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Batavia - Mr. Keith G. Gerrish, age 64, of Batavia, formerly of Spencerport, an electrical engineer at Hover-Davis in Rochester, died Sunday, October 31, 2010 at the Batavia Nursing Home.

Mr. Gerrish was born June 21, 1946 in Buffalo, the son of the late Donald and Barbara Lansinger Gerrish.
Mr. Gerrish's life was his engineering and enjoyed watching motorcycle drag racing where he often worked on the engines of his friend's motorcycles. He also worked as an electrical engineer at Eastman Kodak Co. and Precision Filters.
He is survived by his children, Christine (Michael) Heatherman of Macedonia, Ohio, Cynthia (Gordon Smith) Perez of Batavia and Kevin Gerrish of Seminole, Florida; four granddaughters; twins, Jessica and Amanda Heatherman of Macedonia, Ohio and Kelsey and Quinn Gerrish of Seminole, Florida and nieces and nephews.
There are no prior calling hours. Memorial services will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia. Memorials may be made to Multiple Sclerosis Center @ the University of Rochester Medical Center, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, New York 14642.Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Akron - Mr. John G. Spaeth, 95, of Akron, a test specialist at Niagara Mohawk Power Co., in Batavia, died Saturday, October 30, 2010at Greenfield Health and Rehabilitation Center, in Lancaster.

Mr. Spaeth was born October 22, 1915 in Cheektowaga, a son of the late Christian and Sarah (Bennet) Spaeth.
He served during World War II with the Army, was a member of Oakfield United Methodist Church and a past long time member of the Akron United Methodist Church. He traveled to 49 states and was a member of the Avion Travel Club, American Legion, Glenn S. Loomis Post #332, was active in yearly reunions of the 876 a/B Engineer Aviation Battalion and enjoyed electronics. 
His wife, Viola (Harfman) Spaeth died in 2003.
Survivors include his son-in-law, James Houghton of Depew; 2 grandchildren, Rebecca (Matthew) Davidson of Rochester and Andrew (Theresa) Houghton of Attica; a brother, Christian Spaeth of Clayton; 2 sisters, Ellen Weiss of Buffalo and Barbara Wight of Akron, 4 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 
He was the father of the late Joan Spaeth Houghton who died in 2003 and brother of the late David Spaeth and Charles Spaeth.  

Services will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, November 7, 2010 at Oakfield United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 101 John James Audubon Pkwy West, Amherst, NY 14228 or to Oakfield United Methodist Church, 2 S. Main St., Oakfield, NY 14125. Arrangements were completed by Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home of Oakfield. Burial will be in Cary Cemetery in Oakfield. Condolences may be made at www.burdettandsanford.com.



Mary A. Hamman, 83 of Batavia, NY. Died October 30, 2010 peacefully at her home surrounded by her family. Born March 23, 1927 in Akron, OH to the late Martin P. (Willamena Leuders) Gallagher. Mrs. Hamman worked for 50 years at Chapin Manufacturing in Batavia. She loved to bowl, play bingo and watch baseball. She is preceded in death by a daughter Laura Kunes (1965) and a sister Loveda Hall. 
She is survived by sons Frank Hamman of Las Vegas, NV; Martin (Carol) Kunes of Bennington; daughters Frances (Jerry) Robinson of York, SC; Carol (Terry) Harder of Attica; sister Shirley Chimino of Batavia; 7 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren survive along with several nieces and nephews. 
Friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM on Tuesday November 2, 2010 at the Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 W. Main St. Batavia, NY 14020. 11:00 AM funeral services will be held on Wednesday November 3, 2010 at the Funeral Home. Interment will take place in Elmwood Cemetery, Batavia, NY. 
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to Crossroads House 11 Liberty St. Batavia, NY 14020.    For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or call (343-8260). Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 W. Main St. Batavia, NY 14020.              


Alexander - Mrs. Julia Latko, 83, of Alexander, entered into eternal rest Thursday, (October 28, 2010)at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Facility.
Mrs. Latko was born August 7, 1927 in Batavia, a daughter of the late John and Anna (Bozek) Penkszyk.
Mrs. Latko was employed for many years at the Batavia Downs Club House. She was an avid gardener, enjoyed deer hunting season, making coffee, food and making wonderful pies for her son John and daughter Christine's hunting buddies. Mrs. Latko also enjoyed driving the ATV in the back woods and visiting with family and friends.
Survivors include two daughters, Joyce Latko of Batavia and Christine (Steven) Pettine of Whitewell, Tennessee; a son, John (Providence) Latko of Batavia; three grandchildren, Edward (Michelle) Graff of Palm Springs, California, Teresa (David) Sanchez of Charlotte, North Carolina and Joshua (Andrea) Latko of Ludowici, Georgia. At this time Joshua is currently serving with the United States Army and is stationed in Iraqi. Also surviving are great-grandchildren, Julia Jean Graff, Noelle and Noah Sanchez, Hannah Lynn Latko, Ethan John Latko and Elayna Joy Latko; a brother, Michael Penkszyk of Alexander; a sister, Jane Penkszyk of Batavia and several nieces and nephews.
She is the wife of the late Felix Latko who passed away in 1984. Mrs. Latko is predeceased in death by her brothers and sister, Walter Pawelski, Bella Cevick, John (Joe) Penkszyk and Francis Penkszyk.  
There are no prior calling hours and services will be private. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Batavia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Paws of Love Dog Sanctuary, In memory of Julia Latko, P.O. Box 734, Jasper, Tennessee, 37347. Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Oakfield - Robert (Bob) Kachelmeyer, 84, of Oakfield, entered into rest Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at Crossroads House surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Kachelmeyer was born July 15, 1926 in Buffalo, NY, the son of the late Michael and Geraldine (Miller) Kachelmeyer.
He was a proud WWII Navy veteran having served in the European and Pacific Theaters. He was well known in the community having retired from the plumbing business in 1992. He was a past member of the VFW, American Legion, Lions Club, Oakfield Rod and Gun Club and the Oakfield Historical Society.
Robert was preceded in death by his infant sister Norma.
He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Constance (Burns) Kachelmeyer; two sons, Robert Timothy (Lani) Kachelmeyer and Michael Burns Kachelmeyer both of Massachusetts; two daughters, Jill Klotzbach of Batavia and Robyn (Larry) Gage of Pittsford, NY and one brother, Earl (Rita) Kachelmeyer of Oklahoma. He was the grandfather of Michael, Kristopher and Ashley Kachelmeyer; Kalen, Melissa and Tyler Burns; Matthew Klotzbach and Emily, Katherine and Mary Gage. Also surviving are two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call on Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 AM, Saturday, October 30, 2010 at St. Padre Pio Parish, St. Cecilia's Church. Burial with military honors will be at St. Cecelia Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, NY 14021. Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com


Of Batavia, Age 88, died peacefully Wednesday afternoon October 27, 2010 at Buffalo General Hospital. He was born June 29, 1922 in Batavia son of the late Floyd & Marjorie (Hensel) Rice also preceded in death by a  sister Alvira Graves. Mr. Rice was a WWII Veteran of the US Army Air Corp., serving as a flight instructor and pilot. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, an employee of Graham Manufacturing Co. for 41 years as a draftsman and retired as Chief Designer in 1986. A member of the Batavia Lions Club having served as a director and tail twister, life member of the Genesee County Fish & Game Protective Association (Godfrey's Pond), an umpire & member at the inception of Little League Baseball in Batavia, member and Chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals for the City of Batavia.

Surviving is his beloved wife of 66 years Lillian (Nyquist) Rice of Batavia; loving children Karen Anne (Joseph) DeLeo of Ashburn Farm, VA and Richard (Margaret) Rice of Sharon, MA; 2 grandchildren Lucas & Katherine Rice along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will be present from 1-2:00 PM Sunday October 31, 2010 at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where Funeral Services will immediately follow. Memorials in Ellie's memory can be made to the Batavia Lions Club PO Box 456 Batavia, New York 14021. Interment will be in Morganville Cemetery.


Batavia - Mr. Robert J. Bartz, Sr., 89, a retired machinist at Chapin Manufacturing, died October 27, 2010 at the United Memorial Medical Center.

Mr. Bartz was born September 4, 1921 in Stafford, the son of the late John and Flossie Harvey Bartz.

He served as a medic with the 33rd General Hospital Division of the US Army during World War II. At the Memorial Day Parade of 2010 he was one of the three WWII Veterans who marched in the parade.

A self taught carpenter, he enjoyed remodeling and repairing homes. He was a devoted father and grandfather who was involved with all the activities of his family. He attended the First Baptist Church of Batavia.

His wife, Helen Bartz, died 1997. He was the grandfather of the late David Brew and brother of the late James Heale and Albert Bartz.

Survivors include two sons, Robert (Judith) Bartz of Batavia and Larry Bartz of Buffalo; two daughters, Diane (Mark) Keicher of Alexander and Shirley (Robert) Gouger of Batavia; four brothers, John Bartz, Francis (Alice) Bartz, Henry (Jane) Bartz and Harvey (Laurie) Bartz; four sisters, Viola Hale, Elizabeth Heale, Julia Wallace and Bertha Gage; 5 grandchildren, William (Karen) Brew, Daniel Bartz, Kristopher Bartz, Jeffrey (Lindsey) Pursel and Christy Pursel; 3 great-grandchildren, Marc, Dylan and Brandon and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 E. Main St., Batavia. Services will be at 1:00 PM, Saturday, at the First Baptist Church of Batavia. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Burial with military honors will be in Grand View Cemetery. Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Bergen - Mr. William C. Lacy, 61, of Bergen, construction worker for Gallina Development in Rochester, died Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at United Memorial Medical Center.

Mr. Lacy was born May 12, 1949 in Batavia, a son of the late Cecil and Helen Redinger Lacy.

A 1967 graduate of Byron-Bergen High School, Bill was a member of the Flowercity Sportsmen, Godfrey's Pond and a lifetime member of the Bergen Rod and Gun Club. Bill was an avid fisherman, who enjoyed being outdoors and enjoyed doing woodwork. A veteran, he served with the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Leeanne Palmer Lacy whom he married June 28, 1975; his son, Sean (Taylor Brenkus) Lacy of Bergen; his daughter, Jennifer Lacy of Bergen; two grandchildren, Alexus and Ryder Lacy; his brother, Robert (Frances Smith) Lacy of Spencerport; his sister, Deborah (Thomas) Mayne of Albion; his sister-in-law, Judith (Henry) Alderson of Nevada; three nephews, Michael West and David and Douglas Alderson; and several great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and aunts.

Friends may call on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 51 South Lake Street, Bergen. Graveside services will be held on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Byron Cemetery, Townline Road, Byron. Memorials may be made to Bergen Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 428, Bergen, New York 14416 or to a charity of the donor's choice. Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Batavia- Lillian L. Wilson, age 93, passed away on Sunday, October 24, 2010 at Batavia Nursing Home where she had been a resident for the past four years.

She was born on July 15, 1917 in Hardinville, Illinois a daughter of the late John and Daisy (Shipman) Higgins.

On June 11, 1937, Lillian married Walter Wilson in Hardinville, Illinois. They were married 55 years before Walter's death in 1995.

Surviving are a daughter Jacqueline and a son-in-law Kenneth Witt of Batavia; a sister Pat Butcher and a brother-in-law Bob Butcher of Robinson, Illinois, three grandsons and their wives, 6 great grand children, 2 nieces, and 2 nephews.

Lillian was pre-deceased by two brothers John Junior and Harold Higgins.

There are no prior calling hours. Funeral services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 23 North Main, Elba on Saturday, October 30th at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Elba First Presbyterian Church of Elba, 23 North Main Street, Elba, New York 14058. Condolence may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements were completed by the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.


ayala.jpgMarguerite Ayala, 74 of Batavia, NY. Died October 25, 2010 peacefully at her home surrounded by her family. Born June 14, 1936 in Glade Spring, VA. She is daughter of the late Rea (Louise Reddix) Austin. Mrs. Ayala worked for years at Tenny Laundry in Batavia. She attended the Salvation Army. Mrs. Ayala enjoyed gardening and loved taking care of her grandchildren. She is preceded in death by brothers Donald and Sydney Austin; sisters Virginia Reddix; Doris Benjamin; Beatrice Johnson; Frances Kauland; Gladys Graves and Omega Hounshell. 
She is survived by her husband Pedro Ayala of Batavia; sons Victor (Yvonne) Ayala of GA; Peter Ayala of Batavia; daughters Vanessa (Earnest) Fullwood of PA; Margarite (William) Vascianne of N. Chili; Debra Ayala of GA; Diane Ayala of Buffalo; Anita Cunningham of Batavia; Donna (Henry) Rolle of Batavia; brother Rea Austin of Rochester; sisters Agnes Austin of Batavia; Eva Calisto of Batavia; Rosetta Hickman of Batavia; 32 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews also survive. 
Friends may call on Friday October 29, 2010 from 3 to 7 PM at the Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 W. Main St. Batavia, NY 14020. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM on Saturday October 30, 2010 at New Hope Ministries 8052 Bank St. Rd. Batavia, NY 14020. Interment will take place at Grand View Cemetery in Batavia. 
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 W. Main St. Batavia, NY 14020.


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