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Batavia, NY 14020
Phone: 585-344-1490
Fax: 585-344-1441
 

 Obituaries
Patrick Lee Logsdon
- Pavilion
Age: 65
Died: February 5, 2016, at UMMC, Batavia. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, he worked as a mechanic at Dumbleton Auto Parts. He also worked several years at Hanson Company, Pavilion. There will be no prior calling hours. A celebration of Life with military honors will be announced at a later date at the convenience of the family. Memorials are suggested to the Wyoming County Joint Veterans Council or the Joint Veterans Honor Guard of Genesee County or to a charity of choice.
Arrangements by: Robinson & Hackemer Funeral Home, Warsaw.
 
Edward W. Newman
- Corfu
Age: 76
Died: Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at UMMC, Batavia. He was a supervisor in the machine shop at Attica Correctional Facility. There will be no prior calling hours. Memorials in his memory may be made to the Volunteers for Animals.
Arrangements by: C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Corfu
 
Rocco T. (Rock) Tenebruso
-Batavia
Age: 81
Died: Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at UMMC. A U.S. Army veteran, he was a retired supervisor at the Genesee ARC. He was a lifelong member of St. Anthony's Church, Ascension Parish. Calling hours will be from 4pm to 8pm on Saturday, February 6th, and on Sunday , February 7th from 2pm to 6pm at the funeral home, where prayers will be recited on Monady, 9:30am. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at 10am, at the Church, Swan and Sumner Streets. Memorials are suggested to the family.
Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
Nicholas M. Marcello
- Batavia
Age: 59
Died: Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at Crossroads House. He was employed at National Grid and also as a cashier for OTB. There is no prior visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, February 1, at Ascension Parish, St. Anthony's Church, 11am. Memorials are suggested to Crossroads House or Volunteers for Animals, Genesee County Animal Shelter.
Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
Wanda A. Frank
- Batavia
Age 89
Passed away Wednesday, (January 27, 2016) at Genesee County Nursing Home, in Batavia.
Ms. Frank was born June 5, 1926 in Lockport, a daughter of the late Albert J. and Dorothy (Bennett) Taylor.
 Wanda was the force that revived Batavia Players, in 1975. She was instrumental in bringing dinner theatre to the Treadway Inn with a series of plays called “Pick Your Era.” The group earned enough seed money to be able to present their first book musical, “Fiorello.” Many more plays and musicals followed, with Wanda in a variety of roles, from Director to Producer to actor. She sat on the Batavia Players’ Board of Directors and held the position of President for many of those years.
 
A local radio personality, Wanda began her Batavia broadcasting career in 1967, with a daily show entitled “Frankly Speaking,” aired over WBTA. She interviewed local guests, often about the arts, and also conducted radio interviews with celebrities who were appearing at Melody Fair.
 
Throughout her life, Wanda was a champion of local theatre and taught many Genesee county youngsters in various classes such as “Saturday Stage.” She presented Career Day options at St. Joseph’s School, directed plays at Oakfield-Alabama high school, at the First Presbyterian Church and United Methodist Church. Wanda frequently reviewed performances by Batavia Rotary Club, Genesee Ballet Repertoire Company, Batavia Players and local high school productions.
 
When many people would consider retiring, Wanda embarked on an academic career, enrolling in Genesee Community College.  She graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Theatre Arts at age 71. In an interview by Jamie Mash of the Daily News, for an article about a documentary featuring local seniors, entitled “It’s an Age Thing,” Wanda declared, “One of the reasons I went to college was to get a job. You can’t get anything without a degree. So I said, ‘OK, I’ll get one.’ So I did.”
 
In addition to her job at WBTA, Wanda held a variety of positions in Genesee County. According to Linda Blanchet, who followed Wanda, as Director of Go Art, “Wanda was an unyielding advocate for the arts in Genesee County during her time as Executive Director of the Genesee Arts Council in the 70's and early 80's.  She worked tirelessly with County and State Legislatures to secure funding for the arts from her first office in the basement of City Hall. She directed many plays and musicals, some written by her, as fundraisers for the organization.
She initiated the Annual 4th of July Picnic in the Park which has been a hometown staple for over 35 years, bringing main stage entertainment to our community including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Amherst Saxophone Quartet. She was instrumental in bringing the State funded Affiliate Artist Program to Genesee County, in which New York City based performing artists took up residency for a week and performed in various venues throughout the County.  Many may remember popular tenor Tonio DiPaolo who visited many times.”
 
In addition to her Arts Council duties and on-air programs for WBTA, Wanda worked in the Sportsman’s Gallery at Genesee Country Museum, worked on the census in 2000, and was employed by Genesee Works, Inc. (formerly Green Thumb, Inc.) as a field Assistant, helping to find jobs for other seniors.
She also became a playwright. In 2007, Genesee Community College presented three one act plays, written and directed by Wanda Frank: “7th Decade Stretch,” “Peach Basket” and “The Last Rooster.”
Not all of Wanda’s efforts went unrecognized. She was the recipient of several awards The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce named Wanda one of their ‘Geneseeans of the Year’ in 1993. In 2004, at the Go Art! Gala, Wanda was honored as one of the recipients of the 4th Annual Community Arts Award. In 2009, Genesee Community College honored Wanda as one of four inductees into their Alumni Hall of Fame.
 
Despite being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2002, Wanda A. Frank continued to be a staunch supporter of the arts, a tireless volunteer, and an accomplished seamstress. She shared her talents and her time with youth, teenagers, adults and seniors. She touched many lives in the Genesee County area. She was one extraordinary, classy lady.
She is survived by a daughter, Denise (Lyle) Ritter of North Andover, Mass.; grandsons, Robert Howard (Sarah) Frank II of Dayton, OH, and Joel David (Mary) Frank of Lockport; great-grandchildren, Gracy Anne Shelly Frank, Jeffrey Russell Frank, II, Patrick Xaiver Frank, Connor Robert Frank, and Lauren Elizabeth Frank; a brother, Robert Taylor of Franklin, KY; a sister, Tanya Sherman of Bluefield, VA.
Wanda is preceded in death by two sons, Jeffrey Russell Frank, I, and Bruce Allen Frank. 
There will be no visitation and at Wanda’s request, services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.  Those wishing may make memorial contributions in Wanda’s name to Go Art, 201 East Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020.
Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main St., Batavia.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.
 
 
Ralph William (Billy) Strobel
- LeRoy
Age: 84
Died: Thursday, January 28, 2016, at Rochester General Hospital. He was a self employed carpenter and cabinet maker. Calling hours will be on Sunday, January 31, from 2pm to 5pm at the funeral home. Services will be held on Monday, 1pm, at the Leroy First Baptist Church. Memorials are suggested to the Church.
Arrangements by: Falcone Funeral Home, Leroy
 
Normaleen Marabella
- Batavia
Age: 73
Died: Monday, January 25, 2016, at Crossroads House. She worked for many years at Walmart. Calling hours are on Friday, January 29, from 4pm to 8pm, at the funeral home, where funeral services will be held Saturday, at 10:30am. Memorials are suggested to Volunteers for Animals or Crossroads House.
Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
Ruth Edna Bowen
-Oakfield
Age: 77
Died: Saturday, January 23, 2016, at the Genesee County Nursing Home, Batavia. She considered the West Barre Methodist Church and the First Methodist Church in Oakfield, home churches. A memorial service will be held at the West Barre Methodist Church, on March 25, 11am. Memorials in her name are suggested to either church.
Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia
 
Vincent T. (Vinny) O'Reilly
- South Byron
Age: 80
Died: Friday, January 22, 2016, at the Genesee County Nursing Home, Batavia. He was a retired metal lather with Local 46, Manhattan. He was a member of Resurrection Parish, St. Mary's Church. Calling hours are on Sunday, January 31, from 1pm to 5pm at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday, at St. Mary's, 10am. Memorials are suggested to Notre Dame Sports Boosters, Genesee Cancer Assistance, or the Genesee County Nursing Home Activities fund.
Arrangements by: Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
Bernice Joyce Skelton
-Stafford
Age: 95
Died: Friday, January 15, 2016, at the Leroy Village Green. She worked with the NYS Police, Troop A, as a stenographer for 26 years. She also worked as a bookkeeper for Crocker's Country Store, Leroy. She and her late husband, owned many farms in the area. She attended the Englewood Methodist Church in Florida and the Stafford United Methodist Church. Memorials are suggested to the Genesee ARC or the Stafford United Methodist Church. Calling hours are on Monday, January 18 from 4pm to 7pm at the funeral home, where services will be held Tuesday, at noon.
Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
George S. Buckenmeyer Sr.
- Brooksville, FL (formerly of Batavia)
Age: 83
Died: Sunday, January 10, 2016, at Bayfront Health Hospital, Brooksville, FL. A U. S. Air Force veteran, he was a cattle dealer and dairy farmer. He was a member of Alexander Fire Department and St. Joseph Church. He was the organist at Sacred Heart Church for 19 years. There will be no calling hours.
 
Catherine R. Raines
- Alexander
Age: 87
Died: Friday, January 1, 2016, at her home. She was a local real estate agent for many years and a member of Immaculate Mary Parish in East Bethany. She was a former member of the Alexander Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Calling hours are on Wednesday, January 6, from 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10am, Thursday, at Mary Immaculate Parish, Immaculate Conception site, Ellicott Street Road, East Bethany. Memorials are suggested to the Church or to the Alexander Volunteer Fire Department Ambulance Fund.
Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
Tyler F. Longhini
- Olean
Age: 24
Died: Thursday, December 31, 2015, at his home. He was employed at Wendy's in Olean. Calling hours are on Tuesday, January 5, from 5pm to 7pm at the funeral home, where services will immediately follow at 7pm. Memorials are suggested to his family.
Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
Alice G. Mazur
- Batavia
Age: 94
Died: Wednesday, December 23, 2015, at Strong Memorial Hospital. Along with her late husband, Mrs. Mazur owned and operated Johnny's Bar, in Batavia. She was a longtime member of Ascension Parish. Calling hours are on Monday, December 28, from 3pm to 7pm at the funeral home, where prayers will be recited Tuesday at 9:30am. A Mass of Christian burial will be held 10am, Tuesday, at Ascension Parish, Sacred Heart site. Memorials are suggested to charity.
Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski funeral home, Batavia.
 
Nicola J. Midkiff
- Batavia
Age: 80
Died: Sunday, December 20, 2015, at the Batavia VA Medical Center. A long time member of Ascension Parish, she served in the US Army in 1953-1955. There will be no prior visitation. Funeral Services will be held privately by the family. Memorials are suggested to charity.
Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia
 
Mary F. Mullen
- Batavia
Age: 98
Died: Saturday, December 19, 2015, at the Genesee County Nursing Home. She was a member of Resurrection Parish, St. Joseph's Church. Calling hours are on Tuesday, December 22, from 4pm to 8pm, at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Wednesday, 9:30am, at St. Joseph's Church, Main Street, Batavia. Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph School or to the Sisters of Mercy, Buffalo.
Arrangements by: H. E. Turner and Company Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
Shannon M. Malone
- Warsaw (formerly of Attica)
Died: Wednesday, December 16, 2015, at her residence. She was employed for many years by Stevens Farms, Attica. She was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Attica. There will be no prior calling hours. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, December 29, 10:30am, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 20 Favor Street, Attica. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.
Arrangements by: Robinson & Hackemer Funeral Home, Warsaw.
 
Gail Webb Seamans
- Alden
Age: 83
Died: Wednesday, December 16, 2015. "The man in the green and white polka dot hat", was the 4th generation owner of Seamans Hardware, East Pembroke. He also served on the East Pembroke Fire Department. A celebration of life ceremony will be held at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the East Pembroke Fire Department or the Alzheimer's Association.
Arrangements by: C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Corfu
 
Anita M. Gomez-Ferns
- Rochester
Age: 53
Died: Monday, December 14, 2015, at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. She was a medical secretary at Highland Hospital, Rochester. Calling hours are on Thursday, December 17, from 4pm to 8pm at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be held 11am, Friday, at Ascension Parish, 15 Sumner Street, Batavia. Memorials are suggested to the family or to Golisano Chrildren's Hospital.
Arrangements by: Bohm - Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia.
 
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