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smith_janice_-_photo.jpgJanice Mae Smith, 81 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Thursday (December 5, 2019) at Rochester General Hospital.

She was born December 28, 1937 in Wellsville, NY, a daughter of the late Paul and Mildred Strong Dibble.

Janice enjoyed taking trips to her sons cottage, if it was just for a picnic or to gaze over the water, but also to watch her grandchildren enjoy themselves. She also enjoyed crocheting, where she made several baby blankets. Janice was one to talk on the phone and was known for having multiple conversations at once. Most of all, she was the matriarch to her family, where she held everyone together and was the “Support Group” for her family and their friends.

She was the wife of the late Franklin B. Smith who died September 28, 2018.

Survivors include her son, Michael (Laura) Smith of Batavia. Daughters, Debra (Earl) Klehn of Oakfield, Brenda (Mark) Platten of Batavia, Linda (David Riley) Smith of Batavia and Pamela (Ron Olson) Smith of Oakfield.  Brother, Ronald (Sue) Dibble of Batavia.  Also survived by 10 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Sunday (December 8th) from 4-8pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia. Burial will be in the Byron Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.




Elizabeth “Betty” Hiddemen Rice, age 94 of Perry, NY passed away on December 5, 2019 at Eastside Nursing Home where she had been residing. On October 26, 1925 Betty was welcomed into the household of Katherine D. and William H. Hiddemen in Glenolden, Pa. Along with her parents she is preceded in death by her husband: Clark T. Rice whom she married on November 22, 1945, he passed away in 1999, siblings: Katherine Mechesney, Henrietta Schreiber, William, George and Frank Hiddemen.

Betty was a 1943 graduate of Glen-Nor High School in Glenolden, PA., 1946 graduate of Episcopal Hospital of Philadelphia training School for Nurses, in 1974 received her Bachelor’s degree from Empire State College, 1974 received her Nurse Practitioner degree from Syracuse Community Hospital and in 1977 received her Master’s degree from SUNY Brockport. Betty was certified in both New York and Pennsylvania as a registered nurse. She worked at the Wyoming County Community Hospital for several years then for 25 years was Dr. Willard Chapin’s physician assistant and retired from SUNY Geneseo. Betty also worked with her late husband at the former Little Studio in Perry. She helped with all aspects of the photography studio, going to weddings, doing school pictures, touching up and processing film and doing the book keeping. Both occupations bringing her great joy. She was an active member of the Holy Apostles Episcopal Church in Perry, where she taught Sunday school, served on the Altar Guild, served on the Vestry typing the weekly bulletin, attended many conventions, and was a representative to the “Small Churches of Episcopal Churches of Western New York. Betty was a member of the Castile and Nunda Historical Societies, former director of the Wyoming County Pioneer Historical Society, member of the Friends of the Greenway, Friends of the Perry Public Library where she was a former Trustee, Order of the Eastern Star,

She is survived by her children: Kathryn (Marwin) Cummings of Tioga, PA., David (Darlene) Rice of Perry, 5 grandchildren: Tracey (Ross Shourds) Rice, Greg (Joy) Cummings, Jonathan (Tanya) Rice, Christopher (Sarah) Rice and Aaron Rice, great grandchildren: Sam, Owen and Robyn Cummings, Henry, Maeve and Geoffrey Rice, along with many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call from 12-2pm on Saturday December 7, 2019 at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, NY 14530 where Funeral Services will follow at 2:00PM. She will be laid to rest in Glenwood Cemetery in Perry.

(In lieu of flowers) Memorial contributions may be made to the Perry Rotary Club P.O. Box 103 Perry, NY, Perry Public Library 70 N. Main St. Perry, NY or to the Wyoming County Arts Council P.O. Box 249 Perry, NY 14530. 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.


Joseph "Joe" Beszczynski,Jr of Darien Center passed away after a long illness on November 29, 2019. Joe is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Helen (Rustowicz); his children,  Joe (Kate) Beszczynski III and Linda (David) Shoe; grandson, Joe(Janet) Beszczynski IV; and great grandchildren, James, Abigail, and Destiny; siblings, Adele (the late Dan) Tybor, Gene (Edwina) Beszczynski, Dan (the late Cecilia) Beszczynski; many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Joe was born in Buffalo, NY to the late Joseph and Anna (Krawczyk) Beszczynski, Sr. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Timothy and his brothers, Ray and Cy Beszczynski. Joe trained and drove harness horses for over 30 years. He enjoyed racing stock cars and construction work. He retired from Harness horse racing and working at Skyline Campground.

There will be no prior visitation or services. For more information please call(585)591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, NY 14011


BERGEN - Robert K. Aradine, 84, of Bergen, passed away Monday, (December 2, 2019), at United Memorial Medical Center, in Batavia.

Mr.  Aradine was born June 26, 1935, in Bergen, a son of the late Kenneth and Imogene (McIntyre) Aradine.

Bob was a lifetime farmer and truck driver, a 45 year member and past Master of the Hesperus Lodge Free and Accepted Masons in Bergen, and a member of the Bergen United Methodist Church.  He was active with the FFA and enjoyed huting, fishing, snowmobiling, and spending time with his family.

Robert is survived by his loving companion, Jackie Toscano of Bergen, sons, Richard A. (Sharon) Aradine and Jeffrey (Elizabeth) Aradine both of Bergen; grandchildren, Jeffrey (Bethany) Aradine of Bergen, Brandon (Megan) Aradine of Byron, Justin Aradine, and Jenna Aradine both of Bergen; great-grandchildren, Levi, Evelyn, Kate, and Abby Grace Aradine; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Aradine of Bergen; a brother, David (Marie) Aradine of Bergen, brother-in-law, Kenneth Bater of Cali. 

Mr. Aradine is preceded in death by a son, Barry Aradine; Brother, Roy Aradine; and sisters, Emily Bater, and Ann Bater.

There will be no visitation.  A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.  Burial will be in Mt. Rest Cemetery, Bergen. Flowers are gratefully declined, however those wishing may make a memorial contribution to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 in Robert's name.  Please leave a message of condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Bergen. 

LeRoy ~ Dolly (Phyllis) Piazza, 79, of West Main Road, passed away Saturday evening, November 30, 2019, at Strong Memorial Hospital in the loving presence of her family.

     She was born on December 30, 1939 in Batavia a daughter of the late Nunzio “Duke” Maloni and Stella Macugowski. She was a graduate of LeRoy High School, Class of 1957.

     She retired in 2017 after 38 years as co-owner and Head Chef and Baker at LB Grand Restaurant. At age 11 she learned to make her signature spaghetti sauce and meatballs in her father’s restaurant when her mother fell ill. Her mother eventually recovered and over time, taught Dolly how to make various homemade pies, cakes, pastries and other desserts.

     She also worked many years as a waitress in the Club House at Batavia Downs. She then entered the bar and restaurant business with her husband and several different family members over the years.

     She will be remembered not only for the quality of her cooking, but also for her hard work, forgiving nature, generosity and love for her family and friends. She was an inspiration to all that knew her.

     She is survived by her husband of 60 plus years Ronald A. Piazza Sr., a brother, Samuel Maloni,  a sister in-law Cindy Maloni of LeRoy, children, Ronald (Cindy) Piazza, Pamela Morrow (Ronald Shoemaker) all of LeRoy, Joseph Piazza of Tavares,Florida, Michael Piazza and John (Joele) Piazza also of LeRoy. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, Nicolena (Mike) Schmidt of Dale NY, Janelle Piazza (Matt Ellis) of LeRoy, Nicholas (Kari) Piazza of Ransomville, NY, Joseph Piazza Jr., Anthony Piazza and Vincent Piazza all of Tavares, Florida, Kimberly (Josh) Jacobs of Hawaii,  Melissa Piazza of Batavia, Nate Piazza of LeRoy, Kari Piazza (Steve Cappotelli), Benedicto Piazza, Carli Piazza, and Tony Piazza all of LeRoy, and 3 great-grandchildren,  Ariana Bodine and Abigail Bodine of LeRoy and Peyton Jacobs of Hawaii, a nephew, Robert Maloni of LeRoy and a niece Karen Maloni Ferguson of Massachusetts..

Dolly was predeceased by her parents, a brother, Joseph Maloni and nephews Joseph Maloni Jr., John Maloni and Nicholas Maloni.

     Family and friends may call on Wednesday, December 4th from 2 – 8 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road, LeRoy.

     A Memorial Service and interment for Dolly will be held privately.

     Memorials may be made to LeRoy Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 56, LeRoy, N.Y. 14482.

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

kinne.jpg Jeanne Mae Kinne, 88, of Alabama passed away on Friday November 29, 2019 at the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo. She was born December 2, 1930 in Batavia, the daughter of the late Maude (Howard) Craft. Reuniting in heaven with her husband of 70 years; Arthur R. Kinne.

Jeanne along with her husband spent there many years working in the Alabama area. Getting started after marriage, Jeanne worked alongside with Art at Starkweather Egg Farms in Pembroke. They started their own Kinne Sport Shop on Church St. selling snowmobiles and hunting supplies.  Over the years, many folks have reminisced about the shop “Hunting Stories”. Jeanne also worked at Alexander’s in Batavia selling clothing. Jeanne and Art were the caretakers of the Alabama Cemetery for many years, and on top of all that, she worked at the US Post Office in Alabama, Basom. Jeanne certainly enjoyed life to the fullest. She went to the Alabama Methodist Church after marriage where she spent many years helping out with Sunday school. She belonged to the Old Fellows in Alabama with the Rebekah’s and never stopped with the Rebekah Creed; believe in friendship, love and truth. Within the 57 years she held many office positions and was the Noble Grand Officer. After the Alabama Lodge, she joined the Corfu, Lockport Lodges and was a member of the Alabama American Legion. She loved to play euchre, work on her flowers beds, play with her grandkids and drink good cup of coffee. Our hats are off to you Jeanne, the Alabama community will miss you, and by the way Jeanne, Happy 89th Birthday.

Surviving family members are her daughter; Patty Mae Pelton, son-in-law Ray Pelton; grandsons Bart and Clint Towne; great-grandchildren Kory Towne and Sophia Heverm; predeceased grandson Shane Towne.

There will be no prior calling hours. A 12:00PM Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday December 4, 2019 at the Alabama & Basom Methodist Church 1392 Church St. Alabama, NY 14013. Jeanne will be laid to rest in the Alabama Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alabama – Basom Methodist Church or St. Jude Hospital www.stjude.org. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, NY 14020.

dad_bauer.jpgDOUGLAS A. BAUER  ~ Age 63, of Batavia, peacefully passed away on November 28, 2019 at  United Memorial Medical Center after a four-year courageous and hard-fought battle with cancer. Douglas was born in Batavia January 9, 1956 to the late Warren Bauer and Esther (Goodie) Carmel of East Bethany and a brother, Paul Bauer.

Douglas worked at Boyles International for over 30 years in the parts department as a salesman and excelled as a front counter customer services representative for the company. He was a caring and loving father and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family. He also enjoyed word searches and crossword puzzles as well as watching NASCAR, classic TV shows, and westerns. He was an avid Oakland Raiders fan, as well as a regular on bowling leagues where his best accomplishment was successfully hitting two 7-10 splits in a single game. He had a love for the holidays, especially Christmas, where his fun-loving, and joyous personality showed through. Douglas was an American history buff with the ability to educate anyone on dates and information especially when related to the presidents and any significant historical event.

Along with his mother he is survived by his children, Crystal (Russell) Joy of Batavia, Antoinette (Michael) Wood of Batavia and Michael (Paulina) Bauer of Pensacola, Florida; two grandchildren, Andrew and Skylar Wood; siblings, Carol Robinson of Batavia, Laura Cunningham of Attica and Jeff (Kim) Bauer of Batavia. He is also survived by his longtime girlfriend, Lisa Armbrewster and her children, Tiffany  (Johnny) Anthony of NC and Joseph Colon of Alden; Lisa’s grandchildren, Alice, Destin, Maylee along with many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Doug’s Life Monday December 2 from 5:30 – 8p.m. at the Alexander United Methodist Church 10540 Main Street Alexander, New York 14005. Doug will be laid to rest in Forest Hill Cemetery in Attica and memorials in his memory can be made to his children to be disbursed to his favorite charities.

Please share your words of comfort with the Bauer family at www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.


Batavia - Robert J. "Bob" Barnard, 61, of Batavia, passed away on Monday, November 25, 2019, at his home while under the care of HomeCare & Hospice and his loving family.

Bob was born August 17, 1958, in West Berlin, Germany, a son Mary (McMullen) Barnard of Perry and the late Charles W. Barnard.

A veteran, Bob served with the United States Army from 1976 to 1979.  Bob was a detention officer for the Buffalo Federal Detention Agency in Batavia and a member of Resurrection Parish.  Above all else, he will be remembered as a family man who cherished his grandchildren.

Surviving along with his mother are his wife, Debra (DiAntonio) Barnard of Batavia; children, Nicole (Ben) Chamberlain of North Chili, Amy (Dave) Tabbi of Clarence Center and Robert Barnard, II of Rochester; grandchildren, Jaiden, Luca and Dominic; brothers, John (Theresa) Barnard of Leicester, Brian Barnard of Perry, Thomas (Sophia) Barnard of Schertz, TX and Henry (Darleen) Barnard of Henderson, NV; his mother-in-law, Concetta DiAntonio of Batavia; his sisters-in-law, Sharon (Ronald) Robbins of Batavia, Mary Jo (Rick) Thomas of Batavia and Georgina (Bob Lawton) Buck of Oakfield and several nieces and nephews.

Along with his father, Bob is predeceased by his brother-in-law, Frank DiAntonio.

Calling hours are Monday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia.  Bob's Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at Resurrection Parish, 303 East Main Street, Batavia.  Entombment with military honors will be in St. Joseph's Mausoleum, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Robert's memory may be made to to the Barnard family. 

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

Merle Lee Case, age 81, of Wyoming, NY, and Mulberry, Fla., passed away peacefully on October 11, 2019, with his family at his side

Merle was born March 2, 1938 to parents Lyle C. Case and Marian A Mitchell.

He is predeceased by his parents and son Daniel.

Merle is survived by: his wife of 62 years, Ethel Eichenberger Case, whom he married May 18, 1957; a son David (Peg Patterson) Case, of Corfu, NY; daughters Tamara (Bob) McElroy, of Marietta, Ga.; Brenda (Bob) Brown, of Wyoming, NY; Paula Case, of Warsaw, NY; and a brother Ronald (Leola), of Indianapolis, Ind.


Merle has 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Merle was a veteran, proudly serving in the Marine Corp.

He had a great love for golf, walking, playing cards, hunting, fishing and farming.

Merle was very dedicated to his family and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

A funeral service for Merle will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019 at the Wyoming Baptist Church, Wyoming, NY.

hickok.jpgVelma Hickok, 88, of Le Roy, formerly of Pavilion, passed away on Monday November 25, 2019 at the Le Roy Village Green. She was born on September 28, 1931 in Perry to the late Kenneth and Mabel (Petri) McVay. In addition to her parents, Velma is predeceased by her husband; Charles F. Hickok Jr. and son; Brian Hickok.

Velma was a retired Home Health Care Aid. She loved knitting, crocheting, and gardening. Velma was a member of Roanoke Community Church and was treasurer there for many years.

She is survived by her children; Alan Hickok of PA., Gary (Karen) Hickok of TN., Scott (Paula) Hickok of NC., Cathy Jordan of OR., Julia (Joseph) Matusak of Le Roy; brother Kenneth (Dorothy) McVay Jr. of NC; Elsie (Frederick) Taggart of Batavia; 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, December 2, 2019 from 4 to 7 PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. Velma will be laid to rest on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 in Ashley Cemetery, Springwater, NY.

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




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