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konarski_donald_-_photo.jpgDonald M. Konarski, 92 of Elba and formerly of Batavia, passed away unexpectedly on Friday (March 6, 2020) in Panama City Beach, Florida while vacationing with family.

He was born August 19, 1927 in Batavia, a son of the late Frank and Ethel Warren Konarski.

Donald retired in 1989 after 44 years of service from LeRoy Industries. He was a World War II Navy Veteran, a lifetime member of the VFW and former member of the Moose and St. Nick's Clubs. "Dad" as he was affectionately known by many enjoyed bowling, fishing, watching the Buffalo Bills with his son-in-law, going to the lake and the casino and most of all happy hours with his family and friends. He will surely be missed by all.

He is survived by his daughters, Vincenne (Dennis) Maute of Elba and Donna (Keith) Coyne of Washington, NC.  Grandchildren Eric (Angel) Johnston, Patrick (Kasie) Coyne, Carrie (Brad) Fairbank, Lynette Irwin, and Brian Coyne; six great grandchildren, one great- great grandson, nieces and nephews.

He was the brother of the late Vincent Konarski and Frank Konarski

A funeral service and celebration of life will be held at a later date after it is deemed safe from the COVID-19 crisis.

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.

 

 

LeRoy ~ Thomas H. Casey, 74, passed away on Friday, March 27, 2020 at Unity Hospital in Rochester, N.Y.

     Tom was born in Syracuse, N.Y., on Sept. 1, 1945. There he attended Most Holy Rosary School and Central Technical High School. He went on to study culinary arts at the State University of New York at Delhi.

     He served his country as a member of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged.  In addition to serving as chef at several restaurants, Tom worked for the State of New York Corrections Division, where he was director of food administration at Sonyea Correctional Facility. He was a long-time member at St. Brigid’s parish in Bergen, N.Y., and a member at Our Lady of Mercy Parish in LeRoy, N.Y.

     He was proud of his children and worked hard to help them accomplish their goals. Tom’s grandchildren always made him smile. He was an active volunteer at Notre Dame High School in Batavia, N.Y. His children and grandchildren are his legacy.

     Tom is survived by his wife, Mary Kay (Callahan) Casey; two daughters, Eileen (Matt) Gianiodis, and Kathryn (William) Najem; five sons, Robert (Kelly), Ryan (Andrea), Peter (Lauren), Dennis (Laura) and Andrew (Amanda); 17 grandchildren and one great grandchild; his sisters, Margaret Robinson and Collette Byrne; his sisters-in-law, Sheila (Ron) Francis, Christine (John) Zinni, Marlene Casey, Marla Callahan; and brothers-in-law, Michael (Margaret) Callahan; Kevin (Vivian) Callahan ; Thomas (Catherine) Callahan; David (Linda) Callahan; and Timothy (Kelly) Callahan.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Madeline (O’Donnell) and Harold Casey; his brother, Gerald; sisters, Anne Ryan and Bernadette Naughton.

     A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date to be announced.

     In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Notre Dame High School, 73 Union St., Batavia, N.Y. 14020 or the Rochester and Finger Lakes Region Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Thomas Casey.

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


God has welcomed Jane Carol Campbell of Dover on March 28, 2020 after a long, wonderful and courageous life. Jane and her identical twin sister were born March 19, 1950 weighing 2 pounds 10 ounces, in Batavia NY. Jane and her twin sister were born with cerebral palsy. Jane became able to walk with the aid of wooden crutches at the age of 3. She grew up in Leroy, NY, and attended Leroy Central School.

She relocated to Dover, DE in 1964 when her father was reassigned with General Foods. Jane graduated from Dover High School, class of 1969. She graduated from Delaware Technical Community College. She resided in Dover’s Luther Towers and then Silver Lake Nursing Home. She was well-known for her electric wheelchair and her smiling and cheerful attitude.

Jane loved her family and always inquired about her many nieces and nephews. She was an avid camper visiting 30 states and Canada with her family. Her interests included American History focusing on Presidential history. She also was fond of Broadway musicals, John Wayne movies, and the Philadelphia Phillies. She liked to dress patriotically in red, white and blue clothing.

Jane was predeceased by her parents Harold R. Campbell (2009), Mary Lou Brown Campbell, (2011), brother, Robert W. Campbell (2005) and brother in law Richard Jones (2016). She is survived by her twin sister Janet Campbell Jones of Frederica, DE, and younger sister Sandra Campbell Allen (Joseph) of Manahawkin, NJ, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Jane Campbell to the Wesley United Methodist Church, 209 South State Street, Dover, DE, 19901 or the Brandywine Valley SPCA 1757 Horsepond Rd., Dover DE 19901.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date due to the current health issues. Letters of condolence may be sent and guestbook signed at www.torbertfuneral.com

Lee Anne F. Suter, Lima, NY:  At age 76, Lee Anne passed on March 28, 2020.  She was born on March 24, 1944 in Rochester, NY to the late Robert and Agnes (Adams) Butler.  Predeceased by her husband Elmer G. Suter in 2011 and her sister Patricia Smith.  Survived by daughters; Kimberly (James) Riedmiller of Byron and Andrea Suter (Timothy Sauerbier) of Lima; grandchildren, Hannah, Dylan, and Connor Riedmiller; siblings, Robert (Sara) Butler of Avon and Sandra Farron of Livonia.  Also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.

Lee Anne was a lifelong resident of Lima and graduated from Honeoye Falls-Lima High School.  She married Elmer on April 14, 1978 and they celebrated 33 years of marriage before his passing.  Lee Anne retired from Southco in Honeoye Falls.  She loved spending time with family and friends and cherished every moment spent with her children and grandchildren.  She was very giving and always tried to help anyone she could.  She had a good sense of humor and loved making people laugh.

A private graveside service will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Lima, NY.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Lee Anne’s memory to Hearthside Cats, PO Box 282, Geneseo, NY 14454.  To send a condolence or share a memory please visit:  www.doughertyfuneralhomes.com

BATAVIA - Janet L. Murray, 64, of Batavia, passed away Friday, (March 27, 2020), at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo.

Ms. Murray was born July 8, 1955, in Adrian, Michigan, a daughter of Joanne (Peavey) Dart of Batavia and the late Donald Dart.

Janet was a member of Cornerstone Church in East Pembroke and enjoyed reading, crocheting, and playing card and board games.  She cherished time spent with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her son, Thomas (Amanda) Murray of Bethany; grandchildren, Nora and Jack Murray; brothers,  James Dart of Batavia, Dale (Katherine) Dart of Homer, Darrell (late Jennifer) Dart of Holley; a sister Kayleen (Vinny Pastore) Dart of LeRoy.  Serveral nieces and nephews also survive.

Private services will be held for immediate family.  A video of the service will be posted to the funeral home's website. A public service will be held at a later date and will be announced.  Burial will be in West Bethany Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Janet's memory may be made to Volunteers for Animals, P.O. Box 1621, Batavia, New York 14020.

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

hay_thelma_-_photo.jpgThelma “Ozzie” Getman Hay, 93 of Getzville, NY and formerly of Akron, passed away peacefully on Friday (March 27, 2020) at the Rosa Coplan Jewish Home and Infirmary (Weinberg Campus).

She was born November 1, 1926 in Buffalo, NY, a daughter of the late Fred and Helen Heller Hilbrecht.

Thelma was a clerk for Brooks Drugstore in Buffalo prior to her retirement. She was a member of St. Teresa of Avila Roman Catholic Church in Akron and was a member of the Akron Newstead Senior Center. She enjoyed crocheting, crafts, cooking, square dancing with Theodore and country line dancing with Al. She was a mentor, friend and the life of every party. She will be missed dearly by family and friends.

She was predeceased by her husbands, Theodore Getman who died in 1974 and Albert Emerson Hay who died in 2011. She was also the sister of the late June Wysowaty.

Survivors include her four daughters, Elizabeth Riccio of West Seneca, Pamela (Melvin) Falker of Akron, Amy (Steve) Parke of Kempner, TX and JoAnne (Mark) Forbach of Williamsville. Two sons, Michael (Susan) Getman of Clifton and Theodore Getman Jr. of Amherst. Also survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior visitation and services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. 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.

George A. Schmieder, age 94, passed away on Tuesday, March 23, 2020 in The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Batavia.

He was born on October 15, 1925 on a farm in Attica, New York to George and Rosa (Beck) Schmieder.  

He leaves: his wife, Janet (Courtwright) Schmieder; his daughters Karen Schmieder, Marian Smith, Lori Modafferi; sons Thomas Schmieder, Daniel Schmieder and Gary Schmieder; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. George was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Arnold, Frederick and Paul, and sisters Hilda, Erma and Shirley, and his son George (Guy) Schmieder Jr. He left behind a great many friends and acquaintances.

He attended Alexander Central School, where his athletic prowess in basketball and baseball earned him scholarship offers and induction into the Alexander Sports Hall of Fame.

He ultimately took over the family dairy farm, working with brothers Arnold and Paul.

He enjoyed playing cards, golf and fishing. One of his favorite pastimes was conversing with people; he could talk about anything, from current events to sports and history. Always quick to lend a hand or help a friend or neighbor in need, George was well-known in the community for his kindness and willingness to help anyone in need.

A public Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

The family would like to thank the kind and compassionate caregivers at The Grand for their long-term care of George.

Stafford ~ Joseph L. Licata Jr., age 73, of E. Morganville Road, passed away Tuesday morning (March 24, 2020) at Strong Memorial Hospital in the loving presence of his family.

     He was born June 26, 1946 in Batavia, a son of the late Joseph and Caroline Moffo Licata Sr.

     Joe will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, who was extremely supportive and devoted to his family.  He was a U.S. Navy veteran, an avid hunter and enjoyed fishing, making his own wine, cooking, gardening and traveling. He was a member of the YMCA and a Buffalo Bills fan.

     He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Muriel Pinkert Licata; his sons, Brian (Heidi) Licata and Joseph W. Licata (Kwon); grandchildren, Brayden Joseph Licata and Myah Joanne Licata; his siblings, Patricia Roe, Mary (Richard) Laursen, Joan (Stephen) Roe, Kathy (Peter) Chatt and Salvatore (Terri) Licata; brothers-in-law, William Pinkert and Daniel Pinkert, along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

     A memorial mass will be celebrated at a future date to be announced.

     In lieu of any flowers, kindly consider donations in Joe’s memory to either the American Cancer Society or the Batavia Animal Shelter.

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

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

Batavia - Jean G. Hume, 93, of Batavia, passed away Friday, March 20, 2020, at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Jean was born April 9, 1926, in Albion, daughter of the late Roy Derr Gillette and the late Beulah Achilles Gillette. A native of Albion, she was a graduate from Albion High School, class of 1942. She was active in the high school productions of Gilbert and Sullivan Operettas. In addition, she was a member of the Albion United Methodist Church, where she participated in church choirs and Sunday School activities. Jean always kept in touch with her family and friends from Albion.

Jean married James H. Hume in 1951 and moved to the Hume Farm on Creek Road. They celebrated 62 wonderful years of marriage before his passing on April 1, 2013. Jean is also predeceased by her son, Joel Hume on June 30, 2019 and her sister, Carol Seagar Hunt.

An active member of the Batavia community, she was an active member of the Batavia First United Methodist Church since 1952. Jean was a member of the McNabb Class, Ingraham Class, Women's Morning Worship Circles, served as the treasurer of the church and was responsible for the memorial fund of the church.

Jean was also an integral part of United Memorial Medical Center; the former Genesee Memorial Hospital. Jean was a member and past president of the Hospital League, volunteered in the snack shop and was later employed part-time as the hospital historian and public relations director where she worked until she was 80 years old.

Jean was known for her organizational skills which she acquired from the Rochester Business Institute. She also loved to take photographs which had to have names and dates on the back side. Her most important job was raising her five children with her husband, Jim.

Survivors include her children; Jeff (Theresa) Hume of West Palm Beach, Florida; Judd Hume of Portland, Maine, Jack (Sarah) Hume of Silver Spring, Maryland and Jill (Kevin) Bailey of Canandaigua; five grandchildren; Meghann Hume of West Palm Beach, Florida; Nicholas (Jessica) Hume of West Palm Beach, Florida; Emily Hume of Meherrin, Virginia; Shaunna (John) Bailey Stith of Ventura, California and Merritt J. Bailey of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; two great-grandchildren; Nathan Reeves and MacKenzie Jean Hume of West Palm Beach, Florida; two nephews, John (Linda) Hume of Batavia and Roger (Mary) Hume of Batavia as well as five great-great-nieces.

There are no prior visiting hours. Her memorial service will be held at the Batavia First United Methodist Church at a later date. She will be laid to rest in West Bethany Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jean's memory may be made to First United Methodist Church of Batavia, 8221 Lewiston Road, Batavia, New York 14020 or UMMC Hospital League Foundation, 127 North Street, Batavia, New York 14020. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Jean's memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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

Alden - Ruby Martha Blachowicz, 85, of Alden, passed away Friday, March 20, 2020, at Brothers of Mercy Nursing Home.

Mrs. Blachowicz was born September 20, 1934, in Buffalo, daughter of the late Joseph and the late Matilda Nowak Kaczmarek.

She is survived by her husband, Michael Blachowicz. They were married November 7, 1953. She is also survived by her children;  Jill (Kenneth) Allen of Salinas, California, Rosalyn Blachowicz of Darien, Michael J. (Judy) Blachowicz of Rochester, Eric (Donna) Blachowicz of Batavia  and Adam (D'Ann) Blachowicz of Zebulon, North Carolina; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

She is the mother of the late Carl Blachowicz who passed away in 2013.

There will be no prior visitation.  Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Batavia.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Ruby’s name to Brothers of Mercy Foundation, 4520 Ranson Road, Clarence, New York 14031. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Ruby's name, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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

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