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Dakota M. Raffel, 21, of Batavia, passed away on July 18, 2022.

Dakota was born January 26, 2001 in Batavia, a son of Charles (Emeraldgene) Raffel and Jennifer (Hafford) Pansy.

Dakota enjoyed biking and fishing.  He was a laborer for Casella.   

Surviving along with his parents, are his brothers and sisters, Robert Gayhart, Jr., Shawn Raffel, Myles Raffel, Joseph Raffel, Dylan Raffel, Ashley Pansy, Tearra Gayhart, Faith Gayhart, Dena Raffel, Treysean Mosier and Easton Mosier; grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles, including Richard Hafford, Jr.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Arrangements for Dakota were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-8868.

Dorene Elwell, 78, from Bergen, New York, formerly of North Tonawanda, died peacefully and went to be with Jesus, on August 11, 2022. Born on July 25, 1944, she is predeceased by her parents William and Hilda Scoville of North Tonawanda, sister Jean Madsen, and brother William.  And is survived by her husband, Robert Elwell, Sr, of 58 years of loving marriage.

Dorene Elwell was a great mother, wife and grandmother, who loved helping others. She always saw the best in people. She worked for many years as a home health aide and retired as a CNA and an activities aide at Leroy Village Green Nursing Home. She loved her family and she loved God. She enjoyed reading and doing puzzles later in life but when she was younger, she loved crafts, including quilting. Her prized possession, besides her faith and her family, was a large quilt that hangs in her house which she made. Dorene always had a beautiful heart to help others but her fire for God and life is what people loved about her. Dorene had a song or tune to sing about everything, which the family will miss greatly about her.

Dorene is survived by her husband, Robert, Sr, her son, Robert, Jr of New Hampshire. Two daughters, Patricia Hall of Batavia, NY and Judith (Martin) Pratt of Wyoming, NY; her two grandchildren; Michaela (Tony) Baudanza of North Chili, NY and Sam Baudanza of Wyoming, NY. Three sisters, Betty Dawley, Shirley (Robert) Manning, and Finetta Musser, and her brother Charles (Sharon) Scoville and many nieces, nephews, and cousins who she loved dearly.

Visiting hours will be Monday, August 15th, 2022, from 4-7 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home in Bergen, New York. Funeral services will be held at Brockport Free Methodist Church, Tuesday, August 16th @ 10am, Luncheon to follow. Burial will be at East Bethany Cemetery, East Bethany, NY @ 2:30pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking donations to the Wilmot Cancer Center, Breast Cancer Society, or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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

Dorothy Ann “D.A.” Jamalkowski, 88 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on December 31, 2021 at United memorial Medical Center.

She was born May 13, 1933 in Batavia, a daughter of the late David and Dorothy Volz Walters.

She was a former bookkeeper for Terry Hills Golf Course prior to her retirement.

Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Raymond Jamalkowski of Batavia. Son, Tom Jamalkowski of Batavia. Brother, William (Judith) Walters of Macedon and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday (August 17th), 1:30pm at St. Joseph Cemetery, Ellicott Street, Batavia.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfunralhomes.net.

ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY 14020. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.

 

 


It is with immense sadness to announce the passing of Rosanne S. Patten on Tuesday August 9, 2022. She was a beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, cousin, Nina, and friend. Rosanne was born on March 15, 1953 in Western NY where she attended Notre Dame Catholic School. She later received her nursing degree at Genesee Community College and was a registered nurse for the last 50 years.

Rosanne is survived by her husband Randy Patten, the love of her life, her three adoring children; Benjamin, Timothy and Erin Clausi (Patten), three beautiful grandchildren; Joseph, Declan and Ella Rose Clausi and brothers Paul, James, George, Daniel Strollo, and numerous nieces and nephews. Rosanne is predeceased by her parents Dominic and Margaret Bellow and her adoptive parents George and Carmella Strollo.

Our beloved Rosie was a lifelong music lover and enjoyed attending musicals, operas, ballet, and playing the piano at home for her family. She enjoyed spending time in nature, kayaking and vacationing on Lake George, NY. She loved to travel, her favorite place being the ocean where she would always bring back sea shells for her Ella. She loved the fresh sea air and
enjoyed relaxing with a beautiful view of the beach. She adored animals all her life, her dog 'Middle of the Night'; and an adopted rescue here and there.

As a devoted Mother she raised her family with endless love, peace, and Faith. As a grandmother she enjoyed every second with her babies and never took a moment for granted. As a Registered Nurse she nurtured and healed others with compassion throughout her 48 year career both in the hospital and dermatological care. She was the best friend to many, a beautiful selfless soul, who touched and enriched the lives of everyone she knew with kindness, hope, and positivity.

A Wake service will be held at Gleason Funeral Home Schenectady, NY on Friday, August 12th from 4 - 7 PM. A Funeral service will be held at St. John the Evangelist Church Schenectady NY on Saturday August 13th. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to The Rosanne Patten Memorial fund at any Adirondack Trust branch. Donations can also be sent to Gina Peca, 76 Lakeshore Drive, Malta, NY 12020

rudolph.jpg  Surrounded by the peace and familiarity of his cherished home of 72 years, Donald Frederick Rudolph slept comfortably away to his new forever home in Heaven in the early hours of August 9, 2022, after a long, determined fight to remain with those on this earth who loved him.

Donald was the third of four children born to Frederick and Mildred Michel Rudolph on the family farm in Bennington Center, NY on November 18, 1929.  He grew up following in the footsteps of his “Pa” and his older brother, Richard, and farming became his way of life for nearly 93 years.

He was educated with his brother and sisters in a two-room schoolhouse In Bennington, and graduated from Attica High School in 1948.  He received a farm draft deferment, and continued to work tirelessly to make his farm and home a place of beauty and a tribute to God, his family, and his community.  A man of deep integrity and Christian character, he took great pride in the cleanliness and care of his animals, his barn, and the upkeep of his land and property.  His farm earned him “Dairy of Distinction” honors, “Decade of Distinction” honors, and it was named a NYS “Century Family Farm” in 2000.  Weak and tired from fighting disease, he was still determined to mow the lawn surrounding his barn on his trusty John Deere lawnmower just days before he passed.

Don was a strong advocate of many dairy/agricultural organizations throughout his life.  He was the last President of the Darien Juvenile Grange, a member of Wyoming County Extension and Bill Paxon’s Dairy Committee, President of Wyoming County Farm Bureau, a member of the NYS Farm Bureau Board of Directors from 1982-1990, NYS Membership Chairman for three years, and a NYS delegate to National Farm Bureau for many years.  He was a well-known director of Milk for Health and the NYS Bargaining Agency for years and received a special citation from the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council in 1989.  Of greatest accomplishment in his agricultural life, he was a director of Upstate Milk Buffalo Co-Op from 1973-2000 and was elected President of the Cooperative from 1992-2000.  He also represented Upstate Milk on the Dairylea board.  He treasured his friendships and experiences from these organizations and remained in touch with many colleagues throughout his lifetime.

Don was a member of the Bennington Volunteer Fire Department while he was actively farming, and always dropped whatever he was doing whenever the fire whistle sounded to go to the aid of someone who needed his help.  He was a life-long member of Salem United Church of Christ in Bennington, where he and his entire family worshipped regularly.  He was a constant in the church, joyfully serving the Lord in many capacities from lawn-raker to Gospel reader to maintenance man to Couples Club enthusiast.  For much of his lifetime, he was a member of the Church Council, serving as secretary, financial secretary, and president.

“Uncle Donnie” may best be remembered for his love of parading with his well-worn trumpet!  As a youngster, he began playing in the Cowlesville Band with his older siblings, then played with the Sheldon Town Band from 1946-1959.  In 1960, he became a faithful member of the Alexander Fireman’s Band, actively participating into his nineties.  His unprecedented devotion continues to have a positive impact on the longevity and success of the band today, as 30 members of the Rudolph family have participated in the Alexander Band over the years.  Many of his relatives are still active in the band, and he will always be remembered as “Uncle Donnie” to all, whether you were related to him or not.

Don met his beloved wife, Jean Marie Dabb Rudolph, at a square dance in Town Line, NY, and shortly after, they were married during a blizzard on November 29, 1950.  They moved to a remodeled tenant house on the farm where they lived happily together for 58 years.  In addition to his dear wife, Don was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Richard M. Rudolph; a sister, Lois M. Pond; brothers-in-law Wayne E. Phelps, Lawrence F. Pond and Charles L. Myers; godson, William Rudolph, and his special nephew, Bryan Phelps.  Survivors include his loving daughter, Cindy (James) Dolan; his amazing grandchildren: Erin (Jason) Dressel; Lindsey (Zachery) Clark; and Kacy (Jessica) Dolan; and his precious great-grandchildren: Jake and Elise Dressel, Brody and Madison Clark, and his “Little Carrot”, Garrett Dolan. He is also survived by his sister, Myra Phelps; sisters-in-law, Jean Susan Rudolph and Lois Myers, eight godchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Don Rudolph- dad, grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend – loved farming, mowing lawn, parading, tractor pulls, square dancing, clip-on ties, chocolate chip cookies, fields of crops, Pepsi, auctions, Lawrence Welk, brass bands, the Amish, bus trips, slide shows, ice cream, and taking his car “out for a spin”.  He loved his home and his farm, his church, his many friends, and his beloved, cherished family.

His unique whistle, his gentle bear hugs, his infectious laugh, his million-dollar smile, and his unconditional love for his family will be forever missed, but never forgotten.

A Memorial Service and visitation will be held Wednesday, August 17, 2022, at “The Farmstead”, 2760 Maxon Rd., Varysburg, NY.  The family will be present from 9:30 to 11:00 am, with a Celebration of Don’s Life beginning at 11:00 am. He will be laid to rest in Forest Hill Cemetery in Attica.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial to Salem United Church of Christ 1325 Clinton Street Rd, Attica, NY 14011 or the Bennington Volunteer Fire Department 1353 RTE 354, Attica, NY 14011. 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.

Oakfield - Jodi M. Coe, 46 of Oakfield passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 7, 2022 at Strong Memorial Hospital surrounded by her family.

She was born Sunday, January 11th, 1976 in Batavia, New York a daughter of the late Samuel Coe and Sandra Arnold Coe. 

A 1994 graduate of Oakfield-Alabama High School, Jodi was an adored mother who loved spending time with her children and family. She always made sure to tell her family that she loved them. She enjoyed taking her dog to the park, listening to old country music, and redecorating a Christmas tree for every holiday. She touched many lives and will forever be remembered in our hearts.

She is survived by her children, Preston Daigler, Colbi Heineman and Cameron Heineman, all of Oakfield; her grandson, Kayden Jones-Daigler; her brother, Cory (Nicole) Coe of Basom; her niece, Shiloh Ryan along with several aunts, uncles and cousins. She will be missed by her faithful and constant companion, Henry.

She is predeceased by Austin M. Heineman who passed away on October 28, 2019. 

Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, August 15th, 2022 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm  at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield where memorial services for Jodi will immediately follow visitation at 6 pm. Flowers are gratefully declined. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in her memory, please visit www.burdettandsanford.com.


Robert (Bob) Osborne, 69 of Fuquay Varina, NC.
Bob passed away peacefully at home on Friday July 22, 2022. Survived by his loving wife Germaine (Gerri), and four children, Lori (Vincent) of Oakfield, NY, Robert II (Cheryl) of Holly Springs, NC, Maria (Nate) of Fuquay Varina, NC, and Joseph of Buffalo, NY, as well as brothers Nelson (Barb) and Kelvin (Bill). Bob also has 9 grandchildren Andrew (Becky), Chase (Brianna), Casey, Carson, Emily, Ellie, Pauly & Claire, and 3 great grandchildren. In addition to his parents Nelson & Beatrice, Bob is preceded in death by siblings Barbara, Beverly, Onolee, Melvin and grandson Thomas.

Born in Batavia, NY, Bob spent his first 62 years of life living in Elba & Oakfield, NY. He and his wife relocated to Fuquay Vaina, NC, in 2015 where he enjoyed spending time with Gerri and their younger grandchildren.

Bob’s top priority was always his family, but he also had a passion for many hobbies. At his barn in Elba, he was known by friends and family to have large gardens where he’d spend countless days in the summer weeding and harvesting. There was never a shortage of tomatoes that Bob loved sharing. He also loved painting beautiful landscapes on anything he could find. He painted and sold countless old-fashioned saws, sleds and traditional canvas paintings. Additionally, Bob was an avid hunter and fisherman. He taught his children to responsibly & safely hunt, trap, be a good steward of the environment and care for animals. He raised numerous non-traditional pets throughout his life including Tom the Turkey, Ricky the Racoon, Buddy the Cow and Billy the Goat. Bob was also known around Oakfield for his love of antique cars and could often be seen working on and driving his 1925 & 1927 Model T Ford cars. This too became a passion of his children as the cars remain in the family and are driven regularly. He enjoyed wood-working & building too. His barn in Elba was constructed mostly by Bob alone, and it was the background of numerous family gatherings where countless great memories were made. His friends and family would often gather around a bonfire to listen to him play his guitar and harmonica.

Bob was a dedicated employee at United States Gypsum in Oakfield, NY, for 32 years. After which he was employed at Kistner Concrete Products, and Baskin Livestock where he’d ultimately retire from after 10 years of service. Bob also proudly served 6 years in the New York National Guard where he was a member of the New York National Guard Marathon Team. He ran many marathons in his life, but none made him prouder than the national Omaha, Nebraska Marathon where he placed second for the New York National Guard Team.
Please join family and friends in honoring Bob’s life well lived. Service will be held at 11:00a.m. at Discovery Chapel, 315 W Main St. Batavia, NY, 14020 on Saturday September 3 rd , 2022. Lunch will be provided afterwards at Oakfield Firehall 20 Albert St. Oakfield, NY, 14125. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations to be made in Bob’s honor to either of the following charities:
• Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
• ASPCA

wicks_marlene_-_photo2.jpgMarlene C. Wicks, 90 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Friday (August 5, 20220) at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

She was born July 19, 1932 in Batavia, NY, a daughter of the late William and Ethel May Smith Gahagan.

Survivors include her son and daughter in-law, Gerald and Kimberly Wicks of Clayton, NC. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was the wife of the late Donald Wicks who died in 2015 and sister of the late Elmer, Clarence and William Gahagan, Betty Sojda, Margaret Zajaczkowski, Eleanor Zajaczkowski and Elizabeth Darby.

Family and friends are invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Wednesday, Aug 17, 2022 from 3-4:30pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY, where a funeral service will commence at 4:30pm. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to First Baptist Church of Batavia, NY. 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.

Our beloved "Pa", Harold Rager, entered into God’s Kingdom on August 02, 2022. His passing was very sudden and was due to heart failure. He is survived by his daughter, Heather Rager Bowman, his son in law, Timothy Bowman, and six grandchildren. A service will be held for family and friends at H.E. Turner Funeral Home in Bergen, NY. The gathering will begin at 5 pm on Friday, August 12, with a service at 6 pm to include military honors and a flag ceremony.

Harold was born to Howard and Margaret Rager on May 24, 1938, in Johnstown, PA. After graduating from Franklin high school, he spent a few years in the Navy, serving during the Korean War in Morocco. Harold met Barbara Ann Colas at her father's church, a match truly made in Heaven. Harold & Barbara would have twin boys, but the babies died while only two weeks old. They went on to have a daughter three years later, Heather. Harold served the Lord faithfully as a teacher in Christian schools for many years, when he lived in Maryland. At different times, he taught high school French, middle school math, Drama, English, and sixth grade. Harold was a loyal servant of God, first and foremost. He loved the church and loved sharing the love and warmth of our savior, Jesus Christ, through his gift of song. He loved to play the piano and sing. He sang in church and community choirs most of his life. He was a part of the local community choir in New York, the Sweden Singers, and was involved in church wherever he lived. He enjoyed gardening, reading, and cooking, especially for his family, but for whoever came through his door. Harold joins Barbara in Heaven, who passed in September of 2021 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. His kind and gentle presence, his enduring humor, and his true love for the Lord have been far-reaching blessings to those who knew him, but especially to his family. His heart may have stopped, but it was a great heart, and his love does not stop. He will be missed greatly until the Lord returns, or we join him with our Savior.

"But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.

For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words." (I Thessalonians 4:13-18).

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

 

franz_photo1.jpgJoanne Leatrice Porter Franz, Age 90 passed peacefully on July 31, 2022. She was born on September 15, 1931 in Buffalo, NY to Helen M. Hoak and Russell William Porter.  

Along with her parents, she is proceeded in death by the love of her life, devoted husband of 70 years, A. Richard Franz who passed on March 19, 2022, her sister Maryanne Porter; In-Laws Ethel Beanard and A. Richard Franz Sr.; Daughter Sharon Leslie Marie Franz; son, William Richard (Susan) Franz; grandsons, Adam Michael Franz and Jaxon Martin McGee.  

She leaves behind three blessed children, Gretchen (Jeffrey) Harmon, Russell (AnnMarie) Franz and  Katrina (Steven) Franz Spring; 10 grandchildren, Amy (John) McGee, William (Emily) Franz Jr., Jessica  Franz, Carrie (Jeffrey) Stann, Pamela (Jeromy) Fincher, Jordan Franz, Connor Franz, Randall (Kristen)  Spring, Katelynn (Christopher) Smith and Kristina (Mark) George Jr., 34 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great granddaughter; sister, Linda (Raymond) Braun; many cousins, nieces and nephews and very dear  lifelong friends.  

Joanne attended Amherst CSD, Class of 1949 where she met her high school sweetheart Richard. Joanne is a graduate of Rosary Hill College. She retired in 1995 from the Batavia City School District working as a teacher aid, a position she held very dear to her heart with extreme devotion to the students she helped, guided, and taught every day.  

Joanne along with her husband Richard were members of the Victims Assistance Program in Genesee County as together they helped many families with their grief and loss of their loved ones. Together they made their home in Darien for the past 65 years.  

Joanne had the ability to connect and communicate, to educate, guide, counsel and advise. Her simple devotion, joy and love for others and steadfast beliefs were her gifts in life. Her stern and simple ways left a powerful impact that sustained all who knew her. Mom was most proud of her children, family, and the legacy both her and Dad leave behind.  

Private service will be held for immediate family only.  

Arrangements were entrusted to the C.B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., Corfu, N.Y.

 

 

 

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