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     Age 48, of West Seneca, died peacefully Saturday morning September 29, 2012 at her home, with her family by her side after her courageous battle with brain cancer. She was born August 24, 1964 in Batavia, a daughter of John W. & M. Anne (Davis) Martin of Holley.
     Katie was a 1983 graduate of Notre Dame High School, attended Morehead State University in Kentucky and graduated from Genesee Community College where she majored in fashion merchandising. She was a past member of the Daughters of the American Revolution of Clearwater, FL and Batavia, NY
     Surviving along with her parents, Katie’s beloved daughter, Megan E. Norman of Batavia; loyal and caring fiancé, Ron Zientek of West Seneca; loving sisters, Michelle Martin of Batavia, Mary Elizabeth (Joseph) Teresi of Batavia; brothers, Michael (Cynthia) Martin of Webster, Timothy (Ayron) Martin of Maryland & Peter Martin of Florida along with 10 nieces & nephews, 6 great nieces & nephews and her faithful companions Poppy, Molly & MerryBeth.
     Family and friends are invited from 3-7 PM Wednesday October 3, 2012 to share thoughts and memories of Katie at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where a Celebration of Life Service will begin at 7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, per Katie’s wishes, memorials are requested to Hospice Buffalo 225 Como Park Blvd. Cheektowaga, NY 14227, Roswell Park Cancer Institute Elm & Carlton Streets Buffalo, NY 14203 or to her beloved Megan. For more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.

THE FAMILY OF KATHLEEN M. NORMAN (MARTIN) IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020.

 

 

Corfu - Robert E. Brightenfield, 58, of Corfu, passed away peacefully in his sleep, Tuesday (September 25, 2012) at his home.

Bob was born February 26, 1954 in Batavia, a son of the late Edward and Alberta Smith Brightenfield.

He worked for 31 years for UPS before retiring. Bob had a passion for carpentry and loved working on motors. He was always fixing something, whether it be a watch, clock or timer. If it was broken, he would fix it so it was as good as new. Steam engines and antique cars were Bob's other favorite pastimes. He was the brother of the late Albert Brightenfield and James Brightenfield.

Bob is survived by his longtime and loving companion, Patricia Navas of Corfu; his sister, Mary (Bud) Ulander of East Pembroke; a sister-in-law, Lori Brightenfield of Stafford; 8 nieces and nephews; 7 great nieces and nephews and many extended family members.

Family and friends may call Saturday 1-3 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc. 4-6 Main Street, Corfu. A brief funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Darien Fire Department.

Mary A. Hartley, 90 of Batavia  died September 24, 2012 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia. Mary was born in Brockton, Massachusetts, on September 26, 1921, to George and Agnes Kelly Kiley of Randolph, MA. She was a graduate of the Boston City Hospital School of Nursing. Mary served as a 1st Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II. She worked as both a staff nurse, and a private duty nurse at St. Jerome Hospital, the Veterans Hospital in Batavia, and as a case worker for the Genesee County Department of Social Services. She was active in the women’s organizations of Our Lady of Fatima Church in Elba and St. Mary’s Church in Batavia. Mary was active at the Senior Center and with the Independent Association of Retired Persons following her retirement. Her greatest joys in life were her family, her church, the Boston Red Sox and the Buffalo Bills. She is preceded in death by a daughter Kathleen Catino; brothers George and Thomas Gorman Kiley; sisters Therese Sullivan; Irene Sylvain and Joan Colbeth. 

She is survived by sons Frank (Gretchen) of The Woodlands, TX; Paul of Vontville, CA; Thomas (Pamela) of Rochester; Peter of Churchville; Howard (Laurie) Hartley of Spring, TX; daughters Susan (Barton) Dambra of LeRoy; Mary Balonek of Virginia Beach; Ann (Joseph) Zawicki of Elba; Eileen (Steve) Vincent of Rockport, TX; brother John Paul Kiley of MA; sister Jane Delorey of MA; 25 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews. 

Friends are invited to call on Thursday September 27, 2012 from 4 to 8 PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A 9:30 AM Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday September 28, 2012 at Resurrection Parish – St. Joseph’s Church 303 East Main St. Batavia, New York 14020. Interment will take place St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the New York State Veterans Home Activities Fund 220 Richmond Ave. Batavia, NY 14020, United Memorial Medical Center 127 North St. Batavia, NY 14020 or to Resurrection Parish 303 East 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.

John L. Bernard, 51 of Amherst died unexpectedly September 20, 2012. He was born on August 12, 1961 in Orlando, FL to LaVern “Barney” (Mary Martino) Bernard of Batavia. Mr. Bernard was the proprietor of Third Base Sports Bar in Buffalo for the past 30 years. He was a member of Christ the King R.C. Church in Amherst. John was a 1980 graduate of Batavia High School. He was very active his whole life in sports, he played college football at the University of Buffalo where he was an All American Safety, and he signed as a free agent with the Buffalo Bills. He coached his daughter Katie in softball and always said she was the love of his life.

In addition to his parents his is survived by his daughter Katherine “Katie” Bernard of Snyder, NY, brothers James (Cheri) Bernard of Topeka, KS and Joseph (Nancy) Bernard of Mesa, AZ. One niece, 4 nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.

Friends may call from 3 to 7 PM on Friday September 28, 2012 at the Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc., 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday September 29, 2012 at 9:30 AM  in Resurrection Parish (St. Mary’s Church), 18 Ellicott Street, Batavia, New York. Burial will take place in  St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Batavia, NY     

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family to be distributed to various charities and to further the research of sports related concussions. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or call (585) 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

 

Grace was born in Bradford, PA. a daughter of the late Grant and Elizabeth Beardsley Webster. Grace worked for the former Perry Knitting Mill, Mallory Timers in Warsaw and retired from Eastside Nursing Home in Warsaw at the age of 79 where she worked as a dietary aide. She enjoyed cooking, making fudge, shopping, going to yard sales and enjoyed spending time with her family. She is preceded in death by her first husband Floyd Bogardus; second husband John Goldfuss; son Thomas Bogardus; daughter Sandra B. Safford; sisters Doris Kish, Luella Troutman, Geraldine Perry and Dorthea Petry.

She is survived by 3 daughters: Cindy (David) Mateer of Warsaw, Pam (Larry) Eastman of Perry, and Darla Goldfuss of Advance, NC, 6 grandchildren: Keith Safford, Kenny (Lisa) Safford, Joey (Stella) Safford, Kristie (Bob) Ball, Matthew (Liz) Mateer and Elizabeth (Darren) Fox, 4 great grandchildren: Craig, Michael, and Ashlee Safford and Evelyn Mateer along with many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call from 3-7pm on Tuesday September 25 at the Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St. Perry. Services will be held on Wednesday September 26th at 10:30 A.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Glenwood Cemetery in Perry.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Wyoming County. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com or call 237-2626. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530.

Age 80, of Batavia, died peacefully Monday morning September 24, 2012 at LeRoy Village Green. He was born August 4, 1932 in Batavia, a son of the late Chester & Cecilia (Pastecki) Mruczek and also preceded in death by his wife Mary Jane (Grasso) Mruczek in 1998.

Chester was a longtime member of Resurrection Parish and served in the Merchant Marine. He worked at the former GTE Sylvania, Terry Hills and was the owner/operator of Chet's Janitorial and Angelina's Pizzeria. He most enjoyed his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, time spent with his family, vacations and being at his cottage at the lake.

He is survived by his loving children, Steven Mruczek of Canandaigua, Richard (Carolyn) Mruczek of Bennington, Robert (Lori) Mruczek, Deborah Mruczek all of Batavia and Angela (Frank) Ferri of Medina; brother, Fran (Frannie DiFlippo); sisters, Janet and Alice Mruczek all of Batavia; sisters-in-law, Sister Virginia Marie Grasso of Buffalo, Louise Capuano, Betty Grasso both of Batavia, Nellie Grasso of Florida; brother-in-law, Joseph (Betty) Grasso of Batavia; 11 grandchildren, Tammy (Dan) Rykert, Kimberly (Gene) Kulp, Lisa (Rich) Biegasiewicz, Gabriella (Joe Pawlak) Ferri, Melissa & Chad Mruczek, Erica (Phil) Grazioplene, Brian (Erika) Mruczek, Nick (Danielle) Mruczek, Jonathan Mruczek and Curtis Gallagher; 11 great-grandchildren, Courtney & Zachary Biegasiewicz, Dylan Rykert, Vincent, Gina & Miranda Grazioplene, Giana, Lokada, Hunter, Dominic & Miah Mruczek along with several nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Family and friends may visit from 4-8 PM Wednesday September 26, 2012 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 September 27 followed by a 10:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial at Resurrection Parish (St. Mary's Site), with burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the LeRoy Village Green 10 Munson Street LeRoy, New York 14482, in Chester's memory. For more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.

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

Age 60, of Batavia, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday September 22, 2012 surrounded by his family. He was born April 15, 1952 in Batavia, NY, a son of Andrew & Irene (Peterson) Staebell of Pembroke.

Marty was employed by Graham Manufacturing for 33 years. He was also a master woodworker and electrician. He enjoyed fishing, kayaking, white-water rafting and building his cabin at, "The Pond."

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his beloved wife of 38 years Patti (Kohorst) Staebell of Batavia; daughters, Sharon (Chris) Pawlak, Deanna (Nathan) Korzelius; and son, Brian Staebell; grandchildren, Corinne and Hadley Korzelius; sister, Pat (Wirt) Fuller; brothers, Mike (Harriet) Staebell and Thomas Staebell; brothers-in-law, Mark Horowitz & Thomas (Patty) Kohorst; sisters-in-law, Donna (James) Gangloff, Kathie (Tony) Waclawski & Suzanne (Danny) Cain along with several nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Family and friends may visit from 3-6 PM Wednesday September 26, 2012 at theSacred Heart Social Center 17 Sumner Street Batavia, New York 14020 where a Celebration of Marty's Life will take place at 6:30 PM, a lite dinner will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his memory are suggested to Justice for Children GLOW Foundation, Inc. 108 Bank Street Batavia - to be used in the building of the new Child Advocacy Center. For more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.

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

Barbara J. Knowles, 57 of Perry died September 17, 2012 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. She was born November 6, 1954 in Warsaw to the late Samuel Wesley Gill and Harriett Ann (Barber) Gill of Perry. Barb was a resident of Perry, NY her whole life.  While attending High School there she fell in love with Randy Knowles.  They were married for 41 wonderful years.  She was always talking about how proud she was of her kids and grandkids.  Barb was seldom seen without a big smile on her face.  She easily made friends with anyone and everyone, all of which she considered family.  She made a profound impact on everyone she came in contact with and will be greatly missed by many.  Barb loved family vacations, camping, and was an avid reader.  She was a very selfless person who always volunteered.  Her ultimate goal was to see the joy she brought to others. She is preceded in death by a brother John “Jack” Gill.

Barb is survived by her beloved husband Randy L. Knowles Sr. of Perry; son Randy L. (Ruth) Knowles Jr. of Euless, TX; daughter Bethany A. (Thomas) McIntyre II of Perry; grandchildren Randy L. Knowles III, Lauren Knowles, Ashley and Bryce McIntyre; a brother James (Barbara) Gill of Elba; sister-in-law Cheryl (Brian) Bentley of Perry; along with several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 11 AM to 1 PM on Saturday September 22, 2012 at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main St. Perry, New York 14530. Funeral Services will take place 1:00 PM on Saturday September 22, 2012 at the Funeral Home. Interment will take place in Glenwood Cemetery, Perry.  

The family suggests memorials to Wyoming County HomeCare & Hospice 450 North Main Street Warsaw, NY 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. 


 

Michael John Wandryk, 96, of Batavia died Monday evening (September 17, 2012) at the New York State Veterans Home in Batavia.

He was born in Batavia on December 17, 1915, a son of the late John and Sophie Zimnal Wandryk.

Mr. Wandryk was the owner of the former Wandryk’s Superette in Batavia prior to his retirement.  He served with the U.S. Army during WWII in Central Europe, Rhineland, Sicily, southern France and Tunisia.  He achieved the rank of Corporal and was the recipient of the American Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Bronze Medal.

He was a member of Ascension Parish, charter member of the Ascension Parish Holy Name Society, Polish Falcons of America and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Mr. Wandryk was the husband of the late Christine Maliszewski Wandryk who died on June 14, 2001 and father of the late Michael Paul Wandryk who died on December 25, 2008. 

Survivors include two sons and daughters in-law, John (Lynne) Wandryk of Dallas, TX and Kevin (Julia Caulfield) Wandryk of Los Altos, CA.  Two granddaughters, Lauren and Kristen Wandryk. Brother, Frank (Carol) Wandryk of Batavia. Sisters, Antoinette Corbelli of Amherst, Anne O’Grady of Syracuse, Jane “Jennie” Crowe of Amherst and Constance (Jerry) McGuire of Fairport.

He was the brother of the late Onofre “Norf” Wandryk, Caroline and Rose Wandryk, Veronica Bezon and Sophie Trybushyn.

Friends of the family are cordially invited to share their thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the family on Thursday from 4-7pm at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia.  Prayers will be recited Friday 9:30am at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10am at Ascension Parish (Sacred Heart Site).  Entombment with full military honors will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.

The Ascension Parish Holy Name Society will recite the rosary at 5:45pm Thursday during the visitation at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the NYS Veterans Home Activities Dept., 220 Richmond Ave., Batavia, NY 14020. 

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 14020. Ronald Konieczny II, Director & Proprietor.

Noreen Marie Knapp, 66 of Batavia  died September 15, 2012 peacefully at Crossroads House in Batavia. She was born November 12, 1945 in Lockport, to the late Raymond (Hazel Murphy) Baudendistel. Noreen was a registered nurse for 40 years graduating from Genesee Community College Nursing Program. She was employed by United Memorial Medical Center and retired as Nurse Manager of the Ambulatory Care Surgical Unit. She was a volunteer for the Salvation Army for many years and President of the Salvation Army Auxiliary, she loved to camp, hunt, draw and paint. She was also a member of the Master Gardeners and Sun Catchers Group, she enjoyed dancing; was the winner of a Jitterbug Dance Contest and she was a member of the Ladies Investment Group.

She is survived by her husband of 39 years Frank Knapp of Batavia, stepsons David Merritt and John Knapp both of Batavia, step daughters Patricia (Wayne Burgess) Knapp of Marcellus, NY and Barbara Knapp of Auburn, NY. A special dear friend Connie Ferris of Batavia survives along with 4 grandchildren...

There will be no prior calling hours. Friends are invited to attend  Funeral Services at 11:00AM on Saturday September 22, 2012 at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc., 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. Interment will take place in Glenside Cemetery, Wolcott, NY.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Crossroads House, 11 Liberty St. Batavia, New York 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.

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