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frank.jpg  Francis H. (Frank) Hemmerich, 66, passed away on September 19, 2020. He was born at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Base, Florida on March 23, 1954 and was a lifelong resident of Batavia. Predeceased by his mother Vera (Hemmerich) Leone, Father Francis Hemmerich; brother Louis A. Leone.

Surviving family members include step father Louis Leone, sister Debbie Hemmerich-Olsowsky, brother David (Lisa) Leone, brother Vincent (Joanna) Leone, and several nieces and nephews.

His love for animals was evident as he was always surrounded by his many pets throughout the years. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to all he knew.

Visiting hours will be held from 4:00-6:00PM on Thursday September 24, 2020 at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020 with a Memorial Service to begin at 6:00 PM at the Funeral Home. Interment will be held at a private service by the family.

Please note the Funeral Home will be operating at 33% capacity per state guidelines. New York State requires those in attendance to adhere to the social distancing guidelines and face coverings are mandatory. Thank you for your cooperation.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Frank’s account to assist with future pet animal costs. Contributions can be made to the family payable to the Perry Vet Clinic 3699 W. Main St. in Batavia (his account number is B03238). For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.

Leo  K.  Reak, 95, of Oakfield,  passed away on Saturday, September 19th, 2020 at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Leo was born February 20th, 1925 in Alabama Center,  a son of the late Charles and Elsie (Spring) Reak.

A veteran, Leo served with the United States Army, earning the rank of Corporal T5.  During his service with the Army, Leo was a part of the supply and prisoner transport in the Philippines and office filing in Hawaii.   Leo enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening and was a past member of the VFW.  He worked at Doehler Jarvis as a metal worker and as a miner at US Gypsum in Oakfield.

Surviving are his son, Paul (Alice) Reak of Elba; his daughter, Ellen (Douglas) Murrray of East Bethany, seven grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Leo is predeceased by his wife, Ruth Reak, son, Ronald Reak, daughter-in-law, Mary Reak, great-granddaughter, Crystal Murray, brothers, Stanton Reak, George Reak and Raymond Reak and his sisters, Verna Morse, Irma Cavigliano and Ruth Jones.

Leo's service and military honors will be held privately at Grandview Cemetery in Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.  

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

Arrangements for Leo were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-8868.

Shirley M. Winters (nee Fitzgerald), 89, of Batavia, died Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 at her home. 

Mrs. Winters was born Feb. 22, 1931, in Buffalo, NY, daughter of the late Marguerite Fitzgerald McDivitt and the late John J. Fitzgerald.

Shirley was a member of the St. Maximillian Kolbe Catholic Church and a retired school bus driver for the Batavia City School District and Arc. She was active in local politics, which led to serving as Batavia Town Clerk and Batavia Town Supervisor.

She is predeceased by her husband Wesley W. Winters, whom she was married to for 52 years until his death; her brother John Fitzgerald, and her sister Kathleen Sobczak.

Surviving are: her children Beverly (Barry) McCabe, of East Pembroke, Diane Winters, of Batavia, Wesley A. (Ann) Winters, of Batavia, Wendy Hake, of Whitesboro, and Pamela (David) Zielinski, of Amsterdam; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Shirley was the sister of Agnes (Donald) Nelson, of Corfu, Jane (Ray) Ehrmentraut, of Churchville, Mike (Debbie) McDivitt, of Hilton, and DeEtta (Frank) Silvestro, of Clarence. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St. Maximilian Kolbe Church Hall, 8656 Church St., East Pembroke, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 1 p.m. A face covering will be mandatory as well as safe, social distancing. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, East Pembroke. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Maximilian Kolbe Church 18 W. Main St., Corfu, NY 14036 or the Batavia branch of The Salvation Army, 529 E. Main St., Batavia NY. 

Arrangements were made by C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary Inc., 4 E. Main St., Corfu.

Byron - Conrad C. Gifford Sr. of Byron, passed away on September 14th, 2020, his 90th birthday at Crossroads House in Batavia.

He was preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Roselin Gifford of Oneonta, his brother Gordon and his beloved wife Marie E. (Parsons) Gifford.

Conrad served his country as a member of the US Army and a veteran of the Korean War where he was awarded his combat infantry badge with 5 bronze stars as well as several other decorations.  During the war, Conrad served in both the 24th and 25th Infantry Divisions, initially with the 29th Regiment and then as a proud member of the 27th Regiment Wolfhounds.

A life-long patriot, Conrad was an avid member of the VFW, the Korean War Association, the American Legion and the Honor Guard.  As a notable entrepreneur in the Batavia area, Conrad was the original owner and proprietor of Golden Coin Laundry and the Golden Mobile Home Park as well as several other businesses and properties.

Conrad was a loving father and grandfather who will be deeply missed by his family.  Conrad is survived by his son Conrad Gifford Jr. and his wife Margaret, his daughter Colleen Lamie and her former husband Larry, his grandchildren: Chelsie Lamie and husband David Alfonso, Brad Lamie and partner Alex Wood, and Callista Dehart and husband Jason, as well as his great-grandchildren: Michael Alfonso, Henrey Alfonso and Brody Ace.  

Services will be held at a future time when Conrad and his wife Marie are laid to rest in the future Western New York Veterans Cemetery in Pembroke. Memorials to Conrad’s legacy can be made to the Korean War Veterans Association, PO Box 407, Charleston, IL 61920 or Crossroads House, PO Box 403, Batavia, NY 14021 or can be made online at www.CrossroadsHouse.com.

Arrangements for Conrad were entrusted to the care of H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 E. Main St. in Batavia.  Please leave a message of condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Silver Springs / Castile, N.Y. ~ Bayne Freeman Johnson,  age 76, of Silver Lake, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 11, 2020.

     Born on October 26, 1943 in Warsaw, NY, he was the son of the late Wilburt and Jessie Kennedy Johnson Gentner.

     He will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, dear friend, and role model to many.  Well known as a master teacher and coach, he also enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, wine making and boating on Silver Lake.

     Bayne’s passion for coaching and his accomplishments as a coach made him well known throughout Western New York. As a varsity football coach,he received both awards and recognition for teams he coached at Notre Dame of Batavia, Oakfield-Alabama and Pittsford-Sutherland Central Schools and the University of Rochester where he served as an offensive line coach.

     Besides coaching football, Bayne also enjoyed great success as a basketball coach.  He was the Junior Varsity and Assistant Varsity Coach at Notre Dame the year the team won the Manhattan Cup Championship at the old War Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, NY in 1969. He then followed in roles as the varsity boys’ basketball coach at Oakfield-Alabama and finally as the varsity girls’ coach at Pittsford Sutherland, where he also took teams from both schools to sectional playoffs.

     He was inducted into the Section V Football Hall of Fame in 2008 for his coaching accomplishment in both sports.  His 1973 Notre Dame High School football team, which was the Bishop Smith League Co-Champion, was also inducted into that school’s Hall of Fame.

     Bayne is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Carol Sobolewski Johnson; son, Bayne Johnson Jr.; grandchildren, Deliah Ribaudo-Johnson (Fiancé, Jerome Battle) and Dylan J. Johnson; great-grandchildren, Marina Ribaudo-Johnson and Bryson Battle; aunt, Leia Sherman; brother-in-law, Robert Moscicki; niece, Saundra Moscicki (partner, Carmen Stief), along with many cousins and dear friends.  He was predeceased by his sister-in-law, Lee Moscicki, and nephew, Bruce Moscicki.

     A Celebration of Bayne’s Life will be held on Friday, October 2 from 12 ~ 3 P.M. at “The Chalet” of the East Hill Creamery, 346 S. Main Street, Perry, N.Y.  (Face masks are required and social distancing restrictions apply)

     In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bayne’s name to the Alzheimer's Association or a charity of one's choice.

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

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

Kathleen C. Heywood, 72 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Sunday (September 13, 2020) with her family by her side.

She was born November 12, 1947 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Stanley and Sophia Cichocki Adamczyk.

Kathleen was a Registered Nurse for over 35 years and was employed by St. Jerome Hospital, United Memorial Medical Center and Genesee County Nursing Home. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting and reading. She was a member of Resurrection Parish and adored her grandchildren.

Survivors include her daughters, Michelle (James) Mullen of Batavia, Pamela Heywood of Batavia, Aimee (Brian) Fisher of Spencerport and Jessica Heywood of Batavia. Grandchildren, Tiffany Lamb, Nathaniel Mullen and Alyssa Mullen. Brother in-law, Kevin Kiersz of North Carolina. Also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was the sister of the late Cynthia Kiersz and grandmother of the late Larissa Mullen.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Sunday (September 20th) from 4-7pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, 9:30am at Resurrection Parish, 18 Ellicott St., Batavia. Entombment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the Arc of Genesee Orleans. 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.

 

 

Spencerport ~ Matthew J. Norstrand, age 35, passed away Sunday morning (Sept. 13, 2020) at Strong Memorial Hospital from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

     He was born February 7, 1985 in Fairbanks, AK, a son of Daniel Norstrand and Pamela Rigoni Miller.

     Matt was known to live life to its fullest.  He loved motorcycles and enjoyed hunting, boating and the outdoors in general.  He was a past MMA fighter and was a GFF middle weight champion.  His biggest love though, was for his family.  He adored his nieces and nephews and all his friends became his "family".

     He will be sadly missed by his father, Daniel Norstrand of LeRoy; mother, Pamela (Don) Miller of Inverness, FL; brother, Daniel R. (Lu) Norstrand of Wesley Chapel, FL; sister, Katie (Tom) Kruger of Spencerport; step-brother, Donald (Jamie Hastings) Miller of Bethel, ME; step-sister, Rebecca Miller of Marion, TX; nieces and nephews, Ada and Demi Kruger, Naomi and Arik Norstrand, Donald and Skylar Miller; maternal grandmother, Virginia Rigoni, along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends, who were like family.

     He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Alfred Rigoni and paternal grandparents, Charles and Norma Norstrand.

     Family and friends may call on Monday, Sept. 21 from 3 ~ 7 P.M. at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19), LeRoy.  (Funeral home occupancy will be limited to 33% capacity during the course of visitation and face masks will be required.)  

     Considering Matt's big "teddy bear love" for all children, contributions in his memory can be made to the Golisano Children's Hospital, 300 East River Road, P.O. Box 278996,
Rochester, NY 14627  https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/childrens-hospital/ways-to-give.aspx

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

rivers.jpg Darrell A. Rivers, 79, of Batavia passed away peacefully on Saturday May 2, 2020 under the care of Hospice Buffalo after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. Darrell was born on October 30, 1940 at his home in Canton, NY to the late Allen and Sally Rivers.

Surviving are his loving wife of nearly 60 years; Eleanor Ann (Barnhart) Rivers of Batavia; his five children Martin (Debra) Rivers of Churchville, Kathleen (Timothy) Evens of East Pembroke, Sherry (Christopher) Tacy of Oakfield, Jonathan (Katie) Rivers of Basom and Kimberly (Daniel) Cervone of Batavia; He also leaves behind seven grandchildren who he loved dearly, Brian (Richie) Rivers, Allyssa Kuchler, Taylor Rivers, Krystal Rivers, Danielle Cervone, Zachary Tacy and Mikaela Rivers; three sisters Beverly Corcoran, Cheryl Barber and Lori Forsyth, along with many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, his is predeceased by four siblings; Arthur Rivers, Carl Rivers, Rita Sanfratello and Barbara Blackmer.

Darrell devoted his life to taking care of his family. He was the owner of Darrell’s Auto Service in West Batavia for over 21 years, which is now owned by his son Jon. He was a Certified Ford Technician and a Mopar Master Technician. He was highly regarded for his work at many local automotive dealerships throughout his career. Darrell enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his family. He loved working with his hands and had many different hobbies including photography, painting, gardening, woodworking, restoring and refurbishing furniture and sign making.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday September 20, 2020 from 1:00-4:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc., 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020. A private Service will be held for the immediate family.
Please note the Funeral Home will be operating at 33% capacity per state guidelines.  New York State requires those in attendance to adhere to the social distancing guidelines and face coverings are mandatory. Thank you for your cooperation.

Donations may be made in his memory to Hospice Buffalo in care of Hospice Foundation PO Box 590 Buffalo, NY 14240. 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.


Batavia, NY: Dennis J. Wittman passed away peacefully at Charlotte House, North Java, NY on July 1, 2020 and was born on June 2, 1943 in Buffalo, New York the late Jerome and Evelyn (Hamilton) Wittman. Dennis is survived by his wife, Carol (Chmielowiec), daughter, Holly (Michael) Stoddard of Honeoye, NY, daughter, Jennifer (fiancée, Alfred Flores) of San Antonio, TX, sister, Kathie (Paul) Beaulieu of Cheektowaga, N.Y., brother, Philip (Nancy) of Akron, NY, brother in law, Dr. A. Steven Bangs of Long Island, NY, sister in law, Marsha Deman of Defiance, Ohio  and nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great niece and nephew and his dear Husky Buddy, Kodah. Predeceased in death by his brother Allan Wittman, sister in law, Jeanette Bangs and sister in law, Dolores Clark.

Dennis was a graduate of Cleveland Hill High School, State University of New York at Buffalo, Wadhams Hall Seminary and University of Rochester. He was employed by Genesee County first as a Probation Officer from 1969 to 1980 and from 1980 to 2005 as first Director of Genesee Justice with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department.

Dennis incorporated the Restorative Justice model to the program and Genesee Justice received world-wide notoriety and was recognized as a leader in promoting victims’ rights.  His career spanned traveling to 44 states, 6 Canadian Provinces and Japan speaking on Genesee Justice.

Dennis was a member of Ascension Parish, Batavia, New York. He was Vice President of the Sacred Heart Holy Name Society, President of Sacred Heart Parish Council, Religious Education Teacher and Pre-Cana Instructor with his wife.

Updated Arrangements:  Family and friends may call on Wednesday, September 23rd, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home Inc., 21 Big Tree Street, Rte 15 & 20A, Livonia, NY.  A Private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Ascension Parish, Batavia, NY.  Burial will be immediately following Mass at St. Joseph Cemetery, Batavia, NY. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Charlotte House, P.O. Box 123, 4316, Route 98, North Java, NY 14113, Ascension Parish, 17 Sumner Street, Batavia, NY 14020 and MUSH Rescue Inc., 12820 Wyngate Trail, Alpharetta, GA 30005.   To send a condolence or share a memory please visit:  www.doughertyfuneralhomes.com

*Please note the funeral home will be operating at a limited capacity per state guidelines.  New York State requires those in attendance to adhere to the guidelines related to social distancing and face coverings.

Batavia- Jennie Hawks, age 99, of Batavia passed away on Monday at her home in Batavia

Jennie was born March 18th, 1921 in Batavia, the daughter of the late Louis and Rose (Scammaca) DeFino. She was lovingly nick named “Joll” for her jolly and joyful ways. She is the wife of the late N. Lawrence Hawks Jr.

Mrs. Hawks was a lifelong member of The Resurrection Parish-St. Joseph’s Church. She could regularly be seen, walking her children to church.
She retired after 21 years of dedicated service to GTE Sylvania in Batavia. Her work ethic was second to none.

Jennie was a devoted and unconditionally loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, sacrificially considering the needs of others first, before her own needs. Her mottos were as follows: “Get up early and make each day count “ “Be mindful, God is watching.” “Be good and be careful!” Babies and children held an especially dear place in her heart. A talented homemaker, she was well known for her Italian cooking and exceptional baking, especially during Thanksgiving and Christmas. She loved knitting and crocheting. She loved music and enjoyed dancing well into her nineties.

Jennie is survived by her children, Janet L. Hawks of Batavia, Paul L (Mary Anne) Hawks of Florida, Betty Ann (Thomas) Bartz of Alexander, Sharon (Peter) Walker of Pennsylvania, Lawrence (Victoria) Hawks of Massachusetts, 11 Grandchildren and 27 Great Grandchildren.
 
Jennie is preceded in death by her siblings: Sam “Spats” DeFino, Mary Klute, Josephine Pacer, Betty Magarine, Annie Lafanara and Millie Povorsky. She was also preceded in death by a son, Jack Hawks.

Friends and Family May call on Saturday (September 19, 2020) from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 E. Main St. in Batavia where prayers will be recited at 12:30 p.m.  Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Jennie's Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph's Church will be private for the family only.  Burial will be in Grandview Cemtery in Batavia.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Choose to be Part of your Miracle Foundation, c/o The Community Foundation of NCM, 649 John Fitch Highway, Fitchburg, MA 01420.  

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

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