Boccacino, Betty Ann

Pittsford: Betty passed away peacefully on March 2, 2019 with her three children by her side Michele (Chuck) Lennox, Karen (Tom) Falbo and Michael (Brooke). She was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Michael, founder of Michael Boccacino Heating and Air Conditioning.

Betty had a passion for life, her family and the Lord. She was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. Betty has left a lasting impact on all who have met her and will be remembered for her unselfish compassion. Her legacy of love will live on through her 9 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. We love you Mom, Grandma, Mima, and feel so blessed to have had you in our lives. We will miss you forever.

Friends are invited to her Celebration of Life on Saturday, March 9 at 10 am at Browncroft Community Church, 2530 Browncroft Blvd, Rochester, NY 14625. Kindly consider donating to Lipson Cancer Institute, c/o Foundation, 100 Kings Highway South, Rochester, NY 14617 in her memory.


Raymer, Darrell

Rochester: Darrell passed away on February 23, 2019. He is survived by his wife Hilda; daughters Karen (Dave Ball) Marvin, Lori Castro, Cindy Raymer; sons Frederick (Ann) Raymer, Bruce (Christina) Raymer; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; 1 great great-granddaughter; sisters Florence Liberatore, Edith Burns; nieces; nephews & cousins.

Family & friends may call on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 from 4-7 pm at the James R. Gray Funeral Home, 1530 Buffalo Road. Darrell's Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10 am in All Seasons Chapel at White Haven Memorial Park, 210 Marsh Road. where burial will follow. Kindly consider donating to the Open Door Mission in his memory at the link below:


Gloria J. Nicodemus

Rochester: Gloria passed away on February 23, 2019.  She was predeceased by her husband Wesley J. Nicodemus and sister Linda Brisson.  She is survived by her children Tammy (Paul Lochner) Spencer and Vaughn Spencer II; grandchildren Kirsti, Vaughn and Kylee; great-grandson Kaysin; four brothers; nieces; nephews and cousins.

Family and friends may call on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 10 am to Noon at the James R. Gray Funeral Home, 1530 Buffalo Road.


DeFelice, Marguerite

Ogden: Marguerite passed away on February 19, 2019. She is survived by her loving sister Antoinette DeFelice; nieces & nephews Joseph (Judy), Stephen (Linda), David, Anthony (Julie) & Chris (Amy) DiGuardi, Melanie & Michael DeFelice; grand & great-grandnieces & nephews.

Family & friends are invited to her Funeral Mass on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 10 am at St. Jude the Apostle Church, 4100 Lyell Road. Interment private in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.


Vamvakitis, Menis

Gates: Menis passed away on February 18, 2019. He was predeceased by his wife Vasiliki; mother; father; brothers Panagiotis, Vasilis & Leonidas; sister Evagelia. He is survived by his daughters Helen (George) Geronikos, Kelly Vamvakitis & Dimitra (Hoang) Ngo; sister Maria Stakos; grandchildren Taxiarhy & Menni Geronikos, Phil, Victoria & Amanda Ngo; great-grandchildren Niko, Theo, Sophia & Athena; more family in Greece and the United States. He was a loving & devoted husband, father, grand & great-grandfather.

Family will receive friends at the James R. Gray Funeral Home, 1530 Buffalo Road on Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 4-7 pm, Trisagion Service at 6:30 pm.  His Funeral Service will be held on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 11 am at Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, 962 East Avenue. Interment in Grove Place Cemetery with a Luncheon to follow at Theo’s Restaurant, 1174 Brooks Avenue.


Clausen (Martin), Kathleen

Irondequoit: Passed away on February 18, 2019. Predeceased by her parents Leo J. and Peg (Baker) Martin.
Survived by her children Gregory (LaShelle Stewart) and Nicole (Rich Battaglia) Clausen. Brothers Kevin (Pat Ridge), Keith (Sharon)
and Ken (Crystal) Martin. Nieces and Nephews: Jonathan Martin, Heather (Ronnie) Mcgee, Austin Ridge, Elizabeth (Zack) Stewart, Maggie and Ryan Martin; Great nephews and niece: Braydon and Blake McGee, Aiden, Jaxon and Emmaleigh Stewart and Aiden Szczech, and dear family friend Lynn Tharp. Many extended family and friends. Friends are invited to meet the family at St. Kateri Parish at Christ the King Church on 445 Kings Highway Southon Thursday, February 28th at 11 am for mass.  Private internment at the convenience of the family. In Lieu of flowers donations may be made in her name to Sea Breeze or Point Pleasant Fire Depts.


Del Russo, Irene Doris Lind

Born 10/17/1933 - Died 2/13/2019

Irene Del Russo passed away peacefully at Highland Hospital on Wednesday, February 13, with her daughter close by. She was the beautiful mother of three children, Michelle Ann Del Russo Logan, Catherine Irene Del Russo, and James Anthony Del Russo. She is survived only by Catherine Irene Del Russo. Her mother was Lydia Lind, and her father was William Lind. Her ashes will be buried with her mother, at Restvale Cemetery in Seneca Falls, N.Y. There will be a memorial service in the spring 2019. Date to be decided.

Irene was a musician, singer, piano teacher, amazing cook, seamstress, and home beautifier.

She was a peaceful and kind woman who worked for the City of Rochester, at City Hall, and then for Mt. Hope Cemetery. Irene planted flowers at the office of Mt. Hope Cemetery when she worked there.

    Irene will be missed by her daughter more than words can describe.


Haas, Wilhelm E.

Wilhelm E. Haas died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s on February 5th, 2019 at age 84, at Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center, Rochester, NY.  Predeceased by his brother Hugo Haas.  Survived by his loving wife of 58+ years, Ruth (Fischer) Haas; son Ronald Christian Haas and wife Lori Lynn Haas (Jackett); grandson Kaleb Christian Haas; sister Elizabeth Haberkorn and husband Otto; niece Jutta and nephew Achim; Ruth’s cousin Walter Hamma, wife Erika and children Martin and Monika.

Also, his beloved pet Lexi.

Wilhelm, or Bill as most people called him, was born 12-20-1934 in Eislingen, Germany.  Bill immigrated to Rochester, NY in 1955. He joined the United States Army were he was a German to English translator. Bill was then deployed back to Germany where he met his future wife Ruth, whom he cherished forever.  He returned to the U.S. with Ruth and soon began his family where his son Ron was born.  He also loved and considered his pet dogs Nici, Benny, Seppie and Lexi as treasured family members.  The family remained in the Rochester area including the city of Rochester, Town of Gates and Spencerport.

Wilhelm’s early training and professional life began as a Pattern Maker until 1969 where he was an Instrument Maker for Eastman Kodak Company. He quickly advanced to Supervisor, General Supervisor, Project Managerand finally Manufacturing Engineer.  By the time he left Kodak in 1991, he managed major projects from conception to final delivery.  Bill’s remaining professional carrier was with Webster Plastics where he retired from in 1998.

During his two years in the United States Armed Forces, a Craft Shop instructor encouraged Wilhelm to do some serious wood carving.  His first carving was a giraffe made out of maple.  The figure was 10 inches high, and at a later date he added a drinking baby giraffe.  He educated himself through books, reading anything available on Art, especially Sculpture and Wood Carving.  After a few years of carving, he felt he should try different materials and sculptured in metal, plastic, plaster and clay.  He also successfully tried his hand in Assemblages and Jewelry.

When asked how he gets ideas for his pieces, he said that most came from everyday life.  When he gets a thought for a new piece, he makes a quick sketch, and thenthinksabout the piece and how it may evolve for perhaps a year.  The piece is renamed many times during this process.  Sometimes he made a clay model, or has someone pose for photographs where he worked from.

Some pieces have deep meaning to him, but many were just things he thought would be interesting to do.

“With almost all of my work, I want to express a message, to point a finger at some aspect of our society and life, or just show the beauty of a creature that we may never think to have any beauty.

Wilhelm has, over the years, attended many art shows and has won numerous prizes and awards.  He was commissioned to do artwork, and many of his pieces are in corporate and private collections around the world.  He also had the honor of supplying the annual CURE Childhood Cancer Award Statuette for the Rochester area for about 20 years.

Wilhelm Ewald Haas was an introspective thinker

who successfully dedicated his life to Profession, Family and Art.

A Service and Celebration of Bill’s life is planned for 11:00 am February 16 at James R. Gray Funeral Home, 1530 Buffalo Road, Rochester, New York 14624.  In lieu of sending flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Humane Society of Greater Rochester.