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griffin_harvey_-_photo.jpgHarvey E. Griffin “Gene”, 75 of East Pembroke, NY, passed away Friday (January 24, 2020) at Unity Hospital in Rochester, NY, surrounded by his loving family after a lengthy illness.

He was born December 23, 1944 in Caledonia, NY, a son of the late Mollie (Charles) Minor and Fredrick (Goldie) Griffin Sr.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Paula Griffin. Gene leaves to mourn his children, Keith (DeOnn) Griffin of N. Carolina, Kenneth (Carolyn) Griffin of Batavia and Tammy Griffin of East Pembroke. Also survived by 11 siblings, a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Denise Parker; sister, Mary Griffin and brothers, Fredrick, Benjamin, Gordon and James Griffin and Arthur Minor.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Saturday (February 1st) from 2-4pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY.

Expressions of sympathy 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.

 

biscaro_tosca_-_photo2.jpgTosca Ida Biscaro of Akron, NY and Boynton Beach, FL passed peacefully in San Ramon, CA on Monday evening, January 13, 2020.

She was born on June 24, 1929 in Clarence Center, NY one of five children to the late Carlo and Dora Biscaro.

After high school she moved to NYC where she attended Traphagen School of Design to become a dress designer and began work at Singer Corporation. She then worked in the medical field as a secretary until her retirement to Florida. She loved spending time with her family and friends, working in the garden growing flowers and vegetables, and later in life returned to enjoy one of her original hobbies as a child, creating dress designs for paper dolls.

She was predeceased by her sister Elda (Biscaro) Burton and her nephew Renato Macor.

Survivors include sisters, Lina (Biscaro) Macor and Louise (Biscaro) Rusnak; brother, Carlo Biscaro; brother in-law, Ed Rusnak; her niece, Vicky (Rusnak) Mikell and nephew, Ed Rusnak all formerly from Akron. Other nieces and nephews include John Burton, Jeff Burton, Paul Macor, Peter Macor, Anna (Macor) Palma, Matthew Biscaro and Nina (Biscaro) Lota.

Family and friends are invited on Friday, July 3rd at 10:00 am for a Celebration of Life at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church at 5771 Buell Street, Akron. Followed by interment at St. Teresa of Avila Cemetery and a gathering at the family home in Akron.

Memorial contributions may be offered in her name to the Paralyzed Veterans of America at www.pva.org , or a charity of your choice. Expressions of sympathy 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.

 

 

litfin_barbara_-_photo1.jpgBarbara Ann Faltisco Litfin, 86 of Akron NY, entered into rest Wednesday (January 15, 2020) at Hospice Buffalo.

She was born in Buffalo NY at Deaconess Hospital, a daughter of the late Helena Garbacz and Joseph Faltisco.

The longtime owner of Barbara Ann’s Bridal Salon in Akron was a well known custom dress maker and designer. After retirement, her lifelong compassion for the love of animals directed her to the breeding and raising of Yorkshire terriers and started Watson Kennels.

She was predeceased by her husbands, Kenneth Litfin in 1994 and George Watson in 2007 and mother of the late Bruce Litfin in 2011.

Survivors include her sons, Kenneth (Carol) Litfin of Clarence Center and Gary (Susan) Litfin of Cheektowaga. Daughter, Suzzane (Joseph) Corona of Batavia. Grandchildren, Michael Litfin, David Litfin, Jill Jarocki, Jesse Litfin, Josh Perry, Ethan Perry and Matthew Perry. Great-grandchildren, Mila, Lola and Zachary.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Saturday, February 8th from 10am - 12 noon at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 John St., Akron, NY, where a memorial service will commence at 12:00 pm.

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

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

 

whiting_lauren_-_photo.jpgLauren C. Whiting “Cuppy”, 95 of Clarence Center, NY, passed away peacefully Saturday (January 25, 2020) at his residence while under care of Hospice.

Lauren was born in Downers Grove Illinois, February 9, 1924, a son of the late Theo and Laura Grey Whiting.

At the age of 16 the family moved to Akron New York. After attending Akron High School, Lauren joined the US Navy to serve in the war effort. He achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer as a motor mechanic aboard an LST and received several invasion battle ribbons from actions in the Pacific.  After returning from service he got a job at the Buffalo Transit company. In 1952 he joined the family company.

In 1953 the Whiting family (Theo, Donald and Lauren) manufactured custom garage doors. An inquiry was made to determine if the company could produce a roll-up door for trucks.  The industry was born and Whiting is now the premier manufacturer of roll-up doors for the transportation industry worldwide. Still a family owned enterprise headquartered in Akron New York (except for a brief period in the 1970’s as a subsidiary of the Apache Corporation) Whiting’s have expanded their product offerings to the construction and shipbuilding industries. Lauren served the company in many capacities and continued to make significant contributions until his retirement in 2018.

In 2000 Lauren pursued a dream of returning a WWII vintage LST to the United States as a floating museum in commemoration of his service in the Pacific theatre aboard one of the “Long Slow Targets”.  He and 28 other septuagenarians found a retired LST 325 in Crete. This ship had been decommissioned by the Greek Navy after having also served the US Navy in the European theatre.  The project included returning the aging ship to “sea-worthy” condition and sailed it to the port of Mobile Alabama in January of 2001.  The voyage made national news when the US Coast Guard suggested that the voyage should not be made and warned of severe consequences if the ship made an un-authorized trip to the United States.  The LST 325 has since been berthed in Evansville Indiana and makes annual voyages as the floating museum the “Gold Crew” envisioned.

Survivors include his children, Theo (Michael) Abraham of Kingston, NH, Steven C. (Delia) Tee of Barker NY, Robert (Phyllis) Whiting of Akron, NY, James C. (Christine) Tee of Medina, NY, Rodney (Luanne) Whiting of Lyndonville, NY, Nancy (Timothy) Girard of Clarence, NY and Alice (John) Worrall of Mount Wolf, PA. Sister, Laura Mattioli of Akron, NY.  Twenty two grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren also survive.

He is predeceased by his wife of over 48 years, Alice Marie Whiting, who died August 18, 2012; Siblings, Donald Whiting, Theodore Whiting, William Whiting and Ruth Fisher, Virginia Bushammer and Theo Kronen.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Wednesday (January 29th) from 3-7pm and Thursday (January 30th) from 3-7pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 John St., Akron, NY. Services will be Friday, 11am at the Chapel at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY. Interment will follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the U.S.S. LST Ship Memorial, 840 LST Dr., Evansville, IN 47713; www.TheLSTMemoiral.org/donate or your local Habitat for Humanity organization. Expressions of sympathy 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.

 

 

daurizio.jpgNicholas D’Aurizio Jr., 87, of Batavia passed away on January 23, 2020 at the NYS Veterans Home at Batavia surrounded by his loving family. He was born on May 29, 1932 in Batavia to the late Nicholas and Teresa (Tiberio) D’Aurizio Sr. In addition to his parents, Nicholas is predeceased by his son; Joseph D’Aurizio; sister and brother in law Mary (Alex) Neubert.

After completion of Batavia High School & Metal Trades Vocational School, Nicholas served as a Personnel Supervisor for four years in the US Air Force during the Korean War. In his professional life, he was a foreman for over twenty years at Owens-Illinois Glass Factory formerly of Brockport, NY. Nicholas retired from Hodgins Engraving in Batavia. 

Nicholas was a creative, intelligent and curious man who made an indelible impression on those that he met. He was known for his quick wit and one-liners that always brought appreciative and unexpected chuckles. He had many interests from hunting and fishing as a young man, to a voracious reader of biographies of classic movie stars, an avid Western movie watcher, a builder of intricate model ships. His two boston terriers, Popeye & Olive Oyl, brought him great joy. Nick was a memorable individual who never failed to create a strong impression in a brief period of time. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his children; Nicholas D’Aurizio III of Sulpher Springs, OK., Teresa (Daniel Ritzenthaler) D’Aurizio of Napa, CA., and Michael D’Aurizio of Orchard Park; brothers Frank (Jenny) D’Aurizio and Anthony (Connie) D’Aurizio both of Batavia; a granddaughter Gemma D’Aurizio of Orchard Park, ex-spouse Robin D’Aurizio, along with many close friends, nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Monday January 27, 2020 from 5:00-8:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A 9:30AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday January 28th at Resurrection Parish 303 East Main St. in Batavia. He will be laid to rest with Military Honors in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum, Batavia.   

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Activities Fund at the NYS Veterans Home 220 Richmond Ave. Batavia, NY 14020. 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, NY 14020.

Susan Borgal Serinis, 71, of Oakfield, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020.

She is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth Serinis (Michael Moore, Jr.), Heather Serinis, Victoria Collier, and her grandchildren, Serenity Fox, Veronica Fox, Matthew Dixon, Micah Collier, Marianna Collier; brother, John (Doreen) Borgal; sisters Patricia (Vernon) Kelly and Mary Dix, and many nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her beloved husband, Victor Serinis; parents, Emerson J. Borgal and Florence D. Borgal; and brother, David Mead.

Susan was born on Dec. 5, 1948 to Florence and Emerson. From the time she graduated from High School until the day she retired, she was a nurse. She fondly shared the memory of meeting Victor. She was an allergy nurse for Victor’s mother, and she insisted that she meet her son. She spent most of her nursing career as a nurse with the VA Medical Center in Batavia, New York. She was one of the first PTSD nurses when the program opened in Batavia, and she took a lot of pride in helping the Veterans during their recovery.

A celebration of life service will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 at 10 a.m. at St. Padre Pio Parish, St. Cecilia’s Site, 56 Maple Avenue, Oakfield. Burial will be in St. Cecilia’s Cemetery, Oakfield, with a luncheon to follow at the fellowship hall at St. Cecilia’s Church in Oakfield.

Memorial contributions in Susan’s memory may be made to St. Padre Pio Parish, 56 Maple Avenue, Oakfield, NY 14125.

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

Arrangements for Susan were entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield, (585) 948-5325.

feeney.jpg  Alfred L. Feeney, formerly of Attica, passed away with his family by his side on January 22, 2020 in Peachtree, Ga. He was born in Worcester, MA on November 02, 1928 to the late Daniel and Elizabeth (Ryan) Feeney. He was the youngest of seven children.  Al was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Mary Jean (Holahan) Feeney on March 16, 2019.

Al graduated from Case Western Reserve in 1953 and served in Japan with the United States Air Force from 1954-1957. He was a Little All American football player and was inducted to the Case Western Reserve Hall of Fame in 1987. He started his civilian career as a Physical Education teacher and coach.  His 1957-58 Jasper High School basketball team won the Section V Class D title.  He became a Guidance Counselor at Attica High School in 1962 and served as Principal from 1964 - 1991.  .

Al was proudest of his family and loved to brag about their accomplishments. Many a referee, coach, or teacher got his input on how they could do better by his kids. Like many of his era, he went without so that his kids could have more. Al touched the lives of many people in Attica and beyond. Many of his former students credit him with being a big part of their success.

Alfred is survived by his children, Sean (Kate), Margaret, Elizabeth (Phyllis), Kevin (Dana), and Timothy (Karyn) Feeney; grandchildren, Claire Feeney, Allison (Brian) Kinard, Tyler, Ben, Kaden, Kole, Trey, and Maggie Feeney; great granddaughter, Greer Kinard.

A Visitation will be held from 4-6 PM on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at the Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main St., Attica, NY 14011. . A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 am on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at Sts. Joachim & Anne Roman Catholic Church, 50 East Ave. in Attica, NY.  Burial with Military Honors will be in St Michael’s Cemetery, Warsaw, NY.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Attica Booster Club PO Box 192 Attica, NY 14011.   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 - Esther M. Toal, 86, of Batavia, passed away on Thursday, January 23, 2020, at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing At Batavia.

Esther was born August 26, 1933, in Mt. Morris, a daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Jacobus) Zaso.

Esther was a cafeteria worker for Batavia City Schools and also worked at the former J.J. Newberry's in Batavia.

Survivors include her husband, Paul Toal of Batavia; children, Paula (David) Bromsted of Batavia, Linda (Richard) McSherry of Syracuse, Brenda (Steven) Grice of Culpeper, VA, Sandra (Robert) Hiscutt of Alexander, William Toal of Oakfield and Sheila (Todd) Shamp of Oakfield; a brother, Joseph (Jean) Zaso of Batavia; a brother-in-law, Donald (Betty) Toal of Nevada; 16 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Batavia First Presbyterian Church, 300 East Main Street in Batavia, where services will be held at 5:00 p.m. also on Sunday.   Esther will be laid to rest in Elmwood Cemetery, Batavia.

Flowers are gratefully declined.  Memorial contributions in Esther's memory may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance, 127 North Street, Batavia, NY 14020, Alzheimers Association, Western New York Chapter, 2805 Wehrle Dr., Ste. 6, Williamsville, NY 14221 or Batavia First Presbyterian Church, 300 East Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020.

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

Arrangements for Esther were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-8868.

STAFFORD - Martha Ruth Thom, 39, of Stafford, passed away Wednesday, (January 22, 2020), surrounded by her loving family.

Martha was born November 14, 1980, in Brockport, a daughter of David E. and Debra (VanDuser) Thom of Byron.

She attended Northgate Free Methodist Church and enjoyed outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, boating, and gardening.  She liked crafts and country music, but most of all she cherished time spent with her family and cooking with her daughter, Peyton. 

Surviving along with her parents is her daughter, Peyton Goebert at home; partner, John Goebert of Stafford; brothers Matthew (Kristen) Thom of Holley, and David (Danielle) Thom of Bergen; her maternal grandmother Ruth VanDuser of Bergen; her paternal grandmother Norma Thom of Holley.  Several nieces and nephews along with many aunts, uncles, and cousins also survive.

Martha is preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Gordon VanDuser; and her paternal grandfather, Norm Thom.

At Martha's request, there will be no visitation.  Family and Friends are invited to attend her Celebration of Life to be held at 12:00 noon on Friday (January 31, 2020) at Northgate Free Methodist Church, 8160 Bank Street Road in Batavia.  Private burial will be in White Haven Memorial Park in Pittsford.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Martha's memory may be made to the family, c/o H.E. Turner & Co., Inc., 403 E. Main St., Batavia, NY 14020 to establish an education fund for Peyton.  Please make checks payable to David Thom.

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

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.

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