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Walter S. Zon, 94 of Corfu, passed away peacefully, Monday, September 30, 2019 at Premier Genesee Center, Batavia.

Walter is predeceased by his beloved wife Mary (Nowak) Zon.

He was a long time member of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Corfu and served in the Army Corp. of Engineers during World War II. Walter is survived by many nieces and nephews and a large church family.

Mass of Christian burial will be held Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 11 a.m. at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 18 West Main Street, Corfu. Arrangements were made by C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., Corfu, NY.

 

dzierzanowski_julia_-_photo1.jpgJulia M. Dzierzanowski, 86 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Saturday (September 28, 2019) at Hildebrandt Hospice Care in Rochester.

She was born May 18, 1933, in Warsaw, NY, a daughter of the late Joseph and Marian Hottois Goodie.

Julia was formerly employed by Star Market and United Memorial Hospital in Batavia prior to her retirement. She was a member of Resurrection Parish. Julia enjoyed ceramics, yodeling, working outdoors and cooking. Most of all she enjoyed her family and will be dearly missed by those who knew her.

She was predeceased by her husband, Bernard “Benny” Dzierzanowski in 2001; son, Rex Dzierzanowski in 1980; brothers, Joseph, John and Leo Goodie; sisters, Myrtie Neider, Estella Mae Byers and Mary Ellen Campbell.

Survivors include her daughters, Dawn Sachs of Rochester and Deborah (Ronald) Foster of Batavia. Son, James (Paula) Dzierzanowski of Oklahoma. Brother, Elmo Goodie of Poland, NY. Sister, Esther Carmel of Pavilion. Also survived by 9 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Friday (October 4th) from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, 9:30am at Resurrection Parish, 18 Ellicott St., Batavia. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center, 2652 Ridgeway Ave, Rochester, NY 14626. 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.

 

 

hilburger.jpgGARY WRIGHT HILBURGER

Rochester ~ September 27, 2019, suddenly at the age of 73, following his long battle with Parkinson’s Disease while at the NYS Veterans Home @ Batavia. Gary is predeceased by his parents, Lenard (Clara) Hilburger, In-laws, Richard (Phyllis) Chaffee, brother-in-law, Rick Chaffee. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Linda, beloved children, Rachael Hilburger, Eric (Lilly VanReenen) Hilburger, Nathan (Erica) Hilburger, Rebecca (Damon) Heckle, cherished grandchildren, Ellie & Luke Heckle, Avery & Michael Hilburger, sister, Janice Hilburger, 2 sisters-in-law, 4 brothers-in-law along with many nieces and nephews.

After serving in the U.S. Navy, Gary received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Buffalo. He worked as a Senior Service Engineer and Technical Writer at the Eastman Kodak Co. & Polychrome Graphics for over 32 years. He valued education, poetry, music and a good slice of key lime pie (or any sweet for that matter). Gary was an avid Bills fan. Gary was always ready with a dad joke, earning him the name of “Big Pun.” He enjoyed a good hug on a rug, and on fall Sundays, throwing pillows at the tv, and awkwardly talking in funny voices. He always taught us to do the right thing and be a “Man (Woman) of your word.” He traveled the world during his time spent in the Navy. However, his proudest moments were spent with his family. Now, “Go knock your socks off!”

Family will receive friends from 3-7p.m. on Thursday Oct. 3, at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 W. Main St. Rd. Batavia, NY 14020, where a Celebration of Life and Military Honors will immediately follow. The family wishes to thank the staff of the NYS Veterans Home for their outstanding care, In lieu of flowers consider donating to the Parkinson’s Foundation 200 SE 1st St. Suite 800 Miami, FL 33131 or NYS Veterans Home @ Batavia 220 Richmond Ave. Batavia, NY.

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

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

j_stucko.jpegJOHN J. STUCKO, JR. ~ Age 89, of Elba, died peacefully Saturday September 28, 2019 at Strong Memorial Hospital. He was born in Albion, NY on January 24, 1930, a son of the late John J. and Florence (Zwiefka) Stucko, Sr. also preceded in death by his beloved wife, Sophia (Jacek) Stucko in 2017.

Mr. Stucko served his country honorably during the Korean Conflict aboard the USS Wisconsin which not long ago his grandson was re-enlisted on. He worked for many years at GTE Sylvania prior to its closing and retired from Genesee Community College. He was a longtime member of St. Padre Pio Parish in Elba, member of the VFW and former member of the Elba Volunteer Fire Dept. John loved to fish, hunt and be outdoors, especially the Adirondack Mountains namely “The Flow.” He was an amazing woodworker and carver, he prospected for “gold” with his son-in-law in Alaska and was a fantastic cook and baker. Many in the area will attest to his delicious homemade Rye Bread that he would drop off on his, “Bread Route.”

He is survived by his beloved children, Marty (Amy) Stucko of Elba; Jim Stucko of Oakfield and Zoe (Dell) Jeffery of Newcomb, NY; cherished grandchildren, Meg and Collin Stucko, Nick (Megan) Stucko, John (Hannah) Stucko, Nathan (Jess) Jeffery, Jess (Eric) Ackerson; great-grandson, Wyatt Jeffery; sisters, Mary Allen of Rochester and Marcia (Phil) Ciarico of Albion.

Please join the Stucko family on Friday October 4, 2019 to Celebrate his Mass of Christian Burial 4p.m. at St. Padre Pio Parish (Elba Site). He will be laid to rest in Maple Lawn Cemetery with Military Honors and in lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the church or Crossroads House PO Box 403 Batavia, New York 14021.

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

THE FAMILY OF JOHN J. STUCKO, JR. IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020.          
 

John A. Rauth, 79, of Varysburg, passed away peacefully on September 28, 2019 at U.M.M.C. after a courageous battle with C.M.L.. He was born in N. Tonawanda on June 28, 1940 to the late Karl and the late Margaret (Schultz) Rauth. John was preceded in death by his brothers, Karl and Paul.

John made his home in Varysburg, NY. He was a Journeyman for General Motors. He will be remembered for his many smiles. John enjoyed socializing and telling stories of his days in the Air Force.

John is survived by his loving wife, Bernice (Mitrowski), their children, Heidi K. Rauth and Jonathan S. Rauth; nephews, Rick and Chris Rauth, Evan and Adrian Bylewski; niece, Jennifer Rauth Piper; adopted granddaughters, Jordan Renee and Kendall Maylie Cizdziel.  John’s family would like to thank their dear friends, Judy, Bill, Betty, Patty, April, Pat, Paul, and friends at Crossroads in Batavia.

There will be no prior visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am on Friday, October 4, 2019 at Sts. Joachim & Anne RC Church- Varysburg site, 2311 Attica Road, Varysburg, NY 14167. Burial will be in Union Park Cemetery, Warsaw, NY. 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.

 

    david_unger.jpeg   David M. Unger passed away Thursday, September 26, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. David was preceded in death by his father, WWII Veteran and Flying Tiger, Marcus Unger and by his mother, Elizabeth Powderly. 

David is survived by his devoted wife, Maggie Unger, their poodle Pearl and his Kitten, his loving children Shannon Unger and granddog Rocco, Marc Unger, daughter-in-law Erika Unger and grandson Ryker Unger, Amy Sosa, son-in-law Nicolas Sosa, grandchildren Carolina, Enzo and Benicio “Beni” Sosa, Andrew Murrer, daughter-in-law Mackenzie Murrer and his youngest, Elizabeth Murrer. Also surviving David is his stepmother Shirley Unger, sisters Beth Stevens and Debbie Ruflin, brothers James Messecar and Ray Messecar. 

While David’s professional accomplishments are vast, including earning an Associates Degree in Nursing from Genesee Community College, retiring as Lieutenant Colonel from the US Army, attached to the 817th Evacuation Hospital after 15 years of service, and 30 years of dedicated service to the NYS Department of Corrections, his true passion and one of the many legacies that he leaves behind is that of the quintessential American outdoorsman. 

Born in Waterloo, NY on July 30, 1953, David grew up on his parent’s farm, until about the age of 7, when his family moved to the East Pembroke area. It’s there that David’s true love of the outdoors was nurtured and where he learned the hunting and fishing skills that he would pass on to not only his children, but to his wife Maggie, a city girl that he quickly “countrified.” David’s love for outdoor sportsmanship took him on travels all across North America, from the shores of Alaska, through the beautiful states of Montana, Wyoming and Colorado, to the stunning beaches of Hawaii, around the lakes of Northern Ontario and to the serenity of the Florida Keys. These were his favorite times, doing what he loved with the people that he loved.

Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, October 6th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Marley Funeral Home, 135 Main Street, Attica NY 14011. The funeral service will be directly following. 

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to The Bennington Volunteer Fire Company for their selfless and unwavering support in their time of need. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation directly to the Fire Company.

 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.

Kenmore/Batavia - Mary Ellen Monachino, 92, of Kenmore and formerly of Batavia, passed away on Monday, September 30, 2019, at Kenmore Mercy Hospital.

Mary Ellen was born June 24, 1927, in Green Bay, WI, a daughter of the late William and Sophia (Haugen) McDonough.

Mary Ellen was a member of Resurrection Parish and a registered nurse at the former St. Jerome Hospital in Batavia.  She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, Dennis Monachino of Beaver Island, MI, Cynthia Monachino of Kenmore, Julie Monachino of Kenmore, Patrick (Ann Marie) Monachino of Aldan, PA and Thomas (Daun) Monachino of Batavia; grandchildren, Crystal Fletcher, Mary Regina (Colson) Howard, Christopher (Ashley) Monachino,  Megan Monachino, Maria Monachino, Brian Monachino and Matthew Monachino; great-grandchildren, Brayden Howard and Mason Howard; a brother E. Anthony (Mardee) McDonough of Sydney, Australia; a sister, Charlotte (Richard) Sanderson of Ocala, FL and several nieces and nephews.

Mary Ellen is the wife of the late Patsy Monachino.

Calling hours are Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to  7:00 p.m. at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia.  Mary Ellen's Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday at 11:30 a.m. at Resurrection Parish, St. Joseph's Church, 303 East Main Street, Batavia.  Mary Ellen will be laid to rest in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Batavia.

Memorial contributions in Mary Ellen's memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 5488 Sheridan Drive, #300, Williamsville, NY 14221, www.heart.org as well as the American Diabetes Association, 4955 North Bailey Avenue, #217, Amherst, NY 14226, www.diabetes.org.

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

brewster.jpgVirginia “Ginnie” Brewster, 69, of Batavia, passed away peacefully on September 28, 2019 at home surrounded by her loved ones.  She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Providence Di Fazio.

Virginia began her teaching career at St. Joseph’s School and then moved on to Oakfield Alabama Central School District where she taught for 32 years.  She also worked for B.O.C.E.S. for ten years as an enrichment teacher for Summer Institute.  After her retirement, Ginnie continued to substitute for thirteen years.  She loved interacting with children and looked forward to being among her colleagues.  In addition to teaching, Ginnie worked as a temporary group leader for a technology company in CT for a short period of time.

Ginnie is survived by her devoted husband of 47 years, John, two loving daughters, Karie (Steve) Kilner of Chili, Lorie (Albert) Perez of Chili and four cherished grandchildren:  Ryan and Alyssa Kilner and Gabriella and Ava Perez.  Also surviving are her sisters, Rosemarie (late Jerry) Acheson of Davenport, FL, Annette (Vincent) Gullo of Davenport FL, and Gloria (Steve) Enes of Rochester.  She was a sister- in-law to Jerome (LeAnn) Brewster of Attica, James (Deborah) Brewster of FL, and Janine (Paul) Cain of Pavilion.  Ginnie had thirteen nieces and nephews and eighteen great nieces and nephews.

Ginnie spent her lifetime committed to her family and friends.  Ginnie loved to travel with them, especially to warm places.  She also enjoyed baking cookies and pies for her family.  She was a volunteer for the bereavement committee and was a devout parishioner of Resurrection Parish.  She also served for a short time for All Babies Cherished. During the month of November, she devoted her time and energy in raising funds for Pancreatic Cancer Association of WNY.  With the help of her family and friends, over a period of ten years, she raised thousands of dollars.  Ginnie would often contact others who had cancer to offer positive support.

Family and friends may call on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 from 4 to 7 PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020. A 12:00 Noon mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Resurrection Parish, 18 Ellicott Street, Batavia, New York 14020. She will be entombed in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family to be dispersed among Ginnie’s favorite charities, Pancreatic Cancer Association of Western New York and Genesee Cancer Assistance. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.

Batavia - Carl Meleca, age 91, of Batavia, passed away Saturday, September 28, 2019, at the New York State Veteran's Home.

Mr. Meleca was born June 7, 1928, in Calabria, Italy, a son of the late Joseph and late Maria Cristina Baggetta Meleca.

A longtime barber in Batavia, Mr. Meleca was a member of St. Joseph's Church and proudly served his country with the United States Army.

He is survived by his daughters; Karen (Rick) Fredrickson of Melbourne, Florida and Christina (Ben) Gammack of Attica; his grandchildren; Dominic and Isabella Lamitina; two brothers; S. Anthony (Terry) Meleca and C. Benjamin (Jeanne) Meleca, both of Columbus, Ohio his sister; Olga Meleca of LeRoy and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He is predeceased by his brother; Frank Meleca and his sisters; Frances Martino and Josephine Meleca. 

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church, 303 East Main Street, Batavia with Fr. Ivan Trujilio officiating. Entombment, with military honors, will follow in St. Joseph's Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Carl's memory may be made to the activities fund at the New York State Veteran's Home, 220 Richmond Avenue, Batavia, New York 14020. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Carl's name, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

shell.jpg  Michelle G. Buckenmeyer, 33, of Alexander passed away on September 28, 2019. She was born on July 3, 1986 in Batavia to Bernard Buckenmeyer Jr. and Marcia (Brown) Hirsch. Michelle is predeceased by her grandfather; Harold Brown.

Michelle graduated from Alexander High School in 2004. She was a lifelong dairy farmer, working on her family’s dairy farm in Alexander. She was an avid Red Sox fan, had a love for the outdoors and riding four wheelers. Michelle was full of life and always had a smile on her face. She had a way with animals, her dogs and cats, but especially the cows and calves she would always help if she could, no matter the time of day or how long it took.

Shell Bell will be irreplaceable at the farm and in our hearts and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her mother; Marcia (Paul) Hirsch of Alexander; father Bernie Buckenmeyer of Alexander; her loving daughter Madison Eddy; boyfriend Nate Beglinger of Alexander; siblings Todd (Matt Norman) Buckenmeyer of Alexander, Cory (Alisha) Buckenmeyer of Alexander, Sara Buckenmeyer of CO., Darin (CJ Schmidt) Buckenmeyer of CO., Adam (Abbie Kelley) of Alexander and Aaron (Leslie) Hirsch of Alexander; grandparents Bernie (Gerrie) Buckenmeyer, Clara (Donald) Kennedy, Marcia Brown; tons of aunts, uncles and cousins; her two favorite nieces and best farm helpers, Lilia Buckenmeyer and Peyson Foster and her nephew Henry Hirsch.

Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday October 1, 2019 from 5:00-8:00PM at the Alexander Fire Banquet Hall 10708 Alexander Rd. Attica, NY 14011. An 11:00AM Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday October 2nd at the Fire Hall. Michelle will be laid to rest in the West Bethany Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New York 529 College Savings Program Direct Plan Council Rock Wealth Advisory Group c/o Madison Eddy NYS College Savings Plan 113 Main St. Batavia, NY 14020. 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.

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