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Philip J. “Uncle Phil” Rodon, 75 of Batavia, passed away on Friday (April 24, 2015) at Buffalo General Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.
 
He was born March 17, 1940 in Batavia, NY, a son of the late Leo and Joan Helen Stawski Rodon.
 
Phil was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served his country from 1963-1965.  He was employed by American Stone Mix in Batavia for over 25 years, retiring November of 1994. He was also was a bartender at Kelly’s Holland Inn in Batavia for several years. Philly was a member of the Polish Falcons Nest in Batavia, carrying on the honorable tradition of his father and was also a member of the Polish Falcons Civic Club. His dedication as a member was proven in December 2010, when he was awarded the Gold Legion Cross of the Polish Falcons Legion of Honor.
 
Survivors include his daughter and son in-law, Kathleen (Todd) Bender of Batavia. Son and daughter in-law, Bradley (Shelly) Rodon of Warsaw. Grandchildren, Ryan Philip, Lindsey and Evan Bender of Batavia, Ryan James, Marlee and Tyler Stroud and Brittany Rodon, all of Warsaw.  Nephew, Scott (Sandie) Rodon of Batavia. Niece, Susan (Jeff) Godfrey of Arkansas.
 
He was the brother of the late Gerald (Clarice Ann) Rodon.
 
Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Thursday (April 30th) from 4-8pm at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, where a funeral service will be Friday at 11:00am.  Burial with full military honors will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery.
 
Memorial contributions may be made in Philips memory to a favorite charity of the donor. 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.
Alexandra J. “Sandy” Slack, 68 of Batavia, passed away on Saturday (April 25, 2015) at her residence.
 
She was born May 27, 1946 in Rochester, NY, a daughter of the late Francis and Lily Shavel Peel.
 
Sandy was employed at Tops Market in Batavia as a clerk prior to her retirement.
 
Survivors include a son, John Paul Slack of Batavia. Brother, Dennis (Brenda) Peel of Brighton. Aunts, Mary Peel and Agnes Vandermark, both of Newburgh NY and Jeanne Sherman of New Windsor, NY.
 
There will be no prior visitation. Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lollypop Farm Humane Society of Greater Rochester, 99 Victor Rd., Fairport, NY 14450. 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.

Fred J. Beck, 71 of Attica, passed away on Friday April 24, 2015 at Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw. He was born September 29, 1943 in Attica, to the late Albert (Frances Peuckert) Beck, Sr.. Fred is preceded in death by a son Freddie Beck; brothers Peter, Edward, Bill Beck and sister Lynn Kammerer.

Mr. Beck owned and operated B & W Construction in Attica. He was a past member of Knights of Columbus, the Warsaw Moose and Warsaw Vets Club. He enjoyed playing cards, golfing, bowling and horseshoes. Fred loved to tinker in the barn, work on old cars, being in the woods and cutting wood. He was a very handy man and was capable of fixing just about anything.

He is survived by his beloved wife Melody D. (Brotherton) Beck of Attica; children Robert (Jennifer) Beck of Attica; Peggy (John) Protulipac of Pavilion; Scott (Paula) Beck of Attica; Jamie (Marilyn) Beck of Pawling; Sarah (Chris) Wahl of Somerset; 15 grandchildren, Andy (Alexis), Adam, Allison, Rachel, Luke, Amanda (Jeremey), Katie, Steven, Joshua, Nathan, Elizabeth, Noah, Andrew, Daniel, Jakob; 4 great-grandchildren Kasey, Peyton, Tyson, and Sadie; brothers Carl (Nancy), Albert (Jeanne), Mike (Julie) Beck; sisters Gretel (Larry) Laing, Frances Beck, Pat (Dan) Racine, Edith Haise, along with many, many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Monday April 27, 2015 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, NY 14011. An 11:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday April 28, 2015 at Sts Joachim & Anne Parish 50 East Ave. Attica, NY 14011. He will be laid to rest in St. Vincent’s Cemetery, Attica.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Attica Rescue Squad 11 Water St. Attica, NY 14011; Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at www.lls.org; Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America www.ccfa.org. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main St. Attica, New York 14011.

Douglas W. Mess, 52, of Attica died suddenly Monday April 20, 2015 at his home.  He was born on May 15, 1962 in Rochester to the late Douglas Mess and Joyce Englert.

Doug worked as a Supervisor at Baskin Livestock in Batavia.  He was a long time farmer and a member of the Farm Bureau, the FFA while in school and was known as a great mechanic. 

He is survived by 4 sons; Douglas Mess, Matthew Zubek, Michael and James Mess all of Attica; sister Laura (Floyd) Scott of Perry and brother Robert Mess of Georgia; step-mother Rosetta Mess of OR; 3 step brothers Dan (Sandy) Brinlee, Steve (Kathy) Brinlee of OR; Larry (Barb) Brinlee of LA and a step sister Leval (Mike) Minten of OR along with many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

An 11:00AM Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday April 29, 2015 at the Alexander Fire Hall on Route 98 in Alexander, New York. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family. For more information please call 585-591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.

Elba - June F. Chamberlain, 88, of Elba, passed away Monday (April 20, 2015) at her home in Elba.

June was born January 5, 1927 in Buffalo, a daughter of the late George and Marguerite (Poole) Ames.

June was a homemaker, who helped her husband on the farm.  She loved Snoopy, family genealogy and on October 4, 2014 June was inducted into the Oakfield-Alabama Alumni Hall of Fame.  June was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Holland Land Office, First Presbyterian Church of Elba and the Historical Societies of Elba, Oakfield and Pembroke.

Survivors include her children, Marjorie (Charles) Pangrazio, Wade (Nellie) Chamberlain, Herb Chamberlain and Roy (Pam) Chamberlain, all of Elba; her grandchildren, Todd (Sue) Pangrazio, Charles (Barb) Pangrazio Jr., Stephanie (Bob) Porter, Kevin (Rachael) Pangrazio, Cary (Rhonda) Pangrazio, Tony (Tonya) Pangrazio, Neal (Maryanne) Chamberlain, Benjamin Chamberlain, Dawn Riddell, Herb Chamberlain Jr., Zachary (Leah) Chamberlain, Ashley (Jay) Chamberlain and Shannon Lamie; twenty-five great-grandchildren; one brother, George (Roberta) Ames of Churchville and several nieces and nephews.

June is the wife of the late Carl Chamberlain and sister of the late Robert Ames and Betty Lawton.

There are no prior calling hours.  A Time of Gathering will be Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. at the Elba Fireman's Recreation Hall, 7143 Oak Orchard Road, Elba.  Burial will be in Reed Cemetery, Oakfield.

Memorials may be made to Elba Historical Society, P.O. Box 24, Elba, NY 14058 or National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Office of Development, 1776 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20006-5303 or online at www.dar.org/giving. 

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

Arrangements were completed by the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-8868.

Josephine P. Natolie, 98 of Batavia passed away peacefully on Thursday April 23, 2015 at LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home.  She was born November 22, 1916 in Buffalo to the late Frank (Rose Massa) Sardina. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Joseph Natolie in 2003, brothers Frank and Samuel Sardina, sister Ann Desimone.

Mrs. Natolie worked for 20 years at GTE Sylvania. She was a longtime member of Ascension Parish and honorary member of the former St. Nicholas Social Club. Mrs. Natolie enjoyed Bingo, playing cards and going to Las Vegas. She was extremely family oriented and was known for making amazing meatballs.

She is survived by her daughters Rosemarie (Donald) Suozzi, Carol (Robert) Frongetta; both of Batavia; grandchildren Donna Suozzi, Jacqueline Suozzi, Janice DellaPenna, Michael (Lancy) Frongetta all of Batavia, Mark (Erica) Frongetta of Elba; great-grandchildren Danielle and Gabrielle DellaPenna; Abigail, Alec, Benjamin and Sophia Frongetta; sister Rose LaGeorgia; sister-in-law Lois Sardina both of Perry; along with several nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours.  A 12:00PM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday April 25, 2015 at Ascension Parish 15 Sumner St. Batavia, NY 14020. She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Ascension Parish or to the Donor’s Choice. 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.

Jessie L. Huff, 92 of Lockport passed away Wednesday April 22, 2015 at the Newfane Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.  om She was born April 10, 1923 in Saybrook, PA to the late George (Harriet Custer) McClellan. She is preceded in death by her husband Richard L. Huff; brothers George and Gary and a sister Jane.

Jessie especially loved time with her family, her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and was a stalwart fan of the New York Yankees, rarely missing a game on TV. Her strong, kind, and loving heart got her through 92 good years.

She is survived by 3 sons; Daniel (Rachel) Huff of Wilson, Steven (Betsy Gilbert) Huff of Rochester and David (Shirley) Huff of Wesley Chapel, FL; 6 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday April 26, 2015 from 1PM – 3PM & 5PM – 7PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00AM on Monday April 27, 2015 at the funeral home. She will be laid to rest in Forest Hill Cemetery in Attica.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to The First Baptist Church of Attica Mission Fund 3 Prospect Street Attica, New York 14011. For more information please call 585-591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.


Irene H. Gates of Batavia passed away on Tuesday (April 21, 2015) at United Memorial Hospital.     Born in Worthington, Pennsylvania, Irene was the third child and second daughter of Hamilton Smith Hogg and Bertha Bundy Hogg.  Her father owned the Buffalo Valley Dairy farm, and her family still loves to collect old milk bottles from the dairy. She is survived by her husband of more than 58 years, Ira M. Gates; brother Frank Hogg (Martha) of Kittanning, PA; daughters Susan J. Blanchard (Tom) of Lockport, NY, Evalyn I. Gates (Eric Pelander) of Cleveland, Ohio, and Cheryl L. Gates of Batavia; grandchildren Kate Kleismit (Jeff) of Lockport, Anna Blanchard of Pittsburgh, PA, Greg Pelander (Shawna) of Portland, OR, Jordan Pelander (Nicole) of Los Angeles, CA, and Kendall Pelander of Chicago, IL; great-grandson Nathan Kleismit; and many nieces and nephews.

Irene was an intrepid adventurer and traveler – she had been to all 50 states in the U.S. as well as to countries around the globe including Russia, Peru, Scotland, Ireland, and a trip through the Panama Canal.  She would take off at a moment’s notice to visit family and friends whether across town or across the country.  Each spring she traveled with family and friend to Jekyll Island, Georgia, where she enjoyed golf and long walks on the beach.  Part of her travels were for her work on the genealogy of her family, as well for many other families who called upon her expertise in tracing their roots.  She was a long-time member of the Genesee County Genealogical Society and was co-author of a commissioned book for the Paolo Busti Cultural Foundation on the genealogy of Batavia’s Italian community, The Legacy of Italian-American Families in Genesee County, New York.

A talented seamstress, Irene enjoyed making beautiful and unique clothes for herself and her family, and the Halloween costumes she created for her daughters won many prizes.  She was an avid and expert bridge player, and was a member of many bridge and duplicate bridge clubs. An avid reader, she spent hours at Batavia’s Richmond Memorial library, and she enjoyed playing the piano for her own enjoyment.  Summers would find her on the golf course at the Stafford Country Club, where she and her husband were members for many years.

Irene was a dedicated leader in the volunteer community, serving on the board of Genesee Memorial Hospital, chairing the Annual Gala of the Genesee Memorial Hospital League in the 1970’s, and leading the local chapter of the Girl Scouts as well as serving as chair of the annual cookie sale.  She was a Deacon of the First Presbyterian Church and active in the youth program when her children were young.

An energetic and loving grandmother, she enjoyed many adventures with her grandchildren, teaching them how to find shark’s teeth, sharing stories of her youth  and taking them to pick many buckets of blueberries. 

Services will be held this Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church, 300 East Main Street, Batavia N.Y. The family will receive family and friends at the church at 3:00 p.m in the church parlor; services will begin in the Sanctuary at 4:00 p.m. and there will be a supper in the church Fellowship Hall immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Irene may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, of Batavia; the David & Ilene Flaum Eye Institute at the University of Rochester, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 659, Rochester, NY 14642; or the Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross Street, Batavia, N.Y. 14020.

To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com

Arrangements for Mrs. Gates are being handled by the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

Stafford - Walter D. Buck, 86, of Stafford, passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at his home under the care of HomeCare & Hospice.

Mr. Buck was born October 10, 1928 in Elba, the son of the late Walter and Florence Hill Buck.

He served in the United States Navy during and after World War II as a radio man. He was employed at Graham Manufacturing in Batavia, where he retired and was a member of the VFW (Beachhead) in Alexander.

He is the father of the late Walter M. Buck and brother of the late Beverly (Reid) Daum and Beulah (Roy) Daly.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Betty (Marsceill) Buck; his sister, Midge (Robert) Adams of Elba; four children, Toni (Mark) Dixson of Batavia, Dale Buck of Oakfield, Janice (Timothy) Forster of Dayton, and Carrie (Randy) Rieser of Darien Center; 14 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and two more coming this year and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia, where services will follow at 3 p.m. Burial, with full military honors, will follow in Grand View Cemetery, Batavia. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials in Walter’s name to HomeCare & Hospice, 29 Liberty Street, Suite #6, Batavia, New York 14020.

To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

 

Gladys M. Kedzierski, 96 of Batavia and formerly of Oakfield, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Wednesday (April 15, 2015) at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home.

She was born April 8, 1919 in Oakfield, NY, a daughter of the late Joseph and Catherine Placek Balonek.

Gladys was a beautician for most of her life and a greeter at the former Kings Department Store in Batavia prior to her retirement.  She was also a member of St. Padre Pio Parish in Oakfield.

She was predeceased by her husband, Casimer Kedzierski  in 1996 and several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include three sons, Eugene (Karen) Kedzierski of North Carolina, Theodore (Judy) Kedzierski of Oakfield and Lee (John Dickerson) Kedzierski of Rochester.  Five  grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

There will be no prior visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, June 6th at 10:00am at St. Padre Pio Parish, 56 Maple Ave., Oakfield.  Burial will follow in St. Cecelia Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home Recreational Program, 10 Munson St., LeRoy, NY 14482. 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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