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Batavia - Mrs. Mavis E. Patterson, 89, of Batavia, a nutritionist at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Batavia for 20 years, died October 5, 2010at the Batavia Nursing Home.

Mrs. Patterson was born April 22, 1921 in Batavia, the daughter of the late Harold and Blanche Raab Griswold.
She worked as a nurse at the former St. Jerome Hospital prior to working at Cornell Cooperative and following her time at Cornell Cooperative, she worked as a secretary at Orleans Community Action in Batavia.
She was a member of the Zonta Club, American Legion Post No. 332. She enjoyed reading, loved to play bingo and was a fan of the New York Yankees, Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres.
Her husband, Reubon O. Patterson, died January 8, 1988.
Survivors include one son, Keith O. Patterson; a foster son, John (Judy) Ladd of Batavia; a brother, Gary (Beverly) Griswold of Syracuse; grandchildren, Melissa Metcalf of Batavia, Kelly Patterson, Kurtis (Angela) Patterson, Aaron Patterson and  Brett Patterson, both currently serving with the United States Navy and John Ladd, Jr.; great-grandchildren, Jenna Kent, Megan Ladd, Kadin Patterson, Allison Patterson and Makayla Davis; her dear friend, Ann Squires of Jacksonville, Florida and  nieces and nephews.
She is the mother of the late Lucinda Patterson Metcalf.
There are no prior calling hours. Her services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia. Memorials may be made to Cornell Cooperative Extension, 420 East Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020. Burial will be in West Bethany Cemetery.
Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.


hopfer.jpgRonald C. Hopfer, 80 of Batavia, NY died October 4, 2010 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia, NY. Born April 23, 1930 in Bronx, NY. He worked for over 20 years for the City of Rochester School District where he was the director of purchasing before retiring. After retiring he enjoyed spending his winters at Ft. McAllister in Savannah, Georgia as a park ranger and camp host. Mr. Hopfer was a member of the Lone Wolf Car Club with his famed 1977 Matador, an avid drum corps enthusiast being involved for many years with St. Joseph’s Drum Corps. He was also a Marine Corps Veteran, obtaining the rank of Staff Sgt. Serving from 1950 to 1954 and a member of the VFW Post in Batavia. 
Survivors include his wife of 58 years Sylvia (Burdsal) Hopfer of Batavia, a son Russell (Sandy) Hopfer of Pavilion, 2 daughters Vicky (Dean) Devie of Long Island, and Cindy (Edward) Carroll of Rochester, NY. 6 grandchildren Thomas and Meghan Carroll, Adam (Mary) Capizzano, Steffani (Justin) Murry and Katie and Kyle Hopfer. 
Friends are invited to call from 4:00 to 8:00 PM on Monday October 11, 2010, at the Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 W. Main St. Batavia, NY 14020. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday October 12, 2010 at the Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company Inc. 329- 333 W. Main St. Batavia, NY at 11:00 AM. 
In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Camp Good Days & Special Time 1332 Pittsford-Mendon Rd., PO Box 665, Mendon, NY 14506.  For more information or to sign the online guest registry please go to www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or call 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 W. Main St. Batavia, New York 14020.


   Age 96, of Elba, formerly of Niagara Falls, NY died early Wednesday morning at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home after a brief illness. She was born June 10, 1914 in Anita, PA daughter of the late Frank & Raphaela (Serianni) Villella. Mrs. Duganier was a member of St. Padre Pio Parish in Elba and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Niagara Falls where she was very active in earlier years. She had a great love for family especially her sons and grandsons, a wonderful cook and avid card player.

   She is survived by her loving sons Richard (Carol) Duganier of Elba and Joseph Duganier of Albion; a brother Anthony Villella of PA; grandsons Joseph of Batavia & Michael of PA along with many nieces, nephews, great nieces & nephews.

   The family will be present from 3-7 PM Friday Oct. 8, 2010 at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where prayers will be recited 9:15 AM Saturday Oct. 9 followed by a 10:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial St. Padre Pio Parish (Elba Site). Memorials in her memory can be made to the Church or HomeCare & Hospice 550 East Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. Interment will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Niagara Falls, NY.


BAJ, STEPHEN J.0001.jpgStephen J. Baj., 90, of Akron, died Monday (October 4, 2010) at McAuley Residence in Kenmore after a lengthy illness.

He was born in Buffalo on June 13, 1920, a son of the late Andrew and Aniela Krol Baj.  His wife Eileen Woodard Baj died in 1987.  He served with the US Army in the Rhineland in Central Europe and received a Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster and Combat Infantry Badge.   He was with the 745th Infantry Brigade and achieved the rank of Corporal.  He was a member of St. Teresa of Avila RC Church in Akron and would sell fresh porduce and garden novelties in the Akron area during the seasonal months.

Surviving are his nephews: Frank (Joyce) Gubala of Kenmore, John Gubala of Houston Tesas, Arthur (Elizabeth) Baj of West Seneca and Carl (Sophie) Baj of Buffalo.  Great nephews and great, great nephews also survive.

He was the brother of the late Veronica Gubala who died in July of 2010 and Joseph Baj who died in 1968.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 - 8 PM at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, 32 JOHN ST., AKRON.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday at 10AM at St. Teresa of Avila RC Church with Rev. Msgr. Robert Williamson as Celebrant.   Burial with full military honors will follow in St. Teresa of Avila Cemetery.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the church.

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



Batavia - Mrs. Ardella L. Tatro, 74, of Batavia, died Monday, (October 4, 2010)at United Memorial Medical Center.
Mrs. Tatro was born June 11, 1936 in Pike, a daughter of the late William and Annabelle (Selfridge) Smith.
She loved to crochet, do crafts, cook and spend time with her family. Mrs. Tatro was also a yard sale enthusiast. 
Survivors include her husband, Earl Tatro of Batavia; eight children, Dannis Blanco of Atlanta, Georgia, William Blanco of Niagara Falls, Gail Carpenter of Batavia, Sandra (Scott) Ohlson of East Bethany, Lavine Scroger of Taylorsville, North Carolina, Bronco Blanco of Batavia, Jesse (Julie) Blanco of Batavia and Angela Blanco of Batavia; a step-daughter, Earlene (Louis) Howard of La Vernia, Texas; four brothers, Clarence (Eva) Smith of Friendship, Norman (Skeet) Smith of Fillmore, George (Margaret) Smith of Warsaw and Kenneth (Teresa) Smith of Niagara Falls; four sisters, Barbara Mullen of Oakfield, Mary Mitchell of Tennessee, Penny McDaniel of North Carolina and Mabel (Joe) Tomasine of Tennessee; 34 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She is the mother of the late Kathy Dauber and a sister of the late Margaret Mosholder, Gordon Smith and Dennis Smith.
Calling hours are Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to noon and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield. Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday at the Oakfield United Methodist Church, 2 South Main Street, Oakfield. Burial will be in Reed Cemetery, Oakfield. Memorials may be made to the family.  Condolences may be made at www.burdettandsanford.com.


   Robert L. DeFreze Sr., 82 of Batavia, NY.died October 3, 2010 at Aurora House in Spencerport, NY. Born December 8, 1927 in Pembroke, New York son of the late Frank (Gladys Marsh) Natolie. Mr. DeFreze was retired from the Batavia Police Department where he was a detective and employed for over 25 years. He was an Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict and a member of the Police Benevolent Association. He was a past member of Resurrection Parish (St. Joseph’s) the Glenn S. Loomis American Legion Post #332, a former Little League Baseball coach and was active in scouting. Mr. DeFreze was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. Preceded in death by his wife, Florence Ficarella DeFreze in 1996. 
He is survived by sons Robert (Donna) DeFreze Jr. of Rochester, David (Cinda) DeFreze of Piffard, Richard (Maria) DeFreze of Batavia and Kim (Beth) DeFreze of Batavia, and daughter Cheryl DeFreze of Rochester. One sister Dorothy Antinore of Ballston Spa, NY survives along with 12 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 
Friends are invited to call from 3 to 7 PM on Wednesday October 6, 2010 at the Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 W. Main St. Batavia, NY 14020. Funeral services will take place on Thursday October 7, 2010 at 10:00 AM at the Funeral Home. Entombment with full military honors will take place at St. Joseph’s Mausoleum in Batavia. 
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to Aurora House of Western Monroe County, P.O. Box 21, Spencerport, NY 14559.For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or call (343-8260). Arrangements completed by the Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.

Marissa A. Ozzimo, 20 of Perry, NY died October 1, 2010 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester after suffering injuries in an automobile accident. Born July 18, 1990 to Salvatore Ozzimo of Perry and Kathleen Countryman Ozzimo of Perry. Marissa was a graduate of Perry High School class of 2008 and was currently attending Genesee Community Collage and Genesee Valley BOCES in pursue of a nursing career.
She enjoyed shopping and spending time with friends, family and her dog “Brisk”. Preceded in death by her paternal grandparents Greg and Lena Ozzimo.

She is survived by sisters: Salena Ozzimo of Rochester, and Malena Ozzimo of Perry; maternal grandparents: Francis “Curly” (Pat) Countryman of Perry, her boyfriend: Craig Cox of Perry, along with many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and friends also survive.

Friends are invited to call Monday October 4th from 4-8pm at the Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC 98 North Main St. Perry, NY 14530.

Memorials may be made to the Wyoming County SPCA 808 Creek Rd. Attica, New York 14011. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com or call 237-2626. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St. Perry, NY 14530.


Lucile B. Tarala, 86 of Perry died October 2, 2010 at the Wyoming County Skilled Nursing Facility in Warsaw. Born in Perry on April 6, 1924 daughter of the late William (Nellie Clark) Brewer. Mrs. Tarala worked for many years at Archway Cookies in Perry. She was a past member of the Tuesday Club. Mrs. Tarala enjoyed crossword puzzles, music and singing. Preceded in death by her husband Anthony J. Tarala; brothers Gaylord, William and Stanley Brewer along with sister Ruth Trescott.

She is survived by daughters Donna (Donald Hillhouse) Tarala of Castile; Cindy (Dariel) Draper of Perry; son James (Karen) Tarala of Coral Springs, FL; brother Donald Brewer of Warsaw; 7 grandchildren Peter Ozzimo Jr., Tammy Pooler, Amy Desouza, Jason Tarala, Jennifer Wilson, Stacey Beagle, James Becker; 5 great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews also survive.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday October 6th from 11AM to 1PM at the Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC 98 N. Main St. Perry, NY 14530. Services will be held immediately following calling hours 1:00 PM on Wed. at the Funeral Home. Interment in Glenwood Cemetery, Perry. 

Memorials may be made to the Wyoming County SPCA 808 Creek Rd. Attica, New York 14011. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com or call 237-2626. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St. Perry, NY 14530.  

Batavia - Mrs. Marian J. Winspear, 91, of Batavia, died Saturday, October 2, 2010at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Winspear was born September 16, 1919 in Redford, NY, a daughter of the late Frederick and Mary Margaret (McMillian) Jacobs.
She was a member of the Anglican Community Church of Batavia and enjoyed reading, her cats, cooking and most of all, her family. 
Her husband, Gordon L. Winspear, died in1979.
Survivors include  2 daughters, Ellen Stanton of E. Bethany and Hazel Crandall of Fletcher, NC; 6 grandchildren, Julie (Jon) Marino of Batavia, Bradley (Kathy) Winspear, Jenny Winspear and Gordon Winspear, all of Oakfield, Michelle Yun of Batavia and Rachel Crandall of Fletcher, NC; 7 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was the mother of the late Gordon E. Winspear, Jr., mother-in-law of the late Dale Crandall and grandmother of the late Michael d. Crandall.  
Friends may attend graveside services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Rt. #77, Corfu. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family to be distributed to various charities.  Arrangements were completed by Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home of Oakfield. Condolences may be made at www.burdettandsanford.com


Batavia - Mrs. Shirley J. Cuozzo, 85, of Batavia, died Friday, (October 1, 2010)at her daughter’s home in Cheektowaga, while under the care of Hospice Buffalo.
Mrs. Cuozzo was born July 12, 1925 in Buffalo, a daughter of the late John Gibney and Florence (Slade) Casper. She was also predeceased by her step-father Anthony Casper.
She was a life long member of Ascension Parish-St. Anthony’s Church where she belonged to the Altar and Rosary Society. Mrs. Cuozzo enjoyed drawing and took several classes at the local community college. As a child she acquired her love of birds from her step-father and her knack for flowers from her mother. Even though she was of Irish decent she learned to love the Italian ways after marrying her husband and it was not uncommon to find her making homemade manicotti, ravioli and pizzelles in her kitchen. Food was only one way that she expressed her love to family and friends.  
Survivors include a daughter, Michele (Ernest) Wilson of Cheektowaga; two granddaughters, Maureen (Scott) Mahland of Goode, Virginia and Amanda Myers of Memphis, Tennessee; three great-grandchildren, Andrew Mahland, Avery Mahland and Kaelyn Mahland; two brothers, Paul Casper and Emory (Blanche) Casper, both of Batavia; three sisters, Joyce Blackwell of Houston, Texas, Zita Stornelli of Melbourne, Florida and Cecilia (Merril) Mabon of Castile and several nieces and nephews.
Her husband, Carmen Cuozzo, died June 7, 1990. She is also predeceased by seven brothers and sisters.  
Calling hours are on Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia. Prayers will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at Ascension Parish - St. Anthony's Church, 122 Liberty Street, Batavia. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Memorials may be made to The Hospice Foundation of WNY, 225 Como Park Boulevard, P.O. Box 590, Buffalo, N.Y. 14240 or the American Cancer Society, 101 John James Audubon Parkway West, Amherst, N.Y. 14228. Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.


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