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Dorothy C. Merkle-Elbel, 84 of Batavia, passed away on April 24, 2013 at Rochester General Hospital. She was born July 19, 1928, Elba to the late Harry (Beulah Hicks) Cosway. Dorothy was the Town Clerk in Bethany for many years. She was a life member of the Bethany Fire Department Auxiliary, member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Batavia, and past member of the White Rose Rebekah Lodge. She was well known for her knitting, sewing, and making wedding gowns for her children, grandchildren and many friends. She is preceded in death by her first husband Lee Merkle (1982); son Dan Merkle (2002); brothers Frank and Robert Cosway; sisters Grace Pahuta and Beatrice Hatch.   

Survivors include her husband George K. Elbel of Batavia who she married in June of 2007; daughters Linda (Glenn) Merrill of Bethany; Christine (Edward) Haag of Houghton; daughter-in-law Deborah Merkle of Bethany; sister Mary Jane (Joseph) Marino of Batavia; 6 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews. 

Friends are invited to call on Sunday April 28, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. 11:00 AM Funeral Services will be held on Monday April 29, 2013 at the Emmanuel Baptist Church 190 Oak St. Batavia, New York 14020. Interment will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Bethany.      

Flowers gratefully declined; memorials may be made to the Emmanuel Baptist Church 190 Oak St. Batavia, NY 14020; the Bethany Fire Department Auxiliary 5253 Old Telephone Road E. Bethany, NY 14054, or to HomeCare and Hospice 550 East Main St. Batavia, NY 14020. To sign the online guest registry please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or for more information call (585) 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.
 

Lillian M. Cina, 89 of Batavia  died Tuesday April 23, 2013 at the Genesee County Nursing Home. She was born January 16, 1924 in Batavia to the late Joseph (Mary Marone) Cina. Lillian was a lifelong resident of the City of Batavia and attended Batavia High School and Rochester Business Institute, Batavia Branch. She was employed for nearly 40 years as an Administrative Assistant at Genesee County Health Department prior to her retirement. At the time of her retirement she had the highest seniority of all County employees. Lillian was a lifelong member of Ascension Parish (St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church), a member of its Altar and Rosary Society and President of that Society for many years. She was active in all facets of her Church community through the Altar and Rosary Society, as a Bingo volunteer and during the Church lawn fetes. Lillian’s bookkeeping abilities were of great assistance to the Parish on a regular basis with regard to all Bingo accounts and especially during the lawn fete. In 2003 Lillian was honored by Diocese of Buffalo with the prestigious St. Joseph the Worker award which is given to a lay person who exemplifies the spirit of service to her Church and her community. Lillian loved her extended family and her interests included spending much time with her Marone and Cina family members.    

Lillian was predeceased by her maternal aunt Virginia Sanfratello; maternal uncles Frank “Wiley” Marone, Louis Marone and Angelo (Sheiko) Marone. She was also predeceased by her paternal uncles Samuel Cina, Charles Cina, and paternal aunts Rose Quagliana, Mary Ficarella and Mildred DelPlato.    

She is survived by her aunts and uncles Ann Marone, Joseph Marone, Patrick Marone, Gertrude Woodring and numerous cousins in the Marone and Cina family.  

There will be no prior calling hours. A 10:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday May 3, 2013 at Ascension Parish 19 Sumner St. Batavia, NY 14020. Interment will take place in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Notre Dame High School 73 Union Ave. Batavia, NY 14020 or to Ascension Parish 19 Sumner St. Batavia, NY 14020. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or call 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

Dorothy T. Phillips, 88, of Batavia passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at home, surrounded by all of her loving family. “Dottie” was born Feb. 6, 1925, in The Bronx, NY, daughter of the late Patrick & Bridgett Matterson Somers of The Bronx, NY. She graduated from St, Vincent’s School of Nursing in Manhattan, NY, in 1946, and was employed as a registered nurse in her 20’s where she met the love of her life, Dr. Paul J. Phillips, DVM.  Dottie and Paul celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary in September of 2012.  She also worked in the 80’s for the WNY DDSO group home on Bank Street in Batavia.  Dottie enjoyed spending time with her many grandchildren & great-children. and many, many friends.  She also enjoyed antiquing, reading and cooking.

Surviving along with husband Paul, four sons: Paul (Lisa Bosley) of Loveland CO, Edward of  Batavia, Michael of Washington Crossing, PA, Daniel (Jacquie) of Batavia, three daughters: Anne of Batavia, Constance Chisolm of Rochester, NY, and Katie (Robert) Brown of Batavia.  17 Grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren.

There will be no prior visitation.  A memorial service will be held at a future date to be announced.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donors choice. To sign the online guest registry please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or for more information call 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

Age 92, of Batavia, died peacefully Tuesday April 23, 2013 at United Memorial Medical Center, her family at her side. She was born January 23, 1921 in Medina, NY to the late Peter & Ethel (Kiebala) Gorczyca, also preceded in death by her brother Edward.

     Mrs. Szydlowski was a lifetime member of Ascension Parish and its Altar & Rosary Society. She was a wonderful caring wife, mother and grandmother who had a true love for life. Henia was a friend to all who came in contact with her, remembering her beautiful smile and blue eyes that greeted them.

     Surviving is her beloved husband of 63 years, Matthew Szydlowski of Batavia; loving son, David (Jill) Szydlowski of Pittsford and their children, Jamie, Carly and Matthew along with several nieces, nephews and dear friends.

     Family and friends may attend prayers 10:00 AM Saturday April 27, 2013 at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 followed by a 10:30 AM Mass of Christian Burial at Ascension Parish (Sacred Heart Site). In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the St. Vincent DePaul Society and entombment will be in the Father T. Bernard Kelly Mausoleum at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

     Please share your memories of Henia with her family at www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information call Michael at (585)343-7500.

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

 

 

Bergen – Jean I. Claus, 78, of Bergen, the church secretary of the First Presbyterian Church of Bergen, passed away Monday, (April 22, 2013) at Rochester General Hospital.

Mrs. Claus was born April 18, 1935 in Rochester, a daughter of the late Willis J. and Helen (Brockmyer) MacDonald.

Jean was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bergen.  Her favorite time of year was spring, and she greatly enjoyed gardening and flowers.  She deeply loved her husband, children, and grandchildren.  Jean will be remembered by all who knew her as a kind compassionate person. 

She is the wife of Roland D. “Ron” Claus whom she married June 16, 1956.

Along with her husband, Jean is survived by her children, Jeffrey (Patricia) Claus of Victor, Eric (Laurie) Claus of Bergen, and Timothy (Dawn) Claus of Batavia; grandchildren, Jeannie (Simon) Sheehan of VA and Michelle (Matt) Drahms of Clyde; great-grandchildren, Olivia and Audrey Sheehan of VA, Tanner and Adrianna Drahms of Clyde; a brother, Bruce (Elaine) MacDonald of Irondequoit; a sister, Mary (David) MacConnell of FL.  A sister-in-law, Muriel MacDonald of Sodus and Florida, as well as several nieces and nephews also survive.

Jean is preceded in death by 2 grandchildren, Christopher and Victoria Claus as well as a brother, Richard MacDonald.  

There will be no prior visitation.  Jean’s Memorial Service will be held Sunday (May 5, 2013) at 2:00 p.m. (Please note change in service date). at the First Presbyterian Church of Bergen, 38 South Lake Street, Bergen.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Bergen, P.O. Box 206, Bergen, NY 14416.  Burial will be in Stone Church Cemetery, Bergen.  Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 51 South Lake Street, Bergen.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com

Hinda was born in Cleveland, Ohio a daughter of the late George and Rae LeGrand Doerr. Mrs. Naschke received her Bachelors degree at Nazareth College and Master Degree at Boston College. She was a social worker for the Rochester Psychiatric Center and retired from Monroe County as a probation officer for 23 years. She volunteered for the advocacy for the mentally impaired for many years after her retirement, she was active and supported the Alumni for Nazareth and Boston College, and was a member of the former Perry Moose Lodge.

She is survived by her husband George H. Naschke whom she married on April 24, 1953, a daughter; Barbara A. (George) Hecht of Muldraugh, KY, 5 sons; Kurt (Delia) Naschke of Virginia Beach, VA., George G. (Lori) Naschke of Newark, John (Kit) Naschke of Perry, Quintin (Brenda) Naschke of San Diego, Ca, Martin (Angela) Naschke of Castile, 14 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends may call on Sunday April 28th from 12-3pm at the Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St. Perry, NY 14530. Funeral services will be held on Monday April 29th at 1:00 P.M. at the Funeral Home. Interment will take place in LaGrange Cemetery, Perry.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org or the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org. To sign the online guest registry please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com or for more information call 237-2626. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530.

Stella was born in Perry, New York on April 17, 1919 a daughter of the late Michael and Ida Koziol Marzycki. Mrs. Buziak worked for the former Perry Knitting Mill and retired from the former Champion Products in Perry. She was a member of St. Isidore’s Catholic Parish (St. Stanislaus Kostka / St. Joseph’s Church) in Perry. She is preceded in death by her husband Walter who died in 1986.

She is survived by 3 nephews: Edward Marzycki of Perry, John Buziak of California and James Buziak of Florida, 2 great nieces: Heather (Ryan) Forrester and Heidi Marzycki.

Family and friends may call from 6-8 pm on Thursday April 25, 2013 at the Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St. in Perry. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday April 26 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Isidore’s Catholic Parish-St. Joseph’s / St. Stanislaus Kostka Church 8 Park St. Perry, NY 14530. Interment will take place in St. Stanislaus Kostka Cemetery in Perry.

Memorials may be made to St. Isidore’s Catholic Parish 9 Park St. Perry, NY 14530. To sign the online gues registry please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com or for more information call 237-2626. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530.
 

Dutch (Heenan) Howard, 76, of Batavia, passed away Saturday (April 20, 2013) at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Howard was born July 2, 1936 in Batavia, son of the late Heenan and Frieda Williams Howard.

He served in the Army Reserves and was a tractor-trailer owner/operator for 40 years.  Dutch was an Operating Engineer with a Local Union in Rochester.  He was also employed by Houseknecht Motors, L & L Transmission and All County Towing & Recovery. He was a proud member of the Wyoming Co. SPCA.
Dutch loved his family, friends, cats and dog Maggie.  He loved working, helping friends, Nascar, feeding his birds, wild ducks and geese that visited the creek behind his home.

He will be terribly missed by his beloved wife of 52 years, Donna (Marshall) Howard. Daughter, Wendy (Ken Thomas) Howard of Batavia. Son, Rodney Howard of Akron. Grandson, Jack Dudkiewicz of North Carolina. Brother, Donald Howard of Rochester. Sister, Catherine (Charles) Snell of Leroy. Brother-in-law, Leonard Shuknecht of Elba. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends who will be forever grateful he was part of their lives.

He is predeceased by brothers, Harold, Herbert and Richard Howard.  Sisters, Dorothy Wolff, Hazel Howard and Jean Shuknecht.

There is no prior visitation. A celebration of Dutch's life will be held at his home, Roaring Creek Lodge, 2761 West Main Rd., Batavia, on Saturday (April 27, 2013) from noon until 4 p.m. A luncheon will be served. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Wyoming Co. SPCA, 808 Creek Rd., Attica, NY 14011.

Expressions of condolence may be made at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

Arrangements were entrusted to the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY. Ronald Konieczny II, Director & Proprietor.

Mary M. Barone, 91 of Batavia, passed away on April 23, 2013 at the Genesee County Nursing Home. She was born December 1, 1921 in Oakfield to the late Anthony (Florence Puccio) Ficarella. Mrs. Barone was a housewife who enjoyed baking and cooking. Her specialty was cream puffs and Italian cookies; over the years, many people enjoyed her talented baking. She also enjoyed visiting with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Louis R. Barone, Jr.; daughter Shirley Barone Yasses; brothers Alphonso (Mary) Ficarella, Frank (Sarah) Ficarella, Charles (Josephine) Ficarella; sisters Rose (Lewis) Schiavi, Florence (Robert) DeFreze; brother-in-law Frederick Hamilton; son-in-law Anthony J. Battaglia, Jr. 

Survivors include her son Louis (Marilyn) Barone of Niskayuna, NY; daughter Diane Sochalec of Batavia; brother Sam (Nancy) Ficarella; sister Pauline Hamilton; 4 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren along with several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday April 24, 2013 from 7 to 8 PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. Prayers will be recited 9:00 AM at the Funeral Home followed by a 9:30 AM Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday April 25, 2013 at Resurrection Parish-St. Joseph’s Church 303 East Main St. Batavia, New York 14020. Entombment will be in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum, Batavia.    

Flowers gratefully declined; memorials may be made to the family or the donor’s choice. To sign the online guest registry please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or for more information call (585) 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.
 

LeRoy ~ Russell A. Harvie, age 60, of Myrtle Street, passed away at home Sunday afternoon (April 21, 2013).

     He was born March 6, 1953 in Batavia, a son of the late Ross Harvie and Ruth Brady Harvie.

     Russ will be remembered for his quick, witty sense of humor and his kind heart.  He was a dear friend to many and maintained many extended friendships.

     He is survived by his dear mother, Ruth Harvie of LeRoy, daughter, Sophie (Dolan Matla) Carmichael of New Orleans and son, Ian Harvie of CA, sisters; Judy (Terry) Hair of TN, Ellen (Cliff) Faull of NC, Susan (Jeffery) Carmichael of CA and Patricia (Brian) Williams of LeRoy, brother, Stephen Harvie of RI, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bruce (Cindy) Haynes of LeRoy, a special nephew, Clif Williams, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to his dad, he was also predeceased by his wife, Linda “Mona” Haynes Harvie.

     Family and friends are invited to call on the family on Thursday from 2 ~ 4 at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service, 8700 Lake Road (Rt 19 north), LeRoy, where a Memorial Celebration of Russ’ Life will be held at 4 P.M.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House, 11 Liberty St., P. O. Box 403, Batavia, N.Y. 14021 

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