Local Matters

Recent comments

Community Sponsors


wicks_marlene_-_photo2.jpgMarlene C. Wicks, 90 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Friday (August 5, 20220) at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

She was born July 19, 1932 in Batavia, NY, a daughter of the late William and Ethel May Smith Gahagan.

Survivors include her son and daughter in-law, Gerald and Kimberly Wicks of Clayton, NC. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was the wife of the late Donald Wicks who died in 2015 and sister of the late Elmer, Clarence and William Gahagan, Betty Sojda, Margaret Zajaczkowski, Eleanor Zajaczkowski and Elizabeth Darby.

Family and friends are invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Wednesday, Aug 17, 2022 from 3-4:30pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY, where a funeral service will commence at 4:30pm. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to First Baptist Church of Batavia, NY. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.


Our beloved "Pa", Harold Rager, entered into God’s Kingdom on August 02, 2022. His passing was very sudden and was due to heart failure. He is survived by his daughter, Heather Rager Bowman, his son in law, Timothy Bowman, and six grandchildren. A service will be held for family and friends at H.E. Turner Funeral Home in Bergen, NY. The gathering will begin at 5 pm on Friday, August 12, with a service at 6 pm to include military honors and a flag ceremony.

Harold was born to Howard and Margaret Rager on May 24, 1938, in Johnstown, PA. After graduating from Franklin high school, he spent a few years in the Navy, serving during the Korean War in Morocco. Harold met Barbara Ann Colas at her father's church, a match truly made in Heaven. Harold & Barbara would have twin boys, but the babies died while only two weeks old. They went on to have a daughter three years later, Heather. Harold served the Lord faithfully as a teacher in Christian schools for many years, when he lived in Maryland. At different times, he taught high school French, middle school math, Drama, English, and sixth grade. Harold was a loyal servant of God, first and foremost. He loved the church and loved sharing the love and warmth of our savior, Jesus Christ, through his gift of song. He loved to play the piano and sing. He sang in church and community choirs most of his life. He was a part of the local community choir in New York, the Sweden Singers, and was involved in church wherever he lived. He enjoyed gardening, reading, and cooking, especially for his family, but for whoever came through his door. Harold joins Barbara in Heaven, who passed in September of 2021 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. His kind and gentle presence, his enduring humor, and his true love for the Lord have been far-reaching blessings to those who knew him, but especially to his family. His heart may have stopped, but it was a great heart, and his love does not stop. He will be missed greatly until the Lord returns, or we join him with our Savior.

"But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.

For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words." (I Thessalonians 4:13-18).

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


franz_photo1.jpgJoanne Leatrice Porter Franz, Age 90 passed peacefully on July 31, 2022. She was born on September 15, 1931 in Buffalo, NY to Helen M. Hoak and Russell William Porter.  

Along with her parents, she is proceeded in death by the love of her life, devoted husband of 70 years, A. Richard Franz who passed on March 19, 2022, her sister Maryanne Porter; In-Laws Ethel Beanard and A. Richard Franz Sr.; Daughter Sharon Leslie Marie Franz; son, William Richard (Susan) Franz; grandsons, Adam Michael Franz and Jaxon Martin McGee.  

She leaves behind three blessed children, Gretchen (Jeffrey) Harmon, Russell (AnnMarie) Franz and  Katrina (Steven) Franz Spring; 10 grandchildren, Amy (John) McGee, William (Emily) Franz Jr., Jessica  Franz, Carrie (Jeffrey) Stann, Pamela (Jeromy) Fincher, Jordan Franz, Connor Franz, Randall (Kristen)  Spring, Katelynn (Christopher) Smith and Kristina (Mark) George Jr., 34 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great granddaughter; sister, Linda (Raymond) Braun; many cousins, nieces and nephews and very dear  lifelong friends.  

Joanne attended Amherst CSD, Class of 1949 where she met her high school sweetheart Richard. Joanne is a graduate of Rosary Hill College. She retired in 1995 from the Batavia City School District working as a teacher aid, a position she held very dear to her heart with extreme devotion to the students she helped, guided, and taught every day.  

Joanne along with her husband Richard were members of the Victims Assistance Program in Genesee County as together they helped many families with their grief and loss of their loved ones. Together they made their home in Darien for the past 65 years.  

Joanne had the ability to connect and communicate, to educate, guide, counsel and advise. Her simple devotion, joy and love for others and steadfast beliefs were her gifts in life. Her stern and simple ways left a powerful impact that sustained all who knew her. Mom was most proud of her children, family, and the legacy both her and Dad leave behind.  

Private service will be held for immediate family only.  

Arrangements were entrusted to the C.B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., Corfu, N.Y.




Joyce C. Worthington passed away peacefully in the loving arms of her Lord and Savior on August 5, 2022. She leaves behind her husband of 33 years, Edward Worthington of Batavia.

She is survived by her daughters, Paula (Jim) Dean of East Bethany, and Debbie (Don) Weis of Batavia. Additionally, she is survived by her step-children, Jerry Worthington, Judy Harper, Scott (Carolyn) Worthington, and Mike Worthington, all of Arizona. She is also survived by 2 sisters; Geri (Jim) Meyers of New Hampshire, and Bev Perry of Hunt, NY. Joyce will be sadly missed by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her first husband, Paul Gatgen; her sister, Marjorie Hollister; and her brothers, Richard and Donald Kuhn.

Joyce was a registered nurse for 40 years; her career beginning in Warsaw and taking her to Batavia, Arizona, and Florida, where she retired. She enjoyed traveling, entertaining, family parties, movies, her NY Yankees and Buffalo Bills. She loved to celebrate all occasions. Joyce and Ed attended Northgate Free Methodist Church.

The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the wonderful and caring staff at The Manor House as well as the 2nd Floor nursing staff at UMMC Batavia. Your unwavering dedication and caring for her will never be forgotten.

There will be no calling hours, a graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Crossroads House of Batavia or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in memory of Joyce.

fred.jpg  Frederick E. Czworka Sr., 79, of Attica passed away on August 8, 2022 in his sleep. Fred was born on March 18, 1943 in Batavia to the late Walter and Charlotte (Kubala) Czworka.

Fred’s passion was doing Auto Body work. He worked at Fred Spohrs Chevrolet in Attica for many years, as well as LeRoy Motors and Adessa.

He is survived by his children; June (Scott) Mead of N. Chili, Mark (Christine) Czworka of Alexander, David (Lisa) Czworka of Attica and Fred Jr. (Jennifer) Czworka of Attica; 6 grandchildren Shannon, Jeffrey, Ashley, Samantha, Dwight and Devin; 3 great-grandchildren Lukas, Noah and Hope; his brother and sisters Joseph (Donna) Czworka of Batavia, Walter (Cheri) Czworka of Arkport, Rose (Ronald) Kaczmarek of Dale, Judy (Kerry) Green of Batavia and Kenneth (Sherry) Czworka of Bennington.

At his request, there will be no prior calling hours or Funeral Service.

Memorials may be made to the Attica Fire Department 11 Water St. Attica, NY 14011.  To leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

Batavia – Marian J. Neth, age 82, passed away on Sunday, August 7, 2022 at United Memorial Medical Center.

She was born on April 12, 1940 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Lester R. and Jessie Post VanBuren.

Marian loved going to the casino, boating and tubing, gardening and tending to her flowers. She will be remembered by her family for being an amazing cook who loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Her husband, Ronald E. Neth, passed away on July 25, 1995.

She is survived by her children, Deborah (Donald) Nash of Batavia, Randy (Sharon) Neth of Waterloo and Tammy (Bob) Warden of Stroud, Oklahoma; four grandchildren, Nicole (Gregory) Voltura, Shane (Kelly) Nash, Daniel (Kara) Nash and Jeremy (Britney) Nash; six great-grandchildren, Angelo, Sara, Melissa, Jay-Lee, Madisyn and Sofia; her sister, Arlene Vanderwarker of Clarence; her sister-in-law, Diane (Thomas) Weider of Rochester and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Friday from 10 am to 12 pm at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia where services will immediately follow visitation at 12 pm. *PLEASE USE SCHOOL STREET ENTRANCE FOR VISITATION AND SERVICES*. She will be laid to rest in Grand View Cemetery, Batavia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Heart Association of Western New York, 5488 Sheridan Drive, #300, Williamsville, New York 14221 or American Cancer Society, 1120 South Goodman Street, Rochester, New York 14620. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in her memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

edwardkrzysica.jpgEdward Krzysica, 95, of Perry passed away on Sunday August 7, 2022 at the East Side Nursing Home in Warsaw. He was born on January 27, 1927 in Perry to the late Ambrose and Magdalina Krzysica. In addition to his parents, Edward is predeceased by his brothers; Walter and Joseph Krzysica and sisters; Alice (Stanley) Kisiel and Helen Krzysica.

Mr. Krzysica retired from Champion Products in Perry. He will be remembered as a happy, gentle soul who was always smiling.

He is survived by his sister-in-law Stella Krzysica of Leicester; nieces Susan Carson of Caledonia and Elaine (Ronald) Paladino of Le Roy; nephew Stanley (Donna) Kisiel of Jackson, NJ; along with several great-nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. A 10:00AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday August 11, 2022 at St. Isidore’s Parish (St. Joseph’s) 71 Leicester St. Perry, NY 14530. Edward will be laid to rest in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Perry.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Eastside Living & Rehab Center, 62 Prospect St, Warsaw, NY 14569. For more information please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530.

On August 4, 2022, Betty Baldwin, loving mother, daughter, grandma, great-grandma, sister, aunt and friend passed away peacefully in her sleep at 87. She courageously fought Alzheimer/Dementia and Pancreatic Cancer.

Betty was born on February 10, 1935 in South Oakfield, N. Y. to the late Jesse and Alta (Huey) Manes. She attended school at Oakfield-Alabama Central School.

She enjoyed researching the family ancestry on the internet, gardening especially her hens and chickens and of course ice cream.  She loved music and Christmas.

Above all, she loved spending time with her family and friends.  Be it travelling, celebrating holidays, attending concerts and the rodeo, playing cards including the family card game Pounce.

Betty is survived by her daughter Linda Baldwin Potter of Pearland, Texas and son Michael Baldwin (Stephanie Kellogg) of Batavia, N.Y. Grandchildren Nicole (Ernest “Ernie”) Watson, Julie (Ian Fundling) Potter and Stephanie McGuire all from Texas. Great-grandchildren Douglas and Rachel Watson both from Texas. She is survived by her sister Lucille Dilcher, of Muncy, PA and brother James (Barbara) Manes, of Oakfield, NY as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is preceded by daughter, Cynthia “Cindi” Baldwin Lear and her brothers Glen Owen, Robert, Jesse, Samuel Manes along with several nieces, nephew and cousins.

Visitation Hours will be at H. E Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 E Main St, Batavia, NY on August 11, 2022 from 3 to 7 pm. Betty's Funeral will be at 10 am on August 12, 2022 at the funeral home. A Celebration of Life will follow at 15 Center St, Batavia from Noon to 4 pm. Burial will be in Cary Cemetery in Oakfield.

The family would like to thank all the people who gave our mother a ride to her various appointments.

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

Patrick T. Mooney of Parmalee Rd, Leroy, passed away on August 4 at the age of 71, with his loving wife, Debbi, by his side.  Pat joins his father Andrew (Pete), mother Mathilda (Terry), sister Ann Cecere, brothers Mike, Dennis, and baby Timmy who have all gone before him.  Also predeceased by dear friends Larry Frens, Al Stringham, Abby Stringham, Pat Chatt, brother-in-law David Jackett, father-in-law Wesley Jackett, Jr., and many beloved animals including dogs Daisy, Scotty, Sadie, Elvis, Ranger, and Kelly and his kitties Buddy, Scooter, and Big Boy along with many others.  

Pat was born January 15, 1951 in Batavia and graduated from Batavia High (’70).  He was a carpenter extraordinaire for over 50 years and much admired for his creative ability to design and build without formal plans.  Back in the day, Pat, like his brother Mike, was a talented pool player and water skier.  He was an avid golfer, and quite good, playing in several leagues at Batavia Country Club.  His dad Pete owned Mooney’s Bar and Grill on Main St. in Batavia for many years.

Pat is survived by his wife and best friend of 51 years, Debbi (Jackett), along with niece Casey Cecere, nephew Shawn Cecere, and niece Kira Baugh.  Also, his sisters-in-law, Sheila Baugh, Laura Jackett, Linden Murphy, brother-in-law Kevin Baugh, brother-in-law Mark Cecere, mother-in-law Kathryn Hill and several cousins.  In addition, many dear friends, especially golf buddy Richard Werth, work partner Jeff Sanfratello , life-long friend Paul Hiscutt, Jeff Saraceni and the Table of Knowledge breakfast group at the Bergen Diner.  He is missed by his loyal and constant companion Wylie, little dog Walker and many kitties including GiGi, Rocky and Bubba.

Pat was a loyal friend, always there when someone needed a helping hand.  He loved animals and rescued many in his life.  He took pride in his home, constantly remodeling and adding buildings to his property, mowing his very large yard,  maintaining the woods and the old cemetery on the hill.  In the past few months, he enjoyed rooting for his favorite team, the Yankees.  He was a kind, decent man who will be missed by his many friends and family.

Family and friends are invited to attend Pat's Celebration of LIfe on Saturday (August 13, 2022) at 11:00 a.m. at Batavia Country Club, 7909 Byron Road in Batavia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Road, Fairport, NY 14450 or Volunteers for Animals, PO Box 1621, Batavia, NY 14021. Arrangements for Pat were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home in Batavia. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Batavia - Jerome F. Greco, 91 of Batavia, passed away on Saturday, (July 30, 2022) at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

Mr. Greco was born June 15, 1931 in Pocatello, Idaho a son of the late Charles C.  and Frances (Jordan) Greco.

Jerome was a parishioner of Resurrection Parish - St. Joseph's Church. He served his country honorably with the Air Force and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Jerome is the husband of the late Loretta (Capuano) Greco and brother of the late Sam Greco.

Surviving is his son, Charles (Rebecca) Greco of Waddell, Arizona; grandchildren, Tech Sgt. Yvonne Greco of Clovis, New Mexico and Anthony Greco of Goodyear, Arizona; a great-granddaughter, Chloe Haley of Henrietta; sister, Joanne (Joseph) Atkinson of Idaho.

Honoring Mr. Greco's request, there will be no visitation. A private Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Joseph's Church. Jerome was laid to rest in Grand View Cemetery with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital at www.stjude.org.  

Arrangements were entrusted to the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home in Batavia. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.


Copyright © 2008-2022 The Batavian. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service

blue button

News Break