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Batavia ~ Philip J. Olverd, age 91, passed away Saturday afternoon (August 13, 2016) at the NYS Veterans Home in Batavia in the loving presence of his youngest son, Philip.

     He was born December 3, 1924 in Mt. Morris, a son of the late Joseph and Rose Gambino Olverd.

     He will be remembered as a very loving family man, who had an amazing sense of humor.  He also loved to play guitar, even though he could not read the music.

     He is survived by his sons, Joseph Olverd of Batavia and Philip Olverd of Pittsburgh; his daughters, Phyllis (Jack) Pata of Rochester and Rosalie (late Vincent) Pusateri of Avon; 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

     He was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Harriet Horton Olverd, his brothers, Russell, Joseph, Michael and Louis and his sisters, Frances Radesi, Virginia Plane and Rose Olverd.

     His family will be present to receive friends on Tuesday, Aug. 16 from 10 ~ 12 at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel LLC, 4120 West Main St. Rd., Batavia, where services will be held at 11:45 AM.  Interment in the Mumford Rural Cemetery will be private.

 

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Batavia - Merle G. Quinn, 78, of Batavia, a Surgical Technician at Wyoming County Community Hospital, died Friday, August 12, 2016 at United Memorial Medical Center, in Batavia.

Mr. Quinn was born February 4, 1938 in Batavia, a son of the late Thomas and Ninabel (Merle) Quinn.

He served with the Air Force, Marine Corps and the Navy from 1956 to 1972 and was trained as a medic stationed in Libya.  He coached and played softball with the Baptist Church in Attica and was an avid bowler in many local leagues.

His wife, Marlene M. (Austin) Quinn, died October 7, 2015.

Survivors include 4 children, Shawn M. Quinn (H. Bruce Henning) of Hemlock, Lisa (Ronald L.) Worthington and Timothy A. Quinn, both of Batavia and Kevin L. (Tanya) Quinn of Alden; 6 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews. 

He was the brother of the late Patrick Quinn, Bruce Quinn, Thomas E. Quinn, Ann Wilchak and Mary E. Quinn.

Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at H.E. Turner & Co., Funeral Home, 403 E, Main St., Batavia, where services will immediately follow at 11 a.m.   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Batavia VA Medical Center, 222 Richmond Avenue, Batavia, NY 14020.  Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Batavia.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

peterb.jpg Peter Barone, 97, of Batavia died peacefully on Thursday August 11, 2016 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on April 21, 1919 in San Giuseppe Lato, Sicily, Italy to the late Antonio & Margherita (Inalzata) Barone.  He predeceased by his wife Tanina, who passed away in 2011 after 60 years of marriage along with five brothers and three sisters.

He was an avid gardener, best known for his hundreds of tulips. A carefully tended vegetable garden yielded an abundance of fruits and vegetables which he generously shared with friends and neighbors.  His fig tree was one of his most prized possessions. A member of the Italian Air Force during WWII he recounted many stories, his favorite being those of Mussolini that one will never read in a history book. Peter married Tanina DiPiazza in September 1950 and immigrated to the U.S. in 1951. He attended Angela Branciforte’s citizenship classes where proudly became a U.S. citizen. His culinary skills and love of cooking filled the home with the aroma of spaghetti sauce, bread, pies, etc. After retirement from LeCesse Construction he enjoyed many years of traveling, most often to visit relatives abroad.  As a long time member of Resurrection Parish (St. Mary’s Church) he was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus and Monsignor Kirby’s group, a very devout Catholic with special prayers to the Blessed Mother. He will be greatly missed at weekly Sunday dinners where a place left vacant at the table will be filled by wonderful memories of him in his family’s hearts.

A special thank you to the visiting nurses, especially Shirley and Laura along with his caretaker Julie and her “little girl” Anna Maria who lovingly cared for him for many years.

Peter is survived by his devoted daughter and son in law; Marguerite and Epi Badami as well as the joys of his life, grandsons; Vinnie, Peter and Michael Badami.  Additionally his “granddaughters” Crystal and Lexia Davis who full filled his desire to remain in his home for the past five years.

There will be no prior calling hours. Family and friends are invited to a 10:45AM Mass of Christian Burial that will be held on Saturday August 13, 2016 at Resurrection Parish (St. Mary’s) 18 Ellicott St. Batavia, NY 14020. He will be entombed in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum in Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance 16 Bank St. in Batavia, Crossroads House 11 Liberty St. in Batavia or Roswell Park Cancer Institute  Elm and Carlton Streets Buffalo, NY 14263 (where he was successfully treated and became a cancer survivor for over 40 years). 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

Janet T. Potts Janet Timmens Potts loved to read about Winston and Clementine Churchill; she loved to sing “Ava Maria” at mass and show tunes around the house; she loved to dote on her cats, dogs and Koi; and she loved to sit out back and talk about life with any of her four children. 
Alzheimer’s would steal these pleasures and more from her, and ultimately the disease would also rob her of her life. The Batavia native died May 28 in Louisville, Ky. She was 82. 
A graveside service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at St. Joseph Cemetery. It was her wish to be “taken home” and buried beside the graves of her beloved parents, Thomas W. and Margaret Timmens, nee Bermingham. 
She was born May 6, 1934, in Batavia and grew up in a quaint green and white house on tree­lined North Lyon Street. Janet liked to reminisce about gregarious evenings of songs and stories sung and told by uncles, aunts and cousins. Raised Catholic, Janet had a beautiful singing voice that would dominate every mass she attended. Often her father would try to rein her in with a tap and a “shush.” She also enjoyed playing the piano and singing Broadway hits as she puttered around the house or garden. 
Janet was fiercely proud of her Irish heritage and a highlight of her life before the Alzheimer’s took hold was visiting Ireland with her beloved cousin, Barbara Lombardi. When Janet’s sister, Mary Beth Mahar, researched the family’s genealogy she had the dubious duty to report that the family may also have some German blood. Janet’s normally inviting and beautiful blue eyes turned steely upon hearing this, and she steadfastly refused to acknowledge her sister’s findings. Janet would be the first to say she had a blessed life. But her life also knew struggle, and one of the reasons she was so respected and loved was her resolve to overcome those struggles. 
After graduating from Batavia High School, she moved to New York City to work and perhaps find fame with that voice. When asked, she never really could explain why she went, other than youthful wanderlust. She soon moved back to Batavia, though, and met Richard J. Ross. In 1954 they married and settled in a duplex on Main Street. All four of their children were born at St. Jerome Hospital. Job transfers, however, would move the family to Frewsburg, N.Y., Johnstown, Pa., Buffalo, and finally to Louisville. All the while, though, Janet and her family would regularly return to Batavia to visit with family and vacation at Godfrey’s Pond and Horseshoe Lake. While living in Louisville, her marriage ended in divorce. She considered moving back to Batavia, close to family and friends, but decided it was best for she and her children to stay put. She went back to school, studying into all hours of the night, only to learn upon graduation that the school was not accredited. This nearly broker her, but she found work at Duncan Wallcovering, which offered her stability and a new cadre of friends. 
It was her role as a mother, however, that she found most fulfilling. She was fiercely protective of her brood. She had a “mama bear” side to her, and when her children hurt, she felt it to her core. Usually a card would show up in the mail, full of wisdom, advice and prayer. Her favorite word was “moxie,” and she used it when she wanted to instill in her children the drive necessary to overcome life’s struggles. 
She was immensely proud of her children, who all went on to school and made careers and started families of their own. Janet had remained single all these years, but in 1995 she married Joe Potts, co­owner of Minish & Potts Florists and they settled in the house where she raised her children. 
The symptoms of Alzheimer’s started with little compulsions, such as continually rifling through her purse or folding the same clothes over and over. She would see figures — often her father — in the clouds. Eventually, she no longer recognized her children. Faced with health and safety concerns, her children made the heart­breaking decision to place her in an Alzheimer’s unit so she could receive proper care. She lived there for three years, the Alzheimer’s completely stealing her mind, beauty and memories. In late May she caught pneumonia, and while in hospice peacefully died. Her family was able to gather by her. 
In addition to her husband, survivors include her children: Juli Starowitz of Louisville; Stephen Ross of La Grange, Ky.; Thomas Ross of Danbury, Conn., and Lori Palmer of Knoxville, Tenn.; a sister, Mary Beth Mahar of Chichester, N.H.; eight grandchildren; several great­grandchildren; a niece and nephew; and several cousins. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090­6011, or visit www.alz.org

 

Beulah A. Burrows, of Stafford­, NY passed on August 7th, 2016 at the age of 94 surrounded by her loving family, at the Eastside Nursing Home in Warsaw. Beulah was born on September 10, 1921 in Pike, NY to Stanley and Bessie (Davis) Waite. She is predeceased by her husband Paul A. Burrows her longtime companion Herb McCaffery, (Luke’s Companion Betty Palmer), sons in law Douglas Ernst and Albert Lyons, her siblings Elsie (Wayne) Pendergast, Geraldine (Willis) Hopkins, Velma (Howard) Cleveland, Norman & Elmer Waite. She is survived by her daughter Ellen Lyons, of LeRoy, son Paul “Luke” Burrows of Warsaw, 4 Grandchildren Lance Burrows of Japan, Leonard Burrows of California, Larry (Tawnee) Burrows of Texas, and Jason Ernst of Stafford, 4 great grandchildren and the McCaffery grandchildren, sisters in law; Dorothy Waite Kelly, Julia Waite Straub & Mary Burrows. 
She retired from the Batavia VA in 1987. Beulah had a zest for life. She enjoyed dancing, traveling, and wintered in Texas and Florida for many years. She enjoyed storytelling and having fun with her family and friends. Her favorite place and fondest memories will always be the time she spent on her “Pike Island” in The Thousand Islands. 
Friends and family may call on Thursday 4­-7PM at the Cameron Brady & Steuber Funeral Home Funeral, 111 Wolcott St., LeRoy where her Funeral service will be held at 10AM Friday. Interment at Machpelah Cemetery LeRoy. 
Memorials may be made to The Stafford United Methodist Church, 6134 Main St., PO BOX 819 Stafford, NY 14143 or St. Jude Children’s Hospital 501, St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105. To Share a memory or a condolence visit Leroyfuneralhome.com 

 

camoflag.jpg Frederick W. Roll III, 60, passed away on August 3, 2016 at his home in Attica surrounded by his family. He was born in Buffalo to the late Frederick Roll II and Marianne (Schnell) Roll. He is predeceased by his wife Shelly Roll and brother Dennis Curry.

Fred grew up on Bailey in Cowlesville. He attended Attica school, GCC, and UB. He joined the US Army in the 70's and was a Tank Turret Repairmen, serving for 2 years. He was honorably discharged with a Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and Marksman Badge.  He was very hard worker and there wasn't anything he couldn't do.  He had an amazing girlfriend of 14yrs Patrice Scroger. Who has two sons Tim and Jim. They were his extended family and he loved them as his own. He always had a smile and will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

He is survived by his significant other Patrice Scroger of Attica; step mother Genevieve Curry; children Frederick (Sarah) Roll IV of Warsaw, Howard Roll of Oakfield and Gail (Jason) Roll-Thompson of Attica; siblings Gary and Michael Degroot of Cowlesville, Dave (Deb) Curry and Louis (Cathy) Curry both of Portageville, Earl (Darlene) Roll of GA, William (Jen) Roll, Nathan (Julie) Degroot and Rodney (Stephanie) Degroot both of Cowlesville, Bernadette Roll of Newstead, Chuck (Sandy) Curry and Karl Curry of NC; grandchildren Haley, Alexa, Kaleb, Clayton, Fiona and Hazel.

There will be no prior calling hours.  A 10:00AM Memorial Service will be held on Saturday August 13, 2016 at Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.  Interment will be held privately for the family.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society http://www.cancer.org/  or the Veterans Outreach Center http://veteransoutreachcenter.org/  447 South Avenue, Rochester NY 14620.  For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main St. Attica, New York 14011.

Batavia - Eric Fairbanks, 37, of Batavia, passed away on Friday, August 5, 2016 at United Memorial Medical Center.

Eric was born July 5, 1979 in Batavia, a son of Lester Fairbanks of Batavia and Judy Schoenthal Sanders of Batavia.

An avid fan of the New York Yankees, he loved spending time with his family; especially his nieces and nephews.

Surviving along with his parents are three brothers; Jeremy (Leah Kelly) Fairbanks of Batavia, Todd (Mary) Fairbanks of Bergen, and Brad Fairbanks of Batavia; grandparents, Lowell J. (late Elaine) Fairbanks of Batavia and Edwin (Sally) Schoenthal, both of Batavia; along with several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visiting hours for Eric will be held on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home 403 East Main Street, Batavia, where his funeral will immediately follow visitation at 4 p.m. He will be laid to rest in Grand View Cemetery, Batavia.  All are welcome to greet the family and share a time of fellowship at the V.F.W. Post No. 1602 at 25 Edwards Street, Batavia at 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.  To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Eric’s memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Dr. Gary E. Krolikowski, age 63, of Castile passed away on Friday August 5, 2016 at his home. He was born in Warsaw, New York on May 14, 1953 a son of the late Theodore F. Krolikowski and Adele (Wojtowicz) Krolikowski of Perry.  

Gary was a 1971 graduate of Perry High School, University of Potsdam, he received his masters degree at University of St. Lawrence and Northeastern University and his doctorate in Psychology at the University of Phoenix. He taught Psychology at Genesee Community College, Monroe Community College, Nazareth College, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY Brockport and retired from SUNY Geneseo. He received several recognitions through Who’s Who for his teaching of Psychology. He was a Co-author in a book in Psychology. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Church (St. Isidore’s Catholic Parish in Perry and a member of the National Diabetes Association. He enjoyed boating, cooking, canning, gardening, watching TV and walking the family dog Laddie.

He is survived by his mother Adele (Wojtowicz) Krolikowski; brother Robert Krolikowski of Troy; Aunt Betty Wojtowicz, along with many cousins and friends.

Family and friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 pm on Wednesday August 10, 2016  Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530. Prayers at the Funeral Home at 10:15AM will precede a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Isidore’s Catholic Parish (St. Joseph’s Church) in Perry on Thursday August 11th at 11:00AM. He will be laid to rest in St. Stanislaus Kostka Cemetery in Perry.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association 1701 North Beauregard Street Alexandria, VA 22311 or visit www.diabetes.org or to the Humane Society of the United States 1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037 or visit www.humanesociety.org. 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.

burns_paul_-_photo.jpgPaul Jerome Burns, 91 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Thursday (August 4, 2016) at Rochester General Hospital, with his family by his side.

He was born April 13, 1925 in Batavia, a son of the late Robert and Catherine (Fines) Burns.

After graduating from Batavia High School, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He stayed stateside during that time and was stationed as an aviation ordnance specialist at several bases throughout the country. After his discharge from the Navy, he worked for Bell and Howard, United Airlines, and finally at Bluebird/Empire Trailways Transportation (Rochester) for 33 years. During his career at Trailways, he worked as a charter bus driver and charter director working with groups ranging from the Boy Scouts of America, Rochester Americans Hockey, Kodak and the Buffalo Bills. After a career he loved in transportation, he retired as safety director of Trailways. As a bus driver, he logged over a million miles of travel across the United States and Canada. When not working, he traveled with his family and friends every chance he could. He was a member of the Glenn S. Loomis Post American Legion in Batavia and was a parishioner of Resurrection Parish. Paul enjoyed golfing, fishing and motorcycling in his younger years. Most of all he enjoyed his family and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Niedzialek Burns of Batavia. Daughter, Sandra J. Niedzialek – Burns of Dansville, NY. Son, Paul J. (Cheryl) Burns Jr. of Tucson, AZ. Grandchildren, Kristen (Joseph) Balonek of Rochester, Jaime (Carl) Catlin of Chittenago, NY, Benjamin Seekins of Batavia and Eleanor Kidder of Tucson, AZ. Also surviving are seven great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Neil Burns, William Burns and Robert Burns.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Monday (August 8th) from 5-8pm at the  J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, 9:30am at Resurrection Parish, 18 Ellicott St., Batavia. Burial with full military honors will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in the form of Mass Offerings to Resurrection Parish, 18, Ellicott St., Batavia, NY 14020. Expressions of condolence may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY 14020. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.

 

 

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Oakfield - John David Sisson, Sr., 66, of Oakfield, a welder and employee for 41 years at Dresser Rand in Olean, died Thursday, August 4, 2016 at his home, in Oakfield.

Mr. Sisson was born May 26, 1950 in Weston, WV, a son of the late George Edward and Bernadine (Hull) Sisson.

He served his country in Vietnam with the Marine Corp from 1968 to 1969.  He was former member of the American Legion in Allegany, NY and enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping.

Survivors include a son, John David Sisson, Jr. (Peggy Baine) of FL; a daughter, Tari Wilkosz of Oakfield; 2 grandchildren, Stevie Wilkosz and Frank Presicci, both of Oakfield; 3 sisters, Vonda Sisson of TN, Sandra West of Painted Post, and Anna Bressan of PA; a niece Shana Sisson; 2 nephews, Peter Caya and Mark Sisson. 

He was the father of the late Jason Duane Bradt and brother of the late George E. Sisson and Sharon Caya.

Friends may attend graveside services at 3:00 p.m., Friday, August 12, 2016 at St. Cecelia's Cemetery located behind St. Padre Pio Parish, St. Cecelia's Church, 56 Maple Ave. in Oakfield. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hansen Brothers Marine Corps League Detachment #95, 8960 Alexander Road, Batavia, NY 14020.

Arrangements were completed by Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Ave., Oakfield, NY.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.burdettandsanford.com.

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