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Linda L. Ellsworth, 77 of Oakfield, formerly of Akron, passed away peacefully on Thursday (January 19, 2023) at United Memorial Medical Center.

She was born November 12, 1945 in Warsaw, NY, a daughter of the late Claude and Esther Smith Stevenson.

She was the wife of the late Richard Ellsworth.

Linda is survived by nieces, nephews and close friends.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family with burial in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Akron.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

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

 

 

Batavia - Joseph D. Taromino, 67 of Batavia passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Batavia.

He was born Sunday, May 29th, 1955 in Buffalo, a son of the late John Taromino and Louise Ruggeri Taromino.

He worked for many years at Buffalo Raceway and Batavia Downs and truly loved horse racing

He is survived by his brother, John Taromino of Batavia.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, January 25th, 2023 from 1:00 pm  to 3:00 pm  at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia. Memorials may be made to his family. To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle in his memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

baiocco_robert_-_photo1.jpgRobert L. Baiocco “Bob”, 75, of Batavia, passed away peacefully Sunday, January 15, 2023 at the Buffalo V.A. Medical Center.

He was born November 15, 1947 in Buffalo, NY, son of the late Louis and Jeanette Santelli Baiocco.

Bob, also fondly known as “Bobby” to his family and numerous life-long friends, was a talented individual known for his skill and success as a self-taught drummer, a master in Isshin-Ryu Karate, and a pizzeria owner. His world revolved around his children, and he thoroughly enjoyed the endless road trips they made between Batavia and West Palm Beach. Bobby was well known for his humor and storytelling. When not driving around town with Yuki (his cockatoo sidekick), he treasured time with his friends on the golf course and around the poker table. Bobby nurtured his faith in God by attending Mass with his fellow veterans at the Batavia VA Chapel for many years. 

Survivors include his son, Robert J. Baiocco of Florida and daughter, Nicole M. (Alden) Goodwin of Oregon. Also survived by his former wife and friend, Kathleen Tyrholm; sister-in-law, Serena Baiocco, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Robert was predeceased by his brother, John Baiocco.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Saturday (January 28th) from 9:30am – 11:15am at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, where prayers will be recited at 11:15am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, 12:00pm at Resurrection Parish, 303 East Main St., Batavia.

Entombment with Military Honors will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family for distribution to select charities or to “Parrots for Patriots”, 13215 SE Mill Plain Blvd. Bldg C-8 Unit 101, Vancouver, Washington 98684    Phone: 503 247-3626    Email: [email protected]

Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family 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.

 

 

winifred_beats.jpgWinifred W. Beats of Melbourne, FL passed away in her sleep on January 16,2023. She was born October 3, 1922, in Alexander, NY to the late Lewis and Cordelia (Goodman) Wight. She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years Robert J Beats, four brothers, and one sister.

Winifred and Robert met, lived, attended high school, and worked in Alexander. Winfred’s employment career was with the US Postal Service retiring as Postmaster of Alexander. Shortly after retirement Winifred and Robert began spending winters in Florida and summers at Rushford Lake, NY.

Surviving family include daughters Linda (Lawrence) Putchinski and Roberta (Leonard) Rothenbuhler in addition to two sisters, one brother, and five grandsons. Friends and family celebrated Winifred’s 100th birthday at the Fountains of Melbourne senior living facility last October.

Friends are invited to call from 1-2PM on March 15, 2023 at Gilmartin Funeral Home, 333 W Main St, Batavia, NY 14020. (please note the location for Services is at our Batavia location) A Funeral Service will be held immediately following visitation at 2PM. Winifred will be laid to rest at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the form of a tree planting via the Marley website. To leave an online message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

Jean M. Siler, 76, formerly of Attica, went to the Lord peacefully on January 20, 2023 at Brothers of Mercy in Clarence where she resided for years.

Jean was the daughter of LaVerne and Charlotte (McCormick) Siler. Jean was born with Cerebral Palsy and faced many challenges throughout her life. She had strong Catholic faith and led a devoted Christian life.

Jean is survived by several cousins and three special cousins; Linda Gonzalez, Diane Baker and Dan McCormick, who visited Jean often.

The family wishes to express their appreciation for the care, love and kindness shown to Jean by the doctors, nurses, aides and staff at Brothers of Mercy.

There are no prior calling hours. An 11:00AM Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday January 26, 2023 at Sts. Joachim & Anne Parish 50 East Ave. Attica, New York 14011. She will be laid to rest in St. Vincent’s Cemetery in Attica.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Brothers of Mercy Activities Fund 10570 Bergtold Rd. Clarence, NY 14031-2198 or the Cerebral Palsy Foundation www.yourcpf.org. To leave an online message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

James R. Owen, Mayor of Redfield Parkway, passed away Thursday, January 19th, while surrounded by friends and family at Crossroads house in Batavia. James was born July 9th, 1943 and is the son of Frank E. Owen & Natalie Walker Owen and brother of Kathy & Robert Owen. James graduated from Batavia High in 1961 where he played 3 sports, cross country, basketball & golf. He was also on the picture staff of the Batavia High School paper.

James graduated from SUNY Morrisville (as he would always refer MIT) followed by RIT and the University of Buffalo. His degrees included Business and Education Majors. James started teaching in 1966 in Sackets Harbor NY where he coached Varsity basketball. After 2 years James was able to take a position in Hamburg High School where he taught for 34 years. James coached cross country, track and JV basketball.

James was a proud member of Stafford Country Club for 60 years. He was once President of the Horseshoe Lake Association and Retired Teachers Association of Genesee County and served on the Board of Directors for The Holland Land Office and Genesee County Mental Health. James was also a proud supporter of Batavia's GO ART. James was also a proud member of the Stafford Historical Society, Godfrey's Pond and was the former town of Stafford historian.

James would like to thank Bert Earl and Michael Marsh for all they've done for him and their efforts to help him stay in his home for as long as possible. He would like to thank his friends for all their support and encouragement in his life. James also would like to thank Batavia School District's staff and students for making his life much brighter! Success of life is having knowledge and the Batavia School system is doing a great job on educating the students K-12.

James also would like to thank Patti Pacino for helping to get the BHS Auditorium named in honor of his father Frank E. Owen. He would also like to thank Elaine Watson, Carol Redband for help with the feeding tube, Crossroads House staff, Johnny's Angels staff, residents of Redfield Parkway "you folks are doing a great job", Batavia City Council and President Eugene Jankowski for naming him Official Mayor of Redfield Parkway, and all the Batavia students and classes that made get well cards. James would also like to thank Sam for his many hours of help with his Facebook news and articles. He would also like to thank Video News Service and Alecia, The Batavian, Howard Owens and JoJo Beck, The Daily News and Brian Quinn for all reporting positive news for Batavia. Thank you as well to Phil Pies and Fran Spiotta for their encouragement and Sandy and Joe Kauffman for their daily phone calls "they kept me going" and thank you to everyone who sent cards and encouragement for their support. Thank you, Pastor Vern Saile, for your visits and friendship.

Special thanks to the Board of Education, Superintendent Jason Smith and Britt Witkop for their calls, visits and support.

James had many students that were very encouraging for him, including the Governor of NY State Kathy Hochul. James wants all people to know they're very important in his eyes and he tried his best to encourage people and students around him.

"When you dream, dream BIG and go for it."

In lieu of flowers please make donations to any of the following, GO ART, Northgate Free Methodist Church, Genesee County Mental Health, or the Batavia Peace Garden.

There are no prior visiting hours. James' service will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 11 am at Northgate Free Methodist Church, 8160 Bank Street Road, Batavia. He will be laid to rest privately in Machpelah Cemetery, LeRoy. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in his memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of the H.E. Turner & Co. Inc. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

john_meyer.jpgJohn G. Meyer of North Java, passed on January 18, 2023 at ECMC in Buffalo, NY. He was born in Batavia, on February 8, 1957 to the late Gerald and Regina Meyer.

He was a lifelong dairy farmer on the family farm, Gerald Meyer & Sons, and maple producer. John was a 49 year long member of the North Java Fire Company. He also spent 27 years as a New York State Fire Instructor and 3 years as a NJ Fire District commissioner0. For several years, he was a councilman on the Java Town Board. As well as being a Eucharistic minister at St. Nicholas church in North Java and St. John Neumann in Sheldon.

John is survived by his brothers, Paul (Darlene Thompson) Meyer of Bliss, David (Nancy) Meyer of North Java, along with two nieces and four nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, January 27, 2023 from 3:30PM to 7:30PM at Marley Funeral Home, 135 Main Street, Attica, Ny 14011. An 11:00AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, January 28, at St. John Neumann Parish, 991 Centerline Road, Strykersville, NY 14145. John will be laid to rest in St. Nicholas Cemetery in North Java.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to North Java Fire Company, 4274 Route 98, North Java, NY 14113. To leave an online message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

lesa_vanson.jpgLesa M. VanSon of Attica, passed away on January 16, 2023 in Roswell with her beloved husband by her side, after being together for 37 years. She was born in West Seneca to Allan Vivian and the late Marjorie Vivian.

Her unique creativity and tenacious energy remain in the hearts of her dear friends and family. Very few brought as much dedication and integrity to their career as Lesa, who loved and fought for "Her Guys". There were even times when her work and personal life would blend, bringing some of them to Scout events or introducing them to the many (MANY) hobbies that she enjoyed. While it would be a shorter list of things she didn't try, an attempt to list the ones she did would to include: genealogy, wood and metalworking, jewelry making, sketching, and gardening.

She was a Scout Mom, Town Historian and Curator for the Bennington Historical Society, and often the first to ask "What do you want me to make?" for any event (and she'd usually have a suggestion before you have a chance to answer). Lesa was not afraid to get involved and learn new things. Her dream was to teach others and one day pass on her knowledge to her 'grand-babies'.

Lesa is survived by her husband Todd VanSon, children Dean (Michelle) VanSon of Colden, Jessi VanSon of Attica, brother Steven (Lori) Vivian of Avon, sister Kari (Terrance) Stevens of Sandy Creek, MI, brothers-in-law Dondi (Penny) VanSon of Pavilion, Bradley (Megan) VanSon of Dickinson, ND, grandchildren Emily VanSon, Elias VanSon along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. A Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00PM on January 28, 2023 at the Attica Lodge #462, 39 Main Street, Attica, NY 14011.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute, 665 Elm St, Buffalo, NY 14203, Indicator Art, https://www.indicatorart.org/donate/, Buffalo Audubon Society, 1610 Welch Rd, North Java, NY 14113, Bennington Historical Society, https://benningtonmuseum.org/gift-form/, or the SPCA, 808 Creek Rd, Attica, NY 14011. To leave an online message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

 

 green_virginia_-_photo2.jpgVirginia E. Green, 78, formerly of Akron, passed away with family by her side Tuesday (January 17, 2023) after a lengthy illness.

She was born September 10, 1944 in Buffalo, NY, a daughter of the late Arthur and Helen Godlewski Tucholka.

Survivors include her children, Shane (Kim) Green of Akron, Dawn (Lisa) DeMarco-Green of Elma and Daniel (Maria) Green of Akron. Grandchildren, Joshua, Courtney (Kyle) and Nathan. Great-grandson, Kyle Jr., Sister, Kathy (Michelle) Tucholka of Virginia and Brother, Robert (Georgia) Tucholka.

She was the wife of the late Danny G. Green who passed away July 17, 2005.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Monday (January 23rd) from 3pm-7pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 John St., Akron, NY. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday (January 24th), 9:30am at St. Teresa of Avila Church, 5771 Buell St., Akron.

She will be laid to rest in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga, NY.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

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

 

 

John Driscoll passed away peacefully surrounded by family early Wednesday morning, January 18th at his home in LeRoy, New York.  He was born on January 20th, 1963 to Catherine (McGuire) and James Driscoll.

     Born and raised in LeRoy, NY, John graduated from LeRoy High School in 1981.  He furthered his education by earning degrees at GCC, SUNY Brockport, and Roberts Wesleyan.  At Roberts Wesleyan, John received his Masters Degree in Education, a degree which gave him the opportunity to work in his dream career as an elementary school teacher.

     John wore many hats in and around his community.  He was a grade school teacher, a RCCFO football referee, and a raft guide at Letchworth State Park.  He enjoyed cycling around the community and hiking and cross-country skiing at local parks.

   john_driscoll_0.jpg  With each hat he wore, he always brought the same characteristics; perseverance, positivity, courage and humor.  These characteristics aided him in excelling in each hobby he participated in and helped him make a lasting impression on everyone he met.  In his 32 years as a high school football referee, he earned referee of the year along with a lifetime membership.  In his 15 years of teaching at Wolcott Street School, John’s spirit and hard work earned him a “Golden Apple” award in 2019.

     John could always be spotted in rain, wind, and heat riding his bike around the community and back country roads.  His love for riding his bike was sparked when his two friends, Tim Mowry and Doug Legg, road their bicycles form Seattle down the PCH to Nevada finishing up in Colorado.  During the trip, John fell in love with endurance sports.  He ran the NYC marathon, participated in biathlons, and for 17 years participated in Auburn New York’s Great Race with his team the “Common Gray Suckers” (Tom Borrelli, Tom Tillson and Doug Briggs). 

     When John was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer on April 29th, his faith never wavered, it got stronger.  Before he got sick, he could be seen each weekend at mass and each morning could be found on his spin bike praying.  When he was too sick to attend church, he would participate in Mass on TV and would do his daily prayers on his Bills blanket at home and in hospital beds.

     John touched each and every person he came in contact with through his warm and kind spirit.  He will be missed by his many 4th and 6th grade students, his co-workers at Wolcott Street School, his referee friends, his rafting friends, and close friends and family in and around the LeRoy community.  As a testament to his character, the 2023 LeRoy Little League season has been dedicated in his honor.

     He fought his battle the only way he knew how - with courage, positivity and a smile.  He is survived by his best friend and wife of 32 years, Kerry; his daughter, Alanna; his son, Ryan; his mother, Catherine; his brother, Jimmy (Judy); several in laws; his nieces and nephews; uncle; aunt and cousins.  He was predeceased by his father, James and his sister, Patty.

     John’s family will be present to receive friends on Tuesday, January 24th from 2 ~ 7 P.M. at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd. (Rt. 19), LeRoy.  His Rite of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 25th at 11:00 A.M. at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter’s Church, 44 Lake Street, LeRoy.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Genesee Cancer Assistance, 127 North Street, Batavia, N.Y. 14020.   www.geneseecancerassistance.org/donate/

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with John’s family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

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