Obituaries

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.

Filomena (Lena) Pellegrino, 96, of Batavia, died Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at Premier Genesee Nursing & Rehabilitation. She became a US citizen in 1976, and enjoyed working at the Pellegrino Family Bakery and at the former St. Jerome’s Hospital and VA Medical Center, retiring in 1980. Calling hours are one Sunday, November 4, from 4pm to 8pm at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, 9:30am, at Ascension Parish, Sacred Heart Church. Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.

Roger D. Boyce, Sr., 71, of Holley, died Tuesday, October 30, 2018. He was a member of the Holley First Presbyterian Church. He worked as a truck driver for Northrup Concrete and volunteered as Santa Claus for many years. Calling hours are on Monday, November 5, from 2pm to 6pm at the funeral home, where services will immediately follow. Memorials are suggested to the Iroquois Trail Council BSA, Batavia or to the CWH Santa Claus School, Michigan. Arrangements by: Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home, Albion.

Eric A. Hiscutt, 44, formerly of Batavia, died unexpectedly in a car accident near his home in Colorado on October 28, 2018. Eric traveled the world working in exotic locations and living internationally much of his adult life, yet always staying connected with his family and friends he made along the way. A memorial service will be held at Northgate Free Methodist Church, Bank Street in Batavia from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday November 17. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Eric Hiscutt Memorial Fund that was set up to provide for Eric’s son Cole’s future education and goals. You can donate by visiting: GoFundMe

Blanche M. Casper, 98 of Batavia, died Sunday, October 28, at Premier Genesee Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She came to the United States from England after marrying. She worked for Sylvania and Eastman Kodak Distribution prior to retiring in 1982. She was a member of Resurrection Parish, St. Joseph Church. Calling hours are on Monday, November 5th from 10am to 11:30am at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at the Church at noon. Memorials are suggested to the Church. Arrangements by: J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, Batavia.

Frank D. Yasses, Sr., 86, of Batavia, died Sunday, October 28, 2018 at home. A U.S. Army veteran, he retired from Graham Manufacturing after working 30 years. There are no prior calling hours and services will be private. Memorials are suggested  to St. Joseph School. Arrangements by: Bohm-Calraco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia.

George William Engelhardt, 56, of Batavia, died Saturday, October 27, 2018. He served in the US Army National Guard and was a Elba Fire Department volunteer. Calling hours are on Saturday, November 3, from 1pm to 3pm at the funeral home, where services will immediately follow. Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Batavia.

Steward G. Hare, 90, of Elba, died Saturday, October 27, 2018, at UMMC. He was a lifelong financial advisor working for Sage Rutty and Company before becoming an independent advisor. He was a member of the Elba First Presbyterian Church, Rotary, and had served as Mayor of Elba in the 60’s. There are no prior visiting hours. Services will be held Saturday, November 3, 11am, at the Church. Memorials are suggested to the Church or the Elba Fire Department. Arragnements by: H. E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Batavia.

Sharon Nanette Williams, 54, of Batavia, died Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at home. Calling hours are on Saturday, November 3, from 10am to 11am at Discovery Chapel, 315 West Main Street, Batavia, where Services will immediately follow. Arrangements by: J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, Batavia.

Lois J. Bernard, 89, of Batavia, died on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at the Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center in Rochester. Lois was a data processor at GTE Sylvania in Batavia. Calling hours are Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Batavia, where services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. Lois will be laid to rest in Grandview Cemetery, Batavia. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Batavia. Arrangements by: the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia.

Edward A. Bartosiak, 99, of Batavia, died Monday October 22, 2018 at the New York State Veterans Home. He was employed by Masse Harris and the Yale & Towne Co. in Batavia prior to his retirement. After his retirement, he also served as a crossing guard for the Batavia City Schools. He served his country with the U.S. Army during World War II and volunteered with the D.A.V. at the Veterans Hospital. Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Friday October 26th from 4 to 7p.m. at the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, in Batavia. His Funeral Mass will be Saturday October 27th, 1:30pm at Ascension Parish, Batavia. Burial with full military honors will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the NYS Veterans Home Activities Fund in Batavia. Arrangements by: the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, Batavia.

Cecylia M. Wandryk, 83, of Batavia, died Sunday, October 21, 2018, at Crossroads House. She had formerly been employed by Angelica and the NYS Veterans Home. Calling hours are on Thursday, October 25th, from 5pm to 8pm  at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Friday, 9:30am, at Resurrection Parish, St. Mary’s site. Memorials are suggested to Crossroads House. Arrangements by: J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, Batavia.

Florence Burke, 84, of Batavia, died Thursday morning, October 18, 2018, at the New York State Veteran’s Home. Florence was a member of the Canal Country Quilters Guild in Spencerport. Friends are invited to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia on Saturday November 10th from 1 to 4 p.m. to greet Florence’s family and honor her with their stories and memories. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the activities fund at the New York State Veteran’s Nursing Home, Batavia. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

David L. Amend, 68, of Oakfield, died Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at his home, in Oakfield. He was a machinist at Kodak, prior to his retirement. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make a memorial contribution in Dave’s name to Volunteers For Animals, Batavia. Arrangements by: the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield.

Eugenia Ruth Barber, 89, of Batavia, died Sunday, October 14, 2018, at home. Calling hours are on Thursday, October 18, from 6pm to 8pm at the funeral home, where funeral services will be held on Friday, 10am. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Salvation Army. Arrangements by: J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, Batavia.

Meilla Carmella Conte, four months old, of LeRoy, died Friday, October 12, 2018. Calling hours are on Sunday, October 21, from 2pm to 5pm, at the funeral home. Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Bergen.

Irene M. Tatro, 88, of Oakfield, died Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Strong Memorial Hospital. Irene was a corrections officer at Albion Correctional Facility and a line worker at Kaufmann Shoes in Batavia. Calling hours are Thursday (October 18) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, in Oakfield. Irene’s Funeral Mass will be at 9:30 a.m. on Friday (October 19) at Resurrection Parish – St. Mary’s Church, in Batavia. Irene will be laid to rest in St. Cecilia’s Cemetery, Oakfield. Memorials may be made to Resurrection Parish, Batavia. Arrangements by: the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield.

Joan K. Gerrety, 89, of Batavia, died Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at Aaron Manor Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, in Penfield.
For over 30 years, Joan worked as a Registered Nurse at the former St. Jerome’s Hospital. There will be no visitation. Family and Friends are invited to attend Joan’s Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. on Friday October 26, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Church, Batavia. Private entombment will be in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum, Batavia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House, Batavia, or online at www.crossroadshouse.com/donate. Arrangements by: the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia.

Paul C. Sherwood, 89, of Batavia, died Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at UMMC. A U.S. Air Force veteran, he was a retired City of Batavia Firefighter. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Church. There are no prior visiting hours. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph’s School or Notre Dame High School. Arrangements by: Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia.

Rose B. Sinare, 96, of Batavia, died Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at the NYS Veteran’s Home. She was a member of St. Theresa’s Church in Spring Hill, Florida. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials are suggested to the NYS Veterans Home Activities Dept. Arrangements by: J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, Batavia.

Helen C. Circhocki, 95, of Batavia, died Saturday, October 6, 2018 at Premier Genesee Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Prior to retirement, she worked at many area restaurants as a waitress. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Friday, October 12, at noon, Resurrection Parish, St. Joseph site. Arrangements by: J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, Batavia.

Benjamin E. Villareale, 99, of Bergen, died Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at Rochester General Hospital. There are no prior calling hours. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday, October 13, 10am, at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, LeRoy. Memorials are suggested to St. Brigid’s Church, LeRoy or to Byron Rescue Squad. Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Bergen.

Judith D. (Freeman) Acker, 75, of Byron, died Thursday September 27, 2018 at home surrounded by her loving family. Judy was a 1960 graduate of Byron-Bergen High School and then attended the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and received her LPN certification in 1961. She was a private home duty nurse in the Byron – Bergen community for over 25 years prior to her retirement. Family and friends may call on Sunday, October 7 from 12 to 2:30 p.m. at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy, where a Remembrance Service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Interment in the North Byron Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Judy are suggested to either the Byron Ambulance/Rescue Squad in Byron, or HomeCare & Hospice in Batavia. Arrangements by: the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., LeRoy.

Wayne Phelps, 101, of Basom, died Tuesday October 2, 2018 at his home, in Basom. Mr. Phelps was born in Pembroke, was a 1934 graduate of the Oakfield-Alabama School and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2007. He served on the Alabama Town Board for 20 years, serving 12 years as the Town Justice and 8 as Town Supervisor. He has been a farmer in Basom for several decades, operating the Wayne E. Phelps Enterprises, Inc. Friends may call on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Indian Falls United Methodist Church in Corfu. Wayne’s Funeral Service will immediately follow calling on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the church. Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials in Wayne’s memory may be made to Indian Falls United Methodist Church in Corfu or Homecare & Hospice in Batavia. Burial will be in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Corfu. Arrangements by: the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield.

Florence McJury Underhill, 89, of Batavia, died Sunday, September 30, 2018 at Crossroads House, in Batavia. Florence was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Batavia. Friends may call on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home in Batavia; where Florence’s Funeral Services will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, October 3, 2018. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House in Batavia, www.crossroadshouse.com/donate. Burial will be in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Corfu. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

Donna L. Lougheed, 71 of Batavia, died Saturday September 29, 2018 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. Donna was a former hairdresser and interior decorator prior to her retirement. Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Wednesday October 3rd from 3-6pm at the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home in Batavia, where a memorial service will take place at 6pm. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donors preference. Arrangements by: the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, Batavia.

Franklin B. Smith, 87 of Batavia, died on Friday September 28, 2018 at the New York State Veterans Home. Franklin was formerly employed by Graham Manufacturing prior to his retirement. He served our country during the Korean War with the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953. He was a member of the Town of Batavia Fire Department. Family and friends are invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Tuesday Oct. 2nd from 4 to 8pm at the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home in Batavia, where full military honors will occur at the conclusion of visitation. Burial will be in the Byron Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Arrangements by: the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, Batavia.

Thomas E. Dickes, 72, of Batavia, died September 28, 2018 at Strong Memorial Hospital. A longtime employee at B.R. DeWitt in Pavilion, Tom also worked for United Rentals and was currently employed at Commercial Collections. He proudly served his country with the United States Air Force from 1963-1967. Friends may call on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home in Batavia. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, October 5, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church in Batavia. Tom will be laid to rest in Grand View Cemetery, Batavia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church in Batavia. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

Dr. Magdi E. Credi, 74, died Thursday, September 27, 2018. Born in Cairo, Egypt, he came to the United States in 1970; and a naturalized citizen in 1980. Dr. Credi was on the active medical staff at both St. Jerome Hospital and Genesee Memorial. He was the first chairman of the surgery department at UMMC. He served as the medical director at GCASA for six years. An active member of the community, he was involved with the Batavia Rotary and GAHA, Notre Dame Football, and ACS. Calling hours are from 2pm to 8pm on Sunday, September 30, at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday, 10am, at St. Joseph’s Church. Memorials are suggested to Home Care & Hospice. Arrangements by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.

Penny Louise Bridge, 68, of Elba, died Thursday, September 20, 2018 at home. She was a co-owner of Dan Bridge Farms and a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Elba. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials are suggested to the Church or to HomeCare & Hospice. Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Batavia.

Lucy K. Mendola (nee Fanara), 91, died Wednesday, August 22, 2018. A Celebration of Life service will be held Thursday, September 27, 9am, at The First Presbyterian Church, Batavia. Memorials are suggested to the Church. Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Batavia.

William D. Phelps, 70, of Avoca, formerly of Oakfield, died Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at home. He was a forty year member of the Free & Accepted Masons. He was a bookkeeper for the Virgil E. Phelps & Sons Farms.  There will be no prior visitation. A Memorial service will be held Wednesday, Sept. 26, 1pm,  at the Indian Falls United Methodist Church, Corfu. Memorials are suggested to the Church. Arrangements by: Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield.

Larry E. Sumeriski, Sr., 67, of Oakfield, died Monday, September 17, 2018. There will be no calling hours and private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by: Batavia Funeral Homes

William C. Tapp, 76, of East Bethany, died Monday, September 17, 2018, at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, Batavia. There is no prior visitation. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Batavia.

Eugene L. Dziekan “Gene”, 79 of Akron, formerly of Batavia, died Saturday September 15, 2018 at Hospice Buffalo in Cheektowaga. Gene was born and raised in Batavia and later was employed by Delco Products in Rochester for over 34 years. Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Tuesday Sept. 18th from 5 tp 8pm at the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home in Batavia. His Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday Sept. 19th at 10am at St. Teresa of Avila Church in Akron. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in Amherst or Hospice Buffalo in Cheektowaga. Arrangements by: the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, Batavia.

Beverly M. Herbst, 83, of Oakfield, passed away on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at United Memorial Medical Center. Beverly was born August 16, 1935 in Buffalo, a daughter of the late William M. and Florence E. (Banks) Geary. Beverly was a factory worker at Philpac in Buffalo. There are no prior calling hours and services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to Homecare & Hospice in Batavia. Arrangements by: The Burdett and Sanford Funeral Home.

Stephen ,G. Curry ,56, of Byron, died Friday, September 7, 2018, at home. Calling hours are on Thursday, September 13, from 4pm to 8pm, at the funeral home, where a Celebration of Life service will immediately follow. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Volunteers for Animals, or autismspeaks.org. Cayden’s Crew. Arrangments by: Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Batavia.

Nie’Sha M. Smith, 23, of Corfu, died Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Calling hours are on Thursday, September 13, from 2pm to 4pm at the funeral home, where funeral services will immediately follow. Memorials are suggested to the Autism Society of America. Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Batavia.

Catherine Dolores Grice Schmidt, 94, of East Bethany died Sunday, September 9, 2018. As a member of Immaculate Conception Church and a member of the Ladies of Charity, she continued to help out with their three annual chicken barbeques until she was 90 years old. At her request, there are no prior visiting hours. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Mary Immaculate Parish, Immaculate Conception Church in East Bethany. She will be laid to rest in West Middlebury Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mary Immaculate Parish, Immaculate Conception Church in East Bethany or the Bethany Volunteer Fire Department. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

Doris M. Hatch, 92, of Stafford, died Friday, September 7, 2018 at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Facility. A longtime member of East Bethany Presbyterian Church, she was active in church activities including, the garden club, former trustee and choir member. She was employed at Central Tractor in Batavia and for The Batavia Daily News. Friends may call on Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home in Batavia where services will follow immediately at 4 p.m. She will be laid to rest in East Bethany Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials in her name to Volunteers for Animals in Batavia. Arrangements by: the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

 

 

 



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