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sal_jr.jpgSalvatore A. Zito Jr., 45, of Hamlin, N.Y., passed away peacefully at home on Friday October 11, 2019 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Sal Jr. was born June 20, 1974 to Salvatore "Sammy" Zito Sr. and Vera Dolan-Mascaro. He is predeceased by his grandparents, Jack & Crethea Dolan, Anthony "Butch" & Celia Zito.

Sal Jr. graduated in 1992 from West Irondequoit High School and was a proud Irondequoit Indian.  Sal Jr., was an avid sports fan, and will be remembered as an outstanding hockey and baseball player.  He took great pride in coaching his son Tory in I.A.A for over 10 years.  Sal Jr., enjoyed horse racing, including annual family trips to Saratoga. The New England Patriots, New York Yankees and the Pittsburgh Penguins, where Sal's favorite teams.  Sal Jr., worked for 25 years as a Commercial Electrician, many of them spent at Per-Con Electric, as well as Landmark Electric. 

Sal Jr., is survived by his loving wife Aimee;  children, Tory and Ryley Zito; step-children Adriana and Devon Michno; father, Salvatore Zito Sr.; mother Vera (Tony) Dolan-Mascaro; brother, Christopher (Jen) Mascaro;  grandmother Rita Mascaro; Mother-in-Law Mary Gabello; Aimee's father Frank (Arleen) Seiler; sister-in-law, Terry (Jimmy) Steele; brother-in-law Jon Seiler; niece Kailey and nephew Robert Steele; Aunts, Nancy Straub, Carol (Brian) Wolfley, Connie (the late William) Ray; Uncle, Bruce (Alice) Dolan; cousins, Art (Suzanne) Straub, their children Ryan and Justin, Carolyn (Russ) Berlin and their son Max, Anthony Ray Sr. and his son Anthony "Butchie" Ray Jr., Jaime (Jason) Pratt and their children Naz and Anna; his god-parents Frank Penna and MaryAnn Scappa-Barton; his extended "Batavia Family"; many loving friends and his beloved dog, Crosby. 

A special thank you to all at Irondequoit Lawn and Landscape for keeping Sal busy the past few years.

"Stay Strong and Fight On"

In lieu of flowers, Memorials can be made to the family, who will donate it in Sal's name to the Hamlin Hornets Youth Football where his young son Ryley plays, and are in need of a new scoreboard. The Zito family was cared for by Paul W. Harris Funeral Home, Inc., 570 Kings Highway South, Rochester, NY 14617.  

Bernice J. (Logel) George, 79, of North Java, NY passed away on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 in Buffalo, NY. She was born on October 15, 1939 to the late Joseph and the late Clara (Becker) Logel in Buffalo, NY. Bernice was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald in 2013.

Bernice loved Bingo, going to the Casinos and Bowling. She had a gift of crocheting and knitting. She made hats, gloves, jackets and afghans for her children and grandchildren. She especially loved to ride around in the snow plows with her late husband, Ronald.

Bernice is survived by her children, Douglas (Brenda) George, Daniel (Shirley) George, and David (Karen) George; 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

A Visitation will be held from 9:30 am- 11 pm on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at Holy Family Church, 4316 Route 98, North Java, NY 14113. A Mass of Christian Burial will immediately follow at the church. Memorials may be made to North Java Rescue Squad at PO Box 137, North Java, NY. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

LeRoy ~ Vincent J. "Jim" Gravanda, age 83, of Wescott Road, passed away early Thursday morning (October 10, 2019) at United Memorial Medical Center.

     He was born August 13, 1936 in Batavia, a son of the late John and Marion Gentile Gravanda.

     Jim was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and dear friend.  Family and his faith were his priorities.  He was a very athletic and competitive man, who enjoyed playing cards and being active in the Knights of Columbus.

     He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Margaret Cordaro Gravanda; his children, Vincent (Anne Canale ) Gravanda Jr., Thomas (Shirley) Gravanda, Julie (Timothy) LaPorte, Ronald (Beth) Gravanda, Donna (Michael) Steffenella and Paul (Keena) Gravanda; grandchildren, Stefanie (Mark) Williams, Timothy LaPorte Jr., Clinton LaPorte, Vincent Gravanda III, Samantha Gravanda, Thomas Gravanda Jr., Colin Gravanda, Madison Gravanda, Garrett Gravanda, Olivia Steffenella, Oliana Steffenella, Brennan Gravanda, Isabella Gravanda, Sophia Gravanda and Avery Gravanda; great-grandchildren, Elle Williams and Liam Gravanda; siblings, Connie DiAntonio, John Gravante and Irene Lillis; brother-in-law, Merle Adams, along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

     Jim was predeceased by nine brothers and sisters.

     Family and friends are invited to his Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter's Church, 44 Lake Street, LeRoy.  Interment will be private.  

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

     Mr. Gravanda and his family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy.  585-768-2400

Lockport - Elaine A. Beals, 77 of Lockport, formerly of Olcott Beach and Batavia, passed away Friday, October 11, 2019, at Elderwood of Lockport.

Elaine was born on March 15, 1942 in Batavia, the daughter of the late Lyle and Anna (Budinger) Mowers.  She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, reading and tending to her flower garden.

Her husband, John H. Beals died on May 13, 2008.

She is survived by a daughter, Rachel (Lawrence) Schmidt of Lockport; a son, Michael (Kathleen) Beals of Roswell, GA; 5 grandchildren, Emma Jean Schmidt, Joshua Schmidt and Jacob Schmidt all of Lockport and Chad Beals and Julia Beals, both of Roswell, GA; a brother, Steven (Diane) Mowers of PA and several nieces and nephews. 

Private services with burial in Reed Cemetery in Oakfield, will be held at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, consider memorial contributions to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport, NY 14094-1231.  Arrangements were entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home 11 Maple Ave., Oakfield, NY.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.burdettandsanford.com.


therah.jpg  Thera Horzempa, 94, of Elba, formerly of Batavia, passed away peacefully at UMMC surrounded by family on Wednesday, October 9, 2019. She is predeceased by her husband Stanley; sisters Roberta Pafk and Jenny Gould; brothers Roy (Patricia), Arlen, and Gary Sanders.

Thera was born on August 25, 1925 to Hollis and Marjorie Sanders in Short Tract, NY.  As a young lady she was a laborer on the muck, was employed by Curtis-Wright during WWII, and Sylvania in Batavia.  In 1958 Thera and her husband Stanley founded local Batavia business Stan’s Cycle Shop (now Stan’s Harley-Davidson).  “Ma” continued to be actively involved with the family business into her ninetieth year.  She also previously served with the Town of Batavia Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

She is survived by a daughter Debra (Harold) Park of Bergen; son Darryl (Marylou) Horzempa of Elba; granddaughter Heidi (Matthew) Osinski of Grand Island; grandson Trevor (Jessica) Horzempa of Elba; three great grandchildren; brothers Roger (Charlotte) Sanders of Medina, Ronald (Carol) Sanders of East Shelby, and Gerald Sanders of Batavia; Sister Linda Ashton of Albion; best friend Roberta Currier of Batavia.

Family and friends are invited to casually share thoughts, fond memories, and condolences on Thursday October 17, 2019 from 3:00-8:00PM at Stan’s Harley-Davidson 4425 W Saile Dr, Batavia, NY 14020. Thera will be laid to rest at Maplelawn Cemetery in Elba, NY

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Town of Batavia Fire Dept., 8382 Lewiston Rd., Batavia NY 14020 or Batavia First Presbyterian Church, 300 E. Main St., Batavia NY 14020. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.

tasha_2.jpg  Tasha L. Norton, 35, of Batavia passed away on October 9, 2019. She was born in Tacoma Washington June 22 1984 to her Mother Michelle and Father Jason Norton. predeceased Grandparents Pete and Patty Abate, Mike Kramer, Dave Norton, Geri Abate.

In addition to her parents, Tasha is survived by her Sister Camilla Norton; Grandma Mary & Grandpa Rick Woods, Grandma Anne Norton; uncle Ryan and Cousins Ryan JR Norton, Marissa Norton; Aunt Karen and Uncle Dutch Vanwyngaarden; Cousin Becky Uncle Tom & Aunt Sherrie; Cousin’s Willie and Nikkia, Bethanne and Tiffany Rethlake, many other Aunts Uncles and Cousins.

Tasha worked at Werner Enterprise driving throughout the entire United States till she became disabled in 2011. She had a Love for Video Games, Movies, Football and Many Discovery, History channel shows like cooking, hot rod, and chopper shows. Tasha had a passion for learning and spent much time on YouTube and google searching for knowledge. She loved her Dog Charlotte and Cat Shadow her companions. She suffered with debilitating migraines along with always feeling sick. She was in constant physical pain and in her words her body was “always fighting against her”, she suffered daily. She had over ten major surgeries which prolonged our time we had with her but in the end Her ongoing struggle to feel well and live had reached its peak. Through her many physical conditions Tasha was tired, and along with her mom asked the lord for mercy and to be healed. That night Tasha received her healing and is no longer suffering. Tasha you are Forever Loved, Forever missed, until we meet again. Enjoy being in the light, and we know you are with the Lord Jesus and our comfort is in knowing this. 

Calling hours will held on Friday November 8, 2019 from 5:00-7:00PM at the EverPresent Church 4 City Centre Batavia, New York 14020. A Service will immediately follow at the Church and refreshments will be served as well.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the EverPresent Church 4 City Centre in Batavia. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.




Rochester ~ Diane J. Makovitch, age 66, formerly of LeRoy, passed away on October 4, 2019.

     She was born August 29, 1953, a daughter of the late John and Johanna Stefani Sullivan.

     Diane is survived by her children, Jacob, Joshua and Sarah; and her siblings, Barbara Sullivan, Skip Sullivan and Kathy (Wayne) Smith.

     In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Theodore "Ted" Makovitch and her sister, Patricia Sullivan Smith.

     Family and friends may call on Friday, October 11 from 4 ~ 6 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road, LeRoy. 

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

Oakfield - Victor Thomas Serinis, 73, of Oakfield, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 7, 2019 in his home, surrounded by family.

Victor is survived by his beloved wife, Susan (Borgal) Serinis, his daughters  Elizabeth Serinis (Michael Moore, Jr.), Heather Serinis, Victoria Collier, and his grandchildren Serenity Fox, Veronica Fox, Matthew Dixon, Micah Collier, Marianna Collier, brothers Theodore Serinis and Michael (Karen) Serinis, and many nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his father and mother, Anthony and Antoinette (Dattilo) Serinis.

Victor was born on March 3, 1946 to Anthony and Antoinette. He served in the United States Navy as a combat photographer during the Vietnam War era. He was also a volunteer firefighter and EMT with the Oakfield Fire Department. He was a paramedic for Rural Metro Medical Services in Rochester, until he retired.

A celebration of life service will be held on Monday, October 14 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Padre Pio Parish, St. Cecilia's Site, 56 Maple Avenue, Oakfield.  Burial with military honors will be in St. Cecilia’s Cemetery, Oakfield, with a luncheon to follow at the fellowship hall at St. Cecilia’s Church in Oakfield.

Memorial contributions in Victor's memory may be made to St. Padre Pio Parish, 56 Maple Avenue, Oakfield, NY 14125.

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

Arrangements for Victor were entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield, (585) 948-5325.

Robert E. Radley “Bob”, 88 of Batavia, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday (October 6, 2019) at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo, NY.

He was born January 29, 1931 in Batavia, a son of the late Charles Radley and Carrie Radley Whitney.

radley_robert_-_photo.jpgBob graduated and was “The Mayor” of Batavia High School Class of 1949. He participated on the undefeated BHS basketball, football and baseball teams in 1947, which would eventually see him inducted into the Batavia Blue Devil Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. He signed a professional baseball contract after high school, starting with the Batavia Clippers in 1950 and played for 8 years in multiple cities ending at the AAA level in Columbus, OH for the Cleveland Indians. After baseball Bob had a long career as a carpenter, builder and construction manager through the Rochester Carpenters Union.

Faith and religion was a large part of his life, having been a member of St. Vincent DePaul Society, Holy Name Society of Ascension Parish, the recipient of the Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker through the Diocese of Buffalo and being instrumental in the construction of the Notre Dame High School Grotto in 1997.

Bob was also a member of the Polish Falcons where he was the recipient of the Polish Falcons Club top service award the Gold Legion of Honor Medal. He provided countless hours of volunteer service for Sacred Heart Church, the VA Hospital and various community-wide projects.  He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, bowling and playing golf for many years, and was a big fan of his favorite team, the NY Yankees.

Survivors include his high school sweetheart and wife of 68 years, Jeanette (Kosciolek) Radley of Batavia. Children, Kathleen (James) Flynn of Evergreen, CO, Robert (Marion) Radley of Batavia, Susan (Thomas) Fiesthumel of Forest, VA and Daniel (Cheryl) Radley of Roswell, GA. Grandchildren, Robert Radley, Kelly Radley, Becky (Aaron) Patterson, Joseph (Andrea) Prinzi, Lindsay (Tristan) Michaleski, Lauren Fiesthumel (Ivan Dirkx), Alyse Fiesthumel (David Quarshie), Brooke Fiesthumel, Alexandra Radley and Ian Radley. Great –grandchildren, Lucas, Ella and Nolan Radley and Nolan Michaleski. Siblings, Rose Warner of Avon, NY, Mae Dusen of Batavia, Florence Taft of Batavia and Frances Lawrence of Batavia.

He was the brother of the late Angela Weber and Leonard “Bud” Radley.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Tuesday (October 15th) from 4-8pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday (October 16th), 10:00am at Ascension Parish, 19 Sumner St, Batavia. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be offered to the Crohns & Colitis Foundation of America (https://www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org). Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.




lippold.jpg  Patricia A. Lippold, 85, of Oakfield passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, October 6, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on March 17, 1934 in South Alabama, NY to the late Joseph and Alice (Ryan) Buckley. In addition to her parents, Patricia is predeceased by her sisters; Rita Feeney and Margaret Schum; brothers Paul, James and Robert Buckley.

Patricia was a secretary at United States Gypsum Co. in Oakfield. She loved playing golf with her husband. She enjoyed flowers and gardening, but more than anything spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her loving husband; Paul Lippold; children Kathleen (Calvin) Klippel of Batavia, Joanne (Scott) Kreher of Clarence, Brian (Wilma) Lippold of Hilton and John (France) Lippold of E. Bethany; sisters Mary Chase of PA., Josephine Lilga of Buffalo; 8 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday October 9, 2019 from 4:00-7:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A 9:30AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday October 10th at Resurrection Parish 303 East Main in Batavia. Mrs. Lippold will be laid to rest in St. Vincent’s Cemetery in Attica.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital www.stjude.org or Shriners Hospital for Children www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at 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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