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joseph_marcello.jpgJoseph S. Marcello, 92 of Batavia, passed away peacefully Friday, November 20, 2020 at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Batavia. He was born January 9, 1928 in Batavia, to the late Genaro (Frances Moretti) Marcello. He is preceded in death by his beloved son Nicholas Marcello who passed away in 2016, brothers Alex and Frank Marcello.

Mr. Marcello worked many years at GTE Sylvania, RE Chapin and Batavia Downs Harness Racing until retiring in 2000. He was a WWII and Korean War Veteran, he proudly served in the Merchant Marines, US Air Force and US Army. Mr. Marcello enjoyed hunting, playing horseshoes and sitting on the porch with a glass of wine and a good book. He was a big fan of the New York Yankees and especially Notre Dame Football.

Surviving is his wife of 69 years Frances (Colantonio) Marcello of Batavia, children, Joseph G. (Denise) Marcello of Hattiesburg, MS, Mark P. (Roni) Marcello, Phillip J. (Kim) Marcello, Ava M. (Ronald) King, Lori A. (Robert) Waite, loving sister Elizabeth Kinne, sister-in-law Carmella Ilacqua all of Batavia, 9 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be no prior calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held privately for the family. He will be entombed in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum.

Memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans at www.dav.org. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign 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.

Mesa, Arizona - Eric  Anthony  Easton, 37 of Mesa, Arizona, formerly of Basom, New York, passed away most tragically on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 as a result of injuries sustained in an accident.

Eric was born September 11, 1983 in Batavia, a son of Gerald Easton and Bernadette Corbelli Easton of Basom.

Eric was an avid fisherman and enjoyed hunting and riding his dirtbike.

Surviving along with his parents are his brother; Shawn (Nicole) Easton of Byron; his niece; Whitley Easton of Byron; his grandfather; Wilbur (late Julia) Easton of Oakfield; several aunts and uncles including Kathleen Corbelli of Mesa, Arizona with whom Eric was living with. Eric is also survived by several cousins.

There are no prior visiting hours. Eric's Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 10 a.m. at St. Padre Pio Parish-Oakfield Worship Site, 56 Maple Avenue, Oakfield. Burial will follow Mass in St. Cecilia's Cemetery,Oakfield.

Caledonia ~ Ann M. DeMarco, age 87, of W. Main Street, passed away Nov. 20, 2020 in the loving presence of her family.

     She was born Feb. 8, 1933 in Pittston, PA, a daughter of the late Samuel and Louise Ferrara DiSalvo.

     Ann will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and dear friend to many.  She was a long-time member of the Caledonia Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary and a past president of the Caledonia Ladies Lion Club.

     She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Anthony DeMarco; her children, Robert (Jessie) DeMarco, Anthony (Kathy) DeMarco, LuAnn (Ronald) Farruggia and Thomas (Jennifer) DeMarco; brother, Albert DiSalvo; sister, Mary (Henry) Gaul; 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, along with several nieces, nephews and dear friends.

     Family and friends may call on Monday, Nov. 23 from 3 ~ 7 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Rd. (Rt. 19), LeRoy.  (Funeral home occupancy will be limited to 33% capacity during the course of visitation and face masks will be required.) Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 10:00 AM at St. Columba Church, 198 North St., Caledonia, with interment to follow in St. Columba Cemetery.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to either Gilda's Club Rochester, 255 Alexander Street, Rochester, NY  14607 (www.gildasclubrochester.org) or the Caledonia Fire Dept., P.O. Box 149, Caledonia, NY  14423.

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

     Mrs. DeMarco and her family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy.  585-768-2400

Richard “Rockin’ Rick” Appleton Haitz Jr.
passed away on Nov. 3, 2020 at the age of 70.

Richard was born in Batavia, NY on July 14, 1950 to Alice and Richard Haitz Sr. Richard had an abundant loving family, being the seventh of 10 siblings. He married Cathy Jean Davidson on June 9th 1972. Together, they had four children.

Richard discovered his passion for music and entertainment at a very early age. He was a singer, songwriter, loving father, and a soulful playing piano man. His musical talents were so captivating he won a television program called "The Gong Show" in 1979, where he performed "Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis, one of his many musical inspirations. His passion for entertaining led him through a very successful musical career where he played in many different venues in his home state as well as in Sarasota, Fla.

He loved working on cars, watching movies, and all things comedy. His distinctive sense of humor was immeasurable, and his profound ability to make others laugh will be sorely missed, but his jokes and witty one-liners will continue to live on. Richard was preceded in death by his brother, Martin Haitz Sr., and his sister, Suellen Haitz.

He is survived by his children, Richard Appleton Haitz III, Heather Patricia Dolatowski, Sean Davidson Haitz, Grace Storey, their mother, Cathy Haitz, and six grandchildren. As well as, seven of his siblings, Judy Marchese, Cathy Quinlan, James Haitz, Gregory Haitz, Mary Konarski, Christopher Haitz, and Gerard Haitz. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

His presence will be deeply missed, but his legacy will be carried on through his accomplishments and his children and grandchildren who value entertainment and music just as he did. 

Due to COVID-19 a small celebration of life will be held in Sarasota for family and friends.

Date TBD; contact [email protected] for further details.

A memorial service will be held in Silver Lake, NY in July 2021.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations for service expenses be made to https://everloved.com/life-of/richard-haitz-jr/

David Van Ornum, born August 17th 1945, passed away the morning of November 18th 2020. At 75 years of age, David is survived by his sister: Ann (Mark) Fackler, five children: Michael (Sharon) Van Ornum, Rachael (Jon) Morrill, Daniel (Sheena) Van Ornum, Gail (Brad) Vosburg, and Cheryl (Pat) Single; a beloved former wife: Trudie Van Ornum: fifteen grandchildren, and one great grandchild. David was predeceased by his parents, Alden (Betty) Van Ornum. There is no funeral or calling hours at this time. A memorial service will be arranged in 2021 at a date to be determined.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.  Arrangements for David were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-8868.

Fredrick Merritt White, 83, of Batavia and formerly Olcott, passed away November 19, 2020 at United Memorial Medical Center after a lengthy illness. 

He was born in Lockport, September 28, 1937, to the late Merritt White and Frances (White) Haight. 

Fred attended Michigan State, served in the Army, and then settled in Chicago, Ill. and Foxborough, Ma. before returning to the Lockport area in the early 70’s where he became associated with Paul Fox Auto Sales. This began his lifelong interest in the Retail and Wholesale Automobile Business, working in and with dealerships throughout Western NY as well as starting his own businesses.

Fred became a member of Olcott Yacht Club in 1975 was recognized as not only a dedicated sailor in OYC Club races as well as LYRA, South Shore and Youngstown Level Races, but also taught numerous people how to sail and race.  He was affectionately nicknamed “Fast Freddy” at OYC where he kept his various sailboats (Sunrise, Awesome, Cracker Jack and most recently Still Awesome).

Fred became an officer at OYC serving as Fleet Captain, Rear Commodore, Vice Commodore and Commodore several times over the forty plus years he was a member and also served on their Long Range Planning Committee and was one of the original organizers for their current Haulout and Storage Committee.

Fred is survived by his wife Kathy, his children Susan (Anne Casto) White of Columbus, Ohio and Mitchell White of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Step-children, Brian Havens of Batavia, and Jocelyn Sikorski of Alexander. Grandchildren David Arizosa, Jonathan and Donna White of Florida, Zack and Nick Casto of Ohio and Paige and Peyton Sikorski from Alexander, as well as former wife Janet Bagshaw of Canada and son-in-law Kevin Sikorksi of Attica. Sibings Sara Renna of Florida, Richard White of Virginia and Michael White in Washington state. Several nieces and nephews living throughout the country.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

The family asks that any donations be made to OYC Mantle Club or OYC Junior Sailing (PO Box 715, Olcott, NY 14126) in his name. 




JoAnne M. Ritter (Schnaufer), a lifelong resident of Pembroke, NY, passed away peacefully under hospice care, with her loving husband by her side on November 18, 2020, after a grueling battle with ovarian cancer at the age of 59.

JoAnne was born in Virginia on January 3, 1961. She graduated college with a degree in accounting and went to work for 26 years at Cameron Compression. On October 15, 1983, she married John J. Ritter, Jr., and welcomed her only child.

JoAnne was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed watching her daughter play softball and all the activities she was involved in. Aside from her family, she loved Disney, animals, Christmas and was an avid Yankee fan.

JoAnne is survived by her husband of 37 years, John J. Ritter, Jr.; her daughter Jennifer (Bruce) Pritchett; her grandchildren, Ethan and Rebecca; her parents, Kenneth and Mary Ann (Hennekey) Schnaufer; her siblings, Patricia Schnaufer, Robert (Tonya) Schnaufer and Andrew (Karen) Schnaufer of North Carolina and several nieces and nephews. JoAnne was predeceased by her granddaughter Helen.

Family and friends may call Sunday, November 22 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday, November 23 from 10 a.m. until noon at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church Hall, 8656 Church Street, East Pembroke. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at noon, following the calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to help with medical expenses.




Oakfield - At age 97; Born on July 29th, 1923 in South Alabama, NY to William Genesky Sr. and Elizabeth (Frieday) Genesky. Loving husband of Dora (Nanni) Genesky who passed away last year, for 69 years, his children; Derek (Elizabeth Balbick) Genesky of Batavia; Martin (Judi Fischbach) Genesky of Alpharetta, Ga.; John (Terry Agro) Genesky of Kenmore; Bruce (Patricia Heckathorn) Genesky of Holland, MI.; and Donna Genesky of Kenmore, New York; six grandchildren, Geoffrey Genesky, Eric Genesky, Lauren Genesky, Derek Comer, Christian Genesky, Robert “Alex” Genesky and three great grand-children.

He was predeceased by four brothers; William Genesky Jr., Edward Genesky, Leonard Genesky and John Genesky, and two sisters; Mable Drachenberg and Margaret Mingle.

Robert was a World War Two veteran serving as a sergeant in the Army Air Corps as a radio man on 35 bombing missions, many over key targets in Germany. He received several accommodations and in 2015 received the French Legion of Honor Medal, a recognition of courage and bravery in helping to drive Nazi Germany from French soil.

After returning from the war he worked at Doehler Jarvis in Batavia for 39 years followed by 5 years with Martin Marietta Aerospace. In addition, he was an electrician and wired several new houses in Oakfield.
Robert also served his hometown of Oakfield as first a Village Trustee followed by 10 years as Mayor through the early 1980's.

He was a lifelong member of St. Cecelia's Church in Oakfield where he was a eucharistic minister and scripture reader for many years. Robert enjoyed time with his family foremost but also liked to play golf, keep up with the Buffalo Bills and had many a home project which kept him occupied.

He will be remembered by family as a loving father and devoted husband. He loved time spent with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a kind and honorable man who served his country and hometown with grace and humanity, a man who put others before himself and loved family most of all.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, an immediate family, by invitation only, Mass of Christian Burial will be held this week and a Celebration of Life will be scheduled in the future. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to, Disabled American Veterans, 3680 Rose Rd Batavia, NY 14020 or Volunteers for Animals. 3841 W. Main Street Batavia, NY 14020. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in his memory, please visit  www.burdettandsanford.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield.

george.jpg  george2.jpg   Jean E. George passed away at the age of 95 in her sleep on Thursday, October 22, 2020, at her home in Attica, NY.

She was a very loving wife and mother who used her nurses training to raise her five children and care for her husband who suffered from Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Jean was born on January 18, 1925 in Auburn, NY to the late Clifford E. and Anna (Donnelly) Bishop. She was a graduate of Attica High School and a 1946 graduate of Millard Fillmore Hospital School of Nursing.

She is predeceased by her husband; Robert Armbrust George, who died in 1994; her five siblings and their spouses, Jack (Pep) Bishop, Bud (Elaine) Bishop, Doris (Vin) Martina, Bernard (Doris) Bishop and Rita (Eugene) Kautz. Jean is also predeceased by her husband’s sister Helene and her husband Emmet Dunlavey, husband’s brother Leo “Bud” George and his wives, Betty and Pat; granddaughter Leah Brundage, nephews John and Kevin Kautz, and great nephew Christopher Secretan.

Jean is survived by her 5 children; Stephen (Noreen) George of Clarence, Mary (Phil) Knapp of Knoxville, TN., Paula (Tim) Wassink of Attica, Joanne (the late Steve) Todd of Ithaca and Laurie (Tom) Eidam of St. Louis, MO.; ten grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and 30 nieces and nephews; her sister in law Marlene Bishop and her dear friend, Josie Farnella.

There will be no calling hours. Funeral Services were held at a Graveside Service in St. Vincent’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Attica Fire Department 11 Water St. in Attica. 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 St., Attica, New York 14011.

barnes.jpg  Beverly J. Barnes passed away peacefully Sunday November 15, 2020 at The Le Roy Village Green. Beverly was born January 19, 1931 in Batavia, the daughter of the late William and Martha Menzie Myers.

She is predeceased by her husbands, Alexander MacPherson and Rolland Barnes, a sister, Jean Brown and grandson Bryan K Woodruff.

Beverly was a 1948 graduate of Batavia High School, a graduate of Becker Junior College in Worchester, Massachusetts and later in life earning a bachelor’s degree in Finance from RIT. She worked at GTE Sylvania from 1954 – 1981, first as a secretary and then as a financial analyst. Upon retiring to Florida, she continued to work as an Office Manager until the age of 85. She was an avid golfer and a Buffalo Bills Fan and season ticket holder dating back to the War Memorial Stadium until retiring to Florida in 1983.

Surviving are her son William (Denise) MacPherson, daughter Susan (Thomas) Woodruff, her grandchildren Gail Tenney, Katie MacPherson (RJ Lathan). Mikhail MacPherson,  William (Cheryl) MacPherson and great grandchildren Marguerite and George Woodruff, Ayden, Eliana, Keeley, Michaela and Kenna MacPherson, Madalynn and Isabella Condidorio and Bryce, Luke and Jax Lathan and many nieces and nephews.

Due to Covid there will be no calling hours. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Notre Dame High School 73 Union St. in Batavia or The Le Roy Sports Booster Club c/o LeRoy High School  South St. Le Roy, NY 14482 For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign 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.




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