Dr. Albert Menno Obituary

Dr. Albert D. Menno
Dr. Albert D. Menno

January 18, 1932 - July 13, 2019
Born in Buffalo, New York
Resided in Williamsville, New York
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MENNO - Dr. Albert D.
July 13, 2019, age 87; beloved husband of 65 years to Frances M. (nee Carbone) Menno; devoted father of Donna (Theodore Jr.) Poe, David (Sandra), Kathleen (Jerald) Walker, and Christopher (Adriana); loving grandfather of Matthew (Elizabeth), Michael, Jeremy Poe and Adair and Tristan Walker; adored great-grandfather of Ethan Poe; dear brother of Joseph (Theresa) Menno and the late Donald (Anne) Menno and Palma (Robert) Rice; son of the late Leonard and Lena (nee Argentieri) Menno; son-in-law of the late Vincent and Sara (nee Nola) Carbone; also survived by many nieces and nephews. No prior visitation. Family and friends are invited Friday at 10:30 AM to attend a Memorial Mass celebrated at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 4375 Harris Hill Rd. (at Main St.), Williamsville, NY 14221. Please assemble at church. Interment to be held privately at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Dr. Menno's memory to Hospice Buffalo Inc., 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227 or the Alzheimer's Association of WNY, 6215 Sheridan Dr., Suite 100, Williamsville, NY 14221. Dr. Menno gave his final gift through the Anatomical Gift Donation at the University of Buffalo Medical School. Share condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.

Obituary published in the Buffalo News

Jan. 18, 1932 - July 13, 2019

Dr. Albert D. Menno, of Clarence, a retired general and vascular surgeon, died July 13 in Beechwood Homes, Getzville, after several years of living with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 87.

Born in Buffalo, he grew up on the city’s East Side and twice was awarded the Jesse Ketchum Medal for academic excellence - in 1945, when he graduated from School 6, and in 1949, when he graduated from Hutchinson Central High School.

At Hutchinson Central, he was class valedictorian, senior class treasurer, a center on the football team, a member of the track team and a member of the school’s winning debate team. He also worked part time as a busboy.

He received a full scholarship to Harvard University, where he was a member of the rowing team. During the summers, he returned home, working at Bethlehem Steel and General Mills.

After three years as a Harvard undergraduate, he was accepted at Harvard Medical School, continuing his scholarship. Upon graduating in 1956, he returned to Buffalo to serve his internship at E. J. Meyer Memorial Hospital, now Erie County Medical Center.

Dr. Menno also did his residency at Meyer Memorial, where he was assistant resident and chief resident from 1957 to 1962. He was a Buswell Fellow in Surgical Research at the University at Buffalo from 1967 to 1969 and clinical assistant professor in surgery in the UB Medical School in 1969.

He went on to become the attending surgeon at Meyer Memorial, St. Joseph, Sisters, Kenmore Mercy and DeGraff Memorial hospitals.

At Deaconess Hospital, he was chief of surgery, president of the medical staff and a member of the team that performed the first kidney transplant there in 1966. He also served as director of dialysis and transplants at Deaconess for 14 years.

In 1979, he joined with Dr. Roland Anthone, Dr. Sydney Anthone and Dr. Gerald Schultz to establish the Western New York Artificial Kidney Center, the area’s first dialysis unit outside of a hospital. He served as its chief executive officer.

He also helped start and run the Transplant and Organ Procurement Agency of Western New York.

In addition, his expertise included heart pacemakers and catheterizations.

Monsignor Dino J. Lorenzetti, a longtime friend, paid tribute to him by noting: "Dr. Menno respected every patient, treating them with skill, compassion and dignity over the 45 years he practiced. His mission was truly to help those in need."

The author or co-author of numerous articles for medical publications, he was a member of the Erie County and New York State medical societies, the Western New York Baccelli Medical Society, the Buffalo Chapter, American College of Surgeons, the Western New York Vascular Society and the Catholic Physicians Guild, of which he was an officer.

He was president of the Hutchinson Central Alumni Association and vice president to Harvard Medical School for the Harvard Club of Buffalo. He attended his medical school reunions every five years, most recently in 2016. Last September, he was honored as a member of the Federman Loyalty Circle at Harvard Medical School for his generous donations.

Dr. Menno and his high school sweetheart, Frances Carbone, who also was on the debate team, had written each other daily while they were in college. They were married July 24, 1954.

An altar boy at St. Lucy’s Catholic Church and St. Columba Catholic Church, he was a longtime parishioner at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, where he and his wife served as ushers and greeters on Sundays at the 9:30 a.m. Mass.

He and his wife enjoyed dancing, vacationing annually in Florida and attending Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concerts and local theater performances.

As they visited six continents and more than 35 nations, he documented their travels with thousands of photos and slides. An avid amateur photographer, he won several awards.

A picture he submitted to a physicians’ photo show at Sisters Hospital - an image taken in 1992 of the grave marker of Pfc. Andrew J. Relosky at Omaha Beach in Normandy, France - resolved a long-standing mystery for the soldier’s family, who had never known how or where he died.

Dr. Menno also had been a boater and water skier, played tennis and bridge, and lunched regularly with his poker buddies and the Grey Docs, a group of retired physicians.

During his lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s, he amazed his physicians with how much cognition he maintained, keeping his sense of humor, discussing medical issues and recognizing all those around him. He donated his body to UB’s Jacobs School of Medicine.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Donna Poe and Kathleen Walker; two sons, David and Christopher; a brother, Joseph; five grandchildren and a great-grandson.

A Memorial Mass was offered July 19 in Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 8500 Main St., Clarence.

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Memorial Mass
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church
4375 Harris Hill Road
Williamsville, NY 14221
Friday, July 19, 2019
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*Hospice Buffalo, Inc.
225 Como Park Blvd.
Cheektowaga, NY 14227
*Alzheimer's Association of WNY
6215 Sheridan Drive, Suite 100
Williamsville, New York 14221