Obituaries

pheasants.jpg Joseph C. Wenzel Jr., 59 of Batavia, passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer on Thursday March 23, 2017 at home. He was born on May 21, 1957, in Batavia to Joseph C. (the late Dorothy M. Lenhard) Wenzel Sr. of Batavia. Joe is preceded in death by siblings Mary Francis and Jonathan Wenzel.   

Joe was an avid outdoorsman and loved his pheasant farm. He enjoyed working on cars and being with his family.

He is survived by his children Joseph C. Wenzel III of SC; Matthew (Kody); Stanley both of Batavia; Stephen of PA; Nicole of NYC; Timothy, Melissa Wenzel both of Batavia; siblings Joan Szatkowski, Sharon (Dean Cadieux) Lyke, Jimmy (Stephany) Wenzel, Jeffrey (JoAnn) Wenzel, Jennifer (Ross) Jarvela, JodiAnn (Jim) Battistella, Jolene Morales, Heidi Schollard, Karen (Larry) Corp; 4 grandchildren along with 24 nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. An 11:30 AM Celebration of Joe’s life will take place on Wednesday March 29, 2017 at Arbor House (Northgate Free Methodist South Campus) 350 Bank St. Batavia, New York 14020. He will be laid to rest in Elmwood Cemetery, Batavia.

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

winegar.jpg Marilyn J. Winegar, 83 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Thursday March 23, 2017 at Rochester General Hospital. She was born April 9, 1933 in Batavia, to the late Albert (Marie Rider) Hale. Marilyn is preceded in death by husband Robert Winegar, siblings Edward, William Hale and Betty J. Smith; nephew David Kelsey.

Marilyn spent 48 years working for C.L. Carr Company in Batavia and most of those years were spent as the head of the Children’s Department. She was a longtime member of Resurrection Parish. Marilyn enjoyed reading, bingo and most of all being with her family.   

She is survived by nieces and nephews Robert (Sue) Smith of Batavia; Betsey Kelsey of E. Bethany; Beckey (Jeff) Long of Batavia; Pamela (Robert) Denny of Oakfield; Bruce (Ruth) Smith of Batavia; Barbara Kubala of Attica; Rick (Joan) Hale of E. Bethany; Renee Hirsh of California; along with many great, great-great nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday March 26, 2017 from 4 to 7 PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main St. Batavia, New York 14020. Prayers will be recited 9:00 AM on Monday March 27, 2016 at the Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial 9:30 AM at Resurrection Parish 18 Ellicott St. 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 the donor’s choice. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

snyder3.jpgJoseph D. Snyder, 68 of Alexander, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his daughters, on Wednesday March 8, 2017 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born January 3, 1949 in Batavia, to the late Casper “Jim” (Josephine Hendricks) Snyder. The youngest of seven, Joe is preceded in death by siblings David, Norman (Elsie) Snyder; brothers-in-law Joseph Mazur and Chuck Hephner.

Joe was a man who loved God. He was a carpenter, mechanic and a collector. Joe enjoyed singing, theatre and Jeopardy. A student of Organic Gardening in the 70’s, he planted fruit trees and tried his hand at tree-grafting. There is a tree in Alexander to this day which literally bears two different kinds of fruit! His passions were Civil War history and Biblical theology. He desired healing for holocaust victims. In life and in death, he was devoted to his children and his large, life-loving Snyder family. He is deeply missed.

He is survived by his daughters Kayla Silvernail of Batavia; Jennifer Snyder of Columbia, MD; Julie (Johnny) Zook of Halifax, PA; siblings Joanne Mazur of Attica; Edward (Linda) Snyder of Attica; Kathleen Hephner of Alexander; Dan (Rae) Snyder of East Bethany; sister-in-law Catherine Snyder of Cowlesville, 5 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday March 26, 2017 from 1-2 PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011. Funeral Services will immediately follow at 2:00 PM. He will be laid to rest in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Corfu.

Flowers welcome! Memorials may be made to Strong Memorial Hospital Cardiology Department 601 Elmwood Ave. Rochester, NY 14642.  For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to sign a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.

harley_davidson.jpg Ricky L. Slusser , Age 62, of Perry  passed away on March 18, 2017. He was born in Warsaw, NY on March 24, 1954 to the late Paul and Elizabeth Jean (Casselberry) Slusser. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Cathy A. (Breeser) Slusser. This year would have marked 44 years of marriage. Along with his wife and parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers Robert “Mickey” and James Slusser

Rick worked for Perry Central School for 20 plus years. He was an avid hunter and motorcycle enthusiast.

He leaves behind two sons; James (Christina Briggs) Slusser and David (Keri) Slusser; Four grandchildren, Austin, Alexander, Tehya, and Alexis Slusser; Two sisters Kathy Salada and Sue Andrews; One brother Paul “Butch” (Kathy) Slusser; One step sister Kim Collings; Three step brothers: Ernie (Linda) Collings, Rusty (Judy) Collings, and Keith (Charlene) Collings. He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews and his best friend and loyal companion, his golden retriever, “Jake”.

Family and friends may call from 12:00-4:00PM on Sunday March 26, 2017 at the Perry Fireman's Building on Lake St. at the Perry Park where a celebration of Rick's life will be held. Food will be served, casual dress please.

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 visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.

cessna.jpgRussell P. Cessna Jr., 29 passed away unexpectedly on Thursday March 16, 2017. He was born November 17, 1987 in Batavia, to Mary (Ken) Falker of Corfu and late the Russell P. Cessna Sr. Russ is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Everett Rutherford, paternal grandfather Russell O. Cessna, soul mate Tessacca Tundo.

Russell Paul, known as “Pauly” by his aunt Sarah and grandma Rita, loved to read and enjoyed playing guitar. Everyone will remember Russ for his sense of humor and making everyone laugh. He enjoyed hunting, four wheeling and taking his daughter fishing. He was one of 12 out of hundreds of applicants selected for Cornell’s CPEP program and excelled at it. As a memorial please reach out to a youth whom is struggling so their path may be eased from some of the distress.

He is survived by his daughter Natalia Rayne Cessna of Kentucky; sister Heather (Frank) Demmer of Batavia; step-brothers Andrew Falker of Akron; Ben Falker of Corfu; maternal grandmother Rita Mallison of Batavia; paternal grandmother Elizabeth Cessna of East Bethany; along with many aunts, uncles & cousins.

There will be no prior calling hours. Funeral Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to his daughter Natalia or to Roswell Park Cancer Institute www.roswellpark.org. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

beef.jpgJames E. “Beef” Soggs Jr. of Batavia, passed away peacefully on March 16, 2017. He was born June 5, 1962 in Batavia to the late James E. Soggs Sr. and Onie R. (Burney) Soggs of Batavia. James “Beef” Soggs was devoted to his faith in God and truly enjoyed and loved being around his family.

James worked for the State Highway Department for 16 years; later in approximately 2013 he purchased a cab company and then sold it in 2016. James was also very passionate about coaching, basketball, baseball and football throughout Genesee County, however he was most passionate about music and singing, as well as coaching youth baseball. James was a mentor to many youth and truly loved each and every child he came in contact with and if you couldn’t find him on a baseball field then you surely could find him singing karaoke or singing in his band Soul Craft. We will miss his vibrant smile and hardy laughter. We love you Beef and you will truly be missed by all who knew you.

James leaves to cherish his memory: his daughter Rachell (Fred Martino) Soggs of Batavia; son James (Daysha Mast) Soggs 3rd of Batavia; three sisters Cassandra Burney of Georgia; Cynthia (Robert) Thurston of Batavia; Lisa Soggs of Buffalo; three brothers Robert (Penny) Burney of Texas; Thomas (Jackie) Burney of Florida; David (Eleanor) Soggs of Buffalo; grandchildren Karvel Martino, Jaquari Martino, Kyrie Soggs all of Batavia, along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, step-children and friends.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday March 25, 2017 from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM at The City Church 210 East Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020. Services will immediately follow at 1:00 PM. He will be laid to rest in Elmwood Cemetery, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family to be distributed to various charities. 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, New York 14020.

arnold.jpg Charles V. Arnold, 71, of Bennington, NY passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on March 14, 2017 at the Batavia VA.  He was born June 22, 1945 in Batavia, NY to the late George & Clara (Brightenfield) Arnold.  In addition to his parents, Charlie is preceded in death by his brother, George.

Charlie ended his career working at Perry's Ice Cream due to his long battle with Parkinson's Disease.  He enjoyed farming, auctions at Bontragers and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Fran (Montoro) Arnold; his children Todd Arnold of Bennington, Tracy Arnold of Bennington and Terry (Jeff) Picciano of Rochester; siblings Edward (Daryln) Arnold of Corfu, Cathy (Robert) Smart of Corfu, Carol (Edward) Beideck of Akron, Elizabeth Norton of Pembroke; sister-in-law Marlene Arnold of Batavia; grandchildren Cody, Lane, Olivia and Connor, along with several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of his Life will be held on Saturday March 25, 2017 from 10:00-11:00AM at the First Baptist Church 3 Prospect Street, Attica NY 14011. An 11:00AM service will immediately follow.

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

 

mancuso.jpgMargaret M. “Marge” Mancuso, 93 of Batavia, died at home surrounded by her loving family and care givers on Wednesday March 15, 2017. She was born July 12, 1923 in Batavia, to the late Sydney (Susan Bowen) Gear. Marge is preceded in death by her husband Dominic B. Mancuso; her siblings Sydney, Irving, Elwyn, Marion and Genevieve.

Marge owned and operated Ceramic Bug Studio in Batavia. She brought much joy to her students and customers, teaching needle point, knitting, china painting and ceramics.

She is survived by her beloved daughter Patti (John) Michalak of Batavia; grandchildren Timothy (Sarah), Tamara, John; great-grandsons Aaron, Eli, along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. A Funeral Mass is tentatively scheduled for late April and will be announced.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to HomeCare & Hospice 29 Liberty St. Suite 6 or to Ascension Parish 19 Sumner St. Batavia, NY 14020.  For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

mann.jpg Karen M. Mann, 56, of Batavia passed away on Monday March 6, 2017 in Alabama, NY as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. She was born on January 10, 1961 in Batavia to the late Donald E. Mann and Virginia (Zietvogel) Mann of LeRoy. In addition to her father, she is predeceased by her husband Charles Smith.

Karen worked for Cooper Vision in Scottsville. She loved to cook and bake, listening to music, drinking her coffee and crocheting most of her grandchildren’s blankets. She was always doing for everyone else and enjoyed nothing more than spending time with her family and especially her grandkids.

She is survived by her children; Heather (Paul) Crowley of Batavia, Hollie (Alan) Ellis of Batavia, Jessica Rivera-Mann of Batavia, Rebecca Rivera-Mann of Louisville, KY and Eric Smith of Lockport; siblings Donald (Joanne) Mann of Dansville, David (Karen) Mann of Dansville, Laura Gonzales of Oakfield, Barbara (Rod) Bouchard of Pavilion and Charles Mann of Messa, AZ; 14 grandchildren Tyler, Zachary, Alexandrea, Cooper, Olivia, Nataleigh, Andrew, Melaina, Antonio, Antjuan, Jahmyah, Jaynadia, Jaxon and Jayda along with many nieces of nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Monday March 13, 2017 from 2-4PM & 7-9PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. An 11:00AM Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday the 14th at the Funeral Home. She will be laid to in St. Francis Cemetery in LeRoy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

phill.jpgPhillip David Chappel passed away at the age of 33 on March 2, 2017 in Spencerport, reaching peace after a valiant fight against cancer.

He is survived by his wife Kristen (Pietraszewski) Chappel; mother Cathy (Ed) Koziel; father Phillip Chappel; furry companion Walker; siblings Lianne (Michael) Cox; Melissa Skinner; Dillon (Christine) Chappel; Colton Clark; step-siblings Michael Holden and Eddy Koziel. Grandparents Mary Chappel; Harvey (Sheila) Jaggard; and was preceded in death by grandfather Keith Chappel and brother Sean Jaggard. Also survived by his father and mother in-law Mark and Julie Pietraszewski; Brother-in-law Michael (Melissa) Pietraszewski; and by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and long-time friends.

Phill grew up in Perry, boasting that Letchworth State Park was his backyard. He is fondly remembered for his bravery and belief in love, life, and God until the very end. While a fighter through and through, his kind heart reigned supreme. He focused on joyous thoughts of living a full life by enjoying time with his wife, family, and friends. Telling the stories that never got old, being a super fan of all things Marvel and DC, training and teaching muay thai, gaming on his Xbox, sampling the latest craft beer, and fishing on French River.

Phill would like to be remembered with laughter, love, and a good pint. Please join us for a Remembrance Gathering on Sunday, March 12th from 12-3pm at The Silver Lake Brewing Project, 14 Borden Ave, Perry, NY 14530. 

Memorial donations may be made to Camp Good Days & Special Times, Inc. or Grasp, Inc. 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.

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