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JANE M. CASTRONOVA - age 82, of Batavia died Wednesday evening March 25, 2015 at Treasure Coast Hospice in Stuart, Florida. She was born March 11, 1933 in Batavia to the late Charles and Susan (Elliott) Wilkes also preceded in death by her  husband, Peter Castronova; son, Theodore Castronova and brother, David Wilkes.

   Mrs. Castronova was an elementary education teacher at Attica Central School for many years. She was an avid golfer, enjoyed swimming, reading, going out to dinner and picnics with family and friends. She had a love for animals, especially dogs and will be remembered with her faithful companion "Blue" always at her side.

   Surviving is her son, Chulhoon Yun (Michelle) and their children, Kyongae and Emily of Batavia; loving sister, Jacqueline Campo of Batavia; beloved aunt of, JoAnn (Phil) O'Geen, Deborah Smith, Cathryn (Patrick) McCay, Mary (John) Carr, Susan Wilkes, Valerie (Randy) Butts, James (Alison) Wilkes, Jeffery Wilkes, Dawn (Robin) Ho, Charles (Kerrie) Wilkes, Fred Wilkes and the late Teresa (Mark) Giesler.

   Jane's family will be present from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday March 31, 2015 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020, graveside services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday April 1, 2015 at Grand View Cemetery where she will be buried alongside her late husband. Memorials in her memory can be made to the Genesee County Animal Shelter/Volunteers for Animals 3841 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020.  

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

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

 

LeRoy ~ Joan C. Cheeseman, age 84, formerly of South Street Road, passed away Thursday afternoon (March 26, 2015) at Highland Hospital in Rochester.

     Mrs. Cheeseman was born February 26, 1931 in Rochester, NY,  a daughter of the late Joseph and Marguerite Neid Michel.

     She loved to work in her garden and was a past president and member of the LeRoy Garden Club.  She was also a member of the bridge club and the American Legion, where she was very active over the years. She was considered to be very "trendy", and loved to shop for clothes.   After raising her family, she became a part time realtor. 

     She is survived by her husband of almost 60 years, Wayne E. Cheeseman;  her children, Linda (Paul) Forti of LeRoy, David Cheeseman of Rochester, Daniel (Michele) Cheeseman of Webster  and Mark Cheeseman of Buffalo; 6 grandchidren, Michael (Breanne) Forti, Matthew Forti, Brandon Cheeseman, Gabrielle Cheeseman, Owen Cheeseman and Aidan Cheeseman; 3 great-grandchldren, Ava, Weston and Emerson; sister-in-law, Virginia Anchor of Bethany, along with many cousins, nieces and nephews. 

     Family and friends may call on Sunday from 4 ~ 6 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19), where services will be held at 6:00 PM.  Interment in St. Francis Cemetery will be private.

     Memorials are suggested to either the Alzheimer's Association, 435 E. Henrietta Rd., Rochester, NY 14620 or LeRoy Town & Garden Club, c/o The Hobby Horse, 56 Main St., LeRoy, NY 14482.

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

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

Rose T. Dambra, 94, of LeRoy passed away on Wednesday March 25, 2015 at LeRoy Village Green. She was born June 11, 1920 in Rochester, New York to the late Anselmo (Angelina Giordano) Magliocco. She is preceded in death by her husband Thomas A. Dambra; sons Thomas and Samuel Dambra; brothers Peter, Frank, and Joseph Magliocco, and sister Viola LoTemple.

Born and raised in Rochester, Rose went to Jefferson High School and later attended Cosmetology school. She was a beautician in a shop on Park Avenue for several years and later worked in East Pembroke at the Thruway restaurant. Rose was also active at Our Lady of Fatima Church and volunteered at the Batavia Senior Center. She dedicated herself to providing a loving home and was a constant support for all around her. Most of all, family meant everything to Rose. She was a devoted wife, caring mother, and an enthusiastic grandma and great-grandma. Rose was admired for her strength, generosity, and great sense of humor. She could easily chat with everyone she met and instantly put them at ease with a few kind words. The stories and laughs she has shared will always be cherished by her family and friends.

She will be missed and forever loved by her children Barton (Susan) Dambra, Peter Dambra; sister Frances Natale; grandchildren Tom (Molly) Dambra, Heather (Michael) Fedele, and Eileen Dambra; great-grandchildren Abby, Ellie, and Maura Dambra, Ava and Michael Fedele, along with several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday April 9, 2015 from 3 - 7 PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. An 11:00AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday April 10, 2015 at Our Lady of Mercy Parish 44 Lake Street LeRoy, New York 14482. She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Elba Fire Department 4 South Main Street Elba, New York 14058, Our Lady of Mercy Parish 44 Lake Street LeRoy, New York 14482 or LeRoy Village Green Activities Fund 10 Munson Street LeRoy, New York 14482. 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.

CARMELLA P. ZILENSKI - age 85, of Oakfield, NY died Wednesday morning March 25, 2015 at Medina Memorial Hospital. She was born July 7, 1929 in Oakfield to the late Vincenzo James and Mary (Cancelleri) Cardinali also preceded in death by her beloved husband, Joseph J. Zilenski in 2007 and siblings, Joseph Cardinali, Rose DeAngelo and Jennie Frawley.

   Mrs. Zilenski was a longtime member of St. Padre Pio Parish (former St. Cecilia's), she enjoyed boating in her early years, relaxing on her porch and time spent with her family.

   Surviving are her loving children, Terry "Bear" (Susan) Zilenski of Oakfield and Carla (Steve) Cuillo of Kirkville, NY; 3 grandchildren, David Zilenski, Jeffrey (Colleen) Hyde and Julie Hyde; 2 great-grandchildren, Bodie & Pipper Hyde; sister, Angeline (James) Haehl of Lockport along with many nieces, nephews and her extended family at the Orchard Manor Nursing Home in Medina.

   Carmella's family will be present from 2-6 p.m. Sunday March 29, 2015 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020 where prayers will be recited 9:15 a.m. Monday March 30 followed by a 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Padre Pio Parish (St. Cecilia's Site), she will be buried alongside her late husband in the church cemetery. Memorials in her memory can be made to the Orchard Manor Nursing Home Activities Fund 600 Bates Road Medina, New York 14103.  

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

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

 

Harry John “Jack” Boyd, 84, of Medina, passed away on Monday March 23, 2015 under loving care of grandson and caregivers Tim (Lynda) Kelso Jr. He was born March 18, 1931 in Batavia, New York to the late Harry (Marjorie Price) Boyd. He is preceded in death by the love of his life Leona “Trudy” (Kelso) Boyd.

Harry was a 1949 Batavia High School graduate and graduated from Suny Brockport with a degree in Arts & Science. He was proudly dedicated working maintenance for over 40 years at 400 Towers as well as working maintenance at Edward Street Apartments. Harry was proud to have served in the United States Air Force as an Airman 2nd Class and Gun Battalion as well as serving in the United States Army. He was an active member of the American Legion for 48 years. Harry enjoyed bowling, collecting trains, working on and using computers as well as researching his family’s genealogy. What Harry was truly proud of and loved, was reminiscing about his life experiences and sharing his stories with family and friends.

He is survived by his children Tim (Brenda) Kelso Sr. of SC., Vikki (Peter) Mazza of NM., Lindy Koepp of Batavia; brother Jim Boyd of Batavia,7 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. An 11:00 AM Funeral Service will be held Monday March 30, 2015 at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. He will be laid to rest in Elmwood Cemetery, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family. 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.

Shirley E. Buckley, 87, of Batavia passed away on Monday March 23, 2015 at Genesee County Nursing Home. She was born October 31, 1927 in Batavia, New York to the late Gordon (Hilda Barnes) McConnell. She is preceded in death by her brother George McConnell and son-in-law Craig Hale.

Shirley was the Office Manager for Dr. Trifthauser. She was a member of Sacred Heart Parish, the St. Jerome Guild as well as being a Eucharistic Minister and a member of the Altar Rosary Society. Shirley worked on the Election Boards. She was an avid golfer and was very proud to record a hole in one on the 7th hole at Terry Hills Golf Course.

She is survived by her loving husband J.Robert Buckley of Batavia; children Constance (Floyd) Duesler of TX., Mary Hale of Batavia, John (Sharon) Buckley of TX., Dennis (Louise) Buckley of Batavia, Tim (Mary Jo) Buckley of Batavia, James (Sue) Buckley of Batavia, Joseph Buckley of Batavia; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday March 26, 2015 from 4 - 8 PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A 9:30AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday March 27, 2015 at Ascension Parish 15 Sumner 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 Ascension Parish Altar & Rosary Society 15 Sumner Street Batavia, New York 14020 or St. Jerome Hospital Guild 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.

Evelyn E. Nichols of Alexander passed away Thursday March 19, 2015 after a long courageous battle with Leukemia.   She is predeceased by her father Allen Meier, sister Ellen Batchelor and brother Kenneth Meier. 

Evelyn was very kind hearted.  She loved the outdoors and animals, especially her love for her cats.  She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her daughters Rachelle “Shelly” (Bill) States of Rixford, PA, Katrina “Kittie” (Dustin) Crosby of Port Allegany, PA; mother Ellen Meier of Alexander; grandson Evan Pekarski of Rixford and her longtime companion Tony Nigro of Alexander.

There will be no prior calling hours and funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Roswell Cancer Institute, Elm & Carlton Streets Buffalo, New York 14263 or the SPCA of Wyoming County 808 Creek Road, Attica New York 14011. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence please visit Marley Funeral Home. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main St. Attica, New York 14011.

Paul R. "Goofy" Rice, age 66, of Silver Lake, died on Saturday March 21, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family. Paul was born in Warsaw, NY on February 4, 1949 a son of the late Thomas Rice  andFlorence Irwin Rice of Perry. He is preceded in death by a brother  Tommy Rice, Sister and brother-in-law Cindy and Mike Laraby and brother-in-law  Bob Shepard.

Paul was a graduate of Perry High School. He retired from Consolidated Gas (Dominion Gas) in Silver Springs. He served with the US Air Force. He was a member of the Silver Lake Sportsman’s Club, Perry Vets Club, Perry VFW, lifetime member of the Bliss American Legion Post #1720, and was a former member of the Perry Fire Department. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and collecting American Indian memorabilia. Paul was also a sun enthusiast.

He is survived by a daughter Amber (A.J.) Koronas of Perry; 2 sons Timothy and Thomas Rice both of Perry; mother Florence Rice of Perry; sister Linda Shepard of Perry; 3 brothers Jeff (Mary) Rice of Silver Lake, Steve (Polly) Rice of Leicester and Brian (Lee) Rice of Perry; 4 grandchildren Taylor Rice, Logan, Tessa and Fiona Koronas along with several nieces and nephews.

Graveside Services will be held on Wednesday March 25th at Glenwood Cemetery in Perry. He will be laid to rest in Glenwood Cemetery in Perry.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Perry Fire Department P.O. Box 243 Perry, New York  14530 or to the Perry Center Fire Department P.O. Box 204 Perry, New York  14530. For more information please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530.

G. Dolores Barry, age 83, of Pittsford formerly of Perry, died peacefully with her daughters by her side on Thursday March 19, 2015 at the Highlands Living Center of Pittsford. She was born in Perry, New York on October 28, 1931 a daughter of the late Phil and Evelyn (Popp) LaDelfa.  She is preceded in death by her son Jeff Barry who died in 1968.

Dolores was a graduate of Perry Central School.

She is survived by her 2 daughters Nancy Canepa of Wellington, Fl., Richelle “Gigi” (William) Beach of Pittsford; grandchildren Jeffery, John and Chris Canepa, Kalie (RyanJohnson) Mollie and Cobie Beach.

Family and friends may call from 1-3 pm on Sunday March 22nd at the Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530. Funeral Services will follow at 3pm. She will be laid to rest in Glenwood Cemetery in Perry, New York.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Highlands Living Center of Pittsford 100 Hahnemann Trail Pittsford, NY 14534.For more information please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530.

Evelyn K. Okay, 81 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Friday (March 20, 2015) at her residence.

She was born April 24, 1933 in South River, New Jersey, the daughter of the late Patrick and Martha McClosky Kirk.

Evelyn worked as a nurse anesthetist at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo prior to her retirement.  She was committed to her profession and enjoyed working closely with colleagues.  Evelyn was known and loved for her loyalty and generosity to her family and friends.   She was energized by informed discussion about politics and history.  She loved the New York Yankees and her home state of New Jersey.

She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Cuneyt V. Okay, who died November 17, 2014.

Survivors include her children, Jale Okay of Amherst, MA, Mehmet Okay of Batavia and Kammie (Robert) Scott of Philadelphia, PA. Grandchildren, Madeline and Lucas Scott; niece, Patricia (Kirk) Murtha and nephew, Shawn Kirk.  

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family with burial in New Calvary Cemetery, Parlin, New Jersey.  The family has requested no flowers.  Expressions of condolence 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 & PROPRIETOR.

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