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Byron - Memorial Services for Marian D. Shepard have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the Byron Presbyterian Church, 6293 West Main Street, Byron.  Mrs. Shepard died March 29, 2018 in Byron.  Arrangements were completed by H.E. Turner & Co., Funeral Home of Batavia.  Visit for additional information. 

g._irrera_picfixed.jpgGERMAINE MANCUSO-IRRERA ~ Batavia 

Age 64, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at UMMC, Batavia, NY.  Germaine was born on July 13, 1953, the daughter of the late Nathan T. and Joan Corona Mancuso.  Germaine was a life-long resident of Batavia, a graduate of Notre Dame High School, SUNY Brockport and received her Master's Degree from Buffalo State College.  

Germaine’s passion was her children who survive her, Paul (Jenifer) Lord and Joan (Chad) Liggetto, Germaine’s beloved granddaughter, Alexandra Marie, was always by her "Gammie’s" side! 

Germaine’s love for children extended to her career path which she spent first as a Batavia City School District substitute teacher while at the same time she pursued her studies to be an elementary school teacher.  During that time, Germaine also worked for the family business, Mancuso Restaurant.  Once she completed her teaching degree, she taught at John Kennedy for 20 years in a blended classroom.  Her classrooms were building blocks for many children who thrived with her encouragement and attention getting experiences.  Germaine embraced her community’s resources to create relevance and spark interest and enthusiasm for her young students.  Genesee County Manager, Jay Gsell, was a long-time Junior Achievement Consultant for her classroom program.  

Active in the Batavia Teacher’s Association serving as Grievance Chair, Germaine always said her ability to be an activist for teachers’ rights is a testament to her late lawyer husband, Anthony Irrera.  Germaine also worked for the Batavia STAR program until the day she died. 

Germaine was a past Scholarship Chairperson for the Paolo Busti Cultural Foundation of Genesee County.  Along with her husband, Tony Irrera, the couple served in other capacities as officers, etc., while on the Board of Directors of the Foundation as well.  

Germaine is also survived by her brothers, Nathan T. (Nancy Falker) Mancuso, Jr. and David (Denielle) Mancuso and their son, Dante.  She will be missed and always loved by her immediate family as well as her devoted aunts, uncles, cousins, and special friends.  In addition to her parents and late husband, her brother, Stephen Mancuso, predeceases her.  Germaine is most fondly remembered as a beautiful baby girl one of the first grandchildren of the late Dominic C. and Mary N. Mancuso and the late Joseph and Lucy Corona. 

Germaine's family will be present from 3-8pm On Monday, April 23, 2018 at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral and Cremation Chapel, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road, Batavia, NY 14020 where prayers will be recited 9:30 am Tuesday, April 24 followed by her Mass of Christian Burial 10am at Resurrection Parish, (St. Mary’s Site).

She will be entombed along with her late husband in the Niche Garden at St. Joseph's Cemetery, memorial contributions in Germaine's memory can be made to the family for a scholarship in her name dedicated to the children in the Genesee County Star Program. 

Germaine’s strength and subtle humor leave us with a heartbreaking refrain, “Good-bye to all my loves.  You walked with me to the end, unable to stop anything from happening, but there.  In the end, presence is everything.”

Please share your words of comfort with Germaine's family at or for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.


Albion - John C. Chamberlain, 77, of Albion, a compositer at Fix Printing Co. in Batavia, for 33 years prior to his retirement in 1990, died Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Rochester General Hospital.

Mr. Chamberlain was born June 5, 1940 in Batavia, a son of the late Arthur W. and Mary (Phillips) Chamberlain.

He was a member of Eagle Harbor Methodist Church and enjoyed being with his wife, children and grandchildren.  He was an avid history buff.

He is survived by his wife, Donna (Calnan) Chamberlain, whom he married on October 31, 1959; 3 daughters, Linda (Anthony) Michalak, Melissa Pahuta and Heather Chamberlain all of Albion; 2 sisters, Nancy Neibel of Byron and  Beverly (Alfred) Higgins of Oakfield; 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 

He was the brother of the late Marvin, Milford, Roger and Robert Chamberlain.  

Friends may call on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Ave. in Oakfield, NY where services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2018.  Interment will follow at Cary Cemetery in Oakfield.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Richard Knights/Sue Kaderli Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 684, Medina, NY 14103 or to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 631, Buffalo, NY 14240-9856.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at

Batavia - Karen L. Hoak, 70, of Batavia, passed away Tuesday, (April 17, 2018) at her home, in Batavia.  She was under the care of HomeCare & Hospice, her family, and the Crossroads House End-of-Life Doulas.

Ms. Hoak was born August 19, 1947 in Buffalo, a daughter of the late Raymond and Lena (Constantino) Kowalski.

Karen was a special education teacher for her entire working career. She adopted rescue cats, was an avid reader and enjoyed spending time with her family.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan Hoak of Batavia; grandchildren, Mica Leah Pitcher and Addison Pitcher.  She is also survived by cousins, relatives and friends along with her beloved cat, Sophie.

There will be no prior visitation.  Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, NY 14021, or online at or to Homecare & Hospice, 29 Liberty Street, Suite #6, Batavia, NY 14020.

Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home of Batavia.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at

p._zybeck_pic.jpgPAULINE A. (nee Yanik) SZELAG ZYBECK ~ Batavia 

Age 88, of Batavia, NY went peacefully home to the Lord on Monday evening April 16, 2018 at the New York State Veterans Home @ Batavia surrounded by her family. She was born April 3, 1930 in Oakfield, NY a daughter of the late Frank and Anna (Placek) Yanik also preceded in death by husbands, Walter S. Szelag in 1972 and Stephen Zybeck in 2000, a son, Raymond Szelag and several brothers and sisters.                                                     

Pauline was employed at Curtis Burns in Oakfield and the former Genesee County Nursing Home. She was a longtime member of Resurrection Parish, a Eucharistic Minister, member of the Legion of Mary and the St. Joseph's Sodality. In April 1998 her church bestowed upon her the honor of receiving the "St. Joseph the Worker" award. She will be remembered as a kind, caring woman with a strong devotion to faith, family and friends. 

She is survived by her loving children, Walter (Anne) Szelag of Iowa, David (Kris) Szelag of Utah, Wanda (David) Vanderlee of Victor, Susan (John) Hilchey of Oakfield, Anne Gross of Buffalo, Theresa (Jack) Kershner of Batavia; step-sons, Steve (Debbie) Zybeck of Buffalo, Jeffrey (Katie) Zybeck of N. Carolina; daughter-in-law, Kim Szelag of Nebraska; brother, Edwin (late Theresa) Yanik of Buffalo; numerous grandchildren, several great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews. 

Pauline's family will be present from 4-8pm Friday April 20, 2018 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where prayers will be recited 9:30am Saturday April 21 followed by a 10am Mass of Christian Burial at Resurrection Parish (St. Mary's Site). She will be laid to rest in St. Cecilia's Cemetery in Oakfield. Contributions in her memory can be made to Crossroads House 11 Liberty Street Batavia, NY 14020. 

Please share your words of comfort with Pauline's family at or for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500. 




Terry A. DuRei, 70 of Blaine
January 13, 1948 - April 17, 2018

Loving Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Brother, Uncle & Friend, passed away peacefully on April 17, 2018. Preceded in death by parents, Lester & Edwine; brother-in-law, Larry Decker. Survived by wife, Connie; daughter, Kendra Kecker (Kevin Mercier); grandson, Aiden Mercier; siblings, Judy Decker, Richard (Barb), James (Kathy); nieces, nephews, other relatives & friends. Terry was a teacher for over 30 years in the Forest Lake School District, a proud Air Force Veteran, and an active member of the Lino Lakes American Legion. He was also a diehard New York Yankees & Syracuse Orange fan. 

A celebration of Terry's Life 4:30 PM Tuesday, May 1st, with visitation beginning at 3 PM, at the Lino Lakes American Legion, 7731 Lake Drive, Lino Lakes. Memorials preferred to the Lino Lakes American Legion.

yamonaco.jpg  James A. Yamonaco, 70 of Leicester, passed away on Tuesday April 17, 2018 at his home. He was born in Niagara Falls, NY on July 10, 1947 a son to Minnie D. (Valente) Yamonaco of Leicester and the late Anthony F. Yamonaco.

Jim served with the US Army during the Vietnam War. He worked for Buffalo Crushed Stone where he was the Port Director for Buffalo retiring in 2007. After retirement he returned back to work for a few years working for American Rock Salt Co. in Mt. Morris. Jim enjoyed golfing and hunting. He was the rock of the family, always willing to help someone in need; his biggest love was his family.

He is survived by his wife: Deborah (Collings) Yamonaco whom he married on September 5, 1970, 2 daughters: October “Tobie” (Jack) VanDewalker of Livonia, Kellie Estruch of Mt. Morris, a son: Brian (Katie) Schor of Honeoye Falls, his mother: Minnie Yamonaco of Leicester, 2 sisters: Barb (Phil) Noble of Venice, FL., Toni Ann (Fred “Cutch”) Teresa of Leicester, a brother: Richard (Kristie) Yamonaco of Venice, FL., 7 grandchildren: Shawnee (Jake Fox) VanDewalker, Jenna VanDewalker, Gracyn (Justin Wray) Estruch, Jacob VanDewalker, Parker Estruch, Addie and Austin Schor, along with many Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and Friends.

Family and friends may call from 4:00-8:00PM on Friday April 20, 2018 at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main Street Perry, New York 14530. A 10:00AM Celebration of Jim’s life will be held on Saturday April 21st at the Funeral Home. He will be laid to rest in Leicester Cemetery in Leicester, NY.

For more information please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence visit Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530.





LeRoy – Andy died, April 15, 2018 peacefully, at the LeRoy Village Green in her 102nd year.  She was born Antoinette Drayo, Le Roy, NY on May 12, 1916.  She is best remembered by the many people in Le Roy as the big-hearted, fun-loving woman owner of the LeRoy Dinette.  She loved the people she served and anyone that crossed her path.  She was one of those genuinely warm individuals who “never met a stranger”.  Her family was her first love and she particularly enjoyed the “little” ones.   

     Andy is predeceased by her husband Sam; parents Charles and Carrie Drayo; brother Phil, sister Sara, and daughters Barbara and Rachel (Cardone). She is survived by son Joseph (Margaret) DeFrancisco, daughters Patricia (William) Muratore, Vicki (David) Clark, and sister Josie O’Geen,

     Grandchildren; Susan Burns, Garrett (Amanda Carritte) DeFrancisco, Lauren (Michael) Bellobuono, Greg DeFrancisco, Greg (Melissa Shnitzer) Clark, Christa (Dominic) Giangrasso,  Matthew (Jill) Cardone; Joe (Jessica) Muratore, and Michael Clark. Great grandchildren; Sam, Joe & Charley Bellobuono; Tessa & Ned DeFrancisco; Gracie & Emilia Giangrasso and Logan Davis.  And many nieces & nephews particularly loving nieces Rachel (Willie) Klinkbeil and Ursula Spillane who would do anything at any time for their Aunt Andy!

     Friends may call at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Street Road, LeRoy, NY, Friday 4 to 8 PM.  Her funeral mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter's Church, 44 Lake St., LeRoy on Saturday at 11 AM.  Interment will follow at St. Francis Cemetery, LeRoy, NY.  Your memories and condolences may be shared with Andy's family at

     The family extends their gratitude to LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home for the kindness and care shown to Andy during her 3 ½ years stay.  Lisa Wehner and the B Wing Staff were extremely kind and loving toward Andy and she absolutely loved them in return.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the "Sunshine Fund" at the LeRoy Village Green in Andy’s memory.    

bender.jpgDale A. Bender, 57, of Attica passed away peacefully on Sunday April 15, 2018 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born on December 19, 1960 in Buffalo, to Duane R. (Janet K. Niebergall) Bender of Darien.

Dale graciously donated his body to the University of Rochester Anatomical Gift Program. He was an avid outdoorsman that loved hunting, fishing and camping. Dale worked at Orcon Industries for over 16 years, a second family to Dale. Dale was very family oriented, everything revolved around the family especially his nieces and nephews – he was the “funcle” (fun-uncle) and they loved him for it.

He is survived by his loving partner Donna L. Sullivan of Attica; her daughters, Ryan Besaw, Nicole (Christopher) Dunham and grandsons, Jacob, Memphis and Sampson. His siblings Karen (David) Gottlieb of Canton, OH; Paul (Alisa) Bender of Akron; Suzanne (Michael) Fenello of Cranberry Twp., PA; Gary (Lisa) Bender of Alexander; Karl (Becky) Bender of Alexander and Todd (Kathy) Bender of Batavia. Special nieces and nephews, Gregory (Allison) Gottlieb, Alyssa (Dick) Huntwork, Rebecca Gottlieb, Tiara & Mikaela Bender, Cody (Fiancée Sam), Caitlin & Nicolette Fenello, Kara (Dan) Nash, Kayla (Mike) Machniak, Joshua & Amanda (fiancé Nick) Bender, Ryan, Lindsey and Evan Bender.  

Friends are invited to call from 1 to 5 PM on Saturday April 21, 2018 at Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011. Dale will be laid to rest at a later date in St. Vincent’s Cemetery, Attica.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Palliative Care Program, U of R Alumni and Advancement Center, 300 E River Road, PO Box 278996, Rochester, NY 14627. For more information please call 585-591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence please visit Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.  

hawker.jpgReginald J. Hawker, 62 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on April 15, 2018 at Batavia Health Care Center. He was born June 16, 1955 in Batavia to the late Raymond “Bud” Hawker and Pearl (Raymond) Eley of Batavia.

He is survived by his son Matthew Hawker, sister Linda (Ken) Catino of Auburn, brother Ronald (Charlene) Hawker of Waterloo, a beloved grandson along with several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held privately for the family. He will be laid to rest at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Alexander.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Comfort Care Unit at Batavia Health Care Center, 257 State Street, Batavia, New York, 14020. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to leave a message of condolence visit Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.  




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