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helga.jpg Helga E. Baumann, 89, of Batavia passed away on Friday September 15, 2017 at the United Memorial Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. She was born on January 23, 1928 in Wuppertal, Germany, the oldest of four children to the late Wilhelm and Hilde (Wohlgemuth) Niedt. In addition to her parents, Helga is predeceased by her son Wolfgang K.H. Fuchs; sister Gundhild Kilian-Rivas and brothers Willi Niedt and Wolfgang Peter Niedt

Born just prior to the great depression, her childhood saw the desperation of the great depression and the devastation of World War II. She came into adulthood in the rubble of the war’s aftermath. Helga and her siblings survived the difficult time with love, strength and humor led by their beloved and revered mother as Wilhelm had died in the latter days of the war. As the oldest sibling she took on the role that she continued to play the rest of her life; a strong, loving caregiver. She took care of her younger brothers all of their lives. She cared for her sister as she was dying of cancer, her mother in the last days of her life, as well as her beloved son Wolfgang during his final months. Helga loved and cared for family, friends, neighbors and strangers. Whether it was crocheting a blanket for someone’s new baby, sewing someone’s wedding gown or costumes for the local theater productions. She volunteered her time through church, Boy Scouts Women’s Auxiliary and Crossroads House in Batavia, she was always there. Helga was a selfless giver until her final days. Helga and her husband Dieter shared a beautiful life together raising their 3 children in a home that was always full of love and laughter.

She is survived by her beloved husband Dieter Baumann whom she has been married to for 53 years; daughters Birgitt (Gary) Hammond of Batavia and Linda (Richard) Conroy of Batavia; 5 grandchildren Jennifer (Jeff) Miller, Jason (Sara St. John) Hammond, Tara (John) Kaczorowski, Michelle Conroy and Juliana Fuchs; 5 great-grandchildren Madison, Wolfie, Lily, Ava and Alex along with many nieces and nephews.  

Family and friends are invited to call on Monday September 18, 2017 from 3:00-7:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. An 11:00AM Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday the 19th at the Funeral Home. Mrs. Baumann will be entombed in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum in Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House www.crossroadshouse.com/  P.O. Box 403 Batavia, NY 14021. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

Batavia- Adelyn Pero, 62, native of Batavia, longtime resident of Florida, passed away on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, in Williamsville while under the care of hospice after a 2 year battle with cancer.

Adelyn was born July 4, 1955 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Charles R. Pero and Marien Pixley Pero. She is also predeceased by her nephew, Michael C. Napoleone, who passed away on December 30, 2006.

Adelyn was a member of the Class of 1973 at Notre Dame High School. She was employed most recently for the City of West Palm Beach and for many years prior at Florida Power and Light. She served on the Board of Directors for the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation for a number of years. "Addie" was a big fan of the Buffalo Bills, The New York Yankees and the University of Notre Dame.

Adelyn's home in Florida was a "home away from home" for many friends and family over the years. She will be remembered for her fun-loving spirit, her ability to make others laugh, and her love for music, singing and dancing. She loved her nieces and nephews like they were her own children and their friends even referred to her as "Aunt Ad".

She is survived by her brothers Charles (Linda) Pero, III of Buffalo and David (Trish) Pero of Batavia; her sister, Laurie (Mark) Napoleone of Lockport; loving nieces and nephews, Michael (Beth) Pero of Victor, Amy Southcott of Greece, Nicholas Pero of Boston, Massachusetts, Kelly Zuzze' of Buffalo, David (Heather) Pero of Brockport, Gina Pero of Las Vegas, Nevada, Jeff Pero of Batavia, Ashley (Michael) McGowan of Clarence,  Mark (Maria) Napoleone of Lockport and Christen Napoleone of Lockport, along with several great-nieces and great-nephews. She also leaves behind many close friends in Florida.

Friends may call on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia. Addie’s Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Ascension Parish, 15 Sumner Street, Batavia.  She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 267, Batavia, New York 14021.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

sewert.jpg  Patricia A. Sewert, 86, of Stafford passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Wednesday September 13, 2017. She was born on February 1, 1931 in Buffalo to the late Martin and Irma (Tubbs) Riffe.  Patricia is predeceased by her husband Elmer A. Sewert, a Batavia High School teacher who passed in 1982; siblings James Riffe,  Mary Dodge and Winifred Springer.

Patricia retired from the New York State for the Blind in 1995, where she known as Audio Pat. Besides being a loving wife and mother, Pat was a member of several organizations. She bowled in a ladies league and organized their lunches, was a member of the Stafford Red hat Ladies and helped Friends of the Richmond Memorial Library with the monthly book sales. One of her most favorite hobbies was looking at pictures from by the clouds.

She is survived by her children; Peter (Ann) Sewert of Stafford, twin daughters Susan and Cynthia Sewert both of Batavia; granddaughter Carrie (Mark Hanna) Sewert and great grandson Jaxon Hanna along with several loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call from 4:00-7:00PM on Saturday September 16, 2017 at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A 2:00PM Funeral Service will be held on Sunday September 17, 2017 at Morganville United Church of Christ 8466 Morganville Rd, Stafford, NY 14143. She will be laid to rest in Evergreen Hill Cemetery in Corfu.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Morganville United Church of Christ at the address listed above. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

george.jpg Mrs. Theresa "TEE" George, 89, of North Java passed away on Wednesday September 13, 2017 at her home. She was born on June 3, 1928, in North Java, NY to her parents, Leo and Catherine Gebel.  Theresa married Roy C. George, Jr. October 11, 1946. She was preceded in death by her husband Roy in May 1985; great-grandson Clayton in March 2013; her daughter Kimberly Ann in April 2017; sister Evelyn Brunner. 

Tee and Roy were business partners. They owned the North Java Inn [1948-50], a dairy farm [1953-57], and an ice cream parlor [1960-63]. She earned a real estate license in 1971 and helped to develop Roy-L-Tee Acres subdivision.  They built and ran Family Mart Grocery Store from 1974 to 1979. Theresa purchased the North Java Inn again in 1989, and remodeled the establishment. Tee loved gardening and landscaping.  Many wedding pictures were captured on her property using her beautiful gardens as a backdrop.  Tee loved to laugh and enjoyed life to its fullest.  She was always giving of herself and defending those whom she thought were the underdogs in life. She was strong in her faith and a compassionate supporter of many Catholic seminaries and monasteries. She was also an avid bridge player.

Theresa is survived by her children; Joseph of Tanzania, Africa, Stephen (Marie) of North Java, Nancy(Jack) Allen of Williamsville, Timothy (Maryfaith) of Massey, Maryland, Tracy (Tammy) of North Java and son-in-law Andy Klein of Fort Wayne, IN. She is survived by grandchildren Troy, Todd, Tina, Chad; Darnell, Jonathan, Brandon; Shannon, Nichole, Jennifer, Adam; Ryan, Larissa, Faith, Emily, Timmy, Lydia; Justin, Zachary, Noel, Taylor; Trey, Jordan, Tyler, Jacob and 25 great-grandchildren; sisters Mary Elizabeth Perry, Ann Marie Dimick, Clarine (Ray) Meisner, and brother John (Sharon) Gebel.

Visitation will take place on Saturday September 16, 2017 from 12:00-4:00PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011. Prayers will take place at the Funeral Home immediately following visitation. Tee’s burial will take place in St. Nicholas Cemetery, North Java.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to The Charlotte House PO Box 123 North Java, NY 14113 or the North Java Fire Department 4274 Route 98 North Java, NY 14113. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visitwww.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.

Oakfield - Richard Anthony Rodon, of Oakfield, a self-employed engineer, passed away on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at The New York State Veteran's Home, in Batavia.

Mr. Rodon was born in Batavia, a son of the late Martin and Mary Macougski Rodon.

A member of St. Padre Pio Parish in Elba and the American Legion Post No. 332 in Batavia, he was a graduate of Batavia High School and the University of Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science Degree in physics. Until his retirement, he worked as a contract engineer specializing in government contracts. He traveled extensively for both work and pleasure.

He is survived by his wife, Florence Ann Panek Rodon; his brother, Anthony (Barbara) Rodon of Florida; his sister, Barbara (Joe) DeFazio of Batavia; his sister-in-law, Dorothy Allen of Elba and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

There are no prior visiting hours. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Padre Pio Parish - Elba Site, 65 South Main Street, Elba.  He will be laid to rest in St. Cecilia’s Cemetery, Oakfield. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Elba Fire Department, P.O. Box 58, Elba, New York 14058 or the Oakfield Fire Department, P.O. Box 184, Oakfield, New York 14125.   To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle, please visit www.burdettandsanford.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield.

 

Batavia - Joseph P. Caruso, Sr., age 97, of Batavia, passed away on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at The New York State Veteran's Home, in Batavia.

Mr. Caruso was born August 8, 1920 in Varapodia, Italy, a son of the late Anthony Caruso and Francis Conti Caruso.

He was the owner and proprietor of Caruso Auto Service in Batavia for many years. Following his retirement, he worked for eight years at Batavia Country Club, maintaining the flower beds and grounds of the golf course. A member of St. Joseph's Church, Mr. Caruso was a member of the former St. Nicholas Club in Batavia. He proudly served his country during World War II with the United States Army.

His wife of 58 years, Rose Merica Caruso, passed away on May 2, 2000.

He is survived by his children, Anthony (Lucille) Caruso of Batavia, Linda (Edward, Sr.) Doody and Joseph P. (Deborah) Caruso, Jr., all of Batavia; seven beloved grandchildren, Francie Caruso of Florida, Carin Caruso of Batavia, Mary Beth (late Patrick) Suozzi of Batavia, Edward (Mary) Doody, Jr. of Pavilion, Patti (Jose) Arroyo of Batavia, Lisa (Sam) Antinore of Batavia and  Michelle (Vincent) Falleti of Batavia;  twelve great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Fred “Duke” (Marge) Merica of LeRoy and several nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his grandson, Joseph P. Caruso, III who passed away on June 2, 1977 and his siblings, Carmella Piacente and Anthony Caruso.

There are no prior visiting hours. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10 a.m.  at St. Joseph’s Church, 303 East Main Street, Batavia.  Burial, with military honors, will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Batavia.  Please consider memorials to Genesee Cancer Assistance, Inc., c/o UMMC, 127 North Street, Batavia, New York 14020.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia.

 

LeRoy ~ James G. Calmes Sr., age 89, of E. Bethany-LeRoy Road, passed away unexpectedly at home on Thursday (Sept. 7, 2017).

     He was born December 24, 1927 in Warsaw, a son of the late Arthur and Gladys Niles Calmes.

     Jim was a very proud veteran of the U.S. Army and an equally proud member of the first undefeated varsity football team at LeRoy High School.  He was a long time, diehard fan of the Oakland Raiders and an avid golfer and hunter.  He was also an active member and officer with the Jaycees.

     He is survived by his children, Mark (Lori) Calmes of Pavilion, Beth Hawn (Mike Urckfitz) of Churchville, Jamie Calmes Jr. of LeRoy, Sharon Wickson (Joe Miceli) of LeRoy, Tracey (David) Perry of Hilton, Gary Kiefer Jr. (Christel Gayhart) of LeRoy and Sherry (Daniel) Constantino of Churchville; 13 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, along with several nieces, nephews and close friends.  He was predeceased by his wife, Marjorie Calmes and seven siblings.

     Family and friends may call on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 2 ~ 3 P.M. at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road, LeRoy, where a Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3:00 P.M.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to either the National Parkinson Foundation or LeRoy Ambulance Service.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Mr. Calmes' family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.  

j_furst_pic.jpgJOSEPH M. FURST, JR. ~ Batavia

Age 57, died unexpectedly Thursday. September 7, 2017, at his home. He was born April 20, 1960, in Batavia, NY to the late Joseph M. Furst, Sr. and Pricilla (Bona) O'Neil of Batavia. 

Joe was a 1978 graduate of Batavia High School, studied Engineering Science at GCC and graduated in 1988 from the Institute of Audio Research. At an early age Joe had an interest in music and from there was his lifelong passion, his greatest joy was playing the guitar along with writing and teaching music. He had a love of animals, attending concerts with his sister, Lisa and no matter the time or place, was always available for a "Jam." 

Surviving along with his mother is his beloved sisters, Eva (Peter) Reynolds of Attica and Lisa (Tim) Johnson of Batavia; nieces and nephews, Kristina(Andrew), Elle, Ashley & Nicholas along with many close friends and local musicians. 

The Furst family will be present from 4-8pm on Thursday, September 14, 2017, at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where funeral services will take place 11 a.m., Friday, September 15. He will be laid to in St. Joseph's Cemetery and memorials in his memory can be made to his family. 

Please share your memories of Joe with his family at http://www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500. 

THE FAMILY OF JOSEPH M. FURST, JR. IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK.

 

Marjory Tyler Rounds, of Ravenna, Ohio, passed from this life surrounded by caring family on Saturday September 2, 2017 in Cleveland at age 56 following a struggle with complications due to cancer.

She was a daughter of the late Marion “Toby” Tyler and the late Burnice D. Tyler, of South Byron, NY, where Marjory spent her childhood.

A musical prodigy, she took early preparatory music classes at the Eastman School of Music, graduated from Byron-Bergen Central School and later the Boston University School of Music. She taught music in the Cortland, NY, school system and later served as adjunct faculty at Kent State University School of Music in Kent, Ohio.

She also performed professionally with her husband as the duo “Tyler Rounds,” singing and playing a variety of percussion instruments including her favorite, Trinidadian steel drums.

Mrs. Rounds was predeceased by her husband, percussion virtuoso Theodore P. (Ted) Rounds, also of Ravenna. Survivors include: two sisters, Lenora (John) Sands of Stafford, NY, and Carol Fox of Chagrin Falls, Ohio; a brother, Charles (Jeanne Hablanian) Tyler of Sherborn, Mass.; three nieces, Jennifer (Dan) VanValkenburg of Bergen, NY, Rebecca (Ted) Stone of Hingham, Mass., and Melissa (Aaron Gee-Clough) Fox of Bethesda, MD; a nephew, Matthew (Celeste Ng) Fox of Cambridge, Mass.; a sister-in-law, Rebecca (Mark) Fegan of Bellevue, Neb.; a brother-in-law, Joseph (Sarah) Rounds of Pittsburgh, Pa.;  several grand-nieces and grand-nephews, numerous cousins, and hundreds of friends, colleagues, and students.

Memorial arrangements by the family will be announced at a future time.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kent State University Foundation Inc., noting the Ted and Tyler Rounds Memorial Scholarship, and mailed to: Kent State University, College of the Arts, Attn: Pam Hutson, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, Ohio 44242

steve_r_2.jpgSTEPHEN V. RYNKOWSKI ~ Batavia

Left this world unexpectedly on Saturday September 2, 2017 at home at the age of 60. He was born December 22, 1956 in Warsaw, NY a son of the late Alfred and Jacquelyn (VanSickle) Rynkowski. 

Steve was a 1975 graduate of Keshequa High School in Nunda and upon graduation served his country honorably in the United States Air Force. He was retired from New York State Correctional Services/Wyoming Correctional. He enjoyed working around his home, gardening and listening to music, he had a well known admiration of Elvis especially when he would sing a tune. Steve had a soft spot for his cat, Elsie but his joy in life, his pride was his son, Ryan who currently serves in the US Air Force.           

Surviving is his son, Ryan Rynkowski who resides in North Carolina; brothers, Timothy Rynkowski of Batavia, Randy Rynkowski of Tennessee, Ron-Scott Biondolillo of Oakland, NY, Gary Rynkowski of Batavia and sister, Cathe Rynkowski serving in the military in Colorado along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

The Rynkowski family will be present from 5-7pm on Friday September 8, 2017 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATON CHAPEL, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where a reception will follow at the Dibble Family Center. He will be laid to rest in the future veterans cemetery in Pembroke. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Special Operations Wounded Warriors (SOWW) 820 67th Ave. North #7508 Myrtle Beach, SC 29572. 

Please share your thoughts and memories of Steve with his family at www.tomaszewskifh.com 

THE FAMILY OF STEPHEN V. RYNKOWSKI IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020.

 

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