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matla_florence_-_photo2.jpgFlorence B. Matla, 87 of Batavia and formerly of Oakfield, passed away peacefully on Saturday (October 31, 2015) at the Genesee County Nursing Home.

She was born January 6, 1928 in Batavia, NY, a daughter of the late Casimer and Cecelia Wesolowski Adamski.

Florence was employed as a clerk for C.B. Foods in Oakfield and was a parishioner of St. Padre Pio Parish in Oakfield. She enjoyed playing bingo and listening to music. Florence will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

She was the wife of the late Henry Matla, who died January 1, 2005 and sister of the late Eugene Adamski and Joseph Adamski.

Survivors include her children, Barbara (Robert) Jacques of Batavia, Paul (Cherl) Matla of Port Clinton, OH and Marianne (Steve) Tuttle of Rochester. Eight grandchildren, Jeremy (Jennifer) Hunt, Kevin (Nicole) Hunt, Kelly (Timothy) Miller, Holly Matla, Peter (Krista) Matla, Aaron Tuttle, Zachary Tuttle and Alyssia (Jorge) Armada. Great-grandchildren, Micayla, Trevor, Cooper, Tessa and Cole Hunt. Sisters in-law, Ruth Adamski and Genevieve Adamski, both of Batavia. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Tuesday (November 3rd) from 4-8pm at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, 10:00am at St. Padre Pio Parish (Oakfield Site), 56 Maple Ave, Oakfield. Interment will follow in St. Cecelia’s Cemetery in Oakfield.

Memorial contributions in memory of Florence may be made to the Flaum Eye Institute, 210 Crittenden Blvd., Rochester, NY 14642.
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.

 

 

Stafford - Phyllis A. Brew, 46, of Stafford, passed away suddenly Thursday, (October 29, 2015) at United Memorial Medical Center, in Batavia.

Mrs. Brew was born September 4, 1969 in Batavia, a daughter of Phyllis (Morse) Irwin of Stafford and the late Robert Irwin.

Phyllis was a talented crafter and enjoyed sewing and writing.  She also owned a wholesale animal business in LeRoy, in which she would raise animals to sell to local pet stores.  For a period she owned a pet store in Bergen. 

She is wife of the late David R. Brew who passed away in 2009.

Surviving along with her mother, is a brother, Donald (late Roberta) Irwin of Stafford; and two nieces, Patience and Rose Irwin.

She is preceded in death by her nephew, Grant Irwin.

Friends may call on Tuesday (Nov. 3, 2015) from 4 to 6 p.m. at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main St., Batavia, where Phyllis’ Funeral Service will immediately follow calling at 6:00.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family or Stafford Fire Department, P.O. Box 56, Route 5, Stafford, NY 14143. 

*Please note the change is service date.  Services will be held on Tuesday. 

The Family wishes to thank the Stafford Fire Department and Rural Metro for all they did.  Their willingness to assist will never be forgotten. 

Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Pavilion ~ Alfred P. Rigoni, age 87, of Roanoke Road, passed away early Friday morning (October 30, 2015) at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home.

     He was born July 1, 1928 in LeRoy, a son of the late Paul and Angeline Stefani Rigoni.

     Alfred   will be remembered as very loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather, who owned and operated the family farm in Pavilion for many years.  He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, the Farm Bureau, the Young at Heart Organization and the Stafford Historical Society.

     He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Virginia Brewer Rigoni; his children, Allan (Diane) Rigoni of Portsmouth, OH, Gary (Renee) Rigoni of Rochester, Steven (Susan) Rigoni of Pavilion, Jane (Robert) Cummings of Rochester, Pamela (Donald) Miller of Spencerport and Paula (Frank) Miller of LeRoy; his sisters, Grace Lahl of Rochester, Elaine Icone of Ontario, Gilda MacIntyre of Caledonia and Linda (Jerry) Warren of Surprise, AZ; 17 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren, along with many cousins, nieces and nephews.  He was also predeceased by his brother, Ernest.

     Family and friends may call on Sunday, Nov. 1 from 1 ~ 4 P.M. at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Rd. (Rt. 19), LeRoy.  His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10:00 A.M. at Immaculate Conception Church, 5865 Ellicott St. Rd., E. Bethany, with interment to follow in St. Francis Cemetery, LeRoy.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Pavilion Fire Department, P.O. Box 156, Pavilion, N.Y. 14525.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Alfred's family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

     Mr. Rigoni and his family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy.  585-768-2400

merkle1_0.jpgDeborah A. Merkle, 61, of East Bethany passed away peacefully Monday morning, October 26, 2015 at her home. She was born August 14, 1954 in Batavia, New York  to the late Robert (Velma Perfitt) Bigsby. She is preceded in death by her loving husband Dan L. Merkle who passed away in 2002; and her brother Burton Bigsby.

Deborah was and always will be loved by family and friends. No words can describe how wonderful she was. She will be greatly missed by all who were privileged to know her.

She is survived by her children Brandon (Lindsay Scott) Merkle of East Bethany, Stacy (Jeremy Hausfelder) Merkle of Stafford; brother Barton (Joanne Wilson) Bigsby of Alexander; sister Sheila (Stephen) McQuillen of Stafford; grandchildren Ashley, Devin and Hannah; daughter-in-law Mae Merkle of Depew along with many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. An 11:00 AM Graveside Service will be held on Friday October 30, 2015 at Maple Lawn Cemetery in East Bethany.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family. For more information please call 585-343-8260 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.comArrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

18_1.jpgAnne M. Grazioplene, 70, of Bergen, formerly of Batavia passed away Saturday October 24, 2015 at Unity Hospital in Rochester. She was born September 26, 1945 in Batavia to the late Carl (Josephine Rossi) Bordner. She is preceded in death by her loving husband Robert J. Grazioplene in 2007, son Scott Grazioplene and brother Anthony Bordner.

Anne was a member of St. Brigid Church in Bergen, past member of Polish Falcons and an animal lover. Family was everything to her and she was an unbelievable Nana.

She is survived by her children Kelly (Kevin) McKenrick of Bergen; Robert (Michelle) Grazioplene of Batavia; brother Peter (Vicki) Bordner of Batavia; grandchildren Kaelie Grazioplene, Matthew McKenrick, Daniel Grazioplene, Andrew McKenrick, Alex and Lyndsey Grazioplene, great-granddaughter Sofia Falitico, along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Friday October 30, 2015 from 7 to 9 PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A 10:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday October 31, 2015 at St. Padre Pio Parish 56 Maple Ave, Oakfield, NY 14125. She will be laid to rest in St. Cecilia’s Cemetery, Oakfield.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family. For more information please call 585-343-8260 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com.  Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

 

Oakfield - Clayton W. Sharp, 93, lifelong farmer and Oakfield resident, died Saturday (October 24, 2015) at Tender Loving Family Care-Canalview in Albion.

He was born February 24, 1922 in Oakfield, a son of the late Charles and Ruth (Lovejoy Lewis) Sharp.

Clayton was a member of the Genesee County Farm Bureau and also the First Baptist Church of Elba, having served as a deacon and trustee.  He delivered meals on wheels for over 12 years.

Survivors include his wife, Helen (Billings) Sharp of Oriskany Falls; three sons, Vernon Sharp of New Hampshire, Gene (Connie) Sharp of Basom and Brian (Pamela) Sharp of Poplar Bluff, MO; one daughter, Crystal (Thomas) Wager of Victor; one brother, Willard Sharp of West Virginia; 14 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his first wife, Doris Ruth (Woodworth) Sharp, a brother, Edward Sharp, his twin brother, Clifford Sharp, three sisters, Mary Ives, Eleanor Shuknecht and Elizabeth Shuknecht, a grandson, Scott Sharp and a granddaughter, Stephanie Malone.  

Calling hours are Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Elba, 31 South Main Street, Elba.  Services will be at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday also at the First Baptist Church of Elba. Private burial will be in Reed Cemetery, Oakfield.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 50, Batavia, NY 14021. 

Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.burdettandsanford.com.

Arrangements were completed by the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield, (585) 948-5325.

 

wellman1_0.jpgDonald Chauncey Wellman of Attica, NY passed away peacefully on October 24, 2015 at the Erie County Medical Center after a sudden illness. He was born on February 12, 1931 in Warsaw, NY but soon thereafter became a life-long resident of Attica.

Don is survived by his loving wife of almost 63 years, Carol (Cooper) Wellman and three daughters: Donna Wellman Butler (Charles R.) of St. Augustine FL, Cyndie Ann Wellman of Attica, and Julie Wellman Huber (Jeffrey A.) of Attica, who believe to this day that “My Daddy can fix it”. He is also survived by three adoring grandsons who were the light of his life for the past twenty-plus years: Donald Jeffrey Huber of Attica, Stephen Wesley Huber of Milford CT, and Lee Wellman Huber of Attica. His sister, Ruth Wellman Lange of Attica, nephew David N. Lange (Marilyn Fox) of Alexander NY and niece Marcia Lange Perry (Robert A.) of Attica and their families also survive Don and have given him much enjoyment and support.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Chauncey Parker Wellman and Evelyn Barrett Wellman, brother-in-law Norman K. Lange, and his father- and mother-in-law Arlie L. Cooper and Perle Horton Cooper, all of Attica.

After serving in the United States Air Force during the Korean conflict, Don returned to Attica and soon began a career with the Westinghouse Electric Corporation where he worked in several capacities, ultimately becoming the Plant Manager at the Attica Westinghouse foundry. Many of his happiest times were spent reminiscing with and about his fellow Westinghouse colleagues and their accomplishments and exploits. He was honored in June 2015 as Grand Marshal of the Attica Founder’s Day parade which featured an exhibit presented by the Attica Historical Society about the Attica Westinghouse plant.

Don made many contributions to the local community including serving on the Attica Central School Board of Education, the Intercommunity Medical Center Board, the Attica Village Board of Trustees, the Trinity United Methodist Church Board of Trustees, and membership in the Attica Historical Society and the Harder-O’Donnell Post of the American Legion. His many interests included enjoying his family and friends, woodworking, hunting, travel, playing euchre and sports. He was an avid New York Yankees supporter and a (sometimes frustrated) Buffalo Bills fan.

Those who knew Don will remember him for his quick wit, love of jokes (especially practical ones!), and his unwavering commitment to his family, friends, and community. He will be deeply missed but the world is a better place because of him. Now Heaven gets a chance to enjoy his gifts.

Friends may call from 2:00 to 4:00PM and 6:00 to 8:00PM on October 28, 2015 at the Marley Funeral Home, 135 Main Street, Attica, NY. Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM on October 29, 2015 at the Marley Funeral Home with interment services immediately following at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Attica.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Don’s name to the Attica Fire Department, 11 Water St., Attica, NY 14011 or to Friends for Colombia, an organization that provides assistance to travelers in distress and were an invaluable source of comfort and support to Don and his family when he became ill in Colombia. Donations may be made through their website at www.friendsforcolombia.org. For more information please call 585-591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com.  Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.

gene2.jpgGenevieve Sobolewski, 98, formally of Batavia, NY passed away Sunday October 18, 2015 at East Side Nursing Home in Warsaw, NY. She was born August 19, 1917 in Buffalo to her late father Stanley Twardowski and mother Marcyanne Galeziewski.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 53 years Cyril J. Sobolewski; brothers Stanley and Frank Twardowski; sisters Eleanor Matlasz, Angela Sobolewski, Otylia Jakubowski and Rosalyn Moscicki.

Genevieve worked for R.E. Chapin for over 45 years. She was a lifetime member of St. Joseph’s Church in Batavia as well as a long time active member in the Sodality.  Genevieve was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for her 19 years of volunteer work at the Genesee County Nursing Home. She enjoyed crocheting & knitting for various charities. Her love of travel took her to such places as The Holy Land, Poland, Paris and Geneva Switzerland. Genevieve was a very loving Aunt to all her nieces and nephews: the late Lee Moscicki, Dorothy Grant-Fletcher, Carol Johnson, Francis Dirisio, Richard Moscicki, Elizabeth Santora, John Jakubowski, the late Marcia Belli, Donna Twardowski, Greg Yourkowski, Daniel Twardowski, and Eugene Moscicki.  

She is survived by her sister Delores Yourkowski of Batavia along with the above mentioned nieces and nephews and great and great-great nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. An 11:00AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday October 28, 2015 at Ascension Parish 15 Sumner St. Batavia, New York 14020. She will be entombed in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Western New York www.alz.org/wny or the donor’s choice. For more information please call 585-343-8260 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com.  Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

 

Stafford ~ George H. Torrey, age 85, of Torrey Road, passed away early Tuesday morning (October 20, 2015) at the Genesee County Nursing Home.

     Mr. Torrey was born July 26, 1930 to the late Elbert and Marjorie (Waterman) Torrey.

     Mr. Torrey was a (1948) graduate of Pavilion Central School and a (1952) graduate of State University of New York at Morrisville with an A.A. degree in (Agriculture). Mr. Torrey was a lifetime resident of Genesee County who owned and operated Springbrooke Farms for over 50 years.  In 2002 the Torrey family farm was recognized as a Century Farm by the New York Agricultural Society – recognizing 200 continuous years of operation.

     Mr. Torrey was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Amaryllis (Rashko) Torrey and infant son, Bryan Torrey. He is survived by his children; Melinda Torrey Bacon of Florida, Randall (Lisa) Torrey of Wisconsin, Jennifer (James) Lewis of Batavia, and Gregg (Jessica) Torrey of Bethany; his grandchildren; Calla Bacon, Jay Lewis and Rhowen Torrey; his siblings; Douglas Torrey (Peggy), Maxine Lisi (William) and Marcia Kibbe (Alan); sister-in-law, Mary Torrey and many nieces and nephews.

     George was also predeceased by his siblings; Charles, David, Donald, Reginald and Gerald Torrey.

     There will be no prior visitation and services for Mr. Torrey will be private at the family's convenience.

     The family respectfully declines the gift of flowers and suggests memorial donations be directed to Genesee Cancer Assistance, 16 Bank Street, Batavia, NY 14020.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Mr. Torrey's family at  www.falconefuneralhome.com.

     Mr. Torrey and his family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy.  585-768-2400

krauss_0.pngDonna K. Krauss, 79, of Livonia, formerly of Perry, passed away Sunday October 18, 2015 at the Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Mt. Morris surrounded by her loving family. She was born January 18, 1936 in Sidney, New York to the late Ralph (Frances Marion Halbert) Colling. She is preceded in death by her husband Harold C. Krauss who died October 23, 2006; daughter Autumn Krauss who died in 1992 and brother William Collings who died in 2013.

Donna was a graduate of Perry Central School. She retired from the former Champion Products in Perry where she was an order editor. She was a member of the Brick Presbyterian Church in Perry , where she was a former Sunday school teacher and was involved in their bible study group. She enjoyed cooking, doing crossword puzzles, embroidery and spending time with her family.

She is survived by daughters April (James) Blum of Livonia, Brenda (Richard) Simpson of Perry;  son Christopher Krauss of Livonia; sisters Deborah (James) Yamonaco of Leicester, Kimberly Collings of Mt. Morris; brothers Ernie (Linda) Collings of Silver Lake, Rusty (Judy) Collings of N. Carolina, Keith (Charlene) Collings of Perry, Colin Kelly of Sidney, NY; 4 grandchildren Jolynn (Daniel) Kemp, Krista Krauss, Cory and Kelsi Blum; 4 great grandchildren Brayden, Annabelle and Sophia Kemp, Sylass Osborne along with many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call from 4-8pm on Thursday October 22, 2015 at the Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530 .A Memorial service will be held on Friday October 23rd at 11:00AM at the funeral home. She will be laid to rest in Glenwood Cemetery in Perry.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to United Cerebral Palsy 1825 K Street NW Suite 600 Washington, DC 20006 or visit ucp.org. For more information please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530.

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