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Lena R. Palmer

By T.J. Woodward

Lena R. Palmer  96 a life time resident of Batavia died July 13, 2011 at the     Genesee County Nursing Home. She was born  March 7, 1915 in Batavia, NY to the late Charles  and Mary D'Angelo Rosica.  She was a former legal secretary for the firm of Darch and Noonan and for the late Hon. Robert E. Noonan, Supreme Court Justice.  After the untimely death of Justice Noonan, she was a Clerk for the Genesee County Board of Elections until her retirement. She was a longtime member of Ascension Parish (St. Anthony’s), it’s Altar and Rosary, St. Nicholas and St. Joseph’s Societies. Lena was preceded in death by  her husband Paul Palmer in July 1977, and she was a sister-in-law of the late Ada Rosica, Joseph and Jennie Figlow, Frank and Doris Palmer, Frances Cammarata and John and Charles Palmer.  

She is survived by her son Joseph (Marcia) Palmer and daughter Mary (Paul) Battaglia all of Batavia, brothers Sebastian Rosica of Boca Raton, Florida and Thomas (Rose) Rosica of Batavia. 7 Grandsons Paul (Annette) Palmer of Rochester, Douglas (Christa) Palmer and Steven Palmer of Batavia, Paul (Jennifer) Battaglia of Victor, Mark and Timothy Battaglia of Buffalo and Michael Battaglia of Batavia, 3 great-granddaughters Lauren, Valerie and Jillian Palmer and 2 great-grandsons, Anthony Palmer and Benjamin Battaglia who survive along with many nieces and nephews. 

Friends may call on Friday July 15, 2011 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc., 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York. A  Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 9:30 AM on Saturday in Ascension Parish (St. Anthony’s), 122 Liberty Street, Batavia. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers family suggests memorials be made to United Memorial Medical Center, 127 North Street, Batavia or the Genesee County Nursing Home, 278 Bank Street, Batavia, NY 14020.  For more information or to sign the online guest registry please go to or call 343-8260.

Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc.  329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020

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