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Chester Olszewski Sr. of Darien Center, NY passed away peacefully Saturday morning October 9th 2021 in his home from end stage Alzheimer’s disease. 

Chet was born as the third son of Polish immigrant parents who lived on the East side of Buffalo on a side street off of Broadway in a predominantly Polish immigrant neighborhood. He learned to speak and read Polish as a youngster and remained fluent in Polish to his last day even when dealing with Alzheimer’s. 

While Chet was still very young, his father Stanley purchased a 101 acre working farm in Bennington, NY and moved the family there. Growing up, Chet learned the skills 
of dairy farming and crop farming as well as the million and one other skills that every farmer in the 1930’s, 1940’s and beyond had to learn as part of farm life at that time. 
Chet also worked at the Massey Harris manufacturing plant on Harvester Avenue in Batavia. He served his country overseas in the Army during the Korean War and became an active member of VFW Post 6239 in Alexander, NY and American Legion Post 734 in Attica, NY thereafter. He worked for Ernst Steel in Buffalo. Chet last worked for Graham Corporation in Batavia as a welder and retired from there in 1995 always praising what a great company it was to work for. 

Upon reaching his mid to late 80’s Chet’s health began declining at a noticeable pace to the point of needing assistance with the day-to-day activities of life. His family assisted him in hiring personal care aides to take care of him at home 24/7 so he could avoid moving to a nursing facility. He remained living at his home till his final day. 
Chet was very grateful for the excellent medical care he received from Dr. Sarah Thompson and other staff at the Batavia VA medical center as well as the team of specialists working at the Home Based Primary Care at the Batavia VA. 

Chet was the beloved husband of the late Carol Olszewski; dear father of Laurie (Andy) Flambouras, William Heintzelman, Henry (Tina), Stanley (Tricia), Chet (Kelly) and Thad (Kathy) Olszewski; loving grandfather of Maxwell and Lauren Olszewski; brother of Walter (late Beverly), Joseph (Patricia), Stephania (Noel) Senecal, Sabina (Jim) Burnett and the late Lillian Tursi, Stanley (Delores) Olszewski, Frank “Peewee” Olszewski and Edwin Tabaczynski.

Family will be present at the Charles Meyer Funeral Home, 13228 Broadway Alden, NY Thursday 2-4 and 6-8 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Sacred Heart Church, Bennington, NY Friday at 10 AM (please assemble at church). In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Genesee County Hospice or the Alzheimer's Association. Share your condolences at meyerfuneralhome.com 


Regina M. Haxton, 89, of Batavia passed away on Saturday October 9, 2021 at Brothers of Mercy Nursing & Rehabilitation Center under hospice care. She was born in Pennsylvania to the late Joseph and Alice. Regina is predeceased by brothers; Leo (Delores) and Robert. In 1955, she married William R. Haxton who predeceased her in 1997.

Regina was a graduate of Westbrook Business Academy in Olean. Her first job was at Cornell University and after marriage, she took time off to devote to her children. Regina retired from Shepard, Maxwell & Hale Insurance Agency in Batavia. Upon her retirement she had a strong desire to stay busy and make a difference. She spent many years volunteering for various activities at her church and Genesee County RSVP. As an avid reader, it meant a great deal to her to introduce youngsters to her love of reading by tutoring first graders.

She enjoyed traveling with Stone’s Traveling Seniors and Office for the Aging day trips. Regina also had a very memorable trip to Ireland.

She is survived by her daughters; Sheila (late Tod), Lois (Bryan), Cheryl (Thomas), Paula (Frederick); son William (Lynne); 6 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; brother–in-law John (Oleava) Haxton, along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. A 10:30AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday October 14, 2021 at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish 8656 Church St. E. Pembroke, NY 14056. She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Batavia.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish 18 West Main ST. Corfu, NY 14036 or Hospice Foundation PO Box 590 Buffalo, NY 14240-0590 www.hospicebuffalo.com. To leave 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.

jferry.jpg  Joan “Joanie” Louise (Chatt) Ferry, 81, passed away unexpectedly in the early morning hours of October 8, 2021 at United Memorial Medical Center following a brief illness.  

Joanie was born September 2, 1940 in Batavia to Anthony and Gladys Chatt.  She was retired from the Alexander Central School District where she was an extraordinary Chef / Kitchen Manager.  She was admired for her extensive home garden, baking and cooking skills, and the most amazing fudge that family and friends enjoyed during the holidays.

Joanie enjoyed many activities including her travels to Hilton Head, SC and Paris, France; reading and chatting with her dear friends.  Fondest memories are that of playing bridge and dominoes with her circle of friends in Batavia and at the Senior Center.   She overcame her fear of water and learned to swim late in life, inspired in part by her granddaughter Madison, motivating her to participate in water aerobics at the Batavia YMCA.    Her greatest joy and pride was her family and extended family.

She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Darien.   Besides her parents, Joan is predeceased by three brothers, Anthony “Whitey” Chatt, Thomas Chatt, and Patrick Chatt.

She is survived by her sister, Maryann Silvernail of Pembroke, son Stephen J. Ferry, Jr. (Elise) of Darien, daughter Donna Ferry, of Darien, son Jeffrey Ferry (Laurie) of Johns Creek, GA, daughter Jennifer Kane (Kevin) of Sandy, UT.  Her grandchildren Sarah Houle (John), Stephen Ferry III (Jessi), Emily Ferry, Andrew and Hannah Ferry, Madison and Spenser Kane, and her beautiful great grandchildren Molly, Ava Grace, and Hudson. 

Joanie will be greatly missed by her family, and her dear friends.  Like the sunflowers she loved she brought sunshine to all that she met!

A 10:00AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday November 27, 2021 at Our Lady of Good Counsel 10677 Alleghany Rd, Darien Center, NY 14040.

In lieu of flowers please consider memorials to one of the following, United Memorial Medical Center Foundation (rrhgive.org) or Alexander Central School Dollars for Scholars ([email protected]). To leave 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.

roses1.jpg  Betty Dorothy Tracy (Roberts) passed quietly of natural causes at her home in Batavia, NY on Friday morning, October 1, 2021. She was surrounded by her loving family and was listening to her favorite music by the late Johnnie Ray. She was 89 years old.

Betty was a native of London (Edmonton), England and moved to Batavia in 1957 after marrying Batavia-native and American G.I., the late John F. Tracy, who was stationed with the U.S. Army at Stansted airfield.

For five decades Betty was the secretary at Charles R. Pero and Sons plumbing on Pearl St. in Batavia. She was self-trained in bookkeeping and office management and loved working there until her retirement in 2007 at 75 years old.

Betty was born in 1932 in the middle of the Great Depression and lived in London throughout WWII. She had fantastic stories about the war: The Battle of Britain and the Blitz; Victory gardens; the horror and terror of it all set against the wonder of how this brought everyone closer together. She would recall how nice everyone was to each other during the war because you never knew if you would see them the next day. She liked to remind her American family that the UK was rationed until 1955, and that we needed to be grateful for the abundant blessings we have. She was diligent and did not like waste and was always perplexed by the lack of common sense and decency in others.

The fifth of eight children, Betty finished school at 14 years old and went to work as an apprentice seamstress at a dressmaker’s shop near Central London. She loved the banter on the factory floor which was filled with other girls from all parts of Britain and Ireland. Over the din of the machines, she perfected her comedic timing and ironic wit especially in the presence of any figure of authority. Each week she would give her paycheck to her parents and would in turn receive an allowance; she did not receive a key to the front door until she was 21 years old, something that was a celebrated custom. Her father was a master confectioner who was born in 1899. Her mother, who was born at sea on a Swedish vessel, ran the household. That her father and mother were able to earn and save enough money to raise a large family and buy a house was something at which she marveled, especially as it was achieved in those difficult decades of the early-to-mid 2oth century.

Although diminutive in stature no one dared cross her. She was fearless, indomitable, and irreverent. She was fiercely loyal to family and friends and never turned away from helping or defending someone in pain or in need, even if that meant making a scene. She was never embarrassed- she just got on with things and always kept the proverbial ‘stiff upper lip’ and her sense of impish irony. She was practical and sensible but loved the right moment where she could be absolutely outrageous. She knew how to make an entrance to any room, but leaving her home was always the same: a kiss and hug goodbye followed by a warm wave from her at the door, until your car was completely out of sight.

Betty loved music, flowers, crosswords, tea, Jeopardy and Scrabble. She enjoyed the seaside, its clear air and walks on the beach. She also looked forward to the rare visit to the horse track. She was a fan of the Buffalo Bills and the Tottenham Hotspurs, both of which caused her perennial anguish. She never took herself too seriously, which is a hallmark of British humor, but also a special attribute of her generation. She was always game for new ideas and could make anything an adventure. She loved shopping excursions to Buffalo or Rochester, excited to find sales and bargains, but mostly to spend time with her family and friends. She liked to dress smartly and always did, even if just popping out to buy a few groceries. Betty was an expert knitter who amazed other good knitters with her skill and imagination. She loved to sing and dance and had a song for every occasion- she always got the party going and kept it moving until the end. She was exceptionally gracious and accommodating.

Betty was immensely proud of the many personal and professional accomplishments of her children and grandchildren, but made sure they all kept their feet on the ground and their “necks wound in.” She never missed a birthday, anniversary, or Christmas card for any family or close friend. Christmases were cherished by her- she planned all year what gifts she would give to everyone- and the living room was always somehow chock-full of presents that she took care to wrap perfectly. Although not a great cook she always put on a fantastic spread that was at least edible and not something that a good brown sauce, mint sauce or gravy could not make exquisite (the British not being known for their culinary prowess); the most important thing was that everyone was together and present. Sundays were reserved for a great British fry-up and rich lessons in Cockney rhyming slang. She had a keen memory and was an accurate read of people. She could be obstinate, but never obnoxious- she knew where the line was and reveled in dancing along its fine edge. She took pleasure in small things and gave boundless support to her family and friends.

Betty was predeceased by her husband John F. Tracy. She was also predeceased by six siblings, two of whom had also emigrated to North America. She is survived by her younger sister Elsie Roberts of Oshawa, ON. She is survived by her six children: Carol (Peter) Wardill of Epsom, Surrey, UK; Linda Tracy (Richard Smith) of Batavia, NY; Diane Tracy of Jacksonville, FL; Vincent (Elizabeth) Tracy of Houston, TX; Stephen (Tracey) Tracy of Beaverton, OR; and Denise (Troy) Vereecken of Bergen, NY. In addition, she is survived by fifteen grandchildren and an ever-growing number (currently at 11.5) of great-grandchildren. She is greatly loved and will be missed by many nieces and nephews on both sides of the pond for whom she was “Aunt Bette.”

A memorial service will be held in the Spring of 2022 around the time of what would have been her 90th birthday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital www.stjude.org. To leave 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.

Byron - Jean S. Ogley, 72 of Byron passed away on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

Mrs. Ogley was born Saturday, November 6th, 1948 in the Bronx,  a daughter of the late Charles Soltau and Dorothy Ellenbast Soltau.

Surviving are her husband of 47 years,Paul F. Ogley  of Byron; her children, Joshua (Sara) Ogley of Batavia, Meghan (Tim) Weible of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and Matthew (Jennifer) Ogley of Russell, Kentucky; nine grandchildren; her brother, Richard (Sheila) Soltau of Jacksonville, Florida along with nieces and nephews.

There are no prior visiting hours. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 101 John James Audubon Pkwy, Buffalo, New York14228.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

Akron - Carrie Ann Wetzel Booth, age 52, passed away Thursday morning, October 7, 2021, at the Orchard Manor Nursing Home in Medina.

     She was born October 24, 1968 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Richard and Emma Legg Wetzel.

     Her exceptional memory and her sharp wit will be remembered by all.

     Carrie is survived by her sisters, Brenda Wetzel, Dora (David) Henry and Diana (Jim) Jakubonis; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, several cousins and special friend, Tom Nelson.

     In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Edward Gardner, her infant son and her feline companion, Pantera.

     Family and friends may call on Friday, October 15 from 5 ~ 7 PM at the Calvary Baptist Church, 3515 Galloway Road, Batavia, NY, where her Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 16 at 11:00 AM.  Interment will be private.

     In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Volunteers For Animals, 3841 West Main Street Road, Batavia, NY 14020

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

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

Basom – Lillian B. “Lil” Weaver, age 99, of Alabama, NY, passed peacefully on October 7, 2021, surrounded by family.

Pre-deceased by her husband, Edward C. Weaver Sr.; and sons, Earl and Edward C. Jr. “Bud”; and son-in-law, John Jaszko.

Survived by sons, Lee (Marlene) Weaver, and Brian (Sherry) Weaver; daughters, Barbara Jaszko and Nancy Dunn; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Lillian was born May 16, 1922, in Rochester, NY, the daughter of Arthur Bell and Bertha Ann (Clarke) Henry. She had polio as a young child and grew up in the Great Depression. She married Edward C. Sr., on May 1, 1938, they welcomed 6 children and went on to have 103 descendants. Lillian was an avid bowler, participating on teams in many leagues over the years until the age of 84. Lil was always up for a card game and looked forward to playing cards with the family any chance she got. She would make pies for the extended families for holidays and canned many fruits and vegetables, she would zip right through peeling a batch of any fruit or vegetable.

Family will receive friends and family on Thursday, October 14, 2021, from 3-7 pm; Funeral services on Friday, October 15, 2021, at 11 am at Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Ave, Oakfield, NY 14125. Private burial for the family will take place immediately following. Lillian will be buried at the Alabama Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Lillian’s memory may be made to Mercy EMS, 8050 Call Pkwy, Batavia, NY 14020, or to Alabama Fire Department, 2230 Judge Rd, Basom, NY 14013.

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

marymbryant.jpg Mary M. Healy (Glor) Bryant, 78 passed away peacefully on October 6, 2021 at East Side Nursing Home in Warsaw. She was born May 13, 1943 to the late Fred and Arlene Healy. She is preceded in death by Mary is preceded in death by her husband David Bryant, daughter Charlene Glor and brother Mike Healy.

Mary is a 1961 graduate of Attica Central School. She worked as an Assessor for Attica and the City of Batavia for many years before she became the head Assessor for the City of Tonawanda where she retired.

She enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas with her husband for the winter where she did her all-time favorite thing…gambling.

Mary is survived by her daughter Lee Ann Glor, sister Patty (Tom) Embt, brother Larry (Eileen) Healy, along with several nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours, services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Attica Fire and Rescue, 11 Water Street, Attica, NY 14011. 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.

marionbettywullich.jpgMarion E. “Betty” Wullich, 90, of Batavia passed away peacefully with her son by her side on October 7, 2021 . Mrs. Wullich was a resident of the New York State Veteran’s Home at Batavia the last several years.

Mrs. Wullich was born on July 1, 1931 in Wellsville, NY to William and Marion (Senft) Whelpley.  She graduated from Wellsville High School in Wellsville. On June 29, 1954 she married Roy J. Wullich who predeceased her in 2013.

Mrs. Wullich was a telephone operator for the New York Telephone Company.  In 1982 she started working for Oliver’s Candies in Batavia where she worked for over 25 years.

Mrs. Wullich is survived by her son, Roy II of Quinton, VA; and sisters Judy (Edward) Hickman and Joyce (Donald) Mason; along with several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her sister, Beverly (Ralph) Schnell and her brothers William and Robert Whelpley.

The family wishes to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to the skilled and compassionate staff of the NYS Veteran’s Home at Batavia.

As per her request there will be no visitation hours. Internment will be at St. Joseph’s Mausoleum in Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Betty’s name to your favorite charity; or to the family and sent to Roy Wullich II, P.O. Box 719, Quinton, VA 23141, for distribution to her favorite organizations. 

Thoughts and condolences may be left online at www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.

Batavia - Ivy Ann Taylor, 62 of Batavia passed away on Tuesday, (October 5, 2021) at her home in Batavia.

Ms. Taylor was born May 24, 1959 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Albert and Peggy Jean (Smith) Polk.

She was a life long member of the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Batavia. She had a beautiful singing voice and at one time was active in the church choir. Ivy enjoyed spending time with her grandson, traveling, and going to the casino.  She was a longtime nurse at the former Genesee County Home and worked as a poll worker in Genesee County.  

Ivy is survived by her sons, Roy Taylor of Batavia, Timothy Taylor of Rochester, and Derrek Taylor of LeRoy; her grandson, Perry Taylor of Rochester, a brother, Albert W. Polk of Batavia; sisters, Janet Dawson, Freda Polk, Wanda Polk, and Brenda Polk all of Batavia. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.

She is preceded in death by a sister, Sylvia Polk-Burriss; and the father of her children, Roy Taylor.

Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, (October 12, 2021) from 11 to 12:00 noon at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 516 Ellicott Street in Batavia, where Ivy 's Funeral Service will immediately follow visitation at 12:00 noon. Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery in Batavia.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

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.





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