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Ronald E. Leaton, age 75, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, (January 5, 2022).

Born August 20, 1946 in Batavia, NY, he was the son of the late Edwin and Arlene Leaton, and brother of the late Kibbie Leaton.

To carry on his memory are his sons, Chris (Denise) Leaton and Kevin (Karin) Leaton, his two grandsons, Cole and Caden Leaton, and his siblings, Rick (Marcia) Leaton, Susie (Larry) Aiello, and Tom (Judy) Leaton. Ron will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Ron had a long and fulfilling career with Continental Can, Heekin Can, and Ball Corporation, calling Evergreen, Colorado home for more than 20 years. During his time in Colorado, Ron honed his skill of woodworking, enjoyed to cook and bake, and loved celebrating the holidays with family and friends. Ron enjoyed sports and was an avid Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rockies, and Denver Broncos fan, but he never lost his loyalty to his hometown team, the Buffalo Bills. He was a longtime member of Christ the King Catholic Church.

Ron’s retirement years were spent in Palm Coast, FL and St. Simmons Island, GA. To be closer to his grandsons, Ron moved to Dallas, TX, where he spent the final years of his life.  

A celebration of Ron’s life will be scheduled for a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ron’s memory can be made to the PAN Foundation, CLL. https://www.panfoundation.org.

Arrangements were entrusted to H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

anda_ithna-asheri_-_photo.jpgAnda Jolene Warner Ithna-Asheri, born January 9th, 1983, passed away unexpectedly on December 30th, 2021. Anda was a devoted and loving mother, an incredible sister and a loyal daughter. Anda is, and will always be, deeply missed by all who loved her.

Anda grew up in Western NY and had a passion for singing. Anda participated in several competitions and performed very well, including taking third place at the NY state fair. Anda loved the Lord, horses, the color purple and she never held an opinion that she was too afraid to share. She was adorably stubborn, often bold and always fearless. Anda may have had very little but, she gave everything she had to those who also had need of it. She was the kindest and most wonderful individual and her children were her greatest achievements.

Anda was fiercely protective of her children, her sisters and her brother, always ready to protect them, no matter the cost to her. While Anda may have struggled with personal demons, she loved and feared the Lord her God. In life and in death we praise Him, thanking Him that He is faithful, even when we are not. The nature of her death is not the story of her life.

Anda is predeceased by her son, Shawn P. Wolcott Jr. and survived by her two sons, ages 10 and 7, whom she lovingly referred to as Teddy Bear and Gremlin. She is also survived by her father Jay (Marcella) her mother Teri, sisters Brandy, April and Amanda, brother Jaysonjay and several other siblings as well as nieces and nephews, including her favorite niece, Jordan.

John 11:26 "And everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die."

Family and friends may call on Thursday (January 20th) from 4-6pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, where a Celebration of her life will commence at 6pm.

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.

 

 

feniello.jpg  Ann Feniello, 96 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Thursday January 13, 2022 at LeRoy Village Green. She was born August 2, 1925 in Batavia to the late Anthony and Jenny (Fenello) Feniello. She is preceded in death by a sister Mary Lazik and a nephew Anthony Lazik.

Miss Feniello retired as a Union Steward from GTE Sylvania in Batavia after many years. She was a member of Ascension Parish and Friends of Batavia Peace Garden. She was deeply religious, extremely generous and devoted to her family.

She is survived by a beloved sister Floretta Fenello of Batavia; niece and nephews, Michael (Weiling) Lazik, David (Robbie Cohen) Lazik, Paula Savage along with many great-nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews.   

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, January 16, 2022 from 2 to 4pm at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date, she will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.  

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to International Peace Garden Foundation, 8 Allanview Dr., Batavia, NY 14020. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or for more information call (585) 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

Lockport, NY - Elwood L Clark, 87, passed away Sunday, January 9, 2022.
Elwood was born and raised in Lockport the son of the late James and Edna (Brown) Clark.  
He resided in Corfu for 35 years, and Leisurewood Park, Akron, NY and Naples, FL later in life.  Elwood graduated from Alfred State in 1957. He married the love of his life Barbara Herzog in 1958 and enjoyed more than 61 years of marriage and five children. Barbara predeceased him in 2019.  He worked at Graham Mfg in Batavia as a mechanical engineer for more than 30 years.  He was a harness horse enthusiast, owner and trainer for about 40 years; owned St. Nick and 11 other horses.  He enjoyed social activities being with friends and family.  He was a competitive game player, especially with cards.  He especially loved watching sports and was a Buffalo Bills fan.
 
Survivors include: children Christopher Clark, Matthew Clark (Linda), Gregory Clark (Michelle), Elizabeth Weydig (Steven) and Aaron Clark (Corey); 12 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; 32 nieces and nephews; and special friend Sandra Truax Kinisky. Calling hours are Tuesday, January 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu, NY.  A Celebratory Mass of Elwood’s life is at 10 AM Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at St. Teresa Catholic Church 5771 Buell Street, Akron, NY with burial to follow at Cold Springs Cemetery, Lockport, NY.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to Niagara Hospice in Elwood’s memory.

Marjorie A. Bates Cunningham passed away peacefully at home on January 12, 2022. 

She was born in Batavia, a daughter of the late Kenneth and Marion Welker Bates. 

She will be remembered as a very caring mother, grandma and lady who touched the hearts of her family and friends.  A devout catholic, she was a member of St. Brigid Church, The Ladies of Charity of the church and was an honorary member of the Bergen Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.  

Marjorie worked at Specialized Caledonia Printing Forms, Rochester Telephone, Byron-Bergen Elementary School Cafeteria where she was known to all students as Mrs. Cunningham and H. E. Turner Funeral Home in Bergen as a greeter. 

She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, George F. Cunningham; her daughter, Lisa Crosier (Chuck Bailey); her son, Lewis Cunningham (Linda); grandchildren, Michael Crosier (Lexi) and Stacey Crosier Cody (Chris Cody) and her great grandchildren whom she adored, Mckenzie and Cayden. She is also survived by her siblings, Lorraine Zury (Bill), Robert Bates (Late Shirley), Ron Bates (Robin) and Frank Bates (Barb) and several nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her brother, Richard Bates and her sister, Joyce Newcomb (Late Robert). 

Friends may call on Tuesday from 3 pm to 7 pm at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 51 South Lake Avenue, Bergen. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11 am at St. Brigid Church, 18 Gibson Street, Bergen. Private burial will be held at Mount Rest Cemetery, Bergen. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Bergen Fire Department, P.O. Box 428, Bergen, New York 14416. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in her memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Palm Harbor, FL ~ Nancy Merica-Keil, age 64, formerly of LeRoy, N.Y., passed away on January 3, 2022 at the North Pinellas Care Center in Palm Harbor, FL after a lengthy illness.

   nancy_merica-keil_0.jpg  She was born October 8, 1957 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Nicholas and Orpha Ferrara Merica.

     Nancy will be remembered as a loving wife, foster mother, sister, aunt and dear friend.  Her caring ways and devotion to families made her career as a social worker very rewarding to her.  She, along with her husband, Donnie, were foster parents to many children over the years as well.

     She will be sadly missed by her loving and devoted husband of 34 years, Donnie Keil; her sister, Joanne (Donald Jr.) Pangrazio; brother-in-law, Ken John, along with many nieces, nephews, dear friends and past foster children.

     In addition to her parents, Nancy was predeceased by her sisters, Karen John and Mary Anne White.

     Family and friends may call on Sunday, January 16 from 2 ~ 5 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd. (Rt. 19), LeRoy.  Her Rite of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, January 17 at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter’s Church, 44 Lake Street, LeRoy. Interment will be in St. Francis Cemetery. (Facemasks are required to be worn for Nancy's visitation and mass)

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Stroke Foundation, 6405 Metcalf Ave., Suite 214, Overland Park, KS 66202  https://americanstroke.org/donate

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

Batavia ~ Paul D. Fields Jr., age 52, of River Street, passed away Wednesday morning (January 12, 2022) at Rochester General Hospital.

   paul_d._fields_jr_0.jpg  He was born November 19, 1969 in Buffalo, a son of Paul D. Fields Sr. and Nancy Fohl Cosimeno.

     Paul will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather, son, brother and uncle.  He was also a diehard Buffalo Bills fan.

     In addition to his father, Paul (Sharon) Fields Sr., and his mother, Nancy Cosimeno, Paul Jr. is survived by his children, Chelsey Fields and Joshua Fields; two grandchildren; his girlfriend, Deb Harmon; siblings, Dorothy “Dodie” (Jeremy) Brewer, Jennifer (Joe) Riggi, Roger Cosimeno Jr. (Sherry Chestnut-Demmer), Kelly (Kurt) Wilson, Michael Cosimeno (Trisha Mathern), Andrew Cosimeno, Joseph (Rachel) Cosimeno, Jeremy (Katie) Cosimeno, Kristi (Brian) DeFazio and Kory (Jessica) Cosimeno, along with many nieces and nephews.

     He was predeceased by his step-father, Roger L. Cosimeno Sr. in 2018.

     Family and friends may call on Monday, January 17 from 6 ~ 8 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd. (Rt. 19), LeRoy.  A Celebration of Paul’s Life will be held privately. (Facemasks are required to be worn for Paul's visitation)

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

starowocz_paul1_-_photo.jpgPaul Starowicz Sr., of Batavia, New York passed away on Monday, January 10, 2022, at the age of 95.

He was born in Elba, New York on December 4, 1926, to father Paul Starowicz and mother Anna Stanek.  Paul was the youngest of 7 brothers (Chester, Henry, Rudolph, Al, Edmund, Steve, Leo), and one sister (Pauline Pcionek).

He traveled around the entire world at age 18 while serving in the Army during WWII.  Paul spent nearly 35 years working as the manager for the Noah’s Ark/National Auto store in Batavia.  His actions throughout his life were guided by bringing honor to the family name.  He was always well versed on current events and was sharp as a tack right up to his passing.  Paul was a devoted Buffalo Bills fan.  He enjoyed visits to the family farm. 

Paul was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend.  He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Lottie (Wilkosz); children Gary (Deborah), James (Mary K), and Paul Jr. (Laura); grandchildren Sara (Brandon Doll), Becky, Kate, Lauren, Elizabeth, and Ryan; and great-grandchildren included Reece, Chloe, Thea, Reid, and Claire.  Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Due to Covid, there will be a private funeral for the immediate family.  A Celebration of Life is being planned for the future.

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.

 

 

 

Holley - Mary Kathleen Deneen, 77 of Holley passed away on Sunday, January 9, 2022 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York.

She was born Saturday, January 6th, 1945 in Buffalo, New York a daughter of the late Donald Deneen and Aurelia Ambrose Deneen.

Mary is survived by her "mom" Dawn "Barb" (Late Jim "Poppy") Werth, Gwynne Phillips from Lifetime Assistance; sisters, Donna (Thomas, Sr.) Fowler and Peggy (Late Joseph) Wik; special friends, Elaine and Rosalie along with nieces and nephews. Her family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation and gratitude to her Lifetime Assistance Family who gave her a loving and full life.

There are no prior visiting hours. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. She will be laid to rest in St. Mary of the Assumption Cemetery in Lancaster.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lifetime Assistance, Inc., Attn: Maria Rugg, 133 State Street, Brockport, New York 14420. In the memo line, please write “Family Care Program”. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia.

David Michael Giles   9/23/89  ~  1/8/2022
He left this earth peacefully with loved ones at his side at ECMC early in the morning on Saturday the 8th of January.
Loving Son of Anita and the late Dennis Giles and life partner of Charmaine Bartolomei and Bonus Dad to Malena Bartolomei.  He left behind many family and friends who loved and will always miss him.
There will be no calling hours.  A Memorial Service at Alabama Basom United Methodist Church will be held by invitation only.  Watch FB for a celebration notice.
Donations can be made to Surfrider.org.     ‘Save Our Waters.’
Urging you to celebrate his life not death.  He once wrote:
“I hope we never let our inner child go and never forget how to dream.”
Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com
Arrangements for David were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-8868. 

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