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LaVerne M. Bridge, 84 of Oakfield, died Thursday (May17, 2012) at his residence as a result of a wood cutting accident.

He was born in Batavia, NY on August 10, 1927 to the late Frank and Florence Phillips Bridge.

Mr. Bridge was a Senior Boiler Inspector for New York State Dept. Of Labor and was also retired from the NYS School for the Blind in Batavia.  He had a love for his park-like property and enjoyed the wilderness around him.

Survivors include his former wife and close friend, Margery Bridge. Son, Aaron Bridge of Batavia. Two daughters, Bonita (Aaron) Cornelius of Wisconsin and Lisa (Paul) Koehler of Ontario, Canada.  Also survived by his grandson, Paul Adam Koehler and several nieces and nephews.

He was also predeceased by six brothers and sisters.

Friends of the family are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the family on Tuesday (May 22nd) from 11am-1pm at the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia.  A funeral service will take place at the conclusion of visitation at 1pm.

Burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery in Elba, NY

Arrangements were entrusted to the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY 14020.  Ronald Konieczny II, Director & Proprietor.

Eleanor L. Polito, 81, of Batavia, died peacefully after a lengthy illness on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at Rochester General Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Batavia on June 28, 1930 to the late Joseph and Hedwig Moscicki.

Eleanor worked for her brother at the State Street Bakery and continued baking cakes out of her home.  She worked at the church rectory and was a manager at Arlene’s Hallmark Shoppe in the Genesee Country Mall.  She was an active member of St. Joseph’s Church and Sodality. In her retirement she continued to work as a cafeteria aide at Batavia High School.

Eleanor was the wife of the late Salvatore J. Polito, who died in 1970, and is survived by her four daughters, Sharon (Rocco) Gargano, Dianne (Ron) Puccio, Beverly (David) Hyde, and Deborah (James) Biegas, and a sister Genevieve Adamski, all of Batavia.  She has 10 grandchildren, Neil Gargano, Melissa (Simon) Brewster, Julie Puccio, Melinda Hyde, Angela (Raul) Callowich, Michael Hyde, Matthew Puccio, Holly Gargano, Lisa (Michael) Glow and Joseph Biegas.  Also surviving are five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was the sister of the late Leo Moscicki, Stanley Moscicki and Arlene Corbett.

Calling hours will be Sunday, May 20th, from 2:00 to 6:00pm at the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave, Batavia.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, 9:30am at Resurrection Parish – St. Joseph’s Church.  Burial will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. 

Expressions of condolence may be made 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 & Proprietor.


Laura was born in Perry, New York on October 15, 1924 a daughter of the late Irving and Sarah Willey Krauss. Laura was a 1941 graduate of Perry High School, graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College with her Bachelor’s Degree, and Master’s Degree from Brockport College, and took some additional courses from University of Rochester. She was an elementary teacher for the Rochester City School District for 21 years retiring in 1984.She was a member of the Grace and Truth Christian Fellowship Church in Mt. Morris, she was active in the Christian Women’s Club in Rochester, where she held several offices, and held many friendship bible coffees at her home, a former Sunday school teacher, which inspired her to teach. She was a member of the Perry Garden Club, volunteered at the Community Clothes Closet where she took care of their window displays, Mutual friends of Perry, a former 4-H leader for the Patchwork Pals, and she enjoyed gardening and crafts. She is preceded in death by 9 siblings Lucile VanTyne; Elizabeth Popp; Marion, Carrie, Eloise, Benson, Walter, Leonard, and George Krauss.

She is survived by a sister-in-law: Doris Krauss of Perry, 8 nieces and nephews: John (Evelyn) Krauss of Elba, Joyce (Robert) Krauss-Speicher of Fillmore, Darlene (Ralph) Taylor of Castile, Pamela (William) Wallum of Silver Springs, Gary (Patty) Krauss of Greece, Dawn (Clyde) Lamb of Lima, Susan (Ralph) Mucher of Warsaw, Linda (Robert) Nieman of Livonia along with many great nieces and nephews.

Family and Friends may call from 3-7pm on Thursday May 17th at the Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main St. in Perry, NY 14530. Services will be held on Friday May 18th at 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home. Interment will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Perry. 

 Memorials may be made to the Coleman Memorial Free Methodist Church in Perry. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com or call 237-2626. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530. 

Raymond George Haegele, 69 of Batavia, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family after a long courageous battle with multiple illnesses on May 15, 2012 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia. He was born February 23, 1943 in Philadelphia to Herman Haegele of FL and the late Florence (Spink) Haegele. Mr. Haegele was a Military Policeman with the Marines at Subic Bay in the Philippines during the Vietnam Era and a member of the American Legion. He retired from Kodak, member of the Auxiliary Police for the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department, and Scout Master of the Troop 9 Boy Scouts in Batavia. He loved trips with his grandchildren, Friday adventures with his wife, clocks, antiques, and tinkering on his 1929 Model A Ford Truck. Ray is preceded in death by his foster father Alfred Serini.

He is survived by his beloved wife Margaret M. (Golaszewski) Haegele, daughters June Haegele, Susan (Dana) Koepp, grandchildren Amanda and Devon Koepp all of Batavia; foster mother Pearl Serini of Newtown, PA; brothers Ernest (Bernice) Haegele of FL; Edward Haegele of PA; sisters Dorothy Haegele of Philadelphia, PA; Rosemarie (James) Barnes of FL; Linda (William) Piehl of Philadelphia, PA; foster brother Jimmy Buss of Newtown, PA along with several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call from 5 to 8 PM on Thursday May 17, 2012 at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. 9:30 AM prayers will be recited at the Funeral Home followed by a 10:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial on Friday May 18, 2012 at Ascension Parish-Sacred Heart Church 15 Sumner St. Batavia, New York 14020. Interment will take place in St. Adalbert’s Cemetery, Lancaster, NY.    

Memorials may be made to St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy 325 Walden Ave. Buffalo, NY 14211. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or call (585) 343-8260. Arrangements completed by GilmartinFuneral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.


Batavia - Mrs. Virginia Strollo, 91, died Monday, May 14, 2012 at Strong Memorial Hospital, in Rochester following a brief illness.
Mrs. Strollo was born June 14, 1920 in Batavia, the daughter of the late Anthony and Marie  (Pifalow) Fiore.
A 1938 graduate of Batavia High School, she was a member of St. Anthony’s Church and the Altar and Rosary Society, St. Jerome Hospital Guild and a volunteer at the NYS Veteran’s Home.
Survivors include two sons; Frank (Grace) Strollo of Batavia and Anthony (Kathy) Strollo of Albany; three daughters; Florence (Donald) Skinner of Batavia, Mary Ann Strollo and Dolores (Michael) Fee both of Rochester; her twin sister, Teresa DelPlato of Batavia. Also surviving are 16 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews. 
Her husband, the late Ralph Strollo died in 1997 and she was the sister of the late Joseph and Dominic Fiore, Jenny Miconi and Lucy Renzi. 
Visitation will be held Friday from 4 to 8 pm at the H. E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 E. Main St., Batavia, NY.  Her Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:00 am Saturday at Ascension Parish, St. Anthony's Church, 122 Liberty St.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Notre Dame High School Foundation, 73 Union St. Batavia, NY 14020 or to your favorite charity.  Entombment will be in St. Joseph's Mausoleum.
Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com 


William W. Self, Jr., USA, CW4 (Ret.), 82, passed away peacefully Saturday, May 12, 2012 in the MICU at HRMC, with his loving wife, Christa, by his side.

Bill was born December 18, 1928, in Shreveport, LA, to the late William Walker Self and Carol Armenia Self. Bill went to Orlando High School, and in 1944, he enlisted in the Army. Bill had a very distinguished career in the US Army, which included service as a security officer, counter terrorism officer, and tank maintenance officer. He served in the Pacific Theatre in WWII, Korea in the Korean conflict, and Japan for the occupation forces. During his honorable service, he received his Bachelors degree from Rollins College in 1975. Bill retired as a Chief Warrant Officer (CW4) on December 18, 1988.

Bill held the position of Elective Office Vice Chairman for the Orange County Commissioner of Budget from 1959-1964. He also worked for US Civil Servant Department of Army 2nd 98th division-Buffalo; as Development Manager in Washington DC; and for NASA at the Kennedy Space Center.

He is survived by his wife, Christa Corey-Self; sons, William (Carol) Self and Gregory (Tina) Self; grandchildren, Ashley and Eric; stepchildren, Claudia Corey-Church, Michael Corey, and Joachim Corey; step granddaughter, Jasmine; and his long time friend of 60 plus years, Clyde Goolsby.

Bill was preceded in rest by his first wife of 53 years, Juanita Self.

Bill was proudly involved in Reserve Officers Assoc. Chapter # 12; NARFE Chapter # 609 of Melbourne; Buffalo Chapter 390th Regime Retiree Assoc.; Ret. Officer Assoc NY Chapter; American Legion Chapter 400 Orlando; Eola Masonic Lodge # 207 Bahaia Shrine of Orlando; 32nd degree Scottish Rite of Freemasonry S.J. of Orlando; and Oldtimer’s of Orlando. He was also an avid race car driver.

We would like to offer our sincere gratitude to the MICU staff at HRMC for their care and nurturing of Bill and our family during his illness. This gratitude also extends to Dr. German Castro, Dr. Simmy Pinto, Dr. Michael Green, Dr. John McKinney, Dr. Sangita Sahay, Dr. Anthony Tran, and Dr. Maritza Riascos-Mazo.

Family will receive friends from 11 AM to 12 PM on Saturday, May, 19, 2012 at Davis Seawinds Funeral Home, 560 Montreal Ave., Melbourne, FL with a Celebration of Bill’s Life following at 12 PM.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Bill to the Shiners Tampa Hospital or The American Lung Association.

Bill will be missed by all that knew him; his memory will remain in our hearts forever.

Condolences may be expressed at www.davisseawinds.com

Monica D. Raphael, 83 of Batavia, passed away peacefully May 12, 2012 at Absolut @ Gasport Nursing Home. She was born December 5, 1928 in Batavia, to the late Angelo (Catherine Attardi) Miconi. Monica retired from Genesee Community College where she worked for 27 years in the Business Office. She was a member of Resurrection Parish-St. Joseph’s Church, the Batavia Business and Professional Woman’s Club, and Friends of the Richmond Library. She is preceded in death by her husband Joseph, who with his brother Dan, owned and operated Star Dry Cleaners and Tailors. Brothers Frank and Gene Miconi.

Survivors include her daughters Dianne (Ed) Wierda of Boca Raton, FL; Roberta Raphael of Rochester; son Joseph (Maryann) Raphael of Batavia; four grandchildren Kyle (Matt) Mobley of Tampa, FL; Jenna, Jared, and Andrea Raphael of Batavia; two brothers Al Miconi of Batavia; Ed Miconi of Phoenix, AZ; along with several nieces and nephews.  

There will be no prior visitation. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial 9:30 AM on Saturday May 26, 2012 to be celebrated at Resurrection Parish-St. Joseph’s Church 303 East Main St. Batavia, New York 14020. Interment will take place at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Batavia.

Memorial contributions in Monica’s name can be made to the Richmond Library 19 Ross St. Batavia, New York 14020. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or call 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

Christian R. "Dick" Barthel: On Saturday May 5, 2012 at the age of 83. Predeceased by his son Charles William "Chub" Barthel, his parents and many brothers. He is survived by his children Nanci (Bill) Bogan, Richard Barthel, Russell (Jeanine) Barthel, Don (Lisa) Barthel, Catherine (Pete) Loran, Cynthia (Blaine Timmerman) Barthel and their mother Johanna McMullen, 15 very special grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, sister Loretta Smith, several nieces and nephews and many beloved friends. Friends may call Wednesday May 9th from 6-8 pm at the Fowler Funeral Home Inc. 340 West Ave Brockport. A funeral mass will be held Thursday, 10:00 am at St. Mark's Parish 16789 Kenmor Rd. Kendall. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute to the Kendall Fire Department.

Corfu - Mrs. Audrey M. Reiss, 78, of Corfu, passed away Sunday (May 6, 2012) at Buffalo General Hospital, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Audrey was born February 8, 1934, in Batavia, the dear daughter of the late Clarence and Beatrice Hale Cummings.  She was a graduate of Corfu High School and worked for many years in the Pembroke Central School District as an Aide.  Audrey was predeceased by her son Roy G. Reiss, Jr., who passed away in August 2011.

She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Roy G. Reiss of Corfu; her precious children, Rick (Debbie) Reiss of Corfu, Randy (Sandy) Reiss of Akron and Roxanne (Ron) Gabbey of Akron; loving sister of Arthur (Marion) Cummings of Corfu, Robert (Marjary) Cummings of Corfu, Richard Cummings of South Carolina and Thomas Cummings of Elba;  grandmother of eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

There is no prior visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service that will be held Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4-6 Main Street, Corfu. Burial will be in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Corfu. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association of WNY, 210 John Glenn Dr. # 3, Buffalo, NY 14228 or to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, PO Box 631 Buffalo, NY 14240.

Mrs. Theresa E. Smith, 79, of Batavia, who enjoyed spending time with her family, died Friday (May 4, 2012)at the United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

Theresa was born February 25, 1933 in Rochester, the daughter of the late Joseph and Bertha (Weiss) Mogenhan.

Survivors include two daughters, Debbie (Chuck) Weaver of Batavia and Karen (Jason) Ceisner of Raleigh, NC; five grandchildren, Dustin (Rachael) Potwora of Naples, FL, Adam Weaver of Batavia, Ryan Weaver of Batavia, Aiden Ceisner of Raleigh, NC and Kelcey Ceisner of Raleigh, NC; a great-granddaughter, Bayley Potwora of Naples, FL; a sister-in-law, Betty Mogenhan of Batavia and nieces and nephews.

She is the wife of the late Richard Smith, grandmother of the late Bailey Marie Weaver and sister of the late Joseph Mogenhan.

Calling hours will be on Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.  Services will be at 1:00 also on Thursday at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery, Batavia.

Memorials may be made to American Lung Association of Western New York, 1595 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14620 or online at www.lung.org/donate.

Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.  




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