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Batavia- Florence E. Bernard, 94, of Batavia, passed away Friday, (April 6, 2012)at the New York State Veteran's Home, in Batavia, following a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Bernard was born February 11, 1918 in Batavia, a daughter of the late John E. and Olive (Boyce) Dietschler.

She was the longest surviving member of the First Presbyterian Church of Batavia, having joined in 1932.   Florence was the site manager of the former Batavia Senior Center for more than 20 years; and was the Mission Chairperson for the Presbyterian Women of Batavia.  She was also President of the 20/30 Club.  She enjoyed volunteering her time with the American Red Cross. 

Mrs. Bernard was a devoted mother and grandmother.  She especially enjoyed having tea parties with the numerous children in the family.  

She was the wife of the late William Bernard, who passed away in 1997.  They were married September 30, 1938, in Batavia.

Florence is survived by her children, Beverly (Paul) Kern, Jack (Norma) Bernard both of Batavia, Rev. James (Pamela) Bernard of KY, Dennis (Maria) Bernard of Miami, FL, Allyn (Linda) Bernard of Oakfield, Richard (Maria) Bernard of NC, and Barry Bernard of CA; Daughter-in-law, Mary Jane Bernard of Las Vegas, NV.  20 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren survive along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

Mrs. Bernard is preceded in death by a son, Robert Bernard; and a grandson, Shawn Bernard. 

Friends may call on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 300 East Main Street, Batavia, where Florence’s Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday.  Flowers gratefully declined.  Memorials may be made to the family for distribution to Florence's favorite charities.  Burial will take place privately and at the convenience of the family in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Corfu.  Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.  Arrangements entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main St., Batavia, (585) 343-8868.   

Larry E. Strack Sr., 63, of Fawn Ridge Road in Lake Placid, passed away Monday, March 26, 2012 at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. He was formerly a longtime resident of Batavia.

He was born in Lake Placid on Oct. 9, 1948, to Hector Edward Strack and Dora Chabbott. He graduated from Lake Placid High School in 1968. Larry was the husband of Delia "Dede" Gonyea Strack.

He was a member of the 1980 Winter Olympic Committee, a pioneer member of the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service, past firefighter and dive team member of the Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department. In addition, he was a member and coach of the Lake Placid Pee Wee Association, the first coach for the Genesee Amateur Hockey Association in Batavia and could be found sharing stories and a cup of coffee at Stewart's Shops with the "Coffee Club."

He worked at Adirondack Correctional Facility and retired in 1999. Prior to that, when he lived in Batavia, he worked as a corrections officer at Attica State Prison.

He was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting, fishing, golf and bowling.

Larry is survived by his wife, Delia, of Lake Placid, and his children, William Strack and his wife Christine, of Saranac Lake; Larry E. Strack Jr. and his wife, Joanne, of Saranac Lake; Carrie Sharlow and her husband, Clay, of Dickinson Center; Alex Strack and his wife, Amanda, of Lake Placid; and Danielle Barney and her husband, Matthew, of Dannemora; one brother, Francis Strack and his wife, Debbie, of Lake Placid; one sister, Patti Wood and her husband, Larry, of Lake Placid; 15 grandchildren -- Martin, Billy, Brie, Chelsea, Corey, Matthew, Shania, Cheyenne, Dylan, Justine, Lucas, Desirae, Johnny, Jaylyne and Wyatt; three great-grandchildren -- Jakob, Madaline and Hector; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

M.B. Clark Funeral Home in Lake Placid handled the arrangements. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Lake Placid. Cremation followed. The Rev. John Yonkovig officiated. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

The family sugggests donations in Larry's memory be made to the American Cancer Society.

     

Oakfield- Richard Edward Miller, 83, of Oakfield, a Foreman at Graham Manufacturing Co., retiring in 1993 after 40 years of service, died Monday, April 2, 2012at Buffalo General Medical Center.

He was a loving and devoted husband and a family man who loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchild.

Mr. Miller was born March 23, 1929 in Oakfield, a son of the late Charles and Theresa (McGrath) Miller.

He served honorably in Korea, during the Korean War with the Air Force. 

He was a member of St. Padre Pio Parish, St. Cecelia's Worship Site and graduate of Oakfield High School.  He enjoyed computers, expressing himself thru political editorials and genealogy research.  He enjoyed travel to the Adirondacks and to Crazy Horse Monument.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Veronica (Klein) Miller whom he married October 18, 1952; 7 children, Jim (Kathy) Miller, Kathy (Rick dec’d) Hollabaugh, Terry Maid, Carol (Rich dec’d) Weeks, Karen Miller, Steve (Amy) Miller and Sue (Iain) Walker; a sister, Pauline Warner; 12 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. 

He was the brother of the late Elizabeth Sinclair, Michael, Charles, Tommy, Harry, Hank, Peter and Walter Miller and father-in-law of the late Rick Hollabaugh and Rich Weeks.

Friends may call on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Ave., Oakfield.  His Mass will be at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, at St. Padre Pio Parish, St. Cecilia's Worship Site, 56 Maple Ave., Oakfield.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family for distribution to various charities.  Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com                                    

 

 

Age 84, of Batavia, died Saturday March 31, 2012 at United Memorial Medical Center. She was born in Camden, NY daughter of the late John & Clara (Goodrich) Diamond also preceded in death by her husband Joseph Hottois and her brothers Lawrence & Stuart Diamond. She was a former employee of Ebling Laundry.

Surviving is a niece Darlene (Charles) Burton of Stafford, a nephew Lawrence (Lynn) Diamond Jr. of NC along with many other nieces, nephews, great nieces, nephews and great-great nieces, nephews.

Family and friends my visit from 3-4 PM on Wednesday April 4, 2012 at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020. A graveside service will immediatley follow at Batavia Cemetery. Memorials in her memory are suggested to the Genesee County Nursing Home or Genesee County Animal Shelter. For more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.

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

 

Edward Wojnowski, 84 of Batavia, died March30, 2012 at the United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia. He was born on June 15, 1927 in Konskie, Poland to the late Dominic (Nataljia) Wojnowski. Mr. Wojnowski was retired from US Gypsum in Oakfield, NY. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.    

He is survived by his children Edward M. (Jacquie) Wojnowski of Traverse City, MI; Deborah (Guy) Laesser of LeRoy; Joann (Christopher) Plath of Batavia; 8 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.  

There will be no prior calling hours. Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life on Wednesday April 4, 2012 from 5-8 PM at the Polish Falcons Nest #493, 123 South Swan St. Batavia, NY 14020. Interment will take place in Grand View Cemetery Batavia, NY.

In lieu of flowers the memorials may be made to the family to be distributed to various charities. 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.

Gertrude Wolfer Saunders, 97 of Perry, died March 29, 2012 at the Eastside Nursing Facility in Warsaw where she had been residing. She was born February 13, 1915 in Hume, NY to the late Edd (Louisa Gilbert) Wolfer. After graduating from Houghton College in 1935. Gertrude taught music in several rural schools in Allegany and Wyoming counties and was a life insurance agent for Baptist Life Association in Buffalo for many years. In 1937 she married Vernon Saunders in Caneadea they were married for 70 ½ years. The couple lived for a few years in Great Valley, Hinsdale, and Franklinville where Vernon taught mathematics. In 1943 they moved to Perry. Perry Baptist Church has been their church home. Gertrude has been a part of the musical ministry in the church serving as choir director and organist for over 50 years. She is preceded in death by her husband Vernon Saunders who died in 2008, two sisters Erma Wild and Beulah Neygus along with a brother Duane Wolfer.

She is survived by her 4 sons Mark of Retsof, Stephen (Diane) of Pittsford, Dan of New York City, and Dwight (Linny) of Phoenix, AZ; a sister-in-law Maxine Saunders of Wellsville; 12 grandchildren Stephen (Gina) Saunders Jr., Abigail (Ryan) Quisenberry, Tyler (Sarah) Saunders, Autumn (Karl Hujus) Saunders, Emma Lee, Graham, Liberty, Jubilee, Isaiah, Elizabeth, Elijah, and Ruby Grace Saunders, 4 great-grandchildren Nikolas and Salvatore Saunders, Finley Quisenberry, and Charlotte Saunders.

Family and Friends are invited to call from 2-4 and 7-9 PM on Sunday April 1st at the Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530. 12:00 Noon Funeral Services will be held on Monday April 2nd at the Baptist Church of Perry. Interment will take place in Glenwood Cemetery Perry, NY.

Memorials be made to the care of Orphans at International Voice of the Orphan. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please go to www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com or call 237-2626. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530.

Buffalo -- Jay E. Stocking, 48, of Buffalo, formerly of East Pembroke, passed away Thursday (March 29, 2012) at the Erie County Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family.

Jay was born May 12, 1963 in Batavia, a son of Duane Stocking and the late Diane (Kemp) Stocking.

Some of Jay's favorite pastimes were spending time with his family and being in the outdoors. He had a great talent for restoring and refurbishing things. Jay will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Jay is survived by his father, Duane Stocking, of Ocala, Fla; brother, Stephan (Bobbie) Stocking, of Corfu; nephew, Jesse (Jen) Stocking, of Corfu; niece, Casey (Mike) Graber, of Corfu, and great nieces, Emma and Hailey Graber. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Family and friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday April 1 at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4-6 Main St., Corfu. At 4 p.m., there will be an informal service, a time of reflection and storytelling celebrating Jay's life. Burial in Hillside Cemetery, East Pembroke, will be held privately by the family.

Faye L. Strollo, 69 of East Pembroke, died March 26, 2012 at the United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia. She was born May 2, 1942 in Batavia to the late Edward (Josephine Fuller) Pfalzer. She is preceded in death by her husband P. William Strollo, brother George Pfalzer and a brother-in-Law Michael Strollo.

She is survived by her sons Scott Strollo of E. Pembroke and William P. (Joanna) Strollo of Virginia, daughters JoAnn (James) Joyce of E. Pembroke and Sharon (Mike Nuwer) Smith of Batavia, brothers-in-law Dave (Dolores) Bielec of Corfu; Larry Strollo of Batavia; a sister-in-law Carol Strollo of Batavia, 8 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, several great nieces and nephews also survive.  

There will be no prior calling hours. 10:30 AM Funeral Services will be held on Saturday March 31, 2012 at the Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. Interment will take place at the Old Buffalo Cemetery in E. Pembroke.   

Memorials may be made to the Notre Dame High School 73 Union Street Batavia, NY 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. 

Genevieve A. Argulski, 100 of Batavia died March 27, 2012 at the United Memorial Medical Center. She was born October 2, 1911 in Buffalo, NY to the late John (Margaret Wellman) Tamila. Mrs. Argulski was a 35 year member of the Notre Dame Prayer Group and an 80 year member of Resurrection Parish (St. Mary’s Site) where she was a Eucharistic Minister, a teacher at R.G.I.A, a worker at the Octoberfest dinner dance, and she also served on the bereavement committee. She is preceded in death by her husband John Argulski; son Alan Argulski; daughter Connie Argulski; brothers Walter and Chester Tamila; three sisters Mary Swiatck, Sue Bishop, and Helen Rugala.

She is survived by her son Norm Argulski of Batavia and her sister Tosh (Robert) Rhode. 

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday March 28, 2012 from 5 to 8 PM at the Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc., 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020. A 9:30 AM Mass of Christian Burial at Resurrection Parish-St. Mary's Church 18 Ellicott St. will be held on Thursday March 29, 2012. Interment St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Notre Dame Prayer Group Batavia, New York. 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.

 

Age 84, of Oakfield, owner and operator of LeRoy Wallpaper & Paint for many years died peacefully Sunday evening March 25, 2012 at United Memorial Medical Center. He was born May 9, 1927 in LeRoy, NY son of the late Anthony & Mary (Ange) Battaglia. Charlie was a US Army Veteran and in his younger years he enjoyed hunting, fishing and bowling.

Surviving is his beloved wife of 62 years Mary Lou (Versaggi) Battaglia of Oakfield; loving son Frank Charles (Loretta) Battaglia Sr. of Oakfield and their children Timothy Ryan of Batavia & Frank Charles Jr. of Oakfield; great-grandson Anthony Charles; brothers-in-law Joseph Versaggi of Batavia, Frank (Genevieve) Versaggi of Oakfield; sister-in-law Minnie Galline of Oakfield along with many nieces, nephews & friends.

Family and friends may visit from 4-8 PM Wednesday March 28, 2012 at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where prayers will be recited 9:15 AM Thursday March 29 followed by a 10:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial St. Padre Pio Parish (Oakfield Site). Memorials in his memory are suggested to the Oakfield Fire Department or HomeCare & Hospice 550 East Main Street Batavia. Charles will be laid to rest in the Battaglia Family Plot at St. Joseph's Cemetery with Full Military Honors. For more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.

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

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