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Douglas R. Miller, 53 of Perry, died peacefully at his home on January 17, 2012. He was born June 28, 1958 in Buffalo to the late Norman J. Miller (2003) and Irene (Kuhn) Miller of Cowlesville. Doug got his Masters Degree from Buffalo State College and then went on to teach technology at Letchworth Central School. He had a passion for sports and coached many sports at Letchworth including Jr. High Basketball from 1984-86, head Girls Track from 84-89, assistant Girls Soccer from 85-87, Jr. High Track from 87-89, assistant Modified Football 89-90 then Head Coach from 90-92, JV Boys Basketball 90-91, Head Varsity Football Coach from 1992-2001 receiving Coach of the Year every year from 1994-1998, mini Perry Blaze Girls Softball, organized and coached Perry Girls Little League Softball, First Base Coach this past summer for the Rochester Revenge Softball Team, and was currently keeping stats for the Perry Varsity Girls Basketball Team. Doug was a Driver Education Instructor at Letchworth from 1987-2000, in Warsaw from 2001-2010, and gave countless 5 hour pre-licensing courses all over the area. He was a former member of St. Joseph’s Church in Perry. Doug is preceded in death by a brother Robert Miller.  

He is survived by his beloved wife Kathleen (Kramell) Miller married August 11, 1990 of Perry; daughters Erika Lynn Miller of Alfred University; Ashley Ann Miller of Perry; mother Irene (Kuhn) Miller of Cowlesville; sister Linda (Jeff) Papke of Angola; brothers Paul (Lisa Pritchard) Miller of Oakfield; Thomas Miller of Cowlesville; mother-in-law Nancy (David Spencer) Kramell of Pavilion; brothers-in-law David (Tina) Kramell, Dan (Nadine) Kramell both of Perry; sister-in-law Kristina (Jake Gordon) Schofield of Queens Creek, AZ along with many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.  

Friends are invited to call on Friday January 20, 2012 and Saturday January 21, 2012 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530. 2:30 PM Funeral Services will take place on Sunday January 22, 2012 at the Letchworth Central School 5550 School Road Gainesville, New York 14066.  Interment will take place at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Perry Center.   

Flowers are gratefully declined. It was Doug’s wish as his final gift to his daughters to have memorials made to a fund set up for their college education at www.thebigal.com. 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.

Mildred B. Cina, 88 of Batavia, died January 16, 2012 at the Genesee County Nursing Home in Batavia. She was born March 11, 1923  in Batavia to the late Salvatore Cina and the late Paulene Columbo. Ms. Cina worked for 42 years at the VA Medical Center in Batavia and also volunteered at the VA and St. Jerome’s Hospital after her retirement. She was a member of Ascension Parish-St. Anthony’s Church, the Altar & Rosary Society, St. Jerome’s Hospital Guild and taught church school at St. Anthony’s School.  She is preceded in death by her brother Charles Cina.
                                                                                                                        
Ms. Cina is survived by her aunt Nancy (Samuel) Ficarella of Batavia; cousin James (Kim) Ficarella of Batavia, who helped her greatly in her later years along with many other cousins. 

There will be no prior calling hours. Friends are invited to attend a 9:30 AM Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday January 21, 2012 at Ascension Parish-St. Anthony’s Church, 122 Liberty Street, Batavia, New York. Interment will take place in Grand View Cemetery, Batavia, NY.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the St. Anthony’s Church 122 Liberty St. Batavia, NY 14020. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or call (585) 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.


 

Frederick J. Nichols, 83 of Corfu died January 16, 2012 at the New York State Veterans Home in Batavia. He was born March 6, 1928 in Medina, NY to the late Frederick H. ((Louise L. Lennox) Nichols. Mr. Nichols worked 42 years for Niagara Mohawk as a General Line Foreman. He was a WWII Army Veteran, member of the Cornerstone Church in East Pembroke, and an antique car collector. He is preceded in death by brothers Cliff, Robert, and Francis Nichols; sisters Eleanor Myntti, Bonalyn Dombrowski, and Ethel Hayes.   

He is survived by his beloved wife Virginia Nichols of Corfu; sons Roger (Lorna) of CO; Mark of Corfu; Steven (Cheryl) Nichols of Windermere, FL; brother Richard Nichols of N. Collins; sisters Esther Halstead of NV; Mae Kopper of Alexander; Monica (Frank) Neindorf of FL; 4 grandchildren Brooke (Gabe) Milter, Lindsay (John) Carr, Shelby (Shawn) Gibbons, Makaila Nichols, 3 great-grandchildren Colby, Bailey and Jayden along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on from 3 to 7 PM on Thursday January 19, 2012 at Gilmartin Funeral Home and Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. 11:00 AM Funeral Services will take place on Friday January 20, 2012 at the Cornerstone Church 2583 Main Road East Pembroke, NY 14056. Interment will take place in the Grand View Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Church. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please go to 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.

   
 

Age 89, of Batavia, died peacefully Friday morning January 13, 2012 at United Memorial Medical Center with his beloved daughter Cheryl at his side.

He was born in Batavia, August 7, 1922, the fifth of ten children of the late John and Frances (Wozniak) Kowalik. he was preceded in death by his beloved wife Ruth (Williams) Kowalik in 2007, sisters Irene Kulikowski, Connie Brazzell, Delores Slater, and brothers Raymond & Jerome Kowalik.

John was a World War II Navy Veteran of the Bombing Squad 151, Pacific Theater. He was awarded the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, American Campaign, World War II Victory, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign, and Air medals.

John retired from Dohler-Jarvis, and worked for the US Census Bureau. He belonged to Ascension Parish (Sacred Heart), Holy Name Society, Sacred Heart 20 Week Club, Polish Falcons Nest #493, where he started the Polish Falcons Bowling League, Polish Civic Club, life member of VFW and D.A.V., Dohler-Jarvis Quarter Century Club, former President of the Dohler-Jarvis retirees, and a member of the former Moose, Elks, and Saint Nicks Clubs; and a lifelong member, former trustee, and a member of parish council, of Sacred Heart Church. John also played baseball for the Polish Falcons. John was an avid sportsman who loved to hunt, trap, and fish, bowler, and loved the NY Yankees, playing poker and Bingo, traveling to Seneca Casinos, and wintering in Bradenton, FL.

He leaves behind his daughter Cheryl Kowalik, and daughter by affection Barbara Matarazzo both from Batavia, sisters Barbara Alvut of Batavia, Virginia Kowalik of Rochester, brothers Robert (Betty) Kowalik of Webster, and Arthur (Beverly) Kowalik of N. Chili, sisters-in-law Laura Kowalik, Florence Williams both of Batavia, brothers-in-law Donald Brazzell of Medina, Larry (Lorraine Nolan) Williams, Sister-in-law Terry Williams of Attica, and Arthur (Cathy) Williams all of Batavia, several nieces and nephews, and loving and caring friends.

Family and friends may visit from 4-8:00 PM on Friday January 20, 2012 at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where a eulogy and prayers will be heard at 11:00 AM followed by a 12:00 Noon Mass of Christian Burial in Ascension Parish (Sacred Heart Site). Memorials in John's memory can be made in mass offerings or to the family for donations to several organizations. Entombment will be in the Monsignor Frances L. Schwartz Mausoleum in St. Joseph's Cemetery. For more information or to send flowers please call Michael at (585)343-7500 and members of the Holy Name Society are asked to assemble at 6:00 PM Friday evening at the Funeral Home to recite the Rosary.

THE FAMILY OF JOHN K. "JACK" KOWALIK IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020.

Myron R. “Breezy” Brasky, Sr., 84 of Batavia, died peacefully Sunday (January 15, 2012) at his residence with his loving wife and children by his side.

He was born in Batavia on February 15, 1927, a son of the late Myron A. and Rose Kapusciarz Brzeczkowski.

 Myron was a U.S. Navy Veteran of WWII and the Korean War.  After his service to his country he was a draftsman for Graham Manufacturing Co. in Batavia for 45 years until his retirement.  He was a member of the Sacred Heart Holy Name Society, Polish Falcons Nest #493, VFW Veness Strollo Post and the former St. Nicholas Social Club.  Myron enjoyed sports, especially tennis, racquetball, softball and was a fan of the Buffalo Bills, New York Yankees and Batavia Blue Devils Basketball.  He was also a parishioner of Ascension Parish and volunteered at the church lawn fete french fry stand for several years.

Survivors include his loving wife of 55 years, Alice Gibbons Brasky of Batavia, proprietor of The Dancing Place Dance Studio and The Dancewear Outlet. Two daughters, Patricia (John) Chadwick of Batavia and Nancy (James) Schmieder of Springwater, NY. A son, Buddy Brasky of Batavia.  Grandchildren, T.J., Jenilee and David Hagen, Adam, Alex and Jake Brasky, Eric Hiscutt, Stacie (Mike) Beccaria, Gretchen (Sam) Fire, Josh and Laura Schmieder.  One great-grandchild, Cole Hiscutt.  Two sisters, Fran (Herb) Oakes and Eleanor (Loren) Ferruci.  Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was the brother of the late Delores Mitchell.

There will be no prior visitation.  Friends and family are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday (January 19th), 9:30am at Ascension Parish (Sacred Heart Church).  Burial will be in the spring at St. Joseph Cemetery with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer Association.

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 P. Konieczny II, Director & Proprietor.

Batavia- Mrs. Barbara A. (Gravanda) Adams, age 71, loving mother and wife, passed away on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at URMC Palliative Care Unit.

Mrs. Adams was born November 14, 1940 in Batavia, a daughter of the late John and Marion Gentile Gravanda.

She was a member of Resurrection Parish - St. Joseph's Church.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Merle Adams and two children, David Adams of Batavia and Gina Marie Adams (fiancé Jim Lanson) of Webster; five grandchildren, Riley, Kasey, Jonathan, Matthew and Sarah. She also leaves behind five brothers and sisters,  Connie DiAntonio and Philomena Gravanda, both of Batavia, Vincent "Jim" Gravanda of LeRoy and John Gravante and Irene Lillis, both of  Batavia. There are also several loving nieces and nephews along with the family’s dear and close friend Lisa D’Aurizio.

She is preceded in death by her sisters, Ida Spiotta, Katherine Zaccarella, Mary Eckelberger and brothers, Nicholas, John, Fred and Tony Gravanda.

Friends may call on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street. Prayers at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at Resurrection Parish - St. Joseph Church, 303 East Main Street, Batavia. Entombment will be in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Palliative Care Unit at URMC or the Kidney Transplant Unit at URMC, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, New York 14602.  Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.  

     Age 87, of Batavia, died peacefully Thursday morning January 12, 2012 in the Copley @ Stoughton Nursing Care Center in Stoughton, MA. She was born January 22, 1924 in Niagara Falls, NY daughter of the late Karl L. & Esther E. (Nordstrom) Nyquist, also preceded in death by her husband Elwin "Ellie" Rice in 2010 and a sister Esther M. Scoins. A lifelong member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Mrs. Rice was a 1941 graduate of Oakfield High School. She served from 1983 to 1998 as the Elections Commissioner for the Genesee County Board of Elections and also as secretary for the Genesee County Republican Party. Lillian followed politics closely, was always up on current events and was an avid football fan.

     Surviving are her beloved children Richard (Margaret) Rice of Sharon, MA and Karen Anne (Joseph) DeLeo of Ashburn Farm, VA; sister Gertrude Beswick of Batavia; grandchildren Lucas & Katherine along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

     Family and friends may visit from 2-3:00 PM on Monday January 16 at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road 14020 where Funeral Services will follow at 3:00 PM. Memorials in Lillian's memory can be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Burial will be in Morganville Cemetery and for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.

THE FAMILY OF LILLIAN RICE IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020.

     Age 63, of Batavia, died Wednesday January 11, 2012 at Highland Hospital in Rochester. He was born July 7, 1948 in Varanquitas, Puerto Rico son of the late Mariano Matos Colon & Juana Alvarado Maldonado and also preceded in death by a son Edward Matos. He worked in environmental services at United Memorial Medical Center.

     Surviving is his dear friend Linda Cohen of Batavia; son Ryan Matos of Newburgh, NY and daughters Vivian & Stephanie Matos both of Puerto Rico; sisters Anna Matos Alvarado, Teresa de Jesus Matos, Norma Matos Alvarado, Neidi Luz Matos Alvarado all of Puerto Rico and Carmen Nelida Matos of FL along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

     There is no prior visitation and funeral services will be held privately by his family. Memorials are suggested to the family and burial will be in Puerto Rico. For more in formation please call Michael at (585)343-7500.

THE FAMILY OF EDGARDO LUIS MATOS IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020.

Virginia M. Dixon, Acker, 82 of Batavia, went to be with the Lord on January 8, 2012 at United Memorial Medical Center after a lengthy illness. She was born August 13, 1929 in Galton, PA to the late Archie Jeffers and the late Pansy Knickerbocker. Mrs. Acker worked for many years at PW Minor in Batavia and was a member of the First Baptist Church. She is wife of the late Willis R. Dixon and Robert Acker, mother of the late Ronald P. Dixon.  

She is survived by children William (Terry) Dixon of NC; Dennis (Holy) Dixon of Painted Post, Peggy (Jon) Landin of Corfu, daughter-in-law Linda Dixon of Batavia; 12 grandchildren Christopher, Alyssa, Brandon, Becky, Jen, Amy, Bill Jr., Bobbie, Danielle, Ronnie, Tina, Stacy, 19 great-grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews. 

There will be no prior calling hours. Funeral Services and Burial will take place 1:00 PM on Sunday January 15, 2012 at E. Bethany Rural Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org. 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, NY 14020.

  

James Neel (J.N.) White, Major USAF Ret, passed away at the age of 87 on December 28, 2011 at his home in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, the former Betty McClurg; four sons: James Neel II of Palm Beach Gardens; Dr. Terry (Marialice Foster) of Sterling, VA; Randy (Susan Cady) of Conesus; Devin (Sharron Bryant) of Calera, AL. Seven grandchildren also survive: Bryan of Delray Beach, FL; Teagan of New York City; Kathleen of Philadelphia; Kelly and Regan of Sterling; Neel of Calera; and James III of Katy, TX.

His twin brother, Dennison Lewis (D.L.) of Port St. Lucie, FL also survives.

J.N. was born at home at 106 Lake St., Perry. He graduated from Perry High School in 1942. His lifelong dream was to be a pilot and he enlisted in the Air Force just before his 18th birthday. He received his wings in 1944 and was commissioned a second lieutenant. In October 1944 he scored the most hits ever recorded on a target towed behind an AT-6. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in June 1945 for extraordinary achievement on April 17, 1945, destroying five enemy aircraft. He was also awarded a second Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal for meritorious achievement while on sustained combat operations over enemy territory. He flew his P-51 to an altitude of 45,000 feet, the highest ever recorded at that time. He was shot down over Dunquerque and parachuted to safety, which earned him membership in the Caterpillar Club, a club composed of pilots whose lives were saved by silk “chutes”. He was discharged in May 1946 and served in the reserves until 1984.

In 1947 he organized and played drums in a dance band called The Midshipmen, which played big band music in hotels and at high school proms.

In 1948 he joined Champion Knitwear as an artist and designer. In 1963 he became New Sales Manager for Allen Bailey Tag & Label, Inc. of Caledonia. He also designed displays for Robeson Cutlery of Castile.

In 1960 he established his own company, J.N. White Designs, a manufacturer of screen printed labels, nameplates and graphic overlays. In 1975 he became publisher and editor of the Perry Herald and also purchased the Perry Shopper. The three companies were incorporated as J.N. White Associates, Inc. His son Randy purchased the corporation in 1989. Randy sold the Perry Herald and Perry Shopper in 2005, to focus on the growth and development of J.N. White Designs.

J.N. was active in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. He served as president of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Holy Name Society and was a lector, serving two masses every Sunday. He joined Perry Rotary Club in 1974 and was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow in 1999 for his service to the club and the community.

He was an avid golfer and past member of Silver Lake Country Club, Locust Hill Country Club and PGA National Members Club. He also enjoyed skiing and swimming. Oil painting and sculpting were his hobbies later in life. He was a history buff who never forgot important events and dates. He spent several years writing his memoir, I Was a P-51Fighter Pilot in WWII, which he self-published in 2003.

There were no calling hours. Private burial will be held at the convenience of the family. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Memorials in J.N.'s name may be made to Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33407 or online at hpbcf.org. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main St. Perry, New York 14530.

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