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Batavia – Anthony "Tony" Scafetta, Jr. "Nonnie", age 96, passed away on December 15, 2020 at the Premier Genesee Rehabilitation Facility in Batavia.

He was born April 29, 1924, in White Plains, a son of the late Anthony Scafetta, Sr. and Angelina Dolorata Scafetta.

He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

He is predeceased by his beloved wife of 69 years Frances Zimarino Scafetta, who passed away on January 17, 2017 and his sister, Angeline “Lilly” Licata.

 Tony is survived by two half-brothers;  Louis (Linda) Scafetta of Byron and Nicholas (Shelly) Scafetta of Colorado; his son;  Dennis (Nancy) Scafetta of Penfield; his daughter; Angela (Bert) Pooler of Amsterdam; four grandchildren;  Andrew (Adriana) Scafetta, Eric (Rachel) Scafetta, Shannon (Bobby) Schiller, Jonathan (Monique) Fabio; eight great-grandchildren; Leo Scafetta, Eli Scafetta, Anthony Scafetta, Lucas Scafetta, Ella Scafetta, Dylan Scafetta, Ava Schiller and Owen Schiller; his brother-in-law; Charles Gustaferro of Binghamton along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He moved to Batavia at a young age and grew up on South Jackson Street and was affectionately known as "Tony" by the Zimarino family and his many friends and as "Nonnie" by the Scafetta family and his South side friends.
He was a member of the 1942 Graduating class at Batavia High School and proudly served his country with the United States Navy during World War II.

 A longtime member of St. Mary's Parish and later Resurrection Parish, Tony was an Honorary Member for the Knights of Columbus for 29 years.  He was a 4th degree Knight of the Father Vincent Capodanno Assembly and a 3rd degree Knight of the Msgr. Kirby Council 325 of Batavia and a longtime member of the Lions Club of Batavia.

 Tony was a Tool and Die Maker by trade and worked at Doehler-Jarvis for many years, becoming second shift Plant Supervisor. An accomplished carpenter, he enjoyed hunting and playing golf, and was a Ham Radio operator, WB2VPP, for many years. He was an avid coin and stamp collector.

 There are no prior visiting hours. A Mass of Christian Burial, with military honors, will be held at a later date at St. Mary’s Church, 18 Ellicott Street, Batavia. He will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Tony’s name may be made to American Heart Association of Western New York, 5488 Sheridan Dr #300, Williamsville, New York 14221. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Tony’s memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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

LeRoy ~ Angelo J. Steffenella, age 83, of Myrtle Street, passed away Tuesday evening (December 15, 2020).

     He was born April 23, 1937 in Batavia, a son of the late Michael and Mary Stellato Steffenella.

     Ange was a very caring and devoted person, who loved his family deeply.  He will be remembered as a very special husband, father, grandfather and dear friend to many.  He was a proud U.S. Army veteran and member of the LeRoy American Legion Post #576, a lifelong member of the Northwoods Sportsman's Club and   a founding member of the LeRoy Volunteer Ambulance service. He was also an avid bowler and member of the Genesee Region USBC Associaton Hall of Fame.

     He will be sadly missed by his children, Mary (Bruce) Platek, Michael (Donna) Steffenella, Sam (Brenda) Steffenella, Rosalie Steffenella and daughter-in-law, Kris Steffenella; his grandchildren, Tina & Joe, Tiffany & Andy, Jimmy & Michelle, Samantha & Sara, Maureen & Jeff Estabrooks, Jennifer & Scott Roblee, Olivia, Oliana & Michael Warren, Michael & Heather; great-grandchildren, Mandi & Carlie, Aaron & Austin, Jimmy, Madison & Presley, Talon & Alyssa; his siblings, Sam (Shelly) Steffenilla, Bobby (Katie) Steffenilla, Agnes (Dan) Snyder, Eileen (Dean) Fischer, Joan (Rick) VanKuren and Annette Showler; brother-in-law, Frank Mosco; dear friends, Chuck and Sally Riggi, along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

     He was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Nancy Cassiano Steffenella (2018); his son, David Steffenella (2020); his brother, Charles Steffenilla (2020); brothers-in-law, Ted Showler and Bob Myers.

     There will be no prior visitation.  A funeral mass will be announced at a later date.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to either the LeRoy Ambulance Service or the American Heart Association.

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

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

ianni_angelo_-_photo1.jpgAngelo C. Ianni, 97, of Akron, passed away unexpectedly Saturday (December 12, 2020) at his residence.

He was born September 25, 1923 in Oakfield, NY, son of the late John and Elizabeth Barone Ianni.

Mr. Ianni was employed with the former Sylvania and Masse Harris companies in Batavia prior to his retirement. He also was an avid tennis player in his older years. He was extremely proud of his military service to his country. He was a WWII Veteran with the U.S. Army Air Corps and witnessed the take off of the Enola Gay as it made its historic voyage to Japan. Mr. Ianni was selected to participate in the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. to view the WWII monument in recognition of his service to his country.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma Poodry Ianni of Akron, his sister, Rose (late Alfred) DeAngeli of Clarence, and nieces and nephews Darlene Panara, Lynn Ianni Bagnall, John Ianni, and Ronald DeAngeli.

Mr. Ianni is predeceased by his step-daughter, Lucia Jones; brother, Herman (Josephine) Ianni; sister, Helen (Raffaele) Santilli; and nephew, James Santilli.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Burial with military honors will be in Cary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Erie County SPCA. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.




ellamaydunbar.jpgElla May “Tillie” Dunbar, 90 of Varysburg, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at Wyoming County Skilled Nursing Facility in Warsaw. She was born in Orangeville on July 9, 1930 to the late Ned (Frances Reitzel) Tilton. She is preceded in death by her husband Richard W. Dunbar who passed in October of 1994, son Ronald Dunbar and son-in-law Michael Chassin.     

Tillie drove school bus for 42 years. She was a very faithful woman who enjoyed traveling, cooking and most of all her family.    

Mrs. Dunbar is survived by her beloved children Paul Dunbar, Sandra Chassin, Stephen, Timothy Dunbar; grandchildren Mindy (Michael) Herrmann, Robert (Kendal) Dunbar, Robert (Karen) Chassin; great-grandchildren Laney Herrmann, Troy Herrmann, Riley Dunbar, Bryson Dunbar, Nicholas Chassin and Elizabeth Chassin.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, December 19 from 3 to 7 PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011. Funeral Services will be held privately. She will be laid to rest in Forest Hill Cemetery, Attica.

Please note the Funeral Home will be operating at 33% capacity per state guidelines. New York State requires those in attendance to adhere to the social distancing guidelines and face coverings are mandatory. Thank you for your cooperation.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Johnsonburg United Methodist Church, 3025 NY-98, Varysburg, NY 14167. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, NY 14011.   

Debrah "Dee" A. (Jones) Butler, age 53, passed away unexpectedly on December 14, 2020.

Debrah had a lifelong love of all animals, especially horses. She rescued and rehabilitated many animals during her lifetime and loved knowing that she could give them a better life. She loved her family and was always telling others about her children and grandchildren who she was extremely proud of.

She is survived and forever loved by her husband Michael Butler of Elba; her children, Allisha (Eric) Fincher of Elba and Daniel Nichols, Jr. of Holley and her grandchildren; Hunter, Luke, Mason and Evelyn Fincher.

There are no prior visiting hours. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorials in her name may be made to Volunteers for Animals, P.O. Box 1621, Batavia, New York 14020. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Dee's memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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

Gary Elwood Tripp, age 62, of East Pembroke, died Friday morning, Dec. 11. 2020 at Unity Hospital in Rochester, New York. He was born July 1, 1958 to the late Guy and Marjorie (Bissell) Tripp.    

Gary was an avid contributor to his community as a lifelong volunteer emergency responder through work with East Pembroke and Alabama fire departments, LeRoy Ambulance Services and with the American Red Cross.

As a retired Nurse, Gary contributed to and then ran the Batavia Flea Market for many years, was a previous member of the County Agricultural Security Board, and was always looking for a way to help people in need.

Gary was a lifelong friend of almost anyone he met because of his outgoing spirit and genuine generosity. He appreciated being in the moment; to stop to enjoy a sunset, take pictures and share his experiences. Finally, Gary was a family man who enjoyed spending time with his fur-babies and those he loved; cherishing them as his most valued possession.

Surviving are his companion, Kathryn Sobresky, his brother James (Terry) Tripp, both of Batavia; his sons James Tripp, of Basom, and USAF TSgt Jeremy (Jessica) Tripp, of Chili; grandchildren, Patrick, Scott. Shawn, Natalie and Nicholas Tripp; and several nieces and nephews.

At his family’s request, there is no visitation or funeral services. He will be interred privately in Mt. Rest Cemetery in Bergen. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his memory can be made to your local volunteer fire department or Mercy Flight.

Batavia - Evelyn V.  Krauss, age 82, of Batavia, passed away on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at the New York State Veterans Home.

Mrs. Krauss was born on Wednesday, November 23, 1938 in North Tonawanda, a daughter of the late Carlyle W. Edwards and Juanita Marleah Aldridge Edwards.

A veteran of the United States Navy, she worked for the Holiday Inn in Batavia for many years.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, John I. Krauss of Batavia; two sisters; Carolyn Parton of Bergen and Jean Farrar of Kansas along with nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is predeceased by her siblings, Allan Edwards and Marilyn Ellithrop.

There are no prior calling hours. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. She will be laid to rest in the Western New York National Cemetery, Corfu.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the activities fund at the New York State Veteran's Home, 220 Richmond Avenue, Batavia, New York 14020.  To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

Roger Lee Kimmel, 77, of Corfu, passed away Monday, December 14, 2020, at Premier Genesee Center, Batavia.

Roger was born on February 11, 1943, in Batavia, a son of the late Elmer D. and Evelyn D. (Phillips) Kimmel. He was predeceased by his granddaughter Aubrey Kimmel.

Roger graduate from Corfu High School, the Class of 1961. He was drafted during the Vietnam War, serving from 1966 to 1968 as a Sergeant in the United States Army. Roger worked for Sheet Metal Workers LU #71 of Buffalo from 1961 to 2001. He was a Life member of the Corfu Hook and Ladder Company #1, serving as Chief for 9 years.

Surviving is his beloved wife, Suzanne E. (LaVarnway) Kimmel; his children, Steven R. Kimmel, Tracey J. (John) Durzewski, Jennifer L. (Dean) Eck, Lori A. (Dan) Stiles and Brian M. (Magen) Kimmel; grandchildren, Coty Kimmel, Jensen Sukhenko, Brady Kimmel, Caleb Kimmel, Christopher Durzewski, Corey (Shania) Durzewski, Theresa Durzewski, Kevin Durzewski, Jayden Eck, Jacob Stiles, Megan Stiles, Chayce Stiles, Bradley Kimmel, Vincent Kimmel and Matthew Schuh; great grandchildren, Arya Kimmel and Lucius Durzewski; siblings, David (Linda) Kimmel, Ronald (late Bonnie) Kimmel and Dorothy (Robert) Smith. Several nieces and nephews and many friends also survive.

A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Corfu Hook and Ladder Company #1 or directly to the family. Arrangements were made by C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu.

“Roger was loving husband, father and grandfather. He grew up on a farm and for all of his life, worked hard on everything he did. He loved to tease everyone. He had a dedication to serving his community and instilled a love for family. He will be greatly missed.”

Batavia ~ John W. Speidel, age 85, passed away peacefully on December 13, 2020.

     He was the beloved husband of Sieglinde (Lynne) for 62 wonderful years, devoted father of Susan (Chris) Edelman, Timothy (Lisa) Speidel, Stephen (Laura) Speidel and Daniel (Carol) Speidel; loving grandfather of 11 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.  Also survived by his loving sister, Margret King of Batavia; 3 brothers and sisters-in-law, along with many cousins, nieces and nephews.

     John was a blacksmith, welder and ran the family business with his father, Speidel Welding Service.  Many homes and businesses enjoy a "Speidel built" wrought iron railing in Genesee County.  John ended his career as an Iron Worker out of Local 33.  He was a veteran of the US Army, reaching the rank of Sergeant before his honorable discharge.

     John was also a Deacon and lifelong member of the New Apostolic Church in Batavia.  He brought joy wherever he was and had many special connections within the community.  He will be missed dearly.

     Visitation will be held on Friday, December 18th from 4:30 ~ 7 P.M. at Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19), LeRoy, NY(Funeral home occupancy will be limited to 33% capacity during the course of visitation and face masks are required.) 

     A private family funeral service is scheduled.  The service will begin live streaming, Friday, December 18th at 2 P.M.;  follow this link: http://bit.ly/JWSFuneral

     In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of John are suggested to the Bethany Volunteer Fire Dept., 5253 Old Telephone Rd., E. Bethany, N.Y. 14054.

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

Kathleen V.  Rogers, 89, of Gainesville, FL, passed away on December 12, 2020 at the Gateway House in Attica.

Kathleen was born August 1, 1931 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, a daughter of the late Archibald and Ellen Farrell.  She came to the United States at the age of 18.

She loved spending time with her husband, sons and their families.  Her grandchildren were the joy of her life.  She spent many hours with her family at their cottage in the Adirondacks.  She loved scrabble and other board games; singing songs on the front porch swing; and drawing and coloring with her grandchildren.

Surviving are her husband of 63 years, Roy S. Rogers; her sons, Ty (Elizabeth Tarr) Rogers of Forrest Hills, Farrell (Jessica) Rogers of Lakeland, FL and Durin (Paula Campbell) Rogers of Batavia; grandchildren, Ilana Rogers, Kyle Rogers, Bryce Rogers, Jacob Rogers, Natalie Rogers and Luke Rogers; a sister, Margaret Loughram of Northern Ireland and a special niece, Ellen Hardy of Ontario, Canada. Preceded in death by a sister, Rosaline Loughram.

There will be no prior calling hours or funeral services.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gateway Home, 91 Main Street, Attica, NY 14011, http://gatewayhomeattica.org/contact/; Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, NY 14021, https://www.crossroadshouse.com/donate;  or to HomeCare and Hospice, 29 Liberty Street, Suite 6, Batavia, NY 14020.  

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

Arrangements for Kathleen were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-8868.




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