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Batavia, NY 14020
Phone: 585-344-1490
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 Obituaries
Peter F. Gawlik
- Oakfield
Age: 64
Died: Saturday, December 9, 2017, at Unity Hospital, Rochester. He was a field technician with Farm Fresh First, Bergen. He also worked at Ben's Kitchen Bath & Appliances, Batavia. There will be no prior calling hours. A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, December 16, 10am, at St. Padre Pio Parish, St. Cecilia's site, Oakfield. Memorials are suggested to the Church or to Genesee Cancer Assistance.
Arrangements by: Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield.
 
Betty M. Neth
- Batavia
Age: 91
Died: Friday, December 8, 2017, at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. She was a retired assistant Librarian at the Batavia Public Schools and Richmond Memorial Libraries. She was a member of Resurrection Parish. There will be no prior visitation. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday, December 11, 10am, at St. Joseph's Church. . Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
Diane (Kitty) J. Keicher
- Alexander
Age: 70
Died: Monday, December 4, 2017, at UMMC. She was a retired executive secretary at National Grid and a member of the First Baptist Church, Batavia. She also served as the Bergen Town Clerk until 1988. There will be no prior visitation and services will be held at a later date. Memorials are suggested to Roswell Park Memorial Institute.
Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
Michael Victor Blackcloud
- Bergen
Age: 73
Died: Sunday, December 3, 2017, a home. He had been a line inspector at General Motors Corp, Rochester. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials are suggested to Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.
Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Bergen
 
Richard J. Canale
- Batavia
Age: 75
Died: Friday, December 1, 2017, at Rochester General Hospital. A U S Army veteran, he worked as a senior consultant with Systems & Computer Technology, Rochester. He was a member of Resurrection Parish. Calling hours are on Friday, December 8, from 4pm to 7pm at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, 11am, at St. Joseph's Church. Memorials are suggested to the Church or to Fathers of Our Lady of Mercy.
Arrangements by: Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
 
Christopher R. Haitz
- Batavia
Age: 46
Died: Friday, December 1, 2017 at UMMC. There will be no prior calling hours. Services will be held Saturday, December 9, in the Community Room at the South Campus of Northgate Free Methodist Church, Bank Street, Batavia.
Arrangements by: Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia
 
Vincent J. Meli
-Silver Lake, NY  (formerly of Oakfield)
Age: 87
Died: Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at home. He is both a Naval veteran and Army veteran. He and his wife owned and operated Edgewood Restaurant in Bergen. Funeral Services will be at the convenience of the family.
 Arrangements by J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
Joy Marie Yousey
-Basom
Age: 66
Died: Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at home. She was a kindergarten teacher at Oakfield Alabama Central School and attended One Church, Akron. Calling hours are on Sunday, December 3, from 3pm to 7pm at the Church, 6 Scotland Road, Akron, where services will be held on Monday, 11:30am. Memorials are suggested to Genesee Cancer Assistance.
Arrangements by: Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield.
 
Anthony A. Ruffino
- Elba
Age: 74
Died: Sunday, November 26, 2017 at home. He was an educator at Notre Dame High School for many years. Calling hours will be on Thursday, November 30, from 4pm to 8pm at the funeral home, where services will be held Friday, 11am. Memorials are suggested to Notre Dame High School.
Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
Tori Elizabeth Nigro
- Alexander
Age: 19
Died: Friday, November 24, 2017, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. She was a Batavia High School graduate attending GCC. She worked at Home Depot. Calling hours are on Thursday, November 30, from 6pm to 9pm at Grace Baptist Church, 238 Vine Street, Batavia, where a Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, 10am.
Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
Gordon Kilner
- Batavia
Age: 70
Died: Thursday, November 23, 2017 at home. He was employed at Eastman Kodak for 32 years. There will be no prior calling hours. A Celebration of Life service will be held privately by the family.
Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
Lorraine I. (Lori) Sloat
- Loveland, CO
Age: 95
Died: Thursday, November 23, 2017. Her husband was a former owner of Sloat Tire Shop. Calling hours are on Thursday, November 30, from 4pm to 7pm at the funeral home. Services will be held Friday, 11am, at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Halcyon Hospice & Palliative Care, Colorado.
Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Batavia
 
Margaret M. Preston
- Avon
Age: 92
Died: Wednesday, November 22, 2017. She was an avid horsewoman who owned and raced harness horses for many years. She was also a retired Library Media Specialist from the Dundee Central School District. Calling hours are on Sunday, November 26, from 4pm to 7pm at the funeral home. A funeral mass will be celebrated Monday, 10am, at St. Agnes Church, Avon. Memorials are suggested to the Church.
Arrangements by: Stephenson-Dougherty Funeral Home, 350 Genesee Street, Avon
 
Loretta San Fratello
-Rochester 9 Formerly of Batavia)
Age: 94
Died: Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at St. Ann's Home, Irondequoit. Prior to retirement she was the longtime bookkeeper for Sportservice at Batavia Downs Racetrack. She was a member of St. Anthony's Church. Calling hours are on Tuesday, November 28, from 5pm to 8pm at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, 9:30am, at St. Mary's Church, Batavia. Memorials are suggested to St. Ann's Angels, Rochester.
Arrangements by: Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
 
Marjorie A. Lyon
- LeRoy
Age: 96
Died: Monday, November 20, 2017, at the Leroy Village Green Nursing Facility. She was a former member of the Bowmansville United Methodist Church. Calling hours are on Saturday, November 25, from 2pm to 5pm at the funeral home, where services will follow at 5pm. Memorials are suggested to the sunshine fund at the Leroy Village Green Nursing Home.
Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
James Chester Walker
- Leroy
Age: 45
Died: Saturday, November 18, 2017, at UMMC. A U S Army veteran, he received numerous awards for his culinary skills and was an assistant manger at SUNY Geneseo. Calling hours are on Tuesday, November 21, from 6pm to 8:30pm at the funeral home. Funeral services with full military honors will be in Laurinburg, NC. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association or Disabled American Veterans.
Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
Kenneth Draycott
- Batavia
Age: 92
Died: Friday, November 17, 2017, at UMMC. He served during WWII with the Royal Naval Commandos. He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church and a 50 year Master Mason. He was a sales representative at Chemi-Trol Chemical Company, Gibonsburg, Ohio. All services will be private. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or the Wounded Warrior Project.
Arrangements by: Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
Clarence J. (PeeWee) Downs
-Elba
Age: 77
Died: Thursday, November 16, 2017, at UMMC. He was a self taught mechanic. Calling hours are on Monday, November 20, from 4pm to 8pm at the funeral home, where a Service of Remembrance will begin at 8pm.
Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
Colleen R. King
- Stafford
Age: 45
Died: Thursday, November 16, 2017. A Memorial service will be held on Sunday, November 19, at noon, at the Sportsman Coon Club, Hopkins Road, Corfu.
Arrangements by: C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Corfu.
 
Linda M. Mead Engelhardt Royse
- Batavia
Age: 76
Died: Thursday, November 16, 2017, at UMMC. She was an avid bingo player. Calling hours are on Tuesday, November 21, from 1pm to 3pm at the funeral home, where a memorial service will immediately follow.
Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
N. Elizabeth (Betty) Diehl
- Batavia
Age: 90
Died: Monday, November 13, 2017, at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. She was a longtime waitress at Mancuso's Restaurant. There will be no prior calling hours. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials are suggested to Volunteers for Animals.
Arrangements by: Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
Douglas W. Kelsey
- Oakfield
Age: 65
Died: Monday, November 13, 2017, at UMMC. He was a bus driver for Elba Central School and a 50 year member of the NYS Grange. Calling hours are on Friday, November 17, from 5pm to 8pm at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be on Saturday, 10am, at St. Padre Pio Parish, St. Cecilia's site, Oakfield. Memorials are suggested to NYS Grange or Genesee Cancer Assistance.
Arrangements by: Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield.
 
Eric R. McWethy
-Batavia
Age: 21
Died: Monday, November 13, 2017, at home. He was formerly employed by R.A. Haitz Company. Calling hours are on Tuesday, November 21, 6pm to 8pm at the funeral home, where a Celebration of Remembrance and Sky Lantern release will follow.
Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
 
Betty Ann Ahl
- Batavia
Age: 80
Died: Friday, November 10, 2017, at home. She was a member of Resurrection Parish; and worked for 37 years in the Batavia City School District. Calling hours are on Monday, November 13, 3pm to 7pm at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday, 9:30am, at St. Mary's Church. Memorials are suggested to Crossroads House, Notre Dame High School Foundation; Genesee Cancer Assistance, or Homecare and Hospice.
Arrangements by: Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
Linda C. Dibble
- Batavia
Age: 71
Died: Sunday, November 5, 2017, at Crossroads House. She was an employee of P.W. Minor Shoe Factory. Calling hours are on Wednesday, November 8, from 10am to 1pm at the funeral home, where services will follow at 1pm. Memorials are suggested to Crossroads House.
Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company, Inc.
 
John F. Murray, Jr.
- Bergen
Age: 69
Died: Sunday, November 5, 2017, at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. Calling hours are on Friday, November 10, from 4pm to 8pm at the funeral home. Services will be on Saturday, at the Bergen United Methodist Church, 27 South Lake Street. Memorials are suggested to Veterans Outreach Center, Rochester or to the Church.
Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Bergen
 
Lance W. Dery
-Batavia
Age: 66
Died: Saturday, November 4, 2017. He was a Marine Corp Veteran of the Vietnam War and worked at Kaufmann Footwear. There will be no calling hours or funeral services.
Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
 
Mary (Dietze) Rowcliffe
- Elba
Age: 52
Died: Friday, November 3, 2017, at home. She cared for children at the NYS School for the Blind. Calling hours are from 3pm to 8pm Tuesday, November 7, at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Wednesday, 9:30am, at St. Joseph's Church. Memorials are suggested to The Office of Gift and Donor Records, Rochester and specify Wilmont Cancer Lung Research.
Arrangements by: Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
Audrey E. Aradine
- Rochester
Age: 82
Died: Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Unity Hospital. She had worked as an inspector at Owens Illinois, Inc., Brockport. There will be no prior calling hours. A Memorial service will be held Saturday, November 4, 10am, at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester.
Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
Joseph C. Cinquino
-Batavia
Age: 90
Died: Thursday, October 26, 2017, at Highland Hospital. A WWII Army Air Corp veteran, he was a member of Resurrection Parish, St. Joseph's Church. He worked for many years at Sylvania and Eastman Kodak. Calling hours are on Sunday, October 29, at the funeral home from 4pm to 8pm. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday at 9:30am, at St. Joseph's. Memorials are suggested to Notre Dame High School.
Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
Glen C. Kruger
- Batavia
Age: 57
Died: Thursday, October 26, 2017, at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, the Circus Model Builders, and a lifetime member of the Genesee County Agricultural Society. Calling hours are on Monday, October 30, from 4pm to 8pm at the funeral home. Services will be held Tuesday, 11am, at the Church, 31 Washington Avenue, Batavia. Memorials are suggested to the family.
Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
John Paul Kuszlyk, I
- Batavia
Age: 69
Died: Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at Rochester General Hospital. He was the proprietor of Kuszlyk Milk Haulers, Batavia. He started in the family business at 18; and also developed Kuszlyk Cattle Co.
Calling hours are on Friday, October 27, from 4pm to 8pm at the funeral home, where services will be held Saturday, 11am. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association, American Kidney Fund, or the American Heart Association.
Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Associates, Batavia.
 
Amelio R. Taddei
- Oakfield
Age: 93
Died: Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at UMMC. A WWII Army veteran, he worked for more than thirty years at Graham Manufacturing. He was a member of St. Padre Pio Parish, St. Cecelia's Church. There will be no prior visitation. Private funeral services will be held at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Crossroads House.
Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
Ercel Lucy Scarborough
-Basom
Age: 91
Died: Sunday, October 22, 2017, at Buffalo General Medical Center. She was a member of the Oakfield Alabama Baptist Church. Calling hours are on Wednesday, October 25, from 5pm to 8pm at the funeral home and on Thursday, from 9am to 11am at the Church, 2210 Judge Road, Oakfield. Funeral services will immediately follow at 11am. Memorials are suggested to the Church.
Arrangements by: Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield
 
Linda L. Cianfrini
- West Seneca (formerly of Basom and Las Vegas)
Age: 67
Died: Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. She drove bus for the Las Vegas School system and the Oakfield Alabama School District. Calling hours are on Thursday, October 19,  from 4pm to 8pm at the funeral home, where funeral services will be held Friday, 11am. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements by: Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield.
 
Mildred I. Marble
- Corfu
Age: 79
Died: Tuesday, October 17, 2017. She was the retired Postmaster of East Pembroke, serving for 17 years. She was a member of the Cornerstone Church, East Pembroke and a life member of the East Pembroke Fire Dept. Auxiliary. Calling hours are on Thursday, October 19, from 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at the Church, 2583 Main Road, East Pembroke, Friday, at 11am. Memorials are suggested to the Church.
Arrangements by: C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Corfu.
 
 
Lisa Joy Smith
-West Seneca
Age: 56
Died: Thursday, October 12, 2017. Calling hours are on Monday, October 16, from 10am to 11:45am at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at noon at St. Joseph's Church, Batavia. Memorials are suggested to The Hospice Foundation of Western NY.
Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
Lucille C. Rich
- Elba
Age: 82
Died: Sunday, October 8, 2017, at UMMC. She was a member of the Elba Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary and prior to retirement worked as a clerk at MetLife, Batavia. Calling hours are on Friday, October 13, from 4pm to 7pm at the funeral home, where services will be held Saturday, 11am. Memorials are suggested to the Elba Fire Dept.
Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
Chelsie Jo-Marie Simonds
- Batavia
Age: 25
Died: Saturday, October 7, 2017, at home. She was a CNA. Calling hours are on Friday, October 13, from 10am to noon at the funeral home, where services will immediately follow.
Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company, Batavia
 
Theresa M. Bukiewicz
- Batavia
Age: 87
Died: Friday, October 6, 2017, at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. Prior to retirement she worked at Angelica Health Care. She was a member of Ascension Parish. There will be no prior visitation. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday, October 10, 10am, at the Church, Swan and Sumner Streets.
Arrangements by: J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
Nathan E. Kettrell
- East Pembroke
Age: 62
Died: Sunday, October 5, 2017, at home. He was a union worker in North Carolina for many years. Calling hours are on Friday, October 20, from 4pm to 8pm at the funeral home, where services will be held on Saturday, 10:30am. Memorials are suggested to High Point Community Church, Corfu.
Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
 
Horace H. Wilder
- Batavia
Age: 94
Died: Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at home. A U.S. Army Air Corp veteran of WWII he had worked as a die and mold maker for Doehler Jarvis and Elchar Tool Specialists. He was a 60 year member of the Free and Accepted Masons. Calling hours are on Friday, October 6, from 5pm to 8pm at the funeral home, where services will be held Saturday, 10am. Memorials are suggested to the Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons Educational Assistance Program.
Arrangements by: J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
Beverly A. McCarthy
- Corfu
Age: 81
Died: Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at UMMC, Batavia. She worked for Don Scott Florist, Montgomery Ward and ran McCarthy's Ceramics with her late husband. Calling hours are on Saturday, October 7, from 2pm to 4pm at the funeral home, with prayers to follow at 4pm. Memorials are suggested to Genesee County Animal Shelter or Volunteers for Animals.
Arrangements by: C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Corfu.
 
 
Elaine R. Pratt
- Rochester
Age: 71
Died: Monday, October 2, 2017, at Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center. She was a house parent at the NYS School for the Blind and member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Spencerport and former member of St. Paul Lutheran, Batavia. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials are suggested to the Hospice Center.
Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company, Batavia.
 
Ryan N. DeSantis
- Batavia
Age: 24
Died: Sunday, October 1, 2017, at home. He was employed at Bourbon & Burger and loved music. Calling hours are on Wednesday, October 4, 4pm to 8pm at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Thursday, noon, at Resurrection Parish, St. Mary's site. Memorials are suggested to a drug treatment program.
Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
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