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Batavia - Chris Churchill Zastrocky, 66, of Batavia, passed away on Monday, January 20, 2020, at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Chris was born July 17, 1953, in Batavia, a daughter of the late Donald and Freida (Hale) Churchill.

Chris will be remembered as a loving mother who enjoyed spending time with her cat and dog and doing yard work.  She was a member of the Twins Club in Bergen.

Survivors include her children, Thomas Zastrocky, Jr. of LeRoy, Timothy (Jennifer) Zastrocky of Bergen, Crystal Zastrocky of Rochester, Todd Zastrocky of Byron, Adam (Katelyn) Zastrocky of LeRoy and Aaron Zastrocky of Batavia; two sisters, Vicky Churchill of Buffalo and Valerie "Charlie" (Jim) Northup of Byron; several grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Chris is the mother of the late Jason Sullivan.

Calling hours are Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield.  At the request of Chris's family there will be no funeral services.   

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Chris's memory may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

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

EAST BETHANY - Sath P. Dhanda, 39, of East Bethany, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, (January 19, 2020).

Sath was born April 6, 1980, in Warsaw, a son of Ann M. (Mullen) Dhanda of East Bethany and the late Dr. S. Paul Dhanda.

He was an avid sports fan and golfer.  Sath greatly enjoyed cooking, trivia, watching Jeopardy, and spending time with his nieces and nephews.

Surviving along with his mother are his brothers, Vijay (fiance Jullian Messina) Dhanda of FL, and Shan Dhanda of East Bethany; a step-sister, Dr. Paula (John Clark) Dhanda of CA; an aunt, Mary A. "Meme" Mullen of Batavia, uncles, Robert (Laura) Mullen of Batavia, Richard (June) Mullen of Byron, and William (Joyce) Mullen of Brockport; several nieces and nephews including Vijay P. Dhanda, Jr., Kyla Dhanda, Izabella Fantz, Amber Dems, and Jasmin Clark; a dear friend, Janet Polzin of Akron.  Many cousins also survive.

Sath is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Robert and Mary Mullen; and a nephew, John Paul Clark,

Friends may call from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia, where Prayers will be recited on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.  Sath's Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. from  St. Jospeph's Church, 303 East Main Street in Batavia with Rev. Thaddeus N. Bocianowski officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Batavia. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Sath's memory may be made to Notre Dame High School, 73 Union Street, Batavia, New York 14020. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

LeRoy ~ Peter A. Wyskiel, age 70, of West Main Street, passed away at home unexpectedly on Saturday, January 18, 2020.

     He was born December 20, 1949 in Manchester, N.H., a son of the late Joseph and Georgette Langlois Wyskiel.

     Peter will be remembered by his family as a loving husband, father and grandfather.  He was a proud veteran, having served over 11 years with the U.S. Air Force. He also enjoyed woodworking and photography.   

     He is survived by his children, Bryan (Sarah) Wyskiel of LeRoy,  Joshua (Melanie) Wyskiel of Caledonia, Tracy Moore (Brian Thornley) of LeRoy and Tim (Jennifer) Johnson of CO; 12 grandchildren; his sisters in law and brother in law, Joelene (David) Forrester, Barbara (Edward) Foley and Kenneth "Chip" (Christine) Smith II., along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Sharon Smith Wyskiel and his son, Steven K. Wyskiel.

     Family and friends may call on Saturday from 1 ~ 3 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road, LeRoy, where a sharing of memories to celebrate Peter's life will be held at 3:00 P.M. 

     The courtesy of no flowers is requested with memorials suggested to any veteran organization in Peter's memory.

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

Pavilion ~ Neva A. Hettrick, age 100, passed away Saturday evening (January 18, 2020) at the Highlands of Pittsford Living Center.

     She was born August 10, 1919 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Frank and Bertha Williams Harmer.

     Neva lived in Byron before moving to Pavilion in the 1930's, where she eventually graduated from Pavilion Central School in 1937.  She married James Hettrick in 1940.  She liked to travel, crochet and work around her flower gardens.  Neva worked for Kemp & Rudgers service station as a bookkeeper and was a part-time postal clerk at the Pavilion Post Office.

     She is survived by her nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband, James and her brother and his wife, Wesley and Ina Harmer.

     Services and interment in the Pavilion Cemetery will be private at the convenience of her family.

     Memorials are suggested to the Pavilion Fire Department.

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

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

wright.jpg James W. Wright, age 84, of Perry, NY passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born in Perry, NY on July 19, 1935 a son to the late Leslie H. and Doris E. (Watrous) Wright. Along with his parents he is preceded in death by his first wife: Joyce E. (Farley) Wright second wife: Marguerite T. (Hauslauer) Wright, sisters Betty Farley and Mary Kohring

Jim was a 1953 graduate of Perry High School. He went to work on the family farm raising corn, wheat, oats and alfalfa, He did custom planting, spraying, combining and silo filling for area farmers throughout Wyoming and Livingston County. In 1958 he purchased his own farm and continued to work with his father. He worked part time plowing snow for the Town of Perry and later became the Highway Superintendent for the Town of Perry in 1977. He retired from the town in 1997. He returned back to work working for Suit Kote in Buffalo where he was a lab technician and retired from there in 2013. He was very active in the community. He was a life member of the Perry Center Fire Department for over 50 years, he volunteered for the Perry Emergency Ambulance, appointed to the Town of Perry Zoning Board of Appeals, was a instructor for the hunter safety courses, and was a member of the Wyoming County Republican Committee, Wyoming County Highway Superintendents Association and Constellation Lodge #404 of the Free and Accepted Masons. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, playing cards, making wine and especially enjoyed his family.

He is survived by his wife: Shirley (Litteer) Wright whom he married on July 9, 1994, 2 daughters: Linda (Michael) Palucki of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Colleen (Michael) Bradley of Dansville, 2 sons: Harold (Cindy) Wright and Chuck (Teresa) Wright both of Perry, 3 step-sons: Patrick (Traci) Wester of Pembroke, Jason (Becky) Bump of Pavilion, Derek (Karrie) Bump of Bethany, a sister: Lois Sliker of Leicester, brother: Lawrence (Linda) Wright of Albuquerque , New Mexico, 13 grandchildren: Jennifer (Todd) Shoemake, Kristi (Annie Giangrosso) Bradley, James Bradley, Eric Wright, Sara (Mark) Eberstein, Alex Wright, Elizabeth Wright, Austin Wester, Nick Wester, Nick Wood, Zach Wester, Maverick Bump, Mason Bump and Melanie Bump., 2 great grandchildren: Raeha Eberstein and Hailee Wester along with many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9pm on Thursday January 23, 2020 at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry New York 14530.  A Fireman’s Service will be held at 6:45pm. Funeral services will be held on Friday January 24th at 11:00am at the Funeral Home.

(In lieu of flowers) Memorial contributions can be made to Perry Center Fire Department P.O. Box 204 Perry, Suzanne’s Comfort Care Home 167 N. Main St. Perry and First Congregational Church P.O. Box 156 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.


Thomas M. Perry, 73, of Attica, passed peacefully on January 18, 2020 at Crossroads House in Batavia, surrounded by his loving family and caregivers.  He was born in Batavia, NY on July 17, 1946 to the late Henry "Hank" and Lourene "Babe" (Mack) Perry.  He is predeceased by his sisters, Kathleen and Sheila.  

Tom retired from the Attica Post Office as a letter carrier and postmaster in 2001 after 38 years of service.   He is a retired United States Army Veteran- SPC5- serving in the 1st Cavalry Division as a helicopter gunner in Vietnam. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Army Commendation Medal for his service.   He was also an EMT for Marley Funeral Home Ambulance service.   He was a member of St. Joachim and Anne Roman Catholic Church, the Attica Historical Society, and the Attica Fire Department.  Tom was well known for his quick wit, not holding back, and telling it like it is.  He was an avid golfer who was very proud of getting a hole-in-one eight times.  He also enjoyed hunting with his son and grandson.  Additionally, he enjoyed fishing, coaching AYA baseball, and bowling in leagues at the Attica Lanes.  However, without question, his favorite pastime was spending time with his grandchildren.  

Tom is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Christine (Wysko) and his children, John (Julie) Perry and Kristin (Paul) Janes both of Attica. He is the proud grandfather of John (fiancé, Kirsten Smith), Meredith, Natalie, and Wesley Janes and grandpuppy Paisley.  

There are no prior visitations. A mass of Christian burial will be held at 12pm on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Ss. Joachim & Anne Roman Catholic Church, 50 East Ave. in Attica, NY.  Burial will be at the Western New York National Cemetery in Pembroke, NY at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Crossroads House, 11 Liberty St. Batavia, NY.   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, NY 14011




BATAVIA - Richard Eugene Strobele, 68, of Batavia, passed away Wednesday, (January 8, 2020), at his home in Batavia.

Mr. Strobele was born November 26, 1951, in Batavia, a son of the late Michael and  Lottie (Burr) Strobele.

Richard served his country honorably with the United States Army.

There will be no visitation.  Services will be held privately with Burial in Bath National Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Richard’s name to a charity of the donor's choice.

Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.  Please share a story, light a candle, or leave a condolence at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Bergen - Robert D. Ridley, 82, of Bergen, passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2020, at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home.

Robert was born August 6, 1937, in Batavia, a son of the late Dale and Ethel (Scott) Ridley.

Robert retired from Kodak in 1991 after 29 years and then began to farm.  He was a founding member and volunteer for the LeRoy Volunteer Ambulance and also a founding member for the Coast Guard Flotilla of Conesus Lake.  He was a member of the Conesus Lake Association.  Robert won the DSA Award for the town of LeRoy.  He sat on the planning board for both the town of Livonia and Bergen.  Robert was the tin smith for the Genesee Country Village and Museum.  He was a member of the Jaycees, Hesperus Lodge #837 Masons and the LeRoy Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his daughter, Karen (Daniel) Redinger of Byron; four grandchildren, Ashley Redinger of Batavia, Zachary Redinger of Byron, Matthew Ridley of Geneseo and Nicole Ridley of LeRoy; a daughter-in-law, Mary Ridley of Geneseo;  a special niece, Evonne Spencer of San Diego, CA; two sisters, Judith Ridley of LeRoy and Sylvia Traxler of LeRoy; a  sister-in-law, Sherri Ridley of Rochester and several nieces, nephews and good friends.

Robert is predeceased by his wife, Jacqueline Ridley who passed away in 2013, the two were married June 14, 1958.  He is also predeceased by his son, Robert Ridley who died in 2010; a grandson, Christopher Ridley and two brothers, Richard Ridley and Francis Ridley.

Calling hours are Wednesday from 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 51 South Lake Ave., Bergen, where services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 a.m.  Robert will be laid to rest in Mumford Rural Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions in Robert's memory may be made to the Genesee Country Village and Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford, NY 14511.

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

Roger L. Baranyi of Alden, passed away Friday, January 17, 2020 at the Erie County Medical Center.

Roger was the son of Lorraine Nelson and the late Charles Baranyi and William Nelson and brother of the late Bernie Baranyi.

Roger was a member of International Union of Operating Engineers Local Union #17 and was a former Lancaster Speedway race car driver.

Along with his Mother, Roger is survived by sisters, Donna (Dick) Miller and Cindy Elliott (Dave) and long time companion Barb Graff. Three nieces, Shannon Cinotti, Ashley Brook and Amber Sharick also survive. 

Services to be held with immediate family only. Arrangements were made by C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu, NY.

BATAVIA - Frank J. Wratny, Jr., 91, of Batavia, passed away Friday, (January 17, 2020), at his home under the loving care of his family.

Mr. Wratny was born June 26, 1928, in Batavia, a son of the late Frank J. and Mary (Blascak) Wratny, Sr.

Frank served with the Army during both World War II and Korea and earned his Bachelor's Degree from Cornell in Agricultural Finance.  He went on to have a long career with Marine-Midland Bank, retiring as the branch manager of the bank's Gowanda location.  Mr. Wratny and his wife lived in Gowanda for 60 years, where he was a 50 year member of the Gowanda Country Club, a 30 year member of the Lake Wales Country Club and upon returning to Batavia, was a 6 year member of Terry Hills.  He was a long time member of St. Joseph's Church in Gowanda where he served on the Finance Committee.  He was the last surviving founding member of the Gowanda Lion's Club.  Frank was also a member of Resurrection Parish, St. Joseph's Church in Batavia, the VFW Post #5007 and American Legion Post #409 in Gowanda.

He is the husband of the late Elinor (Miller) Wratny who passed away in 2005.

Surviving are his children, Stephen J. (Joanne) Wratny of Clarence, Gail (Donald) Feathers of Piffard, and Karen (David) Olsowsky of Leicester; grandchildren, Lindsay (Adam) Klose of Lancaster, Ryan Feathers of Rochester, David (Aracely) Feathers of Scottsville, Rachel Feathers of Corfu, Eric Olsowsky of Geneseo, and Bryan (Christopher Navin) Olsowsky of Denver, CO; great-grandchildren, Addison and Austin Klose, and Trace Niedermaier; a sister, Katherine (late William) Gfeller of Livonia; a sister-in-law, Jean Wratny of Batavia.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Frank is preceded in death by four children, Frank J. Wratny, III, Mary Wratny, and two who passed away prior to being named; two brothers, Alfred Wratny, and William Wratny; and a nephew, William Gfeller, Jr.

Friends may call from 3 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street in Batavia. Frank's Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday (January 23, 2020) at the Resurrection Parish - St. Joseph's Church, 303 East Main Street in Batavia. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Frank's memory may be made to Gowanda Free Library, 56 West Main Street, Gowanda, NY 14070.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.




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