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theo.jpgTHEODORE ROOSEVELT JOHNSON, JR. ~ Age 52, of Batavia, went home to be with our Lord and Savior on Wednesday morning June 3, 2020 at Unity Hospital in Greece, NY. He was born on July 26, 1967 in Jefferson County, FL, a son of the Rutha Mae Denmark Williams and Theodore Roosevelt Johnson, Sr., also preceded in death by his wife, Melissa Sue Anderson; sisters, Karen Williams, Wendy Johnson and step-father, Isaac A. Williams.

“Theo” or “Jr” as he was affectionately called, was raised in Monticello, FL by his grandmother, the late Mary Lee Denmark until his high school years when he moved to Bartow, FL to be with his mom and step father who raised him to adulthood. Theo joined his beloved Melissa in holy matrimony on April 3, 1999 and shortly thereafter relocated to New York. One of his greatest accomplishments was going back to school and earning his GED from Genesee Valley BOCES in June 2006. Theo was a Team Supervisor for Yancey’s Fancy Cheese for several years until his health declined and was forced to retire. He loved watching NASCAR, he enjoyed fishing, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Theo is survived by his loving siblings, Pamela (Lorenzo) Farmer of Winter Haven, FL, Colina (Jerry) Williams-McAfee of Auburndale, FL, Debra (Andrew) Harris of Syracuse, NY, Zina (Terry) Whitaker of Albany, GA, Michelle (Kevin) Kaigler of Tallahassee, FL, Lisa Williams of Atlanta, GA, Ricky (Carmelita) Howard of Syracuse, NY, Kelvin (Linda) Williams of Winter Haven, FL; loving companion and her family, Catherine Thomas, her daughters and grandchildren; loyal friend, Crystal Polk, Ballard Maye, Ulysses Maye along with a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great nieces, nephews and cousins.

Theo’s family will be present from 1 – 3p.m. on Monday June 15, 2020 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020. Memorial contributions in his memory are suggested to the family.

(PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO COVID-19 AND SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES FUNERAL HOME OCCUPANCY WILL BE CONTROLLED BY FUNERAL HOME STAFF ALLOWING ALL TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS, OUR FUNERAL HOME SUPPLIES ALL PPE IF SO NEEDED).

Please share your words of comfort with Theo’s family at www.tomaszewskifh.com

THE FAMILY OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT JOHNSON, JR. IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020 – (585)343-7500

 

chester_dompkowski.jpegCHESTER J. DOMPKOWSKI ~ long-time resident of Hamburg, died on May 31, 2020 at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Community Living Center in Batavia, New York. He was 84. He was born in Lackawanna, graduated as a Classics major from Canisius College in 1958, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army because of his successful participation in the Reserved Officer Training Program. After marrying his childhood sweetheart, Judith Procakiewicz, Lt. Dompkowski was assigned to the Signal Corps and stationed at Ft. Belvoir, VA. In 2017, he proudly told his grandson, Thomas Dompkowski, that during his military assignment from 1958 to 1961 he was a courier responsible for transporting classified materials from Ft. Belvoir to the White House. Lt. Dompkowski’s military career was cut short by disability, and he left the Army in 1961.

Mr. Dompkowski returned to Western New York and was employed in management with JC Penney and Joanne Fabrics and later worked in insurance sales. He ended his work career as a mathematics teacher at Hopevale School. He took great pride in assisting troubled young women at Hopevale. Though he greatly enjoyed living in Hamburg where he raised his family, he became a resident at the VA facility in Batavia, where he lived from 2009 until his death.

“Grandpa Chet” was very devoted to his grandchildren. His family fondly remembered how some of his happiest days were taking his grandsons Nick and Blake Smith to the barber shop when they lived in Hamburg as young boys. His family laughed heartily at the stories of his golfing with his brothers-in-law Joe Procakiewicz and Ken Kovach at the “lush, plush” Eden Valley Country Club. It was heartwarming to hear how he was well liked by the patients and staff at the Batavia VA Living Center, and how much they will miss him. The staff spoke of how he took an interest in the lives of others, how friendly he was, and how he gave encouragement to everyone. He happily shared his favorite foods of pizza, chicken wings and cheesecake with the patients and staff at the facility, and his family will treat the staff and residents to them in his honor. 

He is predeceased by his sister, Dolores Blattenberger, and survived by his sister, Eileen Jurek, four children, Joseph Dompkowski (Juliana) of Farmingdale, NY, James Oaksun of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Jean Marcucci of Woodbury, NJ, and Mary Archer (Mark), of Marlton, NJ, and eight grandchildren, Nicholas and Blake Smith, Gabrielle Marcucci, Sarah Dompkowski, Veronica and Iris Archer, and Thomas and Andrew Dompkowski. Dad was especially proud of his great grandchildren Ian and Ava.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Epidemic, Mr. Dompkowski’s funeral mass and interment with military honors will he held at a future date and memorials in his memory can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. 

Please share your words of comfort with Chet’s family at www.tomaszewskifh.com

THE FAMILY OF CHESTER J. DOMPKOWSKI IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020 – (585)343-7500

Bergen ~ Manley F. Vosburgh, age 71, passed away June 10, 2020 after a brief battle with cancer.  He is survived by his wife, Loretta, their three daughters, five granddaughters and a large extended family.

     There are no prior calling hours or services.  Your memories and condolences may be shared with Manley's family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

     Mr. Vosburgh and his family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy.  585-768-2400

Bergen ~ Barbara A. DeFazio, age 70, of Kaymar Drive, passed away at home unexpectedly on Monday afternoon (June 8, 2020)

     She was born October 30, 1949 in Rochester, a daughter of Louise Schmitt Gross and the late Joseph Gross.

     Barbara will be remembered as a very loving wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, aunt and dear friend to many.  She was not only devoted to her family, but had a strong devotion to her faith.  She was a longtime custodian and sacristan at St. Brigid Church in Bergen, as well as a longtime lector and Eucharistic Minister and also lead the rosary before each mass. She was a member of the St. Brigid Folk Group, where she played guitar for 28 years from 1976 - 2004. Barbara was also a retiree of the Byron-Bergen Central School District, where she was a longtime elementary school library aide.

     She is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Salvatore C. DeFazio; son, Brian (Kristi) S. DeFazio; granddaughter, Lily Ann DeFazio; grandson, Benjamin Brian DeFazio; mother, Louise Gross; father-in-law, John C. DeFazio; brothers, John (Susan) Gross, Paul (Debra) Gross and James (Ann) Gross, along with many nieces and nephews.

     She was predeceased by her father, Joseph C. Gross, mother-in-law, Rose DeFazio and granddaughters, Melanie Lynn DeFazio and Kaelynn Brianna DeFazio.

     Family and friends may call on Sunday, June 14 from 1 ~ 4 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd., (Rt. 19), LeRoy. (Funeral home occupancy will be limited to 25% capacity during the course of visitation and face masks will be required.)  Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, June 15 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Brigid Church, 18 Gibson St., Bergen, with interment to follow in St. Brigid Cemetery. (The funeral mass will be celebrated outside behind the church.  People attending are encouraged to bring their own lawn chair if possible.)

     Contributions in memory of Barbara may be made to St. Brigid Church, c/o Our Lady of Mercy Parish, 44 Lake St., LeRoy, N.Y. 14482

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

Vernon G. Rupert - Alexander. The memorial service that was scheduled for Vernon G. Rupert on July 5, 2020, has been postponed until July 2021. This is due to the continued restrictions of the COVID 19 virus and concerns of the family.

Richard L. Stempkowski, 80 of Perry, passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville. He was born on April 24, 1940 in Lancaster to the late Leo (Dorothy Kryszewski) Stempkowski. He is preceded in death by his wife Joan (Skapik) Stempkowski, daughters Donna Flick and Bonnie Celano.

Richard owned and operated S&S Trucking in Buffalo. He enjoyed motorcycles, was an avid fisherman and bowler. Mr. Stempkowski was a longtime member of St. John Kanty Church in Buffalo. He was amazing with children and loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Richard is survived by his sister Terri Goad of OH; 5 grandchildren, April (Jason) Weatherbee of Attica; Jara (Ford) Johnson of GA; Scott (Miranda) Flick of Niagara Falls, NY; Chris (Nicole) Haas of Bennington; Corey Summerville of Alden; 10 great-grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews.  

There will be no prior calling hours or Funeral Service.   

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family to be distributed to various charities. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

Batavia - Thomas H. Pendleton, 72, of Batavia, passed away Sunday, June 7, 2020, at Orchard Manor Residential Health Care Facility.

Mr. Pendleton was born February 21, 1948, in North Tonawanda, a son of Thomas L. Pendleton of North Tonawanda and the late Arta Mae Pink Pendleton.

 A truck driver for Stroehmann Bakeries in Rochester, he proudly served his country during the Vietnam War with the United States Air Force.

Surviving along with his father are his wife, Suzanne Earl Pendleton, whom he married November 16, 1990; three children; Jeanna Pendleton Brown, of Louisiana, Jeffrey Pendleton, of Louisiana, and Timothy Pendleton, of Batavia; his brother, Henry (Cindy) Pendleton, of North Tonawanda; his sister, Marjorie (David) Switala, of Lakewood; along with several grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior visitation.  Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. He will be laid to rest in the Western New York National Cemetery, Pembroke. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Thomas's memory may be made to the veteran's organization of the donor's choice. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in his name, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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

York / Caledonia ~ Pamela M. SinClair, age 63, passed away Saturday afternoon (June 6,2020) in Pennsylvania as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

     She was born January 24, 1957 in Batavia, a daughter of Marie Rosemark SinClair Manley and the late Robert SinClair.

     Pam will be remembered as a loving daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, companion and dear friend.  She was a very caring and giving member of her community, having been a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the bell choir, the Caledonia Fire Dept., Kelley's Heroes and the Genesee County H.O.G.  After college, Pam began working for Kodak, where she advanced over the years into administration, eventually retiring after 40 years, when that part of Kodak became the Harris Corp.

     She is survived by her companion, Harold Morris; her mother, Marie Manley (Bill Goodburlet); daughter, Vicky SinClair, granddaughter, Estelle Marie Golden; sister, Becky (Mark) Schroeder; brother, Robert (Kristin) Sinclair Jr., along with many loving nieces and nephews.

     She was predeceased by her father, Robert SinClair in 2010.

     Family and friends may call on Friday, June 12 from 3 ~ 7 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd., (Rt. 19), LeRoy, where memories will be shared at 7:00 PM.  (Funeral home occupancy will be limited to 25% capacity during the course of visitation and memory sharing and face masks will be required.)  Interment in the East Bethany Cemetery will be private.

     In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Pam are suggested to either the Teresa House, 21 Highland Rd., Geneseo, NY 14454 www.teresahouse.org or to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, 733 Third Ave., Suite 510, New York, NY 10017. www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Pam's family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.


Massena: James C. Murphy, age 99 passed away peacefully on June 4, 2020 at the Massena Rehabilitation & Nursing Center. The family has entrusted funeral arrangements to the care and direction of the Phillips Memorial Home in Massena. Funeral services for James will be held at the convenience of the family with a graveside service held in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, in Batavia, NY at a later date.

James was born on June 6, 1920, in Buffalo, NY. He is the first of two children born to the late James E. and Anna (Scheur) Murphy. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Viola (Neth, Wahls) Murphy formerly of Batavia, NY. James is also survived by his children: Sheilah Murphy of Seattle, WA; Kevin and Deborah Murphy, of Gloversville, NY; Arline Murphy, of Massena, NY; Nora and Bruce Murphy-Kotteman, of Princess Anne, MD; Deborah and Brian White-Sallee of Reno, NV; Arthur and Carla Wahls of Batavia, NY; and David and Robin Wahls, of Doswells, VA. James is also survived by seven grandchildren: Seana Murphy, of Salem, OR; Christopher and Noelle Murphy of Bennington, VT; Cassandra Murphy of Cromwell, CT; Kelly Conners of Massena, NY; Andrea and Robert Falkowski of East Bethany, NY; James and Tessali Wahls of Owego, NY; and Hillary Wahls, of Doswell, VA. He has 11 great-grandchildren: Dylan Murphy, Meghan Mills, William Murphy, James Murphy, Olivia Murray, Owynn Conners, Logan Wahls, Calayla Sacdalan, Wesley Falkowski, Emmaline Falkowski, and James J.A. Wahls. He was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Edward; and a grandson, Drew Wahls.

As a teenager he attended Fosdick-Masten Park High School in Buffalo until starting work for Western Union in 1936. Beginning in 1938 he served in the Civilian Conservation Corps, stationed in Nevada and Idaho, in part as a forest fire fighter. He often remarked that the years spent with the C.C.C. were among his most formative and even 80 years later was moved by the memory of those who were lost. Following his time with the C.C.C. he entered the United States Army in February 7, 1942 to serve his country proudly during World War II.

During the war, he served with the 88th Infantry Division in North Africa and Italy. In Italy he was transferred to 5th Army City Command Section, under the 5th Army Headquarters, where he served establishing provisional governments in liberated cities. He was honorably discharged from the service on December 12, 1945. 

In 1948 he began his career with General Motors at the gear and axle plant in Buffalo. He transferred to the engine plant in Tonawanda four years later. Then in 1959 he and his then-wife Joan, and their four children moved to Massena where he began work at the Chevrolet aluminum foundry. He worked continuously until his retirement in 1987. The following year he was brought on as a consultant in the creation of the Saturn Corporation in Detroit, MI. James later returned to consult for GM from 1993-1996, and 1998-2004.

James loved all sports, but had a particular affinity for horse racing, basketball, and football. He was an avid bowler, serving as Secretary and Treasurer of the Sunday night mixed doubles league at the Seaway Bowl for 15 years. He enjoyed bicycle racing and table tennis, and went on to compete in the New York State Senior Games in 1990 and 1991, where he won gold medals in the 5,000 and 10,000 meter races, and a bronze medal in table tennis. In 1992 he competed in the National Senior Games in Syracuse. Throughout his life James loved singing, story-telling, and jokes and he loved sharing these with his family and friends. Whether in the barracks, at the bowling alley, at the GM Retirees’ luncheons, on several cruises with his wife Viola, during Friday nights at the Village Inn, as a member of the Sacred Heart Choir, or when he was surrounded by family, James could always be relied on for laughter and song. It’s hard to imagine a finer bequest than that.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be acknowledged with St. Vincent de Paul; 128 Main St, Massena, NY 13662 or Hospice & Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley; 6805 US-11, Potsdam, NY 13676. Memories and online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.PhillipsMemorial.com

pringle_gordon_-_photo1.jpgGordon R. Pringle Jr. “Corky”, 68 of Batavia passed away unexpectedly on Friday (June 5, 2020) at his residence.

He was born May 27, 1952 in Buffalo, NY, a son of the late Gordon Pringle and Pearl Kingsley.

Corky was a former manager at Koolatron prior to his retirement. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and was an avid Buffalo Bills fan. He was also a member of Godfrey Pond.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Sutherland Pringle of Batavia. Children, Edward (Tricia) Levinstein of Corfu, Tara (Michael Moyles) Levinstein of Pembroke, Elizabeth (Ron Barkie) Levinstein of California and Emily Pringle of Batavia. Grandchildren, Benjamin, William and Max Levinstein, Charlie Liongson and Mary Barkie. Brother, Keith (Judy) Pringle of Caledonia and Sister, Deb (Dan) Heale.

He was the brother of the late Earnest Heep.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105. 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, NY 14020. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.

 

 

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