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Corfu - James T. Schnellinger, 78, of Corfu, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday (May 7, 2015).

Jim operated a landscape nursery at his home and was retired from National Fuel Gas in Batavia and Clarence, where he also was a past president of Local 2154, IBEW. Jim was a past president of the Pembroke Woodturners Guild and a member of woodturning groups in Buffalo.

Jim was an active member of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, formerly St. Francis Church, in Corfu.

Beloved husband of Elizabeth; dear father of James, Jeffrey (Virginia), and William (Soon-Gill); loving grandfather of Alex and Renee; dear brother of Michael Schnellinger (Elizabeth) and Barbara Davis, and loving uncle of several nieces and nephews. Jim was a good, kind and generous man. He was much loved by all who knew him and he will be deeply missed.

There is no prior visitation. A Memorial Mass will be held Monday, Twelve o’clock Noon, at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish (St. Francis Church), 18 West Main Street, Corfu. Flowers are gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers, friends and family may send memorials to the Genesee County Hospice or to Roswell Park Memorial Institute, Buffalo, NY.  Arrangements were made by the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu.

flag.jpgRolland Gustav Kickbush, “Kick”, 87, passed from this life on February 13, 2015, in Evanston, IL . He has joined his wife of 47 years, Carol Kickbush, who died in 1998. A long term resident of Batavia, New York, he is survived by three daughters, Karen and her husband, Allan Dennis of Evanston, IL; Julianne and her husband, Morris Haas of Richmond, Virginia; and Barbara Kickbush and her spouse, Kathy Nicol of Pulaski and Buffalo, New York. He is also survived by three granddaughters, Amanda,… Carrie and Kirby, and three great grandsons, Atticus, Finneas and Calder, along with his brothers and sister: Jeanette Kickbush of Gowanda, New York (wife of his late brother Robert), Raymond (and Nancy) Kickbush of Valparaiso, Indiana; Richard (and Sherry) Kickbush, of Branson, Missouri, Edna (and the late Paul) Kuder of Gahanna, Ohio; and 19 nieces and nephews scattered across the U.S.

Rolland is the son of Rena Boberg and Leonard Kickbush of Cattaraugus, New York. He served in the U.S. Army at the end of World War II, and recalls his time in Japan handling army discharge paperwork as an adventure for a boy from a small town in Upstate New York. Following the war, he took classes at Bryant Stratton Business School in Buffalo, New York, and worked for International Harvester. In the early 1960s he became Manager of Batavia Farm Equipment for many years. He also enjoyed golfing and playing cards with friends, Scrabble and Buffalo Bills football games with his daughters. Rolland loved people and life itself and his family will celebrate his life in a Memorial Service at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Batavia where he was a member for years, on Tuesday, May 12, at 10:30 a.m.

Memorial contributions in Rolland’s name may be made to Midwest Young Artists, 878 Lyster Road, Highwood, IL 60040, www.mya.org, a non-profit music school founded by his son-in-law, Allan Dennis, who was Orchestra Director at Batavia High School in 1970-71. For more information call Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. (585) 343-8260

Pavilion ~ Linda J. Mott, age 72, of Lake Road, passed away Friday evening (May 1, 2015) at home after a lengthy illness in the loving presence of her family.

     Mrs. Mott was born June 30, 1942 in Lackawanna, N.Y., a daughter of the late James and Helen Mansfield Karr.

     She will be remembered for her love and devotion to her family and to her church.  She was a member of the Pavilion First Baptist Church, where she played piano and organ.  She enjoyed reading, singing and cooking for her family.

     She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Eugene F. Mott; her children, Rebecca (Lorne) Green of Wyoming, Jonathan (Kelly) Mott of Batavia, James Mott of Batavia, Amanda Blakeslee of Pavilion and Allison (Timothy) Crawford of Batavia; 20 grandchildren; her siblings, Janet (Mark) Palmer of Macomb, MI, Deborah (Gary) Goyette of Henrietta, James Karr of Rochester, David (Anna) Karr of Henrietta, Jeffrey (Linda) Karr of Parrish, FL, Thomas (Allison) Karr of Syracuse and Timothy Karr of Macomb, MI, along with several nieces, nephews and dear friends.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her mother and father in law, Raymond and Evelyn Mott.

     Family and friends may call on Friday from 2 ~ 4 and 7 ~ 9 at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Rd. (Rt. 19), LeRoy.  Memorial Services will be held on Saturday at 1:00 PM at the Pavilion First Baptist Church.  Interment in Stafford Rural Cemetery will be private.

     The courtesy of No Flowers is requested with memorials suggested to either Genesee Cancer Assistance, Inc. or the Pavilion First Baptist Church.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Mrs. Mott's family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

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

Daniel G. Forsyth, 57 of Batavia, passed away Friday May 1, 2015 at his home. He was born June 2, 1957 in Batavia to George Forsyth of Batavia and the late Betty (Snyder) Lane.

Dan was extremely loved and always willingly received his family’s joking antics.  He will fondly be remembered as a kind and patient father. By his family and friends he will be thought of as a lover of Zweigles, and peanut butter.  In his heart was a tender place for his family pets, and who could forget cow 600 who would nibble sheets of paper he fed her.  He was a workaholic who really just wanted to bask in the sun.  Even when facing the most difficult of situations he was thoughtful before speaking or acting. For strength he relied on the Lord and he relished in the times he spent with his beloved granddaughter Abigail.

He is survived by the apple of his eye; daughter Jessica M. (Lucas General) Forsyth of Batavia; her mother Lori Forsyth of Oakfield; granddaughter Abigail Rose Bestine of Batavia; sisters Deborah (William) Fries, Sandra (Robert) Wells both of Oakfield along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday May 6, 2015 from 10 to 11 AM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. An 11:00 AM Celebration of Life will follow at the Funeral Home. He will be laid to rest at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to World Vision at www.worldvision.org or to Oakfield United Methodist Church 2 Main St. Oakfield, NY 14125. 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.
 

DIANE - age 63, passed away peacefully at her home in St. Pete Beach, FL May 1, 2015. She was born October 4, 1951 in Oakfield, NY to Stanley and Anna Weber of Basom, NY; surviving is her beloved husband, Dr. Michael Spinelli of FL; loving mother of, Julie (John) Falkowski of Batavia, Jodie (Alan) Borlaug of East Bethany, Jason (Carrie) Becker of Penfield, Jared (Shaun) Becker of Boston, MA; cherished grandmother of, Jerica and Jorryn Falkowski, Alan Jr., Alissa and Mariah Borlaug, Charlotte and Delia Becker; sister of, Barbara (Mike) Strollo of New Port Richey, FL, Stanley (Kate) Weber of LeRoy, Brian (Kelly) Weber of Porter, NY and the late JoAnn Weber and Alan Weber; several nieces and nephews survive.

   Please join Diane's family in a celebration of her life on Wednesday May 6 from 6-8 pm at the DIBBLE FAMILY & EVENT CENTER 4110 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020. Memorials in her memory can be made to a charity of the donor's choice and the family kindly requests that you bring any photos/memories you wish to share.

The family of Diane Weber Spinelli is being cared for by the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020 (585)343-7500 ~ Please share your memories and words of comfort with Diane's family at www.tomaszewskifh.com

 

 

BEATRICE E. REEVES - age 93, of Corfu died peacefully Sunday afternoon April 26, 2015 at the Genesee County Nursing Home. She was born February 3, 1922 in Buffalo, NY a daughter of the late Joseph and Bernadette (Carroll) Betzer also preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Reeves in 1993; brother, Joseph Betzer and granddaughter, Rhonda Reeves.

   Bea had a very strong faith, enjoyed reading and most of all the time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

   Surviving are her devoted children, Richard (Patricia) Reeves of Corfu, June Harrison of Lancaster and Betty (Winfred) Wilson of FL; sisters, Marie Rogers of Rochester and Carol Redman of Hamburg; 7 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

   There is no prior visitation, a Celebration of Life will be held 11:00 am Saturday June 13, 2015 at the Millgrove Bible Church 11517 Genesee Street Alden, New York 14004. Memorials in her memory are suggested to the church, she will be laid to rest alongside her husband in North Pembroke Cemetery.

   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 BEATRICE E. REEVES IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020.

Batavia - June E. Stack, 80, of Batavia, a Certified Nurse’s Aide at Genesee County Nursing Home from where she retired, died Thursday, April 30, 2015 at United Memorial Medical Center, surrounded by her family. 

Mrs. Stack was born June 15, 1934 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Russell and Florence (Heffer) McClurg.

She was a member of the Oakfield United Methodist Church for over 50 years and of the Batavia Senior Quilters.  She enjoyed quilting, knitting, baking, playing games and knitted mittens for strangers. She was a great role model and never said no to a favor.  She was a care giver to several elderly in the community and she did all with a tender unselfish heart. 

She is predeceased by her first husband, Gerald Quartley who died in 1969 and her second husband, Daniel Stack, who died in 2009.

Survivors include 4 children, Karen (James) Harden of Hampton, VA, Paul Quartley of Oakfield, Brenda (Brian) Richardson of Basom and Nancy (Scott) Baxter of Batavia; 6 grandchildren, Eric (Megan), Ryan, Nicolette and Brandon Richardson, Stefani (Andrew) Campbell and Dani Baxter; 3 great-grandchildren;  a brother, Roy McClurg of Stafford; a sister, Lois (Edward) Schutt of Corfu, 2 sisters-in-law, Ethel McClurg of LeRoy and Eleanor Breen of Webster; 2 brothers-in-law, Robert (Kris) Stack of Pembroke and Gerald Tomaszewski of Batavia; as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was the sister of the late Ralph, Everett and Kenneth McClurg and Ruth Baubie.  

Friends may call on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Ave., Oakfield, where services will be at 11a.m., Monday.    Burial will be in Cary Cemetery in Oakfield.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family to be distributed to various charities.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.burdettandsanford.com.

John “Jack” C. Siracuse Jr., 60, of Batavia passed away peacefully on Tuesday April 28, 2015 at his residence. He was born August 23, 1954 in Puerto Rico Air Force Base to the late John Siracuse and Angeline (Maniace) Siracuse of Batavia.

John worked for Lend Lease Trucking in Batavia. He loved riding his Harley and walking his dog Jake.  He enjoyed visiting with all of his friends. John loved sitting on his porch and enjoying life.

He is survived by his loving wife Sandra D. (Conrad) Siracuse of Batavia; children John, Christopher and Candice Siracuse all of Batavia; brother Daniel Siracuse of Batavia; sister Sherry Siracuse of Batavia along with many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. A 10:30 AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday May 4, 2015 at Ascension Parish 15 Sumner Street Batavia, New York 14020.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family. 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.

Janice L. (Poodry) Falcone of Weymouth, MA, died April 26, 2015.

She was the daughter of the late Chief Roy O. and Julia B. (Crouse) Poodry. 

Janice was a proud member of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga Nation.  For over 20 years, she was the Employment and Training Director at the North American Indian Center of Boston.  She was a 20 year member of the Massachusetts Indian Commission. Janice was the recipient of numerous Department of Labor Awards for her outstanding achievements throughout her work career.

She was the beloved wife of 47 years to Guy Falcone of Weymouth, MA.  Loving mother of Deborah Falcone and her husband Matthew Bace of North Andover, MA and Anthony Falcone and his wife Stormy of Watsonville, CA.  Cherished “Grandma” of Katherine, Sarah, Alex, Aria, Melody and Lillian. Dear sister of Wilma Ianni and her husband Angelo of Akron, NY and the late Neal and Susanne Poodry. Janice is also survived by many loving cousins and friends.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Friday (May 1st) from 11:00am – 1:00pm at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 John St. , Akron, NY, where services will follow at 1:00pm, with Rev. Robert Dean officiating. .  Burial will be in the Tonawanda Seneca Indian Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 JOHN ST., AKRON, NY 14001. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR & PROPRIETOR.

Julia M. Brzezniak,100, of Batavia passed away peacefully on Sunday April 26, 2015 at Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born April 9, 1915 in Buffalo, New York  to the late John (Sarah) Rzepka. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Walter Bzezniak; son Ronald Brzezniak; brother Jack Rzepka and sisters Helen Eckhart, Florence Sherwood, and Leona Woods. 

Mrs. Brzezniak was an active member of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish and the American Rose Society. She was involved with various charities and was known for her giving nature. You could often find her gardening as that was something she was truly passionate about.

She is survived by her son John (Ann) Brzezniak of Batavia; daughter Janet Brzezniak of Batavia; grandchildren Jennifer Ruhlman; Michael (Christina), Jonathyn, and Jaret (Michelle) Brzezniak; great-grandchildren Michael Ruhlman; Evelyn, Emily, Amelia, Elandria and Emmyt Brzezniak along with many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Friday May 1, 2015 from 10 AM- 11:15AM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A 12:00 Noon Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday May 1, 2015 at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish (Holy Name of Mary) 8656 Church St. East Pembroke, NY 14056. She will be laid to rest at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Maximilian Kolbe 18 West Main Street Corfu, NY 14036 or to the Batavia VA Medical Center 222 Richmond Ave, 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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