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gardening.jpg Sharon Stoltzfus, age 49, of Perry, passed away on Saturday September 23, 2017 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester surrounded by her family. Sharon was born in Baltimore, Maryland on October 30, 1967 a daughter to Grace J. Yoder of Maryland and the late John E. Yoder.

Sharon was a homemaker who loved raising her four beautiful children and being a wonderful pastor’s wife. She enjoyed reading, music, singing, walks through Letchworth State Park, tending to her flower gardens, cooking, baking and collecting antiques. She was a member of the Mt. Anthems Choir Group in Salisbury Pa. for 7 years in her youth and was an active member of the Silver Lake Mennonite Church in Perry.

She is survived by her husband: Ernest Stoltzfus whom she married on August 18, 1990, 1 daughter: Joanna Stoltzfus of Perry, 3 sons: Kendric (Heather) Stolzfus of Orange, Va., Derek and Danny Stoltzfus both of Perry, her mother: Grace J. Yoder of Grantsville, MD, a sister: Twila Yoder of Albright, WV, 2 brothers: Duane Yoder of Berlin, PA. and Wendel Yoder of Baltimore, MD, her mother-in-law: Lydia Stoltzfus of Honey Brook, PA., , 2 sisters-in-law: Mamie Bontrager of Arlington, KS, Becky (Jacob) Esh of Honey Brook, PA, a brother-in-law: Sam (Rosa Marie) Stoltzfus of Honey Brook, PA, along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends may call from 2:30-4:30pm and 6:30-8:30pm on Tuesday September 26th, 2017 at the Silver Lake Mennonite Church 6276 Burke Hill Rd. in Perry. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday September 27th at 10:30am at the Valley Chapel Free Methodist Church 3415 Route 19S, Warsaw, NY 14569. She will be laid to rest in the Silver Lake Mennonite Church Cemetery in Perry.

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

butter.jpg Margery G. Keem, 94, of Perry passed away on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the Wyoming County Skilled Nursing Facility in Warsaw where she had been residing. Marge was born in the Town of Gainesville on May 11, 1923 a daughter of the late Albert and Hazel (Ellis) Grasby. Along with her parents she is preceded in death by her husband; Nelson R. Keem who passed away on February 6, 1993; 2 son-in-laws David Milhollen and Richard Ames; brother Donald Grasby and her mother and father-in-law Earl and Leta Keem.

She worked for the former Gates Transport Trucking Company in Perry for 12 years and later for Hart’s Insurance Co. in Perry as a commercial Insurance agent for 18 years retiring in 1992. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Perry where she was involved with the United Methodist Women, a member of the Wyoming County Home Bureau, former Golden Age Club of Perry and the Senior Social Club of Perry. Marge enjoyed listening to country music, was an excellent pie maker, family and friends called her home “Grandma’s Pie Factory”, the biggest part of her life was family, she enjoyed those simple visits especially from her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

She is survived by her two dedicated daughters;  Judy (Bill Goewey) Milhollen of Leicester and Nancy Ames of Perry; 3 grandchildren Russell (Gay) Milhollen of Leicester, Douglas (Holly) Milhollen of Perry, Scott (Kellie) Milhollen of Perry; Step grandchildren Cynthia Sims, Samantha (Leigh) Ciesleiski and Christopher Sims; 7 great grandchildren Mark (Rachel) Milhollen, Rachele (Bob) True, Dustin (Ashley) Milhollen, Amber (Chris) True, Morgan, Autumn and Noelle Milhollen; 7 great-great grandchildren Averie True, Camden, Declan, and Harper Milhollen, Peyton True, Ciara Milhollen and Reese True; a sister Lena Mertz of Warsaw; sister-in-law Dorothy Grasby of Warsaw; brother-in-law Harry Boyer of Batavia, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Family and friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9PM on Thursday September 28, 2017 at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530. An 11:00AM Funeral Service will be held on Friday the 29th at the First United Methodist Church 35 Covington St. in Perry. She will be laid to rest in Warsaw Cemetery in Warsaw, NY.

Memorial contributions can be made to the First United Methodist Church 35 Covington St. Perry, NY 14530. 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

Stafford - William P. “Bill” Dougherty passed away on Sunday, September 24, 2017 with his family at his side.

He is a US Army veteran, served as a JCI Senator and member of JC's in Batavia.  He was a member of the Notre Dame Sports Boosters, Society American Baseball Research; Board of Directors of the Genesee County Baseball Club and life member of the Stafford Fire Department.  He was a graduate of Batavia High School and Alfred State College and was an author.

He is survived by his wife, Geraldine "Geri" Dougherty; 3 sons, Paul (Holly) Dougherty, Brian (Adrianne) Dougherty and Mark (Nancy) Dougherty; 5 grandsons, Chris, Matthew, Kyle, John and Alex Dougherty and 2 granddaughters, Jessica (Antonio) Ciaccia and Caitlin (Ryan) Bucari; 4 great-grandchildren, Franco, Marco, Rory and Griffin.

There are no calling hours.  Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance, Inc., C/o UMMC, 127 North St., Batavia, NY 14020  ( or attend a baseball game.  Arrangements were entrusted to the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 E. Main St., Batavia.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at


Batavia ~ World War II Veteran, Patrick Palotti, died peacefully at the NYS Veteran’s Home in Batavia, on Sept. 11, 2017, where he had been a resident since early August. He was 98 and lived his life fully and independently. 

      Born in Buffalo, Dec. 5, 1918 to Raphael and Delia Tarza Palotti,  he grew up in Holley and later attended Alfred State. He married Dorthea (Lauber) on July 4, 1940 and spent 62 wonderful years together.

     Pat is lovingly remembered for his stories, love of family and friends, remodeling skills, gardening, and his zest for life. He owned and ran Pat’s Bootery in LeRoy for 34 years. Not ready for retirement,  he later worked at Genesee Country Village and Darien Amusement Park into his 80’s with wife Dot by his side.

     He was a member of St. Peter’s Church, Rotary Club, Head of the Babe Ruth League and LeRoy and Genesee County Chambers of Commerce.

     Pat is predeceased by wife Dot, son Gary, parents, and siblings, Sally Platt and Florence McMahon.

     He is sorely missed by daughter, Kathleen (Ken) Henry of Batavia; daughter-in-law, Karen (late Gary) Palotti of Simsbury, CT and son, David (Marilynn) Palotti of East Bethany; eleven gratefull grandchildren remain; Mike (Kristy) Palotti, Kevin (Karly) Palotti, Jeremy (Kristin) Palotti, Adam (Sonja) Palotti, Matthew (Rhean) Palotti, Josh (Mandy) Palotti, Ken (Julie) Henry, Brian (Amy) Henry, Jennifer Gadd, Emily (Frank) Falleti and Megan (Alex) Lega and the joys of his life, 23 great-grandchildren; Hayleigh, Andy, Nate, Luca, Rose, Henry, Carter, Felix, Holden, Nathan, Noah, Grant, Liberty, McKenzie, Tyler, Dylan, Austin, Gino, Francesco, Mirabella, Arianna, James and Dale.

     Family and friends may call on Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 4 ~ 6 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19), LeRoy.  Graveside Services with military honors will be held on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 10:00 AM in the Stafford Rural Cemetery.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the NYS Veterans Home at Batavia.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Mr. Palotti's family at

dean.jpg Dean M. Dale, 54, of Corfu, NY passed away unexpectedly on September 21, 2017. Dean was born in Dansville, NY on November 23, 1962 to the late Ronald and Patricia Dale.

He loved being a Dad, Papa, uncle, cousin and best brother.  Dean was an avid outdoorsman with a passion for hunting with Mark and fishing with Auggie. He was a lifelong Buffalo Bills, Sabres and NY Yankees fan. He enjoyed spending his Sundays watching football in his recliner with his 3 best buddies Jack, Bang and Spike by his side. He enjoyed fishing, going to Sabres and Bills games and eating wings at Duff's with Lindsay. They shared a lifelong love of animals. She may have learned dog rescue from him. He enjoyed working with the horses, eating Crosby's pizza and watching Thor and Swamp People with Emily. Dean loved being a Papa to Collin playing Nerf wars, jumping on the trampoline, wrestling and watching Monster Jam. Dean enjoyed working with standard bred horses with his family and friends for many years. He spent many a trip in the back of a truck or trailer going from track to track to make it easier for his Mom and Dad. In more recent years he enjoyed traveling to visit Tim and Melanie in Florida. Swimming in the pool and fishing in the gulf. Dean and Tim have had many adventures over the years most recently fishing, playing poker and floating in the pool just hanging out together as only brothers can do. Dean enjoyed spending time with Robin and her family. Always being a huge part of any celebration. He would willingly wear party hats or do any nonsense to make the holiday fun for everyone. He also could be counted on to help do anything that needed to be done and was often seen hanging precariously from tree stands to help get ready for deer season with Mark. He found a new passion working as a radiology technician at UMMC in Batavia. He loved his coworkers and the patients he cared for. He enjoyed wearing his Super Hero Scrubs for the enjoyment of the "kids". His biggest gift was his big heart always willing to help. He worked hard and played hard.

He is survived by his loving children Lindsay (Taylor) Harris of Harlem, GA., Emily Dale of Attica,  favorite sister Robin (Mark) Shaw of Henrietta, little brother Tim (Melanie) Dale of Sarasota , FL., grandson Collin Dale of Attica; long time companion Shari Fothiathis of Corfu; niece and nephew Michael (Amber) Shaw of Batavia, Morgan Shaw of Fairport and great niece Carrigan along with his 3 best buddies Bang, Jack and Spike.

There will be no prior calling hours and Services for Dean will be held privately for the family.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Wilmot Cancer Institute 601 Elmwood Ave. Rochester, NY 14642 or the Genesee County Animal Shelter For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.



Corfu -- Robert H. Musall, 88, of Corfu, NY, died peacefully on September 20th 2017 with his family by his side.

He was born January 4th, 1929 in North Tonawanda, NY. He is survived by his wife Susanalice of 41 years, four daughters: Kathryn Musall, Kara (Mike) Czechowicz, Emily (Justin) Fronckowiak and Sara (Eric Krasinski) Musall, brother Richard Musall and six grandchildren.

Robert had a love for his family and country. He was a proud Marine and Korean War Veteran. He was a Sargeant of the 1st Marine Division in Korea and 2nd Marine Division in the United States. He was also a lifetime member of the Marine Corps League Conrad F. Kania Detachment and actively involved in the local VFW, serving as commander of his post, Cathie-Wild Post 9000, for several years while in his early 80s.

He retired from the New York State Thruway after 30 years of service. He had many interesting occupations throughout his life including cowboy in Wyoming and driving a hearse. His great loves were spending time with his family and horses. He loved the mountains, visiting national parks and historical military sites. He was genuine, deeply caring and witty. His love and devotion for his family was only surpassed by theirs for him.  

Friends may call Tuesday, September 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary Inc., 4 E. Main St, Corfu, NY. Funeral Services will be Wednesday, September 27, at 11:30 a.m. at the Corfu United Presbyterian Church, 63 Allegheny St., Corfu, NY.


Batavia - June Cotton Vukman, 87, went to be with our Lord September 16, 2017 surrounded by her family.  She was born in Buffalo, NY on January 21, 1930, a daughter of Andrew and Mildred Baube Cotton.  She is predeceased by the “love of her life”, Roy J. Vukman, who passed away January 24, 1997 and her brother Lloyd and sister-in-law, Ethel.  She was Supervisor of the Town of Batavia for eighteen years, a job she loved. 

She is survived by her sons, Dr. Gerald (Susan) Vukman of Oakfield, Dr. Ronald (Elizabeth) Vukman of Rochester; her daughter, Patricia Swift of Niagara Falls; 8 grandchildren, Michelle (Gary) Patnode, Stephen Vukman, Christine (Phillip) Auman, Joanne Vukman, Matthew Vukman, Timothy Vukman, Emily Vukman and Zachery Swift; 2 great-grandchildren, Gary and Jonathan Patnode; and 3 nieces. 

A celebration of her life will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at Batavia First United Methodist Church.  Burial will follow in Grand View Cemetery.  Flowers are gratefully declined. Please consider memorials to American Heart Association of WNY, 5488 Sheridan Dr., #300, Williamsville, NY 14231 or to Batavia First United Methodist Church, 8221 Lewiston Rd., Batavia, NY 14020.  Arrangements were entrusted to H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home in Batavia. 

slate.jpg Patricia A. Slate, 85 of Attica NY died respectfully in her home September 19, 2017 with family at her side. She was born July 19, 1932 in Detroit Michigan, the daughter of the late Raymond and Myrtle Rector. In addition to her parents, Patricia is also predeceased by a son; Tim Slate; sister Bonnie Sue Piersel.

She became a countryman's wife in 1952, and as her family grew, she filled the roll of wife and mother of 4. Later, she worked for Genesee County Nursing home in Batavia as a Nursing Assistant and retired after 20 years of service in 1984. She then moved with her husband to Branchport, NY where she pursued a short stay at the Canandaigua VA, retiring in 1987.

She was active with the Board of Elections for the town of Italy in Yates County for 6 years. She was passionate for her church, Italy Hill Baptist, and loved gardening and crafts. In 2007, she and her husband downsized and moved to Attica to be closer to their children. It was then, that she shared her beautiful voice in the church choir at Alexander Methodist in Alexander. To share more time with her daughter, with open arms, she found a loving home and family at Alabama Full Gospel in 2013, and continued to serve and love on our Lord, and praise the life and family she had been gifted with. She will be missed, and remembered for her spunk, by those she came in contact with. Many thanks go out to all those who loved and cared for her as we set out on her journey home.

Patricia is survived by her loving husband of 65 years; Jesse H. Slate of Attica; children Bonnie (Chuck) Myers of Silver Springs, Shirley Slate of Batavia, Karl (Sue) Slate of Batavia, Hope (Edward) Knapp of Alexander, Kelly (Jim) Hilt of Scocia, Kori Slate of Canandaigua; grandchildren Christina (Sam) Salamone, Paul (Jan) Myers, Brooke (Tim) Eck, Eric (Juan) Slate, Jaimee (Cory) Coles, Joshua (Brandy) Knapp, Jon (Amirose) Knapp, Michael (Christina) Knapp, Zachary and Kendal Hilt, Patrick and Autumn Lewis; 8 great-grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews.  

There will be no prior calling hours. A 2:00PM Memorial Service will be held on Sunday September 24, 2017 at the Alabama Full Gospel Church 5329 S. Gravel Road Medina, NY 14103.

Flowers and donations on her behalf may be sent to the Alabama Full Gospel Church at the address listed above. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.

brudz.jpg Lorne R. Brudz, 18, of Batavia passed away on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at the United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia. He was born on June 10, 1999, in Batavia to Mark and Colleen (McMahon) Brudz. Lorne is predeceased by his grandparents Joseph and Esther Brudz; Richard and Joanne McMahon.

Lorne had a love for animals, as he was aspiring to be a Veterinarian Technician. He was an avid reader, loved art, sketching and drawing and enjoyed playing Xbox online with his friends. Lorne will be remembered for his big heart and his willingness to help anyone who needed it.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his siblings; Amanda Brudz of Batavia and Andrew Brudz of Rochester; uncle Timothy (Rita) Brudz of Attica, aunt Amy (Edward) Wenck of Indiana, and Michelle McCulloch of Attica along with several cousins.

Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, September 25, 2017, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday the 26th at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish located at 8656 Church St. East Pembroke, NY 14056. He will be laid to rest in St. Vincent’s Cemetery in Attica.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Richmond Memorial Library 19 Ross St. in Batavia or the Genesee County Animal Shelter For more information please call 585-343-8260 or to leave a message of condolence please visit Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

Corfu - Beth J. Aylsworth, 58, of Corfu, passed away at her home Tuesday, September 19, 2017.
Beth was born April 21, 1959 in Buffalo, a daughter of the late Arthur and Ruth Popp Brown. Beth was a 1977 graduate of Cheektowaga Central School. She received an associates degree from Bryant and Stratton College. Beth was a billing manager for Pembroke Family Medicine.
Beth’s favorite pastimes were spending time with her family, playing cards, reading, gardening and boating. She was an animal lover but had a soft spot for dogs. Over the years, Beth adopted many dogs through the ASPCA. 
Beth is survived by her beloved husband of 35 years, Michael Aylsworth; devoted children, Gretchen Aylsworth and Christopher Aylsworth; two brothers, David (Joyce) Brown, of Tennessee, and Paul (Nancy) Brown, of Depew, and several nieces and nephews. Beth also leaves behind many close friends who were really more like family. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Family and friends may call on Thursday, September 21 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 E. Main St., Corfu. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 22 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 4809 S. Newstead Rd., Akron, NY. Burial will be in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Corfu, NY.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The ASPCA Serving Erie County, 300 Harlem Rd., West Seneca, NY 14224.




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