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Timothy Evan Robert Backes, 39, of Batavia, passed away on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport.

Tim was born Wednesday, November 11, 1981 in Batavia, a son of Rebecca Backes of Batavia.

Tim was known for his love of his boys and spending time with them. He had a  love of snowmobile racing, lowered cars and especially for being out on the water with friends enjoying the day and even the  sunsets. No matter who it was a stranger to a long lost friend he was always willing to lend a hand to those in need.  Chances are you would wake up to a funny video of Tim in the morning dancing to today's hits. Never one to be serious for to long, he had numerous funny sayings that he would come up with and use on you. He just wanted to make people smile.

"Tim Time"

Surviving along with this mother, Rebecca, are his sons, Sebastian Conti and Giovanni Conti; Sebastian and Giovanni's mother, Teresa (Chad) Clark of Pavilion; a brother, Sean (Crystal Learn) Backes of Nunda; a nephew, Maddox Backes of Nunda; aunts, Brenda (Peter) Hoag of Dansville, Laura (Randy) Green of Nunda and Linda (Robert) Strump of Lima; a great-aunt, Dorothy Stella of Brighton and several cousins.

Preceded in death by grandparents, Richard and Norma Backes and great-grandparents, Francis and Jeanette Gordon.

A Celebration of Tim's Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family or EverPresent Church, 4 Batavia City Centre, Batavia, New York 14020.  

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

Arrangements for Tim were entrusted to the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-5673.

Batavia - Betty Eleanor Hofmaster, 92 of Batavia,  passed away on Thursday, (December 17, 2020) at her home while under the care of HomeCare & Hospice and her family.

Ms. Hofmaster was born  May 21, 1928 in Batavia, a daughter of the late James Sack and Christine (late Henry "Hank") Richley.

Betty worked in the cafeteria at the former St. Jerome's Hospital and enjoyed gardening and loving on her children and grandchildren. She took great pride in caring for her lawn, and loved shoveling snow. She was proud to have both mowed her own lawn and shoveled her own snow until she was 90. Betty was an avid baker and regularly made bread, pies, and cookies for her family.

Surviving are her children, Paul (Beth) Hofmaster of Batavia, Kathleen (Todd) Adams of Puyallup, Wash., and Joel (Michelle) Hofmaster of Batavia; grandchildren, Colleen (fiance Mike Byron) Kraus, Andrea Hofmaster, Robert (Adrianna Koslan) Hanenkrat, Eric Hanenkrat, Thomas (fiance Michelle Stefko) Hofmaster, Sarah LaPolla, and Ronin Hofmaster; brothers, Ronald (Priscilla) Richley of Maine, Darrell (Linda) Richley of Corfu; sisters, Mary (late Adam) Kocol of Corfu, June (David) Pann of Akron, and Sandra McMullen of Florida. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Betty is preceded in death by a sister, Barbara (late David) Hennig.

There will be no visitation. A private graveside service will be held in Evergreen Hill Cemetery in Corfu at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Arrangements for Betty were entrusted to the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home in Batavia. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

catherine.jpg  Catherine M. Qutermous, age 87, of Castile passed away on Thursday December 17th at Eastside Nursing Home in Warsaw where she had been residing.  She was born in Perry, NY on September 18, 1933 a daughter to the late Raymond L. and Elizabeth E. (Roche) Conley.

Catherine worked many years at the former Mallory Timers in Warsaw, Kittenger Furniture in Castile and Sylvania in Batavia. She ran a Home Healthcare and Catering business out of her home and cooked for the former Lorraine’s Restaurant in Castile.  She was well known for her delicious cooking and baking. She enjoyed knitting, playing cards, hosting family gatherings and tending to her family.

She is survived by 5 daughters: Sharon (Bruce Bock) Carpenter of Dansville, Sandra (James) Salamone of Castile, Donna (Peter) Greene of LeRoy, Connie (James) Dziemian of Batavia, Pamela (Michael) Gebauer of Castile, 1son: David Qutermous of LeRoy, 15 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

Along with her parents she is preceded in death by 2 sisters: Patricia Buckley and Gertrude Zintel.

Family and friends may call from 11am-1pm on Saturday December 19th at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main St. in Perry where a Graveside Service will follow at Grace Cemetery in Castile at 1:30pm. Catherine will be laid to rest in Grace Cemetery in Castile.
Please note the Funeral Home will be operating at 33% capacity per state guidelines. New York State requires those in attendance to adhere to the social distancing guidelines and face coverings are mandatory. Thank you for your cooperation.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Castile Rescue Squad P.O. Box 338 Castile, NY 14427 or Alzheimer's Association, Rochester & Finger Lakes Region435 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14620.  For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com . Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St. Perry, N.Y. 14530.

darch.jpg  Lawrence K. (Larry) Darch of Cheektowaga, NY, entered into rest earlier this month at the age of 79.  Mr. Darch, originally from Batavia, is survived by his wife Dolores (Kress) Darch.  He was predeceased by his wife Annette (Cintorino) Darch. 

Larry is survived by their children, Lawrence Darch and Lynn Shaner and three wonderful grandchildren.  In addition, Larry is survived by his brother Robert L. Darch of Batavia, sisters and brothers-in-law, and several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents Kenneth E. and Ruth (Callan) Darch.

Larry retired after a nearly fifty-year career in the dairy business.  He held various sales and marketing positions with Sealtest Foods and Upstate Milk Cooperatives.

During his 65 years of involvement music and drum corps, Larry was an accomplished snare drum performer, instructor, adjudicator, and composer/arranger.  He was inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame in 2008.

Private services were held for the family with a Memorial Mass to be held at a later date. 

Those interested may donate in Larry Darch’s memory to National Kidney Foundation at www.kidney.org/donation. For more information 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.

gerardfcianciojr.jpgGerard F. Ciancio Jr., 73 of Varysburg, went to rest peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, December 16, 2020. He was born August 9, 1947 in Buffalo to the late Gerard Ciancio Sr. and Catherine (Ryan) Ciancio. He is preceded in death by a sister Rosemary Hans.

Jerry raced modified cars in the 1970’s at Lancaster Speedway. He loved building cars, racing cars, fishing and boating. He worked for several years for family business, Joseph Ciancio & Sons, he later joined the Masons Union, then retired as a Correctional Officer for the NYSDOC.

Jerry is survived by his beloved wife Nancy (Vogt) Ciancio, dovoted and loving father of Lori (Dan Hoffman) Ciancio Embt, grandfather of Emma & Kaylea, brother of Mark Ciancio and Terri Ciancio, along with cousins, nieces and nephews.  

There will be no prior calling hours. A Celebration of Jerry’s Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Varysburg Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 638, Varysburg, NY 14167. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC., 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

ralph.png  Ralph D Parise, Jr, 85, passed away after a short illness on Wednesday, December 16th.  He was the husband of Joan (Meyers).  Ralph and Joan were married on June 28th, 1958, celebrating 62 years of marriage. He was born in Alexander on May 20th, 1935, son of the late Ralph and Mary Avino Parise.

In addition to his wife, Ralph is survived by five children, Mary Joan (Jeff) Martin, Helen (Mark) Dickinson, John Parise, Paul Parise and Kathleen (Doug) Boje.  He is also survived by six grandchildren, Eric Martin, Joey Dickinson, Elaina Dickinson, Nicholas Martin, Zach Boje and Anna Boje. 

Also surviving are sisters, Jovanna (Russell) Pieri, Mary (the late Joseph) Marchese and Amelia (the late Gerald) Sheelar, and several nieces and nephews.

Ralph was predeceased by siblings Frances (Joseph) Cirillo, Carmen (Mary)Parise and Samuel (Patricia) Parise. He was the son-in-law of the late John and Cecilia Meyers. He was also predeceased by several sisters and brothers-in-law, Rita and Asher Borton, Walter and Virginia Meyers, Ann and Gerard Buckenmeyer, Maryknoll Seminarian Jack Meyers and Helen Meyers.

Ralph graduated from Alexander Central in 1953. He volunteered for the Korean War (1954-56). After his service, Ralph was sole proprietor of Parise’s Gas For Less where he started AAA Emergency Towing in Genesee County. He retired at the age of 50 in 1986. After retirement, Ralph enjoyed coaching basketball for the Alexander Central School’s 8th grade boys basketball team.  Ralph was a member of Resurrection Parish, earlier serving as an usher for St. Anthony’s Church. He was a 3rd Degree Msgr. Kirby Council Knights of Columbus member. He was also a member of the American Legion Genesee Veterans Club.

Private Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorials may be made to Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, PO Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545-9913. 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 – Anthony "Tony" Scafetta, Jr. "Nonnie", age 96, passed away on December 15, 2020 at the Premier Genesee Rehabilitation Facility in Batavia.

He was born April 29, 1924, in White Plains, a son of the late Anthony Scafetta, Sr. and Angelina Dolorata Scafetta.

He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

He is predeceased by his beloved wife of 69 years Frances Zimarino Scafetta, who passed away on January 17, 2017 and his sister, Angeline “Lilly” Licata.

 Tony is survived by two half-brothers;  Louis (Linda) Scafetta of Byron and Nicholas (Shelly) Scafetta of Colorado; his son;  Dennis (Nancy) Scafetta of Penfield; his daughter; Angela (Bert) Pooler of Amsterdam; four grandchildren;  Andrew (Adriana) Scafetta, Eric (Rachel) Scafetta, Shannon (Bobby) Schiller, Jonathan (Monique) Fabio; eight great-grandchildren; Leo Scafetta, Eli Scafetta, Anthony Scafetta, Lucas Scafetta, Ella Scafetta, Dylan Scafetta, Ava Schiller and Owen Schiller; his brother-in-law; Charles Gustaferro of Binghamton along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He moved to Batavia at a young age and grew up on South Jackson Street and was affectionately known as "Tony" by the Zimarino family and his many friends and as "Nonnie" by the Scafetta family and his South side friends.
 
He was a member of the 1942 Graduating class at Batavia High School and proudly served his country with the United States Navy during World War II.

 A longtime member of St. Mary's Parish and later Resurrection Parish, Tony was an Honorary Member for the Knights of Columbus for 29 years.  He was a 4th degree Knight of the Father Vincent Capodanno Assembly and a 3rd degree Knight of the Msgr. Kirby Council 325 of Batavia and a longtime member of the Lions Club of Batavia.

 Tony was a Tool and Die Maker by trade and worked at Doehler-Jarvis for many years, becoming second shift Plant Supervisor. An accomplished carpenter, he enjoyed hunting and playing golf, and was a Ham Radio operator, WB2VPP, for many years. He was an avid coin and stamp collector.

 There are no prior visiting hours. A Mass of Christian Burial, with military honors, will be held at a later date at St. Mary’s Church, 18 Ellicott Street, Batavia. He will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Tony’s name may be made to American Heart Association of Western New York, 5488 Sheridan Dr #300, Williamsville, New York 14221. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Tony’s memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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

LeRoy ~ Angelo J. Steffenella, age 83, of Myrtle Street, passed away Tuesday evening (December 15, 2020).

     He was born April 23, 1937 in Batavia, a son of the late Michael and Mary Stellato Steffenella.

     Ange was a very caring and devoted person, who loved his family deeply.  He will be remembered as a very special husband, father, grandfather and dear friend to many.  He was a proud U.S. Army veteran and member of the LeRoy American Legion Post #576, a lifelong member of the Northwoods Sportsman's Club and   a founding member of the LeRoy Volunteer Ambulance service. He was also an avid bowler and member of the Genesee Region USBC Associaton Hall of Fame.

     He will be sadly missed by his children, Mary (Bruce) Platek, Michael (Donna) Steffenella, Sam (Brenda) Steffenella, Rosalie Steffenella and daughter-in-law, Kris Steffenella; his grandchildren, Tina & Joe, Tiffany & Andy, Jimmy & Michelle, Samantha & Sara, Maureen & Jeff Estabrooks, Jennifer & Scott Roblee, Olivia, Oliana & Michael Warren, Michael & Heather; great-grandchildren, Mandi & Carlie, Aaron & Austin, Jimmy, Madison & Presley, Talon & Alyssa; his siblings, Sam (Shelly) Steffenilla, Bobby (Katie) Steffenilla, Agnes (Dan) Snyder, Eileen (Dean) Fischer, Joan (Rick) VanKuren and Annette Showler; brother-in-law, Frank Mosco; dear friends, Chuck and Sally Riggi, along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

     He was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Nancy Cassiano Steffenella (2018); his son, David Steffenella (2020); his brother, Charles Steffenilla (2020); brothers-in-law, Ted Showler and Bob Myers.

     There will be no prior visitation.  A funeral mass will be announced at a later date.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to either the LeRoy Ambulance Service or the American Heart Association.

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

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

ianni_angelo_-_photo1.jpgAngelo C. Ianni, 97, of Akron, passed away unexpectedly Saturday (December 12, 2020) at his residence.

He was born September 25, 1923 in Oakfield, NY, son of the late John and Elizabeth Barone Ianni.

Mr. Ianni was employed with the former Sylvania and Masse Harris companies in Batavia prior to his retirement. He also was an avid tennis player in his older years. He was extremely proud of his military service to his country. He was a WWII Veteran with the U.S. Army Air Corps and witnessed the take off of the Enola Gay as it made its historic voyage to Japan. Mr. Ianni was selected to participate in the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. to view the WWII monument in recognition of his service to his country.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma Poodry Ianni of Akron, his sister, Rose (late Alfred) DeAngeli of Clarence, and nieces and nephews Darlene Panara, Lynn Ianni Bagnall, John Ianni, and Ronald DeAngeli.

Mr. Ianni is predeceased by his step-daughter, Lucia Jones; brother, Herman (Josephine) Ianni; sister, Helen (Raffaele) Santilli; and nephew, James Santilli.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Burial with military honors will be in Cary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Erie County SPCA. 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.

 

 

ellamaydunbar.jpgElla May “Tillie” Dunbar, 90 of Varysburg, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at Wyoming County Skilled Nursing Facility in Warsaw. She was born in Orangeville on July 9, 1930 to the late Ned (Frances Reitzel) Tilton. She is preceded in death by her husband Richard W. Dunbar who passed in October of 1994, son Ronald Dunbar and son-in-law Michael Chassin.     

Tillie drove school bus for 42 years. She was a very faithful woman who enjoyed traveling, cooking and most of all her family.    

Mrs. Dunbar is survived by her beloved children Paul Dunbar, Sandra Chassin, Stephen, Timothy Dunbar; grandchildren Mindy (Michael) Herrmann, Robert (Kendal) Dunbar, Robert (Karen) Chassin; great-grandchildren Laney Herrmann, Troy Herrmann, Riley Dunbar, Bryson Dunbar, Nicholas Chassin and Elizabeth Chassin.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, December 19 from 3 to 7 PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011. Funeral Services will be held privately. She will be laid to rest in Forest Hill Cemetery, Attica.

Please note the Funeral Home will be operating at 33% capacity per state guidelines. New York State requires those in attendance to adhere to the social distancing guidelines and face coverings are mandatory. Thank you for your cooperation.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Johnsonburg United Methodist Church, 3025 NY-98, Varysburg, NY 14167. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, NY 14011.   

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