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Batavia - Mr. F. Richard Grimes, 89 of Batavia passed away on April 19, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Grimes was born October 11, 1926 in Batavia, the only child of the late Francis A. and Dorothy (Merrill) Grimes.

Dick is survived by his loving wife, Mary Lou (Reigle) whom he married on May 12, 1956.

Mr. Grimes retired in 1992 after 44 years employed by the Genesee County Highway Department.  It was not far off the 47 1/2 years that his father, the late Francis A. Grimes logged with the city of Batavia Fire Department.

A longtime member of St. Joseph's Church, he was a member of the former Elks Club, Loyal Order of the Moose and St. Nicholas Club.  Dick was a member of Mighty St. Joe's Drum Corp since 1939.  He started playing horn and moved onto the baritone.  He also played with the Legion Corp and Brockport Grenadiers.

Dick served in the Philippine Campaign during World War II with the United States Army.  He was a member of the Veness-Strollo Post No. 1602 Veterans of Foreign War.

Dick had a deep love and passion for Fire Trucks.  Dick amassed a substantial collection of them over the years and took great pride in them.  He always had a story to tell and loved telling them to anyone who would listen.  Dick was a longtime patron of the Pok-A-Dot restaurant visiting on a regular basis.

Other survivors include:  Son, Gregory (Lois) Grimes of Oakfield: Daughters Colleen (Dave) Ronan of St. Cloud, Florida, Kathie (Chris Roberts) Grimes-Goras of Batavia. His grandchildren: Matthew (Molly) of Alexander, LS2(SW) Timothy S. Grimes, MCAS Cherry Point, NC; David (April) Ronan of St. Cloud, Florida, Daniel Ronan of Orlando, Florida, Megan and Nathan Goras of Batavia. His great grandchildren: Mae, Myles, and Maura and another Grimes baby due in early May 2016. Gunner and Gemma Ronan of St.Cloud, Florida.  Several Cousins, Nieces and nephews also survive.

Dick cherished all of his grandchildren, but he had a special bond with his only Granddaughter Megan. He loved visiting Disney World in Florida to see his favorite princess Snow White.

Friends may call on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia. His Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church, 303 East Main Street, Batavia. Burial, with full military honors, will be held at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Batavia. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials in Dick’s name to St. Joseph’s School, 2 Summit Street, Batavia, New York 14020 or to HomeCare & Hospice, 29 Liberty Street, Suite #6, Batavia, New York 14020.

talbot.jpg Marvin F. Talbot, 81, of Rochester, formally of Batavia passed away on April 19, 2016 at Unity Hospital in Rochester.  He was born on September 24, 1934 in Batavia to the late Edward and Dorothy (Buchman) Talbot. In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his loving wife, Nancy (Mellanthen) Talbot; brothers Bobby and Kenneth Talbot and grandson Douglas Wandtke.

Dad loved playing baseball and bowling when he was younger. He was a United States Marine Corps Veteran who was honorably discharged on November 13, 1961. He loved his family and missed his wife, Nancy after she died in 2013.  He loved spending time with family and friends. He was a kind and caring husband, father and grandfather who was always there to help everyone in his family. He will be missed deeply.

He is survived by his children; Theresa (Bob) Dearcop of Corfu, Kathleen (Cliff) Platek of Batavia, Marvin (Victoria) Talbot of Indianapolis, Lanny Talbot of Rochester, Jeannine (Jody) Balon of Attica; Brothers Melvin, David (Lori) and Harold (Jean) Talbot; sisters Carol (Arnie) Baker, Betty (Ronnie) Groff, Sandra (Howard) Brew and Elanor Kraus; 21grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Friday April 22, 2016 from 3:00 – 7:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. An 11:00AM Funeral Service will be held on Saturday the 23rd at the Funeral Home. He will be laid to rest in Grandview Cemetery in Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. 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.

knapp.jpg Franklyn M. Knapp, 85, of Batavia passed away on Saturday April 16, 2016 at New York State Veterans Home in Batavia. He was born August 3, 1930 in Auburn, New York to late John (Vera Greenizen) Knapp. Mr. Knapp is preceded in death by his beloved wife Noreen M. (Baudendistel) Knapp.

Mr. Knapp served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He worked as a Lab Technician for nearly 50 years retiring from United Memorial Medical Center. Mr. Knapp was a member of the Model Airplane and Model Railroad Club along with being a Gun Club member and also the Alexander Volunteer Fire Department.

He is survived by his son John Knapp of Batavia; daughters Patricia (Wayne Burgess) Knapp of Marcellus; Barbara Knapp of Auburn and step son David Merritt of Stafford; grandchildren Matthew Hawker, Chelsea and Aaron Holbein; a great-grandchild Austin Hawker and ex-spouse, Aletha Knapp.  

Family and friends are invited to call on Friday April 29, 2016 from 4:00-7:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.  He will be laid to rest in Glenside Cemetery, Wolcott, NY.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Batavia Homecare & Hospice 29 Liberty St. Batavia, New York 14020. 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.

lamkin_pic.jpgKAREN A. LAMKIN

Age 66, of Batavia, died peacefully Friday afternoon April 15, 2016 at Strong Memorial Hospital, her family at her side. She was born July 8, 1949 in Batavia, NY, daughter of the late Nicholas and Sara (Bucceri) Church also preceded in death by her husband, Frank Biegas. 

Karen was a member of Resurrection Parish and a self-employed hairdresser for many years. She enjoyed cooking, baking, trips to the casino and was an avid bowler. Karen was an animal lover, especially cats, a sports fan who followed the New Yankees, Buffalo Bills and Sabres. Her greatest joy was time spent with her husband, children and their families.

Surviving is her husband of 39 years, Richard Lamkin of Batavia; children, Candi Biegas of Batavia and her daughter, Alexis Warfle, Brandi (Joseph Barbato) Lamkin of Batavia and their son, Blake Barbato, Christine (Pete Gravante) Thornley and her children, Matthew Thornley and Christopher (Trish Smith) Thornley, Paul (Christine) Lamkin and their daughter, Rachael (Jessie) Weaver, Richard (Michelle) Lamkin and their children, Raymond (Amy Schmidt) Feldman, Ritchie & Nicholas Lamkin along with 2 great-grandchildren. 

The family will be present from 2-4 & 7-9pm on Tuesday April 19, 2016 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 April 20 followed by a 10:00am Mass of Christian Burial Resurrection Parish (St. Joseph's Site). Memorials in her memory can be made to the Genesee Cancer Assistance, Inc. 16 Bank Street Batavia, new York 14020. 

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

THE FAMILY OF KAREN A. LAMKIN IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK.

 

 

 

 
Lancaster -- Elizabeth "Betty" Tuchols Colby, 84, of Lancaster, NY (formerly of Corfu, N.Y.) died peacefully Wednesday evening (April 13, 2016).
 
She is survived by her daughters, Luann (Clark) Saunders, Allyson Carlson and Susan (Bruce) Pfalzer and was also the mother of the late Karen M. Graham. She is survived by her 11 beloved grandchildren and 11 greatgrand children.  Betty is also survived by her sister-in-law Audrey Tuchols and her nephews Joseph George and John George.
 
The youngest of four children born to Leo and Mary (Suraf) Tuchols, Betty was predeceased by her brothers, John “Jack” Tuchols and Robert Tuchols and by her sister and brother-in-law Mary and Joseph George.
 
Betty was a talented painter and a well-loved art teacher in Pembroke and Alexander, NY.  She was also an avid traveler and took her family on many memorable trips, all of which she photographed prolifically.  She loved to play bridge and golf.  She was inspired and independent and will be held in our hearts always.
 
Friends and family are invited to celebrate Betty’s life from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 17th, and from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 18th, at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., located at 4-6 Main St., Corfu N.Y.  A funeral service will be held from the mortuary at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 18th.

flag.jpgTimothy S. Slate, 61 of Batavia, passed away on Friday April 15, 2016 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born December 19, 1954 in Hamilton, New York to Jesse (Patricia Foster) Slate of Attica.

Mr. Slate worked at Agway in Batavia. He served in the United States Army from 1974-1977 and then the Army National Guard from 1977 to 1997. Tim loved rebuilding and working on his custom Harley Davidson. He enjoyed playing guitar and NASCAR.

He is survived by his beloved wife Shirley A. (Higgins) Slate of Batavia; daughter Brooke (Timothy) Eck of Batavia, granddaughter Aeryn Eck; siblings Bonnie (Chuck) Myers of Silver Springs; Karl (Sue) Slate of Batavia; Hope (Ed) Knapp of Alexander, along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday April 20, 2016 from 4 to 7 PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. Military Honors will follow calling hours at 7:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Genesee County Animal Shelter 3841 West Main St. Rd. Batavia, NY 14020. 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.

Batavia - Brenda P. Sumeriski, 61, of Batavia, passed away on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at the Genesee County Nursing Home.

She was born April 14, 1954 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Robert and Virginia Nephew Sumeriski.

An active member of City Church, Brenda loved being around her children and grandchildren. She was a fan of the Buffalo Bills and NASCAR. She will be remembered by her family as having a heart of gold who would do anything for anyone.

She is survived by her children, Desiree (James Wroten) Sumeriski, Eugene (Stephanie) Sumeriski and  Jamie (Joe) Soto, all of Batavia and Heidi and Donna of Attica; four brothers, Robert (Tracy) Sumeriski of Georgia, Jerry (Karen) Sumeriski of Rochester, Ronnie (Ann) Sumeriski of Batavia and Jacob (Lucille) Sumeriski of Warsaw; two sisters, Linda Lyons of Rochester and Ella Evans of Batavia;  13 grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She is predeceased by her brother Paul Sumeriski.

There are no prior visiting hours. Friends and family are invited to a Celebration of Brenda’s life on Monday, April 18th from 4 to 5 p.m. at The City Church Generation Center, Center Street, Batavia.  All are encouraged to wear the color green, which was her favorite, in Brenda’s memory. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mercy Flight, Inc., Flying Tigers - Buffalo Airport, 100 Amherst Villa Road, Buffalo, New York 14225-1432.  To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Brenda’s memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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

 

lbaronepic.jpgLAWRENCE M. "LARRY" BARONE

Age 90, of Batavia, died Sunday morning April 10, 2016 at Unity Hospital in Rochester. He was born November 16, 1925 in Batavia. He was the last of 11 children of the late Louis and Sara (Coticchio) Barone, also preceded in death by his siblings, Frank, Tony, Dominic, Phillip, James, Peter, Joe, Louis, Florence and Margaret Barone. 

Mr. Barone served our country honorably as a member of the U.S. Army during World War II. A devote catholic he was a lifelong member and usher of Ascension Parish (former St. Anthony's), where his parents were 1 of the 10 founding families of the parish. He was a member of the first graduating class of the former St. Anthony's School. Larry worked for 33 years at Dohler-Jarvis and in security at Batavia Downs, he was an avid bowler, New York Yankees fan and enjoyed the horses at OTB. He had a love for dancing, singing and was even known to do some karaoke, but his greatest joy was his wife, children, and grandchildren. 

Surviving is his wife of 62 years, Angeline (Calandra) Barone of Batavia; children, Frank (Teri) of Corfu and his children, Christopher and Jennie Barone; Suzan (Vincent) Pellegrino of Stafford and their children, Vincent Pellegrino, Nicholas (Erin) Pellegrino, Angelina (Matthew) Pellegrino-Wolff, Karen (Joshua Secondo) Pellegrino; Tina (Mark) Adams of Batavia and their children, Benjamin and Gloria Adams; great-grandchildren, Mira, Antonio, Dominic, Mikalina, Carmelena and Lorenzo; sisters-in-law, Josephine and Mary Barone both of Batavia, Mary Mogavero of Derby and Pat Calandra of Orchard Park along with many nieces, nephews, great nieces/nephews and great-great nieces/nephews. 

The family will be present on Wednesday April 13, 2016 from 4 - 8PM at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where prayers will be recited at 9:30AM Thursday April 14 followed by a mass of Christian Burial 10:00AM at Ascension Parish (Sacred Heart Site). Entombment will be in the Father T. Bernard Kelly Mausoleum at St. Joseph's Cemetery along with Military Honors and memorials in his memory are suggested to a charity of the donor's choice. 

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

THE FAMILY OF LARRY BARONE IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020.

James N. Grodem died unexpectedly, April 8, 2016, age 24; beloved son of Peter and Robin (nee Bish) Grodem; loving brother of Samantha Grodem; cherished grandson of Charles and Dorothy (nee Kula) Bish and Jane (nee Sugg) and the late Thomas Grodem; James will be sadly missed by many aunts, uncles, cousins, family and friends.

The family will be present on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. at the (Harris Hill Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 8440 Main St. (near Harris Hill Road), Buffalo, where a funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m.. Interment to immediately follow in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Corfu. Friends invited.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in James's memory to the Genesee County Mental Health Services at 5130 E. Main Street Road, Suite 2, Batavia, New York 14020. Share condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.

 

janebartzpicture.jpgBatavia – Jane Brotherton Bartz, 87, of Batavia, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Wednesday (April 6, 2016) in Batavia, NY.

Born in Warsaw, NY, a daughter of the late James and Nellie Jane (Chamberlain) Brotherton, she and her siblings grew up on their parents’ dairy farm in Warsaw. On August 21, 1948, she married Henry L. Bartz at the First Baptist Church in Batavia, NY.  They lived in the house he built on Bank Street in Batavia until their growing family moved to a small farm in the Town of Bethany. 

Jane worked at P.W. Minor Shoe Factory, retiring in 1991.  At one time she was active in the Batavia Women’s Bowling League, and in the 1960’s and ‘70’s she and Henry enjoyed square dancing with the Batavia Twirlers Square Dance Club.  They loved camping (especially in the Adirondacks) with their family and in 1983, Henry and Jane traveled to Israel for 3 weeks.  In 1991, with their new 5th wheel camper, they traveled across the United States and then in 2001 camped across most of the country.

Jane was such a loving and kind, patient and considerate person who was full of compassion.  She was always willing to help, always putting others before herself.  She will be so sadly missed by her family.  Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Henry L. Bartz of Batavia; her children, Steven M. (Penny) Bartz of Stafford, Duane M. Bartz of Henrietta, Sharon M. (Rod) Douglass of Castorland, NY, Timothy M. (Teresa) Bartz of Corfu, Shawn M. James of Batavia, and Julie M. Bartz of Prescott, AZ; nine grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Jane was predeceased by a daughter, Vicki Lynn Bartz, a daughter-in-law, Karen Bartz, brothers, Sidney Brotherton and Robert Brotherton and sisters, Ruth Brotherton, Elgie Frain, Katie Burdick, Doris Miller, Norma Bauer Turybury, and Eleanor Post. 

Calling hours are Monday, April 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Assembly of God Church, 24 North Spruce Street, Batavia, with Funeral Services immediately following.  Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery, Batavia.  Memorials may be made to the Assembly of God Church, 24 North Spruce Street, Batavia, NY 14020.

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 of Batavia.

 

 

 

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