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Batavia / Elba ~ Joseph Edward Combo Sr, age 95, passed away on November 7, 2019.

     Born in Rochester, N.Y. on Feb. 27, 1924, a son of the late Patsy and Lillian Combo, he lived his youth in Caledonia, N.Y.

     He married Rowena Monroe Combo in 1948 and raised his family in Elba, N.Y.

     Joseph was a muck farmer, who enjoyed hunting and socializing with other farmers in the area.  He took great pride in his family and cherished each moment with them.

     Joseph is survived by his children; Kathryn Combo Fernandez Brown (Charles) of Alexandria, VA, Joseph Edward Combo Jr. of Batavia, Margaret Combo Mooney of Medina and Elizabeth Combo Pearles (Glenn) of Albion.  He was greatly loved by his grandchildren; Alicia Fernandez Hogan, David Fernandez (Allison), Patricia Combo Zgainer (Darren), Robert Combo (Kelly), Matthew Mooney Galantowicz (Keith), Karrie Mooney Banfield (Jason), Jeremy Mooney (Alisha), Chris Pearles (Kerry) and Andrea Pearles Robinson (Kenny).  He has 13 great-grandchildren, who always put a smile on his face during family gatherings.  He is also survived by his sister, Grace Antinore, sister-in-law, Loretta Combo and many nieces and nephews.

     In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his loving wife, Rowena, his brother, Carl Combo and his brother-in-law, James Antinore.

     Family and friends may call on Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 10 AM ~ 12 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd. (Rt. 19), LeRoy, where his Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 PM.  Interment in St. Columba Cemetery, Caledonia, will immediately follow.

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

D. John “Jack” Grayson, 93, of Le Roy, passed away at Highland Hospital in Rochester on November 4, 2019.

     He was born in Le Roy on November 28, 1925 to the Late Margaret (Dray) and Arthur F. Grayson.

     He is preceded in death by his wife Marguerite (Kagi) Grayson and his brother Arthur W. Grayson.

     Jack was a veteran of World War II serving with the Army Air Corps as a B-24 gunner with the 307th Bomb Group in the Pacific Theatre.  He held a degree in mechanical engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology.  He was a past president of both Le Roy Machine Company and Dray Enterprises, Inc. in Le Roy.  He was a proud member of the New York State Parks Commission.  He was an amateur radio operator (KC2RZ), enjoyed motorsports and the Buffalo Bills.

     He will be missed by eight daughters and two sons; David (Danette) Grayson of Stafford, Anne (Thomas) Frew of Le Roy, Amy (Scott) Pesesky of Norfolk, VA, Peggy Grayson of Stafford, Lisa (Mark) Soderberg of Conifer, CO, Katherine Hare of Virginia Beach, VA, Barbara Ryan of Newport News, VA, William (Kathy) Grayson of Le Roy, Susan (Thomas) Goodno of Chili, NY, Bridget Grayson of Le Roy.  He is also survived by twenty grandchildren and twenty eight great grandchildren.

     At his request there will be no calling hours.  Memorials may be made to the Le Roy Historical Society, PO Box 176, Le Roy, NY or The Highland Foundation, 1000 South Ave. Rochester, NY 14620. https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/highland/giving

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

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

defoe_georgeia_-_photo2.jpgGeorgeia Defoe, 85 of Batavia, has gone to be with the LORD on November 2, 2019.

She was born September 4, 1934 in Batavia, NY.

She is predeceased by her husband, Arthur Defoe; her mom, Margaret Washburn-Starkweather; brother, Vern Washburn and her youngest daughter, Dawn Defoe.

She was a wonderful mom to her 5 children and 2 stepchildren.

Survivors include a son, Douglas (Pam) Scott of Corfu; daughters, Donna Scott of Batavia, Diane (Norman) Sheffer of Caledonia, Debora (Dave) Howe of Corfu, Diana Cooley of Batavia and Lenora Shepard of Batavia. A sister, Pauline Dunlap of Georgia and a brother, Kerry Washburn of Chicago. Also survived by 12 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share in her Celebration of Life on Saturday (November 9th), 1pm at One Church, 6 Scotland Rd, Akron, NY 14001.

Flowers are graciously declined. Memorial contributions in her name may be offered to Crossroads House, 11 Liberty St., Batavia, NY 14020. 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.

MARYVILLE, TN - Frank Bakos, 70, of Maryville, TN, formerly of East Pembroke, NY, passed away on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at in Knoxville, TN.

Frank was born March 14, 1949, in Batavia, NY, a son of the late Frank and Florence (Plewniak) Bakos.

After graduating from Batavia High School (1967), Frank earned undergraduate degrees at Northwestern Michigan College (Traverse City, MI; 1971) and SUNY Oswego (1974). He earned a Masters degree in Vocational Technical Education from SUNY Buffalo in 1980 and in 2004, received his ASME GDTP certification.

He was a former BOCES Machine Shop Instructor, former employee at Eastman Kodak Co. and for the last 20 years, as the owner of Frank Bakos Associates, exclusively consulted for Tec-Ease, Inc.  He was a leader within the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and served as Chairman for various committees of Senior Level Certified Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing professionals.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Darlene M. (Peck) Bakos; 2 sons, Aaron F. (Pam) Bakos of Knoxville, TN and Adam D. (Katie) Bakos of Elma, NY; a daughter, Laura A. Bakos (Shayan Rastegari) of Maryville, TN; 4 brothers, Thomas (Eleanor) Bakos of Batavia, NY, Paul (Barbara) Bakos of Bel Air, MD, Stephen Bakos of Perry, NY, and Bernard (Mary) Bakos of Batavia, NY; 5 grandchildren (Elliott, Aria, Sophie, Evelyn, and Rumi) and several nieces and nephews.

Frank is preceded in death by a sister, Bernadine Foote, formerly of Elba.

Receiving of friends will take place between 3 and 7 p.m. on Sunday, November 10, 2019 at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 E. Main St., Batavia, followed by a memorial service at 10 am on Monday, with the Rev. Matthew Gold officiating.  Frank will be laid to rest following services in Grandview Cemetery in Batavia, NY. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Frank’s name may be made to Alden Community Church Youth Ministry, 1400 Sullivan Rd, Alden, NY 14004 (https://www.aldencommunitychurch.com), or to Vineyard Church, 713 William Blount Dr., Maryville, TN 37801 (https://vineyardchurch.us).  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

BATAVIA - On Monday, October 28, 2019, Cynthia "Cindi" Baldwin Lear, loving daughter, sister, aunt, companion and friend passed away peacefully in her sleep at 56.

Cindi was born on August 29, 1963 in Albion, a daughter of Betty (Manes) Baldwin of Batavia and the late Harold Baldwin.

She attended school at Oakfield-Alabama Central School and Genesee Community College. Cindi was a veteran of the United States Army serving in Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas. She later worked as a paralegal for various law firms in New York and Texas. She was also a licensed Mediator and Arbitrator. Cindi lived between Texas,Florida and New York most of her adult life.

Cindi was a music lover of all genres and a walking encyclopedia of songs and artists. She enjoyed dancing to the beat from an early age. She was fun to be around and loved the beach. She loved being with family, playing games and reading. She was a history buff and loved political satire. She was a long time member of a Fantasy Football League in Batavia and loved her Buffalo Bills. Cindi also loved the Houston Astros, Houston Rockets, Texas Longhorns and Buffalo Sabres.

Along with her mother, Cindi is survived by a sister, Linda Potter of Pearland, Texas; brother, Michael Baldwin of Batavia; and “the love of her life” Jeffrey Matla of Batavia; nieces, Nicole Watson, Julie Potter and Stephanie McGuire all of Texas; nieces and nephews "by choice," Ryan Barbeau, Kyle Shultz, Chase Shultz, Stacy Lear, Shannon Rivera, Melissa Cone, Michael Lear, Kyle Lear, Justin Lear, Ryan Lear, Aaron Lear and Pasquale Rapone. Several other aunts and uncles, and cousins also survive.

There will be no prior visitation.  All are welcome to attend Cindi's Memorial Service on Saturday, (November 9, 2019) at 12:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 306 E. Main Street, Batavia.  The Rev. Raymond Walker will officiate.  Burial will military honors will be private in Cary Cemetery, Oakfield. 

Memorial contributions may be made in Cindi’s name to the American Cancer Society, 101 John James Audubon Pkwy, Amherst, NY 14228.

Arrangements for Cindi were entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Ave., Oakfiled.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.burdettandsanford.com.

Stafford - Ronald Michael Koch, 73, of Stafford, passed away on Thursday, October 31, 2019, at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Ronald was born August 8, 1946, in Batavia, a son of the late Elon and Leonna (Ewert) Koch.

Ronald worked as a computer systems analyst for Lapp Insulator in LeRoy for 25 years and for 15 years with Specialized Printed Forms in Caledonia.  Along with his wife, Ruth, they owned and operated R and R Computer Systems.  Ron enjoyed golfing and was the secretary for 20 years for the LeRoy Golf League.  He mowed lawns at Terry Hills Golf Course and was a veteran serving with the United States Army. 

Survivors include his wife, Ruth (Rykert) Koch of Stafford, who together celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 21, 2019.  Ronald is also survived by his sons, Jeffrey (Michelle) Koch of Rochester, Brian (Susan) Koch of Bergen, Kevin (Brandi) Koch of Caledonia and Steven (Deidre Fogell) Koch of Tacoma, WA; grandchildren, Christopher (Sheri) Fisher, Ashley (Justin) Statt, Alyssa Koch, Danielle Koch, Derek Koch, Tyler Koch and Cecelia Koch; great-grandchildren, Giovanna, Beau and Lena; a brother, John Koch of Alexander; a sister, Sandra (Charles Curry) Koch of Hunt and several nieces and nephews. 

Ronald is a brother of the late Donald Koch. 

Calling hours are Friday, November 8, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia where military honors will be rendered at 5:00 p.m.  Family and friends are then invited to the Morganville United Church of Christ in the reception hall, 8466 Morganville Road, Stafford at 5:30 p.m. for a reception and a time of fellowship.

Memorial contributions in Ronald's memory may be made to the Koch family. 

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

maniaci.jpgLeonardo Maniaci, 80 of Batavia passed away on Saturday November 2, 2019 at Unity Hospital in Rochester. He was born on Januuary 11, 1939 in San Giuseppe Jato, Sicily to the late Francesco (Angela LoForte) Maniaci. He is preceded in death by his wife; Shirley (DiPiazza) Maniaci; a son Mark Anthony Maniaci; siblings Francesco, Giuseppe, Vito, Marcoantonio, Salvatore, Anna, Eleonora.

Mr. Maniace was in the Italian Military and he worked on Ferrouve Dello Stato Italione Railroads before coming to America in 1971. He retired from Lapp Insulator, LeRoy, NY in 2007 after 33 years. Mr. Maniaci enjoyed watching wrestling, the Buffalo Bills, along with walks to Centennial Park and Vandetta Stadium. 

He is survived by his sons Frank (Michele) Maniaci of Batavia; Joseph (Kelly) Maniaci of Buffalo; daughter Angie Maniaci of Batavia; 5 grandchildren Nicolette Maniaci of Australia; Frank Maniaci, Amanda and Alexis Balduf all of Batavia; Juliet Maniace of Buffalo; along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday November 5, 2019 from 2:00 to 5:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. Prayers will be recited 9:00 AM on Wednesday November 6th at the Funeral Home followed by a 9:30 AM Mass of Christian Burial at Resurrection Parish 18 Ellicott St. Batavia, NY 14020. Leonardo will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Batavia.       

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance, 127 North Street, Batavia, New York 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, NY 14020

eck.png  Richard Eck, 92, of Varysburg, NY passed away on October 28, 2019 in Albion, NY. He was born in Bennington, NY on August 29, 2019 to the late Glenn and the late Elsa (Ripstein) Eck. Richard was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Sue (Nordin) on March 20, 2018 and his siblings, Elsa Donnelly, Dora Griffen, and Glenna Laird.

Richard retired in 1983 from the New York State Department of Transportation in Warsaw after 37 years of service.

Richard is survived by his brother, Gary (Mary Ann) Eck;  children, Daniel (Tina) Eck of Batavia, Kevin (Karen) Eck of Blairsville, Ga., and Gayle (Garret Peters) Jones of East Amherst, NY; 5 granddaughters, Amy (Marc Adduci) Eck, Karen (Jesse Catino) Eck, Katherine (David) Prest, Savannah (Sal) Russo, and Maren Eck; great grandchildren, Gage Catino and Roe Russo; brother-in-law, Robert (Barbara) Nordin, and several nieces and nephews.

A Visitation will be held on Monday, November 4, 2019 from 4-8 pm at the Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main St, Attica, NY 14011. A Funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11 am at the Funeral Home. Burial will be in St. Vincent’s Cemetery, Attica. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Richard’s memory to the Stevens Memorial Community Library,146 Main St., Attica, NY 14011.  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, New York 14011.

Bergen- Steele Caleb Truax, age 23, of Bergen, passed away on Monday, October 28, 2019 at home.

He was born August 22, 1996, in Rochester, son of Stanley and Vicky Beedham Truax of Bergen.

A 2015 graduate of Byron-Bergen High School, he was a star athlete while in school excelling at football, baseball and basketball. He played football for Elba/Byron-Bergen and during his senior year, he was named Section V Class C defensive player of the year and was honored by the New York Sportswriters Association All-State Award as Second Team, Class C linebacker. He was the starting shortstop on the Byron-Bergen Varsity baseball team since 8th grade. He dearly loved his brothers and sisters.

Surviving along with his parents are his siblings; Aimee (Jeff) Rose of Geneseo, Kenleigh (Fiance Dave Garnish) Stefaniak of Bergen, Joelle Truax of Rochester, Taylor (Shavaughn) Stefaniak of Bergen, Connor Stefaniak of Bergen and Whitley Stefaniak of Buffalo; his nephew; Noah Rose; his niece, Celia Rose; his grandparents; Milford (Pam) Truax of Byron and Nancy (late Doc) Beedham of Bergen and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

His brother, Luke Truax, passed away in 2007.

There will be no visitation.  His celebration of life will be held on Friday, November 1st at 4 p.m. at the Byron Fire Hall, 6375 Townline Road, Byron. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Steele's memory may be made to the family to distribute to various charities. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in his memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 51 South Lake Avenue, Bergen.

EAST BETHANY - Marie A. Shea, 79, of East Bethany, passed away Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing At Batavia.

 Marie was born March 15, 1940, in Batavia, a daughter of the late Carl and Leona Miller.

She was a worked as an assembler at GTE Sylvania and then a machine operator for Chapin International in Batavia.  She was a member of West Bethany Baptist Church, was the former Court Clerk for the Bethany Town Court and loved animals and riding horses.  She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister-in-law and aunt.

She was the wife of William E. Shea, whom she married October 1, 1959.

Survivors include her daughter Deborah (Don) Shufelt of Elba; her son Steven Shea of Batavia; 4 grandchildren, Nicole (Patrick) Whelley, Amber Shea, Craig Shufelt and Emily Shea; 2 great-grandchildren, Fergus Whelley and Oliver Whelley; several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 E. Main St. in Batavia where services will be at 11 am Saturday.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Marie's memory may be made to Volunteers for Animals, P.O. Box 1621, Batavia, New York 14021.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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