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miner.jpgHelen C. Miner 89 of Rochester, formerly of Batavia, died May 17, 2010 at the Park Ridge Living Center in Rochester.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years Raymond C. Miner of Rochester; sons R. Charles (Marguerite F.) Miner of Buffalo; Gregory J. (Susan V.) Miner of Portland, OR; daughters Catherine M. (George A.) Criticos of Rochester, and Mary Margaret Miner of Winston Salem, NC; sister Marian (James) McLellan of Buffalo; sister-in-law Patricia Maney of Leroy; 7 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren survive along with several nieces and nephews.  

Mrs. Miner pursued a Master’s Degree at Catholic University in Washington, DC, after graduating from D’Youville College in 1942.

She began her teaching career at Alexander Central and

continued as a High School Drama Teacher at Attica Central School and as a substitute at Notre Dame and Batavia High Schools.

She was a member of Resurrection Parish (St. Mary’s Church) in Batavia for many years.

Preceded in death by her parents William G. (Louise Brown) Maney, a son Peter W. Miner, brother John Maney and a twin sister Margaret Maney.

No prior calling hours. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at Resurrection Parish (St Joseph’s Church) 303 E. Main St. Batavia, 12:00 Noon on Friday May 21st.

The family will receive guests following the committal service at Terry Hill’s Restaurant 5122 Clinton St. Rd. Batavia.  

Burial in Grand View Cemetery, Batavia.  

In lieu of flowers family suggest memorials to Resurrection Parish 303 E. Main St. Batavia. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 W. Main St. Batavia, NY 14020.  For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or call (585) 343-8260.


Ralph L. Torcello, 84 of Batavia and Silver Lake died Monday May 17, 2010 at the Buffalo VA Medical Center.

He was born August 26, 1925 in Batavia, New York. Son of the late William A. (Gertrude Perry) Torcello.

Mr. Torcello was a master plumber and the owner of Torcello Plumbing and Heating in Batavia for many years.

He was a World War II Army Veteran, member of Ascension Parish (St. Anthony’s Church), the Knights of Columbus and the former St. Nicholas Social Club.

He is preceded in death by his brothers William M. and Michael Torcello and a sister Marguerite Yerger.

Ralph is survived by his sisters Mary Vallese and Grace Nichols, both of Batavia, and Rosemarie (Darrel) Canfield of Las Vegas, NV, a brother Arthur Torcello of Las Vegas, NV. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Friends are invited to attend calling hours from 8 to 9 AM on Thursday May 20, 2010 at the Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc.

Prayers will be recited at 9:00 AM on Thursday following calling hours at the Funeral Home with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM in Ascension Parish, St. Anthony’s Church 122 Liberty St. Batavia, NY 14020.

Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Batavia. 

The family suggests memorials to a charity of the donor’s choice or for Mass Offerings in his name.  For more information or to sign the online guest registry please go to www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or call 343-8260. Arrangements by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 W. Main St. Batavia, NY 14020.


Batavia - Mrs. Diana Pott Nanni, 70, of Batavia, formerly of Oakfield, died Saturday, May 15, 2010at the Buffalo VA Medical Center.

Mrs. Nanni was born April 18, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Geraldine Horvath of Batavia and the late John Pott.

She served with the Women's Army Corps from 1960 – 1961.

Survivors include two sons, Raymond S. (Dr. Susan Knight) Nanni of Spring Hill, Tennessee and Jason C. Nanni of Oakfield; a daughter, Teri M. (Scott) Nanni-Boring of Oakfield; nine grandchildren, Airman Allan W. Whitcroft, Jr. of Mississippi, Jennifer A. Whitcroft of LeRoy, James C. Whitcroft of Churchville, Laura E. Whitcroft of Oakfield, Samantha L. Boring of Oakfield,  Megan K. Boring of Batavia, Michael E. Boring of Batavia, Ryan S. Nanni of Batavia and Kayla R. Nanni of Spring Hill, Tennessee.

Friends may call on Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield, where a prayer service will follow at 12 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. Condolences may be made at www.burdettandsanford.com.


eagle1.bmpAge 66, of Batavia, died Friday morning May 14 at his home surrounded by his family while under the care of Hospice. Born November 10, 1943 in Buffalo son of the late John & Caroline (Schwartz) Finkney, he was preceded in death by a sister Pam Heineman, brothers Gerald and Kenneth Finkney.

An Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict, he worked for over 20 years at US Gypsum. Mr. Finkney was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, trapping, camping and car repairs. Most important was time spent with his family especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving is his beloved wife of 43 years Nancy (Joyce) Finkney of Batavia; his children Tammy (Troy Glover) Finkney of Oakfield; John Finkney of Pembroke and James (Brooke) Finkney of Corfu. Siblings Ronald (Betty) Finkney of Corfu; Linda (Vince) Heineman of Oakfield; Lois (Loren) Faulker of Pembroke; Diane (Marvin) Rosenberg of Pembroke; Carol (Brian) O'Brien of Williamsville; a brother-in-law Gerard Heineman of Corfu. 10 grandchildren John, Christian, Jordan, Hannah and Cylie Finkney; Carl, Michael Shetler; Tyler Penepent; Cody & Blake Pahuta; 5 great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

There is no prior visitation. A Celebration of Life will be held 2:00 PM Saturday May 22, 2010 at the St. Mary's Church Hall in East Pembroke. Memorial are suggested to the family.

Arrangements were completed by the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 ~ for more information call  (585) 343-7500. 


Basom - Mrs. Helen B. Kumpf, 93, of Basom, died Sunday, May 16, 2010at United Memorial Medical Center.

Mrs. Kumpf was born June 29, 1916 in Otter River, Massachusetts, a daughter of the late Charles and Frances Bacewski Burbules, Sr.

Her husband, William Kumpf, died in 1993.

Survivors include a brother, Henry (Lorraine) Burbules of Basom; two sisters, Frances Zigrossi of Basom and Beatrice Cook of Medina; and a sister-in-law, Adeline Burbules of Williamsville.

She was the sister of the late Charles Burbules, Jr. and Mary B. Zigrossi.

Funeral services and burial will be private according to Mrs. Kumpf’s wishes. Condolences may be made at www.burdettandsanford.com.

Arrangements were completed by the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield.


Batavia - Mr. Joseph A. Coppini, 84, of Batavia, died Friday, (May 14, 2010)at Medina Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Coppini was born May 6, 1926 in Caledonia, a son of the late Peter and Angelina (Cappotelli) Coppini.

He worked for over 40 years at Lapp Insulator and was a veteran serving with the United States Army from 1950 to 1952. He was a member of Resurrection Parish-St. Joseph's Church and the American Legion Post #567 in LeRoy. Mr. Coppini also loved bowling.

Survivors include his wife, Lorraine (Thompson) Coppini of Batavia, whom he married June 18, 1955; two daughters, Nancy Coppini of Batavia and Cathy Coppini of Perry; two brothers, Peter (Pearl) Coppini of Caledonia and Anthony (Barbara) Coppini of Silver Springs and several nieces and nephews.

He is a brother of the late Velma Merola, Olympia "Lee" DiLiberto, Louise Paladino, Beatrice Henry, Rita Ianiro, James Coppini, Albert Coppini, Carmen Coppini and Angelo Coppini.  

Calling hours are Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Resurrection Parish - St. Joseph Site, 303 East Main Street, Batavia. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Batavia. Memorials may be made to the family to be distributed to various charities. Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com


JENKINS, EDNA0001.jpgEdna J. Jenkins, 78 of Batavia, died Tuesday (May 11, 2010) at Batavia Nursing Home.

She was born in Warren Pa, on April 12, 1932 a daughter of the late Archibald and Julia Gaboa Smith.

Mrs. Jenkins was a LPN having worked for the Batavia Nursing Home and the former St. Jerome Hospital. She enjoyed knitting, creating crafts, watching football news and CSI. She was a wonderful cook and was a history enthusiast.

Surviving is a daughter, Dania Jenkins of Batavia. Three grandchildren: Dustin, Victoria and Elijah Bogue all of Batavia. Two sisters: Betty Cornwell of Corry, PA and Janet Snyder of VA. Nieces and nephews also survive.

Friends may call Saturday (May 15, 2010) from Noon to 2 PM at the J. Leonard Mcandrew Funeral Home, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia where services will commence at 2 PM. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Those desiring may make memorials to the family.

Arrangements were entrusted to the: J. Leonard Mcandrew Funeral Home, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia. Ronald P. Konieczny, Director & Veteran.


Cheektowaga - Mrs. Doris M. Wozniak, 85, of Cheektowaga, formerly of West Batavia, a store manager at Two Guys, Cheektowaga, died Wednesday, May 12, 2010at St. Francis of Williamsville. 

Mrs. Wozniak was born January 10, 1925 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Learine and Helen Mildred (Myers) Fuller.

She was a member of Ascension Parish, St. Anthony's Church, was a manager at Woolworth's and J.C. Penney's in Buffalo and worked at Ebling Laundry in Batavia.

Her husband, Joseph M. Wozniak, died August 15, 1986.

Survivors include a son, Joseph (Diann) Wozniak of Cheektowaga, 2 sisters, Mary Snyder of LeRoy, Geraldine Foster of Batavia, 2 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 

She is the sister of the late Elizabeth Cleveland and Shirley Munt.

Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia where prayers at 9 a.m. Monday will be followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 9:30 a.m. at Ascension Parish, St. Anthony's Site. Memorials may be made to Salvation Army, 529 East Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020. Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery, Batavia. Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

South Alabama - Mrs. Pamela J. "Mamoo" VanBuren, 51, of South Alabama, passed away Monday, (May 10, 2010)at Roswell Park Cancer Institute after a courageous battle with cancer.

Mrs. VanBuren was born March 31, 1959 in Batavia, a daughter of Cecelia (Bomhoff) Maxwell of South Alabama and the late Joseph G.  Maxwell.

She was a crew leader at Prime Materials in Batavia. She enjoyed football and baseball and was a Buffalo Bills and New York Yankees fan.

Surviving along with her mother are her husband, Robert VanBuren of Batavia; a son, Jason VanBuren of Oakfield; a daughter, Chasity VanBuren of Oakfield; a sister, Bernie Maxwell of Rochester; two grandsons, Josiah and Cayden; a special friend, Heidi VanBuren; several aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.

Her brother, Dennis "Kraco" Maxwell passed away May 15, 2008 also of cancer.  

Calling hours are Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield. Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday also at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Cecilia's Cemetery, Oakfield. Memorials may be made to the family. Condolences may be made at www.burdettandsanford.com.


Paxton Michael Brooks

LeRoy - Paxton Michael Brooks, son of Amy Kennedy and Matthew Brooks of LeRoy, died prior to birth on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at United Memorial Medical Center, in Batavia.

Surviving along with his parents are his brother, Rhome Brooks of LeRoy; his sister, Haiden Brooks of LeRoy; his grandparents, Geraldine Cowell of LeRoy, Ann Kennedy of Batavia, Raymond Woeller of LeRoy and Michael Kennedy of Albion; several aunts, uncles.  

Friends may attend services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.   





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