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america.jpg  Richard J. Owczarzak of Attica passed away on April 13th, 2022. He was born on June 1st, 1946 in Batavia, NY to the late Andrew and Mary (Podwika) Owczarzak. In addition to his parents he is predeceased by his brother Donald Owczarzak.

Richard was a former employee of Lapp Insulator in Leroy and the Genesee County Nursing Home in Batavia. He proudly served in the United States Air Force.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and playing cards.

He is survived by his sister Dolores (Russel) Wackenheim of Attica; sister-in-law Judy Owczarzak  of Attica, many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, great-great niece and nephews, cousins and dear friend Linda Beck.

There will be no prior calling hours. Services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. To leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

Mr. Meleca was born in Batavia, New York in 1936. He was raised by his parents, Joseph and Maria Cristina (Bagetta) Meleca of Siderno Superiore, Reggio Calabria, Italy. He graduated from Batavia High School in 1954. Upon graduation he attended The University of Buffalo, NY for a short time. He then pursued a career in barbering and worked with his brother Carl Meleca who operated Carl’s Barbershop on West Main Street in Batavia. They worked together for seventeen years.

On November 19, 1957, he enlisted in the New York National Guard and served in the 27th Armored Division. He was transferred to Battery “D” 102nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion where he served until completing his enlistment on November 18, 1960. He was Honorably Discharged at the rank of Specialist “4.”

Mr. Meleca married Sheila Brown of Batavia, NY in 1958. They had and are survived by, their three daughters, Marisa (Flinn) Hackett and their son Evan Hackett of Pittsford, NY, Maryellen (Christine Graziano) Meleca of Victor, NY, and Maria Meleca and her son Ian Kirk who reside in Frisco, Texas.

In 1972 he joined the Ditzel Agency as a real estate sales associate. In 1974, upon obtaining his Brokers license, he opened Meleca Realty which he operated until 1984 on West Main Street in Batavia. At that time, he moved to Columbus Ohio and was hired by the Newtown Development Group where he worked for seven years before leaving to work as an independent Broker under Meleca Realty. He continued his real estate and development consulting business until retiring in 2015.

In 1995 Mr. Meleca married Terry L. Trimble of Columbus, OH. She passed away on June 9th, 2020. He is survived by her daughter, Erika (John) Schorejs and their sons Jackson and Jeffrey Schorejs, her son, Jason (Meghan) Cromley and their two children Will and Mallory Cromley.

He is also survived by his brother Ben (Jeanne) Meleca, several nephews, nieces, grand nieces and nephews; six grandchildren; and several cousins of Siderno, Reggio Calabria Italy. In addition to being predeceased by his wife, Terry, he is predeceased by his sisters Frances Martino, Josephine Meleca, and Olga Meleca; his brothers Frank Meleca and Carl Meleca of Batavia, NY.

Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 11:00am at Ascension Parish, 19 Sumner Street, Batavia, NY 14020. Entombment, with military honors, will follow at St. Joseph’s Mausoleum, Batavia. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Kobacker House, c/o: Ohio Health Hospice, 3430 OhioHealth Pkwy, Columbus, Ohio 43202.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in his memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Batavia - Rev. Douglas A. Knorr, 68 of Batavia, passed away on Friday, (April 8, 2022) at his home in Batavia.

Rev. Knorr was born July 25, 1953 in Rochester, a son of the late Arlene (late Albert) Knorr Keys.

Doug was a veteran of the US Army and was very proud to have become an ordained minister in 2018. Enjoyed grilling and was an avid Buffalo Sabres and Bills fan. He adored his cats and could often be found passing time playing his PlayStation.

Surviving are his daughters, Bethann (Michael) Mogenhan of Brockport, and Louise Whitlock of Maryland; his grandson, Jonathon Mogenhan; and family friend, Denise Osswald.

Services are being planned for late July 2022 and will be announced.  Burial will be in Western New York National Cemetery in Pembroke.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a veterans' charity of the donor's choice.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home in Batavia.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Batavia – Loren F. Balduf “Tookie”, age 98, passed away on Tuesday, April 13, 2022 at his home surrounded by his loving family under the care of HomeCare & Hospice.

He was born on January 6, 1924 in Batavia, a son of the late William Balduf and Helen Sharick Balduf.

A World War II Merchant Marines Veteran, he served aboard the USS Joseph Hewes and then on the USS Point Cabrillo. Loren drove school bus for many area schools and organizations including the St Joe’s Drum Corp and retired after 20 years with Oakfield-Alabama School as head mechanic. He volunteered for many years at the East Bethany and LeRoy Senior Meal Sites and loved going to local auctions where he earned the nickname “Dollar Bill Loren”. He enjoyed gardening, carpentry, working on cars, fishing and the annual trips to Black Lake. In the last years of his life Loren was cared for by his daughter Donna; granddaughter Amy and great-granddaughter Chelsea Stiles and her boyfriend Rob Drake.

He is predeceased by his wives, Dorothy Geise Balduf, who passed away on May 25, 1991, Myrtle F. Saar Balduf who passed away on September 11, 2005 and Betty Sinclair Balduf who passed away on August 22, 2021.

He is survived by his children, David (Patricia) Balduf of Greenville, South Carolina and Donna (late Lowry “Larry”) Stiles of Batavia; eleven grandchildren, Christopher (Karen) Balduf, Tiger (Mabel) Balduf, Jennifer (Steve) Thexton, Kevin (Kris) Brinkman, Brian (Danielle) Brinkman, Nicholas (Danyelle) Brinkman, Debora (Joel) Pocock, Amy Stiles, Stacey (Kris) Crossett, Charles (Erin) Stiles and Betsy (Tim) Abdella; 24 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews including Jan Comstock and honorary family member, Ron DeFazio.

He is predeceased by his daughter, Elaine (late Carl) Brinkman and his siblings, Durward Balduf, Everett Balduf and Marie Comstock-Johnson.

Friends may call on Monday from 4 to 7 pm at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia where services and military honors will be held at 11 am Tuesday. He will be laid to rest in St. Vincent’s Cemetery, Attica. Memorials in his name may be made to HomeCare & Hospice, 29 Liberty Street, Suite #6, Batavia, New York 14020, the Alzheimer’s Association of Rochester or the Finger Lakes, 435 E Henrietta Rd, Rochester, NY 14620 or Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, New York 14021.

To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Loren’s memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

dorisschiller.jpg  Doris M. (Reding) Schiller, 94, is rejoicing with her Lord and Savior as of April 13, 2022. Born January 17, 1928 to the late Edward and Florence (Hoerbelt) Reding. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Norman C. Schiller; daughter, Mary E. (late Larry A.) Diehl and son, John J. Schiller.

She is survived by her daughters, Ellen (Steve) Schmidt; Jeanne (Earl) Seeley; son, Thomas (Adrienne) Schiller; grandchildren, Larry (Jill) Diehl II, Tracy Robbins, Stephen (Allison) and Matthew Schmidt, Miranda, Jennamarie and Nathan Schiller; great grandchildren, Kelsey (Cody) Burke, Joshua Diehl and Wolfgang Schmidt; great-great grandchildren, Owen and Mazie Burke; and special friend Judy Sawyer.

Doris was an avid reader, especially the Bible and enjoyed sewing clothes for her family and baking; cream puffs were her specialty. She loved her dogs and cats.

There will be no prior calling hours. A private service was held at Forest Hill Cemetery, Attica.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wyoming County SPCA, 808 Creek Road, Attica, NY 14011 or to Genesee Cancer Assistance, 127 North Street, Batavia, NY 14020. To leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

Diane vonBergen Frawley of Clifton Park, NY, passed away April 8, 2022, at Delmar Center for Rehab and Nursing in Delmar, NY. Diane was born June 30, 1955, in Callicoon, NY, and is the daughter of Richard and Shirley vonBergen of Byron, NY.

She graduated from Byron-Bergen High School in 1973 and Oswego State in 1977. Diane worked at the New York State Credit Union Association in Albany. 

Diane is survived by Robert Frawley, her husband of 43 years, son Joseph Frawley, of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, daughter Pamela (Jason) Rathbun, of Waterford, NY, brother Daniel vonBergen (Cathie), sister Sherri (Paul) Nilsen, and her parents.

After retiring, Diane and Bob spent part of the year at the Villages in Florida where they own a home. Many happy hours were spent on the golf courses with friends. Diane enjoyed trying new recipes, reading, exercise, and her family. She will be greatly missed by her family and those who knew her well.

Arrangements are being made by the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Diane's name by made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, Mass. 002284

sodja.jpg  Ethyl I. Sojda, age 84, of Creek Rd, Batavia, NY, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on April 8th, 2022. Ethyl was born in Batavia as the only daughter of the late Vincent N. and Ruth M. Kirch.  She was a life-long resident of Alexander, NY.

After graduating from Alexander Central School, she held various jobs until she married her late husband, John F. Sojda, Jr. in 1961 and raised three children.  As a dedicated mother she could be seen braving any weather to watch her children’s sporting events.  She returned to work in 1977 and held a number of positions with local companies over the following thirty years.  In her last role she was a Loose Ends hostess managing the GCC cafeteria where many folks came to enjoy her kind and pleasant personality and her dedicated work ethic.

Though a long-time crocheter, later in life she became a serious quilter and active in the Batavia Museum Quilt Guild.  She produced a number of quilts for family and friends that are still enjoyed daily.

For a number of years, she was also a volunteer with All Babies Cherished.  It was not uncommon to see her with her knitting material creating baby hats for the regional hospital system. For many years she was an assistant to John Sojda, Jr. in his role as Alexander Town Justice.  Part of her charm and grace was how resiliently and quietly she met life’s challenges—both her own and those of others who knew her.

Ethyl is survived by her sons John and Steve (Barb), her daughter Ann, five grandchildren; Lily Whisman, Jacob (Paige), Stephanie (Patrick) Guarino, Michelle (Andrew) James , and Angela (Martin) Pohl,  great-grandchildren; Ezekiel Guarino, Emily and Eli James, Alex, and Maria Pohl.  She was preceded by her brother Merlin Kirch and has 4 surviving brothers (Ralph, Arnold, Harold, and Myron), and many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours and Funeral Services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alexander Rescue Squad PO Box 336 Alexander, NY 14005 or Homecare & Hospice 29 Liberty St. Suite 6 Batavia, NY 14020. 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

Amy Houseknecht Ramadan, of Wilson, North Carolina, formerly of Batavia, New York

On March 30th, 2022, Amy took her last breath after bravely and courageously fighting breast cancer for more than 5 years.

Loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, and a great friend to many, Amy owned Mama Mia’s restaurant in Wilson, North Carolina with her husband and brother-in-law. Amy loved being a mother more than anything else, she was an excellent cook, and her passion was baking. She had plans to open her own bakery and to publish a cookbook. She enjoyed baking cakes for friends and family, reading, trips to the beach, traveling, coffee dates with friends, and anything related to sea turtles. To know her was to love her, and Amy’s final gift was the gift of sight- through organ donation, she was able to help two other people.

Amy is pre-deceased by grandparents Joshua and Ruth Houseknecht, Ronald Charles, and great aunt June Wolcott who was a third grandma to the Houseknecht girls.

Amy is survived by her parents Robert and Pamela Houseknecht, grandmother Gloria Charles, sisters Katie Ferguson and Jenna (Ben) Cossitt, loving husband of 20 years Hosam Ramadan, and two amazing sons, Adam and Zacheria Ramadan, mother-in-law Ekram Ramadan, brother-in-law Ahmad (Taiseer) Ramadan, nieces Eliana Cossitt and Malak Ramadan, nephew Yassin Ramadan, and many close friends in Batavia and Wilson.

A Celebration of Life will be held on April 30th, 2022 at Akron First United Methodist Church, 7 Church St, Akron, NY 14001, at 12 p.m. Please wear a bright color to honor Amy’s colorful spirit.

Memorials can be made to Pennies from Angels, P.O. Box 511, Black Creek, NC 27813, Crossroads House, 11 Liberty St, Batavia, NY 14020 or made out to the family to help with final expenses/the boys’ education.

“In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”

snell_richard-photo.jpgRichard K. Snell, Sr., 64 of Byron, passed away suddenly on Monday (April 11, 2022) at Strong Memorial Hospital.

He was born September 20, 1957 in Rochester, NY, a son of the late Walter and Jane Wheeler Snell.

Richard was formerly employed by K & W Manufacturing in Bergen. He was a hard worker who enjoyed spending time with his family. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, campfires, cooking and eating home cooked meals. He will be dearly missed by his family and all who knew him.

Survivors include a daughter, Teresa (Eric Harter) Snell of LeRoy. Sons, Richard Snell Jr. of Holley, Shane (Angeline) Snell of Pavilion and Walter Snell of Byron. Sister, Janet (Dave) Montante of Rochester. Grandchildren, William Gorton, Jason Gorton, John Gorton, Brandyn Snell, Devin Graham, Silas Snell, Levi Snell, Kendra Snell and Joselyn Snell. Great-grandchildren, Gabriella Gorton and Skylar Snell. Former spouse and friend, Sandra Westbrook.

He was predeceased by his brother, Robert Snell and great-granddaughter, Zoey Gorton.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Saturday (April 23rd) from 1-3pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY, where a funeral service will commence at 3pm.

Memorial contributions in his name may be offered to the American Heart Association. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTERUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY 14020. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.

 

 

riganotti.jpg  Frank Riganotti, 86, of Batavia passed away after a long battle with dementia on Tuesday April 12, 2022. He was born in Sicily on February 13, 1936 to the late Dominico and Nicolina (Barone) Riganotti. In addition to his parents, Frank is predeceased by his wife: Annette (DiPiazza) Riganotti and twin granddaughters Cara and Cristine Fazio.

He is survived by his daughter; Nickie (Jim) Fazio of Batavia, daughter Maria Zaranek of Alden, son Dominic Riganotti of Florida; sibling Maria D’Anna of Sicily; grandchildren James and Ryan Fazio, Collin and Caitlyn Zaranek, along with many nieces and nephews.

Before his retirement, Frank was employed at Soccio and DellaPenna in Batavia as a construction worker, where he worked for 15 years. In his spare time he was an avid gardener and loved making his own wine. He also loved spending time with his family and friends, and most of all his beloved grandchildren. He loved spending time outside working in his garden, taking care of his fruit trees, grape vines, and his lawn. He also loved going to the casino with his friends and family.

There will be no prior calling hours. A 9:30AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday April 19, 2022 at Resurrection Parish 18 Ellicott St. Batavia, NY 14020 (formerly St. Mary’s Church). Entombment will be at St. Joseph’s Mausoleum following the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association www.alz.org and/or Genesee Cancer Assistance 127 North St. Batavia, NY 14020. 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, New York 14020

 

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