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LeRoy ~ Rose Marie Crawford, age 84, formerly of East Main Road, passed away peacefully Wednesday evening (April 3, 2019) at the Premier Genesee Center in Batavia.

     She was born June 29, 1934 in LeRoy, a daughter of the late Alphonso and Mary LaRocco Antinore.

     Rose will be remembered as a very friendly and outgoing person, who loved her husband deeply and adored her children and grandchildren.  She enjoyed spending the winters in Florida with her husband and new found friends.  Rose was also very devoted to her faith.

     She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of almost 65 years, Donald R. Crawford; her children, Donald J. (Paulette) Crawford of Fairport, Shelly (Daniel) Leone of LeRoy, Deborah L. (Brian) Brodie of Hamburg and Krista R. Lewis of Bergen; grandchildren, Cassandra Vangellow, Deanna (Blaine) Gill, Mackenzie Leone, Ashley Brodie, Garrett Brodie, Kyle Lewis, Brandon Lewis, Gavin Lewis and Ethan Lewis; great-grandchildren, Madison Bonnes, Olivia Gill and Emily Gill; sister, Ann (John) Cichelli of Retsof; special friend, Carolin Mraz, along with several nieces, cousins and dear friends.

     In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers, Vincent, Joseph and Richard.

     Family and friends may call on Sunday, April 7 from 1 ~ 4 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19), LeRoy.  Her Rite of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter's Church, 44 Lake St., LeRoy, with interment to follow in St. Francis Cemetery.

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

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

ruzzi.jpgRita Ruzzi, 77, of Batavia passed away peacefully on Thursday April 4, 2019 at the Kirkhaven Transitional Care in Rochester. She was born on November 13, 1941 in Batavia to the late Frank and Marie (Marchese) Ruzzi. In addition to her parents, Rita is predeceased by her siblings; Joseph, Michael Ruzzi, Rose Ruta and Margaret Stefani.

Rita was a longtime member of Ascension Parish. She worked for many years at Melton Shirt Company and Batavia Downs.

She is survived by her sisters; Shirley (Richard) Neth of Batavia, Jennie Dawson of Rochester and Audrey Prouty of Rochester, beloved nephew Richard (Melanie) Stefani of Batavia, along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. A 10:00AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday April 8, 2019 at Ascension Parish 15 Sumner St. Batavia, NY 14020. Rita will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org or in the form of Masses. 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.    

j_versaggi.jpgJOSEPH VERSAGGI, JR. ~ Age 92, of Batavia, died peacefully Thursday March 28, 2019 at United Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Batavia, NY on March 7, 1927 to the late Joseph and Onlee (Joslyn) Versaggi also preceded in death by his beloved wife, Antoinette “Annette” (Pettinella) Versaggi in 2009; cherished son, Joseph Versaggi, III in 1975 and sisters, Minnie Galline and Mary Lou Battaglia.

Mr. Versaggi was a veteran of the United States Navy Seabees during WWII and worked for many years at the US Gypsum Plant in Oakfield. A member of Resurrection Parish (St. Joseph’s) along with being an incredible carpenter.

Joe is survived by a daughter, JoAnn Versaggi of Rochester; brother, Frank (Genevieve) Versaggi of Oakfield along with many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Please join the family to Celebrate Joe’s Mass of Christian Burial 11:30a.m. Friday April 5 at Resurrection Parish (St. Joseph’s Site), he will be laid to rest alongside his wife in St. Joseph’s cemetery and memorials in his memory are suggested to Genesee Cancer Assistance 127 North Street Batavia, NY 14020.

Please share your words of comfort with Joe's family at www.tomaszewskifh.com or for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.

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

fowler.jpgSTEVEN P. FOWLER ~ Age 59, of Darien Center, Steve was born January 5, 1960 in Buffalo, NY to Raymond and Alice (Ropp) Fowler of Alden, NY, died peacefully Sunday evening March 25, 2019 at Isaiah House in Rochester, NY with loved ones at his side.

Steve had a passion for the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing and boating, his greatest joy was time spent his children and grandchildren.


Surviving are his loving children, Kate (Adam) Willson of Batavia, Cody (Michelle) Fowler of Corfu; beloved grandchildren, Kira, Paityn, Brayden, Josie & Cory; siblings, Mona (Wayne) Marx, Lora (Steven) Zygmunt all of Alden, Alta (Dave) Mlodozeniec of Batavia, Gwen (Ernie) Heineman of Ohio and Daryl (Patti) Fowler of Elma along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In honor of Steve’s wish the family will hold a Celebration of Life that will be announced at a future date. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the charities, Genesee Cancer Assistance, Inc. 127 North Street Batavia, NY 14020 or HuntingWNY 1259 Bray Road, Arcade, NY 14009.

Please share your words of comfort with Steve's family at www.tomaszewskifh.com or for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.

THE FAMILY OF STEVEN P. FOWLER IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4210 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020.

laird.jpg  Eleanora Laird, 97, of Varysburg passed away on April 3, 2019 in Warsaw. She was born in Weathersfield, NY on March 29, 1922 to the late George and the late Hazel (Bauer) Parmerter. Eleanora was preceded in death by her first husband; Hurlburt Laird in 1993 and her second husband; Wesley Laird in 1998.

Eleanora was the former owner of Laird Brothers Dry Cleaners in Varysburg. She was a member of Johnsonburg United Methodist Church and the Varysburg Fire Department Ladies’ Auxiliary.

Eleanora is survived by her two sons; George (Mary) Laird and Terry (Candy) Laird; step sons John Laird, Randall Laird, and Timothy Laird; grandchildren, Peter (Summer) Laird, Christopher (Heather) Laird, Tara (Brennan) Blowers, Niki (Noah) Seward, Zach Laird, and Tyler Laird; 9 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Saturday April 6, 2019 from 12:00- 1:00PM. A Funeral Service will immediately follow at 1:00PM at the Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Varysburg Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, 2446 US-20A, Varysburg, NY 14167 or the Johnsonburg United Methodist Church, 3025 NY-98, Varysburg, NY 14167 in memory of Eleanora. 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 - Luis Enrique Bazan, 36, of Batavia, passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at his home.

Luis was born September 25, 1982, in McAllen, Texas, son of Antonio Mateo Artache of Batavia and Sanjuana Mateo of Batavia.

A graduate of Batavia High School, he was a gifted carpenter who loved fishing, painting and writing poetry. He will be remembered by his family an amazing father to his children, a devoted son and brother who will be dearly missed. Luis was a Patriot that loved this country and although he was very outspoken, he was always willing to help anyone who was in need.

Surviving along with hs parents are his children: Kris Richard Bazan, Enrique Antonio Bazan and Liam Cruz Connelly-Bazan all of Batavia; his brother: Ruben (Deanna) Torres of LeRoy; sisters: Jan Alaniz of Rochester, Yadira "Rosie" Mateos of Batavia and Michelle (Eric Amaro) Mills of Elba; step-brothers and step-sisters: Cecilia, Fernando, Joaquin and Adriana along with several nieces and nephews.            

Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. on Friday at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street in Batavia. Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Batavia. Contributions in Luis's memory may be made to the  charity of the donor's choice. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

SHANE R. CARVER ~ Age 65, of Batavia, died Friday morning March 29, 2019 following a lengthy illness at his home in Seven Springs Country Club where he was dedicated member for 40 years. He was born February 18, 1954, in Buffalo, NY a son of the late John and Brenda (Dorf) Carver also preceded in death by his sister, Penny Bridge.

Shane was a heavy equipment mechanic for 35 years for the Genesee County Highway Department. He had a knack for storytelling, occasionally a bit embellished but always ending with his famous line, “You Can’t Make This S?!T Up.” Most important in his life was family, he will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.       

Surviving is his beloved wife of 41 years, Mary (Tyler) Carver of Batavia; his daughters, Jennifer (Gregory Newton) Carver of Mt. Morris and Samantha Carver of Chafee, NY; cherished grandchildren, Kayla, Michael Richenberg and Grayson Newton; brother, John “Jake” (Nancy) Carver of Albany; mother-in-law, Margaret Tyler of Batavia; brothers-in-law, Daniel Bridge of Elba, Daniel Tyler of OH, Robert Tyler of Medina; sister-in-law, Barbara (Alan) Austin of Albion, Catherine (Jon) Baretello of Batavia; former son-in-law, Michael A. Richenberg of Batavia along with many nieces and nephews.    

Shane’s family will be present from 11-1p.m. on Saturday April 6, 2019 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where his Celebration of Life will begin at 1p.m. He will be laid to rest in Maple Lawn Cemetery and memorials in his memory suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105, HomeCare and Hospice 29 Liberty Street Ste 6 Batavia, NY 14020 or the Stafford Rescue Squad.

Please share your words of comfort with Shane’s family at www.tomaszewskifh.com or for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.

THE FAMILY OF SHANE R. CARVER IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4210 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NY 14020

 

Frederick J. Hensel, Jr., “Rick”, 65, of Corfu, passed away peacefully, Sunday, March 31, 2019 at his home, with his family by his side.

Rick was born on May 13, 1953 in Batavia, a son of Elaine Cummings Hensel and the late Frederick J. “Red” Hensel, Sr. He was the father of the late Charles F. Hensel.

Rick was a proud and active member of the Patriot Guard Riders and ABATE of New York. He was an Elder and member of the Corfu United Presbyterian Church.

Rick is survived by his mother, Elaine Hensel; his beloved wife, Beverly (Borden) Hensel; his children, Chris (Amber) Hensel and Rebecca Hensel;  brother, Gerald Hensel; 9 grandchildren;  step children, Ralph (Khrystina) Clarke and Renee (Jeremy) Peters; 5 step grandchildren with one on the way and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Rick is also survived by his faithful companion, Buddy the dog.

Family and friends may call Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 5, 2019 at 11 a.m at the Corfu United Presbyterian Church, 63 Allegheny Street, Corfu. Burial will be in Evergreen Lawn Cemetery, Akron.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Corfu United Presbyterian Church, PO Box 159, Corfu, NY 14036, Genesee Cancer Assistance, 127 North St., Batavia, NY 14020 or Crossroads House, PO Box 403 Batavia, NY 14201.

Batavia - John R. Sherman, Sr., age 41, of Batavia, passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at United Memorial Medical Center.

John was born August 8, 1977, in Batavia, the son of Jan Beach of Batavia. John was also raised by Bill Northrop of Medina.

A 1996 graduate from Avon High School, John graduated from the Wellsville Campus of Alfred State College and Empire State College and was currently working at Pizza Hut in Batavia. John's culinary and sculpting skills were second to none. A member of City Church, he was also a member of the YMCA and volunteered his time at the Genesee County Animal Shelter. John will be remembered as kind, giving and always accepted people for who they were. He was always willing to help anyone in need. He will be sadly missed by his dog, Roxie.

Surviving along with his mother and Bill are his son, John Sherman, Jr. of Livonia; John Jr.'s mother, Mandy Murphy of Livonia; sisters, Amber (Alex) Curry of Piffard, Shannon (Matt) Morgan of Wyoming, Samantha Meritt of Nevada, Melissa (Fiancee Yoneida Feliciano) Meritt of Pennsylvania, Amanda (DJ) Murphy of North Carolina and Wendy Northrop of Conesus; his uncles, David Sherman of LeRoy and Bob (Lee) Beach of Conesus; several nieces and nephews including Christopher Taylor, Jr. of Medina, Aniya Northrop-Neely of Conesus and Kylee Wonsey of Conesus; his best friends, Dai Nguyen, Ryan Warner and Scott Karness; all of Batavia.  

Friends may call from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Friday at City Church, 210 East Main Street, Batavia where John's funeral services will immediately follow at 2 p.m.with Pastor Marty Macdonald officiating.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in John's memory may be made to Volunteers for Animals, P.O. Box 1621, Batavia, New York 14021. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in John's name please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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

hinz.jpg  Margaret A. Hinz, 81, of Batavia passed away peacefully on Sunday March 31, 2019 at the Premier Genesee Nursing Home surrounded by her family. She was born on February 3, 1938 in Batavia to the late Charles and Bessie (Fenton) Johnston. In addition to her parents, Margaret is predeceased by her son; Freddy Hinz; brothers Allen, Billy, Bobby and Jimmy Johnston; sisters Marion Kaziorik, Mary Lyons, Virginia Geyser and Nancy Wade.

Margaret was a long time employee at PW Minor in Batavia. She loved fishing, puzzles and Beanie Babies. She enjoyed camping and the outdoors and loved wildlife. Margaret just loved life. She will forever be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her beloved husband of over 60 years; Larry Hinz Sr.; children Margaret (Michael) Taylor of LeRoy, Larry (Patricia) Hinz Jr. of Batavia and Roxanne (Michael) Sentiff of Brockport; 6 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday April 4, 2019 from 4:00-7:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A 10:00AM Funeral Service will be held on Friday April 5th at the Funeral Home. She will be laid to rest in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Alexander.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alexander Fire Dept. PO Box 336, Alexander, NY 14005. 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.

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