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The Villages, Florida - Mr. Richard Bret “Dick” Yaw, age 82, longtime Batavia resident, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 under the care of Cornerstone Hospice in The Villages, Florida following a brief illness.

Mr. Yaw was born November 18, 1934 in West Seneca, the son of the late Charles Yaw and Ruth Woodard Yaw.

Dick is preceded in death by his beautiful daughter, Mary Patricia Yaw in 1996.

Surviving are his loving wife of 62 years, Maryann "Mame" Yaw; his loving children,  Kathleen Yaw of Aledo, Illinois, Todd (Amy) Yaw of Maitland, Florida and Margaret (James) Fasano of Batavia; six grandchildren, Douglas (Holly) Lamkin, Nathan Lamkin, Bret (Elizabeth) Yaw, Chelsea Yaw, Benjamin (Kimberly) Fasano and Jenna (Kevin) Arroyo; six great-grandchildren, Sydney, Cooper and Harper Lamkin, Addison and Jonah Arroyo and William Fasano; two sisters,  Carol (Richard) Smith of Lakeland, Florida and Charlene (Monroe) Kuhlkin of Spencerport; along with several nieces and nephews.

A graduate of West Seneca High School in 1952 and Erie Community College in 1954, Dick and his family moved to Batavia in 1963 when he took a position with Graham Manufacturing. He would eventually leave the company to pursue other interests in metallurgy and after many successful years in the field, he retired from Q.I.S. in 2006.

A diehard Buffalo Bills fan, Dick enjoyed many seasons alongside his "crew" from the "fan van" and had continued hope for a winning season until the end. An avid golfer, Dick was a lifelong member of Stafford Country Club where he served as the club president during the late '80's. Dick also enjoyed bowling, fishing with his family in Quebec and baseball. A lover of "his" New York Yankees, he was a standout third baseman while in college. A longtime member of St. Mary's Church, Dick was active in his community serving as a city councilman in the late 1970's, coaching little league and was a supporter of the YMCA.

A true lover of life, Dick will be remembered for the immense joy he had in spending time with his family and friends, his infectious smile and his generous, kind spirit.

There are no prior visiting hours. Dick’s Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, 18 Ellicott Street, Batavia.  He will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, Tennessee 38101-9908. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle, please visit

Arrangements for Mr. Yaw have been entrusted to the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia.


merle.jpg Merle R. Cowie Sr., age 87, of Sun City, AZ. and Perry, NY, passed away peacefully on Tuesday September 26, 2017 at his home in Sun City, AZ. Merle was born in Perry, NY on April 26, 1930 a son to the late Thomas and Anna (Kirchgraber) Cowie. Along with his parents he is preceded in death by brothers: Leslie, Thomas and Robert Cowie, son-in-law: Herschel Hilley and former wife/mother of his children: Vivian Atkins.

He was a 1947 graduate of Perry Central High School. He enlisted in the Marine Corp at age 17 and was a decorated Korean War Veteran. Merle returned to Perry where many of his professions/accomplishments were to occur. He was a member of the Perry Center Volunteer Fire Department (age16). Crop and dairy farmer, custom crop harvesting, bulldozing (he loved building ponds), carpenter, pilot, crop-duster and was a member of the American Legion and Civil Air Patrol. Upon retiring, Merle spent time residing in both New York and Arizona, taking advantage of the best weather. His many hobbies included hunting, flying, painting, watching Buffalo Bills football, restoring Farmall tractors, building jigsaw puzzles and being a general prankster.

He is survived by his 5 children: Merle (Sassy) Cowie Jr. of Byhalia, MS., Merleen Hilley of Punta Gorda, FL., Marleen (Steve) Cowie-Smith of Perry, Marty (Linda) Cowie of Phoenix, AZ.,  Michelle (Tony) Dukes of Pittsford; a sister Anna Page of Perry; brother Philip (Barb) Cowie of Perry, former wife/mother of his children: Marge (Hance) Cowie of Warsaw, along with many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends may call from 4-7:30 pm on Tuesday October 10, 2017 at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530.  A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday October 11th at 4:30pm at the First Congregational Church 7205 Perry Center Rd. in Perry Center. He will be laid to rest in the Prospect Hill Cemetery in Perry Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Perry Center Fire Department P.O. Box 204 Perry, NY 14530 or to the First Congregational Church P.O. Box 156 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

Alice Meiser Childs, 86, of Basom, departed for Heaven on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from the Batavia Health Care Center.  She will live for eternity with Jesus Christ, her precious Savior and all the saints who preceded her, including her beloved husband of 58 years, Marvin Childs and younger brother, Leo Meiser. 
Alice was born June 3, 1931, in Indian Falls to the late Loren and Beulah (Thompson) Meiser. She is survived by son Donald (Lori) Childs, daughters Marval Matyas, Denise (Scott) Lynk, Darla (Jerry) Jaszko, grandchildren Tristine (Chauncey) Vanice, Courtney (Leo) Pereira, Moriah Lynk, Taylor (Jon) Dimmig, Joie Matyas and Alexander, Jaziel, Andrew, Jeremiah, Jacobi, Jericho, Leah, Joshua and Joseph Childs, 5 great grandchildren, sister Jean (Lloyd) Schlagenhauf, brothers Floyd (Jean) Meiser, Marvin (JoAnne) Meiser, sister-in-law Nancy Meiser, special family cousin Lois Brockway, and many deeply-loved nieces and nephews.
Alice was a retired teacher, beginning her career in Painted Post, teaching briefly in Batavia and retiring from Oakfield-Alabama after many years as a beloved kindergarten teacher.  Her passion for children and teaching were evident in every aspect of her life.
She also had an extraordinary love for people, having never met a stranger. Her home, a haven of love, acceptance, and hospitality, was always open to family, friends, neighbors, speakers and traveling groups from church, fresh air children, foreign exchange students and even stranded motorists.  She especially enjoyed inviting a mix of old and new members of her church family for dinner and an enjoyable evening of games and encouragement.
A talented artist and musician, Alice especially enjoyed oil painting, cake decorating, ceramics, and playing the piano and organ – frequently improvising her own upbeat rhythms and tempo when she played.
Family and friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. this Wednesday at Grace Baptist Church, 238 Vine Street, Batavia.  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church followed by a graveside service at Evergreen Hill Cemetery in Corfu.  Any memorial gifts may be made to charities of the donors’ choice.
Arrangements were made by C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu, NY.

ryan_desantis.jpgRYAN N. DeSANTIS ~ Batavia

Age 24, died Sunday morning October 1, 2017 at home. He was born February 14, 1993 in Batavia, NY a son of Lisa DeSantis and Michael Klotzbach of Batavia. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Evelyn DeSantis and paternal grandmother, Sharon Klotzbach. 

Ryan's life was MUSIC, listening, playing guitar or playing in a band, it gave him peace. He was employed by Bourbon & Burger, enjoyed skateboarding and was always happy to show off his tattoo's. Ryan will be remembered for his loyalty to family and friends and although came off  with a tough exterior, he was a mere Teddy Bear when you got to know him.           

Surviving along with his parents are his siblings, Jacqueline Klotzbach of Utica and Benjamin Klotzbach of Hilton; maternal grandfather, Nicholas DeSantis of Ft. Myers, FL; paternal grandfather, Charles Klotzbach of Corfu; his sweetheart, Sarah Ferns of NC; aunts/uncles, Lori Veltz, Linda DeSantis, Thomas Klotzbach, Patrick Klotzbach, Kathleen (Jon) Rivers, Jay (Wendy) Klotzbach, Kelly (Troy) Harlach, Elizabeth (Michael) Cipolla along with numerous cousins and friends. 

Ryan's family will be present from 4-8pm on Wednesday October 4, 2017 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATON CHAPEL, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where prayers will be recited 11:30am Thursday October 5 followed by a 12 noon Mass of Christian Burial at Resurrection Parish (St. Mary's Site). He will be laid to rest in St. Joseph's Cemetery and memorials in his memory are suggested to a drug treatment program of the donor's choice. 

Please share your thoughts and memories of Ryan with his family at 


lawson.jpg Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Lawson, 79, of Alden and Darien was called home to the Lord on Monday October 2, 2017 at the Batavia Health Care Center. She was born on August 8, 1938 in Reynoldsville, PA to the late Louis and May (Cattau) Kroh. In addition to her parents, Elizabeth is predeceased by her beloved husband, Valdon O. Lawson, and siblings Ellen (Lee) Strickland and Paul (Alice) Kroh.

She is survived by her five children: Catherine Lawson of Alden, Trina (Eric) Goodman of Darien, Kevin (Michele) Lawson of E. Bethany, Ray (Vicki) Lawson of Pembroke, and Gary (Jennifer) Lawson of Horseheads, NY; brother Clair Kroh of Alden; grandchildren Shannon, Taylor and Alexis Goodman, Sarah, Ian, Kelly, Jenna, Dimitri, Nathan and Kiya Lawson; close friends Sandra Schecterly of Darien and Pat Weiser of Warsaw, along with many nieces, nephews and relatives.

Elizabeth was a partner in Lawson’s Motor Sales in Darien for many years with her late husband, Valdon. She served as the Assessor for the Town of Darien for 20 years prior to her retirement in 2004. She often said her biggest accomplishment was raising five wonderful children and seeing how they and their families grew and enjoyed life. Betty liked playing pinochle with friends in the Darien and Corfu senior citizen groups. She was known for her crocheted afghan creations and also enjoyed working on jigsaw puzzles with family and friends.

There will be no prior calling hours. Services for Elizabeth will be held at the convenience of the family. She will be laid to rest in Darien Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Care-A-Van Ministries, Inc. PO Box 1611 Batavia, NY 14021 For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign a message of condolence please visit Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.



Batavia - Harlo C. Towner, 81, of Batavia, passed away on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at the Batavia Health Care Center, LLC.

Mr. Towner was born May 7, 1936 in Wayland, a son of the late Dewey Towner and Eva Weber Towner.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanette A. Moss Towner, whom he married May 6, 1960; two daughters, Janis (Greg) Lontkowski of Batavia and Sheryl (Denley) Edgerton of Wilson; three grandchildren, Emily Lontkowski of Batavia, Cherish Edgerton of Massachusetts and Benjamin Edgerton of Wilson; his brother, William (Georgia) Towner of New Smyrna Beach, Florida; his sister, Edith (Kenneth) Deault of Tuscon, Arizona and several nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his brother, Dewey E. Towner, Sr.

Friends and family may visit on Monday from 5-7 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia where a celebration of Harlo’s life will follow at 7 p.m. Private burial in Maplelawn Cemetery, Elba will be held at the convenience of the family. Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at

lobello.pngCharles Mariano “Lobo” LoBello Sr., 77, of Batavia passed away on Thursday September 21, 2017 at Buffalo General Hospital. He was born in Buffalo on February 10, 1940.

He served in the military in the early 1960's and spent time in Germany during his service. After the military he settled in Batavia, NY where he resided with family and friends until his passing. Charles enjoyed retirement and loved spending time with his family and working on his cars. He especially enjoyed and loved being a great Grandfather.

Charles is survived by his 3 children; Christine (Chris) Reedhead of Rochester, Charles (Robin) LoBello Jr. of AZ., and Julia LoBello of AZ.; grandchildren Nikki (Seth Kramer) LoBello, Vincent (Keturah) Reedhead, Daniel LoBello, Isabella LoBello and David LoBello; great-grandchildren Ezra Kramer and Oliver Reedhead.

There will be no prior calling hours. Family and Friends are invited to attend an 11:00AM Memorial Service on Saturday September 30, 2017 at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign a message of condolence please visit Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

LeRoy ~ Beatrice "Bea" C. Vernaccini, age 81, formerly of Munson Street, died peacefully with her family by her side early Monday morning (Sept. 25, 2017) at Highland Hospital in Rochester.

     She was born August 2, 1936 in Rochester, a daughter of the late Ralph and Josephine Gomborone Yachett.

     Bea will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who simply just loved life itself.  She was a very giving person, who was devoted to her faith, her family and her friends.  She enjoyed listening to Frank Sinatra and was very supportive of her favorite football team, the Dallas Cowboys.

     She is survived by her daughter, Susan Becker of E. Bethany, her son, Samuel (Krissy) Vernaccini of Brockport; grandchildren, Brandon (Renee) Mills, Justin Becker, Amanda Becker (Jacob Bohn) and Samuel Vernaccini III; great-grandchildren, Audrina Mae and Kenley Claire Mills; sister, Joan (Sam) Riggi of LeRoy; sisters-in-law, Tina Vernaccini of LeRoy and Josephine Luce of Bergen; brother-in-law, Steve Vernaccini of Bergen; best friend, Josie Conte of LeRoy, along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

     She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Samuel Vernaccini in 2009, her sister, Marie Breslin, her twin sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Scafetta and her dear friends, Patricia Bovenzi, Betty Jane Leanen and Evelyn Tabone.

     Family and friends may call on Thursday from 3 ~ 7 P.M. at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19), LeRoy, where her funeral service will be held on Friday at 11:30 AM.  Interment will immediately follow in St. Francis Cemetery.

     The courtesy of no flowers is requested with memorials suggested to either Volunteers for Animals, 3841 W. Main St. Rd., Batavia, NY 14020 or St. Jude Children's Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl, Memphis, TN 38105.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Mrs. Vernaccini's family at

buzzy.jpg Carl “Buzzy” Becker, 63, of Rochester, formally of North Java passed away on Monday September 25, 2017 at the Shore Winds Nursing Home in Rochester. He was born on April 7, 1954 in Buffalo to the late Bernard and Leona (Schwab) Becker.

Nicknamed "Buzzy" by his brother when they were kids, Carl was a free spirit that loved his daughter, Suz and his family and friends in Sheldon, NY. He helped his father combine and he independently had a crop-spraying business with his red "M" tractor. He enjoyed flying his Hawk Ultralight plane and cruising on his Harley. He was an avid reader of Sci-fi and history. He loved watching Star Trek or jamming the tunes of the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, and Fleetwood Mac.

Carl is survived by his daughter; Suzanne (Edward) Mendes of Varysburg; siblings Joan (Duane) Hopkins of WV., John Becker of North Java and Kathy (Roger) Hanley of Sandusky, NY.

Family and friends are invited to call on Friday September 29, 2017 from 4:00-7:00PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011. Prayers will be recited following visitation at the Funeral Home.

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.

Theodore C. “Ted” Ianni, 69, of Lockport, passed away on Sunday (September 24, 2017) at Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport.

Ted was born December 22, 1947 in New Haven, CT, the son of  Mario Ianni of Lockport and the late Maria (Perozzi) Ianni.

Ted was a free spirit, who always followed his dreams.  He enjoyed his life and spending time with family and friends. 

Surviving with his father, Mario, are several cousins, aunts and uncles.

Along with his mother, Maria, Ted is predeceased by his son, Alexander Ianni.  

Calling hours are Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield, where prayers will be held at 10:30 a.m. followed by Ted’s Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Padre Pio Parish, St. Cecilia's Site, 56 Maple Avenue, Oakfield.  Ted will be laid to rest in St. Cecelia’s Cemetery, Oakfield. 

Memorials may be made to Salvation Army, 50 Cottage Street, Lockport, NY 14094, or to American Red Cross, PO Box 37839 Boone, IA 50037-0839,





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