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Batavia - Robert E. Stevens, Sr., 91, of Batavia, a Director of Human Services at V.A. Medical Center in Batavia until his retirement in 1978 after 32 years of service, died Monday, January 17, 2011at New York State Veteran's Home, in Batavia.

Mr. Stevens was born April 19, 1919 in Oakfield, a son of the late Henry Ellsworth and Nellie (Ott) Stevens.
He served in Europe during World War II with the Army’s 668 Field Artillery. He achieved the rank of Chief Warrant Officer, was awarded the Bronze Star and received a letter of commendation for saving a child from drowning at Fort Hancock, NJ. He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church, American Legion, Glenn S. Loomis Post #332 where he was a board member, Veterans Of Foreign Wars, Veness - Strollo Post 1602, former St. Nicholas Club, Loyal Order of Moose, Elks Lodge and former member of the Stafford Country Club.
His wife, Janet P. "Jay" (Patterson) Stevens, died May 21, 2007.
Survivors include a son, Robert E. (Carol Lynn) Stevens, Jr. of Hamburg; 2 grandchildren, Christopher (Michelle) Stevens of Oregon and Eric (Amy) Stevens of Virginia; 2 great-grandchildren, Paterson Stevens and James Ellsworth Stevens, several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. 
He was the brother of the late Harry and Fred Stevens.  
Friends may call on Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 E. Main St., Batavia. Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 22, 2011 at St. James Episcopal Church. Memorials may be made to National Kidney Foundation, Serving Upstate New York, 15 Prince St., Rochester, NY 14607, St. James Episcopal Church, Tower of Faith Campaign, 405 E. Main St., Batavia, NY 14020 or to a charity of the donor's choice. Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery. Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com

Batavia - Mr. LeRoy G. Seekins, 95, of Batavia, carpenter at the New York State School for the Blind for 23 years until his retirement in 1975, died Monday, January 17, 2011 at United Memorial Medical Center.

Mr. Seekins was born June 28, 1915 in Batavia, a son of the late LeRoy R. and Elizabeth Gilliatt Seekins.

A member of St. James Episcopal Church in Batavia, Mr. Seekins was an advisor for the former Troop #1 Boy Scouts through the church.

A member of the Batavia Lions Club since 1948, Mr. Seekins held the offices of Club President, Zone Chairman and served as Deputy District Governor from 1959-1960. He also served as the Blind Activities Chairman at both the local and state level where he traveled promoting blind activities, especially at the New York State School for the Blind. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, Loyal Order of the Moose and the Masons.

Mr. Seekins was a meat cutter for 21 years for several local markets in Batavia and ran Reinhardt's Market. He was a gifted cabinet maker who also enjoyed making wind chimes.

He is predeceased by his wives, Marian J. Vile Seekins in 1988 and Sarah R. Page Seekins in 2004.

Survivors include a son, Rev. Donald L. (Yvonne) Seekins of Marion, Virginia; a daughter, Donna (Eli) Kauffman of Batavia; eight grandchildren, Garnet John (Denise) Wood of Buffalo, Margaret Ann (Robert) Smith of Mooresville, North Carolina, J. Andrew Wood of Phoenix, Arizona, William Edward (Diane) Wood of Springville, Michael Alan (Stephany) Seekins of Lakeland, Florida, Donald L. (Michelle) Seekins of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Jaime Lee (Carl) Catlin of Cazenovia and Benjamin D. Seekins of Marion, Virginia; several great-grandchildren; a niece, Jean (Dave) Harms of Batavia; a nephew, Wayne (Helen) Robbins of Mesa, Arizona and three dear friends, Florence Speed of Batavia, Marjorie Henry of Williamsville and Dorothy Metzler of Batavia.

He is the brother of the late Harry A. Seekins.

Friends may call on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia where members of the Batavia Lions Club will meet a t6 p.m. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Tower of Faith Fund @ St. James Episcopal Church, 405 East Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020 or to the Lions Club Scholarship Fund c/o Lions Club of Batavia, P.O. Box 456, Batavia, New York 14021. 

Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

OCZKOWSKI, BRYAN0001.jpgBryan Joseph Oczkowski, 44, of Basom, died Thursday (January 13, 2011) in a single vehicle accident in the town of Newstead while traveling to work.

He was born in Utica, NY on July 30, 1966, a son of Joseph T. Oczkowski of Utica, NY and the late Janet Gagnon Oczkowski.

Bryan was a thermal printer for International Imaging in Amherst, NY.  He loved riding his motorcycle and was a mechanically inclined person. There was not anything that he could not repair.

Surviving besides his father is his wife of 18 years, Frances Ingersoll Oczkowski of Basom.  His children, Alexis Oczkowski and Ian Oczkowski both at home.  Two brothers, Paul (Karen) Oczkowski of Coldbrook, NY and Joseph H. (Aimee) Oczkowski of Woodstock, GA.  A sister, Joann (Mark) Spina of Deerfield, NY.  His mother in law, Carolyn Ingersoll of Basom.  A sister in law, Dorothy Ingersoll of Mich.  His brother in law, Gary Ingersoll of Lockport.  Several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Friends may call Wednesday from 10AM to 11AM at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA. where services will follow.

Memorials may be made to the family for distribution to various charities.

Expressions of condolence may be made at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

Arrangements were entrusted to the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA,  RONALD P. KONIECZNY DIRECTOR & VETERAN.

Kasmarek, Geraldine0001.jpgGeraldine Kasmarek, 68, of Batavia died Monday (January 17, 2011) at her residence after a lengthy illness while under hospice care.

She was born in Batavia on May 20, 1942, a daughter of the late Irving Fryer and Florence Lee Fryer of Batavia.

Mrs. Kasmarek was dedicated to her family and loved helping others.  She was an avid shopper, not only for herself but for friends as well.

Surviving besides her mother is her husband of over 46 years, Anthony "Tony" Kasmarek, whom she married on July 4, 1964.  Three daughters, Pamela (Anu) Atwel of Rochester, Wendy Shako of Batavia and Missy (Jay) Aquino of Batavia.  Her son, Anthony Jr. " A.J." Melissa Kasmarek of Stafford.  Six grandchildren, Savanna Atwel, Nicole Kasmarek, Ally Aquino, Jacob., Kelsey and Andrew Kasmarek.  A great grandson, Sonny Kasmarek.  A sister, Sandra (Nick) DellaPenna of Batavia.  Three brothers, James (Carol Ann Cinquino) Fryer of Batavia, Robert (Elizabeth) Fryer of Batavia and David (Sue) Fryer of Batavia.  A sister in law, Peggy  Fryer of Batavia.

She was the sister of the late Gloria Dilcher and Irving Fryer Jr.

Friends and family may call Thursday from 4 - 8 PM at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA where prayers will be Friday at 8:45AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM at Resurection Parish (St. Joseph Church).  Entombment will be in St. Joseph Mausoleum.

Those desiring may make memorials to Homecare and Hospice, 550 E. Main St., Batavia, NY 14020.

Expressions of condolence may bae made at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

Arragnements were entrusted to the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, RONALD P. KONIECZNY, DIRECTOR & VETERAN.

Mrs. Haynal, 20001.jpgEvelyn Hanel, 72, of Pratt Rd., Batavia died Sunday (January 16, 2011) at her residence after a lengthy illness while under hospice care.

She was born in Buffalo on January 14, 1939, a daughter of the late Allan and Florence Kieser Luce.

Mrs. Hanel was an excellent flower and vegetable gardener and was an outstanding cook.  She enjoyed being with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving is her husband of over 51 years, George Hanel whom she married on September 26, 1959.  Three sons, Daivd (Sue) Hanel of MO, Karl (Dawn) Hanel of Corfu and Mark (Tracy) Hanel of Bergen.  Her daughter, Maureen Smith of Batavia. Eight grandchildren, two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.  Two brothers, Richard (Mary Ann) Luce of Corfu and Kenneth (Patricia) Luce of Cape Vincent, NY.  Three sisters, Florence "Jackie" (Gordon) Humel of Goodlestville, TN, Sandra (Ralph) Richley of Bloomfield, NY and Geraldine "Gerry" Henry of Warsaw, NY.  A special aunt, Ruth Luce of Batavia. 

Friends and family may call on Wednesday from 4 - 8 PM at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA where services will be Thursday at 10:30 AM with Rev. Robert Dean officiating.

Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery.

Expressions of Condolence may be made at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

Arrangements were entrusted to the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY.  RONALD P. KONIECZNY, DIRECTOR & VETERAN.

Gertrude G. Witzigman, 105, of Batavia, formerly of LeRoy, died Monday (January 17, 2011) at Genesee County Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.

She was born in Rochester, NY, a daughter of the late Edward and Mary Jane Roach Laufer.  Her husband, Emmett T. Witzigman died in 1986.

Surviving is a daughter, Daiane Wendorf of Mt. Carmel, PA and a grand daughter Maureen Ann Kelley of Allen Park, Mich.

Services will be in Florida at a time to be announced.

Arrangements were entrusted to the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA.  RONALD P. KONIECZNY, DIRECTOR & VETERAN

 Elba - Mr. Albert E. Hough, 53, of Elba, ironworker for Ironworkers Local 33 in Rochester for 20 years, died Monday, January 17, 2011at the Buffalo VA Medical Center.

Mr. Hough was born May 28, 1957 in Batavia, a son of the late Albert J. Jr. and Marjorie Lillian Beal Hough.
 
Albert will be remembered by his family as a jack of all trades who enjoyed playing interactive on-line games with his brothers and spending time with his family. He served with the United States Navy from 1973 to 1975.
 
Survivors include three daughters, Stacy (Dan) Brenkus of North Carolina, Amanda (Chris) Holley of Pavilion and Alicia Hough of Elba; three brothers, Sam (Gracie) Hough of West Henrietta, Robert (Renee) Hough of Ashland, North Carolina and Jeff (Linda) Hough of Retsof; two sisters, Diane (Glenn) Schmitt of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and Karen (Jose) Correa of Rochester; four grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
 
He is the brother of the late Virginia Murphy.
 
Friends may call on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at City Church, 210 East Main Street, Batavia. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 101 John James Audubon Parkway West, Amherst, New York 14228.
 
Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com
 

Elba - Mrs. Velma Rose Benton, 100, formerly of Elba, died Monday, January 17, 2011 at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home a day after celebrating her 100th birthday.

Mrs. Benton was born January 16, 1911 in Albion, the daughter of the late William and Jennie (Groves) Shephard.

She retired from the Elba Central School where she was employed as a registered nurse. She belonged to the Elba Presbyterian Church and was a member of the Genesee County Retired Teacher’s Association. After her graduation from Elba Central School, Mrs. Benton attended Rochester Business Institute for two years and then entered Rochester General Hospital’s School of Nursing.

Her husband, the late Leicester H. Benton died in 1992. Mrs. Benton was the mother of the late Patricia Grower, great grandmother of the late Matthew Saile and Ryan Gough and sister of the late Lelia Foss, Alpha Shephard, Mildred Rowlciffe and Marion Taber.

Survivors include two sons; L. William (Kay) Benton and John (Linda) Benton, both of Batavia; one daughter: Mary Ellen (Donald) Ames of Elba and a son-in-law, Donald Grower of Elba. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the H. E. Turner & Co Funeral Home, 403 E. Main St. Batavia. Services will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Elba. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Elba, 23 N. Main St., Elba, NY 14058 or the Activities Fund of the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home, 10 Munson St. LeRoy, NY 14482. Burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Elba.  Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

MINUTO, ROSE.jpgRose Pontillo Minuto, 93, of Batavia, died Tuesday (January 11, 2011) at Genesee County Nursing Home.

She was born in Batavia on February 8, 1917, a daughter of the late Michael and Phillipa  (Fannie) Condello Pontillo. Her husband, Thomas Vincent Minuto Sr., died on November 28, 1996.

Mrs. Minuto was a member of St. Anthony's Church and retired from Batavia Downs where she worked the concession stands for many years.  Her love was knitting hats to give to others and baking, especially at Christmas time.  She was known as the "cookie lady" to many of her friends.  For many years she was a short order cook at the former Checkerboard Restaurant in Batavia and was an avid crossword puzzle solver and Court TV viewer.

Surviving is her daughter and son in law, Patricia and Pasquale Cesarano of Batavia.  A son and daughter in law, Michael and Mary Ellen (Gorecki)  Minuto of Rochester.  Grandchildren: Joseph (Wendy) Cesarano, Thomas (Amy) Cesarano, Patrick Cesarano, Robby (Debbie) Cesarano, Michael (Denise) Cesarano, Dean Minuto and Jody (Michael) Carry.  Eleven great grandchildren, two great, great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Sister of Jennie Dispenza of Batavia and Florence Pontillo of Batavia.

She is the mother of the late Thomas Vincent Minuto Jr., who died in July of 2002 and sister of the late Vincent and Frank Pontillo.

Friends may call from 4 - 7PM on Friday at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA where prayers will be Saturday at 8:45AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30AM at Ascension Parish (St. Anthony's Church).

Entombment will be in St. Joseph Mausoleum.

Expressions of condolence may be made at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

Arrangements were entrusted to the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA.  RONALD P. KONIECZNY, DIRECTOR & VETERAN.

Alexander - Mr. Donald F. Koch, age 58, of Alexander, truck driver for Angelica Textile Services in Batavia and TW Metals in Rochester, died Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at United Memorial Medical Center.

Mr. Koch was born March 25, 1952 in Batavia, a son of Elon and Leona Ewert Koch of Batavia.

An avid fisherman, Mr. Koch also enjoyed camping, hunting and woodworking and was a fan of the New York Yankees.

Surviving along with his parents are his wife of 34 years, Rose Purvee Koch; his children, Amy (Bob) Koch of Alexander, Jake (Sarra) Koch of Alexander, Angela Koch of Batavia and Amanda (Marques Wright) Koch of Alexander; two brothers, Ron (Ruth) Koch of Stafford and John Koch of Alexander; a sister, Sandy (Chuck Curry) Koch of Nunda; 10 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia. A reception will follow calling hours at 5 p.m. at the Alexander Fire Department Recreation Hall, 10708 Route 98, Alexander. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.

Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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