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Lancaster - Ruth Hickox Hopkins, 96, of Lancaster, formerly of Alexander, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 21, 2016 at Greenfield Health and Rehabilitation Center, in Lancaster.

Mrs. Hopkins was born June 8, 1919 in Alexander, a daughter of the late John C. and Maisie Garrett Hickox.

A graduate of Alexander High School, Mrs. Hopkins was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and a Sunday School Teacher for many years.  She was employed in the offices of Dr. Lawrence Mulcahy and Dr. Robert Gallagher for many years and she retired in 1974 as a property assessor from the Genesee County Tax Department.

Her husband, Warren Coleman Hopkins, passed away on October 7, 2012.

She is survived by her sister, Jeanette (Fred) Wilkie of Hudson, New Hampshire; four step-sons, Bruce Hopkins, Keith Hopkins, Dennis Hopkins and Kenneth Hopkins; and several nieces and nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

She is the sister of the late Chester Hickox and Marion Grefrath.

Friends may call on Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 31 Washington Avenue, Batavia. Her funeral service will follow visitation at 11 a.m. at church. She will be laid to rest in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Alexander. Please consider memorials in Ruth’s name to St. Paul Lutheran School, 31 Washington Avenue, Batavia, New York 14020 or to a charity of the donor's choice. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle for Ruth, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements for Ruth have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

 

RUTH EDNA BOWEN

Memorial services are being announced for Ms. Bowen who passed peacefully on Saturday January 23, 2016 at the Genesee County Nursing Home at the age of 77.

Surviving are her sisters, Marcia Hartway, Marjorie Nesbitt, Lois Nanni, Rose Kitamik and Norma Waldron along with many nieces and nephews. 

Please join Ruth's family in celebrating her life 1:00pm Saturday March 26, 2016 at the West Barre Methodist Church. 

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

THE FAMILY OF RUTH EDNA BOWEN IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK.

 

scan0001.jpgSANDRA E. COPPOLA

Age 73, of Batavia, died Sunday afternoon March 20, 2016 at Unity Hospital in Rochester with her family at her side. She was born February 18, 1943 in Batavia, NY, a daughter of the late Elmer and Rowena (Lortz) Kroldart. 

Sandy was a member of Resurrection Parish (former St. Joseph's) and its Sodality; she worked for Batavia Ophthalmology for many years and was a volunteer at UMMC and St. Joseph's School where she was known as "Grandma Sandy." She was member of the "Sixties Girls", made up of ladies that graduated in 1960 from Batavia High. Sandy enjoyed her trips to Florida during the winter months, but her greatest joy was being a grandmother. 

Surviving is her husband of 31 years, Frank Coppola of Batavia; loving children, Joseph (Renee) Falkowski of Batavia and Lisa Falkowski of Corfu, Mark (Nancy) Coppola of Oswego and Kristen (Donna) Coppola of Pittsburgh, PA; sister, Donna (David) Edwards of Silver Creek, NY; her 5 adoring grandchildren, Rachel, Heather & Dylan Coppola, Joseph and Faith Falkowski along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.                                                    

The family will be present on Wednesday March 23, 2016 from 4 - 8pm at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where prayers will be recited 9:30am Thursday March 24 followed by a 10:00am funeral liturgy at Resurrection Parish (St. Joseph's Site). Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery and memorials in her memory are suggested to St. Joseph's School 2 Summit Street or Notre Dame High School 73 Union Street Batavia, New York 14020. 

Please share your thoughts and memories of Sandy with her family at www.tomaszewskifh.com 

THE FAMILY OF SANDRA E. COPPOLA IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020.

Kevin P. Heiman, Pavilion, passed away Saturday March 19, 2016. He was born June 27, 1982 in Batavia NY, son of Phil and Angela Heiman. 
He will be remembered for his easy going personality, contagious smile and his willingness to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He considered a stranger just a friend he hadn’t met yet. His free spirit led him to love all adventures including fishing, hunting, camping, hiking to find waterfalls, and sky diving. He loved animals and took great joy in gardening. He had a knack for engaging in lengthy conversations with all who crossed his path; he truly listened and always pondered other perspectives. His warm heart and thoughtfulness made others feel special. He was a 2000 graduate of Pavilion Central School where he made a lasting impression on teachers and friends. He was also a hard worker who enjoyed a career as a mason. 
Surviving along with his parents, his sister Caroline (Stephen) Favata, his brother Scott (Eva Valente), maternal grandmother Carmela Ilacqua, paternal grandparents Elmer and Marie Heiman, along with many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his grandfather, Anthony Ilacqua. 
Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories from 2‐4pm and 7‐9pm Thursday March 24 at The Cameron Brady & Stueber Funeral Home, 111 Wolcott Street, LeRoy. A memorial service will be held at 11am Friday March 25 at First Baptist Church in Pavilion. A private interment will be held at Darien Cemetery. Memorials may be made a charity of your choice. To share a memory or leave a condolence please visit: www.leroyfuneralhome.com. 

 

Batavia - Kyle A. Couchman, age 47, of Batavia, passed away on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at Rochester General Hospital.

Kyle was born August 10, 1968 in Buffalo, the son of Donald Bigham and Joan (Vroman) Bigham of Greece.

An avid freelance photographer, Kyle was a member of the Western New York Photography Group. He loved fishing, deep sea diving and computer gaming. Kyle will be remembered by many for his banter on local radio stations and online news sources.

Surviving along with his parents are his loving and devoted wife, Theresa “Terrey” B. (Schiavi) Lee of Batavia; his children, Ryan Couchman and  Nicole Couchman; two step-sons, James Preedom of Albion and Mark Flaming of Pavilion; his granddaughter,  Avery Flaming of Pavilion; his sister, Kelly (Michael) Morgott of Virginia; nephew,  Zachary Morgott of Virginia; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Frank Schiavi, III of Batavia, Cheryl (Allen) Gillette of Cohocton, Kathie (Richard) Boyce of Lakeland, Florida and Fran Schiavi of Benson, Arizona; Kyle is also survived by his three cats that he adored: Misty, Luisia and Eunice.

Friends may call on Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia. Kyle’s funeral service will follow visitation at 7 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to the family.

To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle for Kyle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

brick.jpg Jay Leo Brick, 82, of Perry passed away on Friday March 18, 2016 at the Wyoming County Skilled Nursing Facility in Warsaw where he had been residing, surrounded by the love of his family. Jay was born in Rochester, New York on September 3, 1933. A son of the late Leo and Elizabeth (Clark) Brick. Along with his parents he is preceded in death by his wife, Carmella who passed away on Feb. 23, 2016; a son Bruce Allan Brick who died on Oct. 11, 2015; a grandson Bruce Allan Brick Jr.; son-in-law Frank Spiotta and brother John Brick.

Mr. Brick served with the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a truck driver throughout his working career. In his early days he drove a beer truck, a milk truck for the former Morris Dairy in Leicester, was a crane operator for the former Kaustine Furnace and Tank Co. in Perry, drove a cement mixer for Cipriano’s in Mt. Morris, a bus driver for Trailways Bus Co. in Batavia and York and Pavilion Central Schools and retiring from Comstock Foods (the former Curtis Burns) in Mt. Morris where he proudly received a million miles safe driver award. He was a member of St. Isidore’s Catholic Parish (St. Joseph’s Church) in Perry, the Teamsters Union where he was a Union Steward, Perry Vets Club and a past member of the Perry VFW. He enjoyed attending classic car and railroad exhibitions as well as collecting model trains, trucks and cars and was an avid card player with family and friends.

He is survived by 3 daughters; Susan Marie Spiotta of Batavia, Paula Ann Parker of Perry and Sandra Lee (Stephen) Chauvin of Twinsburg, OH.; a sister Ruth Ann (George) Burns of York; 9 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call from 6:00-8:30PM on Tuesday March 22, 2016 at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530. Prayers will be recited at the Funeral Home on Wednesday March 23rd at 10:15AM preceding an 11:00AM Mass of Christian Burial at St. Isidore’s Catholic Parish (St. Joseph’s Church) in Perry. He will be laid to rest in Leicester Cemetery in Leicester.

Memorials may be made to the Perry Emergency Ambulance P.O. Box 288 Perry, New York 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.

lake.jpg Rodney O. DeMun, 53, of Perry passed away on Thursday March 17, 2016 at Strong Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family. He was born on June 1, 1962 in Warsaw to Orlo G. DeMun of Dansville and the late Beatrice A. (Mehlenbacher) DeMun. Along with his mother he is preceded in death by grandparents; Clara Green, Rodney O. DeMun and Nelson Mehlenbacher

Rodney was a 1980 graduate of Perry Central School. He was a self employed painter who also enjoyed doing handy work for his customers as well. He attended the First United Methodist Church in Perry. Rodney enjoyed cooking, fishing, camping, hiking, woodworking, spending time with family and friends and especially like to spend time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his fiancé; Diane (Walek) Cuozzo of Perry; daughter Ashley DeMun of Nunda; father Orlo G. DeMun of Dansville; step-son Richie (Stormie) Cuozzo III of Perry; grandmother Bernadine Mehlenbacher of Warsaw; brothers Robin (Genevieve) DeMun of Dansville, Ricky (Darlene) DeMun of Perry; half sister Veronica Bailey of Batavia; half brothers Shane (Tammy) DeMun, Jerry Slagger both of Nunda; Mother and father-in-law Chet (Jean) Walek of Perry; brother-in-law Mark (Sandy) Walek of Lewisville, NC, sister-in-laws Terry (John) Shumway of Myrtle Beach, SC, Valerie (Eric) Kelly of Perry; grandchildren Devon Rodney and Skyler Michael Hamilton, Isaac Valdimier Pusey and Zoey Bea DeMun, step-grandchildren Dakota and Haley Myers and Torry Cuozzo; his beloved dog Sneakers; nieces and nephews Morgan, Zach, Collin, Cade, Dorian and Celeste DeMun, Kati (Josh) VanNess, Jessica (Jeff) Smith, Daryl Walek, Rene(Chris) Shepard, Elise and Liam Kelly, along with many Aunts Uncles and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to call from 2:00-4:00 & 7:00-9:00PM on Sunday March 20, 2016 at the Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530. Prayers will be recited at the Funeral Home at 10:15AM prior to an 11:00AM Funeral Service on Monday March 21, 2016 which will be held at The First United Methodist Church, 35 Covington St. in Perry. He will be laid to rest in Glenwood Cemetery in Perry.

Memorials may be made to the James P. Wilmont Cancer Center or to the Strong Memorial Palliative Care Unit 601 Elmwood Ave. Rochester, New York 14626. 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.

Mary E. Egloff (nee Ouderkirk), of Corfu,  passed away Wednesday (March 16, 2016) at Brothers of Mercy surrounded by her children.
 
Mary was born in Penn Yan, New York on April 14, 1937 to the late Carl and Alma Ouderkirk. She married the late Richard F. Egloff on October 2, 1954. She was the sister of the late Ellen (Jack) Drew.
 
Mary was a member of Pembroke Community Church and Corfu Senior Citizens Club. Mary spent her life as a housewife, raising and enjoying her family. She loved camping and traveling around the United States. In her later years, she was accompanied by her faithful companion, Ric Maurer.
 
Mary is survived by four children, Michael (Beth), Pamela (Ron) Brady, Cathy (Dave) Miller, and Carol (Bill) Wilson; and a brother Robert (Roberta) Ouderkirk of Seattle, Washington. She was blessed with 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 
 
Friends are invited to calling hours held at Pembroke Community Church, 692 Main Road Corfu NY, 14036 on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral will be held on Friday at 11 a.m, also at Pembroke Community Church.
 
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Pembroke Community Church. Arrangements were made by C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu.

Batavia – Bernard J. “Bernie” Bonczyk passed away Wednesday, (March 16, 2016) at Hospice Buffalo, Inc. surrounded by his loving family.

Bernie was born in Buffalo on July 24, 1946 to the late Edward and Elizabeth ”Betty” Bonczyk

In 1966 Bernie was drafted into the Army where he served in several positions, most notably as a tank commander in the Panama Canal Zone, and as a courier for top secret documents.

After returning home, Bernie married the love of his life Patricia (nee Nelson) on August 28, 1971. Together they moved to Colorado in 1975 so Bernie could pursue his training at the Colorado School of Trades to become a Certified Gunsmith. In 1977 they returned to WNY where Bernie took a job as the head gunsmith at Sterling Arms in Gasport. After the company closed, Bernie took a job as a precision machinist at Graham Manufacturing, where he stayed until his retirement in 2009.

Bernie was very active in many local Boy Scout troops and packs, serving as an Assistant Scoutmaster, Unit Commissioner and Unit Committee Member. He was very generous of giving his time to the Scouts; volunteering many hours working with the Dewalt Crew fixing up the camps and working in the kitchen on camp weekends.  Bernie was also involved with the Alabama Hunt Club, a local muzzle loading gun club, where he was a life member. There he assisted in designing and setting up their sporting clays course.

Bernie is survived by his wife of 44 years, Patricia, his son Wesley (Linda) of Lancaster, his 3 beloved grandchildren Owen, Ian and Eryn, a dear sister Delphine (late Gary) Derenda of Buffalo, and a special cousin Gary (Cathy) Tokasz of Elma.

Visitation will be held Saturday from 4-8pm at the Kenneth Howe Funeral Home, 64 Maple St. East Aurora, and on Sunday from 4-8pm at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 E. Main St. Batavia.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday 10am at St. Maximilian Kolbe RC Church, 8656 Church St. East Pembroke. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo, Inc. or to the Boy Scouts of America; Iroquois Trail Council.

Online condolences may be made at www.howefuneralhome.com.

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

jacek_robert_-_photo.jpgRobert S. Jacek, 63 of Middlebury, passed away peacefully on Tuesday (March 15, 2016) at his residence with his family by his side.

He was born February 17, 1953 in Batavia, NY, a son of the late Stephen and Sophie Malinowski Jacek.

Robert was a graduate of Batavia High School and was employed for 41 years by R.E. Chapin in Batavia prior to his retirement.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, riding his motorcycle and gardening. Most of all he enjoyed the time spent with his family, especially taking his grandsons fishing. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Karen Spink Jacek of Middlebury. Sons, Christopher (Laura) Jacek of Attica and Steven (Laura) Jacek of Fishkill, NY. Sisters, Arlene Jacek (Brian Griggs) of Rochester and Patricia Potter-Kusciusko of Mississippi. Uncles, Louis Malin of Concord, CA and Julian Zielinski of Henrietta. Five grandchildren, several nieces and nephews also survive.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Sunday (March 20th) from 12pm-2pm at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY. A funeral service will commence at the conclusion of visitation at 2pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Roswell Park Alliance, Elm and Carlton Sts, Buffalo, NY 14263, Homecare and Hospice, 450 N. Main St., #3, Warsaw, NY 14569 or Wyoming County SPCA, 808 Creek Rd., Attica, NY 14011. Expressions of condolence 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.

 

 

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