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d._rebmann_2.pngDIANE L. REBMANN ~ Batavia

Lifelong administrative and managerial registered nurse, died Thursday November 16, 2017 at Strong Memorial Hospital from injuries sustained from a motor vehicle accident. She was born August 20, 1947 in Alden to the late Ralph & Dorothy (Holtz) Horni.

Diane’s nursing career spanned many years and touched many lives. Known for her care and compassion as home health care registered nurse at Genesee County Health Dept. She continued her career in administrative nursing at McCauley Seton and retired from the VNA (Visiting Nursing Association) in Batavia.
She enjoyed the outdoors, especially hiking, backpacking, canoeing, cross country skiing, fishing and bird watching. She was a member of the YMCA where she played pickleball as well.
Diane will be remembered as an extremely caring woman who was devoted to her family and most enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
She was also active at Our Lady of Good Council R.C. Church in Darien Center. 

Surviving is her loving husband of 49 years, Donald Rebmann of Batavia; beloved children, Stephanie Norris of Chesapeake, VA and her children, Kaylee & Ashley, Douglas (Tammy) Rebmann of Alexander and their children, Leah, Katie, Michael & Joseph, Debra Webster of Batavia and her children, Tanner & Kelly, Julie (Daniel) Vella of Rochester and their children, Zinnia, Zander, Olivia & Alec, Christopher (Carrie) Rebmann of Darien and children, Tess & Chloe; 6 great-grandchildren; dear sisters, Donna (David) Stolzman and Cindy (David) Meyer all of Alden; in-laws, Gerri (late Joseph) Matre, Norman (Rusty) Rebmann, Raymond Rebmann, Ann (Joseph) Morin, Nancy (James) Allegretto, Patricia Begiers, the late Sandra Hinksen along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 

The Rebmann family will be present from 4-8pm on Friday November 24, 2017at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020, where prayers will be recited 11:30am Saturday November 25 followed by a 12:30pm Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady Of Good Counsel Church 10675 Alleghany Rd. Darien Center, NY 14040. She will be laid to rest in the church cemetery and memorials in her memory are suggested to Genesee Cancer Assistance, Inc. 127 North Street Batavia. 

Please share your thoughts and memories of Diane with her family at www.tomaszewskifh.com 

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

Elba - A celebration of life for Robert C. Adams will be held from 2 to 4 pm November 24 at the Holiday Inn Express meeting room, 4356 Commerce Drive, Batavia, where relatives and friends are invited to share their stories and memories with the Adams family. Robert C. Adams passed away August 3, 2017 at his home in Odenton, MD after a long battle with cancer.  "Bob" grew up in Elba.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Project Healing Waters, an organization that uses fly fishing in the rehabilitation of wounded veterans (projecthealingwaters.org); or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (lls.org).

LeRoy - James Chester Walker, 45, of LeRoy, passed away on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at United Memorial Medical Center.

James was born April 4, 1972 in Brockport, a son of Rev. Raymond (Virginia) Walker of Stafford and Cordella Walker Purnell of Laurinburg, NC.

James will be remembered as a loving man and a great father.  A veteran, he served with the United States Army.  He received numerous awards for his culinary skills and he was an assistant manager at SUNY Geneseo.

Surviving along with his parents are his fiancée, Torry Washington of LeRoy; children, Tykirah Ellerbe of North Carolina, James Raymond Walker of Kentucky, Danaye Maddox of LeRoy and Della Rose Walker of LeRoy; grandchildren, Tyquez Pittman, Tyneric White and Tykeal Ellerbe; a brother, Raymond D. Walker of Batavia; a niece, Renea Walker of North Carolina; a nephew, Edward Walker of North Carolina and a niece, Courtney Walker of Ohio; a great-niece, Raven Boggan of North Carolina and several cousins, aunts and uncles.  

James is a grandson of the late Chester Purnell, Willie Ruth Purnell, William Walker and Ruth Walker.

Calling hours are Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home 403 East Main St., Batavia.  Services and burial with full military honors will be in Laurinburg, North Carolina.

Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association, 315 Alberta Drive, Amherst, NY 14226, www.diabetes.org or Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH  45250-0301, www.dav.org.

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

 

 

 

Byron – Formerly of Specnerport, at Age 49, entered into rest Nov. 7, 2017.  Beloved son of the late Maureen O’Hara; dear nephew of Ann (late Donald) Moss and Rev. Eugene O’Hara; also survived by cousins and friends. No prior calling.  Memorial Mass of Christian Burial at 12 noon on Saturday (Nov. 25, 2017) at St. Monica Church, 831 Genesee St., Rochester.  Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.  Memorials to Volunteers for Animals, PO Box 1621, Batavia, NY 14021.

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

Batavia - Kenneth Draycott, 92, of Batavia, passed away on Friday, November 17, 2017 at United Memorial Medical Center.

Kenneth was born July 2, 1925 in England, a son of the late Joseph and Ann (Walters) Draycott.

Kenneth served during World War II with the Royal Naval Commandos.  He is a member of St. James Episcopal Church, Rochester Consistory and a 50 year Master Mason.  He enjoyed reading, especially about history and geography, classical music and traveling, having visited England 13 times.  Kenneth was very active with the Boy Scouts and was also proud to have mastered using his iPad. He was a sales representative at Chemi-Trol Chemical Co. in Gibsonburg, Ohio.

He is survived by his wife, Jane E. (Hall) Draycott, of Batavia, whom he married December 15, 1956; one son, Kenneth J. (Carolyn) Draycott of Auburn; one daughter, Phyllis J. Draycott of Batavia and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Kenneth is the brother of the late J. Leslie Draycott.

All service will be private. 

Memorials may be made to American Heart Association of WNY, 5488 Sheridan Drive, #300, Williamsville, NY 14231, www.heart.org or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516, www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

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

Arrangements were completed by the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-5673.

 

john_wayne.jpgCLARENCE J. "PeeWee" DOWNS ~ Elba

Beloved husband, father and grandfather, died peacefully Thursday afternoon November 16, 2017 at United Memorial Medical Center. He was born February 9, 1940 in Elba, NY to the late Floyd and Lottie (Johnson) Downs, also preceded in death by his first wife, Linda (Farren) Downs; son, Richard J. Downs, great-grandchildren, Destiny & Jasmine Lowe and Brodi Robinson; siblings, Floyd, Elwood, Robert & Charlotte along with in-laws, Marie (Kenneth) Years and Robert (Pat) Townsend. 

Mr. Downs was a self-taught mechanic who could fix anything from a stock car to a pea harvester working up until last year for many area Muckers including, Marky's Wholesale, Big O Farms and Torrey Farms. He enjoyed stock car racing, NASCAR, John Wayne movies and was always available to help someone in need. PeeWee will be remembered as a loving, caring, family man who simply loved to be home, on Thursday afternoon Nov. 16, 2017, Heaven welcomed its "Newest Angel." 

Surviving is his beloved wife of 42 years, Vickie (Townsend) Downs of Elba; loving children, Carl J. & James C. both of Elba and Shawn (Daniel) Hargrave of E. Bethany; siblings, Irving Downs of Barre, Clayton (Violet) Downs of Albion, Kenneth (Ann) Downs of SC, Shirley (late Richard) Pahuta of Barre, Bonnie (Richard) Kingdollar of Barre, Arlene (Kenneth) Frasier of FL, Lois (Scott) Golisano of FL; 7 grandchildren, Krystle (Daniel) Robinson, Mikaela (Brandon) Nicastro, Carl Amesbury, Triton Drock, Garrett Downs, Dina (Joe) Farone & Richard (Abby) Lowe; 7 great-grandchildren, Laela Robinson, Aiden Amesbury, Richard Lowe, Jr., Baylee Mae Lowe, Ariana Bernal, Leo Poldo Bernal & Jayden Johnston; in-laws, Mary (late Jack) Wray, Betty (late Robert) Townsend, Sue (Richard) Buckley, John (Mary Lou) Townsend, Lance (Kathy) Townsend, Michael Townsend, Terry (late Dan) Matter along with many nieces, nephews and friends. 

The Downs family will be present from 4 - 8pm on Monday November 20, 2017 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020, where a Service of Remembrance will begin at 8pm. He will be laid to rest in Cary Cemetery and in lieu of flowers memorials in his memory are suggested to the family. 

Please share your thoughts and memories with PeeWee's family at http://www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500. 

THE FAMILY OF CLARENCE J. DOWNS IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK.

 

Stafford – It is with great sadness that the family of Colleen R. King announces her sudden passing, on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at the age of 45 years. She will be remembered by her children Christopher B. King, Brittany K. Rodon, Anthony (AJ) Armstrong, Cody Kosiorek and her many friends. She was also mother of the late Ashley Rodon.

Colleen was born April 24, 1972, in Batavia, NY. She was the daughter of the late Richard R. (Rip) King and is survived by her mother, Karen Balduf King, and brother Brian S. (Christine) King, of Corfu.

A memorial service in memory of Colleen will be held at noon on Sunday, November 19, 2017, at The Sportsman Coon Club, Hopkins Road, Corfu, for family and friends.

Arrangements were made by C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary Inc., 4 E. Main St., Corfu, NY.

Batavia - Linda M. Mead Engelhardt Royse, 76, of Batavia, an avid bingo player who loved her family dearly, passed away on died Thursday, November 16, 2017 at United Memorial Medical Center.

Mrs. Royse was born May 12, 1941, a daughter of the late George and Irene Larmon Mead.

She is predeceased by her husbands, John W. Engelhardt and Ralph L. Royse, Sr.

Survivors include three sons; G. Bill (Joanne) Engelhardt of Batavia, Ralph (Deb) Royse, Jr. of Batavia, and Ward Royse of Batavia: seven daughters; Helen Engelhardt of Batavia, Irene McNutt of Batavia, Linda Royse of Batavia, Annie Royse of Virginia, Ruth (Tom) Gilliatt of Batavia, Malynda (Billy) Blackshere of Batavia and Mabel Ramirez of Batavia; one sister, Mabel (Robert) VanNess of Brighton, 38 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her daughter-in-law, Linda DiMartino Engelhardt; grandson, Andrew Cianfrini, brother, Donald Mead and nephew, Johnny Houch.

Friends may call on Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street,  Batavia. Her memorial services will follow at 3 p.m. at the funeral home and will be officiated by Rev. Ken Comer. She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.  To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

sunflower.jpgSHIRLEY J. EARL ~ 90 years old of Batavia, passed away on Friday,11/10/17 at the Batavia Health Care Center.

   Shirley was born and raised in Erie, Pa., and graduated from the Erie Academy High School in 1944. She then moved to Batavia in 1964, where she lived the remainder of her life. Shirley loved to take walks and meet up with friends at local restaurants. Earlier in her life, she loved to ride bicycles throughout the city. Faith was also a big part of her life. She attended Grace Baptist Church when it was located on Bank Street, and most recently at the City Church on Batavia's Main Street.

   Shirley was pre-deceased by her parents, John and Edna Anna (Allen) Luther. Also by three brothers:  Charles Luther, John Randolph Luther and Douglas Robert Luther; as well as by one daughter-in-law, Fibi Earl. 

   Surviving relatives are her three children: Kevin (Cathleen) Earl, Kristi (Jim) Earl Houseman, and Kerry Earl; Grandchildren: Renee (Tony) Earl Becker, Amanda Earl, Michael Gilbert, Kathryn (Erik) Merrell, Justin Earl and Jasmin Earl. Shirley is also survived by three Great Grandchildren: Gavin Becker, Julia Merrell and Charlotte Merrell. 

   There will not be any calling hours. In the Spring, a private family celebration will be held in Erie, where burial will take place at that time. If desired, donations may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association, at 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Floor 17 in Chicago, IL  60601. Additionally, memorials or donations may be sent to the Batavia Health Care Center, 257 State Street, Batavia, NY.  

THE FAMILY OF SHIRLEY J. EARL WAS CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NY 14020

american_flag.jpgLANCE W. DERY ~ Batavia

Age 66, of Batavia, died on Saturday, November 4, 2017. He was born in Batavia, NY on August 18, 1951, son of the late Clifford and Eleanor (Vandebogart) Dery.

Mr. Dery was Marine Corp Veteran of the Vietnam War and worked at Kaufmann Footwear for many years. He enjoyed crossword puzzles and reading.

He is survived by his former wife, Jeanette; his son, Christopher (Jennifer Maxwell) Dery of Basom; daughter, Jill Dery of Hornell; grandchildren, Ashley, Michael & Noah.

At the family's request, there will be no calling hours or funeral services. 

Please share your thoughts and memories of Lance with his family at http://www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500. 

THE FAMILY OF LANCE W. DERY IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK.

 

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