Local Matters

Recent comments

Community Sponsors

Obituaries

colombo_josephine_-_photo1.jpgJosephine A. Colombo, 88 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Sunday (December 19, 2021) at Gateway House in Attica, NY.

She was born April 5, 1933 in Batavia, a daughter of the late James and Louise Scamocca Mocciaro.

Josephine, or as she preferred to be called “Jo,” had a life full of family holidays and traditions which she enjoyed and looked forward to each year. She enjoyed watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren swimming in the pool, having visits from them and watching them grow up. Baking, making sauce, gardening and painting were part of her creative personality which show up in her family members. Jo was always up for a laugh and had a wit and humor that could catch you off guard. She loved going for car rides to get ice cream with her husband and always asked visitors if they wanted an ice cream treat. 

She was predeceased by her son, Richard Colombo, four sisters and six brothers.

Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Robert Colombo of Batavia. Daughters, Barbara (late Ronald) Speed of Rochester, Janis (Brian) Palmer of Batavia and Joann (John) Baiocco of Batavia. Sisters, Nicolette Ozzimo, Carolyn Maliszewski and Anita Dziekan. Also survived by 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to share in a memorial service Monday (December 27th), 11:00am at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY.

Memorial contributions can be graciously offered to the Gateway House, 91 Main St., Attica, NY 14011. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD McANDREW FUENRAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY 14020. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.

 

 

George W. Smith, 79 of Batavia, passed away on Sunday, December 19, 2021. He was born on June 16, 1942 in Buffalo to the late Lawrence (Bernice Egger) Smith Sr.

George worked at the ARC in Batavia for many years. He was a Civil War History Buff, he enjoyed hunting, guns, tractor pulls, dancing and going to concerts with Joann and Daniel. George will be remembered as extremely funny, right up to the end.

George is survived by two siblings, Mary Rykert of Attica, Larry (Mary) Smith Jr. of Darien Center; five nieces, Joann (Daniel) Robb of Perry, Mary (Joe) Wolf of Derby, Vickie (Duane) McVay of Oakfield, Dorothy (Rhett) Richmond of Pavilion, Ronnie Rykert of Attica.

Friends are invited to call from 11:00AM to 1:00PM on Monday, December 27, 2021 at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Co. Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A Funeral Service will immediately follow, 1:00 PM on Monday. He will be laid to rest in Darien Cemetery.  

***Masks will be required for calling hours no matter your vaccine status***

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Arc of Genesee Orleans, www.thearc.org. To leave thoughts or condolences please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, NY 14020.

East Aurora – Karen L. Loos, age 49, died suddenly on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident in the town of Lancaster.

She was born on August 18, 1972, in Cheektowaga, a daughter of Mary Ella Moxham Loos of Batavia and the late Roger A. Loos.

She is survived by the love of her life of the past 15 years, Gary Ressler; her children, Jesse (Emily) Loos, Nicholas Loos and Amanda Hollingsworth; her grandson, Dante Hollingsworth; her siblings, Jeffrey (Linda) Loos, Shannon (Late Richard) Guiste, Michele (Jim) Lucki and Stacy Jouppi, aunts, Linda (Anthony) Buzzell and Carolyn (Ken) Barber; uncles, Norman (Carol) Loos and Linnus (Sue) Loos along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Thursday, December 30, 2021 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 31 Washington Avenue, Batavia, where her memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name may be made to Iroquois Unified Sports, in care of Sean Lauber, 211 Girdle Road, Elma, New York 14059. Please make checks payable to Iroquois Unified Sports. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Karen’s memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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

lynch.jpg  Kevin A, Lynch, 58, of Sheldon, NY passed away December 13, 2021. He was born June 17, 1963, to proud parents Robert A. and the late Sue Ann (Childs) Lynch.

Kevin enjoyed spending time with his three children from his first marriage, Colleen (Szpak) Lynch and two grandchildren. He was known as Papa Lynch to all!  He loved life, loved friends and family, loved his trucks, and loved the outdoors. To say that he was a sociable person would be putting it mildly. His laugh, energy, and enthusiasm was contagious and would light up any room. Beloved companion, Riley (Bubba), and Kevin gallivanted through the woods in the backyard and took care of his many different animals. Family and friends were sure to receive fresh eggs and meat for their freezer. Since 2008, Kevin was known as “Howdy” at Geiter Done.  He was a loyal employee and brought joy, smiles, and entertainment to everyone he worked with. We will always remember Kevin as a devoted father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, and friend.

Kevin is survived by his children: Nathan (Jess) Lynch, Courtney (Nick) Kohlhagen, and Finnley (Sam) Lynch. His grandchildren: Kylee and Coleson Kohlhagen. His girlfriend: Kim Hamer.  His brother: David (Bonnie) Lynch and sister: Bobbie Sue (Lee) Schiffhauer. Also, many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours, an 11:0AM Funeral Service will be on January 8, 2022, at St John Neuman in 991 Centerline Road, Strykersville, NY 14145.

 ***Masks will be required at all services. ***

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made out to Attica FFA or to the Wyoming County 4-H. To leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

sandrag.jpg  Sandra C. “Sandy” (Urtel) George of Batavia passed away unexpectedly on Sunday (December 19, 2021) at age 82.

Sandy was born on October 20, 1939, in Pembroke, New York, to the late Eleanor Urtel. She graduated from Batavia High School in 1957 where she was a majorette in the school’s band and married her husband, Richard George, in 1964. Sandy worked for many years at Prudential but was even busier in retirement, driving her grandchildren everywhere they needed to go, working part time at the Genesee County Soil and Water Conservation District, and socializing with friends over lunch and dinner. She enjoyed watching the Yankees, playing the slots at Batavia Downs, eating ice cream, bowling and doting on her grandchildren.

Sandy is survived by her husband of 58 years, Richard. Daughter Michele (Michael) Loughborough. Son Mark (Kathy) George. Grandchildren Jacqueline Klotzbach and Benjamin Klotzbach. Step-grandchildren Stacey Lane, Shannon (Dan and son Daxton) Dutton, Mitch Loughborough and Jessica (Matthew and son Caleb) Janinek. Brothers Robert (Joanne) Urtel, Richard Urtel, Douglas (Sompis) Urtel, and James (Janet) Urtel. And many friends, especially Patricia Gardner.

Family and friends are invited to call from 4:00PM to 7:00PM on Thursday, December 23, 2021 at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Co. Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020. She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. ***Masks will be required at all services. ***

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the NYS Veterans Home, Resident Activity Fund, 220 Richmond Ave. Batavia, New York 14020. To share memories or condolences please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Co. Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York, 14020.


James Richard Reynolds, 51, of Lexington, KY, formerly of Attica, NY died December 18, 2021. He was born November 24, 1970, to the late Richard and Joan (Gerard) Reynolds.
James graduated from Attica Central School Class of ‘89, and later studied to become a Master Electrician in Lexington. He made friends with many, and will be remembered for his loyalty to those friends, his Winter Freeze-Out camping trips, assisted his sons Boy Scout Leaders with teaching First Aid and Cooking merit badge classes, his great cooking and organizing parties for whatever reason one was needed, and Crazy Coke nights at his house. He would fill a room with fun and laughter for all.

In addition to his father, he was predeceased by his brother, John (Rindy), Uncles Robert and Peter Reynolds, Aunt Jean Reynolds, and Cousin Susan (Bob) Neeley.
Survivors include his devoted companion Deana Ward, mother, Joan, his much loved sons, James and Charlie Reynolds all of Lexington, brother Joe Reynolds of Buffalo, NY, Uncle John Gerard of Paris, Aunt Bonnie Reynolds and cousins Jeff and Pete (Eva) Reynolds of Attica, cousin Shelagh (George) Cacioppo of Texas, and nieces Ashley (Hunt) Mason and Allisa (Brandon) Anguiano and nephew Drew Reynolds of Fort Mill, SC.

A later memorial will take place in Attica at the family's convenience. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the family at 1293 Maywood Park, Lexington, KY 40517.

americanflag.jpgKenneth E. Kohlhagen, 94 of Bennington, passed away on Friday, December 17, 2021. He was born July 21, 1927 in Buffalo, to the late Herman and Eleanora (Adam) Kohlhagen. Mr. Kohlhagen is preceded in death by his beloved wife Esther M. (Marks) Kohlhagen, two great-grandchildren, brothers-in-law, Lee Gerhardt and Edward Fluker.

Kenneth retired from Delphi in Lockport. He was a proud United States Navy Veteran. Ken, was a member of West Star No. 413 in Varysburg and very active in many masonic related organizations.

Mr. Kohlhagen is survived by sons, Kurt (Doreen), Mark (Donna) Kohlhagen, sisters, Eileen Gerhardt, Carol Fluker, 6 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. Funeral Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bennington Volunteer Fire Company, 1353 RT 354, Attica, NY 14011 or to Varysburg Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 638, Varysburg, NY 14167. To leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

James (Jim) Edwin Woodruff passed away on December 15th at his home in Batavia surrounded by his loving family and nursing staff. Jim was born August 2, 1928 in Youngstown, Ohio, the son of the late Gideon and Thelma (Sands) Woodruff.

Jim was civic minded from an early age, having earned the Eagle Scout rank in Boy Scouts and serving as a veteran with the United States Army. He continued to be inspired to help his community throughout his life. Jim was member and president of the Batavia Board of Education from 1970-1973, member and chairman of the Genesee County Legislature from 1976-1983, member and chairman of the Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Commission, and member of the Genesee Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors. He also was director of All Babies Cherished and a board member of HomeCare and Hospice. Jim was a member of the Masons for over 50 years. He was recognized by the Genesee Industrial Development as well as named Sertoma of the Year in 1990 and Geneseean of the Year in 1996.

His faith was a constant part of his daily life, and he was active in the Batavia First United Methodist Church, where he was a former youth leader. Every Sunday, congregants were treated to his presence in the choir with his beautiful tenor voice. Over the years, he was asked to sing at many weddings and funerals, and he loved being able to share his passion with others. Jim also enjoyed performing in the Rotary Club productions and was particularly fond of The Music Man and My Fair Lady.

Jim was owner of the Overhead Door Company of Batavia, which was started by his parents. He was a familiar face in the business community and enjoyed building personal relationships with his customers.  Because of his work ethic, he was able to build a thriving business that was then passed on to his son.

On October 31, 1953, he married Ruth Josephine Woodruff in Arkport, NY. He was fortunate to have found the love of his life and is survived by his children, Charlie (Terri) Woodruff of Alexander, Cynthia Zielinski of Portland, Oregon, and Catherine (James) Zaso of Batavia; grandchildren, Libby (Michael) Craig, Kyle Woodruff, Michelle Zaso (Paul Leung-fiance), Matthew Zaso, and Monica Zaso; great-grandchildren, Gavin Craig and Hailey Craig; and several nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Woodruff, and his sister.

Jim’s funeral will be a private family gathering with no calling hours. A public Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Jim will be laid to rest with military honors in Grandview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Batavia First United Methodist Church, Attention: Organ Fund, 8221 Lewiston Road, Batavia, NY 14020 or a donation of your choice.

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

Arrangements for Jim were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home in Batavia.

fryer_robert-photo1.jpgRobert L. Fryer “Bob”, 74 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Saturday (December 18, 2021) at United Memorial Medical Center.

He was born June 9, 1947 in Batavia, a son of the late Irving and Florence Lee Fryer.

Robert was employed by Lapp Insulator prior to his retirement. He was a very generous and easy going person who was loved by everyone. He enjoyed bowling and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

He was predeceased by his siblings, Gloria Dilcher, Irving Fryer Jr., Geraldine Kasmarek and James Fryer.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Elizabeth Byczynska Fryer of Batavia. Sister, Sandra DellaPenna of Batavia. Brother, David Fryer of Batavia. Aunt, Donna Lee of LeRoy. Brother in-law, Andrzej Byczynski. Sister in-law, Danuta Kurzawska. Also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Wednesday (Dec. 22nd) from 4-7pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, 11:00am at Resurrection Parish, 303 E. Main St., Batavia. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

ARRANGEMENTS WWERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY 14020. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.

James C. Wierda, 76 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Friday (December 17, 2021) at United Memorial Medical Center.

wierda_james_-_photo1.jpgHe was born February 25, 1945 in Elmira, NY, a son of the late Albert and Mary Grace Groux Wierda.

Mr. Wierda was an Army Veteran, having served his country during the Vietnam War. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Ken Barrett Chevrolet in Batavia. He enjoyed country western music, was an avid golfer and was known for his cookouts, where he would always find a reason to have one. He also enjoyed horseracing and often you could find him at Batavia Downs. Most of all, he loved his family and his world evolved around them. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Schlenker Wierda of Batavia. Son, Derk Wierda of Batavia. Daughters, Lindsay Wierda of Batavia and Jessica (Thomas) Lewandowski of Pembroke. Eight grandchildren, Arianna, Azalea, Dimitri, Aiden, Gabreille, Ava, Tyler, Onaleigh. Daughter in-law, Oksana Wierda. Sisters, Sylvia Ripley of Buffalo and Mary Wierda of Buffalo. Brothers, Edward, John and Chris Wierda, all of Florida. Also survived by nieces and nephews.

He was the father of the late Christopher P. Wierda. Grandfather of the late Daniil Petlevanny. Brother of the late Thomas Wierda and Margaret Ryll.

The family would like to thank the caring staff at United Memorial Medical Center and Dialysis for the care which they have shown to Jim.

Visitation and funeral services will be held at a future date to be announced. He will be laid to rest in the Western New York National Cemetery in Pembroke, NY.

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.

 

 

Pages

Upcoming

Copyright © 2008-2022 The Batavian. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
 

blue button