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Wethersfield - Elaine M. Kelichner Skotnicki, 73 of Wethersfield, passed away on Thursday, (August 25, 2022) at Wyoming Co. Community Hospital in Warsaw.

Mrs. Skotnicki was born December 5, 1948 in Buffalo, a daughter of the late Frank M. Raczka and Helen S. (Papaj) Raczka.

Elaine was extremely proud of her Polish heritage and enjoyed polish food, polka dancing, and celebrating Dyngus Day. For 19 years Elaine worked as an Assistant Branch Manager of Marine Midland Bank at Broadway Market in Buffalo; followed by several years working for Wyoming County. Mrs. Skotnicki served Wethersfield as Town Justice for over 25 years and was a former member of the State Magistrates Association.

Elaine is the wife of the late Robert E. Skotnicki; and sister of the late Michael F. Raczka.

Surviving is her daughter, Lisa (Michael) Kelichner Portelli of New Hampshire; grandchildren, Gianna and Dominic Portelli; brother, Clifford (Michelle) Raczka of Florida; and nephews, Harry, Thomas, and Jeffrey.

Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, (August 31, 2022) from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at Robinson And Hackemer Funeral Home, 246 N. Main Street in Warsaw.  Elaine's Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday (September 1, 2022) at 10:00 am in St. Michael's Church, 171 N. Main Street in Warsaw. Burial will be in Union Park Cemetery in Wethersfield Springs will be private.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to North Java Fire Company Rescue Squad.  Online condolences at www.robinsonandhackemer.com

Local arrangements entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home in Batavia.

James Micheal Howard, 66.  James has resided in Kent the last several years.

There were many things in life that Jim enjoyed, he was an avid hunter, he enjoyed fishing, ice fishing and being anywhere near a race track whether he was working or racing, it became who he was.  During his younger years he was a heavy machine operator, he truly was a jack of all trades.  When Jim was in his younger years he was in the Army for a short time.  Jim enjoyed making people laugh and telling his jokes. His children were his pride and joy.  

Surviving in addition to his longtime girlfriend, Pam Reis and her daughter, include numerous brothers and sisters, Robert Howard, spouse (Betty), Wayne Howard, spouse (Diane), Judy Heinlein, spouse (Jim), Barbara Klutts, spouse (Carl), Carol Ashwurth, spouse (Norm);  
children, Kevin Howard, (girlfriend, Sam Majors) and several daughters, Mandy Howard, spouse (Tiffany), Carolyn McKnight, spouse (Wesley), and Heather Rogers.  James has 6 grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews too many to name but he loved them with all of his heart.

James was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Caroline Howard and a daughter, Sara Howard.

Jim will be missed by anybody who knew him and loved him.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, August 30 from 11:00 - 1:00 at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 51 South Lake Avenue, Bergen, where services will be held at 1:00 also on Tuesday.

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

Arrangements for Jim were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, (585) 494-1210.

 
Holley:  Thomas J. Engert, 67, passed away August 25, 2022.  He was born November 25, 1954, in Albion, NY, the son of the late Charles F. and Lucy Isabel (Ruger) Engert.  Tom attended Day Hab. through ARC GLOW.  He loved family get togethers and spending time with his peers at ARC GLOW. 
 
Tom was predeceased by his siblings, Charles J. Engert, Walter J. Engert, Ronald J. Engert and Dianne L. Paul. 
Tom is survived by his siblings, Marilyn (George) Strabel, Barbara J. VanLoan and William J. Engert; sisters-in law, Katie Engert and Sheron Engert; brother-in-law Jim Paul; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins. 
 
The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, 16650 State Route 31, Holley on Wednesday August 31, from 12:00-1:00pm followed by his funeral service at 1:00pm.  Interment will be in Sandy Creek Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to ARC GLOW 64 Walnut St., Batavia, NY 14020. 
 
To share a special memory of Tom, please visit:  mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com

kajstura_mary_-_photo1.jpgMary Bernice Kajstura, nee Latko, 60, of Ormond Beach passed to eternal life on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at Advent Health Hospital in Ormond Beach, FL in the arms of her loving husband, Alex.  

Mary was born January 17, 1962 in Batavia, NY, the first of five children of Richard and the late Eleanor Latko of Oakfield, NY.  

She was a devout Roman Catholic who maintained a faithful prayer life and was a member of Prince of Peace Parish in Ormond Beach.  Mary graduated from Oakfield-Alabama Jr. Sr. High School and with a degree in business and music from Genesee Community College, and studied at SUNY Brockport, NY and Daytona State College in Daytona Beach, FL. 

Mary enjoyed music, travel, cooking and loved animals, rescuing many cats. Mary was happy living in Upstate New York, but enjoyed visiting the warm sunny beaches of Florida where she met Alex, fell in love, and moved to Ormond Beach permanently.  Mary had a big heart, generous personality and never met a stranger. She was a licensed insurance agent, retail business manager and dental office professional. Mary was involved with the Council of Catholic Women at Prince of Peace Church.  

Survivors include the love of her life, husband, Alex Kajstura of Ormond Beach, FL, her father Richard J. Latko of Oakfield, NY; her brothers and sisters Richard J. (Daisy) Latko, Jr. Kathleen Padgett, Laura M. (Michael D.) Scarborough, and George (Diana) Latko several nephews, a great-nephew and her faithful cat Jackson.kajstura_mary2_-_photo1.jpg

Family and friends are invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Saturday (Sept. 3rd) from 10am-11am at St. Padre Pio Parish, 56 Maple Ave., Oakfield, where Mary’s Funeral Mass will commence at 11:00am. She will be laid to rest in St. Cecelia’s Cemetery. A celebration of Mary’s life will follow immediately. 

Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family 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.

 

 

zinni1.jpg  One of Batavia’s oldest and proudest residents passed away on August 23, 2022 at the age of 100. Donald (Dan, Don) Zinni was born at home, on June 7, 1922, in Batavia, New York. He was the first-born child to an Italian immigrant father (Dominic Zinni) and a first-generation Italian-American mother (Mary Dispenza Zinni). Dan, as his family called him, grew up with his two brothers and two sisters.

In his younger years, Dan played basketball in a YMCA league and enjoyed horseback riding. His first job was working as a pin boy at Mancuso’s Bowling Alley when he was 15 years old. Dan graduated from Batavia High School in 1939 and the Batavia Metal Trade School in 1941. Because of his machinist and tool and die maker skills, he was soon hired at Curtis Wright in Buffalo. Curtis Wright made aircraft used in WWII, thus Dan was initially deferred from the draft as his skills were needed in supplying aircraft for the military. However, in 1943 he was drafted into the Army Air Corp. Dan served in various airfields across the U.S. and inspected, serviced, and repaired hydraulic systems used to actuate landing gear on B-24's and C-47's. Dan was honorably discharged as the war was ending in 1946. 

Shortly thereafter, Dan met the love of his life, Lydia, at a dude ranch. Since Lydia lived in New York City, it was a true illustration of his love for her that he drove eight hours on many weekends to take her out. They were married in 1950 and settled in Batavia – a place Dan never wanted to move from. There they raised three daughters. He worked for many years as a model maker at Xerox and was a faithful member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church (now Ascension Parish).

Dan was entirely devoted to his family and took them on many summer road trips across the U.S. and Canada. After retiring from Xerox, Dan and Lydia continued to enjoy traveling, including trips to Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, most Canadian provinces, and most U.S. states, including Alaska and Hawaii. He was also a proud grandfather and loved spending time with his seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. They will remember him for his unequaled blueberry pancakes, his entertaining ear-wiggling, his passion for food, music, golf, and the Buffalo Bills, and, above all, his generosity and unconditional love.

During his 100th birthday celebration in June, he attributed his longevity to healthy eating and keeping active. Most importantly, he said the secret to a long life is “Lots of LOVE.”

Dan was predeceased by his wife, Lydia; his parents; his brothers, Joseph and John Zinni; and his sister Frances Massar. He will be missed by his sister, Rose Marie Szadek; daughters and son-in-laws, Lynne and John Stager, Virginia and Charles Reist, and Paula and Terry Reeger; grandchildren, Erik Reeger, Danielle (Scott) Dallas, Kevin Stager, Erin (Andrew) Katzman, Maria Stager (Nathan Senner), Rachel Reist, and Harland (Andrea) Reist; great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. An 11:00AM  Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, August 29, 2022 at Ascension Parish, 19 Sumner St., Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 625 Abbott Rd., Buffalo, NY 14220. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign 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.

dwolff.jpg  Richard G. Wolff, 85, of Batavia passed away on August 23, 2022 at Highland Hospital in Rochester. He was born on August 29, 1936 in Alexander to the late Getman and Marlene (Best) Wolff. In addition to his parents, Richard is predeceased by a daughter; Tammy Wolff; sister Regina (Stanley) Slivinski.

Richard worked for National Fuel Gas Company for over 40 years and was active in youth baseball and football for over 40 years. He is a member of the Batavia High School Hall of Fame and the Batavia Little League Hall of Fame. Richard was an avid New York Yankee fan.

He is survived by his loving wife; Linda (Jacobs) Wolff of Batavia; children Gregg (Tina) Wolff of Batavia, Mark (Fiancé Suzanne) Wolff of Brockport and Scott (Debra) Wolff of Batavia; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Monday August 29, 2022 (his 86th birthday) from 4:00-8:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A 9:30AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday the 30th at Resurrection Parish 303 East Main St. in Batavia. ***New York Yankee attire is encouraged for his Funeral*** Richard will be laid to rest in Grandview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Resurrection Parish 303 East Main St. in Batavia or UR Medicine Hospice 2180 Empire Blvd. Webster, NY, 14580. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign 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.

delplato.jpg  Vincent “Vincenzo” DelPlato, 65, of Batavia passed away on Monday August 22, 2022 due to complications of diabetes. He was born on July 16, 1957 in Batavia to the late Daniel and Mary (Marcello) DelPlato. In addition to his parents, Vincent is predeceased by a sister; Christine DelPlato.

He is survived by a son; Theo Vincenzo DelPlato of Northport, FL; siblings Frank DelPlato of Oneonta, John DelPlato of Sodus, Charles (Linda), Daniel, Joseph, Michael (Bridget) DelPlato all of Batavia; Carmen (Deborah) DelPlato of Williamson; Mary E. DelPlato of Batavia; nieces and nephews; James, Anthony, Richard, Sophia, Danielle, Jonathan, Marcella and Joseph, along with many cousins.

Vin was a talented artist. He saw the beauty in God’s creation. With his paints and brushes, he tried to capture that beauty on canvas, whether it was a portrait of someone’s loved one, a family pet or the ever changing scenes of nature. He created true works of art to be admired for years to come. Vin played hockey in his younger years in the Batavia Men’s League and was an avid Buffalo Bills fan.

Vincent’s wishes were to have his body donated to science at the University of Buffalo. There will be no prior calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at a later date. He will be entombed in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association www.diabetes.org. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign 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.

donnak.jpg  Donna L. Kenward, 83, of Basom, passed away on August 23, 2022 at her home. She was born in Batavia on July 23, 1939 to Carroll and Frances (Rowe) DeWitt. In addition to her parents and husband, Donna is predeceased by an infant brother; Carroll Jr. and brother Larry (Marie) DeWitt.

Donna was a 1956 graduate of Oakfield-Alabama Central School, a 1971 graduate of Genesee Community College and a 1984 graduate of SUNY Brockport. She married Robert A. Kenward on July 8, 1958. He preceded her on May 27, 1985.

Donna was a Secretary at Genesee Community College for 28 years. She enjoyed concerts, dancing and spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law; Carolyn (Scott) Burns; granddaughters Jennifer Burns and Kathleen (Bruce) Gerould; great-grandchildren Taylor (Brittany) Burns, Lillian, Douglas and Genevieve Gerould and her great-great granddaughter Bethany Burns; sister-in-law Elaine Cichocki, along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. Family and friends are invited to attend an 11:00AM Graveside Service on Friday August 26, 2022 at the Alabama Cemetery on Route 63 in Basom where Donna will be laid to rest.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alabama-Basom United Methodist Church 1392 Lewiston Rd. Basom, NY 14013 or the Alabama Fire Department PO Box 798 in Basom.  For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign 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.

Lucille A. Maksymik, 77, of Java Center, passed away on August 19, 2022. She was born Buffalo on April 11, 1945 to the late John and Genevieve (Flower) Maksymik. In addition to her parents, Lucille is predeceased by her brother Sam Maksymik.

Lucy was a loving and caring person who enjoyed gardening and her furry friends.

She is survived by her sister; Virginia Meyers; brother Timothy Maksymik; special friend Justin George.

There will be no prior calling hours and Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Lucille will be laid to rest in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Java Center.

To leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

ddilaura.jpg  Longtime Batavia businessman, Daniel Joseph DiLaura, 68, passed away on Sunday August 21, 2022. Daniel was born on September 26, 1953 to Joseph and Rose (Schiavi) DiLaura in the Panama Canal Zone, where his father was stationed in the US Navy.

Dan was a graduate of Batavia Senior High School, Class of 1971. He started his first automotive repair business at age 23 on West Main St. in Batavia. He then moved to the Mobil Gas Station on the corner of East Main & Clinton Streets. From there he continued to grow his business and built the current Dan’s Tire & Auto Service in the Batavia City Center.

Daniel was an avid race car owner / builder / enthusiast. He primarily competed at Empire Dragway in Leicester, NY, where his youngest son TJ took over the wheel in later years. Daniel was a lifetime member of Ascension Parish, formerly St. Anthony’s Parish.

He is predeceased by his father; Joseph. He is survived by his mother; Rose (Schiavi) DiLaura; children Justine (Robert) Bartl, Daniel (Tara) DiLaura, Christopher DiLaura, Danielle DiLaura and TJ (Hailey) DiLaura; 10 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; brother Joseph (Marianne) DiLaura; sisters Angela DiLaura, Laurie (Max) Sheer; his former wives Adele Landin and Anne Marie DiLaura; along with numerous cousins, Aunts, family, friends and business associates.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 from 4:00 to 8:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020. A 9:00AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday the 25th at Ascension Parish, 19 Sumner Street, Batavia, NY 14020.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital www.stjude.org. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign 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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