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Bergen - Mr. Ronald E. McCracken, 74, of Bergen, died Tuesday, (January 18, 2011) at Highland Hospital, in Rochester.
 
Mr. McCracken was born June 26, 1936 in York, a son of the late George H. and Katherine M. (Dyke) McCracken.
 
Mr. McCracken was a member of Grace Baptist Church and was a laborer with Rochester Laborers Local 435. Throughout his life, he was involved with three different church building programs. Mr. McCracken was passionate about his girls and loved his Savior. He was a fan of the Buffalo Bills, Batavia Muckdogs and people loved his hugs.
 
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Beverley(Fee) McCracken; five daughters, Patricia Davis of Batavia, Cathleen McCracken of Pavilion, Sheryl (Paul) Gordon of Portsmouth, Virginia, Lori (Mark) Woodruff of Batavia and Lisa Barringer of Batavia; six granddaughters, Danielle Barber, Stephanie Barber, Emilie Barber, Elizabeth Woodruff, Rebecca Woodruff and Michaella Barringer; two great-granddaughters, Lilya and Niveah Kotmel; a brother, Roy (Marilyn) McCracken of Barefoot Bay, Florida; two sisters, Valeria (Bill) Phillips of Penn Yan and Linda (Bill) Lubanski of York; a sister-in-law, Ruth McCracken of Batavia and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mr. McCracken is predeceased by a brother, Jerald A. McCracken, a son-in-law, Daryl Lee Davis and his in-laws, Albert and Dorotha Fee. 
 
Calling hours are Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 238 Vine Street, Batavia, where services will be at 11:00 a.m. also on Friday. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, York.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Baptist Church Building Fund, 238 Vine Street, Batavia, New York 14020 or Genesee Cancer Assistance, 16 Bank Street, Batavia, New York 14020.  Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.
 
Arrangements were completed by the H.E. Turner & Co Funeral Home, Batavia.

     Age 78, of Batavia, died Friday morning January 14, 2011 at United Memorial Medical Center. He was born May 12, 1932 in Batavia son of the late Martin & Edith (Heale-Conrad) Wright, step-son of the late LaVerne Heale, also preceded in death by his wife Barbara (Turner) Wright, sisters Gladys Wright, Katherine Weiser, brothers Roger & William Heale. Robert was gravely injured at the age of 10 when he was struck by a truck in front of his home. His many years of subsequent back problems did not deter his love for life. He always minimized the daily physical pain he endured. Robert was a retiree of Lapp Insulator in LeRoy and developed many supportive friendships while residing at the Genesee County Nursing Home. He enjoyed painting, singing country songs, fishing and time spent with his children & grandchildren.

     Surviving are his loving daughters Bonnie Wright of Batavia and Diane Smith of LeRoy; sisters Arline (late Ronald) Gillette of Wyoming, Patricia (late Bob) Passage of Alexander, Beverly (Mike) Maniace of Batavia, Lori (Dan) Andrews of Linwood, Karen (Scott) Sheffield of Texas; brothers David (Norma) Heale of Bergen & LaVerne (Gail) Heale of Caledonia; 5 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, dear friend Joan Turner along with many nieces, nephews, cousins & friends.

     There is no prior visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a 2:00 PM Celebration of Life Service Saturday January 29, 2011 at City Church in Batavia. Memorials are suggested to the family and burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, East Pembroke. Robert's family would like to extend a thank you to the staff & caregivers at the Genesee County Nursing Home and the City Church.

ARRANGEMENTS WERE COMPLETED BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020 ~ FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL MICHAEL AT (585)343-7500. 

Batavia - Mrs. Rose J. Salvania, 79, of Batavia, died Monday, (January 17, 2011) at her home while under the care of HomeCare & Hospice.

Mrs. Salvania was born April 28, 1931 in Buffalo, a daughter of the late Charles and Sarafina (Ianello) Calandra.

Prior to opening Salvania's Restaurant in 1981 with her late husband, Ralph, who died June 3, 1998, Mrs. Salvania was a professional hairdresser for 30 years. While working at the restaurant, she became an expert pie maker. She enjoyed traveling, especially taking cruises and she was a member of Ascension Parish - St. Anthony's Church. Mrs. Salvania also enjoyed going to the casino, dancing and being around people.

Survivors include three daughters, Laura Salvania, Roxanne Salvania and Kathleen Coyne, all of Batavia; two sisters, Angeline (Lawrence) Barone of Batavia and Mary Mogavero of Derby; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She is a sister of the late Santina Pagano, Carmella Furreggello, Josephine Mogavero, Thomas Calandra, Joseph Calandra and Gloria Fern.

Calling hours are Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia. Prayers will be held at the funeral home Friday 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 Grandview Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family, to be distributed to various charities. Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Batavia - Miss Ann Caroline Leitch Dupree, 64, of Batavia, longtime resident of Rochester who ran a candy store at Pfaulder Reactor Systems in Rochester, died Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at the Genesee County Nursing Home.

Miss Dupree was born March 28, 1946 in Rochester, a daughter of Maynard J. (Hope) Dupree of Florida and Harriet J. Cook Dupree of Batavia.

Miss Dupree volunteered her time at Compeer and R.A.P., both for ten years. She enjoyed talking with people and loved Braille car rally's where she finished first overall many times. She will be remembered as a very caring, selfless person who always thought of others first and loved her nieces dearly.

Surviving along with her parents are her brother, Richard Dupree of Batavia; her sister, Darlene A. (Alan) Rhodes of Oakfield and five nieces.

She is the sister of the late Thomas Dupree.

Friends may call on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia. Burial will be in Maplelawn Cemetery, Elba. 

Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Batavia - Robert E. Stevens, Sr., 91, of Batavia, a Director of Human Services at V.A. Medical Center in Batavia until his retirement in 1978 after 32 years of service, died Monday, January 17, 2011at New York State Veteran's Home, in Batavia.

Mr. Stevens was born April 19, 1919 in Oakfield, a son of the late Henry Ellsworth and Nellie (Ott) Stevens.
He served in Europe during World War II with the Army’s 668 Field Artillery. He achieved the rank of Chief Warrant Officer, was awarded the Bronze Star and received a letter of commendation for saving a child from drowning at Fort Hancock, NJ. He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church, American Legion, Glenn S. Loomis Post #332 where he was a board member, Veterans Of Foreign Wars, Veness - Strollo Post 1602, former St. Nicholas Club, Loyal Order of Moose, Elks Lodge and former member of the Stafford Country Club.
His wife, Janet P. "Jay" (Patterson) Stevens, died May 21, 2007.
Survivors include a son, Robert E. (Carol Lynn) Stevens, Jr. of Hamburg; 2 grandchildren, Christopher (Michelle) Stevens of Oregon and Eric (Amy) Stevens of Virginia; 2 great-grandchildren, Paterson Stevens and James Ellsworth Stevens, several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. 
He was the brother of the late Harry and Fred Stevens.  
Friends may call on Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 E. Main St., Batavia. Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 22, 2011 at St. James Episcopal Church. Memorials may be made to National Kidney Foundation, Serving Upstate New York, 15 Prince St., Rochester, NY 14607, St. James Episcopal Church, Tower of Faith Campaign, 405 E. Main St., Batavia, NY 14020 or to a charity of the donor's choice. Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery. Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com

Batavia - Mr. LeRoy G. Seekins, 95, of Batavia, carpenter at the New York State School for the Blind for 23 years until his retirement in 1975, died Monday, January 17, 2011 at United Memorial Medical Center.

Mr. Seekins was born June 28, 1915 in Batavia, a son of the late LeRoy R. and Elizabeth Gilliatt Seekins.

A member of St. James Episcopal Church in Batavia, Mr. Seekins was an advisor for the former Troop #1 Boy Scouts through the church.

A member of the Batavia Lions Club since 1948, Mr. Seekins held the offices of Club President, Zone Chairman and served as Deputy District Governor from 1959-1960. He also served as the Blind Activities Chairman at both the local and state level where he traveled promoting blind activities, especially at the New York State School for the Blind. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, Loyal Order of the Moose and the Masons.

Mr. Seekins was a meat cutter for 21 years for several local markets in Batavia and ran Reinhardt's Market. He was a gifted cabinet maker who also enjoyed making wind chimes.

He is predeceased by his wives, Marian J. Vile Seekins in 1988 and Sarah R. Page Seekins in 2004.

Survivors include a son, Rev. Donald L. (Yvonne) Seekins of Marion, Virginia; a daughter, Donna (Eli) Kauffman of Batavia; eight grandchildren, Garnet John (Denise) Wood of Buffalo, Margaret Ann (Robert) Smith of Mooresville, North Carolina, J. Andrew Wood of Phoenix, Arizona, William Edward (Diane) Wood of Springville, Michael Alan (Stephany) Seekins of Lakeland, Florida, Donald L. (Michelle) Seekins of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Jaime Lee (Carl) Catlin of Cazenovia and Benjamin D. Seekins of Marion, Virginia; several great-grandchildren; a niece, Jean (Dave) Harms of Batavia; a nephew, Wayne (Helen) Robbins of Mesa, Arizona and three dear friends, Florence Speed of Batavia, Marjorie Henry of Williamsville and Dorothy Metzler of Batavia.

He is the brother of the late Harry A. Seekins.

Friends may call on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia where members of the Batavia Lions Club will meet a t6 p.m. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Tower of Faith Fund @ St. James Episcopal Church, 405 East Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020 or to the Lions Club Scholarship Fund c/o Lions Club of Batavia, P.O. Box 456, Batavia, New York 14021. 

Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

OCZKOWSKI, BRYAN0001.jpgBryan Joseph Oczkowski, 44, of Basom, died Thursday (January 13, 2011) in a single vehicle accident in the town of Newstead while traveling to work.

He was born in Utica, NY on July 30, 1966, a son of Joseph T. Oczkowski of Utica, NY and the late Janet Gagnon Oczkowski.

Bryan was a thermal printer for International Imaging in Amherst, NY.  He loved riding his motorcycle and was a mechanically inclined person. There was not anything that he could not repair.

Surviving besides his father is his wife of 18 years, Frances Ingersoll Oczkowski of Basom.  His children, Alexis Oczkowski and Ian Oczkowski both at home.  Two brothers, Paul (Karen) Oczkowski of Coldbrook, NY and Joseph H. (Aimee) Oczkowski of Woodstock, GA.  A sister, Joann (Mark) Spina of Deerfield, NY.  His mother in law, Carolyn Ingersoll of Basom.  A sister in law, Dorothy Ingersoll of Mich.  His brother in law, Gary Ingersoll of Lockport.  Several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Friends may call Wednesday from 10AM to 11AM at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA. where services will follow.

Memorials may be made to the family for distribution to various charities.

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

Arrangements were entrusted to the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA,  RONALD P. KONIECZNY DIRECTOR & VETERAN.

Kasmarek, Geraldine0001.jpgGeraldine Kasmarek, 68, of Batavia died Monday (January 17, 2011) at her residence after a lengthy illness while under hospice care.

She was born in Batavia on May 20, 1942, a daughter of the late Irving Fryer and Florence Lee Fryer of Batavia.

Mrs. Kasmarek was dedicated to her family and loved helping others.  She was an avid shopper, not only for herself but for friends as well.

Surviving besides her mother is her husband of over 46 years, Anthony "Tony" Kasmarek, whom she married on July 4, 1964.  Three daughters, Pamela (Anu) Atwel of Rochester, Wendy Shako of Batavia and Missy (Jay) Aquino of Batavia.  Her son, Anthony Jr. " A.J." Melissa Kasmarek of Stafford.  Six grandchildren, Savanna Atwel, Nicole Kasmarek, Ally Aquino, Jacob., Kelsey and Andrew Kasmarek.  A great grandson, Sonny Kasmarek.  A sister, Sandra (Nick) DellaPenna of Batavia.  Three brothers, James (Carol Ann Cinquino) Fryer of Batavia, Robert (Elizabeth) Fryer of Batavia and David (Sue) Fryer of Batavia.  A sister in law, Peggy  Fryer of Batavia.

She was the sister of the late Gloria Dilcher and Irving Fryer Jr.

Friends and family may call Thursday from 4 - 8 PM at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA where prayers will be Friday at 8:45AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM at Resurection Parish (St. Joseph Church).  Entombment will be in St. Joseph Mausoleum.

Those desiring may make memorials to Homecare and Hospice, 550 E. Main St., Batavia, NY 14020.

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

Arragnements were entrusted to the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, RONALD P. KONIECZNY, DIRECTOR & VETERAN.

Mrs. Haynal, 20001.jpgEvelyn Hanel, 72, of Pratt Rd., Batavia died Sunday (January 16, 2011) at her residence after a lengthy illness while under hospice care.

She was born in Buffalo on January 14, 1939, a daughter of the late Allan and Florence Kieser Luce.

Mrs. Hanel was an excellent flower and vegetable gardener and was an outstanding cook.  She enjoyed being with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving is her husband of over 51 years, George Hanel whom she married on September 26, 1959.  Three sons, Daivd (Sue) Hanel of MO, Karl (Dawn) Hanel of Corfu and Mark (Tracy) Hanel of Bergen.  Her daughter, Maureen Smith of Batavia. Eight grandchildren, two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.  Two brothers, Richard (Mary Ann) Luce of Corfu and Kenneth (Patricia) Luce of Cape Vincent, NY.  Three sisters, Florence "Jackie" (Gordon) Humel of Goodlestville, TN, Sandra (Ralph) Richley of Bloomfield, NY and Geraldine "Gerry" Henry of Warsaw, NY.  A special aunt, Ruth Luce of Batavia. 

Friends and family may call on Wednesday from 4 - 8 PM at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA where services will be Thursday at 10:30 AM with Rev. Robert Dean officiating.

Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery.

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

Arrangements were entrusted to the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY.  RONALD P. KONIECZNY, DIRECTOR & VETERAN.

Gertrude G. Witzigman, 105, of Batavia, formerly of LeRoy, died Monday (January 17, 2011) at Genesee County Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.

She was born in Rochester, NY, a daughter of the late Edward and Mary Jane Roach Laufer.  Her husband, Emmett T. Witzigman died in 1986.

Surviving is a daughter, Daiane Wendorf of Mt. Carmel, PA and a grand daughter Maureen Ann Kelley of Allen Park, Mich.

Services will be in Florida at a time to be announced.

Arrangements were entrusted to the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA.  RONALD P. KONIECZNY, DIRECTOR & VETERAN

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