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walker_janice.jpgJanice Duer (nee Huth) Walker died peacefully of natural causes while under Warsaw Homecare and Hospice at her daughter's home in Attica, NY, on July 1, 2015.  Janice was born March 13, 1932, in her parents' apartment in the historic J. Eshelman Building, Goodrich Rd, Clarence Center, NY.  Her parents were Pauline (nee Knapp) and Harold Huth; as the eldest of their two children, her younger sister is Mrs. Doreen (Walter) Wilkins, Akron, NY.  Janice was a 1949 graduate of Akron Central High School, Akron, NY.  In 1950 she married and decades later was divorced from dairy farmer, Edward J. Walker, who is deceased.  The couple initially owned an Aberdeen Angus farm on McNeeley Rd, Akron, while her husband also worked at the nearby Carborundum plant.  Approximately a decade into their marriage, the couple then purchased a family-run Holstein dairy farm on Sumner Road in Darien.                                                                                                            

Janice was predeceased by 3 of her children: infant Kathy, and adult siblings Loren, and Kim Walker.  Janice is survived by 3 of her 6 children- her eldest, Cheryl L. Walker, Batavia; and the two youngest, Lars B. Walker, Ephrata, PA; and Mrs. Connie (Peter) Balon, Cascade Rd, Attica.  Janice is also survived by 6 grandchildren- Courtney and Brett Walker, Phoenix, AZ; Brandon Walker, Batavia; Mrs. Carrie (Gary) Talley, Youngsville, NC; Mrs. Nicolette (Matthew) Fraterrigo, Attica and Mrs. Sarah (Joe) Lawton.  She leaves 5 beloved great-grandchildren: Caiden Talley, NC; and Gianna and identical twin sisters Alina and Viviana Fraterrigo, Attica and Cailee Lawton and several nieces and nephews.

An artistic person and animal lover, Janice was a capable and hard-working homemaker, farm wife; and retired Certified Nurse's Aide at the Genesee County Nursing Home, Batavia.  She showed fortitude in life, and made substantial personal sacrifices for her children and grandchildren.  In retirement, at her home on the corner of Hopkins Rd. in East Pembroke, Janice enjoyed flower gardening, the company of her pet dog, watching her TV “slop opera,” and completing the Daily's crossword puzzle.  A cherished Mom, she will be sorely missed by her family, and is wished God's blessings.  There are no calling hours.   A prayer, “Safely Home” saved and previously read at Janice's maternal grandfather, the Reverend Clyde Dire Knapp's funeral will be read at her graveside.  Her remains will be buried in the Brainard Cemetery, Attica, NY.  In lieu of flowers, memorials in Janice's honor may be made to Warsaw Homecare and Hospice, to a Hospice charity of the donor’s choice, to the American Heart Association, or to the Wyoming County ASPCA.                            

Arrangements were completed by H.E. Turner & Co., Funeral Home of Batavia.   Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Mrs. Helen “Toots” Staley (nee Walz) passed away quietly this morning, July 1st, 2015, in her home in Batavia NY, surrounded by her family.  She was 95 years old.

Helen was born on July 18, 1919 in Batavia, NY and was the daughter of Louis W. and Gertrude (Lasher) Walz.  As a young girl, she loved attending baseball games and had fond memories of riding the train with her father to Cleveland, OH to see the Indians games.  She loved spending time with her mother in the kitchen cooking and canning peaches.  They spent many summers at Conesus Lake, swimming and sunbathing.   She was a 1937 Graduate of Batavia High School.

She attended Stephens College in St. Louis MO with her cousin Ginny.   Upon graduation from Stephens, she received a full scholarship to Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. 

One summer, while sunbathing with her girlfriends on the dock at Long Point on Conesus Lake, she met her future husband, Harry Staley of Geneseo, NY   They began dating soon after that first encounter.

World War II broke out and interrupted their courtship.  Helen went to work at Symington-Gould as a Steel Tester and Harry joined the Army Air Corps (US Air Force).  Harry and Helen were married on October 23, 1943 while Harry was on a 2 week leave from the service.   After the service career, they settled in Batavia, NY in 1956.

Her first son, Jack, was born in 1946.  Her second son, Don, was born in 1952.  She was a devoted wife and mother.   As an Air Force family, they traveled throughout the US and lived in many cities during Harry’s time in the service.  Helen particularly enjoyed her time in El Paso, TX and Colorado Springs, CO.

A woman of exceptional faith, she lived a life of love and devotion to her church and family.  She was a dedicated member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church Choir for over 70 years and found great happiness in singing for her church.  She was an accomplished singer and musician. Her family will miss her organ recitals and wonderful singing.  She was a life-long member of the St Paul Lutheran Church.

Her love of ice cream sundaes was legendary.  As a child, she loved visiting the local ice cream shops with her parents. She attended hundreds, possibly thousands, of her sons’ basketball, baseball, and football games.  She was regularly in the stands for her grandchildren’s baseball, hockey, and soccer games.  She was a huge fan of college basketball and was thrilled that the Duke Blue Devils won the National Championship this year.

Helen is survived by her sons, L. Jack Staley of Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Don Staley and his wife Marcy, of Canton, MI, as well as former daughter-in-law Barbara Hale of Batavia, NY.  She was the proud grandmother of Alicia Staley and her husband, Stephen Mooney of Boston, MA, Marc Staley and his wife Erin of Batavia, NY, Jack Staley JR of Boston, MA, Christopher B. Staley of Miami, FLA., Matthew, Katelin, and Benjamin Staley of Canton, MI.  She was overjoyed to be the Great-Grandmother to Helaina and Luke Staley of Batavia, NY. 

Calling Hours are scheduled for Thursday, July 2nd, from 6-8 pm at H.E. Turner Funeral Home in Batavia, NY.  A funeral is scheduled for Friday, July 3rd at 11 AM at St. Paul Lutheran Church.  In lieu of flowers, The Staley family has requested that donations be sent to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Helen’s honor.  Donations can be sent to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 31 Washington Street, Batavia, NY.

The Family would like to thank Hospice and Home Care of Western NY, Dr. Merrill, and Dr. Crofts and the many nurses  for their dedication and compassion in caring for Helen over the past months.

To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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Howard J. Welsted, of Attica, formerly of Florida and Depew, peacefully entered his eternal rest Friday June 26, 2015. Howard is predeceased by his parents Fred and Louise, and sister Gertrude.

Howard lived a full life. He loved baseball and he loved his time at the Erie County Fair, a tremendous enjoyment since the years of the Great Depression. Howard worked many years as a truck driver, and spent many years as a volunteer with the Depew Fire Department. His life though was forever marked when as an 18 year old member of the Marine 3rd Division he landed on the island of Iwo Jima; his division suffered nearly 6,000 casualties. Howard was a quiet man but in his eyes we saw life’s adventures. In his eyes we saw the love for his children, and in his eyes we saw the flag atop Suribachi. His wish for all of us is to be ‘Always Faithful.’

Surviving are brother Gerald (Annetta) of Lakeview; sister Sally (Don) of East Aurora; children Becky of Florida, Jimmy of Maryland, Kirk (Dorene) of Conesus, Kim (Don) Debnar of Tonawanda, Kendra (Rob) Thompson of Attica, Kristine (David) Dioguardi of Bethany; 15 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews

A 10:00 AM gathering of remembrance will take place on Wednesday July 8, 2015 at St. Vincent’s School on Walnut Street Attica, New York 14011. Interment will follow in North Evans Cemetery, North Evans.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the family or to the Patriot Guard Riders of New York  PO Box 107  Williamson, New York 14589. For more information please call 585-591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com  Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.

butter_1.jpgSibyl G. Adams, 89, formerly of Attica passed away peacefully May 25, 2015 at LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home. om  Ho   She was born December 6, 1925 in Attica to the late Roy (Ethel Burr) Adams.  She is preceded in death by her brothers Warren and Roy Adams; sisters Florence Sherman and Dorothy Fortenberry.

Sibyl worked at Sylvania in Batavia as a factory worker prior to retirement. She loved to bowl and belonged to the Bennington Senior Citizens Club.

She is survived by her brother Harry (MaryAnne) Adams of Silver Lake and sister Bessie Spencer of Oregon.

There will be no prior calling hours. An 11:00 AM Memorial Service will be held on Monday July 6, 2015 at Marley Funeral Home, LLC 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the LeRoy Village Green Sunshine Club 10 Munson Street LeRoy, New York 14482. For more information please call 585-591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com  Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.

ROBERT L. “BOB” MEEDER, SR.
Age 83, of Dale, NY, formerly of Wyoming, passed away on Monday, June 29, 2015 at the Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw.
Bob was born October 30, 1931 in Warsaw, NY son of the late Hugh and Bernita Gay Meeder. He was a hard working man who worked on local dairy farms for most of his life. He was a devoted husband and loving father who always put the needs of others before himself.

He is survived by his children, Robert (Sharon) Meeder, Jr. of Belfair, WA, Donald (Dorothy) Meeder of Dale, Douglas Meeder of Indiana, David (Dawn Kahl) Meeder of Silver Springs and his beloved granddaughter and best friend, Melissa; his brothers, Ronald (Nancy) Meeder of Little Valley, Wayne (Mary Jane) Meeder of Bliss; his sister in law, Sally Meeder of Dale; special niece, Janet Douglas of Wyoming; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Janet Blowers Meeder and his brother, William Meeder.

Friends may call Friday, July 3 from 3 – 7 PM at Robinson & Hackemer Funeral Home, 246 N. Main St., Warsaw where Bob’s funeral service will be held immediately following visitation at 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wyoming Hook & Ladder Company, Wyoming, NY 14591 or the Warsaw Rescue Squad, PO Box 22, Warsaw, NY 14569. Online condolences at www.robinsonandhackemer.com.

Stafford - Robert Raymond Bachorski, 80, of Stafford, passed away Sunday (June 28, 2015) at the United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

Bob was born April 13, 1935 in Batavia, a son of the late Chester S. and Pauline (Burke) Bachorski.

Bob was a 1953 graduate of Batavia High School, life member of the Stafford Fire Department, member of the Masonic Lodge – Olive Branch #39 in LeRoy, a member of the National Guard, carpenter by trade, longtime construction foreman and former owner/operator along with his wife, Elaine, of the Stafford Trading Post, as well as several successful small business ventures.

Bob lived life to its fullest, participating in activities such as boating, fishing and farming Stonehedge Farm.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Elaine Marie Bachorski of Stafford, along with six children, Robert Gerald (Laura) Bachorski of Alabama, Richard (Pauline) Bachorski of Albion, Karen Joyce of Akron, Lea Ellen (Joseph) Mancuso of Erie, PA, James John (Rose) Bachorski of Oakfield and Christine (Thomas) Hendershot of South Alabama; eighteen grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Bob is predeceased by his grandson, Allen Bachorski and a brother, Chester Bachorski.  

Calling hours are Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.  Bob’s Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday at Resurrection Parish - St. Joseph's Church, 303 East Main Street, Batavia.  Burial will be in Stafford Rural Cemetery, Stafford.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Resurrection Parish, 303 East Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020 or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

 

 

 

lake_1.jpgDavid L. Fugle, 75, of Attica passed away on Tuesday June 23, 2015 at United Memorial Medical Center. He was born August 2, 1939 in Wethersfield, New York to the late Charles (Teresa Kersch) Fugle. David is preceded in death by his son JP Fugle.

David worked for over 40 years driving truck for Carney & Fugle Trucking Company.

He is survived by his beloved wife of Mary J. Fugle of Attica; sons Daniel (Kimberly) Fugle of Akron, Kenneth (Siobhan) Fugle of KS., Tom (April) Fugle of IN., Tim Fugle of Webster, David Merrill of Henrietta; brothers Gerald (Shirley) Fugle, George “Burt” (Virginia) Fugle, Carl (Josephine) Fugle, Larry (Denise) Fugle, John (Kathy) Fugle; sisters Mary Newton, Linda (Loyd) Reiner, Janet (Ed) Fontaine, Ann (Mike) Kibler; 15 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. An 11:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday June 29, 2015 at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish 8656 Church Street East Pembroke, New York 14056. He will be laid to rest in Hillside Cemetery, East Pembroke.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Genesee HomeCare & Hospice 29 Liberty Street Ste 6 Batavia, New York 14020.For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main St. Attica, New York 14011

Batavia - Marvin J. Skelton, husband of Berniece Rudolph Skelton, passed away on June 23, 2015. He had recently celebrated his 96th birthday and his 74th wedding anniversary.

He was born April 16, 1919 in the town of Batavia, to Norman and Celia Eick Skelton, both deceased. Two brothers, Roger (Ruth) and John (Dorothy), also predeceased him. Mr. Skelton graduated from Batavia High School, class of 1937.

A lover of the land, he was a youthful member of the 4H, where he won prizes for his potatoes, poultry, and other products. Eventually, he became a successful and progressive farmer. He had dairy cattle for many years, but later turned solely to crops, farming beans, peas and corn. He lived on his farm on the Buckley Road in Stafford for almost seventy years, in the house where his wife was born.

Mr. Skelton was a long-time active member of the Farm Bureau and served on the Board of Directors for over 25 years. He and his wife enjoyed many trips with the Farm Bureau to places near and far, including Spain, Africa, Hawaii, Texas, Arizona and Chicago. He was also a member of the Kitchen Konference, Old Boys & Gal’s Club and the Stafford United Methodist Church. Mr. Skelton served on the Board of Appeals in Stafford for a number of years and the board of the Stafford Rural Cemetery.

In his younger years, he regularly went deer hunting in the Adirondack Mountains. He also earned his private pilot’s license and love to fly small airplanes. He and his wife enjoyed dancing as well and did so often with several different groups in their winter home in Englewood, Florida. They travelled often – besides the Farm Bureau trips, they visited Branson, Missouri and Orlando, Florida, many times, often taking family members with them. In his later years, Mr. Skelton became an avid (and pretty good) golfer. He played his last game of golf at the age of 95!

He and his wife, Berniece, had no children of their own but loved and cared for many children of family and friends over several generations, including but not limited to the Bentleys, the Brantons, the Halls, the Scotts, the Besetts, the Fullers, the Blythes and the Swansons. He was especially attached to his other-abled nephew David and bragged about him to everyone who would listen. He and Mrs. Skelton also supported children through the original Children’s Home of Batavia and Gateway.

Mr. Skelton is lovingly remembered as a man who always had a good joke to share and who loved to talk to people. He was an astute business man, who persevered despite setbacks. He volunteered many hours of work to Habitat for Humanity in Florida, and helped family and friends who were in need, without expectations. A plaque give to him by his (deceased) sister-in-law, who he loved as a sister, summed him up:

It’s easy to be pleasant,

While life goes by with a song

But the man worthwhile is the man who can smile

When everything all goes wrong.

Mr. Skelton was that kind of man.

He is survived by his wife, Berniece of Batavia; nephews, Thomas (Mary) Skelton of Batavia, Earl Skelton of Stowe, Pennsylvania, David Miner of Batavia; nieces, Kathryn (Joseph) Fry of Jacksonville, Florida, Susan (Geoffrey) Briggs of Stafford, Rita (Dennis) Brayley of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jan Miner of Hartsdale, Carol (Paul) Beechler of Manassas, Virginia. In addition, he had several grand and great-grand nieces, nephews, cousins and godchildren.

Friends may call on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Memorials may be made to Genesee County ARC, 64 Walnut Street, Batavia, New York 14020, HomeCare & Hospice, 29 Liberty Street, Suite #6, Batavia, New York 14020 or to Stafford United Methodist Church, 6134 Main Street, Stafford, New York 14143. He will be laid to rest in Stafford Rural Cemetery.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Bergen - Bruce M. Cooper, 66, of Bergen, a retired machinist at Gettinge, in Henrietta, passed away suddenly on Monday, (June 22, 2015) at his home, in Bergen.

Mr. Cooper was born March 9, 1949 in Rochester, a son of the late Paul and Helen (Mann) Cooper.

Bruce was a member of the NRA and greatly enjoyed time spent at the Firing Pin, in Bergen.  He loved everything involving mechanics and was always fixing something.  He also greatly enjoyed spending time with his family.

Bruce is the husband of Mary Anne (Ferguson) Cooper, of Bergen.  The two were married April 5, 1975.

Surviving along with Mary Anne are his children, Paul (Carrie) Cooper, and Kelly Mirra both of Bergen; four grandchildren, Tyler Mirra, Matthew Cooper, Dakota Cooper, and Ryan Cooper all of Bergen; two sisters, Judy Giffard of Huntington Beach, CA, and Noreen Grant of Greece.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Friends may call on Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. at H.E. Turner & Co., Inc., 51 South Lake Street, Bergen, where Bruce’s Funeral Service will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, (June 27, 2015). 

Memorials may be made to National Rifle Association via https://joinnra.nra.org/donate.aspx or The Firing Pin, LLC, 8240 Buffalo Road, Bergen, NY 14416.  Flowers are gratefully declined.   

Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

scan0001.jpgDAVID A. CAMPBELL

   Beloved son, devoted husband and amazing father, David was 31 years old and of Batavia. He died suddenly Monday morning, June 22, 2015, as the result of injuries he sustained in an accident at work. He was born August 9, 1983 in Batavia, the youngest son of Alexander and Abbie (Kennedy) Campbell of Alexander.

   David was a 2001 graduate of Alexander Central School and worked as a Union Carpenter for Pike Structural since he graduated. He enjoyed being outdoors and loved to be with his wife and children going on trips to the mountains, snowmobiling, camping, four wheeling and dirt biking. He accomplished much in only 31 years, touching the lives and hearts of everyone he came in contact with; friends, neighbors or strangers. His infectious smile and selfless attitude will forever comfort those left behind.

   Surviving along with his parents; his high school sweetheart, soul mate and beloved wife of 7 years, Renee (Dills) Campbell of Batavia and their three beautiful children, Harper, age 6, Camille, age 4 and Harlan, age 2; brothers and sisters, Gregory Campbell of Alexander, Michael (Eileen) Campbell of Pavilion, Elizabeth (David) Brumsted of Byron, Lynn (Tyrone) Woods of E. Bethany, Laura (Perez) Dinkins of Alexander, Stephen (Kristie) Campbell of Pembroke, Mary Kay (Patrick) Reeves of Pembroke and Sarah (Norm) Liss of Batavia; father and mother-in-law, Thomas and Michelle Dills of E. Bethany; sister-in-law, Rachelle (Rick) Heller of Iowa, along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

   The family will be present from 4-8 PM on Thursday June 25 and 3-8 PM Friday June 26 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020. Please join the family for funeral services 11:00 AM Saturday June 27 at the First Presbyterian Church 300 East Main Street Batavia. He will be laid to rest in Mt. Pleasant cemetery in Alexander, in lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to David's children, c/o M/M Thomas Dills 5455 Jerico Road E. Bethany, New York 14054.

   Please leave your words of comfort to David's family at www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information call Michael at (585)343-7500.

THE FAMILY OF DAVID A. CAMPBELL IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020.

 

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