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Batavia - Mrs. Virginia Louise Bray, 88, was received by her Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, October 26, 2013.

Mrs. Bray was born June 24, 1925 in Burlington, Vermont, the daughter of the late Walter and Mamie  Johnson Opdyke. 

A member of the Calvary Baptist Church for many years, she formerly was employed at UMMC and the Batavia Nursing Home.

She was the wife of the late James W. Bray, mother of the late Paul Bray, mother-in-law of the late Antoinette Bray and great grandmother of the late Christopher Malo.

Survivors include one son, James (Ann Marie Wood) Bray of Batavia; two daughters, Elizabeth (Larry) Burlew and Verna Bray, both of Rochester; one brother, Robert Opdyke of Virginia; 8 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and many dear and precious friends.

Friends may call on Monday from 3pm to 7pm at the H. E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 E. Main St., Batavia.  Services will be at 11:00 am Tuesday at the Calvary Baptist Church, 3515 Galloway Rd, Batavia.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Crossroads House. PO Box 403, Batavia, NY  14021 or Genesee Cancer Assistance, 16 Bank St. Batavia, NY  14020.  Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.

LeRoy ~ Richard A. Vogel, age 72, of Craigie Street, passed away at home early Friday morning (Oct. 25, 2013) in the presence of his loving family.

     Mr. Vogel was born April 7, 1941 in Rochester, a son of the late George and Genevieve LaBar Vogel.

     He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a retiree of Case-Hoyt after 36 years of service.  Richard loved to travel and attend air shows.  He loved his family and feline companions, Snow, Midnight, Barney, Fred and Dumb Dumb.  Richard also enjoyed eating at his favorite restaurant, Settlers in Batavia, where he loved their fish, clam chowder and prime rib.  He wanted to thank them for several years of good food.

     He is survived by his loving wife, Lorritta M. Vogel, his children, Alan Vogel of AZ, Michael  Vogel of AZ, Samantha Vogel of AZ, Daniel Vogel of LeRoy and Bethany Vogel of Liverpool, his brothers, Norman (Phyllis) Vogel of CA, Edward (Barbara) Vogel of Rochester and John Vogel of Rochester, his sister, Theresa (Gary) Perkins of FL/Rochester, 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild, along with many nieces and nephews.

     Family and friends may call on Wednesday from 2 ~ 4 and 6 ~ 8 at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Rd. (Rt. 19).  His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday at 11 AM at Our Lady of Mercy Parish (St. Peter's Church), 44 Lake St., LeRoy.  Interment with Military Honors will follow in St. Francis Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the family.

     Your memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared with Richard's family at www.falconefuneralhome.com .

Mr. Vogel and his family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. (585) 768-2400.

Twila Sara Whalen, passed away peacefully on October 19, 2013 in Elk Grove, California.  She was 97 years old. Twila was born in in Williamsport, Pennsylvania on November 5, 1915 to Margaret "Effie" (Clowes) and John Christian Wagener. A talented artist, Twila attended Buffalo State University and graduated in 1938 with a Bachelor of Art degree in Art Education and began her career as a high school art teacher. She married William Whalen in 1946 and moved to Attica New York where they raised their two daughters, Margaret and Maureen.  She was an art teacher at Alexander High School for 22 years and in 1976 she retired after a total of 27 years of teaching. Twila was a dedicated Christian and active member in her church, the New Life Fellowship in Attica, New York.  She enjoyed hosting weekly Bible Study groups and spending much of her efforts for God.  She loved to draw and paint and she showed her appreciation of natures beauty in her artwork.

Twila is survived by her brother, Phillip Wagener, her nephew, Robert Wagener, her daughter, Margaret (Whalen) LaPlaunt and her husband, Greg, her granddaughter Erin (LaPlaunt) Hohl, grandson Gregory LaPlaunt and Great- Grandson, Tommy Hohl.

There will be no prior calling hours and Funeral Services will be held privately. She will be laid to rest at Forest Hill Cemetery in Attica.

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

Age 72, of Lancaster, died peacefully Wednesday evening October 23, 2013 at Buffalo General Hospital with his family at his side. He was born January 15, 1941 in Bergen, NY to the late Morris and Monica (Lynch) Cunningham also preceded in death by his brother, John and sister, Ann Murphy.

   Robert was an Army Veteran and then served many years with the USAFR at the Niagara Falls Air Base, retiring in 2001 as a Tech. Sergeant. He had an extensive career in public service, having been a City of Batavia Fireman, served with the LeRoy Police Department and retired as a Senior Officer with the East Aurora Police Department. As he retired, Bob developed a passion for golf, enjoyed woodworking and refinishing furniture.

   Surviving is his beloved wife of 43 years, Linda (Mickey) Cunningham of Lancaster; sons, Daniel of Bloomfield, Michael (Joanne) of FL, Steven (Julie) of Bergen; daughter, Charlene (Mark) Baylor of Holley; brother, George (Marjorie) Cunningham; sister-in-law, Norma Cunningham all of Bergen; 7 grandchildren, Joshua, Robert, Sean, Seth, Ainsley, Eagan & Venus; 3 great-grandchildren, Dylan, Jackson & Emily; brothers and sisters-in-law, Susan Mickey of Batavia, Carol (Angelo) Gifaldi of Holley, Joseph Mickey of Elba, Nancy Mickey of Batavia, Gary (Tina) Mickey of Brockport and Sharon (Steve) Lauzze of Corfu along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

   Family and friends may visit from 2-8 p.m. Saturday October 26, 2013 at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020, where funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Sunday October 27. Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery with Full Military Honors, in lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Hospice Buffalo 225 Como Park Blvd. Cheektowaga, NY 14227 or the Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675.           

Please share your memories of Bob, with his family at www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information call Michael at (585)343-7500.

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

 

 

 

Freda Little, 91 of Batavia, passed away on Wednesday October 23, 2013 at United Memorial Medical Center. She was born March 9, 1922 in Robinson, PA to the late Harry (Minnie Mae Henderson) Johns. Mrs. Little was retired from the Daily News and she previously worked at Cooperative Extension. She was a wonderful cook who enjoyed canning and candy making. Her greatest joy was taking care of her family and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband David Little Jr. in 1984, great-grandson Justin Jacobs, son-in-law Norman Wawrzyniak, brothers Ralph, Paul, Art, Tom Johns, and sister Laurabelle Mack.

Freda is survived by her sons David (Zoraida) Little III of Batavia, Paul (Linda) Little of Elba, daughters Mary Graham, Winifred Wawrzyniak, Betty (John) Worthington and Patty Little all of Batavia. 13 Grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren,      8 great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Sunday October 27, 2013 from 3 to 7 PM at the Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main St. Batavia, NY 14020. 11:00 AM Funeral Services will be held on Monday October 28, 2013 at the Funeral Home. Interment will take place in Grand View Cemetery, Batavia.

Memorials are suggested to a Charity of the Donor’s Choice. For more information please call 343-8260 or to sign the online guest registry go to www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

LeRoy ~ Thelma M. Ash, age 86, of West Avenue, passed away early Sunday evening (October 20, 2013) at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

     There will be no calling hours and services will be announced at a later date.

     Mrs. Ash is being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. (585) 768-2400

Mary A. Jacobs, 83 of Batavia, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday October 21, 2013 at the Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center in Rochester. She was born December 21, 1929 in Batavia to the late Salvatore (Phyllis LaLoggia) Maniace. Mary was a longtime member of St. Anthony’s church and the Notre Dame Prayer Group. She worked for 27 years at GTE Sylvania and then at Kodak for 7 years. Mary was a very giving and charitable person that donated to many charities including the Boys Club of America, Catholic Charities, UNICEF, and the American Cancer Society. She loved cooking, cleaning, gardening, planting flowers, and holidays especially Christmas. Mary will be remembered as a peacemaker, very loving wife, mother, grandmother. Her love of family, strong faith in the Lord and generosity will be missed by those who knew her. She is preceded in death by brothers, John, Charles, Sam Jr., Dominic, Franklin "Ace" Maniace; sisters, Josephine DeFazio and Frances Mandelar.

She is survived by her beloved husband Neil Jacobs, son Neil (Luann) Jacobs, Jr., daughter Patricia Barnes, grandchildren Joshua, Taylor, and Jenna Jacobs all of Batavia; brothers, Michael (Beverly) of Batavia, Joseph (Joan) of East Bethany, Nathan of Batavia, Richard (Kathy) of FL and Robert of Batavia; sisters, Angeline Siracuse, Lucille (Clarence) Dora, Rose Marie Torres, Dorothy (Lester) Schaffer and Linda Maniace all of Batavia; sisters-in-law, Nicolina Maniace of Batavia; Linda (Dick) Wolfe of Batavia; brother-in-law Larry (Audrey) Jacobs of FL, along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

Friends are invited to call on Friday October 25, 2013 from 2-6 PM at the Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main St. Batavia, New York 14020. A 10:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday October 26, 2013 at Resurrection Parish-St. Mary’s Church 18 Ellicott St. Batavia, NY 14020. Interment will take place in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Batavia. 

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center 2652 Ridgeway Ave. Rochester, NY 14626. To sign the online guest registry please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or for more information call (585) 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

Batavia - Mr. Peter R. DellaPenna, 73, of Batavia, owner and president of DellaPenna Paving and co-owner of Soccio & DellaPenna, passed away surrounded by his family on Sunday, October 20, 2013 under the care of HomeCare & Hospice.
Mr. DellaPenna was born March 13, 1940 in Batavia, a son of the late Thomas and Mary Calarco DellaPenna.
A longtime member of St. Mary's Church, he was a member of the first graduating class from Notre Dame High School in 1957. He was a 50-year member, volunteer with their speech and hearing clinic and past-president of the Batavia Lions Club. He had the distinct honor of obtaining perfect attendance for 50 years.
He wintered in Sarasota, Florida for many years and volunteered his time at the Ringling Brothers Circus and Moto Marine Laboratory in Sarasota.
He is survived by his children, Thomas M. (Carolyn) DellaPenna and Mary C. DellaPenna, both of Batavia; two granddaughters, Sydney DellaPenna and Abby Lyons, both of Batavia; his children’s mother, Judy Montague DellaPenna of Batavia; his sister, Madeline Ferris of Batavia and nieces and nephews.
He is the brother of the late Rosemary Donald
Friends may call Tuesday from 4 to 8 pm at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia. His Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday at 12:00 noon at Resurrection Parish - St. Mary's Church, 18 Ellicott Street, Batavia.  Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Batavia. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to Resurrection Parish, 303 East Main Street, Batavia, New York or to Notre Dame High School, 73 Union Street, Batavia, New York 14020. 
To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Ronald J. Root, 71of Albion, passed away on October 18, 2013 at the United Memorial Medical Center. He was born March 5, 1942 in Brockport to the late Sheldon C. (Lois Barclay) Root. Mr. Root served his country proudly as a Sergeant 1st Class in the United States Army from 1964 until his retirement in 1990. He was a longtime member of the Conservation Club of Brockport.

Ronald is survived by his beloved wife Patricia G. (Manning) Root of Albion; son Jeffrey Root of Albion; daughter Wendy (Michael) Mucher of Batavia; grandchildren David DiSalvo of Oswego; Katelyn DiSalvo of Cheektowaga; Kari Root-Stoddard of Jacksonville, NC; Aaron (Crystal Brazil) Mucher of Batavia; great-grandchildren Maddison and Mason Mucher of Batavia, along with several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Monday October 21, 2013 from 4 to 8 PM at the Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main St. Batavia, NY 14020. 11:00 AM Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday October 22, 2013 at the Funeral Home. Interment will take place in Lakeview Cemetery, Brockport.   

Memorials are suggested to Central Orleans Volunteer Ambulance 239 S. Main St. Albion, NY 14411 or to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org. For more information please call 343-8260 or to sign the online guest registry go to www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

Craig Nelson Nobles, 47 of Buffalo, passed away at his home on October 19, 2013 after a courageous battle with lifelong illness’s. He was born February 22, 1966 in Olean to the late Richard Nelson Nobles Sr. and Patricia (Mulvenna) Nobles of Batavia.

Craig is survived by his mother, brother Richard N. (Susan) Nobles, Jr. of Batavia; sisters Eileen (Louis) Paganello of Batavia; Joanne (Steve) Kawa of West Seneca; several nieces and nephews; dearest companion Michelle Skinner of Canada; close friend Tom Kawa of West Seneca.

Friends may call on Tuesday October 22, 2013 from 5 to 8 PM at the Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc., 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 AM in Resurrection Parish, (St. Mary’s site) 18 Ellicott Street, Batavia, NY. Entombment will take place in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested in the form of Mass Cards.  For more information please call 343-8260 or to sign the online guest registry go to www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

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