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Batavia- Gloria E. Allein, 99, of Batavia passed away on Friday, February 18th, 2022, surrounded by her loving family at Brothers of Mercy Nursing Home in Clarence.

Mrs. Allein was born January 8th, 1923, in Buffalo, NY. She is the daughter of the late Harold W. Athoe and Frieda H. Athoe.

Gloria was a longtime and active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Batavia, NY. She was a member of the church choir, bell choir, Ladies Auxiliary and taught both Vacation Bible School and Sunday School. She volunteered her time for many years at Genesee Memorial Hospital. She married Fred J. Allein on December 17th, 1944, upon his return home from World War II. While he was still active with the Air Force they lived in Germany and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Gloria enjoyed gardening and spending time with her family. You only had to meet Gloria once and you would fall in love with her infectious smile and loving heart.

Surviving are her children, Gloria (Robert) Chapman of Stafford, James (Cheryl) Allein of Attica, her son-in-law, David R. Whitcombe of Batavia; grandchildren, Brent (Judy) Chapman, Rebecca (Matthew) Roggow, Robert (Molly) Chapman, Jeffery (Shannon) Whitcombe, Ryan (fiancé Meghan Dwyer) Whitcombe, Becky Whitcombe, Abby Allein, Alyssa Allein, and Braden Allein; eleven great-grandchildren with her twelfth due in June; her sister, Wilma Meyer of Batavia; her brother, Harold W. Athoe II. of Batavia; and several nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her loving husband of 65 years, Fred J. Allein, who passed away on October 15th, 2010; her daughter, Pamela Whitcombe who passed away on August 13th, 2021; her grandson, Richard Whitcombe who passed away on July 24th, 2006; and her sister, Jeanette Briggs who passed away on March 17th, 1969.

Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, February 23rd, from 10 am to 11 am at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 31 Washington Avenue, Batavia, NY. Her funeral services will immediately follow visitation and begin at 11 am. Burial will be at Grand View Cemetery in Batavia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 31 Washington Avenue, Batavia, NY14020. To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Batavia - Michael K. McEvoy, 75 of Batavia passed away on Thursday, February 17, 2022 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

Mr. McEvoy was born Friday, September 27th, 1946 in Cortland, New York a son of the late Gerald McEvoy and Joyce Pursey McEvoy.

Michael attended Cortland High School and graduated in 1965. After graduation, he went to Canton Tech to pursue his degree in Technology and Buffalo State to complete his degree in Education.

He began his teaching career at Cheektowaga High School, where he spent 3 years. He spent the next decade at Sweet Home High School, before moving to Pembroke Jr./Sr. High School in 1984, where he spent the remainder of his educational career teaching technology and met his wife Susan, a music teacher. Michael and Susan married on September 28, 1985 and remained at Pembroke until their retirement.

Michael had a passion for woodworking, watercolor painting, and photography. Throughout his life, he practiced his art, including photographing weddings professionally throughout the 80s and 90s.

Michael is survived by his wife of 36 years, Susan Hoverson McEvoy of Batavia; daughters, Sara McEvoy of Boulder, Colorado, Amy (Eric) Forden of Cumming, Georgia, Katie (Mark) Weber of Ithaca, New York and Sara (Mike) Glynn of Batavia, New York; four grandchildren, Addison and Ian Glynn and Alexander and Adam Forden; his brother, Kevin (Karen) McEvoy of Cortland and his niece, Kary McEvoy (Phillip Valenta) of Whitney Point.

Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 24th, 2022 from 9:30 am to 10:30 am at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia, NY. His Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 am at St. Joseph's Church, 303 East Main Street, Batavia, NY. He will be laid to rest in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Cortland, NY.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, WNY Chapter, 1650 South Avenue, Suite 100, Rochester, New York 14620 or Visiting Nurses Association of Western New York, 650 Airborne Parkway, Cheektowaga, NY 14225.  To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

olverd_julie-photo1.jpgJulie Catherine Olverd, 48 of Batavia, passed away on Tuesday (February 15, 2022) at Strong Memorial Hospital.

She was born April 2, 1973 in Clifton Springs, NY, a daughter of Cathy Creswell Slayton and the late Howard Martin; also preceded in death by a brother, Howard Martin. 

Julie enjoyed most time spent with her family, friends and children most of all. She was loyal and hardworking. Julie was a great lover of football. She was Buffalo Bills’ biggest fan. She devoted herself to her children and family. Julie had a heart of gold and selfless character. 

Surviving besides her mother is her husband, Eric Olverd of Batavia. Daughter, Morgan Olverd of Batavia. Son Kaiden Olverd of Batavia. Also survived by three brothers, four sisters, nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Sunday (February 20th) from 2-4pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY. A memorial service will follow visitation at 4pm.

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.

 

 

mgraz.jpg  Margaret Elaine Grazioplene, 97, went to her heavenly home on Monday, February 14, 2022 after spending her last few days at the Aurora House Comfort Care Home in Spencerport, NY. Elaine was a loving and joyful person, who embraced life with enthusiasm and graciousness. She cherished being with family and friends and, even while facing declining health, impaired eyesight and restricted mobility, made the most of any gathering.

Elaine enjoyed games, particularly the card game Quiddler, one in which her many years as a crossword puzzler gave her a stockpile of obscure words. Well into her early nineties, she would adventurously climb into a canoe or kayak, compete in a bocce game or get down on the floor to play with great grandchildren. Elaine loved milkshakes, homemade pasta, Grace Livingston Hill books, Jeopardy and traveling adventures. She was a devoted sports fan, closely following her Buffalo Bills, professional golf and the Olympics.

Elaine’s faith in Christ was evident in her daily life. She was devoted to reading Scripture and loved listening to hymns and worshiping with her Edgewood church family. She was a bright spot for the many who knew and loved her. Although her presence on earth will be missed, she eagerly anticipated her new home in heaven.

Elaine was born on May 12, 1924 in Hornell, NY, the daughter of the late Carman and Frances Beaird Solo. She graduated from Buffalo State Teachers College in 1946 and started her career teaching elementary students in Oakfield, NY. She later taught middle school at St. Mary’s School in Batavia and then tutored math students at Genesee Community College until she retired at the age of 87.

Elaine is survived by her son, James (Ann Marie) Grazioplene; her daughters, Mary Margaret (Walter) Fleming, Elizabeth (Dean) Powley, Christine (Wil) Franz; her sister, Patricia Emerson and her beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Grazioplene; her son, Thomas (Holly) Grazioplene; her sister, Catherine Solo and her brother, Frances (Lucy) Solo.

A Service to celebrate Elaine’s life and Christ’s faithfulness will be held on Sunday, February 27 at 2:00 PM at Edgewood Church (111 E Jefferson Rd, Pittsford, NY 14534). Live streaming of the service will be available via YouTube (search for Edgewood Church Rochester NY).

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Edgewood Church or to the Aurora House Comfort Care Home (495 S Union Street, Spencerport, NY 14559). To leave thoughts or condolences please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, NY 14020.

Barbara R. Kern, 86, of Basom, passed away peacefully at her home, with her family by her side, on Monday, February 14, 2022.

Barb was born May 15, 1935, in Batavia, a daughter of the late Jacob and Helen Blish Klotzbach.

Barb was a longtime member of the Indian Falls United Methodist Church and the church organist for 60 years. She was a member of the Apostles Class and sang in the church choir. Music was a very important part of Barb’s life. She taught piano lessons for many years and at one time had 15 students under her calming guidance. When she wasn’t busy with her church activities and her piano students, Barb helped out at Kern’s Farm Market. She was very dedicated to the family farm. Her favorite hobbies were crocheting and bowling. Barb was a devoted Christian and loved her grandchildren dearly.

Barb is survived by her beloved husband of 68 years, Ronald M. Kern; her sons, Scott (Karla) Kern and Gregory (Deborah) Kern; 5 grandchildren, Jackie (Josh) Kurcoba, Ronda Marie Kern, Stefanie (Ben) Kitanik, Andrew Kern and Jeremy Kern; one great grandson, Jack Kitanik; her brothers, Lawrence (Linda) Klotzbach and Keith (late Helen) Klotzbach. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Family and friends may call Friday, February 18, 2022, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Indian Falls United Methodist Church, 7908 Alleghany Road, Corfu, NY. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 19, 2022, at 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Indian Falls Cemetery, Indian Falls, NY.

Arrangements were made by C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu, NY.

Elba - Larry D. Williams, 64 of Elba passed away on Tuesday, (January 25, 2022) at Buffalo General Hospital in Buffalo.

Mr. Williams was born September 25, 1957 in Charleston, West Virginia a son of the late Willie Williams and Velma (Gross) Williams.

Larry is survived by his wife, Colleen (Say) Williams of Elba, along with children and grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute at roswellpark.org.

Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home in Batavia. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Batavia - Joseph G. Battaglia, III, 82 of Batavia, passed away on Monday, (February 7, 2022) at home.

Mr. Battaglia was born May 17, 1939 in Batavia,a son of the late Joseph P.  Battaglia, II and Lucille (Hale) Battaglia.

He was a former parishioner of St. Mary's Church in Batavia. He enjoyed the horses, football, gardening - especially tomatoes, and raising chickens.

Surviving are his daughters, Tina Marie (Clarence) Winspear of Cameron, North Carolina, LuAnne Battaglia of Lockport, and Jolene Battaglia of Chili; his companion, Hazel Preedom of Batavia; 10 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Joe is preceded in death by an infant son, Joseph G. Battaglia, IV; a brother, Michael Battaglia; and a sister, Rose Marie Monte.

Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia. Burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Batavia will be private.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Batavia - Mrs. Florence L. Speed, 101, of Batavia, a long time resident of Elba and graduate of Batavia High School, Class of 1938, passed away Sunday (February 13, 2022) at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

Mrs. Speed was born July 7, 1920 in West Bethany, the daughter of the late Thomas and Lorene (Rafter) Galliford.

She is the predeceased by her husbands, Rudolph P. Richenberg in 1975 and Anson J. Speed in 2000; a son, John M. Richenberg in 1998. She is the sister of the late George Galliford, Thomas Galliford, Herbert Galliford, Isabel Mitterling, Evalena McGee, Mary Lambert, Mabel Hilken, Ruth Reamer, and J. Daniel Galliford.

Surviving is her daughter, Debra (Ronald) Bonczyk; daughter-in-law, Linda Richenberg; grandchildren, Ramona (fiancé Kaz Falco) Richenberg, Kathy Richenberg, Alicia (fiancé Michael McDonald) Bowen; sisters-in-law, Martha Richenberg, and Clara Galliford.

Florence is a former member of the Presbyterian Church of Elba, Elba Fire Department Ladies’ Auxiliary, the Historical Society of Elba, the Elba Grange, and the Home Bureau. She was a bus driver for Elba Central School for many years.

Family and Friends may call on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia, where Florence’s Funeral Service will immediately follow visitation at 6:00 p.m. Burial in Maple Lawn Cemetery in Elba will be private. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial contributions to the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Elba Fire Department, 4 S. Main Street, Elba, NY 14058 or the Elba Historical Society, PO Box 24, Elba, NY 14058.

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

johnson_geraldine-photo1.jpgGeraldine K. Johnson, 80 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Monday (February 14, 2022) at Strong Memorial Hospital.

She was born May 21, 1941 in Batavia, NY, a daughter of the late Floyd and Georgianna Tenny Geitner.

Geraldine was employed by the Batavia City School District where she was a teacher aide for several years prior to her retirement. She enjoyed her time there and the children she interacted with. She loved to dance and care for her home, especially the gardening. She also enjoyed cooking. Most of all she will be known for her love she showed for her family and the enjoyable moments spent with them.

Survivors include her son, Larry Dean Johnson of East Pembroke. Daughter, Jacqueline Lee (Daniel) Surdyk of Canandaigua. Grandsons, Daniel Francis (Sara) Surdyk III and expected great-grandson of Minnesota, Shawn-Dean Surdyk of Colorado and Colton Lee Surdyk of Colorado. Sister, Gloria Klosner of Batavia. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was the wife of the late Ervin Dean Johnson who passed away in 2003 and sister of the late Patricia (Sam) Carrubba.

Family and friends may call Wednesday (Feb. 16th) from 4-8pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, 10am at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, Church St., East Pembroke. Geraldine will be laid to rest in St. Joseph Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association. 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, NY1 4020. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.


Lorraine Susan Anderson, age 60, of Batavia NY, passed away on Monday, January 31st, 2022, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester after a brief and brave battle with cancer. She was born in Niagara Falls, NY on July 1, 1961. Lori was a 1979 graduate of Elba Central School and received her A.S. in Accounting from Genesee Community College in 1981. She was employed as a mail clerk at G.C.C. for the past 24 years.  Lori also was the bookkeeper for her husband’s business, Anderson’s Appliance Repair.

Lori was well known for loving butterflies and the color purple.  She was an avid crafter and talented art quilter. Lori was an active member of the Museum Quilt Guild and Art C Girlz groups of Batavia where she always looked forward to showcasing her work at their quilt shows and participating in their classes and retreats.  Lori also enjoyed photography, gardening in her backyard, researching her family genealogy, and searching for signs of bigfoot in Salt Fork, Ohio.  Her caring and thoughtful personality will be forever loved and missed by all.

She is survived by her loving husband of 38 years, William Anderson; her two children, Bethany (Benjamin) Gillard of Lancaster and Bryan (Allison) Anderson of Fairport; her beloved grandson, Luke Anderson; her parents, Lawrence Cassatt of Batavia, and Shirley Cassatt of Batavia; her siblings, Lawrence (Patricia) Cassatt of Elba and Cindy (Robert) Elliott of Batavia; as well as many other family members and friends.

Keeping with Lori’s request, a celebration of her life will be held at a park at a later date. 

The family requests that any memorial contributions be made in honor of Lori to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, P. O. Box 631, Buffalo, NY 14240 or Wilmot Cancer Institute Development Office, Alumni and Advancement Center, 300 E. River Road, PO Box 278996, Rochester, NY 14627.

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