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flowers.jpgElaine E. Rice, 91 of Batavia passed away peacefully on Saturday July 14, 2018 at Batavia Health Care Center. She was born on January 29, 1927 to the late Wesley (Carolyn Kirsch) Holmes. She is preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Rice.

Mrs. Rice owned and trained race horses, spending a lot of her time at Batavia Downs.

She is survived by her children Donald of Batavia; Ronald (Janice) of Albion; Michael (Addie) Rice of Florida; Carol Miller of Batavia; 10 grandchildren, Dillon, Cassady, Julie, Cale, Kaitlyn, Kenny, Megan, Chrissy, Harvey, Yvette; 3 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to an 11:00 AM Graveside Service on Thursday July 19, 2018 where she will be laid to rest at East Bethany Rural Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. 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.

oneil.jpg  William F. “Wild Bill” O’Neil, 85, of Attica lost his courageous battle with cancer on July 13, 2018. He was born on May 14, 1933 in Alexander on the family farm to the late Edward and Anna (Pundt) O’Neill. In addition to his parents, Bill is predeceased by his loving wife; Dorann (Rood) O’Neil; sisters Helen Deja, Mary Vanas, Ruth Lehnis and Dorothy Baker.

William was a United States Army Veteran. He worked for 30 years at Westinghouse in Attica and was a Village Police officer for over 20 years. He loved woodworking and was handy at fixing just about anything that was broken around the house. He enjoyed hunting in his earlier days and was known for his marksmanship. Bill was an honorary Criminologist for the American Police Hall of Fame.

He is the beloved father of:  Faith (Ed) Badhorn of Clarence; Connie (Chris) Beck of NM; siblings Margaret Meyer of Corfu, Anne “Totie” Smith of Tonawanda, Francis O’Neil of Batavia, Charles (Judith) O’Neil of Batavia, Edward (Sharon) O’Neil Jr. of NC and Marcella (Anthony) Saracini of Batavia; grandchildren Chloe (Jesse) Puschek of East Amherst, Claire Badhorn of Clarence, Chelsey Beck of NM and Cameron Beck of CO along with several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday July 18, 2018 from 4:00-8:00PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011. An 11:00AM Funeral Service will be held on Thursday July 19th at the Funeral Home. Bill will be laid to rest in Forest Hill Cemetery in Attica.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Attica Fire Dept. 11 Water St in Attica. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

Corfu/Byron - James A. Boorom, 96, of Corfu, formerly of Byron, a technical installer for Western Electric in Rochester, for 40 years prior to his retirement in 1983, died Friday, July 13, 2018 at Strong Memorial Hospital, in Rochester.

Mr. Boorom was born December 9, 1921 in Batavia, a son of the late Glen and Mildred (Mills) Boorom.

He was a 1941 graduate of Batavia High School and played on the Esso's a semi-pro football team in Batavia.  He served during World War II with the Army’s 243rd Battalion in France and Germany.

He was a member The Pioneers of America and the former Batavia Loyal Order of Moose.  He was an avid gardener and enjoyed yardwork.  He greatly loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It is said that he was a man of many trades and was always willing to help others.

His wife, Lois A. (Ray) Boorom died January 21, 2013.

Survivors include a son, Michael Boorom of Batavia; 2 daughters, Denise Boorom of Rochester and Susan (Frank) Chittenden of Corfu; 5 grandchildren, Zachary (Sarah) Chittenden of Corfu, Cody (Ashley) Chittenden of MS, Wyatt Chittenden of TN, Madison Boorom and Emily Boorom, both of Rochester; a great-grandchild, Liam Chittenden; several nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his wife, brothers, a sister and his great-grandchild Easton Chittenden.  

Friends may call on Tuesday from 10 am to 12 pm at H.E. Turner & Co, Inc., 403 East Main St., Batavia, where services will immediately follow at 12 p.m.  Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery in Batavia.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Depart. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908, www,stjude.org/memorial.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

 

LeRoy ~ William George Carmichael, age 94, passed away peacefully on Thursday (July 12, 2018) at The Le Roy Village Green. A son of the late J. Walter and Mabel (Whiting) Carmichael. George was preceded in death by siblings James, John, Paul, Etta Jane Seeley, and Helen Carmichael.      

     George was a graduate of Le Roy High School, where he was a member of the 1941 Le Roy Football Team that was inducted into the Oatka Knights Hall of Fame on Friday, July 13th. George was a Veteran of WWII, having served our country with the United States Army in England and France and was a member of the Le Roy American Legion.

After his honorable discharge, he worked as an electrician for JW Carmichael and Sons and retired from Vanderlinde Electric in Rochester. He was a member of the IBEW Local 86 of Rochester.  George was an avid golfer and bowler. He followed Jim Boeheim and the Syracuse Orangemen basketball team.

     He is survived by his wife of 75 years, Rita (Van Alst) Carmichael. Daughters Carol (Katie) (late Ronald) Engert and Christine (Richard Farnsworth) McQuillen; grandchildren, Rhonda (Dave) Schmeer, Rebecca (Doug) Thompson, Rachel (Rich) Lombard, Stephanie (Jamie) Call, Stephen (Mack) (Elizabeth) McQuillen, Gregory (Tina) McQuillen; several Great Grandchildren and Great Great Grandchildren, In-laws, Pete and Gina Steen, and Dorothy Machols, along with several nieces and nephews.

     At George’s request, there will be no visitation or services. George will be laid to rest at the Western New York National Veteran's Cemetery in Pembroke, N.Y. upon its completion.

     In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to Wounded Warrior Project/Track Chairs, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or Golisano Children’s Hospital, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, New York 14642.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with George's family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

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

schaller.jpgFarmington -Denise Y. Schaller, 60, passed away unexpectedly following a brief illness, on July 9, 2018 at her home in Farmington.  Denise was born on July 21, 1957 to the late James R. Majors Sr. of Rochester and the late Claudine V. (Meney) Majors of Batavia.

Denise was a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Batavia, and the State University of New York College at Brockport. Denise began her 40 years of service to the community as the operator of the former Kiddie Korral Day Care Center in Batavia. She later worked as a social worker and crisis counselor. For the last decade she was a highly sought after public speaker who provided organizational development training to thousands of public service workers across New York State through her firm, Schaller Solutions. 

She is survived by her children, Joni Schaller and Pamela Schaller, both of Buffalo; grandchildren Romello and Matthias Williams of Buffalo  and Philomena Burger of Perry; brothers James Majors of Baltimore, Md. and Stephen Majors (Todd Leavitt) of Takoma Park, Md.; aunt, Constance Alexander of Batavia; uncle, Hunter Alexander of Batavia; nieces and nephews including Sarah Millman of Towson, Md., Rick Majors (Megan) of Phoenix, Ariz, Jamie Siangco (Malia) of Hawaii; Michael Hixenbaugh of Lockport; Claudia and Shoshana Leavitt-Majors of Takoma Park, Md,; close cousins Colleen Ware of Oakfield, Sean Alexander of Alexandria, Va.; Santa Majors of Batavia, Gordon Shillea of Batavia; loving in-laws from the extended Schaller and Meyers family, along with life-long friends and former and current colleagues who made up Denise's large and loving community. 

She was predeceased by her husband Howard Schaller and brothers Richard Majors and Michael Majors. 

Friends may call on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main St., Batavia.  Denise’s Funeral Service will be at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, (July 17, 2018) at City Church, 210 East Main Street, Batavia.  In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make a memorial donation in Denise's name to their local food bank.  Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Attica.

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

knights.png Thomas D. Lynch, 86, of Attica passed away peacefully on July 10, 2018 at the East Side Nursing Home in Warsaw. He was born on December 7, 1931 in Brooklyn, NY to the late John and Catherine (Kilroy) Lynch. In addition to his parents, Thomas is predeceased by his daughter in law Bernadette Lynch and grandson Michael Lynch.

Tom grew up (and met his wife) in Brooklyn. He attended P.S. #48; St. Francis Prep and St. Francis College. He moved the family to Hicksville, Long Island as children came along. Subsequent moves to Tonawanda, South Jersey and West Seneca added many special friends and memories. The final move was to the hills of Wyoming County in the late 1970’s. There, he happily settled into a slower pace of life. Tom quickly became involved in St. Vincent’s parish, volunteering for many of the Ministries. Tom was fiercely passionate about his Creator, his Catholic faith and his family. As a 3rd Degree Knight (K of C), Tom became widely known in the Pro-Life Community. His efforts in matters of legislation, education and advocacy were recognized locally and nationally. Tom eagerly attended many of the Right to Life Marches in Washington DC.  Accompanied by wife Eleanor, Tom participated in numerous Catholic Charismatic Leadership Conferences at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Tom was a personal friend of the University’s Founder, Father Mike Scanlon.  Tom enjoyed Bills and Sabres games with his sons as well as his daughter’s equestrian pursuits. He was an amazing dad who worked long and hard in order to provide Catholic education to his kids. Post-retirement work included increased church involvement and his role of door greeter at the Warsaw, NY Wal-Mart. Tom accepted his Cancer diagnosis with strength and tact.  He had a heart of gold and made the world a better place with his kindness.    

He is survived by his loving wife; Eleanor (Calhoun) Lynch of Attica; Thomas G. Lynch of Attica, Patrick Lynch of Irondequoit and Mary Kay Lynch of Attica; sister Ursula (John) Sullivan of Breezy Point, NY; grandson Brenden Francis Lynch of Irondequoit.

Family and friends are invited to call in Saturday July 14, 2018 from 9:00-10:30AM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011. An 11:00AM Mass of Christian Burial will follow visitation on Saturday at St. Joachim & Anne Parish 50 East Ave. in Attica. Thomas will be laid to rest in St. Vincent’s Cemetery in Attica.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Attica Rescue Squad 11 Water St. in Attica. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

 

dispenza.jpg  Jennie Dispenza, 99 of Batavia passed away peacefully on July 11, 2018 at her home. She was born on July 12, 1918 in Batavia to the late Michael (Phillipa “Fannie” Condello) Pontillo. She is predeceased by her husband Frank G. Dispenza, son Kenneth Dispenza, brothers Vincent and Frank Pontillo, sister Rose Minuto along with dearest Mary DiSalvo.

Mrs. Dispenza graduated from Batavia High School and was captain of the girls BB Team. She waited tables at Batavia Downs for 45 years, she loved the patrons, her co-workers and developed many lifelong friendships. Mrs. Dispenza was a lifelong listener of WBTA, enjoyed reading magazines, watching wrestling, crossword puzzles and scramble word challenges. Her compassion for others showed through the years as she remembered loved ones year after year as they grew up to adulthood. Jennie was a wonderful cook, sharing chicken soup for those ill and her veal was out of this world. She was a member of Ascension Parish her entire life and let her faith guide her. Family was above all else the most important thing to her and they will miss her dearly.

She is survived by her beloved sons Frank (Prudy) Dispenza of Miami, FL; Michael Dispenza of Treasure Island, FL; daughter-in-law Joan Dispenza of Batavia; special grand-nephew Joe Cesarano of Batavia; 5 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Friday July 13, 2018 from 5-7PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020. An 11:00AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday July 14, 2018 at Ascension Parish 19 Sumner St. Batavia, New York 14020. Mrs. Dispenza will be entombed in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum, Batavia.  

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

Pavilion ~ James A. Starr, age 70, of Dillon Road, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning (July 10, 2018) at home surrounded by his loving family.

     He was born November 12, 1947 in Batavia, a son of the late George and Isabelle Rudgers Starr.

     Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, as well as a dear friend to many.  He was a heavy equipment operator for many years.  After his retirement from the construction business, Jim took over the family farm and operated that for 22 years.  He was an avid bowler and participated in the Friday night Pavilion bowling league for over 40 years.  He also enjoyed working around his shop and restoring vintage cars.

     He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 51 years, Deborah Wellman Starr; his daughters, Mary Lynn Cowell (Don Carney) and Kate (Dave) Ficarella; grandchildren, Christine Cowell, Rebecca Cowell, Jack Carney, Joseph Carney, Alex Dills and Ben Dills; great-grandson, Isaac Coughlin; mother-in-law, Betty A. Wellman; brothers, Mike Starr and Randy (Cindy) Starr, along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends.  He was also predeceased by his brother, William Starr.

     Family and friends may call on Saturday from 2 ~ 4 P.M. at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Rd. (Rt.19), LeRoy, where his Celebration of Life Service will be held at 4:00 P.M.  Interment in the Pavilion Cemetery will be private.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Pavilion Fire Dept.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Jim's family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

36911460_1713789748670240_8685065776849223680_n.jpegHenrietta/Livonia - Michael J Ayotte, Jr, 48, of Henrietta and Livonia, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, (July 9, 2018) at his home, in Livonia.

Mr. Ayotte was born May 11, 1970 in Rochester, the son of Michael J., Sr. and Joan (Steinmetz) Ayotte of Port Charlotte, Fla.

Mike had an infectious, ridiculous laugh with an outgoing personality that allowed him to make friends easily.  He enjoyed fishing, golfing at Hickory Ridge, and spending time with his family. 

He will be remembered by his children as a good father who was a lover of Garbage Plates.  He was a great son and the funnest uncle ever. 

Surviving along with his parents are his children, Michael J. (Krystal) Ayotte, III of MD, Myndi Ayotte of CO, and Daniel Ayotte of Henrietta; the mother of his children, Cindy Ayotte of Henrietta; grandchildren, Michael J., IV and Jocelyn; sisters, Michele (Eric) Chick of Brockport, and Debbie (Charlie) Diehl of Bergen; nieces and nephews, Nicole Knoedl of Rochester, Heather Nenni of Brockport, Amanda (Ansley) Jemison of Ithaca, Shayna Nenni, Kendra Nenni, Trenton Chick, and Tyler Chick all of Brockport; great-nieces and nephew, Selena, Emiliano, and Elsie Mae.  His faithful friend and canine companion, Tank, also survives.

Mike is predeceased by his paternal and maternal grandparents.

Friends may call on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 51 South Lake Street, Bergen.  Graveside Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, (July 13, 2018) at Lakeview Cemetery, 4988 Lake Road, Brockport.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to S.O.A.R.S., 21 Park Acre Road, Pittsford, NY 14534.

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

flowers1.jpg Sharon K. Gebel, 79, of North Java passed away on July 8, 2018 at the Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw. She was born on December 20, 1938 in Lackawanna, NY to the late Martin and Pauline (Wild) VanSickle. She is also predeceased by her first husband; Lavern Grover.

Sharon was the founder of Little Paws Cat Control, a former member of the SPCA and a friend of the New Start Kitty Shelter. She was passionate about nature and her gardens. Sharon will forever be remembered as a beloved Wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt.

She is survived by her husband; John Gebel; children David (Robin) Grover of Wilmington, NC., Kenneth Grover of Java Center and Susan Grover of Warsaw; siblings Mary Hildenbrant of N. Java, Margaret Hauser of Eden, Thomas VanSickle of Eden, Francis (Cathy) VanSickle of Newfane and Robert (Sharon) VanSickle of VA; 5 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday July 12, 2018 from 4-8PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011. An 11:00AM Funeral Mass will be held on Friday July 13th at Sts. Joachim & Anne Parish 2311 Attica St. Varysburg, NY 14617. Sharon will be laid to rest in St. Nicholas Cemetery in Sheldon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the North Java Rescue Squad 4274 Route 98, N. Java, NY 14113 or New Start Kitty Shelter 6342 Denton Corners Rd. Castile, NY 14427. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

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