Roger S. Niemic Memorial Fund makes inaugural grant to support diabetes research

The Roger S. Niemic Memorial Fund recently made possible its first-ever grant of $150 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Western PA Chapter.

Mr. Niemic’s brothers and sisters, Karen Niemic Buchheit, Tim Niemic, Terri (Niemic) Warras and Doug Niemic, and mother and father, Stan and Pat Niemic, decided to establish the fund after Mr. Niemic passed away unexpectedly on March 27, 2017.

The family decided to establish the endowed fund to preserve Roger’s memory while supporting research of a disease that affected him his entire life,


Roger Niemic

said Karen Niemic Buchheit, Roger’s sister and CRCF Executive Director.

The endowed fund will provide grants in perpetuity for organizations such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Western PA or Greater Western North Carolinas Chapters, that champion researching a cure for juvenile diabetes and provide services and support to individuals trying to manage the disease.

Mr. Niemic, a native of Erie, PA, earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Gannon University and a master’s degree from Marquette University. He went on to work for GE in Milwaukee, WI, and Vanguard in Charlotte, NC, where he had worked since 2000.

Donations can be made to the Roger S. Niemic Memorial Fund at CRCF, 301 North Union Street, Suite 203, or online at

Established in 1994, the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in the region. Grants from the foundation support many areas, including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service, and youth development. To learn more, call (716) 301-CRCF (2723), email, or visit online at CRCF is also on Facebook ( and Twitter (@CattFoundation).

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