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Dora E. Shanks, 94 of Batavia, died January 24, 2013 at The Villages of Orleans in Albion. She was born April 19, 1918 in New York, NY to the late Harry (Ada Westcott) Connell. She was a long time legal secretary for the law firm of Dewey, Ballentine, Bushby and Smith. She was Secretary to the former Govenor Dewey of New York. She also volunteered at the CYO on Staten Island New York and was a volunteer at the Community Services Offices on Staten Island. She is preceded in death by her husband Edwin Shanks.

She is survived by her son Andrew Mistler, her grandsons Andrew, Michael and Kenneth Mistler, her great grandchildren Caleigh, Andrew, and Kaitlyn Mistler and her best friend and loving daughter-in-law, Joanne Mistler.

There will be no prior calling hours. Funeral Services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The Villages of Orleans Activities Fund 14012 Route 31 West Albion, NY 14411. 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.

Batavia - Mr. John H. Fee, 85, of Batavia, salesman for Kraft Foods in Rochester for 35 years, passed away Friday, January 25, 2013 at his home.

Mr. Fee was born November 18, 1927 in Buffalo, a son of the late Frank and Ruth Beecher Fee.

A member of St. Joseph's Church, Mr. Fee was a former member of the Batavia Lions Club and St. Nicholas Club, member of VFW Post No. 1602, the American Legion Post No. 332, Polish Falcons Nest No. 492 and the Moose Club in East Mesa, Arizona where he and his wife wintered for many years. He served with the United States Navy during World War II.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Patricia L. Scott Fee; three sons, Michael (Delores) Fee and David (Pam) Fee of Greece and Gregory Fee of Mesa, Arizona;  two daughters, Kathy Smith of California and Colleen (Bill) Wassink of Batavia; two brothers, Thomas (Doris) Fee of Portland, Maine and David (Mary) Fee of LeRoy; a sister, Betty (Gilbert) Warner of Florida; ten grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He is the brother of the late Patricia Yasses, Sandra Costanza and Geraldine Chamberlain.

There are no prior visiting hours. Friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, 303 East Main Street, Batavia. Private burial will be in Grand View Cemetery, Batavia. Memorials may be made in the form of Mass intentions or to your favorite charity.  To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements are being completed by the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia.

Age 55, of Batavia, died on Thursday November 22, 2012 after a lengthy battle with various illnesses. He was born February 3, 1957 in Batavia, a son of the late Clark and Hilda (Wallman) Baube.     

     Bruce was retired from the US Gypsum Co. after 25 years of service. Despite his illnesses, he fought like a champ every step of the way and never let his disabilities keep him down, a true inspiration to everyone he met. After his retirement from USG, Bruce followed his love of dogs and assisted in the rescue of hundreds of them from the South, his story was featured in the Batavia Daily News. He would walk his dog faithfully and along the way met a great friend who joined them on their outings. He also returned to the LVG, where he had been for rehab, after a 22 month stay in the hospital to play cards with “the ladies” weekly over the next four years. He was an avid fan of drag racing, Grateful Dead, Buffalo Bills and Sabres. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, which lead him to a life membership at Godfrey’s Pond. He will be remembered as a humble man, never wanting to accept the credit he deserved and for making the most of everything he had accomplished.

     Surviving is a brother, Dale of the Philippines; his dear friend and caregiver for many years, Carrie Blaszak of Elba along with several nieces and cousins.

     Family and friends are invited to share and reminisce the great life of Bruce at a Celebration of Life gathering on what would be his 56th birthday, 1PM Sunday February 3, 2013 at the Godfrey’s Pond Clubhouse.  Memorials are suggested to the Genesee County Fish & Game Protective Association c/o Carrie Blaszak 7232 Transit Road Elba, New York 14058. For more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.  




Dorothy was born in Worcester, MA to Edgar Herbert Corttis and Florence “Edith” Brown Corttis and spent her childhood on the family “farm” in North Grosvenordale, CT. She attended Tourtellotte High School and graduated from Syracuse University in December 1945. She obtained a Masters in Education from the University of Vermont and highly valued education.

Dorothy began her teaching career at the age of 20 and was a beloved math teacher, most recently at Wyoming Central School from 1959 to 1986 where she taught math classes from 7th grade to 12th grade. She was very involved in school activities, acting as class advisor for many senior class trips to Florida and Washington, DC. Dorothy was an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Delta Kappa Gamma, Ancient and Honorable Artillery Unit, the National Society of Colonial Dames XVII Century, National Society of the Daughters of the American Colonists, the Early American Witches’ Society, the Order of the Eastern Star, and was a 50 year member of the Grange. She was also active in Beta Gamma teacher’s association, Alpha Delta Gamma Educational Foundation and the New York State Retired Teachers’ Association, as well as the NAHDS genealogy society. She was a member of the Brick Presbyterian Church where she served as a deacon and was a Presbyterian enabler.
She married her sweetheart, W. Kenneth Cox, on November 10. 1958. Mr. Cox preceded her in death (1988) along with sisters Elizabeth, Christine, Lucy, Alice, Ruth; brothers Herbert, Harold and two infant brothers. The family thanks her caregiver, Lisa Tallman, for her loving care of Dorothy.

She is survived by her daughters, Janice Palumbos (Alan) of Salt Lake City, UT and Debbie Blanc (Brett Pendergast) of Fairport, NY and Brazilian daughter, Lilian Hashimoto Okada and a son, Steven (Connie) Pullen of Batavia, NY. 4 step-daughters, Mary Law, Sally Johnston, Renie Gorsuch and Judy Conn, 10 grandchildren Mackenzie (Daniel) McKendrick, Zachary, Sierra and Andrew Palumbos; Adam and Morgan Blanc; Sandra (Terry) Rawleigh, James, William and Lucy Pullen. 2 great-grandchildren, Madelynn and Alexander Rawleigh, along with several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call on Sunday January 27th from 2-4 and 6-8pm at the Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St. Perry. Funeral services will be held on Monday January 28th at 11 am at the Brick Presbyterian Church in Perry. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery in Perry.

Memorials may be made to Home Care and Hospice 405 N. Main St. Warsaw, NY 14569. For more information please call 237-2626 or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530.

Lillian was born in Andover, New York on June 29,1912 a daughter of the late William and Rose Sweeney Livingston. Lillian was a resident of the Silver Lake area for over 70 years. During WWII Lillian helped her husband run the Ice business. She drove when women didn’t, but not a car, a large truck. She worked for the former Perry Knitting Mill and Champion Products as a seamstress until her retirement in 1982. Being a skilled seamstress was elected to sew the special garments for the NFL. She was a member of St. Isidore’s Catholic Parish (St. Joseph’s Church) and the former Perry Moose Club. She loved music, dancing, singing, knitting, crafts, traveling, and spending time with her family. She is preceded in death by her husband Matthew Bernard who died in 1957; 3 sisters Viola Bernard, Emma Masone, Ruth Tata; 3 brothers William Livingston, Earl Sheldon and Rodney Rowe.

She is survived by her children; Audrey (Richard) Brown of Perry, Arnold (Jean) Bernard of York, Pamela Yurko of Cheektowaga, and Bernadette Halstead of Perry. 13 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 4-8 pm on Friday January 25th at the Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St. in Perry. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 11:00 AM at St. Isidore’s Catholic Parish-St. Joseph's Church 8 Park St. Perry, NY 14530. Interment will take place in Glenwood Cemetery in Perry.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Alzheimer’s Association. For more information please call 237-2626 or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530.

Byron – Lois A. Boorom, 86, of Byron, passed away Monday, (January 21, 2013) at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, in Myrtle Beach, following a brief illness.

Mrs. Boorom was born March 7, 1926 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Clyde and Ruth E. (Stone) Ray.

She was a kindergarten teacher at Byron – Bergen School for many years, having retired in 1984.  Lois was a longtime member of the Byron Presbyterian Church, and loved arts and crafts.  She greatly enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren; and never missed one of their sporting events.  She and her husband took pleasure in wintering in Myrtle Beach, having done so for at least 30 years.

Lois is survived by her beloved husband of 65 years, James A. Boorom, her children, Michael Boorom of Batavia, Denise Boorom of Rochester, and Susan (Frank) Chittenden of Corfu; grandchildren, Zachary, Cody and Wyatt Chittenden, all of Corfu, Madison and Emily Boorom, both of Rochester; her sister Joyce (Frank) Lund of Batavia.  Several nieces and nephews also survive. 

Friends may call on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia, where Lois’ Funeral Service will be at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, (January 29, 2013 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family to be distributed to Lois' favorite charities.  Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery, Batavia.  Please light a candle, share a story, or leave a condolence at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.


Batavia - Mrs. Nolia Camerera, 94, died Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at Genesee County Nursing Home..

Mrs. Camerera was born October 29, 1918 in Hessner, Louisiana, the daughter of the late Lionel L. and Eugenia   Chatelain.

 Her husband, the late Morris Camerera, died in 1984.

Survivors include one son: Ivan (Linda) J. Camerera of Myrtle Beach. SC;  one sister, Montez Ducote of Louisiana and 5 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and  1 great great grandchild.

Friends may call on Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 E. Main St., Batavia. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at  12:00 PM, Friday at Resurrection Parish - St. Joseph Church, 303 East Main Street, Batavia.  Memorials may be made to Resurrection Parish. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Batavia.

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

 Josephine C. Kean, 91, of Basom, died peacefully on Friday (January 18, 2013) at her residence.

She was born in Marshall, NC on December 9, 1921, a daughter of the late Jack and Minnie Caldwell.

She was one of fifteen children and spent her childhood in North Carolina. Josephine was employed by General Motors Axel Co. in Buffalo prior to her retirement.  She loved to cook and bake and was well known for her “Sweet Buns”.  Josephine also loved gardening, crocheting and ceramics.  Most of all she will be known to her family as a caring and loving mother and grandmother.

She is survived by a daughter, Deborah E. Conway of Batavia. Son, Christopher C. Kean of Basom.  Grandchildren, Sean (Jess) Conway, Tanya (Tony) Mech, Stacy (Jeff) Rankin and Christopher Conway.  Great-grandhcildren Jonathan, Edan, Ayla, Alyssa and Alex.  Sisters, Victoria Caldwell of North Carolina and Jeanette Swift of Michigan.  Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are cordially invited to a memorial service on Wednesday ( Jan. 23rd), 1pm at the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia.

Flowers are gratefully declined.

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

Arrangements were entrusted to the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia.  Ronald Konieczny II, Director & Proprietor.

Adolph A. Mruczek, 84, of Batavia, died Friday (January 18, 2013) at his residence.

He was born in Batavia on June 9, 1928 a son of the late Andrej and Karolina Twardowska Mruczek.  His wife Stephanie Dudek died in 1997.

Mr. Mruczek was a professional home builder all his life and constructed over 100 custom homes in the Genesee County area.  He was a life member of Ascension Parish in Batavia where he served as an alter boy and usher in his later years.  He was also a member of the Holy Name Society and Polish Falcons of America, Nest 492.  In his younger years, he was fondly known by his friends as “Polka” but by his parents and siblings he was affectionately known as “Dollie”.

Surviving are his children: Susan (Peter) Hoy, Frederick (Mary Ann) Mruczek, Thomas (Barbara) Mruczek and Gregory (Maria) Mruczek all of Batavia.  Eleven grandchildren: Eric, Stephanie, Alexandra “Sasha”, Brittany, Casimir, Leah, Gregory Jr. and Andrew Mruczek, Noah, Zachary and Stephanie Hoy.  Brother and sister in law, Alexander and Caroline Mruczek of Belin, NM.  Sisters in law, Mildred Mruczek of Corfu and Carol Mruczek of Batavia.  Many nieces and nephews also survive.  He was the brother of the late: Blanch Mruczek, Caroline Hyback, Helen Konieczny, Chester, Edward, Walter, Albene and Stephan Mruczek. 

Friends of the family are cordially invited to share their thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the family on Tuesday from 4 – 9 PM at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, where prayers will be Wednesday at 9AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30AM at Ascension Parish (Sacred Heart Church).  Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. 

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Crossroads House, 11 Liberty St. Batavia, NY 14020 or the American Diabetes Assoc., P. O. Box 31160, Hartford, CT 06150.

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, NY 14020.  Ronald Konieczny II, Director& Proprietor.

 Age 84, of Batavia, retired President of the former Beardsley’s Clothing Store, died peacefully Saturday morning January 19, 2013 at the Martin-Linsin Residence @ Hospice of Orleans. He was born April 22, 1928 in Batavia, a son, of the late Eldoune A. & Elsie (Ruoff) Thornton Sr., also preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Janet (Moore) Thornton in 2005, and a sister, Marilyn Thornton Dilcher in 2003.

     Mr. Thornton was a graduate of Valley Forge Military Academy, attended Syracuse University and Bryant & Stratton College. In 1950 he entered the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was discharged a Master Sergeant in 1952. Al started as a salesman at E. J. Beardsley Co. clothing store in 1947, then with two associates purchased the business in 1964 and was the first retail store to rebuild on Main Street in 1967, during the Court Street Urban Renewal Project. He was later joined in the business by his two sons, Dwight & Timothy; they expanded into women’s clothing and a sports department, known as Beardsley’s Fan Stand. Al’s wife also operated a craft department in the store until 1997. He was long active in the Batavia community, an honorary member and past president of the Batavia Rotary Club, and a Paul Harris Fellow, one of Rotary’s highest honors. He was instrumental in forming a committee to operate the concession stand for the Rotary Club at Dwyer Stadium, co-chairing the project for twenty five years. A past president of the Batavia Junior Chamber of Commerce, served as secretary/treasurer of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce, past president of the former Genesee Memorial Hospital Board, past president of the Children’s Home Association, was one of the founders of Batavia Youth Football and served as secretary/treasurer for many years, served on the City of Batavia Water & Sewer Board, Urban Renewal Agency and former treasurer of the Hawley Assembly Committee for former New York State Assemblyman R. Stephen Hawley. A former member of the Batavia Club, former Moose Club and Elks Lodge, member of the American Legion Post #332, a fifty year member of the First Presbyterian Church, former Deacon, Elder and Clerk of Session and President of the 20-30 Club. An avid baseball fan, he enjoyed woodworking, rebuilding player pianos, a selfless man who was always giving to his family and back to the community.

     Surviving are loving sons, Dwight (Tina) Thornton and Timothy (Margaret) Thornton both of Batavia; 7 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren along with several nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

     Family and friends may visit from 4-7 PM on Tuesday January 22, 2013 at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where a Prayer Service will celebrated by Monsignor Leo McCarthy at 7:00 PM. Memorials in Al’s memory are suggested to Notre Dame High School Union Street Batavia, New York 14020 or Hospice of Orleans 14080 Rt. 31W Albion, New York 14411. He will be laid to rest with his wife in Grand View Cemetery and for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.





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