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newimage3.jpgJames A. “Sarce” “Jim” Saraceni, 56, of Batavia passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2020 at the New York State Veteran’s Home in Batavia. He was born in Batavia, N.Y., on June 27, 1964, to Anthony “Red” and Marcella “Marcy” (O’Neil) Saraceni.

Jim proudly served in the United States Navy and then worked for O-AT-KA Milk Products for 29 years. He was an avid sports fan, and cheered for the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres.

Jim was deeply loved by all who knew him for his witty sense of humor, free-spirit attitude, and charming personality. He could light up a room with just a smile and treated everyone with dignity and respect. Jim was the type of person to give all that he had in order to help others, never expecting anything in return. Jim enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and going on special trips to the zoo, amusement parks, Niagara Falls, and bowling alley with his daughter, nieces, and nephews.

He is survived by his daughter, Rachel Saraceni; parents Anthony and Marcella Saraceni of Batavia; brothers Jeffrey “Jeff” Saraceni, Jerald “Jerry” (Debbie) Saraceni of Illinois, and Joseph “Joe” Saraceni; nieces Justine Saraceni and Jordyn Saraceni; nephews Jeffrey (Kaitlin) Saraceni, and Joseph Saraceni Jr., who is also his Godson; great-nephew Everett Saraceni; great-nieces Amelia Spicer and Marcella “Ella” Saraceni; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The family would like to thank Dr. Kevin Mudd, his team, and the staff at the NYS Veteran’s Home for doing everything they could for James and keeping him as comfortable as possible.

Services will be held privately, and he will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations may be made to Notre Dame High School, 73 Union Ave, Batavia, NY 14020 or Ascension Parish, 19 Sumner St., Batavia, NY 14020. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to send 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.

Batavia - David A. German was born June 11, 1942 to the late James and Helen DeLano German in Batavia died Friday, December 18, 2020 at ECMC in Buffalo as a result of a brain bleed two weeks prior. 

Dave retired in 1998 from Genesee County Highway Department as a Heavy Equipment Operator after working 30 years. Dave previously worked for DeWitt Concrete and Batavia Machine & Tool.  Dave enjoyed traveling and going to casinos with his wife.

Dave was predeceased by his wife of over 57 years, Marjorie, who died September 12, 2020. 

Dave is survived by his sons, Scott D. German of Batavia, Jeffery (Julie Amato) German and her daughter Holleyann Amato of Stafford and Michael C. German of Batavia, his dog Buster and grand dogs Zach, Bailey and Jake.  Dave was also survived by his sister Janet Brinkman of Batavia and his wife’s siblings Eugene “Jake” Boldt of Elba, Robert (Judy) Norton of Cumming GA, Beverly “Sis” Reamer of Maple Hill NC, Ellsworth “Chubby” (Carol) Norton Jr. of Elba, Joyce “Billie” (Ronald) Sixt of Punta Gorda FL and Linda Richenberg of Brockport, his sister-in-law Maureen German of TN and many nephews and nieces.

Dave was also predeceased by his brother James German and brothers in law Donald Brinkman, Charlie Norton, David Reamer, John Richenberg, Wayne Cole his sisters in law Susan Cole, Ellie Boldt, Josie Gualtieri Boldt, and his favorite dogs Poochie, Beaver, Teddy and Babe.

There are no prior calling hours. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to MercyFlight, 100 Amherst Villa Road, Buffalo, New York 14225. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Dave’s name, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

Mark Ryan, 65, a partner in the Washington office of the Mayer Brown law firm and a leader in its global antitrust and competition practice, died Nov. 30 at a medical center in Lewes, Del. The cause was complications following heart surgery, said Stacey Berkowitz, a spokeswoman for the law firm.

Mr. Ryan, a resident of Chevy Chase, Md., was born in Batavia, N.Y. In 1981 he joined the legal staff of Mayer Brown’s Washington office, where he later became managing partner. From 2012 until 2015, he was director of litigation for the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, then returned to the firm. He was a coach of boys and girls athletic teams at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Washington. (Source: Washington Post)

annmariekennedy.jpgAnn Marie Kennedy, 86 of Batavia, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at her residence. She was born in Batavia, the only child of J. Cole and Norma A. (Stahlbusch) Kennedy on February 25, 1934.

She graduated from Batavia High School in 1951 where she was active in the Chorister and the Choral Club.

Following graduation she commenced her life long nursing career at St. Jerome Hospital and completed it at Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester. She was a parishioner at Resurrection Parish in Batavia and St. John the Evangelist in Greece.

There will be no prior calling hours. A Service will be held in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum, Batavia on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 10:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Resurrection Parish, 303 East Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020 or to HomeCare & Hospice, 29 Liberty Street, Suite 6, Batavia, NY 14020 or a charity of the donor’s choice. 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.

robertgholley.jpgRobert G. Holley, 74 of Darien Center, passed away on Friday, December 18, 2020 at the NYS Veterans Home at Batavia. He was born January 3, 1946 in Buffalo to the late Alice Schultz. He is preceded in death by his wife Bonnie (Hickey) Holley.

Mr. Holley is a United States Marine Corps Veteran, member of the Marine Corps League and lifetime member of Amvets Buddy Knaus Post 14 where he was a past Post Commander. He was a former Boy Scout Leader and Tri Town Baseball Coach.

He is survived by his sons Robert (Linda) Jr. of West Seneca, Steve of E. Pembroke, Gary (Fiancé Christie Hancock of Attica and Michael (Tina) Holley of Darien Center; many siblings, 4 grandchildren, 1 great-grandson, along with many nieces and nephews.  

A Celebration of Robert’s Life will be held at a later date. 

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

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.

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