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Batavia - Jerry Edward Ditzel, 80, passed away on January 15, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born in Batavia, NY on October 18, 1935 to the late Phillip and Edith (Hotchkiss) Ditzel and preceded in death by sister, Pauline (Milton) Ashley and grandson, Jeffrey Steinsholt. 
After graduating from Batavia High School in 1953 Jerry joined his father, Phillip Ditzel in the family insurance business at The Ditzel Agency. He later operated his own insurance business in Avon, NY and then relocated to Lake Havasu, AZ in 1990. Jerry served in the National Guard and was active with the Batavia Area Jaycees and the Genesee County Pilots Association. He was a 50 year member of the Elks Club and a member of the VFW, American Legion and the Eagles. He was also a member of the Civitan and the Silent Birds. He attended the Alice Marsh dance classes and the Cloggers 
Jerry is survived by his wife, Wanda (Cross) Ditzel of Lake Havasu City, AZ; children, Thomas (Christine) Ditzel and Robert Ditzel of Batavia, Patricia Steinsholt of Phoenix, AZ, William Ditzel of Lake Havasu City, AZ, David (Julie) Ditzel of Rochester, NY, brother, James (Laurie) Ditzel of Rochester, NY. Grandchildren, Barbara (Steinsholt) Thomas of Phoenix, Marissa (Jeffrey) Weaver of Rochester, Michael Ditzel of Cleveland, Benjamin Steinsholt of TX, Mark, Christine, Tina, Steven and Garrett Ditzel of Batavia, and numerous great grandchildren.  
A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. 


Age 83, of Batavia, died peacefully Sunday January 10, 2016 at Crossroads House surrounded by his loving family. He was born January 25, 1932 in Niagara Falls, NY, a son of the late, Charles A. and Muriel (Willis) Bobo.


Charlie was a United States Navy Veteran and a member of the Dunedin American Legion Post # 275 in Dunedin, FL. A longtime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and was retired Niagara Mohawk after many years of service. He was an avid golfer, bowler and enjoyed winters in the South with his wife. He will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father and grandfather who was always there for his family.


Surviving is his beloved wife of 58 years, Anna (Trump) Bobo of Batavia and his loving children, Charles W. (Sue) Bobo of Batavia and their children, Melissa (Michael) Rochette & Brianna (Chris) Herring; Rodney (Susan) Bobo of Bergen and their children, Daniel (Michelle), Christopher (Sarah) and Julie Bobo; Paul (Barbara) Bobo of FL and their children, Robert, Matthew & Joshua, 8 great-grandsons, Zachary, Henry, Max, Bailey, Alex, Elliot, Edward and Samuel; sister, Elizabeth Stephens of FL along with many nieces and nephews.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   


The family will be present from 10 - 1pm on Saturday January 23 at St. Paul Lutheran Church 31 Washington Ave. Batavia, New York 14020 where funeral services will follow at 1:00pm. He will be laid to rest in Grand View Cemetery with Military Honors and in lieu of flowers memorials in his memory are suggested to St. Paul Lutheran Church or Crossroads House 11 Liberty Street Batavia, NY 14020.


Please share your thoughts and memories of Charlie with his family at www.tomaszewskifh.com



camoflag.jpgThomas P. Zak Sr., 70, of Attica passed away Monday January 18, 2016 at Buffalo General Hospital. He was born September 16, 1945 in Batavia, New York to the late Michael (Agnes Pelton) Zak. He is preceded in death by his wife Patricia (Ingersoll) Zak; brother James Zak and father-in-law Niles Ingersoll.

Thomas a United States Army Veteran served a tour in Vietnam and received a Vietnam Campaign Medal. After leaving the Army he worked at Doehler-jarvis Machine Shop in Batavia and went on to retire from the Batavia VA Medical Center. Thomas was a member of the Attica American Legion Post 734 and the Alexander VFW Post 6239. He loved his family, especially his grand and great-grandchildren. He will be missed dearly by all those who knew him.

He is survived by his children Cheryl (Scott) Ash of Attica, Thomas (Suzanne) Zak Jr. of West Seneca, Steven (Elizabeth) Zak of Williamsville; sisters Mary (Rick) Smith of Batavia, Elaine Zak of Attica, Becky (Phil) Walker of Warsaw; mother-in-law Margaret Ingersoll; sister-in-law Cindy Zak of Warsaw; grandchildren Laura (Zachary) Signor, Kristin (Mitchell Selapack) Ash, Scotty Ash, Tyler Zak, Jonathan, Michael and Matthew Zak; great-grandchildren Troy and Amelia Signor, Aliyah Selapack along with brothers-in-law, sister-in-law and many nieces, nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday January 21, 2016 from 3-8 PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011. A 10:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday January 22, 2016 at St. Joachim and Ann Parish 50 East Avenue Attica, New York 14011. He will be laid to rest in Forest Hill Cemetery with full honors.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Attica American Legion 83 Market Street Attica, New York 14011. For more information please call 585-591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.

Elba - Arthur W. Wilford, 79, of Elba, a mail carrier at SUNY Brockport, died Sunday, January 17, 2016 at Martin Linsin Residence, in Albion.

Mr. Wilford was born May 6, 1936 in Batavia, the son of the late Chester D. and Wilda E. (Russell) Wilford.

He served for 6 years with the National Guard and was a member of the Elba Elegants and the First Presbyterian Church of Elba, where he sang in the choir for many years.  He enjoyed music and playing BINGO.  

He is survived by his wife, Nancy E. (Truax) Wilford, whom he married June 10, 1961; a nephew, Stephen (Mary Jo) Richenberg of Elba; 3 nieces, Linda (Peter) Tierney of NM, Susan Boomstra and Patty Baird, both of OH. 

He was the brother of the late Dorothy E. "Dot" Richenberg and Winifred Wilford.  

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Elba Fire Department, P.O. Box 58, Elba, NY 14058.  Private burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery in Elba.  Arrangements were completed by Burdett and Sanford Funeral Home of Oakfield.

flag.jpgJoseph A. Wolak, 83 of Attica, died at his residence on Friday (January 15, 2016).

He was born in Buffalo, NY, a son of the late Joseph J. Wolak and Stephanie Wlodarczyk Wolak.

He retired from Attica Central School as a teacher of English and was Attica Town and Village Justice for over 17 years, retiring in November of 2015. An active outdoorsman, he taught DEC Hunter, Archery, and Trapper education courses for 20 years. He was active with dogs and held offices in several dog clubs. German Shorthaired Pointers were his favorite. He established Wag-Ae-Kennels and developed many champions and field winners. He was also an AKC Show and Field Judge.

Joseph served in the U.S. Air Force, was a member of the NRA, served on many community committees and groups including the Board of Directors of the Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County, and was a leader and longtime supporter of 4-H.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, B. Arlene Mast, daughter of the late Susan and Daniel Mast; Daughters, Nancy Gross of Pavilion and Karen (John) Brown of Batavia. Sons, Jeffrey (Vicki) Wolak of Bethany and Jonathan (Deborah) Wolak of Varysburg. Sister, Joan (Paul) Schaefer of Clarence and brother, Eugene (Patty) Wolak of Syracuse. Sister in-laws and brother in-laws, Mildred (late Carlton) Graff of Lyndonville, Mary (late Don) Penninger of NC, Doris Brand of Ohio, Carol (late James) Webster of Akron, NY, Ruth (Robert) Crane of Arkansas, Paul (Candy) Mast of SC and the late Alice (James) Hendry. 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren also survive.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 2-4pm at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute, American Heart Association or Hospice and Homecare of Wyoming County. Expressions of condolence may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.





Saturday morning January 16, 2016 at Strong Memorial Hospital, Melissa was carried home by the angels to be with the Lord and have eternal peace. She was born on April 23, 1981 and raised in Batavia the daughter of Sherry M. (Mooney) and Doug Mellenthine of Batavia and Robert C. Eichelberger of NC. 

Melissa was formerly employed by the West Seneca Developmental Center, a job she truly enjoyed. She had a love for the water and what she cherished most was her boys. 

Surviving along with her parents are her sons, Quinten Betances and Rivers Lee Fanara both of Batavia; sister, Eisha (Will) Yank of NC; aunts, Patricia (James) Henry and Denise Mooney both of Batavia; godmother, Carol (Don) Shepard of Farmington along with many cousins and friends. 

The family will be present from 3-8pm Wednesday January 20th at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020 where funeral services will began at 8:00pm. Memorials in Melissa's memory can be made in care of her boys. 

Please share your memories of Melissa with her family at http://www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.



gayton.jpgClara M. "Clare" Gayton, age 85, of Perry, died on Thursday January 14, 2016 at the Teresa House in Geneseo. Clara was born in Leicester, New York on June 13, 1930 a daughter of the late Lewis and Dorothy (Wood) Cooper.  Along with her parents she is preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Donald Gayton and a son John Gayton.

Clara thoroughly enjoyed working, and could not understand why anyone would want to retire. Throughout the years she worked at former Lipman’s Clothing Store, LoVerde’s Grocery Store, Motorola and for the last 45 years worked as a School Bus Driver for the Perry School District. Clara enjoyed her time being a bus driver, interacting with the kids and coworkers at the bus garage.
She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and her pets, as well as lunch and dinner outings with her friends. Clara enjoyed playing board games, cards and enjoyed times outdoors during the spring and summer months. In her younger years she enjoyed catering events with her good friend the late Gladys (Tootie) Hewitt, candy making and driving stock car in the powder puff.

She is survived by a daughter: Donna (Terry) Page of Perry, a son: Paul (Karen Cutitta) Gayton of Perry, 5 grandchildren: Tonya (Joel) Clester, Travis (Amy) Gayton, Conley and Cooper Gayton and Carissa (Jared) Smith, 5 great grandchildren: John Gayton, Rowan and Demitri Clester and Addison and Drew Smith, along with many friends.

Family and friends may call from 1-3 and 6-8pm on Sunday January 17th at the Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main St. in Perry. Funeral services will be held on Monday January 18th at the funeral home at 11:00 A.M. She will be laid to rest in the Leicester Cemetery in Leicester.

Memorials may be made to the Teresa House 21 Highland Rd. Geneseo, New York 14454 or to the James P. Wilmont Cancer Center 601 Elmwood Ave. Rochester, New York 14642. 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.

spencer.jpgJohn L. "Jack" Spencer, age 80, of Perry, died on Thursday January 14, 2016 at the Batavia Health Care Center in Batavia. Jack was born in Buffalo, New York on December 28, 1935, a son of the late George and Bernice Manquen. After birth Jack was given up for adoption. He was adopted by the late Leigh and Mary (Fluker) Spencer. In 1971, Jack found his birth parents because of some health problems and developed a relationship with them and his biological sister. Along with his biological and adopted parents he is predeceased by a Step- father John Kershaw and sister Dorothy Spencer-Ballard.

He graduated from Perry Central School. He was raised by a farming family, when Jack was a senior in high school his father died in an automobile accident. At his young age he stepped up and continued running his father’s farm, which is still in operation today. He was a member of the United Church of Warsaw, where he was a member of the church choir, and an elder serving on several committees as well as the Presbytery of Genesee Valley; a longtime member and past President of the Warsaw Barbershoppers, where he was a tenor in their quartet; a 50 year member of the Dairylea Cooperative, where he was a youth leader of the Young Cooperators. A FFA member since high school, where he received the Empire Degree in ’52, NYS Poultry Award recipient, NYS Honorary State Farmer award in 1978. He was a life member of the National FFA, serving as the NYS FFA Alumni President in 1977 thru 1979; a member of the Perry Grange.  Jack was locally known as the “Glad Man” He and his wife raised Gladiolus for many years. He belonged to the WNY Gladiolus Society, Genesee Valley Gladiolus Society, Central New York Gladiolus Society, Empire State Gladiolus Society and the North America Gladiolus Council. He held positions as President of the Empire State Gladiolus Society, Eastern Region Vice President of National Gladiolus Council and Vice President of the North America Gladiolus Council. “Everything Jack did in his life he did with a passion”.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years: Norma (Chamberlain) Spencer, 4 children: Douglas (Kristine) Spencer and David Spencer both of Perry, Lisa (Robert) Frost Jr. of Sauquoit, NY, and Beth (Neil) Lamb of Hamilton, a biological sister: Janice Parent of Lancaster, 8 grandchildren: Corey Spencer, Robert (Angela) Frost III, Brittany Spencer, Heather Frost, Stephanie Spencer, Casey (Timothy) Richards, John (Andra) Frost and Megan Lamb, 3 great grandchildren: Conner and Emma Frost and John “Jack” Frost II, along with many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Jack’s Life will be held on Saturday January 23rd at 11:00 A.M. at the United Church of Warsaw 22 South Main St. in Warsaw. He will be laid to rest in West Perry Cemetery in Perry.

(In lieu of flowers) Memorials may be made to the NY FFA Foundation 9349 Long Pond Rd. Croghan, NY 13327 or visit NYFFAfoundation.org/contributions, Western NY Gladiolus Society (4-H Scholarship fund) C/O John Stenson 2501 St. Rte 238 Warsaw, NY 14569-9566 or to the United Church of Warsaw P.O. 205 Warsaw, NY 14569. 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.

Berniece Joyce Skelton, who recently celebrated her 95th birthday, departed this life on January 15, 2016, at the LeRoy Village Green, where she had resided for the previous six months. She was lovingly in the company of a few of her family and friends. 

Berniece (with an ‘e’ as she always reminded people) was born December 19, 1920 to Howard Rudolph and Annabelle Boatfield at her family’s farm on the Buckley Road in Stafford, N.Y.  She attended a one-room schoolhouse, District #3, which housed seven grades, and was taught by her father’s sister, Clara Rudolph. She remembered Aunt Clara as a stern disciplinarian, but an excellent teacher who was given the credit for Mrs. Skelton’s superior spelling and grammar skills.

Mrs. Skelton graduated from LeRoy High School in 1938 and briefly attended Geneseo State Teacher’s College where she decided, after practice teaching with second graders, that being a teacher just wasn’t for her. She worked briefly for Dipson Theater and in 1943 after answering a blind ad in the Daily News,  she was hired as a stenographer with the New York State Police, Troop A. She was the first woman to be so hired, as men were being called off to war. Soon joined by two other women, she often said that it was very apparent that the men were skeptical at first, but the ladies proved their worth in short order. Mrs. Skelton was very proud of her 26 years with the State Police, kept in touch with many retired troopers for years, and helped one of them write a book about the NY State Police. She recounted many stories of the criminal cases that she worked on, including having a jar on her desk containing a lady’s fingers, which were being preserved for possible identification in a murder case.

After her retirement from the State Police, Mrs. Skelton worked for Crocker’s Country Store in LeRoy, NY as a bookkeeper.

Mrs. Skelton was an avid collector of many things, including elephants (figurines, not live ones), stamps, pens, watches and dolls. Her home had a museum-like quality with items from the distant past mixing with the new. She loved flowers -- growing them, picking them, and of course, receiving them. She enjoyed watching the birds from her chair outside the back door.

Mrs. Skelton met her husband, Marvin Skelton, at his 18th birthday party in 1937. After dating for four years, they married on May 31, 1941 and honeymooned in Washington, D.C. In 1948, with encouragement from family members, the young couple moved back to the farm of Mrs. Skelton’s birth, and began their life as a farm family. They eventually owned several farms. For a time, they had a dairy, but later turned solely to cash crops and custom harvesting. Mrs. Skelton savored her role as a farmer’s wife, taking meals to her husband wherever he happened to be harvesting crops, sleeping overnight in their truck camper with him in various fields, and going along on 3 a.m. runs to the canning factory. Both of them were active in the Farm Bureau and traveled extensively on trips organized by that organization all around the United States, Hawaii, and Spain.

Mr. and Mrs. Skelton celebrated their 74th wedding anniversary in May 2015. They were each other’s best friend. Their marriage stood as a shining example for many of their friends and family members, particularly younger ones. They supported each other through many difficult circumstances, including several serious illnesses, lean years of farming, and the loss of many family members and friends.  They enjoyed dancing together and for many years danced multiple times a week with friends in Florida.  They spent more than 50 happy winter years in Englewood, FL at their second home where they were very involved with the Englewood Methodist Church. At home in Stafford, NY, they were active with the Stafford United Methodist Church and the Stafford Historical Society, served on the Stafford Rural Cemetery Board, and participated in the Old Boys & Gals Club. Mrs. Skelton was also a member of the Red Hats Society in the LeRoy/Batavia area as well as in Englewood, FL.

Mr. Skelton passed on in June 2015. After that, Mrs. Skelton was never the same. Although she will be missed by her family and friends, they rejoice in their knowledge that Berniece (with an ‘e’) and the love of her life, Marvin, are once again dancing together, free of pain, somewhere beyond this earth.  

Mrs. Skelton’s family was most important to her.  She had a sister, Winifred Miner (1923-2006), with whom she was very close. She is survived by her sister’s children and their children, Jan Miner of Hartsdale, N.Y., Carol (Paul) Beechler of Manassas, VA, David Miner of Batavia, N.Y., Julie (Frank) Wagner of Farmingdale, NY, Laurie (Art) Grocholski of Manassas, VA; and Carrie (Chad) Jordan of Aldie, VA.  She also had relationships with several of her husband’s nieces and nephews, who include Tom (Mary) Skelton of Batavia, Katherine (Joseph) Fry of Jacksonville Beach, FL, Earl Skelton of Stowe, Pennsylvania, Susan (Geoff) Briggs of Stafford, and Rita (Dennis) Brayley of Pittsburgh, PA.  She also had many first and second cousins scattered around the country.

Although they did not have any children of their own, Mrs. Skelton and her husband cherished and loved a great many children over the years, including the Fullers (Linda, Sandy, and Wirt), the Blythes (Michael, David, Matthew, and especially, Amy),  the Swansons (Anders, Beckett, and Cooper), the Bessetts (Tamra and Brandon), the Scotts (Jay, Emily, Sarah, and Anne), the Brantons (Afton, Chad, and Kari), and the Halls (Colby, Katie,  and Tyler). They were especially close with Mrs. Skelton’s sister’s children, Jan, Carol & David – but most attached to David, their nephew with special needs. They bragged about David and his talents (photography and ceramics) and his antics (not enough space here) to anyone who paused to listen.

Memorials may be made to Genesee County ARC (64 Walnut Street, Batavia, NY 14020) or the Stafford United Methodist Church (Stafford, NY 14143). Calling hours are 4 – 7 p.m. on Monday, January 18 at H.E. Turner Mortuary in Batavia, NY. The funeral will be held at H.E. Turner’s on Tuesday, January 19, at noon, followed by interment in the Stafford Rural Cemetery.

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

Batavia - Kathleen I. Bobzin, 55, of Batavia, a Substance Abuse Aide at United Memorial Medical Center, passed away Thursday, (January 14, 2016) at Strong Memorial Hospital, in Rochester following a lengthy illness.

Ms. Bobzin was born March 21, 1960 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Irwin and Mildred (Larmon) Donovan.

Kathleen was a member of City Church, in Batavia and enjoyed bird watching, flowers, and gardening.  But most of all, she loved spending time with her family.

She is survived by her daughters, Amii (Nick Redding) Capuano, and Candice (Adam) Gonzalez both of Batavia; grandchildren, Siyara Capuano, Riley and Zoey Gonzalez; brothers, Timothy (Judy) Donovan of VA, and Robert Donovan of Batavia; sisters, Esther Garcia, and Hazel (late John) King both of Batavia.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Mark Bobzin and her companion, Christopher Koch.

Friends may call on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main St., Batavia.  Kathleen’s Memorial Service will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, (January 20, 2016) at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance, Inc., 16 Bank Street, Batavia, NY 14020.  Burial will take place in the spring in Mannsville, NY.

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


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