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ralph.jpg  Ralph William Houseknecht Sr. - age 89, a lifelong resident of Batavia and retired President of Batavia Pepsi-Cola and Loose Ends Vending, went home to be with the Lord Jesus, surrounded by his loving family, on May 30th.

Ralph was born on December 24, 1926.  Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, Seward and Kathryn (Dustin) Houseknecht; four brothers (Paul, Seward, Richard and brother Robert); a son Edward; and grandson Michael earlier this year.

Ralph is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Agnes (Moynihan) Houseknecht;  their children: Greg of Batavia, Ralph Jr. (Katy) of Silver Springs, Mary Kay (Bill) Barton of Silver Springs, Tom (Lynn) Houseknecht of Batavia, Tim (Sue) Houseknecht of Interlaken, John Houseknecht of Wyoming, and Katie (Gary) Berger of Stafford; beloved grandchildren: Joshua, Will, Paul, Mark, Craig, Eric, Ted, Sarah, Jake, Sara, Jack, and Bella; great grandchildren, Meghan and Ella, and their Mom, Jen (Thornton) Houseknecht;  sisters-in-law, Frances (Moynihan) Driscoll of Batavia, Barbara Houseknecht (Greensboro, N.C.), and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Ralph left high school early to join the service during World War II, where he served in the U.S. Navy after training at the Sampson Naval Training Station on Seneca Lake. Ralph was deployed to the Pacific, where he served with the Seabees, part of the Naval Construction Forces.  When the war ended, Ralph returned safely home to Batavia and finished high school, after which he and his sweetheart, Agnes, were wed on April 3, 1948 at St. Mary’s Church in Batavia. They settled on Franklin Street next to Aggie’s parents, started their family, and Ralph began his career at Pepsi-Cola.  

The loss of Ralph and Aggie’s third child Edward at the age of three spurred a lifelong dedication to supporting the Genesee County ARC in Batavia. Pepsi-Cola of Batavia was the first business in the area to hire ARC associates, twice earning ARC’s business of the year award. Ralph humbly accepted the award, saying, “We do it out of love.”  In his many years managing Pepsi, Ralph was a firm believer that you should never ask an employee to do something that he wouldn’t do himself.  His door was always open for any employee or customer to come in, creating a true family atmosphere in the workplace.

Ralph was a loving, dedicated husband and father, who was always at Sunday Mass with Agnes and their family. When one of his grandsons asked their Grandpa what he thought was the biggest problem in the world today, Ralph replied without hesitation, “The breakdown of the family.” Ralph was a great example of what a father should be: loving, caring, forgiving, and funny. Ralph’s friends and golfing buddies will remember him as the guy who always loved a good joke.  

Ralph always showed his unwavering love, no matter the circumstance, and was always ready to lend a hand financially to anyone who needed it. Ralph’s children and grandchildren are forever grateful for the man he was, and his spirit will live on in them. Ralph will be missed, not only by his family, but his friends, employees and the community he loved.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday June 4, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon at Resurrection Parish (St. Joseph’s Church) 303 East Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A 12:00 Noon Mass of Christian Burial will immediately follow calling hours. Mr. Houseknecht will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Batavia.

Flowers are graciously declined. Memorials may be made to Genesee ARC, 64 Walnut Street, Batavia, NY 14020 or Notre Dame High School 73 Union St. Batavia. 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.  


kirgasser.jpg Ray C. Kirkgasser, of Perry died on May 28, 2016 at his home at the age of 87. He is preceded in death by his wife, Margaret (Keough) Kirkgasser his father, Raymond Christopher Kirkgasser and mother, Gladys Anderson Kirkgasser Cable.

He is survived by his children John (Ashley) Kirkgasser, Christine (Kenneth) Schwab and Leslie (Christopher) Duffy, and his grandchildren Lindsay and Laura Schwab and Christopher and Faelyn Duffy.

A graduate of Palmyra High School, Ray was a gifted athlete playing both varsity  baseball and basketball beginning in the eighth grade. Ray’s love of the outdoors was established at a very young age. His grandfather gifted Ray with the skill and methods of fishing, trapping and hunting. After high school, Ray attended Ithaca College where he was an instrumental basketball and baseball player. Ray was inducted in Ithaca’s Athletic Hall of Fame with the distinction of being the only Ithaca College athlete to be drafted by the NBA. Ray was a 1951 draft choice of the Syracuse Nationals Basketball team and also received an offer to play professional baseball with the Philadelphia Phillies. Ray was also proud to have trained and tried out for the Brooklyn Dodgers as well. After receiving his Masters degree in Physical Education in 1952, Ray enlisted in the Army to support the Korean War effort. Trained to intercept Morse code, Ray was deployed to a base in Germany. Soon after deployment, the base commander re-assigned Ray to be captain, coach and star player of the command’s basketball team and after two seasons, became the base’s athletic director. After his discharge, Ray began teaching physical education at Perry Central School where he met his wife Margaret. He spent 23 years coaching baseball and also served as director of athletics during his 30 years there. Ray  purchased Mack’s Boat Livery on Silver Lake in 1979 and was proud to have his wife, children and friends help him operate the marina for many years. Ray was very passionate about his many lifelong hobbies. Besides being an avid sportsman, Ray enjoyed gardening, building remote control airplanes, raising ducks and birds, maintaining his ponds and property, and following his favorite sports teams. Some of Ray’s most treasured adventures included traveling with his family and/or numerous buddies to fish or hunt in Germany, Quebec, Montana, Alaska, Florida and Prince Edward Island. As a devoted husband, father and grandfather, Ray was always pleased to share and celebrate the success of his wife, children and grandchildren. Ray had a great sense of humor, was lucky to live a long, beautiful, and healthy life and most certainly provided his family and large circle of dear friends with precious memories to cherish forever.

Friends may call from 2:00-4:00PM and 7:00-8:00PM on Saturday June 4, 2016 at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, NY 14530. A Celebration of Ray’s life will follow at 8:00PM at the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Perry Central School Athletics, 33 Watkins Ave. Perry, NY 14530 and Ithaca College Athletics, 953 Danby Rd. Ithaca, NY 14850. 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.

Mrs. Susan Lorraine Cayea, daughter of the late Thomas Galliford and Ruth Brown Galliford was born April 27, 1946 in Bergen, New York. She attended the public schools of Byron-Bergen and was a graduate of Byron-Bergen High School.

She married Gaylord Cayea on June 7, 1965. They were blessed with two loving sons, Lance (Amy) and Todd (Debra). Gay and Sue purchased a farmhouse in Batavia, NY, where they raised their boys and made a home for themselves during their 50 years of marriage. Sue worked for many years in the Batavia City Schools as the Director of Food Services and retired in 2003. She was a devoted wife, wonderful mother and fun-loving, playful grandmother to her adoring seven grandchildren: Devan, Mitchell, Justin, Emily, Peyton, Trevor and Breleigh.

Sue was an avid sports fan, especially youth sports, where she cheered on her husband and sons in their coaching positions, and her grandchildren as they played. Sue did not limit her support of student athletes to her family however, she was a loyal supporter of all players, while pacing the sidelines and cheering loudly at many youth sporting events. In addition to her love of family, friends and youth sports, Sue enjoyed playing golf, bird watching, swimming, playing cards, quilting and spending winters in Myrtle Beach with Gaylord and many friends; especially preparing for and hosting the annual Victorian tea party.

Susan was known for her dedication to her husband, loyalty to family and friends, kindness, positivity and perseverance through her long term illness. Despite the many hardships and inconveniences that Sue endured during her battle with her disease, she never complained and was the epitome of strength and humility. She was a role model to all that had the pleasure of knowing her. Sue passed away suddenly, on May 29, 2016 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia, NY.

Her beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of her husband, children, grandchildren, extended family and friends. Sue is survived by her husband, two sons, two daughters-in-law, seven grandchildren, as well as her two sisters, Joan (Bernard) and Nancy. She is preceded in death by her mother and father, father-in-law (William), mother-in-law (Eleanor), brothers, Thomas (Sandy), William (Gwen) and David.

Susan will be laid to rest in a beautiful location in Batavia, New York - the place where she called home and had many fond memories of great times with family and friends.

Services will be held at H.E. Turner Funeral Home, 403 E. Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020. Visitation will be on Friday, June 3rd from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and a funeral service at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 4th. Interment will follow in Grand View Cemetery, 80 Clinton Street, Batavia, NY.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a charity of your choice.

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




clancey.jpg  Robert A. Clancey Jr., 33, of Batavia passed away on Sunday May 29, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer in the Palliative Care Unit at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born in Batavia on September 10, 1982 to Gail (Roth) Titus of Batavia and the late Robert Clancey Sr.  

Robert will be remembered for his love of Bicycling, music, Animals, nature and gaming.  He was a very spiritual person who above all else loved spending time with his family.  

He is survived by his parents Gail (Douglas) Titus of Batavia; daughter Alexandria Clancey of Lancaster; his most special life partner Melissa Marks of Batavia; siblings Christopher Clancey of Lockport, Jillian Titus of Alexander and Marcy (Greg) Weese of Lockport, along with 5 nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday June 2, 2016 from 4:00-7:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A 9:30AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday June 3, 2016 at Resurrection Parish (St. Mary’s) 18 Ellicott St. Batavia, NY 14020. He will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Batavia

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance 16 Bank St. Batavia, NY 14020 http://geneseecancerassistance.com/. 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.

LeRoy ~ Thomas E. Steen Sr., age 81, of Jefferson Avenue, passed away Friday afternoon (May 27, 2016) the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home.

     Mr. Steen was born January 26, 1935 in LeRoy, a son of the late Lawrence and Edith Roberts Steen.

     He was a very loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother, who just adored his grandchildren.  He retired from Niagara Mohawk after 35 years of service.  He was a 42 year member of the American Legion, a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus and a longtime member of the Oatka Fish & Game Club.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing, but loved his NY Yankees and the Buffalo Bills.  Tom was also a veteran, having served with the U.S. Army from 1954 -56.

     He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 59 years, Kathleen "Pudge" O'Geen Steen; his children, Thomas Jr. (Lisa) Steen of Rochester, Terrie Lamendola of Phelps, Patty (Vince) Giammarva of LeRoy and Donna (Tom Jr.) Gates of Piffard; grandchildren, Thomas (Shannon) Lamendola, Greg and Keri Steen, Alex (fiancé-Sirie) Giammarva, Kaleigh (Jordan) Fahnestock, Courtney, Jessalyn and Thomas Gates III; great-grandchildren, Dylan, Joseph and Olivia Lamendola; siblings, "Pete" (Gina) Steen of LeRoy, "Vee" (Earl) DeLong of Batavia and Sally (Robert) Bickford of Caledonia, along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

     He was predeceased by his siblings, Arlene Murray, Jean Allen and Robert Steen.

     Family and friends may call on Wednesday from 3 ~ 7 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19), LeRoy.  His Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Thursday at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter's Church, 44 Lake St., LeRoy.

     Memorials are suggested to the Kessler Burn & Trauma Center, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, N.Y. 14642

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

Batavia - James F. Horgan, Jr., 58, of Batavia, passed away on Monday, May 23, 2016 at United Memorial Medical Center.

Mr. Horgan was born November 5, 1957 in Batavia, the son of the late James F. Horgan, Sr. and Helen Green Horgan.

A 1975 graduate of Notre Dame High School, Jim graduated from Empire College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Service Management. He was instrumental in having this program implemented at the college. A member of the First Presbyterian Church of Batavia, he was a member of the Horseshoe Lake Association, the Thursday morning ROMEO's at Sport of Kings Restaurant and the Hernando High Point Volunteer Fire and Rescue in Brooksville, Florida where they spent many winters together.

A fan of college sports, the NBA, he was an avid fan of the Buffalo Bills. He loved nature, being outdoors at Horseshoe Lake watching the birds and turtles.

He is survived by his wife, Kathrine A. McBride Horgan; his children, John K. (Jennifer) Volpe of Attica, Seamus M. (Amanda Lawrence) Horgan of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Padraic D. (Shannon) Horgan of Clarence and  Siobhan (William) Fargo of Surf City, North Carolina; three sisters, Mary Kay (John) Yanik of Geneseo, Margaret (Sal) Cintorino of Vermont and Elizabeth (Donald “Butch”) Miller of LeRoy; eleven grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, cousins including John Green and Bob Green, both of LeRoy and numerous dear friends including George Gehlert of Arizona.

There are no prior visiting hours. Jim’s Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 4th at 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 300 East Main Street, Batavia.  In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials in Jim’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association, Western New York Chapter, 2805 Wehrle Drive, Suite #6,Williamsville, New York 14221-7380, First Presbyterian Church of Batavia, 300 East Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020 or to Notre Dame High School Foundation, 73 Union Street, Batavia, New York 14020. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Jim’s memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.


Bergen - Maria Kowalczyk, 100, of Bergen, died Friday, May 27, 2016 at her home, in Bergen.

Mrs. Kowalczyk was born December 8, 1915 in Poland, the daughter of the late Alojzy and Alberta Filipowicz.

She was the oldest member of St. Brigid's Church and enjoyed flower gardening.

Her husband, Boleslaw "William"  Kowalczyk, who died February 9, 2008.

Survivors include two sons: Henry Kowalczyk of Bergen, and Stan Kowalczyk of Rochester; five daughters: Jadwiga Syfert of Bergen, Teresa Kowalczyk of Warsaw, Anna (Robert) Johnson of Lawrenceville, GA, Krystyna (Paul) Lang of Byron and Elizabeth Kowalczyk of East Bethany; 9 grandchildren: Kate Syfert of VA, Kristen (Carey) Ng of Long Island, Daniel (Allison) Schiraldi of CA, Mary (Andy) Lee of Seneca Falls, Laura (Timothy) Price of MI, Emily Schiraldi of TN, Stephanie (Andrew) Kloster of GA, Stan Adam Kowalczyk of Elmira and Nicholas Kowalczyk of Rochester.  7 great grandchildren, Abigail Ng, Zachary Ng, Victoria Ng, Carter Lee, Nolan Lee, Daniel Price and BryceSchiraldi.  

Friends may call on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at H.E. Turner & Co., Funeral Home, 51 South Lake Street, Bergen.  Mrs. Kowalczyk’s Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 am Thursday,at St. Brigid's Church, 18 Gibson Street, Bergen.  In lieu of flowers, memorials in the form of Masses may be offered in her memory.   Burial will be in St. Brigid's Cemetery in Bergen.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

scan0001.jpgMILDRED R. CURTIS

Age 96, of LeRoy, formerly of Alexander died peacefully Thursday May 26, 2016 at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home. She was born October 17, 1919 in Buffalo, NY, a daughter of the late Herman and Minnie (Pralow) Henschke also preceded in death by her husband, Dudley Curtis and a sister, Betty Volk.   

Mrs. Curtis was a Matron in the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter, Varysburg, NY. 

Surviving is are her loving children, Linda Snyder of Tampa, FL, Donald (Nancy) Curtis of Alexander and Robert (Renee) Curtis of Santa Monica, CA; grandchildren, Brett R. Snyder, Brad (Michelle) Rodon, Kathy (Todd) Bender and Amy Ellis; 13 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.  

Millie's family will be present from 11:00 - 3:00PM on Wednesday June 1, 2016 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020, where a Service of Remembrance will immediately follow. She will be laid to rest in Forest Hill Cemetery in Attica and in lieu of flowers memorials in her memory can be made to the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home 10 Munson Street LeRoy, New York 14482. 

Please share your words of comfort with the family at www.tomaszewskifh.com or for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500. 





Age 75, of Batavia, died peacefully Tuesday May 24, 2016 at the Batavia Health Care Center. She was born December 27, 1940 in Brooklyn, NY, a daughter of the late John and Ruth (Armstrong) Tucker; also preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Prucha in 2004; brother, John Tucker and sister, Ruth Gebel. 

Mrs. Prucha was a loyal, faithful member of the Grace Baptist Church, she loved her family and friends, sewing, handcrafts and many types of needlework. She had a career as a librarian having worked for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Harris Beach PLLC  and the Eastman Kodak, Co. Jane will be remembered as a kind caring woman who loved to be with family. 

Surviving are her loving children, Craig (Marlene) Prucha of Pavilion, Cheryl (John) Penn of Chemung, James (Deanne) Prucha of Batavia, Lori (Donald) Childs of Batavia and Timothy (Leila) Prucha of Knoxville, TN; brother-in-law, John Gebel of Marengo, IL; sister-in-law, Ann Tucker of Huntington Station, NY; 19 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews. 

The family will be present from 3 - 5 & 7 - 9PM on Tuesday May 31 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020, Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday June 1 at the Grace Baptist Church 238 Vine Street Batavia. She will be laid to rest in Dale Cemetery with her husband and memorials in her memory are suggested to the church. 

Please share your thoughts and memories of Jane with his family at www.tomaszewskifh.com 



East Bethany – Mr. Francis “Fran” J. Davis, 63, of East Bethany, longtime mechanic at Dan’s Auto & Tire in Batavia, passed away on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Davis was born March 23, 1953 in Batavia, a son of the late Edward Davis, Sr. and Mary Catherine Tibbs Davis.

A member of Mary Immaculate Parish in East Bethany, Fran was a member of the Bethany Volunteer Fire Department, the Batavia Rod & Gun Club and the Sportsmans Coonhunters Association. He was an avid outdoorsman that enjoyed hunting, fishing, trap shooting and camping. His greatest joy was being in attendance for his grandson's sporting events.

He is survived by his wife, Melody “Mel” A. Black Davis, whom he married August 10, 1974; his sons, Jed (Jessica) Davis of Batavia and the late Benjamin J. Davis who passed away on January 29, 2001; two grandsons, Cole and Andrew Davis of Batavia; his siblings, Ellen (late Bill) Kingdon of Batavia,  Edward (late Rita) Davis, Jr. of Arizona, Cathy (David) Van Galio of Buffalo and the late Joseph Davis; his godson, Matthew Pietrzykowski of East Bethany and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends may call on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main St., Batavia. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church, 303 East Main Street, Batavia.  He will be laid to rest in Elmwood Cemetery, Batavia. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials in Fran's name to the family to be distributed to their favorite charities. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Fran’s memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.



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