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Due to unforeseen circumstances, the scheduled visitation and funeral mass on November 17 & 18 for Joan F. Staats has been postponed to a future date to be determined and announced.

Elba - Chad A.  Zawistowski, 34 of Elba passed away on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Chad was born Monday, October 26th, 1987 in Rochester, a son of Beth Cekuta Beale of Elba and the late Carl Zawistowski.

An avid hunter, Chad enjoyed being out on the water kayaking, traveling with family and friends and playing rugby.  He was generous, selfless, kind and was always the life of the party. Chad had the biggest heart and motivated others around him to be better people. He adored his wife and sons and will be remembered for being "all things good".

Surviving along with his mother is his wife, Abby Zawistowski of Elba; his sons, Sawyer A. Zawistowski and Elias A. Zawistowski, both of Elba; his siblings, Adam (Meghan) Zawistowski of Chili, Sarah (Greg) Garcia of Hilton and Jacob Beale of Elba; his grandfather, Albert Cekuta of Gates, several aunts and uncles including Kevin (Val) Cekuta of Webster and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday, November 18th, 2021 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm  at Northgate Free Methodist Church, 8160 Bank Street Road, Batavia, New York where Chad's memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, November 19th, 2021. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Young Life - Genesee County Office, P.O. Box 614, Bergen, New York 14416.  To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle in Chad's memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.

*In order to protect the health of the family, we kindly ask that all in attendance for visiting hours and funeral services wear facial coverings.*

Madeline M. Bartz,14, of Batavia, unexpectedly passed away on Thursday, November 11.

Madeline was born October 3, 2007 in Cortland, New York, a daughter of Sarah (Pat) Fedus and Tom Bartz.

Madeline’s passion was cheerleading. She also loved the arts: singing, dancing, performing, drawing and painting. You could also find her outdoors: climbing trees, riding her cousin’s horses, skateboarding with friends, catching (and “training”) frogs and other nature’s creatures. She loved animals, especially her dogs, Zeus and Elaina, and ferrets, Luna and Bear.  Madeline was spunky, loved the spotlight, and goofy. She loved to laugh and make others laugh.  Madeline will be remembered for putting everyone's feelings before her own and being a wonderful source of strength for others.

Surviving along with her parents are her brothers, Alex Bartz, Jackson Bartz, Derrick Fedus, sisters Natalie Bartz and Kyra Fedus, grandparents, Ruth Watkins, Richard Watkins, Tom and Betty Bartz, Joe and Loretta Fedus and her many loving cousins, aunts and uncles. Other loving family members to be included are Kimberlie Miller and the Miller family.

Family and friends are invited to call on November 22 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Northgate Free Methodist Church, 8160 Bank Street Road, Batavia, where Madeline's funeral will be held at 10:00 am on November 23.  

Madeline's family is asking that you wear bright colors to her funeral to honor her life: a last wish of Madeline’s. She will be laid to rest in Grandview Cemetery in Batavia.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/donate/.  

Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements for Madeline were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-8868.

Pavilion ~ Joseph F. Falcone Jr., age 71, of Perry Road, passed away early Friday morning (November 12, 2021) at the Wyoming County Skilled Nursing Facility in Warsaw.

     He was born February 3, 1950 in Batavia, a son of the late Joseph and Eleanor Fagan Falcone.

     Joe will be remembered as a very kind and loving person, who served 23 years with the National Guard and retired from the NYS Dept. of Corrections with over 30 years of service reaching the rank of lieutenant.  He was an avid hunter and participated in league shooting competitions.  He was also a member of the Moose, St. Nicks Club, Batavia VFW and American Legion Post 332.

     He is survived by his wife, Deborah Lewis-Falcone; his children, Rachel (Brian) Heywood, Joe Falcone and Michelle Falcone; grandchildren, Andrew Frank, Haylee Frank and Madison Heywood; his siblings, James (Carol) Falcone, Jacqueline (Randy) Harding, John (Mary) Falcone and Joan Falcone; sister-in-law, Robyn Falcone, along with an aunt and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

     In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Jeffrey.

     Interment in Grandview Cemetery will be private at the convenience of the family.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Pavilion Fire Dept., P.O. Box 156, Pavilion, N.Y. 14525

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Joe's family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

joan_staats_0.jpg Batavia ~ Joan F. Staats, age 85, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning (Nov. 10, 2021) at her home in Batavia.

            She was born July 18, 1936 in Albany, New York, daughter of the late Marian and Francis Henry.

She graduated from Brockport State in 1958 and began teaching physical education for the Indian River school system in Philadelphia, NY. Upon moving back to the Albany area, she taught for two years at Ravena Coeymans and left teaching to start her family. After raising two daughters, she began her career in service to the state of New York as district office manager for State Assemblyman R. Stephen Hawley, and concluded her career as an advocate for people with disabilities at NYSDDSO.

     A devoted mother and grandmother who nurtured her daughters’ interests in music, and theater and attended all of her grandsons’ baseball, football, and basketball games, Joan was also an avid reader, swimmer, crossword-puzzler, card-player, and dog lover. She gave her all to so many community organizations, including the Town of Stafford Recreation, the New York State Veterans Home, the LeRoy PTSO, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Republican Women’s Club.

     She will be sadly missed by her husband of 59 years, Berney V. Staats; daughters Marian Staats (Thomas Bowen) and Cindy (Steven) Dumbleton; grandsons Steven and Joshua Dumbleton; and special friend and caretaker Sophie Penepent.

     Joan’s family would like to extend their appreciation to Home Care and Hospice and Johnny’s Angels for the wonderful care of their wife and mother.

     Visitation and services will be announced at a later date.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the New York State Veterans Home in Batavia, NY.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Joan’s family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

Batavia - John H. Batchelor, Sr., 76 of Batavia passed away on Thursday, (November 11, 2021) at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

Mr. Batchelor was born May 29, 1945 in Batavia, a son of the late Herbert and Doris (Dixon) Batchelor.

John enjoyed hunting, camping, woodworking, traveling, riding his motor cycle, and boating. When not any of that, he was always hard at work.

John was the husband of Carol (Dewey) Batchelor who preceded him in death on August 13, 2009. In addition to his wife and parents, he is predeceased by his son, John Batchelor, Jr., grandsons, Joshua and Nicholas Tracy; his sisters, Dorothy (late Noel "Butch") Elmore, and Shirley Klinkbeil.

Surviving are his daughters, Denise Hargrave of Prattsburg, and Michelle (Thomas & Olivia) Smith of Batavia. Several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.   

Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, from 12  to 2 pm at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia.  John 's Funeral Service will immediately follow visitation at 2 pm at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery in Batavia.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

difrancesco_danny.jpgDaniel Joseph DiFrancesco, 40 of Batavia, passed away Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

He was born July 18, 1981, in Amherst, NY, a son of Karen LeMaster of Batavia and Joseph (Carrie) DiFrancesco of Canada.

Surviving besides his parents are sisters, Angi DiFrancesco, Leah (TJ) Peca and Emily LeMaster, all of Batavia, brother Jimmy (Lindsay) DiFrancesco of Florida, niece and nephews Anthony, Joey, Vinny and Raeven and grandparents Anita Szabo of Amherst, Margaret LeMaster of North Carolina, Bill Szabo of Clarence, and Carol Rowcliffe of Batavia.  He is also survived by numerous loved pets and many cousins, aunts, and uncles - in particular his uncle Joey Szabo of Gasport, who was like a big brother to him.

Danny was a unique soul who found his comfort in music, sports and nature.  He formed easy bonds with kids and animals.  His fun-loving spirit and one-of-a-kind personality gave him an endearing charm to those who knew him.   Danny was a proud member of the Kelsey Road Bangers, and spent countless hours playing hockey, snowboarding, and finding peace near lakes and mountains.  

If you’d like to toast and share some happy memories of Danny, the family will be having a pre-Bills game gathering in his honor at The Caryville patio in Oakfield on November 14th from 11-1pm (informal, please dress for the weather.)  Stay for the game or just stop in for a hug.

In lieu of flowers, a fund is being set-up to sponsor youth hockey players to provide a helping hand with the costs of playing the sport that Danny loved.  To make a donation, you can reach out to the family at [email protected] for details.   

Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.




Valjean Charles Burns passed away in his sleep on Monday November 8, 2021. He was born on January 4, 1936 at the homestead in Shelby, to the late Charles A. and Erma R. (Oliver) Burns.

Valjean graduated from Batavia High School in 1955. He worked in collision until his retirement. He then worked at Whiting Door until he retired again. Valjean was an avid hunter.

Along with his parents, Valjean is predeceased by his brother and sister, his wife and mother of his children; Joy M. (Stout) Burns; his sons Mark and Douglas; his great-granddaughter Willow.

Valjean is survived by his children; Steven (Coralyn) of Avon, Scott (Carolyn) of Basom, Sue Ellen (Andrew) Buckenmeyer of Batavia and Valerie (Gregory) Houseknecht of Oakfield, daughter in law Lori (Bell) Burns; his former wife Judith Burns; 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren with one on the way, along with several nieces and nephews.

There will be no calling hours or services at his request.

Memorials may be made to Care-A-Van Ministries, Inc. 4 Lewis Ave. Batavia, NY 14020. To leave thoughts or condolences please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, NY 14020.

benjaminmwaldron.jpgBenjamin M. Waldron, 88 of Darien Center, passed away on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at Premier Genesee Nursing Home. He was born August 4, 1933 in Batavia, to the late Horace and Mary Catherine (McKenna) Waldron. He is preceded in death by his wife, Penelope (Bonarrigo) Waldron; siblings, Mary Fawn Coughlin, Loretta Bauer, Winnie Cook, Horace “Buddy”, Patrick, Dennis and James Waldron.

Mr. Waldron was a proud United States Air Force Veteran. He retired from Kodak. Ben enjoyed Line Dancing and was a member of Senior Moments Biker Club.

He is survived by his sisters, Joyce Harezga of Batavia, Christine Moore of Augusta, GA and Margaret Gilchrist of Orlando, FL; along with many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, November 15, 2021 from 1 to 3 PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc., 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance, 127 North St, Batavia, NY 14020. To leave thoughts or condolences please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, NY 14020.

Batavia - Frank S. Wolford, 86 of Batavia passed away on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center in Albion.

Frank was born Saturday, February 23rd, 1935 in Shaw, West Virginia a son of the late Stewart Wolford and Sana Wilfong Wolford.

A United States Army Veteran, Frank proudly served his country.  He was the owner and proprietor of Bison Pest Control in Batavia and worked in the pest control industry  for over 45 years.  He enjoyed being in business, but especially enjoyed his ability to cultivate and build relationships with his customers.  An avid hunter who loved the outdoors and all it had to offer.  He and his wife enjoyed taking rides to see the landscape and countryside.  They spent many weekends at their camp in Cherry Grove, Pennsylvania.  Frank was very talented in many facets of life such as carpentry, woodworking, and auto-body work.  He loved country music and was also musically inclined and self-taught.  He had the ability to learn and play many different musical instruments.  

He was a great husband, father and grandfather.  His witty sense of humor and his ability to tell a joke will truly be missed.     

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Gloria J. Harloff Wolford; his children, Todd (Becky) Wolford, Karen (Doug) Kohorst, Trent (Lynn) Wolford and Lori (Rick) Bush; thirteen grandchildren, Jennifer (Matt) Moden, Stephen (Anne) Wolford, Amanda Wolford, Bethany (Andy) Peters, Ashley Kohorst, Brandon Kohorst, Emery Kohorst, Eric Wolford, Alyssa (fiance Dylan Shea) Wolford, Patrick Wolford, Jack Wolford, Lindsay (Brent) Seewald and Travis (Kaiti) Bush and five great-grandchildren.

He is predeceased by his son, Terry Wolford.

There are no prior visiting hours.  Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.  Burial, with military honors, will be held at Hillside Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17 Chicago, IL 60601.  To leave condolences, share a story, or light a candle in Frank’s memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.




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