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EAST BETHANY - Robert R. Eckenbrecht, 83, of East Bethany, passed away Sunday, October 13, 2019, at his home.

Mr. Eckenbrecht was born April 7, 1936, in Closter, NJ, the son of the late Otto and Minna (Buxetude) Eckenbrecht.

His wife, Mary T. (Pelligra) Eckenbrecht, died on August 27, 2003.

He served his country in the US Army and graduated from RIT with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering.  He was an electrical engineer for GTE Sylvania and then Eastman Kodak Co., where he retired after over 15 years.  Robert was a true engineer at heart and registered and received at least 17 patents in the electrical engineering field.  Almost single handedly, he dug his basement and then built his own home on that basement in Bethany.  He loved gardening, raised his own vegetables, and enjoyed tormenting his friends and family with bad puns.   A quiet and generous man, he routinely donated to several health, political and animal rescue organizations.

Surviving is his daughter, Margaret (Jeffrey) Zampino, of Henderson NV. 

Friends may call from 5 - 7 p.m. on Thursday at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 E. Main St. in Batavia where services will immediately follow at 7 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to your favorite animal rescue charity.  Private burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery in Bethany.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com

fenello.jpgSARAH M. FENELLO ~ Age 79, of Batavia, died peacefully Friday October 11, 2019 at her home. She was born in Batavia, NY on September 11, 1940, a daughter of the late Anthony and Angela Marie (Cinquino) Barone.

Mrs. Fenello was an active member of the former St. Anthony’s Church where she volunteered at the annual Lawn Fete, taught Religious Ed., active with the Altar & Rosary Society and when the churches merged to form Ascension Parish, she volunteered on the bereavement committee. Sarah attended RIT to study art which allowed her talents in artistry, printing, photography, floral arrangements, seamstress and dress maker flourish. She was avid doll collector and participated in numerous craft shows throughout the area including the annual Letchworth Craft Show. She was involved in many community activities from the St. Joe’s Color Guard, Board of Elections, Batavia Garden Club, Holiday Tour of Homes and organizing her class reunions. Amongst all her activities Sarah worked for many years for Attorney’s Nick & Frank Zinni, Bob Harris Realty and Senior Center Manager in Oakfield, LeRoy and East Bethany. Sarah’s true love was family and friends and will be remembered for her beautiful smile that would brighten the room as she walked in.

Sarah’s family wishes to share on of her favorite sayings:

“Life is like a roll of toilet paper

The closer you get to the end, the

Faster it goes, don’t wait,

Do it now.”

She is survived by her beloved husband of 56 years, Nicholas Fenello, loving sons, Christopher (Kathleen) Fenello of Darien Center and Nicholas J. Fenello of Batavia; cherished granddaughters; Kayla and Gianna; siblings, Anthony (Lisa) Barone of Williamsville, Marilyn (John) Jankowski of Batavia and Theresa Barone of Batavia along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Prayers will be recited 12:15p.m. Wednesday October 16, 2019 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 followed by a 1p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Ascension Parish (Sacred Heart). She will be entombed in the Rev. T. Bernard Kelly Mausoleum at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Crossroads House PO Box 403 Batavia, NY 14021.

Please share your words of comfort with the family at www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.


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.




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