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Batavia - Florence "Bunny" Ficarella Hamilton, age 79, of Batavia, passed away on Saturday, December 17, 2022 at her home.

She was born Monday, July 5th, 1943 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Alphonso Ficarella Sr. and Mary Strollo Ficarella.

Bunny enjoyed going to Batavia Downs to gamble and loved playing Bingo. She and her late husband, Gary, lived in Las Vegas for many years where she worked for the Santa Fe Station Hotel. Upon his passing, she moved back to Batavia to be closer to family. She enjoyed her weekly poker game at her brother John's home with her late sister, Jeanne,  John and his wife Pattie.

She is predeceased by her husband, Gary Hamilton who passed away on July 21, 2018; her siblings, Anthony Strollo, Jeanne Woodhouse and Alphonso Ficarella, Jr. and her loving dog, Cinder.

Surviving are her siblings, John (Patricia) Ficarella of Pavilion, Anthony "Butch" Ficarella of Batavia, Paul Ficarella of Batavia, Joe (JoAnn) Ficarella of Batavia, Janet (Butch) Heredegen of Batavia, Mary Reeger of Deleware, and Karen Roesch of Batavia along with several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, December 26th, 2022  from 2:00 pm  to 4:00 pm at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia. She will be laid to rest privately in Grandview Cemetery, Batavia.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, New York 14021. To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle in her memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

***PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN DAY OF VISITATION FROM FRIDAY TO MONDAY DUE TO THE IMPENDING SNOW STORM***

Medina - Nellie A. Grazioplena, age 95, passed away on Friday, December 16, 2022 at the Skilled Nursing Facility in Medina Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Grazioplena was born Thursday, November 3rd, 1927 in Batavia, New York a daughter of the late Charles Fitsimmons and Dora Fitzsimmons.

Nellie's true passion was caring for her family and she loved being a grandma. She enjoyed reading, and her amazing cooking and baking will be missed forever. Her family would like to extend their sincere gratitude and appreciation to the staff of the North Wing for the kindness, care and compassion they treated Nellie with while she was a resident.

Nellie is predeceased by her husband, Stephen R. Graziaplena and her siblings; Elmer Fitzsimmons, Robert Fitzsimmons and Hazel Fitzsimmons.

Surviving are her children, Brian Graziaplena of Batavia and Beverly (Kim) Wolcott of Oakfield; three granddaughters, Rebecca (Steve) Martin of North Carolina, Katie (Paul) Tobias and Krissy (Jason) Klos, both of Oakfield; six great-grandchildren; her sisters, Lillian Martin of North Carolina and Freda Klotzbach of Kenmore and several nieces and nephews.

There are no prior visiting hours.  Nellie 's Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, December 28th, 2022 at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue Oakfield, NY. She will be laid to rest in Reed Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The North Wing of Medina Memorial Hospital, 200 Ohio Street, Medina, New York 14103. To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle in her memory, please visit www.burdettandsanford.com

Patricia Kingsbury Cone, age 91, died Monday December 12, 2022 in Rochester, New York.

Pat was born on June 19, 1931 in Batavia, New York, the daughter of Genesee County Judge Newell Kingsbury Cone and Lydia Belle [Johnson] Cone. Pat attended Batavia elementary schools, the Columbia School in Rochester, NY and graduated in 1953 from Wells College in Aurora, NY. Following graduation, Pat returned to Batavia where she established a rewarding 25-year career as a Genesee County social worker.

An avid gardener, golfer, and bridge player Pat also enjoyed the symphony, theater and sporting events. Pat traveled the world but most of all loved spending time with her friends and family.

Pat was a caring and compassionate woman who loved living in and supporting Batavia NY, proudly calling it home for her entire life.  Pat volunteered endless hours for the Anna Casey Fund, The Marshall Fund, The American Red Cross, AAA, Meals on Wheels, Elmwood Cemetery Board, United Memorial Hospital and Saint James Episcopal Church where she was a lifetime member. Pat took great pride in donating her blood that measured in gallons not pints.

Pat was predeceased by her parents and her older sister, Joan Kingsbury (Cone) Freeman.

Pat is survived by a niece, Laura F. Mills (Jack), nephews, Matthew M. Freeman, Patrick K. Freeman, John D. Freeman (Jeanette) and Craig C. Freeman (Paula Lee). Her surviving relatives include Hollis Upson (Joy), Stephen Upson (Robin), David Upson, (Valarie) and numerous great-nieces and nephews.

There will be no visiting hours.  A spring funeral and graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Pat’s name to: Elmwood Cemetery Association, Attention: General Fund, Box 225, Batavia, NY, 14021. These donations will help to maintain the Elmwood Cemetery’s Veterans Memorial Garden. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in her memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

H. E. Turner & Co., Funeral Home, 403 E Main St, Batavia, NY is handling the arrangements.

Batavia ~ Gary A. Malcomb Sr., age 61, of State Street, passed away unexpectedly at home on Wedenesday, December 14, 2022.

     He was born February 5, 1961 in Lockport, NY, a son of the late John and Emma Bennett Malcomb.

     Gary’s grandchildren were very special to him.  He was also an avid Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres fan.

     He is survived by his children, Gregory (Cassie) Malcomb, Brian Malcomb, Cindy (Paul) Munn and Junior Benedict; grandchildren, Greyson, Madelynn, Savannah, Camden, Jocelyn and James, along with three siblings.

     Gary was predeceased by his wife, Carol Malcomb in 2015 and his daughter, Janell Malcomb in 2020.

     There will be no prior visitation or services.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Gary’s family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

Elizabeth J. Blake, 65, of Attica, passed away on December 18, 2022 at Buffalo General Medical Center.  Her full obituary listing funeral information will be published in the upcoming weeks.  Arrangements for Elizabeth have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-8868.

bannister_john_-_photo1.jpgJohn Charles Bannister, 87 of Batavia, passed away December 6, 2022 at his residence.

He was born November 8, 1935 in Batavia, NY, a son of the late Charles John Bannister and Amanda Davis Bannister.

He served our great nation as a cryptologist in the US Navy from 1954-1958. He was a computer specialist for Graham Manufacturing prior to retirement. He was a past Batavia City Councilman and former member of the Batavia Jaycees and past commander of the Glenn S. Loomis American Legion Post #332. He also enjoyed singing in his barbershop singing group. John had a deep love for his Guinness Beer, fancy dance moves and gifting family and friends lottery “scratchers.” He always had a positive outlook on life and was so full of energy. He had the kindest of hearts and was always willing to help anyone in need. He loved God and his Country, and even wrote his own prayer:

 

DAD’S PRAYER

In God I trust and thank you for everything I have received.

Do unto others as you want them to do unto you.

For God and Country, I dedicate myself to the best of my ability.

Please let there be peace on Earth.

Please forgive me for saying your name in vain.

AMEN

 

Survivors include a daughter, Coreen (Jonathan) Miller of Florida. Son, Christopher (Lisa) Bannister of Attica. Grandchildren, Brandon (Samantha) Burns, Kaitlyn (Michael) Tiede and Arin (Patricia) Bannister. Great-grandchildren, Elias and Denton. Also survived by a sister, Sally (Richard) Benz.

A funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family with Military Honors in the Western New York National Cemetery.

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.

 

 


Jill L. Smith, 68, of Batavia, passed away after a short illness on Saturday, December 17, 2022, surrounded by love at Crossroads House.

She was born December 21,1953 in Rochester, NY, the only child of the late Howard and Laura (Martin) Walrath of Avon, NY and wife of the late Rodney Smith of Corfu, NY.

Jill began working for New York State right after graduating high school and spent most of her career working for the Finger Lakes Developmental Disabilities Service Office, where she retired from in 2008. One of her greatest passions in life was helping others. After retirement from the State, she worked as a private Nanny and as a bus aide at Byron-Bergen School district, but she found much fulfillment in working for Healthy Living at Rochester Regional Health as a Peer Educator where she met with community members in the GLOW region to educate them on the importance of cancer screening, a cause very near and dear to her heart after her own battles with breast cancer. 

In her free time Jill was an avid trapshooter who won several state championships, a curious traveler who always enjoyed an adventure and seeing the world, a green thumb who prided herself on her creative and vibrant gardens every spring, a passionate and life-long Buffalo Bills fan through the good years and bad who loved being at games, and an accomplished cook and baker. 

Jill was a warm and loving person. Her family and friends were always paramount to her, and she loved her daughter Meghan, husband Michael, and dog Mozart with everything she had. 

She is survived by her husband, Michael Mager of Batavia and daughter, Meghan Gallagher of Batavia.

The family would like to thank so many friends for their support over the last five months and the staff at Crossroads House for their compassionate care of Jill at the end of her fight. 

Family and friends are cordially invited to call and share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Wednesday, December 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY.  A celebration of Jill’s life will take place on Thursday, December 22 at 11a.m. at Pembroke Community Church, 692 Main Road, Pembroke, NY. 

A private graveside ceremony for family and close friends will take place at a later date. 

Memorial contributions may be offered to Penn Medicine where a fund has been set up in her name to support research for BRCA genetic mutations and Glioblastoma:  http://givingpages.upenn.edu/rememberingjillsmith or Crossroads House. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.  Arrangements were made by C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., Corfu, NY.

Batavia - Frances Lydia Burling, 81 of Batavia, passed away on Saturday, (December 17, 2022) at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing in Batavia.

Ms. Burling was born October 21, 1941 in Batavia, a daughter of the late John P. and Lydia Dorothy (Schultz) Burling.

She was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Batavia for over 40 years and was a devout Christian who enjoyed studying the Bible. She liked to knit and tend to her rose garden.

Surviving are her sons, John Paul (late Mary) Butler, and Jackson James Butler both of Batavia. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Frances is preceded in death by her siblings, Jackson J. (late Bertie) Burling, James Edward (late Joyce) Burling, and George Burling.

Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday (December 21, 2022)  from 4:00 to 5:00 pm at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia, where Frances' Funeral Service will immediately follow visitation at 5:00 pm. Burial  in West Middlebury Cemetery will be private.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Baptist Church, 238 Vine Street, Batavia, New York 14020.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

was born August 13, 1932, son of the late Julius and Sylvia George.

He grew up in Elba, NY, doing farm work and learning to drive stick shifts at an early age.

After graduating from Elba in 1950, he proudly served in combat in Korea as a member of the 2nd Infantry Division, 23rd Infantry Regiment.

Leaving the Army as a corporal, he lived in Batavia until marrying Violanda (VI) Ianni in 1957 and moving to Oakfield.

Glenn is a retiree of Batavia Metal Products, after working for Dusing and Hunt in LeRoy, and US Gypsum in Oakfield.

He had a lifelong love of animals and nature, cars, and trains.  For much of his retirement he was active in the Oakfield Historical Society, organized Batavia Metal Products retiree breakfasts, and helped plan reunion luncheons for his Elba class.

He was predeceased by VI.

Surviving are his love of 15 years Shirley; children Dave (Katie) of Fairport and Sharon (Jeff) of Batavia; sister Dorothy (Bruno) of Batavia, brother Paul (Linda) of Elba; five grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and several nieces and nephews.

His family extends their deepest gratitude and appreciation to Doctors Ifthi and Passero, nurses Cheryl and Megan, and all of the fantastic team at Wilmot Cancer Institute for more than a decade of excellent and compassionate care during his battle with multiple myeloma.

Private services, with militry honors,were held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to Wilmot Cancer Institute - https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/cancer-institute/giving/make-a-gift.aspx or the Oakfield Historical Society - https://oakfieldhistory.org/. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in his memory, please visit www.burdettandsanford.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield.

LeRoy ~ On Saturday, December 10, 2022, Stephen Paul Mancuso, loving father and grandfather, passed away peacefully in his home.  He was 67 years old. 

 stephen_mancuso_2_0.jpg    Stephen was a lover of life and all of the chapters in it.  People were drawn to his passion and his charisma.  His house was an open door where family and friends could gather free from judgement.  He had strong beliefs and a curious mind.  He never stopped searching for the truths of his passions and was not afraid to share with anyone willing to lend a listening ear. 

     He cared greatly for his home and took pride in keeping it pristine.  He always had a project or a job to do, and there was no job that he could not do himself.  You could find him on a ladder, mowing the lawn, cutting down a tree, planting in one of his three gardens, braiding garlic in the barn, or walking barefoot underneath the pine trees. 

     Stephen loved cinema and was a sucker for a romantic comedy.  His favorite movie of all time was ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’.  He could re-watch movies over and over again and loved to show off his extensive movie collection. 

     He loved to travel and see the world from the seat of his Harley Davidson, but if you asked him, the biggest risk he ever took was not taking enough risks. 

     The last year of his life, he became a grandfather to Maverick Stephen Chatham.  He shared with all that this was his greatest gift.  He could not brag enough about the love he had for his grandson and his children.

     He is survived by children, Christina Chatham (Mancuso) and Matthew Mancuso; son-in-law, Shane Chatham; grandchild, Maverick Chatham; siblings, Lynn Rapone, Paul (Wendy) Mancuso and Gene (Melanie) Mancuso; nieces and nephews, Brandi Rapone, Heather Rapone, Emily Mancuso, Morgan Mancuso, Corey Mancuso, and Grace Mancuso.

     Stephen was preceded in death by his father, Eugene Paul Mancuso and his mother, Dale Ann (Dool) Mancuso.

     A memorial gathering celebrating Stephen’s life will be held on Thursday, December 22, 2022 from 2 – 5 PM at Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Steet Road, LeRoy, New York 14482.  At 5 PM family and friends are welcome to share stories about Stephen.

     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Stephen’s memory can be made to LeRoy Sports Boosters.  Stephen loved LeRoy sports and participated in the wrestling and football programs during his high school years.  Checks can be made payable to: LeRoy Sports Boosters.  If unable to attend the visitation, checks can be mailed to LeRoy Sports Boosters, c/o LeRoy High School, 9300 South Street Road, LeRoy, New York, 14482.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Stephen’s family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

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