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James Angelo Pici Sr., 89, of Batavia and formerly of Buffalo and Tonawanda, NY, died peacefully on Tuesday (June 4, 2013) at the New York State Veterans Home in Batavia.

Jim was born in Buffalo on December 19, 1923, the son of the late Stefano Sciacca and Frances (Joseph) Cippola Pici.

Jim was a Veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II. He worked as a furniture storeowner and manager in Buffalo prior to his retirement.

Jim Pici will always be a hero to his family who has learned from his lifetime example of unflappable love, strength and devotion.
During this time and now after, he will be remembered for his unselfish generosity toward family, friends, and anyone lucky enough to know him.

Jim was predeceased by his loving wife of 60 years, the late Emma Josephine LoVerme Pici, who died in 2010.

He was the devoted father of the late Joseph (Teri) Pici, Frances Anne (Harriett) Pici, the late James A. Jr. (Amy) Pici, and Paul (Tracey) Pici;cherished grandfather of Elana Pici, Emily (Marten)VanZwietering (nee Pici), Sarah Pici, and James Pici; cherished great-grandfather of Olivia Van Zwietering (Pici);loving son of the late Stefano Sciacca and Frances  (Joseph) Cippola Pici; dear brother of Joseph (Eleanor) Pici, Philip (Lori) Pici, the late Rose (late Joseph) Cannavo,the late Mariano (Vita) Pici, and Anthony (Debbie) Pici. He is also survived by many other relatives and friends.

Family and friends are invited to attend Jim's Mass of Christian Burial at 9am on July 19th at St. Amelia Church in Tonawanda, NY.  A memorial service and luncheon will follow at 11am on July 19th at Chef's Restaurant, 291 Seneca St., Buffalo, NY 14204. Please RSVP to the luncheon by July 15th to [email protected].

Expressions of condolence may be made at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.



Mary Rose Paladino, 87, of Batavia, went peacefully home to be with God on Tuesday (June 4, 2013) at St. Ann’s Community in Rochester.

She was born in Batavia on December 29, 1925, a daughter of the late Anthony and Anna Martino Ricci.

She was the loving wife of Samuel Paladino who died on January 11, 1982 

Mary worked for the medical records department at the former St. Jerome Hospital and as a secretary for the late Dr. Frank Hall.  She was a life member of the former St. Anthony's Church in Batavia and enjoyed playing the organ, gardening, bingo, senior trips and most of all, being with her grand and great-grand children.

Surviving is her loving daughter Roberta O'Donnell (Jerry Hertzel) of The Villages, FL. Her dear grandchildren, Dr. Kathryn A. (Dr. Joshua, MD, PHD) Mendell of Dallas TX, Michael (Tanni) O'Donnell of Batavia and precious great-grandchildren, Cole and Adyson O'Donnell and Isabelle Mendell. Sister-in-law of:  Marion Ricci of Batavia and Lawrence LaRussa of Batavia.

She is the grandmother of the late Sean O'Donnell and sister of the late, Jean LaRussa and Charles Ricci.

Friends of the family are cordially invited to share their thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the family on Thursday from 5 - 7 pm at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC., 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, 2 o'clock in the afternoon at St. Ann’s Community Chapel, 1500 Portland Ave., Rochester.

A special thank you to the staff supporting the 3rd floor at St. Ann’s Community for the wonderful care and support that Mary and her family received during her stay.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Ann’sCommunity, 1500 Portland Ave., Rochester, NY 14621, American Diabetes Assoc. or American Heart Assoc.

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. Ronald Konieczny II, Director & Proprietor.


Carmen Fragnito, 90, of Batavia, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Saturday (June 1, 2013) while under Niagara Hospice care.

He was born in San Giorgio, Italy on February 1, 1923, a son of the late Giuseppe and Rosa Cicarelli Fragnito. 

His loving wife, Mary Pope Fragnito died in November of 2008.

Carmen was a member of the former St. Anthony's Church, St. Nicholas Social Club and present member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Veness-Strollo Post in Batavia.  Prior to his retirement he was employed by the City of Batavia Water Department as a supervisor.  He served with the US Army from February of 1943 to December 1945 in New Guinea, Southern Philippines where he earned the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with 3 Bronze Service Stars, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 1 Star, World War II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

Surviving is his daughter and son in law, Rosemary and Richard Dever of Lockport and a son, Daniel Fragnito. Grandchildren: Richard (Kari) Van Dever, Lisa (William) Callahan, Brian (Julie) Dever, Steven Dever and Christine Dever.  Great-grandchildren: Nathaniel, Melina and Carson, Shane and Ryan, Lianna and Chloe. A sister, Florence Barnes of Batavia and sisters in law: Josephine Fragnito of Batavia and Connie Fragnito of Rochester. Several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews also survive.  He is the brother of the late Mario Fragnito and Joseph Fragnito Jr.

Friends of the family are cordially invited to share their thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the family on Thursday from 1 - 3 and 6 - 8pm at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC., 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, where prayers will be Friday at 10:15am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial with Rev. Joseph A. Gullo, Celebrant, his godchild and nephew, at 11:00am at Resurrection Parish, (St. Mary's Church, 20 Ellicott St. Batavia).  Entombment with full Military Honors will follow at the Rev. Bernard Kelly Mausoleum at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions in lieu of flowers to the Autism Society of America, WNY Chapter, 19 Limestone Dr., Williamsville, NY 14221 or Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Dr., Lockport, NY 14094. 

Expressions of condolence may be made at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.


Batavia - Charles G. Taylor, 88, of Batavia, Owner of the former Taylor Typewriter & Business Equipment in Batavia, died Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at Genesee County Nursing Home.

Mr. Taylor was born December 5, 1924 in Buffalo, a son of the late Charles H. and Dorothea K. (Beck) Taylor.

He graduated from Amherst Central School in 1943 and served during WWII with the US Army and received an Associates Degree from General Motors Institute of Technology.  He was a member of the Batavia First Baptist Church since 1959 where he served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Building Committee, Fireside Class, and American Baptist Churches of New York State Outdoor Ministries.  He was a member, since 1952 and past president, of Kiwanis Club of Batavia, YMCA Board of Directors, Camp Committee and served on the City Pool Project.  He was a former Assistant Scout Master with Troop 7.

His wife, Jean Ann (Bush) Taylor, died March 14, 2001.

Survivors include 3 sons, David C. Taylor and Jack E. (Deborah) Taylor, both of Batavia and James L. (Tracey) Taylor of Pittsford; 3 grandchildren, Stephanie Lee (Adam Miller) Taylor of East Bethany, Nathaniel Taylor and Sean Taylor, both of Pittsford; a sister-in-law, Bonnie L. Bush of Greece and JoAnn Bush of Texas; several nieces and nephews and cousins. 

He was the grandfather of the late Christina Marie Taylor and brother of the late Jack E. Taylor and Dorothy C. Taylor.  

Friends may call on Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 E. Main St., Batavia where a prayer service will be 10 a.m. Friday.  Burial will follow at White Chapel Memorial Park in Amherst.  Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Batavia, 306 East Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020, Kiwanis Club of Batavia, P.O. Box 562, Batavia, NY 14021 or to AutismUP, 180 Linden Oaks Drive, Rochester, NY 14625 (autismup.org).  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.


Corfu - Mrs. Betty A. Gould, 73, of Corfu, passed away Thursday (May 30, 2013) at Buffalo General Hospital.

Betty was born on February 18, 1940, a daughter of the late Anita and John King, Sr. She was a homemaker and dedicated her life to taking care of her family. Betty's beloved husband of 54 years, Elias W. Gould, passed away August 30, 2011. She was the sister of the late John G. King, Jr.

Betty is survived by two sons, Russell (Rose) Gould of New Mexico and Chuck (Marilyn) Gould of Alden; two daughters, Lois Shannon of Batavia and Louise Gould of Corfu; nine grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren; four sisters, Theresa (late James) Pfalzer, Anita (Ronald) Loveland, Sandy (James) Smith and Phyllis King; one brother, Richard (Karen) King; a sister-in-law, Mary King and several nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours. A graveside service will be held Saturday, June 22, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Corfu, NY. Arrangements were made by C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4-6 East Main Street, Corfu.

Age 77, of Batavia, died peacefully Saturday morning June 1, 2013 at Buffalo General Hospital. She was born June 28, 1935 in Hornell, NY, daughter of the late George & Mildred (Kemp) Marshall, also preceded in death by her husband, Cedric Fowler and her daughter, Debbie Chamberlain.

Mrs. Fowler enjoyed gardening, was an avid Bills fan and always kept up on her beloved NY Yankees.

Surviving are her loving children, Bill (Denise) Fowler, Robert Fowler, Kathy (Jud) Yanik all of Batavia and Linda (Mark) Diver of PA; brother, Frank (Lois) Marshall of Canaseraga, NY; 8 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren.

There is no prior visitation and funeral services are private for the family. Memorials in Jennie's memory are suggested to the American Heart Association 20 Northpointe Parkway Amherst, NY 14228 or the Alzheimer's Association WNY Chapter 2805 Wehrle Drive Ste. 6 Williamsville, NY 14221.

Please share your memories of Jennie, with her family at www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information call Michael at (585)343-7500.


LeRoy ~ James L. Koska, age 49, of Myrtle Street, died Monday morning (May 27, 2013) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

     He was born February 15, 1964 in Buffalo, NY, a son of Daniel and Carolyn Miazga Koska.

     Mr. Koska will be remembered as a loving dad, who enjoyed all outdoor activities, especially fishing and hunting.    

     In addition to his parents, Daniel and Carolyn of Brimfield, MA, he is survived by his children; Brianna Koska of LeRoy, Gabrielle Koska of Penfield and Ryan Koska of Pavilion, his siblings; Judy (Susie) Koska of Buffalo, Cheryl (Mike) Tetrault of VT, Walter Koska of Warren, MA, Charlene (Michael) Moynahan of Monson, MA and Andrea (Armand) Thebert of Broomfield, MA, along with many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his sister, Denielle Hugli on May 11, 2012.

     Family and friends are invited to remember and share their memories of Jim at a Memorial Celebration of Life on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the Bergen United Methodist Church, 27 Lake Street (Rt. 19), Bergen, NY. 

     Mr. Koska and his family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc.

Age 91, of Depew, died peacefully Wednesday March 6, 2013 at Sisters of Charity/St. Joseph's Campus in Cheektowaga.

Mr. Mawer served with the Royal Corp. of Engineers in WWII and was a member of St. Martha's Parish in Depew. An avid woodworker, he loved the outdoors, especially gardening, plants and bird watching. He and his wife enjoyed their cottage on Lake Simcoe and traveling throughout the US and Europe.

Surviving is his beloved wife of 63 years, Jean (Libawski) Mawer of Depew; loving daughters, Peggy (Gordon) Dibble of Corfu, Linda (Ken) Kruger of Rochester & Erica Mawer of NYC; loving son, John (Cathy) Mawer of Lancaster; brother-in-law Leon (Renate) Libawski of Canada; 9 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass 11:00 AM Saturday June 1, 2013 at St. Maximillian Kolbe Parish (Corfu Site) and a luncheon 1:00 PM at the Dibble Family Center 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Wilfred's memory are suggested to a charity of the donor's choice.

Please share your memories of Wilfred with his family at www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information call Michael at (585)343-7500.




Joanne M. Calverley, 52 of Perry, died May 30, 2013 at the Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw. She was born in Cleveland, OH on April 30, 1961 to the late Bernard Calverley and Elizabeth (Young) Calverley of Sardinia, NY. Joanne worked as a Registered Nurse at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo. She was a member of St. Isidore’s Parish in Perry and was very active in the church. She belonged to the Garden Club, enjoyed photography and being outdoors but most of all being with her family. She is preceded in death by a brother Andrew Calverley and sister Joyce Berg.

She is survived by 3 children Eric Glasner of Watertown; Daryl Glasner of Perry; Emily  (Jack) Phetteplace of Glenwood, NY; grandson Jackson Phetteplace; brothers David (Bobbi) of Scottsdale, AZ; Tony Calverley of Sardinia; sister Linda (Tom) Nernestruk of Scottsdale, AZ along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. A 11:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday June 3, 2013 at St. Isidore’s Parish 8 Park St. Perry, NY 14530. Interment will take place at Glenwood Cemetery, Perry. 

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org. For more information please call 237-2626 or to sign the online guest registry visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530.

Indian Falls - Frances Laudisio, 89, of Indian Falls, passed away Wednesday (May 29, 2013) at United Memorial Medical Center.

Mrs. Laudisio was born June 5, 1923, in Buffalo, a daughter of the late Anthony and Mary Del Corso Piccolo. She was a Book Keeper for Indian Falls Lake. She was also part owner of Kidz-N-Company Daycare but her greatest passion in life was her dedication and love of her family. Bingo was her favorite pastime. Mrs. Laudisio was the wife of the late Herman Laudisio.

Frances is survived by two daughters, Donna (late Carl) Schafer of Indian Falls  and Andrea (David) Odachowski of Batavia;  five grandchildren, Jen (Mark), Aaron (Andrea), Michelle (Chas.), Brian (Julie) and Dawn (Joe);  16 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren; and a sister, Julie (Donald) Little of Lockport.

Friends may call Sunday 3 - 7 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc. 4 East Main Street, Corfu, NY. Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Northgate Free Methodist Church, 8160 Bank Street Road, Batavia. Flowers are gratefully declined and memorials may be made to the church or to the Indian Falls Fire Department. 


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