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lake_1.jpgDavid R. Spink, 64, of Varysburg passed away on Thursday May 21, 2015 at Chautauqua Lake. He was born January 17, 1951 in Warsaw, New York to the late Hayden (Mabel Jones) Spink Sr. He is preceded in death by his brothers Hayden Spink Jr. and Norman Spink.

David was a Correction Officer at Attica Prison for 36 years. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting fishing and boating.  David was an avid NASCAR fan and his favorite driver was Dale Earnhardt Sr. Most of all David loved his family more than anything.

He is survived by his beloved wife Linda M. (Penn) Spink of Varysburg; children Jeffrey Spink of Varysburg, Kimberley Spink of Varysburg, Kathy (Marc) Siterak of Orlando, FL; brother Paul(Debra) Spink of Varysburg; sister Sharon Bashlin-Kellogg of Fruitland, FL Park; 6 grandchildren Alicia Rautenstrauch, Dylan, Clayton and Logen Spink, Cheyenne and Tyler Pedarza along with many nieces and nephews and numerous other family members.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday May 24 from 1-4 PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011. Services and burial will be held private.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Chautauqua Lake Walleye Association Inc. 55 Center Street PO Box 414 Bemus Point, New York 14712. 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 - Jackie L. Buszka, 43, of Batavia, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at her home, in Batavia.

Miss Buszka was born October 23, 1971 in Warsaw, the daughter of Shirley (Baker) Davis of Batavia and the late Jerome Buszka.

She attended the United Pentecostal Church of Batavia, and participated in the ARC Saturday Respite Program.  She was employed at the Genesee Chapter of ARC.

Surviving along with her mother is a brother, James Buszka of New York, NY and several nieces and nephews.  

Friends may call on Saturday from 11 am to 1 p.m. at Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 E, Main St, Batavia, where services will follow at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.  Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Alexander.  

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

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Batavia – Theresa “Tess” Mangee, 93, of Batavia, passed away Wednesday, (May 20, 2015) at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

 Mrs. Mangee was born September 18, 1921 in Rochester, a daughter of the late Joseph and Frances (Viavattene) DiGrazio.

Tess was a member of St. Kateri Parish in Rochester and was a retiree of Sibley, Lindsay & Curr, Co.  Her greatest pleasure was being with her family.

She is the wife of the late Carl Mangee who passed away in 2001.

Theresa is survived by her sons, Damien (Linda) Mangee of Batavia, and Carl P. Mangee of FL; grandchildren, Sheila (Mike M.) Anderson of OH, Ed (Janien K.) Anderson of Stafford, Jennifer (Scott W.) Anderson of Batavia, and Nicholas (Loren) Mangee of Webster; great-grandchildren, Emma, Felicity, Brandon, Lexi, Caitlyn, and Kyle; a brother, William (Betty) DiGrazio; a sister, Frances Terranova; Sister-in-law, Frances DiGrazio; Brother-in-law, Al Genovese of Rochester.  Several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends also survive.

Tess is preceded in death by a brother, Frederick DiGrazio; a brother-in-law, John Terranova, and a sister-in-law, Josephine Genovese.

Friends may call on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main St., Batavia.  Tess’ Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, (May 27, 2015) at St. Kateri Parish - St. Cecilia Worship Site, 2732 Culver Road, Rochester.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance, Inc., 16 Bank Street, Batavia, NY 14020.  Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Rochester.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

 

butter.jpgBernadine I. Matteson, 79 of Bennington, passed away Monday May 18, 2015 at United Memorial Medical Center. She was born October 28, 1935 in Weathersfield, New York to the late Francis (Irene Meyers) Romesser. She is preceded in death by brothers John Romesser and U.S. Army Sgt. Richard Romesser; Granddaughters Lillian Rose Irene Kilner and Sara Nicole Kilner.
 
Bernadine enjoyed Bird-watching, nature walks and berry picking. She also was a tour guide at Beaver Meadow and a member of Sacred Heart Parish.
 
She is survived by her loving husband Tracy W. Matteson; children Jeffery Matteson of Wyoming, David (Shelley) Matteson of Depew, Laura (Charles) Kilner of Corfu; grandchildren: Jeffery (Nicole)Matteson, Chris (Maegan) Matteson, Jessica Matteson, Marc (Heather) Matteson, Nicholas Kilner, Victoria Kilner, Timothy Kilner, Maverick Kilner; great-grandchildren Jacob Matteson, Chelsey Matteson, Baby A Matteson, Baby B Matteson; siblings AnnaMay (late Walt) Allenbrandt, Lorraine (Robert) Stubley, Gerald (Patricia) Romesser, Edward (Janet) Romesser, Anthony (Sylvia) Romesser, Carl (Anne) Romesser; sister-in-law Jan Romesser; aunt Rosemary Reding along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.
 
Family and friends are invited to call on Friday May 22, 2015 from 3PM – 7PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00AM on Saturday May 23, 2015 at the Sacred Heart Church 1230 Clinton Street Attica, New York 14011. She will be laid to rest in Sacred Heart Cemetery.
 
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Roswell Cancer Institute Elm Street & Carlton Street, Buffalo, New York 14203 or donor’s choice.
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.

lake_1.jpgEdgar A. Terrill, 85, of Alexander passed away peacefully on Thursday May 14, 2015 at the New York State Veterans Home at Batavia. He was born May 19, 1929 in Dunkirk, New York   to the late Warren G. (Wilda M. Willis) Terrill. 

Edgar worked for over 30 years as a Rail Road Maintainer for Conrail in Buffalo New York and was a member of the Moose Club.

He is survived by his loving wife Patty J. (Fisher) Terrill of Alexander; children Ronald (Dorothy) Terrill of Hillsville, PA., LeeAnn (Michael) Neddo of Pigeon Forge, TN., Carolyn Rasmussen of Magnolia, TX.; 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

There will be no prior calling hours. A 2:00 PM Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday May 31, 2015 at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance 16 Bank Street Batavia, New York 14020. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or for more information call (585) 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020

lake_0.jpgVincent Dean Messina, 75, passed away on Wednesday, October 14, 2014, at his home in Haines City, Florida after a brief illness. Mr. Messina was born on August, 28, 1939, in Batavia, the oldest son of the late Charles and Beatrice (Martino) Messina.

“Vinny” graduated in 1957 from Notre Dame High School and then went on to attend Niagara University and the University of Buffalo. He worked as a Union Official at Batavia Downs and also worked on many construction projects throughout the area until retiring to Florida in 1999. Vincent enjoyed the harness racing industry and was a former harness horse owner and member of the United States Trotting Association. He loved all sports especially football.

Vincent is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jean (Krakus) Messina.

He is also survived by two daughters, Denise (Charles) Hull of LeRoy, NY; Theresa (Steve) DiMarco of Rochester, NY; and one son, Dean (Patricia Orlando) Messina of Dunkirk, NY. He is the loving grandfather of Anthony Messina, Christopher Messina, Andrew Messina, Lucas Hull, Lauren Hull, Samantha Di Marco and Philip Messina. He is also survived by aunts and an uncle; cousins; along with many nieces; nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews.

He is the brother of Charles (Patricia Tatarka) Messina and Paul (Sharon Mancuso) Messina.

A 10:30 AM Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday May 23, 2015 at Resurrection Parish (St. Mary’s) 18 Ellicott Street Batavia, New York 14020 where Vincent was a parishioner of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church. Memorials may be made to Development Department, Good Shepherd Hospice, 320 W. Main Street, Lakeland, FL 33815. Funeral arrangements were completed in Florida. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfunrealhome.com  or for more information call (585) 343-8260

West Seneca - Doris M. Schoepflin, 90, of West Seneca, formerly of Bergen, member of the Bergen United Methodist Church, passed away on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, in Cheektowaga.

Mrs. Schoepflin was born October 7, 1924 in Buffalo, a daughter of the late Alfred and Louise (Rother) Williams.

Her husband, Richard P. Schoepflin, passed away on September 11, 1999.

She is survived by three sons, Peter (Angela) Schoepflin of Ohio, Paul Schoepflin of Alden and Mark (Yvonne) Schoepflin of West Seneca; 14 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; her sister, Katheryn Meredith of Buffalo and several nieces and nephews.

She is the sister of the late Ethel Vogt and Eleanor Haas.

There are no prior visiting hours. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Mount Rest Cemetery, Bergen. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial designations to Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, New York 14021.  To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 51 South Lake Street, Bergen.

smith2.jpgHarold Smith passed away on May 17, 2015 in his home.  Harold was born June 3, 1929 in Middletown, NY to Harold and Myrtie Smith.  He graduated from St. John’s Academy in Plattsburgh, NY.  He served in the US Navy from 1947 to 1950.  Upon discharge he continued his education at various colleges in New York State.  He entered into the NYS Dept. of Corrections in 1952.  He worked in ten different correctional facilities.  He came to Attica in 1972 and became Superintendent in 1973.  He worked there until 1984 when he transferred to Wyoming Correctional Facility.  He retired as Superintendent of Wyoming Correctional Facility, concluding a 35 year career that included restoring stability at Attica Correctional Facility after the 1971 riot. 

Harold served as an original member of the Buffalo Diocese Peace and Justice Committee which was devoted to social justice.  He was a parishioner of St. Joachim and Anne Parish.  He served on the Parish council, served as a lector, and also a bingo worker.  Harold received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal issued by Pope John Paul II in 1987.  The award was presented by the Rev. Edward D. Head, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.  The medal was bestowed in recognition for work as an outstanding Catholic leader.  Harold was the first Superintendent in the history of New York State to be given this honor.

Harold was a big supporter of the Stevens Memorial Library.  He served for many years on the Library Board.  He was a long time member of the Attica Golf Club, also a member of the Attica Lions Club, and the Harder O’ Donnell American Legion. He was a VA volunteer in Batavia, NY for many years. Harold enjoyed all types of sports especially golf along with skiing and bowling in his younger years.  He enjoyed his retirement, traveling and spending winters in St. Augustine, Florida.  What he enjoyed most was his family and was happiest when they could all get together.

Harold is survived by his wife, Betty Smith, of 61 years, a son Scott (Diane) of Attica, a son Craig (Lisa) Bloomingdale, NY and a deceased son, Jeffrey (Barbara) in 2002.  Also, surviving is a sister, Karen Wyatt of Lawrenceburg, IN and a brother- in-law, Ed Spangenberg, Port Jervis, NY.  Six grandchildren; Jennifer, Stephanie (Eric), Christopher, Amee (Nick), Justin, and Kaitlyn.  Four great-grandchildren; Owen, Landon, Gavin, and Ali.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 from 4PM -8PM at the Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main St. Attica, New York 14011. A 10:00AM Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Joachim & Anne Parish 50 East Ave. in Attica on Thursday May 21st.

He bequeathed his body to the University at Buffalo’s Anatomical Gift Program.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Stevens Memorial Library 146 Main St. Attica, NY 14011 or Wyoming County Hospice 450 N. Main St. Warsaw, NY 14569. 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.

Pembroke - Raymond R. Warren, 84, a long time resident of Pembroke, passed away Sunday (May 17, 2015) at the New York State Veterans Home in Batavia.
Mr. Warren was born July 7, 1930, in Corfu, a son of the late Edward and Doris Aylsworth Warren. Ray was a life member of the Pembroke Volunteer Fire Department. He was also a member of the Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA), A-On-Do-Wa-Nuh Sportsman’s Club in Geneseo and an honorary member of the Sportsman’s Coon Hunters Association. Ray loved to hunt, fish and especially trap shooting at area clubs and also clubs in Ohio and Florida. Ray was the beloved husband of the late Doris Witt Warren and brother of the late John, Thomas, Emma, Harriet and Margaret.

Ray is survived by two sons, James (Roxanne) Warren and Ronald (Catherine) Warren; grandsons, Kenneth (Kristen) and Andrew Warren; great grandchildren, Brooke Marie and Tyler Raymond; brothers and sisters, William, Augustus, Gertrude and Nancy. Many nieces and nephews also survive.

Family and friends may call Wednesday 4 to 8 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m. to Noon at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu, NY. Funerals services will follow at Noon. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pembroke Fire Department, 630 Main Road, Corfu, NY 14036.

Fort Myers - Patricia Noel Merritt, 56, of Fort Myers, Florida, formerly of Batavia, died Sunday, April 26, 2015  in Fort Myers.

Mrs. Merritt was born December 16, 1958 in Batavia, the daughter of the late Lawrence H. and Concetta Marone Merritt White.

She is survived by her husband, Wayne Arth of Ft. Myers, Florida; her daughter, Corinne Edelstein of Stamford, Connecticut; two brothers, Larry Merritt and Bob Merritt, both of Batavia and several aunts, uncles and cousins survive.

There are no prior visiting hours. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 23, 2015 at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Msgr. Schwartz Mausoleum.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Corinne Edelstein, c/o H. E. Turner Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020 to be distributed to Patty's favorite charities. To light a candle, share a story or send a condolence, please visit www.bataviafuneral homes.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

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