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Peter Maxwell Swartz

By Joshua Smith
Dec 26, 2022, 9:30am

Stuart, Florida - Peter Maxwell Swartz, 58 passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, November 25, 2022.

Peter was born Friday, January 17th, 1964, in Batavia, a son of Dr. David M. and Janice Kasmer Swartz of Batavia.

A 1983 graduate of Batavia High School. Peter moved to Florida shortly after and loved it there. He worked as a Stone Mason for many years and started his own business; Creative Stone Design, building waterfalls and water gardens. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed walking the warm beaches looking for shells. He lived life with a big heart and was willing to help anyone in need.  He loved his family dearly and will be missed.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Helen Kasmer, John and Gertrude Swartz.

Surviving along with his parents are his brother, David J. Swartz of Batavia; his sister, Susan (David) Swartz-Hinton of Aurora, Ohio and his nephews, David D. (Dr. Hannah Medvid) Hinton, Dr. Andrew J. (Chelsea) Hinton and Spencer D. Swartz.

There are no prior visiting hours. Memorial services for Peter have been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorials in Peter’s name may be made to Chautauqua Lake Association, 429 East Terrace Avenue, Lakewood, New York 14750 or online at To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in his memory, please visit


Joan Mary Francis

By Joshua Smith
Dec 26, 2022, 8:29am

Batavia, NY - Joan Mary Francis, 70, of Oviedo, FL, formerly of Batavia, NY, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor, FL.

Joan was born Sunday, September 14, 1952 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, NY, a daughter of the late George Jr. and Virginia (Klee) Schaefer.

Joan married the love of her life, Fred Francis. She graduated with a Bachelor's in Education from SUNY Geneseo, then worked as a Special Education Teacher at Attica Central School, until dedicating her time to raising five wonderful children and later caring for her mother, Virginia.

Her greatest joy was her family, supporting her children in sports, dance, music, and any endeavor they pursued. Her love for the outdoors was a part of her everyday life. She enjoyed identifying trees, taking trips to National Parks, floating in the pool, and camping trips – especially at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. She always looked forward to days that involved Disney or supporting her favorite football teams, the Bills and the UCF Knights. Joan had pure joy for life and brought cheer to those around her, opening her home and heart to everyone she met. For her, every moment was an opportunity to “play the glad game.”

Joan is survived by her husband, Fred Francis, of Oviedo, Fl; children, Freddie Francis of Locust, NC, Karen (Chris) Jones of Newnan, GA, Eddie Francis of Oviedo, FL, Kristen Francis of Denver, CO, and Kathren (Trey Koons) Francis of Fraser, CO; grandchildren, Ethan, Jacob, and Blakely Jones of Newnan, GA; brother, George (Paula Miller) Schaefer III; and many nieces and nephews.

In death, Joan is reunited with her parents, George Schaefer Jr. and Virginia Ann Schaefer.  

Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday, January 7, 2023 from 10:30AM to 12:30PM at H.E Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia, NY. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Joseph's Church at 1 pm. Reception to follow at Leroy Country Club. The family will be wearing blue in honor of Joan’s love for the outdoors and the blue sky. They invite others to do the same in celebration of her bright life.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Notre Dame High School. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at

Deanna Lynn Leone

By LaVern Falcone
Dec 23, 2022, 11:28am

LeRoy ~ Deanna Lynn Leone, age 74, of Linwood Road, passed away unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, December 21, 2022.


She was born July 29, 1948 in Dansville, NY, a daughter of the late Vincent and Mary Wood Christiano.

     Deanna’s greatest joy, was her family and her greatest job was raising her three daughters.  She loved spending time with her husband of 54 years, Nelson and her grandchildren.  She enjoyed baking Christmas cookies this time of year, gardening, swimming with her grandchildren and could always be found looking up “stuff” and enjoying pictures on her ipad.  She loved going for coffee with her friends and visiting with her Linwood Road neighbors.

Deanna also worked as a teacher’s aide at LeRoy Central School for many years.

     She will be sadly missed by her loving and devoted husband, Nelson; her daughters, Tracey (Mike) Woodard, Kristine (Duane) Spencer and Marcie (Jayson) Drew; her five grandchildren, Michael Woodard Jr., Haylee (Glen) Schubert, Hannah Spencer, Hunter & Jayce Drew; sister, Jackie Moran; sisters-in-law, Margaret (Vincent) Leone and Betty Murray, along with many nieces, nephews and close friends.

     In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her in-laws, Samuel and Mary Leone, sister, Sandra Christiano and brother-in-law, Tom Moran.

     Family and friends may call on Wednesday, December 28 from 1 ~ 3 PM and 5 ~ 7 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., where her Funeral Service will be held at 7:00 PM.  Interment is private in St. Francis Cemetery.

     Contributions in memory of Deanna are suggested to the LeRoy Ambulance Service or the American Heart Association.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Deanna’s family at

Dorothy R. Rooney

By LaVern Falcone
Dec 23, 2022, 11:24am

Dorothy Rooney, born 8 August 1922 to Myron and Lula Tutchell Russell in LeRoy, NY, died on 22 December 2022 at home in LeRoy.

     Dorothy graduated from LeRoy High School in 1939, attended Albany Teachers College, Rochester Business Institute and Utah State University.  She married Robert Paul Rooney in LeRoy 12 June 1943.

     In 1954 she accompanied her husband and four daughters overseas where they lived for the next eighteen years in Cairo, Egypt; Tripoli, Libya; Kabul, Afghanistan; Lahore, Pakistan; Teheran, Iran and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia while Bob worked as Agricultural Engineer for USAID.  She worked as a librarian in the American schools in Lahore and Addis.  Upon Bob’s retirement, they located to Tacoma, Washington, where she pursued her hobbies of family history, gardening, YMCA, reading and volunteered at the Tacoma Family History Center for several years.  In 2003, Bob and she moved to The Greens of LeRoy to be nearer more of their families.

     She is survived by her beloved daughters, Kathleen (Charles) Frazer of Eugene, OR; Leigh (Nigel) Gallaher of Winchester, MA and Joyce Jimmink of Westwood, NJ; son-in-law, Gerald (Linda) Call of Stafford, NY; grandchildren, Erin Call (Jay Frink), Robert (Jeannine) Call, James (Stephanie) Call, Devin (Jun) Jimmink, Christopher (Rachael) Jimmink, Colin (Coryander) Frazer and Courtney (Dan) Costello; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Janet McHardy of LeRoy and nieces, Linda (Perrin) Gower and Roxanne (Dana) Poray. 

     Her husband, a much loved daughter, Susan Call and sister, Beverly predeceased her.

     At her request, there will be no services.  Please no flowers, but Dorothy requested that any donations be made to Mercy Corps, PO Box 2669, Portland, OR 97208-9652, for humanitarian relief around the world or LeRoy Ambulance Service Inc., PO Box 5, LeRoy, NY 14482.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Dorothy’s family at

Ronald P. Steiner

By LaVern Falcone
Dec 23, 2022, 11:17am

Geneseo ~ Ronald P. Steiner, age 81, of Gray Road, passed away Tuesday evening (Dec. 13, 2022) at Highland Hospital in Rochester.


  He was born February 16, 1941 in Baltimore, MD, a son of the late Leonard and Elsia Schlegel Steiner.

     Ron will be remembered as a very caring, patient and hardworking person, who enjoyed restoring classic cars, antiquing, trips to the Adirondacks and living on Conesus Lake for many years.

     He will be sadly missed by his devoted wife, Diane Clark (Tallo) Steiner; children, Scot (Tiffany) Steiner, Jill Steiner, Jennifer Hillyer, John Protain and special cousin, Kris Brown.

     In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Marsha Steiner and his brother, Leonard Steiner Jr.

     No prior calling hours or services.  Interment will be private in Machpelah Cemetery, LeRoy.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Ronald’s family at

Rocco D. "Rocky" Gringer

By T.J. Woodward
Dec 23, 2022, 7:48am

  Rocco D. “Rocky” Gringer, 89, of Batavia passed away peacefully on December 22, 2022 at United Memorial Medical Center with his family by his side. He was born on December 12, 1933 in Batavia to the late Rocco and Josephine (Divita) Gringer.

In addition to his parents, Rocky is predeceased by his first wife; Nancy (Figlow) Gringer; siblings Tony (Kate) Gringer, Joe (Kate) Gringer, Margaret (Jerry) Condello; Sarah Panepent, Angie (Angelo) Vultura and Mary (Louis) Dispenza; brothers in law Charles Puccio and Patsy Palermo. 

Rocky was a United States Army Veteran. He worked for many years at Delco Products in Rochester. Rocky was an avid hunter and loved the outdoors. He enjoyed remodeling old houses. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren and would often visit with his siblings’ who he loved so much. Rocky will be remembered as a great husband and mate.

He is survived by his beloved partner; Maria Bucior; his son David Gringer of Batavia; daughter Lisa Ross of East Bethany; siblings Celia Puccio of Batavia, John (Lois) Gringer of Spencerport, Virginia Palermo of Batavia; 4 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. Friends and family are invited to attend a 9:30AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 at Resurrection Parish, 303 East Main St., Batavia, NY. He will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance 127 North St. in Batavia or Disabled American Veterans To leave a message of condolence please visit Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.

Cindy A. Gilbert

By T.J. Woodward
Dec 22, 2022, 12:47pm

  Cindy A Gilbert, 62 passed away peacefully at home on 12/10/2022. She was the daughter of the late Robert K. Boorom and Suzanne R. Boorom.

Cindy graduated from Byron-Bergen High School in 1978. She went on to graduate from Continental School of Beauty where she received her Hairdresser Licensure.  Cindy soon realized her true passion in life was to care for others, she worked almost 20 years at Leroy Village Green as a CNA. She is remembered for her obsession in following her care plans, her need to assure slipper socks were worn, and the call lights in reach of every resident she cared for.

Cindy had the gift of beauty, known for being the “Blonde Bombshell or Bathing Beauty ” while lifeguarding at Godfreys Pond . Her suntan body, natural blonde highlights and striking blue eyes were adored by all. Cindy had an outpouring love for her only child, her son Daniel J. Gilbert. He was her everything, and the love between mother and son was truly amazing. Daniel took on the role of her sole caregiver and assured his Mothers wishes to remain in her home for the remainder of her life. His care and love for his Mother went above and beyond true amazement.  

Cindy is survived by her son Daniel J. Gilbert (Batavia), her Grandsons Dustin and Jordan Morgan-Gilbert (Avon), Although separated for many years she is also survived by her true Love of her life, Daniel Gilbert (Middleport), Her sister Bonnie(Brian) Phillips) Batavia), Neices Breanne (Andrew) Thornton-Harer (Germany) and Keyrsten Wilde (Gulport MS); also survived by her Nephews, Erik Thornton (Batavia) and Austin Oklevitch (Orlando FL), and one cousin Kelly Robinson Christal (Florida).

Per her wishes there will be no calling hours or Services.

Memorials can be sent to Bonnie Phillips 656 East Main St Batavia NY 14020 to help with funeral costs. To leave a message of condolence please visit Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc.

Florence "Bunny" Ficarella Hamilton

By Joshua Smith
Dec 21, 2022, 3:38pm

Batavia - Florence "Bunny" Ficarella Hamilton, age 79, of Batavia, passed away on Saturday, December 17, 2022 at her home.

She was born Monday, July 5th, 1943 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Alphonso Ficarella Sr. and Mary Strollo Ficarella.

Bunny enjoyed going to Batavia Downs to gamble and loved playing Bingo. She and her late husband, Gary, lived in Las Vegas for many years where she worked for the Santa Fe Station Hotel. Upon his passing, she moved back to Batavia to be closer to family. She enjoyed her weekly poker game at her brother John's home with her late sister, Jeanne,  John and his wife Pattie.

She is predeceased by her husband, Gary Hamilton who passed away on July 21, 2018; her siblings, Anthony Strollo, Jeanne Woodhouse and Alphonso Ficarella, Jr. and her loving dog, Cinder.

Surviving are her siblings, John (Patricia) Ficarella of Pavilion, Anthony "Butch" Ficarella of Batavia, Paul Ficarella of Batavia, Joe (JoAnn) Ficarella of Batavia, Janet (Butch) Heredegen of Batavia, Mary Reeger of Deleware, and Karen Roesch of Batavia along with several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, December 26th, 2022  from 2:00 pm  to 4:00 pm at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia. She will be laid to rest privately in Grandview Cemetery, Batavia.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, New York 14021. To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle in her memory, please visit


Mrs. Nellie A. Grazioplena

By Joshua Smith
Dec 21, 2022, 2:35pm

Medina - Nellie A. Grazioplena, age 95, passed away on Friday, December 16, 2022 at the Skilled Nursing Facility in Medina Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Grazioplena was born Thursday, November 3rd, 1927 in Batavia, New York a daughter of the late Charles Fitsimmons and Dora Fitzsimmons.

Nellie's true passion was caring for her family and she loved being a grandma. She enjoyed reading, and her amazing cooking and baking will be missed forever. Her family would like to extend their sincere gratitude and appreciation to the staff of the North Wing for the kindness, care and compassion they treated Nellie with while she was a resident.

Nellie is predeceased by her husband, Stephen R. Graziaplena and her siblings; Elmer Fitzsimmons, Robert Fitzsimmons and Hazel Fitzsimmons.

Surviving are her children, Brian Graziaplena of Batavia and Beverly (Kim) Wolcott of Oakfield; three granddaughters, Rebecca (Steve) Martin of North Carolina, Katie (Paul) Tobias and Krissy (Jason) Klos, both of Oakfield; six great-grandchildren; her sisters, Lillian Martin of North Carolina and Freda Klotzbach of Kenmore and several nieces and nephews.

There are no prior visiting hours.  Nellie 's Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, December 28th, 2022 at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue Oakfield, NY. She will be laid to rest in Reed Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The North Wing of Medina Memorial Hospital, 200 Ohio Street, Medina, New York 14103. To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle in her memory, please visit

Patricia Kingsbury Cone

By Joshua Smith
Dec 20, 2022, 10:59am

Patricia Kingsbury Cone, age 91, died Monday December 12, 2022 in Rochester, New York.

Pat was born on June 19, 1931 in Batavia, New York, the daughter of Genesee County Judge Newell Kingsbury Cone and Lydia Belle [Johnson] Cone. Pat attended Batavia elementary schools, the Columbia School in Rochester, NY and graduated in 1953 from Wells College in Aurora, NY. Following graduation, Pat returned to Batavia where she established a rewarding 25-year career as a Genesee County social worker.

An avid gardener, golfer, and bridge player Pat also enjoyed the symphony, theater and sporting events. Pat traveled the world but most of all loved spending time with her friends and family.

Pat was a caring and compassionate woman who loved living in and supporting Batavia NY, proudly calling it home for her entire life.  Pat volunteered endless hours for the Anna Casey Fund, The Marshall Fund, The American Red Cross, AAA, Meals on Wheels, Elmwood Cemetery Board, United Memorial Hospital and Saint James Episcopal Church where she was a lifetime member. Pat took great pride in donating her blood that measured in gallons not pints.

Pat was predeceased by her parents and her older sister, Joan Kingsbury (Cone) Freeman.

Pat is survived by a niece, Laura F. Mills (Jack), nephews, Matthew M. Freeman, Patrick K. Freeman, John D. Freeman (Jeanette) and Craig C. Freeman (Paula Lee). Her surviving relatives include Hollis Upson (Joy), Stephen Upson (Robin), David Upson, (Valarie) and numerous great-nieces and nephews.

There will be no visiting hours.  A spring funeral and graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Pat’s name to: Elmwood Cemetery Association, Attention: General Fund, Box 225, Batavia, NY, 14021. These donations will help to maintain the Elmwood Cemetery’s Veterans Memorial Garden. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in her memory, please visit

H. E. Turner & Co., Funeral Home, 403 E Main St, Batavia, NY is handling the arrangements.

Gary A. Malcomb Sr.

By LaVern Falcone
Dec 19, 2022, 8:21pm

Batavia ~ Gary A. Malcomb Sr., age 61, of State Street, passed away unexpectedly at home on Wedenesday, December 14, 2022.

     He was born February 5, 1961 in Lockport, NY, a son of the late John and Emma Bennett Malcomb.

     Gary’s grandchildren were very special to him.  He was also an avid Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres fan.

     He is survived by his children, Gregory (Cassie) Malcomb, Brian Malcomb, Cindy (Paul) Munn and Junior Benedict; grandchildren, Greyson, Madelynn, Savannah, Camden, Jocelyn and James, along with three siblings.

     Gary was predeceased by his wife, Carol Malcomb in 2015 and his daughter, Janell Malcomb in 2020.

     There will be no prior visitation or services.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Gary’s family at

Elizabeth J. Blake

By Joshua Smith
Dec 19, 2022, 2:17pm

Elizabeth J. Blake, 65, of Attica, passed away on December 18, 2022 at Buffalo General Medical Center.  Her full obituary listing funeral information will be published in the upcoming weeks.  Arrangements for Elizabeth have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-8868.

John Charles Bannister

By Ronald Konieczny
Dec 19, 2022, 1:36pm

John Charles Bannister, 87 of Batavia, passed away December 6, 2022 at his residence.

He was born November 8, 1935 in Batavia, NY, a son of the late Charles John Bannister and Amanda Davis Bannister.

He served our great nation as a cryptologist in the US Navy from 1954-1958. He was a computer specialist for Graham Manufacturing prior to retirement. He was a past Batavia City Councilman and former member of the Batavia Jaycees and past commander of the Glenn S. Loomis American Legion Post #332. He also enjoyed singing in his barbershop singing group. John had a deep love for his Guinness Beer, fancy dance moves and gifting family and friends lottery “scratchers.” He always had a positive outlook on life and was so full of energy. He had the kindest of hearts and was always willing to help anyone in need. He loved God and his Country, and even wrote his own prayer:



In God I trust and thank you for everything I have received.

Do unto others as you want them to do unto you.

For God and Country, I dedicate myself to the best of my ability.

Please let there be peace on Earth.

Please forgive me for saying your name in vain.



Survivors include a daughter, Coreen (Jonathan) Miller of Florida. Son, Christopher (Lisa) Bannister of Attica. Grandchildren, Brandon (Samantha) Burns, Kaitlyn (Michael) Tiede and Arin (Patricia) Bannister. Great-grandchildren, Elias and Denton. Also survived by a sister, Sally (Richard) Benz.

A funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family with Military Honors in the Western New York National Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at




Jill L. Smith

By Lisa Ace
Dec 19, 2022, 11:50am

Jill L. Smith, 68, of Batavia, passed away after a short illness on Saturday, December 17, 2022, surrounded by love at Crossroads House.

She was born December 21,1953 in Rochester, NY, the only child of the late Howard and Laura (Martin) Walrath of Avon, NY and wife of the late Rodney Smith of Corfu, NY.

Jill began working for New York State right after graduating high school and spent most of her career working for the Finger Lakes Developmental Disabilities Service Office, where she retired from in 2008. One of her greatest passions in life was helping others. After retirement from the State, she worked as a private Nanny and as a bus aide at Byron-Bergen School district, but she found much fulfillment in working for Healthy Living at Rochester Regional Health as a Peer Educator where she met with community members in the GLOW region to educate them on the importance of cancer screening, a cause very near and dear to her heart after her own battles with breast cancer. 

In her free time Jill was an avid trapshooter who won several state championships, a curious traveler who always enjoyed an adventure and seeing the world, a green thumb who prided herself on her creative and vibrant gardens every spring, a passionate and life-long Buffalo Bills fan through the good years and bad who loved being at games, and an accomplished cook and baker. 

Jill was a warm and loving person. Her family and friends were always paramount to her, and she loved her daughter Meghan, husband Michael, and dog Mozart with everything she had. 

She is survived by her husband, Michael Mager of Batavia and daughter, Meghan Gallagher of Batavia.

The family would like to thank so many friends for their support over the last five months and the staff at Crossroads House for their compassionate care of Jill at the end of her fight. 

Family and friends are cordially invited to call and share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Wednesday, December 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY.  A celebration of Jill’s life will take place on Thursday, December 22 at 11a.m. at Pembroke Community Church, 692 Main Road, Pembroke, NY. 

A private graveside ceremony for family and close friends will take place at a later date. 

Memorial contributions may be offered to Penn Medicine where a fund has been set up in her name to support research for BRCA genetic mutations and Glioblastoma: or Crossroads House. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at  Arrangements were made by C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., Corfu, NY.

Frances Lydia Burling

By Joshua Smith
Dec 19, 2022, 9:07am

Batavia - Frances Lydia Burling, 81 of Batavia, passed away on Saturday, (December 17, 2022) at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing in Batavia.

Ms. Burling was born October 21, 1941 in Batavia, a daughter of the late John P. and Lydia Dorothy (Schultz) Burling.

She was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Batavia for over 40 years and was a devout Christian who enjoyed studying the Bible. She liked to knit and tend to her rose garden.

Surviving are her sons, John Paul (late Mary) Butler, and Jackson James Butler both of Batavia. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Frances is preceded in death by her siblings, Jackson J. (late Bertie) Burling, James Edward (late Joyce) Burling, and George Burling.

Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday (December 21, 2022)  from 4:00 to 5:00 pm at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia, where Frances' Funeral Service will immediately follow visitation at 5:00 pm. Burial  in West Middlebury Cemetery will be private.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Baptist Church, 238 Vine Street, Batavia, New York 14020.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at

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