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LeRoy ~ Anthony M. Lasaponara, age 97, formerly of South St. Rd., passed away Tuesday morning (Nov. 18, 2014) at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home.

     Mr. Lasaponara was born July 22, 1917 in Rochester, NY, a son of the late Gerardo and Philamino Venturi Lasaponara.

     He will be remembered as a loving father and grandfather, who cherished his time with his family.  He was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corp. from 1934 - 1935 and was retired from Eastman Kodak and General Motors where he worked for many years as an electrical welder.

     Mr. Lasaponara is survived by his children; Deborah (Thomas) Stella of LeRoy and Terry (Catherine) Lasaponara of Churchville; his grandchildren, Jodie (Thomas) Kinsey, Michael (Megan) Lasaponara and Julie (Steven) Moda and his great-grandson, Nathaniel Kinsey.

     He was predeceased by his loving wife of 51 years, Jody Samara Lasaponara and his brothers, Victor, Albert and Rocky.

     Family and friends may call on Friday, Nov. 21, from 4 ~ 7 at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19), LeRoy.  Services and Entombment in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery will be private.

     The courtesy of no flowers is requested with memorials suggested to the Sunshine Fund of the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home, 10 Munson St., LeRoy.

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

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

Mount Dora, FL ~ Edith Andolora, age 89, formerly of Perry, NY, passed away on Friday (Nov. 14, 2014) in Mount Dora, FL, with her loving family at her side.

     Mrs. Andolora was born May 17, 1925, a daughter of the late Harry and Mildred Lord Barber.

     She married the love of her life, Michael Andolora in 1944 and they moved to Leesburg, FL from Perry in 1980.

     She is survived by her loving husband of 70 years, Michael Joseph Andolora, her son, David (Suzanne) Andolora of Henrietta, NY; her grandchildren, Terrence (Michon) Ball and Beth (Christopher) Ball Kovach; her great-grandchildren, Evan, Elyse and Lucas Ball, Chloe and Delia Kovach; a sister-in-law, Margaret Stotts of Austin, TX, along with many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her brother, Virgil Barber.

     A memorial service will be announced at a later date.  Interment in Machpelah Cemetery, LeRoy, will be at the convenience of the family.

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

     Mrs. Andolora and her family's local arrangements are being completed by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy.  585-768-2400

Dr. Cuneyt V. Okay, 87 of Batavia, passed away Monday morning (November 17, 2014) at his residence after a lengthy illness.
 
He was born in Istanbul, Turkey on March 11, 1927.
 
Dr. Okay graduated from the University of Istanbul and did his pathology training at the  Roswell Park Memorial Cancer Institute.  He spent his career working at Medina Memorial Hospital and for Genesee County.  He was known and loved for his commitment to his family and friends, his intellectual and emotional depth, his generosity, and his contagious laugh.  He  was passionately interested in  politics and history,  and enjoyed tennis, sailing, chess, and bridge.   
 
Survivors include his loving wife, Evelyn Kirk Okay of Batavia. Children, Jale Okay of Amherst, MA, Mehmet Okay of Batavia and Kammie (Robert) Scott of Philadelphia, and his two grandchildren, Madeline and Lucas Scott.
 
Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family with burial in New Calvary Cemetery in Parlin, New Jersey.   The family has requested no flowers.  Expressions of condolence may be shared with the family 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.

CLAUDE E. CUMMINGS - 97, of Batavia, died peacefully Saturday afternoon November 15, 2014 at the New York State Vets Home @ Batavia. He was born September 30, 1917 in Strattanville, PA to the late Harry S. and Ethel (Noerr) Cummings; also preceded in death by his wife whom he married October 12, 1940, Catherine V. (Greenwalt) in 2004, siblings, Wilbur Cummings, Alda Dwyer, Mary Dills and Mildred Johnson.

   Prior to moving to this area, Claude was a laborer farmer, coal miner and brick maker. He worked for Westinghouse before and after WWII, where he served in the US Army. A self-taught car mechanic and body/fender repair man in Sligo, PA, he moved to Batavia in 1954 where he worked for Saupe Tool & Die of Corfu, John Roach Motors of Batavia and retired from Drake Street Motors of Elba and during the 70's he owned Cummings & Jones Auto Service in East Pembroke. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Batavia since 1954 and had a passion for woodworking, making grandfather clocks, covered wagons and carved horses. He was an avid painter and did many beautiful oil paintings over the years, he loved country music and bingo.

   Surviving are his loving children, Edgar D. (Michelle) Cummings of Byron and Salinda J. Cramer of Batavia; 5 grandchildren, Zane Cummings of VA, Jennifer (Mark) Powell of VA, Tina (Dan) Eck of Batavia, Teri (Dale) Tobola of Lancaster and Russell (Tammy) Cramer of TX; 4 great-grandchildren, Joshua & Melissa Ohlson, Ethan & Benjamin Cramer along with several nieces and nephews in PA.

   The Cummings family will receive friends on Thursday November 20, 2014 from 10 -11:00 a.m. at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020 where funeral services will immediately follow. In lieu of flowers memorials in his memory can be made to Volunteers for Animals/Genesee County Animal Shelter 3841 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020. He will be entombed in the Monsignor Francis L. Schwartz Mausoleum at St. Joseph's Cemetery.

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

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

 

Joseph “JJ” Zambito, 23, of Elba passed away on November 16, 2014.  He was born on October 1, 1991 in Batavia to Anthony (Chantal) Zambito Jr. of Elba and Joan Bissell of New York City.  J.J  was going to Genesee Community College to become a Sleep Apnea Technician.  He loved the outdoors and enjoyed snowboarding, fishing, and playing the guitar.

He is survived by siblings Angela (Derek) Brown of Canton, Johnny Zambito of Elba, Anthony Zambito of Elba, Lucia Zambito of Elba along with many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends are invited to call on­­­­ Wednesday November 19, 2014 from 4-8 PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

A 9:30 AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday November 20, 2014 at St. Padre Pio Parish 65 South Main Street Elba, NY 14058.  He will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Batavia.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the St. Padre Pio Parish 65 South Main Street Elba, New York 14058. 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.

Stephen A. Donley, 68, of Batavia passed away on November 15, 2014 at Rochester General Hospital.  He was born September 29, 1946 in Naples, New York to the late Laverne (Myrtle Chrysler) Donley. Stephen is preceded in death by his wife Patricia Donley; brothers Dick and Arthur Donley; sisters Louise Donley and Elaine Dubois.

Stephen worked as a machinist for American Industries, Inc. formally known as LeRoy Industries.  He loved his family and was a loyal Kansas City Chiefs fan.

He is survived by his son, Brian Donley of Batavia; Daughter Lori Ann Donley of Batavia; brothers Leslie of Batavia and Jeff (Judy) Donley of Tennessee; sister Ruth Benz of Batavia along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours and Funeral Services will be private.  He will be laid to rest in Elmwood Cemetery in Batavia.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family. 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.

Selma A. Lear, 79, of Batavia passed away peacefully on November 16, 2014 at the New York State Veterans Home at Batavia. She was born on November 28, 1934 in Center Township, PA to the late William (Margaret Witherwrite) Johnson.

Selma is preceded in death by her husband Charles R. Lear, brothers James and Kevin Johnson.  

Mrs. Lear enjoyed arts & crafts. She was an amazing wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her sons; Michael (Carol) of Stafford, Charles Jr. (Pamela) of Batavia, Jeffrey (Marci) Lear of Batavia; daughter Janice Lear of Batavia; brothers William (Lek) of MD; Kenny (Ethel) of NY; Gary (Beverly) of PA; Don of OH; Dick (Anne) of MD; Larry (Patricia) of PA; Ronald Johnson of PA; 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday November 20, 2014 from 2-6 PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. An ­11:00AM Funeral Service will be held on Friday November 21, 2014 at Discovery Chapel 315 West Main St. Batavia, NY 14020. She will be laid to rest in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Alexander

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the New York State Veterans Home at Batavia 220 Richmond Ave. 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 Yrok 14020

Dwight E. Morse, 72, of Batavia passed away peacefully on November 16, 2014 at the New York State Veterans Home at Batavia. He was born on October 30, 1942 in Warsaw to the late Eugene (Beatrice Mead) Morse.

Dwight was an artist for Champion Products in Perry. He was an Army Veteran and a member of Saint Isador Parish (St. Joseph’s) in Perry.

He is survived by his brother Dale Morse of Batavia.

Friends are invited to call on­­­­ Wednesday November 19, 2014 from 9-10 AM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. Funeral Service will be immediately following calling hours at 10:00 AM at the Funeral Home. He will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Perry.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the New York State Veterans Home in Batavia 220 Richmond Ave. Batavia, New York 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.

LeRoy ~ John M. Brewster, age 91, of West Avenue, passed away at home Thursday evening (November 13, 2014).

     He was born April 15, 1923 in Kendall, N.Y., a son of the late John E. and Emma Ulrich Brewster.

     Mr. Brewster served with the U.S. Navy as a machinist's mate during World War II and returned home to follow a career as a local tool and die maker.  In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He and his family also travelled extensively throughout the United States.  He continued pursuing his love of craftsmanship into his retirement years, making clocks and furniture.

     He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Jessie Pribison Brewster; his children, John E. (Virginia) Brewster of Batavia, James E. (Debra) Brewster of Ft. Pierce, FL, Jerome (LeAnn) Brewster of Attica and Janine (Paul) Cain of LeRoy, 7 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

     He was predeceased by his siblings, Helen Botts, Ruth Orzech, Dorothy Burch, Barbara Allison and Gary Brewster.

     Family and friends may call on Thursday, Nov. 20 from 11 ~ 1 at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19), LeRoy.  Services and interment will be private.

     The courtesy of no flowers is requested with memorials suggested to the Pancreatic Cancer Association of WNY, P.O. Box 24580, Rochester, N.Y. 14624-0580  www.pcawny.org

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

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

Kenneth J. Herrmann Jr. died peacefully in his home in East Pembroke after a short battle with pancreatic cancer on November 2, 2014. He was 71.

Until his death, Ken served as associate professor in the Department of Social Work for the College at Brockport for 37 years. He was a Vietnam veteran who earned a Bronze Star medal for service in the United States Army from 1968-1969.

Much of his time and professional energy was spent championing children’s rights at the local and international levels. He leaves behind the Brockport Vietnam Program, a global, service-learning, study-abroad program, for which he served as director. In addition, he leaves the Danang QuangNam Fund, Inc., (also known as Agent Orange Children), a nongovernmental organization that provides monetary support for direct aid efforts in Vietnam.

The native of Lakawana, NY, is survived by his spouse, Susan L. Herrmann, his sister, Betty Zugger, and 11 children: Mark Herrmann, 41; Aaron Herrmann, 37; Rachele King, 36; Ruth Hubbard, 34; Gabe Herrmann, 33; Joseph Costanza, 25; James Herrmann, 17; Merrick Throm, 12; Rowan Throm, 10; Maggie Herrmann, 7; and Abby Herrmann, 4. His 4 grandchildren include, Alex and Alyssa King, Liam Hubbard, Ian Herrmann, and Caleb Herrmann. He is also survived by extended family, Tennille Richards, Payton Richards Smith, Indigo, Ella, and Jax Richards.

A community-wide memorial service and reception will be held on Friday, November 21st, from 7-9 p.m. at Brockport High School Auditorium, located at 40 Allen St., Brockport, NY 14420. There will be a memorial service from 7 to 8, followed by a celebration of his life, including a live jazz band. The event will be transmitted simultaneously via Skype to his supporters in Danang, Vietnam, hosted, it is believed, at the University of Danang.

There will be no other services. His body was donated for the purpose of scientific research and education to the University of Buffalo via its Anatomical Gift Program.

Upon making the decision to donate his body to the university, his son John told him "Dad, even after you're dead, you'll be teaching people!"

His widow, Susan, said after his diagnosis of prostate cancer in September, her family was gratefully inundated with greeting cards from the world over, and good wishes and prayers of hundreds of people. The children and staff at East Pembroke Primary School demonstrated great concern and support in the family's time of need, she said, and the Home Depot in Batavia donated the material and labor to build a fine and sturdy wheelchair ramp at his home.

"He came home from the hospital and saw that ramp, he was overwhelmed...he cried," Susan said. "He couldn't believe corporate America could be so kind."

In the intervening two months until his death, a daughter called the home atmosphere "The House of Happy." It's always filled with laughter, relatives, veterans, who still crowd in on Saturdays for dinner and camaraderie, and friends.

"He was a great father to the children and friend to so many," Susan said. "He had a gift for helping people and he had a profound impact on them. It is beautiful knowing someone whose life touched so many."

Donations in Ken’s honor may be directed to the Danang QuangNam Fund, Inc., or to Brockport’s International Education Program designating the Brockport Vietnam Program.

For information about causes he was passionate about go to http://www.agentorangechildren.org and http://www.brockportabroad.com

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