Niagara Gazette


December 5, 2012

Stanley Michael "Sonny" Watroba

NIAGARA FALLS — Stanley Michael "Sonny" Watroba, 77, of Niagara Falls, NY, entered into rest on Monday, December 3, 2012 in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center in Niagara Falls, NY, following a lengthy illness. Born on March 30, 1935 in Niagara Falls, NY, he was the son of the late Stanley and Genevieve (Zauczkowski) Watroba.

Mr. Watroba attended local schools and graduated from the former Bishop Duffy High School. Sonny, as he was known by family and friends, was employed as a printer for the Niagara Gazette. He then moved to Florida and worked for the Fort Lauderdale News/Sun Sentinel, until his retirement in the late 1990s. Mr. Watroba came back to Niagara Falls, NY in the early 2000s. Sonny enjoyed collecting as a hobby.

Mr. Watroba is survived by three children, Gregory M. (Carla) Watroba of Los Angeles, CA; Thomas S. (Lisa) Watroba of the Town of Niagara NY; and Diane M. (Thomas) Broeker of La Vergne, TN; and was predeceased by one son, Michael Watroba. Sonny is also survived by four grandchildren; two sisters, Patricia Goupil of Niagara Falls, NY and Dolores (William) Stone of Niagara Falls, NY; his former wife, Barbara (nee Halleen) (late Michael) Ford of Smyrna, TN; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents and son, he was also predeceased by one brother, Joseph (Carol of Lewiston, NY) Watroba.

There will be no prior visitation. A private   burial will be held at the convenience of the family.  If desired, memorial offerings may be made to the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, Elm & Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY 14263. Arrangements were entrusted to the OTTO REDANZ FUNERAL HOME, 2215 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY (297-9007).                   To leave a personal message for the family, please visit and

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