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r._severance_pic.jpgRUSSELL A. SEVERANCE ~ Age 68, of Batavia, died peacefully December 3, 2019 at Crossroads House. He was born in N. Tonawanda on August 6, 1951 to the late Gerald and Mary (Devlin) Severance also preceded in death by a sister, Jean Severance.

Russ served his country honorably with the US Navy and was retired from Harrison-Radiator in Lockport. His time and love was for family, especially his grandchildren.

Surviving is his wife of 15 years, Barbara (Kingdon) Severance of Batavia; his loving daughters, BethAnne (Joseph) Nicholas of LeRoy and their children, Emily & SophieAnne; Mary Margaret Gugino and her children, Cameron, Tyler, Ryleigh & Aniston; sister, Dale (Edward) Moll of Wheatfield; dear friend, Laura Dutton-Pontillo of Byron along with several nieces and nephews.

The Severance family will be present from 3-8p.m. on Monday December 9 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where a Remembrance Service will begin at 7:30p.m. Russ will be laid to rest in White Chapel Memorial Cemetery in Amherst with his parents and in lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Crossroads House PO Box 403 Batavia, New York 14021.

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



KEITH C. O’BRIEN ~ Age 76, of Batavia, died Friday November 29, 2019 at The Grand Rehabilitation & Nursing Batavia. Keith was born February 10, 1943 in Buffalo, NY to the late Charles and Jane (Greenman) O’Brien.

Keith passed away suddenly on Friday, leaving everyone in shock. Rarely has anyone lived life as richly and deeply as Keith, so our sudden loss left many people who loved and respected him stunned. Any stranger who met Keith soon became a friend of his. He was very compassionate and the “go to” person for advice.  Keith was a dedicated father and grandfather. We will miss him terribly. Keith was a former employee of the Sears & Roebuck Co. and Independent Health and had a passion for cars.

Surviving is his adoring wife, Sandy (Elmore) O’Brien of Batavia; his loving children, Kevin (Marci) O’Brien of Tonawanda and their children, Erin & Lyndsay; Kerry (Ann) O’Brien of Tonawanda and their children, Peyton & Aiden; Debra (Roger) Toal of SC and their children, Nathan (Salena), Mitch (Becca) & Josh; Steve (Chris) Cifelli of WA, and their son, Dylan (RaeAnne); cherished great-grandchildren, Ryleigh Belle and Magnolia Grace; dear friends, George (Cindy) Cole and Paul (Robin) Emerson.

Services for Keith will be held privately for the family and he will be laid to rest with his parents in Elm Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo. Memorials in his memory are suggested to Volunteers for Animals 3841 West Main Road Batavia, New York 14020.

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


Batavia - Elizabeth J. "Betty" Constantino, age 81, of Batavia, passed away on Thursday, December 5, 2019, at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Betty was born March 6, 1938, in Batavia, a daughter of the late Cosmo and Carrie Pulvino Constantino.

A member of St. Joseph's Church, Betty loved playing Bingo, getting her hair done and spending time with her nieces, nephews and extended family.

Survivors include her brother, Cosmo (Lucy) Constantino of Batavia and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She is predeceased by her siblings, Vincent, Anthony, Joseph, Salvatore and Charles Constantino, Rose Smith, Elaine Mogavero and Mary Lou Torcello.

Friends may call from 2 - 4 p.m. on Sunday at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia where services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday. She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Batavia. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Elizabeth's memory may be made to the family. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

LeRoy ~ Lillian C. Antinore, age 85, passed away Thursday evening (December 5, 2019) at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home surrounded by her loving family.

     She was born March 18, 1934 in Cortland, NY, a daughter of the late John and Agnes Storey Cherchio.

     Lillian will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, who was devoted to her family and her faith.  She was a member of the Third Order of Our Lady of Mercy Parish and was known for her "prayer list" for the people of her community.  She made and delivered St. Joseph's bread for over 50 years and was retired from the Boy Scouts of America, where she was the Office Manager for many years.

     She is survived by her children; Laurie Carlson of Rochester, Nancy (Joseph) Szymanski of LeRoy, Joanne (Joseph) Dermady of Irondequoit, Anthony Antinore of Rochester and Carol (Susan Schinaman) Antinore of Rochester; grandchildren, Kimberly Antinore, Angela (Cole) Farner, Luke Carlson (Jess Moody) and Katherine Dermady; great-grandchildren, Jack and Mason Farner; sisters, Gloria Havington of Cortland and Carol Bailey of Ocala, FL; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Karen and Milton Ebersold of LeRoy, along with many nieces and nephews.

     She was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Joseph A. Antinore and brothers-in-law, Charles Havington and Red Bailey.

     The family would like to thank the staff of the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home for their care and compassion during their mom's residency.

     Family and friends may call on Monday, Dec. 9 from 3 ~ 7 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service, 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19), LeRoy.  Her Rite of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday at 11 AM at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter's Church, 44 Lake St., LeRoy. Interment in St. Francis Cemetery will be private. 

     Memorials are suggested to Our Lady of Mercy Parish, 44 Lake St., LeRoy, N.Y.

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


LeRoy ~ Mary Ann O'Shea, age 76, passed away on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 after a long battle with cancer.  She was born to the late James Cifelli and Viola Pfalzer on August 19, 1943.

     Mary Ann attended Notre Dame High School in Batavia.  After graduation, she married the love of her life, Richard Wendall O'Shea, on October 13, 1962.  Mary Ann was a loving, dedicated mother to four children and seven grandchildren.  She was very proud of her family and made sure she attended every sporting event and performance.  She was the rock of her family.

     Mary Ann was very active in the LeRoy community.  She was a cub scout leader, bingo captain, PTA member, Eucharistic Minister and Catholic Church volunteer.  She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, traveling and playing bridge.

     Mary Ann was known for her strength and unwillingness to give up.  She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

     Mary Ann is survived by her husband of 57 years, Richard W. O'Shea, sons, Brian C. O'Shea and Robert P. (Tracey) O'Shea; daughters, Karen E. (William) O'Shea-Bartley and Kathleen A. O'Shea; grandchildren, Thomas and Taylor O'Shea, Sean Bartley, Keriann Bartley-Zahorviko, Jack Bartley, Luke Bartley and Avery Graziosi; siblings, James Cifelli and Thomas (Karen) Cifelli, along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

     Family and friends may call on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 2 ~ 5 P.M. at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19), LeRoy.  Her Rite of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, Dec. 9 at 11:00 A.M. at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter's Church, 44 Lake St., LeRoy.  Interment private.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to either LeRoy Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 56, LeRoy, NY 14482 or Gilda's Club Rochester, 255 Alexander Street, Rochester, N.Y. 14607. www.gildasclubrochester.org

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

smith_janice_-_photo.jpgJanice Mae Smith, 81 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Thursday (December 5, 2019) at Rochester General Hospital.

She was born December 28, 1937 in Wellsville, NY, a daughter of the late Paul and Mildred Strong Dibble.

Janice enjoyed taking trips to her sons cottage, if it was just for a picnic or to gaze over the water, but also to watch her grandchildren enjoy themselves. She also enjoyed crocheting, where she made several baby blankets. Janice was one to talk on the phone and was known for having multiple conversations at once. Most of all, she was the matriarch to her family, where she held everyone together and was the “Support Group” for her family and their friends.

She was the wife of the late Franklin B. Smith who died September 28, 2018.

Survivors include her son, Michael (Laura) Smith of Batavia. Daughters, Debra (Earl) Klehn of Oakfield, Brenda (Mark) Platten of Batavia, Linda (David Riley) Smith of Batavia and Pamela (Ron Olson) Smith of Oakfield.  Brother, Ronald (Sue) Dibble of Batavia.  Also survived by 10 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Sunday (December 8th) from 4-8pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia. Burial will be in the Byron Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.




Elizabeth “Betty” Hiddemen Rice, age 94 of Perry, NY passed away on December 5, 2019 at Eastside Nursing Home where she had been residing. On October 26, 1925 Betty was welcomed into the household of Katherine D. and William H. Hiddemen in Glenolden, Pa. Along with her parents she is preceded in death by her husband: Clark T. Rice whom she married on November 22, 1945, he passed away in 1999, siblings: Katherine Mechesney, Henrietta Schreiber, William, George and Frank Hiddemen.

Betty was a 1943 graduate of Glen-Nor High School in Glenolden, PA., 1946 graduate of Episcopal Hospital of Philadelphia training School for Nurses, in 1974 received her Bachelor’s degree from Empire State College, 1974 received her Nurse Practitioner degree from Syracuse Community Hospital and in 1977 received her Master’s degree from SUNY Brockport. Betty was certified in both New York and Pennsylvania as a registered nurse. She worked at the Wyoming County Community Hospital for several years then for 25 years was Dr. Willard Chapin’s physician assistant and retired from SUNY Geneseo. Betty also worked with her late husband at the former Little Studio in Perry. She helped with all aspects of the photography studio, going to weddings, doing school pictures, touching up and processing film and doing the book keeping. Both occupations bringing her great joy. She was an active member of the Holy Apostles Episcopal Church in Perry, where she taught Sunday school, served on the Altar Guild, served on the Vestry typing the weekly bulletin, attended many conventions, and was a representative to the “Small Churches of Episcopal Churches of Western New York. Betty was a member of the Castile and Nunda Historical Societies, former director of the Wyoming County Pioneer Historical Society, member of the Friends of the Greenway, Friends of the Perry Public Library where she was a former Trustee, Order of the Eastern Star,

She is survived by her children: Kathryn (Marwin) Cummings of Tioga, PA., David (Darlene) Rice of Perry, 5 grandchildren: Tracey (Ross Shourds) Rice, Greg (Joy) Cummings, Jonathan (Tanya) Rice, Christopher (Sarah) Rice and Aaron Rice, great grandchildren: Sam, Owen and Robyn Cummings, Henry, Maeve and Geoffrey Rice, along with many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call from 12-2pm on Saturday December 7, 2019 at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, NY 14530 where Funeral Services will follow at 2:00PM. She will be laid to rest in Glenwood Cemetery in Perry.

(In lieu of flowers) Memorial contributions may be made to the Perry Rotary Club P.O. Box 103 Perry, NY, Perry Public Library 70 N. Main St. Perry, NY or to the Wyoming County Arts Council P.O. Box 249 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.


Joseph "Joe" Beszczynski,Jr of Darien Center passed away after a long illness on November 29, 2019. Joe is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Helen (Rustowicz); his children,  Joe (Kate) Beszczynski III and Linda (David) Shoe; grandson, Joe(Janet) Beszczynski IV; and great grandchildren, James, Abigail, and Destiny; siblings, Adele (the late Dan) Tybor, Gene (Edwina) Beszczynski, Dan (the late Cecilia) Beszczynski; many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Joe was born in Buffalo, NY to the late Joseph and Anna (Krawczyk) Beszczynski, Sr. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Timothy and his brothers, Ray and Cy Beszczynski. Joe trained and drove harness horses for over 30 years. He enjoyed racing stock cars and construction work. He retired from Harness horse racing and working at Skyline Campground.

There will be no prior visitation or services. 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


BERGEN - Robert K. Aradine, 84, of Bergen, passed away Monday, (December 2, 2019), at United Memorial Medical Center, in Batavia.

Mr.  Aradine was born June 26, 1935, in Bergen, a son of the late Kenneth and Imogene (McIntyre) Aradine.

Bob was a lifetime farmer and truck driver, a 45 year member and past Master of the Hesperus Lodge Free and Accepted Masons in Bergen, and a member of the Bergen United Methodist Church.  He was active with the FFA and enjoyed huting, fishing, snowmobiling, and spending time with his family.

Robert is survived by his loving companion, Jackie Toscano of Bergen, sons, Richard A. (Sharon) Aradine and Jeffrey (Elizabeth) Aradine both of Bergen; grandchildren, Jeffrey (Bethany) Aradine of Bergen, Brandon (Megan) Aradine of Byron, Justin Aradine, and Jenna Aradine both of Bergen; great-grandchildren, Levi, Evelyn, Kate, and Abby Grace Aradine; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Aradine of Bergen; a brother, David (Marie) Aradine of Bergen, brother-in-law, Kenneth Bater of Cali. 

Mr. Aradine is preceded in death by a son, Barry Aradine; Brother, Roy Aradine; and sisters, Emily Bater, and Ann Bater.

There will be no visitation.  A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.  Burial will be in Mt. Rest Cemetery, Bergen. Flowers are gratefully declined, however those wishing may make a memorial contribution to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 in Robert's name.  Please leave a message of condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Bergen. 

LeRoy ~ Dolly (Phyllis) Piazza, 79, of West Main Road, passed away Saturday evening, November 30, 2019, at Strong Memorial Hospital in the loving presence of her family.

     She was born on December 30, 1939 in Batavia a daughter of the late Nunzio “Duke” Maloni and Stella Macugowski. She was a graduate of LeRoy High School, Class of 1957.

     She retired in 2017 after 38 years as co-owner and Head Chef and Baker at LB Grand Restaurant. At age 11 she learned to make her signature spaghetti sauce and meatballs in her father’s restaurant when her mother fell ill. Her mother eventually recovered and over time, taught Dolly how to make various homemade pies, cakes, pastries and other desserts.

     She also worked many years as a waitress in the Club House at Batavia Downs. She then entered the bar and restaurant business with her husband and several different family members over the years.

     She will be remembered not only for the quality of her cooking, but also for her hard work, forgiving nature, generosity and love for her family and friends. She was an inspiration to all that knew her.

     She is survived by her husband of 60 plus years Ronald A. Piazza Sr., a brother, Samuel Maloni,  a sister in-law Cindy Maloni of LeRoy, children, Ronald (Cindy) Piazza, Pamela Morrow (Ronald Shoemaker) all of LeRoy, Joseph Piazza of Tavares,Florida, Michael Piazza and John (Joele) Piazza also of LeRoy. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, Nicolena (Mike) Schmidt of Dale NY, Janelle Piazza (Matt Ellis) of LeRoy, Nicholas (Kari) Piazza of Ransomville, NY, Joseph Piazza Jr., Anthony Piazza and Vincent Piazza all of Tavares, Florida, Kimberly (Josh) Jacobs of Hawaii,  Melissa Piazza of Batavia, Nate Piazza of LeRoy, Kari Piazza (Steve Cappotelli), Benedicto Piazza, Carli Piazza, and Tony Piazza all of LeRoy, and 3 great-grandchildren,  Ariana Bodine and Abigail Bodine of LeRoy and Peyton Jacobs of Hawaii, a nephew, Robert Maloni of LeRoy and a niece Karen Maloni Ferguson of Massachusetts..

Dolly was predeceased by her parents, a brother, Joseph Maloni and nephews Joseph Maloni Jr., John Maloni and Nicholas Maloni.

     Family and friends may call on Wednesday, December 4th from 2 – 8 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road, LeRoy.

     A Memorial Service and interment for Dolly will be held privately.

     Memorials may be made to LeRoy Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 56, LeRoy, N.Y. 14482.

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




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