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grandpa_richardson_2011.jpgGEORGE J. “SKIP” RICHARDSON ~ Age 93, passed away peacefully on March 31, 2020 at the VA Upstate NY Healthcare System, Batavia, NY. He had resided there for two years among his fellow veterans, receiving the very best of care. Skip was born on February 26, 1927 in Minooka, PA, the youngest child of Mary Davin Richardson and Charles Richardson. His father, Charles, was killed in a coal mine accident just a few weeks before Skip was born.

Skip spent his childhood in eastern PA with his mother, grandmother and siblings. His mother then remarried, and the family moved to the Lackawanna, NY area. As a young man, Skip worked as a waiter at various restaurants and hotels in the area, including the famed Hotel Statler. (He later showed off his ability to carry several plates on one arm at home— until he dropped one of his wife’s good china!) 

In his early twenties, Skip enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp, and traveled the world. He fought in the Korean Conflict, was seriously wounded, and was awarded the Purple Heart. Following his recovery and discharge, he returned to the Lackawanna area and began work at the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, where he remained until his retirement at age 55.

On September 15, 1956, Skip married the former Alice M. Schiedel. One condition of the wedding that Alice made was that there be square dancing - a real problem for Skip, since he and his friends were ‘city boys’. The dancing turned out to be the most fun the city slickers had in years, though; something country-girl Alice remembered throughout their 63 years of marriage. 

Skip and Alice had three children, and when they were small, life revolved around work and raising a family. But Skip still found time to be involved in lots of other activities! He took his children (and lots of the neighbor kids, too) roller skating and ice skating; he repaired bicycles for just about everyone; he led a boy scout troop; and at age 40, he got on a “health kick” and started jogging.

It was the jogging that really “took off” for him. Transitioning from a quick mile or two around the playground, with the neighborhood kids tagging behind, to a marathon in Washington, D.C. with thousands of other Marines didn’t take Skip long at all! He ran an eight-minute mile or better right up through his seventies and participated in several marathons. The charity 10- and 5- K runs he competed in are too numerous to count.

Of course, running wasn’t Skip’s only passion. He was a member/volunteer, and in some cases an officer, of the following organizations: Crown Club (charter member); Steel City Hunting Club; ROMEOs (Retired Old Men Eating Out); Disabled American Veterans; Korean H1 Club; Buffalo Host Lion’s Club (twice recipient of Melvin Jones award); Blasdell and Big Tree Elementary Schools Senior Volunteers Program; Buffalo News seller for Kids’ Day to benefit Children’s Hospital (many years); Independent Living Center; Buffalo Philharmonic Running Club; Five Gallon Blood Donor for the Red Cross.

Skip is survived by his devoted wife, Alice; his three loving children, Margaret (Patrick), George B., and Paul; his three cherished grandchildren, Colleen (Stan), Maureen, and Kathleen, as well as many beloved nieces, nephews and godchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, his stepfather, his six brothers and sisters, and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Buffalo Host Lions Club, Children’s Hospital, or any of the many wonderful organizations that Skip so faithfully served.

Please share your words of comfort with George’s family at www.tomaszewskifh.com

With the current health situation in our country, a memorial gathering for Skip will take place later.



Lois Clark (Boyce) Spaulding, 91, passed away on April 7, 2020 at Brothers of Mercy where she had been a resident for a short time. She was born on January 14, 1929 to the late Russell and Dorothy Clark of Batavia.  Lois was pre-deceased by former husband Carl Boyce, second husband Benjamin Spaulding, daughters Susan (Boyce) Ingalsbe and Cindy Boyce and a sister Barbara Clark.

Lois married shortly after completing high school and started a family. She didn’t have much time for hobbies in those days but enjoyed family outings at Godfrey’s Pond and Conesus Lake. The family continued to grow, but some years later she experienced some personal tragedies and then faced the challenge of being a single mother during a time when that was very uncommon. Ben restored her faith in love. During their time together she was introduced to camping and loved spending time at his campsite in Darien. Unfortunately, their time together was brief. She spent the next twenty years pursuing her interests in local history and quilting, and she attained life membership status with the Town of Batavia Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Her third and final love was longtime companion, the late Charles Barone of Akron. They had great adventures together traveling locally during the spring, summer and fall and throughout the south and mid-west during the winter months for many years.

Lois is survived by twin sons Donald Boyce of MA, Ronald (Gardenia) Boyce of NC, daughter Sharri (Lee) Gray of Corfu, son-in-law Kenneth Ingalsbe of Indian Falls, step-daughters Michelle Appleby, Dawn (Michael) Amos and Debbie (Robert) Lambert and their families, grandchildren Andrew Boyce, Abigail Boyce, Brian (Lori Schwab) Ingalsbe, Brooke (Matthew) Ohar, Lee (Marie) Gray Jr and Trevor (Lindsay) Gray, 7 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandson. She is also survived by her sisters Sandra (Darian) Goddard of Batavia and Deborah Clark of Texas and nieces Gale (Jeffrey) Wright and Wendy Taylor.

A Memorial Service may be planned at a later date at the convenience of the family.

Memorials may be made to Crossroads House, 11 Liberty Street, Batavia, NY 14020. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.comArrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020

rdisalvo.jpg  Rose M. DiSalvo, 103, of Batavia passed away on Tuesday April 7, 2020 at the LeRoy Village Green. She was born in Batavia to the late Salvatore and Angela (Gualtieri) Zinni. In addition to her parents, Rose is predeceased by her husband; John DiSalvo who passed away in 1986; siblings Donald Zinni, Elizabeth Ianni, Nicholas Zinni and Mary Strollo. 

Rose was a long time member of St. Anthony’s RC Church in Batavia.

She is survived by her daughter; Linda (Peter) Koelling of Niskayuna, NY; sister Theresa DiVirgilio of N. Tonawanda; grandchildren Michael Koelling of Rotterdam and Angela (Joseph) Bellanca of W. Henrietta; great-grandchildren Ava and Claire Bellanca, along with many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff at the LeRoy Village Green for the exceptional care they gave mom and many thanks to Cindy Saeva for her loving care at the South St. Senior Care.

There will be no prior calling hours. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Resurrection Parish. Rose will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum in Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ascension Parish 19 Sumner St. Batavia, NY 14020. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.comArrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020

morey.jpg  James Newman Morey “Jim” of Wyoming, New York passed away peacefully on April 5, 2020 in Perry, New York. Known for being a gentleman, his engaging, kind personality and wit, and of course, his intellect and creativity, Jim was loved by all.

He was born November 13, 1933 to Ernestine and Ira Morey in Flushing, New York. He attended Ohio University, and Columbia University where he earned his Master of Arts with honors. He started teaching, but finding it unexciting, he began his stellar career in advertising spanning 38 years. Between 1959-1964, he worked in Cleveland at three agencies and produced award- winning work. Jim moved to Rochester, New York in 1964 and worked for Hutchins Advertising Co., Inc. as a Senior Copywriter. Soon, he became the Executive Vice President and Creative Director, receiving national and international awards. Jim claimed, “Business travel also opened my eyes to the wonders of Europe and the Caribbean.” In 1969, he was appointed President of Hutchins/Y&R, CEO in 1978, and finally Chairman prior to his retirement in 1997. Jim kept busy serving on the Genesee Valley BOCES Board and many committees for years. Wrote a comedic play for students “Learn to Earn” which garnered rave reviews and in 2006, was awarded the Albert W. Hawk Distinguished School Board Service Award for Outstanding Contributions to Public Education. Served on the Wyoming Central School board, active in the Rural School Boards Association, former member of the Wyoming County Community Health Systems’ board of managers and foundation board and past president of the Wyoming Free Library. He served on the board of GCASA, a substance abuse agency and was very involved with the Silver Lake Institute.

Jim was a Renaissance man who loved the arts including music, singing, writing, fine literature and, was a theatre scholar. He also enjoyed traveling, cooking and fine wines! He played the piano by ear and in college, wrote the music and produced a musical “The Strawberry Adventure,” without being able to read a note! He also played a guitar. Jim was a down- to- earth person who loved being with his family above all else; his wife Jeanne of 14 years, who was his loving companion in everything, including travel, and writing “The Tinker’s Tale” together; adored his children and grandchildren, and of course, his entire clan of relatives.

Jim loved summers at Silver Lake with his family and cousins, enjoying gatherings, boating, the Charcoal Corral, dinners out. And Silver Lake itself, the place he loved with all his heart, was his anchor. Jim said, “It was-and probably always will be-my spiritual home.”

His survivors include his wife, Jeanne Stillman Morey whom he married on June 10, 2006, five children, Allison (Dennis) Morey Hays, David Newman Morey, Dinah (Griff) Lawrence Godwin, John Rogers Morey, Stephen Rogler Morey, and six grandchildren: Alexandra Carson and Zachary James Hays, Anna (Nathan) Lawrence Beavers and Sarah Katherine Godwin, Carson James and Sydney Suzanne Morey, also survived by his first wife and friend, Frances Rogers Morey.
Along with his parents he is preceded in death by Nancy Jean Lawrence, the mother of his younger daughter and his second wife Marsha Rogler Morey.

A Memorial Service will be scheduled for James Newman Morey in the summer.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Suzanne’s Comfort Care Home, 167 North Main Street, Perry, NY 14530. For more information please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street, Perry, New York 14530.

detine.jpg John Patrick (Pat) Detine, age 88, of Batavia passed away on Sunday April 5, 2020 at his home, under the constant care of his loving wife. He was a son of the late Nellie M. (McGee) Detine, and the late John C. Detine.

When a young boy the family moved from hometown Canandaigua to Buffalo during the city’s industrial heyday. After graduating from South Park High, he joined the Air Force and achieved the rank of Airman 1st Class, serving as a cryptographer during the Korean War. Discharged honorably in 1952, Pat returned to Buffalo. There he met his future wife, Gertrude Krantz, settled down and started a family. Pat worked 38 years as Operations Manager for Calibrated Charts in Batavia. Though not college educated, he possessed an engineer’s knowhow, tackling problems by patient tinkering and experimentation. He mentored many employees, and regarded all as family. He joined the Jaycees, and later became a member of BPOE (Elks) local 950. Pat played League Softball and relished Elks picnics, parties, and bingo, and served as the club’s Sergeant at Arms. A fondness for sport grew early in him and he carried it through his life by playing golf and coaching Little League baseball. When receiving one of his lessons, a student was apt to hear him shout “Pay Attention”! He prized competition but put good sportsmanship first.

He loved history and devoured books on World War II and the American Civil War. After retiring from Calibrated he toured Civil War battle grounds and grew in his appreciation for the sacrifices made by men and women in arms. He was a fierce patriot, and cherished the brotherhood of service. Pat was an ardent Bills fan, and rooted against the Evil Empire (a.k.a., New York Yankees) as devoutly as he cheered his favored Mets or Tigers. As a sports fan and a human being, he favored the underdog.

Pat is survived by his wife of 64 years, Gertrude (Krantz) Detine, whom he married on July 16, 1955, daughters Sharon (Frank) Paparone and Brenda (Vic) Marchese; sons Mark (Karen) Detine and Paul (Aine) Detine; grandchildren Michael Paparone, Frankie Paparone, and Abbey Scalia and her fiancé, Brad Cohen; great-grandson Michael Paparone Jr., nieces, nephews and cousins. Pat was preceded in death by brother Louis (Elizabeth) Detine, sisters Donna (Francis) Holland, Jacqueline (Tom) Webber, Dolores, (Charles) Scheely and their spouses.

Private Services will be held on Wednesday, April 8 at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Co. Inc. and St. Joseph’s Cemetery, where Pat will be laid to rest.

Memorials may be made by donor’s choice in Pat’s honor. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.comArrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020

Donald “Danny” Napoleone - of Lockport, NY fell asleep in the loving arms of Jesus at Millard Fillmore Hospital on Sunday, April 5, 2020. 

Danny was born February 13, 1933 in Lockport, NY, he was the son of the late Antonio Napoleone and Emma Teresa Palladino. He was pre-deceased by his wife F. Joan (Burke) Napoleone , his sister Carmela ( Anthony) Nemi and his grandson Michael Napoleone. He is survived by children Mary Theresa (Norton) Napoleone- Kinsley, Kathleen (Robert) Manning, Mark ( Laurie Pero) Napoleone. Grandchildren Andrea ( Nathan) Hugill, Amanda (James) Criddle, Shannon ( Ben) Cooper, Christopher (Katie) Eakes, Brooke ( Mike) Eisenhauer, Mark (Maria) Napoleone, Ashley ( Mike) McGowan, Christen Napoleone, and many great-granchildren. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews that he loved dearly. He resided at his “ West End” residence his entire life, where he stayed closely connected to neighbors and friends. 

Danny worked at Harrison Radiator for 45 years. He served on the board of directors at Cornerstone Federal Credit Union. He was an active member of St. Anthony’s Parish and volunteered for Meals on Wheels. 

Danny was an avid Buffalo Bills Fan and lifelong Yankees fan. He cherished time with his family, made the best pizzelles and braciole, and would be best described as a kind and caring “gentleman”. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. 

Due to social distancing rules, a private service was held for family. A mass and memorial service will be scheduled for a later date when restrictions are lifted. 

Memorials may be made to the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation (supporting pediatric cancer) @ P.O. Box 267, Batavia, NY 14020 or go to www.michaelshope.org to donate online. 


BATAVIA - Nicholas A. Cianciosi, Jr., 71, of Batavia, passed away Monday, (April 6, 2020), at his home in Batavia under the care of HomeCare & Hospice.

Mr. Cianciosi was born March 16, 1949, in Hornell, a of the late Nicholas A. and Ella (Robbins) Cianciosi, Sr.

Nicholas loved to cook and operate his Hamm Radio using the call sign KC2HPC.

Survivors include his caregiver and dear friend, Coletta Zubler of Williamsville, a brother Michael Cianciosi of Rochester and an aunt, Rosemary Cianciosi  of Fla.

He is preceded in death by a siser, Mary Wright.

There will be no visitation. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the conveniencee of the family. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Nicholas's memory may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com. Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 E. Main St., Batavia (585) 343-8868.

BASOM - Angelo J. Pillo, 79, of Basom, passed away Sunday (April 5, 2020) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

Mr. Pillo was born January 23, 1941, in Batavia, NY, the son of the late Philip and Rose (SanFratello) Pillo. He graduated from Batavia High School and the State University of New York at Fredonia. Prior to his retirement, he was the Junior/Senior High School band director at Byron-Bergen Central School for 25 years. He began his career as a Junior High School band director at Oakfield-Alabama Central School. He also was a band director for one year at Notre Dame High School following his retirement. An active member in his church, Angelo formed and directed a concert band there for 14 years. He was a long time member of the Alexander Fireman’s Band and enjoyed marching and playing the tuba in the marching band. He had been affiliated with the Batavia Concert Band since 1956, and recently was a guest conductor at a special tribute concert. During a recent trip to New Zealand, Angelo was invited to conduct the National Air Force Band of New Zealand and it was one of the highlights of his life.  

Angelo enjoyed spending time with his family, being outdoors, reading biographies, and taking walks. But his greatest love and passion was for music and teaching. In his more than 30 years as a band director, he touched the lives of thousands of students, many of whom have kept in touch with him over the years. He loved conducting, marching, and taking his band on trips. Trips to Washington, D.C., England, Montreal and Quebec, and marching before Santa Claus in the Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade were several of his favorite trips. Summers were spent with sheet music on the floor of the living room playing music, picking out pieces for his band, and composing sections. Long after his retirement he gave private lessons and continued marching and playing music.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sheila (Prescott) Pillo; children, Stephanie Kellogg of Basom, Brian (Melissa) Pillo of Batavia, and Valerie Pillo of Niagara Falls; grandchildren, Abby Kellogg, Logan Kellogg, David Pillo, Erica Dibble and Ryan Dibble; brother, Carl Pillo, sister-in-law Karen Pillo, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Angelo is predeceased in death by sister RoseMarie Pillo; brother Phil Pillo; and sister-in-law Margaret Pillo.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at East Shelby Community Bible Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Angelo’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Research Hospital, ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 28105 or www.stjude.org/donate.

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

Arrangements for Angelo were entrusted to the Burdett and Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield, (585) 948-5325.

anniejohnson.jpgAnnie E. “Babe” Johnson, 91, went home to Glory on March 29, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. She was born on August 14, 1928 in Okahumpka, FL to the late Henry and Hattie Mae (Thompson) Hatcher.

Annie is preceded in death by her beloved husband Richard Johnson in 1997, son James “JC” Johnson in 2019, grandchild Quincy Carpenter in 2012, three brothers, Bernard Hatcher, Othello Hatcher and Tommy Hatcher; four sisters, Hazel McKinney, Lillie Mae Little, Dorothy Rolle and Rosa Williams.

She is survived by her children; Willie Fields (Leander, deceased) of Pueblo, Colorado, Annette (Ralph) Black of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Richard Johnson of Batavia, New York, Patricia Graham of Rochester, New York, & Cornelius (Keyonna) Johnson of Denver, Colorado. Grandchildren,  Yolanda (Jay) Hanson, Jackie Fields, Maurice (JaMonica) White, Alisha Johnson, Reniece (Josh) Evans, Ralph Jr. (Shannon) Black, Akayla Johnson & Adonis Johnson all of Colorado, Brian Powell, Dustin Powell, Joe Graham III, Sara Lockhart, Katrina Starkes, Jovon Johnson, Latoya Johnson, Patricia (Dyquann) Johnson-Tucker, Javaughn Johnson, Cedric Carpenter all of NY; 29 Great Grands, and 3 Great Great Grands. Sisters Ruth Stinson of Rochester, NY, Minnie Rolle of Ft. Pierce, FL; sister-in-law Dorothy Johnson of Pueblo, CO, along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Annie was a virtuous woman of faith and believer in the Lord. “Mother Johnson” lived between New York and Colorado was a dedicated member, Missionary and Church Mother of the Batavia House of God, COGBF, Inc. in Batavia and member and Church Mother at Unity Pentecostal Temple, COGIC, Inc. in Denver, CO. She will be remembered by all that knew her for her love and willingness to assist anyone in need.

There will be no prior calling hours. A private Graveside Service will be held at Grand View Cemetery. The family will have a Celebration of Life Service at a later date.

For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

ALABAMA - John S. Jaszko, 80, of Alabama, passed away Sunday, (March 29, 2020), at his home under the loving care of his family.

Mr. Jaszko was born December 9, 1939, in Cleveland, Ohio, a son of the late Joseph and Marie (Sterpka) Jatczynski, Sr.

He was an Iron Worker for 31 years prior to his retirement with the Ironworkers Local 33 in Rochester.  John was a social member of the American Legion Post #626 and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and caring for his lawn.  Most of all, John cherished every moment spent with his family.  

Surviving is his wife, Barbara (Weaver) Jaszko; children, John E. Jaszko of Brockport, Kim (late Mark) Weatherbee of Bennington, Jerry (Darla) Jaszko of Batavia, Sherry (Brian) Weaver of Alabama, Mark (Pam) Talbot of Fla., Lisa (Myron) Cramer of Alabama, Christine (Tom) Winslow of Fla., Earl E. Howard of Alabama, and Harold "Chipper" Howard of Alabama; brothers, Sam (Jeanette) Jatczynski, Joseph (Nancy) Jaszko, Jr., Rosemarie Mengs, Yvonne (late James) Welker, and Susan (late Gerald) Williams.  25 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews also survive.

John is preceded in death by two sons, Harold Talbot, Jr., and Robert (late Annette) Jaszko; a brother, Frank Jatczynski; and a sister, Irene Jatczynski.

There will be no visitation or services at this time.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Burial will be in Alabama Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in John's memory may be made to Volunteers for Animals, P.O. Box 1621, Batavia, New York 14021.

Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.burdettandsanford.com. Arrangements for John were entrusted to the care of Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Ave., Oakfield (585) 948-5325.




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