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Shirley M. Maniaci, 72, of Batavia passed away on Sunday October 19, 2014 at Genesee County Nursing Home. She was born on March 23, 1942 in Batavia to the late Gasper (Mary LoCicero) Di Piazza. She is preceded in death by a son Mark Anthony Maniaci and a sister Annette Riganotti. 

Mrs. Maniaci was a resident of the Genesee County Nursing Home for the last 8 years. She worked as a Lunch Aide at Robert Morris Elementary for 20 years and was a wonderful homemaker. The family would like to give special thanks to the staff at Genesee County Nursing Home; Lake Plains Dialysis and to Unity Health.

Shirley is survived by her beloved husband of 43 years Leonardo Maniaci of Batavia; sons Frank (Michele) Maniaci of Batavia; Joseph (Kelly) Maniaci of Buffalo; daughter Angie Maniaci of Batavia; 4 grandchildren Nicolette Maniaci of E. Bethany; Frank Maniaci, Amanda and Alexis Balduf; sister Connie (Giulio) LaMila all of Batavia; brother Frank Di Piazza of Rochester; brother-in-law Frank Riganotti of Batavia, along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday October 22, 2014 from 2 to 6 PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. Prayers will be recited 9:00 AM on Thursday October 23, 2014 at the Funeral Home followed by a 9:30 AM Mass of Christian Burial at Resurrection Parish 18 Ellicott St. Batavia, NY 14020. She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Batavia.       

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Juvenile Diabetes at www.jdrf.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 Street Batavia, NY 14020.

Vincent D. March, 89, of Batavia passed away on Sunday October 19, 2014 at the New York State Veterans Home at Batavia. He was born on January 26, 1925 in Batavia to the late Baldasaro (Marie) Marchese. Vincent is preceded in death by his wife Rachel (Tassone) March, daughter Frances Ann March, brothers Joe, Tom and Anthony "Ace" Marchese and one sister.

Mr. March was a decorated Veteran that served with the United States Army during World War II.  He was a respected businessman who owned and operated Sleghts Bookstore. His greatest joy came from spending time with his grandchildren.  

He is survived his sons; James (Linda Stillwagon) and Christopher (Kelly) March both of Batavia; brother Stephen Marchese of California.

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

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Notre Dame High School Foundation 73 Union St. Batavia NY 14020. To leave a message of condolence 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.

Akron - Walter E. Cherry, 79, of Akron, passed away peacefully at home Thursday (October 16, 2014) with his loving family by his side.

Walt was born on January 12, 1935 in Buffalo, a son of the late Dorothy Smith Nelson. He drove truck for many years. Walt retired from Alden Central School where he was the Head Mechanic. He was a life member of the Western New York School Bus Mechanic’s Association and a member of the East Shelby Bible Church. Building and flying radio controlled airplanes, playing the organ and woodworking, were some of Walt’s favorite pastimes. He enjoyed the company of his devoted dogs, Shelby and Lola. He is predeceased by his brother Richard Cherry and sisters, Leona Harvey and Andrea Davis.

Walt is survived by his wife, Irene Graff Cherry; 3 sons, Ronald (Jana) Cherry, Jeffrey (Mary) Cherry and Eugene Cherry; one granddaughter, Nicole Cherry; sisters and brothers, Laura (late Ralph) Wells, Laverne (late Adell) Cherry, Donald (Agnes) Nelson and Diana (David) Pratt; a sister-in-law, Joan Cherry and a brother-in-law, John Davis. Many nieces and nephews also survive.

There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the East Shelby Bible Church 5278 East Shelby Road, Medina, NY 14103. Memorials may be made to the East Shelby Bible Church or to Hospice of Buffalo 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227. Arrangements were made by C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc. 4 East Main Street, Corfu, NY.

Bergen / LeRoy ~  Frank J. Rubino, age 85, of 21 Meadows Way, Bergen NY passed away late Saturday evening (October 18, 2014) in the loving presence of his family at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

     Mr. Rubino was born March 20, 1929 in Batavia, a son of the late Ignazio and Rosalia O'Geen Rubino.

     He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, who was devoted to his family.  He grew up working in the Rubino family stores prior to enlisting with the US Army, where he served in the Medical Corp during the Korean War.  He established his own business, Frank's Place, in LeRoy, which he ran for 20 years.  He was an avid bowler and golfer, and enjoyed playing cards, watching his LA Dodgers and taking his annual trips to Las Vegas.

     He is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Patricia Luce Rubino; his children, Francine (Bill) Moore of Ft. Wayne, IN and James (Cindy Young) Rubino of Blue Springs, MO; his step-children, Tammi (Frank) Conte of LeRoy, Julie (Robert) Cutcliffe of Corfu and David (Connie) Harper of LeRoy; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; his sisters, Connie (late Savie) Capuano of Batavia and Sarah (Ronald) Dusing of Rochester; mother-in-law, Josephine Luce of Bergen; sister-in-law, Alice Rubino of LeRoy; brother-in-law, Earl (Laura) Luce of Brockport, along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

     He was predeceased by a sister, Rosemarie Gervase and a brother, Augustine Rubino.

     Family and friends may call on Wednesday from 4 ~ 8 P.M. at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19 north), LeRoy.  His Rite of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday at 10:00 A.M. at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Joseph's Oratory, 27 Lake Street, LeRoy, with interment to follow in St. Francis Cemetery.

     The courtesy of no flowers is requested with memorial contributions suggested to either the family or to a charity of the donor's choice.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Mr. Rubino's family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

     Mr. Rubino and his family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc.

FREDERICK DANSON JR. - 74, of Akron, died Wednesday October 15, 2014 at the Buffalo VA Medical Center. Fred was born July 31, 1940 in Buffalo, NY to the late Frederick and Marion (Cross) Danson Sr.; also preceded in death by siblings Richard, Rose Marie Emerson and Marion Budziszewski.

   Mr. Danson worked for Sakrete and Kutter's Cheese Factory and was a veteran of the United States Army. He was well known for his work ethic, love of country music and his closeness to his family especially his sisters.

   Surviving are his loving children, Douglas of Oakfield, Michael of Akron, Larry (Jill) of Alden, Floyd of Buffalo, April (Michael Burch) Wasicsko of Rochester and Dee (Tom Clark) Danson of Akron; brother, Thomas "Butch" (Cheryl) Danson of Post Falls, ID; sisters, Roseanne (late Melvin Mobley) Danson of Akron, OH, Irene (James) Fox of Albion; special family friend, Mary Langworthy of Akron, NY; sister-in-law, Hazel Danson of Seneca, SC; brother-in-law, William Budziszewski of Akron, NY; 12 grandchildren along with many nieces, nephews, friends and his dog, Smokey.

   Family and friends may visit from 11-2 p.m. on Tuesday October 21, 2014 at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where a graveside service will be held at Mogadore Cemetery following visitation. Memorials in Fred's memory can be made to the family c/o his daughter, April Wasicsko.

   Please leave your words of comfort to his family at www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information call Michael at (585)343-7500.


Vincent Dean Messina, 75, passed away on Wednesday, October 14, 2014, at his home in Haines City, Florida after a brief illness.  Mr. Messina was born on August, 28, 1939, in Batavia, the oldest son of the late Charles and Beatrice (Martino) Messina.

“Vinny” graduated in 1957 from Notre Dame High School and then went on to attend Niagara University and the University of Buffalo.  He worked as a Union Official at Batavia Downs and also worked on many construction projects throughout the area until retiring to Florida in 1999.  Vincent enjoyed the harness racing industry and was a former harness horse owner and member of the United States Trotting Association.  He loved all sports especially football. 

Vincent is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jean (Krakus) Messina.

He is also survived by two daughters, Denise (Charles) Hull of LeRoy, NY; Theresa (Steve) DiMarco of Rochester, NY; and one son, Dean (Patricia Orlando) Messina of Dunkirk, NY.  He is the loving grandfather of Anthony Messina, Christopher Messina, Andrew Messina, Lucas Hull, Lauren Hull, Samantha Di Marco and Philip Messina.  He is also survived by aunts and an uncle; cousins; along with many nieces; nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews.

He is the brother of Charles (Patricia Tatarka) Messina and Paul (Sharon Mancuso) Messina. 

A Memorial Service is being planned for the spring at Resurrection Parish in Batavia where Vincent was a parishioner of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church.  Memorials may be made to Development Department, Good Shepherd Hospice, 320 W. Main Street, Lakeland, FL 33815.  Funeral arrangements were completed in Florida. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or for more information call (585) 343-8260.

Byron - Rena H. Wolcott, 94, of Byron, died Friday (October 17, 2014) at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home.

Rena was born July 30, 1920 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Frank and Amelia (Royal) Wolcott.

She was a bookkeeper at George Smith Motors and Wortzman Furniture, both in Batavia.  Rena loved cats.

Survivors include four nephews, Thomas Lambert of Elba, Robert (Debbie) Lambert of Mt. Morris, John Lambert of Florida and Henry Lambert of Colorado and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

She is a sister of the late Viola Lambert, Gordon Wolcott and Henry Wolcott.  

Calling hours are Monday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia.  Services will be at 5:00 p.m. on Monday also at the funeral home. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery, Batavia.

Memorials may be made to Volunteers For Animals, P.O. Box 1621, Batavia, NY 14021.

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


Charles Martin Cornwell, age 66, ran a courageous race against a rare cancer, dying on Monday, October 13, 2014.  He lost the race, but gained his crown of glory with our heavenly Father. His courage remains an inspiration to his wife, children, family and friends.

Charlie was born October 15, 1947 in Batavia, New York, to Charles Webber Cornwell and Katherine Martin. He graduated from Notre Dame High School, Batavia, New York; Class of 1965.   He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He received a BBA from the University of Texas and his MBA from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, in 1980. He was a member of the Harlingen Country Club and St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.

Charlie’s military tour ended in Fort Hood, Texas. Friendships which began in the military remained lifelong, and some now are three of his honorary pallbearers: Lorin, Robin and Harold. Charlie would remain in Texas. The young man from the northern border met a young woman of the southern border. A blind date in San Antonio, 1976, began a commitment of enduring love. Charlie and Margie moved to Harlingen, Texas, in 1991 to continue her career in medicine as a staff pathologist at Valley Baptist Medical Center. Charlie was active in his children’s sports participation, often being a coach for the baseball and soccer teams of his two sons. He was ever the constant father for his daughter as she attended St. Anthony’s School, being well known to the small group of students who progressed together from kindergarten to final eighth-grade graduation, Class of 2011.

In this race against cancer many gracious people of our community touched his life. Not all can be named, but his family thanks all of the staff, doctors, nurses, and technicians of Valley Baptist Medical Center, Treasure Hills Imaging Center, and Valley Cancer Associates. Special thanks are extended to his oncologist Dr. Todd Shenkenberg and the interventional radiologists, and Dr. Saenz and Dr. Velarde and their assisting staff of special procedures. God bless you all.

Charlie had a gift of wit and brought many smiles and laughter to any conversation. He has been described by those who loved him as being caring, kind, polite, and a true gentlemen. He gave testimony of his love of God and country in both words and actions. He was an avid golfer, and enjoyed the camaraderie of the annual tournaments of HCC, participating in Que Paso and Life Begins at 40.

Charlie is survived by his wife, Dr. Margie Wagner Cornwell of Harlingen, Texas; sons, Charles Wagner (Theresa) Cornwell  of Houston, Texas, and William Martin (Kayla) Cornwell of Houston, Texas; and daughter, Laura Katherine Cornwell of Harlingen, Texas; sisters, Catherine Cole of Harlingen, Texas, and Margaret Patterson (Dave) of Oakfield, NY; brother, Peter Cornwell (Elizabeth) of Wimberley, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles W. and Katherine M. Cornwell and sister, Mary Ann Cornwell Delplato (Michael) of Batavia, NY.

Visitation hours will be held from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM, with family members present beginning at 5:30 PM, and with a Rosary being recited at 7:00 PM, Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.

Funeral Mass will be held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Harlingen, Texas, 2:00 PM, Friday, October 17, 2014 with burial following at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in McCook, Texas.

Pallbearers will be Houston Van Ness, Garrett Wagner, Christopher Cornwell, Jared Forbus, Jeffrey Forbus, Leonard Baggett Jr., Michael Longoria and Jonathan Brandes.

Honorary pallbearers are Joseph DiLaura (his lifelong friend from Batavia, NY), Robin McGuin, Harold Inman, Lorin Pankratz, Wayne Farber, and Buck Turk (Coach).

In lieu of flowers, he and his family would be honored by donations to Saint Anthony School, Texas Right to Life, Aid to the Church in Need, Wounded Warriors Foundation or to any charity of choice.

You are invited to sign the guestbook or share of memory at www.buckashcraft.com.

Arrangements are with Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.

Batavia - Rosario S. Tumminello, 85, retired manager at the former Marshalls News Store in Batavia, died Thursday (October 16, 2014) at the New York State Veteran's Home.

Mr. Tumminello was born December 16, 1928 in Batavia, the son of the late Rosario and Josephine (Gugino) Tumminello.

 “Rosie” began working the Marshall’s News Store as a paperboy at the age of 8.  At 12 years old he was hired to work inside the store and remained with the store for the next 52 years eventually retiring as manager.  On Tuesday and Thursday mornings you would find Rosie and many of his friends at the Miss Batavia Diner.

He was a member of Resurrection Parish, a 1948 graduate of Batavia High School, life member of the Veness-Strollo VFW Post 1602 and a life member of the Alexander Fire Department. A US Army Veteran, he served during the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife, Audrey E. (Hawker) Tumminello, whom he married June 11, 1955.

Survivors also include two sons, Keith (Sandra) Tumminello of Plano, Texas and Paul (Kevin Dugan) Tumminello of New York, NY; two daughters, Annemarie (David) Baldo of Rochester and Marianne (Stephen) Scalise of Webster and one sister, Ida Tumminello of Batavia.   He is the grandfather of Nicholas Baldo. Abigail Scalise, Sarah Scalise, Garrett Scalise and Spencer Scalise.  Nieces and nephews also survive.

He is a brother of the late Mary Cecere, Frank  Tumminello, Josephine Hayden and Samuel & Anthony  Gaeta.

Calling hours are Sunday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia.  His Mass of Christian Burial will be 12:00 p.m. Monday at Resurrection Parish - St. Joseph's Church, 303 East Main Street, Batavia.  Burial with full military honors will be in Grandview Cemetery, Batavia.

Memorials may be made to Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, NY 14021 or the New York State Veteran’s Nursing Home, attn: Activities Fund, 220 Richmond Ave., Batavia, NY  14020.

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


William L. Safford, 81, of Perry died on Tuesday October 14, 2014 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born April 2, 1933 in Perry to the late Elden (Verda Clark) Safford. He is preceded in death by his grandson Andrew Safford and a sister Betty Evans.

Bill served with the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a graduate of Perry Central School and worked for Lapp Insulator in LeRoy for over 40 years as a foreman in the turning department. He was a member of the Western New York Gas and Steam Association. Bill enjoyed going to the shows put on by the Gas and Steam Association, working on motors, going hunting with his hunting camp friends, shooting his black powered gun, and the outdoors.

He is survived by his wife Saralue “Sally” (Davis) Safford whom he married on January 16, 1953; sons William J. (Irene) Safford of Port Charlotte, Fl., Rodney (Barbara Ann) Safford of Mt. Morris, Scott (Nancy) Safford of Perry; sister Edna Schutte of Fairport; brother Roger (Donna) Safford of Lima; brother-in-law James Evans of Perry; 7 grandchildren Heather Ann (Michael) Seymore, William E. (Heather), Justin, Greg, Sara, Victoria and Samuel Safford, 8 great grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Friday October 17 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry New York 14530. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday October 18 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home. He will be laid to rest in Glenwood Cemetery in Perry.

 For more information please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry New York 14530.





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