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East Bethany - Stephanie Colantonio, 97, of East Bethany, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at her home.

She was born November 23, 1918 in Herne Westfalen, Germany a daughter of the late John and Mary Wozniak.

Her family came to the United States in 1922, settling on the family farm where Stevie spent the next 94 years.

She is predeceased by her husband, John P. Colantonio and her siblings; sister Irene Wozniak, sister Wanda Raymond and her late husband Howard Raymond and brother, Ted Wozniak.

Survivors include her loving sons; David Colantonio and Ron Colantonio; a brother-in-law, Raymond Colantonio; a sister-in-law, Catherine Colantonio and several nieces and nephews including Elaine and Bill Dearcop and Paul and Danis Raymond.

Stevie was an active member of Immaculate Conception Church, East Bethany since its beginning.

She was a generous  fun lady with many interests who praised God for His blessings of a long and faith filled life.

Friends may call on Tuesday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Church, 5865 Ellicott Street Road, East Bethany. She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Mary Immaculate Parish, P.O. Box 98, East Bethany, New York 14054 or Bethany Volunteer Fire Department, 5253 Old Telephone Road, East Bethany, New York 14054.  To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Stevie’s memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

ann1.jpg Sebastiana “Ann” Liberante, 100, a long time resident of Buffalo and Batavia passed away on October 6, 2016 at the Batavia Health Care Center. She was born on July 30, 1916 in Oakfield to the late Angelo and Sebastiana (Bordanaro) Trigilio.

Ann turned 100 on July 30th. She was the sixth of 10 children born to Angelo and Sebastiana Trigilio of Oakfield. She is the mother of Richard Liberante and grandmother of Richard and Dana Liberante of Port St. Lucie, Florida. Ann celebrated her birthday with her siblings John Trigilio and Jennie Paradowski, as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mrs. Liberante enjoyed cooking and baking for family parties and loved the freedom of driving her own car and visiting local casinos, was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Church. She participates in all the activities, events and field trips organized by the staff at BHCC. Ann said she is very grateful for her good health, long life, good friends, a loving family and the gentle care she receives at BHCC.

There were no prior calling hours. A Memorial Service was held on October 13, 2016 at St. Joseph’s Mausoleum in Batavia where she will be entombed.

For more information please call 585-343-8260 or to leave a 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.

burling.jpgBatavia – Jackson J. “Jack” Burling, 89, of Batavia, passed away Tuesday, (October 11, 2016) at Crossroads House, in Batavia following a brief illness.

Mr. Burling was born May 5, 1927 in Byron, a son of the late John and Lydia (Schultz) Burling.

Jack served honorably with the Army and was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, where he served as Head Usher.  He was also a board member of West Middlebury Cemetery Association, and a 50 year member of the Free & Accepted Masons, having been elevated to Master Mason.  For many years he owned and operated Burling's Barber Shop in Batavia.


He loved fishing and had a boat called "Clipper-Jack" that he used to take out on Lake Ontario.  Ice fishing was another favorite pastime.  Jack also had a woodworking shop.  He loved to make furniture and restore antiques.  He was very proud to have made a grandfather clock for each of his grandchildren. 

He is the husband of Bertie (Pruitt) Burling of Batavia.  The two were married March 20, 1948 and spent 68 years together.

Surviving along with his wife is his daughter-in-law, Marlene Burling of Batavia, grandchildren, Preston (Tracy) Burling of Harrisburg, PA, Lyle (Sharie) Burling of Scranton, PA, and Christine (Greg) Smalley of Morrisville; a sister, Frances Burling of Batavia; nephews, John (Mary) Butler of Batavia, Jackson Butler of Batavia, and Daniel (Jeanie) Burling of Warsaw; great-nephews, James Burling, Jr., Marc Burling, and Richard Burling; a great-niece, Denise Burling O’Toole. 10 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren also survive.

He is preceded in death by his son, James A. Burling who passed away Dec. 26, 2013, and his brothers, George and James (late Joyce) Burling.  

Friends may call on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 190 Oak Street, Batavia, where Jack’s Funeral Services will be at 11:00 AM, Saturday.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House, PO Box 403, Batavia, NY 14021.  Burial will be in West Middlebury Cemetery, East Bethany.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

Cheryl Lynn Gates, 56, of Batavia passed away on Friday October 7, 2016 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.   Born in Bristol, Pennsylvania, on February 7, 1960, Cheryl was the third daughter of Ira MacDonald Gates and Irene Hogg Gates. She is survived by her father; sisters Susan J. Blanchard (Tom) of Lockport, NY, and Evalyn I. Gates (Eric Pelander) of Cleveland; nieces Kate Kleismit (Jeff) of Lockport, Anna Blanchard of Pittsburgh, PA, and Kendall Pelander of Denver, CO; nephews Greg Pelander (Shawna) of Portland, OR, and Jordan Pelander (Nicole) of Denver, CO; great-nephews Nathan Kleismit, Rowan Pelander and Cael Pelander, and great-niece Madeline Pelander.

Cheryl was a 1978 graduate of Batavia High School, and attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff Arizona.  Following college she moved to San Francisco, California and was a research analyst for Bailard, Biehl & Kaiser, an investment firm in the city. 

It is impossible to picture Cheryl without a beautiful and contagious smile on her face.  As a young child she was always the first one awake in the morning - singing, dancing, and giggling as she snuck into her big sister’s room to jump on her bed.  She had a wonderful mischievous streak, which she never lost, and her love of animals began before she could talk, when she snuggled her first puppy in her arms.

Throughout her life she was a caring and generous friend.  She was always there if someone needed support and love; and the one to instigate fun or adventure. Her wit and ability to inject silliness when needed will be long remembered by all of her friends and family. 

She was fearless in trying new ventures – whether heading across the country to live in a new city, hopping onto a surfboard or galloping across mountain trails on a horse. She loved California living and had many adventures with her friends there, driving a bright red pick-up truck to the beach, to the mountains or up into wine country.  She and a friend took 3rd place in the novice category for wine-tasting in 1986 at the Greenwood Ridge Vineyards.

She returned to Batavia in 1987 when she suddenly became ill with what was eventually diagnosed as ME/CFIDS.  As she struggled with the challenges of ME/CFIDS in the following years, she also fought to help others, encouraging and supporting many friends, old and new. She was a dedicated advocate for research into the causes and treatments of this illness. 

She was also deeply devoted to her pets and committed to caring for all animals.  In addition to the many cats and kittens she rescued, a young ferret and an injured crow were nursed back to health under her care. She will be greatly missed by her family and her many friends – human and other.

Services will be held this Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church, 300 East Main Street, Batavia N.Y. The family will receive family and friends at the church at 1:30 p.m in the church parlor; services will begin in the Sanctuary at 2:30 p.m. and there will be a dinner and party as Cheryl requested immediately following the service at 4:00 pm at Bohn’s Restaurant, 5256 Clinton Street Road, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Cheryl may be made to Volunteers for Animals, 3841 West Main Street Road, Batavia, NY 14020, http://www.vol4animals.org; or Solve ME/CFS Initiative, 5455 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 806, Los Angeles, CA 90036, http://solvecfs.org/donate/

To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Cheryl's memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com. Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

butter.jpgBonnie L. Collings, age 75, of Perry, passed away on Saturday October 8, 2016 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Bonnie was born in Warsaw, New York on June 23, 1941 a daughter of the late Vernon and Phoebe (Graves) Upright.

Bonnie was a graduate of Perry High School. She worked for the former Champion Products in Perry working as a photoart lab operator. She retired from Champion in 1996 after 15 years of service. Bonnie enjoyed working on cross stitch, reading, watching movies and loved her pet cats Mr. Wickers and Pretty Girl.

She is survived by 2 daughters: Deborah (Daryl) Johnston and Erin Collings both of Perry, 1 son: Scott Collings of Florida, Perry, 8 grandchildren: Kenneth (Nicole) Johnston, Justin (Johnna) Johnston, Joshua Collings, Kara (Nathan Serfass) Collings, Taylor Collings, Jakob Kiehle, Lucas and Chloe Sears and 5 great grandchildren: Kolten, Ava, Jaxon and Jameson Johnston and Jonah Kiehle.

Friends may call from 11am-1 pm on Monday October 10th at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main St in Perry where services will follow at 1pm. She will be laid to rest in Leicester Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Perry Emergency Ambulance P.O. Box 288 Perry, New York 14530 or to the donors choice. For more information please call 585-237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530.

Batavia - Annabelle P. Monaco, 79, of Batavia and formerly of Lackawanna, passed away on Saturday (October 8, 2016) at home under the care of Homecare & Hospice and her loving family.

Annabelle was born January 19, 1937 in Lackawanna, a daughter of the late Angelo and Marianna Monaco.

Annabelle enjoyed traveling, baking, cooking, reading and playing the slot machines.  She loved animals and was a purchasing agent at Bethlehem Steel Corporation in Lackawanna.

Survivors include three nieces, Michele Mistretta, Patrice Mistretta and Tina (Rick) Mistretta Fields; a brother-in-law, Pat Mistretta; one brother, Michael Monaco and a nephew, Ken Monaco.

Annabelle is a sister of the late Mary Mistretta, Anthony Monaco and Nicholas Monaco.  

There are no prior calling hours and services will be held at the convenience of the family.  Memorials may be made to Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, NY 14021 or Homecare & Hospice, 29 Liberty Street, Suite #6, Batavia, NY 14020.

Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Annabelle’s memory at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements for Annabelle were completed by the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home of Batavia, (585) 343-8868.




Corfu -- Catherine M. Holnbeck, 92, entered into rest Thursday, (Sept. 22, 2016).
Loving wife of 44 years to the late Rudolph F. Holnbeck; dear stepmother to the late Rudolph A. Holnbeck. Catherine is predeceased by her brothers, John P. Novak Sr., Steven Gellen, and her sister, Anna Gablas.
She is survived by two step-grandchildren, Christian and Leah Holnbeck, many nieces and nephews and her two dear friends, Jim and Christine Matusek.
Catherine was known for her gardening and wonderful cooking and baking skills.
Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Mass, Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 11 a.m. at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, 8656 Church St., East Pembroke, NY. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery, Batavia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the East Pembroke Fire Department.
Arrangements were made by C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary Inc., 4 E. Main St., Corfu, NY.


Age 76, of Batavia, NY, died Saturday October 1, 2016 at the Batavia Health Care Center. She was born January 3, 1940 in Bath, NY  a daughter of the late Kenneth P. and Lillian (Rutherford) Margeson also preceded in death by a sister, Dolores Margeson. 

Mrs. Margeson was an LPN for over 20 years at Kenmore Mercy Hospital. 

Surviving is her son, Mace (Peggy Scofield) Daumen of TX; brothers, Joseph (Jane) Margeson of Tonawanda and Louis (Bonnie) Margeson of Bath; dear cousin, Ernie Mullen and family of Buffalo and Washington, DC along with several nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services will be held privately by the family with burial in Nondaga Cemetery in Bath, NY and memorials in her memory are suggested to Crossroads House 11 Liberty Street Batavia, New York 14020. 

Please share your memories of Sandra with her family at http://www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500. 


LeRoy ~ Reid W. Ackley, age 87, of Bernd Road, passed away on Tuesday evening (October 4, 2016) at home surrounded by his loving family.

     He was born May 15, 1929 in LeRoy, a son of the late Irving and Elizabeth Reid Ackley.

     Reid will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather, who had a great sense of humor and enjoyed visiting with family and friends.  He served with the U.S. Army and worked for New York State Department of Transportation.

     He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Ruby Shepard Ackley; his daughters, Diane (Douglas) Janes of Pavilion and Linda Ackley (John Woods) of Batavia; 5 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Sharon Mattice of Stafford, along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends.  He was predeceased by his brother, Irving Ackley Jr.; grandson, Fran Doyle and brother-in-law, Roger Mattice.

     Per Reid's request, there will be no visitation or services.  Interment in Machpelah Cemetery will be private.

     Memorials are suggested to the New York State Veterans Home, 220 Richmond Avenue, Batavia, N.Y. 14020.

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

     Mr. Ackley and his family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy.  585-768-2400

Batavia - Waylen Washburn, Sr., 73, of Batavia, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, (October 4, 2016) at United Memorial Medical Center, in Batavia.

Mr. Washburn was born September 23, 1943 in Washington Court House, OH, a son of the late Charles V. and Katherine I. (Follis) Washburn.

fb_img_1475632837950.jpgHe was a member of the Chruch of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Batavia. Waylen loved bluegrass music, spending time with his family and cats, and was an avid Facebooker.

He is the husband of Phyllis Ann (Teetor) Washburn, of Batavia.  The two were married May 17, 1975.

Surviving along with his wife are his children, Jennifer (Brian Howland) Downard of Pavilion, Waylen (Shawna Elko) Washburn, Jr. of Gasport, Ryan (Dawn Kenyon) Washburn of LeRoy, Aaron (Elysia) Washburn of Byron, Daniel Washburn of Batavia, Charles (Antonette) Washburn of Cleveland, OH; grandchildren, Steven (April) Downard of Washington Court House, OH, Richard Downard II of Washington Court House, OH, Jonathan Downard of Pavilion, Trinity Madison of Byron, Virginia Washburn of Byron, October Washburn of Byron, Cheyenne Elko of Gasport, Brianna Elko of Gasport, Ashley Washburn; great-grandchildren, Jasper Downard, Bently Downard, Paxton Downard; a brothers, Delbert (Joyce) Washburn of Russells Point, OH and Elmer (Roberta) Washburn of Beaver, OH; and a sister, Wanda (late James) Crum of Columbus, OH.  Also survived by several nieces, nephews and his five beloved cats.

Friends may call on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia.  Waylen’s Funeral Services will be at 11:00 AM, Saturday, (October 8, 2016) at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Batavia Branch, 601 North Street, Batavia.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.  Burial will be in Machpelah Cemetery, LeRoy.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.


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