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caryk_maria_-_photo.jpgMaria Caryk, 96 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Saturday (June 8, 2019) at The Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

She was born December 18, 1922 in Masevich, Poland, a daughter of the late Stefan and Katherine Grybowicz Wlasowicz.

Mrs. Caryk and her brothers were taken as slaves by the German Nazi prior to her coming to America. She was formerly employed by Kisiel Die Casting and Xerox prior to her retirement. She was a member of Ascension Parish and its Rosary and Altar Society. She enjoyed playing bingo, gardening, knitting and crocheting.

Survivors include her son, Gregory (Christine) Caryk of Batavia. Daughter in-law, Mary Caryk. Grandchildren, Gary Caryk, Sandy English, David Caryk, Patti Koepsell, Daniel Caryk and Rebecca Caryk. Also survived by 7 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, John Caryk; son, Paul Caryk; brothers and sister, Michael, Anthony, John (twin), Cheslaw, Zofia, Theodore and Stefan.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Wednesday (June 12th) from 8am-9:30am at the J. LEONARD McANDREWFUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, where prayers will be recited at 9:30am followed by her Mass of Christian Burial, 10am at Ascension Parish (corner of Swan and Sumner Streets). Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.

The Ascension Parish Rosary Society will recite the Rosary on Wednesday, 9:15am at the Church.

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


Oakfield- Chester J. Roz, age 93, of Oakfield, miner for U.S. Gypsum in Oakfield, passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Aaron Manor Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Fairport.

Mr. Roz was born March 19, 1926, in Poland, son of the late Antoine and Anna Roz.

At age 16, he was taken from Poland to Germany in January 1943 during Nazi Occupation as slave labor, forced to work on a German Farm in Nassig. After World War II ended, Chester joined the USA Civilian Guard from June 1945 to October 1949. He came to the United States in October 1949 under the "Displaced Persons Program" through the Catholic Relief Services and became a United States Citizen in 1955. He returned to Poland in 1978 to visit his mother for the first time in 35 years.

A member St. Padre Pio Parish, he loved listening to polish music and enjoyed playing the accordion and harmonica. He continued to play harmonica even while he resided at Aaron Manor. He belonged to a CB Radio club for many years and he enjoyed gardening and mowing his lawn. He had a deep love, compassion and big heart for animals often taking in rescues as pets.

He is predeceased by his wife, Mary B. Latko Roz, who passed away on August 3, 2010.

He is survived by his children, James (Rose) Roz of Oakfield and Anne (Curt DeWolff) Roz of Webster; six granddaughters, Breanna Roz (Matthew Barenburg), Arianna (Devon) Chatt, Lindsey (Chase) Rothrock-Holcomb, Lauren (Corey) Rothrock-Timblin, Vanessa DeWolff and Christie DeWolff; and three great-granddaughters; Ava, Alahna and Aliah Chatt.

He is predeceased by his siblings, Poldick, Fredrick, Melka and Kasha Roz.    

There will be no prior visitation. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, June 10, 2019 at 10 a.m. at St. Padre Pio Parish - St. Cecilia's Worship Site, 56 Maple Avenue, Oakfield. Fr. Thaddeus N. Bocianowski will officiate. He will be laid to rest in St. Cecilia's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Chester'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, please visit www.burdettandsanford.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield.


Batavia - Paul J. Malone, D.M.D., age 75, of Batavia, passed away on Friday, June 7, surrounded by his family at the New York State Veteran's Nursing Home in Batavia.

He was born in Buffalo, New York, the son of the late John J. and Margeurite Heaney Malone. He is survived by wife, Patricia, daughters, Kelly of Buffalo, Suzanne (Peter) Stevens of Batavia and Maureen of Rochester as well as his two grandchildren, Anna Grace Stevens and William Paul Stevens of Batavia.

Paul owned and operated a private dental practice in Batavia for more than 40 years. He was elected as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists in 2002 and a Fellow of the American College of Dentists in 2003. A U.S. Army veteran, he served as Captain and Dental Officer in the U.S. Army Dental Corps.

Committed to his community and public service, Paul joined the Batavia Lions Club in 1979, served as President in 1988, was honored as a Melvin Jones Fellow in 1993. He was also a member of the Genesee Baseball Club, Inc. (Batavia Muckdogs), Knights of Columbus, and other local community groups. He was a member of St. Joseph's Church in Batavia.

Known for his friendliness, humor and gentle demeanor, Paul was an avid skier, sailor and fisherman. He will be deeply missed by his friends and family.

Friends may call on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia. Prayers at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home will be followed by A Mass of Christian Burial will at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church, 303 East Main Street, Batavia. Entombment, with military honors will follow at St. Joseph's Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials in Paul's name to the Activities Fund at the New York State Veteran's Home, 220 Richmond Avenue, Batavia, New York 14020 or to the Batavia Lions Club, P.O. Box 456, Batavia, New York 14021. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Paul's memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

rose_sharp.jpgROSELYN SHARP ~ Age 94, of Batavia, died Monday June 3, 2019 at United Memorial Medical. Rose was born in Batavia, NY on July 14, 1924 to the late Nicholas and Rose (Syracuse) Martino also preceded in death by her husband, William; son, William, Jr. and siblings, Anthony (Louise) Martino, Grace A. (Frank) Biegas and Claudette (Richard) Biegasiewicz.

Rose was the face of Batavia’s Walmart where she was a greeter for over 20 years retiring at the young age of 92.

Surviving are sons, James (Annette) Sharp and Stanley Sharp all of Rochester; daughter-in-law, Charlene (Peter) Ciavarri of Greece, NY; granddaughters, Danielle (Nathan Ott) Sharp and Gabrielle (Jerry) LaMartina along with her many devoted nieces and nephews.

Please join Rose’s family to celebrate her Mass of Christian Burial 11a.m. Monday June 10 at Ascension Parish corner of Swan & Sumner Sts Batavia. She will be laid to rest with her husband in St. Joseph’s Cemetery and in lieu of flowers memorials are requested to Crossroads House 11 Liberty St. Batavia.

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


ATTICA -- Betty M. Watson, age 92, of Attica, NY passed away on June 5, 2019 at the Wyoming County Nursing Facility in Warsaw.

She was born November 28, 1926 in Orangeville, NY daughter of the late Albert and Eva Glor Meeder.

Betty was a 1944 graduate of Attica High School. She was employed as a library assistant at the Stevens Memorial Library in Attica and a school bus driver for many years. In earlier years, she served as a cafeteria monitor at the Attica Elementary School.

Betty was a longtime member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Attica and she played piano for many years at the Immanuel United Church of Christ in Orangeville.

She served as an election volunteer and was an avid horseback rider. Betty was an animal lover and spent countless hours with Tim and Jeaneen’s dog, Annabelle. She enjoyed bird-watching, doing crossword puzzles and was an excellent cook. Betty loved spending time with family, socializing with friends and was dedicated to her community.

Betty was predeceased by her husband, Chester Watson who passed away on June 27, 2013. Chet and Betty will always be remembered for the many glass ladybugs they gave to others.  

Surviving are: her sons, Steven (Elaine) Watson, of Batavia, Timothy (Jeaneen) Watson, of Attica; grandchildren, Gregory (Jaimee) Watson, Stephanie (Michael) Anzalone; great-grandchildren, Celia Watson, Jack Watson, Paxton Anzalone, Beckett Anzalone and Trey Anzalone; several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Eleanor (Joseph) Grenier.

There are no calling hours. Betty’s memorial service will be held Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 11 Washington St., Attica. Flowers are gratefully declined.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 11 Washington St., Attica, NY 14011.

Betty’s family would like to express their deep gratitude to the staff at the Wyoming County Office for the Aging, Meals on Wheels, the staff at The Cloisters and the Wyoming County Nursing Facility for their wonderful care.

Arrangements are being completed by Robinson & Hackemer Funeral Home, Warsaw. Online condolences at www.robinsonandhackemer.com.

Batavia - Edith Scott Holvey, 89, of Batavia, passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia following complications from Parkinson's Disease.

Mrs. Holvey was born February 12, 1930 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late Malcolm and Anna (Davis) Scott.

A graduate of the Presbyterian School of Nursing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she was a member of St. James Episcopal Church, and was a former member of the Genesee Memorial Hospital League.  Mrs. Holvey was a maternity ward nurse at the former Genesee Memorial Hospital. She was a homemaker for 17 years. She then resumed her career at R.E. Chapin Manufacturing as an RN health services nurse.While working at Chapin, she was active with their social clubs. An avid gardener, she loved her home on Horseshoe Lake and enjoyed knitting, reading, crocheting and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Her husband, James C.  Holvey, Sr., passed away on December 19, 2002.

Surviving are her children: daughter, Doris (Mark) Albiez of Lockport and their family, Jeffrey (Amanda) Albiez of East Amherst and their son, Oliver Albiez; daughter, Alice Ann (Wayne) Benedict of Batavia and their family, Brian (Annie) Benedict of New York City, Tom (Martina) Benedict of Batavia and their daughters, Margaret K. and Parker Ann Benedict and Emily Benedict of Beverly Hills, California; son, James C. (Katherine) Holvey, Jr. of Batavia and their family, Sarah (Raffi) Haroutunian of Arlington, Virginia and Conor Holvey of Hamburg, Germany; daughter, Marion (Robert) Radley of Batavia and their family, Robert Radley of Batavia and his children, Lucas, Ella and Nolan Radley, Kelly Radley of Rochester and Rebecca (Aaron) Patterson of Batavia; daughter, Nancy (Jay) Okoniewski of Batavia and their family, Daniel (Casey) Okoniewski of Durham, North Carolina,  Jessica Okoniewski of Cheektowaga and Brittney Okoniewski of Batavia; son, Tom (Katie) Holvey of Knoxville, Tennessee and their family, Patrick Holvey of Washington, D.C., Catherine Holvey of New Smyrna Beach, Florida and Kristen (Ryan) O'Connor of Atlanta, Georgia and several nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her siblings, Malcolm, William and Lenore Scott.

Friends may call on Friday from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia where services will immediately follow visitation. She will be laid to rest in Grand View Cemetery, Batavia. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials in her name to Parkinson's Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, Florida 33131 or to  Crohn's & Colitis Foundation National Headquarters, TTN: Financial Operations, 733 Third Avenue, Ste. 510, New York, New York 10017 or to National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.  2600 Network Blvd, Suite 300, Frisco, TX 75034.  To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

thoma_bernard_-_photo.jpgBernard W. Thoma, Jr., 80 of Akron, passed away unexpectedly on Monday (June 3, 2019) at Buffalo General Hospital.

He was born May 2, 1939 in Syracuse, NY, a son of the late Bernard Sr. and Carolyn Carey Thoma.

Mr. Thoma was employed as a Land Surveyor for Ottney and Miller in Akron for several years prior to his retirement. He was a member of St. Teresa of Avila Church where he served as an usher for 25 years and a member of Knights of Columbus John Cardinal O’Hara Council #13661. He was a member of the Akron Lions Club for over 35 years, where he served as past president and secretary. Mr. Thoma was an avid collector and a fan of the New York Yankees.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara (Warren) Thoma of Akron. Daughter, Christine (Jay) Margeson of Sidney, NY. Grandson, Nathan William Margeson and brother, Richard E. Thoma, DVM of Akron.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Friday (June 7th) from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 John St., Akron, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, 11am at St. Teresa of Avila R.C. Church, 5771 Buell St., Akron. Interment will follow in St. Teresa’s Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Thoma’s name to the Akron Fire Company, 1 Main St., Akron, NY 14001. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneraalhomes.net.


suecherry.jpg  Ethel V. “Sue” Cherry, 76, of Oakfield passed away peacefully with her family by her side on June 4, 2019 at the United Memorial Medical Center. She was born on May 19, 1943 in Batavia to the late Glenn and Gladys (Sickles) Coniber. In addition to her parents, Sue is predeceased by her loving husband; James B. Cherry; brothers George and Robert Coniber; sister Martha Raisch and her loving dog, Max.

Sue worked for many years at R.E. Chapin Manufacturing in Batavia. She loved spending time with her family at the cottage. She enjoyed her time on the lake, boating and fishing. Sue will be forever remembered as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. 

She is survived by her children; Kirt (Sue) Cherry of Churchville, Deborah (Mike) Adams of Pavilion, Tamela Hoffman of Liverpool and Pamela Cherry of Jacksonville, FL.; sister Betty (Gary) Ridley of Batavia; 9 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday June 8, 2019 from 3:00-6:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A 6:00PM Funeral Service will immediately follow visitation at the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Genesee County SPCA     http://www.vol4animals.org/. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc., 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.

Batavia - Peter Brigzna, 35, of Batavia, passed away on Friday, May 31, 2019, at his home in Batavia.

Peter was born October 1, 1983, in Rochester, a son of Andy and JoAnn (Carpenter) Brigzna of Bergen.

He was a dishwasher for Bob Evans in Batavia.

Surviving along with his parents, Andy and JoAnn, are his sister, Andrea Brigzna of LeRoy; an uncle, Aivars (Sue) Brigzna of Attica and several cousins.             

Peter is a nephew of the late David Carpenter and Ausma Gorny.

There will be no prior calling hours.  Funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, June 7, at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia.

Memorials in Peter's memory may be made to Volunteers for Animals, P.O. Box 1621, Batavia, New York 14021.

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

Shirley Davis Barnes Blekkenk – 88 yrs. & 360 days, passed away surrounded by her family and loved ones on June 3, 2019. Born June 8, 1930 at the homestead on Groveland Hill, New York. She was the daughter of Charles and Lois Davis. Married to Philip Barnes on March 26, 1950 who predeceased her. Her second marriage to Carl Blekkenk was Nov. 15,1958.

She was employed by Kodak, Craig Colony at Sonya, Monroe Developmental Center in Rochester, Cape Canaveral Hospital, and Groveland & Livingston Corrections Services. Her hearts desire was to be a nurse and to care for those in need. Her second love was to feed people whom she did through a Food Pantry in Cape Canaveral Florida as well as her catering business Butterfly Bistro and anyone who entered her home.

Surviving are her children Raymond Barnes, Steven (Marian) Barnes, Mary Enos, Michael Blekkenk, Daniel (Ingrid) Blekkenk, many adopted children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Beverly Regatuso, brothers Richard (Cheryl) Davis, & Bernard (Jane) Davis. As well as many loved ones.

Friends will be received from 11:00AM to 1:00PM Thursday (June 6, 2019) at Eaton Watson Funeral Home, 98 N. Main St. Perry, NY 14530. A Funeral Service will immediately follow, at 1:00PM, at the Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Lakeview Cemetery, Groveland, in Livingston County.

To leave a message of condolence please visist www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street, Perry, New York 14530.




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