Local Matters

Recent comments

Community Sponsors


dbezon_daily_news.jpgDOUGLAS M. BEZON ~ Batavia

Longtime owner/operator of the Sunset Motel died peacefully Friday morning May 26, 2017 at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at the age of 73. He was born February 15, 1944 in Batavia, son of the late Joseph A. and Stephania (Mickey) Bezon also preceded in death by brothers, Joseph M. Bezon, Jr.,  Richard Bezon and sister, Monica Bezon-Rice. 

Doug was a US Army Veteran, a member of the Mercedes-Benz Club and enjoyed racing. In his younger years he enjoyed quarter-horses and sky diving, as his health declined he loved car rides and stops at Darien Lake. 

Surviving is his companion, Deborah Murphy of Batavia; brother, Eugene (Susan) Bezon of Elba; sisters-in-law, Edith Bezon of Byron and Joan Bezon of Florida along with many nieces, nephews, great-nieces & nephews and great-great nieces and nephews and his four legged companions, Brandy & Rosie. 

The family will be present from 2-4 & 6-8pm on Tuesday May 30 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where prayers will be recited 9:30am Wednesday May 31 followed by a mass of Christian Burial 10:00am at Ascension Parish; he will be laid to rest with his parents in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association, WNY Chapter 2805 Wehrle Drive Suite 6 Williamsville, NY 14221. 

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



tree.jpg Franziska Szafarski, 86, of Darien Center passed away peacefully on Friday May 26, 2017 at Crossroads House in Batavia. She was born in Romania on January 15, 1931 to the late Jan and Marie Lavrincik. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband of 59 years Jan Szafarski;  brother and sister in law Karol (Dorothy) Lavrincik.

Fran is survived by her nephews; Karol (Debbie) Lavrincik Jr., John (Ann) Lavrincik and Richard (Brenda) Lavrincik; niece Kathyrn (Tom) Lukasik and her loving friends Bernice and David Kopacz.

A special thank you to the Crossroads House for all of the loving care they provided to Fran.

Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday May 30, 2017 from 2:00-6:00PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011. A 10:00AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday the 31st at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church 10677 Alleghany Rd. Darien Center, NY. She will be laid to rest in Our Lady Help of Christians Cemetery in East Bennington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House http://crossroadshouse.com/ PO Box 403 Batavia, NY 14021. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visitwww.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.

battaglia.jpg Franklin J. Battaglia, 84, of Batavia passed away peacefully on Wednesday May 24, 2017 at Rochester General Hospital. He was born on December 19, 1932 in Batavia to the late Frank and Grace (Scamacca) Battaglia.

Frank served his country proudly with the United States Army. He was a member of the Swift Strike II platoon out of North and South Carolina, Checkmate II in Turkey, the 101st Airborne Division and the 81 Mortar Men 327th Infantry. Frank was a member at the VFW and also a Batavia City Councilman. He worked for many years at the NYS Veteran’s Home at Batavia.

He is survived by 5 children; Cheryl (Chris) Houle of Clinton, NY., Deborah (Nick) Kurylo of Fishkill, NY., Carol Battaglia of Medina, Katherine Battaglia of Medina and Frank Battaglia of Cary, NC.; his sister Rosemary Paige of SC.; 6 grandchildren along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be no prior calling hours. A 10:00AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday May 27, 2017 at Resurrection Parish (St. Joseph’s) 303 E. Main 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 the donor’s choice. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, NY 14020

Batavia - Roger A. Loos, 69, of Batavia, facilities manager at the Falleti Ice Arena in Batavia for 22 years, passed away on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Mercy Hospital, in Buffalo.

Mr. Loos was born June 19, 1947 in Lockport, a son of the late Albert and Jennie Sirline Loos.

A member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Roger was a member of the Independent Order of Foresters and American Legion Post No. 332. He enjoyed camping, gardening and woodworking. Roger loved being with his family and spending time with his great-grandchildren. He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War with the United States Army.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ella Moxham Loos, whom he married October 18, 1969; his children, Shannon Guiste of Batavia, Karen Loos of Marilla,  Michele (Jim) Lucki of Oakfield,  Jeffrey (Linda) Loos of Attica and Stacy Jouppi of Springwater; eleven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren; two brothers, Norman (Carol) Loos of Lancaster and Linus (fiancée Sue Griffin) Loos of Depew; his sister,  Carolyn (Ken) Barber of Mississippi and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Tuesday from 4 to 9 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 31 Washington Avenue, where funeral services, along with full military honors, will follow at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to St. Paul Lutheran School Tuition Fund, 31 Washington Avenue, Batavia, New York 14020. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Roger’s memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

strollo_daily_news.jpgBARBARA B. (SCHUMACHER) STROLLO ~ Batavia

Dear Meema—Born May 17, 1929 in Kitchener, Ontario, daughter of the late Victor and Aileen (Keough) Schumacher. On May 21, 2017, four days after her 88th birthday, she excused herself from this life. Patsy, her beloved husband for more than a half century, has been sitting in the car for six years, waiting for her to get ready so that he can drive her uptown. He’ll take her to visit all those she loved who have left this world before her, Bobby, Leo & William Schumacher, Frances Cinquino, Marie Racine, Jewell Kipfer, Katherine Schumacher along with her precious granddaughter, Michelle.

Mrs. Strollo was a member of the former St. Anthony's Church, its Altar & Rosary Society and the St. Anthony's Home School Association, as her children grew she spent many years as the "Lunch Lady" at the school.

She was the axis of her family; the single, sturdy point around which they revolved. She was strong enough to hold all together. Now, her family is held together by the memories of her spirit; memories of her genuine laughter when teased by her sons, of her warmth when grandkids melted into her hugs, and of the competitive (even ruthless) card playing and crokinole skills. But the one memory that united all of her family was her joy of cooking. Her love language was food; in every cookie she perfected, every pie she crafted, every ravioli she mastered, love was there, unpretentious and authentic. These memories have sustained the family through the difficulties of the last decade. Now that she has left this world completely, these memories will continue to carry them forward. Sleep with the angels, Meema.

Surviving are her six loving children, Therese (Len) Hanel of Grand Island, Patrick (Sharon) Strollo of St. Louis, MO, Marie (Stacey) Thompson of Batavia, Tom (Donna) Strollo of Chicago, Mary Ellen (John) Kososki of Spencerport, and David (Judy) Strollo of Peekskill, NY; sister, Pat (William) Wunder of Kitchener; sister-in-law, Lucy Bucciferro of Batavia; brother-in-law, Joseph Cinquino of Batavia, sixteen grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews survive.

The Strollo family invites all family and friends to join them in celebrating mom's Mass of Christian Burial 10:00am Tuesday May 23 at Resurrection Parish (St. Mary's Site) followed by her burial alongside Patsy in St. Joseph's Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorials will greatly appreciated to, LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home 10 Munson St. LeRoy, NY 14482 or Notre Dame High School 73 Union St. Batavia, NY 14020 for the: Patsy & Barbara Strollo Scholarship Fund.

Please share your thoughts, prayers and fond memories with the Strollo family at www.tomaszewskifh.com



LeRoy/Batavia - Louis G. O 'Geen, Jr., 95, of Batavia and formerly of LeRoy, died Friday (May 19, 2017) at the New York State Veteran's Home, in Batavia.

He was born January 4, 1922 in LeRoy, a son of the late Louis and Christina (Micelli) O'Geen, Sr.

Louis is a veteran, serving with the United States Navy.  He was a member of Resurrection Parish in Batavia and the Northwoods Sportsman's Club in LeRoy.  Louis enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching the Buffalo Bills and New York Yankees and worked at Louis G. O'Geen & Sons in LeRoy.

Survivors include his children, Roberta Svendsen and Bob O'Geen, both of Rochester; two grandsons, Brian Svendsen of Rochester and Erik Svendsen of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; five great-grandchildren, Anna, Alexandra, Brenna, Emily and Caitlyn; a sister, Lena Pusateri of Rochester and nieces and nephews.

Louis is the husband of the late Anna O’Geen, father of the late Richard C. O'Geen and a brother of the late John O'Geen.  

There are no prior calling hours.  Louis’s Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at Resurrection Parish, St. Mary’s Church, 18 Ellicott Street, Batavia. Burial with full military honors will be in St. Francis Cemetery, LeRoy.  Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.   Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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




Batavia - Doreen M. Bogue, 61, of Batavia, a machine operator at Applied Business Systems in Batavia, died Wednesday (May 17, 2017) at United Memorial Medical Center.

Doreen was born April 22, 1956 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Bernard and Doris (Stringham) Twardowski, Sr.

Survivors include her children, Dawn Rattai, April Winspear and Shawn Bogue, all of Batavia; four brothers, Jeffrey Twardowski, Benny Twardowski, Michael Twardowski, all of Batavia and Stephen (Hyo) Twardowski of Washington; one sister, Fran (Art) Bowen of Batavia; seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Doreen is a sister of the late Patricia Conway.  

Calling hours are Tuesday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main St., Batavia, where services will be at 1:00 also on Tuesday.  Memorials may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance, Inc., c/o UMMC, 127 North Street, Batavia, NY 14020, or online at www.geneseecancerassistance.com/donate.

Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.




mcdanel.jpeg Ryan D. McDanel, age 34, of Perry, New York, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, May 15, 2017. Ryan was born in Rochester on February 5, 1983 the son of Jacqueline (Tuttle) McDanel and the late Douglas McDanel. Along with his father Douglas McDanel, who passed away in 2016 he is preceded in death by his daughter; Mallory Ryan McDanel, who passed in 2016 and grandparents; Raymond McDanel and Raymond (Helen) Hyland.

Ryan was a gifted, generous, compassionate man. He was a graduate of Perry Central School Class of 2001. After graduation, Ryan was a foreign exchange student in Finland through the Perry Rotary Club. He received his Bachelors of Art degree in glass blowing from Anderson University in Indiana in 2006. After graduating from Anderson, he traveled to China and South Korea, where he taught English. In 2014, he started his own business, Cooper Ingenuity. He had a knack for making vessels of light by combining steel and handmade paper. Above all forms of art, he especially loved creating large, original metal sculptures. Out of love for his precious daughter, he has made over 300 “Mallory Flowers”. Most recently, he mastered the art of painting. He was a member of the Baptist Church of Perry, where he was involved in working with the youth group. He was also an active and contributing member of the artist community in Wyoming County, including the being the resident artist for Shake on the Lake. He enjoyed working for the Adirondack Trail Crew, hiking, biking, running, skateboarding, and spending time with family.

He is survived by his wife Kimmie (Hill) McDanel whom he married on August 13, 2011; his mother Jacqueline McDanel of Perry, 2 sisters: Megan (James) Samaniego of Pomona, CA., Caitlin McDanel of Seattle, WA., his In-laws: Larry and Karlene Hill of Chili, sister-in-law: Kristin (Josh) Campbell of Gates, 2 nieces: Sage Helen Samaniego and Ellie Campbell, nephew: Clayton Campbell, and Grandmother: Ann McDanel, along with several Aunts, Uncles, cousins and friends.

There will be no prior calling hours. A 4:00PM Celebration of Ryan’s Life will be held on Saturday May 20, 2017 at the Perry Baptist Church 77 North Main St. Perry, New York 14530.

(In Lieu of flowers) Memorial contributions may be made to Children’s Heart Research Center at Strong Memorial Hospital, 601 Elmwood Ave. Box 631 Rochester, New York 14642. 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

cuttitta.jpg Anthony “Tony” Cuttitta, 67, of Attica passed away on Tuesday May 16, 2017 at the Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw.  He was born in Sicily on February 17, 1950 to the late Giovanni and Maria (Ardiri) Cuttitta.  

Tony immigrated to the United States from San Piero Patti, Sicily in 1965. He arrived in NYC, moved to Batavia, NY and then settled in Attica NY in 1972. Tony was an over the road truck driver and a successful restaurant owner for forty five years. Following in his father’s footsteps Tony loved animals and raised goats and sheep, making goat cheese and goat milk fudge. In his spare time he loved to garden. He was admired as a business man, for the love of his family, and for being a loving father, step-father, husband, sibling, friend and Nonno to his grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife; Heather Cuttitta of Attica; children John (Jennifer) Cuttitta of Lancaster, Anthony (Lisa) Cuttitta Jr. of OH., Nicholas (Carrie Leek) Cuttitta of Lackawanna, Michael Cuttitta of Geneseo, Lexi (John) Bick of Attica and Cody Wilkerson of Attica; siblings Angelo (Mary Lee) Cuttitta of MO., Joseph (Judy) Cuttitta of Attica, Antoinette (Tino) Camuti of Canada and Maria (Chuck) Foley of Batavia; grandchildren Jacob, Samantha, Gianna, Annalisa, and Karleigh along with several nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours and Funeral Services will be held privately for the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Attica Fire Department 11 Water St. Attica, NY 14011. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visitwww.marleyfuneralhome.com.Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.


mccarthur.jpg Stephen J. McArthur, 71, of Alexander, succumbed to cancer at his home surrounded by his family on May 16, 2017.  He was born on October 9, 1945, in Warsaw, NY, to the late John and Margaret (Meeder) McArthur.

“Are you ever going to amount to anything?”  Many are still searching for an answer to Steve’s favorite question. 

Steve was truly a selfless man who dedicated his life to his family—a loving husband to Donna his wife of 51 years; an exceptional father and role model to his two daughters; and an adoring grandfather to his grandchildren.  In order to spend more time with his family Steve retired from Norfolk Southern in 2006 after 42 years of service as a signalman in the railroad industry.  He was fortunate to turn his childhood love of trains into a career that he enjoyed every day and freely shared this passion with others.  In his early years, Steve enjoyed playing sports—baseball and wrestling.  He volunteered many years with the Tri-Town Youth Athletics as a softball coach and board member and mentored many young athletes.  Later, he would be his grandchildren’s biggest fan and would frequently be found watching them play sports, dance, sing, cheer, and play music—even if it meant a plane ride to get there.  Steve also enjoyed a good western movie (and a few bad ones), coin collecting, and a good debate.  Helping friends, extended family, and sometimes strangers was always a priority. Steve was a proud U.S. Army Veteran.

Steve is survived by his wife, Donna, daughters Wendy McArthur (Robert Moon) of Cumming, GA and Jenifer (Jason) Dean of Alexander; siblings Thomas (Glenda) McArthur of Valrico, FL and Judy (Keith) Rowe of Warsaw, NY; 5 loving grandchildren Devin, Lucy, Zachary, Cole & Margo, and many nieces, nephews and extended family.  He was predeceased by siblings Donald McArthur and Eileen Moyer.

A special thank you to Steve’s longtime friends and dedicated family members who never wavered in their support and to Homecare & Hospice of Genesee County for their care.

Visitation will be from 1:00 until 5:00 PM on Sunday May 21, 2017 at Marley Funeral Home, LLC 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011. Funeral Services will be at 11:00AM on Monday, May 22nd at the Funeral Home.  Steve will be laid to rest in the Railroad Avenue Cemetery in Alexander.

In lieu of flowers donations may be www.11daypowerplay.com/team/ Click on Jickster or Gateway Home, 91 Main St, Attica, NY. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visitwww.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.



Copyright © 2008-2022 The Batavian. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service

blue button

News Break