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June 26, 2010 - 8:38pm


posted by Michael Tomaszewski.

Age 87, talented local artist of Batavia, died Thursday afternoon June 24, 2010 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. She was born March 19, 1923 in Buffalo to the the Joseph & Clara (Schroeder) Zeis. Preceded in death by her husband Edward J. Hayes in 1990, sons Gary & Robert Hayes, brothers Jack & Bob Zeis, sisters Clarissa Siebert, Delores Lang and Toni McKay. A graduate of Akron High School, member of Resurrection Parish, she worked for Curtis-Wright, Mason Seal Factory, Massey-Harris and most recently as the Curator of the Holland Land Office. Many in the area would know and some own her original oil and water paintings; she was a member of the Batavia Society of Artists, GO ART and the Collectors Club. Roz had a real zest for life that had her taking dancing and piano lessons well into her 80's, frequently seen at local flea markets and in her garden. An avid reader she collected books and was the author & publisher of two children's books.

Surviving are her loving children Thomas (Brigid) Hayes; Nancy (James) Cifelli and Patricia (William) Cultrara all of Batavia; brother-in-law Robert Lang of East Pembroke. 10 grandchildren Lori (Kevin) Horkey, Alicia (Steve) Fitzsimmons, Chris (Paul) VanSickle, Brandi, Caitlin, Thomas, Shelby & Jamie Hayes, Kirsten & Julie Cultrara; 6 great-grandchildren, special niece Dorothy (Chuck) Kellog along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be from 4-8 PM Sunday June 27, 2010 at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where prayers 9:00 AM Monday June 28 will be followed by a 9:30 AM Mass of Christian Burial at Resurrection Parish (St. Mary's Site). Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery and memorials in her honor are suggested to Genesee Cancer Assistance, Inc. 16 Bank Street Batavia, NY 14020 or Crossroads House 11 Liberty Street Batavia, NY 14020.

Arrangements were completed by the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 ~ For more service information please contact Michael at (585)343-7500

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