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x-mas_trees.jpgONOLEE M. RITCHEY – Of Rochester, Age 72, died unexpectedly Thursday morning December 12, 2019 at her home. She was born October 4, 1947 in Batavia, NY to the late Nelson and Beatrice (Worthington) Osborne also preceded in death by her beloved husband, Cletus Ritchey, grandsons, Kenneth & Jeffery Ritchey; siblings, Melvin Osborne, Barbara Donahue and Beverly Wrightmeyer.

Onolee worked for Fee Bros. in Rochester, she enjoyed holidays, especially Christmas time and had a great love for her family.

She is survived by her children, Deborah (Terry) Conrad of Batavia, Tammy (Jack Aman) Litteer of Rochester, David Ritchey of Rochester and Terry Ritchey of Batavia; cherished grandchildren, Nicholas, Kassondra, Julie (Christopher), Nathan, Nichole, Felicia & Katlyn; great-grandchildren, Sabrina, Aleigha, Mitchell & Shawna; siblings, Nelson “Butch” (Barbara) Osborne of LeRoy, Robert (Gerri) Osborne of NC, Kelvin Osborne of Rochester along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will be present from 2-4 & 7-9p.m. on Tuesday December 17, 2019 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where Funeral Services will take place 11a.m. Wednesday December 18, she will be laid to rest in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Elba, NY and memorials can be made to the family.

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

THE FAMILY OF ONOLEE M. RITCHEY IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4210 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NY 14020

putney_ercel_-_photo.jpgErcel A. Putney passed away on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at the age of 95 surrounded by her loving family. She was born to the late Raymond and Edna (Knight) Maxon on the Maxon Family Farm in Bennington, NY, on August 30, 1924 as one of eleven children.

Whether it was playing in the snow with her brother Art, helping her father drive a team of horses in the sugar bush, or going barefoot in the yard with a chicken under her arm, Ercel was known for her kindness and generosity, always putting others before herself. A quick wit and funny sense of humor accompanied her bright personality. An active 4-H leader for 25 years of the Alexander Buttons & Batter 4-H Club, she was also a member of Home Bureau, Hobby Club, and the First Baptist Church of Batavia. A passionate gardener, Ercel enjoyed being outdoors, tending to her flower beds, and growing vegetables which she would can and freeze to use during the winter. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, and was an avid baker, known for her signature crescent rolls and potato salad.

Her greatest accomplishment, pride and joy were her seven children, twelve grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Ercel is survived by her seven children: Neil Putney of Alexander, Sherry Floyd of College Station, TX, Zynon (Lisa) Putney of Brockport, Ricky (Arlene) Putney of Coatesville, PA, Chareny (Darwin) Rydl of College Station, TX, Jama (Frank) Giammona of Santa Rosa, CA, and Aurilla Putney of Alexander. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, one sister Elaine (Joseph) Heller, Jr. of Bennington, as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of fifty years, the late Merton C. Putney, son-in-law Lou Floyd, and nine brothers and sisters: Wilma Nichols, LaVern Maxon, Althea Barager, Howard Maxon, Dain Maxon, Genevieve Reiner, Daisy MacPherson, Gifford “Art” Maxon, and Stuart Maxon.

Family and friends are invited to join Ercel’s family for tears, hugs, and fond memories at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia,  on Wednesday, December 18th from 4:00 - 8:00 pm, and on December 19th from 9:30 -11:00 am at the FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF BATAVIA, 306 East Main St., Batavia, with the funeral service immediately following. Interment will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Alexander.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alexander Fire Department Rescue Squad Ambulance Fund or the First Baptist Church of Batavia. 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.

PERRY - Heidi L. Hopkins, 46, of Perry, passed away Tuesday, (December 10, 2019), at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo.

Ms. Hopkins was born October 28, 1973, in Batavia, a daughter of the late David Hopkins and the late Dorothy (Ferringer) Hopkins.

Heidi enjoyed painting, completing jigsaw puzzles, and cooking.  Most of all, she loved caring for her family.

She survived by her Loving Companion of 30 years, Roy Lawrence of Batavia; children, Samantha (Kailee Teufel) Lawrence of Batavia, Jamie (Nick Porter) Lawrence of LeRoy, Patrick Lawrence of Batavia, and Heather (Justin VanDurnam) Lawrence of Corning; grandchildren,Tyler, Joseph, and Annabelle VanDurnam; a brother, David Hopkins of Batavia; a sister Michey Hopkins of Batavia; a brother-in-law, Stanley Stent of Batavia; and a cousin Kathy Penders of Batavia.

Heidi is preceded in death by a son, Adam Lawrence, a daughter, Ashley Lawrence; a grandaughter, Haley Porter; and a sister, Heather Stent.

Friends may call from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Monday (December 16, 2019) at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia, where Heidi's Funeral Service will immediately follow at 5 p.m. with Rev. Bill Hockey will officiating.  Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery, Batavia. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Heidi'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.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

buffalo_bills.gifDUANE A. BLAKEMAN ~ Age 62, of Batavia, died Tuesday December 3, 2019 at Rochester General Hospital. Duane was born November 22, 1957 in Batavia, NY to the late Grant and Betty (Nolan) Blakeman also preceded in death by his sister, Betty Blakeman.

Duane was a Buffalo Bills fan, enjoyed NASCAR and watching WWE Wrestling.

Surviving is his son, Cody (Jennifer Newton) Blakeman of Batavia; siblings, John Blakeman of TN, Grant (Penny) Blakeman of HI and Bruce Blakeman of FL along with several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held privately by Duane’s family and memorials in his memory are suggested to the family.

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

THE FAMILY OF DUANE A. BLAKEMAN IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020.

 

j_martino.jpgJON B. MARTINO ~ Age 55, of Oakfield, beloved husband, father, son and brother died peacefully Wednesday December 11, 2019 at Crossroads House. He was born in Batavia, NY on May 27, 1964 to Benjamin and June (Yoder) Martino of Oakfield.

Jon worked for the University of Rochester and was a member of Resurrection Parish. He enjoyed fishing with his father, Friday morning golf with his best bud, hiking with his family and simply hanging with his boys. He was an avid Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres fan and was the ultimate handy man, he could asses the problem, take it apart, put it back together and it worked! Jon was a simple man, he was his own man who walked his own path in life doing it honestly and always, always putting his family first.

Surviving along with his parents is his beloved wife of 30 years, Linda (Warren) Martino of Oakfield; loving sons, Dylan and DJ Martino both at home; sisters, Suzanne (Tim) Cansdale of Rushford, NY and Rebecca Cohen of Batavia; brothers & sisters-in-law, Don (Jo) Warren of WV, Chris (Kim) Warren of TN, Kim (Terry) Burns of Spencerport and Todd (Ronald) Warren of Batavia along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jon’s family will be present from 5-8p.m. on Friday December 13, 2019 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020, please assemble 11:00a.m. at Resurrection Parish (St. Mary’s Site) on Saturday December 14 to Celebrate Jon’s Mass of Christian Burial. 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 Martino family at www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.

THE FAMILY OF JON B. MARTINO IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020.

ROBERT J. BRICE ~ Age 62, lifelong Batavia resident, died Wednesday December 4, 2019 following a long illness at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation. Robert was born December 28, 1956 in Batavia, NY to the late Willard “John” and Mildred (Blaker) Brice also preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Ann Ribbeck.

Robert enjoyed all genres of music and had a great love of family.

Surviving is his son, Kenneth, 2 grandchildren, sisters, Linda Berrios and Connie Denton; brother Norm (Donna) Brice along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services for Robert will be held privately for the family and he will be laid to rest in Mumford Rural Cemetery. Memorials in his memory are suggested to his family.

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

THE FAMILY OF ROBERT J. BRICE IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020.

ronald.jpg  Ronald H. Christbaum, 79 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on December 11, 2019 at LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home. He was born in Buffalo on April 18, 1940.  He is preceded in death by his wife Linda K. (Westcott) Christbaum, his parents and a sister.    

Mr. Christbaum, was principle of Genesee Valley BOCES and Erie 1 BOCES in West Seneca before his retirement. He loved math and teaching it to his students, especially the ones that struggled with it because he did too. Ron taught his daughter Alexis and students practical life skills every chance he had. He enjoyed living in the country, being outside building things and doing masonry work. His favorite thing in the world was collecting and rebuilding cars. Ron was a very supportive father, never missing concerts, programs or events.    

Mr. Christbaum is survived by his beloved daughter Alexis Christbaum of Batavia.   

There will be no prior calling hours and services will be held privately.     

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Camp Good Days & Special Times, 6430 Transit Rd. #300, Depew, NY 14043. 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.  

 

     Doug Dayton, 73, of Alexander, rose to Glory on November 26, 2019.  He was born on January 2, 1946 in Warsaw, NY to A. Warren and Flora Burton Dayton.  He grew up in Alexander spending all his childhood summers with his family at Camp-in-the-Woods on Bear Lake in Chautauqua County.  After college, where he formed lifelong friendships, Doug married Martha on December 28, 1971.  He pursued his passion for building homes both in his business and as a volunteer.  Doug and Martha have two sons who grew up learning how to build a home, as well as houses, and to pursue their own callings.  He blessed family and friends with his homemade bread. Doug put down his hammer a few days before he went to Roswell for a successful stem cell transplant.  Resulting complications were too much to overcome.  After living out his faith in his family, business, church and community, he left a worn out body behind for the perfect one given by his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Doug is survived by his loving wife, Martha; their two sons, Jon of Alexander and Warren (Allison) of Roanoke, VA; their six grandchildren, Ollie, Jack, Henry, Elliott, Rebecca and Rosemary; his sister, Sally (late Dave) Havens of Dublin, Ohio and their family; his brother, Charlie (Laurie) of Nevada City, CA and their family.   

Friends may call at the Alexander United Methodist Church on Friday, January 31, 2020 from 3 - 7 pm.  Doug’s Celebration of Life service will be held at the Alexander Central School auditorium on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 2:00.  Memorials may be made to this church or a charity of choice.  Any donations to the family will fund a set of tools for an ACS graduate going into building trades.  Your stories from Doug’s life may be sent to P.O. Box 92, Alexander, NY 14005.  We are grateful to Marley Funeral Home in Attica for their compassion and professional care.

Doug will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him yet we rejoice with all who are welcoming him to heaven.  

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It is with a deep and profound sadness that Nichole Lee Ruck, age 35, of Batavia, passed away on December 7, 2019.  She was born on August 12, 1984 to Michael Ruck of Elba and Cheri (Maples) Ruck of Attica.   

Nichole was working on pursuing her Associates degree to become a substance abuse counselor.  She loved helping others and loved to spend time with her family, friends,  and cats Ezzie, GoGo, & Ki-yee.  She enjoyed swimming and art and crafts. 

In addition to her parents, she will be lovingly remembered by sisters Stephanie Ruck and Staci Bartz & brother-in-law Jamie Bartz; nephew Cody Bartz; her niece Rylie Ace and nephew Aiden Ace, grandparents Gerry (Jackie) Cote, Rose and Don Ruck;  Aunt Julie Maples, Uncle Bob Maples and cousin Tara Maples & daughter Winter, Aunts and Uncles Terry & Kevin Novak and Donna & Shane Seyler, as well as cousins Ashley, Zack, Jenna, Keith, and Alison; and her longtime boyfriend Johnny Michalak.  She is preceded in death by her loving baby sister and best friend Hollie Ruck and grandparents Leo & Barb Maples.  Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday December 15th, 2019 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made directly to Stephanie Ruck to assist with final arrangement costs and funeral expenses. 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.

BATAVIA - Luella Josey, 82, of Batavia, passed away Sunday, (December 8, 2019), at The Grand Rehabilitation And Nursing, in Batavia.

Mrs. Josey was born November 22, 1937, in Parkersburg, West Virginia, a daughter of the late George and Myrtle Hamilton.

She is the wife of the late Zack Josey.

Luella is survived by her children, David (Sandy) Milam of Parkersburg, WV, Mark Milam of Batavia, and Barbara Josey of Pembroke; a step-daughter, Judy Josey of Baltimore, MD; son-in-law, Ed Stevenson of Bergen; sister-in-law, Diane Jenkins of Belpre, OH.  Several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren also survive.

She is preceded in death a son, Ronald Milam; daughter, Laurie Stevenson; and a brother, Gary Jenkins.

There will be no visitation.  A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Luella's memory may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

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

Luella's family has entrusted the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 E. Main St., Batavia with arrangements.

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