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Batavia- Mrs. Barbara A. (Gravanda) Adams, age 71, loving mother and wife, passed away on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at URMC Palliative Care Unit.

Mrs. Adams was born November 14, 1940 in Batavia, a daughter of the late John and Marion Gentile Gravanda.

She was a member of Resurrection Parish - St. Joseph's Church.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Merle Adams and two children, David Adams of Batavia and Gina Marie Adams (fiancé Jim Lanson) of Webster; five grandchildren, Riley, Kasey, Jonathan, Matthew and Sarah. She also leaves behind five brothers and sisters,  Connie DiAntonio and Philomena Gravanda, both of Batavia, Vincent "Jim" Gravanda of LeRoy and John Gravante and Irene Lillis, both of  Batavia. There are also several loving nieces and nephews along with the family’s dear and close friend Lisa D’Aurizio.

She is preceded in death by her sisters, Ida Spiotta, Katherine Zaccarella, Mary Eckelberger and brothers, Nicholas, John, Fred and Tony Gravanda.

Friends may call on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street. Prayers at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at Resurrection Parish - St. Joseph Church, 303 East Main Street, Batavia. Entombment will be in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Palliative Care Unit at URMC or the Kidney Transplant Unit at URMC, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, New York 14602.  Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.  

     Age 87, of Batavia, died peacefully Thursday morning January 12, 2012 in the Copley @ Stoughton Nursing Care Center in Stoughton, MA. She was born January 22, 1924 in Niagara Falls, NY daughter of the late Karl L. & Esther E. (Nordstrom) Nyquist, also preceded in death by her husband Elwin "Ellie" Rice in 2010 and a sister Esther M. Scoins. A lifelong member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Mrs. Rice was a 1941 graduate of Oakfield High School. She served from 1983 to 1998 as the Elections Commissioner for the Genesee County Board of Elections and also as secretary for the Genesee County Republican Party. Lillian followed politics closely, was always up on current events and was an avid football fan.

     Surviving are her beloved children Richard (Margaret) Rice of Sharon, MA and Karen Anne (Joseph) DeLeo of Ashburn Farm, VA; sister Gertrude Beswick of Batavia; grandchildren Lucas & Katherine along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

     Family and friends may visit from 2-3:00 PM on Monday January 16 at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road 14020 where Funeral Services will follow at 3:00 PM. Memorials in Lillian's memory can be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Burial will be in Morganville Cemetery and for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.

THE FAMILY OF LILLIAN RICE IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020.

     Age 63, of Batavia, died Wednesday January 11, 2012 at Highland Hospital in Rochester. He was born July 7, 1948 in Varanquitas, Puerto Rico son of the late Mariano Matos Colon & Juana Alvarado Maldonado and also preceded in death by a son Edward Matos. He worked in environmental services at United Memorial Medical Center.

     Surviving is his dear friend Linda Cohen of Batavia; son Ryan Matos of Newburgh, NY and daughters Vivian & Stephanie Matos both of Puerto Rico; sisters Anna Matos Alvarado, Teresa de Jesus Matos, Norma Matos Alvarado, Neidi Luz Matos Alvarado all of Puerto Rico and Carmen Nelida Matos of FL along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

     There is no prior visitation and funeral services will be held privately by his family. Memorials are suggested to the family and burial will be in Puerto Rico. For more in formation please call Michael at (585)343-7500.

THE FAMILY OF EDGARDO LUIS MATOS IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020.

Virginia M. Dixon, Acker, 82 of Batavia, went to be with the Lord on January 8, 2012 at United Memorial Medical Center after a lengthy illness. She was born August 13, 1929 in Galton, PA to the late Archie Jeffers and the late Pansy Knickerbocker. Mrs. Acker worked for many years at PW Minor in Batavia and was a member of the First Baptist Church. She is wife of the late Willis R. Dixon and Robert Acker, mother of the late Ronald P. Dixon.  

She is survived by children William (Terry) Dixon of NC; Dennis (Holy) Dixon of Painted Post, Peggy (Jon) Landin of Corfu, daughter-in-law Linda Dixon of Batavia; 12 grandchildren Christopher, Alyssa, Brandon, Becky, Jen, Amy, Bill Jr., Bobbie, Danielle, Ronnie, Tina, Stacy, 19 great-grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews. 

There will be no prior calling hours. Funeral Services and Burial will take place 1:00 PM on Sunday January 15, 2012 at E. Bethany Rural Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org. 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 West Main Street Batavia, NY 14020.

  

James Neel (J.N.) White, Major USAF Ret, passed away at the age of 87 on December 28, 2011 at his home in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, the former Betty McClurg; four sons: James Neel II of Palm Beach Gardens; Dr. Terry (Marialice Foster) of Sterling, VA; Randy (Susan Cady) of Conesus; Devin (Sharron Bryant) of Calera, AL. Seven grandchildren also survive: Bryan of Delray Beach, FL; Teagan of New York City; Kathleen of Philadelphia; Kelly and Regan of Sterling; Neel of Calera; and James III of Katy, TX.

His twin brother, Dennison Lewis (D.L.) of Port St. Lucie, FL also survives.

J.N. was born at home at 106 Lake St., Perry. He graduated from Perry High School in 1942. His lifelong dream was to be a pilot and he enlisted in the Air Force just before his 18th birthday. He received his wings in 1944 and was commissioned a second lieutenant. In October 1944 he scored the most hits ever recorded on a target towed behind an AT-6. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in June 1945 for extraordinary achievement on April 17, 1945, destroying five enemy aircraft. He was also awarded a second Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal for meritorious achievement while on sustained combat operations over enemy territory. He flew his P-51 to an altitude of 45,000 feet, the highest ever recorded at that time. He was shot down over Dunquerque and parachuted to safety, which earned him membership in the Caterpillar Club, a club composed of pilots whose lives were saved by silk “chutes”. He was discharged in May 1946 and served in the reserves until 1984.

In 1947 he organized and played drums in a dance band called The Midshipmen, which played big band music in hotels and at high school proms.

In 1948 he joined Champion Knitwear as an artist and designer. In 1963 he became New Sales Manager for Allen Bailey Tag & Label, Inc. of Caledonia. He also designed displays for Robeson Cutlery of Castile.

In 1960 he established his own company, J.N. White Designs, a manufacturer of screen printed labels, nameplates and graphic overlays. In 1975 he became publisher and editor of the Perry Herald and also purchased the Perry Shopper. The three companies were incorporated as J.N. White Associates, Inc. His son Randy purchased the corporation in 1989. Randy sold the Perry Herald and Perry Shopper in 2005, to focus on the growth and development of J.N. White Designs.

J.N. was active in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. He served as president of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Holy Name Society and was a lector, serving two masses every Sunday. He joined Perry Rotary Club in 1974 and was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow in 1999 for his service to the club and the community.

He was an avid golfer and past member of Silver Lake Country Club, Locust Hill Country Club and PGA National Members Club. He also enjoyed skiing and swimming. Oil painting and sculpting were his hobbies later in life. He was a history buff who never forgot important events and dates. He spent several years writing his memoir, I Was a P-51Fighter Pilot in WWII, which he self-published in 2003.

There were no calling hours. Private burial will be held at the convenience of the family. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Memorials in J.N.'s name may be made to Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33407 or online at hpbcf.org. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main St. Perry, New York 14530.

Anthony F. Leone, 73 of Batavia, died January 8, 2012 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born July 13, 1938 in Batavia to the late Antonio (Louise Russo) Leone.   Mr. Leone was retired from Kodak in Rochester where he worked for many years. He was a member of Ascension Parish-St. Anthony’s Church and loved going to Batavia Downs. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Barbara A. Leone (2011); brother George Leone and sister Catherine Fanale.
                                                                                                                        
Anthony is survived by his sons Michael A. (Starr); Anthony A. Leone, brother Louis Leone, 4 grandchildren Michael Jr., Amanda, Kaytlyn, and Abbigayle Leone all of Batavia along with several nieces and nephews. 

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday January 11, 2012 from 3 to 7 PM at the Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main St. Batavia, New York 14020.

Prayers will be recited 9:00 AM Thursday January 12, 2012at the funeral home followed by a 9:30 AM Mass of Christian Burial in Ascension Parish-St. Anthony’s Church, 122 Liberty Street, Batavia, New York. Interment will take place in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Batavia, NY.

Memorials may be made to the St. Anthony’s Church 122 Liberty St. Batavia, NY 14020. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or call (585) 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.



 

Pasquale E. "Patsy" Cesarano. 77, of Batavia, died Friday (January 6. 2010) at Rochester General Hospital.

He was born in Batavia on March 29, 1934, a son of the late Joseph and Elnora Griswold Cesarano. 

Mr. Cesarano was a US Army Veteran having served with the 1st Infantry Division during the Korean conflict.  He was retired from Rochester Products division of General Motors where he was a machinist.  He was also a life member of St. Anthony's Church.

Surviving is his wife of over 55 years, Patricia "Patty" Minuto Cesarano whom he married on October 13, 1956.  Five Sons: Joseph (Wendy) Cesarano of Port Charlotte, FL, Thomas (Amy) Cesarano of Albany, NY, Patrick Cesarano of Chattenooga, TN, Robert (Debra) Cesarano of Oakfield and Michael (Denise) Cesarano of Mumford.  Seven grandchildren: Jason (Shannon), Michael, Matthew, Robert Jr., Kristina, Cody and Nicholas Cesarano.  Two great grandchildren; Sabastian and Shiori Cesarano.  Sisters in law: Mary Cesarano of Miami, FL and Mary Cesarano of St. Petersburg, FL. Nieces and nephews also survive.

Friends of the family are cordially invited to share their thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the family at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, ON MONDAY FROM 4 - 8 PM.  Prayers will be Tuesday at 9:15 AM at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM at Ascension Parish.  Entombment with full military honors will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery.

Those desiring may make memorial contribution to St. Jude Childrens Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Way, Memphis TN. 38105.

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

Arrangements were entrusted to the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA.  RONALD P. KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR & PROPRIETOR.

Ronald F. Yantz, 80 of Byron, died January 5, 2012 at the Genesee County Nursing Home. He was born March 19, 1931 in Rochester, NY to the late Charles Barrows and the late Bernice Yantz. Mr. Yantz was an Engineer at Eastman Kodak prior to his retirement and an Air Force Veteran. He was a former member and Past President of the Byron Kiwanis Club.

He is survived by his wife Ilona (Heininger) Yantz of Byron, two sons Ronald P. Yantz of Byron, Robert B. (Lisa) Yantz of Oakfield and a daughter Karen (Michael) Miconi of Batavia. Four step brothers William (Heather) Kruspe of Hilton, Richard Kruspe of Rochester, Russell (Karen) Kruspe of Rochester and Harold (Sue) Kruspe of Hall, NY survive along with 6 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. 1:00 PM Funeral Services will take place on Tuesday January 10, 2012 at the Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main St. Batavia, New York 14020. Interment will take place in the Byron Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in his memory to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org. 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 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

     Age 61, of Batavia, died Tuesday January 3, 2012 at his home. He was born March 30, 1950 in Batavia, son of the late Eugene Frances (Waldorf) Jack. A United States Army Veteran of the Vietnam War and a 40 year employee of the Genesee County Highway Dept. Mike was a quiet man who enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and classic cars.

     Surviving is his mother Arlene Jack of Williamsville; daughters Terra (Carroll) Breemes of SC and Michelle (Thomas) Roth of Batavia; brother Donald (Gracia) Jack of Byron & sister Caroline Jack of Ohio; niece Amanda; nephews Jason & Matthew along with several cousins and friends.

     There is no prior visitation and funeral services will be held privately by his family. In lieu of flowers memorials in Mike's memory are suggested to the Genesee County Joint Veteran's Council c/o James Neider 5567 Horseshoe Lake Road Stafford, New York 14143. Burial will be in St. Theresa's Cemetery in Akron and for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.

THE FAMILY OF MICHAEL A. JACK IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020. 

Lillian Ziegler, 82 of Akron, died Tuesday (January 3, 2012) at her residence.

She was born in Wolcottsville, NY on May 4, 1929, the daughter of the late Fred and Anna Jago Lindke.

Lillian was a 1947 graduate of Akron Central High School and had lived in the Akron and Wolcottsville area for most of her life.

She is survived by a son, David Lindke of Missouri. Daughter, Debra Blauvelt of Rochester.  Also survived by four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held Friday (January 6th), 11am at Clarence Fillmore Cemetery, Ransom Rd. in Clarence, NY.

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

Arrangements were entrusted to the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, LLC, 32 John St., Akron, NY 14001. Ronald P. Konieczny II, Director & Proprietor.

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