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Batavia - Joseph G. Battaglia, III, 82 of Batavia, passed away on Monday, (February 7, 2022) at home.

Mr. Battaglia was born May 17, 1939 in Batavia,a son of the late Joseph P.  Battaglia, II and Lucille (Hale) Battaglia.

He was a former parishioner of St. Mary's Church in Batavia. He enjoyed the horses, football, gardening - especially tomatoes, and raising chickens.

Surviving are his daughters, Tina Marie (Clarence) Winspear of Cameron, North Carolina, LuAnne Battaglia of Lockport, and Jolene Battaglia of Chili; his companion, Hazel Preedom of Batavia; 10 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Joe is preceded in death by an infant son, Joseph G. Battaglia, IV; a brother, Michael Battaglia; and a sister, Rose Marie Monte.

Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia. Burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Batavia will be private.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Batavia - Mrs. Florence L. Speed, 101, of Batavia, a long time resident of Elba and graduate of Batavia High School, Class of 1938, passed away Sunday (February 13, 2022) at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

Mrs. Speed was born July 7, 1920 in West Bethany, the daughter of the late Thomas and Lorene (Rafter) Galliford.

She is the predeceased by her husbands, Rudolph P. Richenberg in 1975 and Anson J. Speed in 2000; a son, John M. Richenberg in 1998. She is the sister of the late George Galliford, Thomas Galliford, Herbert Galliford, Isabel Mitterling, Evalena McGee, Mary Lambert, Mabel Hilken, Ruth Reamer, and J. Daniel Galliford.

Surviving is her daughter, Debra (Ronald) Bonczyk; daughter-in-law, Linda Richenberg; grandchildren, Ramona (fiancé Kaz Falco) Richenberg, Kathy Richenberg, Alicia (fiancé Michael McDonald) Bowen; sisters-in-law, Martha Richenberg, and Clara Galliford.

Florence is a former member of the Presbyterian Church of Elba, Elba Fire Department Ladies’ Auxiliary, the Historical Society of Elba, the Elba Grange, and the Home Bureau. She was a bus driver for Elba Central School for many years.

Family and Friends may call on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia, where Florence’s Funeral Service will immediately follow visitation at 6:00 p.m. Burial in Maple Lawn Cemetery in Elba will be private. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial contributions to the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Elba Fire Department, 4 S. Main Street, Elba, NY 14058 or the Elba Historical Society, PO Box 24, Elba, NY 14058.

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

johnson_geraldine-photo1.jpgGeraldine K. Johnson, 80 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Monday (February 14, 2022) at Strong Memorial Hospital.

She was born May 21, 1941 in Batavia, NY, a daughter of the late Floyd and Georgianna Tenny Geitner.

Geraldine was employed by the Batavia City School District where she was a teacher aide for several years prior to her retirement. She enjoyed her time there and the children she interacted with. She loved to dance and care for her home, especially the gardening. She also enjoyed cooking. Most of all she will be known for her love she showed for her family and the enjoyable moments spent with them.

Survivors include her son, Larry Dean Johnson of East Pembroke. Daughter, Jacqueline Lee (Daniel) Surdyk of Canandaigua. Grandsons, Daniel Francis (Sara) Surdyk III and expected great-grandson of Minnesota, Shawn-Dean Surdyk of Colorado and Colton Lee Surdyk of Colorado. Sister, Gloria Klosner of Batavia. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was the wife of the late Ervin Dean Johnson who passed away in 2003 and sister of the late Patricia (Sam) Carrubba.

Family and friends may call Wednesday (Feb. 16th) from 4-8pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, 10am at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, Church St., East Pembroke. Geraldine will be laid to rest in St. Joseph Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association. 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, NY1 4020. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.


Lorraine Susan Anderson, age 60, of Batavia NY, passed away on Monday, January 31st, 2022, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester after a brief and brave battle with cancer. She was born in Niagara Falls, NY on July 1, 1961. Lori was a 1979 graduate of Elba Central School and received her A.S. in Accounting from Genesee Community College in 1981. She was employed as a mail clerk at G.C.C. for the past 24 years.  Lori also was the bookkeeper for her husband’s business, Anderson’s Appliance Repair.

Lori was well known for loving butterflies and the color purple.  She was an avid crafter and talented art quilter. Lori was an active member of the Museum Quilt Guild and Art C Girlz groups of Batavia where she always looked forward to showcasing her work at their quilt shows and participating in their classes and retreats.  Lori also enjoyed photography, gardening in her backyard, researching her family genealogy, and searching for signs of bigfoot in Salt Fork, Ohio.  Her caring and thoughtful personality will be forever loved and missed by all.

She is survived by her loving husband of 38 years, William Anderson; her two children, Bethany (Benjamin) Gillard of Lancaster and Bryan (Allison) Anderson of Fairport; her beloved grandson, Luke Anderson; her parents, Lawrence Cassatt of Batavia, and Shirley Cassatt of Batavia; her siblings, Lawrence (Patricia) Cassatt of Elba and Cindy (Robert) Elliott of Batavia; as well as many other family members and friends.

Keeping with Lori’s request, a celebration of her life will be held at a park at a later date. 

The family requests that any memorial contributions be made in honor of Lori to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, P. O. Box 631, Buffalo, NY 14240 or Wilmot Cancer Institute Development Office, Alumni and Advancement Center, 300 E. River Road, PO Box 278996, Rochester, NY 14627.

Robert  J. "Jake" Ludwig, II, 77, of Byron, passed away on February 11, 2022 at United Memorial Medical Center.

Jake was born September 14, 1944 in Danville, Illinois, a son of the late Robert J. and Elsie (Leverich) Ludwig.

Jake was a member of the North Bergen Presbyterian Church, where he was a past elder and trustee.  He was the superintendent of the North Byron Cemetery and a supervisor for Eastman Kodak, having retired in 2000.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Sharon (Lewis) Ludwig; children, Lisa A. Ludwig and Todd R. Ludwig; grandchildren, Austin (Mary Kelkenberg) Ludwig, Kyle (Karley) Ludwig, Jordon Ludwig and Jarrod Ludwig and great-grandchildren, Maysen and Easton Ludwig.  

Preceded in death by his sister, Eleanor "Sue" Nellis.

There are no prior calling hours.  Jake's Memorial Service will be on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at the North Bergen Presbyterian Church, 7068 North Bergen Road, Bergen.  Jake will be laid to rest in North Byron Cemetery at a later date.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to North Bergen Presbyterian Church, 7068 North Bergen Road, Bergen, NY 14416 or Crossroads House, PO Box 403, Batavia, NY 14021,www.crossroadshouse.com/donate.  

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

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

Batavia - James Brent Marvin, Sr., 92 of Batavia  passed away on Thursday, February 10, 2022 at Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw.

Mr. Marvin was born Wednesday, March 20th, 1929 in Farmers Valley, Pennsylvania a son of the late Robert James Marvin and Leah Garnet Weimer Marvin. 

James is predeceased by his late wives, Irma Johnston Marvin and Viola Carter Marvin and his longtime companion, Stephanie "Stevie" Sage.

Surviving are his children, Rebecca (Andrew) Smith of Batavia, Daniel (Joyce) Marvin of Ocala, Florida, Debra Delude of Delevan, Lora (Dan Hoffman) Morgan of Batavia and  Nancy Emerson of Batavia; step-daughters, Beverly Audsley of Vermont and Shirley Lacy of Wyoming. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren,43  great-grandchildren, 24 great-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. 

He is the father of the late James Marvin, Jr. who passed away on March 21, 1992, grandfather of the late Jonathan Brent Marvin who passed away on October 31, 2015, brother of the late Keith, Jack and Ronald Marvin, Madelon McArthur, Maxine Brewer and Onalee Baker. 

Friends may call on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 from 6 pm to 8 pm and on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 from 11 am to 12 pm at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street (Please use School Street Entrance). His funeral services will follow visitation at 12 pm on Wednesday. Burial will be in Wyoming Cemetery in Wyoming.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Volunteer for Animals, P.O. Box 1601, Batavia, New York 14021, American Heart Association, 5488 Sheridan Drive #300, Williamsville, New York 14221 or the American Cancer Society, 1120 South Goodman Street, Rochester, New York 14620.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Byron ~ Clara Ann Hargrave, age 80, formerly of the Byron-Holley Road, passed away Friday afternoon (February 11, 2022) at The Highlands at Brighton in Rochester.

     She was born October 26, 1941 in Wheeling, W. Virginia, a daughter of the late George and Catherine Manion Stein.

     Clara will be remembered as a very kind and warm person, who enjoyed visiting with family and friends.

     She is survived by her “adoptive family”, Dawn Brinson-Sprague (David Sprague) and their children, Chenoa (Charles) Carson, Michael Brinson Jr., Dan Sprague, Doug Sprague, Cory Sprague, Kayla (Luis) Martinez and Samantha Sprague; close friend, Glenn Hughes, along with many nieces and nephews.

     In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her daughter, Brenda Lee.

     A graveside service for Clara will be held in the Spring at the Stafford Rural Cemetery.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to either St. Jude Children’s Hospital or your local animal shelter.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Clara’s family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

     Mrs. Hargrave and her family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy.  585-768-2400

Florence Giuliano of East Bethany passed away on February 11, 2022 at Rochester General Hospital. She was born in Rochester, New York on January 12, 1941 to Patsy & Jenny Giuliano of East Rochester, New York.

Flo was predeceased by her parents and her brother Simon. She leaves behind her son Mark (Alta) Giuliano; grandson Sonny (Maria Lopez-Whitney) Giuliano; Sister-in-law Ann Giuliano, along with  many nieces and nephews.

Flo retired from the Batavia City School District at Robert Morris Elementary where she worked for many years and was beloved by the students and faculty she enjoyed so much. Her loss is felt throughout the entire family and she will be missed greatly. Her kindness and selflessness will be remembered by all.

There will be no prior calling hours. Friends and family are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday February 14, 2022 at 10:00AM at St. Padre Pio Parish 65 S. Main St. Elba, New York 14058.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Heart Foundation www.theheartfoundation.org and St. Jude’s Hospital www.stjude.org. To leave thoughts or condolences please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, NY 14020.

cole.jpg  Ted Curly Cole, 84, of Greece, formerly of Batavia passed away on February 7, 2022 at Highland Hospital. He was born in Rock Mountain, North Carolina on January 2, 1938 to Mr.  & Mrs. Victor & Leola Cole,

He grew up truly understanding the importance of family as one of the ten Cole children. Ted was predeceased by three of his brothers; Mr. Walker Cole, Mr. Allen Cole, and Mr. Wydell Cole, and five sisters; Ms. Addie-Mae Cole, Mrs. Bonndie Gaymon, Mrs. Victoria Reese, Ms. Leola Cole, and Pastor Hazel Tucker. He leaves behind his beloved sister Mrs. Betty Martin, brother in law U.J. (Annie Ruth) Jones, and sister in law Dorothy Billington.

Ted and his wife Bernice were married in 1957 and had seven children together; Ellouise Evans (Victor-predeceased), Michael Cole (Betsy), Helen Allen (Cyrus-Predeceased), Curtis Cole, Gregory Cole-predeceased, Timothy Cole- predeceased, and Jeffery Cole (Liz). He also leaves behind seven grandchildren; Marya, Darius, Kristen, Sierra, Kiesha, Dominique, Labue, Gregory, Stephen, Bunnie, Connie, Kan, Trevor, Jeff Jr. Jordan, Craig, and Tobot. He also leaves behind over twenty-three great grandchildren, and a whole host of nieces and nephews.

His loss is felt throughout the entire family and he will be missed eternally. The comfort to the family comes with knowing he was reunited with his wife, children, and family.

Friends and family are invited to calling hours from on Monday February 14, 2022 from 10:00-11:00AM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main St. Batavia, New York 14020, where a Funeral Service will immediately follow visitation at the Funeral Home. A Repass will follow Services at Batavia Downs Racetrack.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance 127 North St. in Batavia. To leave thoughts or condolences please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, NY 14020.

Batavia - Vivian A.  Taggert, "Ting", age 60, longtime employee at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia, passed away on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at her home.

She was born on Thursday, September 28th, 1961 in Hammond, Indiana a daughter of the late Leo F. Taggert and Florine A. Brumsted Taggert.

Vivian who was affectionately known as "Ting" loved to walk, listen to WBTA Radio and watch Channel 7 News. She enjoyed taking trips to the 1000 Islands and will be remembered for her infectious laugh. She enjoyed Friday evening dinners with her granddaughter Emma, who was the light of her life, at Sport of Kings Restaurant and their shopping trips to Wal-Mart and Dollar General.


Surviving are her daughter, Stephanie Lapp of Lockport; her granddaughter who affectionately called her "Nanni", Emma Sponaugle of Lockport; her fiancé, John Dumar of Batavia; her siblings, Vickie Tost of Oakfield, Edward (Audrey) Taggert of Batavia, Randy (Peggy) Taggert of Ontario, Douglas (Christine) Taggert of Hornell, and her twin brother, Kevin Taggert of Greece, along with several nieces and nephews.  


Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, February 15th, 2022 from 2:00 pm  to 4:00 pm  at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.  Vivian’s Memorial Service will immediately follow visitation at 4:00 pm. She will be laid to rest in Elmwood Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rochester Regional Health Foundations, Attn: Lipson Cancer Institute Memorial, 330 Monroe Avenue, Suite 400, Rochester, NY 14607.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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