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Batavia - Richard C. Yasses, 74 of Batavia, passed away on Saturday, (December 24, 2022) at his home in Batavia.

Mr. Yasses was born August 1, 1948 in Batavia, a son of the late Steven and Helen (Bachulak) Yasses.

Richard enjoyed boating and fishing along with spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He will be remembered for his matter of fact personality and sense of humor. He was generous and held a genuine love for his step children and their extended family.

Surviving are his step-children, Jamie (Adam) Frappolli of Rochester, and James Palaszynski of Batavia; grandchildren, Kyah Way, and Ada Frappolli; a sister, Rosemarie Yasses of Batavia. Two nieces, two nephews, and many cousins also survive.

He is preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley (Barones) Yasses, and brothers, Pete and Joseph Yasses.

Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday, (January 14, 2023)  from 10 to 11:00 a.m. at Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street in Batavia (use School Street entrance), where Richard's memorial service will immediately follow at 11:00. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Batavia.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Volunteers for Animals, PO Box 1621, Batavia, New York 14021.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

kujawski_henry_-_photo1.jpgHenry (Hank) Kujawski, Sr., 91, of Batavia passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at the Sussman Palliative Care Unit at the University of Rochester Medical Center. 

He was born on October 2, 1931 in Batavia, NY, the youngest child of the late Stanley and Sophia (Weglewska) Kujawski.  Hank graduated from Batavia High School in the class of 1950.  He worked at Kisiel Die Casting, Doehler Jarvis, Massey Harris and Graham Manufacturing before being drafted into the Army in 1955.  Hank was stationed at Fort Dix and served for two years state side in New Jersey at the guided missile base.  He then returned to work at Graham Manufacturing and retired in 1996 as a production manager with 44 years of employment.  Hank was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Church/Ascension Parish and was an active member of it's Holy Name Society.  He was an usher and a dedicated worker at the church lawn fete for many years.  Hank was a member of the Polish Falcons, enjoyed bowling in a league into his seventies and playing cards with family.  He took great pride in taking care of his home and yard, especially meticulously mowing and maintaining his lawn.  Hank looked forward to growing vegetables in his garden every year as well as caring for his grape vines and raspberry bushes. It delighted him to share his harvest and canned goods with neighbors, friends and family.  He was also a talented cook and baker.

Hank was predeceased by his beloved wife of nearly 50 years, Dorothy (Kisiel) Kujawski, who died on November 22, 2008.  They were married at Sacred Heart Church in Batavia on August 8, 1959. He was also predeceased by: brothers John (Florence), Louis, Martin (Florence), Anthony (Natalie), Alphonso (Rose Mary) and Joseph (Mildred); sisters Luella (Karl) Suchy, Helen (Mike) Pigula, Francis (Stuart) Wade and Anna (John) Sass; and brother in-law Harry Malczewski. 

Hank was a loving father, grandfather and father in-law and will be dearly missed by his son, Henry Kujawski, Jr., of Batavia, his daughter, Karen (Stamford) Sherwood of Vero Beach, FL and his only grandchild Dustin Anderson (Preston Whitt) of Washington, D.C.  He is also survived by his sister Marion Malczewski of LakeView, NY and many cherished nieces and nephews. 

Hank's Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 11:00am at Ascension Parish (corner of Swan and Sumner Streets). Interment of ashes with Military Honors will be in the St. Joseph Cemetery in the spring or summer of 2023. 

For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads House, 11 Liberty Street, Batavia, NY 14020 (or crossroadshouse.com) or to the Palliative Care Program, Office of Advancement, P.O. Box 278996, East River Road, Rochester, NY 14627. Expressions of condolence may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.




KOESTLER – Kevin T. January 3, 2023. Dear father of Jessica (Mike) Gutowski, Mary Koestler (Dakota Eckley) and Anne (Steve) Wolford; proud grandfather of Lydia, Travis, Jacob, Austin, Temperance and Mason; son of the late William and Doris; loving brother of Lori (Jeff) Reusch; former spouse and mother of his daughters, Mary and Anne, is Kathy Koestler; dearest cousin of Charlene (Ronald) Goodrich; and his beloved dogs Bandit, Charlie, Rosie and Harley.
Visitation Saturday, January 14th 3-6 PM at the PACER FUNERAL HOME, INC. 2275 George Urban Blvd. (two blocks east of Dick Rd.) where a service will follow at 6 PM.
Kevin was VicePresident of Forks Volunteer Fire Co. He loved the outdoors and especially enjoyed boating, camping, fishing and hunting. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Forks Vol. Fire Co. Condolences at www.PACERFUNERALHOME.com

ronald_amberger.jpgRonald W. Amberger, 58 of Rochester, passed away peacefully of pneumonia on Friday, January 6, 2023 surrounded by his family at Unity Hospital. He was born April 1, 1964 in Warsaw, to the late John and Faye (Schmidt) Amberger Sr.

One year after High School graduation, Ron was in a horrific car accident, changing his life and the people around him forever. Suffering from major brain trauma and multiple broken bones, Ron spent months in a coma, and years of rehab. There were years of multiple locations and healing after the accident.

Ron was able to touch the lives of many people who were destined to help him. After twenty years of trying to find the proper care for Ron, he was transferred to Pralid where he was finally understood. Eighteen years of love, devotion and commitment, the staff became his new family. Thirty-eight years of this man’s life were spent under the care of doctors, nurses and care workers. The biggest fighter for life anyone would ever know.  

Ron is survived by his brother John (Jeannie Kirch) Amberger Jr., nephew Evan Amberger, niece Shea Amberger, along with a few aunts and cousins.

There will be no prior calling hours. A graveside service at Forest Hill Cemetery, Attica, will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Epilepsy-Pralid, Inc., 305 Pinnacle Road, Rochester, NY 14623. To leave an online message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

thweatt_eleanor_-_photo1.jpgEleanor M. (Rock) Thweatt, 92 of Batavia, passed away peacefully Thursday (January 5, 2023) at her residence.

She was born September 11, 1930 in Batavia, NY, a daughter of the late John and Helen Sidis Rock.

Eleanor was a 1948 graduate of Batavia High School where after she started her career as a dental assistant for the late Dr. Richard Pixley. She then went on to work several years for the late Dr. Conrad Kubiniec then Dr. Michael Kubiniec. Eleanor truly loved her job through the years and the patients she interacted with. She was a member of Ascension Parish in Batavia and the St. Jerome Guild. She loved to read and spend time with her family. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her loving husband of 69 years, William “Bud” Thweatt of Batavia. Son, Mark Thweatt of Rochester. Daughter in-law, Laurie Thweatt-Putnam of Darien. Grandchildren, Stephen (Jen Konieczny) Thweatt, Jennifer (Derek) Geib, Josiah (Klarisa Loft) Putnam, Sydney Thweatt, Jillian (John) Ruiz and Maxwell Thweatt. Great-grandchildren, Kaiden, Adalyn, Roman and Avram. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was the mother of the late Joanne Thweatt and Stephen Thweatt. Sister of the late Sigmund Rock, Hedy Gerew, Conrad Rock, Virginia Prinsen and John Rock Jr..

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Thursday (January 12th) from 4-6pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY.

Memorial contributions may be offered to the Genesee County Office for the Aging for Meals on Wheels, 2 Bank St, Batavia, NY 14020 or Crossroads House, 11 Liberty St., Batavia, NY 14020. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.




ogeen.jpg  Frank C. OGeen, 91 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 5, 2023 at Roswell Park. He was born February 18, 1931 in LeRoy to the late Joseph and Pauline (Maloni) OGeen. He is preceded in death by his siblings, Philip OGeen, James OGeen, Sarah (John) Zinni, Palmina “Pam” OGeen, brothers and sisters-in-law, Hank Valerych, Russell Cravatta, Mary (Joseph) Yacono, Joseph (Ida) Schiavone, Peter (Kay) Schiavone, Lucy (Mario) Maloni.

Mr. OGeen was a proud United States Army Veteran. He retired from Lapp Insulator in LeRoy. Frank was an avid New York Yankees fan, Buffalo Bills season ticket holder and he went to Super Bowl XXVII when the Bills played the Cowboys. He also enjoyed traveling and going to the casino.

Frank was a man of great faith, a former member of St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church, officer of the Holy Name Society, he was an usher for over 50 years and currently a member of Resurrection Parish. He was a hard working family man that loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandson.

The family would like to thank Dr. Michael Mungillo, Dr. William Cecere, the VA Hospital in Batavia, Roswell Park in Buffalo, along with all the Dr.’s and nurses that gave Frank such amazing care.

Mr. OGeen is survived by his beloved wife Rose M. (Schiavone) OGeen, daughters, Marianne (James) Clattenburg, Paula (Mark) Fischer all of Batavia; siblings, Salvatore (Joan) OGeen, Joseph (Donna) OGeen, Connie Cecere all of LeRoy, brothers and sisters-in-law, Jo Ann OGeen of LeRoy, Ann Valerych of Batavia, Theresa Cravatta of Rochester, Jeanette (Bruce) Tehan of Batavia, grandchildren, Andrea (Michael) Clattenburg Szymczak, Lisa (Benjamin) Bonarigo, Andrew (Kristen) Fischer, Kathleen Fischer, great-grandson Benjamin James Bonarigo, along with many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, January 9, 2023 from 4 to 7pm at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020. A 9:30am Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at Resurrection Parish 303 East Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020. He will be laid to rest at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Batavia, with Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org, St. Joseph’s Regional School, 2 Summit St., Batavia, NY 14020 or to Roswell Park at www.roswellpark.org. To leave messages 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.

tullar_joan_-_photo1.jpgJoan M. Tullar, 79 of Oakfield, NY, passed away on Thursday (January 5, 2023) at her residence.

She was born February 25, 1943 in Batavia, NY, a daughter of the late George and Verna Butler Henning.

Joan was employed by the former Riegels Greenhouse in Batavia. She had a love for animals and enjoyed watching TV, especially soap operas. Joan was a very caring person and second mother and friend to many. She was also known for her fondness for the Bills, Elvis and Barry Manilow songs. She will be dearly missed by anyone who knew her.

Survivors include her husband, Donald Tullar of Oakfield. Daughter, Pamela (Andrew) Slawetsky of Rochester. Son, Ramie Grice of Batavia. Sisters, Linda (Glen) Northup of Byron and Shirlene Edwards of Batavia. Sisters in-law, Carrie Henning of Batavia and Arlene Henning of Batavia. Grandchildren, Joshua Grice, Cassie Grice, Janice Fitzgerald, Richard Grice, Robert Grice and Kennedy Grice. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Joan is predeceased by her son, Timothy Grice. Brothers, George Henning, Lewis Henning, Leland Henning, Edward Henning and Robert Henning. Sister Betty Mogenhan and sisters in-law, Cecelia Henning and Marilyn Henning.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Tuesday (Jan. 10th) from 3:30pm – 6:30pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY, where a funeral service will follow at 6:30pm. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery.

Because of Joan’s love for animals, memorial contributions may be offered to GRASP, P.O. Box 26741, Rochester, NY 14626 or New 2 U Rescue, 1857 Dewey Ave., Rochester, NY 14615. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.




Antoinette M Dempski, 96, of Batavia passed away peacefully Monday, December 19, 2022 at her home.
She was born May 26, 1926 in Buffalo to the late Joseph and Franciszka J. Sochalec. Antoinette was a hard working woman proud of her home that she and her husband built. She enjoyed needlepoint, ceramics, gardening, traveling, and made most of her clothes. She was a great storyteller. At one time she operated a beauty shop in her home. She was proud of her Polish heritage and was a lifetime member of Sacred Heart (Ascension) Parish in Batavia, NY. 

She is predeceased by her husband Andrew P. Dempski and their children: Leonard (Donna) Dempski, Mary (Steven) Bourdon and grandson Nicholas. Her siblings: her sister Mary, and brothers Edward Urban, Leonard, Joseph, and Stanley Sochalec. 

Survivors include her son Andrew (Aleksandra), her grandson Andrew III (Terressa) with whom she resided. And grandchildren Kathleen (Peter) Cecere, Michael (Kathy) Dempski. Her sister Theresa Eckert, and sister in law Diane Sochalec. Also great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. 

A Mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday, January 10th at 10 am at Ascension Parish in Batavia.

img-0043.jpgLeon F. Halat Sr., 86, of Oakfield, passed away on Wednesday, January 4. 

He was born February 19, 1936, to the late Samuel and Mary Halat (Ballon), and resided his entire life on Oakfield’s Albion Road.

Leon was a proud life-long onion farmer on the Elba Mucklands, who ran a farm started by his immigrant father.  He was an outdoorsman who loved hard work and his family.

He is survived by his wife, Lillian Halat, of Oakfield; his children Mary (Brian) Nanni of Basom, Leon (Kathleen) Halat Jr. of Oakfield, and Nathan (Bernadette) Halat currently in Washington, D.C.; his grandchildren Lisa, Laura, Stephanie, Sebastian and Caroline; along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, January 8, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, January 9, 10:00 am, at St. Cecilia Church in Oakfield, and Leon will be laid to rest in St. Cecilia’s Cemetery.  

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.burdettandsanford.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Padre Pio Parish, at 56 Maple Street, Oakfield, or the Alzheimer’s Association.

LeRoy ~ Mary Katherine White finished her journey here on earth January 2nd, 2023 after a battle with cancer.

     Mary was born February 5th, 1961 in Auburn, NY. She grew up and spent a lot of her life in Bergen, NY. She relocated to LeRoy, NY with her husband in 1994.

   mary_k._white_0.jpg  She was a nanny, a preschool teacher at Little Hands Preschool and cooked meals for elders at The Greens of LeRoy. Mary was involved with the Bergen United Methodist Church’s many programs and events. She devoted much of her life to helping others and was loved by many.

     Mary’s children and grandchildren were her pride and joy. She loved gardening, creating and spending time with family and friends. Some of her best moments were spent on the water of Cayuga, Black and Honeoye Lakes.

     Mary is predeceased by her parents, Marjorie and Charles Dusinberre; her brothers, James and John Dusinberre; her sisters, Nancy Hartgrove and Anne Hilburger; her nephew, Sean Dusinberre and her great nephew, Dylan Dusinberre.

     She is survived by her loving husband of 33 years, Don; her children, Katherine (Quentin) Humphrey, Hailey (Jonathan Clark) White, Derek (Lynn) White and Dylan (Lee) White; her sister, Diane (Samuel) Vann; her brother Mark Dusinberre; 6 grandchildren; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

     Services/testimonials will be held on her birthday, February 5th. Calling hours will be held from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM with a service to follow at 4:00 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd. (Rt. 19), LeRoy.

     Flowers can be sent to the funeral home and memorial donations may be made to Little Hands Preschool, c/o Bergen United Methodist Church, 27 S. Lake Avenue, P.O. Box 216, Bergen, NY 14416.

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


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