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oderkirk.jpgJoan R. Oderkirk, 80 of Batavia, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family and best friend Doreen Johns on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia. She was born in Saranac Lake, NY on November 12, 1939 to the late John (Marguerite Buckley) Ryan.

Joan is the youngest of 13 children and also a twin. She worked as an elf at Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole in Wilmington NY. She was proud to be included on the Viewmaster 1956 reel and also on the wall of fame in the North Pole museum.

She Graduated from Ausable forks NY high school in 1958; graduated from college of Saint Elizabeth in Convent Station, NJ in 1963 with a BS in home economics; Graduated from Newark State College in Union, New Jersey in 1965 obtaining her teaching certificate. She met her husband while teaching at Ausable Forks high school and the two married June 24, 1967 (on her parent’s 50th golden wedding anniversary). She worked for the YWCA After School Adventure program for 23 years as lead teacher (mainly at Jackson school site). All the children knew her as “Mrs. O.” Most kids remember her because she taught card games.

Joan along with her husband were founding members of their church, now known as Corner stone church on Bank St. Joan and her husband held church services out of their home while the planning was underway for their new church. Joan was heavily involved in the church, whether it was Sunday service, bible studies or special prayer requests.

Her greatest accomplishment and pride and joy were her three children and six grandchildren. If there were two words to best describe Joan’s purpose on earth, they would be her unwavering faith and loving family. Joan will be sorely missed by all that knew and loved her yet we rejoice with all who are welcoming her in heaven.

Joan is survived by her beloved husband of 52 years, Richard Oderkirk Sr. of Batavia; children Richard (Beth) Oderkirk Jr. of Strongsville, OH; James (Heather) Oderkirk of Akron, OH; Mary Thomas of Bergen; 6 grandchildren Jared, Ryan, Aiden, Kyle, Cassandra, Emma, along with many nieces and nephews.    

An 11:00 AM Celebration of Joan’s Life will be held on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Cornerstone Church, 8020 Bank Street Road, Batavia, New York 14020.  

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the church or to Alzheimer’s Association, Western New York Chapter, 6215 Sheridan Dr. Suite 100, Buffalo, NY 14221. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc., 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020.   

 

lynch.jpgProfessor Timothy J. Lynch, 68 of Perry, passed away on December 15, 2019 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born in Los Angeles, CA on July 1, 1951 to the late Charles (Marguerite) Lynch. Tim is preceded in death by his twin brother Michael Lynch.  

Hanshi Prof. Timothy Lynch, along with his twin brother Michael, established the School of Ancient Martial Arts during the 1970’s in Southern California.  The school relocated to Salt Lake City, Utah in 1992 and was in operation there until 2002, upon the passing of Prof Michael Lynch. In 1997, when Prof. Timothy Lynch relocated to the east coast, he established the Tora Kai Academy of Martial Arts in the greater Baltimore, Maryland area, at the same time assuming the position of technical advisor and Senior Master Instructor of the Chimar Academy of Tang Soo DO in the same region.

Prof. Timothy Lynch started his martial arts training in 1960 with the study of Kodokan Judo and Kawaishi Ryu Jujutsu, eventually studying Danzan Ryu Jujutsu under the tutelage of Prof. David Bellman and the late Prof. Tony Muran (a disciple of Prof. Okazaki).  Upon his relocation to Northern California in 1980, Prof. Lynch continued his study of Danzan Ryu and Hikari Ryuza Ryu Jujutsu under Dr. Tyron Crimi.

He held a 9th Degree Black Belt in Jujutsu, a 9th Degree Black Belt in Mah Kawai Karate (TSD), a 5th degree Black Belt in Kempo Jujutsu, and a 5th Degree Black Belt in Kombatan Arnis, and was a former member of the United States Jujitsu Team.  Prof. Lynch has been inducted into several martial arts “Halls of Fame” and was an “International” Master police defensive tactics/impact weapons and less-lethal devices Instructor and has trained thousands of law enforcement, security, corrections, and military personnel throughout the world over the past 30 plus years and was a court-certified “Use of Force” Expert.  His law enforcement career spans nearly four decades.

Tim is survived by his beloved wife Corinne L. (Stedman) Lynch of Perry; children Kellie Lynch, Bryan Lynch, Melissa (Chris) Kelly, Robert (Promise) Lynch, Gavin Lynch, Bridget (Mark) Givens, Tammy Davis; siblings Patricia Medina, Nancy Borlo, Alana Johnston, 14 grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.   

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, December 19, 2019 from 4 to 5 PM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where Tim served in the High Priesthood, 42 E. South St., Geneseo, NY 14454. Services will immediately follow at 5:00 PM at the church. He will be laid to rest in Leicester Cemetery.      

Memorials may be made to Wilmot Cancer Center, 601 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14642. For more information please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC, 98 North Main Street, Perry, New York 14530.

Julieanne Baudanza, age 45, of Batavia, beloved sister and daughter, died peacefully Monday, Dec. 9, 2019.

She was born Sept. 22, 1974, in Batavia to the deceased Peter C. and Sandra E. (Koche) Baudanza.

Julie enjoyed being outdoors and being with friends. She enjoyed planting flowers and gardening. She helped her father with pruning Christmas trees for many years. She enjoyed spending time with her niece and nephew.

Surviving are: brothers Peter G. and Daniel Baudanza, of Batavia; sister, Christina Baudanza, of Batavia; niece Michaela Baudanza; nephew Sam Baudanza; many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Her brother Jason Baudanza, of Batavia, died five days later, on Dec. 14. 2019.

Julieanne and Jason's family will be having a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, at St. Mary’s Church, 18 Ellicott St., Batavia, NY 14020.

In lieu of flowers memorials in honor of Jason and Julieanne Baudanza can be made to: Huntington’s Disease Society of America, 505 Eighth Ave., Suite 902, New York, NY 10018.

Jason P. Baudanza, age 49, of Batavia, beloved father, son, and brother died peacefully Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019.

He was born Jan. 27, 1970, in Batavia to the deceased Peter and Sandra E. (Koche) Baudanza.

Jason worked as an electrician/technician and enjoyed helping others through his work. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, farming, gardening, and bowling. He was an avid Buffalo Bills fan. He enjoyed working on small engines, building things, and spending time with his dogs hunting rabbits or raccoons. He always was willing to help someone else out and was always there when you needed something.

Surviving are his beloved children, Michaela Baudanza and Samuel Baudanza; his ex-wife Judy Pratt; brothers Peter and Daniel Baudanza, of Batavia; sister Christina; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was predeceased by his sister Julieanne Baudanza, of Batavia, on Dec. 9, 2019.

Jason and Julieanne’s family will be having a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 20, 2019, at St. Mary’s Church, 18 Ellicott St., Batavia, NY 14020.

In lieu of flowers memorials in honor of Jason and Julieanne Baudanza can be made to: Huntington’s Disease Society of America, 505 Eighth Ave., Suite 902, New York, NY 10018.

kruppa_john_-photo.jpgJohn F. Kruppa, Jr., 82 of Corfu, passed away peacefully on Sunday (December 15th) at Rochester General Hospital.

He was born August 9, 1937 in Batavia, NY, a son of the late John and Dorothy Wetzel Kruppa.

Mr. Kruppa was a graduate of Batavia High School. After high school he served our country with the U.S. Army from 1960-1962. He was employed for over 27 years from Doehler Jarvis as a tool and die maker and Trico Co. in Buffalo prior to his retirement. He enjoyed woodworking and sold many of his items at the public market in Batavia. John enjoyed NASCAR and watching wrestling, gardening, Penn State football and was a model airplane enthusiast. John also enjoyed spending many great adventures with his beloved dog “Ezzie”. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and will be truly missed by all who knew him.

Survivors include his loving wife, Donna Marie (Pfeiffer) Kruppa of Corfu. Children, Timothy Graham, Melinda Moon and Adam Kruppa. Brother, Paul (Joanne) Kruppa of Batavia and sister in-law, Nancy Pocock of Batavia. Also survived by 5 grandchildren, niece and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate his Mass of Christian Burial on Friday (Dec. 20th), 11:00am at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish (East Pembroke Site), 8656 Church St, East Pembroke, NY. He will be laid to rest in the future Western New York National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family.  Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY 14020. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.

 

 

mosman.jpg  William L. Mosman, 94, of Batavia passed away peacefully on December 16, 2019, his 94th birthday, under the care of Niagara Hospice in Lockport. He was born on December 16, 1925 in Olean to the late Lynford and Hariet (Feister) Mosman. In addition to his parents, William is predeceased by his loving wife; Mary Ellen (Wilson) Mosman; a son Timothy Mosman, daughter Judith E. Peterson.

Mr. Mosman was a proud United States Navy veteran. He owned and operated LC Mosman Co. Inc. in Batavia for 65 years. He was an avid golfer who had 3 holes in one, two of them in the same month. William belonged to many local clubs and organizations including The Elks Club, The Moose Club, The American Legion and VFW in Batavia and was an honorary lifetime member of the Lions Club.

He is survived by his daughters Patricia (Donald) Smith of Wilson; Mary (Wayne) Keifman of Grand Island; Ellen (Joaquin) Aymerich of Naples; Nancy (John Corey) Mosman of Williamsville; sons William (Paula) Mosman Jr. of Batavia; Daniel (Karen) Mosman of Boston, MA; son-in-law Jon Peterson of Rochester; sisters Vivian Kidder of Marilla, Phyllis Koblich of Clifton Park and Judith Prieto of Syracuse; brother Edward (Ann) Mosman of Alden; 11 grandchildren Zachary Smith, Chelsea (John) Dominick, Mary Kathryn (Ryan Bimont) Smith, Ryan (Lauren) Keifman, Kyle Keifman, Timothy Aymerich, Kara (Jose) Reyes, Honora Mosman, Sarah Mosman, Bridget Mosman and Erik Peterson; 2 great-grandchildren Emma Dominick and Evangeline Reyes.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday December 19, 2019 from 3:00-7:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main St. Batavia, New York 14020. A 9:30AM Funeral Service will be held on Friday December 20, 2019 at the Funeral Home. Mr. Mosman will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Presbyterian Senior Care of WNY 4455 Transit Rd. Suite 2A Williamsville, NY 14221 or Niagara Hospice www.niagarahospice.org.  For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main St. Batavia, New York 14020.

mrs._cassiano.jpgGERALDINE CASSIANO ~ of Oakfield, age 87, died peacefully Thursday morning December 12, 2019 at her home. She was born in Aquila, Italy on November 19, 1932, to the late Tullio and Linda Centi.

Mrs. Cassiano came to America around the age of 8 and settled in Manhattan, working for dress designer, Oleg Cassini in NYC. Geraldine and her late husband, Quito were introduced and married on April 25, 1954, she eventually quit her job and they moved to Oakfield to raise their family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister who loved to sew, cook and can for her family. Sundays were feast day for Geraldine, starting with breakfast before going to church, following church she would make pizza from scratch for lunch and finally prepare homemade soup, pasta with meatballs & sausage for dinner. She enjoyed canning and freezing fruits and vegetables, she would often sew outfits and dresses for her children and family. Geraldine will be forever remembered as a true inspiration to her family having passed on her beliefs and values that she instilled in all of them. “Mom, we love you very much and will never forget all that you did for us, you will be truly missed.”  

She is survived by her beloved children, Linda (Mike) Warboys, Nicholas (Judy) Cassiano and Deborah (Leo) Lynch all of Oakfield; grandchildren, Yvette (Justin) Blew, Brittany (Taylor) Burns, Todd Townsend and Jonathan Cassiano; great-grandchildren, Jayden, Trevor & Gabriella Blew; siblings, Linda (Mario) Maiezza, Eleanor (Nicholas) Marcattili and Anthony Centi along with several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Please join Geraldine’s family 10a.m. Thursday December 19, 2019 at St. Padre Pio Parish (Oakfield Site) to Celebration her Mass of Christian Burial. She will be laid to rest in the church cemetery alongside her husband and memorials in her memory can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

THE FAMILY OF GERALDINE CASSIANO IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4210 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020.


Gerald William Lindke went home to be with the Lord on December 12, 2019. He was born in Middleport, NY on July 28, 1941 to the late Burt and Evelyn (Sahms) Lindke.

Gerry lived most of his life in the Western New York area. He and his wife, Jean (Lombard) were married on October 27, 1962 and they raised five children together while he worked as a truck driver for R.L.Gaude Heating and Oil Co. Gerry loved the Lord and attended Legacy Bible Study at the Chapel CrossPoint. He spent most of his time reading and listening to The Bible and always cherished the time he spent with his family.

Gerry is survived by his loving family: his wife of 57 years, Jean Lindke; his children, Samuel (Jacqueline) Lindke, Barbara (Douglas) Foust, Timothy (Melissa) Lindke, late Kristie (Robert) Jones, Benjamin (Molly) Lindke; fifteen grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by a sister, Betty (Robert) Williams. Gerry is predeceased by his daughter, Kristie and his sister and brother in law, Jean (Willard) Henry. 

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM with a Memorial Service starting promptly at 6:30 at The Chapel  CrossPoint, 500 CrossPoint Pkwy, Getzville, NY 14068. IN LIEU OF FLOWERS CHARITABLE DONATIONS MAY BE MADE IN GERRY'S NAME TO: Gracetoyou.org, P.O. Box 4000, Panorama City, CA 91412 or Buffalo City Mission, 100 East Tupper Street, Buffalo, NY 14203.  Arrangements were made by Ross Funeral Home of Akron, LLC.

Batavia/Churchville - Ronald E. Griffith, 87, of Batavia and formerly of Churchville, went home to Heaven on Friday, December 13, 2019, at United Memorial Medical Center.

Ron was born July 17, 1932, in Rochester, the son of the late George and Helen (Wickins) Griffith.

Ron was an engineer at Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, a veteran, serving with the United States Navy and a member of Grace Baptist Church in Batavia.  Ron was active with youth sports, coaching youth football for over 25 years.  He served as the Town of Riga Supervisor for 8 years, Town of Chili Commissioner of Public Works and Highway Superintendent and a State Senator Legislative Aide. 

He will be remembered as a faithful spouse, father and grandfather who loved to socialize and share a good story.  His laugh and smile will be forever missed.

Survivors include his children, Karen (James) Pastorello, Eric Griffith, Dean (Kerri) Griffith of Wyoming and Doris (Pastor Mark) Hurlbut of Elma, his best friend, Mike DiMartino and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Ron is the husband of the late Susan Lane Griffith, father of the late David Griffith, grandfather of the late Kailee Lane Bridges and brother of the late Beverly Geer.

Calling hours are Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia, where services will be held Saturday at 10:00 a.m.  Ron will be laid to rest in Maple Grove Place Cemetery, Clifton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ronald's memory may be made to Grace Baptist Church, 238 Vine Street, Batavia, NY 14020.

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

x-mas_trees.jpgONOLEE M. RITCHEY – Of Rochester, Age 72, died unexpectedly Thursday morning December 12, 2019 at her home. She was born October 4, 1947 in Batavia, NY to the late Nelson and Beatrice (Worthington) Osborne also preceded in death by her beloved husband, Cletus Ritchey, grandsons, Kenneth & Jeffery Ritchey; siblings, Melvin Osborne, Barbara Donahue and Beverly Wrightmeyer.

Onolee worked for Fee Bros. in Rochester, she enjoyed holidays, especially Christmas time and had a great love for her family.

She is survived by her children, Deborah (Terry) Conrad of Batavia, Tammy (Jack Aman) Litteer of Rochester, David Ritchey of Rochester and Terry Ritchey of Batavia; cherished grandchildren, Nicholas, Kassondra, Julie (Christopher), Nathan, Nichole, Felicia & Katlyn; great-grandchildren, Sabrina, Aleigha, Mitchell & Shawna; siblings, Nelson “Butch” (Barbara) Osborne of LeRoy, Robert (Gerri) Osborne of NC, Kelvin Osborne of Rochester along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will be present from 2-4 & 7-9p.m. on Tuesday December 17, 2019 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where Funeral Services will take place 11a.m. Wednesday December 18, she will be laid to rest in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Elba, NY and memorials can be made to the family.

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

THE FAMILY OF ONOLEE M. RITCHEY IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4210 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NY 14020

putney_ercel_-_photo.jpgErcel A. Putney passed away on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at the age of 95 surrounded by her loving family. She was born to the late Raymond and Edna (Knight) Maxon on the Maxon Family Farm in Bennington, NY, on August 30, 1924 as one of eleven children.

Whether it was playing in the snow with her brother Art, helping her father drive a team of horses in the sugar bush, or going barefoot in the yard with a chicken under her arm, Ercel was known for her kindness and generosity, always putting others before herself. A quick wit and funny sense of humor accompanied her bright personality. An active 4-H leader for 25 years of the Alexander Buttons & Batter 4-H Club, she was also a member of Home Bureau, Hobby Club, and the First Baptist Church of Batavia. A passionate gardener, Ercel enjoyed being outdoors, tending to her flower beds, and growing vegetables which she would can and freeze to use during the winter. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, and was an avid baker, known for her signature crescent rolls and potato salad.

Her greatest accomplishment, pride and joy were her seven children, twelve grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Ercel is survived by her seven children: Neil Putney of Alexander, Sherry Floyd of College Station, TX, Zynon (Lisa) Putney of Brockport, Ricky (Arlene) Putney of Coatesville, PA, Chareny (Darwin) Rydl of College Station, TX, Jama (Frank) Giammona of Santa Rosa, CA, and Aurilla Putney of Alexander. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, one sister Elaine (Joseph) Heller, Jr. of Bennington, as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of fifty years, the late Merton C. Putney, son-in-law Lou Floyd, and nine brothers and sisters: Wilma Nichols, LaVern Maxon, Althea Barager, Howard Maxon, Dain Maxon, Genevieve Reiner, Daisy MacPherson, Gifford “Art” Maxon, and Stuart Maxon.

Family and friends are invited to join Ercel’s family for tears, hugs, and fond memories at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia,  on Wednesday, December 18th from 4:00 - 8:00 pm, and on December 19th from 9:30 -11:00 am at the FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF BATAVIA, 306 East Main St., Batavia, with the funeral service immediately following. Interment will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Alexander.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alexander Fire Department Rescue Squad Ambulance Fund or the First Baptist Church of Batavia. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY 14020. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.

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