Obituaries

Ralph Luther Bates, Jr., 89, of Corfu, died Thursday, January 17, 2019, at UMMC. A US Army veteran serving during Korea, he worked for International Paper Company and was a customer service manager at F.N. Burt Company, retiring in 1992. He was a member of Corfu United Presbyterian Church. Calling hours are on Monday, January 21, from 4pm to 8pm at the funeral home, where funeral services will be held Tuesday, 11am. Memorials are suggested to the church. Arrangements by: C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Corfu.

Ira MacDonald Gates, 91, of Batavia, died Thursday, January 10, 2019, at the New York State Veterans Home in Batavia. A proud veteran of WWII, Ira joined the army immediately after graduating from high school in 1945. He served as an air traffic control tower operator in Japan. Gates served as the City Administrator for Batavia until his retirement in 1985. Services will be held this Saturday, January 19 at the First Presbyterian Church, Batavia. The family will receive family and friends at the church from 1 to 2:45 pm in the church parlor; services will begin in the Sanctuary at 3 p.m. where Military Honors will follow services. All are invited to a dinner and reception in the church Fellowship Hall immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Ira may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Batavia, The Batavia Rotary Club Foundation, in Batavia, or the Nature Conservancy in Arlington, VA. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

Dorothy M. Hawkins, 95, of Batavia, died Thursday, December 20, 2018 at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Batavia. Dorothy was formerly employed at Massey-Ferguson, Trojan Industries and Graham Manufacturing. Calling hours are Tuesday January 15th from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia. Services will be at 11 a.m. also on Tuesday January 15th at St. James Episcopal Church, Batavia. Dorothy will be laid to rest in Elmwood Cemetery, Batavia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. James Episcopal Church, Restoration Fund, Batavia. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

Rosalind Pricola, 92, of Batavia, died Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at home. She worked in the guidance office at Notre Dame High School and ran the gift shop of the St. Jerome Guild for 27 years. Calling hours are on Sunday, January 13, from 2pm to 6pm at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday, 10am, at Ascension Parish, Sumner Street. Memorials are suggested to Notre Dame High School or to the Church. Arrangements by: Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia.

Samuel Dean Fleming, 73, of Batavia, died Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at his home in Batavia. Mr. Fleming worked at Lapp Insulator in LeRoy for over 35 years, retiring in 2007. Friends may call on Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Batavia where his home-going service will follow at 2 p.m. with Rev. Emmanuel Duncan officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Samuel’s memory may be made to Rochester Regional Health Foundation, Rochester. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

Marie E. Sztaba, 96 of Corfu, passed away peacefully on Sunday (January 6, 2019) at LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home. Marie and her husband operated a dairy farm together for many years. There will be no prior visitation. Family and friends are invited to share in her Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday January 12th, 11 a.m. at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, East Pembroke. Interment will be in St. Brigid Cemetery, Bergen. Memorial contributions may be made to Martha’s Table at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish. Arrangements by: the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, Batavia.

Kathryn (Nita) Fisher, 91, formerly of Des Moines, Iowa, died Sunday, January 6, 2019. Nita became a registered nurse after high school and practiced her profession both full and part-time for a number of years. Calling hours will be on Thursday January 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.at the West Somerset Baptist Church, Appleton, where services will be held on Friday January 11 at 11 a.m. Kathryn will be laid to rest in Hartland Central Cemetery, Gasport. Memorials may be made to the West Somerset Baptist Church, Appleton. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

Jeffery D. Torrey, Sr., 46, of Bergen, formerly of Stafford, died Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at Rochester General Hospital. Jeff was an avid sports fan and enjoyed listening to music. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia. Jeff’s Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Stafford Rural Cemetery, Stafford. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jeffery’s memory may be made to the Torrey Family. Arrangements by: the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia.

Genevieve M. Maddigan, 92, of Bergen, died Sunday, January 6, 2019 at LeRoy Village Green Nursing Facility, in LeRoy. There will be no visitation. Genevieve’s Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. at SS. Peter and Paul, Williamsville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis TN. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

Nancy H. Fincher, 87, of East Pembroke, died January 5, 2019 at Johnson’s Elderly Care, Byron, with Orleans County Hospice. Family and friends may call on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Cornerstone Church of East Pembroke. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be sometime in the spring in Hillside Cemetery, East Pembroke. Please make Memorials to the Cornerstone Church of East Pembroke, East Pembroke, Johnson’s Elderly Care, Byron, or Hospice in Orleans County. Arrangements by: the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., Corfu.

Richard A. Williamson, 74, of Batavia, died Monday, December 31, 2018 at his home. He was an electrician for Eastman Kodak Co., a member of the Electrical Union Local 86 in Rochester and served with the United States Navy from 1962-1964. There will be no visitation. Graveside services, with military honors will be held at Mount Rest Cemetery, Bergen. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Richard’s name in memory of his Catie to Lollypop Farm, Fairport. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Bergen.

Kenneth R. Fuller, 70, of Churchville died January 1, 2019. Ken was a member of the Churchville Fire Dept. since 1973. Calling Friday January 11, 2019 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Churchville Fire Dept., Churchville. Services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Fire Dept. Interment will follow in Creekside Cemetery, Churchville. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Churchville Fire Dept. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Bergen.

Jeannette A. Burdett-Conley, 75, of Batavia, died Monday, December 31, 2018, at UMMC. Prior to retirement, she worked at Time Warner. Calling hours are on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, from 4pm to 8pm at the funeral home, where a Celebration of Life ceremony will be held Thursday, 11am. Memorials are suggested to Total Freedom, Darien Center. Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.

Scott “Chuck” Thomas McCoy, 50, of Corfu, died suddenly at home on Saturday, December 29, 2018 from natural causes. He was a life-long employee at McCoy & Sons Painting. Family and friends may call on January 2, 2019 from 4 to 8 PM at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., Corfu. Funeral services will be held at the mortuary on January 3, 2019 at 11 a.m. with burial to follow in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Corfu. Arrangements by: the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., Corfu.

Dominic A. Pollino, 87, of Batavia, died Saturday, December 29, 2018, at the NYS Veterans Home, Batavia. A US Air Force veteran, serving during Korea, he was a retired supervisor for NYS Electric & Gas. He was a member of Resurrection Parish, St. Joseph’s Church. Calling hours are on Friday, January 4, 2019, from 10am to 11:30am, at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at noon, at the Church. Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.

Timothy Lee Downs, 61, of Bergen, died Friday, December 28, 2018, at his home in Bergen. Timothy was a mechanic in Bergen. There will be no prior calling hours and services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions in Timothy’s memory may be made to the Bergen Fire Department. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Bergen.

Charles W. Redinger, 63, of Bergen, died Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at his home under the care of the his family and Homecare & Hospice. Charles was a long time farmer in Genesee County, held a masters electrician license and was president of the Zoning Board of Appeals for Bergen. Calling hours are Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Bergen, where services will be on Monday at 11 a.m. Charles will be laid to rest in Byron Cemetery, Byron. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Bergen.

Patricia A. Rawleigh Brockel, 75, of Bethany, died Monday, December 24, 2018. A remembrance gathering will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by: Falcone Funeral Home, LeRoy.

Shirley M. Maloney, 95, of Batavia, died Monday, December 24, 2018, at home. She was a member of Resurrection Parish, St. Joseph’s Church. She retired as a dental Hygienist for the Batavia City School District. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday, January 5, 2019, 11am, at the Church. Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.

Thomas F. Over, 84, of Corfu, died Friday, December 21, 2018 at Unity Hospital in Rochester, NY. Tom attended Michigan State College until he was drafted into the Army in 1955. He worked hard his whole life. He loved his family. He loved his dogs and rescued many over the years. There are no calling hours. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 29th at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Corfu. Burial will follow in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Corfu. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Volunteers for Animals, Batavia. Arrangements by: the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., Corfu.

Arthur J. Harrington, Jr., 66, of Caledonia, died Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at Strong Memorial Hospital. Harrington was the longtime proprietor at Harrington’s in Elba. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia. His Celebration of Life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church of Batavia. He will be laid to rest in Maplelawn Cemetery, Elba. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Art’s memory may be made to Morgan-Manning House, in Brockport. Arrangements by: the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia.

Julia G. Easton, 93, of Oakfield, died Thursday, December 13, 2018 at Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Batavia. Friends may call on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Padre Pio Parish, St. Cecilia’s Worship Site, Oakfield. She will be laid to rest in St. Cecilia’s Cemetery, Oakfield. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Padre Pio Parish, Oakfield. Arrangements by: Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield.

Karen Hargrave, 72, of Bethany, died Thursday, December 13, 2018, at home. There will be prior visitation. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials are suggested to Crossroads House or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Batavia.

Lindsay L. Moore, 64, of Byron, died Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at Rochester General Hospital. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Byron. Calling hours are from 6pm to 8pm on Friday, December 14, at the funeral home, where services will be held Saturday, 4pm. Memorials are suggested to the Humane Society and Lollypop Farm, Fairport. Arrangements by: H.E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Bergen.

Michael A. Leone, Sr., 58, of Batavia, died Friday, December 1, 2018, at UMMC. He worked at Whiting Overhead Door, Akron. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials are suggested to Genesee Cancer Asistance. Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.

Dolores J. McCarthy, 85, died Friday, December 1, 2018, at Millard Filmore Suburban Hospital, Williamsville. There is no prior visitation; funeral services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.

Mary Lou Potwora, 56, of Batavia, died Wednesday, November 28,  2018, at home. She worked for the former Genesee County Nursing Home. There will be no prior visitation and funeral services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.

Curtis J. Ward, 59, of Byron, died Friday, November 23, 2018 at home in Byron. There will be no visitation. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Curtis’ name to a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Bergen.

Mary J. Clark, 72, of Oakfield, died Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at UMMC. She worked for 20 years at Fisher Price and recently as an instructor for the Arc of Genesee Orleans. Calling hours are on Monday, December 3, from 11am to 1pm at the First United Methodist Church, Lewiston Road, Batavia, where a Celebration of Life service will immediately follow. Memorials are suggested to Crossroads House. Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.

Beverly D. King, 82, of Stafford, died Monday, November 26, 2018 at United Memorial Medical Center. Together with her husband, Clement, they provided foster care for 26 years to 101 children. Calling hours will be Saturday, December 1st from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia, where her services will be held at 11 a.m. also on Saturday. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Stafford. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

Sarah C. Lukaszewicz, age 92, of Batavia, died Monday, November 26, 2018 at Brothers Of Mercy Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, in Clarence. A 1944 graduate of LeRoy High School, she was a 1948 graduate of the St. Jerome School of Nursing through the United States Nurse Corps. Mrs. Lukaszewicz worked for 33 years at the Batavia VA Medical Center as a registered nurse. Friends may call on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10 a.m. at Friday at St. Joseph’s Church, Batavia. Entombment will follow in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Brothers of Mercy Foundation, Attn: Program Services, Clarence or Volunteers for Animals, Batavia. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

Bonnie L. Keady, 74, of Batavia, died Thursday, November 22, 2018 at Strong Memorial Hospital. There are no prior visiting hours. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Batavia. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bonnie’s memory may be made to Notre Dame High School, Batavia or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

Josephine “Josie” Mary (Mogavero) Ivison, 90, of Byron died November 22, 2018 at her home with loving family by her side. Josephine attended RBI and worked for a year as a secretary in Rochester before staying home and helping keep books for the farm. She also enjoyed working at Arlene’s Hallmark store in Batavia and volunteering at the Crossroads House in Batavia. Friends and family may call on Monday from 3 to 7 p.m. at H.E. Turner & Co., Funeral Home, Bergen. Her Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 am on Tuesday at St. Brigid’s Church, in Bergen. Burial will be in Byron Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family for distribution to St. Brigid’s Catholic Church of Bergen, Crossroads House of Batavia, Tender Loving Family Care of Brockport, and maintaining the Duane R. Ivison Memorial Gazebo at Byron Park. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co., Funeral Home, Bergen.

Lt. Col. Daniel Edward Paterson, 75, of Corfu died Wednesday, November 21, 2018. He was commissioned into the US Air Force at graduation as a First Lieutenant in 1968. Daniel received a Master’s degree in Facility Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1977. After 22 years as a career officer, Daniel retired in 1988 and moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado with his family, where he worked for and retired from Lockheed Martin. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, November 29th, 2018 at Sunrise United Methodist Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado at 11 a.m. with a viewing at 10 a.m. Family and friends may call Sunday, December 2nd from 1 to 2 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., Corfu. Graveside services will follow in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Corfu, NY. Donations in his name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements by: the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., Corfu.

Grace Rose Gerrard, 90, of Basom, died Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at The Grand Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, in Batavia. There will be no visitation. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance Inc, Batavia at www.geneseecancerassistance.com/donate. Arrangements by: the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield.

Penny Louise Bridge, 68, of Elba, a co-owner of Dan Bridge Farms in Elba, passed away on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at her home under the care of her family and Homecare & Hospice. Penny was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Elba. A celebration of Penny’s life will be held on Sunday, November 25, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Elba Fireman’s Recreation Hall, Elba. Family and friends are invited. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian, Elba, or to Homecare & Hospice, Batavia. Arrangements by: the H. E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

Lura Jean Hersee, 71, of Corfu, died Wednesday, November 14, 2018 surrounded by her family. Lura Jean owned and operated Lura Jean’s School of Dance in Corfu for 35 years. While running the dance studio, she went to work for Monroe Tractor, retiring after 15 years. Family and friends may call Sunday, November 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Corfu. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 19 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Akron. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery, South Newstead. Arrangements by: the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Corfu.

Jerry L. Warner

Oakfield – Jerry L. Warner, 75, of Oakfield, passed away on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Crossroads House.

Jerry was born February 9, 1943 in Batavia, the son of the late Benjamin and Ruth (Peio) Warner.

Jerry’s career at WBTA began on September 13, 1971, the day State Police stormed Attica Prison to end the uprising.  In a 2016 interview Jerry recalled, “It was my very first day on the air at WBTA. It was scary as hell. It was a situation you could not describe unless you the and even if you were, you couldn’t describe it. It was horrific.”  “I was sent to hospital to interview the hostages who were saved. It was just an awful, awful day.”  Jerry spent more than 30 years at WBTA. His tenure was split in 1989 when he accepted a job with WEZO in Rochester and became the host of the most popular morning in the city.  He then returned to WBTA a few years later where he hosted the morning show until his retirement due to ill health in 2017. Jerry also hosted WBTA’s morning talk show, “Main & Center,” where he interviewed hundreds of community leaders, political figures and citizens eager to spend a few minutes with Jerry and share their stories to a vast hometown audience.  When asked when he was going to retire, he often replied “I’ve got the greatest job in the world.  I wish everybody could be as happy at what they’re doing as I am”.  Prior to his most recent time at WBTA, Jerry was the morning man for WEZO.  Taking it from as easy listening station with only music, to one with a great personality that people enjoyed tuning into every morning.  While there, he did voice work for Kodak and a narration for an exhibit at the Grand Canyon.  He was a former member of the Oakfield Presbyterian Church and served with the United States National Guard.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Darlene K. Warner, of Oakfield, who together celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary in August; two sons, Michael L. (Laurie) Warner of Lancaster and Stephen D. Warner of Maryland; granddaughter, Kinsey L. Warner of Lancaster; sister-in-law, Diane DeMus of Charlotte, NC; nephew, Aaron (Allison) DeMus of Charlotte, NC; neighbor grandchildren, Susie and Jake Houseknecht of Oakfield and several cousins.

Calling hours are Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield, where services will be held Friday at 10 a.m.  Jerry will be laid to rest in Cary Cemetery, Oakfield.

Memorials may be made to Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403,

 

Lorraine Damon, 60, of Elba, died Friday, November 2, 2018. She ran an antique business and had a passion as an artist. Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Batavia.

Joseph J. Richthammer, 63, of Basom, died Friday, November 2, 2018, at home. He was a Union Carpenter, Local 276 in Cheektowaga. He also worked as a heavy equipment operator for Conrail in Buffalo. He served in the US Marine Corps during Vietnam. Calling hours are on Monday, November 5, from 2pm to 5pm at the funeral home, where services will immediately follow. Arrangements by: Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield

Dorothy Della (Landon) Edgerton, 93, of Batavia, died Wednesday, November 1, 2018. During WWII she was one of the “Rosie the Riveters”. In Batavia, whe worked as a Nurse’s Aide at the Hilltop Nursing Home for the elderly. There are no prior calling hours and services will be at the convenience of the family.Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Batavia.

Thomas J. Pierce, 82, of Elba, died Thursday, November 1, 2018, at Premier Genesee Center. A U.S. Naval veteran he was a heavy equipment operator for the Rochester Union. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Elba. Calling hours are on Wednesday, November 7, from 10am to 1pm at the funeral home, where a Celebration of Life service will immediately follow. Memorials are suggested to the Elba Historical Society. Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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