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litfin_robert_-_photo1.jpgRobert N. Litfin, 87 of Akron, NY, passed away peacefully May 20, 2020 in Hospice at Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehab Facility.

He was born May 7, 1933 in Akron, NY, a son of the late Frank and Mildred Whiting Litfin.

Bob was employed by Harrison Radiator in Lockport prior to his retirement after 47 years. He was a member of the Akron Fire Company Exempts and the Akron Drum and Bugle Corp. He also enjoyed home improvement projects, gardening, bird watching, spending time with his cats and was an avid Buffalo Bills fan. Most of all, he loved his family and cherished the time often spent with them along with celebrating holidays, family birthdays and weekend dinners.  He will be dearly missed by his closest family members and friends.

He was the husband of his late wife, Gladys, of 55 years who died February 2, 2011.  He was the brother of the late Stanley, Kenneth and Richard Litfin, Eleanor Kwiatkowski and Lillian Hellert.

Survivors include his daughters, Kathy (Dave) Olson, Jayne (Brian) Perry and son Greg Litfin all of Akron. And daughter Laura (late Paul) Carley. Grandchildren, Brooke and Erik Olson, Jenna Perry, Lauryn and Ian Litfin, Krista, Kendra, Katie and Brendan Lord, McKenna Carley, and Great-granddaughter, Khloe. Also survived by close family friend Kris Beyer Jones of Akron and the wonderful volunteers from Meals on Wheels who became close to Bob over the years.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family with burial in Evergreen Lawn Cemetery, Akron.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Hospice Buffalo, 225 Como Park Blvd, Cheektowaga, NY 14227 or FeedMore WNY Foundation (Meals on Wheels) 100 James E Casey Drive, Buffalo, NY 14206. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.




kadziolka_virginia_-_photo.jpgVirginia L. Kadziolka, 98, formerly of Corfu, NY, passed away peacefully on May 16, 2020 at the Harris Hill Nursing Facility in Williamsville.

She was born January 16, 1922 in Buffalo, NY

Virginia was very proud of her family and loved spending time with them. She enjoyed travelling with her friends, and as she grew older, really enjoyed local church suppers and exploring all over Western New York. Virginia enjoyed reading and crocheting, often sharing her afghans with others.    She enjoyed spending time with her sons’ dogs as they snuggled next to her, and as a tribute, if you wish please make a donation to the SPCA in her name. 

She is predeceased by her husband, John Kadziolka Jr.

Loving mother of John (Rose) Kadziolka, III of Corfu, NY; Gary (Kimberlee) Kadziolka of Tonawanda, NY.; and James (Lori) Kadziolka of Navarre, Florida. Beloved grandmother to Kimberly Kadziolka, Tracy Sutherland, Russell Kadziolka, Jammie Kadziolka, Jennifer Cherkis, Jennifer Prell, John Prell, Natalie LeSueur, Brandi Carbonie, and Sean Carroll. Also survived by her 12 great-grandchildren. 

A memorial service to celebrate Virginia’s 98 years of life will be held at a later date. 

Expressions of sympathy may be shared at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.




Stafford ~ Thomas D. Englerth, age 72, of Main Road, passed away Monday morning (May 18, 2020) at Unity Hospital.

     He was born July 22, 1947 in Rochester, a son of the late Edward and Agnes Dool Englerth.

     Tom will be remembered as a wonderful and loving husband, father, grandfather and brother.  He was a hardworking, lifelong farmer and was known to be quite the jokester and story teller.  He had a special laugh that will be dearly missed by many.  Throughout his life, Tom enjoyed collecting matchboxes and license plates. He had a passion for going to local auctions to find things to add to his collections and to meet new people. Tom’s outgoing personality always captured people, leading him to make many friends throughout his life. When he wasn’t farming or auction hunting he loved taking rides with Nancy in his corvette. 

     He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 50 years, Nancy Stefaniak Englerth; his sons,  Thomas (Kristen) Englerth Jr. and Todd (Laura) Englerth, both of Stafford; grandchildren, Kari Green, Thomas Alan, Mia Rose, Harper Mae, Nora Rain, Joshua James, Andrew Thomas and Alexa Lee; great-grandchildren, Kylee and Baylee; sister, Gloria (John) Rider of LeRoy; sister-in-law, Beverly Englerth of FL, along with many other sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and dear friends.

     He was predeceased by his siblings, Connie Steedman, Edward Englerth and Marlene Italiano.

     Funeral Services will be held at a later date to be announced.

     Contributions in memory of Tom are suggested to Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, N.Y. 14021 or www.crossroadshouse.com .

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Tom’s family at www.falconefuneralhome.com .

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

Bergen - Kara Grace Hall, 25, of Bergen, passed away Monday, May 18, 2020.

She was born November 17, 1994, in Batavia, the daughter of Joel Hall and Karen Sapienza-Hall of Bergen.

Surviving along with her parents are her brother, Ethan Hall; her grandmother; Cathy Hall and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

She is predeceased by her grandparents; Joseph and Jean Sapienza, Donald Hall, Sr. and her uncles; Donald Sapienza and Eric Hall.

A 2013 graduate from Byron-Bergen Central School, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Fredonia State College in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master's Degree in industrial engineering from the University of Buffalo. Kara was an avid runner, loved cross country, indoor and outdoor track all through high school and college.  Kara was the light of her family's lives, actively planning how to better everyone's lives.

There will be no prior visitation.  Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. A public service will be announced at a later date. Donations may be made to the family in care of Karen Sapienza-Hall, P.O. Box 621, Bergen, New York 14416 to distribute to causes loved by Kara. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Kara's memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Bergen.

Priscilla E. Royce, 87 of Varysburg, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 14, 2020. She was born in Arcade on November 9, 1932 to the late Charles (Emily Gutzmer) Anderson. She is preceded in death by her husband S. John Royce.

She grew up on a dairy farm and helped with her mother's apple orchard. She worked as a phone operator for a period of time prior to her marriage. Priscilla wed S John Royce in august 1956. Six children soon were born. John's sudden accidental death in 1970 left her to manage the farm and raise the children. She worked a part time job at Eastside Nursing home in the laundry department. After retiring from that position she worked as a aid to the driver transporting disabled children to school. She enjoyed several trips with family to see historical sites. She was involved with church her whole life as a Sunday School teacher, a choir member, and a Bible study leader. She was a strong, giving, and loving woman.

She will be missed by her six children, 10 grandchildren (one grandchild is in heaven with her), many nieces and nephews, and 7 great grandchildren.

There will be no prior calling hours. She will be laid to rest in Johnsonburg Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com or for more information call (585) 591-1212. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

robertdsmart.jpgRobert D. Smart, 89 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on May 17, 2020 at New York State Veterans Home @ Batavia. He was born on December 9, 1930 to the late Clarence (Lillian Perry) Smart. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 66 years Lucille; son Michael, daughter Norma Jean; siblings William, Donald, Norman, Richard, Milford and Gloria.

Mr. Smart is a combat wounded Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict who served between 1952-1954. He was honorably discharged with a Purple Heart, Silver Star, Infantry Combat Badge, along with other medals and ribbons.

After working with his father’s company CJ Smart & Sons Construction, he was elected as Town Highway Superintendent from 1964-1992 for the Town of Batavia. After retirement he and Lucile enjoyed being Texas Snowbirds.

Robert is survived by daughters Susan of Texas, Janice “Jane” of Batavia; son Douglas (Bernadette) Smart of Batavia; daughter-in-law Janet Smart of VA; grandchildren Jennifer (Torrey) Sweet, Erica, Kayla and Jessie Henry; Stephen (Katie) Cotter II, Jeremy Arnold; Douglas Jr., Brandon and Tyler Smart; Riley Malone; 6 great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Freida Smart; two brothers-in-law Bob & Bernie, along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. Funeral Services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to NYS Veterans Home @ Batavia, Activities Fund, 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.

Eugene Peters, age 77 of East Bethany, NY was peacefully called home by the Lord - Thursday May 14, 2020.  By his side, were his three daughters Wendy Boni of LeRoy, Carol Stoneham of Pavilion and Karen (Paul) Peters of Caledonia.  No doubt, Gene was embraced and reunited with his predeceased wife of 40 years - Suzanne (Roblee).

Gene was born in Warren, PA to the late Wallace and Vivian Peters.  In addition to his three daughters, he is survived by four grandchildren: Magen Martin, Conney Shull,
Jacob LaPoint and Casey LaPoint… as well as five great grandchildren. Gene was proud of being a self-taught millwright. He was a brilliant maintenance mechanic and could fix almost anything.  His love of cars and pets made him most happy.  He was employed for nineteen years at Sylvania; sixteen years at Eastman Kodak and multiple years at Texas Brine prior to his retirement.

Due to restrictions caused by the pandemic, Gene’s funeral service will be privately held on Thursday, May 21, 2020 (by invitation only) at 1:00 pm.  All are welcome to join the family at his internment/committal immediately following the service at the West Bethany Baptist (Church) Cemetery (corner of West Bethany Road and Brown Road) at
3:00 pm. In honor of Gene’s love of animals, memorials/donations can be made to the Genesee County Animal Shelter at:  http://www.vol4animals.org/donate.
Arrangements are being completed by Robinson & Hackemer Funeral Home in Warsaw. Online condolences can be shared at www.robinsonandhackemer.com.

geraldljohnson.jpgGerald L. “Jerry” Johnson, 83 of Albion, went to Heaven surrounded by his loving family on May 16, 2020. He was born June 16, 1936 in Rochester, to the late C. Glenn (Alice Jones) Johnson.  

Gerald graduated from Charlotte High School and joined the U.S. Army where he served from 1957-1960. He was in the 1st Army 44th Battalion; assigned as a guided missile mechanic. He was an initially self-taught guitarist who enjoyed playing standards from the American Song Book. He returned to school at SUNY Brockport to study music under Bud Detar. Over the last few years he especially enjoyed studying jazz under the instruction of Bob Sneider at the Eastman School of Music.

Jerry had several hobbies which included golf, bass fishing, and watching Red Sox baseball. He had a special talent for furniture refinishing. He was especially accomplished in woodworking and enjoyed making fishing lures. Jerry was a friend of Bill W for over 51 years and leaves behind many friends who also enjoyed Bill’s company.

Gerald is survived by his loving wife Barbara of 18 years; daughter Cheryl (Joe) Johnson of Middleport, beloved granddaughter Tiffany (Jarrett) Mock, step-grandson Nicolas Johnson; great-grandchildren Logan and Zoe. In addition he leaves behind his nephew and friend Kenneth (Donna) McCarthy.

There will be no prior calling hours; a Memorial Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. He will be laid to rest in Kenyonville Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the staff at LeRoy Village Green for the excellent and loving care they gave Jerry over the last three weeks.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to LeRoy Village Green Activities Fund, 10 Munson Street, LeRoy, NY 14482. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc., 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020.   

Kathleen M. Johnson (Conley) age 72, of Batavia, born to the late Robert and Evelyn (Lazeski) Johnson on August 25, 1947 in Batavia passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her beloved family on May 14, 2020.

Kathleen is survived by her beloved son and daughter-in-law; Bryan and Paulette Conley of Batavia, two beautiful granddaughters who she completely adored; Payton Conley (Nick Schiffler) and Samantha Conley; loving sister; Debra (Bill) Churchill, of Wellington, Florida along with her cherished niece; Katie (Frank) Churchill Knapfel of Palm City, Florida, nephews; Geoff (Samantha) Churchill of Wellington, Florida and Alexander Johnson of Batavia; great nephew; Cole Knapfel of Palm City, Florida and great nieces; Olivia and Clara Knapfel of Palm City, Florida.

Kathleen was a 1965 graduate of Batavia High School.

Kathleen embraced her Polish heritage. She had a passion for cooking and serving great food. Kathleen love to spend time with her family and friends. She enjoyed entertaining and decorating. Affectionately known as Nana she especially enjoyed taking her granddaughters to Florida for adventures and visiting family. Kathleen was an avid antique collector, she enjoyed running her small business and working at Antique world since her retirement from Cablevision / Time Warner Cable where she slayed as a member of management and public affairs for over 25 years.

Per Kathleen's request, there will be no prior calling hours. A memorial service for Kathleen will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Kathleen's name to Home Care & Hospice, 29 Liberty Street, Suite #6, Batavia, New York 14020 or Volunteers for Animals, P.O. Box 1602, Batavia, New York 14021-which will go to the Genesee County Animal Shelter. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Kathleen’s memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia.

Reverend Msgr. Edward J. Scanlan, 91, passed away on Monday, May 11, 2020, two days short of his 92nd birthday at the St. Joseph's Post Acute Care Center in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Msgr. Scanlan was born in Batavia on May 13, 1928 and was the son of the late Joseph and Mary [Jones) Scanlan.

He attended and graduated from St. Peters Elementary School in Le Roy and Le Roy High School. He received a BS degree while attending Niagara University/ Our Lady of the Angels Seminary at Niagara. Msgr. Scanlan was ordained into the priesthood on May 30, 1953 in Buffalo.

After ordination, he served as assistant pastor of Guardian Angels Parish in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. Following this assignment he became a weekend assistant at St. Cecilia's Parish in Oakfield, N.Y., while also serving as a teacher at Notre Dame High School in Batavia, N.Y., for two years.

His next assignment was as assistant pastor at St. Lucy's Parish in Buffalo and assistant director of the Spanish Speaking Apostolate of Western New York. Later, he was assigned as an assistant pastor at St. Mary's Parish in Batavia during which time he also served as Chaplain at the U.S. Veteran's Hospital in Batavia.

Future assignments included assistant pastorships at Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Buffalo, St. Joseph's Parish in Buffalo and St. John the Baptist Parish in Kenmore, N.Y., as well as an assignment to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., before becoming pastor at St. Bartholomew Parish in Buffalo.

In 1975, he became pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Niagara Falls, N.Y., a position he held for 21 years before retiring from active priestly administrative duties.

Msgr. Scanlan is survived by a nephew, John F. [Mary Margaret] Scanlan Jr., a great-niece Beth Ann Scanlan and great-nephews John F. Scanlan III, Timothy Scanlan and Thomas Scanlan. Also surviving is a cousin Dr. Joseph [Kate] Scanlan. He was predeceased by his brother John "Tanky" Scanlan and his sister-in-law, Suzanne Scanlan-Jones.

Due to recent circumstances, funeral services and internment in the Stella Niagara Cemetery will be held privately for the family. A public memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial offerings may be made to the Retired Diocesan Priests Medical Fund c/o the Diocese of Buffalo, 795 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14203.

Arrangements by M.J. Colucci & Son Funeral Chapel, Niagara Falls, N.Y.




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