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Nova E. Caccamise of Byron passed away on Wednesday March 4, 2015 Strong Memorial Hospital.  She is survived by her parents Amanda Rickard and James Caccamise of Byron.  Nana & Papa Caccamise, Grandma & Grandpa Rickard, Grandma Pietro and Grandma Luce & many Uncles.

We love you very much, you mean the world to both mommy and daddy. You passed way too soon.  It wasn't your time but you will never be forgotten and will always be with us.  You were loved by so many. We love you to the moon and back, to infinity and beyond, forever and ever! You will forever be our baby girl. We will love you forever and always, as long as we’re living, our baby you'll be. 

There will be no prior calling hours and Funeral Services will be held privately.

To leave a message of condolence 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.

Viola A. Wight, 86, of Batavia passed away on Monday March 9, 2015 at Batavia Health Care Center. She was born October 14, 1928 in Byron to the late Raymond (Mabel Calkins) Worthington. She is preceded in death by her husband Leon E.Wight Sr. and brothers Ray, Roy, Spencer and Don Worthington. 

Prior to retirement Viola worked at Houghton College. She was a member of the Alexander united Methodist Church. Viola loved being a mother, grandmother. and enjoyed taking care of her family.

She is survived by her loving children Karen (Paul) Keller of East Pembroke, Mona (Rodney) Kilner of Batavia, Connie (Robert) Fischetti of Grantsville, MD, Leon Wight Jr. of Batavia, Becky (Samuel) McBride of Lynchburg, VA, Jeffrey Wight of Batavia, Scott (Melinda) Wight of Colcord, OK; brother James (Charlene) Worthington of FL; sisters Winnie Cook of Warsaw, Zoey Spink of Batavia; 16 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild along with several nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. A 1:00 PM Funeral Service will be held on Thursday March 19, 2015 at Alexander United Methodist Church 10540 Main Street Alexander, New York 14005.  

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Alexander United Methodist Church 10540 Main Street Alexander, New York 14005. To leave a message of condolence 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.

RUTH N. GREENE - age 88, of Batavia, NY died peacefully Saturday afternoon March 7, 2015 at the New York State Veterans Home @ Batavia. She was born December 7, 1926 in Caledonia, NY to the late Harry and Pauline (Boyce) Hotchkiss.

   Ruth was an avid golfer and enjoyed winters in Las Vegas with her husband. She always loved family functions and time spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren

   Surviving is her beloved husband of 67 years, Edwin R. Greene, Sr. of Batavia; loving children; Jane (late Dennis) Glor, Joyce (Ken) Grazioplene and Edwin R. "Buddy" Greene, Jr. all of Oakfield; sister, Lois (Duane) Smith of CA; 4 grandchildren, Randy (Megan) Glor, David Glor, Michael (Shannon) Grazioplene and Jeffrey (Andrea) Grazioplene; 8 great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Carson, Cady & Haylee Glor, Taylor, Zackary, Cole & Elizabeth Grazioplene along with several nieces and nephews.

   Ruth's family will be present from 11-12 p.m. Tuesday March 10, 2015 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020 where a Celebration of Life will begin at 12:00 p.m. She will be laid to rest in Cary Cemetery and memorials in her memory can be made to the Oakfield Historical Society PO Box 74 Oakfield, New York 14125 or the Downs Syndrome Parent Support Group of Genesee County, Inc. 2121 Lewiston Road Oakfield, New York 14125.

Ruth's family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the nurses and staff of the New York State Veterans Home @ Batavia for the wonderful care provided to their mother during her stay.  

   Please leave your words of comfort to her family at www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information call Michael at (585)343-7500.

THE FAMILY OF RUTH N. GREENE IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020.

 

 

Pavilion ~ Colleen A. Thompson, age 71, of Starr Road, passed away Thursday evening (March 5, 2015) at Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw.

     Mrs. Thompson was born September 17, 1943 in LeRoy, a daughter of the late Guy and D. Eileen Lynch Connolly.

     She will be remembered as a very caring and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister, who was always very active.  She travelled and supported her grandchildren with their sporting events, attended bingo and enjoyed all crafts, especially tole painting.

     She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Clayton A. Thompson; her children, JoAnn (David) Elliott of Wyoming, Steve "Tiny" (Michelle) Thompson of Wyoming, Ron (Shelley) Thompson of Bethany and Mickey (Al) Lynk of Wyoming; 7 grandchildren, Randi, Mitchell, Eric, Crystal, Sara, Connor and Kristen; 3 step-grandchildren, Josh, David and Ian; 7 step-great-grandchildren; brothers, Pat Connolly, Mike Connolly, Tom (Ginny) Connolly, Terry (Tracey) Connolly and Kevin (Teri) Connolly; sisters, Cathy (Dale) Gravelle, Sheri (Neil) Woodworth, Casey Connolly Cook and Peg Connolly Ellis, along with several nieces and nephews.

     Family and friends may call on Wednesday from 4 ~ 8 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Rd. (Rt. 19), LeRoy, where her funeral service will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM.  Interment in St. Francis Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the East Side Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 62 Prospect Street, Warsaw, NY 14569.

     Your memories and condolences may be offered to Mrs. Thompson's family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

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

Jenna J. Borek, 21 of Perry, passed away on Friday March 6, 2015 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. She was born July 7, 1993 in Warsaw to Joseph (Tracy Marcy) Borek of Perry. She is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents William (Janet) Borek.

Jenna was working at Oak Orchard Health in Albion and was just given a promotion. She recently completed her duel Bachelors Degree from SUNY Brockport. Jenna loved to read, write, and being bilingual loved the Spanish language. She was an avid Detroit Red Wings Fan and loved animals. Her faith was her passion, she was a member of Baptist Church of Perry, she was extremely active in the church especially as a church youth group leader and spent countless hours studying the Bible. Jenna enjoyed the time she spent with her younger cousins and simply loved to be with her family.

Along with her parents she is survived by her brother Jonathan Borek of Perry; maternal grandparents Jeffrey (Dorothy) Marcy of Gainesville; aunts and uncles Jeffrey (Tracy) Marcy of Castile; Lisa (James) Downey of Portageville; Antoinette Dillard of Grapevine, TX; Steven Borek, William Borek, Jr., Judith (Seward) Munger all of Perry; David (Nancy) Beardsley of Castile; Donald (Carol) Beardsley of West Valley, along with many, many cousins.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday March 11, 2015 from 5 to 7 PM at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530. An 11:00 AM Funeral Service will be held on Thursday March 12, 2015 at Baptist Church of Perry 77 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530. She will be laid to rest in Glenwood Cemetery, Perry.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Baptist Church of Perry Youth Group 77 North Main St. Perry, New York 14530 or to Campus Ambassadors @ Brockport, by emailing Nala Ward at [email protected]. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com or for more information call (585) 237-2626. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530.

Kathryn E. Zerby, 95, passed away on January 17, 2015 at Phoebe Nursing Home in Allentown, PA. She was preceded in death by her husband Clark Zerby of Batavia, New York.  Born in the town of Caroline, NY, Kathryn was the daughter of the late George F. and Marie L. Edwards. She was the granddaughter of the late “Uncle Bob Edwards” of Ithaca Gun Works. 

She was a graduate of Batavia High School and the Bryant and Stratton Business Institute of Buffalo, New York.  She worked as a book keeper for Massey Harris in Batavia and later for the Democrat and Chronicle office in Batavia.  She was a member of the Batavia First United Methodist Church.  During World War II she was a volunteer nurse’s aide at Genesee Memorial Hospital.  After retirement she volunteered at the Holland Land Office. She loved history, travel, reading and playing Bridge.  She is remembered for her love of family, her sharp intellect and keen sense of humor.

Kathryn is survived by daughter Margaret Minneman of Allentown, PA; grandchildren Michael and Sarah Minneman of Allentown, PA along with many nieces and nephews.

An 11:00 AM Memorial Service will be held Saturday March 14, 2015 at the Batavia First United Methodist Church 8221 Lewiston Road Batavia, New York 14020.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in her name to the Batavia First United Methodist Church 8221 Lewiston Road Batavia, New York 14020. To leave a message of condolence 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

Batavia - Douglas R. Strang, (71), died March 4, 2015, after a brief illness. Born in Batavia, NY, he was the son of the late Robert and Mary Kenyon Strang.  He was married to Judith Ann Markek Strang. He was a graduate of Corfu-East Pembroke High School, class of 1961 and a lifelong resident of the Western Genesee County area.

Doug was employed by E. Sprague, Batavia, Inc., Electrical Contractors, from 1964 until his death, with over 50 years of service. He owned and operated one of the area’s largest electrical construction firms.  During his tenure with the firm at one time they did the largest electrical project in the area at that time working with and for virtually every major industry.   He graduated from high school with National Merit and New York State Regents scholarships and went on to attend The College of Emporia, in Emporia Kansas. Doug was a past master of Akron Lodge #527 F&AM, Akron, NY., active serving twenty two years as the Chaplain.  In addition, Doug was a 32nd degree A.A.S.R. Valley of Buffalo, a member of Ismailia Temple A.A.O.N.M.S., serving as drill instructor and Captain of the Motor Corps, the Shrine precision motorcycle drill team. A member of Buffalo Court #22 Royal Order of Jesters and a charter member of the Jesters on wheels motorcycle unit. Doug's other Masonic affiliations were Western Star Chapter #35 R.A.M., Batavia Commandery #34, K.T., and the BiCentennialMaster Association of Erie County.  Doug was a member the Loyal order of the Moose Lodge #1132, in LeRoy.  In addition, Doug was also a member of Batavia Lodge #950 B.P.O.E., the Jamestown Shrine Club and the Kachina Club. He served on the board of the Raymond Lawrence Fund  (a Masonic benevolent fund) and was life member of the American Motorcyclist Association.  Doug was a boy scout, cub scout Packmaster, Little League Coach and member of the Pioneer Men’s Club predecessors of the present Pembroke Youth Athletics Club. He was a longtime member and active in the International Association of Electrical Inspectors, the National Electrical Contractors Association and the former adequate wiring bureau of western New York.

He endowed the original Rachael Kenyon Memorial Fund (a scholarship fund for students) at Pembroke Central School District and the very first CD Rom drive to the school while serving on a technology committee at the school.  Doug was a member of the Pembroke Central School District Board of Education, for over ten years, serving as Vice President and then President. During this period he was also one of the individuals who helped establish the Genesee Valley School Boards Association after the merger of Batavia and Mount Morris BOCES districts. He also served as a state legislative network representative of the New York State School Boards Association to the New York State Legislature.  While still active on the school board he was elected to serve as councilman on the Batavia Town Board. 

Doug is survived by his immediate family sons, Scott D. Strang (Joanna) of Batavia and Douglas R. Strang, Jr. (Melissa) of Corfu, and his daughter Kimberly M. Strang-Ferreira (Joe) of Batavia.  Two brothers, Donald (Linda) and Robert (Sandra) of Attica, two sisters Susan (George) Anderson of Tucson and Deborah (Glenn) Russ of Corfu. Several cousins, nieces and nephews, and many close personal friendships that have sustained him across his lifetime. He loved his grandkids more than anything in the world.

Relatives and friends may call on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the C.B. Beach and Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu.  Funeral services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at the Corfu United Presbyterian Church, 63 Allegheny Street, Corfu. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104 or the Rachael Kenyon Memorial Fund, c/o the Pembroke Central School District, PO Box 308, Corfu, NY 14036.

Richard Eugene Forrestel was born on December 5, 1924 to Viona and Eugene Forrestel in Akron, NY.  He was the fourth of five children: Mary (who died before he was born), Marjorie, Helen, Richard and Tom.  His parents and contemporaries knew him as Dick while his family and many others called him REF.  REF graduated from Akron H.S. and went on to earn his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan where he met Virginia Rogers.  Virginia and Richard married on 12/18/48 and REF graduated from Michigan Law School the next year.  He served in the US Navy during WW II. 
 
Richard and Virginia moved back to Akron in 1949 and REF went to work for Cold Spring Construction Company where he remained employed for 66 years.  REF was a director of Bank of Akron for 64 years.  Virginia and REF had six sons and five daughters born between 1949 and 1970.  REF loved his family dearly, always helping, trying to provide his children with both opportunity and a different perspective.  He was an incredibly diverse man with interests from the heavens, flying, to the depths of the sea, scuba diving.  He encouraged all of us to try hard.....and then try harder, just as he did while lettering in track at Michigan.  REF lived his entire life in Akron but he traveled extensively, always interested in different cultures and lands.  REF's gentle thumb prints can be seen in numerous projects in and around Akron.  He loved this community and the folks who live here, quietly helping scores of people in countless ways.  
 
REF and Virginia were married for more than 64 years until her passing in 2013.  What follows is a chronological list of those who survive Richard:  Stephen and Cathy, grandchildren (GC) Ryan, great grand children (GGC) Emma Marie and Anieka, GC Alison and Kabir, GGC Eslyn, GC Beth and Brett; Anne, GC Laura, GGC Kaia, GC Alex; Eugene Peter and Linda, GC Peter and Holly, GGC Ethan and Gabriella, GC Becky and Jonathan; Mary and Russ Borden, GC Andy and Rachel, GGC Drew and Ben, GC Jeff and Katie; Ryan and Kim, GC Daniel and Mari, GGC Eleanora, GC Amy and GC Patrick; Andrew and Anne, GC Andrew, John and Patrick; Richard Jr. and Sandy, GC Jack, Olivia and Emmett; Colleen and Scott Ponto, GC Ben, Kalie and Evan; Julia and Peter Beckford, GC Simon and Ursa; Sara and late husband, Craig Greene, GC Will; Thomas and Jessica, GC Nathan and Lucas and finally the glorious canine love of the last several years of his life, Buckets.
 
REF lived each of his 32,963 days like it was his last, living fully, caring deeply, observing intently, making a difference to those around him, near and far.  His impact on the construction world will be felt for years to come and spans the country, coast to coast.  His zest for life was acutely evident to all and his can-do attitude was both infectious and productive.  REF quietly supported countless causes and he requested donations in lieu of flowers to Hospice (hospicebuffalo.com) or St. Teresa of Avila Parish (stteresaofakron.com).
 
Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, fond memories and condolences on Friday (March 6th) from 1-5pm and 6-9pm at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 John St. Akron, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30am on Saturday at St. Teresa of Avila Church, Buell St. Akron.
 
Expressions of condolence may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net. 
 
ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 JOHN ST., AKRON, NY 14001. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR & PROPRIETOR.

Mark D. Vogel, 53, of Mt. Morris passed away on Monday March 2, 2015 at his residence. He was born March 6, 1961 in Chicago to Rev. Donald Vogel of Mt. Morris and the late Jean (Alfvin) Vogel.

Marks formal education took place in Chicago Schools. He enlisted in the United States Army, and his training as an Infantry Rifleman took place at Ft. Benning, GA. Mark served 2 tours of Duty in Germany and was appointed to attend the French Army Commando School. He interviewed and photographed with the Army Stars and Stripes Europe Addition. Mark previously worked for Tropicana Oil in Chicago, Archway Cookie Company and Livingston County Nursing. He was a member of the Perry Vets Club and the American Legion 350 McKelton Post in Perry. Mark was an accomplished pianist and loved music especially heavy metal. He was an avid Cubs, Bears and Raiders fan. Chicago will always be his home. “Up The Irons.”

Mark is survived by his son Jay Vogel of Chicago; daughters Ashley (Fiancé Derek Baker) Vogel of Perry, Erin (Fabian) Rodriguez of Chicago and brother John (Brenda) Vogel along with 4 grandchildren.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday March 7, 2015 from 4 PM- 7 PM at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530. A Funeral Service will immediately follow at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the  American Legion 350 McKelton Post PO Box 183 Perry, New York 14530. For more information please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530.

Nancy J. MacConnell, 83, of Batavia passed away on Friday February 27, 2015 at Genesee County Nursing Home. She was born November 5, 1931 in Bergen the late George (Esther Wessendorf) MacConnell. She is preceded in death by her brother Roderick MacConnell and sister Shirley (George) Hankey.

Nancy worked as a Registered Nurse for Genesee Memorial Hospital prior to retirement.  She was a Deacon at East Bethany Presbyterian Church and sang in the choir. Nancy loved gardening and bowling.

She is survived by her loving children Mary A. (Christopher) Savino of Wappingers Falls, NY, Karen M. DeFelice of Pavilion; brother Larry (Pat) MacConnell of LeRoy; grandchildren Amanda S. MacConnell, Brian A. DeFelice, Bradley A. DeFelice along with several nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. A Service will be held at the convenience of the family in the spring. She will be laid to rest in Mt. Rest Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association www.alz.org/wny.com  or Volunteers for Animals 3841 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020. To leave a message of condolence 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.

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