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Duane Clarence Cook of Lockport, New York, age 101, passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2023 at Lockport Rehab and Health Care Center.  Mr. Cook was born October 21, 1921 in St. Jerome’s Hospital, Batavia, New York, and was the eldest son of the late Clarence and Nora (Thompson) Cook.  

Mr. Cook grew up on a farm in Indian Falls, New York, and graduated in 1949 from Cornell University with a degree in Agricultural Economics.   He married the love of his life, Shirley Steiner of Crittenden, New York on February 11, 1950.   Mr. Cook later earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University at Buffalo and worked as case supervisor for the Child Protection Unit at the Niagara County Department of Social Services until his retirement in 1978.  

During his 100th birthday celebration last year, Mr. Cook reminisced about how his life growing up on the farm began in the era of the horse and buggy, and included the introduction of electricity, the radio, and automobiles.  He was passionate about history, especially the Civil War era, and was an avid Buffalo Bills fan. 

Mr. Cook is predeceased by Shirley Steiner Cook, who passed away on February 10, 2012.  He is also predeceased by brothers Calvin (late Irene) Cook and Stewart (late Ruth) Cook, and sisters Verna (late Gerry) Reynolds and Leona (late Francis) Harloff.  

Surviving are his brother, Elliott (late Cookie) Cook of Alameda, California, and his children, Douglas (Mona) Cook of Auburn, California and Ginny (Roger) McEldowney of Carefree, Arizona.   

He is also survived by granddaughter Elizabeth (Carter) Navarro of Holliston, Massachusetts, great-grandchildren Alexander and Emily Navarro, and granddaughter Jennyfer Lindsay-Cook of Alameda, California, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

A memorial service and interment will be planned for this summer at Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Corfu, New York.  Arrangements are being made by C.B. Beach & Son Mortuary in Corfu, NY.

henderson1.jpg  Florence M. Henderson, 78, of Batavia passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on Tuesday January 10, 2023. She was born in Batavia on September 25, 1944 to the late Dominic and Marie Cerce. In addition to her parents, Florence is predeceased by her sisters; Louise, Marie and Donna; brothers Donny and Joe.

Florence worked for many years at St. Jerome’s Hospital and United Memorial Medical Center as the Unit Secretary. Upon her retirement she worked for the STA Bus Service.

She is survived by her loving husband; Daniel Henderson; children Bridget (Paul) Ohlson, Nancy (Nate Mancuso) Falker and Daniel (Lori) Henderson; sisters in law Cindy Cerce, Carol (Jim) Vorndran, Peggy (Bob) McVea; grandchildren Christopher (Carrie), Elisa (Dan), Rachel (Joe), Jodee (Kasey), Whitney (Pat), Daniel (Laura), Trey and Lexi; 11 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Friday January 13, 2023 from 1:00-3:00PM & 5:00-7:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Co. Inc. 329-333 West Main St. Batavia, New York 14020. A 12:00PM Graveside Service will be held on Saturday January 14th at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Batavia, where Florence will be laid to rest.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital www.stjude.org. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc.

LeRoy ~ John C. Zimber passed away on January 8, 2023 after a brief illness.

   john_c._zimber_0.jpg  Born in 1940, John was and lived as a member of the Greatest Generation.  He often said the best times were behind all of us.  John worked at and retired from Rochester Telephone of his entire adult life.  John had many side hustles, from a snowmobile repair shop in Rush, to Milewood construction and Charter Captain.  John lived large and said, that he did about everything he wanted to in life, including a trip to Japan with his young grandkids.

     He asked for little and gave far more.

     John is survived by his “Together Forever” partner of 30 years, Nancy (Miller) Tash; his sister, Karen (Reed) Brown of Michigan; daughter, Sue Ingalls (Cheryll Mitchell); 3 grandchildren, Corey Ingalls (Emily Neth), Jamie (Jordan) Filio and Leslie Ingalls; son, Scott Zimber (Kyoko); 2 grandchildren, Sean Zimber (Momo) and Hana Zimber; along with 4 great-grandchildren, Jaxson, Remi, Macedon and Finley.

     He also leaves behind cousins and too many friends to list.

     At John’s request, there will be no prior visitation.  Family and friends are invited to attend his Rite of Christian Burial to be held on Monday, March 13 at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter’s Church, 44 Lake St., LeRoy.  Interment will be private in Machpelah Cemetery.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Mercy Flight EMS, 100 Amherst Villa Rd., Buffalo, NY 14225.

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

Darien – Frederick “Fred” Henry Maurer, 85, died Sunday, January 8, 2023, peacefully at the Crossroads House surrounded by his beloved family.  He was born May 17, 1937, in Batavia to the late Frederick and Bernardine Maurer. He graduated from Corfu High School in 1955 and married Sharon Anne McGuire and they were married for 58 years.

Fred was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing and passed that love onto his sons.  Later in life, he more appreciated watching nature than actively hunting.  He loved to spend weekends with his wife and family at ‘the cabin.’ He spent many hours watching his children during their sporting events, which then transitioned into his grandchildren’s events.  You could often see him in the parent line picking up his grandchildren.  Fred also held the honor of being a great grandfather.

Fred served in the Coast Guard.  He was a co-owner and co-founder of Sleepy Hollow Lake in Akron and then went on to work at Ferrellgas in Batavia, from where he retired.

Fred is survived by his sister, Bernardine (Tom); sister-in-law Kathleen Federspeil; brother-in-law Mitchell McGuire; his children:  Edward (Sandy); Kenneth (Jennifer); Mark (Brenda); Suanne; Andy; and Katrina (Jeffrey). He also is survived by his grandchildren: Michael (Burgundy), Kyle, Jessica (Corey), Taylor (Brandon), Ashleigh, Alexis, Alexandra (Michael), Adam, Landon and Kalina.  And his great grandchildren: Owen, Jayden, Zoey, Dylan, McKinley, Myla, Ky’Reese, Michael, Trever and Rae.

He is preceded in death by his wife Sharon and son Frederick Henry Maurer III.  
A graveside service will be held at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Crittenden on Thursday, January 12th at Noon. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Crossroads House PO Box 403, Batavia, NY 14021.

Arrangements were made by C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., Corfu, NY.

Churchville ~ Greg P. Hixenbaugh, age 52, passed away on Sunday, January 8, 2023 as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

     He was born March 13, 1970 in Rochester, a son of William L. Hixenbaugh and Mary Catherine Johnston.

   greg_hixenbaugh_0.jpg  Greg will be remembered for his love of family and his sense of humor. He was a proud U.S. Marine veteran.  His love of fitness and training led him down many paths.  He worked at the University of North Carolina coaching, along with working with the local youths in the “Young Marines” Program.  Greg went on to work in the NFL for the Carolina Panthers as their strength and conditioning coach.  At one point in his career, Greg was also a bodyguard for Shaquille O’Neal. 

     In addition to his father, William (Kathy) Hixenbaugh and his mother, Mary Kay Kedian (Joe Duncan), he is survived by his wife, Jennifer Clor Hixenbaugh; daughters, Alyssa Fiacco and Shelby (Robert) Cintron; grandchild, Boone Cintron; siblings, Ken (Michelle) Hixenbaugh, Bill Hixenbaugh, Mike Hixenbaugh, Shari (late Mike) Page and Kevin (Taryn) Hixenbaugh, along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

     Family and friends may call on Thursday, January 12 from 3 ~ 5 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd. (Rt. 19), LeRoy, where his Service of Remembrance will be held at 5:00 PM.

     Contributions in memory of Greg are suggest to Rochester Vet Center (Veteran Mental Health Services/Counseling), 2000 S. Winton Rd., Bldg 5 Ste 201, Rochester, NY 14618.

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

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.

ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY 14020. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.

 

 


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.

ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY 14020. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.

 

 

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