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Batavia - Joan E. Hale, 92, of Batavia, died Wednesday (August 24, 2022) at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia, surrounded by her family.

She was born November 14, 1929, the daughter of the late Frank and Agnes (Gilliam) Hulburt.

A member of Resurrection Parish, she enjoyed a dedicated and rewarding career at St. Jerome's Hospital in Batavia, much of which was served in the Coronary Care Unit. She was a devoted mother and grandmother who loved to attend her children and grandchildren's sporting events along with being a devoted Buffalo Bills and Sabres fan.

Joan is predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Richard; brothers, Frank and Jack; and sister, Mary.

She is survived by her four sons, Richard (Nancy) of Seminole, Florida, Terry (Loretta) of St. Petersburg, Florida, Brian (Valerie) of Conesus Lake, and Kevin (Kimberly) of Oakfield; sister, Jane Hamera of North Chili; grandchildren, Christie (Nathan) of St. Petersburg, Florida, Ashley of St. Petersburg, Florida, Tyler of Oakfield, Erin of Vero Beach, Florida, Michael and Michaela of Oakfield; great-grandchildren, Steele and Saylor of St. Petersburg, Florida. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

There will be no visitation. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House, PO Box 403, Batavia, New York 14021. Arrangements were entrusted to Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street in Batavia. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

wisniewski_elizabeth_-_photo1.jpgElizabeth Ann (Hicks) Wisniewski, 39 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Wednesday (August 24, 2022) at Unity Hospital in Rochester, NY.

She was born March 17, 1983 in Rochester, NY.

Elizabeth grew up in Fairport when she was younger, where she enjoyed swimming, visiting her grandparents summer cottage, being involved with girl scouts and picking apples in Victor, NY. Her family then moved to Oakfield where she attended Oakfield Alabama Central School.

As a young adult, Elizabeth enjoyed working in the hospitality industry.  Ever the Social Butterfly, this was the perfect fit as she was able to meet people, socialize and enjoy her love of cooking. She was a wonderful cook and baker and enjoyed sharing her delicious dishes with as many people as she could.  A gifted artist, she also enjoyed crafting, sketching and painting.  Other interests included reading and watching Movies. She loved spending time with Gunner, especially outside in nice weather.  Her love of children also spilled over into spending time caring for her younger nephews and niece.

Most importantly Elizabeth loved her family. She had a huge heart and was thoughtful and compassionate toward anyone she knew was struggling or had a need.  She always tried to find a way to fill that need or brighten their day. She greeted everyone with a smile even on her worst days. Her smile, humor and love will be dearly missed. 

She is survived by her husband, Richard Wisniewski. Sons, Gunnar, Hunter and Lucas. Father, Lawrence (Debbi) Hicks. Mother, Patricia (Gary) Fitch. Siblings, Lawrence Hicks, Taylor (Roger) Laird, Trevor Fitch, Austin Fitch, Corey Brooks, Dannielle (Chip) Dixon, Amanda Conrow, Lindsey Conrow and Tyler Daniels. Mother in-law and father in-law, Richard and Marge Wisniewski. Also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Friday (Sept. 2nd) from 5-7pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, where a Memorial Service will commence at 7pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to Elizabeth’s family at the following link  www.bacccharities.com. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.




Irene Will, “Hola!”, 74, of Alabama, NY passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at Buffalo General Hospital. Irene was born October 23, 1947 to the late Charles and Sophie (Stuzenski) Will. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her brother, Michael Will and sister, Susan Fryer. She is survived by her remaining sister, MaryAnn Brown of St. Petersburg, FL and many beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, cousins and her dearest and best friend, Shirley of Houston, TX.

Irene was a member of CWA Locals 1122 and 1117 during her 26 year tenure at New York Telephone/NYNEX. Being the active, vibrant person she was, retirement was not her “thing.” After leaving the telephone company, she returned to college to complete an Associate’s degree. While figuring out what to do post-retirement, she became the Town of Alabama Assessor. Irene would enjoy that “something to do” for her remaining years. In fact, she liked it so much she was usually willing to help the neighboring towns, should they ever ask.

“Go ahead, live it up!”
“When God wants ya, God gets ya!”

Irene always lived life to the fullest extent of those two quotes that she was known for. She was always one to make sure everyone at the party was having fun, including herself! While never having children of her own, she took great pride and joy in the upbringing of her nieces and nephews. Whether it be trips to the zoo or parks, long trips to New York City or simple visits to Auntie’s to swim, she always made sure to “Live it Up!” Irene was a truly unique and one-of-a-kind person. She could be delightfully blunt at times, however, Irene’s hard exterior hid beneath a kind, loving and loyal friend. She will be missed very much by her many friends and acquaintances. Be it the “Sunday dinner boys” and Medina crew, to her friends over the years at Alex’s Place and back to the Tijuana Lounge. Irene was always the life and driver of the party.

As per Irene’s final wishes, there will be no calling hours. A memorial mass will be held at the convenience of the family in the near future. Memorials in Irene’s memory should be directed to the Alabama Volunteer Fire Dept., 2230 Judge Rd., Basom, NY 14013 or the Genesee County Animal Shelter, 3841 W. Main St. Rd., Batavia, NY 14020. Arrangements are in the care of Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com

Finally, in Irene’s own words, “Ta Ta for now.” “I will see you on the other side.”

Wethersfield - Elaine M. Kelichner Skotnicki, 73 of Wethersfield, passed away on Thursday, (August 25, 2022) at Wyoming Co. Community Hospital in Warsaw.

Mrs. Skotnicki was born December 5, 1948 in Buffalo, a daughter of the late Frank M. Raczka and Helen S. (Papaj) Raczka.

Elaine was extremely proud of her Polish heritage and enjoyed polish food, polka dancing, and celebrating Dyngus Day. For 19 years Elaine worked as an Assistant Branch Manager of Marine Midland Bank at Broadway Market in Buffalo; followed by several years working for Wyoming County. Mrs. Skotnicki served Wethersfield as Town Justice for over 25 years and was a former member of the State Magistrates Association.

Elaine is the wife of the late Robert E. Skotnicki; and sister of the late Michael F. Raczka.

Surviving is her daughter, Lisa (Michael) Kelichner Portelli of New Hampshire; grandchildren, Gianna and Dominic Portelli; brother, Clifford (Michelle) Raczka of Florida; and nephews, Harry, Thomas, and Jeffrey.

Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, (August 31, 2022) from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at Robinson And Hackemer Funeral Home, 246 N. Main Street in Warsaw.  Elaine's Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday (September 1, 2022) at 10:00 am in St. Michael's Church, 171 N. Main Street in Warsaw. Burial will be in Union Park Cemetery in Wethersfield Springs will be private.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to North Java Fire Company Rescue Squad.  Online condolences at www.robinsonandhackemer.com

Local arrangements entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home in Batavia.

James Micheal Howard, 66.  James has resided in Kent the last several years.

There were many things in life that Jim enjoyed, he was an avid hunter, he enjoyed fishing, ice fishing and being anywhere near a race track whether he was working or racing, it became who he was.  During his younger years he was a heavy machine operator, he truly was a jack of all trades.  When Jim was in his younger years he was in the Army for a short time.  Jim enjoyed making people laugh and telling his jokes. His children were his pride and joy.  

Surviving in addition to his longtime girlfriend, Pam Reis and her daughter, include numerous brothers and sisters, Robert Howard, spouse (Betty), Wayne Howard, spouse (Diane), Judy Heinlein, spouse (Jim), Barbara Klutts, spouse (Carl), Carol Ashwurth, spouse (Norm);  
children, Kevin Howard, (girlfriend, Sam Majors) and several daughters, Mandy Howard, spouse (Tiffany), Carolyn McKnight, spouse (Wesley), and Heather Rogers.  James has 6 grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews too many to name but he loved them with all of his heart.

James was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Caroline Howard and a daughter, Sara Howard.

Jim will be missed by anybody who knew him and loved him.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, August 30 from 11:00 - 1:00 at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 51 South Lake Avenue, Bergen, where services will be held at 1:00 also on Tuesday.

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

Arrangements for Jim were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, (585) 494-1210.

Holley:  Thomas J. Engert, 67, passed away August 25, 2022.  He was born November 25, 1954, in Albion, NY, the son of the late Charles F. and Lucy Isabel (Ruger) Engert.  Tom attended Day Hab. through ARC GLOW.  He loved family get togethers and spending time with his peers at ARC GLOW. 
Tom was predeceased by his siblings, Charles J. Engert, Walter J. Engert, Ronald J. Engert and Dianne L. Paul. 
Tom is survived by his siblings, Marilyn (George) Strabel, Barbara J. VanLoan and William J. Engert; sisters-in law, Katie Engert and Sheron Engert; brother-in-law Jim Paul; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins. 
The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, 16650 State Route 31, Holley on Wednesday August 31, from 12:00-1:00pm followed by his funeral service at 1:00pm.  Interment will be in Sandy Creek Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to ARC GLOW 64 Walnut St., Batavia, NY 14020. 
To share a special memory of Tom, please visit:  mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com

kajstura_mary_-_photo1.jpgMary Bernice Kajstura, nee Latko, 60, of Ormond Beach passed to eternal life on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at Advent Health Hospital in Ormond Beach, FL in the arms of her loving husband, Alex.  

Mary was born January 17, 1962 in Batavia, NY, the first of five children of Richard and the late Eleanor Latko of Oakfield, NY.  

She was a devout Roman Catholic who maintained a faithful prayer life and was a member of Prince of Peace Parish in Ormond Beach.  Mary graduated from Oakfield-Alabama Jr. Sr. High School and with a degree in business and music from Genesee Community College, and studied at SUNY Brockport, NY and Daytona State College in Daytona Beach, FL. 

Mary enjoyed music, travel, cooking and loved animals, rescuing many cats. Mary was happy living in Upstate New York, but enjoyed visiting the warm sunny beaches of Florida where she met Alex, fell in love, and moved to Ormond Beach permanently.  Mary had a big heart, generous personality and never met a stranger. She was a licensed insurance agent, retail business manager and dental office professional. Mary was involved with the Council of Catholic Women at Prince of Peace Church.  

Survivors include the love of her life, husband, Alex Kajstura of Ormond Beach, FL, her father Richard J. Latko of Oakfield, NY; her brothers and sisters Richard J. (Daisy) Latko, Jr. Kathleen Padgett, Laura M. (Michael D.) Scarborough, and George (Diana) Latko several nephews, a great-nephew and her faithful cat Jackson.kajstura_mary2_-_photo1.jpg

Family and friends are invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Saturday (Sept. 3rd) from 10am-11am at St. Padre Pio Parish, 56 Maple Ave., Oakfield, where Mary’s Funeral Mass will commence at 11:00am. She will be laid to rest in St. Cecelia’s Cemetery. A celebration of Mary’s life will follow immediately. 

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




zinni1.jpg  One of Batavia’s oldest and proudest residents passed away on August 23, 2022 at the age of 100. Donald (Dan, Don) Zinni was born at home, on June 7, 1922, in Batavia, New York. He was the first-born child to an Italian immigrant father (Dominic Zinni) and a first-generation Italian-American mother (Mary Dispenza Zinni). Dan, as his family called him, grew up with his two brothers and two sisters.

In his younger years, Dan played basketball in a YMCA league and enjoyed horseback riding. His first job was working as a pin boy at Mancuso’s Bowling Alley when he was 15 years old. Dan graduated from Batavia High School in 1939 and the Batavia Metal Trade School in 1941. Because of his machinist and tool and die maker skills, he was soon hired at Curtis Wright in Buffalo. Curtis Wright made aircraft used in WWII, thus Dan was initially deferred from the draft as his skills were needed in supplying aircraft for the military. However, in 1943 he was drafted into the Army Air Corp. Dan served in various airfields across the U.S. and inspected, serviced, and repaired hydraulic systems used to actuate landing gear on B-24's and C-47's. Dan was honorably discharged as the war was ending in 1946. 

Shortly thereafter, Dan met the love of his life, Lydia, at a dude ranch. Since Lydia lived in New York City, it was a true illustration of his love for her that he drove eight hours on many weekends to take her out. They were married in 1950 and settled in Batavia – a place Dan never wanted to move from. There they raised three daughters. He worked for many years as a model maker at Xerox and was a faithful member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church (now Ascension Parish).

Dan was entirely devoted to his family and took them on many summer road trips across the U.S. and Canada. After retiring from Xerox, Dan and Lydia continued to enjoy traveling, including trips to Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, most Canadian provinces, and most U.S. states, including Alaska and Hawaii. He was also a proud grandfather and loved spending time with his seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. They will remember him for his unequaled blueberry pancakes, his entertaining ear-wiggling, his passion for food, music, golf, and the Buffalo Bills, and, above all, his generosity and unconditional love.

During his 100th birthday celebration in June, he attributed his longevity to healthy eating and keeping active. Most importantly, he said the secret to a long life is “Lots of LOVE.”

Dan was predeceased by his wife, Lydia; his parents; his brothers, Joseph and John Zinni; and his sister Frances Massar. He will be missed by his sister, Rose Marie Szadek; daughters and son-in-laws, Lynne and John Stager, Virginia and Charles Reist, and Paula and Terry Reeger; grandchildren, Erik Reeger, Danielle (Scott) Dallas, Kevin Stager, Erin (Andrew) Katzman, Maria Stager (Nathan Senner), Rachel Reist, and Harland (Andrea) Reist; great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. An 11:00AM  Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, August 29, 2022 at Ascension Parish, 19 Sumner St., Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 625 Abbott Rd., Buffalo, NY 14220. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

dwolff.jpg  Richard G. Wolff, 85, of Batavia passed away on August 23, 2022 at Highland Hospital in Rochester. He was born on August 29, 1936 in Alexander to the late Getman and Marlene (Best) Wolff. In addition to his parents, Richard is predeceased by a daughter; Tammy Wolff; sister Regina (Stanley) Slivinski.

Richard worked for National Fuel Gas Company for over 40 years and was active in youth baseball and football for over 40 years. He is a member of the Batavia High School Hall of Fame and the Batavia Little League Hall of Fame. Richard was an avid New York Yankee fan.

He is survived by his loving wife; Linda (Jacobs) Wolff of Batavia; children Gregg (Tina) Wolff of Batavia, Mark (Fiancé Suzanne) Wolff of Brockport and Scott (Debra) Wolff of Batavia; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Monday August 29, 2022 (his 86th birthday) from 4:00-8:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A 9:30AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday the 30th at Resurrection Parish 303 East Main St. in Batavia. ***New York Yankee attire is encouraged for his Funeral*** Richard will be laid to rest in Grandview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Resurrection Parish 303 East Main St. in Batavia or UR Medicine Hospice 2180 Empire Blvd. Webster, NY, 14580. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

delplato.jpg  Vincent “Vincenzo” DelPlato, 65, of Batavia passed away on Monday August 22, 2022 due to complications of diabetes. He was born on July 16, 1957 in Batavia to the late Daniel and Mary (Marcello) DelPlato. In addition to his parents, Vincent is predeceased by a sister; Christine DelPlato.

He is survived by a son; Theo Vincenzo DelPlato of Northport, FL; siblings Frank DelPlato of Oneonta, John DelPlato of Sodus, Charles (Linda), Daniel, Joseph, Michael (Bridget) DelPlato all of Batavia; Carmen (Deborah) DelPlato of Williamson; Mary E. DelPlato of Batavia; nieces and nephews; James, Anthony, Richard, Sophia, Danielle, Jonathan, Marcella and Joseph, along with many cousins.

Vin was a talented artist. He saw the beauty in God’s creation. With his paints and brushes, he tried to capture that beauty on canvas, whether it was a portrait of someone’s loved one, a family pet or the ever changing scenes of nature. He created true works of art to be admired for years to come. Vin played hockey in his younger years in the Batavia Men’s League and was an avid Buffalo Bills fan.

Vincent’s wishes were to have his body donated to science at the University of Buffalo. There will be no prior calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at a later date. He will be entombed in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association www.diabetes.org. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.


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