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flowers_1.jpgElsa Ortiz, 88, formerly of New York City where she lived until moving to the nursing home in January of this year, passed away peacefully on Friday February 5, 2016 at Orchard Manor Nursing Home in Medina. She was born April 21, 1927 in San-German, Puerto Rico to the late Louis (Monserrate Alvarez) Ramirez Gomez. She is preceded in death by her husband John Anthony Ortiz; son Charles Anthony Ortiz; along with several brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Dr. Wayne (Cindy Norton) Ortiz of Bethany along with 2 grandchildren Ashley and Jason Knickerbocker.

There will be no prior calling hours. Services will be held privately.

For more information please call 585-591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.

Josephine M. Geib, 92, of Batavia, died Monday (February 8, 2016) at the United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

Josephine was born January 12, 1924 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Salvatore and Vincenza (DelPlato) Anastasio.

A member of Ascension Parish, she was a chef at the former Cristina's and Steakhouse Restaurant's in Batavia.  Josephine loved life, her family, cooking and taking care of other people.  She had a very good sense of humor and was generous and kind hearted to everyone she knew.  Along with her late husband, Arthur, they enjoyed dancing together. 

Survivors include one daughter, Barbara (Les) Gates of Easton, KS; one son, Robert (Laurie Slocum) Geib of Batavia; six grandchildren, Derek Geib of Batavia, Gina (Kevin) Dennis of Colorado, Amy (Mark) Bagley, Dana (Ashley) Stevens, David (Elizabeth) Gates and Suzie (Eric) Thorne, all of Kansas; ten great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Josephine is predeceased by her husband, Arthur Geib and she is a sister of the late Floyd Anastasio, Anna Torcello, Mary George, Chris Anastasio, Anthony Anastasio, Victor Anastasio, Lucy Greer, Margaret Anastasia and Donald Anastasio.   

Calling hours are Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia.  Josephine’s Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday at Ascension Parish, 15 Sumner Street, Batavia.  Entombment will be in St. Joseph's Mausoleum, Batavia.  Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Corfu - Edward W. Newman, 76, of Corfu, passed away Tuesday (February 2, 2016) at United Memorial Medical Center, Batavia.

Ed was born May 20, 1939 in Buffalo, a son of the late Walter and Eleanor Weismore Newman. He was a supervisor in the machine shop at Attica Correctional Facility. Ed’s favorite pastimes were fishing and gardening and he was an avid fan of the Buffalo Bills and New York Yankees. He was the brother of the late Phyllis Balduf, James Newman and Jerry Newman.

Ed is survived by his wife, Barbara Witkowski Newman; daughters, Leanne (Eugene Jr.) Jankowski and Teal (Scott) Strollo; grandson, Nathaniel Mullen; a brother, Austin Newman; two sister-in-laws, Carol Newman and June Newman; a brother-in-law, Thomas (Lois) Witkowski; two special nephews, Nick Newman and Jed Balduf and many other nieces and nephews. Ed also leaves behind several very special neighbors and co-workers who were always there for him.

There will be no calling hours. Memorials in memory of Ed may be made to the Volunteers for Animals, 3841 West Main Street Road, Batavia, NY 14020 in honor of his sweet dog Ellee, who was his faithful companion. Arrangements were made by C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu.

dairy_farm.jpg  Donald L. Norton, 86, of West Bethany passed away Friday February 5, 2016 at Crossroads House in Batavia surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Bethany, NY on August 30, 1929 a son of the late Jesse and Ethel (Tapp) Norton.

Donald is predeceased by his wife Marlene (Burg) Norton who passed away July 2, 1994 and his son Thomas who passed away June 2, 2006.  He is also predeceased by his brothers George and Richard Norton and his sister Doris Lewis.

Donald was a lifelong dairy farmer on the family farm in West Bethany, working up until this past September.  He was a member of the West Bethany Baptist Church.  He enjoyed gardening, watching Westerns, chicken barbecues, and spending time with his children and many grandchildren.

Donald is survived by his children; Suzanne (Mark) Hulme of Nescopeck, PA, Christine (Kevin) Hollenbeck of Churchville, NY, David (Shari) Norton of Stafford, NY, Julie (Brian) Foeller of Bergen, NY, Judith (Rusty) Breton of Alexander, NY and daughter-in-law Tina Norton of West Bethany; eighteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; a brother Roger Norton, a sister Evelyn Bigelow, sister-in-law Betty Norton along with many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday February 9, 2016 from 4:00 – 8:00PM at Marley Funeral Home. LLC.  135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011. An 11:00AM Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday the 10th at West Bethany Baptist Church, 10333 W Bethany Rd. East Bethany, NY 14054. He will be laid to rest in West Bethany Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the West Bethany Baptist Church 10333 West Bethany Rd Batavia, NY 14020 or to Crossroads House 11 Liberty St. Batavia, NY 14020. For more information please call 585-591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.

hill_murray_-_photo.jpgMurray Hill, 78 of Basom, passed away on Thursday (February 4, 2016) at Buffalo General Hospital. 

He was born March 27, 1937 in Buffalo, NY, a son of the late William and Delphine Blackchief Hill. 

Mr. Hill was a U.S. Army Veteran, having served our country during the Vietnam War. During that time he received the recognition of the Vietnam Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Expert Rifle Medal. He was retired from the printing Industry in the Buffalo area. Murray was also a member of the Beaver clan. 

Survivors include his brothers, Darwin (Janette) Hill, Malcolm (Melissa Smith) Hill, Hiram Jones and Loren Jones, all of Basom. Sisters, Kathleen Hill of Arizona, Audrey Hill of Rochester and Carrie Cory of Basom. 

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Tuesday (Feb. 9th) from 1-2pm at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 JOHN ST., AKRON, NY, where a funeral service will commence at the conclusion of visitation at 2pm. Interment will be in the Tonawanda Indian Presbyterian Church Cemetery. 

Expressions of condolence 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.

 

 

pilato1.jpg  Melchiora “Millie’ Pilato, 85, of Batavia passed away peacefully on Friday February 5, 2016 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia. She was born on September 8, 1930 in Realmonte, Italy to the late Giuseppe & Anna (Zambito) DiSalvo.  

In addition to her parents, Millie is predeceased by her loving husband Calogero “Charlie” Pilato who passed away in 1988; a sister Giovanna Tutino; brothers in law Guiseppe Coco and Frank Pilato; sisters in law Rosina DiSalvo and Josephine Coco.  

Millie enjoyed cooking and baking many Italian specialties, especially “Millie’s” Pizza and Ossi di Morte cookies.  She was a seamstress for Alexanders Department Store in Batavia and her passion for sewing began in Italy where she was trained.  Millie was known for her love of God in her life, those that loved her knew they would always be fed and prayed for.  She was member of St. Anthony’s Church, Notre Dame Prayer Group, St. Joseph’s Table, the Alter and Rosary Society, St. Nick’s Club along with St. Michael’s Society.

She is survived by her three daughters; Paula (Thomas) Pilato Mullen of Virginia Beach, Anna Pilato of Fairfax, VA and Josette Pilato of Batavia; brothers Franceso DiSalvo of Penfield and Antonino DiSalvo of Italy; brother in law Alfonso Tutino of Italy, sister in law Antonina Pilato of Fairport, brother and sister in law Dr. Philip and Frances Pilato of Camp Hill, PA; her beloved granddaughter Katherine Elizabeth Mullen of VA along with many nieces And nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Monday February 8, 2016 from 3:00PM-7:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A 9:30AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday February 9, 2016 at Resurrection Parish (St. Mary’s) 18 Ellicott St. Batavia, NY 14020. She will be entombed in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum in Batavia.

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.com.  Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

Batavia - Mary D. Davis, 85, of Batavia, passed away on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at the Genesee County Nursing Home.

Mrs. Davis was born May 17, 1930 in Batavia, the daughter of the late Angelo and Mildred Alwardt Stellato.

Mrs. Davis retired from the housekeeping department of the New York State School for the Blind. She, along with her late husband George, resided in Ocala, Florida from 1995-2005.

She was a talented seamstress, quilter who enjoyed playing cards. She loved painting and was a member of the Batavia Society of Artists. She will be remembered by her family as a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the Lions Club of Batavia for helping to improve the quality of their mom’s life by making it possible for her to continue reading with one of their reading devices.

Her husband, George T. Davis, Sr., passed away on July 17, 2001.

She is survived by her children, George T. (Mary Jo) Davis, Jr. of Batavia and Nancy (Dick Bausch) Dugan of Batavia; her four granddaughters, Chaunda (Bill) Hertel of Batavia, Brooke (Vincent) Pontillo of Batavia,  Danielle (Jeff) Maniace of Pavilion and Jennifer (Chris) Brown of Alexander; and her six great-grandchildren; Ethan and Max Hutchins of Batavia, Benjamin and Nina Pontillo of Batavia; Madison Maniace of Pavilion and Kaylee Brown of Alexander.

There are no prior visiting hours. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Batavia.  In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials in Mary’s name to Lions Club of Batavia, P.O. Box 456, Batavia, New York 14021 or to Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, New York 14021.  To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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

Pittsford/Batavia - George S. Rohall, 84, of Pittsford, formerly of Batavia and Webster, owner of Calibrated Charts Corporation in Batavia, died Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at Highlands Living Center, in Pittsford.

Mr. Rohall was born April 13, 1931 in Philadelphia, PA, the son of the late George and Mary (Smenyak) Rohall.

He served as a 1st Lieutenant in the US Marine Corps. from 1956 to 1959.  He was an active member at St. Joseph's Church where he served on the Finance Committee and was a former Trustee, and was a devoted supporter of Notre Dame High School.  He was an avid follower of the stock market and current events.  He loved and was deeply proud of his family and delighted in singing their praises to anyone who would listen. We will always cherish and desperately try to remember all the wonderful stories he loved to tell of his life experiences.

His wife, Joyce B. (Lukach) Rohall, to whom he was married for nine days short of fifty years, died March 26, 2009.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Lisa Marie (Brian) Bamberger of Rydal, PA and Adrianne J. (Brian) Dougherty of Batavia; a son, Gregory S. Rohall of Buffalo; 5 grandchildren, Jessica (Antonio) Ciaccia, Caitlin (Ryan) Bucari, Emma Mary Bamberger, Abigail Nicole Bamberger and Madison Elizabeth Bamberger; 2 great-grandsons, Franco Ciaccia and Rory Bucari, a sister, Elisabeth Koper of Philadelphia and several nieces and nephews.  

Friends may call from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at H.E. Turner & Co, Funeral Home, 403 E. Main St., Batavia.  A Mass of Christian burial will be held for George at 10a.m.  Monday at Resurrection Parish - St. Joseph Site, 303 E. Main St., Batavia.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 101 John James Audubon Parkway West, Amherst, NY 14228 or American Heart Association, 2113 Chili Ave., Rochester, NY 14624 or St. Joseph's School, Attn: Tuition Fund, 2 Summit St., Batavia, NY 14020.   Entombment will be in St. Joseph's Mausoleum in Batavia.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

norris.jpg  Samuel C. Norris, 91, of Batavia, (formally of Alexander), passed away in his home, after a brief illness on February 4, 2016. He was born on December 30, 1924 in Welland, Ontario, Canada, the son of the late Samuel J. and May (Rogers) Norris. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Janette (Edwards) Norris, who died April 10, 2009. He was also predeceased by his son in law, Danby Best.

Samuel was a veteran of the Canadian Army and served in WWII. His unit landed on Juno Beach, France on D-Day. His dream was realized when he revisited Juno Beach on June 6, 2005. He was able to attend the memorial service at the Canadian Museum to honor those men that landed on D-Day. Samuel was a life member, past president, and past assistant chief of the Alexander Fire Department. He was also a life member of WNY Volunteer Firemen’s Association. Samuel served as president in 2000. He was a member of the Attica Masonic Lodge. Mr. Norris retired from Griffith Oil. He worked part time at the Alexander Post office for many years.

 He is survived by his childrenSusan (Corky) Best of East Bethany, Charles (Lisa) Norris of Attica, Valerie (Ross) Dubin of Las Vegas, NV, Deanna (Daniel) Schwab of North Java; Grandchildren Jason (Jessica) Best of Bergen, Brian (Jennifer) Best of Batavia,Sarah (Mitch Zajac) Best of Depew, Ashley (Chuck) Hurd of Williamstown, Stephanie (Adam) Krebs of Warsaw, Jennifer Schwab of North Java, Kevin (Morgan Schmid) Schwab of North Java, Rachelle Dubin of Las Vegas, NV, Brandon Dubin of South Carolina; great-grandchildren Benjamin, Ashlyn, Rachel, Olivia, & Isabelle Best, Easton & Eve Krebs, and Mackenzie Zajac; sister Gertrude (Jergen) Dombrosky of Toronto, Canada along with many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Monday February 8, 2016 from 2-4 PM and 6-9 PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.  A 10:00 AM Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday February 9, 2016 at to St. James Episcopal Church 405 East Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. He will be laid to rest in Alexander Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. James Episcopal Church of Batavia 405 East Main Street Batavia, New York 14020 or Alexander Fire Department P.O. Box 152 Alexander, New York 14005. For more information please call 585-591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.

rt3.jpgRocco T. “Rock” Tenebruso

Rocco T. "Rock" Tenebruso of Batavia, died on "his own terms" with the assistance of the Lord, Tuesday evening February 2, 2016 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

He was born February 13, 1934 in Batavia, NY. Son of the late Anthony (Maria Micheale Garofalo) Tenebruso, he was also predeceased by his sisters Dorothy (Sam) Zanghi, Rose Marie (Anthony) Battaglia and Angeline (Donald) Berardini as well as his niece Julie Grazioplene-Hahn. He was an ever- loving and eternally grateful brother to Anthony (Marcia) Tenebruso, Anna (Jack) Hamner, and Mickey (Roger) Grazioplene.  He was also a devoted and loving husband to the late Maureen (Kelley) Tenebruso.

Rocco was an Army Veteran and a retired supervisor at the ARC in Batavia as well as a lifelong member of St. Anthony's Church and Ascension Parish. He enjoyed going to the casino and playing the horses as the unofficially declared “Mayor” of Batavia Downs. He particularly enjoyed the company of family and friends every Monday afternoon carrying on the tradition of the famous Monday "Coffee Clutch” started by his mother over 35 years ago. He had a wonderful compassion and love for his friends and family by always putting their needs before him whenever he was capable. Rocco's happiness was most apparent when he was not only surrounded by his family but whenever his two boys came in from out of town to visit him.

Surviving are his two sons, Robert (Michelle) Tenebruso of Hamburg, NY and Joseph (Alesa) Tenebruso of Amherst, NY.  Rock was a very proud and eternally loving grandfather to his seven grandchildren, Steven, Alexandrea, Joseph, Stephanie, Lindsay, Adam, and Austin; he was also a wonderful great-grandfather to seven great-grandchildren, Tatum, Elijah, Caleb, Joey III, Elsie, Noah, and Ronan; he was also a constantly devoted friend to Stella Howe as well as a FAVORITE Uncle to his many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Friends, family, and all loved ones may visit from 4 - 8pm on Saturday February 6th and Sunday February 7th from 2 - 6pm at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, where prayers will be recited at 9:30AM Monday February 8th followed by a mass of Christian Burial 10:00am at Ascension Parish, (corner of Swan & Sumner Sts.).  Military honors will follow his funeral mass and burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Batavia, memorials in his memory can be made to the family for distribution to the charities of their choice. 

Rock’s two sons and extended family, wish to also thank all nurses and doctors at the VAMC and the UMMC in Batavia, NY for all the love, care, and support he received “during his time of struggle.”

“God has called for me to come home because He is the BOSS!  So since it is now time for me to ‘go bye-bye,’ would someone please…CUT THE CAKE?”

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

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