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Age 83, of Batavia, former president and CEO of the V.J. Gautieri Construction Co. died peacefully Tuesday April 26, 2016 at his home under the care of his loving family family and Hospice. He was born August 18, 1932 in Batavia a son of the late Michael A. and Antoinetta (Penella) Fasano, Sr., also preceded in death by brother, Patrick, sisters, Natalie Cerreta, Angeline Lynch and former wife, Mary Ann (Pastecki) Fasano. 

Mr. Fasano was a graduate of Batavia High School and R.I.T. Construction Technology, he served our country honorably as a member of the U.S. Army, a member of the V.F.W. Veness Strollo Post #1602 and American Legion Post #332 of Batavia. A lifelong member of Ascension Parish (former St. Anthony's), its Holy Name Society, and received St. Joseph the Worker Award from the Diocese of Buffalo and the Parish in 1973. Michael was with the V.J. Gautieri Construction Co. for over 50 years where he oversaw the completion of numerous building projects in our area and throughout New York State and also served on the board of the Management Group at Washington Towers. 

Surviving is his daughter, Maria (Darryle) Streeter of Batavia and their children Julia and Benjamin; son, Michael A. Fasano, III of Batavia; beloved sister, Mary Francine Fasano, RSM (Sisters of Mercy) of Batavia; many nieces and nephews especially Geri (Joseph) Graff along with many great nieces, great nephews, cousins and his 4 legged companion, Duchess. 

Bobo's request was for family and friends to join and celebrate his Mass of Christian Burial 9:00am Saturday April 30 at Ascension Parish (Sacred Heart). Entombment will be in the Rev. T. Bernard Kelly Mausoleum at St. Joseph's Cemetery and memorials in his memory are suggested to St. Joseph's School 2 Summit Street Batavia or Notre Dame High School 73 Union Street Batavia, New York 14020. 

Please share your thoughts and memories of Bobo with his family at www.tomaszewskifh.com 



Age 86, of Batavia, died peacefully Sunday afternoon April 24, 2016 at Genesee County Nursing Home. She was born July 25, 1929 in Buffalo, NY, daughter of the late Samuel and Elizabeth (LoHouse) Horn also preceded in death by her beloved husband of 62 years, Winfield in 2013; siblings, Betty Boling, Dorothy Spengler and Alva Ritchie. 

Mrs. Duken worked for Charles L. Mancuso & Son and at Darien Lake. She enjoyed camping, playing pinochle, had a love for animals especially cats, her greatest joy was time spent with family. 

Surviving are her loving children, Richard W. Duken of Wilmington, OH, Patricia (Michael) Reich and Diane (Benjamin) Bonarigo all of Batavia; 7 grandchildren, Kelly (Sarah Ravely) Reich, Ben (Lisa Clattenberg) Bonarigo, Jr., Adam (Sarah) Reich, Justine (Brennan) Briggs, Elizabeth Bonarigo, Richard and Stacy Duken; 4 great-grandchildren also survive along with several nieces and nephews. 

Mrs. Duken's wishes were to have funeral services held privately by her family. Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery with her husband and memorials in her memory can be made to a charity of the donor's choice. 

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Carol Grasso, mom's dear friend and hairdresser for over 45 years and especially the last 3 for all the love, support and kindness shown our mother. 

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


East Pembroke -- Margaret “Peg” Helen (Bartlett) Newton, 87, passed away Monday (April 25, 2016) at her home, surrounded by her family.
Peg was born in the Town of Pembroke on January 26, 1929, a daughter of the late Frank Bartlett and Lucy Gould Bartlett. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Norman “Newt” Newton Jr., and her sons, Mark Allen Newton and Robert James Newton.
Peg, along with her husband Newt, owned and operated “Ron & Newt’s Sales & Services” in East Pembroke. In addition, Peg worked for Kodak in Rochester from 1972 until her retirement. Peg loved watching the wildlife out in the back of her house, and nothing thrilled her more than the spring return of the hummingbirds. As soon as weather permitted, Peg could be found working in her beloved flower beds.
Peg is survived by her sons, Larry Norman (Brooke) Newton of Longwood, Fla.; Donald Edward (Elaine) Newton of East Pembroke; Wayne Douglas (Robin) Newton of Auburndale, Fla., and daughter-in-law Marge Newton of East Pembroke. Peg was also blessed to have left 14 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Friends may call Thursday, April 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 E. Main St., Corfu. Funeral services will be held from the mortuary on Friday, April 29 at 12:30 p.m. Interment will immediately follow at Hillside Cemetery on Angling Road in Corfu. Memorials in honor of her memory are suggested to the East Pembroke Fire Department.

thomas_maryjane_-_photo.jpgMaryjane (Perry) Thomas, 66 of Wellsville, passed away peacefully on Monday (April 25, 2016) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. Maryjane was born in Wellsville, NY on December 11, 1949 to the late Oland and Jean Perry. 

She is survived by her three sons and two grandchildren.  Chad (Tammy) Perry of Greensboro, NC,  Bruce (Chrystal) Burritt Jr of Orange, MA, Walter “Jake” Hilliard and his daughter Annabelle of Fredericksburg, VA and her granddaughter Porscha (Adam) Perry-Meade of Greensboro, NC.  Maryjane has four surviving sisters and three brothers;  Suzanne Amidon of Wellsville, Carol (Dick) Dodge of Wellsville, Lois Whiteman of Wellsville, Brenda (Don) Hays of Oswayo, PA,  Fred (Chickie) Perry of Wellsville, Ron (Linda) Perry of Friendship and Milt (Janet) Nolan of Cuba.  As well as many, many nieces, nephews and longtime friends Linda Woodworth, Connie Morris and Darcy Ennis. 

Maryjane was a 1968 graduate of Andover High and later received her accounting degree from Alfred State University. She volunteered for the Wellsville Ambulance for nearly 20 years and worked as a dispatcher for the Belmont Ambulance/Fire Department for 7 years. In 1996, she moved to North Carolina where she took up long haul trucking before retiring in Bassett, Virginia.  Jane was an active member of the American Vets Auxiliary, Moose Club and past Madame President of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Collinsville, VA.  Jane loved cooking and baking. She owned MJ’s Cafe in Allentown for several years and loved treating family and friends to a big meal whenever she could.  Maryjane was an avid Buffalo Bills fan, enjoyed NASCAR, crocheting, playing cards and was looking forward to becoming a great grandmother this July. 

Graveside services will be held Saturday (April 30th), 12pm at Reed Cemetery (2635 Judge Rd. in Oakfield, NY).  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to F.O.E. Charity Fund Diabetes Research Center in the name of Maryjane Thomas by logging on to http://www.foe.com/Donate.aspx. Expressions of condolence can be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.




Batavia - Irene M. Duckworth, 82, of Batavia, died Sunday, April 24, 2016 at Genesee County Nursing Home, in Batavia.

Irene was born January 16, 1934 in North Java, a daughter of the late Lee Roy and Ethel P. (Whitcomb) Duckworth.

She was a member of 1st Baptist Church of Batavia.

Survivors include 2 sons, Douglas (Pat Heaman) Meyers and Donald (Sally) Meyers both of Batavia, 2 sisters, Carol (Frank) Aquino of Elba and twin sister, Arlene (Robert) Demarest of Batavia; 4 grandchildren, Sarah Whiteside, Michael Meyers, Deanna Meyers and Matthew Meyers; several great-grandchildren. 

She was the sister of the late Howard Duckworth, Raymond Duckworth, Paul L. Duckworth, Carl Duckworth, Harold Duckworth, Willard Duckworth, Cleta Davis, Clara Snyder Ida Duckworth and Oma Reddick.  

Friends may attend graveside services at 10 a.m. Thursday at Grand View Cemetery, Clinton Street, Batavia.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 101 John James Audubon Parkway West, Amherst, NY 14228.  Arrangements were completed by Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 E. Main St., Batavia, NY.   Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Michael Penkszyk, 91 of Alexander, passed away peacefully on Saturday (April 23, 2016) at his residence, with his daughters by his side.

He was born May 26, 1924 in Batavia, a son of the late John and Anna Bozak Penkszyk.

For several years Mr. Penkszyk was a truck driver for Consolidated Freightways and Railroad Express. He was the owner and operator of Penkszyk Farm in Alexander, which began with his parents. Mr. Penkszyk enjoyed cooking and gardening and was a lifelong parishioner of Ascension Parish (Sacred Heart Church) in Batavia.

He was the husband of the late Eleanor Krysczyk Penkszyk who died November 3, 1987 and father of the late Karen Penkszyk who died March 29, 2011.

Survivors include three daughters, Mary Ann Penkszyk, Rosemarie Penkszyk and Sharon Penkszyk, all of Alexander. Two sons, Michael Penkszyk Jr. of Tennessee and David Penkszyk of Virginia. Sisters in-law, Josephine Penkszyk of East Pembroke and Geraldine Penkszyk of North Carolina.  Also survived by four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

There will be no prior visitation. Funeral services will be at the convenience of the family with burial in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of the donor’s preference. Expressions of condolence may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.




carnation_2.jpgCarolyn Schutze Featherstun Martin Wandryk passed away February 17, 2016 at the age of 80 at the New York State Veteran’s Home in Batavia, N.Y., with loved ones near. 

Carolyn grew up with her brother, Steve, in Maplewood and South Orange, N.J., and summered in Southold. She loved Long Island and teaching third grade at Cutchogue East and Mattituck elementary schools for close to 30 years. She loved spending time with children and always had a smile and chuckle recalling many beautiful stories. To this day her students remember the fun they had in Mrs. Featherstun’s class and after marrying Jim Martin, Mrs. Martin’s class. Her passion for teaching never wavered.

Her son Bradley wrote, “Mom loved music and always filled our home with the sounds of the latest records she bought through the mail. Besides family, teaching and music her other true love were her many dogs, whom she loved dearly all of her life.”

After her beloved husband, Jim Martin, passed away she relocated to Batavia, living near her son Craig and his wife, Lori. While living in Batavia, she was blessed with another chance at love with a very special man named Frank Wandryk, whom she married in 2003. This expanded her family, blending her children and their families with Frank’s daughter Debbie, her husband, Terry, and their son, Jake; and his son, Frank Jr., all whom she loved very much. Carolyn’s sons Bradley and his wife, Marianne, and Doug and his wife, Kim, although miles away, were always with her in her heart.

Carolyn was lucky enough to have many grandchildren: CJ, Christopher, Shawn, JD, Mariella and Alyssa, all who loved their “Nana.” She loved being a grandmother and would light up when they were with her.

Mom, Nana, was loved and will be missed greatly. Her big smile and hearty laugh will be remembered always.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share in her Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, April 30, 2016, 11:00am at Ascension Parish (Corner of Swan and Sumner Streets).

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





frank.jpg  Francis J. "Frank" Schreiber, age 64, of Castile, passed away on Thursday April 21, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. Frank was born in Rochester, New York on November 5, 1951 a son of the Helen (Stein) Schreiber of Webster and the late William Schreiber.  Along with his father he is preceded in death by a son Duane who died in 1993, a sister Gene Braselton, and brother Peter Schreiber.

He was a graduate of Aquinas Institute of Rochester, Alfred State College, and received his Bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin at Platteville.  Frank was a member of St. Isidore’s Catholic Parish (St. Joseph’s Church) in Perry, the Knights of Columbus John Paul Chapter, Farm Bureau where he was a past President, and the Holstein Association. He enjoyed boating, skiing both snow and water, traveling, going for rides with the guys, and spending time with family.

Frank is survived by his wife whom he married on April 27, 1974 Diane (Reynolds) Schreiber, 2 sons: Eric (Lynnell) Schreiber of Perry and Steven (Joanne) Schreiber of Castile, a sister: Annie (Pepe) Neubauer of Naples, 3 brothers: William (Maureen) Schreiber Jr. of Newtown, Pa., Louis (Carol) Schreiber and Daniel (Clare) Schreiber both of Ontario, 4 grandchildren: Lacey, Connor, Abigail and Matthew Schreiber, along with many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call from 7:00-9:00PM on Monday April 25, 2016 and from 2:00-4:00PM and 7:00-9:00PM on Tuesday April 26th at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530. An 11:00AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Isidore’s Catholic Parish (St. Joseph’s Church) in Perry on Wednesday April 27th. He will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Perry.

Memorials may be made to Home Care and Hospice 450 N. Main St. Suite 3 Warsaw, New York 14569 and to the Wyoming County 4-H program 36 Center St. Suite B Warsaw, New York 14569. For more information please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530.



thumbnail.jpg  Arlette L. McIntyre, 76, of Perry passed away Thursday April 21, 2016 at Buffalo General Hospital surrounded by her family. She was born in Hornell, New York on February 6, 1940 a daughter of the late George and Fern (Houghtalin) Wambold.  Along with her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Thomas McIntyre Sr. who died in 2003, and a sister Nancy Rook.

Arlette retired from the former Archway Cookies in Perry after 37 years of service where she was a machine operator/lead.She enjoyed playing bingo, going to weight watchers, picnics at the boat launch, watching basketball games, her favorite team the L.A. Lakers and always first on her list was spending time with family, especially with her grandchildren.

She is survived by 4 daughters;  Cindy (Marlene Bassett) McIntyre of Silver Springs, Brenda (Jan Newville) Jaggard of Gainesville, Tammy “Mike” (Bob Clark) Holmes of Silver Springs, Joan McIntyre of Perry, a son Thomas (Bethany) McIntrye II of Perry, a sister: Luella Harrington of Nunda, 2 brothers: George “Dutch” (Bert) Wambold of Rochester, Rodney “Skeeter” (Darlene) Wambold of Fl., 9 grandchildren: Jimmer (Krista Barone) Jaggard, Ben Jaggard, Korine (Andrew Speed) Robison, Michael Slocum, John “Spike” McIntyre, Curtis (Kara Kunst) McIntyre, Ernest Bogardus, Ashley McIntyre and Bryce McIntrye, 6 great grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call from 3:00-7:00PM on Sunday April 24, 2016 at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530. Funeral Services will be held on Monday April 25th at 11:00AM at the Funeral Home.  She will be laid to rest in Elmwood Cemetery in Silver Springs.

Memorials may be made to the Perry Emergency Ambulance P.O. Box 288 Perry, New York 14530 or to St. Jude’s 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 or visit www.stjude.org.  For more information please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530.


Phoenix - Jean M. (Hankey) Parker, of Phoenix, formerly of Batavia and Rochester, passed away on March 17, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. 

She is survived by her daughters, Susan (Leon) Helton of Phoenix, and Margaret (Tom) Engells of Huston, Tx.; a granddaughter, Laura Engells; and a sister, JoAnne (Hankey) Patri of Batavia.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Kent Parker and her parents, E. Vincent and Leona (Reding) Hankey.

Services were held privately at the convenience of the family.  Those wishing may make memorial contributions to Crossroads House, PO Box 403, Batavia, NY 14021 or Volunteers for Animals, PO Box 1621, Batavia, NY 14021. 

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


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