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Basom - Joshua K. Durham, 21, of Basom, died Saturday, (August 7, 2010) as the result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on Albion Road in the town of Oakfield.

He was born July 28, 1989 in Batavia, a son of Scott Durham of Basom and Tina (Corcoran) Durham of Batavia.

Joshua enjoyed baseball and hunting. He loved his family and was a great uncle and brother.

Surviving along with his parents are two brothers, Matthew (Jackie) Durham of Oakfield and Stephen Durham of Batavia; a sister, Katie Durham of Basom; grandparents, Shirley Durham of East Pembroke and Edward and Beverly Corcoran of Batavia; a niece, Savannah Durham; a nephew, Gavin Durham and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He is a grandson of the late Donald Durham and Lenora Durham.  

Calling hours are Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield. Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday also at the funeral home. Burial will be in North Pembroke Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family. Condolences may be made at www.burdettandsanford.com.

 

Oakfield - Matthew Ryan Ware, 22, of Oakfield, a roofer with A to Z Construction in Batavia, died Saturday, August 7, 2010 as the result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on Albion Road in the Town of Oakfield.

Mr. Ware was born August 13, 1987 in Batavia, a son of Colleen Alexander Ware of Oakfield and Byron Ware of New Jersey.

He was a member of United Pentecostal Church, was a graduate of Oakfield Alabama High School where he was active in football for 6 years, basketball for 3 years, baseball for 1 year, outdoor track for 4 years and indoor track for 1 year. He was on the All-star League and All State Team.

Surviving along with his parents are a brother, Nicholas Alexander and Daniel Ware, both of Oakfield; a sister, Tanisha Majors of Oakfield; his step father, Jeffery Patrick of Oakfield; maternal grandmother, Constance Alexander of Batavia and grandfather, Hunter Alexander of Batavia; paternal grandparents, Albert & Betty Ware of NJ; a great-grandmother, Claudine Meney of Batavia; survived by numerous cousins.  

Friends may call on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at United Pentecostal Church, 180 Oak St., Batavia, where services will follow at 12 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. Burial will be in Cary Cemetery, Oakfield.   Condolences may be made at www.burdettandsanford.com.

 

Todd was born on January 12, 1958 a son of Joseph (Patricia) Mazzarella of Perry and Betty Mazzarella of Venice, Florida.

Mr. Mazzarella was a graduate of Perry High School and Geneseo State Collage. He was a self employed painter and pressure cleaner in Florida. He was a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall South Venice Congregation. He enjoyed playing basketball and was an avid NY Yankees fan. He especially like spending time with his family.

Survived by his wife M. Catherine Mazzarella whom he married on April 20, 2008, 3 sons Michael and Joseph Mazzarella both of Sarasota, Fla, and Tate Wharton of Venice, Fla, 2 daughters: Tonya Pupko of Venice, Fla. And Torri Roberts of Daphne, Alabama, a granddaughter: Talia Phillips of Venice, Fla. mother and father-in-law: Bart and Margaret Cook of Bradenton, Fla., 5 sisters: Terry (Steve) Pierson of Perry, Tracy (Mark) Calvert of Venice, Fla., Tina (David) Kramell of Perry, Victoria (Rob) Cicero of Perry, and Trini Zintel of Perry. a brother: Tammy Mazzarella of Venice, Fla. Brother-in-law: R. Taylor Cook II of Ellenton, Fla. Sister-in-law: Susan (Nathan) Clouser of Ellenton, Fla. along with many nieces and nephews also survive.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday August 8th at 3:00 pm at the Mt. Morris Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall 1721 Rt. 20A . Leicester, NY.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family. For more information or to sign the online guest registry visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com or call Timothy J. Woodward at 237-2626.

Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St. Perry, NY 14530.

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Batavia - Mrs. Elizabeth C. Crane, 91, of Batavia, a clerk at The Daily News died Wednesday, August 4, 2010at Strong Memorial Hospital, in Rochester.
Mrs. Crane was born August 23, 1918 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Francis and Mary (Elmore) Johnson.
A member of the Batavia High School Class of 1939, she was member of Resurrection Parish - St. Joseph Site, and its Sodality. She enjoyed her family and family gatherings were very important to her.
Her husband, W. Kenneth Crane, died in 1999.
Survivors include a son, Paul (Pat) Crane of Gates; 6 daughters, Maureen (Jim) Bowers of Liverpool, Mary Margaret (James) Eaton of Salem, NH, JoAnn (Richard) Peffer of Sackets Harbor, Janice (Alan) Forsyth of Chattanooga, TN, Donna (David) Cole of Fairport, and Rita (Terrence) McCormack of Batavia; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Sue Johnson of Batavia, Jane McCormick, Joseph Crane and Gertrude Crane, all of Rochester and Sally Annas of Florida; 21 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. 
She was the grand mother of the late Aidan McCormack who died May 29, 1999 and sister of the late George Johnson, Elmore Johnson and Marguerite Laird.

Friends may call on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 E. Main St., Batavia. Prayers will be recited at 9:15 a.m. Saturday followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m., at Resurrection Parish - St. Joseph Site, 303 E. Main St., Batavia. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph's School, 2 Summit Street, Batavia, NY 14020 or to Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, NY 14021. Entombment will be in St. Joseph's Mausoleum.

Elba - Mrs. Ruth I. Bell, 82, of Elba, died Wednesday, August 4, 2010at the Genesee County Nursing Home.

Mrs. Bell was born March 30, 1928 in Clarendon, New York, a daughter of the late Frank and Amelia Tate Moore.
 
She was a member of the Home Bureau in Elba and enjoyed crocheting and playing bingo with her late husband, Earl.
 
Her husband, Earl G. Bell, died January 25, 2004.
 
Survivors include two sons, George (Sally) Bell of Batavia and Robert (Deborah) Bell of Elba; her brother, Harold (Dee) Moore of Florida; her sister, Carol (George) Gilhooly of Alexander; grandchildren, Kevin and Heather Bell; a step-grandson, Steve (Kim) O'Dell; three great-grandchildren, Hailey and Trevor O'Dell and Clara Jean Murphy; along with several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
 
She is the grandmother of the late Tim Bell and sister of the late Frank Moore and Rita Jarvis.
 
Friends may call on Monday from 5-8 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday.  Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 101 John James Audubon Parkway West, Amherst, New York 14228 or to HomeCare & Hospice, 550 East Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020. Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Kelley, Dora0001.jpgDora "Pat" Kelley, 77, of East Pembroke, died Tuesday (August 3, 2010) at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

She was born in Clearfield, PA a daughter of the late Albert and Beatrice O'Haggerty Litten.

Dora was the owner of The Hairworks Salon on Main St. in Corfu.  She was a cook for the former Coachman's Inn and other area restaurants and enjoyed bingo, going to the casino and playing Euchre.  She loved feeding the humming birds and attending to her flower gardens.  She was an exempt member of the Wolcottsville Fire Co. Auxiliary.

Surviving is her beloved companion of 33 years, Norman Groth.  Seven children: Sharon and Jim Kennedy of Jacksonville, FL., Carson and Cindy Kelley of Akron, Raymond and Cheryl Kelley of Amherst, Marie Hall of Lockport, Darlene and Ed Van Fleet of Darien Center, Kenneth Kelley of Lockport, Aileen Kelley of Baltimore, MD.  Stepchildren:  Dan and Lisa Groth of Oakfield and Dee Neilans of Alexander.  Fourteen grandchildren, six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  Five sisters:  Eleanor and Londie Gaines of Alabama, Betty Levine of Baltimore, MD, Margaret Levine of PA, Laura Sezey of So. Colton, NY and Sandy and Smiley Reagan of So. Colton, NY.  A brother, John Litten of So. Colton, NY.

Visitation will be Thursday from 3 - 8 PM at the J LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA.  Services will be Friday at 11 AM at the funeral home with Rev. Bill Smith Officiating.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to, Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, P.O. Box 631, Buffalo, New York 14240.

Expressions of condolences may be made at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

Arrangements were entrusted to the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUENRAL HOME, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, Ronald P. Konieczny, director & veteran.

Jeanne Alice (Warden) Williams Brown, 81 of Warsaw formerly of Batavia, NY died August 3, 2010 at Eastside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Warsaw, New York.

Born November 22, 1928 in Syracuse, New York daughter of the late George Fred Warden and Alice Maude (Bolt) Warden. 

Mrs. Brown had been an employee of the New York Telephone Company and Kisiel Manufacturing. She was a lifelong member of St. James Episcopal Church. She enjoyed playing bridge and had been a member of the same bridge club for decades. For the last several years she had been residing in the Eastside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Prior to her move there she had been a lifelong Batavia resident. 

She was preceded in death by her brother Leon Warden, her sister Betty McDonald, her husband’s William H. Williams Jr. and Victor Brown and in October of 2009 her daughter Judith Williams White. 

She is survived by her son William H.(Diane) Williams III of East Bethany, her daughter Dawn (Timothy) Gath of Glendale Arizona, her son-in-law Michael White of Arizona. Grandchildren Lisa Rice, Taylor Gath and Joshua Gath of Arizona and many brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews. 

According to Jeanne’s wishes there will be no prior calling hours. Her ashes will be interned at a Memorial Service to be held at St. James Episcopal Church, 405 East Main Street, Batavia, NY on Friday August 6, at 11:00 AM. The family suggests memorials to St. James Episcopal Church, 405  East Main St. 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.

 

 

 
Stafford - Mrs. Grace Simmons Woodworth, 97, of Stafford, died Tuesday, (August 3, 2010)at her home.
Mrs. Woodworth was born December 26, 1912 in Morganville, a daughter of the late John R.  and Florence  (Lathrop) Simmons.
She attended country school in Morganville, and then went to Batavia High School, graduating in 1931. Following high school, she went to Maryland College for Women, graduating in 1936. Prior to her marriage, she worked at the Genesee County Welfare Office as an investigator for six and a half years. 
Following her marriage to Russel A. Woodworth on May 4, 1943, she was a housewife, raising three children and was active in community affairs. Mrs. Woodworth was a trustee for the Stafford Cemetery Association for 42 years and its secretary for 36 years. She was the Stafford Historian for 17 years and a member of the Morganville United Church of Christ for 82 years. While a member of the church, Mrs. Woodworth was the church historian, a member of the Ladies Aid and represented the church at the Western New York Christian Conference. She was also a "Red Hat Lady", member of the Stafford Historical Society and their museum committee.
Survivors include two sons, John R. (Lonnie) Woodworth of Stafford and Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Richard C. (Bonnie) Woodworth of Panama City, Florida; a daughter, Marianne W. (Barry) Garigen of Stafford; nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
She is the wife of the late Russel A. Woodworth, who died October 15, 2001 and sister of the late Marion L. Simmons, who died February 17, 2005.
There are no prior calling hours. Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the Morganville United Church of Christ, 8466 Morganville Road, Stafford. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Stafford Rural Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Morganville United Church of Christ, 8466 Morganville Road, Stafford, N.Y. 14143 or the Stafford Historical Society, P.O. Box 28, Stafford, N.Y. 14143. Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com
Arrangements were completed by the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

ron2.jpgMr. Smith was born 64 years ago to the late Revere and Ruby (Finnefrock) Smith.

He retired as the Coordinator of Career Development Services at Erie BOCES 1 in West Seneca. He was a member of the Corfu United Presbyterian Church, Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association and a past member of the Corfu Fire Department. Ron was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, race cars and traveling. He was a loving husband and father.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years Patricia (Koziel) Smith of Corfu, two sons Scott (Ursula) Smith of Fairport and Todd (Lisa) Smith of Honeoye Falls, NY. Four grandchildren Wyatt, Sarah, AnnMarie and Amelia Smith survive along with several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Wednesday August 4, 2010 from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8PM at the Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday at 11:00 AM. Burial in Indian Falls Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials in his name be made to NFADA Charitable Foundation, 1144 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville, New York 14221. 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.

Oakfield - Mrs. Mary B. Roz, age 83, of Oakfield, who worked for U.S. Gypsum in Oakfield for over 40 years, died Monday, August 2, 2010 at home.

Mrs. Roz was born July 16, 1927 in Oakfield, a daughter of the late Jacob and Bernice Lesniak Latko.
 
A member of Padre Pio parish – St. Cecilia’s Church, Mrs. Roz was very active with the church's bereavement committee, the altar and rosary society and she also made banners for the church. She enjoyed sewing, ceramics, water painting, bowling and traveling. An animal lover, she took in many homeless pets throughout the years.
 
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Chester J. Roz; her son, James (Rose) Roz of Oakfield; her daughter, Anne (Curt DeWolff) Rothrock of Webster; four granddaughters, Breanna Roz of Oakfield, Arianna (Devon) Chatt of Batavia, Lindsey Rothrock of Florida and  Lauren Rothrock of Webster; two great-granddaughters, Ava and Alahna Chatt of Batavia; her brother, Richard (Eleanor) Latko of Oakfield; her sister, Julia Balonek of Geneva; and several nieces and nephews.
 
She is the sister of the late Felix Latko and Stephania Sulim.
 
Friends may call on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Padre Pio Parish - St. Cecilia's Worship Site, 56 Maple Avenue, Oakfield. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your favorite animal shelter in Mary's name. Burial will be in St. Cecilia's Cemetery, Oakfield.
 
Condolences may be made at www.burdettandsanford.com.

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