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johnmdeleo.jpgJohn M. Deleo, 89 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at Premier Genesee. He was born September 29, 1932 in Batavia, to the late Nicholas and Dominica (Colangelo) Deleo. He is preceded in death by siblings, Mary (Emmet) Elmore, Anna Deleo, Antoinette Deleo, Frank (Sarah) Deleo, Yolanda (Ronald) Phillips and Louis (Lorraine) Deleo.

Mr. Deleo graduated from Batavia High School in 1951 and Rider College in 1953. He was the President of Ontario Liquor Distributors in Rochester for 30 years. John was a member of Resurrection Parish in Batavia.

He is survived by his beloved wife Helen (Lembcke) Deleo of Batavia, children, Lynn (Mark) Dailey of TX, Nancy (Scott) Tashjy of NJ and Michael Deleo of VA, 5 grandchildren, one great-grandson, along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours and services will be held privately. Mr. Deleo will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Resurrection Parish, 303 E. Main St. or to Crossroads House, PO Box 403, Batavia, NY 14020. Thoughts and condolences may be left online at www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.


Joyce Mildred Brown Toal Covert age 91, passed away peacefully Sunday, October 10, 2021, at the New York State Veterans Home in Batavia, NY, with her daughter Linda by her side.  Joyce was predeceased by beloved husbands Wayne B. Toal, October 31, 1971, and Wilson C. Covert, January 7, 2021; son James A. Toal and step-sons John Covert and Andrew Covert; sister Janice Brown Kjeldgaard Boyd; grandson James W. Toal; step-daughters in law Deborah Covert and Lisa Covert.

Joyce will be sadly missed by her children and step children: Michael (Denyse) Covert of Punta Gorda, FL; Christine (Robert) Ralston of Springville, UT; James Covert of Williamsburg, VA; Linda Toal of Batavia, NY; Carolyn (Gary) Dawson of Batavia, NY; Kathleen (Randy) Alexander of Corfu, NY; Cynthia (Anthony) Lewandowski of Amherst, NY; Mark Covert of Riga, NY; Kevin (Pamela) Covert of Oakfield, NY; daughter in law Michelle Toal of Trenton, FL; step-daughter in law Christie Covert of Laredo, TX; step-daughter in law Inez (Covert) De Melo; 24 grandchildren and step-grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren and step-great grandchildren.

Joyce was always busy. She was a 4H Leader for 30 years and won the New York State Leadership Award. She was a Girl and Boy Scout Leader, Cub Scout Den Mother, and went to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico for Den Mother Training.  Joyce was a member of Eastern Star in Batavia, St. James Episcopal Church in Batavia, and American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed the monthly lunches and reunions with her classmates from Corfu High School.
Most recently she was an avid button collector and a member of Button Clubs in Genesee County, Elmira, North Country, Canada, and Florida. She was a Past President of the New York State Button Club.

Her greatest joy was family. She loved having the grandchildren come stay overnight and found lots of activities for them to do. She even got several of the grandchildren interested in button collecting. Joyce loved taking pictures of the children and grandchildren, her buttons, her flowers, and her friends. Her camera was always with her.
There will be graveside services at Hillside Cemetery, Angling Road, East Pembroke, on Saturday, October 23, 2021, at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Albans Episcopal Church in Chiefland, Florida, where she was a former member and where James A. Toal is buried.
The family wishes to thank the staff at the New York State Veterans Home for the skilled and compassionate care Joyce received. Arrangements were made by C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu, NY.

griffith1.jpg  Rob Edward Griffith, 69, of Attica passed away on October 11, 2021 at Strong Memorial Hospital. He was born on May 19, 1952 in Johnson City, NY to the late Thelma “Pearl” Griffith and Rob Roy Griffith of Attica.

In addition to his father, Rob is survived by his beloved wife; Lynn Griffith; his dearest children Stephen Griffith, Meaghan Griffith and Adam (Cindy) Griffith; brother Davis (Dawn) Griffith; sister Pam Griffith; brother and sister in law Larry and Leslie Zielinski.

Rob was a United States Air Force Veteran during the Vietnam War and worked as a teacher for the Department of Corrections at multiple prisons for 29 years.

Family and friends are invited to call on Monday October 18, 2021 from 5:00-7:00PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main St. Attica, New York 14011. An 11:00AM Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday October 19th at Faith Fellowship Church 11478 Main St. Clarence, NY 14031. Rob will be laid to rest in Forest Hill Cemetery in Attica.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Faith Fellowship Church 11478 Main St. Clarence, NY 14031. For more information call 585-591-1212 or 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 - Janice  W.  Daum, 96 of Batavia passed away on Thursday, (September 30, 2021) at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Batavia.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Batavia and the former Oakfield Presbyterian Church, where she was very active. Mrs. Daum was one of the original members of the Oakfield Historical Society.

She is the wife of the late Virgil Daum.

Janice is survived by her Great-Nephew, Richard (Kathy) Vagg.

There will be no visitation. Those wishing may attend Janice’s Memorial Service at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday (October 16, 2021) at the First Presbyterian Church of Batavia, 300 East Main Street in Batavia. Burial will be private in Sandy Creek Cemetery in Murray. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made the the church.

Arrangements were completed by the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home in Oakfield. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.burdettandsanford.com.


Chester Olszewski Sr. of Darien Center, NY passed away peacefully Saturday morning October 9th 2021 in his home from end stage Alzheimer’s disease. 

Chet was born as the third son of Polish immigrant parents who lived on the East side of Buffalo on a side street off of Broadway in a predominantly Polish immigrant neighborhood. He learned to speak and read Polish as a youngster and remained fluent in Polish to his last day even when dealing with Alzheimer’s. 

While Chet was still very young, his father Stanley purchased a 101 acre working farm in Bennington, NY and moved the family there. Growing up, Chet learned the skills 
of dairy farming and crop farming as well as the million and one other skills that every farmer in the 1930’s, 1940’s and beyond had to learn as part of farm life at that time. 
Chet also worked at the Massey Harris manufacturing plant on Harvester Avenue in Batavia. He served his country overseas in the Army during the Korean War and became an active member of VFW Post 6239 in Alexander, NY and American Legion Post 734 in Attica, NY thereafter. He worked for Ernst Steel in Buffalo. Chet last worked for Graham Corporation in Batavia as a welder and retired from there in 1995 always praising what a great company it was to work for. 

Upon reaching his mid to late 80’s Chet’s health began declining at a noticeable pace to the point of needing assistance with the day-to-day activities of life. His family assisted him in hiring personal care aides to take care of him at home 24/7 so he could avoid moving to a nursing facility. He remained living at his home till his final day. 
Chet was very grateful for the excellent medical care he received from Dr. Sarah Thompson and other staff at the Batavia VA medical center as well as the team of specialists working at the Home Based Primary Care at the Batavia VA. 

Chet was the beloved husband of the late Carol Olszewski; dear father of Laurie (Andy) Flambouras, William Heintzelman, Henry (Tina), Stanley (Tricia), Chet (Kelly) and Thad (Kathy) Olszewski; loving grandfather of Maxwell and Lauren Olszewski; brother of Walter (late Beverly), Joseph (Patricia), Stephania (Noel) Senecal, Sabina (Jim) Burnett and the late Lillian Tursi, Stanley (Delores) Olszewski, Frank “Peewee” Olszewski and Edwin Tabaczynski.

Family will be present at the Charles Meyer Funeral Home, 13228 Broadway Alden, NY Thursday 2-4 and 6-8 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Sacred Heart Church, Bennington, NY Friday at 10 AM (please assemble at church). In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Genesee County Hospice or the Alzheimer's Association. Share your condolences at meyerfuneralhome.com 

 

Regina M. Haxton, 89, of Batavia passed away on Saturday October 9, 2021 at Brothers of Mercy Nursing & Rehabilitation Center under hospice care. She was born in Pennsylvania to the late Joseph and Alice. Regina is predeceased by brothers; Leo (Delores) and Robert. In 1955, she married William R. Haxton who predeceased her in 1997.

Regina was a graduate of Westbrook Business Academy in Olean. Her first job was at Cornell University and after marriage, she took time off to devote to her children. Regina retired from Shepard, Maxwell & Hale Insurance Agency in Batavia. Upon her retirement she had a strong desire to stay busy and make a difference. She spent many years volunteering for various activities at her church and Genesee County RSVP. As an avid reader, it meant a great deal to her to introduce youngsters to her love of reading by tutoring first graders.

She enjoyed traveling with Stone’s Traveling Seniors and Office for the Aging day trips. Regina also had a very memorable trip to Ireland.

She is survived by her daughters; Sheila (late Tod), Lois (Bryan), Cheryl (Thomas), Paula (Frederick); son William (Lynne); 6 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; brother–in-law John (Oleava) Haxton, along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. A 10:30AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday October 14, 2021 at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish 8656 Church St. E. Pembroke, NY 14056. She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Batavia.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish 18 West Main ST. Corfu, NY 14036 or Hospice Foundation PO Box 590 Buffalo, NY 14240-0590 www.hospicebuffalo.com. To leave 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.

jferry.jpg  Joan “Joanie” Louise (Chatt) Ferry, 81, passed away unexpectedly in the early morning hours of October 8, 2021 at United Memorial Medical Center following a brief illness.  

Joanie was born September 2, 1940 in Batavia to Anthony and Gladys Chatt.  She was retired from the Alexander Central School District where she was an extraordinary Chef / Kitchen Manager.  She was admired for her extensive home garden, baking and cooking skills, and the most amazing fudge that family and friends enjoyed during the holidays.

Joanie enjoyed many activities including her travels to Hilton Head, SC and Paris, France; reading and chatting with her dear friends.  Fondest memories are that of playing bridge and dominoes with her circle of friends in Batavia and at the Senior Center.   She overcame her fear of water and learned to swim late in life, inspired in part by her granddaughter Madison, motivating her to participate in water aerobics at the Batavia YMCA.    Her greatest joy and pride was her family and extended family.

She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Darien.   Besides her parents, Joan is predeceased by three brothers, Anthony “Whitey” Chatt, Thomas Chatt, and Patrick Chatt.

She is survived by her sister, Maryann Silvernail of Pembroke, son Stephen J. Ferry, Jr. (Elise) of Darien, daughter Donna Ferry, of Darien, son Jeffrey Ferry (Laurie) of Johns Creek, GA, daughter Jennifer Kane (Kevin) of Sandy, UT.  Her grandchildren Sarah Houle (John), Stephen Ferry III (Jessi), Emily Ferry, Andrew and Hannah Ferry, Madison and Spenser Kane, and her beautiful great grandchildren Molly, Ava Grace, and Hudson. 

Joanie will be greatly missed by her family, and her dear friends.  Like the sunflowers she loved she brought sunshine to all that she met!

A 10:00AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday November 27, 2021 at Our Lady of Good Counsel 10677 Alleghany Rd, Darien Center, NY 14040.

In lieu of flowers please consider memorials to one of the following, United Memorial Medical Center Foundation (rrhgive.org) or Alexander Central School Dollars for Scholars ([email protected]). To leave 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.

roses1.jpg  Betty Dorothy Tracy (Roberts) passed quietly of natural causes at her home in Batavia, NY on Friday morning, October 1, 2021. She was surrounded by her loving family and was listening to her favorite music by the late Johnnie Ray. She was 89 years old.

Betty was a native of London (Edmonton), England and moved to Batavia in 1957 after marrying Batavia-native and American G.I., the late John F. Tracy, who was stationed with the U.S. Army at Stansted airfield.

For five decades Betty was the secretary at Charles R. Pero and Sons plumbing on Pearl St. in Batavia. She was self-trained in bookkeeping and office management and loved working there until her retirement in 2007 at 75 years old.

Betty was born in 1932 in the middle of the Great Depression and lived in London throughout WWII. She had fantastic stories about the war: The Battle of Britain and the Blitz; Victory gardens; the horror and terror of it all set against the wonder of how this brought everyone closer together. She would recall how nice everyone was to each other during the war because you never knew if you would see them the next day. She liked to remind her American family that the UK was rationed until 1955, and that we needed to be grateful for the abundant blessings we have. She was diligent and did not like waste and was always perplexed by the lack of common sense and decency in others.

The fifth of eight children, Betty finished school at 14 years old and went to work as an apprentice seamstress at a dressmaker’s shop near Central London. She loved the banter on the factory floor which was filled with other girls from all parts of Britain and Ireland. Over the din of the machines, she perfected her comedic timing and ironic wit especially in the presence of any figure of authority. Each week she would give her paycheck to her parents and would in turn receive an allowance; she did not receive a key to the front door until she was 21 years old, something that was a celebrated custom. Her father was a master confectioner who was born in 1899. Her mother, who was born at sea on a Swedish vessel, ran the household. That her father and mother were able to earn and save enough money to raise a large family and buy a house was something at which she marveled, especially as it was achieved in those difficult decades of the early-to-mid 2oth century.

Although diminutive in stature no one dared cross her. She was fearless, indomitable, and irreverent. She was fiercely loyal to family and friends and never turned away from helping or defending someone in pain or in need, even if that meant making a scene. She was never embarrassed- she just got on with things and always kept the proverbial ‘stiff upper lip’ and her sense of impish irony. She was practical and sensible but loved the right moment where she could be absolutely outrageous. She knew how to make an entrance to any room, but leaving her home was always the same: a kiss and hug goodbye followed by a warm wave from her at the door, until your car was completely out of sight.

Betty loved music, flowers, crosswords, tea, Jeopardy and Scrabble. She enjoyed the seaside, its clear air and walks on the beach. She also looked forward to the rare visit to the horse track. She was a fan of the Buffalo Bills and the Tottenham Hotspurs, both of which caused her perennial anguish. She never took herself too seriously, which is a hallmark of British humor, but also a special attribute of her generation. She was always game for new ideas and could make anything an adventure. She loved shopping excursions to Buffalo or Rochester, excited to find sales and bargains, but mostly to spend time with her family and friends. She liked to dress smartly and always did, even if just popping out to buy a few groceries. Betty was an expert knitter who amazed other good knitters with her skill and imagination. She loved to sing and dance and had a song for every occasion- she always got the party going and kept it moving until the end. She was exceptionally gracious and accommodating.

Betty was immensely proud of the many personal and professional accomplishments of her children and grandchildren, but made sure they all kept their feet on the ground and their “necks wound in.” She never missed a birthday, anniversary, or Christmas card for any family or close friend. Christmases were cherished by her- she planned all year what gifts she would give to everyone- and the living room was always somehow chock-full of presents that she took care to wrap perfectly. Although not a great cook she always put on a fantastic spread that was at least edible and not something that a good brown sauce, mint sauce or gravy could not make exquisite (the British not being known for their culinary prowess); the most important thing was that everyone was together and present. Sundays were reserved for a great British fry-up and rich lessons in Cockney rhyming slang. She had a keen memory and was an accurate read of people. She could be obstinate, but never obnoxious- she knew where the line was and reveled in dancing along its fine edge. She took pleasure in small things and gave boundless support to her family and friends.

Betty was predeceased by her husband John F. Tracy. She was also predeceased by six siblings, two of whom had also emigrated to North America. She is survived by her younger sister Elsie Roberts of Oshawa, ON. She is survived by her six children: Carol (Peter) Wardill of Epsom, Surrey, UK; Linda Tracy (Richard Smith) of Batavia, NY; Diane Tracy of Jacksonville, FL; Vincent (Elizabeth) Tracy of Houston, TX; Stephen (Tracey) Tracy of Beaverton, OR; and Denise (Troy) Vereecken of Bergen, NY. In addition, she is survived by fifteen grandchildren and an ever-growing number (currently at 11.5) of great-grandchildren. She is greatly loved and will be missed by many nieces and nephews on both sides of the pond for whom she was “Aunt Bette.”

A memorial service will be held in the Spring of 2022 around the time of what would have been her 90th birthday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital www.stjude.org. To leave 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.

Byron - Jean S. Ogley, 72 of Byron passed away on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

Mrs. Ogley was born Saturday, November 6th, 1948 in the Bronx,  a daughter of the late Charles Soltau and Dorothy Ellenbast Soltau.

Surviving are her husband of 47 years,Paul F. Ogley  of Byron; her children, Joshua (Sara) Ogley of Batavia, Meghan (Tim) Weible of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and Matthew (Jennifer) Ogley of Russell, Kentucky; nine grandchildren; her brother, Richard (Sheila) Soltau of Jacksonville, Florida along with nieces and nephews.

There are no prior visiting hours. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 101 John James Audubon Pkwy, Buffalo, New York14228.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

Akron - Carrie Ann Wetzel Booth, age 52, passed away Thursday morning, October 7, 2021, at the Orchard Manor Nursing Home in Medina.

     She was born October 24, 1968 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Richard and Emma Legg Wetzel.

     Her exceptional memory and her sharp wit will be remembered by all.

     Carrie is survived by her sisters, Brenda Wetzel, Dora (David) Henry and Diana (Jim) Jakubonis; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, several cousins and special friend, Tom Nelson.

     In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Edward Gardner, her infant son and her feline companion, Pantera.

     Family and friends may call on Friday, October 15 from 5 ~ 7 PM at the Calvary Baptist Church, 3515 Galloway Road, Batavia, NY, where her Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 16 at 11:00 AM.  Interment will be private.

     In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Volunteers For Animals, 3841 West Main Street Road, Batavia, NY 14020

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Carrie's family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

     Ms. Booth and her family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy.  585-768-2400

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