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raphael.jpgCarl Raphael, 76 of Batavia, NY died July 30, 2010 following a brief illness surrounded by his loving family at his home under HomeCare & Hospice. Born May 17, 1934 in Batavia, New York son of the late Daniel (Helen Ferrucci) Raphael. 
 
Mr. Raphael retired as the Park Supervisor with over 30 years of employment for the City of Batavia; he also worked for over 37 years at Batavia Downs retiring as Chief of Security. He was an Army Veteran and member of Resurrection Parish (St. Joseph’s Church). He was also a member of North American Hunt Club, the NRA, the Oakfield Rod & Gun Club and a former member of the Polish Falcons and St. Nicholas Social Club. Carl was a loving father who enjoyed spending time with his family; he was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt. 
 
Preceded in death by his wife Patricia A. (Wallace) Raphael in 2003 and a sister Geraldine Raphael.
 
He is survived by his children Daniel S. (Phyllis) Raphael, Gary M. (Margaret) Raphael, and Lori A. (Emery) Green all of Batavia.  8 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews also survive. 
 
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday August 3, 2010 from 3 to 7 PM at the Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc., 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020. Funeral services will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday August 4, 2010 at 9:30AM. Burial will take place in Grand View Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to Genesee Cancer Assistance, 16 Bank Street, Batavia, NY 14020 or to Batavia Youth Football c/o 216 E. Main St. Suite 35 Batavia, NY 14020. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please go to www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or call 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 W. Main St. Batavia, NY 14020.  
 
 

Helen Jurkowski, 87, of Rochester died July 29, 2010 at Monroe Community Hospital in Rochester.

Born November 2, 1922 in Cuylerville, NY daughter of the late Julian (Magdalena Kochan) Baginski. Mrs. Jurkowski worked for many, many years at Champion Products in Perry. Longtime member of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Perry.

She loved to read, sew, crochet and go on trips with her family. Preceded in death by husband Joseph Jurkowski; brothers Joseph, Frank, and Henry Baginski.

Survived by son Joseph (Kimberley) Jurkowski of Rochester; daughter Diane (Dennis) Pawlowski of Cheektowaga; grandchildren Jennifer Pawlowski; Tammy (John) Beltrano; Adam (Bridget) Jurkowski; Kristen Jurkowski; great-granddaughter Kaylie Beltrano, along with several nieces and nephews also survive.

Friends may call from 1-3 and 5-7 pm on Sunday August 1st at the Funeral Home. Prayers will be recited at the Funeral Home 10:30 AM on Monday August 2nd followed by a Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 AM at St. Isidore’s Parish-St. Joseph’s Church 8 Park St. Perry, NY 14530. Burial will take place at St. Stanislaus Kostka Cemetery in Perry. Memorials are suggested to the Monroe Community Hospital 435 East Henrietta Road Rochester, NY 14620 or to the American Diabetes Association at www.Diabetes.org .

Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St. Perry, NY 14530. Please call Timothy J. Woodward at (585) 237-2626 or visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com for more information.

 

Elmer L. Billings, 82 of Perry died July 28, 2010 at the Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw. Born March 12, 1928 in Silver Lake, NY son of the late Moore (Meora Johnson) Billings. Mr. Billings was born in Silver Lake, New York on March 12, 1928 a son of the late Moore and Meora Johnson Billings Sr.

He worked for the former Agway Feed Store in Perry for 37 years retiring in 1990. After retirement he worked for the former Cooks Citco service station in Perry for 9 years.He was a member of the Coleman Memorial Free Methodist Church in Perry. He was an avid bowler, bowling on the Senior citizens bowling league, Tuesday night leagues and the Thursday night giants league. He also enjoyed fishing and especially enjoyed spending time with his family.

Preceded in death by wife: Josephine E. Billings who died on November 23, 2007 1 brother: Moore Billings Jr., and 2 sisters: Florence Irvine, and Lillian Bowen.

He is survived by 2 sons: Elmer Jr. (Deborah) Billings of Perry, George Billings of Perry, 7 daughters: Ruth (Richard Sr.) Grasby of Gainesville, Nancy (Karson) Heubusch of Gainesville, Norma (Douglas) Rutherford of Silver Springs, Donna (David Sr.) Grasby of Perry, Jean (Joseph) Monteleone of Warsaw, Dora Spencer of Mt. Morris, and Shirley (Joseph) LaGeorgia of Perry, 1 brother: Herbert Billings of Perry, 4 sisters: Irene Hertzog of Warsaw, Virginia (Charles) Hunsinger of Silver Springs, Betty Alwardt of Attica, and Mary (David) Jones of Warsaw, 23 Grandchildren, 32 Great grandchildren, 3 Great Great Grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews also survive.

Friends may call 2-4 and 7-9 pm on Friday July 30th at the Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main St. Perry 14530. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM on Saturday July 31, 2010 at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. Burial will be at Glenwood Cemetery in Perry. Memorials are suggested to the Wyoming County Office for the Aging 8 Perry Ave. Warsaw, New York 14569.

Arrangements by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St. Perry, NY 14530. Please call Timothy J. Woodward at (585) 237-2626 or visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com for more information.

 

 

Murray W. Morrow Jr., an award winning professional photographer for more than half a century and past president of the Professional morrow1.jpgPhotographers Society of New York, died on July 28, 2010 after a prolonged illness. Mr. Morrow was born in Batavia on March 23, 1925, was a lifelong resident of Batavia. In 1943, before completing high school, he joined the United States Navy in World War II where he served aboard the USS Chester, which supported eight major Pacific battles including the invasions of the Gilbert and Marshall Islands, Tarawa, and Iwo Jima. Returning to Batavia in 1946, he married Donna Francis O’Brien, and in 1947 became the first father to graduate from Batavia High. Mr. Morrow drove across country with his new family to California where he studied photography and graduated from the Fred Archer School of Photography in Los Angeles. Upon his return he worked for Eastman Kodak, as well as starting his own studio. He also joined his brother in law, John O’Brien to establish Kleen All Company. Forced to give up this activity after breaking his back, they purchased a coffee business, which Mr. Morrow operated in the mornings while attending to his growing studio in the afternoons. The studio operated in Batavia for over 49 years and has photographed countless portraits & weddings for this community starting as Murray’s House of Photography then Murray-Lawing. Over the years his sons joined him and ultimately he and his son Tim became TwoMorrow’s Photography. Mr. Morrow became active in local chapters of the PPSNY, becoming an officer and subsequently moving up to President of the state society. He was a member of the board for many years & was instrumental in setting up the photographer’s professional school. His photographs & portraits won many awards for excellence and were chosen for exhibition in major salons. Late in life, Mr. Morrow plunged into digital photography and became a marvel with this new technology. He took considerable pride his community and worked for the betterment of his hometown and served in several community service organizations. He served as Kiwanis Club President and was instrumental in establishing Kiwanis Park. He was Kiwanian of the year in 1973 and became a lifetime member in 1988. For over thirty years he served with Ducks Unlimited. He served as chairman of the annual dinner held by the local chapter several times, and received numerous awards for his dedicated service. Mr. Morrow served as an honorary member of Zonta for over twenty years. When Zonta began to accept male members, he joined and thus became the first male member in Batavia. He served the club for twenty-six years by being the master of ceremonies for entertainment at local nursing homes. As president of the St. Joseph’s Home School Association, Mr. Morrow served his church where he was a devout member. He helped to initiate the first Popcorn Ball as a fundraiser for the school. During the final chapter of his live, he became the Vice-Chairman of the resident’s committee of the Veterans Nursing Home in Batavia. He led a campaign to raise money for planting flowers on the grounds. He also served as the “unofficial” official photographer recording events and producing portraits for his fellow residents. Murray Morrow was a fun loving guy, “a last man on the dance floor” kind of guy, a man who knew everybody and was known by everybody. A man who found joy in all aspects of his life – but most of all , the family that he leaves behind: his wife of 63 years Donna, his daughters Madonna (Thomas) Smyth and Vicky (George) Hodges; his sons Daniel (Gina), Murray “Mickey” (Colleen), Brian (Carolyn), Mark (Lee), Dennis (Natasha), Timothy (Brenda) Morrow. Twenty two grandchildren, twenty- four great grandchildren as well as sisters Eva Stern and Gloria Bodane, his brother in law John (Betty) O’Brien, sisters in law Kathleen (Robert) Maher and Natalie Morrow. Many nieces and nephews also survive along with a special friend Mike Chapman. He went through life with exuberant optimism believing obstacles can always be overcome, problems can be solved, goals can be achieved and life can always be made better. Life was made better by Murray Morrow. Calling hours will be held on Sunday August 1, 2010 from 3 to 7 PM at the Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc., 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020. A Memorial Mass with military honors will be held on Monday August 2, 2010 in Resurrection Parish (St. Joseph’s Church), 303 East Main Street, Batavia at 9:30 AM. Burial will take place in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers Memorials may be made to the Family to distribute to various charities. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or phone (585) 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 W. Main St. Batavia, NY 14020.

 

scherff1.jpgCharlotte M. Scherff, 92 of Batavia, formerly of East Aurora, and Leroy, NY. Died July 28, 2010 at the Genesee County Nursing Home in Batavia. Born February 25, 1918 in East Aurora, NY. Daughter of the late Clarence (Cora Lapp) Kilian. Mrs. Scherff was a long time member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Batavia where she was a Sunday School Teacher. She enjoyed day time trips with her family and also loved going to parade’s to see her family march in them. Mrs. Scherff loved to cook for family and others as she was a care giver to many. Preceded in death by her husband Kenneth W. Scherff in 2006 and a sister Bernice Cole. Survived by her son David (Ann) Scherff; daughter Joan Scherff all of Leroy; five grandchildren Michael Scherff, Lisa (Wayne) Burlison, Anya (Robert) Pastecki, Jonathan Scherff and Matthew Scherff; two great-grandsons Adam Burlison and Ryan Pastecki; survive along  with several nieces and nephews. Friends may call on Saturday July 31, 2010 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 31Washington Ave., Batavia, NY 14020. Funeral Services will follow calling hours 11:00 AM at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church 31 Washington Ave, Batavia, NY 14020 on Saturday July 31, 2010. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery in East Aurora, NY. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church 31 Washington Ave. Batavia, NY 14020. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please go to www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or call 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 W. Main St. Batavia, NY 14020.

 

   Robert D. Premo, 59 of Varysburg, NY died July 28, 2010 peacefully at his home. Born September 20, 1950 in Messina, NY. Son of the late Joseph Premo and the late Margaret (McDougal) Joslyn. Mr. Premo loved to hunt, fish and enjoyed woodworking. Preceded in death by brothers Ricky Premo; Joseph “Lynn” Premo and a sister Brenda Premo. Survived by his wife Debora (Kellar) Premo of Varysburg; brother Kevin Premo of Clearwater, FL; sisters Sheila (Thomas) Bundy of Wolcott; Sharon (Larry) Mustrangelo of Wolcott; Karen Rae (Richard) Belair of Hamlin; 6 step-children along with many nieces and nephews. Friends may call from 1 to 7 PM on Saturday August 14th at the home of Robert and Debora 3196A Syler Rd. Varysburg, NY 14167. Services will be held during calling hours at 2:00 PM on August 14th. 11:00 AM  burial on Sunday August 15th at South Butler/Savannah Cemetery in South Butler, NY. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or call (343-8260). Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 W. Main St. Batavia, NY 14020.
 
 

Richard Bruce Ireland, 70 of Alexander, NY died July 27, 2010 ireland1.jpgat the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH.

Born October 25, 1939 in Batavia, NY son of the late Bruce (Arlene Potter) Ireland. 

Mr. Ireland was a self employed well known electrical contractor for 42 years; prior to that he worked for 10 years at Falcone Electric in Batavia.

He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish (Our Lady of Good Counsel Church) in Darien; he enjoyed sports with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed golf, was an avid Yankee fan and enjoyed helping people whenever he could.

Dick was very involved for many years with the Tri Town Athletics of which he was a founder and a past Commissioner of Baseball. 

Preceded in death by his brother Robert Ireland. Survived by his beloved wife  of 49 years Anne (Kaczmarek) Ireland of Alexander, five sons Kenneth (Lisa) Ireland of Brockport, Thomas (Debbie) Ireland of Tonawanda, Dennis (Julie) Ireland of Connecticut, Douglas (Denise) Ireland of Williamsville and Gregory (fiancé Ginelle) Ireland of Batavia. 

He is also survived by his brother David (Diane) Ireland of Texas, his sister Florine Fenton of Batavia, his sister-in-law Anne Ireland of Batavia, 14 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 

Friends may call from 6 to 9 PM on Thursday, July 29th and 3 to 7PM Friday, July 30th at the Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc., 329-333 West Main St., Batavia, NY 14020. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 AM on Saturday July 31st at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church (Our Lady of Good Council), 10677 Alleghany Rd. in Darien, NY. Burial in Our Lady of Good Counsel Cemetery in Darien, NY.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family for distribution to various charities.

For more information or to sign the online guest registry, please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or call (585) 343-8260. Arrangements by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 W. Main St. Batavia, NY 14020. 

 

Age 93, of Batavia, retired Pembroke School Nurse died peacefully Monday evening July 26, 2010 at the home of her sister while under the care of Hospice.

She was born March 22, 1917 in Batavia to the late Paul & Concetta (DiCarlo) Martino, also preceded in death by brothers Danny, Paul & Vincent Martino; sisters Beatrice Messina, Helen Gaurino & Fanny Bolognese; brothers-in-law Sam Ognibene, Sam Gaurino, Charles Messina & Frank Bolognese; sisters-in-law Sarah and Laura Martino.

Rose was a member of Ascension Parish and very devoted to her large extended family, who adored her for her generosity, giving nature, her pies and jello. Although having no children of her own, she cheerfully spoiled the children and grandchildren of her brothers and sisters. It was not unusual to get a call to stop by her house, she might have "goodies" for the kids, chocolate cream pie or a nice bread pudding. Many nieces and nephews owe their extensive knowledge of birds and bird feeding to Aunt Rose, who was particularly fond of woodpeckers.

Surviving is her dear sister and caretaker of the last few months Kay Ognibene of Batavia; her brother Anthony (Helen) Martino of Grand Island along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

There is no prior visitation. Prayers will be recited 9:30 AM Friday July 30, 2010 at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, NY 14020 followed by a 10:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial at Ascension Parish (St. Anthony's Site) celebrated by Father Eugene Slomba. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials in her memory may be made to Crossroads House 11 Liberty Street or Homecare & Hospice 550 East Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

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.

 

Adeline Kisiel, 92 of Rochester, NY died July 27, 2010 at Westgate Nursing Home in Rochester.

Born October 31, 1917 in Batavia, NY daughter of the late Vincent (Eleanor Twardowski) Zielinski. Mrs. Kisiel worked for many years at Kisiel Die Casting in Batavia. She was a long time member of Sacred Heart Church.

Preceded in death by her husband Cecil Kisiel (1972); brothers Anthony and Richard Zielinski. Survived by her sons Cecil (Pauline) Kisiel of Rochester; David (Rosalie) Kisiel of Batavia; brother Walter (Gladys) Zielinski of Batavia; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews. 

No prior calling hours. Friends are invited to attend a 12:30 PM Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday July 28, 2010 at Ascension Parish-Sacred Heart Church 19 Sumner St. Batavia, NY 14020. Burial will take place in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Batavia.

 In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family to be distributed to various charities. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please go to www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or call 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 W. Main St. Batavia, NY 14020.

 

Batavia - Mrs. Joan C. Waters, 79, of Batavia, died Monday, July 26, 2010at Genesee County Nursing Home, in Batavia.

Mrs. Waters was born October 11, 1930 in Watertown, a daughter of the late Ray and Lois (Lawton) Eveleigh.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Batavia, was active in the Boy Scouts of America and enjoyed her family.

Her husband, Stanley O. Waters, died July 23, 1996.

Survivors include 4 sons, Mark Waters and Andrew (Janet) Waters, both of Lehigh Acres, FL, Lance (Margaret) Waters of Naples, FL and Ray (Diane) Waters of Batavia; 2 daughters, Cynthia (John) Ciszkowski of Blasdell and Amy Guthrie of Batavia; 2 sisters, Kay Phillips of Watertown and Gail (Robert) Barnes of NM; 12 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 

She was the mother of the late Duff Waters and sister of the late Jean Lunderman.

Friends may attend services 3 p.m. Friday at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia. Private burial will be in Brookside Cemetery in Watertown. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Boy Scouts of America, Inc., 45 Liberty Street, Batavia, New York 14020. Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.  

 

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