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kasperek_ken_-_photo2.jpgKenneth Bryan Kasperek, 71 of Akron, New York passed away peacefully Sunday, March 19, 2023 at Buffalo General Hospital.

He was born May 6, 1951 in Batavia, NY, a son of the late John Kasperek II and Janet (Frost) Milani.

A 1969 graduate of Akron Central School, he attended Houghton College West Seneca campus and completed many continuing education hours in design, photography, and advertising over the years.

Ken was Co-Publisher of the Akron Bugle, a weekly community newspaper in Akron, NY, an award winning photo-journalist, and newspaper designer.  He recently completed terms as a member of the New York Press Association Board of Directors and was an active partner with Weekly Independent Newspapers.

A gifted musician, Ken was a member of the Akron Community Band for 58 years, playing principal trumpet for many of those years.  He served as librarian of the Band for 56 years and was a Trustee and trumpet section leader.  In recent years, he was also a member of the Pembroke-Corfu band.

Active in The United Methodist Church, he was an associate member of Newfane UMC and a member of Akron First UMC.  He was a founding board member and contributor to the C. Dee Wright Community Ministry Center.  He was an equalization member of the Upper New York Annual Conference and for many years worked with their communication team as a photographer and designer for their publications.  He participated in the Bell Choir at Akron First UMC and was Director of that group for multiple years.  He taught Sunday School and led the Youth Fellowship at Clarence Center UMC in the 1970’s.  Ken received the Western New York United Methodist Committee on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) award for his commitment to the advancement of women’s issues.

Ken has been a member of the Rotary Club of Akron-Newstead since 1990 and is a Paul Harris Fellow.  He is a Past Vice President and Past President of the Akron-Chamber of Commerce, and past member of the Akron Celebration Committee.

He was the first male Girl Scout leader in Western New York and led Junior and Senior Girl Scout Troop 352 in the Akron neighborhood.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn J. Kasperek of Akron. Daughters, Karlyn (Michael) Backus of Batavia, Alison (Justin) Allaman of Erie, PA, and Sarah (Chris) Roth of Clarence. Grandchildren, Shaun Finucane, Kirra Roth, Teagan Finucane, Bryan Allaman, Hailey Roth, Riley Allaman and Abigail Allaman. Brothers, Thomas (Nancy) Kasperek of Nebraska and John (Ann Marie) Kasperek III of W. Seneca. Sister, Nancy Knop of Tonawanda. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences, and fond memories on Friday (March 24th) from 4-7 p.m. at the Newstead Fire Hall, 5691 Cummings Rd, Akron, NY 14001. A Celebration of Ken’s Life will be Saturday, 4:00 p.m. at the Newfane United Methodist Church, 2699 Main St., Newfane, NY 14108.

Memorial contributions may be offered to the family for distributions to various charities. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.




Carole S. Kryzan, 71, of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 19, 2023, at The Grand in Batavia.

Carole was born on October 18, 1951, in Batavia, a daughter of the late Richard and Genevieve Day Kryzan. She was the sister of the late Curtis L. Kryzan.

Carole loved to go shopping and play bingo.

She is survived by her sisters, Ingrid (late Lee) Stone and Kim (Dale) Weatherbee. Several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins also survive.

Family and friends may call Wednesday, March 22, 2023, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu. Funeral services will be held at the mortuary on Thursday, March 23, 2023, at 11 a.m. with burial to follow in Hillside Cemetery, East Pembroke.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to any Breast Cancer or mental health charity of the donors choice.

KETCHUM, Mary-Claire

On the afternoon of December 10, 2022, Mary-Claire Hermance Ketchum passed away at Tucson Medical Center with her loving husband Dick at her bedside.
Mary-Claire was born on June 23, 1950 to Ronald and Claire Hermance in Batavia,NewYork. She attended Notre Dame High School in Batavia and went on to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree from Nazareth College in Rochester NewYork in 1972 majoring in Art. Mary-Claire’s first teaching assignment was in Clyde, New York where she taught art in the elementary school. While teaching in Clyde,she met her future husband Dick on a blind date sailing on Lake Ontario with mutual friends. They were married in 1976 and moved to Tucson, Arizona where Dick already resided. Mary-Claire was employed by T.U.S.D. and taught high school art at Catalina High School for 19 years. When her retirement was announced to a gathering of the students in the auditorium before graduation in 2012, the entire student body stood up and gave her a standing ovation. She truly loved her students and they loved her.

Mary-Claire had a passion for art projects and her favorite was making all her holiday cards from Easter to Halloween to Thanksgiving and most of all Christmas. She not only did all the artwork for the cards, but printed them, cut them and placed them in envelopes hand addressed in beautiful calligraphic script. Many friends remarked that her cards were so unusual and beautiful that they saved them and looked forward to the next one. Sadly, this year’s Christmas cards (over 200 of them) have not been addressed and mailed. Mary-Claire is preceded in death by her father, Ronald, her mother, Claire, and her brother Ronald Jr. She is survived by her husband Dick, her sisters-in law Kris Hermance, Kate (Andy) Gibbs, Ellen (Joe) Pullman, brothers-in law Jim Ketchum, Dan Ketchum, many cousins, nieces, nephews and her 3 beloved yellow labrador retrievers, Matilda, Maizie and Momo.

At Mary Claire’s request, there will be no calling hours. Funeral services will be private for immediate family only.
Memorial donations can be made to:Education Enrichment Foundation 5049 East Broadway Blvd. Suite #107, Tucson, Az. 85711. Or go to www.eeftucson.org.

LeRoy ~ Betty Rose DeJesus, age 60, of Genesee Street, passed away unexpectedly at home on Friday, March 17, 2023.

    betty_rose_dejesus_0.jpg She was born March 13, 1963 in San Jose, CA, a daughter of the late Harlan and Orpha Corthell Gilbert.

     Betty will be remembered for her love of family and her kindness towards other people.  She was an avid book reader and Buffalo Bills fan. Her compassion is what made her stand out above the rest.

     In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Miguel Angel DeJesus in 2020 and her brother, Charley Gilbert.

     She will be sadly missed by her sons, Mickey (Taylor Perkins) DeJesus, Gregory (Megan Gill) DeJesus and William (Trisha) DeJesus; grandchildren, Dominic, Aliyah, Harlan, Javier, Aurora DeJesus; sister, Donna (James) Burdick; step-children, Marisol DeJesus, Miguel DeJesus Jr. and Diana DeJesus, along with many friends.

     Any other family and friends, whose lives Betty touched are invited to call on Friday, March 24 from 10:30 - 11:30 AM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service, 8700 Lake Road, LeRoy, NY.  Interment will immediately follow in the Stafford Rural Cemetery. After the cemetery services, there will be a celebration of life held at the American Legion, 53 West Main St., LeRoy, NY 14482 from 1 PM to 4 PM.

     Memorials are suggested to Betty’s family.

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

Nicholas (Nick) Pascucci of Stafford, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 17, 2023, just 3 weeks shy of his 94th birthday. He is the son of the late James Pascucci (originally from Vasto, Italy) and Mary Sammarco (originally of Vallelunga, Sicily) who settled in Batavia to raise their family. He is predeceased by brothers Louis, Joseph, Dominic, James, John and Victor and sisters, Edith Kipp, Irene Lewis and Jean.

   nicholas_pascucci_0.jpg  Nick always said with a chuckle, “You have to keep your body moving because if you let yourself slow down, you’re done for!” He lived by that philosophy and was a role model for all of us in demonstrating it. He was rarely at rest from dawn till dusk. Judging from his longevity, it seems he knew what he was talking about!

     Always witty and quick with a joke, he will be remembered for his great sense of humor and ability to make others laugh through his gift of storytelling; and he had plenty of stories and adventures to share! One could consider oneself fortunate to be regaled with his tales of growing up in Batavia, or his years in the army when he was in the Philippines and Japan, or his years as a civilian living in Japan. His flair for detail could transport the listener to the era and setting to which he was referring. His experiences and adventures were amazing and fun to hear.

     His greatest adventure began when meeting his future wife, Florence Corona, who, at the time, was a telephone switchboard operator in Batavia. He asked her out for coffee and the rest of the story has taken 66 years to complete. Together, they raised four children, Nicholas (Nick), Vincent (Vin), Gina and Renee.

     While raising his family, Nick worked as an electrician through the IBEW local 86 in Rochester where he made many lifelong friends. He loved to fish and garden and until recently could be found outside, checking his garlic, in particular. He was a long-time member, and eventually president of, the Stafford Zoning Board of Appeals. He fulfilled a long time dream of learning to play the piano when he was in his 40s, spoke 2 languages other than English (Japanese and Italian) and loved classical music and opera.

     Nick was a kind and gentle man with a relaxed nature who had the ability to make everyone around him feel comfortable and welcome. He was a real treasure and will be greatly missed.

     He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Florence Corona Pascucci, his children, Nick, Vin (Liz), Gina (Mark) Battaglia, Renee (Glenn) Mitges; 7 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, a sister, Delores Lanzo and brother, Floyd, many nieces, nephews and beloved friends.

     Family and friends may call on Friday, March 24 from 3 ~ 7 P.M. at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd., LeRoy.  Nick’s Rite of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 25 at 11:00 A.M. at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter’s Church, 44 Lake St., LeRoy.    

     In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nick’s name to either St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org) or Parkinson’s Research (www.michaeljfox.org).

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

Churchville ~ Shirley Mae Zinter, age 93, passed away early Monday morning (March 13, 2023) at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home.

    zinter_0.jpg She was born July 2, 1929 in Bradford, PA, a daughter of the late Henry C. and Helen M. Brown Smith.

     Shirley will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who loved gardening and was a supporter of animal charities.  She also enjoyed car rides with her husband, John.

     She is survived by her loving husband of 71 years, John Zinter; her children, Helen (Thomas) Gumkowski, Susan (late Donald) Miller and John (Barbara) Zinter; grandchildren, Thomas (Amy) Gumkowski, Jeffrey Gumkowski, Jessica Gumkowski, Donald (Kim) Miller, Christine Miller, Brittany (Adam) Drexler, Tiana (Jeffrie) Pack, Aurora (Skylar) Wade, Devon Zinter and Sawyer Zinter; great-grandchildren, Shane Drexler, Alyssa Drexler, Hunter Harden, Zachary Harden and Benjamin Harden; and siblings, Florence Reynolds, George Smith and Donald Smith.

     In addition to her parents, Shirley was predeceased by her son, David Zinter and her sisters, Eleanor Oney and Grace Auge.

     Interment and graveside services in the Riga Cemetery will be private at the convenience of the family.

     Donations in memory of Shirley are suggested to Volunteers for Animals of Batavia, 3841 West Main Street Road, Batavia, N.Y. 14020 or an animal organization of the donor’s choice.

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

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

schwab_thelma_-_photo.jpgThelma I. Schwab, 100 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Thursday (March 16, 2023) at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born November 14, 1922 in Batavia, a daughter of the late George and Hattie Williams Wagner.

Thelma was employed by Eastman Kodak prior to her retirement. She enjoyed crocheting and produced several blankets and towels for family and friends. She enjoyed reading Danielle Steel novels, watching soap operas during the day and Family Feud and Jeopardy in the evening time. Listening to music, playing solitaire and sudoku on her iPad was also a favorite hobby for her. She was greatly loved by her family and will be dearly missed by everyone who knew her.

She is predeceased by her husband, Loren Schwab; son, Clayton Schwab; daughter, Kathleen Sparks; siblings, John Wagner, Frank Wagner, George Wagner, Gladys Walker and Nellie Lambein.

Survivors include her daughter Bonnie Morgan of Batavia. Grandchildren, Kimberly Lawrence, Koren Spaulding, Kristen LaClair and Tammy Battaia. Also survived by several great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to share in a Memorial Service on Tuesday (March 21st), 10:00am at Ascension Parish (corner of Swan Street and Sumner Street)  in Batavia.

She will be laid to rest in North Byron Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family for future distributions to various charities. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.




Bradley F. Rogers passed away on March 17, 2023 with his loving family by his side.  He was born December 11, 1938 in Franklinville, NY to the late Dean and Florence (Jones) Rogers.  In 1969, he married the former Sheila Tehan.

Brad graduated from Ten Broeck Academy in Franklinville and continued his studies at SUNY College at Brockport where he earned a BS in elementary education, MS in education and a CAS in educational administration.   He taught for Olean CSD, Byron-Bergen CSD, and Batavia City Schools. He was a JV and Varsity basketball coach at Notre Dame HS and Batavia HS.  He was also a BHS track and golf coach.  He coached summer basketball clinics, was president of the Batavia Teachers’ Association and taught migrant education.    He was a former Genesee County Legislator, Member of the GCIDA Board of Directors, General Manager of the former Batavia Clippers, and Director of the NY-Penn Professional Baseball League.   He served on the Genesee County Soil and Water Conservation District in a variety of roles, including being Vice-Chairman.  He was President of the NY Association of Conservation Districts and Chair of the Great Lakes Commission, with the National Association of Conservation Districts in Washington, DC.  In the 1980s, he received Governors Carey’s and Cuomo's appointments to the State University College of New York at Brockport College Council. 

He was a member of the St. Joseph’s Holy Name Society, the Knights of Columbus, Elks Club, Batavia Country Club, and Terry Hills Golf Course, (where he shot a hole in one on #14).  He loved following St. Bonaventure, Syracuse, and Notre Dame basketball, along with the Yankees and the Bills, golfing, fishing, painting, and solving puzzles.  All of these couldn’t compete with the love he had for his family, creating a special bond with each of them.

In addition to his wife of 53 years, he is survived by his children Julia, Michael, Maria (Mark) Fitzpatrick, Kathleen (Jon) O’Day, Marcia (Brian) Danahy, Paul (Kacey), and Kevin (Megan) and grandchildren Kathryn, Arabella, Ryan, Megan, Matthew, Evan, Courtney, Nolan, Jacob, Emma, and Caden.  He is also survived by his sisters, Joyce Kelly and Carole Dallas, and brother-in-law, Bruce (Jeanette) Tehan, and nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Charles, his mother-in-law and father- in-law, Kathryn and Frank Tehan, his brothers-in-law, Edwin Kelly and Douglas Dallas, sister–in-law, Mary Ann Heveron, nieces Mary Kathryn O’Geen and Sheila Heveron and nephew, James Heveron.

There will be no prior calling hours.  His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Resurrection Parish (St. Joseph’s site-303 East Main Street, Batavia) on Monday, March 20 at Noon.   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Regional School, 2 Summit St., Batavia, NY or Notre Dame High School, 73 Union St., Batavia, NY. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in his memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia.

gary.jpgGary J. “Fred” Fredericks, 76 of Attica, passed away on Monday, March 13, 2023. He was born June 16, 1946 in Buffalo, to the late Joseph and Una (Miller) Fredericks. He is preceded in death by his first wife Peggy (Webster) Fredericks.

Gary was a proud United States Army Veteran. He attended Syracuse University on a football scholarship. Gary coached football at RIT and went on to coach and teach physical education at Caledonia-Mumford.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary (Ziegler) Fredericks, daughter Michele (Kris) Williams, three grandchildren, Parker, Emerson and Brady, sister Sharon (Dick) Gilbert.

There will be no prior calling hours. A Celebration of his Life will be held on May 13, 2023 from 12pm to 4pm at JW Jones Hall, 366 Leicester Rd, Caledonia, NY 14423.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance, 127 North St., Batavia, NY 14020. To leave an online message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

Alvaro (Al) Cadena, 79, of Pittsford, NY, passed away early March 10, following a recent pancreatic cancer diagnosis. He died peacefully at home in the company of his loved ones. Born in Colombia in 1943, Al moved to the United States in 1965 to attend college. Soon after his arrival, officiants in both Colombia and the United States observed wedding vows proclaimed via telephone, after which Martha, Al's beloved wife of 57 years, joined him to build their life in New York. Al graduated from NYU with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and later earned a Master of Engineering Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).
For 39 years, he worked for Graham Corporation, first in its New York City offices, and later in Batavia, NY, where he ultimately retired as President and CEO. Al's work ethic and dedication were evidenced by the advisory roles held and honors received throughout his career, including advisory council of the SUNY Business School at Brockport, President of the Tubular Exchanger Manufacturers Association (TEMA), and RIT's 1988 Distinguished Alumnus Award. He also served on the advisory board of the Wilmot Cancer Institute at the University of Rochester Medical Center, a position he held especially dear as a 27-year survivor of metastatic prostate cancer under their care. However, Al was not "all work". His love of life was infectious, showing a joyful appreciation for things well-done in any form: good food, exquisite pens, or even a well-constructed coffee scoop. He made everyday events more interesting, a prime example being golf, during which he scored a Hole-In-One.... twice. Al's unmatched energy was especially appreciated by his grandchildren, for whom he was never too busy: board games, field trips, swimming; if they could think it, he would do it.
In addition to his wife Martha, Al is survived by his children, Alvaro (Catherine) Cadena of New York, Jorge (Lisa) Cadena of Florida, Sylvia (Steven) Alexander of New York, and the four grandchildren who bestowed upon him his most distinguished role of all, "Abuelito" or "Tito". The family will receive friends Thursday, March 16, from 5-7pm EDT at Anthony's Funeral Home in Brighton, NY. A private memorial service for family will follow on Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wilmot Cancer Institute.

VISITATION: Anthony's Funeral Home in Brighton, NY
March 16, 2023 at 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


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