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18.jpg  Regina Krause, 96, of Batavia, formally of Buffalo, passed away on February 22, 2016 at the Genesee County Nursing Home in Batavia.  She was born on August 14, 1919 in Buffalo to the late Walter and Magdalina (Pilarski) Borkowski. She is predeceased by her husband William P. Krause and a son James Krause.

Regina is survived by her daughter; Gloria (Lawrence) Brzoska of Depew; a son Mark Krause of Batavia and daughter in law Gail Krause of Hamburg; 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

There will be no prior calling hours.  A Memorial Service will take place at a later date. She will be entombed in St. Stanislaus Mausoleum in Cheektowaga.

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.

 

Donald, J. “Ping” Smith
LeRoy: February 21, 2016 at age 74. Predeceased by his son, Jeffrey Newland, parents, Charles and Doris Smith, brothers, Richard and Douglas Smith. He is survived by his wife, of 46 years, Jeanne Smith, son, Eric J. Smith of Providence, RI, daughter‐in‐law, Lori Newland of Fairport, two grandsons, Cooper and Ryder Newland; brother, David (Nancy) Smith of Tulsa, OK; sister‐in‐law, Elizabeth “Betsy” Smith of Dansville; brothers‐in‐law and sisters‐in‐law; several nieces and nephews; and many dear friends. Don worked as an Accounts Payable Manager at Jones Chemicals Inc., LeRoy for 37 years. He enjoyed golfing, and playing Billiards at the Oatka Hose Co., Inc where he was a social member. 

Friends may call Friday, February 26, 2016 from 5‐7 PM at the Cameron Brady and Steuber Funeral Home, 111 Wolcott Street, LeRoy. His Funeral Service will be held Saturday, February 27, 2016, 1 PM at the First Presbyterian Church, Main and Clay Streets, in LeRoy. A private interment will be held in the Spring. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Oatka Hose Co., Inc., 11 North Ave. LeRoy, NY 14482 or the First Presbyterian Church. To share a memory or leave a condolence please visit: www.leroyfuneralhome.com

eulenburg_richard_-_photo.jpgRichard "Dick" Eulenburg of Akron, longtime owner of Renn's Auto Parts and Service, Inc., died Wednesday morning, February 17, 2016 in Brother's of Mercy, Clarence. He was 86.

 Born in Lithuania, he lived with his extended family on their farm, where his grandfather also had a blacksmith shop. He attended middle school in Raseiniai, traveling several kilometers through the countryside by himself, staying with relatives during the week. He was fluent in Lithuanian, German, and later English, with a passable command of Russian and Polish.

In 1941, after the Soviet Union gained control over Lithuania, the family was forced to leave and made their way to Pomerania, where they stayed for about a year until Germany attacked the Soviets and occupied Lithuania, allowing those of German descent, the Lutherans, to return to their property. Unfortunately, their stay was relatively brief. In 1944, facing the reoccupation of Lithuania by the Soviet forces, the family packed belongings onto horse and wagon, and fled their homeland for good, beginning a long, arduous winter walk across Poland toward freedom. Along the way, Richard and an uncle were captured by a Russian roundup bound for Siberia, but he was able to escape and rejoin his family. His uncle was not so fortunate.

The journey ended at a refugee camp in Kiel, Germany. To make ends meet while living in the cramped quarters of the camp, Richard and an uncle purchased fresh fish, smoked them, and then inconspicuously transported the fish by train to inland cities to sell on the black market. Eventually, he joined the British Army in the Motorcade Division stationed in Germany, learning valuable mechanic skills. In 1950, relatives sponsored Richard and his mother's immigration to the U.S., settling in Buffalo, NY. After a brief stint working at an uncle's garage in Wrights Corners, he secured a full time job at Niagara Machine and Tool, while doing various odd jobs in his free time, and attending night school at Burgard, always looking to expand his skill set.

 After being laid off, in 1958 he and his step father started a vehicle repair facility in Akron, NY, adding a towing service and contracting for AAA until 1999. Soon after, they introduced an auto parts store to the mix. Tired of commuting from Buffalo, in 1965 he moved his growing family to a new house on 8 undeveloped acres in Newstead, bought a bulldozer, and proceeded to clear and level the hilly terrain himself. In the early 1980's he affiliated with the Carquest Auto Parts group. During his later years, he enjoyed "holding the stool down" and interacting with customers.

 While living in Buffalo, Mr. Eulenburg was an active member of German events at the International Institute, where he met his future wife in 1959. He was a member of the International Folk Dancers, performing ethnic dances throughout the area. An accomplished accordion player, he was always ready to entertain with song and music, and maintained is signature sense of humor right through his final days. After earning his private pilot license, he co-owned a plane in the early 1960's, and also enjoyed running his boat on the Niagara River and inland lakes. He is a former member of the Akron Rifle and Pistol Club, the Newstead Volunteer Fire Department, and St. John's Lutheran Church. Away from the business, Richard loved to get the tractors out and start a project.

Survivors include his devoted wife of over 54 years, Helga, two sons, Ronald (Anita) of Cincinnati, OH, and Darwin of Akron, two wonderful grandchildren, Scott and Hope, and his beloved four-legged companion, "Mr. Parker". A memorial service will be held at a future time at the family's convenience.

Expressions of condolence may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 JOHN ST., AKRON, NY 14001. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.

 

 

Batavia - Teddy Louges Behl, 32, of Batavia, passed away Friday, (February 19, 2016) at Strong Memorial Hospital, in Rochester following a lengthy illness.

Mr. Behl was born June 25, 1983 in Gallino, LA, the son of Fredrick Behl of Batavia and the late Deannia (Borne) Behl.

Teddy occasionally attended both City Church and St. Mary's Catholic Church both in Batavia.  He loved to watch movies and play his Game Boy.

Surviving along with his father are his siblings, Andre Behl of LA, Uriah Behl of Batavia, Jacob Yoeman of LA, Kirsten Yoeman and Mazzy Yoeman both of LA; aunts, Marge Behl and Patricia (James) Armstrong both of Batavia.

There will be no prior visitation and services will be held in Louisiana at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Genesee ARC, 64 Walnut Street, Batavia, New York 14020, Attn: Development & Community Relations Department.

Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main St., Batavia.

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

carnation_2.jpgCarolyn Schutze Featherstun Martin Wandryk, passed away  February 17th at the age of 80, at the NYS Veteran’s Home,  with loved ones near.

Carolyn grew up in Maplewood & South Orange, New Jersey and summered in Southold, Long Island, New York growing up, with her brother Steve. She loved Long Island, and teaching 3rd grade at Cutchoque East and Mattituck Elementary School for close to 30 years.  She loved spending time with children and always had a smile and chuckle recalling many beautiful stories. To this day her students remember the fun they had in Mrs. Featherstun’s Class and after marrying Jim Martin, Mrs. Martin. Her passion for teaching never waivered. Mom loved music and always filled our home with the sounds of the latest records she bought through the mail.  Besides family, teaching and music her other true love were her dogs.  Which she had many and loved dearly all her life.

After her beloved husband, Jim Martin, passed away, she relocated to Batavia, New York.  Here she was near her son Craig and wife Lori.  In Batavia, she was blessed with another chance at love with a very special man named Frank Wandryk, whom she married in 2003. This expanded her family by blending his daughter Debbie, husband Terry and son Jake and son Frank Jr., all whom she loved very much. Her son Bradley and wife Marianne and son Doug and wife Kim, although miles away were always with her in her heart. Mom was lucky enough to have many grandchildren CJ, Christopher, Sean, JD, Mariella and Alyssa, all who loved their Nana. She loved being a Grandmother and would light up when they were with her.  Mom, Nana, was loved and will be missed greatly. Her big smile and hearty laugh will be remembered always. 

There will be no prior visitation. Family and friends are invited to her Memorial Mass on Friday (February 26th) at 1:45pm in the Chapel of the New York State Veterans Home, 220 Richmond Ave., Batavia, NY.

Donations in her memory can be made to Volunteers For Animals, 3841 West Main St Rd. Batavia, NY 14020. Expressions of condolence may be shared with her 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.

 

 

johnny.jpg  Johnnie Brugman, age 78, of Perry passed away on February 18, 2016 at the Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw. Johnnie was born in Manhattan, NY on January 15, 1938 a son of the late Matias and Elba (Ronda) Brugman.  Along with his parents he is preceded in death by his siblings: Matias, Eddie, Arthur, Stella, Robinson, Caroline and Alice Brugman.

Johnnie enjoyed watching Western movies, listening to 1950’s music, looking at pretty ladies, his snacks, and going to work at the Silver Lake Day Treatment Center.

He is survived by his family and friends at the Perry ICF Home and at the Silver Lake Day Treatment Center.

Family and friends may call from 10:00-11:00am on Tuesday February 23rd at the Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main St. in Perry.  Funeral Services will follow at 11:00AM.  He will be laid to rest in Glenwood Cemetery in Perry.

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.

navy.jpg  Michael J. Dermody, 56, of Batavia passed away on Thursday February 18, 2016. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri on August 9, 1959.

Michael was a United States Navy Veteran.  He worked as a printer for Applied Business Systems Inc. in Batavia, which he loved.  Mike enjoyed riding his bike, once riding it all the way from Texas to New York.  He was very artistic and was an avid reader.

He is survived by his parents, Stephen (Joan) Dermody of Bergen; brothers Gregory Dermody of Le Roy, Timothy (Reba) Dermody of Sierra Vista, AZ and a sister Wendy (Chad) Caccamise of Batavia along with several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday February 23, 2016 from 4:00-7:00PM at the Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church 38 S. Lake Avenue Bergen, New York 14416 where a Funeral Service will immediately follow calling hours at 7:00PM.  Burial will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church 38 S. Lake Avenue Bergen, New York 14416. 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.

defazio.jpgCHARLES A. DeFAZIO

Age 69, of Florida, died peacefully Wednesday February 3, 2016. He was born November 25, 1946 in Batavia, NY, a son of the late Angelo DeFazio and Frances (Castronova) DeFazio residing at St. John's Home in Rochester. 

Chuck was raised in Batavia and graduated from Batavia High School, and he served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He studied Radiological Health technology in Ocala, FL and worked as a Radiation Protection Technician in the Nuclear Power Industry for over 30 years. Chuck was an avid outdoorsman, especially hunting and fishing which sparked his passion for being out on the open water. Always with a song in mind, Chuck was a well known karaoke singer and Frank Sinatra impersonator who often sang at the Valhalla Inn. He will be remembered for his "big heart" and larger than life personality, he will be truly missed by his family. 

Surviving along with his mother are his siblings, MaryAnn (Joseph) Refici of Rochester, Thomas DeFazio of FL and Jean (Scott Brown) Peca of Batavia; nephews, David (Loren) Refici, Joseph Refici; nieces, Jill (John) Kratz and Jaime Peca; great nieces and nephews, Kaylie, Kaitlin & Colin Kratz, Giada Peca, Trevor, Nathan & Zane Refici.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

 

There is no prior visitation, a Celebration of Chuck's Life will take place this summer in Batavia at a time and place to be announced. He will be entombed in the Monsignor Francis L. Schwartz Mausoleum at St. Joseph's Cemetery and in lieu of flowers memorials in his memory are suggested to a charity of the donor's choice. 

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

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

kowalczyk_joseph_-_photo.jpgJoseph F. Kowalczyk, 93 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Thursday (February 18, 2016) at the New York State Veterans Home in Batavia.

He was born May 4, 1922 in Batavia, a son of the late Aleksander and Wiktoria Kowalczyk.

Joe enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 and served on the troop transport U.S.S. Queens, carrying troops to the Philippines, Iwo Jima and then into Japan after the peace treaty was signed. He was honorably discharged in 1945.

After returning home, he worked at Massey- Harris and then moved on to GTE Sylvania, working 25 years prior to his retirement. He loved the outdoors, especially fishing on his boat with his nieces and nephews on Silver Lake and Lake Ontario. A few fishing trips to Canada with his friend Matty Wojtczak were among his fondest memories. He will be remembered by his family and friends for his willingness to help all and his gentle sweet sense of humor. 
He was a member of the Town of Batavia Fire Department, Polish Falcons, Veness Strollo Post 1602 VFW and Ascension Parish.

He was the brother of the late Adam, John, Edward and Stanley Kowalczyk.

Survivors include 9 nieces and nephews, Richard Kowalczyk, Anne Gales, David Kowalczyk, Judith Ellis, Ronald Kowalczyk, John Kowalczyk, Ed Kowalcyk, Julieann Homsy and Christina Kowalcyk. Also survived by 9 great nieces and nephews and 11 great-great nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Monday (February 22th) from 4-7pm at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia. His Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, 10:00am at Ascension Parish (Sacred Heart Church, Corner of Swan St. and Sumner St.). Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.

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.

 

 

LeRoy / Stafford ~ Grace W. Cooper, age 91, of E. Bethany-LeRoy Road, passed away Friday morning (Feb. 19, 2016) at United Memorial Medical Center.

     Mrs. Cooper was born November 14, 1924 in York, N.Y., a daughter of the late Lester and Edith Doane Ingalls.

     She will be remembered as the loving and devoted matriarch of her family.  Her grandchildren were her inspiration. She loved to go camping with them and watch her grandsons race.  She was a devoted member of the LeRoy United Methodist Church, worked at the LeRoy School in the laundry dept. and was the bookkeeper for Cooper Collision. Aside from her family, she enjoyed quilting, embroidery and working in her rose gardens.

     She is survived by her son, Ricky (Laurie) Cooper of Stafford; grandchildren, Denny (Shannon) Yauchzee, Ricky (Kelly) Cooper, Amy Cooper, Abbey (Dave) Cooper Wilson, Katie Bogan, Larry (Sarah) McLaughlin, Luke Yauchzee and Gavin Yauchzee; great-grandchildren, Katelyn, Tommy and Scott Cooper, Hanna, Brooklyn and Bailey Wilson, Taylor (Chris Parker) Yauchzee  and Cole Yauchzee, Will and Jonathan Bogan; great-great-grandchildren, Chloe, Xander and Marley Parker; sister-in-law and brother -in-law, Betty (Connie) Snyder of LeRoy, sister-in-law, Janice Cooper of LeRoy, along with several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband, Oliver P. Cooper Jr. in 2014, her daughter, Linda Yauchzee and 5 siblings.

     Family and friends may call on Monday from 3 ~ 7 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19), LeRoy.  Her funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 AM at the LeRoy United Methodist Church, 10 Trigon Pk.  Interment in Machpelah Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to either her family or to Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, NY 14021.

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

     Mrs. Cooper and her family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc.  585-768-2400

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