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gavel.jpgDorothy J. Gavel, 90 of Batavia, NY, died peacefully on January 23, 2011. Born August 13, 1920 in Clarendon, New York. She is daughter of the late Karl (Jennie Foster) Jannain. Mrs. Gavel taught 5th grade in Elba for 34 years. She was wife of the Former Genesee County Sheriff Frank L. Gavel and Matron of the Genesee County Jail. Mrs. Gavel was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church in Batavia and arranged many trips for the Happy Agers in Alexander. She is preceded in death by her husband Frank L. Gavel (2008). 
She is survived by daughter Barbara L. “Bobbie” Gavel of Batavia; dear friend Lisa Kaczmarek of Wyoming and her daughters Alicia, Sarah, Cassie, and Emily along with many nieces and nephews also survive. 
There will be no prior calling hours. Funeral Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Interment will take place at Maple Lawn Cemetery in Elba. 
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church 300 E. Main St. Batavia, NY 14530 or to HomeCare and Hospice 550 E. Main St. Batavia, NY 14020.  For more information or to sign the online guest registry please go to 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.


Batavia - Mr. Theodore G. “Ted” Longchamps, age 85, of Batavia, a World War II Navy Veteran, died Sunday, January 23, 2011 at the New York State Veteran's Home.
Mr. Longchamps was born February 24, 1925 in Manchester, New Hampshire, a son of the late Clovis and Carmeline Cote Longchamps.
Mr. Longchamps proudly served in the United States Navy on the U.S.S. Ticonderoga for three years. He retired from the VA Hospital in 1965 and then worked for the City of Batavia D.P.W. until his retirement in 1985. He was a life member of the V.F.W. Post No. 1602, American Legion and former St. Nicholas Club.
He is survived by his wife, Edith Hiscutt Longchamps whom he married September 16, 1995; two daughters, Kristen Flicker of New Port Beach, California and Kathleen Longchamps of Batavia; three step-sons, Paul (Beth) Hiscutt of LeRoy, Gary (Darla) Hiscutt of Batavia and Robert (Sandra) Hiscutt of Alexander; two step-daughters, Diane (Charley) Page of Wyoming and Teri (Tom) Martucci of Florida; three grandchildren, 13 step-grandchildren and his 12 step-great-grandchildren who knew him as "Great Ted".
He was predeceased by his son, Kelly Longchamps, brother Adrian Longchamps, two sisters, Louise Helie and Teresa Lemire all of New Hampshire, his great-granddaughter, Teriyana Seaburg of Florida and a step-grandson, Jeffrey Rider.
At his request, there will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Batavia at a later date.  Memorials may be made to V.F.W. Post No. 1602, 25 Edwards Street, Batavia, New York 14020 or the New York State Veteran’s Home, 220 Richmond Avenue, Batavia, New York 14020. Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements were completed by the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia.

starowitz.jpgAge 86, lifelong Elba resident, retired Vegetable and Cash Crop farmer with Starowitz Bros., former Pesident of O and E Growers, Inc. and longtime Public Servant died peacefully Saturday evening January 22, 2011 at Crossroads House surrounded by his family. He was born March 20, 1924 in Elba, son of the late Paul and Anna (Stanek) Starowitz Sr. also preceded in death by brothers: Chester, Henry, Edmund and Rudolph Starowicz, Aloysius, Stephen Starowitz; sister Pauline Pcionek and grandson Lukas Starowitz. Leo was well known in Genesee County and the local farming community. Former Elba Town Supervisor, former member of the Elba Town Planning Board, former councilman, active member of the Farm Bureau, Cooperative Extension, former member of the Federal Land Bank and Farm Credit Assoc. Advisory Committee, former Chairman and member of the Elba-Stafford Agricultural Stabilization Town Committee, appointed by former State Senator Walter Floss to the Legislative Advisory Committee, former B.O.C.E.S. Advisory Committee, former Vice President Byron-Bergen School Board and instrumental in the restructuring of the School District. He often spoke on important community issues at Genesee County Legislature Meetings, member of Ascension Parish (former Sacred Heart) and its Holy Name Society along with the Polish Falcons Nest #493. A wonderful husband, father and grandfather Mr. Starowitz was still active in assisting his sons who now run the family business as Star Grower Farms.

     Surviving is his beloved wife of 58 years Dolores (Wolowiec) Starowitz of Elba; sons John (Pam), Frank (Samantha), Leo D. Jr. (Debbie) and Andrew (Valerie) all of Elba; daughters MaryAnn (Dave) Dorman of Batavia, Anne (Michael) Orzech of Honeoye and Barbara Starowitz of Elba. Brother (Lottie) Starowitz; sisters-in-law Mary Starowicz both of Batavia and Jennie Starowitz of Bergen. 12 grandchildren Mary Ellen, Caitlin, Amy and Anna Dorman, Sarah and Christopher Orzech, Sean, Matthew, Adam, Leo D. III, Timothy and Kalina Starowitz along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

     Family and friends may visit from 2-8 PM on Wednesday January 26, 2011 at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where prayers will be recited 9:30 AM Thursday January 27, 2011 followed by a 10:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial at Ascension Parish (Sacred Heart Site) 19 Sumner Street Batavia, Celebrated by Father Pat O'keefe and assisted by Deacon John Stone. In lieu of flowers memorials in his memory are suggested  to Crossroads House 11 Liberty Street Batavia. Entombment will be in the Father T. Bernard Kelly Mausoleum at St. Joseph's Cemetery.



Aileen Shanahan Wilkes, 83 of Batavia. Died January 20, 2011 at the Genesee County Nursing Home. Born February 21, 1927 in Batavia, NY. Daughter of the late Michael J. (Grace Herdman) Shanahan. A lifelong resident of Batavia, Mrs. Wilkes was known for helping her husband Jack, start the Batavia Animal Hospital in the 1950’s, raising her large family, raising a large number of animals in the family home, her card clubs, bowling leagues, and enjoying her grandchildren. Kids were always welcomed at her house on Pearl St. Rd. Late in her life she enjoyed working at Oliver’s Candy Store, a great place to enjoy the “imperfects” and visit with customers. When not there, she was often on her front porch, cat in lap, visiting neighbors, or walking to the Library on Ross St. She is preceded in death by sister Nadine S. Gillard. 
Survivors include two sons, Todd (Jo Louise) Wilkes of Batavia; Timothy Wilkes of Newark DE; three daughters Pamela (Mike) Terry of Palm Bay, FL; Wende (David) Columbo of Camden, DE; and Amy Darron of Newark, DE; six grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren; a niece and nephews. 
There will be no prior calling hours and services will be private at the convenience of the Family. Interment at Grand View Cemetery in Batavia. 
Memorials may be made to Volunteers for Animals and the Genesee County Nursing Home Recreation Department. 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.

Jerry was born in the Town of Portage July 14, 1917, a daughter of the late Daniel and Agnes Richardson Baker.She graduated from Silver Springs High School,was a homemaker who enjoyed crocheting, making latchhook rugs, and sewing. She was a member of the Perry Center Fire Department Ladies Auxillary, Perry VFW, Perry Vet’s Club, Dom Polski’s and Silver Lake Sportsman’s Club. She volunteered for the Perry Emergency Ambulance,and board of elections as an election inspector for many years. She will be remembered by all who knew her for her great sense of humor. Preceded in death by four sisters Marge Mink, Juanita Cornell, Jackie Wright, and Phyllis Lowrey, two brothers Raymond and Norman Baker.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, J. Richard Brick who she married on October 13, 1962, a stepdaughter: Mary Anne (Christopher) Stutz of Penfield, a stepson: James (Sandra) Brick of Perry, 5 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 5-9 pm on Friday January 21st at the Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main St. Perry, NY 14530. 11:00 am Funeral Services will be held Saturday January 22nd at the Funeral Home. Interment in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Perry Center.  

Memorials may be made to the Perry Center Fire Department P.O. Box 204 Perry, New York 14530, St. Joseph’s Church 8 Park St. Perry, New York 14530 or to the Activities Department at the Wyoming County Nursing Facility 400 North Main St. Warsaw, New York 14569. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com or call (585) 237-2626. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530. 

Batavia - Theresa M. Lawrence, 84, a lifetime resident of Batavia and a retired Registered Nurse and Supervisor at the former St. Jerome Hospital for over 48 years, died Monday, January 17, 2011 at the Genesee County Nursing Home.

Miss Lawrence was born March 29, 1926 in Batavia, the daughter of the late George and Marguerite Suttell Lawrence.

She was a member of Resurrection Parish - St. Joseph Church, St. Jerome Hospital Guild, Canisius College Alumni and the Mercy Hospital Alumni Associations. She was a former Prefect and member of the St. Joseph Sodality.

Cousins survive.

Friends may call on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 E. Main St., Batavia, NY. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:30 a.m., Saturday at Resurrection Parish - St. Joseph Church. Memorials may be made to Resurrection Parish, 303 E. Main St. or St. Joseph School, 2 Summit St. or Notre Dame High School, 73 Union St., all Batavia, NY 14020. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.


Bergen - Mr. Ronald E. McCracken, 74, of Bergen, died Tuesday, (January 18, 2011) at Highland Hospital, in Rochester.
Mr. McCracken was born June 26, 1936 in York, a son of the late George H. and Katherine M. (Dyke) McCracken.
Mr. McCracken was a member of Grace Baptist Church and was a laborer with Rochester Laborers Local 435. Throughout his life, he was involved with three different church building programs. Mr. McCracken was passionate about his girls and loved his Savior. He was a fan of the Buffalo Bills, Batavia Muckdogs and people loved his hugs.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Beverley(Fee) McCracken; five daughters, Patricia Davis of Batavia, Cathleen McCracken of Pavilion, Sheryl (Paul) Gordon of Portsmouth, Virginia, Lori (Mark) Woodruff of Batavia and Lisa Barringer of Batavia; six granddaughters, Danielle Barber, Stephanie Barber, Emilie Barber, Elizabeth Woodruff, Rebecca Woodruff and Michaella Barringer; two great-granddaughters, Lilya and Niveah Kotmel; a brother, Roy (Marilyn) McCracken of Barefoot Bay, Florida; two sisters, Valeria (Bill) Phillips of Penn Yan and Linda (Bill) Lubanski of York; a sister-in-law, Ruth McCracken of Batavia and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mr. McCracken is predeceased by a brother, Jerald A. McCracken, a son-in-law, Daryl Lee Davis and his in-laws, Albert and Dorotha Fee. 
Calling hours are Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 238 Vine Street, Batavia, where services will be at 11:00 a.m. also on Friday. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, York.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Baptist Church Building Fund, 238 Vine Street, Batavia, New York 14020 or Genesee Cancer Assistance, 16 Bank Street, Batavia, New York 14020.  Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements were completed by the H.E. Turner & Co Funeral Home, Batavia.

     Age 78, of Batavia, died Friday morning January 14, 2011 at United Memorial Medical Center. He was born May 12, 1932 in Batavia son of the late Martin & Edith (Heale-Conrad) Wright, step-son of the late LaVerne Heale, also preceded in death by his wife Barbara (Turner) Wright, sisters Gladys Wright, Katherine Weiser, brothers Roger & William Heale. Robert was gravely injured at the age of 10 when he was struck by a truck in front of his home. His many years of subsequent back problems did not deter his love for life. He always minimized the daily physical pain he endured. Robert was a retiree of Lapp Insulator in LeRoy and developed many supportive friendships while residing at the Genesee County Nursing Home. He enjoyed painting, singing country songs, fishing and time spent with his children & grandchildren.

     Surviving are his loving daughters Bonnie Wright of Batavia and Diane Smith of LeRoy; sisters Arline (late Ronald) Gillette of Wyoming, Patricia (late Bob) Passage of Alexander, Beverly (Mike) Maniace of Batavia, Lori (Dan) Andrews of Linwood, Karen (Scott) Sheffield of Texas; brothers David (Norma) Heale of Bergen & LaVerne (Gail) Heale of Caledonia; 5 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, dear friend Joan Turner along with many nieces, nephews, cousins & friends.

     There is no prior visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a 2:00 PM Celebration of Life Service Saturday January 29, 2011 at City Church in Batavia. Memorials are suggested to the family and burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, East Pembroke. Robert's family would like to extend a thank you to the staff & caregivers at the Genesee County Nursing Home and the City Church.


Batavia - Mrs. Rose J. Salvania, 79, of Batavia, died Monday, (January 17, 2011) at her home while under the care of HomeCare & Hospice.

Mrs. Salvania was born April 28, 1931 in Buffalo, a daughter of the late Charles and Sarafina (Ianello) Calandra.

Prior to opening Salvania's Restaurant in 1981 with her late husband, Ralph, who died June 3, 1998, Mrs. Salvania was a professional hairdresser for 30 years. While working at the restaurant, she became an expert pie maker. She enjoyed traveling, especially taking cruises and she was a member of Ascension Parish - St. Anthony's Church. Mrs. Salvania also enjoyed going to the casino, dancing and being around people.

Survivors include three daughters, Laura Salvania, Roxanne Salvania and Kathleen Coyne, all of Batavia; two sisters, Angeline (Lawrence) Barone of Batavia and Mary Mogavero of Derby; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She is a sister of the late Santina Pagano, Carmella Furreggello, Josephine Mogavero, Thomas Calandra, Joseph Calandra and Gloria Fern.

Calling hours are Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia. Prayers will be held at the funeral home Friday at 9:00 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at Ascension Parish - St. Anthony's Church, 122 Liberty Street, Batavia. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family, to be distributed to various charities. Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Batavia - Miss Ann Caroline Leitch Dupree, 64, of Batavia, longtime resident of Rochester who ran a candy store at Pfaulder Reactor Systems in Rochester, died Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at the Genesee County Nursing Home.

Miss Dupree was born March 28, 1946 in Rochester, a daughter of Maynard J. (Hope) Dupree of Florida and Harriet J. Cook Dupree of Batavia.

Miss Dupree volunteered her time at Compeer and R.A.P., both for ten years. She enjoyed talking with people and loved Braille car rally's where she finished first overall many times. She will be remembered as a very caring, selfless person who always thought of others first and loved her nieces dearly.

Surviving along with her parents are her brother, Richard Dupree of Batavia; her sister, Darlene A. (Alan) Rhodes of Oakfield and five nieces.

She is the sister of the late Thomas Dupree.

Friends may call on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia. Burial will be in Maplelawn Cemetery, Elba. 

Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.


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