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mgraz.jpg  Margaret Elaine Grazioplene, 97, went to her heavenly home on Monday, February 14, 2022 after spending her last few days at the Aurora House Comfort Care Home in Spencerport, NY. Elaine was a loving and joyful person, who embraced life with enthusiasm and graciousness. She cherished being with family and friends and, even while facing declining health, impaired eyesight and restricted mobility, made the most of any gathering.

Elaine enjoyed games, particularly the card game Quiddler, one in which her many years as a crossword puzzler gave her a stockpile of obscure words. Well into her early nineties, she would adventurously climb into a canoe or kayak, compete in a bocce game or get down on the floor to play with great grandchildren. Elaine loved milkshakes, homemade pasta, Grace Livingston Hill books, Jeopardy and traveling adventures. She was a devoted sports fan, closely following her Buffalo Bills, professional golf and the Olympics.

Elaine’s faith in Christ was evident in her daily life. She was devoted to reading Scripture and loved listening to hymns and worshiping with her Edgewood church family. She was a bright spot for the many who knew and loved her. Although her presence on earth will be missed, she eagerly anticipated her new home in heaven.

Elaine was born on May 12, 1924 in Hornell, NY, the daughter of the late Carman and Frances Beaird Solo. She graduated from Buffalo State Teachers College in 1946 and started her career teaching elementary students in Oakfield, NY. She later taught middle school at St. Mary’s School in Batavia and then tutored math students at Genesee Community College until she retired at the age of 87.

Elaine is survived by her son, James (Ann Marie) Grazioplene; her daughters, Mary Margaret (Walter) Fleming, Elizabeth (Dean) Powley, Christine (Wil) Franz; her sister, Patricia Emerson and her beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Grazioplene; her son, Thomas (Holly) Grazioplene; her sister, Catherine Solo and her brother, Frances (Lucy) Solo.

A Service to celebrate Elaine’s life and Christ’s faithfulness will be held on Sunday, February 27 at 2:00 PM at Edgewood Church (111 E Jefferson Rd, Pittsford, NY 14534). Live streaming of the service will be available via YouTube (search for Edgewood Church Rochester NY).

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Edgewood Church or to the Aurora House Comfort Care Home (495 S Union Street, Spencerport, NY 14559). 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.

Barbara R. Kern, 86, of Basom, passed away peacefully at her home, with her family by her side, on Monday, February 14, 2022.

Barb was born May 15, 1935, in Batavia, a daughter of the late Jacob and Helen Blish Klotzbach.

Barb was a longtime member of the Indian Falls United Methodist Church and the church organist for 60 years. She was a member of the Apostles Class and sang in the church choir. Music was a very important part of Barb’s life. She taught piano lessons for many years and at one time had 15 students under her calming guidance. When she wasn’t busy with her church activities and her piano students, Barb helped out at Kern’s Farm Market. She was very dedicated to the family farm. Her favorite hobbies were crocheting and bowling. Barb was a devoted Christian and loved her grandchildren dearly.

Barb is survived by her beloved husband of 68 years, Ronald M. Kern; her sons, Scott (Karla) Kern and Gregory (Deborah) Kern; 5 grandchildren, Jackie (Josh) Kurcoba, Ronda Marie Kern, Stefanie (Ben) Kitanik, Andrew Kern and Jeremy Kern; one great grandson, Jack Kitanik; her brothers, Lawrence (Linda) Klotzbach and Keith (late Helen) Klotzbach. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Family and friends may call Friday, February 18, 2022, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Indian Falls United Methodist Church, 7908 Alleghany Road, Corfu, NY. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 19, 2022, at 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Indian Falls Cemetery, Indian Falls, NY.

Arrangements were made by C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu, NY.

Elba - Larry D. Williams, 64 of Elba passed away on Tuesday, (January 25, 2022) at Buffalo General Hospital in Buffalo.

Mr. Williams was born September 25, 1957 in Charleston, West Virginia a son of the late Willie Williams and Velma (Gross) Williams.

Larry is survived by his wife, Colleen (Say) Williams of Elba, along with children and grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute at roswellpark.org.

Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home in Batavia. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Batavia - Joseph G. Battaglia, III, 82 of Batavia, passed away on Monday, (February 7, 2022) at home.

Mr. Battaglia was born May 17, 1939 in Batavia,a son of the late Joseph P.  Battaglia, II and Lucille (Hale) Battaglia.

He was a former parishioner of St. Mary's Church in Batavia. He enjoyed the horses, football, gardening - especially tomatoes, and raising chickens.

Surviving are his daughters, Tina Marie (Clarence) Winspear of Cameron, North Carolina, LuAnne Battaglia of Lockport, and Jolene Battaglia of Chili; his companion, Hazel Preedom of Batavia; 10 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Joe is preceded in death by an infant son, Joseph G. Battaglia, IV; a brother, Michael Battaglia; and a sister, Rose Marie Monte.

Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia. Burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Batavia will be private.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Batavia - Mrs. Florence L. Speed, 101, of Batavia, a long time resident of Elba and graduate of Batavia High School, Class of 1938, passed away Sunday (February 13, 2022) at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

Mrs. Speed was born July 7, 1920 in West Bethany, the daughter of the late Thomas and Lorene (Rafter) Galliford.

She is the predeceased by her husbands, Rudolph P. Richenberg in 1975 and Anson J. Speed in 2000; a son, John M. Richenberg in 1998. She is the sister of the late George Galliford, Thomas Galliford, Herbert Galliford, Isabel Mitterling, Evalena McGee, Mary Lambert, Mabel Hilken, Ruth Reamer, and J. Daniel Galliford.

Surviving is her daughter, Debra (Ronald) Bonczyk; daughter-in-law, Linda Richenberg; grandchildren, Ramona (fiancé Kaz Falco) Richenberg, Kathy Richenberg, Alicia (fiancé Michael McDonald) Bowen; sisters-in-law, Martha Richenberg, and Clara Galliford.

Florence is a former member of the Presbyterian Church of Elba, Elba Fire Department Ladies’ Auxiliary, the Historical Society of Elba, the Elba Grange, and the Home Bureau. She was a bus driver for Elba Central School for many years.

Family and Friends may call on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia, where Florence’s Funeral Service will immediately follow visitation at 6:00 p.m. Burial in Maple Lawn Cemetery in Elba will be private. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial contributions to the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Elba Fire Department, 4 S. Main Street, Elba, NY 14058 or the Elba Historical Society, PO Box 24, Elba, NY 14058.

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

johnson_geraldine-photo1.jpgGeraldine K. Johnson, 80 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Monday (February 14, 2022) at Strong Memorial Hospital.

She was born May 21, 1941 in Batavia, NY, a daughter of the late Floyd and Georgianna Tenny Geitner.

Geraldine was employed by the Batavia City School District where she was a teacher aide for several years prior to her retirement. She enjoyed her time there and the children she interacted with. She loved to dance and care for her home, especially the gardening. She also enjoyed cooking. Most of all she will be known for her love she showed for her family and the enjoyable moments spent with them.

Survivors include her son, Larry Dean Johnson of East Pembroke. Daughter, Jacqueline Lee (Daniel) Surdyk of Canandaigua. Grandsons, Daniel Francis (Sara) Surdyk III and expected great-grandson of Minnesota, Shawn-Dean Surdyk of Colorado and Colton Lee Surdyk of Colorado. Sister, Gloria Klosner of Batavia. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was the wife of the late Ervin Dean Johnson who passed away in 2003 and sister of the late Patricia (Sam) Carrubba.

Family and friends may call Wednesday (Feb. 16th) from 4-8pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, 10am at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, Church St., East Pembroke. Geraldine will be laid to rest in St. Joseph Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association. 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, NY1 4020. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.


Lorraine Susan Anderson, age 60, of Batavia NY, passed away on Monday, January 31st, 2022, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester after a brief and brave battle with cancer. She was born in Niagara Falls, NY on July 1, 1961. Lori was a 1979 graduate of Elba Central School and received her A.S. in Accounting from Genesee Community College in 1981. She was employed as a mail clerk at G.C.C. for the past 24 years.  Lori also was the bookkeeper for her husband’s business, Anderson’s Appliance Repair.

Lori was well known for loving butterflies and the color purple.  She was an avid crafter and talented art quilter. Lori was an active member of the Museum Quilt Guild and Art C Girlz groups of Batavia where she always looked forward to showcasing her work at their quilt shows and participating in their classes and retreats.  Lori also enjoyed photography, gardening in her backyard, researching her family genealogy, and searching for signs of bigfoot in Salt Fork, Ohio.  Her caring and thoughtful personality will be forever loved and missed by all.

She is survived by her loving husband of 38 years, William Anderson; her two children, Bethany (Benjamin) Gillard of Lancaster and Bryan (Allison) Anderson of Fairport; her beloved grandson, Luke Anderson; her parents, Lawrence Cassatt of Batavia, and Shirley Cassatt of Batavia; her siblings, Lawrence (Patricia) Cassatt of Elba and Cindy (Robert) Elliott of Batavia; as well as many other family members and friends.

Keeping with Lori’s request, a celebration of her life will be held at a park at a later date. 

The family requests that any memorial contributions be made in honor of Lori to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, P. O. Box 631, Buffalo, NY 14240 or Wilmot Cancer Institute Development Office, Alumni and Advancement Center, 300 E. River Road, PO Box 278996, Rochester, NY 14627.

Robert  J. "Jake" Ludwig, II, 77, of Byron, passed away on February 11, 2022 at United Memorial Medical Center.

Jake was born September 14, 1944 in Danville, Illinois, a son of the late Robert J. and Elsie (Leverich) Ludwig.

Jake was a member of the North Bergen Presbyterian Church, where he was a past elder and trustee.  He was the superintendent of the North Byron Cemetery and a supervisor for Eastman Kodak, having retired in 2000.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Sharon (Lewis) Ludwig; children, Lisa A. Ludwig and Todd R. Ludwig; grandchildren, Austin (Mary Kelkenberg) Ludwig, Kyle (Karley) Ludwig, Jordon Ludwig and Jarrod Ludwig and great-grandchildren, Maysen and Easton Ludwig.  

Preceded in death by his sister, Eleanor "Sue" Nellis.

There are no prior calling hours.  Jake's Memorial Service will be on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at the North Bergen Presbyterian Church, 7068 North Bergen Road, Bergen.  Jake will be laid to rest in North Byron Cemetery at a later date.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to North Bergen Presbyterian Church, 7068 North Bergen Road, Bergen, NY 14416 or Crossroads House, PO Box 403, Batavia, NY 14021,www.crossroadshouse.com/donate.  

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

Arrangements for Jake were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-8868.

Batavia - James Brent Marvin, Sr., 92 of Batavia  passed away on Thursday, February 10, 2022 at Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw.

Mr. Marvin was born Wednesday, March 20th, 1929 in Farmers Valley, Pennsylvania a son of the late Robert James Marvin and Leah Garnet Weimer Marvin. 

James is predeceased by his late wives, Irma Johnston Marvin and Viola Carter Marvin and his longtime companion, Stephanie "Stevie" Sage.

Surviving are his children, Rebecca (Andrew) Smith of Batavia, Daniel (Joyce) Marvin of Ocala, Florida, Debra Delude of Delevan, Lora (Dan Hoffman) Morgan of Batavia and  Nancy Emerson of Batavia; step-daughters, Beverly Audsley of Vermont and Shirley Lacy of Wyoming. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren,43  great-grandchildren, 24 great-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. 

He is the father of the late James Marvin, Jr. who passed away on March 21, 1992, grandfather of the late Jonathan Brent Marvin who passed away on October 31, 2015, brother of the late Keith, Jack and Ronald Marvin, Madelon McArthur, Maxine Brewer and Onalee Baker. 

Friends may call on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 from 6 pm to 8 pm and on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 from 11 am to 12 pm at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street (Please use School Street Entrance). His funeral services will follow visitation at 12 pm on Wednesday. Burial will be in Wyoming Cemetery in Wyoming.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Volunteer for Animals, P.O. Box 1601, Batavia, New York 14021, American Heart Association, 5488 Sheridan Drive #300, Williamsville, New York 14221 or the American Cancer Society, 1120 South Goodman Street, Rochester, New York 14620.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Byron ~ Clara Ann Hargrave, age 80, formerly of the Byron-Holley Road, passed away Friday afternoon (February 11, 2022) at The Highlands at Brighton in Rochester.

     She was born October 26, 1941 in Wheeling, W. Virginia, a daughter of the late George and Catherine Manion Stein.

     Clara will be remembered as a very kind and warm person, who enjoyed visiting with family and friends.

     She is survived by her “adoptive family”, Dawn Brinson-Sprague (David Sprague) and their children, Chenoa (Charles) Carson, Michael Brinson Jr., Dan Sprague, Doug Sprague, Cory Sprague, Kayla (Luis) Martinez and Samantha Sprague; close friend, Glenn Hughes, along with many nieces and nephews.

     In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her daughter, Brenda Lee.

     A graveside service for Clara will be held in the Spring at the Stafford Rural Cemetery.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to either St. Jude Children’s Hospital or your local animal shelter.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Clara’s family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

     Mrs. Hargrave and her family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy.  585-768-2400

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