Obituaries

Robert LaVerne (Butch) Easton, 74, of Batavia, died Friday, December 3, 2021. Prior to retirement he worked at Chapin Manufacturing for 38 years. He was a Vietnam Era Army Veteran. There are no prior calling hours. His funeral service will be  held Thursday, December 9, 11am, at the funeral home. Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Batavia.

Donald H. Smith, 70, of Pembroke, died Thursday, November 25, 2021, at home. A US Army veteran, he retired from CSX Railroad. He was a member of the Pembroke Fire Department. Calling hours are on Tuesday, December 7, from 3pm to 7pm at the funeral home, where funeral services will immediately follow. Arrangements by: C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Corfu.

David Lawrence Brooks, (Papa David to the Oakfield Alabama Athletic Community) 80, died Tuesday, November 30, 2021. An Air Force veteran, he retired from Harrison Radiator, Lockport. Friends and family will gather on Sunday, December 5th, at noon at the Caryville Inn, 25 Main Street, Oakfield, for a Celebration of his life. – wear your Buffalo Bills apparel. Memorials are suggested to Warrior House of WNY, The Goose Community Center, or Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Arrangements by: Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield.

David J. Bridge, of Stafford, died Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at UMMC, Batavia. He was the former owner and proprietor of Bridge’s Cottage Motel, in Sylvan Beach. Calling hours are on Thursday, December 2, from 11am to 1pm at the funeral home, where services will immediately follow. Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Batavia.

Linda M. Doody, 73, of Batavia, died Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at UMMC. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, Batavia. For many years, she worked as a lunch aide at John Kennedy School and Robert Morris School. There are no prior calling hours. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday, December 3, 10am, at the Church, East Main Street, Batavia. Memorials are suggested to Notre Dame High School Foundation. Arrangements by: Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia.

Wilma I. Van Wagnen, 91, of Batavia, died Sunday, November 28, 2021, at the LeRoy Village Green Residential Health Care Facility. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Batavia. She was also a member of the ladies auxiliary for the Town of Batavia Fire Dept. Funeral services will be held on July 2, 10am, at Mt. Morris Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Church or to LeRoy Village Green. Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Batavia.

Phillip O. Jenkins, 57, of Akron, died Monday, November 22, 2021, at home. He worked for Fusani and Kuhn Monuments in Buffalo. Calling hours are on Monday, November 29, from 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm at the funeral home, where services will be held Tuesday, 11am. Arrangements by: C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Corfu.

James F. Kelley, of Corfu, died Monday, November 22, 2021, at the Buffalo VA Medical Center. A US Armey veteran, he retired from Whiting Roll-Up Door, Akron. Calling hours are on Wednesday, December 1, from 11am to noon at the funeral home, where services will immediately follow. Arrangements by: C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Corfu.

Tammy M. Korczak, 53, of Corfu, died Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at Buffalo General Hospital. She was the owner of Dadio’s Central Bar and Restaurant, Corfu. Calling hours are on Tuesday, November 30, from 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm at the funeral home. A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, December 1, 4pm, at Dadio’s, 7 East Main Street, Corfu. Arrangements by: C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Corfu.

Agnes M. Redinger, 87, of Bergen, died Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. She was a member of Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church and retired from the Byron Bergen School District, where she drove school bus for many years. Calling hours are on Friday, December 3, from 4pm to 7pm at the funeral home, where funeral services will be held 11am, Saturday. Memorials are suggested to the Bergen Rescue Squad or Mercy Flight Flying Tigers, Buffalo. Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Bergen.

Nancy E. Rowcliffe, 76, of Elba, died Saturday, November 20, at UMMC, Batavia. She is a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. Calling hours are on Friday, Nov. 26, from 1pm to 3pm and 6pm to 8pm at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 27, 11am, at the Church, 31 Washington Avenue, Batavia. Memorials are suggested to the SPCA, Batavia, or to the Church. Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Batavia.

Michael J. Colantonio, 77, of Batavia, died Sunday, November 7, 2021, at home. He was an avid Yankees fan. There are no services, burial will be private. Arrangements by: Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia.

Leon C. Wright, 86, of Alexander, died Monday, November 15, 2021, at home. He served in the US Army and Army Reserves. He retired from General Motors, Rochester Products after 38 years. There are no services. Memorials are suggested to Alexander Fire Dept.

Harold Lynn Wilt (Linnie), 64, died Thursday, November 18, 2021, at Unity Hospital, Rochester. He had worked at the US Gypsum mines. He retired from the Virginia Department of Transportation, where he had been employed for 30 years. Calling hours are on Monday, from 11 to noon at the funeral home, where services will immediately follow. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Arrangements by: Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield.

Daniel M. McJury, 66, of Lancaster, (formerly of Batavia) died Monday, November 15, 2021. He was a graduate of Notre Dame and GCC. He started his career with UPS and ended as the regional Manager for Land, Air Express. Calling hours are on Thursday, November 18th, from 4pm to 7pm, at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Friday, 9:30am at Resurrection Parish, St. Joseph’s Church. Memorials are suggested to Notre Dame High School. Arrangements by: J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, Batavia.

Lydia A. Fisher, 74, of Batavia, died Saturday, November 13, 2021, at home. Prior to retirement, she worked for the Batavia City School District as a teacher’s aide. Calling hours are on Friday, November 19, from 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held Saturday, 10:30am, at the First Baptist Church, Akron. Arrangements by: C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Corfu.

Chad A. Zawistowski, 34, of Elba, died on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. He was an avid hunter and loved the outdoors. Calling hours are on Thursday, November 18, from 3pm to 7pm at Northgate Free Methodist Church, Bank Street Road, Batavia, where a memorial service will be held 11am, Friday. Memorials are suggested to Young Life- Genesee County Office, Bergen. Arrangements by: H.E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Batavia.

Madeline M. Bartz, 14, of Batavia, died Thursday, November 14, 2021. She had a passion for cheerleading and the arts. She loved her dogs and ferrets. Calling  hours are on Monday, November 22, from 4pm to 8pm, at Northgate Free Methodist Church, Bank Street Road, Batavia, where her funeral will be held Friday the 23rd at 10am. It was Madeline’s wish that everyone wear bright colored clothes to her funeral. Memorials are suggested to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Batavia.

Lorraine J. Nolan, 87, of Batavia, died Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at Crossroads House. She worked at Kresge’s Five and Dime. After moving to Corfu, she provided day care for many children over a span of 36 years. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Corfu. She had volunteered at Crossroads House and for many holidays played Mrs. Claus. Calling hours are on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 10am to 1pm at the Funeral home, where services will immediately follow. Memorials are suggested to Crossroads House. Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company, Batavia.

Frank S. Wolford, 86, of Batavia, Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center, Albion. A US Army Veteran, he was the owner and Proprietor of Bison Pest Control. There are no prior calling hours. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements by: H. E. Turner and Company Funeral Home, Batavia.

Leona Marilyn Harloff, 91, of Palmetto, Florida, formerly of Batavia, died Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at Lakewood Ranch Hospital, Sarasota. She was a former member of the Indian Falls United Methodist Church. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, Nov. 16, 11am, in Grandview Cemetery, Batavia. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association. Arrangements by: H.E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Batavia.

Linda Louise Tonner, 68, of Conesus Lake, died Thursday, November 4, 2021. She was a retired Registered Nurse. A Celebration of her Life will be planned for a later date. Memorials are suggested to Conesus Lake Nursing Home, Livonia, NY. Arrangements by: Burdett and Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield.

Karen E. Becker, 65, of Corfu, died Monday, November 1, 2021, at Rochester General Hospital. She will be remembered for helping and comforting others. Calling hours are on Monday, November 8, from 2pm to 4pm at High Point Community Church, Corfu, where her funeral will immediately follow. Memorials are suggested to Crossroads House, Batavia. Arrangements by: H.E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Batavia.

Bonnie Joyce Rosenbaum, 62, of Albion, died Monday, November 1, 2021, at home. She was a longtime bar tender at Tillman’s Village Inn. There is no visitation. Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Arrangements by: Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia.

Douglas Francis Laird, 59, of East Bethany, died Friday, October 29, 2021, at UMMC, Batavia. He enjoyed music of the 50’s and 60’s and played the guitar and sang with the folk group at Immaculate Conception Church, East Bethany. Calling hours are on Saturday, November 6, from 11am to 1pm at the funeral home, where a memorial service will immediately follow. Arrangements by: H.E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Batavia.

Joan P. Pask, 69, of Batavia, died Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at Median Memorial Hospital. She worked for many years at UMMC and UPS. Calling hours are on Wednesday, Nov. 3, from 6pm to 8pm at the funeral home. Arrangements by: C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Corfu.

Edith M. Rood, 97, of Batavia, died Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at home. Prior to retirement, she worked at the NYS Unemployment office. Calling hours are on Saturday, October 30, from 2pm to 6pm at the funeral home, Memorials are suggested to Genesee Cancer Assistance. Arrangements by: J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, Batavia.

Joyce L. Wyder, 94, of Akron, died Monday, October 25, 2021, at the Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo. Joyce was a famous seamstress of horse racing wear and snowmobile suits, bicycle racing, motorcross, dirt bike, and flat track racing. She retired after 45 years of operating Joyce’s Racing Silks. She also opened Joyce’s Doll Shop in Batavia and grew it to the largest doll shop on the East Coast. There are no prior calling hours. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association or the Arthritis Foundation. Arrangements by: Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield.

Diane C. Scheiber, 69, of Medina, (formerly of South Byron), died Monday, October 25, 2021, at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. Calling hours are on Sunday, Oct. 31, from 1pm to 4pm, at the funeral home, where services will immediately follow. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association. Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

Cyndi Utter, 58, of Bergen, died Monday, October 25, 2021, at home. She worked as a certified nursing assistant at UMMC and was a lifetime member of the Bergen Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society – Ovarian Cancer Center. Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company, Bergen.

Leon J. Seweryniak, 96, of Corfu, died Friday, October 22, 2021, at home. He was a member of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish,  A veteran, he served in the U.S. Air Force. Prior to retirement, he was a corrections officer at Attica Correctional Facility. There are no prior calling hours. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Monday, Nov. 1, 11am, at the Church, in East Pembroke. Arrangements by: H E Turner & Company Funeral Home, Batavia.

Karen Anne Reeb, 65, of Corfu, died Sunday, October 17, 2021, at UMMC, Batavia. She and her sister started the Pizza Pantry in 1983. Karen also pursued many other fields: Blackjack dealer in Vegas, started her own flight school, and a degree in accounting. Services will be held at the funeral home 11am, Sunday, October 31. Immediately following, a Celebration of Life will be held at the Pizza Pantry. Memorials are suggested to the SPCA. Arrangements by: C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Corfu.

Martin D. Maher, 69, of Oakfield, died Sunday, October 17, 2021, at home. He was employed by RailComm, Fairport. He loved his family and outdoors. There are no prior calling hours. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10am, Monday, October 25, at St. Padre Pio Parish, St. Cecilia Site, Oakfield. Arrangements by: Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield.

Billie Faye Owens, 63, editor of The Batavian from 2010 to 2021, died at Rochester General Hospital on Friday evening from complications from congestive heart failure.

She was taken to United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia with health issues on July 26 and remained hospitalized for 81 days. At no time did she test positive for COVID-19.

She was born in 1958 in Charlotte, N.C., to Barbara Jean Carter and Billie Eugene McSwain. Her mother moved her when she was 5 to San Diego where she would eventually attend San Diego State University, earning a B.A. in Journalism.

She went to work for the Daily Californian in El Cajon, Calif. in 1989, where she met her second husband, Howard Owens, then a wire and copy editor at the Daily Californian, and currently publisher of The Batavian. They were married on the campus of Point Loma Nazarene College in 1993.

Her journalism career began with an internship at the Los Angeles Times and included stints at the San Diego Business Journal, the Ventura County Star, and the Canandaigua Daily Messenger.

She won numerous regional and statewide journalism awards in San Diego for her writing and reporting.

She was passionate about her craft and one thing Howard and Billie bonded over quickly was the fact they both had substantial collections of books about journalism, which has grown to more than 400 titles over the years. They also both enjoyed old movies with main characters who were reporters and editors.

She loved animals and was upset by anybody who abused animals. She made it a mission to publish reports of people leaving dogs in hot cars and made local animal abuse cases her beat in Genesee County. She was also well-known for her colorful reports of lost and missing pets and shelter animals in need of adoption.

In 2015, Howard and Billie adopted Rocky, a mix-breed pit bull who had been abused by a previous owner. Rocky succumbed to cancer on July 31.

Billie is survived by her husband and three grandchildren, whom she loved. Her mother, Barbara France, passed away in December in San Diego.

In lieu of flowers or condolences, donations can be made to Volunteers for Animals in the name of Billie and Rocky. There will be no local service. Her wishes were that her ashes be deposited in the Pacific Ocean off the Ventura County Pier, where her son’s ashes, Charles Raymond Sutherland, were deposited in 2018.

Elfrieda G. Bridge, 90, of Stafford, died Friday, October 15, 2021, at home. She had worked for G.T.E. Sylvania, Kodak, and a hair stylist and motel owner in Verona Beach, NY. Calling hours are on Tuesday, from 11am to 1pm, at the funeral home, where services will immediately follow. Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Batavia.

Joyce Mildred Brown Toal Covert, 91, died Sunday, October 10, 2021, at the NYS Veteran’s Home, Batavia. She was a 4H, Boys and Girls Scout, Leader. She was a member of St. James Episcopal Church. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, October 23, 11am, at Hillside Cemetery, East Pembroke. Memorials are suggested to St. Albans Episcopal Church, in Chiefland, FL. Arrangements by: C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Corfu.

James E. Sullivan, 84, of Batavia, died Thursday, October 14, 2021, at home. He was a member of Resurrection Parish and Knights of Columbus. He retired from O-AT-KA Milk Products and served in the US Army. There are no prior calling hours. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday, October 19, 10am, at St. Joseph’s Church. Memorials are suggested to Notre Dame High School. Arrangements by: Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia.

Frederick Huntley Dunham, 93, of Bergen, died Monday, October 4, 2021. He served as a Specialist 2nd Class in the US Army during Korea. He retired from Sullivan Insurance Agency. He was a member of the Bergen United Methodist Church and served as the Bergen Town Zoning Officer and the Chairman of the Bergen Town Board of Appeals for many years. There are no prior calling hours. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, October 23, 11am, at the Church, 27 South Lake Avenue, Bergen. Memorials are suggested to the Church, or to Homecare and Hospice. Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Batavia.

Janice W. Daum, 96, of Batavia, died Thursday, September 30, 2021, at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and former member of Oakfield Presbyterian Church. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held 10:30am,  Saturday, October 16, at the church in Batavia. Memorials are suggested to the Church. Arrangements by: Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield.

Terry L. (Tanner) Freeman, 58, of Batavia, died at home in Oak Ridge, TN. She was dedicated to her family and friends and worked at Kohls and volunteered with the Girl Scouts. Calling hours are on Tuesday, October 12, from 5pm to 8pm at the funeral home. Services will be private. Memorials are suggested to Genesee Cancer Assistance. Arrangements by: J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, Batavia.

Hazel Penders, 70, of Batavia, died Monday, October 4, 2021, at UMMC. Family was very important to her. There will be no prior visitation. A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, Oct. 7, 7pm, at T.F. Brown’s. Arrangements by: Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia.

Sandra J. Ellingham, 86, of Elba, died Sunday, October 3, 2021, at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing, Batavia. Prior to retirement, she worked as the postal clerk in Elba. Calling hours are on Thursday, Oct. 7, from 4pm to 5pm at the funeral home, where services will immediately follow. Memorials are suggested to the Kidney Foundation of Western NY. Arrangements by: H. E. Turner & Company Funeral Home, Batavia.

 

 

 



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