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George H. Schmitt, 87 of Akron, passed away Tuesday morning (November 25, 2014) at Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehab Center in Clarence, NY.
 
He was born in Buffalo on July 17, 1927, a son of the late Harold and Gertrude Schultz Schmitt.
 
George was a U.S. Navy and Army Veteran who served in both World War II and the Korean War.  He was the owner of the former Corfu Muffler Store in Corfu and once owned gas stations in Alden and Williamsville.  He was a hardworking man who enjoyed his family and will be greatly missed by many.
 
Survivors include his children, Laura (Lynn) Swanson of Colorodo, Larry Schmitt of California, Lester (Laurie) Schmitt of Cooperstown and Linda (Robert) Wideman of Akron. Also survived by six grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
 
He was the husband of the late Carol Hunt Schmitt.
 
There will be no prior visitation and funeral services will be at the convenience of the family.
Expressions of condolence may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.
 
ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 JOHN ST., AKRON, NY. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR & PROPRIETOR.

ROBERT S. REILLY - 79, of Batavia, died early Wednesday morning November 26, 2014 at Rochester General Hospital. He was born October 16, 1935 in Batavia to the late Thomas J. and Stella (Kujawski) Reilly.

   Bob worked for the Hodgins Dairy Farm for 52 years, he was an avid hunter, trapper and enjoyed gardening. He will be remembered for his quick wit, sense of humor and most of all for the loving grandfather he was.

   Surviving is his loving wife of 53 years, Linda A. (Glor) Reilly of Batavia; children, Kevin (Debra A.) Reilly of York, Todd (Debra E.) Reilly of Albion and Troy (Carrie) Reilly of East Bethany; 8 grandchildren, Nicole, Kristen, Rebecca, Brandon, Connor, Brady, Sydney & Ty Robert along with 2 great-grandchildren.

   The Reilly family will receive friends on Saturday November 29, 2014 from 1:00 -5:00 p.m. at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020 where funeral services will immediately follow. Memorials in his memory can be made to the family.

   Please leave your words of comfort to his family at www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information call Michael at (585)343-7500.

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

 

Mr. John Baiocco, Age 74 of Batavia, passed away on Sunday November 23, 2014 at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, FL surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Serena (Irrera) Baiocco of Batavia.

   Funeral services are pending upon return of the family from Florida and will be announced in the coming days. For more information please contact Michael at (585)343-7500.

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

Vivienne O. Blanke, 91 of Pavilion, died on Sunday November 23, 2014 at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home in LeRoy. She was born in York, New York on August 19, 1918 a daughter of the late Judd and Cornelia (Vancisse) DeLaVergne. She is preceded in death by a sister Mary Eberley.

Vivienne was a graduate of York Central School and attended Geneseo Normal School. She worked for Bell Aircraft in Buffalo as an inspector. She was a member of the LaGrange Baptist Church. She enjoyed going to church, nature and animals.

She is survived by her husband: Harold whom she married on August 25, 1945, 2 daughters: Marianne Blanke of Pavilion and Adrienne Fetzer of Holly Springs, NC., 1 son: Richard (Karen) Blanke of Pavilion, 2 brothers: Donald DeLaVergne of Leicester and Richard (Margaret) DeLaVergne of WV, 4 grandchildren: Christine (Marc) Chamberlain, Aprille (Eric) Hardcastle, Justen (Leslie) Fetzer and Vanessa Rhodes, 9 great grandchildren: Noelle and Levi Chamberlain, Hailey and Austin Hardcastle, Ryleigh and Colton Fetzer, Dakota and Broden Miller and Vivian Rhodes, 1 Aunt: Alice DeLaVergne of Pavilion, along with many nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held in the spring of 2015. She will be laid to rest in Mt. Ash Cemetery in the Town of Covington.

Memorials may be made to the LaGrange Baptist Church. For more infromation please call (585) 237-2626 or 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. 

Josephine Marie Ellingham, 78, of Stafford passed away peacefully on November 26, 2014  at her home. She was born on March 14, 1936 in Batavia to the late Ross (Josephine Campobello) Campesi. She is preceded in death by her husband Ronald Ellingham who passed away in 2011.

She retired from Kodak in Rochester and was a member of Resurrection Parish. Josephine was also an avid card player.

She is survived by her children Ronald (Lara) Ellingham of Fairport, Terri Lyn (Chris Herrmann) Snyder of LeRoy and her sister Margaret (Curtis) Acton of TX; brother Russell Campesi of Plano, TX; 6 grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

There will no prior calling hours. A 12:00 Noon Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday December 1, 2014 at Resurrection Parish 303 East Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.  Entombment will take place at St. Joseph’s Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Homecare & Hospice 29 Liberty Suite 6 Batavia, New York 14020 or St. Jude  www.stjude.org  To leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or for more information call (585) 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

Mary J. Bernard, 79, of Batavia passed away peacefully on November 25, 2014 at Rochester General Hospital. She was born on May 30, 1935 in Batavia to the late John (Loretta “Laura” Barone) Martino. Mary is preceded in death by her son John Bernard and brothers Paul, Gennaro “Jerry”, Richard and James Martino.

Mrs. Bernard worked for Dr. Rowbottom prior to her retirement. She was a Eucharistic Minister for Resurrection Parish, and taught RCIA class.  Mary was a member of the Notre Dame Prayer Group and she worked with the outreach program at St. Joseph’s.

She is survived by her beloved husband LaVern “Barney” Bernard of Batavia; sons James (Cheri) Bernard of Topeka, KS, Joseph (Nancy) Bernard of Mesa, AZ, brothers John Martino of FL, Anthony (Sandy) Martino of Batavia, Thomas Martino of Rochester, grandchildren Katie, Dylan, Jake, Corey, Alexandra, and Christopher Bernard along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Monday December 1, 2014 from 3-7 PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.  A 9:30 AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday December 2, 2014 at Resurrection Parish 18 Ellicott Street Batavia, New York 14020. She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Notre Dame Prayer Group 73 Union Street Batavia, New York 14020 or Genesee Cancer Assistance 16 Bank Street Batavia, New York 14020. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or for more information call (585) 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

Margaret Elizabeth Swanson, age 98, passed away on November 24, 2014. Born September 27, 1916 at home on the family farm in the town of Pembroke, Margaret was the third and youngest daughter of George and Genevieve Judge Burns. She was married to John E. Swanson at East Pembroke in1943.

Margaret (Peg) graduated from East Pembroke High School.  As valedictorian of the graduating class, a program of the Great Depression provided Peg the chance to attend Buffalo State Teachers College free of charge launching her life-long teaching career.  She started teaching in a one-room school in Otto, New York, followed by another one-room school in Alden, New York.

In 1942 Peg was hired to teach elementary grades at the New York School for the Blind in Batavia. She enjoyed her 31 years there and was truly fond of her students often speaking of and celebrating their accomplishments.  Peg and John enjoyed chaperoning students from the Blind School on Senior Trips to Florida, New York City, Chicago, and Battle Lake, Minnesota. During her career, she was a member and local representative of the American Instructors of the Blind.

With her husband, she enjoyed traveling, dancing, and playing cards with their many friends and relatives. They made frequent, memorable visits to family in Boise, Idaho, and spent many enjoyable trips to stay with friends, David and Maryann Barton, in Las Vegas, NV.  We will miss her wry sense of humor and her toe-tapping as soon as the music started.

She was a member of St. Joseph’s Church and belonged to the Alter and Rosary Society often volunteering for the fund-raising bazaars and picnics.

Peg was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John, parents, and sisters Catharine (Rita) Wheeler of Avon and Genevieve (Jane) Christner of Pavilion. She is survived by her son Kenneth (Ann) Swanson of Boise ID; grandson David (Kira) Swanson of Mt. Vernon, WA; and Sarah Swanson (Jon) of Boise, ID and numerous dear nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff of the Genesee County Nursing Home who oversaw her care with dedication and kindness during the end of her life. There will no showing but a memorial service celebrating her life will be held at a later date.  To leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or for more information call (585) 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

Elizabeth M. (Wigton) Fortunato, 69, of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning (November 25, 2014) at Crossroads House.

She was born in Dorcester, England on November 20, 1945, a daughter of the late Lester E. and Marguerite Mead Wigton.

Elizabeth grew up in Oakfield as a child, graduated from Notre Dame High School and earned her Masters Degree from D’ Youville College.  She taught at Pembroke Schools for 8 years and retired from St. Joseph School in Batavia after 20 years of teaching 1st and 2nd grade.  She was very active with Resurrection Parish and St. Joseph School, where she taught Sunday school for several years.  Elizabeth enjoyed sewing, taking photos, scrap booking and spending time with her family, especially her cherished time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband of 17 years, Anthony Fortunato of Batavia. Son, Chris (Shari) Ange of Batavia. Stepson, Anthony (Jackie) Fortunato of Durham, NC. Grandchildren, Kaitlin and Nicholas Ange of Batavia. Brothers, James (Carol) Wigton of Rochester, Thomas (Fran) Wigton of Batavia. Sister, Paula (William) Mosman of Batavia. Brothers in-law, John (Elizabeth) Aschenbrenner of Coventry, CT and Rev. Vincent Fortunato, OFM CAP of Wilmington, DE. Mother in-law, Angela Fortunato of Amytiville, NY. Several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews also survive.

She was the sister of the late Kathleen Wigton.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share memories, condolences and thoughts on Friday from 4-8pm at the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, 9:30am at Resurrection Parish, 303 E. Main St.  Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph School, 2 Summit St., Batavia, NY or Crossroads House, 11 Liberty St., Batavia, NY.

Expressions of condolence can 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 & PROPRIETOR.

Alexander - Louis R. Huber, 83, of Alexander, an insurance underwriter for Glens Falls Insurance Company and the Home Insurance Company, passed away on Monday, November 24, 2014 at United Memorial Medical Center.

Mr. Huber was born August 1, 1931 in Batavia, a son of the late Louis B. and Florence Marie Painter Huber.

A 1949 graduate of Alexander High School, he graduated Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Business Administration in 1955. A dedicated and faithful member of St. Mary's Church in Batavia he was a member of Our Lady of Batavia Council, Knights of Columbus and the Father Vincent R. Capodanno 4th degree Assembly of the Knights of Columbus. He collected farm tractors and enjoyed going to auctions and flea markets to add to his collectibles. Louis also volunteered his time at St. Mary's Church working Bingo.

He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army from 1955-1957.

He is survived by his brother, Joseph (Loretta) Huber of Alexander; his sister-in-law, Marcia Huber of Alexander; nieces, Florence (Patrick) Nolan of Alexander, Felissa (Malcolm) Ferrell of North Carolina and Staci (Robert) James of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; his nephew, David V. Huber II of Alexander and six great-nieces and great-nephews.

He predeceased by his brother David V. Huber.

Friends may call on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia. Members of the Our Lady of Batavia Council will hold a prayer service on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, 18 Ellicott Street, Batavia.  Burial, with full military honors, will follow at Grand View Cemetery.

Please consider memorials to Our Lady of Batavia Council #11728, Knights of Columbus, in care of 51 Vernon Avenue, Batavia, New York 14020 or to HomeCare & Hospice, 29 Liberty Street, Suite #6, Batavia, New York 14020.   

Oakfield - Frances Cupler, 91, of Batavia, formerly of Oakfield, passed away Friday, (November 21, 2014) at United Memorial Medical Center, in Batavia.

Mrs. Cupler was born May 13, 1923 in Weirton, WV, a daughter of the late Frank and Josephine (Barilla) Galline.

Mrs. Cupler was a member of the American Legion Post 626 Ladies Auxiliary, and greatly enjoyed doing puzzles, watching soap operas, and playing bingo at Washington Towers. 

She loved to crochet and was proud to have donated blankets to the VA and other area nursing homes. 

She loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren deeply.

Frances is the wife of the late Clair Cupler, who passed away April 23, 2008.

She is survived by her children, Lorraine (Jerry) Allen-Agett of Hilton, Lois (John) Scopano of Oakfield, and C. Richard (Marianne) Cupler of Alabama; grandchildren, Terry (Michelle) Allen of Clarendon, Jeffrey (Kathy) Allen of Hilton, Rebecca (Shannon) Hilchey of Rochester, Angie (Peter) Firmalino of Tannersville, NY, and Sara Tea Cupler of Alabama; 9 great-grandchildren; sisters, Theresa (late Gino) Velletta of Batavia, Margaret (late Durwood) Balduf of Batavia, Josephine (Donald) Palone of Oakfield, and Julia (late Melvin) Drake of Appelton.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Frances is preceded in death by her siblings, Joseph (late Minnie) Galline, Mary (late Mario) Benedetti, and Jennie (late Raymond) Nesbitt.

Friends may call on Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield, where Frances’ Funeral Services will immediately follow calling at 6:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oakfield Fire Department, P.O. Box 184, 20 Albert Street, Oakfield, NY 14125.  Burial will be in Cary Cemetery, Oakfield.  

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

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