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Warsaw ~ Mary Lee Merrill, age 87, of Short Street, passed away on Sunday (May 20, 2018) at Strong Memorial Hospital in the loving presence of her family.

     She was born August 17, 1930 in Varysburg, a daughter of the late Raymond and Bernice Neyerlin Donnelly.

     Mary Lee was a loving wife and mother, who was devoted to her family.  She was a telephone operator for Rochester Telephone Company and eventually completed her working career as a secretary for Warsaw TV-Cable.

     She is survived by her daughter, Linda L. Merrill of Warsaw; her son, Robert (Karen) Merrill of Richfield, OH; her brother, John Donnelly of Varysburg; her sisters-in-law, Elsa Donnelly of Varysburg, Barbara Ewell of FL, Lori Merrill (Charlotte Hamon) of Warsaw and Patricia Merrill of LeRoy, along with many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband, Gerald L. Merrill in 2016, her brother, James Donnelly, sister-in-law, Beverly Donnelly and brothers-in-law, Vincent Ewell, David Merrill, Roger Merrill, Norman Merrill, James (Diana) Merrill and Donald Merrill.

     Family and friends may call on Wednesday, May 23 from 3 ~ 7 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19 north), LeRoy, where services will be held at 7 PM.  Interment in the Warsaw Cemetery will be private.

     The courtesy of no flowers is requested with memorials suggested to St. Jude’s Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101.

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

hendershott_pic.jpgROGER K. HENDERSHOTT ~ Batavia 

Age 81, of Batavia, died peacefully Monday morning May 14, 2018 at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation. He was born December 21, 1936 in Batavia, NY a son of the late Louis W. and Lisa Hendershott also preceded in death by siblings, Doug, Laverne, Donald Hendershott and Betty Brumber.                                                          

Mr. Hendershott was a machinist for many years at the former Trojan Industries, and an avid hunter, fisher and enjoyed reading. 

Surviving is his beloved wife of 54 years, Carol (Berdy) Hendershott of Batavia; loving sons, John Hendershott of Batavia, Philip (Alice) Hendershott of Medina; cherished grandchildren, Daniel and Zachary; sisters-in-law, Annie and Pat Hendershott along with many nieces and nephews. 

Roger's family will be present from 4-6pm on Saturday May 19, 2018 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 6pm. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association 20 Northpointe Drive Suite 130 Amherst, NY 14228 or the Alzheimer's Association 280 Wherle Drive Suite 6 Williamsville, NY 14221. 

Please share your words of comfort with Roger's family at www.tomaszewskifh.com or for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.

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

 

 

clouds.jpg Theresa J. Suozzi, 83, of Medina passed away peacefully on Thursday May 17, 2018 at the Orchard Manor Nursing Home. She was born in Batavia on February 4, 1935 to the late Andrew and Josephine (Zito) Riso. In addition to her parents, Theresa is predeceased by her grandson; Sean Stevens; sisters Rose Battaglia, Josephine Battaglia, Frances Gravanda and Pauline Gullo; brothers Andrew, Harry and Nicholas Riso.

She is survived by her loving husband; Patrick Suozzi of Medina; son Terry (Alberta) Suozzi of Medina; sister Mary Davidson of Clarence along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. All are invited to attend a 10:00AM Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday May 23, 2018 at Ascension Parish 19 Sumner St. Batavia, NY 14020. She will be laid to rest at St. Joseph’s Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Special Olympics https://www.specialolympics.org/or the Orleans County Department of Mental Health 14014 Route 31 West Albion, NY, 14411. 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 York14020.

burns_helen_-_photo.jpgHelen J. Burns, 89 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Wednesday (May 16, 2018) at United Memorial Medical Center.

She was born November 4, 1928 in Batavia, NY, the youngest child of John and Julia (Krawiec) Niedzialek.

She was a simple, quiet person from humble beginnings to her humble end. She was known for her loving kindness and generosity for family, extended family, friends and neighbors. Her great joys were taking care of anyone she considered family, always opening her door to visitors, her kitchen to feed and her pocketbook for anyone in need. She never asked why you need something, instead only asking what you need.

Helen was a lifelong resident of Batavia and retired from P.W. Minor. She was a member of Resurrection Parish and enjoyed working outside, feeding birds, cats and other animals around her home. Helen loved her poodles. Most of all, she enjoyed time with her family and will be missed by all who knew her.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Paul J. Burns, and celebrated 67 years of marriage before his passing on August 4, 2016. She is also predeceased by her siblings, Della Platt, Edward Niedzialek, Walter Niedzialek, Joseph Niedzialek and Stanley Niedzialek.

Survivors include her daughter, Sandra J. Niedzialek – Burns of Dansville, NY. Son, Paul J. (Cheryl) Burns Jr. of Tucson, AZ. Grandchildren, Kristen (Joseph) Balonek of Rochester, Jaime (Carl) Catlin of Chittenago, NY, Benjamin Seekins of Batavia and Eleanor Kidder of Tucson, AZ. Also surviving are seven great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share in her Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday (May 19th),   9:30am at Resurrection Parish, 18 Ellicott St., Batavia. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in the form of Mass Offerings to Resurrection Parish, 18, Ellicott St., Batavia, NY 14020 or Crossroads House, 11 Liberty St., Batavia, NY 14020. 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.

 

 

Batavia - Betty J. Showler, 83, of Batavia, an employee at Angelica Textile Services, in Batavia, prior to her retirement, died Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Batavia Health Care Center.

Mrs. Showler was born August 15, 1934 in Batavia, the daughter of the late Albert H. and Lila Fern (Johnson) Showler.

She loved to garden and enjoyed the flowers that she grew.

Survivors include her daughter, Sandra L. (William) Chupp of Batavia; her grandson, Michael Chupp of Batavia and several nieces and nephews. 

She was the sister of the late Ronald Robert Showler and Theodore Marvin Showler.  

Friends may call on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 E. Main St., Batavia.  Graveside services will be at 9:00 a.m. Monday, May 21, 2018 at Maple Lawn Cemetery, 12 Maple Ave., in Elba.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, NY 14021, www.crossroadshouse.com/donate.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

boyce_2.jpgROBERT A. "BOB" BOYCE ~ Corfu 

Age 51, died unexpectedly early Monday morning May 14, 2018 at the Erie County Medical Center. He was born December 24, 1966 in Batavia, NY a son of Roland (Gloria) Boyce and the late Nancy (Terry) Boyce also preceded in death by a brother, Jack Boyce.   

Bob was the owner\operator of Christine Auto in Corfu for over 30 years and a bus mechanic for Pembroke Central Schools for over 25 years. He was president of the WNY Bus Mechanics Association, Sportman Coon Club and a Mopar fanatic! "Bondo Bob" was a friend to all and always ready to lend a hand, loved four-wheeling, trips North to the Mountains and cabin in Tug Hill. 

Surviving along with his father, his loving wife Angela (Delelys) Boyce; sons, Tyler Delelys of Batavia and Brandon Delelys of Greece; siblings, Cindy (late Dominic) Cerce of FL, Bill (Chrissy) Boyce of Pembroke, Randy (June0 Boyce of Oakfield, Sue (Mark) Seweryniak of Batavia, Bob (Angela) Boyce of Batavia; sister-in-law, Delores Boyce of Oakfield; mother and father-in-law, Linda (Jeff) Landers of Alden, NY along with several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Bob's family will be present to Celebrate his Life from 3-8pm Friday May 18, 2018 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020. Memorials in his memory are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association of WNY 2805 Wehrle Drive Suite 6 Williamsville, New York 14221. 

Please share your words of comfort with Bob's family at www.tomaszewskifh.com or for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500. 

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

 

dapper_dan.jpegDONALD A. "DAPPER DAN" BERARDINI, SR. ~ Batavia 

Age 88, of Batavia, NY died peacefully Monday evening May 14, 2018 at the Batavia Healthcare Center. He was born in January 28, 1930 in Batavia a son of the late Donato and Assunta (Bellucci) Berardini also preceded in death by his beloved wife Angeline "Angie" (Tenebruso) Berardini in 2011. 

Donald was a 1947 graduate of Batavia High School, was drafted into the Army in 1953 and served honorably in the Korean Conflict. Upon returning home he worked for Sylvania where he was a Union Steward and worked many years as a Mutual Clerk for Batavia Downs. A lifelong member of Ascension Parish (former St. Anthony's), volunteered on the Lawn Fete committee for many years, a founding member/life member of the former St. Nicholas Club, VFW Post #1602 and an avid NY Yankees fan. Oddly enough Don never had a drivers license but enjoyed trips to the casinos and playing cards. He will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. 

Surviving are his loving children, Donald A. (Terri) Berardini, Jr. of Lake Forest, IL, Suzanne (Donald) Jensen of Binghamton, Michael Berardini of Rochester, Eva (Steve) Owens of Clayton, NC, Brian (Frances) Berardini of Clayton, NC and Paul (Jessica Radam) Berardini of Batavia; 16 cherished grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; siblings, Richard (Josie) Berardini of Webster, Betty Daly of Arizona, Robert (Sue) Berardini of Batavia and Diane (late Jerry) Martino of Batavia along with several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

The family will be present from 1-4 & 5-8pm Thursday May 17, 2018 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where prayers will be recited 9:30am  Friday May 18 followed by a 10am Mass of Christian Burial Ascension Parish. He and his late wife will be interred in the future Veterans Cemetery in Pembroke and memorials in his memory are suggested to the church. 

Please share your words of comfort with Dapper's family at www.tomaszewskifh.com or for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500. 

THE FAMILY OF DONALD A. BERARDINI, SR. IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4210 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020

Batavia - John L. Mortellaro, Sr., age 89, of Batavia, passed away on Monday, May 14, 2018 at Strong Memorial Hospital, in Rochester.

John was born April 17, 1929 in Buffalo, a son of the late Gerlando Mortellaro and Rosalie Tambirello Mortellaro.

John was a dynamic, fun loving man who’s love of Family, Friends, life, dance, music and skiing could not be matched.  All you had to do is meet John and within minutes you would feel at home; part of the family.  His joy in life was making you feel at home and lightening any burden that you might be dealing with.

A self-employed farmer with G. Mortellaro & Sons in Elba for over 50 years, John was named the Outstanding Young Farmer in New York State in 1960. Following his retirement from the farm, he was a real estate agent with Bob Harris Realty in Batavia for 25 years.

A member of St. Joseph's Church, John was a member and president for over 20 years with the Genesee Orleans Grower's Association. A member of the Batavia Lions Club, he enjoyed waterskiing, bowling, water aerobics with the ladies, soccer, bocce ball, volleyball, snowmobiling and skiing.

He is survived by his wife, Johanne Latona Mortellaro, whom  he married May 30, 1959; his children, Lori Mortellaro Wendt of Batavia, John (Susanne Peach) Mortellaro, Jr. of Erie, Colorado, Ted (Troy Baldwin) Mortellaro of Chicago, Illinois, James (Carolyn) Mortellaro of Nashua, New Hampshire and Jennifer (Christopher) Gerace of Victor; six grandchildren, Christopher Wendt, Phillip Mortellaro, Sophia Mortellaro, Phoebe Mortellaro, Stephen Gerace and Anna Gerace; his sister, Virginia (Thomas) Rizzo of Kenmore; sister-in-law, Jean Latona of Mt Morris; sister-in-law, Janet McGee of Ohio; sister-in-law, Nancy Mortellaro of Batavia; goddaughter, Lynn Houseknecht and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is predeceased by his siblings, Mary Giordano and Gasper Mortellaro.

Friends may call on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Church, 18 Ellicott Street, Batavia.  Memorials may be made to ARC of Genesee Orleans, 64 Walnut Street, Batavia, New York 14020 or to the YMCA, 209 East Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020. He will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Batavia. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.


shirley.jpgShirley F. Smith, 92 of LeRoy, formerly of Batavia passed away peacefully under the loving care of the nurses and nursing assistants on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at LeRoy Village Green in LeRoy. She was born August 23, 1925 in DuBois, PA to the late George (Shirley Hauck) Kearney. Shirley was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 39 years, Robert J. Smith Sr.; sisters Jeanne Rill (Norman) of Michigan, Betty Cooley (Leon) of Attica and Mary Barrett (David) of Batavia.

Shirley lived in Perry during her childhood and later moved to Batavia. She was employed as a bookkeeper at Batavia Marine and Sporting Supply for almost 30 years where she enjoyed talking to everyone about hunting and fishing. She was a lifetime member of Godfrey’s Pond. She also worked as an election inspector for many years as well. Her faith was very important to her, and she was a lifelong member of St. Joseph’s Church and a member of the Women’s Sodality for many years.

Shirley’s greatest joy was her family. She is survived by her son; Robert J. Smith Jr. (Melissa) of Batavia; daughter Paula (Batchellor) Miller (Theodore) of East Bethany; grandchildren Major Adam S. Batchellor (USAF) (Nicol) of Montgomery, AL., Jenny Carney (Brendan) of East Bethany, Amy Celentano (Peter) of Stafford, Megan Hausler of California and Kelsey Smith of Pennsylvania; great grandchildren Neeley Elizabeth Carney and Beau Whitman Batchellor; sister Barbara Dyrbala (Frank) of Alexander; along with her son-n-law Gary Batchellor; her devoted friend Judy Schildwaster and many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call from 2:00-5:00PM on Sunday May 20, 2018 at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020. A 9:30AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday May 21, 2018 at Resurrection Parish 303 East Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020. She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alexander Outdoor Classroom, C/O Elementary Office, 3314 Buffalo St., Alexander, NY 14005. 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.

lyons.jpg Mary Jane Lyons, 80, of Batavia passed away on May 15, 2018 at Premier Genesee Nursing Home in Batavia. She was born in Batavia on February 3, 1938 to the late Charles and Bessie (Fenton) Johnston. In addition to her parents, Mary is predeceased by her husband; Ernest Lyons; siblings Alan, William, James and Robert Johnston, Virginia Gysel, Nancy Wade, Marion Kasorik.

Mary was a full time mom who loved crossword puzzles. She worked for several years at the Darien Knitting Mill.

She is survived by her children; Glenn (Jackie) Lyons, Karen (Vincent) Crossley and Judy Lyons; sister Margaret Heinz; 10 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Family and friends are welcome to call on Friday May 18, 2018 from 12:00-2:00PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011. A Graveside Service will immediately follow visitation at Forest Hill Cemetery in Attica where Mary will be laid to rest.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society https://www.cancer.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.

 

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