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Batavia - Rosemary Ladd-Scopano, age 81, of Batavia, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

She was born June 2, 1937, in LeRoy, a daughter of the late Anthony and Carmilla Pergaliggi Steffanilla.

A member of St. Mary's Church she enjoyed playing Bingo, her crossword puzzle books and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Bruno J. Scopano, passed away on June 19, 2008.

She is survived by her children; Debra (Anthony) Licata of Batavia and Harold D. Ladd of Olean; four grandchildren;  Angela Licata of Batavia, Anthony (Misty) Licata of Alaska, Michael (Angie) Licata of North Carolina and Nicholas (Heather) Licata of Holley; nine great-grandchildren; Amanda, Brandon, Tyler, Randi, Cherish, Mariah, Faith, Dylan and Vincent; her great-great-granddaughter; Adalynn Rose; her sister; Fran Cole of Batavia and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister, Mary Osburn.

There will be no visitation. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia.

mcgiveron.jpgRICHARD L. McGIVERON ~ Age 82, of Batavia, died Thursday May 16, 2019 at his home while under the care of his loving family and Hospice. Richard was born in Batavia, NY on February 19, 1937 to the late Leslie and Luella (Meiser) McGiveron also preceded in death by a sister, Sharon Brenkus.

Mr. McGiveron was retired from Batavia Metal Products where he was a Foreman Tool & Die maker. He had a passion for motorcycles loved to ride. He enjoyed the outdoors and often found tinkering in his garage.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Joann (Thornley) McGiveron of Batavia; loving children, Richard T. (Lynn) McGiveron of Akron, Jeffrey (Maryann) McGiveron of Basom, Gregory (Lynette) McGiveron of Basom; cherished grandchildren, Jamie (Steven) Wasielewski, Danielle (Timothy) Dosch, Daniel, Andrew, Shawn, Morgan & Taylor McGiveron; 7 great-grandchildren; special cousin, Lois Brockway along with many nieces and nephews.

The McGiveron family will be present from 3–7p.m. on Tuesday May 21, 2019 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where a Celebration of Life Service will immediately follow. The family requests memorials to HomeCare & Hospice, Inc. 29 Liberty Street Suite #6 Batavia.

Please share your words of comfort with the Richard’s family at www.tomaszewskifh.com or for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.


american_flag.jpgNORMAN W. BEHRENS ~ Age 97, of Batavia, formally of Battle Creek, MI, died peacefully Sat. May 4, 2019 at the New York State Veterans Home @ Batavia. Norman was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Margaret (Spaulding) Behrens.

Norman served honorably during WWII with the Army Air Corp and was always extremely proud to have served his country.

Surviving is his loving son, Peter (Barbara) Behrens of Hamlin, NY and their children Mark and Scott Behrens.

Please gather 11a.m. Fri. May 24 at Bath National Cemetery for graveside services and Military Honors. In lieu of flowers memorials to donor’s choice.

Please share words of comfort with Norman’s family at www.tomaszewskifh.com or for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.


John Jay Hodgins of Batavia NY passed away at peace on Friday, May 17,2019.  John was a creative, energetic and deeply generous person who was first and foremost a husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. John was born in Basom NY on December 12, 1931.  He was a printer, sign painter, and entrepreneur who founded Batavia Press, Hodgins Printing, Hodgins Engraving, papersigns.com, and John’s Studio.

John contributed in many ways to the community.  He served 8 years on the Batavia City Council and 8 years on the Genesee County Legislature.  He was a former member of the Oakfield Lions Club, a Director on the Richmond Memorial Library, and a Director of the Genesee County Baseball Club.  John was also a member of Batavia Society of Artists, serving as the treasurer and president.  

John was an artist.  John had many shows of his work locally and taught painting workshops in Maine and Florida. He authored and published four books.  John hiked most of the Appalachian Trail, ran four marathons, and was a fan of the Batavia Muckdogs.

John is survived by his wife of 67 years,  Mary T (Paul) Hodgins, and six children,  Joyce (John)  Dwyer of Venice FL, Daniel (Joan) of Syracuse NY, Robert  (Mary Lu) of  Alexander, Holley of Saratoga Springs NY, Janice (Paul) Spiotta of Batavia and Michael of Batavia. John and Mary are also blessed with thirteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. John was predeceased by his parents, Ora and Velma Hodgins and his sister, Mary (Hodgins) Hubbard.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 3 to 7 PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020. An 11:00 AM Funeral Service will take place on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Morganville United Church of Christ, 8466 Morganville Road, Stafford, NY 14143.  

The family wants to express their deep gratitude to the wonderful staff at The Grand Health Care Center. Their professionalism, care, and kindness helped John and family in his final two years.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Morganville United Church of Christ or Genesee County Volunteers for Animals, 3841 West Main Street Road, 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 - Ruth E. Lewis, 94, of Batavia, passed away on Sunday, March 31, 2019, at The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center in Albion.

Ruth was born September 25, 1924, in Lockport, a daughter of the late William and  Edna (Brooks) Cornell Hofert.

She was a sales clerk for the former W.T. Grant Co. in Batavia and lived in Washington Towers for 23 years.  She enjoyed playing BINGO.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda (Sam Williams) Rindell of Corfu, 2 sons, Keith Lewis of Batavia and Richard (Diane) Lewis of Pavilion; a daughter-in-law, Mary Lewis of Stafford; a brother, Donald (Norma) Hofert of Lockport; 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.         

She was predeceased by her husband, Howard W. Lewis; a son, Walter Lewis; a daughter, Karen Rindell; a son-in-law, Richard Rindell; a brother, Kenneth Cornell and 4 sisters, Joyce DeMarco, Mary Briggs, Edna Schwertferger and Betty Farina.

Service will be held at 11 am on Friday, May 24, 2019 at Maple Lawn Cemetery, 10424 Bethany Center Rd in Bethany.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ruth's memory may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.  Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 E. Main St., Batavia.  Please leave a concolence, share a story or light a cancle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.


HUTCHINSON, MN - Linda R. Krogh, 70, of Hutchinson MN, passed away Friday, May 10, 2019, at her home in Hutchinson. 

When Linda Ruth Olsen was born in Sharon, Connecticut on August 8, 1948 to Odmund and Evelyn (Hale) Olsen, the world gained an exuberant, charismatic, witty, and compassionate soul.  Linda had a love of learning and pursued education throughout her life.  She was Valedictorian of her 1965 graduating class at Oakfield-Alabama Central (New York) high school.  Linda went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a minor in Linguistics from the University of Minnesota, graduating Magna Cum Laude in December 1970.  After nearly a decade of enriching the lives of youth by teaching students in both remedial and gifted classes, Linda earned a Master’s degree in Counseling from St. Cloud State University (Minnesota).  She went on to become a high school counselor and spent the second half of her career as a licensed psychologist providing mental health counseling to children, teenagers and families.  Linda also utilized her vast experience and education as an adjunct professor in the Psychology Department of Crown College (St. Bonifacius, Minnesota). 

Linda loved traveling and spending cherished time with family and friends.  In addition to many trips throughout the U.S., she also had the opportunity to visit far off places including India, Italy, Israel, British Columbia, South Korea, and Norway (to visit the birthplace of her father).  As evidenced by the thousands of photos she took of family and nature, Linda enjoyed capturing memories throughout the years with her camera.  She also enjoyed seeing musicals, a good bargain shopping trip, a competitive game of scrabble, creating a beautiful home and playtime with children.  Linda appreciated the flowers of springtime in all their splendor, picnics in the summer and a walk on a crisp fall day with leaves rustling around her feet.  As winter approached, she focused all preparations on her favorite of holidays, Christmas.  The Christmas season was ushered in with a trip to the tree farm in search of the perfect Christmas tree.  There was only one variety that was a match, sturdy enough for all her magnificent ornaments… the blue spruce.  Another of Linda’s great traditions enjoyed by family and friends was her Christmas open house when she decorated her home in all the rich splendor of the holiday season and baked delectable delights.

Throughout the years, Linda lived out her devotion to Jesus by serving in his church.  She was a founding member of churches in Cottage Grove, Minnesota and Houghton, South Dakota.  Linda enjoyed visiting with her friends after church; she was often one of the last people in church on any given Sunday.  Her children have memories of falling asleep as she practiced piano on Saturday night in preparation for the church service the following day.  In addition to playing piano and organ for a number of churches, Linda was also an avid participant in an assortment of church and community choirs.  In fact, Linda met Jon at the Crow River Singers group and they later were married on January 14, 2006. 

Along with her husband Jon, Linda is survived by three children, Rachel Waldstein, Daniel Waldstein (Jessica) and Lydia Waldstein; a step-daughter, Christina Krogh (Daniel Pou); a sister, Amy (Joseph) Macaluso; two brothers, Rev. Erik (Cheryl) Olsen and Arnold (Pamela) Olsen; her first husband, Sam Waldstein; four grandchildren, Luke, Chloe and Benjamin Waldstein and Wilhelmina Pou; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends from around the world. 

Friends may attend services for Linda at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 25, 2019 at East Shelby Community Bible Church, 5278 E. Shelby Road, Medina, (East Shelby). Linda's brother, Rev. Erik Olsen will officiate. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Linda's memory may be made to Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047.  Local arrangements were entrusted to Burdett and Sanford Funeral Home of Oakfield.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.burdettandsanford.com.


Niagara Falls ~ James C. Johnson, age 55, formerly of Batavia, passed away Thursday morning (May 9, 2019) at the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

     He was born December 3, 1963 in Winter Haven, FL, a son of Annie Hatcher Johnson and the late Richard Johnson.

     James or "J.C.", as he was known by his family, will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and uncle.  He was very good at hands-on tasks and construction work.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was a die-hard Oakland Raiders fan.  He will be sadly missed by all that knew him.

     He is survived by his loving wife, Charlene Kanner Johnson; his children, Sarah Lockhart, Katrina Johnson (Ronnie), Latoya Johnson, Jovon Johnson (James), Patricia (Dyquann) Tucker and Cedric Carpenter; his mother, Annie Johnson;  his siblings, Willie Mae Fields, Annette (Ralph) Black, Richard Johnson, Patricia Johnson and Cornelius (Keyonna) Johnson; his aunts, Ruth Stinson and Minnie Lee Rolle; 17 grandchildren, along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

     In addition to his father, he was predeceased by his son, Quincey Carpenter Johnson in 2012.

     Family and friends may call on Saturday, May 18 from 11 AM - 12 PM at the Emmanuel Baptist Church, 190 Oak Street, Batavia, NY, where his Celebration of Life Service will begin at 12:00 PM.  Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery.

     Memorials are suggested to the family to assist in establishing education funds.

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

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

cherry1.jpg  James B. Cherry, 78, of Oakfield passed away peacefully with his family by his side on May 14, 2019 at Strong Memorial Hospital. He was born on September 5, 1940 in Batavia to the late Bernard and Dorothy (Gilliat) Cherry. In addition to his parents, James is predeceased by his brother; Thomas Cherry.

James worked for many years as a maintenance man at Batavia Metal Products. He enjoyed rebuilding and driving antique Jeeps. James loved fishing and spending time at the cottage on the lake.

He is survived by his loving wife; Ethel V. “Sue” Cherry; children Kirt (Sue) Cherry of Churchville, Deborah (Mike) Adams of Pavilion, Tamela Hoffman of Liverpool and Pamela Cherry of Jacksonville, FL.; brothers Robert (Sharon) Cherry of Gasport, Daniel Cherry of Mogador; sisters Beverly (Edward) Earle of Lockport, Virginia (Robert) Roth of Mogador and Donna (Rick) Kimber of Middleport; 9 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Friday May 17, 2019 from 3:00-7:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A 7:00PM Funeral Service will immediately follow visitation at the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Palliative Care Unit at Strong Memorial Hospital 601 Elmwood Ave. Rochester, NY 14620. 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.

rachel.jpg Rachel Caitlin Lafferty, age 30, of Perry passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at her home. She was born in Warsaw, NY on April 13, 1989 a daughter to Gloria J. Altoft and Ray M. Lafferty.

Rachel was currently attending Genesee Community College studying to be a vet tech and was a shift leader for Subway Restaurant in Warsaw. She loved animals and spending her time out in the nature.

She is survived by her children: Natalie Burger, Mykel Burger and Noah Dumbleton, companion: Kyle Burger of Perry, mother: Gloria J. Altoft of Perry, father: Ray M. Lafferty of Perry, sister: Greta (Jason) Barnett of Greece, 7 brothers: Nathan (Nikki) Noniewicz of Belmont, David Noniewicz of West Springfield, Ma., Sean Lafferty of Perry, Brian (Toni Ann) Lafferty of Mt. Morris, Craig (Jessica) Lafferty of Pike, Chad Lafferty of Nunda, Paul Lafferty of Nunda, along with many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. She will be laid to rest in LaGrange Cemetery in Perry.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family. 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.

By Tim Bojarski for Batavia Downs

Longtime Western New York harness horseman John P. Cummings Sr. passed away on Saturday (May 11) after a lengthy illness. 

Mr. Cummings first got involved in harness racing in 1968 at the age of 22 through his brother-in-law Steve Flanigen. While working full time at both Trico Products and Bethlehem Steel (where he was a tradesman bricklayer) he started jogging and training horses with Flanigen and found what would soon become a lifelong vocation. 

He started out with a couple homebreds named Clippers Classic and Windjammer Munk and soon added overnighters like Don J and Jack Flood to build his stable. Then through his 42-year career he went on to train horse that included Pembroke Primo (1:55.4, $341,026), Mr. Casanova (1:53.2, $274,073), Cambestion (1:52.4, $184,892), Good Evening Smile (1:57.3, $89,219), Solitaire Hanover (1:53.2, $63,953), Pitch The Prez (1:54.4, $89,396) and New York Sire Stake winner Pass Now (1:55.2, $81,918). 

Mr. Cummings most notable horse was Arm And A Leg (1:54, $320,791) who in 2009 won 13 out of 39 starts and $86,000 to be named the Western New York Horse of the Year in a ceremony held at Batavia Downs. 

Over the years Mr. Cummings amassed 3,779 training starts with 731 wins, 574 seconds and 466 thirds and earnings in excess of $1.8 million. 

Although he did also drive, it wasn’t too often. Early on he used Flanigen who had more experience in the bike, and then later he had several more viable options that provided him the luxury of staying solely in the jog cart. You see Mr. Cummings is not only known as a trainer at the track, he also has the distinction of being the patriarch of one of the largest family of drivers in New York State. Four of his five children were boys who were brought up in the business since they could walk. 

John Cummings Jr., Tony Cummings, Todd Cummings and Kevin Cummings were taught the ropes by their father and have all been training and driving since they were old enough to get their licenses. And now Todd’s son Kyle Cummings has made his grandfather proud by breaking out on the racing scene earlier this year with his first driving win.

All told, Mr. Cummings impact on harness racing through himself and his family has been 54,387 starts with 8,272 wins and over $38 million in earnings. That is a family tradition. 

Although his wife, children and horses were his primary passion, when Mr. Cummings had any free time he enjoyed playing cards and was also an avid bowler. He did roll a 300 game and proudly wore the ring he received indicating that milestone everyday. 

"Harry", as he was affectionately known by everyone, had an affable personality and the ability to make people laugh in any situation throughout his entire life and his presence will be sorely missed by all that knew him. 

John Cummings Sr. was the beloved husband of Lallah (nee Flanigen) Cummings; devoted father of John Jr. (Megan Wilson), Anthony (Barbara), Colleen (Tim) Gallagher, Todd (Tammy), and Kevin (Rhonda) Cummings; son of the late Edward and Dorothy (nee Pike) Cummings; loving brother of Edward (late Clara), Frank, late Dorothy "Snookie" and late Peter Cummings; cherished grandfather of 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; also survived by many nieces and nephews. 

Friends will be received on Tuesday (May 14) from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, 4199 Lake Shore Road (corner of Camp Road and Route 5) Hamburg, NY. A mass of Christian burial will be held Wednesday (May 15) at noon at Saint John Paul II Parish 2052 Lakeview Road, Lakeview, NY.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Donations and condolences may be left online at www.lakesidefuneralhome.com.




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