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Elizabeth DiCenso Age 82, longtime Oakfield resident, died peacefully Wednesday evening August 21, 2013 at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home with family at her side. She was born December 2, 1930 in Poggio Picenze, Italy (L'Aquila), daughter of the late Attilio & Mary Louise Centi, also preceded in death by her husband, Pasquale "Patsy" DiCenso on October 7, 1984.

   Elizabeth's amazing life story begins as an only child having survived bombings in her hometown during WWII and making her way to the United States in 1946. She graduated from Oakfield-Alabama Central School, Rochester Business Institute (RBI) and in 1953 boarded the Andrea Doria, sailing to Italy to be reunited with the "love of her life" Patsy, whom she married on June 14, 1953. Following a honeymoon in Rome, they travelled back and settled in Oakfield to begin their life together, proud and mindful of their Italian-American Heritage, days filled with hard work, always focused on family and their church. Elizabeth was an entrepreneur and owner of the Oakfield Lauderettes along with several other rental properties. She active member of Parish Outreach, St. Joseph's Table and The Altar & Rosary Society of St. Padre Pio Parish (formerly St. Cecelia's). Liz loved to travel back to her home country of Italy and in the U.S. Family and friends will remember her authentic Italian cooking, namely "Gnocchi's and Pizzelles", her beautiful rose bushes and her love for the "Chicken Dance". Elizabeth's greatest gift and legacy will always be her generous love for family, friends and church, her beautiful warmth will be forever missed.

   Surviving are her beloved children, Jean "Jeannie" DiCenso of Oakfield and her children, Tara Marie (fiancé, Nolan) Ingalsbe and Ryan (Rachel) Ingalsbe; David (Diana) DiCenso of Alpharetta, GA and their children, Christian David DiCenso and Danielle Marie DiCenso; Joseph DiCenso of Oakfield and his daughter, Serena Elizabeth Strollo-DiCenso; along with several nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.

   Visitation will be from 2-7 PM Sunday August 25, 2013 at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where prayers will be recited 9:15 AM Monday August 26 followed by a 10:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial, St. Padre Pio Parish 56 Maple Ave. Oakfield, New York 14125. Liz will be laid to rest alongside her beloved Patsy, in the church cemetery. The family requests memorials in her memory be made to St. Padre Pio Parish.

The DiCenso family wishes to thank the staffs of UMMC, LeRoy Village Green, Liz's church family and the many friends and extended family for their care, concern and prayers for their beloved mother.                   

Please share your memories of Liz, with her family at www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information call Michael at (585)343-7500.

Gerard I. Willis “Jerry”, 78 of Spencerport, formerly of Batavia, died peacefully Wednesday (August 21, 2013) at the Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center in Rochester.

He was born in Brooklyn, NY on January 22, 1935, a son of the late Irving and Helen Mcdonaugh Willis.

He graduated high school from St. John Preparatory School in Brooklyn.  Gerard served in the US Air Force during the Korean War and upon honorable discharge, attended the University of Buffalo.  He was the operator/owner of the Goodyear Shoe Repair that was located on Jackson St. in Batavia.

He was the husband of the late Providence “Prudy” Varco Willis who died November 10, 2000.

Survivors include three daughters, Jeanine Vendetta of Rochester, Lisa (John) Sprague of Spencerport and Christa (Doug) Palmer of Batavia. Son, Steven Willis of Rochester.  Son-in-law, David Vendetta of Rochester.  Also survived by eight grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was the brother of the late Robert Willis.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share condolences, memories and thoughts on Sunday from 12pm-3pm at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY, where a funeral service will commence at the conclusion of visitation at 3pm.  Burial with military honors will be in Bath National Cemetery.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center, 2652 Ridgeway Ave., Rochester, NY 14626.

The family would like to thank the kind and compassionate staff at the Jewish Home, RGH and Unity Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center for the wonderful care he received.

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


Corfu - James "Jake" Rudnik, 75, of Corfu, passed away Tuesday (August 20, 2013) at the Genesee County Nursing Home.

He was born May 6, 1938 in Lancaster, a son of the late Frank and Mary Rudnik. Jake was a union carpenter for the Local 9 in Buffalo.

He is survived by his wife, Rosanne (Gazzo) Rudnik of Corfu; loving Dad of Timothy (Kathy) Rudnik, Dawn May, David (Kelly) Watts, Robin (late Donald) Neyman, Kim (Joseph) Ebeling and the late Deborah Watts. Also survived by 18 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and 4 siblings. Predeceased by 3 siblings.

There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc. 4 East Main Street, Corfu. Refreshments at his residence following the service.

Corfu - Dorothy S. Bartlett, 86, went home to her loved ones in heaven, Tuesday (August 20, 2013) at the New York State Veterans Home, Batavia, surrounded by her family.

Dorothy was born September 15, 1926 in the Town of Darien, a daughter of the late John and Anna Klehn Skeet. She was a dedicated homemaker and her delicious pies will be missed by all. Dorothy was a member of the Corfu United Presbyterian Church, Corfu Rebekah Lodge 222 and was on the Victims Panel for GCASA. Dorothy was the wife of the late Walter Bartlett, sister of the late Florence Skeet and Raymond Skeet and grandmother of the late Mindy Beals. 
She is survived by her children: Lin (Skip) Bartlett-Taylor of Corfu, Carol "Cay" (Pat Fletcher) Bartlett of Buffalo and Charles Bartlett of Corfu; grandchildren: Scott Beals, Joel Taylor, Charles Bartlett II, Jeremey Bartlett and James Bartlett; 7 great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Mary Skeet of Batavia and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Family and friends may call Friday 4 to 7 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc. 4 East Main Street, Corfu. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Corfu United Presbyterian Church 63 Allegheny Street, Corfu. Burial will be in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Corfu. Memorials may be made to the New York State Veterans Home Activities Department (Bingo games) 220 Richmond Ave., Batavia, NY 14020. Arrangements were made by C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., Corfu.

There will be a celebration of life for Buddy who recently passed away in Colorado.

Roland “Bud” Bower Jr., son of Roland and Vivian Bower of Leroy, is survived by his wife, Marietta Stevens-Bower and children Julie, Cheryl (Donnie), Heather (Johnny) and Kevin (Jennifer) Bower, and stepchildren Tim, Tom and Mike Stevens. He is also survived by his brothers, Barry (Suzanne), Brian (Kate), Robin (Mary), Craig (Pat) and sister Candace Bower, along with many loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mr. Bower was preceded in death by his parents, brother Bruce, daughter Debra Lynn, mother-in-law Isabele and his stepson Danny.

Family and friends will gather on Saturday, August 24th, 2013 at the home of his sister Candace Bower, 10 Wilson St., Le Roy. Please join us between the hours of 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. and help honor this wonderful man.

Bergen ~ Carole Ann Hemmer Alianell, age 78, went home to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, August 16, 2013 at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home.

     She was born September 9, 1934 in Wayland, New York to the late Fred and Harriet Hemmer. 

     Mrs. Alianell was a retiree of the Taylor Instrument Company in Rochester after 25 years of service as their payroll clerk.

     She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Robert Alianell, her children, sons, David Alianell of Rochester and Dr. Sam (Alice) Alianell of The Woodlands, TX, daughter, Diane (John) Carson of Sanford, NC, her beloved grandchildren, Albert , Amy (Tony), Colton, Jeshua & Sammy and great grandsons Aiden and Austin, sisters Marilyn (Donald) Pursel of LeRoy, Jean (Ron) Pangrazio of LeRoy, brothers Jim (Mickey) Hemmer of CA, Tom (Joanne) Hemmer of CA and many loving nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Joyce Butler, and a brother and sister in law, Charlie and Kathleen Alianell.

     A special thank you goes out to the staff of Emeritus at Landing of Brockport and the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home for the wonderful support and care you provided to our beloved wife, mother and grandmother.

     There are no prior calling hours.  Her Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2013, 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, (St. Peter's Church), 44 Lake Street, LeRoy, NY.  Memorials can be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 435 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14620.

     Mrs. Alianell and her family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc.  (585) 768-2400

MARY M. ESTEN Age 54, of Batavia and Elba, died peacefully Tuesday afternoon August 13, 2013 at Buffalo General Hospital. She was born March 27, 1959 in Batavia, the daughter of the late Lewis & Margaret (Sheridan) Esten II, also preceded in death by her grandmother, Anne (Clark) Esten and great nephew, Michael C. Schad.

   Mary was employed at United Memorial Medical Center and Darien Lake. She was a lifetime member of the Elba Volunteer Fire Department, member of the Western New York Gas and Steam Association and Elba Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed her nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, bowling, camping with family and helping at the Elba Plow Days with her family. Mary will be remembered as a person that would go out of her way for anyone to help.

   Surviving are her brothers, Lewis H. (Ginger) Esten III of Elba, Charles Esten Sr. of Albion; sisters, Terry (Rick) Seiler of Lakeland, FL, Karen (Michael) Schad and Donna Esten both of Elba; very close friends, Gertrude Schad of Elba and Thomas (Elaine) Boss of Warsaw; several nieces, nephews, great nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

   Visitation will be from 1-4 & 6-9 PM Sunday August 18, 2013 at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where Funeral Services will be held 10:00 AM Monday. Burial will be alongside her mother and father in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Elba with memorials suggested to the Elba Fire Department 4 South Main Street Elba, New York 14058 or to the family.

PLEASE NOTE: Elba Fire Department/Ladies Auxiliary will meet Sunday at 7PM.                  

Please share your memories of Mary, with her family at www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information call Michael at (585)343-7500.






Marvin E. Gilliatt Sr., 78 of Batavia, passed away August 12, 2013 at his home surrounded by his loving family under HomeCare & Hospice. He was born May 17, 1935 in Batavia to the late Clarence (Madeline Bartlett) Gilliatt. Mr. Gilliatt worked for many years at Agway Fertilizer in Batavia.  He was an avid hunter who loved to shoot trap and skeet.  Marvin belonged to the Five Points Gun Club. He is preceded in death by his wife, Jeanette (Whipple) Gilliatt, son Marvin E. Gilliatt Jr. and Brother Melvin Gilliatt.

Marvin is survived by his three daughters, Debra (Grant) Carlson, Dawn (Steve) Boyki, and Linda Vigiano, all of Batavia. 9 grandchildren, Bethany & Shyann Ruffino, Robert Mack Jr., Kaylyn & Kiera Carlson, Adrienne, Jennifer & Joseph Boyki, Gregory Vigiano; 5 great-grandchildren, Zaylee Boyki, Ashton Houston, Isla Wolfe, Bailey & Kevin Newton-Vigiano, along with several nieces and nephews. 

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, August 15th, 2013 from 4-7 at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. An 11:00 AM Funeral Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday August 16th, 2013. Interment will take place in Grand View Cemetery, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.  To sign the online guest registry please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or for more information call (585) 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.


Russell L. Marchese Sr., 79, of Sun City Center, Fla., passed away peacefully on August 8, 2013. He was a loving husband of 56 years to Antonia Marchese and a devoted father.

Born in Batavia, NY on March 2, 1934, to the late Joseph R. and Carrie Marchese Sr., Russ owned and operated Marchese National Food Stores in the Batavia community for many years.

He is survived by sons Russell L. Marchese Jr. (Diane Marchese), of Batavia, NY, and Matthew J. Marchese (Melody Marchese), of Williamsville, NY, as well as daughters Marianne L. Jensen (Billy Jensen), of Herndon, Va., Kathleen A. Dermody of Bergen, NY, Joan M. Marchese (David Foster), of Bolton, Mass., Lisa K. Marchese (Karen Evans) of Albuquerque, NM, and Jennifer L. Crockett (Timothy Crockett), of Grand Island, NY.

He will be missed by his 14 grandchildren: William Marchese and his spouse, Jessi Marchese; Sarah, Joanna and Rebecca Jensen; Kristina Marchese and her fiancé, Greg Thurber; Katelyn and Shannon Dermody; Owen and Henry Foster; Louis and Carmela Marchese; Zoe and Sasha Evans; Evan Crockett; and 2 great-grandchildren, Ronan and Elliot Marchese.

In addition, Russ is survived by a brother, Robert Marchese (Judith) of New Port Richie, Fla., and 2 sisters, Carolyn McGorray (Thomas McGorray) of Tucson, Ariz., and Dorothy Marchese of Batavia, NY, a brother-in-law, Louis Marazza (Marian) of Erie, Pa., and a sister-in-law, Arlene Gavazzi of Corry, Pa., as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. Russ was predeceased by sisters, Rose Nigro and Florence Joy and brother, Joseph R. Marchese Jr.

While living in Batavia, Russ served the community for many years as a member of the Sertoma Club. When he retired to Florida he became an active member of the Sawdust Engineers in Sun City Center, Fla., to which he was elected President and served as a member of the board. He also sat on the Cypress View Community Board of Property Owners Association. He volunteered as a driver for Samaritan Services of Sun City Center and the Sun City Center Security Patrol.

A memorial mass will be celebrated on August 24, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Sun City Center, Fla. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Life Path Hospice, 3723 Upper Creek Drive Ruskin, FL 33573.

LeRoy - Joseph P. Dillon, age 83, passed away Saturday afternoon (August 10, 2013) at the New York State Veterans Home in Batavia.

     Mr. Dillon was born June 5, 1930 in Syracuse, a son of the late James and Emma (Schweitzer) Dillon.  He was the 11th of 13 children.

     Joe was drafted into the U.S. Army in June 1951.  The highlight of his service came while serving with the engineers from Fort Worden Washington responsible for building up Camp Desert Rock Nevada in 1952.  This service involved building up the Camp and participating in Operation Tumbler-Snapper.  He was one of many soldiers who observed and were exposed to multiple open air nuclear tests.  He received his Honorable Discharge in June 1953.

     After completing his military service, Joe went to work for The Continental Can Company in Syracuse. He relocated with CCC to Le Roy, NY in 1966 and retired from “the Can” in 1977.  Joe also later retired from the Genesee Country museum.  Joe also spent many years as a bartender at The Eagle Hotel, Downtown Le Roy and the American Legion Post 576 in Le Roy.

     He was a member of Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Le Roy and the American Legion Post 576, Le Roy, N.Y.

     Known as ‘Poppy’ to his grandchildren, Joe is survived by his wife, Mary (Hewitt), children, Thomas (Teresa), Mary Ellen (Kevin) Hausman, Paul (Julie), Peter (Susan) and Siobhan (Todd) Salzman;  Grandchildren Meghan and Brenna Dillon; Emily Hausman and her husband Rabbi Joseph Robinson, Katie and Max Hausman, Jena, Sean, Enya and Quinten Dillon; Claire and Grace Dillon; Jack Salzman and Emily Chavez, great-grandchildren Ruth and Liam Robinson, sister Bernadette (Jim) Roberts, 18 nieces and nephews and several  grand nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his  brothers  John, James, George, Anthony, Alfred; and sisters, Ann Gallagher, Lucille Chiasson, Catherine, Mary, Jane and Emma.

     The family will receive friends on Friday from 4 ~ 7 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt 19), LeRoy.  His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, August 17 at 11 AM at Our Lady of Mercy Parish (St. Peter’s Church), 44 Lake Street, with interment to follow in St. Francis Cemetery. 

     In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the New York State Veterans Home at Batavia,  Activities Fund, 220 Richmond Ave, Batavia, NY 14020.

     Mr. Dillon and his family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc.  For any additional information, please call Vern at 585-768-2400.


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