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knipe_robert_-_photo1.jpgBob Knipe died peacefully at home in Batavia, NY on Saturday, February 20th. In the weeks before his passing, Bob received messages of love and support from hundreds of colleagues and friends, and he expressed gratitude at being surrounded by the love of family members, friends and community.

Bob was a person with uncommon intelligence, humor, zest for life, spirit of adventure and commitment to service. He found love with Linda (Zimmerman-Feig) Knipe of Medina and they married on the shores of Lake Ontario in 2007, where in recent years he enjoyed spending summers at their lake cottage. He was also a dear father, grandfather, uncle and friend, and he took great joy in watching his and Linda’s combined family grow and flourish, especially their grandchildren, who will miss their bright, generous and funny “GrandBob” very much.

Robert George Knipe was born to Winifred (Morgan) Knipe and Roger Knipe in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada in June 1947. He lived in Ontario until the age of six, when the family moved to Elba and then Oakfield, NY. In 1957, the family moved to the Pacific Northwest and Bob graduated from Everett High School in 1965, Everett Community College in 1967 and Western Washington University (WWU) in 1969 with degrees in English literature and education. His knowledge of literature, politics, art, and music gained during this time made him practically unbeatable at trivia games for many years.

It was in Washington State in the 60’s when Bob’s love of outdoor adventure began. He learned sailing at the Everett Yacht Club and climbed a number of Cascade volcanoes as a young man. Later, when living along the Rogue River in Grants Pass, Oregon, whitewater rafting became a serious hobby and family activity. Bob was always up for co-leading a Boy Scout outing for his boys’ troop; trips included climbs, overnight canoe camping, winter camping and backpacking treks.

Bob taught English for four years at Sequim High School on the Olympic Peninsula, where he met and married fellow English teacher Judy Johnson.

Bob pursued his Master’s Degree at Indiana University, and got his first higher education job as head of Media Services for Lewis & Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho in 1975, which set him on his path in community college administration for the next four decades. Bob spent nine years in Media Services at Rogue Community College, and 23 years at Genesee Community College, where he retired as Dean of Learning Technologies in 2013. Among other things, he was an expert in online learning and instructional design. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 from the National Instructional Technology Council for his innovative work in distance and online education. He was proud to have spent his career in community colleges, which he saw as a making a critical contribution to educational and economic opportunity and local community and economic development.

Bob had an irreverent sense of humor. He was a connoisseur of good-natured pranks, cringe-worthy puns, and oxymorons; cracking a joke in any setting was part of what made life fun.

Bob was a musician who played several instruments and encouraged musical pursuits in others. Music brought meaning to his life. He said, “Without music, life is kind of a cruel joke. I believe that there is music to the atmosphere, the sciences, the flow of electricity, the beat of a heart. Music is fundamental to everything.” The French horn was his favorite instrument, which he played for nearly 30 years with the Genesee Symphony Orchestra and Batavia Concert Band. He felt that with its large degree of expressiveness and range of possible sounds, the horn’s natural range fit his voice.

Throughout his life, Bob was a very active community volunteer. Indeed, he saw helping others as a way of life. It was an essential part of his character and upbringing: “I can’t not do something; I have to be involved, I have to give back” he said.

And he did. Batavia organizations that Bob served include Genesee Symphony Orchestra, Batavia Concert Band, GoArt!, Batavia Rotary Club, First Presbyterian Church, Richmond Memorial Library, Genesee Valley Wind Ensemble, and the County Office for the Aging, for which he co-hosted a weekly radio program on WBTA. While he often found himself in positions of leadership, he more often took on roles requiring behind the scenes work. Upon retirement, Bob became a volunteer driver for the Veteran’s Administration and had regular shifts driving disabled veterans to their medical appointments. This past December, he and Linda began volunteering with the County Health Department doing data entry for the COVID-19 Rapid Testing Clinic.

Bob was a Batavia Rotarian for 30 years and Youth Exchange Chair (and host for several international students) for 13 years. He was involved in musical theatre throughout his adult life and as a Rotarian, whether on stage, backstage, or in the orchestra pit. He often played the quirky character, never the leading man. He completed his one year term as Rotary President (the ‘Zoom President’) in July 2020. During his presidential year, he helped install bike racks and kiosks on the Ellicott Trail in Batavia.

Bob was proud to have given his two sons and many youth the gift of interest in travel and the growth of intellectual curiosity that comes from traveling. There were many trips to Europe to visit his sister Mary and friends in London who hosted him as a college exchange student in 1968. Bob greatly admired people who are intellectually curious. He felt that people who can ask a question “why” will often get answers that lead to valuable perspective and tremendous advantages in life.

Bob is survived by a large and loving family: his wife Linda Knipe; sons Andy Knipe (Marguerite Jimenez) of Washington, DC and Missoula, Montana and Tom Knipe (Mary Grover) of Ithaca, NY; Linda’s sons John (Elizabeth) Feig of Redwood City, California, Alex (Licia) Feig of Medina, NY, and Jack Feig of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario; grandchildren Alice, Alder, Eleanor, Cecilia, and Samuel Knipe, and Lydia, Everett, and Axel Feig; former wife Judy Johnson of Bend, Oregon; brother-in-law Georges Haour of Geneva, Switzerland; niece Anne Haour and family of Norwich, England; nephew Patrick Haour and family of Paris, France; and many Knipe and Reynolds cousins and their families. He was preceded in death by his father Roger Knipe (d. 1962), mother Winifred Knipe (d. 2011), and sister Mary Haour-Knipe (d. 2013).

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at a future date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Bob’s memory may be made to any of the following organizations: Genesee Symphony Orchestra, Batavia Concert Band, Rotary Club of Batavia, First Presbyterian Church of Batavia, Genesee Valley Wind Ensemble, Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council (GoArt!), and Crossroads House.

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.

butterfly.jpgViola V. Ostrowski, 89 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. She was born on June 24, 1931 in Elba, to the late John and Helena Bonk. She is preceded in death by children Brenda Pellet, Timothy and Christopher Ostrowski, daughter-in-law Barbara Ostrowski, sisters Alice, Gracie and Anita.

Mrs. Ostrowski was a very loving, caring mother that took excellent care of her family.

She is survived by her beloved children, Gary J. (Barbara) Ostrowski of Albion, Michael J. Ostrowski of Lyndonville, Thomas Ostrowski of Batavia, Tina (Jeff) Blando of Florida, 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours, a Celebration of her Life will held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Muscular Dystrophy Association at www.mda.com. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or for more information call (585) 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.
 

davidvmaciejewski.jpegDavid V. Maciejewski, 85, of Orangeville, passed away on February 23, 2021. He was born on July 29, 1935 in Buffalo, NY to the late Thadeus (Sophie Dorobiala) Maciejewski. He is preceded in death by several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Mr. Maciejewski graduated high school and went on to be a machinist at Eastman Machine, in Buffalo. David and Matilda met on Valentine’s day and were happily married for 52 years. In his free time David loved listening to music and was an avid reader. David was an outdoorsmen, who enjoyed hunting and fishing.

David is survived by his beloved wife, Matilda (Kasputis) Maciejewski and several cousins.

There will be no prior calling hours. A Celebration of his Life will be held a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 30 Favor 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.

hanel_george_-_photo1.jpgGeorge A. Hanel, 81 of Batavia, passed away unexpectedly on Monday (February 22, 2021) at his residence.

He was born September 26, 1939 in Buffalo, NY, a son of the late Howard and Maria Matters Hanel.

Mr. Hanel was a Veteran of the U.S. Army, serving his country from 1958-1961. He was employed as an engineer for Conrail prior to his retirement. He enjoyed trains, traveling and would often take long driving trips with his wife.

He was the husband of the late Evelyn Hanel, father of the late David Hanel and brother of the late John Hanel.

Survivors include his children, Karl (Dawn) Hanel of Corfu, Maureen Smith of Batavia and Mark Hanel of LeRoy. Brothers, Leonard (Therese) Hanel of Grand Island and Paul (Roberta) Hanel of West Virginia. Sisters, Patty Ann (Dale) VanSlyke of Rochester and Stephanie (Gary) Seitz of South Carolina. Sister in-law, Johanna Hanel of North Carolina. Also survived by 8 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at a later time with burial in Grandview Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the NYS Veterans Home Activities Fund, 220 Richmond Ave., Batavia, NY 14020 or Disabled American Veterans at www.dav.org. 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.

 

 

Oakfield - Genevieve Versaggi, age 85, of Oakfield  passed away on Monday, February 22, 2021 at her home.

Mrs. Versaggi was born August 4, 1935 in Buffalo, a daughter of the late Leo Kawacz and Stella Waclawski Kawacz. 

A longtime member of St. Padre Pio Parish in Oakfield, she enjoyed word puzzles, working crossword puzzles and Sudoku puzzles. Mr. & Mrs. Versaggi were regulars at McDonald's on West Main Street in Batavia where they stop in for lunch daily and enjoyed playing Bingo and having coffee with their "coffee klatch".  A devoted wife and mother, she adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who were her entire world. 

She is survived by her husband, Frank J. Versaggi whom she married on June 11, 1955; her children; Robert F. (Ann Marie) Versaggi of Oakfield; Debra A. (Darryl) Reuben of Medina and Cheryl M. (Lorraine) Myers of Elba; five grandchildren; Alissa (Adam) Helsdon, Amanda (Brandon) Gattie, Ashley (Brian) Zeberl, Jake Myers and Jeremy Versaggi; five great-grandchildren; Riley, Owen, Blake, Gianna and Aiden; her brother; Leon Kawacz of Greece along with several nieces and nephews.

She is the sister of the late Richard Kawacz.  

There are no prior visiting hours. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 10 a.m. at St. Padre Pio Parish, 56 Maple Avenue, Oakfield. She will be laid to rest in St. Cecilia's Cemetery. To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle in her name please visit www.burdettandsanford.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield.

*Church capacity will be limited to 50%. Facial covering and social distancing will be mandatory. We thank you for your consideration and cooperation*

Batavia - Roland R. "Cappy" Cappiello, 97 of Batavia passed away on Saturday, (February 20, 2021) at Wyoming County Skilled Nursing Facility in Warsaw.

Mr. Cappiello was born November 14, 1923 in Brooklyn, a son of the late Ralph M. and Antoinette (Tepedino) Cappiello. 

Cappy lived for many years on a street he himself named: Evergreen Drive in Batavia. He was a member of Resurrection Parish and served his country honorably in WWII with the Army Air Corps as a radio operator in B24 Bombers. Both prior to the war and after, Roland worked for Doehler-Jarvis and worked his way up to Quality Control Manager before retiring. Following his retirement, he and his wife, Irene enjoyed snowbirding in California and Texas near their children, which allowed ample time to golf.  

He is the husband of Irene S. (Potwora) Cappiello. The two were married on September 14, 1946 and spent over 74 years together. 

Surviving along with his wife are his children, Anne L. (Darrel) Crotzer of Batavia, Susan M. (Joseph) Copp of La Jolla, Cali., James R. (Bobbi) Cappiello of Willis, Texas, William M. Cappiello of Batavia, and Michelle M. (Tom) Clattenburg of Batavia; grandchildren, Kells Copp, Kelley (Paul) Caffo, Jamie (Andrew) Maguire, Devon (Gabe) Moraes, and Tara Clattenburg; great-grandchildren, Levy and Stella Moraes; a brother, Dr. Lawrence (Marian) Cappiello of Lockport; a sister, Lois (late Michael) Feichtenbiner of Grand Rapids, Mich. Also survived by nieces and nephews.

Roland is preceded in death by a sister, Juliet who passed away in 1986. 

Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street in Batavia.  Roland 's Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, (February 27, 2021) from St. Joseph's Church, 303 East Main Street in Batavia.  Entombment with military honors will be in St. Joseph's Mausoleum in Batavia.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516 or to Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, 9145 Cheasapeake Drive, San Diego, CA 92123.

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

difalco.jpg  Valerie V. DiFalco, 95, of Batavia passed away peacefully on Friday Febraury 19, 2021 at the United Memorial Medical Center. She was born on November 23, 1925 in Buffalo to the late Peter and Ida (Schiavi) Sinibaldi. In addition to her parents, Valerie is predeceased by her husband; Sebastian DiFalco in 1995; siblings Richard (Millie) Sinibaldi, Victoria (Joseph) Piccolo, Jimmy Sinibaldi and Catherine (Joseph) Colantonio.

Valerie worked for 30 years at Mancuso Plumbing and for many years as an Accountant at OTB in Batavia. She was an avid bowler until she was 92 years old. Valerie was a lifelong New York Yankees fan. She loved to travel with her husband and enjoyed entertaining her friends and family.

She is survived by her sister; Mary (Tom) Adams of E. Bethany, along with many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephews.  

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 25th, 2021 from 4-7PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held and Valerie will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum in Batavia.
The funeral home will be operating at 50% of its capacity during visitation due to COViD 19 restrictions. Face coverings and social distancing are mandatory. Thank you for your cooperation.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital www.stjude.org or to the donor's choice. 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, New York 14020.

Stafford ~ Richard “Dick” F. Totten, age 74, of Morganville Road, passed away unexpectedly at home on Sunday, February 21, 2021.

     He was born November 7, 1946 in Batavia, a son of the late Fay and Betty Buck Totten.

     Dick will be remembered as a very devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and dear friend.  He was a hardworking and private man, who was never known to complain about anything.  He was the proud owner and operator of Hy-Hope Farms in Stafford and he loved being outside; whether it involved chopping corn, working around his barn or just spending time with his Glenside Clydesdale horses.

     He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Bonnie Fite Totten; his children; Debbie Totten, Lori (Pete) Brown, Jody (Scott) Shepard, Kristen Meeder and Caitlyn Meeder; his grandchildren, Chelsea (Chris) Voorhees, Samantha (Mike) Pellegrino, Travis Trader, Luke Trader, Tori Trader, Jordyn Shepard and Joslyn Shepard; his sisters, Brenda (Masami) Iburi and Linda (Chuck) Miller; his brother, Ron (Barb) Totten; sister-in-law, Pat Totten; his faithful canine companions, Sadie Mae and Bronson, along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

     In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Kenneth Totten.

     Family and friends may call on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 2 ~ 4 P.M. at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19), LeRoy.  Services will be private.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, PO Box 631, Buffalo, NY 14240.  www.roswellpark.org/giving/donate/honor-memorial-gifts

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

darraleebmcculloch.jpegDaralee Bobette McCulloch was born to Frederick and Norma Ruth Roberts in Buffalo NY on a winter’s day in March, 1941. She was the middle child of 7 siblings: the late Paul ( Linda ) Roberts of Michigan, the late Ronald ( Barbara ) Roberts of Batavia, the late Dennis ( Mary Jane) Roberts of Attica, the late Shirley ( Gene ) Limpinsel of Elma, Michelle (Frankie) Carr of Phoenix, Arizona and Yvonne (Rex) Bishop of Florissant, Colorado.

Cookie, small and sweet as her nick name perfectly implies, yet she was of a specific kind, strong, sassy and resilient. One tough Cookie! She could cut a man down with her sharp tongue yet she would fill the bellies of the strays and be the voice of the voiceless. Such was her sense of justice. Her heart more like the animals she loved so much, ready to smother you with kisses, but even more, she was a faithful and loyal friend. Her life was not short on challenges, and still she was a testament of perseverance both in faith and responsibility. She loved the Lord, was purposeful in reading his word and believed in the promise of Heaven. Whatever she did she did fully with both her hands and her whole heart. She was a janitor at Attica school, and a CNA for years. She took pride in how well she took care of her patients, and was told the school was never as clean as it was when she worked there. She was a devoted wife and a wonderful mother.

Surviving is her loving husband Donald McCulloch of Attica, and her beloved children, Debra ( Roger) Almeter of Strykersville, Scott (Michelle) McCulloch of Attica and Todd McCulloch of Attica. She beamed with pride over her 9 grandchildren, Brad (Carolyn) Almeter, Jared (Michele ) Almeter, Adam (Amanda) Almeter, Melinda (Jeremy) Meyer, Natalie (James) Flint, Cortney (Derek) Wolfley, Megan McCulloch, Cassandra McCulloch and Hunter McCulloch, and 16 great grandchildren.

Cookie and Don shared a love for riding motorcycles and their adventures took them as far as Alaska!! They threw shoes and bowled in a couples league. Cookie loved to read and could devour a book in no time. She was a social bug and enjoyed hanging out at Busy Mart having coffee and chatting with the regulars. When she left this world on Feb 19, 2021 her hands were held tightly by Don, her husband whom she loved unconditionally for 61 years. She will be laid to rest in the place she called home, Attica, NY. Until heaven….. sweetie, honey, honey girl.

In honor of her love for animals, in lieu of traditional tangible gifts or flowers please consider giving to the Wyoming County SPCA. This would have brought Cookie much joy. A private family service will be held to celebrate her life on Saturday, February 27, 2021. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

Martin Charles Will “Marty”, of Florida, passed away at his home on January 10, 2021. He was born on December 6, 1953 in Batavia to Junamae Will Qutermous of Batavia and the late John V. Will. Marty was predeceased by his sister; Christine Will and stepfather; Paul Qutermous.

Marty was a skilled carpenter. He lived in the Fort Lauderdale area for over 40 years. He was very meticulous about his home, garden and restoring his car.

He is survived by his mother, a daughter Stacey Paterson of Powderly, KY., a son Jake Magnus of Indiana; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild; brothers Richard E. Will of Pinellas Park, FL. and Jeffrey A. Will of Chandler, AZ.; 5 step sisters and one step brother, an aunt and several cousins.

There will be no prior calling hours. A Graveside Service will be held at St. Cecilia’s Cemetery in Oakfield in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House PO Box 403 Batavia, NY 14021. To leave messages of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.comArrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.

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