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Byron - Karen L. Sharp, 70, of Byron, a Registered Nurse at Attica Prison, prior to her retirement in 2012, died Saturday, January 2, 2016 at her home in Byron.

Mrs. Sharp was born June 6, 1945 in Albion, the daughter of the late Clifford and Virginia Standish.

She was a former member of the Byron Rescue Squad and enjoyed baking, cooking, yardwork and raising horses.  She dearly loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Clifford L. Sharp, whom she married March 18, 1972; her children, Larry (Donna) Sharp of GA, Michele Arcouette of MS, Shari Sharp of PA and Aaron (Pam) Sharp of Byron; a brother, Harvey (Jackie) McMurray of MS; her dear friend, Vicki Novak of Byron; 6 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.   

Friends may call on Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. at H.E. Turner & Co., Inc., 51 S. Lake St., Bergen, where services will immediately follow at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Byron Rescue Squad, PO Box 210, Byron, NY 14422.  Private burial will be in North Byron Cemetery.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com

raines2.jpgCATHERINE R. RAINES

Age 87, of Alexander, died peacefully Friday January 1, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 18, 1928 in Alexander, a daughter of the late, Charles J. and Margaret (Gilhooly) Buckenmeyer; also preceded in death by siblings, Elizabeth Buckenmeyer, Charles Buckenmeyer, Jr., Mary Falkowski, Dorothy Moynihan and Lucy Moag.

Catherine was a local real estate agent for many years and a member of Immaculate Mary Parish in East Bethany. She graduated in 1946 from Alexander Central School and was the class Salutatorian . A life member of the Catholic Daughters, former member of the Alexander Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary. Catherine was a cancer survivor who had a deep faith in the Lord and a true love for her family, she enjoyed karaoke, singing and decorating. She will be remembered for her creative writing, poetry and her often "opinionated" letters to the editor at the Daily News.

Surviving is her husband, Paul R. Raines, Sr. of Alexander and her loving children, Paul R. (Michele) Raines, Jr. of Lyndonville, Mark W. Raines of Alexander, Dennis G. (Barb Phillips) Raines of Batavia, Renee` M. (Robert) Smith of Batavia, Kevin M. (Darlene) Raines of Alexander, Eric C. "Ricky" (Heidi) Raines Sr. of Alexander and Brian J. (Michelle) Raines of Wyoming; siblings, Francis of Alexander, George of FL; Margaret (James) Hoffman of Attica and Bernard of Alexander; sisters-in-law, Violet Buckenmeyer of Darien, Irene Raines-Sundberg of Orchard Park, Gerry Buckenmeyer of Alexander and Dorothy Buckenmeyer of FL; brother-in-law, James Hoffman of Attica; daughter-in-law, Dawn Raines of Attica; 23 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

 

The family will be present from 2-4  & 6-8pm on Wednesday January 6 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020. Please join the Raines family to Celebrate Catherine's Mass of Christian Burial 10:00am at Mary Immaculate Parish (Immaculate Conception Site) 5865 Ellicott Street Road East Bethany, NY on Thursday January 7. She will be laid to rest in West Bethany Cemetery and memorials in her memory are suggested to Mary Immaculate Parish, West Bethany Baptist Church or the Alexander Volunteer Fire Department Ambulance Fund.

Please share your thoughts and memories of Catherine with her family at www.tomaszewskifh.com

THE FAMILY OF CATHERINE R. RAINES IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020.

 

tyler.jpgTYLER F. LONGHINI

Age 24, of Olean, died unexpectedly on Thursday December 31, 2015 at his home. He was born August 30, 1991 in Williamsville, NY a son of, Sandra (Gardner) of Batavia and Robert Longhini of FL, he was preceded in death by his aunt, Joyce Gardner-Renzo.

Tyler was employed at Wendy's in Olean and was known for being very social. He enjoyed music, loved his family and his mom's dog, Buffy.

Surviving along with his parents are his brothers, Jeffery M. (Melissa) Gardner and Samuel C. Longhini all of Batavia; maternal grandparents, Carl (Pat) Gardner of Batavia; uncle, James (Laurie) Gardner of Rochester; aunt, Mary Kay Longhini of Batavia along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

The family will be present from 5-7pm on Tuesday January 5, 2016 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020 where his funeral service will be celebrated at 7pm. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the family.

Please share your memories of Tyler with her family at http://www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.

THE FAMILY OF TYLER F. LONGHINI IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK.

 

 

carl1.jpgCarlton Gene “Smitty” Smith, 88, of Batavia passed away on Tuesday December 29, 2015 at the Buffalo VA Medical Center. He was born in the Town of York on August 20, 1927 to the late Harry and Florence (Johnson) Smith. Carl is preceded in death by his beloved wife Ann M. (Sprague) Smith 
 
Along with his wife, Carl is also preceded in death by his sisters; Emily (Ralph) Spaulding and Mary (Calvin) Roblee and brothers William (Margaret) Smith, John (Pauline) Smith and Stanley (Louise) Smith.
 
Prior to his death, he was a resident of the New York State Veteran's Home in Batavia, NY and prior to his retirement he worked as a Heavy Equipment Operator for the New York State Thruway Authority in Batavia. He was Coast Guard Veteran serving in World War Two.  He was also honorably discharged from the Army National Guard at the rank of Staff Sergeant in 1967. He was a member of the Veness Strollo VFW Post 1602.  Carl also served as Special Deputy for the Genesee County Sheriff's Office, served as Constable for the Town of Batavia and was a member of the Genesee County Fair Board. 
 
He survived by his daughters, Nancy Cook of Rochester, Mary Jean (Norman) Brockenshire of Batavia, Bernadette Peters of Rochester; Sister Theresa Rutty of Rochester and Michael (Joan) Rutty of California; a brother Floyd (Dorothy) Smith of California, along with 9 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.  
 
There will be no prior calling hours. A Memorial Service for Mr. Smith will be held at the convenience of the family.  
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. For more information please call 585-343-8260 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.comArrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

Russel A. Wentz, 71 of Akron, passed away Friday (January 1, 2016) at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Williamsville after a brief illness.

He was born March 2, 1944 in Onalinda, PA, a son of the late David A. and Agnes Cordwell Wentz.

Russel was employed by Bandag Tire in Buffalo prior to his retirement.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Doreen Bogacz Wentz of Akron. Three daughters, Mary Wentz of Lackawanna, Barbara Wentz of Buffalo and Dawn Wentz of Buffalo. Son in-law, Shannon Baun of Lyndonville, NY. Seven grandchildren, Crystal Wentz, Robert Kron, Caitlynn Wentz, Emily Wentz, Megan Duggan, Brandon Baun and Kaley Duggan. Great-granddaughter, Alessa Wentz.

He was the father of the late Laura Baun who passed away in 2013.

There will be no prior visitation. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 JOHN ST., AKRON, NY 14001. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.

James W. Tetter, 67 of Elba passed peacefully on Wednesday, December 30 at Unity Hospital after a brief battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

He was born October 14, 1948 in Batavia, NY, the son of the late Robert and Elizabeth Randall Tetter.

Survived by the love of his life, wife of 20 years Dona Rohan Tetter; daughters; Tammy (Dan) Rykert of Oakfield, Kimberly (Fred Woods) Tetter of Batavia and Lisa (Rich) Biegasiewicz of Batavia; step-son Nathan (Chrissy) Buczek of Elba; step-daughter Kimberly Buczek of Cincinnati, Ohio; the beloved Papa of five beautiful grandchildren, Courtney, Zachary, Dylan, Avalynn, and Nathan; and sister Mary (David) Heale; nephew Bryan Heale and late niece Stacy Heale.

Jim graduated from Batavia High School in 1966, was drafted in the U.S. Army in 1969 and served in Korea.  He retired from the U.S. Post Office in Batavia after 34 years of service in 2003.  He also worked part-time at the Rochester International Airport as a baggage handler for 13 years and retired in 2014.  He was a member of the Town of Batavia Volunteer Fire Department for over 25 years.  He played Contrabass in the Mighty St. Joe’s Alumni Drum Corps.  He spent many summers as an equipment judge for the Genesee Valley Judging Association.

His hobbies included gardening, camping, carpentry, cooking, was known far and wide for his chicken barbeques, and traveling around the United States and Europe with Dona.  His greatest joys came from spending time with his grandchildren, supplying them with an abundant amount of cherries, attending all of their sporting events and concerts, and making memories carving pumpkins and surprising his family with his annual Christmas game.  

Friends may call on Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia. Funeral services, with full military honors, will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Batavia, 300 East Main Street, Batavia. Donations may be made in memoriam to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (www.lls.org) or Crossroads House (www.crossroadshouse.com). To light a candle, leave a condolence or share a story for Jim, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

 

gann_2.jpgKALEAB DANIEL GANN

Age 26, of Batavia, died suddenly Friday December 25, 2015 at home. He was born in Wichita Falls, TX on November 16, 1989, to Teddy and Jackie (Slocum) Gann of Batavia.

Kaleab was a parts manager for Auto Zone in Batavia. His passions were music and science, music of any genre, he played all types of instruments, wrote songs and sang as well.

Surviving along with his parents are his brother and best friend, Nick (Sherie) Gann of Pittsburgh, PA; sister, Siscley Gann of TX; uncles, Walt Gann and Jim Bruce; aunts, Gail Gray all of TX, Trudye Cantero and family of OK along with several cousins and friends in Texas and New York.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

 

The family will be present from 4-8pm on Thursday December 31 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020 to celebrate Kaleab's Life. Memorials in his memory can be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

THE FAMILY OF KALEAB DANIEL GANN IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020.

kurek_2.jpgFLORENCE "ANNIE" KUREK

Age 74, of East Pembroke, died unexpectedly on Friday December 25, 2015 in Bradenton, FL. She was born October 7, 1941 in Dunbartonshire, Scotland, a daughter of Susanne Johnston of Scotland and the late Andrew Docherty.

Annie was retired from WROTB and will be remembered for her quick wit, warmth and friendliness. Her personality was such, that if she told you to go to hell, you would look forward to the trip. She enjoyed her weekly Bingo trips with George & Mary Seiler, Debby Falcone and weekly lunches with her best friend, Serena Baiocco.

Surviving along with her mother is her loving husband, Albert of East Pembroke;  daughter, Tracy Parkis of Rochester; son, Michael Parkis and grandchildren, Megan, Rebecca & Zachary Parkis all of Oceanside, CA; sister, Cathleen (Bob) Cassels of Bowmanville, Canada; step-children, Alan (Lori) Kurek of Batavia, Kim (Kevin) Hale of Oakfield; step-grandchildren, Adam & Marc Kurek, Michaela & Mitchell Hale.

A Celebration of Life for Annie will be announced in the spring. memorials in her memory are suggested to Former Troopers Helping Hands 59 Covington Drive Buffalo, New York 14220.

Please share your memories of Annie with her family at http://www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.

THE FAMILY OF FLORENCE "ANNIE" KUREK IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK

 

Batavia - Francis W. Whitmyre, Sr., 78, of Batavia, formerly of Holley, passed away Tuesday, (December 29, 2015) at his home, in Batavia.

Mr. Whitmyre was born March 8, 1937 in Milton, PA, a son of the late John and Margaret (Coup) Whitmyre.

Francis was a member of the VFW in Holley and was a great supporter of the post.  He loved wrestling, gardening, wood working, and was an avid lotto player.  He also greatly enjoyed spending time with his family.

Surviving are his children, Pamela Whitmyre-Dickinson, Margaret Whitmyre, April (James Jr.) Connors, and Francis Whitmyre Jr. all of Batavia; grandchildren, James (Amber) Connors III of Rochester, Anna Connors of NC, Joshua and Rachael Pashong both of Batavia.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

He is preceded in death by a son, John William Whitmyre as well as a brother and two sisters.  

There will be no prior visitation and services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Homecare & Hospice, 29 Liberty Street, Suite #6, Batavia, NY 14020

Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 E. Main St., Batavia.

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

camoflag_1.jpgEmil P. Jaroszewski, age 91, of Perry, died on Monday December 28th at the Wyoming County Nursing Facility in Warsaw where he had been residing.Emil was born in Perry on July 5, 1924 a son of the late Stanley and Mary (Witek) Jaroszewski. He is preceded in death by 3 sisters: Lottie Bucci, Virginia Zarkowski and Helen Chilson.

Emil served with the US Army during WWII with the 17th Airborne.Emil was a graduate of Perry High School. He retired from the former Champion Products in 1987.He was a member of the Brick Presbyterian Church in Perry, lifetime member of the Perry VFW Post #5009 which he helped construct, a former member of the Perry Fire Department and a member of the Perry Fire Department Exempts. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, bowling and spending time with his grandchildren. He was one that was able to fix anything that was put in front of him.

He is survived by his wife  Anna (Carney) Jaroszewski whom he married on July 2, 1949; daughter Sandra Ann (Larry) Bauer of Hamburg, a son; Todd (Tamara) Jaroszewski of Harrisburg, PA.; 4 grandchildren Bradley (Caitlyn Gorham) Bauer, Bethany (Dr. Andrew) Bukowinski, Kira and Marisa Jaroszewski; 2 great grandchildren Benjamin and Colin Bukowinski along with many nieces and nephews.
 

Family and friends may call from 11am-1pm on Saturday January 2nd at the Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main St. in Perry where funeral services will follow at 1pm. He will be laid to rest in the West Cemetery in Perry.

Memorials may be made to the Perry Fire Department P.O. Box 243 Perry, New York 14530 or to the Perry Emergency Ambulance P.O. Box 288 Perry, New York 14530.For more information please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St. Perry, NY 14530.

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