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Robert John Van Wagnen, 87, of Batavia, loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and cousin, passed away Tuesday (August 6, 2013) at New York State Veterans Home in Batavia.  Robert is now singing “How Great Thou Art” to his Savior God.

Mr. Van Wagnen was born February 8, 1926 in West Sparta, NY, a son of the late Howard and Helen (Webster) Van Wagnen.

He is a retired farmer and also worked for the NYS School for the Blind.

Robert loved tinkering, fixed many a washer and dryer.  He loved to play cards and won most of the time.  He also loved to square dance and listen to blue grass music and in his younger days was quite the trombone player.  After retirement, Robert took up shuffle board in Florida.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years Wilma (Armison) Van Wagnen of Batavia; a son, David (Esther) Van Wagnen of Ontario, NY; three daughters, Nancy (Raymond) Argulski of Cleveland, NY, Pamela (Raymond) White of Colorado Springs, CO and Patricia (Richard) Dutton of Batavia.  Nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren also survive.

He is a brother of the late Donald Van Wagnen, Richard Van Wagnen and John Van Wagnen.

There are no prior calling hours.  Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday at First Baptist Church of Batavia, 306 East Main Street, Batavia. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials can be made to the New York State Veterans Home, Activities Department, 220 Richmond Ave., Batavia, NY 14020 or to the First Baptist Church of Batavia, 306 East Main St., Batavia, NY 14020. 

Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements were completed by the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home of Batavia, (585) 343-8868.

Age 83, of Batavia, a retired New York State Trooper (Troop A), retiring as an Investigator with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, died peacefully Tuesday morning August 6, 2013 at the New York State Veterans Home in Batavia. He was born March 15, 1930 in Stoneham, MA to the late Samuel J. & Vera (Belle) Duken also preceded in death by a brother, Donald.  

   A United States Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict. In addition to spending time with his family he enjoyed fishing, hunting, model shipbuilding and was a long time member of the Elks Club of Batavia.

   Surviving is his beloved wife, whom he married August 8, 1951, Arlene "Connie" (Horn) Duken of Batavia; loving children, Richard W. Duken of Wilmington, OH, Patricia (Michael) Reich, Diane (Benjamin) Bonarigo all of Batavia and; brother, Gilbert (Judith) Duken of Plattsburgh, NY; sister-in-law, Esperanza Duken of New Mexico; 7 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews.

   Mr. Duken's wishes were to have services held privately by the family. Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery and memorials in his memory are suggested to a charity of the donor's choice.

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

THE FAMILY OF WINFIELD R. DUKEN IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK.

 

 

 

 

   Age 72, of Batavia, died peacefully Sunday evening August 4, 2013 at his home under Family Hospice Care. He was born May 29, 1941 in Batavia, a son of the late Stanley C. & Mary (Torcello) Dombrowski.

   Stanley was a machine repair specialist at Batavia Metal Products for many years until his retirement in 2004. At a young age he developed a passion for cars and that passion carried on, and was shared with his family. In 1964 he was the NHRA Class Champion (modified production), member of the Right Coast Association, Inc. (street rods), the Lone Wolf Cruisers of Batavia and loved to take his 1931 Ford Coupe to car shows. Family, friends, cars and his dog, "Flash" were Stan's life.

   Surviving is his beloved wife of 53 years, Lorraine (Palone) Dombrowski of Batavia; loving son, Stan (Sheri) Dombrowski of Oakfield; brothers, Russ Columbo of East Bethany, Tony (Sheila) Dombrowski of TN; brother-in-law, Alan (Ginger) of Dansville; sister-in-law, Harriet Scopano of Batavia; grandchildren, Kelly of Batavia and Stanley of Oakfield; favorite nephew, Frank (Tammy) Scopano of Batavia along with many nieces and nephews.

   Stan's wishes were to have services held privately, memorials in his memory are suggested to the family and a special "THANK YOU" to his visiting nurse and friend, Kelly Whitmore for everything she has done, going above and beyond her call of duty.                                                                                                                                               

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

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

 

 

 

 

   Age 67, of Batavia died peacefully Saturday evening July 20, 2013 at the Genesee County Nursing Home. He was born December 7, 1945 in Batavia, NY to the late Edward J. & Ethel (McGiveron) Cole.

   Mr. Cole was formerly employed at O&E Growers and was an avid hunter

   Surviving are his children, Heidi (Charles Keating) Cole of Albion and Edward (Melissa) Cole of Pembroke; former wife, Diane Cole of Batavia; sister, Jane (Frank) Zielinski of Elba; niece, Terry Hirsch and nephew, David Zielinski.

   Visitation will be from 7-9 PM Tuesday August 6, 2013 at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020. Burial will be in Daw's Corners Cemetery and memorials in Bill's memory are suggested to Crossroads House 11 Liberty Street Batavia or the Genesee County Nursing Home.

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

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

 

Leo S. Mager, 89, of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Sunday (August 4, 2013) at LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home.

He was born in Batavia, NY on August 9, 1923, a son of the late Stanley and Anna Kosciolek Mager.

Leo attended Sacred Heart School and Batavia public schools.  He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and served aboard the U.S.S. Monterey as a gunner’s mate.  His wartime duty saw action in the Pacific Theater and the Philippines.  Leo was honorably discharged in 1946, receiving the Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal and the Philippine Liberation Medal.  In 1947, Leo and his brother Henry began Arctic Refrigeration Co. in Batavia and worked throughout the years with his family until his retirement in 1989.  In his retirement years, Leo was a master woodcarver and enjoyed traveling with his wife.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Evelyn Dunn Mager of Batavia. Daughter, Karen (Charles) Hart of Marion, NY. Two sons, Douglas (Diane) Mager of Belchertown, MA and David (Donna) Mager of Warsaw, NY.  Six grandchildren, Caitlyn (Adam) Bishop, Taylor Hart, Carly Hart, Andrew (Kristine) Mager, Forrest Mager and Holly Mager.  Brother, Joseph (Rosemary) Mager of Batavia. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

He was the grandfather of the late Charles Hart, Jr. and brother of the late Henry (Kathleen) Mager.

Family and friends may gather to share condolences, memories and thoughts on Wednesday from 4-7pm at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia.  Prayers will be recited on Thursday at the funeral home at 8:45am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Ascension Parish (Sacred Heart Church) at 9:30am.  Burial will be in Millville Cemetery in East Shelby, NY.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Crossroads House, 11 Liberty St., Batavia, NY 14020 or Joint Veterans of Genesee County, C/O American Legion, 8960 Alexander Rd., Batavia, NY 14020.

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

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

Gary Paul Loveland, 63, of E. Bethany, died Friday (August 2, 2013) at his residence while under Family Hospice Care.

He was born in Batavia on August 15, 1949 a son of the late Albert Loveland and Dorothy Gray Loveland of Pavilion.

Gary was a heavy equipment operator for the Genesee County Highway Department for over 40 years where he was fondly known as "Boxcar".  He served with the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1971.  While serving in Vietnam, Specialist 5th Class Gary Loveland received a Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Service in connection with ground operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam.  He successfully completed the Airborne Course on August 7, 1969 at Fort Benning Georgia and served with the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Upon his Honorable Discharge he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Parachute Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with w/60 Dev., 2 Overseas Bars and the Army Commendation Medal.

Surviving besides his mother is his wife of over 26 years, Judith Fasano Loveland, two daughters: Jennifer Doherty of Batavia and Melissa Dettman of Pavilion.  Five grandchildren: Emily Doherty, Megan Doherty, Jacob Dettman, Sarah Lis and Zachary Dettman.  Brother and sister in law, Richard and Judy Loveland of Pavilion. 

Gary enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and teaching his grandchildren about the outdoors.

There are no calling hours.  Private services will be conducted at the convenience of the family.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Family Homecare and Hospice, 550 E. Main St., Batavia.

Arrangements were entrusted to the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC., 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA.  Ronald P. Konieczny Proprietor & Director.

Anthony “Britt” DiMartino, 84 of Batavia, passed away on July 31, 2013 at the United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia. He was born August 30, 1928 in Batavia to the late Francesco (Antoinette DiPietro) DiMartino. Mr. DiMartino was the Manager of Mancuso Bowling Alley for many years. He was a United States Army Veteran; lifetime member of the St. Nicholas Social Club and was the President of Babe Ruth Senior League Baseball in Batavia for 18 years. Mr. DiMartino was a proud member of the Batavia Bowling Hall of Fame along with being part of the first father and son inductees. Britt was a lifetime member of Ascension Parish-St. Anthony’s Church, Our Lady of Loreto, and the St. Nicholas Society. He was also very active in fundraising for numerous organizations years ago and was awarded Outstanding Italian American by the Paolo Busti Cultural Foundation. He is preceded in death by his daughter Linda Anne DiMartino Engelhardt; brother Frederick DiMartino and a sister Angeline Wyrwa.

Britt is survived by his beloved wife Providence (Gullo) DiMartino of Batavia; sons Phillip (Susan); Frank (Maria) both of Batavia; Anthony (Helen) DiMartino of Oswego; sister Mary DiMartino of Batavia; 9 grandchildren Matthew, Lindsey, Jason, Ryan, Taylor, Hannah DiMartino; Brandon Hines; Ricky and Mary Noel Engelhardt; 2 great-grandchildren Gavin and Dylan DiMartino; along with many nieces and nephews. 

Friends are invited to call on Sunday August 4, 2013 from 2 to 5 PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A 10:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday August 5, 2013 at Ascension Parish 19 Sumner St. Batavia, NY 14020. Interment will take place in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the United Memorial Medical Center Foundation 127 North St. Batavia, NY 14020. 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.

 

Batavia - Mrs. Nunziata Eleanor Longobardi, 96, died Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at the Genesee County Nursing Home, in Batavia.

Mrs. Longobardi was born March 23, 1917 in Glasport, PA, the daughter of the late Joseph and Carmela Mangone Tramontana.

She was a member of Resurrection Parish (St. Joseph’s Church) and the Sodality of the Church, Rosary & Altar Society of Ascension Parish (St. Anthony’s Church), St. Nicholas Society, Paolo Busti Cultural Foundation and the Legion of Mary.

Survivors include two sons; Ralph (Erika) Longobardi of Fairport and Carmen (Maureen) Longobardi of Ogden; two daughters, Rita Sidari of Batavia and Anne (Robert) Platten of Florida.  Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, several great and great great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Longobardi was the mother of the late Gertrude Longobardi; mother-in-law of the late Frank Sidari and sister of the late Antonio Marie Pullinzi, Patrick Pullinzi, James Tramontana, Clara Scuderi, Mildred DiSanto and Christine Blasioli.

Friends may call on Monday from 4 to 8 PM at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 E. Main St., Batavia.  The Rosary will be recited by the Sodality of St. Joseph’s Church Tuesday, 9:00 AM preceding her  Mass of Christian Burial which will follow at 9:30 AM at Resurrection Parish (St. Joseph's Church), 303 East Main Street, Batavia.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Joseph’s School, 2 Summit St. or the Genesee County Nursing Home Activities Fund, 278 Bank St., both Batavia, NY  14020.  Entombment will be in St. Joseph's Mausoleum, Batavia.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Kathleen “Kay” Mary Mager, 84, of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Tuesday (July 30, 2013) at United Memorial Medical Center.

She was born on October 29, 1928 in Port Allegany, PA,  a daughter of the late Leon and Bertha DeLong Hurd.

Kay was a secretary for Arctic Refrigeration Co. since the inception of the business in 1947 and worked alongside her husband Henry and family.  During retirement, Kay and Henry traveled North America in their RV.  She was a member of the Batavia Society of Artists, where she held several offices and a member of the Genesee Orleans Arts Council.  Kay was also a member of Ascension Parish, the Altar and Rosary Society, Polish Falconette’s and volunteered for the Genesee County Nursing Home’s  art program.

She was the loving wife of the late Henry Mager, who died on August 20, 2009.

Survivors include two daughters, Teresa (Richard) Tamfer and Jennifer (James) Jacobs, both of Batavia.  Three sons, Richard (Victoria) Mager, Michael (Jill Smith) Mager and William (Patricia) Mager, all of Batavia. Sister in-law, Jean Hurd of Oakfield.  Brothers in-law, Leo (Evelyn) Mager and Joseph (Rosemary) Mager, both of Batavia.  Also survived by ten grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was the mother of the late Gay Mager Parker. Grandmother of the late Timothy Jon Rittersback. Great-grandmother of the late Jason Kelly and sister of the late Dolly Swift and Leroy Hurd.

Friends and family may gather to share condolences, memories and thoughts on Thursday from 4-8pm at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia.  Prayers will be recited at the funeral home on Friday at 8:45am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30am at Ascension Parish (Sacred Heart Church).  Entombment will be in St. Joseph Mausoleum.

The Rosary Society will recite the rosary on Thursday, 3:45pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads House, 11 Liberty St., Batavia, NY 14020.

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

Arrangements for Kathleen “Kay” Mager were entrusted to the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY 14020. Ronald Konieczny II, Director & Proprietor.

Mrs. Rebecca M. Calarco, 64, of Byron, a retired X-ray Technician at the Rochester VA Hospital, died Monday (July 29, 2013) at home.

Mrs. Calarco was born August 21, 1948 in Nunda, NY, a daughter of the late Ralph G. and Stella (Mallaber) Myers.

A devoted wife, mother and grandmother Becky loved spending time with her family.  She enjoyed camping, knitting and crocheting.

She is survived by her husband, James P. Calarco, whom she married June 27, 1970; one son, James P. (Kim) Calarco, Jr. of Buffalo; one daughter, Amy (Thomas) Enderle of Brockport; three brothers, James (Geri) Myers of Nunda, Ralph D. Myers of Caledonia and John A. Myers of Dalton; three sisters, Linda (Ted) Saunders of Virginia, Christine (Kevin) Shanahan of Florida and Susan (Bruce Merle) Myers of Dansville. She was grandmother of  Mya, Ava, Ethan and  Michael.  Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. 

She is the sister of the late Debbie Wiltfong.

Friends may call on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 E. Main St., Batavia. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, August 1st at 10:00 a.m., at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Brigid’s Church, 18 Gibson St., Bergen.  Burial will be in Byron Cemetery, Byron.

Memorials may be made to James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, 601 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY  14642. 

Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

 
 
 
 

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