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Pastor Charlie Piscitello, 69, of Batavia, died peacefully at the Gowanda Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on July 30, 2012. He was born December 4, 1942 in Buffalo to the late Anthony (Anna Gullo) Piscitello. Born with cataracts and glaucoma, and having several childhood accidents resulting in the removal of both eyes, Charlie (then known as Chuck) attended the New York State School for the Blind. It was there on a coal pile that he found a guitar. Grounded to his room for being off limits, he taught himself to play the guitar, and later formed a band with several classmates and an instructor at the school. Charlie’s first recordings of his music were made there on heavy vinyl disks. After leaving the school in 1961, Charlie formed his own band, playing various Western New York venues.
        Charlie later moved to the Southern Tier and hired a manager, John Parialis, with Pyramid Sound, based in Ithaca, NY. He began touring more widely, eventually being in the “right place at the right time” to fill in for the Eagles, whose transportation failed to get them to their gig as the opening act for Blood, Sweat, and Tears. Charlie’s music and charm impressed members of the band, who offered him a contract to continue the tour. With the stage name “Charlie Starr,” Charlie cut several single 45 rpm recordings as well as two albums, entitled “Just Plain Charlie” and “Tough and Tender.” Charlie’s musical career spanned all fifty states, touring with individuals and groups which included the Moody Blues, James Taylor, Johnny Cash and the Carter family, Tina Turner, and the Carpenters, in addition to a tour of Europe with Yes. James Taylor graciously offered Charlie his song, “One Man Dog” in reference to Charlie’s guide dog, Princess, pictured on Charlie’s “Just Plain Charlie” album cover.
        Charlie rarely talked of his musical career in the later decades of his life, as his first love was Jesus. Abandoning fame and fortune to tune pianos and serve the Lord, Charlie left his musical career and dedicated his music and his life to the Lord. In 1991, while living on a dairy farm in Greene, NY, Charlie met his wife, Judi, and not long after their marriage in 1992, Charlie began a small Bible study group in their home here in Batavia.
        While completing his associate degree in counseling at Genesee Community College (GCC), Charlie worked at the Genesee Region Independent Living Center, and upon completion of his bachelor’s degree from Empire State College in 1994, he was hired by GCC to work for the Center of Academic Progress. In 1997, he was ordained as a pastor by the Worldwide Church of God. Pastor Charlie founded the Batavia Christian Fellowship, which later became one with Faith Community Chapel.

In 2002, he was among the first to be awarded the New York State Senate Achievers’ Award by Senator Mary Lou Rath. When his health began to fail, he pastored A Little House Church. During the early years of his ministry, Pastor Charlie was a member of the Batavia Lions Club, volunteer for the Regional Action Phone, and the Salvation Army Disaster Team. More recently, Pastor Charlie was involved in the Monday morning prayer ministry of Care-A-Van Ministries, and occasionally joined the Care-A-Van Band, sharing the wonderful gospel of Jesus at every opportunity. He is preceded in death by a brother Dominic and sister Louise.

He is survived by his beloved wife Judi (Ingram) Piscitello; sons Dominic (Tracy), Joe (Julie), Michael (Terra) and Angelo; six grandchildren JoAnna, Emily, Dominic, Paige, Joey and Kathryn Rose (Kate) Piscitello; siblings Anthony (Sandy), John (Diane), Randy (Henny), Robin (Gotowka) Piscitello, sister-in-law Patricia along with numerous nieces and nephews. 

Friends may call from 11 AM to 2 PM on Saturday August 4, 2012 at Discovery Chapel 315 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A 2:00 PM Funeral Services will take place on Saturday August 4, 2012 at the Church. Interment will take place at Grand View Cemetery in Batavia.     

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Care-A-Van Ministries 4 Lewis Ave. Batavia, New York 14020. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or call (585) 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

Myron E. Bogue, 73, of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Monday (July 30, 2012) at his residence.

 He was born in Elba, NY on February 28, 1939, a son of the late Myron A. Bogue and Vera Markham Bogue of Batavia.

Myron was a transportation driver for ARC Recycling in Batavia prior to his retirement.  He enjoyed collecting clocks and building model trucks and cars.

Survivors include two daughters, Pamela (William) Crawford of Sardinia, NY and Annette (Timothy Slivinski) Estrada of LeRoy.  Son, David Bogue of Batavia. Eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Sisters, Essie Torres of Depew and Sharon Choka of Bergen. Brothers, Robert Bogue of PA and Timothy Bogue of  Eden.  Dear friend, Geraldine Foster of Batavia.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

He was the brother of the late Hank Bogue and Delores Taggart.

Friends of the family are cordially invited to share their thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the family from 5-7pm on Wednesday at the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia.  A funeral service will be conducted at the conclusion of visitation at 7pm. 

Interment will be in Mt. Albion Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Homecare and Hospice.

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

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

Mary Rose Zielinski, 97, of Batavia, died peacefully Saturday (July 28, 2012) at United Memorial Medical Center.

She was born in Batavia on January 19, 1915, a daughter of the late Walter and Stella Smolarkiewicz Wozniak.

She was a member of Resurrection Parish and a homemaker for most of her life.

Mary was the wife of the late Anthony J. Zielinski who died in 1967.

Survivors include a daughter, Rosemary (Steve) Martian of California. Son in-law, Joseph F. Riggi of Byron. Daughter in-law, Rhonda Zielinski of Florida.  Granchildren, Joseph A. Riggi of Rochester, Michael Riggi of Batavia, Mary Zielinski and Amanda Zielinski, both of Rochester and Timothy (Angel) Zielinski of Attica. Sister in-law, Gladys Zielinski of Batavia and several nieces and nephews.

She was the mother of the late Anthony Zielinski and Nancy Zielinski Riggi.  Sister of the late Walter, William, Carl and Esther Wozniak, Alfreda Mohler and Helen Hundredmark.

Friends of the family are cordially invited to share their thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the family on Tuesday from 4-8pm at the J.LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, 9:30am at Resurrection Parish (St. Mary’s Site). 

Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Byron Rescue Squad.

Arrangements were entrusted to the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY 14020. Ronald Konieczny II, Director & Proprietor.

Susan Wahr, 64 of Batavia, died July 27, 2012 at Highland Hospital in Rochester. She was born August 21, 1947 in Buffalo to the late Lee (Joanna Klein) Sheasley. Sue was employed at United Memorial Medical Center in the Women’s Care Center and at the Batavia Nursing Home for many years in the office. She enjoyed her flower beds at home and baking.  The real joy in her life was her 6 grandchildren whom she loved dearly.

She is survived by her companion of 25 years Paul Ficarella of Batavia; sons Jeffrey Wahr of Alden; Johnnie Wahr of Batavia; sister Audrey (James) Kirkwood of Indiana;  6 grandchildren Drew VanBuren, Carson Ficarella, Dellany Maxwell, Alexis, Miles, and Lydia Wahr

Friends may call on Sunday July 29, 2012 from 4 to 8 PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company Inc. 329-333 West Main St Batavia, NY 14020. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM on Monday July 30, 2012 at the Funeral Home. Interment will take place in Grandview Cemetery, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family. 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 West Main Street Batavia, NY 14020.

Arthur L. Kirkum, 75 of Batavia, died July 22, 2012 at the United Memorial Medical Center. He was born on May 22, 1937 in Cameron, NY to the late Elmer (Martha Vanzile) Kirkum. Art enjoyed horses and was well known as a member of the Niagara Frontier Horseman's Association and a lifelong member of the Attica Rodeo Association. He also had a lifelong passion for hunting, trapping, snowmobiling, stockcar racing, and NASCAR. He will be fondly remembered as a skilled gardener by those that frequented his roadside stand and for his weekly trips to local auctions where he sold his produce. He retired from My-T- Acres in 1995 after 33 years.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years Geraldine E. (Shoemaker) Kirkum of Batavia; son Ritchie Kirkum of Oakfield; daughters Deborah Kirkum of Batavia; Brenda (Peter) Chartraw of Oakfield; grandchildren Ritchie (Jennifer) Kirkum Jr., Jason, Jared, Paige Kirkum, Nicole Burlock, Melissa, Lindsay Bartholf, David Bartholf Jr., Bridget, Brooke Chartraw, great-grandchildren Riley, Colin Kirkum, Jonathon, Jacob Stewart, two sisters along with many nieces and nephews.  

There will be no prior calling hours. A Memorial Service will be held at the Alabama Fire hall on  August 11, 2012 at 1:00 PM.     

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family. 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 West Main Street Batavia, NY 14020.

Shirley Bellinger Chadwick, 82 of Buffalo, died peacefully on Tuesday (July 24, 2012) with her children at her side.

She was born Shirley Jewel Bellinger on June 12, 1930, a daughter of the late John and Elsie (Cook) Bellinger.

Shirley lived her entire life in the Buffalo area.  She was top of her class throughout her schooling career.  In grades 7 and 8, she recieved the Jessie Ketchum award, being top in her class.  She graduated from Layfette High School where she was valedictorian, then went to Buffalo State College and received her Batchelor's Degree where she was top of her class. Then she pursued her Masters Degree in Education.  She taught in the LeRoy School District for three years before moving to Williamsville, where she spent the next 25 years raising four children.  She was a part-time piano teacher, helping develop the Robert Pace music program. She was very active in the Pendleton Free Methodist Church and the Genesee Conference for over 30 years, being a Free Methodist her entire life.
She was also very active at Lighthouse Christian Camp from childhood, never missing a camp for 71 years.  She was a Girl Scout growing up and as an adult, she was active in developing programs in the Williamsville community. 

She was married to George F. Chadwick for a happy 54 years until his death in 2006.  She was an animal lover, especially her cats.  For 44 years she had two Siamese cats living in her home, replacing each as they would pass away.

Survivors include her two sons, Rev. John (Patti) Chadwick of Batavia and David (Denise) Chadwick of Newfane.  Two daughters, Peggy (Tom) Garcia of Hamburg and Sharyl Chadwick of Clarence.  Also survived by 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grancchildren.

She was the sister of the late Elsie Cropp.

Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service on Friday (July 27th), 11am at J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia.  A luncheon will follow at Northgate Free Methodist Church South Campus, 350 Bank Street, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society or a favorite animal shelter.

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

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

     Family and friends are invited to attend an 11:00 AM Graveside Service on Wednesday July 25 at Cary Cemetery in Oakfield for Ralph who died March 6, 2012 at his home in Batavia. Memorials in his memory are suggested to HomeCare & Hospice 550 East Main Street Batavia, New York 14020 and for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.

THE FAMILY OF RALPH E. SHIPLEY WAS CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020.

     Age 91, of Oakfield, died peacefully Sunday evening July 21, 2012 at Crossroads House. She was born July 5, 1921 in Rochester, NY, daughter of the late George & Ida (Sutter) Welker also preceded in death by her husband Henry Seager in 1982 along with two brothers and two sisters.

     Mrs. Seager was an avid card player, animal lover who raised many cats and dogs over the years. Arline was very family oriented and happiest when she was with her late husband and family.

     There is no prior visitation and funeral services will be held privately by the family. Memorials in Arline's memory are suggested to Crossroads House 11 Liberty Street Batavia or the Genesee County Animal Shelter. For more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.

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

Jonathan Martinez, 24, of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Monday (July 23, 2012) at Crossroads House in Batavia.

He was born in Bronx, NY on May 10, 1988, a son of Juan Martinez of Bronx, NY and Migdalia Vazquez of Batavia, NY.

Jonathan was employed as a waiter at the Mi Rancho Viejo Restaurant in Batavia and enjoyed basketball and had a great sense of humor.  He was a respectful gentleman and was a wonderful father to his little girl.

Surviving besides his parents, is his daughter Jonelis M. Martinez of Batavia. Sisters, Sylvia (Arturo Ramirez) Castillo of Batavia, Cynthia (Rohan) Hanson of Florida, Elena Vega and Ruth Martinez, both of Batavia.  Eight nieces and nephews, several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Tuesday (July 24th), 7pm at New Hope Church, 8052 Bank St. Rd., Batavia.  Funeral services and interment will take place in Manati, Puerto Rico.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

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 Konieczny II, Director & Proprietor.

Angeline M. Oliver, 88 of Batavia died peacefully on July 23, 2012 at the New York State Veterans Home @ Batavia surrounded by her family. She was born September 13, 1923 in Batavia to the late Samuel (Antoinette Irrera) Oddo Sr.. Mrs. Oliver owned and operated Angie’s Beauty Salon in Batavia. She was an avid Bingo player that enjoyed cooking, baking, entertaining and most of all loved spending time with her family. She is preceded in death by two grandsons Stephen D., Douglas J. Smith Jr., great-grandson Landon Smith; step-son Warren M. Oliver; step-daughter Ronnie L. Laskaras; brothers Nicholas; William and Anthony Oddo.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 41 years Ronald R. Oliver of Batavia; sons Douglas J. (Valerie) Smith of Batavia; Arthur J. (Trisha) Smith of Corfu; daughters Kathi I. (Robert) Peffer of Cypress, TX; Pamela A. (Ed Keene) Smith of Batavia; Deanna M. Degeest of Batavia; step-sons David M. Oliver of Dalton; Keith P. (Vicki) Oliver of Lyndonville; step-daughter Cynthia P. Jakubisn; brothers Joseph (Frances) Oddo; Samuel (Theresa) Oddo; Richard (Donna) Oddo all of Batavia; sisters Sarah (Charles) Passamonte of Batavia; Katherine (Bart) Turchiarelli of Williamsville; Anne (Nicholas) DiStefano of West Seneca; 13 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews. 

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM on Thursday July 26, 2012 at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. 11:00 AM Funeral Services will take place on Friday July 27, 2012 at the Funeral Home. Interment will take place at Elmwood Cemetery in Batavia.     

Memorials are suggested to the New York State Veterans Home @ Batavia Activities Fund, 220 Richmond Ave. Batavia, New York 14020. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or 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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