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Edwin A. Wojtowicz, age 86, of Perry died on Thursday March 20, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family after a short illness. Along with his parents he is preceded in death by 2 sisters and 3 brothers-in-law, Lillian (Chet) Czerminski, Jenny (Mike) Kasper and Curley Krolikowski. His family moved to the farm when Ed was 2 years old, he worked on the farm with his father doing cash crops and milking, evenings in the winter he would work at the mines in Retsof. In the early 1960’s he started driving bus for Henry L. Hill, in 1973 he purchased Henry L. Hill, Inc. he and his family have ran the company for 41 years with him never missing a day of work. He was known as Mr. Ed the Busman to kids for over 40 years.

He enjoyed running his family farm, working at the bus garage, fishing in Redwood lake and the St. Lawrence seaway, and hunting deer and bear. He was a very community oriented man who would support any organization or community event some being the Cantor for Cancer, American Legion, Civil Air Patrol, and many area church and school events. In 1985 he was presented the Paul Harris award through the Perry Rotary Club.

He is survived by his wife: Betty (Mateer) Wojtowicz whom he married on December 4, 1954, 2 daughters: Diane (Bill Hughes) Wojtowicz of Walworth, Sue Wojtowicz of Perry, a granddaughter: Emily Brueser of Perry, a sister: Adele Krolikowski of Perry along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call from 1-4pm on Sunday March 23 at the Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main St. Perry, NY 14530 where Funeral Services will follow at 4:00 pm. He will be laid to rest in Glenwood Cemetery, Perry.

Memorials may be made to the Wyoming County 4-H Clubs 401 N. Main St. Warsaw, New York 14569. For more information please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530.

MARY LOU BATTAGLIA Age 83, of Oakfield, died Friday morning March 21, 2014 at United Memorial Medical Center. She was born July 23, 1930 in Auburn, NY to the late Joseph and Onlee (Joslyn) Versaggi, also preceded in death by her beloved husband, Charles G. Battaglia in 2012 and loving sister, Minnie Galline in 2013.

   Mrs. Battaglia was a lifetime member of St. Padre Pio Parish in Oakfield and along with her husband, owned and operated LeRoy Wallpaper & Paint for many years. She will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother

   Surviving is her son, Frank Charles (Loretta) Battaglia Sr. of Oakfield and their sons, Timothy Ryan (Michelle Anderson) Battaglia & Frank Charles Battaglia Jr.; brothers, Joseph Versaggi of Batavia, Frank (Genevieve) Versaggi of Oakfield;  2 great-grandchildren, Isabella & Anthony Charles Battaglia along with several nieces & nephews.

   Family and friends may visit from 4-8 p.m. on Sunday March 23, 2014 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 a.m. Monday March 24, 2014 followed by a 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial St. Padre Pio Parish (Oakfield Site). Burial will be alongside her husband in St. Joseph's Cemetery and memorial contributions may be made to the church.  

Please share your memories of Mary Lou, with her family at www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.






LeRoy ~ Lena L. O'Geen, age 85, formerly of LeRoy, passed away Wednesday evening (Mar. 19, 2014) at the Genesee County Nursing Home.

     Mrs. O'Geen was born June 11, 1928 in Oakfield, a daughter of the late Anthony and Angeline Rosone Rossi.

     She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who devoted herself to her family.

     She is survived by her children; Charles (Marianne) O'Geen of Batavia, Jeannine O'Geen of Batavia, Angela (Steven) McCall of Las Vegas and Susan (Robert) Cordaro of Las Vegas, a brother, Paul (Angela) Rossi of Buffalo, 7 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband, Charles A. O'Geen on Dec. 5, 2009.

     Services for Mrs. O'Geen will be private at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of any flowers,  memorials in her memory may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. 

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

     Mrs. O'Geen and her family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc.    585~768~2400

Joseph A. Brudz, 82 of Darien Center, passed away on March 18, 2014 at his home. He was born in Buffalo on October 27, 1931 to the late Paul (Caroline Koziol) Brudz. He is preceded in death by his wife Esther (Glowniak) Brudz; siblings Pauline Brudz, John, Leo and Thaddeus Brudz. Mr. Brudz was a retired Mechanical Designer after 30 years from Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation.  He served in US Army Corps of Engineers in Europe during the Korean Conflict.

Survived by sisters Florence Jarnot of Cheektowaga; Bernice Spyra of Cheektowaga; Emily Janiga of West Seneca; sons Mark (Colleen McMahon) Brudz of Batavia, Timothy (Rita Shriock) Brudz of Attica; daughter Amy (Edwin) Wenck of Indianapolis, IN; six grandchildren and one great grandchild.

An 11:00 AM Memorial Mass will be held at Our Lady of Good Council Church, 10675 Allegheny Rd, Darien Center on Friday April 11, 2014.

Memorials may be made directly to the church. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.


Jason David Steven Zehler, infant son of Jason and April George Zehler of North Java, was called home to God on Monday February 24, 2014 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He is pre-deceased by his uncle David Zehler.

He is survived by his loving sister Claire Zehler of North Java; grandparents Larry (Ruth) Zehler of Varysburg; David (Cindy) George of Strykersville; aunts and uncles, Lisa (Rolf) Witt of Rochester; Sara (Brad) Furr of Varysburg; Melissa George of Batavia; cousins Rolf, Nicholas and Wyatt.

A private Christian Burial will be held at a later date. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.

Avice V. Davis, 90, of Akron, died Tuesday (March 18, 2014) at Brothers of Mercy Nursing Home in Clarence.

She was born in the Town of Alabama, NY on July 14, 1923, a daughter of the late Herman and Nina Hoffman Brucker.

Her husband, George Davis died in 2002.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed fishing.

Surviving is a daughter, Deborah (John) Hehnen of Akron. Granddaughter, Kelli Lynn Hehnen of AZ, niece, Brenda Baker of Akron and nephew Steve Brucker of Clarence. She is the sister of the late Harvey (Ethel) Brucker.

No prior visitation. Private services will be conducted with burial in Pioneer Cemetery.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to; Brothers of Mercy Nursing home, 10570 Bergtold Rd., Clarence, NY 14031.

Expressions of condolence may be made at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.


Betty Ruth Doehring, 89, died peacefully on March 12, 2014, at Crossroads House in Batavia, with her family by her side.

She was born Aug. 23, 1924, in Buffalo, the only child of Elmer and Ruth Marquardt. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Walter; with eight children, James (Richard Episcopo), Thomas (Steven Chalfant), Jack (Gareth), Daniel (Anna), Andrew (Sandra), Sarah, Rachel (David) Fasano, William (Phoebe); and five grandchildren, William, Matthew, Zalya, Stella and Erin. 

Her greatest joy in life was her children. She was also a proud graduate of Wells College at the age of 70, a hugely important milestone in her life. She traveled the world and spent many years traveling the country to visit her children in California, Florida, Idaho, Maine, Montana, and New York. Betty and her husband spent 13 years in Sedona, Ariz., before returning to New York in 2010.

Her passion was swimming; it brought solace to her life. She loved to go to the movies (foreign films were her favorite) and in her younger days, she enjoyed dancing at the Crystal Beach Ballroom in Canada. She loved to go out for breakfast, "two poached eggs, dry rye toast and home fries extra crisp with peppers and onion, please", coffee with loads of creamers and water with no ice!

Those who knew her best knew that quality of life meant everything to her. She will be sadly missed by those who had the privilege to know her.

As per her wishes, there will be no calling hours and a private family gathering will be held at a later date. Memorials in Betty Ruth's memory would be gratefully  appreciated to Crossroads House, where she was cared for with utmost dignity and respect during her final weeks.

Arrangements for Betty Ruth Doehring have been taken care of by the Dengler Roberts Perna Funeral Home, 8630 Transit Rd., East Amherst, NY 14051, a member of the Neptune Society/Dignity Memorial Network.

Ambrose J. Ryan of Webster, formerly of Elba, passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at age 85.  Predeceased by his parents, Clarence & Irene (Rogers) Ryan; grandson, Clarence Z. Ryan; infant sister, Mary Ryan; brother, LCDR, USN Roger Ryan; and nephew, Patrick E. Ryan.  He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Margaret “Peg” (Schlosser) Ryan; children, Michael (Brenda) Ryan of Austin, TX; Dr. Mark (Susan) Ryan of Geneva; Jane (Dr. Joseph) Vacca of Telford, PA; and Dr. Gregory (Marian) Ryan of Webster;  grandchildren, Daniel & Kevin Ryan; Dr. Melissa (Dr. Peter) Mroz & Stephen  Ryan; Joshua, Dr. Kaitlin, Patrick & Rosemary Vacca; Ambrose T., Martin  & Deaglan Ryan; great-grandson, Ryan Mroz;  brothers, Henry Ryan and Francis P. Ryan, M.D.; sister-in-law, Joanne (William)  Errett; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ambrose received a B.S. from Fordham University and an M.S. from Albany State.  He taught science in the Batavia City Schools for 35 years, retiring as Department Chairman in 1991.  He also coached the freshman football team.  He was an Air Force Veteran, life member of the Elba Fire Department, former Trustee and Mayor of Elba.  He faced life cheerfully with Parkinson’s Disease for over 25 years.  He loved singing and was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Church Choir and the Elba Elegants.  After moving to Webster, he enjoyed singing at Mass at St. Rita Church and was a member of the Webster Senior Singers.  He also enjoyed playing bridge, fishing and sports.  He was a longtime fan of high school sports in Elba and loved watching his grandchildren’s sporting events. His greatest joy was spending time with his family.

His family will receive friends on THURSDAY 4-7 PM at Profetta Funeral Chapel (1650 Empire Blvd., Webster) and FRIDAY 4-7 PM at  Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Co., Inc. (329-333 West Main St., Batavia).  On SATURDAY, please join his family at St. Padre Pio Parish at Our Lady of Fatima Church (65 South Main St., Elba, NY 14058) for his Funeral Mass at 9:30 AM.  Interment Maple Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to National Parkinson Foundation, PO Box 23204, Rochester, NY 14692 in Ambrose’s memory, or Masses may be offered at St. Rita Church in Webster or St. Padre Pio Parish. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Local arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.


Batavia – Mrs. Anne N. Zickl, 76, passed away March 16, 2014 at Highland Hospital in Rochester.

She was born September 1, 1937, in Batavia, a daughter of the late Robert E. and Helen Stull Noonan. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Randolph P. Zickl; sons, Robert R. (Mary Ellen Welch) Zickl, R. Philip Zickl, Jr., William G. (Rachel Siverling) Zickl and Donald E. Gugel; grandchildren, Sean M. Czaja, Kathleen A. Czaja, Meghan R. Zickl, Daneale M. Zickl, Helen E. Zickl, Joseph R. Zickl, Robert S. Zickl, James B. Zickl and Claire S. Zickl; a sister, Suzanne R.  Noonan; five cousins and many cherished friends.

Anne was an active member of the community for most of her life, contributing her time and talents to a number of causes and institutions, most notably those whose aim was to serve others. She served on the Human Rights Commission, the Batavia Housing Council and the Migrant Child Day Care Center Program. She was a volunteer and board member of St. Jerome’s Hospital Guild, the Holland Purchase Historical Society and Museum and All Babies Cherished. For a number of years she worked with young children through the Primary Mental Health Project within Batavia Public Schools. From 1985 until 1991, on behalf of native Batavian Terry Anderson’s sister, Peggy Say, Anne coordinated the many individual and group efforts throughout the nation seeking the release of Mr. Anderson by his Middle Eastern captors.

Anne routinely opened her home and heart to others, providing a temporary home when such was needed, and not letting a birth, illness or funeral pass without an outpouring of counsel, concern and an abundance of delectable meals. She is well remembered by many for her devotion and for her many acts of kindness.

Friends of Anne and her family may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 19th at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia. Her funeral Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, March 20th at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 303 East Main Street, Batavia. The family gratefully declines flowers and requests that any remembrances be made in Anne’s name to the donor’s choice of charities.

To light a candle, share a story or send a condolence, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Robert J. Tenney, 81 of Batavia, passed away on Sunday March 16, 2014 at his home. He was born on July 2, 1932 in Alexander to the late John (Ada Hyde) Tenney. Mr. Tenney worked at Tyler Truck Lines in Oakfield for 46 years. He was a member of Resurrection Parish and the Moose Club. He enjoyed gardening and meeting his friends for coffee when he could. Mr. Tenney is preceded in death by brothers George and Thomas Tenney; sisters Marian Cooper, Josephine Bruggman, Betty Bunting, Edith Robertson, and Joyce Borst.   

Robert is survived by his beloved wife Jean M. (Capossela) Tenney; daughters Deborah (Bob Ryan) Tenney; Judith (George) Buckenmeyer Jr., grandson Stephen Buckenmeyer all of Batavia, along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. A 12:00 Noon Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday March 19, 2014 at Resurrection Parish 303 East Main St. Batavia, New York 14020. Entombment will take place in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org . 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.


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