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Batavia - Cathleen M. Kosiorek, 80 of Batavia and formerly of Stafford, passed away on Thursday, (February 25, 2021) at her home under the care of HomeCare & Hospice and her loving family.

Mrs. Kosiorek was born May 19, 1940 in Staten Island, a daughter of the late James and Marguerite (Naples) Hackett.

Cathleen was a graduate of Notre Dame High School. She was a member of Resurrection Parish - St. Joseph's Church in Batavia, the Investment Club, Garden Club in Stafford and Florida, and the St. Joe's Drum Corps. She loved lunches with the Stafford Girls and was a past member of the Stafford Ladies' Auxiliary. She was a former girl scout leader and softball coach.

A people person, Cathleen enjoyed wintering in Lauderdale by the Sea for 27 years, gardening, reading, and working puzzles. Most of all, she loved time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.   

Cathleen is the wife of Ronald F. Kosiorek of Batavia. The two were married on April 15, 1961.

Surviving along with her husband are her children, Sharon (Kazem) Ashrafioun of Pittsford, and Eric (Brenda) Kosiorek of Batavia; grandsons, Dr. Lisham (Dr. Christina) Ashrafioun, Aron Ashrafioun, Joshua (Courtney) Kosiorek, Caleb (Ashley) Kosiorek, Daniel Kosiorek, Michael Kosiorek, and Jacob Kosiorek; great-grandchildren, Mariana and Benham Ashrafioun, Barret, Susie, and Scotlynn Kosiorek; a brother, John (Kay) Hackett of Nevada; sisters, Mary (late Ward) Barrows of Cali., and Margaret (William) Houtchens of Virginia; sister-in-law, Lorraine Kuczynski of Batavia. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

She is preceded in death by a son, Keith Kosiorek; great-grandson, Elias Kosiorek, and a brother, James E. Hackett.

Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street in Batavia.  Cathleen 's Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, (March 4, 2021) from St. Joseph's Church, 303 East Main Street in Batavia. Burial will be in Western New York National Cemetery in Corfu at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House, 11 Liberty Street, Batavia, New York 14021 or online at www.crossroadshouse.com.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, both the funeral home and church will be restricted to 50% capacity. Face coverings and social distancing are mandatory. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

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

penkszyk_jacinta_-_photo1.jpgJacinta M. Penkszyk, 41 of Batavia, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday (February 23, 2021) at United Memorial Medical Center.

She was born November 13, 1979 in Batavia, a daughter of Irene Gravanda of Batavia and the late Francis J. Penkszyk Jr.

It’s exceedingly rare in this life to meet someone as kind, caring and wonderful as Jacinta. Jacinta was a SUNY Brockport alumnus and graduated with a degree in history and later a Master’s in Library Science at UB. She had a smile that could light up a room, an amazing sense of humor and a zest for life. She loved to laugh and be silly and although she struggled with many adversities, she always remained warm, loving and kind. She loved funny movies like Police Academy, Naked Gun and Austin Powers, history, animals, Star Wars, superheroes and Annie Lennox. She liked to take walks and spend time with her family and friends. She was an amazing friend, daughter, sister and aunt to several beautiful nieces and nephews.

Surviving besides her mother are two brothers, Francis Penkszyk III and Aaron Penkszyk, both of Batavia. Grandmother, Geraldine Penkszyk of Batavia. Nieces and nephews, Alannah, Arianna, Francis IV, Aiden and Trinity Penkszyk. Also survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends and family are invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Wednesday (March 3rd) from 11am-12pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, where a celebration of her life will follow visitation at 12pm.

The funeral home will be limited to 50% capacity and face coverings will be required.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donors preference. Expressions of sympathy 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.

 

 

Sheila M. Quincey, 78, of Batavia passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at Cottage Grove Memory Care in Rochester, NY surrounded by her family.

Sheila was born on February 4, 1943 in Batavia, NY.  She was the daughter of the late Francis T. “Frenchie” and Bernice (Peters) Chatt and step-daughter to the late Marie P. (Eischen) Chatt. Sheila is predeceased by her husband of 40 years, John M. Quincey in October 2020.

She is survived by her brother Ned F. (Carole) Chatt Sr. and sister Rebecca Chatt (Stephen) Swanson, both of Batavia. In addition, surviving children are; Christopher (Valerie) Liles of Byron, Jeremy (Sandy) Liles of Batavia and Ashley (Jason) Mlyniec of Rochester; step-daughters Lana (Gary) Cotsonas of Homosassa, FL and Kimberly Quincey of Dade City, FL; grandchildren, Kevin (Agnies) Liles, Samantha (Jeff) Staub, Harley Dorman, Talon Gauthier, Jesse Young, Trinity Liles, Tahlia Liles, Nathaniel Mlyniec, Alana Mlyniec and Kyle Mlyniec; great-grandchildren, Madison Liles, Haydin Gauthier, Jayce Gauthier, Camdin Gauthier and Ayla Davila along with many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

For many years, Sheila volunteered at the United Memorial Medical Center cafe earning a recognition for volunteering over 1000 hours. Sheila loved to bake, garden, cross stitch and crochet. She has knitted numerous quantities of blankets for family and friends, all custom and unique. Sheila was an avid gardener and enjoyed golfing and playing tennis with her husband. She was a wonderful homemaker dedicated to her family and grandchildren.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff at Cottage Grove Memory Care for their friendship and devotion to Sheila.

A private service will be held for immediate family members. A celebration of life for Sheila and John will be planned at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 435 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14620.

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

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

barniak.jpg Julia Barniak, 82, of Pavilion, passed away peacefully on Tuesday February 23, 2021. She was born on February 16, 1939 in Batavia to the late Joseph and Mary (Zalenski) Barniak.

Julia was a long time Secretary / Bookkeeper at Western New York Concrete in Batavia. She will be remembered as a very hard worker and was loved dearly by her family.

She is survived by her siblings; Lillian (Leon) Halat of Oakfield and Joseph (Suzanne) Barniak of Pavilion, along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, February 28th, 2021 from 1:00-4:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Mary Immaculate Parish in East Bethany and Julia will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum in Batavia. The funeral home will be operating at 50% of its capacity during visitation due to COViD 19 restrictions. Face coverings and social distancing are mandatory. Thank you for your cooperation.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mary Immaculate Parish 5865 Ellicott St. Rd. E. Bethany, NY 14054. 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.

knipe_robert_-_photo1.jpgBob Knipe died peacefully at home in Batavia, NY on Saturday, February 20th. In the weeks before his passing, Bob received messages of love and support from hundreds of colleagues and friends, and he expressed gratitude at being surrounded by the love of family members, friends and community.

Bob was a person with uncommon intelligence, humor, zest for life, spirit of adventure and commitment to service. He found love with Linda (Zimmerman-Feig) Knipe of Medina and they married on the shores of Lake Ontario in 2007, where in recent years he enjoyed spending summers at their lake cottage. He was also a dear father, grandfather, uncle and friend, and he took great joy in watching his and Linda’s combined family grow and flourish, especially their grandchildren, who will miss their bright, generous and funny “GrandBob” very much.

Robert George Knipe was born to Winifred (Morgan) Knipe and Roger Knipe in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada in June 1947. He lived in Ontario until the age of six, when the family moved to Elba and then Oakfield, NY. In 1957, the family moved to the Pacific Northwest and Bob graduated from Everett High School in 1965, Everett Community College in 1967 and Western Washington University (WWU) in 1969 with degrees in English literature and education. His knowledge of literature, politics, art, and music gained during this time made him practically unbeatable at trivia games for many years.

It was in Washington State in the 60’s when Bob’s love of outdoor adventure began. He learned sailing at the Everett Yacht Club and climbed a number of Cascade volcanoes as a young man. Later, when living along the Rogue River in Grants Pass, Oregon, whitewater rafting became a serious hobby and family activity. Bob was always up for co-leading a Boy Scout outing for his boys’ troop; trips included climbs, overnight canoe camping, winter camping and backpacking treks.

Bob taught English for four years at Sequim High School on the Olympic Peninsula, where he met and married fellow English teacher Judy Johnson.

Bob pursued his Master’s Degree at Indiana University, and got his first higher education job as head of Media Services for Lewis & Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho in 1975, which set him on his path in community college administration for the next four decades. Bob spent nine years in Media Services at Rogue Community College, and 23 years at Genesee Community College, where he retired as Dean of Learning Technologies in 2013. Among other things, he was an expert in online learning and instructional design. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 from the National Instructional Technology Council for his innovative work in distance and online education. He was proud to have spent his career in community colleges, which he saw as a making a critical contribution to educational and economic opportunity and local community and economic development.

Bob had an irreverent sense of humor. He was a connoisseur of good-natured pranks, cringe-worthy puns, and oxymorons; cracking a joke in any setting was part of what made life fun.

Bob was a musician who played several instruments and encouraged musical pursuits in others. Music brought meaning to his life. He said, “Without music, life is kind of a cruel joke. I believe that there is music to the atmosphere, the sciences, the flow of electricity, the beat of a heart. Music is fundamental to everything.” The French horn was his favorite instrument, which he played for nearly 30 years with the Genesee Symphony Orchestra and Batavia Concert Band. He felt that with its large degree of expressiveness and range of possible sounds, the horn’s natural range fit his voice.

Throughout his life, Bob was a very active community volunteer. Indeed, he saw helping others as a way of life. It was an essential part of his character and upbringing: “I can’t not do something; I have to be involved, I have to give back” he said.

And he did. Batavia organizations that Bob served include Genesee Symphony Orchestra, Batavia Concert Band, GoArt!, Batavia Rotary Club, First Presbyterian Church, Richmond Memorial Library, Genesee Valley Wind Ensemble, and the County Office for the Aging, for which he co-hosted a weekly radio program on WBTA. While he often found himself in positions of leadership, he more often took on roles requiring behind the scenes work. Upon retirement, Bob became a volunteer driver for the Veteran’s Administration and had regular shifts driving disabled veterans to their medical appointments. This past December, he and Linda began volunteering with the County Health Department doing data entry for the COVID-19 Rapid Testing Clinic.

Bob was a Batavia Rotarian for 30 years and Youth Exchange Chair (and host for several international students) for 13 years. He was involved in musical theatre throughout his adult life and as a Rotarian, whether on stage, backstage, or in the orchestra pit. He often played the quirky character, never the leading man. He completed his one year term as Rotary President (the ‘Zoom President’) in July 2020. During his presidential year, he helped install bike racks and kiosks on the Ellicott Trail in Batavia.

Bob was proud to have given his two sons and many youth the gift of interest in travel and the growth of intellectual curiosity that comes from traveling. There were many trips to Europe to visit his sister Mary and friends in London who hosted him as a college exchange student in 1968. Bob greatly admired people who are intellectually curious. He felt that people who can ask a question “why” will often get answers that lead to valuable perspective and tremendous advantages in life.

Bob is survived by a large and loving family: his wife Linda Knipe; sons Andy Knipe (Marguerite Jimenez) of Washington, DC and Missoula, Montana and Tom Knipe (Mary Grover) of Ithaca, NY; Linda’s sons John (Elizabeth) Feig of Redwood City, California, Alex (Licia) Feig of Medina, NY, and Jack Feig of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario; grandchildren Alice, Alder, Eleanor, Cecilia, and Samuel Knipe, and Lydia, Everett, and Axel Feig; former wife Judy Johnson of Bend, Oregon; brother-in-law Georges Haour of Geneva, Switzerland; niece Anne Haour and family of Norwich, England; nephew Patrick Haour and family of Paris, France; and many Knipe and Reynolds cousins and their families. He was preceded in death by his father Roger Knipe (d. 1962), mother Winifred Knipe (d. 2011), and sister Mary Haour-Knipe (d. 2013).

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at a future date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Bob’s memory may be made to any of the following organizations: Genesee Symphony Orchestra, Batavia Concert Band, Rotary Club of Batavia, First Presbyterian Church of Batavia, Genesee Valley Wind Ensemble, Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council (GoArt!), and Crossroads House.

Expressions of sympathy 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.

butterfly.jpgViola V. Ostrowski, 89 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. She was born on June 24, 1931 in Elba, to the late John and Helena Bonk. She is preceded in death by children Brenda Pellet, Timothy and Christopher Ostrowski, daughter-in-law Barbara Ostrowski, sisters Alice, Gracie and Anita.

Mrs. Ostrowski was a very loving, caring mother that took excellent care of her family.

She is survived by her beloved children, Gary J. (Barbara) Ostrowski of Albion, Michael J. Ostrowski of Lyndonville, Thomas Ostrowski of Batavia, Tina (Jeff) Blando of Florida, 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours, a Celebration of her Life will held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Muscular Dystrophy Association at www.mda.com. 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.
 

davidvmaciejewski.jpegDavid V. Maciejewski, 85, of Orangeville, passed away on February 23, 2021. He was born on July 29, 1935 in Buffalo, NY to the late Thadeus (Sophie Dorobiala) Maciejewski. He is preceded in death by several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Mr. Maciejewski graduated high school and went on to be a machinist at Eastman Machine, in Buffalo. David and Matilda met on Valentine’s day and were happily married for 52 years. In his free time David loved listening to music and was an avid reader. David was an outdoorsmen, who enjoyed hunting and fishing.

David is survived by his beloved wife, Matilda (Kasputis) Maciejewski and several cousins.

There will be no prior calling hours. A Celebration of his Life will be held a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 30 Favor St, Attica, NY 14011. 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, New York 14011.

hanel_george_-_photo1.jpgGeorge A. Hanel, 81 of Batavia, passed away unexpectedly on Monday (February 22, 2021) at his residence.

He was born September 26, 1939 in Buffalo, NY, a son of the late Howard and Maria Matters Hanel.

Mr. Hanel was a Veteran of the U.S. Army, serving his country from 1958-1961. He was employed as an engineer for Conrail prior to his retirement. He enjoyed trains, traveling and would often take long driving trips with his wife.

He was the husband of the late Evelyn Hanel, father of the late David Hanel and brother of the late John Hanel.

Survivors include his children, Karl (Dawn) Hanel of Corfu, Maureen Smith of Batavia and Mark Hanel of LeRoy. Brothers, Leonard (Therese) Hanel of Grand Island and Paul (Roberta) Hanel of West Virginia. Sisters, Patty Ann (Dale) VanSlyke of Rochester and Stephanie (Gary) Seitz of South Carolina. Sister in-law, Johanna Hanel of North Carolina. Also survived by 8 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at a later time with burial in Grandview Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the NYS Veterans Home Activities Fund, 220 Richmond Ave., Batavia, NY 14020 or Disabled American Veterans at www.dav.org. Expressions of sympathy 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.

 

 

Oakfield - Genevieve Versaggi, age 85, of Oakfield  passed away on Monday, February 22, 2021 at her home.

Mrs. Versaggi was born August 4, 1935 in Buffalo, a daughter of the late Leo Kawacz and Stella Waclawski Kawacz. 

A longtime member of St. Padre Pio Parish in Oakfield, she enjoyed word puzzles, working crossword puzzles and Sudoku puzzles. Mr. & Mrs. Versaggi were regulars at McDonald's on West Main Street in Batavia where they stop in for lunch daily and enjoyed playing Bingo and having coffee with their "coffee klatch".  A devoted wife and mother, she adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who were her entire world. 

She is survived by her husband, Frank J. Versaggi whom she married on June 11, 1955; her children; Robert F. (Ann Marie) Versaggi of Oakfield; Debra A. (Darryl) Reuben of Medina and Cheryl M. (Lorraine) Myers of Elba; five grandchildren; Alissa (Adam) Helsdon, Amanda (Brandon) Gattie, Ashley (Brian) Zeberl, Jake Myers and Jeremy Versaggi; five great-grandchildren; Riley, Owen, Blake, Gianna and Aiden; her brother; Leon Kawacz of Greece along with several nieces and nephews.

She is the sister of the late Richard Kawacz.  

There are no prior visiting hours. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 10 a.m. at St. Padre Pio Parish, 56 Maple Avenue, Oakfield. She will be laid to rest in St. Cecilia's Cemetery. To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle in her name please visit www.burdettandsanford.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield.

*Church capacity will be limited to 50%. Facial covering and social distancing will be mandatory. We thank you for your consideration and cooperation*

Batavia - Roland R. "Cappy" Cappiello, 97 of Batavia passed away on Saturday, (February 20, 2021) at Wyoming County Skilled Nursing Facility in Warsaw.

Mr. Cappiello was born November 14, 1923 in Brooklyn, a son of the late Ralph M. and Antoinette (Tepedino) Cappiello. 

Cappy lived for many years on a street he himself named: Evergreen Drive in Batavia. He was a member of Resurrection Parish and served his country honorably in WWII with the Army Air Corps as a radio operator in B24 Bombers. Both prior to the war and after, Roland worked for Doehler-Jarvis and worked his way up to Quality Control Manager before retiring. Following his retirement, he and his wife, Irene enjoyed snowbirding in California and Texas near their children, which allowed ample time to golf.  

He is the husband of Irene S. (Potwora) Cappiello. The two were married on September 14, 1946 and spent over 74 years together. 

Surviving along with his wife are his children, Anne L. (Darrel) Crotzer of Batavia, Susan M. (Joseph) Copp of La Jolla, Cali., James R. (Bobbi) Cappiello of Willis, Texas, William M. Cappiello of Batavia, and Michelle M. (Tom) Clattenburg of Batavia; grandchildren, Kells Copp, Kelley (Paul) Caffo, Jamie (Andrew) Maguire, Devon (Gabe) Moraes, and Tara Clattenburg; great-grandchildren, Levy and Stella Moraes; a brother, Dr. Lawrence (Marian) Cappiello of Lockport; a sister, Lois (late Michael) Feichtenbiner of Grand Rapids, Mich. Also survived by nieces and nephews.

Roland is preceded in death by a sister, Juliet who passed away in 1986. 

Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street in Batavia.  Roland 's Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, (February 27, 2021) from St. Joseph's Church, 303 East Main Street in Batavia.  Entombment with military honors will be in St. Joseph's Mausoleum in Batavia.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516 or to Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, 9145 Cheasapeake Drive, San Diego, CA 92123.

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

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