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Mary Czapeczka, 90 of Corfu, passed away Wednesday (January 7, 2015), at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home.

Mary was born on August 7, 1924, in Batavia, a daughter of the late Albert and Katherine Moynihan Kohl. She was the wife of the late Joseph Czapeczka and sister of the late William Kohl, John (late Regina) Kohl and Courtney Kohl.

Mary was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.She was a dedicated caregiver, always putting others first and doing whatever was needed. Her door was always open to anyone.  Mary was a woman of many talents; she was a  gardener, a seamstress, an excellent cook and a carpenter. Mary drove a team of horses as a young woman, worked as a switchboard operator and later worked the line at the Chevrolet plant during the war. She seemed to fix anything with some thought, duck tape and a few popsicle sticks. Mary’s philosophy of life was, "There is never anything too difficult to tackle, it was all in how you looked at it.”  She took great pride in taking care of her family and in whatever she did. She was a special person and she will be deeply missed by all whose lives she touched.

Mary is survived by her children; Joseph Czapeczka Jr. of Corfu, Frank (Deb) Czapeczka of Batavia, Paul (Anita) Czapeczka of Wyoming, Ann Bantle (Jamie) of Arcade and Mary Czapeczka of Missouri; grandchildren, Adam, Jacob and Rachel;  great grandchildren, Evan, Ava and Finley; two sisters, Pauline (Leo) Pelton of Alexander and Martha (Lee) Schrader of Indiana and a sister-in-law, Clara Kohl of North Java. Many nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Friends and family may call Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc. 4 East Main Street, Corfu. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 am Saturday at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, 18 West Main Street, Corfu. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Crittenden. In lieu of flowers and to honor her caring of animals, memorials may be made to Spay Our Strays.

Bernard S. George, 86, of Batavia passed away Thursday January 8, 2015 at Batavia Health Care Center. He was born on November 17, 1928 in Batavia to the late Sylvester (Mary Petz) George. Bernard is preceded in death by brothers Paul, Lawrence, Harold and Francis George; sisters Florence Reisdorf, Mary George and Teresa Squires.

Bernard owned and operated George’s Dairy Farm prior to retirement. He was a private pilot who loved aviation. He enjoyed working on cars and traveling. Bernard was an avid gardener and also a lover of ice cream

Bernard is survived by his loving wife Mary (Zielinski) George of Batavia; children Douglas (Janet) George of Atlanta, GA., Daniel George of Stafford, Patricia (Mark) Grabosky of Fairport, Christina (Steven) Brown of Webster; sister Shirley (Thomas) Edbauer of North Tonawanda; 4 grandchildren Sidney, Eric, Tabitha and Ross along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. A 9:30 AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday January 12, 2015 at Resurrection Parish (St. Mary’s Church) 18 Ellicott Street Batavia, New York 14020.  He will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Notre Dame High School Foundation 73 Union Street Batavia, New York 14020 or Leukemia Society www.lls.org. 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.

 

Dr. Herman J. Ianni, 93, of Batavia, passed away Thursday January 8th, 2015 at the United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

Dr. Ianni was born December 17, 1921 in Oakfield, NY to Giovanni and Elizabeth Ianni.

He graduated from the University of Buffalo Dental School in 1945 with honors and was a well-respected dentist in Batavia for 43 years before retiring in 1988. He served as a Captain in the Army prior to opening his practice. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 51 years, Josephine Cosmano Ianni.

Dr. Ianni is survived by his brother, Angelo (Wilma) Ianni of Akron, sisters, Rose (Alfred) DeAngeli of Naples, FL, and Helen (Ralph) Santilli of Rochester; his children, John (Kerry) Ianni, Lynn (Andrew) Ianni Bagnall; and his grandchildren, John Anthony, Joseph, James, Brooke and Courtney.

Family and friends are invited to call from 3 – 5pm or 7 – 9 pm Monday, January 12th at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 333 West Main Street, Batavia, NY. Services will be held at 9:30 on Tuesday January 13th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 18 Ellicott Street, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association www.alz.org.  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.


 

Johanna Cromwell, 95 of Batavia, passed away Monday January 5, 2015 at Livingston County Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility. She was born on June 22, 1919 in DuBois, PA to the late Andrew (Rose Polewka) Slusar. Johanna is preceded in death by her husband Herold Cromwell; sisters Cecilia Wojkowski, Frances Wudyka, Agnes Tamila; brothers Stanley Slusar, and Henry Slusar.

Johanna worked at Chapin and Melton Shirt Factory in Batavia prior to retirement. She was a loving housewife and mother.

Johanna is survived by her children Wayne (Wilma) Cromwell of Felton, DE., Dianne Wampole of Nunday, Rollin (Elaine) Cromwell of Canaseraga; 9 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. A Funeral Service will be held at the convenience of the family. She will be laid to rest in South Sparta Cemetery.

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

Stafford / West Palm Beach ~ Matthew D. VanAlst, age 32, formerly of Roanoke Road, passed away at his home in Florida on Saturday, January 3, 2015.

     Matt was born May 13, 1982 in Warsaw, a son of William and Karen Schiller VanAlst of Stafford.  He attended LeRoy High School, and graduated from Springfield College, MA, where he also played football. 

In addition to his parents, William and Karen of Stafford, Matt is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Scott and Kate VanAlst of Webster; his niece, Gianna VanAlst; his godson, John Sheehan, a great-aunt, Dorothy Cesarano of Miami, FL, special uncle and aunt, Don and Judy Laurie of LeRoy, his beloved dogs,  Butkus & Shadow, along with many additional aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends. 

     Family and friends may call on Sunday, January 11 from 2 ~ 5 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19), LeRoy, where his Service of Remembrance will be held on Monday at 11 AM.  Interment in Stafford Rural Cemetery will be private.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to either Camp Good Days & Special Times, 1332 Pittsford-Mendon Road, Mendon, NY 14506 or Big Dog Ranch Rescue, 10948 Acme Rd., Wellington, FL 33414.

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

     Mr. VanAlst and his family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc.  585-768-2400

LeRoy / Batavia ~ Viola L. Roblee, age 94, formerly of Robbins Road, passed away Tuesday morning (Jan. 6, 2015) at Strong Memorial Hospital with her loving family at her side.

     Mrs. Roblee was born April 19, 1920 in LeRoy, a daughter of the late Philip and Edna Clarke Schwingle.

     She will be remembered as a very caring and loving mother and grandmother, as well as a dear friend to many.  She loved showing her devotion to her family by attending all of her grandchildren's and great-grandchildren's sporting events.  She touched many people in her many years of employment in secretarial work with the New York State Police, the Union Steel Chest and the Genesee County Sheriff's Office.  She was a past Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, a member of the LeRoy United Methodist Church and an avid Buffalo Bills fan. 

     Mrs. Roblee is survived by her daughters, Priscilla Nelson (Walt) of Durham, NC and Marcia McKenzie (Jerry Warren) of Pavilion; her grandsons, Michael (Michelle) McKenzie and Scott McKenzie; her great-grandchildren, Maxin, Maveric and Maicen McKenzie, along with several nieces and nephews.

     She was predeceased by her husband, Leland Roblee and her sister, Eleanor Fugle.

     Family and friends may call on Saturday, Jan.10 from 11 A.M. ~ 2 P.M. at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Rd. (Rt. 19), where her funeral service will be held at 2 P.M.  Interment in Machpelah Cemetery will immediately follow her service.

     In lieu of flowers,  memorials are suggested to either the LeRoy United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor's choice.

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

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

JAMES F. HEMMER - age 54, of Elba, died unexpectedly Sunday evening January 4, 2015 at home. He was born December 29, 1960 in Batavia, NY to Mary (Mastin) of Batavia and James F. Hemmer of Escondido, CA.

   Jim had a passion for cars, racing and music. He spent many years as a car detailer in the Genesee County area and once had a shop in Clarence. In recent years as his health was failing he held small garage sales and enjoyed helping others in any way he could.

   Surviving is his mother Mary (Bob) Newland of Batavia; father, James F. (Mickey) Hemmer of CA; children, Alesha & Justin of Rochester and Cory of Elba; sisters, Christine Hemmer of Batavia and Laurie (Gary) Cohen of CA; 4 grandchildren along with several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

   The family will be present from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday January 13, 2015 at the Calvary Baptist Church 3515 Galloway Road Batavia, New York 14020 where funeral services will immediately follow. Memorials in Jim's memory can be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

   Please leave your words of comfort to his family at www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information call Michael at (585)343-7500.

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

BERNARD J. RONAN, JR. - 81, of Batavia, former City of Batavia Police Officer and Town of Batavia Justice died peacefully Monday morning January 5, 2015 at United Memorial Medical Center. He was born May 6, 1933 in Buffalo, NY to the late Bernard J. and Margaret (Langfelder) Ronan, Sr., also preceded in death by his siblings, David Ronan, Norine Ives and special goddaughter, Rosemary Ives.

   Mr. Ronan served on the City Police force for over 20 years and 9 years on the bench for the Town of Batavia. He is a United States Air Force Veteran having served during the Korean Conflict and was a long time member of St. Anthony's R.C. Church and current member of St. Maximillian Kolbe Parish in East Pembroke. A charming man, quick witted with a wonderful sense of humor, he enjoyed camping and family trips, had a love of music and though never in public was known to have a beautiful singing voice. His home was his castle and he was always working hard to keep it up, family, friends and neighbors will remember him on his John Deere mower keeping the lawn at the perfect height.

   His accomplishments in law enforcement and as a judge were many and his peers remember him as fair, but tough. Family, education and hard work were paramount to Mr. Ronan, he and his wife worked tirelessly to give their daughters a good education. He was so very proud of his girls and grandchildren and his strong devotion to his family and his faith lives on in all of them. Bernard loved to travel and see his grandchildren and what they were involved in, but as his health deteriorated he was unable to do so, but always made sure they knew how proud he was of them.

   Surviving is his beloved wife of 54 years, Rose Mary (Joy) Ronan of Batavia and his beloved daughters, Mary Katherine (Steven) Fisher of Batavia and their children, Kaleigh Kathleen, Steven Ronan, Maxwell Connor & Cullen O'Connell; Margaret (William) Tretter of Pittsburgh, PA and their children, Paige Alexis, Madisen Rose & Spencer Davis; Patricia (Gerald) Thompson of Halfmoon, NY and their son, Gerald Arthur III "Trey"; Judith (Neal) Pason of Kintnersville, PA, and their children, McKenna Joy, Carter Hart & Holly Mae along with several nieces and nephews.

   The Ronan family will be present from 6-9 p.m. Thursday January 8, 2015 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020 where prayers will be recited 9:15 a.m. Friday January 9 followed by a 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial St. Maximillian Kolbe Parish (East Pembroke Site) followed by full military honors. He will be laid to rest in St. Joseph's Cemetery and memorials in his memory can be made to Notre Dame High School 73 Union Street Batavia, NY.

   Please leave your words of comfort to his family at www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information call Michael at (585)343-7500.

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

 

Michael P. Martino, 86 of Batavia, passed away Tuesday January 6, 2015 at Lakeside Beikirch Care Center. He was born on June 11, 1928 in Batavia, to the late Eugene (Anna Gengo) Martino. Michael is preceded in death by his sisters Mary Cavigiliano, Rose O’Geen, Louise Palone; Josephine Catino, and brother Frank Martino.

Michael was a member of the Resurrection Parish. He worked for Dohler Jarvis prior to retirement. The family would like a special thank you to the staff at Lakeside Beikirch Care Center and Hospice.

Michael is survived by his caregivers Paula Pietrzykowski, Anne Saturno, Michael Palone; along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours.  A 9:30 AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday January 9, 2015 at Resurrection Parish 303 East Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. He will be laid to rest in Grandview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Resurrection Parish 303 East Main Street Batavia, 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.
 

Dorothy N. Van Valkenburg, 106, of Attica passed away peacefully Sunday December 28, 2014 at East Side Nursing Home in Warsaw. oShe was born December 6, 1908 in East Bethany to the late William E. (Grace Marsh) Nichols. She is preceded in death her husband Harold E. Van Valkenburg; son Robert Van Valkenburg; sisters Laura (Clayton) Curphey, Eunice (Paul) Merrill, Ruby (Benjamin) Secor, Carol (Lester) Gephart, Myrtle (Thomas) Mancuso; brothers Truman (Esther) Nichols, Sherman (Wilma) Nichols and Leslie (Elva) Nichols.

Dorothy was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ.

She is survived by grandchildren David (Diane) Van Valkenburg of Attica, Cathie (Dennis) Turton of Attica, Peggy (William) Simons of Attica, Violet (Arthur) Allen of Cuylerville, Robert (Susie) Van Valkenburg of Sebring, FL., numerous additional grandchildren spanning 4 generations and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. A 10:00 AM Memorial Service will be held on Saturday January 10, 2015at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ 11 Washington Street Attica, and New York 14011. She will be laid to rest in Forest Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made in Dorothy’s memory to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ 11 Washington Street Attica, New York 14011 or to Brainard Cemetery in Attica. For more information please call 591-1212 or 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.

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