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doc.jpgUPDATE: A Memorial Service for Dr. Phillips will be Saturday, June 2nd at Resurrection Parish St. Joseph’s Church at 10 am.’

Paul J. Phillips, DVM, 93, of Batavia passed away peacefully at his home Saturday, March 10, 2018. Paul was born in Chicago on December 20, 1924, to the late Edward and Irene (Walsh) Phillips. In addition to his parents, Paul is predeceased by his wife of over 60 years, Dottie, and his son, Michael (John Styliaris, fiance).

When a man is a great father, it outshines every other major accomplishment in his life, and Paul had many. Paul was born in Chicago on December 20, 1924.  A WWII veteran, “Doc” to all that knew him, grew up in Brooklyn, NY, where he met the love of his life, Dorothy T. Somers.  With Dottie in tow, Doc went to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1954.  He was quickly scooped up by Drs. Perry Combs & Rodney Forsyth in Batavia, which would become his “furever” home.   After the passing of both Drs. Combs & Forsyth, Doc continued the veterinary practice solo.  Doc also founded Genesee Valley Farm, where we could fulfill his passion for Standardbred racehorses.  He continued practicing until his battle with throat cancer in 2013, forced him to retire. Doc will be well remembered for his wit, compassion & honesty for all who would walk into his vet practice, or interact with him at their farms.

He is survived by his devoted children, Paul (Lisa Bosley) of Loveland, Colorado; Edward (Doreen Turnbull) of Babylon, NY;  Anne Phillips of Batavia; Constance Chisolm of Rochester; Daniel (Jacquie) Phillips of Batavia, & Katherine (Robert) Brown of Batavia  Grandchildren; Jessica, Rachael, Ned, Mikala, Craig, Peter, Paul, Adam, Matthew, Katrina, Sydney, Samantha, Phillip, Natalie & Brendan, and many  great-grandchildren, nieces & nephews.  He is also survived by his sister Helen Huley of MA.

There will be no prior calling hours as Doc’s wishes were for no visitation.  A Memorial Mass will be scheduled for a future date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Volunteers For Animals www.vol4animals.org 3841 West Main St. Rd. Batavia, NY 14020 or the Annual Fund at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine in memory of Dr. Paul J. Phillips at http://bit.ly/2FwgihA or Box 39., Ithaca, NY 14853. For more information please call 585-343-8260 or to leave 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.

IRENE M. GIESLER

Age 99, of Batavia, NY died Friday morning December 22, 2017 at home. She worked for many years at the Genesee County Nursing Home, was an avid gardener, enjoyed word searches and most of all time spent with her family. 

Survivors include her loving children, Ronald (Kathy) Giesler, Larry (Debbie) Giesler all of Arizona, Mark (late Terry) Giesler of Batavia, Jean (Wilford) Wollenschlager of TX, Cheryl (Paul) Goodell of Oakfield, Deborah (Gary) Harkness of Batavia; sister, Dorothy Gerhardt of Rochester; 18 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews. 

Mrs. Geisler's funeral services are being held privately Friday June 1, 2018, she is being laid to rest in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Corfu and memorials in her memory are suggested to Genesee Cancer Assistance 127 North Street Batavia, New York 14020. 

Please share your words of comfort with Irene's family at www.tomaszewskifh.com or for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.

THE FAMILY OF IRENE M. GEISLER IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4210 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020

 

roses.jpg  Jeanne C. Iannaccone, 89 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Tuesday May 29, 2018 at United Memorial Medical Center. She was born on May 28, 1929 in Batavia to the late Pellegrino (Rafaella) Iannaccone. Jeanne is predeceased by her daughter Cheryl Sherman, sisters Philomena Mobley, Constance “Mary” Epple and brother Freddy Iannaccone.

She is survived by her son Robert Iannaccone of Batavia; niece Lyndia Mobley, great-nephew Paul Mobley along with grandchildren.

There will be no prior calling hours, services will be held privately. Jeanne will be laid to rest in Elmwood Cemetery, Batavia.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. For more information please call 585-343-8260 or to leave 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.

 

angel_wings.jpgBentley Landyen Dick passed away on May 20, 2018 at the United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia. There will be no prior calling hours. Family and friends are invited to attend a 10:00AM Memorial Service on Saturday June 2, 2018 at the Northgate Free Methodist Church 8160 Bank St. Rd. Batavia, NY 14020. There will be coffee and refreshments in the cafe.  The family would like to express a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has sent prayers, condolences and support during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. For more information please call 585-343-8260 or to leave 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 York14020.

flowers1.jpg Linda J. Witkop, 70, of Batavia passed away on Sunday May 27, 2018 at the United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia. She was born on April 19, 1948 in Buffalo to the late Richard Veltz and Elizabeth (Defoe) Gannon of Medina.

Linda worked as an Administrative Assistant at Eastman Kodak in Rochester. She loved to sing and bake. She will forever be remembered as an amazing person, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her children; Selina (Tom) McJury of Batavia, Evangeline Canty of Batavia, Bonnie Witkop of Batavia and Terry (Brittany) Witkop of Alexander; 5 siblings; 5 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

For more information please call 585-343-8260 or to leave 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 York14020.

 

West Valley - Robert F. Moxham, Sr., age 90, of West Valley, passed away on  Sunday, May 27, 2018 at Batavia Health Care Center, LLC.

Mr. Moxham was born April 26, 1928 in Niagara Falls, a son of the late Ray Moxham and Esther Ella Moag Moxham.

A member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, he was a volunteer firefighter with the West Valley Volunteer Hose Company. He proudly served his country with the United States Navy and was a member of the American Legion, Post No. 1576 in West Valley. He loved spending time with his family, especially his late wife, Mary Jane.

Along with his wife, they were the owners and proprietors of the West Valley Market for many years. He was also a certified life underwriter for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.

His wife, Mary Jane Moore Moxham, passed away on April 17, 2001.

He is survived by his three daughters, Linda (Tony) Buzzell and Mary Ella (late Roger) Loos, both of Batavia and Peggy Douglas of Winterhaven, Florida; 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his son, Robert F. Moxham, Jr.; his grandson, Jason Allan and his brother, Ray Moxham.

There are no prior visiting hours. Friends and family are invited to graveside services on Friday at 11 a.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery, Roszyk Hill Road, West Valley.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to VFW Post No. 5260, 650 East Main Street, Springville, New York 14141 or West Valley Volunteer Fire Department, 9091 State Route 240, West Valley, New York 14171.  To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements for Mr. Moxham have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

Cheektowaga - Gerald J. Krajna, age 57, of Cheektowaga, passed away on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Terrace View Long-Term Care Facility, in Buffalo.

Mr. Krajna was born February 2, 1961 in Buffalo, a son of the late Jerome Krajna and Tina Leto Krajna.

He enjoyed being able to work with his hands, woodworking, being outdoors and camping with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Theresa M.  (Kraus) Krajna. They were married May 11, 1984. He is also survived by his children, Jerry (Rachel) Krajna of Tonawanda, Andy Krajna of Buffalo, Mary Ann Krajna of Cheektowaga and Allyson Krajna of Buffalo; his brother, James Krajna of Florida and several niecs and nephews.

There are no prior visiting hours. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 1st at Evergreen Hill Cemetery, 150 Alleghany Road, Corfu.  In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials may be made to Hospice Of Buffalo, 225 Como Park Boulevard, Buffalo, New York 14227-1480. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements for Mr. Krajna have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

 

wayne_m.jpgWAYNE J. "MEATS" MATLA ~ 

Age 75, of Oakfield, died peacefully Friday afternoon May 25, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family and loved ones. He had been battling the effects of an acute illness while his final wish of being back home was managed through the diligent work of RGH staff and HCR Home Care. He was born June 26, 1942 in Batavia, NY the eldest son of the late Ignace and Frances (Nicometo) Matla also preceded in death by his beloved wife, Esther (Wozniak) Matla in 2016 and a brother, Douglas Matla.                   

Wayne was proud to have served his country overseas in the Vietnam War as an MP for the US Army. Since that time he was always willing to lend a helping hand through the VFW when called upon. 

Wayne worked as a plant manager for the former Yale & Towne Trojan Plant in Batavia until 1982, worked as a shipping manager for Rotork in Rochester and later retired through the US Gypsum Co. in Oakfield as a turbine operator/mechanic. 

He had played part in the Oakfield-Alabama Little League as a coach and president. He was involved with Oakfield Cub Scouts and Webelos as a former den leader. He was always there to play any role that he was called on in support of his family and Oakfield youth sports. 

After retirement he spent most of his time with family and friends. He was a devoted and loving husband to his wife, Esther and rarely left her side through her final years. He was a simple man who enjoyed life through giving to others, possibly the man who initiated, "Giving You the Shirt off his Back." His home was always open to others and would greet you at the door with a cold Labatt's Blue in hand, he enjoyed early morning coffee and afternoon naps. He cherished the company of his loyal dog, enjoyed his ten year old shirt & jeans and the feel of flannel. His meticulous gift of woodworking and evening "dips" off the end of a remote dock into Canadian waters. Wayne was always the one to give a second chance and those that knew him loved him, those that did not eventually would. 

Surviving is his son, Anthony Matla and daughter Nicole Samal-Matla both of Oakfield; brother, Greg (Ann) Matla of Rochester and sister, Diane Matla of Oakfield; uncle, Samuel (Sharon) Nicometo of SC; aunt, Rosemary Nicometo of Oakfield; sister-in-law, Mary Jo Dolan-Matla of Oakfield; grandchildren, Taylor & Alena Burr, Ayva & Eyon Matla; nephews, Grant (Rochelle) Matla, Dolan (Sophie) Matla, Patrick (Susan) Matla and Scott Matla along with several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Wayne's family will be present from 6-8pm on Thursday May 31, 2018 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where a Celebration of Wayne's Life will begin at 8pm. Memorials in his memory are suggested to HCR Home Care.

Please share your words of comfort with Wayne's family at www.tomaszewskifh.com or for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500. 

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

 

 

konieczny_ronald_-_photo.jpgRonald P. Konieczny, 70 of Akron and Batavia, passed away peacefully on Friday (May 25, 2018) at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

He was born in Batavia on May 14, 1948, a son of the late Albert and Helena Mruczek Konieczny

He was a 1966 graduate of Notre Dame High School and a 1967 graduate of Simmons School of Embalming and Mortuary Science in Syracuse, NY.

After receiving his New York State Funeral Directors License in May of 1969 he volunteered for the draft and entered the U.S. Army. His military service was a Medic with the 13th Field Hospital and 15th Evac. Hospital in Ft. Belvoir, VA during the Vietnam War having achieved the rank of Specialist 4th Class.

After his honorable discharge, he purchased the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home in Batavia from the estate of the late Joseph Leonard McAndrew in 1971. He later expanded the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home to Akron, NY in 1982 and constructed a new funeral home on 2 Bogue Ave., in Batavia in 1995.

He served in many community interests including past Adjutant, Vice Commander and Commander of the American Legion Post 332 in Batavia where he achieved Honorary Life Membership Status. Vice Commander of the L.L. Tillman Post American Legion in Akron. He also served as member of the Genesee Veterans Honor Guard and Color Corps and was the chairman and designer of the Veterans War Memorial Monument that is erected and dedicated on Veterans Park next to the Jerome Center on Bank St. in Batavia. He was a member of and past Board of Director of the Polish Falcons of America, past president of the Sacred Heart Holy Name Society, past president of the Genesee County Funeral Directors Assoc., past president of the Akron Lions Club and past Genesee County Coroner from 1978 to 1982. He attained the position of Grand Knight when a member of the Msgr. Kirby Council Knights of Columbus in Batavia and Faithful Navigator of the Msgr. Wurtz Assembly (4th Degree) in Clarence. He enjoyed being a member and past Captain of the Color Corps of the Msgr. Wurtz Assembly.

As a member of St. Teresa of Avila Church in Akron he devoted his Christian life as a Eucharistic Minister and Lector.

His survivors include his devoted wife of 43 years, Nancy Pulvino Konieczny. A son and daughter in-law, Ronald and Cynthia Konieczny of Batavia. Most loving daughters and sons in-law, Kristen and Michael Sikora of Franklinville, NY and Lauren and William Casale of N. Tonawanda, NY. His precious grandchildren, Brianna and Collin Casale, Ava and Ayden Casale, Elizabeth Sikora and Nathan and Natalie Konieczny. Brother, Jerome (Cheryl) Konieczny of Boca Raton, FL. Several nieces, nephews and wonderful  cousins survive with two aunts, Mildred (late Walter) Mruczek of Corfu and Caroline (late Albene) Mruczek of Batavia. He is the brother of the late Joseph R. Konieczny who died in 2002.

Relatives and friends may share their thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Tuesday (May 29th) from 3-8pm at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC (Batavia location), 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY and Wednesday (May 30th) from 3-8pm at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC (Akron location), 32 John St., Akron, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, 10:00am at St. Teresa of Avila R.C. Church, 5771 Buell St., Akron. He will be laid to rest with full Military Honors in St. Joseph Cemetery in Batavia, awaiting the construction of the future Western New York National Cemetery in Pembroke, NY.

Flowers are gratefully declined and those desiring may make memorial contributions to Notre Dame High School, 73 Union St., Batavia, NY 14020, St. Joseph School, 2 Summit St., Batavia, NY 14020 or Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, 901 Washington St, Buffalo, NY 14203. Please share your memories with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 JOHN ST., AKRON, NY 14001. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.

 

 

jz.jpgJOHN ARNOLD ZITO ~

Age 49, of Lillian, Alabama formerly of Batavia, NY, died unexpectedly Friday May 11, 2018 at  home. He was born in Batavia, April 20, 1969, a son of Harry (Susan DiFillipo) Zito of Alabama and Oakfield, NY and the late Loretta (D'Andrea) Zito.

John was a graduate of Batavia High School and Buffalo State College. John was an avid golfer  and was lucky enough to score a Hole-In-One at the young age of 10. 

Along with his father, John is survived by his sister, Andrea (Mark) Woyksnar of Niagara Falls, NY and a nephew, Matthew Woyksnar along with several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 

The Zito family invites all to attend an 11AM graveside service on Tuesday May 29, 2018 as he will be laid to rest with his mother at St. Joseph's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials in his memory are suggested to a charity of the donor's choice. Please join the family for a luncheon at the Dibble Family Center following the service at 4110 West Main Street Road Batavia. 

Please share your words of comfort with John's family at www.tomaszewskifh.com or for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500. 

THE FAMILY OF JOHN A. ZITO IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK.

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