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LeRoy- Mr. John R. Smith, 83, of LeRoy, a retired employee of Rochester Telephone and Batavia Downs died Monday (November 28, 2011)at Highland Health System in Rochester.

Mr. Smith was born August 6, 1928 in Hornell, a son of the late Daniel P. and Mary Jane (Reese) Smith.

He served with the US Army from 1950 to 1952 and belonged to the Botts-Fiorito American Legion Post in LeRoy. He was a member of East Bethany Presbyterian Church and Bethany Volunteer Fire Department Exempts.

Surviving is his wife, Elma L. (Glor) Smith whom he married April 4, 1953; two sons, Jeffrey R. (Theresa) Smith of LeRoy and Gregory Smith of Georgia; two sisters, Diane Wheatley of Batavia and Nancy (Charles) Rieks of Florida and a twin brother, James (Agnes) Smith of East Bethany.

He was the grandfather of Maggie, Allison, Matthew and Ryan Elizabeth Smith.   His loving companion pet, “Cool Cat” also predeceased him.

Friends may call on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 E. Main St., Batavia. Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the East Bethany Presbyterian Church, 5735 Ellicott Street Road, East Bethany.  Burial with Military Honors will be in East Bethany Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Bethany Volunteer Fire Department, East Bethany Presbyterian Church or to the family. Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com


Paul R. Courter, 64 of Batavia, died peacefully on Saturday (November 26, 2011) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in the Town of Tonawanda, NY on June 24, 1947, the son of the late John and Cathlyn Lienert Courter.

Paul was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War and a recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.  He graduated from the University of Buffalo with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting and was the owner of Paul R. Courter, CPA in Batavia.  Paul was an avid golfer and loved spending time with his family.

Survivors include his loving wife of 32 years, Sharyl Welsh Courter of Batavia.  Son and daughter in-law, Andrew Paul (Ashley) Courter of Bristow, VA.  Daughter, Karen Courter of Batavia. Grandson, Ryan. Sisters, Diane Courter of Grand Island and Peggy Getman of Buffalo. Also survived by nieces and nephews.

He was the brother of the late Carl Courter and Cathlyn Saylor.

Friends may call Tuesday from 2-4 pm & 6-9pm at the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia.  A funeral service will be Wednesday 11am at the funeral home.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Wilmot Cancer Center, 601 Elmwood Ave., P.O. Box 704, Rochester, NY 14642.

Expressions of condolence may be made at www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

Arrangements were entrusted to the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY 14020. Ronald P. Konieczny II, Director & Proprietor.

Dorothy E. Lambourne, 95, of Riverside, NJ, formerly of Akron, died Thursday, November 24, 2011 in Mt. Holly, NJ.

She is the wife of 51 Yrs. of Harold W. Lambourne of Gallway Twp., NJ. and was predeceased by her first husband, James C. Shumacher. 

Surviving are her daughters; Diane McElwee and Mary Keeler both of Riverside, NJ and Marilyn (late John) McCormick of Akron.  6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren also survive. 

She was the mother of the late Elizabeth Dennison. 

Friends of the family are cordially invited to share their thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the family at theJ. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, 32 John St., Akron on Wednesday from 6 - 8 PM and Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 AM. 

Interment will follow in St. Teresa of Avila RC Cemetery. 

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Assoc., Delaware Chapter, Suite 102, 399 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19106.  Expressions of condolence may be made at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

Nicholas Zinni, 89, of Batavia died Wednesday (November 23, 2011) at United Memorial Medical Center after a lengthy illness.

He was born in Batavia on August 25, 1922, a son of the late Frank and Grace Niccolino Zinni.

Mr. Zinni was a prominent attorney in Batavia as well as the Genesee County area.  He retired from practice in the last several years.

He was a life long member of St. Anthony’s Church and graduated from Batavia High School in 1940.  He was a well known football and baseball player on the high school teams.  In the 1940s he played semi-pro football with the “Batavia Essos” and went to North Carolina to play baseball with the Batavia Clippers Team.

From May 13, 1942 through August 22, 1946, he served with the US Army Air Force,  having achieved the rank of Captain.  He was a fighter pilot, flying P-38s in the Asiatic/Pacific Theatre.  He served in the Philippines, New Guinea and Australia.   His Battle Campaigns included 170 combat missions in P-38s over Bismarck Archipelago, Philippines, New Guinea, Luzon and South Western Pacific.  Nick was the P-38 pilot who confirmed the 27th aircraft shot down by Richard Bong, American United States Air Force of WWII, in which (Bong) broke the WWI record (26) of Eddie Rickenbacker.  He also flew numerous other fighter aircraft including P-51s and P-47s.

His awards included the Air Medal with 6 oak leaf clusters, Presidential Unit Citation Medal, Philippine Liberates Medal, Asiatic/Pacific Service Medal and the WWII Service Medal.  He was also awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for participating in a P-38 squadron nighttime attack of December 26, 1944 against a Japanese convoy that was shelling American positions and airbase Mindoro Island, Philippines.  The U.S. lost 25 out of 75 planes that engaged in that mission.

He was medically discharged from the Air Force with the rank of Captain, having had a service connected malignancy which later resulted in the amputation of his right arm and shoulder.

Nicholas Zinni attended and graduated from the University of Buffalo College/Law School and was admitted to the New York State Bar on November 14, 1951.

Early in his law career, he served as the City of Batavia Police Attorney (2 years), and thereafter was in private practice.  He was greatly assisted by his wife (Regina Pultorak Zinni) as legal assistant/secretary until her passing in 1997.

His organization memberships include the Vaness/Strollo Post 1602 VFW 1602 (Commander), Glenn S. Loomis Post 332 American Legion,  Lawyer’s Pilot’s Bar Assoc., (Charter Member), Genesee County Bar Assoc. and the Genesee County Pilot’s Assoc.  He served on the Genesee County Airport Advisory Committee and served as a “Labor Council Attorney” in the 1960s representing numerous injured workers in handling “Workers’ Compensation” claims.

From the 1950s onward (when Batavia Airport was a grass strip with a few small T-hangers), Nicholas Zinni was an active pilot, having owned and flown 5 different airplanes over his career and was a well known figure in local aviation.  He was one of the organizers (along with others) of the Genesee County Pilots Association that was organized to boost aviation in Genesee County.   When active as a pilot, he was generous in giving many local children and their parents their first airplane rides.

In later years, he loved and supported his pets and wildlife.

Surviving is a daughter, Christine Zinni of Batavia, son and daughter in law, Frank V. and Barbara Zinni of Batavia; step grand daughter, Agnieszka Olszewska of Poland;  sister, Sister Mary Agnes Zinni of Texas; niece, Rose Ann Steele of VA, nephew Thomas Rinaldo of FL; cousins, Samuel Martino and family of Batavia, the Zinni family in Vasto, Italy and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Regina Pultorak Zinni, daughter Theresa Zinni Harrison and sisters, Carrie Zinni and Nicolette Rinaldo.

Visitation will be Sunday from 4 – 8 PM at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, where prayers will be Monday at 9:15 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10AM at Ascension Parish (St. Anthony’s site).   Entombment with full military honors will be at the Msgr. Francis Swartz Mausoleum.

The Ascension Rosary Society will gather at the funeral home on Sunday at 3:30PM to recite the Rosary.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Theresa Zinni Harrison Nursing Scholarship Fund at Genesee Community College or the VFW Post 1602 or American Legion Post 332.

Expressions of condolence may be made at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.


Barbara Ann Leone, 71of Batavia, died November 24, 2011at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia. She was born August 17, 1940 in Batavia, to the late Leo (Mary Fabio) Azzi. Mrs. Leone was a member of Ascension Parish in Batavia. She was a home maker, avid Yankee Fan that enjoyed reading and her pets. She is preceded in death by a brother the late Charles Azzi.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years Anthony F. Leone of Batavia; 2 sons Anthony A. (Katherine) Leone of Batavia; Michael A. (Starr) Leone of Batavia; 4 sisters Veronica Martin of Buffalo, Matilda Syracuse; Leona (Philip) Pastore both of Batavia and Virginia (James) Bass of California; 4 grandchildren Michael, Amanda, Kaytalyn and Abbigayle Leone all of Batavia; along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Monday November 28, 2011 from 3 to 7 PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. Prayers will be recited 9:30 AM the Funeral Home on Tuesday November 29, 2011, followed by a 10:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial at Ascension Parish ( St. Anthony’s Church) 122 Liberty St. Batavia, NY 14020. Burial will take place at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Batavia.

Memorials may be made to Ascension Parish 122 Liberty Street Batavia, New York 14020. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please go to www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or call 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

Wilma M. Ferris, 81 of Perry, died November 22, 2011 peacefully at her daughters home in Perry. She was born in Fillmore, NY on December 3, 1929 to the late Robert (Mabel Maxson) Gillette. Mrs. Ferris was a member of the Wesleyan Church in Fillmore. She loved gardening, bird watching, baking, cats, and most of all spending time with her grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Donald R. Ferris Sr.; granddaughter Jennifer M. Foote; brothers Robert "Boy", Russell Gillette; and a sister Anita "Babe" Carter. 

She is survived by a son Donald R. Ferris Jr. of Perry; daughters Rebecca S. Ferris of Warsaw; Ramona L. Ferris, Nancy J. (Scott) Safford both of Perry; brother Ronald “Ike” (Nancy) Gillette of Fillmore; sisters Althea Bentley of TN; Lois (Lowell) Fancher of Fillmore; 8 grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews also survive. 

Family and friends may call from 11 AM to 1 PM on Friday November 25, 2011 at the Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main St. in Perry. Services will take place 1:00 PM on Friday November 25, 2011 at the Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Glenwood Cemetery in Perry.

Memorials may be made to the Wyoming County SPCA 808 Creek Road Attica, NY 14011 or to HomeCare & Hospice 204 N. Main St. Perry, NY 14530.  For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com or call 237-2626. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530.


East Bethany -- Ruth M Gross, 80, of Stafford, died on the morning of November 20, 2011 from complications of ovarian cancer at her son’s home.

Ruth was born Oct 3, 1931, in Rochester. Over the years she worked for Yale and Towne, Stafford Country Club, Batavia Club, St. Nick’s Club, UMMC, and the Leroy Village Green. She was nanny to several local families and played Santa Claus at UMMC and Leroy Village Green. Ruth touched the lives of many with her kindness and generosity.

She is survived by son Dan (Loy) Gross of East Bethany; brother Earl Conte of Spencerport; two grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her son David.

Please join the family for a celebration of life on December 3, 5:00pm at Akron Free Methodist Church, 6 Scotland Rd, Akron NY. Memorials may be made to Homecare & Hospice of Genesee County (www.homecare-hospice.org) or Genesee County Volunteers for Animals, PO Box 1621, Batavia, NY 14021 (www.vol4animals.org).

Rosemary N. Stachowski, 81 of Batavia, died peacefully Sunday ( November 20, 2011) at Crossroads House in Batavia.

She was born in Batavia, NY on January 3, 1930, the daughter of the late John and Margaret Loftus Shevlet.

Rosemary was a facility director for various hotels in Long Island and Buffalo.  In recent years she was a store clerk for Wilson Farms in Batavia.  She enjoyed spending time and caring for her family and was noted for lending out a helping hand to her family, friends and even people she never knew.  Rose was also a member of Ascension Parish (St. Anthony’s Church) for many years.

Surviving are her loving husband of 18 years, Robert Stachowski of Batavia. Daughter and son in-law, Kathy (Norm) Monachino of Elba. Two sons and daughter in-law, David Dumbleton of Wyoming and Steven (Cynthia) Dumbleton of LeRoy.  Grandchildren, Rocco Pellegrino, Melinda Glor, Jaime Sallome, Steven Dumbleton and Joshua Dumbleton.  A brother, John Shevlet of Buffalo.  She is also survived by 5 great-grandchildren and step-children.

Family and friends may call Tuesday (November 22nd) from 4-8pm at the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia.  Prayers will be recited Wednesday 9:15am at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10am at Ascension Parish (St. Anthony site).

Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Those desiring may send memorial contributions to Crossroads House, 11 Liberty St., Batavia, NY 14020.

Expressions of condolence may be made at www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

Arrangements were entrusted to the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, LLC, 2 Bogue Avenue, Batavia, NY 14020.  Ronald P. Konieczny II, Director & Proprietor.


Corfu - Linda Page Miles, 71, of Corfu, passed away Saturday (November 19, 2011) at her home with her family by her side.

Linda was born on June 24, 1940, in Akron, NY,  a daughter of the late Glenn and Violet Jones Hollenbeck. She attended Akron High School and had worked as a custodian for the Pembroke Central School District. Crocheting, family time, camping, fishing and gardening, were some of Linda's favorite pastimes. She was predeceased by her brother, Trevor "Buzz" Hollenbeck.

Linda is survived by her beloved husband of 53 years, Robert N. Miles of Corfu; her dear children, Lynn (Richard) Draves of Attica, Kathleen Miles of Corfu, Virginia (Joseph) Paper of Alden,Ronald (Stephanie) Miles of Corfu and Daniel (Jodi) Miles of Batavia; 14 precious grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; one sister, Carol (Russell) Rosenberg of Akron and one brother, Robert (Vicki) Hollenbeck of Lakeland, FL; a sister-in-law, Marilyn Hollenbeck of Wolcottsville; and many nieces and nephews also survive.

Family and friends may call Tuesday 7-9 PM at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4-6 Main Street, Corfu. Funeral services will be held from the funeral home at 11 AM on Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to HomeCare and Hospice 550 East main St., Batavia, NY 14020. Burial all be in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Corfu.

     Age 54, of Elba, died Saturday morning November 19, 2011 at United Memorial Medical Center after her brave battle with cancer. She was born June 8, 1957 in Batavia daughter of Patsy Vigneri of Elba and the late Marie Ramley. She was a member of St. Padre Pio Parish and until her illness was a bookkeeper for Oak Orchard Dairy. Carol enjoyed a simple life, had a love for the outdoors, gardening, crafts, crocheting and bowling. She was the strength of her family, a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother who loved to be involved in her kids daily activities & sports. Her children fondly remember the "life lessons" they learned in their living room talks before sitting down to dinner.

     Surviving along with her father is her hsuband of 28 years William Burr of Elba; her beloved children William Patrick, David & Joseph all at home and Jennifer (Shane LaDue) Burr of Rochester; loving sister Diane (Russ) Marchese of Batavia; 2 grandsons Braden Burr & Anthony LaDue along with many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

     Family and friends may visit from 4-8 PM Tuesday November 22, 2011 at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where prayers will be rectited 9:15 AM Wednesday November 23 followed by a 10:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial at St. Padre Pio Parish (Our Lady of Fatima Site). Burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery and memorials in Carol's memory are suggested to Genesee Cancer Assistance, Inc. 16 Bank Street Batavia, New York. For more informatiom please call Michael at (585)343-7500.



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