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Batavia ~ Gary L. Tooley, age 76, of East Main Street, passed away unexpectedly at home on Saturday, August 29, 2015.

     Gary Lee Tooley was born April 2, 1939 in Buffalo, NY, a son of the late Gordon Sr. and Charlotte Powers Tooley.

     While in grade school, he developed polio and spent many months in Children’s Hospital in Buffalo.  His young desire to walk and play again, along with excellent care at the hospital, saw him eventually fully recovered.

     Gary attended Northwestern Univ. in Chicago and Asbury College in Wilmore, KY.  As a young man, he worked for Western New York State Lines, a family trucking business, on Pearl Street Road in Batavia, as a Fleet Superintendent and later as Vice President of Operations until the untimely death of his father, the owner.

     He loved gardening, refinishing furniture and had a keen business mind.  Later in life, he realized an interest in helping others with serious health problems, so he trained and became a Home Health care giver for many years until an infection in his right foot caused the loss of that leg.  Gary was never heard to complain about this disability, but he greatly missed providing care to his many patients through Rochester General Hospital.

     Gary is survived by his children; Timothy (Loralee) Tooley of Medina, Jeffrey Tooley of Fonda, NY, Jonathan (Charlene) Tooley of Batavia, Ruth (Randy) Carter of Kingston, GA and David (Celena) Tooley of Goldtown, W. Virgina; sister,Marcia (Sam) Yacuzzo of LeRoy; brother, Gordon (Kathleen Blackburn) Tooley of Medina; mother of his children, Barbara Tooley; 23 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, along with several nieces, nephews and dear friends.  He was predeceased by his wife, Gayle Tooley.   

     Family and friends are invited to attend Gary’s Service of Remembrance on Friday, Sept. 4 at 10:00 A.M. at the First Baptist Church, 5 East Main St., LeRoy.  Interment in the Cowlesville Cemetery will be private.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Gary’s family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

     Mr. Tooley and his family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy.  585-768-2400

Irene L. Turner, 95, of Spencerport, passed away on Saturday (August 29, 2015) at Highland Hospital in Rochester.

Irene was born February 13, 1920 in Gates, a daughter of the late Harry and Rena (Pfund) Van Cott.

Irene is a former member of Stafford Country Club and a 40 year member of the First Presbyterian Church of Brockport.

Survivors include a daughter, Bonnie (John) Mench of Spencerport; three granddaughters, Jennifer (Anthony) Vigliotti, Stephanie (Cristian) Bieg and Jessica (Karl) Dubash; six great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Irene is the wife of the late Kenneth J. Turner and sister of the late Frederick Van Cott and Ida Fishbaugh.

There are no prior calling hours.  Services will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at White Haven Memorial Park, 210 Marsh Road, Pittsford.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Brockport, 35 State Street, Brockport, NY 14420 or to a charity of the donor's choice. 

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

Arrangements were completed by the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-8868.

dan_plath.jpgBoots Daniel E. Plath, 65 of Batavia, passed away on August 29, 2015 at United Memorial Medical Center surrounded by his family. He was born on January 18, 1950 in Batavia, to the late William (Marian Borkman) Plath. Mr. Plath is preceded in death by his brother David Plath.

Boots previously worked at Crown Cork & Seal in Grand Prairie, Texas; he was a member of the United Rubber Workers Union. He was a graduate of Batavia High School. Boots is a United States Army Veteran serving in Vietnam as a heavy artillery operator. He enjoyed his Harley Davidson Motorcycle and swimming.

He is survived by his loving wife JoAnn Palaszynski-Fisher-Plath of Batavia, son Mitchell Plath of Colorado Springs, CO, step son Dan'l Fisher of Batavia, step daughter Kelly Fisher of Hawaii. Brother Alan (Deborah) Plath of LeRoy, sisters Alice (the late Paul) Martino of California, Gracia Leavy and Cathy Chatt both of Batavia, brothers in law Roger Palaszynski of Batavia, Ronald Palaszynski of Stafford, sister in law Nancy Plath of Batavia along with many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Friday September 4, 2015 from 10AM to 12PM  at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. Funeral Services will take place following calling hours at 12 Noon.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family. For more information please call 585-343-8260 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com.  Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

 

flag_0.jpgCharles J. Rogers, 84, of Attica passed away August 30, 2015 at Hurlbut Nursing Home in Rochester. He was born December 2, 1930 in Pitcairn, PA to the late William F. (Ruth Jae) Rogers. He is preceded in death by his loving wife Ruth (Smith) Rogers; brothers Glenn and Lloyd Rogers and sister Lorraine Scarton.

Charles was a United States Army Veteran who served in the Korean War where he received 2 Bronze Stars. After leaving the military Charles became an owner/operator of Rogers Transport in Attica, he also owned a local Dairy Farm in Attica and throughout the years was also a mechanic for Alden Trucks.

He is survived by his sisters Shirley Kemerer of PA, Jean Rossi of PA; nephews/godsons Charles (Nancy) Rogers of Darien Center and Michael (Mary) Rogers of Attica along with several other nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday September 2, 2015 from 6-8 at Marley Funeral Home, LLC 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011. Funeral Services will be held in Pennsylvania. He will be laid to rest in Hills Church Cemetery in Export PA.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Veterans Outreach Center 459 South Avenue Rochester New York 14620. 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.

worth1.jpgPaul F. Worth, 86, of Rochester, formerly of Batavia entered into rest on Sunday August 30, 2015 in Unity Hospital, Rochester.  He was born in Lockport New York August 12, 1929 to the late Linus and Harriett Johnson Worth. Paul is predeceased by his wife Rose (Olivieri) Worth, daughter Candace Worth, brothers Gerald and Jack Worth, sister Virginia Worth and brother in law Frank Olivieri.

Paul was a grocer having worked over 60 years for  Loblaws and Top Supermarkets. He was an army veteran of the Korean Conflict, a member of Glenn S. Loomis Post #332 American Legion. He was a former member of Resurrection Parish (St. Joseph’s). Paul loved to work and he especially loved his family and friends.

He is survived by his daughter Penny (John) Pratt of Sumter, SC, sisters-in-law Margaret “Maggie” Worth and Lucille Olivieri both of Batavia. 3 grandchildren Amy (Adam) Mefford, Caitlin (Joseph) Kepler, Erin (Tyler Stuck) Pratt all of S.C., special friend Rose Porter of Rochester and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Wednesday September 2, 2015 from 5 to 8 PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc., 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia NY 14020. A 9:30 AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday at Resurrection Parish, 303 East Main Street, Batavia.

Entombment will take place in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital, 501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis Tennessee. 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.

Batavia - Dorothy Beatrice Wills of Batavia passed away peacefully on August 22nd, 2015 at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home. She was born in Liverpool, England on February 2nd, 1926, the daughter of Emma (Wood) and John Joseph Aldersey.

Her teenage years were consumed by World War II. She shared many stories of the nightly bombings and blackout periods, city children sent out to the countryside for their safety and very stringent food rationing. In England during the war, women who had reached their 18th birthday had a choice of working on a farm or working in a factory manufacturing ammunition. Dorothy chose to make cardboard and wax shell casings.

Dorothy married Cyril John Wills from Castle Pollard, Ireland on July 26th, 1947 in Liverpool, England. She followed her husband to Toronto, Canada and then on to the United States with the hope of making a better life. She left behind her mother, sisters and brother.

Dorothy was predeceased by her parents, her husband, her sisters, Margaret (Ken) Shobbrook, Doreen Croft and brother William Aldersey.

Dorothy retired from McCurdy’s in Rochester after 12 years of service as a consultant in the drapery department. She was an active member of the Transatlantic Brides Association. After moving to Batavia she volunteered in the gift shop at UMMC. She was an accomplished knitter and made many hats for babies born at UMMC. She made a super apple pie and enjoyed spending time with her great grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter, Lesley (Edmund) Kosiorek of Batavia; two grandsons, Casey (Debra) Kosiorek of LeRoy and their children, Katherine, Matthew and John and  Joseph (Samantha) Kosiorek of Fairport and their children, Ella and Abigail; a son, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired USAF) Russell Wills of Mary Esther, Florida and a grandson, Derek Wills of Ogden, Utah and a granddaughter, Wendy (Kurt) Vinhage of University Park, Pennsylvania; a brother in law, Ken Croft of Liverpool, England and a nephew, Michael Croft of London, England.

Her memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 29th at 12:00 p.m. at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia.  Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 101 John James Audubon Parkway West, Amherst, New York 14228.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

engineering_0.jpgFrancis J. Guppenberger P.E., 92, of Batavia passed away on August 25, 2015 at United Memorial Medical Center surrounded by his family. He was born on November 13, 1922 in Buffalo, New York to the late August J. (Mary A. Zeitz) Guppenberger. Mr. Guppenberger is preceded in death by his wife Carol L. (Precht) Guppenberger; son Mark F. Guppenberger.

Francis graduated from Purdue in 1943 with a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering and later went on to become a professional engineer. He was the President of F.J. Guppenberger, Inc. Francis was big into the Boy Scouts. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club, Meal on Wheels with his wife Carol. Francis was also on the City Planning Board and he was a life time member of St. Mary’s Church and often volunteered there and at St. Mary’s School.

He is survived by his sons Thomas J. (Cherie) of Washougal, WA; Peter W. Guppenberger of Batavia; daughters Terri M. (Donald) Hunter of Bogota, NJ; Susan C. (the late William) Keidel of Churchville; Mary Beth (Robert) Lovria of Batavia; Ellen A. (Alan) Beideck of Saranac Lake; Linda L. (Alan) English of Central Square; Lisa K. (Dean) Hewitt of Perry; daughter-in-law Mary Lou Guppenberger of NC; 27 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, brothers Joseph M. of Batavia; James (the late Jean) of FL; Rev. August Guppenberger of Cincinnati, OH; sisters Mary (the late John) Yunker of Oakfield; Helene (John) Beuler of Livonia; Lois (John) Gringer of Spencerport; Barbara Guppenberger Batavia, along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Friday August 28, 2015 from 3 to 7 PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A 12:15 PM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday August 29, 2015 at Resurrection Parish (St. Mary’s Church) 18 Ellicott St. Batavia, New York 14020. He will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Resurrection Parish 18 Ellicott St. Batavia, New York 14020 or Glenmary Mission www.glenmary.org. For more information please call 585-343-8260 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.comArrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

brown1.jpgHarold N. Brown, 77, of Alexander passed away unexpectedly August 24, 2015 at home on the farm.  He was born August 27, 1937 Batavia, New York to the late Norman (Christine Jensen) Brown. He is preceded in death by his sister Marie Brown.

Harold was a 4th generation owner and operator of Valley View Farm which has been passed down to his children and grandchildren. He was active in several farm organizations. Harold was also a lifetime member of both the Alexander United Methodist Church and Alexander Fire Department, and was also on the Alexander Town Board of Appeals. Harold loved woodworking and could often be found in his shop. What Harold loved the most however, was spending time with his family.

He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years Marcia (Gabriel) Brown of Alexander; son Lee (Nancy) Brown of NC; 5 daughters Melinda (Richard) Robbins of CA, Arlene (Chip) Fenwick of MD, Jean (Douglas) Pennoyer of FL, Marcia (Paul) Hirsch of Alexander, Kathleen (Jeff Geer) Brown of Alexander; sisters Shirley Lear of NH, Eleanor Stone of Naples, NY, Norma (Norman) Bartz of Alexander, Peggy (Joe) Pfalzer of Alexander; 15 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday August 27, 2015 from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011. A 10:00 AM Funeral Service will be held on Friday August 28, 2015 at Alexander United Methodist Church 10540 Main St Alexander, New York 14005. He will be laid to rest in West Bethany Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Alexander United Methodist Church 10540 Main St Alexander, New York 14005 or To the Alexander Fire Department New Ambulance Fund P.O. Box 152 Alexander, New York 14005. 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.

ryan2.jpgMichael Dennis Ryan, 74, formerly of Attica, passed away on August 9th, 2015 at Resolute Health Hospital in New Braunfels, Texas. Mike was born on June 6, 1941 to the late John and Elizabeth (Feis) Ryan. 

Mike grew up with three brothers and three sisters in Blasdell, NY, attended Attica High School, and graduated in 1959, after which he joined the US Air Force for six years.  Mike was a devoted family man, community minded, and civically engaged.  On June 19, 1965 he married Linda Stepp, and together they raised three children where he enrolled in Genesee Community College in 1975 and studied Business during his time there.  Mike was a village justice in Attica, NY for over a decade and was an active member of the Attica fire department for numerous years.  He worked for GTE Sylvania, from which he retired, and after he and Linda chose to pursue separate interests, Mike moved to the central New York area to work at TRW.  After entering retirement for a second time, Mike moved to his final home in Texas to be with his daughter and grandchildren. Mike was a highly social person who enjoyed hobbies that allowed him the opportunity to spend time with friends and family.  He was an avid fisherman who enjoyed spending a peaceful day by the water.  He was always a loyal Buffalo Bills fan, cheering them on, win or lose.  Additionally, Mike enjoyed a good game of poker and spent many of his final years enjoying regular poker games and camaraderie at the free poker nights held near his home in New Braunfels. If a family member or friend had a need of someone, Mike was always the first to step up, often putting aside his own agenda to assist someone else. 

Mike is survived by three children, Marnee (Nathan) Weir of New Braunfels, TX, Michael Ryan of Buffalo, NY, and Matthew (Melanie) Ryan or Scio, NY, five grandchildren, Elissa Weir, Jessica Weir, and Ryan Weir of New Braunfels, TX and Zachary Ryan and Alexander Ryan of Scio, NY, his ex-wife, Linda (Stepp) Ryan of Clearwater, FL, his brothers Tom Ryan and John (Rosemary) Ryan, his sister Patricia (Steven) Valentine, and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.  He is predeceased by both of his parents, his brother Charles Ryan, and his sisters Geannie Tooley and Eileen Ely.

Family and friends are invited to call from 10am-1pm on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.  Immediately following calling hours, a procession and Funeral Service will be held graveside at St. Vincent’s Cemetery in Attica.

In memory of Mike, the family suggests donations to the following worthy organizations: New York State Veterans' Home at Batavia, 220 Richmond Avenue, Batavia, New York 14020 or Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Elm & Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY 14263.  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.

outdoor_scene.jpgErvin A. Niles, age 81, of Castile, died on Monday August 24, 2015 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Ervin was born in Rushford, New York on July 4, 1934 a son of the late George and Bernadean (Lee) Niles.  Along with his parents he is preceded in death by a sister: Eleanor (James) Organski.

Ervin was a farmer most of his life. He owned and operated the Shado lawn Dairy farm in Delevan from 1952-1976. He relocated to Castile where he became a field manager for Vigortone, winning many awards and trips. He also owned and operated Castile Radiator Shop while running Shado Lawn Strawberry Farm which developed into Shado Lawn Farm Market. In the fall the market became an attraction to many for the Pumpkin Tree he put together. He retired from Bow Hill Farm in Wyoming.
He was a member of the Holstein Friesian Association and was a state officer for the Eastern Artificial Breeders Association. He was an accomplished woodworker. He enjoyed playing guitar and being with his family.

He is survived by his wife Marie (Cady) Niles, children: Douglas (Ellen) Kelsey of Austin TX., Joshua (Sandra) Kelsey of Boynton Beach Fl., Peggy Gilbert of Arcade, Laurie (Ron) Falconer of Arcade, Michael (Margo Doughty) Niles of Perry, Nancy (Joseph) Cappadonia of Castile, siblings: Bernice (Raymond) Burdick of Canaseraga, Gladys Price of Perry, Amy (Duke) Bowman of Wyoming, Melvin (Marcia) Niles of Perry , Marvin (Ann) Niles of Warsaw, Pearl (Joseph) Eliasz of New Egypt, NJ, In-laws: Peg (Louis) Germann of Cheektowaga, John (Bonnie) Cady of Ellicottville, Michael (Patricia) Cady of Elton, Dorothy Krucynski of East Aurora, Randy (Maryann) Cady of SC.,11 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends may call from 7-9pm on Friday August 28th and on Saturday August 29th from 9-11am at the Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main St. in Perry where services will follow at 11am. He will be laid to rest in Siloam Cemetery in Freedom.

Memorials may be made to the Castile Fire Department or any local Fire Department. For more information please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530.

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