Local Matters

Recent comments

Community Sponsors


detine.jpg John Patrick (Pat) Detine, age 88, of Batavia passed away on Sunday April 5, 2020 at his home, under the constant care of his loving wife. He was a son of the late Nellie M. (McGee) Detine, and the late John C. Detine.

When a young boy the family moved from hometown Canandaigua to Buffalo during the city’s industrial heyday. After graduating from South Park High, he joined the Air Force and achieved the rank of Airman 1st Class, serving as a cryptographer during the Korean War. Discharged honorably in 1952, Pat returned to Buffalo. There he met his future wife, Gertrude Krantz, settled down and started a family. Pat worked 38 years as Operations Manager for Calibrated Charts in Batavia. Though not college educated, he possessed an engineer’s knowhow, tackling problems by patient tinkering and experimentation. He mentored many employees, and regarded all as family. He joined the Jaycees, and later became a member of BPOE (Elks) local 950. Pat played League Softball and relished Elks picnics, parties, and bingo, and served as the club’s Sergeant at Arms. A fondness for sport grew early in him and he carried it through his life by playing golf and coaching Little League baseball. When receiving one of his lessons, a student was apt to hear him shout “Pay Attention”! He prized competition but put good sportsmanship first.

He loved history and devoured books on World War II and the American Civil War. After retiring from Calibrated he toured Civil War battle grounds and grew in his appreciation for the sacrifices made by men and women in arms. He was a fierce patriot, and cherished the brotherhood of service. Pat was an ardent Bills fan, and rooted against the Evil Empire (a.k.a., New York Yankees) as devoutly as he cheered his favored Mets or Tigers. As a sports fan and a human being, he favored the underdog.

Pat is survived by his wife of 64 years, Gertrude (Krantz) Detine, whom he married on July 16, 1955, daughters Sharon (Frank) Paparone and Brenda (Vic) Marchese; sons Mark (Karen) Detine and Paul (Aine) Detine; grandchildren Michael Paparone, Frankie Paparone, and Abbey Scalia and her fiancé, Brad Cohen; great-grandson Michael Paparone Jr., nieces, nephews and cousins. Pat was preceded in death by brother Louis (Elizabeth) Detine, sisters Donna (Francis) Holland, Jacqueline (Tom) Webber, Dolores, (Charles) Scheely and their spouses.

Private Services will be held on Wednesday, April 8 at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Co. Inc. and St. Joseph’s Cemetery, where Pat will be laid to rest.

Memorials may be made by donor’s choice in Pat’s honor. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.comArrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020

Donald “Danny” Napoleone - of Lockport, NY fell asleep in the loving arms of Jesus at Millard Fillmore Hospital on Sunday, April 5, 2020. 

Danny was born February 13, 1933 in Lockport, NY, he was the son of the late Antonio Napoleone and Emma Teresa Palladino. He was pre-deceased by his wife F. Joan (Burke) Napoleone , his sister Carmela ( Anthony) Nemi and his grandson Michael Napoleone. He is survived by children Mary Theresa (Norton) Napoleone- Kinsley, Kathleen (Robert) Manning, Mark ( Laurie Pero) Napoleone. Grandchildren Andrea ( Nathan) Hugill, Amanda (James) Criddle, Shannon ( Ben) Cooper, Christopher (Katie) Eakes, Brooke ( Mike) Eisenhauer, Mark (Maria) Napoleone, Ashley ( Mike) McGowan, Christen Napoleone, and many great-granchildren. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews that he loved dearly. He resided at his “ West End” residence his entire life, where he stayed closely connected to neighbors and friends. 

Danny worked at Harrison Radiator for 45 years. He served on the board of directors at Cornerstone Federal Credit Union. He was an active member of St. Anthony’s Parish and volunteered for Meals on Wheels. 

Danny was an avid Buffalo Bills Fan and lifelong Yankees fan. He cherished time with his family, made the best pizzelles and braciole, and would be best described as a kind and caring “gentleman”. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. 

Due to social distancing rules, a private service was held for family. A mass and memorial service will be scheduled for a later date when restrictions are lifted. 

Memorials may be made to the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation (supporting pediatric cancer) @ P.O. Box 267, Batavia, NY 14020 or go to www.michaelshope.org to donate online. 


BATAVIA - Nicholas A. Cianciosi, Jr., 71, of Batavia, passed away Monday, (April 6, 2020), at his home in Batavia under the care of HomeCare & Hospice.

Mr. Cianciosi was born March 16, 1949, in Hornell, a of the late Nicholas A. and Ella (Robbins) Cianciosi, Sr.

Nicholas loved to cook and operate his Hamm Radio using the call sign KC2HPC.

Survivors include his caregiver and dear friend, Coletta Zubler of Williamsville, a brother Michael Cianciosi of Rochester and an aunt, Rosemary Cianciosi  of Fla.

He is preceded in death by a siser, Mary Wright.

There will be no visitation. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the conveniencee of the family. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Nicholas's memory may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com. Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 E. Main St., Batavia (585) 343-8868.

BASOM - Angelo J. Pillo, 79, of Basom, passed away Sunday (April 5, 2020) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

Mr. Pillo was born January 23, 1941, in Batavia, NY, the son of the late Philip and Rose (SanFratello) Pillo. He graduated from Batavia High School and the State University of New York at Fredonia. Prior to his retirement, he was the Junior/Senior High School band director at Byron-Bergen Central School for 25 years. He began his career as a Junior High School band director at Oakfield-Alabama Central School. He also was a band director for one year at Notre Dame High School following his retirement. An active member in his church, Angelo formed and directed a concert band there for 14 years. He was a long time member of the Alexander Fireman’s Band and enjoyed marching and playing the tuba in the marching band. He had been affiliated with the Batavia Concert Band since 1956, and recently was a guest conductor at a special tribute concert. During a recent trip to New Zealand, Angelo was invited to conduct the National Air Force Band of New Zealand and it was one of the highlights of his life.  

Angelo enjoyed spending time with his family, being outdoors, reading biographies, and taking walks. But his greatest love and passion was for music and teaching. In his more than 30 years as a band director, he touched the lives of thousands of students, many of whom have kept in touch with him over the years. He loved conducting, marching, and taking his band on trips. Trips to Washington, D.C., England, Montreal and Quebec, and marching before Santa Claus in the Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade were several of his favorite trips. Summers were spent with sheet music on the floor of the living room playing music, picking out pieces for his band, and composing sections. Long after his retirement he gave private lessons and continued marching and playing music.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sheila (Prescott) Pillo; children, Stephanie Kellogg of Basom, Brian (Melissa) Pillo of Batavia, and Valerie Pillo of Niagara Falls; grandchildren, Abby Kellogg, Logan Kellogg, David Pillo, Erica Dibble and Ryan Dibble; brother, Carl Pillo, sister-in-law Karen Pillo, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Angelo is predeceased in death by sister RoseMarie Pillo; brother Phil Pillo; and sister-in-law Margaret Pillo.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at East Shelby Community Bible Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Angelo’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Research Hospital, ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 28105 or www.stjude.org/donate.

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

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

anniejohnson.jpgAnnie E. “Babe” Johnson, 91, went home to Glory on March 29, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. She was born on August 14, 1928 in Okahumpka, FL to the late Henry and Hattie Mae (Thompson) Hatcher.

Annie is preceded in death by her beloved husband Richard Johnson in 1997, son James “JC” Johnson in 2019, grandchild Quincy Carpenter in 2012, three brothers, Bernard Hatcher, Othello Hatcher and Tommy Hatcher; four sisters, Hazel McKinney, Lillie Mae Little, Dorothy Rolle and Rosa Williams.

She is survived by her children; Willie Fields (Leander, deceased) of Pueblo, Colorado, Annette (Ralph) Black of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Richard Johnson of Batavia, New York, Patricia Graham of Rochester, New York, & Cornelius (Keyonna) Johnson of Denver, Colorado. Grandchildren,  Yolanda (Jay) Hanson, Jackie Fields, Maurice (JaMonica) White, Alisha Johnson, Reniece (Josh) Evans, Ralph Jr. (Shannon) Black, Akayla Johnson & Adonis Johnson all of Colorado, Brian Powell, Dustin Powell, Joe Graham III, Sara Lockhart, Katrina Starkes, Jovon Johnson, Latoya Johnson, Patricia (Dyquann) Johnson-Tucker, Javaughn Johnson, Cedric Carpenter all of NY; 29 Great Grands, and 3 Great Great Grands. Sisters Ruth Stinson of Rochester, NY, Minnie Rolle of Ft. Pierce, FL; sister-in-law Dorothy Johnson of Pueblo, CO, along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Annie was a virtuous woman of faith and believer in the Lord. “Mother Johnson” lived between New York and Colorado was a dedicated member, Missionary and Church Mother of the Batavia House of God, COGBF, Inc. in Batavia and member and Church Mother at Unity Pentecostal Temple, COGIC, Inc. in Denver, CO. She will be remembered by all that knew her for her love and willingness to assist anyone in need.

There will be no prior calling hours. A private Graveside Service will be held at Grand View Cemetery. The family will have a Celebration of Life Service at a later date.

For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

ALABAMA - John S. Jaszko, 80, of Alabama, passed away Sunday, (March 29, 2020), at his home under the loving care of his family.

Mr. Jaszko was born December 9, 1939, in Cleveland, Ohio, a son of the late Joseph and Marie (Sterpka) Jatczynski, Sr.

He was an Iron Worker for 31 years prior to his retirement with the Ironworkers Local 33 in Rochester.  John was a social member of the American Legion Post #626 and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and caring for his lawn.  Most of all, John cherished every moment spent with his family.  

Surviving is his wife, Barbara (Weaver) Jaszko; children, John E. Jaszko of Brockport, Kim (late Mark) Weatherbee of Bennington, Jerry (Darla) Jaszko of Batavia, Sherry (Brian) Weaver of Alabama, Mark (Pam) Talbot of Fla., Lisa (Myron) Cramer of Alabama, Christine (Tom) Winslow of Fla., Earl E. Howard of Alabama, and Harold "Chipper" Howard of Alabama; brothers, Sam (Jeanette) Jatczynski, Joseph (Nancy) Jaszko, Jr., Rosemarie Mengs, Yvonne (late James) Welker, and Susan (late Gerald) Williams.  25 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews also survive.

John is preceded in death by two sons, Harold Talbot, Jr., and Robert (late Annette) Jaszko; a brother, Frank Jatczynski; and a sister, Irene Jatczynski.

There will be no visitation or services at this time.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Burial will be in Alabama Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in John's memory may be made to Volunteers for Animals, P.O. Box 1621, Batavia, New York 14021.

Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.burdettandsanford.com. Arrangements for John were entrusted to the care of Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Ave., Oakfield (585) 948-5325.

Oakfield – Mrs. Rose Marie Sapienza Mead, age 96 of Oakfield, passed away on Friday, April 3, 2020 at her daughter’s home in Honeoye, NY.

Mrs. Mead, born on September 26, 1923 in Oakfield, was the eldest daughter of the late James and Agnes Shilen Sapienza.  Rose was a lifelong resident of Oakfield and graduated from OACS in 1939.  She attended the University of Rochester, graduating with a degree in Bachelor of Arts in 1944.  Mrs. Mead spent a summer at Middlebury College in Vermont, enrolled in a graduate program at the La Maison (The French House).  At various times in her career, she taught French, Latin and English, with French being her primary teaching assignment. Rose was also fluent in Italian and Spanish.  She enjoyed baking, knitting, playing the piano, scrabble and crossword puzzles.  Her greatest pleasure was spending time with family.

Rose was an active member of the St. Padre Parish/St. Cecilia’s, participating in various activities such as:  music ministry, RCIA, Faith Formation, Vicariate, and Altar and Rosary Society.  She also belonged to the Genesee County Retired Teachers Association, and the Oakfield-Alabama Historical Society since it was organized in 1998.

Mrs. Mead is predeceased by her husband, James Lavers Mead, her brother Dominic (Luella) Sapienza, and several nieces and nephews.

Survivors include her daughter, Nancy (Cliff) Andres of Honeoye; son, Michael Mead of Penfield; six grand children: Matthew Andres, Rachel Andres, Jessica Andres, Sarah Andres, David (Venessa) Mead, and Kevin Mead; her great-grand-daughter Sylvia Mead; two sisters: Louise (Carl) Mancino and Marion (Tom) Brown all of New Port Richey, Florida.  She is also survived by 16 nieces and nephews, and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

Public visitation for Rose and her Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date.  She will be laid to rest in St. Cecilia’s Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Rose’s memory may be made to St. Padre Pio Altar and Rosary Society in care of St. Padre Pio Parish, 56 Maple Avenue, Oakfield, New York 14125; or Oakfield-Alabama Central School Foreign Language Club, 7001 Lewiston Road, Oakfield, New York 14125; or the Ontario-Yates Hospice, a program of UR Medicine Home Care, 756 Pre Emption Road, Geneva, New York 14456-1336.  To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Rose’s name please visit www.burdettandsanford.com

Arrangements were entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield.

trueobit.jpg  Jeffrey True, age 60, of Perry NY passed away on Thursday April 2, 2020 at Highland Hospital in Rochester after a courageous battle with cancer.  He was born in Brockport, NY on November 27, 1959, a son to Ruth E. (Mosholder) True of Perry and the late Blair L. True.

Jeff was a 1977 graduate of Churchville-Chili Central High School and 1979 graduate of Alfred State College. In high school Jeff was a foreign exchange student and in return he and his family hosted an exchange student from Uzbekastan. He was a farmer his entire life working on the family farm in Spencerport and then moving to Perry in 1979, when his family purchased the former Todd Farm currently True Farms. Jeff was a member of the First Congregational Church in Perry Center where he was a deacon and a 30 year member of the choir. He was very active in the farming community. A former President of the Wyoming County Farm Bureau, serving on the board of directors for the Wyoming County Cooperative Extension, , chairman for the Wyoming County 4-H Dairy committee and dairy judging program. He provided leadership for the Wyoming County 4-H dairy show and open dairy show. Found great love for the Wyoming County Fair where he was active in many activities during the week. He helped out with the New York State Spring Dairy Carousal Show running shows and checking in NYS brown swiss, and exhibited cattle at the World Dairy Expo in Wisconsin. A member of the Wyoming County Jr. Holstein Club, Canton director for the NYS Brown Swiss Association, and a National Director for the Brown Swiss Associtation. Served on the board of directors for the annual Wyoming County Agri-Palooza . He was an advocate and had great passion for immigration reform, making several trips to Mexico to learn about their culture and to meet families. He had a commitment to the farming industry in working with research through Cornell University to help farmers to be more efficient. Found great joy in helping the Perry Central School host many events where he would drive his tractor and wagon for the annual Pumpkin walk and Memorial Day parade. In his spare time Jeff enjoyed sking, reading, socializing with friends, going to all his children’s school events, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife: Stacia (Emo) True whom he married on October 11, 1997, daughter: Taryn L. True, sons: Tucker J.and Trenten J.True adopted daughter: Liana Ilardi all at home, mother: Ruth True of Perry, father-in-law: James Emo of Canesteo, sisters: Nancy (Philip)McGuire -Harnden of Spencerport, Ellen True of Livonia, brothers: Brian (Diane) True of Perry, Glenn (Amy) True of N.C. Barry (Sharon) True of Warsaw, brother-in-law: Ryan (Theresa) Emo of N.C. along with many nieces, nephews, , aunts, uncles and cousins.

Along with his father he is preceded in death by a mother-in-law: Judy (Zielazinski) Emo.

Private services will be held on Monday April 6th at the First Congregational Church in Perry Center at 11:00 am. (Services will be live streamed on Facebook and at the Silver Lake Drive –In for the public.) A public visitation and Memorial service will be announced at a later date.
He will be laid to rest in Maple Grove Cemetery in Ogden, NY.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church P.O. Box 156 Perry, Ny 14530, Wyoming County Fair Association P.O. Box 128, Castile, NY 14427 (directed to the new barn fund), Wyoming County 4-H Program 36 Center Street, Suite B, Warsaw, NY 14569, National Brown Swiss Association 800 Pleasant Street, Beloit, Wisconsin 53511-5456, or to the NYS Holstein Association 840 Hanshaw Rd. - Suite #5 Ithaca, NY 14850. 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.

Batavia - Amy E. Guthrie, 58, of Batavia, passed away Monday, March 30, 2020, at United Memorial Medical Center.

Amy was born October 13, 1961, in Buffalo, a daughter of the late Stanley O. and Joan C. Eveleigh Waters.

A loving mother and grandmother, Amy loved to play cards especially pinochle and enjoyed word games. She loved to read and during the summer months she would often be found on her front porch with the radio on lost in a good book. She will be remembered by her family as being very creative and very involved in do-it-yourself projects. In her youth, she was active with the Boy Scouts of America and took pride in becoming a Boy Scout. Amy was a longtime employee at the Albion Correctional Facility.

She is survived by her children; Elizabeth (Edith) Waters of Austin, Texas, Mitchell Guthrie of Batavia, Jessica (Blake) Leddick of Batavia and James (Jessica) Maskell of Batavia; four grandchildren; Lukas Leddick, Bailey, Sophie and Collin Maskell; four brothers; Mark Waters of Florida, Lance (Margaret) Waters of Florida, Ray (Diane) Waters of Batavia and Andy Waters of Florida; her sister; Cynthia (late John) Ciszkowski of Blasdell along with several nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her brother, Duff Waters.

There will be no visitation.  Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. She will be laid to rest in Brookside Cemetery, Watertown. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com

Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

konarski_donald_-_photo.jpgDonald M. Konarski, 92 of Elba and formerly of Batavia, passed away unexpectedly on Friday (March 6, 2020) in Panama City Beach, Florida while vacationing with family.

He was born August 19, 1927 in Batavia, a son of the late Frank and Ethel Warren Konarski.

Donald retired in 1989 after 44 years of service from LeRoy Industries. He was a World War II Navy Veteran, a lifetime member of the VFW and former member of the Moose and St. Nick's Clubs. "Dad" as he was affectionately known by many enjoyed bowling, fishing, watching the Buffalo Bills with his son-in-law, going to the lake and the casino and most of all happy hours with his family and friends. He will surely be missed by all.

He is survived by his daughters, Vincenne (Dennis) Maute of Elba and Donna (Keith) Coyne of Washington, NC.  Grandchildren Eric (Angel) Johnston, Patrick (Kasie) Coyne, Carrie (Brad) Fairbank, Lynette Irwin, and Brian Coyne; six great grandchildren, one great- great grandson, nieces and nephews.

He was the brother of the late Vincent Konarski and Frank Konarski

A funeral service and celebration of life will be held at a later date after it is deemed safe from the COVID-19 crisis.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.





Copyright © 2008-2022 The Batavian. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service

blue button

News Break