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Batavia - Mrs. Ardella L. Tatro, 74, of Batavia, died Monday, (October 4, 2010)at United Memorial Medical Center.
Mrs. Tatro was born June 11, 1936 in Pike, a daughter of the late William and Annabelle (Selfridge) Smith.
She loved to crochet, do crafts, cook and spend time with her family. Mrs. Tatro was also a yard sale enthusiast. 
Survivors include her husband, Earl Tatro of Batavia; eight children, Dannis Blanco of Atlanta, Georgia, William Blanco of Niagara Falls, Gail Carpenter of Batavia, Sandra (Scott) Ohlson of East Bethany, Lavine Scroger of Taylorsville, North Carolina, Bronco Blanco of Batavia, Jesse (Julie) Blanco of Batavia and Angela Blanco of Batavia; a step-daughter, Earlene (Louis) Howard of La Vernia, Texas; four brothers, Clarence (Eva) Smith of Friendship, Norman (Skeet) Smith of Fillmore, George (Margaret) Smith of Warsaw and Kenneth (Teresa) Smith of Niagara Falls; four sisters, Barbara Mullen of Oakfield, Mary Mitchell of Tennessee, Penny McDaniel of North Carolina and Mabel (Joe) Tomasine of Tennessee; 34 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She is the mother of the late Kathy Dauber and a sister of the late Margaret Mosholder, Gordon Smith and Dennis Smith.
 
Calling hours are Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to noon and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield. Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday at the Oakfield United Methodist Church, 2 South Main Street, Oakfield. Burial will be in Reed Cemetery, Oakfield. Memorials may be made to the family.  Condolences may be made at www.burdettandsanford.com.

 

   Robert L. DeFreze Sr., 82 of Batavia, NY.died October 3, 2010 at Aurora House in Spencerport, NY. Born December 8, 1927 in Pembroke, New York son of the late Frank (Gladys Marsh) Natolie. Mr. DeFreze was retired from the Batavia Police Department where he was a detective and employed for over 25 years. He was an Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict and a member of the Police Benevolent Association. He was a past member of Resurrection Parish (St. Joseph’s) the Glenn S. Loomis American Legion Post #332, a former Little League Baseball coach and was active in scouting. Mr. DeFreze was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. Preceded in death by his wife, Florence Ficarella DeFreze in 1996. 
 
He is survived by sons Robert (Donna) DeFreze Jr. of Rochester, David (Cinda) DeFreze of Piffard, Richard (Maria) DeFreze of Batavia and Kim (Beth) DeFreze of Batavia, and daughter Cheryl DeFreze of Rochester. One sister Dorothy Antinore of Ballston Spa, NY survives along with 12 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 
 
Friends are invited to call from 3 to 7 PM on Wednesday October 6, 2010 at the Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 W. Main St. Batavia, NY 14020. Funeral services will take place on Thursday October 7, 2010 at 10:00 AM at the Funeral Home. Entombment with full military honors will take place at St. Joseph’s Mausoleum in Batavia. 
 
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to Aurora House of Western Monroe County, P.O. Box 21, Spencerport, NY 14559.For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or call (343-8260). Arrangements completed by the Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.

Marissa A. Ozzimo, 20 of Perry, NY died October 1, 2010 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester after suffering injuries in an automobile accident. Born July 18, 1990 to Salvatore Ozzimo of Perry and Kathleen Countryman Ozzimo of Perry. Marissa was a graduate of Perry High School class of 2008 and was currently attending Genesee Community Collage and Genesee Valley BOCES in pursue of a nursing career.
She enjoyed shopping and spending time with friends, family and her dog “Brisk”. Preceded in death by her paternal grandparents Greg and Lena Ozzimo.

She is survived by sisters: Salena Ozzimo of Rochester, and Malena Ozzimo of Perry; maternal grandparents: Francis “Curly” (Pat) Countryman of Perry, her boyfriend: Craig Cox of Perry, along with many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and friends also survive.

Friends are invited to call Monday October 4th from 4-8pm at the Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC 98 North Main St. Perry, NY 14530.

Memorials may be made to the Wyoming County SPCA 808 Creek Rd. Attica, New York 14011. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com or call 237-2626. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St. Perry, NY 14530.
 

 

Lucile B. Tarala, 86 of Perry died October 2, 2010 at the Wyoming County Skilled Nursing Facility in Warsaw. Born in Perry on April 6, 1924 daughter of the late William (Nellie Clark) Brewer. Mrs. Tarala worked for many years at Archway Cookies in Perry. She was a past member of the Tuesday Club. Mrs. Tarala enjoyed crossword puzzles, music and singing. Preceded in death by her husband Anthony J. Tarala; brothers Gaylord, William and Stanley Brewer along with sister Ruth Trescott.

She is survived by daughters Donna (Donald Hillhouse) Tarala of Castile; Cindy (Dariel) Draper of Perry; son James (Karen) Tarala of Coral Springs, FL; brother Donald Brewer of Warsaw; 7 grandchildren Peter Ozzimo Jr., Tammy Pooler, Amy Desouza, Jason Tarala, Jennifer Wilson, Stacey Beagle, James Becker; 5 great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews also survive.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday October 6th from 11AM to 1PM at the Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC 98 N. Main St. Perry, NY 14530. Services will be held immediately following calling hours 1:00 PM on Wed. at the Funeral Home. Interment in Glenwood Cemetery, Perry. 

Memorials may be made to the Wyoming County SPCA 808 Creek Rd. Attica, New York 14011. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com or call 237-2626. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St. Perry, NY 14530.  

Batavia - Mrs. Marian J. Winspear, 91, of Batavia, died Saturday, October 2, 2010at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Winspear was born September 16, 1919 in Redford, NY, a daughter of the late Frederick and Mary Margaret (McMillian) Jacobs.
She was a member of the Anglican Community Church of Batavia and enjoyed reading, her cats, cooking and most of all, her family. 
Her husband, Gordon L. Winspear, died in1979.
Survivors include  2 daughters, Ellen Stanton of E. Bethany and Hazel Crandall of Fletcher, NC; 6 grandchildren, Julie (Jon) Marino of Batavia, Bradley (Kathy) Winspear, Jenny Winspear and Gordon Winspear, all of Oakfield, Michelle Yun of Batavia and Rachel Crandall of Fletcher, NC; 7 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was the mother of the late Gordon E. Winspear, Jr., mother-in-law of the late Dale Crandall and grandmother of the late Michael d. Crandall.  
Friends may attend graveside services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Rt. #77, Corfu. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family to be distributed to various charities.  Arrangements were completed by Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home of Oakfield. Condolences may be made at www.burdettandsanford.com

 

 
Batavia - Mrs. Shirley J. Cuozzo, 85, of Batavia, died Friday, (October 1, 2010)at her daughter’s home in Cheektowaga, while under the care of Hospice Buffalo.
Mrs. Cuozzo was born July 12, 1925 in Buffalo, a daughter of the late John Gibney and Florence (Slade) Casper. She was also predeceased by her step-father Anthony Casper.
She was a life long member of Ascension Parish-St. Anthony’s Church where she belonged to the Altar and Rosary Society. Mrs. Cuozzo enjoyed drawing and took several classes at the local community college. As a child she acquired her love of birds from her step-father and her knack for flowers from her mother. Even though she was of Irish decent she learned to love the Italian ways after marrying her husband and it was not uncommon to find her making homemade manicotti, ravioli and pizzelles in her kitchen. Food was only one way that she expressed her love to family and friends.  
Survivors include a daughter, Michele (Ernest) Wilson of Cheektowaga; two granddaughters, Maureen (Scott) Mahland of Goode, Virginia and Amanda Myers of Memphis, Tennessee; three great-grandchildren, Andrew Mahland, Avery Mahland and Kaelyn Mahland; two brothers, Paul Casper and Emory (Blanche) Casper, both of Batavia; three sisters, Joyce Blackwell of Houston, Texas, Zita Stornelli of Melbourne, Florida and Cecilia (Merril) Mabon of Castile and several nieces and nephews.
Her husband, Carmen Cuozzo, died June 7, 1990. She is also predeceased by seven brothers and sisters.  
Calling hours are on Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia. Prayers will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at Ascension Parish - St. Anthony's Church, 122 Liberty Street, Batavia. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Memorials may be made to The Hospice Foundation of WNY, 225 Como Park Boulevard, P.O. Box 590, Buffalo, N.Y. 14240 or the American Cancer Society, 101 John James Audubon Parkway West, Amherst, N.Y. 14228. Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

 

OaKfield - Mrs. Virginia M. Mooney, 78, of Oakfield, switchboard operator at United Memorial Medical Center for 35 years, died Thursday, September 30, 2010 at the New York State Veteran's Home.
 
Mrs. Mooney was born July 28, 1932 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Edward and Merle Roberts Base.
 
A member of St. Padre Pio Parish - St. Cecilia's Worship Site, Mrs. Mooney used to enjoy bowling. Following her retirement from the hospital, she went back to volunteer her time. She loved being with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and always looked forward to planting her flowers around her driveway.
 
Her husband, Ronald J. Mooney, died July 26, 2003.
 
Survivors include two sons, Robert (Mary) MacIntyre of Stafford and Donald "Sam" (Amy) Mooney of Oakfield; three daughters, Terri L. Whiting of Oakfield, Cindy (Dennis) Hunt of Argyle, NY and Shelley Buckley of Glens Falls; two sisters, Marlene (George) Arnold of Batavia and Betty (Don) Currier of Elba; eleven grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, one step-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
 
She is the grandmother of the late Ethan Buckley.
 
There are no prior calling hours. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 9, 2010 at St. Padre Pio Parish, St. Cecilia's Site, 56 Maple Avenue, Oakfield. Burial will be in St. Cecilia’s Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Padre Pio Parish, 56 Maple Avenue, Oakfield, New York 14125 or to the American Cancer Society, 101 John James Audubon Parkway West, Amherst, New York 14228. Condolences may be made at www.burdettandsanford.com.
 
Arrangements were completed by the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield.

 

Batavia - Mr. Charles J. Fiorentino, Jr., 57, of Batavia, died Thursday, September 30, 2010at the Genesee County Nursing Home.
 
Mr. Fiorentino was born March 7, 1953 in Batavia, the son of the late Charles J. Sr. and Mary Pcionek Fiorentino.
 
An avid sports lover, Mr. Fiorentino coached basketball and baseball for many years and assisted in running sports clinics. He was a history and car enthusiast and kept statistics for Elba sports for many years.
 
Surviving are his sister, Diane Fiorentino of Batavia; his nephew, Chris (Jennifer) Juliano of Batavia; his great-niece, Alyssa Juliano of Batavia; an aunt, Theresa Hartman of Attica and his godmother, Sister Joan Sobala of Rochester.

Friends may call on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Batavia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Elba Sports Boosters, P.O. Box 363, Elba, New York 14058. Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

BATAVIA - Keith Ella Olga Hill Johnson, 99, entered into eternal life on Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, at United Memorial Medical Center, Batavia. She was born June 29, 1911, in Buffalo, New York, the seventh child of William & Cassie Groh Hill.

 
She was a graduate of Buffalo’s Lafayette High School and The University of Buffalo, where she received her bachelor’s degree in English.   While at the university, she was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority and Mortar Board Honor Society. She also attended the master’s degree program at the Breadloaf School of English at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont.
 
She was an English teacher in Pike, East Pembroke and Clarence, New York, prior to her marriage to Dr. David Barent Johnson, of Batavia, on November 9, 1940. He predeceased her in 2002.
 
Mrs. Johnson was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, and with her husband, taught several adult Bible studies. She was also a member and past President of the Genesee County Medical Auxiliary, a 50 year member and Past President of Wednesday Study Club, Conversation Class, Genesee Memorial Hospital Guild and Salvation Army Advisory Board. She performed with early Batavia Players and Rotary Shows. Her hobbies included weaving, writing poetry and inspirational music.
 
She is survived by three daughters:  Corinne (Don) Iwanicki of Batavia, Juliet (Dean) Arnold of State College, Pennsylvania, and Heather (James) Kimbriel of Batavia; also seven grandchildren: Scott (Elvia) Iwanicki of Tucson, Arizona; Heather (Mitchell) Clark of Broadbeach, Australia; Hugh (Yong Ping) Iwanicki, of Annandale, Virginia; LT. Lara Myers of Jacksonville, Florida; Tamara (James) Schulz of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; Andrea Kimbriel of Amherst;  David Kimbriel of Batavia; and a step-granddaughter, Margaret (Mark) Higgins, of State College, Pennsylvania. Also surviving are six great-grandchildren, three step-great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.  A step-grandson David Arnold predeceased her.
 
She is survived by her sister, Esther (Mrs. George) Young of Batavia.   She was a sister of the late Dr. Ernest Hill, Dr. William Oakley Hill, Norwood M. Hill, Cassie Hill Lawton, and Dr. Joseph M. Hill.
 
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7, at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia, New York. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, at the First Presbyterian Church, 300 East Main Street, Batavia. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or United Memorial Medical Center, 127 North St., Batavia NY 14020. Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Bethany - Robert B. Bower, 82, of Bethany, a Rural Letter Carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in East Bethany, retiring in 1990 from the Post Office in Darien, died Monday, September 27, 2010at his home, while under Homecare and Hospice.

Mr. Bower was born May 30, 1928 in Batavia, NY, a son of the late Fred and Belle (Bissell) Bower.
He was a 57 year member of the East Bethany Presbyterian Church and known around Bethany as “The Candy Man” as he was a great candymaker. He was a deputy Tax Collector for 44 years in the Town of Bethany, a life member and past Fire Chief, serving for 54 year with the Bethany Volunteer Fire Department, former board member and past president of the Genesee County Mutual Aid Advisory Board, member of the Western New York Firemen's Association, historian and member of the Rural Carriers Association and past secretary of the Genesee County Rural Letter Carries Association. 
He served with the Marine Corps during World War II on the Island of Guam for two years. He was called back to active duty during the Korean War and achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was a member of the Hansen Brothers Marine Corps League Detachment #95, life member of the Veness - Strollo Post 1602 Veterans of Foreign Wars and Glenn S. Loomis Post #332 American Legion, where he also served as Chaplain. 
He is survived by his wife, Norma (Phillips) Bower whom he married on March 21, 1953; 5 children, Robert (Susan) Bower of Rush, Kathleen (Rev. Edwin) Blair of VA, Douglas L. (Dawn) Bower of Albion, Calvin (Ruth) Bower of Canadice and Daniel (Anne) Bower of Tupper Lake; 3 brothers, Donald (Audrey) Bower of N.C., David Bower of Port Leyden and Paul (Judy) Bower of Bergen; 12 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 
He is the brother of the late Dorothy Zipfel and Ruth Brown.  
Friends may call on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 E. Main St., Batavia. Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at East Bethany Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to East Bethany Presbyterian Church, 5735 Ellicott Street Road, East Bethany, NY 14054 or to Bethany Volunteer Fire Department, 5253 Old Telephone Road, East Bethany, NY 14054. Burial will be in East Bethany Cemetery. Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.   
 

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