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air_force.jpg David J. Gavlak, 62, of Perry and Syracuse, passed away at his home in Syracuse on February 22, 2016. David was born in Whitinsville, Ma. on December 27, 1953 a son of the late John J. and Regina N. (Petrovitz) Gavlak.

He was a graduate of Perry Central School. David entered the Air Force in 1972 where he made a career out of it retiring in 1993. He was stationed with the Air Force in many states including Alaska, California, and Nevada as well as being stationed in Iceland and Greece. He received many medals during his career including the Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters, Good Conduct Medal with five oak leaf clusters, Longevity Service Award Ribbon with three oak leaf clusters, along with many other medals awards and ribbons. He then started working VA Hospitals retiring on December 31, 2015 from the VA Medical Center in Syracuse where he was a surgical technician.  He was a member of the Perry VFW Post #5009 and a booster club member of the Batavia Muck Dogs. He enjoyed going to the Batavia Muck Dogs games, going to air shows, collecting model trains, photography, traveling, and hot air balloons, often traveling around the United States to balloon festivals where he would work with the chase crew. 

He is survived by 3 sisters: Karen (Douglas) Heiby of Perry, Mary Jane Gavlak of Snowflake, AZ., Gina (Russell) Flint of Warsaw, 2 brothers: Steven Gavlak of Warsaw and Michael Gavlak of San Fidel, NM, 2 nieces Devon Lee (James) Abejo and Julie Grills, 4 nephews: Timothy (Bridget) Gavlak, Derek (Heather) Heiby, Thomas and John Grills, 2 great nephews: Ethan and Trenten Gavlak along with several Aunts, Uncles and cousins.

There will be no prior calling hours. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday June 15, 2016. Service time to be announced. He will be laid to rest with Military Honors in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Perry.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675 or visit wounded warrior project.org/donate. 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.

Midwest City, OK- Dawn Christine Pehrson, 51, of Midwest City, Oklahoma, a certified nurse’s aide at Reliance Living Center in Oklahoma City, died Friday, February 19, 2016 at Alliance Health Midwest in Midwest. Ok.

Mrs. Pehrson was born January 29, 1965 in Sunbury, PA, the daughter of Ronald Dawson of AZ and Ruth (Weist) Dawson of Shortsville, NY.

She graduated from Genesee Community College

Survivors include her companion of 30 years, Raymond Chudoba of Midwest, OK; 2 sons, Chadwick Chudoba of Del City, OK and Joshua Pehrson of Batavia; 2 grandchildren, Isaac and Alexandra; 3 sisters, Tammi, Tina and Tanya; and numerous nieces and nephews. .

Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday at St. Joseph's Mausoleum, 531 Ellicott Street, Batavia. Arrangements were completed by H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home of Batavia. Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

brick1.jpg  Carmella D. Brick, 84, of Perry passed away on Tuesday February 23, 2016 at the Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw. She was born on October 5, 1931 in Arnprior, Ontario Canada to the late Paul S. and Auldia (Mallette) Dioguardi. 

Carmella is predeceased by her son Bruce A. Brick; grandson Bruce A. Brick Jr.; son in law Frank A. Spiotta; sister Ann Ochal and brothers Paul, Ronald and Steven Dioguardi.

Carmella was a long time secretary at Comstock Foods in Mt. Morris.  She enjoyed knitting, cooking and going to the casino, but above all else loved being with her family.

She is survived by her loving husband Jay L. Brick who she married in 1953; daughters Susan M. Spiotta of Batavia, Paula Parker of Perry and Sandra L. (Stephen) Chauvin of Twinsburg, OH; brothers Donald (Sally) Dioguardi of Byron and Brian (Maxine) Dioguardi of Batavia; a sister Carol (Henry) Lukas of Chaffee; 9 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call on Sunday February 28, 2016 from 2:00 – 4:00PM at the Eaton-Watson Funeral home, LLC. 98 North Main St. Perry, New York 14530. Prayer’s will be recited at 10:15AM at the Funeral Home on Monday February 29th prior to an 11:00AM Mass of Christian Burial that will take place at St. Isidore’s Catholic Parish (St. Joseph’s Church) in Perry. She will be laid to rest in Leicester Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Perry Emergency Ambulance P.O. Box 288 Perry, NY 14530. 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.

 

Stafford/Warsaw ~ Robert E. Roggow, age 68 of Fargo Road, passed away on Tuesday morning (February 23, 2016) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

     He was born June 20, 1947 in Batavia, a son of the late Ward and Mabel Graham Roggow.

     Bob was very proud of his service with the US Air Force, where he served as a weapons mechanic and weapons maintenance supervisor.  After his tour of duty, Bob went to work for IBM in Rochester as a computer technician for over 30 years.  He was a devoted member and past commander of the Batavia VFW Post 1602, as well as a member of the Batavia American Legion, the Vietnam Veterans of Amercia, the LeRoy Moose Family Center and the Perry Sportsmans Club.

     He will be sadly missed by his loving fiancée, Linda Morgan; his children, Pamela (Steven) Tiede of Painter, VA and Michael Roggow of Norfolk, VA; his sister, Roberta (John) Webb of Silver Springs; his brother, Herbert (Donna) Roggow of Warsaw; his grandchildren, Megan, Emily, Glory, Asher, Judah, Thomas and Noah; along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Arthur Roggow.

     Family and friends may call on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 2 ~ 4 P.M. at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19), LeRoy, where services with military honors will be held at 4:00 P.M.  Interment in the Warsaw Cemetery will be at the convenience of his family.

     Contributions in Bob’s memory are suggested to Batavia VFW Post 1602.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Bob’s family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

     Mr. Roggow and his family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy.  585-768-2400

miller_ruth_-_photo.jpgRuth M. Miller, 91 of Batavia, passed away on Sunday (February21, 2016) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York.

She was born March 16, 1924, in the Town of Wethersfield, New York, a daughter of the late William and Mabel Niver Rosborough.

Ruth was employed for over 30 years by the former Genesee Memorial Hospital in patient care being known for her steadfast dedication and kindness to all she served. Her caring nature continued with devoted care to her husband of over 60 years in the last years of his life.  She enjoyed travelling with her husband and spending time with family and friends far and near.

Survivors include her son, William H. (Cheryl) Miller of Batavia. Grandsons, Christian W. Miller of Williamsville and Adam J. Miller of Los Altos, California. Sister, Mary Rose Silliman of Corfu. Sisters in-law, Pauline Warner of Loveland Colorado, Veronica Miller of Oakfield, Ann Miller of Rochester. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harry F. Miller; brothers, Claremont Rosborough, Claude Rosborough, Howard Rosborough and sister, Dorothy Rosborough Miller.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Friday (February 26th) from 10:00am- 12:00pm at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY. A funeral service will commence at the conclusion of visitation at 12:00pm. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Genesee County Office for the Aging, 2 Bank 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.

 

 

Batavia - Rose J. Smith, 91, of Batavia, a secretary at the Genesee County Department of Social Services, prior to her retirement, died Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at Batavia Health Care Center.

Mrs. Smith was born July 6, 1924 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Bruno and Mary (Oldkowska) Sulimowicz.

She was a member of St. Cecilia's Church.

She is predeceased by 2 husbands, Frank P. Balonek, Sr. who died in 1969 and Howard J. Smith who died in 2007. 

Survivors include 2 sons, Frank P. (Sue) Balonek, Jr. of Elba and Leonard (Betty) Balonek of Elizabeth City, NC; 4 grandchildren, Valerie (Charles) St. John of Murray, Cynthia Sanfratello of North Chili, Jennifer Balonek and Kathryn Balonek, both of VA; 2 sisters, Lottie Borkowski of Rochester and Florence Salviski of FL; a sister-in-law, Betty Sulim of FL; 6 great-grandchildren Noah and Madelyn St. John, Jon and Leah Sanfratello, Jacob Foster and Jacob Carter; several nieces and nephews.

She is the sister of the late Sofie Matla, John Sulim, Joseph Sulimowicz, Anthony Sulimowicz and Leon Sulim.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Padre Pio Parish, 56 Maple Ave., Oakfield, NY 14125.  Private burial will be in St. Cecilia's Cemetery in Oakfield.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.burdettandsanford.com.

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.

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