michael Clubine
Buffalo, NY
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