Obituaries

Ronald J. DiSalvo, 86, of Batavia, died Thursday, July 11, 2019, at UMMC. He served in the US Army during Korea and a member of St. Anthony’s Church. He had operated the Army Navy Surplus Store on Main Street, called the Outdoor Store and worked for Cultrara’s Shoe Store before purchasing it and changing the name to DiSalvo Shoe Store in the Genesee Country Mall. He was very active in the community, serving on a number of boards and organizations. Calling hours are on Sunday, July 14, from 2pm to 5pm at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday, at noon, in Ascension Parish,, Sumner Street. Memorials are suggested to Crossroads House or the National MS Society. Arrangements by: Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia.

Jane E. Read, 75, of Corfu, died Monday, July 1, 2019, at home. Prior to retirement, she was a physical education teacher at Pembroke Primary School. She was an active member of the Cornerstone Church. Calling hours are Friday, July 19th, from 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at the Cornerstone Church, Pembroke, on Saturday, July 20, 10am. Memorials are suggested to the Church or to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation. Arrangements by: C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Corfu.

Ruth M. Harloff Higley Starr Weber, 101, of Pavilion, died Sunday, July 7, 2019, at her daughter’s home in Stafford under the care of HomeCare & Hospice and her family. For 32 years, Ruth was in business with her sons, operating Higley’s Welding Service in Pavilion. Friends may call from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia, where Ruth’s Funeral Service will immediately follow calling hours at 4 p.m. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery, Batavia. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ruth’s memory may be made to First Baptist Church of Pavilion, as well as HomeCare & Hospice, Warsaw. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

Helen Heale, 90, of Batavia, died July 4, 2019 at her home. She retired from GTE Sylvania then worked at ABB Kent Taylor in Rochester and the Office for the Aging for RSVP in Batavia. She also volunteered at the Genesee County Veteran’s Service Office. There will be no calling hours. Family and friends may attend Helen’s Mass of Christian burial at St. Joseph’s Church at 9:30 am on Saturday, July 6th. Burial will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co., Funeral Home, Batavia.

Zollie Jackson, Jr., 56, of Oakfield and formerly of West Seneca, died Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at United Memorial Medical Center. There will be no prior calling hours. Graveside services for Zollie will be held on Friday July 12th at 12 p.m. at Grandview Cemetery, Batavia. Memorials may be made in Zollie’s memory to Genesee Cancer Assistance, Batavia, www.geneseecancerassistance.com/donate or to Crossroads House, Batavia, www.crossroadshouse.com/donate. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

Anthony S. Nigro, 68, of Batavia, died Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Mr. Nigro served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Pawcatuck. He was a tournament fisherman and competed with Bass Masters fishing series. Friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday July 13th at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia where Military Honors will be rendered at 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Anthony’s name to a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

Mary A. (Guppenberger) Yunker, 94, a longtime resident of Oakfield, died at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. There will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian burial will be on Monday, July 8 at 10 a.m. at St. Cecilia’s Church, Oakfield. Mary will be buried in St. Cecilia’s Cemetery, Oakfield. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the donor’s choice. Arrangements by: the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield.

Joel L. Hume, 64, of Batavia, died Sunday, June 30, 2019. Joel had a beautiful tenor voice. He sang for the Miami Opera House, toured with the Greg Smith Singers and was the lead tenor for the Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word in Rochester. He also performed locally in numerous Batavia Rotary Club productions and the Batavia Players Dinner Theater. There will be no visitation. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Joel will be laid to rest in West Bethany Cemetery. Contributions in Joel’s memory may be made to GO-ART, Batavia, Alexander Fireman Marching Band, c/o Linda Hume, Batavia, or to the Music Department of the Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word, Rochester. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

Kenneth Duane Skelton, 85 of Batavia, formerly of Oakfield and Chiefland, Fla., died Saturday, June 29, 2019 at the New York State Veterans Home in Batavia surrounded by family. Ken served in the U.S. Army in Korea from 1953 to 1956, followed by several years in the U.S. Army Reserves and was Honorably Discharged in 1961. Ken worked at My-T-Acres in Batavia as a field-man and electrician before retiring after 25 years. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, (July 8, 2019) at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield, where Ken’s Funeral Service will immediately follow. Private burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Attica. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Ken’s name to the Oakfield-Alabama Lions Club, Oakfield; or the Alzheimer’s Association, Williamsville. Arrangements by: the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield.

June Ellen Dorf, 73, of Henrietta, a longtime resident of Elba, died Friday, June 28, 2019, at Strong Memorial Hospital. After working in retail for many years, June Ellen went to work for the Orleans Correctional Facility and retired in 2007. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 3rd at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 5th at Maple Lawn Cemetery, Elba. In lieu of flowers, contributions in June’s memory may be made to PAWS Animal Shelter, Albion or to Medical Motor Services, Rochester. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

Ruth E. Ribbeck, 81, of Byron/Varysburg, died Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at the New York State Veteran’s Nursing Home. Ruth worked at Mallory Timers, Champion Products and Angelica. Calling hours are Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia, where services will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Ruth will be laid to rest in North Byron Cemetery. Memorials in Ruth’s memory may be made to the New York State Veteran’s Home, Activities Fund, Batavia. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

Claremce L. Blackmon, Sr., 78, of LeRoy, died Monday, June 24, 2019, at the Premier Genesee Center. He was a veteran of the US Army and retired from Wegmans. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials are suggested to the NYS Veterans Home, Batavia. Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.

Donald P. Rebmann, 81, of Batavia, died Monday, June 24, 2019, at home. A US Marine Corp veteran, serving during Korea, he was a member of Our Lady of Good Council R.C. Church, Darien Center. He was the owner and operator of Rebmann Masonary. He also operated Lyn-Don Farms. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, June 29, 10am, at the Church, Alleghany Road, Darien Center. Memorials are suggested to Genesee Cancer Assistance. Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.

Robert James Morith, 95, of Batavia, died Sunday, June 23, 2019. Rob graduated from Batavia High School in 1943 and served in the United States Navy in the Pacific during World War II. Upon returning from the war, he worked for Buffalo Arms and then the Batavia Post Office until his retirement. He was part-owner of a Christmas tree farm in Wyoming County. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 27 at Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia. Graveside military honors will be at 11 AM Friday, June 28 at Grandview Cemetery, Batavia. A lunch will follow at the VFW, 25 Edwards St., Batavia. Memorials in Rob’s name may be made to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, Roswell Park Cancer Inst., Buffalo or VFW Post No. 1602, Batavia. Arrangements by: Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia.

John R. LaFarnara, 87, of Batavia, died Saturday, June 22, 2019, at Crossroads House. A veteran with the United States Marine Corps, John served from 1951-1954. He was a member of Ascension Parish, the Elks Club and the VFW. John enjoyed bowling, spending time with his family, being outdoors and gardening. He was a fan of the Buffalo Bills, New York Yankees and Batavia Muckdogs. John was a carpenter for Local Union #1151 in Rochester. There will be no prior calling hours. John’s Funeral Mass will be on Monday July 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Ascension Parish, 19 Sumner Street, Batavia. Burial with full military honors will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Batavia. Memorials in John’s memory may be made to Crossroads House, Batavia, www.crossroadshouse.com/donate as well as the Visiting Nursing Association, Batavia. Arrangements by: Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia.

Gertrude M. Mason, 95, of Batavia, died Friday, June 21, 2019, at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. She had worked at the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, Sylvania, the Pok-A-Dot Restaurant, Mancuso Plumbing, and Walmart. Calling hours are on Tuesday, June 25, from 9am to 11:30am, at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at noon at Resurrection Parish, St. Joseph’s Church.  Arrangements by: J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, Batavia.

Laura A. Gonzalez, 62, of Oakfield, (formerly of Byron), died Monday, June 17, 2019, at home. Calling hours are on Thursday, June 20, from 4pm to 7pm at the funeral home where services will immedately follow at 7pm. Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Batavia.

Elizabeth Ann Finnin, 49, of Batavia, lost her battle with addiction on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at her home in Batavia. She was a very friendly person who enjoyed cooking. Family and Friends are invited to attend Elizabeth’s Memorial Service at 11 a.m. Saturday June 22, 2019 at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia, with Rev. Martin MacDonald officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangments by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

Joseph G. Potwora, Jr., 92, of Batavia, died Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at The Grande Rehabilitation and Nursing, Batavia. He retired from Xerox and was a member of Resurrection Parish. Calling hours are on Monday, June 17, from 4pm to 8pm at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday, 9:30am, at St. Joseph’s Church. Memorials are suggested to Crossroads House. Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.

Maria Holota, 96, of Batavia, died Saturday, June 8, 2019, at the Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. She was a parishioner of Ascension Parish. Before emigrating to the United States, she was captured by German soldiers in 1939 to work in factories and farms in Germany. Prior to retirement, she was employed by G.T.E. Sylvania. Calling hours are on Monday, June 17, from 6pm to 8pm at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday, 10am at Ascension Parish, Swan and Sumner Streets, Batavia. Arrangements by: J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, Batavia.

Mark D. Jackett, 49, of Oakfield, died Saturday, June 8, 2019, at UMMC. He was a service manager at Pellegrino Auto Sales, Batavia. He had also worked at Chesleys Auto Service, Midas Muffler. He was a firefighter at Depew and Stafford Fire Departments. Calling hours are on Wednesday, June 12, from 4pm to 8pm at the funeral home, where services will be held Thursday, 11am. Memorials are suggested to the family to estab;ish trust funds for Mark’s children. Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Batavia.

Chester J. Roz, 93, of Oakfield, died Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Aaron Manor Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Fairport. At age 16, he was taken from Poland to Germany during Nazi Occupation as slave labor, forced to work on a German Farm in Nassig. After World War II ended, Chester joined the USA Civilian Guard from June 1945 to October 1949. He came to the United States in October 1949 under the “Displaced Persons Program” through the Catholic Relief Services and became a United States Citizen in 1955. He returned to Poland in 1978 to visit his mother for the first time in 35 years. Roz also worked as a miner for U.S. Gypsum in Oakfield. There will be no prior visitation. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, June 10, 2019 at 10 a.m. at St. Padre Pio Parish – St. Cecilia’s Worship Site, Oakfield. Fr. Thaddeus N. Bocianowski will officiate. He will be laid to rest in St. Cecilia’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Chester’s memory may be made to Volunteers for Animals, Batavia. Arrangements by: the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield.

Maria Caryk, 96, of Batavia, died Saturday June 8, 2019 at The Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. Mrs. Caryk and her brothers were taken as slaves by the German Nazi prior to her coming to America. She was formerly employed by Kisiel Die Casting and Xerox prior to her retirement. Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Wednesday (June 12th) from 8am-9:30am at the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, where prayers will be recited at 9:30am followed by her Mass of Christian Burial, 10am at Ascension Parish. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. The Ascension Parish Rosary Society will recite the Rosary on Wednesday, 9:15 a.m. at the Church. Arrangements by: the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, LLC, Batavia.

Paul J. Malone, D.M.D., 75, of Batavia, died Friday, June 7, surrounded by his family at the New York State Veteran’s Nursing Home in Batavia. Paul owned and operated a private dental practice in Batavia for more than 40 years. He was elected as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists in 2002 and a Fellow of the American College of Dentists in 2003. A U.S. Army veteran, he served as Captain and Dental Officer in the U.S. Army Dental Corps. Friends may call on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia. Prayers at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home will be followed by A Mass of Christian Burial will at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, Batavia. Entombment, with military honors will follow at St. Joseph’s Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials in Paul’s name to the Activities Fund at the New York State Veteran’s Home, Batavia or to the Batavia Lions Club, Batavia. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

Roselyn Sharp, 94, of Batavia, died Monday, June 3, at UMMC. She had worked as a greeter at Walmart in Batavia for over 20 years. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday, June 10, at Ascension Parish, Swan and Sumner Streets, Batavia, at 11am. Memorials are suggested to Crossroads House. Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.

Peter Brigzna, 35, of Batavia, died on Friday, May 31, 2019, at his home in Batavia. He was a dishwasher for Bob Evans in Batavia. There will be no prior calling hours. Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 7, at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia. Memorials in Peter’s memory may be made to Volunteers for Animals, Batavia. Arrangements by: the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia.

Robert “Bob” M. Cummings, 47, of Corfu, died unexpectedly on Friday May 31, 2019 at his residence. Bob was a longtime employee and participant in the Genesee Orleans ARC. Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Thursday (June 6th) from 3-8pm at the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, LLC, Akron. A memorial service will be Saturday June 8th, 10am at the East Shelby Community Bible Church, Medina. PLEASE NOTE NO SERVICES ON FRIDAY. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery in Corfu. Memorial contributions may be made to the church or to a charity of the donor’s preference. Arrangements by: the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, LLC, Akron.

Jack Lewis Baxter, 75, of Oakfield, passed away Thursday, May 30, 2019, at United Memorial Medical Center. He served in the US Marine Corps during the Vietnam era and when he returned from the service, he became a Lab Technician for Eastman Kodak Co., retiring in 1992. Friends may call from 5 to 6 pm on Wednesday at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield, where service will follow at 6 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family for distribution to various charities. Arrangements by: the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield.

Paulene M. Canty, 89, of Stafford, formerly of Batavia, passed away Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Crossroads House in Batavia. She was a Dental Hygienist for Robert Gallagher, D.D.S.in Batavia for 24 years, prior to her retirement in 1972. She was a member of the Stafford Country Club since 1967 and was an avid golfer. There will be no visitation. Services will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the 1st Presbyterian Church of LeRoy with Rev. David Pepper officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Paulene’s memory may be made to Crossroads House, Batavia. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home of Batavia.

Stanley J. Weber, 93, of Basom, died Monday, May 27, 2019, at United Memorial Medical Center. A veteran, Stanley served with the United States Army. He was an electrician for the U.S. Gypsum in Oakfield. Stanley was a member of the Alabama Volunteer Fire Department and the American Legion Post 626, where he served as past Commander and Sergeant-at-Arms. Calling hours are Saturday, June 1st from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield, where services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. Stanley will be laid to rest with full military honors in Cary Cemetery, Oakfield. Memorials may be made to the American Legion Post 626 Auxiliary, Basom or Oakfield Alabama Baptist Church, Oakfield. Arrangements by: the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield.

Robert A. Burke, 86, of Batavia, died Sunday, May 26, 2019, at the New York State Veteran’s Nursing Home. Corporal Burke proudly served his country with the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War earning a Korean Service Medal with 4 stars, United Nations Service Ribbon and Presidential Unit Citation with 1 star. He was one of “The Chosin Few”, a survivor of the Battle of Chosin Resevoir, the most violent small unit battle in the history of American warfare. He continued his service as a member of the National Guard for 5 years. There will be no prior visitation. Mr. & Mrs. Burke will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Robert’s name may be made to the activities fund at the New York State Veteran’s Home, Batavia. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

June R. Kurys, 73, of Darien Center, died Sunday, May 26, 2019 after a 10 month lengthy illness. Friends may call Wednesday, May 29 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., Corfu. A Memorial Mass will be held Friday, May 31 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Darien Center. Burial will be in our Lady of Good Counsel Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Genesee County Animal Shelter, Batavia. Arrangements by: the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., Corfu.

Helena T. Fortunato, 103, of Batavia, died Saturday, May 25, 2019, at home. She was a member of Ascension Parish, Sacred Heart site. Calling hours are on Wednesday, May 29, from 10am to 11:30am at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at noon, at the Church. Memorials are suggested to HomeCare & Hospice. Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.

Lori A. Brightenfield, 59, of Warsaw, formerly of Stafford, died Friday, May 24, 2019, at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. She delivered Meals on Wheels. Calling hours will be on Thursday, May 30, from 5pm to 7pm at the funeral home, where funeral services will immediately follow. Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia

Leonard Hryhorenko, 72, of Churchville, died Friday, May 24, 2019, at St. John’s Nursing Home in Rochester. He was an electrician at Eastman Kodak prior to his retirement. Family and Friends may call from 2 to 4 PM and 6 to 8 PM on Friday at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Bergen. A Graveside Service will be held at 11 AM Saturday at the Riga Cemetery, Churchville with Teresa Werth officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Leonard’s memory may be made to St. John’s Home – Activities Fund, Rochester. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Bergen.

Mary Jane Previte (nee Chrzanowski), of Bluffton, SC, died May 10, 2019. Daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Brigman) Chrzanowski. Beloved wife of 43 years to Robert. Loving mother of sons Christopher (Paula), Jonathan, and Joshua (Nanette). Dear sister of Ronald (Anne) Chrzanowski and Gerald (Deborah) Chrzanowski. Friends may call on Saturday (June 1, 2019) from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon at St. Joseph’s Church, Batavia, where Mary Jane’s Memorial Mass will be held immediately following visitation. Local Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

Joyce M. Kuehl, age 91, of Batavia, died Friday, May 24, 2019, at LeRoy Village Green Nursing Facility. A 72-year member of the First United Methodist Church of Batavia, she volunteered countless hours at church throughout the years. Joyce’s family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Facility for the compassionate care they offered to her. Friends may call from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. on Saturday at the First United Methodist Church of Batavia, where services will immediately follow at 11 a.m. She will be laid to rest in West Bethany Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Joyce’s memory may be made to First United Methodist Church of Batavia. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

Katherine A. Owen, 73 of Batavia, died Thursday, May 23 at Rochester General Hospital. A 1963 graduate of Batavia High School and Alfred State College, Kathy was proud of playing a key part in maintaining the close knit relationships the Class of ’63 has experienced over the last 55 years. She had last worked for Attica Bus Service after many years employed in the dental office of Dr. L. L. Mulcahy, Jr.. Visitation for family and friends will be at the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, LLC, Batavia, on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM. The family graciously declines flowers and have asked that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to Genesee County Animal Shelter, Batavia, or Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge in Kathy’s memory. Arrangements by: the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, LLC, Batavia.

Mary Lou Mager Klein, 82 of Batavia, NY, died Wednesday May 22, 2019 at her residence under the care of her loving family and Hospice. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by HSBC Bank (Marine Midland Bank) after 20 years in the banking industry. She also served on the Town of Batavia Republican Committee. Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Tuesday (May 28th) from 4-7pm at the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, LLC, Batavia, where prayers will be recited Wednesday (May 29th) at 9:15am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, 10am at Ascension Parish. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. The Ascension Parish Rosary Society will recite the Rosary on Tuesday, 3:30pm at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Genesee County Office For The Aging Meals on Wheels, Batavia. Arrangements by: the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, LLC, Batavia.

Marlin L. (Merk) Merkel, 85, of Batavia, died Tuesday, May 21, at the NYS Veterans Home, Batavia. A US Army, Korean Conflict, veteran, he was a member of Resurrection Parish, St. Joseph’s Church. He worked for many years for CE Knox Shoe Store, and the former Thomas & Dwyer Shoe Store. He was a former director of the Genesee County Baseball Club. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday, May 28, at 9:30am at the Church. Memorials are suggested to Notre Dame High School or Volunteers for Animals. Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.

Frances P. Okoniewski, 84, of Batavia, died Sunday, May 19, 2019, at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home. She was a physical education teacher at Norwood/Norfolk Central Schools, former teachers Aide for BOCES, and Program Director at the Arc. Calling hours are on Thursday, May 23, from 4pm to 8pm at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at Resurrection Parish, St. Mary’s site, at noon, on Friday. Memorials are suggested to Genesee Cancer Assistance. Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.

Rosemary Ladd-Scopano, age 81, of Batavia, died Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. A member of St. Mary’s Church she enjoyed playing Bingo, her crossword puzzle books and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. There will be no visitation. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by: the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia.

John Jay Hodgins, Batavia, died, Friday, May 17, 2019. He was a talented artist and author. He served 8 years on the Batavia City Council and 8 years on the Genesee County Legislature. Calling hours are on Tuesday, May 21, from 3pm to 7pm at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, at the Morganville United Church of Chirst, Stafford. Memorials are suggested to the Church or Genesee County Volunteers for Animals. Arrangements by: Gilmartin Funeral Home, Batavia.

Richard L. McGiveron, 82, of Batavia, died Thursday, May 16, 2019 at home. He was a retired foreman tool and die maker for Batavia Metal Products. Calling hours are on Tuesday, May 21, from 3pm to 7pm at the funeral home, where a Celebration of Life Ceremony will immediately follow. Memorials are suggested to HomeCare & Hospice. Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.

Ruth E. Lewis, 94, of Batavia, died Sunday, March 31, 2019, at The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center in Albion. Ruth was a sales clerk for the former W.T. Grant Co. in Batavia and lived in Washington Towers for 23 years. Service will be held at 11 am on Friday, May 24, 2019 at Maple Lawn Cemetery in Bethany. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ruth’s memory may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

Margaret F Gallagher, 101, of Batavia, died Friday, May 10, 2019, at United Memorial Medical Center. She was the legal secretary for Noonan, Hughes and Mahoney in Batavia. There will be no prior visitation. Members of St. Joseph’s Sodality will gather at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph’s Church, to recite the rosary. Her Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 9:30 a.m. with Fr. Ivan Trujilio celebrating. She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to Resurrection Parish, Batavia. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

Barbara Barden Monacell, 80, of Rochester, died May 7, 2019. Barbara was a stay-at-home mom while her five children were growing up but resumed her nursing career after her children grew older. As a registered nurse, she worked and retired from Kirkhaven in Rochester, N.Y. A celebration of Barbara’s life will be held on May 13 at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Rochester. Calling hours are at 8:30 a.m., Mass is at 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Rochester & Finger Lakes Chapter in Rochester or online at www.alz.org. Arrangements by: The H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

Richard (Rick) G. Ensman, Jr., 65, of Chili, died Thursday, May 9, 2019. He was the Director of Development at Genesee Community College, a member of of the Batavia Rotary, and an avid hiker and photographer. Calling hours are on Thursday, May 16, from 4pm to 7pm at the funeral home. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, May 17th at 10am, in St. Monica’s Church, 831 Genesee Street, Rochester. Memorials are suggested to the Genesee Community College Foundation Fund for the Future; Rochester Area Community Foundation Western NY and Finger Lakes Land Bank Fund; or the Serenity House. Arrangements by: Leo M. Bean and Sons Funeral Home, Rochester.

Arthur D. Mase, 66, of East Bethany, died Monday, April 29, 2019, as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident. He was a Bridge Foreman for the Genesee County Highway Dept., prior to retirement. Calling hours are on Saturday, May 4, fro 11am to 3pm at the funeral home. A Celebration of Life will be held 5pm, at B W’s Restaurant, Pavilion. Arrangements by: Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia.

Duane I. Pender, 72, of Basom, died Friday April 26, 2019 at Buffalo General Hospital. Duane worked for many years at Batavia Machine until retiring from Corfu Machine and Tool. He was an accomplished bowler who in his younger days achieved the “perfect game” of 300. The Pender family will be present from 2 to 6p.m. on Wednesday May 1st at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC, Batavia where a Celebration of Duane’s Life will begin at 6p.m. He will be laid to rest in Alabama Cemetery and memorials in his memory are suggested to the Alabama Volunteer Fire Department or Shriners Hospitals for Children Burn Care Unit in Tampa, FL. Arrangements by: The Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC, Batavia.

Donald N. Mills, 94, of Oakfield, died Thursday April 25, 2019 at the home of his daughter under the care of his family and Hospice. He managed the Brundage and Mills Farms for many years and later managed the Oakfield Alabama School bus garage until retiring in 1999. At Donald’s request funeral services will be held privately by the family. He will be laid to rest alongside his wife in Reed Cemetery in Oakfield. Memorials can be made to Homecare & Hospice, Inc. or the Alabama Volunteer Fire Department. Arrangements by: The Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC, Batavia.

Wayne R. Ladd, 97, of Batavia, formally of Orangeville, NY died Sunday April 21, 2019 at the New York State Veterans Home in Batavia. Wayne was proud to have served with the Army Air Corp during WWII in Africa until honorably discharged. He was also a Tool & Die Maker for GRS for many years. Funeral services will be announced at a future date and Mr. Ladd will be laid to rest in White Haven Memorial Park in Fairport, NY. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Volunteers for Animals. Arrangements by: The Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC, Batavia.

Elizabeth “Betty” Osborn, 90, of Batavia, died April 28th, 2019. A life-long Batavian, Betty was a 1945 graduate from Batavia High School, and a 1949 graduate of St. Jerome School of Nursing. She worked briefly at the Batavia Veterans Administration Hospital, and the majority of her nursing career was dedicated to the former Genesee Memorial Hospital. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 2nd, from 3pm to 7pm, at the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home in Batavia. A funeral mass will be held at Resurrection Parish (St. Mary’s site), May 3rd, at 11am. Private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. Flowers are respectfully declined. Memorials can be made to the New York State Veterans Home, Batavia. The Osborn family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of their mother’s caregivers, especially the New York State Veterans Home. Arrangements by: the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, LLC Batavia.

Duane I. Pender, 72, of Basom, died Friday, April 26, 2019, at Buffalo General Hospital. For many years he worked at Batavia Machine and Tool and retired from Corfu Machine. Calling hours are on Wednesday, May 1, from 2pm to 6pm at the funeral home, where a Celebration of Life ceremony will immediately follow. Memorials are suggested to the Alabama Volunteer Fire Dept. or Shriners Hospitals for Children, burn care. Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.

Donald N. Mills, 94, of Oakfield, died Thursday, April 25, 2019, at the home of his daughter. He managed the Brundage and Mills Farms for many years and later managed the Oakfield Alabama School Bus Garage. Funeral services will be private. Memorials are suggested to Homecare and Hospice or the Alabama Volunteer Fire Department. Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.

Wayne R. Ladd, 97, of Batavia (formerly of Orangeville), died Sunday, April 21, 2019, at the NYS Veterans Home. A WWII Army Air Corp veteran, he worked as a tool and die maker for GRS. Funeral services will be held at a later date. Memorials are suggested to Volunteers for Animals. Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.

Laura (Martin) Walrath, 92, of LeRoy, died on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019 at the LeRoy Village Green in LeRoy, NY. Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family. The family invites donations in Laura’s memory to the YWCA of Genesee County, Batavia, NY. Arrangements by: the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., Corfu, NY.

Betty D. Sobczak, 88, of Corfu, died with her family by her side on Good Friday, April 19, 2019. Betty retired in 1995 from M&T Bank in Corfu after 38 years as a teller and secretary. Friends and Family are invited to call at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., Corfu on Tuesday, April 23rd from 4 to 8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 24th at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, East Pembroke, followed by internment at Evergreen Hill Cemetery in Corfu. Memorials may be made to Buffalo General Hospice Care, Evergreen Hill Cemetery or the family. Arrangements by: the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., Corfu, NY.

David S. Sallome, 58 of Batavia, died April 14th 2019 at Premier Genesee Rehab & Nursing Center on Palm Sunday, surrounded by his family, after a 5 year battle with Cancer. He worked as a mechanic for many years until joining his brother at Sallome Heating where he worked until his illness prevented him from doing so. There will be no calling hours. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Memorials for David are suggested to Genesee Cancer Assistance C/O United Memorial Medical Center, Batavia, or to a Charity of the donor’s choice.

Donald William Brinkman, 74, of Batavia, died Thursday, April 11, 2019, at home surrounded by family while under HomeCare & Hospice. He served honorably with the United States Army from 1965 to 1967. He then returned to his previous employment at Lapp Insulator until he retired from there in 2009. Calling hours are Monday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia, where services will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Donald will be laid to rest with full military honors in Elmwood Cemetery, Batavia. Memorials in Donald’s memory may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance, Batavia or to HomeCare & Hospice, Batavia. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

Karen M. Wilt, 53, of Akron, died Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at her home, surrounded by her family. Karen loved family get togethers, watching her cats and listening to music. Family and friends may call Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., Corfu. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. Arrangements by: the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., Corfu.

Larry D. “Bear” Richenberg, 59, of Elba, died unexpectedly Saturday April 6, 2019 at his home. Larry has worked almost forty years at the local Sakrete Plant in Batavia, he was a mainstay in the Elba community and devoted nearly forty years to the Elba Volunteer Fire Department where he served as Assistant Chief for 11 years. For those who had the pleasure of knowing “Larry,” “Danny,” “Bear” or “Yogi” you undoubtedly have a story to tell so please join the Richenberg family from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday April 14, 2019 at the Elba Rec. Hall in Elba to Celebrate his Life. Memorials can be made to the Genesee County Animal Shelter or the family. For more information please call Michael Tomaszewski at (585)343-7500. Arrangements by: the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC, Batavia.

Timothy M. Chugg, 52, of Bethany, died Sunday, March 31, 2019, at his home. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. He will be laid to rest in Grand View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials in Tim’s name to Crossroads House, Batavia. Arrangements by: he Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia.

Luis Enrique Bazan, 36, of Batavia, died Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at his home. A graduate of Batavia High School, he was a gifted carpenter who loved fishing, painting and writing poetry. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia. Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Batavia. Contributions in Luis’s memory may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements by: the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia.

Kenneth W. Chase, 97, of Arizona (formerly of Oakfield,)died Monday, April 1, 2019, in Surprise, AZ. For 25 years he was the organist for the First Methodist Church, Batavia. His ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean near San Francisco.

Joseph Versaggi Jr., 92, of Batavia, died Thursday March 28, 2019 at United Memorial Medical Center. Mr. Versaggi was a veteran of the United States Navy Seabees during WWII and worked for many years at the US Gypsum Plant in Oakfield. Please join the family to Celebrate Joe’s Mass of Christian Burial 11:30 a.m. Friday April 5 at Resurrection Parish (St. Joseph’s Site), he will be laid to rest alongside his wife in St. Joseph’s cemetery and memorials in his memory are suggested to Genesee Cancer Assistance, Batavia. Arrangements by: the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC, Batavia.

Shane R. Carver, 65, of Batavia, died Friday March 29, 2019 following a lengthy illness at his home in Seven Springs Country Club where he was dedicated member for 40 years. Shane was a heavy equipment mechanic for 35 years for the Genesee County Highway Department. Shane’s family will be present from 11 to 1 p.m. on Saturday April 6th at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC, Batavia where his Celebration of Life will begin at 1 p.m. He will be laid to rest in Maple Lawn Cemetery and memorials in his memory suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Memphis, TN, HomeCare and Hospice, Batavia or the Stafford Rescue Squad. Arrangements by: the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC, Batavia.

Frederick J. Hensel, Jr., “Rick”, 65, of Corfu, died Sunday, March 31, 2019 at his home, with his family by his side. Rick was a proud and active member of the Patriot Guard Riders and ABATE of New York. Family and friends may call Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., Corfu. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 5, 2019 at 11 a.m at the Corfu United Presbyterian Church, Corfu. Burial will be in Evergreen Lawn Cemetery, Akron. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Corfu United Presbyterian Church, Corfu, Genesee Cancer Assistance, Batavia, or Crossroads House, Batavia. Arrangements by: the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., Corfu.

John R. Sherman, Sr., 41, of Batavia, died Saturday, March 30, 2019, at United Memorial Medical Center. John was a graduate from Avon High School, the Wellsville Campus of Alfred State College and Empire State College and was currently working at Pizza Hut in Batavia. He was also a member of the YMCA and volunteered his time at the Genesee County Animal Shelter. Friends may call from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Friday at City Church, Batavia where John’s funeral services will immediately follow at 2 p.m. with Pastor Marty Macdonald officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions in John’s memory may be made to Volunteers for Animals, Batavia. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

Anthony Umbardo Strollo “Tony”, 84,  of LeRoy, died Friday March 29, 2019 at the New York State Veterans Home in Batavia. Anthony was a Veteran of the U.S. Army and a lifelong resident of the LeRoy and Batavia communities. At one time he was a manager for Dominic Mancuso’s Restaurant in Attica. Friends and family are invited to share memories on Wednesday April 3rd from 4 to 7 p.m. at the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, LLC, Batavia where a memorial service will be held at 7 p.m., followed by full Military Honors. Family and friends are then invited to a Celebration of Life at the Botts-Fiorito American Legion Post #576, LeRoy. Memorial contributions in his memory may be offered to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation, NJ. Arrangements by: the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, LLC, Batavia.

Patricia A. Willig, 92, of Batavia, died Monday, March 25, 2019 at Premier Genesee Center, Batavia. There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 11 a.m at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., Corfu. Memorials may be made to All Babies Cherished, Batavia, or to Crossroads House, Batavia. Arrangements by: the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., Corfu, NY.

Loreen May Tyminski, 85, of Stafford, died Monday March 25, 2019 at her home under the care of Hospice and her loving family. Loreen worked for Niagara Mohawk and the Batavia VA Hospital along with assisting on the family farm. The Tyminski family will be present from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday March 28, 2019 at the Michael S. Tomazzewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC, Batavia. Please join the family to celebrate her Mass of Christian Burial 11:30 a.m. Friday March 29 at Resurrection Parish (St. Mary’s Site), she will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials in her memory to a charity of choice. Arrangements by: the Michael S. Tomazzewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC, Batavia.

Richard M. “Morrie” Cain, 93, of Oakfield, passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2019, at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Batavia. Gone fishing. A veteran with the United States Navy from 1944-1946, he served aboard the USS Cabildo as a gunner’s mate during World War II. After his honorable discharge from the Navy, Richard lived in Oakfield and worked as mine worker at the United States Gypsum also in Oakfield. Calling hours are from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 29, at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield, where services will be held at 3:00 p.m. also on Friday. Richard will be laid to rest in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Medina. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Richard’s memory may be made to the Oakfield Fire Department. Arrangements by: the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield.

Gerald F. Hale, 79, of Batavia, died Friday morning March 22, 2019 at the Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Batavia. Gerald was an area educator affectionately known as, “Googie” at Byron Bergen School where he spent much of his time until retirement. Jerry’s family will be present from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday March 27, 2019 at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC, Batavia. Please join the family to celebrate his Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 a.m. Thursday March 28 at Resurrection Parish (St. Mary’s Site), he will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials in his memory to Crossroads House Batavia. Arrangements by: the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC, Batavia.

Joseph F. Saile, 54, of Batavia, died on March 14, 2019, surrounded by his family at Highland Hospital in Rochester. Joe was a talented drummer, loving father, grandfather, and dedicated husband to his wife of 31 years, Kathleen. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia where services will follow immediately visitation at 4 p.m. Flowers are gratefully declined. Please consider memorials in Joe’s name to his family to establish a college trust fund for his grandchildren. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

Dolores M. Clark, 72, of Stafford, died Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at home. She worked as a business education teacher at Oakfield Alabama and Pembroke Schools, retired from the IRS in 2009, and was currently working at Batavia Optical. Calling hours are on Tuesday, March 12, from 4pm to 7pm at the funeral home, where her memorial will immediately follow. Memorials are suggested to the Richmond Memorial Library. Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.

Mildred (Lois) Reinhardt, 76, of Corfu, died Sunday, March 2, 2019, at home. She had worked at Kutter’s Cheese Factory and Akron Rule. A Celebration of her life will be held at the family pond at a later date, Memorials are suggested to the Pembroke Youth Association, Corfu. Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.

Thomas J. Mazerbo, age 67, of Stafford, died Friday, March 1, 2019, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, surrounded by his loving family and friends by his side. Tom worked for the USDA Rural Development in Batavia for 31 years, before retiring in 2005. He served as president of the local American Federation of Government Employees for 20 years and was the proprietor for T-JAM Entertainment for many years. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia. Tom’s memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Northgate Free Methodist Church, Batavia with Rev. John Keller officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Tom’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial Processing, Memphis. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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