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mrs._cassiano.jpgGERALDINE CASSIANO ~ of Oakfield, age 87, died peacefully Thursday morning December 12, 2019 at her home. She was born in Aquila, Italy on November 19, 1932, to the late Tullio and Linda Centi.

Mrs. Cassiano came to America around the age of 8 and settled in Manhattan, working for dress designer, Oleg Cassini in NYC. Geraldine and her late husband, Quito were introduced and married on April 25, 1954, she eventually quit her job and they moved to Oakfield to raise their family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister who loved to sew, cook and can for her family. Sundays were feast day for Geraldine, starting with breakfast before going to church, following church she would make pizza from scratch for lunch and finally prepare homemade soup, pasta with meatballs & sausage for dinner. She enjoyed canning and freezing fruits and vegetables, she would often sew outfits and dresses for her children and family. Geraldine will be forever remembered as a true inspiration to her family having passed on her beliefs and values that she instilled in all of them. “Mom, we love you very much and will never forget all that you did for us, you will be truly missed.”  

She is survived by her beloved children, Linda (Mike) Warboys, Nicholas (Judy) Cassiano and Deborah (Leo) Lynch all of Oakfield; grandchildren, Yvette (Justin) Blew, Brittany (Taylor) Burns, Todd Townsend and Jonathan Cassiano; great-grandchildren, Jayden, Trevor & Gabriella Blew; siblings, Linda (Mario) Maiezza, Eleanor (Nicholas) Marcattili and Anthony Centi along with several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Please join Geraldine’s family 10a.m. Thursday December 19, 2019 at St. Padre Pio Parish (Oakfield Site) to Celebration her Mass of Christian Burial. She will be laid to rest in the church cemetery alongside her husband and memorials in her memory can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

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


Gerald William Lindke went home to be with the Lord on December 12, 2019. He was born in Middleport, NY on July 28, 1941 to the late Burt and Evelyn (Sahms) Lindke.

Gerry lived most of his life in the Western New York area. He and his wife, Jean (Lombard) were married on October 27, 1962 and they raised five children together while he worked as a truck driver for R.L.Gaude Heating and Oil Co. Gerry loved the Lord and attended Legacy Bible Study at the Chapel CrossPoint. He spent most of his time reading and listening to The Bible and always cherished the time he spent with his family.

Gerry is survived by his loving family: his wife of 57 years, Jean Lindke; his children, Samuel (Jacqueline) Lindke, Barbara (Douglas) Foust, Timothy (Melissa) Lindke, late Kristie (Robert) Jones, Benjamin (Molly) Lindke; fifteen grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by a sister, Betty (Robert) Williams. Gerry is predeceased by his daughter, Kristie and his sister and brother in law, Jean (Willard) Henry. 

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM with a Memorial Service starting promptly at 6:30 at The Chapel  CrossPoint, 500 CrossPoint Pkwy, Getzville, NY 14068. IN LIEU OF FLOWERS CHARITABLE DONATIONS MAY BE MADE IN GERRY'S NAME TO: Gracetoyou.org, P.O. Box 4000, Panorama City, CA 91412 or Buffalo City Mission, 100 East Tupper Street, Buffalo, NY 14203.  Arrangements were made by Ross Funeral Home of Akron, LLC.

Batavia/Churchville - Ronald E. Griffith, 87, of Batavia and formerly of Churchville, went home to Heaven on Friday, December 13, 2019, at United Memorial Medical Center.

Ron was born July 17, 1932, in Rochester, the son of the late George and Helen (Wickins) Griffith.

Ron was an engineer at Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, a veteran, serving with the United States Navy and a member of Grace Baptist Church in Batavia.  Ron was active with youth sports, coaching youth football for over 25 years.  He served as the Town of Riga Supervisor for 8 years, Town of Chili Commissioner of Public Works and Highway Superintendent and a State Senator Legislative Aide. 

He will be remembered as a faithful spouse, father and grandfather who loved to socialize and share a good story.  His laugh and smile will be forever missed.

Survivors include his children, Karen (James) Pastorello, Eric Griffith, Dean (Kerri) Griffith of Wyoming and Doris (Pastor Mark) Hurlbut of Elma, his best friend, Mike DiMartino and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Ron is the husband of the late Susan Lane Griffith, father of the late David Griffith, grandfather of the late Kailee Lane Bridges and brother of the late Beverly Geer.

Calling hours are Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia, where services will be held Saturday at 10:00 a.m.  Ron will be laid to rest in Maple Grove Place Cemetery, Clifton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ronald's memory may be made to Grace Baptist Church, 238 Vine Street, Batavia, NY 14020.

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

x-mas_trees.jpgONOLEE M. RITCHEY – Of Rochester, Age 72, died unexpectedly Thursday morning December 12, 2019 at her home. She was born October 4, 1947 in Batavia, NY to the late Nelson and Beatrice (Worthington) Osborne also preceded in death by her beloved husband, Cletus Ritchey, grandsons, Kenneth & Jeffery Ritchey; siblings, Melvin Osborne, Barbara Donahue and Beverly Wrightmeyer.

Onolee worked for Fee Bros. in Rochester, she enjoyed holidays, especially Christmas time and had a great love for her family.

She is survived by her children, Deborah (Terry) Conrad of Batavia, Tammy (Jack Aman) Litteer of Rochester, David Ritchey of Rochester and Terry Ritchey of Batavia; cherished grandchildren, Nicholas, Kassondra, Julie (Christopher), Nathan, Nichole, Felicia & Katlyn; great-grandchildren, Sabrina, Aleigha, Mitchell & Shawna; siblings, Nelson “Butch” (Barbara) Osborne of LeRoy, Robert (Gerri) Osborne of NC, Kelvin Osborne of Rochester along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will be present from 2-4 & 7-9p.m. on Tuesday December 17, 2019 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where Funeral Services will take place 11a.m. Wednesday December 18, she will be laid to rest in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Elba, NY and memorials can be made to the family.

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

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

putney_ercel_-_photo.jpgErcel A. Putney passed away on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at the age of 95 surrounded by her loving family. She was born to the late Raymond and Edna (Knight) Maxon on the Maxon Family Farm in Bennington, NY, on August 30, 1924 as one of eleven children.

Whether it was playing in the snow with her brother Art, helping her father drive a team of horses in the sugar bush, or going barefoot in the yard with a chicken under her arm, Ercel was known for her kindness and generosity, always putting others before herself. A quick wit and funny sense of humor accompanied her bright personality. An active 4-H leader for 25 years of the Alexander Buttons & Batter 4-H Club, she was also a member of Home Bureau, Hobby Club, and the First Baptist Church of Batavia. A passionate gardener, Ercel enjoyed being outdoors, tending to her flower beds, and growing vegetables which she would can and freeze to use during the winter. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, and was an avid baker, known for her signature crescent rolls and potato salad.

Her greatest accomplishment, pride and joy were her seven children, twelve grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Ercel is survived by her seven children: Neil Putney of Alexander, Sherry Floyd of College Station, TX, Zynon (Lisa) Putney of Brockport, Ricky (Arlene) Putney of Coatesville, PA, Chareny (Darwin) Rydl of College Station, TX, Jama (Frank) Giammona of Santa Rosa, CA, and Aurilla Putney of Alexander. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, one sister Elaine (Joseph) Heller, Jr. of Bennington, as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of fifty years, the late Merton C. Putney, son-in-law Lou Floyd, and nine brothers and sisters: Wilma Nichols, LaVern Maxon, Althea Barager, Howard Maxon, Dain Maxon, Genevieve Reiner, Daisy MacPherson, Gifford “Art” Maxon, and Stuart Maxon.

Family and friends are invited to join Ercel’s family for tears, hugs, and fond memories at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia,  on Wednesday, December 18th from 4:00 - 8:00 pm, and on December 19th from 9:30 -11:00 am at the FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF BATAVIA, 306 East Main St., Batavia, with the funeral service immediately following. Interment will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Alexander.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alexander Fire Department Rescue Squad Ambulance Fund or the First Baptist Church of Batavia. 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.

PERRY - Heidi L. Hopkins, 46, of Perry, passed away Tuesday, (December 10, 2019), at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo.

Ms. Hopkins was born October 28, 1973, in Batavia, a daughter of the late David Hopkins and the late Dorothy (Ferringer) Hopkins.

Heidi enjoyed painting, completing jigsaw puzzles, and cooking.  Most of all, she loved caring for her family.

She survived by her Loving Companion of 30 years, Roy Lawrence of Batavia; children, Samantha (Kailee Teufel) Lawrence of Batavia, Jamie (Nick Porter) Lawrence of LeRoy, Patrick Lawrence of Batavia, and Heather (Justin VanDurnam) Lawrence of Corning; grandchildren,Tyler, Joseph, and Annabelle VanDurnam; a brother, David Hopkins of Batavia; a sister Michey Hopkins of Batavia; a brother-in-law, Stanley Stent of Batavia; and a cousin Kathy Penders of Batavia.

Heidi is preceded in death by a son, Adam Lawrence, a daughter, Ashley Lawrence; a grandaughter, Haley Porter; and a sister, Heather Stent.

Friends may call from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Monday (December 16, 2019) at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia, where Heidi's Funeral Service will immediately follow at 5 p.m. with Rev. Bill Hockey will officiating.  Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery, Batavia. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Heidi's memory may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

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

buffalo_bills.gifDUANE A. BLAKEMAN ~ Age 62, of Batavia, died Tuesday December 3, 2019 at Rochester General Hospital. Duane was born November 22, 1957 in Batavia, NY to the late Grant and Betty (Nolan) Blakeman also preceded in death by his sister, Betty Blakeman.

Duane was a Buffalo Bills fan, enjoyed NASCAR and watching WWE Wrestling.

Surviving is his son, Cody (Jennifer Newton) Blakeman of Batavia; siblings, John Blakeman of TN, Grant (Penny) Blakeman of HI and Bruce Blakeman of FL along with several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held privately by Duane’s family and memorials in his memory are suggested to the family.

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

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

 

j_martino.jpgJON B. MARTINO ~ Age 55, of Oakfield, beloved husband, father, son and brother died peacefully Wednesday December 11, 2019 at Crossroads House. He was born in Batavia, NY on May 27, 1964 to Benjamin and June (Yoder) Martino of Oakfield.

Jon worked for the University of Rochester and was a member of Resurrection Parish. He enjoyed fishing with his father, Friday morning golf with his best bud, hiking with his family and simply hanging with his boys. He was an avid Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres fan and was the ultimate handy man, he could asses the problem, take it apart, put it back together and it worked! Jon was a simple man, he was his own man who walked his own path in life doing it honestly and always, always putting his family first.

Surviving along with his parents is his beloved wife of 30 years, Linda (Warren) Martino of Oakfield; loving sons, Dylan and DJ Martino both at home; sisters, Suzanne (Tim) Cansdale of Rushford, NY and Rebecca Cohen of Batavia; brothers & sisters-in-law, Don (Jo) Warren of WV, Chris (Kim) Warren of TN, Kim (Terry) Burns of Spencerport and Todd (Ronald) Warren of Batavia along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jon’s family will be present from 5-8p.m. on Friday December 13, 2019 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020, please assemble 11:00a.m. at Resurrection Parish (St. Mary’s Site) on Saturday December 14 to Celebrate Jon’s Mass of Christian Burial. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Crossroads House PO Box 403 Batavia, New York 14021.

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

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

ROBERT J. BRICE ~ Age 62, lifelong Batavia resident, died Wednesday December 4, 2019 following a long illness at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation. Robert was born December 28, 1956 in Batavia, NY to the late Willard “John” and Mildred (Blaker) Brice also preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Ann Ribbeck.

Robert enjoyed all genres of music and had a great love of family.

Surviving is his son, Kenneth, 2 grandchildren, sisters, Linda Berrios and Connie Denton; brother Norm (Donna) Brice along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services for Robert will be held privately for the family and he will be laid to rest in Mumford Rural Cemetery. Memorials in his memory are suggested to his family.

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

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

ronald.jpg  Ronald H. Christbaum, 79 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on December 11, 2019 at LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home. He was born in Buffalo on April 18, 1940.  He is preceded in death by his wife Linda K. (Westcott) Christbaum, his parents and a sister.    

Mr. Christbaum, was principle of Genesee Valley BOCES and Erie 1 BOCES in West Seneca before his retirement. He loved math and teaching it to his students, especially the ones that struggled with it because he did too. Ron taught his daughter Alexis and students practical life skills every chance he had. He enjoyed living in the country, being outside building things and doing masonry work. His favorite thing in the world was collecting and rebuilding cars. Ron was a very supportive father, never missing concerts, programs or events.    

Mr. Christbaum is survived by his beloved daughter Alexis Christbaum of Batavia.   

There will be no prior calling hours and services will be held privately.     

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Camp Good Days & Special Times, 6430 Transit Rd. #300, Depew, NY 14043. 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, NY 14020.  

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