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Batavia - Doris Livingston Maha, age 80, of Batavia, passed away at her home on Saturday, March 5, 2016 from natural causes.

She was born July 1, 1935 in Buffalo, the daughter of the late William A. and Violet Barker Livingston.

Surviving are nieces, nephews, along with many dear friends, especially Louise Lee and Kate Martin.

Doris was very active in her political beliefs, helping to aide animal rescue organizations and she would lend a hand to anyone in need.

There are no prior calling hours. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Please consider memorials in her name to Volunteers for Animals, P.O. Box 1621, Batavia, New York 14021. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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

 

Michael P. McDonald, of Batavia, NY, died peacefully Friday morning (Mar. 4, 2016) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY, after a lengthy illness.

Mr. McDonald was born October 28, 1964 in Rochester; son of the late Paul McDonald and the late Barbara (Provenzano) Samberg.

Mr. McDonald graduated from the Aquinas Institute in 1982 and moved quickly into the family business. In 1984, he took over as the publicity director of Batavia Downs Racetrack, which was then owned by his mother Barbara Samberg (who was the first female Director of the USTA) and his Aunt Donna Warner, after the passing of their father Pat Provenzano, who founded the track in 1940.

For 14 years, Mr. McDonald publicized and organized the activities of the top names in the industry and managed many high level racing events held at Batavia Downs that included Grand Circuit races, New York Sire Stakes and a Breeders Crown in 1988.

When the track was eventually sold to Western Regional Off Track Betting (WROTB) in 1998, Mr. McDonald stayed on staff and became the facilities operations manager and inter-track wagering (ITW) manager and served in both capacities until 2006.

A member of Resurrection Parish in Batavia, Mr. McDonald was an avid sports fan (in particular of the Minnesota Vikings) and was very active in local youth sports. He was also very involved with his two sons and their activities. He enjoyed playing golf and participated in the local men's hockey league. He was a youth football coach, Little League baseball coach and a volunteer for Notre Dame High School football.

Mr. McDonald is survived by his stepfather Jim Samberg, of Webster; his pride and joy, sons Cam and Aaron McDonald, both of Batavia; loving sisters, Martha Smith, of Rochester, Margo Conheady, of Rochester, Meghan (Scott Boone) McDonald, of Scottsville, and dear brother, Mark (Jacquie) McDonald, of Atlanta; his former wife, Kelly McDonald, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

The McDonald family will be present from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday (Mar. 9) at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel located at 4120 W. Main Street Road, Batavia. Prayers will be recited at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday (Mar. 10) followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. celebrated by the Rev. Bill Donnelly at Resurrection Parish (St. Joseph's site). Memorials can be made in his honor to Notre Dame High School, 73 Union St., Batavia, NY 14020.

Please share your words of comfort with Mike's family at www.tomaszewskifh.com or for more information please call (585)343-7500.

(Written by Tim Bojarski for Batavia Downs.)

Wyoming - Mary Marjorie Amthor, 83, of Wyoming, died Monday (March 7, 2016) at the Wyoming County Community Health System Nursing Facility in Warsaw.

Mary was born September 7, 1932 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Ralph and Marian (Whitcher) Dobson.

Mary loved to read and travel.  She will be remembered for having a sweet tooth, especially when it came to candy.  She was an athlete and a sports fan, especially of the Buffalo Bills.

Survivors include her children, Lonny (Gabriele) Amthor of Hamlin, Linda Amthor of Oakfield and Brian Amthor of Wyoming; one sister, Donna Colby of Batavia, seven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Mary is the wife of the late Clinton H. Amthor and sister of the late Raymond Dobson and Arlene Dobson.

Calling hours are Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia.  Services will be at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday also at the funeral home.  Burial will be in West Bethany Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to Volunteers For Animals, P.O. Box 1621, Batavia, NY 14021.

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

 

 

 

krolikowski_victoria_-_photo.jpgVictoria I Krolikowski, 91 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Saturday March 5, 2016 at United Memorial Medical Center.

She was born October 18, 1924 in Medina, NY, a daughter of the late Joseph and Julia Nowicki Stach.

Vicky was employed by the former Holiday Inn as head banquet waitress prior to her retirement in 1990. She was a very active member of Ascension Parish,(Sacred Heart)  and its  Altar & Rosary Society, along with the church choir.  A wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, her family and strong Catholic faith were the center of her life. She will always be remembered for her kindness and charity, her beautiful smile and sense of humor, and as an avid baker and cook. 

 She was the wife of the late Joseph S. Krolikowski, who passed away August 4, 2000; mother of the late Judy Williamson and was predeceased by  brothers Vincent, Henry, Walter and Chester and her sister Mary Vahoviak.

Survivors include her three daughters, Stella (Thomas)  Kwiatkowski of Albion, Brenda (Timothy) Tederous of Stow, OH and Paula (Timothy) Suttell of Batavia. Son, Michael (Cheryl) Krolikowski of Reynoldsburg, OH. Grandchildren, Joseph, Stephanie and Emily Kwiatkowski, Cory and Todd Tederous, Marissa and Erin Suttell, Tracy Suttle and Lori Krolikowski, Christine (James) Hood and Carrie (David) Knife.  Great Grandchildren, William, Alex, Colin, Dutton and Emerson. Brothers, Frank of Florida, Edward of Massachusetts and Stanley (Mary) of Medina.  Sister, Helen Scott of Florida. Sisters in-law, Barbara Stack and Lois Stack. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Thursday, March 10th from 4 to 8pm at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, 11:00am at Ascension Parish (Corner of Swan St. and Sumner St). Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.

The Ascension Parish Rosary Society will recite the rosary Thursday, 3:30pm at the funeral home.

For those desiring, memorials  may be made in the form of Mass cards  or contributions to Genesee County Senior Foundation, 2 Bank St Batavia, NY 14020 or Father Baker's Victory Services, 780 Ridge Rd, Lackawanna, NY 14218. 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.

 

 

defazio1.jpgFRANCES DeFAZIO

Age 93, of Batavia, died peacefully Friday evening March 4, 2016 at St. John's Home in Rochester with her family at her side. She was born March 9, 1922 in Batavia, NY, a daughter of the late John and Antoinette (Ingro) Castronova; also preceded in death by her beloved husband, Angelo DeFazio in 2004 and her loving son, Charles A. DeFazio, just one month ago on February 3, 2016; six sisters and 2 brothers are predeceased. 

Frances was a member of Resurrection Parish (former St. Mary's) and worked for the Batavia City School District in the cafeteria for many years. She enjoyed working in her garden, cooking, baking and she now leaves a lifelong legacy of love to her family. 

Surviving are her children, daughters, Maryann (Joseph) Refici of Rochester, Jean (Scott Brown) Peca of Batavia and son, Thomas DeFazio of Florida; 4 grandchildren, David (Loren) Refici, Joseph Refici, Jill (John) Kratz and Jaime Peca; 7 great-grandchildren, Kaylie, Kaitlin & Colin Kratz, Giada Peca, Trevor, Nathan & Zane Refici along with several nieces and nephews.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

 The family will be present to mourn Frances and Charles on Tuesday March 8, 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 10:30am Wednesday March 9 followed by celebrating a Mass of Christian Burial for both Frances and Charles at Resurrection Parish (St. Mary's Site).  Entombment will be in the Monsignor Francis L. Schwartz Mausoleum at St. Joseph's Cemetery along with military honors for Charles. Memorials are suggested to St. John's Home 150 Highland Ave. Rochester, NY 14620 or the Alzheimers Association, WNY Chapter 2805 Wehrle Drive Ste. 6 Williamsville, New York 14221. 

Please share your thoughts and memories of Frances and Charles with the DeFazio family at www.tomaszewskifh.com 

THE FAMILY OF FRANCES AND CHARLES DeFAZIO IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020.

 

harley_davidson.jpgARTHUR G. "JERRY" BRETON, JR.

Age 55, of Corfu, died Saturday February 27, 2016 at his home. He was born on November 16, 1960 in Buffalo, NY, a son of Arthur G. and Tonia I. (McDonald) Breton, Sr. and a son, Jason Purdy. 

Jerry had a love of cars especially his Chevrolet Bel Air and motorcycles especially his Harley Davidson.

Surviving is his wife of 15 years, Andrea (Wild) Breton of Corfu; sons, Arthur G. Breton, III at home, Neil Darbe of Lancaster, Andrew Breton of S. Buffalo; daughter, Elizabeth Breton of South Buffalo; sisters, Gina (Thomas) Bressler of Basom, Jennifer (Joseph) Nuwer of Batavia; grandchildren, Jade, Jason, Asia, Anthony, Sasha and Sophia; great-grandson, Draven along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Funeral services were held privately by the family and memorials in Jerry's memory can be made to the family. 

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

THE FAMILY OF ARTHUR G. "JERRY" BRETON, JR. IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK.

 

mmcdonald.jpgMICHAEL P. McDONALD           

Age 51, of Batavia, died peacefully Friday morning March 4, 2016 at Strong Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was born October 28, 1964 in Rochester, NY, a son of the late Paul McDonald and Barbara (Provenzano) and James Samberg of Webster.     

Mike was a 1982 graduate of Aquinas Institute and a member of Resurrection Parish (St. Joseph's). He was an avid sports fan and was very active in local youth sports along with his involvement with his boys and their activities. He enjoyed golf, participated in the local men's hockey league, was a youth football coach, little league baseball coach and a volunteer for Notre Dame High School football. 

Surviving along with his father, his pride and joy, sons, Cam and Aaron McDonald both of Batavia; loving sisters, Martha Smith of Rochester, Margo Conheady of Rochester, Meghan (Scott Boone) McDonald of Scottsville and dear brother, Mark (Jacquie) McDonald of Atlanta, GA; his former wife, Kelly McDonald along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.  

The McDonald family will be present from 2-4 & 7-9pm on Wednesday March 9, 2016 at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York where prayers will be recited 9:30am Thursday March 10 followed by a 10:00am Mass of Christian Burial at Resurrection Parish (St. Joseph's Site), celebrated by Rev. Bill Donnelly. Memorials in his memory can be made to Notre Dame High School 73 Union Street Batavia, New York 14020. 

Please share your words of comfort with Mike's family at www.tomaszewskifh.com or for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500. 

THE FAMILY OF MICHAEL P. McDONALD IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWKSI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020

 

rw_daily.jpgCAROLL S. WOJKOWSKI

Age 60, of Batavia, died peacefully Wednesday March 2, 2016 at the Leo Center for Caring in Rochester after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born on December 18, 1955 in Batavia, NY, daughter of Anna Antonio of Batavia and the late Leonard Radley, also preceded in death by her step-father, Dominic Antonio, niece, Michelle Lee Ruhlman and nephew, Brian Erik Radley. 

Caroll was a wonderful mother and grandmother whose family was the most important thing in her life, she will be sadly missed by her entire family. 

Surviving along with her mother is her husband, Walter of Batavia; daughter, Rose (Stephen) Bailey of Batavia; sons, Timothy (Melanee) Wojkowski, David Wojkowski, Joseph Wojkowski, Harley Radley all of Batavia; granddaughters, Piper and Bella Wojkowski and Zofia Bailey; sisters, LeAnne (Gerry) Corcoran of CO, Patty Gayton of Batavia, Flossie (John) Radley of Batavia, Shirley (Randy) Colopy of Castile, Chuck (Sharon) Radley of Batavia and David Radley of Akron along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

The family will be present from 2-4 & 7-9pm on Monday March 7, 2016 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020 where funeral services will be held 11:00am Tuesday March 8. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery  and memorials in her memory can be made to the family. 

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

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

18.jpg  Jennie C. Mazzarella, 92, of Batavia passed away peacefully on Friday March 4, 2016 at the Genesee County Nursing Home.  She was born on May 11, 1923 in Oakfield to the late Carmen and Josephine (Alaimo) Giordano. She is predeceased by her husband Joseph F. Mazzarella who passed away in 1971. In addition to her husband, Jennie is predeceased by her brothers Samuel, Dr. Benjamin, Anthony and Joseph “Gigi” Giordano.

Jennie worked for over 30 years at J.M. Beauty Salon in Batavia. She also worked at the NYS Veterans Home at Batavia prior to her retirement. She will forever be known for being a loving and caring mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her children; a son Joseph (Sheryl Jeffery) Mazzarella of Batavia and daughter Linda Fagan of Batavia; brother Dr. Paul (Marion) Giordano of Buffalo; grandchildren Samuel (Kim) Fagan and Paul Fagan, 3 great grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday March 9, 2016 from 9:30AM - 11:30AM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.  A 12:00PM Noon Mass of Christian Burial will follow calling hours on Wednesday the 9th at Resurrection Parish (St. Joseph’s) 303 E. Main St. Batavia. She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House http://crossroadshouse.com/ P.O. Box 403 Batavia, New York 14020. 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, New York 14020.

dugan.jpgBergen – Denise A. Dugan, 62, of Bergen, passed away suddenly Thursday, (March 3, 2016) at her home, in Bergen.

Mrs. Dugan was born October 22, 1953 in Rochester, a daughter of Bernice (Ceresoli) Viavattine of Gates and the late Joseph Viavattine.

Denise was a postal clerk for many years at the Churchville Post Office.  She enjoyed reading, gaming, hosting events, and spending time with her family.  She will be remembered as someone who was very loving, caring, and giving. 

She is the wife of Brian Dugan of Bergen.  The two were married October 18, 1986, in Rochester.

Surviving along with her husband and mother are her sons, Scott (Lisa Boughtom) DeVelder, Steven DeVelder both of Bergen, and Denny (Lacy) DeVelder of Chili; two granddaughters, Jaden and Brynn; a brother, Joe (Jean) Viavattine of Greece; a sister, Marie (Sue Sciortino) Viavattine of Rochester; and dear friends, Sharon Venuto of Elba and Steve (Sue) Soper of Bergen. 

Friends may call on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 51 South Lake Street, Bergen.  Denise’s Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, (March 7, 2016) at St. Brigid's Church, 18 Gibson Street, Bergen. 

Flowers are gratefully declined; however please consider making a memorial contribution to the family, c/o Brian Dugan, to establish a charitable foundation in Denise's name.

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

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